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October 15, 2021
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Do you wake up with shoulder pain now or ever have? Do you have chronic shoulder aches? Maybe it’s your sleeping position. Having personal trained so many clients over the past 20 years so many people don’t consider the time in the sleeping position that can be the culprit of shoulder pain.

Check out the pictures below. If you sleep with your hands above your head then you are laterally (externally) rotating your upper arm bone (humerus) causing you to overstretch some muscles and overwork other muscles. Vice versa if you sleep with your hands folded across your chest as pictured in picture 2 below. This is called medial or internal rotation of the humerus.

To counter your pain, you need to strengthen the muscles that are overstretched. To do this you need resistance training to shorten the muscles that need to hold shoulder/ rotator muscles in the proper scapular position.

You will thank me later!

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Determine what feels best or makes the pain go away during a band, dumbbell or cable exercise. Try for 15-20 reps if using bands. If using dumbbell for external rotation then use light one such as 1 to 8 pounds and if needed use a towel between your upper arm and side to make sure you have no space between arm and body. Of course stretching in the opposite direction can also be helpful. Be your own best therapist and detective to solve and help reduce pain that just won’t go away. Also think about bad biomechanics that you may be doing everyday, such as using one arm more than the other for grabbing bags, groceries or the position of your head while watching tv or talking on the phone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Fitness studio in Travelers Rest, SC (relocated town) will be under construction soon. Since you can’t see us onsite….In the meantime you can find Tonya online with Zoom 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.

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) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
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.

 

 

 

 


October 6, 2021
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Let’s face it, working the back of the legs with that darn leg curl machine at the gym or deadlifts aren’t most individual’s favorite exercises. Okay, maybe I’m projecting a bit. I do know that lots of clients over the years have disdain for both of the above mentioned exercises. This post is delivering to you 2 other exercises that likely aren’t going to tweak your back and ones that you can work on at either the gym, your home or on the road.

Equipment needed: mat, stability ball

This is called a 1 legged ball hamstring curl. Tip: If you get a cramp in your hamstring then you are not tucking (posterior tilting) your pelvis.  This on the floor without the ball and just holding 1 one leg bridge in and of itself is a functional movement test to see if you know how to initiate your glutes (fire your glutes). Because everyone has different body alignment you may need to either keep the toe pointed (plantar flexion) or keep toe towards your chin (dorsiflexion). The difference could be as simple as a nerve glide or floss with that toe action for both stretches and exercises. Okay, so I might be getting a little in the weeds with my anatomical descriptors. Just check out the pictures below and try for yourself. If you can’t do the 1 leg version, then build up to it. This can be done with both legs for start and finish of exercise or use both legs to bring ball to your butt and then lift one leg off and slowly roll the ball out. When you get to an extended leg place the non working leg back on the ball to bring back to your butt. These would be called 1 leg negative ball curls and can help you get strong enough to do a complete full range of motion rep. Try anywhere from 1 to 3 sets and 10-15 reps. These can be done 2-3 times per week with a day in between. Getting to easy? Place a dumbbell or kettlebell on your hip of the working leg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those with bad knees may have trouble with the second exercise. Maybe you can create some kind of doughnut style layout with a towel or foam to give the knees more cushion or try on a couch, bed or knee pads. Just trying to eliminate excuses as you know that’s what personal trainers do!

These are hamstring rocks with a weight plate on your feet. Some clients are so inflexible in the front part of their ankles that cramping can occur here before exercise is even begun. You can also have someone stand on your feet or prop them under a sturdy piece of furniture. The goal is to gently rock the body forward at the knees. You can see from the picture that even though I knew my picture was taken for this exercise my pelvis is an an anterior tilt (from years of running). You too, may have to avoid your hips wanting to sway forward and backwards as the pivot point. The goal is to keep your spine in line with your knees and hips (pelvis). Go for 20 reps for 1-3 sets. To make it more challenging you can hold a weight plate, dumbbell or hold onto a resistant band in front of you anchored to a door or alternative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a piece of advice, the first time you do these you may indeed feel a very targeted soreness right in the belly of the hamstring. This is a sign you are working the right muscle and it may be sore for several days. Try self massage, foam rollers, trigger point balls or massage therapy to work it out as well as stretching.

Energy Fitness studio in Travelers Rest, SC (relocated town) will be under construction soon. Since you can’t see us onsite….In the meantime you can find Tonya online with Zoom 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.

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) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
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.


August 14, 2021
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We’ve got BIG news to share! It’s been about 6 months in the making for Energy Fitness!

We have found our next onsite location!

Energy Fitness, an award winning boutique personal training studio was incorporated and started in Memphis, TN in June 2002. Tonya Tittle’s husband Mark Tittle realized that she had the skill set to start a personal training business as she had already been approached twice to manage studios that wanted to open downtown. Mark has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and helped in the early years with business guidance. We have helped over 3000 Memphis area residents with their health and fitness goals and now reaching a wider audience with more with our online zoom training which was added in 2020 and is still a great service.

Two weeks before covid shutdown last February 2020, we told our clients of our plans to relocate the family and business to South Carolina. Mark’s medical sales job had an open territory. This was a thoughtful and hard decision to leave our many clients and dear friends made during our 23 years in Memphis. We just couldn’t pass by an opportunity for our kids to be close to his family in North Carolina and closer to mountain and beach adventures for the whole family.

Fast forward to today, we signed a new lease for onsite location in Travelers Rest, SC. This area is booming and is close to Furman University and the Swamp Rabbit Trail. A paved trail system that goes to downtown Greenville. The new location is a quarter mile from the trail and walkable to our new residence.

A broad strokes timeline…..

  •  August 2002 – Original location 265 South Front Street, Memphis, TN (Shelby County) in a second story loft space with 1100 square feet, only a block from the world famous Beale Street. The view from the top of the stairs was the Mississippi River and the free street parking below.
  • February 2006 – Relocated to 552 South Main Street, Memphis, TN near the historic Arcade Restaurant where Elvis had a booth and across from the Amtrack station. $110k renovations to custom fit a 2000 square foot space.
  • June 2012 – Celebrated 10 Years!
  • February 2020…2 weeks before Covid shutdown, we told our customers we were relocating to Greenville, South Carolina closer to Mark’s family and his new medical sales job territory.
  • March 2020…Online training began and continues today
  • End of February 2021 moved last of contents from Memphis to Greenville, SC and Travelers Rest, SC (2 different storage units)
  • TODAY – August 14th SIGNED NEW LEASE for 1900 square feet facility with free parking, mountain views and high visibility. New address is 898 N. Hwy 25 Bypass, Travelers Rest, SC. It’s in the city but has a Greenville County address. This will be a first time being on ground level with no stairs for clients to climb. Exciting news as now we are more handicap accessible for those that want or need our services.
  • Permits / Construction – August – November 2021
  • Before End of Year 2021 – Relocation Grand Opening
  • June 2022 – Will Celebrate 20 years serving the South! Stay tuned for celebration details…

Check out a few before pics of the space. It needs a lot of work. New almost everything interior: AC, Insulation, Plumbing (2 showers), 2 bathrooms, 2 massage therapy rooms, electrical, new double glass entry doors, glass garage door (to see the mountains and let more light in) and the list goes on. Thanks to Bank of Travelers Rest and their staff Betsy & Nicole for getting a loan approved to up-fit the new location.

Meet our new landlords, Melissa Tinsley & Todd Bayne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Fitness would not be possible without the love and support from my husband Mark Tittle and 50% owner over the past 19 years! Thanks Mark for letting me help our clients make positive lifestyle wellness changes. Having a business in Memphis for many years helped us get more involved in our community. We look forward to meeting area residents and business owners in our new town as well.

Stay tuned for updates….

Other exciting news: new online platform to be released in Sept or sooner for videos, meal plans, 12 week transformation workout plans with videos, etc.  & drop ship Energy Fitness vegan protein powder to be available in the new few months or sooner.

In the meantime you can find Tonya online with Zoom 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.

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) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
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.