Trainer Tip Tuesday: Hip Hinge

The hip hinge is one of the fundamental movement patterns that we use. Think about it like your movement as you pick something up off the floor.  It’s one of the most effective ways of building lower body strength. It’s a staple of deadlifts, squats, and anything that requires explosiveness, like sprinting or jumping. Coach […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday (Dietitian): Budget-Friendly Tip #1

Don’t be afraid of using canned products, even with seafood or poultry! a.       Fresh produce is great, but if you can’t use it in time it can waste your money. b.       Even though fresh seafood or poultry are common staples in a meal, they aren’t always convenient or budget-friendly. Canned products can be just as nutritious as […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday (Dietitian): Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know that according to the CDC, less than 10% of Americans consume enough fruits and vegetables? Fruits and vegetables play an important role in disease prevention. They contain protective nutrients called antioxidants that are most widely known for their ability to protect you from cancerous cells and various heart diseases. Fresh, canned, and […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Thread the Needle Pose

The thread the needle pose is a great way to stretch the upper back if you are sore from sitting at a computer, lifting heavy, or if you just slept weird. To get a deeper stretch, you can put your supporting hand behind your back. (This also works on balance!) Watch Coach Alex demonstrate here:

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Dead Bugs

Dead bugs help build a solid and stable foundation that protects the spine.  Raise your arms up and bend your knees to about 90 degrees. Allow your shoulders and low back to fall heavily to the floor. As you exhale slowly lower your right arm and left leg until they are just above the ground. […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Hamstring Stretch and Good Morning

Coach Annalise and Coach Sean show us two stretches. Hamstring Stretch: This movement helps to stretch your hamstrings and improve mobility, flexibility, and strength in the legs and lower back. Good Morning: This exercise is used with a bar to help maintain a straight and flat back and help improve posture throughout the exercise. This […]

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Tuesday Tip (Dietititan): Christmas Morning

Whether you have small kids waking you up at the crack of dawn, grown kids that enjoy sleeping in, or it’s you and your spouse- Christmas can rightfully throw off our normal routines. Sometimes, that can even lead to crankiness from lack of proper nutrition! Spread the Christmas cheer with a healthy breakfast this Christmas. […]

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Tuesday Tip (Dietitian): Healthy Holiday Eating

Have you been trying to improve your health but find yourself constantly surrounded with holiday desserts, foods, and snacks? Eating a nutritious diet can prevent you from overconsuming holiday treats while still allowing you to enjoy them. Kaylee’s biggest piece of advice is to enjoy in moderation. Schedule an appointment with Kaylee to learn specifically […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Lat Pull Down and Low Row

How to do a proper Lat Pull Down and Low Row – with Coach Allie and Coach Michael The pull motion is a tricky movement but is one of the most important for posture, mobility, and overall fitness! Here are a couple tips to help fix your pull motion! For the lat pull down your […]

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Tuesday Tip (Dietitian): Healthy Snacks

Are you confused about whether or not it’s good to have snacks? Having a healthy snack throughout the day can help you meet your nutritional needs, prevent you from becoming extremely hungry before a meal, prevent you from overeating during meal times, help control your blood sugar, maintain a level mood, and sustain your energy. […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Planks

Planks are a great exercise to improve stability. Core stability helps alleviate low back pain, improve posture, and allows you to lift more weight with better form. Here are a few modifications. Watch Coach Alex demonstrate:

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November 2020 – Holiday Hours

Carle Health & Fitness Center will have modified hours from November 26th – November 27th. Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving): CLOSED *There will also be no LIVE virtual Group Fitness Classes on this day.  Pre-recorded classes are available through MYWellness App or through Virtual Group Fitness.   Friday, November 27th: Facility Hours of Operation: 5 am […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Calf Raises

When performing calf raises make sure you have the ball of your foot on an elevated surface. Squeeze your calves at the top and take your time bringing your heel back to the ground to get a big stretch. Watch Coach Blake demonstrate calf raises:

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Tip Tuesday (Dietitian): Complex Carb Breakfast

If you struggle with mid-morning energy crashes there are a few things you can try using nutrition! Last week’s tip was to add protein to your breakfast. This week combine a complex carbohydrate with protein in your breakfast to feel satisfied and ready to go both at breakfast and until lunchtime. Include foods such as […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Banded Face Pulls

Are you worried about your posture? Adding banded face pulls to your exercises program will help pull your shoulders back giving you better alignment throughout the day. Ask one of our trainers for other great exercises to fix your posture. Watch Coach Allie demonstrate how the face pulls work.

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Member Testimonial: Ashley Bass

Hear from member Ashley Bass as she talks about her experience with Carle Health & Fitness Center.  This is “not your typical weight loss success story.”  Ashley walks us through her history with giving up on fitness, purchasing gym memberships that went unused and touring out other centers that were not the right fit.  A […]

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Member Spotlight: Andrew Bernstein

What aspects of your health & wellness have changed since joining Carle Health & Fitness Center? Health Improved: strength, flexibility and endurance, and more energy.   What have been your biggest challenges? Dealing with my leg limitations which require me to use a cane. Also, I have end-stage kidney disease, so improving and maintaining my […]

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See what our members are saying!

Carle Health & Fitness Center is committed to putting the health and safety of our community first by keeping our members and employees safe. Your investment in your health is even more important in times such as these.  We are ready to support your wellness journey by providing the cleanest, safest facility for members and […]

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March Member Madness

Join us for March Member Madness We’re celebrating current members and new members all month long! Here are just some of the fun things happening in March… March Member Referral Contest – Refer a friend to join in March for your chance to win a $100 Ancho & Agave Gift Card. Your friends will benefit […]

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Small Business Excellence Award 2019

Vicki Tilton, a downtown Bloomington business owner, volunteer and community supporter, was honored Saturday with the Legacy of Excellence award from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. The chamber also honored Brandt, Community Health Care Clinic, Justin M. Boyd, Advocate BroMenn Health and Fitness Center and Corn Belt Energy Corp…

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They’re boxing, just to fight back

Bill Flick, The Pantagraph, October 13, 2019 Along with husband Don, Sharon Maupin for 16 years ran the popular Maupin’s Market in Saybrook. After selling it to explore other ventures, the Maupins moved around — to Decatur, to Peoria, to Eureka, even Rochester, N.Y., — before moving to Normal seven years ago to be nearer […]

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