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

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

Should my young athlete train in-season?

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Should your child train during their season? Very simply, yes they should. In-season training for athletics seems to be lost at lower levels (high school and below). Coaches are doing their best to game plan for the next game, set practice schedules and probably have a separate full time job. Many coaches are also the strength and conditioning coaches at the high school level in the off-season, but they don’t have the time to train the kids properly in-season. Then there are some coaches that don’t realize that in-season training is as important as off-season and preseason training.

Key reasons to train in-season

  • Injury prevention
  • Maintenance of strength, power, agility and flexibility

I would urge you to talk with your child’s coach or admin to encourage in-season training. If a current program does not include training, then the work your child put in during the off-season will waste away rapidly because there isn’t proper maintenance being done. The difference between winning a state championship and losing early in the playoffs can be made in a gym.

My recommendations are to have a well rounded in-season program, 2-3 times per week, that includes hypertrophy, muscular endurance and also strength and power exercises. I would also recommend a flexibility program or coach to keep your athletes at full functionality. At Infinity Fitness we run a Sports Performance program, which is offered year round, and has athletes making strides, not just maintaining but also excelling during their seasons. Check our schedule here for available times. Please contact us if you, your child or your child’s team would be interested in training with us: info@infinityfitnessaz.com

Mike Sheahan

Member Spotlight: The Buelnas

At Infinity Fitness AZ we strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere and help our clients meet their personal fitness goals. Here is an inspiring story from our clients Memo and Lisa….

Memo and I started our journey at Infinity Fitness AZ on January 2nd, 2014. No, it wasn’t a New Year’s resolution… it just seemed like a good day to start! We decided to purchase the Groupon in December 2013 and promised each other we would give it a shot for the month of January. We both figured we would do the month and then move on to something else. Starting the first day of this year, we ended up going 6 days/week every week for the entire month- by the end of week 2, we were completely addicted and there was no questions we were going to join permanently!

We were instantly hooked on Infinity for a number of reasons- first and foremost for me is that the intensity of the trainers and workouts is very motivating. As a former college athlete, I thrive in an environment where I have coaches and “teammates” holding me accountable and pushing me to work harder. What also keeps us going back is the variety of workouts from day to day and the comradery we have with both the staff and other gym members. It truly feels like we’ve joined a gym with a bunch of our friends. The classes are also a fun thing for Memo and I to do together. We both spend a lot of our free time playing golf (Memo) and tennis (Lisa) separately, so it’s nice to once again have an activity to do together, and help motivate each other when one of us might not feel like going to class one day.

In March of this year, we found out that I was pregnant with our first child. While excited, I wasn’t quite sure how this would affect my workouts. I was determined to keep working out and soon discovered that the one hour/ day that I was at the gym was truly the only hour of each day that I felt good. So that motivated me to keep going. As I’ve neared the end of my pregnancy, Chase, Heather and Mike have all been great about helping to alter my exercises to keep both me and the baby safe and healthy, while still getting in a good workout. We’re now five weeks away from the due date, and I feel great. I’ve gained 17 pounds so far, and it seems to be all belly. I 100% attribute this to the classes at Infinity!

Memo decided to participate in Challenge #2 this year, and did an amazing job. He lost just over 20 pounds during the challenge and has lost 39 pounds altogether this year. The way the staff sets fitness goals, puts together meal plans and runs the classes during these challenges is a great thing. I was extremely proud of how hard he worked and the results he got were very inspiring. After seeing him work out and eat healthy off and on for years, to witness how this program has made him stick with his fitness is a true testament that this whole Infinity system really works!

-Lisa and Memo Buelna

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