Dec 1 2014

4 Ways to Sneak in a Holiday Workout

With the holidays and new year around the corner, Americans have travel on their mind. Many people find that during holiday travel, their workout regimen seems to get thrown out of whack. Fortunately, with a little proactive planning, you can maintain your fitness level, no matter where you are. According to IDEA, a membership organization for health and fitness professionals, the key is to be creative and remember that even short workouts are better than no workouts at all.

Do a “Condensed-but-Intense-Workout”
Customize your own 30-minute workout combining three lower body workouts (squats or lunges) and three upper body exercises (modified push-ups or chair dips).

Warm up with exercises like marching or jogging in place, then do 10-20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10-15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place. Repeat this routine two or even three times and then try a variation of abdominal crunches, low back lifts and stretches.

Get a Jump Rope
Jumping rope is a great way to get in a few minutes of intense cardio workout and it can be done just about anywhere. If you don’t have a jump rope, try climbing flights of stairs instead.

Plan to Relax
Don’t overdo it. Staying fit is important, but don’t lose sight of the real reason for the holidays spending time with those who are important to you. If you want to do both, involve the whole family in a yoga or tai chi exercise to unwind.

Ease Back Into Your Routine
Depending on how much you worked out during your travel, you may need to gradually ease back into your old routine. You may want to consider using lighter weights or decrease the intensity or the duration of your workouts until you can return to pre-trip conditions.

Dec 1 2014

VIDA Instructor Profile: Tami DeVitis

tami1 Our Instructor profile this month is Tami DeVitis who currently teaches Barre and cycle on Saturdays and will be adding teaching an additional Barre class on Mondays starting in January.

1. Why did you decide to become Barre and group exercise instructor?

I love dance and movement! After seeing so many amazing changes and results in my personal physical fitness and how this was a positive outlet for me due to a high stress career, I wanted to share this passion with class participants and show them that group fitness is truly effective. Working out in a group environment forces individuals to work harder and encourage each other to achieve goals. I received my first group exercise certification in 2003 and have been nonstop ever since.

I took my first barre class years ago and was immediately hooked. Growing up a dancer, barre brought me back to where it all started for me, ballet at the barre (minus the tutu). After taking a few classes in NYC and DC, I wanted to take segments from the workout I loved and combine with challenging fitness intervals, Pilates exercises and upbeat music and VIDA Barre was born! VIDA gave me the opportunity to bring this program to life, with the launch of Vida Barre in 2011. VIDA Barre is the perfect combination of what I love- ballet inspired movements, core work, flexibility and balance and overall full body strength.

2. What’s one thing you want all your first-time class participants to know?

Just like yoga or any other inner fitness program, come to the studio with an open mind and allow your body to experience something new. I am a firm believer- if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you!

3. When you’re not teaching in the Studio, where can they find you?

At home. I Love to cook, relax and enjoy my downtime! This is what I call recharging my battery.

tami24. How are your classes different from other instructors’?

Barre with a side of sarcasm! I try to make every class fun and a unique experience. What I personally offer is variety of my music, try to offer a new playlist and choreography every 2 weeks.

5. Which superpower would you like to have for a day?

Read people’s minds, see what they are really thinking.