Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 Best Reasons To Stay Fit and Healthy in Aspen

As longtime Aspen Colorado residents we understand the allure of this great mountain city. It’s one of the few places that is just as much fun in the summer as it is in the winter, and there is simply so much to do here. With that said, here are five fantastic reasons why you want to stay fit and healthy in Aspen.

1. Aspen Hiking Trails

Spring, summer, fall, or winter, you’ll find some of the best hiking trails in Colorado literally right out your front door. From easy scenic trails, to challenging mountain climbs, the Aspen terrain is diverse and enjoyable by people at all levels of fitness. It doesn’t take long for longtime residents or weekend visitors to find one just right for them.

2. Aspen Bike Trails

Perhaps you enjoy two wheels as opposed to two footed transportation. Once again you’ll find the area is full of opportunity. Home to many bicycling events such as the Ride for the Pass, The Aspen Gran Fondo, and the USA Pro Challenge, this area is known for bicycle enthusiast as well as a great place to rent a cruiser and just explore the town.


3. Aspen Ski Slopes

It doesn’t take long to look up and see the beautiful ski terrain that has made Aspen famous with celebrities and people from all over the world. This area is a regular stop on the professional ski tours and training ground to many of the best in the world. It is also one of the best places for new skiers or boarders learn the skills they need and the perfect place to spend a day, or week, with the family.

4. Aspen Dining

Where will you find the stars after a day of hiking, biking, or skiing? At one of the fabulous restaurants that make the nightlife so special. Some of the best chefs in the world have brought their unique skills to Aspen for everyone and anyone to enjoy. You’ll find exquisite food for even the most finicky eaters and palettes of every kind. Every day is better when you spend the night sharing it with friends and family.

5. You don’t want to Miss out on Items 1-4!

We love Aspen. We live here, we work here, and we enjoy everything about this area. You’ll find our personal trainers hiking, biking, skiing, and yes, eating when we’re not helping someone reach their fitness goals. It is important to us that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy Aspen, not just look at the pictures. In fact, all the pictures in this post are from the great people at Jean-Robert’s Gym enjoying everything this area has to offer. We stay fit so we can enjoy Aspen too.

Are you ready to make a change towards a healthy lifestyle or just aren’t seeing the success you want in your current fitness plan? Give us a call or visit us at the gym. We would love to help. If you want to see more great pictures of us enjoying Aspen follow us on Facebook here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Quit Cramping My Style!

It’s that time of year. The summer is starting to give way to fall. The Aspens are starting to glow, the air is cool and fresh, and we are all enjoying beautiful trail runs and exercising outside. If you’re like me, you love taking a little time to enjoy the outdoors before the snow starts falling. You also have probably had one of the those mornings when you are feeling your best and loving every minute when, all of a sudden, BAM, a cramp!

Leg Cramps

Jean-Robert's Gym - Stretching for SafetyGetting a leg cramp mid-stride is akin to blowing a tire in the last lap of the big race. It’s frustrating and painful. Cramps have the ability to immobilize even the best athletes. If you develop a leg cramp, stop running and walk gently. Once it’s loosened a bit do some gently stretching before you start running again.

Most leg cramps are caused by dehydration or not warming up slowly. As the weather gets colder we sometimes drink less water, and shorten our stretching and warmup because we are cold and want to get moving. This is actually the time of year when you should spend more time on these two important components. Luckily, most leg cramps go away quickly, but if you are getting them too often talk to your doctor.

The Dreaded Side Stitch

Most runners have dealt with the stabbing pain of a side stitch at one time or another. Not only does it hurt, but it can turn a great morning run into debilitating trial. Side stitches actually the diaphragm muscles having a spasm. In most cases this is because you are pushing yourself too early in your workout, didn’t warm-up, or have taken some time off.

If you feel a side stitch coming on the first thing you need to do is start breathing deeply focusing on the area affected. You want to keep moving, but slow down, and breathe deeply, making sure you fully exhale with each breath. Many of us were also taught to raise our hands above our head while running. This actually helps straighten you alignment and allows you to breathe more freely. You can also bend at the waste with your arms above you head during more severe episodes as this will help you exhale more air. While many think this was just a way for our gym teachers to have fun, it can help shorten the duration of the stitch.

Here's a helpful video as well that provides some additional information and tips:

Preparation is Key

I can’t stress enough the importance of taking extra time to stretch and warm-up as the weather gets cooler. As personal trainers we have seen even the most seasoned athletes suffer from cramps and stitches because they aren’t taking the time to properly prepare their body for exercise. Not only does this increase your chances for cramping, but can also lead to more serious injuries like strains and pulled muscles. In addition make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

See You on the Trails

Fall in Aspen is one of the most glorious times of the year. We always encourage our friends and clients to have a healthy mix of working out in the gym and outdoors. It breaks up the routine and provides extra motivation. Plus, there is nothing better than the cool mountain air and the beauty that surrounds us. If you have questions about setting up a routine that is designed for you, please give us a call. In the meantime, be safe, stretch a lot, and start slow. See you on the trails.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Don't Get Benched this Summer!

Summer is here and as Aspen transforms from a winter wonderland to a summer haven many of us may be feeling a bit nervous about getting after it. This yearly cycle brings about new goals and increased awareness as we begin to think about shorts and swimming suits. Unfortunately this can lead to overdoing it at the gym and result in an injury.


There is nothing more frustrating than an injury. It hurts, it complicates your day, requires trips to the Dr., and it can prevent you from working out and achieving your health goals. Injuries can happen at any time and while some are preventable, most exercise injuries are due to improper form, pushing it too far, or trying something you shouldn’t. We take safety very seriously and as we head into the summer, we want to make sure you are able to enjoy everything Aspen offers.

Get Help

My first advice is always to work with one of our personal trainers. They are experts not only in making you look and feel great, but also in keeping you healthy.  They will work with you to determine your current fitness level, lay out goals and create a plan to get you to where you want to be. Most people that find themselves injured skip this step and just jump in full steam. While I love the intensity, it is extremely important to take a measured approach.

If You Get Hurt

See a doctor if you get injured. Men, see a doctor if you get hurt. Sorry to be repetitive, but I know the running joke is “real men don’t need doctors”, but it’s not funny when you’re watching your friends climb mountains while you sit in the car. Guys take a clue from the women, and be smart. If it is only a minor injury your doctor will tell you which exercises you may continue to do without causing more harm. In fact, with most injuries you can keep working on other areas of your body while you heal, but you need to know what to avoid and be prepared to start slow.

Once again, our trainers also know how to adjust your routines to compensate for any minor injuries you may have. They can work with you to determine if you are using proper form and performing your exercises correctly. I can’t state it enough, working out with an injury can be very dangerous, please let us know if you have any concerns.

Start Slow to Go Fast

My best advice as you prepare for your awesome summer wardrobe is to start slow and work out consistently. You may notice some sore muscles at first, but you can take care of those with a massage after your workout. As you grow stronger and healthier you will naturally increase intensity and will soon start seeing your summer body appear. So be careful, have fun and welcome to summer!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Top 4 Reasons Group Fitness Classes Rock

We have all seen the flyers, advertisements and heard people talking about the benefits of group fitness classes. However, many people already have it in their mind that it is "not for them". Here’s the truth, group fitness classes are a great way to get in shape. In fact, they offer many extra benefits you can’t get by working out on your own. Here are my Top 4 Reasons why I think Group Fitness rocks:

1. They Get Me Motivated

I am not a 4:00 am get up and run kind of person. In fact, rarely am I even a mid-day or evening fitness guru. I want to live a healthy lifestyle and I always feel better after working out, but I sadly admit it is one area of my life where I am not highly self-motivated. However, if I’m meeting a friend to workout, not only do I feel better about going to the gym, but I also have an extra level of accountability. If I know my friend is showing up, then I will go too. The cool part about group fitness classes is I have many friends encouraging me. That’s a great start.

2. Fitness My Style

There is such a wide range of group classes to choose from. From spin classes to yoga and Pilates to general fitness, there are so many options. Many people will be afraid to start because they feel they are too out of shape. This is a myth. In fact, our instructors at Jean-Robert’s Gym take special care to make sure all participants are working at their level, for both safety and maximum results. So whether you are just beginning or need something more intense, there are classes just for you. In addition, we keep our class sizes at the optimum level to ensure our instructors can keep an eye on everyone. We never recommend joining large groups where you get lost in the crowd.

3. Workouts Can Be Fun

Another aspect that shocks many people is that group fitness is fun. Working out alone can be hard, even the most seasoned athlete, but being in a group of friends makes it more fun. Our personal trainers live and work in Aspen because Aspen is fun. We carry this feeling all the way through our classes. We want you to enjoy your time while you’re getting fit. You should be smiling and sweating at the same time.

4. Real Live People

We live in a world dominated by social networks, emails and texting. Take a look around and you’ll see most people are captivated with their phone while there are people everywhere. Granted they may be connecting with friends and family, but there is truly something special about hanging out with people and talking face-to-face. Most people I talk to who attend group fitness classes comment on how they have made friends for life. That is truly something special.

I know that dedicating yourself to a group class can be a little scary, but the rewards are amazing. You’ll feel better about yourself, find yourself enjoying more of an active lifestyle and you’ll meet great people in the process. I call that a win-win-win! To learn more information about the classes we offer click here, give us a call or stop by the gym. We would love to talk with you and introduce you to your new best friends.

Friday, April 1, 2016

March was more than Basketball

March was a fantastic month. Basketball, politics and fresh snow on the slopes made it an exciting time, but there was much more to do than just watch tv and ski. In fact, we took a little trip east to discover, share and learn with the best in the fitness industry.  Our destination, the IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) 2016 / 35th Annual International Convention & Trade Show.

You’re the Reason We Exist

While listening to the great motivational speakers we were once again reminded of our purpose. We exist to help people, you, lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We take this goal very seriously. Meeting the amazing trainers, coaches and innovators in the fitness industry was not only motivating, but it inspired us to continue our pursuit to be the premier fitness club in Colorado and beyond.

Technological Advancements in Training

I find the advancements in technology a huge asset to helping our clients achieve their goals faster and safer. The ability of engineers and designers to develop new and innovative way to enhance the effectiveness of training is mind blowing. We are excited about the new tools we saw and the ones that will be forthcoming.  In fact, visit our Facebook page and you can get a glimpse of some the best and scariest things we saw.

It’s About People

Of course the main reason we go is because we truly care about our members. While Florida is a fun place to visit, the ability to learn, network and meet others with the same goals gives us direction and vision. We love seeing the smiling faces as they enter the gym and the celebrations when people reach and surpass their fitness goals. In our meetings we share the successes and challenges and work together to make Jean-Robert’s Gym the best it can be.

Going the Extra Mile

As we look forward to spring and summer and exploring the beauty of Aspen, we want you to know we are committed to continuing to bring you the very best. While new innovative equipment is nice, our trainers work hard to ensure we are listening to and helping each person who walks through our doors. We believe in "personal training" which means we focus on your needs and find the best way to meet them. We are developing programs and classes that will not only help you reach your fitness goals but will also be exciting and fun.

So, come on in and talk to us about what we saw, learned and envision. We would love to share our enthusiasm with you.

Friday, January 22, 2016

So, How's it Going?

Personally, I love January. The snow is perfect, the air is crisp and the sun creates amazing beauty on the mountains around Aspen. In addition it is the hope and motivation so many people exhibit about getting in shape for the New Year. Last month we talked about making the best New Year's Resolution ever, "Staying Fit and Being Healthy." Granted we are only a few weeks into 2016, but I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing.

Stay Committed to your Health

I'm always amazed at the dedication and perseverance of the people that come to our gym. You may be envisioning the lean and toned bodies of professional athletes, but what truly humbles me is the ordinary people that continually come in and work hard to improve their health and their lives. They are everyday people, accountants, sales reps, assistants, moms and dads, which have made it a point to begin the year the right way and end it with pride and great results. It is their spirit and drive that makes me love what I do and puts smiles on the faces of all who work here.

Stay Motivated

First and foremost you need to know we all get discouraged and at times, want to give up. The hardest part about living a healthy life is having the tenacity to get up and push through on the cold days and when you just don’t feel like going to the gym. I agree it would be nice if the results were instantaneous and you could go home every night and see the difference in your body. However, I will also argue that the effects on your spirit and mind are immediate. You will feel better about yourself, you will sleep better and if you continue you’ll even find your mood is better.

Say It. Do It.

I have found that I’m like a lot of people and great motivational quotes help keep me going. Some I tape on my bathroom mirror, on the dashboard of my car or stick them on my credit card to remind me of what my goals really are. Here are a few of my favorites; maybe they can help you as well.

Sweat is just fat crying!
- Anonymous

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
- Eleanor Roosevelt 

No matter how slow I go, I’m still lapping everybody on a couch.
- Anonymous

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.
- Jim Rohn

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
- Og Mandino

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
- Sam Levenson

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
- George S. Patton

Let’s Do This!

You are the instrument of your success. If are feeling doubt or just don’t seem to have the energy to continue or even start a fitness plan, please come in and see us. Our goal is to help everyone become healthier, happier and at home in their own body. We look forward to seeing you.

Friday, December 18, 2015

And the TOP New Year’s Resolution Is…

Yes it is that time of year again. After enjoying the holidays, time with family and feasting on often forbidden goodies, our thoughts turn to the next year and how to make it better. In 2015 the number one resolution was, although it’s not surprise, to Lose Weight. In fact, if you dig back a few years and look at various polls, weight loss is always in the top three. As we head into another new year, I anticipate weight loss will once again be at the top of the list.

It’s Not All about Losing Weight!

It is amazing to us how many people put weight loss on the top of their New Year’s Resolution list. Glancing back at many of our posts from this year it is obvious we aren’t as concerned with losing weight as we are with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I was pleasantly surprised to see Staying Fit and Healthy at number five last year, because this is truly our holiday wish for you. While losing weight may be important to your overall health, by eating healthy, exercising regularly and living a more active live you will lose weight.

Beating the Resolution Struggles

The sad part is while many people start off strong they quickly get discouraged and quit. We have all seen the influx of new people at the gym during January only to see it fade. For some they are disappointed in not getting immediate results, others have issues making it a priority in their schedule and some really weren’t committed in the first place. It is always hard to make a change the will affect your life, but sometimes we make it more difficult than it needs to be.

Just Get There!

Honestly, even the most fit people you see every day have mornings where they just don’t want to go to the gym. They’re tired, busy and dealing with kids as well. What makes them different is they just get there. I have found that the most successful people start small. Perhaps you haven’t worked out in a while, find a friend that also wants to be in better shape and become accountable to one another. The mere fact that you are meeting them there will give you added incentive.

Pick a time of day that works for you. You don’t have to work out at 5:00 am to become healthy. In fact, if you hate getting up early the chances are you won’t show up anyway. Instead of grabbing a big burger or microwaving processed food at lunch, meet at the gym for a 45 minute workout. Schedule it on your calendar as if it were your boss. Once you get into the routine and start go feel better you ‘ll quickly find yourself looking forward to your workouts.

Have Fun!

One of the most common issues I see is people jump into a routine as if they’ve been exercising daily for years. This leaves them sore and discouraged. Start slow. Walk on the treadmill, don’t run. Do an exercise that you enjoy. Bring along music and dance if you need to. Becoming healthy can and should be fun.

If you have questions, get help from one of our personal trainers and always remember you are in a safe place here. Our goal is to help you become healthier, happier and to really enjoy our beautiful city of Aspen. So before you start writing down those resolutions, think about what you really want. Let’s make staying fit and being healthy number one!

From all of us here at Jean-Robert’s Gym, Happy Holidays!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Is it Really Harder for Millennials to Lose Weight?

If you’ve read the papers, jumped online or glanced at your phone you’ve probably seen the headlines proclaiming “It is Harder to Lose Weight Today than in the Past.” One article from CNN offers some interesting insights which include possible reasons for this apparent earth-shattering revelation. While some of these factors need to be considered, we've already known about most of them.

The study made some fascinating observations about what factors may be contributing to this generation’s inability to lose weight as easily as their parents. While most point out that we exercise less and eat more than earlier generations there may also be some other contributing factors. In fact we’ve covered many of the factors addressed in the study in previous blogs. So as we enter the notorious holiday season this may be a good time to remind you of some basics.

Eat Right and Sleep More

Eating right for a healthier life
Very simply, the foods we eat are different from those of the past. Try to avoid processed foods and instead choose organic fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins. A good trick when dining out is to ask for a take home box at the beginning of the meal. Put half you meal into it to avoid overeating and enjoy the leftovers the next day. We have also stressed the importance of getting enough sleep. While it varies for all, make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep for you. We are creating a world that has more activity, more stress and less time to relax. Sleeping helps your body recover and encourages healthier living.

Stop Focusing on the Scale

The bottom line, your fitness level is more important than the numbers on a scale. We’re not saying to “never step on a scale again”, but quality of life is more important than a measurement of gravity. If you focus on exercising, eating right and living healthy, you will enjoy life more fully, and not be caught up in lose weight fast schemes or other unhealthy ways to shed pounds. The goal is always to be healthier.

Focus on Life

Jean-Robert's Gym Focuses on Life
Focus on creating a lifestyle that includes all the activities you want to do; this includes skiing, hiking and even dancing the night away. Aspen is a beautiful city with so many opportunities to enjoy nature, people and a wide range of activities. Simply put, whether or not the new generation can lose weight as easier as their parents, they can still live a healthy life and process become the people they want to be. If you need help determining what your health goals should be, give us a call at 970-920-9595 or simply visit us at our gym and we’ll discover how to get you on the right path for you.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The 5 Secrets to Fitness Success

Secrets to Fitness Success
Let’s be honest, in our business we get to hear a lot of excuses whey people don’t exercise. “I’m too tired after work,” “I have too many kids, or my favorite, “I’m just too busy!” While to some extent this are valid reasons as I understand the difficulty of navigating a busy lifestyle especially when there are others that rely on you. However, I have also found that perhaps many of these people don’t understand the secrets to living a healthy life. The truth is; they really aren’t secrets.

1: You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to workout.

Many people I know are afraid to come to a gym or join a class because they are out of shape or more appropriately, don’t like their shape. It is this fear that keeps many from becoming the person they really want to be. It is important to realize that not one bodybuilder started out ripped. Every fitness class instructor had to work hard to get in the physical condition to lead those classes. Trust me, try running around for 30 minutes to an hour while talking. We all start somewhere, and there is no shame in where you start. The hardest part is stepping in the door, the rest becomes history.

2: You don’t have to workout 5 hours a day to be in shape.

So you made it through the door and you hear someone saying, “I could do this all day.” A quick shiver runs through your body and you’re just about to turn around. Stop! The Mayo Clinic advises that most adults need only about 30 minutes of exercise per day. While this may still seem like a lot in the beginning, you don’t have to start there.

The secret is consistency. Start with 10 minutes, but do it every day. Whether it is walking, jogging, lifting weights, swimming or whatever you like the most, just do it every day. If you are consistent you will start to see results and you’ll start to like it, which means before you know it you will probably be exercising more than 30 minutes a day just because it is fun.

3: You’re not like everyone else.

Shocking, I know, but you are unique and special, just like everyone else is. This means that the best fitness plan for you will be different from those around you. You need realize that you can do great things but you need to focus your energy on what works best for you. Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many people trying to do too much or even too little just trying to be like someone else. Be you and see what happens.

4: You won’t lose 50 pounds overnight.

I have to admit, it would be awesome that after a week we could all shed 50 pounds and become the lean machine we’ve always wanted to be. Our bodies don’t work that way. You need to set realistic goals that are attainable. The first goal may be as simple as, “I’m going to exercise 10 minutes a day for 20 days straight.” Make a plan and reach your goal. Perhaps, “I want to be able to walk this trail to the top with having to stop.” These are both great goals that are attainable. As you advance in your training, you will continue to make goals.

5: The Secret to Fitness is No Secret

These may seem like very obvious points and for the most part they are. Like anything great that is achieved in life it depends on your focus, dedication and your plan. Our personal trainers understand how hard it is to get out of bed some mornings. They too have felt the struggle to get up and run. They know how it feels to rebound when they didn’t always meet their goals. We are here to help you become who you want to be.

If you don’t know where to start or if you just need help devising a fitness plan that meets your needs, call us. Jean-Robert's Gym is meant to be a place of health and a safe place to get there. We’ll be happy to help. You can do this. You just have to start.

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