Doesn’t that sound like the dream? Getting money for doing what you love, working out and spending time at Snap Fitness? Yet it’s possible for a lot of people, perhaps even you. Many people have gym reimbursement options offered through an employer’s wellness plan or a health insurance plan. But not everyone knows about them. Sometimes an employer isn’t clear or proactive in communicating this option. Check in with your employer’s HR department to see if one is available. Or if you’re self-employed and carry your own insurance, check in with your plan provider. There may be options sitting there waiting for you. If so, here is a primer of how to maximize the experience.
Companies often provide reimbursement as part of their wellness programs. They may stipulate that you use the memberships a minimum amount of times per month to qualify. Often the number is 12. They may also only cover certain gyms in your area. Check the details. But if there’s a Snap Fitness in the network and your employer will reimburse you for working out, sign up! It’s free money.
As you enroll, ask about the process for receiving reimbursement. Options can vary. A common frustration with some gym reimbursement programs, frankly, is the paperwork. Some plans require physical receipts. Yet other others will have access to digital tracking system, which makes things easier. Find out what type of proof of usage is required.
Also, ask about how the reimbursement will be paid out. With some employer-based plans it is possible for the funds to be integrated directly into your compensation and will show up on your pay stub. If that is the case, give it good consideration. It just makes things easier.
Finally, understand that reimbursement funds will be taxed as a medical benefit. A bit of a bummer, to be sure. But the benefits still far outweigh the costs. Think of it this way: it’s incentive to get fit and save money in the process. A win-win all the way around.
Now that another summer is in the books, it’s time to get serious about fall. Fall is such a wonderful time. It’s a time of transformation. In nature. And for you. And the good news is there are songs that can help you reach your goals. We researched music to help you strive for all kinds of outcomes. Trust us on this. If you listen to these tunes while working out, your body won’t stop moving. Enjoy.
We know not every trip to the gym is going to produce a killer workout. Some days you just don’t have the best energy. We get it. But every trip to a Snap Fitness gym can be fun. The key is to have some friendly faces waiting for you. Not only will it be make your experience a blast, it will help you stay in shape. A recent study by the Society of Behavioral Medicine shows that training with a partner has the potential to double your exercise performance. The reasons are simple: gym friends hold you accountable, provide friendly competition, and boost your spirits. So get out there and be social! We’ll show you how to make those connections.
Initiate a Conversation. It can be as easy as something like, “Have you taken this class before?” Or ask someone about the magazine they’re carrying while in line for the water fountain. Something light and breezy.
I Feel Your Pain. Whether it’s commiserating with eye contact during a tough squat set or a smile during a difficult yoga hold, connecting during exercise is a great way to build rapport.
Debrief. After a good workout, try something like “Man, I needed that,” plus a few words that open up the conversation to your non-gym life. Maybe “I just got back from a vacation so I’m feeling out of shape,” or “I haven’t taken a yoga class since I was in college,” anything that opens the door for the other person to respond.
Ask Them To Hang Out. Follow up. Don’t be aggressive or annoying—some people aren’t looking to make friends at the gym. But a lot of people are in the same boat as you, and just need a little bit of nudging to inch themselves out of their comfort zone.
Be Consistent. Working out at the same time each day is a great way to become familiar with other people on the same schedule.
Smile. Smiling is an introvert’s best friend. Sometimes that’s all it takes to spark up a connection.
Talk to the Staff. At Snap Fitness we have referral programs and promotions that can help ease the process along. Check in with us next time you’re in. We’ll get you connected with some cool people.
My name is Amanda, I am 26 year old and I am a mother to two beautiful little girls! My fitness journey started because I was unhappy with my body image and was weighing around 160-165 pounds. When I first started going to the gym I started with cardio, thinking that was the thing I had to do but it wasn’t. I wasn’t getting any results so I starting lifting weights, but didn’t really have an idea as to what I was doing. I took it one day at a time. I observed people around me, I also did some research on how to strength train. A few weeks went by and I started to notice the internal changes which kept me going back. I now weigh 114-120 pounds and don’t bother stepping on a scale anymore! I also don’t count calories. I eat when I’m hungry. I eat to get stronger. And as a result I am healthier and happier than I have ever been in my life. I focus on one more rep and one more breath. I am now full of confidence and I feel comfortable in my own skin, something that I never had in the past. Weight-loss tip: Stop trying to diet and instead focus on becoming healthier.
“My dad has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for 21 years now. From 1988-2008 he worked as a police officer in Irvington, New York where he retired due to the decline of his health. In 2009, our family moved to Port Orange, Florida, where he met his best friend and personal Trainer, Joe Elam, at Snap Fitness New Smyrna Beach. Although He may not physically be able to walk or do your average activities, he finds time every Monday and Wednesday to push himself and push me. Because of his strength and motivation he's brought to my life and many others, Snap Fitness New Smyrna Beach would never be the same without his big smile and determination.” -Peter's daughter, Jackie Carelli
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups 1:1 gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the topping:
¾ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1/3 cup blueberries
2 sliced strawberries
1/3 cup blackberries
- Preheat oven to 350° F and lightly grease a 10-inch round pan. Set aside.
- Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Scrap the sides of the bowl and then stir again briefly.
- Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Press dough into round pan* and use a spatula to separate dough from the edge of the pan, which makes removal easier.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden.
- Let crust cool and remove it from the pan.
- Use a spatula to spread Greek yogurt evenly across the top of the crust.
- Decorate fruit pizza with berries.
- Optional: garnish with lemon zest and honey.
- Place in fridge and let set for 20 minutes before enjoying.
*For a thinner cookie crust, only use ¾ of the dough and save the rest for making cookies.