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?
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
We don't always make the connection between what we eat and how we exercise. I've seen people use exercise as a punishment for overeating. Or use exercise as a free pass to overeat. But how about eating to exercise? What you eat affects how well you move. If you don't include a balanced diet or … Continue reading What To Eat for Exercise?
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?
My very first yoga experience was in my living room using a VHS tape featuring a chiseled instructor named Bryan Kest. Although I enjoyed just watching him with his deep super-sexy voice, when I did do the routines I marveled at how empowering the movements felt even though they were completely different from my usual … Continue reading Humbled by Yoga