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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 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.


March 25, 2021
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Energy Fitness has been partnered with Metagenics for about 8 years to date and loving the results it brings to our clients, friends and myself. I have the ability to look on my backend dashboard to see the most popular and            re-ordered products. The numbers show Clear Change Metabolic Detox as being one of the top selling products. Other top selling products are UltraFlora Immune Booster (probiotics), Wellness Essentials (Daily Packets) & UltraFlora Spectrum (probiotics). Knowing this information I went to Metagenics website so I could get a little science for this blog post. I will share the link to their blog post below and I wanted to share at least a snip of the article to peak your interest and have you thinking about your own detox needs. I will tell you that I recently did a hair test from another vendor of mine. It was very revealing on the heavy metals area that made me want to do a detox again. Sometimes I get lazy as we all do and don’t detox enough (twice a year), although I have a very clean diet and sweat out toxins regularly.

Be sure to see  our clients favorite recipe included with the detox program.

Below is an exert from by Deanna Minich, PhD

Why Metabolic Detox Is Not Just a Fad

As you read through health magazines or blogs, you probably see all kinds of articles or ads promoting the next great miracle product: a detox or cleanse. The influx of products—many of which have no scientific evidence backing their promised efficacy—has led many to think that detox is just a scam or a fad. However, that is not the whole truth.

Although some of these products might be ineffectual, there are also many reputable items and programs out there that actually do work. It is these that will withstand the test of time and demonstrate that true metabolic detox is not merely a fad.

Not convinced? Read on and find out why you should give it a shot!

We live in a toxic world

The industrial, chemical, and technological revolutions greatly benefited us in many ways, but they have led to a highly toxic world. Environmental exposure to pollution, chemicals, and other toxins is linked to a variety of noncommunicable diseases,1 including cancer, asthma, neurodevelopment conditions, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.2

Everyone is exposed to a number of toxins through their water, food, air, personal care products, and other elements in the environment. These include:

  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plasticizers
  • Flame retardants
  • PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
  • Solvents

The human body can mitigate these toxins, but there comes a time where there is just too much, tapping out the body’s own resources.

to read the rest of her article click HERE !

Another article that’s great is 3 Tips To Doing Detox Right.

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An elimination style diet with supplementation and then slow reintroduction to foods you are prone to eating can be an eye opener to how you feel once you start adding back in the foods that were in your regular diet. You may notice sluggish energy, gastric issues or a change in your bowel movements or even in your quality of sleep. Some clients use a Detox program as a catalyst to making more permanent and lasting changes in your nutritional choices that can get you to your goals faster.

Here’s a recipe that many have said they like on this program: They have several with kidney beans you may wish to try. When I hear or see kidney beans I think of my undergraduate college cafeteria. They stuck those darn beans in leftovers from the day before.

 

 

 

Greens & White Bean Soup (4-5 servings)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 stalk celery, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
5 cups water or vegetable broth
2 cups cooked white beans
½ lb. fresh escarole or spinach, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black
pepper to taste
Nutmeg, freshly grated (optional)
In a 6-qt. pot, sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil over low heat. When onions are soft, add bay leaf, celery, carrot, salt, and pepper. Stir and sauté another 5 minutes. Add broth or water and cover. Simmer about 20 minutes. Add cooked beans and escarole or spinach. Cover and continue to simmer over very low heat another 15-20
minutes. Season to taste!

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.