Month: December 2017

5 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

The beginning of a new year is a prime time to commit to making a change in your life. By January 1st holiday festivities and the temptations that go with them are behind you and the 365 days that lie ahead are a blank slate. Enter the New Year’s resolution. According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 50% of the population makes them each year with a pledge to get in shape, lose weight, exercise more, etc. But of those millions, only 8% actually keep their resolutions. The rest start out like a firecracker but fizzle out like a sparkler by February.

Why is it so hard for people who start out with the best intentions to stick to their resolutions? While the specific reasons will vary from person-to-person, research has shown that in general most people fail because of the following:

  1. Their resolutions are not specific. Losing weight is among the most popular resolutions people make. But this is an excellent example of one that is far too vague. If losing weight is your resolution, how do you measure your success? If you’ve lost five pounds have you fulfilled your resolution?

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Synergy Holiday Swap Outs

Welcome to week 5 of Synergy’s Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge. This week as the holidays are in full swing, we’re focusing again on strength training.


For many, the season of giving is also the season of getting over indulgent with food and drinks. And while we’re all for allowing yourself to enjoy the holidays and the festivities that go with them, we know it can be a slippery slope. So, consider these easy swap outs to keep yourself from veering completely off track from your health and fitness goals.
Instead of… Spiked Eggnog
This classic holiday party beverage packs upwards of 500 calories and an incredible 60 grams of sugar!
Have… Wine
Most red wines clock in at about 110 calories per serving. And, if you opt for a dry white such as sauvignon blanc, you’ll come in at under 100 calories. That’s a swap-out of almost 5 to 1!
Instead of… Creamy Dips and Chips
Who doesn’t love a creamy spinach and artichoke dip with tortilla chips?

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I have always been a person who likes to eat and eat a lot, especially the junk. I started realizing how out of shape I was. I had tried to exercise on my own also joined a few big public gyms but I couldn’t keep the zeal to continue.

Then came the time, when I finally realized that I needed to do something about my weight issues, more particularly I wanted to feel better for my own sake (to feel good/confident in my clothes). I joined Synergy’s group training option, my goal was to get leaner and fitter. When I started working out initially, I always felt tired and low on energy. But gradually with each passing session, I became stronger more energetic and even more determined to achieve my goal. I have currently shed 5.1% body fat and 7 lbs. and I have more strength, endurance and stamina. My goal is still far away but Synergy has got me going again.




I always had trouble committing to exercise before trying group training at Synergy – now I actually look forward to it! The trainers have a great attitude and maintain a fun environment. I never need to worry about figuring out my own exercises. Each session is fresh and the trainers are happy to help you get the right form and weight. The results are obvious – I have more energy, I feel stronger and more confident, and I have lost 12 lbs and 5% body fat. The whole experience has been positive and motivational.


Ready to Burst?

We’re going into the third week of the Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge at Synergy Personal Fitness Training. This week we are shifting the focus from high rep or endurance training to training with intermittent aerobic bursts.

Fitness experts used to recommend 45 – 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise as the best way to lose weight, condition your heart and stay in shape. Following this, many people logged hour after hour on the treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike and some never got the results they were looking for. But newer research suggests this approach is not nearly as effective as peppering your workout with short bursts of high intensity aerobic exercise. This approach aims to push your heart rate up to 85 percent of your maximum for short spurts followed by longer periods of moderate exertion and rest.

The benefits of this approach are substantial.

  • It increases your metabolism. A study published in “Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism” showed that high-intensity training increases your body’s ability to metabolize fat and carbohydrates. And, this boost to your metabolism continues up to two hours after your workout is over.

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