Welcome to Fonthill Fitness!
A motivating, energizing, and fun place to exercise in the Heart of Niagara
Zumba, spin, sculpt, weights, yoga, personal training and more
New Class - PiYo 2016.04.29
New class at Fonthill Fitness!
Experience a PiYo class! Unleash your power with Pilates + yoga + nonstop movement. You’ll sweat, stretch, and strengthen - all in one workout!
Saturdays at 9:30am at Fonthill Fitness starting May 7. Image by Greg Holmes
Did You Know? 2016.04.25
The stomach can sense glucose, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. This allows the brain to link nutritional value of foods to their tastes. Image by Greg Holmes
I'm not here to be AVERAGE - I'm here to be AWESOME!
We've got kickbox, spin, Buns'n'Guns, HIIT, and abs classes to help you be AWESOME! Image by Greg Holmes
If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.
Try one of our fitness classes for a challenge that changes you! And change is what it's all about, right? Image by Greg Holmes
Glynn A Green Public School 2016.04.04
The grade 8 students from Glynn A Green Public School had fun in the spin class and on our other equipment. A great effort by all! A couple more sessions to go! Image by Greg Holmes
Recipe - Grain-Free Granola 2016.04.03
2c almonds, chopped or slivered
1c cashews, chopped
1c sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/2c whole flaxseed
1/2c shredded coconut, unsweetened
2tbsp ground nutmeg
2tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2c honey, melted
2tbsp coconut oil, melted
pinch sea salt
- preheat oven to 300°F
- in large bowl, mix dry ingredients
- add honey and oil and mix well
- on foil-covered baking sheet, spread in half-inch layer
- bake on middle rack until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally
- cool completely, store in airtight jar
makes 8 servings Image by Greg Holmes
Work out five days a week for an hour a day. That's 5 hours a week. Let's talk about the other 163! Image by Greg Holmes
Strength doesn't come from what you CAN do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you COULDN'T. Image by Greg Holmes
COURAGE doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. Image by Greg Holmes
It's not about being better than someone else, it's about being better than you were yesterday. Image by Greg Holmes
The mind is the limit. If the mind can envision something, you can do it, as long as you believe 100 percent. Image by Greg Holmes
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference between fitness success and fitness failure. Image by Greg Holmes
Runners should stretch every day - even on non-running days. For tight hips, hamstrings, and lower back, here are three essential lower-body stretches:
- Open Lizard - a lunge with hands on the ground, rear knee down, and forward knee tipped outward
- Sitting on Heels - try it with toes curled under, then feet pointed back, then a full Reclining Hero
- Seated Wide Legs - straight legs opened in a V, leaning forward then over each leg
Come to our Yoga classes to learn how to make these part of your day!
Meet Mike 2015.09.20
Mike Browne is the owner of Fonthill Fitness.
Mike is an enthusiastic believer in the role physical fitness plays in a healthy and balanced life.
He loves to help you follow the right path to achieving your fitness goals, and he always welcomes you with a smile!
Superhero Training - Wednesdays at 6:15 2015.09.01
This core and conditioning class is a combination of strength, flexibility, and balance in a high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) class. Just 30 minutes to a New Core and a New You. Combine the class with Spin before or Zumba after for a fun and inspiring way to get into beach-body shape.
Increasing nervous signal impulses by doing plyometric actions before heavy weight bearing leads to additional muscle-building stimulus.
The larger the muscle fibres, the larger the motor neuron attached. Large, fast-twitch muscle fibres are designed to produce a high level of force, and require a large electrical signal from your nervous system.
Doing plyometrics like squat jumps before training legs is a great way to force your muscles into recruiting more fibres.
Similarly, implementing plyometric push-ups before training chest can set the stage for your body to deliver large electrical signals via the nervous system to recruit more and larger muscle fibres during your working sets.
In addition to those bodyweight-only plyo moves, the Smith machine offers some safe resistance-based alternatives such as bench-press throws for chest, squat jumps for legs, and explosive curls for biceps.
When performing these moves, focus on being as explosive as possible — your feet should leave the floor when jump-squatting, and your hands should leave the floor when doing push-ups. Do 3 sets of 5 reps or less (not to failure) before your working sets.
Your body’s hormonal hero, testosterone, has a nemesis — a hormone known as cortisol. While testosterone helps your body recover from training and use it as a springboard to growth, cortisol tries to break muscle down. It’s a constant battle between progression and regression.
The push-and-pull is both inevitable and necessary for balanced health. Cortisol levels tend to rise and testosterone levels dip starting somewhere around the 60-minute mark of an intense training session.
Just like in the movies, you want testosterone to win out in the end. The longer you train intensely, the more you stack the odds against your hero. So keep your intense training sessions under an hour.
A study of 179 people age 60+ undergoing resistance training has found dairy protein to be superior to soy protein for strength(1).
There were three protein options in the study: dairy, soy, and the usual protein intake of the subjects (e.g. meat). All subjects trained the same: 3 times a week for 12 weeks.
The difference may be explained by previous research which shows that soy protein doesn't deliver the same muscle protein synthesis results as dairy protein(2), which could be due to differences in the fundamental amino acid composition of the protein and its rate of digestion. Furthermore, the newer study suggests that estrogen-like compounds in soy might have been responsible for the lower results of the soy group.
Other findings were that lean mass, physical function, mental health scores, as well as the decrease in fat mass were the same for all training groups.
Meet Our New Yoga Instructor 2014.09.09
Our new Yoga instructor is Sylvia Mikolič-Papez, who has been studying Yoga since 1984 and is also a full time school teacher.
She is delighted to be part of the Fonthill Fitness team. "I feel priviledged to be able to share my experience of this wonderful, transforming practice with everyone I teach."
Come join us in her classes! See the schedule for times.