Some people come to the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym with a specific purpose in mind. To lose weight. To get in shape. To build muscle. To train for a triathlon or athletic team tryouts. But no matter what your health and fitness goal is – and despite the diversity of classes and equipment that our Greenville sports club offers, which can suit almost any need – there is one option that’s applicable to every member: boot camp.

Although the name may be intimidating and the curriculum is intensive, you shouldn’t be afraid to try boot camp. Your instructor will help you warm up and cool down after exercises and keep in touch with your needs and limitations so that you can make the most of the challenging classes. Regardless of what you’ve seen in those army movies, at Pivotal Fitness Greenville it’s is all about getting you in shape – not kicking your butt.

The purpose of any boot camp is to strengthen your core and challenge your limits in order to break down barriers of physical fitness. This is in terms of endurance as well as sheer strength, and mixes many influences of aerobic exercise and muscle coordination. While you can lift weights or work out anytime on your own, participating in boot camp is the foundational training you need to make the most of any additional exercise. You might be training your quads and hamstrings for running on the treadmill, but the all-over body workout of boot camp strengthens your lungs, your heart and your core to help you run longer, faster. It’s all part of one complete training package.

Plus, you can join these group fitness classes on a regular basis with the same trainers and classmate who can encourage you to keep going and share your growing pains as you teach your body to reach new heights. After all, doesn’t suffering with friends always make it more fun? And you have people to commiserate or celebrate with after you’ve reached a new level of tolerance and stamina.

Boot camp classes take place about twice a week; you can check this month’s Fitness Schedule (under “Services” on the home page) for exact times. Ask about introductory and complementary classes you can take to prepare you to join and enjoy boot camp.

January always brings a big boom of newcomers to the gym. Whether you received a Greenville gym membership as a gift over the holidays or simply resolved on your own to lose weight or get in shape for the New Year, we just want to say…welcome!

This week, we though we’d provide you with a brief overview of the membership benefits when you join Pivotal Fitness’ Greenville health club. Here are five of our favorite perks:

1) Get started with a FREE 7-day trial. You can try out our workout equipment and attend some of our group fitness classes before you ever commit to one of our flexible membership plans.

2) Speaking of classes, we’re proud to offer a variety of old favorites and contemporary alternatives, ranging from yoga to spin class to martial arts. Don’t forget to check out Boot Camp—now there’s one powerful way to kick your healthy year off right!

3) Child care you can trust—for all ages. The nursery is a safe place for infants and toddlers. And KidZONE keeps your older children occupied and supervised with great activities while you work out or take a class. Your kids will love it!

4) More than just machines. We pair exercise equipment with personal training, group activities and even nutrition and weight loss guidance. Who says you can’t have it all?

5) Convenience. Aside from having a gym in your own home, we’re the next best thing. Actually, with knowledgeable staff and support from your gym friends, working out in public may be even better. Although we’re easy to access from most of Greenville, we also have locations in Columbia, Charleston and Summerville.

Of course, we can’t fit every perk into one blog post! Here are a few more:

  • 50,000-square-foot gym with more than 150 pieces of equipment
  • Ladies-only gym—right inside our own facilities!
  • Mind and body room (Pilates and Yoga)
  • Locker rooms with lounge area and sauna

But seeing is believing. Once you come by, you can see the space, meet the staff and check it out for yourself. We can’t wait to meet you!

Weight loss can seem elusive and difficult to master, especially with so many weight loss programs clouding our judgment with their constant advertisements. The reality is that weight loss is as simple as exercising more and eating the right amount of nutritious food. By developing healthy eating habits and getting on a regular exercise routine, you can meet your weight loss goals and maintain your goal weight. Here are some helpful tips to help you along the way:

• Avoid fat burning supplements. These are generally just stimulants. The pounds you lose from taking these stimulants will return once you stop taking them.

• Strength training is key to long-term weight loss. By building lean muscle mass you will begin to burn more calories. It also helps to regulate the way your body perceives hunger, helping you to avoid those pesky cravings.

• Identify when you are truly hungry. Many people eat because they are sad, happy, stressed, anxious, or for any other number of emotions. When you crave food, stop and ask yourself if you are truly hungry or simply responding inappropriately to an emotion.

• Eat fresh food. Prepared, packaged, and processed foods contain chemicals, sodium, and other unwanted preservatives that can detrimentally affect you over the long term. Foods to avoid include artificial sweeteners or foods with synthetic fat substitutes.

It is not easy to modify your eating and exercise habits, you will likely need help along the way. That is why Pivotal Fitness strives to be the  that offers the most comprehensive solutions to help you meet your goals. With everything from personal training to nutritional consulting and group fitness classes, we provide the quality services that inspire you to meet your fitness goals.

Stop by the Pivotal Fitness Greenville fitness club today, we will give you a 7 day free pass to let you try out our facilities so you can have the Pivotal experience for yourself.