Sunday, January 31, 2010

Truth be told.

Carson has been constantly sick for the past 10 weeks.

As I rocked him to sleep for the umpteenth time this morning, I had a little break down. I am tired. Tired of him being sick. Tired of him not sleeping well. Tired of him not being his happy self. Tired of me not remembering what he is like when he is happy. I am just plain tired.

Then, this little beauty popped into my head: il_430xN_118718011

I felt better immediately, knowing that this too shall pass.

Isn’t it amazing how such a small statement can have such a big impact?

Deep breath...

Saturday, January 30, 2010


I went to Target on Thursday and came home with all of this for $27.


So, then I was able to do this:


And that my friends, makes me very happy.

(I have to give props to Joel for hanging it. Thanks babe!)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fitness Friday

Getting your body back after pregnancy is a p-r-o-c-e-s-s, despite what these celebutons portray. For most women, the area they complain most about is their stomach. Your once flat as a pancake abs turned into a saggy mush that resembles a deflated balloon. Pretty sad, right? But, have no fear Whitney is here! I am telling  you there is a way to get your abs (strength and tone)  back. They may be striated with stretch marks, but who sees that anyway? Are you ready to work?

One of the most overlooked group of abdominal muscles, the transverse muscles are the deepest lying abdominal muscles that basically act as a girdle to your entire middle section. These muscles lie horizontally and help to keep your organs in place, while putting pressure onto your abdomen. They are also the muscles you need to target if you want a flatter stomach.

They Do It All
The transverse abdominals are connected to your back muscles as well as your rectus abdominals. The rectus abdominus are your vertical abdominal muscles and are the muscles most commonly targeted when you do stomach exercises. Unfortunately, traditional stomach exercises like crunches tend to by-pass the transverse abs so no matter how many sit-ups you do, your transverse muscles will barely feel the effects.

Any fitness program that targets your core, like Pilates, will include stomach exercises that target the transverse abdominals. However, you often work these muscles without realizing it. Whenever you hold your stomach in, you are working the transverse abs. For instance, the proper position for lunges requires you to keep your back straight and how do you do that? By tightening your abdominals, or more specifically your transverse abdominals, of course.

Why They are Important to Pregnant and Post-Partum Women
Having taut transverse abdominal muscles when you are pregnant has many benefits.

  • Since they are attached to your back muscles, strengthening your transverse abs can help reduce your back pain.
  • Labor may be easier since you learn how to better control your abs and therefore may not need to push as much.
  • The rectus abdominus often tend to split during pregnancy in order to accommodate your growing baby (this is known as diastasis). Having tight transverse abs during pregnancy can get your rectus muscles back into place faster and therefore give you a flatter stomach sooner after pregnancy.
Attending prenatal Pilates classes or taking a specialty prenatal fitness class designed to effectively work the transverse abs can help you stay fit and look great both during and after your pregnancy.

During the postpartum period, when you start exercising again, be sure to include some abdominal exercises that target the transverse abs. Not only will you quickly achieve a flatter stomach, but you should also notice an improvement in your posture and fewer backaches.

Transverse Exercises
Here are some exercises that target those hard to get to transverse muscles. If you are pregnant, consult with your health care provider before doing any of these exercises.

The No-Crunch Crunch

  • To do this exercise, start by lying on the floor with your knees bent and feet firmly on the floor.
  • Lightly place your hands just below and to the sides of your belly button. Firmly press two fingers from each hand into your lower abdomen.
  • Gently begin to draw your lower abdomen down towards the floor (picture a string pulling your navel towards the floor) but do not move your pelvis, raise your chest or hold your breath.
  • Stop drawing in your stomach as soon as you feel your muscles get tight. The muscles underneath your fingers should feel taut but the movement does not require a lot of effort. If you move too far, you will in fact stop working your transverse abs and begin to work your oblique muscles (your side abdominal muscles) instead.
  • Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds, breathing normally the entire time.
  • Do ten repetitions.

    Scissor Kicks

  • To do this abdominal exercise, start by lying on the floor. Place your hands under your buttocks and keep your back pressed against the floor.
  • Raise one leg about 10 inches off the ground and slowly lower it back down. As you lower the one leg, raise the other.
  • Do three sets of ten repetitions.

    Pelvic Tilts

  • Lying on the floor with your back pressed against the floor, bend your knees keeping your feet on the ground.
  • Slowly lift your pelvis up and hold briefly before lowering slowly back down to the ground. Your upper body should remain on the floor throughout the movement.
  • Do three sets of 15 repetitions.

    Lifted-leg Push-up
    If you’re feeling very strong in your upper body, or if you just feel like multi-tasking during your workout, then give this challenging exercise a whirl.

  • Get into push-up position but keep your feet hip-width apart.
  • Raise one leg as high as you can and then do a regular push-up. Switch legs and repeat.
  • This is a pretty tough one, especially if you don’t have much upper-body strength, so just do as many as you can.

    For an easier variation of this exercise, try this:

  • Get down on all fours with your hands positioned about shoulder-width apart, elbows slightly bent. Your knees should be together and positioned underneath your hips. To make the exercise more challenging, place your knees slightly behind you. Have your toes curled on the floor. Your heels should not be touching the floor.
  • Tighten your abs by drawing your navel in towards your spine. In a smooth, controlled motion, raise your knees off the ground. Your upper body should not move.
  • Hold for one breath and then slowly lower down.
  • Aim for three sets of ten.

    One more thing. Don’t think that these exercises alone will take you from flab to fab. Remember? I said it took work.  You need to make sure you eat clean and get your strength/cardio sessions in too!

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    Have your cake.

    And eat it too. Carson did just that.




    Despite eating all that cake, he still weighed in as a lightweight at the doctor.

    Weight: 19.3lbs (6th%)                            Height: 29.75’ (50th%)

    • He loves his daddy. More than his mom. It’s true.
    • He loves music. He will have more rhythm than his dad.
    • He loves to be read to.
    • He’s thisclose to walking. He just needs to gain confidence.
    • He loves the phone. The ring, the noise, the buttons.
    • He loves food that is ‘suck and swallow’ worthy.
    • He loves the kitchen and the bathroom.
    • He loves to help me cook in the bjorn.
    • He loves to throw his food.
    • He loves to be thrown in the Lovesac.
    • He loves his blankie.
    • He loves to suck his right index finger.
    • He loves his ‘nursie’. Uh. He may be a difficult one to wean.
    • He is just a lover. Plain and simple.   

    I really can’t think of many things he doesn’t like. Well, now that I think about it a little, I guess there are a few. He doesn’t like the vacuum, or the blow dryer, or anything that makes noise. He also doesn’t like babysitters {still}.

    What a fun little guy we have. It gets better and better every day. It really does.


    Don’t tell Joel, but I am having an affair with a guy named Craig.

    Lately I have been spending every waking moment with him and his ‘list’.

    The thing is, he just has so much potential!

    However, if he keeps playing games with my heart, I might just leave him. 

    Wait. Who am I kidding? That’s what keeps me interested.

    He’s such a player.

    And so it goes…

    Joel and I have resided in our apartment for 4.5 years. Every time our lease is about to expire, it begins a series of discussions in our house.  I am ready for a change. I want a neighborhood that I can go running in or where I can take Carson on walks- once it’s not negative 532145 degrees outside. I want another bedroom and maybe even a basement for extra storage. Basically, I just want to like where I live. Our apartment was great when I was working full time, but now I am home with Carson all day, I really want to be somewhere that feels like ‘home’.

    As for Joel, I think he could quite possibly be content dying here. He doesn’t have do to yard work. He doesn’t have to fix anything. He doesn’t have to shovel snow. He is a minimalist and when I suggest needing more space he replies, “ Just stop buying things and we’ll have plenty of room.” Oh, that will work with a growing child. NOT!

    And so it goes, do we stay or do we move? Am I being selfish and superficial and materialistic and impatient because I am ready to move and we don’t really need to? I’d like to think I am being practical and doing what is in the best interest of our family {and my sanity} because let’s face it: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

    However, then I think about the packing and cleaning and unpacking and setting  up utilities and cable and internet, and I think, “Maybe it’s not so bad here.”

    Oh boy. And so it goes…

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    Fitness Friday

    This article is written by Dr. John Berardi. He is a nutritionist and has a program called Precision Nutrition.

    While I don’t agree with #2, keep in mind that in addition to offering advice, he is trying to sell his product, which is a nutrition program.  I do agree with him, however, that nutrition is often de-emphasized in the weight loss process. Proper nutrition in conjunction with exercise reaps the best results. You already knew that though!

    With that being said, here are his 6 tips for a fitter 2010:

    1. Do less.

    This rule doesn’t make sense to a lot of people at first: to acheive more, you have to do less.

    People make change hard on themselves by attempting to change too many things at once. They try to overhaul their diet, their exercise habits, their finances, their relationships, etc., all at once — and each of those changes is probably made up of 10-20 smaller behaviors that have to change. That’s a big mistake.

    My own experience as a coach (and plenty of emerging research) shows that people can typically change only one behavior at a time. Read that again: One. Behavior. At. A. Time.

    Human beings are impatient. We want instant gratification. We want everything now — or better yet, yesterday. In fact, one particular client from last summer’s Lean Eating program wrote a critique of the plan, essentially saying that he would have preferred had we taught him all the habits and behaviors at once, instead of doling them out over the course of the program.

    That sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? I mean, if there are things he could have done from the very beginning, why did we wait 4 or 5 months to have him do them? Couldn’t he have done more?


    You see, doing more is the problem! It’s what everyone tries to do. They go in guns blazing, making massive changes across the board, only to collapse in a heap of exhaustion and self-loathing when the first promise to themselves is broken. Of course, you COULD change more than one thing at once, but not for long, and never for long enough to see lasting, sustainable improvement — which is what you really want, isn’t it?

    Oh, and that guy who complained that we should have taught him everything at once? He happened to lose 50 lbs doing it our way — and won the $10,000 prize for the best body transformation!

    Accept the fact that you can only change one behavior at a time, and you will succeed. Try to change more than one thing at a time, and you will fail. It’s really that simple.

    2. Focus on your nutrition — exercise doesn’t work.

    What is the exercise myth?  You know, the one perpetuated by fitness clubs across the globe telling us that as long as we exercise a few times a week and eat a “sensible diet”, whatever that means, we’ll have a sizzling sex life and cover model abs.

    Well, I’ve got 20 years experience and a whole binder full of studies that suggest otherwise.  In fact, two recent studies have shown that exercise alone, isn’t all that effective for helping people lose fat, gain lean, and improve their body composition. I know it’s hard to believe.  But it’s totally true.

    One, done at the University of Texas, showed that with 6 hours of strength + cardio exercise per week for 3 straight months, participants only lost 1lb of fat vs. their completely sedentary counterparts.

    Another, done at the University of Oklahoma, showed that with 5 hours of strength + cardio exercise per week for 2.5 months, participants only lose 1.5lbs of fat vs. their sedentary counterparts.

    Of course, I’m not telling you this to convince you that exercise is no good.  Rather, I’m trying to make a much more important point.  And that point is this.  Exercise ALONE isn’t very effective at promoting weight loss. However, when you combine a proper exercise program PLUS the right nutrition habits, the sky’s the limit.

    Let’s contrast the results of the studies above with the results of our last few groups of Lean Eating clients.  Over the course of each 6 month Lean Eating coaching period, our Lean Eaters lost, on average, 15lbs of body fat, while gaining 5lbs of lean.  But that’s just the average!  Check out the video above for some jaw-dropping transformations.

    So, if you’re hoping to change your body significantly in 2010, whether you like it or not, you’re gonna have to nail down your diet.  Research has proven it.  Years of experience have validated the research.  And the sooner you realize it, the sooner you’ll be on track to awesome results.

    3. Find a social support network.

    Weight gain can spread like a virus.  Indeed, a few months ago, we reviewed a provocative study here on the site. The study looked into patterns of weight gain and obesity in communities, and the conclusion was this: Weight gain is contagious.

    Now, of course they didn’t mean that someone could cough on you and a few days later you’d wake up with a fever and fifty extra pounds around your waist. Body fat doesn’t spread like a germ, but it does spread. The study concluded that it spreads through the behaviors we pick up, most of the time subconsciously, from those around us.

    Fortunately, leanness also can also be contagious.  If you hang out with people who INSPIRE you, who LIFT YOU UP, inevitably you’ll find yourself inspiring others, and lifting up those around you.

    Decide today to go out and add some more fitness-minded people to your life. Start small. If you don’t have anyone, find someone. If you’ve got one person, find a second. If you’ve got two people, find a third. Find a training partner.  Join a group class. Find a friend of a friend who’s done what you want to do and just ask them for help.

    Really, if you don’t have a strong social support circle, people who can help you, people who inspire you, people you can lean on, then that’s one of the first things that needs to improve in 2010.

    4. Give yourself an incentive or reward.

    Truly, over the last 20 years I’ve coached people in all different types of environments.  And the most inspiring results, accomplished by the most motivated people, always seem to come when there’s a big reward in place.  That’s why, in the Lean Eating program, we offer $40,000 in prize money.  $10,000 to the best male body transformation, $10,000 to the best female body transformation. And four runners up, two male, two female, get 5 thousand each.

    It’s a reward big enough to help folks overcome the inertia that keeps most people from getting fit.

    In 2010, if you’re committing to getting in better shape than ever before, what’s your incentive going to be?  Are you going to have a body transformation contest with your friends?  With your work colleagues?  Is money going to be on the line?  A vacation somewhere special?

    It doesn’t matter what the incentive is.  But there has to be one.  And it has to be big enough to keep you focused when your motivation wanes.  Which it always does, even if for just a little while.

    5. Take a risk.

    On the other side of reward, we’ve got punishment.  The stick.  It’s the yin to reward’s yang.  And it’s equally important when you’re trying to change your habits and your body.  In fact, I’ve called it “the best kept secret in weight loss.”

    I learned a lot about this principle in a book called “The Blackmail Diet.”  It this book, Dr John Bear mentions that experts can tell you what to do to lose weight.  But all of this advice doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if you’re not forced to stay on the plan when the motivation wanes, when things get hard, when life gets in the way.  Even famous fiction author Steven King writes about this principle in the context of quitting smoking.

    So, you’ve got your reward down.  Now let’s pick your punishment.  What uncomfortable thing are you gonna use to keep yourself motivated, to create pressure to succeed?

    One of our 2009 Lean Eaters choose a can of dog food.  That’s right, he made a public declaration that he’d stick to the Lean Eating program for 6 months and lost at leas 25lbs.  And if he didn’t?  He’d eat a nasty can of dog food at work, in front of everyone.

    Guess what?  He ended up a men’s finalist.

    6. Do something — anything — right now.

    In fitness and in life.  If you don’t do it now, it’s not likely you’ll ever do it.

    I know, I know, you like to “do your research”, read, learn, reason, and decide. But, the chinese have a great saying that tells you exactly where that gets you:  one who deliberates fully before taking their first step will spend their entire life on one leg. And the Americans have a simpler one: just do it.

    I’ve found that those who just do it, need 3 things.  First, they need a sense of importance.  At some deep level, you need to genuinely feel that changing your habits and your body is really important.

    Second, you need confidence.  Not necessarily in yourself (although that helps).  After all, almost everyone starting something new lacks confidence.  No, you need confidence in your plan.  You need to really believe that the plan you’re about to follow, will work.

    Third, you need a willingness to act.  You see motivation comes and goes.  And the trick is to strike when the iron is hot.  To act decisively when the motivation is there.  And in the video below, I’ll tell you the story of how one client made the decision to lose weight and to quit smoking.  It’s pretty cool.

    The key is to do something positive, anything, right now. To be decisive, and act in a way that brings you even an inch closer to your dream.  If you can do it on your own, go for it. If you need help, get it. It doesn’t matter what it is.  As long as it’s positive and you can do it in the next 5 minutes.

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Birthday Boy

    Even with a 102 degree fever, he was still ready to party!




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    Happy Birthday Little Nut!

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Fitness Friday

    I want to hear from you. What do you want to see from me?

    While you think about it, get your booty off that chair and try this workout:

    CIRCUIT # 1
    This circuit will consist of 2 exercises performed back to back for 10 minutes.
    Exercise # 1 – Standing Cable Row – 1 or 2 arm – perform 15-40 reps per arm per set – and remember...little to no rest between sets
    Exercise # 2 – Step-Ups...I can't believe I am giving you a video for this, but ... – 15-60 reps per leg per set using bodyweight only (reduce the height of the step to make the 15 rep minimum)
    For each exercise, select a weight that will allow you to perform the required repetitions with good form
    Each set will consist of between 15 and 60 repetitions (if you can’t get 15 reps, lower the weight)
    *REST 2 to 5 MINUTES and then move onto the next superset

    CIRCUIT # 2
    This circuit will consist of 2 exercises performed back to back for 10 minutes.
    Exercise # 1 – Cable or Band Horizontal WoodChop - – 15-40 reps each side – go light on the weight – little to no rest between sets
    Exercise # 2 – Single Leg Deadlift - – 15-40 reps per leg per set using bodyweight or bodyweight + dumbbells
    *REST 2 to 5 MINUTES and then move onto the next superset

    CIRCUIT # 3
    This circuit will consist of 2 exercises performed back to back for 10 minutes.
    Exercise # 1 – Pulldowns ( – 15-40 reps per set – go light on the weight and switch grips after each set – little to no rest between sets
    Exercise # 2 – Reverse Lunge - – use dumbbells or bodyweight - 15-40 reps per leg
    Pulldowns can be performed at home using bands and the lunge requires either only bodyweight or some other weighted resistance

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Treasure hunting

    I absolutely love to ‘hard shop” for things. I don’t mind rummaging through racks. In fact, that is how I prefer to shop. Yes, it takes more time, but I think it is totally worth it.

    Growing up I only shopped at malls. Now that I need to be more budget conscious, I almost never step foot in a mall- unless it’s to browse to get ideas or because there is a really good sale.

    And, you want to know a little secret? I never, EVER pay full price for clothing items. For that reason, TJMAXX, Marshal’s, Slickdeals, and Nordstrom Rack are my fav’s.

    My recent treasures:

    • A pair of Downeast dark Skinny jeans for $13.99.
    • An adorable, sherpa-lined toggle coat for Carson-$7.99.
    • A Victoria’s Secret wool dress coat for $45.                           Regular price:$149
    • A Lands End Long Goose Down coat- $6.99. Yes, you read that right. $6.99!
    • A super cool old window that I am going to repaint and do something with- $10.
    • 3 pair of dress shoes for Joel. $25 each.

    While I know I don’t save money by spending money {thank you, honey} these are all things that we “need”.

    What are your shopping secrets?

    Friday, January 8, 2010

    Fitness Friday

    So, here we are a week into the New Year. Have you kept your resolution{s} about eating well and exercising more? Just thought I’d ask.

    To help your cause, here is a 30 minute strength workout that is bound to be a tough one. Keep in mind you MUST be warmed up well before attempting this.
    Objectives of the workout:

    1. Keep good form throughout each exercise.
    2. Perform as many reps as possible. Really push yourself.
    3. Keep the rest between sets to an absolute minimum. No rest if possible.

    CIRCUIT # 1
    This circuit will consist of 2 exercises performed back to back for 10 minutes.
    Exercise # 1 – Overhead Squats ( – remember, the goal is to get between 15-40 reps per set – go light on the weight
    Exercise # 2 – Bodyweight Row ( – 15-40 reps per set using bodyweight only
    REST 2 to 5 MINUTES and then move onto the next superset

    CIRCUIT # 2
    This circuit will consist of 2 exercises performed back to back for 10 minutes.
    Exercise # 1 – Pulldowns ( – 15-40 reps per set – go light on the weight and switch grips after each set – little to no rest between sets
    Exercise # 2 – Lateral Lunge ( – 15-40 reps per set using bodyweight only
    REST 2 to 5 MINUTES and then move onto the next superset

    CIRCUIT # 3
    This circuit will consist of 2 exercises performed back to back for 10 minutes.
    Exercise # 1 – Standing Cable Crunch – there are many variations – ex. Band held behind head ( – Med Ball Slams to the front - - Sledgehammer Vertical Woodchop - - Cable Vertical Woodchop – All these exercises work the same muscles. Your choice depends upon which equipment is available and which you prefer...and remember, the goal is to get between 15-40 reps per set – go light on the weight
    Exercise # 2 – Bodyweight Skullcrusher – the more horizontal you hold your body, the harder it gets - 15-40 reps per set using bodyweight only.

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Christmas Rewind

    Just a few shots from our trip to the Wild West. I say few because I failed to capture many(most) of the things we did and people we saw. Yeah I know, I suck . 

    Skiing with Makenna:


    Bright and early Christmas morning:

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    Pops at Josh’s  :   Carson and me


    Drive up the canyon

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    Of course, the gorgeous lights at Temple Square


    I’ll spare you the pictures of me covered in Carson’s vomit and Joel’s head in the toilet. You’re welcome.

    Friday, January 1, 2010


    “If I stay far enough away and hide behind his bag, maybe he won’t see me.”  


    The Italian Job New Year

    Most of you probably don’t even remember this movie and if you do, you remember it for the Mini Coopers or Charlize Theoron’s hot bod.

    For Joel and me, however, this movie is what brought us back together. So, for Christmas I gave it to him so we could take a ‘watch’ down memory lane. We had not seen it since that fateful day in June 2003, and even then we didn’t really watch it. Yes, we were that annoying couple talking and giggling through the entire show.

    Well, we watched it last night and I have to say that everything was meant to be. I mean, the movie even has Carson in it. Where, you ask? Carson is the name of the bad guy’s security system. How sweet is that?

    And, to top off our tantalizing New Year’s Eve, CARSON Daly helped us welcome in 2010.

    What a perfect way to bring in the New Year.

    Note: Carson was not named after either of the aforementioned references. That is what made the two references so freakin’ awesome for us! We love our little man.

    Fitness Friday

    Every year the American Council on Exercise(ACE) predicts the top 10 fitness trends for the year.

    Here are their picks for 2010:

    1. Cost-Conscious Workouts at Fitness Clubs and at Home: The impact of the economy continues to affect the choices of fitness enthusiasts and health clubs alike.  Gyms will alter programming and training to better serve the needs of the cost-conscious member, while in-home workouts utilizing small, portable fitness equipment will be popular among individuals watching their budgets.  Honestly, I can’t say enough about the Iron Woody bands – great workout tool, portable, inexpensive and pretty much indestructible. For the time being, you can buy them here.
    2. Group Training: Individuals will scale back on personal training sessions to take advantage of small-group training and group class participation as another way to save on expenses. Health clubs may alter some programs to better suit the needs of larger groups.  Likewise, individuals may find that the group setting offers additional motivation and support of their fitness efforts.
    3. Time-Efficient Workouts for the Time-Pressured American: Shorter yet higher-intensity workouts will be more appealing to those with busy schedules because they can reap significant fitness rewards with relatively minimal time investment.  Boot-camp style workouts will continue to be one of the most popular of these trends in 2010, offering the ability to burn sufficiently large number of calories while simultaneously improving muscular fitness.  Circuit training will also be a time-efficient workout of choice due to its combined strength and endurance activities.
    4. Exergaming: Exergames (see Nintendo Wii Fit) will continue to climb in popularity and be taken to the next level: fitness clubs. By integrating fitness-based video games into their programming, clubs will offer unique exercise sessions for game-lovers and those looking for variety within their workouts.
    5. Boomer-Specific Programs: Special fitness programming for aging adults will remain a strong trend next year.  Growing numbers of boomers recognize the multitude of benefits that come along with regular exercise participation, from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol to maintaining one’s functional independence and overall wellbeing.
    6. Functional Training Workouts: Functional training workouts will increase in variety. Over the past 12 months, I have noticed that people are replacing “bodybuilding” style exercises more more “functional” movements. Hopefully this is a trend that has legs.
    7. Health and Fitness Awareness: The importance of health and fitness is gaining greater awareness among commercial and governmental organizations.  There will be a strong movement towards collaboration between these groups and health and fitness organizations throughout the New Year.  These diverse groups will work together in the fight against physical inactivity and obesity.
    8. Importance of Proper Professional Credentials: Health and fitness clubs are recognizing the need for, and the importance of, hiring trainers who hold high-quality, reputable professional credentials.  NCCA-accredited fitness certification is fast becoming the recognized stamp of approval for credentialing quality in the fitness industry.  ACE is among the few organizations to which the National Commission for Certifying Agencies grants this accreditation for certification programs.
    9. Specialty Exercise Classes: Specialty classes such as ethnic dance, hooping, pole dancing and Zumba will remain popular due in part to the continued success of shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.  Fusion-type classes will be popular among fitness enthusiasts that want to switch up their typical workout programs.  Additionally, more gyms will offer unique group exercise programs and mind-body activities. Let’s face it. A lot of people don’t exercise because it bores them out of their little Ritalin addicted minds. Zumba classes, stripper classes, surfboarding classes, ballet bootcamp classes, mma classes and even dodgeball classes aim to make exercise a little less like work and a little more like play.
    10. Fitness Training Tools: Technology is continuing to infiltrate the fitness world.  The use of tracking and online training and scheduling tools will increase in the coming year with more people looking to better gauge their progress by accessing and monitoring details of their fitness programs.  Mobile applications are even bringing fitness on-the-go through iPhone applications and other downloadable programming.  Between wearable fitness tools and their online companions, technology IS going to play a larger role in the fitness industry. Unfortunately, you are still going to have to do all of the sweating.

    Too bad that the #1 trend wasn’t…MORE EXERCISE, LESS TV.

    Hmmm, I guess that would be TOO obvious!

    Anywho, here’s a list of equipment that I think is a MUST for 2010 and beyond:

    • Kettlebell or
    • Adjustable dumbbell(s)
    • Heavy duty bands
    • Ab wheel
    • Portable chin up bar
    • Foam roller
    • Inexpensive UPRIGHT bike for HIIT’s.

    And lastly, for a good laugh:

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