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

Post Workout Protein

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Recovery is one of the most important aspects of exercise. Everything from how much you sleep to what you eat needs to be taken into consideration. Consuming protein after your workout is among one of the most important. So many people participate in high intensity exercise and then don’t consume post workout protein.

After exercise, your muscles are fatigued and depleted of its natural energy stores. Your muscles are broken down and need to be built back up again. The soreness you feel the day or two after exercise is due to small tears in the muscles fibers. These tears come from extensively working that muscle during your workout. These tears are also what allow your muscles to grow larger and stronger for your next workout. Your muscles contain protein, so in order for your body to repair these tears, you need to ingest protein. This is why post workout protein is so important to consume.

The reason you want to consume your protein post workout is so that it gets into your system as fast as possible. Studies show that the best time to consume post workout protein is within 30 minutes of finishing your workout. The max time to wait is 2 hours post workout. This is because your body’s metabolism speeds up both during and post workout. Within 2 hours is when the metabolic rate is at its fastest. This increase in metabolic rate can remain for up to 24 hours depending on the type of exercise. You want to take advantage of your increased metabolic rate when it comes to ingesting protein. The reason you want to consume your post workout protein as soon as possible is because your body does not efficiently digest protein. A major portion of your protein intake never leaves your digestive system.

The recommendation for protein intake for someone who participates in high intensity exercise is the same recommendation for athletes. These groups should consume at least 1.5 times their weight in kilograms, in grams of protein. For example, there are 2.2 pounds in a kilogram, so a 200-pound man is 91 kg, so he should consume at least 137 grams of protein per day. That is the bare minimum protein requirement for that man, so a little more wouldn’t hurt.

Consuming post workout protein will not only help cut down on that soreness after a workout, but it will also help you recover faster. Whether you have a protein bar or a protein shake of some kind, be sure to bring it with you so you can drink it on the way home from your workout!

Tony Milano, CPT

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

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

NUTRITION IN 108 WORDS

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Eat real, unprocessed food as close to nature as possible; listen to your body.

Pretend the modern supermarket doesn’t exist. Choose foods that could be grown, hunted or gathered – nothing packaged or processed.

Support local farms when possible.

Eat animals, marine life, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits.

Eat plenty of healthy fats from pastured animals, fish, coconut, avocado, olives and cold-pressed oils.

Drink water.

Incorporate traditional, nutrient-dense foods: fermented vegetables, organ meats and homemade bone broths.

Above all, ditch the “gurus”, “programs” and “diets”; get back to basics.

Connect with your intuition and allow it to guide you.