Keep Fit, Enjoy Flexibility and Fast Track Your Career in Fitness


Sick of working 9 till 5? Want to be your own boss? Enjoy working with people? You might not think that you can have it all but you really can.

A career in fitness is the answer to providing you with the lifestyle and financial satisfaction that you have always dreamed of. Fitness trainers and instructors work to help others achieve their fitness goals while enjoying a flexible and healthy way of life. But what exactly does a fitness instructor do? Well the opportunities are truly quite endless. Fitness trainers and instructors work with individuals or groups leading them in a range of physical exercises such as cardiovascular activities, strength building and stretching.


You’ll find fitness trainers and instructors in recreations centers, gyms, universities, studios, resorts, the list really goes on! Many people even choose to work for themselves, visiting clients in their home or in outdoor public settings. A career in fitness is available to anyone but one important first step is to ensure that you receive the proper training from a fitness school. The type of fitness school that will provide you with the skills and abilities you need to take your career to the next level.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from the years 2010 to 2020, employment of fitness trainers and instructors was predicted to increase by 24 percent. That’s an incredible growth and much more than the average for other professions. If you need more convincing the BLS stated that “As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas.”


A career in fitness means that you can also work around other aspects of your life as many people in the field are able to choose flexible hours for both part-time and full-time employment.  Your job doesn’t control you, you control it! Plus when you’re at work instead of being trapped behind a desk you’re actually engaging in physical activity and experiencing the satisfaction of helping other to achieve their goals.


Since this all sounds great, you must be thinking but how can I get started?  Well as mentioned, the best way forward is to choose a fitness school that you can trust and enrol yourself in a course that will kick start your career in fitness. It’s very important to learn the ins and outs of the occupation, methods of instructing and leading people as well as the obvious; great exercise techniques and programs. A great way to choose a fitness school is to read through their testimonials, have a  look through their website and pick up the phone to talk to someone about your future aspirations.


It’s never too late to make a change and start living the life you always dreamed of. A career in fitness offers job satisfaction, flexibility and of course the perfect way to maintain your physical and mental health.



Run the World with a Treadmill and Google Maps


There is no arguing that walking or running on a treadmill is a bore, and when you are bored time drags.  You obviously have no change of scenery, and no matter how hard you run you never seem to get anywhere.  That is why, so often, treadmill users will have a nearby television for distraction.


The folks at Icon Fitness created treadmills that can communicate with the Internet, which opens up a world of possibilities.   A perfect example is iFit Live, which is available in all of Icon’s ProForm and NordicTrack treadmills.  In addition to allowing you to create customized workout programs, it also allows you to walk or run just about anywhere in the world. You are probably going, “How is that possible?”


Well, Icon Fitness worked out a deal with Google that allows their treadmills to interact with Google Maps.  This is how it works…


You log into your personal iFit Live account online and you map out a route.  It can be on a road or a trail you blaze through a wilderness area.  Once the route is downloaded onto your treadmill, it will simulate the terrain through the incline feature.  Also, several of their models have the ability to decline, so you can simulate going up and down hills.  Which has the added benefit of working out different lower body muscles has you exercise in an incline and decline mode.


Run the World On Your Treadmill and Visualize It!


iFit Live Google Maps ViewNow, this is where it gets interesting.  Not only can you simulate walking or running anywhere in the world, you can also visualize it.  On the lower price models you would need to place a laptop or Smartphone on the console.  You log into to your iFit Live account, click on the Icon for Google Maps and you can access the various visual modes of your route.  If you are running down a route that Google has street views, you can get an actual photographic view of the street as you run.  If there is no street view, you get the animated earth view.  I have an iFit Live treadmill and have traced routes within my neighborhood.  Not only did I experience the sensation of going up and down the hills, but I saw familiar sites as I ran.


In addition to creating your own customized route, you can access a library of routes like Central Park, Chicago Lake Front, Avalanche Peak in Yellowstone and the Monterey Coastal Trail.


To compliment the Google Maps features and avoid the hassle of having a laptop or Smartphone placed on your console; Icon Fitness introduced a series of their higher end treadmill with a built-in Android browser.  Not only can you connect with the Internet as you work out.  You can also access all the features of iFit Live, including the Google Maps interface.


One last note, I mentioned that iFit Live also allows you to create customized workout programs.  Let me elaborate.  When you create you iFit Live account it asks you what you fitness goals are.  For example, let’s say your goal is to lose 10 lbs. in two months.  Based on your goals, you can create workout routines that are designed by fitness trainers, including Jillian Michaels. The workouts are progressive in nature and include audio coaching to further stimulate you. The data from your workout is uploaded from your treadmill to your iFit Live account, so you can monitor your progress.  For many tracking your results encourages people to attain their goals.


So the question is will you use the Google Maps and customized workouts of iFit Live? And will they motivate you to reach your fitness goals? There are treadmill users that are self motivated and need no motivation to workout.  The rest of us may need some guidance and distraction to overcome the boredom of exercising in place.  For that silent majority, iFit Live may be the answer.


About the Author:  Fred Waters’ full time job is reviewing fitness equipment.  A job he has been doing for the last 8 years.  Prior to that he worked in the fitness equipment industry.  You can get his Best Buy treadmill recommendations by clicking here. Several models  include iFit Live equipped models.




MOVE…Shake Up Your Workout Routine

This was the title of the 4 hour workshop I signed up for “MOVE” with a picture of a beautiful wave of water rolling across the promo ad.   What made this die-hard, weight training professional decide to participate?  Curiousity,  regime boredom, and a need for personal inspiration.


There we were.  Twenty participants staring at each other in the midst of this huge space.  Some of us were dressed for a workout and some of us were dressed for a yoga experience.  Some of us had our shoes on and some of us didn’t.  Some of us were open to conversation and some of us weren’t.  Every shape and size, every fitness level and adult age group were represented.  Our common bond to the moment – adventure to “MOVE”.  The music started and three instructors began to do what each of them does best, move.   Not the typical movement from my gym experiences.  One began Thai Chi moves, one began Free Moves, and one began Modern Dance.


In the midst of this gym space surrounded by weights and equipment it became obvious, as we were shown how to grab hands and form a human snake, that we were not going to move in the typical  “gym” way.  We were not going to get to hang on to our personal space.  We were going to have to connect and interact.  We were going to have to pay attention and watch each other.  We were going to have to challenge our adult brains to remember how to “play”.  We were going to have to give ourselves and each other permission to move, experiment, dance, and interact.


What followed?  Four hours of movement broken into sessions of combined group and individual activities designed to provide personal challenges in various movement modalities.  We experienced the opportunity to try Thai Chi moves, Free moves, and Modern Dance.  There were no weights, balls, steps, or competitions.  The class was designed to be an exhibition of movement not a personal or group competition.  However, I feel each of us found ourselves competing with our own thoughts on how we personally move to different rhythms.   A workshop  which gave permission to explore. It was an adult playground where we interacted, danced, smiled, jumped, ran, interpreted, and experienced movement.   The overall body workout experience combining cardio, functional movements, dance, and free moves.  We did in fact, sweat!  A lot.                                                                                                                                      


Thought compilation of the movement experience:   Release, jump, run, laugh, sweat, enjoy, participate, try, experience something new.

  • Play, let go, interpret, trust, bond, be in the moment.
  • Move, flow, dance, unite, internalize, externalize some power.
  • Question, doubt, reject, interact with others, embrace new motion.
  • Experiment, try new things, enjoy the energy.
  • It’s okay to find our own dance interpretation and move to our own rhythms.
  • Music is a powerful motivator of both quiet and intense movement.
  • Move, just move.


My personal take away is to remind myself of the value of different forms of motion. For me dancing has always been joyful.  Why haven’t I been challenging how I workout and play?   It’s so good to break free from traditional exercise methods every now and again.  The energy is different.  There is power in movement when we allow ourselves the freedom to play with itThese classes are an excellent avenue for team building, small groups, groups of friends, and even family groups!   Google what’s available in your corner of the fitness world ( Try: powerstrike.com, poundfit.com, surfsetfitness.com, gofigurestudios.com). Find out where you can shake up your fitness routine.   There are so many new fitness techniques breaking the norm.  Try a new class.   Find a wave.  Move.


This workshop was provided by the Fitness Pros at Club Zum in downtown Seattle.  ~Sherry Derossett CNC.CPT


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Time to Recommit

I average about 7-9 personal training clients per day and most people think, “You get to work out all day!” But even though I’m a personal trainer, it’s tough to keep up regular training routines for myself. Often I’ll work all day and not get in any training for myself.

Recently, I went through a 6-week stretch sporadically training with very little intense cardio. I was definitely enjoying being inactive and the urge to train regularly was slipping away.


Just like a lot of my clients, I had fallen into a pattern of no exercise and needed someone or something to motivate me. I decided I had to challenge myself and sought out one of the best personal trainers in the city, joined in on one of his group assessments and was shocked and humbled as he read off my numbers: 198lbs and 26% body fat.  Not only that, but I failed my stress test and was able to do only 37 pushups in 60 seconds. Wow, what an eye opener and wakeup call!  How could I let myself get this out of shape and how could I preach to my clients and not “walk my talk”?


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Recommit. I immediately decided that I needed to recommit to myself, my family and my clients. Not just today or tomorrow, but every single day.  I challenge you to find a way to recommit and be focused on moving forward every day. It won’t always be fun and it will be uncomfortable, but your ability to power through and push forward is directly tied to your re-commitment level. Challenge yourself and seek out friends and/or colleagues who are willing to push you and hold you accountable.   Short term sacrifice = Long term health


I’m back on a regular training routine and have cleaned up my nutrition plan. If you want to follow my progress and share yours go to www.loseit.com and get the app for your phone or tablet. You can connect with me on the app at james@studio222lasvegas.com




6 Tips for Keeping your New Year’s Resolution to Stay Fit


The word “resolution” implies that you are resolved to do whatever it takes to accomplish a goal. However, resolutions have the connotation of being wishful thoughts that you would like to come true and may diligently pursue for a while. For the average person, resolve typically fizzles out within about six to eight weeks. One way to avoid that is to change workout plans often so you do not burn

The problem for most people is that they try to accomplish goals without committing to developing the habits required for meeting success. There is nothing magical about January 1st. In the past, if you have been a person who does not exercise or watch what you eat, you cannot expect to reverse years of negative behaviors overnight. In order to get and stay fit, sustainable and lasting lifestyle changes must occur.


1. Write Down Your Goals.

Goals that are on paper have a greater sense of permanence and urgency than do those that are floating around in your mind. Penning
your plans helps you work through the process of formulating goals and keeping your focus. Furthermore, you have something to reference along your journey of health and fitness.


It is critical that goals have several factors. They must be specific, measurable, and attainable. A goal stated as, “I want to get fit” is far too general. How will you measure fitness and know whether or not you have attained it?  Something specific might be reducing your body fat by two percent or increasing your lean muscle mass by four pounds. Even the notion to lose weight is too vague. Make your goals as specific as possible.


The next step to successful goal setting is determining how you will measure your progress. A goal such as being healthy is not truly measurable. The most effective way to measure your progress is to keep an online workout log. Resolving to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night can be tracked and measured. A two-point increase in your VO2 max can be measured. If you cannot measure your success, you will never know if you have achieved it.


Lastly, be sure that your goals are attainable. Going from couch potato to Ironman triathlete is probably not a realistic resolution. Someone who is not a runner can resolve to run a mile without stopping and work to get there over time. Change will not happen overnight. Have a friend examine your goals to help you judge whether or not they are realistically attainable for you in your current life situation.


2. Build a Support Team

Having the support and encouragement of friends and family members can make all of the difference regarding the success or failure of your resolutions. If you are trying to cut back on your alcohol intake, suggest fun alternatives to your happy hour crew. If you want to increase your caloric burn, recruit your friends to spend active, quality time together that does not revolve around food. During holidays, volunteer to cook a healthy dish.


It is important that your support team understand what you are trying to accomplish and why. Your mom will be less pushy about you eating her desserts if she knows that you are reducing your sugar intake to prevent diabetes. Surround yourself with like-minded people who will move you closer to your destination rather than farther from it.


3. Chart Your Progress

There is nothing more encouraging than to see how much closer you have come to reaching your goal. If you are trying to lose weight, set a regular weigh-in time and day each week. Write down your weight each time so that you can see if your efforts are fruitful. If the scale is tipping in the wrong direction, examine which behaviors have influenced the numbers.


It may be helpful to keep a food journal and workout log. Tracking diet and exercise holds you accountable to making necessary changes and makes you less likely to cheat. This keeps you honest about what you are eating as well as how much you are working out.


4. Start Small

Small steps can equal big results. If you want to increase your level of physical activity each day, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park farther away from buildings, so that you are forced to walk more. Strap on a pedometer and aim to take a greater number of steps each day. Do calf raises while you wash dishes or lunges while watching TV.


For dietary changes, pick one area to focus on until you have mastered it. Start by cutting back on sodas until you have eliminated them completely. Next, swap one of your junk food binges for a healthy alternative. For example, replace salty potato chips with roasted nuts or trail mix. Over time, each small change will yield increasing results that equal a healthier way of life.


5. Treat Your Resolutions Like Your Job

Put in as much effort to keeping your resolutions as you do with your job. In other words, schedule your workouts, plan your meals, and avoid anything that derails your success. Plan to exercise at a time when nothing else will get in the way. This may mean that you have to sacrifice sleep or record your favorite TV show, but the payoff will be worth it.


Plan and cook meals in advance so that you are not tempted to reach for junk food when hunger strikes. Allow yourself some indulgences, but overall, be disciplined on a daily basis. You get paid for performance and output at your job. Likewise, you should reward yourself when you reach another milestone in your fitness journey. Use things other than food as your rewards. Buy something you have been wanting or escape for some relaxing time alone or with friends.


6. Be Patient

Change does not happen overnight. Be patient with yourself. You may see big progress some days while experiencing plateaus at other times. The support of your friends and family will be vital during the tough moments when you want to throw in the towel.


Make this year the year you actually stick to your resolutions by implementing them as a healthy way of life.

Author Bio: Emily P. is a freelance writer and a fitness enthusiast. She uses weight loss calculator in order to know exactly what she needs to do in order to lose those few pounds.



Finding Your Stride: Tips for Healthy Lifestyle Change


You used to go jogging, take a walk, use the treadmill, take a Pilates class, bicycle or dance then life got in the way. You had a life altering event tragic or terrific and now you need to rediscover your stride.


First you have to stop making room in your life for the excuse. Whatever you use work, home,the kids, a pet who needs you, a past injury it is time to put aside the excuse and make time for you!

Next enroll in a class or go to the Pilates studio and meet the instructors get a tour of the facility this will take away the nervous jitters you have had about beginning again. Talk to them about your goals and any health concerns you might have. Find a good match to your needs and personality. Take the step.


Be held accountable, get a buddy to workout with, this doesn’t have to be your best friend, maybe it is a co-worker, neighbor, your partner, son or daughter. These people may share the same desires as you and have been nervous about bringing it up. Pick someone who will share and encourage your positive self-talk.
Now keep it realistic, did you get to this point in one month, two? This is going to be the step you take to a lifestyle change. This is going to take more than one or two months of twice a week Pilates classes. Know too that life will continue to take place and put up obstacles for you to overcome. So when they happen take the time to deal with them keep your routine as best you can then once it passes ,”This too shall pass” a proverb indicating that all material conditions, positive or negative, are temporary.   You will be proud of how well you did to maintain your healthful new lifestyle.


Give yourself permission to start feeling great about your choice to get fit. Make small changes and keep them going, studies show it takes about 60 days to form a new long term habit. When the critical inner voicerears its ugly head, and it will, to tell you “this is a lot harder than I thought it would be let’s just quit, Give up! “ Stop the chatter and remind yourself again what are the benefits you have enjoyed from this new healthful lifestyle. Take baby steps.
Now your ready to take charge of your stride again you can get to sculpting your upper body on the reformer, bust that muffin top with a challenging mat routine, and get those long lean legs with some standing arm spring squats and lunges.   Get out in the winter when the sun is shining and take a brisk walk with a buddy and feel the fresh clean air filling your lungs.


Now that you have broken the negative inner critic from its hold over you a small step at a time there is nothing you cannot accomplish. Remember nobody can make you feel inferior without your giving them permission, including yourself!


Stacy A. Price-Darkis, CPI, BCES
Studio 59 Pilates Fitness, LLC




Stick to Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution


In a 2011 Marist Poll, 67% of adults who made a New Year’s resolution kept their word for at least part of the year, and the remaining 33% didn’t even make it out of the gate. So if you’re really serious about losing weight or exercising more this year, how can you actually stick to your fitness resolution?

Make Realistic Resolutions

Start by making sustainable and achievable goals. Vowing to run 10 miles every day for a year is simply setting yourself up for failure. Make your fitness resolutions work with your schedule and if possible break them into mini-goals. If you’re goal is to lose 40 pounds, aim for around 3-4 lbs a month and you’ll be on track.


Be specific as you craft your fitness resolutions. “Getting to the gym more often” could mean anything. Try something like, “Running twice a week for at least 20 minutes and going to yoga twice a week.” That sort of black and white statement doesn’t leave room for interpretation. Either you completed your goal or you didn’t.


Write It Down & Publicize It

Putting your resolution in print gives it legitimacy and makes it more “real”. Jot your fitness resolution down on the inside cover of your planner, write it on the refrigerator white board, or get creative and make a resolution collage featuring your goal and motivational quotes or images. Bottom line, make sure your resolution goes somewhere it can’t be ignored.


After you’ve chosen a realistic fitness goal and written it down, tell someone. Seek out your spouse or close friend who will be supportive and encouraging. Maybe you’ll even find yourself and partner moving toward a healthier lifestyle together!


Keep a Record

Track your success! Set up a system to monitor your progress. This could be something as simple as a calorie calendar or a small note book you record meals and exercise in. Technology lovers should take advantage of the myriad of online programs designed to track nutrition and exercise. Many have coordinating applications for smartphones so recording your meals and activity is a breeze.


Some popular nutrition apps are MyFitnessPal and Daily Burn. Both programs help track diet and exercise and allow you to set daily caloric goals. If you just want to track exercise, there are plenty of applications geared towards running, biking, weight lifting and even yoga. RunKeeper and Edomondo Sports Tracker are perfect for recording bouts of cardio. The app GymGoal gives a number of different workout routines for gym goers and instructs exercisers on proper machine usage. Authentic Yoga includes instructional poses and videos for all yogis—from beginner to experts.


Find a tracking system that works for you and stick to it. It’s exciting to see your progress and it will make it easier to notice your improvements!


Reward Yourself

Sticking to your resolution will require incredible time, effort, and will power. Rewarding yourself for all your hard work will prevent burn out and help you see your resolution to the end. Now, this doesn’t mean you can finish off a roll of cookie dough after an especially tough work out (despite how wonderful that sounds). Treat yourself to new exercise clothing or a new pair of sport sunglasses after you make it to the six month mark. Lock the bathroom door and sit the kids in front of a movie while you take a warm bath after a tough kick boxing class. As the saying goes, “work hard, play hard.”


Stay positive, and remember no one is perfect. You can always jump back on the horse if you fall off!

About the Author: Maggie is a health nut and science nerd with a BS in Kinesiology and Health. She lives in Indianapolis, IN where she works as a content writer for a discount sunglasses store. Outside of work, Maggie enjoys running, cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.




Promising Yourself This Year Will be Different: And Meaning It


We do it every year. New Year rolls around, and we promise ourselves that this year is the year things will be different. We start off fresh. We make resolutions. But for some reason, more times than not we fail to stick to them. What about this cycle makes it something we can’t seem to break?

We can make excuses for making excuses, or we can recognize that the motivation to persevere lies within ourselves. Do you truly want this year to be different? Are you ready for the change? If the answer is yes, here are a few easy tips that will keep you on the path to a healthier you.


Eliminate Resolution from Your Vocabulary

If you’re like most people, when you make a ‘resolution’, your subconscious might already recognize the word as a fancy term for failure. You’ve broken too many resolutions in the past. So don’t use the word! Instead of making resolutions, make yourself a promise, set a goal, take one step at a time. Find a way that most speaks to you in a positive way. You will already feel free as you escape the weight of the infamous ‘resolution’.


Be Specific

Before making any type of promise to yourself, it’s important to hone in on your specific goals. If you want to lose weight, determine what it is you want to accomplish in small increments. It’s also key that these increments be realistic. Regardless of the nature of your goals, having a realistic expectation will keep you strong-minded and working hard. If you want to save more money, organize your finances in a detailed way and decide how much you can put aside each month. These are just examples of common resolutions, but no mission will ever be accomplished with vague objectives. A carefully planned strategy is the way to go.


Don’t Try to do it all at Once

Did you know the human brain only thinks about one thing at a time? It’s hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. Even the greatest multitasker in the world is only ever registering one single thought. By setting too many goals, it’s impossible to focus on the one or two that are most important. Respect the nature of your brain and slow down for a minute. While you might think you’re not doing everything you should be, you’ll be doing exactly what is right.
Impatience is surefire way of beating yourself up If you set unachievable goals, take on too many challenges, you’ll fail and have another reason to start over. But if you break your assignment down into small and simple steps, you’ll go from mission impossible to planning your accomplishment celebration.


Keep A Positive Mindset

We all enjoy immediate gratification, so take the time to compliment yourself on your progress. Recognizing your success will build your confidence and your motivation. Being an optimistic is a free pleasure anyone has the potential to enjoy. By finding and maintaining this state of mind, suddenly reaching your career or personal goals won’t seem so overwhelming.


Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Just to remind you, we’re all human. You’re not perfect and no one expects you to be. There is no point to wasting time and energy hurting yourself with self-deprecation. Okay, so you messed up. Now it’s time to put that behind you and regain your focus. Just because you lost one battle doesn’t mean the mission has failed. Forgive yourself and go on. Remind yourself of your worth first and foremost before entering any path of self improvement.


Whether it’s the New Year, your birthday, or just another monotonous day at work, you can make positive changes at any time in your life. By following these suggestions, keeping a positive attitude, and celebrating your successes, this year can really be different in really inspiring way.

About the Author:  Janet Lynch is an inspirational blogger and writer. She is also a huge fan of dietdelivery and credits much of her healthy habits on simple solutions to life’s problems.