Tuesday, July 26, 2011

When Did Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine Become A Reality?

Yes, I know I'm dating myself big time with that reference. And now I'm going to do it again.

My first year of high school, girls played 6-"man" basketball. Two girls from each team played offense, two played defense and two were "rovers". Only the rovers could play the entire length of the basketball court, the others could only play one end of the court.

Yes, girls were supposedly too weak and fragile to run back and forth for an entire game. (It did change the following year.)

Apparently, they were too weak to run the Boston Marathon, too.

Until 1972, women were not officially allowed to enter that race. Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb is now recognized as being the first woman to run the entire marathon, which she did unofficially in 1966. A year later, Kathrine Switzer, registered as "K.V. Switzer" and was the first woman to participate wearing a race number. You can read her own account of how and why it all happened here ==> The Real Story of Kathrine Switzer's 1967 Boston Marathon

Even though there was no official rule against women running the Boston marathon, it was simply considered "fact" that women were not capable of completing 26.2 miles.

Here's a photo of a race official physically trying to force Switzer out of the race and remove her number. Luckily, her then-boyfriend prevented that.

So, why am I traveling down memory lane today?

I recently came across an article about the head of Procter & Gamble's global beauty division, Gina Drosos, written by Patricia Sellers. This sentence set me on this little (O.K., not so little) rant...

The top boss of Procter & Gamble's (PG) global beauty division is, is, like quite a few of Fortune's Most Powerful Women, a recovering jock.

A "recovering jock?" Dear Ms. Sellers, in the immortal words of John McEnroe, "You CAN NOT be serious!"

I'm sure the author was just trying to be clever but that doesn't negate the stupidity of her statement.

Why would she write that when, as she herself notes, a larger percentage of female executives played sports compared to the general female population?

Sports teach girls discipline, teamwork and that it's O.K. to want to win. They learn to take risks, be a leader, and how to deal with and learn from failure. Athletics help develop self confidence and self esteem and teaches perseverance and resilience.

Why are those traits something women should recover from? And why would anyone, especially a woman, try to paint having participated in sports as something to distance yourself from?

"Recovering jock?" Seriously? Is Patricia Sellers a time traveler from the "Happy Days" era?

On a related note, why does the term "tomboy" even still exist? Why is it considered "ungirl-like" to climb trees, run and play sports? One of my nephews has enjoyed baking since he was young; he also plays sports. No one nowadays would consider labeling him a "sissy" because he enjoys something once considered the province of women. And yet, girls who'd rather be active than sit around playing dolls are still branded as "tomboys" and it's rarely a compliment.

Women and girls should be encouraged to be "jocks" and remain "jocks." There are too many physical, mental, emotional, and achievement benefits of athletics for anyone to be trying to transport our attitudes back to the time of June Cleaver.

If Ms. Sellers wants to cook, clean, and do laundry in heels and pearls more power to her; just leave the rest of us in 2011. :-)

You can read Patricia Sellers' entire article about Gina Drosos here ==> This beauty queen is no girly girl

What do you think? Should women refer to themselves or others as "recovering jocks?" Should we want to recover? Please leave a comment below.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Meet Body & Soul Fitness Studio's TV Star

Body & Soul member, Annie Belstra, works out with Fox 43's Melanie Gardner.

First the warmup...

Some pulldowns...

And then some cable chest presses...

Body & Soul Fitness Studio
618 Columbia Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 509-7777


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Collected Fitness Wisdom #37

Weight training machines are designed to only use one muscle at a time (ex: biceps).  That’s great if you want to spend hours in the gym to hit all of your muscles, and then the only thing you do outside the gym is flex in a mirror…

For people with a real life though, it’s important to train the small muscles, tendons, and ligaments that stabilize your joints.

Machines MISS these balancing muscles and support tissues (tendons and ligaments), which means you’ll likely be injured as soon as you move in a way you haven’t pumped on a machine.

~ Luke Wold

Many so-called spiritual people, they overeat, drink too much, they smoke and don’t exercise. But they do go to church every week and pray "Please help my arthritis. Please help me bring up my strength, make me young again.”

~ Jack LaLanne

The best hope to lose body fat is to focus on exercise that will maximize the caloric expenditure for the time expended. The truth is we should work harder, not longer, if we want to lose body fat and burn calories. We are still being victimized by the aerobics craze of the seventies and eighties. Just get in that target heart rate zone and burn fat? I don't think so. Take a walk, work in the garden? Fat chance. Maybe that's where the term fat chance came from. If you really want to get fit, you need to work harder, not longer.

~Mike Boyle 

Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.

~Lee Haney

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Over 100 4-Week Workout Programs For Less Than $1 Each!

I'm sure you're wondering, "What's the catch?" "Is this a trial offer where I'll  be billed the balance at the end of 30 days?" "Do I have to buy some other product to get this deal?"

No, no and there is no catch.

To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of his Turbulence Training's breakthrough, Craig Ballantyne is "rolling back" the pricing on the 1-Year Platinum Membership from today's investment of $297 to only $97 (the original "All Access" TT investment from 2006).   

For just $97, you get a 1-Year
Platinum Turbulence Training
Just one of the many programs you get
Membership, which gives you
complete access to ALL of the
TT programs from the past
(already over 127 of them) and
all the ones that will be released
over the next 12 months. PLUS,
you get a full year of access to
the private TT forums, where you
can get great advice from other members and you can ask Craig any
workout and nutrition questions. That’s right, you get a positive and supportive place with like-minded people AND the ability to interact
with the program’s creator.

You don’t even need a gym membership to use Turbulence Training. Craig is known for his effective, time-efficient, fat-loss programs which can be done at home with minimal equipment.

This is an incredible deal...probably the BEST ever TT deal but it's only available until July 14th.

To recap, you’ll get access to EVERY Turbulence Training Fat Loss Workout (including TT For Abs, Big 5 Fat Loss Circuit, Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks, Bodyweight Cardio, Booty for Wife and LOTS more) , Bootcamp Program, Meatheads Workouts, Bodyweight Exercise Manual, and Challenges Craig has created for over the past decade.

Programs like...

These are just a FEW of the programs you get!

On top of that, you'll get ALL of the new programs he releases for the next 12 months, including the "Fantastic 400 Bodyweight Challenge" and "TT Clash of the Super Villains" coming next Tuesday.

Some of the titles may be wacky but these programs WORK.

Do yourself a favor and check this deal out now ==> The Best Workout Deal Ever

And, yes, that is my testimonial toward the end of the page. No way I'd have my name associated with anything I didn't 100% believe in.

And there's more! (How do you like my imitation of an infomercial? :-)  ) But seriously, there is more. Craig also gives you a 60-day money back guarantee. He says...

"Test drive" the Turbulence Training Ultimate Platinum Workout System for the next 8 weeks with absolutely no risk so you can see for yourself how much fat you can lose. You are completely protected by our iron clad 100% money back guarantee.

Short of Craig actually doing the workouts for you, what more could you possibly want?

Over 127 workout programs, a full year's access to the private TT forum, my testimonial, AND a 60-day money back guarantee. Why are you still here and not checking out this unbelievable deal? You only have a couple of days.

Here's the link ==> The Best Workout Deal Ever


Friday, July 8, 2011

Tired Of The Same Old Boring Fundraisers?

Tired of the same old boring fundraisers? 
I can help!    

I run an indoor charity boot camp every Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M.  All you need to do is reserve a date and start inviting people.

The workouts last approximately 45 minutes and include a warmup and a cooldown. 

Workouts involve primarily body weight and dumbbell exercises. All fitness levels are invited. Anyone, 12 and over, is welcome to participate.  (Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

Exercises will be adapted or substituted, as necessary, so those who aren’t in great shape shouldn’t be afraid to join in.   

Each participant can pay a set amount and/or you can encourage them get sponsors. 100% of the money donated or raised by your participants goes to your charity. I donate my time, the equipment, and use of the facility- there is absolutely no charge to you or the organization.

Hang out with friends, have some fun, get some exercise and raise money for a worthy cause.  What better way to spend 45 minutes on a Saturday morning?

Call me today at (717) 509-7777 for all the details and to reserve your date.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It's The Intensity, Stupid!

Too many people continue to think that exercising longer is automatically better. No so. It depends on your goals.

If you're training for a marathon, of course, you'll need to do some long training runs. However, if your primary goal is dumping fat and getting in shape, the intensity of your workouts is more important than the duration.

Numerous studies have shown high intensity exercise, especially cardio intervals, are more beneficial for fat loss than low or moderate exercise.

When strength training, concentrate on compound exercises, ditch the straight sets for supersets, lower your rest periods and make sure the weights you use are challenging.

All that said, remember, intensity is relative. Don't kill yourself when you're starting out but as your fitness level increases, you'll need to up the intensity level, too.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

Body & Soul's Holiday Weekend Schedule


Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 noon (boot camp at 9:00 & 10:00)

Burn some extra calories before your holiday cookout, picnic or party. Join us for boot camp on Monday. Everyone is welcome. If you are not currently enrolled in boot camp, just pay $20 and I will donate it to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Have a safe and healthy holiday weekend!