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!

 

Upcoming Event: One Love…One Funk…Fierce FUNk® Fundraiser For Hands of Comfort

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Batrice Tru Adams teaching a B.R.Y.C.K.E.D Up Fitness.

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!

Leigh Babiasz: Dancer, Grad Student and Pure Barre Instructor in Haddonfield, New Jersey Explains the New Pure Barre Workout

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Leigh showing one of the many leg burning poses in the class. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

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.

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Some of the equipment used during a Pure Barre Class. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

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!

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The relaxing Pure Barre workout room. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

Discover the New Workout: Surfset Fitness at Upper Level Fitness Taught by Corrine Schulthesis

Love surfing but do not get a chance to practice it all year because of the weather? Or have you always wanted to try surfing, but are afraid of the ocean?

Upper Level Fitness in Ocean View, New Jersey started Surfset fitness classes this spring. Corrine Schulthesis is one of the personal trainers who introduced Surfset to Upper Level Fitness and their clients.  The class costs $17 per class or  $150 for 10 classes. Each class is an hour long, all an individual needs to bring is a water bottle, wear comfortable clothes, and enjoy the class.

ElliptiGO: It’s a Hybrid Between an Elliptical and a Bike and it Will Make People Stop and Stare as You Ride By

Need a break from running, but tired of the indoor bike or the elliptical at the gym. Well the ElliptiGO is the perfect solution.

I heard about an ElliptiGO from a friend who saw it and I did some research to find out where I could try it. The Harbor Bike Shop in Stone Harbor rents them for one hour for $25.00 plus tax. The only rules are that you cannot ride it on the sidewalk and do not ride the ElliptiGO on the beach. After that you are good to go!

One of the Harbor Bike Shop employees agreed that it is good exercise.

“It’s definitely a workout and it is very easy once you get it started. I rode it once and its pretty similar to the elliptical at the gym, however, you’re using it outside and not in the gym, Donna Olfert, 24, Harbor Bike shop employee said. You get to workout on the elliptical outside with the fresh air and sunshine.”

Make sure to wear comfortable sneakers, workout clothes, and bring a water bottle. Other than that enjoy the ride and have fun!

After my hour test ride I have to say that it is quite the workout. I enjoy working out on the elliptical at the gym; however, I find myself getting bored because I want to be moving and going somewhere or just want to be outside. I tore my ACL and meniscus about four years ago. I am an avid runner, but need to take a few days off for the knee every once in a while, that is when I incorporate the elliptical into my workout routine.

The ElliptiGO is the perfect solution for my elliptical boredom. I love being outdoors, running, biking, surfing, etc. Being able to ride the ELLIPTIGO outdoors was great.  So many people would stop and stare as I rode by. I even had a car slow down and drive along side me and ask me about it. They were curious and asked me about the ElliptiGO as I rode it. What’s it like? Is it easy to ride? Where can I rent one?

Similarities to an elliptical/bike:

  • The pedaling motion is almost identical to an elliptical machine and the upright standing position that you pedal.
  • The front of the ElliptiGO is exactly like a mountain bike with hand breaks and gears for you to use and change as you ride.
  • On an elliptical you can increase the resistance and on the ElliptiGO you have three different gear changes you can use one being the easiest gear and three being the hardest gear. (I started on gear one and quickly changed it to gear three to increase the intensity of my ride.)

Differences to an elliptical/bike:

  • With an ElliptiGO you need to use a lot more balance because you are moving on two wheels, it is almost impossible to remove your hands while using the ElliptiGO without falling. Unlike an elliptical where you can take you arms off and pedal forwards and backwards with ease you cannot on the ElliptiGO.
  • You are also battling the wind, sun glare and traffic.  On an elliptical you are indoors in a controlled environment.
  • The only difficult part was stopping and starting.

For example, to cross traffic if I had to stop my momentum it was a little difficult to start up the momentum again to get across the street quickly. So I had to make sure that when I had to cross traffic that I waited until there was no traffic coming so that I knew I had plenty of time to cross the street without causing traffic problems. Or I tried to make sure to just coast and not stop completely which would help prevent me from having a difficult time crossing the road.

The only downside to the ElliptiGO is if you really enjoyed riding it and wanted to buy one for yourself you can, however, it will cost you about $1,800. So with that I would highly recommend renting them and trying it a few times before you make the investment or find one used if you can, but it is a great workout so have fun!

ElliptiGO a nice change from the everyday elliptical! Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

ElliptiGO a nice change from the everyday elliptical! Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

Creator and Instructor: Batrice Tru Adam’s BRICKHOUSE Fitness Class at Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club is truly Unique! CHECK IT OUT!

Stay Tuned Next Week Live Coverage Of Brick House Fitness In Cherry Hill, NJ

Tired of the same old Zumba or Yoga class? Brick House Fitness challenges the entire body by combining multiple different exercises.

Batrice Tru Adams fitness instructor and creator of the new and unique workout, gives a brief preview about what this new workout is all about.

“Power. Strength. Endurance. Balance. Rhythm. BRICKHOUSE Fitness© challenges you in an eclectically styled fusion workout taking you beyond the next level.” Batrice Tru Adam explains. “The ultimate combo encompassing sets of Cardio Kickboxing, Speed & Agility Work, Endurance Training, Resistance Training with bands, Core & Balance Work and Dance…you’ll be blasting calories, boosting stamina, building muscle and busting a move! Build You.”

On Wednesday November 13th at 9:30 am at the Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club I will be live tweeting the Brick House Fitness class. You can follow me on twitter @fit_nique or #fitnique #brickhouse.

I hope you follow along because it will be one intense workout you will not want to miss!

Karen Applegate Explains More About Aerial Yoga at Future Fitness in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

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Karen Applegate, Aerial Yoga Instructor: Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo

Karen Apple gate began her fitness career began in 1982 when she took her first aerobics class. She fell in love with it and shortly after got certified to teach.

As the fitness industry evolved, she stayed up to date with the latest fitness classes and got certified to teach most of them. Eventually, she added personal fitness training and earned certifications from the AFAA (Aerobics Fitness Association of America) and ACE (American Council on Exercise).

Her love of exercise and movement kept her in the business, and the demand for both yoga and pilates professionals grew so she ventured and studied both disciplines. Applegate is now a registered yoga teacher (with the yoga alliance) and is certified to teach mat pilates and pilates on studio equipment. Two months ago she was offered the opportunity to become an instructor of aerial yoga so she joined a group of talented instructors and began the study to develop our practice.

Just recently she went back to teaching spinning classes and who knows what is next. Fitness has been an important part of my life and a career that has allowed her the opportunity to schedule her work around the job of raising two beautiful daughters.

Q. How is aerial yoga different from regular yoga?

A. Aerial yoga uses a hammock made of soft fabric as a tool to assist the participant with traditional balancing postures to deepen stretches and encourage greater joint range of motion in postures that might not otherwise be achieved in a floor yoga practice. The hammock lifts and holds some of our body weight and takes pressure out of the wrist, hands, neck and shoulders. Participants naturally move into proper alignment, achieve inversions without straining their joints and relax/surrender more effectively in the fabric. While aerial yoga shares many of the traditions of other schools of yoga it offers new options, variety and playful fun.

Q. What are the benefits of aerial yoga?

A. Aerial offers wonderful decompression of the spine and joints, it loosens and lengthens muscles, creates natural alignment with suspension, encourages deepening in postures, and the fabric leans into pressure points which activates blood flow and the lymphatic system helping to bring your body’s energy into balance.

Q.  What should a beginner bring and know about aerial yoga before they try it?

A. New participants should wear a top that covers their under arms and bottoms that cover their legs. They should not wear jewelry because it can catch on the fabric and they should know that anyone can try to enjoy aerial when it is taught properly.

Q.  What is one misconception people have about aerial yoga?

A. That they are not capable of attempting it. This, however, is not true. The method can be tailored to multiple levels.

Q. Who do you recommend can do aerial yoga?

A. Anyone who would like to reap the benefits listed above and who would like to try a very fun, safe and yet challenging variety of assisted body movement and still postures.

Q. Any other additional information you would like to add?

A. Aerial yoga classes are available at a variety of times every day of the week for both members and non-members at Future Fitness in Cherry Hill NJ.

Aerial Yoga, Best Stretch And Relaxation I Have Ever Had At Future Fitness In Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Have you ever wanted to fly or soar above the ground? Well I cannot guarantee you will fly, but you can get pretty darn close in an aerial yoga class.

( The video below is not me but it is a great visual of what aerial yoga is all about.)

I have wanted to try aerial yoga for a while. I knew of a few places in Philadelphia that do it, however, I was fortunate to find a class close to me at Future Fitness in Cherry Hill.

When I called to schedule a time, I was told to wear short or long sleeves and capris or tight pants to protect my legs and underarms. I was fortunate to be the only one scheduled for the class and I had a one on one session with the aerial yoga teacher, Karen Applegate, who you will hear more from in my question and answer session with her in my next post.

The entire class was an hour-long and as the aerial yoga class progressed so did the yoga moves. We first started putting one or two body parts in the aerial silks and then eventually we had our entire body in the silks flipping upside down and out of them.

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Flipping out of the aerial silks. Photo Credit: Karen Applegate

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Stretching my upper body and hovering over my mat. Photo Credit: Karen Applegate.

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Downward facing dog using the aerial silks. Photo Credit: Karen Applegate

I must say that aerial yoga is a fantastic stretch and is very relaxing for the entire mind and body. I have been practicing Vinyasa yoga for many years; however, the final relaxation pose where you lie in the aerial silks like a hammock as it slowly rocks back and forth is unbelievably peaceful. I have never reached that level of relaxation in any other yoga class.

I would highly recommend aerial yoga, however, it is not necessarily a high cardio, sweaty, high calorie-burning workout. I would recommend adding it your workout routine, but also incorporate other fitness like going for a long run before hand or doing a boot camp class in addition to the yoga.

Overall, the aerial yoga class is a great  stretch and relaxation for the mind, body and soul and is a must try!