Gyms Are Slam Packed This Month

If you will be going to a gym in January, you need to plan ahead to be early.  This week the gym has been swamped with people.  Yesterday I couldn't find a parking spot and today, all the floor mats were taken before class has started. The gym is always jam packed at the beginning of the year.  Some of those new comers decide to stay active, while others drop their gym memberships after awhile.  For me, the gym is part of my lifestyle.  I like … [Read more...]

Drop Those Added Holiday Pounds

Did you eat too much over the holiday break?  Have you started cutting back on food intake in order to get your pre-holiday figure back?  Do you have a gym membership but are embarrassed about going back to the gym because you allowed yourself to gain so much over the break? So many times, people are embarrassed about going back to the gym while they are still packing the extra pounds they gained over the holiday.  I can completely understand … [Read more...]

Simple Preworkout Food Combos

I have listed a few different pre-workout food combinations you can eat before specific workouts.  These will fuel your energy and keep you going longer. If you plan on walking for a while, try eating one medium sized pear and ½ an ounce of sharp cheddar cheese.  100 to 200 calories with a mix of carbs, protein and fat offsets hunger and helps muscles stride longer. If you are going to go running, eat ½ cup each of oats and blueberries … [Read more...]

Starting & Sticking To A Workout Routine Part 2

Remember part 1? Well this is part 2! Let’s get started!  We talked about 7 tips to help you start and stick to a workout routine in part 1. Here are 7 more tips to keep you on track: Get your family involved.  Both my kids love to workout and go on bike rides with their dad.  Working out is more fun when you have a partner and this is really a must if you plan to workout throughout the summer if you have children that are home with you. … [Read more...]

Kids Are Back In School – Get Active!

Most of the kids have made it back to school from Summer Break and if not, they will be headed back soon.  If you are like me, you had to give up a few of your favorite activities over the Summer to make additional time for the kids and all the Summer activities that your kids had in mind for you.  After all, Summer time is a break away from school to enjoy friends and fun activities before having to get serious again during the upcoming school … [Read more...]

2 Week FREE Trial Membership YMCA

My area YMCA will allow you to sign up for a trial membership for two weeks so that you can get a feel for their facilities and see if that is something that would benefit your family.  My kids and I took full advantage of this trial membership opportunity a few years ago because I didn't want to sign up for a membership, pay dues and then have my family complain about the facilities.  If you would like to try out your gym, I recommend inquiring … [Read more...]

Get On Top Of Your Game: 7 #Workout Clothing Must Haves

Summer is on its' way, time to beef up your workout!  In order to have the best possible workout, you need to have the right "tools."  Sure you can hide your weight behind those oversize tee shirts, but in the long run, oversize clothing just gets in your way and "muffles" your workout. Let's start at the top and work our way down as I list the 7 top workout clothing must haves.  For me, these are very important "must have" tools for my gym … [Read more...]

My First Body Combat Class

Today I had one of those mornings where I was low on time and had lots on my mind.  I was headed to my Cardio Challenge class but when I got to the YMCA gym, I realized that I had went to the wrong YMCA location.  Instead of finding my cardio class, the gym was full of yoga mats.  Since there are multiple classes getting ready to start, I headed down to another studio to join in on what I thought was the kickboxing class.  After I got warmed up, … [Read more...]

Instill The Love Of Fitness In Your Children

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I frequent the gym throughout the week.  I see a personal trainer one day, and go to group workout classes twice a week.  My 13 year old also works out a few times a week to prepare him for next year’s school basketball tryouts.  My 7 year old has also found a “speed” workout class.  He goes to SAQS (Speed, Agility, Quickness, Strength) classes twice a week.  He is so happy to have … [Read more...]

Working Out At the Gym, Get There Early

There are two times of the year that I have noticed participation spike at my local gym:  right after New Year's and right before Summer.  So many new people decide to work out in hopes of losing weight and getting fit, but most of these newcomers start to drop back off within the first month.  I love to go to BodyPump class and right now, I have to make sure and get there early or I may not be able to participate in the class.  There are so many … [Read more...]