As Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season approaches, you may fear for your diet and fitness routine. It can be easy to fall behind on workout routines, indulge in more food and relaxation time, and possibly end up sending yourself backward on your fitness journey! However, some simple steps can be taken to help decrease the negative impact of your upcoming Thanksgiving feast, giving you the room to enjoy the holiday while also avoiding a bigger setback:

1 – Don’t focus on appetizers and finger food! If your Thanksgiving dinner starts with appetizers earlier on, then try to pass or skimp on them in order to focus on the real meal. These are both extra calories to digest as well as harmful to your appetite for the main course.

2 – Pass on buns, rolls, and other types of bread. These extra sources of butter, flour, and carbs are not only potentially harmful to your diet, but they can also work to distract from the main course. Who wants to fill their appetite too quickly on another aspect of the meal that isn’t the main focus? Moreover, saving this room for meats, vegetables, and other foods can prove more nutritious.

3 – Try to skimp on gravy, sweet sauces, butter, and other holiday extras! These meal add-ons are often full of sugars, fats, and extra calories that can weigh down the effects of the meal as a whole. Focusing on limiting or avoiding them is best!

4 – Avoid the dark meat and skin of the turkey. Both of these parts are high in fat, especially the skin, in varying intensities depending on how it’s cooked. The lighter meat is far preferable, with fewer fats and calories.

These small steps can make a large impact on your Thanksgiving food intake, limiting the negative effects of the meal. If continued throughout the holiday season, they can surely make a difference in helping you avoid an all-around fitness setback. This, coupled with the continuation of your regular workout routine, can ensure you only continue to move forward. Count on Platinum Fitness to get you through the season!

At Platinum Fitness, we may have a focus on gym equipment and working out, but we’re also proud to offer a variety of other resources! Our facilities function as far more than a gym, with features made for the enjoyment of everyone. All three locations are equipped with special features to take full advantage of for you and your family, workout buddies, significant other, or just on your own time! These special resources include, but aren’t limited to:

1. Saunas – Take in some heat after your workout to wind down, with benefits for your body and skin to enjoy. Spend time in the sauna with your friends or on your own to ease your stress and relish the warm sensation.

2. Tanning Booths – Multiple tanning booths are open for use at all three locations, ready for you to make the most of in capturing that summer glow all year round! A fresh tan is a great confidence boost, so why not treat yourself?

3. Cinema Rooms – There are also cinema rooms at all three locations, ready for you or your group of friends to come and enjoy! Relax in your own movie theater space, with the experience of the theater without the price tag.

4. Childcare Centers – Want to get some gym time but don’t want to leave the kids alone? Bring them along with you! Each location has a childcare center where your kids will be cared for and entertained.

5. FACE It. Aesthetics – Pamper yourself with the variety of services available at Platinum’s very own spa, at our Oracle location. All members enjoy them at 15% off, plus you get the convenience of having the spa seconds from your weekly workout routine spot.

No matter your interests or age, we have all sorts of amenities beyond our fitness specialties! At Platinum Fitness, we’re here to provide all these resources and more to you with a friendly atmosphere and room for all your family and friends. Stop in to start your membership today!

It’s no secret that what you eat and when is important, but sometimes time or lack of planning can make people lose focus of this. For instance, while it may occur to some people to eat a balanced meal before hitting the gym, not everyone sits down to a proper meal. Some may only grab a granola bar or a quick bottle of water as they run out the door or even pick up fast food along the way, but this can be detrimental to your workout efforts.

Nutrition is a key component of not only your daily routine but also your workout schedule– it’s time to start treating it as such! Eating well can help you to perform better and assist your body in recovering faster! Let us talk you through the three kinds of food you should be using to kickstart your workout and earn you these benefits:

1 – Carbs – Carbs are a major source of energy for your body! Your muscles take the glucose from carbs to fuel you, so ensuring you have plenty in your system is key. The amount needed will depend on the length and intensity of your workout plans, but this nutrient remains important regardless.

2 – Proteins – Protein is known to help improve many sorts of athletic performance, but it also carries other benefits you should capitalize on! This includes increased muscle growth and recovery, more strength, and better overall muscle performance. Proteins are key in both making the most of your muscles and helping to protect and help them recover.

3 – Fats – Alongside carbs, fats are another important source of fuel for your body! This is a key nutrient, needed especially during longer or moderate/low-intensity workout sessions. For athletes or those maintaining a continuous workout routine, fat is important to include in your diet, not only before workouts but overall.

Eating before a workout is key, but when you do so is also important to consider! The optimal meal would be 2-3 hours before a workout session, with carbs, protein, and fat present to fuel you. However, the closer you get to your workout, the less important it is to include fats in what you eat, in order to favor good digestion. Therefore, for when you eat closer to your gym time, focus on getting carbs, some protein, and avoiding the fats. To learn more, let the experts at Platinum Fitness guide you in our ongoing blog or come in to see us today!

While this month signals the return to class for many students, Platinum Fitness is also ready to take you back to school! Not only are we here to stay as a part of your fitness routine throughout the semester, but we offer classes of our own to get you into shape and help you maintain your progress. Whether you’re just starting out, you need some fresh motivation, or you’re interested in one of the subjects we offer, our classes are open to everyone and cover a wide range of skill and fitness levels! While we do offer a wider selection, let us talk you through a sample of our roster:

– Pilates – Pilates is a combination of physical movements and mindfulness, with a wide range of benefits to improve both your mental and physical health. Among these are stress relief, flexibility, body conditioning, joint elasticity, and more! Join our Pilates sessions for a thorough but low-intensity approach to working out, with an emphasis on the importance of breathing and form.

– Spinning – Interested in cardio equipment but don’t know exactly what you’re doing? Or, are you just needing a push to get an intense workout? Our spinning classes are meant to drive you forward, with an energetic array of terrain and intensity segments to keep things interesting. Endure climbs, jumps, and sprints simulated by the intensity and push your cardio and leg muscles!

– BODYJAM™ – Need more zest in your workout routine? Try out BODYJAM™ and use dancing for your fitness needs! This fun, upbeat class features a mixture of dancing, culture, and music to make working out fun. If you love dancing, this is a class meant for you! You’ll get a full-body workout without feeling like you’re at the gym!

– BODYATTACK™ – Not a fan of dancing, but have experience or interest in sports? BODYATTACK™ is made with athletes and sports fans alike, with inspiration drawn directly from common sports. This class is built on running, lunging and jumping as well as strength exercises to get you moving and keep you on your feet. If you’re looking for an athletic feel to your routine, then add this class in to your schedule!

At Platinum Fitness, we have classes in a variety aimed to suit anyone! From beginners to pros, with any fitness level in mind, our selection has something ready just for you. Take a look at our full class roster here to learn more about each of them and explore all of our options fully.

Gyms may not be hard to come by, but Platinum Fitness aims to provide a quality that’s few and far between. We aren’t just another gym– we’re a community of support, a wide variety of resources, and a structure that can help you to hold together a truly lasting fitness routine. We’re here to be your guide and your backbone throughout your fitness journey, from the first time you step through our doors, whether you’re new to fitness or you’ve been into exercising and competitive fitness your entire life. So, why pick us? Let’s give you a run-down of our top reasons!

1 – ALL of our trainers are certified. This should be a given at any fitness business, but that’s not the reality. At Platinum, you can trust that when you rely on one of our experts, they truly do know what they’re talking about and have the experience to back it up. We know what we’re doing and we’re passionate about sharing it with you!

2 – We offer a wide variety of amenities. We have cinema rooms, tanning beds, saunas, a full-service spa, a huge selection of classes for every level, and more! With a wide variety of activities to keep you interested and involved, we’re ready to make your fitness journey an action-packed, fun experience with the room to change things up if you ever want to. Something new is always going on, so you’ll never be out of things to do with all of our resources.

3 – We offer a free 7-day pass! We know what we offer is a quality experience– so we’re willing to let you try it for free! With that kind of deal, why not take advantage? There’s no risk in using the resources we offer for a free week, so sign up for yours now!

At Platinum Fitness, we’re a community, not just another gym. Between our certified trainers, various amenities and resources, and the free trial period, we’re ready to be your partner in your fitness journey! Our web of support is ready for all of our members, with our doors open to everyone no matter your skill or ability level. To learn more about us, give us a try for yourself!

Summer is just about to begin– are you ready for it? June 21st is the official start of summer so if you’re going to plan the summer, now is your last chance to do so. There’s no better time to start up your own personal fitness plan to prepare you and keep you on track for the season! After all, the season is changing, so why not also change up your routine? Giving your usual schedule a fresh change can be just enough to keep you motivated throughout the year. Let us explain the other benefits and reasons to get ahead by making a plan this season in more detail!

Summer is not only a change in season, but for many, it’s also a change in your weekly schedule! Work may pick up or slow down, the kids are out of school, people are planning family time and vacations, bikini season is here, and more! With every other change going on, it’s only fitting that you alter your fitness routine to fit your changing summer lifestyle. You can now more easily bring your kids along with you, helping them stay fit without P.E., and prepare for fall sports. You can also take the motivation of bikini season or vacation plans to heart and snag a friend to work on your summer fitness goals with! Having a workout partner is always great, but there is plenty of other motivation available to you now!

For many, summer means planning to relax, so it can actually be a danger to your fitness goals! Making a designated plan to stick to this season can keep you on track, despite how tempting it may be to slack off. Don’t let the heat make you lethargic– write own your plans to workout weekly and you’ll have no excuse to not stick to them. A great way to stay consistent or start forming a routine is by joining a class! Platinum has a wide variety to offer for all skill levels, so be sure to give them a look!

Start today by signing up for a FREE 7-Day Pass at Platinum Fitness! Our trainers will be glad to help you form and achieve your fitness goals, with the equipment you’ll need, and all of the resources to keep you motivated. Consider making a change this season and committing to staying on track by forming a clear summer fitness plan, and you’ll be on your way to making the most of this season!

Support can be crucial. In fact, a study from Stanford recently found that even just receiving a phone call from a companion once a week can lead to an increase in the amount you exercise by 78%. So, how much could having a designated gym buddy improve your workout routine? Having a workout partner can play a critical role in your fitness journey, no matter if you’re just starting out or if you’re years into your routine. Check out these top 5 benefits of having a workout partner!

1 – Sharing the experience together is more rewarding. Struggling at a treadmill alone may seem daunting, but consider laughing about the experience later with a friend– that probably seems a lot more bearable. Having a friend to share in the hardships, steer away from the temptations with, and at your side while you’re working towards your goals can make it a truly rewarding experience.

2 – Having a partner can boost your motivation. While facing the journey alone may be a hard but manageable experience, making the trip to the gym and on your way to your goals with a friend becomes a lot more achievable. Sharing a joint motivation can make the commitment to work out a stronger, more passionate goal that you can remind one another of when your morale suffers.

3 – Not only can a partner motivate you, but their commitment can give you an obligation to continue. While obligations aren’t often something to look forward to, having the tie and promise to another person to fulfill your fitness goal is a strong source of motivation to keep you going. Having their morale and trust to continue can be just enough pressure to drive you to keep up the hard work!

4 – While a partner is there to complement you, they can also be there to get a bit competitive. While workout sessions shouldn’t be a race to see who can lift what, or run longer, or go harder, seeing someone else excel in one field can push you to try harder. For instance, if you have a friend that’s great at running, that may push you to work at improving your own. If you admire your workout partner who lifts higher numbers than you, then maybe you’ll feel encouraged to take up practicing your lifting more, too. A little competitive spirit can lead to self-improvement!

5 – A workout partner can make the gym feel more comfortable. While seeing a sea of new faces can be intimidating, having a familiar one at your side to look at can help you feel safe. A gym can seem especially formidable when you’re just starting your fitness journey, so ensuring you can find something friendly and familiar while you start working out can be game-changing. Take a friend in for at least your first visit and you’ll have someone to anchor you and make the space feel more comfortable.

At Platinum Fitness, we’re ready to help lead you through your journey with a Free 7-Day Pass and all of the resources you need to get going! Why not bring a friend? Everyone is welcome!

Getting prepared and taking the first steps to start on a fitness journey can be the most difficult part of getting into shape. Between how hard it can be to change your lifestyle choices, the determination required to maintain a fitness routine, and the need for the right space and equipment to do so, the journey can be tough. However, that doesn’t mean you need to handle this process alone. At Platinum, we’re ready to assist and guide you in this journey, starting with these 6 steps to starting up a fitness routine at our facilities!

– Start your sessions with a warm-up. From your first session, through weeks into your routine, even years into a standard fitness routine, warming up is a crucial step to this process. Not only does it loosen up your muscles and get your blood flowing, but it can help switch your mindset into a focus on fitness as well as prepare your body to prevent injury and strain. What do you do to warm up? Consider about 20 minutes of cardio on an elliptical or treadmill!

– Start small. Workout in short increments to start with, with easy levels, at smaller numbers, and for a shorter overall time. For instance, try using a 15 lb weight if that feels relatively easy for you, instead of going for a higher number. Only do 10-20 reps to begin instead of aiming for as many as possible. Limit this portion, after your warm-up and before your cool-down, to only about half an hour. The important part of this is building up a routine that’s manageable without the risk of overdoing it and risking injury or hurting your morale. It will give you a building block to set as your minimum that you can work to gradually increase upon it.

– Save the cool-down time for after your primary workout session. It’s crucial that you don’t take many breaks during your workout routine! Building up that intensity, sweating, and making sure your heart rate is increasing are important parts of working out, so don’t take breathers between every machine or frequent, unneeded breaks to sit down and cool off. Take a break if you feel the need for one, but try to keep it in your mind to limit them.

– Switch between different parts of your body. Especially when starting out, spending all of your time focusing on one area of your body will not only prevent a thorough workout, but it can cause overstrain that can lead to loss of morale or even injury. Switching between different body parts and workout types will help you get a more complete experience in a safe, beneficial manner!

– Cool down afterward. To finish off your workout, give yourself a cool down period of about 10 minutes of cardio to wrap up your efforts. This gives you one more chance to increase that heart rate, burn off the excess energy, and leave you feeling invigorated but, hopefully, tired in a way that’s satisfying. You can also spend part of this time stretching, flexing the muscles you’ve just put to work and easing them back into motion.

– Treat yourself! Why not give yourself encouraging treats to help along the way, like a great snack, a movie in one of our theater rooms, or even a visit to our sauna or the FACE.It Aesthetics spa! This will help you keep up your motivation and give you a positive note to end your gym trip on.

Congratulations! Trying out these steps means you’re well on your way to starting a fitness routine, which can be a big, life-changing decision. Many get caught up on the thought of it, but following through and reading along with our advice means you’ve got the determination to take this journey one step at a time. Your next step? Sign up for one of our FREE 7-day passes and test out these steps for yourself!

Physical education is crucial especially to those that are still young and maturing, not only in helping them to grow strong and maintain wellness but in instilling good health habits that will last a lifetime. Does your child’s school have P.E.? A great alternative or additional option is to start bringing your kids with you to the gym! Even your older kids and those in college, students have physical fitness needs that need to be met, and fitness should be a lifestyle, not just an option for a social hour at school or made a requirement. We’re here at Platinum Fitness to not only help meet your family’s fitness needs but to help encourage kids to enjoy their healthy choices!

Nutrition, fitness, and general wellness are important to emphasize— no matter the age of your children, it’s never too late to start! We know that parents want the best lives possible for their kids and we’re here to help build this strong physical foundation so that these dreams can be more easily attainable. Being there to support and join in your child’s fitness journey gives them a pillar of support and role model, but also grants you a fitness partner for motivation and all too valuable family bonding time.

Platinum Fitness also works with various schools and program directors who are looking to incorporate physical education into their student’s routines. According to the CDC, children ages 6-17 should have a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Is your family staying active and reaching this amount of daily physical activity?

Platinum can also help you with fitness goals for your children, from developing skills in our classes to maintaining a healthy body and even to honing their bodies for specific sports. We have a wide range of classes to discover, which can become hobbies and skills that they can carry on further in life. From self-defense, dancing, lifting, we have a lot to offer to suit your kid’s abilities and preferences! Our selection of equipment can assist in increasing agility, building strength, and finding better ease with the movement needed for their sports activities.

That’s not all! Fitness isn’t just about the benefits it can have on your body, but about how fun some of these routines can be! Our locations also each offer cinema rooms for use as well as childcare services run by employees dedicated to engaging with your children while you get your workout in. Your trips to the gym can be fun family outings— make it a lasting routine!

Right now at our Oracle location, we’re offering a FREE Body Composition Analysis and Fitness Assessment to those who are ready to get in shape, or for those who want to see where they stand with their goals. For families looking to start a fitness journey together, this is a perfect opportunity! Call and make an appointment with a personal trainer today while there’s still room!

February means that the month of love is here, and we want to help you fall in love with all that Platinum Fitness has to offer! Even if traditional fitness concepts aren’t exactly romantic to you, we’re confident that we have something to offer everyone within our wide spectrum of offerings. Between our variety of classes, our wide array of amenities, and even our childcare centers, we’re ready to woo you this month! Let us give you a rundown of all the reasons you have to come in and start this budding fitness romance:

  • If you need a little extra fun and energy in your fitness routine, then consider checking out our variety of classes! Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a fitness guru, we have a level appropriate for your abilities and your schedule. We also offer a selection to suit your preferences, whether it’s a focus on flexibility, strength, cardio, or otherwise!
  • Looking to spend more time with your partner for the month of love? Consider sharing a workout routine with them! Having a partner in fitness is one of the strongest motivations a person can have in striving towards their fitness goals, so why not share them with your loved one? Include your partner in your workout routine– we’ll be happy to have you both! You can even try out an array of couple exercises, check this list out for examples! 
  • If you don’t want to leave your kids at home while you hit the gym, then no worries! All three of our locations are equipped with childcare centers that have trained employees to keep your kids active and entertained. Rest easy and get a little bit of peace within our facilities! This is an excellent chance to get some much-needed you time during the week or to give your kids the chance for a fun outing to break up your family’s daily routine.
  • Speaking of peace, find some of your own while you’re being pampered at FACE It.Aesthetics! With a variety of services from facials to waxing, we’re ready to individualize our offerings just for you with a free personal consultation. All Platinum members receive 15% off spa services year round, so you can even enjoy all of this at a discounted rate! Show yourself some love this month by stopping in for some beauty therapy!
  • Not convinced you’ll fall for us yet? No problem! We’re happy to give you the chance to try out Platinum Fitness for FREE for 7 days! Visit here to claim a free 7-day pass that will allow you to check out our services for yourself! Try adding us to your routine for the week and see what our atmosphere, equipment, and professional trainers can do for you. What are you waiting for?

At Platinum, we’re here for you with a variety of services and offerings meant for people from all walks of life and ability levels. Whether you’re just starting on your fitness journey, you’re in the middle of the path, or you’ve been training your whole life, our facilities have a lot to offer you, and our fitness trainers are always there to help guide you on your way! Contact us today to learn more!