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Celebrating 10 Years in Allouez!

Happy birthday to Allouez!

Here is a special letter from Heather Trevarthen, owner of the Allouez (Green Bay) Ellipse Fitness:

It’s amazing how much can change in 10 years. How did it all start you may (or may not) have wondered?

In 2005, I married my wonderful and supportive husband John. John had recently been hired for a job that required us to move from the Green Bay to Appleton/Darboy. Our new adventure would pull me away from the only community I had ever known.

One of my first missions was to find out where my new fitness home would be. I had received a postcard from some place called Livewell (today known as Ellipse Fitness). I attended 5 classes and remember not only having a blast with kickboxing, to an actual boxing bag, but also asking the coach if it was normal to feel EXHAUSTED by the end of the week..seriously could not keep my eyes open. I was no stranger to the gym, by that point, and was used to spending hours in a gym each night…I knew there was something different going on, but what? I was curious how this would work. The trainer assured me it was normal and it was just my body adjusting to something new. He was right. I trusted that my goals were his/their goals. The workouts, even then, were unlike any other place I had ever been to. I HAD to join and be a part of this. I was extremely happy at the results I saw in my body and became more confident in my own abilities.

I knew it was my turn to give back when, in the summer of 2006, I saw this little Livewell studio was rebranding to be Ellipse Fitness and was looking to grow. Even then, I believed in Ellipse and saw the huge potential there was to change lives with this unique fitness concept. A few months later I, and my husband, took a huge risk and began the construction process, of the very first expanded location, in a virtually empty strip mall in Allouez.

Today the Allouez Village Shoppes filled to capacity and running strong!

And so it began! My goal and passion became us, Ellipse Fitness Allouez. We started to reach goals in Allouez. We started to feel better, move better, perform better, and look better!

Michelle was our very first “published” success story.

“Congratulations to you, and to the success of Ellipse!! I miss you and wish I was closer as Ellipse was a true highlight of my life!! I never felt better and my confidence was shining at Ellipse!!! I will always be grateful for that, it will always be home and highly recommended!!!” – Michelle

Thank you for trusting Ellipse and your support over the years! 

Guests and Friends of Ellipse Fitness – We would love for you to see what has kept us in business for 10 years. Community, amazing trainers, and professional group programming …all to get you RESULTS. In the end, that is why Ellipse members keep coming back. Try your first Ellipse Fitness session for just $10.

Watch in the coming months as we spotlight more locations  and some of our members too! If you would like to be part of our spotlight, let us know! We would love to feature your story!

Couscous & Fruit Salad from Ellipse Fitness

2 Tablespoons Extra-virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Finely Chopped Shallots
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
2 Cups Cooked Whole-wheat Couscous
1 Cup Chopped Nectarine
1 Cup Mixed Fresh Berries, such as blueberries and raspberries
2 Tablespoons Sliced almonds

Directions:
Whisk oil, orange juice, vinegar, shallots, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add cooked couscous, nectarines, berries and almonds; gently toss to combine.

Serves: 2
Exchanges: 2 Carbs, 1 Fruit, 1 Fat

Tuna Burgers from Ellipse Fitness

1 Can Low-Sodium Chunk White Tuna in Water
2 Tbsp. Chopped Onion or Dried Onion Flakes
2 Egg Whites
½ Cup of Panko Japanese Style Bread Crumbs
½ Tsp. Pepper
Cooking Spray
2 Light Buns (or bread of choice)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Form into two patties and fry in a pan sprayed with cooking spray for about 4 minutes per side or until cooked as desired. Eat alone or on a toasted bun. (Good options for buns are: Sara Lee De-Light Wheat Buns, Village Hearth Light Buns, Arnold’s Sandwich Thins, or ½ of a Whole Wheat Pita Pocket.)

Serves: 2
Exchanges: 3 Extra Lean Protein, 2 Carbs

Apple Crisp Refrigerator Oatmeal from Ellipse Fitness

1/4 Cup old-fashioned oats
1 Container (6 oz) Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free Apple Crisp Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Chia seed, if desired

Toppings, if desired
1/4 Cup chopped Granny Smith Apple
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Chopped Walnuts

Directions: In half-pint canning jar (or other re-sealable container), pour oats and yogurt. Top with chia seed; carefully stir to mix thoroughly. Refrigerate about 8 hours. When ready to serve, sprinkle with toppings.

Serves: 1
Exchanges: 1 Carb, 1 Milk, 1 Fruit

Twice Baked Potatoes from Ellipse Fitness

2 Large Potatoes
1/2 Cup Fat-free Cottage Cheese
1 Large Egg Yolk
2 Scallions, chopped
1 1/2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Dill
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake potatoes. Halve lengthwise and scoop out flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch shell.

Puree cottage cheese and egg yolk in a food processor. Add potato flesh, scallions, dill, salt and pepper; pulse until just blended. Mound filling into potato skins and place in a baking dish. Bake until heated through, 20 to 30 minutes.

Serves: 4
Exchanges: 1 Carb, ½ Extra Lean Protein

Bacon Wrapped Scallops from Ellipse Fitness

4 Ears Corn, husked
4 Slices Turkey Bacon
16 Large Sea Scallops
2 Medium Tomatoes, chopped
2 Ripe Nectarines, chopped
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil Leaves
2 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
Pinch Cayenne or Ground Red Pepper

Directions: Preheat grill on medium-high heat. Grill corn 10 minutes or until browned, turning. Meanwhile, on a microwaver-safe plate, place bacon between paper towels. Microwave on High 1 minute.

Press 4 scallops together, flat sides down, in single layer; wrap with 1 slice bacon. Insert skewer through overlapping ends of bacon, pressing through to other side of scallops. Repeat with remaining scallops and bacon. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp. black pepper on scallops. Grill, covered, 5-7 minutes or until just opaque throughout,turning once.

Cut kernals off cobs and place in large bowl. Stir in tomatoes, nectarines, basil, lemon juice cayenne, and 1/8 tsp. salt. Serve with scallops.

Serves 4
Exchanges: 2 Carbs, 3 Extra Lean Protein, 1 Fat

Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza from Ellipse Fitness

1 Stick Light String Cheese

1 Whole Wheat Pita

2 Oz. Cooked & Finely Chopped Skinless Chicken Breast
2 Cups Finely Chopped Romaine Lettuce
2 Tbsp. Finely Chopped Red Onion
1 Tbsp. Light Caesar Dressing
1 Tsp. Reduced-fat Parmesan-style Grated Topping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Break string cheese into thirds and place in a blender or food processor — blend at high speed until shredded. (Or pull into shreds and roughly chop.)

Lay pita on the baking sheet, and sprinkle with shredded string cheese and chicken. Bake until hot and lightly browned, 8 – 10 minutes.

Let pita cool, about 10 minutes. To make the salad, mix romaine and onion in a medium-large bowl. Toss with dressing. Top pita with salad and Parm-style topping.

Serves: 1
Exchanges: 2 Carbs, 5 Extra Lean Protein, 1 Fat

Ham & Cheese Egg Cups from Ellipse Fitness

  No-Stick Cooking Spray
6  Slices Light Whole Wheat Bread
1/4  Cup Sliced Green Onions
1-1/2  Cups Egg Beaters
1/4  Cup Minced Fully Cooked Lean Ham
1/4  Teaspoon kosher salt
1/8  Teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4  Cup Reduced-fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese
 
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray six 6-ounce custard large muffin cups with cooking spray.
Trim crusts from bread. Spray both sides of each bread slice with cooking spray. Place into prepared cups. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, or until toasted and lightly browned.
 
Meanwhile, spray medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium heat. Add green onion and cook for 1 minute. Pour in Egg Beaters; sprinkle ham, salt and pepper evenly over egg.
Cook, without stirring, until edges and bottom begin to set. Lift cooked part and gently scramble. Continue cooking until set. Remove from skillet and place equal amounts in bread cups. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Let stand 2 minutes, or until cheese softens. Serve immediately.
 
Serves: 3 (2 muffin cups per serving)
Exchanges: 3 Extra Lean Protein, 1 Fat
1 Carb (if using Light Bread)

Ellipse Fitness Promotes “Muffins and Protein” for Valentine’s Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ellipse Fitness Promotes “Muffins and Protein” for Valentine’s Day

Appleton, WI. – February 13, 2013 – What a great way to start your Valentine’s Day with a heart-healthy recipe that is packed with fast releasing protein powder, natural carbohydrates, and fruit, all wrapped in one beautiful muffin wrapper!  Finding a nutritious baked good is hard to come by in a world filled with fast food drive-thrus and sugar packed Danishes!  Whip these Muscle Muffins up for your family or friends and help them take care of their heart!

The protein powder used in these muffins is a low calorie alternative to wheat and flour.  Plus it provides an excellent protein source to help keep you full and rev your metabolism!

  • The unsweetened almond milk has a fraction of the sugar content than regular milk!
  • The Pumpkin Puree and Bananas are low-fat alternatives to keep the muffins moist vs. using unhealthy fats and oils.
  • Chia seeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids and help stabilize your blood sugar!

Valentine’s Day Protein Muffins

 

Muffin Ingredients: 1 Small Apple – 1 Cup of Vanilla Ellipse Protein Powder – 1 Medium Banana – 1 Can of Pumpkin Puree – 1/2 Cup of Oats – 1/8 Cup Chia Seeds – 1/4 Cup Almond Milk – 1/4 Cup of Pistachios

 

Frosting Ingredients: Frosting: 1/2 Cup Chocolate or Strawberry Ellipse Protein Powder – 3/4 Cup Milk

 

Directions for Muffins:  Preheat oven to 340 degrees.  Blend all ingredients.  Pour batter into nine silicone muffin cases.  Bake for about 40 minutes.

 

Directions For Frosting: Mix protein powder and milk.  Pour mixture into piping bag.  Frost!  If desired, top with extra chia seeds, a sprinkle of organic cocoa powder, or a candy heart!

 

Serves:  Makes 9 Muffins (1 Muffin/serving)                   Exchanges:  1 Milk, 1 Carb, 3 Extra Lean Protein

 

For more information on Ellipse Fitness, visit http://www.ellipsefitness.com

 

About Ellipse Fitness®:  Founded in 2002, Ellipse Fitness is a classes-only fitness and nutrition franchise specializing in providing regularly scheduled exercise classes and nutrition programs for our members.  Our proprietary workout programs are set in a group exercise format and emphasize functional movement, cardiovascular training, building core strength and adding lean muscle mass.  For information on programs and locations please visit ellipsefitness.com.  For information about owning an Ellipse Fitness franchise please visit ellipsefitnessfranchise.com.

 

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Contact:

Todd Weiss

Ellipse Fitness®

866 934 7167

todd@ellipsefitness.com