energy fitness greenville south carolina

June 5, 2021

I made a video a while back and thought I would use for this blog post along with some supplement suggestions for those of you that struggle with sleep. Not getting enough sleep is a chronic issue so many people have. We all need to be protecting our sleep like a guard dog protects a property. If you aren’t starting the day refreshed then a snowball effect can occur that can make us reach for caffeine, sugar, fattening food or alcohol which can further decay good sleep habits.

I decided to cave and take a supplement as I would just get up and pee 3-4 times per night which absolutely can make you feel less rested. I always am amazed and a bit jealous when I meet people that don’t get up at all during the night to urinate. Lucky!

I have multiple ways to check the quality of my sleep. The sleep number bed and my Garmin watch are great at stats. The stats don’t always line up, but I don’t get to fixated on them. I just make sure to be circling the bed near 8:30 if my goal is to rise at 4:40 am to start workouts at 5 for weight training days. Why so early? Excuses and obligations come faster when workouts are delayed in the day.

 

Here are a few supplements that clients like, that you may want to check out from Metagenics.
https://efitness.metagenics.com/metarelax https://efitness.metagenics.com/benesom
https://efitness.metagenics.com/myocalm

 

 

Protect Your Slumber!


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.


May 29, 2021

Don’t think you have the head forward posture? Ask a friend or family member to catch you sitting at your desk or on your phone sometime when you least expect it and take a picture of you. I know during fitness assessments we take pictures against a posture grid when onsite and this is where you can really tell how much an individual’s neck juts forward. You might be able to take a picture of yourself in the mirror standing sideways but likely you will be self correcting.

When looking at reducing pain in one area of the body it’s of course important to look at the body as a whole and any compensatory patterns. Often times when people have weak or painful shoulder muscles they may not lift objects properly and overtime this can erode away the ligaments or muscle caused from grinding against bony structures in the body.

The stretch below may not be fun or sexy but who cares, try it anyway. Create some triggers to make you remember to do them. Maybe when you first sit down to read, type or even sewing and each time you take a break and return.

Results will pay off big and create a more aligned and confident looking posture.

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.

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.

May 6, 2021
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Usually I don’t like to jump on negative news guidelines as there is always a more positive story to tell. Positive stories feel better and don’t give us feelings of fear which is bad for our bodies. This morning, oddly enough I was running on a treadmill at the Y when I saw the ticker tape of this recall/news. I decided to google it for more information as the headline said one child death and 70 other injuries. I found a video on of one kid that got sucked under.  The video is below if you wish to see. It’s graphic. If your kids won’t listen to you to stay off your home treadmill and don’t seem to listen to your safety concerns then they might need to watch it with your supervision.

There is no audio and thank goodness because if you have kids you just can’t stand the blood pumping scream that accompanies a kid in the process of an injury or just thereafter.

This kid is one of the lucky ones as after he’s pulled under the treadmill and moved around a bit, he finally escapes and walks away. Thank goodness, but I bet he won’t be a fan of treadmills after that sadly.

Many years ago at Energy Fitness one of the trainers children was on the treadmill walking and one of the small stability balls got sucked under sending the end of the treadmill up in the air. Very scary. She learned to not have balls anywhere close to them as well as we learned to be sure and have equipment behind the treadmills to avoid this safety hazard. When I worked at the Downtown YMCA in Memphis right out of grad school I recall a teenager getting thrown off the back of the treadmill and why he kept jumping back on at least twice with heavy abrasion wounds I’ll never know. What the heck!

At least 3 feet behind treadmills is the legal suggestion and safety guidelines! Be careful and stay safe. Fitness is important but weight the risk to benefit ratio and keep in mind safety of all the fitness equipment that you use in gyms, studios, hotels and your own home.

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 30, 2021
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The majority of us are creatures of habits. Everything from brushing your teeth, wearing your favorite jacket, taking your shoes off in the same place, a place for your keys, buying the same snacks, fruit and food, doing the same exercises over and over again, thinking negative thoughts about yourself or others.

This blog post is just a few thoughts that I have to help you and others. As I wrote this blog it just starting flowing out of me. I met my future neighbors in person last week. We have only spoken on face book. She said “You’re going to be my inspiration to me!” I must say I enjoyed this comment as with all my training and zest for helping others find their groove in health and fitness I do hear this often. A dear friend years ago told me “you’re fiercely inspirational!”.

When looking through these items below just know that there are 6 stages of behavior change. Think about where you are and how you can get where you want to be.

Stop and ponder when is the last time you shook things up a bit?

Are all of your habits serving you well?

Are you mindlessly eating or not considering that your portion size is gonna keep those pounds on and further from your goal?

What about clothes shopping. Look in your closet. Do you make it easy for yourself to get dressed without wearing out your willpower for the day? Do you have too many clothes and pretty much the same repeat purchases that you don’t wear? I recently just reduced my 11 year old son’s wardrobe to make it easier for him to pair shirts and pants or shorts. He has ADHD and I swear that too many choices were wearing on his mood. He hated putting away all the clothes when clean so they ended up shoved in a drawer and wrinkled. We couldn’t let him leave the house like a big wrinkled mess. It’s been two weeks now and we are pleased with his wardrobe choices daily and with less frustration.

Let’s turn the attention to exercise now since personal training is my main gig. Do you just mindlessly go through the motions at the gym or home program? Do you do the same exercises more than 6 weeks in a row? Do you even have a program? Chances are much higher when you have a trainer, fitness coach, fitness buddy or you write it down in a journal and track your workouts. I’m not trying to add one more thing to you if you don’t currently track your workouts. What I am saying is that sometimes you have to shake it up a bit and go outside of your comfort level to made real and lasting changes.

Here are some examples of changes that might help you with forward progress:

Ditch the solid food breakfast (save calories and time washing dishes) ——Make a shake and hold the fruit

Working from home and haven’t planned your meals for the day? —–Make the night before and put in containers so you will eliminate the grazing and skip poor food choices.

Go to bed when you feel like it——Set a new bedtime to get 7-8 hours of sleep and stick to it

Go to your closet and get rid of the “fat” clothes —-This eliminates the reason to not stick to a healthy diet and exercise program consistently.

Print out a blank calendar and mark days for exercise and be specific (run, walk, kayak, swim, hike, golf, tennis, boxing, jump rope, cycle, canoe, pilates, yoga, weights). When completed put time next to it and give yourself a smiley face, check mark or star. What ever motivates you to keep going. It’s a great visual. Aim for being active 6 days a week and don’t afraid of doing more than one type of exercise per day. Just be sure and give yourself one full day of rest. Mediate and show yourself gratitude for your body and mind being able to complete your daily and weekly workouts.

Have you have found that when you are  stressed or bored that you tend to take part in habits that you really want to change. This is the first step in being mindful also known as awareness. Being aware of what triggers you can help you to plan distractions ahead of time to change them and make them stick. Did you know that research has shown that it takes smokers an average of 7 times of quitting smoking to make it stick? Often times when smokers quit they turn to food since it’s an oral fixation, hand to mouth habit.

Get to know that thinking mind of yours and give it a good talking to or better yet ignore it and create a new story that is positive and yields positive habits.

If you tend to binge eat on chips, don’t buy them.

Need to cut back on caffeine? —- Try green tea or try Dandy Blend tea

Do you online shop when you need a quick shop of dopamine?

Whatever it is that you do to distract yourself, just know that YOU and YOU alone have the power to make the change. Your trainer or accountability coach can’t follow you around all day every day. It’s all those little successes that add up to big and happy success. Celebrate all your little victories and take steps to always improve yourself and lift up others around you.

Join and online support group where you can share your successes and get ideas from others. It can be a form of giving back and giving back makes you feel good.

 

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.


April 17, 2021
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Our personal training clients are always wanting to improve posture, especially runners and desk jockeys. I have done many a blog post showing different ways to stretch different parts of the body. Lately I have been intent on wanting to improve/reverse the forward rotation of my shoulders after years of running, lifting and desk work.

I decided I would try anchoring my arm whilst the rest of my body is in a twist position which aids in the stretch. I then added windshield wiper abs so I can get that dynamic stretch instead of just the holding static stretch (on lifting or core days). The first few times I did it I could feel just how tight it was and now I add a little hamstring stretch with it or force my shoulder blade (scapula) to the floor and focus on breathing. It’s so much easier now.

I do realize that sharing this stretch with you, that many of you may not be able to put both knees together while your legs are in a spinal twist. That’s a whole different issue such as possible tight glutes, spine and supporting muscles. For now you may gently hold the top knee if it doesn’t torque your spine to a point of pain. Let’s focus on the chest stretch that you may feel deep into your armpit and breathe into it.

In the pictures below, notice that I have my hand in different positions. This is important to note as you change your hand position your upper arm bone either internally or externally (medially or laterally) rotates. You will want to try both and do the one that is hardest for you to do or just do both. You will have to wiggle your lower body in place and pick just the right angle for your body to be the most effective. Try to do morning and night for optimal benefits. You really get out of something what you put into it. You can start with 60 seconds and work up to 2-3 minutes if you are serious about your posture and also reducing shoulder, neck or back pain.

One interesting benefit I noticed after doing it for a week is that when I performed my post run shoulder stand I could see my feet, especially as I lowered them straight to the floor. This means that my chest is opened up a little more. I was even able to try some knee tuck and back up again core stuff for several reps without losing my balance.

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 8, 2021

So many clients go to personal trainers because they just don’t know what or how to work out kinks in their body and be able to get stronger at the same time.  I recently added these three exercises as a third day bonus for a client I customized a 2 day strength training program. They are so good and moved I don’t see clients at a Y or gym doing that I wanted to share with you and challenge you to add them to your week.

Try 2-3 sets of 15 each side for the C-bend and Leg External Rotation Leg Lift. The Rotate/Bend/Rotate, just do 3 each side. You will notice you can twist much more than originally because you are getting a great stretch.  Be sure to breath during these exercises.

You will likely be sore on the side of your body/ribcage in a good way.

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
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.