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November 21, 2020

It has twice been brought to my attention as of late about clients having symptoms of altitude sickness. I must admit the symptoms can be very bothersome and range from mild to severe. I felt compelled to bring to your attention some herbal remedies that may be helpful next time you take a trip 1000 feet above sea level or more.

The primary cause of altitude sickness is the decrease in air oxygen levels. At 8000 feet, oxygen levels are about half those at sea level. If one ascends slowly the body has a chance to acclimatize by making physiological adjustments and symptoms can be prevented. If one ascends too quickly, fluid moves from the blood stream into the tissues, the blood thickens due to fluid loss, and slows elimination of toxins and wastes from the body. The resultant dehydration inhibits the normal distribution of nutrients and oxygen to the cells and transport of wastes from the tissues, causing thirst along with other symptoms, including breathlessness, sleep disturbances, increased heart rate, nausea, vomiting, headache, oedema and fatigue. Symptoms can present within 12 to 48 hours of arrival at high altitude and are intensified by alcohol and vigorous exercise. If symptoms persist for more than 2-3 days, it is best to return to lower altitude. If you are moving or going on vacation and are an avid exerciser then you simply must be patient as it takes 4 weeks for you and your blood to acclimate to the higher altitude. I recently moved from about 224 ft sea level in Memphis to almost 1100 ft above sea level and it absolutely took four weeks. My runs and bike rides were just so slow and with exercise induced asthma I felt it probably more than the average person.

A list of the mild altitude sickness symptoms are as follows:

  • headache • nausea • dizziness • throwing up • feeling tired • shortness of breath • faster heart rate
  • not feeling well overall • trouble sleeping • loss of appetite

Here are a few vitamins/supplements you might already have around the house and can gear up for that trip.

Free-radical-mediated damage to the blood-brain barrier may be implicated in the development of acute mountain sickness, and so taking antioxidant supplements such as vitamins A, C and E, alpha-lipoic acid or selenium could be very helpful.  B-vitamins work as catalysts for many biochemical reactions, including the utilization of oxygen by the cells.  Vitamin C acts as a major antioxidant, protecting nutrients like the B-vitamins, and helping the body deal with stress. Daily doses of 1000 mg vitamin C, 400 iu vitamin E and 600 mg alpha Lipoic Acid are recommended.

I like to look at other how other countries and cultures take care of the body via herbs, manual therapy (massage, reflexology or accupressure), sound healing, etc. We can learn a lot from cultures that are deep rooted in healing passed down from generation to generation. There are several herbs which could be very helpful to help prevent or treat altitude sickness, particularly those which are classed as adaptogens and cardiotonics.

CAUTION: Of course if you are on any prescription medications or have health related issues PLEASE check with your doctor to see if any of these suggestions are contraindicated for you!

  • Ginkgo biloba has a remarkable ability to increase blood flow throughout the body, in particular to the brain, enabling it to cope better with decreased atmospheric oxygen levels.
  • Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is used in the high altitudes in Asia to prevent altitude sickness. The ‘mushroom of immortality’, Reishi has been used for centuries as a longevity tonic to increase energy and increase resilience to physical, mental and environmental stressors.
  • Rhodiola is native to the Himalayas and found growing in at high elevations in Asia, Europe and North America. The root, stem, leaves, flowers, and seeds all have adaptogenic and antioxidant properties and have long been considered a panacea. Rhodiola enhances physical and mental energy and performance, improving mental acuity, memory and concentration and increases blood supply to brain and muscles.

Spices or Foods that may help:

Eugenol, a component of the volatile oils in cloves, allspice, basil, cinnamon, bay, wild carrot seeds and marjoram decreases blood viscosity, and aid the retention of fluids in the blood. Horsebalm, (Monarda spp), and various related species including thyme, mints, wild bergamot, winter savory,  contain blood thinning compounds including thymol, menthol or menthone. Foods such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes, dill, parsley, chillis, celery, onions and fennel also possess blood thinning compounds.

A solution many people use in South America for altitude sickness is coca leaves which are available in pharmacies in tea bags!

Drink plenty of water a very common theme of how to prevent altitude sickness. You may even wish to combine with the nunn or other electrolyte tablets or powder I have suggested before in blog posts for proper hydration.

Reflexology & Acupressure Points that may be helpful!

This acupressure point is actually a two-for-one point. That’s because Pericardium 6 or Nei Guan by its Chinese name, is used to treat nausea and vomiting, and it is also be used treat anxiety. So if you’re feeling slightly nauseous AND anxious, then you may find this point helpful. I had to take my wrist watch off for this pic as it’s pretty much right under the band. Pericardium 6 is located on your forearm, three finger-widths below the wrist crease. Hold your thumb on the location and press for up to 60 seconds at least once per hour as needed. So where ever you go next time high in the sky or mountains try a few of these blog post suggestions to keep that sickness at bay.

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November 7, 2020

When our trainers are trying to get the most out of our clients investment in their health we often put a program together that may have combo movements. This helps to respect both the clients time and can make the plan more efficient. Regardless of if we are onsite at Energy Fitness studio in Downtown Memphis or Virtually Personal Training our clients via Zoom these moves still prove to be challenging and effective.

Try this up up down down plank with a reverse fly for shoulders/posture. Note that my feet are wide to provide a good base of support. Depending on your strength and flexibility in your core and hips you may have to do the movement on your knees. If you do the full plank (on your toes) try to do a few reverse fly movements without holding weight as some of you may need to start with this anyway. Look down or video yourself doing it and see how much your hips are rotating. You want to try your best to keep your hip bones level to the floor.

Notice in the video below that I have a slight turn to the right with my right hip when lifting my right arm to the same side. This is much more pronounced when I train clients as I often have to remind them to (pay attention) and do this trick….When lifting the right arm rotate the right hip toward the left hip. You might feel like this is an exaggerated move but likely it will be more on the path to being performed correctly.

Try this combo move for 10-12 reps on each side for 2 or three sets. Try a downward dog or pigeon pose stretch for 30 seconds before moving on to the other side if you need a break or just catch your breathe for 20 seconds.

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.

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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, 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.

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July 24, 2020

For the past at least 10 years every time I turn around I am reading something about the benefits of licorice. I have mentioned to our clients at Energy Fitness personal training, nutrition coaching and massage therapy studio that they may wish to consider trying some licorice tea as an introductory for stress relief. It can also aid in reducing belly fat from too much cortisol production from the stress. There are more than 300 different compounds in licorice, some of which have antiviral and antimicrobial properties.

Did you know Licorice is a legume that grows about 5 feet tall? That means it’s in the bean category. When people think of licorice, they usually imagine the black, chewy candy you can buy in the store. You may be thinking it’s just so strong a taste I can’t bear to eat everyday. It definitely has a very unique taste which stops your taste buds in its tracks. What if you could bypass the tongue and go for a supplement? After reading the benefits you may wanna give it a try. There is a licorice variety that is native to the U.S called Glycyrrhiza lepidota, though it’s much less intense in flavor. Glycyrrhiza uralensis is also known as Chinese licorice. It has a sweet flavor and multiple medicinal uses.

Licorice has a history of use in food and medicine for over a millennium. This tasty root comes packed with potent polyphenol micronutrients that have potent medicinal effects for curing anything from nausea to heartburn, and leaky gut. It’s called mulethi in some parts of Asia. The licorice plant is native to the lands of Asia and Southern Europe, and some call it a weed in some of those areas.  Its most popular uses are candy, sweeteners, and flavoring in tobacco products. This widely-used herb has established health benefits, and folk medicine uses it to treat all types of inflammatory diseases.

Glycyrrhizin is the active polyphenol compound found in licorice, and it’s also responsible for the side-effects of consuming too much licorice, such as high blood pressure. As a result, many food producers and supplement companies now produce licorice extract for use in therapeutic and food applications – but with the glycyrrhizin removed. Consuming too much licorice can cause potassium loss which can raise blood pressure.

Benefits of Licorice

  1. Improve digestive health which may be affected by Gerd (acid reflux), reduce toxic bacteria in the gut

2) Beneficial in a weight loss diet by ramping up the metabolism. Many people that struggle with weight and controlling appetite would benefit from Licorice because consumption affects the production of ghrelin, the hunger hormone – thereby reducing appetite. Now don’t go on a mad rush to order or buy licorice because alone it won’t have any significant fat-burning effect. Remember it’s all about finding tweaks in habits and what works for you and combining it with regular exercise and a healthy diet to provide a synergistic effect that helps you burn more body fat. Exercise, eat healthy 80% of the time and then stick of licorice for dessert or try one of the suggested protocols below.

3) Enhance Liver health. Drinking in moderation. Keep in mind everyone has a different idea of what moderation is – 1 glass a few times per week as a trainer is more than necessary if you are trying to have optimal health and always trying to lose weight. Drinking in moderation the liver produces enzymes to help repair the damage but those that drink more the liver can’t repair fast enough and hence fat is stored. Try a few licorice chews on the way to the bar as a preventive test drive to better liver health.

4) Improve Cognitive Health & relieve fatigue (think brain and quick thinking): licorice, namely carbenoxolone, has been shown in reducing stress and slowing brain aging that may lead to the development of dementia. Licorice also contains liquiritigenin, has an anti-inflammatory effect and can have a positive effect on brain cells, showing promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Other reports out there suggest that is could help prevent other brain and cognitive disorders like Parkinson’s and boost memory and aid in treatment of depression. Here’s another component present in licorice, amorphousness which has anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to reduce blood sugar, inhibit the development of insulin resistance, and prevent Type-2 diabetes. Research shows that licorice helps slow the progression of neurological symptoms and provides relief from chronic fatigue.

5) Improve sleep: Who doesn’t want to sleep better? One specific type of licorice root, called Glycyrrhiza glabra, is known to induce sleep and enhance sleep duration. Two other common compounds in licorice root, namely Gabriel and liquiritigenin, also help induce sleep, reducing the time it takes you to fall asleep at night. These compounds increase the length of non-REM sleep without disturbing deep sleep patterns. Sleep deprivation transpires when a person gets less sleep than they need to feel awake and alert, due to the brain not being able to clear toxins from neural pathways during sleep.

Licorice has also been proven to help with eczema, heartburn, and cough. It may also be effective for cankers, dental plaque, bleeding, high cholesterol, high potassium, IBS, and hot flashes. If you have high blood pressure or are pregnant, you may want to talk to your doctor before using licorice medicinally.

WARNING: Even though I am touting the benefits of licorice remember that more isn’t always better. You should never consume excessive amounts of licorice in food or supplement form.

Here are some suggestions from a brand we love that is a science and medical foods based company:

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If you just enjoy the taste of licorice then go bold but remember that as with anything dosage and consistency is key.  Try traditional medicinals licorice root tea or the Yogi teas and of course straight licorice chews if you dare, just watch for sugar content from the companies that are trying to make it more appealing by amping up sugar content.

Not sure what to do or where to start? We can help!

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.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 

 


July 19, 2020

How effective are you with your workouts and rest breaks either doing cardio or weight training? Some of you may be thinking “I don’t even workout!”. Many of you may be reading this and haven’t really thought about how long you should rest between exercises or more specifically between sets (example: a set of 10 reps of squats).When it comes to optimizing your training program, there’s a lot of variables that need to be considered. How much time you rest between sets is one of the more important variables yet is often overlooked.

Clients at Energy Fitness are paying for a trainer/coach for a set time slot so many want to be as efficient as possible as they are invested and held accountable. What about when clients or you workout on your own time, are you getting the most out of your efforts? We keep the personal training sessions moving along at a good clip and try to get in as much as possible in the 30 minutes.

When I go out of town and workout at other gyms I am reminded that It can be amusing to both the trainer and other clients to see how some individuals or clients catch more break time between sets.

If you are looking for results and not getting them maybe you should increase your intensity by moving along faster through exercises.

Here’s what we see as stalls for extra time
or as I call them “mini-breaks”

Where do you fit most of the time
and are your results showing? Here’s to a giggle…

  • purposely put your water bottle or coffee further away so you can use that walk to it as a break
  • sipping too much beverage
  • readjust your weight gloves
  • flexing in the mirror
  • weighing yourself
  • deciding what your are going to do next as you don’t have a plan and do whatever comes to mind
  • chat it up or tell a story to a buddy, fellow training client or trainer
  • fein to your trainer that you need another demonstration of the exercise as you weren’t watching the first time
  • explaination from your trainer or workout buddy of why you need to do an exercise you hate
  • take too much time journaling your weight and sets
  • read a magazine
  • check your smart watch for messages
  • check your phone for calls, messages or emails
  • watch TV for news, sport or financials updates
  • at home virtual workouts – pet the dog or cat

Now that you’ve had a good chuckle let’s talk real time between sets so you can get the results you want.

Learn EXACTLY how long to rest between sets to maximize muscle growth and long term strength gains?

Ideally we want our clients warmed up at least 5-15 minutes before with as we age needing more time as you can exert more force upon the muscles when they are warmer.

For weight training:

Longer rest period 3 minutes for full recovery means that you will have enough time to recover and be strong enough to lift when it’s time for successive sets.This is training for power 3-8 reps (typically 3 sets but body builders doing as many as 10 sets) and means heavy weights especially for compound movements like bench press or squats.Trying to build muscle mass then try this for 4-8 weeks although you won’t be able to fit as many exercises in and likely you will have to lift at least 3 days per week and each workout will take longer. Scientifically you are waiting for recovery from a cellular level to happen and that takes time or some additional supplementation. You could however choose to try this for one particular muscle group for a shorter workout say bench press incline and flat then in between sets you could work legs or core.This would be a good use of time and you could mix the shorter rest periods as explained below with this longer rest period.

Training for strength, 10-12 reps typically 2-3 sets means lifting moderate to heavy weights and can fall in the shorter-moderate rest period category.with a rest period of 1 min – 90 seconds. This means that you will create more metabolic stress to your system feeling like you are getting a killer workout as you will feel the fatigue more, but it comes at a price. With a shorter rest period, you’re not going to be able to lift as heavy a weight or perform as many reps as you would be able to after a longer rest period. You may have experienced this first hand especially if you had to go down in weight by the third set. You will be getting lots of different exercises completed with this method. This is the majority of training we do with our clients and how I train myself with a pepper of heavier sets thrown in. This can be performed by choosing 3-4 exercises and rotating through them. You can even throw in a few core moves if you have moved through the exercises faster than 90 seconds. An example of this might squats, lunges, dumbbell row, shoulder push ups. This set would give your body the 90 seconds because the lunges and rows are unilateral training which takes longer. If you did squats, leg curl, outer thigh and leg extension then you would want to have more rest before you went straight back to squats again so you might do some plank or back extensions to rest the legs.

Endurance training for weights is performing 15 reps and above and typically is shorter rest period category because you can go straight from one exercise to another without the worry of dropping a face on your face or foot because it’s lighter. An example would be doing 2 exercises back to back and if you feel like you need more rest throw in a core exercise.

CARDIO REST PERIODS – Setting out to do cardio hit / interval training means periods of work and rest. Since I was a cross country and track collegiate athlete I can relate this best by giving examples and why different rest periods are necessary. Early in the season a base of miles is obtained and speed work like doing quarter mile or half mile repeats need longer rest between sets. As you get more conditioned your body recovers faster and you need to stress if if more, so shorter rest periods are necessary to duplicate the racing stage that will have no breaks. For general hit training in which we highly recommend and has been proven to be effective examples are doing 10 sets of 30 second effort and either 15 or 30 seconds of active recovery or if you are killing it then passive recovery. This type of training can be done 2-3 times per week. For weight training for clients coming to us wanting to run a long race like a half or full marathon they need to lift heavy and phase to lighter and more endurance weight and reps closer to the race. Of course if this is their first time lifting weights then we must go through a moderately heavy phase being cautious with the joints, consider the age of the client and previous or current injuries as well.

So what type of training do you do?

Being in tune with your body may be your biggest clue. Knowing your body type, genetics, trial and error or hiring a trainer can be less frustrating and more motivating when it comes to getting the best from your body.

Remember I said there are lots of variables when it comes to getting results? Steps in personality and lifestyle choices. You may know what you need to do but just don’t do it or aren’t getting the right nutrition or sleep to muster up the energy or brain power to make it happen. Just do it slogan really needs to get in your brain!

Remember, as for rest and muscle building that doesn’t mean that you just sit around and do nothing or watch a timer? Not in my books as a trainer. You can do some other muscle groups or core exercises that don’t involve those muscles and still be pressing on towards your fitness goals.

Not sure what to do or where to start? We can help!

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment 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.

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

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

 

 


July 10, 2020

When nutrition coaching and personal training our clients at Energy Fitness clients come in with certain goals and habits. Many of these habits are what may be keeping the client from ultimately reaching their weight loss or performance fitness goal. Over and over again we hear clients say “I’m not willing to stop having my drinks!” so then the clients and trainer often can become frustrated as the trainer knows the scientific reason and benefits to stop consuming alcohol.

Let’s look at the science aspect and why alcohol may be a the demon when it comes to a weight loss battle.

Can I drink alcohol if I’m trying to lose weight?

If researchers say that one drink a night is good for your heart, then having more must be even better is the sad (standard american diet…extended into drinks as well) story line that many tell themselves to justify the habit. I get it, a glass or wine or a cool beer at the end of the day to wash away your worries or stress but what about the stress it is causing your body or your chronic weight loss battle going on in your head. Far too many times I have heard spouses say how thin they were when they got married and one or both partners aren’t willing to stop drinking.

To really explain why the struggle is real for you then you must understand calories and nutrients. I did all the hard work of brushing up on the Kreb’s cycle and all those long hard words to pronounce so I will just do my best to give it to you as simple as possible.

To lose one pound per week you must have a deficit of 3500 calories so about 500 less per day. Problem is that most people don’t know the numbers. You likely don’t know how many calories you are taking in and most of you don’t track how many you burn. You may not even know your basal metabolic rate (how many calories you burn even if you were to sit and do nothing all day).

A general idea for what you burn would be to start with how much you weigh and add a zero to it.

Example: I weigh 125 lbs so 1250 calories would be baseline. I am very active and I have a lot of muscle so this number increases to account for that. I have had my BMR tested often and it’s around 1750 calories. That’s 500 calories more than the simple add a zero. That’s actually close to the amount of calories I consume daily or spread across a week my daily average to maintain my current weight. Men trying to lose weight would likely not want to go below 1500 calories and women not below 1200 calories.

Now is a calorie a calorie? not when it comes to alcohol

Alcohol can cause issues for your weight-loss and metabolism-balancing efforts because it is high in calories (second only to fat), and, like fats and carbs, is metabolized to acetyl CoA. When acetyl CoA is around in high amounts, the body sees no reason to burn other fuels. Pay attention to the above mentioned acetyl CoA in this paragraph. This means that if you are trying to lose weight and you consume more than your body can burn immediately that it can be stored as fat the same way excess carbs can be stored. To lose fat you will have to burn up all the alcohol calories and the carb calories then finally force your body to convert stored fat into glucose.

In college during my board of review for my Master’s Degree in Exercise Science one particular phrase stood out to me that I had to recite.

FAT BURNS ON A CARBOHYDRATE FLAME!!!!!!

Your body burns calories in this order:
alcohol 7 calories per 1 gram
carbs 4 calories per 1 gram
fats 9 calories per 1 gram
(protein 4 calories per 1 gram. Protein leads to little energy contribution in terms of fuel as it is not stored in the body and need to consume every 3-4 hours if you wish to maintain a healthy muscle mass)

Let’s do some math!

If a 10 minute jog burns about 100 calories and you can only last for 30 minutes at best and you hate running, so you do the bike which is half the calorie burn then you have only burned 150 calories. Well, one beer or glass of wine is about 100 calories and most people don’t have just one or when they drink.Most people also like to snack that spells disaster for weight loss goals.

Does that Mean I should Avoid Alcohol Completely?
You may need to avoid alcohol when you’re trying to lose weight, but we have also seen people have wine almost nightly and be able to attain and maintain a lean, healthy body.

The trick is to know what does and does not work for you.

If you want a glass of wine with dinner, here’s a tip…Don’t eat starch and fat with your meal and drink alcohol together. Make an effort to never combine the three.

For instance, have a piece of fish, a plate of veggies and either a glass of wine or half a sweet potato, but not both.

The truth is, small amounts of alcohol, (note: we said small) can certainly be apart of some people’s fat-loss formula and whether it is for you or not will take some detective work.

During your detective work think of abstaining as a way of treating your body like a race horse and keeping it free from things that could be holding back the reigns to see what your mid-section could really look like.

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

 

 


April 4, 2020

With more people working from home during this Covid crisis many of us are finding that we are in or around the kitchen a lot more. That can result in many more opportunities to decide to put something in your mouth regardless of if you are hungry or not. Check out a video I did in my own kitchen 4 years ago as the same principles and advice still applies today. It’s the small changes both in your environment and your mind that add up to big results for behavior change.

What can you do in your own kitchen, pantry, office, purse, briefcase or work area to increase your chances of nutritional success and properly fueling a great functioning body for optimal performance?

Usually this is where we tell you what we offer and see if you want to come in for FREE consult, schedule a massage or Nutrition Coaching Services onsite. But, times are different and we’re on lock down with the COVID19 and doing all our training online video and kicking some butts in peoples own spaces. They have been surprised how much we can get their heart rates up, muscles burning and are so appreciative for our help in designing a custom workout program during quarantines.

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

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

Here’s what Energy Fitness is offering online NOW…and maybe as a continued service in the future since it’s been such a helpful service and a hit for individuals seeking professional fitness advice.
+Virtual Consultation for those wanting either a written program, virtual training or nutrition coaching-FREE (value $87)
+Virtual Functional Movement Analysis / Assessment (onsite value $100, online $40)
+Nutrition coaching with nutrient and meal timing considerations and meal plans
+Supplement suggestions
+Equipment purchase suggestions
+Personal training program design by Exercise Scientist (Tonya) and additional certified personal trainers on staff (must include assessment-how else can we determine what your body needs if we don’t test your quality of movement) Program design for 2 workouts is $40-$60 depending on if you need links to video demos. You may consider additionally purchasing 2 virtual sessions to have trainer demonstrate and watch your form). Example package: assessment, 2 workouts for you to do on your own and 2 virtual sessions.
+Virtual Personal Training 30-35 minutes 1-3 clients per session
+Small virtual packages of 4 to 5 sessions (1 assessment and 4 sessions)

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February 21, 2020

Our packages at Energy Fitness include meal plans so the clients can have the best chance at nutritional freedom and education about meals that are healthy along with teaching meal timing. We have over 25 meal plans and choose a few for each client based on their habits, goals and food choices. We do realize that there are different levels of commitment for eating healthy and sometimes convenience becomes a factor. So many times in our society the quick foods become the whole meal plan instead of just a rare occasion. Ask yourself why you eat healthy or wish for the desire to want to eat healthy. Healthy skin, better sleep, less brain fog, shed pounds, have more energy and better overall feeling of well being should top your list. If those aren’t your motivation then maybe you can start with having those as mantras when you get off the plan or don’t even have a plan.

This post is just to give you a few options and get your brain working to find other alternatives to junk food or super high calorie fast food. I mean you really aren’t any busier than anyone else and we have lots of executive, successful clients and busy working moms that find the time for eat healthy.

When travelling with the family out of town when pressed for time we pop in a grocery stores and just grab something healthy like tuna pack, salad, and some chopped veggies or gluten free crackers. Sometimes there’s a salad bar or If they have sushi I might grab that if no added sugars. I am an ingredient detective and you should be too. You should be able to pronounce the foods and chemicals that you put in your mouth and body.

There are different levels of fast food. There’s the drive through option, Then there are options like food Bars or walk up service type of service menus as well as grocery store pop ins.

Arby’s: Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad, Total Calories: 240, Total Fat: 13 grams

Chick-Fil-A: Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap,Total Calories: 350, Total Fat: 13 grams

Chipotle: Burrito Bowl,Total Calories: 330,Total Fat: 8 grams

Dunkin’ Donuts: Wake-Up Wrap,Total Calories: 190, Total Fat: 11 grams

Hardee’s: Low Carb Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich,Total Calories: 190, Total Fat: 4 grams
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Burrito Bowl, Total Calories: 357, Total Fat: 17 grams

Wendy’s: Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, Total Calories: 340, Total Fat: 17 grams

So that’s 7 fast food now I’ll share my fast food ideas:

bumble and bumble tuna and crackers or chicken and crackers (great for kids) pair with side salad or cherry tomatoes and spinach leaves or sweet baby peppers.

salad to go kits from grocery store (i forego the dressing and eat it bare unless there are lemon wedges handy).

pack my own to go lunch and snacks of salad, veggies and a protein like veggie patty, boiled egg(s), tuna salad

Snacks like aloha bars, vega bars, rice cake and nut butter individual packets (they come in almond, watermelon seed, cashews, sunflower and peanuts in which I never eat peanuts due to mold and cancer) are great to keep handy. I buy cliff, power crunch and zbar’s for the kids. Protein shakes are a great go to meal or snack when no other options.

HAPPY & HEALTHY EATING TO YOU!

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FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

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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?

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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
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ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

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How many times


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
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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 (myofacial release).