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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 […]


By admin on Sunday, February 12th, 2012

It’s been a long time since I posted on our blog as we have been busy looking for an alternate location as our current one is being renovated. In the process of pounding the pavement, we have found many options – a studio that can be called our own (in Tyson’s Corner still). The details […]


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 Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The topic of discussion at N2SHAPE today was perfection. My whole life has been about striving for perfection, which can be a lot of pressure but has allowed me to reach goals that I never thought were possible. As a leader, motivator, and trainer, I must realize, however, that not everyone is like me.  I […]


By admin on Monday, October 31st, 2011

This morning at 10 am, personal trainer, Ellen Yates, lead a 10 am Group Training session using the technique of Tabata.  Tabata involves repeated intervals of anaerobic exercises followed by a short rest period.  The group did 10 exercises, 30 seconds anaerobic, 10 seconds recovery, 20 seconds anaerobic, 10 seconds recovery and then on to […]


By admin on Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I wrote an article about this before in a previous blog about Toning Shoes.  I was not a fan, knew that it was just a marketing gimmick, but many consumers trusted what they saw on commercials and thought here is the quick fix!  Hate to say – Told you so, but there are no quick […]


By admin on Monday, July 4th, 2011

To lose weight and keep it off,  Ellen recommends the following: 1.  Weight training 2x/week. 2.  200 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per week. 3.  Eat all the fruits and vegetables you can daily. 4.  Drink 64 ounces of water. 5.  One gram of protein for every 2 lbs of body weight. 6.  Avoid fats like the […]