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It’s all about your personal best at Pure Fitness in Vestavia

For one Birmingham couple, the goal was to get healthy and to do it together. After researching prospective gyms and personal trainers, only one stood out from the crowd: Pure Fitness in Vestavia. While David and Elizabeth Self committed to forging a new path for themselves, they both admitted that some outside motivation was just what they needed.

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Pure Fitness owner Erin Holtz working with David and Elizabeth Self.
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“We were trying to do better on our own for awhile,” said Elizabeth. “We were attempting to eat better, to go on walks, that sort of thing. But, it just wasn’t enough.”

David wanted to get in shape and to not feel so rundown at work when he was in for a long day.

“My job is sedentary for the most part, but there’s bits and spurts of days when I’m on my feet constantly,” David said. “It’s just one of those things that takes a toll. You have one of those days where you’re on your feet for seven hours, and it feels like you’ve been hit by a truck.”

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David and Elizabeth Self working out at Pure Fitness.
A Perfect Fit

The couple needed something to improve their health, but they wanted to work with someone who could provide some external accountability. So Elizabeth and David emailed Erin Holtz, owner of Pure Fitness, on a Sunday afternoon with questions, and she responded immediately. She told them about the workouts she offered and that Pure Fitness focused on functional training.

“This type of training emphasizes exercises you would do in everyday life,” Holtz said. “We’re teaching you things like how to squat correctly, so that you can pick up your kids the right way.”

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Erin Holtz, owner of Pure Fitness.
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Elizabeth and David have been at Pure Fitness since April, and they’ve already exceeded their personal weight-loss and strength training goals.

The hour-long workouts with cardio, weights and strengthening work for  the couple, who have been paired with their own personal trainer to help them lose weight and gain muscle. But, what really counts, is the personal attention they receive.

Erin with her staff of certified personal trainers.

“Whenever you go in for your training she already has your workout ready,” Elizabeth said. “It’s not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of thing. The trainers keep the pace up because they’re always so prepared. There’s no lag time.

“You do a lot of whole-body exercises. It’s so nice because they keep track of all of it. You’re not having to count it out, like torture yourself with, ‘I have five more. Oh, I have three more … ‘”

Pure Fitness: More Than Just A Gym

Along with the personal training, Pure Fitness is a boutique gym, offering a group fitness room, massage on site, towels and a shower. Their day and evening classes are small, with 10 to 12 people maximum, so that instructors can spend one-on-one time with clients, fixing their form or pushing each one of them to go just a little further.

There’s also an in-house Pilates instructor, a masseuse and a nutritionist to round out the personal training experience. Clients can book private sessions for both Pilates and massage. The nutritionist offers help with grocery shopping and meal planning.

In addition to the boutique-gym services, Pure Fitness caters to the community by offering quarterly weight-loss challenges throughout the year. From a Summer Sizzle Red Carpet Reveal to the Fit For Fall Challenge, these packages offer six weeks of training, plus nutrition services, weekly meal-planning classes and massage options.

“It’s an extra boost,” Holtz said. “And, a kick start for people. The challenges include those extra amenities at a special price, so that clients and newcomers can experience the complete package while working towards their weight-loss goals.”

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Fitness The Way You Like It

Your fitness goal is up to you, and that’s just the way Elizabeth and David like it. They’ve each lost weight (30 lbs for David and 10 for Elizabeth so far) and gained the know how on eating to maintain their new, healthy lifestyle.

From overcoming injuries to losing after-baby weight, Pure Fitness caters to your specific health and fitness needs by offering personalized workouts for all age groups.

Doing Something Amazing

It’s all been a very enjoyable process,” David said. I know a lot of people might think: Ugh. Starting a diet, working with a dietitian, exercising, training—it’s a lot but, really, it isn’t. It may be more exercise than I’ve done in awhile, but you feel wonderful afterwards. It’s the good kind of fatigue. You feel like, “Yes I did something amazing!”

For more information about Pure Fitness, check out their website by visiting this link. Be sure to email Erin Holtz your questions and to schedule an appointment with her and her staff of trained professionals.

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Outdoor Cardio Activities For the Summer

The sun is out, the temperature is great, and yet you are still in the gym slogging away on the cardio machines. Summer equals outdoor fun and that includes exercising. In this list we have listed 5 outdoor exercises that can easily replace cardio machines. If you are looking for a punishing workout or a gentle cardio activity the outdoors has it all.

Running

This an obvious one, but it is the easiest to start and allows you to go at your own pace. Treadmill running is dull, and as your grandma would say when it is a sunny day you should be outside. Physically there isn’t much difference between treadmill running and outdoor running, yet outdoor running has one big advantage and that is enjoyment. The BBC brought to light a study that found people enjoyed running outdoors much more than on the treadmill and were more likely to keep it up. Running outdoors in the summer also means you get a healthy dose of vitamin D.

Cycling

After running, cycling is the next most popular outdoor exercise and for good reason. You can go further, tackle different terrains, and it is an activity that is great for the family. Cycling can be anything from an hour activity to an all day exercise. Another advantage is that biking can also be easily incorporated into daily life. Either cycling to work or running errands will not only burn calories it will save money.

Tough Mudder

Designed by former British Counter Intelligence officer Will Dean, Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile long obstacle course that challenges both physical and mental strength. An typical course will feature around 20 obstacles that will dunk contestants into ice cold water, electrocute them, have them scrambling up and over numerous obstacles and have them crawling through lots of mud. In an interview with Coach Mag, Dean explained that Tough Mudder isn’t about being first: “It’s a challenge about teamwork, fun, camaraderie and overcoming your fears over 10-to-12 miles.” There are numerous Tough Mudders held over the world at any one time, be sure to check for one near you.

Soccer

If you want to exercise outside in a social environment but don’t fancy getting covered in mud every time you do it, then joining a soccer team may be ideal for you. Soccer is not only a great way to get the heart rate up it is also a great social sport. To get an idea of how tough the sport can be on the body Soccer Laduma states that Cristiano Ronaldo runs an average of 8.38 kmper match.

The Real Madrid attacker was once the most expensive player in the world and is renowned for being one of the fittest soccer players around. His supreme fitness levels have helped him win both the Premier League and La Liga during his career, according to preview site Betfair who also cover the Champions League, a tournament that Ronaldo has once again found himself in the final of, this time against Juventus. While it would certainly be a feat in itself to get up to the fitness levels of the iconic Ronaldo, he has inspired many to take up the sport and he is testament to the fact you can achieve anything if you put in the work, and train hard.

Golf

Yes, you read it right. Golf is not the passive sport you think it is and with a few tweaks it can become an effective cardio exercise. If you forgo the golf buggy then the average golfer will walk around 3 -5 miles per 18 holes. A golfer also needs strong core strength for balance and stability when swinging a club. It may not be as cardio intense as the previous examples but it is ideal for those who want a gentler workout.

Healthy Choices at Newk’s

Newk’s Eatery

 

Healthy menu options at Newk’s Eatery:

 

  • Salads to choose from:

    • Kale and quinoa, Simply, Greek, Chef, Cobb, Black & bleu, Shrimp Rémoulade, Newk’s Favorite, Ahi tuna, Shrimp and avocado, Kale Caesar

      • Modifications: Ask for dressing on the side and only use half. Add chicken, shrimp or salmon to round out the meal with some protein. Ask for no cheese or half the cheese to cut back on overall calories. Their salads are quite large; consider boxing up half to save for later.

 

  • Sandwiches to choose from: The better options are the ones made on their 11 grain bread.

    • Sandwiches made on their 11 grain wheat bread:

      • Pesto Chicken, Vegetarian club, Turkey Breast, Turkey Avocado

        • Modifications: The sandwiches are basically fine the way they are, but if you’re wanting to be extra careful with your overall calories then consider removing the mayo and the cheese.

        • For the side dish: order half a salad (dressing on the side) or the fresh fruit cup

    • Sandwiches made on their french bread:

      • Ahi Tuna, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Steak, Shrimp Po’boy

        • Modifications: Consider removing the mayo and cheese.

        • For the side dish: order half a salad (dressing on the side) or the fresh fruit cup

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Core Strength, why is it so important?

Most people think of your abdominal muscles when they hear someone say to strengthen your core. But the Core includes muscles in the pelvis, low back, hips, and abdomen. They all work together to stabilize your body so that you can do sport activies or everyday tasks.

So what does the core do? The core muscles are responsible for stabilizing the spine by creating stiffness that limits excessive movement in any direction. So therefore when you move laterally is will limit this movement to guard the spine which holds your spinal core.

To ensure a safe effective workout it is important to strengthen the core so that when your body goes to reach for a box off the ground, perform dead lifts, or run after your dog you will be keeping your spine safe. Research shows that humans with a higher core stablity have a lower risk of injury.

Deadlifts, bridges, wood chops, planks, and crunhes are all way to build your core strength. Adding these exercises to your workout can help you prevent injury, build muscle, and keep your spine supported.

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