Member Spotlight: The Aisters

My husband and I have always been active people. We’ve been members at a variety of different gyms throughout our entire adult life and thought of ourselves as healthy and in good shape. Three (+) years ago, a dear friend of ours introduced us to Chase Noll & Heather Weber. Our lives have been forever changed! Beginning our new health journey, we started with the Fit Challenge. The Challenge taught us how to make healthier choices, beginning with our diet and extending to our daily work out regimens. Chase, Heather, and the Infinity Fitness team are clearly educated and expert on implementing diet and fitness excellence.

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Many years ago, my husband suffered a significant knee injury causing limited mobility with an enormous amount of degeneration. Our concern about joining a gym with such an intense program, was quickly eliminated by both Chase and Heather. Both have been wonderful with providing safe modifications that keep him active and involved with group training. Our exercise and overall health have significantly improved because of Chase and Heather. We have maintained weight reduction goals and improved our exercise technique.

The staff at Infinity Fitness is simply amazing. They treat us like family and greet us with a warm smile every day. The friendships we have developed with other members are as special as Chase and Heather.   Exercising in an environment where all participants encourage each other makes Infinity Fitness exceptional and unique. We are grateful to be a part of this fitness family!

Dr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Aister

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This Month’s Fit Fam: The Wallace Family

For the almost 20 years we’ve been married, Matt (you know him as “Waterbreak”) and I have always been physically active. But, for too many boring and tedious years, we were part of the big-box, gym population. You could find us walking around aimlessly, among the rusty, dirty metal machines. Picking up some weights, taking some group classes, but with no concrete fitness goals or intentions. Frankly, we just wanted to look good and feel good, but didn’t have one iota of how to get there!!

About 4 years ago, I discovered Chase & Heather through a close friend. Right away, I completed a Fitness Challenge, lost 14 pounds and was hooked! In the meantime, Waterbreak was still wandering the dreary, health club hallways. After convincing him that this wasn’t “Jazzercise,” he took the plunge and signed up! Shortly after, he said goodbye to a whopping 30 pounds!

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Fast forward to the opening of Infinity Fitness, with the addition of Mike’s Youth Programs, our three daughters (ages 8, 11 & 13) are developing their strength, agility and coordination. This fall, our oldest and a Blackhawks soccer player, has started training with the uniquely designed Scottsdale Soccer programming. Even my Dad and Mom (aka ‘The Mayor and First Lady’) are now Infinity enthusiasts.

The value of Infinity doesn’t stop with the torture, the intensity or the drive to improve – we show up everyday because of the commitment to our Infinity family. It’s not simply a “place” – it’s where we have created enduring, lifelong friendships.

Are we addicted? Yeah. Obsessed? Absolutely. More than anything, we are BLESSED to have Infinity Fitness in our lives!

With Encouragement & Love from Team Wallace,

(April, Waterbreak, Ashlynn, Sophie & Hope)

Fitness Enemy Number One

The fitness industry is built on people having a desire to make changes to themselves. There are so many different directions that you can take a workout program, and so many people that are looking for guidance, it’s one reason why I made a career out of it. There will always be something new to work on or someone new to work with in the future. People will always want to make changes to the way they look and how they feel. There are also a million different reasons and excuses for why people don’t look and feel the way they want to look and feel. The reasons can be far-reaching and include a wide variety of innovative conclusions. Ultimately, a lot of where we fall short on both performance and aesthetics comes down to one thing…Self-Justification.

It is enemy number one for any type of programming. We can find any reason to do or not do anything. It won’t always sense to anyone else, but that doesn’t matter. We connect the twisted logic in our heads and comfort ourselves into believing it to be true. If you give everyone who wants to lose weight a choice between a grilled chicken salad and a double bacon cheeseburger, in a vacuum they would choose the salad every time. Yet, somehow when we are left to our own devices, and we are having lunch by ourselves, that cheeseburger option gets chosen, and possibly followed by a milkshake because you took the stairs today at work instead of the elevator. It drives me nuts when people are looking to lose weight and they work so hard and bust their butts in a workout. Then decide that those 500 calories they just burned somehow justify a 1,500 calorie lunch. Then get frustrated that they aren’t losing the way they want to lose. Sorry, the math doesn’t add up. It’s a treadmill approach. Work real hard, but you’re not really moving anywhere.
Instead, be disciplined, understand that making progress toward your goals will require you to make decisions you don’t necessarily want to make. Instead of taking the easy way out and making up a bunch of crap about how you “deserve” that order of sweet potato fries because you sweated a little, and they’re “healthier” than regular fries, tell yourself no. Make these sacrifices each day until you’ve accomplished your goals. No one cares about the guys who only make it halfway up Mt. Everest because it got too hard, or because the view looks good enough from where they’re standing. Reach your summit, then rejoice. Don’t give yourself an out through illogical and untrue nonsense. So ignore your inner Stuart Smalley and achieve what you set out to achieve, don’t just settle when things get hard.
Chase Noll, CPT

Are you guys like a Crossfit?

Whenever we have someone new come in and tour the facility, that is one of the questions I will hear most often. It may be because we don’t have a lot of machines and equipment crowding the floor, or because of the dumb bells and squat racks in the weight area that gave people this idea, whatever it was, it always bothered me a little. Mainly because ground based training, and functional movements was how I have always trained individuals. I have always worked in sports performance facilities and have avoided “Big Box” gyms like the plague. So when I get asked that question it almost seems like we tried to copy a Crossfit Box, but really this environment is what I know and where I have cut my proverbial teeth.

I’ve never really had a solid way of describing what we did from a branding standpoint, which is where Crossfit has done a phenomenal job from a corporate standpoint. To me it was just working out and training with an emphasis on efficient movement patterns. Cliche phrases like bootcamp, and circuits, and intervals get thrown around, but there is no one thing that describes what we do consistently. Really, our possibilities are Infinite (Ha!), and that’s how we like to describe the adult classes to our clients, and what I think is a big draw for them.

Now, when I hear the comparison to Crossfit, I don’t mind it as much. A lot of the goals are similar; constant movement, compound exercises, daily variances, and ground based training. However we definitely have different approaches on how to get there. My dad has a phrase he likes in his business practices “A rising tide sinks no ships.” I think that’s one thing I can thank Crossfit for, and why I almost welcome that once-dreaded question. Because of their popularity it has opened up a lot of people’s eyes that there can be more to working out than sitting at a leg press machine for 3 sets of 15 reps and then taking five minute water break laps while debating whether to do DB Hammer Curls or Barbell Shrugs next. If having to endure watching ESPN announcers fawn over the “Killer Cage” (Stop, they’re freaking monkey bars!) once a year means having more people out searching for workout alternatives to a “Big Box” then I’m OK with this question.

(Note: The elephant in the room when discussing Crossfit is the injury rate, I’m not going to comment one way or the other, but bad trainers come from all kinds of training, not just Crossfit.)

Chase Noll, CSCS

Why is Fitness essential in today’s youth?

The answer is simple. There are too many electronics and too much junk/processed/fast food.  I could share study after study about how electronics make children sedentary,  as well as the pitiful nutrition habits of America’s kids, but I will save you the boring read.  Get your kids off the couch, off of the smart phones, out of the pantry, and into a gym.  Even if it isn’t here at Infinity Fitness, do your son or daughter or grandchild a favor and get in one somewhere near you.  Your child already has a couple practices a week for basketball, you say? That’s not enough.  It’s important to add steady cardio, injury prevention, resistance training (and no, it won’t to stunt their growth), and core exercises to each of our young people’s weekly routine.

Here are two more REALLY good reasons to your child involved in a youth fitness program today:

  •  Performance enhancement   Every parent wants their child to have an edge over other children.  For most, it is related to a sport they play. Fitness programs 2-3 times a week for 30-40 minutes can change a young athlete’s abilities dramatically.  Injury prevention goes hand in hand with performance enhancement – the more a child can build his or her musculature around their joints, the less susceptible to injuries they become. I know, as a father myself, that keeping a child safer trumps just about anything else.
  • Beta Endorphins  This is a chemical that is released within the body that is a “feel good”, also referred to as a “runners high”.  Beta Endorphins create a sense of euphoria in the body after working out.  It’s the same feeling you get after you’ve worked out – happy, energized and ready to tackle life. Studies have also shown good fitness practices have a positive effect on academic performance, improving their mental capabilities if the child is exercising at least 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes or more.

To my understanding, schools are are doing away with more and more of the time young kids have to be active in favor of more time in the classrooms, and ultimately, sitting down. My belief, share with others I’m sure, is that it’s just adding to this country’s problem with childhood obesity. Youth Fitness programs are great for the young athletes, but it is also great for any kid.  I love to help all shapes and sizes build confidence and build better self images of themselves.

I am well aware of the amount of time that has gone into discussing the topic of childhood obesity, but helping kids get fit and enjoy it is my passion. I know this isn’t news, or a fresh concept, but maybe it’s a little bit of a call to action. Our kids don’t realize that these kinds of bad habits can slowly kill them.  It is our job – as parents, a community, coaches and trainers –  to give them the tools to make good choices and be healthy adults.  Start right now…if you are reading this, get up and go for a walk with your kid.

Mike Sheahan, CPT, PES, NASE

Heather’s Path to Competition

You know you’ve created a good goal for yourself when it scares you. I must have created a really good goal, because I’m terrified! Four weeks ago, I hired an IFBB Physique Pro to help me train for my first Figure Competition. This means on November 14th, I will be walking on stage in a teeny tiny bikini and 5 inch high heels in front of hundreds of people to be judged on the physique I bring to the stage. I have created a goal to put myself outside my comfort zone, to hold myself more accountable than ever, and do something I never thought I was physically and/or mentally capable of doing.

I knew I needed to do something dramatic. I am a big advocate of the saying “practice what you preach.” I teach everyone else how to work out, how to eat, how to create good goals for themselves, and tell everyone to overcome temptation to become a better version of “you.” To everyone else, I was in decent shape already; however I wanted more and wanted to be better. I have always been told I should compete, but always just laughed it off and insisted I was not in THAT kind of shape. But why couldn’t I create that?

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Three weeks ago I started dieting hard, training even harder, implemented 3am cardio sessions before work, and started working with a posing coach. I knew it was going to be hard, but this is definitely a full time job in itself. So far, it’s totally worth it! My body is transforming into something it has never been before, I’m seeing muscle definition I never have before, and I’m actually eating more than I ever have before too! I’m excited (and terrified!) to share this journey with everyone, glad I have so many people to hold me accountable, and I am VERY thankful for the support I am getting from my Infinity Fitness AZ family.

(I will be competing in the NPC Western Regional in Mesa, AZ on November 14th, Figure division; visit http://www.npcmilesproductions.com for details, pictures, and tickets.)

Infinity Fitness: The Blog

Hello and welcome to the new Infinity Fitness blog! 

Here’s where you’ll find interesting posts and articles from our team of fabulous trainers. Each trainer will focus on his/her expertise and experiences to give you the most out of this blog. Here are some of the topics you can look forward to seeing:

  • Youth Fitness
  • Adult Fitness
  • Diet + Exercise
  • Sports Training
  • Heather’s path to figure competing
  • And lots more

Meet the team:

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You’ll also see Infinity Fitness members in our monthly spotlight. Sometimes you’ll learn about one super inspiring member, and sometimes we will feature an entire IF fit family. Along the way, we’re going to try to make this blog as inspiring, motivating and educational as we possibly can. Look for our posts twice a week.

So bookmark this blog, email to a friend/colleague or add our RSS feed, and let’s pump up the volume on Infinity Fitness (even more than we already do daily). And of course, we’d love getting your feedback on all things fitness and this blog — and what you want to see discussed (and showcased) in the future.

Until next time friends…

Infinity Fitness team

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