The A to Z of Fitness

A: Athletes: UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center is not only for athletes.  The Fitness Center is open to the public and offers a wide variety of programs.  From regular gym memberships to medical fitness to sports performance, UF Health Fitness and Wellness has a program for you.  The fitness center also offers personal and group training.

B: Bike Fit:  Having your bike sized appropriately makes for a much more enjoyable bike ride as well as reduces the risk of injuries on the bike.  Bosu Balls.  We have Bosu balls to challenge you in both upper body and lower body workouts.

C: Coaching: Looking to do your first 5K or marathon?  Improve your performance during a triathlon?  Our coaching program will evaluate you current fitness level and develop a training program for the event you want to enter.

D: Diet:  Everyone seems to always want to know how to either lose weight/inches and in some cases the best way for their son/daughter who is competing in athletics to gain a few pounds.  Use the expertise of a certified exercise specialist to help you achieve these goals.  Nutrional consultation from a Registered Dietician is also available in special needs cases.

E: Endurance Training/Testing: Do you want to know what your VO2 max or lactate threshold is?  Are you training at the proper intensity?  These tests will get you started.

F: Fernando Hurtado: BS in Wellness Leadership, University of South Florida, 2003, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Florida Atlantic University for Women’s Basketball, Softball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis and Football, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Baltimore Orioles Minor League

G: Gordon, Clifford: BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences, University of Florida, 2004, MS in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida, 2009, Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, ACSM, 2009, Experience with Cardiac Rehabilitation and other clinical populations

H: HumanSport Strength Equipment:  The latest in functional training equipment.  Get a total body workout with only 3 pieces of equipment.

I: Ireland, Brandon, BS in Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Florida, 2007, MS in Human Movement Science, University of Florida, 2011, National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer, 2008, Working as a health and fitness professional in gym settings for three years.

J: Jobes: Jobes exercises help people strengthen the rotator cuff muscles.  Not sure how to perform these exercises?  Just ask one of our staff members!  We will be glad to assist you as well as give other exercise tips.

K: Kinesthetic Awareness:  Do you have balance issues or feel generally unstable on your feet?  Do you have issues with repeated sprained ankles?  Find out how strengthening your lower extremities, core, and balance activities can help improve these issues

L: Learn:  Learn the proper form and technique for performing strength and conditioning activities from our exercise specialists.  This not only helps your workouts to be more effective but also lessens the risk of injury.  Also, learn specific techniques that may lessen the chance of injury when participating in your athletic endeavors.

M: Medical Fitness: Athletic Trainers and Exercise Physiologists have developed a medically based, supervised fitness/wellness program for those who have an ongoing medical condition, are referred by their physicians or who have recently completed rehabilitative therapy

N: New Members:  New to the UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center? Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Our staff will be glad to help you any way we can.

O: Options: Explore and ask questions about the various fitness and wellness options available to all members of our various programs at our healthcare facility.  Each option is supervised by one of our excellent exercise specialists.

P : Power: The dimension of power is energy divided by time. The SI unit of power is the watt (W), which is equal to one joule per second. Other units of power include ergs per second (erg/s), horsepower (hp), metric horsepower, and foot-pounds per minute.

Q: Quantum Abdominal Crunch Machine: Your abs will love it

R:  Running:  Is this your favorite form of exercise?  Learn how to become a more efficient runner as well as how to prevent possible overuse injuries with help from our staff.

S: Strength Training:  Learn how to Strength Train your entire body effectively and efficiently from one of our certified exercise specialists.

T: Traye McGehee: Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, University of Florida 1992, Master of Arts in Health Education, University of Alabama, 1994, NATA Certified Athletic Trainer since 1992, 14 years experience in an Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic setting, Assisted in evaluating and treatment of various orthopaedic and sports related conditions, provided outreach athletic training services to high school athletics, Performed Functional Capacity Evaluations/Work Conditioning for workers’ compensation patients.

U:CompUtrainer: The computrainer allows virtual bike rides through the computer.  Bring in your bike and one of our trained staff members will get you set up and pedaling in no time.  Track your progress through virtual courses or design your own course.  The computrainer is also great for triathlon training.

V: VO2 Max testing: An excellent first evaluation, this test gives a good picture of overall fitness level and performance potential. Furthermore, from this test we can provide heart rates and power values that correlate to the athlete’s ventilatory threshold (a good estimate of lactate threshold). From this value, we can establish training zones and intensities for the athlete.

W: Work: Work measurement is the application of techniques designed to establish the time for an average worker to carry out a specified manufacturing task at a defined level of performance. It is concerned with the length of time it takes to complete a work task assigned to a specific job .

X: TRX training is a great way to complement your current exercise regimen.  Talk to our staff about what this entails and find out why this form of training is extremely popular in fitness facilities across America.

Y: Feeling and Looking Younger is one of the major benefits of beginning and remaining on a consistent exercise program.  Many studies have shown that a consistent exercise program helps slow the effects of aging and helps increase the quality of life.  Yes, exercise is definitely medicine!  Let us help you begin a program tailored for your individual needs and goals.

Z: ZZZZ…ZZZZZ:  Are you having trouble getting these at night?  One method to try and remedy this situation is to begin an exercise program.  Use our UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center and one of our exercise specialists to help you set up a realistic, achievable, progressive, and consistent exercise program.