Cycle Playlist: Tecno meets Metal
April 27, 2016

Each week I teach cycle twice.  The first class is purely cycle for forty-five minutes.  The second is a cycle & sculpt format in which we ride for two songs and then exit the bike for one song and sculpt with weights.  Every week in the cycle and sculpt class I feel like I’m getting such an incredible workout.  Joe Franco highlights the benefits of including weight training over on (read full article here):

Primary and Advanced Yoga Study Manual
April 27, 2016

FiTOUR® Yoga practice is based on the principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  This type of yoga is a dynamic and physically demanding style of Hatha Yoga; students are encouraged to use a strong breathing technique through their practice.  Ashtanga means “eight limbed” and is based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga that are the subject of the Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali, the grandfather of Yoga.

Benefits of Meditation
April 21, 2016

Meditation is the act of stilling the mind into a state of total absorption or concentration.  This practice is challenging for most, but with practice it can be accomplished and mastered.  Meditation is the beginning of a spiritual path with many health benefits. 

Janet vs Michael
April 20, 2016

As I set my bike on Monday and adjusted my mic, I said, “Today we are riding to Janet vs.

Music and Memory
April 14, 2016

The link between memory and music is fascinating.  Recent studies have found music activates three regions of your brain: auditory, motor, and limbic.  These regions of the brain hear it (auditory), feel its rhythm (motor), and connect it to emotion (limbic).  Music allows us to reminisce.  Road trips would not be the same without music; and depending on who you travel with the playlist will be different.  Recently, I traveled with women in my family and our playlist was music we had grown up listening to.  All the words were still in our heads, we sang our hearts out, and each song trigger

April 9, 2016

You’ve decided to try Yoga.  Great idea!  But now what?  The other day a member asked me, “I am going to try Yoga, should I buy some special Yoga shoes?”  Often, when we decide to try a new fitness format we don’t know how to start, what we need, or what to expect.  Some folks are afraid to try the unknown, so I applaud you for stepping into a new fitness format and giving it a try. 

Importance of the pelvic floor muscles and performing Kegel Exercises.
March 31, 2016

I have had a number of conversations in recent weeks concerning the Pelvic Floor.  What is it?  Does it matter?  The core is the powerhouse, or the band of muscles that circle the body.  Imagine your body is a powerhouse:  the diaphragm is the roof; the abdominals the front; back, hip and glutes the back side; and the pelvic floor is the foundation.  Any realtor will tell you – if there are issues with the foundation of a home, they must be repaired.  The same goes for your pelvic floor. 

Indoor Cycling to Start the Day
March 30, 2016

One of my favorite rooms to enter is the cycle room.  Typically, I walk in a few minutes early to greet the class, prepare my bike, answer questions, check the sound system, and then it’s time to kill the lights and ride.  Members genuinely look forward to cycle class week after week and with good reason: it consistently burns between 450-600 calories in a 45-60 minute class, the exercise and energy of the room undoubtedly puts the participants in a good mood, and the music is fun!

Six Principles of Pilates
March 24, 2016

In the Pilates group classroom I often feel a few essentials get looked over.  I have tried to consider and cue for each of these critical pieces of the Pilates puzzle; though, oftentimes I feel my members would benefit from a one-on-one setting to properly address the individual needs among the sea of men and women I see each week.  I’ve gone so far as to hand out a flyer with these Principles and tried once to briefly outline the details on a white board.  I believe these Six Principles of Pilates are equally important and hold like value:

Exercise bikes
March 22, 2016

Creating a themed cycle playlist is a simple, fun means for growing anticipation for your cycle class. When preparing your list, engage your class members on Facebook by seeking requests for themes or favorite songs from particular eras. Creating a private group on Facebook specific to your cycle followers is another fun way to create excitement and keep cyclists interested and coming back for more.