Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

Jacob Dean. Part 2

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

At the last minute they decided not to do the surgery to check into the diagnoses a little further. It turns out I did not have the anurism. The baby was not taken at the time. I spent three weeks in ICU waith a condition called ARDS. Everyday that I laid there with my lil guy in there I just loved him more and more. (more…)

Jacob Dean. Part 1

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

My pregnancy started out alright. I found out I was pregnant at 6weeks and was put on prenatal vitamins and sent on my way.

At 12 weeks I had a bleeding episode. I still to this day do not know how someone can have that much blood and not miscarry. My husband and I went to the doctor the next day and had an unltrasound done. (more…)

Time to Turn to Cost Savings

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

In recessionary times, business owners typically find that revenues are less predictable. This translates into concerns that new member acquisition may not increase at the same rates as in the past. It also may trigger less additional member spending in non-dues categories. (more…)

Cash in on Kickboxing

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Kickboxing fitness classes are being introduced across North America, spurred by a consumer frenzy for Billy Blanks’ Tae-Bo, a martial-arts workout developed in Los Angeles, Calif. Unlike other forms of aerobics or group fitness classes, kickboxing is relatively new for the majority of recreational exercisers and fitness professionals. Although boxing-style classes have been successful in the fitness environment for several years, implementing a martial-arts-inspired class requires additional planning and special consideration. (more…)

Should I increase my Nordic Track Time or Resistance?

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Dear Expert:

I started exercising on the Nordic track Nov. 4, 1998. I have exercised every day since then. I am now up to 45 minutes. Should I increase more time, or should I make the tension harder? Also, is this enough exercise or should I do something else? I have lost 18.5 pounds and want to lose 20 more. Thanks! (more…)

SELF Challenge 2011 35-Minute Walk/Run

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Start walking or jogging at a moderate pace on a flat surface. After a five-minute warm-up, do one of the following drills for one minute, followed by five minutes of walking or jogging, followed by another one-minute drill, and so on. (more…)

Miracle Body Moves. Part 2

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

5. Try tai chi
“The first thing I notice about a person is whether she has a sparkle in her eye or a glow about her face,” says Margaret Matsumoto, a senior instructor at the New York School of Tai Chi Chuan in New York City. “People tend to carry stress in the face and body.” Matsumoto believes a simple tai chi stance can relax and energize while building strength and balance. (more…)

Miracle Body Moves. Part 1

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Which exercises will get you maximum results? SELF got the scoop on the ones fitness pros swear by. Try one, try ‘em all!


1. Do a headstand
“Sirsasana, the headstand position in yoga, is a massage, a swim, a hike and sex all wrapped into one move,” says Mark Blanchard, a yoga instructor at Body & Soul in West Hollywood, California. (more…)

Plyometric Training Basics Post 3

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

A primary example of an event that benefits from plyometrics is the long jump, which requires the athlete to use the speed from the run into the power to propel the body as far as possible vertically. This sport requires a great deal of technique as well as a high strength-to-weight ratio. Athletes who have a high percentage of fast-twitch muscle fibers, advantageous muscle insertions and can fire as many of their total muscle fibers simultaneously as possible are likely to do well in this event. The long jump consists of the approach run, the jump and the landing. (more…)

Plyometric Training Basics Post 2

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

In running, jumping and many other athletic events, the athletes’ foot or hand is in contact with the ground, ball or opponent only for a fraction of a second before the next contraction occurs. The pre-stretch that occurs when running or jumping helps the next contraction be more rapid and forceful. The body has a neurological inhibition that prevents the muscles from contracting so powerfully that it damages the tendon, or the attached bone. This inhibitory mechanism is actually set too conservatively. Utilizing training methods that use the pre-stretch contraction partly reduces this inhibition, allowing a more rapid and powerful contraction than before. (more…)