Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

Mandie’s Journal

Posted on July 10th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

I dropped 6 pounds after my period week. I guess I retain a lot of water weight! I can see the changes in my arms — the exercise has made them smaller and firmer. My face looks leaner, too. People are starting to notice. Read the rest of this entry »

Valley Fitness Center. Part 2

Posted on May 31st, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

All of these classes and programs help those who aren’t regular exercisers become more comfortable with working out and with the fitness center environment. For those who are ready to tackle “regular” group exercise classes, there are many to choose from. Classes include Reebok Core Training (using Reebok Core Boards), Reebok Final Cuts, step aerobics, kickboxing, sports conditioning, water aerobics, yoga, Pilates, belly dancing and interval classes. Read the rest of this entry »

Valley Fitness Center. Part 1

Posted on May 31st, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

Where Special Populations Are the Norm

There has been lots of talk in the fitness industry lately about catering to “special populations,” and attracting non-typical health club members to boost numbers and to get the population back into shape. Read the rest of this entry »

Triathlon

Posted on February 27th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

The triathlon is about 1,973 years younger than Taekwondo, but that hasn’t hurt the popularity of this swimming, biking and running event. While the first triathlon was held in San Diego, Calif., in 1974, the sport started making waves in 1978 when the Hawaii Ironman contest was born. Three U.S. Marines dreamed up the Ironman as a contest to win bragging rights as best athlete. Read the rest of this entry »

The Case of the Missing Brain, Part 2

Posted on January 25th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

In mild defense of Jed and Robb, the tribe didn’t seem to have much of a problem with leaving the net in the good hands of the team idiot and the team lazy-ass. Also, why didn’t anyone else help look for the net? If I were there, knowing how important the net was, I would’ve searched for the dang thing no matter who lost it. Read the rest of this entry »

The Case of the Missing Brain, Part 1

Posted on January 18th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

Returning to Camp Skateboard, they are all asleep. Jed describes the scene to the cameras, “I wake up at the end of my little nap after I delegate my duties and there’s no fishnet to be found.”

(Note the words, “delegate my duties” which means I told other people to do my work because I’m a lazy-ass. Also notice the downplaying of nap to a “little” nap, thus trying to make it seem like napping wasn’t such a big deal.) Read the rest of this entry »

Outdoor Cycling

Posted on September 21st, 2011 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

Everything looks better from the seat of a bike. Outdoor cycling is a great way to get around and enjoy the fresh air along with beautiful scenery right in your own neighborhood. Boredom is not a factor as it can be with indoor cycling. But if you’re cycling for a great cardiovascular workout, you need to ride with sufficient frequency, duration and intensity. Read the rest of this entry »

Thunder, Lightning and Me Part 2

Posted on September 13th, 2011 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

As the rain poured, I thought only of the immediate experience and how refreshing it actually was, not of the danger of the conditions or the fact that those driving by were astounded that someone would brave this weather at all. It was very warm, however, so it is not as if I was braving subzero temperatures, though I have done this as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Thunder, Lightning and Me Part 1

Posted on September 6th, 2011 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

As an intrepid runner, you are in a constant war with nature. You might be the most anal conservationist as I am, but you are at war with nature each time you don those short and shoes and tank top and decide to brave the elements for a few good miles of solid running. There is no better time to win those small battles against uncooperative weather than during the spring. This is the beginning of warm weather, allergies and extremely inclement weather of the rainy variety. Indeed, the toughest battles against the unforgiving elements are fought on the serene battlegrounds of spring. Read the rest of this entry »

Yoga or Stretching

Posted on January 5th, 2011 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

A thorough stretching sessions makes up the final few minutes of the Ultimate Aerobic Program. A few slow stretches and twists complement the thorough aerobic program you have just finished.

The aerobics have stimulated all the muscles and joints. The muscles are stronger, and the joints more flexible, so now move slowly and gently into some basic stretching movements or yoga postures.

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