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August 6, 2020

One of my team members suggested I do a blog post on the Japanese towel method for losing belly fat and does it work? I researched it and put a twist on it to customize for different body types.

What is the Japanese Towel Method?

Look at the picture below. Lie on your back with a rolled up towel just under your navel with your legs straight, your toes touching and lying with your arms above your head and palms down(I had palms up for pictures-oops!) – your pinkies must also touch each other. According to a Japanese physician named Toshiki Fukutsudzi, this exercise helps you to improve your posture and, after some time of training, lose weight due to the skeleton correction it causes. Do this for 5 minutes. The idea is that it helps to stretch your spine which can help your posture which in turn may help with digestion, nerve stimulation and reduce back pain.

Although this might work for some it doesn’t work for all which is why I’m going to give you my take and customization on this method. The reason we do functional movement screens before we see our clients is to customize based on your body. What is your normal standing posture? Do you have a normal curve in your low back, S-Curve/Sway back, Flat Back or elevated/rotated hip? You must think about this before you just jump right in on some magazine suggested workout or a workout your friend swears by.

Stand in the mirror and look to see what type of posture you have or ask a friend or family member. 

The picture below on top left is the Japanese towel method. When I took this picture it actually was hurting my back.  I have S-posture which means my hips are tilted forward in anterior tilt. We have many clients with S-Posture and the Extreme Flat Back posture so have to adjust exercises as necessary to counter this. If you need more curve in your back (Flat back) then try the towel or smaller foam roller, exercise disc cushion or a pillow directly under your navel. If you have S-posture you may wish to try placing the foam roller, yoga block or rolled up towel under your sacrum. This will help you also lengthen your hip flexors which are tightened when your hips are rotated in anterior tilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think about this…All our organs and limbs, including the intestine and stomach, connect to the brain via the vertebral column so it is true that misalignment of the bones, reflected in bad posture, can mean that nerve pathways are constricted.The part of the spine between the ribs and the small of your back is where the intestine nerves are connected, so if you slouch or push your pelvis too far back, it may result in digestion issues, such as constipation, bloating, gas and acid reflux. While constipation and bloating make your belly appear bigger, it is not fat; it’s just the waste that is not being eliminated.You should be eliminating 2-3 times per day. Of course there may be all kinds of reasons your belly is bigger than you want, maybe food allergies you haven’t considered, allergy to alcohol, wheat or daily or even something as common as onions that may be hidden in some of your foods, eating fruit when your other food isn’t completely digested. I digress..I just can’t help myself to talk about nutrition when we talk about smaller bellies.

Back to the Towel method…The exercise introduced by Fukutsudzi implies lying on a rolled towel for five minutes three times a day. What???? 3 times a day that’s a lot more than most people may be willing to do including me and I exercise a lot. Well as with anything creating a habit and changing behaviors takes commitment so do what you are willing to do and you will get the results you have put into your efforts. Maybe start with a minute and work up to 3-5 minutes 1-2 times per day. At least having an awareness and going in the direction of correction will lead you down the path of better digestion and posture.

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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

Massage services resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc. All clients onsite must sign Covid form, successfully answer health Covid questions and socially distance.

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July 10, 2020

When nutrition coaching and personal training our clients at Energy Fitness clients come in with certain goals and habits. Many of these habits are what may be keeping the client from ultimately reaching their weight loss or performance fitness goal. Over and over again we hear clients say “I’m not willing to stop having my drinks!” so then the clients and trainer often can become frustrated as the trainer knows the scientific reason and benefits to stop consuming alcohol.

Let’s look at the science aspect and why alcohol may be a the demon when it comes to a weight loss battle.

Can I drink alcohol if I’m trying to lose weight?

If researchers say that one drink a night is good for your heart, then having more must be even better is the sad (standard american diet…extended into drinks as well) story line that many tell themselves to justify the habit. I get it, a glass or wine or a cool beer at the end of the day to wash away your worries or stress but what about the stress it is causing your body or your chronic weight loss battle going on in your head. Far too many times I have heard spouses say how thin they were when they got married and one or both partners aren’t willing to stop drinking.

To really explain why the struggle is real for you then you must understand calories and nutrients. I did all the hard work of brushing up on the Kreb’s cycle and all those long hard words to pronounce so I will just do my best to give it to you as simple as possible.

To lose one pound per week you must have a deficit of 3500 calories so about 500 less per day. Problem is that most people don’t know the numbers. You likely don’t know how many calories you are taking in and most of you don’t track how many you burn. You may not even know your basal metabolic rate (how many calories you burn even if you were to sit and do nothing all day).

A general idea for what you burn would be to start with how much you weigh and add a zero to it.

Example: I weigh 125 lbs so 1250 calories would be baseline. I am very active and I have a lot of muscle so this number increases to account for that. I have had my BMR tested often and it’s around 1750 calories. That’s 500 calories more than the simple add a zero. That’s actually close to the amount of calories I consume daily or spread across a week my daily average to maintain my current weight. Men trying to lose weight would likely not want to go below 1500 calories and women not below 1200 calories.

Now is a calorie a calorie? not when it comes to alcohol

Alcohol can cause issues for your weight-loss and metabolism-balancing efforts because it is high in calories (second only to fat), and, like fats and carbs, is metabolized to acetyl CoA. When acetyl CoA is around in high amounts, the body sees no reason to burn other fuels. Pay attention to the above mentioned acetyl CoA in this paragraph. This means that if you are trying to lose weight and you consume more than your body can burn immediately that it can be stored as fat the same way excess carbs can be stored. To lose fat you will have to burn up all the alcohol calories and the carb calories then finally force your body to convert stored fat into glucose.

In college during my board of review for my Master’s Degree in Exercise Science one particular phrase stood out to me that I had to recite.

FAT BURNS ON A CARBOHYDRATE FLAME!!!!!!

Your body burns calories in this order:
alcohol 7 calories per 1 gram
carbs 4 calories per 1 gram
fats 9 calories per 1 gram
(protein 4 calories per 1 gram. Protein leads to little energy contribution in terms of fuel as it is not stored in the body and need to consume every 3-4 hours if you wish to maintain a healthy muscle mass)

Let’s do some math!

If a 10 minute jog burns about 100 calories and you can only last for 30 minutes at best and you hate running, so you do the bike which is half the calorie burn then you have only burned 150 calories. Well, one beer or glass of wine is about 100 calories and most people don’t have just one or when they drink.Most people also like to snack that spells disaster for weight loss goals.

Does that Mean I should Avoid Alcohol Completely?
You may need to avoid alcohol when you’re trying to lose weight, but we have also seen people have wine almost nightly and be able to attain and maintain a lean, healthy body.

The trick is to know what does and does not work for you.

If you want a glass of wine with dinner, here’s a tip…Don’t eat starch and fat with your meal and drink alcohol together. Make an effort to never combine the three.

For instance, have a piece of fish, a plate of veggies and either a glass of wine or half a sweet potato, but not both.

The truth is, small amounts of alcohol, (note: we said small) can certainly be apart of some people’s fat-loss formula and whether it is for you or not will take some detective work.

During your detective work think of abstaining as a way of treating your body like a race horse and keeping it free from things that could be holding back the reigns to see what your mid-section could really look like.

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Call, text or email us to get started today!
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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

The services below resumed June 1, 2020 and we have new guidelines that will be followed such as staff will be wearing face coverings as well as clients for massage. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 

 


May 17, 2020

Everyone deals with stress differently and we all have different levels at different times in our lives. Instead of the usual no good outcome on the other side ways of dealing with it like drinking, eating, shopping and other coping mechanisms that are just short lived why not try a few of these suggestions.

  1. Think back to when you had the feelings of being happy. Remembering good times, such as a trip to Disneyland, the Beach or the Mountains can cut someone’s stress response by 85 per cent, firing up the reward centers in the brain. It works better than simply distracting yourself, the evidence suggests, visualizing positive things or dreaming about a happy future

2) Listen to the sound of flowing water: The gentle burbling of a brook, or the sound of the wind in the trees can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax.

3) Music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brainwaves (frequencies from 8 – 14 hertz or cycles per second).
Here’s a few examples: 60 bpm. My GirlOtis Redding • Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (Collector’s Edition) Love is AllThe Tallest Man On Earth. Landslide • Fleetwood Mac. Here’s a site that shows you several songs that you may wish to consider: Tempo 60 bpm

4) SCREAM THERAPY…LET IT ALL OUT!!!
There are tons of tips out there on how to reduce stress. From meditation to exercise to a daily glass of wine, but perhaps the simplest one and arguably most effective one has been around since humans came into existence. Letting out a loud and long primal scream may be the way to reduce stress, according to research.

1,000 randomly selected adults for a survey 19% of the fans indicated they ‘always’ yell at the TV when watching sports. One respondent said “yelling can seem absolutely ridiculous. But in the moment, it feels so right. It makes everything feel better.” The survey also found that women outnumbered men (62% versus 56%) when it came to “sometimes” yelling at sports on TV. You can also add a pounding fist if you want or maybe just throw your arms up in the air.

Whatever your method just know that you can’t be your healthiest self when you are running in high throttle so why not try some of the above suggestions.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT FOR OUR VIRTUAL PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242. Onsite appointments start back June 1st, 2020.

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

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 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). 

 


April 25, 2020

How are you grounding yourself these days? Some of us are still running around with our heads cut off and not having our usual ways of letting off steam (or consuming excess food and drink) while others are finding overdue projects around the house are finally getting your attention.

I have found that many people in the energy healing business and some that are not are in agreement that Mother Earth is simply fighting to take back balance. Mother Earth also provides us with natural healing properties. Think about the last time you were around areas with lots rocks or crystals. Did you know that the sand on beaches is part of the natural erosion process of water breaking down rocks into smaller pieces and depositing them in different areas. I was reminded of this during homeschooling my forth grader on a science lesson this week.

Watch this short video on crystals from our former Reiki Master that attuned me as a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, then I’ll pass some thoughts your way.


I have often heard people say how relaxed they feel after a good beach visit. Let’s break it down into maybe a way you haven’t thought of before. If the beach sand is actually ground up rocks and possibly crystals then you are basically being grounded simply by being barefooted with the earth.

Grounding Crystals (for more specifics google their benefits as I wanted to keep this post short)

  • Hematize
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Red Jasper
  • Jet
  • Bloodstone
  • Petrified Wood
  • Moss Agate
  • Black Obsidian

We need to be thinking of grounding ourselves more and more these days with the ever increasing use of technology and electronics.Since so many of us use technology such as laptops, cell phones, televisions, smart watches, etc than we ever have before know that we are being exposed to more electromagnetic frequencies (aka: electromagnetic frequency radiation) that can affect your health.We’re hearing more & more about cell phone radiation and how that can be harmful to our health. (Thank goodness the word is finally getting out about that!)

Some symptoms of excess EMF radiation are: 

  • fatigue
  • joint & muscle pain
  • decreased attention span
  • memory loss
  • difficulty focusing
  • insomnia
  • ringing in the ears 

BTW, these are the same symptoms of being un-grounded…of feeling stuck or out of sorts!

Just like in the video Diana (de-awna) says to pick what resonates with you. Try listening to your own intuition when it comes to picking the right stone(s) from the lists. When I took a crystal certification class I was overwhelmed with how much there really is to learn about all the different crystals and minerals available to us.

Let ‘s make this post easy and give you a few choices clearing EMF’s (electromagnetic frequencies radiation). They are present everywhere in our environment but are invisible to the human eye. Place up 1 or 2 of these near your devices or wear as a necklace or bracelet.

Crystals to Protect against EMF’s

  • Orgonite
  • Fluorite
  • Lepidolite
  • Shungite
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Adventurine
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 VIRTUAL 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 30-40 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!
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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 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?

INTERESTED IN 

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). 

 


February 21, 2020

Our packages at Energy Fitness include meal plans so the clients can have the best chance at nutritional freedom and education about meals that are healthy along with teaching meal timing. We have over 25 meal plans and choose a few for each client based on their habits, goals and food choices. We do realize that there are different levels of commitment for eating healthy and sometimes convenience becomes a factor. So many times in our society the quick foods become the whole meal plan instead of just a rare occasion. Ask yourself why you eat healthy or wish for the desire to want to eat healthy. Healthy skin, better sleep, less brain fog, shed pounds, have more energy and better overall feeling of well being should top your list. If those aren’t your motivation then maybe you can start with having those as mantras when you get off the plan or don’t even have a plan.

This post is just to give you a few options and get your brain working to find other alternatives to junk food or super high calorie fast food. I mean you really aren’t any busier than anyone else and we have lots of executive, successful clients and busy working moms that find the time for eat healthy.

When travelling with the family out of town when pressed for time we pop in a grocery stores and just grab something healthy like tuna pack, salad, and some chopped veggies or gluten free crackers. Sometimes there’s a salad bar or If they have sushi I might grab that if no added sugars. I am an ingredient detective and you should be too. You should be able to pronounce the foods and chemicals that you put in your mouth and body.

There are different levels of fast food. There’s the drive through option, Then there are options like food Bars or walk up service type of service menus as well as grocery store pop ins.

Arby’s: Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad, Total Calories: 240, Total Fat: 13 grams

Chick-Fil-A: Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap,Total Calories: 350, Total Fat: 13 grams

Chipotle: Burrito Bowl,Total Calories: 330,Total Fat: 8 grams

Dunkin’ Donuts: Wake-Up Wrap,Total Calories: 190, Total Fat: 11 grams

Hardee’s: Low Carb Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich,Total Calories: 190, Total Fat: 4 grams
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Burrito Bowl, Total Calories: 357, Total Fat: 17 grams

Wendy’s: Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, Total Calories: 340, Total Fat: 17 grams

So that’s 7 fast food now I’ll share my fast food ideas:

bumble and bumble tuna and crackers or chicken and crackers (great for kids) pair with side salad or cherry tomatoes and spinach leaves or sweet baby peppers.

salad to go kits from grocery store (i forego the dressing and eat it bare unless there are lemon wedges handy).

pack my own to go lunch and snacks of salad, veggies and a protein like veggie patty, boiled egg(s), tuna salad

Snacks like aloha bars, vega bars, rice cake and nut butter individual packets (they come in almond, watermelon seed, cashews, sunflower and peanuts in which I never eat peanuts due to mold and cancer) are great to keep handy. I buy cliff, power crunch and zbar’s for the kids. Protein shakes are a great go to meal or snack when no other options.

HAPPY & HEALTHY EATING TO YOU!

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 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). 

 

 


February 16, 2020

Wow the trainers at Energy Fitness personal training studio downtown Memphis love clients that immerse themselves in the changes we customize and recommend to them and sing our praises. Notice also how much self love Laura has and how proud you can tell she is for all her efforts. We love this! We should all show and speak more positively about ourselves so we can let those positive vibes get us through the stressful or trying times.

We have been holding on to this video for about 7 months and now feel like it’s the time to put some coal under a few of you on the fence about your own self care. We encourage good self care habits in the form of eating right, sleeping, exercising, supplements, mindfulness, stretching, massage, healthy social support and hydration. When you have good self-care habits it’s only a short hop to extreme self care habits that may be necessary for upcoming beach vacations, reunions, weddings, or active vacations like hiking up mountains.

Keep this in mind when watching Laura Brown’s 2 min. video. During the time that she trained with us to get these results this defined her life: single parent of 2 grade school children, going to school on side for accounting, working a full-time job. Let this mock those of you who think you don’t have the time or resources.

When we had a consult with Laura we needed to listen to what her pains were and how we could start making easy changes first and as she felt better she could start adding other changes we thought would benefit her.

Personal trainers don’t bark orders! We change lives one person at at time. Who’s Next?

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
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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). 

 


February 1, 2020
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As part of our fitness assessments at Energy Fitness personal training studio we have clients perform the push up test to measure muscular strength and endurance. The test is performed without a time parameter and the goal is to do as many push ups as you can without taking a break. If you take a break then the test is over. During the test the personal trainer is observing what the participant is doing with the rest of his/her body for many things like correct form with the shoulders, neck, core, breathing and pelvis.

Keep in mind that many individuals come to us after being inactive, injured, never lifted weights or even worked out regularly in their lives. I say that because the test requires men to do full push ups and women doing modified (on knees) push ups as to compare to the norms in their age group. It is not uncommon for us to ask the man if he feels like he can do a full push up. If he says no then we simply have him do a modified push up to max test, record the number of reps and upon next test he either moves to full push ups or increases number from previous test. Women of course if they are fit and want to go for full push ups right out of the gate we fully support that as well. Improvement is key in either case. We can also make adjustments for wrist issues by placing their hands on yoga blocks or dumbbells or having them if comfortable do on their knuckles with a balled up fist (not as hard as you might think). Of course those with lots of ligament, rotator cuff or other injuries that may simply cause pain during test we just skip and learn during their workouts how much weight they can do.

A client that recently had his post assessment did the push up test and then just stopped. He didn’t look like he was trying to push out just a few more…he just stopped.

I said to him “I am not trying to be mean…I am just surprised that as strong as you are in the sessions that men many years older than you can do almost double the push ups you just did.

He replied that he feels like his core is so weak and his back started hurting which is why he stopped.

I said “I was watching your back and towards the end you lowered it a lot and that’s the reason your back was hurting.”  This is very common and we may have an easy solution if you know your own body. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Let me set the instructions up for what we tell the client prior to them performing the push up test initially as well as we often demonstrate correct form:

  • there’s no time limit
  • as soon as you pause or stop the test is over
  • be sure to put the hands slightly wider than shoulder width (this may vary for shoulder injuries or other issues)
  • don’t stick your butt up in the air

Here’s the point of this blog….pay attention!

What type of standing posture do you have? 

This greatly determines may be what is holding you back from doing the max number of push ups or even the ability to do other exercises well like squats, leg curls and other abdominal exercises.

Getting back to the client I was doing the post assessment push up assessment on as mentioned earlier. Having knowledge of this particular clients functional movement patterns in an earlier screening I knew his problem was how he positioned his pelvis during the push up.The pelvic tilt test. I went on to demonstrate based on the issue that he has and his posture that he needed to do a pelvic tilt before he even started pushing up as this will be his best chance at cranking out more push ups.Side note…We went on to discuss that during the day he should be aware of his core and keep it taught instead of just letting his belly pouch out.

If you have the Lordosis or Sway back posture with a big arch or even moderate arch in your back you must think and do the following:

  • tuck the pelvis or a better way of thinking about it is lengthen your hip flexors
  • if you merely tuck your butt/pelvis you may be missing out on the bigger point of how to engage that core
  • keep your focus on this as much as you keep focus on the actual pushing up and lowering down
  • what happens in your pelvis goes up the chain to increase strength or decrease it

If you have S curve or Flat back you may feel more pressure in your shoulders and need to do the opposite of the above mentioned Lordosis or Sway back posture. You will want to try and create a curve in your low back.

If you have Kyphosis or Rounded upper shoulders you must really focus on:

  • placing your shoulder blades “back in their pockets”
  • pressing your shoulders away from your ears
  • think about pressing your chin back like a drawer instead of driving chin forward and down
  • let your scapula coming together be a visual of pinching a pencil between your shoulder blades

If you have an elevated hip from leg length issues, bound up fascia, previous injury or scoliosis then you will need to:

  • think about lengthening the elevated hips lat muscle and focus on trying to find the right way to move your pelvis into a position while doing a push up that seems to be the most comfortable and offers you the greatest strength and endurance.

What if I have rounded shoulders and sway back? 

Then you will need to make several adjustments. Don’t just give up. This pelvis alignment can help you in other exercises and stretches as well so play around with it using big or small adjustments and see what feels best.

Here’s a few videos for you to try. Notice the difference of my pelvic rotation when I am elevated with push ups on handles versus the negative push ups. This may be due to I have round shoulders in addition to the sway back posture and it puts me in a better position to to a posterior pelvic tilt.

 

Notice the next video with weight on my back in the negative push ups and how much arch I have in my low back. It’s more difficult of course when weighted and breathing is super important.

The video below shows proper form for the modified push up which we use in the assessment. Disregard the odd mean face at beginning of video…I uploaded it way back and forgot to edit it. It’s most likely because we recorded 76 chest videos that day and it was a fatigue response 🙂

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., 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 (myofacial release). 

 


January 17, 2020

Do you ever feel like your energy is just stuck? Seem like you’re in a rut and can’t seem to find your way out? Ever consider that maybe it’s not just the season or your mundane routine but that you may have stagnant energy or taken on the negative forces or energy from a space, place or individual(s).

The past few years since I have been more open and present to my intuition. I have always had but squashed it. I have become very open to healing the body using holistic practices that can help bring the body into whole self-alignment and have been slowly sharing this knowledge with others. After being introduced to energy work from Mae our LMT ,ngetting certified in Reiki combined with my spiritual upbringing and studying other religions I feel calmer and able to deal with stress much easier. Of course having young kids may have a wearing down effect as well….lol and just getting older and wiser is helpful also.

Some of you may think this post is hokey and maybe I’m oversharing a bit but so what I’m gonna be me and pass on my knowledge so you can keep your aura clean as well so you can be ever present and more in tune with your body’s needs to reach optimal health and wellness.

When I first met Mae our massage therapist she had mentioned I had so much fire as part of my aura and that she could feel when she would massage me that I just wanted her to just rub out the tight areas and stop touching me. I worked on this between mindfulness, meditation, Chakra therapy with food and colors and just learning to keep my bubble of protection around me from being penetrated with the negativity of others. What’s my energy is mine and what’s yours is yours!

What is aura you ask? It’s the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place. You aura has colors as well and these have meaning. As children mature and their thinking processes and personalities become more defined, they add colors to their auras. Most adults have an aura about 2 feet (60 cm) wide.

Here’s 7 Ways to Clean Your Aura

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  1. Take a Walk in The Rain or Take a Bath – There’s nothing like running water and it’s healing properties to rinse away all the stress and troubles flowing out of your mind and body either back to mother earth or down the drain. This is my favorite and so much so that I have now told my husband that when we book hotel rooms when traveling I must have a bath as a shower isn’t the same as my hot soaks!
  2. Sweep or Comb Your Aura – I use a short hand towel which is especially helpful for the back of your body not easy to get with your hands alone. Combing your aura with open fingers and blowing the energy back to mother earth or whatever force you believe can dissolve it.
  3. Mental Cleansing – Breathing and visualization: sit in a comfortable position for 5-15 minutes and focus in a distraction free environment. Take long cleansing breaths and with each breath imagine all the negative energy or thoughts leaving your body.
  4. Sun – Wind – Play – This is pretty much eco-therapy aka nature therapy and research proves outside time really is healing. We need more parents to tell kids to go outside and play these days. Just get out there and move with gentle exercise, yard or garden work or just enjoying nature.
  5. Feather Whisk – cleanse your aura are feathers, particularly owl or turkey feathers. Begin at your feet and work upwards, much like a bird would fly from the ground to the top of a tree. Ask a friend to assist by sweeping your backside or any areas around your physical being that you cannot reach easily.
  6. Smudge – Herbs that are helpful to use for aura cleansing can include sage or lavender. Bundles are available of sage to burn and smell the incense. Just open a window or door and let the bad energies flow out. Lavender is available in essential oil and can be added to lotions or sprayed on. 
  7. Create a bubble of protection – now that you have cleaned your aura you must keep it that way. Work on staying away from energy vampires or negative people that always seem to keep something stirred up.Image result for bubble of protection against negative energies free images

 

 

 

 

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
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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

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). 


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?

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).