Pulse X Training – The Ultimate Group Fitness Class in Bethlehem

Are you ready to dominate your 2019 fitness goals? Whether you want to get stronger, lose a few pounds, improve your endurance, or feel more balanced, there’s a Pulse X fitness class to help you get there.
Unlike working out on your own, group classes give you the motivation and support you need to stick with your fitness resolution. We offer over 60 different classes, each led by our professional instructors who are committed to helping you improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. Here are just a few of the fun and exciting options you’ll find at Steel Fitness Riverport.

Body Sculpting Classes

If your goal is to sculpt your body, we’ve got you covered. From classes like “Butt and Guts,” and “Steel Strength” to bootcamp-style workouts, there are plenty of ways for you to feel the burn.
CLIMB classes feature an outdoor 17-station high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program guaranteed to kick your butt and leave you wanting more. Strength Fusion with Stephanie uses weights, bands, and the barre to give you a toning workout and amazing stretch all in one.
Older adults love taking “Silver Sneakers” classes with Olivia. This program is designed to give seniors the opportunity to build strength and improve their overall wellbeing in a fun and social atmosphere.

The Les Mills Experience

Steel Fitness Riverport is one of the only fitness centers in the area to offer Les Mills classes. If you haven’t experienced one yet, you’re missing out. These scientifically-designed, heart-pounding classes will help you get in the best shape of your life and have fun doing it.
Grab a barbell and tone your body with a Les Mills BodyPump or Grit class. The Les Mils RPM cycle classes will help you take your cardio fitness to a whole new level. It only takes one class experience to understand why Les Mills has become a worldwide fitness phenomenon. Sign up for your Les Mills experience today!

Fitness with a Twist

At Steel Fitness, we believe working out should be fun. That’s why we’ve added an array of interesting class options designed to appeal to just about everyone. Increase your speed, agility, and stamina while practicing boxing with Ty, or improve your overall wellbeing with a yoga class designed to align your body, mind, and spirit.
Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone? Give Balance Board Yoga a try or sign up for an anti-gravity fitness classes. Here you’ll use a hammock to perform a workout that combines yoga, Palates, calisthenics, and aerial acrobatics. This full-body workout is guaranteed to boost your mood and build your confidence.
Can’t decide which class to take? Don’t worry! Rotating classes gives you the opportunity to take advantage of muscle confusion, improving the physical results of your workouts. Since Steel Fitness memberships include unlimited classes, you’re free to mix things up and try them all.

Give Steel Fitness a Try Today!

From our awesome fitness classes and professional trainers to the world-class amenities, there truly is nothing like the Steel Fitness Riverport experience. With so many great classes to choose from, you’ll want to get started right away. Request a free pass today and see what a difference a great fitness facility can make in helping you crush your 2019 resolutions.

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Southside’s Finest: Bethlehem’s Best Food, Fitness, Entertainment and Culture is Here

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Once an old steel town, the city of Bethlehem has undergone an incredible revitalization. It’s now a hub for amazing dining, arts, entertainment, nightlife, and awesome fitness experiences. Here’s a round-up of some of the best things to do in and around the city.

The Area’s Best Dining

From delicious brunch options to the best cheesesteaks this side of Philly, local foodies have plenty of choices when it comes to culinary experiences in Bethlehem. Roasted, Urbano, and Whiz Kids are just a few of the city’s favorite dining options.

Roasted

One of best places for breakfast and brunch, Roasted is a favorite among locals of all ages. Some of the most popular menu items include the Fried Egg Reuben, Oreo French Toast, and Vegan Breakfast Tacos. With traditional classics and plenty of decadent meal options, there’s something on the menu for everyone.

Urbano

If tacos and tequila are more your style, you’ll love Urbano Mexican Kitchen and Bar. The menu features a selection of tacos, appetizers, and traditional Mexican entrees. Stop by and enjoy the daily happy hour, or gather up your friends for Sunday brunch.

Wiz Kidz

When you’re in the mood for comfort food, look no further than Wiz Kidz. Bringing you a blast from the past with ‘80s and ‘90s-themed décor, this quick-serve restaurant serves up awesome cheesesteaks, perogies, and a selection of milkshakes.

Arts, Entertainment, and Nightlife

When it comes to entertaining things to do in Bethlehem, you have plenty of great options. Two of the most popular destinations are The Banana Factory and Sands Casino. Each offers a very different experience, and you won’t want to miss either one.

The Banana Factory

The six-building complex that was once a banana distribution warehouse now houses an art center appropriately called The Banana Factory. The complex features three art galleries, 30 resident studio artists, and several classrooms. Join the hundreds of visitors who attend the First Friday events every month or sign up for one of the studio’s great classes including pottery, photography, and jewelry-making.

Sands Casino

If you really want to have a great time in Bethlehem, you can go wrong with a visit to Sands Casino. Whether you want to give gambling a whirl, enjoy a culinary treat at one of the casino’s many restaurants, or dance the night away, the casino’s got you covered. While you’re there, check out the outlet shopping and make an appointment to get pampered at the spa.

Fitness and Fun

When it comes to health and fitness, our local residents know how to do it right. Whether you’re hiking around Lehigh Valley, having a ton of fun at Dutch Springs, or enjoying a workout at the area’s premier fitness center, you’re sure to find plenty of ways stay fit and enjoy doing it.

Dutch Springs

Who says fitness can’t be fun? You’ll enjoy plenty of exercise while exploring the many attractions at Dutch Springs. Enjoy the water playground at the Aqua Park and challenge yourself with the Aerial Park’s high ropes course, zip lining, and climbing wall. Visitors can also rent watercrafts, scuba, snorkel and play Knockerball. Stay for a day or extend your adventure by renting a spot on the Dutch Springs campground.

Steel Fitness Riverport

The area’s premier fitness destination, Steel Fitness Riverport offers an all-inclusive health and wellness experience. Here you’ll enjoy an array of fitness classes including yoga and spin, Les Mills Body Pump, team training, and The YARD outdoor fitness challenge. Located right next to Lehigh University, Steel Fitness also offers special membership rates for students. Contact us today to learn about our premier offerings and membership opportunities.

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Plyometrics Exercises: What You Need To Know

Plyometric workouts (or “plyo,” for short) have been espoused by elite athletes for years, and they’ve recently gained traction in the general fitness world.

Plyo workouts essentially involve jumping, skipping, hopping, and one-legged bounces. If your mind immediately harkened back to your playground days, you’re not too far off-base. In fact, plyometric workouts used to be referred to as “jump training.”

Our elementary-school selves were onto something, though, as plyometric workouts have distinct health and fitness benefits.

Here’s what you need to know about plyometric workouts as you consider adding them to your fitness routine.

What Can I Expect From a Plyometric Workout?

We mentioned that plyo workouts involve jumping, but it’s much more structured than that. Throughout a plyometric workout, you engage in a series of explosive jumps, jump squats, and one-leg hops.

Every time you perform a jump and land it, you stretch and fire your muscles. This combination of stretching and contracting (landing and jumping again) is one of the best ways to work your leg muscles.

Unlike cardio or core exercises, you don’t want to add plyo to your routine on a daily basis. Your muscles will need a break after such intense exercise, so incorporate plyo about every three days.

What Are the Benefits of A Plyometric Workout?

While plyo shouldn’t constitute the bulk of your fitness routine, it can be a great option for athletes who want to condition their fast-twitch muscles.

Plyo simulates the explosive muscle movements you’d perform during basketball (jump shots), baseball or softball (an infielder fielding a far-away grounder), tennis (a serve), volleyball (a spike), and just about any high-paced athletic competition you could think of.

If you want to be at the top of your athletic game, you should strongly consider plyo workouts.

Additionally, plyo adds a dynamic energy to your workout. If you get bored running for miles on a treadmill, plyo is a much faster-paced workout you can perform.

Even if you’re not an athlete but want to strengthen your legs and glutes, plyo could work for you.

Where Can I Do a Plyo Workout?

At our local gym in Bethlehem, we have the boxes and fitness space you need for a plyo routine. Our state-of-the-art fitness floor has ample space so that you can engage in this dynamic workout without worrying about falling onto the elliptical next to you.

If you’re just establishing a fitness routine or want more guidance for a plyo workout, consider working with one of our personal trainers. Let them know your fitness goals and ask them if plyometrics makes sense for your body.

Plyo Workouts at Steel Fitness Riverport

To take your fitness routine to new heights (literally, see how high you can jump after a few weeks of plyo training), join Steel Fitness Riverport today.

We’re a great option for anyone who’s searched “gym near me” to no avail, or for those specifically seeking plyo training.

Register for a free three-day pass today and see what we’re all about at Steel Fitness Riverport!

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Joint Protection Tips

While there are innumerable benefits to working out and establishing a dedicated fitness routine, there are only a few downsides.

One potential obstacle, if not preempted, involves joint pain associated with high-impact workouts. If your body isn’t used to running on a treadmill, you might notice some achy knees. Similarly, if you’ve never taken a HIIT workout class before and now you go a few times per week, your shoulders and ankles might be giving you a bit of trouble.

The solution to joint pain during a workout isn’t to stop working out; instead, you should take precaution and strategically choose your workout so that you can have a sustainable, healthy fitness routine.

Our local gym in Bethlehem, Steel Fitness Riverport, is committed to educating our clients so that they feel empowered and comfortable in the gym.

Consider these tips from Steel Fitness Riverport to minimize joint pain as you exercise.

1. Find Proper Fitting Shoes and Insoles

If you’ve always had knee, hip, and ankle pain, finding the right pair of shoes can make all the difference in the world. Don’t just put on any old flimsy running shoe. It’s worth the investment to go to a local shoe store, have your stride analyzed, and buy a shoe that fits your foot correctly.

Similarly, consider a shoe insole or orthotic for added support. New shoe insoles on the market, such as those from NOENE as seen on Shark Tank, use shock-absorbing technology to disperse harmful vibrations associated with impact.

If you have existing conditions such as arthritis, be sure to consult with your doctor to get their opinion as well.

2. Take Low-Impact Group Exercise Classes

One of the best ways to ensure you’re training in a safe manner is to take group exercise classes. We highly recommend spinning, anti-gravity fitness, and yoga.

By design, these group fitness classes are low-impact yet high-intensity workouts. You still get a great sweat without needing to do squat jumps or treadmill runs.

Check out our group fitness schedule today to find a class that works at our local gym in Bethlehem.

3. Hire a Personal Trainer

If you experience chronic pain or significant joint pain, working with a personal trainer might be your best bet for a safe fitness regimen. Each of the personal trainers at our local gym is certified and experienced — it’s their job to tailor workouts to fit the individual needs of their clients, and they have the exercise science background to do so effectively.

For more information about personal trainers at our local gym, check out the personal training page.

Finding a Gym Nearby

Steel Fitness Riverport is a premier fitness club in Bethlehem. Our facilities include a state-of-the-art workout floor, outdoor training, group exercise classes, and luxury locker rooms. We also partner with Steel Fitness Premier in Allentown, so you can access their aquatic center, group classes, and gym nearby.

Become a member of Steel Fitness Riverport today, and develop a fitness routine with longevity in mind.

 

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The Importance of Drinking Water During a Workout

A workout is loaded with things that can distract you. From the reps that you’re trying to get to the focus that you have throughout each exercise, it’s incredibly easy to forget to fuel your body during the workout. While there are so many things that you can do to fuel your body, the best thing that you could do is drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout.

Today’s blog is going to be focused on the importance of water intake and how it affects your workout as a whole, but also how your body can hurt when you don’t provide it with enough water.

 

Detox Your Body

One of the many benefits of fueling your body with water is that the water in your body detoxes your body on a daily basis. When your body sweats and breathes, it’s using the water in your body to help push those toxins out and leave your body clean and healthy. When your body doesn’t have enough water in it, it’s unable to push those toxins out.

You may correlate skin breakouts, bloating, and various other downfalls to the times that you didn’t drink enough water, and that’s because your body is unable to push those toxins out. When it’s unable to do so, it has to reap the consequences of the toxins which is what those less than pleasant effects are due to.

 

Dehydration is No Joke

It’s very easy to get dehydrated, and more often than not, our bodies are close to getting to that point. When it gets to extreme levels, dehydration can create kidney failure, troubles with your liver, extreme overheating, heat exhaustion, and more. The longer that you deprive your body of water, the more extreme the symptoms and side effects will be.

When it comes to your workout, the amount that you’re sweating will also affect the level of dehydration that you experience. If you’re sweating a lot, and not refueling your body with water, then you’re going to get dehydrated much quicker. Depending on the intensity of your workout, you’ll want to drink water accordingly.

 

Muscle Repair

Another essential part of working out is the repair of your muscles. If you’re pushing yourself to the limit when you go and workout, then you’re going to need to be considering just what your body needs to avoid an injury. One of the best things to help your muscles recover is water. For that reason, it’s vital that you’re not only drinking water before or during your workout but that you’re continuing to hydrate your body long after the workout as well.

If you’re finishing up your workout and you’re about to leave the gym, fill up your water bottle and make sure that you have plenty of water to keep drinking on the way home. Your body will thank you for this every single time.

We’ve only mentioned a few of the benefits that drinking water will have on your body, but countless others have long-term effects on your health and your body. Whether you’re living an active lifestyle or you’re taking steps to improving your health, remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day and during each workout. Just swapping out one to two drinks that you have that aren’t water each day will provide your body with so many benefits.

As you stop by your local gym in Bethlehem this summer, make sure that you have plenty of water to keep you fueled throughout your workout! We can’t wait for you to stop in.

 

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Preparing for Anti-Gravity Fitness Classes

When you think of an anti-gravity fitness class, do you picture NASA-esque space simulators where your body is floating through the air? Or maybe you’re thinking of the moment in Harry Potter when Harry experiences flying on a broomstick for the first time.

Either way, the concept of “anti-gravity” fitness certainly conjures up some intense images.

In reality, though, anti-gravity fitness classes are a form of aerial exercise that comes with distinct benefits — not to mention, they’re really fun.

If you’re already convinced to try acrobatic fitness for these reasons, the next step is preparing yourself for this type of class.

Preparing for Anti-Gravity Fitness Classes

Anti-gravity fitness classes involve being suspended in an elevated hammock as you exercise. Although you flow through familiar exercises from yoga, pilates, and calisthenics, the aerial aspect of the class certainly adds an added challenge.

To maximize your fitness class experience, keep these tips in mind as you prepare for class.

  1. Find a gym that offers anti-gravity classes near you: Keep in mind that because anti-gravity fitness takes a particular environment and the right equipment, these exercise classes aren’t offered everywhere. Luckily, our local gym in Bethlehem offers anti-gravity fitness classes as part of our group exercise class offerings.
  2. Do not wear jewelry, belts, clothing with studs, etc.: Because you are suspended in a hammock (made specifically for exercise, not lounging), you do not want to wear anything that might cause a snag. Take off rings, earrings, necklaces, and be mindful that you do not wear any clothing with studs, gems, or anything else that might rip the material.
  3. Avoid baggy or loose-fitting clothing: Being prepared to invert your body means wearing clothing that won’t lift up. The last thing you want is to be constantly grabbing your shirt or tucking it in as you exercise. Consider wearing tight leggings or spandex, too, so that your shorts do not ride completely up.
  4. Do not use lotion or sunscreen before class: Lotion and sunscreen are slippery, and “slippery” is not a good adjective to have anywhere near “anti-gravity” fitness. You will need a firm grip as you learn to maneuver the hammock, so do yourself a favor and skip the lotion before class. Additionally, you do not want any potentially irritating products to rub onto the hammock, as other people will use the equipment as well.
  5. Save eating and drinking for after class: It’s never the best idea to eat a full meal before any type of exercise, and this is especially true of the fitness involves inverting your body. You are more likely to feel dizzy or sick if you have a full stomach. Stay hydrated, of course, and eat a little snack, but don’t get too full before class.

Watch a class so you know what to expect: Whenever we try something new, it’s easy for our imaginations to get the best of us. If you can, stop by our local gym in Bethlehem to spectate an anti-gravity fitness class. This way, you’ll know exactly what to expect. You can also watch a video of an anti-gravity class in action on our website to get a feel for the class!

Steel Fitness Riverport

Our local gym in Bethlehem chose to offer anti-gravity fitness classes because they are extremely beneficial and a nice way to reinvigorate a tired fitness routine.

Come see why anti-gravity exercise is all the rage these days at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem.

If anti-gravity classes aren’t right for you, check out the 60 other group fitness classes offered on our weekly schedule!

Not a Steel Fitness Riverport member yet but want to try these classes? Sign up for a free three-day trial today!

 

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Benefits of Off-Season Training

As the parent of an athlete, you know first-hand the role that sports play in positive development.

Sports are the way your kid stays active, gets outside, makes friends, has positive role models, develops discipline and passion, takes on leadership roles…we could go on forever.

Athletics are truly a foundation for our children and teenagers, and they have increasingly become a way for young adults to connect to their school and local communities.

Over the summer, Steel Fitness Riverport, a local gym in Bethlehem, is offering sports-specific off-season training (S.O.S.) precisely for this reason.

Benefits of Off-Season Training

Aside from further connecting your kid to the sports they love, there are many advantages to signing your kid up for a summer training camp.

Consider the advantages below as you decide whether a sports-specific training camp might be the right activity for your child this summer.

1. Preparation for Fall Try-Outs

If you have a high schooler, you know how important it is to make a Varsity team. If you have a rising freshman or an athlete who has played on JV teams for the last few years, a sports-specific training camp is one of the best ways to ensure that they get the Varsity letter.

Even if the local high school has “off-season” training, chances are it’s just lifting a few weights and getting in good face time with coaches. At Steel Fitness Riverport, however, our program involves comprehensive training to develop strength, speed, and endurance geared specifically toward the sport your child plays.

At tryouts, your kid will outshine the competition; after all, they’ve been working hard and getting stronger all summer, while other teens might have just been sitting around playing video games.

2. Giving the Edge for Making a Travel Team

Travel team tryouts usually occur at the end of summer, especially for fall or year-round sports such as softball, baseball, and basketball.

If your kid has struggled to make a travel or club team (or wants to make a better one), then a sports-specific training regimen is another way to set them apart. Our youth program supplements the skills that your child develops at sports practice by focusing on specific muscle groups, cardiovascular stamina, and fast-twitch responses.

Steel Fitness Riverport

Being physically fit as a young person is a key to health as an adult. Sign your child up for S.O.S. today at our local gym in Bethlehem.

 

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How To Set Personal Fitness Goals

If you’ve taken any business class, you’ve probably heard of the concept of a SMART goal — one that is specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-sensitive.

SMART goals make sense, but what if you’re trying to set a goal about a topic you know barely anything about and have little experience in? For those who want to live a healthier lifestyle and make fitness a priority, this is often a reality. We might know that we want to lose weight, get more muscle tone, and generally live a more active life, but it’s really hard to set much narrower goals than that.

Unfortunately, when we have goals that are too broad, they’re usually easier for us to give up or fail to reach. As such, we have developed this resource for people who want to commit to SMART fitness goals, but who might not know where to start.

Hire a Personal Trainer

This is almost the only piece of advice we need to give, as personal trainers will aid you in not only setting realistic fitness goals, but will also be there every step of the way to ensure you meet them. Instead of feeling aimless on a fitness floor at your local gym — hopping on the treadmill not because you want to but because it’s the only exercise you feel comfortable doing — signing up with a personal trainer will give direction to your fitness training.

When you communicate your general fitness goal to a personal trainer, they will be able to translate “weight loss” into specific, measurable steps, such as, “achieve 186-pound weight by this date.” Indeed, they can also provide weekly weigh-ins so you can see how much progress you are making toward your weight loss goal.

With personal training at our local gym in Bethlehem, you also have more diverse options than just working out with a fitness coach. You can engage in small group training or sign up for a specialized weight loss program called Body Transformation (BT12).

In any type of personal training, you can set specific goals and give yourself a plan for achieving them.

Consult with a Doctor

Getting a sense of your overall health can also help you to set SMART fitness goals. If your blood tests show any sign of blood pressure concern, for instance, your goal might be to lower your blood pressure to a healthy rate, as determined by your doctor. Similarly, if you want to lose weight, your doctor will be able to tell you a healthy body-mass-index for you, and you can create a fitness goal accordingly.

At your next check-up, don’t be afraid to mention your desire to get healthier. Your health care providers can be a great resource when it comes to wellness goals.

Your Local Gym in Bethlehem

Steel Fitness Premier is a local gym in Bethlehem that offers an inclusive environment for its members. Whether you have a regimented fitness routine or are just starting to commit to a healthier lifestyle, our fitness services can assist you. Learn more and become a member today!

 

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