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Fitness & Exercise

How to increase scale weight and build muscle safely

One of the most effective ways to improve your health is to build lean muscle mass. However, it can be difficult to find reliable information on how to increase scale weight and build muscle safely from a nutrition standpoint. There’s plenty of easily accessible fat loss information, yet it can be hard to find info on how to healthfully and safely gain weight and build muscle. (that isn’t targeted towards young men exclusively). […]

2024-02-23T16:17:25-07:00February 21, 2024|

Does spot training work?

It is very common for personal trainers get asked questions about spot reducing fat in specific areas of the body. Equally common is targeting exercises to change the shape of specific body areas. The majority of research doesn’t support the myth of spot training. In order to get a real answer we can go into a detailed breakdown of why spot fat reduction doesn’t work. […]

2024-02-16T14:44:45-07:00February 14, 2024|

Grip Strength 101

Grip strength/endurance is an indicator of overall health and a predictor of life length and quality. Several studies have also linked grip strength with mortality, rehabilitation, cognition, and depression. So, if you increase your grip strength will you add years to your life? Not necessarily, but a stronger grip may help you perform the sort of daily activities that will. A weakened grip may be a warning sign of other issues. […]

2024-02-06T13:46:37-07:00February 6, 2024|

Why is VO2 Max Testing Important?

Here at Hyatt Strength + Wellness, we’ve always prioritized ways to optimize and measure your progress with intelligently designed programs as well as extra tools like the InBody scanner.  We’re adding a PNOE VO2 Max testing unit, we’re excited to bring another level of precision to measuring your cardiovascular health. The test includes both resting and max metabolic results plus a data sheet that your tester will interpret for you to help you understand how to best progress your cardiorespiratory fitness. […]

2024-01-31T14:51:06-07:00January 31, 2024|

Is rapid weight loss worth sacrificing your muscle?

Chances are you’ve heard buzz words like “Ozempic” and “semaglutide” more times than you can count this past year. These wildly popular weight loss drugs have helped people shed a lot of pounds. But not all that weight is fat. Rapid weight loss, like that experienced when taking Ozempic and other glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist drugs, causes increased muscle loss alongside fat loss. […]

2024-02-01T11:47:12-07:00January 23, 2024|

Why is rest important between strength sets?

A s trainers, our job is to build our clients well constructed pathways to reach their goals. In order to do this, we must consider many factors that make a good program, including exercise selection, sets, reps, intensity, load, and rest periods. […]

2023-12-10T16:15:47-07:00December 6, 2023|

Our favorite picks for your home equipment

Exercise equipment is one of those things we tend to accumulate and not use a lot (the Treadmill Coat Rack, for example). However, there are times when you just can’t make it to the studio so having some basic equipment can be really helpful. For most, if not all, of our clients we recommend 2-3 strength sessions per week. A lot of clients take care of all their strength training needs here, either in sessions with their trainer or a combo of 1:1 and open gym times. If that’s not the case for you, you might need to build out your home gym a little to supplement the hard work you’re putting in with your trainer and get the full benefits of custom designed strength training. […]

2023-12-03T12:52:41-07:00December 1, 2023|

Strength training is the best way to improve your health

It can be hard to sort through the noise and confusion of the health, fitness and nutrition worlds. But one truth backed by research and supported by experts is that strength or resistance training is the best thing you can do to improve your overall health. […]

2023-11-21T15:17:17-07:00November 20, 2023|

Where does Pilates fit in your exercise plan?

With so many exercise modalities available it can be hard to make a plan and know what to do, when and why. Pilates has been a buzz word in the fitness world for decades, but how does it fit into your exercise plan? What are the pros, cons and reasons to add yet another element to your weekly plan? Certified Pilates instructor and personal trainer Kristina Lucka shares her perspective on the why behind Pilates, its intersection with traditional strength training and the science behind all of it. […]

2023-08-22T15:21:33-07:00August 15, 2023|

Your roadmap

If you don’t know where you want to go, how do you make a plan to get there? […]

2023-07-31T12:16:44-07:00July 31, 2023|

New at the studio: InBody 570

We’re so excited to announce the arrival of the InBody 570 at Hyatt Training! The InBody is one of the most comprehensive and accurate body composition testing systems on the market. We’re excited to continue to offer ways to chart progress, set goals and discuss your strength and wellness coaching with a precision lens. […]

2023-07-21T09:13:58-07:00July 19, 2023|

Starting Early: Kids and strength training

I wrote a recent post about why and how to get your kids to start moving and exercise more. Focusing on kids and strength training specifically, what should be the primary focus? And what are they getting out of doing something like lifting weights in the first place? We already know the basic benefits of lifting weights: heart health, bone density, blood pressure, and the other general health markers. This post focuses on the benefits of increasing muscle mass and how that muscle leads to fewer injuries, better balance, improved coordination, foundational core strength and confidence.  […]

2023-05-09T09:57:22-07:00May 6, 2023|

7 reasons to strength train (that have nothing to do with how you look)

Recent studies show that as many as 66 million Americans belong to a health club–that’s one out of every five! However, polls indicate that half of all gym-goers suffer from appearance-based gym anxiety. With the overwhelming focus on the aesthetic in social and popular media, the pressure to lose weight, gain muscle, and chase after scale and appearance-related goals is at an all-time high. But the reasons to strength train go beyond the way we look, the way our clothes fit, or what the scale says about us. […]

2024-01-09T10:11:47-07:00April 25, 2023|

Why Do Plyometric Exercises?

When you hear about plyometrics, or “plyo” exercises, the first thing that pops into your mind is likely high intensity workouts performed by elite athletes–not something a regular person does as a part of their weekly fitness routine. While it’s true that plyometric exercises are incredibly effective for sports-specific training, they are also an excellent tool for general health. Gaining an understanding of plyometric training, and why you should do plyometric exercises, can help round out your exercise routine and keep you fit and healthy as you age. […]

2023-03-29T14:17:08-07:00March 21, 2023|

Lean muscle benefits for women

When I got the notification for this podcast, I knew immediately I had to share it with the Hyatt Training community. […]

2023-02-07T13:31:16-07:00February 7, 2023|
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