It’s well known that the Holiday season is the toughest time to stay in a healthy routine. Between all of the eating and running around, we are almost always too exhausted to do much else. A lot of us set New Years Resolutions last January, but 73% of people who set fitness goals as their resolution give up before six weeks. This is according to an online study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Bodybuilding.com, you can read more here. We can come up with a million excuses, or we can come up with a million solutions. Let’s do the latter. Here are 5 ways to reach your fitness goals before it’s time to make new ones.
1. Partner Up
Find someone who wants to join you. You can head to a class together, hold each other accountable, talk about struggles and celebrate successes. This is one of the best ways to keep you motivated. If you don’t know anyone who would want to be your workout partner, thats okay. We have Team Training classes that range anywhere from 8-14 people per class or semi-private training classes that are up to 4 people. There will always be people at hive to motivate you!
2. Talk to a Trainer
At Hive, we have 13 trainers that are ready and willing to help you through your journey. They are all a little different, so we are sure you will find the right fit for you. Talk to them about your goals and they will help you reach them. Our favorite part- we will do an initial assessment, so you can compare your results as you improve! Learn more about each of our trainers here.
3. Be Consistent
This is extremely important especially when setting a goal for a short amount of time. It doesn’t matter what your goal is. The same rule applies- you must keep going. You have to show up, work hard, and then show up again because the quickest way to “fall off the wagon” is to not have a routine. At hive, we can set your classes up on a reoccurring basis. For example, if you want to train every Monday at 6 a.m., we will make sure you have your classes set up without you forgetting to schedule them. This is fool proof – NO excuses.
4.Remember the Big Picture
Is your goal to get stronger? Is it to lose weight? Both? Keep that in mind. Visualize your changes and use that as motivation when you’re struggling to keep going. Remember what brought you to workout in the first place. It’s like running: the first 5 minutes are tough, but once you get going you could probably run for longer than you originally thought you could.
5. Have fun!
We LOVE to have fun here. Check out our Facebook and Instagram for proof! We celebrate success and create themed challenges to keep you moving and motivated. Notice the community that has been created at hive. Why do you think we call it a club instead of just a gym? We are all here for so much more than that! Join hive in Bonus classes, Sweat it Forward Classes within the community, and get hive printed apparel to get the true hive experience. Read more about us here.
So what do you say, are you ready? Let’s do this.
He may be new to Hive, but don’t let that stop you from booking his classes. This NASM-CPT will have you sweating quicker than you can introduce yourself. We sat down with him to dig up some details…
Tell us your background…
I went to the University of Pittsburgh to study Finance. I graduated in 2015, and then I worked in logistics for a year. I hated working at a desk, so I got out of that real quick. After that, I studied to get certified with NASM to be a personal trainer.
What is your favorite class to teach?
Who is on your current playlist?
It’s a lot of bad rap…but I love Travis Scott. There is some Drake on there too.
Cheat meal go-to?
Chicken Alfredo has been a staple of mine for a while.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I hate when I am about to do something, or I am in the middle of doing something and then someone tells me to do it…
Everyone has a celebrity crush or two. Give me the details!
I bounce around, but right now it is Evangeline Lilly from Lost.
It’s Friday Night. Where are you?
Lately, I’ve been laying low. I am probably at home watching Netflix.
So you’re a binge watcher?
Yes – I just finished Dexter.
When you were little, what did you think you’d be when you grew up?
I really wanted to be in the NFL, but that dream only lasted till high school. I decided to focus on school instead of playing football for a small school.
Be sure to say hello to Shane when you see him in the club, and call us to book your sessions!
Maria Marcantonio is one of our newest additions to the hive team. Welcomed in February, she is an NFPT certified trainer, a Fitness Competitor Coach, a sponsored Figure Competitor and above all, a passionate fitness professional. Maria has always had a special place for fitness in her life; starting at a young age she earned her black belt in Karate and participated in sports such as soccer, gymnastics, track and field, boxing and cheerleading. As an adult, Maria is heavily involved in figure competitions. Not only does she compete herself but she trains others to compete (and place) as well. As a figure competitor Maria is no stranger to following a strict diet, her favorite healthy breakfast meal is: 1/4 cup of oatmeal with 1/4 cup of raspberries, 3 large egg whites with pepper, and 16oz of water with lemon and stevia.
Maria is photographed here wearing, Splits 59 Ashby Tank in Fire and Splits 59 Nova Viper Capris. Designed and produced in Los Angeles, these tights will allow your body to move while hugging your curves where you need it most. Made from Supplex and Lycra these pants have an amazing detailed Viper print on the outer leg and waist and a hidden key pocket in the waistband.
We selected Aaron Powers MS, ATC, CSCS, as our March employee profile. Aaron earned both his BS and MS in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo. He is a board certified athletic trainer, and holds numerous certifications including: NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Gravity Personal Training instructor, and Power Plate Level 1. Aaron focuses on functional training that promotes movement and stability. He says, “ The fitness goals of many have changed from mimicking body builders to functional movements that aid in the physical demands of daily life. Our clientele seeks overall health and body conditioning, including nutrition. In turn, we promote a healthy lifestyle that encompasses all aspects of well-being.” Find Aaron on our Specialty and Studio Class schedule and check out one of his Gravity or Humansport classes, or attend his Bootcamp if you’re really up for a challenge.
Try his favorite healthy meal:
Hawaiian meatballs & rice (yields 4 servings):
Total fat: 8g
Aaron is photographed wearing Metal Vent Tech SS in Heathered Frond and Pace Breaker Shorts in Heathered Black
Emily Wyse is our February Personal Trainer Profile. Not only does she train on the exercise floor, she teaches pilates reformer classes as well. She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer, a Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist. In addition, Emily is certified to teach Stott Pilates and is currently working toward her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness at Buffalo State College. Emily also finds time to play soccer and hockey at Buffalo State. A coaching session with Emily will focus first on corrective exercise while working up to high intensity movements, including flexibility. Look for Emily on the studio classes as she teaches Body Props and Barre Power. If you’re looking to switch up your routine, try a pilates reformer session with Emily too! Try her favorite go to healthy meal: grilled chicken with asparagus and sweet potatoes.
Emily is photographed here wearing Run Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve in White and Run Inspire Crop in Black/Brisk Bloom Black and White
A training session with Pat Blackford is a perfect combination of intensity and fun. Pat demands the most out of his clients, and will push you past your limits but always while having a laugh at the same time. He has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Springfield College and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Pat has been active his entire life, he started out playing sports at the age of 5 and by 10 he was working out on a regular basis with his dad at home. He participated in football, lacrosse, and wrestling in high school and when college came he put the focus on football, playing strong safety for 4 years at Springfield. To add to Pat’s fitness experience, he also interned with the Buffalo Bills with a concentration on strength and conditioning. Pat believes total fitness is more than just excelling at one thing and he puts this belief to practice when he trains. He uses a different workout routine in every session so his clients get to experience the entire gym and all the equipment. Pat also teaches a variety of our specialty classes, including gravity and humansport. Pat’s passion for health doesn’t stop in the gym, he is conscientious about nutrition as well. His favorite healthy meal is taco salad: organic tortilla chips, ground turkey, sliced avocado, cucumbers, olives, and tomatoes, topped with salsa and nonfat greek yogurt.
Pat is photographed wearing a Metal Vent Tech Long Sleeve in heather pigment blue and Kung Fu Pants in black
For the month of December we decided to profile Kendra Kramer, one of our longest standing and most versatile personal trainers and class instructors. Kendra has been athletic for most of her life, even prior to becoming a personal trainer. She has always had a passion for fitness and was a year round competitive swimmer throughout middle school and high school. Kendra holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. In addition, she is a certified Maddog Athletics spin instructor and has been an NSCA certified trainer since 2006. She is also a certified NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist. Kendra is one our most versatile trainers in that she is able to work with the most physically restricted clients as well as providing a challenging workout to even the most advanced exerciser. Her versatility doesn’t stop there either, Kendra just competed in her first triathlon and is planning on completing a half ironman in the near future! If you’re looking to sweat off some extra pounds, look for Kendra’s amazing spin classes on our studio schedule. Try her favorite healthy meal too: grilled chicken marinated in greek dressing over romaine and baby spinach topped with shredded parmesan.
Kendra is photographed above wearing Splits 59 Nova Capri Tights, Splits 59 Loren Bra and Splits 59 Sheryl S V-neck Tee all available in our boutique!
Our team at hive is comprised of some of the most dynamic individuals in the industry. This month we chose certified personal trainer Pat Boyle for our employee profile to highlight just that. Prior to joining our team at hive, Pat spent six years in the Army National Guard including one year in Iraq. Not only is Pat a NASM certified personal trainer but he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness from Canisius College and is continuing his education there as he works toward a Master’s in Health and Human Performance. We love each of our trainer’s for creating their own niche on the exercise floor as well as using their personal philosophies to drive their routines. Pat brings a “form first”, non-compromising style to fitness. In addition to Pat’s demand for perfect technique, he is constantly pushing his clients out of their comfort zone and past their own mental limitations. Pat delivers total body workouts that leave members feeling accomplished and strong. Look for Pat on our studio schedule as he is also one of our favorite group class instructors, teaching a variety of classes including: spinning, tabata, trekking, gravity, and of course bootcamp! Pat is not only health conscious in the gym but in the kitchen too, his favorite go-to healthy meal is 3 to 4 organic scrambled eggs with a whole avocado, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, minced garlic and hot sauce.
Pat is photographed wearing a Metal Tech Long Sleeve and MPG Momentum Pants, both available in our boutique.