Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Planning to get fit in the new year? Here's how you can stay motivated.
A new year usually means new resolutions for most people. If one of your resolutions to lose a few pounds, get toned, or to be more active in general, you may need a little help getting started. Patch asked Pro MAXX Fitness personal trainer Rachel Martin for five tips to help you meet your fitness goals this year. Martin has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Mary Washington and has experience as a year's worth of experience as a group instructor and personal trainer for Customs Fitness Concepts. She is also an assistant coach for the Langley High School women's varsity basketball team in McLean. Five Tips to Help Achieve Your Fitness Goals This Year
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Don’t forget one of the most vital parts of a good exercise routine: recovery time!
Everyone knows that great sore feeling you get the day after a workout—that feeling that makes you say, “Wow I really worked hard.” Either that or, “Wow, I’m never doing that again.” A lot of people don’t want to work out again until that soreness goes away, but you don’t have to put off another good workout just because of a little soreness. On the other hand, if you ignore soreness and just plow ahead, it can turn into pain and injuries. And, if you never give your muscles time to recover you will be more prone to injury and can overwork them. So what is the right balance? Here are a few tips to help speed up muscle recovery and help you stay moving while not injuring yourself. Try some of these tips and your muscles will thank you and …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
It’s that time of year again to gear up for some great, fun outdoor activities that will keep you moving.
Somehow it is so much easy to be physically active when it is warm and sunny out. Summer is the time to get healthy and fit outdoors, and there are many avenues to do so. Try Golf! Lake Ridge Park has a beautiful, non-stressful, nine-hole, par-3 course that is perfect for a leisurely couple hours and much less expensive than a full course. You can get some sun, a nice walk, and a fun game at the same time. Check out the new skate park at Veterans Memorial Regional Park. Designed for skateboarding and inline skating, it is a great way to burn energy, practice some skills, and have fun outdoors. It is non-supervised and pads and helmets are required. Go biking or trail hiking on some of the gorgeous paths in the area. Prince William Forest …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Chinn is holding its 8th annual fitness testing for people 60+ years young! Compare your fitness level to the national standards and set a standard to beat next year.
If you are 60+ years young, Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center is offering a functional fitness test this Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. to help you find out where you are fitness-wise and set goals for years to come. The 90-minute session will include a group warm-up so you are ready to perform your best and then there will be six stations to test each lower body strength, upper body strength, aerobic endurance, lower body flexibility, upper body flexibility, and agility/balance. Rather than an invasive body fat calculation, these tests will help you see functional areas that you are strong and areas to improve. For example, to test lower body strength participants will perform a chair stand test; a step test will be used to analyze aerobic …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
What can motivate you to get fit this summer?
Too often we have too vague of goals. “I want to get fit this year,” or “I’m going to run more,” are the types of goals I often hear that are sure to fail because they are not specific enough. If, on the other hand, you say, “I’m going to walk/run for at least 30 minutes four times a week” that is a goal you might actually meet. Or “I’m going to not eat or drink sugar on weekdays from now through June.” What makes a good goal? First off, it has to be specific. Second, it has to be realistic. And third, at least in my book, it has to be achievable but still challenging. It’s probably not realistic to say, “I’m going to lose 100 pounds this summer,” but it is also not necessarily helpful to go to the other side and merely shoot for, say, …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Want a great go-your-level class that incorporates cardio, strength, stretch, balance, and dance?
C.S.I. at Woodbridge Sport & Health Club is less intimidating than its acronym would make it sound. The name stands for “Cardio Strength Intervals” and this class incorporates a little of everything to deliver a well-rounded strength and cardio workout. There were Zumba moves, step moves, kickboxing moves, as well as your basic strength training with weights and some core work, all blended together to give you a full-body cardio, strength, balance, endurance and stretch workout. We started out with a Zumba styled warm-up, which transitioned into weighted squats, shoulder raises and bicep curls. Another transition brought us to classic step moves that could be done on the floor or with a raised stair: basic steps, knee raises, and later …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time to renew your new-year resolutions and get a good start on summer fitness.
As soon as the weather starts to warm up, we begin to be bombarded left and right with lighter clothes, swim suits, shorts and get-ready-for-summer diets and exercise plans. Spring is a great time to re-energize your fitness goals—it’s fun to be outside again, fruits and veggies taste good, and somehow it’s just easier to have energy and motivation. But the weight-loss industry knows this as well and is ready with a million products for you to buy and programs to try. Before you become completely overwhelmed with all the promises of “best beach body” and celebrity diet schemes, here are some things to keep in mind: These are just a few tips that can help you navigate all the claims that promise to get you in shape for summer. Just accept …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Chinn is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a week of free classes, events, and the best discounts of the year.
If you have been curious about various fitness classes and opportunities but not sure you want to take the plunge, now is the time to experiment. Starting this Saturday, Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center will be hosting a week of free events and classes. From April 14 to 20, Chinn will be celebrating its 21st anniversary by offering its best discounts of the year, free classes, free body composition analysis, free blood pressure screening, special free swim classes, and more. Saturday, April 14, is the big sale day, with 20 percent off all six and 12-month passes (and a T-shirt with purchase), but all throughout the following week there will be discounts and coupons available for both passes and personal training packages. The center will be…
Monday, April 2, 2012
YBY Fitness and Nutrition has teamed up with the PW Ice Center to offer an all-encompassing fitness program to help you reach success. Free trial week April 16 to 20.
If you’ve been following my fitness adventures, you may recall the personal training experiment I did with YBY Fitness and Nutrition last fall. Well now I am very excited to find that YBY is starting a new program, partnering with the Prince William Ice Center, to make their fitness plan even more accessible. Called “YBY 360,” this new branch of the company provides a total 360 view of your overall wellness: fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle/weight management coaching with a perfect combination of group support and personal attention. “We were finding that several of our clients wanted to get out of the house and were missing the team aspect and camaraderie, so we wanted to provide that,” said Kristin Quinn, a personal trainer and …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Learn how to use lots of different equipment while getting a cardio workout and strength training all in one class.
Circuit training has become a favorite form of exercise. It’s a format that mixes up different stations or types of exercise incorporating both cardio and strength training. It is always changing, so your muscles have to stay on top of their game and it’s hard to get bored. Plus you get cardio and strength all together in one workout—what could be better? The circuit training class at the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center takes place in the fitness wing with the cardio equipment, weight machines, and free weights. When you show up, you receive a small slip of paper that has the routine, which will have you going all over the multiple rooms using cardio equipment, weight machines, dumbbells, medicine balls, TRX, steps, mats and …