Hit The Gym After Thanksgiving – Gold’s Gym, Douglasville

 Turkey Day Trim-Down – Part 1

The average Thanksgiving dinner contains 3,000 calories, so we created six 500-calorie workouts so you can enjoy every bite guilt-free—bring on the mashed potatoes!

Don’t skimp on the turkey and gravy or turn down that slice of pie. Enjoy the annual American grub fest without any regrets this year—all 3,000 calories of it.

Work up an appetite, then work off that green bean casserole with these six 500-calorie workouts* inspired by a classic Thanksgiving Day meal. Just click on each of the six turkey day favorites to see the workouts created by Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute trainer Adam Friedman.

And don’t forget that every Friday after Thanksgiving is Trim the Fat Friday. Gold’s Gym opens its doors to anyone who wants to get in a good post-chow-down workout. So spend this Black Friday with loved ones at the gym instead of the mall—your body and credit card will thank you.  

**500 calorie workouts based on 150-lb man. Calorie output varies depending on person’s size and weight, level of fitness, speed on fitness machines and weight of dumbells used in weight lifting exercises.

 Turkey Workout

Get your chest and wings—ahem, shoulders—in shape.

Weights:

Push-up With a BOSU

2 sets of 10

A BOSU is an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform; it looks like a stability ball cut in half. Place the BOSU soft side down, and hold on to the edges as you lie facedown with your feet together. Keeping your body straight, push up. 

Incline Fly

2 sets of 20 reps

Lie on an incline bench with legs parted and feet firmly on the floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand (use a challenging but liftable weight), arms extended above your chest and elbows slightly bent. Slowly lower the dumbbells out and away from each other until they are at chest level. Raise to starting position.

 

 

Military Press

4 sets of 12 reps
Sitting, raise dumbbells to shoulder level with palms facing out and your elbows bent and pulled in to your sides. Press the weights up and toward each other as you straighten your arms, keeping a slight bend in your elbows at the top. Slowly bring down and return to starting position.

Dumbbell Front Raise

4 sets of 12 reps

Standing, hold dumbbells in front of you with your palms facing your legs. Keep your elbows and knees slightly bent as you raise your arms straight in front of you to shoulder level. Slowly return to starting position.

Cardio: 30 minutes on the elliptical

Mashed Potatoes Workout

Keep your rear from looking like mashed potatoes by working your glutes and upper legs.

Walking Lunge

3 sets of 20 steps

Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides. Step forward several feet with your right foot, and bend down until your right leg forms a 90-degree angle and your left knee almost touches the floor. Push off your left foot, and bring your legs together. Repeat on the opposite side.

For a more advanced workout, add in dumbbell lifts.

 

Wall Sit

45 seconds

Stand with your back against a wall. Lean back and slide downward until your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Hold this position while keeping your abs contracted.

Step it up: While holding this position, squeeze a small ball between your legs to engage your inner thighs as well.

Lateral Squat

2 sets of 20 reps

Start by placing your feet four feet apart. Squat down to the right, keeping your weight on your right heel. Your left leg should remain straight. Sit as low as comfortable for one second, then power up and alternate legs.

 

 

 

Hip Adductor Machine

3 sets of 10 to 12 reps

Sit in the machine, and place your inner thighs against the pads. Bring your thighs toward the center of your  body, and slowly return to start for one rep.


Side Lying Single Leg Hip Abduction

2 sets of 12-15 reps
Lie on one side with the back completely straight. Pull the bottom knee up toward the chest while the top leg remains fully extended at the knee in alignment with the torso. Keeping the top leg straight, raise it up in the air, leading with the heel of the top foot. Lower the leg back down so that it does not break the plane parallel to the floor. Repeat.

Cardio: 30 minutes on the treadmill with Level 5 incline or 25 minutes of running

Looking for a great holiday gift?  Give the gift of fitness.  Gold’s Gym in Douglasville and Austell, GA.

Exercise The Stress Away At Gold’s Gym Douglasville, GA

STRESSED – A frame of mind or…DESSERTS spelled backwards

The negative effects of stress can be devastating, not only mentally but also physically. Over time, if not dealt with, the effects of stress get worse and can develop into more serious health conditions.

The positive effects of stress are something that can help motivate us to accomplish something good by making necessary changes in our lives. Stress can push you to grow, change and adapt.

Alleviating stress may not be possible or always desirable yet there are ways to better manage the stress in your life.

 Sleep – A good night sleep isn’t a luxury; it’s absolutely vital. Sleep improves memory, lowers stress hormones and repairs body tissues at a cellular level.

Eat a Balanced Diet – Reducing sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol in your diet can go a long way towards getting your body back into a healthy balance. night sleep isn’t a luxury; it’s absolutely vital.

Exercise – 20 minutes per day can change body chemistry in a way that calms the nervous system and reduces stress levels.

Laugh – Humor releases emotions and stimulates the immune system.

Some level of stress will always be in our life.  Make it work for you by sticking to your healthy lifestyle habits.

Reduce your holiday stress and try a new Group Exercise Class at Gold’s Gym.  ZUMBA your cares away. Get your free pass here and start your experience!

Annual Gold’s Gym Charity Tennis – Douglasville, GA

Tennis For Fun and A Great Cause

Fall is in full swing and so is the tennis at Gold’s Gym in Douglasvile on Hospital Drive.  The 26th Annual Charity tournament will be held on November 12-13.  The deadline for signing up is November 8 so don’t delay.  Just click on the link below to sign up.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit two great causes: The Boys and Girls Club and a Gift of Love. This has been a special tournament in Douglasville for the last 25 years, so come on out and have a great time! T-shirts provided to all participants.

This is a KIA Motors Tournament of Champions (TOC) Qualifying Event, an NTRP tournament series culminating in the KIA Motors Tournament of Champions State Championship in August. All eligible Georgia players are encouraged to register for the TOC. The tournament is CLOSED to Georgia residents only.

The top 16 Men’s, Women’s OPEN singles and doubles and Mixed OPEN divisions, as well as NTRP singles and doubles teams (2.5 – 4.5) and NTRP Combo Mixed (5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0) divisions, will be selected from USTA Georgia “rolling 12-month standings” as of the tournament’s “entries close” date for qualifying and seeding purposes. If draws do not fill, players may be added to fill the draw who do not have a USTA Georgia standing.

By participating in our Georgia Tournament of Champions, you may also qualify to advance to the USTA Southern Tri-State TOC, held each year in October as part of TEAM GEORGIA!

Click here to sign up

For more information, visit KIA Motors Tournament of Champions.

Exercise and Fitness – Gold’s Gym Douglasville, GA

What’s Your Type?

Zero in on your gym type with this quiz—crafted by Gold’s Gym Fitness experts—then learn how to mix up your routine for a better workout.

We got in touch with two Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute members to help you identify your fitness personality. Belisa Vranich, a clinical psychologist and author of Get a Grip: Your Two-Week Mental Makeover, helped us craft insightful questions; and Robert Reames, author of Make Over Your Metabolism, gave us suggestions for how each personality can revamp or adjust their workout for the best results. To get started, take the seven question quiz below.

1. HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO YOU PLAN YOUR WORKOUT?
A. NO NEED TO PLAN—I’VE GOT MY ROUTINE DOWN PAT.
B. I DON’T. I JUST LET MY MOOD DECIDE.
C. WEEKS IN ADVANCE. DOESN’T EVERYONE?
D. I WAIT TO SEE WHAT MACHINES ARE AVAILABLE.
E. I USUALLY CHECK IN WITH FRIENDS TO FIND OUT WHAT THEIR
WORKOUT PLANS ARE BEFORE I START TO PLAN MINE.

2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN GENERAL?
A. DEPENDABLE, ORGANIZED AND STEADY.
B. AGREEABLE, FUN AND PRETTY MELLOW.
C. INTENSE (AT TIMES), MOTIVATED AND ADVENTUROUS.
D. SHY WITH STRANGERS, BUT WARM AND GENEROUS WITH FRIENDS AND
FAMILY.
E. OUTGOING, EASY TO BE AROUND AND LOYAL.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR LISTENING/VIEWING HABITS AT THE GYM?
A. I STRAP ON MY HEADPHONES, TURN ON THE MUSIC AND GET TO
WORK.
B. I’LL PICK TV OVER MUSIC IF I CONTROL THE REMOTE.
C. I SPEND FREE TIME CRAFTING WORKOUT PLAYLISTS.
D. SOMETIMES I READ BOOKS, SOMETIMES I WATCH TELEVISION. IT’S
A TOSS-UP.
E. I DON’T LIKE WEARING HEADPHONES—I FEEL LIKE I’M TUNING OUTHE PEOPLE AROUND ME.

4. OUTSIDE OF THE GYM, HOW DO YOU STAY ACTIVE?
A. I’M ALWAYS UP FOR A PICKUP GAME.
B. I DON’T REALLY—THAT’S WHY I GO TO THE GYM.
C. TRIATHLONS, 10K RACES—YOU KNOW, THE FUN STUFF.
D. MAYBE AN AFTERNOON WALK OR AN EASY BIKE RIDE.
E. I LOVE TO DO CHARITY WALKS WITH GROUPS, OR FUN RUNS WITH MY FAMILY.

5. WHY DID YOU JOIN A GYM?
A. I MISSED THE ROUTINE OF DAILY PRACTICE, HAVING PLAYED A LOT OF SPORTS WHEN I WAS YOUNG.
B. JUST SEEMED LIKE THE THING A HEALTHY ADULT SHOULD DO.
C. I COULDN’T AFFORD TO BUILD A GYM IN MY HOUSE.
D. I WANTED TO START DOING MORE THAN JUST LONG WALKS.
E. MY FRIENDS JOINED.

6. WHAT DO YOU DO BETWEEN SETS OR CARDIO SESSIONS?
A. GRAB A DRINK OF WATER, THEN KEEP GOING.
B. SEND A TEXT OR CHECK MY E-MAIL.
C. CHECK MY HEART RATE, THEN GET RIGHT BACK TO WORK.
D. LOOK FOR A FREE MACHINE THAT I ALREADY KNOW HOW TO USE.
E. STOP TO CHAT WITH A GYM BUDDY.

7. WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF YOUR GYM KNOW-HOW?
A. I CAN PRETTY MUCH JUMP ON ANY CARDIO OR WEIGHT MACHINE IN THE JOINT.
B. I KNOW WHAT I NEED TO KNOW.
C. EXTENSIVE—I WAS USING BALANCE BALLS FOR MY AB WORKOUT BEFORE THE PILATES CROWD CAUGHT ON.
D. IT’S PASSABLE. I’VE MASTERED A FEW MACHINES AND THE TREADMILL.
E. PRETTY GOOD. AND IF I NEED HELP, I JUST ASK A TRAINER.

NOW TALLY UP YOUR SCORE TO FIGURE OUT YOUR FITNESS PERSONALITY.
• Mostly A’s Daily Grinder
• Mostly B’s Laid-Back Lifter
• Mostly C’s Workout Warrior
• Mostly D’s Fitness Fledgling
• Mostly E’s Gym Butterfly

Gold’s Gym, serving the Douglasville, Villa Rica, Lithia Springs, Mabelton area. Try us out

Fitness and Weight Loss – Gold’s Gym Douglasville, GA

Healthy Recipe From Gold’s Gym, Douglasville

October is the best month for cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, broccoli, spinach, and lettuce.

Did you know that sweet potatoes are a great substitute for white potatoes?  Sweet potatoes are virtually fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. One cup of cooked sweet potatoes has 180 calories.

How to select one.  For the most nutrition value, always select sweet potatoes with a deep orange color.  Avoid sweet potatoes if they have white areas on them, are damaged, or show any sign of decay.  Never store in the refrigerator, as this will produce a hard core in the center.  Instead store them in a cool, dry, well-ventilated container. For the best flavor use your sweet potatoes within a week or two of purchase.  Sweet Potatoes are most nutritious if they are cooked in their jacket.

Sweet Potatoes freeze well.  Wrap unpeeled, cooked sweet potatoes individually in aluminum foil or freezer wrap.  Place in a plastic bag, date and freeze.

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 6 sweet potatoes, cut into french fries
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

1.       Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

2.       In a plastic bag, combine the sweet potatoes, canola oil, taco seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Close and shake the bag until the fries are evenly coated. Spread the fries out in a single layer on two large baking sheets.

3.       Bake for 30 minutes, or until crispy and brown on one side. Turn the fries over using a spatula, and cook for another 30 minutes, or until they are all crispy on the outside and tender inside. Thinner fries may not take as long.

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 169 | Total Fat: 4.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg

Gold’s Gym Douglasville and West Cobb, serving the West Ga area.

Healthy Recipe For Tennis Or Tailgating – Gold’s Gym – Douglasville, GA

Zucchini and Avocado Hummus

By The Healthy Apple
WebMD Recipe from Foodily.com

Hummus doesn’t just have to be chick peas and Tahini — what a bore! A perfect combination of ripe avocado, fresh zucchini, a small bag of carrots and an onion, this dish is taken to a whole new level when you toss in a dash of Agave nectar and chili powder for a palate-pleasing treat!

Ingredients

1/4 cup Tahini
2 Zucchini, shredded
1/2 Avocado, peeled, cored and mashed
1/4 tsp. Chili Powder
1 can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar
1/4 cup Sweet onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. Warm water
1/2 cup Carrots, shredded

Instructions

In a food processor, combine lemon juice, water, and Tahini; puree until smooth consistency.

Slowly add mashed avocado, shredded carrots, and shredded zucchini; continue to puree.

Add chopped onion, agave nectar, and chili powder; puree until desired smooth consistency.

Transfer into serving dishes.

Enjoy with your favorite whole grain chips, pitas, crackers, or raw vegetables.

Total Servings: 6

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Calories: 251
Carbohydrates: 32.9g
Cholesterol:0mg
Fat: 10.3g
Saturated Fat: 1.4g
Fiber: 9.7g
Sodium: 36mg
Protein: 10.3g

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Weight Loss and Fitness in Douglasville- Gold’s Gym

Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips

Healthy habits start before you ever get to the grocery store. Preplanning your week’s menu and grocery shopping ahead of time will save time and money keeping you focused on what needs to be purchased, reducing unhealthy and costly impulse purchases. Arm yourself with a grocery list of healthy snacks and ingredients for this week’s meal plan.  A pre-printed grocery list kept in the kitchen is great for keeping track of when you run out of something.

A healthy shopping list will contain items such as:  fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas. Read labels to look for 100% whole-grain or 100% whole-wheat to be sure you are getting whole grain products.  Your protein and meat choices should be lean protein selections like fish, poultry, lean meats. Eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes are another good source of protein.  Dairy products should be low fat choices when selecting milk, cheese and yogurt.

Shop the perimeters of the store.  That is where fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish are usually located.  Avoid the center aisles where the prepackaged and junk food is found.

Stay clear of foods with labels that are targeted to children – the ones with the cartoon characters on them.  If you don’t want your family eating junk foods, don’t bring it in the house.

Read the food labels. Avoid food containing more than five ingredients, artificial ingredients and ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Frozen foods are a convenient way to keep vegetables and out of season fruits on hand. Frozen fruits and vegetables are often flash frozen at the source, locking in nutrients in a way fresh or canned can’t compete with. Avoid the frozen, breaded selections of chicken, fish and processed items such as pizza. They are high in fat and sodium.

If possible, leave the kids at home when you grocery shop.  They don’t always appreciate the effort that can go into healthy eating especially when they are hungry and tired.

Gold’s Gym, located in Douglasville and Austell, serving the West GA. area.  Check us out.

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