Myths about Women and Strength Training

It seems that there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to how varied workouts should be between men and women.

Many women have a fear of bulking up or that they will not look feminine if the add strength training into their workout routine. Many women also feel that they are not strong to begin with, and don’t feel that strengthening their body should be the focus, but rather losing weight to decrease the numbers on the scale.

The truth of the matter is, strength training is beneficial, especially for women for many different reasons. Not only will you strengthen muscles to help you in everyday activities, but you can increase balance and coordination as well.

The biggest benefit of strength training that I believe is one of the most unfortunate misconceptions is that having a greater muscle-mass actually INCREASES your metabolic efficiency. So this basically means that if you are looking to lose weight, then doing a cardio-only program to shed calories is not going to give you the desired results as quickly as if you added in strength training.

One of my personal favorite workouts, both because I think you can add a cardiovascular element and because Ive really seen the results is the TRX Suspension Trainer. There is an endless amount of moves you can do with these straps that really work every muscle in the body.

Besides, who doesn’t want toned arms, a lifted booty and strong legs? I rest my case ladies- on to strength training!

 

-Written by Sandi Partyka, Senior Fitness Assistant, CHC

Jump Start your Weight Loss – Take a Vacation!!

Welcome to 2012!

Whether it is a small amount of weight youd like to loose, or tone and decrease inches, or fit back into a certain pair of jeans, many people will vow to take on a resolution to lose weight and be healthier this year.

Well, what if you can do something to jump start that goal? What if you could learn how to eat and cook in the real world? What if you had the support and expertise of a staff committed to helping you get the most out of reaching your goals?

Look no further! Smart Workouts Fitness Vacation is an all-inclusive vacations for fitness and weight loss, set in the rich cultural backdrop of New York City!

Your stay includes hotel accommodations, a fully escorted daily activities, small group exercise classes, cooking demonstrations and nutritional lectures. You will learn how you can eat healthfully at fantastic restaurants, and build nutritional, healthy meals without having to cook all day. Youll experience all different types of exercise classes and enjoy NYC in a way that keeps you active; walking around a museum to hit a number of steps on a pedometer, ice skating, or rollerblading in the park. Even if you live in NYC, we offer a way for you to go on vacation and stay at your own residence!

Since we know that this is the time most people will resolve to try to reach their weight loss goals, weve decided to give a Special Winter Offer for the months of January and February only:

If you like Smart Workout on Facebook, you will receive the following discount:

  • $100 off a weekend booking
  • $150 off  a mid-week booking

or

  • $200 off a full week booking

However, in order to receive this Winter Offer, you must like us on our Facebook Page.

When you’re ready to jump start your weight loss for a new year, be sure to mention the Blog or Facebook to receive your offer.

Heres to a happy and healthy new year!

Fitness, Food and Weight Loss Trends for 2012

At the beginning of every year, the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine put out a report on what the leading fitness professionals believe will be the biggest fitness trends of the upcoming year. Similarly, nutrition councils and wellness professionals make their predictions for the same buzz around healthy foods and weight loss trends.

According to all things health and fitness, here is a quick look at what to look forward to in 2012:

FITNESS TRENDS

1.) Unique Training tools like the TRX Suspension Trainer. The TRX trend looks as if it will be skyrocketing through 2012. Some of our trainers here at Smart Workout have already fallen in love with this great tool, I work out with it all the time, says Senior Fitness Assistant Gillian Rinaldo. Clients really love the definition they get and it is easily one of our most popular classes.

2.) Small Group Training. The days of overcrowded classes where its easy to get lost are soon becoming a thing of the past. It looks as though in 2012, an increasing amount of gyms and fitness facilities are realizing what us here at Smart Workout already knew worked; Small Group Classes are more focused and produce results faster than larger sized classes.

3.) Zumba is a hot workout. In 2012, Zumba will not lose its hot status. This sexy dance class is the No. 9 workout requested by clients according to fitness professionals. At Smart Workout, we actually offer TWO unique Zumba classes!

WEIGHT LOSS/HEALTH TRENDS

1.) Weight Loss / Wellness Programs. More and more clients are asking for intensive weight loss programs and lifestyle coaching. At Smart Workout we offer both the Weight Loss Program AND our All-inclusive Fitness Vacations. Either program helps guide you through effective exercise, how to eat in the real world, and how a healthy lifestyle really is achievable!

2.) Whole Grains and Local Produce. More people are focusing on eating whole grains and are beginning to explore great new alternatives to basic breads and pasta. Grains like Quinoa, black rice, and Sorghum (a gluten-free African grain) are popping up in more grocery stores. Also expect to also see special local sections, where you can purchase fresh, locally grown produce from some of the more mainstream grocers.

3.) Strong is the New Skinny. It could be thanks to Michelle Obama and her amazing arms, or Jennifer Aniston’s killer Pilates body, but getting strong is a top priority for the client seeking a hot bod. The emaciated skinny girl look is not coveted the way it was in previous years. In 2012, a lean, toned body is sexy.

-Written by Sandi Partyka, Senior Fitness Assistant, CHC

References

Healthy Food Trends, Self Magazine

Top Fitness Trends for 2012

Fitness Gift Guide – Give a healthy gift this season!

With the holidays just a couple weeks away, everybody is busy shopping for gifts for family and friends. More challenging than the actual shopping is thinking up unique gift ideas, that your loved ones will be able to appreciate, and use throughout the year. Fitness related gifts can make some great unique gift ideas and help your loved ones  jump-starting a new fitness regimen for the new year.

Here are some of the Smart Workout staffs favorite fitness gifts:

Heart Rate Monitor

This is an excellent device for any exerciser looking to get the most out of his or her workout. There are many different types of heart rate monitors, but you should look for one with a heart rate strap, so the exerciser can see a continuous heart rate at a glance. Fancier models include a GPS, which will track pace, speed, location, etc.

 

 

Hydryx Workout Towel

At first thought, giving someone a towel as a present may not seem like an extraordinary gift, but this towel is pretty unique. Once you take it out of the included tube, it instantly cools to help keep your workouts more comfortable. It’s great for the gym, which can get steamy with all the body heat, or for warmer weather workouts as well.

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are currently a very popular trend in fitness and a good choice if the person you are getting the gift for likes a challenge. There are a variety of kettlebells on the market, from medicine-ball like bells to basic iron models. If giving kettlebells as a gift, it may also be a good idea to pair it with a kettlebell video, to allow the exerciser asset of instructions in doing this workout, so in time they will be able to pick up the kettlebells whenever they’d like and do reps of various exercises! Many places, like Smart Workout, are giving Kettlebell classes, so this would be the perfect gift for someone who wants to continue their training at home!

Personal Training Sessions or Gym Membership

Personal Training sessions are a great gift if your loved one has expressed interest in training but is reluctant to spend money, or intimidated to sign up on their own. Every trainer charges a different fee for their services, ranging from about $50.00 to $100.00 per session. This is a great idea for anyone looking for more personalized workout sessions. You may want to first purchase only one or two sessions for them, and let them decide if they want more. Like the gift of personal trainings, a gym membership is a good gift idea only if the person has been talking about it and considering it for some time, but for one reason or another, has not yet signed up for it. There are tons of different gyms to consider, so find out what type the person is looking for (size, location, small group classes offered.) Another option is to get them a coupon for free tours of gyms nearby and let them browse first before you buy.

Many gyms also offer a package that will help a person jump start a fitness routine. Especially if a friend or family member expressed interest, a package like Smart Workouts 6-Week Shape up or Fitness Vacation. The 6-week shape up combines classes and personal training, while the Fitness Vacation combines classes, nutritional education and lectures and some fun activities around NYC!

Healthy Dieter BasketHeart-Healthy Holidays Gift Basket

Found on Wellbaskets.com, this basket includes all kinds of healthy foods including green tea, soy coffee, smoked salmon, soy chips, and dried fruit. Also included is a pedometer and a guided weight loss CD. This particular basket is $85.00, but it can launch a great idea for to make you own unique healthy basket for a loved one as a gift, working with your own budget and making it as inexpensive or pricey as you wish!

 


Happy Shopping from Smart Workout!


-written by Victoria Arrigo, Fitness Asisistant

Back to School Workout – Smart Workouts Fall Kidz Fit

 

 

Get your work out in and entertain your little one at the same time!

 

 

 

Smart Workouts Kidz Fit program is a family fitness program that includes fitness classes for parent and child in the same location. You will receive luxury small group fitness classes, while your child engages in age appropriate strength training, boxing fun and healthy cooking education. It is a win/win situation for your entire family!

Fall Program Details

Dates/Classes:
Saturday, October 29;

Kidz Class- Mighty Muscles, Parent Class- Kickboxing

Saturday, November 5;

Kidz Class Big Kid Boxing, Parent Class- Kettlebells

Saturday, November 12;

Kidz Class- Small Frye Cooking, Parent Class- Warrior Workout

Time: Both parent and child classes are 11:30-12:30pm. You and your child must participate together, as we cannot have any children dropped off without a parent attending.

Price: $132.50 for one child and one parent (includes all 6 classes) ; $80 per additional sibling

Location: Smart Workout, 124 East 40th Street, Suite 603, midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Station

Discounts/Specials: For returnees (those of you who have regisstered for Kidz Fit before), there is a 10% discount off the price .

Early bird special: Anyone who pays by 10/15 there is an earlybird discount of 10%

These two discounts can be combined!

We permit complimentary guests for the first two weeks* (a registrant may bring a parent and a child as their guest). There is no limit to the number of guests that you can bring, except that you can not bring the same guest more than once.

Want to get the fall started with some family fun? Call (212) 661-1660 today to register. But be sure to call soon as spaces are filling up quickly!

 

*There are no complimentary guests permitted for the third week, but a friend can purchase the third week for $67.50 for a parent and child.