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October 28, 2021

Don’t the majority of us workout for the physical results you see in the mirror. In this often superficial world, let’s face it, that can be a real motivating factor in keeping you consistent with your workouts and amount of effort you put forth. Form is key, so no sacrificing form when I talk about super sets aka chasing. Now, maybe you are more familiar with the word chase in the form of running after someone or chasing a shot of alcohol with wine or beer. That’s not the kind we are talking about. In fact the more of the drinking you do the less your muscles may show. Totally not worth back-stepping when you put all that effort into your workouts. Maybe you are laughing as you are reading this as maybe for you there are no workouts at this time or you are just showing up and doing the same exercises and intensity each week and wonder why you aren’t getting results.

Seeing tone in your arms can make you feel more confident to wear tighter clothes, sleeveless or even shirtless for swim time or wild nights.

These two triceps exercises are a great way to introduce you to supersets. Simply go from one exercise to the other without taking a break. I do mean NO break. Get right to it. Have it set up and ready to go.

Tricep French Press with 2 Dumbbells. Hinge at the elbows! Try aiming for one end of the dumbbells to lightly graze the top of your shoulder. Keep the elbows in. Keep the weight light at first for good form. You can do one arm at a time or be efficient and do double. Aim for 12-15 reps or if you are going heavy then 8-10 reps. 3 sets are best. Do legs or core not involving the arms in between the paired exercises. A rest between the sets could be 1-3 minutes depending on your goals and supplement regimen (meaning if you use the right kind of amino acids to keep away fatigue and help you recover faster).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tricep Dips

Full with legs straight.

Keep elbows in!

Do as many as you can or at least 15-20 reps.

 

 

Here’s a bent leg version with or without a weight plate or medicine ball in your lap for added resistance. If using a weight, go for as many as you can – ditch the weight and keep going.

 

Do a little Tricep overhead 5-10 second stretch post each superset or give it a quick self massage to help flush out the burn of the lactic acid.

HAPPY TONING / LIFTING / RESISTANCE TRAINING

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.


September 30, 2021
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So I’m not a fan of keto for all. I know there are a group of people that this method of diet works for them. It does not work for me as my 23 and me report says that with my genetics I gain weight on a high fat diet. There are so many different fads that come and go.

Eating mindful and with smart balanced nutrition is the best way as you are listening to your body’s cues.
Think, Eat for my body not my tongue or emotions. Easier said than done for most people.

For those that want to try or are already doing Keto then you know if you don’t have the proper amount of sodium you get headaches, foggy brain and fatigue. I have suggested that our clients trying this make sure to either try a broth or take sodium Caps (S-caps).

Metagenics, a company Energy Fitness has used as a vendor for over 6 years has a product that I find interesting. I haven’t tried it. Looking at the ingredients the sodium content can help you get sodium stores balanced. In fact, it even states on container “Induces acute Ketosits within 15 minutes.” What? That’s a big claim. Of course you can’t go binge on pizza, beer or doughnuts and then take it silly!

Check it out! https://efitness.metagenics.com/exogenous-ketone-salts

Think of it as part of your grocery budget as for 14 servings in a container at $65 +tx that’s $4.64 a serving. Reorder and save 10%. Less than a glass of wine or beer out. It’s all relative!

This product is non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegetarian.

Warning: Take only as directed under the direction of a licensed healthcare practitioner. Not for use in patients with severe or chronic kidney disease, hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, hyper or hypophosphatemia.

Caution: Not to be taken if pregnant or nursing. If taking medications, consult your healthcare practitioner before use. Each serving provides 1,740 mg of sodium. Do not exceed one serving per day. Keep out of the reach of children.

See other product details on the web link above or by clicking on image.

Remember the online on demand video platform I said I would release link to by end of September. There have been delays as I am having to as suggested go and add background music and motion graphics. With my family about to move into our new house this project will be delayed as I have only finished the 12 week Transformation video collection and the Golf Fitness collection. These only total 13 of the 120 videos. This is an important project as I know you will get great results from the strength, mobility, core, flexibility and nutrition digital content. Oh, and as if moving a household isn’t enough I need to get over to the new Energy Fitness location and demolish a few walls by this weekend.

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 26, 2021

My son asked me if I knew that our skin is an organ. He has just learned this in 6th grade. I said yes, and it’s your largest organ. He sometimes forgets how much education I have actually had on the human body and of course parents don’t know anything, right! He went on to say our skin is the only organ that can heal itself, if for example a chunk of skin were cut off your body it will mend and close the gap.

Now of course if will be different looking with scar tissue and less elasticity in that area. Your body goes through different stages to repair your skin. In the acute stage you will have redness, irritation, inflammation and sensitivity. This is when the body is laying down new collagen in random fashion. Your skin is also susceptible to absorbing toxins and chemicals. Think of all the lotions, creams, soaps, bug sprays, the plastics that hold some of these items, etc that you put on your skin as well as what’s in the environment.

First-degree burns are usually healed completely within 3-5 days. Second-degree burns take 5-8 days to heal if the damage is deep and months if someone has sensitive skin. Third-degree burns need surgical removal of the dead skin and then coverage with a skin graft to restore the pliability and function of the burn area.

I was reminded in February just how amazing the integumentary (skin) system is and had to endure the healing stages for many months. Let’s just say that over the counter glycolic acid is not available to the public for good reason. One of my vendors that we purchase from sells glycolic acid for their beauty products we would use for facials. I had an OCD moment by getting a little crazy on how much I rubbed on a dark spot I wanted gone. Should have used a Q-tip, not my index finger and a cotton pad. I burned just below my lower lip by rubbing too much and too long.  Eeeeek! Won’t do that again! Now, 6 months later there is a permanent indentation where some skin is missing.

Anyway, the point for this blog post is that I tried lots of things initially to keep infection from setting in and then keeping the area from contracture (permanent shortening of the new collagen). In phase 2 and 3 I finally found out by accident one day that the Zinc Oxide that I had put on my face before a run helped reduce redness.  I googled zinc oxide and found it helpful for reducing acne as well as inflammation for scars. It can help keep the sun away as well. Getting sun on a scar before redness is gone can keep it red forever possibly. Adherence is the key to scar treatment and can take up to 6 months of use to see a change (I can vouch for that sadly).I like Neutrogena products best for facial sunscreen to avoid breakouts.

Our skin is kind to us so be kind to it with the products you put on it and the food you put in your body. When you eat more clean with lots of fruits and veggies you likely notice more glow to your skin. Beta-carotene veggies like orange and red peppers as well as carrots can be a natural SPF to your skin and may help you spend more time in the sun without getting burned.

 

 

 

Stay tuned for updates….

I am sending over 60 videos to the developers to upload batch style to the 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.

 


July 18, 2021

Finally I can help more of my niche of individuals with chronic pain or injuries lasting longer than 3 months, women with post baby weight struggle or pelvic floor issues, post workout recovery options, golfers, yo yo dieters or I eat like crap and don’t know where to start peeps and women that don’t really know what to do and are super confused in the weight room and how much cardio or how to even plan a fitness week. Since I have trained so many personal trainers as my staff over the past 19 years I believe I can also help newbie personal trainers that need to learn how to do assessments and how to a better trainer, work around injuries, post workout recovery and how to pair exercises to form a complete program.

Some people need to be told exactly what to do, while others simply need guidance and options. Maybe you are a golfer or know one that want’s to drive further or golf without back pain.

I tried this twice 6 years ago and each time the platform didn’t have exactly what I needed but technology perhaps has caught up and won’t cost me an arm and a leg for monthly subscription AND is intuitive to upload content. The virtual conference last weekend I attended introduced me to a company that I believe will be the right fit. I’ve already had one meeting with them and was asking about features they currently have as well as ones that I personally need. They were so excited to hear my ideas and how many years that I have been in the business that we scheduled a group virtual meeting with the developers and owner. Talk about customer service, I love it!

On the new fitness platform there will be an opportunity to purchases digital downloads, videos, meal plans and nutrition success digital downloads, schedule video form checks, sessions or consults with me privately or with a friend, courses to train fitness trainers or those that wish to learn how to put a fitness program together, tips, tricks and secrets to get your best body and defy aging.

This is exciting news for you, a friend or someone that you know that wants to reduce or get rid of pain in joints or muscles or any of the niche groups I mentioned above as it lends the opportunity to help them work with a fitness professional like me with about 30 years of experience, the education to back it up and glowing testimonials. Last week I asked clients / former clients to text me 3 words why they like Energy Fitness style/method or why they train /trained with me and my heart was so warm. Within a few hours over 20 people already responded. I feel the love and hard work I have put in over the years developing relationships with my peeps that puts the personal in personal training. I feel that many of them are like extended family. I’ll share those words in another post. Thanks for those that responded so quickly!

If you have a course or topic that you believe I can help you with or you have always struggled with one area of fitness and you believe I possess the knowledge to give you to finally overcome that hurdle please reach out by shooting me an email energymemphis@gmail.com.

In the meantime, check out other blog posts I’ve done….(I’ve done a lot over the past many years) for inspiration or motivation. Determine if you are someone internally motivated or externally motivated to make your health and fitness goals happen. You can be one way with work, hobbies, or family and completely different when it comes to your own health. Do you like someone to tell you the exact steps to do in the context of fitness and want to get praise from others or recognition? Then you may be externally motivated. Are you proactive and figure out what works best for you and have the motivation to do it (stick to the plan long enough to test the theory)? Then you may be internally motivated. Even it you are internally motivated you may seek out a coach for accountability.

I’ll keep you posted on the platform progress. In the meantime..be active or should I say it’s your choice.
Here’s link (added 8-3-21) I’m adding content often and courses as well: https://energyfitnesstonya.flightlivepro.com/

Find Tonya online with live personal training/coaching via zoom 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) 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.

 


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.