The Jack LaLanne September CHALLENGE

“The Godfather of Fitness” Jack LaLanne was an American fitness, exercise and nutritional expert and motivational speaker who at age 21 opened one of the first fitness gyms in Oakland, California, which became a prototype for dozens of similar gyms all over the world.

Jack Died in January 2011 at the age of 96 with a number of World Records behind him and to celebrate his 100th Birthday in September we are inviting you to take part in the Jack LaLanne MyZone challenge!

In 1956 aged 42 he completed 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes and in 1959 aged 45 he did 1,000 jumping jacks and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hour, 22 minutes, to promote The Jack LaLanne Show going nationwide.

From now until Jack’s birthday on the 26th September, we are asking you to get your MyZone Belts on and see how long it takes you to do 1,000 Jumping Jacks and how many push ups can you do in 23 minutes!

Our Gym Team are ready and rearing to go and we want you to beat them!!

  • Will – 400 Push Ups in 23.00 minutes- 1000 Jumping Jacks in 14.46
  • Jess – 462* Push Ups in 23.00 minutes- 1000 Jumping Jacks in 10.19
  • Tom – 610 Push Ups in 23.00 minutes- 1000 Jumping Jacks in 12.19
  • Grace – 392* Push Ups in 23.00 minutes- 1000 Jumping Jacks in 12.03
  • Pawel – 471 Push Ups in 23.00 minutes- 1000 Jumping Jacks in TBC
  • Steve – 422 Push Ups in 23.00 minutes- 1000 Jumping Jacks in TBC

*= Push Ups on knees

Spinning

Spinning/group cycling is an excellent workout to strengthen your heart and tone your legs. Here at Atrium Fitness our classes consist of up to 13 members with one of our highly qualified instructors taking them on a ride that will include sprints, hill climbs, hovers and many more exercises to give you a workout like no other, lasting 45 minutes.

Group energy is what makes the class, keeping motivation levels high is important. Spinning is very popular, there are no complicated dance moves to follow and since you are in control of your bikes tension (resistance) you can stay within your limits for your fitness level and still feel like you’re keeping up meaning everyone finishes together. It truly id a great workout, burning as many as 500-600 calories during a class (that’s 9.16 per minute!!!)

New to Spinning? Here’s some tips…

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Jessica’s trip to Thailand

As most of you are aware, I have just returned home from a month of backpacking through Thailand. I started off in Bangkok, made my way up North to Chaing Mai, where I did a 2 day jungle trek, experienced riding an elephant and played with wild monkeys, which was incredible. 

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After Chaing Mai, I worked my way down south which included travelling on many lovely overnight trains and boats, maybe lovely isn’t the word to use! This trip opened my eyes to how lucky we are to have the things we have in this country. I met many Thai locals who have no luxuries, but are the happiest people and are grateful for what they do have. Whilst in Thailand I also experienced using some of the gyms which was interesting. Some of the equipment is very different compared to what we use here at The Atrium and I noticed that the locals out there do more cardiovascular training than endurance/resistance training.

 

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Motivation

Motivation can be a hard thing to keep while training if you don’t have a specific goal you’re aiming for. However, consistency is key. You must push yourself further than those you wish to outperform.

A quote I read the other day stood out for me – “Today I will do what others won’t, so that tomorrow I can do what others can’t”

A powerful quote in my mind and pushes my determination to be better than I was yesterday, push harder every day, so that I am the best I can be.

Different colours = Different Benefits

Each different colour of fruit or vegetable has a different benefit, so try and choose a wide variety of colours.

Yellow: Optimises brain function

Green: Rejuvenates musculature and bone tissues

Orange: Supports skin and tissues

Red: Supports heart and circulatory system

White: Enhances immune system, lymph system, and cellular recovery

Purple: Promotes microcirculation (circulation of the blood in the smallest blood vessels)

 

source - http://www.examiner.com/article/20-fitness-facts-and-tips-that-you-might-not-know