Fitness-Inspired Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of year! The week where everyone gets to don their best costumes and dish out all varieties of candy (though we hope you can find healthier alternatives). This year, instead of dressing up as something you’re not, how about dressing up as something you are – a fitness guru!

To help you out, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite fitness-inspired Halloween costumes.

  1. ’80s Aerobic Instructor

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“It’s all about the layers. The shinier, brighter, and tighter, the better — think lamé, spandex, and fuchsia. Pair a leotard over color-contrasting leggings and legwarmers. Boom box and roll-on lip gloss are optional.”PopSugar

2.  Jillian Michaels

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Curl your hair, and pull on track pants and a sports bra.

Bonus: Add a whistle and be sure to yell at all of your friends to drop down and give you 20!

3. Richard Simmons

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Come on, how often do you get a chance to wear an afro wig, chunky white socks, and Reebok hightop sneakers?

Photo cred: Fit This Girl, Jillian Michaels, Closer Weekly

What are your favorite fitness-inspired Halloween comments? Leave in the comments below!

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Beginner Basics: 3 Types of Workout Classes at the Gym

One of the values of having a gym membership is that it provides access to a variety of workout classes that one would not otherwise have. If you have a membership to a yoga studio, you’re limited to taking yoga classes and so on.

For gym newbies, the sudden access to so many classes can be overwhelming. What are the most popular classes? Do they require different skill levels? Here are the 3 most common workout classes and what you need to know in order to succeed in them:

1. Spin

“Spinning is a specific format of indoor cycling. Only certified Spinning instructors are allowed to teach ‘Spinning,’ but other group cycling programs exist by different names, and some have their own certifications. Most classes last between 40-60 minutes, although some places offer beginning or intro classes that might be shorter.” – SparkPeople

Read the full breakdown here.

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2. Zumba

Zumba is a dance fitness program that incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mamba. They are typically about an hour long and are taught by instructors licensed by Zumba Fitness, LLC. The exercies include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistence training.

“Dance to great music, with great people, and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it.” – Zumba

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3. Bootcamp

This is a great way to switch up your normal cardio vs. weights routine. These group sessions typically focus on military-style exercises and functional movements like push-ups, squats, springs, and sit-ups. Most classes last an hour, and the expectation is that if you give 100 percent you’ll get the best results:

“If you are willing to be pushed beyond your comfort zone and trust your instructor, you will see better results than when working out alone” – Ariane Hundt, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp via Greatist

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  • Go with it. It’s only an hour, so give each class 100 percent to get the best results. “If you are willing to be pushed beyond your comfort zone and trust your instructor, you will see better results than when working out alone,” Hundt says. One final word of caution: Always listen to your body first and foremost. If you’ve got nothing left in the tank, or feel an injury coming on, remember that no amount of encouragement (or ego) will get you through that last rep safely. So always train smart.

Photo cred: PopSugarA Windy City Momma, The Gym Ft Lauderdale Beach

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Gym feature: Fit Athletic Club

Last week we toured the Pacific Northwest to feature Olympic Athletic Club in Seattle, Washington. This week we’re heading all the way down to San Diego, California to highlight urban hotspot, Fit Athletic Club.

Summary: Fit Athletic Club, located in Downtown San Diego boasts unbelievable views of the famous PETCO Stadium, a rooftop pool and fireside lounging areas. Ideal for busy professionals, Fit Athletic club markets itself as a one-stop shop for all of your wellness needs.

“It’s layout and aesthetic imitates the the lively, vibrant and sophisticated culture of San Diego’s burgeoning East Village – creating a true urban oasis.” – FitAthletic.com

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Amenities: Members have access to spa and tanning services, a Vitaboost clinic, effective training equipment and endless classes.The Natural Foods Cafe can help keep you on track with meal planning, and you can even save money on the things you already by with the Fit Perx. (FitAthletic.com)

Bonus: The outdoor pool deck, available to members of the Fit Perx program (which offers discounts at hundreds of local restaurants, spas and retailers). We can imagine worse ways to relax after a long work out.

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Club information:
350 10th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 764-5348
Online: http://fitathletic.com/club/downtown-san-diego/

Photo cred: FitAthletic.com, Yelp.com,

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5 Common Gym Questions and Answers

Whether you’ve had your gym membership for ages, or you’re new  to the fitness community, everyone has questions about going to the gym. What do you bring with you? Where can you find the equipment you need? As always, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve answered five of the most common gym questions we’ve come across. Anything else you’re curious about? Leave questions in the comments below!

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1. What should I bring with me to the gym?

Depends how you like to work out but some common items include:

  • Gym bag
  • Phone or iPod for music
  • Headphones
  • Water bottle
  • Sweat towel
  • Lock

If you plan on showering, you will likely want to include toiletries, a shower towel, flip flops, and a change of clothes.

2. Where do I leave my stuff?

Most gyms will have lockers where you can leave your gym bag or personal items. You may want to call ahead to see if the lockers are located in the general workout area or if they have gender-specific locker rooms. Typically you’ll want to bring a personal lock to keep your items secure while you work out.

 

3. How can I sign up for classes?

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All gyms are different. Some will allow you to sign up online while others will require you to sign up in person. Additionally, busier classes may not open up for registration until the week or day of. Be sure to check with your gym to see what they recommend for the classes you’re interested in.

 

4. How long should I spend on the machines when the gym is busy?

If you’re using a cardio machine, it’s courteous to try and limit your usage to 20-30 minutes. With weight machines, try to stick to 2-3 efficient sets. If you want to take longer rests between sets, encourage someone else to use the equipment while you’re taking your break. This allows you to maximize your time on the machine while being considerate of other people’s time.

5. What’s the difference between free weights and machine weights?

A free weight can be classified as any object or device that can be moved freely in three-dimensional space. Some of the more common free-weights in a gym would be:

  • Dumbells
  • Barbells
  • Medicine ball
  • Ankle weights
  • The human body (the ultimate free-weight of all!)

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On the other hand, any exercise machine in a gym such as a pec-dec or a smith machine is a perfect example of what can be considered high-tech training apparatus or machine weights.

Not sure which one to use? Find more information on the differences between the two at BodyBuilding.com.

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

Photo cred: Shrinking Guy, Words on WellnessPopSugar

 

Gym feature: Olympic Athletic Club

While there are some fitness chains that are doing great, innovative things, there are so many independent gyms that deserve recognition too! To that end, we are going to start highlighting gyms across the country that we think are doing any awesome job. First one up? Olympic Athletic Club in Seattle, Washington.

Summary: Names “Best Health Club/Fitness Practice” by Seattle Magazine in 2012 and voted “Best Gym in Seattle” in the Best of Citysearch 2013, Olympic Athletic Club in Ballard went through a major renovation a year ago, with first class upgrades including a second pool, new locker rooms, more studio space for over 90 available fitness classes and tons of brand new equipment to get your heart race up”. [Red Tricycle]

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Amenities: Group exercise classes, two lap swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, men’s and women’s steam rooms, court sports, and the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment

Bonus: 10 hours of free childcare is given to Single-Family and Family membership holders each month. Additional childcare is available for just $3/hour.

“One little quirk is that the upstairs cardio room overlooks Ballard Ave. and in the summer you can smell BBQ when the windows are open”.

– Michelle Y. of Seattle, Washington [Yelp]

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Club information:

Olympic Athletic Club
5301 Leary Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
206-789-5010
Online: olympicathleticclub.com

Photo cred: Red Tricycle, Yelp

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Spott3r helps people get people paid for their workouts. Click here to learn more about how you can earn cash reimbursements for your gym visits! Ready to sign up for your free eligibility check? You can do that too, here.

 

Get Your Company Started with Fitness Reimbursement Programs Today

While gym reimbursements are becoming more popular across the corporate world, there are still a lot of companies that haven’t yet made the leap to promoting a healthy workforce. This isn’t because these companies are bad – they are likely constrained for resources, such as time and budgets.

That said, gym reimbursements are a win-win for everyone. Healthy employees cost less and are more productive, and fitness incentive programs put money back in employees pockets to reward and encourage good behavior. Everyone comes out on top!

Do your company a favor and get the process started. Email info@spott3r.com and spott3r Founder, Rami Rafeh, will personally follow up to help set your company up with a fitness reimbursement program.

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Think they’ll take more convincing than the benefits listed above? Learn more about how how-companies-can-save-money-with-fitness-programs.

Just think – what will you do with all your extra cash?

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A New Approach to Fitness: Aligning Behavior Change Around Fitness to Your Personal Values

A New Approach to Fitness: Aligning Behavior Change Around Fitness to Your Personal Values

A guest post of Mary Little of Wellness by Little.

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Have you ever set a New Years resolution to get in shape or trained for an event like a triathlon or wedding? Did you succeed in accomplishing your goals because you devised a plan and maintained a routine schedule?

In the world of fitness, there is more information at our fingertips then ever. There are fitness experts, Instagram Fitness Guru’s, ample Crossfit gyms, yoga studios and a variety of classes taught at athletic clubs. While all of this seems to make exercising incredibly convenient for us, we still have difficulty reaching and maintaining our goals.

Rather than sharing a list of exercises you should do to get in shape or posting a photo of some abs you someday hope to have, we believe that by aligning your behaviors with your deeper values, true lasting change can occur. This requires a more personal, introspective approach to your health.

1.) List out 3 goals you’re currently working on in order of importance (These can be any health goals. For example: smoking cessation, lose 15lbs, gain 15lbs muscle mass, prepping meals, etc).

Goals/ Concerns(in order of priority)

 

What you’ve tried What makes it worse?
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2.) Visioning. If you could create a vision statement centered around the ideal person you’d like to be someday, what would it be? Vision statements are intended to be long term being statements that start with “I am.” When you’re done writing your vision give yourself a % of completion for today’s date. 0%= not this person today 100%= I am this person!

Sample Vision Statement: I am a person who stewards my body well by eating in moderation and exercising regularly. 45% on 07/30/15

3.) In the next 7 days what are 3 baby steps you can take to work towards your vision/goals? These goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-oriented (or SMART). If I were to take the vision statement from above a goal might be:

I will do in home strength training workouts on M/W/S over the next 7 days.

On Sunday afternoon I will look at 4 recipes that I can make for dinner M-Th this week.

I will go grocery shopping on Sunday evening for M-Th dinners.

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4.) Lastly, rate your goals on % confidence and % of importance.

Next Session Goals % Confidence/% Importance
I will do in home strength training workouts on M/W/S over the next 7 days.On Sunday afternoon I will look at 4 recipes that I can make for dinner M-Th this week.

I will go grocery shopping on Sunday evening for M-Th dinners.

85% / 100% 

90% / 95%

 

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If you’re below a 70% confidence how might you alter that goal to raise your confidence? These goals are designed to be SMART so that you experience small weekly successes that empower you to move closer towards your vision.

Our professional recommendation is to track your progress for 6 weeks. Every week reflect on your previous weeks goals and reset new weekly goals. At the end of week 6, rate your overall % of completion towards your vision statement. Have you made progress? If so, how does that feel? If not, what were the barriers to change?

Creating your own pathway to success has proven to work for many of our clients. It’s often easier to look at a magazine and hear how someone else was successful but we are not all the same people, with the same circumstances, with the same goals. Embrace your uniqueness by doing what you know will lead you to personal success!

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