What Are You Doing This Summer?

The Summer Sampler is a package that gives you access to any of our classes that are scheduled for one low price–available June 4-August 31, 2012. Make this summer a time that you dedicate to getting fit! We have updated our fitness menu for you so that you have more variety as well as more educational opportunities–all part of one package. All we ask from you is no excuses. We think you will love all these new classes!

Now featuring these classes as part of our Summer Sampler!
Boot camp
Urban boot camp
Boxing Fusion
Kickboxing
Pilates (New!)
REACH
Summer cooking series (New!)
HiiT class (New!)

Contact us to RSVP. Something for everybody! So bring a friend and have a summer that will change your life. You can check out the full details in the Summer Sampler post or contact us.

Dance Rants: Calorie Counting Insanity

I’m going to make a bold statement straight away. You can lose weight and never count a calorie. This seems like health-nut blasphemy, I know. Counting calories can make you into an insane person. In some cases it simply doesn’t make sense. Eating natural, whole, nutrient-rich foods is the best way to a healthy, active and slimmer lifestyle.

The general principal behind weight loss is a simple one: you have to burn more than you consume. This totally works- its only logical, but it could be completely unhealthy. Take anorexia for example. It works, too, but is obviously not the way to go about things. This is my main problem with only counting calories. You could fill an entire day of “100 calorie packs” of cookies, crackers, etc, and never consume any real nutrients you need. So you could essentially be filling your belly with calories,but not supplying your body any of the things it needs to run properly. What is good about those diet foods anyway? You can justify all you want and say they taste “pretty good for 50 calories” or whatever, but we all know most of it tastes like cardboard. I realize I recommend some less-than-scrumptious foods, but there is a reason for eating them. Maybe you don’t want to eat that pile of roasted vegetables, but you know they contain tons of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein (yes, some veggies have protein ie: leafy greens). I happen to enjoy a big mess of veggies. Most low calorie processed foods don’t care about anything except keeping that calorie number low, not what nutrients (or anti-nutrients) they contain. Bottom line is they don’t DO anything for you.

Counting calories is very imprecise, unless you carry your kitchen scales around with you everywhere. There are many sites to look up calorie count, but you may not know what they used to measure the count. Calories are different in raw chicken and cooked chicken. Your pasta sauce may have olive oil in it, while the website you check measured a pasta sauce without oil and will result in totally different calorie numbers and fat grams. There are simply too many variables in life to make counting every calorie realistic. Restaurants do not make every single dish exactly the same with exactly the same amount of ingredients, so how do you know that meal is only 550 calories? You can’t.

But guess what. Vegetables and fruits are naturally low in calories! On Weight Watchers, they allow you to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you want. They usually don’t even factor into their point system- they’re freebies, if you will. Doesn’t it make sense to eat a majority of foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients? Your body is fueled by what it needs, without being weighed down by what it doesn’t need. I’ve talked before about the importance of good fats, and that’s where many of your calories will come from. Again, it’s illogical, to me at least, to compare an avocado and some Snackwells cookies based on calories. You know how good avocado is for you, but it is probably higher in calories than those cookies because it is high in fat.

Get your priorities straight. Eat what you need to live your best life. Think about when you eat a bad meal. It makes you tired and want to lay around which is clearly not conducive to weight loss or an active lifestyle. When you have proper fuel, you will be properly energized for whatever your day may have in store for you. Read the ingredients on everything. If the list of ingredients is longer than your arm and looks like another language, PUT IT DOWN. Know that you are eating real food and not fillers and preservatives.

By: Ashley Dance

When Sitting At Your Desk All Day Is Weakening Your Muscles – Desk Work Out!

We frequently get the question of how to work fitness in when you have a desk job. The desk job can pose some challenges especially to the back, neck, and wrist areas. In the video below, Terry shows some simple isometric and tension exercises you can do to increase strength, circulation, and help fight some of the problems of being sedentary most of the day. Taking walks and standing up frequently are other great ways to mix it up while at the office.

Let us know any ideas you have or ways that you incorporate working out at your desk!

Urban Boot Camp

LFA urban bootcamp

Tired of watching the back of some dudes head while you live on a treadmill, day in and day out at your local gym? Getting bored with your work-out routine that keeps you confined to the four walls of a YMCA? Do you fee like you have reached a glass-ceiling in your training and you’re not sure how to break out of it? Maybe you need something creative, something “out of the box” or better yet…something “out of the gym”! It’s time for some Urban Boot Camp my friends!

Urban Boot Camp is a whole new outlook on what it means to train and workout. Starting August 1st, we will be meeting you at local parks and green spaces to put you through a fun and creative workout that will consist of jungle gyms, log hopping, picnic table climbs, tree sprints and the great outdoors! It’s time for a break from that gym routine and time to experience the benefits of a challenging workout in the sunshine and fresh air! Through Urban Boot Camp, we hope to show you new ways to reach a health and fitness level that you have never been able to reach before. After experiencing Urban Boot Camp for the first time, in order to get the results that you want, you will realize that it’s not what your gym is made of, it’s all about what YOU are made of! It’s time to take it outside!

[highlight_gray]The times will be from Monday through Friday at 7:00am. You can get in for two times a week EFT for $100/month or unlimited classes for $120/month EFT which will allow you to take part in any class we offer! Starts August 1 and runs through November 1. [/highlight_gray][highlight_yellow]Contact us to schedule![/highlight_yellow]

Boxing Fusion

Boxing Fusion by Life Fitness Academy

We’ve done it again! What have we done? We’ve built another out-of-the-box intensive training class. Why is it out-of-the-box? I’ll tell you why–it’s because this class will incorporate boxing technique, self defense, throw in a little bit of strength training as well as our comprehensive nutrition–it’s the next revolution in boxing fitness! Hence the name: Boxing Fusion. It’s intensive because it is the most physically demanding sport there is. In fact, by most fitness standards, boxing burns the most fat per work out than any other cardio training out there.

Russ and Terry will be guiding you through this stress-relieving, fat-burning class privately to groups of 2 or more at $25 a class, unless of course you’re already a client of LFA. In that case you could get this class for only $20!! The classes are limited in there size and time slots, but if you think you have at least one other person you can create one around your schedule. One thing is for sure, it will work and your new body is right around the corner. Are you ready?

For a limited time you can get 5 classes for our newcomers at $100. Or if you are an LFA’er 5 classes for $90! [highlight_yellow]Ask us how[/highlight_yellow] and get ready to hit something!

Exercise Without Moving A Muscle

We have some highlights for you today from “How To Exercise Without Moving A Muscle -Isometrics For Everyone” by Victor Obeck.

“The word isometric comes from the Greek iso, meaning ‘the same’, and metric, meaning ‘length’. Isometric contraction refers, therefore, to the tightening of a muscle without changing its length.”

“There are some people in the field of physical education who will tell you that if you get enough isotonic exercises, you do not need isometrics. I disagree–and for very good reasons. For one thing, isometrics exercise muscle fibres that would otherwise remain idle. For another, they tone up muscles far more efficiently than do isotonics–they do a better job in less time. And lastly, how many people do you know who have the time to devote to a complete regimen of vigorous exercise? You can run through the whole set of isometric exercises in 90 seconds a day–in your spare time. But a full set of the necessary isotonic exercises may take up to ten times as long–and usually you can’t be doing something else at the same time.”

Online viewable book available at Transformetrics.com>Classics

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Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – Part 6

Continuing our series from Checkley’s Natural Method of Training, we have some more highlights for you today.

Checkley’s Natural Method of Training
By: Edwin Checkley
Second edition, published 1922, excerpts from pages 124-125.

“I hope I have made it clear that the carriage and management of the body, between periods of specific exercise, is of more importance than the exercises themselves. and above all that proper breathing is the very cornerstone of physical strength. Our habits do more to form our bodies as well as our minds than the conscious efforts at improvement. So that, if we can get in the habit of taking long breaths, and then gradually increase the length of our respiratory movement, and the volume of air thus taken in at a breath, we shall obviously do more than if we arranged to merely exercise the lungs at stated times.”

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Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 1
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 2
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 3
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 4
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 5
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 6
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 7

Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – Part 4

Continuing our series from Checkley’s Natural Method of Training, we have some more highlights for you today.

Checkley’s Natural Method of Training
By: Edwin Checkley
Second edition, published 1922, excerpts from page 54-56.

The highest state of health and power in a muscle will always lie in its flexibility rather than in its hardness. A man trained until his muscles “feel like iron.” is really in a dangerous condition. He soon gets out of “training” and is then immediately at a loss. His muscles feed upon his vitality, and, especially when he has passed middle life, threaten his general health. A man so “muscle bound,” as the saying goes, is not in possession of a power. The power owns him.”

“The muscles will have the greatest health, strength and “staying” power that are kept flexible and full of blood by continuous use in everyday life. To expect them to keep healthy by an infrequent fifteen minutes at some machinery, is as unreasonable as to think of preserving the comfort of the stomach with one meal a week.”

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Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 1
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 2
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 3
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 4
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 5
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 6
Checkley’s Natural Method of Training – part 7