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5 Travel Musts To Stay Healthy While On Vacation

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It’s no surprise that being low on energy while traveling can be a recipe for disaster. Fatigue, stress, and being surrounded by so many people can wreak havoc on an immune system.
Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of 5 healthy travel tips and the must-have items that go along with them.

Technology is Key

What You Need: Cell Phone + Killer Playlist

Could you get in a great workout without a great playlist? We know we can’t! Besides being the home of your ultimate fitness playlist, your cell phone can help you find local gyms and lets you download fitness apps for when you can’t leave the hotel room.

Schedule workouts into your cell phone calendar to keep you on track while on holiday. Make the schedule, stick to it, and when in doubt, remind yourself that your health is a priority.

Pro Tip: Bring your TruBeat Heart Rate Monitor on vacation with you so you can stay just as motivated out of the gym as in it.

Walk the Walk

What You Need: Proper Attire + Sense of Adventure

Sporting the latest workout gear is not only to show off your epic style. It can also determine the amount and quality of exercise you do. If you’re not prepared with the right equipment (proper shoes, sports bra, or fleece-lined leggings when the weather is cold) then your motivation to hit the gym- or pavement- might be limited.

Traveling provides a unique workout opportunity like hiking local trails or walking to that restaurant 8 blocks down the road. Exploring not only allows you to stay healthy and save money but really allows you to immerse yourself in this new environment. Your body, memories, and wallet will thank you.

Easy (and free!) ways to fit in a workout while traveling:

  • Walk to restaurants, museums, and other landmarks
  • Hike or jog local trails
  • Walk in the airport while waiting for your flight
  • Yoga in the park (or hotel room)

“I make myself do some Sun Salutations or a little Vinyasa before I unpack and settle down in the room.” –Cristina Osorio

Pack the Snacks

What You Need: Healthy Snacks + A Tiny Bit of Prep Time

“Traveling and being in the airport often leads to regretful dietary decisions that provide little to no actual nutritional value for your body,” said Instructor Sammie Mack.

Instructor Cristina Osorio said, “Keep food simple while traveling. Resist empty carbs like chips and pretzels. You aren’t actually moving enough to burn those calories.”

Some Sammie and Cristina approved healthy snacks:

“Chia digests really slowly and keeps me feeling full longer, so I eat a chia pudding before getting on the plane,” said Cristina.

Long Live The Earth! Pack your snacks in reusable bags instead of plastic baggies. Saving the world never tasted so good.

Water > Whiskey

What You Need: Hydroflask + Willpower

The number one rule to staying healthy is staying hydrated.

If you’re flying, make this easy on yourself by bringing your own (empty) hydroflask to fill up after security. That way you can measure how much you’re consuming without having to purchase expensive and environmentally harmful plastic water bottles.

“Making sure that you are adequately hydrated throughout the day is essential to delivering nutrients throughout your body and regulating body temperature. Aim to drink 0.5-1.0 ounces of water per pound of body weight over the course of an entire day.” – Sammie Mack

And as much as we all like to enjoy an adult beverage here and there, avoiding alcohol (or severely limiting it) is key to staying hydrated.

“I travel a lot, and it’s so easy to be in the “I’m on vacation” mind set where having a beer in the airport seems like a harmless thing. Beer is full of carbs and all that happens is that I get fat…and slowly turning into an alcoholic. Also since altitude and alcohol cause dehydration, after day 7, my lips are chapped, I’m getting headaches, and all the sudden I can’t even get through a full yoga class. DRINK WATER…more of it…ALL THE TIME while traveling.” – Cristina Osorio

Pop Bottles

What You Need: A love of T.I. + Vitamins

Don’t break your routine just because you’re in a new place. This doesn’t just go for your diet and exercise but also your supplements. Keeping your nutrient intake up is vital in maintaining health, especially while traveling. In addition to Vitamin C and your regular daily supplements, Sammie said:

“Take an adrenal health supplement by Gaia Herbs. This supplement is great on a day to day basis, but is especially useful when your adrenals have been wiped of all their energy. This herb complex aids to optimize adrenal gland function, in order to aid in combatting stress, which can cause disorder in the immune, nervous, and inflammatory pathways.”

What are your healthy travel must-haves? Tell us in a comment!

The Past, Present, and Future of TruFusion

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TruFusion manifested in 2012 out of Martin Hinton and Mike Borden’s desire to create a sanctuary, encompassing all fitness needs for members and trainers. TruFusion has something for everyone and offers a diverse range of classes such as Yoga, TRX, Pilates, Kettlebells, Battle Ropes, Bootcamps and Barre. The heated TruFusion room and unheated Ashtanga room were built as a yoga retreat, to the right of the gym. The heated Hot Pilates room and unheated TRX room were built as a fitness training ground, on the left of the gym. The TRX room is the largest suspension training room in the US – holding a maximum of 60 people. What sets the studio apart is its success in fusing a variety of fitness styles into each class for a variety of athletes. TruFusion offers over 200 classes daily, employs over 40 instructors, offers over 15 different class styles, and is continuing to evolve and grow.

“Putting meaning and purpose into everything we do,” Martin Hinton

Building on the Past
Lightning struck when Hinton and Borden found the TruFusion studio. The building suffered fire damage, the floor was flooded with standing water and the ceiling had a gaping hole where lightning had pierced through the roof. Out of the rubble, Hinton and Borden envisioned a four-room facility with spa-like locker rooms, and an open concept lobby, Health Bar and retail space. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, TruFusion transformed from vision to studio as construction began in March of 2013.
Hinton and Borden assembled a team of program directors and instructors, many Hinton knew from working in the fitness community. He chose Liz Steers and Mark Balfe-Taylor to be the studio’s Program Directors.
Steers was chosen to be the Program Director of Fitness because she shared Hinton’s vision and passion for fusing fitness styles to optimize member’s results. Before becoming an instructor, she spent 20 years as a professional dancer in the Radio City Music Hall of Rockettes and David Cooper Field Experience. She then became certified in Pilates, Kettlebells, Yoga, TRX and other forms of fitness.
Balfe-Taylor was chosen to be the Program Director of Yoga because of his passion and extensive knowledge of yoga. He’s spent 11 years perfecting and expanding his knowledge of the practice. Balfe-Taylor discovered yoga in 2004 when he attended a Bikram class and was certified the next year. He’s managed three Bikram studios in South Korea. After coming back to the US, he expanded his knowledge in Baptiste, Moksha, Yoga Chi, Yin and more. He is constantly reinventing styles of yoga and utilizing props, such as the trigger point foam roller, to enhance his classes.
In anticipation of their new studio, Hinton, Steers and Balfe-Taylor held the first TruFusion teacher training in September 2013. This training was the first chance to teach fitness the way he and his team had envisioned. Once TruFusion opened the doors on October 2013, they were ready to teach their fused class style to the Las Vegas community.

“I realized that I had a vision of how the Pilates program would go and that I wanted to create that.” Liz Steers

Enjoying the Present
TruFusion classes are structured for people at different fitness levels and with different types of fitness styles to work out, not only in the same facility, but in the same classes. TruFusion’s success is because of its members – the TruTribe. Approximately 700 – 900 TruTribers sign up for classes daily. Although the studio is divided into fitness and yoga, Kettlebell competitors are encouraged to recover constant muscle strain by taking a YinFused class. By the same token, yogi’s are encouraged to take Pilates + Sculpt to strengthen core, arms and legs muscles.
In addition to classes, TruFusion also offers retail, managed by Cristina Osorio. Osorio took over TruFusion’s retail in 2013 and has since brought in many major brands as well as local crafters sell their goods through consignment. She graduated from the college of Woodbury in 2008 with a degree in costume design and started her own clothing line, Osorio wear in 2009. Recently, Osorio partnered with Hinton and Allison Heart in the creation of fitness apparel line NimayaSOL – currently sold at TruFusion. Osorio is also an instructor at TruFusion and teaches Bootcamp, Pilates, and TRX. She’s danced tap and ballet since age 4 and started practicing yoga in 2008. Within the first year of swinging her first Kettlebell, Hinton trained Osorio in Kettlebells and Bootcamp in 2010. She is a two time Rank 1 Kettlebell champion, achieving Rank 1 at the OKC competition and AKA Mr. Olympia Competition in Las Vegas. Shortly after her training with Hinton, Osorio was trained in Pilates by Steers in 2011.
TruFusion also offers TruTribers a healthy refueling station with the TruHealth Bar. The TruHealth Bar’s mission is to “educate, inspire and improve our customer’s health and wellness holistically through nutrition.” Originally thought of as just a smoothie bar, the TruHealth Bar has expanded menu options under the leadership of manager Sammie Mack. Mack is getting her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is a certified Pilates, TRX and Bootcamp instructor at TruFusion. Offering a myriad of menu items such as smoothies, infusion waters, chia pudding and wraps are formulated not only to taste good, but also keep in mind the nutritional needs of athletes fueling up and recovering from an intense workout. Most menu items are vegan, gluten free, organic and made in-house. Mack also works with local businesses, such as Sunrise Coffee, to bring in exclusive products special to TruFusion.

“We’ve diversified within the framework and kept trying and refining.” Mark Balfe-Taylor

Looking Forward
TruFusion is constantly adding new classes to the schedule. Hinton, Steers and Balfe-Taylor are been constantly developing the classes to fuse different elements of fitness into their training. Within the past four months Hot Buddhi Yoga, Hot Barre and Fly Gym have been introduced to the studio. Hot Buddhi Yoga, added in March 2015, is a tantric mix of yoga and tantric dancing. Hot Barre, added in June 2015, is a mix of Pilates and ballet that incorporates toning and strengthening all aspects of the body. A version of Fly Gym, coming in August 2016, is mixes suspended yoga and inversions on a stretch hammock.

“The main motivation was becoming something larger than yourself,” Cristina Osorio

TruFusion is excited to open new facilities in Nevada as it expands and grows the TruTribe. The first franchise is slated to open doors in January 2016 in Downtown Summerlin. As TruFusion continues to grow, our instructors are enthusiastic about sharing their concept of fitness across the US.


Shop The Right Mat For Your Workout

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An essential part of most TruFusion classes is a mat. The mat becomes a TruTriber’s designated work out space – a space to find your edge. Not only for yogi’s, mats’ have made their way to Bootcamps, Tru X, Pilates and other classes on the TruFusion schedule. Yet shopping for the right mat can be confusing among all the different textures, patterns and colors. Each mat has been manufactured for a different purpose and will give you different benefits. We’ve broken down the benefits of each mat offered at TruRetail, so that you can choose the right one for your fitness needs.

Jade mats are made of natural rubber, still usable for those with synthetic rubber allergies. Used in the TruFusion and Hot Pilates rooms, TruTribers will find great traction with or without a towel. The mat’s texture will keep your hands and feet in place, and its density perfectly cushions your knees and elbows.

YDL mats are made from natural rubber coated with a layer of micro fiber. These mats work best in the hottest and sweatiest classes. The micro fiber acts like velcro, causing traction by sticking to bare hands and feet. However, to use this mat in a non-heated environment it’s encouraged to wet the mat prior to usage.

Lululemon mats are great for non-heated and heated classes on a hard surface. These mats are thick and comfortable and their density gives great support to the elbows, knees and hips. When in contact with the mat’s coated surface, bare hands and feet get great traction. Due to versatility, we highly recommend Lululemon mats for every class.

The Manduka mats are unparalleled comfort and cushioning. It’s 100% latex free, and safe to use for people with latex sensitivities. The high quality material will not peel, flake or fade. The Manduka PRO boasts OekoTex certified, emissions-free manufacturing and is backed by a Lifetime Guarantee. It’s engineered for sustainability and its longevity reduces consumption and landfill waste by staying with ready to use.

The Manduka eKO mat now offers an unparalleled grip to perform even in the sweatiest of conditions. The eKO mat leaves behind no footprint in landfills because it’s from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, and natural tree rubber. Make this your designated practice space and let the natural rubber cushion and support your body and conscious with this eco-friendly choice.

TruFusion embroidered logo mats are the Goldilocks mat. Hot or cold, yoga or fitness, these mats are suitable for every class. For the try everything enthusiast, we recommend these mats because they’re a great value for their versatility. Made of natural spongy rubber, the TruFusion mats have enough thickness to cushion you on a hard floor as you push through a class.

Realizing what your mat was intended for will aid you in your practice and allow you to perform better. Are you in the market for a new mat? The promotion code at the bottom discounts 20 percent from all mats purchased in studio. Which mat will you pick as you find your edge?



11 Things To Know Before Your First Hot Class

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At TruFusion we love the heat.

Anything from Hot Yoga to Hot Barre, we like to help our TruTribers’ stretch deeper and sweat harder than ever before. Hot classes can be a bit intimidating, but the key is all in preparation. Follow these tips on how to conquer your first hot yoga class.

1. Hydrate before. Before taking a hot class, it is essential to properly hydrate yourself. You will release a lot of water during class as you sweat, and you will usually leave drenched. It is highly encouraged to bring water into class.

2. Electrolytes are important. The body needs electrolytes to conduct electrical impulses. Human electrolytes come in the form of salt, manganese, potassium and baking soda, also-known-as sodium bicarbonate. Your body will need to replenish its salt supply after sweating through class. If you’re looking for a natural source of electrolytes, check out the Ginger Lime and Cherry Pineapple Infusion Waters at the TruHealth Bar. Some TruTribers take SaltStick tabs before class.

3. Bring the right accessories. You will need a mat and at least one towel. You can use the towel in a couple ways. The first is draping the towel over the mat to catch excess sweat that drips off your body and help keep your body from slipping. The second is to have a hand towel off to the side to wipe sweat away during class. Bring both if you feel like you need them. Other accessories, such as blocks, straps or weights are provided at TruFusion, although some members like to bring their own.

4. Wear the right gear. Synthetic fabrics are formulated to wick away moisture from the skin and evenly distribute it for faster drying time and less sweat stains. Natural fibers allow moisture to pool in one spot, get soggy and can take forever to dry. Natural fibers can also stretch out of shape and trap bacteria. Want more guidance on workout wear? Read our blog post: What Not To Wear To Your Workout. 

5. Talk to the instructor. Before class starts, let your instructor know that it is your first time and tell them about any pre-existing injury or health conditions. This will allow the instructor to keep you in mind and offer modifications for certain challenging poses.

6.  Let your breath carry you through. Just as breathing carries you through life, it will carry you through your class. Regulating the breath through tough postures will help protect the integrity of your form and manage intensity at its peak. Many instructors incorporate breathing cues into their classes. Following those breathing cues will help you manage the heat and physical activity.

7. Allow yourself to acclimate. Don’t despair if it takes you a few classes to adjust to the heat. If it becomes too much, try to stay in the room during and after class as moving from extreme heat to a colder climate can be a shock to the system. Take a knee or heroes pose for a moment and focus on your breath. If you feel like you are able to continue the class then do so. Remember to be kind to yourself and honor your body.

8. Get out of your head. Keeping an open mind in class will allow you to perform to your highest ability. Let your body carry you through your practice and dictate what you can  do. Statements such as “I can’t,” even if said to yourself, are self-fulfilling prophecy. When you just get into the flow and you find your edge, your abilities might surprise you.

9. Wash off the toxins. As you sweat throughout the class, you will release toxins. Make it a point to take a shower as soon as possible after the class ends. Also, make it a point to wash off your mat at some point to clean off toxins and prevent bacteria growth.

10. Change your clothes. Wet workout gear is a breeding ground for bacteria. It will carry any toxins you have sweat out, causing skin irritation. If you don’t have time for a shower or prefer taking one at home, at least change out of those wet clothes. Facial towelettes are nice to wipe away any dirt if you’re on the run.

11. Hydrate afterwards. It’s important to continue to hydrate and give yourself electrolytes. You may not feel like eating right after a class, but your body needs to refuel. Drinking a smoothie is a great way to replenish the salt and water content you lost without eating. Pre-order a smoothie before class so that it’s ready once you rise out of savasana. The TruHealth Bar’s Watermelon Revitalizer is a great option packed with coconut water, watermelon, pineapple, chia seeds and hemp seeds.

Hot classes are all about having fun and finding your edge. Now that you’re armed with some tips to prepare, sign up for your first hot class at TruFusion and be ready to bring the heat!

TruFusion Activewear

Activewear Technology: Why sweating in sweats doesn’t work

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TruFusion Activewear

Donning the right work out gear in class is just as important as showing up. Synthetic fibers are the way to go because they dry faster and offer a better stretch. This summer, lunge into leggings and tops made from synthetic fibers to avoid the unsightly underboob or crotch sweat stains; here are a few tips to get you started!

Sweat Science

Synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon are specifically designed to wick sweat away from the skin then distribute the perspiration evenly across the fabric’s surface for a more rapid drying time.

Unfortunately the reality is that natural fibers can’t compete. Even fabric blends with as little as 25 percent natural fiber (i.e. cotton) aren’t as efficient when it comes to keeping you dry or maintaining their shape. Instead, the sweat saturates the fabric wherever you’re perspiring the most resulting in dark circles and wet spots. All of the moisture pooling in one place causes the fabric to sag and become heavier, taking longer to dry.

Stretch Science

Easy movement from posture to posture is important, regardless of the class you prefer. This means that your activewear must be able to stretch just as you do.

Synthetic fabric was designed specifically with this purpose in mind. Most synthetic leggings are blended with lycra, spandex or elastic. This allows for a multi-dimensional stretch around the muscles as well as up and down the legs.

The reality is that natural fabrics only offer a two-way stretch. Two-way stretch only allows the fabric to stretch in one plane of motion, hindering performance.

A Solid Investment

TruFusion’s retail section is stocked with active wear ideal for both heated and unheated classes. All of our leggings have been cultivated with four-way stretch and optimal sweat absorption in mind.

A perfect example of our hand-cultivated selection would be the newly launched and already wildly popular NiyamaSOL brand. NiyamaSOL leggings are not only made from synthetic four-way stretch fabric, but its fibers are also created using recycled water bottles. Using certified recycled polyethylene terephthalate is one of the most environmentally conscious ways to produce leggings that meet the needs of our yogis and athletes. RPET fabric is created when water bottles are melted down, spun into a thread and woven into fabric. The process is costly, making it hard to come by, but the result is an amazing line of environmentally friendly leggings and board shorts engineered for your favorite activities.

Perform to the best of your ability today by sporting some hot new yoga pants and bra tops! Need an extra push? Share this special promotional code with the front desk when you come in for your next class and receive 20% off of any yoga leggings, bra tops or shorts!  

Promo code: YW20

Offer good Tuesday, June 2 – Saturday June 6, 2015. Discount is valid on yoga leggings, yoga shorts and bra tops only.



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NiyamaSOL: The Story Behind The Brand

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Cristina Osorio - NiyamaSol - Trufusion

NiyamaSOL is proud to present our first test run of women’s leggings, made from recycled plastic, as well as 4-way stretch men’s mat shorts!

As instructors, students and overall fitness and fashion enthusiasts, we are passionate about functional, comfortable and wearable leggings and shorts.

Some of the artwork featured on our leggings and mat shorts is inspired by the artists at Opportunity Village. From henna red in Kaleidoscope to soothing blues in Blackbird, the graphics found on each pair all have a story and a life of their own. You can learn about what and who inspire our designs and shop online at our Etsy store MYniyamaSOL.

We want you to love our products as much as we do, so your feedback and suggestions are important to us. If you are inspired to help us grow and improve, please follow us @niyamasol on Instagram and like our NiyamaSOL Facebook page. Check your selfies when you are wearing anything NiyamaSol and hashtag #niyamasol to be featured on our social media outlets.

Our first giveaway happens Memorial Day weekend at Lightening in a Bottle festival in Bradley CA. TruFusion instructor and co-owner of NiyamaSOL, Cristina Osorio, will be doing yoga and dancing all day Friday and Saturday at the event. If you can find her, take a picture with her and post it to instagram and facebook with our tags to get your own free merchandise!!

NiyamaSOL will be available at TruFusion later this week and other locations in the Las Vegas area later this month.

Namaste and much love,
The NiyamaSOL-mates Allison and Cristina

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Trufusion Custom Sublimation Printing

Custom Printing

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Trufusion Custom Sublimation Printing

Make your environment friendly fashion statement this season with Trufusion’s custom-made t-shirt collection.

Using sublimation, a printing process that eliminates chemical waste, the Trufusion tops come in various styles that are sure to speak to the TRU you.

From “Yoga & Coffee” to “Hot Mess” – the collection offers an expression for every individual with twelve new prints available each season.

The material is made of a poly/viscose blend, that is extra comfortable, soft to touch, and luxurious to wear.

Custom Printing at TruFusion

Ordering is easy. Select the style, color, and size of shirt, along with this season’s assortment of prints – complete the client info – and voila! Your TruTribe shirt is in the works.

Become a Trufusion member and look out for an exclusive invitation to custom-order your free birthday t-shirt.

Styles are available for men and women in extra small to extra large, and range from $35 to $45. Make sure to check out the online retail shop coming this summer 2015.

By Camile Tanner  |  Ctanner@TruFusion.com