It’s LA Fitness’ 33rd Anniversary!

It’s LA Fitness’ 33rd Anniversary!

As LA Fitness celebrates its 33rd anniversary, we are sharing our top 33 articles for your enjoyment! Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below, we would love to hear from you!

Below are some of our favorite fitness articles, which range from top sport and fitness trends from around the world, to an interactive LA Fitness quiz, and even the first episode of our recently launched Ask A Trainer series! Check out the posts below for some helpful fitness tips and advice to keep your fitness game strong and your knowledge of fitness even stronger.

Who doesn’t love food? It’s tasty, it’s necessary, and we need it to sustain healthy lives. However, most of us lack a deeper understanding of how food actually affects our body. Our registered dietitian, along with a staff of knowledgeable writers, work on providing nutrition articles to help bridge the gap between food fact and fiction. Check out some of our top nutrition articles below, and if you’re still left with nutrition questions of your own, don’t hesitate to ask your own here!

Health and wellness directly correlate with fitness and nutrition, so what can you do to help promote a healthy body? Check out our wellness articles below for helpful tips on keeping your body at its best, both inside and out.

We all have our days where it seems like heading to the gym and eating healthy seems harder than others. Use the inspirational member spotlight stories below to help keep you feeling motivated to hit your fitness goals – we believe in you!


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Member Spotlight | Motivated to Make a Change

Member Spotlight | Motivated to Make a Change

The First Day of Forever 

There comes a moment in most of our lives, when suddenly something causes us to want to make a change for the better. For Bryson I. of Anaheim Hills, CA, it was when he weighed in at 280 lbs. It was the heaviest he had ever been in his life. His waist measured 42 inches, and he was noticing that his body’s health was beginning to take a toll. Bryson was told he was borderline diabetic, and with those words, something triggered inside of him – sparking a fitness crave that would ultimately change his life.

“This is the best part; best part of anything is the moment before it starts! Life is beautiful – keep it going at LA Fitness!”

– Bryson I.

It was about a year and five months ago when Bryson walked through the front doors of the Anaheim Hills LA Fitness club. He met with Abed, the General Manager, and signed up for a membership that day. He was determined to take back control of his health. However, this headstrong determination would come as no surprise to those who know Bryson.

Growing up, Bryson had always been involved in sports. In fact, sports were ingrained into his family’s lifestyle. However, 13 years had since passed since Bryson was actively engaged on a sports team, and now he missed playing. He chose LA Fitness because his father had been an avid member his entire life. Bryson wanted to choose a place that not only felt like family, but where he could train with them as well.

Focus, Family & Food

Knowing that it would take a total lifestyle change in order to reap both physical and health benefits, Bryson cut out soda, fast food, energy drinks, and alcohol for 6 months. This wasn’t necessarily an easy thing for Bryson to do, considering he is a professional in the restaurant industry working as a marketing and sales executive. His position allows him the privilege to work with all types of famous and talented chefs, making food a constant staple in his life. However, he had made up his mind that he had to change his diet to obtain the results he desired.

“When I started to see a change in my body, that’s what got me hooked, that’s when I got addicted to change my entire life for the better and share my process with others on social media, and “Bryson 2.0” was born.”

– Bryson I.

Since starting on his fitness journey, Bryson has lost 80 lbs. and gained a growing number of fitness followers on his social media channels. He chalks up his 80-pound loss to a healthy change in diet, as well as making working out a priority. Bryson shared that most of his inspiration stems from his father and sister. His father, Kimo, has been lifting at LA Fitness since Bryson was 5 years old. Kimo had, and continues to act, as a type of fitness coach to his son, which Bryson describes as being “truly an honor”. Because of his father’s years of lifting experience, he was able to help guide his son into the world of lifting. His sister, Malia, has also been dedicated throughout the years by working out daily and meal prepping. Bryson describes his family as being “a big inspiration to me when I lift at LA Fitness, it’s what keeps me going.”

“When you lift, intentionally focus on you, set short and long term goals and don’t give up until you meet them. Also, remember that at LA Fitness you are part of a team, a family. Together, we are all gonna make it!”

– Bryson I.

Where is he now?

Bryson has been asked to compete in his first NPC (National Physique Committee) national qualifier in Hawaii and Olympia, which he is very excited about. And perhaps even greater news is what he heard from his doctor, a year after first starting on his fitness journey. Bryson shared that “he was so impressed to see my body change and health exponentially improve. Because of my LA Fitness family, I have a new life with a new body.” Bryson hopes that his transformation will inspire others to do the same.


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Have You Heard About #BetterBodSquad?

Have You Heard About #BetterBodSquad?

 View. Move. Repeat.

Follow @LAFitness on Instagram to check out our new #BetterBodSquad video series!

Zumba®

Yoga

Bodyworks

Whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate or advanced fitness level, #BetterBodSquad has helpful instructional videos for you! Complete with step-by-step moves, easily broken down for you, you’ll be able to watch & learn at your own pace. Each video runs within 60 seconds and features fitness moves from Yoga, Zumba® & Bodyworks, which may better help prepare you for your next Group Fitness class.

The #BetterBodSquad series is here to help you reach new fitness heights – are you ready? It’s fitness made easy!

Tell Me More

The #BetterBodSquad series features instructional tips and techniques taught by top LA Fitness instructors to help guide you through Group Fitness classes available at LA Fitness Clubs.

#BetterBodSquad features:

  • Various group fitness class moves, including: Yoga, Zumba® & Bodyworks, broken down step-by-step, all within 60 seconds.
  • Easy-to learn moves to study in your free time.
  • Videos to send as encouragement to friends new to fitness.

With new helpful videos added regularly, you’ll be ready to conquer your next Group Fitness workout with confidence!

Follow us on the @LAFitness Instagram and search #BetterBodSquad to keep in the know about some of your future favorite Group Fitness Classes!


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Convenient Way to Check In at LAF!

Convenient Way to Check In at LAF!

Hey LA Fitness members! Have you heard about the convenient way to check in at the club? Make things easy on yourself by following the quick steps below:

  1. Simply download the LA Fitness mobile app.
  2. Open the app & log in to your account.
  3. Click “Membership Card” & activate.

Yes – it’s really that easy.

This convenient approach for our members to check in will help you easily get to what you set out to do – work out! Just have the LA Fitness mobile app open on your phone when you enter the club, and a front desk staff member will scan you in.

Aside from a simple way to check in to the club, the LA Fitness mobile app has the following features:

  • An easy way to find Group Fitness classes
  • A simple way to locate clubs in your area
  • The ability to reserve courts and bikes in advance
  • Easy access to our VIP Rewards program
  • Schedule Pro Results® personal training appointments
  • Track your check-in history
  • And the fast new way to check in without a key tag!

With the official LA Fitness mobile app, your membership is always at your fingertips.


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Breaking: Summer Is OFFICIALLY Here!

Breaking: Summer Is OFFICIALLY Here!

Fire up the barbecue, cue the sound of beach waves, and bring out that bikini from storage! Because on June 21st, 2017 summertime officially begins for the Northern Hemisphere.

But – what is summer solstice exactly?

The summer solstice occurs when our planet’s rotational axis is most tilted towards the sun. Because of this, it is the longest day of the year and we receive more sunlight today than any other day of the year. While summer solstice isn’t as widely celebrated as it once was, some places have kept traditions alive.

Summer Solstice Celebrations
  • In Sweden, summer solstice is celebrated by eating the first strawberries of the season1 and marked with fun festivals involving flower crowns, maypoles, and tasty foods.
  • In ancient Egypt, summer used to symbolize the start of the New Year!2
  • Each year in Fairbanks, Alaska a baseball game known as the Midnight Sun Game is held from 10:30PM until sometimes as late as 2AM! Alaska Goldpanners’ general manager, Tom Dennis, jokes that his team doesn’t need caffeine because they have sunlight!3
  • In New York City, a day-long yoga practice runs from 7AM until just before sunset. Not in NY? Not a problem! You can participate remotely via their live webcast.4
  • A Southern California summer solstice celebration takes place in Santa Barbara, CA each year. It was started in 1974 by an artist and mime and has grown in popularity ever since.5
Splash Into LA Fitness

Now that you better understand what the summer solstice is all about, let’s talk about how you can celebrate the day! Try taking advantage of the extra time by heading to the gym early. Not a morning person? Perhaps take a break from the sun and head indoors to take a dip in one of our super refreshing LA Fitness pools*. After all, now that summertime is upon us, keeping cool is a must!

Try an Aqua Fit Group Fitness class* to beat the heat and switch up your typical workout routine.

To find an LA Fitness that offers these amenities, click here!

*Photos depict a typical LA Fitness facility. Classes and amenities vary by location.

Sources: 

  1. Almanac, Old Farmer’s. “First Day of Summer 2017: The Summer Solstice.” Old Farmer’s Almanac. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 June 2017.
  2. Ibid
  3. Than, Ker. “First Day of Summer: 4 Things to Know About the Summer Solstice.” National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 25 May 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.
  4. Cheapflights. “Top 10 Summer Solstice Celebrations Around the World.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 18 June 2015. Web. 12 June 2017.
  5. Ibid

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