Friday, August 23, 2019

Why does Bryan at Tonicity Fit like Compound Exercises?

What are they?

A compound exercise is multi-joint movement that works several muscles or muscle groups at one time.  An example of this would be a squat.

Compound Exercise Benefits:

Doing compound exercise is better for increasing bone mineral density.  Having strong bones is especially important for healthy aging.  Strong bones support us through daily activities and prevent injuries.

Compound exercises also have a greater effect on building lean muscle mass through handling greater loads as well as eliciting a greater release of growth hormone and testosterone.

Increasing lean muscle mass also increases metabolism by more efficiently burning fat.  As muscle works, it burns energy derived from fat stores, in return reducing body fat.   

What does this mean?

Overall, compound exercises are an added benefit to daily living.  This form of exercise is also useful in teaching proper technique to prevent injury.  Furthermore, these movements focus on muscle development that will support many important daily activities.

More examples of compound exercise are lunges, deadlifts, pull-ups/pull downs, pushups, chest press, shoulder press, etc.  If you are interested in learning more about compound exercises, ask us HERE or book a free session at Tonicity Fit in West Chester.  We are always here and ready to enhance your workouts and help you improve your quality of life.

About Bryan Niles:  

Bryan Niles B.S. C.S. C.S. graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. Degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 1995. He attained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification in 1997 from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Bryan is an exercise physiologist at Tonicity Fit Personal Training Studio in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Bryan, Click Here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer Review

Find out what Tina at Tonicity Fit Personal Training Studio in West Chester has to say about the Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer!
Have you heard of it?  

Well, I hadn't until my trainer suggested I give it a try.  

What is it?  

It is a neoprene belt worn around your waist during exercise.  The concept is that wearing the belt will increase your body core temperature improving circulation and causing an increase of sweat.  In addition, it is said to provide abdominal and lumbar support and aid in losing weight.

My experience... put simply...

I LOVE IT!  This belt is definitely an extra little push in my fitness goals!! 

What I like... 

·       SWEAT!  If you are one of those people that love to get sweaty when you workout you will love this product.  
·        The toning and firming I get from using the belt during my cardio sessions.
·       The fact that I feel less bloated.
·       That snug feeling around my waist that gives me a level of support and comfort. 
·       Super easy to keep clean and easily fits into my gym bag. 
·       The price is right for a little something that gives me a sense of accomplishment.

What I think you should know...

·       For me personally, there is a rubbery smell to it when you first start using it but it isn't bad and does lessen over time.  
·       I don't think this product will make you lose weight.  But, if used as directed it definitely will give you a little extra help!

In summary, the Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer is worth a try!  

Where can you get your hands on one of these?  Here on Amazon!  It is where I got mine!

About Tina Wilkinson Duffy:  

     Tina is a committed fitness enthusiast who came into this lifestyle later in life. She loves the mindset of healthy aging and strive to encourage others to understand the benefits. Tina’s love in fitness is strength training. She believes that there is something to be said for form and function and how when pairing the two, aging doesn’t have to be a negative thing. 

To learn more about Tina, Click Here.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Q&A with Devon Dadoly Tonicity Fit's Member of the Month

1.  When did you start at Tonicity Fit?

I started Nutrition with Sarah in August of last year and started Strength Training with her in November 2018.

2.  Can you give us a little background on you?  For example, where you an active person when you joined?  Where were you in  your wellness journey?  What brought you to Tonicity Fit?  Your goals....

I don't have any issue with my body size or shape, so until recently, I didn't understand why people exercise unless they're trying to lose weight. My whole life, I was really lazy about exercising - only going to the gym when I was trying to shed pounds fast, and then giving up when I didn't see the scale moving. I felt out of place at the gym, and extremely unmotivated. I felt intimidated by exercise equipment and being around people who were in shape.

Then last year, I met Sarah when she was building her gym in West Chester. She told me about her passion for helping women both pre and post-menopause, people with injuries, and folks of many sizes and abilities. I knew I needed a change in my routine- some accountability, something to curb my anxiety and depression, something to keep me active. With Sarah's encouragement, I kept coming in. I kept working. She helped me realize that it's ok for weight loss to not be my focus. The real motivation for me is to get STRONG, to see a change in numbers that aren't on the scale (blood pressure, heart rate, etc). Since November, my resting heart rate has dropped over 30 bpms. I'm able to walk a city block without needing rest. I CAN DO 18 PUSHUPS. THAT'S the kind of goals I'm talking about.

My goals have shifted a few times since I started training with Sarah. Currently, I'm working on training for my first ever obstacle course in October with some of the other Tonicity members. I'm nervous but looking forward to it!

3.  What type of membership do you currently have?

Unlimited! I try to make it to at least 3 group sessions per week

4.  What do you love most about Tonicity Fit?
  • COMMUNITY. There is an undeniable kinship between the members at Tonicity Fit. Anyone who is new is welcomed with open arms.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY. Something that has kept me from reaching my full potential in my fitness journey is my inability to be accountable to the gym. The 
5.  What do you love most about Sarah?

Sarah has honestly changed my life. She is so patient and willing to work with people at any stage of their fitness journey. I have also felt really insecure going to the gym and never dared to see a personal trainer because I was ashamed of how out of shape I was. Sarah gives each session a personal touch. Whether we are dancing between sets, sharing stories about our families, or having a rough day, I always know I'm going to have a great time there. Her commitment to health is so refreshing and I can tell she cares about every single one of her clients.

I love working with Sarah so much I drive from Philly to West Chester 3 times a week to train with her. So if you're looking for an advocate for all bodies, someone willing to help you with your personal goals, and a true friend, you can count on her.

6.  What advice would you give to someone who is where you were when you started your journey here?
  • TRUST. It was difficult for me to imagine trusting someone to help me with my fitness and health journey. I like to be in control of my body and my decisions, but after a few sessions, i was able to let the expert (Sarah) be my guide. 
  • GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT. The biggest fear that kept me out of the gym was thinking that I couldn't keep up with everyone else. I am amazed by my own progress. I never thought I would be able to train eith some of the most fit women in my life.