Saturday, April 19, 2014

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On Vacation?

Here's how you take your exercise on the road-

On a beach vacation for Spring Break?  The possibilities are endless for activities on this type of holiday.  Walking the beach tops my all time favorite ideas, but you can also use a simple beach towel for a whole TRX-like workout, or use a beach chair for triceps dips and push ups.  Even making a sandcastle makes you move more than you might think.  So don't just chill on the chair the whole time, get up and actually enjoy the beach.  And don't forget splashing in the waves!  An average 150 pound person can burn upwards of 350 calories in a 1/2 hour of jumping waves and paddling around!  And don't forget the water activities:  snorkeling, sailing, boogie boarding, kayaking...all are ways to stay active and enjoy your vacation.


Skinny Drinks?  You bet!  Here's one tasty option you're sure to enjoy all summer:


Mix a lighter, 218-calorie, fab Cosmo by trading just a little liquor for club soda. Combine in a cocktail shaker (or ask the bartender for) 1 shot (about 2 ounces) citrus-flavored vodka, 1 splash club soda, 1 splash cranberry juice, and juice of 1 lime wedge; shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Yum—and you’ve slashed 100 calories!
The Swimmer Pilates exercise is a great core exercise that works the back side of your body, toning your hips, buttocks, thighs, and back, while lengthening.  Begin by lying prone on the floor (face down), arms and legs outstretched.  Now alternate right arm and left leg, and left arm and right leg.  It will look like you are swimming, but on land.  Perform 12 lifter per set, and do 3 sets.
Small Group Training:  Spring Session!

Space is still available in my FITT (Focus Integrated Team Training), offered Saturdays at 11:30 am, in the Performance Training Center.  We work on a variety of equipment including battle ropes, TRX, free weights, bosus, and bands, and will be using the last 15 minutes for yoga with the TRX.  We will be using the straps to aid our poses, and perfection of the poses.  There are 5 weeks left, starting this Saturday, and the price will be prorated to reflect that if you are just joining. Contact me if you are interested:,

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