via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT
Don’t be intimidated by equipment you haven’t used before — it’s fun to try new things!
We use a lot of different equipment in AbsoluteFIT workouts; some of it, you can tell what it’s for (e.g. dumbbells are pretty self-explanatory), and some of it is … not. Heh. But the trainers explain everything, they’ll show you the form, they’ll make adjustments based on your fitness level and experience, and — this is the best part — using all this new stuff, you never get bored.
Case in point: Watch my friend Fiona give ‘em heck* on the heavy ropes:
Did she know how to do that before a trainer showed her? No — but look how awesome she is at it now!
Get into the studio and pick up something weird today!
*it’s heck because she’s Canadian, eh.
Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.
-via Lydia M., AbsoluteFITness Challege 2.0 participant
Sometimes the most fun things are also really beneficial, fitness-wise.
Here’s a slo-mo video of me smashing the 20-lb smashball — I only did it once for the camera, but Marie had us doing it over and over for 50 seconds at a time in last Tuesday’s AbsoluteFIT class, and BOY does that work out both your core and your aggression!
via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0 Participant
I’ve eaten more spinach this week than in the last year. You?
AbsoluteFITness Challenge 2.0 Update:
OK, first the good news:
- One week in, the needle has already moved on the scale.
- I am pleasantly sore from all the workouts.
- I wouldn’t say I have more energy yet, but I’m sleeping better.
- I have a sense of accomplishment, and it really feels good!
- The teamwork among my fellow challenge participants is awesome and makes things so much fun; I never knew it would make this much difference, but it does!
Now the not so good news: I AM SO TIRED OF TRACKING MY FOOD ALREADY.
I am glad that this challenge is for 28 days, which I’m hoping is enough time to change my routines and make a habit of this, because right now? I just … do not like doing that. But it’s the only thing that keeps me honest: Why didn’t I have a second beer the other night? Because I’d have to put it in the tracker. Booooooo.
Challengers and anyone else working toward a goal: How are you doing?
We’ve all gotta start somewhere
A challenge appears!
Have you been thinking about making some changes, getting healthier, but not sure where to start? Have you been doing regular gym workouts, or even AbsoluteFIT sessions, but want some additional guidance and encouragement? Do you just like a project?
Then the AbsoluteFITness Challenge 2.0 is for you!
From March 13 to April 9, AVAC is presenting this event, which will pull together all kinds of people who have — or want to make — fitness, nutrition and lifestyle goals. You just register online (follow this link to find out more), and get ready to make some lasting changes in the company of people who are doing the same. Look what’s included in your 28-day journey:
- Kick-Off Party—Friday, March 10 @ 6:30 pm
• 28 Days of Unlimited AbsoluteFIT classes
• Fitness Journal
• Program T-Shirt
• Finisher’s Water Bottle
• Fitness & Nutrition Blogs
• Personalized Fitness Program Prescription
• Nutrition & Meal Planning Session & Support
• Certified Fitness Coaching to Keep You On Track!
• Deeply discounted AVAC® programs
(Including 1:1 Personal Training/Nutrition)
• Wrap-Up Celebration — Sunday, April 9 @ 10 am
I can’t wait to do this! The kickoff party is Friday, March 10 — I hope to see you there!
via – Jon Cebula, CPT, AbsoluteFIT Coach @ AVAC®
In the world of sports and fitness your ability to properly set-up your equipment is crucial to athletic success as well as longevity. Improper set-up of athletic and fitness equipment can quickly lead to injuries of various degrees. Today I would like to give you some quick pointers on how to properly set-up the Keiser Indoor Fitness Cycle found on AVAC’s fitness floor as well as in all of our Spin Classes.
Adjustments for Cycle Seat – Height:
- Stand next to cycle, close to and beside the saddle facing forward.
- Position the seat so that the top of the saddle (seat) is level with the top of the hip, the “Bump” (Iliac Crest).
- Once the height of the seat is set, tighten T-Handle screw on shaft of seat.
- Cyclists Height:
- 5’0 – 5’3: A – B
- 5’4 – 5’6: B – D
- 5’7 – 5’9: D – G
- 5’10 – 6’1: G – I
- 6’2 +: J+
- Cyclists Height:
- Check Alignment: At the bottom of the cycle stroke (6 o’clock position) there should be roughly 5-15 degrees of flexion in the knee.
Adjustments for Cycle Seat – Fore / Aft:
- Underneath the Cycle seat is a T-Handle screw, loosen screw to make adjustments to the fore and aft of the cycle seat.
- Located underneath the seat are numbers, similar to the lines on a ruler.
- General Setting: #4
- People with LONGER legs: #1-3
- People with SHORTER legs: #5-6
- Check Alignment: With the crank at the 3 o’clock position, there should be a 90 degree bend in the knee.
These are the basic point to keep in mind when setting up your Keiser Cycle. If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via email at: jcebula@AVAC.us or grab me next time you see me on the fitness floor.