Miracles Fitness Introduces the First Ever Fitness Challenge Race in Stone Harbor, New Jersey

Most of us have run or at least have heard about the Color Runs, Mud Runs, Hot Chocolate Races, etc., but what about a full 5k race with an obstacle course at the end?

Miracles Fitness is starting the first ever Stone Harbor Fitness Challenge 5k. The race is on July 12th, 2014 and starts at 8am. The race course starts at 83rd street right near the Windrift and it costs $35. You can register here.

What’s  unique about this race is that you run the 5k first and then once you are exhausted and think you can’t do anymore you have to complete the nine all encompassing total body challenges set to test your fitness. Some of the challenges include Burpees, Med Ball Slams, Hurdle Jump Overs and more.

Even though the weather in Stone Harbor is always beautiful in the Summer, on the off chance it does rain, the race will still go on rain or shine.

You do not need to be a fitness freak to sign up for this event. Anyone can sign up for this event, you can race/walk it for fun, or at a competitive level. There will also be awards given to the top finishers in all categories.

Nick Elisano Trainer and owner of Miracles Fitness came up with this idea.

“With all the popularity of all the obstacle races we wanted to do something different related to fitness, Elisano explained. With all the  boot camp programs and sports performance programs we thought this would be a great combination for runners and fitness enthusiasts alike.”

This race definitely sounds like it will be one of the best races of the season for Stone Harbor. So if you are around make sure to sign up and enjoy this one of a kind race!

 

Lithe Method in Philadelphia Combines Dance Cardio and Resistance Training, and Takes it to a Whole New Level

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From first glance it looks like an Aerial Yoga class, but it is not silks hanging from the ceiling it’s actually resistance bands, which increases the intensity of the class. Photo: Alison Mastrangelo

Lithe Method. What is it? It sounds like a new a new scientific formula. But it’s not! Lithe Method is a cool new workout that incorporates Pilates, cheer-leading and dance.

The great part is that the first class is free and you can register for classes online. The classes are very popular and can have a wait list, but they recommend to check the night before because some people cancel.

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Meredith Steinberg kindly demonstrating a few moves that one could see during a Pom Lithe Method Class. Photo: Alison Mastrangelo

 

Lithe Method clients have enjoyed the classes so much they have become trainers.

“I love Lithe. I started as a client before I started teaching. I found I loved the variety and loved how fun it was. I feel like there is a great community of women here who support each other and it’s such a nice motivating place to be, ” Meredith Steinberg, Lithe Trainer for  4 months said.

One of the main reason Lithe has been so popular is their workouts are always changing so that the clients never get bored.

“There is a lot of variety in the workouts. One day you will have a lot of jumping and sweating cardio and the next day you will be sculpting muscles that you didn’t know that you had, Steinberg explained. The next day you will be at the ballet bar or you could be working your arms using weights.”

Steinberg recommends that everyone come about ten minutes early before class and to make sure that you bring a water bottle and a workout towel. They will supply the mats, gloves, and resistance bands.

If you’re worried about trying it because you have been out of the gym for a while do not worry! Lithe Method is great for women of all ages.

“People who do Lithe have all kinds of backgrounds. There are modifications for everyone, this workout environment is very positive and free of judgment,” Steinberg said.

If anyone has any questions they can go online and read the descriptions of all the different classes or they can call the front desk who is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. There are also three Lithe Method Studios in Philadelphia and one coming soon to New York City.

 

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Lunge + Over head resistance bands = Total Body Workout Photo of Me: Alison Mastrangelo

As usual I tried this new hip fitness class. The Lithe Method staff recommend taking their 101 class to help introduce you to their movements and the choreography that they use. Unfortunately, I could not attend the 101 class, so I tried the Pom class which they said should not be to difficult for a beginner that practices Pilates weekly.  The trainers were right, I could follow along, however, I did  stumble through a few of the beginning choreographed parts but after a few minutes I could follow along more easily and really broke a sweat!