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trx trainingHow many people made New Year’s Resolutions to get into shape but have not yet put those plans into action? Probably a lot of people. Getting to the gym can be hard to pencil into our busy schedules. Maybe you’ve tried other exercises like yoga classes, and that just didn’t work for you. Fewer than 5% of adults engage in 30 minutes of exercise each day, and only one in three adults achieve the recommended amount of physical activity each week. That’s probably because they haven’t found their best workout method yet, either. That’s okay; you just have to find the right workout for you.

TRX training just might be what you’ve been waiting for. Total Body Resistance Exercise, also referred to as TRX training, is a great way to exercise and stay in shape. This exercise method was formed in the Navy SEALs. The SEAL who invented it needed a way to keep himself and his men in great shape no matter where in the world they were. Then, the TRX training was born.

Because this fitness exercise was created to be able to be used in all situations, regardless of equipment available, it involves very little actual equipment. The only thing you need to do a TRX workout is the nylon suspension strap. There are two straps, and they are adjustable. Foot cradles and handles are meant so that hands and feet can be involved in the workout. It can literally be used anywhere. The strap just needs to be secured to an anchor point, like a wall or a tree.

One awesome factor is that this training develops strength in different ways than the typical gym equipment. Gyms typically have machines where you are sitting down or lying on your back, but this is not the case with TRX training. This training uses dynamic positions and movements to work out the back, shoulders, chest, legs, and hips.

Because the person is standing up while training in TRX, the whole body is engaged at once. This allows for more strength training opportunities, as it forces you to control and strengthen the stabilizing muscles in your body. While you’re trying to stay standing, you’re actually building up your muscles.

There you have it, a basic breakdown of TRX training. It provides great strengthening techniques, and it can be done virtually anywhere in the world. How awesome is that?

gymsWe are encouraged to take care of our bodies from when we are very young. What exactly does this mean? Typically, we are told to exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and eat all the right foods. The biggest motivator, it seems, is so that we do not let ourselves gain weight.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important, no doubt about that. There are, however, other reasons to take care of the body. Exercise has many other benefits besides being an aid in weight loss. For example, a Finland research study showed that people who cycle (a form of exercise) for more than 30 minutes each day had a 40% less chance of developing diabetes. Whether you are taking yoga classes, indoor cycling classes, or just loving spending time at the local gyms, you are doing your body good. Here are three other benefits of exercise that do not have anything to do with losing weight.

Stress Management
People working out at gyms across the nation are experiencing lower levels of stress than those who do not exercise. How, you ask? Exercising releases endorphins, as well as hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine. These all reduce the feeling of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Pain Reduction
Believe it or not, exercising regularly actually helps reduce pain. Several studies, according to Health Line, have shown that patients who experience chronic pain saw relief when they stopped remaining inactive and started exercising regularly. Many workouts that focus on strength, endurance, and flexibility can alleviate symptoms related to chronic pain issues.

Relaxation and Sleep
When you exercise, you tire yourself out. Recuperative sleep is very common in those who exercise on a regular basis. Health Line also states that your body temperature increases while you’re working out, which helps improve the quality of sleep because your body brings the temperature down during sleep, leading to great relaxation.

If you had a New Year’s Resolution to work out more, now is the time to get at it. Not only will you lose weight, but you will sleep better, have less pain, and be able to manage your stress like a champ.

yoga classesYoga is an amazing thing. People all over the world participate in yoga classes. In fact, there are 36.7 million participants of yoga in the United States alone. These people all have different reasons for joining.

Some people do yoga to get into shape. Some people join yoga classes at gyms to make friends and meet new people. Did you know there is more to these fitness classes than exercise? That’s right, yoga can actually be used to reduce anxiety. Let’s take a look at three calming poses you can incorporate into your every day routine.

Child’s Pose
This pose is most commonly referred to as the pose of rest in the world of yoga. It is often used in between difficult poses or vigorous workouts as a kind of respite. Child’s pose helps to release tension in the back, neck, and shoulders. These three areas of the body are most often where people carry their stress, especially anxiety related stress. It also encourages conscious breathing and promotes relaxation.

Tree Pose
The tree pose is essential when trying to reduce anxiety with yoga. This pose brings into play basic standing balance. This helps with focus, concentration, and awareness. Tree pose can help you take your mind off of whatever is causing the anxiety in the first place. What’s great about this pose is that it really can be done anywhere, even standing in line at the grocery store or while watching your favorite movie.

Warrior III
This pose pulls double duty. While you are releasing anxiety from your body, you are also going to great strengthening lengths. “The warrior pose enhances core strength, improves coordination, balance and posture. It also stimulates your abdominal region, which helps to improve digestion,” Quentin Vennie, a certified yoga guide, told Mindbodygreen. This pose also helps the redirection of your thoughts. Instead of being caught inside of your head with anxiety-ridden thoughts, your mind now shifts to focusing on your physical body.

If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, remember these three yoga poses to help alleviate that mental and physical pain.

indoor cyclingDid you gain a little bit of weight over the holidays like the majority of Americans? Maybe your New Year’s Resolution is to lose a few pounds and get in shape. But you hate gyms, and you don’t like lifting weights.

If this sounds familiar, then indoor cycling is perfect for you. Indoor cycling is fun and new, which are great qualities to have in a workout routine. Recent research studies show that cycling for 30 minutes on a daily basis can help you burn up to 11 pounds of fat over the course of a year. If you still need a reason to join one of these awesome group fitness classes, here are three.

Easy on Your Joints
Indoor cycling is a low impact exercise that is great for someone who might have bad knees, for example. You still get a great, high-intensity workout, despite the fact that it is low impact. Cycling also strengthens quad muscles, which is a major benefit for those with knee problems.

Dual Action
When you’re cycling, you are performing two different types of exercises at once — strength and cardio. And you can burn between 500 and 900 calories per 60-minute indoor cycling session. The resistance can be adjusted on the machine to increase the intensity of the workout. While you are burning calories, you are also building up your endurance. The higher your resistance, the more your endurance will increase.

You Can Do It Anywhere
The beauty of indoor cycling is that very little equipment is required. All you need is a stationary bike. And unlike outdoor cycling, you don’t need a helmet, special cycling shoes, or an air pump in case of a flat tire. All you have to do is show up to class, get on your bike, and enjoy the ride.

If you are looking for a new way to shake off that holiday weight or to meet your New Year’s resolution, try indoor cycling. It’s fast, convenient, safe, and just an all-around great way to exercise.

barre classes
barre classesChances are you’ve heard of barre classes. Between 2013 and 2015, barre grew by 141%, and nearly one third of the fitness industry is offering some sort of barre class in their group fitness scheduling. If you have been waiting to try this class out, but are unsure what to expect, check out this simple guide. Then all you need to do is show up.
  1. Barre derives from ballet Barre takes ballet moves, and a bar of course, and combines them with yoga and pilates. Basically, you focus on small muscular movements, balance, and control to tone the whole body. Your instructor will help you find the right form to get the most out of your workout, similar to a dance class.

  2. Your abs will feel it To effectively hold poses and make small repetitions, you will need to engage your core. Even when you are not directly targeting your abs, they will get a little boost with every move. And by tightening your core throughout the whole class, you can improve your form and stability.

  3. The class isn’t all on the bar Some of the barre class will be spent on the floor doing abdominal and arm strengthening exercises. Your warm up and cool down may also be off the bar. Remember that every class is different, so get ready for variety and challenge with every sequence.

  4. You’ll get the hang of it eventually Barre classes are unlike many other exercise experiences. These group fitness classes challenge your body and engage muscles that you may not often use. While the class might be challenging at first, be sure to stick with it. You will be a pro in no time.

  5. Barre classes are a blast Trust us. You’ll have fun. Barre classes are different from typical gyms, since they combine various types of exercise and are intended to be enjoyable. You can also meet some other fitness enthusiasts in the class, giving you even more reasons to come back.
From celebrities to your chatty coworker, everyone is talking about barre — and for good reason. This fitness class will hook you from the first moments, making you feel strong and confident. Sign up today and get ready for the boost of a lifetime.

fitness classes
fitness classesWhether you are a cycling class devotee or a TRX training maven, you might be looking to shake up your workout. For wellness enthusiasts of all types, yoga can be the missing ingredient to your fitness routine. Since 75% of yoga participants also partake in other forms of exercise, these unique fitness classes are a great addition to your workouts. If you need a little more convincing, this guide will teach you some of the many benefits of rolling out your mat. Physical Benefits With every yoga pose, you will target multiple muscle group and engage your body in a whole new way. This offers numerous physical benefits.
  • Muscle Strength: There is a reason to stick it out through a full vinyasa flow sequence. Yoga classes tone your muscles using your own body weight, keeping you strong in all aspects of your life.

  • Flexibility: While you might not feel bendy at first, you will notice your muscles loosening with every class. Flexibility is an important addition to any fitness regimen.

  • Pain Relief: For those who suffer from chronic pain, yoga may provide some much-needed relief. These classes are low impact and allow modifications, allowing you to loosen and align your body.

  • Improved Balance: Since yoga strengthens your core, you may notice an improved sense of balance as you go about your daily life.
Mental And Emotional Benefits In addition to all of the physical benefits, yoga can also offer a boost to the mind.
  • Lowered Anxiety: Several studies have found that a regular yoga routine can help control anxiety. This practice calms that mind and brings a sense of mental control.

  • Sharpened Attention: Even after your first yoga class, you will likely experience a boost in mental clarity and attention span.

  • Improved Brain Function: Yoga is all about moving with your breath and focusing on the moment, and this concentration can sharpen function during cognitive tasks.

  • Self-Awareness: This practice builds physical and mental awareness. This can help you be more in tune with your health and other types of wellness.
In addition to other fitness classes, yoga is a wonderful opportunity to learn about your body and boost overall wellness. Once you step out of your first class, you will feel this boost and carry on throughout your day a little more elevated. And if you would rather just hand in shavasana all d

cycling studioThere is nothing quite like an afternoon workout to de-stress after a long day. Sweating it out at CycleYOU might be your therapy of choice, but you should know the calming power of exercise is far from theoretical. Years of research have found that sweating it out has a true psychological impact on you — changing your brain chemistry for the better.

“When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well,” according to the Anxiety And Depression Association of America. “So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.”

With so many brain-boosting benefits, you would think that everyone would keep up with their workout routine. Unfortunately, less than 5% of adults get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and only one in three adults get the right amount of weekly exercise.

How can I get motivated to exercise?
If you are inspired to use exercise as a stress-relieving tool but are trying to find the motivation, consider the following tips.
  • Have fun
    Number one rule for CycleYOU!! Working out should not feel like a chore. Find a fitness experience that you genuinely enjoy and stick with it. This way, you will feel motivated by the sheer joy of the workout.

  • Schedule your workouts
    You wouldn’t skip a professional meeting that is in your calendar, right? Then you should schedule your workouts the same way.

  • Keep your routine interesting
    Shake up your routine! Alternate between yoga, TRX training, and indoor cycling. This way, each workout experience is fresh and exciting.

  • Make fitness friends
    By turning gym acquaintances into real friends, you can hold each other accountable to your workouts. And sharing your favorite exercise experiences can also turn into your catch-up time.
As you motivate yourself to workout, remember the benefits of sweating. You will be a more well-rounded and healthy person if you stick to an exercise routine. Whether you find solace in cycling studios or on yoga mats, your mental and physical health will thank you for making the commitment.

cyclingTrying an indoor cycling class for the first time? Good choice. You are making a commitment to a healthier, more energized life. Studies show that a moderately intense indoor spin class three times per week stimulates dopamine production, boosts energy levels by about 30%, and decreases fatigue by up to 65%. But what should you know for your first class? Your CycleYOU Motivator will explain the basics, but the following tips can help get you started on your cycling journey.
  1. Get ready to sweat Spin classes are sweaty, so be sure to dress for an intense workout. Wear moisture-wicking workout clothing and good news, CycleYOU will provide a towel for you. Most importantly, bring plenty of water. You’re going to need it.

  2. Make sure you get a proper bike fit At CycleYOU we specifically train our Concierge staff to fit you to the bike before class, making sure we have accommodated any injuries or issues. We then write those fit measurements down so you can reference them for your next class. Always give yourself 15 -20 minutes before your first class so this fitting process isn’t rushed. When your seat and handlebars are at the correct height, you can keep your body in alignment during the class. This will help prevent injury, particularly in your knees. Your instructor can show you how to fit your bike properly for your next class.

  3. Listen to your CY Motivator Some people may be tempted to create their own workout during the class, but there is a reason the Motivator is there. As with a yoga class or other type of group fitness session, the Cy Motivator will lead the class with purpose. It’s their job to warm you up, challenge you, and cool you down. Trust their process.

  4. Make adjustments as needed Your Motivator will tell you to turn your resistance up and down, and while you should do so, be sure to keep your ability in mind. For your first class, you might not choose to turn your knob as high as the rest of the class. The iMotivator may also give alternatives to every new challenge, so feel free to try these out.

  5. Push yourself You are stronger than you think you are. Don’t be afraid to be out of breath. Your body will thank you later for giving your workout that extra push.
By entering your first cycling class with an open mind and an appetite for a challenge, you can finish the workout feeling stronger and more motivated than ever. Chances are after a short recovery, you’ll be ready for another class. Your bike will be waiting.

yogaIs “try a fitness class” still sitting on your to-do list? If this fitness goal has been waiting dormant for months, your uncertainty about making a change may be getting the best of you. But now is the time to take the leap and become a healthier version of yourself. By finding the right fitness class, you can then find the motivation to commit. After all, showing up is the hardest part. So, which group exercise option is right for you? This guide will help you match your wellness goals to your ideal fitness class. The truth is though that finding a facility that offers all options in one place is ideal, because research shows us that do a combination of cardio and strength is the quickest and most effective way to get in the best shape for you! Oh, and one more thing make sure you are having fun in each experience. If it’s motivating & fun you are more likely to stick with! Consistency is the key! Your Goals: Energy, Overall Fitness Your Class: Cycling Indoor cycling is a high-energy, fun fitness solution for people of all levels. Through a combination of speed and resistance training, your cycling instructor will get your legs burning with every song. Be ready to sweat and become part of the tight-knit cycling community Your Goals: Strength, Resilience Your Class: TRX Training Known for its intensity and incredible strengthening promises, TRX uses suspension trainers and a variety of other tools to help you reach your fitness goals. This class is generally suited for more advanced exercisers and is a great way to shake up your gym routine. Your Goals: Toning, Strength Your Class: Barre Inspired by ballet, barre classes will tone your entire body and challenge you in new ways. Whether using a bar or fitness balls as a prop, you can expect to work your lower and upper body through a series of challenging exercises. This class also has elements of yoga and pilates, so you will be bending and moving the whole time. Your Goals: Flexibility, Body Awareness, Less Stress Your Class: Yoga Boasting 36.7 million participants in the U.S. alone, yoga classes have taken the wellness industry by storm. A great low-impact option, these classes will improve flexibility, posture, core strength, and body awareness, all while calming you down. Start with a foundations class to learn the basics and watch yourself grow from there. By joining a group fitness class, you are joining other exercisers like you who are working toward a healthier lifestyle. As you build relationships and see fitness results, you will be sure to come back week after week. Your body and mind will thank you for the commitment.