Are you tired and frustrated with fighting an uphill battle to lose weight and get healthy?

Have you joined a gym, more than once,

and continually lack results?

You are not alone!

Gym enviroments can often:

  • Be crowded
  • Make you feel confused on how to work with the equipment
  • Give you a feeling of isolation - no one knows about you, your goals, or your ability on an exercise program

Clients of Solution Fitness:

  • Get Results
  • Lose Weight
  • Drop Sizes
  • Feel energized
  • Enjoy a return on their investment


Our staff is comprised of extremely qualified and experienced fitness coaches.

Our clients begin with a comprehensive fitness evaluation to ascertain current fitness level and mindset. Our next step is to establish a customized program to help you accomplish your goals. We offer a unique approach to exercise where we first teach you how to move the right way, then challenge you in a strategic manner. When you train at Solution Fitness, you will enjoy individualized attention in our small group setting. Training with like-minded people who are focused on similar health and fitness goals is an environment that will motivate you to stay on track and keep you accountable.

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Stop Slouching and Sit Up Straight!

By On October 29, 2013    CORRECTIVE EXERCISE


Caveman Posture

As a society we are plagued with poor posture.  We don’t have much of a choice!  All of our daily tasks are presented in front of us: desk work, eating, driving, commuting, reading, watching television, gardening, etc.  This slouched position can be attributed to many issues affecting people.  In our experiences, an immobile thoracic spine (think: upper back) has been linked to poor posture, forward head position, rounded shoulders, rotator cuff problems, neck pain, poor shoulder blade positioning, and low back pain.


Although the above picture is intended for humor, it does paint a pretty accurate picture.  Look at the amount of neck (cervical) and upper back (thoracic) forward flexion shown by the individual working at the computer.  This is not as exaggerated as you might think.  How are you reading this article?  Are you sitting at your computer?  Are you slouched in a chair?  I think it’s safe to say, when it comes to improving thoracic mobility, everyone can use more.


SpineThe first step in addressing this common issue is to disassociate the lower back (lumbar spine) and the mid to upper back (thoracic spine).  At Solution Fitness, we follow the “Joint By Joint Approach” to training our clients.   Within this system, the lumbar spine is intended to be a stable joint and thoracic spine is to provide mobility.  Therefore, the majority of spine movement would come from the thoracic spine.


In an exercise environment, as well in day to day life, thoracic extension is vital component to maintaining a “neutral spine”.


Neutral spine is achieved through a synergy between the hip joint, lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine.  In order to maintain this neutral position, we generally use the cue “chest up” and “shoulders back.”  The concept behind this cue is for the client to perform thoracic extension.  New clients generally try to create this extension from the lumbar spine, exhibiting an excessive curve to the lower back.



There is ample evidence identifying a correlation between low back pain and hyper-lordosis (an excessive curve to the lower back).  We, therefore, emphasize a stable lumbar spine and teach thoracic spine extension.


In this video, we demonstrate lumbar extension and then thoracic extension.



This an excellent option to get the thoracic spine into a neutral position and prepared for exercise.  We recommend this exercise be repeated throughout the day for all clients that spend a great deal of time in a seated position.


Forward Head PostureOnce someone understands thoracic spine extension, we then move to rotation movement patterns.

We never introduce rotation if someone still presents an exaggerated slouched position.



However, once proper extension is achieved, educating thoracic rotation is beneficial in daily life and sports performance. When discussing spinal rotation, the lumbar spine only allows for 10-15 degrees of movement.  However, the thoracic spine is responsible for 50-70 degrees of rotation.   People (athletes and the general population) active in rotational sports (golf, baseball, tennis, etc.) may create the majority of their rotation from the lumbar spine, which may lead to low back pain.  Effectively training thoracic spine rotation will assist in alleviating this problem.


We generally begin in the side lying position, progress to seated, and kneeling positions.  As shown in the following videos.


At Solution Fitness, our corrective-based programs are intended to find the weak link of the body and restore function.  Thoracic mobility is one component of improving overall posture and creating healthy movement patterns.  Click here for more information on our corrective exercise program. 


Client Spotlight – Martina

By On October 9, 2013    UNCATEGORIZED




I am a 47-year old mother of three and when my friend first suggested Solution Fitness, I thought I would give personal training a try.


What you need to know about me is that when it comes to exercise, I consider myself a serial beginner. I like to try everything, but just never stick with any one type of program for long.  Before Solution Fitness, I think my record was six months.


I have been working out at Solution Fitness for eighteen months now and am extremely happy with my progress.  This is a testament to both the results I have seen and the variety of workouts that Joe and Pete design.  In the first six months, I lost 25 pounds and dropped from a size 12 to a size 6.  I was able to fit into a dress that I wore 20 years ago.


My intention when I began was to get into better shape.  It was quite a bonus to lose all that extra weight.  Every other time in the past when I lost weight, I would eventually put it back on.  Due not only to Solution Fitness’ customized workouts, but to their individualized nutrition program, this has not been the case over the last year.  I have become stronger and more fit than I thought possible at my age.


I have received many compliments since I started working with Joe and Pete, but my favorite came from my daughter. Before coming to Solution Fitness, my daughter had an annoying habit of poking my leg and singing a song she made up called “Jiggle, jiggle”.  Thanks to Solution Fitness, she says I do not have any jiggle left!


After II



Joe Bellistri

Solution Fitness


Weight Loss Done Right

By On October 7, 2013    WEIGHT LOSS


When you want to lose weight, what are you told to do for exercise?
………Go running for an hour
………Walk everywhere
……….Do an hour a day of activity
……….Train for a 5k
……….Do weights after you get leaner


The list goes on and on and on.


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