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By admin on Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Click on this link to view classes and group locations for N2SHAPE, Spring 2012. http://bit.ly/ycsbxA To reserve a seat or more information, contact ellen@n2shape.com or call (703)9064413.


By admin on Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Should Cyclists Use Strength Training Machines? A new study from Denmark shows that adding the use of special strength training machines to bicycle racers’ cycling training can help them ride faster in races (Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, December, 2011; 21(6):e298-307). Previous studies have shown conflicting results on whether strength training helps […]


By admin on Monday, November 7th, 2011

In 2009, at age 49, Jack was obese (5’10”, 260 pounds, size 44 waist), had high blood pressure, and was experiencing chronic, severe knee pain. His physician was concerned about heart disease and was considering scheduling a stress test to evaluate Jack’s cardiopulmonary health status. Knee replacement surgery was a real possibility. Jack says: “I […]


By admin on Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Functional Training Workout for the Week If you are training with me on Monday or Tuesday this week, one-on-one or in one of my groups (Mon 10 am & 5:30 pm and Tues 9:15 am), I have planned a Kettlebell & TRX Workout for you.  We will have 10 exercises per modality.  It is your […]


By admin on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Pump Up, Slim Down If you’ve blown off weight training for fear of bulking up, you’re missing out on the fastest fat-burning method known to woman. By Lauren Aaronson, Women’s Health Tired of sweating all over every piece of cardio equipment at the gym and still getting zero love from the scale? You need more […]


By admin on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Many of my clients ask me why dumbbells vs. machines or why the ball abdominals vs. doing them on the floor? I have been privy to a website called, www.criticalbench.com. The website is written by avid weightlifters and bodybuilders but is an excellent website. Here is an excerpt from it which is a great explanation for the different forms of […]


By admin on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

You can burn 8-10 calories per minute just by pumping iron. Compare that to running or bicycling, where you burn 10-12 calories a minute, and that’s not too bad. But wait, it gets better. Lifting weights gives you a metabolic spike which lasts for approximately an hour after your workout. This is due to the […]


By admin on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Ellen’s Recommendations To Lose Fat – 1. Eat 3 Small Meals/3 Snacks per day to keep your blood sugar regulated 2. Avoid Foods with high glycemic index (pastries, pasta, rice, etc). They bring your blood sugar up quickly and back down quickly so that you feel hungry fast. 3. Stick with foods with a low […]


By admin on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Summer is here. Time to do the drill and grill! What sauces and condiments should you avoid & which ones are OK? Choose condiments with no added sugars or unhealthy trans fats. Ketchup, for example, is loaded with sugar, as are some salsas and steak sauces. Always read labels carefully, and select only those products […]


By admin on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The Keynote speaker at the Club Industry Conference and Exposition was Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Editor. She has just written a book called, “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat.” She herself has lost over 50 lbs and kept it off so she speaks from experience and not just knowledge as a medical […]