Kickboxing – The benefits are endless

There are many benefits to participating in a kickboxing class. Especially after a stressful day, participating in a kickboxing class can be a great way to release aggression, and tension, while also achieving a great workout.

Mentally kickboxing is stimulating and engaging. Instructors create a variety of combinations of kicks, punches and intense cardio intervals to keep participants actively involved throughout the duration of the class. In addition, kickboxing combines cardio and strength or resistance training together, allowing the participants to accomplish a great overall workout in a short amount of time. The benefits of a time efficient workout is often of high importance to many people.

Kickboxing classes are designed to incorporate many essential fitness goals such as cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. It is a total body workout that stimulates weight loss and muscular toning.

Kickboxing also allows those involved to learn basic, useful self defense skills. Although you will not engage in the physical application of these moves, learning and practicing the basic movements of a kickboxing class may become useful in a time of need.

Finally, and most importantly, kickboxing is FUN! Kickboxing classes are never the same! They play motivational music, use scenarios to encourage accuracy and energy, and all while participants are actively engaging in an exercise program.

So come on in and try a kickboxing class, and see for yourself the benefits that are attainable!!

Top 3 Reasons Why Kids Should Exercise

As a Fitness Assistant and Ballet instructor, I deal with kids and exercise on a daily basis. I teach multiple level ballet classes to students 5-15 and have developed fitness programs for many pre-teen groups.

I love working with kids, and find that there are many reasons why it is important for kids to exercise on a regular basis.

 

Top 3 reasons kids should exercise:

1.) Starting at a young age makes exercise a lifestyle. If you want your child to grow up to be a healthy, happy and active adult, then the answer is to start young. By introducing activity into a childs life at an early age, you are shaping habits that they will keep throughout their lives. Stressing importance on activity without making it feel like a chore is a great way to keep kids healthy.

2.) It gives kids a form of discipline, while still having fun. Wheather its a class, a week-long camp, or a kids exercise program, having your child participate in a structured form of exercises is teaching them structure, how to follow rules, and social qualities. Programs like Smart Workouts Kidz Fit, is a great way for your child to have fun, learn to enjoy being active and learn many other qualities (like paying attention, listening to an instructor, learning to share) that will be useful as they grow.

3.) It may even make your child smarter! Recent studies have shown that healthy, active children tend to do better in cognitive tests as well. Especially when it came to complex memory tests, children that were more fit tended to test higher than those that were considered to be the lower percentile.

More times than not, I find active kids to be more pleasant, well-rounded individuals with a real thirst for life. Now why wouldnt you want that for your child? So get out and get moving with them!!!

-Written by Cara McMullen, Fitness Assistant

Resources:
Brain Res. 2010 Oct 28;1358:172-83. Epub 2010 Aug 22.
NY Times, September 15, 2010

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Top 5 Reasons to take a Spin Class

By now I am sure that all of you have already seen, taken and/or heard of spinning. Spinning is becoming an increasingly popular exercise class and workout. So if you are already a spin lover or have yet to take a class, read on to find the top 5 reasons why spin is so beneficial and get yourself on a  spin bike!

1)       Cardio Workout

In spin, there is not a single minute that goes by where you are not pedaling. As most spin classes are 45 to 60 minutes in length, this means that you are constantly moving for at least that amount of time, making for a great cardiovascular workout.

2)       Muscle Endurance

Spin classes combine speed and resistance training while moving between different positions. Segments of the class call for high resistance which targets every major muscle group in the lower body, including your abs. Pushing through resistance over a prolonged period of time (45 to 60 minute class) will provide the muscular endurance that your body seeks.

3)       No joint pain here

Pedaling on a stationary bike means puts no impact on your joints. So unlike walking or running, spinning is a pain free exercise for your joints.

4)  Its about YOU

Throughout a spin class, the instructor will direct each participant to increase or decrease the resistance on your individual bike. You are the only person who can not only adjust the resistance on your bike but who can increase/decrease the pedaling speed, therefore giving you the control over the intensity of your workout. For a beginner spin participant, this allows you to adjust to the class at your own pace. For an experienced spinner, this allows you to intensify your workout as you see fit.

5)     FUN

Music and instructor motivation make spin a class where it is hard not to feel good about yourself after it is all said and done. Pedaling to a beat and hearing words of inspiration from provides for an upbeat, positive class that makes it fun to be burning calories.

If youre ready to get rolling towards your weight loss goals, visit our website www.smartworkout.com for more information!

-written by Devin Almedia, Fitness Assistant

Why Zumba can be the best workout you’ve done…

Zumba is one of the hottest workouts around for many different reasons. First, you work up a sweat while dancing and having fun, so you’re improving your cardiovascular health. It is also a workout for the brain. Having to focus on dance moves has been proven to stimulate brain function and memory.  Fusion dance fitness classes are perfect for those who want a fun and challenging workout.

At Smart Workout, we recently re-vamped our Zumba class. Zumba has been around for a few years now, and to keep up with the evolution of this exciting fusion class we’ve creating two new and different Zumba classes (Zumba 1 and Zumba 2) to keep you engaged, interested and loving working out!

To launch these new classes, we decided to give new customers a great deal. You’re invited to take one of our Zumba classes for FREE on one of our “Zumba Days.” Details are below, as well as a video to preview some of the great moves you’ll have in your upcoming Zumba class!

Zumba Days are as follows:

Thursday, 4/21. at 6:00pm Zumba 1

Tuesday, 4/26, at 7:30pm Zumba 2 

Thursday, 4/28, at 6:00pm Zumba 1

Any one who would like to take a complimentary Zumba class should send an email to smartworkout@verizon.net with their full name, phone number, and the date of the class that they would like to attend.

Benefits of Small Group Classes

Over the last couple of decades, group exercise classes have come a long way since leg warmers and brightly colored spandex. It is no longer necessary to follow a complicated aerobic step routine in order to get a good workout. There are a variety of class options out there, in different class sizes, for all different fitness levels. Yet, in my opinion, the best way to guarantee a safe and effective workout is in a smaller class environment. In a small class, the intimidation factor is gone and the personal attention from an instructor ensures that exercises are being performed correctly. In addition, the instructor can provide modified movements to cater to a healing part, sore spot, or sensitive area.  And, not to worry, the enthusiasm and energy that generates from the group environment is still present! So, if you have been shying away from the crazy routines and neon spandex, fear no more! Sign up today for any three small group classes of your choice at Smart Workout.

Devin Almeida, Fitness Assistant, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor