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Welcome Back! How to Wear Masks When Working Out in the Fitness Center

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

 

Now that our Fitness Center has reopened here are a few tips for working out in a mask.

If you have asthma or underlying respiratory issues please consult with your physician prior to resuming your exercise regimen.

Choose a mask made of synthetic breathable materials made of two cloth layers or less. The lack of layers will keep your face from becoming overheated. The synthetic fabric will prohibit the mask from becoming drenched in perspiration and becoming less effective for the spread of infection.

Should you choose to wear a gaiter as your face covering. Make sure it properly fits and keeps your nose covered throughout the workout session. Please note that gaiters will provide better air flow but you may be exchanging breathability for protection from infection.

Whichever you chose, plan to carry several masks for your workout session. A wet mask makes breathing more difficult and is less effective in preventing the spread of infection.

Pace yourself through your workout and listen to your body. Studies from the American Council on Exercise have demonstrated exercising at one’s regular pace has rendered the exerciser to experience dizziness and overheating, Allow yourself proper time to adjust to the change in the workout.

Stay hydrated, Make sure you are properly hydrated before your workout (during and after). We welcome you back to our Fitness Center and we hope to provide a great experience as we all navigate through our “new normal”.

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Fit ‘N 5 Exercises: Lower Body Workout

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

 

Program
5 Exercises
10 Reps Each
5 Circuits

Equipment
Weighted Barbell
1 Dumbbell
1 Fitness Band (optional)

Exercises
1. Barbell Romanian Deadlift
2. Band Goblet Squat (Widen Stance if band is not available. Drive through heels, keep hips contracted throughout the move)
3. Single Leg Deadlift
4. Box High Step Up (Needs to be a good height to activate glut)
5. Shoulder Elevated Single Leg Hip Thrust

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Member Spotlight: Marlie Brill

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Throughout the “stay at home order” I have been routinely checking on my clients to make sure they are staying on track with their fitness goals. I noted in a recent conversation with Marlie that I could see in our social media exchanges that she has really kept up with her fitness goals and looked slimmer than when we last met in March. Here’s what Marlie shared about her process and progress.

 

What was your motivation?

In January of 2019, I broke my foot. The break was worse than the doctor thought, and I ended up in a walking boot for 18 weeks. The walking boot hurt my foot, my hips, and my back. The break was not due to any trauma, I was walking through the grocery store when it happened. My weight was the main factor for the break. I felt “broken” for months, and I hated it.

I couldn’t play with my kids, I couldn’t exercise, I couldn’t even walk up and down stairs. I decided when the boot came off, I would commit to losing weight; I was too young to feel that “broken” all the time.

I started with my diet on June 1, 2019, because my foot wasn’t completely healed. By November, I had lost 40 pounds, and I was feeling much better! December was a busy month for me with holidays, my birthday, and lots of work travel. I took December off and resumed in January after the holidays and celebrations.

In January, I got back to it, and worked to lose the 4 pounds I had gained over the holidays (better than the normal 10-12 that I gain in that month). I was on track and back in the gym. Then the pandemic started shortly afterwards. When we had to go into quarantine, and shelter at home, I made a commitment to myself that I would not use it as an excuse to eat and drink anything I wanted. I purchased only healthy food from the grocery store and I committed to drinking NO alcohol during the quarantine.

As much as I dislike being stuck in the house, not being able to attend social events, work events, or go out to restaurants whenever I want, the “stay” has actually made this much easier for me. Since quarantine started, I have lost an additional 13 pounds, and I plan to keep going.

 

 Did you have a goal?

I don’t have a specific goal in mind. I still have weight to lose, and I just keep saying that when I get to a point where I am happy, I will know it.

 

What’s been the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge for me has been staying motivated during the shelter at home orders. There are days when I just want to blow off my new healthy habits, and just stress eat whatever I can find in the house. I find reminding myself that this is not a diet, but a complete change in my lifestyle, has helped. I know it’s a process, and I am committed to sticking to it and losing the rest of the weight I want to lose.

Marlie Before (Left), Marlie After (Right)
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Fit ‘N 5 + Bonus Workout

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

Here are five exercises to add to your routine. This program is a great stand alone or a wonderful compliment
pre Yoga or post bike/run/walk.

 

If you are not already warmed up: Warm up with supported Mountain Climbers

 

Exercises:

  1. Front Loaded/Goblet Squat
  2. Supported Push Up
  3. Bent Over Row
  4. Bicep Curls
  5. Tricep Dips

 

Option 1:

  • Perform a circuit of four sets
  • First Set start with 20 to 25 reps
  • Decrease each following set by five reps

 

Option 2: Perform four sets of each exercise before moving on to the next exercise