This summer, we are excited to bring you the Summer of Strength, designed to help you make the most out of your gym experience and try new things during your workouts. If you decide to join in on the fun, don’t forget to post a picture of your workout on Instagram using the hashtag #summerofstrength and tag @anytimefitness to be entered to win in our sweepstakes.
Below, you’ll find the terms and conditions for our Summer of Strength Sweepstakes. Happy #summerofstrength!
OFFICIAL RULES – ANYTIME FITNESS® SUMMER OF STRENGTH
UNITED STATES & CANADA
These Official Rules for the Anytime Fitness® Summer of Strength Instagram sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Anytime Fitness, LLC (“Sponsor”). Void where prohibited.
Eligibility. To be eligible to win you must be at least 18 years old as of the date prizes are awarded and a legal resident of the United States. To vote you must be at least 18 years old as of the date of voting and a legal resident of the United States or Canada.
Sponsorship. The sponsor is Anytime Fitness, LLC located at 111 Weir Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. Sponsor and its respective officers, directors, shareholders, and employees, including without limitation, the immediate family members of such individuals, are not eligible to participate. Sponsor will conduct the Sweepstakes substantially as described in these Official Rules.
Sweepstakes & Voting Period. This Sweepstakes period (“Sweepstakes Period”) begins on July 8, 2019 at 12:01 AM CST and ends on August 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM CST.
How to Enter. During the Sweepstakes Period, to enter, entrants must submit a photo of themselves working out on Instagram tagged with the hashtag “#summerofstrength.” Entrant’s Instagram profile must be public in order to enter. Limit one (1) entry per person per day. Anyone creating duplicate or multiple accounts for the purpose of entering will be disqualified.Photos will be reviewed for relevance and content after submission and prior to posting. Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to reject or otherwise exclude any photo in the exercise of its sole discretion. No purchase necessary to enter.
One (1) winner each week will be chosen at random and one (1) prize will be awarded to each winner. The prizes will each consist of a selection of Anytime Fitness branded apparel and/or items, chosen at Sponsor’s discretion. Each prize has an equivalent cash value of no more than $75. Limit one prize per person.
Sponsor’s decisions and interpretations on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes and these Official Rules are final and binding in all respects.
Winner will be notified by direct message through Instagram. A Winner who fails to respond to Sponsor’s direct message within 72 hours may be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or winner and may refuse to award a prize to a person who is not eligible, has violated a rule, or gained unfair advantage. No other form of entry is valid. Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to review any entry or vote for violation of the Official Rules and may, in its sole discretion, reject or otherwise exclude an entry or vote if deemed invalid or ineligible.
Winner agrees to accept the prize “as is” and entrants hereby acknowledge that Sponsor is not, in any manner, responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee relative to the prize. Additional terms and conditions may apply and Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable in any way for any cancellations, losses or damages.
Winner is solely responsible for any federal, state, and local taxes. Each prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied, by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equivalent value.
Odds. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries.
Winners Names. The Winner’s name will be available only within sixty (60) days after the close of the Sweepstakes. To receive the name of the Winner, where permitted by law, or a printed copy of the Official Rules, please contact Sponsor at firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCLAIMERS, CONSENT AND RELEASE. By entering this Sweepstakes, you promise to abide by the Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which will be final and binding in all respects.
WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER WITH OR VANDALIZE ANY SPONSOR-OWNED WEBSITE OR MOBILE APPLICATION OR RELATED SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE, THE ENTRY PROCESS, OR OTHERWISE INTERFERE WITH OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE DRAWING, MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
By entering each entrant releases, discharges and holds harmless Sponsor and its affiliated companies, and any other party associated with the development, communication or administration of this Sweepstakes, their parent, subsidiary, and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, shareholders, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, “Sponsor Entities”), from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Sweepstakes, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction or property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light).
Sponsor Entities, Instagram®, Inc., their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, any other entity involved in the development or administration of the Sweepstakes, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for any computer, network, technical, electronic, human or other errors or problems of any kind, for any injury or damage to participants or to any person’s computer or mobile phone relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with entering, or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, or late. By participating, each entrant agrees to release and hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims and liability of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of their participation in the Sweepstakes.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram®.
By entering, you confirm that you have read, understand, and agree to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding. Sponsor Entities are not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incorrect, garbled, or incompletely received, for any reason, including by reason of hardware, software, browser, or network failure, malfunction, congestion, or incompatibility at Sponsor Entities’ servers or elsewhere.
Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any entry it believes violates these rules, is inappropriate or offensive or is inconsistent with the intent of the promotion.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Sweepstakes if it is not capable of completion as planned for any reason as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, including, for example, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort.
Sponsor Entities are not responsible for errors in the administration or fulfillment of this Sweepstakes, including without limitation mechanical, human, printing, distribution or production errors, and may cancel, terminate or modify this promotion based upon such error at its sole discretion without liability.
APPLICABLE LAWS AND JURISDICTION.
This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota without regard to any principles of conflict of laws. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in Washington County, Minnesota. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of Minnesota and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of Minnesota. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket damages (excluding attorneys’ fees) associated with participation in this Sweepstakes and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.
Bored With Your Gym Routine? Sandbags Can Help!
Chances are you’ve passed over the sandbags at your gym and I totally get it. If you haven’t used sandbags before, it can be difficult to understand how best you can incorporate them into your workout routine. I am here to change that! Sandbags are an awesome choice for improving both strength and coordination. Read on for all the info you need about how to use sandbags and why you should add them into your gym routine.
When I think about what equipment I want to use with my clients I ask myself:
- Is this an effective tool for developing strength and movement?
- Does it meet my demands for functional training—meaning: does it improve the body’s ability to function efficiently on all planes and can I increase levels on complexity of time to stress the kinetic chain?
- Do I have an understanding of how to use it and—more importantly—how to coach someone using it?
Sandbags are a great tool that hit on all my requirements. The sandbag, if used correctly, can increase inter-muscular coordination and encourages your body to reproduce correct movement patterns and form. Sandbags are particularly great for working on your holding position, body position, and planes of motion.
Holds, Body Positioning, Planes of Motion and How They Work
Holding position refers to how we progressively change how we hold the sandbag in efforts to change the stress applied to the body. A barbell, for example, has four or five different positions while a sandbag has more than ten. When we change how we hold the sandbag, you exert more energy—making sandbags a fantastically efficient strength training tool.
Body positionrefers to how we stand when we lift the sandbag. Making slight changes to our body position can completely change how an exercise feels. Performing a clean in a staggered stance, for example, completely changes the exercise and how your body responds to it.
Planes of motion are the dimensions in which our bodies move. There are three planes of motion: transverse, frontal and sagittal. Because we don’t move in a single dimension (it would be impossible!), we shouldn’t train that way. Introducing different ways to utilize your planes of motion works best by first resisting them with movements like shoulder squats, rotational lunges, and lateral drags like in DVRT Training.
Try fitting a few of these into your workouts:
Have you used the sandbags before? Are you willing to give them a shot after learning a bit more about them? Tell us in the comments!
Sliders Deserve Your Attention in the Gym, Here’s Why
Sliders, they don’t look like much, but when used properly they will light up your core and help you work muscles you didn’t even know you had. You may not think much of the circular, slippery discs but once you give them a try—you’ll understand the hype. Sliders have the potential to turn average exercise movements such as planks or lunges into super-charged, resistance-packed power moves. Sliders are also great because they aren’t bulky or expensive meaning you can easily keep a set at home so you can make healthy happen inside and outside the gym. If you’re new to sliders, read on and learn all the ways this slick gym accessory can up your workout game and challenge you to push yourself harder!
What Do Sliders Do?
Sliders, much like their name suggests, create slight instability that requires you to work harder to keep your balance and forces your whole body to stabilize you throughout the movement. When your body is working in overdrive to keep you upright, your muscles are firing on all cylinders, making an even greater impact on your workout than without. Think of a reverse lunge, they’re difficult—but you’re able to keep your balance fairly easily as you dip into the position. When you add a slider into the equation and glide back into the exercise, your core begins to power up to keep you aligned and your quads have to work even harder to get you back into standing position as you complete your lunge. Now imagine doing five sets of 10 reverse lunges with the gliders and you’ll have a good idea of how much of an impact those small, non-descript discs can make on a workout.
How Can I Use Them?
Sliders are awesome for many reasons, but their versatility is hard to beat. Because they can be used to modify traditional exercises—you can incorporate them into a myriad of workouts. Upper body, lower body, core—sliders can be used to strengthen every area of your body without strenuous impact as you glide rather than connect with the ground. They are a great addition for anybody no matter their fitness level.
Try 10 repetitions of the below circuit. Complete 2-3 rounds at your own pace with nothing but a set of sliders and medicine ball.
Everything You Need to Know About Working Out With a Plyo Box
What Is a Plyo Box?
If you’re wondering to yourself, “what on earth is a plyo box?” have no fear, you aren’t alone, and you most likely have seen one in your gym. A plyo box is a large, sturdy box found in gyms that is designed to increase speed, power and coordination without requiring additional equipment. Plyo boxes are so versatile that you can spend an entire gym sesh using one and still get a full-body workout that hits on all the areas you’re working to strengthen or improve. Whether you’re doing lunges or pushups, the plyo box adds a level of resistance that powers your workout from tough to even tougher. Adding a box or step to your regular movements also helps promotes stability and endurance.
What Does Plyo Mean?
So now you know what a plyo box is, but where does the name come from? The term plyo is derived from the word plyometric. Plyometric refers to the rapid expanding and contracting of muscles, or… jumping. However, not all exercises using the plyo box require jumping movements which makes this particular piece of equipment so versatile. While the box is designed for supporting jumping exercises, it can also double as a bench-like tool. Try dips or pushups from the plyo box and you’ll see what we mean when we say added intensity!
It’s Time To Give the Plyo Box a Try!
Want to get started on using the plyo box? We’ve got a great workout that will help start you off on the plyo box and take your workout to the next level! We’ve included pushups, planks, squats and more to give you a taste of all the ways the plyo box can make a big difference in exercises you are already comfortable with. There’s no need to try any super-challenging movements until you’ve mastered the box with familiar exercises.
Tips for Working Out With the Plyo Box
- While leveling up your plyo workout, try staggering your hand placement and alternate positions on a push-up.
- Elevate your feet to change the difficulty on exercises like planks, rows or split squats.
- Jumps are fun, and explosive step ups are too! Boxes are a useful tool that will get your heart rate up quick!
- Use your full foot when stepping onto a box and push through your heel.
- Try subbing a box for most bench movements.
- Don’t let the plyo box intimidate you! Definitely give it a try one out during your next workout and see what a difference it can make in your workout routine.
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