Functional Training

Functional Training is exercise that trains the body for daily life activities.  Physical and Occupational Therapists often use functional training to retrain their clients that have movement disorders.  While this type of training is great for anyone training for a sport,  it is also beneficial for any individual looking to perform daily life tasks (or sports) more easily and without injury.

While weight training machines are a great way to train your muscles, they target and isolate specific muscles in one plane.  Equipment used for functional training involve mainly weight-bearing, multi-jointed exercises that utilize core muscles of the abdomen and lower back.

TRY A WORKOUT IN MIDTOWN’S NEW SPAC ROOM FOR A

FUNCTIONAL TRAINING EXPERIENCE

SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE:  Cable machine, Barbells, Medicine balls, Slam balls, Dumbbells ,Kettlebells , TRX and Ring training, Stability balls, Resistant tubes, Balance disks, Wobble boards, Kick Bags and more……….

KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR NEW FUNCTIONAL TRAINING CLASSES TO BE HELD IN THE SPAC ROOM COMING SOON………….

ref:  Wikipedia

Midtowns new SPAC room in action!!!

Since we’ve opened our new SPAC room (sports performance athletic center) we’ve noticed more and more people using the new equipment every day!!!!! I met a few friends in there last week for eight different stations, with a 45 second on and a 15 second off circuit. Here’s a pic of half the ladies killing the kettle bells, punching bag, arm water rower and planking on the mat!! Thrilled at all the different groups of people cross training in the SPAC room!!!!! Can’t wait to meet you back in there this weekend!!!

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Check out Midtowns NEW SPAC Room!!

Have you tried working out in our new Sports Performance Athletic Center formerly known as the Women’s Center?? (And yes men you are allowed in there now!!!) Our new space has all new functional training equipment for you to work out with!! Kettle Bells, slam balls, plyo boxes, jump ropes, heavy ropes, heavy punching bags, new cage with bumper plates, new matted area to do core exercises, agility cones and circles, water rowers, arm water rower, recumbent bikes and more!!!! Also coming soon is the TRX suspension!!! It’s a fantastic space to get an unbelievable work out in!!!!

Cross Training

Cross training is defined as using  different modes of exercise to develop physical fitness.

Benefits of Cross training:

Reduce the risk of injury:  Using only one mode of exercise can lead to overuse injuries from the repetitive movement patterns.  This causes stress on bones, joints and ligaments in the body specific to the type of exercise.

Enhance Weight Loss:  You need to burn extra calories to reduce your weight.  Cross training helps by allowing you a longer workout.  You could do 30 minutes on the treadmill, followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on the stationary bike.  Breaking up the mode allows you to workout longer if you are not capable of doing one particular mode of exercise for 60 minutes.

Active Recovery:  While the body needs total rest at times active rest is another way to become more fit.  By doing a different mode of exercise than you usually do the body recovers from the demands of your traditional exercise while you  become even more fit using a different mode. example:  runner/walker take a  day off from running and walking and lift weights, take a Yoga class, play racquetball, take a Pilates class, or just try a different piece of cardio equipment.

Motivation:  Doing the same exercise over and over (even if it’s something you love) can become boring.  Trying something new can rejuvenate your fitness routine.

Conditioning:  Mixing things up gives you more strength, power, efficiency, and greater training volume.

These are just a few reasons to mix it up and cross train.  Midtown offers so many different modes of exercise for you to choose from that there is no reason not to cross train starting today.  Check out our wide variety of group exercise classes, our sports performance equipment room, or our varied cardio equipment choices.

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Heat and humidity add up to danger!!!!

The elderly and ill aren’t the only people that heat kills. It also kills healthy young people, usually because they do not recognize the dangers of exercising in hot weather, especially hot, humid weather.
When heat and humidity combine to slow evaporation of sweat from the body, out door exercise becomes dangerous for even those in good shape.
Key rules for coping with heat are to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and to slow down and cool off when feeling fatigued, a headache, a high pulse rate or shallow breathing. Over heating can cause serious, even life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke. **

Avoid these dangers by working out in Midtown Family Fitness’s cool climate controlled gym.

**USA today.com

GUEST PASSES

Maybe you are not ready to commit to a gym membership quite yet but would still like to take a class or work out with our equipment.   Did you know that we offer a book of 10 quest passes for $75.00?  These can be used for any class we offer…Spin, Zumba®, Bootcamp, Yoga, Pilates, Toning, Step, you name it.  They can also be used to workout in the gym for the day.

Feel free to share a book of ten passes with a friend.

Also available Racquetball/Basketball quest passes.  10 for $50.00.  Rental fee of court still applies but cuts quest fee of $10.00 in half by buying book. (only good for RB court).