Summer Shape-Up

This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of MemphiSport.

Summer is synonymous with staying in shape. Whether it’s doing laps in your apartment pool, enjoying a jog in anyone of Memphis’ numerous parks or just taking the dog for a walk, fitness is on everyone’s mind when the sun comes out and temperatures rise. The folks at Power Life Fitness spend each and every day helping ordinary people like you get into the best shape of their lives. Here are some of their suggestions for getting fit as summer approaches:

Kelvin “York” Brown
VP Director of Training

1. Get on a Fitness plan; if you don’t go in to fitness with a plan, you are planning to fail!
2. Stay around positive people with your same mind set to keep you motivated.
3. Clean all the junk food out of your home. If it’s not there you’re not likely to leave home to get it.


1. Beware of the BBQ. Calories can add up quickly, so make sure to load up your plate with vegetables and skip all of the sauces and sugar.
2. Cool off with more than “Ice Cream.” Calories are very important in relation to your health and fitness plan. Therefore, when cooling off, use water or frozen juices before 2pm.
3. Have fun and do outdoor activities.

Certified Personal Trainer

1. Make your last meal no later than 6pm, or at least two and a half hours before bed.
2. Eat your carbs early in the day before 3pm so that you use them as your fuel and not stored as fat.
3. Drink plenty of water 4-5 (16oz) of water on daily basis (Helps with the decrease of weight loss).

Certified Personal Trainer

1. Mix up your workouts throughout the week keeps your body guessing to avoid hitting a plateau.
2. Strength train; don’t just gravitate to the cardio machines. It will raise your metabolic rate and sculpt your muscles.
3. Limit, Limit, and Limit processed, packaged and boxed foods. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.

Certified Personal Trainer

1. Plan and Pack your meals daily so that you don’t fall into the trap of eating out or hitting the vending machines.
2. Start out slow on any fitness plan and listen to your body.
3. Start a fitness journal and record your foods and calories burned it will help you track your progress and you can always refer back to it.

Photos by Justin Ford. For more information about “getting in shape for summer, contact Power Life Fitness at 901.454.0003 or go to

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