Treat your students to an energetic and enchanting new workout. Belly dancing provides exposure to an art form, teaches a new fitness/movement technique, and creates an enjoyable social-bonding experience for your students.

Styles of belly dancing include American Cabaret, Modern Egyptian Cabaret, Turkish Cabaret and Tribal Fusion. Each of these styles is defined by specific characteristics including costume, music, dance form, dance moves, and props. The various styles have also been influenced by ballet, flamenco, yoga, jazz, salsa, improvisation and martial arts. Join LindyChristy Weiler as she fuses the four styles of belly dancing into an energetic and lively Cardio Cabaret class.

For a complete Cardio Cabaret program for your facility check out LindaChristy Weiler’s CE course, Cardio Cabaret.

Climb Strong

Unlike Spiderman, us mere humans do not have the ability to stick to a wall. Yet some climbers appear to do just that. This staying power is a result of muscular strength, flexibility, balance, neuromuscular control – and yes, mental focus and toughness. A rock climber uses all muscles of the body, not just the arms and hands. A strong climber relies on strength from the muscles of the upper, lower and core body to ascend a wall. Lack of strength and endurance in any one of the primary muscles or muscle groups used for climbing will cause other areas to compensate, increasing fatigue and climbing plateaus.

Specific training can strengthen weak links, decrease fatigue, and help your clients reach new heights. Check out this 10-week climbing program that is designed to get your clients finely tuned for their next climbing adventure.

Get specific training exercises and workout protocols from Lisa Wolfe in her Off the Wall CE course.


Colleges and high schools traditionally have slashed physical education and health curriculums that serve a multitude of students and have continued to support and fund competitive athletics, which provides opportunity for a relatively small percentage of the entire student body. Spelman College, the oldest historically black U.S. college for women, is flipping this script. The private school, based in Atlanta, Georgia, will cease competing against other college athletic teams and put its $1 million annual sports budget toward improving the health of all 2,100 students.

Currently, Spelman fields about 80 student athletes, while the wellness program has 300 participants, and is limited by financial and facility constraints. By expanding the wellness programs and student opportunities the college will move from an emphasis on developing sports skills to a model that focuses on fitness for life.

The college plans to expand fitness programs such as strength training, Pilates and yoga, and is raising money for a new student recreation center. The decision was generated in part by the health statistics for African-American women that include higher rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure than other groups.

Not only does this make good physical sense, the potential to increase academic performance by improving the health of students is significant.

The Spelman College model is an exciting template that can benefit students at many high schools and colleges. Kudos Spelman for taking the initiative and being leaders in promoting, physical fitness, good health and wellness!

Christopher Peterson

The moment I finished reading Chris Peterson’s Primer for Positive Psychology textbook I knew I wanted to introduce this intellectual giant and his remarkable work to the fitness industry. His genuine and thoughtful, yet rigorous research, teaching and writing leaves a looming legacy. A pioneer and founder of the Positive Psychology movement and academic discipline, Chris’ critical work focused on “character strengths and how they pertain to such outcomes as happiness, achievement and physical well-being”. His work supported his life philosophy and underlying personal trademark that “other people matter”.

Chris passed away suddenly this week at age 62. It is ironic that his last post on Psychology Today, “Awesome: E Pluribus Unum: We are all the same, and each of us is unique, in death and in life” captures the essence of positive psychology and what makes life most worth living.

His passing saddens me, yet I am inspired by his words and his work. In celebration of his life I will endeavor to make someone out there know they are special and that they matter. The loss of someone so monumental and so suddenly is a reminder that the only thing that really matters is how we spend our present moment.

Thank you Chris and also to his personal trainer and professional colleague, Kathleen Xydis, for making his work available to fitness professionals.

As one of my staff stated, “He achieved the highest level of happiness and fulfillment and it was time to move on! Good for him!”

To read more about Chis Peterson, his work and his legacy:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201210/the-good-life

Stretching

Engaging the body
Expanding the mind
Elongating the spirit
Enlarging the heart
Creating new space

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Hvar, Croatia

98 Steps

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98 steps lead to the pristine sea and beckon a morning swim. The warming sun dances across the cove awakening the boats of the Harbor. Tough choices today…which flavor of morning tea? Which pastry? Which afternoon swimming hole? Life losses complexity. Time passes simply. The mind quiets, yet expands.

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Always I trek with a swim suit in my pack. The hidden coves and seaside ladders that cling to the rocks along the rustic shoreline provide continuous treasures for a leisurely dip or more robust swim.

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The water senses autumn and has started to cool. Yet is is no colder than the northern Michigan Straights of Mackinaw summer swimming, referred to as invigorating.

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The Island of Hvar, Croatia.

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200 spin bikes…everyone occupied by robust males and females primed for action… 9pm in the piazza on a Friday night in Lucca,Italy. Upbeat, heart pounding music streaming through loud speakers…Call Me Maybe…rocking the alleyways leading to the the town square.

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They love to ride bikes here…road bikes, hybrids, commuters and yes, spin bikes. How exhilarating to work that body, meet friends, socialize at a Friday night sweat fest, a cold beer waiting at the sidewalk Could this be the new disco? The IN place? The rendezvous? The way to launch the weekend…Italiano style.

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I’M IN!

Yamo, Yamo

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Let’s go, let’s go…. Called The deep melodic Italiano voice of Paulo, our guide.
Only 4k climb, we meet at round-about at top. 99k and 1400 meters of climbing today. A cappuccino and pastry await at the walled and cobblestoned town of Urbino.

Drafting behind Guiseppe, all 139 pounds and seven- time Giro de Italia racer, for the final 10k back to Riccione was like lemoncello after a wonderful Italian meal, smooth and easy.

What’s not to like about cycling in Italy! The vistas of rolling hills speckled with olive groves and uniformly lined grapevines. San Marino, ……….in the distance with its Castillo reaching majestically for the clouds. The flavors of homemade pasta, tomatoes, peppers, olives, breads, fresh catch from the sea, pecorino, proscuto, fungi and the olive oil…oh the olive oil! And then there’s the wine; bianco, rosa and my favorite proseco.

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Our companions from Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Norway, and of course Tucson made for an engaging and gregarious week and we gained moto Nuevo Amicis. The Whistler contingency lead the partying, dancing and just all around good time FUN!

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Marina and her Belvedere staff embraced us and we molted into one big Italiano family by weeks end.

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Che vita!

Injuries in the shoulder complex can be avoided or rehabilitated by determining whether there are muscle imbalances and by identifying which muscles need to be stretched to normalize the length/tension relationships. If a muscle is tight and unable able to move optimally through its functional range of motion, compression, torsion, or shear can occur, creating pain and discomfort. Tight and shortened muscles must be lengthened to balance the joint structures.

After a muscle imbalance is identified and flexibility improved, stability of the shoulder joint will be gained. Following this, strengthening and power exercises can be added to the protocol.

This progressive formula to improve performance and reduce injury is accomplished by intelligent program design:

Identify muscle balance/imbalance
Improve flexibility in muscles that are tight and need to be stretched
Increase stability of the shoulder complex by integrating:
>Inner unit and outer unit muscles to provide functional movement patterns
>Closed chain and open chain activities
>Rhythmic stabilization to provide short oscillations to create reciprocating tension
On either side of the joint
>C.R.A.C. training – Core Recruitment Antagonist Co-contraction
Add strength exercises
Add power exercises

Join Paul Chek as he walks you through the success formula to increase performance and reduce shoulder injury using intelligent design.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/IBKDJN8RViY

For more information on training the shoulder complex check out Scientific Shoulder Training CE course by Paul Chek.

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And what a nutritious and healthy blend of Mediterranean vegetables! It was thought that gazpacho originated as an Arab soup of bread, olive oil, water and garlic and arrived in Spain with the Moors or the Romans. It soon became part of the Andalusian cuisine, particularly in Sevilla, where salt and vinegar were added and in the 1800s tomato joined as a primary ingredient.

Gazpacho was traditionally made by pounding the vegetables with a mortar and pestle and this method is still favored as it keeps the gazpacho cool and avoids a completely smooth consistency and foam created by using blenders and food processors.

Here’s an authentic Andalusian recipe from my class today in southern Spain on How to make Gazpacho:

Ingredients
10-12 large, ripe and juicy tomatoes – peeled and seeded
2 red bell peppers
1/2 green pepper (optional)
1-2 cloves of garlic
Day old bread soaked 1 min in water
1 cucumber
Salt- I recommend sea salt
200ml extra virgin oilive oil
50ml white wine vinegar
250ml cold water or ice
Blend together

Diced tomato, cucumber and onion can be used as garnish

Tips
Do not add onion to the bled as onion will ferment and cause the soup to taste acidic if it is not eaten fresh

The stale bread soaked briefly in water enhances the consistency so the gazpacho is not watery.

Bon appetit! From costa del sol, Spain.