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4 reasons you might not be seeing the results you want

By: Dr. Payton Busker, PT, DPT 

Raise your hand if you’ve been in this scenario: 

You have recently become super motivated to “get in shape”. You begin working out constantly and restrict your eating severely. You try to stick with this intense, restrictive schedule for *insert 30, 45, 60 days here*. You tell yourself “I can do anything for 30 days”. However, when that magical day comes at the end of this time period, you not only feel burnt out, but you do not see a tangible change in muscle growth. So you give up until the next bout of motivation kicks in (and the aches and pains calm down)! 

Cut to me raising my hand!! I don’t think I can count the number of times I have gone through this cycle. Enter, Evlo!! 

In this post, I will break down the 4 reasons you might not be seeing the results/muscle growth you desire and ways that Evlo addresses each and every one

1. Time 

It is human nature to want FAST results. Like,...

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How to create a workout plan that works for YOU: Incorporating other types of exercise into your Evlo routine

By: Dr. Payton Busker, PT, DPT

Today we will answer the frequently asked question: “How can I incorporate (insert running, biking, HIIT, spin, etc) into my Evlo routine??”.

We will take a detailed look at the 6 different tracks we offer, how we coordinate muscle groups, specific suggestions for engaging in other forms of fitness as an Evlo member, and overall ideas to consider when mixing up your Evlo routine. 

Let’s dive in!

Our Programming 

Both the structure of our class tracks as well as our weekly programming is very intentional. Our goal at Evlo is to achieve muscle hypertrophy while avoiding overuse. Members can achieve this goal by following one of 6 track options:

  1. 3 days per week without cardio
  2. 3 days per week with cardio
  3. 4 days per week without cardio
  4. 4 days per week with cardio
  5. 5 days per week without cardio
  6. 5 days per week with cardio

Each track includes AT LEAST two rest days that we do not recommend skipping past! 

The “3 days...

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How to measure if you’re recovering properly

By: Dr. Payton Busker, PT, DPT

Recovery is 50% of the equation for muscle hypertrophy and performance improvements within your workouts.

But how do we know if we are properly recovered?

This week’s blog post will serve as a written guide for why recovery matters, what factors expedite or hinder your recovery, how to objectively measure if you are recovered, and what to do with the results of these measures. For the listeners of Dr. Shannon’s Fit Body, Happy Joints, this information will be familiar. Check out Dr. Shannon’s episode on this topic here if you prefer to listen. For those interested in a visual guide, join me below! 

Why recovery matters: 

Exercise is a catabolic process. 

This means that exercise breaks down muscle tissue leading to temporary damage and weakness. This is a NORMAL process and a key factor in muscle hypertrophy. However, we run into trouble when we layer breakdown on top of breakdown (read: overuse). 

Overuse can...

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How to use your thoughts and words to decrease pain and improve muscle growth

By: Dr. Payton Busker, PT, DPT

Hi y'all! Welcome to the Evlo Fitness blog.

My name is Dr. Payton and I’ll be bringing you a new blog each week spanning topics from why our thoughts and words matter as it relates to fitness to how to better recruit your glutes. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy, fitness professional, and Evlo’s new Head of Content.

Here at Evlo, we are all about building our bodies up, not tearing them down.

Because of this, we find ourselves in a unique space within the fitness industry. So much of the messaging within the fitness industry reads as follows:
 

  • No pain, no gain
  • If you could just burn more calories in your workouts, you could lose that extra 5 pounds
  • If an exercise hurts, that probably means that your body needs it!

At least one or multiple of these probably sounds familiar to you if you’ve been a member of any sort of group fitness or had a personal trainer in the last 20 years....

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My Top 3 Reasons Why I Don’t Wear a Fitness Watch

I stopped wearing a fitness watch years ago and never looked back. I’ve talked about my personal experiences with exercise in the “How to internalize you’ve done enough” podcast, but let’s just say that I was obsessing over exercise and my goals were on how many calories I could burn. This was at the cost of my mental health, sleep, joint health, and sometimes even my performance at work because I was exhausted, overworked, and under-rested. During this time where I was working out a ton and had a focus on burning calories, I actually had very little muscle. It’s hard for me to gain muscle in the first place, but I think I felt and looked frail. It wasn’t effective for me to focus my attention on burning calories. Choosing to no longer wear my fitness watch was a cascade of decisions that ultimately changed how I view exercise and really turned my health around. 

Ditching my fitness watch wasn’t some “magical...

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How Different Workouts Affect Your Body

How you train will affect how your body adapts. So today, we’ll look into that a bit. I’ll start by talking about muscle fiber types and how to recruit different types of fibers, then I’ll talk about load to muscles, and lastly, I’ll tie it all together by talking about how different workouts like Pilates, barre, lifting, yoga, and running, will affect your muscles and body composition. 

So let’s start by talking about fiber types. This is important, because your muscles are made up of different types of fibers that are stimulated differently, recover differently, and are of different sizes. You have two primary types within a single muscle: type 1 fibers and type 2 fibers. Within your type 2 fibers, you have several sub-classifications. But for the sake of today’s podcast, we’re going to talk about type 1 fibers or the slow-twitch, type 2a and 2ab, which I’ll lump together to call the intermediate fibers, and type 2b which I'll...

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Glute training: why we don't do squats & deadlifts (and what we do instead)

Today we are going to talk about why you won’t see us prioritizing heavy deadlifts and squats every week in Evlo for training the glutes. I know this is going to be a hot topic since deadlifts and squats have been seen as a couple of the “king” exercises for a long long time. But I feel like I have learned a few compelling reasons why to prioritize other exercises to build the glutes over squats and deadlifts. 

In our private FB group and messages that I get from the Evlo members, they talk about how their glutes have developed more than any other program they’ve tried. And it’s not because we are working them MORE, and many of them aren’t even lifting as heavy as they once were with lots of squatting and deadlifts. So how could that be? How could they be working their glutes less, lifting lighter weights, and yet be seeing more muscle development than before? It’s because we are working them SMARTER not HARDER. 

Your glutes, or...

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How to Workout When You're Stressed

Today I want to give you some ideas of how to exercise when you’re stressed. We know that exercise can be stress-reducing, but it can also contribute to stress, spiraling the issue. I think a lot of people also avoid moving altogether when they’re stressed because they think they need to have an intense session or why bother. 

However, I’m a firm believer that the better you are at dipping and diving through the obstacles of your life instead of staying rigid, the better your life will be. And, dare I say, the better your health will be. Inevitably, we’re going to go through stressful times. It’s about recognizing when you’re in one and adapting accordingly. 

Today I’ll talk about: 

  1. Why you’re more likely to get injured when you’re stressed 
  2. Neuroendocrine responses to stress 
  3. How to recognize when you’re stressed 
  4. My suggestion for how to exercise when you’re experiencing a mentally...
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4 nervous system "hacks" for better results

This blog is going to be a bit nerdy. We’re talking about 4 cool nervous system “hacks” that can improve the results of your workouts. 

We implement these things in my classes, which is one of the more unseen or unrealized reasons my classes are so effective. I also hear often from the members that this is the first program they look forward to and enjoy, and they may not know why. I think these are some of the reasons why - because we are using their nervous system to create an environment that doesn’t feel like a threat. When your brain thinks something is a threat, it will avoid it. And we know consistency is super important in your workouts, so we have to train our nervous system that our workouts aren’t a threat to our safety. 

Your nervous system is extremely important in driving results from your workouts because it will dictate how easily you will recover and lay down new muscle. Because of this, we have to work WITH our nervous...

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The Hormone that is holding you back at the Gym

Hormones are incredibly complex, and it's difficult to talk about one hormone without talking about other cascading hormones. Today, I want to break down what cortisol is, what can happen if you have too much of it and how to tell, and my recommendations on how to keep it in check. 

Before we begin, remember that this is not medical advice, and to seek advice from your doctor or functional medicine practitioner if you are having severe issues. This post is for informational purposes only. 

If you feel like you're doing everything right - putting in work at the gym, you're trying to eat less, and still not seeing results - it could be because of cortisol imbalance. Often, too much exercise and too little eating can have the reverse effects that you're hoping for because they can mess with your cortisol and hormonal balance. 

One of my goals, which I hope is evident by my content, is to encourage people to get away from the damaging "grind yourself into the ground if...

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