Have you seen these Dunedin Gym characters?

 

Top 7 Dunedin Gym characters you won’t see at Rock Solid Fitness

If you have ever worked out in a commercial gym, you have probably spotted some of these well-known characters.  In addition, their antics may have distracted you and messed up your workout.  Many of our current members came to us after leaving their previous Dunedin Gym because they couldn’t handle dealing with these characters anymore!

Above all, I am happy to report that Rock Solid Fitness is a safe haven from all of these characters.

See how many of these Dunedin gym characters you recognize:

1. Billy B.O.

People often come in to Rock Solid and say that it doesn’t smell like a gym!

They are usually surprised by this, but there’s no way we would let the place where we spend most of our time smell bad.

2. Cathy Camp-out

You won’t see anybody sitting on the leg press forever reading the paper, texting their bff, or gabbing away while lounging on the machine you need.

3. Harry Hoarder

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This is the guy who grabs 6 sets of dumbbells and claims to need them all for the next 45 minutes.

4. Eric Exhibitionist

This guy never saw a mirror he didn’t like, and thinks everybody else wants to check him out too.

5. Sam Stalker

You shouldn’t need a bodyguard, attack dog and a can of pepper spray just to work out.

6. Felicia Fashion-Show

As Arnold Schwarzenegger used to say, “if you’re worried about what you look like while you’re in the gym, your going to the gym for the wrong reasons”.  Right on, Arnold.

So save your fashion show gear for an actual fashion show.

7. Eddie Unprofessional

Ever know someone who spent good money for a personal trainer, and the trainer was answering their phone, talking to their gym buddies, or checking themselves out in the mirror during the training session?

That should NEVER happen – and it never does at Rock Solid Fitness.

Are you sick and tired of your Dunedin gym atmosphere? Why not give Rock Solid Fitness a try?  You can schedule a Free Initial Consultation and Workout Experience with a Fitness Coach Consultant, get all your questions answered, and feel the workout experience for yourself – all with no cost or obligation – by CLICKING HERE  or calling us at 727-282-1800.

Get your brain in shape by strength training

We all know about the physical benefits of working out with weights by now-increased strength, increased metabolism, resistance to injury, etc. etc.  But more and more new research is showing that another major benefit of progressive resistance exercise is the slowing down of the adverse effects that aging has on our brains.

By late middle age, many neurological studies reveal that most of us have begun developing age-related lesions in our brains’ white matter-the material that connects and passes messages between different brain regions.

The lesions are usually asymptomatic at first.  But these lesions can widen and multiply as the years go by, causing the shrinking our white matter and affecting our thinking. Studies have found that older people with many lesions tend to have worse cognitive abilities than those whose white matter is relatively intact.

Canadian researcher Theresa Liu-Ambrose has discovered that progressive resistance exercise (i.e. lifting weights) has the greatest benefit in fighting this age-related shrinking, compared to other forms of exercise.

Dr. Liu-Ambrose and her colleagues tested women from age 65-75 using three different exercises programs- a balance and flexibility training group, a once-a-week weight training group, and a twice-a-week weight training group.  The women stuck with their training program for a year.  At the conclusion they underwent brain scans which were compared to their pre-study brain scans.

The results revealed that the women in the control group, who had concentrated on balance and flexibility, showed progression in the number and size of the lesions in their white matter, as did the once a week weight training group.

But those who had trained with weights twice per week had significantly less shrinkage of their white matter than the other women.  Their walking also improved in speed and precision more than the women in the other two groups.  These findings suggest that twicew a week weight training can beneficially change the structure of the brain, according to DR. Liu-Ambrose.

So stay committed to lifting those weights twice a week in a progressive fashion forever-in addition to looking and feeling great, your brain will thank you for it!

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26456233

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Happiness Habits

Young stress free couple enjoy the summer sun on the beach. Arms out, heads back and carefree attitudes.

Guest Post by:
Maureen Griner, Counselor, LMHC, CIMI

So what would make you happy or happier? Would it be a better job? A bigger house? What if you finally lost that last 10 lbs? Or acquired the latest tech gadget?

Research tells us while these things may bring us short term happiness they don’t really impact our overall feelings of happiness or life satisfaction. For example, an increase in income only increases feelings of happiness when it brings you out of poverty and enables you to meet the basic finances of life. Earning more so that you can buy a bigger house, a fancier car and a more brag worthy vacation doesn’t really move long term happiness levels at all!

So what does science tell us we can do to feel happier and just more at peace in our lives overall?

1. Wellness Basics
Eat well, Sleep Well, and Exercise Well
How you take care of your body can have a big impact on you feel on a day to day basis. For example, did you know that numerous studies have shown that regular exercise is just as good or better than medication at treating depression and anxiety?

2. Acts of Kindness
It is easy to get stuck in our struggles and forget that others struggle too. Interesting studies have shown that focusing less on your own happiness and instead focusing on the happiness of your collective group actually makes you happier!! I know it’s a little hard to follow, but it’s pretty easy to do something nice for those around you!

3. Gratitude
On that same note, people who pay more attention to what they have versus what they don’t have, consistently report greater levels of happiness. Unfortunately, our brains have been programmed to seek out what we are lacking or where danger may lurk. Making a concerted effort to list and share the things (and more importantly the people) that make you feel blessed on a daily basis can train your brain to change its focus.

4. Purpose
This may fall in line with the “better job” idea, but truly your purpose does not have to fall in line with what you do for a living. (Though it is obviously a happiness bonus!!) You can also find purpose in your home life, spiritual life, or even in your “hobby” life. When you have a goal that is bigger than you, it is amazing how common life struggles seem much more manageable. Trivial concerns like “do these pants make my look fat” feel so small compared to using your life to make a difference in the world!

5. Experiences over Things
Most of us like new shiny things! But buying the next new shiny gadget won’t keep your happiness levels up for long. Investing your time, energy and resources into meaningful experiences seems to have a much bigger impact on your mood. I mean when you are facing the end of your life are you going to be remembering fondly the time you bought the shiny new thing or the special times you shared with those that matter most?

6. Relationships
Honestly, you can forget everything on the list above and just concentrate on this one. The strongest correlation research has ever found with long term happiness is the strength and quality of your close relationships. Even in the face of great hardships, things like terminal illness, financial ruin, or the loss of a loved one, those whom feel loved and supported and feel like they can still give love and support seem to be able to weather the storm. The relationships you nurture don’t have to be perfect! They just need to have an essence of closeness and caring. Perhaps said best by Helen Keller:

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”