Working Out Sucks!

By Jonathan Aluzas Yeah, it's true, "working out" sucks.? The ponderous drudgery of killing time on an elliptical machine or doing a few sets of military press in a Cybex machine is enough to drive…

Arena Fitness on GroupOn Now!!

Arena Fitness is joining with Groupon! Going live in Los Angeles today, your favorite local deals website is introducing Groupon Now! to offer you discounts at local businesses and services in real-time. Using your computer…

Fuel Yourself

The desire for weight loss is the number one reason people get involved in a fitness program, yet many people who undertake fitness don't lose weight.? Why is this?? Because no matter how comprehensive and…

Check Out Our New Facebook Page!!

Make sure to tune in to our new Facebook page!? It's a great way to watch training videos and stay up to date on our events and happenings in real time.? Click on the Facebook…

This One’s for the Fellas!

Written by Jonathan Aluzas So, this post is specifically for the guys out there.? A friend recently forwarded me a great post from a website called The Art of Manliness ( that deals with fitness…

Part 1: Journey to a Championship Fight, cont’d.

Continuation of Part 1: An Inside Look to an Athlete's Path Written by Joe Garcia, Owner of Arena Fitness Mental Rehearsing and Visualization Hearts pounding, breathe, relax, establish the position, stay loose, be explosive, be…

31 Days of Good Nutrition

Written by Jonathan Aluzas I can't tell you how often I hear "I don't know what to eat!? Tell me what I should be eating!"? This plea is generally fairly desperate in tone and the…

We’re Moving and Growing!!

For a long time now we've been wanting to move into a better and bigger facility and that time has finally come.? We have relocated into another space in our current shopping center which is…

Fit AND Fat; The New Reality

Fit AND Fat; The New Reality
By Jonathan Aluzas I am rising up in defense of fat.? I know, this is counterintuitive for a gym owner and seems to defy common sense, but the popular movement toward "thin is in" drives me to address this issue.? We have a national fascination with skinny (Louisiana, the fattest nation in the Union, notwithstanding).? Our actresses get tinier and tinier, our models look like pipe cleaners, the weight loss supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar monster (Attention: Hydroxycut just got recalled, what a surprise!) and celebrities who slap on a few pounds are mocked and derided in the media ( Jessica Simpson; you look just fine, girl).? There is a poverty of self-image that is driving us mad.
Nicole: NOT FIT
But "thin" and "fit" are not words that form an absolute marriage, nor are the words "fat" and "unhealthy" synonymous.? Research done over the last several years indicate that one can actually be overweight and healthy at the same time.? In fact,
Active obese individuals actually have lower morbidity and mortality than normal weight individuals who are sedentary...the health risks of obesity are largely controlled if a person is physically active and physically fit. - The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 2000 -
Interesting.? It seems that, while obesity is generally accepted as a negative health factor, it's the lack of physical activity that is the critical component in one's health.
"Consistently, physical inactivity was a better predictor of all-cause mortality than being overweight or obese." -Annals of Epidemiology, 2002