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May 23, 2021

I just completed a cec course called Glute Reboot for my ACSM Exercise Physiologist certification. Lots of them were refreshers but then they got technical and in the weeds so I’ll pass on the need to know and broad strokes. One of the instructors worked in Miami as a group fitness instructor. When she first arrived in Miami an individual approached her to say “Let me tell you what we care about for fitness in Miami….flat tummies and big firm butts!”

Men, do you need this post and these exercises too? Yes, as the body doesn’t distinguish from male and female muscle fibers. You need strength in the glutes and supporting muscles to help you lift heavy and correctly without getting hurt.

When talking about developing or keeping a strong and functional backside, we’re talking about more than just the gluteus maximus (the largest butt muscle) as there are other supporting and synergestic muscles that aid in our movement. I coach our clients to move their bodies in different planes. A plane is an invisible way of dividing the body in sections, like front to back, left to right and rotational.

Planes of movement example exercises that get the booty: tranverse, frontal and sagittal:

Sagittal plane: squatting, Lunging, running, walking

Frontal plane: side lunge, outer thigh or lateral movement (side to side), jumping jacks, roller blading

Transverse plane: roman twist, medicine ball throw to side, curtseys, chest press with rotation, paddling and racquet sports

HOW MANY REPS should you do
to build muscle mass and definition?

60% of 1 Rep Max until muscular fatigue. If I tell a client 12 reps and they do 13 and still can still keep going/have more in the tank then they haven’t reached muscular fatigue.

In order for a squat to be done properly an individual needs to have the ability for flexibility in the femur (upper thigh bone) to be able to internally and externally rotate (rotate in/medially or out/laterally). A weakness in this or in the inner thigh muscles or the gluteus medius muscle then optimal glute function will not exist.

The next time you are working out pay attention to how fatigued you really are, or are you just bored and going for a number. Sometimes we have clients do pause sets in which you pick a weight in which you think you can do multiple sets of let’s say 10 reps with a 5 seconds break between them. If you indeed picked the right weight you would maybe only be able to do 1.5 to 2 sets of 10 reps. The goal is to get a set of 10 reps, rest 5 seconds and maybe not be able to get more than 5-7 reps with that short break. Of course these reps should have perfect form.

When a fitness professional like myself or other qualified and trained fitness staff give you exercise suggestions, we are giving you the broad strokes. For those of you that like the science then at the most basic to work the glutes you have to have hip extension, hip adduction, hip abduction and medial and lateral rotation of the femur at the hip ball and socket joint. Don’t forget that there is an concentric contraction (shortening of the muscle) and an eccentric contraction (lengthening of the muscle). In the lowering phase of a lunge the glute is stretching getting ready to load the muscle for explosive or concentric contraction. Any weakness along the chain the spine or other joints take the load leading for possibility of injury.

Here’s a few exercises below in my library. I couldn’t just stop at 3 for those of you that know me:

This is a curtsey or bowler squat with movement in the frontal plane.This exercise also hits the rotational or tranverse plane by medially and laterally rotating the femur especially since there is a balance on one leg component.

Frontal plane movement. This is a kneeling outer thigh…remember to go for fatigue and for this with no weight will likely require higher reps.

Sagittal plane movement: (can be done with a loop band or band anchored to door as well.

Sagittal plane…One leg squat to bench

Tranverse Plane/Rotation..The staggered chop squat is a golden exercise as it get’s multiplanar movements.

This lunge twist can be done without the back knee being on the floor to fire more glutes. The leg is working hard to stabilize and avoid going in or out which can turn off the glutes. I have clients also do this with a band during zoom online training or for an extra at home exercise. Remember…we’re going for fatique and proper form. Breathe!

So the next time you may wish to poke fun or think it’s boring when you see someone working with a band doing different angles and lots of reps you may want to join in or take note. Often times we need a little push to work harder or up your game to get the body you want. Many of you may remember Abel, one of our personal trainers for several years until he moved to Austin. I follow him on social media and recently saw a post he did that included putting a weight plate on his back whilst doing ab roll outs with the wheel. I messaged him thanks for giving me the inspiration to pump up my own ab routine. Next workout was 25 lbs plate and 2 sets of 10 reps (on my knees of course like him, I don’t wish to throw out my back in the pursuit of a great core).

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.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87)
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.

April 22, 2021

This is a program I wrote for a client several months ago. It has several of my favorites and go to exercises for both the beginner and intermediate to advanced individuals. So many people don’t know what personal trainers, massage therapists or physical therapists are talking about when we say people need to do functional exercises. This means simply moving your body in movement patterns that helps you do every day tasks without getting hurt. Simple tasks such as lifting a kid from the floor or up and twisting, picking up groceries and navigating up steps or around objects in the way on the way to the kitchen can present a challenge if there are body or muscle imbalances.

The video is only a demonstration of one program in the 2 set program design I did for this runner. I give these and similar exercises to many of my clients and they don’t even have to be athletes.

How well can you perform these? The video is less than 7 min. so give it a view. If you are going to make it a workout then go for 2-3 sets of midrange reps 10-15 reps.

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.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87)
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


November 2, 2019

Energy Fitness (downtown Memphis) and an Energy Fitness personal trainer are thrilled to be a part of the wellness team for Adam Cruthirds’, his mom Connie & his sister Skylar. November 2019 seems like the month of Adam and Adam’s Army in their continued fundraising efforts to raise one million dollars for St. Jude. We have been so inspired by Adam’s battle and success beating cancer and we’re not the only ones inspired by his story.

Two magazines in the month of November 2019 out at the same time Memphis Health and Fitness & St. Jude’s Inspire features our trainer Lisa and client Adam. It just makes our heart sing to be making a different in the lives of the Cruthird’s family. Adam was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in July 2014 and now is a cancer survivor.

During Adam’s cancer treatments we would often have clients that late cancelled, came in dragging or complaining that they didn’t feel like working out and as with our usual and unique style/flare of customer service to Energy Fitness (lol) we would say things like “We can’t hear it as our client with cancer makes it happens and so can you, Suck it up as you’re not going through chemotherapy like Adam, Oh come on.. we have a client that endures needles in his body everyday for cancer treatment and he still comes to workouts”!

Working out and eating right from the stress of treatments was hard on Mama bear Connie (Adam’s mom) also and she was so honest about how much it affected her and how she now has recovered herself from the stress of trauma of it all. In the Memphis Health & Fitness article I love these words that the writer, Connie and Lisa share:  “As a family, the Cruthirds’ prioritize overall wellness. For Adam’s mother, Connie, the stress of having a child in treatment led to overeating and extreme fatigue. However, in the last year of Adam’s treatment, she found her way back to health and has lost 100 pounds.” “As he’s grown over the years,

I’ve seen him become  more mindful and aware of his overall health, not just getting his physical strength back,” says Lisa.

Connie is an inspiration herself. Her lifelong battle with eating disorder was out of control during the worst of the Adam’s treatments and currently she has tamed the beast of the mind to help make better choices for her body, mind and spirit. She does life coaching and writing professionally. Connie often shares with us and other clients statements about her path/journey to weight loss and the mental battle with food. We all have struggles and work through them differently. Check out her coaching site here or how to hire her services: Connie Cruthirds…coach, writer, creative.

Skylar (Adam’s sister and Connie’s daughter) is a quiet force behind the scenes helping him to raise money for St. Jude as well as being an amazing and supportive sister and daughter. To see how this family interacts and are supportive of each other through such difficult health circumstances really is touching.

A few photos along the way…

We were so excited to find & provide Adam a custom blend protein shake without a specific type of ingredient present in most all shake powders. It helped him to build muscle and nutritionally support his workouts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 10, 2019

Do you have neck and/or shoulder pain? Here at Energy Fitness, downtown Memphis, so many of our personal training and massage therapy clients come in with pain in which we have to both work around and create ways to improve mobility and stability to areas of their body to improve posture as well as increase well being.

I, Tonya Tittle have been personal training clients for over 16 years at Energy Fitnesss. We have several clients that are charter clients and we often mention to each other that we find it interesting how the workout programs we deliver to them have changed over the years based on their body needs.

As we age (sorry…it happens even at a cellular level), it’s pretty impossible to be completely unaware of the benefits of increased recovery time post workouts and the need to stretch or focus on getting stronger on specific muscle groups on the posterior side of your body. This can aid in decreased soreness after a workout, a decreased risk of injury, and better flexibility to name a few.

  • Strengthening your weak muscles can help create proper muscle recruitment [meaning making sure you’re using the right muscles and the right types of muscles at the right time]. We see many clients doing a push-up and the shoulders are taking over all the work.
  • Working on recruiting the right muscles and in the right order will help minimize any muscle imbalances.
  • Working to improve aches and pains by strengthening your muscle imbalances can decrease overuse injuries, inflexibility, and other problem areas.

In this post, we offer you 2 exercises that could potentially ease pain
and improve posture. Our clients really can feel the
difference and improvement as they get more proficient at them.

Scapular Push-Ups strengthen the muscles around the scapula, the technical term for the shoulder blades. The specific muscle that you strengthen when you perform Scapula Push-Ups is the serratus anterior. It connects between the ribs, underneath the scapula itself, and its main function is to keep the shoulder blades pressed against the upper back. When you strengthen it, you promote normal scapula motion and improve shoulder mobility which can help ease neck and shoulder pain.

Check out the video below!

Try modified (on knees) at first and then progress to elbows and toes plank. If so inclined and you need an extra challenge after mastering these then grab a weight plate and very carefully perform reps with plate on upper back.

How many should you do? Depends on your fitness level and posture needs.

Try 2-3 sets of 10-25 reps or go for time and build time up to 20-30 seconds per set.

Shoulder mobility with head up or down. I show 2 different versions of this exercise in case someone has intense shoulder pain and can’t do the first one in the video.

Think “bring shoulder blades together and back into their pockets”

Try 10-15 reps of each or both exercises for 2-3 sets of each.


 

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