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Max Workouts Review



In order to keep losing fat and to grow in muscle mass, it is essential that you increase the volume in your workout over time, lift more than you did in your last workout, give your muscles sufficient time to recover, etc. If you do the same workout routine for a prolonged period of time, your results will stagnate. To prevent this, you should simply follow a workout routine, and a diet from a fitness expert.
I got my best results with Shin Ontake’s max workout routine. This is my honest max workouts review:
Max Workout consists of a book that gives you all the necessary information; you need to know to get and keep yourself in shape.

With Max workout, you get a 90 day workout routine, a low carb diet made according to latest research studies that show why the low carb diet is superior to the low fat diet. A guide that explains the necessity of proper rest for muscle hypertrophy, and access to the Max Workout online fitness club forum.
What I love about the max workout routine is that it is made in a way that causes muscle confusion, which leads to optimal results. Muscles get accustomed to certain stimulus and that happens when the same workout is performed for a prolonged period of time.
With Shin Ontake’s workout routine, my muscles are always exposed to bigger stimulus as every workout gets tougher. Also, the exercises often change in his workout, so my muscles don’t become accustomed to the same movement.
Another benefit of this workout is, you don’t need a fitness trainer as with the deluxe package, you get training videos with explanation of how to do the exercises and how many reps and sets you need to do. So, you can watch the workouts on your smartphone in the gym and follow the workout as if you are training with a fitness trainer.
As I travel very often, I don’t always have the privilege to go to a gym. Shin Ontake’s workout routine has a body weight training routine with dumbbells, which I do with resistance bands in my hotel room. Although I don’t always go to the gym, I still exercise regularly and don’t miss a workout with Shin Ontake’s body weight workout routine. This is a common problem for a lot of people; nevertheless, Shin Ontake’s gives a workout routine that can be performed anywhere and anytime.
Massage aids the muscle fibers’ repair process. Since massage is expensive in most spa centers, Shin Ontake shows how to massage yourself to advance the muscle repair process and to decrease the muscle inflammation after working out.
Support is necessary for any success; Shin Ontake’s forum gives me the necessary support and answers to my problems and setbacks during my fitness adventure. I don’t have to search for solutions to problems as Shin Ontake’s forum gives me the answers to all my fitness questions with his forum.
Remember that training is not only about physique and looks, but there are also a lot of health benefits:
- low blood pressure
- less migraines
- less back pain
- It reduces arrhythmia
- it reduces stress

My favorite workout routine is Shin Ontake’s max workout routine. If you want additional information about his workout, I recommend you maxworkoutsexposed.com. With maxworkoutsexposed.com, you get all the information about Shin Ontake’s max workout routine in detail.
So don’t waste years being out of shape and follow the advice of experts and get yourself healthy and in shape in as little time as possible with Shin Ontake’s professional advice. I wish someone had told me about this workout routine years ago. It would have saved me from a lot of frustrations and failures.
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In order to keep losing fat and to grow in muscle mass, it is essential that you increase the volume in your workout over time, lift more than you did in your last workout, give your muscles sufficient time to recover, etc. If you do the same workout routine for a prolonged period of time, your results will stagnate. To prevent this, you should simply follow a workout routine, and a diet from a fitness expert.
I got my best results with Shin Ontake’s max workout routine. This is my honest max workouts review:
Max Workout consists of a book that gives you all the necessary information; you need to know to get and keep yourself in shape.

With Max workout, you get a 90 day workout routine, a low carb diet made according to latest research studies that show why the low carb diet is superior to the low fat diet. A guide that explains the necessity of proper rest for muscle hypertrophy, and access to the Max Workout online fitness club forum.
What I love about the max workout routine is that it is made in a way that causes muscle confusion, which leads to optimal results. Muscles get accustomed to certain stimulus and that happens when the same workout is performed for a prolonged period of time.
With Shin Ontake’s workout routine, my muscles are always exposed to bigger stimulus as every workout gets tougher. Also, the exercises often change in his workout, so my muscles don’t become accustomed to the same movement.
Another benefit of this workout is, you don’t need a fitness trainer as with the deluxe package, you get training videos with explanation of how to do the exercises and how many reps and sets you need to do. So, you can watch the workouts on your smartphone in the gym and follow the workout as if you are training with a fitness trainer.
As I travel very often, I don’t always have the privilege to go to a gym. Shin Ontake’s workout routine has a body weight training routine with dumbbells, which I do with resistance bands in my hotel room. Although I don’t always go to the gym, I still exercise regularly and don’t miss a workout with Shin Ontake’s body weight workout routine. This is a common problem for a lot of people; nevertheless, Shin Ontake’s gives a workout routine that can be performed anywhere and anytime.
Massage aids the muscle fibers’ repair process. Since massage is expensive in most spa centers, Shin Ontake shows how to massage yourself to advance the muscle repair process and to decrease the muscle inflammation after working out.
Support is necessary for any success; Shin Ontake’s forum gives me the necessary support and answers to my problems and setbacks during my fitness adventure. I don’t have to search for solutions to problems as Shin Ontake’s forum gives me the answers to all my fitness questions with his forum.
Remember that training is not only about physique and looks, but there are also a lot of health benefits:
- low blood pressure
- less migraines
- less back pain
- It reduces arrhythmia
- it reduces stress

My favorite workout routine is Shin Ontake’s max workout routine. If you want additional information about his workout, I recommend you maxworkoutsexposed.com. With maxworkoutsexposed.com, you get all the information about Shin Ontake’s max workout routine in detail.
So don’t waste years being out of shape and follow the advice of experts and get yourself healthy and in shape in as little time as possible with Shin Ontake’s professional advice. I wish someone had told me about this workout routine years ago. It would have saved me from a lot of frustrations and failures.

14 Things You Need to Know If It's Your First Time at the Gym

So you are determined to hit the gym in shape and hitting the gym but have no idea how to go about it? We've chalked down a few helpful tips for beginners to not make any rookie mistakes on their first-time gym visits. Here's a guide for all those amateur health buffs.
1. Get familiar
Be it the equipment in your gym, the trainer or other people around make sure you take a tour of the space and get to know it well. Ask around to know how the equipment works and what you need to know before setting your workout routine.
Gym
2. Take note of the interiors
A place with fancy interiors will surely get your attention but a gym needs more than that. Look out for useful equipment.
3. Get to know your trainer
It's always better to have a trainer guide you through the workout process. So make sure you appoint one at least for a weekly consultation. Get to know your trainer and make sure you agree with his style of working.
Gym
4. Pay attention to hygiene
Hygiene is important so make sure you go the extra mile to maintain it. Always carry a towel to wipe off the sweat, get a personal water bottle, shower post workout and make sure you wear fresh clothes too.
5. Warm up
A good warm-up session is important before you start out full-fledged exercises. Warm up help prevent injuries and prepare the body for rigorous training.
Gym
6. Drink enough water
Working out will lead to sweating which may cause dehydration. Hence it's important for you to keep sipping on water to stay hydrated.
7. Put on comfy clothes
Your gym wear has to be a balance of comfort and style so don't try to be a fashionista in there. Pick clothes that will let you move your body freely. Avoid wearing tight or transparent clothes that could make you the butt of all jokes.
Gym
8. Find yourself some motivation
Gym buddies could help you stay motivated work harder towards achieving your fitness goal so it's a good idea to make friends in the gym or join one with your friends, girl friend or acquaintance.
9. Get your vitals checked
Before you hit the gym and start your journey into getting healthy make sure you get your BMI, pulse rate, blood pressure and heart rate checked so that you have a smooth exercise regime.
Gym
10. Get off the phone
When in the gym make sure you don't use your phone or simply keep your phone aside. Your phone can be a big distraction which is also bad gym etiquette.
11. Ask for help when you need it
Don't hesitate to ask for help from friends or fellow-gym goers. There may be a machine or equipment you don't know how to use so there is no harm in asking your trainer or someone else for help.
Gym
12. Keep the equipment back in place
Since a gym is a public space it is important that you follow some etiquette rules. Put back the equipment in its place after use so that others can use it too.
13. Don't eat too much
Filling up your stomach is a terrible idea because working out with a full stomach will make you lethargic and you will end up with stomach cramps.
Gym workout
14. Don't copy someone else's workout
Every body is different and needs a different workout regime so don't copy a friend's workout regime simply because you like the way they look. Instead think of yourself and your body's needs.
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So you are determined to hit the gym in shape and hitting the gym but have no idea how to go about it? We've chalked down a few helpful tips for beginners to not make any rookie mistakes on their first-time gym visits. Here's a guide for all those amateur health buffs.
1. Get familiar
Be it the equipment in your gym, the trainer or other people around make sure you take a tour of the space and get to know it well. Ask around to know how the equipment works and what you need to know before setting your workout routine.
Gym
2. Take note of the interiors
A place with fancy interiors will surely get your attention but a gym needs more than that. Look out for useful equipment.
3. Get to know your trainer
It's always better to have a trainer guide you through the workout process. So make sure you appoint one at least for a weekly consultation. Get to know your trainer and make sure you agree with his style of working.
Gym
4. Pay attention to hygiene
Hygiene is important so make sure you go the extra mile to maintain it. Always carry a towel to wipe off the sweat, get a personal water bottle, shower post workout and make sure you wear fresh clothes too.
5. Warm up
A good warm-up session is important before you start out full-fledged exercises. Warm up help prevent injuries and prepare the body for rigorous training.
Gym
6. Drink enough water
Working out will lead to sweating which may cause dehydration. Hence it's important for you to keep sipping on water to stay hydrated.
7. Put on comfy clothes
Your gym wear has to be a balance of comfort and style so don't try to be a fashionista in there. Pick clothes that will let you move your body freely. Avoid wearing tight or transparent clothes that could make you the butt of all jokes.
Gym
8. Find yourself some motivation
Gym buddies could help you stay motivated work harder towards achieving your fitness goal so it's a good idea to make friends in the gym or join one with your friends, girl friend or acquaintance.
9. Get your vitals checked
Before you hit the gym and start your journey into getting healthy make sure you get your BMI, pulse rate, blood pressure and heart rate checked so that you have a smooth exercise regime.
Gym
10. Get off the phone
When in the gym make sure you don't use your phone or simply keep your phone aside. Your phone can be a big distraction which is also bad gym etiquette.
11. Ask for help when you need it
Don't hesitate to ask for help from friends or fellow-gym goers. There may be a machine or equipment you don't know how to use so there is no harm in asking your trainer or someone else for help.
Gym
12. Keep the equipment back in place
Since a gym is a public space it is important that you follow some etiquette rules. Put back the equipment in its place after use so that others can use it too.
13. Don't eat too much
Filling up your stomach is a terrible idea because working out with a full stomach will make you lethargic and you will end up with stomach cramps.
Gym workout
14. Don't copy someone else's workout
Every body is different and needs a different workout regime so don't copy a friend's workout regime simply because you like the way they look. Instead think of yourself and your body's needs.

Fairfield Fit expands fitness classes


With the Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex under construction, the Fairfield community has had to find alternative ways to get their physical fitness in. Due to this construction, Fairfield introduced a new program this year called Fairfield Fit to offer alternative means of exercise, as well as to promote health and wellness on campus.
The Fairfield Fit program allows students, faculty and staff to attend free fitness classes at different locations around campus.
Currently, there are 29 fitness classes with the addition of another yoga class and cardio hop to be added soon, according to Betsy Blagys, operations assistant. “There is something for everyone. We accommodate all levels of fitness. The classes are not intense and the instructors are really approachable,” Blagys said.
Blagys, along with John Paladino, director of sport clubs and intramurals and associate director of recreation, and Allen Gibson, associate director of athletics and facilities and operations, are in charge of organizing and scheduling these classes around campus.
As of now, there are five current Fairfield student instructors, one recent Fairfield graduate instructor and six non-students. Blagys wants to encourage those who are interested to get their certification and become an instructor.
“We are looking to get as many students instructing classes. We want those who are passionate and licensed. It’s a great opportunity to teach on campus,” Blagys said.
The Recreation Department hopes that Fairfield Fit will grow into something more than a means to exercise. Paladino said, “We want to make fitness synonymous with wellness.” Blagys added, “We need to build on the wellness component and get nutritionists, stress management classes, etc.”
Blagys noted that the classes are attended by all grades; however, the majority of attendees are usually freshmen and sophomores. According to Blagys, the most popular class is yoga which attracts students of all grades.
Classes are held at Alumni Hall, Faber Hall, Dolan Hall and Campion Hall. Regis Hall is planning to host classes starting this week.
With the limited space on campus, the Recreation Department is excited for the opening of the new RecPlex to grow and expand their program. The new RecPlex is scheduled to be ready by September 2016, according to Paladino.
“With the new gym, we are looking to grow and improve our program. We’re definitely eager for the new space, and specialized fitness rooms,” Blagys mentioned.
While most of the classes will be held in the new RecPlex, some classes will continue to be held at the residential halls on campus for students who have found it convenient to attend a class in their dorms.
Sophomore Becca Quillard said, “I don’t have a car on campus, so the fact that I can just walk to one of these fitness classes whenever I want is really great. I live in Kostka so it’s great to just walk over to Faber and get my workout in.”
While there are various fitness opportunities nearby such as The Edge, SoulCycle and ZenRide, some students prefer the idea of taking a class with other members of the Fairfield community.
Juniors Brianna Meyer and Caroline Campanelli participate regularly in Robbie Hansen’s ‘17 Insanity classes on Tuesdays and Fridays.
“He pushes you, he’s really nice and it’s easier than going somewhere else,” said Meyer.
Campanelli added, “I wouldn’t do a workout like this on our own somewhere else. I like that it’s on campus with people you know.”
Other students prefer to utilize the fitness opportunities in town. Students mentioned that when they were informed the gym on campus would be under construction, they immediately signed up for a membership with The Edge. 
Junior Caroline Gailius said that she prefers the atmosphere of a gym over a fitness class. “I like doing things on my own time and at my own schedule so having an Edge membership is perfect for me,” she said.

Junior Julia Vitti said that she goes to SoulCycle in town over the Fairfield Fit classes. “I just knew what I was getting with SoulCycle and do it at home a lot so I had only really considered doing that as opposed to the classes.”
According to Blagys, The Edge offered a special Fairfield student pricing this year in September but it has since been discontinued. ZenRide offers a student discount as well. With a student ID, students can purchase one class at $14 as opposed to the regular $18 or 10 classes at $125 as opposed to the regular $159. SoulCycle does not offer any special student discounts.
The StagBus schedule has changed this year to accommodate those underclassmen without their own means of transportation who signed up for Edge memberships. 
For more information about Fairfield Fit and fitness opportunities in town, visit the Fitness and Recreation tab on Fairfield’s website.


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With the Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex under construction, the Fairfield community has had to find alternative ways to get their physical fitness in. Due to this construction, Fairfield introduced a new program this year called Fairfield Fit to offer alternative means of exercise, as well as to promote health and wellness on campus.
The Fairfield Fit program allows students, faculty and staff to attend free fitness classes at different locations around campus.
Currently, there are 29 fitness classes with the addition of another yoga class and cardio hop to be added soon, according to Betsy Blagys, operations assistant. “There is something for everyone. We accommodate all levels of fitness. The classes are not intense and the instructors are really approachable,” Blagys said.
Blagys, along with John Paladino, director of sport clubs and intramurals and associate director of recreation, and Allen Gibson, associate director of athletics and facilities and operations, are in charge of organizing and scheduling these classes around campus.
As of now, there are five current Fairfield student instructors, one recent Fairfield graduate instructor and six non-students. Blagys wants to encourage those who are interested to get their certification and become an instructor.
“We are looking to get as many students instructing classes. We want those who are passionate and licensed. It’s a great opportunity to teach on campus,” Blagys said.
The Recreation Department hopes that Fairfield Fit will grow into something more than a means to exercise. Paladino said, “We want to make fitness synonymous with wellness.” Blagys added, “We need to build on the wellness component and get nutritionists, stress management classes, etc.”
Blagys noted that the classes are attended by all grades; however, the majority of attendees are usually freshmen and sophomores. According to Blagys, the most popular class is yoga which attracts students of all grades.
Classes are held at Alumni Hall, Faber Hall, Dolan Hall and Campion Hall. Regis Hall is planning to host classes starting this week.
With the limited space on campus, the Recreation Department is excited for the opening of the new RecPlex to grow and expand their program. The new RecPlex is scheduled to be ready by September 2016, according to Paladino.
“With the new gym, we are looking to grow and improve our program. We’re definitely eager for the new space, and specialized fitness rooms,” Blagys mentioned.
While most of the classes will be held in the new RecPlex, some classes will continue to be held at the residential halls on campus for students who have found it convenient to attend a class in their dorms.
Sophomore Becca Quillard said, “I don’t have a car on campus, so the fact that I can just walk to one of these fitness classes whenever I want is really great. I live in Kostka so it’s great to just walk over to Faber and get my workout in.”
While there are various fitness opportunities nearby such as The Edge, SoulCycle and ZenRide, some students prefer the idea of taking a class with other members of the Fairfield community.
Juniors Brianna Meyer and Caroline Campanelli participate regularly in Robbie Hansen’s ‘17 Insanity classes on Tuesdays and Fridays.
“He pushes you, he’s really nice and it’s easier than going somewhere else,” said Meyer.
Campanelli added, “I wouldn’t do a workout like this on our own somewhere else. I like that it’s on campus with people you know.”
Other students prefer to utilize the fitness opportunities in town. Students mentioned that when they were informed the gym on campus would be under construction, they immediately signed up for a membership with The Edge. 
Junior Caroline Gailius said that she prefers the atmosphere of a gym over a fitness class. “I like doing things on my own time and at my own schedule so having an Edge membership is perfect for me,” she said.

Junior Julia Vitti said that she goes to SoulCycle in town over the Fairfield Fit classes. “I just knew what I was getting with SoulCycle and do it at home a lot so I had only really considered doing that as opposed to the classes.”
According to Blagys, The Edge offered a special Fairfield student pricing this year in September but it has since been discontinued. ZenRide offers a student discount as well. With a student ID, students can purchase one class at $14 as opposed to the regular $18 or 10 classes at $125 as opposed to the regular $159. SoulCycle does not offer any special student discounts.
The StagBus schedule has changed this year to accommodate those underclassmen without their own means of transportation who signed up for Edge memberships. 
For more information about Fairfield Fit and fitness opportunities in town, visit the Fitness and Recreation tab on Fairfield’s website.


Life After Insanity: What's Next for Shaun T?


“I’ll be walking behind someone at the airport and they will turn around and be like, ‘Omg, I heard your voice,” Shaun T, Creator of Insanity tells FOXBusiness.com. “And, that to me is the most powerful thing and the biggest compliment that you can give me.”
Shaun T became a household name when his workout video, INSANITY swept the fitness industry.
“I was 50/50 going in. I thought either no one is going to buy this or people would be like, okay I’m ready for a challenge,” he adds.
People bought it! Shaun T has sold over 10 million DVDs, resulting in sales of $350 million since partnering with Beachbody, a private company specializing in at-home workout videos and nutrition since 2007.
Now, the former backup dancer for Mariah Carey is on a mission to ‘end all exercise’ and build a brand on empowering people.
In July 2015, he released a dance workout called CIZE. “It’s the end of exercise as you know it because I want people to have fun and just live and enjoy what they do,” he says. “We really get people to forget about exercising.”
That mission to empower people has turned into a brand new clothing line, a meal delivery program, a podcast, and numerous corporate speaking events.
“The Shaun T brand is about trusting and believing in who you are. You have to trust in yourself and you have to believe that you can do it.”
Companies also hire him to motivate their sales force or jumpstart an executive team. Shaun T got his start as a health program manager at one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies Wyeth, which was acquired by Pfizer (PFE) in 2009.
“I actually think back to that job a lot. Some people don’t like to look back at the beginning, just like someone who is on a weight loss journey. They don’t want to look back and see the pictures. It helps motivate me. That’s your power, that’s your momentum to carry you forward.”
Shaun T says his brand is more about fitness too. He wants to inspire.
“I’m working on a book and I want to do more TV,” notes Shaun T, who just finished his first season as a host of ABC’s, “My Diet is Better Than Yours.”
And after 19 years in the fitness industry, Shaun T points out that he still gets his motivation and drive from one place.

“My mind always goes back to my grandfather,” he says. “He was a pastor and would be in front of the church motivating people and would go to different parts of the town and give out food to people who couldn’t afford it.”
 

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“I’ll be walking behind someone at the airport and they will turn around and be like, ‘Omg, I heard your voice,” Shaun T, Creator of Insanity tells FOXBusiness.com. “And, that to me is the most powerful thing and the biggest compliment that you can give me.”
Shaun T became a household name when his workout video, INSANITY swept the fitness industry.
“I was 50/50 going in. I thought either no one is going to buy this or people would be like, okay I’m ready for a challenge,” he adds.
People bought it! Shaun T has sold over 10 million DVDs, resulting in sales of $350 million since partnering with Beachbody, a private company specializing in at-home workout videos and nutrition since 2007.
Now, the former backup dancer for Mariah Carey is on a mission to ‘end all exercise’ and build a brand on empowering people.
In July 2015, he released a dance workout called CIZE. “It’s the end of exercise as you know it because I want people to have fun and just live and enjoy what they do,” he says. “We really get people to forget about exercising.”
That mission to empower people has turned into a brand new clothing line, a meal delivery program, a podcast, and numerous corporate speaking events.
“The Shaun T brand is about trusting and believing in who you are. You have to trust in yourself and you have to believe that you can do it.”
Companies also hire him to motivate their sales force or jumpstart an executive team. Shaun T got his start as a health program manager at one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies Wyeth, which was acquired by Pfizer (PFE) in 2009.
“I actually think back to that job a lot. Some people don’t like to look back at the beginning, just like someone who is on a weight loss journey. They don’t want to look back and see the pictures. It helps motivate me. That’s your power, that’s your momentum to carry you forward.”
Shaun T says his brand is more about fitness too. He wants to inspire.
“I’m working on a book and I want to do more TV,” notes Shaun T, who just finished his first season as a host of ABC’s, “My Diet is Better Than Yours.”
And after 19 years in the fitness industry, Shaun T points out that he still gets his motivation and drive from one place.

“My mind always goes back to my grandfather,” he says. “He was a pastor and would be in front of the church motivating people and would go to different parts of the town and give out food to people who couldn’t afford it.”
 

Weekend Events: CBS 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo and more


Richmond City Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities Black History Month Art Exhibition, “To Sir With Love: African-American Male as Subject” meet the artists reception February 5th from 6:30 – 8:30pm, exhibit runs through March 4th at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. Details visit the Richmond VA Parks and Recreation Facebook or www.RichmondGov.com/parks.
“It’s In The Bag”  presented by LINC – Legal Information Network for Cancer, from 6-9pm at The Hilton Downtown Richmond. Food, drinks and Designer bags to bid on, including two bags donated and signed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Tickets are $45
Saturday, February 6th
The 14th annual CBS 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo, 10am – 4pm at the Greater Richmond Convention Center featuring Health & Fitness Expert Shaun T – creator of Insanity, T25, Insanity Max30 and Cize, will appear at this year’s CBS 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo! Get your tickets to take part in a 45-minute LIVE workout with Shaun T (1 to 2 p.m.) and an opportunity to ask questions during a LIVE Q&A session (2 to 3 p.m.).  Entertainment Stage – American Family doing a Zumba segment at 10:15am. Come out and learn ways to support a healthier you.
General Expo: This year’s expo will feature presentations from leading health experts in Richmond. Learn how to prevent heart disease, achieve permanent weight loss and protect yourself against cancer. Free Health Screenings, Kid’s Zone Activities – Mascot Dance-Off, Cooking Demos. Separate ticket required to workout with Shaun T. General expo admission is $3 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Sunday, February 7th
3rd ANNUAL UNITED VOICES: RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH SONG AND WORD, sponsored by The Renewal Projects and Diversity Richmond in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7 from 3-5 p.m. at the 31st Street Baptist Church located at 823 North 31st Street. The event is free and open to the public. The event features regional celebrities who will read the local testimonies of Richmonders surviving and thriving after their HIV diagnoses. Guest speakers will include: Senator Donald McEachin, CBS 6’s Antoinette Essa, “Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence, Peter Paul Development Center Executive Director Damon Jiggetts, Seventh Street Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Micah Jackson, NBC 12 Vice President Kym Grinnage and the Honorable Cynthia Newbille. Local musical groups will also donate their time and talent to the cause, The Ingramettes, Gospel Gents, Levitical Priests, Monument City Music’s Richmond Men’s Choir and the 7th Street Baptist Church Choir. For more information on the United Voices event or on the Renewal Projects, visit the website atwww.therenewalprojects.org and for information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit the website at www.nationalblackaidsday.org.
Future Events:
Training for the April 9th Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, last day to register for the training is February 14 at local YMCA’s. Members and non-members are welcome to join the Training Teams. To register for the 10K and train visit http://www.sportsbackers.org/training-team/ymca-10k-training-team/.
“Bowling for Boobs” a bowling fundraiser for Reach Out For Life, Saturday, February 20 from 1pm – 4pm at AMF Sunset Lanes, 6540 West Broad Street. Proceeds will support outreach programs for free mammography services for women who can’t afford it. registration open, email Jessica Knight for more details JessicaNKnight@yahoo.com or call 804-977-3920.

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Richmond City Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities Black History Month Art Exhibition, “To Sir With Love: African-American Male as Subject” meet the artists reception February 5th from 6:30 – 8:30pm, exhibit runs through March 4th at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. Details visit the Richmond VA Parks and Recreation Facebook or www.RichmondGov.com/parks.
“It’s In The Bag”  presented by LINC – Legal Information Network for Cancer, from 6-9pm at The Hilton Downtown Richmond. Food, drinks and Designer bags to bid on, including two bags donated and signed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Tickets are $45
Saturday, February 6th
The 14th annual CBS 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo, 10am – 4pm at the Greater Richmond Convention Center featuring Health & Fitness Expert Shaun T – creator of Insanity, T25, Insanity Max30 and Cize, will appear at this year’s CBS 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo! Get your tickets to take part in a 45-minute LIVE workout with Shaun T (1 to 2 p.m.) and an opportunity to ask questions during a LIVE Q&A session (2 to 3 p.m.).  Entertainment Stage – American Family doing a Zumba segment at 10:15am. Come out and learn ways to support a healthier you.
General Expo: This year’s expo will feature presentations from leading health experts in Richmond. Learn how to prevent heart disease, achieve permanent weight loss and protect yourself against cancer. Free Health Screenings, Kid’s Zone Activities – Mascot Dance-Off, Cooking Demos. Separate ticket required to workout with Shaun T. General expo admission is $3 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Sunday, February 7th
3rd ANNUAL UNITED VOICES: RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH SONG AND WORD, sponsored by The Renewal Projects and Diversity Richmond in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7 from 3-5 p.m. at the 31st Street Baptist Church located at 823 North 31st Street. The event is free and open to the public. The event features regional celebrities who will read the local testimonies of Richmonders surviving and thriving after their HIV diagnoses. Guest speakers will include: Senator Donald McEachin, CBS 6’s Antoinette Essa, “Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence, Peter Paul Development Center Executive Director Damon Jiggetts, Seventh Street Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Micah Jackson, NBC 12 Vice President Kym Grinnage and the Honorable Cynthia Newbille. Local musical groups will also donate their time and talent to the cause, The Ingramettes, Gospel Gents, Levitical Priests, Monument City Music’s Richmond Men’s Choir and the 7th Street Baptist Church Choir. For more information on the United Voices event or on the Renewal Projects, visit the website atwww.therenewalprojects.org and for information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit the website at www.nationalblackaidsday.org.
Future Events:
Training for the April 9th Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, last day to register for the training is February 14 at local YMCA’s. Members and non-members are welcome to join the Training Teams. To register for the 10K and train visit http://www.sportsbackers.org/training-team/ymca-10k-training-team/.
“Bowling for Boobs” a bowling fundraiser for Reach Out For Life, Saturday, February 20 from 1pm – 4pm at AMF Sunset Lanes, 6540 West Broad Street. Proceeds will support outreach programs for free mammography services for women who can’t afford it. registration open, email Jessica Knight for more details JessicaNKnight@yahoo.com or call 804-977-3920.

How a Barre Workout Can Give You Tone and Strength


Fitness trends come and go, and each one promises the perfect body. Yoga, tai chi and the martial arts are popular options to help achieve increased strength while maintaining flexibility and lean muscle. Today, ballet barre fitness classes – or barre for short – have become quite trendy.
The name comes from the French word “barre,” which refers to the railing used in ballet classes. Barre offers body sculpting combined with toning exercises set to music. The classes are designed primarily to give you a long, lean dancer’s physique.
How barre works
Most barre methods incorporate exercises done at a ballet barre, combined with elements of Pilates andyoga. The exercises rely mainly on your own body’s weight for resistance, and the moves challenge your core stability and balance.
Many barre programs also incorporate cardiovascular activity to increase the number of calories you burn, and some even include elements of kickboxing or slide boards.
The goal of barre classes is to improve your overall tone and strength by focusing on a high number of repetitions, core strength and control. Instead of static or isometric holds, barre classes include more movement patterns that use pulsing or high repetitions, which, while fatiguing, are essential for building endurance.
Advanced classes have more cardio and sometimes plyometric (jumping-based) activities and more frequent position changes with movement patterns. Most classes focus on core stabilization as well as ankle and gluteal/hip strengthening
Equipment includes a yoga mat, light dumbbells and, of course, a barre, which is provided at the studio where you take classes. Ballet experience is not required.
How to choose a barre class
When choosing a barre class, it’s important to select an appropriate fitness level and research the program to ensure the instructors are certified. You should be challenged by the exercises, but also be able to perform the often-complex movements with proper form and without pain.
Other things to keep in mind when you consider taking a barre class:
  • Most barre exercises can be modified to different experience and fitness levels.
  • Barre classes place stress on the foot and ankle, since many of the exercises are performed while standing. If you have a history of foot or ankle problems, check with your physical therapist or physician before beginning.
  • Your heart rate will increase more in barre than in a yoga or Pilates class.
  • Focus on proper form so you don’t strain your lower back.

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Fitness trends come and go, and each one promises the perfect body. Yoga, tai chi and the martial arts are popular options to help achieve increased strength while maintaining flexibility and lean muscle. Today, ballet barre fitness classes – or barre for short – have become quite trendy.
The name comes from the French word “barre,” which refers to the railing used in ballet classes. Barre offers body sculpting combined with toning exercises set to music. The classes are designed primarily to give you a long, lean dancer’s physique.
How barre works
Most barre methods incorporate exercises done at a ballet barre, combined with elements of Pilates andyoga. The exercises rely mainly on your own body’s weight for resistance, and the moves challenge your core stability and balance.
Many barre programs also incorporate cardiovascular activity to increase the number of calories you burn, and some even include elements of kickboxing or slide boards.
The goal of barre classes is to improve your overall tone and strength by focusing on a high number of repetitions, core strength and control. Instead of static or isometric holds, barre classes include more movement patterns that use pulsing or high repetitions, which, while fatiguing, are essential for building endurance.
Advanced classes have more cardio and sometimes plyometric (jumping-based) activities and more frequent position changes with movement patterns. Most classes focus on core stabilization as well as ankle and gluteal/hip strengthening
Equipment includes a yoga mat, light dumbbells and, of course, a barre, which is provided at the studio where you take classes. Ballet experience is not required.
How to choose a barre class
When choosing a barre class, it’s important to select an appropriate fitness level and research the program to ensure the instructors are certified. You should be challenged by the exercises, but also be able to perform the often-complex movements with proper form and without pain.
Other things to keep in mind when you consider taking a barre class:
  • Most barre exercises can be modified to different experience and fitness levels.
  • Barre classes place stress on the foot and ankle, since many of the exercises are performed while standing. If you have a history of foot or ankle problems, check with your physical therapist or physician before beginning.
  • Your heart rate will increase more in barre than in a yoga or Pilates class.
  • Focus on proper form so you don’t strain your lower back.

High-Intensity Fitness Programs: A Guide for Beginners


Are you looking for a high-intensity core strength and condition
ing program? You might consider joining an extreme fitness program, which have grown in popularity over the last decade.
Extreme fitness program you may have heard of include CrossFitTM, Insanity®, P90X®, Rev4 and ReZist. Each of these programs attracts committed and athletic participants who 
are often looking for a fitness community.
CrossFit, for example, is promoted as a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive fitness sport. Founded in California in 2000, CrossFit was designed to improve fitness across many domains, including cardiovascular, strength, stamina and coordination.
The high-level strength and conditioning program emphasizes varied exercises and functional movements. It is a program used by athletes and military services personnel, and is not for the faint of heart. It is also a business with a growing number of gyms (called affiliates) across the United States.
A closer look at a high-intensity regimen
CrossFit aims to challenge athletes with varying exercises ranging from running to gymnastics to weightlifting. CrossFit gyms across the country offer hour-long classes that typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity Workout of the Day, and a period of individual or group stretching.
The daily workout might include sprints, kettle bell exercises and pull-ups, or it might mix squats, rowing and push-ups. Performance on each daily workout often is scored to encourage competition and track individual progress.
The program says it is designed for committed athletes, regardless of experience. Those just starting out use the same routines and programs as the extreme, high-intensity athletes. Each one simply modifies the weights and workout intensity to what is appropriate for his or her fitness level.
“As with any new exercise regimen, safety and proper form are key to avoiding potential injuries,” saysRichard Figler, MD. “And this is a high-intensity program, so it’s especially important to know your health status and, if necessary, consult your physician prior to starting a new exercise routine.”
Make sure it’s right for you
If you decide you want a high-intensity fitness program, many gyms offer a free introductory session that includes an overview and sample workout. The sessions may be one-on-one with a trainer, while others will be group-based. Those styles appeal to different types of exercisers, so think about what style you like best.
The goal of functional movement stays the same; the loads you carry and intensity of the workout changes with your goals and abilities.
Joining any exercise program is a commitment, so you want to know if it’s right for you. Styles differ from place to place. So if you really want to see if you like a high-intensity fitness program, sample as many of the free sessions as you can at different locations.

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Are you looking for a high-intensity core strength and condition
ing program? You might consider joining an extreme fitness program, which have grown in popularity over the last decade.
Extreme fitness program you may have heard of include CrossFitTM, Insanity®, P90X®, Rev4 and ReZist. Each of these programs attracts committed and athletic participants who 
are often looking for a fitness community.
CrossFit, for example, is promoted as a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive fitness sport. Founded in California in 2000, CrossFit was designed to improve fitness across many domains, including cardiovascular, strength, stamina and coordination.
The high-level strength and conditioning program emphasizes varied exercises and functional movements. It is a program used by athletes and military services personnel, and is not for the faint of heart. It is also a business with a growing number of gyms (called affiliates) across the United States.
A closer look at a high-intensity regimen
CrossFit aims to challenge athletes with varying exercises ranging from running to gymnastics to weightlifting. CrossFit gyms across the country offer hour-long classes that typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity Workout of the Day, and a period of individual or group stretching.
The daily workout might include sprints, kettle bell exercises and pull-ups, or it might mix squats, rowing and push-ups. Performance on each daily workout often is scored to encourage competition and track individual progress.
The program says it is designed for committed athletes, regardless of experience. Those just starting out use the same routines and programs as the extreme, high-intensity athletes. Each one simply modifies the weights and workout intensity to what is appropriate for his or her fitness level.
“As with any new exercise regimen, safety and proper form are key to avoiding potential injuries,” saysRichard Figler, MD. “And this is a high-intensity program, so it’s especially important to know your health status and, if necessary, consult your physician prior to starting a new exercise routine.”
Make sure it’s right for you
If you decide you want a high-intensity fitness program, many gyms offer a free introductory session that includes an overview and sample workout. The sessions may be one-on-one with a trainer, while others will be group-based. Those styles appeal to different types of exercisers, so think about what style you like best.
The goal of functional movement stays the same; the loads you carry and intensity of the workout changes with your goals and abilities.
Joining any exercise program is a commitment, so you want to know if it’s right for you. Styles differ from place to place. So if you really want to see if you like a high-intensity fitness program, sample as many of the free sessions as you can at different locations.