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October 15, 2021
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Do you wake up with shoulder pain now or ever have? Do you have chronic shoulder aches? Maybe it’s your sleeping position. Having personal trained so many clients over the past 20 years so many people don’t consider the time in the sleeping position that can be the culprit of shoulder pain.

Check out the pictures below. If you sleep with your hands above your head then you are laterally (externally) rotating your upper arm bone (humerus) causing you to overstretch some muscles and overwork other muscles. Vice versa if you sleep with your hands folded across your chest as pictured in picture 2 below. This is called medial or internal rotation of the humerus.

To counter your pain, you need to strengthen the muscles that are overstretched. To do this you need resistance training to shorten the muscles that need to hold shoulder/ rotator muscles in the proper scapular position.

You will thank me later!

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Determine what feels best or makes the pain go away during a band, dumbbell or cable exercise. Try for 15-20 reps if using bands. If using dumbbell for external rotation then use light one such as 1 to 8 pounds and if needed use a towel between your upper arm and side to make sure you have no space between arm and body. Of course stretching in the opposite direction can also be helpful. Be your own best therapist and detective to solve and help reduce pain that just won’t go away. Also think about bad biomechanics that you may be doing everyday, such as using one arm more than the other for grabbing bags, groceries or the position of your head while watching tv or talking on the phone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Fitness studio in Travelers Rest, SC (relocated town) will be under construction soon. Since you can’t see us onsite….In the meantime you can find Tonya online with Zoom personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.

 

 

 

 


September 25, 2021
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Wowza! Have your legs been so tired and you went to relieve yourself using a public toilet and your legs were on fire from the hovering position? Mostly this is aimed at women I’m sure as most men will either hold it or put toilet paper on the seat. Am I really discussing urinating in public toilets? You bet!

Traveling recently to Memphis and back to South Carolina I had several pit stops on the road since it’s an 8 hour trip one way. To be efficient with time, lack of hooks or places for bags, purses, phone or keys inevitably one must hover to get it done and get back on the road.

What stands out in my mind is that burning feeling in the quads and tight solus muscle (lower calf). Having seen so many clients over the years not be able to do a proper squat this inability can easily transfer to public bathroom hovering events.

Check out the combo exercise below. It’s a static squat with a bicep curl. The dumbbell could easily be what ever you are holding in your hands that there is no place to put in the stall.

This exercise is especially great for people with sway back as it also gives a great posterior pelvic tilt stretch in the lower back (lumbar region). Be sure to shift weight back trying to avoid having the knees over the toes.

Below is shown where dumbbell curl comes to finish position towards the opposite chest slightly across the sternum (breastbone). Notice the heels are on the ground and I’m resting one forearm just above my knee. The low back is flat as well as the upper back. You should be forcing your chest out. This is a different type squat hold than a squat trying to teach you how to be more upright in a squat. This is one for me I still work on after 30 years of running.

Go for either time or reps. You can do either version or both. Try holding it for 30 seconds and work up to 1 minute. Want to get stronger and have more leg endurance faster? Perform every other day and see feel those legs not burn as much and the time fly by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just for good measure here’s a few quad stretches to keep those muscles from cramping up and increase flexibility and mobility. For the second stretching picture likely you will need to be up on your elbows for this one as most people can’t lie back all the way.  Use caution and common sense not to force it if you have knee issues. Hold for 30 seconds for up to 3 minutes and do these stretches everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Fitness studio in Travelers Rest, SC (relocated town) will be under construction soon. Since you can’t see us onsite….In the meantime you can find Tonya online with Zoom personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


September 15, 2021
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Many individuals can benefit from the services of a personal trainer just like we all need mental and behavioral health training or help or even self help book suggestions at times to help us navigate through life’s winding road.

Energy Fitness really understands the concept of reaching out to a professional to get the best results possible and to invest in yourself.  A shift in the mind is imperative when we want or need our bodies and/or habits to change. I ask our clients all the time “What you are willing to do to create a lasting change?” Too many people are want results overnight or a quick fix. This of course is what leads to many with yo-yo dieting or frustrations that change isn’t happening fast enough.

When hiring a personal trainer and nutrition coach it’s interesting that different people have different ideas as to the extent of what we can do for them. Since we have trained well over 3000 clients in the past 19 years and counting, these are the top ones that come to mind.

 

 

 

 

 

What we believe as personal trainers we actually provide at Energy Fitness to our clients:

  • ACCOUNTABILITY
  • expertise
  • creating realistic goals
  • coaching
  • form correcting
  • motivation
  • inspiration
  • functional movement analysis and fitness assessments (height, weight, blood pressure, resting heart rate, flexibility, upper body strength, pics against posture grid, and other custom evaluations as necessary)
  • supplement recommendations
  • look at blood work, suggest nutritional changes
  • perform a BIA (bioelectrical analysis) testing bodyfat, hydration, BMI, bone mineral content, basal metabolic rate
  • injury management (Prehab & Post Rehab)
  • fun (although not everyone thinks working out or changing their meal plans are fun)
  • new ways of fitting exercise and healthy nutrition into your lifestyle and new ways to move your body
  • progressive & customized programs based from assessments
  • myth busting, keeping up and passing along current research, \habit change suggestions
  • a sounding board/listener for barriers/obstacles/excuses that keep clients from reaching their goals
  • adjust cables, machines
  • demonstrate/explain how to do an exercise / movement
  • stretch clients – sometimes, depends on trainer
  • spot client
  • genuinely care about the health and well being of the client
  • have a passion for helping others

What some clients wish we provide: (this varies greatly across clientele)

  • quick fixes
  • 20 pound loss in 2 weeks
  • just tell them what to eat (we give guidelines & meal plans. some follow and some don’t)
  • rep counting (I don’t have 3 degrees to count to 12 !, let’s call this client works on cognitive training)
  • dumbbell valet (part of the workout) get and put away your weights/toys/mats
  • clean / disinfect after they sweat on machine (no body likes to swim in your sweat or cooties)
  • that we will be the magical answer to all their health and fitness woes
  • provide will power
  • tell them exactly what cardio to do every time they do cardio on their own
  • mind-reading of their goals (these change as client change in age and ability)
  • that the session can be social hour with trainer or other clients while they barely do any work but yet expect amazing transformation
  • diagnose, treat or prescribe injuries, conditions, diseases
  • psychological counseling (this is outside scope of practice)

Some of these may be funny to some and eye opening to others. Remember, when hiring a personal trainer, nutrition coach or massage therapist that they need to stay within their scope of practice and knowing what they can and cannot do will help you get the most of our their services. Many can obtain additional certifications and training or cross over into two fields of study such as myself while others get what we like to call a weekend certification. In the end, research who you hire to be a coach for you and your body.

If you don’t hire a personal trainer/coach then all that a trainer does for you falls on YOU, which is why many invest in themselves and just do it. Otherwise, the very first item listed above
(ACCOUNTABILITY) is what you have to be for YOURSELF.

Find your goals, hire a coach if you can, focus and start working towards them one day at a time.

Update on video on demand platform: I have uploaded all the PDF’s that go with both the follow along workout programs and the ones that have video demonstrations of how to do the programs. Still can’t believe I had a whopping 120 videos that will be available on the new online platform to be released this month hopefully. Once the company uploads videos via batch all I have to do is pair them and release the link so you can find one or many that you can purchase. You will find many options for your fitness level and what equipment you may or may not have as well as easy on the joint exercises for novices or those of you needed to work around injuries. I have also created a done for you 12 week transformation plan that includes typed workout programs with videos, etc. You can even track your reps and sets on workout cards.

In the meantime you can find Tonya online with Zoom personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., ACSM, LMT, TPI Level 1
Energy Fitness
Owner/Dir. of Training

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A FREE VIRTUAL FITNESS CONSULT (VALUE $87) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


August 8, 2021
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I want to share something I saw on a magnet in an art gallery today. Put aside all the scientific health and fitness information I have shared over the years and let’s break it down to 3 simple items to contemplate for this simple blog post. Take a few moments after reading to see which area you may want to implement more.

Sometimes less content is more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Releasing soon the new platform for purchasing videos on demand for fitness and nutritional guidance E-book with 7 meal plans as well as trainer coaching course full of amazing content for the new trainer I used to train our staff. I’ve been busy uploading content but as of this blog post it still needs more. Will be adding content often and give the link to the site soon. Be on the lookout!

In the meantime you can find Tonya online with Zoom personal training/coaching or hire her to write a program for you with your own personalized 4-6 minute demo of each of your custom workouts included.

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) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


July 24, 2021

We do so much sitting in a day that often our pelvis can get stuck in that position. Anyone else’s mom or relative ever told you when you were frowning about something or making a face that to “Be careful or your face will get stuck like that!” Well, this can happen to your pelvis or other areas around some joints in a matter of speaking.

Check out this quick reset movement. You can Try after a long car ride or after a long session of being a desk jockey. Try about 2 sets of 10-15 each leg and see how you feel.

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) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.

 


July 1, 2021

Have you noticed that everywhere you have turned for the past several years that someone is pushing a massage gun? If you haven’t then you must have just crawled out from under a rock. Therapeutic massage tools have been around for years. I remember going to fitness conferences well over 25 years ago and there was always a booth with some kind of massage device.

Using a massage gun can be a wonderful thing. Not only will it help with muscle recovery, but for most people it just plain feels amazing. However, it’s important to remember that by using a massage gun, you are physically introducing micro-traumas to the body. Below is a list of when not to use the massage gun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEWARE…Side story….When I was a kid (I’m almost 48 now) I remember my grandmother which I called Nanny having spent something like four hundred bucks on the Jeannie massager with two handles, a long cord and a large rectangle surface area and it was LOUD.

Heck, she even had one of those gadgets you stand in that put the belt behind your waist, butt, lower back, where ever you could reach it. It was really fun as a kid but I didn’t understand it’s purpose besides making me itchy and vibrating my voice box. My mom gave it to me a few years ago in Memphis and I kept it in my garage. After long bike rides it felt nice sort of, then I gave it back. Mind you, it was at least 30 years old and had been kept outside with heat and humidity and still worked. This gadget was marketed for weight loss, which never helped her as she never exercised, didn’t eat healthy, took a ton of medicines and had all kinds of aches and pains (she didn’t drink or smoke). She was overweight most of her life and died of Alzheimers several years ago. I loved her dearly and she was so kind, spunky and a big part of my life. My other grandmother on the other hand is 97 and she never had any gadgets, walked 2 miles daily, never drank or smoked and ate super healthy. She is still sassy, a worrier and remembers all her great grandkids birthdays.

Back to massage guns and their purpose

Not everyone has the ability to invest in massages weekly or bi-monthly so there must be other ways to get that “itch, pain, tightness” solved. Foam rollers, trigger point balls, the stick, your own hands and a friend or spouse not qualified in massage don’t always make the mark. Before you run out and get this high percussion tool, it’s best know when and when not to use it. That’s what this blog post aims to teach you since I am both an Exercise Physiologist & a Licensed Massage Therapist.

I believe the percussion gun can be a great tool but it shouldn’t be the first tool you reach for or the only one.

  • Runners or athletes post competition 24-48 hours should NOT use this as their muscles are fatigued and would likely cause their muscles to spasm. A light full body massage to flush out lactic acid and keep fascia from sticking would be better suited.
  • Think about a track sprinter athlete, would you want the track star to hold a stretch for a long time before a race or do more movement/dynamic stretches? Dynamic of course! That means some leg swings, drills, etc.
  • Holding a stretch for a longer time/static stretching would lengthen the muscle(s) and he/she needs it to be shorter so they can contract faster and have better leg turnover thus preventing injury by over-striding.
  • Should the track star get massage pre-event then the massage tool would wake up the muscles and get them ready for firing.
  • Post competition or hard workout 48-72 hours later might be a good time to try on some muscles and not others. Our bodies have different rates of repair for different muscle groups so listening to your body is the best advice.
  • Workers that have held the same stooping position, desk workers that have poor posture or glute muscles this massage would work great for the rhomboids (muscles between shoulder blades), certain neck muscles that are overstretched from looking a computer or phone from a head forward position, factory workers doing repetitive movements, and dead butt muscles from sitting your a** for hours at a time.
  • The massage gun likely should not be used every day on the same muscle groups as the body needs time to recover between bouts.
  • Do not use on sprains, strains, veins or individuals possible thrombosis (blot clots in the lower extremities)
  • Don’t use when pregnant or have fever.

 How to get the most out of a massage gun

  • Knowing the muscles of the body can help you pin point the muscles to target when you are using the massage gun on yourself or asking someone to use on the backside of your body.
  • Knowing where you consistently have active trigger points can help you trace muscles from that location
  • What muscles are cramping most often? Calves? maybe you should massage your shin muscles or your feet or stretch out your hip flexors as your calves are doing more than one job.
  • Being warmed up from activity (active) or passive (hot bath, steam, hot towels, heating pad) can help your fascia be more in a gel state being better able to be manipulated helping get rid of adhesions that can cause pain or lack or mobility.
  • You can use massage gun or other self-care massage tools every other day only if you don’t feel soreness. In this case more paid is not more gain.
  • Can be a great warm up pre-exercise for muscles that need to wake-up and be activated. As a runner, if I had a massage gun and the motivation to use pre-run I would target my feet, hamstrings, glutes and mid-back muscles for holding upright during the gait (notice: mostly posterior on the body)
  • Can be a great warm up for deeper massage strokes with your massage therapist especially if you are limited on time and need the tissue to respond in say a 30-45 minute session. The deeper the massage technique the slower the gliding movement. One pet peeve I have as of late is the misuse of the massage guns from professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapists and other therapeutic professionals.
  • Tools are great but don’t get lazy fellow professionals and make it your go to device. Let’s teach people lots of different self-care techniques as you see in my various blog posts.

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) or Custom strength training program starting at $75.
If you haven’t had a functional movement assessment with a professional observe the way you move different joints and movements with your hips, shoulders, and spine then how do you know you are doing the most effective strength training, flexibility or cardio program? Hire someone like me to get you on track with a program to help you reduce current pain, eliminate pain, improve your current program or enhance your athletic performance.


June 19, 2021

Over the years I have used lots of different kitchen appliances to varying degrees of success. For those that don’t know me well, I only cook for fuel and to feed the family. I have been known many times to have a smoking kitchen and a burnt pan. Gas stovetop is so much easier for me than electric. Cooking is not my gift as well as I’m not a fan of the kitchen. That said, anything that makes the food cook faster, tastes better I’m all ears and you may too unless you are a fan of slaving away in the kitchen and all the clean up that follows.

When people starting asking me about my thoughts of the air fryer, I didn’t have experience with it yet. After hearing my mother-in-law rave about how quick and good salmon tastes in the air fryer, my husband bought one. We have had one for about a year now and it has earned it’s place on the kitchen counter as a permanent fixture.

Think about all the veggies you either enjoy or force yourself to eat to feel or look better. The air fryer “theme” is that you can cook with less fat due the the convention method.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few of my favorites items I often cook:

Brussels sprouts, salmon, kale, veggie burgers (from frozen), salmon burgers (from costco-frozen), tofu, scallops, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, cookies (gluten and dairy free), sweet potato fries (fresh and frozen tots), warming up left overs.

How much are they? The Air Fryers cost between $70 and $130 depending on model and place. Often having the right tools in place can help you achieve success, especially in the area of nutrition.

Go for it and see what amazing recipes and foods you can come up with to help you reach optimal health and weight. Find me on social media and tag me if you have a keeper.

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.


June 10, 2021

I have created so many videos over the years that may be useful to you now or for you to at least have the knowledge and tools to prevent injuries in the future. Check out this at home, at a park, traveling, or at your gym you can do with minimal equipment such as a dowel, broomstick, golf club or just cross your arms across your chest as seen in short video below. Want to increase the intensity? Try a medicine ball, band, dumbbell or cable. I talk fast so you may wish to adjust your volume up.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had clients or people tell me they injured their back by lifting and twisting something and then are in pain anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Think about your muscles and fascia covering large portions of your body as having the ability to get adhesions or “cobwebs”. You just want to have as much range of motion and mobility as you can to avoid pinching or twisting something the wrong way. To do that you have to move the body in different motions and at different speeds and WITH GOOD FORM! Also making sure you breathe.

Try the exercise below slow at first especially if you are not warmed-up properly. A proper warm-up looks differently for different people and ages of individuals. As we age we need more time to warm-up the body (like say 15 minutes into the workout or if you have passively warmed up from a hot bath). Then you may progress to the faster sport motion. You will notice your core working to accelerate and decelerate to the other side.

How many Reps & Sets should I do?

Go for time: 20 seconds for 3 sets or…

Reps, Sets & Frequency: 30 reps each side for 3 sets, Can be done several times per week.

Note that you need to hip hinge and unlock the knees.

Be sure to rest in between sets so you can let your muscles recover. You know all the ATP can be regenerated, catch your breath…etc.

Side story: I have my 11 year old on a weight training program now. He is shown how to do it then is responsible for making it happen without me breathing down his neck. I do have to remind him to do the workouts though as he forgets he needs to do twice a week. He tries to speed through the sets and do all of the same exercise in a row with minimal rest just to get it over with (in his own words). I keep trying to tell him that is not how it works and if he’s doing that then he needs heavier weights and needs to slow down to use muscle and not momentum. He recently said, the workouts are getting easier in which I replied, “No, You are getting stronger!”. After he mowed the lawn for the second time he decided his strength training workouts make mowing easier. Wohooo, he might be getting the point. ha, ha…just a few weeks before I change his workouts again (every 6 weeks).

In all that we do, it really is best if our body can do it optimally from a muscle and joint standpoint as well as cardio, flexibility and mental toughness angle!

For you sports enthusiasts this movement is especially great for paddling, tennis, golf, swimming and other rotational sports. Runners can even benefit from this.

This video was taken when we were onsite in Memphis. After 18+ years we relocated March 2021 to Travelers Rest, SC (Greenville, South Carolina). In fact, this month June 2021 Energy Fitness is celebrating 19 years (we are still online personal training and working on the location for my new area). See below on how to personal train with me online or write a custom program for you.

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.

 


May 29, 2021

Don’t think you have the head forward posture? Ask a friend or family member to catch you sitting at your desk or on your phone sometime when you least expect it and take a picture of you. I know during fitness assessments we take pictures against a posture grid when onsite and this is where you can really tell how much an individual’s neck juts forward. You might be able to take a picture of yourself in the mirror standing sideways but likely you will be self correcting.

When looking at reducing pain in one area of the body it’s of course important to look at the body as a whole and any compensatory patterns. Often times when people have weak or painful shoulder muscles they may not lift objects properly and overtime this can erode away the ligaments or muscle caused from grinding against bony structures in the body.

The stretch below may not be fun or sexy but who cares, try it anyway. Create some triggers to make you remember to do them. Maybe when you first sit down to read, type or even sewing and each time you take a break and return.

Results will pay off big and create a more aligned and confident looking posture.

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 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

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