Gym Workouts vs. Home Workouts — Expectation and Reality

Fitness equipment is usually purchased with dreams of everyday use and easy accessibility. In the beginning, it appears a good investment, but over time, the distractions of life and the ever-beckoning couch draw us away. Treadmills become clothes hangers and exercise bikes end up in the next yard sale.

Our intentions are in the right place but in the end, we waste time and money with no lasting benefit.

What went wrong? An environment designed for relaxing and taking it easy makes it easier to break away or simply say, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” The tomorrows become more frequent and it’s on to the next expensive new equipment and the cycle repeats. This may also tie into our “New Year’s Resolutions”, as well. Be honest: if both of these statements have struck a nerve, maybe you need to rethink your fitness game plan.

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Exercise Benefits for New Moms: 3-Reasons New Moms Need to Exercise

There is nothing like holding your new baby and realizing your life will never be the same again. Your bundle of joy already has you wrapped around their finger, and there is nothing you can do about it. You realize there is nothing you wouldn’t do to ensure your child’s health and happiness. With all you have going on in your life now, is it any wonder you have little time to think about your needs? Here are some exercise benefits for new moms to help you get started.

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Overlooked: Weight Training to Control Weight

Many people begin a new physical fitness training program with one goal in mind: weight control. Whether it is weight-loss or weight-gain centered, their program is in place to control their weight one way or another.

Oftentimes, people who engage in weight control training programs focus on cardiovascular fitness. While cardiovascular fitness is important to weight control — no other type of training offers as much intensity over such a short period of time — one of the other outstanding sources of weight control is often over-looked: weightlifting.

Weightlifting for weight control may seem counter-intuitive at first, but when examined closely the benefits become obvious.  While cardiovascular exercises promote high heart rates and great caloric expenditures, they do not have the lasting or long-term effects that weightlifting can provide. Cardio routines last anywhere from 8 to 60 minutes, depending on the program. Throw in an additional 5 minutes for cool down time, and the workout is over, its’ entire benefit expended.

Weightlifting, except in extremes, provides lower cardiovascular involvement, but it also provides a longer term muscular involvement. By increasing the amount of activity in major muscle groups, non-aerobic activity increases over a longer period of time. The cool down period from a weightlifting training session is often on the order of days, rather than minutes. Entire days where the muscles are continuing to work at a greater than normal rate, extending weight control efforts over significant periods of time.

Contact us now to get involved with a training coach that can help you achieve your personal goals, and explain many of the other benefits of weightlifting program.

How to Find the Right Gym for You

Finding the right gym to meet your needs can be challenging. You need something clean with good equipment, a solid personal training program, and the right price, all relatively close to your house or work. To make things a bit more complicated, many gyms have seemingly similar equipment and class offerings which can make the shopping experience a bit overwhelming.

So, how do you differentiate between a great gym and one that merely appears to be good? What do you look for?

  1. Personalization. The right gym will focus on how it can meet your needs. It won’t just be an exercise facility; it will provide a complete fitness experience, tailored to your lifestyle and body type. Good gyms don’t try to sell each prospective member the same thing; they recognize that each person’s needs are different and adjust accordingly.
  2. Dedication. The right gym WILL REFUSE to cut corners. Its equipment will be up to date and fully repaired, its personal trainers will be thoroughly qualified, and it will take the scientific approach to fitness rather than following the latest fads. A good gym will focus on providing a complete, authentic fitness package that actually works.
  3. Value. The right gym won’t necessarily be cheap, but you’ll get what you pay for. If you are serious about making significant progress in the fitness department, then you may want to think twice about choosing your gym based on price alone. Remember that the gyms who offer incredibly low prices are banking on the fact that most of their members won’t ever step foot in their club. Not necessarily the level of support you need to get you to the next fitness level.
  4. Childcare. If you’re in charge of caring for little ones, you’ll most likely need a safe place for them to play while you get some much deserved “me” time. The best gyms offer childcare at no additional charge. And some even offer complimentary memberships for teens. Be sure to ask about discounts for spouses and if the gym charges for your loved ones under the age of 18.
  5. Programs. The right gym will offer a variety of fitness program options like group classes, educational clinics, webinars and social events. Even the most disciplined of us get bored with the same stale routines and the best gyms work hard to ensure that you’ve always got something to look forward to during your next visit.

The right gym will be dedicated, be able to tailor its services to your individual needs, and be worth the price. Gyms that can’t give you those aren’t worth your time.

Contact us for more information about finding the right gym and learn how you can receive a complimentary workout!

Get Top-tier Personal Training with 360 Fitness

We have halfway through 2016. According to your New Year’s Resolutions, you should have reached your fitness and physique goals by now or at least, made it halfway. You should also have been holding steady with the training program, with little to no slip-ups.

Is that right? Is it CLOSE to right?

If it is not, don’t worry. You are not alone.

There are incredibly few people who can successfully motivate themselves. The vast majority of us desperately need some form of personal training to help us reach our goals. But which gym or club should you turn to in order to get in the best shape of your life? Look no further than 360° Fitness. Though I could write a book on the myriad reasons why you need us, I have prepared an efficient list as to why you absolutely need to give 360° Fitness a try.

1. Our personal trainers tailor their methods to optimize your health and fitness progress. A problem many trainers have is the “one size fits all” method they force on clients. Here at 360° Fitness, we understand that everyone is motivated differently, and has different goals. The first thing our trainers do is take time to get to know you on a personal level. They make sure to build a relationship so you consider them knowledgeable and trustworthy. After this, they create a workout plan made especially for you to improve your life, now and forever.

2. We truly care about your success and your well being as an individual. There are many trainers from other fitness clubs who view clients solely as a means to an end. The end, of course, being compensation. Whether or not you become a healthier, stronger and better version of yourself is simply secondary or even tertiary to them. However, that is simply contrarian to our business and the core values upon which it was founded on. No monetary value comes close to the satisfaction we enjoy when we help our new friends live their lives to the fullest. We understand that your body is a temple, and we strive to promote happiness and confidence by teaching you how to maintain it in the best way possible. Help us HELP YOU reach your full potential and contact us today!

Schedule your FREE CONSULTATION with one of our Fitness Professionals, today.

3 Signs That You Need a Personal Trainer

It’s true that you can work out and lose weight all on your own, without the assistance of a personal trainer. In fact, you don’t even have to have a gym membership to achieve your weight loss and fitness goals. However, there are a lot of people who do better in achieving their goals when they work with a personal training professional. These are a few signs that you need a personal trainer.

1. You’re Having Trouble Getting Motivated

If you are like many people, you might be having a hard time getting motivated. Although you might try hard, you could have trouble with things like sticking to your diet or achieving your fitness goals.

Luckily, a personal trainer can help. Along with helping you come up with an exercise and dieting plan, your personal trainer can help hold you accountable. Knowing that there is someone at the gym who will hold you accountable if you don’t strive to meet your goals can kick you into gear.

2. You’re Not Seeing Results

If you have been working out and dieting but still aren’t seeing any results, then you could be wondering what you’re doing wrong. A personal trainer can help you identify these problems and can help you change your plan so that you can start seeing results again.

3. You’re Dealing With Physical Issues

Do you have any physical issues going on, such as previous injuries or pain when you work out? If so, working with both your doctor and a personal trainer can help you come up with exercises that won’t be so hard on your body.

As you can see, there are a lot of people who can benefit from hiring a personal trainer. If any of these things apply to you, contact us to schedule an appointment with a personal trainer.

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What to Look For in a Personal Trainer

Everyone wants to be fit. However, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Should you lift weights or should you focus on cardio? Should I go on a diet or not? How can I keep myself from getting bored? Hiring a personal trainer is a good way to answering those questions. But what should you look for in a personal trainer?

Listening Ability

A personal trainer is a “personal” trainer. The trainer is being paid to train you. That means that he or she should listen to you. You have to state your own goals and expectations as well as your reasons why you want to be fit. It is up to the trainer to make an exercise plan that fits them. You should not have to go through a program that does not fit your needs. If you want to lose a few pounds, your trainer should not put you through BUD/S training. Your needs and goals come first, not the trainer’s ego.


When you’re looking for a personal trainer, you want someone who has a vast knowledge of fitness and nutrition. Your trainer needs to understand that if you don’t workout properly, you will get injured. If you don’t do the right workouts, you’re not going to make any improvements. If you don’t properly feed yourself, you’re not going to have the energy to exercise and you won’t be able to recover properly from your workouts. Your trainer should have knowledge and the ability to use it to get the best results for you.


In order to achieve results, you need to communicate. Your trainer should be talking with you about your health the make sure that you’re feeling alright and if you are improving. If something isn’t going right, it can be fixed. If your trainer doesn’t talk with you, that’s a problem and you need to find a new trainer.

For more information about personal trainers, contact us.

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Meet Karen

Meet Karen Janke- a 360 member with a story to tell.  After breaking her neck in a major car accident, Karen’s life was turned upside down.  Years later she was recovered from her surgeries, but still found herself struggling to do the simplest of tasks, much less anything active.  Lucky for her, she found Melinda Prince (360 owner/trainer) and found herself right-side up and thriving.

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Hot Apps To Improve Your Workout

The only thing more daunting than starting a new workout regimen are all of the options for accessories. After you find your perfect class or training program at 360° Fitness, you might want to track your workouts at home. Fitbit and all of its counterparts are great, but what’s even better are the hot apps that will improve your workout that is waiting for you at your smartphone’s app store.

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Five Reasons Why A Personal Trainer Is Worth It

This winter, many people have been enduring cold winds, blizzards, ice storms, and freezing temperatures. But visions of spring and summer’s warm weather are starting to dance in everyone’s heads. And of course, along with warm weather comes the inevitable swimsuits, tank tops, and shorts. Are you ready? Have you considered using a personal trainer to help you get in shape? You should! Here are five reasons you should hire a personal trainer.

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Preparation Makes Meal Plans Easy And Convenient

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Prep the ingredients for your smoothie beforehand, and take it with you on-the-go.

Working out isn’t the only part of getting fit — your nutrition is incredibly important too. Creating meal plans is an easy way to make sure that you are eating healthy. A plan will ensure that you’re getting everything you need to maximize your fitness efforts. Sticking to a meal plan can be difficult, especially if you have a busy schedule. The solution? Meal prepping. Preparing your meals ahead of time is an easy and efficient solution.

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A Fitness Resolution Revolution

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals & is set apart from other resolutions in that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year’s resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. Generally, it is interpreted as a positive lifestyle change. A 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol showed that those who set New Year resolutions shared a much higher success rate when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

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