Dec 29 2016

4 Ways To Make Your Resolution Stick!

By: Guest Blogger & Metropole Front Desk Manager Emily Lafferman

Before putting pen to paper in an attempt to solidify your New Year’s resolutions, give some extra thought to which are your resolutions versus your goals. When it comes to your health and fitness, your resolutions should be directed toward making positive changes to your lifestyle, like implementing a consistent diet, while your goals are specific accomplishments you’d like to achieve, such as taking cycling classes twice a week or beating your personal record on squats. To set your fitness gears in motion before 2017 hits, here are some helpful steps to finding the healthier you.


  1. Identify your weaknesses and setbacks.

This applies to physical weaknesses or postural imbalances, the flaws in your time management, or even the guilty pleasures in your diet. It won’t hurt to list them all. If getting around to things isn’t your strong suit, best start with a daily planner.

  1. Take advantage of your freebies!

If you haven’t already, make sure to redeem your VIDAFit and NutritionFit! These little perks of your VIDA membership pair you with a personal trainer who can provide a knowledgeable assessment of your physical needs, plus a meeting with a Registered Dietitian who can road map a diet plan that will compliment those goals. If you have already redeemed these, maybe it’s time to reach back out to your trusty VIDA health nuts for an updated evaluation.

  1. Start with smaller, more attainable goals.

Create a reasonable timeline for yourself so you don’t burn out too quickly. Gearing your priorities toward a fitness driven lifestyle takes time and slowly building that momentum will  help ensure success. So, if you haven’t been to the gym in a while or you’re still in a holiday slump, it’s time to ease your way back into a comfortable rhythm.

  1. Find your inspiration!

What about exercise makes you feel good? Aside from the obvious benefits to your mental health, physique, and quality of sleep, what gets you out of the house or away from your office desk and carries you to the gym? What makes your body move? Even if you know what you love but need an extra push to get past a plateau, take it upon yourself to try out different classes, find a favorite workout buddy to make your new swolemate, or even warm up your winter with some sauna and steam room time. Variety is key to seeing results, and it will also ensure you’re not bored with your routine come February 1st.
Whether you love to build your strength, your body, or just want to sweat out all the holiday cheat meals, VIDA is the golden ticket to the reaching both your 2017 goals and resolutions alike. Come see us for a workout this week!

Dec 19 2016

VIDA App: New & Improved!

instagramadappIntroducing our new and improved VIDA App! Now available in both the App Store & Google Store, the VIDA Fitness app is a free download that will make managing your account and checking class times convenient and user-friendly.

By using your MyiClub login, you can manage your account, view class schedules and purchase training packages and stay up to date on deals straight from your phone.

Click on ‘Find a Class’ for a mobile-friendly view of our group fitness schedule. You can filter by home club, instructor, or class type to easily find what you’re looking for with just a few clicks. You can even reserve small group training or personal training sessions and purchase packages right from the app!

The VIDA app is now compatible with MYZONE, which now allows you to upload your MYZONE workouts directly into the app.  The VIDA app also integrates your workouts directly into popular fitness trackers FitBit, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, etc., and will display your workouts in the Activity Feed after you upload them. You can also sync your workouts directly from our Woodway cardio equipment, so you can review the workout even after wiping down the treadmill!

Useful club information such as hours of operation, address, directions and contact info can also be found in the top right menu – so you can get ahold of us in a pinch if you need to. You can also subscribe to push notifications so that we can send out mass messages to our membership base in case of emergencies, weather closings or major announcements. Want more info about Aura spa services or joining the Penthouse Pool? Check our Extras tab to have someone contact you!

Download ‘VIDA Fitness’ in the app store and let us know what you think!

Dec 5 2016

Holiday Nutrition Workshop this Thursday!

eblastholidayeatingBy: Guest Blogger Emily Lafferman

You’ve been at the grind all year and the time has come to finally use the big “it’s the holidays” excuse. With December upon us, our appetites are craving everything from gingerbread to eggnog. We’re here to help you keep your head one month ahead of your stomach by aiming focus towards the obligatory fitness goals we will all set in place come New Years Day. As the holiday season’s giving nature typically gifts us an extra 1-2 stubborn pounds, let’s keep our health a priority before the festivities commence.

Maggie McDaris, VIDA’s newest Registered Dietitian, has a few pointers for us to keep in mind during the holidays:


-Pack healthy snacks as to avoid unhealthy airport impulse buys or fattening treats from your food-pushing relatives.

-Bring your workout clothes and research nearby gyms so you’re able to keep up with your fitness routine.


-Pad your stomach with some nutritious foods before leaving for the party so you don’t arrive famished.

-Bring along a healthy version of your favorite holiday dish, such as Maggie’s favorite Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower! (*Recipe below!)

– Don’t eat finger foods mindlessly. Fill a small plate with your favorite snacks and cut yourself off once the plate is empty!


-As alcohol has almost twice the calories per gram as carbohydrates, consider replacing your dinner card with your choice of alcoholic beverage.

-Try to avoid sugary mixers and always have a glass of water between each drink.

-Be mindful: the more you drink, the more you will eat so limiting your alcohol consumption will be a clever way to keep your paws off the naughty foods.


For more detailed healthy holiday hacks, recipes, and advice, be sure to attend Maggie’s Healthy Holiday Eating Workshop on Thursday, December 8th at 6:15pm at the Yards!



Holiday Recipe: Creamy Garlic and Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower


1 medium-large head of cauliflower (chopped into florets)
3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk **
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp chives, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste


Place cauliflower and garlic in a steamer basket over 1” boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. You can also place cauliflower and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water, cover and microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes.

Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, butter, parmesan, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. An immersion blender works as well. Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with chives, and drizzle with a bit of extra olive oil if desired. Serve hot.

**No buttermilk on hand? 1 Tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar in a cup of milk is a great substitute. Plain yogurt or non fat sour cream watered down with 3 Tbsp of milk works as well.

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