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Whether you are looking to tone up, improve your fitness levels and generally lose some of those unwanted inches or perhaps are in training for a major event,FitnessPlus can help.Our relaxed informal fitness clubs offer the Fitness hallmarks of a great value,the latest equipment and a friendly environment in which to work out or just relax.

Beginning With The Fitness B.A.S.I.C.S

You’ve decided to commit to incorporating some form of physical activity into your lifestyle because you understand the benefit and importance. You may have obtained information that Black women between the ages of 25-34 are more likely to gain weight than any other female group (Dixon 1994).

You are probably aware that our traditional eating habits (soul food, etc) have left a legacy of high fat, sugar, and cholesterol with us. The bottom line is, once you decide to do something about your health and fitness, you’ve must choose a starting point.

This is aimed at providing you with the tools to not only begin your quest to a healthier self, but also to help you remain on a positive path of good health and fitness.

-Begin at the beginning with a thorough physical examination. It is very important for you to be made aware of any ailments or medical conditions that may have to be addressed before you begin your activity. An important measure for consideration is your heart rate and the effects that exercise will have on it. The overall goal is for your heart rate to remain within its target or training zone while you exercise. Review any medications that you take with your doctor because they may have an effect on your heart rate. You will need to know how to make the necessary adjustments to your fitness regimen to assure that you are exercising safely.

After your physical examination finds you fit to begin on a new fitness program, you must deal with your level of “fitness”. Fitness is comprised of three equally important components, strength, flexibility, and endurance. Let’s examine each of these factors.

Strength: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard sisters tell me “I don’t want large muscles.” We think by weight training or lifting weights, we will increase in size and take on the appearance of a professional bodybuilder. Generally speaking, the average person does not lift the massive amounts of weights necessary to create that level of muscular bulking. It is important to understand the benefits of weight training and how increasing muscle mass will allow the body to burn more calories. Weight training can help you tone muscles in key areas that begin to defy gravity as time goes on. The results will be a leaner and healthier look (without the sagging triceps muscles on the back of the arm that we despise for example). Before you start any exercise program get, sound advice from a certified fitness professional. A fitness professional can support your endeavors by showing you the proper way to exercise, and direct you as to what types of weight training exercise are conducive to help you meet your goals. Begin your weight training regiment slowly (low weight).

Flexibility: As we get older, many of us lose flexibility. You can, however take actions to improve your flexibility. You should always stretch before and after any physical activity. Stretching increases range of motion and helps to stimulate muscle growth. It will also help eliminate lactic acid (the burn) from muscle tissue once you’ve completed exercising. Allow ten minutes before and after you finish your workout to stretch and relax your muscles. Participating in a yoga or a stretch class can help you to understand your body and create body movement awareness.

Endurance: Endurance is synonymous with aerobics or any type of endurance movement. Any activity (from bicycling to dancing) that benefits your cardiovascular system within a twenty-thirty minute framework can be considered an aerobic activity. The magic number in aerobic activity is twenty minutes, because that is when the body begins to utilise stored energy (fat).

Twenty minutes may seem like a long time, but with consistency you will build your endurance in no time! Begin your endurance training slowly, set realistic goals for yourself, and keep a record of your progress. By keeping a record of your progress, you will physically see your accomplishments and will it help you stay motivated!

The Purpose of Aerobic Exercise

Now comes the big question, what is the purpose of participating in some form of aerobic or endurance exercise? The answer is simple; you want to maintain an energy level that will allow you to enjoy everyday lifestyle activities. If you’ve noticed that climbing a few flights of stairs is becoming an issue, it may be because you need to strengthen your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs). The word “aerobic” means oxygen, and according to the American Heart Association “the better your body uses oxygen, the more active you can be without tiring.” Aerobic activity utilises large muscles in a rhythmic motion that will increase your basal metabolic rate (the energy you consume to remain alive). When you utilise more energy than the body needs to sustain life, your basal metabolic rate will increase and you will use stored energy (fat).

Finding Your Target Training Zone

In order to burn calories effectively, you must exercise within a certain target (number range) or training zone. This zone is a designed to help you exercise safely and effectively while allowing the body to begin burning your stored energy. Miram Nelson, Ph.D. (1998) informs us that your target heart rate should be 60 to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. This means you are utilising your cardiovascular system more effectively. In other words, once you begin to get in shape, your cardiovascular system will not work as hard to do the same amount of work.

At FitnessPlus, we are committed to helping you achieve your fitness goal and healthier living. Call us today or visit our club at —

Becoming a member

Making the decision on which health & fitness club to join isn’t an easy one and it’s not all about price either.

You want to join a health & fitness club that you can feel relaxed in and isn’t pretentious and most of all you want to join a club that can help you achieve your health & fitness goals, whether that be to simply shed those few extra inches or to get in shape for a major sporting event.

At FitnessPlus we go that extra mile to delight our members and provide little extras some clubs don’t..


Corporate Memberships

If you are looking to introduce a corporate fitness club membership scheme to your company then look no further. At FitnessPlus  we want you to reap the rewards of a healthier workforce and for less than you may think! FitnessPlus corporate memberships are a great way to reward and retain your employees and to differentiate your company when recruiting.

Research suggests that frequent exercise can improve employee health and motivation, boost morale, cut stress levels, reduce absenteeism (the average employee takes up to 9 sick days per year, this reduces to 4 among employees who enjoy regular exercise) and ultimately increase productivity.

It’s simple:


We know from experience that every company has different requirements, and we want to help you find the right kind of corporate membership for your organisation, that’s why we will work closely with you to fully discover your needs and motivations for offering fitness club corporate memberships to your employees. We can then provide tailor made corporate membership solutions to help you support and reward your employees.

To discuss corporate memberships at a FitnessPlus, please e-mail us.

FitnessPlus members benefits

Look good, feel great, reduce body fat, tone up, lose weight, increase self-esteem, These are just some of a great number of benefits that members can hope to achieve from joining FitnessPlus.

Others include social benefits, our friendly relaxed atmosphere provides a place to meet up with friends and family, or indeed a place to meet new friends. There are also financial benefits as there is often a reduction in life insurance for those who are members of and regular users of a gym.

You’ve realised the benefits to your fitness levels of joining a health & fitness club and you’ve certainly made the right decision and chosen to join FitnessPlus where you can enjoy a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in our clubs but also some added benefits.

The formula to determine your target heart rate is as follows:

  1. The heart can beat a maximum of 220 beats per minute (bpm).
  2. To determine your age range maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220 (bpm).
  3. Multiply your maximum age range heart rate by the minimum per cent (.60) of aerobic training and maximum percent of aerobic training (.80). These numbers will provide you with key areas to remain within, during a safe aerobic training session. Now, I’m going to boldly go where no “sista” wants to go I’m going to use myself as an example.


Heart beats per minute 220
My age – 45
My age range maximum heart rate 175
Minimum heart rate x .60
Minimum Target Heart Rate 105
Heart beats per minute 220
My age – 45
My age range maximum heart rate 175
Maximum heart rate x .80
My maximum Target Heart Rate 140



While you are working-out, check your heart rate within ten minutes of your aerobic activity and every ten minutes thereafter. Slowly decrease your activity level so you can now take your target heart rate. You will begin by locating your radial (wrist) pulse. Extend your hand, so that your right palm is facing you. Slide your left index and middle finger from your palm and firmly press at the hollowed area on your wrist, which is the radial area. Count the number of beats you feel within 15 seconds and multiply by that number by four. The number you obtain should be between your minimum and maximum target heart rate.

At SMART FITNESS CENTER we understand that achieving a healthier lifestyle is not always easy, but we are here to help you.  We will develop a programme that will meet your individual needs.  We are committed in helping you achieve your fitness goals



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