Wednesday, September 30, 2009
But before we do that; Lori, Gary, Katie G. & Chris A. will be duking it out in Sandy Hook this Sunday at the Jersey Shore 1/2 Marathon...
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Usually men look at someone on a reformer and think "I can’t do that." YES YOU CAN! And you should if you are seeking to live a better life. Remember fitness isn’t about how much weight you can lift, its how effectively we move our body and relax the mind. Pilates does just that.
Now, I am not saying it's easy; but if you ask any of my male clients they will say "it’s hard but the results are rewarding" and that they feel GREAT after their sessions. Do you feel GREAT after your workouts? If not, then give Pilates a try. Inquire with me about our 'group' on Saturday mornings, if you do, I promise you will feel awesome.
Besides, you might improve your life as well.
"Dream, Create & Live a Great Life."
*Body mass index is less than 30. (Check yours out here.)
*Exercise for 3.5 hours or more a week.
*Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and very little red meat.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
She’s a Yellow-Lab who shares my pillow, bed & occasionally my socks. My wife and I named her Corona because of her coloring. I looked at my little pup and said to Francesca “she doesn’t look like a Heineken.”
Like most dogs Corona lies under the table hoping some food will magically 'fall' from someone plate to her perch below. I’ll admit that I found it cute when I threw a 'little' piece of food to her; I always enjoyed watching her enjoy my treat to her. My wife found the same pleasure, as did my in-laws, family and friends who always seem to be around.
One day, years ago, I was told point blank by the Vet “your dog is OBESE and needs to lose weight or else she might die.” I tried to explain that she was “big boned or stocky.“ I reasoned that we feed her only dog food and some 'small' snacks. The vet explained that our 'small snacks' led to Corona weighing in at 98lbs! I inquired as to how much should she weigh? The Vet informed us that 65-70lbs was the proper weight given her breed and size.
I was given simple instructions. “If you love your Dog, you will get her to lose weight" said the Vet. Our instructions where to give her 2 cups of food a day and THAT’S IT! No Biscuits, Treats or Snacks. We could dispense the 2 cups any way we chose. But only 2 cups per day.
Our strategy was 1 cup for Breakfast, ½ cup for Lunch & ½ cup for Dinner. We were also required to bring her back every month for a weigh in. "Sounds easy" (I reasoned). Our whole family was brought in on the task. Operation Slim Dog!
Each month Corona weighed in and each month she lost weight. After 7 months she was a fighting trim 64 lbs.
No fancy exercise program, no low-carb mumbo-jumbo. Less food=Less weight!
Amazing! This is an absolutely true story that I tell people struggling to lose weight. If my Dog can do it, so can you. Francesca &I had the love for her (Corona) to do what it took. So if not for yourself, help someone you love to eat less and lose weight.
By the way; if you need a good diet plan, I recommend 2 cups a day of IAMS Lamb & Rice Formula. Trust me it works!! Woof.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Gymnic Plus Stability Balls: constructed of latex-free vinyl material in four different diameters from 45 to 75cm (18 to 30 inches). These are the only Stability Balls that we allow at Fitness 121. Quite simply they are the best ones on the market.
-Increases muscle strength
-Improves proprioception, balance and stability
-Helps develop the core body muscles by forcing the body to respond to the instability of the ball.
-Can be used in place of a chair to help maintain proper posture as it engages the abdominal and back muscles.
-Develops strength in all planes of motion (frontal, sagittal, and transverse) which helps improve overall functional strength and decreases the chance of injury.
* Each holds up to 600 lbs static weight.
Download a FREE Stability Ball Exercise Sheet
They are available in four sizes. These are suggested sizes: (You should select ball size where you can sit with knees bent at a 90 degree angle)
Up to 5'0" tall use 45cm; 5'1" to 5'7" use 55cm; 5'8" to 6' use 65cm; Over 6' use 75cm
Get on the ball! If you are going to buy anything for your home this is a must. Feel free to browse the Perform Better site for all of your small exercise equipment needs or speak to our TEAM of Fitness Professionals on what equipment is right for you.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Why can't that same prescription card allow people access to some sneakers for $30 thus avoiding the medicine later? Besides, the medicine is only a 30-60 day supply. A good pair of running shoes will last 4-5x longer!
I'll tell you why. "Because there is more money to be made in treatment than in prevention." Put another way, "they don't care about your health, they care about your sickness."
Why am I the only one who mentions this?
Q: (Ryan) How do you inspire the world to fitness?
A: (Frank) I practice what I preach and do so with a healthy balance. It's my contention that Fitness should be a "part of life; not ones life." I encourage exercises that my clients find enjoyable and educate them on the importance of consistency and moderation.
Q: (Ryan) What are your favorite aspects of fitness?
A: (Frank) I really enjoy that Fitness can't be "bought." You earn every bit of it. It's a metaphor for life; you get what you give.
Q: (Ryan) What other activities are you involved in?
A: (Frank) In my free time I volunteer my "expertise" to local athletes & community running programs. I feel it's important to give back to a sport that has taught me so much.
Q: (Ryan) Anything else you’d like to tell us?
A: (Frank) The most satisfying aspect of my job is the "teaching" part. More than a tangible goal achieved; the ability to educate someone on the importance of the "journey" (not just the destination) is the measure of which I view my success.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I see so many of my fitness colleagues with their Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs, U-Tubes; all keeping busy but is it making them money or just simply busy?
I know that the world "needs" to know that I'm drinking coffee in my Mickey Mouse T-Shirt, but despite my satisfying this "need" of theirs, my pocket doesn't reap any reward.
I'm all for technology.I love the calculator! Especially when I'm doing long math and I run out of fingers & toes, but how much is really needed? My clients don't care what I'm doing when I'm not with them. If they do they usually call me. Truth be told, they'd rather not know. (I'm eating Donuts!)
I want them focused on their lives, not living through the cyber world of someone else.
No real point to this entry, but then again. That's my point isn't it?