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9 Tips To Stick to Your Fitness Goals in 2017

It happens every year. In January the gym fills up with eager guys and girls bursting at the seams to work off their Xmas cheer and fulfill their New Year’s resolution. Yet by Easter, the vast majority of them are nowhere in sight. They have become fitness casualties, their get in shape goals a mocking memory of failure.

In order to avoid this sad fate, you have got to put in place certain key strategies that will ensure that fitness goals become a reality. Let’s take a look at 5 pillars that need to be in place to allow you to stick to your 2017 fitness objectives.

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Fitness Trends of 2017: Looking Ahead

With 2016 in the bag, it’s time to look ahead at the hottest new fitness trends coming your way in 2017. In this article, we’ll take a look at hot new workout trends that you can expect to make a splash on the fitness market in the months to come.

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How a Personal Trainer Can Help You Take it to the Next Level

You’ve made the commitment to get in shape. You’ve even decided to join a gym. All you’ve got to do now is lace up your trainers and start sweating off those extra pounds, right?

Well, maybe not.

The final – and most important – element of your physical journey may well be a personal trainer. You may have seen trainers working with other people and considered their services to be an unnecessary luxury – after all, you’ve got access to the same training gear as them, so why pay for someone to hold your hand?

In this article, we’ll take a look just what a personal trainer can do to help you make a success of your fitness journey – and, no, it doesn’t involve holding your hand!

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How Yoga Can Help Get You Through the Boston Winter

 

When it’s wet and cold outside, your natural inclination might be to hibernate in front of the TV with a bunch of carb-loaded snack foods. While that picture does hold a certain amount of undeniable charm, consider another option – pulling out your yoga mat or, better yet, heading down to a local yoga class.

Yoga, in all its’ forms, is a natural aphrodisiac to counter the winter blues. In this article, we’ll uncover how it can help you to thrive during the dreaded New England winter.

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Should You Choose A Local Gym Over A Chain?

When you’re ready to commit to getting fitter and healthier by joining a gym, the big chains may seem like an obvious choice. They’re the ones that are in your face, with splashy advertising campaigns and killer deals. But before you rush off to sign on the dotted line at your nearest Gold’s or Bally Fitness, take a moment to consider the downsides of joining a big box gym. It may just lead you to bypass the big guys as you seek out your friendly local health club.

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Spinning: An Effective and Fun Group Exercise Class

Effective exercise is all about getting the most productive workout into the shortest amount of time. By that criteria, spinning has got to rank right up there as one of the most effective 60 minutes you can spend in the gym. Spinning is an indoor group cycling workout that teams you with powerful music to pump up the rhythm and intensity of your training.

Over the course of your hour long group cycle session, your experienced personal trainer will lead you through a course that covers flat land, hills, mountain peaks, time trials and interval training. You will burn calories like never before, at the same time giving your legs a great workout. But don’t worry if it all sounds too intense for you. Our instructors will ensure that you vary the pace and resistance so that you are working at your level.

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10 Weight Loss Tips for the Summer

Summer is in full-swing, the birds are singing and the beach bodies have emerged. The good news is, it’s not too late to work off the effect those cold nights, large meals and lazy weekends have had on your body. Here are 10 proven ways to ditch the winter weight to reveal a leaner, meaner you this summer.

 

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10 Reasons Why Evolve Fitness is one of the Best Gyms in the Boston Area.

Fitness is big in Boston. When it comes to finding a gym to call your own, you are pretty much spoiled for choice. But, if you’re wanting to train at one of the best gyms in Boston, you should seriously consider Evolve Fitness. Our Cambridge and Framingham facilities both offer the premium services and attention to detail that your body deserves. Here are the top ten reasons that Evolve Fitness is one of the best gyms in the entire Boston area.

 

 

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10 Tips To Break Out of a Fitness Rut

Every now and then everyone gets into a fitness rut. We don’t feel like working out. Our routine seems too monotonous and we lose our training mojo. When we do manage to drag ourselves through the gym door, we just can’t be bothered exerting ourselves.

A negative attitude will not benefit our fitness endeavors. When we’re in a rut, we need to break out of it. Fortunately, there are many ways to do just that. Here are the top 10 ways to break out of a fitness rut.

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Why You Should Try BodyPump

BodyPump is the most popular barbell program on the planet. The reason is clear; it provides you with the most effective full body workout that you can get in under an hour. BodyPump also happens to be a whole lot of fun. If you are looking to strengthen your entire body in one exciting, muscle quivering session, then BodyPump is the perfect fit for you.

BodyPump is billed as the world’s fastest way to get in shape. It’s designed to tone and build muscle through repetitions (800 of them throughout the course of the workout), while stripping off body fat by boosting the metabolism. In doing so, BodyPump will strengthen every muscle group in your body.

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10 Reasons to Join a Health Club This Summer

The cold weather hibernation is over. It’s time to take stock and start working off those winter pounds. Your exercise options are many and varied:

  • Exercise at home by yourself
  • Plug in a fitness DVD
  • Join a BootCamp
  • Start jogging
  • Get into CrossFit
  • Sign up to a health club

So, what are you going to do? Making the decision to take control of your body is a great start. Now comes the follow through.

The bad news is that 80% of people who make the decision to get in shape fail to achieve their goals. A key reason has to do with the place they choose to exercise. No matter how well intentioned they are, people who work out at home are far less likely to succeed than those who sign up to a commercial fitness center. Which is why your second key health decision needs to be to join a health club.

Here are 10 compelling reasons why joining a health club will get you to your goals faster.

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Strengthening Your Core with CXWORX

What is CXWORX?

CXWorx is the hot new workout out of the Les Mills stable. It’s designed to rock your core in a 30-minute group class at your fitness level.

A core-centric workout allows you to develop the power base of a truly fit and strong body. That’s because everything we do, from picking up a ball to reaching for an apple, originates from the core. As the Les Mills coaches are fond of saying, ‘the core is the glue that holds everything together.’

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Why Zumba Is An Underrated Fitness Class

There are so many fitness class options available nowadays that it can be difficult to decide which one to take. One class that is often overlooked is Zumba. This Colombian inspired dance fitness program has been around for more than a decade and can easily be overshadowed by newer, trendier workouts. Zumba, however, offers everything that you want, and need, in a fitness class.

Here are ten reasons why your body deserves to get down with Zumba.

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Unexpected Benefits of Bikram Yoga

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga, also known as ‘Hot Yoga’, is the popular yoga sensation that has recently swept across America. But Bikram Yoga isn’t one of those here today, gone tomorrow fitness crazes that pop up every so often. It is an ancient training style with proven health giving benefits that can transform your life.

Bikram Yoga consists of 26 yoga poses done in a specific series over 90 minutes. Over the course of that 90-minute class, you go through two sets of each posture. It is known as Hot Yoga because the classes are held in an elevated temperature environment – the room is set to 105 degrees fahrenheit. The humidity of the room is kept to about 40 per cent. That means that you’ll be walking out of the session soaked in sweat.

Bikram Yoga differs from other types of yoga in that it is purposefully done in a hotter environment. This, in effect, transfers the training environment of India to anywhere around the world. The benefit of this is that it opens up the muscles to stretch more safely, increase the cardiovascular workout and to provide a safer stretching environment.

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How to Find the Right Gym in Boston

Boston is home to a lot of gyms. That makes it a great city to get in shape in, but also a rather confusing one when it comes to selecting the gym that’s best for you to claim as your training base.  Many gyms offer special promotions, along with flashy bells and whistles in order to get your business. If you don’t do your research, you may end up training in an uninspiring environment with sub par equipment. At Evolve Fitness, we firmly believe that our gyms offer the best experience AND value in the greater Boston area, but we thought we would put together a list of 10 things to look out for when searching for the right Boston gym to meet your fitness needs.

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10 Benefits of Group Exercise Classes

Group exercise classes have been a mainstay of the gym environment since the leotard and spandex wearing Aerobics craze of the ‘80’s. According to recent research, however, more and more men are getting into what used to be a female dominated activity. If you haven’t experienced the thrill of successfully making it through a group class, it’s about time you did. Here are 10 reasons why group exercise deserves to be a part of your fitness program:

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5 Fitness Tips From our Personal Trainers

 When it comes to getting in top shape, there’s never a shortage of advice on how to train and what to eat. The problem is that much of it is contradictory, and some of it just downright wrong. Here at Evolve Fitness, we know how important it is get accurate knowledge about training, nutrition, and recuperation. You might have seen our recent post about the importance of hiring a personal trainer in 2016, but for this article, we wanted to go in-depth with the personal trainers at our Cambridge location for their top tips on getting in (and staying in) shape.

Check out what they had to say . . .

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The Six Pilates Principles

Pilates has exploded in popularity over the past several years in the US, and Evolve Fitness classes are no exception. For men and women of all ages, we’ve found that pilates is consistently one of our most popular group exercise classes in both Cambridge and Framingham, and interest only seems to grow with each passing year.

Have you ever wondered what the hype is all about?

Pilates focuses on core strength and exercises both mind and body to develop stability, stamina, balance and flexibility. There are countless benefits to a regular practice, but in this article, we want to focus on some of the core principles of the methodology that some members might not be familiar with. Known as the “six principles of pilates”, these fundamental teachings are an integral component of any worthwhile class, and understanding them will go a long way towards preparing you to begin a regular practice of your own. 

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BODYCOMBAT - An Innovative And Intense Group Exercise Class

Have you heard about BODYCOMBAT™?

BodyCombat is a LES MILLS™ produced group exercise class that combines elements of various martial arts disciplines, such as Karate, Boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. Combining driving, inspiring music with an energetic full-body cardio workout, this class is a great fit for both diehard fitness fanatics and casual gym-goers that are looking for a change of pace.

What sounds like more fun? An hour on the treadmill? Or punching and kicking along with an upbeat soundtrack on your way to the best shape of your life? I know what I’d prefer!

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Evolve Fitness Member Shares Love For Boxing

When you think of boxing, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? 

Mike Tyson? Floyd Mayweather? Rocky Balboa? 

How About A 64 Year Old Woman?

Odds are, a mild mannered female in her sixties is probably not the first thing you think of. But there is a growing movement of women out there that are taking up boxing and loving it, proving that you don’t have to be an aggressive male to enjoy this historically testosterone dominated activity.

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Five Benefits Of Taking An Evolve Fitness Spin Class

Have you ever heard that sound of loud music thumping from the group exercise room at your gym and thought “man, that sounds like fun”? Odds are, that’s a spinning class you’re hearing. Spinning is a group exercise class that has exploded in popularity over the past several years in the US, marked by a rigorous stationary cycling routine set to energetic music.

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5 Different Types of Yoga Classes You'll Find in Cambridge

Thinking about trying to get into yoga this year? Not sure where to start?

You’re not alone.

Increased flexibility and range of motion, reduced risk of injury and joint pain, and improved focus/mental clarity are just some of the reported benefits of a regular practice.

But trying to decide which yoga class to take can be confusing, especially in the Cambridge, MA area where yoga studios are a plenty. There are many different styles of yoga classes, and in Boston you’ll find everything from beginner tutorials to hardcore advanced seminars.

At Evolve Fitness, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse selection of group exercise classes catering to all levels of experience, and yoga is no exception. We offer several different free yoga classes at both our Framingham and Cambridge, MA locations, and we’re going to spend some time today breaking down a few of the different styles that you might run into at a typical class.

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Hire A Personal Trainer And Actually Stick To Your New Year's Resolutions

Why You Should Hire A Personal Trainer If You Want To Achieve Your Fitness Goals In 2016

The holidays are coming to a close, the new year has officially begun, and it’s time to snap back to reality.

We’ve all been there.

You’ve made a few new year’s resolutions, and THIS is going to be the year that you actually stick to them. Inevitably, at least one of your determinations this year probably has something to do with physical fitness.

Maybe you want to lose weight, or put on muscle, or add a few miles to your distance running. Maybe you want to crush your previous Spinning performance, or practice Yoga five days a week. Or maybe you just want to get in shape and feel better about yourself.

Whatever your goals are, and whatever the reasons are behind them, the new year really is an excellent opportunity to set expectations for yourself and exceed them.

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Nutrition Advice For The Holidays From Evolve Fitness

Nutrition Tips For The Holidays From Evolve Fitness

For many of us, the holiday season means enjoying time off with family and friends, copious amounts of food, and maybe a glass or two (or three) of egg nog.

And why not? We’ve earned it, right?

But unfortunately, it can be a little too easy to undo months worth of hard work at the gym with a few over-indulgent weeks in November and December. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with skipping your workout to enjoy a holiday party or a family gathering. But if you want to stay on track for your fitness goals this holiday season, it’s important to strike a balance between fun and health during this tempting time of year.

So with that in mind, Evolve Fitness has decided to put together a list of some of our favorite health and wellness tips for the holidays.  Enjoying holiday traditions with loved ones is the best part of this time of year, and not something to take for granted. But at Evolve Fitness, we believe that it’s possible to do so while still setting yourself up for your healthiest year yet in 2016! So hopefully this list will help you and your family brainstorm ways in which you can enjoy your holiday traditions while still living a balanced, health-conscious lifestyle.

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