7 Tips for Starting a New Workout Routine

So you’ve decided you want to start exercising. First off, congratulations! You’ve made the decision to enrich your life and improve your health. To help you get started on the right foot, we’ve put together this list of seven tips to keep in mind when you start a new workout routine. At Ellis Athletic Club in Newtown Square, we’re passionate about giving people the tools, knowledge, and motivation they need to reach their fitness goals. Ready to get started? Well, let’s go then!

 

-Start off slow

When you’re first starting a new fitness regimen, it’s important to take it easy at first. Even if you were an athlete in high school or college, if you haven’t kept up with working out, you’re not going to be at the same fitness level you once were. While it is an admirable goal to want to bench what you did when you were 17, that’s not where you should start. Work up to your goal slowly. When we get older, there are a variety of factors that cause our body to lose strength and stamina, so it’s something you have to account for. If you ignore this, you’re putting yourself at greater risk of getting injured.

-Understand your limits

As you get started, you’ll start to learn what your limits are. The human body is exceptionally adaptable. You will get more out of a workout that challenges those limits, but it’s important you don’t push it too far. If you put yourself through a punishing regimen, you’re more likely to get hurt. What happens when you get hurt? You can’t exercise, which means you can’t make progress. This is what makes working with a professional trainer — either individually or in a class — so valuable. A trainer is able to guide you up to the edge of your limits, but help you reign it in when you need to. It’s good to find a middle ground in how intense your workout is. Are you able to read a book or make a phone call while you exercise? You might need to bump it up. Are you feeling aches and pains over a week after you last hit the gym? That’s a sign you should slow down.

-It’s not just about exercise

Something that can’t be understated when discussing fitness is that exercise isn’t the only factor to consider. In order to get the most out of your new exercise regimen, you have to take a three-pronged approach. The first of these prongs is, naturally, working out. The next, and maybe most important, is your nutrition. You have to give your body the right fuel in order for your hard work to actually take hold. Finally, the prong which is too often overlooked is getting enough sleep. Your body needs enough time to repair itself, rebuild, and burn fat. This requires ample rest. That burning sensation you get after a workout? That is caused by microscopic damage being done to your muscles as you use them in a way they aren’t used to. Sleep and rest help your body recover and repair that damage to make your muscles stronger.

-Practice proper form

The number one cause of exercise-related injuries is when an exercise is done with the incorrect form. In fact, doing an exercise with the wrong form is worse for you than not doing that exercise at all. This is another area where a professional trainer can be invaluable, as they’ll guide and spot you as you work out, giving you pointers for how to maintain your form and avoid getting hurt. When you exercise with improper form, you’ll put a strain on parts of your body you’re not intending to work, while not getting the results you’re actually hoping for. Not only does this lead you to get hurt, but it also puts your goals further away than when you started.

-Using a sauna can help with recovery

As we touched on earlier, rest and recovery is a vital part of any workout routine. You should always be doing cooldown exercises before you finish for the day. One way to recover that many people swear by is using a sauna or steam room. Through the use of heat therapy, your body is able to increase its production of growth hormones, which are valuable to the process of muscle repair, as well as speed up the metabolization of fat. This will help you recover from injuries while lowering your body’s oxidation levels. Heat can even detoxify your body.

-Nutrition helps with soreness

Many people who love to work out feel great when they’re sore after a day at the gym. It’s a sign that they worked hard. However, that muscle soreness (also referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS) shouldn’t hang around too long. You can help get rid of that soreness with the right diet. When you drink enough water, you are hydrated enough to give your muscles greater elasticity, which means they’ll be strained less when you exercise. If you’re on a weight loss program, eating a high-protein diet will help a great deal as well.

-It’s a marathon, not a sprint

Maybe the most important piece of advice we can provide is this little tip about your mindset. Fitness is not a quick process. There aren’t any get-ripped-quick schemes. It’s a process, and one that you have to understand takes time. While you might not see results right away, it’s vital you don’t get discouraged. Patience is a virtue, as they say, and that’s certainly true when it comes to working out. Give it time, keep moving forward, and you’ll get there.

Beginning your journey to a healthier you is one of the best decisions you could ever make, but it’s going to take work to make it happen. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. Here in Newtown Square, you have Ellis Athletic Club to help you along the way. Whether you sign up for one of our many classes or you want to spend some quality one-on-one time with a personal trainer, we’ll help you set goals, learn proper form, and get motivated to put in the work. Call us today to learn how to get started!

Ellis Athletic Center Presents Our Kids Summer Camp!

If you’re looking for a low-commitment summer activity for your children, our Kids Summer Camp at Ellis Athletic Center might be the perfect fit.

For children ages four through 10, the Kids Summer Camp at our gym in Newtown Square gives children a chance to play sports, complete obstacle courses, play outdoor games, and much more! There’s no better way to keep your children healthy and busy this summer than our active summer camp.

Kids Summer Camp Details

We know that summertime gets busy between planned family vacations, sleepaway camps, and sports leagues. For this reason, our gym in Newtown Square offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to registration and participation.

  • Children ages four to 10
  • 9 a.m – 12 p.m, Monday through Friday
    • Lunch Bunch option from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. with meals from the Luigi & Giovanni cafe (cost: $15/day)
  • Session dates:
    • July 23 – 27
    • August 20 – 24
    • August 27 – 31
  • Note: You can register per day or for the whole week
  • Cost: $30/day

If you want to register your child for our Kids Summer Camp, find the registration form here! For additional information, feel free to contact Liz at echiliberti@factsfitness.com.

Reasons To Sign Your Child Up For Our Kids Summer Camp

There are myriad benefits when it comes to promoting an active lifestyle from a young age. However, registering your child for the Ellis Athletic Center camp isn’t just about them — it’s also about you

Having a Gym With Childcare Gives You Time For You

When you drop your child off at 9 a.m. for their fun-filled day, you get three hours to yourself. Since you’re already at the gym, you can get in whatever workout you want without needing to rush back to pick your children up from child care. Plus, since the camp extends for three hours (with the option of an additional 45-minute lunch), you also have time to actually relax at the gym.

When’s the last time you were able to take a long shower after your workout, taking advantage of our laundry service and locker room amenities? Have you ever had time to just sit down and grab a refreshing smoothie from our Juice Bar? When your kid is having a blast and making new friends on the basketball court, you can relax at the gym.

Or, since our local gym is conveniently located in the middle of the Ellis Preserve, you can run around town and do some errands while the kids are busy.

Whatever you choose to do with these three hours, they’re yours!

Our Summer Camp Is Flexible

Registration for the Kids Summer Camp was designed to make your life as a parent easier. You don’t need to worry about whether you’re around for the whole week, whether you need to pick your kid up early on Wednesday for an appointment, or whether you want to make a game-time decision about camp. You can register on a daily basis or for the week(s), so there’s nothing too binding about the camp.

If you have a child who tends to be shy or to get separation anxiety, a three-hour camp is also the perfect amount of time. You can see how they do on the first day without worrying about paying in advance for a week they might not even want to attend. (That’s usually not a problem, though, as our trained counselors are well-versed in supporting all types of children and keeping the kids very engaged!).

The Kids Summer Camp Is A Blast

Our summer camp itinerary isn’t just a quick game of basketball or tag outside. We create an enriching and active environment where kids of all abilities can come together and play. Your child will participate in sports activities, including learning the fundamentals of a few different sports, crafts, obstacle courses, outdoor games, peer-to-peer relationship building, and much more! Each camp is supervised by licensed and trained professionals, so your children are in good hands.

If you want details on our specific activities, be sure to give us a call today at Ellis Athletic Center.

About Our Gym With Child Care

There are distinct benefits to joining a gym with childcare, including the ones that we covered in this blog. In terms of conquering summertime boredom and inertia, there’s no better time to join a gym with child care than now.

In addition to our Kids Summer Camp, we also host birthday parties, open play days, Ellis Kids Classes, and have a Play Care center. Whether you’re looking for something to do with your children or want a chance to prioritize your own self-care, Ellis Athletic Center is the local gym for you.

Stop by our gym for a tour, or learn more about our Kids Summer Camp today!

Ways That Your Workout is Helping You at Work

The time and energy that you put into the gym don’t stay in the gym. No, the advancements and growth that’s happening during your workout is something that you’re carrying with you in your day to day life, including the workplace. Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square offers corporate wellness programs for organizations to take advantage of so that their employees can reap the long-term benefits. Today’s blog is going to visit just a few of the ways that your workouts are benefiting your work days.

 

Reduce Stress

For many of us, the first thing that we think about when we hear the word “work” is stress. With a work week averaging at 40 hours, if not more, it goes without saying that the stress built up during the day is hardly left in the office. When stress builds up, it not only hurts you mentally and emotionally, but it can take a physical toll on your body as well.

From heart health to weight gain, stress can be extremely damaging to the body. One of the best ways to manage stress without completely walking away from your job is incorporating a workout that allows you to release that pent up stress and frustration in the form of an exercise.

Whether it’s a midday workout or it’s a class that’s happening after the work day, having something available to release stress with is going to be something that all workers will benefit from.

 

Boost of Confidence

It’s challenging to imagine a position in the working world that couldn’t benefit from a little boost of confidence. It doesn’t matter if you’re working in the corporate world or working as a temp — an increase of confidence translates into every move you make. As an employer, this is something that you want to see in your employees because it means that you’re getting the absolute best that these individuals could produce.

As an employee, it means that your job becomes less stressful due to a boost of confidence in your abilities. It says that you are taking charge of more than just your body and your health; you’re taking charge of your life.

Again, it doesn’t matter whether this is a workout happening in the middle of the day to keep your juices pumping, or if this is something that you’re doing on your own time — a workout is a workout, and it helps enhance confidence levels.

 

Laser Sharp Focus

While the work days have been 8 to 10 hours long for as long as many of us can remember, this is still a good portion of your day that is being dedicated to working, and that can be taxing. After a couple of hours of sitting at a computer or talking on the phone, it’s easy for any employee to become complacent or lose focus on what the daily objectives are.

Taking breaks is something that many successful individuals suggest doing. If not to run and grab a meal or get a cup of a coffee, at least step away and clear your mind so that you can come back to the task with laser-sharp focus. This is the best way to avoid exhaustion throughout the work day so that you continue to do the best work possible.

 

Get Creative Juices Flowing

Stepping away from your task can help increase your focus, but it can also help get your creative juices flowing. If you’re having a hard time finding a solution, putting the finishing touches on a project, being productive or something along those lines, you’ve likely hit a mental block.

If you’ve ever hit one of these walls, you know how frustrating it can be and how easy it is to sell yourself into the day becoming a complete wash. Rather than let this mentality win, head to one of the corporate wellness classes and get your body moving! It is crazy how much the slightest break can change your mental state for the rest of your day. Give your brain a break from the task at hand, get a good workout in, and come back to the job with an entirely new mindset.

 

Get Your Body in the Groove

Routine is something that your body truly appreciates. It can be hard to maintain a routine when we all know that life gets crazy. Even on the most insane of days, finding the time to give your body what it needs and follow a routine will help you in so many ways.

How many days have you woken up tired and dreading that 8 hour work day ahead of you? (Hint: We’ve all been there!) These mornings are usually the fault of a restless night spent tossing and turning while stressed from work or trying to organize your schedule for the next day.

When you get your body into a routine that includes a challenging workout during the day, you’re pushing your body and your mind which prepares you for a smoother work day and a better night of sleep at the end of that long day. Aside from that, the routine schedule will help you stay on track with your meals which will also keep your mind sharp throughout the workday.

In the case that you’re able to improve your health and your work environment, why wouldn’t you take advantage of the opportunity?

 

At the Very Least, Try a Corporate Wellness Class

The benefits that working out has on your workday are more than just the few that we’ve listed above. If you are an employer and you’re wondering if the investment is worth it, it is! If you’re an employee and you’re wondering whether or not those workout classes are the real deal, they are! Start incorporating the corporate fitness classes offered by Ellis Athletic Center today!

The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Trainer

Imagine your life if you had a personal stylist who was responsible for doing all of your shopping. They would choose outfits that fit you perfectly, and all you would need to do was put on the clothes. What about a personal chef? They would know your dietary restrictions, cook your favorite foods, and have meals waiting for you when you got home from work.

While a personal stylist and chef are luxuries that many of us cannot afford, what about a personal trainer? If you think about it, you get the exact same value: they help you to set fitness goals, plan workouts, and stay on track. All you need is the gym membership.

Unlike personal shoppers and chefs, personal training is actually affordable!

Committing to personal training comes with a host of benefits which we’ve outlined below.

To benefit from personal training in Newtown Square, contact Ellis Athletic Center today!

1. Personalized Workouts

Everything is better personalized. When you start personal training, you’ll notice immediately that the “personal” aspect rings true. Personal training is so much more than a coach encouraging you to do more push-ups. From the beginning, your trainer will work with you to make a customized fitness plan based on your fitness goals and lifestyle.

Whether you want to shed a few pounds before a beach vacation or if you are training for an Iron Man, a personal trainer will develop an individual plan to maximize your time and effort.

Gone are the days where you walk into the gym and spend 20 minutes deciding which machine to use, ultimately retreating to your favorite treadmill. Your personal trainer will have a plan for you, so you’ll waste less mental energy on planning your workout and spend more time getting into shape!

2. Injury Prevention

If you’re prone to injury, have any specific condition that makes it harder to workout, or if you’re recovering from an injury, personal training is absolutely the route to go.

Not only will fitness coaches tell you which exercises to avoid and which ones will help, but they will also teach you how to do an exercise correctly. Those machines that were once intimidating to use will now become a routine part of your workout. Your trainer will hold you accountable to good form in every exercise you do, helping to prevent injury and build strength.

3. Fitness Education

If you’re concerned about the price of a personal trainer, think about the proverbial “giving someone fish to eat” versus “teaching someone to fish.” When you invest in a fitness coach, you learn lifelong fitness skills that will pay off long after your personal training sessions end.

You won’t just learn the proper form for a bicep curl. You’ll also learn how to plan a well-rounded exercise routine, starting with a dynamic warm-ups and ending with a proper cool down. You’ll know when to plan leg days versus arm days, or how to get a full-body workout in a short period of time.

4. Accountability

Fitness coaches hold you accountable to your fitness goals. This is actually a primary reason why many people do not hire a fitness coach — it can be scary and intimidating to sign yourself up for something that will push you physically and mentally.

Ask anyone who has stayed true to a routine with a fitness coach, though, and they’ll tell you that the hard work was absolutely worth it. Plus, hiring a fitness trainer doesn’t mean you’re signing yourself up for boot camp. Your trainer will never yell at you. They’re professionals who are experts in kinesiology and motivation.

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The advantages of personal training are clear. To give this experience a try, sign up for a complimentary personal training session in Newtown Square.

Have any questions about personal training? Contact Ellis Athletic Center today for more information.

Reasons to Join a Weight Loss Program

Joining a group weight loss program might seem like a nightmare at first. You workout with other people? You have to get sweaty and participate in group fitness classes with everyone else staring at you? And you pay for this torture? No thanks.

We promise that this couldn’t be further from the truth. We know there is a lot of anxiety around joining any sort of group weight loss program, especially when self-esteem and an intense dislike of fitness might also be wrapped up into it.

There are so many advantages to joining group weight loss programs that ultimately outweigh the doubt you might have. Consider these advantages to joining our six-week weight loss program at Ellis Athletic Center and push yourself to give it a try!

Supportive, Judgement-Free Environment

When you picture a gym environment, you might think of in-shape twenty-somethings who have developed fitness routines…and muscles. It can be intimidating. When you join a weight loss program, however, you join a group of individuals who are usually at the same fitness level and have the same goal as you: weight loss.

As such, participants in these groups form incredibly strong and supportive bonds. It’s a team effort, and you’ll start to enjoy working out with other individuals who are serious about their weight loss goals.

Personal Training Sessions

During this six-week program, you get unlimited access to Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square and you work with a fitness coach during six small group personal training sessions.

Small group personal training sessions are one of the best ways to exercise. You benefit from the knowledge and attention of a personal trainer, but you also have a small group of individuals to motivate you and take some of the spotlight away.

Nutrition Seminars and Meal Planning

Losing weight and keeping it off in the long-term requires a holistic approach. A fitness bootcamp is no good if you don’t develop the lifestyle and nutrition habits to live a healthier life.

During our weight loss program, you attend six nutrition seminars, engage in meal planning, and start a food journal. As such, you learn and practice sustainable strategies that you can use well after the six weeks are up.

Sign Up Today

An old Chinese proverb reads, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

It’s time to lay a foundation for better health and weight loss. Sign up for this six-week program for weight loss and personal training in Newtown Square!

Contact Ellis Athletic Center today with any questions!

Questions to Ask Your Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are hired to help their clients reach fitness goals, which might entail anything from losing weight to training for a marathon. Because it is their job to get to know clients and their fitness goals, personal trainers ask a lot of good questions: what is your exercise history? What are your fitness goals? What about your diet? What type of workouts do you enjoy doing the most?

As a client, though, you should absolutely do a role-reversal and ask your personal trainers questions as well. Not only is this a great way to get to know your fitness coach, but also to see if they are the right fit for your exercise needs and personal training goals.

Ellis Athletic Center has an excellent personal training staff, and we have compiled the questions we love to hear from our personal training clients.

Where did you get certified in personal training?

Asking this question is like asking a potential new employee where they received their undergraduate degree — it both establishes legitimacy and tells you something about where this person is from and what their academic interests might be.

It’s the same with personal training. You should look for fitness training coaches with NSCA, NASM, or ACSM certifications, as those are highly-respected programs in the fitness world. When you ask your trainer this question, you not only learn that they are highly qualified, but you can also hear more about their passion for fitness.

What should I do on my own at the gym?

Your personal trainer will have a comprehensive plan for your fitness goals, so they will know what exercises you should focus on outside of personal training sessions. They might recommend more of a focus on core strength and give you the best exercises for abdominal work. They could also suggest that you attend group exercise classes, such as yoga, to improve your flexibility and endurance. No matter what they suggest, you can guarantee that it will be tailored to your specific fitness needs and preferences.

What does it mean if I feel X when I do Y?

While your personal trainer is a fitness guru, this doesn’t mean they know exactly what is occurring in your body. Your form might look perfect, but you might feel shooting pain in your knee. Similarly, if you feel frustrated doing a certain activity or bored with another exercise, give this feedback to your trainer! They can either tailor your personal training routine so that it keeps you more engaged and, most importantly, safer.

Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square has a dedicated personal training team here to support you with your fitness goals. We enjoy getting to know our clients, and we look forward to helping you get stronger and healthier. With both 30 and 60-minute fitness training sessions options, a weight loss program, and group training, Ellis Athletic Center can support you.

If you want to work with a personal trainer, contact Ellis Athletic Center today for a complimentary session!

FAQ: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workouts

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a prominent trend in fitness training. Even if a fitness class or training program doesn’t explicitly market itself as HIIT, most boot camps and exercise classes incorporate HIIT components. Because it is such a popular workout model, we wanted to answer frequently asked questions about HIIT workouts so that you can learn all the hard-HIITing facts you need to start this type of training.

Question: What exactly is HIIT personal training?

Knowing what the acronym stands for (high-intensity interval training) doesn’t necessarily demystify HIIT any further. In its most basic form, HIIT exercises follow this pattern: workout really hard for a short period of time, between 30 seconds and a few minutes, and then rest. Rinse — or wipe off sweat, in this case — and repeat and you have a full HIIT class. Indeed, “intervals” refers to these periods of exertion and rest.

A sample HIIT exercise for running would be:

  • Warm-up
  • Short sprint for 8 seconds
  • Rest or walk for 12 seconds
  • Repeat for 60 sets
  • Cool down

One of the most attractive parts about HIIT training is that you can incorporate all sorts of different exercises. There is no set sequence that you must follow, so you can keep HIIT classes fresh and geared specifically toward your fitness goals. At Ellis Athletic Club, many of our personal training sessions and group fitness classes follow a HIIT structure.

Question: Why is HIIT better than other forms of exercise?

HIIT isn’t necessarily better than other exercises, as “better” depends on your health goals and fitness ability. However, HIIT certainly comes with a whole list of benefits for your fitness. Adding a dedicated HIIT routine can:

Increase your metabolism: After this type of training, your metabolism can get a boost for up to two days! Your hard work during HIIT means you continue to burn fat hours later. This is referred to as “afterburn” or “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” (EPOC).
Decrease fat: Afterburn contributes to your body burning a lot of fat. If you have weight loss goals, HIIT is particularly worth considering.
Gain muscle mass: What’s better than losing fat? Gaining muscle in its place! HIIT incorporates strength and bodyweight training, so your body increases its muscle mass while it burns fat.

Question: What makes HIIT good for personal training?

HIIT is such a great all-around workout because it keeps your heart rate elevated through the entire regimen. Even during rest, you are active and working to produce more oxygen.

When it comes to personal training, HIIT is a favorite because it allows you to maximize the time you have in the gym. Even though it involves “rest,” you’ll see as soon as you complete your first HIIT exercise that this isn’t necessarily the right word. Think of it as active rest and recovery; your body working to prepare for the next active interval.

Personal training also tends to incorporate HIIT because it is much easier to do when someone else is keeping track of the time, number of reps, and designs the interval sequence to perfectly suit your level of fitness.

Not all personal training involves HIIT, as you might be focusing more on cardiovascular stamina or proper form, but it is a well-suited for personal training sessions. The next time you are at the gym or sign up for personal training, ask more about HIIT!

Question: Are there any concerns related to HIIT?

As with any form of exercise, you want to make sure you have medical clearance and a safe foundation. According to researchers at the University of British Columbia, HIIT might cause undue stress on participants who do not already exercise. If you fall into this category, consider personal training sessions instead so that you work with a trained expert. In a fitness training session, your coach should assess your fitness, mechanics, and recommend the right exercises for you.

If you want to learn more about HIIT or living an active lifestyle, contact the fitness team at Ellis Athletic Center. We offer a range of small group exercise classes, HIIT workout classes, state-of-the-art facilities, and personal training in Newtown Square. Visit today or learn more about our membership online!

Reasons to Join a Gym with Child Care

It seems obvious that you should join a gym with child care for, well, the child care! Of course having a safe, active, and close-by environment for your child to play while you exercise is the primary advantage of attending a gym with child care, but there are other benefits that you might not have considered. After all, why even bother finding a gym with child care if you could just rely on your babysitter or other child care provider and get the same solo workout? Take into account these benefits you might not have thought of as you consider a gym with child care for your family.

As a gym with child care services in the Newtown Square community, Ellis Athletic Center has seen the other benefits that this service provides, for both parents and children alike. In addition to being able to work out on your own and not have to worry about your children, here are the other benefits of attending a gym with child care.

Playdates and Family Friends

While we specialize in fitness at Ellis Athletic Center, we also have a knack for introducing families and helping children to make friends. When you join a gym with child care, you also join a gym of families who have children the same age as your own! This means that your kid can make friends and you can also find a community of parents with young children in Newtown Square. We have children who become friends in child care and then start to attend the same mini-sports camps at Ellis Athletic Center. Seeing familiar faces and having friends in the same activities can really encourage your children to remain active and healthy, even into their adult lives.

Friendly Staff Members and Clients

At some gyms more geared toward adult fitness, you can get stiffer clients and staff members. Chances are, though, that gyms with child care also tend to have friendlier and more helpful staff and clients. At Ellis Athletic Center, we hire staff members specifically for our child care center who show friendliness, kindness, patience, and, of course, commitment to your child’s safety above all else. Kids brighten up a gym space as well, making certain spaces more light-hearted and less intense. If you want a gym with an overall friendly and energetic atmosphere, definitely consider joining a gym with child care.

Loaded Event Calendars

We have found that families are way more likely to attend community events than younger, single individuals. This is because families are always looking for affordable activities that are also appropriate for all ages. When you attend a gym with child care, you also attend a gym that considers its families to be valuable members. As such, these fitness centers provide more family-centered events such as sports camps, family fitness days, and family-oriented facilities such as changing rooms and child-proof spaces.

Check out our event calendar to see the family-friendly events occurring each week at Ellis Athletic Center. We have recurring events such as Mommy and Me Yoga classes and Kids Sports camps, and we also have special events such as our Community Wellness Weekend.

Safer Facilities

When you take on the responsibility of having a child care center at your gym, you commit to safe facilities and procedures for the entire fitness center. Whether this means having a lifeguard on duty at all times, extra staff members available in case of emergency, or always-updated workout equipment, attending a gym with child care really contributes to overall safety. Additionally, certain machines and areas of the gym are only accessible to adults or children of a certain age with supervision, so you do not need to worry about children running around without proper supervision. Ellis Athletic Center prioritizes the safety of all of its clients, and this is especially the case when we welcome the youngest community members into our gym.

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Ellis Athletic Center isn’t just a gym with a child care center. Rather, we truly pride ourselves as being a family-friendly gym atmosphere that has opportunity for people of all ages. Join today and become a member of an amazing fitness community in Newtown Square that welcomes all members of the family.

Corporate Wellness: Employee Participation

In other Ellis Athletic Center blog posts, we have covered the benefits of corporate wellness for the company as well as the benefits for the employees. All around, corporate wellness is a wonderful program to enact because it promotes productivity, employee well-being, and access to quality fitness at a more affordable rate. You would think that these benefits alone would encourage employees to participate in corporate fitness programs, but this is not always the case.

We have compiled the strategies that we have seen most effectively encourage participation in corporate wellness programs. After all, your company provides corporate fitness as a benefit for your employees, and you need employee participation to make it work!

Create a Light-Hearted Competition

In general, there is no better way to encourage participation than making it into a good-natured competition. Humans are extrinsically motivated, which means that they are more likely to participate when there is something to “win.” Consider a company-wide competition where the employee who checks in most frequently at your chosen fitness partner wins a gift card. Beyond sheer frequency, you could also have prizes for those who take pictures wearing company merchandise at the fitness center. Also consider rewarding participants with gift cards to practical places, like the juice bar at the fitness center. This way, you also encourage them to make this particular gym a part of their routine.

Start a Wellness Committee

If your company doesn’t have a wellness committee already, consider delegating the role of starting one to an employee who cares about fitness and can motivate others to participate in the employee wellness program. When other employees see emails about a wellness committee, posters they create, and meetings they schedule, the wellness committee gains a visible presence in your office space. Even if people had already written off the corporate wellness program, this now revitalizes the effort and makes health and wellness a more noticeable part of your office. When teammates of wellness committee members hear about the happenings and even consider joining for themselves, then it can really become a positive force in your office culture.

Partner with a Local Gym

Rather than partnering with some generic gym chain, it really goes a long way to partner with a local gym. Your employees will support local business, and chances are they’ll have a convenient drive to the fitness center. It is even better to partner with a gym that has different facilities so that you can meet the needs of your diverse employee population. Local gyms with athletic facilities, group fitness classes, gym for kids activities, and childcare options provide options for everyone, and thus make corporate fitness programs more attractive.

Additionally, local gyms tend to offer special events, camps for kids, and community activities more than corporate gyms. These activities provide an opportunity for your company and employees to get involved in community events, which is always good for public reputation and morale.

Communicate with your Employees

Often, employees do not participate in corporate wellness programs because they do not know the details — sometimes, they don’t even know the program exists! You can’t rely on current employees or even wellness committee members to unofficially disseminate the message to new or non-participating employees. Instead, consider adding a brief overview of your corporate wellness program into your new-hire on-boarding process. Make sure the fitness center and monthly rates are clear, and be sure to show your employee how much money they save by joining a corporate wellness program.

Lead By Example

Do you or managers at your company participate in your corporate wellness program? Chances are, if the corporate wellness program you chose doesn’t satisfy your fitness needs, then it won’t be worth it to your employees either. Partner with a local gym where you will actually work out, and make sure to share your fitness schedule with your employees so they can see that you practice what you preach when it comes to corporate fitness; any maybe schedule a workout at a different time of day to avoid sweating next to the CEO.

Corporate Fitness at Ellis Athletic Center

Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square offers corporate fitness memberships because we know how these programs can help the entire community. When employees are happier and more productive, our local businesses are more productive and profitable. Contact us today to learn more about corporate wellness programs for your company.

Reasons Kids Should Hit the Gym

We hear over and over again the reasons that we should make fitness a part of our routine. Whether it is the stress release, the cardiovascular benefits, or even the ability to improve our life span, adults are practically berated by the importance of fitness. But what about our children and their fitness needs?

A lot of times we think of our children’s fitness in the context of sports teams, and this is indeed a wonderful way to encourage our children to be healthy and active. Other times, though, we associate gyms with regimented places for adults where children aren’t even allowed. Ellis Athletic Center wants to change this narrative, as we believe a gym for adults should also be a gym for kids. This is why we offer our Ellis Kids program, so you can enjoy a workout while your kids play in a safe and active environment. Being committed to our Newtown Square community means providing healthy lifestyle options for members of all ages.

We have compiled the reasons that going to a fitness center can be extremely beneficial for children — and, by proxy, a great decision for their caretakers as well!

Positive Family Health Routines

Children learn habits from us every day, some healthier than others. When it comes to a lifelong commitment to healthy living and activity, children really do learn best from their parents. Even better, children develop positive behaviors by actually doing the behavior — so, it means more that your child can go to the gym with you instead of just seeing you leave with your gym bag.

At Ellis Athletic Center, we have a Wellness Weekend planned with exactly this principal in mind. The weekend schedule will include a Family Fun Walk starting at the Ellis Athletic Center and will continue through the Ellis Preserve. A one-mile walk accessible for strollers and wheelchairs, this walk is an incredible way to get the family together for a fitness activity. Show your kids the importance and fun of fitness while you walk with them.

Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square also has a play care center for your children, so you can still get them in the routine of going to the gym but have them enjoy a safe and active environment while you exercise. If you are looking for a gym that provides services for your entire family, Ellis Athletic Center can meet your needs.

Motor Skill Development

As adults, we typically exercise to strengthen, rehabilitate, or preempt injury in our bodies. Our children exercise to actually develop these fundamental motor skills. When children play sports or participate in activities at a gym for kids, they develop hand-eye-coordination, spatial awareness, depth perception, and other crucial human skills.

Ellis Athletic Center offers Ellis Kids Classes, such as Sports Tots and Yoga Tots, to introduce our kids to a range of exercises and activities. Not only can they develop enthusiasm for activities and see how fun they can be, but they also build strong bodies in the process. Yoga Tots especially teaches our kids to see the mind-body connection from an early age, and thus help to mitigate unhealthy mental and physical patterns. While your children learn these skills from our certified gym for kids staff members, you can enjoy your own group fitness class, personal training session, or treat yourself to a healthy snack at our juice bar.

Becoming Good Teammates

When you enroll your child in gym for kids classes and activities, you also teach them the valuable skills of sportsmanship and teamwork. At Ellis Athletic Center, our facility includes an indoor basketball court and athletic facility available for rent. In our mini-sports camps, geared to be a gym for kids activity, we teach children to enjoy activity without bogging them down in any competitive or self-oriented games. Instead, we focus on interaction and cooperation while we move!

Ellis Athletic Center in Newtown Square believes that fitness routines can and should include the whole family. Adults, of course, still need the time to workout and decompress, which is why we feature gym for kids activities such as child care, sports camps, and family wellness weekends. Come into our facility today and see how Ellis Athletic Center can get your whole family active.