Desire is the starting point of all achievement…

by on Monday, April 24th, 2017

Desire is the starting point of all achievement - Fitness Motivation

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”
— Napoleon Hill

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Tracking Fitness: METS and Calculating Calories Burned

by on Monday, April 17th, 2017

Measuring METS, MOTIVATION MONDAY

How to Use Mets to Calculate Calories Burned
• METs are a great way to calculate calories burned as well as measure progress in one’s fitness goals!
• While resting, your body burns 3.5ml of oxygen per kg of bodyweight per minute. This is equivalent to one MET

In order to calculate calories burned per minute, use this formula:
• 1 MET x 3.5 x weight in kg ÷ 200 x 1 minute = Number of Calories burned per minute
• With this calculation you can calculate calories burned per day at rest, and therefore the minimum amount of calories you should consume each day!
• METs change with physical activity.

For example, sitting still is 1 MET but walking at 2mph is working at about 2.5 METs.

If you walk at this pace for 45 minutes, the calculation would be:
• 2.5 METs x 3.5 x Weight in kg ÷ 200 x 30 minute = Number of Calories burned in 30 minutes of walking at 2mph
• METs take some getting used to but once you get the hang of using them, they are a great way to measure caloric expenditure and can be a great tool in your health and fitness efforts!!

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Make 2017 Your Year

by on Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Make 2017 Your Year

Make 2017 Your Year. This is the year to get yourself focused, committed, and trim down and sculpt the body you have always wanted & can be proud of.

Eating Plan: Sit down and think about what foods you enjoy and are also healthy. Plan meals ahead of time so that lack of time in the moment does not force you to eat things outside of your eating plan.

Fitness Schedule: Plan your weekly and monthly fitness routine, so you have something to stick to and hold yourself accountable. If you enjoy diversifying your workouts; include cardiovascular-focused days, and strength training days, yoga/spin/hiit/barre or whatever other group classes you enjoy.

Motivation: Staying motivated is a key to long term success. Most people are motivated at the start, but plan for times of mental weakness and place triggers for you to use for yourself to re-engage your drive to stay healthy. Scheduling working in groups, or with a trainer, helps some people to push-on and stick to the plan due to the competitive nature of group training.

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Senior Fitness Info Session at Leisure Fitness

by on Thursday, September 1st, 2016

University of Delaware & Leisure Fitness - Partners in Wellness
Article by UDaily staff Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson August 11, 2016
UD program focuses on fitness training for those over 55

With older adults more committed than ever to healthy aging, those over age 55 represent a fast-growing segment of the fitness population. The numbers increase even more when you factor in the many Americans of all ages and backgrounds who are seeking to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“Most health clubs and fitness trainers would love to welcome clients of every age, but many do not know how to handle the full range of potential clientele,” says fitness expert Jim Menz, faculty member and program director for the University of Delaware’s Senior Fitness Specialist Certificate.

“Young people may be intrigued by industry advertising and have a particular set of personal goals; whereas other busy Americans are trying to balance work and family with the need to exercise,” said Menz. “Lately we’ve also seen an influx of older Americans take up fitness programs. Each client has his or her unique motivation, needs and challenges.”

UD’s new Senior Fitness Specialist Certificate was designed to help respond to these trends, preparing personal fitness trainers to work with clients of all ages, with a special focus on those over age 55.

The Senior Fitness Specialist Certificate will be of interest to the growing field of exercise, fitness, and other health care professionals serving older adults seeking to increase their longevity and boost their quality of life. It will also appeal to fitness enthusiasts seeking a rewarding career change or side career helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.

“Program graduates will be prepared to work with a full spectrum of clients,” added Menz, “from dedicated athletes to the over 40 million baby boomers seeking to maintain and improve their quality of life throughout the aging process.”

The curriculum has been designed to align with the nationally recognized Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam administered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), making the program of particular interest to those seeking an entry-level personal trainer credential. ACSM is one of the few nationally accredited personal training certifications, opening opportunities throughout the fitness industry.

An information session for the fall Senior Fitness Specialist Certificate is planned for:
Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m., at Leisure Fitness in Newark, Delaware, where the course will also be held.

The information session is free, but reservations are requested. An in-person registration discount of 10 percent off the certificate cost will apply for attendees who register and pay in full at the Aug. 23 information session.

Prospective students attending the information session will have an opportunity to meet the program faculty, including lead instructor and program creator Menz, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and corrective exercise specialist with over 20 years’ experience. Other instructors include UD alumnus Mark Szaroleta, a graduate of UD’s doctoral program in physical therapy, and Ann Gioia, a nurse educator with over 20 years’ experience in nursing, health care, curriculum design and teaching.

The certificate program takes place at Leisure Fitness’ Newark location and combines classroom instruction with hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art fitness facility. Classes meet 6-9 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings from Aug. 29-Dec. 14.

The 15-week curriculum includes a detailed foundation in exercise science; anatomy and physiology; and health, medical and exercise considerations for older adults. There are no academic prerequisites to enroll in this program.

This noncredit program is offered through the University’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.

UD students and UD alumni are eligible for a discount when enrolling in this program. Other discounts and financial assistance options are available. For more information or to RSVP for the Aug. 23 information session, visit this website, write to continuing-ed@udel.edu or call 302-831-7600 or 1-866-820-0238.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Michael Katz

by on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Michael Katz, Personal Trainer Huntingdon, PA

Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Michael Katz.

INTERVIEW w/ Michael Katz, Personal Trainer.
Training Location: Huntingdon Valley,PA

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
I have been physically active for most of my life. My father was very athletic and by the age of 6, I was a very comfortable ocean swimmer.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
In high school, I played football. In college, my freshman year I attended a large state university and was on the school’s diving team. I transferred to a small liberal arts college in my sophomore year and became involved in martial arts, competing in intercollegiate competitions and ultimately becoming the team captain. I also picked up scuba diving in college, obtaining my open water certification which led to more advanced certifications including that of a rescue diver. Throughout college, I also participated regularly in strength training with free weights and a cardiovascular fitness program based on running.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting?
In college, I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Psychology from Tufts University and subsequently obtained a Juris Doctor Degree from Temple University School of Law. While these degrees are not directly connected to the fitness industry, my undergraduate studies provided a solid foundation in understanding behavioral motivation and change relevant to assisting fitness clients in adopting and adhering to a program of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Behavior change theory and strategies are a critical component to the success of anyone seeking to achieve their fitness and health goals. My law degree and years of practice as an attorney have enabled me to develop the skills needed to listen attentively to clients, identify issues of relevance and importance to them and come up with creative solutions designed to achieve desired outcomes.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
As a Certified Personal Trainer, I am required to meet the continuing education requirements of a number of organizations in order to maintain my credentials. These organizations include the American Council on Exercise for my Personal Trainer Certification, Mad Dogg Athletics for my certification as a Spinning instructor and American Heart Association for my CPR/AED certification. During the course of each year, I participate in workshops, classes and fitness conferences offered through these organizations and also available through my membership in the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, including course work leading to advanced certifications. I also take full advantage of articles, magazines and periodicals published by these organizations both online and in print so as to maintain awareness, insight and knowledge about the latest trends and research in fitness.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
I offer my clients a broad array of training modalities ranging from free weight strength training, TRX suspension training, bodyweight based training and outdoor obstacle course training. The specific training program I structure for my clients is based on their individual needs and goals. All of the training I offer my clients, from traditional strength training to bodyweight training, is grounded in concepts of functional strength and the ability to safely move our bodies through multiple planes of motion. The programs I structure also include cardiovascular and flexibility training so that a client receives a balanced program that meets all three dimensions of fitness: strength, cardio and flexibility.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
My coaching style is one of encouragement. I work hard at getting to know my clients, listening to what is important to them in their journey of fitness and health, what their priorities are and understanding what obstacles and frustrations in their lives may interfere with achieving their goals. I work through an interactive process of instructing and guiding clients in developing strategies that will enable them to achieve their objectives. My coaching, of course, includes appropriate programming and instruction in exercise designed to achieve a client’s specific goals but I provide an approach that goes far beyond just the mechanics of working out. My goal is to assist my clients in making lifestyle changes that will promote fitness and health throughout their lives.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
All of my clients undergo a health and exercise history screening based on comprehensive questionnaires, surveys and onsite physiological data collection. Where appropriate, I request my clients to have their doctors provide medical clearance to participate in a structured exercise program and to provide any relevant medical limitations or conditions that impact on appropriate programming. In addition, I conduct postural, mobility, movement and strength screening with all of my clients to identify joint and body segment alignment issues, muscular weaknesses and compensations that will benefit from remediation designed to create a strong structural foundation for effective and safe training.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
The frequency with which I see my clients is driven by their desires, needs and availability. My preference is to see my clients at least twice a week so as to promote consistency in the implementation of the program I design for them. My goal, however, is to help my clients develop self sufficiency in their fitness programs. I am delighted to have my clients come to me as frequently as they like. But more importantly, I want to give them the tools and knowledge to maintain a fitness lifestyle outside of my studio, whether it be at home in their home gyms, at a big box gym where they are unsupervised and left to their own devices or when they are traveling for business or pleasure.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
I work with a broad variety of clients from their mid-30’s to mid-60’s, from those who are seeking specific performance goals to those seeking to simply be fit, healthy and better able to enjoy daily life activities and recreational pursuits. Some of my clients are seeking to build muscle mass and strength and some are seeking healthy weight loss and weight management, utilizing sound nutritional concepts plus individualized exercise programming to meet their goals.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (American Council on Exercise – ACE, N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
My certifications are as follows:
Certified Personal Trainer – American Council on Exercise
Functional Training Specialty Certification – American Council on Exercise
Spinning Instructor Certification – Mad Dogg Athletics
TRX Suspension Training Qualified – TRX

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
Individual client charts are maintained and updated after each session. Programming is based on identifying specific, measurable and relevant goals that can be attained within realistic time frames. Concepts of periodization are used to structure programs where appropriate. Where clients are interested in body composition metrics, ultrasound technology is utilized on a periodic basis and the results are charted for the client.

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
The assessments I perform on each new client are designed to identify postural and muscular imbalances, compensations and existing injuries throughout the kinetic chain. The results serve as the foundation for subsequent programming so that problem areas can be addressed and injuries avoided. If the results suggest there is an existing problem that requires the expertise of a physician or Physical Therapist, this is discussed with the client. I then coordinate what I do in the studio with the recommendations of the medical professional. During each training session and in the instruction and implementation of each exercise, emphasis is put on proper form to avoid injuries. In addition, all programming emphasizes core conditioning and flexibility designed to avoid common lower back and shoulder injuries. I also routinely seek client feedback about each exercise a client performs so that I am attuned to their perceptions of exertion.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
As note above, through my continuing education process, membership in fitness professional organizations, online and print subscriptions to industry periodicals, magazines, and articles which I review on virtually a daily basis, I am exposed to new and developing trends and current research.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
I am insured through Philadelphia Insurance Companies which provides specialty insurance for Personal Trainers. My limits of liability coverage are $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 aggregate.

-Why did you embark in this profession?
I was raised with the fundamental values of making a contribution to the quality of people’s lives. Throughout my life, I have had a passion for fitness and health. The fitness profession was a natural “marriage” of the two.
When I entered the fitness profession, I chose to call my business “Odyssey Strength and Fitness Studio”. The name resonated not only with my philosophy of fitness and health but also with what I hope to provide to my clients.

“Odyssey: an extended adventurous journey or experience;
a spiritual quest for discovery.”

The above sums up in a nutshell my philosophy of fitness and health. Life is not static; it is filled with change. How we meet those changes head on and embrace them helps define who we are. While this precept is applicable to our lives in general, it has particular application to how we define what it means to be strong, fit and healthy.

Our fitness goals, needs and desires change over time and our fitness programming must evolve to remain relevant, dynamic and appropriate. Through embracing change, we can maintain and grow in strength, muscle tone, cardio-respiratory capacity and flexibility. We can remain strong, healthy, injury free and able to enjoy all of the life activities with friends and family that are important to us.
It is this approach to fitness that I offer my clients. Regardless of your age, based on understanding your goals, desires, needs and what is relevant to your lifestyle, I will guide you through a comprehensive individualized program of fitness that will enable you to fully enjoy your life and keep things exciting!

Either You #Run the Day, or the day runs you!

by on Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Either You Run the Day, or the day runs you!

Take control of your day: Either You #Run the Day, or the day runs you!

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Life Fitness FlexStrider Platinum Club Series

by on Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Life Fitness Platinum Club Series Flexstrider

The Platinum Club Series FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer lets you change stride length on the fly and choose a workout that feels the most natural. The smooth motion of the variable-stride trainer feels more like running or jogging than any other similar product. The Platinum Club Series FlexStrider trainer brings the easy to use, inviting, low-impact total-body workout into your home.

The Platinum Club Series FlexStrider Variable-Stride Trainer is available with the Discover SE or SI Tablet Console. The third generation of touch screen consoles redefines the workout experience with the most advanced technology. The integrated LCD touch screen features an abundance of entertainment options, enhanced interaction, Internet connectivity and much more.

In the comfort of your own home, you can choose the workout that’s right for you with the FlexStrider Trainer. You can change your stride length from 0″ to 36″ instantly, adding variety to a total-body workout.

Discover SE and SI Consoles

  • California. Europe. Africa. Experience interactive, high-definition workouts like never before with Lifescape interactive courses. Enjoy immersive outdoor adventures where the scenery keeps pace with the exerciser and the equipment incline and resistance changes with the terrain.
  • Software updates through the LFconnect website, and compatibility with your favorite apps, thanks to the LFopen platform, are both possible with the Discover console.
  • Never miss another tweet or status update. Let friends, family and workout buddies see your fitness progress on your social networks. Connect with personal trainers or groups through My Community on the LFconnect website for added motivation.

Discover SE Console

  • Discover SE Tablet Console 16″ LCD Touch Screen with integrated TV, Apple and Android Compatible , Internet Connectivity, Interactive Courses and LFconnect accessibility
  • Log in seamlessly by connecting your Apple® device or Android smartphone to see your personalized content. Connect with and gain inspiration from friends, personal trainers and groups through My Community or other social platforms. Link to a personal trainer or set up customized workouts through the LFconnect website and app.
  • The LFconnect website and app are complimentary solutions that let you personalize your Discover console settings and track your workouts.
  • Favorite websites. Popular TV channels (Discover SE console only). Plus, workouts you create just for yourself.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Lifepulse digital heart rate monitoring hand sensors are conveniently placed on both the stationary bullhorns and moving arms. Polar® telemetry (chest strap included) provides accurate, hands-free heart rate monitoring.

At-Your-Fingertips Resistance Controls.

Located on the moving arms to easily adjust intensity without disrupting the workout.

Natural Ellipse Path.

Extensive research has developed an extremely smooth, natural feeling motion regardless of stride length.

FitPower Display.

Combines speed, resistance and stride length to determine the total energy output.

Low Step-Up Height.

Pedals are just 10.5″ (26.67 cm) high, which makes getting on and off extremely easy.

RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY

  • Parts: 3 Years
  • Labor: 1 Year
Heart Rate Monitoring
Polar® Telemetry (optional chest strap required) Yes
Lifepulse Digital Heart Rate Monitoring with DSP (Digital Signal Processing) Yes
Workouts
Quick Start Yes
Classic Workouts: Manual Goals, Random, Hill, Rolling Hills Yes
Healthy Heart: Moderate Burn, Vigorous Burn, Fixed Time Interval, Variable Time Interval Yes
Performance: 2-Speed Interval, Starter Interval Yes
Evaluate: Fit Test, U.S. Navy PRT Yes
Goal Workouts: Time, Distance, Calories, Distance Climbed, Time in Zone, Pace Yes
Customized Cool Down Yes
Cross-Train Aerobics and Cross-Train Reverse Workout Modes Yes
Product Features
Constant FitPower Yes
Stride Length Interval Yes
Variable Stride Length 0-36″ (0-91.4 cm)
Integrated Reading Rack Yes
Integrated Smartphone Accessory Tray Yes
Oversized Non-slip Pedals Yes
On-the-fly Programming Yes
Resistance Levels 26 (0 – 25)
At-Your-Fingertips Resistance Controls Located on the moving bullhorns
Removable Cup Holder Yes
Front wheels for easy mobility Yes
Networking Capabilities CSAFE-Ready, FitLinxx Certified
Rear Floor Mat (with cord management solution) Yes
Technical Specifications
Maximum User Weight 400 lbs (181 kg)
Power Requirements AC Power line 115 volt, 15 amp (voltage outside U.S. may vary)
Internet – Wireless Yes
Internet – Wired Yes
Active Fingerprint (includes rear floor mat and plastic front cover) 102.5″ L x 34″ W x 67.5″ H (260 cm x 86 cm x 171 cm)
Machine Only (intended to provide information to properly move the machine.) 64.5″L x 31.5″ W x 67.5 H (164 cm x 80 cm x 171 cm)
Step-Up Height 10.5″ (26.67 cm)
Weight 564 lbs (256 kg)
Warranty 3-year limited warranty on all mechanical and electrical components
1-year labor


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Leisure Fitness Company Meeting Today, 10/14/15 – Stores Closed Today

by on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Leisure Fitness Company Meeting
Leisure Fitness Company Meeting and Sales & Operations Training | Stores Closed Today

The staff will be at our Corporate Headquarters today, October 14th, for sales and customer service training and the stores will be closed.

We commit to always providing our staff with the highest level of training, motivation, and empowerment to serve our customers with the best customer service in the industry and in retail.

If you are contacting your fitness consultant/sales representative, please try to be patient as there will be limited access to email/phone calls. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Thank you!

The Leisure Fitness Team

📷 Leisure Fitness – Follow Us On Instagram 🎥

by on Monday, October 5th, 2015

Follow Leisure Fitness on Instagram

Follow Leisure Fitness on Instagram for fitness motivation, new fitness product launches, pool & billiards information, fitness tips, fitness videos and exercises, and exclusive sale items!

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Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Jane McKenna

by on Friday, August 28th, 2015

Train With Jane - Jane Mckenna Self Defense Training
Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Jane Mckenna.

INTERVIEW w/ Jane V. Mckenna, National Academy on Sports Medicine – Personal Trainer.
Training Location – Potomac, MD

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
I grew up in a family that was super active. My father ran long distance before it was popular. I would hear him get up and eventually I started running races when I was in grade school. I learned to swim when I was four and joined the local swim team in the summer. During the school year, I had ran on the track team, played basketball and softball. My parents stayed in fantastic shape even in their senior years, so they were great examples and I loved both team and individual sports.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
I played basketball on a all girl’s team at a Catholic High School outside of Washington, DC. I was a guard. My school also had a Tae Kwon Do instructor and I started martial arts training when I was 14. I also started training for the NY City Marathon when I was in high school, planning to run it in college. I now have my First Degree Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do and I have run 17 marathons. In college I ran my first NY City Marathon, training before and after classes at the University of MD. During college, I continued my martial arts training while I got my degree in Criminology.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting? (degrees in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, etc.)
No, my degree is in Criminology and Political Science.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
I take Continuing Education through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. (NASM). I also attend Self-Defense seminars, taught by recognized leaders in the Martial Arts Industry. I also study Cane-Fu, which is Self-Defense using a cane.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
Yes, I concentrate on Senior Fitness, Fitness for those in Assisted Living Programs and Aging in Place fitness programs. I also train young women before they attend college and teach safety programs/self-defense for business owners.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
My style encompasses the Positive approach, I am committed to helping others want to reach their goals through positive reinforcement and an environment of self-esteem.I want my clients to look forward to working out, not be afraid of our appointment.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
My strategy is always to do a Health Assessment prior to our first training session. I spend a minimum of an hour and half, discussing not just about my client’s fitness and general healthy, but also about what is going on in their life. Major changes are important for me to be aware of, and I want to be informed to be aware of stress, sleep and lifestyle to help me plan their Plan.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
I see the majority of my clients once a week. Some clients need more sessions in the first few weeks, 2x a week to get them on a schedule and to keep motivation high.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
I specialize in Senior clients, many whom have recently retired or thinking about this major life change. Most want to lose weight and get in shape for the first time in their life. They want to be able to play tennis, golf, perhaps run a 5K. I also have developed a program for Seniors with limited income to stay or even become independent in their own homes. With these clients, I teach balance, strength training and confidence to live in homes with stairs, carry groceries, and be in control of daily living activities.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
I am certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, N.A.S.M.
I am also certified through N.A.S.M. as a Weight Loss Specialist and a Senior Fitness Specialist. I also am a “Cane-Master”, teaching Combat Veterans to use their cane as a weapon, not a crutch, defending themselves with their cane. I study with internationally recognized masters in this field.

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
I create a personal folder for each client. This folder/information includes data from my initial assessment and has goals and tailored exercises created specifically for the clients needs. This can include current weight, identification of goals and progress in our sessions, including weight loss, goal achievements.I also send customized exercises after our sessions, noting any regression or progress.

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
To prevent injuries, I stress the importance of warming up, not over-doing the program we’ve initiated and being aware of their limitation within their goals. If an injury does occur, I postpone the session and encourage my clients to see their physician immediately and always stress rest is key. I encourage good nutrition and stay on track on diet and rest.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
Yes,I belong to a local health club and network with their personal trainers. I go to Personal Training Seminars through the N.A.S.M. programs, I subscribe to many Fitness magazines including The Training Edge. I read all the books on fitness and nutrition so I stay informed of fads and proven methods for staying healthy and staying fit.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
Yes, I have policies for both Personal Training clients and my self-defense clients.

-Why did you embark in this profession?
In college, I successfully fought off a serial rapist while I was training for a marathon. I knew being fit helped saved my life. I knew I was good at motivating and sharing information and teaching others to feel good and look good. I wanted to help people not be afraid of life, to enjoy being healthy and stay strong, no matter what age. People always ask me how I stay in shape, because I am the same weight as I was in high school. I wanted to tell how they can do it too.

Leisure Fitness Company Meetings, July 21-22, 2015

by on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Leisure Fitness Company Meetings
Leisure Fitness Company Meetings July 21-22, 2015

The staff will be rotating through our Corporate Headquarters over today, July 21st, and tomorrow, July 22nd, for training and general company meetings.

We commit to always providing our staff with the highest level of training, motivation, and empowerment to serve our customers with the best customer service in the industry and in retail.

If you are contacting your fitness consultant/sales representative, please try to be patient as there will be limited access to email/phone calls. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Thank you!

The Leisure Fitness Family

Leisure Fitness – Training and Company Meetings

by on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Leisure Fitness Training and Company Meetings May 13-14, 2015
Leisure Fitness Company Meetings May 13-14, 2015

The staff will be rotating through our Corporate Headquarters over today, May 13th, and tomorrow, May 14th, for training and general company meetings.

We commit to always providing our staff with the highest level of training, motivation, and empowerment to serve our customers with the best customer service in the industry and in retail.

If you are contacting your fitness consultant/sales representative, please try to be patient as there will be limited access to email/phone calls. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Thank you!

The Leisure Fitness Family

Leisure Fitness and Johns Hopkins Medicine – Partners in Wellness

by on Monday, May 11th, 2015

Leisure Fitness and Johns Hopkins Medicine - Partners in Wellness

Leisure Fitness provides quarterly health & wellness seminars for our wellness partner, Johns Hopkins Medicine! Providing health and wellness information is a critical initiative for Leisure Fitness. We are very happy to work with companies like Johns Hopkins that are helping and healing so many people.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Outreach Health Seminars

About Us – Leisure Fitness Wellness Outreach Program:
Leisure Fitness works with local organizations to support wellness events like health fairs and other health initiatives.
If you are interested in doing something to promote health & wellness for your organization – Leisure Fitness offers free Health & Fitness Seminar Series at your organization please Contact Us. No tricks or sales pitch, the seminars are accredited by the American Council on Exercise and are approved for Continuing Education Credits for Personal Trainers. The seminars are fun, informational, and motivational – we have a vested interest in creating a more health conscious country! Let us help get you started on your journey to a healthy and fit lifestyle!

We look forward to hearing from you!
Leisure Fitness – Wellness Team

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Leisure Fitness Opens Fitness Super Store in Virginia Beach, VA: Bringing Home Fitness Equipment and Health & Wellness to the Virginia Beach Fitness Community

by on Friday, February 27th, 2015

Leisure Fitness Virginia Beach, VA Fitness Store
Leisure Fitness is a Specialty Fitness Equipment and Billiards retailer with locations from Connecticut to southern Virginia.

On November 10th, 2014 Leisure Fitness opened another fitness superstore! The new Leisure Fitness – Virginia Beach, VA store is located at 4000 Virginia Beach Blvd, Ste 112 Virginia Beach, VA 23452. This is Leisure Fitness’ sixth location in Virginia, with potential of more locations coming in 2015.

Leisure Fitness offers high-quality fitness equipment to meet your home, office, and corporate needs. Equipment includes ellipticals, treadmills, recumbent and upright bikes, home gyms, rowing machines, free weights, and accessories.

The store will have a full selection of top brands including; Precor, Life Fitness, Landice, Inspire Fitness, WaterRower, Stott Pilates, Diamondback, LifeSpan Fitness, Spirit Fitness, AbCoaster, Body-Solid and more.

Leisure Fitness operates under the philosophy that to reach a wellness destination people must have education and motivation. Therefore, Leisure Fitness provides a professional, educated staff of fitness experts who are knowledgeable about all of the equipment’s capability and performance specifications as well as what equipment is right for any of the countless individual needs that their customers can and will have.

To promote wellness in the community, Leisure Fitness is offering free Corporate Wellness Seminars to major employers in the surrounding communities. Other organizations that have taken advantage of these seminars include Princeton University, Siemens, Wawa, FBI, Johns Hopkins Hospital Systems, and Astra Zeneca.

Nathan Person, Manager for the Virginia Beach Store, said, “Leisure Fitness is excited to serve the Gainesville, Virginia community’s fitness needs and to provide health and fitness guidance to meet there fitness goals.” Nathan has over 8 years of industry experience in the fitness community.

Leisure Fitness is passionately committed to providing the tools that will help its customers get fit and stay fit. All the products displayed and sold at Leisure Fitness are carefully reviewed to insure that every item is of the highest quality and engineered to deliver results. Once becoming a member of the Leisure Fitness customer family, Leisure Fitness makes every effort to continue to motivate and educate their customers with a variety of services designed to keep people moving towards their fitness goals and beyond.

If you’d like more information about Leisure Fitness please visit LeisureFitness.com, or contact store manager, Nathan Person, at (757) 321-8831. If you are interested in Corporate Wellness Seminars, please call Anne Stephenson, at (302) 224-5062.

Leisure Fitness Opens Fitness Super Store in Gainesville, VA: Bringing Home Fitness Equipment and Health & Wellness to the Gainesville Fitness Community

by on Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Gainesville Virginia Fitness Store
Leisure Fitness is a Specialty Fitness Equipment and Billiards retailer with locations from Connecticut to southern Virginia.

On November 3rd, 2014 Leisure Fitness opened another fitness superstore! The new Leisure Fitness – Gainesville, VA store is located at 7637 Linton Hall Road Gainesville, VA 20155. This is Leisure Fitness’ fifth location in Virginia, with potential of more locations coming in 2015.

Leisure Fitness offers high-quality fitness equipment to meet your home, office, and corporate needs. Equipment includes ellipticals, treadmills, recumbent and upright bikes, home gyms, rowing machines, free weights, and accessories.

The store will have a full selection of top brands including; Precor, Life Fitness, Landice, Inspire Fitness, WaterRower, Stott Pilates, Diamondback, LifeSpan Fitness, Spirit Fitness, AbCoaster, Body-Solid and more.

Leisure Fitness operates under the philosophy that to reach a wellness destination people must have education and motivation. Therefore, Leisure Fitness provides a professional, educated staff of fitness experts who are knowledgeable about all of the equipment’s capability and performance specifications as well as what equipment is right for any of the countless individual needs that their customers can and will have.

To promote wellness in the community, Leisure Fitness is offering free Corporate Wellness Seminars to major employers in the surrounding communities. Other organizations that have taken advantage of these seminars include Princeton University, Siemens, Wawa, FBI, Johns Hopkins Hospital Systems, and Astra Zeneca.

Matt Smith, Manager for the Gainesville Store, said, “Leisure Fitness is excited to serve the Gainesville, Virginia community’s fitness needs and to provide health and fitness guidance to meet there fitness goals.” Matt has over 4 years of industry experience in the fitness community.

Leisure Fitness is passionately committed to providing the tools that will help its customers get fit and stay fit. All the products displayed and sold at Leisure Fitness are carefully reviewed to insure that every item is of the highest quality and engineered to deliver results. Once becoming a member of the Leisure Fitness customer family, Leisure Fitness makes every effort to continue to motivate and educate their customers with a variety of services designed to keep people moving towards their fitness goals and beyond.

If you’d like more information about Leisure Fitness please visit LeisureFitness.com, or contact store manager, Matt Smith, at (571) 248-2626. If you are interested in Corporate Wellness Seminars, please call Anne Stephenson, at (302) 224-5062.

Fitness Celebrity Profile: Dr. Paul Kennedy

by on Monday, August 11th, 2014

Doctor Paul Kennedy Bio Leisure Fitness
Dr. Paul Kennedy is the Fitness and Wellness Community Outreach Director for Leisure Fitness based in Newark, Delaware and presents free Fitness and Wellness seminars on behalf of the company throughout the middle-Atlantic region.

Teaching/Coaching Experience:
A former physical education teacher, football coach and wrestling coach, Dr. Paul Kennedy served as Strength and Conditioning Coach at Penn State University, where he received his doctorate in the exercise sciences. He later served as Rutgers University Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Dr. Paul has trained numerous All American athletes in a variety of sports, many players went on to play professionally, and some represented there country at the international level.

Competitive Weight Lifting Experience:
Dr. Paul was a successful competitive olympic weightlifter.

Television Experience:
For over two years, Dr. Paul starred in “Be Fit, Stay Fit America”, a weekly television program aired in Phoenix, Arizona. He also appeared in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami and Detroit as an in-house expert on various fitness topics and trends.

To view current fitness videos as well as taped interviews of Dr. Paul Kennedy concerning a variety of fitness and wellness topics go to: Leisure Fitness YouTube Channel.

Video Examples:
Topic of the Month, April 2014 – How Much is Too Little?
Morning Workout With Dr. Paul – Push Ups & Squats
The Quick Set System by Dr. Paul Kennedy

Radio Experience:
With his extensive educational background as well as his years of practical experience as a backdrop, Dr. Paul hosted “Get Fit Arizona” a series of one-hour radio call-in programs covering numerous health and fitness topics from strength training and flexibility to cardiovascular training and nutrition.

From 2012-2014, Dr. Paul was the host of the reinvented “Be Fit, Stay Fit Radio” sponsored by Leisure Fitness, which aired on Saturday mornings on 105.7 “The Fan” in Baltimore, Maryland.

Since January of 2014, Dr. Paul Kennedy has began a series of monthly Podcasts to expand on his “Topic of the Month” article, which often includes a local fitness partner to provide a different perspective on the topic.

Titan of Industry:
Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., Research Director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts, has this to say about Dr. Kennedy: “He is extremely knowledgeable in his field of exercise science and a true expert in the area of strength training. Dr. Kennedy is a most articulate individual and has the rare ability to explain complex concepts in an easy to understand, educational and motivational manner.”

How Healthy (Fit?) Are Americans?

by on Monday, July 2nd, 2012

by Dr. Paul Kennedy – Leisure Fitness, Wellness Doctor

Every year the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (commonly known as the CDC) gives America an indication of our general health and wellness. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics report for 2011 is now available. The report is a result of the 2011 National Health Survey and the results are a bit of a mixed bag. It appears that there are, indeed, areas where American health habits and general health has improved and other areas that continue to be challenging for our nation. As always, it seems, the news is both good and bad. And it also seems, at least to me, that many Americans are having difficulty facing the truth about their own behaviors when it comes to health. For example, the epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes (the “acquired form”) continues to rise yet only 2.4 % of the population considers their personal level of health as “poor”!

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ElliptiGO Elliptical Bike – Receives Top Reviews by Fitness Performance Coach

by on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

by Deborah Leedale-Brown

For the last 16 years I have worked as a trainer & performance coach to professional and amateur athletes, alongside clients looking for the inspiration and motivation to maintain health and fitness around busy lifestyles. I am always looking for equipment that allows me to provide an innovative and challenging environment for my clients, and if it comes in the form of a completely new piece of equipment that also seems fun and exciting to my clients this is an added bonus!

The new Elliptigo is a definite winner in this department. If you are looking for a great whole body workout that can be done outside and inside (with a standard bike trainer), then experiencing the Elliptigo and the fun you can have may just be what you need to revamp your workout regimen.

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Start and Stick: Clues to a Meaningful Workout Program

by on Sunday, November 1st, 2009

In survey after survey, the reasons most given for starting or failing to maintain a workout program are’drum roll please– time and lack of information or instruction. Each factor, whether alone or in combination with the other, accounts for the high percentage of well-intentioned workout “programs” that either never get off the ground or fail miserably. These failures of program initiation or program adherence—or both—can easily be corrected with a little information and simple techniques.

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Women, Weight control and Disease

by on Thursday, January 1st, 2009

It’s not easy starting out the New Year with an article concerning a disease such as cancer. Indeed, the real purpose of this article is not necessarily to show the link between keeping one’s weight under control and the prevention of this challenging (and possibly deadly) disease but the fact that so few women understand or refuse to accept the link between the two. Of course, this disease causality factor (being overweight and/or obese) for men is similar but a study completed over a year ago and appearing in the medical journal “Obstetrics and Gynecology” in the fall of 2008 showed that the message concerning weight management and disease is not getting through – at least not to the degree that it should. Here are some of the facts.

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