Saturday, December 27, 2014

Free Zumba Classes for 2015


Zumba classes Sunday afternoons in January

Are you looking for a group to motivate you to maintain your workouts, challenge your fitness level and to just have fun with? It's been proven that people imitate the behaviors of the groups they spend time with. What a great idea to spend time with people who model healthy lifestyles. Try something new in 2015, add variety to your workout program and meet new people.

January 4, 11, 18, 25

12 - 1 pm

Bring water, towel, family, friends & kids!

Taught by my friend and colleague JoDee Geryak
AFAA certified and Zumba certified instructor at the Burbank YMCA

Classes are absolutely free!

Classes will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church
Holy Cross Hall
3801 Scott Road, Burbank

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas! 
Thanks to all of you in my blog, private training and group fitness community, who have helped make 2014 a fabulous year for Priority Fitness Burbank. 

I've had a wonderful time getting to know some of you better and walking through your fitness journey with you. It's great to see progress and have fun working out together. 

Looking forward to many more times of fun and fitness in 2015. This winter be ready for TRX training, Pilates Fusion classes and semi-private training opportunities. Don't miss out on the fun!

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Workouts

What better way to stay healthy during the holidays than challenging yourself with 12 Days of Christmas Workouts. The plan is this: Choose 12 activities for the 12 days before Christmas. Take your current workout schedule and mix it up a bit. Make it FUN, include friends & family and enjoy the physical exercise. Begin on Saturday, December 13th and complete your twelve-day workout on Wednesday, December 24th.

Here are some ideas:

 *Hike with a friend in Stough Canyon or Wildwood Canyon
 *Ice skate at City Hall or Pickwick
 *Take an evening walk to see Christmas lights
 *Try a different class at your gym or try a new piece of equipment
 *Swim at Verdugo Pool (it is heated)
 *Do 12 push ups, 12 burpees and jump rope for 12 minutes
 *Play an outdoor game: basketball, soccer, bocce ball, just get moving!
 *Go horseback riding near the Equestrian Center
 *Do the workout circuit at Johnny Carson Park
 *Play golf at DeBell Golf Course. Try the 9-hole course, if you are short on time.
 *Jog & sprint the track at Burbank or Burroughs high school
 *Play tennis at Brace Park tennis courts
 *Run the bleachers at one of the high schools or parks. Add pushups & tricep dips.
 *Walk the dog at Brand Park. Try the hills behind the park.
 *Jog 12 blocks, run 1 block, repeat
 *I will do a Christmas Step class at the YMCA on Friday, December 19th. Join us!
 *Roller skate at Moonlight Rollerway on San Fernando Blvd in Glendale
 *Do yoga at Golden Road Brewery on Saturday from 9 - 11am
 *Play Frisbee Golf at DeBell 9-hole golf course
 *Join my YMCA class on Thursday, December 18 for our 30 minute 12 Days of Christmas Workout. I might even sing!
 *Walk, jog, roller blade or bike on Chandler Bike Path. Go all the way from the beginning by Toys R Us to the end in North Hollywood and back for almost 6 miles.

You get the idea. Create your own personalized 12 Day Challenge. Don't overwhelm yourself by adding too many new things. This is not the season for that! Enjoy moving and celebrating life this Christmas season.

When you decide on your 12 Days of Christmas Workouts, share your plan in the COMMENTS below and afterwards let us know how it went. I would love to hear your creative ideas.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holiday Workouts To Go

Holidays often mean traveling. Traveling often means airports and long car rides, gluttony and immobility. Taking time out every day to get in some intentional exercise can help keep you sane (or at least semi-sane). Plan ahead and take exercise clothes to account for the weather of your destination.

Create a routine - With the freedom of a relaxed schedule, it's easier to think that you'll work out "in a while". Try putting on your exercise clothes when you first get up and go out to explore whatever area you are in. Maybe getting in an after-dinner jog sounds better. Whatever you choose, stick with your travel routine.

Exercise is time for you - It's great to connect with family & friends but all that togetherness can be overwhelming at times. Your exercise routine can be the calm time in the day that you need to decompress and pump up some feel-good endorphins.

Figure out some no-equipment strength moves - Find a park bench for pushups and tricep dips. Try walking lunges and wall sits. Crunches are an easy addition to your routine. Plan ahead. Pack bands or a balance disc. They take up little room and can add intensity to your travel workout. (You probably don't want to bring the huge dumbbells like in the photo above.)

In a hotel, you can use the exercise room, of course, but also think outside the box. The stairs offer a great cardio workout (watch out for housekeeping staff). Try incline pushups, tricep dips and staggered squats on the stairs. Finish with some cycles and you are done!

Enjoy time away. Enjoy time with family & friends. And Keep Moving!