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September 23, 2017

Deficiency in this one mineral can lead to:

  • interrupted sleep
  • hormone imbalance
  • a deficiency in other minerals, like potassium and calcium
  • osteoporosis
  • low energy
  • toxicity in the cells
  • arteries eventually becoming “calcified”
  • muscle spasms (restless legs)
  • anxiety & depression
  • high blood pressure
  • brain fog

Have you figured it out?

It’s magnesium. It’s responsible for over 350 necessary reactions in your body.

It is estimated that at least 80% of the population (possibly more like 95+%). Why are we all so deficient in it? There are several factors that are attributed to the overwhelming magnesium deficiency.

These include:

  • a diet with too much calcium and too little magnesium
  • decreased magnesium levels in the soil, which lead to less in our food
  • fluoride use in tap water inhibits utilization of magnesium within the body
  • high consumption of sugar and caffeine
  • excess stress

Normally Energy Fitness suggests a supplement in the form of a capsule, powder or pill such as Mag Glycinate from Metagenics (highly absorbable magnesium) $25.95+tax (120 tablets) or $46.95+tax (240 tablets) Free shipping on all orders over $49, 20% off first orders and 10% off recurring orders. 

Keep in mind you may be or know someone with a high fiber diet or a sensitive stomach that can’t handle taking this supplement via the digestive everyday as it can relax the bowel system to much. An alternate method to get this mineral into our bodies throgh our largest organ (our skin,transdermally/topically). Magnesium is surprisingly well-absorbed through the skin and has a high bio-availability since it bypasses the digestive system and the kidneys. (This is also why Epsom salt baths are so good for sore muscles!)

Topical Magnesium Oil Spray Suggested Use:  Spray 2-5 times onto the skin and massage the area. It may feel slightly oily immediately after application, but it is not actually an oil and will absorb quickly. In some instances, a white residue may form around the application areas; this is just leftover salt that can be wiped off. (I highly recommend not spraying on areas that were recently shaved or waxed as it may sting a little).

We have a few bottles in stock at Energy Fitness in our small pro-shop in a convenient spray bottle if you don’t have time or desire to make your own Magnesium Spray recipe listed below. They are $11 for an 8oz spray bottle.

You can even make your own topical spray! Check out the recipe below from Wellness Mama.

Magnesium Oil Spray Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
  • A glass spray bottle

Magnesium Oil Spray Instructions

  1. Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture.
  2. Place the magnesium chloride flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
  3. Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months. I keep in my bathroom to use daily.

Looking to add this mineral with good nutrition? Here are the Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods.

  • #1 Spinach 1 c: 157 mg (40% DV)
  • #2 Chard 1 c: 154 mg (38% DV)
  • #3 Pumpkin seeds 1/8 c: 92 mg (23% DV)
  • #4 Yogurt or Kefir 1 c: 50 mg (13% DV)
  • #5 Almonds 1 oz: 80 mg (20% DV)
  • #6 Black Beans ½ c: 60 mg (15% DV)
  • #7 Avocado 1 medium: 58 mg (15% DV)
  • #8 Figs ½ c: 50 mg (13% DV)

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September 18, 2013

Tonya Tittle of Energy Fitness in Memphis responds to “I don’t do Body Comp measurements.” Wait, what? Seriously?

I hear it all the time and it drives me nuts!  The excuses for this major oversight in judgment on behalf of most trainers is: “I am not that good at them.” “I don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

 

bodyfat scale pic

 

plastic calipersHaving been a trainer for my entire professional career (over 20 years) I am telling you, this is critical stuff. You need to run numbers, track progress and hold yourself accountable to the numbers.

It’s a pain and I know I’m fat, I’m just not ready to be pinched and poked!!

Letting you determine whether to test body comp.  Really?  Who wants results or speaking as a trainer….who is the trainer here?

That is like you telling your Doctor, “Nahhh I don’t want you to take my blood pressure, listen to my lungs or draw blood.” Having conversation with you about your risk of disease is important.

We want you to see the value in doing the body comp because it plays a major role in how you are going to exercise? Just assessing movement and winging a basic program is just using a wait and see approach. Who wants to waste any time and effort in or out of the gym? Hopefully you answered no to this question.

Bottom line, a body comp is the

most critical diagnostic in personal training.

But I still don’t want to be tested………

I get it, I have seen and heard all of it.  And if you have anything interesting you’d like to share on why you don’t do body comps I would really love to hear it.

At Energy Fitness we recommend measurement information every 6 weeks. If we didn’t – it’s like your physician saying, “well you

look like you have Lyme disease, lets start you on this regimen of drugs and … ” Without diagnostic tests, how else are we going to determine your current level of wellness and measure your progress?

You owe it to yourself to under

stand the facts &  numbers. How do you show progress?   It’s so easy.  Knowing your bodyfat will lead to smarter more informed decisions about what you put in your grocery cart and ultimately your mouth!

Just sharing this science and getting you to think & act differently is how you get results.
If your not already an Energy Fitness client and your trainer is not “comfortable” then switch trainers or do it yourself with a bodyfat scale such as the tanita bodyfat scale pictured below (click here for the link  to amazon to purchase for only $60). MID-AFTERNOON IS THE BEST TIME FOR MOST ACCURATE RESULTS.  Also, if you want to be more motivated and see results in each area then you may want to get some inexpensive plastic calipers shown below also avail on amazon.

I did graduate research on the tanita model with the athlete mode and it had a very high accuracy rating comparison compared to the most accurate method (hydrostatic weighing) and my research even got published and presented at a conference.  The scale is within 2% of the hydrostatic-underwater weighing method.

Step up your game and track the results you get, share knowledge and understanding.

At Energy Fitness for 11 years we have not limited ourselves to giving clients great workouts, we apply the science to get results fast and safe.

If you get want to get your bodyfat tested by our caliper method our cost is $25.  MENTION THIS BLOG POST AND GET YOUR BODYFAT TESTED FOR $15.   Call and make appointment with us at 901-523-2348.  Takes less than 5 minutes.

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July 9, 2013

Mike Keeney enlisted Energy Fitness Personal Trainer, Lisa Sanchez in Memphis Tennessee to help his health, well being, and fitness goals.

After visiting with his doctor, Keeney was informed he needed to watch what he ate and lose weight in order to maintain a lower blood pressure. If he failed to do so, it would result in cholesterol and blood pressure medicine everyday for the rest of his life. He immediately changed his diet opting for more lean proteins , fruits, and vegetables; cutting out most high carbohydrate and sugary foods.

259159_t607Keeney’s diet worked for a month or two, but then he noticed something still was missing. Already knowing Lisa and her husband, a fellow lawyer, Keeney often received encouragement from Lisa to add an exercise regiment to his weight loss and fitness plan. Keeney began to meet Lisa at Energy Fitness and starting training with her two days a week.

Lisa also suggested Keeney eat throughout the day smaller portions as opposed to eating a large amount at one time. She told Keeney not to feel guilty if he cheated some of the time and fulfilled his craving for a sweet.

Keeney has lost 35 pounds so far and is much happier with his life. Not only is he not having to take medication, but he says he feels 20 years old again.

Check out Keeney’s success story on the Commercial Appeal.

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April 8, 2013

Here at Energy Fitness a personal training studio located downtown Memphis we trainers often have people “spill their guts to us” on how they intend to change.

Often times in social outings away from my studio I see people who know that I am a trainer and for some odd reason feel like they need to profess their intent for starting an exercise program or how they need to eat healthier.  It’s almost like they feel compelled to confess their eating sins and lack of exercise.  I must admit that this often times catches me off-guard as I am “off-duty” at a party or my kids soccer or baseball practice and not judging people as they might think.  This happened last weekend and to someone that subscribes to my newsletters..YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE 🙂

Here is what I think happens….it’s called the psychology of behavior change and when they see a trainer or nutritionist it sparks their inner self-guiding behaviors and beliefs.  WHERE ARE YOU?

1) Precontemplation – aka: DENIAL STAGE.

People in this stage don’t want to make any change to their habits and don’t recognize that they have a problem. They may be pessimistic about their ability to make change, or even deny the negative effects of their existing lifestyle habits. They selectively filter information that helps confirm their decision not to exercise, or eat better.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to reach, or help people in the precontemplation stage. It may take an emotional trigger, or event of some kind that can snap people out of their denial. It’s highly likely if you are taking the time to read this article, you are not in this stage.

2) Contemplation

During this stage, you are contemplating whether it’s something that will be worth it your investment both mentally, physically and financially. People can remain in this stage for years without preparing to take action.

I think setting very powerful, motivating goals and visualizing your results can be very helpful for someone in the contemplative stage. Will making a change benefit you?  Will the benefits outweigh the costs. We tend to seek pleasure and avoid pain, so the more pleasure you can ascribe to making a change, the more likely you will take action and succeed.  When this applies to fitness and using a personal trainer you really have to know that there will be many days and exercises that will not be fun or comfortable physically.  This is where visualizing goals such as beach body weather, pain free knees and back, better sleep, stress management are the benefits that make it worth the times that are tough.

3) Preparation

People in the preparation stage have decided to change their negative habits within one month. Congratulations if you’re in this category! You may have just set up an appointment with a personal trainer, nutritionist, or other fitness professional, purchased a fitness program, or started a gym membership.

4) Action

The action stage is the process of changing your lifestyle, whether you are exercising more consistently, or eating healthier. Individuals in this stage are at the greatest risk of relapse, so it’s key to leverage any techniques you can to stay motivated.  Write down your activity and eating habits on a calendar or log or use an app to track.

5) Maintenance

This is the stage of successful, sustained lifestyle modification. If you have been exercising for years consistently and have blended positive habits into your lifestyle, then you are in the maintenance stage.

Most people tend to bounce between the contemplation, preparation, and action stages, in other words, most people are “yoyo” dieters and exercisers. I think one way to prevent this yoyo effect from happening is to make small changes in your habits that over time create something meaningful.

In addition, yoyo dieters and exercisers should understand that maintaining physical fitness and changing fitness are two totally different paths that require different approaches. It’s not that difficult to maintain a given level of physical fitness just by remaining consistent (unless you are at a very high level). It’s very difficult, however, to prepare and take action to change your body. Our bodies are resistant to change, so trying to change them takes a MASSIVE effort that requires a substantial commitment, both mental and physical. Once you’ve changed your body, you can coast without losing that fitness level. It’s a lot better to cut back on exercise and maintain what you’ve gained then to stop completely. Stopping exercise should not be an option.

I hope these 5 stages of change are a helpful for you to reference when you are looking to make some type of change in your life.

WHERE ARE YOU?  BE HONEST!

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reference: buildlean.com and from my graduate studies of stress management and psychology.

 


February 11, 2013

Energy Fitness trainers Tonya Tittle & Lisa Sanchez as well as our other trainers have been asked lately by clients about their opinions on the new peanut butter powders now available as a lower fat alternative to real peanut butter in the jar.

According to the description of these products they are to have 90% less fat than traditional in the jar peanut butter.

I personally have not tried either of the brands currently on the market. For over a year now I have omitted peanut butter from my diet and replaced with almond, sunflower nut butter and soynut butters as they do not cause me to have a stuffy nose and allergy type response to them.

The brands of peanut butter powders available to my knowledge are Bell Plantation PB2 and Byrd Mill peanut flour.

Here is what amazon.com says about the products:

“Bell Plantation states that they do not involve the use of any chemicals and over 90% of the fat is removed from the peanut. Essentially the oil is squeezed out of roasted peanuts and what remains is a peanut powder. The resulting all-natural product is unbelievable! The possibilities for PB2 are limited only by the users imagination and creativity! An outstanding natural protein source sprinkle on shakes, yogurts, smoothies, great for outdoor sports. Excellent for ice cream as it will not seize while processing, ganaches, frostings, truffles, soufflés, cakes, muffins, brownies. Dissolves easily for savory applications- Asian noodle sauces, breading and crust especially for seafood. It is also wonderful for baking either reconstituted or as a powder.”

“Byrd mill peanut flour -Protein Plus roasted peanut flour provides a healthful, lower-fat and gluten-free boost to a variety of foods. It is a great thickener for soups, a flavorful and aromatic ingredient for breads and pastries, as well as a creative coating for meats, fish and other center-of-the-plate dishes. Plus, peanut flour is a good source of vitamin E, folate, fiber, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus. Protein Plus is located in the heart of Peanut Country America’s peanut farmer not only grow our product; they are part of our company. We insist on USA-grown peanuts in the making of our premium, all-natural peanut flour so you get the best quality and flavor. Peanuts: Energy for the good life.”

Here are some things you should consider before getting on the Powdered Peanut Butter wagon:

– The powder is not a whole food, squeezing the fat out also eliminates a good part of the nutrient content and that same fat also gives you the satiation feeling. Therefore, sugar and salt is added to the powder to make it tastier (hint hint, that is also why McDonald’s fries are so tasty!)

Here is something that goes for regular nut butter as well:

-Make sure it’s ORGANIC: The spraying pesticides on peanut crops are believed to be responsible for the increase in peanut allergies. Peanut allergy is common in children and is the most frequent cause of serious allergy reactions, including anaphylaxis. Most people must consume the peanuts or peanut butter to have a reaction, but some people react simply through skin contact or by eating foods that have been processed in a food plant that also processed peanuts or by breathing in peanut dust. Peanuts are the third most common food allergen, surpassed by milk and eggs.

-Low-quality peanut butter may contain a dangerous, cancer-causing mold that produces Aflatoxin.  Aflatoxin is a carcinogen, causing liver cancer. You can avoid the toxin by not keeping grains and nuts for long periods (more than a few months) before eating  them, Storing them in a dry (low humidity) cool environment – a freezer is excellent!
and most of all, Buying from known, reputable sources – where you know it is fresh and has been handled properly.

I could go on and on from here, but as a final note: If it looks to good to be true…it probably is.

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January 14, 2013

Laura Charlton enrolled the help of Memphis Personal Trainer Tonya Tittle to help in achieving her health and fitness goals.

Following knee surgery it was harder for Laura to accomplish her daily activities, so she decided to take charge of her health and fitness.  She asked her sister Ellen to join with her and, together they started training at Energy Fitness Personal Training Studio Downtown Memphis.

Since she overhauled her diet and took her lunch and snacks to work, Laura has lost 60 pounds and trimmed down from a size 16 to a size 8/10. She feels better than ever and is now a proud role model for her child as to how and why you should take care of yourself.

Not only is Laura more comfortable with her body, her cholesterol is much better (lower) than it used to be.  Being a pharmacist, she knows how expensive medications can be, so she made a choice to invest  in her health as opposed to later on when you get sick and need to pay for medical expenses/medication

You can read Laura’s story in the commercial appeal here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/dec/31/success-story-sisters-joined-forces-for-journey/

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January 7, 2013

With the help of Memphis personal trainer Tonya Tittle and her staff, Energy Fitness client Ellen Whittington drop down from a size 14 to a size 8!

It all started when Ellen’s sister Laura Charlton asked her to be her workout buddy.  The sisters met with Tonya at our South Main gym, Energy Fitness Personal Training Studio, and started toward their leaner, toner and stronger bodies. Ellen is so happy that her clothes fit better now.

Ellen’s goal is to be healthy and have energy to chase her kids around. Making time to workout is sometimes a challenge, but Ellen will not hesitate to bring her kids to Energy Fitness (and we encourage it) when she comes in for her sessions. It really is the same thing as taking the kids to their extra-curricular activities.  She is also being a role model for her kids and showing them that you have to take care of yourself. The picture to the right was sent by Ellen via text to Tonya with this comment: “Had this custom made last November (one year of success)”

Read Ellen’s success story in the Commercial Appeal here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/dec/24/success-story-trainer-helps-ellen-whittington/

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December 17, 2012

Tonya Tittle’s Energy Fitness owner in Downtown Memphis helps you stay healthy this Holiday Season with this  “Tip of the week”:

To boost your immune system and fight off colds and flu, make it HOT: use cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger cloves, paprika and cardamom to spice up your meals.  Of course, this goes along with getting plenty of rest , eating right & exercising!

Happy Holidays to all.

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