Tag: fitness

Fitness Scramble Results!

By Janine McCarthy
Contact JANINE with Questions 
 
The first ever Worcester Fitness "Fitness Scramble" is in the books and today we announce the winners!
 
The Scramble team "Pittsburgh Steelers" were the Overall Winners even beating the Worcester Fitness Team of employees who had a huge home field advantage!Each member of the winning team will receive a free smoothie!
 
The Steelers Team was made up of these WF athletes :
 
• Megan Briggs
• David Fields
• Doris Gould
• Jane Raabis
• Jen Roche
• Leslie Quinn
• Tim O'Brien
• Jane Jackson
 
The Scramble's MVP was Jane Raabis who was awarded with an official WFN stainless steel water bottle!
 
Congratulations to EVERYONE who participated! Stay tuned for announcements about our next fitness challenge...

Reimagining Athletic Performance for Young Female Athletes

By Janine McCarthy
Contact Janine with Questions 
 
Worcester Fitness is proud to announce our brand new program especially designed for young female athletes, Girls EmPowered!
 
This athletic development program is designed to develop well-rounded & strong female athletes with an emphasis on core stability, proper movement patterns, balance and strength. Increased confidence during practices, games, and most importantly during non-sport times. Specifically designed for Middle School aged girls (grades 6,7, and 8).
 
The head coach for this program is Worcester Fitness Master Trainer Janine McCarthy. Janine is a lifelong athlete with a passion for leading young women into positions of strength and power on the court, field or diamond and off. She played soccer & track/field at St. Peter-Marian and went on to play soccer & track/field at Lock-Haven University. She is the head coach of the girls varsity soccer team at Notre Dame Academy.
 
"We have a special group of young female athletes who play soccer, field hockey, basketball, softball, dance, and lacrosse. They are here to build up the foundation of what they need to succeed", says Program Director Janine McCarthy, "That's core stability and strength, balance and proper movement patterns. All the while, we are instilling the solid message that they are super strong girls with super confidence and strength!"
 
 
Class Details
 
Mondays
November 13th - December 18th
3:30PM-4:30PM
 
Tuesdays
November 14th - December 19th
3:30PM-4:30PM
 
Program Fee
$50.00 per athlete
Maximum of 20 athletes per session.

Pull an "All-Nighter"

By Andy Sharry
Contact ANDY with Questions 
Worcester Fitness is turned into a Merry scavenger race of Midnight Madness in this fun, unique event to benefit our own special charitable fund called Friends Helping Friends.
 
December 8, 2017
10:00PM - 1:00AM
 
What is Friends Helping Friends?
FhF was started in 2017 by several members of Worcester Fitness as a way to show financial and emotional support to two members battling cancer. Now, the fund needs a boost to continue. Funds raised through this event will help us continue to lend a financial hand to those in our Worcester Fitness Family who need it. Our first act of kindness following this event will be to donate money to Planting the Seed's Toy Drive. Throughout the year, we will donate to additional people and causes within our family. 100% of the money raised will be used directly to help those in need.
Teams of 3 participants will compete in 20+ physical and mental challenges set-up all throughout Worcester Fitness!
 
The challenges won’t be revealed until the teams' check-in! Each team will have 90 minutes to complete each task and be signed-off on by MMM referees stationed around the club.
 
The team that finishes all of the challenges first, OR the team finishing the highest number of challenges in the allotted time will be crowned MMM Champion! There will be prizes for the winning team AND for best team costume/theme!
 
Preliminary Schedule (subject to change):

10pm Teams arrive and register for the event. Teams are given the 20+ obstacles on a clip board

1015pm Merry, Midnight Madness Begins!

1145pm Merry, Midnight Madness Ends!

1145-1am Late Night Merry Midnight Madness Party in the Bar with Food, Drinks and Fun!
 
Signs ups will start on Monday November 13th.
 

Sign up for Merry Midnight Madness

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. 

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!

mom and daughter worcester fitness
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!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Picky Lanigan MS Exercise Specialist

By Roland Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness 

Worcester Fitness is very proud to announce that Personal Trainer Picky Lanigan has recently become a certified Aquatic Exercise specialist for clients with Multiple Sclerosis through the Aquatic Exercise Association and MSAA Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Latest Certification

Picky has been working with clients with serious pre-existing conditions for many years utilizing her experience as a nationally recognized water fitness expert. She has also been certified through the AEA for over 25 years!

MS Exercise Specialist Picky Lanigan
MS symptoms are variable and unpredictable. No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time.

What is MS?

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society "Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.

The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease."

Worcester Fitness Indoor Pool

Aquatic Therapy and MS

Benefits of aquatic exercises*

The unique qualities of water provide exceptional benefits to people with MS. Water helps people with MS move in ways they may not be able to on land. Here is why:

Buoyancy: The feeling of being lighter in the water; of floating.

Provides support for weak limbs.
Movement takes less effort. A greater range of motion can be achieved.
Promotes muscle relaxation.
Viscosity: The sensation that there is resistance to your movements; that you move slower through the water.

The resistance of water can be used to improve muscle strength.Slower movement in water provides an opportunity to work on skills such as balance and coordination which may be harder to do on land.
Hydrostatic pressure: The sensation of compression while the body is in the water. Pressure increases with depth.

Compression can provide support for standing activities, such as walking, with less effort than on land.
Temperature control

Cooler water can help maintain lower core body temperature even during vigorous activity. This is especially helpful for people with heat sensitivity issues.
*Information obtained from National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Congratulations Picky!

Now Picky will be working with Physicians who specialize in treating patients with MS by offering on-site exercise programming right here in the Worcester Fitness pool. Congratulations Picky and thank you for your continued passion for making the lives of your clients better and putting smiles on EVERYONE'S face here at the club EVERY day!

If you have MS or know someone that has MS, please use the contact form below to find out more about how Picky may be able to help you with Aquatic Exercise Therapy at Worcester Fitness.

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

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.

yoga at worcester fitness
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.

Worcester Fitness Yoga Classes
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!

Stairway to Heaven Update

By Roland J. Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness
 
The results are in for the Winter 2017 Worcester Fitness "Stairway to Heaven" Competition!

Congratulations to EVERYONE who participated..we were absolutely thrilled with the number of people involved for this first in a series of fresh new Worcester Fitness Fitness Challenges!
 

Worcester Fitness Stairway to Heaven
Grand Prize winner Jane Rabbis finished with 3,145 flights climbed!

Final Stats

1. Jane R: 3145

2. Megan B: 2420

3. Nickeisha T: 1739

4. Kelley F: 1068

5. Caitlin B: 927

6. Mike S: 780

7. Jane D: 772

8. Picky L: 595

9. Cheryl M: 515

10. Matt D: 356

11. Stephanie B: 315

12. Cynthia M: 287

13. Colleen M: 215

14. Jean C: 167

15. Cherie S: 100

16. Nick 0: 40

17. Jaime D: 36

Worcester Fitness Stairway to Heaven
Second Place Winner Megan Briggs finished up with 2,240 flights climbed!

Holistic Therapy

By Roland J. Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness
 
Worcester Fitness is proud to announce the first event in brand new Wellness Series!

Worcester Fitness presents a three-part series of interactive workshops that have been designed to teach healthy active people how to protect and care for their bodies. The Wellness Series will feature three skilled and qualified professionals and always meet in at the fun and encouraging environment at Worcester Fitness.
 

Holistic Therapy Techniques

​Thursday February 16th
6pm - 8pm
Members-Free!
Non-Members - $5
featuring Jen Caron
Holistic Therapy Techniques​

Caring For Your Body with Holistic Medicine

Jennifer Caron is a Licensed Acupuncturist and founder of Body Therapeutics, an integrated holistic medical center in Worcester. She is also a proud member of the Worcester Fitness Running Team!

She earned her Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture (now part of MCPHS), and is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

 

Eight Years Experience

Jen has spent the last eight years running her holistic practice and furthering her acupuncture education in areas of pain management and women's health. Jen is also a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido, and spent many years teaching meditation and martial arts to children and adults at Zenshinkan Dojo before opening up her practice. She is also the smitten mother of two boys, ages six and four.
 

Worcester Fitness Wellness Series
Holistic medicine refers to therapies that treat the whole person with a conservative, natural approach.

Workshop Summary

Workshop Summary: Holistic medicine refers to therapies that treat the whole person with a conservative, natural approach. The team at Body Therapeutics consists of acupuncturists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, and we also often collaborate with nutritionists, reflexologists, psychotherapists, personal trainers and others.

In this workshop we'll discuss in detail how some of these therapies can help your body achieve more optimal well-being, and you'll have an opportunity to experience acupuncture and group meditation first-hand. We'll also talk about how the integration of these holistic therapies can help you achieve greater results than doing just one in isolation.

 

Let us help you put a bustle in your hedgerow.

By Roland J. Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness
 
The lyrics might be confusing (if not downright meaningless) but Worcester Fitness want's you to be thinking "Stairway to Heaven" for the next couple of weeks, and hit our three StairMills like a rockstar!
 
Here's how it works.

WORCESTER FITNESS LED ZEPP
"It's just a spring clean for the May Queen." Right on.

StepMill Contest

When: Sunday 1/15 through Saturday 1/28. The Stairway to Heaven contest uses the three big stair mills only. The top three members climbing the most flights of stairs in the thirteen day period will win a prize.

There is a binder at the Welcome Desk where members log in their flights at the end of each workout. Worcester Fitness will post results every other day so you can see where you stand in the contest.

Members should take a photo of the display screen and post to Social Media with the HashTag #WorcesterFitness and #StairwayToHeaven. This should be done at least four times in the thirteen days, or every day if possible!

Worcester-Fitness-Stairway-to-Heaven
This album cover would have been MUCH cooler this way.

Why Are We Doing This?

It's fun and competitive.
It exposes existing and new members to one of our best cardio machines.
It creates an opportunity for staff/member engagement.
Trainers and Instructors should challenge their people to enter the contest.
It creates an opportunity for us all to use Social Media to help promote Worcester Fitness by Checking In and using Hashtags.
 
The prizes will showcase our cool sweatshirt, massage and personal training services and our smoothies.