Week 6: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness NY and a Giveaway


If you've been following my mid-life crisis fitness blog posts, you may have noticed a lull. I wasn't avoiding my routine, but trips do seem to knock me off my momentum a bit. However, since my weight gain from week 4, I've been more determined than ever to keep everything I'm learning at Encore Fitness NY up, particularly while traveling. I've also managed to challenge myself to a few new forms of exercise to keep my body moving and my keen interest up. So, when I walked into Encore the other day for my sixth session with Robert, I felt confident and Read More


Week 5: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness


Last time I wrote I was disappointed in my progress with my work-outs, as I gained a bit of weight (not the direction I was looking for) but I knew my lack of moving upward was my own fault. I had a million excuses in that post - lack of time, excessive matzo eating (for real!), falling off my routine. My trainer gave me simple tips, all of which I outlined in my post. I was determined to take the plunge and follow his commands tracking my food, doing more cardio, trying different forms of exercise and more. You can read my laundry list here. And Read More


Week 4: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness


"Are you sure you want to know?" These seven words started off my forth training session at Encore Fitness NY this week. After a two-week hiatus, imposed upon me by the kids' spring break and then Passover, I had finally been able to return to my regular routine and to my weekly sessions with Robert. I was eager to get back on track. While I had been off schedule over the two week period, I had attempted to engage myself in deeper work-out sessions. I started taking short runs, planking when I had time during the day, and really pushing myself at the Read More


Week 2: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness


This week I had my 2nd training session with Robert Lankard, one of the two founders at Encore Fitness. Like most working mothers, it took a bit of juggling to schedule my session, but after committing to this publicly, you can bet this middle-aged broad is getting to her work-out!  So, how was my first week after the training session? I watched my weight more carefully and worked out more but I wouldn't say that I was completely moving toward my goal just yet. I need commitment and it helps having a trainer watching over me during these sessions and Read More


Week 1: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness


My body changed after I had kids. There's no explanation other than hormones, change of daily eating habits and a combination of having less time to exercise and take care of myself. For both my husband and myself, it's real work just to get to the gym. But you know how it is, the less you go, the lazier you get. It's just so much easier to stay in bed for longer periods or do something else - anything else - other than working out. But I know the importance of having a strict exercise regime, especially after enduring major health issues as I have Read More


Getting Up and Giving Back with Striiv


I have to admit.  Since I started this whole work at home/some office time/being a mom thing, I'm exercising less.  What can I tell you?  My time is more limited than ever.  I have multiple projects going on at the same time, and with the constant children/babysitter/mom breaks and mishaps (last week my sitter was in the hospital), there is less time than usual to get up and move, I am exercising less than I ever have in my adult life. I still have a membership at the gym, but I refuse to give that up, knowing and hoping that one day I will return on a Read More


Review: 15 Minutes Outside

15 Minutes Outside

I have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of 365 ideas in a year guides, but I do find them intriguing, like the one about the woman that read 365 books in a year and managed to get a book deal, and of course, Julia and Julia, the book and blog that led to a major motion picture with Meryl Streep.   There was also that woman who tried to live like Oprah.  365 day guides seem like very simple concepts, but they do work and tend to sell quite well. They're the types of books I always think to myself, why didn't I think of that and write a book like Read More


Zumba Friday!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf0q6qtThF4] I recently discovered an amazing form of exercise called ZUMBA at my gym.  Say it - it's even fun to say!  Zumba is an aerobic program that incorporates music and dance based on salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, calypso, soca, samba, African, cha cha, hip hop and other music.[1]Even the Hora! I even felt like I was in Bollywood in class last week when we did a dance from India. I must make it clear that I'm not very limber and my hips don't shake all that well.  However, this class is so much Read More