Were setting exercise goals more challenging for you this year? It's been almost two years since the pandemic shut down gyms and exercise studios. Businesses that survived financially reopened but with a decidely different feel. Many required masks, and group class offerings were fewer with smaller class sizes. This deterred some people from renewing their … Continue reading How to Stick with Exercise: Variety, Flexibility, Challenge
Fitness dance classes like Zumba, Body Jam, BollyX and others have always been popular in the Boston area with super-loyal followers. Speak to any dance fitness instructor and they'll describe long-term devotees who've attended their classes for 10+ years! I had taught my same cardio dance class (then changed to Zumba then changed to Remix) … Continue reading Missing Dance Workouts?
Everyone says "I need to exercise more." Including me. I always feel good after any amount of exercise, even if I don't sweat. Sometimes I'm just moving my limbs enough to get blood flowing to body parts stiff from sitting for hours, or to oxygenate and refresh my foggy brain. My home gym is a … Continue reading The Best Exercise Excuses
Fen Tung and I intersected years ago at MIT where we’d taught Zumba classes. We were both new to teaching group fitness, but even then I sensed a special spark when taking her classes. Fast forward to 2019 and Fen has evolved into a true fitness guru. She holds a personal trainer certification through the National … Continue reading Exercise Motivation from a Fitness Guru
In September I joined a gym. Big deal right (because who doesn’t belong to a gym nowadays?) but it’s significant for me. For the last 10 years I’ve worked as an exercise instructor, which means free memberships wherever I teach. I could only manage part-time, teaching at most four classes a week because I was … Continue reading Exercise: How Intense is Enough?