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Success Story: Tiffany D. from MI

By: Snap Fitness

We had the opportunity to chat with Club Manager Tiffany Duffield from Greenville, MI, about her recent weight loss. Tiffany has a passion for health and fitness and believes that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Not only is she a sensation in the news, she was recently nominated for the Governor’s Fitness Award. We are proud of Tiffany! Her dedication, determination, and passion for helping others is infectious.

How has losing weight changed your life?
TD: In every way imaginable. I am a whole different person. The struggles of being morbidly obese make doing simple daily activities almost unbearable. Now walking a flight of stairs, playing with my children, and even going to the movies are enjoyable.

What do you think helped you the most in your weight loss?
TD: Choosing to surround myself with motivating active people and having my whole family eat healthy.

What was your turning point in wanting to lose weight?
TD: Fear. I was scared that I was going to die from complications brought on by my weight. I had three girls and a loving husband to live for and I really wanted to live.

What is one thing you can do now that you never thought possible?
TD: I can race bicycles, run 10 miles, and lift massive weights, but honestly I am happy being able to tie my shoes.

If you could thank one person for your success in losing weight, who would it be?
TD: My husband. Losing over 200 pounds is an emotional experience. My husband has always been a fit, competitive athlete, never blinked an eye when I flipped my life upside down. I needed to take control of my health, and he has been there every step of the way. From bike rides, 5Ks, 10Ks, every new jean size, and every struggle, he has been right by my side.

How long have you worked at Snap Fitness?
TD: I have been at Snap Fitness in Greenville for two and a half years.

How do you motivate members at your gym?
TD: I am just me: 100 percent unfiltered, work my butt off, sweat all over the place me. I talk to them like I would my friends. I weigh them and celebrate every loss and every non-scale victory. I work hard, and people respect that. I think in a small way, they want to make me proud.

What sparked your interest in Snap Fitness?
TD: I needed a career in the health and fitness field. There wasn’t even a second guess about it. I have a gift for motivating people and I knew that I was able to transform my life. I wanted to do my best to pay that forward. I heard Snap Fitness was coming to town and instantly applied. It was an instant perfect fit for me.

What’s the best part about working at Snap Fitness?
TD: Everything! I love our members. They inspire me every day – from the beginner who can barely walk on the treadmill to the elite athlete spending 10 miles running. Every pound they lose, every weight they lift, every extra mile they are able to do makes me smile. To know I was a tiny little part of that gives me purpose. I am here to live my life to the fullest and have this amazing opportunity to help others live theirs.

What is one piece of advice you have for those who are starting out their weight loss journey?
TD: Give it time and clean up your diet. All of the exercise in the world will not work if your diet still isn’t clean.

What will 2014 look like for Tiffany?
TD: 2014 is starting off to be an exciting year. I have road races and mountain bike races lined up throughout the year, motivational speaking engagements and a strong focus on keeping my gym rocking and rolling with new boot camps, cycling classes, and weight loss challenges.

Find Your BFF (Best Fitness Friend)

By: Snap Fitness

What are friends for? They’re here to help, support, and love you whenever you need it. You turn to them for guidance whenever you have a question or concern about work and relationships. Why not include them in your fitness journey, too?

 

We all know exercise is an easy way to combat depression. A lot of the time, we struggle to get started or find the motivation when we’re feeling down. That’s when your best friend comes in. As your friend, he or she isn’t going to let you stay in a depressed state. Their support is so much more personal and helpful because they truly know you and can offer genuine advice.

 

There are several benefits in working out with a friend. Instead of dreading your run on the treadmill, you can chat away with your buddy on the machine next to you. The time will fly by while you catch up on the latest in each other’s lives. Your friend will encourage you to go that extra five minutes and really push yourself.  Suddenly, your workout is more of a fun, healthy, sweaty gym date with your pal.

 

Another benefit is that you don’t need to impress your friend. They already love you, and you can be comfortable and honest with them. They’re not going to judge you on your effort or appearance. They want to help you reach your fitness goals. They’ll keep your confidence high and dedicated to your fitness plan.

Why I Work Out: George H. from Illinois

By: Snap Fitness

As you’ve seen on our social media accounts, one question we’ll often ask our audience is what motivates and inspires them to work out. It can be a range of motives: health, family, friends, and so on. One of our members, George H. from Illinois, sent us a letter that touched our hearts. We love hearing these stories and sharing them with our Snap Fitness community. Here’s what George sent us:

 

"There are many reasons why people exercise. Whether it is for weight loss, improved health, or increased performance, every exercise (just like life) should be driven by motivation and inspiration.

 

 

I primarily exercise to compete and perform well in a wide variety of activities.  I have two main sources of inspiration that I use to push myself as hard as I can. The first source is from the energy of the people around me. This comes from the racers excitingly waiting for the gun to go off, from the 75-year-old grandmother relentlessly making her way up Mt. Fuji, and from the commitment and camaraderie I see in my fellow Snap Fitness members and staff at every visit. These people inspire me to push myself to my limits, to know that age has no meaning, and to perform to the best of my abilities. 

 

The second source of my inspiration comes from those who cannot.  In the few years I had with my father, he had showed me that adventures bring a whole new meaning to the word “life." When I do events for the American Lung Association, I feel myself continuing the battle against lung disease that my sister fought against so bravely for so many years. 

 

 

Of course, my biggest inspiration comes from my girlfriend who suffers from a muscular disease which leaves her incapacitated most of the time. Even so, she had found the strength to attend (and volunteer) many of my events and is always my biggest cheerleader. It is sobering during events when I remind myself that the fatigue or pain I feel is only temporary and will quickly recover. Not everyone is so lucky.

 

 

I want to thank Snap Fitness for being an integral part of my life these many years. I proudly wore (or waved) the Snap Fitness shirt throughout the world.”

 

Thank you so much for sharing, George.

Are You Ready For #SnapMadness?

By: Snap Fitness

March is here! For all you college basketball fans out there, arguably the best sporting event of the year is coming up … March Madness! No matter how many brackets you fill out – forever hoping your favorite team hoists up the national championship trophy while “This Magic Moment” plays in the background, nothing is for certain in these games. That’s what makes this tournament so great. A buzzer-beater will either bring you tears of joy or immediate heartbreak. The excitement gets everyone hyped up; players and fans alike.

 

Enter #SnapMadness, our new contest that combines the excitement and fun of “The Big Dance” and challenging workouts. These fitness challenges will not be easy, but that makes accomplishing them that much more rewarding. Sixty-eight teams from across the country lay it all on the line during March Madness. You can do the same at your local Snap Fitness club this month.

 

Over the next four weeks, we'll be posting a #SnapMadness workout for you to attempt. Members who complete all four workouts are entered into a drawing. The winner gets $250 in Snap Fitness gear.

 

Here’s how you play:

1. Complete the workout.
2. Take a photo of yourself next to the distance on your machine’s display screen to prove you completed it.
3. Post your photo on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use the #SnapMadness hashtag.

 

The contest kicks off Thursday, March 6. There will be a new activity posted every Thursday in March. Read the Terms and Conditions here.

 

Your photos need to be posted by the following Thursday at 8 a.m. CST. Example: The first workout is posted Thursday, March 6. Your photo needs to be submitted by 8 a.m. CST Thursday, March 13. The photos – whether they’re posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – need to have the correct hashtag (#SnapMadness) in order to be accepted for our contest.

 

The winner will be announced Thursday, April 3.

 

Let the madness begin!

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. age of majority or older. Dates: March 6, 2014 through April 3, 2014. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions visit http://www.snapfitness.com. Void where prohibited.

You Can #BeTheFirst!

By: Snap Fitness

What is #BeTheFirst?

 

It's a movement to encourage people to break out and be different from their norm. We want you to follow your own unique fitness lifestyle.

 

What are you the first in your family to do? Go to college, buy a home, get a brand new car? How about being the first in your family to get a gym membership? In your group of friends, were you the first to get a job after college, save money for your first apartment, change your diet and eat healthy, get a gym membership and start taking care of your health? Dedicating yourself to new, healthy choices is a big deal; you should be proud of your accomplishments, big or small!

 

There are many ways you can #BeTheFirst at accomplishing something. If you put your mind and heart into it, you can do great things. You'll also be an inspirational example to those around you.

 

This is an interactive campaign we'll be doing for the next month. Share your #BeTheFirst moments with us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts! We look forward to hearing your stories.

Tips for Sticking to Your Fitness Routine

By: Snap Fitness

Some people say the hard part of working out is actually getting yourself to the gym. They're right—the real battle is getting yourself motivated every day you need to go run, lift, or do whatever your workout is. It's great that you have a fitness routine, but you need to make a conscious choice to stick to it every day. Whether it's a cardio day or rest day, it all counts.

 

Here are some helpful ways you can stay motivated and focused on your workout plan:

 

1.) Write it down in your planner or calendar. It's like a meeting at work; you have to get down to business! This will help you hold yourself accountable.

2.) Go with a buddy. Nothing like a little friendly competition to get you through that tough last set of push-ups. Having someone who cares about their health like you do will give you extra support.

3.) Keep motivational quotes around your home and work. When you're logging off and checking out for the day, have some written inspiration by your computer to give you that push to hit the gym instead of heading home early.

 

You owe it to yourself to stay committed. No one can make you go after your dreams besides yourself. Don't hold yourself back.

My Snap Fitness Success Story: Tom G. from Lower Burrell, PA

By: Snap Fitness

Tom G. battled weight problems for most of his life. He put on a lot of weight during and after high school. His eating habits were horrible; he ate fast food sometimes twice a day. Although Tom tried several times to lose weight, he couldn't stay motivated and would put the weight back on—plus more.

 

A divorce in 2009 and a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2010 sent Tom into a depressive state. His comfort? More food. At this time, he weighed close to 400 pounds. In 2011, Tom met his future wife and the following year, she gave birth to their daughter. Despite this newfound happiness, Tom wasn't pleased with the way he looked.

 

On Jan. 2, 2013, he went to his doctor for an issue with his shoulder. They discovered his blood pressure was 155/120, and he weighed 450 pounds. Tom finally vowed to change his lifestyle for his wife and daughter.

 

He joined Snap Fitness in Lower Burrell, PA, shortly after. Although he could barely manage 15 minutes on the treadmill, he stuck with it. "I was embarrassed at first when I started, but then I realized that everyone was there for the same reason I was: to get healthy," Tom said. He also gave up fast food, pop, junk food, processed sugars, and most red meat.

 

Soon after, Tom's hard work and dedication started paying off. He went from 450 to 370 pounds, dropped several pants and shirt sizes, and didn't need to take his blood pressure medication anymore.

 

"I'm 50 weeks into my weight loss journey," Tom said. "I still have a long way to go on my journey, but I will never give up. This isn't a diet; it's a permanent change."

 

Keep up the hard work, Tom! We believe in you.

My Snap Fitness Success Story: Loretta D. of Franksville, WI

By: Snap Fitness

When Loretta D. first joined the Snap Fitness in Franksville, WI, last January, she weighed 222 pounds and liked working out in the middle of the day when nobody else was around.

On March 1, she signed up for her club's "Weight Loss Challenge," which included weighing in during staffed hours. That's how she met her location's manager, Laurie.

Laurie's encouragement and enthusiam gave Loretta the extra motivation she needed. Loretta started doing new exercise routines and working out with fellow gym members.

Six weeks later, Loretta lost 32 pounds and won the "Weight Loss Challenge." She says she exercises four times weekly; cardio all four days and strength training on three. In addition, Loretta's eating habits have improved. She eats healthy three or four times daily with snacks in between. She gets one "free day" each week to eat whatever she wants, but after that, it's back to the healthy choices!

Loretta is now down to 145 pounds and went from a size 16 to a size 8. She says she has less body aches and enjoys her new life.

Way to go, Loretta!

My Snap Fitness Success Story: Bethany R. gets her college body back

By: Snap Fitness

Bethany R. in Tupelo, MS was always an active person, playing sports all through college. After graduation, however, her health and fitness took a backseat to her professional life.

”I was starting to gain weight and not really taking care of myself,” she says. “Playing soccer wasn’t really an option for me anymore so I decided I needed to start working out.”

Bethany joined the Snap Fitness in Tupelo six months ago, and has already seen dramatic results.

”I started running on the treadmill, then I incorporated the arc trainer. After about a month of that I worked my way up to being able to run 30 to 50 minutes without stopping.”

In addition to building up her fitness level, Bethany also started to see big improvements in her body.

”I started out weighing 142 pounds and now I’m down to 121,” she says proudly. “I lost three inches in my waist, and my BMI has had a dramatic decrease. It feels great.”

These days, Bethany makes fitness a regular part of her life.

”I do 30 to 45 minutes of cardio four or five days a week, and lift weights about three times each week. Snap Fitness is awesome because they have tons of classes and trainers to help me mix up my workouts, and I started taking yoga classes to help me strengthen and tone my body. For me, working out isn’t just a way of staying healthy and keeping a good weight; it’s a way of life.”

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

By: Snap Fitness

Tis’ the season for giving, and there’s nothing more rewarding than giving the gift of health and fitness. To help you finish up that last-minute holiday shopping, here are six healthy holiday gift ideas for the whole family. For more healthy gift ideas, visit our Snap Fitness store at www.snapfitnessgear.com

1. Personal Training sessions-  Do you know someone that is looking to lose weight or get fit, but don’t know where to start? Help them get on track with personal training sessions at your local Snap Fitness. Personal training is the perfect gift to help your loved ones jump start their fitness routine, and help them reach their resolutions in 2014.

2. Heart rate monitor- Give a gift that helps your loved ones work out smarter. A heart rate monitor is an investment in your loved ones health and well-being because it will make them exercise safe and more efficiently to prevent over training, injury and wasted time. A heart rate monitor is more than a exercise tracker, it is a way of life for the seasoned athlete. (Pick one up from MYZONE here.)

3. Gym bag or backpack - What do you get the person on-the-go for the holidays? How about a new gym bag or backpack for their workout clothes, headphones, and anything else they need to stay organized and prepared for their day. (Check out this great Snap Fitness backpack here.)

4. Portion control lunch box or food container- Perfect for your loved ones’ who are on a weight-loss journey, portion control containers take the guessing out of the equation, so you don’t need to question the amount of food you should be eating.


5. Headphones- We all know that music can be the key to a great workout. Give the gift of music with a good pair of headphones. Regardless of what brand you choose, look for headphones that will stay in the ears when sweating and intense activity.

6. Yoga mat- Whether you’re a serious yogi or just like to stretch at the end of a workout, a new yoga mat is an affordable, practical gift idea. A few things to keep in mind when purchasing  yoga mat; it must suit your body, keep you stable in your poses, soak up any sweat that you produce, provide enough cushioning between you and the floor and enhance your practice.

No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a healthy gift!

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