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Top Standard of Safety for Our Reopening

By Reps

I am so grateful for your continued support throughout this very difficult time; I cannot thank you enough for your loyalty. 

We have been using this time while we have been closed to work with public health officials and experts in the field to thoroughly prepare for our reopening. Additionally, we have been in close communication with other gym and health club owners and operators from Asia, Europe and around the country, and are learning from their experiences as they start to reopen and allow members back into their clubs.  We are stocking hospital grade disinfectants, developing procedures for disinfecting and effective social distancing and training every one of our team, from Front Desk, to Trainers, to Cleaning Crew on these new protocols.  

Please visit this page for details on our plans for cleaning and sanitation protocols, club operations, HWX and  community expectations.  Our team will be working extremely hard to keep our clubs safe but we will not be able to do it without you.  Please pay particular note to the updates to our club polices and member expectations.

We expect that Governor Baker will provide additional details on Monday on when it will be safe and appropriate to reopen.  We expect our standards and processes will be more stringent then what the state lays out as requirements. It is our priority to keep you informed on every update as it comes to us. The health and well-being of our members and staff remains our top priority.  We cannot wait to see you all again.

Please let us know if you have any questions. While we will continue to offer Virtual options once we reopen, our entire team is eager to see you again at the club! 

Mark Harrington, Jr.
President, Healthworks Group

Republic Fitness

The Afterburn Effect

By blog, Workout

Topic: The Afterburn Effect

Afterburn, also known as EPOC (Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption) is a term used for the effects that take place after your workout has been completed. Even though you have completed your workout and are on to the next item on your agenda, your body is still working its way to recovery.

Here’s some science behind it!

EPOC – EPOC describes the amount of oxygen required to get your body back to its resting level of metabolic function.

Your body uses oxygen to replace the energy and muscle glycogen (carbohydrates) you used while working out. The more oxygen used, the more calories you will continue to burn post-workout. The amount of oxygen used will be different for every individual, therefore you won’t know exactly how much afterburn will take place. Some factors that play a role in calories burned include; gender, age, lean body mass, fitness level and the intensity of the exercise.

Studies have shown that HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts and Tabata workouts tend to produce the most afterburn effects vs. a workout that is in a steady state. Typically, if you are working out somewhere between 70-85% of your max heart rate, you will have more success in achieving afterburn. Don’t be confused, you can still benefit from afterburn while lifting weights! Be sure to keep up your intensity throughout the duration of your workout.

How can our gym assist you with hitting HIIT training during your workouts? Republic Fitness offers a Myzone belt which allows people to track their heart rates. This belt will notify you once you are at 80% of your heart rate capacity. These belts are offered right here at the gym, so no need to go searching! Use the links below to take a look at some of our Myzone team training classes as well as more detail about the Myzone belt!

https://healthworksfitness.com/teamtrainmyzone/

https://www.myzone.org/

Overall, it seems as though afterburn is influenced by intensity vs. the duration of the exercise. Great news is you could potentially cut down on the hours in the gym, BUT you need to be putting in additional effort during your workout.

Your metabolism is constantly working to help the body function, so keep in mind your body is constantly burning calories…yes, even when resting! But, afterburn is a major factor in burning those extra calories and burning away some excess fat.

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Ways to Save: Health Insurance Reimbursement

By Reps

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to submit your 2019 health insurance reimbursement by the end of March to your insurance company. Reward yourself with up to $300 in reimbursement for working out at Republic. We make it easy for our members to save! We have provided links to major insurance provider’s reimbursement forms and directions here.

For those Massachusetts plans that require a receipt or contract, the process is listed below:

For access to your receipt history:

1) Log into the member portal
2) Go to My Account
3) See the left navigation for Payment History to obtain a receipt

For access to your contract:

1) Go to My Agreement Information
2) Click on Documents
3) “Previous Motionsoft Document”  is a copy of your contract form
If you are a part of AllWays Healthcare, please let us know and we will share additional info with you.
Republic Fitness

Breakfast On The Go

By blog

Jumping up out of bed once the alarm goes off to get to the gym? Trying to get a quick workout in before work? Many times, people will head to the gym early in the AM and then go right to work. For many, the morning is the best time for them to get their workouts in. Early workouts make people feel accomplished, relieves stress of the after-work workout and leaves them feeling energized and ready to seize the day!

One thing people tend to forget is their breakfast! Once you have completed your workout and get to the office, it is important to make sure you are fueling your body. Having a carbohydrate and protein filled meal after your workout is one-hundred percent necessary. Not only will it refuel your body, it will provide you with energy and stop you from overeating during other meals throughout the day.

Two items that can be a staple for your morning “on the road” breakfast, could be a protein bar and a banana or apple. These items take up very little space in your gym bag and can leave you feeling satisfied after a workout. Protein bars come in tons of different varieties and flavors which could help you with any cravings you may have. Eating a fruit source along with the protein bar provides you the carbohydrates your body needs as well as some micronutrients (which are always a huge bonus).

If you’re someone who isn’t hungry after a workout, try drinking a protein shake. Shakes will be much lighter on the stomach. All you need to do is throw the protein powder into a shaker cup the night before and put it in your gym bag. Before you leave the gym, just fill the cup up with some water, shake it up, and you’re ready to go! If you prefer to have a thicker consistency, try adding some almond milk and ice with the protein and blend it up the night before. You can keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to head to the gym. While you are working out, the shake will begin to defrost and will be perfect by the time your workout is complete!

Overnight oats can be made with quick oats and almond milk and placed in the refrigerator overnight. If you want to add some flavor try adding cinnamon, cocoa powder, peanut butter or any of your favorite flavors! Making a PB&J on a bagel is a tasty option as well! You can pretty much make any food you may want to eat for breakfast the night before. Planning ahead the night before will save you time and stress in the AM.

 

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5 Top Apps To Keep You On Track

By Lifestyle

Hey Siri, what are the best fitness apps to download? Hey Alexa, what’s the best app to help keep me on track with my summer goals? Come on, I know I’m not the only one who’s googled this or asked my device to find me the top option, right? This summer, I’m all about crushing my fitness goals; and if you’re like me, you’ll take all the help you can get – even if it comes from an app. Read More

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Free Boston Summer Workouts

By Workout

After sitting at a desk for 8+hours a day, the last thing I want to do is stay indoors on a beautiful day. Lucky for us Bostonians, the Beantown outdoor fitness scene from June-September is robust with workout options for everyone. Whether you like yoga, HIIT, barre, Crossfit or Zumba – the Boston summer scene has a FREE workout for you! Lace up your trainers, grab a friend and head to one of these scheduled events under the sun. Read More

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6 Habits of Healthy, Happy People

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As a lover of self-help books geared toward health and wellness, I often wonder: what truly makes people happy? Looking around the gym at people working out intensely, what motivates them? Walking by a Newbury Street outdoor restaurant and seeing a person laugh at dinner, what is making them happy? Obviously, happiness can be defined in many ways, but how is it defined by healthy and happy individuals? After doing a bit of digging, I’ve highlighted 6 different trends that seem to be commonly present in the lives of the healthy and happy. Read More