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Since I joined Healthworks, I have taken advantage of the wide variety of classes that are offered. Since September I have had the opportunity to take BodyPump twice. I enjoyed it, but it hasn’t been a priority.

I know the benefits of weight training. A higher metabolism, a more toned body, and stronger bones are just a few benefits and I know that I need to incorporate it more into my workouts. So, when a friend asked me to come along with her to the new BodyPump 72 in Brookline Tuesday night, I readily agreed.

It was just what I needed. Read the rest of this entry »

I think a lot of people, myself included, get into ruts at the gym because we tend to do the same workouts every time we exercise. Instead of mixing up workouts, we end up only running on the treadmill or only lifting weights. We tend to not have the time to mix up the workout with some cardio and weight training.

The lack of combining weight training and cardio slows down progress but with a Healthworks BURN class you can amp up the workout and see results. BURN classes are small group workout sessions with an emphasis on interval cardio and strength training. (Definition). Fortunately, for each new member at Healthworks, they receive a complimentary BURN session.

This past week I tried out Jakki’s BURN Baby, BURN class that is offered Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in Cambridge. A personal trainer and Ride instructor, Jakki exudes energy and inspiration, so I was excited to train with her. Here’s a look at the one-hour work out we completed.

To start the workout, Jakki had us do a light warm up on the treadmill getting the heart pumping and blood flowing. Read the rest of this entry »

I really love working out in the mornings for several reasons. First, I am truly a morning person and my energy and focus is at its best in the morning. Second, my exercise is done before I begin my full day of work and sometimes I even forget that I have already been in the gym that day! I feel proud of myself to accomplishing a goal and it gives me the chance to feel good about what my body has accomplished before getting dressed for the day. Third, I truly have more energy than I would have without the exercise.

This morning I took a spinning class after doing some weight lifting and it has helped me all day! I’ve stayed focused on being aware of what I am doing to be more healthy by logging my workout and what I’m eating. Being proud of myself for making just one healthy decision has helped me today since work was not as busy as usual. I remember my first few spinning classes and how difficult they were to complete! I was proud of myself just for finishing the class when I wanted to give up. After over a year of going to spinning fairly regularly, I can really tell that I have developed muscles in my legs. Feeling strong is an important part of my journey to positive body image of myself. I have never played sports past volleyball in middle school so I don’t consider myself an athlete, though I have gone to a gym since I was 14. Being able to do the things that my athletic peers can do is fun! Spinning has a reputation for being tough, and its rewarding to be a part of the group of people in the world who can do it!

-Kelli

Do you work out in the morning? When do you like to workout? Leave your comments!

Last week I went to Healthworks with the plan of meeting one of my friends and co-workers who has been a member of Healthworks for 12 years. We had a plan to do our own “mini-BURN” session where we challenge each other on the treadmills. She is a faster runner than me, so by going on the treadmills we are able to work out together while challenging ourselves personally and encouraging each other to do well. We’ve done this routine a few times, and when we are walking in between intervals, we catch up about what is going on in our lives.

However, when we arrived, we were invited to a special Healthworks Open House event called “Rock Star Spin” with master trainers Diane, Jane, and Nicole. They had dressed up in fun outfits while we spun with a disco ball going – for over an hour! We also got free Powerade samples and free t-shirts for answering Healthworks trivia and for participating in the event. Just another example of why I enjoy going to Healthworks – I was pulled into the event because all the trainers knew my name (and my friend’s name) and that I love spinning! And of course, they know I love a challenge, too.

Afterwards, my friend and I did some weight training for our arms and got to catch up a bit. Weight training in front of a mirror is important so I can check my form and make sure I am doing my workouts correctly. However, I am of course faced with my image in the mirror, which can be distracting! Even if I start out checking out how sweaty I am or if my hair is staying up in the ponytail, I end up also looking at how my body looks in the mirror and how my clothes fit. When a negative or critical thought pops into brain, I try to refocus on what I am doing in the gym and what muscle groups I am working in order to think positive and focus on the positive change I am making by being at Healthworks! Does anyone else have ideas about how to think positively when you look in the mirror and are faced with critical thoughts about your appearance? I would love to hear from you!

-Kelli

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