No. 1 Myth: A healthy lifestyle means working out once or twice a week.
TRUTH: Working out once or twice a week will not result in a sustained lifestyle change. Optimally, most physicians recommend three 50-minute sessions weekly with appropriate nutrition to see a significant change.
Just look at the stats and statements of fact provided by Dr. Mike Evans in his popular “23½ Hours” whiteboard video. When an individual takes part in physical activity or exercise for just 30 minutes a day, not 50 minutes as recommended, three times a week the benefits are still life changing for most individuals.
No. 2 Myth: The advertised price for a gym membership is what you actually pay.
TRUTH: Joining fees, annual fees, upgrade fees, and enrollment fees are often added to these “incredibly low gym rates.” Be sure to ask the right questions concerning the actual cost of your gym membership: Is there a joining fee or enrollment fee; are all the programming and classes I want included in my membership; do any of these fees recur annually; is the membership a month-to-month or 12-month contract; and what is the cancellation policy.
No. 3 Myth: Counting calories/macros is the best way to lose weight.
TRUTH: Not only is counting calories or macros tedious, it can also lead to disordered eating patterns. Try fueling for your day by eating every three to four hours and listening to your hunger and fullness cues instead. Avoid being overly hungry, or overly full throughout the day — and remember no two days are the same (especially after a hard workout). Your body knows how much energy it needs, we just need to learn to listen. — Courtesy of Brittany Jones Nutrition Group
No. 4 Myth: Working out with a friend is discouraged and distracting.
TRUTH: One word, accountability. It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to have a workout buddy to keep you accountable. A group fitness class, personal trainer or friends are all great tools to use to keep you accountable to your healthy lifestyle. You have made the choice to live longer by exercising. You have put in the work to become healthier. Do not let all that hard work go to waste. Maintain and live the healthy lifestyle you have chosen with the help of friends and colleagues.
No. 5 Myth: All gyms offer the same programs and services.
TRUTH: All gyms or health clubs are not the same. Some are boutiques offering just one type of service like a spin or yoga studio. Another type, such as a low-cost fitness center, just offers use of equipment and limited services. Others offer a full array of programs and services including equipment, group fitness classes, tennis, pools, basketball courts and other useful programing.
Just be sure you ask the proper questions before joining the gym so you are completely aware of what you are getting for your money: do you offer group fitness classes; how often do those classes occur; what is included in my membership level; do you offer nutrition programming; what other programming is available to support my wellness efforts.
No. 6 Myth: Sports drinks are necessary after any type of workout.
TRUTH: Sports drinks are helpful in extreme situations like training for a half marathon, or at a football practice in July; however, they are not required after your spin class. Instead, be sure to eat a meal or snack within one hour of your workout that contains both a healthy carbohydrate to replenish energy stores and protein to rebuild muscle (i.e. whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter or a meal with chicken, brown rice, and broccoli). — Courtesy of Brittany Jones Nutrition Group
No. 7 Myth: Taking pharmaceuticals are the only way to treat most chronic diseases.
TRUTH: Several studies by reputable institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control, Mayo Clinic and the World Health Organization have verified the benefits of exercise and encourage doctors to include exercise prescriptions as part of chronic disease treatments. Recently, a study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, conclusively showed that drugs and exercise lowered blood pressure at nearly the same rate.
Before making any decisions about changing your medication regimen or lifestyle, the first thing you must do is consult your doctor. Doctor’s care is a critical and necessary component to managing your health. Once a doctor has given you the green light for exercise, determining how much as well as what types of exercise will impact you the most would be the best next step.
No. 8 Myth: Inactivity does not affect your life expectancy.
TRUTH: Wrong. Did you know individuals watching TV six hours a day or more reduce their life expectancy by an average of five years? Steven Blair, a doctor from the University of South Carolina, studied over 50,000 people and found an increase in physical fitness will reduce the risk of premature death. The effect appears to be graded such that even small improvements in physical fitness are associated with a significant reduction in risk of premature death.
No. 9 Myth: Weightlifting will tone my muscles and burn away unwanted fat.
TRUTH: Fat and muscle are two different tissue types and are not related. What weight training really does is help build up the muscle tissue in and around any fat tissue. The best way to reduce fat tissue is to eat a healthy diet and include high-intensity training into your workout. Do not let the term “high-intensity training” scare you. It is relative to the person working out. Undertake exercises that challenge you, but not to the point that exercise is no longer enjoyable.
No. 10 Myth: A lot of cardio exercise results in losing weight faster.
TRUTH: Unfortunately, just running a long way does not equate to losing weight or reducing fat more quickly. The average person burns 100 calories when he or she runs a mile. This means that a person would have to run 35 miles to lose one pound of fat. In fact, running sprints for 10 minutes a day can result in the same benefits as running for hours. Like everything else, cardio’s benefits are enhanced when partnered with other healthy habits such as eating right and interval training such as group fitness classes.
ALL INCLUDED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Mixing the hottest music with cutting-edge exercise science, Sportsclub offers the most LES MILLS™
Improve your health and relaxation by taking one of our 10 Yoga classes available to all levels and ages.
Spin class instructors lead members in high intensity cycling workouts. You control the speed and the resistance.
Sportsclub aquatics classes focus on flexibility, strength building, and cardio in our salt water pools.
Sportsclub’s Pilates classes emphasize proper postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance.
Set to upbeat music, this class is a full body lengthening and timing class derived from Bal-let and Pilates principles.
All Sportsclub personal trainers are nationally certified to develop custom workouts for you while considering your goals, fitness level and medical history.
Sportsclub features 9 lighted clay courts, 3 lighted hard courts, and 2 indoor hard courts with programming that includes les-sons, clinics, leagues and socials.
A safe and nurturing environment offering year-round programming that includes summer camps, school break camps, an after-school program, Kids’ Nights Out and birthday parties.
Learn to swim program for ages 3-13 – go from beginner to competition level. Divided by skill levels into small groups. Private lessons available.
Sportsclub now offers the fastest growing sport in the world, Pickleball, on three courts at our Greenville location.
Sportsclub is home to eight racquetball courts, the most in the Upstate, and offers leagues, lessons, and clinics for all levels of players.
FITNESS ONLY MEMBERSHIP
Provides access to all fitness equipment and group fitness classes. Pool and basketball courts are included at the Five Forks and Greenville locations. A Women’s Only Fitness Area is available exclusively at the Simpsonville location.
This membership includes all the amenities of a Fitness Only Membership plus racquetball privileges.
FULL CLUB MEMBERSHIP
This all-inclusive membership includes fitness, group fitness, racquetball and tennis facilities.
TENNIS ONLY MEMBERSHIP
This membership provides access to our tennis facilities including socials, tournaments, and leagues.
P.R.E.P. (Physician Referred Exercise Program)
P.R.E.P.® is a 60-day physician referred exercise program that introduces participants to exercise. p.r.e.p.® participants meet with fitness professionals twice per week in small group settings and have full access to all of Sportsclub’s amenities for $60 for 60 days.
GREENVILLE 864.288.7220 712 Congaree Road
SIMPSONVILLE 864.228.8282 667 SE Main Street
FIVE FORKS 864.675.5808 317 Scuffletown Road