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Every Accomplishment Starts With a Decision To Try


Once you’ve decided to get in shape this new year, then what?

1. Get a Membership, 2. Plan!

If you make a resolution to start the new year healthier, whether that means losing weight, gaining muscle or just getting in shape you have to plan for the steps that make it possible. Create a strategy.

Personal Trainer

Find the resources that will make your resolution happen. You can hire a personal trainer to help develop realistic goals for you. It is important to set clear, simple goals like beating your average mile time every week by 3o sec. rather than ambiguous goals like simply, run more. Build on the last goal achieved until you get to your ultimate goal.

Group Fitness

Another great reason to turn to a personal trainer is to keep things fun with diverse workouts keeping it from becoming a boring chore. Remember it is important to always have fun! Much like working out with a partner, a trainer can help keep you motivated, keep you coming back and will be supportive of your  goal. You can develop that relationship with your trainer that you need to continue working out consistently. If you don’t have the budget to hire a personal trainer, there are some options that you can take advantage of and still get the benefit. Upon a new membership, EP Fitness offers a free fitness consultation to show you around as well as the opportunity to talk to a trainer who will point you in the right direction and give advice. Another option is to hire a trainer for at least a month to get a routine established then work out on your own. If neither of these options are budget friendly enough and you simply cannot afford it at least designate a work out partner that will help keep you going.

Similarly you can set small nutritional goals like adding a fruit or vegetable in place of one “unhealthy” or high calorie snack. Once you have gained some confidence in maintaining these small goals then you can ad another goal to the mix. Before you know it you will be gaining confidence with all that you are achieving, making it easier to stick to it.

Also, try to find the root of the problem. If you are trying to lose weight, pinpoint the reasons that make you gain weight. For instance in some folks, stress leads to over eating. Try to find what is stressful in your life and fix that first. Manage stress in more constructive ways. One of those other, better ways happens to be exercising, how convenient!

So get out there and work it this new year, Happy 2012!

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Plan Your Workout

EP Fitness Workout Chart

It is much easier to focus on your workout if you come in with a plan. Sure there are apps of all kinds that can help you do this, but here is one technique that is tried and true. Good old fashion pen and paper, you can print this pdf and fill it out for those of us who feel more comfortable with a low-tech method.

Your workout can be planned for the week, you can list your goals and increase little by little each week to track your progress.

We have all the basics covered. In the chart you have warm up and strength sections including areas for arms, core and legs. Then you have a cardio section and a cool down to finish.


Pdf Here EP Fitness Workout Chart

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Beginner’s Tips for Working Out



Work your way into a routine. Going overboard after a long break from exercise may result in injury, or at least disappointment. Your workout shouldn’t do either, so build up from a moderate beginning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Running 101


One of the great things about the treadmill is, anyone can do it!

Of course we all know running is great for you. It can help you burn more calories in less time than other exercises. It also helps build bone density and fight osteoporosis, as well as release endorphins which elevates your mood and alleviates your stress.

Many people can become discouraged at the beginning because they start off running too fast or for too long and when they feel exhausted become discouraged to continue. The key is starting out slow, let your body ease into it and work your way up. For beginners it may feel intimidating by running along side seasoned pros but with a little patience and a lot of determination you can get there and perhaps beyond! Read the rest of this entry »

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Zumba® Fun Facts

Here are some interesting fun fact on the latest craze, we offer this exciting group fitness class in most EP Fitness locations, for an updated class schedule click here

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• Created by Alberto Perez a fitness instructor in Cali, Columbia
• Started in 2001
• The company developed in Miami, Florida with two other partners
• In 2008 trained over 20,000 instructors
• Over 12 million people have taken a Zumba® class
• At 110,000 locations
• In 125 countries
• Motto: “Ditch the Workout-Join the Party”

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Watch our very own Zumba Class in action…

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Pick that Perfect Playlist

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For most people, music is the most important tool to a great workout. Music helps the time pass and contributes to an enjoyable experience and can even enhance your workout.

Here are some tips to picking that perfect playlist for peak performance.

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Do Kung Fu!

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There is a lot of buzz about the latest class to hit the roster for our east side EP Fitness locations. To give you a better understanding of what this class is all about, we sit down with Eric Wright, the instructor, for a short Q & A.
Eric studied abroad at some amazing locations and has mastered about thirty forms so naturally we were interested and thought you would be too, so here’s what he had to say.

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