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February 16, 2020

Wow the trainers at Energy Fitness personal training studio downtown Memphis love clients that immerse themselves in the changes we customize and recommend to them and sing our praises. Notice also how much self love Laura has and how proud you can tell she is for all her efforts. We love this! We should all show and speak more positively about ourselves so we can let those positive vibes get us through the stressful or trying times.

We have been holding on to this video for about 7 months and now feel like it’s the time to put some coal under a few of you on the fence about your own self care. We encourage good self care habits in the form of eating right, sleeping, exercising, supplements, mindfulness, stretching, massage, healthy social support and hydration. When you have good self-care habits it’s only a short hop to extreme self care habits that may be necessary for upcoming beach vacations, reunions, weddings, or active vacations like hiking up mountains.

Keep this in mind when watching Laura Brown’s 2 min. video. During the time that she trained with us to get these results this defined her life: single parent of 2 grade school children, going to school on side for accounting, working a full-time job. Let this mock those of you who think you don’t have the time or resources.

When we had a consult with Laura we needed to listen to what her pains were and how we could start making easy changes first and as she felt better she could start adding other changes we thought would benefit her.

Personal trainers don’t bark orders! We change lives one person at at time. Who’s Next?

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
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Tonya Tittle, M.S., Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofascial release). 

 


February 8, 2020

The personal trainers and massage therapists at Energy Fitness studio see many clients with tense muscles and limited range of motion. During personal training sessions our personal trainers see clients perform or try and perform exercises and it seems that they have tension built up in the shoulders, neck and low back. This tension can be many things but let’s discuss the noise of our world and environment for this post.

Have you ever noticed that it’s most quiet early in the morning or between the late night hours and morning…well maybe not in Times Square or Vegas. Have you let out a big sigh when the electricity goes out and you realize just how noisy the sounds were you had been enduring?

As you read this post what do you hear? I hear my gas fireplace, traffic, occasional airplanes and Mississippi River barges, birds, hvac kick on and off. Other days when working from home I hear the dreaded leaf blower or other such yard working noises. Later tonight, the day I’m writing this post I will hear my boys ages 14 and 10 being rowdy and in general just loud as well as a wide variety of other noises which will likely increase my stress level if I let it. Instead of hearing my own voice barking cleaning house chores I believe I will write the boys a list they must complete so we can live in harmony. If Mama not happy….then nobody happy right.

Extreme stress can have a lasting effect on your well-being. In some cases, anxiety can cause you to become more sensitive to otherwise normal events, potentially leading to increased anxiety.

That is sometimes the case with anxiety and noise. Depending on your level of stress and anxiety, you may become more sensitive to noise, and loud noises or surprise noises may end up causing more anxiety.

Have kids at home? Boy does this constant noise wear on you when they want you to be judge and jury of their latest fight and can cause you to feel like you just can’t think. I swear that many times my kids just like to hear their own voices.They hold it in all day at school and unleash at home. I have such sensitive hearing that I sleep with earplugs (and to swim as I can’t stand water in my ears). My dad use to sleep with ear plugs as well as my sister does which makes me think it’s genetic.

Another reason that noise issues may result in anxiety is because noises can sometimes be associated with traumatic events. This is known as classical conditioning. If a loud noise or some type of noise became attributed to anxiety something that causes fear or simply anxiety itself, hearing that type of noise may cause you to experience more anxiety.

Also, anxiety can cause people to become more irritable and sensitive in general. Hearing noises may simply cause the person to feel overwhelmed, as though they cannot control their thoughts or the world around them. When I can’t hear my own thoughts I become more stressed. Have you ever felt or know someone that feels like all the noises around you makes you feel like you are losing control with the world around you? This can cause the stress response.

Reducing the Anxiety of Noise & Sounds

Exercise: You know it’s good for you and your ability to cope with stress increases as well as your chances of hormonal balance, mental stress and boosting your energy levels.

Sleeping & Eating: The body is under stress when you don’t get enough sleep or eat healthfully as it’s feeling it’s under attack.Simply sleeping more isn’t going to magically take it away, but they’ll drastically reduce the symptoms, which should help you cope with anxiety much more easily. Eating lots of processed food, sugar and alcohol can make your body feel like it’s being stressed.

Yoga and Stretching: Breathe out and lengthen those muscles and free the mind of noise in the form of monkey brain and negative mental chatter.

Create new memories and giving back: Go try new things, hobbies, visit art galleries or simply donate your time to feed the homeless or help out a charity. These give your mind a break and can help reduce playing back of things in your mind that are a constant stress point.

Relax: What makes you exhale into calmness? I personally like a steaming hot bath while enjoying a book or show on my ipad. Have you heard of the floating water chambers that cut out all noise?  This sounds heavenly.

Distractions: First go to I think of is those pesky phones and devices we just can’t seem to live without. Do you really need to check your email and/or social media 12 times a day or respond to every chime, ding or ring? The best use of my smart watch (garmin fenix 5s) is that it has allowed me to put my phone on vibrate mode and I don’t have to hear it beckoning me all day. I put my phone on airplane mode at night. Sure it vibrates to alert me to it’s ringing or text messages but a quick glance keeps me stress free as I don’t have to locate my phone and rush to answer just for a telemarketer. Your thoughts can be a distraction and may tend to be your enemy when suffering from anxiety. Healthy distractions like stopping to listen to nature or water flowing may allow you to stop focusing on such thoughts and provide an opportunity to calm down.

Get those thoughts on paper and out of your brain: Brain dumping can be a fantastic way to get rid of the noise in your head. By doing this you are keeping your brain from the noise of sorting, organizing, prioritizing tasks. Write down all the things you have to do in a day, in a week, in a month, quarterly and annually. See what you can delegate or hire out and feel relaxed when you have a plan. It’s not healthy to try and juggle more than you can handle.

Eco-therapy: Research has proven that connecting with nature can reduce stress and bring about a more calm and vibrant centered and presence awareness.

May you have silence in your day and week and be able to either make some noise reduction changes or improve your coping strategies.

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN 

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ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 

 

 

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February 1, 2020
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As part of our fitness assessments at Energy Fitness personal training studio we have clients perform the push up test to measure muscular strength and endurance. The test is performed without a time parameter and the goal is to do as many push ups as you can without taking a break. If you take a break then the test is over. During the test the personal trainer is observing what the participant is doing with the rest of his/her body for many things like correct form with the shoulders, neck, core, breathing and pelvis.

Keep in mind that many individuals come to us after being inactive, injured, never lifted weights or even worked out regularly in their lives. I say that because the test requires men to do full push ups and women doing modified (on knees) push ups as to compare to the norms in their age group. It is not uncommon for us to ask the man if he feels like he can do a full push up. If he says no then we simply have him do a modified push up to max test, record the number of reps and upon next test he either moves to full push ups or increases number from previous test. Women of course if they are fit and want to go for full push ups right out of the gate we fully support that as well. Improvement is key in either case. We can also make adjustments for wrist issues by placing their hands on yoga blocks or dumbbells or having them if comfortable do on their knuckles with a balled up fist (not as hard as you might think). Of course those with lots of ligament, rotator cuff or other injuries that may simply cause pain during test we just skip and learn during their workouts how much weight they can do.

A client that recently had his post assessment did the push up test and then just stopped. He didn’t look like he was trying to push out just a few more…he just stopped.

I said to him “I am not trying to be mean…I am just surprised that as strong as you are in the sessions that men many years older than you can do almost double the push ups you just did.

He replied that he feels like his core is so weak and his back started hurting which is why he stopped.

I said “I was watching your back and towards the end you lowered it a lot and that’s the reason your back was hurting.”  This is very common and we may have an easy solution if you know your own body. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Let me set the instructions up for what we tell the client prior to them performing the push up test initially as well as we often demonstrate correct form:

  • there’s no time limit
  • as soon as you pause or stop the test is over
  • be sure to put the hands slightly wider than shoulder width (this may vary for shoulder injuries or other issues)
  • don’t stick your butt up in the air

Here’s the point of this blog….pay attention!

What type of standing posture do you have? 

This greatly determines may be what is holding you back from doing the max number of push ups or even the ability to do other exercises well like squats, leg curls and other abdominal exercises.

Getting back to the client I was doing the post assessment push up assessment on as mentioned earlier. Having knowledge of this particular clients functional movement patterns in an earlier screening I knew his problem was how he positioned his pelvis during the push up.The pelvic tilt test. I went on to demonstrate based on the issue that he has and his posture that he needed to do a pelvic tilt before he even started pushing up as this will be his best chance at cranking out more push ups.Side note…We went on to discuss that during the day he should be aware of his core and keep it taught instead of just letting his belly pouch out.

If you have the Lordosis or Sway back posture with a big arch or even moderate arch in your back you must think and do the following:

  • tuck the pelvis or a better way of thinking about it is lengthen your hip flexors
  • if you merely tuck your butt/pelvis you may be missing out on the bigger point of how to engage that core
  • keep your focus on this as much as you keep focus on the actual pushing up and lowering down
  • what happens in your pelvis goes up the chain to increase strength or decrease it

If you have S curve or Flat back you may feel more pressure in your shoulders and need to do the opposite of the above mentioned Lordosis or Sway back posture. You will want to try and create a curve in your low back.

If you have Kyphosis or Rounded upper shoulders you must really focus on:

  • placing your shoulder blades “back in their pockets”
  • pressing your shoulders away from your ears
  • think about pressing your chin back like a drawer instead of driving chin forward and down
  • let your scapula coming together be a visual of pinching a pencil between your shoulder blades

If you have an elevated hip from leg length issues, bound up fascia, previous injury or scoliosis then you will need to:

  • think about lengthening the elevated hips lat muscle and focus on trying to find the right way to move your pelvis into a position while doing a push up that seems to be the most comfortable and offers you the greatest strength and endurance.

What if I have rounded shoulders and sway back? 

Then you will need to make several adjustments. Don’t just give up. This pelvis alignment can help you in other exercises and stretches as well so play around with it using big or small adjustments and see what feels best.

Here’s a few videos for you to try. Notice the difference of my pelvic rotation when I am elevated with push ups on handles versus the negative push ups. This may be due to I have round shoulders in addition to the sway back posture and it puts me in a better position to to a posterior pelvic tilt.

 

Notice the next video with weight on my back in the negative push ups and how much arch I have in my low back. It’s more difficult of course when weighted and breathing is super important.

The video below shows proper form for the modified push up which we use in the assessment. Disregard the odd mean face at beginning of video…I uploaded it way back and forgot to edit it. It’s most likely because we recorded 76 chest videos that day and it was a fatigue response 🙂

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 


January 17, 2020

Do you ever feel like your energy is just stuck? Seem like you’re in a rut and can’t seem to find your way out? Ever consider that maybe it’s not just the season or your mundane routine but that you may have stagnant energy or taken on the negative forces or energy from a space, place or individual(s).

The past few years since I have been more open and present to my intuition. I have always had but squashed it. I have become very open to healing the body using holistic practices that can help bring the body into whole self-alignment and have been slowly sharing this knowledge with others. After being introduced to energy work from Mae our LMT ,ngetting certified in Reiki combined with my spiritual upbringing and studying other religions I feel calmer and able to deal with stress much easier. Of course having young kids may have a wearing down effect as well….lol and just getting older and wiser is helpful also.

Some of you may think this post is hokey and maybe I’m oversharing a bit but so what I’m gonna be me and pass on my knowledge so you can keep your aura clean as well so you can be ever present and more in tune with your body’s needs to reach optimal health and wellness.

When I first met Mae our massage therapist she had mentioned I had so much fire as part of my aura and that she could feel when she would massage me that I just wanted her to just rub out the tight areas and stop touching me. I worked on this between mindfulness, meditation, Chakra therapy with food and colors and just learning to keep my bubble of protection around me from being penetrated with the negativity of others. What’s my energy is mine and what’s yours is yours!

What is aura you ask? It’s the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place. You aura has colors as well and these have meaning. As children mature and their thinking processes and personalities become more defined, they add colors to their auras. Most adults have an aura about 2 feet (60 cm) wide.

Here’s 7 Ways to Clean Your Aura

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  1. Take a Walk in The Rain or Take a Bath – There’s nothing like running water and it’s healing properties to rinse away all the stress and troubles flowing out of your mind and body either back to mother earth or down the drain. This is my favorite and so much so that I have now told my husband that when we book hotel rooms when traveling I must have a bath as a shower isn’t the same as my hot soaks!
  2. Sweep or Comb Your Aura – I use a short hand towel which is especially helpful for the back of your body not easy to get with your hands alone. Combing your aura with open fingers and blowing the energy back to mother earth or whatever force you believe can dissolve it.
  3. Mental Cleansing – Breathing and visualization: sit in a comfortable position for 5-15 minutes and focus in a distraction free environment. Take long cleansing breaths and with each breath imagine all the negative energy or thoughts leaving your body.
  4. Sun – Wind – Play – This is pretty much eco-therapy aka nature therapy and research proves outside time really is healing. We need more parents to tell kids to go outside and play these days. Just get out there and move with gentle exercise, yard or garden work or just enjoying nature.
  5. Feather Whisk – cleanse your aura are feathers, particularly owl or turkey feathers. Begin at your feet and work upwards, much like a bird would fly from the ground to the top of a tree. Ask a friend to assist by sweeping your backside or any areas around your physical being that you cannot reach easily.
  6. Smudge – Herbs that are helpful to use for aura cleansing can include sage or lavender. Bundles are available of sage to burn and smell the incense. Just open a window or door and let the bad energies flow out. Lavender is available in essential oil and can be added to lotions or sprayed on. 
  7. Create a bubble of protection – now that you have cleaned your aura you must keep it that way. Work on staying away from energy vampires or negative people that always seem to keep something stirred up.Image result for bubble of protection against negative energies free images

 

 

 

 

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN OUR
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ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 


January 11, 2020

As a personal trainer and avid athlete across many sports I really enjoy the benefits of strong and tone arms. Many times at Energy Fitness personal training studio Downtown Memphis we get phone calls of clients stating they want to work on their arm strength and have toned arms. I have included in this post 3 bicep exercises. One exercise with a cable that is available in most gyms or fitness facilities, one with a resistance band and lastly one with a dumbbell.

This one is great as facing away from the stack you are less likely to cheat or round the shoulder forward. Try 2 sets of 8 heavy and do negative or try 2 sets of 10-12 reps at count of 4 (2 seconds up and 2-4 seconds on the down motion). Keep the shoulder blades back in their pockets and assume good posture and breathing throughout the whole exercise.

1 Arm Bicep curl – pictured with a resistance loop. Can also be performed with a band with two handles stepped on with both feet so you can do a double bicep curl. With bands typically you will want to do more reps. Try 2 sets of 20 reps resting 1 minute in between sets.

 

The first two bicep curls are in the supinated position (where your forearm is rotated in the palm up position). This works on the short head of the bicep which is the muscle that pops. You also need to work on the second head of the biceps (hence bi in the word bicep) so you can have muscular balance and all around definition. Be sure to not rotate the shoulder forward. One tip is to keep your elbow in the meaty part of the leg, specifically the vastus medialis and press your leg in towards your elbow as you curl the weight to the top position. Be sure to breathe and go at an even pace. If you are going heavier then use the other arm to slightly help get the weight in the up position and let go and use the muscle in the down position. Notice the position of my hand-this is called a DB hammer curl. Try 2 sets of 10-12 or go heavy and assist with the other arm for 2 sets of 8 reps.

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 

 

 


December 27, 2019

This is a topic many are confused about. Our clients at Energy Fitness Personal Training Studio downtown Memphis often endure us asking how often they stretch and most they often say never or hardly ever. We are convinced that adding even just a mere 3 minutes per day or just intermittently throughout the day stretching can work wonders to be more mobile and subsequently less painful upon each successive stretching bout.

Drum roll please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The best time to stretch is NOW!

That’s right I said it. I didn’t even go into a lengthy scientific explanation of best time of day, if your body is warm or cold, Blah! Blah! Blah!
 

There’s a popular Chinese proverb that says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is NOW.” Basically in the context of the conversation here today, this means that if you want success and growth in the future, the best time to act is now.

Honestly you just need to move your body via twisting, side bending, forward bending and backwards bending. Think back to the rhythmic exercises you may have seen in black and white. I found this throwback video in my search for this blog. It’s a 1950 archives film and is a hoot. They are missing the toe touch but I like the way they rotate their upper bodies, move their arms and do side bends. Rhythmic Exercises (1950) You Tube.

Here’s another one just for kicks but mostly exercise. Keep in mind you can stretch the body with dynamic movement and not just static stretching. The video is a bit silly and a bit over the top but amusing. I’m not suggesting you let someone run and jump on your back…bahaha!

In all seriousness here’s an example of if your not going to hold stretches in a static (stationary) stretch for 30 seconds to 3 minutes then consider dynamic stretching. I do this type of stretching just out of bed before a run and sometimes before a weight workout where I know I am about to really push myself with heavy weights or intense movement patterns. Do any of you recall that straw chinese finger toy that once you put on both index fingers and tried to get off proved impossible if you tried to just do it fast and hard. Patience and technique won out in the end with the toy much like the muscles and fascia in your body.

This one might be before a track workout or before intense weight training or body weight workout

Here’s some I do right before bed and hold for 5-10 seconds or more if I feel like it. These are usually done after I’ve had a hot bath or not.

MOTIVATION TO STRETCH… Think about the pains or aches you may feel and how they can be reduced or eliminated. OF COURSE WAITING FOR THE PERFECT MOMENT OR WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT WOULD NOT BE AS OFTEN AS YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO JUST MAKE IT HAPPEN DAILY.

Case in point.

One of our client’s consistently complains of knee pain and how he cannot do squats as they hurt his knees even worse post exercise. After doing some various functional movement testing we discovered it’s not his quads that are the culprit of his knee pain.

  • He can sit on his feet on the floor in a kneeling position with zero pain.
  • A skin roll test accessing his fascial tightness along his inner thigh near the inside of the upper knee and around the back of the knee/hamstring revealed the issue.
  • Solution: a combination of inner thigh and hamstring stretches to address the tightness needs to be done daily and as prescribed with pulse movements, hip flexor static stretches and additional skin rolling in a hot shower. What is skin rolling? A whole new topic for another post.
  • Solution: he promised me I’ll stretch stick a needle in my eye in which i then proceed to text his wife his promise and said he could even send me pictures as proof. Trainer=Accountability!

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN OUR
SERVIC
ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 

 

 


December 13, 2019

One of the hardest areas of life for our clients to change is their eating habits or the little dirty word diet. We’ve been transforming bodies since 2002 at Energy Fitness in Downtown Memphis with our personal training and nutrition coaching. When we first started including nutrition coaching as part of our Energize Method of success we saw how confused individuals were. Lots of confusion still lurks about and every where from print media, social media, television and other people that tried one method on themselves worked so well on them that they believe it’s the method for everyone.

Do you know what Sumo wrestlers do to gain weight? They typically eat only twice a day, but they eat very large portions of high-glycemic foods (like potatoes) and then go to sleep right after eating. Many people have unknowingly been on a diet similar to the Sumo wrestler diet—skipping meals and eating a large meal of high-glycemic foods too late at night. Nowonder they have such a hard time losing weight!

We all have unique dna and bodies with some general similarities. The biggest thing we all have in common is a brain. Simply knowing that what we put in our brain on a daily basis is based upon habits and knowledge may be just what you need to make changes. The more sugar we have the more our brain changes and makes us want more sugar and then here comes the brain fog keeping you from making healthy food decisions.

One of my favorite teachers in undergrad school was the toughest as she had high expectations and took no excuses which is similar to my personality. Dr. Mary Jane Gilbert taught my nutrition class and gave the class an assignment to write down what we ate for 1 whole week. I’m not talking just jot down a few things you stick in your mouth on paper and turn it is as that’s not excellence.

She made us write down the following:

  • time of food or beverage consumption
  • serving size/portion/amount
  • grams of fat for each item
  • grams of carbs for each item
  • grams of protein for each item
  • end of day caloric intake
  • end of day totals for each of the macro nutrients (protein, fat, carbs)

During class she taught us how to use our numbers above to calculate our nutritional needs based on our activity level and see how much percentage of our diet was made up of from each macro nutrient. This is a great visual as you can see if you are consuming 60% fat when maybe your genetics show you do better on a higher carb diet like me.

KEY POINT: What do you crave? For success eat the opposite! 

I crave fat like nut butters, coconut oil, avocado and since getting my 23 and me report I realized that me and so many of our clients need to realize that our bodies often work against us as your body tries it’s best to maintain homeostasis. 

I digress….Let me tell you I despised the food journal project, but I am a rule follower and wrote down every blasted thing I stuck in my mouth. This meant that the processed cheese and peanut butter crackers I had as a convenient snack made the paper.

Dr. Gilbert knew I was one of the University’s cross country and track athletes and she, being an award winning basketball player and coach herself she was a bit appalled by my food log. She knew I was running twice a day and totaling 40-60 miles per week plus lifting weights. She knew I needed so many more calories and better nutritional choices.  I could have given her all kinds of reasons why I didn’t have time or the means necessary to make this happen. After all, I lived in a dorm room with only a mere dorm fridge, no stove or cook top and was at the mercy of the meal plan from cafeteria and no family in town to cook meals. As I think of it now I could have even more excuses, I was poor and this was also before all the convenient protein bars and better protein shake options.

All of this to say I understand how painstaking it can be to write down your meal plan in order to lose weight, gain weight or eat for performance or recovery. Changes don’t happen overnight but you need to see on paper what a good plan can do positively for your body and health.

Why not reverse engineer your

daily or weekly meals for success?

 

AND AVOID THIS HAPPENSTANCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a client Brandy (a lawyer and fellow rule follower) that wrote down for 7 years what she ate and had the best idea. She said she she does best when she writes down what she plans to eat for the day before the day starts and that makes her more accountable to sticking with the caloric intake. Doing this, she could monitor her hunger and energy levels for the day and make necessary adjustments the following day or week to account for any business lunch meetings, parties or other events in which she may need to make adjustments either the day before or the day after the event.

For clients that turn in their food log we can roughly estimate their caloric intake and where the calories are coming from just from simply having the knowledge acquired from our education and training.

This can be the painful part of making major changes. Remember anything worth having is worth doing the work. Best method…get a food app or look online the different foods that you consume often and write down that nutrient information so you can make a daily eating plan.

Think about your personality and how this may be finally a successful solution to your weight loss struggle.

There are two solutions for you when making a plan. Either write down simple pen and paper and add totals or circle boxes from example Metagenics Gluten Free Low Glycemic food plan I am inserting a picture into this blog post.

High-glycemic foods can produce harmfully high blood sugar levels and a high insulin response. Low-glycemic foods support normal blood sugar levels and an optimal insulin response.

We have several other Metagenics meal plans as well as ones we have created that have given many clients success. Contact us for nutrition coaching at 901-466-6242 and we can get you on the schedule

Not a client and want the 3 squares meal plan or another one we created? CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE from $3.99 to $19.99.

I’m from the school that the more vegetarian you eat the more satiated you will feel. Also, you don’t need as much protein as you might think. Plan your veggies and fruit first (only 2-3 servings of fruit if you are an athlete or not trying to lose weight and only 1 serving of fruit if you are trying to lose weight). Next, plan your protein be it animal or vegetarian (remember animal protein adds up fast for calories and fat). Then plan what complex carbs you might consume being what Metagenics calls category 2 veggies (root veggies-carrots, squash, potatoes, beets). Finally put it into action.

For the Metagenics plan shown below, individuals consuming different amounts of calories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example Meal plan based on one of Energy Fitness’ best meal plan (3 squares) for those with weight loss goals, liver issues, food addicted, high blood pressure, heart disease, immune disorders or emotional eaters might look like below for women (add additional calories based on activity level for men) with only 3 meals and no snacking or alcohol (alcohol is processed before any other item-even before carbs).

Roughly about 1200-1500 calories – Energy Fitness 3 Squares example day (for those that may like this meal plan and want to not ill-combine their fruit then the only modification is to have fruit 30 minutes before first meal and before lunch meal). Starch with breakfast and lunch recommended and preferred with fiber like the oatmeal below or sweet potato with skin.

  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal & 2 eggs (i usually tell clients you need to earn/workout before having carbs but i’m sure this is a whole lot healthier option for 90% of the people we advise that either skip breakfast and back load later or drive through fast food) OR 8 oz almond or soy milk blended with 1/2 cup fruit (berries 6oz. is serving) and vegan or whey protein powder. For Breakfast Grains/higher starch vegetables (cat. 2) 4 oz. cooked – 1 oz. dry
  • Lunch: Fruit – recommended, but if you prefer to omit, then you must add 4 oz. additional veggies (*pear-shaped bodies need to stick with low glycemic index fruits)
  • 6 oz. veggies, 1 tbsp healthy fat (oil, avocado, nut butter)
  • 4 oz. meat or meat substitute for women (6 oz. for men)
  • Dinner: 6 oz. veggie and 4 oz meat (6 oz. for men)
  • Broth/Stock: msg free vegetable, chicken or fish (WHEN FEELING FOGGY BRAINED, SLUGGISH OR TIRED AND YOUR URINE IS PALE YELLOW TO CLEAR THIS IS A MUST FOR SODIUM REPLENISHMENT) PLACE A ½ CUBE IN HOT WATER AND CONSUME WITH A MEAL OR IF DESIRED TAKE NIBBLES OF CUBE WHEN NO HOT WATER BUT CONSUME WITH ROOM TEMPERATURE WATER AVAILABLE)

Side note: I wrote this blog while having my car serviced at the dealership. Staff put out free packaged pastries, granola bars, coffee and tea. I had to all but keep my mouth shut and just snack on my pear and make no judgements (well maybe a little wishing they had planned better.) Also available I had to hear the coke machine and processed snack machine get action as well..lol!

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
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We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


December 7, 2019

We go in bouts at Energy Fitness teaching our personal training clients all the different ways to incorporate inversion into their life. We will often be showing one client different versions of how to go upside down and tell the benefits and another client will hear the benefits and see the exercises and want to get in on the action. Oddly enough with my 500+ pics I had to take more pics just for this post.

Just to be clear before you dismiss this upside down thing for yourself know that there are many different levels so you can start where you body speaks to you. Pictures peppered in this post to show you. Not pictured is plow pose, teeter gravity boots, yoga swing and other aerial yoga cloth props. Of course I’m sure I’m missing something like hanging off bed or couch but you have lots of ones to try. For the wall poses see if a friend or family member can grab a leg and assist you. See precautions below.

 

 

 

 

 

My own testimonial: I’ve been doing inversions for about a year now and have regained my 1/2 inch I lost in height most likely from 30 years of running. I’m a believer! I initially started with only 1-2 times per week for about 30 seconds and progressed to 5-6 days per week with totally 3 minutes each session with small rest breaks before going into different poses.

Inversion therapy is a great way to defy gravity and bring relief to common back and joint pains. Most people understand that inversion therapy can help your back but do not realize the benefits it can have for your joints too.

Every joint in your body feels the pressure of weight and gravity each day, and this causes natural wear and tear. While inversion therapy provides relief for this you also need to promote joint health.

Inversion therapy is a technique where you are suspended upside down to stretch the spine and relieve back pain. The theory is that by shifting the body’s gravity, pressure eases off the back while also providing traction for the spine.

For these reasons, inversion therapy may be beneficial for people with:

  • chronic lower back pain (great for runners after pounding and jostling from a few or many miles sitting, and too much bending of the spine)
  • poor circulation
  • sciatica
  • scoliosis

In theory, inversion exercises should help the spine by:

  • creating more protective fluid around spinal discs
  • removing waste from the spine
  • decreasing inflammation
  • increasing blood circulation through surrounding muscles
  • assist the lymphatic system drain toxins from the body

Other factors that may cause complications include:

  • retinal detachment
  • pregnancy
  • obesity
  • use of blood clotting medications

It takes time to adjust to inversion therapy. It’s best to start off in shorter increments (slowly building from one-minute sets to three) to get used to the process. This can help reduce side effects such as dizziness or muscle strain. Be careful not to overdo it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too nervous or scared to hand upside down without help? Try an inversion table.

Adventurous? Find a park or get some anti-gravity boots

https://teeter.com/product-category/decompress/

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TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 


November 30, 2019

One of the movements we started testing in our fitness assessments at Energy Fitness the past year for our personal training clients is how well an individual can perform a pelvic tilt. This means dumping water out of the bucket (anterior tilt) and filling the bucket with water (posterior tilt/tucking tailbone under). As easy as this may seem to many of you this can be quite challenging to lots of people. Not only the ability to do the motion is measured but the quality of movement is also analyzed. Is there a shake a bake vibration type movement or is it smooth. Why is this important?

This is definitely important in the golf swing as well as to counter hours of sitting that many of us do. It doesn’t matter that you ran for 5 miles before work if you sit for 8 hours or have poor pelvic flexibility or never stretch. Many try to compensate by shifting weight on one side or on the heels or toes.

Those wishing to have better posture should consider working on pelvic functional fitness and flexibility as it can shift to control better carriage of the upper body and reduce low back, upper back and neck pain as well as make the appearance of a smaller mid-section.

Try these exercises below. As you attempt to do them you will notice a stretch in your hip bones as they have to keep your bottom off the floor. This is of course also a strengthening exercise. If you start getting a cramp in your hamstrings this should be the cue to rotate your pelvis in a way for it not to cramp and teach you how to engage your glutes all whilst strengthening this area.

Attempt for 2-3 sets of 10-50 reps each leg for single leg exercises. Be sure to monitor breathing and not hold your breath. Don’t just rush through the reps to get it over with either. Variations can be do for slow on both movements or just slow on the negative range of motion or hold at top for 1-5 seconds. I usually like to do a quick hamstring stretch post each leg as to lengthen and prevent any future cramping.

2 Legs Ball Curl – notice my arms are down on floor as I am attempting to keep shoulders flat and shoulder blades pressed against ground as well as neck neutrally aligned.

1 Leg Bridge Up and Leg Curl

Legs Heel Push with Knee Pull Up

How did you do? Need work? Try incorporating into your fitness program a few times a week.

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN OUR
SERVIC
ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 

 


November 23, 2019

It is rare that someone comes into Energy Fitness who doesn’t have a least one scar from a scrape, fall, cut or surgery. When our personal trainers are doing fitness assessments on our clients at Energy Fitness, personal training studio located downtown Memphis we see all kinds of scars. Mostly we see scars in the abdomen and core area when pinching body fat and taking measurements. Most of us want to hide our scars or hope that no one mentions them at all. Some scars hold onto emotional traumas from the past we don’t want to revisit. You may have heard that we store emotions in our fascia. This can be around scars, burns and stretched tissues because they are also are living tissue.

I have a small 1 inch dent on the outside of my upper thigh from a dog bite in middle school. I had four stitches. My kids always tried to poke it because they thought it was fascinating. Until only about 8 years ago I didn’t like people touching it as it freaked me out and always felt like it was glued to the tissue underneath. It wasn’t until I started pinching it away from the underlying tissue, trigger point rolling it and cupping it (recently) that it is totally in-sync with the rest of my thigh. Armed with this knowledge I was much better about caring for my bunion surgery scars.

Left foot 7 years post bunion surgery
Right foot 5 week post bunion surgery             Right foot 13 months post surgery scar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking care of oneself is a proven way to stimulate health and wellness and this means your scars also. Overall daily stretching and movement, frequent manipulation of the affected tissues, rest, sleep, and general health and wellness principles can all help to aid in healing scar tissue or old affected sites.

Although it’s not something that’s widely discussed with care teams and surgeons, the size and appearance of a scar is something that patients think about. Whether you’ve had a hip replacement, knee replacement, meniscus surgery, ACL reconstruction, shoulder or back surgery, breast implants or C-Section a scar is inevitable. Although you won’t have a ton of control over how your body will scar, there are things you can do when it comes to breaking up scar tissue and adhesions with massage, kt taping and cupping therapy. You can play a role in healing your scar(s).

Massage therapists can help address the fallacy that nothing can be done to change this tissue by practicing focused therapy on scars and burns as well as personal trainers and fitness professionals teaching clients this concept.

Clients need to be educated about the living matrix so they can bring attention and touch to injured or damaged areas. This attention will help re-program false thoughts and rewire the brain to re-map and re-integrate this tissue back into the whole system.

The body feeds and nurtures all parts of the body—so why would a scar or stretched tissue be any less deserving? Oxygen, nutrients, fluid and waste products are all found in the matrix of any scar.

Scars tend to be missing lymph return and blood supply (capillaries). The research I have done shows manual manipulation may stimulate the creation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) by stimulating the area, causing local inflammation and then triggering a remodeling phase.

This is thought to occur because various growth hormones are released in the remodeling phase of scar or wound repair. These hormones can trigger angiogenesis.

Did you know scars don’t tan…they burn? The structural properties of a scar are different from regular skin. Scar tissue doesn’t have melanin (which is responsible for skin pigmentation). In fact, scars are more susceptible to UV damage and get sunburned more easily than regular skin. Always put sunscreen on and cover your scar in the sun!

Scar tissue forms during the healing process as the body produces collagen fibers to close and heal a wound. These collagen fibers do not grow in the same, consistent direction, and therefore are discolored and can have an uneven texture.

The appearance of a scar largely has to do with your genetics. In addition, if your incision or wound is on part of the body that is under tension, is tighter, more stretched, and is less fleshy or fatty (like a shoulder, shin, or knee) your scar will be more pronounced than say, if on your buttocks.

Scars will continue to heal and fade for up to two years after an incision or injury.

  • remodeling phase in your incision healing involves the lightening of your scar as the scar heals
  • mature scar is smaller, flatter, and paler
  • during the healing process, there are ways to improve how your scar heals and for larger scars over joints, it’s critical that you “work” your scar to prevent tightness

Before you start massaging your scar or enlisting a professional to perform scar tissue massage, your scar has to be in a good place. Do not massage until your incision has fully healed and is a scar (not just a wound or scab). If you massage your scar prematurely you could cause it to reopen or tear, leading to an infection.

Do not massage a scar until at least 2 weeks after a surgery or injury. Massaging scar tissue is most effective in the first 2 years while the scar is still forming and healing.

Why Scar Tissue Massage?

Massaging scar tissue has many benefits. Here are of the main reasons to regularly scar massage;

  • Decrease scar tissue build-up. Excess scar tissue can make muscles stiff and weaker, and in some cases can require scar tissue removal surgery.
  • Helps improve blood flow, which promotes healing and the scar’s pliability.
  • Drains excess fluid to reduce swelling and proliferation.
  • Helps regain feeling in the area and decrease numbness, tingling, soreness.
  • Increases range of movement and the scar’s flexibility. This makes movements feel less restrictive and “tight”.
  • May help with the appearance of your scar.

How to Massage Your Scar

As listed above, there are lots of benefits to scar tissue massage. When scar tissue is broken down through massage, you can help your body heal faster, and possibly reduce the appearance of your scar. Here’s how we recommend you massage your scar tissue at home:

  • In early healing phases, try and massage your scar for 10-15 minutes a day (2-3 times a day for 5 mins).
  • Apply a non-perfumed Vitamin E lotion or oil to your scar area. Vitamin E is proven to help build collagen and massaging with lotion lubricates the skin, cutting down friction.
  • Using the pad of your thumb or finger, firmly massage in a circular motion. You should be pressing hard enough that your fingernail turns from pink to white, but it should not be painful. First go up the scar clockwise, work your way up and around your scar slowly but maintaining a firm pressure. Switch it up by massaging counter-clockwise. This will help to drain excess fluid from the area.
  • Next, stretch the skin apart around your scar, and repeat your massaging with a firm circular motion using your thumb or finger.
  • With pressure, slowly slide your finger up the scar while apply pressure. Change direction by slowly sliding down.
  • Repeat the process several times for 5 minutes or so.
  • Ladies post C-Section and have a scar. Try this: try lowering your legs to floor from a lying on your back face up position. Start with feet in air and keeping your back flat on the floor keep your upper body in contact with the floor throughout the whole range of motion. Difficult? Now pinch your C-Section scar and try again. You can help deactivate the tissue surrounding or decompress to aid in better function of your core.

Scientific proof: A case study of kinesiology taping for scar management

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks (epithelial stretch marks) are different than scars, but may also be addressed in a similar manner. Clients who have quickly gained or lost a lot of weight, had lymphedema or been pregnant are all candidates for stretch marks.  Generally, this is a condition where the skin (the epidermis, dermis and superficial fascia) is stretched quicker than the epithelial tissue can adapt, so the tissue that is affected is elongated and stretched.  Generally, there is a weaker matrix to support this stretched tissue; thus, the epidermis appears rippled and has wrinkles.

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN OUR
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ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release).