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10 Health Benefits of Zumba

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Favorites, Workouts | 1 comment

10 Health Benefits of Zumba

I LOVE ZUMBA. The dance fitness program created by Columbian choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez, combines  hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves as well squats and lunges and is my favorite group exercise class to attend. For me, Zumba gives me a total body workout while simultaneously relieving stress and increasing my endorphins. I am excited to share with you the recent blog post from  Boost Fitness (my gym!) on the 10 Health Benefits of Zumba. I couldn’t agree with them more! A huge calorie burn. Studies have shown an average of 800-1,000 calories burned per hour! Total Body Toning – You will feel sore in places you did not expect! It keep’s you coming back! You will look forward to exercise… Amazing Results It works for all ages – young and old! A great stress release. Can be adapted for any fitness level. Experienced or novice – come join the party! Time will fly – the hour class will go by too fast! It is a social event – make new friends It makes people happy! To read more about what Boost Fitness has to say on the health and fitness world check out their blog! For a schedule of their classes click...

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Upper Body Burner!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Workouts | 12 comments

Upper Body Burner!

Summer has arrived!  That means cookouts, beach days, fireworks and…SLEEVELESS tops and sundresses! Try these moves for great looking biceps, triceps and shoulders and you’ll be toned and confident in no time.         Hammer Curls with a Punch (biceps/shoulders) 8-10 reps  (1 rep = 1 each side)  Stand holding dumbell in each hand and curl left arm up while squeezing bicep then punch out across the body then repeat with right arm.  Keep alternating and shoot for a set of 8-10.   Goal Post aka “Pec Dec” (chest/back) 8-10 reps  Stand or sit with dumbells in hand in “goal post” position with arms bent at elbows.  Bring arms in and focus on pressing elbows in, don’t worry about weights touching.  Return to original position and repeat.  Keep elbows high and don’t allow shoulders  to hunch forward.  If you find yourself leaning back use a lighter weight; posture is key on this one.   The Crusher (triceps) 10 reps Lay on your back on a stability ball or bench with feet on floor.  Grip one dumbell with two hands, one at each end.   Extend arms and hold weight over chest, bend elbows over head like a hinge.  Bend only at elbows and lower weight over your head and then press weight back up over chest keeping elbows pulled in as much as possible.  Click here to see an example.   Upright Row  (shoulders/upper back)  8-10 reps  Stand holding one weight in each hand with an overhand grip close to body.  Lift both arms up, keeping elbows wide and higher than the weight.  At top of movement open up the shoulders and pull shoulder blades together.  Avoid shrugging shoulders and maintain good posture.  Lower arms in front of you and then repeat.  Click here to see an example. *Repeat this circuit 2-3 times   You can print the image below and bring it with you to the gym!...

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