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Why no Abductor/Adductor machine?

When you walk into just about any health club, you see a lot of the same machines. Typically these machines require you to sit down, and more often than not, a workout turns into simply making the rounds on each machine. The good news is you made the effort to get to the gym and work towards your goal. The bad news? Some of those machines are not only a waste of time, but those unnatural movements can actually make existing injuries worse. A few years back when one of our owners was a Physical Therapist, we removed the abductor and adductor machines based on the extensive knowledge our then-owner carried from his profession. We pride ourselves on giving our members the very best opportunity to reach goals through personal training, small group training, functional equipment and much more and so when we remove a machine it’s done purposefully. By doing functional exercises for abductors and adductors, you gain more strength, tighten your core and lower your risk for injury.

The focus on functional training is important for many reasons. In our everyday life, we are constantly recruiting multiple muscle groups at once. Every time you get in or out of your car, kneel to pick something up, or walk up a flight of stairs, you are using your abductors, adductors, glutes and hamstrings. By sitting in a machine and squeezing your legs in or out, you are no longer engaging the muscles as you normally would in real life. Those muscles need to learn how to work together so they automatically do it during your day to day activities. This increases your overall lower body strength and lowers your risk for injury.

When you are in a supported seated position, you are also no longer engaging your core. By doing standing exercises with free weights, cables and bodyweight, the abductors and adductors are fully engaged, as well as your core.

No one wants to make an existing injury worse, or risk a new injury occurring. Tight hips and Iliotibial bands are very common, and sitting in the abductor machine, forcing your legs outward your hips and IT bands can become even tighter. For many, the hope is to spot tone those pesky inner thighs on an adductor machine.

Unfortunately, spot toning is not something that is effective and a repetitive, unnatural motion can put a lot of pressure on the knees.

So what can you do to work on your inner and outer thighs? Squats, lunges, lateral lunges, single leg deadlifts, lateral cable lifts with the heel cup and ankle band walking – just to name a few. Talk to one of our certified fitness professionals and find out what the best exercises are to accomplish your unique goals. Instead of repeating the same exercises you always do and hoping for different results, shake up your routine and get the results you want.

Zumba with Tracy

Tracy has been teaching at Anastasia Fitness since 2015 but has been a part of our StaFIT family since our Anastasia Athletic days as a little girl coming with her mom- who is still a member too! She’s born and raised in Saint Augustine and is now raising her own sons on Anastasia Island. Tracy’s husband, Robbie, is active duty military and a big part of enjoying as much of their together time as they can is Robbie dropping in to Tracy’s Zumba classes. More recently, Tracy’s youngest has gotten in on experiencing the Zumba dance fitness movement when he joins his mom to dance at the front of the room packed full of members that get an extra dose of cuteness with their hour of cardio.

Not only does Tracy provide an amazing experience for her students in the classroom she is also committed to them outside of the gym: arranging dinners, get-togethers, and even bridal showers! When a regular has a birthday, Tracy even creates a special playlist full of the birthday-member’s requests to make their day extra special.

Daily, we are aware that our team of instructors is not the norm. They inspire, they care and they put their whole heart into their students and their time at the front of the classroom. We are incredibly grateful to have such an amazing team of instructors who value the influence fitness has on making lives better.

Group Fitness Instructor since 1993

Carrie has been working out with some of the same members of Anastasia Fitness since 1993. Talking with her recently we asked what she most enjoys about teaching at StaFIT.

The members!  I love coming Anastasia Fitness.  Everyone is so friendly and kind.  I have been working out with some of the same members since 1993!  The members at AF are dedicated to a life of fitness and not a quick fix.  They want to live an active and happy life.  The staff at AF are also a wonderful team to work with.  We always work together and help each other out.  It simply feels good to be part of AF.”

 We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Walking through our doors never feels like a job because both our members and our staff constantly inspire and energize us to keep showing up. There is an unparalleled camaraderie and genuine support of one another’s goals and struggles- not just as applies to fitness but to all aspects of our lives.

We’ve been on the island now for 34 years, many changes have occurred over those years, but the spirit of community that was fostered at our start has survived all this time and we strive to not only maintain this foundation but also encourage its growth.

Come join the family! Show this blog when you come in for a tour and we’ll waive your $49 joining fee.

 

Gym Membership Sale!

Your best Summer body yet is here!

We believe a summer body is the one that makes you feel most confident to take on all the best parts of summer. Feeling comfortable in your skin because that’s what you’ll be showing up in for beach days, BBQs and water park days. It’s not about the perfect body, though fitness does of course help us to lose weight and build muscle, it’s the assuredness we feel in our own strength and power when we start we treat our bodies right.

At Anastasia Fitness we set you up for successful fitness. When you sign up the very next step is a consultation with our trainer, Larry, who makes sure we understand your goals, your background and what your past stumbling blocks have been or may currently be to achieving those goals. We don’t want to take your membership dues without ensuring we play out our end in the deal of providing a service that satisfies. We always include Group Fitness in your membership because it provides wonderful community (support and accountability), great energy (motivation to keep building the habit of showing up), plus wonderful guidance (for newbies, just returning to fitness, or those unsure of how to DIY their workouts) and we want everyone to be able to participate regardless of their pocketbook. We offer a multitude of amenities because we know there’s more than one way to achieve success and many different bodies and mindsets who prefer pool to land, racquetball to treadmill, calisthenics to olympic lifts. We have a team of trainers who meet weekly to discuss how to best serve their clients and offer both one on one training and small group training through Team sessions. Our trainers not only meet weekly to discuss and learn from one another how to grow better, they continually attend conferences, clinics and workshops to stay ahead of what’s trendy and instead learn what the current science and leaders of the industry know actually works and doesn’t just look cool on an instagram square.

This summer should be your best body and hence your best experience yet because when we’re fit we: Have the energy to chase after a toddler through thick sand, to push our little groms into wave after wave, the endurance to spend a day paddle-boarding and still make it to dinner with visiting friends without feeling drained, the freedom to travel to adventures without worries that our bodies can’t take on the task, enjoy the beauty of the Intracoastal in our kayak pain-free, find more ways to connect with our partners whether it’s a long bike ride or a long hike through a state park, and so. much. more!

Right now we are offering a special membership sale- now’s the time for your best summer yet- click the button below!

March Madness Gym Specials

Our purpose is to provide the place, tools and coaches for our members to live a full life.  We believe a full life includes a caring community, dedication to fitness and ongoing motivation to grow.

Sta Fit is different than just a $10 gym – we want you to come and be a part of our community.  We are locally owned and operated.  Our club has been serving the community for over thirty years and the personal relationship with our members is very different from the corporate, low price options that are available.  We coach a lifestyle of healthy and inspired living. You will find a culture that fosters and encourages complete fitness, and all of the tools and training you need to see incredible results.

Join now and take advantage of the savings by clicking the button below!

Havoc- the ultimate outdoor workout

Bootcamp with an edge:

The ultimate outdoor workout. Timed intervals as you move through stations that feature sled push and pulls, ladder drills. tire flips, kettlebell swings, med ball slams and SO MUCH MORE! Not only will you find challenges here, you will find a team that pulls you through each workout and a Coach that wants to see you succeed. If you love bootcamps, tried Crossfit and felt something was missing, love to move outdoors and workout with like-minded individuals who share a passion for fitness- then you are missing out if you haven’t been to Havoc. Coach Alex formats workouts that will kick your butt while remaining mindful of appropriate movements that will build strength, power and endurance without the cost of injury. Plus, these prices canNOT be beat! What are you waiting for, come join the Havoc experience!





Black Friday Gym Membership Sale

Black Friday Sale

Activate your membership for just $1 and pay nothing else till January when you sign up with our monthly EFT membership option. Our memberships always include a 7-day a week Group Fitness schedule, Heated Lap Pool, Sauna and Steam Room, Cardio and Weight Rooms, Racquetball Court, Basketball Court. Outdoor Obstacle Course and more!

Black Friday Gym Membership Sale

Black Friday Sale

Activate your membership for just $1 and pay nothing else till January when you sign up with our monthly EFT membership option. Our memberships always include a 7-day a week Group Fitness schedule, Heated Lap Pool, Sauna and Steam Room, Cardio and Weight Rooms, Racquetball Court, Basketball Court. Outdoor Obstacle Course and more!

Black Friday Gym Membership Sale

Black Friday Sale

Get 13 months for the price of 10 when you sign up with our annual paid-in-full membership option. Our memberships always include a 7-day a week Group Fitness schedule, Heated Lap Pool, Sauna and Steam Room, Cardio and Weight Rooms, Racquetball Court, Basketball Court. Outdoor Obstacle Course and more!

Black Friday Gym Membership Sale

Black Friday Sale

Get 13 months for the price of 10 when you sign up with our annual paid-in-full membership option. Our memberships always include a 7-day a week Group Fitness schedule, Heated Lap Pool, Sauna and Steam Room, Cardio and Weight Rooms, Racquetball Court, Basketball Court. Outdoor Obstacle Course and more!

Thanksgiving Events

Thanksgiving with Anastasia Fitness

We continue to remain open on Thanksgiving Day with condensed hours from 7am-1pm. This year, Jordan will be keeping the lights on while Carole, Tracy and Veronica help you to dance away holiday stress and calories in Group Fitness from 9-10:30am. All other amenities will be available as well whether you need to lift, swim, play ball, take a steam, get in some steps, climb a rope, flip a tire, the list goes on and on and on when you’re a member at a Anastasia FItness. Not a member?- - - - -drop in for the day to access the StaFit experience.

Get paid to workout at St. Augustine's Best Gym

St. Augustine's Best Gym wants to pay you to workout

For the month of September, when you join and show up at least 8 times in your first month we'll pay you for your commitment to fitness. That's just 2 check-ins a week! Studies show that members who show up 2 times a week are more likely to maintain a commitment to their fitness routine. Join now and experience all the benefits that a fit lifestyle entails!

Quality of life maintained and surpassed with an active gym membership.

Quality of life maintained and surpassed with an active gym membership.

Life keeps getting better when you're fit.

A lot of the problems we used to think of as being related to aging, we now know aren't related to aging at all. They are related to disuse of the body, and generations have finally begun to realize 'Hey, we can do something about that.'

Group Fitness Classes Included in Membership

Get Fit with Zumba, Yoga, Spin, Pump and More!

We offer a variety of strength, cardio, mind-body and interval style classes 7 days a week. Our classes are well-thought out and bring the results, accountability, encouragement, community and excitement you want from your workouts. Join the fun and try a day free now. Just show this post to one of friendly front-desk staff members. 

Burn calories with MyZone FITNESS TRACKER

TRACK YOUR WORKOUT 

MyZone is a fitness tracker that shows and rewards effort when you work out.

It displays real time heart-rate, calories and percentage of effort in 5 simple color coded zones and automatically creates an online logbook for your activity. Incorporating MyZone to your workout provides feedback, goal setting and attainment of those goals, gamification and social accountability. Whether you choose to workout in our weight-room, a group-fitness class, our outdoor obstacle course or training room, MyZone will show your real time results on both your phone and our television displays.

Members wearing MyZone can work out smarter and more efficiently with the satisfaction of seeing results like calories burned as they occur. Get your own MyZone heart rate monitor for just $45!