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Posts by Jackie Wright

Utilizing Full Range of Motion

Observation is one of the most important skill sets that we must master as fitness professionals. Closely observing our client’s performance of their exercise program provides us with the information and feedback needed to safely guide, direct, coach and train our clients leading them to achieving their stated goals. While there are ten observational essentials…

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Two Versatile Fitness Tools—Three Great Exercises

There are hundreds of small fitness tools at our disposal as fitness professionals; however, there are two that are quite versatile, inexpensive, easy to store and last for a long period of time if taken care of properly—the pilates ring/circle and the 8-inch mini ball. Both are utilized for dozens of different exercises and may…

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Ten Great Fitness Tips

Tip #1 Warm up prior to your exercise program by performing movement patterns that will simulate the activities you are preparing to perform (i.e. walk/jog prior to a run; low intensity cycling/rowing/swimming prior to the foundational program performance). Tip #2 If it hurts, don’t do it! Pain is different than fatigue and reasonable suffering. If…

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Setting Successful Fitness Goals

During all of our personal training consultations, we set aside a specific session for setting successful fitness goals/objectives. We first request that our client tells us their “story” as everyone has one so that we may create a picture of their health and fitness journey to this point and then, to identify two to three…

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Authentic High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity interval training (HIIT) programming plays a major role in the design of many fitness programs. As fitness professionals, we integrate HIIT into many of our program formats for small and large group exercise programs as well as the personal training programs we create for our one-on-one clientele. However, what is authentic HIIT? There…

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Fitness Expectations versus Fitness Reality

One of the initial questions we ask our clients is what their specific expectations are regarding their fitness program outcomes. We ask this question to determine if their expectations are realistic and those which we are able to meet or exceed within the time frame suggested. A primary reason for why there are many unrealistic…

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Finding the Right Group Exercise Class Program for You

You have made the decision to pull the trigger and are ready to begin attending group exercise classes at your trusted fitness facility; however, with so many exercise class formats to choose from, it might seem a little daunting to determine which direction to head. However, by following these five guidelines, you may eliminate some…

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Summer Eating From A to Z

Enjoy all of the delicious summer foods by following the summer eating from A-Z guidelines this week! A – Make applesauce from scratch, chill it and then serve it with a healthy entrée—delicious! B- Blend your favorite veggies or fruits for a delicious, fresh, healthy shake! C- Crepes, when made on the light-side, may be…

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The Benefits of Pilates Reformer Training

If you have not had the opportunity to train on a Pilates Reformer (apparatus), it might be time to add this training tool and modality into your macro exercise program. Joseph Pilates designed the reformer originally in the latter part of World War I when working as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle…

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Training Your Posterior Chain

When considering the muscles of the posterior chain, keep in mind that this includes the entire posterior aspect of the body, not just the glutes and hamstrings. In fact, the posterior chain involves all of the muscles from the base of the skull to the heels of the feet. Why is it imperative to train…

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