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April 11, 2020

A client at Energy Fitness inspired this post as her son is an award winning swimmer. His duck footed stance is great for one stroke but terrible for freestyle/front crawl stroke. Do you know someone that walks with turned out feet or do you? Do you squat or do other exercises or climb stairs with turned out feet? Sleep this way?

This post is during Covid lockdown so he’s not able to get in the pool for actual swim workouts. His mom purchased a concept 2 ski erg since she likes the one we have at Energy Fitness. I made this video after writing the program based on what muscles need fascial release, strengthening and stretching. I use to have this problem when I didn’t specifically focus on keeping certain muscles balanced and stretched so it was easy to create this program.

If you are going to implement this program into your routine try twice a week. Also be mindful of how you are standing, sitting and sleeping as you could easily undo the work by having habits that keep those feet turned out.

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 (ask for pricing)
+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 2-3 workouts (ask for pricing). Links to video demos may be included in price. 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 6 sessions (1 assessment counts as session)

Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

The services below as well as onsite personal training and nutrition coaching to resume when the lock down on social distancing has lifted!

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). 

 


March 14, 2020

Who can relate to that relentless specific spot for back or hip pain. Sitting in a car for hours driving or riding and your back just feels tight or tense is not fun. Even just desk sitting for hours can create a back insult that may linger. Lots of walking or standing depending on your pelvic position can also create this same effect. Don’t get me started on high heels and back pain.

We’ve got several clients that we routinely have to show a variety of exercises that can help reduce or eliminate back pain. Aside from just holding a stretch for 3-5 minutes think about stretching as something you may consider incorporating into your life on a more regular basis. This post kind of seems like groundhog day as I believe last month I did a post on it attacking the subject at a different angle.

After 20 years of personal training I have deducted that this is for sure the component of fitness that is the hardest to instill consistency in our clients. Of course we have the hyper-flexible that love to stretch all their favorite ranges of motion. Then there is the tight muscle clients that associate stretching with pain but always feel better after they have stretched.

If you do break into a stretch more often like say morning right out of bed for movement type stretches holding each for 5-10 seconds flowing gently into the next stretch and occasionally throughout the day or just morning and evening you will find it hurts less.

Try this stretch that I recorded this week for our client complaining of his chronic tight back. He said “Will you take a pic of this so I can remember what we did”.  Great idea…for compliance! I went one step further and took video so you can see the move in action and steal it. I wanted him to work some core at the same time. I had him perform 25 reps each side and be aware of his breathing as well..no breath holding.

This was not the right exercise for another client in the same session that had back pain flared up from tensing up from going up and coming down the Statue of Liberty. I had her do different static stretches and then put rock tape on her back.

Not sure what exercises to do or when to do them or even if you are having good form?

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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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We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofascial release). 

 

 

 


March 8, 2020

There is always so much buzz on nutrition. How about let’s use our brain and not whatever the latest fad is. I remember crunching the heck out of ice when I was a kid and different points in my life. This habit would drive my grandmother crazy and I recall her words “You’re gonna break your teeth!”. Well, come to find out later my body has a habit of being low in iron and it is known that people low in iron like to crunch ice.

If we only listen to our bodies we might be much better off physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Let’s define the word intuitive from vocabulary.com. Intuitive means having the ability to understand or know something without any direct evidence or reasoning process.

What exactly is intuitive eating?
  1. Reject the diet mentality – a diet is the way you eat not a dirty word that means restriction
  2. Honor your hunger (I have established a time on the clock that may vary a bit but works for me as I don’t want to be hangry.)
  3. Make peace with food – thank your food for giving you energy and nourishment (think of your body as a racehorse and you are putting in the best fuel).
  4. Challenge the food police – I have been called this before by my family as I want them to have a balanced diet especially my kids that just go for processed high carbs then I know they will be grouchy when coming off the carb and sugar high. Offer yourself better choices and have them available.
  5. Respect your fullness- if you must get seconds then get a smaller first serving
  6. Discover the satisfaction factor.
  7. Honor your feelings without using food – Am I sleepy, tired, stressed, need outside time, need timeout? Try not to eat your feelings.
  8. Respect your body.

Let’s take a look at all the distracting eating plans of the past and then discuss how new thought patterns and questioning your cravings may help you reach your goal weight or help you stick with healthy eating habits.

Depending on your age you may have been around for lots of buzz “diets”. I’m 46 and remember these or at least hearing about them:

  • mayo clinic diet
  • cabbage soup diet
  • juicing
  • diet pills
  • weight watchers (points)
  • jenny craig
  • macrobiotics
  • grapefruit diet
  • low calorie cookie diet) this reminds me of those delicious snackwells boxes
  • slimfast, optifast, nutrisystem
  • Scarsdale diet
  • Atkins
  • Beverly Hills Diet
  • Ornish Diet
  • Zone Diet
  • Blood Type Diet (I actually follow lots of these guidelines in my current diet and recommend to others)
  • Subway Diet
  • South Beach Diet
  • Master Cleanse (Lemonade fast)
  • Raw Food
  • Dukan Diet
  • Paleo
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baby food diet
  • Gluten Free
  • Whole 30
  • Keto
  • the buzz the past few years has been intermittent fasting or high fat low carb.

The list above is a whopping 31 different ways to eat, no wonder you are confused on what works for you body.

What if you are not very intuitive?

You may be out of whack or need to listen to your inner voice more often instead of crowding it out with stress or offbeat mental chatter or just learn what the cravings actually mean and give it to your body.

Side note about intuition..since I do chakra assessments and energy work I understand that some people are more intuitive than others especially if the third eye chakra is open. Is your’s blocked or partially blocked? This chakra represents intuition also known as the third eye and is located on your forehead. Think the color purple or even purple foods to help open.

Intuitive eating can offer you emotional forgiveness from the years of torturing yourself with different diets trying and trying and trying again with little to no long-term success.

Here are some thought processes that may help you
learn to be intuitive again or be better tuned in.

Why am I craving salt?

Some experts believe that craving something salty is a sign of thirst.Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so a craving for salt, which helps your body retain water, could mean that you’re not drinking enough or are losing water, for example, by means of sweating, faster than you’re able to ingest it.

Some researchers believe there’s a link between low calcium diets and salt cravings, claiming that, “In animal studies, researchers have found that a lack of potassium, calcium, and iron causes test subjects to devour table salt.”

Why am I craving sweets (cookies, cake, chocolate, etc..)?

Sugar is a chemical that makes us feel relaxed and also plays a role in regulating mood. This may be the reason why we reach for hand-fulls of candy when we’re stressed or sad because eating it can put us a little more at ease.

We sometimes crave simple carbs like sugar because they “are digested quicker than complex ones such as whole grains and beans, so the energy kicks in sooner.”

Another possible reason for craving sweets could be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep.

Why am I craving Meat (Beef, Steak, etc..)? 

This can be a sign of a protein deficiency, as well as a lack of iron or vitamin B in one’s diet. If you happen to be a vegetarian, this doesn’t mean you should take a late night trip to the drive through and scarf down a burger, which would probably end up making you sick, rather, you should take it as a sign that you need to introduce more of those vitamins and proteins included in meat into your diet by eating more nuts, tofu, and dark, leafy vegetables.

Why am I craving white carbs? (bagels, bread, rice, muffins)

Once a starchy food gets past the back of your tongue, your body treats it the same way as sugary sweets.” This means that we crave the classic white carbs for the same reasons we crave other sweets when we’re exhausted physically and emotionally, or when we’re feeling down or overwhelmed. So what you may really be craving is energy and calmness.

When the brain’s opioids and dopamine reacted to the benefit of high-calorie food in the past it acted as a survival mechanism…Today, we still have the same chemical reactions to these so-called hyper-palatable foods…despite there being less of a nutritional need for them.”

Why am I craving dairy (cheese,pizza, etc.)?

Some medical professionals think that a milk craving is really a craving for L-tryptophan, which plays a role in releasing serotonin, as well as another soothing brain chemical called choline. Some doctors even think that dairy cravings could point to a deficiency in vitamin D. Some cheeses are salty and remember as listed above you may just need water or be lacking in potassium, calcium, and iron.

Why do I not like to eat breakfast? 

Maybe you have just created a habit of skipping or suck down some coffee that masks the hunger and gives you a false since of energy and messes with your insulin response (how you process carbs).

Why do I back load…eat more at night? 

Maybe because you skipped breakfast or didn’t eat enough during the day or enough protein for breakfast and your body is still needing nutrients. Unfortunately cramming big meals in your mouth and gut after 7 p.m. can teach your body how to store fat as it doesn’t know when it’s getting food again.

This is all food for thought. Thanks Elizabeth S. for suggesting this topic and asking me about it. Hope this offers you and our readers insightful information to eat for their health and best bodies.

 

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
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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OUR SERVICES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

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 (myofascial release). 

 


January 11, 2020

As a personal trainer and avid athlete across many sports I really enjoy the benefits of strong and tone arms. Many times at Energy Fitness personal training studio Downtown Memphis we get phone calls of clients stating they want to work on their arm strength and have toned arms. I have included in this post 3 bicep exercises. One exercise with a cable that is available in most gyms or fitness facilities, one with a resistance band and lastly one with a dumbbell.

This one is great as facing away from the stack you are less likely to cheat or round the shoulder forward. Try 2 sets of 8 heavy and do negative or try 2 sets of 10-12 reps at count of 4 (2 seconds up and 2-4 seconds on the down motion). Keep the shoulder blades back in their pockets and assume good posture and breathing throughout the whole exercise.

1 Arm Bicep curl – pictured with a resistance loop. Can also be performed with a band with two handles stepped on with both feet so you can do a double bicep curl. With bands typically you will want to do more reps. Try 2 sets of 20 reps resting 1 minute in between sets.

 

The first two bicep curls are in the supinated position (where your forearm is rotated in the palm up position). This works on the short head of the bicep which is the muscle that pops. You also need to work on the second head of the biceps (hence bi in the word bicep) so you can have muscular balance and all around definition. Be sure to not rotate the shoulder forward. One tip is to keep your elbow in the meaty part of the leg, specifically the vastus medialis and press your leg in towards your elbow as you curl the weight to the top position. Be sure to breathe and go at an even pace. If you are going heavier then use the other arm to slightly help get the weight in the up position and let go and use the muscle in the down position. Notice the position of my hand-this is called a DB hammer curl. Try 2 sets of 10-12 or go heavy and assist with the other arm for 2 sets of 8 reps.

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
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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

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We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofacial release). 

 

 

 


December 13, 2019

One of the hardest areas of life for our clients to change is their eating habits or the little dirty word diet. We’ve been transforming bodies since 2002 at Energy Fitness in Downtown Memphis with our personal training and nutrition coaching. When we first started including nutrition coaching as part of our Energize Method of success we saw how confused individuals were. Lots of confusion still lurks about and every where from print media, social media, television and other people that tried one method on themselves worked so well on them that they believe it’s the method for everyone.

Do you know what Sumo wrestlers do to gain weight? They typically eat only twice a day, but they eat very large portions of high-glycemic foods (like potatoes) and then go to sleep right after eating. Many people have unknowingly been on a diet similar to the Sumo wrestler diet—skipping meals and eating a large meal of high-glycemic foods too late at night. Nowonder they have such a hard time losing weight!

We all have unique dna and bodies with some general similarities. The biggest thing we all have in common is a brain. Simply knowing that what we put in our brain on a daily basis is based upon habits and knowledge may be just what you need to make changes. The more sugar we have the more our brain changes and makes us want more sugar and then here comes the brain fog keeping you from making healthy food decisions.

One of my favorite teachers in undergrad school was the toughest as she had high expectations and took no excuses which is similar to my personality. Dr. Mary Jane Gilbert taught my nutrition class and gave the class an assignment to write down what we ate for 1 whole week. I’m not talking just jot down a few things you stick in your mouth on paper and turn it is as that’s not excellence.

She made us write down the following:

  • time of food or beverage consumption
  • serving size/portion/amount
  • grams of fat for each item
  • grams of carbs for each item
  • grams of protein for each item
  • end of day caloric intake
  • end of day totals for each of the macro nutrients (protein, fat, carbs)

During class she taught us how to use our numbers above to calculate our nutritional needs based on our activity level and see how much percentage of our diet was made up of from each macro nutrient. This is a great visual as you can see if you are consuming 60% fat when maybe your genetics show you do better on a higher carb diet like me.

KEY POINT: What do you crave? For success eat the opposite! 

I crave fat like nut butters, coconut oil, avocado and since getting my 23 and me report I realized that me and so many of our clients need to realize that our bodies often work against us as your body tries it’s best to maintain homeostasis. 

I digress….Let me tell you I despised the food journal project, but I am a rule follower and wrote down every blasted thing I stuck in my mouth. This meant that the processed cheese and peanut butter crackers I had as a convenient snack made the paper.

Dr. Gilbert knew I was one of the University’s cross country and track athletes and she, being an award winning basketball player and coach herself she was a bit appalled by my food log. She knew I was running twice a day and totaling 40-60 miles per week plus lifting weights. She knew I needed so many more calories and better nutritional choices.  I could have given her all kinds of reasons why I didn’t have time or the means necessary to make this happen. After all, I lived in a dorm room with only a mere dorm fridge, no stove or cook top and was at the mercy of the meal plan from cafeteria and no family in town to cook meals. As I think of it now I could have even more excuses, I was poor and this was also before all the convenient protein bars and better protein shake options.

All of this to say I understand how painstaking it can be to write down your meal plan in order to lose weight, gain weight or eat for performance or recovery. Changes don’t happen overnight but you need to see on paper what a good plan can do positively for your body and health.

Why not reverse engineer your

daily or weekly meals for success?

 

AND AVOID THIS HAPPENSTANCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a client Brandy (a lawyer and fellow rule follower) that wrote down for 7 years what she ate and had the best idea. She said she she does best when she writes down what she plans to eat for the day before the day starts and that makes her more accountable to sticking with the caloric intake. Doing this, she could monitor her hunger and energy levels for the day and make necessary adjustments the following day or week to account for any business lunch meetings, parties or other events in which she may need to make adjustments either the day before or the day after the event.

For clients that turn in their food log we can roughly estimate their caloric intake and where the calories are coming from just from simply having the knowledge acquired from our education and training.

This can be the painful part of making major changes. Remember anything worth having is worth doing the work. Best method…get a food app or look online the different foods that you consume often and write down that nutrient information so you can make a daily eating plan.

Think about your personality and how this may be finally a successful solution to your weight loss struggle.

There are two solutions for you when making a plan. Either write down simple pen and paper and add totals or circle boxes from example Metagenics Gluten Free Low Glycemic food plan I am inserting a picture into this blog post.

High-glycemic foods can produce harmfully high blood sugar levels and a high insulin response. Low-glycemic foods support normal blood sugar levels and an optimal insulin response.

We have several other Metagenics meal plans as well as ones we have created that have given many clients success. Contact us for nutrition coaching at 901-466-6242 and we can get you on the schedule

Not a client and want the 3 squares meal plan or another one we created? CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE from $3.99 to $19.99.

I’m from the school that the more vegetarian you eat the more satiated you will feel. Also, you don’t need as much protein as you might think. Plan your veggies and fruit first (only 2-3 servings of fruit if you are an athlete or not trying to lose weight and only 1 serving of fruit if you are trying to lose weight). Next, plan your protein be it animal or vegetarian (remember animal protein adds up fast for calories and fat). Then plan what complex carbs you might consume being what Metagenics calls category 2 veggies (root veggies-carrots, squash, potatoes, beets). Finally put it into action.

For the Metagenics plan shown below, individuals consuming different amounts of calories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example Meal plan based on one of Energy Fitness’ best meal plan (3 squares) for those with weight loss goals, liver issues, food addicted, high blood pressure, heart disease, immune disorders or emotional eaters might look like below for women (add additional calories based on activity level for men) with only 3 meals and no snacking or alcohol (alcohol is processed before any other item-even before carbs).

Roughly about 1200-1500 calories – Energy Fitness 3 Squares example day (for those that may like this meal plan and want to not ill-combine their fruit then the only modification is to have fruit 30 minutes before first meal and before lunch meal). Starch with breakfast and lunch recommended and preferred with fiber like the oatmeal below or sweet potato with skin.

  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal & 2 eggs (i usually tell clients you need to earn/workout before having carbs but i’m sure this is a whole lot healthier option for 90% of the people we advise that either skip breakfast and back load later or drive through fast food) OR 8 oz almond or soy milk blended with 1/2 cup fruit (berries 6oz. is serving) and vegan or whey protein powder. For Breakfast Grains/higher starch vegetables (cat. 2) 4 oz. cooked – 1 oz. dry
  • Lunch: Fruit – recommended, but if you prefer to omit, then you must add 4 oz. additional veggies (*pear-shaped bodies need to stick with low glycemic index fruits)
  • 6 oz. veggies, 1 tbsp healthy fat (oil, avocado, nut butter)
  • 4 oz. meat or meat substitute for women (6 oz. for men)
  • Dinner: 6 oz. veggie and 4 oz meat (6 oz. for men)
  • Broth/Stock: msg free vegetable, chicken or fish (WHEN FEELING FOGGY BRAINED, SLUGGISH OR TIRED AND YOUR URINE IS PALE YELLOW TO CLEAR THIS IS A MUST FOR SODIUM REPLENISHMENT) PLACE A ½ CUBE IN HOT WATER AND CONSUME WITH A MEAL OR IF DESIRED TAKE NIBBLES OF CUBE WHEN NO HOT WATER BUT CONSUME WITH ROOM TEMPERATURE WATER AVAILABLE)

Side note: I wrote this blog while having my car serviced at the dealership. Staff put out free packaged pastries, granola bars, coffee and tea. I had to all but keep my mouth shut and just snack on my pear and make no judgements (well maybe a little wishing they had planned better.) Also available I had to hear the coke machine and processed snack machine get action as well..lol!

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
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN OUR
SERVIC
ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


December 7, 2019

We go in bouts at Energy Fitness teaching our personal training clients all the different ways to incorporate inversion into their life. We will often be showing one client different versions of how to go upside down and tell the benefits and another client will hear the benefits and see the exercises and want to get in on the action. Oddly enough with my 500+ pics I had to take more pics just for this post.

Just to be clear before you dismiss this upside down thing for yourself know that there are many different levels so you can start where you body speaks to you. Pictures peppered in this post to show you. Not pictured is plow pose, teeter gravity boots, yoga swing and other aerial yoga cloth props. Of course I’m sure I’m missing something like hanging off bed or couch but you have lots of ones to try. For the wall poses see if a friend or family member can grab a leg and assist you. See precautions below.

 

 

 

 

 

My own testimonial: I’ve been doing inversions for about a year now and have regained my 1/2 inch I lost in height most likely from 30 years of running. I’m a believer! I initially started with only 1-2 times per week for about 30 seconds and progressed to 5-6 days per week with totally 3 minutes each session with small rest breaks before going into different poses.

Inversion therapy is a great way to defy gravity and bring relief to common back and joint pains. Most people understand that inversion therapy can help your back but do not realize the benefits it can have for your joints too.

Every joint in your body feels the pressure of weight and gravity each day, and this causes natural wear and tear. While inversion therapy provides relief for this you also need to promote joint health.

Inversion therapy is a technique where you are suspended upside down to stretch the spine and relieve back pain. The theory is that by shifting the body’s gravity, pressure eases off the back while also providing traction for the spine.

For these reasons, inversion therapy may be beneficial for people with:

  • chronic lower back pain (great for runners after pounding and jostling from a few or many miles sitting, and too much bending of the spine)
  • poor circulation
  • sciatica
  • scoliosis

In theory, inversion exercises should help the spine by:

  • creating more protective fluid around spinal discs
  • removing waste from the spine
  • decreasing inflammation
  • increasing blood circulation through surrounding muscles
  • assist the lymphatic system drain toxins from the body

Other factors that may cause complications include:

  • retinal detachment
  • pregnancy
  • obesity
  • use of blood clotting medications

It takes time to adjust to inversion therapy. It’s best to start off in shorter increments (slowly building from one-minute sets to three) to get used to the process. This can help reduce side effects such as dizziness or muscle strain. Be careful not to overdo it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too nervous or scared to hand upside down without help? Try an inversion table.

Adventurous? Find a park or get some anti-gravity boots

https://teeter.com/product-category/decompress/

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
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN OUR
SERVIC
ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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). 

 


November 15, 2019

Why do the same cardio over and over again? So boring! When clients at Energy Fitness personal training studio hire us as their personal trainer and Accountability Coach we send them a 7 minute video entitled Cardio Express. The video shows many different types of cardio and how to achieve the HIT training (high intensity training) even without equipment. Short bursts of cardio can stimulate the human growth hormone and mimics strength training for the results it can achieve. Just think about the difference of muscle mass between long distance runners versus Olympic divers, gymnasts, sprinters and weight lifters to mention a few.

Jumping rope is great cardio as well as a great cross training option. This post aims to teach you 4 variations of jumping rope. Let’s first chat about making it more efficient with a jump rope that fits you well. Picking the right type of rope is personal preference as there are different handles as well as material for the rope itself. For true beginners or those that haven’t jumped rope for many years you may wish to get a beaded rope that is easily adjustable for height by simply taking a few plastic links off.

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To figure out what length of jump rope you need grab a measuring tape. Standing and with both feet together measure from the bottom of one armpit down to the floor, under the feet and up to the other armpit. In easier terms, when you get your rope and stand on it in the middle and grasp both handle’s they should be just under your armpits for a proper fit.

Here are few different types of ropes to choose from. Online shopping is abundant in choices. My favorite is the black one with tiny weights in the handles and a plastic rope.

 

When you start jumping you will notice that your arms/shoulders may burn a little as it’s a great bonus to help work the shoulders as well. Consider stretching not only your calves but also your shoulders and biceps post workout. Notice I included a picture of a clever device to stretch your calves as you will want to lengthen your calf muscles post jumping or they might seize up on you or when you are really sore the next day be reminded that you tortured them. Of course you can just stretch your calves with downward facing dog, hanging heels of step or a staggered calf stretch or any of  the pics shown of stretches below. The blue moon as I call it can help prevent or decrease plantar fasciitis pain and give you a more intense stretch than you can get without it. One thing to consider is that many of our clients complain of knee pain and this is often from tight calves, so rub them, stretch them or cup them if you must just keep them well taken care of.

 

How many reps of jumping rope should I do? 

Beginners 100-300

Intermediate 500-700

Advanced and worked up to: 100-2000+

 

Try timing how long it takes you when you first start to jump 100 reps and write it down. As you get better and get more cardio you can do more without feeling like you are going to die or cramp up.

You can even mix it into your weight training workouts or a run. Last week I wanted to mix it up and enjoy the sun on my face so after each mile I jumped 500 reps for a total of 3.5 miles and 1500 jumps ropes.

Jumping rope for runners is especially great as it can help keep your hips from locking up from the dreadful same movement pattern that running enforces and help with your leg turnover. It can help keep the swagger in your hips ladies and gents!

Here’s some stretches as mentioned above:

 

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
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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September 14, 2019

Increase Dopamine = More Productivity 

What’s dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that our brain produces to help us get motivated to do more stuff such as necessary behaviors, like drinking water and eating food, but can also bring people to act on less healthy behaviors, like binge eating or other addictions like shopping, overworking, social media, excessive exercise or drug use. Having a spike in dopamine may increase motivation to do housework, complete a work or home project, go out with friends or be more physically active. Dopamine levels can be a factor or influence how we focus and achieve great things even if the payout isn’t immediate or obvious. It can also play a role in things like sleep, digestion, pain response, and other bodily functions.

In the book Brain Body Diet by Sara Gottfried she says many profound things and one of my recent favorites is a chapter called HOOKED. She is referring to shifting your mind-set as part of making appropriate lifestyle changes: “You will loosen your death grip on the thing you mistakenly believe you can’t live without. You’ll release some of those old resentments that are erosive and harmful, make you feel beleaguered, and block you from the sunshine of the spirit.”

 What do you think you can’t live without, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, ice-cream, shopping, checking your email every 15 minutes?

If research studies have shown that massage can boost dopamine by 30% what are some more ways you can train your brain to be more effective and efficient naturally?  I always get a burst of energy after getting a massage with our Energy Fitness therapist Mae Jensen, LMT. I shouldn’t have to convince you to schedule a massage with her but maybe you need a reminder to give yourself the gift of self-care (see end of post for contact info).

Benefits of raising Dopamine:

Aside from being the ultimate motivator, having a constant supply of dopamine in your system has a few other fringe benefits:

  • Helps you lose weight.
  • Makes you feel more alive.
  • Improves your memory.
  • Stops self-destructive behavior including certain addictions.
  • Counteracts depression.
  • Lets you resist impulsive behavior (shopping, work-alcoholism, food binging, social media & internet binging).
  • Helps you avoid Parkinson’s disease

If you want to be productive and get things done, here are
12 ways to boost your dopamine levels.

  1. Get a Massage
  2. Consume DHA which is used for treating dementia, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease and ADHD. It is also used
  3. to prevent and treat depression. It boosts dopamine levels as it supports the brain’s electrical signals and reduce the production of the enzyme that breaks down dopamine. Eat whole foods sources below or take a supplement. My favorite is Metagenics DHA/EPA 720.
  • Herring
  • Lake Trout
  • Mackerel (easy to pack for lunch as it comes in an easy open tin container)
  • Salmon 
  • Sardines (these are a little fishy for me but in a pinch I’ll have on a salad)
  • Seaweed (get the small snack packs)

3. Folate helps the body build cells and combat heart disease. It also releases serotonin which is involved in the regulation of several processes within the brain including memory, anxiety, depression, aggression, mood, appetite, sleep, emotions and perceptions. You can get this from whole foods or supplement form when you just can’t stand to squeeze all the foods below in your diet:

  • Dark green leafy vegetables, like kale and spinach
  • Fruits
  • Fruit juices
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Poultry

4. Take Dopamine Enhancing Supplements

These encourage your brain to produce more dopamine:

  • Curcumin, the active ingredient in our favorite curry spice turmeric, helps increase levels of dopamine.
  • Ginkgo B
  • iloba is a popular wonder drug and though it’s not proven, it might help increase dopamine levels by making it stay in your brain longer.
  • L-theanine increases neurotransmitter production in your brain, one of which is dopamine. Green tea has lots of this, though it can also be taken as a theanine supplement. I love the Metagenics Calm bars with this amino acid in them. They are chocolate and coconut flavored.
  • Acetyl-l-tyrosine is a production-ready version of tyrosine which will make it easier for your brain to create dopamine.

5. Sunlight, it both increases your number of dopamine receptors and gives you vitamin D, which in turn activates genes that help release dopamine. I use sunscreen a lot for my skin but blocking the vitamin D so I take Metagenics D3 (10,000 units- they have 5k units as well).

6. Remember that person who likes hugging a lot? Turns out, he/she was onto a good idea. Human contact triggers dopamine production not just for you, but for the other person as well. Actually to get the most it’s a 7 second hug. So get your dopamine fix whether you’re caressing your spouse, hugging the kids, cuddly pet or even shaking hands with colleagues. Some of you that really know me may giggle at this suggestion as I’m not known for being a huggy person. I often have to get out of my comfort zone when people come at me for an embrace and I have gotten better over the years lol.

7. Meditate – Sometimes the best way to do something is by doing nothing. Calm the monkey brain down.

 

8. Music -listen to music, make music

9. Make a to-d0 list and check off items when finished (I get a huge domapine hit from this one.)

10. Losing weight increases your dopamine. That’s because being overweight reduces the number of dopamine receptors that you have.

11. Exercise – activity is something your body craves (even if your conscious brain hates it sometimes). To make it fun for you, your brain actually releases fun chemicals like serotonin, endorphins and yes, dopamine.

12. Take in nature

What did you do to raise your dopamine today?

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY OR ROCK TAPE & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping. 

 

 


September 7, 2019

Our clients both female and male at Energy Fitness, personal training studio in Downtown Memphis have simple and complex goals for their body transformations.Many of course just say I want to be stronger and more tone (If I had a dollar for every time I heard the word tone in the last 26 years in the fitness industry I could own my own private island 🙂

I’ve been personally incorporating more functional movement testing with our clients since my Titlest Performance Level 1 certification as well as the most recent Rock Tape certification. We’re currently in process of overhauling our fitness assessment for all trainers and clients.

Simply asking you or our clients to move the body in different movement patterns and looking for tightness, weakness and limited range of motion is a key to customizing the core or other exercises we choose as part of a personal training program. Tightness or lack of range of motion in one or more areas of the body may lead to injuries and pain in other areas of the body which is known as referral pain.

This post is about engaging those glutes! Deadbutt..it’s a real thing or gluteal amnesia, is a condition that occurs when your gluteus medius gets inflamed and forgets to function normally.

Access or Measure what you wish to improve. Can you pass or fail the below assessments? Look at the pictures and try it.

1 Leg bridge test (Accesses the ability of you to engage or activate your glute muscle.)

Can you do the below exercises without your hamstring cramping? You should be able to hold for up to 20 seconds or longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing 1 Leg Balance eyes open and then closed Can you hold your leg at 90 degree flexion and hold for 20 seconds with and without your eyes closed? 

 

correct position

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did you fare? Did you have airplane arms or have to put the other foot down or wiggle it around to not fall down?

If so, maybe you need work with those glutes or balance or just want to improve the overall look of your backside and keep darn gravity from making you have saggy or flat butt.

 

 

 

incorrect position

 

Try these exercises to teach your body how to use those butt muscles. Hold on it you need to and yes, actually touch your butt to bench or chair. Lean forward as necessary to get up. Use a dowel, golf club or broom handle for assistance if needed. Master your own body weight first before adding weight. For an added challenge try G3 below without weight and the back leg not touching the floor, in fact hold it off the floor and in front of your body the whole time. You may need to hold your arms out in front of you for balance.

How many times should I do the exercises? 1-2 times per week, 1-3 sets of 10-15 reps

 

h20 is a great exercise as you get a hip flexor stretch also. Especially great for runners or those with excessive curve or sway back as it help the pelvis get back into posterior tilt which can also help make the stomach smaller.

This exercise is a great one to separate the feeling of “Am I using my hamstring or my glute to execute each movement?” as you get instant feedback especially if you are only using your hamstring then cramping. Try 20 reps.

Below is one is a tough one. No problem? First you have to be flexible enough to even get the leg across your body then attempt to lift your butt off floor.  Put your elbows on floor to help if you additionally which to work on posture. Make it harder by keeping the bottom leg off the floor while lifting butt and leg up and down. Try 15-20 reps.

 

 

 

 

 

Adding a band for resistance for the 1 Leg Heel Pushes is a great way to overload the muscle and get more results. Try 20-50 big range or small pulses reps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy glute work. Keep that butt high and engaged so all your movement patterns are in sync.

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY OR ROCK TAPE & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

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Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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August 2, 2019

One of the joys of personal training clients at Energy Fitness in downtown Memphis includes hearing success stories in all the different areas of life that is impacted. We especially love the glow and excitement in our our female clients as they tell us of their feats of strength moving furniture or carrying something heavy that they would not have been able to do before they started lifting weights. Some occupations such as occupational therapists, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists and architects often spend time either moving patients or hunkering over with bad posture.

Fit people didn’t get there without lifting, grunting and doing exercises that maybe they didn’t always feel like doing. In the end there are real lifestyle advantages to strength/weight training.

I personally have been experiencing thankfulness for my strength training, flexibility and endurance over the past several months. I told my husband and Lisa the other day “I’m so exhausted I get why people don’t exercise but If I didn’t exercise then I can’t imagine how I would have the energy to do all that has been needed and still needs to be done.” We contracted renovations to be done adding 2 rooms above the garage (about 500 square feet) so the kids can have their own room and a bonus room.

It has been exhausting and it’s not over yet. Lots of going up and down stairs (including attic stairs) with boxes, moving existing furniture, trips to storage, water damage from rain to our hardwood floor downstairs when it wasn’t “in the dry” yet causing us to move in and out of 4 air-b-n-b’s, putting new beds & sleeper couch together, ladder skills and installing drapes and blinds, etc, etc. Oh and we had to put 2 twin beds in our master bedroom for a month so goodbye closet and privacy (bohoo, 1st world problem). Anyway, I digress!

 

Strength has different meaning for different people.
What’s your version or definition of strength?

Strength to me and as heard from clients over the years means the following: 

  • having to move something heavy by yourself either because no one is around or you wanted it done on your timeline…right now
  • putting something together by yourself from IKEA that shows in directions 2 people are really needed
  • moving furniture up stairs and not throwing your back or shoulder out
  • picking up your children or grandchildren
  • doing activities with your children or grandchildren such as biking, skating, trampoline park, water park, hiking or backyard sports practice
  • getting up and down off the floor easier
  • standing on 1 leg to put on your pants and not falling over (this is also balance)
  • carrying your kids heavy backpack
  • carrying luggage
  • putting luggage into overhead compartment without looking like it’s about to kill you
  • getting sometime off a top shelf overhead without hurting your shoulder or neck
  • carrying beach chairs or a cooler
  • being able to garden easier
  • raking leaves or sweeping without your back killing you the next day
  • skiing down a mountain with ease
  • hiking mountains
  • better golf
  • scuba diving with heavy equipment
  • putting together furniture and moving furniture (not just with your legs…women)

Injuries happen when muscle balance is not optimal or overuse has occurred and the body says I give.  Since we don’t all live on farms and do manual labor it may be more convenient to hire a personal trainer to meet your needs so you don’t have to add the additional mental fortitude to learn the most efficient and safe way to achieve optimal health.

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES AND DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN OUR
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ES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified
Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)

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, Intuitive Healing,
Astrological/Birth Charts & Sound Healing Therapy).
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT taping.