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March 24th, 2015 - 9:39 am § in Exercise, Wellness

Why I Changed My Training

For the last few years (read at least six), I have been a devoted runner. While I may not have crossed the finish line of more than 100 races, I have still completed at least 20 halves, 2 fulls, and a smattering of 10Ks and 5ks during that time. After this past running season (training for the NYC Marathon), I knew I was going to have to hang up my competitive long distance runs. My body just couldn’t handle it anymore. In fact, I had one doctor tell me three weeks before the race that I was heading toward a serious injury. Though he knew I wasn’t not going to run the marathon, we needed to talk about what that meant for after the race.

Since then, I haven’t been out for a true run. I’ve run at OTF but if we hit 3 miles total without stopping it’s a rare day. Instead, I’ve focused more on HIIT workouts or combo workouts with cardio bursts and weight lifting/body weight exercises.

Truth is, my body has changed because of that. The scale may not shift to the low number that I once was, but I am leaner. If I catch my arms in the right angle I am shocked by their definition, but even more than that, I am not carry any pudge in my tummy.  It isn’t like I am rocking a 6-pack, but I am just flatter.

I’ve been using the Skulpt Aim to keep me on track and take my mind off the scale number. It is really hard to do that, but once you understand what you are measuring, you kind of get into it. And if you are crazy like me, you get competitive with the machine especially when it says you are “average.”

 

Skulpt Aim measures the following:

  • Muscle Quality (MQ): is a rating of your muscles’ fitness that was designed to be intuitive. Aim uses EIM technology to send a small current directly through your muscle. It uses 12 sensors and multiple frequencies to get very accurate readings. Since current flows differently in muscles based on their composition and muscle fiber size, Aim is able to evaluate the quality of each muscle. It lets you see your strongest areas, focus on the ones that need improvement, or change your routine for the muscle groups that have plateaued. 

  • Body fat: Aim comes pretty close to delivering results similar to Hydrostatic Weighing Measurements. You take measurements on four muscle groups to get a total body reading of the fact percentage, plus you can get measurements on individual areas so you can see where the fact is located. 

March 9th, 2015 - 7:05 am § in Exercise, Wellness, Workout Reviews

Falling In Love With Pilates

Since I was little I wanted the grace and beauty of a ballerina and the flexibility and rhythm of a jazz dancer. Unfortunately, while I have some of the rhythm everything else just seems to be slightly out of reach. I focused my attention on workouts that we less dainty and more grunty. I’ve w[...]


February 11th, 2015 - 5:31 pm § in Exercise, Wellness, Workout Reviews

Review: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide

If you follow healthy lifestyle and fitness experts on Instagram, you may have found the fantastic abs of Kayla Itsines on your phone.  Kayla is a 23-year-old personal trainer from Adelaide, Australia. At first I was hesitant, since a 23 yr old’s body is WAY different than a 30 year old’[...]


January 21st, 2015 - 5:03 pm § in Exercise, Wellness

What’s the difference between pilates and yoga?

I’ve been thinking about taking up pilates, mostly because I want that tight core. But I am skeptical about my ability to do so. Enter this handy dandy infographic that compares pilates to yoga and makes me think I can possibly do this. You can find the original post here.[...]


January 14th, 2015 - 10:15 am § in Exercise, Wellness, Workout Reviews

Orange Theory: 90 Minute Class

“It’s just an additional 30 minutes,” said a very optimistic Laney to her very hesitant husband just before she punished both of them with a grueling workout. Ever since starting Orange Theory a few months ago, I have been dying to try my hand at the 90 minute class. In my crazy[...]


January 12th, 2015 - 10:58 am § in Exercise, Wellness, Workout Reviews

Pushing Yourself in Your Normal Workout Routine

It might be the former athlete in me, but part of my mind games is to pretend I am in some sort of competition. I do it when I am working out alone in my home gym. I find myself pretending I have to reach a certain point by a certain time to “win.” I [...][...]


December 11th, 2014 - 1:14 pm § in Exercise, Wellness, Workout Reviews

Spinning Might Be My Third Love

It is kind of sad that in order for me to get to a spin class these days, I have to be in NYC. It’s not that Delray doesn’t have spin studios (PurCycle and Flywheel aren’t too far away), it is just that their class schedules aren’t really conducive to mine. It is partially my[...]