Month: April 2019

TANIA ROHANY

BEST DECISION I EVER MADE

I am one of those people that has no idea what to do at the gym. But when I noticed a few extra pounds on my body I knew I had to do something, so I joined small group training at Synergy. One of the best decisions I ever made. In just 16 sessions I lost 8 pounds and lowered my body fat percentage by 6%. I did modify my portions and also chose healthier foods. The workouts are intense but in a good way. There’s no pressure and no shaming from the trainers. They work you hard enough to make a difference and work with you to modify if you can’t do a particular exercise. All the trainers have their own style and the variety makes for exciting sessions and no 2 sessions are ever alike. I can already do exercises that I wasn’t able to in the beginning. I’m very happy with my choice to join this group and will continue on my weight loss and fitness journey with them.

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SUZANNE CUCCHI

NEEDED TO GET BACK ON TRACK

I joined small group training at Synergy in February of 2017 with the goal to lose weight, get toned and reduce body fat.

I had always been active and exercised on a regular basis but I was developing some bad habits and beginning to sabotage my health by not eating properly, not exercising like I used to and just getting more and more down on myself. I was blaming it on everything else going on around me and coming up with an excuse, after excuse as to why but I finally came to terms that I was the one to blame for my downward spiral! I really needed to get back on track, be consistent, get motivated again and be accountable for my health and well-being.

I started looking into fitness centers in and around Waltham, although, I am not a gym person, never have been. Driving by Synergy almost every day, it still didn’t click that this was going to be the perfect fit for me until I begrudgingly decided to come in and met with Jackie (A DOLL!) She promoted Synergy, the 5 to 1 training (AMAZING TRAINERS!) and the possible results that I was looking for.

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ANN DONOVAN

AT FIRST, I WAS AFRAID

I joined small group training at Synergy on the recommendation of a friend and because I desperately needed help becoming active again. At first, I was afraid that I would not be able to do the exercises but Sean, the trainer, and other members have been incredibly encouraging. Sean makes modifications for me when necessary so I can complete the routine. I also found the information on nutrition on the website very instructive. Through the classes and nutritional tips, I have lost almost 15 pounds in less than two months and decreased my body fat by 8%. I feel stronger and healthier and am glad I joined Synergy.

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JULIE SCARAMELLA

LOVE IT EVERY TIME I GO

I’ve been doing small group training at Synergy 2x a week for 3 years, and I still LOVE it every time I go in. Great trainers, wonderful, supportive atmosphere, and yes, results! Down 18.5 lbs, lowered Body fat by 9%, decreased BMI by 3%, decreased waist circumference by 4.5 in, and so much stronger and more toned – all without dieting. Would give them 10 stars if I could.

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6 Week Summer Fat Loss Challenge – Week 2

We’re on to week 2 of the 6 Week Summer Fat Loss Challenge! This week’s assignment is to up your activity level. You can do this by adding in an extra workout at Synergy, incorporating a 30-60 minute walk or run or adding a yoga session to your weekly exercise.
But, extra activity doesn’t have to be in the form of a traditional workout. If you don’t have time for a full workout, you can also choose to do things like this instead:
  • Park farther away from the store so you have to walk more.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work.
  • Do some yard work – now is a great time!
  • Really walk your dog. You and your dog will benefit!
  • Take your kids to the park and play along with them – climb the jungle gym, swing, push the roundabout.
  • Clean your house. Vacuuming or washing the floor can really get your blood pumping!
  • Make your coffee break a walking break.
  • Stand up and do 10 squats every hour you’re at work.
  • Walk around while you’re on a phone call.

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6 Week Summer Fat Loss Challenge – Week 1 Assignment

Week 1 Assignment: Start a Food Log
Assessments are done. Goals are set. It’s go time! We are so excited to kick off the 6 Week Fat Loss Challenge this week. Each week you’ll get a new fat loss assignment that will make it easy for you to meet your fat loss goal.
This week’s assignment is to start a food log you’ll use to keep track of everything you eat and drink. You can use an app such as MyPlate or MyFitnessPal or even just a pen and paper. But be sure to record everything including dressing on your salad, cream or sugar in your coffee, condiments on your burger, etc. Make a note of portion sizes and the times of your meals and snacks.
Food logs have been proven to be effective in helping people meet their weight and fat loss goals. In fact, a recent study following 1,800 men and women over a six-month period showed that those who kept a food diary lost 50 percent more than those who did not.
Why is tracking your food so helpful?
  • Awareness: It can be eye opening to see everything you’ve put in your body at the end of the day.

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Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss

So many people start out on a health and fitness journey with a goal of losing weight. They don’t like the way they look and feel and think that losing weight is the answer. They’re focused exclusively on lowering the number on the scale. I’m here to say forget about losing weight. Instead, focus on losing fat. What’s the difference?
When you go on a calorie restrictive diet and lose weight, you will lose some fat, but most of what you lose is water weight and you will also lose muscle. That works against you. Muscle is what keeps your metabolism burning on high. When you lose it, your metabolism slows down and your body burns fewer calories. That results in storing more of what you eat as fat.
Two people who weigh the same can look dramatically different. To change the shape of your body you need to lose fat and replace it with lean muscle. Doing this will increase your metabolic rate which means your body will burn more calories all day long – even when you’re just sitting on the couch. How do you lose fat? It takes a combination of a healthy and nutritious diet and resistance training.

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