Pilates, Barre, Yogalates, PiYo, Yoga … which one to choose?

Pilates, Barre, Yogalates, PiYo, Yoga … which one to choose?

You’ve been working out for a while now, perhaps a few group exercise classes, cardio, weight training. But what about some of those other classes you’ve heard of but haven’t tried yet? Read on for more info about yoga, piyo, yogalates, barre and pilates. They may be just the type of exercise you need to move forward in your fitness goals. Yoga: An ancient practice that takes many forms and focuses on breath, balance, strength and flexibility. Thought to be 2000-5000 years old, the practice was used for different reasons in ancient times. Since coming to America in the early 1900s, many styles have developed including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Power, Hot, Restorative and more. Each class has a different focus, from heat and strength-building total body workout (Power) to complete and total rest and relaxation of mind and body (Restorative). All classes have elements of breath (Pranayama) and poses (Asana).  Pilates: Originally called Contrology, Joseph Pilates developed the method in the early 1900’s. It became known as Pilates only after his death in 1967. Joseph was a circus performer, boxer and self-defense instructor in Germany, and moved to the US in the early 1920’s where he developed it further and began teaching with his wife, Clara, in NYC. The practice is based on three major principles: breath, whole-body health and commitment. Elements of classes include flow, centering, precision, control, concentration and breath.  PiYo: Developed by American fitness celebrity, Chalene Johnson, as part of the Beachbody workout regimen series, PiYo is a blend of Pilates and Yoga. It strengthens and tones the body while also instilling mindfulness and relaxation in participants.  Yogalates: The Yogalates method is an exercise...
Five Benefits of Working with a Personal Trainer

Five Benefits of Working with a Personal Trainer

You’ve made a commitment. It’s your year! You’re going to get in shape no matter what it takes.  You’ve been attending group exercise classes, lifting weights, adding more cardio to your routine and have seen results. But those results have been slow and you’re ready to commit to the goals you have for yourself.  Hiring a personal trainer might be just the thing to get you over the hump. Here are five great reasons to hire a personal trainer. Knowledge. Personal trainers have the education and knowledge necessary to take you to the next level. They have training in Exercise Physiology, often at the Bachelor or Master’s level, and they know the science behind how the body works.  Accountability. Increase your chance of success by 85% with an accountability partner. Your personal trainer will not only empower you with information, he or she will also hold you accountable to your goals. Double win! Learn new skills. Chances are pretty good that if you’ve been at the workout game for a while, you’re not only stuck physically, but mentally as well. Change it up. A personal trainer can show you different exercises, techniques and more. Goal setting. A personal trainer can help you set reasonable goals for yourself, perhaps setting both short and long term plans to get you there.  Create better habits. Often times your personal trainer will teach you better form for your workout, new ideas to incorporate into exercise routines, meal plans and other habits to create an overall fitness plan. Adopting all or most of the new skills will help you create good lifelong habits. Are you ready?...
Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Set goals today to establish a success plan for tomorrow. Are you one of those people who sign up for a gym membership, show up the first day to work out and have no idea where to start? Or, you know how to work the equipment but are bouncing from machine to machine – not really using the equipment for any intended reason? If you have never set goals or evaluated what you want out of your time at the gym, it’s time to meet with an exercise professional and set some goals. Goal setting is the key to your success.  Make your time at the gym help you achieve success. Maybe you just want to stay active or work to increase your activity.  You may want to embark on a weight loss journey that you can commit to for a few months.  Either way, make it tangible. Invest in it by setting your goals. In order to move forward in a positive direction, you will need to identify your goals, purpose, barriers, and time frame. Goals allow us to have a plan in place when life happens. They give us the tools to walk through the barriers and focus on the outcome. Goals don’t have to be elaborate or in-depth but they do need to be specific enough to provide you with a road map to a healthier you! Here are some tips on how to set your goals!   SMART GOALS Specific: Write each goal as specifically as possible, so there is no confusion with what the goal is. Measurable: Focus on goals that are measurable actions. Attainable:...
Top Excuses for Not Exercising:  We’ve Heard Them All

Top Excuses for Not Exercising: We’ve Heard Them All

When people are asked the question, “Why don’t you workout?”  They usually respond by answering, “I don’t have time,” then give a million other reasons why.  Let’s face it – we make or find time to do things that are a priority.  As the saying goes, “Find time now or you won’t have time later.”  Below are the top excuses people use to avoid working out. I don’t have time.  I understand that schedules can be very hectic.  But, when I hear people use this excuse I often wonder if they really don’t have time or if it’s just not a priority.  Face it, if something is a priority, we will make time to get it done. I’m too old.   You are never too old to exercise.  There is something for all ages.  Exercise can help stave off many health conditions or help you better manage those conditions you may have.  Our exercise staff has experience developing programs for all age groups. I don’t like exercising by myself.  Find an exercise partner.  If we know we have someone to work-out with, we are more motivated to do it because we don’t want to let that person down.  We are more inclined to work a little harder when we have someone by our side. It’s so boring.  Find an activity that you like and do it.  Don’t plan an activity that you don’t like and expect to stay motivated.   It’s hard to stay motivated if you are dreading doing it.  Don’t do the same routine day in and day out.  Mix it up.  Remember – variety is the...
The Many Styles of Yoga

The Many Styles of Yoga

As a yoga teacher, people often ask me about the various styles of yoga they’ve heard of . . . Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga, Slow Flow . . . what do they all mean? There are, in fact, so many styles of yoga it is truly difficult to name all of them. Yogis are always coming up with something new. In fact, the MRC is getting ready to pilot a new yoga class called PiYo that is a Pilates/Yoga mixed class, and our very own Rachel Matz created a new class herself called Spin & Flow (indoor cycling + yoga in an hour long class.) But what of some of these other styles that you’ve heard or read about? Let me give you a brief explanation of a few. I’ll use the 7 styles introduced in this Infographic by Health Perch. Aerial Yoga Aerial Yoga is a style of yoga done while suspended from the ground from hammock-like pieces of cloth called ‘silks.’ It is a relatively new style of yoga and is growing in popularity, much like AcroYoga and Slackline Yoga, neither of which I address here. Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga Yoga is an older form of yoga that follows Patanjali’s 8 Limbed Path which includes moral precepts, right living practices, controlled breathing, postures and all practices leading up and and including meditation. Ashtanga is an intense practice that follows a specific sequence of postures (asanas) and is a type of Power Yoga. Bikram Yoga Bikram Yoga is another form of Power/Hot Yoga established by Choudhury Bikram. Classes are held in a room heated to approximately 100 degrees F...
Adding Movement to Your Day

Adding Movement to Your Day

Are you too busy to exercise?  Not enough time in the day?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, you might want to start creating a plan to move more.  Adding more movement into your day helps you burn calories and stay energized.  The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.  You can increase your health benefits if you also sit less during the day.  New evidence suggests that, no matter what your total sitting time is, regular interruptions from sitting (even as little as standing up) may help to reduce your risk factors for developing coronary heart disease and diabetes. Here are some tips to get you moving more throughout the day. Stand and take a break from your compute, stretch swing your arms and move every 30 minutes. Take breaks in sitting time in long meetings. Stand to greet a visitor to your workspace. Use the stairs. Stand during phone calls. Walk to your co-workers desk instead of phoning or emailing. Use the restroom on another floor. Move your bin away from your desk so you have to get up to put something in it. Use a height-adjustable desk so you can work standing or sitting. Have standing or walking meetings. Use headsets or the speaker phone during teleconferences so you can stand. Eat your lunch away from your desk. Lift small hand weights at your desk.   On average, adults spends half of their day sitting.   The human body is made to move.  However, the technology age has left us as a society more...