Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Ellipse Fitness has officially made it to their 10th year of running Victory over Violence! What is Victory over Violence? VOV is a 4 hour charity event to raise money for local domestic abuse shelters. Each Ellipse location puts on a fitness marathon to combat abuse; A crime that is more common than we all want to believe. All the proceeds from VOV go to shelters helping victims of this violence.

So how does it work? Each Ellipse location advertises and promotes their event to their gym members and the community. Each gym then works to make the event one of a kind. The members and those involved year after year have been inspired to ask their companies and families to make donations! There are many contributors each year and prizes that are given throughout the event, as well as a silent auction. “It’s one of our most well attended events of the year. Everyone loves the challenge of working out for 4 hours and because it’s for a good cause it’s a double whammy!” says owner, Ashley Haag, of Ellipse Fitness Milwaukee Third Ward.

This year’s 10th annual Victory over Violence event set the bar high for years to come! Collectively, the franchise donated over $15,600 to domestic abuse shelters within their communities! That puts the corporation well over $100,000 in total donations to date!


For Ellipse Fitness, a little teamwork and sweat goes a long way! To check out more photos from all the 2016 events, head to the Ellipse Fitness Facebook Page!

Keep Your Sugars Low and Your Proteins High

Weight loss goes a little like this: 80% nutrition and 20% fitness. You can exercise as hard as you want, but you cannot out work a poor diet! Taking time to put effort into what you are going to eat is essential to a healthy lifestyle. It’s worth it because when working to build muscle and burn fat, like we’re here to help you do at Ellipse Fitness, you’ll want to look for meals that are low in sugar and high in protein.

Start simple with something like baked chicken! An excellent source of protein and almost zero sugar. While baking your chicken, sauté vegetables on the stove top. The original recipe, curtesy of Olena of iFOODreal, calls for red peppers and mushrooms. This combination is super tasty, but you can play around with your veggies of choice!

Baked Chicken with Sautéed Veggies

Nutritional Information: 8 Servings Per Recipe

Amount Per Serving = 2 thighs w/juices:
Calories: 278.6
Total Fat: 13.1 g
Cholesterol: 148.5 mg
Sodium: 379.2 mg
Total Carbs: 3.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 36.6 g


  • 3 lbs chicken breasts or thighs, boneless & skinless
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 10 brown mushrooms or 2 portobellos, chopped
  • 2 large bell peppers, chopped
    • Feel free to add vegetables of your choice
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 cup hard cheese like mozzarella or marble, shredded (Gluten Free cheese is a great alternative)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse chicken and if using breasts cut in half lengthwise. In a large baking dish, add chicken, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well to coat evenly and spread in a single layer. Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes. Chicken is cooked when pale and surrounded by clear juices.
  2. In the meanwhile, preheat in a large ceramic pan on low-medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and sauté for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and sauté for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bell peppers and sauté for 5 more minutes, stirring.
  3. Remove chicken from the oven and turn broiler on High. Separate chicken a bit from each other and top each piece with vegetables (sprinkle around too) and top with cheese. Broil for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve hot with rice, quinoa or veggies.

It’s low cal. It’s flavorful. It’s easy to make!


Spreading Fitspiration

A heightened sense of community, sportsmanship, and inspiration is taking off throughout Ellipse locations! Striving to be the best part of your day – every day, we believe fitness should be fun! As a whole, we are dedicated to improving lives. Through challenge, reward, and education, we’re spreading the fitspiration in our studios and communities. We’re out to inspire…or rather, fitspire!


Last Sunday, Ellipse Fitness Darboy’s Josh Mac took on the Spartan Race in Ohio to scout out the terrain. Darboy’s owner Jamie Harris and business partner Josh have big plans for their members and others in the area; And thus the TRIFECTA was born! This Fall, Darboy coaches, members, and seasonal participants will be working as a team to complete three races. The Warrior Princess Mud Run, the Battle Frog, and the Tough Mudder have been chosen for the TRIFECTA, as they make for a perfect progression of difficulty.


By participating in the Spartan Race, Josh said he was able to identify what will need to be the focus of boot camp at Darboy this Summer. Boot camp begins July 11th and will be the training program for those interested in completing the TRIFECTA. “Working as a team to accomplish the TRIFECTA will be the ultimate sense of accomplishment,” says Josh.



After reading Jon Gordon’s The Hard Hat, St. Louis studio owner Ann Morrow realized she’d seen characteristics of the protagonist in members at her own gym. In the book, the Hard Hat Award was given to the player who possessed all the qualities a good teammate should possess. Lisa Youngblood, having lost 20 pounds in about 12 weeks, is an absolute hard hat winner! “Not only is she determined to reach her goals, but she also encourages others around her verbally,” says Ann. She continues, “Due to injury, Lisa has had to modify some activity. Even so, she has never brought coaches any excuse or negativity. Rather, she asks what else she can do or what more can be done.”

Lisa’s spirit is inspiring in the gym and because of that, other’s knew the award was rightly earned. Her motivation is contagious and other members are working hard to be next Month’s Hard Hat winner. Congratulations Lisa! Your Ellipse Fitness family is very proud of you!

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Heather Trevarthen, owner of the Allouez location, set out to inspire the young! She visited her daughter’s 3K class and together they all headed to the gym. To grab the children’s interest, she brought toys from the studio. The kids got to stretch the mini-bands, kick the focus pads, and push around weighted medicine balls. One student even announced that his mom hits up the treadmill! 😉

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In addition to having fun with the props from Ellipse, Heather had the kids stretching, planking, and doing downward dogs. They did bear crawls, frog hops, other animal flows, and ran through the ladders. Heather discussed with the children the importance of exercise. “To keep your heart healthy and your lungs strong. Our bodies were made to move!” Heather emphasized.


Greens in the Kitchen

Bright green ingredients in the kitchen are not only appealing to the eye but nutritious, indeed! Are we taking for granted the nutrient-rich, vitamin and mineral packed characteristics of greens in our diet? Going back to a few of the classics, let’s highlight the importance of these greens and how you can incorporate them into your daily diet.


I’m not here to give you the extended version of scientific discoveries behind leafy greens. Rather, let’s just take advice from Popeye! Popeye was not only working on muscle mass, but he used spinach for anti-inflammatory, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular issues, and bone strength, at the same time. What a genius!

Be like Popeye:

  • Salads on salads on salads
  • Cook Spinach with Olive Oil, perfect side with Salmon or Grilled Chicken
  • Add 1 Cup into your blender each time you make a smoothie or protein shake
  • Bonus: Spinach Burgers! Author Michelle Keith of The Village Cook gives a great play by play on making great Spinach burgers here: