Archive for July, 2012

Be the change!

Posted: July 29, 2012 in Health

Take a look at this picture of Kathy, a 62 year old woman who can really “pull her own weight” in the gym! She is lifting 75lbs doing her glute bridge. Just shows that we really have the power to set our own limits to what we want to achieve.


I am re-blogging this post because I have have found myself smack in the middle of many conversations lately in regards to this topic. I have heard a lot of “oh you are young, its eaaaaaasy for you.” Or, “You aren’t old like me. Someday when you are old you will understand.”

Aside of my feeling a tad bit “dismissed,” and my hard work, sweat, and efforts being pushed aside to make room for other peoples “excuses” as to why they are the way they are…. aside from all of that… because this isn’t about me after all 😉 Not only is my hard work not being acknowledged, the “Dismisser” is setting him or herself up for failure BEFORE A GOAL HAS EVEN BEEN MADE. To me that is such a shame.

I am 33, not 55 and definitely not 20. I have two kids and a husband. I have responsibilities and choices that I make on a daily basis that lead me towards my goal that I made to be the healthiest, fittest role model for my family that I can be. I walk the walk and I talk the talk. I DO more than I SAY (or I REALLY try to… I am kind of a Chatty Cathy sometimes). Do I eat pizza and wings? Um, yea! Do I skip workouts and just hang on the couch some nights Googling random stuff and getting lost in the intricate social-webs of my Facebook “friends”. Yep. But my path is longer than that one night. I have worked hard and have traveled a long way down my path leading to my goal already and I am proud. You and I both know 33 year olds who are not fit, who make poor nutrition choices daily, and who SAY they want to change but make no efforts towards becoming the person that they want to be. I am not that person and you need to make the decision for yourself to not be that person either. BE that person!

I am officially off of my soapbox now… now for your reading pleasure….

This is a fantastic article from Oxygen Magazine’s website that goes over the importance of exercise in all stages of life. It is never too late or too early to begin your quest to better your health and the overall quality of your life. It is a quick read, but a great one.

The Irrelevance Of Age In Fitness
By Kim Dolan Leto | Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | Comments: 1
I happened to catch a post by Tosca Reno, it was about her birthday. She is turning 53 and it got me thinking. Living this Oxygen lifestyle changes all the rules about aging. It isn’t just her body, or her skin, it’s everything.
I have been told, I look younger at 43 than I did in my 20’s. I never really worked out or understood the importance of eating clean until I was 30, and once I started; these are the changes I’ve noticed.

• Lower cholesterol, resting heart rate and lower blood pressure
• Clearer more youthful skin
• Fat loss
• Muscle gain
• Increased energy
• Great reduction in stress
• Inner peace
• Everything in my life runs more smoothly
• My days are more productive
• Better sleep
• The way I look at life is much more positive
• Confidence
• I’m so much happier

People think they don’t have time to exercise or cook clean meals, but the truth is they don’t have time not to. When you look at all the women over 40 that have graced the cover of Oxygen, you’ll be stunned, Francisca Dennis-mother of 6, Dara Torres, Elaine Goodlad and of course Tosca.

I don’t like to compare, but it’s hard not to notice the difference. When I think of women like Francisca, a mother of six, she motivates me and shows me, there is NO EXCUSE! I’m so grateful to have found fitness and to have adopted it as my lifestyle. I shutter to think how unhealthy I would be without it.

Some people reduce fitness to a look, and even find comfort thinking it’s all vanity, but the truth is when you take care of yourself from the inside out you gain an inner confidence and self-respect that helps you to continue on this fitness path. What you look like is only a small part of it.
May I ask you to consider the fact that you too will age? Don’t you want to do it the way these women have? You are worth the investment.

FREE Pilates class tomorrow folks – come and try it out!

Pilates is a great way to strengthen your core and stretch out sore and tight muscles.

Class is being held at 5:30 at Dani-Fit.

3218 Lakeshore Road
Buffalo, New York 14219

Be there with a mat and a water bottle. I promise you will LOVE it!

Did I mention it is FREE??????

Try Pilates, FREE!!!!

Posted: July 23, 2012 in Bootcamp, My Workouts

So, I am teaching a Pilates class at Dani-Fit on Monday nights! Yay!

For those of you who are at all familiar with my fitness journey know that I hold Pilates very near and dear to my heart. Pilates is what gave me my body back, not only aesthetically, but psychologically put me back in charge of my own self. If that makes any sense. Pilates is good for so many different types of people, in so many different ways. I find it to be empowering, rejuvenating and such a relief from a hectic day. I miss being a student in my old Pilates class, but I am super excited to be able to share my knowledge, my passion with all of you!!!

Why try Pilates?
– Well, first off… it is free! Come try something new for nothing!
– Pilates tones and trims the midsection
– Pilates improves balance and core strength
– Pilates has a lengthening effect on the muscles and can counteract the muscle tightness of traditional strength training
– Pilates is FUN and a welcome change of place in a weekly workout.

So, here is the deal….

Monday, July 30th at 5:30 I will be leading a FREE sample class at Dani-Fit, located at:
3218 Lakeshore Road
Buffalo, New York 14219

That’s right… FREE!!! Bring a mat and some water and come on and join me – I really would love to see some friendly, familiar faces in the crowd!

After that FREE sample class, I will be instructing classes each Monday at 5:30 at Dani-Fit.
All classes offered at Dani-Fit are $6 a class or you can get a punch card for $25 good for 5 classes.
Check out the Dani-Fit website HERE to find out more about all the goodness that Dani-fit has to offer.

PLEASE come try out Pilates, I promise you won’t regret it. I would love to see you there!!! Bring a friend too!

Let’s try something new this week!

I know that you all know that I LOVE Tabata training. I love it for it’s intensity, it’s ability to reach all ability levels, I love it’s predictability, and most of all…it’s after burn!

But, Tabata isn’t the only effective way to train. To be honest, if you trained Tabata daily, eventually, your body would adapt to the workout format and you would start to see less results. It is always good to change things up some! This week… no Tabata for you!!! Instead, I have a different style workout for you to try out this week. I suggest you put a high-energy song on your iPod and turn up the volume for this one!!!

– 100 Jumping Jacks (and no, that was not a type-o)

– 20 Old-School Situps (yes, it is completely okay to sit all the way up…I am not sure why sit-ups have such a bad rap these days!)

– 20 Squats (hold weights for extra resistance!)

– 10 Pushups

– 10 Tricep Dips

– 10 Second Rest

– 1 Minute Wall-Sit

Repeat this 3-4 times…. it looks easy, but I promise you, it will get your blood pumping!!!!!

What I have been doing…..

Posted: July 22, 2012 in Health

Boy have I neglected all of you! So sorry!!! I always dream of summertime being full of long, lazy days in which I spend my copious amounts of spare time lazing around the patio with a lemonade, watching my boys frolic in the sprinkler as I blog about food, fitness, and life lessons… sigh…. dreamy, huh??

Well, sadly, that is basically all that it is – a mere dream BUT, man, do I love hanging out with my boys all day. They are truly the funniest, sweetest, smartest, most imaginative little boys that I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I am so in love with them – really, it makes up for the lack of icy cold lemonade in my hand.

Good news, I have just returned from a fantastic vacation in the Outer Banks. In this picture, my super-awesome family and I climbed the enormous sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge. It was incredibly hot but such a sight! Definitely worth the trek. Today, I am rested, rejuvenated, and I cannot wait to see you all again in just over a month! The all new, fall session from Body Shaping will be starting. Registration will start soon… let me know when you start to get your brochures! I will be teaching more classes for Body Shaping and I am SO excited and I really hope that some of you will be able to join me as I broaden my fitness repertoire! Don’t worry though, my heart will always be with Boot Camp and I will be back at Highland Tuesday and Thursday nights to make you all LITERALLy, sweat your butts off!

I can’t wait to share the information for my new fall classes, however, I cannot as of yet. You all will just have to wait in suspense until I am given the “go ahead”!

What I CAN share with you now is that I will be teaching Pilates at Dani-Fit starting July 30th! I am hoping to see some familiar faces in class!

I will do a separate post about my Pilates class and about Dani-Fit next, so check back.

Also working on the workout for the week…. check back for that too!!!

Hope your summer is amazing and I hope you are finding ways to keep active and fit!!!!

So who is actually doing these with me??? I hope at least some of you!
If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, please email me or comment….
Hope your summer is going great!

Here is this weeks workout. It is a traditional Tabata format with 20 seconds of hard work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Really try to push yourself during the 20 seconds, you want to raise that heart rate and really challenge your muscles while you can. Remember, it is only 20 seconds!!!!
I linked explanations of individual exercises that I thought you may need further explanation for. If there is one I missed, email or comment here and I will link it up!
Here is a link to an online Tabata Timer
Warm- Up – be sure to stretch out some and do a little jogging before you begin your workout!
Tabata (20/10)
Set 1:
– Regular Jumping Jacks (push yourself!!!!)
Bent-Over Row
Set 2:
Bicycle Abs
High Plank (with overhead punch) (be sure to keep your hips parallel to the ground. Squeeze your butt!!!!)
Set 3:
Backward Step Lunge, with optional knee lift
Set 4:
Jab Punches (increase difficulty by holding LIGHT weights in hands.) Do these holding a LOW squat position
– Wall Sit – get those thighs parallel to the floor!!! Hold a heavy dumbbell over your head for added difficulty
Set 5:
Sumo Squat with a side kick
– Hold Boat Pose
Set 6:
Jumping Lunges (modify this by taking out the jump)
Mountain Climbers
Low Jacks for ONE MINUTE!!! Push through this last minute. You can do it!!!!
After your workout be sure to do some stretching to cool down and bring that heart rate down. Your body worked hard for you, treat it well!!!!
Do this workout 3 times this week!