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By admin on Friday, July 13th, 2012

A study from the University of Texas in Houston shows that saturated fats from meat are associated with increased heart attack risk, while saturated fats from milk and plants are not (Am J Clin Nutr, July 3, 2012).  Study subjects were 45-84 years old, and were followed for 10 years. Since the early 1940s, scientists […]


By admin on Monday, July 9th, 2012

N2Shape’s July Spinning Program Classes in italics are held at 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Vienna, VA. Classes in regular script are held at the Pilates Room,1489 Chain Bridge Road, Mclean, VA. Mon 6 am – Interval – Speed, tempo, timing and rhythm require.  65 to 92% of maximal heart rate. Mon 630 pm – Endurance […]


By admin on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

by Ellen Yates, N2SHAPE,  ellen@n2shape.com Equipment Needed:  Stability Ball, Medium Tubing, 2 Dumbbells   Stability Ball (20 reps) Ball Squats (holding weight if tolerated) Ball Rolls on forearms and kneeling on knees Ball Crunches Ball Lunges (holding dumbbells) Ball Chest Presses Ball Bicep Curls Ball Overhead Presses Ball Tricep Extensions   Tubing (20 reps) Side […]


By admin on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Here is the workout that I promised I would send many of you. This is the Boot Camp workout that I taught on Sat, April 28 at 730 am in Tysons Corner. Equipment Needed: Kettlebell (wgt of your choice), 2-Dumbbells (or cans), timer, mat, Ipod in your ears (recommended but not necessary) First Round 60 […]


By admin on Monday, April 30th, 2012

Start out with 10 to 15 reps of the exercises that you can do. Some of these exercises may be too difficult to do so just choose 3 and stick with those. Over time, increase your reps and try another exercise on this page that may offer more of a challenge. You will see that […]


By admin on Monday, April 30th, 2012

Do 10 to 15 reps of each exercise every other day. Over time, your muscular endurance and balance will improve. They are also a lot of fun to do.


By admin on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Brooke Curran, a 43 year old lady from Alexandria, just recently ran a marathon in Antarctica.  She was the top female finisher because she was fit, had trained, but most of all, in my opinion, she had a strategy.  She decided to walk up the steep hills and by mile 16 or 17, she decided […]


By admin on Monday, March 19th, 2012

What’s the Best Test to Predict Who Will Win a Race? Before a 24-mile cycling time trial, scientists measured the maximum amount of oxygen that riders could take in (VO2max) and the peak power Output (PPO) adjusted for body weight. The Peak Power Output adjusted for weight is the maximum force that a bicycle rider […]


By admin on Monday, March 12th, 2012

As a Spinning instructor, I try to teach classes with different goals for variety and to continually shock our muscles so they never become complacent.  In this article, I have taken information from the Spinning website on Energy Zones to include heart rate as well as cadence. The classes that I teach right now encompass […]


By admin on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Stress – we all have it. A recent study published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reviews how, under stress, people pay more attention to the upside of a possible outcome rather than the downside. Stress is usually associated with negative experiences, so obviously we may think […]