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The Pulse - July 2020 Newsletter

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We’re Ready When You Are

We understand how paramount your health and safety are and have adopted Pima County’s “Ready for You” guidelines. Our hope is that, when you determine that you’re ready to come back and we’re given the green light to welcome you from the Governor, you’ll do so knowing we’ve put your safety as number one. Here’s a list of all the changes and practices we’ve implemented.

  1. Wearing of cloth masks by all in the facility
  2. Taking temperature of all who enter immediately upon entry with a no touch digital thermometer
  3. Washing hands regularly or wearing gloves
  4. Spacing equipment at least 6 ft. apart and doing the same for people. We actually invested funds to have a handy man come during the first closure to completely redo our studio layout. We now have the ability to train within individual stations with plenty of room for all exercises to be contained therein.
  5. Keeping our numbers below 50% of typical usage. We will continue to run our business as a hybrid of in studio and virtual personal and group training. This will ensure that our numbers remain low at any time of day in the studio.
  6. Removing use of drinking fountain and replacing with touch less option for filling bottles. We invested in 3 touch less sinks during the first closing in March.
  7. Providing easy access to sanitizer and EPA-registered disinfectant. We put up 7 new shelves, 4 in the large studio and 3 in the small studio, to increase accessibility of hand sanitizers and disinfectants. We now have a total of 6 stations in the large studio and 4 in the small studio.
  8. Post-client cleaning of ALL equipment used with EPA-registered disinfectant. Before any equipment is put away, we disinfect it. This includes ANY surface touched during a workout.
  9. A shift to totally cashless payment system. You can now call in your card instead of swiping it or do online bill payment. Next is to upgrade our point of sale device to the newest touch less technology. 

Client Spotlight – Martha Eicher

  1. How did you hear about BodyBasics?

I spent time hunting on the internet comparing different options, then asked my doctor, who recommended Body Basics.

2. Did you evaluate other gyms or trainers before deciding on coming to us? If yes, what were other places missing that BodyBasics was able to provide?

 Yes.  I was intrigued by the emphasis on the age group and safe exercise, and appreciated that there were no nutritional products being promoted.

3. Ultimately, why did you choose BodyBasics over other options?

Everything ultimately came together to point me to Body Basics.  My doctor’s recommendation, services offered without gimmicks, Chris’s knowledge and attention when I met him, the feel of the gym when I had my first evaluation, and also the perfect location for me.

4. What goals did you have when you started at BodyBasics?

Improving my strength and balance without hurting my back (again).

5. How long have you been training at BodyBasics? What are some personal successes you have achieved so far?

I just had my one year anniversary.  I trust my balance again for both everyday and more challenging activities.  I can lift heavy items without pain or injury.  I have learned great techniques for exercise and know what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

6. To someone reading who may be uncertain still about investing in themselves, and with us at BodyBasics, what would you say to them?

The staff has incredible expertise about physical training. The atmosphere of caring here has kept me faithful to working out consistently.  There is no judgement at this gym about ability or body type, only encouragement to learn and try and continue. 

Fond Farewell to Mike Laube

It is with mixed feelings that we say auf Wiedersehen to our one and only Mike Laube. Mr. Mike has decided to make his exit from the BodyBasics team in pursuit of new adventures. My hunch is that both fine beers and rock concerts will be involved in some way.

Mike, you will be missed for sure. You brought so much personality to our team. Your radio voice, calmness, and uncanny memory recall are all wonderful attributes you possess that we will not forget.  

“Shout Outs”

Shout outs are about us voicing victories we witness you all having at BodyBasics. This month’s are extra special because all of these shout outs were personally penned by your trainers. Enjoy!

  • From the X-man – Shout out to Bob Plymyer for being consistent with his training routine, he is continuously improving in strength as the weeks go on. He has moved up in weight on all of his major lifts and he continues to show improvement in the form and execution of each exercise. Keep up the hard work!
  • From Kristian – Shout out to Maureen Roll for upping her plank time again! She can now hold 3 sets of :30 planks… it increased from 25 seconds
  • From Amanda – My client shout outs go to all of my clients this week! They were all so flexible and willing to help me with scheduling when we had to close!  Mostly I just wanna say thank you to all of you!!!
  • From Aaron – Shout out to Holly Berryhill for her work ethic and exuberance every session. She will tell you that she is not a “workout” person. However, you can’t tell that from her sessions. Holly puts in the work, gives her best effort, and keeps everyone smiling and laughing while doing it. I’m proud of Holly and her hard work. It’s always a joy working with her and seeing her progress from workout to workout. 
  • From Vadim – Shout out to Jonathan Katz for continuing to find a way to be consistent with his workouts, now outside. He has also been more mindful in his nutritional habits and choices and practicing his mobility circuit at home. Way to go Jonathan! Keep up the great work!
  • From Chris – My shout out goes to Jane Spitzer for being so committed to her progress that she bought a deadlift stand for her home! Just recently she had her own vote of confidence when two women much younger than her asked her if she worked out after getting a look at her buff arms. Nice!

Recipe –   Pistachio Oat Squares     

Something sweet to snack on but also healthy!


Pistachio Oat Squares

  • 1 cup raw shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup rolled oats*
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, more for drizzling on top
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ? cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • additional handful of chopped pistachios for the topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. In a food processor with the S blade attached, process the pistachios, oats, and salt for about 30 seconds, until a meal starts to form. Drizzle in the maple syrup and olive oil while the motor is still running and the meal begins to come together into a crumbly, almost-wet dough.
  2. Press the dough evenly into the pan and cover it with coconut flakes and remaining pistachios. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the coconut is nice and golden brown and the dough is cooked through. You want the squares to still be a little soft – don’t overbake these.
  3. Carefully lift the cooled dough out of the pan by holding two sides of the parchment paper. Cut it into squares. Drizzle a little maple syrup over the top for extra sweetness, if you like. Store the squares in a sealed container for up to a week.

Team BodyBasics

Chris, Kris, Kristian, Amanda, Dustin, Xavier, Aaron, and Vadim

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