Tag Archives: Physical fitness

Fitness at Home Series-1

15 Jan

I’m instructing a series at the Rec Center called Fitness at Home, where I’ll be talking, demonstrating, and explaining workouts that can be done right in the comforts of one’s own home! With everyone’s crazy-busy lives, it’s still super important to fit in physical activity. If you have an open space, 2 soup cans or water bottles, and a sturdy chair-you have a gym!

Benefits of exercising at home and tips to make it a little easier:

  1. It’s right there. No need to find a parking spot, get a locker, and wait for a piece of equipment.
  2. Rise and shine sweat! First thing in the morning, set your alarm clock for 30-45 minutes earlier and exercise. Not only does this clear your schedule for the rest of the day, but also, research has shown that exercising first thing jump-starts your metabolism, so you’re constantly burning calories throughout the day.
  3. Add variety to your workouts. There’s been a huge shift from in-the-gym workouts to any physical activity counts; walking, running, Tai Chi, tennis, ice skating, gardening, moving-all are forms of activity that can act as exercise.
  4. Set your clothes out the night before. There goes the excuse “it takes too long to get ready”-problem solved!
  5. Enlist the help from a friend, furry or not. Having someone or something holding you accountable is an excuse-proof way to exercise. You don’t want to let down a friend or partner and you surely don’t want to let down Rover or you’ll have quite a bit of a mess to clean up.
  6. Tune in. Workouts on demand offer tons of options with little to no equipment and at a very low-cost.
  7. Youtube. Type in workouts and thousands are available to you! Ranging from 3 minutes to a half an hour.
  8. Log your efforts. This not only keeps track of what you’re doing, exercise-wise, but also will help if you get stuck in a rut.
  9. Track your progress/regress! How are you clothes fitting? Is walking up the stairs becoming easier? Are you able to do jumping jacks and squats longer? And vice-versa.

Need a little help?

A Kitchen Maid workout:

PicMonkey CollageThe who, what, where, when, and why’s of creating an at home workout:

  1. How are you feeling today?
  2. What do you want to work on? Create a small goal that can be accomplished in ~45 minutes.
  3. What equipment is available to you?
  4. How much time do you have?

Your turn!

Day 33

5 Jul

Hoping everyone had a relaxing and safe 4th of July holiday! I took a Body Pump class in the morning to kick-start the day on a healthy note; it was probably one of the most challenging workout mixes I’ve taken by an instructor! The instructor took tracks from all over the place, ensuring that it would leave the participants breathless..she succeeded. I can’t remember all of the tracks she used, but one that stuck out in particular, Fireworks (how appropriate!), has always been a challenging lunge tracks for me!

Breakfast, trained, work, meeting, took Cycling, taught Interval Training, work, client, home for dinner with Kathie and to see Magic Mike!! I’ve heard mixed reviews on the movie..if you’ve seen it, what are your thoughts?

Interval Training was a lot of fun! I originally planned to do a mixture of cardio and strength stations

but was reminded that the participants are used to 5 cardio-based stations with strength exercises in between intervals. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. A little creative thinking on my part and the class looked like this:

The participants brought their A-game! I guess after a holiday binge with lots of cookouts and such gets people itching to work it off. The fave exercise? Medicine ball slams!

Working on my cycling playlist! Any songs you prefer to sprint, climb a hill, up & downs, or steady state-let me know!

See ya 🙂

IFTA Events for January 21 & 22

14 Jan

Attentions fitness enthusiasts!

The first IFTA blogging event will happen..

 Saturday January 21 at Camden Overlook Complex, 4703 Summit Overlook Dr. Raleigh NC.

  • 11am-5pm. Learn to Teach Group Fitness Certification- study guide/notes are included. IFTA Safety Requirement or CPR is required!
  • this certification includes a lecture of study materials to prepare you for the exam, an aerobic workout/practical and a written test.
  • cost is $99 plus the $65 text fee- Great price! Register here.

Saturday January 21 at Fitness Flow 7946 Market St. Wilmington, NC. This is a LADIES ONLY gym!

  • 9am-2pm. Mat Pilates certification- study guide/notes are included.
  • this certification includes a lecture of study materials to prepare you for the exam, hands-on training and Pilates movements and a written test.
  • cost is $99 plus the $20 text fee. Register here.

Sunday January  22 at Camden Overlook Complex, 4703 Summit Overlook Dr. Raleigh NC.

  • 11am-5pm. Personal Trainer Certification- study guide/notes are included. IFTA Safety Requirement or CPR is required!
  • this certification includes a lecture of study materials to prepare you for the exam
  • cost is $99 plus the $30 text fee- Register here.

*IF YOU REGISTER FOR BOTH THE GROUP EXERCISE AND PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATIONS, YOU’LL PAY $175 PLUS TEXTS!!

If you’re in the Raleigh and Wilmington area, HURRY and register for these upcoming opportunities! This is a great time of year for fitness!!

 

 

Your New IFTA Blogger!

9 Jan

Remember Raleigh Fitness Weekend? I’ve been in contact and asked if I could blog about upcoming events, certifications, presenters and more….they agreed! THIS IS SO EXCITING!

As I get the information, I’ll blog about where the event(s) will take place, what certifications are available and the cost, which presenters will be there and anything else I can get my hands on! Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to attend local events and take pictures, write reviews of the classes and interact with the participants to better serve them. Fingers crossed!

A little IFTA background..

Interactive Fitness Trainers of America is both a certification and continuing education company that educates fitness enthusiasts with the basic instruction and understanding necessary to become instructors and trainers. Their mission:

To educate participants on safe, effective exercise.  In dedication to lifetime health and fitness, it is IFTA’s desire to service the instructor by giving them the tools needed to develop all components of fitness.  Our focus is to promote positive interaction between the fitness professional and IFTA so that we can service our clients while providing the most advanced choreography and educational programs available.

This is a great opportunity and I can’t wait to start this week! Stay tuned!

 Greg Sims and I!