A MYZONE® Success Story

October 25, 2013 by admin

There is no greater cheerleader these days for the new MYZONE® system than Club Fit Jefferson Valley member Rosemarie Vacco. After hearing Spin instructor Lori Nigro rave about it during the testing period earlier this year, she decided to jump on the bandwagon as soon as the system was rolled out to members on August 5th.

A breast cancer survivor, Rosemarie first came to Club Fit eight years ago to participate in the club’s Cancer Wellness Program. Now in remission, she sees a cardiologist regularly and is on beta blockers, which affected her initial MYZONE® readings. The beta blockers weren’t allowing her heart rate to reach the normal maximum heart rate, so adjustments were made. Since then she says her workouts have been “unbelievable.” In fact, at her most recent appointment with the cardiologist, he asked, “What have you been doing differently in the past few months?” Rosemarie’s resting heart rate had gone down, and her blood pressure was better than it has been in years.

“MYZONE® has taken my workout to different heights,” says Rosemarie. “I’ve learned that more is not necessarily better; efficiency is the real target.” She has also learned to listen to her body. When Club Fit lost its WiFi signal a few weeks back, Rosemarie continued to wear her belt and when the signal returned and she saw her readings, she had more or less maintained the rate of exertion she became used to without the in-class MYZONE® screen as a guide.

“I’ve also become more aware of what I eat, because MYZONE® tells you how many calories you burn in a workout session. Also, I don’t overtrain. I make small goals for myself, and by using MYZONE® to calculate my exertion rate and calorie burn, I am getting better results.”

Rosemarie took some time off from the club after her Cancer Wellness Program participation, but is so happy she returned and became a full-fledged member. “I was welcomed by old friends and have made amazing new friends.” She credits Spin instructor Lori Nigro for her decision to try MYZONE®, and with helping her understand the system and apply it to her workout routine. In addition to Spin, Rosemarie also takes Step, Definitions, Zumba, TRX and Cardio Arc classes. “Since I started using MYZONE®, my workouts have become more enjoyable,” says Rosemarie. “I have more energy, feel better about myself, and feel like I am more physically fit than I have been in years! Thank you, Club Fit, for making my workouts something I look forward to every day.”


A little bit better, every day.

October 9, 2013 by Kendra

Rocking an upright row in the Kinesis section.

I’ve heard people say that wanting results is what brings them to the gym, and seeing results is what keeps them coming back.  Obviously, we all want to see our hard work pay off.  We put in the time, the sweat, and the effort, and we want to be rewarded, big-time!  But this week, I saw some results that I didn’t expect to see.

When I say that, I mean that I took notice of some small improvements that I usually don’t celebrate.  I see now that when I’m putting in my time and effort with my eyes on the next horizon of a “celebration-worthy” goal, my perspective on my overall health and abilities is too small!  Acknowledging and celebrating the fact that your smaller milestones are pushing you even further down the road – that’s worth noticing AND celebrating.

Earlier this week, I got on the treadmill for a Tabata warm-up, and entered my usual speed, but when I got going, it didn’t feel like a challenge anymore.  I gently tapped my controls to get to a more comfortable and challenging speed, and when I finished, I realized that I had increased my speed by a whole 0.5 mph!  For someone who only just starting running recently, and who only runs for 4 minutes at a time, it felt huge!

Later in my workout, I got another pleasant surprise when I completed a set of curls with my usual 10 pound weights, and it felt too easy.  I repeated the set with 12 pound weights, and got the challenge that I was looking for.  (Faster, AND stronger?!  Best Monday ever! Self-five!)

So don’t get discouraged if you feel distanced from your goal.  Shift your perspective, and find inspiration in getting a little bit better every day.