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One Word Resolution

By | Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Uncategorized

The New Year is upon us, and with that comes people reevaluating their life style and setting new goals.  We have all heard them- New Year’s resolutions that involve losing weight, eating healthier, spending more time with friends or family, quitting a bad habit- you name it. The question is, are these “resolutions” actually effective? The answer is usually no.

Three years ago for Christmas, I was given a book, One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. This book explains how to simplify your life by choosing just one word to focus on throughout the entire year. It was an easy read, and upon finishing it, I was inspired and decided to choose a word to focus on for the upcoming New Year. I found this to be extremely helpful in several aspects of my life, not to mention it was not short-lived like most New Year’s Resolutions.

It is not too late to pick a word for the year. Here are some tips:

  1. Think of an aspect of your life that you would like to improve and make sure it is If you do want to lose weight/get to the gym more often, your word could be “healthy.” There is less pressure and it targets not only your physical health, but your mental and emotional health as well.
  2. Write your word down. I personally wrote mine at the top of my calendar each month so I was reminded of it.
  3. Be intentional. Once you have picked your word, do not hesitate- start incorporating it into your life immediately!

 

Ditch the New Year’s Resolution and focus on just one word– you will see success!

Good luck and Happy New Year!

Jenna Andre

Supplements are Coming Soon

By | Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Uncategorized

Courts Plus is happy to announce that we will be selling supplements at the club in the new year. When it comes to supplements, the word itself has a very simple meaning but some of the products these days could not be more complex. There are so many different supplements out there that are honestly just unnecessary. What we decided to do here at Courts Plus is provide our members with quality supplement products that have been proven to help get the most out of your workouts!

Whey Protein Powder: This is the one you probably have heard the most about, but you might not really understand the benefits behind it and not to mention many people lack proper amount of protein.

  1. Promotes muscle growth/strength
  2. Whey is absorbed quickly and easily
  3. Reduced blood pressure
  4. Promotes weight loss by reducing hunger
  5. Boost metabolism
  6. By the WHEY, it tastes great

Amino Acids: put simply the building blocks of protein that are required for muscle growth.

  1. Improved muscle growth
  2. Increased endurance
  3. Reduced fatigue
  4. Improved recovery
  5. Reduced muscle soreness

Creatine: The most tested supplement that is found naturally in muscle cells.

  1. Helps muscle cells produce more energy
  2. Increases muscle mass
  3. Speeds up muscle growth
  4. Increase muscle strength
  5. Increased energy

Pre-Workout: My personal favorite because it provides you with a little more motivation to get to the gym and provides the energy to push out those extra reps!

  1. Increased energy
  2. Increased workout performance
  3. Improved concentration/focus
  4. Reduce protein breakdown
  5. Decreases fatigue
  6. Increase strength
  7. Enhances blood flow to muscles

Glutamine: The most common amino acid found in muscle and plays a big role in maintain muscle mass while dieting!

  1. Promotes muscle repair
  2. Prevents muscle loss
  3. Boosts immune system
  4. Important nutrient for digestive tract

Fish Oil: A pill filled with Omega-3 fatty acids that a lot of people are missing in their diets!

  1. Lower blood pressure
  2. Good for your heart
  3. Reduce likelihood of stroke or heart attack
  4. Support healthy skin
  5. Supports metabolic health

Multi-Vitamins: offers a way to get most of your daily vitamins in one pill helping you reach optimal health!

  1. Prevents vitamin deficiencies
  2. Lower risk of heart disease
  3. Overall better health

As you can see we are sticking with the basics and with what we believe are the most important supplements to help our members with their fitness goals. Our members and guests will need to be 18 years of age or older in order to purchase supplements from our staff. If you have more questions please stop in or contact either Kelly Kisell or Logan Cossette. We hope you all are as excited as we are to be a one stop shop for all your health and wellness needs.

Get your JINGLE on!

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Special Event, Youth

Happy Holidays everyone!

Do you love running and all things Christmas while raising awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability?! If so, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the perfect way to spend your Saturday!! On Saturday, December 1st, we will be raising money for the Arthritis Foundation through this festive, fun-filled 5K run/ walk taking place at Courts Plus Community Fitness. It is not too late to register! Courts Plus members, family and friends will receive $5 off registration by using “Courts” when registering online. This run will begin at 8:00 am. Please join us by wearing holiday themed costumes and tying jingle bells to your tennis shoes. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause!

Interested in this event, but not wanting to participate in the run/walk? Be a volunteer!! We are always looking for more help to join in on all of the holiday festivities. Please email Britt Ingersoll at bingersoll@arthritis.org.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Get FIT with Intermittent Fasting

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Personal Training

There are a lot of trends these days in the fitness industry. Many looking to shrink your wallet more than your waist but every so often some stand above the rest and show actual results. One of these trends that’s becoming increasingly more popular is intermittent fasting. At first glance those words may look intimidating but with a little bit of practice and patience you can get in shape fast with fasting.

The first thing you must know is that intermittent fasting is NOT a diet. Fasting is simply a tool, another piece of the puzzle to help you achieve your body goals. Intermittent fasting does not change WHAT you eat, it changes WHEN you eat. This is done a couple different ways but the one I am going to specially talk about is the 16/8 method. This involves fasting every day for 16 hours (sleep counts). This will restrict your daily eating to an 8-hour window typically done by skipping breakfast. Wait, skip breakfast you say, isn’t that the most important meal of the day? All it takes is a quick google search to debunk this classic myth but if you truly can’t resist breakfast the window can be adjusted to anytime throughout your day.

Now let’s talk about some of the benefits of intermittent fasting:

  1. Less time to eat means fewer meals which means less calories consumed
  2. Increases metabolic rate, helping you burn more calories
  3. Body reaches “starvation” burning fat as energy
  4. Increased productivity (use energy for other things other than digesting)
  5. Improved brain health by suppressing inflammation
  6. Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  7. Backed by SCIENCE, many studies show the effectiveness of fasting

Let me tell you my experience with intermittent fasting. Last year as summer was approaching I was looking to shed some pounds and decided to try this plan. At first, I was skeptical, not eating for 16 hours? Yeah right, I can barely go 2 hours but as the days went on it got easier and easier. I first noticed the mental focus, never once did the idea of breakfast pop into my head and my energy was used elsewhere. With previous diets without fasting I was ALWAYS hungry but with fasting I never felt that. I was always content during my 8 hours of eating. And of course, burning fat became more apparent than ever.

I understand this may sound difficult but there is a reason why so many people are adopting this trend because it works. Just stick with it and the benefits will show before you know it. If at first the hunger is hard to manage, zero calorie beverages can still be consumed to help suppress that (yes you can still drink your coffee). So, do yourself a favor and give this a try, ditch the breakfast and start fasting! If you need more information or are looking for new ideas with diet and/or exercise, contact one of our certified Personal Trainers.

Logan Cossette

Pickleball Open House

By | Fitness Fun

One big reason why I love pickleball is that it can be as causal or competitive as you want it to be. From playing with friends in your spare time, to searching for tournaments and leagues to join, pickleball caters to all types. This October 14th Courts Plus will be hosting an event for all types of players to come and see what we offer. Information can be found below.

Get your game on! Courts Plus is holding their first ever Pickleball Open House. The Open House will be held from 4:00-5:30 pm on Sunday, October 14 at Courts Plus.

The public is invited to come and learn about pickleball and try out the “courts on the courts”. There will be a Pro there to help you learn about the sport and how to join a league. This event is free and open to the public.

If you find you enjoy the sport, there’s still time to join the Sunday Pickleball League or Saturday Pickleball Drills. Sunday League is welcome to players of all levels, and is held November 4 – December 11. The fee for league is $20 for members. Saturday Drills are competitive drills for league players, starting November 3. The fee for drills is $10 per time for members.

Courts Plus is located at 3491 University Drive S, Fargo. For more information, visit CourtsPlus.org or call 701-237-4805.

Roll It Out, Girl!

By | Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Uncategorized, Youth

Roll It Out, Girl!!

What is this foam roller thing?  It is amazing, that’s what it is!  Foam rolling, sometimes called self- myofascial release, is an extremely effective way of preventing injury, promoting muscle recovery, and relieving muscle soreness and tightness.  Whether a person is sitting in a desk all day or running their 4th marathon; anyone can benefit from this device daily!  Below is a list of all the amazing reasons why everyone needs a foam roller in their life.

  • Increased blood flow to that muscle! Foam rolling exercises stretches and loosens the muscles.
  • Improved movements. When a muscle is better hydrated, looser muscles move past one another with less knee friction.
  • Better range of motion for muscles. Especially beneficial for people recovering from knee, back, or hip surgeries.
  • Decreased injury risk. When there is a tight muscle lacking full range of motion, a person is more at risk for injury.  By foam rolling, oxygen and blood are forced into that muscle, ultimately reducing the risk for a tear, break, or strain of a muscle or bone.
  • Decreased recovery time! By foam rolling before and/or after a workout, oxygen is more readily available to the muscle.  This reduces recovery time and soreness that happens after a tough workout.

Courts Plus will be offering 15 minute foam roll classes throughout the week!  There is no wrong way of rolling!  A great way to relax and prevent those injuries!   All of the foam rolling classes will follow a class already on the schedule.  Check out the schedule online and make sure to try this class out!!

The Benefits of Using the Child Care to Help YOU “Unplug.”

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Youth

Have you ever just wanted a quick break away from your kids to relax, reboot and re-energize yourself, ALONE?! If so, the Courts Plus Child Care is the perfect solution!

I cannot tell you how many “thank you’s” I have received from parents for having this amenity here at Courts Plus! It is not that we all do not love our kids, but sometimes we just need that little break and honestly, so do they. At Courts Plus we offer a maximum of a 2 hour visit per day where you can go work out inside or outside of Courts Plus, go to a Group exercise class, play tennis, pickleball, racquetball, go into the gym, read the newspaper, or just simply sit on the sofa by the fireplace and do absolutely nothing! Our members have done it all! Heck, we even have parents who work from home that use the two hours to actually work and that is just fine too! Not only do the parents love this break, but the kids are constantly busy, creating friendships, socializing and learning on a daily basis. It’s a win-win! If this has not persuaded you enough, here are a few more benefits of “unplugging,”

  1. It gets you out the door- This may seem small, but if you are a parent, you understand and I know I hear it often! It is hard to get the kids out of the door in a timely fashion. If you can get them fed, dressed and ready for the day, all while getting out, it is a huge game changer for many parents!
  2. Socialize with other moms/dads- We have many parents here at Courts Plus who have created lifelong friendships with other parents because of the child care. It is a great way to meet other families with kids who are close in age with theirs.
  3. Motivation- Simply said, many of us need a motivator and we have plenty of personal trainers, members and employees who will gladly help out!
  4. The kids get to socialize with other children their own age- The child care holds a maximum of 20 kids at a time. That gives the children many opportunities to socialize with one another.
  5. Creativity- In this type of child care, we simply cannot plan out the childrens day with members constantly coming and going, however, we have endless of activities for the children to do whether that be art crafts, reading, playing dress up, building puzzles, blocks, tracks, running around the track, playing in the gym, utilizing the playgrounds, coloring, you name it!
  6. Increase Energy & reduces stress- exercise promotes increased energy and while you are doing that, your kids are in a different room having their own kind of fun which helps reduce a parents overall stress for those two hours.
  7. Taking a shower in peace- This may sound silly, but I do have parents who will bring their child in solely to take a shower and get ready in peace. You do not realize how special and valuable this is until you have children. It is a huge perk.
  8. Indoor & outdoor play area available!- This amenity is mainly just an example for Courts Plus, but it is a huge benefit for the kids and you! We have an indoor 7 level playground as well as a new outdoor fenced in play area available for the child care kiddos to use for free while in the child care.
  9. 2 for 1- your membership pays for both your gym time as well as a “sitter” for the kids. If you add that up, that is a huge savings!

I hope this article has proven to you how important that alone time is and you feel confident in giving the Courts Plus Child Care a try!

** On a side note: We are seeking a fun, loving, and caring candidate who wants to make a difference in a child’s life. We are looking for someone who is available in the MORNINGS from about 8am-2pm or 9am-3pm who has the ability and flexibility to work with children between the ages of 6 weeks and 8 years of age. Daily attendance, being punctual and responsible is a requirement. First Aid and CPR certified is preferred but not required to get the job. If you are interested in applying, please do so at our website!

Thank you!

Yeah Pickleball!

By | Fitness Fun

This past summer a group of friends and I were bored on a Saturday afternoon. Looking for something to do I suggested we go to Brunsdale Park and play some pickleball. I had recently become the pickleball pro at Courts Plus, and thus had a lot of pickleball paddles and balls laying around. Most of my group of friends were tennis players, but had limited knowledge of how to play pickleball, so luckily Brunsdale posts the rules on every court so we were able to all stay on the same page. It was a great use of an afternoon as we played a little round robin tournament, I had the deck stacked in my favor, given my experience, but I messed around to keep things interesting which meant we played a lot of interesting points filled with lobs, dinks, and round the post shots. We still talk about a point we had, that must have been 40 shots and included every shot in the book, that culminated with an overhead smash that hit the tape and rolled over the net. Points and games like we had that afternoon are why we play sports, the feeling of pure adrenaline when things get thrown into chaos. Unfortunately as the weather changes there are fewer and fewer days to be able to play pickleball outside. Thankfully, starting September 10th, Courts Plus will offer leagues and lessons on true court surface (instead of a gym floor!) so we can all continue the fun that we had this summer. See you on the court and click here to find out more info.

Exercise and Arthritis

By | Fitness Fun, Personal Training

By: Brit Ingersoll- Arthritis Foundation Development Director of North Dakota

Exercise is crucial if you have arthritis. But knowing just how much activity and what activity to do when you’re hurting can be tricky. (***Always consult your physician when starting a new exercise program.) Exercise is great for joint function, mood boost and overall health! How can you modify your favorite activities for days that are a little more of a struggle than others? What type of activities are beneficial for arthritis?
Everyone has days that are harder to get out of bed than others but living with Arthritis you really need to listen to your body. If you are in a middle of a flare or recovering from a joint surgery, do keep moving but modification is key. Here are a few tips:
• Start with a warm up. If a longer and slower warm up are needed, Do It!
• Pick Low Impact Machines at the Gym. Elliptical or recumbent bikes are great choices.
• Work out large muscle groups.
• When in doubt: Walk.
• Decrease your workout time. Slow it down and just keep moving.
• Ask a professional. Great time to pick a trainer to help you stay safe and moving.
When you are ready and wanting to find an activity, look for an activity with low impact on joints. Swimming, Yoga, Walking Groups, and Biking are my favorites! The great thing about all of these activities is they can be modified when you are having a tougher day or intensified for days when you are feeling awesome! Small aches and pains are normal; however, sharp onset of pain is not. If you feel sharp pain, STOP what you are doing and evaluate yourself.
Arthritis can hit at any age from a ten year old struggling to keep up with classmates in gym, a thirty year old mom struggling to dress herself and kids, to grandparents struggling to get up the stairs. You are not alone there are over 52 million Americans suffering with Arthritis. From Lupus, fibromyalgia, lyme disease, osteoarthritis, juvenile arthritis and many more! Know that the Arthritis Foundation family is always here to help you in your journey.

www.arthritis.org

Keep moving and listen to your body it will thank you!

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Difference between training and running shoes

By | Fitness Fun, Group X, Personal Training, Tennis

Now that summer is in full swing, chances are high that you’ve been spending a lot more time outdoors than usual. If you’re like my family, some days the great outdoors is just too hot or too humid to play comfortably in, and we’d rather get our sweat session on with some lovely air conditioning behind us!

Regardless if you have been spending most of your summer exercising indoors or outdoors, we cannot overestimate the importance of dressing appropriately for your workout. Sometimes the right attire — clothing and shoes that fit your body well and that respond adequately to your body’s needs while exercising — can be the difference between an exercise that actually transpires and one that you put off for “tomorrow,” if you catch my drift.

In particular, I want to spend just a little bit of time elucidating the difference between running shoes and training shoes and help you decide what should be on your feet this summer. I’ll describe the differences between these two types of footwear below.

 

Running shoes

Perhaps this goes without saying, but if you’ll be spending most of your exercise time actually running — or jogging, or walk-jogging, or jog-walking — you should likely be wearing running shoes. Running seems to be enjoying a huge boost in popularity right now, which is great for you, as a consumer, insomuch that it means you have choices.

The most important detail to remember when you’re on the hunt for running shoes is to search for shoes that fit your feet well and that respond well to your stride and gait. So many runners often go to a running store — or simply go online, hoping for the best — and pick out a shoe based on its appearance. This couldn’t be more detrimental!

Instead, take the time to go to a specialty running store in your community, one that is presumably staffed by avid runners who have been trained to professionally fit people for running shoes that are good for their body. By going to a local store, not only will you be supporting local business — which is good for the soul — but more importantly, someone who has a lot of experience in the business will be able to watch you run and help assess and determine which type of shoe would be best for you.

Be sure to share with the shoe fitter what type of running you plan to be doing — lots of long, slow mileage each week; trail running; all-out sprints on the track; or some combination therein — because that can also determine which type of running shoes will be best for you.

 

Training shoes

In contrast to running shoes, training shoes — often called “trainers” or “cross-trainers” — are often designed to be used for a variety of activities and exercises. If you think that you’ll be exercising by walking, weightlifting, cycling, taking some exercise classes, using the elliptical, and maybe doing a tiny bit of running, then training shoes will probably fit the bill for you.

In general, the more specific an activity you’re doing — and the more often you’re doing it — the more likely you will want to invest in that type of specialty shoe. If you envision yourself exclusively running or exclusively cycling, then it’d make sense to get shoes that are designed specifically for those activities. If, however, you think that you’ll be doing an assortment of different activities, it’s more financially prudent to buy a pair of shoes that can handle and respond to a variety of different activities and stimuli.

As is the case with purchasing running shoes, you may find it worthwhile to take the time to go to a local store that sells trainers so that you can try them on for size. It’s hard to base a decision solely off online reviews and word of mouth, and there’s really no replacement for actually putting a shoe onto your foot to see how it feels.

 

When the shoe fits

After you’ve secured a pair of shoes for your exercise this summer, have at it! Remember: you can extend the life of your shoes by wearing them only when you’re doing the particular exercise for which you have purchased them. In other words, though it may be tempting, I’d discourage you from wearing your running shoes or trainers around all day, every day, even during the times when you’re not exercising. In doing so, you’ll be taking time off their life and may find that you have to replace them sooner.

Have a safe and healthy summer, and let your feet take you places! You’ll be glad you did.

 

AUTHOR’S BIO: JANE GRATES

A certified fitness guru, hiking enthusiast and co-owner of Rockay. Making at the intersection of design and purpose to craft experiences both online and in real life. She also writes reviews and recommendations on Runnerclick, ThatSweetGift, NicerShoes and GearWeAre.