More information on toddler yoga: http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=1092046#.VAfprkg2kk8
More information on toddler yoga: http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=1092046#.VAfprkg2kk8
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. 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.
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.
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!
Do you go to the gym and see the rowing machine and just walk by it? Or do you just use it as a warm up? Rowing is no longer just for the avid crew athletes or the cunning characters in House of Cards. Thanks to Rowzone, it is a full body workout for all ages.
Rowzone is about a 45 minute to an hour class that works the entire body. It takes your boring running, elliptical or spinning routine and changes it up.
Rowzone has multiple locations throughout Pennsylvania and they even have a location in Texas.
The video above shows the rowing aspect of the class, however, about every five minutes or so you get off the machine and lift weights and work on your arms, abs, and legs.
**As always I had to try it ( that’s why there is not any video of the entire class),however, I was completely surprised by what a great workout it is. Just when I thought I could not row for one more minute we would stop our rowing sprint and get off and do a mini circuit working my arms, abs and legs. If I lived closer to the locations I would definitely incorporate this into my daily cardio routine! If you can try this class!
If you are new to my blog or you have been following along faithfully, Batrice Tru Adams is the creator of B.R.Y.C.K.E.D Up Fitness which I went to and loved a few months ago.
Batrice Tru Adams along with Ivy Holmes and Marvette Hunter are hosting a fitness fundraiser this Saturday March 1st, at 11am. I am upset that I wont be able to attend, but if you are in the area you should definitely go and get your workout on for a good cause.
Caring & Sharing with HANDS of COMFORT, started by the generous heart of Donna UniqueOne Coleman. She has been a blessing to the community, feeding the Homeless in the City of Camden, every fourth Saturday of the month.
Cost: Its is $3 per person.
Location: Lucille Roberts 130 Black Horse Pike Audubon, NJ 08106
An “Open Donation” Eventbrite link will be available soon to help support this cause.
100% of ALL PROCEEDS goes directly to Hands of Comfort!
Hope you can attend!
With the all of the snow we have had this winter, I am already dreaming about warmer days. Since spring is only a few months away I found some cool new products that would be awesome to try!
(video above found on Youtube…I did not shoot this one.)
1. Wave Jet
Surfers some times have to deal with days when there are no waves or the waves are so-called “mushy” and hard to paddle into. Those days may be a thing of the past thanks to the, Wave Jet, it is a new jet powered surfboard that does most of the hard work for you. It will power you through big waves that you would normally need a jet ski to tow you in or it can push you through small waves that otherwise would be near impossible to paddle and catch.
A wrist controller powers the surfboard and is completely waterproof. One of the best parts is if you fall off the board the wrist controller shuts down when the surfboard is farther than about 10 feet away, according to the website.
As of now it looks like they are only available to rent at four locations, three in the United States and one in South Africa. Until then I will keep researching until I find a place that I can actually try it.
2. INDO Yoga Board
One of my first posts on my blog was on SUP Yoga. I loved it, it was so different and a great workout. Now that it’s colder and the bay has had sheets of ice on it, SUP Yoga is on hold until the spring.
However, I found the next best thing. Indo yoga, Check it Out.
It does not look like there are any classes close by, but you can buy an indo board for $390.00 or you can buy a SUP Yoga package, which is a little different from the Indo Yoga Board. It will only cost you about $140.00 which is cheaper but it’s a little bit bigger and might be harder to store in your house.
3. Wave Shape Fitness
To go along with the spring/summer fitness products, I found a new workout called Wave Shape. It brings the movements of surfing into a fitness class. And the best part is there are classes available online that are free. So you can start the Wave Shape class now!
Happy New Year or is it Happy Resolution. It seems to me that the New Year is always over shadowed by the daunting New Year Resolution. It almost feels like every time someone says Happy New Year it is immediately followed by the question, what is your New Year Resolution? Jeesh put me on the spot why don’t you. Honestly, I have never made ” a New Year resolution.” I set goals every year throughout the year and try to accomplish them.
A friend of mine made a good point about writing down work goals, personal goals, and spiritual goals you want to make throughout the year. This allows you to stay focused and realize what you have accomplished and what you have left. A big problem is some of us are too busy to realize that we may complete more goals throughout the year than we think. So make sure to write your goals down.
Finally, most of us regular gym goers dread the first two weeks of January because it will be crowded with new members who are trying to lose weight and get healthy for their New Year Resolution. Try not to be that person that puts down the new gym goers, yes it can be annoying but they are making the right step towards a healthy life. A little encouragement never hurt anyone. So be a gym buddy or show some one how to use the fitness equipment at the gym this year!
Hope you have a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Although the end of the semester is approaching, I will continue posting to my blog. I may not be posting as frequently I was the last several months, but I will still be posting whenever I get the chance to take a unique fitness class. With that said, if any of you (my readers) come across any fitness classes or trends that you find unique, please contact me or leave a comment and I will try to cover that class for my blog.
Throughout this fitness blogging journey I learned to go into each fitness class with an open mind because the classes I originally thought would be easy for me, ended up being the hardest.
Also, in case you just started reading or following my blog here are the links to some of my favorite posts!
CrossFit 550 in Ocean View, New Jersey, is For All Genders and Ages
Normally when someone thinks of CrossFit, they picture the extreme heavy lifters that are competing on ESPN and immediately think that they could never do that workout. Or the women see the big muscular men and say they do not want to gain too much muscle and look “manly.”
However, all of these generalizations are wrong. Anyone at any age or gender can do CrossFit. The ages in this class ranged from 15 to 58 years old.
“It’s awesome. It pushes us and is a quick workout but you see results fast,” Reid Cowan, 15 years old said
“I started this in July and I am 58 years old,” Eileen Whittington said. “I love that I never know what you are walking into and you just to do it, and do it to the best of your ability and everyone is very supportive. So everyday is a good day when you finish your wod (workout of the day.) I have been running for years and just wanted to try something different that would give me the strength that I wanted and it’s working.”
According to Michael Gardner, Crossfit 550 Head Trainer, Crossfit is very functional and the workouts vary so that they are never doing the same workout.
“We combine Olympic lifting, power lifting and body weight movements, gymnastics, and endurance sports and try to just focus on getting a good stimulus from the high intensity that is created from the workout,” Gardner explained.
Like any workout individuals should slowly ease into it. They also should take a demo class before they take an actual CrossFit class. The demo class allows the individual to learn how to perform all the lifts properly to help prevent injury.
CrossFit 550 offers a free demo class at 10:30am on Saturdays, so you do not need to worry about spending money on your first class. The trainers will also make sure that you start lifting at the correct weight so that you do not hurt yourself trying to lift to much weight your first time. As you get stronger you will increase your weight.
Most of the classes are timed and you try to complete against the clock while working out efficiently but quickly to beat your best time. Sometimes the classes can be done in groups and then the Crossfitters compete in groups against each other to compete for the best time.
However, not everyone competes against the clock. They just workout at their own pace and try to get it done effectively without getting injured. Either way everyone is very supportive in the class, and no one ever looks down or makes fun of you if you are not the first person to complete the workout.
This workout has gained popularity from people seeing it on TV, reading about it in magazines, and by word of mouth. There are still some individuals that are nervous to try it, but Gardner assures them there is nothing to worry about.
“Don’t be intimidated by it, everyone is always saying how intimidated they are because it looks ridiculously hard on TV but that doesn’t mean that your going to be doing those same workouts. It’s going to be scaled down to your ability as long as you have the right mindset,” Gardner said.
Leigh Babiasz has been a dancer all her life, and earned her BA in dance performance from Western Michigan University. From there she worked as a professional dancer and performer for different jobs and gigs. Babiasz started getting into personal training and got certified through NASM.
Currently she works as a certified trainer and will be starting grad school to study dance/movement therapy at Drexel next fall. Teaching Pure Barre came unexpectedly to her. She moved into the South Jersey area and saw an online ad for a job opportunity for fitness instructors with a dance background. That sounded perfect for her so she answered it and started teaching. Babiasz loves teaching Pure Barre because it gives her a combination of her two favorite things, dance and fitness. Plus, it gives her a different experience working in a group atmosphere compared to working with one on one training.
Q. Explain what Pure Barre is and how it is different to other workouts.
A. Pure Barre is a workout that incorporates the ballet bare and strength training that focuses on small isometric movements. It is a full body workout but it emphasizes working the thighs, seat, and abs. It is different from other workouts because it is a specific technique that takes a couple of classes to catch on. There is a not a lot of big explosive movements compared to other workouts so it is safe for most people to do.
Q. What muscles are you using in the Pure Barre workout?
A. Pure Barre works the full body but we do focus more on the “problem” areas of women. There is a lot of quad, glute, and core action in a class. We also do lots of body weight exercises and work on flexibility to achieve a longer leaner aesthetic look of a dancer.
Q. What makes Pure Barre unique?
A. It’s unique in the fact that the classes are designed so you get a variety of different exercises in each class. No class will be the same so your body can’t adapt and get used to it, so you will continue to confuse the body and thus see the results continuously.
Q. What should someone wear or bring to Pure Barre?
A. We always suggest to wear long pants and form fitting clothes. Pure Barre also has a line of special socks that have a special grip on the bottom of the foot so there is limited slipping on the floor and that’s helpful to wear in class.
Q. What should someone expect when they take a Pure Barre class?
A. Expect a lot of burning and shaking in the first couple of classes!
Q. Where can they practice Pure Barre and how much?
A. There are Pure Barre locations all over. If you go on the website, they list all the different locations and there are always more studios opening up. A single class is $23 but there are different packages you can purchase as well a new client special. All the prices should be on the website if you click a specific location.
Q. Anything else interesting you would like to add about Pure Barre.
A. Pure Barre is a great positive community of women that are really supportive of each other. I am really proud to be a part of the Pure Barre family!
As usual I had to try this class. I have been taking the class once a week for a few months now. I have to say that I was skeptical of this class when I started. I thought it would not be that hard since I am an avid runner and do other intense boot camps; however, I was so wrong. Every class my legs are shaking and I sweat a lot! I am definitely seeing results from this class just by incorporating it into my workout routine just a few days a week. I recommend it to anyone that is looking to change up their workout and get that long and lean body!