What 100 Calories Look Like

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Recently Buzz Feed produced a video of average Americans trying to guess what 100 calories worth of portions look like. Here are 3 simple things we learned from this video… #1: Not All Healthy Things Are Healthy What we thought … Continue reading

Seize The Day!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

  Sometimes all we need to get out of bed in the morning is a little motivation from our screensaver! SEIZE THE DAY! 


Monday, July 13th, 2015

5 STEPS TO A MORE NUTRITIOUS YOU! By: Mary Catherine Holcomb As I write this, I’m looking right into the face of chocolate covered almonds and dried sugar-laden fruit, never mind the beautiful baked goods, so tiny yet so high … Continue reading

Sweatin’ To The Newbies

Monday, July 13th, 2015

SWEATIN’ TO THE NEWBIES By: Mary Catherine Holcomb I love to work out with no music – said no one ever! Listening to music can help a workout by elevating your mood and distracting you! Check out  7 Reasons You … Continue reading

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 Shape.com and learn (or remind yourself) of some ways to tone those arms for tank top season!   http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/20-tips-get-toned-arms-faster/slide/2

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Military.com 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!

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!

Workout Motivation

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 tasteofhome.com 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. justwendyjo.com … 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! Military.com 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. myrecipes.com 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 prevention.com 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgmhhVCLgM8 … 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

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

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

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

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


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

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