Fitness & Wellness

Be Like-Minded

Be Like-Minded

like mindedWhen you want to accomplish anything, find a group of like-minded people to help you achieve your goal or inspire you to greater heights. That’s one reason working out with a group that’s sincere in their efforts to get the most out of their exercise plan can be beneficial. People who want to achieve the most are normally those that share with others and accept the help and support of others graciously. That’s one reason UA is so popular.

Personal trainers are an important source of motivation, but not the only source.

Have you ever felt the electricity in the air when people are all working toward the same goal? That’s what happens at UA. Our trainers really care, but so does the rest of our fitness community at UA. They help drive one another toward greatness, challenging each other to do even more and supporting their colleagues when the road is tough. You’ll feel welcome here and love how much help like-minded people can be.

People in our community tend to hold you accountable.

That’s not mean of them. Quite the contrary. Everyone needs to be held accountable, even trainers. While part of the motivation of using a trainer is that you have someone holding you accountable for showing up and putting forth all your effort, imagine how potent it is when a whole community of people do. You won’t coast through workouts because you’ll be busted immediately and as for missing sessions…it just won’t happen without someone noticing.

It’s really more fun with a group.

Achieving a goal is more fun to share when everyone knows how hard it is to do. Sure, you can go home and share your victory with a significant other, spouse or family member, but most of the time, they just don’t “get it.” They don’t understand the significance or how hard it was to achieve a new milestone in your workout program. Our community at UA does.

You’ll get the personal attention of private sessions at the price of a group workout. It makes it a bargain. You don’t have to be on a budget to truly appreciate getting more for your workout dollar. You’re never just another number here.

While everyone in the group is at different levels of fitness. Each is working at maximum potential, so they have empathy for all other participants. It’s about achieving your own goals, not beating someone else.

Our fitness program works quickly, so you’ll spend less time at the gym. Most of our clients are busy people, so the conversations they share are about getting fit, eating healthy and better ways to do both.

Our like-minded community does more than just support one another in the gym. They share the nutritional tips that work for them and may work for you.

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Reach Any Fitness Goal By NOT Focusing On It

Have you heard?

There’s a new car coming out that claims to have headlights so powerful that they can light the path all the way to your final destination! Doesn’t matter if you’re going 5 miles or 500..

This car will light up every bump, every pothole, and every roadblock so you can always be prepared.

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Unfortunately this isn’t the newest Lexus. It’s my latest invention and I think it’s safe to say it will NEVER happen.

But do you really need all that?! You do just fine with your normal car and  normal headlights. You know, the ones that shine just 20-30 yards in front of you..

How is that possible?

You’ve learned through years of driving that if you just stay focused on what’s in front of you, what you can see, you’ll eventually reach your destination.. You’ve also learned that you’ll probably make some wrong turns and when you do it’s OK you’ll still get there…

See where this is going??

Driving at night is life, it’s business, and it’s fitness…..You need to have a destination but if that’s what you stay focused on, you’re in trouble!

Set it and Forget it

Once you can visualize the destination you’ll want break down the trip into smaller chunks. You don’t know exactly how many of those 20-30yard chunks it will take to reach your goal, but you do know that if you just keep at it you’ll get there. You also know that if you speed you could get there faster, but it’s a lot riskier.

When I drive back to New York sometimes I’m driving North, sometimes east, sometimes west. Why? Because I asked someone who’s done the drive and they told me it’s the best route..

Best route could mean fastest, safest, best view etc

To be able to recommend the best route for someone you have to know what that person values.
For some people it’s variety..
For others it’s speed.
And some people don’t even care how long it takes as long as there’s no risk..

This is what coaches / trainers are for..

In our gym we want to get to know you so we can help you figure out where you want to go (goal). A lot of people come to us with no destination in mind. They really don’t know what’s “realistic.” So we take you through an assessment “inspect your car” and make sure it’s going to be a safe trip. If you need a tuneup before getting started then that’s what we’ll do…From there we break down the voyage (macrocycle) into small 3-6 week blocks we call programs (mesocycles) which are made up of individual workouts (microcycles)..

After each program we do a check in to make sure we’re still on the right road, but lately I’ve noticed some people getting passed the first 20-30 yard stretch and getting frustrated that they haven’t reached the destination yet…

Great coaches don’t have secret methods. Great coaches know how to map out the best course for each client. They know when to push the gas, when to pump the breaks, and how to keep you on course..


You’re bound to have some flat tires on the way, but if you’ve got a great coach in your corner, if you can stay focused on what you CAN see instead of what you CAN’T see, I guarantee you’ll reach your goal..

And then??

Then you’ll realize what your coach knew the whole time… you were thinking too small.

Now let’s sit down and do it all over again..

But this time think bigger!

How Accountable Are You To Your Nutrition

How Accountable Are You To Your Nutrition

be accountableYour nutrition plays just as much of a role in your overall fitness as your workout does. While eating doesn’t directly build muscles, you need the right foods to provide the building blocks for those muscles and your overall good health. There have been numerous studies showing the benefit of certain foods for good health and to help reduce the potential for specific diseases and conditions. If you’re spending hours at the gym and stopping at the bakery for donuts afterward, you’re negating many of the benefits you’ve gained. What you eat is important.

Everyone is different.

For the longest time, people pushed a high dairy diet for growing children. I had one client that was older and told about being sick every day. The doctor thought it might be an ulcer, which was treated with a high cream and dairy diet. After losing most of his weight, weighing in at less than 70 lbs for his 5’6″ (he was still in 6th grade), the doctor read of new concept, lactose intolerance. The problem was solved, but not after years of suffering. The moral of this story is that, not every food is good for every person. It also proves that we’re constantly learning about nutrition and the body. Our trainers not only adjust the nutritional advice to any special needs, but also to your preferences, to insure you’ll stick with the plan.

Like Santa, we know when you’ve been cheating.

When you cheat, it shows and there’s no denying it. Your workout is less than stellar and if you’re trying to lose weight, it slows down the process. Our nutritional plans are designed to help you reach your goal, while fortifying you with extra energy and the nutrients necessary to build muscle tissue. Monitoring your progress nutritionally is an important part of the overall plan.

The more active you are, the more you need help with your nutritional program.

If you’re a couch potato, your needs are far different from an active person or an athlete. Athletes or active people need more protein each day than someone whose biggest task is lifting the remote. Our couches help you adjust your diet to include all the additional needs a tough workout requires. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll love this new way of eating that doesn’ leave you hungry, but can help take off pounds if that’s what you need.

We make it easy for you to stay on track. Our coaches create sample food plans to make it even easier to follow.

If you need extra motivation to change your eating habits and stick to the nutritional plan, you’ll get it. We hold you accountable.

Our nutritional plans never leave you hungry. They help stabilize your blood sugar, while also regulating cholesterol and blood pressure.

You’ll be amazed at how the combination of a healthy eating plan and regular exercise will change your life and energy levels. It only takes a short time before you notice how much more you can do without getting tired.



Semi-Private Training is available in blocks of two, three, or four times per week on a month-to-month, contract-free basis. Each person completes their individual program within a small group, under the guidance of our certified personal trainer. The group starts by warming up together. After joint mobility and a dynamic warm-up, the group breaks up to do customized strength training. The strength training portion of the program can look very different from one member to the next depending on the goal. In the last ten minutes of the session, the group goes through a high intensity “finisher”.



With workouts designed specifically for you from our committed coaches, you will never feel lost in the gym ever again. But we want to go further. We want you to never be lost in the kitchen either! We provide meal plans that cater to your specific needs, and your coach will hold you accountable in addition to keeping you motivated. A full experience with your coach ensures you get expert guidance for both your fitness and nutrition needs. We recognize that every client is unique so we take your target workout areas and needs into account when designing your meal plans. Rise Up with us and to become a more fit, healthy person.