Fitness

Personal Training Procedures

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In order to keep both our members, as well as our fitness team safe, here are a few updates to our Personal Training protocol. Please note that some of these new Covid-19 related changes are only temporary, and will be inevitably be subject to change. However, they will be in effect when our trainers resume Personal Training in the Fitness Center on July 6th .

 

  1. Member will need to  arrive to the Fitness Center 5 minutes prior to training session start time. Trainer will greet the member at the Fitness Desk and explain how the session will proceed.
  2. Trainer will wear gloves and a mask while training the member.
  3. Trainer will have to demonstrate each exercise prior to the member attempting the exercise. Trainer will then have to disinfect the piece of equipment prior to the member beginning the exercise.
  4. Trainer will carry the ozone spray bottle and rag during the session.
  5. Trainer will set up all equipment, rack, weights etc. for the member.
  6. Trainer and member will train in a relatively small area to ensure they secure the equipment they are using  and to ensure social distancing from other members.
  7. When/If the workout gets strenuous enough the member will need to let the trainer know that they need to momentarily remove their mask to catch their breath so the trainer has time to step 6 to 10 ft away.
  8. There will be a maximum total of three trainers training at one time. Two trainers will be in the Fitness Center and one Trainer in the Personal Training Studio.
  9. Trainers will clean the equipment once it is racked so they only have to disinfect once.
  10. Wipes will be placed in the Personal Training Studio to be used if the wood rings are used.

 

Fitness

Zoom Tips

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

 

Here are a few helpful reminders when attending Zoom sessions:

 

  • Remember to Mute yourself when entering the session.
  • For Safety measures: If you must leave the session to attend to a personal matter, it is advised you do not resume the exercise session.
  • Please remember when you Zoom, you will be seen, as well as the others in your home and personal space. We encourage proper attire when participating in the Zoom sessions. We also encourage you to remind your family that the camera is “on”.
  • Speaking of being seen, while we know many prefer NOT to be seen, it is helpful for the instructors to see you. The instructors are unable correct your form in the Body Pump, Senior Strength or Yoga sessions if they can’t see you.

 

We thank you for participating in our Zoom Live Streams and look forward to continuing them.

Fitness

Fit ‘N 5 Exercises: Lower Body Workout

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

 

Program
5 Exercises
10 Reps Each
5 Circuits

Equipment
Weighted Barbell
1 Dumbbell
1 Fitness Band (optional)

Exercises
1. Barbell Romanian Deadlift
2. Band Goblet Squat (Widen Stance if band is not available. Drive through heels, keep hips contracted throughout the move)
3. Single Leg Deadlift
4. Box High Step Up (Needs to be a good height to activate glut)
5. Shoulder Elevated Single Leg Hip Thrust

Fitness

Spice Up Your At Home Workouts!

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by: John Kecman, Fitness & Personal Training Director

 

Struggling with your at home workouts? Are boredom and monotony killing your motivation? Here are a few ways in which you can spice up your home workouts without having to think to hard.

  1. Play with Tempo Reps—The speed at which we normally complete a given exercise is an underrated variable you should tap into, regardless of whether you have a full home gym, or are only using your own body weight. If it takes you 10 seconds to do 10 pushups try a four second negative and a one second pause at the bottom and see how you feel after completing 10 reps. I can guarantee you will not miss your gym equipment nearly as much if you add some tempos to your home workouts.

 

  1. Add Weight—You may not have access to your usual machines, dumbells, a barbell, but I’m sure you can find various objects around your house to hold to make your bodyweight exercises more difficult. Go ahead and scout around your house to find suitable heavy objects to carry, lift, or press. This is a chance to get a little creative with your resistance, and as I can attest after messing around with lifting, and carrying a fire hydrant, those awkward, and oblong heavy objects are a lot harder to move than your standard barbell.

 

  1. Add a Time Cap, or Add Time Sets—Two other options will make you hate your at home workouts, in the best way possible, and in the same way you might have hated your trainer in the gym. The first option is adding a time cap to any given exercise or circuit. Try to see how many rounds you can make it through of 10 squats, 10 sit ups, and 10 pushups in 10 minutes would be an example. You can also do the timed sets as an option. Try 30 seconds of squats, then sit ups, followed by pushups, and add rounds as you build your work capacity.

There are many different ways in which you can fight boredom at home and Covid-19 related mental fatigue with fitness. Try to implement these concepts to your workouts if you have not already. There are far more to play around with, so get up and go do something. You’ll thank me when you’re done.

 

Fitness

Member Spotlight: Marlie Brill

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Throughout the “stay at home order” I have been routinely checking on my clients to make sure they are staying on track with their fitness goals. I noted in a recent conversation with Marlie that I could see in our social media exchanges that she has really kept up with her fitness goals and looked slimmer than when we last met in March. Here’s what Marlie shared about her process and progress.

 

What was your motivation?

In January of 2019, I broke my foot. The break was worse than the doctor thought, and I ended up in a walking boot for 18 weeks. The walking boot hurt my foot, my hips, and my back. The break was not due to any trauma, I was walking through the grocery store when it happened. My weight was the main factor for the break. I felt “broken” for months, and I hated it.

I couldn’t play with my kids, I couldn’t exercise, I couldn’t even walk up and down stairs. I decided when the boot came off, I would commit to losing weight; I was too young to feel that “broken” all the time.

I started with my diet on June 1, 2019, because my foot wasn’t completely healed. By November, I had lost 40 pounds, and I was feeling much better! December was a busy month for me with holidays, my birthday, and lots of work travel. I took December off and resumed in January after the holidays and celebrations.

In January, I got back to it, and worked to lose the 4 pounds I had gained over the holidays (better than the normal 10-12 that I gain in that month). I was on track and back in the gym. Then the pandemic started shortly afterwards. When we had to go into quarantine, and shelter at home, I made a commitment to myself that I would not use it as an excuse to eat and drink anything I wanted. I purchased only healthy food from the grocery store and I committed to drinking NO alcohol during the quarantine.

As much as I dislike being stuck in the house, not being able to attend social events, work events, or go out to restaurants whenever I want, the “stay” has actually made this much easier for me. Since quarantine started, I have lost an additional 13 pounds, and I plan to keep going.

 

 Did you have a goal?

I don’t have a specific goal in mind. I still have weight to lose, and I just keep saying that when I get to a point where I am happy, I will know it.

 

What’s been the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge for me has been staying motivated during the shelter at home orders. There are days when I just want to blow off my new healthy habits, and just stress eat whatever I can find in the house. I find reminding myself that this is not a diet, but a complete change in my lifestyle, has helped. I know it’s a process, and I am committed to sticking to it and losing the rest of the weight I want to lose.

Marlie Before (Left), Marlie After (Right)
Fitness

Fit ‘N 5 + Bonus Workout

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

Here are five exercises to add to your routine. This program is a great stand alone or a wonderful compliment
pre Yoga or post bike/run/walk.

 

If you are not already warmed up: Warm up with supported Mountain Climbers

 

Exercises:

  1. Front Loaded/Goblet Squat
  2. Supported Push Up
  3. Bent Over Row
  4. Bicep Curls
  5. Tricep Dips

 

Option 1:

  • Perform a circuit of four sets
  • First Set start with 20 to 25 reps
  • Decrease each following set by five reps

 

Option 2: Perform four sets of each exercise before moving on to the next exercise

 

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Ways to Stem the Tide of Losing Your Gym Gains

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By: John Kecman, Fitness  Director

 

Here a few things you can do to help yourself keep your gym earned gains. Nobody wants to be forced out of the gym, but here are a few nutrition tips that may help in preserving the muscle you’ve had worked so hard to gain.

 

  1. Maintain calories or energy intake.
    Eating to maintain helps preserve muscle, but eating too much breaks it down.

 

  1. Even out your protein distribution across your meals, eat antioxidative, and anti inflammatory foods. Olive oil, leafy greens, walnuts, and berries/assorted other fruits are all good choices of the latter.

 

  1. Take creatine.
    Creatine certainly has benefits to those who are resistance training, but studies have shown that it can also help maintain muscle mass in times of in activity.

 

  1. Meet protein requirements daily, and perhaps consider amino acids in between meals, like leucine.
    So, if you were taking 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram (2.2046 lbs) day continue doing so. Cut carbs based on your activity level.

 

Club News & Events

Weekly AHC Virtual Zoom Classes

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Monday

12:00 – 12:30pm – Silver Senior Fitness with John K.

12:00 – 12:45pm – Body Pump with Heather

6:30 – 7:25pm – Zumba with Kiki

Tuesday

5:30 – 6:05pm – Zumba with Jonelle

6:00 – 7:00pm – Body Pump with Allison

Wednesday

12:00 – 12:30pm – Silver Senior Fitness with John K.

12:00 – 12:45pm – Body Pump with Heather

5:30 – 6:00pm – Int/Adv Yoga with Denise

Thursday

6:00 – 7:00pm – Body Pump with Allison

Friday

12:00 – 12:30pm – Silver Senior Fitness with John K.

12:00 – 12:45pm – Body Pump with Heather

1:00 – 1:45pm – Power Stretch with Heather

Sunday

9:30 – 10:00am – Zumba with Debbie

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At Home Workout Ideas—AMRAP

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By: John Kecman, Fitness and Personal Training Director

 

Struggling to work out at home without your favorite machines, or gym equipment? The quarantine may not be ideal for most gym goers, but it hardly means you have to give up on your fitness or health related goals.

 

Everyone should incorporate body weight resistance exercises into there training regardless of what equipment you have at your disposal.

 

Do all A exercises before B exercises (Set one of A1 should be followed by set one of A2, and set one of A3 until all A exercises are completed). Try doing these simple AMRAP (As Many Reps as Possible) at home:

 

  • A1—Air Squat – two times, 15-25 reps then, one set of AMRAP
  • A2—Planks – brace as hard possible three sets of 30 seconds to one minute
  • A3—Doorway Towel Row, two sets of 10 to 20 reps, one AMRAP set
  • B1—Push Up (traditional, or using a counter top, or from your knees) two sets of 10-20 reps and one AMRAP set
  • B2—Side Plank (from you knees or feet) keep your glutes and core tight throughout—three sets of 30 to 60 seconds