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Thinking about starting a Workout Program?

By Andrea Shliapa

Have you been thinking about starting a workout program?

If you’ve never worked out before, the endless supply of information available on-line and in fitness and lifestyle magazines might make you feel like the only way to good health is either through a quick fix solution or equipment fad.

Or maybe you used to workout all the time. Then life sort of “got in the way” and your schedule barely made eating lunch every day possible. Either way getting started for the first time, or the first time in a long time can be challenging.

Here are five easy ways to introduce a new workout program into your life.

1)   The Basics

Most people are surprised to find out that making minor changes in diet and activity can produce some pretty significant results. Skip the morning bagel and cream cheese and save 390 calories a day. Over one month, you’ll have reduced your caloric intake by 10,920 calories. That converts to over 3 pounds a month!

As far as activity goes when you are starting out, it makes sense to do something easy to schedule. Simple things like taking the stairs, parking in distant parking spaces rather than right up by the door, walking on a treadmill…anything that increases the total amount of time you spend each day moving!

2)   Avoid “All or Nothing” Solutions! Avoid high-intensity, advanced training programs at the beginning. Don’t forget why you are doing this! You want to feel better and be healthier.

The best way to get in better shape is to workout regularly. Jumping into a program because your friend the bodybuilder swears by it will only leave you sore and on the sidelines. Ideally, starting out with a full fitness profile conducted by an Exercise Physiologist is the best way to get things kicked off.

A Personal Trainer will tell you exactly what your fitness levels are when you get started. This will give you the guidance you need to workout safely and effectively.

3)   Balance Nutrition and Activity

Most of the results that you get from working out will be directly associated with the nutritional quality of your diet. Consider meeting with a Nutritional Consultant for a fresh look at what you eat and when you eat.

You’ll be happy to learn that, in most cases, making minor changes to your diet can produce significant improvements in your health and fitness status.

4)   Stay Close

Whatever you decide to do to get yourself more active…don’t plan on doing it too far from home!

Statistics show that the vast majority of active people in America stay active and healthy by participating in health clubs, running clubs, yoga studios, etc. within 4-7 miles of their home.

If you are already involved in an exceedingly busy day, its unlikely that you’ll feel like extending it even more by driving another thirty-minutes to get to the health club or gym. Visit the gyms closest to your home. Better yet, pick one that you go by on you way to and from work!

5)   Stay Positive!

Starting a workout program can be challenging.

You can do this! You do so much for everyone else all day long…make time for yourself and you, and everyone else in your life, will be better for it!

Remember, set achievable goals, be around people that make you smile, and enjoy the process. You’ll be working out safely..and ENJOYING it more!

If you would like to schedule a fitness profile at Worcester Fitness like the one mentioned above, just email me today and I’ll set up an appointment for you!


Worcester Fitness 5K for Planting the Seed Foundation

A Road Race to Benefit Worcester’s Children

In August of 2013, Worcester Fitness held the inaugural Worcester Fitness 5K, which donated all of the net proceeds to Worcester’s 100% volunteer Planting the Seed Foundation.

It was an amazing event and resulted in a donation to Planting the Seed Foundation from the members of Worcester Fitness Nation of nearly $6,000!

This year, we are anticipating an even bigger race day!

Join us on Thursday evening August 14 at Worcester Fitness for our second annual Worcester Fitness 5K! We need your support to make this event as special as last year. Please take a moment to register for the race or even make a small donation.

Joining Worcester Fitness is Worcester’s legendary Beechwood Hotel and Ceres Bistro. Beechwood Hotel has generously agreed to become the races Presenting Sponsor and has made a significant donation to Planting the Seed Foundation.

“Beechwood Hotel is thrilled to begin our new relationship with Worcester Fitness and Planting the Seed Foundation,” said Beechwood Hotel General Manager Mario Cuevas, “We see this as the beginning of an extremely valuable and important partnership.”

Beechwood Hotel

Ceres Bistro

Planting the Seed Foundation is the official non-profit organization of Worcester Fitness Nation!

I want to register! REGISTER HERE

I want to support Planting the Seed Foundation! MAKE A DONATION

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 6:30 PM EDT

440 Grove Street Worcester Massachusetts 01605

Race Course – Worcester Fitness Certified 5K course around Indian Lake, Worcester, MA

• Official WF5K Tech T-Race Shirt (pre-registered participants only)

• Live Music by Worcester’s own, “How Bizzare”

• Awards

• Children’s Events

• Water Station

• Free Downloads of Race Photography

• Post Race Summer Cookout!


andrea shliapa Worcester Fitness

By Andrea Shliapa

Worcester Fitness is famous for a lot of things.

One of the things we are MOST famous for is that we are a great health club that likes to have as much fun as possible, as often as possible

Introducing the MacDonald’s Tavern Summer Run Series!

Beginning June 4th, MacDonald’s Tavern will host a weekly Wednesday night run, once around our certified 5K course (or as Worcester Fitness nation calls it “running Indian Lake”).

The runs will be lead by our own USTAF Coach, and veteran marathon athlete Bob Bourassa. Bob will make sure you are getting the absolute most out of your run!

Then…it’s back to MacDonald’s Tavern to share a drink with your friends, tell running stories and generally enjoy yourself while watching the Red Sox (schedule permitting 😉

The MacDonald’s Tavern Summer Run Series is twelve weeks…with only one week off, July 2, so you’l get used to regularly scheduled runs AND be ready for all the exciting fall Worcester 5k’s!

If you finish a “six-pack” of runs (6 weeks), then you will get an awesome t-shirt that tells other runners on the street that you are proud to be on a “beer run”.

The Details!
Where: Worcester Fitness on Grove Steeet
When: Wednesdays at 6PM

$5.00 for non-members
No charge for members!

So live a little! Run with the other great members of Worcester Fitness nation, share a drink afterwards and enjoy the summer…it goes by fast.

Interested? Sign up using the form below.

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andrea shliapa Worcester FitnessThe IHRSA Passport Program serves as an incredible benefit for Worcester Fitness members who travel!

Here are some great reasons to look in to the Worcester Fitness IHRSA Passport Program:

• Regular guest fees at other clubs are discounted by at least 50%. As a condition of participation, clubs are required to offer Worcester Fitness members at least 50% off their regular guest fee for Worcester Fitness Passport guests.

Using the Worcester Fitness IHRSA Passport Program is as easy as 1-2-3!

The Worcester Fitness IHRSA Passport Program is easy for clubs to implement and even easier for your members to use! They need only follow a few basic steps:

  1. Ask Tim, Andrea or Lynn for a valid Passport I.D. from Worcester Fitness.
  2. Visit healthclubs.com/passport to locate a club in the area where they will be traveling.
  3. Always call ahead to confirm the availability of the facilities, as well as any guest fees that may apply.

When you get to the club that you are visiting, just present your Worcester Fitness Passport I.D., pay the guest fee and you’re in!

If you’d like more information about the Worcester Fitness IHRSA Passport Program contact us today!

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