Genesis Health Clubs Blog

When is a Backbend Not a Proper Backbend?
Monday, November 13 2017 9:50 AM
Categorized In Fitness
Backbends (or heart openers for us yogis) are a common pose that, when done properly, can increase mobility, strength, improve posture and help alleviate pain. Let’s take a look at whether the backbend you're doing is truly a backbend, or if it's something else entirely. What Does ‘Opening the Heart’ Mean? When we backbend, the goal is to ‘open the heart’, not literally,… Read Article
Genesis Health Clubs Continues Explosive Growth With Move Into Colorado
Thursday, November 2 2017 11:36 AM
Categorized In Fitness
Miramont Lifestyle Fitness announces today the sale of all four health clubs, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, to Genesis Health Clubs. This includes the three main full-service health clubs under the Miramont Lifestyle Fitness name: Miramont North, Miramont South and Miramont Central, with amenities such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and a climbin… Read Article
Embarrassing Gym Moments and How to Deal
Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:20 PM
Categorized In Fitness
We’ve all been through it—you just had an embarrassing gym moment and you're 100 percent positive everyone else saw it. You either tripped on the treadmill, or even tripped just walking toward the treadmill, or maybe you put too much weight on your bar and now you’re struggling to lift it. Embarrassing gym moments happen to the best of us, but how we deal with them truly shows our cha… Read Article
How Often Should I Go to the Gym?
Thursday, October 12 2017 8:52 AM
Categorized In Fitness
There’s no magic number of times you should hit the gym every week. How often you go depends on your body, your fitness goals, and your schedule. Still, there are some general guidelines: General fitness: 4 - 5 days per week Weight loss: 5 - 6 days per week Muscle building: 3 - 4 days per week Let’s take a closer look at each. If you want to improve your general fitness and keep in shape... .… Read Article
Motivation Tips For When You Don’t Feel Like Working Out
Thursday, October 5 2017 9:04 AM
Categorized In Fitness
It’s 9:00 p.m. You just put the kids to bed and it’s time to finally squeeze in your workout for the day. You walk to your dresser to grab your workout shorts when your spouse asks if you want to get caught up on Games of Thrones. You can always work out double hard tomorrow, right? Unfortunately, you’re developing a bit of a pattern. You skipped your morning workout … Read Article
Looking for Love: If Running Were a Tinder Match
Tuesday, October 3 2017 8:47 AM
Categorized In Fitness
With butterflies in my stomach, I read the bio again and again, “Slow and steady or a sprint to the finish line; either way, we’ll take it one step at a time.” Although this potential suiter seemed a little out of my league, the words ignited the feeling I get when I hold a 4th of July sparkler—alluringly simple with the potential to burn me. Like a sprinter poised on the… Read Article
What’s the Difference Between Yoga and Pilates?
Thursday, September 28 2017 4:06 PM
Categorized In Fitness
Yoga and Pilates are often put into the same category, but they each have key differences. They both look like a relaxing way to exercise, so how do you choose between them? Pilates and yoga both use a mat, both are available as a group fitness class at the gym and both help to create a lean, toned physique. Here are the main differences between Pilates and yoga so you can decide which is best fo… Read Article
What Is BMI?
Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:58 AM
Categorized In Fitness
BMI stands for Body Mass Index Body Mass Index (BMI) is the calculation of body weight in relation to height. It’s used to indicate whether a person is underweight, overweight, obese, or at a healthy weight for his or her height. BMI isn’t as accurate as methods that directly measure body composition, like hydrostatic weighing or Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA). But, it provides a reasonable estimate of body fat for most… Read Article
Fight or Flight: Overcoming Gym Anxiety
Friday, September 8 2017 8:14 AM
Categorized In Fitness
Increased heart rate, perspiration, and rapid breathing are all physical effects of exercise; however, these are also indicators of fear. Taking charge of your health can be empowering, but what happens when someone’s knee-jerk response to coming to the gym for the first time leaves them weak in the knees with anxiety? Genesis Health Clubs Personal Trainer, Brad Jenson, explains that recognizing a… Read Article
Five Tips to Practice For Better Posture
Thursday, August 31 2017 3:57 PM
Categorized In Fitness
We often don’t think about how our posture affects our everyday life when it comes to exercise, walking, sitting and balance. Our physical appearance and fitness goals can easily derail with bad posture. To maintain proper body alignment, strength and muscle flexibility is key. Practicing proper posture habits daily in the workplace and at home will help you acknowledge poor posture and correct i… Read Article
Tips for Getting up Early to Work Out
Tuesday, August 29 2017 8:00 AM
Categorized In Fitness
It’s 5:00 a.m. on a Thursday and your alarm goes off. You roll over and hit the snooze button, just like you did every day so far this week. And last week. “That’s ok,” you think, “I’ll get in a good workout tomorrow.” Well, you’re not alone. The hardest part of reaching your fitness goals can be just getting started and developing good habits. There is good… Read Article
How to Perform a Proper Bench Press
Tuesday, August 22 2017 8:29 AM
Categorized In Fitness
John, the Fitness Manager at the Genesis Health Clubs Tara Plaza location, walks through the form and technique to perform a bench press properly. The bench press is an upper body exercise that consists of pressing a weight upwards while your body is in a supine position. This exercise targets the pectoral muscles, or pecs, and triceps. To start a bench press, sit on a bench with your feet on the ground … Read Article
Does Cryotherapy Speed Muscle Recovery?
Monday, July 31 2017 9:36 AM
Categorized In Fitness
If you’ve ever had sore muscles, you know how they can prevent you from sticking to your normal routine. For the lives of many, this simply isn’t an option. Professional athletes claim that cryotherapy works to speed muscle recovery, and now that it’s readily available to the public, it’s important to know if the results are worth the price tag. What is Cryotherapy? Cryotherapy … Read Article
The Ultimate Guide to Gym Etiquette
Tuesday, July 11 2017 2:05 PM
Categorized In Fitness
So, you just signed up for a membership at your local gym. What now? Maybe you have never stepped foot in a gym, or maybe it’s just been so long that it all seems like a distant memory. Whatever your exercise situation may be, there are a few rules that everyone should follow when it comes to the shared space at the gym. So, what is proper gym etiquette? While some of these aren’t set-in-stone r… Read Article
Health Benefits of Kombucha
Friday, June 23 2017 4:09 PM
Categorized In Fitness
Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese, kombucha is a beverage with many health benefits. The fermented drink has been around for centuries but recently became popular in the U.S. because of its reported perks. What is Kombucha? Although you may hear it referred to as mushroom tea, kombucha is not actually made from mushrooms; the bacteria and yeast that grow on top of kombucha result in… Read Article
Nine Signs of Dehydration
Wednesday, June 7 2017 10:51 AM
Categorized In Fitness
Our bodies are made up of 50-75% water, so it makes sense that we need to replenish the water that’s lost. When we fail to do that, whether it’s because of sweating, overexertion, hot weather or just not enough water, we can begin to feel sluggish and weak—or worse. Here are nine signs that your body may be experiencing dehydration. Fatigue When your body is experiencing dehydration, your blood pr… Read Article
How to Train For Your First 5K Race
Thursday, May 25 2017 2:42 PM
Categorized In Fitness
Congratulations for signing up for your first 5K race. It’s common to be nervous; you may be wondering if you’ll be able to finish or if you’ve prepared properly for the big day. Race morning will come fast, so here are some tips on how to train for your first 5K as painlessly as possible. 5K Training Schedule Training for a 5K race should never start too fast, too soon. There needs to b… Read Article
Five Back-Strengthening Stretches and Exercises
Monday, May 8 2017 2:44 PM
Categorized In Fitness
Our backs are part of our core, which makes up everything except our arms and legs. Almost every movement that we make can be traced back to our core, which is why it needs to be the powerhouse of our bodies. A strong, well-conditioned back can withstand more stress, and protect the spine better, than a back that has not been conditioned through exercise. Here are five back-strengthening exercis… Read Article
Top Five Ways to Loosen up Your Hamstrings
Friday, April 28 2017 8:16 AM
Categorized In Fitness
Whether you are a weight lifter, runner, a yogi or cyclist, you probably have noticed the importance of keeping your hamstrings flexible. Tight hamstrings are a very common problem that can limit your athletic performance or even lead to an injury. It could also strain your back during day-to-day activities. Tight hamstrings could be the result of many different things but it could be from an old inj… Read Article
Where Does Omaha Rank on the Healthiest Cities in America List?
Wednesday, March 22 2017 3:46 PM
Categorized In Fitness
Your personal decisions, such as diet and exercise, are crucial to living a healthy life. But, some cities make healthy living a lot easier and can have a huge effect on the population’s overall health. So, where does Omaha rank on the healthiest cities in America list?   Healthiest Cities in America Study In 2016, Niche assessed over 200 cities to find the top 25 he… Read Article
What is a Ballet Barre Method Workout?
Wednesday, March 1 2017 8:48 AM
Categorized In Fitness
Discover the results you can achieve from a Barre workout class The Barre workout originally began as a warm-up exercise routine for ballet dancers has been brought to Genesis Health Clubs as group fitness classes. If you are unfamiliar with the Barre method, it is full-body workout that uses a bar or handrail (hence the name: "Barre") for support to hold your body still while contracting specific sets of muscles to increase … Read Article
Ten Ways to Get More Out of Your Workouts Before Swimsuit Season
Tuesday, February 28 2017 9:29 AM
Categorized In Fitness
For many people, the end of winter is known as crunch time. You may find yourself rushing to try to look your best before the dreaded bikini weather hits. Maybe you’ve indulged a little too much over the holidays, workouts became increasingly infrequent, or maybe you just want to get more out of your workouts before swimsuit season. No matter what your goals, here are ten … Read Article
Five HIIT Workouts You Can Do Anywhere
Tuesday, February 14 2017 2:09 PM
Categorized In Fitness
HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, alternates between periods of maximum effort and short recovery, and is known for being an extremely effective way to improve respiratory endurance, cardiovascular health and metabolic function. Because HIIT workouts are performed at such high intensity, they don’t take as long to complete as other workouts—making them ideal for people with busy sche… Read Article
Five Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Tuesday, January 31 2017 10:59 AM
Categorized In Fitness
High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is an ideal workout for people who have busy schedules. Research shows you can achieve more progress in a fifteen minute interval training session, three times per week, than you could by just jogging on the treadmill for an hour. It allows for muscle building and fat loss in a short amount of time, which is why it’s becoming such a popular… Read Article
How Music Can Benefit Your Workout
Tuesday, January 10 2017 11:29 AM
Categorized In Fitness
Everyone at the gym either has their headphones on, or if they don’t, they’re listening to the music playing on the speakers. So, if you’re like most people, you need music to get the most out of your workout. Upbeat tunes can really motivate you and give you the extra push you need to get through those last few reps! No matter what genre you like, music can benefit your workout in many way… Read Article
©2017 Genesis Health Clubs