Monday, November 22, 2010

Exercise sample and group update

Hey there!  Happy Monday!  First, below is the new link for group training for December.  And yes, I will be there on Christmas Day, as I always volunteer to work that holiday, so I am offering a group that day.
Below, is an exercise for you all to try:
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 Keep the abs braced, and perform a push-up.  The bosu is blue side down.  You can also do this one on your knees.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Keep It Interesting!

How to keep it Interesting:
I know going to the gym day after day can be rather boring, even if you are distracting yourself with your IPod, or the latest movie you've downloaded, or even a book, if you can read and exercise.  I've even seen a woman working on machines and reading, but she's working at the pace of a snail, so I'm not sure how many calories she's burning!

So, I've come up with some suggestions of how you can still reach your goals, and stay interested and focused.

1.  You like running:  Try a running training group!  You can join one, or create your own for fun.  And you CAN run in the winter with proper gear.

2.  Get a workout buddy.  Maybe someone in a class you go to is also spinning their wheels.  Get together and get a trainer-created program, and then work out together.

3.  You like team sports:  Join an indoor winter league for soccer, basketball or other teams sports.  Many community centers offer them.

4.  You like dancing:  Go to a Zumba class!!  Shake it up with a fun, dance inspired workout for you cardio.

5.  Ask your trainer for a new program.  If you're bored, so is your body--mix it up!

6.  Try something new and different.  Go to a strength class if you haven't, or try a new class or new instructor.

Keep up the good work!

Monday, November 8, 2010


I was able to teach a kickboxing class to some kids not long ago, over at the JCC. This group of kids was part of a summer program, and most of the kids were just your average bunch:  a few who wanted to participate, a few who didn't, a few who tried to cause trouble, and a few who were timid and shy.  But one girl caught my attention and my heart.  This girl was in braces on her legs and crutches.  I don't know what was wrong, though it was clearly something she would struggle with for her life.  This young lady tried every move I called out.  She put her crutches down, and she punched, and then she picked her crutches up and she kicked with her braced legs.  And she was really tired at the end.  But she tried EVERY move.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group had that sprinkling...some who tried, some who whined, some who caused trouble...I was so inspired by that one girl.  Funny thing was, I was whining before I went to teach that because I was a bit tired after a morning full of training, and I didn't really want to be there.  Clearly I was meant to be there, and I can assure you my whining ceased immediately and was silenced by awe. 

So, whatever your day brings...whatever you have to deal with at work...leave it behind, and be sure to care for your body the way it deserves to be taken care of.  And count your blessings.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Lessons Learned from the Martial Arts...

So.  Yesterday, I was practicing with my coach.  My current focus is on getting better, stronger, and faster.  Practice makes better and better.  Stay with the program and you will get there.  Consistency is the key to success.

This is all true of your exercise program as well.  It's time to renew your commitment to yourself. It's time to work on something you have always wanted to work on--something you've always wanted to accomplish.  It's never too late to learn something new.

With this in mind, I'm starting November with a challenge to you:  Make a goal, and keep it for the month of November.  Share this goal with me.  Come to all of your scheduled appointments.  Commit to yourself.  Then at the end of the month, I will have a couple of giveaway items...They are a surprise--I have several!  Those who have kept their focus and committed to themselves will be eligible to win.

Decide today.  Commit today.  Have a great week!  Melissa