May 2024 Newsletter

Issue 8, May 2024Download PDF

SPECIAL SUMMER TEEN CLASSES IN JUNE & JULY 10% off early-bird rate if signed-up before May 31, 2024, full payment is required at sign-up. Call 407-654-2600.

  • Sports Strength and Conditioning Class for Youth (ages 10-18), 2/week, early evening, for 4 weeks.
  • Teen Group Mat/Reformer Class (ages 12-21),1/week, early evening, for 4 weeks. Space is limited to 7.

MOTHER’S DAY GROUP REFORMER SPECIAL 12 class package for $260, expires Aug. 12, 2024. All classes must be used between May 12, 2024 and Aug. 12, 2024. (No extensions allowed). Sign up on the ZGF App and choose Mother‘s Day Special 2024.

Evaluate Your Personal Wellness

Personal Wellness is used to describe a person’s overall health and well-being, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements. At Zero Gravity Fitness, we are here to help you achieve physical wellness and guide you in finding balance and making choices to support your overall health and well-being. We encourage you to take time for self-reflection, goal-setting, and ongoing commitment to selfcare practices. Evaluate your Personal Wellness by using the 7 elements below and set goals for your summer. Team up with your ZGF Trainer for help in your goal setting.

  1. Physical Wellness: You take care of your body through
    regular exercise, nutrition, sleep, and avoiding harmful habits
    like smoking and excessive drinking.
  2. Mental Wellness: You nurture mind and emotional
    health, practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques,
    seeking support when needed.
  3. Emotional Wellness: You understand and manage
    emotions in a healthy way, developing resilience, coping
    skills, self-awareness, and a positive outlook.
  4. Social Wellness: You build and maintain relationships,
    spending time with friends and family, cultivating a support
    network, and participating in social activities that bring joy
    and fulfillment.
  5. Spiritual Wellness: You find meaning and purpose in life,
    by exploring beliefs, values, and sense of connection to
    something greater than yourself.
  6. Intellectual Wellness: You involve your mind, pursuing
    education, exploring new interests, reading, solving puzzles,
    or engaging in intellectually stimulating conversations.
  7. Environmental Wellness: You create and maintain a
    healthy living environment. i.e.: promoting sustainability,
    minimizing exposure to toxins and pollutants, and connecting
    with nature

My Healthy By Design Story

I’ve been training at ZGF for more than 10 years and have no regrets, only results– mental and physical. I work out every day, but I consider Wednesday a perfectly designed health day for me. It is this healthy designed plan that creates the best version of me. It is (ZGD) Zero Gravity that makes the Difference in my #healthybydesign quest. My Wednesday starts with cardio, then cardio flows into a private strength training session (legs on Wednesday) followed by a few minutes of stretch on the Reformer. I then head out for an action-packed workday. I return to ZGF in the evening for Aerial Yoga. The Aerial fabric creates opportunities to invert, stretch and strengthen that I believe you cannot get any other way!

My hip flexors have never been so healthy and my
whole demeanor shifts in that one hour from
confident power work mode to confident strength
Zen mode. I have learned that Zen can be strong,
quiet can scream strength and Aerial Yoga can firm
and stretch, all are beneficial to my mind and body. It’s an amazing transition to home.

I work hard and have accomplished much in my career and personally, but ZGF led by Leo has taught me that my work is not done and that humility along with the desire to excel (even if I fail/fall) in the gym and in life is the best way for me to stay young. Also, what I eat matters. Often this means eating more, but correctly. Thank you, Leo and the ZGF trainers for helping me define my personal #healthybydesign, age will not win! ~written by Susan West

Thanks to all who attended International Pilates Day and special thanks to our community wellness vendors! PD Event tshirts are still available for purchase with our new (ZGD) ”Zero Gravity makes the Difference“ hashtag. If you enjoyed the Mat Pilates Class, attend on Tues & Thurs at 10AM.

April 2024 Newsletter

Issue 7, April 2024Download PDF

It‘s ZGF’s 3rd Annual International Pilates Day Event! You’re invited to share this Open House Invite with family, friends, and colleagues on Saturday, May 4, 9-11am. Join your ZGF Team for a morning of health and fitness:

  • 9am meet community wellness vendors & try products,
  • take a ZGF studio tour to see our Pilates equipment,
  • 10am attend the Mat Pilates Class led by Toni & KT.

Sign up now to register and save your space in the Pilates class by stopping at the front desk or calling 407-654-6321.

So you think you’re Advanced? The quarterly Group Reformer Master Class is Saturday, April 6 at 10am. This special 90 minute class requires strength, stability and flexibility to complete advanced Pilates moves on the Reformer. Class is full, you may request to be on a wait list.

Are you Cross-Training?

When you hear the term “cross-training,” typically you think of a professional athlete. Whether you’re a professional athlete or not, you will benefit from cross-training. Instead of focusing solely on one type of exercise, such as running or weightlifting, cross-training involves mixing different modalities to target various muscle groups and energy systems. Cross-training incorporates a variety of exercises, activities, or sports to improve overall fitness, prevent boredom, and reduce the risk of overuse injuries.

The benefits of cross-training are improved overall fitness, injury prevention, enhanced performance, reduced boredom, flexibility and adaptability, recovery, and active rest. Whether it’s outdoors or indoors, make sure you identify activities that you enjoy doing, because those are the workouts that you’ll stay committed to each week

Cross-training activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Aerial or Land Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Hiking
  • Rowing
  • HIIT training
  • Circuit training
  • Dance-based workouts
  • CrossFit-style workouts

Ask a ZGF trainer to help you create a cross-training
program. Consider your fitness goals, preferences, and any limitations or injuries. Your program should be balanced and include a mix of aerobic, strength, flexibility, and mobility exercises that maximize the benefits of crosstraining while minimizing the risk of overtraining or injury.

Jody’s Client Success Story

“The studio layout and professional trainers at Zero Gravity Fitness provide a focused intimate setting dedicated to helping individuals achieve balance between physical fitness and overall wellness,” says Jody. “ZGF is perfect for me at this stage of my life. I work with several trainers, and they help me with cardio and weight training as well as specific stretches.”

Jody lost ten pounds since starting a program with ZGF. “I don’t think I could have achieved this goal without the advice and coaching from the ZGF team of trainers. During the pastyear, the team helped me re-habilitate a broken hip back to full recovery.” With his trainers help, Jody says he feels great physically and mentally each day. “My trainers are committed to my success and I appreciate that and show
them through consistently showing up,” says Jody. “I have been advised by my doctors to never stop working out and ZGF is the place where I want to be. It is where I get maximum physical and mental benefit from my workouts.“

Do you need help meeting Leo’s challenge, call to schedule a private session where we will work with you to learn the necessary steps. If you’re ready, then join Leo’s challenge on Instagram & Facebook by following these steps: 

1) Video yourself completing the challenge 
2) Post your video on your IG/FB 
3) Tag us @ZeroGravityFit, include hashtag #comeexperiencezgfdifference. 

March 2024 Newsletter

Issue 6, March 2024Download PDF

So you think you’re Advanced? Announcing the next Group Reformer Master Class on Sat., April 6 at 10am. This special 90 minute class requires strength, stability and flexibility to complete advanced Pilates moves on the Reformer starring Instructors, Leo and Bharti. Secure your spot in class, space is limited to 7. Register on the ZGF App

February ZGF BINGO Winner – All who participated were included in the Grand Prize raffle drawn on Fri., March 1. Our winner was Nichole Lane, who received a special ZGF Gift Certificate. Thank you to all who participated.

What is Pilates and what are its benefits?

Pilates involves precise moves and breathing technique that improve strength, balance and mobility targeting abs, back, pelvic floor, hips, and glutes, along with other areas. It was developed in the early 20th century in Germany by Joseph
Pilates where he designed an apparatus using hospital beds and springs to keep wounded WWI soldiers active.
Pilates proved this theory through years of research and training. These spring-based exercises became the basis for the method he would later design, in conjunction with the mat work, referred to as Contrology. Though there have been minor changes to his methods as science has advanced its understanding of the human body; the brilliance and
simplicity of the Pilates system remains intact. Rather than isolating muscles individually like most exercise regimens, Pilates treats the body as an integrated whole.
Just as a tree needs a strong trunk, or core, so does the body need a strong core, as Joseph Pilates preferred to call, “the power house,” a large group of muscles in our center, encompassing the abdomen, lower back, hips and buttocks. All energy for the Pilates exercises initiates from the powerhouse and flows outward to the extremities. Pilates method is used by everyone from athletes to active aging
adults, it is often recommended because of an ache, pain or injury because Pilates balances your imbalances.

A true snowbird ~ pain free!

Rusty has trained with ZGF off and on for 3 years. When he returned in Fall of 2023, Rusty had tight muscles and chronic knee and back pain. He was mentally frustrated, as he wasn’t able to do the things he enjoyed, like playing Pickleball, without pain and days of recovery. Having the ZGF studio a short drive away, Rusty got focused on healing and committed to a 3 days per week schedule.

“I’ve always believed when you are young you have all these doors open to you, to be able to achieve just about anything you want to achieve. As you get older those doors close, sometimes they shut completely out. However, with Pilates and strength training, I’ve got those doors not closing and some are opening,” explained Rusty.
In only a few months, Rusty is celebrating pain-free days and completed a challenging inversion exercise on the Pilates Tower called Short Spine, which he previously could not do. “It was very freeing, and I had a feeling that I achieved wellness. I’m also excited about the fact that getting up off the floor is now just a motion rather than a step-by-step process that I must think about.”
Rusty is back to playing Pickleball 3-5 times a week pain free and without a need for recovery days. “I’ve enjoyed working with Bharti and Sean, they have helped me so much that the backpain is gone and the knee pain non-existent,” continued Rusty. “I believe that the talent and abilities of the trainers are what makes ZGF a success and it’s a direct reflection of its owner, Leo, who has done an extraordinary job this past year in recruiting a successful talent pool
working for him.”

Do you need help meeting Leo’s challenge, call to schedule a private session where we will work with you to learn the necessary steps. If you’re ready, then join Leo’s challenge on Instagram & Facebook by following these steps: 

1) Video yourself completing the challenge 
2) Post your video on your IG/FB 
3) Tag us @ZeroGravityFit, include hashtag #comeexperiencezgfdifference. 

February 2024 Newsletter

Issue 5, February 2024Download PDF

ZGF BINGO Returns- Get ready to challenge yourself by attending a variety of classes. To play, pick up a Bingo card at the front desk. Complete a row across, down or diagonally to win. ZGF Bingo starts Mon, Feb. 5 and includes all Group Reformer and Group Fitness Classes. Bingo winners receive 1 free Group Fitness Class that must be used by March 31. All Bingo winners will be entered into the Grand Prize Raffle drawing to be held March 1. 

Group Reformer Pop Up Classes- We will hold one Pop Up class per week in February, class day, time and instructor is to be announced each week. A Pop Up Class is a surprise chance to get an extra workout in your week. Attend a Pop Up class and you get a square signed on your Bingo sheet. Follow Zero Gravity Fitness on Instagram and Facebook to see the Pop Up class of the week. Then, just sign up for the Pop Up class on the ZGF App! 

The Power of Pumping Iron:  How Weight Training Boosts Weight Loss 

When it comes to weight loss, most people think of cardio exercises as the go-to option. While cardiovascular workouts are indeed essential, weight training, also known as resistance or strength training, is often overlooked. Muscle tissue burns more calories at rest than fat tissue. By engaging in regular weight training, you increase your muscle mass. This increase in muscle mass elevates your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), meaning you burn more calories even when you’re not exercising. This continuous calorie burn is instrumental in shedding excess weight and maintaining a healthy body composition. 

Incorporating weight training into your fitness routine sounds easy and at ZGF we aspire to support and guide you in your health and fitness goals. Having someone who can develop a multifaceted approach that best suits your weight loss goals is often key to success. Ask to speak with one of our experienced Personal Trainers. Combine weight training with a balanced diet and regular cardiovascular exercises, and you’ll not only shed unwanted pounds but also sculpt a stronger, healthier, and more confident version of yourself. 

-Submitted by Leo Acioli 
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Lisa’s Handstand Goal – A Client Success Story 

Lisa has been coming to Zero Gravity Fitness since  its inception. She has attended Group Reformer Pilates classes multiple times a week and private personal training sessions. Additionally, she has sprinkled in private Pilates sessions to sharpen her practice on the large equipment, including Pilates exercises on the Cadillac, Trapeze, Chair and Ladder Barrel. 

“I have been a ZGF client for almost 20 years. I love the boutique feeling at the gym, and all of the trainers have been exceptionally professional and passionate. 

Several months before my 60th birthday, I set a goal of doing a free- standing handstand. I worked with Sean, who was incredibly patient, and he developed a personal training routine to address the skill set required for a handstand. He helped me break down each component, and coached me through the necessary strength and mental elements. My next goal is more proficiency at jumping rope.”

Do you need help meeting Leo’s challenge, call to schedule a private session where we will work with you to learn the necessary steps. If you’re ready, then join Leo’s challenge on Instagram & Facebook by following these steps: 

1) Video yourself completing the challenge 
2) Post your video on your IG/FB 
3) Tag us @ZeroGravityFit, include hashtag #comeexperiencezgfdifference. 

January 2024 Newsletter

Issue 4, January 2024Download PDF

NEW ZGF SHIRTS have arrived! Next time you’re at ZGF, check out our huge variety of newly designed shirts. There are NEW DESIGNS, NEW STYLES, NEW FABRIC and NEW COLORS. Find tshirts and grippy socks for purchase displayed at the front entrance. We encourage you to purchase before they’re gone, stock is limited. Prices vary according to style. 

SPECIAL ZGF OFFER – Do you have a friend or family member who you think would benefit from Pilates? We have a limited-time special offer available for new clients only to purchase a 4-pack of Group Reformer Classes for $100. All classes expire on 3/31/24. Be aware, you might just get that special someone hooked on Pilates! 

grippy socks are recommended in classes.

Reading Nutrition Labels

There are many ways to “live healthy” and most of us know daily exercise is #1. Another motivating factor in living healthy is good nutrition. You can improve your overall nutrition by simply modifying your shopping habits. Reading nutrition labels, and making smarter choices, may contribute to your overall well being. If you’ve never paid much attention to food labels, you’re encouraged to start in 2024. The FDA requires nutrition content on all food labels. Let’s start by looking at the sugar content in the food you purchase at the supermarket. To keep all of this in perspective, it’s helpful to remember the American Heart Association’s recommendations for sugar intake. Men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams or 150 calories) of added sugar per day. For women, the number is lower: 6 teaspoons (25 grams or 100 calories) per day. A simple example is to check the sugar content on then label of your favorite after-workout drink. A simple change to a drink with less or no sugar can make a world of difference. Also consider that sugar in fruit is not a cause of concern for most people, considering that it’s high in fiber and nutrients. But fruit sugar in the form of sweeteners can become problematic if you consume too much of it in processed foods. Aim to eat 2 cups of fruit per day, along with vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fat. By reading nutrition labels, and making a small change to your shopping behavior, you can make big health gains.
-Submitted by Toni Silva

Pilates Reformer Client Success Story

Ana has attended Group Reformer classes at Zero Gravity Fitness for several months. She attends classes up to 3 times per week, her consistency has helped her quickly come up to speed on Pilates technique and she has mastered intermediate. Pilates moves like Long Spine on the Reformer.
Ana is pictured here demonstrating Long Spine.

“Doing Pilates at Zero Gravity Fitness has been amazing! The small class sizes are just what I needed as a beginner doing Pilates when I first started my fitness journey. The instructors take the time to help every client during the class and they are very specific with cues to be sure we use proper alignment. 

One of my goals was to become stronger and I achieved that in Pilates and in my everyday life. I am so thankful to feel better and stronger. I have also come to love working out and doing Pilates multiple times a week. I mostly attend Pilates with Andrea and she has been incredible and an important part of my fitness and Pilates journey. 

Do you need help meeting Leo’s challenge, call to schedule a private session where we will work with you to learn the necessary steps. If you’re ready, then join Leo’s challenge on Instagram & Facebook by following these steps:

1) Video yourself completing the challenge 
2) Post your video on your IG/FB 
3) Tag us @ZeroGravityFit, include hashtag #comeexperiencezgfdifference.

December 2023 Newsletter

Issue 3, December 2023Download PDF

New” ZGF Shirts – Just in time for the holidays, ZGF has newly designed shirts arriving soon. We are excited about NEW DESIGNS, NEW STYLES and NEW COLORS. Stock is limited, so purchase before they’re gone. Perfect gift for your favorite fitness and Pilates enthusiast. Prices vary according to style. If you’re looking for a specific size in shirts or grippy socks, please just ask us. 

with their families and friends. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. We look forward to guiding you in your health and fitness journey in the year ahead. 

~from the ZGF Team 

Healthy Comfort Food 

Herby Mushroom Quinoa Recipe 

The one Quinoa dish to make for the big meal | Hot or Cold. It’s nutritious, packed with protein and prepared with meaty mushrooms and the lovable super grain known as QUINOA (Keen-Wah). 

1 cup (185 g) quinoa, rinsed and cleaned 
1 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth 
3 tablespoons olive oil 
sliced 1lb white button or crimini mushroom 
1/4 cup Marsala wine (optional) 
7-10.5 oz extra firm tofu (non-vegan, substitute protein) diced 5 garlic cloves 
minced 1 medium onion 
diced 1 celery stalk 
diced 1 zucchini 
diced 5-6 fresh sage leaves 
chopped 1 sprig fresh rosemary 
chopped 1/2 bunch fresh parsley 
chopped 2 green onions, thinly sliced 
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400 F. 

Click on Wicked Kitchen link below to view cooking instructions on YouTube with Chef, Co-Founder Wicked Kitchen / Former Chef-Director of Plant Base Innovation at TESCO in UK, Derek Sarno. ZGF’s Holiday Schedule – ZGF will be closed on December 25, 2023 and January 1, 2024 to give our staff some time

I was referred to Zero Gravity Fitness by a mutual friend of mine and Leo’s. I needed to change my lifestyle. It was exercise or go on medication. After only 3 months training with Leo, I’ve lost more than 10 pounds and feel really good. What makes me very happy is that I not only lost weight but I’ve gained muscle mass and trimmed down my waist size.

“I feel stronger and have more energy.” 

-Tony Fazzalari 
ZGF Client 

I feel stronger and I definitely have more energy. Being able to live healthier through exercise and nutrition is for sure a choice I’ve made going forward. Leo is a fantastic motivator and he inspires me to continue with my goals. This is just the beginning. I will continue on this journey to be a better me. Thanks Leo!

Do you need help meeting Leo’s challenge, call to schedule a private session where we will work with you to learn the necessary steps. If you’re ready, then join Leo’s challenge on Instagram & Facebook by following these steps: 

1) Video yourself completing the challenge 
2) Post your video on your IG/FB 
3) Tag us @ZeroGravityFit, include hashtag #comeexperiencezgfdifference.

November 2023 Newsletter

Issue 3, December 2023Download PDF

Bring A Friend for FREE: Share your love for
Pilates! Bring a friend to attend a free Group
Reformer class. Call 407-654-2600 to reserve a
space for your guest to participate in a GR class
with you. One time, new to ZGF, expires 11/30/23.

ZGF’s Annual Client Appreciation Sale on Black
Friday, Nov. 24
: All packages are 10% off. See Bharti
for presale sign up. Also, ZGF is offering no sign up fee for the Elite Pilates Program includes unlimited Pilates classes. Note: There will be no classes on Thanksgiving.

Pilates for Sleep

Have you ever thought about stretching before
going to sleep?
Sleep is related to good mental and physical health, it is important we remember that sleep hygiene is a multifactorial element.
Many experts say that doing some stretches before going to bed helps you fall asleep faster. It can also prevent injuries due to sudden movements, lessen pain sensations, and also help to reduce stress. By stretching our muscles, we completely relax our body and this makes our rest much deeper.
Using stretching modalities like Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi, three paths in which rhythmic and gentle breathing are practiced, we can achieve a great degree of tranquility.
Stretching has many benefits for our mind and body. It is especially feasible to be able to stretch the body and elevate the mind so that we have greater well-being and, in the process, sleep much better.
We, at ZGF, invite you to practice Pilates two or
three hours before going to sleep to experience the
wonders of flexibility. Attend an evening class or
book a private session with a certified instructor.
~contributed by Andrea Francis

Jenny Chose ZGF

Jenny chose ZGF because the studio made her feel
less intimidated than bigger gyms and the pilates and
training areas offered a gentle space for healing and
movement with a layout allowing ways to keep each
work out fresh.
“Bharti is my personal trainer,” said Jenny, “she
listened to my individual goals and honored my
emotional and mental goals, as well as my physical
ones,” Jenny is able to walk at Disney without hurting
and without needing a bathroom break, and also
sleep without pain.

“My weight has started to shift for the positive and my body has begun to tone,” Jenny shared.

Jenny says being able to workout at ZGF creates
mental fortitude, a clear mind, and she feels less
anxious. The best side effect of her training program
is the increased stamina and ability to travel without
feeling emotional negative side effects.”

Do you need help meeting Leo’s challenge, call to schedule a private session where we will work with you to learn the necessary steps. If you’re ready, then join Leo’s challenge on Instagram & Facebook by following these steps: 

1) Video yourself completing the challenge 
2) Post your video on your IG/FB 
3) Tag us @ZeroGravityFit, include hashtag #comeexperiencezgfdifference.

October 2023 Newsletter

Issue 3, December 2023Download PDF

New Sock Policy: Group Reformer participants are asked to wear non-slip socks for class for your safety and hygiene, ZGF sells non-slip ToeSox TAVI located at the front desk.

FALL Group Reformer Classes: Try our new class formats, refer to ZGF App for detailed class descriptions.

Upcoming Master Class: For Group Reformer clients looking for a special challenge, Toni
and Andrea will be teaching the next Master Group Reformer class on Saturday, Nov. 4,
10:00 -11:30am. Sign-up on the ZGF App. Space is limited, book now.

Measuring your workout success isn’t always about what you weigh on the scale. More importantly are factors like: reducing stress, building muscle, losing inches, and quality of life.
Start with simple diet changes, try intermittent fasting or low glycemic foods, which can have a
positive impact on your overall health. Add a consistent workout regimen with a variety of
exercise formats. For more help, schedule a private session with one of our certified ZGF

Carol is 74 years young. She does Pilates and Personal Training with Toni, Andrea & Sean. “I have been working out at Zero Gravity Fitness for the past 8 years. They have been an extension of my diet and exercise program,” explained Carol. When Carol first moved to Florida, her health-conscious sons read about ZGF and recommended the gym based on the qualifications of the instructors.

Initially, Carol’s workout program kept her in motion and limber, maintaining quality of life. Then she began getting debilitating migraines. She found voluntary movements like standing up from a chair and rolling over in bed extremely difficult. “And yet this team did not give up on me. We practiced, practiced, practiced,” Carol explained.
Carol’s doctor identified the cause of her migraines, which led to a successful surgery to remove a grapefruit sized non-malignant brain tumor. Carol was quickly back at ZGF and prepared to work again with her team. “The slight and yet significant adjustments with form was something I would not be able to critique/correct on my own (regardless of
all the YouTube videos). The extra encouragement and push to do 2 more reps was priceless,” said Carol.
“The value of working out with my team has truly paid off. My after-surgery sessions have been amazing and encouraging,” Carol exclaimed. “I’m 40 pounds lighter. My physical improvements have been remarkable! I feel like I’m 55 and I’ve been rebooted! They call me Carol 2.0 now!”

Do you need help meeting Leo’s challenge, call to schedule a private session where we will work with you to learn the necessary steps. If you’re ready, then join Leo’s challenge on Instagram & Facebook by following these steps: 

1) Video yourself completing the challenge 
2) Post your video on your IG/FB 
3) Tag us @ZeroGravityFit, include hashtag #comeexperiencezgfdifference.

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