What we are not is a gym where you can walk or jog on a treadmill, ride an elliptical or stationary bike while watching TV, or playing cards as you walk on the treadmill I’ve seen it more times than I care to remember. We are not a gym full of mirrors so you can watch yourself perform bicep curls while watching to see if anyone else is watching you perform this relatively meaningless exercise. We are not a gym where you can meet up with the regulars to discuss who wore what & where. We don’t teach classes where you gyrate, do the Macarena, or hooky pooky or any other dance move. We don’t have plushy useless machines, locker rooms where you can get your shoes polished or a saloon to get your hair cut or get a pedicure. We are a high performance facility with Spotters ready to help you achieve your physical and athletic goals not just as a New Years or spring break resolution but rather to be fit & healthy for the rest of your life.
Monthly Archives: May 2013
We get tons of emails & phone calls about our performance center well put simply The Tough Spot Gym , is Form Follows Function . Our approach to fitness is to train our Spotters like athletes. So what if you don’t compete in any sport, why not feel & look like you do? You might have some friends that want you to play a pick up game of rugby or football, or your son or daughter or your significant other asks you to play soccer or football with them, don’t let being out of shape be an excuse.Remember never make excuses just make adjustments. Our promise to you is to get you in that type of shape so you could partake in those types of activities without feeling like your lungs are going to fall out. The Tough Spot Gym will improve your, Strength; power; stamina; balance; & agility. If the side effect of training with us is that you visually look like a Greek Goddess or God, then who are we to question it. We offer dynamic and high performance classes, along with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Whether you are an athlete who wants to take their game to the next level, or someone who truly wants to be in the best shape of their life, The Tough Spot Gym just may be the path that leads you there.
“Functional training” has become one of the buzz words in the health and fitness industry in the last several years. So, what is functional training? Functional training involves exercising the body in ways that prepare it for activities of daily living. Physical therapists were the original teachers of functional training, as the method is used to help patients recover from injuries or surgeries and return to their normal activities that they need to perform at home and work. In the context of the fitness world, functional training helps you to be able to perform activities of daily living safely and more efficiently. If your typical activities involve sports, functional training can also be applied to help you improve certain skills that you use in the sport.
Functional exercises tend to involve multiple joints and muscles. Most functional training is performed while weight-bearing and likely involves muscles of the hip flexors, abdomen, and back. A great example of a functional exercise is the squat. The squat involves both the hip and the knee joints and activates the primary muscles of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteus maximus. As secondary stabilizer muscles, the erector spinae, transverse abdominus, abductors, adductors, and calf muscles are also activated with the squat. The squat can easily be applied to daily activity as it mimics being able to sit down and get back up. There are numerous types of functional exercises, including the deadlift, pull-up, push-up, lunge, kettlebell swing, and any number of compound movements, such as a squat to overhead press.
Exercises that are performed on machines tend to be at the lower end of the functional training continuum because machines isolate muscles and joints. That is not to say that machines should never be incorporated into workouts, as there are good uses for isolating muscles at times. However, if you are hoping to strengthen your body in a way that allows you to apply the strength to your everyday life, you definitely need to incorporate some functional training into your workouts. Come check us out at the Tough Spot Gym to learn more about functional training!