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What’s Next? A Smaller Bikini?

Lately, I’ve been noticing ads for fitness programs that promise things like bikini bodies or getting ripped or losing 15 pounds–all in only two weeks. Those sound like goals, but my first thought is: What’s next? After you get that ripped, 15-pound lighter bikini body, what’s the next target—a smaller bikini? My second question is

Aug 02, 2017 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Why Kettlebells?

Used correctly, kettlebell training is the most efficient and effective way to change your body. If you see people using them in the gym like dumbbells, that’s not how it’s done. A Kettlebell practice can fix backs, shoulders, knees, cardio-vascular efficiency–they are literally a hand-held gym.  SFG style Kettlebell practice teaches your body…Click Title to Continue

Jul 29, 2015 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Are You Making These Mistakes?

Does the thought of getting back in shape give you a headache? You’ve probably tried a couple of things already.  And now, you just can’t seem to get started again, even if you know it’s the right thing to do. Why is that?  Because your emotional memory is a memory of  failure.  And that part

Jul 03, 2013 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Will You Be Fit in a Year? Week 13

Does Your Back Hurt? by Ann-Marie Giglio This is one of the few specific exercises I’ll recommend this year:  Plank. If you only have time to do one exercise, do this.  Plank is great for your back! Lie on your stomach on a hard surface.  Slide your hands under your shoulders, fingers spread.  Make sure

May 24, 2013 / by corematters / No Comments

Will You Be Fit in a Year? Week 11

Tone, Balance and Strengthen with Pilates By Ann-Marie Giglio If you haven’t already begun adding activity to your schedule, consider adding a pilates class.  Exactly what is Pilates?  Pilates with a capital P is a core-based exercise developed 100 years ago by a man named Joseph Pilates.  Anyone certified by a company associated with his

Apr 29, 2013 / by corematters / No Comments

Will You Be Fit in a Year? Week 7

Time to Get Moving! So it’s six weeks since we began this series.  And the first thing you did was to assess your cardio fitness by stair-climbing.  Since then, have you added any movement to your life? If you have, it’s time to reassess your cardio fitness by doing the same thing.  Get out your

Apr 01, 2013 / by corematters / No Comments

Will You Be Fit In a Year? FIY Week 4

What’s in Your Pantry?                   Now that you’ve taken a physical and spiritual assessment of yourself, it’s time to check on your pantry. First, we’ll recap.  After you did your aerobic test, you added some aerobic activity to your day.  Remember that our bodies have evolved for

Mar 15, 2013 / by corematters / No Comments

Personal Training: What’s It Worth?

I’ve heard that personal training costs “too much.” In some cases, I agree. If a “trainer” is only telling you which machine to get on next between texts and how many reps to do, you should not pay a penny more than you absolutely have to.  Assume that trainer doesn’t have a nationally recognized certification

Mar 12, 2013 / by corematters / No Comments

Will You Be Fit in a Year? Week 3

Figuring it out:  Ten Things to Look for in a Fitness Program We all want to make changes but often we don’t know where to start.  If you are considering a new gym or a work-out program, here are a few things to ponder: 1.  What is your goal?  Are you looking to change your body?

Mar 06, 2013 / by corematters / No Comments

UNC Study reports Chi Running Reduces Impact!

We are so excited to announce the publication of a 1-year study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showing the Chi Running technique was found to produce less impact and higher efficiency, when compared with 3 other common styles of running! The study, A Comparison of Lower Extremity Joint Work and

Jan 29, 2013 / by corematters / No Comments