What is FIT Customized Fitness

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: September 30, 2021
What is FIT Customized Fitness

The FIT experience: Fit members seek the best of the best in all that they do, which is why they choose FIT, and all of the amenities it has to offer. With five premium locations in San Diego, FIT has been voted the “best gym” every year. We focus on all pillars of health, to ensure balance in your lifestyle. We believe customized fitness is creating a lifestyle with all pillars of health in mind to create a unique plan made just for you!

Customize Your Workout Plan

By joining FIT, you’re able to customize your workout and wellness plan with our premium amenities, locations, staff, and programs. We work together on a plan to help you properly nourish and move your body and achieve better health. It’s important to customize your fitness as you adapt and reach your goals.

Equipment

Our locations are built to inspire. We strive to make working out a seamless experience for our members. We offer the most effective strength and cardio equipment with a reimagined expansive floor plan- whether you’re hitting the bench press or pushing the limits on the rower.

Challenge yourself with all types of equipment – to fit your unique needs. We have extensive and premium free weights to improve your core and muscle imbalances. With our multiple racks, there’s plenty of room for everyone and there’s no waiting around for your favorite set of weights. Now is the time to target particular zones with endless possibilities.

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In addition, we have unique equipment ranging from plyometrics equipment to sturdy punching bags. Whether you’re letting off steam after work or practicing for an upcoming competition, using a variety of equipment can help train all different types of muscles for optimal performance.

Personal Training

Built with science and delivered with passion, our top-performing trainers will develop a custom program that fits your lifestyle. This plan starts by assessing your current condition; weight, sleep, nutrition and more. From this a Personal Trainer will create a plan that factors in all pillars of health including best stretching, cooling down practices, sleep and nutrion. our FIT Personal Trainer will be focused entirely on helping you assess and achieve your goals. Together, you will accomplish lasting results.

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Unlimited Group Fitness

Curated, diverse group experiences taught by passionate instructors. Experience fitness and community at all five locations. If you’re looking to de-stress from the week in a Vinyasa Flow or crush your workout goals with a kickboxing class, you’re able to improve your skills and learn a new activity you may never have thought possible with unlimited group fitness. A sense of community is felt as you work up a sweat with the San Diego fitness community.

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Inbody Scan

Our FIT Inbody Scan goes beyond the scale. This scan uses body composition analysis to reach your fitness goals through understanding how much of your weight is muscle, fat, or water. We recommend this scan to track your progress healthily and keep an eye on your progress through your fitness journey. The Inbody scan breaks down your muscles throughout your body, what to work on and whether you need to balance out your body’s muscle percentage.

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Nutrition

Nutrition is a huge part of customizing your fitness. FIT offers a wide selection of ready-made nutrient-dense meals, for all dietary needs, conveniently located on your way out of the gym. This buys you time for meal planning and keeps you on track for your fitness goals! Our delicious meals follow a lean protein and maximum flavor plan.

Community

Along with community-driven group fitness classes, we have unique FIT events throughout San Diego. From Golf Tournaments, Outdoor Yoga Classes, exclusive events, and more! You can get more out of our FIT membership with FIT Perx. This unique aspect allows you to access exclusive discounts at local San Diego businesses, ranging from spas to activities.

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How Sleep Affects Your Fitness

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: September 30, 2021
How Sleep Affects Your Fitness

Sleep and fitness go hand-in-hand. When you schedule your workouts, you know that warming up properly and stretching afterward is crucial for you to progress in your fitness. However, what you do outside the gym is just as necessary, such as nutrition, stress levels, and, most importantly, sleep. It is proven that individuals have to sleep to progress in their fitness.

We exercise for our health, to help build muscle and keep our body functioning at its best. Whatever your fitness goal is, sleep is a critical part of how to get there. If you don’t include sleep as a priority, you won’t achieve the fitness goals you’re working towards!

How Sleep Affects Your Body

We all know the feeling of waking up tired, sluggish and knowing that you didn’t get your whole night’s sleep. Studies show that it’s essential for us to receive seven to nine hours of deep sleep each night. When this need is not met, we start to see unwanted side effects such as:

  • Memory Issues
  • Mood Changes
  • Weak Immune System
  • Trouble Focusing + Concentration
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weight Gain
  • Risk of Heart Disease

 

Combating the body’s need for sleep with caffeine can also detriment your body’s natural circadian rhythms when consumed too late in the day. There are many different cycles of sleep that we go through, such as REM sleep. REM sleep, also known as Rapid Eye Movement sleep, is one the most critical parts of a good night’s rest- due to the benefits of our bodies processing information and storing memory accurately. So long story short – skipping out on your zzz’s is more detrimental to your physical and mental wellbeing is short-term and long-term standards.

Does Getting Better Sleep Help My Workout?

The more rested you are, your mind and body function properly – including your hard-hitting workouts. Having a set sleep schedule helps you stay motivated to stick to your health and wellness goals. Getting enough sleep for your body drives more strength at the gym and enables you to focus and concentrate more easily outside of the gym.

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If you aren’t prioritizing your sleep, it is shown that your workouts can seem harder. Although sleep deprivation doesn’t affect your cardiovascular system or muscle strength directly, you will fatigue faster. This makes those intense HIIT Group Fitness classes harder to work out at “max capacity.”

How to Get Quality Sleep

Many factors can interfere with sleep. From stressful events at work to screen time late at night, here are a few tips to meet your seven hours of sleep and stay on track for your fitness schedule!

  • Stick to a schedule– Going to bed and waking up simultaneously puts your body on a schedule; the consistency helps your sleep-wake cycle. If you don’t drift into sleep within 20 minutes, it’s recommended that you go to a different room and try a relaxing activity.
  • Exercise– Exercise and sleep go hand-in-hand. Working out regularly helps the body let off anxious steam and makes it easier to calm down at night. FIT Group Fitness is the best place to start a new activity or workout if you’re starting your fitness journey!
  • Create a calming environment– Making your bedroom a place for relaxation is critical to great sleep. Avoid phones, TVs, and other screen distractions at least 30 minutes before bed to calm your mind and body to prepare for some great sleep.

 

FIT + Your Wellness Journey

Now’s your time to redefine your life with FIT. The FIT experience is not only premium amenities, all-star PT training, or unlimited group fitness- it’s a lifestyle to bring all pillars of health together. Our FIT community is here to encourage everyone to be the best version of themselves!

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Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Workouts

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: September 1, 2021
Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Workouts

Why do we go to the gym and get our regular sweat on?

We go to the gym to get an endorphin boost and enhance our overall well being. Regular exercise has great benefits for the body and mind. However, your body is ever-changing, and it’s easy to plateau in your fitness results or lack motivation. Here are our most effective strategies to get the most out of your training and exercise routine.

Add On the Weight

Having an effective workout routine is a balanced mix of cardio and strength training. Sometimes, we can get carried away with one or the other and not see the results we are working towards. However, strength training is more important than you think. By limiting your workouts to only cardio, you can quickly decrease your metabolism, making weight loss or muscle building more difficult, as well as a plateau within your workouts.

We recommend training consistently with weights that are comfortable with your body. Once comfortable with a weight set, increase the resistance. Doing this will start to build up lean muscle mass to increase metabolic rate. Weight training additionally strengthens your bones and connective tissue. The strength added here will improve your stability will help prevent injury and keep your body strong!

Warmup with a Dynamic Workout

The way you warm up is essential to the way your workout will lead. This is because activating different muscle groups before your training will fire up other parts of your body you want to activate. A dynamic warm-up will do this. A dynamic warm-up is moving while you stretch to utilize a joint’s full range of motion and preparing muscles for more intense training to come. This type of warm-up promotes blood flow, prevents injury and uncomfortable soreness the next day. We recommend practicing this consistently before your workout for your body to adapt to new exercises.

Nutrition

Nutrition is a key player in seeing the results you want out of your workouts. It’s more than picking broccoli over a cookie; it’s choosing the right foods to fuel your body and mind. Start with the proper nutrition before and after your workout. It’s recommended to maximize your workouts before with energy, whether a protein shake or banana. Afterward, studies show to refuel your body with fluids, complex carbohydrates, and protein. In fact, According to the Mayo Clinic, about 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories should come from carbohydrates.

Keep in mind that a nutritious diet for a 45-year-old man is different from a 25-year-old woman’s. Every person’s body has different nutritional needs, but the baseline is the same. A balanced diet helps maintain blood glucose, concentration during exercise, maximize exercise performance, and improve recovery time.

Try a New Workout

Not only will switching up your workout routine help fight “getting bored” in a workout, but it will activate different muscle groups and joints, ultimately preventing injury and building strength and endurance in a new way.

Many people gravitate to cardio to cut weight or reduce fat, and while cardio is a great workout, it’s not the most effective long-term. Finding a balance between cardio and strength training is key. Here are some of our favorite types of exercises to switch up your training and get the most out of your workouts!

  • Cardio Intervals- A mix of steady cardio with higher intensity cardio.
  • Compound Exercises- A multi-joint movement pattern with various exercises, performed with precision and form.
  • HIIT- Combine short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise.

Interested in learning more about fitness and your workout routine? Schedule a training session with a FIT Personal Trainer, available at all locations.

Reduce Stress

If you find yourself under intense stress and pressure, this may cause your workout to plateau. Stress on the body causes it to produce more of the hormone cortisol, which promotes body fat and makes it harder to lose weight. Having stress is normal, but intense stress does have adverse side effects. Fighting off stress, working out, getting enough sleep, and slowing down as best you can are great ways to fight this.

One of our favorite ways to fight stress is de-compressing in a FIT sauna or steam room. Learn about the benefits of incorporating a sauna into your routine here!

Fitness Made For You

Ready to get the most out of your workouts? Schedule an INBody Scan! The INBody Scan measures and analyzes your body fat percentage, skeletal muscle mass, and body water percentages. This information is vital in implementing wellness plans that are catered specially to your body and can do your workouts that much more effective and efficient.

FIT is not only voted San Diego’s ‘#1 The People’s Gym’, but a lifestyle. The FIT experience includes premium personal training, group fitness, workout facilities, social events, and more. So now’s the time to reach your fitness goals. Sign up for your FIT membership today!

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Benefits of Sound Healing

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: August 26, 2021
Benefits of Sound Healing

Breathe in, breathe out. Let the harmonic sounds surround your senses, and your body falls into a deep relaxation state.

Sound can have incredible healing and therapeutic qualities. Sound healing is used in many cultures around the world to treat both physical and mental conditions. At Fit, we offer immersive sound healing classes for our members to experience this unique modality.

What is Sound Healing?

Growing in popularity, sound healing is a technique used to alleviate stress-related conditions. Some conditions can include anxiety, depression, abnormal heartbeat, and high blood pressure.

We live in an environment that is impacted by vibration and exposed to unnatural vibrations and “disharmonies” every day. This can be anywhere from the emergency sirens on the street, air conditioners in our homes, construction noises while at work, or cell phones ringing constantly. All of these aspects affect the stress levels of our bodies.

Sound healing is composed of different principles. One of the main ones being that being exposed to harmonious and clear sounds can bring our atoms, molecules, cells, glands, and organs in a ‘new frequency.’ Our bodies all have a natural resonant frequency that can easily be out of tune. This process of replacing disharmonious frequencies with a steady one stimulates the sympathetic vibration into the body, to relieve stress-like conditions.

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The Benefits of Sound Healing

Societies worldwide have practiced sound healing through healing ceremonies, singing, dancing, and more. Sound healing is done through instruments, like a sound bowl or even a human voice. The sound vibrations help facilitate shifts in the body through rhythm and frequency. The change in the body from ordinary waking consciousness to a relaxed consciousness provided intense stress relief on the body to release and move into a deep state of relaxation.

A recent study found that meditation aided by Tibetan bowls showed to decrease symptoms of stress and anger, with focus on those who were new to the practice. Another study found that those with fibromyalgia showed signs of decreased pain from the low-frequency stimulated by the bowls. Studies are continuing to grow about the benefits of this practice as well.

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What Does a Sound Healing Class Look Like?

Although every sound healing class may differ slightly, the goal of relaxation and de-stressing is most common. Many classes begin with a guided breathing exercise. This process allows the body to shift the focus to hearing soothing sounds. For a class such as sound bath and vibrational therapy, participants typically are seated or lying down comfortably. Bowls are placed around the body and head for complete sound immersion.

In addition, some classes are more active, involving Vinyasa Yoga or Tai Chi. Finally, some one-on-one sessions are more focused on certain parts of the body that need help to relax. Sessions for all types of sound healing classes can last anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours.

How to Try Sound Therapy

At Fit, we offer a wide variety of group fitness classes. Experience the benefits of sound healing with our sound healing classes and crystal bowl special events.

Our upcoming Crystal Bowl Sound Immersion class on September 12th at East Village is now available. This sound practice will utilize seven crystal bowls, which are attuned to the seven primary chakras located along the spine. This tradition teaches that the “mind” is not simply contained within the confines of the brain and skull, but the “mind” is contained within the entire physical body. The chakras are energy centers that provide a road map to our holding patterns of predictable and mappable thoughts and feelings and emotions. Stuck energy in the form of negative, painful, or problematic emotions can lead to tension, tightness, and pain patterns throughout the body. This practice is designed to process through and resolve these holding patterns by moving energy. To pay and reserve your spot email rachel@fitathletic.com.

Use the power of your breath and try out this unique opportunity! Stay updated with Fit special events on our Instagram and newsletter.

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FIT PT: How a Personal Trainer Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: August 11, 2021
FIT PT: How a Personal Trainer Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

There’s nothing better than that endorphin rush after a great workout. However, sometimes you find yourself in a fitness plateau and need extra support to achieve your fitness goals. In general, working out has many benefits, and people of all ages can benefit from it! Working out to get more toned, support weight loss, find mental relief, or learn more about fitness, working with a personal trainer can help you be accountable and achieve your goals. Here are our favorite reasons for hiring a Fit personal trainer for your fitness journey!

Bored With Your Old Workouts

If you’ve been working out for a while, you may find yourself bored with the old routine of your workouts. A personal trainer can be an excellent choice for you to help with workout burnout, weight loss plateaus, or an injury.

Working alongside a personal trainer can bring a fresh perspective. They can work with you to improve your program that may need adjusting to make your workout more enjoyable and challenging. They can give you a much-needed push to achieve your goals. They are also knowledgeable about new activities and equipment to show you a new workout!

Try asking your trainer about circuit training, Tabata training, or different methods like supersets to challenge your body and mind.

Crush Your Goals

As your body gets older or used to the same workouts, you might find yourself on a fitness plateau. If you’re looking to change your body or increase muscle mass, a personal trainer can help you achieve this. No matter your fitness level, a personal trainer helps you reach your goals. They understand how to activate specific muscles and for how long to train areas that are most needed.

Learning More About Fitness

Even if you are knowledgeable about different types of workouts and enjoy exercising by yourself, hiring a trainer on a bi-weekly basis can benefit you! They can assist you in proper form or new kinds of workouts to build stamina and endurance.

Our trainers at Fit have specialized training in different expertise. They can help with targeted exercises to help with a specific aspect of your workout. For example, you might love working out independently but would like assistance with weight training to activate the right muscles without injuring yourself.

Our trainers can also teach you about muscles and how they work. Learning about this is essential if you want to work out independently at home or the gym.

Fit Personal Training

Fit Personal Training is powered by positive energy and driven by member results. Working with a trainer one-on-one creates an atmosphere of accountability between you and your trainer. Our trainers are experts at pushing you to your limit so you can reach goals you never thought possible.

If you’re looking for expertise-based personal training in San Diego, Fit Athletic is a great choice. Our team comprises experienced trainers who are fully committed to helping you reach your goals and strengthen your health through customized exercise and personalized advice.

 

What to Expect on Your First Training Session

After the initial consultation and paperwork, your Fit trainer will get you sweating! Essential exercising you can expect include lunges, squats, or kettlebell swings, adjusting accordingly to your fitness level. Your trainer will take this time to have you perform a few initial fitness assessments to help you track your progress for the future and create long-term goals with you.

The frequency of your training sessions largely depends on your specific goals. For example, if your goal is to gain muscle and lose fat, we recommend attending personal training three times a week. Don’t worry if you are not sure how often you should train- your Fit Athletic trainer can discuss everyday habits and goals to help you determine the best place for you. In addition, our inclusive gym is a safe and healthy place where you’ll love to de-stress and boost your overall wellness. Sign up today!

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Benefits of Swimming for Excercise

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: July 12, 2021
Benefits of Swimming for Excercise

Swimming is not only a popular sport but a great way to stay active, healthy and have fun! It’s a healthy, low-impact activity that’s beneficial for all ages. An hour of swimming can be just as helpful as running and easier on the bones and joints.

Health Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is an exercise that activates the whole body! As you move through the water, you’re able to build endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular resistance- without stressing the body. This is a great all-around workout also to maintain a healthy weight, heart, and lungs. With almost all of your muscles being activated during swimming, this workout is beneficial for everyone.

Types of Strokes in Swimming

By using different types of strokes during your swimming workout, you can focus on other muscle groups. Some basic strokes you can use include:

  • Breaststroke: This stroke is executed by starting in a prone position with a coordinating kick. The legs are brought forward with the knees together; feet are turned out with a backward sweeping motion of the arms.
  • Backstroke: Start on your back and alternatively lift your arms out of the water in a backward motion, followed by legs extended and kicking.
  • Sidestroke: This stroke is similar to breaststroke—however, you alternate sides with this stroke.
  • Butterfly: Perform this stroke on the chest, with both arms moving symmetrically accompanied with a butterfly kick.

However, no matter what stroke you choose, the water resistance will still push your body for a full-body workout.

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Additional Health Benefits of Swimming

Going for a swim has tremendous physical benefits, but it also has mental and preventative benefits. Scheduling in a few laps can be a great way to unwind and is a great way to find peace and alleviate stress. The resistance against the water trains the body to improve coordination, balance, posture, and flexibility. It’s also a type of exercise that’s low impact, meaning no hard pressure on joints, which can provide great intense impact therapy for injuries. Finally, swimming is accessible in many places! This exercise is a great way to cool down on a hot day, from swimming pools to beaches.

Safe For Everyone

Swimming is an exercise that can be safe for everyone. People who have arthritis, asthma, or other physical injuries can benefit and improve their health. In addition, swimming is a great aerobic workout for women who are pregnant and children. Remember to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise programs with your related condition or are pregnant.

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Swimming at Fit Athletic Club

Try your next swimming workout at Fit! All of our locations have premium amenities and water access for you to practice your swimming strokes. With our Little Italy and East Village locations, you can experience an elevated pool with cabanas for lounging in aftward. Fit Solana Beach has beach access for members to share ocean swimming. In addition, Fit Carmel Mountain and Mission Beach include an Olympic-sized swimming pool for swimming exercises, swimming lessons, and pool parties for kids!

Swimming is easy to incorporate into your workout routine at Fit. Sign up for your membership here to experience the benefits of swimmings!

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Five Benefits of Sauna

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: July 7, 2021
Five Benefits of Sauna

There’s a unique relaxing element to sitting in a sauna to unwind from the day or a workout! A sauna is a heated room between 158 and 212 degrees. This heated room is a great way to release toxins and a type of therapy that has been used for centuries. With over a million saunas in the United States alone, people gravitate towards this therapy for relaxation, cardiovascular health, and overall wellness for many reasons!

 

Relaxation

Traditionally, people use saunas to unwind, reflect and promote relaxation. The way your body relaxes in the sauna is due to increased heart rate, making the blood vessels dilate, ultimately increasing blood flow to the skin—improving skin circulation overall.

While experiencing the increased heat, your body’s response is to– sweat! Within this, the sympathetic nervous system becomes more active to regulate body temperature. This experience can make you less perceptive to pain and more alert. In addition, the heat physically relaxes the muscles, which creates an elation of relaxation after a long day or intense training session.

Relaxation is one of the most popular benefits of using a sauna. When you relax your body physically, a relaxed mindset will soon follow. A mental relaxation tip could be to try practicing meditation or intentional breathing exercises.

 

Pain Relief

Pain relief is another benefit to why people incorporate saunas into their daily routine. When entering the sauna, pain relief occurs when your blood vessels relax and dilate in a sauna, blood flow increases. This therapeutic process help alleviates tension in the joints and relieves sore muscles. In addition, the blood flow can help ease the pain with arthritis and chronic pain.

 

Aids Weight Loss

Although long-term weight loss stems from burning more calories and increasing exercise– many people find that saunas help with weight loss. Losing weight directly in the sauna is more due to water weight; however, the heat in the sauna boosts metabolism, and essentials burn more calories than sitting stationary at room temperature.

 

Skin Clearing Benefits

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Spending time in the sauna can have skin-clearing benefits. The heat from the room makes skin sweat and opens pores. The water in the air can then help bacteria in the skin wash away. If your skin is sensitive due to hormones or medications, saunas might not be suitable for you.

 

Reduces Blood Pressure

Having high blood pressure creates strain on the heart and can increase heart attack or stroke. Often, medical professionals will prescribe patients who have high blood pressure to use saunas to improve the function and mobility of blood vessels. However, it’s always important to talk to your doctor for treatments with your medical treatments.

 

Using Saunas at Fit

At Fit, we are leading the way for an all-encompassing gym experience for over 13 years. Our gyms include premium amenities such as saunas and steams steam rooms! You can experience the excellent benefits of a sauna at the convenience of your Fit location.

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Mindful Meditation Benefits

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: June 28, 2021
Mindful Meditation Benefits

Breathe in, breathe out. Meditation and breathwork are simple practices with great benefits. Both are great to practice mindfulness, as well as promote long-term wellness. Here are the best ways to incorporate these practices into your lifestyle to relay mindfulness every day.

 

About Meditation with Breathwork

Meditation and breathwork work seamlessly together. Mediation is a technique used for mindfulness, where breathwork helps by calming the body down physically. Together, you can use these elements to elevate your daily wellness routine.

 

Meditation

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Mediation is commonly known as a set of techniques to raise awareness and attention. Some people think of mediation by thinking about one object in particular to focus the mind. But meditation is much larger than a singular act; it’s about focusing your thoughts on living in the present moment and remaining grounded. Meditation can be used to make revelations of the heart through the mind.

 

It’s important to note that meditation has been practiced and valued in cultures worldwide for centuries. Many religions have traditions of using meditative exercises. While this is how mediation started- the technique has grown to many different types of practices.

 

Many people start to meditate by focusing on breathing as their “anchor” and letting the mind wander to let it clear and feel present ultimately. Meditation is more directed to feeling, healing, and manifesting.

 

Breathwork as a Type of Mediation 

 

Breathwork is the process of incorporating breathing techniques to change your breathing pattern intentionally. People practice breathwork for many different reasons– from improving your emotional state to lowering the body’s stress. In general, meditation breathwork refers to various breathing techniques, exercises, and programs to focus on the awareness of breathing for a certain amount of time.

 

There are plenty of different types of breathwork exercises ranging from gentle guided practices to trauma-healing exercises. Many people experience breathwork practices in a yoga class or right before bed to clear their minds.

 

The Benefits

 

Emotional 

Practicing meditation can have mental and physical benefits. It can provide peace and balance that boosts your overall wellness. Performing meditation throughout the week can help you manage emotional conditions, translating to physical benefits by being less stressed!

 

Specifically, the emotional benefits of meditation can include:

 

  • Increased patience and tolerance
  • Stress management
  • Increasing creativity
  • Building self-awareness
  • Anxiety relief
  • Reducing trauma

 

Physical 

Meditation is helpful for physical benefits as well, significantly if you are greatly affected by stress. More research is being performed as we learn more about the benefits of meditation; however, recent studies have shown that meditation can help manage the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sleep problems
  • Tension headaches

 

Ways to MeditateWays to Practice Meditation Every Day

Meditation is a creative practice, with no “right” way to try it. Don’t let this stop you from incorporating this into your daily lifestyle. What matters is that you make it work for you!

 

  • Breathwork: Try focusing all your attention on breathing deep and slow, counting your breaths, and holding breaths. This practice is a great way to slow your heart rate down and find immediate de-stress relief!
  • Walking: If you find more peace by moving- try walking! This can be a meditative practice by focusing on your breath, the movement of your body and not focusing on the destination you are going to. This can be a great way to re-connect and ground yourself.
  • Mantra: Whether your mantra is spiritual or a personal saying, try repeating it over as you relax or walk outside.
  • Take a class: At Fit, we offer various mindfulness classes from sound bowl healing, yoga, and meditation. With our highly educated instructors, you’re able to experience the benefits of meditation at your favorite gym.

 

Meditation at Fit

 

At Fit Athletic, we focus on the wellness of the whole body. Each of our locations encompasses premium amenities to help you achieve your goals physically and mentally. Our Group Fitness yoga classes are available for guided meditations at every location, and our new sound bowl healing class available at the East Village location.

 

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‘Your Brain on Fit’ Mental Health Campaign

By: Natalie Borton | On: May 11, 2021
‘Your Brain on Fit’ Mental Health Campaign

Fitness is more than the body– it’s the connection between mind, body, and soul. It’s essential to prioritize our mental health, which is why our ‘Your Brain on Fit’ campaign is set to raise awareness and highlight Mental Health Awareness month. We want to take a step towards prioritizing mental health not only this month but into our lifestyles for the long run.

Fit Athletic Club and Wellness

Fit Athletic Club is not only a luxury fitness club, we aim to inspire healthy and inspired living. As we know, this past year faced many challenges. Our lives were transformed in more ways than we expected and mental health was pushed to the forefront. It’s important to prioritize a healthy mind– studies show it drives monumental factors in life including maintaining good relationships, productivity, being physically healthy, coping with stress, and more.

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At Fit Athletic Club, we create an inclusive community that prioritizes inspired living and taking time to address mental health.

Simple Mental Health Improvements

From preventive stress management to scheduling workouts that you can look forward to, will instantly help you heal and improve your mental health. Try these simple steps to improve your wellbeing throughout the week:

Simple Mental Health

  • Schedule workouts that bring you joy– If you’re forcing yourself to complete workouts that don’t agree with your body, it contradicts the great mental benefits of exercise. Exercise boosts endorphins in your brain to stimulate happiness– you know, that “afterglow” effect after a workout that you love! If you’re unsure of what the best workout routine is right for you, we recommend scheduling a time with our Fit Personal Trainers to talk through and create an exercise plan that works for you.

 

  • Find your communityStudies show that being a part of a supportive community creates a better quality of life, including improved physical health factors! With this in mind, 2020 highlighted the importance of social relationships and community. Whether it’s an online community or surrounding yourself with like-minded people, a support system that encourages you to grow is essential. At Fit, we are a family of people who believe in full-body wellness and encourage each other on our health journies. One easy way to partake in our fitness community is our Group Fitness classes, with a wide variety of classes to choose from.

 

  • Stress management– Take time for relaxing activities that ground you. These calming actions physically make your body reduce muscle tension, blood pressure and slow your breathing to handle stress. Stretching, yoga, meditation, and saunas are easy ways to implement this into a daily routine. In fact, saunas are shown to help fight off depression, fatigue, anxiety, and appetite loss. All five of our Fit locations include premium saunas that are currently open.

Developing Long-Term Health and Wellness

Developing these simple strategies to improve mental health can result in long-lasting wellness. The goal for these tips and campaign is to create small improvements in our life to find long-term balance through wellness.

A large emphasis within the campaign is the importance of setting long-term goals that apply to you. For example, don’t just set a goal to “prioritize working out”, make it a priority to find movement every day that agrees with your body. Feel intuitive about how you want to eat and work out throughout the day to enjoy your wellness journey, as well as maintaining your hard-earned progress (instead of short-term diets).

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Your Brain on Fit

Mental and physical health are linked. If one is off balance, the other can’t work as well. When both are in good health, you feel a stronger feeling of who you are that translates to all aspects of life.

At Fit Athletic Club, our goal is to achieve a balance between the two. Our gym and high-end amenities are here to help you keep your physical and mental health in check. Check out our saunas, Group Fitness, Certified Personal Trainers and get involved with our fitness community- we are here to promote your mental health long-term wellbeing!

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Five Ways To Restore Your Mind + Body

By: Natalie Borton | On: April 28, 2021
Five Ways To Restore Your Mind + Body

Restoring your mind and body is just as important as the hard work you put in throughout the week. Taking the time to find the balance between rest and work will help you from burnout or fatigue, and even maximize your productivity.

Focus on Sleep

Sleep is one of the most restorative activities you can do for your mind and body. A great night’s sleep for an adult includes seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep. Our internal “body clock”, known as your circadian rhythm, controls a 24-hour cycle of your body and lets you know when to fall asleep and when to be alert. When your circadian rhythm goes “off track” it’s harder to see the great benefits of sleep.

Having a proper night’s sleep is essential for brain function and metabolism regulation as well! Without it, there’s a higher risk for certain diseases and medical conditions. Try the following to help develop an established sleep schedule.

  • Develop a schedule: sticking to a reasonable schedule for when to wind down before bed and when to wake up is ideal for your body.
  • Make your bed a stress-free environment: contract a comfortable sleep environment to de-stress your mind to fall into a deep sleep. The quality of your sleep can also be affected by light, so make sure to sleep in a dark room to reach all stages of your REM (deep sleep) cycle.
  • Exercise: Exercising regularly will help the body release stress hormones and allow you to get burn out all extra energy that can keep you up at night.

Practice Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises are a great way to ground your mind and body. Often found in yoga teachings, the practice of Pranayama breathing teaches you to consciously breathe in awareness. This deep breathing affects you by activating your parasympathetic nervous system, which slows down your heart rate and blood pressure, making the body feel calm. Our bodies are faced with everyday stress, which puts us in a fight-or-flight response, which leads to the release of stress hormones that make our body feel contracted and anxious. Breathing deep helps reverse this process and relax the body.

Try these exercises to help you breathe deep:

    • A full breath cycle: use muscles from not only your diaphragm but your neck and chest, to engage your abdominal muscles and get the maximum amount of oxygen to your body.
    • Box breathing: this intentional breathing exercise is used specifically to calm to fight or flight response in the body. Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, breathe out for four, and hold for four.
  • Meditation: this ancient practice focuses on the breath to intentionally calm the mind and bring awareness to the body.

Sweat It Out

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Exercising and sweating have many restorative benefits for the body. Exercising regulates mood and healthy immunity. In conjunction, sweating stimulates the lymphatic system, which removes heavy metals, chemicals, and bacteria from your body.

Make sure you’re doing the right workouts for your body–  a FIT personal trainer can help you! Together you can create a custom plan to achieve your health and wellness goals that can help you develop a workout routine. Hop into the sauna room after to help with sweat-boosting lymphatic drainage!

 

Dial-In Nutrition

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Incorporating proper nutrition into your lifestyle helps the body restore muscle and transmit the nutrients it needs. Some of the nutrients you should always include is the following:

  • Protein: You can get protein from animal and plant-based foods. Protein provides the building blocks of the body, and not just for muscle. Every cell, from bone to skin to hair, contains protein. Protein is used primarily for growth, health, and body maintenance.
  • Carbohydrates: The carbohydrates you want to include should be grains, beans, and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Loading up on whole-based carbohydrates will protect the body against disease and help function the brain and central nervous system.
  • Healthy Fats: Fats help the body absorb minerals it needs to function, muscle movement, and building cells.
  • Vitamins: Your body needs a variety of micronutrients to function properly, about 13 essential vitamins are needed including Vitamin A, C, B6, and D.
  • Water: H20 may be something we don’t always think about when factoring in our nutritional needs– however, water is crucial for anything to function properly in your body– about 62 percent of your body weight is water. It helps function the brain and mood, flushes out toxins, and carries nutrients throughout the body.

 

Stretch

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Restore your body properly with stretching, and it’s one of the simplest ways to reset your muscles. Stretching is for everyone– especially for people who sit and stand all day or athletes. Practicing stretching helps resolve tension in the body, and create better circulation to carry nutrients to tissues. Stretching also is a great way to calm the mind to reset thoughts throughout the day.

With the launch of our new Group Fitness classes, you’ll have the opportunity to join group classes that include restorative yoga. This is a great way to fit stretching into your daily routine or busy schedule.

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Fit is here to help you achieve balance and restoration for your mind and body. From our Group Fitness classes, personal training, and other luxury amenities, you can use these practices to implement rest throughout your week.

 

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(Almost) Back to Fit! How to Prep Your Body for a Post-Pandemic Return to the Gym

By: Natalie Borton | On: March 16, 2021
(Almost) Back to Fit! How to Prep Your Body for a Post-Pandemic Return to the Gym

No matter what your favorite way to sweat is, we know how important it is to keep up a consistent workout routine to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Hopefully, you have been keeping up a good exercise regime using one of our virtual training programs while our Fit clubs are temporarily closed. However, we understand that you enjoy working out at the gym for a plethora of reasons like the equipment, environment, personal training, classes, and culture to name a few. It is challenging to stay motivated when you are thrown off of your routine. So, don’t feel bad if you’ve taken a step back without having access to your usual amenities. We miss seeing your shining faces in person as much as you miss having access to the facilities, and we can’t wait to get you back to Fit! We are taking this time to prepare for a sweet and safe post-pandemic reunion with our beloved Fit Family!

As the vaccine rollout is happening, now is the time to get your body ready to return back to Fit and a little sense of normalcy. We are eagerly awaiting the news of when we can open our doors again. Don’t worry, you will be the first to know when we get the go-ahead! In the meantime, here are 4 tips on how to safely prep your body for a post-pandemic return to the gym.

  • Take it slow – If you try to jump right back into movements you haven’t done in months, that’s a sure-fire way to hurt yourself. Could you imagine reuniting with the gym only to injure yourself the first week back?? What a nightmare that would be!! Oftentimes, fitness injuries are avoidable with some patience, preparation, and diligence. Try practicing some endurance exercises at home, and remember to be intentional about your form. This will not only increase your muscle endurance and burn calories, but it will also strengthen your mind-body connection.

    Some tried and true muscular endurance exercises you can do at home are plank, body-weight squats, walking lunges, push-ups, tricep dips, and calf raises. If you can perfect your form at home, you will be ready to dominate at the gym, safely, in no time. Be gentle, listen to your body, and ease yourself back into a good routine. Your body will thank you later!

  • Focus on stretching + flexibility – Don’t get it twisted, mobility exercises pack a punch! Exercises centered around stretching and flexibility can give you a solid workout, they’re easy to do at home, and they help get you some improved range of motion.

    A nice basic, beginner stretching routine you can do at home is quad stretch, swan stretch, triceps stretch, bend stretch, neck flexion, side reach, and hamstring stretch. Check out this blog post for detailed instructions on how to perform each of those stretches at home. This routine will prepare your body to perform at a high level when you get back to the gym, and it will decrease your risk of injury.

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    Add in some cardio – Again, think about things you can do in your living room/neighborhood. You may not have a treadmill, but our low-impact HIIT virtual training programs are designed to be user-friendly and performed anywhere and everywhere! It might not be the same as working out in the gym, but you will be drenched in sweat after one of these cardio-focused classes.

    If you have a safe place to jog outdoors, that is another good way to build your cardio endurance back up. Even a brisk 45-minute daily walk can make all the difference when it comes to staying in cardio shape and improving immune function!

  • Warm your body up – No matter what exercises you’re doing or where you’re doing them, please please please do not skip out on the warm-up! Warming up your body is a vital part of exercising safely. Budget 5-10 minutes before your workout to get your blood pumping and prepare your body to work.

    Some movements you can do are skipping rope, jump squats, jumping jacks, light jogging, and dynamic stretching. Not to sound like a broken record, but be mindful of your movements during this time. The warm-up is not only an important part of getting your body ready for your workout, but it also jump starts your mind-body connection. This will prevent injuries and have many mental health benefits such as improved memory function, decreased anxiety + depression, and increased energy levels.

We’re Getting Ready to Welcome You Back

While you are getting your body ready to head back to the gym, Fit is getting ready to welcome you back to our clubs with the amenities you’ve been missing during our temporary closure. We miss you all so much and are taking necessary precautions to ensure that our facilities are clean, safe, and ready to kick your butt once it is deemed safe to return! In the meantime, you can take advantage of our Virtual Training to help stay on top of your fitness goals and prep your body for the sweet post-pandemic return to the gym!

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Personal Training 101: The Ins and Outs of Having a Personal Trainer

By: Fontayne Sisson | On: January 29, 2021
Personal Training 101: The Ins and Outs of Having a Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are the expert consultants of the fitness world. They’ve thoroughly studied different training approaches, worked with hundreds of clients, and tested countless diets to determine what works best.

Needless to say, getting personal training in San Diego is a tried-and-true way to take your workouts to the next level, regardless of whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or prepare for an athletic competition.

But how do personal trainers do this? What exactly happens when you hire one and show up for your first training session? How will your personal trainer ensure you achieve your desired fitness results? Keep reading to find out!

What should I expect from a personal trainer?

Most people in the US live busy lives that leave them with very little free time and energy, especially during workdays. This makes it difficult for them to keep up with a strict training regimen (2-4 workouts per week), especially if they’ve never exercised regularly in the past.

A good personal trainer is fully aware of this fact, and knows exactly how to motivate a client and keep them accountable without being too pushy or making them feel bad about themselves. They do this by getting to know you as a person and creating a personalized training plan that fits your goals.

Here’s how a typical first personal training session goes:

  • Your trainer will first deal with the paperwork and understand what you’re like and what your goals are.
  • They’ll want to know about any health conditions or injuries you might’ve that may affect which exercises you can do.
  • Finally, they’ll try to get a better sense for your current fitness level by having you perform basic exercises such as squats, lunges, and kettlebell swings.

What does a good personal trainer do?

Like all serious professionals, quality personal trainers strive to make sure their clients are satisfied and that their needs are met. They will not only guide your workouts, but also provide you with a comprehensive diet plan that realistically fits your lifestyle.

Some of the things personal trainers do include:

  • Examining your goals. A fitness expert can help you determine if your goals are achievable in your desired time frame or even possible to begin with.
  • Assessing your current regimen. They will first determine if your current program is optimal and look for ways to further tweak or change it to make it more effective for you.
  • Teaching you. They will show you the right exercises and explain how to do them properly. Furthermore, they will dispel common fitness misconceptions that may be holding you back.
  • Keeping you motivated. Your personal trainer wants you to succeed, and will do all they can to keep you on the right track. They also won’t let you slack off during training, thus ensuring much better results in the long run.
  • Preventing injury. By closely watching you as you train, a personal trainer can immediately correct bad form. This will not only stop you from injuring yourself, but also make your workouts more effective.

What does a good personal trainer doWhere can I book first-rate personal training in San Diego?

Here at Fit Athletic, we know that the environment you train in is just as important for your motivation and success as the specific exercises you perform. That’s why we’ve created the very finest gyms in San Diego that have everything you need to stay in shape.

We’re especially proud of our facility in the East Village area of Downtown San Diego. In addition to top-quality training equipment, outdoor cardio deck, and various fitness and yoga classes, this gym also features a rooftop hot tub and pool, as well as a tanning and massage service. Get in touch with us today!

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Top 3 Reasons Why Hiring a Personal Trainer is a Great Idea

By: Fontayne Sisson | On: January 29, 2021
Top 3 Reasons Why Hiring a Personal Trainer is a Great Idea

Whether you’re just starting out with an exercise program, or you’re not getting your desired results with your current routine, hiring a personal training professional in San Diego may be just the thing you need to get the most out of your workouts.

But why is this so? What are the 3 main advantages personal trainers provide that you can’t get on your own? How useful is a personal trainer if you’re trying to build muscle? Read on to learn the answers to these questions!

Is it worth it to hire a personal trainer?

And how! In fact, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that working out with a personal trainer is the single most efficient way to push your fitness level forward.

Here are the 3 biggest reasons why:

1. Expertise and experience

Personal trainers know exactly how to help you personalize your training in a way that maximizes your desired results while keeping you motivated and preventing you from getting injured. This is the kind of expertise that you simply can’t get on your own unless you yourself are an experienced trainer.

2. Motivation and accountability

A personal trainer has a vested interest in making sure you complete your workouts and get results, so they’ll do everything in their power to keep you motivated and accountable. What’s more, the fact you invested in a trainer is a great motivating factor in itself. After all, you don’t want to slack off and feel like you’ve thrown away your hard-earned money.

3. Another set of eyes is invaluable

Maintaining good form should always be a priority while working out. Performing the exercises correctly ensures that you target the right muscle groups and keeps you from putting an unhealthy strain on your joints.

By hiring a personal trainer, you’ll always have an expert on your side who will watch you as you train and correct any mistakes in form as you make them. This is something you can never fully do on your own, not even when standing in front of a mirror or watching a video.

Do I need a personal trainer to build muscle?

There used to be a time when people thought that simply lifting weights was all they had to do to gain muscle. Aside from being generally ineffective, this oversimplified approach often led to injuries, loss of motivation, and a lot of wasted time and money. Our understanding of fitness has gone a long way since those days.

Now we know that, in order to stay safe and achieve optimal muscle gains, you need to know which exercise plans are right for you, which types of equipment to use, which approach actually brings the results you want, and which diet works for your fitness goal.

Not only is figuring all this out on your own a daunting task, but it’s also extremely hard to keep up with a strict muscle-building regimen for years on end unless you’re already a lifelong athlete. Having a personal trainer greatly alleviates these problems as the trainer is able to figure all this stuff out for you and also keep you motivated over the long haul.

Do I need a personal trainer to build muscleWhere can I get the most effective personal training in San Diego?

Not even the best fitness regimen in the world will help you get the results you want if you don’t have the access to proper equipment and enough space to exercise. Luckily for you, Fit Athletic maintains top-of-the-line facilities at multiple locations in San Diego.

High-end workout equipment, an outdoor turf cross-training area, a salt water pool, a hot tub, and yoga, group fitness, and indoor cycling classes, are just some of the many premium amenities you’ll find in our Little Italy gym. Visit us today!

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3 Tips for Beginner Workout at Home

By: Fontayne Sisson | On: December 30, 2020
3 Tips for Beginner Workout at Home

Getting into the world of fitness and home workouts isn’t easy, especially if it’s been a while since you last exercised. Having the right mindset and hiring a reliable San Diego, CA, virtual trainer can help a lot, but it still takes some time to get used to your new schedule. 

In an effort to help you stay active during the COVID-19 lockdown, we have prepared a list of 3 tried-and-true fitness tips that will make your workouts more effective even if you’re a total newcomer to the world of fitness. Read on to learn more. 

How can a beginner start working out at home?

First off, you’ll need some equipment. Don’t worry, it’s nothing fancy! Just get some comfortable clothes (sweatpants, t-shirt, and sports bra) and a pair of running shoes (make sure they’re clean so you don’t mess up your floor). Depending on the type of training you do, you may also need a yoga mat. 

Here are the top 3 tips to follow if you’re looking to start exercising at home:

1. Set concrete and realistic goals

Get a piece of paper and write down your goals in a way that’s clear, easy to track, and not impossible to achieve. For example, “lose weight” is way too vague, while “lose 100 pounds by doing 3 hours of cardio every day” is unrealistic and probably dangerous for your health. 

A great beginner weight loss goal would be: “lose 15 pounds by doing 20 minutes of cardio a day and eliminating processed sugars and refined grains for a month”. This tells you exactly what you need to do and allows you to clearly track your progress by checking your weight. 

2. Make sure the workout fits in your schedule

The realities of modern life mean that free time can be in short supply even when you’re working remotely. That’s why it’s important to create a general daily schedule that leaves enough time for physical activity. Failing to do so will reduce the quality of your training and constantly give you excuses to postpone or avoid it. 

3. Work out with a professional

It’s no coincidence that most actors, models, athletes, and other people who place great value on their physical health and looks use personal trainers. Simply put, having an expert to guide you and keep you motivated during your training is the single most effective way to exercise.

The good news is, modern virtual workout programs are highly affordable, effective, and no less convenient than in-person training. Enlisting in one is the single best way to kickstart your home workout regime and make sure you stick with it.

When is a home workout not enough?

If you’re a beginner, the answer is: NEVER. The only times home workouts aren’t as effective as going to the gym is if you’re a bodybuilder looking to compete at Mr.Olympia, a professional swimmer training for the next Olympics, or a similar high-powered athlete.

In these and similar cases, you’re simply going to need a lot more equipment and space than you probably have in your home. If you really are training at this level, it’s best that you consult with your personal coach or manager on how to train during coronavirus

San Diego, CA, virtual trainerWhere can I find a dependable San Diego, CA, virtual trainer?

Are you looking to enlist in a state-of-the-art virtual training program? If so, look no further than Fit Athletic. As the leading fitness club in San Diego, we provide top-notch virtual training services that include access to seasoned personal trainers, as well as on-site training at multiple locations.

For instance, our Carmel Mountain gym includes high-end workout equipment, an olympic-size swimming pool, indoor cycling, yoga, and group fitness classes, and more. Get in touch with us today!

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Home Workouts 101: How Long Does It Take to Actually See Results?

By: Fontayne Sisson | On: December 30, 2020
Home Workouts 101: How Long Does It Take to Actually See Results?

Most people in California are result-oriented, and you really can’t blame them for it. Between holding a full-time job, commuting to and from the said job, taking care of their family, and having a social life, they’re already busy enough as it is and don’t want to waste their valuable free time on something that’s unlikely to give them the outcome they want.

While this approach can work well in many areas of life, it’s often used as an excuse to avoid staying active during the COVID-19 lockdown. This can be a serious problem, as leading a sedentary lifestyle for months on end is far less healthy than exercising at home even a little

It’s also unnecessary, as people are more than capable of having an effective workout at home, especially if they hire a San Diego virtual trainer to help them out. Keep reading to learn more about how to make the most of your home workouts

Can you get the same results working out at home?

It all depends on what your goals are and how you go about obtaining them. If you’re looking to lose weight, build strength, improve your looks, maintain good cardiovascular health, stay more active as you get older, and target a specific muscle group (eg., you want to straighten your core muscles to relieve back pain), then the answer is a resounding YES. 

The vast majority of all the benefits you can get from working out, you can also get at home with practically no equipment. For the best results, you should enlist in a tried-and-true virtual training plan that gives you access to experienced personal trainers. 

Other benefits of working out at home include:

  • It’s cheap. All you need is a pair of running shoes, some comfy clothes, and maybe a yoga mat.
  • It’s safe, especially if you have an experienced virtual trainer to guide you.
  • It’s more natural. You’ll mostly be training with your own body weight rather than with heavy exercise machinery that restricts your movements and does a lot of the work for you.
  • It saves you time. You won’t have to travel to and from the gym.
  • No one’s looking. Exercising in the privacy of your home means you won’t have to worry about strangers watching you or interfering with your training. 

How long does it take to see results from working out at home?

Unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all answer to this question doesn’t exist, as it all depends on your personal situation and goals. For example, an individual who wants to lose 50 pounds or more will naturally take a longer time to do it than someone who’s only looking to shed a few pounds in order to get their “beach body”. 

Either way, you should never be focusing on short-term results when working out. Your goal should always be to improve your health and energy levels over the long run. Constantly keeping track of time can only cause you to become demotivated. 

How long does it take to see results from working out at homeWhere can I find a second-to-none San Diego virtual trainer?

Here at Fit Athletic, we can proudly say we offer the best virtual training program in San Diego. By signing up for Fit Virtual Training, you’ll be getting access to a state-of-the-art virtual training app that includes the complete range of cardio, mobility, and strength workouts as well as access to top-notch personal trainers. 

If training on-site is more to your liking, our Mission Beach gym boasts cutting-edge workout equipment, an indoor pool with a retractable roof, group fitness and yoga classes, a sauna and steam rooms, and more. Visit us today! 

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3 Workout Motivation Tips That Actually Work

By: Fontayne Sisson | On: November 30, 2020
3 Workout Motivation Tips That Actually Work

As any successful athlete will tell you, the right mindset is by far the most important thing when it comes to staying fit and achieving your goals. Not even the best sports equipment and virtual training in San Diego, CA, can get you where you want to be if you see every workout as an obstacle or a chore. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re lifting weights in the gym or doing cardio in your living room, nor does it matter if you’re an experienced athlete or a newbie to the world of fitness. The only thing that matters is being able to motivate yourself to put in an effective workout. 

Keep reading to learn how to do just that! 

Why is motivation important in exercise?

Like working or cleaning your home, exercising tends to be tiring, repetitive, and time-consuming. However, you aren’t going to become homeless or live in a pigsty if you miss a few workouts. As a result, most people don’t feel an innate need to exercise despite knowing how important it is for their long-term health. 

That’s why being able to motivate yourself to get up and hit the treadmill is so vital: if you can’t convince yourself to get more physical activity, nothing else will. Luckily, once you get in the habit of working out 3-4 times a week, finding the motivation gets much easier. 

How can I motivate myself to workout at home?

The first thing you need to do is figure out what exactly you wish to achieve. Then you should set some goals and maybe even some milestones. Make sure these goals are specific, attainable, time-bound, and objectively measurable. 

Once you have that, you can use these 3 tips to keep yourself motivated: 

Tip #1: Swap the carrot for the stick

Let’s say your goal is to shed those 15 extra pounds you’ve put on since the coronavirus lockdown began. First, you need to understand that you didn’t gain those 15 pounds in 15 days, so you probably won’t be able to lose them so quickly either. 

Staying healthy is a marathon rather than a sprint. Be patient and use older photos (back when you were leaner) for positive reinforcement. 

Tip #2: Don’t settle for less than you can achieve

The body positivity movement has made great strides in helping people who are disabled or suffering from certain health conditions develop a more positive self-image. Unfortunately, it’s also often used as an excuse to avoid exercise and encourage unhealthy lifestyles. 

If you’re feeling dissatisfied with your body, you should grab that dissatisfaction and let it drive you to get the results you want. Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t try to get leaner or put on muscle because you’re “beautiful just the way you are”. Getting more fit is a dream anyone can achieve. 

Tip #3: Make everything official

Write a detailed fitness plan and hang it somewhere where it’ll be highly visible. Let your friends and family know what you’re doing and what your goals are. By formalizing your training like this and making it public, you’ll feel a greater need to stick it out and avoid being called a quitter.

How do I book a first-rate virtual training in San Diego, CA?

How can I motivate myself to workout at homeMany people find it difficult to find the motivation to work out at home. Here at Fit Athletic, we can solve that problem by providing you with the top virtual training program in San Diego County

By enlisting in this program, you’ll be getting full access to our virtual training app that contains an extensive selection of at-home cardio, mobility, and strength workouts. In addition to that, you’ll also be working one-on-one with a professional trainer. Sign up today!

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4 Tips for Working Out at Home

By: Fontayne Sisson | On: November 30, 2020
4 Tips for Working Out at Home

With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, it’s safe to say that most Americans will be spending the next few months indoors. In order to stay healthy and avoid putting on too many extra pounds, we all need to find ways to exercise without leaving our homes

For some people, this means hiring a virtual trainer in San Diego. For others, it means adapting their usual training regimen to fit the current situation. However you decide to go about it, you can use the 4 tips in this article to get the most out of your home workouts. Read on! 

How can I improve my fitness at home?

For a workout to be effective, it needs to take you out of your comfort zone. While you shouldn’t be sore and exhausted after every workout, not getting sore or exhausted at all is a sign that you’re not pushing yourself enough and are just “going through the motions”. 

Here are 4 tried-and-true tips for improving your home workouts:

1. Hire a virtual trainer

There’s a reason why most actors, singers, models, show hosts, and other famous people have personal trainers: it’s by far the best way to get results. A professional trainer will not only provide you with a fitness regimen that perfectly meets your needs and abilities, they will also keep you motivated and prevent you from getting injured while working out. 

And best of all? You don’t even have to go to the gym to stay active while social distancing. Simply join a reputable health club that offers virtual training services and get all the exercise your body needs from the comfort of your living room. 

2. Make exercise a regular part of your day

Working out every day (or every other day) can feel like a shock if you’re not used to it. A great way to make exercising easier is to do it during the hours when your energy levels are at their highest. 

For example, if you’re an early riser, you may want to exercise in the hours before lunch. On the other hand, if you’re a night owl who feels sluggish hours after waking up, you should get your workouts done later, such as in the late afternoon or early evening.

3. Get some space

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a huge (or even small) home gym to be able to exercise indoors. Just free up a few square feet in your living room so that you can squat, kick, jump, lunge, and jog in place without slamming into anything. 

4. Get some fitness essentials

A few old t-shirts, a couple pairs of sweatpants or yoga pants, and a pair of running shoes are all you need in terms of clothes. If sweat gets in your eyes while you train, buy a cheap sweatband set (two wristbands and a headband), or a pair of fitness gloves with integrated sweatbands. 

Unless you’re really into bodybuilding or powerlifting, the only additional equipment you need for an effective beginner workout are a yoga mat, resistance bands, and maybe a few weights. 

Where can I find a professional virtual trainer in San Diego?

professional virtual trainer in San DiegoWhile the lockdown is a great opportunity to enjoy your hobbies and spend more time with your loved ones, it also has the drawback of pushing you toward a sedentary lifestyle. At Fit Athletic, we’d like to help you stay healthy by making you a part of the top fitness club in San Diego

Give us a call today if you’d like to learn more about our virtual training program, or come visit us at one of our state-of-the-art gyms. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Exercising During Lockdown: How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Workout

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: November 3, 2020
Exercising During Lockdown: How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Workout

It’s an unfortunate fact that the COVID-19 outbreak is still a serious issue in many parts of the world. Since we have no idea when a vaccine will become available, we have no choice but to hope that face masks, social distancing, and self-imposed quarantine will protect us from this dangerous disease.

If there’s a silver lining to this whole situation, it’s that at least now we all have enough time to exercise in the comfort of our homes. In fact, working out in your house can be more beneficial than doing so outside, especially if you have one-on-one access to seasoned trainers.

But how do you plan a home workout? What’s a good cardio routine if you’re a beginner? Do you need to purchase expensive equipment, or are San Diego virtual training workouts enough? Keep reading to learn more!

How do you plan a workout at home?

The answer to this question varies widely from person to person. Your specific circumstances and what you’re hoping to achieve will determine how often you train, what you eat, and what your average workout looks like.

Ask yourself the following questions:

What is my goal?

Are you a professional athlete, or are you simply trying to stay healthy and possibly get a little leaner in the process? Is your goal to become “jacked”, build up your strength, or lose a lot of weight?

Do I have any underlying health conditions?

Are you suffering from any health issues that may interfere with your training? For example, you’ll probably want to refrain from doing deadlifts if you have a bad back. On the other hand, people with bad backs may want to adjust their workouts to include exercises that strengthen their core and reduce the strain on their back.

How much am I willing to spend?

While workout equipment generally offers good value for the money, the upfront costs can quickly exceed most budgets, especially if you’re buying a treadmill or an exercise bike. If you’re looking for a cost-effective option, your best bet is to join a virtual training program.

Am I allergic to any foods?

A proper diet is a crucial part of any workout regime. Being allergic or otherwise intolerant to some foods may limit what you can achieve with your workouts. For instance, you likely won’t be able to get enough protein to build huge bodybuilder muscles if you’re allergic to meat.

What is a good everyday workout routine?

Your health, age, available equipment, and which results you’re going for are just some of the things you should consider when planning your home workout. If you’re not sure how to proceed, it’s best to reach out to a reputable health club and get advice from a personal trainer.

Here’s a 15-20 minute cardio workout for beginners:

  • Jumping jacks: 2 minutes
  • Side lunges: 10 sets
  • Squats: 1 minute
  • Jumping rope: 1 minute
  • Jump squats: 15 reps
  • March in place: 1 minute
  • Walking lunges: 10 sets
  • Squats: 1 minute
  • Jump rope: 1 minute
  • Jump squats: 15 reps
  • Jump rope: 1 minute
  • Step up: 2 minutes
  • March in place: 2 minutes
  • Push ups: 20 reps
  • Tricep dips: 30 reps

Who provides the most effective San Diego virtual training workouts?

How do you plan a workout at home?Whether you’re looking for a first-rate virtual training program, or you want to join the top health club in San Diego, you can’t go wrong by giving Fit Athletic a call. A rooftop pool, high-end workout equipment, and group fitness classes are just some of the many great things you can find in our East Village gym. Contact us today!

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Top 3 Ways to Stay Fit at Home

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: November 3, 2020
Top 3 Ways to Stay Fit at Home

To say that the COVID-19 crisis has disrupted our society would be a massive understatement. With no vaccine on the horizon, and no way to tell when the pandemic will subside, we’re forced to reorganize our lives and find new ways to do things we once took for granted.

Which brings us to the topic of this article: how do you stay fit without leaving your house? After all, going to a sports court or a public pool is out of question, while hiring a personal trainer or building an extensive home gym is too costly for most people.

The solution: harness the power of the internet! You can get some much-needed exercise by following a San Diego virtual training program that’s specifically designed to cater to your fitness needs. Read on!

How can I keep myself fit at home?

Believe it or not, working out at home often yields better results in the long term. This is because most Americans can’t find the time to go to a gym on a regular basis, or may be prevented from doing so by unfavorable weather or other complications.

Exercising in your living room saves you time and gives you full control over your workout. Since consistency is key when it comes to staying fit, and since individuals who get in the habit of exercising at home are more likely to adopt a fitness lifestyle, this dramatically reduces the chance of them slacking off or quitting early on.

Here are the top 3 most effective ways to stay healthy at home:

Everything is an opportunity to exercise

Whenever you have to lift something that’s even a little heavy (eg., a milk carton), instead of placing it straight into the fridge, lift it up and down a few times, or maybe even do half a dozen bicep curls with it.

Other ways to incorporate exercise into everyday activities include:

  • Doing chores such as vacuuming or mopping counts as a physical activity, so why not speed it up and burn even more calories?
  • Pace around the house while talking on the phone instead of sitting down.
  • If you sit for prolonged periods of time, you should take 5-10 minute fitness breaks after every hour or so. Do some push ups or crunches during this time, or just walk around the room.

Watch your diet

Being at home all day can get boring, and boredom can cause you to drink or eat more than you should. In order to avoid putting on extra weight, consider making a diet plan and keeping an in-depth food diary for everything you eat.

Enlist in a virtual training program

Unless you’re a fitness freak or a pro athlete, you likely find it hard to stay motivated and keep yourself accountable while working out. The good news is, you don’t have to do everything on your own!

There are state-of-the-art virtual training programs that are specifically designed to help you set realistic goals, keep track of your progress, and provide you with ready access to experienced trainers.

Where can I get top-quality San Diego virtual training?

How can I keep myself fit at home?Whether you’re a lifelong athlete looking to continue your training regime during the epidemic, or you’re a newcomer to the world of fitness, don’t hesitate to give Fit Athletic a call.

Our San Diego gym is equipped with all the amenities you could possibly wish for, including cutting-edge workout equipment, a sauna, steam rooms, a hot tub, a rooftop pool, and even an outdoor cardio deck with a view of the Petco Park. Reach out to us today!

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What to Expect From Virtual Training

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: September 29, 2020
What to Expect From Virtual Training

Knowing what to expect from virtual training is just as important as being familiar with the staples of virtual training. Being thoroughly aware of the ins and outs of virtual training will help you when trying to stay fit in your home, as well as assist you in creating a home workout routine more easily

Although virtual training is relatively new, it has been gaining popularity during the last couple of months as an excellent exercising method that does not require you to leave your home in order to do it. There are also many other benefits to it, but let’s first see how you should actually approach your virtual training workouts in San Diego.

How do you conduct virtual fitness training?

Virtual training can be conducted in several different ways, but there are two most common ways of doing personal training that offer different types of training for different needs of people. Depending on how much time you have, and what you’re hoping to achieve, you can select a virtual training program for you.

  1. App – On the one hand, you can use a virtual training app for shorter, ten-to-thirty minute exercising sessions on the go. An app is a great option because:
  • You can open the app and start exercising whenever and wherever you want.
  • You can track your progress via a virtual training app.
  • You can choose your workout routine from a variety of different exercising programs.
  • You can keep your body in shape even when you have little time to do so.
  1. Eye-to-eye – But online. You can choose to schedule a session with a personal trainer and exercise for an hour in a virtual environment. This form of virtual training brings:
  • Personal trainer’s experience and knowledge.
  • Ability to completely personalize the workout session to suit your needs.
  • Accountability of knowing you’re working out alongside a personal trainer and that you have to give it your all.

What are the best online workout programs?

The best online workout program is the one that suits your needs, that fits in your time schedule, and that you feel good after doing. However, in order to find a fitness program for you, you need to have options within your virtual training app.

The best workout programs should be separated depending on what you’re hoping to achieve through exercising. The virtual training app of your choice should be able to give you the choice of three different workout programs, as well as the exercises included within those programs:

  1. Longevity – Designed for building mobility and functional strength at home. This is a well-rounded circuit training program which includes:
  • Functional strength workouts
  • Lower body workouts
  • Upper body workouts
  • Mobility workouts
  1. Fat loss – The purpose of this program is to help individuals lose weight. It consists of:
  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts
  • Circuit training
  • Upper and lower body strength workouts
  1. Bodybuilding – This program intends to build and define your muscles and provide well-rounded circuit-training by including:
  • Full-body workouts for functional strength, core strength, as well as upper and lower body strength

Only when you’ve got plenty of options within your virtual training app can you hope to find a workout program that suits you. 

What are the best online workout programsWho has the finest virtual training workout programs in San Diego?

Working out during the pandemic can be very difficult to pull off. Maybe you’re not yet ready to visit your local gym, or maybe you’re struggling trying to find the drive to exercise. Whatever it may be, we completely understand, which is why, at Fit, we’ve developed the perfect virtual training experience for you – Fit Virtual Training. 

We have several different programs for you to choose. Some of the exercising routines last for 10 to 30 minutes, while working out with a personal trainer in a virtual environment lasts for an hour. We know just how difficult it might be for you to work out, which is why we’ve taken the time and put the effort into creating a comprehensive online exercising platform. 

You can access Fit Virtual on your mobile device as well as on PC, whichever options suits you better. So, if you’re short on time to Los Peñasquitos Canyon Trail, visit our website and give our virtual training a try. You won’t regret it. 

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Training

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: September 29, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Training

When there are little traditional exercising options available to you, it’s easy to quickly lose motivation. However, have you considered giving virtual training a try? If you don’t know what to expect from virtual training, know that it is one of the best methods to stay fit at home, and that a well-made virtual training platform can help you easily plan a home workout session

Virtual training is, in practice, a lot better than people think it is. It’s more than just a surrogate training routine for when you can’t do “real” training. It is an exceptional exercising method in its own right, and you should definitely consider trying out virtual training from your home in San Diego. 

What are the benefits of virtual training?

There’s a lot more to virtual training than just a substitute for regular training. When you choose a virtual training program that was expertly designed by experienced and qualified trainers, you can expect to reap the following three big benefits, or the three C’s:

  • Comfort: You get to perform very effective workout sessions alongside a personal trainer, but in the comfort of your own home. 
  • Convenience: The online nature of virtual training means that you can choose to exercise anywhere and at any time.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Virtual training offers plenty of options to choose from, which means you can find one that fits your budget as well as your needs. Some gyms even offer complimentary virtual training packages for members of their gym.

It is these three advantages that separate virtual training from regular training. This type of workout allows you to completely tailor the exercising routine to your needs, while not losing any of the effectiveness of regular training.

Is virtual training effective?

When the virtual training program is expertly designed by a team of certified and experienced personal trainers, you really shouldn’t worry about how effective it is going to be. These expertly-crafted virtual training routines will ensure you see the gains of your labor.

Plus, the innate flexibility that working out in a virtual environment offers means that it helps increase adherence. This will, in turn, helps individuals stick to their workout schedule better and allows them to develop a lasting exercising routine more quickly. 

How long should a virtual training session last?

A quality virtual workout session should not last a lot shorter than a regular training session would. Ideally, you should workout with a personal trainer in a virtual environment for one hour to ensure you get maximum results. 

Although virtual training routines significantly vary in their duration, you should stick to the one-hour rule when trying to determine the duration of your exercising session. Shorter workouts can be effective, but an hour-long session will see you advance fastest.

Is virtual training effectiveWho offers the best virtual training experience in San Diego?

Keeping fit during these trying times can seem extremely difficult. It’s hard to find the motivation, and it’s really hard to keep at it. At Fit, we know all about it, which is why we’ve worked long and hard trying to develop the ideal virtual training platform for you to enjoy when alternatives are slim.

Our Fit Virtual Training offers different workout programs, so you’ll have no trouble selecting the best one for your needs. We’ve planned all workouts to be completely doable at home, and they last for t10 to 30 minutes, and enable maximum gains. Our virtual sessions with a personal trainer last for an hour.

We think this program is ideal for those days when you simply can’t visit the local gym, or you don’t have the time for long hikes at the Mission Trails Regional Park. Visit our website and see what we offer. We know you’ll like it. 

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All You Need to Know About Yoga Stretches & Home Fitness

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: August 31, 2020
All You Need to Know About Yoga Stretches & Home Fitness

When you’re stuck at home, as we all are nowadays, keeping at it and continuing to practice yoga and maintaining your fitness can get challenging. Even mellow everyday stretches can become a chore. Netflix and chill, right?

But, seeing how there’s a lot more to yoga than just the regular stretching positions, maybe it’s time to reconsider your habits and try to plan a different yoga routine? You can always call on the help of qualified yoga instructors in Mission Beach, San DIego, CA. Until then, see how you can incorporate some novelty into your daily stretch yoga routine at home. 

What are some good yoga stretches?

With so many yoga positions to choose from, you’re right to wonder which the best ones are. However, all yoga poses have their merits, and they’re equally good for their intended purposes. However, there are those yoga positions that are more common than others, and that are intended especially for stretching.

  1. Downward Dog – Perhaps the most common yoga position, it is excellent for stretching as it opens up your calves, hamstrings, and shoulders. It also strengthens your upper back in the process.
  2. Child’s Pose – This position falls under restorative yoga, and it’s great for opening your shoulders. Also, you can incorporate it into your routine to rest in between the more demanding positions.
  3. Triangle Pose – The Triangle helps you stretch your hips, chest, spine, shoulders, and hamstrings, all the while strengthening your quads, ankles, and knees.
  4. High Lunge / Warrior I – This position is a quick way to strong legs and flexible hips. Being a lunge position it’s great for stretching leg muscles.
  5. Warrior II – This pose increases your stamina, improves flexibility of legs and arms, and greatly stretches your leg muscles, as well as your arms.
  6. Warrior III – The most demanding of all the Warrior positions, the third installment is perfect for stretching your glutes, legs, and ankles.
  7. Mountain Pose – Although it seems as though you’re just standing, this position allows you to gently stretch your shoulders and arms while improving your posture and allowing you to rest between poses.
  8. Cat/Cow Pose – This is an incredible position for warming up your spine without placing too much stress on it. It’s also great for releasing stress.
  9. Bridge Pose – Another amazing way to open up your shoulders and your chest, Bridge places some further emphasis on your glutes.
  10. Seated Forward Bend – Finally, this position is great for your spine and your hamstrings. Do it slowly at first, so as not to overdo it.

What are the best yoga stretches to do every day at home?

Now that you’re more familiar with some of the good yoga stretches, let’s see what some of the best yoga stretches to do at home are. Although some of these may be a bit difficult in the beginning, persevere and reap the benefits. 

  1. Easy Pose – The name says it all, as this position is really easy to do. However, that does not diminish its effect, as it stretches your hips completely and helps straighten your back.
  2. Chair Pose – This pose focuses on your legs, as well as your ankles and halves. It’s great for giving your legs a proper stretch. 
  3. Tree Pose – This position is a bit more difficult, but it improves your posture and stability while stretching your hips, legs, and arms. 
  4. Boat Pose – Boat primarily targets your core and improves your posture. However, it still stretches both your arm and leg muscles easily and elegantly.
  5. Crow Pose – Another demanding position, but one that is well worth all the effort. It will stretch and work your abdomen, forearms, and wrists, and help you massively improve your balance.
  6. King Dancer Pose – A yoga position that was made for stretching your legs and your shoulders while doing wonders for your balance. 
  7. Pigeon Pose – This position is amazing when you want to increase the mobility of your hip, but it’s also great for stretching your hamstrings and arm muscles. 

Is there a yoga pro in Mission Beach, San Diego, CA to help me with my home yoga practice?What are the best yoga stretches to do every day at home

The COVID-19 pandemic is making it virtually impossible to frequent gyms and practice yoga there. Even Coronado Island is suffering due to the current state of affairs. That is why we at Fit have decided to temporarily close our locations. We care about your wellbeing, and this is our way of showing it.

 

 

However, if you’d like to continue exercising at home, yoga is a great way to do so. There are videos you can find on our YouTube channel to help you get started. Also, feel free to contact us and we’ll give you all the advice we can. Fit is here for you even when times are hard. Call us. 

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A Guide to Planning a Home Yoga Stretch Routine

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: August 31, 2020
A Guide to Planning a Home Yoga Stretch Routine

The times being as they are, working out has become a bit more difficult. However, doing some yoga at home is a great way to keep exercising and stay fit. But still, be careful not to overdo it with stretching, as there are various types of yoga stretches that can still be a bit difficult to do correctly.

Don’t get discouraged. Just because you’re home, you can still do some awesome stretch yoga to keep yourself active, among other types of yoga. You still need to come up with a plan though, so here’s some help with it. And remember – if you need any advice, feel free to contact experienced yoga pros in Mission Beach, San Diego. 

How do you plan a yoga sequence at home?

Practicing yoga at home can be a lot different to doing some yoga at a premium gym. When you’re at a gym, you just go, change, and follow the direction of your yoga instructor. However, when you want to do some home yoga, you have to do some planning. 

Now, organizing a yoga session at home is nothing difficult, but you still have to follow through a series of steps to ensure your home yoga sessions are as good as they can be.

  1. Grab some gear – While it is true that the only thing truly essential for doing yoga is your body, it’s best to get some gear for your at-home sessions. This is the gear you’re going to be needing, and probably little else besides it:
    • Yoga mat – Choose a 3-5mm thick one.
    • Two yoga blocks – A 4-inch thick blocks are a good choice.
    • Yoga strap or a belt – Not essential for beginners.
    • A cushion for meditation – Just choose a comfortable one.
  1. Choose the right space – As yoga has as much to do with meditation as it does with stretching, the choice of space to practice it in is very important. The perfect yoga space would be a quiet room with no clutter and a relaxing view.
  2. Schedule the time – One of the upsides of doing yoga at home is that you do not have to stick to a schedule. You can practice yoga whenever you feel like it. However, even when you’re home, you still need to develop a rough schedule in order to develop a habit. Also, don’t cut your sessions short, but follow them through to the end.
  3. Find what works for you – There are many yoga apps, podcasts, and video tutorials to help you do better yoga at your own home. However, not all of the programs might be suitable for you. Find the flow that feels good, and do it. Also, check the website of the gym you used to go to before the pandemic. Maybe they’ve put up video instructions of their own.
  4. Start off slowly – Or, if you’d like to get it going with a beginner-friendly yoga sequence, you can try going through the following poses. Do it once on your right side, then switch to your left side, and go through all these positions once again.
    • Cat-Cow
    • Downward Facing Dog into Down Dog Split
    • Low Lunge
    • Warrior I
    • Warrior II
    • Peaceful Warrior
    • Plank into Chaturanga
    • Upward Facing Dog
    • Downward Facing Dog

This is quite enough to start you off easy, while also providing an excellent workout. If you ever feel you need to crank it up a notch, consult some video tutorials.

Should you stretch before or after yoga?

If you’re doing a variant of yoga that is slow and mellow, you don’t really need to stretch all that much before it. However, it’s still always best to prepare your body for what’s to come. Also, it is wise to stretch a bit after yoga too, as yoga poses can make your muscles a bit tight. The best combination is the following:

  • Dynamic stretches: Doing dynamic stretches before a workout session, be it yoga or anything else, is good for preparing your joints and muscles for some exercising. Take five to ten minutes for some pre-yoga dynamic stretching.
  • Static stretches: Nevermind the type of yoga you’re doing – static stretches after a session will elongate and loosen up your muscles, prevent injury, and make you feel even better.

How do you start and end a yoga session at home?

When it comes to starting and ending a yoga sequence, there are no set rules on how to do it. However, there are some pointers that will help you fall into a routine faster, and make the entire home yoga experience a lot more enjoyable.

  1. Starting the session – Here’s what you can to do start your session off:
    • Create sufficient space around you to begin.
    • Arrange the mat and the rest of the equipment.
    • Plan your session out.
    • Do some dynamic stretches.
    • Watch out for the 3 Ps:
      • Pain
      • Pinching
      • Pushing
    • Follow where your body is taking you.
  1. Ending the session – When it comes to ending the session, there are four different ways that are equally great to end your session on:
    • Do some static stretches.
    • Do some restorative yoga positions to relax your body.
    • End your session with Pranayama.
    • End your practice with some meditation. 

Who in Mission Beach, San Diego can help me plan my home yoga routine?Should you stretch before or after yoga

If the times were not such, we would welcome you into our family of yogis and tell you to come to our place. However, at Fit, we care about the health of clients, which is why we’ve decided to temporarily close all our locations.

This doesn’t mean we’re not able to help you. You can check out our YouTube channel and watch some instructional videos, or you can contact us and we’ll see about helping you out. We know it’s challenging, everything is. Not even the visits to San Diego Zoo Safari Park are not as they used to be. But we continue giving it our all. Call us, we’ll help you anyway we can.

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Is There More to Yoga than Stretching?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: July 30, 2020
Is There More to Yoga than Stretching?

What exactly is yoga about? Is yoga all about stretching, or is there more to it than that? Yes, you can definitely stretch through yoga, and there are many yoga stretches you can do to reap many benefits, as long as you stretch safely and slowly

But, yoga’s definitely not just about that. There are many aspects of yoga that are less frequently discussed, but just as important. If you go to yoga classes in Mission Beach, San Diego, you’ll do more than just stretch. Let’s see what that “more” actually is. 

What is stretch yoga?

You know how there are various yoga styles that many yogis around the world do on a daily basis? Well, stretch yoga is not an official style of yoga, per se, but rather a “New World” invention designed to gather either reluctant yogis, or people who are looking for something really gentle.

So yes, one aspect of stretch yoga is that it’s very gentle. So gentle, in fact, that even the San Diego Institute for Public Health could recommend it. However, there’s another aspect of stretch yoga that is so obvious, but, also, that needs to be discussed.

And that’s stretching. Yeah, we’ve already said it’s obvious. Stretch yoga is designed specifically for gently stretching all of the most frequently used muscle groups of your body. It’s great for absolute beginners, senior citizens, or anybody else who’s looking for a gentle stretch.

But, what makes this type of yoga? Well, the trick with stretch yoga is that it takes you through a series of poses that have stretching in mind. This means that you’ll actually be doing mellow stretches through a series of easy yoga positions. Sounds good, right?

Is yoga all about stretching?

No, yoga is about much more than stretching. While stretching, as we think about it, does make up for a big part of yoga, there’s so much more to it that comparing yoga to stretching could be considered without tact. 

Now, we could go on and on about just how different from stretching yoga actually is, but we’re not going to. Instead, we’re going to present you with a couple of the most important differences between yoga and stretching, and see what you think of it.Is yoga all about stretching

  1. Positions – The positions you do when practicing yoga are a lot more complicated than basic stretches. In fact, some of the positions take years to master and do them properly. 
  2. Breathing – A big part of yoga is also focused, slow breathing. In fact, some say that breathing is the most important part of yoga. 
  3. Muscles – While yoga does involve a lot of stretching, many of the yoga poses are such that they actively work your muscles, helping them become stronger and leaner. 
  4. Meditation – Yes, yoga does come with some meditative benefits as well. Yoga helps you clear your mind, focus your thoughts, and cleanse your worries. 
  5. Instruction – Finally, while you can do stretches pretty much alone, doing serious yoga requires the help of certified and experienced instructors.

So, as you can see, although the foundation of yoga is, to an extent, stretching, there are so many other elements to yoga that make it completely unique and definitely worth trying out. 

“I’m eager to try doing yoga at classes in Mission Beach, San Diego!”

So, yoga’s starting to sound pretty good to you, right? Yeah, it should, it’s great! However, it’s only great if you have the best people showing you how to do it. That is where we come into play. Fit is the finest place for yoga in Mission Beach.

We’ve got the best instructors, the most modern facilities, and the most mellow atmosphere perfect for practicing yoga. However, the time being as they are, it’s starting to become stressful to visit Belmont Park, let alone attend yoga classes. However, if you contact us, we’re sure we can work something out. Call us today!

 

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Tips for Safe Stretching in Yoga

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: July 30, 2020
Tips for Safe Stretching in Yoga

Stretching safely with yoga or with any other stretching routine is paramount. Safety should always be a top priority. Although there’s a lot more to yoga than just stretching, it’s great for that as well.

However, if you plan to do yoga primarily for stretching, there are two things you should do before going to Mission Beach yoga classes – thoroughly plan your yoga routine, and inquire about some good yoga stretches you can do. But, first, let’s see about safety, shall we?

What are the three of the key points to safe stretching?

When it comes to keeping your stretching routine as safe as possible, there are several ways to go about it. In particular, there are three key elements that can make every stretching session as safe as possible. We’re sure that even the California Department of Public Health would agree with us. 

  1. Be warm, not cold – Avoid stretching when your muscles are not all warmed up. Stretching cold muscles can lead to you experiencing pain during the stretches, and it can also cause injury. A 10-minute walk, or a short jog beforehand should do the trick.
  2. Don’t stretch through the pain – Performing static stretches does mean that you will start feeling some tension in your muscles while doing it. However, that doesn’t mean you should experience pain in the process. Mild discomfort is fine, but if there’s pain, stop.
  3. Balance – Finally, stretching properly and safely is about balance as well. Don’t just work the same muscle groups with every stretching position. Use different stretches that engage different muscle groups, so as not to overwork a single group.

Is it OK to stretch every day?

If you stretch safely, stretching every day is definitely OK, sometimes even more than OK. Stretches can only be detrimental to your physical health if you’re doing something wrong. If not, then you’re good to go, even on a daily basis.

Just keep in mind what we’ve already said, and everything should be fine. You should always warm up before stretching, you should be mindful of the potential pain you might be experiencing, and you should implement a balanced stretching routine. 

However, you might have a problem with fitting daily stretches into your already busy schedule. Well, in that case, think about this – you can try stretching in the morning, before going to work, or in the evening, before getting into the bed. Also, you might want to try signing up for yoga classes at a local gym, just to develop a healthy habit a bit more quickly.

Can you do too much stretching?

Is it OK to stretch every day?It depends on what you mean by “too much stretching”. On the one hand, as we’ve said, stretching every day is completely fine if you’re doing it correctly and safely. In that respect, our answer would be no, you cannot do too much stretching.

However, there can be too much stretching for your body either if you’re performing stretches in a wrong manner, or if you’re holding a stretch for too long, even after you start experiencing pain in your muscles.

It is in these instances that you definitely can overdo it with stretching. So, if you want to make completely sure that you’re not overdoing it, make sure that you follow all the rules of safe stretching, and that you’re not under any amount of pain while doing it.

“I’d like to try out stretching with the pros at the finest Mission Beach yoga classes!”

If stretching is something you’d like to try out, then yoga should definitely be very high up on your list. And, the best way to partake in yoga in Mission Beach is Fit – the best yoga place around.

Our instructors are the best in the business, and our facilities are the stuff of your dreams. However, the situation being such that even your visits to Mission Bay Park have become filled with doubt, it’s best you call us first and see about arranging a session. Contact us today.

 

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Can Stretching & Yoga Eliminate Anxiety?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: June 29, 2020
Can Stretching & Yoga Eliminate Anxiety?

Let us be perfectly clear on this one – yoga was basically designed for calming stress and anxiety. It’s the single biggest benefit of yoga. Yes, yoga is also beneficial for your posture, yoga can promote muscle relaxation, and there are many yoga styles perfect for improving flexibility.

But, again, yoga’s there to make you feel calm, relaxed, and at ease. So, if you’re wondering if practicing yoga in Mission Beach, San Diego can alleviate some stress and anxiety, the answer is a resounding yes, and here’s why.

Can yoga calm anxiety?

Would a simple yes do? Would a hundred yesses do? Or a thousand? OK, we’ll be serious. But really, yoga does calm anxiety. It’s what yoga does best. Have you seen all the ooooms in those stereotyped yoga ads?

Well, in this case, the stereotypes are true – yoga is an excellent method for relieving both stress and anxiety, and you should definitely think about trying it out, especially if everything else you’ve tried has failed.

Trust us, even the experts from the California Department of Public Health would agree with us. First try yoga, and if it fails, which we don’t think will happen, you can move on to other methods. But, let’s now see the ways in which yoga helps you battle anxiety.

How does yoga help calm my anxiety?

Now that you know that yoga can actually calm you, let’s see how it does that exactly.

  1. Yoga regulates breath – Breathing is closely connected to the nervous system, and the more rapidly you breath, the more stressed you become. That is why yoga promotes slow, steady breathing as one of the ways to calm you.
  2. Yoga lowers body tension – In addition to promoting relaxed breathing, yoga also relieves the tension from our bodies. The slow, precise movements makes your muscles relax, thus promoting relaxation of the mind too.
  3. Yoga breaks worry cycles – Sometimes, you simply can’t break the vicious cycle of worrying, which only leads to more stress and anxiety. When you start practicing yoga, however, every session turns your mind to your body, and you’ll have no chance but to stop worrying.
  4. Yoga fosters body awareness – Although this sounds a bit far fetched, it actually isn’t. As yoga increases your body awareness, you become more capable of actively working on making your body more relaxed, even when you’re not practicing yoga.
  5. Yoga also involves meditation – Finally, there are slow, mellow styles of yoga that focus more on meditative techniques. These types of yoga are, you’ve guessed it, awesome for calming you down, as meditation usually is.

Can stretching help with anxiety?

Can stretching help with anxiety?

Sometimes, it’s difficult to separate yoga from stretching. When you observe people practicing yoga for some time, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of stretching involved. And it is because of that fact that stretching is also great for reducing anxiety.

However, even though yoga involves stretching, vice versa is not at all true. There’s no yoga in stretching, or, if there is, there’s very little of it. That doesn’t mean that stretching is in any way not suitable for reducing stress and anxiety.

Stretching is only a different way of doing exactly the same thing, and it’s great for that purpose too. Just try to pay attention to your breathing while stretching, make your stretches as slow as possible, and try to keep them for extended periods of time. This will ensure maximum relaxation through stretching.

“Where can I destress through practicing yoga in Mission Beach, San Diego?”

We understand, there’s little you can do to calm your anxiety in these trying times. You can’t even visit the Gaslamp Quarter and let your mind relax for an hour or two. Times are tough, no question about it.

Even practicing yoga at a gym in Mission Beach is not something you should think about doing right now. However, at Fit, we think about our clients, so you can give us a ring anytime and we’ll save you a spot as soon as the situation improves. Call us now!

 

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How Should I Stretch to Improve Flexibility?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: June 29, 2020
How Should I Stretch to Improve Flexibility?

Do you want to learn how you should stretch to improve your flexibility and posture? Are you thinking about implementing yoga into your exercising routine? On the one hand, you know that yoga massively improves posture, and you also know that yoga stretches help relax both body and mind, as well as that yoga is great for calming your anxiety.

But does yoga also improve flexibility? Will attending Mission Beach yoga classes make you as bendy as Mr. Fantastic? It will, trust us. But, we know that, and in order to trust us, you need some information first. So, here it goes.

How do you stretch for flexibility?

In order to maximize flexibility gains through stretching, you have to apply certain rules to your daily stretching routine. Here are our top tips for flexibility through stretching you won’t learn about from the San Diego Institute for Public Health:

  1. The optimal amount – Don’t think that you should perform stretches over the point of comfort in order to improve flexibility. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
  2. Timely static stretches – Static stretches are excellent for increasing flexibility, but only if you do them after a bit of exercising. Don’t perform static stretches as warm-up.
  3. Timely dynamic stretches – Although static stretching is better for flexibility, you should also do dynamic stretches prior to actually stretching to improve flexibility.
  4. No bouncing – Don’t perform vigorous, ballistic stretches. They can be detrimental, rather than beneficial.
  5. Proper technique – Finally, make sure you’re doing all the stretches as correctly as possible. If not, you can end up doing more harm than good to your body.

Does yoga increase flexibility?

Not every type of training increases flexibility. In fact, some types of strength training do just the opposite – they make our bodies stiffer. More muscular, certainly, but stiffer nonetheless. And that’s not good.

That is why exercises that promote flexibility are paramount for a well-balanced exercise routine. And yoga is the best remedy for a stiff physique around. Yoga was almost made with flexibility in mind.

Virtually every yoga position is a type of static stretch, and, as we’ve learned, it is these types of stretches that work wonders for the flexibility of our body. So yes, yoga will not only make your body a lot more flexible, it’s probably the best method for doing so.

Which type of yoga is best for flexibility?

OK, to be completely honest, there is one type of yoga that is the ultimate yoga style for increasing your flexibility. And we’re going to name it, don’t worry. However, we’re also going to tell you about the best-for-beginners style that will make you more flexible, as well as an advanced one.Does yoga increase flexibility?

  1. Iyengar – This is the most popular yoga style for beginners, but also the best style if you’re just starting to try yoga out, but would also like to improve your flexibility. If you’re just starting your journey, this is the style for you.
  2. Yin – Now, yin is the absolute best yoga style for people who want to become more flexible. Yin yoga focuses on the connective tissue, not just the muscles, providing you with an all-encompassing yoga experience for flexibility.
  3. Power – Finally, one of the most demanding styles out there, power yoga certainly isn’t for everyone. But, if you’re an experienced yogi who’d like to work the muscles besides working on your flexibility, this is definitely the yoga style for you.

“What is the best Mission Beach yoga spot for me to start frequenting?”

Although it is not yet time for you to actually start with yoga classes at a gym, it is always prudent to reserve a spot in advance. And, seeing how Fit is the most sought-after yoga place in Mission Beach, you should think about contacting us as soon as possible.

We give it our all to teach you the fundamentals of yoga, and then guide you until you become a yoga master. So, until you’re able to walk freely and visit SeaWorld San Diego again, contact us and let’s see when you can start practicing yoga. We’re waiting.

 

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Can Stretching Really Help Me Relax?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: May 14, 2020
Can Stretching Really Help Me Relax?

Yes, stretching really can help you relax. There’s more to stretching than just preparing you for an exercising session. Did you know that stretching can also build muscle mass, and that stretching regularly can improve your posture?

Yes, stretching can do all that, but let’s first see how stretching can be similar to going to a yoga class in Mission Beach. Let’s see how stretching can help you unwind.

Does stretching help you relax?

Some people find driving a motorbike through several rings of fire in the style of Evel Knievel massively enjoyable and utterly relaxing, while others get their fill or r-n-r from a hammock ,a cool drink and beautiful scenery. It all depends on just what kind of a person you are.

However, stretching seems to be as relaxing as an activity can be for the majority of people who’ve actually tried stretching in this capacity. The slow, precise movements, the holding of a stretch, the deep inhale and a slow exhale… Admit it, you’re becoming more relaxing just reading this.

And that’s exactly what stretching is like, and why it feels so good and so relaxing to simply stretch. San Diego Institute for Public Health advises stretching prior to any exercising, but they really should expand on that a bit and proscribe stretching as a mandatory relaxation technique.

How can stretching help your mind?

There’s a saying, albeit not a very well-known one, that states “stretch your body, stretch your mind”. It means that performing slow movements that relax your body will also work wonders for relaxing your mind.

For example, excessive stress can cause your muscles to become stiff and tense. OK, why not try a bit of stretching to relieve some of the tension? So, you stretch, relax your muscles, but hey, what’s this – I’m no longer stressed? How can that be?

That’s the power of stretching – you focus on relaxing your muscles, and you end up relaxing your mind as well as your body. It has to do with you giving your mind a break, focusing on the physical aspects of exercising, unconsciously allowing yourself a mental break.

How does stretching contribute to muscle relaxation and stress relief?

We would like to apologize to begin with, as to explain just how stretching contributes to muscle and mind relaxation demands that we take a deeper dive into the science behind it all. Yes, there’s science involved, biology, to be more precise.

Again, stress – it not only causes your mind to become a crumpled mess of negative emotions, it also causes your body to feel stiff, tense, and sore. You sit, thinking about how you could improve your current state.

Enter stretching. You see, when you stretch, you stimulate the receptors inside your nervous system, receptors that slow down the secretion of stress hormones. However, that’s not all stretching does. The mental benefits of stretching are threefold:

  • Stretching fosters and quickens the release of mood-enhancing hormones throughout your entire body.
  • Stretching also increases blood flow in your entire body, but, more importantly for your mood, it improves blood circulation in your brain.
  • As you stretch, your body becomes more relaxed which, in turn, leads to you refocusing your mind and allowing yourself to think about things that don’t cause stress.

How quickly can yoga improve flexibility?

Does stretching help you relax?

Understandably, the majority of people eager to practice yoga are looking for one of two things, usually both – to relax their minds and to make their bodies more flexible. Normally, they want to know how long before they achieve full-body flexibility.

Now, we have to be honest – the results do not come right away. Many people become discouraged if they do not notice results after a week of practicing yoga. That’s too short a time period for any results to become noticeable.

It takes a bit longer than that – a couple of months. This can sound like a long time, especially in the fast-paced world we live in, but it’s the truth. You will start noticing considerable improvements after a month, but it takes two months for you to become truly comfortable with yoga.

The good news is this – once you’re off, you’re really off. Three months in and you’ll feel like a true yogi, self-confident, content, and happy to be practising yoga each chance you get. And that’s the true power of yoga – once you start doing it right, you’ll fall in love with it!

“What Mission Beach yoga class should I attend?”

When the situation the whole world’s facing passes, there’s only one place you should even consider going to – Fit. We’re a gym that places great importance on yoga classes, which is why we’ve got the best instructors out there. Once the Mission Beach Boardwalk starts bustling with life again, stop by our place and see just how great our yoga is!

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How Can Stretching Improve My Body Posture?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: May 14, 2020
How Can Stretching Improve My Body Posture?

If you had no idea that stretching can actually improve your body posture, we don’t blame you. It’s not exactly common knowledge. But, it doesn’t hurt to learn just how beneficial stretching actually is. Stretching can even help calm your mind and soul, similar to attending yoga classes in Mission Beach. But, first, let’s see how stretching helps posture, shall we?

Does stretching improve posture?

As odd as it may sound, since stretches are nowhere near the first thing to pop into your mind when thinking of improving your body posture, yes, stretching definitely can improve your posture drastically.

Now, even though you may not have heard of stretching being recommended for body posture by the California Department of Public Health, it should be. Doing stretches is undemanding, quick, and you can do it basically anywhere, even when queueing.

In a time when we spend the majority of our days hunched behind a computer, stretching is an amazingly quick and easy method for improving your overall fitness, posture, and balance. But, how does stretching actually accomplish that?

How can stretching improve your posture and balance?

The thing about developing poor posture and, consequently, bad balance, is that it happens gradually, without you even noticing it. Enter stretching. You see, when you hunch, you make your muscles weak.

As you perform stretches, you put those muscles to work, strengthening them, making them do their job again and, as a result, you’ll start to notice your posture improving. Couple that with the added benefit of stretches relieving tension from your back, and you’ll be able to stand and sit up straight again in no time.

And, as your posture improves, you’ll become happier, more alert and confident, and you’ll stop feeling down. And all that due to stretching improving your body posture. And, if you’d want to improve your posture, these are the best stretches to do:

  1. Shoulder rolls
  2. Chest release
  3. Pyramid
  4. Standing forward bend
  5. Seated elbow grasp
  6. Shoulder squeeze

Can yoga improve posture?

Can yoga improve posture?

When you take a quick look at a yogi exercising, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? What does yoga remind you of? What is yoga virtually identical to? Might it be stretching? Now that you mention it, yoga does look a lot like stretching.

Obviously, there’s more to yoga than just stretching. If stretching and yoga were one and the same, there would only be the one or the other, not both, right? That being said, the fundamentals of the basic yoga styles do rely a lot on stretching.

And that is precisely why yoga can be extremely beneficial to your posture, especially if you stick to slower, more mellow styles of yoga, such as Hatha or Vinyasa. These styles of yoga work wonders for both your posture and your balance. But wait, there’s more.

What yoga is best for stretching?

Hm, not sure exactly what you mean… Are you thinking of the best yoga styles for stretching, or the best yoga positions that will stretch your body to the max? Nevermind, we’ll cover both. Here’s our list of the best yoga styles and yoga positions for stretching.

What are the best yoga styles for stretching?

Speaking about the best yoga styles for stretching, here are our top 5 picks:

  1. Hatha – Yes, we’ve mentioned it. Hatha is the most basic of the basic yoga styles. It’s slow, mellow, it will help you stretch your body while being easy enough for everyone to do.
  2. Vinyasa – Although Vinyasa is a bit faster paced, especially when compared to Hatha, it is still easy enough for beginner yogis, but highly effective for improving posture and balance.
  3. Iyengar – If you’re experiencing neck problems or back problems, you need to stretch the muscles in those areas thoroughly. No better style of yoga for that than Iyengar.
  4. Bikram – Bikram yoga is so good for stretching that it will massively improve your flexibility, while also working wonders for your posture. Yes, it’s a bit more demanding but hey, nobody’s saying you should try out Bikram immediately.
  5. Kundalini – Although many say that Kundalini is more for calming the mind, we tend to disagree. Although it is really slow, that’s why it’s so good for stretching. You’ll hold the positions for longer, elongating your entire body.

What are the best yoga positions for stretching?

Finally, here’s our list with the top 10 yoga positions that are perfect for stretching your body:

  1. Standing forward fold – Improves flexibility of your lumbar spine.
  2. Cat-cow pose – Works wonders for the flexibility of your spine.
  3. Warrior I – This position improves the range of motion of your core muscles.
  4. Cobra pose – This will loosen and strengthen your spinal column.
  5. Bow pose – Your entire back will benefit from this position.
  6. Bridge pose – If you’re experiencing back pain, then the bridge position is for you.
  7. King dancer pose – This position provides ample stretching for the majority of your body.
  8. Butterfly pose – Increase the flexibility of your groins and your hip.
  9. Reclining spinal twist – Another position great for whole-body stretching.
  10. Seated forward bend – This pose will stretch your hamstrings, neck, and back

“What’s the best Mission Beach place for yoga classes?”

No place is great for yoga in these troubling times. We understand that you might even be too take a stroll to Balboa Park… But, there’s one gym in San Diego famous for its yoga classes, and we can’t wait for them to start again – Fit! We boast the best yoga instructors in the business, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got once all this blows over. Stay safe, and see you soon!

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How Can I Get More Flexible By Stretching?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: April 22, 2020
How Can I Get More Flexible By Stretching?

It should come as no surprise that stretching can make you a lot more flexible than you used to be. While it may be astonishing that stretching can really work your muscles, flexibility stemming from stretches is generally common knowledge.

However, not many people know how this happens and what exactly stretching does to your muscles to increase their flexibility. So, before you head to Mission Beach and join one of the professional boot camp classes, learn a bit more about stretching and flexibility.

Can flexibility be improved?

Of course flexibility can be improved. We understand your fear, we really do, as it is never comfortable beginning to notice your body starting to get less and less flexible with each passing day. But no need to rush off to California Department of Public Health just yet.

If your body is aching as you make the most normal movements, or if you’re no longer able to bend your body to your desire, as you once could, it really is time to start thinking about ways to improve your flexibility.

Even though your body’s not in a state you’d want it to be, or even a state you remember, it is possible to break this vicious circle and get back on the right track. And the solution might even be simpler than you could have ever thought.

Does stretching make you more flexible?

And here it is – stretching. As we’ve said, the solution to your problem, the method to improve your flexibility and get your body feeling right again is easy and demands as little effort from your part as possible. But, mind you, you still need to put in some effort.

So yes, stretching really can massively improve your flexibility. Any physical activity can make you more flexible, but stretching especially so. It has to do with the specific movements you perform during stretching.

Let’s say you’re trying to reach your toes with your hands. The mere motion of doing so will work the muscles in your back, legs, and arms, elongating them, making them stronger, which, in turn, strengthens the area around your joints, making them function better.

This is what passive stretching does. Active stretching is also beneficial to your flexibility. When you warm up, for example, your wrists, you turn them around, which improves their function, getting them to, once again, become accustomed to the movements they once could perform.

Why does stretching make you more flexible?

Why does stretching make you more flexible

We’ve just given you a, let’s call it, physical explanation, and now, we’re going to present you with a neurological explanation as to how and why stretching actually improves your flexibility. Don’t worry though, it sounds a lot more scientific than it needs to be.

The nervous system controls all of your muscles. There are sensors around your body called muscle spindles, and they are the centers that detect a change in the length of your muscles and immediately notify the spinal cord. This will cause your muscles to contract in order to resist the stretch.

However, in time, as you continue stretching, these spindles adapt, they start notifying the spinal cord less frequently, which allows your muscles to remain a bit elongated, allowing you greater flexibility.

However, flexibility also stems from your brain, which controls the pain you might be experiencing with reduced flexibility while doing various movements. Regular stretching can also help reprogram the brain, allowing you to increase your range of motion.

How long should you stretch to get flexible?

We’re going to give you several pointers as to how much and how often you should stretch. The important thing to note first is that you should not overdo it when it comes to stretching.

  • Keep it light for the first week or two, and only then start doing longer static stretches.
  • Stretch each muscle for about thirty seconds during each of your stretching sessions. That means dedicating the same amount of time to your legs, arms, back, etc.
  • Once a day is completely fine, you don’t have to do it a couple of times a day.
  • The ideal amount of weekly stretching is four times a week. You can do five, but you don’t have to.

And that’s it. Follow this pattern and you’ll soon increase your flexibility.

“Who in Mission Beach can show me how to stretch properly?”

If you’re looking to prepare for those engaging Mission Beach boot camp classes by learning how to stretch, you’re in luck, because you can do both at the same place – Fit! We are a gym that focuses on its clients, and we do all that we can to help them get fit!

So, if you’re ever strolling down to Mission Bay, thinking how you’d like to get back into shape, remember – Fit’s near, and you have a place where you can start working out and quickly get into shape. At our fitness centers, you can also join stretching sessions and work on your flexibility from 15 to 30 minutes. Fit should always be your first option!

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How Can Stretching Benefit My Muscles?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: April 22, 2020
How Can Stretching Benefit My Muscles?

Did you have any idea that stretching can actually help strengthen your muscles, increase your muscle mass, and, if need be, make your muscles mean and lean? Stretching can also massively improve your flexibility, but that’s a story for another time…For now, let’s see how regular stretching before a fitness boot camp class in Mission Beach can dramatically improve the state of your muscles.

What happens to muscles when stretching?

They stretch. Come on, this was easy. No need to consult the San Diego Institute for Public Health on this one, right? Although the answer seems rather simple and blatantly obvious, the truth is somewhat different. Yes, muscles stretch, but how does that happen exactly?

Contracted muscles produce a large amount of tension at the place where the muscle connects to a tendon. This is the location of the Golgi tendon organ that sends out a message to the spine to trigger the body’s own defense mechanism and relax and elongate contracted muscles.

However, this leaves muscles weakened for a certain amount of time, which is unfavorable. That is why you should do what you can to elongate and relax your muscles by doing stretches. You will spare them becoming weakened, you will not trigger the body’s defense mechanism, and you will take care of your muscles.

Can stretching increase muscle mass?

When wanting to gain muscle mass, stretching is probably the absolutely last thing on your mind. Stretching serves only as a preparatory activity before exercising, and muscle relaxing activity after “real” exercising, right?

However, not only can stretching, in itself, increase the mass of your muscles, it can also greatly facilitate your muscle gain when practiced regularly in conjunction with other exercising methods.

This is how it works – muscles are encased in connective tissue known as fascia. This tough tissue is what holds your muscles in place. However, it is also what restricts the unhindered growth of your muscles.

And this is where stretching comes in. Stretching your muscles also means stretching your fascia, providing your muscles more room to grow, thus vastly increasing your muscles’ potential to increase in mass. So yes, stretching is a sure way toward increasing your muscle mass for more reasons than one.

Does stretching give you lean muscles?

Can stretching increase muscle mass

Wanting to get fit and build muscles doesn’t mean you’re going for that coveted “Hulk” look. You’d probably want to increase your muscle mass a bit, while still aiming to keep your muscles lean and long as much as possible?

Well, if you’re exercising towards such a result, stretching should definitely be high on your list of priorities. As you already know, stretching elongates your muscles, preventing them from staying contracted for too long. This is especially true for those post-exercising stretches.

And this is exactly what’s going to help your muscles remain lean and long. Stretching returns your muscles into their previous, elongated state, which is exactly what you want when trying to keep your muscles from becoming all bulky.

So, regularly perform stretches such as hand walks, walking spiderman, scapular wall slides, reverse lunges, etc., and they will help you achieve the look you’re aiming for. Stretching is a lot more than just an activity for warming up and cooling down.

“Where in Mission Beach can I stretch to my heart’s desire?”

Even if you’re a person who likes going to incredibly interesting fitness boot camp classes in Mission Beach, you’d still do well to stretch before and after. And, if it’s stretching you’re eager for, then Fit is what you’ll be needing.

We’re a fitness establishment that goes all out to please our visitors. We’ll show you how to stretch and work towards the goals you’ve set. You can join our stretching sessions and work on this important fitness aspect for up to 30 minutes. Not even diving in Wreck Alley can replace a good stretch here and there. Make Fit your go-to place for keeping fit!

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How Stretching Can Help With Weight Loss

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: March 13, 2020
How Stretching Can Help With Weight Loss

Did you have any idea that stretching can help you shed some pounds? No? Well, that’s because people often only want to know what goes on in your body when you stretch, for how long to stretch their muscles, or where to attend boot camp classes in Mission Beach.

For example, did you know that doing stretches regularly can help you keep fit too? No? Well, that needs to be corrected. But, let’s first see how stretching burns calories.

How stretching can help me lose weight?How stretching can help me lose weight

First of all, allow us, for a second, to sound like we’re from the San Diego Institute for Public Health and say – stretching is excellent for losing weight. It’s also often overlooked as a method for weight loss and quite unjustly so.

While some people, well, a vast majority of them only perceive stretching as a way to prepare for proper exercising, in reality, stretching is a lot more than that. It will help you burn calories at a faster rate than you usually would and it will allow your entire body to lose weight better.

Why does stretching help with weight loss?

There are several reasons why stretching is an excellent way to shed some pounds, but we’re going to list only the top 4 ones:

  1. Calories – As we’ve briefly mentioned, you’re going to burn calories with every second you hold a stretch.
  2. Metabolism – The poses we’re going to give away greatly help with bringing your entire digestive system into a state of balance.
  3. Stress – There’s a calming quality to stretches and a calm body is a body that reacts better to every kind of physical activity.
  4. Muscles – Finally, stretching builds muscles as well, because different stretches target different muscle groups, which, when combined correctly, does wonders!

What stretches should I do to lose weight?

We’re going to list all the 10 most important types of stretches you should do on a regular basis if you’re looking to lose a bit, or a lot, of weight:

  1. The cobra stretch – Lie down on your stomach, and lift your upper body towards the sky, helping yourself with your arms.
  2. Seated twists – Sit down, back straight, bend one leg at the knee and place it over the other one, which you should keep on the floor and straight. Then, turn your upper body in the opposite direction.
  3. The warrior – Perform a slight forward lunge while keeping your arms straight above you, and your hands clasped together and your back straight.
  4. The bridge – Lie on your back and raise your pelvis as much upward as you can. Hold for half a second to a second.
  5. Side lunges – Stand up with your back straight and spread your legs sufficiently apart, then transfer all your weight to your one knee while bending it.
  6. Inner thigh stretches – Sit on the floor, keep your back straight, and bring together the soles of your feet while dropping your knees slowly to the sides.
  7. Knee squeezes – Lie on your back, fold your legs at the knees, and bring them towards your upper body while squeezing them with your arms.
  8. Triceps stretches – Stand up, back straight, and bend your arm at the elbow and place it behind your head, reaching toward your lower back as much as possible.
  9. The bow – Lie on your stomach, take your ankles with your hands and bend them forward. Hold for half a minute.
  10. The downward dog – Start this stretch on your hands and knees, and then straighten your arms and your legs into a V shape while pressing down.

How long should I hold a stretch?How long should I hold a stretch

As you can see, sometimes we provide an average time a person should hold a stretch. However, the amount of time you should spend holding each stretch is wildly individual.

The rule of thumb is that you should try holding a stretch until you start feeling “the burn”, that is, until you feel your muscles reacting to it, and then a couple of seconds longer. The important thing is not to overdo it, as even stretching too hard can cause injuries.

“Where can I learn to stretch in Mission Beach?”

If you’d like to learn how to stretch the calories away, but you’re unsure how to begin, don’t despair, there’s still hope – just come to Fit Athletic! Here, you can stretch, lift, do yoga, or join incredible boot camp classes in the Mission Beach community!

Whatever you want to do, you can, and stretching is our specialty. Our stretching sessions are available in our Fit gyms, so consider joining for increased flexibility. The sessions last from 15 to 30 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time for other types of exercises, too. We can teach you how to do it properly, and we’re happy to do so. Who says that only the Giant Dipper is a blast? Fit classes are too, so stop by and see why!

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Can Stretching Help Me Get Fit?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: March 13, 2020
Can Stretching Help Me Get Fit?

Stretching and keeping fit are not often mentioned together, other than in the “stretching before working out” way. But, can the good feeling of stretching be of value for more than just preparing to exercise?

Now, we know that you probably have more questions about stretching before exercising at a boot camp class in Mission Beach, like what happens if you refuse to stretch, or for how long you need to stretch. But, let’s first see how stretching can help get you fit.

Does stretching count as exercise?Does stretching count as exercise

Stretching has been regarded solely as a pre- and post-workout routine for so long. So, it can be rather difficult trying to debunk the myth that stretching is nothing more than workout preparation.

However, stretching definitely is a form of exercising. You don’t have to consult the experts of the California Department of Public Health to find that out. Every time you perform orchestrated physical actions with your body, you’re working out.

So, when you stretch, you not only prepare your body for the full workout to come, but you’re also exercising already. Your body’s moving and you’re burning calories and that’s all that matters.

But, still, we do have to point out that while stretching is vastly important as both a warm-up routine as well as an exercise method in itself, it cannot, completely, replace a half an hour or an hour exercising session. But, it does a great deal of good nonetheless.

Can you get fit by stretching?

Stretching can definitely help you become a fitter individual. As we’ve previously said, stretching definitely counts as a form of exercising and it can, 100 percent, help you become more fit than you currently are and nudge you in the direction of a healthier lifestyle.

This is especially true if you’re somewhat active. If you’re in OK physical condition and want to keep all your joints well-oiled, doing the right stretches every day should be quite enough to allow you to not only remain fit, but to also improve your overall fitness.

What stretches should I do to get fit?

Now, as we’ve said, you should do the right stretches if you want to get or keep fit, and the following are the ones you should do on a regular basis:

  1. Quad stretch – Lunge as much as you can forward with one leg up front, while keeping your back as straight as possible. Great for thigh muscles, inner hip, inner thigh and glutes.
  2. Swan stretch – Lie down with your face towards the floor, place your arms slightly in front of you, and push yourself up while working your back as much as you can. This will work your quadriceps, but also your abdominal muscles.
  3. Can you get fit by stretchingTriceps stretch – Stand up and keep your back and neck straight, then take your arm and pull it as much back as you can, pushing gently with your other hand. Hold until you feel the burn, and give your triceps an awesome workout.
  4. Bend stretch – Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and close together. Reach out toward your toes with the rest of your body, keeping your legs straight. This is good for hamstrings, but also lower back muscles.
  5. Neck flexion – These simple movements can do wonders to increase the flexibility and strength of your neck muscles. Sit down, legs crossed, and gently stretch your neck by moving your head first toward your chest, then toward your back, and then to both sides. Do this slowly, gently, but firmly, and you’ll start feeling the effect soon enough.
  6. Side reach – Stand with your feet apart, shoulder-width, and place your arm on your hip. Reach towards the other side of your body with the other arm as far as you can, hold, switch arms, and repeat. This stretch works your lower back and obliques.
  7. Hamstring stretch – Lie down on your back, bend one leg at the knee as much toward the rest of the body as you can, and lift the other leg toward you while keeping it as straight as possible, helping it along with your arms if necessary. This will work your hamstrings gloriously.

So, there you have it – do these stretches that target all the major muscles of your body, and you’re golden!

“Where in Mission Beach can a trainer teach me to stretch properly?”

If you’d like to try out stretching and you’d like to do it at a boot-camp style class in Mission Beach, then we’d like to invite you to Fit Athletic. We offer professional guidance from experienced trainers that will help you with everything you need, stretching included.

Additionally, you can also sign up for our stretching sessions at the Fit gyms that last from 15 to 30 minutes and increase your flexibility with our help. So, if you’d like to stretch with the best of them, stop by our place on your way to Belmont Park. Amusement parks are a blast, but so is Fit!

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How Long Does It Take to Stretch Muscles Properly?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: February 20, 2020
How Long Does It Take to Stretch Muscles Properly?

There seems to be little you need to know when it comes to stretching your muscles properly. However, wouldn’t you like to know what exactly happens to your muscles when you stretch them?

Also, when you’re at it, why not see if stretching itself counts as a form of exercising and whether stretching can help you shed some pounds? But, first, let’s see the answer to the burning question – “for how long should I stretch before working out?”.

How long does it take for muscles to stretch?

Although it seems simple enough, stretching properly does require some knowledge. For instance, you should know how long you should hold a stretch.How long does it take for muscles to stretch

Now, this has to do with static stretching, as it involves a person elongating a part of the body and holding it in a certain position for an amount of time. Although this sounds simple, you should know that it is possible to overwork your muscles or overstretch. So, the California Department of Public Health advises taking it slow.

Here are a few tips:

  • Start by holding a stretch for about 30 seconds, no longer than that. Holding a stretch for 30 seconds to a minute is a good rule of thumb for the majority of people.
  • If you feel that even 30 seconds is too long and that your muscles are starting to feel rather uncomfortable, stop holding your stretch and try again after a couple of minutes.
  • Always listen to your body and avoid overdoing it, even when it comes to stretching
  • Don’t push yourself too hard!

Is it possible to overstretch?

Yes, it is completely possible to overstretch, which is why we feel the need to emphasize that you should always begin gently and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

Don’t try to force yourself into a position that just doesn’t feel right or feels too difficult to do. Start off easy by holding your stretches for shorter amounts of time and work your way up. Stretch to the point of beginning to feel the stretch, but without it becoming painful.

What happens if you never stretch?

Stretching is extremely important and everybody should stretch, not only before and after exercising, but also as an everyday routine. However, not all people do so, which is why we’re emphasizing the importance of stretching by stating what can happen to your body if you never stretch.

What happens if you never stretch

  1. Reduced flexibility – Regular stretching sessions keep our bodies flexible. If you don’t stretch, the flexibility of your body will greatly reduce.
  2. Reduced range of motion – Your joints will suffer too, as they also need regular stimulation. If you keep on not stretching, you’ll start noticing that once comfortable movements are becoming a tall order.
  3. Stiffness – If you don’t elongate your muscles on a regular basis, you begin to notice that your body is feeling stiffer and stiffer and that even common movements can cause unpleasantness.

As you can clearly see, you should definitely stretch, and, if you can manage, on a daily basis. Stretching is the simplest form of physical activity that allows your body to remain in good condition for as long as possible.

“Is there a gym in Mission Beach I could join to start stretching and exercising?”

If you’ve ever thought “I’d like to find a good fitness boot camp close to my location!”, you’re in luck, because Fit Atheltic provides the best possible solution to your needs. You’ll not only learn how to stretch and exercise properly at our boot camp, but you’ll also lose weight, get toned and fit, and increase your muscle mass. Yes, all that, and it’s free for all the members of our gym. So, if all this sounds good to you, come on your way back from Mission Bay Park. We’ll be there!

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Stretching: What Happens to My Body When I Do It?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: February 20, 2020
Stretching: What Happens to My Body When I Do It?

You should definitely know what happens to your body when you stretch. That way, you’ll also begin to realize just how important stretching is, and what can happen to your body if you don’t stretch.

Also, you should definitely inquire whether stretching is a form of exercising and if stretching can help you lose weight. Woah, who thought there would be this much to say about stretches, right? But, let’s first see what happens if you stretch before every workout session.

Why does it feel so good when you stretch?

What actually happens when you stretch

You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning, still warm and cozy, but then the moment of utter dread when you realize yeah, you do have to get up? But then, you feel a stretch coming and you place your arms above your head as you stretch and yawn?

Is there a better feeling in the world at that particular moment? Well, according to the San Diego Institute for Public Health, that’s actually called pandiculating and it specifically means stretching and yawning at the same time.

As for why any type of stretching feels so good, there are several reasons for that:

  1. Mind – Believe it or not, stretching allows you to completely clear your mind of any excess mental clutter by allowing you to focus all your attention on your body.
  2. Hormones – Stretching releases endorphins, which entails a burst of happiness.
  3. Blood – As you stretch, you elongate your muscles, which increases blood flow throughout your body, making you feel prepared for the activities to come.

What actually happens when you stretch?

As you might already know, there are two types of stretching – dynamic and static stretching. These two types do different things to your body, so we’re going to see what exactly goes on:

  1. Dynamic – Dynamic stretching has to do with getting your joints all nice and warmed up for a potential exercise session that is to come. These stretches improve your range of motion and decrease the risk of injury, and they’re great as a warm-up activity.
  2. Static – Static stretching is what the majority of us think of when someone mentions stretching. It’s the lying-in-bed type of stretching. When you do it, you elongate your muscles, increase blood flow, and activate the parasympathetic part of your nervous system, relaxing your entire body. This type of stretching is great as a post-exercise activity.

Where can I find high-result workouts in Mission BeachSo, when you stretch, you’re basically preparing your body for the upcoming activities or helping your body relax after a long day or a strong workout session. And herein lies the importance of stretching.

On the one hand, by prepping your body for all the activities you might end up performing, you’re minimizing the risk of injury and allowing yourself to do everything that awaits easily.

On the other hand, stretching after exercising helps your body relax and recuperate from all the activities you’ve just completed, which is paramount if you don’t want to feel stiff or sore. So yes, stretching brings a lot of benefits to your body. Just don’t overstretch!

“Where can I find high-result workouts in Mission Beach?”

Whether you’re looking for a well-equipped gym or highly effective beach bootcamp in Mission Beach, there’s only one solution that will meet all your needs – Fit Athletic. During our customized workout sessions, you’ll be able to tone your muscles, lose weight, improve your endurance, increase your flexibility, and learn how to stretch properly for optimal results.

And, the best thing is – our beach bootcamp is free for all members. So, if you’d like to join our gym family, stop by on your way to Belmont Park. We’re waiting!

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Stretches: Should I Do Them Before or After a Workout?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: January 28, 2020
Stretches: Should I Do Them Before or After a Workout?

So, you’re unsure if you should stretch before or after a workout session? It’s recommended that you know all about the importance of stretching and why muscles need to stretch, as well as what happens if you don’t stretch?

Even if you don’t, you have to start somewhere, right? Knowing when to stretch is important, especially if you’re planning on doing some serious exercising at a fitness club in Little Italy. That is why we’re here to help!

Is it better to stretch before or after a workout?Is it better to stretch before or after a workout

Why not both, every time? Honestly, and we’re not joking, it’s almost impossible to determine if it’s better to stretch before or after a workout. We know that the San Diego Institute for Public Health advises stretching both before and after a workout, but why is that? Why can’t you just do it once and be done with it?

The thing is this – not all stretching exercises are created equal. What we mean to say is that not all stretching exercises are meant to do the same thing. There’s stretching that prepares your body for a workout, and there’s stretching that helps your body recover from a workout. These two variants are dynamic and static stretching.

What is dynamic stretching and why should I do it?

Dynamic stretching is a type of physical activity that is most often considered a great warmup activity to get your body into the exercising mood. It helps your muscles and your nervous system prepare for the activities that lie ahead, improving the overall results and making you less prone to injury.

Dynamic stretching involves getting your muscles all warmed up by performing various motions that feel comfortable within your range. That means no overdoing it, but staying strictly in your comfort zone. It mostly focuses on all the major joints of your body, readying them for what’s to come.

You should perform dynamic stretching for a single reason we’ve already mentioned – preparing your body for an exercising session. It will make the session easier, worthwhile, and, most importantly, safer.

What is static stretching and why should I do it?

On the other hand, there’s static stretching – a stretching method for helping your body recover after a workout. It involves stretching your muscles for twenty to thirty seconds. This helps your muscles elongate and relax, making it easier for them to return to their normal shape and size.

You should not skip static stretching either as it helps your entire body recover after a spot of exercising, eliminating spasms and longer-lasting muscle imbalance. It will help you feel better after a workout, and also help you get rid of that pesky lactic acid which makes your muscles burn. And wouldn’t just that be enough?

Is it necessary to stretch after a workout?

Stretching after a workout certainly is a wise course of action as it makes you recover quickly and gets your body ready for the return to the normal routine.

That being said, if you’re not too keen on stretching, you sometimes don’t have to stretch every single muscle after a workout. You should, but you don’t have to. If you’re too knackered, focus on the muscles that feel especially tight, and stretch them. This is not as good as whole-body post-workout static stretching, but hey, it’s better than nothing!

How do you stretch properly?

Ok, so we’re going to take a slightly unorthodox approach to this. We’re not going to share the usual stretching exercises you should do before and after a workout. Rather, we’re going to give you a list of stretching “do’s” and “don’ts”.

How do you stretch properlyWhat should I do when stretching?

We begin with the “do’s”:

  1. DO perform static stretching in order to maintain and boost your flexibility before a workout.
  2. DO control the area of the muscle you’re stretching. As with exercising, stretching also demands you maintain proper form.
  3. DO dedicate more of your attention to muscles that feel tighter than others.
  4. DO try and stretch your spine too.
  5. DO place slight pressure on your muscles when you’ve only begun stretching.
  6. DO breath while stretching.

What shouldn’t I do when stretching?

Now, onto the “don’ts”:

  1. DON’T stretch too intensely for more than 15 seconds when doing static stretches.
  2. DON’T stretch immediately after getting out of bed, especially if you’ve got issues with your back.
  3. DON’T perform static stretching before a workout. It just doesn’t work well to prepare them.
  4. DON’T contract the muscle immediately after stretching it. It defeats the purpose.

“Is there a good fitness club near Little Italy where I could learn to stretch?”

If you’re struggling to find a fitness club that can cater to all your needs, you probably haven’t visited Fit in Little Italy! We’re a premium fitness center that has everything you need, including experienced staff who will show you how to properly stretch both before and after a workout. So, continue just a bit past Waterfront Park, and see what we’re about!

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Stretching: Why Is It so Important?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: January 28, 2020
Stretching: Why Is It so Important?

If you’re looking to find out why everyone says stretching is very important, you should definitely ask about other aspects of it too. You should know how to stretch properly before and after a workout and how long it takes for muscles to really stretch. Additionally, knowing how your body should feel after stretching can help you identify any possible issues or injuries.

But, before you go to your favorite gym in Little Italy and start stretching away, let’s see why everybody should consider doing some stretches when working out.

Why is stretching important?Why is stretching important

It’s not just professional athletes who should stretch before and after a competitive endeavor. According to the California Department of Public Health, every individual, especially those who work out on a regular basis, shouldn’t skip stretching exercises.

But, why is stretching so important when it seems so simple? Well, stretching is what keeps your muscles strong, flexible, and healthy. It’s stretching that does wonders for your range of motion, and it’s stretching that elongates your muscles, greatly decreasing the risk of injury.

Take this as an example – Imagine you’ve spent the majority of your day sitting, making your hamstrings tight. Even walking would be less than easy in this condition, let alone exercising. If you task your muscles with a demanding activity without warming them up properly, you risk muscle damage, which will pull you away from the exercise mat for some time.

And that’s the gist of why stretching is hugely important – it prepares your entire body for activities that await, making your workout efforts more fruitful and your body less prone to injury.

Can stretching make you taller?

From a strictly scientific viewpoint, stretching can’t make you any taller. Stretching elongates and relaxes your muscles, but height has nothing to do with muscles. The structure of your bones determines how tall you are.

However, that being said, even though stretching can’t make you taller, it can make you appear taller. You see, when you constantly slouch, you’re not giving it everything you’ve got in terms of your height. But, stretch a bit, and that will change.

As already said, stretching will relax your overly tight muscles, improve your posture, make you stand up straighter and get you to walk taller. So, while stretching can’t make you physically taller, it can certainly make you feel that way.

What happens if you don’t stretch after a workout?

Skipping stretching after a workout is never a good idea and here’s why:What happens if you don’t stretch after a workout

  1. Contraction – When you work out, your work your muscles and, when you work your muscles, they contract and become tighten up. It is difficult for muscles to recover quickly when in this state, but if you do some stretches, you will help your muscles relax and recover rather quickly.
  2. Lactic acid – Ever get that burning sensation in your muscles after a good workout? Well, that’s lactic acid for you. It accumulates in your body as you exercise, making it more difficult to function afterwards. However, with adequate post-workout stretching, it can leave your system fast.
  3. Imbalanced muscles – When you’re working out, you contract certain muscles while elongating others. If you let your muscles remain in these positions after a workout, you put them at risk of imbalance. Luckily, proper stretching prevents it.
  4. Spasms – Finally, if you skip stretching you might experience muscle spasms all over your body, but mostly in your back. If you want to avoid these painful occurrences, never skimp on stretching!

“I need a place in Little Italy with a gym staff willing to teach me how to stretch!”

If you’re looking for a gym where you can not only exercise, but also learn how to stretch properly before and after working out, you’re in luck! Fit in Little Italy is just the place for you because we care about our customers. We’ll teach you more than just exercising – we’ll teach you how to take care of your body in the process. So, if you’re ever thinking of visiting the Maritime Museum of San Diego, think about visiting us too because we’re nearby. You won’t regret it!

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Gym or Fitness: What’s Best for Losing Weight?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: December 17, 2019
Gym or Fitness: What’s Best for Losing Weight?

The best way to lose weight is to be dedicated to the workout method of your choice and push through it. However, many people would like to know about the latest trends in exercising and fitness in order to increase the effectiveness of their workout and find some tips on how to stay fit.

And we like to oblige, which is why we’re going to explain if fit classes in Little Italy are a good way to lose weight, as well as which exercise methods are the best for doing so. 

Are fitness classes better than gym?

It all depends on what you’re trying to get out of exercising, which style suits you, and how you like to go about things in general. For example, the San Diego Institute for Public Health makes no distinction between the two, stressing that exercising in general is important for personal health.

Are fitness classes better than gym

So, rather than trying to give you, and by you we mean every individual who wants to start exercising, a single answer, we’re going to give you the upsides of both approaches, and let you decide.

What are the benefits of attending fitness classes?

Group fitness is the clear favorite for many and usually for these reasons:

  1. Motivation – When you’re surrounded by other dedicated people trying to do the same thing you are, it’s easy to get and stay motivated to push yourself even more.
  2. Structure – With fitness classes, everything is planned for you, so you don’t have to worry about a single aspect of your workout session. 
  3. Form – The fitness instructor will show you the proper form for each of the exercises, and they will make sure you do every exercise as it should be done.
  4. Variety – There is a ton of variety when it comes to group fitness classes. From kickboxing-inspired routines to beach fitness, you can find your heart’s desire. 
  5. Fun – Let’s face it – fitness classes are loads of fun. You’ll end up laughing every single time, we guarantee it, as everything is more fun when in a group of like-minded individuals.
  6. Injuries – When an instructor demonstrates how to do an exercise properly, you diminish the risk of injury that could otherwise be significant, especially if you’re a beginner.
  7. Accountability – Finally, if you’ve paid for it and cleared your schedule to accommodate for fitness classes, there’s less chance of you actually skipping. Plus, the group’s going to miss you.

What are the benefits of hitting the gym?

For some, there’s no alternative – the gym’s the only option, and here’s why:

  1. Equipment – If you choose a good gym, you’ll have all the equipment you’ll ever need, and more, so you can do pretty much any exercise you’d like to.
  2. Help– Although gym staff is not always next to you, telling you how to do things, if you’re ever unsure about how to properly do an exercise, you can always ask for help.
  3. Membership – Paying for a gym membership at, let’s say, the beginning of the month can greatly motivate you to keep going at it.
  4. Choice – You can choose whether to hit the gym alone or make an appointment with a gym buddy to work out together.
  5. Distractions – There are fewer distractions at the gym than there would be if you were to exercise at home as every gym is all about the workout.
  6. Friendships – Even if you start out alone, you can quickly meet new people who could become your friends, which is always a plus.
  7. Lifestyle – Choosing to hit the gym on a regular basis is great, and it can prove to be just the change of lifestyle you’ve desperately been searching for.

What exercise class is best for losing weight?

Now, here we can point you in the direction of some of the most amazing exercising methods that will help you burn all of your unwanted body extras quickly and efficiently.

Cycling/spinning

This will kick-start your weight loss, and you’ll start noticing results really quickly. It will also strengthen your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and hip muscles, and burn about 700 calories per session. What exercise class is best for losing weight

High Intensity Interval Training

If you’re looking to shed some pounds, HIIT should definitely be on top of your list. The classes are short, never longer than 25 minutes, but the intensity is so high that you’ll burn through those calories like slicing a cake.

Zumba

Zumba seems enjoyable, but many people don’t take it seriously enough. However, it’s an amazing method for losing weight as it combines dynamic dance movements with great cardio.

Boxing

Boxing will make you sweat and you’ll shed pounds without even noticing it. We’re kidding, you’ll definitely notice as boxing can be demanding, but also very rewarding.

Running

Ah, the classic among these modern exercising methods, you still can’t beat running when it comes to losing some belly fat and improving your general form. Oldie but goldie.

CrossFit

From classics to modern takes, CrossFit has appeared relatively recently, but has already taken its place among the weight-loss superstars. It’s rough, it’s tough, it’s challenging, and you will really lose weight.

Swimming

We feel it’s important for the last entry on our list to be another one of the classics – swimming. It works pretty much all the parts of your body, helps you lose weight, tones your body, and improves your overall fitness.

“Where can I find a place that offers both fitness classes and a regular gym experience?”

If you’re out on the prowl for fit classes in Little Italy, you don’t have to worry anymore, we’ve got just the place for you – Fit, the greatest gym in Little Italy, and beyond. We’ve worked long and hard to create a place where both the beginners and the more experienced ones could do all they wanted to, be that fitness classes or weight programs at the gym. Our staff will help you take your first steps already, so if you’re ever trying to find those organics at the Farmer’s Market in Little Italy, come and pay us a visit too!

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What’s the Latest and Greatest in Fitness?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: December 17, 2019
What’s the Latest and Greatest in Fitness?

Looking into the latest fitness trends can mean any or all of the following – You’re trying to improve your workout routine; you’re trying to get fit and toned quicker; you’re comparing gyms and fitness to see which one’s better for you.

Whatever your reason for trying to learn what trends are currently popular in fitness, we’re here to help you find the answers. Of course, the best way to do so is to find the best Little Italy fitness classes and see for yourself. But, before you do, here’s our take on it.

What are the latest fitness trends?

Fitness is extremely popular, even with the California Department of Public Health. That means it’s constantly undergoing changes to maximize gains. So, here’s an overview of what’s hot in fitness today:

What are the latest fitness trends
  1. Shorter workouts and classes – People live busy lives, and free time is no longer a given, but a gift. That’s why fitness classes are getting shorter, but more energetic to accommodate for the busy schedule.
  2. Group classes – When you’re exercising in a group, you have people around you to motivate you and help you power through, especially in the beginning, which is why group classes are very popular.
  3. Treadmill classes – Fitness on treadmills is the single fastest spreading trend in fitness. Running is great cardio, and incorporating treadmills into fitness classes makes fitness an even more of an all-encompassing method. 
  4. Swimming – Swimming has an almost universal appeal among people trying to get fit and healthy. It’s dynamic, but easy on the joints and your back and works pretty much all your muscle groups.
  5. Apps – Fitness apps are an ever-increasing trend. They tell you which exercises to do, set daily, weekly, and monthly goals, and keep you motivated to continue exercising on a regular basis.
  6. Nutrition – If you’re going to get fit, you need to do more than just exercise, which is why eating properly has become increasingly important. Nutrition experts will help you achieve a balanced diet that will maximize results.
  7. Home workouts – Some people simply don’t have the time to visit a gym, so they try to do as much as they can in the comfort of their own home. Naturally, nothing can replace the atmosphere and the equipment at a gym, but a good home workout can be the next best thing.

What are the most popular fitness programs?

There are so many currently popular fitness programs, it’s literally impossible to list them all. However, we’ll try to name the most interesting of them:

  1. Yoga Sculpt – Adding some free weights to regular yoga classes increases the intensity and sculpts your body better.
  2. Beach workout – Take the workout outside, enjoy the sun and the sand, and increase the enjoyment.
  3. Deep-water workout – This is a non-impact method, a variation of water aerobics, which incorporates flotation equipment and the comforting depth of deeper water.
  4. Master’s swim – If you enjoy swimming, take it to the next level with these organized swimming classes that will improve your technique and tone your body.
  5. Power Pilates – It’s pilates, but with a twist – the pace is fast and the gains are greater!
  6. Synchopace – Combine a stationary bike, good music, and great vibes, and you get Synchopace – a highly energetic and interesting workout.
  7. Just Dance! – Just Dance gives you an opportunity to let your hair down and enjoy the fluid motions, but also challenges you with the yoga-inspired positions.
  8. Knockout – A cardio routine that is extremely fast-paced and incorporates kicks and punches from kickboxing for increased intensity.
  9. BOSU Fit Challenge – Strength-and-cardio focused exercising method done on BOSU platforms that will improve your coordination and balance while also making you sweat.
  10. Various yoga classes – Finally, yoga is a fitness trend that is always present, which only speaks to how good it actually is. There are various types of yoga, and you can’t go wrong choosing any one of them.

What is the best fitness class for beginners?

Every person has different needs, even as a beginner, and that makes it really difficult to provide a uniform answer to which fitness class is best for beginners. 

What is the best fitness class for beginners

However, there are a couple of tips on how to choose a fitness class that is best for you:

Needs

The first one on your list – place your needs first. Think about what it is you’re trying to achieve and start there. If you’re looking for a low-impact method, try aqua aerobics. If you’d like something with a fast pace, go for power pilates. Your needs have to come first!

Schedule

When you’ve decided on a fitness method, you need to think about fitting the classes into your busy schedule. So, once you’ve decided what you’d like to do, figure out if you can make it work. If not, keep searching, as you can’t modify your obligations to accommodate for fitness classes. Which is unfortunate, to be honest.

Place

Don’t just focus on the schedule. You need to find a gym that you’d feel happy going to on a regular basis, which is why you should always choose a place you like, not just the one that is convenient. Sometimes a longer drive is worth it!

Staff

Meet the trainers that will be working with you during your fitness classes. Ask about their credentials, see if you’re comfortable around them, and watch a class or two and see if you like their way of doing things.

Group

Finally, if you’re opting for group classes, which can be a good choice, ask about the structure of the group. People are usually more comfortable exercising around people who are at a similar fitness level, especially if they’re shy. 

“Where can I find carefully devised fitness classes in Little Italy?”

If you’re looking for the perfect place to start your journey to a healthier life, then you need to go to Fit – the best gym in Little Italy. We’re more than a team of fitness experts – we’re a family, and we’d like to welcome you into it. 

We’ll make your beginning easy and pleasant, and your every visit enjoyable and worthwhile. So, if you’re ever visiting the Our Lady of the Rosary Church, visit Fit as well. You won’t leave disappointed!

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What Are the Top Tips for Getting Fit & Toned?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: November 27, 2019
What Are the Top Tips for Getting Fit & Toned?

People looking for the best tips on getting toned and fit are usually looking for various ways to make their workout more effective. However, is it enough to simply follow the latest trends in fitness, and is fitness really an alternative for hitting the gym, regular style?

It all rather depends on your wants and needs, as any workout is good workout. But, if you’re a beginner, you definitely need some advice on getting toned and fit, and staying so. Don’t worry, we’ll help you make the best out of your Little Italy fitness endeavors.

What are the tips to stay fit?

Woah, where do we begin? It would be easier if there was a California Department of Public Health proscribed “stay fit list”. But there isn’t, and there’s so much advice on the topic… Lucky for you, we’re quite experienced in the matter, and here’s what we have to say about it.

What are the tips to stay fit
  1. No diets – Keeping fit has nothing to do with being on a diet. Instead, incorporate healthy eating into your everyday lifestyle. Don’t eat healthy just when you think you have to.
  2. Enjoyment – Don’t exercise just to keep fit, or just because you feel like you have to. Try to enjoy it. Listen to your favorite music while exercising, or mix up your routine until you find the perfect one that is enjoyable to you.
  3. Priorities – Being fit does require a bit of sacrifice. If you want to become really fit, and stay so, it means keeping your priorities straight. Waking up 15 minutes early, exercising on holiday… You need to develop a habit, and stick to it.
  4. Slack – But, every now and again, you need to cut yourself some slack. Eat some chocolate, grab a burger, have a coke… Indulge from time to time, but never too frequently.
  5. Calories – Yes, you should indulge yourself sometimes, but staying fit at other times means being careful of how many calories you take in every day. Plan your meals according to how much you plan on exercising each day.
  6. Activities – Keeping fit is not just about hitting the gym. You need to stay active whenever you can. That means walking or cycling instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of taking the lift, having active weekends instead of lounging about…
  7. Sleep – You need to be well rested in order to exercise properly, and sleep provides you with the energy you need to get through the day, no matter if you work out or not. Sleep well!

How can I get toned and fit?

You want to become a lean, mean, toned and fit machine? We say good for you! And, if you want some advice on how to do so, you’re in the right place.

  1. More cardio

    Some people say that the best way to burn fat is to put all your efforts into building muscle mass. It’s true, to an extent, but we think that the best way to become toned and fit is to focus on cardio and watch that fat burn away.

  2. Weight

    When you do more cardio, you burn fat, but you also lose muscles. In order to balance it all out, lift some weights, but try to maximize the weight and to get as many reps as possible.

  3. Triathlon

    Let’s be honest, doing triathlon training in order to get fit sounds a bit extreme, but trust us, it’s great. Every day is a new challenge, every training is different, and you’ll have loads of fun. Nobody says you have to actually do a triathlon. 

  4. Weight no, body fat yes

    When trying to get fit, many people make the mistake of only keeping track of their body weight. You should, instead, keep track of the amount of body fat, as the less you have the more fit you become.

  5. Eating habits

    It doesn’t matter if you’re eating healthy or unhealthy food. OK, it does matter, but it also matters whether you’re eating when hungry or out of boredom of habit. Only eat when you’re hungry, and stop the second you feel full.

  6. Fruits and veggies

    Try to incorporate as many different fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet. They have lots of vitamins and fibers, and they’re low on calories. A win win!

  7. Rest

    Finally, don’t just exercise non-stop. You need to rest, and your body needs it too in order to function properly. Being well-rested is just as important as exercising regularly, so don’t push yourself too hard.

How can I get toned and fit

How long does it take to get toned body?

Now, this is a questions there is no definite answer to, nor would we dare even try to answer it with any measurable amount of certainty. It all depends on you as an individual, and because of that, giving a single answer is impossible.

However, we can give you some rough pointers, but they all also greatly depend on what you’re aiming to achieve. If you’re going for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor look, but not the one from after the events in Infinity War, then it’s going to take a while.

However, if your aims are a bit more modest, you’ll be able to witness first results in about six to eight weeks. Then, if you stick to it, in some three or four months you’ll start getting pretty pleased with yourself. 

After that, the sky’s the limit. The sky, your desires, and your goals. The longer you exercise, the better you’ll look, the better you’ll feel, and that’s it, no wisdom to it. Keep it up and you’ll start looking like Thor, sooner or later. 

“I’d like to find a place in Little Italy for fitness, but I’m struggling…”

Your struggles have come to an end! If you haven’t found the perfect fitness place for you, you probably haven’t visited Fit – the finest fitness club in Little Italy! We have everything you need, from experienced and helpful staff, to great atmosphere and excellent amenities. Whatever you need, we have it, and we’re sure you’re going to be thrilled to have found us. So, anytime you’re near the Firehouse Museum, you’re near Fit. Stop by and let’s get you started!

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How Do I Maximize My Workout Results?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: November 27, 2019
How Do I Maximize My Workout Results?

So, you’re looking to completely max out your workout results? You’d like to get fit and toned, but you’re unsure whether you should follow the most popular fitness trends as the best way to lose weight quickly?

Whichever workout routine you choose to dedicate your time to, be it a “classic” gym, or a Little Italy fitness club, there are ways in which you can maximize your workout gains. Let’s see what they are.

How can I make my workout more effective?

Working out on a regular basis, as the San Diego Institute for Public Health states, is something all of us should try to do. But, sometimes, exercising doesn’t yield expected results. Perhaps you’re doing something wrong? Don’t worry, we’ll give you some advice on how to maximize your workout routine.

  1. Time

    The more time you spend at the gym the better? Not really. You’ll get maximum benefits after thirty or forty minutes, with high intensity. Any more than that – the intensity lowers, and the gains decrease. How can I make my workout more effective

  2. High-intensity

    If you’re a beginner, or if you’re just trying out a new exercise, by all means, take it slow. In all other instances, try to do every exercise with as much intensity as you can, in order to boost effectiveness.

  3. Protein

    Your muscles need protein in order to grow and rebuild, and modifying your diet to increase protein intake can be just as important as working out. 

  4. Water

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! However, never drink plenty of water right before exercising. Not only will you feel uneasy, but the body also needs some time to absorb all the water, making it ineffective to drink a lot at once.

  5. Carbs

    Your body needs fuel, and contrary to popular belief, carbs are not the enemy, but a great source of energy. Bananas are a great choice, just don’t overdo it.

  6. Stretches

    Stretch your entire body well before and after working out. This will prepare your body for the session, but also loose all the muscles after it, making the entire effort easier and more fruitful.

  7. Speed

    Or rather lack of it is important for a good workout session. Don’t just rush through the lift, take it slowly. This maximizes the effectiveness of the weight lifting greatly, especially when the motions are correct. 

  8. Weight

    Again, in the beginning, stick to low weights. But, as your form increases, so should the weight. The more weight you lift, while keeping the form good, the more you will gain from every rep.

  9. Single set

    Many people make the mistake of doing multiple sets with lower weights. Instead, take on greater weights, and perform single sets to failure, with proper form.

  10. Compound exercises

    Don’t separate your exercises per muscle group. Do exercises that target multiple muscle groups simultaneously. This way, you’ll get a full-body workout more quickly.

  11. Mix it up

    When you stick with the same workout routine for too long, your body will adjust to it and the gain will keep on decreasing. By mixing it up, you’re always keeping your body on its toes.

  12. Cardio

    Never skip cardio. But, we’re not talking about just that. Do cardio that you’ll enjoy doing. So, if you don’t like running, go swimming and that’s it!

  13. Hills

    Finally, if your cardio of choice is walking, running, or biking, be sure to incorporate hills, as doing these kinds of cardio only on level ground is much less effective.

How do you get the best results from the gym?

Rather than giving you some more advice on how to get more out of your every gym visit, we’re going to point out some common mistakes all of us have made when frequenting the gym, only so you don’t have to repeat them.

How do you get the best results from the gym
  1. Socializing – Having a friendly chat at the gym can motivate you to do better, but overindulging in the social component can leave you less efficient during your gym hours.
  2. Calories – Don’t rely too much on the calorie burn the machine is telling you you’ve achieved. Those numbers are highly general, and while the machine says you’ve burned 1000 calories, the truth is that you might have only burned 500. 
  3. Technique – OK, so you’ve done 15 reps with heavy weights, but have you done it properly? Exercising with improper technique can seriously lower the effectiveness of your workout.
  4. Too soon – Having enthusiasm for exercising is great and all, but you mustn’t overdo it in the beginning. Pushing your body too hard too soon can leave you open for injuries and soreness, and that will just slow down your progress down even further. 
  5. Cardio – The most common mistake when doing cardio is that you focus on your lower body, and neglect your upper body. This is especially true for treadmills, stair steppers, and stationary bikes. 
  6. Plan – Don’t just waltz into the gym and start improvising. You need to have a plan in order to make your every visit to the gym as effective as it can be.
  7. Professionals – Gym staff is there for a reason, so don’t be afraid to ask them for help, as they will explain everything you need to know and make it easier for you to exercise properly.
  8. Eccentricity – Don’t just stick to the regular workout methods and routines. Every now and again it is wise to put your body through an unusual exercise and to keep it as interesting as possible.
  9. Direction – When doing cardio, change the direction every once in a while. Don’t just keep going forward, jog, run, swim or walk sideways and backwards too.

“Do you know a good fitness club in Little Italy I could start going to?”

Finding a good fitness club that checks all the boxes can be tricky, but, this time, it really isn’t, not when Fit is here! We’ve created a perfect atmosphere for fitness in Little Italy, and our experienced staff is there to help you take your first steps. So, if you’re ever at Piazza Basilone, stop by our place and see what we’re about. We know you’ll love it!

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Little Italy Gym: How Authenticity Becomes Reality

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: October 8, 2019
Little Italy Gym: How Authenticity Becomes Reality

Yes, our Little Italy gym will soon welcome all the fitness enthusiasts and professionals who are ready to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Not only does our new gym boast an authentic setting in the boutique Carte Hotel, but it also brings you a range of fitness amenities that will elevate your workout to a whole new level.

At our new facility, you’ll be able to lose more than just a few extra pounds. We will help you gain more confidence and strength, adopt healthy habits and level up your mindset. Get ready to shed the dissatisfaction with your body and transform your lifestyle!

What every gym should have?

In addition to opening in a vibrant, close-knit community, our outstanding Little Italy gym has so much to offer. The moment you enter our new fitness facilities, you’ll find out why fitness enthusiasts around San Diego have been waiting for our new club with nothing but excitement. 

Simply put, we have it all and we’re ready to bring it to you! Have you dreamt of enjoying an inspiring yoga session with a view of San Diego Bay? Or would you prefer socializing with other members, sharing ideas, advice, and unforgettable moments? Just visit our gym as soon as it opens and get everything you need to be fit, healthy, and happy in one place!

“But, what exactly does your gym near me bring to the table?” you may ask. Well, everything you need to achieve your desired fitness goals, and more! Here’s what you can expect from our upcoming fitness sanctuary. 

Experienced trainers & friendly staff

The leading fitness professionals await you in our advanced fitness center in Little Italy. Assisting our community members in achieving their desired goals is among the most important fitness instructor duties and responsibilities of our trainers. Our team is highly qualified and professionally educated to work with individuals of different ages, providing them with tailored fitness plans. 

Working with our personal and group instructors in Little Italy will be a true pleasure since we’ve handpicked patient, experienced, and amicable experts. In addition, our service staff is also here to accommodate your requests and maintain a pristine facility that matches the style and glamor of the Carte Hotel. 

Innovative facilities with high-end equipment

Our Little Italy gym features an appealing, modern, sleek look that reflects the elegance of the surrounding areas. Stretching over 28,000 square feet, our new fitness club has everything you need to lose weight, tone your muscles, increase your flexibility, change your diet, and more. At our new facilities, you’ll find the best commercial gym equipment in the region.

On top of all this, your new favorite gym will also charm you with some unique areas. For instance, you’ll fall in love with our rooftop heated pool with a spa zone for relaxation. Yes, you heard it right! We mix business with pleasure by providing our gym members with an opportunity to work out and have fun to their hearts’ content. 

A range of personalized fitness courses

Do you want to join the best health and fitness courses San Diego has to offer? Then be the first in line when our new gym opens in Little Italy. Our fitness team specializes in a range of physical activities and plans, so there’s no doubt you’ll find a class that meets your needs. 

Whether you want to join a group training, try hot yoga classes, or engage in strength and cardio training, you can do so at our fitness center. We offer a variety of fitness courses, so the only thing you need to do is to discover which one meets YOUR needs.

What is the best gym membership?

This one is easy! The one that gives you all of the mentioned benefits. But that’s not all! Here at Fit Athletic, we believe that a gym is more than just a place to work out. That’s why we’re ready to take things up a notch in our Little Italy gym and provide our community members with: 

  • Day passes and corporate wellness events
  • Free training sessions for friend referrals 
  • Steam rooms, sauna, showers, locker rooms
  • Nutritional advice and healthy foods
  • Cozy and relaxing lounge areas
  • Free towel service
  • Valet parking 

When will Fit Little Italy open?

Sooner than you think! In fact, you can plan your visit to our new gym the beginning of next year. Yes, that’s right! The opening ceremony is scheduled for 2020 and we’ll be more than glad to celebrate this day with you.

Reap all the benefits of regular physical activity while simultaneously enjoying one of the most luxurious gyms in San Diego. Discover what our new gym has to offer!

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Fit Little Italy: A Place Where Fitness Meets Luxury

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: October 8, 2019
Fit Little Italy: A Place Where Fitness Meets Luxury

The very moment you arrive at the opening of the Fit gym in Little Italy, you’ll discover that fitness and luxury can go hand in hand. Our Fit Little Italy gym will be the new favorite hotspot of everyone who wants to enrich their lifestyle and improve their wellbeing. 

Visiting our new gym will give you an opportunity to become your best self surrounded by like-minded individuals in a setting that inspires you to overcome even the most challenging obstacles. Fit brings you the gym you’ve been waiting for: one designed to delight and equipped to inspire. And all this comes at a location you cannot but love. 

Where will Fit Little Italy be located? 

Featuring one of the most charming Fit gym locations yet, our newest fitness facility is located in the heart of Little Italy. In fact, it’s an integral part of the luxe Carte Hotel San Diego, offering hotel guests access to one of the city’s most unique gyms.

The hotel itself is an emblem of elegance and sophistication, boasting no fewer than 246 lavishly designed rooms with all the comforts you could wish for. As you relax in your comfortable and cozy hotel room after a rewarding and energizing workout, you can admire the view of the Embarcadero waterfront. 

Here, you can start your day working out in the exclusive Fit fitness facility and then recharge your energy over a delicious meal overlooking the sea. There’s more! You can savor and sample all the cocktails and wines the hotel has to offer without worrying about a few extra calories. You have the city’s most eagerly expected gym on your side!  

What perks and comforts does the gym offer? 

Aside from the amenities that every gym should have, our Fit fitness hub brings you a few other perks that will truly delight you. Our facilities offer you state-of-the-art equipment in combination with a relaxed, pleasant, and welcoming atmosphere. At our gym, you can look forward to both outdoor and indoor workouts that guarantee maximum health and fitness benefits. 

“What can your fitness haven offer that other gyms near me cannot?” Well, our gym is located in one of the most popular boutique hotels in San Diego, covering 28,000 square feet. This means that plenty of fitness zones await you, from yoga areas to steam rooms and saunas.

Towel service and an exceptional locker room are also one of the comforts you can enjoy at this Fit Athletic gym. However, the best and most exciting of them all is the ultimate relaxation experience and alfresco ambiance – the rooftop pool with a soothing hot tub.

Which gym is the best to join?

With all the perks that our gym offers, the unique setting of Carte Hotel, friendly staff, experienced trainers, and class variety, there’s no better gym for your fitness needs than our Fit Little Italy.

With our professional assistance and fully equipped facilities, achieving your fitness objectives will be easier than ever before. Not only will you have all the support you need from your personal trainers, but you’ll also be able to reach your full potential in the company of enthusiastic, like-minded gym members.

Finally, our fitness club in Little Italy is also stocked up on healthy foods, snacks, and beverages. This means that your physical transformation can be accompanied by a healthy diet that will help you achieve optimal results!

When does Fit Little Italy open?

You can expect the new Fit Athletic club to open in 2020, so the ultimate workout experience in a one-of-a-kind environment is just a few months away. Of course, our other facilities across San Diego are also at your disposal until our Little Italy location opens.

At our fitness club, not only will you get the recommended amount of physical activity, but you’ll also have fun doing so. We invite you and other fitness enthusiasts to join us and cut the ribbon. Welcome!

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Can Yoga Help with Belly Fat and Weight Loss?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: September 30, 2019
Can Yoga Help with Belly Fat and Weight Loss?

Exercising is not only healthy, but it also makes us look and feel better. If you’re struggling with weight, although you might not think it, yoga is amazing for losing weight quickly and efficiently. Beginners have many questions, and we understand.

As a newbie, you want to get some yoga tips for beginners to help you prepare, you are curious about whether yoga is helpful for body toning, and you’re often unsure if yoga is enough for all your needs. Well, if you’re thinking about frequenting yoga classes in Mission Beach to get toned, let us answer your most burning questions. 

Can I lose weight doing yoga?

The short answer would be yes, but we do need to elaborate a bit further. One of the prerequisites for weight loss is an increase in your heart rate. So, in order to shed pounds more effectively, your heart needs to really get racing.

Now, some people say that yoga cannot get you there, that yoga is too gentle and too mellow for losing weight, and that you definitely need to combine yoga with other types of exercising in order to lose pounds effectively.

In a way, there is some truth to these statements. The more gentle among various yoga styles definitely won’t help you lose weight as efficiently as, say, running. However, yoga has a powerful effect on the endocrine system and can boost your metabolism to burn more calories.

If weight loss is your primary goal, you can always choose a more fast-paced style of yoga that will get your blood pumping and your heart beating quickly. Yoga styles that get you sweating are just as good for weight loss as the more traditional exercises like running or aerobics, if not better. Regular yoga practice will do wonders for your body and your mental health!

What are the best yoga styles for weight loss?

What are the best yoga styles for weight loss?

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga is a series of primary and advanced poses designed with the intention of building heat in your body, increasing your heart rate, and boosting circulation. And, with all of this, weight loss follows.

Vinyasa Yoga

Sometimes, Vinyasa is called “flow” yoga, and that’s exactly what it is. You’ll flow like a stream through a series of gradually intensifying postures, doing each one a bit more quickly than the last. Vinyasa will get your heart pumping quickly and effectively, leading to weight loss.

Bikram Yoga

Finally, probably the best style of yoga for weight loss, but also the one not suitable for beginners. You’ll be practicing in a 100-degree room, you’ll sweat and puff, and you’ll love every second of it.

Can yoga help lose belly fat?

Again, yes, yoga can definitely help you trim some of that pesky belly fat, but, again, only when you use the correct yoga styles and positions. More on that a bit later. For now, we have to say that yoga helps you reduce belly fat in more ways than one.

First and foremost, yoga promotes a healthy lifestyle. It inspires you to change the habits that may have a negative impact on your overall well being, and embrace a healthier alternative.

Secondly, yoga also encourages every individual to find a routine that works best for his or her needs. So, if your goal is to lose belly fat, consult your instructor and come up with a sequence of yoga postures that will help you do just that.

Finally, but, perhaps, most importantly, yoga makes you engage your core, and that is the most obvious way in which yoga helps you eliminate belly fat. This will make your abs strong, and your belly fat will start disappearing rapidly. Now, let’s see about the best yoga postures for losing belly fat.

What are the best yoga postures for eliminating belly fat?

There are three main postures that will help you make quick work of your belly fat.

  1. The Boat Pose

    This is a yoga position that really engages your core. First, you need to hold the boat pose for about five breaths, then go to the full Boat Pose, with your legs and your upper body hovering. Hold it for a single deep breath, and then repeat. Do this five times a week, and witness a trimmed waistline in no time.

  2. The Bridge Pose

    Shedding belly fat is not just about your abs. You also need to pay attention to all the muscles supporting your core. And this is where this pose steps in. Tighten your abs as you get into bridge pose, then start gently lowering your backside until you tap the ground. After that, raise your hips again to finish a rep. Do this for ten to fifteen repetitions, three to four times a week, and your belly fat will burn.

  3. Various balancing poses

    All balancing poses help strengthen your core, and a strong core means less belly fat. Combine different balancing poses with the boat and bridge forms, and give your body an all encompassing belly-fat-losing workout.

“Where can I start doing yoga in Mission Bay?”

If you’d like to follow the advice of the California Department of Public Health and start leading a healthier lifestyle, while receiving some other benefits like less belly fat, yoga is the perfect exercise for you. And we have just the Mission Beach yoga classes you’re looking for!

Fit Athletic provides incredible conditions for practicing yoga, and our instructors will help you achieve the results you desire. They are dedicated and experienced yogis who know which style of yoga is best for your needs and will develop a routine that fits your wishes. If you’d like to get ready for the surfing season at Mission Bay, stop by our place and let’s get cracking!

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Yoga for Beginners: What Style to Choose & How Often to Do It?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: September 30, 2019
Yoga for Beginners: What Style to Choose & How Often to Do It?

If you’re unsure what yoga style is best for beginners, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Starting yoga can be daunting, but a lot of fun too. So, instead of wondering if yoga can help you lose weight, what the benefits of yoga are, and if doing only yoga can keep you fit, our advice is just go for it.

Yoga is amazing, and it can help you in ways you would not even dream of. Exercising regularly is a must, per advice from the San Diego Institute for Public Health, and practicing yoga is the best way to keep yourself fit. All you need to do is find a Mission Beach yoga place for you, and get cracking. 

How often should a beginner do yoga?

When you’re just beginning to exercise, no matter the chosen routine, you should ease into it. But, easing into yoga is not the same as easing into other exercising routines. Regardless of whether you’re already in shape or not, you’ll need to start slowly and with awareness. 

Choose simpler styles of yoga, which we’re going to discuss later on, and gradually move into the more demanding styles. Listen to your body and your instructor and, over time, you’ll notice major improvements in coordination, flexibility and strength. 

If you want to reap the full benefits of yoga, commit to a regular practice under professional guidance. You really can’t overdo it if you’re doing it right. Try to do yoga 3 to 5 times a week. Although it seems like a lot, you need to properly familiarize yourself with it and develop a routine. With yoga, consistency is just as important as frequency, and you should do your best to be committed and organized. 

What type of yoga is best for beginners?

Not every style of yoga is slow and mellow. There are some types of yoga that will seriously put your body to the test, and we advise not to begin with Hot Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Power Yoga, or Aerial Yoga. These styles may prove to be a bit much for a yogi newbie. 

But, there are many other styles of yoga that are perfect for anyone who’s just starting out, and here are some of the most popular ones.

  1. Hatha Yoga

    The perfect style of yoga for every beginner, and the type mostly practiced throughout the United States. You will learn how to breathe, how to relax, and how to hold various postures. Hatha will slowly introduce you to the wondrous world of yoga.

  2. Restorative Yoga

    This is probably the most relaxing and the least physically demanding style of yoga. Don’t be afraid of it because there are props involved. Restorative Yoga is slow, methodical, and focuses heavily on breathing, and it is perfect for every greenhorn.

  3. Vinyasa Yoga

    Vinyasa is a yoga style that’s all about the flow, i.e. a correct sequence of different yoga poses seamlessly taking one another’s place. You will slowly move your body as you adjust your breathing, and you can gradually advance to more difficult combinations of positions.

  4. Yin Yoga

    Yin is all about stretching your body to its limits, especially your connective tissue. You will try to hold every position for three to five minutes, and it can be a bit demanding in the beginning, but it is slow and can help you find your yoga feet in no time.

  5. Kundalini Yoga

    It is similar to Vinyasa, but a lot faster, so when you think you’re ready to be out of breath, it is time to transition to this fast-paced yoga style that consists of different poses combined into a rapid flow of constant movements.

“What is the best place in Mission Beach for a yoga beginner?”

There are many places you can practice yoga at, but only one provides the perfect atmosphere, the necessary amenities, and the view that will inspire you to do yoga with the best of them – Fit Athletic gym.

Our superstar team of yoga instructors will give it their all to show you the amazing world of yoga, and you’ll love every second of it. Who knows, once you master it, perhaps you can do a Karate Kid moment at the Mission Beach Boardwalk. But, before that, visit our yoga place in Mission Beach and see just how incredible it is!

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A Guide to Getting Toned Quickly

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: August 12, 2019
A Guide to Getting Toned Quickly

Everybody would like to know how to get toned in a jiffy, and it’s understandable, since all of us seem to have less and less free time on our hands. Trying to change your body shape by exercising every day, or by working out at a swimming pool on a regular basis can be difficult to accomplish, so everyone would like a shortcut.

And we can help with that. Well, we can at least give you a short enough guide on how to get toned as quickly as possible. Just how fast you’ll get ribbed depends on how determined you are to give it your all at gyms in Pacific Beach, California. We’ll give you the know-how, the rest is up to you.

How do you get a toned body?

Let’s be honest, all of us would like to get a toned body, but not all of us are willing to dedicate enough time out of our busy schedules to do so. But, if you’re willing to set aside some of your free time for getting toned, we can help you achieve your goals.

How do you get a toned body

So, getting a toned body means exercising on a regular basis. But, getting a toned body does not have to include lifting weights and going overboard on the whole thing. Let’s see about some of the exercises you didn’t even know could get you fit.

What are some of the best exercises for getting toned?

Here are some of the easiest-to-do, but also the most effective workout techniques for getting your body into shape, which are even to California Department of Public Health’s liking! 

  1. Push-ups – With push-ups, especially if you do different types of them, you can start toning your body without much trouble. 
  2. Squats – Everybody knows squats, but not everybody does them. And they should, as squats are an all-round excellent exercise for your lower body.
  3. Crunches – If you do various types of crunches regularly, you’ll become abtastic more easily that you might think.
  4. Glutes – Although squats do activate your glutes, try to incorporate some extra exercises for this muscle group, such as clamshells, frog pumps, or walking lunges.
  5. Plank – No better way to increase the strength of your core than to plank often and plank hard. 

How can I get toned fast?

If you’re pressed for time and your toning efforts need to be as quick as possible, all you have to do is intensify your routine and do as many reps as you can, right? Yes, right, but there’s also a bit more to it than that, and we’ll give you some advice on how to maximize your toning schedule.

How can I get toned fast
  1. Be active every day – If you’re in a hurry, you’ve definitely got no time to lose.
  2. Work your way up – Although you’re pressed for time, you have to build your endurance gradually in the beginning.
  3. Don’t overdo it – It’s not wise to push yourself beyond the limit, as it will inhibit your progress as soon as tomorrow.
  4. Avoid bad food – Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to toning your body quickly.
  5. Portions – Refrain from overeating, even if the food is as healthy as it can be.
  6. Nutrients – Choose food that is rich with all the right nutrients you need, such as vegetables, grains, proteins, fruit, and some healthy dairy products.
  7. Water is your friend – Drink as much water as you can, as it will cleanse your organism of toxins and keep you hydrated through the process.
  8. No fad diets – Don’t fall for the false promos, just modify your nutrition and give it your all.
  9. Routine – Organize your daily workout routine and stick to it.
  10. Stay motivated – Don’t let a small bump on the road keep you from achieving your goal!

“Where can I find help when trying to get toned?”

If you’re unsure how to approach this matter, if you don’t know what the best way to start is, why not try seeking help at the best among Pacific Beach gyms – Fit Athletic. We have all the necessary equipment for your needs, and our staff is going to provide plenty of helpful advice for your toning struggles. If you plan on getting your body ready for strutting around Belmont Park, than you should definitely stop by one of our gyms.

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Exercising in a Pool: Is It Good & Will I Lose Weight?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: August 12, 2019
Exercising in a Pool: Is It Good & Will I Lose Weight?

People who want to try out exercising in a swimming pool are usually full of questions. “Will it help me change my body shape?”; “What will I accomplish if I exercise like that every day?”; “will it allow me to get a toned body?”. And many more, in fact. 

Woah, hold your horses, we can’t answer all of it right away, but we can start by telling you just how good exercising regularly at one of the indoor swimming pools near Pacific Beach can be, and why.

Is working out in the pool good for you?

To keep it as short as possible, yes, working out in the pool is not only good for you, it’s an amazing workout through and through. In fact, some say that it’s even the best type of workout you can do, as all your muscles are constantly doing this or that while submerged in water.

Is working out in the pool good for you

Even simply going swimming for a couple of pool lengths can be more beneficial than you might think, especially if you mix up your swimming styles, thus activating all of your muscle groups. Even the San Diego Institute for Public Health agree on this.

Why is working out in the pool so good?

Let’s see why many consider water exercise to be one of the best types of workout.

  1. Low joint impact – Water provides buoyancy, which decreases stress on your joints.
  2. Water keeps you cool – If you work out hard, your body can overheat quite quickly, especially in the summer. When you exercise in a pool, there’s little to no chance of this happening.
  3. Water provides resistance – Aside from providing buoyancy, water also naturally resists your every movement because it’s thicker than air, making you work extra hard.
  4. Burning the calories – Because of the greater resistance, exercising in water burns calories more quickly.
  5. Water supports the body – When you exercise in water, you don’t have to worry about stressing your back or ligaments, especially if you’ve been experiencing some problems recently. 

How do you get a good swim workout?

Getting a good pool workout consists of many factors, the most important of which is your dedication for it. If you have that, we’ll have an easy enough time helping you with the rest. Let’s see about some of the best water training techniques, and about the advice for taking your swim workout to the next level.

What are some of the best swimming drills I could try?

There are many things you could do in water, but here are some of the most rewarding ones.

  1. Kick drills – Take a kickboard, and keep it in front of you, roughly at an arm’s length. Then, practice your kick drills. The best ones to do are flutter kicks, frog kicks, and butterfly kicks.
  2. Butterfly and breaststroke drills – Strikes where you use every single inch of your body are amazing exercise, and they improve both your speed and your endurance. To begin with, try to do 15-meter swims every 30 seconds.
  3. Water running – The other term for aqua jogging, this is an excellent technique for getting a cardio exercise of a high intensity without the impact of striking a hard surface.

How can I improve my swim workout?

Now you know the best exercises to do in water, but let’s see how you can elevate your game even further.

  1. Slow down and breathe – Don’t rush it! Slow down your strokes a bit, and focus on your breathing rhythm.
  2. Warm up – Don’t just jump into the pool and start stroking. Take some time to properly warm up before starting your swim session.
  3. Ask a professional – If you feel like you’ve been plateauing for some time, consult a professional swim coach for some tips on how to elevate your swimming.

Can you lose weight doing water exercise?

You definitely can lose weight doing water exercise, but perhaps not in the same way you would lose weight doing different types of “earthly” exercises. Working out in water tones your entire body , since water provides an environment where your every muscle is met with some level of resistance.

Can you lose weight doing water exercise

It is because of this fact, but also because of the fact that you’re not going to sweat in the water as you would when working out in a traditional environment that you might not notice the weight loss as quickly as you would otherwise.

However, this does not mean that working out in water will not lose pounds. It will, but in a different way. You will lose weight proportionately across your entire body, which will take some time to notice, as you will not see inches melt from, let’s say, just your belly. So, keep at it, and you’ll be amazed at just how much weight you can lose by doing water exercise.

“Where can I find the best indoor swimming pool in Pacific Beach?”

If you want to try out water exercising, you’ll need a good swimming pool to do so. And the best one in Pacific Beach can be found at Fit Athletic, a premium gym for all your workout needs. Fit Athletic employs the best staff, boasts the finest equipment, and has the perfect atmosphere for working out. If you want to prepare your body for the swimsuit season at Law Street Beach, pay us a visit!

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Working Out Every Day: Should You Do It?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: July 24, 2019
Working Out Every Day: Should You Do It?

How will working out every day help me?”, you ask? “How can I change my body shape?”, you wonder? “Is working out in a swimming pool a good option for getting toned fast?”, you contemplate? Well, you don’t need to anymore, as we’ll help you with whether or not everyday workout at a gym in Pacific Beach is the way to go or not.

Is it OK to work out every day?

First off, we have to point out that, technically, there isn’t anything bad in working out every day. Doing some sort of physical activity on a daily basis is advisable, but with a twist – if you’re keen on everyday workout sessions, you have to vary the intensity, so as not to get your body too used to the same rhythm.

Will I lose weight if I go to the gym everyday

So not, exercising every day is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be if you overdo it, if you continually overwork yourself. In that case, the results might not be as you’d expect them, and here’s why.

Why should I sometimes skip a workout session?

Here are some of the most important reasons for you to consider skipping a session on a regular basis, courtesy of the San Diego Institute for Public Health.

  1. Muscles grow best when you rest.
  2. Women can overtrain themselves to a point of disrupting their menstrual cycles.
  3. If you’re experiencing trouble sleeping, chances are you’re overtraining.
  4. Mood swings can also be a common occurrence when pushing yourself too hard.
  5. Your appetite will increase as a result of you exercising constantly
  6. Exhaustion can become a serious problem as well.
  7. You’ll have less and less free time for other activities.

So, just because you’ve paid a membership at a gym in Pacific Beach doesn’t mean that you have to “make the most out of it” by working out every day. Ask the gym staff for help in devising a schedule that suits you and start training.

How do I see results at the gym?

If you’re wondering when the results of you hitting the gym are going to start surfacing, it does take some time to get started. But, if you’ve been exercising for a couple of months and you still don’t notice any visible results, it might mean that you need to change some things.

Many people fail to get their desired results by actually making mistakes while training. There’s more to it than simply lifting as much weight as many times you can manage. Working out is a carefully orchestrated dance, although it might not seem so, and you have to learn the steps before you can truly boogie.

How can I get results faster?

There are many, many ways for you to start seeing the results of your hard work faster, but we’re only going to share the ones we feel work best.

  • Improve your nutrition habits.
  • Try lifting weights, but start with the smaller ones.
  • Increasing the density of your workout sessions will go a long way.
  • Do HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training. Alternate low and high intensity training for maximum results.
  • Mix up your training methods.
  • Bring a friend to the gym for that extra jolt of motivation.
  • If all of this fails, hire a personal trainer to help you.

Will I lose weight if I go to the gym every day?

How do I see results at the gym

You, will, at first. But then, you’ll get to what is called a weight-loss plateau. This means that you will hit your weight-loss ceiling due to pushing your body too hard. The defensive mechanisms our bodies have to protect against sudden and extreme weight loss will kick in, leaving you stumped after working out every day, and not losing weight. 

That is why the best course of action is to allow yourself some rest in between regular training sessions. Not only will your muscles grow, but you will not mess with your body’s internal functions, allowing you to lose weight at an even rate while still putting on some muscle mass and toning your body.

“I’d like to try the gym experience, but I don’t know which gym in Pacific Beach to choose.”

With so many gyms all around, it is an extremely difficult task to choose the one to frequent. All of them seem quite good, and they’re gyms, how different can they really be? Well, one does stand out above all the other Pacific Beach gyms, and that’s Fit Athletic.Not only does Fit Athletic employs the best trainers, buys only the most modern equipment, and assures all the necessary amenities for its members, but it also occupies the finest locations, so as to make your workout sessions as enjoyable as they can be. If this sounds good to you, and we see no reason why it shouldn’t, stop by our place after a visit to the Capehart Park and see what we’re all about!

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How to Change Your Body Shape by Working Out Regularly

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: July 24, 2019
How to Change Your Body Shape by Working Out Regularly

If you’d like to change your body shape, but you don’t know if working out every day is the way to go, or if you should mix it up with some regular swimming workout in order to get toned quickly, you’re not alone. This one’s for all of you who would like to get fit and lean, but don’t know how to do it at a gym in Mission Beach CA.

Can you change your body shape by exercise?

Most of us, especially those entering a gym for the first time, have little idea of what awaits them. We’re unsure about whether or not working out will get us the desired results, and we have no idea how to actually achieve them. And, the majority of these people would like to enhance their body shape a bit.

Well, you don’t have to consult the California Department of Public Health to get an answer to this one. 

What is the best gym to join

On the one hand, as we approach adulthood, our body proportions and our bone structure is pretty much fixed, and there’s little you can do to change that, gym or no gym.

However, you can definitely alter the structure of your muscles, reduce fat, and thus alter and improve your overall physical appearance. 

So yes, you can definitely change your body shape by hitting the gym on a regular basis. You just need to put in some work and dedication, and the results will come, without question.

Will my body shape change if I lose weight?

Hm, the answer is not as simple as it might appear at first. You see, simply losing weight will only get you so far when it comes to altering and enhancing the shape of your body. Losing weight is, in most cases, simply not enough to achieve the bod of your dreams.

So, you need to lose weight if you think you should, but you also have to exercise regularly to get your muscles toned and raise your overall fitness. If you’re low on muscle mass, just losing weight will still not get you that fit look you’re probably working towards.

All this being said, the straight answer to whether or not your body shape will change after shedding some pounds is yes, it will, but to a limited extent. To make your body really alter you need to work on in a bit more.

What is the best gym to join?

There are good gyms, there are bad gyms, there are excellent gyms too, like Fit Athletic, but there is only one perfect gym, and perfect in this case means it should suit you and your needs. That is why it is difficult to recommend a single gym and tell you “Go, join, enjoy!”. 

You need to know exactly what you’re hoping to get out of the experience, and then you have to go find a gym that ticks all the necessary boxes. We can give you an idea of roughly what a great gym should have. Then it’s your job to work on it from there.

What should a good gym have?

Here’s a brief list of the prerequisites every gym that wishes to be considered premium should fulfill.

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  • Modern equipment
  • Vicinity to your home
  • High level of cleanliness
  • Regular maintenance
  • Options for personal training
  • Amenities such as saunas and showers
  • Secure lockers
  • Good layout
  • Qualified and experienced staff
  • Well thought-out rules

“Where can I find such a gym in Mission Beach CA?”

If you’re looking for a Mission Beach gym to call your own, there’s really very little searching to be done. All you have to do is head to Fit Athletic and sign up for a membership. It’s that simple. Fit Athletic gyms boast incredible locations, state-of-the-art equipment, excellent staff and useful amenities. Only the best is good enough for us, and it should be the same for you. That is why you should stop by our place on your way home from Ulysses Track and see for yourself!

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Pilates or Yoga: Does Pilates Help With Losing Weight Just as Much as Yoga?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: June 27, 2019
Pilates or Yoga: Does Pilates Help With Losing Weight Just as Much as Yoga?

If you’re wondering if Pilates is better than yoga, or vice versa, you’re in the wrong frame of mind. They’re both great, but in different ways. Instead, the questions you should learn more about include what Pilates actually is, if it can help you with belly fat, and if you need to join a gym to practice Pilates. We will first tackle the most obvious choice – if regular Bankers Hill Pilates workout sessions can help you lose weight.

Is Pilates a good way to lose weight?

Just to make one thing clear – California Department of Public Health states that any type of exercising is good for weight loss. The only real difference between them is the projected speed at which you should expect to reduce your weight. And, you should never lose sight of another important aspect when trying to shed a couple of pounds, and that’s proper nutrition.

So yes, Pilates is a good way to lose weight, just as good as all the other types of exercising. It may not be as quick as, say, cardio, but that only means it’s a bit gentler on your body, and a bit less aggressive. 

How does Pilates help me lose weight?

There are several reasons why Pilates is a good workout method for losing weight, and almost all of them revolve around the six basic principles of Pilates you have to master if you want to maximize your results. Here are the most important reasons why Pilates is the choice of many when it comes to losing weight.

  • Shaping – When you practice Pilates, you try to get your body into different shapes, and it is these shapes that, over time, give your body a leaner and slimmer look.
  • Strengthening – Pilates is not about shedding weight quickly, but rather doing so gradually and properly. And, in order to lose weight, you first have to strengthen your entire body for the process, which is where Pilates comes into play. It will strengthen your core and increase your flexibility, preparing your body for weight loss.
  • Movement – Moving contributes to weight loss, as simple as that, and seeing how Pilates features some quite unorthodox workout moves, you know you’ll be well on your way to lose some weight.

How many times a week should I do Pilates?

Unlike other workout methods, where you’re not entirely sure how many times a week you should commit to them, Pilates does let you know just how many times a week you should do it. And when we say Pilates lets you know, we mean Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates.

how many times a week should i do pilates

In his book, Joseph Pilates clearly suggests that the best way to practice Pilates is to do it four times a week minimum. Yes, minimum. 

You see, Pilates is not like other forms of exercising. It’s gentle to your body, it’s slow, and you can’t overdo it with Pilates. You can do Pilates any chance you get, and not worry about the consequences, as there aren’t any. But, if you’re pressed for time, two to three times a week will do just fine. 

What to wear to a Pilates class?

Pilates can be a bit demanding when it comes to the clothes you should wear when doing it, but it’s only like that in the beginning. And it’s easy if you follow these simple rules.

  • No shoes – Pilates is done barefoot, so no shoes required. If you feel uneasy without socks though, wear grippy ones so as not to slip.
  • Baggy no, form-fitting yes – The ideal clothing for Pilates includes clothing that allows for stretching, but is definitely not baggy. When you wear form-fitting clothing to Pilates, your instructor can clearly see how your body is aligned and thus correct any mistakes you might be making. 
  • No belts and tie-backs – These clothing items can make lying on your back really uncomfortable.
  • Eliminate embellishments – Buttons, buckles, zippers, clasps, as well as the rest of the trimmings can damage Pilates equipment, so best avoid them.
  • Take your jewelry off – As it will only hinder your Pilates efforts.
  • Tie your hair – You should be proud of your long, wavy mane, but keep in mind that you should keep it under control when doing Pilates, for your own sake.

“Sounds good enough, just need to find a good Pilates place in San Diego.”

That’s a lot easier than you think. Fit Athletic is not just a good, but the best place for all the methods of exercising, Bankers Hill-based Pilates included. We have all the equipment, we have all the amenities, and we’ve managed to create an atmosphere in which exercising is a true joy. If you’re ever visiting the Cabrillo National Monument, pop to our place on the way home and check it out. You’ll get a membership as soon as you step foot in it.

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What Is Pilates and How Can it Benefit My Body?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: June 27, 2019
What Is Pilates and How Can it Benefit My Body?

“Hm, what does Pilates do for the body?” “Is Pilates different than yoga?” “Does Pilates require me to join a gym?” “Can Pilates help me lose belly fat?” These and many others are questions that plague all the enthusiasts who are thinking about signing up for great Bankers Hill San Diego Pilates courses. But, first things first, let’s see what Pilates is all about.

What kind of workout is Pilates?

The mere name of it, “Pilates”, similar to “yoga”, brings an air of mystery to this form of working out. Where are my dumbbells, my treadmills, my medicine balls and my ropes? And you’re right to wonder as Pilates is still considered to be a novelty by many. But it should not be so because Pilates offers numerous invaluable benefits.

Pilates explained

Explaining Pilates, on the other hand, is a lot easier than the name would suggest. It’s an exercising method which primarily focuses on the strength of your core. And, according to the San Diego Institute for Public Health, if your core is as strong as it can be, your overall fitness and wellbeing levels will improve massively too.

Essentially, Pilates is mostly comparable to yoga as it also focuses on balance, posture, and flexibility. And, like yoga, it seems quite simple, yet it’s actually quite physically demanding. Yes, you probably will be sore in the beginning, but that’s just the good old burn.

What are the six principles of Pilates

And, it has to be said, Pilates is also extremely beneficial. You might not think it, but it can massively improve your physical fitness in ways you didn’t think were possible with this kind of exercise. These are just some of the things Pilates is good for:

  • Posture
  • Muscle tone
  • Flexibility
  • Abdominal muscles
  • Balance
  • Stress

As you can see, Pilates is a well-rounded form of working out, one that is a bit easier on your body, a bit easier to get into, but one that is highly beneficial nonetheless. 

What are the six principles of Pilates?

Joseph Pilates, the creator of, you’ve guessed it, Pilates, has identified the six basic principles of Pilates in his work called “Contrology”. He considers Pilates to be more than just a body workout. It’s also an exercise for the spirit and the mind. Because of it, he identified six essential principles:

  1. Centering – When doing Pilates, the whole idea is that the source of all your energy comes from the center of your body, between the pubic bone and your lower ribs. This is the area of focus when doing pilates.
  2. Concentration – Obviously, you need to concentrate on whatever it is you’re doing at the moment. But while you can let your mind wander while treadmilling, Pilates does require your maximum attention to yield best results.
  3. Control – With Pilates, nothing is left to chance. None of your body parts are left to their own devices, and you have to obtain complete control of virtually every muscle in your body in order to practice Pilates correctly.
  4. Precision – No hectic movements when it comes to Pilates, no flickers of hands, no jerkings of legs. Every move you make has to be properly envisioned and adequately aligned to the rest of your body.
  5. Breathing – Every Pilates exercise should be done in tune with breathing. Breathing is an essential part of the majority of Pilates exercises, and it’s integral to Pilates as a method.
  6. Flow – Pilates flows like water. Fluidity is a vital part of it, and your every movement should arise from the previous and continue into the next one. Everything is carefully orchestrated to achieve complete harmony of physical expression. 

“I’m sold, what’s the best place for Pilates in San Diego?”

If it’s Pilates in San Diego’s Bankers Hill you’re looking for, then you’re at the right place. Fit Athletic is one of those rare gyms that boasts a serene atmosphere and effective workout methods that Pilates and yoga require. Sometimes, it’s more than just the equipment and amenities, which we also have, and it’s more about the feeling you get when you enter a gym. And that’s why we stand out. So, if Pilates is something you’d like to try out, stop by our place after a walk through Coronado and consider signing up. You won’t regret it!

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Gym Membership: Do I Really Need It?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: May 31, 2019
Gym Membership: Do I Really Need It?

“I do not need a gym membership to get into shape, I can do it all on my own!” is a sentence worthy of applause, as it shows confidence and determination. But, it is also rash. Yes, nobody says you have to take swimming lessons at a gym, nor that the only way to enjoy the perks of exercising in water is at an indoor pool in Pacific Beach. You seem to have solved the “exercise indoors or outdoors” conundrum pretty quickly.

But, let’s get back to the “rash” part. Although it may seem that paying a gym membership in order to work out is a waste of money, have you really taken the time to slowly and calmly make a pros and cons list? Well, if you haven’t, we’re here to do it for you.

Do I need to go to a gym to get fit?

Lately, there have been many reports about how people don’t need gyms to get fit anymore, how all you have to do is run outside and make the world your workout oyster. And, while there are some valid claims to this, most primarily the fresh air and beautiful scenery, there are some untrue ones as well.

  1. Train anywhere, anytime – In theory, yes, but do you really want the judging looks on you as you go for a run around your apartment building? While it’s not exactly this extreme, exercising outside a gym still entails doing so at specified locations or nature. And, at home, your possibilities are even more limited.
  2. Variety – Yes, you’ll have potential variety of scenery, but variety of exercising equipment? Probably not. This becomes all the more important if you choose to work out at home.
  3. Progress-tracking – People say that it is completely doable to track your own progress. And it is, you can certainly do it alone. But, when you have a professional tracking your progress for you, it is a lot easier to know what areas to focus on, and what areas are going great.
  4. It’s cheaper – It is, unless you think about it more carefully. If you plan on working out at home, you have to buy equipment. If you plan on exercising in nature, you still need money for petrol, bus fare, or taxi. Whereas, if you opt for a nearby gym, you get all the equipment, you don’t need transportation, and you receive professional guidance.

Are gym memberships worth it?

Gym memberships definitely are worth it, and there are many reasons why it is so. Here are just some of the most important ones that will help you see just how great gyms can be.

  1. Equipment – Gyms have everything you need, even more.
  2. Amenities – Taking a shower or going to a sauna s a big plus for gyms.
  3. People – it is the other people exercising beside you that push you beyond your limit.
  4. Trainers – Professionals can greatly help with your exercising endeavors.
  5. Classes – Organized fitness or aerobic classes cannot be found outside of gyms.
  6. Atmosphere – Gyms are for working out. Period.

There are many more reasons why it is worth paying a gym membership, but it would take too long to list them all. However, there is one prerequisite of paying a gym membership, one that is even more important than all the urging of the San Diego Institute for Public Health for regular exercise, and it’s your willingness to visit a gym.

If you plan on hitting the gym once a week, don’t pay the membership, you’re only wasting your money. You won’t see any results, you won’t have continuity, and you’ll be lying to yourself. However, if you do plan on going regularly, then a gym membership is definitely worth it.

How do I choose the best gym?

Choosing a gym is easier than you might think, but there are still some boxes to think if you truly want to find the perfect gym for you.

  1. Vicinity – The closer, the better.
  2. Hours of operation – You need a gym where you can work out at any time that suits you.
  3. Hygiene – You want a gym that’s clean.
  4. Machines – You want equipment that suits your needs.
  5. Amenities – If you expect a pool or a sauna from your gym, then find one that has them.
  6. Personal training – Inquire about the options and the possibilities for potential personal training.
  7. Privileges – Ask what kind of perks do you reap as a member.
  8. Money – You can’t afford to break the bank.
  9. Personnel – Choose a gym with pleasant staff.

“So, what is the best gym in Pacific Beach?”

If we had to choose one, we’d say it Fit Athletic. The professionals working there are top-notch, the locations are stellar, the equipment state-of-the-art, and the atmosphere amazing. It even offers such amenities in Pacific Beach as an indoor pool. Fit Athletic has absolutely everything you will ever need from a gym. Visit us if you’re ever headed to Fanuel Street Park and see for yourself!

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In or Out: Where Should I Exercise?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: May 31, 2019
In or Out: Where Should I Exercise?

Before taking up regular exercising, people gave plenty of questions. They want to know about the benefits of indoor exercising, they are curious about starting with swimming lessons, they inquire about the advantages of various types of water exercises, and, lastly, they ask about whether or not it is necessary to become a gym member.

Well, all these questions have their merits, and all of them are worth answering. But, we have to start somewhere, and where better than with helping you choose whether to exercise in the open air or look for the best among the Pacific Beach CA gyms.

Is it better to exercise inside or outside?

If you’re looking for the definitive “California Department of Public Health advocates solely indoor/outdoor exercise” kind of answer, you’re out of luck, because it does not exist. However, there are benefits to reap from both indoor and outdoor exercising, and we’d be glad to present them to you.

What are the benefits of exercising indoors?

There are many perks to exercising in a gym, too many, in fact, to list them all. So, here are the biggest ones.

  1. Equipment – Gyms feature plenty of workout equipment, something you simply can’t have outdoors.
  2. Group classes – Sometimes, you need a mate to push you past your limit, to motivate you to go harder, and to keep you from giving up. Sure, you can run outside with a friend, but group chemistry is something you have to feel to understand.
  3. Amenities – Sweaty after a workout? Take a shower at the gym. Body sore after a strong session? Perhaps a massage? You can get all of this, and more, at a gym, and right away. Not the case with the great outdoors.
  4. No allergens – If you’re suffering from allergies at certain period of the year, than outdoor exercising can be undoable.
  5. No weather problems – Come rain or come shine, a gym is always there for you. No need to check the forecast.
  6. Personal trainers – If you want a personalized workout regime, complete with nutrition advice and progress monitoring, there is no other option than a gym.

What are the benefits of exercising outdoors?

There are benefits to working out outdoors but, unfortunately, not as many.

  1. Fresh air – Exercising outdoors can prove a real treat when you take a lungful of the crisp, morning air. However, if you live in a more polluted area, it kind of takes the thrill away.
  2. Great weather – If the weather serves you, outdoor exercise is amazing. But, if the weather is horrid, your workout plan flies right out the window.
  3. Scenery – Going for a run up a beautiful hilly track sure can be a pleasure to behold. But, if you live in a densely populated city, with nature not so near, setting out in search of unspoiled views can be a hassle.

Why is it better to exercise indoors?

We’ve listed all the benefits of exercising indoors, and we’ve listed all the perks of going outside for a run, a hike, or a bike ride. As you can probably see for yourself, the lists don’t lie – indoor exercises are a far better alternative. But, why is that specifically?

First of all, let us separate one from the other. Nobody’s saying that you should not visit nature as often as possible. Such trips can work wonders for your mood, can improve your vitality, and are a pleasure on their own. However, if you’re serious about exercising, outdoors should not be your primary option. Why?

The easy way out for us would be to say “Well, because of all the benefits of indoor exercise!”. But, the matter goes beyond the equipment, the amenities, personal trainers and group workouts. Not to sound to ethereal, but it all boils down to the atmosphere.

When you’re outside, it’s normal to stop and enjoy the view, or take a detour to that oh-so-gorgeous location. All that sumptuous distractions do exactly that – they distract you from your primary goal of improving your physical readiness.

When you come to a gym, though, every single object in there is dedicated to one thing, and one thing only – exercising. All the other people are doing it, the machines are there for the taking, and your goal is clear – do your best for the time you’re there. No distractions, just you and your aim.

And that is the main reason why gyms remain the superior place for getting your body into shape. They are built for that specific purpose, and you are there to partake. Nobody’s saying you should never go for a run outdoors. You definitely should, spice it up. But gyms should remain your primary destination.

“Now that I know, what’s the best gym in Pacific Beach?”

Fit Athletic is not only the finest gym in Pacific Beach CA, it is an amazing gym in every respect. It offers the most modern equipment, incredible amenities, great staff and an outstanding location. There really is no downside to coming to workout at our gym.

Of course, the best way for you to see just how good we are is to come and see for yourself. So, if you’re ever planning a visit to the Kate Sessions Memorial Park, drop by our place on the way. We know you’ll love it!

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How to Eliminate Belly Fat

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: May 6, 2019
How to Eliminate Belly Fat

So, you want to get rid of that pesky belly fat, and you’re unsure whether losing weight on a treadmill is a viable option, and if you should join a gym. You just need to pick one of the gyms in Little Italy, San Diego to begin your calorie-burning journey. Well, let’s see.

Can you lose belly fat by running?

Oh yes, running will definitely help you get rid of belly fat. In fact, running is one of the best all-round exercises for improving your level of fitness, getting your health under control, and lose weight, even according to the California LEAN initiative.

How long should you run on a treadmill to lose belly fat

However, simply starting to run will not burn belly fat as quickly as you were hoping to. There are two tricks you have to follow in order to get the best out of running in terms of losing weight.

  1. Intensity – Jogging and power walking are great exercises, but they just don’t cut it if you want to lose weight by running. You have to run at a fairly intense pace if you want to see your belly fat disappearing.
  2. Vary the intensity – Once you get your running intensity up to snuff, and once you build up plenty of physical fitness for prolonged running sessions, start implementing variations into your routine. For example, run at a high pace for some five or ten minutes, then lower your pace for two to three minutes, and repeat.

Can you lose belly fat by running on a treadmill?

Again, yes, you can. Treadmills are great substitutes for outdoor running, and perhaps a better alternative in some respect. Treadmills are easier on your joints, and they are the preferred running alternative for people with severe overweight conditions.

Not only does using a treadmill burn belly fat, but one of the long-term effects of regular treadmill sessions is that visceral fat will go away for good. Plus, even if you end up gaining some weight down the road, treadmill running not allow the deep belly fat to return. If this has convinced you to try out treadmills, quickly pop to a gym in San Diego and see just how good treadmills are.

How long should you run on a treadmill to lose belly fat?

Although the “as long as possible” answer does seem a bit too easy and convenient, it’s actually quite true. Not in the extremes though. Try to put in at least thirty minutes on a treadmill every day, and you’ll start noticing results very soon.

Yes, treadmills are that good when it comes to burning belly fat. However, in all honesty, it’s not just about jumping on a treadmill and giving it your all. There are other aspects you need to consider when putting your treadmill to good use.

Can you lose belly fat by running on a treadmill
  1. Calories – You have to watch your calorie intake if you’re really serious about eliminating belly fat.
  2. Injuries – If you’re new to it, start slow, don’t overdo it. Start running at a slow pace, and work your way up.
  3. Heart rate – If your heart is not pumping, the fat is not burning. The ideal heart rate for optimal fat burning is about 60% – 85% of the maximum heart rate.
  4. Stop – That is, know when to stop. Thirty minutes a day is a minimum, but there is also the maximum. Never go for more than 45 minutes of running on a treadmill, as the burning of the fat above that mark becomes too slow for the effort.

“I don’t have a treadmill at home, where can I run on one?”

There are plenty of gyms in San Diego that have loads of treadmills, dumbbells, exercise machines and yoga mats, but there is only one that has all of those and a lot more – Fit Athletic.

Not only do we have more equipment than all other gyms in Little Italy in San Diego, but we also offer fantastic workout atmosphere and highly experienced staff od personal trainers. We’re absolutely certain you’re going to love our place, so if you’re ever strolling the Piazza Basilone, stop by our place and see just how good our gym is.

To top it all off, we also boast effective Pilates workout plans that can help you attain your fitness goals. We can also advise you on how often you should practice Pilates depending on your objectives. Contact us today!

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Do I Have to Join a Gym to Build Muscle Mass?

By: Fit Athletic Club | On: May 6, 2019
Do I Have to Join a Gym to Build Muscle Mass?

Wondering if you need a gym membership for a Little Italy fitness club in San Diego for building your muscle mass or burning belly fat on a treadmill is an understandable questions. Gym memberships cost money, and perhaps you can do it on your own.

To be completely honest no, gym membership is in no way obligatory. The only problem is just how great the results are going to be if you decide to go it alone. Here’s a couple of points that will help you decide whether or not gym memberships are a good choice.

Should I join a gym?

In order to help you reach a gym-joining decision, here are some reasons why you should definitely consider becoming a member of a nearby gym, and why even organizations such as the California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program advise so.

Do I need a gym to build muscle
  1. Health benefits – By regularly exercising at a gym, you reap health benefits such as regulated blood pressure, cholesterol level, diabetes, reduces risk of heart diseases, etc.
  2. Equipment – By working out at home, you either do without any equipment, or you have very little of it. Gyms offer all the equipment you will ever need.
  3. Friendship – It’s always good to expand your circle of friends, and the people you meet at the gym might soon become your closest ones.
  4. Routine – Gym-going requires dedication and building an exercising routine. Once you establish regular visits, you’ll start wondering how you ever managed without it.
  5. Energy – Sure, during the first month you’ll be more tired than pumped with energy after a good work out, but it will soon become a huge energy burst.

Do I need a gym to build muscle?

We’ve said it at the beginning, and we’re going to say it again – it is not a prerequisite to become a member of a gym in order to build muscle mass. However, there are three main reasons why working out at a gym makes building your muscles both quicker and easier.

  1. Equipment – We go back to equipment. Gyms, as said before, have all the equipment you will ever need, and that equipment is not present only to look good. Every gym machine targets a specific muscle group, meaning that you can build exactly the muscles you want to. That kind of targeted exercise is mostly impossible outside of a gym.
  2. Advice – Professionals who work at gyms are always there to help you along the way and give you invaluable advice that will make your journey to big muscles a lot easier and much more effective.
  3. Motivation – When you work out on your own, it’s easy to become demotivated if the results are not what you were expecting. At a gym, however, there are other people to spur you on, to instill the spirit of not giving up, as they’ve all been there before. It is this kind of camaraderie that will keep you working out through rough patches.

How often should you go to the gym to see results?

It depends on what exactly you want to achieve. The biggest differences are between wanting to lose weight and wanting to build muscle mass.

It also depends on the type of workout. For instance, the frequency of a Pilates routine will differ from a HIIT plan. So, you should take some time to find our what Pilates actually entails and take your fitness goals into consideration before making a choice.

How often should you exercise to lose weight?

When it comes to losing weight, it all boils down to the formula of more is more. Losing weight is a lengthy and demanding process, and if you want to do it as quickly as possible, you need to be willing to visit a gym five to six time a week and do all kinds of cardio and fitness exercises.

How often should you go to the gym to see results

How often should you exercise to build muscle?

If it’s muscle mass you want, then the frequency of exercising changes, as well as the type of workouts and their intensity. In order to build muscles, you need to work out each muscle groups two to three times a week. It sounds like a lot, but it’s the only way to do it quickly and effectively. Also, try to incorporate a day of rest in between workout sessions, as muscles need time to rest in order to grow.

“Gym seems to be the answer for my muscles, but I want only the best one!”

The best one you say? Fit Athletic it is! It is the finest gym and fitness club in Little Italy, boasting the most modern equipment, the most educated staff, and the most beautiful atmosphere. With a little help from our trainers, you will build your muscles like you never thought possible. So, if you’re ever visiting the Firehouse Museum in San Diego, stop by our place, it’s not far away!

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