If you’re looking for the best weightlifting app to track your Greenville Gym weight training workouts and boost your strength, the STRONGLIFTS 5X5 app is where it’s at! Available for download on all iPhone/iPod and most Android devices, this app boasts a bounty of easy-to-use features that even the most novice of weightlifters can get behind. And the fact that it’s both free to download and free of ads is a major bonus!

Mehdi, founder of StrongLifts, lists the following app features:

  • “Track how many reps and sets you did with a simple tap so you never forget it again
  • Timer shows how long you’ve rested, and how long you should to get your next set
  • Automatically increase weight by 2.5kg/5lb each workout (customize in settings)
  • Auto-alternate workouts A/B so you know which exercise to do each workout
  • Automatically repeat the weight if you fail to get five reps on every set
  • Automatically deload if you fail three sets in a row on an exercise
  • And a lot more like kg/lb version, notes, calendar, history, etc.” 

If you want to start weightlifting or just create more structure in your training at the Greenville athletic club, StrongLifts 5×5 is both a highly rated and highly recommended tool. It most definitely warrants a download. And it most definitely manifests muscle-building results (Follow StrongLifts on Twitter).

Plus, the Greenville health club has everything you could possibly need to complete this routine in the Advanced Training Area of the gym. If you need a little extra help with the lifts in this program, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Greenville sports club trainer. For those totally new to lifting, a weightlifting coach, at least initially, is strongly urged to ensure your technique is solid and safe.

Happy Lifting!

Elevate your heart rate, torch calories, and broaden your athletic abilities. Upgrade your cardio in all capacities and choose from one of these group fitness cardio classes, all available at the Greenville health club!

  1. Spinning or Cycle. If you want a motivating workout, try this “spin” on indoor cycling at the Greenville sports club. This cardio workout is low-impact, so it’s very suitable for those who want to counter higher-impact exercises (like running) or for those who have some joint problems. If you think you’re only in for a leg workout, you’re in for a surprise. This is a full-body workout that will not only define and lean out your legs, but sculpt and strengthen all over. Greenville athletic club offers Cycle classes of varying levels and lengths to suit your individual needs. Put on your athletic shoes and get to pedaling!
  2. Zumba. Ditch the workout; hit the dance floor! Cha cha it out in this fun atmosphere set to hypnotic Latin, hip hop, and international rhythms. Combine fast and slow rhythms for an effective, easy-to-follow dance-like aerobic workout sure to target and tone your legs, abs, glutes, and arms. There’s no need for any previous dance experience to reap the benefits of this fat-burning, energizing form of interval training.
  3. Step. Move and groove! Step aerobics caught on in the 80’s as part of the aerobics craze and still prevails as a popular, complete full-body workout. Perform choreographed movements accompanied to music on a raised platform as you boost your cardio, strengthen your lower/upper body, increase coordination and muscular endurance, torch calories, and burn fat. We offer classes for all levels at the Greenville health center. For the beginner/intermediate stepper, join Jessica for a fun-filled hour-long STEP IT routine!
  4. Martial Arts. Everyone from elite athletes to supermodels have long been touting the benefits of Martial Arts as a complete body workout. Develop superior upper body and core strength, quickness and agility, and cardiovascular fitness, enhance posture, and relieve stress simultaneously! Our Martial Arts inspired classes, with programming for all ages and fitness levels, focus on specific techniques and drills. Test out an Air Boxing class with Greenville Gym Coach Dustin or an all levels Cardio Kick class to hone in on your boxing skills. End your session feeling physically and mentally empowered!

You’re bound to hit a point in your fitness journey where boredom begins to creep its way in. All of the familiar activities – treadmill/elliptical/rowing workouts and picking things up and putting them down – as beneficial as they are, are going to get redundant at some point. Of course, boredom serves as no excuse to just up and drop your Greenville gym fitness routine. But boredom may well serve as a signal that it’s time to switch things up with an unfamiliar Greenville athletic club activity, such as a Greenville yoga class.

Not only will yoga breathe new life into your fitness routine, but it will also complement all of those familiar gym activities. Yoga targets imbalances in the body, with its heavy emphasis on alignment. Yoga steadies the mind, with its emphasis on the breath. Yoga de-stresses the physical and mental body. Yoga strengthens, opens up, and detoxes the body. All of these yoga benefits are sure to boon your traditional Greenville health club routine.

But how do you start?

If a total newbie to the practice, start in a class designed for beginners. Like anything, it’s best to get familiar with the basics to ensure a strong, intelligent foundation before you approach more advanced practices and poses. If you jump right into an advanced practice, you’re bound to get overwhelmed, and even worst, injured. Ease into a practice that has you – a beginner – in mind.

If you want to cultivate a home practice, the Sun Salutations are a great starting point. A complete practice in itself, the energetic and accessible Sun Salutation sequence offers all of the benefits of yoga. You’ll sweat and detox, strengthen all of your muscles, stretch it out, and steady the mind through a focused, controlled breath. The Sun Salutations can also be a great warm-up for your workout. Hammer out a handful as quickly and mindfully as possible to wake up, warm up, and open up for your Greenville sports club workout ahead!

I have a friend who uses her exercise ball as a desk chair substitute. Sure, that is a fine use for it, but an exercise ball (also referred to as a Swiss ball, stability ball, gym ball, or a yoga ball) is good for way more than simply sitting. Using an exercise ball promotes many health and fitness benefits, plus it is an incredibly accessible exercise tool to use while you are working out at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville athletic club.

With regular use of an exercise ball you can expect to:

  1. Improve your muscle tone and balance.
  2. Support your physical therapy progress, if you are going through that process.
  3. Boost your deep core strength.
  4. Condition your stabilizer muscles – the muscles of the deep core and lower back.
  5. Strengthen the muscles of your lower back, lowering your risk for lower back pain and injury.
  6. Enhance your balance due to the development of a stronger core center.
  7. Better your core alignment.
  8. Promote a healthier posture (especially if using it as a desk chair substitute).
  9. Start stretching more, thus enhancing your overall flexibility. It is an especially great exercise tool to open up the shoulders, upper back, neck, and chest. Simply sit on it, bend back, and let your arms fall over your head to receive a nice chest/shoulder/upper back opening.
  10. Add variety to your daily Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym workouts.

To discover and practice new exercises and workouts to carry out with the stability ball, click HERE. Also, find information on how to spice up the exercise ball workouts with hand weights and more!

Strengthen, sculpt, stabilize, and spice up your strength-training regimen with some exercise ball action at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville health center.

  1. Get stronger. Develop greater overall strength, especially in the core.
  2. Fire up your core. Challenge and sculpt your midsection by working the deep core muscles of the body.
  3. Be comfortable. Most of the movements are gentle and are performed in a seated or supine (reclining) position. The impact is low and the weight bearing materials are minimal making this form of exercise incredibly safe and supportive. Plus, there are many modifications for the practice allowing you to work where you are at and slowly build the intensity. Due to its accessibly, Pilates is a great tool for physical therapy.
  4. Improve balance. Enhancing your abdominal strength and building deep core support will strongly benefit your ability to balance.
  5. Increase body awareness. Become more connected in mind and body.
  6. Move with greater ease. Re-train the body to maintain proper alignment to move more safely and efficiently – a great tool for injury recovery, sports and Greenville gym performance, proper posture, and overall health and fitness.
  7. Achieve body symmetry. Correct muscular imbalances and remove blockages i.e. tight shoulders, hips, hammies, etc.
  8. Pain relief. Do Pilates to find relief from certain types of back pain. Many people use Pilates to actually manage the symptoms of their back pain. For some, it has proven incredibly effective.
  9. Reduce your risk of injury. Creating a body of equal flexibility and strength strongly reduces your risk for injury while you’re working it hard at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym.
  10. Boost your game. Enhance your sports performance and your Greenville gym activity as a result of all the benefits Pilates will provide you, including greater agility, strength, balance, concentration, and flexibility. This is why many professional athletes turn to Pilates. It is a great preventative tool and also, great for overall mind and body enhancement.
  11. Learn to breathe. Pilates will teach you how to develop more efficient breathing. Each movement is connected with the breath, thereby enhancing mind-body unification and flowing, unforced movements. Also, breathing reduces stress and refreshes the mind and body.

This “Monday Funday” challenge is brought to you by Krissy Cags, a dedicated personal trainer at Rise Above Fitness (RAF) and an amazing fitness inspiration.

If you don’t have anything planned for your Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym workout, this is what you get to do today. Yay! Throw yourself into the fire this Monday with a full-body, intense workout challenge.

Before you get on with this 3-part challenge, whip out a kettle bell and a jump rope. Now, you’re ready to get down with some wild Monday Funday Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym love.

 Monday Funday Challenge:

  • 10 Burpee Rope Slams
  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 30 Kettle Bells Swings

Repeat 3 times. Why? Because the best things in life come in threes!

  • 40 Walking Lunges
  • 50 Mountain Climbers
  • 60 Russian Twists

Repeat 3 times.

  • 70 Jump Rope
  • 80 Meter Prowlers
  • 90 Second Sprint

Repeat 3 times.

Wowza! This challenge is a butt-kicker.

This workout will build strength, boost endurance, increase stamina, and generate a crazy, well-deserved sweat. Greenville gym enthusiasts, you are in for a cardio, strength-building treat today. Get ready to rumble RAF style.

Happy Monday!!

Note: If you have any questions regarding technique and form, or for more specifics on the exercises, don’t hesitate to consult one of the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym personal trainers. The Pivotal Fitness Greenville athletic club and team is happy to help and support you in any way possible!

Are you looking for a new challenge to integrate into your typical Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym routine? Do you want to spice things up and step up your workout a notch? Are you on the hunt to achieve some new, impressive results? If so, I may have just the thing for you.

Fitness expert and innovator, Krissy M. Cags, is the inspiration behind this intense, butt-kicking barbell workout-of-the-day (WOD).  Kick-start your week at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym with this strength-building, leg-burning, and confidence-boosting WOD. Throw yourself into the fire. Feel the burn. Confront the challenge.

Let’s get you started.

  1. First, load up the barbell with an appropriate weight. Krissy uses 95lbs. You will sustain this weight during the entire workout, so make sure that you load up the barbell with something reasonable. All set? Okay. Let’s go.
  2. Thrash out 20 thrusters.
  3. Hash out 20 sumo deadlift high pulls.
  4. Pound 20 push presses.
  5. Kill 20 back squats.
  6. Hammer out 20 front squats.

This WOD is no joke, right?

This barbell challenge is for time. So, run-through the WOD as quickly as humanly possible. Note: Each time you break the 20 reps there will be a 5 burpee penalty. Ouch. Do the reps unbroken and no burpees for you. Spare yourself the added pain.

Go beast all over this challenge the next time you hit up the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym. Sure, it is going to be tough. Yes, it is going to hurt. All of this discomfort is a good thing, though. By challenging yourself, you have the power to inspire meaningful change. The only way to progress with your fitness and health goals (and life goals!) is to let go of excuses, fears, and anything holding you back and throw yourself into the fire. You must face the challenge head-on.

Good luck Greenville gym enthusiasts! You got this.

Next time you hit up the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym, your goal will be to make love to the squat rack. Yeah…you heard me right.

Here’s one solid, squat rack WOD for you to tackle and tear up:

  • 30x Back Squat
  • 15x Push Press
  • 10x Pull Ups
  • 20x Front Squat
  • 15x Push Press
  • 10x Pull Ups
  • 10x Overhead Squat
  • 15x Push Press
  • 10x Pull Ups

Don’t have the slightest clue about these various squats? Don’t know how to properly perform a back squat, front squat, overhead squat, or push press? No worries. YouTube to the rescue!

Tune into these YouTube videos with one of my favorite fitness inspirations, Elliott Hulse – a pro strongman and strength coach – to master the front squat.

Click here to learn the correct form. After you’ve mastered that, check out Elliot’s video for a juicy tip to make your front squat that much stronger. Oh yeah.

Next, to master the back squat, check out this CrossFit back squat demo.

To learn the overhead squat, click here for a CrossFit overview of overhead squat basics.

Finally, receive detailed instruction for the push press in this CrossFit push press video.

It’s incredibly important to learn the correct technique and form before you crank out this squat rack workout at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym. Get real familiar with the proper movements to avoid uncomfortable sensations in the body, pain, and potential injury.

In terms of weight, keep it light to start. If you don’t know where you are at for weight, consult a Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym personal trainer. For all fitness related questions, don’t hesitate to ask our athletic trainers and health specialists. The fitness team at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville athletic club is here to help you!

Don’t fear the squat rack. Make it your friend. Get intimate with it. Make love to it.