Gym Facts from the spott3r Community

From fit moms to Jiu Jitsu masters, we really have such a versatile, awesome fitness community here at spott3r. And through everything we’ve seen, one thing is certain: fitness is not one size fits all. Some are at their best when they work out in the night, others would never make it to the gym if it weren’t before work. We decided to poll our community to see what some of the larger trends are, and just how many of our fitness community skews one way or the other.

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Spott3r Spotlight: Wellness By Little

We are constantly blown away with how inspiring the members of our fitness community are, and today’s feature is no exception. We are delighted to introduce you to Seattle-based fitness coach and owner of Wellness By Little, Mary Little. This PNW native takes a holistic approach to health and fitness, and has an expanding network of happy clients to prove that her methods work.

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“Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of our clients through phenomenal training experiences, qualified coaching, and ongoing support that will keep you motivated and living a happy, healthy, purpose driven life. We believe that when a person aligns their behaviors with their deeper values, true lasting change occurs. Wellness by Little builds deep personal relationships with individuals to accomplish specific health goals through qualified training, structured planning, and ongoing accountability.” – Mary Little

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A little bit about WBL:

Mary Little, owner of Wellness By Little, has a unique training style incorporating fundamental movement principals tied directly into principles of yoga. Yoga Conditioning is what it’s called and it’ll kick your butt no matter what your exercise background is. Mary believes quality of movement prevails over quantity of repetitions 100% of the time and because of that there is an element of movement education in each training session.

 

pepaction-140In addition to quality personal training, Mary infuses her sessions with health coaching.

“Meeting a client where they are at is an important piece to building trust and rapport in your relationship. In the personal training world, we humans have this inherent desire to be good stewards of our bodies. Often times, I’ve found that clients struggle with reaching their goals not because they lack motivation but because they haven’t aligned their behaviors with their deeper values of why they want to get to a certain health goal.”

Lifestyle: Mary Little practicing yoga in the wilderness of Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Mary’s motivation behind living a vibrant, active lifestyle ignited when she decided to do her high school senior project on organic versus non-organic food and sustainable agriculture.

“Around that time, a friend told me about Bastyr University’s Exercise Science and Wellness program, which ultimately stemmed my personal interest in stewarding my body well and a strong desire to teach others how to do the same.”

In need of some wellness coaching? Visit Wellness by Little on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or email Mary directly at mary@wellnessbylittle.com.

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Common Gym Terms You Should Know

Let’s face it, the gym can be daunting. Whether it’s your first time at a health club in years or you’re trying out new equipment, there can be a lot to learn to navigate your way around! Naturally, we’ve got you covered. Below is a glossary of some of the most common gym terms and what they mean, so you can walk around like you own the place.

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Spot: When someone assists another person with an exercise. ie: “Can you spot me?” or “I need a spotter.”

Rep – A rep (short for repetitions) is how many times you do a single exercise in a row. i.e.: “I did 8 reps at 80 pounds”.

Set – A set refers to a group of repetitions done without stopping. i.e.: “Do 3 sets of 10 reps”

Circuit Training – A method of physical conditioning in which one moves from one exercise to another, usually in a series of different stations or pieces of equipment.

Intervals – This is when you train at a low intensity for a period of time, followed by a high intensity.

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Ripped – Someone is ripped when they have very low body fat and muscle separation is visible and defined. i.e.: “That guys is ripped!”

Pecs – Short for pectoral muscles (especially with reference to the development of these muscles in bodybuilding).

 

Lats – Short for Latissimus Dorsi – the large muscles that run down the back

Quads – Quadriceps (front of the thighs)

Core – Refers to your trunk – your low back, mid back, abdominals, obliques and stabilizers.

What other terms do you think are important to know? Leave in the comments below!

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References: “Do You Speak Gym” via pfitblog, “The Ultimate Guide to Gym Lingo” via greatist.

 

[Friday Five] The 5 Hottest Fitness Apps Right Now

Technology and health are starting to overlap in a lot of noticeable ways. Some argue that technology can lead to unhealthy habits, though we think its clear that, if used correctly, the benefits of technology in fitness far outweigh any perceived side effects.

Without further ado, we’ve dedicated this week’s Friday Five to our favorite fitness apps! Our short list if you will. (Think we missed any? Leave your favorites in the comments below!)

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1. Nike + Training Club

This app allows you to tailor your workouts based on intensity, length of time, and areas of focus. Better yet? When you hit milestones you get fun rewards, such as recipes or free workouts from celebrity trainers and athletes. Each workout move comes with a video “how to”, and the trainers call out fun workout tips, including reminders of how much time is left in each pose so you don’t have to fiddle with your phone. Bonus points for syncing with your personal playlists and music apps!

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Learn more and download the app here.

2. RunKeeper

RunKeeper lets you track your pace, measure workout distance, chart weight loss, crush training goals and so much more. We love that you can add mileage accrued via treadmill for a comprehensive view of your running journey. And of course, RunKeeper makes it really easy to share your progress on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

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Learn more and download the app here.

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3. ClassPass

This app is not free (you have to have a ClassPass membership in order to use it) but it is a great option for those who who like to switch things up. Rates vary across locations but for a certain amount per month, members can enjoy unlimited classes at their favorite local studios. The user-friendly app makes it easier than ever to find and schedule classes on the go!

Learn more and download the app here.

4. MyFitnessPal

Medical studies prove that the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to keep track of the foods you eat. With that belief in mind, MyFitnessPal designed a free website and mobile apps that make calorie counting and food tracking easy. Fun fact: MyFitnessPal has over 500 million foods in its database, which make it seamless to integrate into your existing diet!

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Learn more and download the app here.

5. Fit.net

Fit.net offers workouts in as little as five minutes, and can be tailored to fit anyone’s fitness level or accomodate injuries or limitations. Better yet? Your device’s webcam intelligently analyzes your synchronicity with the Trainer and you are provided with real-time feedback on your performance. It also doesn’t hurt that the all of the coaching is done by live, certified trainers.

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Learn more and download the app here.

Think we missed any of your favorite apps? Tell us in the comments below!

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Spott3r Spotlight: OC Personal Trainer, Ali Metzger

A warm, spott3r welcome to Orange County powerhouse, Ali Metzger! This super fit bombshell works for a technology startup by day and personal trains at The Training Habit in Irvine on  nights and weekends. After being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance two years ago, Ali has changed her diet and perspective on health in the best way possible. She is now extremely passionate about health and fitness and hopes to share this and help inspire others to do the same! Continue reading for the low down on how this fit chick maintains her healthy lifestyle, AND what her extra incentive is to working on her bod:

“I’m getting married next spring, so now it’s a double goal to look fab in my wedding dress, as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle! I am an avid crossfiter, but I also love being outdoors and hiking, running with my dog, playing beach volleyball, etc. I also love traveling, trying new restaurants, and bringing those delicious flavors home to my own kitchen to cook for my fiance!”

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What’s your favorite workout?

“CrossFit! Any type of CrossFit workout is my favorite. I love the high-intensity movements and the idea of always striving to be better than you were yesterday.”

When Ali isn’t at her box then she incorporates some of the cardio-based CrossFit movements (box jumps, jumping push ups, jump squats, kettleball swings) into her workouts.

What’s your biggest fitness achievement to date?

Ali’s biggest fitness achievement is getting her training certificate through the ACSM.

“It was such an exciting, proud moment to know I’d be able to do what I love for work!”

Aside from that, Ali is super excited to finally being able to do a full pull up.

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What’s your current fitness goal?

“Right now I’m focusing big time on my arms. Not only thinking about true strength, but that tone that women (and men!) are always trying to achieve. I’ve been doing extra shoulders/back work in addition to bicep/tricep work to get that tone all the way around.”

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What’s on Ali’s workout playlist right now?

Ali likes anything upbeat and/or with a beat she can move to. Here are her top three favorite songs right now:

“Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap

“Take U There” by Skrillex

“Call on Me” by Eric Prydz

What motivates you to get to the gym?

Ali loves how great she feels when she’s at the gym and how she feels after. Also, she is super motivated by her community at her CrossFit box.

“It’s so fun to have a group of people you see throughout the week that have similar goals and keep you motivated.”

At the same time, Ali gets movitated when she’s at her gym training others.

“I absolutely love helping people achieve their goals and helping motivate them by my own personal stories. The group of people I work with are the absolute best; it’s a constant dance party! (When we’re not with clients;) )”

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When it comes to making excuses for not working out, Ali says that she doesn’t really have any! In fact, the gym is one of her top priorities, for many reasons.

“If I’m not able to make it to the gym, it is usually because I’m traveling or have plans with time frames that don’t allow me to fit it in my normal routine. If this is the case, I always bring gear and find a new way to get a sweat in. That way, I don’t have any excuse! You don’t have to have a full gym to get a good workout in. You can use anything around you — your hotel room floor or the great outdoors!” 

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What’s your favorite gym to work out at and your favorite thing about it?

Ali has worked out in and been to many many gyms, so she can confidently say tat her two gyms are my two favorites! The Training Habit and Orange Coast Crossfit.

 “The Training Habit – the gym I personal train out of- has brand new, top of the line gear, and pretty much anything you can want or think of. I can switch up my workouts every day and not be on the same machine twice in a week!”

Ali’s one piece of advice for fitness newbies:

“If I have one piece of advice (which I do, and I use it often) it’s to find what works for you. There are so many different gyms, classes and types of workouts out there. Why stick to one if you don’t love it? Some people love going to the gym and making up their own programs. Some people need the direction of a coach or teacher in a class. Some like heavy weight lifting, some prefer using their own body resistance. Keep experimenting until you find what sticks for you, and keeps you wanting to go back for more!”

Want to keep up with this Orange County fit chick? Pop by our Instagram page where Ali will be guest-posting all week! Want even more Ali in your life? Check out her Facebook and Twitter pages or email her directly at metzgerali@gmail.com.

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Fitness Reimbursement Program: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Attention New York residents: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is now one of many insurance companies that offer fitness reimbursement programs. In other words, they help employers give discounts (and in some cases straight cash) to employees for getting their fitness on. (Learn more about what this means here.) Want to get in on the action? Continue reading for how you can take advantage of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s program!

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The ExerciseRewards™ Program is a fitness facility reimbursement program available only to SimplyBlue Plus members in addition to Base, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Bassett Preferred Gold, Bassett Preferred Silver, and CNY Preferred Gold members. The program is also available as an option with Healthy Blue and Excellus PPO/EPO. As covered members on a policy, subscribers and their spouse or dometic partner can receive up to $600 a year to help pay for their fitness facility memberships. (Every six months, subscribers can earn up to $200 and their eligible spouse/domestic partner can earn up to $100).

Also, as of January 1, 2015, the ExerciseRewards™ Program will also reimburse fees paid for exercise classes taken at a qualified fitness facility (e.g., yoga, pilates, spinning). To qualify for reimbursement you must show that you’ve worked out at least 50 times within a 6 month period utilizing one of the following or a combination of both

  • Workout at a qualified fitness facility
  • Attend an individual class at a qualified fitness facility

The best part in all of this? You get to choose your own fitness club or exercise center. You can also log into ExerciseRewards to view a list of participating ExerciseRewards fitness facilities and print a voucher for:

  • 10% or more discount on enrollment fees and/or membership dues
  • Free one-week trial (limited to three facilities)

Want to see if you’re eligible? Take 2 minutes to fill out this form and we’ll take care of all the paperwork for you, no strings attached. Note that responses can take 1-2 weeks.

While you wait, get stoked for your cash rewards by checking out these 13 benefits of gym reimbursements.

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Information via Excellus BlueCross BlueShield official ExerciseRewards™ Program

Fitness Reimbursement Program: UnitedHealthcare

Recently, we showed you how you can take advantage of the fitness perks available to you if your health insurance provider is Aetna. Today, we’d like to talk to our United Healthcare members and show you how you can get paid for getting fit!

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If you’re not too sure about how fitness reimbursement programs work and what the benefits are, you can read more here.

Ready to take the leap and get paid while you get healthy? Click here to see if you’re eligible.

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