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May 23, 2021

I just completed a cec course called Glute Reboot for my ACSM Exercise Physiologist certification. Lots of them were refreshers but then they got technical and in the weeds so I’ll pass on the need to know and broad strokes. One of the instructors worked in Miami as a group fitness instructor. When she first arrived in Miami an individual approached her to say “Let me tell you what we care about for fitness in Miami….flat tummies and big firm butts!”

Men, do you need this post and these exercises too? Yes, as the body doesn’t distinguish from male and female muscle fibers. You need strength in the glutes and supporting muscles to help you lift heavy and correctly without getting hurt.

When talking about developing or keeping a strong and functional backside, we’re talking about more than just the gluteus maximus (the largest butt muscle) as there are other supporting and synergestic muscles that aid in our movement. I coach our clients to move their bodies in different planes. A plane is an invisible way of dividing the body in sections, like front to back, left to right and rotational.

Planes of movement example exercises that get the booty: tranverse, frontal and sagittal:

Sagittal plane: squatting, Lunging, running, walking

Frontal plane: side lunge, outer thigh or lateral movement (side to side), jumping jacks, roller blading

Transverse plane: roman twist, medicine ball throw to side, curtseys, chest press with rotation, paddling and racquet sports

HOW MANY REPS should you do
to build muscle mass and definition?

60% of 1 Rep Max until muscular fatigue. If I tell a client 12 reps and they do 13 and still can still keep going/have more in the tank then they haven’t reached muscular fatigue.

In order for a squat to be done properly an individual needs to have the ability for flexibility in the femur (upper thigh bone) to be able to internally and externally rotate (rotate in/medially or out/laterally). A weakness in this or in the inner thigh muscles or the gluteus medius muscle then optimal glute function will not exist.

The next time you are working out pay attention to how fatigued you really are, or are you just bored and going for a number. Sometimes we have clients do pause sets in which you pick a weight in which you think you can do multiple sets of let’s say 10 reps with a 5 seconds break between them. If you indeed picked the right weight you would maybe only be able to do 1.5 to 2 sets of 10 reps. The goal is to get a set of 10 reps, rest 5 seconds and maybe not be able to get more than 5-7 reps with that short break. Of course these reps should have perfect form.

When a fitness professional like myself or other qualified and trained fitness staff give you exercise suggestions, we are giving you the broad strokes. For those of you that like the science then at the most basic to work the glutes you have to have hip extension, hip adduction, hip abduction and medial and lateral rotation of the femur at the hip ball and socket joint. Don’t forget that there is an concentric contraction (shortening of the muscle) and an eccentric contraction (lengthening of the muscle). In the lowering phase of a lunge the glute is stretching getting ready to load the muscle for explosive or concentric contraction. Any weakness along the chain the spine or other joints take the load leading for possibility of injury.

Here’s a few exercises below in my library. I couldn’t just stop at 3 for those of you that know me:

This is a curtsey or bowler squat with movement in the frontal plane.This exercise also hits the rotational or tranverse plane by medially and laterally rotating the femur especially since there is a balance on one leg component.

Frontal plane movement. This is a kneeling outer thigh…remember to go for fatigue and for this with no weight will likely require higher reps.

Sagittal plane movement: (can be done with a loop band or band anchored to door as well.

Sagittal plane…One leg squat to bench

Tranverse Plane/Rotation..The staggered chop squat is a golden exercise as it get’s multiplanar movements.

This lunge twist can be done without the back knee being on the floor to fire more glutes. The leg is working hard to stabilize and avoid going in or out which can turn off the glutes. I have clients also do this with a band during zoom online training or for an extra at home exercise. Remember…we’re going for fatique and proper form. Breathe!

So the next time you may wish to poke fun or think it’s boring when you see someone working with a band doing different angles and lots of reps you may want to join in or take note. Often times we need a little push to work harder or up your game to get the body you want. Many of you may remember Abel, one of our personal trainers for several years until he moved to Austin. I follow him on social media and recently saw a post he did that included putting a weight plate on his back whilst doing ab roll outs with the wheel. I messaged him thanks for giving me the inspiration to pump up my own ab routine. Next workout was 25 lbs plate and 2 sets of 10 reps (on my knees of course like him, I don’t wish to throw out my back in the pursuit of a great core).

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

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.

November 12, 2020

Having been around fitness facilities for over 30 years music is often in the background. Trends have changed where in bigger gyms or Y’s you see lots of clients listening to their own music of choice. No longer is a big box gym known as a place to be social if the majority of people have ear phones or ear buds in and cranked up. Especially in the year 2020 known as a shift in social behavior with social distancing and limited capacity at many facilities. Online fitness classes having people geared up to workout right from their homes or as they travel to onsite hotel gyms is another way you might see people wearing ear buds or headphones. Just protect your hearing and keep that volume lower! We all know by know that the grocery stores tend to play music to make you buy more based on mood and feelings you have when hearing the songs if you pay attention to them.

Remember aerobics and step group classes being all the rage starting in the 80s? Did you know that the music selection or list was typically a certain beats per minute depending on the level of intensity the instructor was teaching the class. Then we moved onto music apps where you can get beast mode or meditation beats per minute giving you a list of songs or creating choices in these ranges. You can type in healing music for different areas of the body on YouTube and there are lots of choices now.

Let’s talk music for healing in terms of frequencies or hertz

Whether you’re relatively new to soothing sounds or are a seasoned listener, the term ‘Solfeggio frequencies’ might be entirely new to you. Solfeggio frequencies refer to specific tones of sound that help with and promote various aspects of body and mind health. These frequencies are reputed to date back to ancient history and said to be the fundamental sounds used in both Western Christianity and Eastern Indian religions, chanted by the Gregorian Monks and in ancient Indian Sanskrit chants. In college I had a Gregorian Chants Cd and Enigma which I found zen and still I enjoy this type of chill music when I feel I need it.

Research has been done showing the Gregorian and Sanskrit chants had the most positive, even healing, effects by increasing UV light absorption between 5 to 9 percent. The classical music increased UV absorption by small amounts. And rock music decreased UV light absorption, harming the DNA.

Music that is tuned to the 440 hertz which makes you tired, oppressed and other negative symptoms versus 432 hertz is considered “cerebral” music that aids in the listener’s cognitive development. There is a whole conspiracy theory on 440 hz vs 432 just google it or ask a true music professional. Over and over again 432 seems to be the one for being present and connected to the earth and full of calming the mind.

There are numerous YouTube videos for specific healing goals if you just type in hertz or frequency for your desired result.

Here’s a few I found quickly in the 432 hz range:

Enigma- Temple of Love • Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight • Coldplay – Viva la Vida •  Adele – Someone Like You • George Davidson – Spring Waltz • Kief Brown – Move Around • Alanis Morrissette – Thank You • Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

There’s even 9 hour playlists for sleeping found on YouTube • Here’s the playlist (67 popular songs) although the first song Storm I skipped past as it didn’t seem relaxing or in that hertz level. Here’s a rap 432 hz playlist.

Quick note on sleeping, remember that Lebron James gets minimum of eight hours then naps another 2 hours.

Where do you need healing? Try 30 minutes to 1 hour or longer depending on goal. Music can be calming to animals as well.

174 Hz (not a Solfeggio Frequency)  Promote lucid dreaming, deep sleep and promotes a natural anesthetic effect

396 Hz Solfeggio Frequency (binaural beat) anxiety release, positive thinking

  • the vibrations cleans the feeling of guilt which often represents one of the basic obstacles to realization
  • also used for awakening and turning grief into joy – happiness meditation
  • liberates from subconscious negative beliefs and thoughts and releases fear
  • balances Root Chakra

417 Hz Solfeggio Frequency

• Removes Negative Energy from the body.
• Removes Negative Energy from the home and office.
• Removes Negative Thoughts and behavior patterns.
• Undo situations with Negative outcome.
• Facilitates change in you and others.
• To Come out of trauma.
• Is used for balancing Sacral Chakra

432 Earth Vibration (not on the Solfeggio scale but great to know & a binaural beat) – blissful sleep, power nap, MEMORY ENHANCER 

528 Hz Solfeggio Frequency (binaural beat) super brain power, promote DNA repair and increased life energy

  • tinnitus relief (ringing in the ears)
  • affects the endocrine system
  • known as the Love Frequency, Miracle Tone, Frequency of Transformation
  • Promotes reducing stress hormone cortisol in our body
  • It brings transformation and miracles into your life
  • Heals chakras which is followed by its beneficial effects of increased amount of energy
  • It also helps in balancing and tuning Solar Plexus Chakra which helps in more Self Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Used for balancing Solar Plexus Chakra

639 Hz Solfeggio Frequency

  • Enables creation of harmonious interpersonal relationships
  • This tone can be used for dealing with relationships problems – those in family, between partners, friends
  • Talking about cellular processes, 639 Hz frequency can be used to encourage the cell to communicate with its environment
  • Enhances communication, understanding, tolerance and love
  • Used for balancing Heart Chakra

741 Hz Solfeggio Frequency (binaural beat)  Zen focus, creativity boost

  • Removes Toxins and detoxifies the cells and organs.
  • Cleans the body and home, workspace from harmful electromagnetic radiations.
  • Purifies mind and body.
  • Promotes expression and solutions.
  • Used for balancing Throat Chakra

852 Hz Solfeggio Frequency – deep meditation (binaural beat) 

  • Helps to return to spiritual order
  •  Awakens intuition
  • Awakens inner strength
  • Raises cell energy
  • Used for balancing Third Eye Chakra

963 Hz Solfeggio Frequency

  • It awakens any system to its original, perfect state.
  • When it is applied to a cell, it enables a kind of “cellular enlightenment” and transformation of the cell to a higher level.
  • Helps us return to Oneness -to our very source. If you feel disconnected with rest of the world, this frequency can help.
  • Used for balancing Crown Chakra


Think about times when certain music annoys you versus when you are feeling the vibe. There really is something to it.

Have you received a massage and the only music played every time is on the 432 hertz and the therapist didn’t do any energetic massage strokes to wake you up towards the end of the massage. Ask the therapist next time if they can play music for the mood in which you wish to be. Kind of like setting an intention! Need more energy maybe ask for 963 hz music or do your own research at home and see what you like when you are in different moods. Pharrell’s song Happy is 963 hz, Life House – Just You and Me and Eminem – Not Afraid(not censored).

All the others at the 963 hz frequency are mostly metaphysical vibes, god healing frequency and spa/cosmos type music which may be what you need. Be mindful that we operate on a natural body cycle known as circadian rhythm and can change when you introduce alcohol, unhealthy foods and stress you throw off your rhythm.

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.

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

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