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Tips for Starting Your Workout Journey

By: Snap Fitness

For many people, working out is a chore. If you don’t have the passion for it, it’s a hard habit to get into – and we understand. There are plenty of reasons why people avoid exercise. “It’s too hard.” “I don’t have time.” “I don’t know where to start.” Have you given these excuses before? You can talk yourself out of doing anything, but what good does that do you?


Exercise is a key part in leading a healthy life. You’ve probably read all the health benefits that come with exercising regularly. Starting your fitness journey is the hardest part. Trust us, working out does get easier the more you do it. It’s all mental. If you believe in yourself, you can work out – even if it’s just walking on a treadmill for 10 minutes. That is something to be proud of, and you can grow from there.


You CAN change your life. You CAN kickstart your fitness journey!


Here are three easy ways to start working out:


-Set a goal: make it easy and measurable! Go for the low-hanging fruit. Write it down on a piece of paper and keep it where you’ll see it every day. By seeing this goal over and over, you’ll have it ingrained in your head. By making it something you can measure, you can easily track progress. There’s nothing better than accomplishing a goal, no matter if it’s big or small.


-Find your support group: Tell your friends and family that you want to start working out. These people love and support you no matter what. They will do everything to support you and keep you motivated on your journey. When you feel too tired to go to the gym, call or text them. Have them send you words of encouragement.


-Track your progress: Every time you work out, write down exactly what you did. Keep a journal of your workouts. This will help you see how you’re improving from week to week. Miss a day? Don’t beat yourself up over it. Do the best you can and know that you will see a difference in your life.

Get Moving for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

By: Snap Fitness

Did you know only one in three adults get the recommended amount of exercise each week? Less than five percent of adults log 30 minutes of daily physical activity. People waste hours and hours in front of TV and computer screens, but can’t carve out a fraction of that time to exercise.


This month is the time to change all that! May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Physical activity doesn’t just help you control your weight, it lowers the risk of type II diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases. 


It’s important to know that physical fitness does not mean hard-core exercise. You don’t need to be running five miles every day to see results!


Here are some fun and easy ways to get your fitness on this month:


-Take the stairs whenever possible.

-Stretch when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night.

-During your lunch break, take walks outside or around your building.

-Find your fitness BFF! Start making gym dates where you can catch up while doing the StairMaster or elliptical.

-If you live by a park, start a boot camp with your neighbors and family members. If there’s a hill nearby, even better! Run up and see the view from the top.

-Join a recreational basketball or softball league in your community. It’s a great way to meet new people and get moving – no sports experience required!


How are you going to exercise this month? Share your plans on our Facebook page!

Country Playlist

By: Snap Fitness

Giddy-up, Snap Nation! For all you country fans out there, this is the perfect soundtrack to your next workout. It’s perfect for any cardio or strength training workout. For inspiration, imagine Carrie Underwood’s killer legs or Tim McGraw’s sculpted arms (seriously, how do they get like that?) and get the good time going at your club. Just make sure you leave your cowboy hat and boots at home. Those boots weren’t made for running on treadmills!


“That’s My Kind of Night” — Luke Bryan

“Undo It” — Carrie Underwood

“Done” — The Band Perry

“Days of Gold” — Jake Owen

“The Only Way I Know” — Jason Aldean feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church

“Sideways” — Dierks Bentley

“Keep On” — Eric Church

“’Til My Last Day” — Justin Moore

“Fastest Girl in Town” — Miranda Lambert


What's your favorite country song? Share it on our Facebook page!

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 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.

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