Category: Worcester Fitness Club News

Improve Strength, Flexibility and LIFE

By Denleigh Grniet
Contact ANDY with Questions 
 
Worcester Fitness is launching a brand new yoga program especially designed for seniors on November 2!
 
Senior Yoga helps to improve strength, flexibility, mobility and balance. It also teaches breathing techniques and body alignment.
 
Seniors who do yoga have better sense of well being, reduced risk of fall, improved sleep patterns and mood, reduced joint pain, and reduced anxiety.
 
Register at member services OR please share this with someone you think would benefit from the class!
 
Class Details
 
Thursdays
November 2nd - December 21st
9:30am-10:15am
Members: $64 or $9 Drop-In​
Non-Members: $76​ ​or $12 Drop-In
 

Sign up for Senior Yoga

Worcester Fitness Fitness Scramble!

By Janine McCarthy
Contact JANINE with Questions 
 
Worcester Fitness is launching a brand new fitness challenge...this time with football theme!
 
The Worcester Fitness Fitness Scramble will place you on an NFL team with nine teammates. The season will last six weeks. Each member of the team will earn yardage through cardiovascular equipment activities right here at Worcester Fitness.
 
As the yards build up, so will the scores! Teams score a touchdown after 100 yards are accumulated and recorded by Fitness Scramble Ref, Janine McCarthy!
 
Choose your own equipment:
 
Treadmill activity will generate one yard of forward progress per mile of running/walking. Stairclimbers and Ellipticals will help you7 move the ball down the field a yard for every fifty flights. Hit the rower for one yard for every 1,600 meters.
 
Want to put some points on the board early? Cash in 50 yards and pick up a three point field goal. Extra points are awarded if your teams corresponding NFL team wins their game that week.
 
Fitness Scramble takes guts, determination and plenty of team work!

Challenge Schedule

Start Date - November 10, 2017

End Date - December 22, 2017

Prizes awarded to winning team and season's "Most Valuable Player!"

Sign up for this Fitness Challenge

Tricia Stepanski Plouffe

By Andy Sharry
Worcester Fitness
 
"Worcester Fitness has and will continue to make a huge positive difference in my life!"

In January of 2017, I was extremely ill with the flu and almost died.  It took 6 weeks of bed rest to regain strength, energy and to start to feel “normal”.   Due to the 6 weeks of bed rest, my knee area showed signs of atrophy, thus resulting in my inability to walk well or use stairs.  I was in constant pain.  Once completed with my physical therapy at Saint Vincent Hospital, they referred me to Worcester Fitness.  Before joining Worcester Fitness, however, I chose to visit 5 gyms in the city and assessed St. Vincent’s was correct in sending me to Worcester Fitness.  Worcester Fitness stood out tremendously from the other gyms. The environment is professional, clean, calm, attractive and totally focused on service.

I joined the gym in May and a program was initiated on my behalf.  Janine became my personal trainer; Dani became my massage therapist.  By meeting with Janine and Dani at different and regular intervals, I started a personally tailored program that has proven to be of enormous help for major health improvements.   The combined efforts of Janine, Dani and I, have turned my health around for the better.

I am no longer in pain.  I can walk up and down stairs with confidence and comfort.  I can get up from sitting on the floor without needing assistance or something to hold.  I have returned to country western line dancing, something I had missed for years.  My balance is greatly improved. My posture is totally different.  My strength and stamina greatly surpasses when I started.  I ride the stationary bike 5 miles a day and continue to increase my walking time on a treadmill.  Emotionally, I feel happier and more centered. I now am at the gym 4-5 days a week (with or without individualized attention) and have changed my lifestyle to ensure even greater health.   I also have been motivated to change the foods I eat and thus have lost 30 pounds and counting!

I am grateful to the professionals and patrons at Worcester Fitness who have helped me alter my life.  I now understand the benefits of creating healthful time for myself and providing tutelage on body enhancing techniques that literally have resulted in no pain and excellent physical health. 

How Yoga Can Change Your Life

By Robyn Dos Santos
 
If you’ve been contemplating a yoga practice, consider the following findings.  Among the myriad benefits of a regular yoga practice are:
 
Improved balance, strength, and flexibility
Reduction of weight and body fat
Stress reduction
Increased bone mass and bone strength
Improved cardiovascular conditioning
Prevention of injuries
Restore vitality and youthfulness
Assist in psychological well-being
Promote digestion
Aid in spiritual connectedness
Increase respiratory capacity and efficacy
Improve joint motility
 
This is not a complete list.  Many yoga practitioners report significant reversals in chronic conditions as well as improved function in all areas of life. Some people who found little or no relief from traditional approaches to health and healing have found that yoga offered real and lasting improvement. Additionally, the scientific and medical communities are now recognizing yoga’s unique positioning as a health and wellness prescription.  Hundreds of random controlled studies (RCT’s) have been conducted that prove yoga’s benefits. And more are being done for a variety of conditions including neurodegenerative disorders and autoimmune conditions.

How it works

Yoga treats the body and the mind as one, integrated whole.  Coming to a yoga practice to increase flexibility in your joints just might evolve into learning to breathe more completely, more effectively.  The emphasis on stretching the body during yoga relieves tension, soreness, and sluggishness. Increased flexibility brings improvements in posture and virtually all movement activities.  Holding the poses strengthens muscle, bones, and joints. 

Breathing is often a key component to practicing yoga.  Since, we are always breathing, learning to expand on the energy of the breath will improve overall health and wellness, while reducing the effects of stress.   This breath awareness, which can be done one minute at a time, can lead to a sense of stillness, of letting go to the peaceful, undisturbed part of the mind.  Yoga’s mental and psychological benefits arise from this place, of creating new ways of thinking and doing.  Over time, this process of thought renewal can assist in working towards behavior changes (changing old habits, looking at everyday situations in a more objective way).

With its’ skillful and mindful approach to delivery, yoga can be tailored to meet the needs of anyone.  Yes, anyone can practice yoga.  And they do.  Whether you are currently healthy, recovering from illness or injury, young, old, overweight or not, the components of yoga will meet you exactly where you are at this current moment in time.  In fact, that presence, and  an acceptance of the state of the body and the mind is a powerful tool of yoga.  While working with the physical poses of yoga (the asanas), all thought is on feeling the sensations within the body. This asks that the mind take time off from the regular, habitual thought patterns and allow for a sense of freedom, of openness to possibilities.  (in yoga, this is often referred to as “A beginner’s mind”, sometimes the best place to be!)

Yoga is a path, a journey.  Staying on the path, devoting some time,  and having faith can take you far.

Worcester Running Team to Take on Marine Corps Marathon in D.C.

Reprinted with permission from This Week in Worcester

By Nick D'Andrea
Email Nick 
Photos by Joe Santa Maria

WORCESTER – When you ask Worcester Fitness Running Team coach Andy Sharry what he enjoys most about his team he says “I love creating an environment where people can form lifelong bonds of friendship”

Two years ago Sharry started the Worcester Fitness Running Team [WFRT], which is a group of runners of all levels and abilities. They meet twice a week to run various courses throughout the city.

Motivation

“Yes, running is the main activity we do together, but it’s the people and the connections we make together that is the real value of being part of our team. It’s all about the journey, not just the destination.”

Each member sets goals each year and Sharry works with them to achieve their personal goal as well as build team camaraderie “The miles logged in training, the weight lost, the medals earned from finishing races are truly awesome….but the connections we make are far, far more important in the whole grand scheme of things.” says Sharry

On Sunday, Oct. 22, Sharry and 26 members of the WFRT will be in Washington, D.C. to take part in the 42nd Marine Corp Marathon/10K [MCM]. More than half the team will be running the marathon, while the others will take part in the 10K, which goes through the nation’s capitol.

“I was looking for a destination running event, and Marine Corps Marathon is known as the people’s marathon, very friendly to all types of runners”

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Homes for Our Troops

Along, with the training for this event, WFRT will be raising money for Homes For Our Troops [HFOT], an organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

“I watched a powerful series of episodes of This Old House in which the program built a home for a severely wounded veteran. The show highlighted the veteran himself, and all of the incredible ways HFOT helps those who really need our help, the heroes who served and made devastatingly damaging sacrifices with their own bodies. ” Sharry said in a September 8th e-mail

The MCM is a lottery race, meaning that not all who enter the lottery will receive a bib for the race. Committing to HFOT ensures that all who wanted to participate in this journey would receive a guaranteed bib for the race

“[MCM] will be my fourth [marathon] and my second with the team. Training with the team is a great experience” says WFRT team member Kate Pietrovito

WFRT has committed to raising $20,000 for HFOT through personal commitments of $600 per runner and team fundraisers.

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Auction Bash

“To partner with [HFOT], it seemed like a perfect match. It’s a local, well run charity, a tremendously honorable cause, and it tied in nicely to the race overall.” Pietrovito added

“When I’m out on a run, thinking how hard the long miles are or how awesome we are for running these long distances, I am reminded of our HFOT veterans – and I realize that what is really hard is what these veterans face every single day.” says team member Jen Caron

The team will be holding a Homes for Our Troops Auction Bash on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 pm at MacDonald’s Tavern inside Worcester Fitness. Tickets are $10 and can be purchase online or at the door. Prizes include a One week Florida timeshare, Red Sox and Patriots tickets, an Autographed Bob Cousy basketball and many other items

To date the team has raised $14,651.60, with approximately 40 days to go.

“Seeing people who’ve accomplished something special by completing a 10 (10k) or Marathon and knowing that we raised over $20,000 will be powerful.” Sharry added

You can get more information on Homes For Our Troops by visiting their website. You can also visit the WFRT fundraising page.

Our clients and their stories.

Everyone is an athlete at Worcester Fitness

Lately, we've had the chance to reflect on the work we do here at Worcester Fitness.
 
As our team talked to each other about clients past and present, we were overwhelmed by the incredible diversity of our members. All ages, all sizes, all with their own unique and personal motivations. That is what puts the "personal" in Personal Training. All of our trainers agreed that most of the time it is the CLIENT that is doing a large amount of the motivating and inspiring. Inspiring them to excel as trainers, grow as coaches and exceed their clients expectations.
 
So, from all of us to all of you- thank you for making us better trainers and better people!

 
Here are a few short stories that we hope motivate YOU!

Worcester Fitness Leo McCarthy

Client - Jack
Trainer - Andy Sharry

Jack is down 50+ pounds. He trains with Andy two times per week, takes Small Group Training sessions and is on the Spartan and Running team.

Clients - Pat and Colleen
Trainer - Picky Lanigan

The dynamic sister team of Pat & Colleen use the pool to help in their battles against cancer. Breast cancer doesn't stop them from strength, cardio, flexibility and aqua fitness.

Clients - Warrior Women
Trainer - Janine McCarthy

What a great group! New class for the fall Warrior Boxing & Fitness. 
Thank you Janine and all your WARRIORS!

Client - Pastor Gloria 
Trainer - Leo McCarthy

Pastor Gloria tends to her flock around the clock. Unless she's taking care of herself in her personal training sessions with Leo.

Clients - Cherie
Trainer - Andy Sharry

Cherie trains with Andy, takes Small Group Training classes and has weekly massage therapy sessions with Steve Dozois. We're your comprehensive health and wellness team! 

Clients - Linda
Trainer - Picky Lanigan

Master Trainer Picky has embarked on a journey to wellness with Linda. Her Goal? To move and feel better. What's better than that?! 

Client - Kevin
Trainer - Dianne Durand

Dianne trains Kevin. Kevin has a newborn. Kevin NEEDS his time at Worcester Fitness.

Clients - Meredyth
Trainer - Picky Lanigan

Meredyth values her personal training time with Picky. It helps her lead and inspire the folks in her church. 

Clients - Kristen
Trainer - Janine McCarthy

Janine has worked with Kristen during the summer. She's headed back to the classroom on Monday feeling great, strong and ready for her students. 

The Mom Olympics

By Steve Dozois, LMT, Worcester Fitness
Contact Steve 

Here at Worcester Fitness, everyone is an athlete.  Today I'd like to highlight the moms who do so much in what I call the Mom Olympics.  One big difference from the real Olympics is that mom's don't compete for medals or even recognition.  Many moms out there may not consider themselves athletes if they don't get to the gym often or have any other regular fitness training, but I'd argue otherwise!

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Many moms out there may not consider themselves athletes if they don't get to the gym often or have any other regular fitness training, but I'd argue otherwise!

Every Day Power Moves

Here are just a few things that mom's do or have done regularly that require some physical activity that don't include fitness training.  Carrying babies and toddlers, bags, and bags, and bags!  Racing strollers from place to place, lugging kids in and out of the car to all kinds of events like sports, dance, gymnastics, play groups, school, and more.  There is the constant running around the house to get things for the rest of the family, cleaning up after everyone, and hurdling over toys.  

Mom and Child Worcester Fitness Blog Post
There is the constant running around the house to get things for the rest of the family...

Every Day Lifting

Some moms spend half the day cleaning the house until they can't clean any more.  Shopping for groceries and preparing the meals can often be a contact sport, especially when their kids are around.  Think of all the heavy lifting involved with doing the laundry!
Now, I know not all moms do all of these things and sometimes they have help, but let's face it...all of our mom's deserve a gold medal for everything they do every day.  

If you are interested in Worcester Fitness, we want to meet you!

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Rock Tape

By Roland Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness 

Worcester Fitness Massage Therapist has been offering free Rock Tape seminars at Worcester Fitness lately and they've created quite a buzz amongst our more performance driven athletes.

What is Rock Tape?

According to the official Rock Tape web site ( RockTape.com ) :

"All of the effects of kinesiology tape came from the mechanical and neurosensory actions of the tape. When kinesiology tape is placed on the skin, some pretty cool things start to happen. Because of the stretchiness of the tape, it mechanically lifts and, in some cases, compresses the skin it is applied to. When you consider a cross-section of human skin and the underlying tissues, you see that each layer of tissue is connected to one beneath it through slips of tissue often referred to as, “skin ligaments.” Because of this, if you create a lifting effect with tape on the skin, this effect transfers to deeper layers, effectively decompressing the tissues beneath where the tape is applied."

Steve Dozois applying Rock Tape to Worcester Fitness member David Lamontagne.
Steve Dozois applying Rock Tape to Worcester Fitness member David Lamontagne.

Testimonial

..."some of you attended Steve's presentation last night as part of the Wellness series where I was able to get a demonstration of the Rock Tape process. All I can say is WOW - usually I have "cement " legs after a long run but I just got back from a 10 miler with Kate (she did 20!) and the calves feel AWESOME! Now I just need to find if it comes in a body suit! Check with Steve on what other services he offers runners and all athletes as we enter the busy race season!"

David Lamontagne, Worcester Fitness Member

David performing split squats with Rock Tape applied to calf muscles.
David performing split squats with Rock Tape applied to calf muscles.

Back Pain

"Had my back taped right before noon HD class. It is about 1 hr post class. Back pain at this point much less than normal. Looking forward to see how tomorrow will be after morning classes."

Mark Oliver, Worcester Fitness Member

Learn more

 

If you are interested in learning more about Rock Tape and how it can benefit you and your fitness performance, please contact us by filling out the contact form below!

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Great News for Friday Night Lights Fans!

Worcester Fitness is offering FNL straight through to May 19. Here are all the upcoming FNL's classes and instructors so you can add them to your schedule!

APRIL

April 7th: Zen Barre w/Mary Beth
April 14th: Hiit it Hard Bootcamp w/Denleigh
April 21st: Zen Barre w/Mary Beth
April 28th: Friday Night Yoga w/Daniella

MAY

May 5th: Zen Barre w/Mary Beth
May 12th: KettleBells w/Kait (12 member max)
May 19th: Zen Barre w/Mary Beth

SOMETHING NEW : LITTLE YOGIS!

Yoga in an active, safe, and inclusive environment that incorporates mindful movements and breathing techniques with stories and games. In this class every child will feel supported and encouraged.  It will help kids grow confidence, promote healthy bodies, coordination/balance, and improve concentration. In addition this will help preteens learn how to cope with the pressures of school, and emotional “ups and downs.”

 

INSTRUCTOR - DENLEIGH • Classes start April 11, 2017

Tuesday’s • 9:30am ages 2-5 • Wednesday’s 5pm ages 6-12
Free to members.  $10 for non members.

Sign Up

Practicing Yoga

By Robyn dos Santos, Yoga Instructor, Licensed Therapist and Counselor
Worcester Fitness 

As the winter months come to a close, many of us begin to plan a well-deserved vacation. Good vacations often include a chance to renew ourselves, to simply exist in a relaxing environment without the demands of everyday life and the expectations of others. We look forward to new experiences of our choice, and opportunities for play. We never want vacations to end.

Worcester Fitness Yoga
Practicing Yoga offers renewal at the levels of mind, body, and spirit.

Beginner's Mind

In many ways, the practice of yoga can be like a vacation from the stressors of life, the demands put upon our bodies and minds which can become excessive and cumulative. When we choose to enter a yoga practice with the simple intention of being curious and open to new experiences, free from expectations (called “a beginner’s mind’), each class has the potential to put us in touch with ourselves at a deeper level, increasing self-awareness of the sources and sensations of our stress.

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Practicing the yoga postures, (asanas) encourage us to attend to the multiple sensations...

Asanas

Practicing the yoga postures, (asanas) encourage us to attend to the multiple sensations; the slow, rhythmic movements of the body, as it moves in and out of the postures.  This asks us to be attentive to the present moment, the “here and now”.  It allows the opportunity to let go of repetitive thought patterns and worries.

The breathing component of yoga practice focuses on energizing and relaxing with the cycles of inhale/exhale.  This simple, yet profound action assists in releasing tension and improving vitality.

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The breathing component of yoga practice focuses on energizing and relaxing with the cycles of inhale/exhale.

Relaxation

Finally, complete relaxation of body and mind allows for integration of the yoga practice on a more holistic, complete level.  For this reason, relaxation pose is often done as the final component of a yoga routine.

Yoga has often been described as a natural prescription for health and stress management.  It has numerous benefits, one of which is renewal at the levels of mind, body, and spirit.

Robyn dos Santos is a professional, licensed therapist and counselor.  She is a yoga instructor and therapist.
 

Weight Loss 75% Diet, 25% Exercise

By Emily Creamer-Collins, Master Trainer
Worcester Fitness 

If fat loss is your goal, both nutrition and exercise are important. Generally speaking, weight loss is 75% diet and 25% exercise. An analysis of more than 700 weight loss studies found that people see the biggest short-term results when they eat smart.

Weight Loss at Worcester Fitness
If fat loss is your goal, both nutrition and exercise are important.

Calories in/out

On average, people who dieted without exercising for 15 weeks lost 23 pounds; the exercisers who didn’t diet lost only six pounds over about 21 weeks. It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off.* For example, if you eat a fast food steak quesadilla, which can pack 500-plus calories, you need to run more than four miles to ‘undo’ it!

So what should you eat? It’s true that low-carb diets tend to be the most popular because they offer the fastest results, but they can be difficult to sustain. I recommend striving for a more balanced plan that focuses on real food - fruits, vegetable, lean proteins and whole grains.

*Huffington Post 2014

Worcester Fitness Nutritional Advice
"I recommend striving for a more balanced plan that focuses on real food - fruits, vegetable, lean proteins and whole grains. "

Less Meat, More Plants

One of my favorite quotes is from Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”  There’s no room for processed food in that rule!

But do yourself a favor and try focusing more on the FOOD you’re eating and less on the CALORIES you’re taking in.  Most people think controlling portions means counting calories, but there’s a better way.  Leading nutritionists at Precision Nutrition developed this cool Hand Measure System to use instead of getting bogged down by the confusing art of calorie counting. 

Palm of your hand

And your hand is all you need!

Your hand is proportionate to your body, its size never changes, and it’s always with you, making it the perfect tool for measuring food and nutrients – minimal counting required. 

Here’s the breakdown:

A serving of protein = 1 palm

A serving of vegetables = 1 fist

A serving of carbs = 1 cupped hand

A serving of fats = 1 thumb

Here’s how to use this method to build a plate of food:

 

Step 1 = PROTEIN (meat, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt)

Men: two palm-sized portions [~ 40-60 g protein]
Women: one palm-sized portion [~ 20-30 g protein]

Step 2 = VEGETABLES (broccoli, spinach, salad, carrots, etc.)

Men: two fist-sized portions
Women: one fist-sized portion

Step 3 = CARBOHYDRATES (grains, starches, beans, and fruits)

Men: two cupped hand-sized portions [~ 40-60 g carbs]
Women: one cupped hand-sized portion [~ 20-30 g carbs]

Step 4 = FATS (oils, butters, nut butters, nuts, and seeds)

Men: two thumb-sized portions [~ 15-25 g fat]
Women: one thumb-sized portion [~ 20-30 g fat]

Worcester Fitness Nutrition
"...pay attention to results."

Calories

Men eating 3-4 meals as outlined would get around 2,300 – 3,000 calories each day.

Women eating 3-4 meals as outlined would get around 1,200 – 1,500 calories each day.

This system is easier than counting calories and nearly as accurate.  Just like with counting, though, pay attention to results and adjust as needed.

Try it out and let me know what you think!