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March 6, 2021

I’ve been coaching individuals in the field of fitness for over 30 years. The more I learn and practice, the more I can pass on that knowledge to you and others so you can reach optimal health. If you are not already moving your spine in a lateral motion to work your core, you may wish to try this movement. Word of caution if you have a herniated disc be careful or check with your doctor, physical therapist or massage therapist. To work those muscles underneath what some call “side belly / spare tire” called external and internal obliques as well as your QL (aka: quadratus lumborum) then you need to bend your spine sideways or lateral flex your spine.

Grab a broom stick, golf club or mop type handle of sort and try the exercise below for 1-3 sets of 10-15 reps. If you are not frequently moving your body like this, then I would only suggest doing one set as the soreness in your intercostal muscles and the muscles that attach to your hip bone are getting crazy stretched also as well as your inner thigh and soreness the next day may be too much.

Be sure to exhale when you come back up. Listen to the instructions and watch the demo video below so as not to hurt yourself as it’s a very specific move.

Find Tonya online with live personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Greenville, South Carolina site to be available this year in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Stay tuned for more details as we are working on securing a location. Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 is no longer onsite for training, massage and nutrition coaching.

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February 27, 2021

As a personal trainer with Energy Fitness and now massage therapist in training (just have to take licensing exam now, then I’ll be official ;)) There are lots of you that don’t realize how you might need strengthen your inner thigh muscles. Did you know that when you stand on one leg to balance while say putting on your undergarments or pants, shorts, skirts that a large strap muscle called the sartorius assists in the feat?

Check out the three variations of inner ball exercises from the videos below and go for 1-3 sets of 50-100 reps. Newbies, it’s gonna start burning. If you must, take a five second break and press on.

Let’s be honest you guys need this exercise also as you have the same muscles as women. Having week inner or outer thigh muscles can make you use compensatory walking patterns which can lead to hip, knee or low back pain due to the imbalance.

The exercises pictured below all have the knees bent (hip flexed) so try this next suggestion also. While getting in position for IT2 exercise lift your butt up into a bridge up as you push though your heels and engage your butt while doing. While the ball is in between your knees and you are in bridge up go for the 50-100 reps. Different muscles are now engaged and remember it’s all about muscle balance. Don’t forget to breathe!

 

Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 is no longer onsite for training, massage and nutrition coaching. Find Tonya online with live personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Greenville, South Carolina site to be available this year in the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Stay tuned for more details as we are working on securing a location.

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February 18, 2021

I’m reading this book called Happier Human: 53 Science Backed Habits to Increase Your Happiness. Working so closely with clients in the wellness promotion profession we see and hear about individuals inner struggles, fears, frustration or happiness and gratitude as we have general conversations and also about these may influence their nutrition and fitness habits.

Being in the helping profession of fitness, nutrition and health we wanted to bring about awareness of your inner voice or true self. Many of us know we need to eat right, exercise and be healthier in an overall quest to feel happier. If you eat like crap then all the chemicals in the food are going to mess with your body chemistry and brain emotions. If you don’t sleep enough you won’t be able to control your emotions enough to have more patience when you need it either with yourself or others. So many of us become conditioned in our brains to think, I will be happier when  get “xyz” happens. Maybe you have wanted that new upgraded cell phone or new car and when you finally got it you were happier for a short period of time, then got use to it only to notice your focus was then turned to something else dangling in front of you for another fix of happiness. This concept was named years ago the hedonic treadmill. The more we have the more we want and overall our happiness set point goes back to where it was before.

As we all know your happiness levels can change day to day. Especially if you are down the rabbit hole of social media and “validation hunting” as some researchers call this act. Stop comparing your life to anyone other than yourself. This can bring about depression as someone can always appear to be much happier than they actually are. There is always going to be people that are smarter, better looking, faster, stronger, more clever, etc…Just stop comparing as it’s not healthy. You are wonderful just the way you are and there is always room for improvement for yourself NOT others.

Unless you are daily programming your brain with positive messages, giving back to others without expecting something in return, meditating, learning a new skill, etc then your set point happiness gauge eventually goes back to…well a set point. Some people are just genetically born with more positive attitudes while others have to work at it. Why is it that some people that grew up with very little in the terms of material possessions are able to recognize that they are blessed and have a grateful attitude while many others have an entitlement attitude. We aren’t even guaranteed another day on this earth so why not make steps to make the best of every day and work on being present right now.

Here’s a Happiness Scale Test (it’s rated on the last 24 hours). I had trouble opening at first so work with different browsers if you need to as it’s worth it. Here’s the actual link if you need to copy and paste: http://www.positivityratio.com/single.php

You can take the short quiz everyday for two weeks to see if your new habits (read the book for suggestions as this post can only include so much) you might decide to incorporate into your daily living will actually bring about more happiness.  A score ratio of 3 to 1 is optimal with 80% of the population scoring in the 2 to 1 ratio.  I scored a 2 to 1 ratio. I find the questions interesting as their is such a vast range of emotions we can feel in any given twenty-four period. Be honest with yourself as you take the quiz, nobody is watching.

A more positive attitude and thought patterns research has shown has greater chances of a marriage surviving, business team members success, college students, healthier minds and bodies, recovering from illness faster or preventing illnesses. Did you know we have sixty-thousand thoughts per day and about forty-five of them are the same. Start listening to your inner voice. Is he/she nagging, negative, angry, entitled, focused, frustrated, pleasant, zen, grateful?  Take your inner voice to the school of positivity and start living and being happier most of the time.

As I write this article I think about the saying “The beatings will commence when morale improves”, this just is how far down you might have to dig down inside of yourself to make real change. Some days it won’t be fun but your health is worth is and so is your happiness because they are connected.

Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 only open next week. Find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Greenville, South Carolina site to be available this year in the town of Travelers Rest. Stay tuned for more details as working on securing a location and passing my massage licensing exam soon.

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December 31, 2020
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As a personal trainer, nutrition coach and cross training athlete I am always on the lookout for supplements to enhance my health, well-being, energy and keep stress at bay so I can continue to be energetic and exude the best of healthy choices made throughout the days, weeks and years. No time like the present to feel and look your best. Supplements are just that, supplement your diet in ways that eating pounds of spinach or basil just can’t and won’t happen as it would wreak havoc on the digestive system. I recently did a cilantro heavy metal detox and then decided to try Mary Ruth’s organics Holy Basil tincture.

Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum)  is an aromatic shrub in the Lamiaceae basil plant family. It’s thought to have originated in north central India and now grows native throughout the Eastern world. Also known as tulsi, which means “the incomparable one” in Hindu, the holy basil plant is a perennial that has a light lemon scent and purple-pink flowers.

A methanolic extract† of Holy Basil leaf has been found to support the natural function of the stomach by helping to maintain proper acid and mucus levels. Holy basil is also a great way to “detox” the body. It may boost antioxidant production and detoxifying enzymes, so your body can cleanse itself of toxins and other unwanted agents. It also may help with stress and we all know what a tough year 2020 was, so why not boost your mood and detox at the same time.

“I love the sweetness and almost fruity taste it leaves in my mouth. I leave the bottle next to my bathroom sink so I will remember to take it in the morning, night and sometimes mid-day. So far, I feel like it has bumped up my energy just a bit and helps keep me more relaxed.” Mary Ruth’s Holy Basil Drops are by far tastier & better than my past quest to try edible lavender drops in water…yuck!!!

 

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Come see us onsite for a bit longer at our Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized demo of your custom workout included.

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November 27, 2020

Over and over again at Energy Fitness we have prospective clients as well as active clients tell us they need accountability for fitness and nutrition. Think about it, only fifteen percent of the population are regular exercisers which is defined at exercising three times per week minimum of 30 minutes. American College of Sports Medicine guidelines states that  healthy adults aged 18-65 yr should participate in moderate intensity aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 min on five days per week, or vigorous intensity aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 min on three days per week. Be honest, how often do you regularly do these guidelines?

Did you know that having a workout buddy or hiring a trainer you are 7 x more likely to stay on track and make it happen? Here are a few reasons that adding that accountability can be useful:

  • fun
  • safer
  • variety
  • a break from life
  • someone to celebrate with
  • friendly competition

Here’s a look inside a fitness minded family
in hopes of inspiring you!

For this post I’m mixing in all the reasons to either exercise with a buddy or hire a trainer. Thanksgiving this year 2020 (The year of Zoomsgiving!) our family had a family dinner consisting of two adults and two boys grades 9th and 5th. The 9th grader, Laken said the day before “I think we need to go to a bike park Friday because I’m gonna have thousands of calories on Thanksgiving and need to work it off!

Well about two hours after lunch the adults insisted on a casual bike ride.on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. I suggested the family see a fitness park I discovered a few weeks ago. Turns out we got competitive as usual as well a making it fun and thought we would show you and maybe inspire you as well. We all celebrated the fun feats of strength and endurance we could do at a local fitness park called Chris and Kelly’s Hope Fitness Park  in Travelers Rest, SC. If you live in Memphis I have seen one of these parks over near Leftwich tennis center and right next to The Links at Audubon golf course, it’s called Fitness Zone (pic below). These types of parks are great as they have different stations in which you can use your own body weight as resistance.

I tried the lat pull down machine then started showing off and did it one handed.Fyi.. I already ran and lifted that morning and now back at it again as I had more desserts than needed!

Laken, our 6 ft 135 lb 9th grader got on the Chest Press before me and said it didn’t work. Well Mama had to get on and show him how it’s done and that it was indeed working. I was pleased to do it considering I don’t typically bench press or leverage my own body weight of 124. As you can see it was hard and I squeezed out 2 reps. Mark, my husband got on it and was killing it, likely this will be his new favorite extra weight day activity on a weekend bike ride to challenge himself.

Then we moved onto the monkey bars and more feats. We had a family competition all starting at the same time who had the best grip strength holding their bodyweight whilst hanging. Laken thought for sure he would be the winner but alas I outlasted then and finally stopped at just over 90 seconds. I had cycling gloves on in which Laken said, no fair she’s got gloves on. A rematch likely to occur! I will still beat him as he doesn’t know in college I outlasted everyone in my class including the men in a flexed arm hang competition. The kids think their parents are old and they will win at all fitness feats so I decided to show off a little flexibility as well.

After the park we passed by a small asphalt track in which the competition still continued. Oliver has been bragging for weeks that he can beat me in a foot race. Well, he is right both kids beat me in the sprint. Then I challenged him to a lap and he said you have more endurance you will beat me. Laken won fastest .13 of a mile while I was second at a 6:47 pace and Oliver was in the dust.

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was time to cycle home with nature and feelings of accomplishment and joy for great family time and gratitude for good health! We have a new puppy so upon return it was her turn to get some exercise and go for a short walk. She simply refuses to walk and just lays down in protest. What!!!! Doesn’t she know she’s part of a fitness family. We gotta work on this as it’s simply not acceptable. So when I mention Canine for accountability in the title of this blog post you may wish to make sure the dog you get if your goal is to be more active will be a breed that helps you stay accountable and likes to go on walks or runs!

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November 12, 2020

Having been around fitness facilities for over 30 years music is often in the background. Trends have changed where in bigger gyms or Y’s you see lots of clients listening to their own music of choice. No longer is a big box gym known as a place to be social if the majority of people have ear phones or ear buds in and cranked up. Especially in the year 2020 known as a shift in social behavior with social distancing and limited capacity at many facilities. Online fitness classes having people geared up to workout right from their homes or as they travel to onsite hotel gyms is another way you might see people wearing ear buds or headphones. Just protect your hearing and keep that volume lower! We all know by know that the grocery stores tend to play music to make you buy more based on mood and feelings you have when hearing the songs if you pay attention to them.

Remember aerobics and step group classes being all the rage starting in the 80s? Did you know that the music selection or list was typically a certain beats per minute depending on the level of intensity the instructor was teaching the class. Then we moved onto music apps where you can get beast mode or meditation beats per minute giving you a list of songs or creating choices in these ranges. You can type in healing music for different areas of the body on YouTube and there are lots of choices now.

Let’s talk music for healing in terms of frequencies or hertz

Whether you’re relatively new to soothing sounds or are a seasoned listener, the term ‘Solfeggio frequencies’ might be entirely new to you. Solfeggio frequencies refer to specific tones of sound that help with and promote various aspects of body and mind health. These frequencies are reputed to date back to ancient history and said to be the fundamental sounds used in both Western Christianity and Eastern Indian religions, chanted by the Gregorian Monks and in ancient Indian Sanskrit chants. In college I had a Gregorian Chants Cd and Enigma which I found zen and still I enjoy this type of chill music when I feel I need it.

Research has been done showing the Gregorian and Sanskrit chants had the most positive, even healing, effects by increasing UV light absorption between 5 to 9 percent. The classical music increased UV absorption by small amounts. And rock music decreased UV light absorption, harming the DNA.

Music that is tuned to the 440 hertz which makes you tired, oppressed and other negative symptoms versus 432 hertz is considered “cerebral” music that aids in the listener’s cognitive development. There is a whole conspiracy theory on 440 hz vs 432 just google it or ask a true music professional. Over and over again 432 seems to be the one for being present and connected to the earth and full of calming the mind.

There are numerous YouTube videos for specific healing goals if you just type in hertz or frequency for your desired result.

Here’s a few I found quickly in the 432 hz range:

Enigma- Temple of Love • Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight • Coldplay – Viva la Vida •  Adele – Someone Like You • George Davidson – Spring Waltz • Kief Brown – Move Around • Alanis Morrissette – Thank You • Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

There’s even 9 hour playlists for sleeping found on YouTube • Here’s the playlist (67 popular songs) although the first song Storm I skipped past as it didn’t seem relaxing or in that hertz level. Here’s a rap 432 hz playlist.

Quick note on sleeping, remember that Lebron James gets minimum of eight hours then naps another 2 hours.

Where do you need healing? Try 30 minutes to 1 hour or longer depending on goal. Music can be calming to animals as well.

174 Hz (not a Solfeggio Frequency)  Promote lucid dreaming, deep sleep and promotes a natural anesthetic effect

396 Hz Solfeggio Frequency (binaural beat) anxiety release, positive thinking

  • the vibrations cleans the feeling of guilt which often represents one of the basic obstacles to realization
  • also used for awakening and turning grief into joy – happiness meditation
  • liberates from subconscious negative beliefs and thoughts and releases fear
  • balances Root Chakra

417 Hz Solfeggio Frequency

• Removes Negative Energy from the body.
• Removes Negative Energy from the home and office.
• Removes Negative Thoughts and behavior patterns.
• Undo situations with Negative outcome.
• Facilitates change in you and others.
• To Come out of trauma.
• Is used for balancing Sacral Chakra

432 Earth Vibration (not on the Solfeggio scale but great to know & a binaural beat) – blissful sleep, power nap, MEMORY ENHANCER 

528 Hz Solfeggio Frequency (binaural beat) super brain power, promote DNA repair and increased life energy

  • tinnitus relief (ringing in the ears)
  • affects the endocrine system
  • known as the Love Frequency, Miracle Tone, Frequency of Transformation
  • Promotes reducing stress hormone cortisol in our body
  • It brings transformation and miracles into your life
  • Heals chakras which is followed by its beneficial effects of increased amount of energy
  • It also helps in balancing and tuning Solar Plexus Chakra which helps in more Self Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Used for balancing Solar Plexus Chakra

639 Hz Solfeggio Frequency

  • Enables creation of harmonious interpersonal relationships
  • This tone can be used for dealing with relationships problems – those in family, between partners, friends
  • Talking about cellular processes, 639 Hz frequency can be used to encourage the cell to communicate with its environment
  • Enhances communication, understanding, tolerance and love
  • Used for balancing Heart Chakra

741 Hz Solfeggio Frequency (binaural beat)  Zen focus, creativity boost

  • Removes Toxins and detoxifies the cells and organs.
  • Cleans the body and home, workspace from harmful electromagnetic radiations.
  • Purifies mind and body.
  • Promotes expression and solutions.
  • Used for balancing Throat Chakra

852 Hz Solfeggio Frequency – deep meditation (binaural beat) 

  • Helps to return to spiritual order
  •  Awakens intuition
  • Awakens inner strength
  • Raises cell energy
  • Used for balancing Third Eye Chakra

963 Hz Solfeggio Frequency

  • It awakens any system to its original, perfect state.
  • When it is applied to a cell, it enables a kind of “cellular enlightenment” and transformation of the cell to a higher level.
  • Helps us return to Oneness -to our very source. If you feel disconnected with rest of the world, this frequency can help.
  • Used for balancing Crown Chakra

HOW CAN YOU USE THIS INFORMATION?

Think about times when certain music annoys you versus when you are feeling the vibe. There really is something to it.

Have you received a massage and the only music played every time is on the 432 hertz and the therapist didn’t do any energetic massage strokes to wake you up towards the end of the massage. Ask the therapist next time if they can play music for the mood in which you wish to be. Kind of like setting an intention! Need more energy maybe ask for 963 hz music or do your own research at home and see what you like when you are in different moods. Pharrell’s song Happy is 963 hz, Life House – Just You and Me and Eminem – Not Afraid(not censored).

All the others at the 963 hz frequency are mostly metaphysical vibes, god healing frequency and spa/cosmos type music which may be what you need. Be mindful that we operate on a natural body cycle known as circadian rhythm and can change when you introduce alcohol, unhealthy foods and stress you throw off your rhythm.

If you are ready to let us be your personal or nutrition coach, just give us a ring, text or email today.

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment (via zoom) with Tonya so we can access the quality of your body’s movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

Call, text or email us to get started Personal Training or utilize our Massage Therapy Services today! 901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

 

 

 

 

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM
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, more certifications, qualifications and awards listed in my bio on website.

Our covid guidelines are that staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc. All clients onsite must sign Covid form, successfully answer health Covid questions and socially distance.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 


October 30, 2020

As a personal trainer, exercise physiologist and athlete I see all kinds of versions of squats. Even if you don’t workout we all have to squat as a part of functional movement in our everyday lives. Think about how often you use a squat and if you have bad form then how many times a day you squat with poor form leading to injury now or delayed injury from improper mechanics.

If you look at kids and toddlers they have the most excellent form when squatting down to get things from the floor. This is likely due to their activity level and have not yet created bad habits from driving, sitting or overuse from occupations. I can think of several ways you squat in your daily life just off the top of my head or when you should be squatting and NOT bending over at the waist torqueing your back.

Daily squats as part of a functional way of living may be as follows depending on your lifestyle:

  • Sitting on the toilet
  • Getting into or out of an automobile (more of a modified 1 leg squat)
  • Sitting down and getting up from chair or couch
  • Picking up something from the floor
  • Loading bags or heavy dogfood into the car or from the car to storage
  • Getting or placing items from a low shelf, cabinet or drawer
  • Picking up or putting down on floor small children
  • Picking up or putting down various sizes or dogs or cats
  • Moving furniture
  • Cleaning baseboards if you are a clean freak
  • Getting out of a low bed with both feet on ground
  • Gardening
  • Putting stuff in or taking out of laundry units
  • Occupations that require lifting heavy items or persons

You get my point…there are many combined chances that incorporate squats into daily activity without much mindfulness of proper form. Tight muscles in the calves, low back and many muscles of the upper body that help with posture can prevent good squat form.

This post I really wanted to just keep simple and bring to your awareness your squatting form. I often see toes out, butt not tucked under, too much leaning forward with the upper body or heels coming off the ground when I ask clients to perform a squat.  Some toe out is normal for some people. We are all designed with different mechanics but there is a general correct form guidelines.

Did you know that a normal healthy full range of motion for the ankle joint is 70 degrees. Aiming for 50 degrees of plantar flexion (pointing your toes away from your lower leg) and 20 degrees of dorsiflexion (pointing your toes toward your lower leg and shin). Of course there is the other ranges which is eversion and inversion pictured below but that would be a whole other post. Something to consider though when analyzing a squat as when clients load (go into or come out of the squat) are they, are you turning your ankle in or out to make the squat happen (cheating).

Check out the short videos below to become better at squatting.

SUGGESTION:

Take a video of yourself squatting about 4 times facing the camera and then to the side as to see for yourself what you may need to work on. Try correcting your form and do a follow up video a few weeks later to see your progress.

 

 

If you are having trouble getting down low enough then aim for a chair or bench or even hold onto a wall or put a broomstick in the other side of a doorway and get to squatting.

I had mentioned to a client and friend that I was surprised that her calves weren’t tight because she wore heels everyday to work for years. She shared with me that she does ball/wall squats every day for about 25-50 reps and has for years and she contributes that to her great legs and no calf issues. I must say, she does have great squatting form and great legs!

Here’s a ball/wall squat with dumbbell

If you are ready to let us be your personal or nutrition coach, just give us a ring, text or email today.

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment (via zoom) so we can access the quality of your body’s movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

Call, text or email us to get started Personal Training or utilize our Massage Therapy Services today! 901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

 

 

 

 

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM
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, more certifications, qualifications and awards listed in my bio on website.

Massage services resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc. All clients onsite must sign Covid form, successfully answer health Covid questions and socially distance.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 

 


August 6, 2020

One of my team members suggested I do a blog post on the Japanese towel method for losing belly fat and does it work? I researched it and put a twist on it to customize for different body types.

What is the Japanese Towel Method?

Look at the picture below. Lie on your back with a rolled up towel just under your navel with your legs straight, your toes touching and lying with your arms above your head and palms down(I had palms up for pictures-oops!) – your pinkies must also touch each other. According to a Japanese physician named Toshiki Fukutsudzi, this exercise helps you to improve your posture and, after some time of training, lose weight due to the skeleton correction it causes. Do this for 5 minutes. The idea is that it helps to stretch your spine which can help your posture which in turn may help with digestion, nerve stimulation and reduce back pain.

Although this might work for some it doesn’t work for all which is why I’m going to give you my take and customization on this method. The reason we do functional movement screens before we see our clients is to customize based on your body. What is your normal standing posture? Do you have a normal curve in your low back, S-Curve/Sway back, Flat Back or elevated/rotated hip? You must think about this before you just jump right in on some magazine suggested workout or a workout your friend swears by.

Stand in the mirror and look to see what type of posture you have or ask a friend or family member. 

The picture below on top left is the Japanese towel method. When I took this picture it actually was hurting my back.  I have S-posture which means my hips are tilted forward in anterior tilt. We have many clients with S-Posture and the Extreme Flat Back posture so have to adjust exercises as necessary to counter this. If you need more curve in your back (Flat back) then try the towel or smaller foam roller, exercise disc cushion or a pillow directly under your navel. If you have S-posture you may wish to try placing the foam roller, yoga block or rolled up towel under your sacrum. This will help you also lengthen your hip flexors which are tightened when your hips are rotated in anterior tilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think about this…All our organs and limbs, including the intestine and stomach, connect to the brain via the vertebral column so it is true that misalignment of the bones, reflected in bad posture, can mean that nerve pathways are constricted.The part of the spine between the ribs and the small of your back is where the intestine nerves are connected, so if you slouch or push your pelvis too far back, it may result in digestion issues, such as constipation, bloating, gas and acid reflux. While constipation and bloating make your belly appear bigger, it is not fat; it’s just the waste that is not being eliminated.You should be eliminating 2-3 times per day. Of course there may be all kinds of reasons your belly is bigger than you want, maybe food allergies you haven’t considered, allergy to alcohol, wheat or daily or even something as common as onions that may be hidden in some of your foods, eating fruit when your other food isn’t completely digested. I digress..I just can’t help myself to talk about nutrition when we talk about smaller bellies.

Back to the Towel method…The exercise introduced by Fukutsudzi implies lying on a rolled towel for five minutes three times a day. What???? 3 times a day that’s a lot more than most people may be willing to do including me and I exercise a lot. Well as with anything creating a habit and changing behaviors takes commitment so do what you are willing to do and you will get the results you have put into your efforts. Maybe start with a minute and work up to 3-5 minutes 1-2 times per day. At least having an awareness and going in the direction of correction will lead you down the path of better digestion and posture.

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You can get an onsite or virtual assessment so we can access the quality of your bodies movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM
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

Massage services resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc. All clients onsite must sign Covid form, successfully answer health Covid questions and socially distance.

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July 4, 2020

At Energy Fitness personal training and nutrition coaching studio downtown Memphis and virtually online training folks we want to give our clients every edge possible for success. Have you have read any of our posts where I mention chakra’s or color before for health?

This article aims to bring color therapy into your realm of awareness. Of course after this article you may be noticing all kinds of colors everywhere including magazine ads, billboards, tv ads to window banners and colors of restaurants. If you want to avoid hunger stimulating colors, don’t paint your kitchen to look like a fast food restaurant. There’s a reason burger joints use reds, yellows and oranges in their color schemes all the time. These colors are stimulating and may even stimulate appetite. I’d say this can even translate to the color of your dishes.

Think about it people choose cars and clothing by their color all the time.Some people just don’t want to think about it and have lots of grey, white and black in their closet then accessorize to match their mood with a pop of color for a tie, scarf, jewelry or purse. Who hasn’t pored over dozens of options when picking just the right shade to paint a room? Color makes an impact. Nobody has to tell you that if you walk into a room painted all white it’s much different than if it’s painted pitch black.Marketing experts know that color makes a big difference in how customers react. For example, on websites, a red “BUY NOW” button usually works better than a green one.

Multiple sources point out that in Egypt, Greece, China, India and other countries colors have been used in various ways to promote healing. Color therapy has been used to treat inflammation, muscle pain, nosebleeds, infertility (in animals), injuries, burns, sciatica, meningitis, nervous instability, headache, irritability, sunstroke and more.

So why not integrate color into your weight control success. I’ve known for many years that eating off of blue plates a user tends to eat smaller portions as well as if you eat on smaller plates.

Have you heard of Blue Light Therapy?

Typically this is a type of treatment used for SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is a form of depression that some call the “winter blues.” Symptoms typically appear in the fall and continue during winter months.Some symptoms of SAD are depressed mood, lack of interest in activities, tiredness and fatigue, trouble concentrating, feelings guilt or low self-worth, thoughts of death and suicide, irritability, sleep issues, experience changes in appetite or weight.

Those who suffer from SAD have weight gain and a craving for foods high in carbohydrates. Scientists believe that the cause of SAD may have to do with serotonin and melatonin levels.

Light therapy boxes can be found online for less than $60 and some have timers. While we are on the subject of blue light recall that televisions and smart devices omit blue rays which stimulate your brain. This is why you might have trouble sleeping if you watch these right before bed. Blue light therapy might be best done in the morning to stimulate your wakening cycle. Some people (I’ve been guilty of this) try and override this by wearing yellow shades to block the blue light.

So what if we took this same principle of color therapy for weight control to our closet and our environments in which we control like kitchen, common room that you may feel compelled to snack or office space. Avoid Red, Yellow & Orange. Listed below are the colors listed backwards in order of most decreasing the appetite to most increasing it.

Colors That Decrease Appetite:

10) Grey  9) Black  8) Brown  7) Purple  6) Blue

Colors That May Increase Appetite:

5) Turquoise: (It’s the color of tropical waters and used a lot on dessert plates. Even if you think you are full after dinner, seeing a piece of cake on a turquoise colored plate is likely to make you want to eat the dessert anyway.)

4) Green: Many people are attracted to the color green and associated it with abundance.

3) Yellow: makes most people happy. When people are happy, they are more likely to eat than when they are feeling sad or overly calm.

2) Orange: stimulates the brain, which increases mental activity and often stirs up a sensation of hunger.

1) Red: raises a person’s blood pressure, heart rate, and causes hunger to be more prevalent.

Try adding more color in your life and look at what colors may not be present that might need to be to balance out your moods and life. I remember when Mae, LMT did massage on me when she first started at Energy Fitness. She also does energy work and could see lots of red in my energy field when she closed her eyes. That stands for fire so it made sense that I didn’t have a need very many clothing items that were red in which I did not. I have sense made a shift more in the past few years for more neutral colors. I think back to when my husband and I first bought our first house. We had lots of energy which is probably why we chose a red kitchen, yellow or green walls and an orange spare bedroom and then later changed to off white for all the walls.

There is a song by Expose that has the lyrics seasons change feelings change and the Bible says there is a season for reaping and a season for sowing. Life is flowing and so should be your diet and energy levels. Try not to get in a bad habit rut or just grab for whatever is convenient.

Plan your meals with love and color!

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM
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

The services below resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 


May 23, 2020

Get that rear in gear and take care of that big muscle you’ve been sitting on during all this zoom and virtual tech time of doing business and getting things done.

It’s getting hot out there and time for getting a little vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin! How have you been using your time over the winter and early Spring months with more inside time.

We love these exercises and regularly pepper them into workouts for our clients as needed for their goals and body mobility goals.

When I don’t have a step I will use a stair or curb or even a picnic table when out for a run and it’s also lifting day. Don’t have access to a cable for the external rotation exercise, we highly recommend band loops or rig a resistance band around something sturdy. Use a chair or a couch for the 1 leg squat to bench.

A complete newbie? Try 1 set of 10-12 reps on each side. For the more determined that are looking to get that backside toned and lifted faster then go for 3-5 sets of 10-12 reps and don’t forget the lengthening of the muscles post workouts with some static flexibility exercises.

Below is a collection of 5 short videos without instruction, just visual so look at postural alignment and feet position.

Here’s a tracking sheet so you can be accountable to yourself. Write it down as it all adds up or doesn’t it you don’t do it and wondering why you aren’t getting results. I even included pictures as I know when I demonstrate something I usually have to demonstrate again because I am giving additional information on spinal alignment or form corrections and people forget the general movement.

To building or keeping a toned and functional booty aka backside!

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT
901-466-6242

Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM
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

The services below as well as onsite personal training and nutrition coaching to resume when the lock down on social distancing has lifted!

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).