Stay Hydrated

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Summer is HERE which means the sun is hotter than ever!  The key to having a happy and healthy summer is to stay hydrated.  Not getting enough water can have many negative affects on your body.  Dehydration causes bad breath, … Continue reading

13 Things that Help With Stress Relief

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Life can be crazy busy and most days stress just seems to get the best of us!  We found 5 foods and 7 tasks to help with stress relief on a daily basis! Food  1. Green leafy vegetables contain folate … Continue reading

Healthy Snacks

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

A day without snacks is like a day without seeing the sun shine.  Snacks are a lifeline for any NORMAL person, if you don’t need snacks in your day… you’re just not normal.  So here are some healthy snacks that … Continue reading

Legs, Hamstrings and Booty

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Suns out guns out?  How about, suns out bums out?  Memorial Day weekend is here which means… IT’S SUMMER TIME! Summer, sun, beach, pool, and HOT HOT HOT.  All the above means it is time to start working on those … Continue reading


Monday, May 18th, 2015

Superfoods are nutrient-rich powerhouses that have large amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, polyphenols, and minerals.  Eating superfoods can help prolong life, reduce risk of chronic disease and help you become healthier and thinner.  Some examples of superfoods are tomatoes, blueberries, kale, … Continue reading

Abs Are Made In The Kitchen

Friday, May 15th, 2015

You can do crunches, sit ups, and hold plank until you are blue in the face, but you won’t have flat abs until you change what you are eating in the kitchen.  We found TEN foods that will help you … Continue reading

14 Songs that Will Help You Push Past Your Workout Wall

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

We’ve all been there, that moment when it seems like you just can’t go on with your workout.  We hit the workout wall.  Women’s Health Magazine found 14 songs that will help you push past that workout wall and onto … Continue reading

The Acai Berry

Monday, May 11th, 2015

So what is all this hype about the acai berry?  Is it really as great as everyone says?   I decided to do a little research and this is what I found. Lindsey Duncan, ND and CD, as well as … Continue reading

Recovery Mode

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Recovery Mode Its festival season and the sun is almost as high as the humidity. The days are longer and the sidewalks are treacherous terrain for bare feet. Beach trips have been planned, diets have been started, and early morning … Continue reading

How to Get The Most Out of Your Personal Trainer

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER   If you are fortunate to be able to afford a personal trainer, are you getting the most fitness for your buck?  Most people cannot continue to shell out money … Continue reading

Is Strong The New Sexy?

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Everyday Wellness Tips: Is Strong the New Sexy? As the weather heats up so does the competition for best beach body. But, how much have you thought about how you define sexy? How much of your definition is defined by … Continue reading

Benefits of Yoga

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Not only does yoga improve flexibility, it helps us relax and use muscles we never thought possible. With help from Yoga Journal, here is a list of some more ways yoga can benefit you. Don’t be afraid to come in … Continue reading

20 Tips to Get Toned Arms Faster

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Enjoy this informative article from and learn (or remind yourself) of some ways to tone those arms for tank top season!

Instant Gratification Frustration

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Instant Gratification Frustration As we hit April, often we start to get frustrated by our progress from January or our New Year’s Resolution, to where we are now. It’s been 3 months and we hear that if you exercise and … Continue reading

Treat Yourself

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Living a clean and healthy lifestyle can be a challenge at times. Living a clean and healthy lifestyle can be a challenge at times. Sometimes you just want a Snickers bar. So for those times when that Snickers bar is … Continue reading

Health Goals Appraisal

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Everyday Wellness Tips: Health Goals Appraisal Approaching the three-month mark of the New Year, let’s take a look at how well you are accomplishing your health and fitness goals.  It is obvious that there is less people in the gym … Continue reading

“Weights do not make you big and bulky, Donuts make you big and bulky!!!”

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

“Weights do not make you big and bulky, Donuts make you big and bulky!!!” A Rant by Jonathan Hernandez Dear Member, If you think that lifting weights 2 to 3 times a week will make you look like a bodybuilder, … Continue reading

Staying Away From Gym Injuries

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Staying Away From Gym Injuries   Everyone has fitness goals and the one sure thing to get in the way is an injury.  Here are some of the more common workout injuries and some basic guidelines to get you back … Continue reading

Beach Bums

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Summer is well on its way which means it is time to get those beach bums in shape.   The beach is calling your name and we’ve found some killer buns and thighs workouts to help get you ready. Diana … Continue reading

Stay on Track

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

A lot of things are easier said than done. Weight loss and even weight maintenance can be hard for a lot of people. With help from Equinox’s blog, here is a list of advice that will help you stay on … Continue reading

Tips to Loving Exercise

Monday, February 16th, 2015

We all know we should be exercising a certain amount each week and each day. With work weeks getting longer for adults and as technology increases, we are becoming more and more inactive. Exercise should be about setting aside time … Continue reading

In a rut? Try a group exercise class.

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

In a rut? Try a group exercise class. Studies have shown that there are many benefits of working out with a group rather than hitting the gym for a solo session. Being part of a class offers motivation, a sense … Continue reading

Should Kids “Lift Weights”?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Should Kids “Lift Weights”? We are sending our kids the wrong message. Muscle magazines, Internet tough guys and even health teachers are filling their minds with absurd information about strength training. Rather than focusing on power lifting or bodybuilding, young … Continue reading

The Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Holiday season can be enough to derail even the most dedicated exerciser. Here are some tips from WebMD to help you stay fit through New Year’s One suggestion is creating a home workout routine for those times you can’t … Continue reading

Healthy Ways to Eat Out

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

We all know that eating out makes eating healthy a challenge. Fortunately, you don’t have to break a sweat every time you eat out because you’re afraid of excess calories. We have some excellent tips from The Times-Picayune that will … Continue reading

Back to School? That Means Back to Fitness, Mom!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Back to School? That mean back to Fitness mom! by Shannon Patterson Ah, summer. You and the kids have been spending precious time together, playing in the pool, lounging in the hammock, and enjoying lazy days. Snap out of it: … Continue reading

Beach Weekend Workouts

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Beach Weekend Workouts: I took a weekend trip to Destin, Fl this weekend to relax with my family and spend as much quality time with my wife and son as possible.  A beach getaway should be as much fun and … Continue reading

Healthy Eats: Seared Salmon Dish

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Here is a great Seared Salmon Dish. Seared Salmon Fillets with Spicy Corn Purée and Watercress Salad Serves 4 Ingredients: -Four 6oz salmon filets ( cleaned and removed from skin ) -Two medium to large ears of sweet corn -2 … Continue reading

Metabolism Tips

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

You may not know this, but metabolism isn’t only controlled by what you eat and how often you exercise. There are a couple other factors that contribute to how your body uses energy. From breathing, to controlling body temperature and … Continue reading

Secret Workout Tips

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Staying active and fit are goals anyone can obtain. However, we all do different types of workouts depending on what we enjoy the most. What if we told you that there are secret workout tips to help you get the … Continue reading

Spring Foods

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Spring is here and that means the best fruits and vegetables are coming into season. Thanks to our friends at Women’s Health Magazine, we have a list of the best fruits and vegetables to help you lose weight. Try using … Continue reading

Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

For those of you with little time in your day, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the best workout method for you. HIIT keeps your body guessing as you push it to complete every interval with maximum effort. Riviera Fitness Centers … Continue reading

Nutrition Bars

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Nutrition bars may seem like they are healthy snacks for working out, but a lot of them are packed with calories from sugar. Make sure you always check out nutrition labels before eating or buying any packaged bar. Luckily, our … Continue reading

Why You’ll Learn to Love Spin Class

Monday, March 10th, 2014

We’ve all heard that spinning is great for our bodies- it puts less pressure on our joints, it makes you sweat and it gets your heart rate up. But some people don’t get what all the fuss is about. Thanks … Continue reading

Monday Motivation

Monday, February 17th, 2014

It’s the start of a new week! Let’s start that week off right with some Monday motivation to get the most out of your workouts. February is typically the hardest month to stay motivated. Keep pushing yourselves mentally and physically … Continue reading

The Dangers of Diet Soda

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

We all know that soda is extremely bad for our bodies. But, how bad is it? Researchers and studies suggest that regular soda along with diet soda can be harmful to our health. Before you take another sip of your … Continue reading

5 Tips to have a Healthy Winter

Monday, January 20th, 2014

5 Tips for Keeping You and Your Kids Healthy This Winter As winter arrives, you may be dreading the colds, flu, and general icky-ness, that seems to accompany it. Here are five tips to help you and your kids stay … Continue reading

How many Calories are you really Eating?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Know how many calories you are really eating. A Starbucks coffee can range from being a healthful beverage containing only 5 calories to a dietary monstrosity of 700 calories. (Venti Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream, anyone?) Likewise, while Subway sandwiches … Continue reading

Vegetarian Meals

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Many Americans eat too much meat. Cut back on meat by going one day a week without it. Plant foods supply our bodies with plenty of proteins along with vitamins and minerals. Try these healthy vegetarian meals from BuzzFeed  to … Continue reading

7 Healthy Recipes to Eat in a Week

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Odds are some of you made it a New Years resolution this year to eat healthier. Well you’re in luck. Our friends at recently posted 7 healthy recipes that you can eat in just over 7 days. Here is one … Continue reading

20-Minute Workouts

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

With the New Year comes resolutions, fresh starts, and new workouts. Our friends at recently posted quick and easy 20-minute workouts that everyone can do. Here is an example of one of those workouts… Leaping Leopard Targets: Abs, obliques, … Continue reading

Top Fat-Burning Foods

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Every wondered if you could burn fat just by eating certain foods? Though sadly fat won’t burn off you simply by eating the right foods, there are certain foods that can help you lose weight this year. Our friends at … Continue reading

New Fitness Classes

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Now that it’s 2014, we have some new fitness classes at some of our locations! If you need a way to spice up your workout, come in and try one of these new classes! Kenner Riviera Fitness Center: 6:00pm Kick … Continue reading

APPs for the New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Use these helpful apps to keep track of your resolution progress this year. You’ll be happy you did!  Livifi: contains over 40 pre-written goals with support to track your progress and provide advice and reminders to help you stay on … Continue reading

Health Benefits of a Sauna

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

For our members at the Centerpoint location in Birmingham, Alabama Christmas has come early! We recently purchased a new Infrared Sauna! This addition to our gym is sure to make any member happy! There are all sorts of benefits for … Continue reading

5 Healthy Hot Cocoa Recipes

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

With winter upon us we are all looking for ways to stay warm. A nice fire, a sweater, anything to keep out the cold. Our friends at Mother Nature Network recently released 5 healthy hot cocoa recipes that are sure … Continue reading

Set a GOAL not a Resolution

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

With the New Year upon us everyone is thinking of resolutions to accomplish in 2014. Our friends at had a great idea that we would encourage all our members to consider. This year set a Goal NOT a Resolution. … Continue reading

Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

With the holidays upon us it’s important to understand what foods can lower and raise your cholesterol. Our friends at Mayo Clinic recently released an article with 5 foods that can lower your cholesterol. We think you’ll be surprised by … Continue reading

Holiday Eating Tips

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

For a lot of people the holidays are spent eating food with friends and family. However, there are ways to celebrate this wonderful time of year without gaining excess weight. Our friends at WebMd have compiled a list of ways to … Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Substitutions

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Thanksgiving is finally hear and that means it’s the season for eating. Never fear, with the help of our friends at Everyday Health we have compiled a list of healthy holiday substitutions. The key is to manage portions, but these tricks … Continue reading

Motivation Monday

Monday, November 18th, 2013

This weeks motivation Monday is based around pushing yourself to your limits. As winter approaches, it’s time to kick our workouts up a notch. Challenge yourself daily to fight for your fitness goals!

5 Easy Dinner Recipes Under 500 Calories

Monday, November 11th, 2013

I don’t know about you but we are always looking for easy dinner recipes that are not only delicious but EASY to make. Look no further! Recently our friends at Glamour magazine poster 5 awesome dinner recipes that are under … Continue reading

Cardio vs. Conditioning

Monday, November 11th, 2013

That’s right you read that correctly there is a difference between cardio and conditioning. Our friends at T Nation recently posted an article that explained the difference. This can really help you to get the most out of your workout … Continue reading

Recipe – Herb Rubbed Turkey Au Jus

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Our friends at the Mayo Clinic recently posted a great recipe for an herb rubbed turkey. This is a tasty idea for all your holiday parties coming up in the next two months. We hope you enjoy! For the rub … Continue reading

Monday Motivation

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The beginning of the week is hard. Here is some Monday motivation to start your week off right!

Healthy Halloween

Monday, October 21st, 2013

It’s that time of year again, the holidays are just around the corner. As Halloween goodies stock the shelves, we’ll help you prepare for the big night. Now, more than ever, is your chance to practice portion control. With the … Continue reading

Workout Motivation

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Here is some workout motivation that can help anyone get through their workout. 

Seared Salmon Recipe

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Here is a great Seared Salmon recipe from our friends at the Parks Health & Fitness in New Orleans, LA. Seared Salmon Fillets with Spicy Corn Purée and Watercress Salad Serves 4 Ingredients: -Four 6oz salmon filets ( cleaned and … Continue reading

Fun Family Fitness

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Looking for some fun family fitness ideas that whole family can enjoy? Then look no further. We’ve done our research and we have found some of the BEST things on the market. iBitz Activity Tracker: This is a wireless device … Continue reading

10 of the Best Veggies

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Mom always said “You can’t leave the table till you eat your vegetables”. Research shows that we should have listened to our mom and we should eat our greens. Incorporate these listed foods into your diet and relish in the … Continue reading

5 Simple Workout Facts

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Working out can be confusing. There are new studies all the time that explain different benefits and concerns regarding a healthy lifestyle. I’ve compiled a list of five simple workout facts that will stand the test of time. 1. Studies … Continue reading

Lunch Foods with Lots of Energy

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

When your half way through your work day a lot of the time you are exhausted and don’t know how you can go another 5 to 6 hours. That’s why eating foods at lunch with LOTS of energy is crucial. … Continue reading

7 Foods Rich in Protein and Carbs

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Many times people think protein is the only thing they need to gain muscle. The truth of the matter is carbs are also great for gaining muscle mass. Our friends at Muscle and Fitness have compiled a list of 7 foods … Continue reading

Workouts that help Relieve Stress

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Fitness isn’t just about your body. A big portion about staying in shape is to keep your mind and spirit in a balanced and healthy place. Recently our friends at Fitness Magazine published 20 minute workouts that can help to relieve … Continue reading

How to Relieve Back to School Stress

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for our kids and their friends to go back to school. Along with it comes the stress of the morning rush, the homework, and back to school shopping. Recently our friends at … Continue reading


Wednesday, August 7th, 2013


Pets are good for your health

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Several studies have shown that dog owners are, on average, healthier than those who do not have pets. Researchers at Michigan State University found that pet owners exercised twice as much as non-pet owners. They also discovered that pet owners … Continue reading

5 Easy Dinner Recipes for Under 500 Calories

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Everyone knows that to lose weight you have to lose your old eating habits. However it can difficult to find healthy dinner recipes that really compliment your healthy lifestyle. Glamour Magazine recently posted 5 easy dinner recipes for under 500 … Continue reading

How to Burn 1,000 Calories in Under an Hour

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

That’s right you read that correctly… We’ve found 10 exercises on Yahoo that can help burn 1,000 calories in under an hour. The best part is that you can do most of these activities with us in the gym. #1 … Continue reading

10 Tasty Protein Shake Recipes

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Protein shakes are a must before or after a great workout. However finding tasty protein shake recipes can be difficult. Thanks to our friends at fitbie we were able to find 10 tasty protein shake recipes for everyone to enjoy. 1. … Continue reading

New Orleans Gym Support Arizona Firemen

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Recently members of our New Orleans gyms supported the families of the Arizona Firemen that tragically passed away. French Riviera Fitness  combined with The Parks Health & Fitness to do a Patriot Bootcamp for all the families affected by this tragedy. On … Continue reading

20 Shockingly Healthy Restaurant Foods

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Good News! Amid the fat and greasy meals that dominate the restaurant menus these days, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Men’s Health Magazine has found 20 Shockingly Healthy Restaurant Foods that truly will blow … Continue reading

Vacation Workouts

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Now that summer has started family vacations are in full swing. Everyone needs rest and getting away is very important to a balanced lifestyle. It’s also vital to change up your workout routine. Switching things up confuses your body which … Continue reading

30 Healthy Snacks Under 300 Calories

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Snacks are crucial to any sort of healthy lifestyle. For those moments you’re on the go it’s important to have healthy snacks stocked in your fridge and pantry. We recently found a great list of 30 healthy snacks that every … Continue reading

Simple Diet and Fitness Tips

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

We know how you feel. It can be challenging to live a healthy lifestyle. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the most simple diet and fitness tips that you can find. We know everyone thinks that they have the answers but we … Continue reading

Healthy Recipe – Lemon Pepper Catfish

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Are you looking for a healthy recipe? Well you’ve come to the right place. We recently found a delicious recipe on for lemon pepper catfish. This recipe serves up to 4 people and only takes about 5 minutes to … Continue reading

10 BEST Ab Exercises

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

With summer approaching everyone wants to look beach ready. One of the areas everyone wants to improve is their abs. Recently Men’s Health Magazine posted their TOP 10 BEST Ab Exercises of all times. These are basic exercises that anyone … Continue reading

13 Health Tips for 2013

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Can you believe that we are already 4 months into 2013? Where has all the time gone? If you need some help on how to stay fit for the remainder of 2013 we found just the thing for you. … Continue reading

Deposit or Withdrawl

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Are you making a deposit or a withdrawal? When you hear the words, deposit or withdrawal, what do you think of? If you’re like me, you probably think of your bank account. Most of us look at our bank statements … Continue reading

Great 20 Minute Workouts

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Looking for some quick workouts to help you switch up your fitness routine. We can help! recently posted the Best Twenty-Minute Workouts that can help you jump start your fitness dreams. Here is just a few examples of some … Continue reading

Healthy Dessert

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Are you a big fan of the thin chocolate mint Girl Scout cookies? Then you’ll LOVE this healthy dessert. offers this dense, rich, fudgy brownie all for under 265 calories. You can make this yummy dessert up to one … Continue reading

Stressed Out? Birmingham Gym can help you relax

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Are you stressed out? Our Birmingham Gym can help you relax. If your face isn’t red and your hand isn’t in a fist you might think you are clear. However that might not be the case. According to your … Continue reading

How to Avoid the Flu

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

The Flu season is upon us and it’s important to protect yourself and others against this illness. With the help of the Marshfield Clinic we have compiled a list of simple things that you can do to protect yourself and … Continue reading

Healthy Gym Snacks

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Food is a crucial part to any workout. At Riviera Fitness we understand that your diet is just as important if not MORE important that working out in our gyms. As a result it’s important to find healthy gym snacks. … Continue reading

Our Favorite Super Bowl Commercials

Monday, February 4th, 2013

We loved the Super Bowl. More importantly we LOVED the commercials. Here are our TOP 3 Commercials from Super Bowl Sunday. We love Amy Poehler so it was fitting that our Favorite Super Bowl ad was Best Buy’s: Ask Amy ad. … Continue reading

Healthy meal for after your gym workout

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

We all know that after a great workout in the gym we don’t want to waste our efforts with a unhealthy meal. That’s why we found all of our gym members a great soup that will warm your heart this … Continue reading

Leg/Core workout to try at the gym

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

2013 is a New Year and we have brand new workouts that will make your gym experience that much better. Try this Leg/Core workout that our Birmingham, Alabama area director James Bischoff recommends. The gym will never be the same … Continue reading

50 Ideas to make 2013 YOUR BEST YEAR YET!!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Want to make this year the best one yet? Try some of these 50 great ideas from our head of Personal Training RJ Rice. 1- Write in a journal every day 2- Read that book that has been on your … Continue reading

Full Body Circuit Workout

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Try this workout circuit on a full body day… Circuit #1 (2 sets / 20 second rest between each exercise / 1 min rest between sets) Plank (60 second) Superman (12-15 reps) Running Man Sit-Up (max)   Circuit #2 (2 … Continue reading

How to make your Running Workouts Better

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Want to add some intensity to  your running workout. Mindy Solkin, head coach of Running Center in New York City gives some great tips on what you can do to take your RUN to the next level. This is great … Continue reading

The Weight of Obesity

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Recently we came across this info graphic that does a great job of explaining the weight of obesity on society. It’s important to pass this information on to your friends and family. Obesity is a huge problem in our country. … Continue reading

5 Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Here are 5 Ways to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season. 1. Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering. 2. If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 … Continue reading

New Orleans Gyms that work your Core

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

French Riviera Fitness, a New Orleans Gym, specializes in training your core. We understand that this should be at the center of your workout. Our core is the beginning and the end for most of the movements that are accomplished in … Continue reading

Grilled Salmon on Sourdough Bread

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Thanks to the Mayo Clinic staff for this amazing Recipe. Hope you enjoy. Serves 4 Ingredients 4 salmon fillets, each 4 ounces 2 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 8 slices sourdough bread … Continue reading

When in Doubt WORK OUT

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

In life there are many things we are unsure about. For example we don’t know what the weather will be like next week, our job might relocate us next year, or our best friend might spring a last minute lunch … Continue reading

Gym in Louisiana helps get Rid of Excuses

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Everyone has excuses for everything in life. But a gym in Louisiana takes all those excuses away. At French Riviera Fitness we believe that everyone CAN get rid of them. Finding a way to fight through your obstacles will result … Continue reading

Gyms in Huntsville help you Change your Workout

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

  Changing up your workout can be stressful. It’s hard to be creative and think of new things to do. There are some gyms in Huntsville Alabama that have figured out fun and creative ways to change your workouts. They’ve … Continue reading

3 Important Meals to Help YOU Lose Fat

Friday, July 6th, 2012

  If you want to get lean, there are 3 important meals to consider; breakfast, post-workout recovery, and the meal you eat before going to bed. Getting leaner and losing body fat is an art and a practice. You want … Continue reading

Four Fitness Apps to Get You Going

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

  It very well may be that technology has been working against you as you’ve tried to accomplish your fitness goals. Too much time sitting in air conditioning watching the tube may have lent a few pounds to your stature. … Continue reading

Get a Massage at our Memphis Gym

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

  Just as important as it is to workout and stay in shape. It’s equally important to recover and re-cooperate after a workout. One Memphis Gym is helping with just that, recovery. French Riviera Spa, Poplar Location has recently purchased a hydro … Continue reading

Getting Fit for Summer

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

  Summer is almost here and swimsuits are coming out of storage. We all want to look great and feel comfortable when it gets hot! Here’s the “low-down” on getting lean. Your body is a machine. You need fuel (sugar … Continue reading


Thursday, April 19th, 2012

  Working out is about getting better physically, mentally, emotionally, and reaching your own personal potential along the way. Some people want to build muscle, some want to have better endurance or athletic ability, most want to look and feel … Continue reading

Kettlebells 101

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

  Kettlebells have made a comeback! Primarily used in athletic fitness programs, they are being reintroduced to health clubs and fitness centers around the globe. Kettlebells are a great alternative to other types of free weights or machines. What is … Continue reading

Double Amputee Trains at Birmingham Gym

Friday, April 6th, 2012

This is a great article that took place at our Birmingham gym. One of our Riviera Fitness members Tamaria Brown trains with our amazing trainer. A double amputee, Tamaria is an inspiration to us all. A New Orleans native, Tamaria had to relocate … Continue reading

Birmingham Gym helps you Find Your Center

Friday, April 6th, 2012

  The world that we live in today is different from the one of our parents and grandparents. In short, technology has drastically changed our lives. To deal with these changes it’s important to find your center and peace in … Continue reading

Developing a Fitness-for-Life Attitude

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Many people begin a fitness program to meet certain goals and immediately drop the program as soon as those goals are met, or burn out quickly without accomplishing their goals. How do we keep exercising through the tough times or … Continue reading

3 Tips for Great Marathon Training

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Running a marathon is one of the most rewarding endeavors in fitness. But if you train incorrectly, it can be a perfectly miserable experience. If you can’t run a mile today and intend to run a marathon in three months, … Continue reading

How to Start Your Weight-Lifting Routine

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Whether you want to look like Ahnold or simply tone up and feel better, you’ll want to start your weight-lifting routine the right way. Here are just a few tips to get you on the right track: Start small. If … Continue reading

Why Yoga?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Yoga has become one of the United States’ most popular exercise methods. It has been praised for its physical, mental, and emotional benefits. But where does it come from? And does it really work? See for yourself: The History of … Continue reading

Study Shows that Exercise Keeps Your Mind Fit

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

A recent study performed by the University of Waterloo in Ontario has found that exercise helps stave off dementia as we grow older. While the study showed Alzheimer’s Disease as not being effected by exercise, consistent exercise did help to … Continue reading

3 Easy Ways to Curb Cravings

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Many of us have good intentions when it comes to eating right, but the rubber really hits the road when those cravings kick in and we must make a choice about whether or not we’ll succumb and eat our problem … Continue reading

5 Ways to Relieve Stress

Monday, August 29th, 2011

“I AM SOOOOOO STRESSED OUT!!!”  Have you ever thought this or are you currently thinking this right now?  In today’s society, stress is coming into our lives whether we like it or not.  Here are five ways to help you … Continue reading

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Go to the Gym

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

It’s been said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and that is the case with making fitness a part of your lifestyle.  How many times have you said to yourself, “I really need to … Continue reading

5 Ways to More Energy

Monday, August 15th, 2011

MORE energy and it doesn’t cost $4.52 and your health!  Here are 5 ways to get energy that lasts and IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! Eat, Eat, and Eat Some More!  Who would have thought that on a fitness blog we … Continue reading

How to Help Your Kids Stay Fit

Monday, August 8th, 2011

A visit to the playground will quickly demonstrate that kids have an innate love for physical activity from an early age. But how do you keep your kids motivated to exercise as they grow older and become preoccupied with other … Continue reading

You Lose Weight Where You Lose Weight

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

If you are like most people, there are probably some parts of your body that you might want GONE! “I want to lose weight in my ARMS!” “I want to get rid of my LOVE HANDLES!” “I need to lose … Continue reading

4 Ways to Work Through Tiredness While Exercising

Monday, July 25th, 2011

In 1960, Wilma Rudolph sprinted to an Olympic gold medal with a sprained ankle. Willis Reed led his team to win the 1970 NBA Championships with a torn leg muscle. In 1988, Kirk Gibson hit the World Series-winning home run … Continue reading

5 Ways to Better Sleep

Monday, July 25th, 2011

One of the keys to a healthy lifestyle is to REST and RECOVER!  There are many people that put the work “in the gym” but what are you doing “out of the gym”?  One of the best ways to recover … Continue reading

The Right Cardio Workout for You

Monday, July 25th, 2011

A strong cardiovascular system is fundamental to good health. But how do you know you’re maximizing your workout’s benefits? Here are a few guidelines to consider: Are you focusing on endurance or speed? Slower speeds enable you to work longer, … Continue reading

Mississippi is the most obese state, Colorado is the least

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Obesity is on the rise in America, and Reuters recently published articles emphasizing that fact. In a recent study on obesity, the 50 states were ranked according to their current levels and how much obesity has increased. The results are … Continue reading

Sitting vs Smoking

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

  Did you know that a sedentary lifestyle can be almost as bad for your health as smoking?  Sitting for extended periods of time is related to higher levels of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even early death. If … Continue reading

Diabetes: A National Threat

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

In January of this year, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an important statement regarding diabetes that declared that “nearly 26 million Americans now have type 2 diabetes.”  This statistic has increased by 9% over the past … Continue reading

New Orleans Fitness Gyms provide Motivation

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

This time a year can be very difficult for some of our New Orleans fitness gyms members. With Mardi Gras right around the corner, there are so many distractions coming into place. We hope this article with help you to … Continue reading


Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

  One of the most common reasons people give for not exercising is that it’s boring. But that doesn’t have to be true – the reality is its only as boring as the person doing it! There are lots of … Continue reading

Get Energized

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

One of the questions I am frequently asked is how did you lose the weight? The answer is very simple: I started eating healthy living food and I exercise regularly. While fitness is extremely important to me, I will be writing a lot about nutrition because I believe it’s a very important component to a good fitness program and it’s exactly what I struggled with the most as I know most people do.
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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Approximately 10% of the US population suffers from some form of depressive disorder. Depression can be a debilitating and frustrating disorder, it can make you feel so tired you can’t get out of bed, or so angry you can’t socialize, … Continue reading

How to Start Your Weight-Lifting Routine

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Whether you want to look like Ahnold or simply tone up and feel better, you’ll want to start your weight-lifting routine the right way. Here are just a few tips to get you on the right track: Start small. If … Continue reading