Anytime Fitness lives up to its name by giving clients 24/7 access to exercise machines, weights, and tanning facilities. The fitness center even feature private bathrooms and around-the-clock security monitoring. A personal-training session for every new member helps clients put their best foot forward as they start exercise regimens.
Each year, runners gather in downtown Lawton for the Spirit of Survival, an annual, multi-race event benefiting the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma and cancer research worldwide. The gathering offers events for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, including the Hulkin' Half-Marathon, the 5K Superhero Race, the Spirit Walk, the Quick Silver Quarter Marathon, and the Superhero Kid's Marathon. In conjunction with the organization's aim at fighting cancer and overcoming obstacles, Spirit of Survival encourages runners to don superhero costumes.
Ashley Heddy, the experienced yoga guru behind Keep Calm Yoga, guides students through therapeutic yoga classes to strengthen muscles, improve endurance, and hone concentration. Students arrive at the studio in the morning armed with their own mats and props, ready to embrace their inner yoga warrior. Ashley shepherds yogis and yoginis through their asanas as they greet the sun with stretched sinews, taut muscles, and peaceful poses. Sessions cover the basics of stretching and breathing for newbies, and the experienced instructor’s keen yoga eye—her left—allows her to provide adjustments to challenge seasoned pupils. Stress melts away during the tranquil lesson, and Ashley empowers students to chop through their mental cinder blocks to find peace and tranquility during trying times outside the studio, from frenzied workweeks to harrowing games of high-stakes Jenga.
Based on resistance, Robotics is a circuit of seven machines each designed to work a different part of a woman's body. The joint-friendly equipment is created to support each user's weight, allowing more repetitions and less pain than other forms of exercise. After your first 28-minute session of chest lifting, thigh firming, and ab tightening, Tan & Tone America guarantees you'll be on your way to losing weight and shedding sizes. Before, after, or completely separate from your workout, relax in your choice of tanning chamber. Spend 20 minutes in a unit with or without facial lamps, or opt for a quick glow in the 12-minute stand-up SunCapsule.
In all of weight loss, there may be no concept less aptly named than the “low-calorie” diet. That’s because the calorie unit we associate with food actually refers to kilo calories—meaning when we say, “2,000 calories a day,” we actually mean 2,000,000. A calorie is a unit of heat, or energy—specifically, the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. And if the number of calories we ingest is bad news, the upside is that we are burning them all the time.
A certain amount of calories—about 60–75% of the calories you burn each day—are needed to sustain the body's unconscious functions, such as breathing and circulation. Known as basal metabolic rate, the specific percentage depends on factors such as size and body composition, gender, and age (typically, as people get older, fat makes up a larger portion of body weight, causing calories to burn more slowly). Digestion makes up about another 10 percent of the calories burned, leaving physical activity to account for the rest.
During exercise, the muscles contract, causing the body's adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules to break down as the heart continues to pump faster and faster—increasing the body’s demand for more energy. Once the muscles have depleted the day’s caloric intake, they turn to other calorie sources to fuel the fire—making weight loss possible as the body begins to sacrifice fat cells to the god of the treadmill.
Travis Garza became a fitness operative at the same time that he officially became an adult, commencing his personal-training career at age 18. As the now-48-year-old progressed to earn his NASM certification and direct multiple training centers, he was constantly mounting a counteroffensive to "fitness fraud" and common gym stressors. Eventually, he created his own workout plans to help to reshape his clients' physiques, taking on the title of "The Master of Body Transformation." His methods have since been featured on KOCO, FOX 25, and KTOK talk radio for their slimming, confidence-building results.
Whether he is leading a fat-loss boot camp or personal-training session, Travis strives to be a steadfast source of support to his students?he always responds to email, telephone, or post-its stuck to lobbed medicine balls. His programs take the holistic route to health by emphasizing nutrition in addition to exercise, providing consultations and take-home resources for clients.