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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.


January 30, 2021
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I love Diane’s success story and happy to have been and continue to be a guiding force for knowledge and inspiration. I like to share these stories to get some of you believing in yourself and your efforts as well as encourage you to reach out to fitness professionals with the right credentials. We have so many more success stories from almost 19 years of working with clients at Energy Fitness in Memphis, TN.

Meet Diane, a nurse and my former neighbor in Harbor Town in Memphis, TN. Here is her story and her self compiled before and after pics. Sometimes it takes more than me just telling you to hire me or giving you exercises, nutrition advice or other holistic mind/body tricks to get you moving on track to optimal health. Take it from Diane!

“A year ago I once again made yet another New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Once again frustrated that despite consistently exercising and eating “right”  I was overweight. But this time I decided to give Tonya Tittle’s program at Energy Fitness a try. I thought, I will give it 6 weeks. Well…..it’s been a year and it’s been an amazing journey. The difference with Energy Fitness is that Tonya develops an individualized program that is based on testing of your  fitness (cardio and flexibility) and your goals. And because part of my goals were to lose weight, I used some of my sessions for nutritional counseling. There were several plans to choose from but I knew I did not want a diet, I wanted to eat this way for the rest of my life. So I chose the Mediterranean plan, since it is what I harp on with patients!   So with two weekly 30 minute workouts, some tweaks in my diet and daily protein powder I was on my way. And within 5 months I was at my goal. The aha moment for me? Being able to tuck a shirt into jeans and wear a belt! So it’s a new year and still going 💪 with new goals. And although I gave myself extra treats during the holidays, I’m back on my plan with workouts and my daily Energy Fitness vegan protein feeling gratefully ENERGIZED!” Diane G., Nurse

Without naming exact numbers she’s lost numerous inches, pounds, bodyfat and feeling more mobile. Go Diane!

Recently I sent Diane 2 custom workout programs to do at home since we are relocating the studio next month to South Carolina (my new home). She wanted me to incorporate a cable pully unit she’s had for years and not been comfortable knowing exactly what to do with it. I also incorporated other small dumbbells and body weight exercises to give the programs a well rounded balanced based on her functional movement assessment we have done in the past. Each program consisted of 6-9 exercises. I sent her a pdf of each program along with a short less than 5 minute video of each one instructing her how to do the program and how many reps and sets to do. She loves it thus far and will reach out to get new programs in about 8 weeks because she knows that you have to change up your workouts to keep getting results.

When I texted her during this blog entry and told her she is the feature of my blog and hope she inspires people she replied…

“Your program is the Inspiration!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember when she texted me the pic of her holding the fanny pack out with the comment “I haven’t worn this since last summer, Thanks Tonya!”

The pic in the face mask below is one she sent to me when she was feeling sexy after a routine medical exam. I love it when clients become more confident from their new improved lifestyle choices. Every choice you make can either take you closer or further away from the goal of having the body, skin, better sleep and more energy for optimal health.

C’mon ladies who else wants to feel some self love? Toot your own horn if you know you have worked hard for it. 

I’m here for you and you men deserve to feel great too, so give me a call or text 901-466-6242 for either virtual training or a custom exercise program. Eating right isn’t rocket science, it’s making the right choices for your body and working within your habit loop for success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come see us onsite for a bit longer at our Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included. Onsite following local covid guidelines as well as maintaining our current disinfectant procedures. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL OR ONSITE FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87)


January 7, 2021
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I’ve had some serious thoughts about glute dysfunction and tightness for sometime now. Being in the fitness profession for almost 30 years plus being a cross country and track collegiate athlete I have seen a lot of bodies not moving well / not being mobile or stable enough.

I’ve concluded that we all have to take action to take back our backsides so we can age well, move well, sleep well and the list goes on. I have about six and a half weeks left in massage school with only about 4 weeks left of clinicals (massaging clients that pay the school for student massage) in South Carolina. Being on the massage therapy side of it has reinforced the idea that people really need to stretch those glutes! Many get on the table and their whole legs rotate (laterally) so as the toes point out. Many of these people on my table complain of knee or back pain that is chronic or acute at times. A massage can only do so much which means self care is recommended between sessions. I have tested clients before in the pose(s) below and after the massage and sent them home with a few of the diy stretches. I also write it on the SOAP notes in the plan section which is the documentation process for licensed massage therapists. As a personal trainer my documentation for Energy Fitness is my copywriten programs or written exercise prescriptions with custom changes as necessary for clients based from their fitness assessment. We all need a program in order to get better and most need accountability to do it. Just remember what you hate to do is often the exact thing you need to or must do to get better or feel better. It may be uncomfortable and/or darn right painful to hold these stretches for the length of time necessary to get maximal benefits but in the end it will be worth it.

I’ve said this many times before….some stretching is better than no stretching; however optimal time to actually change and lengthen the actual muscle fibers is 3 minutes (count to 90 twice) every day for 6 weeks. Don’t want to count? Take 10-12 long slow breaths and settle into it with a positive attitude and be present with the discomfort as it too shall pass.

YOU CAN DO THIS !

Gold standard provided you have no knee issues. First one below is cow pose where knees are stacked atop each other and glutes are on the ground. Use a yoga block to sit on it you need to and can get into this pose. If I were to include a video you would see that I lift and wiggle my way into the position. I actually use a block under the top foot to get a deeper stretch. You must breathe on this one as it’s tough. Count to 90 twice if you can or take 10 slow breaths each leg.

The next one I believe is called stacking logs stretch and gets the glutes in a different angle. Most people’s knee come nowhere close to touching the other leg and mine don’t most of the time. Of course depending on how flexible or inflexible you are this may feel as intense to you as a more advanced one feels to someone else.

For the stretch up the wall stretch pictured below, usually the best bet as a starter glute stretch for those with chronic low back or sciatica pain and want to use caution with their knees. See the sequence on how to get into position for this cross legged wall glute stretch (also called thread the eye of the needle). You will want to press your tailbone down towards the floor once you get in position. You can use a wall or not.

 

I intentionally put the pictures with my tailbone up off the ground quite a bit as most likely that is what is closest to what most people can achieve.

The ones below are modified pigeon, pigeon pose and seated what I call cross leg glute pull stretch.

 

 

 

 

 

Stretch it out!

Come see us onsite for a bit longer at our Memphis location 552 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103 or find me online with live personal training/coaching or hire me to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included.

Onsite following local covid guidelines as well as maintaining our current disinfectant procedures. You will have to sign a Covid19 release form, wash your hands upon arrival, etc.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage Therapy).CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL OR ONSITE FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87)