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  • Personal Training in St. Petersburg - Elevate St. Pete - Should I Count Macros to Lose Weight?

    Should I Count Macros to Lose Weight?

    Is it worth it to learn to count your macros? There are three distinct methods we use at Elevate to guide our group fitness and personal training clients' nutrition: A habit-based approach, food templates and counting macronutrients. Elevate St. Pete one of the very few gyms in St. Pete that provides nutrition coaching to our clients. There are pros and cons to all three methods. Only you (potentially with the guidance of a coach) can decide which is right for you at this point in your journey. Yes, the method can change based on your lifestyle, goals, time of year, etc. Remember, t he perfect nutrition approach is the one you can consistently apply during this season ....

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  • Personal Training in St. Petersburg - Elevate St. Pete - Recipe of the Week! Protein Overnight Oats

    Recipe of the Week! Protein Overnight Oats

    Our friends over at Fresh Prep Life were kind enough to share this delicious breakfast recipe! We are all about the nutrition and lifestyle habits at Elevate, which makes us proud to partner with this exceptional local company. Looking for the perfect prepped breakfast filled with protein and sustainable energy? Overnight oats are super simple to make and will kick start your morning! Here at Fresh Prep, we love to make our oats in mason jars making for no mess prep and an easy grab and go option. Place all of the ingredients into the jar and mix until thoroughly combined. Lid the jar and place in your fridge over night. Eat them plain or top with your favorite fruits and ....

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  • Personal Training in St. Petersburg - Elevate St. Pete - St. Pete Barbell Club @ the Tampa Bay Spring Classic 2 (weightlifting meet re-cap)

    St. Pete Barbell Club @ the Tampa Bay Spring Classic 2 (weightlifting meet re-cap)

    Elevate Weightlifting (aka St. Pete Barbell Club) competed over the weekend in Dunedin, FL at the TBSC2. It's always fun to see our weightlifters compete and put all of their training to practice! If you are unfamiliar with olympic-style weightlifting meets, lifters are given 3 opportunities to find their best snatch and best clean & jerk. Each gender is divided into separate weight classes so lifters of similar sizes/weight can fairly compete against one another. Our goals for competitions can vary greatly. Sometimes, we are trying to get more experience out on the platform. Other times, we are trying to qualify for a different competition. But generally, it's about having fun and ....

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  • Personal Training in St. Petersburg - Elevate St. Pete - Local Business Spotlight - Casita Taqueria (St. Petersburg)

    Local Business Spotlight - Casita Taqueria (St. Petersburg)

    Hey Elevation Nation! We have decided to start featuring other St. Pete local businesses to let our members help us keep St. Pete Local! If you or anyone you know has an awesome local business you would love to see featured on our page, let us know! Casita Taqueria is owned and operated by one of our amazing members Gwen Arvin and her husband Don. “The idea to form Casita came from our passion for food, esp Mexican and Latin flavors. We both have past restaurant experience. At the time Casita was created, we were both working corporate jobs we didn’t love. When we did get time away, we would go visit Don’s family on the west coast and we would plan our travels around ....

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  • Personal Training in St. Petersburg - Elevate St. Pete - Member Highlight April 2019

    Member Highlight April 2019

    Meet Matt! He was over 400lbs last year. His body ached constantly, he felt tired and sluggish and he was unhappy. He is now (happily) going broke buying new clothes and belts every week :) When I first met Matt, I was very clear as to the amount of hard work he had ahead in order to reach his goals. I assured him that it was absolutely possible to succeed and that Elevate is THE BEST support system he could have in his corner. Remember - the plan may be simple but execution isn't always easy. For those of you who are currently struggling thinking about losing 10lbs, 20lbs, 30lbs... imagine the mountain that is losing 100+ lbs! This is why ....

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  • Personal Training in St. Petersburg - Elevate St. Pete - 10 Benefits of Magnesium - A powerful mineral

    10 Benefits of Magnesium - A powerful mineral

    Magnesium is a powerful mineral. It’s a critical nutrient to the body that is involved in a lot of functions like protein synthesis (building muscle), calcium absorption (maintaining healthy bones), insulin sensitivity (your ability to process carbohydrates), testosterone production and much more. Magnesium is found in all of your tissues but primarily in your muscles, brain and bones.
    Magnesium Deficiency

    There is seriously a list of over 3000 medical references to magnesium deficiency but the big ones are:
    Muscle cramps, twitches or weakness
    Insomnia
    Irritability
    Anxiety
    ADD
    Autism
    Constipation
    Headaches and migraines
    Obesity
    ....

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  • Personal Training in St. Petersburg - Elevate St. Pete - How Much Water Should You Drink a Day

    How Much Water Should You Drink a Day

    How much water do you need to drink?
    Everyone is always looking for that special supplement, shake or herb that will help with weight loss, improve health, decrease fatigue, make your skin glow and help with digestion and detoxification. The truth is water will dramatically help with all of those things. Yet so many people don’t drink enough water. And they feel (and function) like crap because of it. We’re constantly getting depleted of water by sweating and going to the bathroom. But far too many people don’t make an effort to replenish themselves. Water plays a major role in our health and ability to function optimally. The majority of our of body is made of water ....

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  • 10 WORKOUTS IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS

    10 Workouts in 10 Minutes or Less Don't get caught up in thinking that you need to spend 2 hours in the gym everyday in order to maintain your fitness. Unless you are training towards some high level performance goal, some days you just need to move your body, get some intensity and keep the routine intact. Here's a mix of 10 workouts that can be accomplished in 10 minutes or less. Some require equipment, some don't. Short workouts require that you put in some intensity, so don't slack. No excuses!
    #1 - Inverted Ladder of Push-Ups & One-Arm Snatch
    The inverted ladder rep scheme is one of my favorites. You can apply it to just about any pair of exercises. In this case, it's a ....

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  • SHOULDER WARM-UP ROUTINE FOR HEALTHY OVERHEAD STRENGTH [WITH VIDEO]

    Shoulder Warm-Up Routine for Healthy Overhead Strength [with video] The shoulder joint is complex and often overworked. That is why it is crucial to thoroughly warm-up and regularly put your shoulders through their full ranges of motion. Whether you are exercising, training as a weightlifter or spending a lot of time at a desk, you can use this warm-up series to help maintain or restore the health and mobility of your shoulders. Here's a look at the full routine... CARs (Controlled Articular Rotations) Since the shoulders are so complex, we want to focus on the shoulder blades (scapulae) as well as the ball and socket joint (glenohumeral joint). Shoulder blades: ....

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  • Personal Training in St. Petersburg - Elevate St. Pete - 5 FALL PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPES

    5 FALL PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPES

    5 Fall Protein Shake Recipes 5 Fall-flavored shakes to help you get more protein Pumpkin,pumpkin everywhere. 'Tis the season for all-things pumpkin spice so I thought I'd share a few delicious, fall-inspired shake recipes. I find people frequently struggle with consuming enough protein so what better way to increase your protein intake all while enjoying some sweet, pie-like shakes!The calories and macronutrients are based on the ingredients I used so your shake nutrition info may vary slightly.Being that all of these shakes look pretty similar once they're blended, I'll spare you the same boring photo ;)
    Classic Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

    1 scoop vanilla whey protein
    1/4 cup ....

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