Bouncing Forward: How I’m Changing my “Post Baby Body” Story

October 2, 2018
“You’ve done it before, you can do it again!” [caption id="attachment_711" align="alignnone" width="199"] 40 Weeks Pregnant![/caption] Yep, I’ve lost 100 pounds before. But that was before. Before becoming a mom. Before being cut open. Before surges of hormones racing through my system like they are now. I’ve never had to balance so much before.  Taking care of a tiny human, quality time with a fiancé (and dogs!), keeping up with our home, having a job, allowing my body to heal, ... Read More

Adventures in Fitness: From HS to Owning a Fitness Premier

June 8, 2018
Tom Reidy is Fitness Premier’s very first franchisee. The OG. We lovingly refer to him as our guinea pig. Tom has owned the Lowell location of Fitness Premier for about 18 months; but his life with FP has been in motion for 9 years. When Tom was still in high school, his mother purchased him and his brother a membership at the Bourbonnais location. Like most great love stories, Tom was instantly infatuated. One day while he was tanning, Tom ... Read More

How November 2, 2014 Changed My Life

March 30, 2018
Tara Juzeszyn is the owner of Fitness Premier Beecher. From an incredible weight loss journey to being a franchisee of the Fitness Premier where she started her own fitness journey. Tara never gave up and she is here to tell her story. Tara was extremely active as a kid playing sports such as basketball, volleyball and softball. She ended up losing herself as she attended college and then, started a family. During these years her weight began climbing until she ... Read More

5 Reasons You Should Find A Workout Buddy

March 7, 2018
Are you skipping workouts? Do you need more of a challenge? Are you just freaking bored of working out? Yeah, probably because you don’t have a workout partner… DUH! We get it, you are used to having your own routine and jamming out to your own music. Did you know that having a workout partner will lead to even better workouts? You are 70% more likely to be successful if you have a workout partner with you at the gym. So ... Read More

Self Care For The Fitness Lovers

February 20, 2018
How many times have you heard, love yourself before your love others? Many times. It is easier said than done. The first step is to try self care. You have to care about yourself before you love yourself and there is many ways to practice this. We want you to just focus on the two most important ways to begin self care that we believe will end in self love. Health and fitness… shocker, we think not! So, why fitness? ... Read More

The Love of Fitness Can Change Your Life

February 16, 2018
We interviewed a few of our members who LOVE Team Training, Group X and personal training. These are their stories and this is how loving fitness has changed their lives. Check out all 7 locations to see for yourself. Love fitness, love yourself and love Fitness Premier! Jill Braun - Team Training Bourbonnais "I had been using the treadmill only for a couple of years and was not losing weight. Marlowe approached me one day and asked me about my ... Read More

A Healthy and Happy Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2018
Valentine’s Day is the most romantic holiday of the year, full of chocolates, expensive dinners and even possibly binge watching Netflix all night with your significant other. For all the fitness lovers out there, Valentine’s may cause some anxiety wanting to have a special night but staying on top of your health and fitness goals. We have come up with plenty of ideas to have fun, be romantic and still stay healthy, leaving the guilt at home for the night. ... Read More

Thanksgiving Tips to Stay Fit and Trim

November 16, 2017
Thanksgiving Tips to Stay Fit and Trim Fitness Premier 24/7 Clubs are not just “gyms”. They are fitness clubs that focus on each individual client - helping each member set personally tailored, achievable goals for fitness, weight loss and health. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Fitness Premier wants to help individuals enjoy the bounty of the holiday while keeping their health in balance - using their ongoing P.R.O.M.I.S.E. P - Prepare for change If over-indulgence is inevitably going to ... Read More

All Comfort, Low Calories

October 23, 2017
You know that fall feeling? Even on warm days there's a feeling that the air is a little bit brittle and things are crackly. It brings to mind hearty meals and warm kitchens. So, basically, food that would potentially bust your nutrition goals in a heartbeat. Good news! You can get some of that comfort without putting your fitness goals into hibernation mode for the winter. Below is a recipe for a stick to your ribs pasta dish that won't ... Read More

Breakfast! Brunch! Brinner?

October 20, 2017
We want breakfast all day, every day. Is there a more perfect protein than the egg?! Maybe. But as it's versatile, delicious, and inexpensive; this kitchen staple has it going on. Click on the skillet below to check out a list of breakfast recipes originally compiled by Self Magazine and dare to be amazed on how you can eat breakfast foods all day without boredom AND while knocking those nutrition goals out of the park. Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_525" align="alignnone" width="300"] ... Read More

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

September 18, 2017
Welcome fall! We are so happy you're here. No need to deprive yourself of the smells and tastes of fall when you can whip up this amazing pumpkin spice protein shake. Add a shot of espresso if you need a little caffeine boost!     1 Scoop dotFIT vanilla lean MR 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk 1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin Puree Dash of Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste Blend with ice and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Taco Casserole

September 5, 2017
Fall is creeping in so it's time to bust out the CrockPot! Obviously tacos are a must all year round. This recipe just happens to make it super easy to pop it in the slow cooker and forget about it until you get home from shuttling your kids to school and practice and beyond. [caption id="attachment_505" align="aligncenter" width="437"] Recipe originally posted by Erin Clarke at Well Plated.[/caption] Slow Cooker Taco Casserole Easy Slow Cooker Taco Casserole – Layers of tortillas, cheese, beans, ... Read More

Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

August 28, 2017
These chicken nuggets are really good, but they’re a bit unconventional. Never fear! They still provide the crunchy exterior with a delicious chicken interior that is completely devoid of dryness.  They’re baked after being coated with cooked quinoa instead of breadcrumbs which gives them a healthy protein-packed makeover. They’re so yummy you may never want to have the traditional breadcrumb chicken nuggets again! Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Ingredients 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch ... Read More

Tips for a Rockin’ Core

August 21, 2017
MIKE VASILIEVAS, MANHATTAN FITNESS MANAGER 1.  Don't forget about your back: Everyone focuses on doing sit-ups and other core work to get the six-pack; but your lower back and butt are just as important for your core strength! Start incorporating exercises that also serve those muscle areas and you will see faster results. Also, your six pack isn't going to emerge if you don't remove the layer of fat that is obscuring it. But that's a post for another day! ... Read More

Go with your GUT

August 16, 2017
The Best Foods for a Healthy Gut By Anisha Jhaveri | May 22, 2017 The bacteria living in your belly has a powerful impact on your health. Feel your best by eating more probiotics and prebiotics. healthy gut. Gut bacteria might not be the sexiest topic, but it’s getting a lot of attention in the health world. And for good reason: A growing body of research shows your gut microbiome (the scientific name for the trillions of microorganisms living in ... Read More

Let’s HIIT It!

August 14, 2017
8 Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) And why it needs to be part of your regular workout routine By Charlotte Hilton Andersen High-intensity interval training (HIIT) describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. For example, a good starter workout is running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes. Repeat that 3-minute interval five times for a 15-minute, fat-blasting workout. It sounds ... Read More

Eating Tips to Live By

August 7, 2017
TARA JUZESZYN, BEECHER FITNESS MANAGER Eat Small & Drink Big! Eat 4- 6 small meals per day to boost metabolism, reduce the likelihood of excess food being stored as fat, and to feel full throughout the day. To avoid stifling your metabolism, do NOT let your calories for the day drop below 1000. Reducing daily calorie intake to 1200 to 1500 depending on your lifestyle combined with healthy exercise and smart food choices is sufficient to lose weight in a healthy ... Read More

Cleanses – Do They Really Help?

July 31, 2017
Cleanses – Do They Really Help? By Gay Riley, MS, RD, CCN Cleanses have recently become popular as a means to improve health and energy, rejuvenate the body, lose weight and slow aging. According to Spins research, between October 2008 and October 2009 Americans spent more than $100 million dollars on cleansing and detox products in an effort to lose weight, gain energy and purify themselves of harmful toxins. Unfortunately, scientific evidence showing any health benefits of cleansing has yet ... Read More

5 Ways To Crush Your Endurance Game

March 24, 2017
MIKE ORWIG, MANTENO FITNESS MANAGER #BOOM 1.  Combine strength days with cardio days.  Simple equation: the more muscle you get working, the more it will challenge your heart and your cardiovascular system.  Instead of doing separate workouts for strength and cardio, try to weave them together doing more metabolic workouts 3-4x per week.   Do supersets (which are two exercises immediately following each other) with little to no rest instead of one exercise and resting for 1 minute. 2.  Reduce amount ... Read More


March 16, 2017
Italian Burritos (Serves 8) INGREDIENTS 1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey, raw 1 cup Aldi SimplyNature Marinara ¼ cup reduced-fat parmesan cheese ½ cup fat-free Mozzarella Cheese ½ to 1 tsp garlic powder 8 Ole Xtreme Wellness Whole Wheat Tortillas DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 375. 2. Cook ground turkey in a large skillet until no longer pink and drain. 3. Return to pan and add remaining ingredients. Simmer on low for a couple minutes to melt cheese. 4. ... Read More


February 17, 2017
Zucchini Spaghetti with Turkey-Spinach Meatballs (Serves 5) INGREDIENTS 1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey, raw 3-4 zucchini 1/3 cup chopped yellow onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 bag of fresh spinach, coarsley chopped 2 eggs2 12oz tomato basil sauce (hold till end of directions) DIRECTIONS 1. Spiral 3-4 zucchini. Steam for 8-10 minutes until desired softness. Set aside. 2. Mix remaining ingredients evenly in a bowl with your hands. 3. Form meatballs to fit in cup of your hand. Bate at 375 for 25 ... Read More

Burn those holiday cookies!

December 26, 2016
Holidays are almost over, but those cookies will hang on if you let them. Work 'em off!