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Upcoming Workshops & Trainings

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Kettlebell Workshop #1

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This workshop introduces drills applied in both kettlebell and bootcamp classes.

January 10th

12PM – 3PM

Martin Hinton + Cristina Osorio

$20

TRX Room

AromaYoga

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Reset your body, mind and spirit for the New Year with this special detoxifying Zeeta Aroma-Yoga workshop! Join Christine Frazzitta, herbalist, TruFusion teacher and founder of ZeetaBody.com, on your yoga mat as we wind down from a wonderful season of celebrations and nurture the body with 100% natural herbs and oils – by combining the ancient practices of aromatherapy with yoga asana and pranayama your in for a serious cleansing, amazingly aromatic and sweaty good time. Zeeta body samples will be given out during the workshop!

January 23rd

3PM – 5PM

Christine Frazzitta

$35

TruFusion Room

Kettlebell Workshop #2

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This workshop will review terminology, techniques, and general knowledge of the basic bell movements for proper execution. A fitness test will be conducted, and must be passed in order to teach.

February 7th

12PM – 3PM

Martin Hinton + Cristina Osorio

$20

TRX Room

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Hot Pilates Teacher Training (50 hr)

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Over this two-weekend intensive course, you will develop a sense of mastery of traditional mat 1-2 Pilates, high intensity interval training, functional exercise, and yoga flow concepts. In addition, students learn basic anatomy, high-level communication techniques and have access to a truflow yoga workshop.

January 16th – 31st

January 16th, 17th, 23rd, and 24th are mandatory days with 10 hours devoted each day. During the week on the 19th and 21st, there are two sets of four hour modules. The trainees must attend at least two of the four modules.

Martin Hinton + Liz Steers

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$899

Hot Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr RYT)

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This training will provide a great fundamental foundation of teaching skills and most importantly, experience in teaching. The clients will have two tangible styles (TruFusion 75 and TruFlow) to be able to teach upon full completion of the training. It will be focused on being very practical and has in depth anatomy and history/philosophy components to create well-rounded teachers.

February 1st – 27th

Two classes a day, 6 days a week for approximately 6-8 hours of instruction and lectures per day.

Mark Balfe-Taylor + Marissa Lee Harris + Jacky Pagone

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$2,999

ZFlow Transformational Teacher Training (200 RYT)

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In this training you will become more familiar with traditional yoga poses and the foundations to build them, gain insights into formulating vinyasa yoga sequencing, build self-confidence to command and teach a class, and more.

March 4th – April 22nd

Friday 4PM – 9PM / Saturday and Sundays 9AM – 7PM

Zeek Vincent

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$2,800 Early Bird / $2,600 Certified Instructors

Wait… there’s more!

Pilates Training: August 27th – September 4th

Yoga Training: July 25th – August 20th

Kettlebell Training: Stay tuned!

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8 Ways to Find Balance This Holiday Season

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Balance /baləns/: noun
Definition: An elusive, seemingly impossible task in our lives
finding balance

“Finding that centerpoint where we are giving everything sufficient amounts of attention and effort to sustain happiness and equanimity is difficult even for the best of us. Then we throw the holidays on top of it. Endless tasks. Expectations and to-do lists that never seem to get done… Never fear, it IS possible to find balance and have time with friends, family and your health throughout the holiday season.” – TruFusion Instructor Whitney Koch Owens

1. Start family traditions

Bringing fitness into your new family traditions makes everyone healthy, wealthy, and wise! Well, probably not wealthy and wise but definitely healthy. Start the tradition of a holiday hike. Snowshoe to a warming hut on Christmas Eve. Bike around the neighborhood to check out the lights. Fitness is fun with whole fam!

2. Ask for help

Have your family help you with holiday tasks. Wrap presents with your sister or cook the big feast with your dad. Doubling down to accomplish necessary tasks while spending quality time with a loved one will free up some “me” time for fitness.

3. Say “No”

“Sure, you may be invited to 30 different holiday parties, but you don’t have to attend each one,” said Whitney. “Determine the activities and traditions that fuel your connections with others and allow you to genuinely connect with the people you care about and love.” Forget the rest.

4. Stick to the plan

Once you’ve chosen which events you’d like to attend, make a plan and stick to it. If you’re shopping with your sister at 4, be sure to leave that potluck by 330. Don’t stay out all night at that holiday party when you have family breakfast the next morning. By planning ahead, you avoid last minute decisions that make you miss rare family time.

5. Sharing is caring

Instead of buying the latest gadget that will be obsolete in a six months, give your family the gift of memories (that happen to include fitness)! Always wanted to try snowboarding? Take your cousin to the mountain for a day on the slopes. Buy your brother a week of TruFusion classes and bring him to Barefoot Bootcamp. We’ll bet he’ll get a kick out of it. Your sister? She’ll love cycle!

6. It’s okay to fly solo

If you go to Down N’ Dirty every Wednesday then don’t change it because your family is in town. You’ll only be gone an hour, but it might be the only time you have this week to workout. It might even be the only alone time you get this week.

7. Workout at home

If you can’t sneak away for a class, set aside twenty minutes and knock out a quick at-home workout. Doing one twenty minute workout a day won’t take you away from too much family but will make sure you’re still looking sexy once New Years Eve rolls around.

8. Remember that you’re bae

You come before all else. Whitney said, “Place your own health and needs above all others. The old saying in airplanes is true, put your mask on before trying to assist someone else with theirs. Listen to your body. Does it need more sleep? Some quiet and meditation? Physical activity and a workout? Give your body what it needs first to be able to then be present with others.”

Instructor Chidimma Ozor said, “On Sunday, I woke up with about five different outings planned, and by 5 p.m. I realized I had been in my bed most of the day engaging in self-care, which is just what I needed.”

Now quit reading this and go enjoy some time with your family! Happy balancing, TruTribe!

What’s your secret to a balanced life? Share it with us in a comment!
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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.

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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?

PROMO CODE: ULTIMAT

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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!

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Losing Weight at TruFusion

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Losing Weight at TruFusion is Easy

TruFusion makes it easy to lose weight in a healthy way. Most gyms or studios will work you to the bone, and often times, people will become discouraged by the immediate intensity of workouts. TruFusion has perfected the art of massaging new members into a comfortable exercise regimen that keeps them motivated and committed. With over 50 instructors who are all skilled in a variety of exercise disciplines, with several different exercise environments, TruFusion gears their workouts towards getting you in the best shape of your life at a pace that you’re comfortable with.

The instructors at TruFusion are experts in their craft. They all specialize in a variety of exercises, poses, and movements. Some of our instructors are nationally renowned gurus! Meet Martin Hinton, the director and instructor at TF — Martin has invested more than a decade into creating and innovating what are now known as Tru Barefoot BootCamp and Kettlebell classes. These are some of the most popular classes at TF. He also founded Five Mountain Fitness Studios in Hawaii and personally created fitness programs for policemen and firefighters. He has perfected a variety of classes from Vinyasa Yoga to Hot Pilates and currently teaches the largest group Kettlebell classes in the United States.

Another one of our coveted gurus is instructor Zeek Vincent. Since 1993, he has studied various schools of practice; such as Kundalini, Sivananda, Bikram, Ashtanga, and Baptiste. He carries 17 plus years of extensive experience, and is highly regarded as a soulful and motivating instructor. His inspirational guidance allows for members to easily immerse themselves in the often arduous positions and postures. His classes attract people from all over the United States. In fact, you will often see our other instructors in his Z Flow classes. He gets a lot of respect from his peers and it’s well deserved. Zeek is a big reason why it is so easy to get in shape at TF.

If our valued gurus don’t hook new members, then the classes and classrooms definitely will. Especially our heated rooms. Our TruFusion room is held at a temperature of 103 degrees and 40% humidity. It is our hottest room. The benefits of the heat and humidity is your body will immediately loosen up and become more pliable, making your stretches more powerful and your movement more fruitful. This room also has amazing detoxing effects, by turning your skin (the largest organ in your body) into a giant filter. It’s a way of cleansing your body from radical pathogens and bacteria. Not to mention, you’re shedding the weight just by being in the room. So even at a moderate exercise intensity, you’re losing healthy weight.

All of our rooms are devoted to different practices and exercise disciplines. Our Ashtanga room is NOT heated and designed to be air conditioned. The focus in this room is to build up heat within your own body. These classes tend to focus on deeper more friction causing breaths, so you work yourself into a hearty sweat. It is preferred by people who feel they should allow their own body movement to control their flow, rather than have a room make the body sweat. The Ashtanga room is also enjoyed by people who prefer to focus on their practice rather than endure the heated conditions similar to our TruFusion room. It’s a perfect room for beginners AND advanced yogis to polish their practice.

The Hot Pilates room is designed to be held at 93 degrees and is used in much the same way as the TruFusion Room. The Hot Pilates Room is cooler than the TruFusion room because the movements are fast paced, repetitious, and generate a bunch of heat within the body. We combine the loosening and detoxing effects of the TruFusion room with the gut busting core building power of Pilates. This has become our most popular room, often times boasting 50-60 members for one class, increasing the heat substantially. People can push themselves harder and faster, knowing their work is compounded by the added challenge of the conditions. This room is perfect for intermediate to advanced athletes looking for an evolving challenge. The instructors pay close attention to maintaining variety within their workouts to keep you guessing and motivated.

Our TRX room is a non heated room. It is important to note that this room is often left without any AC at all, meaning that by the end of a busy class it will be rather warm and humid. We put classes here that are either particularly challenging (like the kettlebells class, because many who take it want to use very aggressive weights) or traction based classes (like TRX, where the friction between your foot and the floor is the difference between you leaning into a chest press and you coming up with an excuse to go visit the dentist). It is also beneficial for those who want an intense workout, love our studio, but don’t want the temperatures of the Hot Pilates room.

With a variety of exercise environments combined with a skilled and knowledgable staff, there’s no wonder why TruFusion has become the premier destination in Las Vegas.

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Welcome to the new TruFusion website!

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First and foremost, we’d like to thank you for being here. We realize how busy life can get and we truly appreciate you taking a moment to visit us. We recently relaunched our site in order to create a more valuable and visually appealing tool for you, our friends, and fellow TruTribe members. Please take a few minutes to explore the many new pages we’ve created. Some of our favorites are the Instructor Page, the Teacher Training Page, and Schedule Page.

We’d love it if you bookmarked the blog as we’ll be posting new content every week and would love to keep you informed.

Until next time,

Namaste