Personal Training Memphis

December 19, 2020
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To be complete Feb. 2021. As I sit and quickly take a break to write this post I look around the boutique studio that made a name in Memphis for almost 19 years. My family made the eight hour journey back to Memphis on Friday and plan to take 1 of 2 truckloads to storage in Greenville, South Carolina and Travelers Rest, South Carolina. The second is late Jan and maybe a third trip if necessary in Feb. We are leaving plenty of equipment for our remaining clients onsite training with Misty.

I just want Memphis and readers of our posts to know that Energy Fitness was possible and continues to be possible because of my awesome and supportive husband Mark Tittle and his entrepreneurial skills. He’s even supporting me learning a new occupation to enhance my knowledge and skill set with massage therapy school all through this Covid mess. My expected graduation date in Greenville, South Carolina is late Feb. 2021. Then study and take the licensing exam to be a Licensed Massage Therapist. This will make my job easier as a personal trainer because then I can manipulate soft tissue and help clients recover more from injuries or nagging pains.

We started Energy Fitness almost 19 years ago because Mark saw my talents and the way I help people achieve their goals while inspiring and training them myself or via my staff that were carefully hand picked and the right fit for our clients.  It wasn’t all peaches and cream in the early years of starting the business and having your husband tell you that your job “is just a hobby”, we’ve gotten past that as I began to pay myself / the household an acceptable amount as well as him hearing many clients sing my praises and having a business introduce us to so many people that we’ve met along the way that may be lifelong friends.

Usually I have these blog posts finished a few days or at least by lunch the day before it goes out to our list. Even in the craziest time of packing up the studio for round one of taking stuff to storage before finding the right location/space in our new town I found the time to speak with a client via phone and it’s just so heart warming to have someone tell you how much you have meant to them and training their family members also. Those that know me personally know that I don’t get emotional very often nor do I like to ask others for help. I have to say that a sadness crept in earlier in the week as I neared the arrival in Memphis and the start of a closing the Memphis chapter in my life. So many good things happened in my time in Memphis since 1997 like being the Director of the Downtown YMCA right out of Graduate School, meeting my husband, having two boys that can always call Memphis their hometown, and building so many meaningful relationships.

Thank YOU MEMPHIS

Oh and if you think that I can no longer help you be fit and healthy then think again. I’ve moved online to zoom 30 minute semi-private personal training. Also a popular service, I am available for many years to come is creating strength training and cardio or stretching programs with video instruction on how to do the programs. Just reach out!

Here’s a few pics from this weekend. Not pictured all all the boxes I have to get for the many things needed to run a business like office supplies, entertaining kitchenware, linens, towels for showers and the list goes on…..

Here’s before the packing began and the sign I hung as you might see in front windows. The large exterior sign will be taken down and packed in just a few days.

Love you much – Memphis! Tonya Tittle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242 or email us at energymemphis@gmail.com, 552 S. Main, Downtown-Memphis, TN 38103

We are 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)

 


December 12, 2020

As a personal trainer and nutrition coach at Energy Fitness I am often telling clients the benefits of different foods, spices and supplements for ones health. Anyone that knows me well knows that I like spicy foods and jalapenos are a must in my condiments door as well as a back up awaiting in the pantry.

Spicy foods are a staple for many individuals diets for enjoyment but also for health benefits. For those that don’t enjoy spicy foods you might want to reconsider as recent research has found eating spicy foods actually helps the body function better in a number of ways. From helping individuals get in shape to staving off disease, foods rich in hearty spices can help boost health and improve quality of life. That burning sensation in your mouth might be worth tolerating when it means benefiting from these health benefits.

Here are 5 reasons to go for the spicy:

  1. burn more calories
  2. may help prevent cancer
  3. natural pain relief
  4. heart healthy
  5. releases good hormones like endorphins and dopamine release (the feel good hormone)

I took the #Paquionechipchallenge (https://paqui.com/onechipchallenge/)

@paquichips @onechipchallenge

My husband decided on a whim to purchase the chip in a convenient store during his travels this year. This one chip cost $7.00 and he brought it home all proud that he got something he knew I was bold enough to try. I had to think on it for a while and make sure my stomach was in the right balance to have it. It took me about 3 weeks to finally be in the right mindset and body balance to take the challenge.

The company is so Paqui is so sure that one will be your limit that they’ve packaged the Carolina Reaper Madness chip singly in foil packets, with one chip inside each coffin-shaped box. (If that doesn’t tell you something about how you’ll feel after eating it, nothing will.)

Inside this coffin shaped box is this chip containing the”world’s hottest chip,” which you can find in stores in one-chip packages.. The tortilla chip, which is pitch black features heat from the Carolina Reaper pepper gets an update this year with the addition of scorpion peppers and Sichuan peppercorns (which adds a numbing sensation in your mouth).

The chip’s power comes from the pepper used to flavor it: The Carolina Reaper took the helm as the world’s hottest pepper in 2013, replacing the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. The Reaper hits an average of 1,569,300 heat units on the Scoville Scale (though it can be as hot as 2.2 million units). That means that the average Carolina Reaper is more than 190 times hotter than the hottest jalepeño, which clocks in at between 2,500 and 8,000 units on the scale. In other words, it’s hot. Insanely, agonizingly hot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a video of me eating the chip and my reactions: what’s up with my ears burning?

Here’s a video that made me feel better and laugh about not making it to 5 min as this guy, Akbar Gbajabiamila host of NBC America Nija Warrior. His reaction is intense and comical at the same time. In fact, I believe I lasted longer than he did before drinking or eating something.

My advice is to incorporate more spicy foods into your diet but by all means Don’t try the one chip challenge. If you do, have on hand bread, some kind of milk and some nut butter. Oh and oddly my 10 year old offered me a pickle and to my surprise it helped cut the burn. BTW…I paid for this several days post with IBS and was telling my oldest that I told him this would happen which is why I waited so long to do the challenge. This must have lowered my immune system as I very quickly afterwards got an intense sinus infection with chills and fever. Got covid negative tested thank goodness.

GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242 or email us at energymemphis@gmail.com, 552 S. Main, Downtown-Memphis, TN 38103

We are 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).

 


December 6, 2020

We wanted to bring to your attention if you are to the point where you are having unexplained headaches, fatigue, not sleeping well and maybe a host of other issues then maybe you should look to how your nutrition is serving and nourishing your body.

One of my clients is suffering from this now and has turned to Metagenics and tips from me regarding nutrition along with her already good diet and an iron supplement prescribed by her physician. If we all can take a look at our stress levels and what chronic repressed stress can do to the adrenals and the digestive system as a way of fighting back then we can understand and help fix the issue.

Many of us seem to just press on and on and on denying our body the ability to heal itself until it screams at us forcing us to fix it with the right supplements, nutrients, massage, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, exercise or other extreme self care opportunities. This is why having good self care habits in place already can make it easier to shift into extreme self care when needed.

Remember your gut is your second brain and when you are overstressed or out of balance digestion and absorption can be comprised. Bloating, headaches and malnutrition can occur leaving you feeling out of balanced and maybe with outer issues not mentioned. Metagenics supplement Ultra GI Replenish is a product with great reviews to help with digestive issues even if you don’t think you have them.

UltraGI Replenish® is a medical food formulated to provide specialized macro-and micronutrient support for patients challenged by compromised gut function with digestive disorders including malabsorption. It is designed to complement an eating plan that excludes common food allergens and supports healthy gut function.

It’s a dairy free formula and remember keep in mind that it takes time and patience to heal the body that may have been stressed for a long time even if the source of stress has passed.

To check out ingredients or purchase click here: https://efitness.metagenics.com/ultragi-replenish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s one of the high stars reviews..

Life Changer   AMH from Houston, TX, USA 

This shake drastically changed my life. .. I had a whole host of health issues. This shake helped me get my GI tract back to healthy and my symptoms were alleviated. I can not recommend this product more.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL OR ONSITE FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR MASSAGE THERAPY SESSION….

GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242 or email us at energymemphis@gmail.com, 552 S. Main, Downtown-Memphis, TN 38103

We are 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).


November 21, 2020

It has twice been brought to my attention as of late about clients having symptoms of altitude sickness. I must admit the symptoms can be very bothersome and range from mild to severe. I felt compelled to bring to your attention some herbal remedies that may be helpful next time you take a trip 1000 feet above sea level or more.

The primary cause of altitude sickness is the decrease in air oxygen levels. At 8000 feet, oxygen levels are about half those at sea level. If one ascends slowly the body has a chance to acclimatize by making physiological adjustments and symptoms can be prevented. If one ascends too quickly, fluid moves from the blood stream into the tissues, the blood thickens due to fluid loss, and slows elimination of toxins and wastes from the body. The resultant dehydration inhibits the normal distribution of nutrients and oxygen to the cells and transport of wastes from the tissues, causing thirst along with other symptoms, including breathlessness, sleep disturbances, increased heart rate, nausea, vomiting, headache, oedema and fatigue. Symptoms can present within 12 to 48 hours of arrival at high altitude and are intensified by alcohol and vigorous exercise. If symptoms persist for more than 2-3 days, it is best to return to lower altitude. If you are moving or going on vacation and are an avid exerciser then you simply must be patient as it takes 4 weeks for you and your blood to acclimate to the higher altitude. I recently moved from about 224 ft sea level in Memphis to almost 1100 ft above sea level and it absolutely took four weeks. My runs and bike rides were just so slow and with exercise induced asthma I felt it probably more than the average person.

A list of the mild altitude sickness symptoms are as follows:

  • headache • nausea • dizziness • throwing up • feeling tired • shortness of breath • faster heart rate
  • not feeling well overall • trouble sleeping • loss of appetite

Here are a few vitamins/supplements you might already have around the house and can gear up for that trip.

Free-radical-mediated damage to the blood-brain barrier may be implicated in the development of acute mountain sickness, and so taking antioxidant supplements such as vitamins A, C and E, alpha-lipoic acid or selenium could be very helpful.  B-vitamins work as catalysts for many biochemical reactions, including the utilization of oxygen by the cells.  Vitamin C acts as a major antioxidant, protecting nutrients like the B-vitamins, and helping the body deal with stress. Daily doses of 1000 mg vitamin C, 400 iu vitamin E and 600 mg alpha Lipoic Acid are recommended.

I like to look at other how other countries and cultures take care of the body via herbs, manual therapy (massage, reflexology or accupressure), sound healing, etc. We can learn a lot from cultures that are deep rooted in healing passed down from generation to generation. There are several herbs which could be very helpful to help prevent or treat altitude sickness, particularly those which are classed as adaptogens and cardiotonics.

CAUTION: Of course if you are on any prescription medications or have health related issues PLEASE check with your doctor to see if any of these suggestions are contraindicated for you!

  • Ginkgo biloba has a remarkable ability to increase blood flow throughout the body, in particular to the brain, enabling it to cope better with decreased atmospheric oxygen levels.
  • Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is used in the high altitudes in Asia to prevent altitude sickness. The ‘mushroom of immortality’, Reishi has been used for centuries as a longevity tonic to increase energy and increase resilience to physical, mental and environmental stressors.
  • Rhodiola is native to the Himalayas and found growing in at high elevations in Asia, Europe and North America. The root, stem, leaves, flowers, and seeds all have adaptogenic and antioxidant properties and have long been considered a panacea. Rhodiola enhances physical and mental energy and performance, improving mental acuity, memory and concentration and increases blood supply to brain and muscles.

Spices or Foods that may help:

Eugenol, a component of the volatile oils in cloves, allspice, basil, cinnamon, bay, wild carrot seeds and marjoram decreases blood viscosity, and aid the retention of fluids in the blood. Horsebalm, (Monarda spp), and various related species including thyme, mints, wild bergamot, winter savory,  contain blood thinning compounds including thymol, menthol or menthone. Foods such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes, dill, parsley, chillis, celery, onions and fennel also possess blood thinning compounds.

A solution many people use in South America for altitude sickness is coca leaves which are available in pharmacies in tea bags!

Drink plenty of water a very common theme of how to prevent altitude sickness. You may even wish to combine with the nunn or other electrolyte tablets or powder I have suggested before in blog posts for proper hydration.

Reflexology & Acupressure Points that may be helpful!

This acupressure point is actually a two-for-one point. That’s because Pericardium 6 or Nei Guan by its Chinese name, is used to treat nausea and vomiting, and it is also be used treat anxiety. So if you’re feeling slightly nauseous AND anxious, then you may find this point helpful. I had to take my wrist watch off for this pic as it’s pretty much right under the band. Pericardium 6 is located on your forearm, three finger-widths below the wrist crease. Hold your thumb on the location and press for up to 60 seconds at least once per hour as needed. So where ever you go next time high in the sky or mountains try a few of these blog post suggestions to keep that sickness at bay.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL OR ONSITE FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR MASSAGE THERAPY SESSION….

GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242
or email us at energymemphis@gmail.com  552 S. Main, Downtown-Memphis, TN 38103

Our covid guidelines are that 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.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage Therapy).

 


November 7, 2020

When our trainers are trying to get the most out of our clients investment in their health we often put a program together that may have combo movements. This helps to respect both the clients time and can make the plan more efficient. Regardless of if we are onsite at Energy Fitness studio in Downtown Memphis or Virtually Personal Training our clients via Zoom these moves still prove to be challenging and effective.

Try this up up down down plank with a reverse fly for shoulders/posture. Note that my feet are wide to provide a good base of support. Depending on your strength and flexibility in your core and hips you may have to do the movement on your knees. If you do the full plank (on your toes) try to do a few reverse fly movements without holding weight as some of you may need to start with this anyway. Look down or video yourself doing it and see how much your hips are rotating. You want to try your best to keep your hip bones level to the floor.

Notice in the video below that I have a slight turn to the right with my right hip when lifting my right arm to the same side. This is much more pronounced when I train clients as I often have to remind them to (pay attention) and do this trick….When lifting the right arm rotate the right hip toward the left hip. You might feel like this is an exaggerated move but likely it will be more on the path to being performed correctly.

Try this combo move for 10-12 reps on each side for 2 or three sets. Try a downward dog or pigeon pose stretch for 30 seconds before moving on to the other side if you need a break or just catch your breathe for 20 seconds.

If you are ready to let us be your personal or nutrition coach, just give us a ring, text or email today.

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment (via zoom) with Tonya so we can access the quality of your body’s movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

Call, text or email us to get started Personal Training or utilize our Massage Therapy Services today! 901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

 

 

 

 

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, more certifications, qualifications and awards listed in my bio on website.

Our covid guidelines are that 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.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 


October 8, 2020

As a personal training studio owner of Energy Fitness for over 19 years, personal trainer and former collegiate athlete I have high expectations in the gym and cardio workouts for myself which I pass on to my clients.I admit sometimes I get overzealous and may add too many exercises for the client. I just want them to have a balanced body and work in all planes of motion.

Prescribing too many exercises can leave some individuals confused and wondering if they can even workout on their own. This is especially true for clients that I just assess and write a take out program for them to do on their own (and some even give a video demo of the actual workout). Individuals go to trainers for a bundle of different reasons such as motivation, learn how to not get injured, expertise, nutrition coaching and accountability.

This blog post is intended to get you thinking about just doing even 4 exercises as opposed to my own workouts which I just counted often
involves up to 20 different exercises.

I must also admit that I have learned from experience that when new clients especially older clients or newbies to strength training seem apprehensive that I should take that cue and dial it down. This can help them from getting hurt and overcome the obstacle of not even starting the training program if doing it on their own. We all learn everyday and each new learning experience helps us to be better at our craft/profession.

All that said is in this post I tried to think of the most functional movements (fancy word for moving your body well and in different directions) for you to try if you are someone that hasn’t been doing anything or maybe you want to add an additional day with a few body weight exercises.

The best for your Quick Pick 4 is asking yourself

DO YOUR WORKOUTS MOVE YOU
IN EVERY DIRECTION?
Not doing any strength training?
Maybe this can get you jump started!
THE CHALLENGE….. Do 1 set of 12 reps of each exercise 2 times per week skipping a day or two in between.

Here’s a few exercises to get you started thinking this way and incorporate these planes of motion in all your workouts going forward.

  1. Step UpsHOLD ON TO SOMETHING FOR GOODNESS SAKE as this is one of those exercises where balance comes into play as well as ankle stability and firing those glutes (butt muscles). Find a set of stairs in your house, apartment, work or find a tall enough aerobic step or bench at the gym?  What plane does this work?
    Sagittal –This plane divides the body into right and left sides. Movements in the sagittal plane are flexion and extension. You can move forward and backward or up and down. Other exercises in this plane are squats, leg press, leg curl lunges, bench press, bicep curls and buttkicks.THE CHALLENGE….. Do 1 set of 12 reps of Step Ups each leg with no rest between sides 2 times per week (skipping a day between them)!

2. C-Bend (standing or kneeling) Which plane does this work? Frontal – This plane divides the body into front and back sides. Movements in the frontal plane are abduction where you move your limbs away from the mid-line of your body into a lateral motion. Think arms out to your sides like you are flying. Front plane is also adduction where you move your limbs towards the mid-line of your body like when doing a jumping jack and bringing the arms back down to your sides. This lateral movement applies to any part of your body moving side to side.Other exercises in this plan are side lunges, side kicks, side raises for shoulders, shoulder presses, slide board or rollerblading, lateral trainer cardio machine and outer thigh side walks.

If you try the standing version be sure to align your spine correctly. If you tend to have a sway back (anterior tilt of the pelvis) then rotate your pelvis by thinking tucking butt/lengthening hip flexors. If you have a flat back then you will need to create a little arch by doing the opposite of sway back instructions. Want to try the kneeling version by clicking here.

3. IT Band Leg Cross Over (Do this move aiming to keep your shoulders on the ground) This exercise is great because as you are trying to rotate your lower body you are also trying to keep your shoulders on the ground feeling the rotation move up your body as you try to bring your leg back to the starting position. Too easy with one leg? Then do both by all means and that means keep both feet together when coming back up after aiming the toes to the armpits. Which plane does this work? Transverse – This plane divides the body into top and bottom halves. Movements in the transverse plane are rotational, both internal and external rotation.Think golf, tennis, swimming with good rotation, canoe, kayak, paddle board, chopping down a tree with an ax and bowling. Other exercises in this plane are chop squats, lunge with high to low or low to high chops, roman twists or throwing the medicine ball with a twist of the upper body.


or click here for the two legged advanced version.

4. Multi-Planar move Curtsey with cross chop.This movement goes across several planes.  Other rotational exercises are squat to rotational shoulder press or split leg lunge with chop motion or a Curtsey with cross chop (you can use a heavy book or a small handbag, get creative if you don’t have actual medicine balls, dumbbells, cables or bands. Battling ropes are a great tool to work your body in every plane of motion. You can do alternating waves or stagecoach to work in the sagittal plane.

YOU GOT THIS! Chart it on a calendar or on your phone to see your visual progress!

If you are ready to let us be your nutrition coach or personal train you, just give us a ring, text or email.

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment so we can access the quality of your bodies movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

Call, text or email us to get started Personal Training or utilize our Massage Therapy Services today! 901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

 

 

 

 

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.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 

 

 


September 30, 2020

Food is something that we all have to eat to survive. If you can begin looking at food as a source of nutrients that you must consume several times a day instead of a distraction from stress, a reward or a solution to other emotional issues then this can be the first step in reaching or maintaining your ideal body shape and size.Cutting back on portion sizes can be an effective way to trim excess calories, fat and sugar from your diet, but it can also be quite challenging. Restaurant and fast-food portions are far larger than those appropriate for a healthful diet or food pushers are offering you what they feel is love on a spoon or fork.

Ask yourself these questions as the answers may be the link for you need for 
re-creating and implementing new tricks/habits and consuming smaller meals:

When is the last time you weighed the amount you wanted and kept it there for two years?

How did you feel when you were at that size and shape?

Were you keeping busy or distracted?

Were you happy or in a better state of mind?

Was someone else in charge of your meals or meal prep?

Were you in charge of cooking for someone else?

Did you live in a different city? (a healthier minded city)

Did you have friends that had healthier habits?

Getting used to eating smaller portion sizes is a matter of being mindful about what you put on your plate, over and over, until it becomes second nature. Of course, in a perfect world we’d be precisely measuring all our food before we eat it. But in the real world, it helps to have hacks.

3 Tricks to Eating Smaller Meals or Snacks

  1. Don’t skip breakfast. Break-the-fast. Ideally you will have at least 20-26 grams of protein for breakfast. I recommend that you either have fruit first and wait 30-60 minutes and then consume a higher protein meal or have a shake for breakfast first then a mid morning snack within 2-3 hours later. People that skip breakfast tend to back load on calories at the end of the day right before bed. This is not ideal as you are less active at night and likely tired from the day. You may find yourself sitting around or going to sleep on an overfull digestive system. I still believe it’s ideal to have 12 hours from your bedtime meal until the next meal so if you need to have breakfast later in the day and all your meals get pushed back to odd times then so be it. My preferred time for lunch is 1-2 p.m. which is right before the 3 p.m. snacking craving for carbs most people have arrives with your body cycle.

2.  Keep restaurant meals in mind for take home meals– We all know that many restaurants serve larger portions than needed for one sitting. One client often says during his workouts “I was over served at X restaurant last night!”  Isn’t this a funny saying? I think so, it’s true that our society has many signals and cues that make it difficult to eat the proper portion size or even the right foods. Wait…am I defending the restaurants and deflecting the blame off of you? You are responsible for what and how much goes into your mouth! When the meal comes and you see it’s too much, immediately ask for a to go box and put the “over-served” amount in there for a later meal that week.

3.  Love your carbs correctly – do you know the difference between carbs? Root veggies like squash, sweet or regular potatoes, carrots and other night shade veggies are labeled category 2 veggies. Individuals that are trying to lose or maintain their weight need to have only one serving per day. The best way to do this is by combining your category 2 vegetable with a few category one veggies like green leafy ones in your lunch time meal if possible or reduce your portion and have at night. This means no sneaking potato chips or crackers when you are starving. Have those carbs and enjoy them properly and this will be the correct combination and meal timing your body needs.

Consider these guidelines or bright lines you don’t cross for your optimal body success. Success for you might look different than someone else living in your household or that you work with. Remember that you are worth making the changes for.

A saying I like so much more than “I was over served” is “Feeling good and being beach body ready is better than constantly caving and making excuses for my lack of results” Of course I also like having a flat belly all the time and not having to look in my closet for clothes to hide my bad choices in which many of you can relate to now or sometime in your past.

If you are ready to let us be your nutrition coach or personal train you, just give us a ring, text or email.

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment so we can access the quality of your bodies movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

Call, text or email us to get started Personal Training or utilize our Massage Therapy Services today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

 

 

 

 

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.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services

 

 

 


September 18, 2020

Have you heard the buzz the last few years about the benefits of infrared saunas? They are so popular that there are increasingly more options available to the public. Boutique day sauna’s are now available and sessions can be purchased individually, packages or monthly unlimited memberships. The main types are wood burning, electrically heated, infrared and steam room.

Spas are of special interest to me as my hometown is Hot Springs, Arkansas which is home of BathHouse Row as well as Mountain Valley mineral water. Buckstaff Baths is still in operation today. I recommend the Whirlpool mineral Bath package for a mere $38 which includes: Whirlpool Mineral Bath(20-minute tub bath with whirlpool at a maximum temperature of 102 degrees).This bath package includes, hot packs, sitz bath, vapor cabinet (pic below where just your head sticks out-awesome and so old school), needle shower (doesn’t hurt), and whirlpool turned on in your tub.

Sorry, I was getting carried away with memories of my past bath experiences at Buckstaff.

The focus of this article is mainly to bring to your attention the benefits of an infrared sauna and the options available for infrared saunas at home (portable units). Portable Infrared Saunas are becoming alarmingly alluring to the public – and, for a good reason. They offer an array of healing benefits for both the mind and the body. Sweating has long been used as therapy. The Mayans use sweat houses 3000 years ago. In Finland, saunas have been used for thousands of years, and 1 in 3 Finns still use them. In the United States (U.S.), there are thought to be over a million saunas. A regular dry heat sauna is typically a room heated to between 158° to 212° Fahrenheit.Traditional Finnish saunas usually use dry heat, with a relative humidity that is often between 10 and 20 percent. In other sauna types, the moisture is higher. Turkish-style saunas, for example, involve a greater level of humidity.

Is this a fad or will it stay around for a bit? Who knows as many people thought spinning was going to be a fad and almost 25 years later it’s still around, In fact, the demand of the Peleton bike is such that customers often wait 6 weeks for delivery or more.

Then of course you have some businesses take it to the next level and offer 24 hours a day access and/or combine exercise in the infrared saunas via virtual instruction like weight exercises, body weight exercises, band exercises, core, barre, treadmill, kickboxing, cycling, rowing, or yoga. Me, no way I would want to exercise in this environment! The selling point for the exercise infrared saunas is that the you receive the benefits of infrared heat absorption, while completing a 30-minute isometric (yoga / pilates) workout or 15-min High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session for some businesses or a 30 minute circuit for other business models and some with heart rate monitoring. As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction. By the way massage and exercise not in a heated room also has the ability to detoxify your body via sweat and muscle pumping contraction.

The main benefits for infrared saunas are as follows:

  • Increases in cellular metabolism, blood circulation, tissue oxygenation and collagen production
  • Production of inflammatory mediators that reduce cellular inflammation
  • Production of growth factors that assist cellular regeneration
  • Increased cellular and tissue growth
  • Activation of anti-aging systems (when we repair both the DNA architecture and the gene transcription systems, we are restoring the optimal Epigenetic state of the cell. When we test clients biomarkers with our BIA (bioelectrical impedance analysis) machine I am often telling client that the machine also measures Phase Angle which is the overall health of the cells. We want our cells to be like grapes not raisins!
  • Other more laymen terms for results are relaxation, stress relief, anxiety and depression relief, better sleep, detoxification

KEEP IN MIND……………A sauna may not be suitable for everyone. Check contraindications before using.

What is the Ideal For Infrared Sauna Temperature?

An ideal temperature is between 110-130 degrees. However, it depends on what you want to accomplish. In an infrared sauna, you will have a better detoxification at lower temperatures and you will sweat more at higher settings.

Remember that infrared is what heals, not sweating (which is what marketing sells). What is important is getting as much infrared as possible.

According to one blog post I read as part of my research for this post, ‘If you set your control panel at too low of a temperature and wait to enter until it has reached the desired reading, the heaters will short cycle off and on and you do not fully benefit from the infrared. This is one of the most misunderstood aspects of infrared sauna use”.

You want the heating elements to be on and delivering infrared the entire time, regardless of the temperature setting. So ideally you want to set the temperature at a higher level around 140. Then you can enter the sauna when it reaches 110 or 115.

Using an infrared sauna at the lower temperatures of 110-125 degrees results in a sticker, more fat-laden sweat and less electrolyte loss. In fact the sweat from an infrared sauna session is comprised of up to 20% toxins compared to only 3% toxins in the sweat produced in a high temp steam unit. This is a main reason it is the better choice for detox purposes.Some users report beginning the session at a low 110-125 degrees for the first 20 minutes and then raising the desired temperature to around 135 to produce a more profuse sweat for the final 10 minutes.

So What’s Best Temp for an Infrared Sauna?

According to someone praising the benefits of the brand Heavenly Heath if you are a beginner or not in great health then 100 degrees or less until you get use to the heat. For most others set the control panel to at least 130 degrees. A setting above 140 is even better. Begin your session when it is between 100-115 degrees. This brand has a ceiling vent.

Should I invest in one for my home?

One of our clients which is totally immersed into holistic and natural care in so many areas of her life showed me her infrared sauna in which she keeps in her walk in attic.

Here’s what she had to say about her “I have not been sick, it relieves stress and detoxes the body really well!” Kathy Y. She has the Luminati Sauna model from www.saunaspace.com (It’s an investment for sure and it has a Lifetime warranty!) They have payment plans available as well.

Another client Energy Fitness has trained for many years is a nurse and mother of two grade school children. She recently shared that her new guilty pleasure is a membership to Hot Works and sometimes she goes twice a week. It makes her feel calmer and more zen. She does some Yoga but many times just lays down and soaks up the heat and rays. This is a great mind calmer for those with overactive brains and thought patterns.

Here’s an image from SaunaSpace.com website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY DETOXING OR GETTING YOUR RAYS ON!

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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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August 29, 2020

Many of you have heard of this acronym RICE which refers to four elements of treatment for soft tissue injuries: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The mnemonic was introduced by Gabe Mirkin in 1978. He has since recanted his support for the regimen. FYI..He is a physician, author, professor, columnist, former guest lecturer, and a former marathon runner who hosted a radio show on health and fitness for more than 20 years and wrote several books on sports medicine, nutrition, and health.I found this on Wikipedia: He is commonly known for his recommendations on standard medicine as well as his non-standard recommendations on health concerns and his criticism for preliminary medical research findings without appropriate verified resources.

Recantment………In 2015 he wrote, “Coaches have used my ‘RICE’ guideline for decades, but now it appears that both ice and complete rest may delay healing, instead of helping. Here’s a link to a post by him:  Why Ice Delays Recovery. Gary Reinl (veteran sports medicine trainer) has written forcefully that Ice is also wrong, and delays healing and is on a mission to show us all why icing is an illusion and something that has been done for far too long and really for no good or evidence backed reason at all. We challenge you to listen and really challenge the ideas you’ve had when it comes to this argument on using ice or not. Reinl, for his part, believes the answer lies in a new acronym: ARITA—active recovery is the answer.Great video of him talking about it in a blog.I watched it and love the part speaking about lymphatic system (which is what massage therapists help stimulate during treatment and bodywork) and was eating up the science explained of why RICE doesn’t work.

What happened to big news of the recantment?

Have you heard it?  I only just saw it in print for the first time in a massage therapy trade magazine.

People including myself followed that RICE rule for over 37 years especially fitness professionals as to stay in guidelines and legal kickback. I have taken RockTape classes where they have shown research studies that movement and tape or other treatments are much more effective than ice and that ice can actually delay healing. Remember that the body can help repair itself if given the right opportunity.

3 Ways to Ice an Injured Ankle - wikiHow

Recently, a Toronto-based trainer and exercise physiologist, John Paul Catanzaro, coined a new acronym to deal with soft tissue injuries – METH.

METH refers to MovementElevationTraction and Heat

Movement and traction are very similar in the METH approach. Both focus on the importance of moving the injured soft tissue area frequently but with caution. Avoid keeping the area still or resting for too long (I would say for over 30 minutes). Remember, movement will assist in preventing stiffness, pain, as well as swelling, however, do this with caution!

Ice is great at removing immediate pain and swelling following an injury, however, it will also constrict blood flow. This constriction in blood flow may limit the flushing of inflammation out of the injured region, thus, creating more pain and making healing time longer.  Applying moist heat (around 5-10 minutes at a time) can be found to do the opposite – it increases circulation and healing times.In terms of muscle strain. This moist heat can help warm up the muscle and fascia making movement easier and less painful. So hot tubs may not be a bad idea after all, just not for open wounds.

Certainly there are soft tissue or ligament injuries which will call for a little easier movement therapy and pain will be the guide.Some people’s intuitive meter is not calibrated so properly navigating pain and injury may be out of whack which might mean seeking multiple opinions and finding holistic solutions for what ailes you.

So when I constantly tell our personal training and nutrition coaching clients and our massage therapists tell their clients that YOU have to be your own health detective and do what’s best and intuitively right for your body that is the reason why, I mean really 37 years of RICE!!! I recall having a conservation over 20 years ago with my sister-in-law’s brother who is a physical therapist and broke his arm and opted to not be in a cast but healed with movement therapy thus resulting in better degree of motion after traditional “rest” cast treatment. I know when I have had injuries myself back in college and they stuck me in an ice bath for hamstring strain and calf cramping but they also did contrast treatment as well cold/heat/cold/heat then manual manipulation (massage) and taping to assist in proper mechanics to help heal but I think heat and massage would have aided in faster recovery.

The use of ice as a healing mechanism is a bad idea. That said, it still has its function. Reducing swelling is important for fractures before putting on a cast. The more a broken arm or leg is swollen when the cast goes on, the looser the cast will become as the healing continues. Ice helps with that.

The bottom line is to be open-minded in our approach to treating soft tissue injuries.  What works for one person, may not work well for someone else. Next time you think RICE, consider the METH method or ARITA for treating that acute soft tissue injury. Here’s the device they keep mentioning in the video mentioned above. Looks like an e-stem unit to me in which I have always wanted after getting treatments from professionals over the years (about $700) Marpro.

Seems like everyone wants to have an acronym so here’s another food for thought on this topic from a massage therapist post on fb:

New recommendations are to provide soft tissue injuries with the PEACE & LOVE protocol. This helps encourage optimal loading of the joint and tissue around the affected injury which can impact the amount swelling and lead to a faster recovery.
✌ PEACE makes up the first steps you would take after an injury. Immediately after the injury you would want to protect (P) the injured structure, followed by elevating (E) the limb higher than the heart, avoid anti-inflammatory (A) both over-the-counter or prescriptions and ice, as they slow down tissue healing. Compress (C) the injured area to decrease swelling. Ensure patient education (E) on the risks of overtreatment.
💘 LOVE makes up the progressive return to activities a few days after the injury. Gradual load (L) will facilitate healing, optimistic (O) influences the perception of pain and recovery speed. Loading and progressive return to activity will facilitate vascularization (V) of the injured tissues. The last step involves activity exercises (E) can help recover range of motion, strength and proprioception.
Reference. Dubois, B., & Esculier, J. F. (2020). Soft-tissue injuries simply need PEACE and LOVE. British journal of sports medicine, 54(2), 72–73. https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/54/2/72.long

Call, text or email us to get started Personal Training or utilize our Massage Therapy Services today!
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You can get an onsite or virtual assessment so we can access the quality of your bodies movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

 

 

 

 

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.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services


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.

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

You can get an onsite or virtual assessment so we can access the quality of your bodies movement and discuss your goals. We have streamlined our custom take out fitness programs in a way our clients really like and come back for more. How? We assess them, ask what equipment is available if any, write program for them, send via email or text along with a short 5-10 minute video demonstration of the 2 programs. Interested in this? Call or text to see how we can help you 901-466-6242.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT OR IF YOU ARE READY TO MEET ONSITE FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT 901-466-6242

 

 

 

 

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.

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services