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Michelle Renney reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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I have been very pleased with every aspect of this gym. From the trainers, other members and how Allen makes a point to say hello and encourage!! I tried BBC and found it didn’t suit me and especially when it came to the price of membership!! Just as many classes available and 1/2 the price...So glad to have found this treasure!!’

Lisa Uber reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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I absolutely love the fact that every time you go, you will always be doing a different, while very effective, workout! I get bored super easily working out - but not here! Love the variety, the instructors, and the people attending! Everyone is so supportive!!! If you are looking for a gym - give this one a try!

Tina Robbins Barton reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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There isn't a better gym out there.. These guys work hard to bring us the newest most effective way to get and stay strong/fit. Fitness One is also the friendliest gym I have ever been to.

Jason Milam reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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Personable trainers, intense workouts and a variety of classes will get you where you want to be. Allen does an awesome job on the Krav classes! Never had one class disappoint.

Bill Byrd reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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The best coach's and trainers. The best martial arts systems and methods. The best members. Nuf' Said' ! :)

Dr. Charles Rawlings reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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Allen is more than those- much more. He is insightful, resourceful, intuitive, energetic and optimistic. in short- a force to be reckoned with. How do I know? I have been trained and counseled by Allen for almost five years. At first I was merely interested in the physical development side of Allen but then it developed into something much deeper- something rare between modern males. Don’t misunderstand, under Allen’s tutelage I was able to earn my Black Belt in Krav but the education did not stop there. Allen has an intuitive feel for a person’s psyche and needs. You have a problem; Allen typically has a practical solution. You have an emotional set back, Allen is there to stop the slide and move you forward. You have a physical goal or even slide back, Allen is there to push you forward or to stop your slide backward. Allen has the knowledge, he has the capability and he has the wherewithal to improve almost anyone that seeks his help. Ask Allen to be your coach- both physical and lifestyle- you will be a better person in a very short period of time.

Renee Kennedy reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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Where do I even begin...I'll start by saying I live 45 minutes from Fitness One and yet I still go there! Why? Because I've never experienced a workout like the one I get a Fitness One. I've tried several different gyms and nothing even comes close! The energy, the encouragement, the feeling you have after a work out is incredible. I've done cardio at a box gym that is closer to my house, and when I've looked at my fitness tracker, I got so frustrated because I had only burned half the calories in the same amount of time that I would at Fitness One. The kick boxing classes are a huge stress reliever for me too. In 45 minutes you burn so many calories and leave feeling like you've really accomplished something. My energy level is better, my clothes fit better, and I'm getting tone. Whatever your fitness goals are they can help you. I absolutely love this gym!

Mark Stewart reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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Great classes and instructors. They have a variety of classes to fit your personality and fitness goals. You will find top of the line equipment and knowledgeable staff. They offer aerobics, weight training, boxing and martial arts classes.

Rebecca Barber reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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Omg Ashley was a great trainer I really enjoyed my first day of the 21 rapid weight loss boot camp I look forward to many more and I definitely recommend this place !! Can't want to go back it definitely kicked my butt hahaha

Melissa Parks reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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I have been going to Fitness One for over a month now. This is one of the best commitments I have ever made. I love the variety of classes and all the instructors. From day one I jumped right in and have felt right at home. When I first visited I met Ethan and told him I had never really participated in classes before. I could see the commitment and strong belief in him for fitness. He's one of the biggest reasons I joined. For several years I have been running and doing workouts at home. I wish I had known about Fitness One a long time ago. I am looking forward to my journey here and seeing how much I improve.

Carlee Demaris reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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My experience at Fitness One has been amazing and it has exceeded my expectations in the 4 months I've been going there! I need something that pushes me because I won't push myself hard doing my own workout. I get excited to go to class and I'm always in a better mood after I workout! My kids also love going into child care while I workout! I am very happy I found this gym and have become a regular there!

Tricia Krentz Davis reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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This is the best place ever! Allen and the staff are really invested in their clients success and are helpful to make sure you achieve your goals. The classes, nutrition information and trainers kitchen site has helped me exceed the goals I set for myself. There is no other "gym" like it

Jonathan Rigsbee reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
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Allan and his staff do a wonderful job at helping each member find their "place" at Fitness One. The family type atmosphere at Fitness One is incredible and works to hold you accountable, as well as motivating you to achieve levels you never thought were possible. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, you will certainly get there faster at Fitness One than at any of the big box gyms!

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The Secret to Muscle Growth

The Secret to Muscle Growth

Today we are covering two things: 1) What is toning? and 2) How do muscles grow? 

Many gyms’ marketing campaigns use the word toning, but we want to clarify that there’s really no such thing as “toning.” A muscle can only do one of three things: 

  • It can stay the same
  • It can grow
  • It can atrophy (shrink)

If you don’t use your muscles, especially if you’re over 30 and you’re getting older, then they’re going to shrink. You have to stay busy keeping those muscles strong if you want to be able to carry yourself through space and keep up your metabolism. 

So, the question is, how do muscles grow? To explain this, think of the act of opening a door.

Neurons and Your Muscles

Imagine standing at a door, any door. You’re going to open the door, and when you start to do that your brain sends a signal to your arm that says, Open the door, and the neurons in your arm fire. Opening the door is a type of motion that your body is used to. All you are doing is pulling on a weight, the door, that is not too heavy. You can move this door through space pretty easily, recruiting only the muscles in your wrist, forearm, and bicep. 

Now let’s shut the door and repeat the same scenario, but pretend that the door is made out of iron. This time, when I try to open a door made of iron, the muscles in my arm are not enough to do the job. The neurons that are sent to the muscles say, Whoa, no way. What happens then?

The door is too heavy. So I plant my feet, tense up my back, engage the core, take a breath, and then use all of those muscles to pull open the door. The brain has then recruited more neurons to cause more muscles to fire to help me achieve the task of opening the door.

Micro Tears in Your Muscles

Now, once that stress is under the body, something very cool happens. You experience tiny micro tears in the muscles because of the stress that has been placed on them. Then, if you rest and eat correctly, those muscles repair and become stronger. The muscles are strengthened for the next type of scenario that you go through where you may need to recruit all of those muscles. 

During a Strength Training Workout

Now let’s think about it in terms of working out. If you are doing a barbell deadlift and the weight you are lifting is too light, then it would be very similar to opening a regular door. Your muscles can already handle that motion, so it’s really not that difficult and it’s not going to apply any stress on your body. However, if I put 200 or 300 pounds on the bar—something that isn’t easy and stresses your muscles—then it will cause those minor tears in the muscle because you are applying the appropriate stress. And when you eat correctly and sleep, then the muscles grow and get stronger. 

Conclusion

One thing you need to understand whether you ever set foot in our door or not, is that if you are not properly strength training, then you are not doing anything to your muscles. It’s like opening a door. The correct stressor has to apply or your muscles will atrophy, or shrink, and as they shrink, your metabolism slows down and you burn less calories at rest. With shrinking muscle mass, you don’t have the same energy, you can’t carry yourself as well, and it definitely aids in making you look way older than you are. So make sure you are training your muscles with appropriate strength workouts, eating to supplement muscle growth, and sleeping to help them recover.  

 

A Message from Allen

If you’ve ever thought about having somebody put together your strength training program for you, help you design classes or workouts that can help you gain lean muscle the way you want to, that’s what we do at Fitness One. I’m Allen Branch, the owner. I’d like to personally invite you out to visit one of our classes or check out our gym, but for today, just wanted to give you a little information on how that works and why it’s so important for you to be in a solid fundamental strength training program that gets results. Again, I’m Allen Branch, owner of Fitness One, in Kernersville. Thanks for reading, we’ll see you next time.