A New Kind of Healthy Happy Hour

I haven’t always worked as a trainer and group fitness instructor. I too have spent my time sitting at a desk, attending long meetings, and multitasking on projects. Many days I left work feeling stressed and knew I needed a release from that feeling before taking on the tasks of being a wife and mom. Working out became a great option for me to reset from my day.

With the new year upon us I am excited to announce that CustomFit is now offering 5:30pm classes Monday – Thursday. Unlike our BootCamp classes our Happy Hour classes will be more of a traditional group fitness class and be instructor-led.

To offer a well-balanced exercise routine each day will have a different focus:

Monday: 20/20/20 – a combination of cardio, strength and core work will help you start your week with balance and harmony.

Tuesday: Tone It Up – strength training is an important aspect of every exercise program. This class will focus on toning muscles and building strength.

Wednesday: Move It! – there is nothing like a good sweat to work out the stress of the day. A combination of kickboxing, low and high-impact aerobics, and intervals will get your heart pumping and help you to shed both stress and unwanted fat.

Thursday: Recover – we all want to head into the weekend feeling relaxed. This class will use both Pilates and Yoga moves to help you increase strength and flexibility all while helping you wind down from a hectic week.

If the 5:30pm time slot doesn’t work for you, we also offer 7pm BootCamp classes, as well as a PiYo class Mondays – Thursdays. BootCamp is designed to give you a full body workout by moving through circuits and interval training. PiYo (Wednesdays at 7:00pm) is a high-intensity Pilates Yoga Fusion class that is sure to make you sweat!

For more information on any of the CustomFit classes drop me an email or call/text 574-387-1344. Let us help you get ‘ripped’ in 2015.

Happy Hour Class Schedule

Choose a Healthy Happy Hour in 2015

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New Classes for Your New Years Resolutions

The New Year is just around the corner and many people will be making resolutions to get fit and eat better.

I’m excited to announce that starting Monday, January 5th CustomFit will be offering a 5:30 pm class Monday – Thursday (with exception to the last Monday of the month).

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I can help you reach your fitness goals!

Each day will offer a different focus to offer you a well-rounded workout:

Monday: 20/20/20 – 20 min cardio, 20 min strength training, 20 min core

Tuesday: Tone it Up! – Build muscle and trim fat with 60 minutes of strength training

Wednesday: Move It! – Cardio-based exercises that will get your heart thumping and help you burn fat

Thursday: Recover – Pilates/Yoga Fusion class designed to stretch and strengthen your muscles

If you’ve never been to CustomFit your first class is FREE and we have several pricing options for monthly memberships based on the number of classes you will take each week including BootCamp and PiYo.

Drop me an email or text (574-387-1344) for more information or to pre-register for a class.

Creating a Balanced Routine

I think it’s important for everyone to find balance in their workout routines. Incorporating a balance of strength training, cardio and stretching will give you the best results for fat burning and muscle toning.

Developing a strong cardio program can be relatively easy. While you may not care for cardio workouts, it’s not difficult to hop on a treadmill or take a spin class. These activities are sure to raise your heart rate and get you sweating. They key to a successful cardio workout is to find something you enjoy. If you hate running, don’t expect 45 minutes on a treadmill to go well.

Strength training can be a bit more challenging. If you’re not familiar with proper form there is a danger of injury so sticking to the machines is often a good starting point. Gyms often offer an orientation to the gym which includes walking you through the proper way to use the strength training equipment. If this isn’t available, or you need a refresher, many machines have instructions and pictures to educate you on how to use the machine and which muscles the exercises target.

If you are interested in adopting free weights into your workouts, I highly recommend initially working with a personal trainer. A trainer can show you the proper form and help you identify the correct weight to use for the various exercises. Make sure you are facing a mirror whenever working with free weights. This will help to ensure you hold proper form and can see what adjustments need to be made.

I often like to combine cardio bursts with my strength training which how I structure the majority of my BootCamp and Cardio Sculpt classes. I select 3 – 5 strength training moves and after completing 10 – 15 reps of each exercise I ramp up my heart rate with 3 – 5 minutes of cardio intervals. To give you an example:

Repeat the following for three sets

  • Deadlift with upward row (15 reps)
  • Alternate back lunge with hammer curl (10 reps each side)
  • Squat with a shoulder press (15 reps)
  • Tricep push-ups (10)
  • Bicycle crunches (15 reps)
  • Butt kicks, high knees, squat jack, alternate front kicks and fast feet (each exercise for 30 seconds and repeat)

Many people skip stretching as the final stage of their workout and that’s a big mistake. Stretching should be at least five minutes and all stretches should be held for 20 – 30 seconds. Increased flexibility and range of motion are just a couple of the many benefits of stretching.

How do you create balance with your workouts?