Trumbull Boot Camp

The Trumbull Boot Camp has returned to the great outdoors. We now meet every Tuesday evenings at 6:00 P.M.,  Thursday evenings at 6:30 P.M. as well as every Saturday morning at 9:30 A.M. All classes are held at Twin Brooks Park in Trumbull. The class is growing by leaps and bounds. We have added many new class formats. Who knows what other tricks Chris Terenzio has up his sleeve. Classes will become more challenging, especially with regards to cardiovascular conditioning, and we are adding heavier weights as well. This is the best way to boost the metabolism so that we all lose weight and burn fat more efficiently. Look for our Boot Camp Jr. program coming soon. This is a class designed to challenge children ages 10 -16.

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Spring and Summer are just around the corner.

The nice weather is just around the corner.  Soon everyone will be outside wearing t-shirts, shorts, and bathing suits.  Now is the perfect time to start getting your body ready for Spring and Summer.  Joining a fitness group is a great way to get and stay motivated.  Become part of a team, and reap the benefits of hard work.  Our Boot Camp style exercise classes will help you to achieve your goals.  Our class meets every Monday and Wednesday evening, as well as every Saturday morning.  That’s three chances to improve your fitness and to get ready for being in the great outdoors.  For more details, contact Chris Terenzio of In-Home Health & Fitness – www.bootcamp-ct.com.

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Monroe, CT. Boot Camp. We’re looking for a few good men!!!

The Monroe Boot Camp class at Playtime Village in Monroe is going strong!  Every week we are adding new members to our awesome fitness team.  Today we had our  largest and most challenging class ever, and we added our youngest participant to date.  Cole, age 12, is our newest member.  He loved the class and showed that you’re never to young to start.  But Cole is the only male in our class.  Cole and our women want to know if you are man enough to take the class.  If you think you are, contact Chris Terenzio of In-Home Health & Fitness at: www.bootcamp-ct.com.  We also have classes in Trumbull and Stamford.  If you have what it takes, this is the class for you!

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Resistance Training is the key to Fat Loss

Most people think that cardiovascular exercise is best way to shed excess fat weight.  Unfortunately that is not true.  And dieting alone is not enough to make a big difference either.  Resistance training is the key to reducing your body fat.  Think of it this way. Muscle equals metabolism; the more muscle you have, the more efficiently your metabolism will run.  Muscles require energy for maintenance, so they help you burn calories.  Also, a more muscular body burns more calories while performing aerobic exercise. The bottom line is –  if you are not lifting weights, add resistance training to your program.  You will be thrilled with the results. Chose exercises that work all the muscles of the body, and  be sure to select a weight that is challenging on the last few repetitions. If you don’t know what to do, contact a qualified instructor.  Chris at In Home Health & Fitness can help you.  Call 203.253.3179.

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Give the gift of Fitness

There are only a few days left before the big holiday.  Do you have gifts for all of your friends and family?  If not, give the gift of fitness.  Chris Terenzio of In Home Health & Fitness is now offering gift certificates for personal training, boot camp classes and discounted fitness equipment.  Fitness makes a great gift because everyone should be exercising, and even if you do exercise, there are always new techniques that you can learn from a few sessions with an experienced, compassionate professional.  Chris makes it easy to get started because he will go to your home to conduct the session, and if you don’t have a lot of equipment he will bring whatever you need.  If you don’t have a lot of space, don’t worry.  Chris will teach you how to get the best workout with the least amount of equipment in a minimal amount of space. Don’t delay, call 203.253.3179 to get your gift certificate today.  Happy Holidays.  Let’s make 2010 a fun, fit year!

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New Exercise Program – No better time than the present.

The holiday season is upon us, which means shopping, parties, and lots of visiting friends and neighbors.  Believe it or not, this is the perfect time to start a new fitness routine.  Exercising will give you more energy and elevate your mood, both things that will certainly prove helpful in this hectic time of year.  Start slow, and don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Put two, half hour sessions into your schedule. The first 15 minutes should be spent on a bike, treadmill or other piece of “cardio” equipment.  Use a pace that is sufficient enough to make you break a sweat.  Once you see that you can do it, add 5 to 10 minutes.   The last 15 minutes should be devoted to your resistance training. Pick 4 or 5 simple exercises like push ups, crunches and squats.  Aim for 2 sets of 12 to 15 repetitions.  The last few reps in each set should burn.  If you don’t have free weights, purchase a few exercise bands and a therapy ball.  Finish each session with some light stretching to keep your muscles from becoming too tight and sore. Good luck and get started today.  If you need help with the program, give Chris a call at 203.253.3179.

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Post Thanksgiving Boot Camp Workout

If you are feeling stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey, fear not.  Chris Terenzio of In Home Health & Fitness is offering two chances to work off all of that great holiday food.  We have two boot camp classes tomorrow, Saturday, November 28th.  Come work out with us at 9:15 a.m. in Stamford at 1200 High Ridge Rd., or come to Playtime Village on Rt. 111 in Monroe at 11:00 a.m.  Both classes are going to be a great challenge and a lot of fun. I have a few tricks up my sleeves.  The Stamford class is being held outdoors and the Monroe class is indoors.  We also offer babysitting in Monroe, and if you want to stay and play for the rest of the day, you can.  Hope to see you all

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Exercise and Recovery

Any good strength and conditioning specialist will tell you that your fitness program isn’t just about what you do during the workout.  Much of the current scientific research regarding fitness deals with what to do when you are not working out, or more specifically, how to enhance recovery.

Here are five different aspects that you should consider to optimize your efforts spent training:

1)  Adequate rest – Not only does this mean the proper amount of sleep each night, but also time in between workout sessions. Generally, the harder you work out, the longer you should rest.

2)  Nutrition – We have to go beyond the basics of eating the proper food.  What and when you eat is of utmost importance.  Pre-and post-workout meals differ, as does what you should consume during training sessions.

3) Stretching – After the workout, a good stretching session will help alleviate post exercise soreness, and will give you proper range of motion for the next training session.  It is believed that stretching also enhances circulation, which helps the above mentioned aspects of recovery.

4)  Massage – This will help work out the knots, trigger points and general ache.  You can either have a qualified professional do the work for you or you can utilize self massage devices such as a massage stick or foam roller.

5) Other therapies – Another great recovery method is to use alternating heat and cold.  The easiest way to do this is in the shower.  Start with warm water and then turn the faucet to cold for 30 seconds.  Return to hot water and alternate 3-5 times.  this promotes blood flow to and from the surface of the body.  This increase in circulation is thought to be beneficial.  Be sure not to scold yourself!

If you would like help regarding one or more of these ideas, contact Chris at

www.bootcamp-ct.com.  Good Luck!  train hard, and recover properly.

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Training for Ski and Snowboard Season

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get excited.  The temperature is finally starting to drop which means skiing and snowboarding season is just around the corner!  If you haven’t been getting your body into shape here are a few pointers to get you going in the right direction.

Of course, your legs are the most important muscles to work, but stay off of the machines in the gym.  You need to perform exercises that closely mimic what you are going to do on the mountain.  Squat and lunges are great exercises, but try adding a balance component to them.  Place your feet on balance disks, a Bosu balance trainer or a 1/2 foam roller. Not only will this help your balance, but it will force you to use your core muscles.  One legged or hop-squats are also great ways to get ready for your downhill days.  

Train your core with rotational exercises and don’t leave out your arms.  Shoulders and triceps come into play when you skiers plant your poles, and the same muscles are used by snowboarders to get up to the standing position.  For more tips contact Chris at www.bootcamp-ct.com.

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Secrets to effective Core Training

When it comes to abdominal or “core training,” most people do crunches and not much else.  This exercise might help you achieve “six pack” abs, but if you want to perform better, take this approach.  The key is to incorporate 3 different types of moves for complete core training.  

The first type of move is flexion/extension, which is basically what a crunch is.  The problem with crunches is that if you perform them on the floor you will not be able to go into extension.  This means that s you are only doing half of the move.  Instead, try crunching on a therapy ball.  Perform each repetition in a slow and controlled motion, and be sure to stretch out over the top of the ball.  If you haven’t done this before you probably won’t be able to do many more than 15 reps.  

The next move is stabilization, which is an isometric contraction of all the core muscles.  This type of move conditions the muscles that protect the spine while the limbs are moving.  This is extremely important in all types of sports and activities, and will help reduce the risk of low back injuries.  Try a plank, where you maintain a straight back position while balancing on your elbows and toes.  Do not let your lower back arch and don’t let you shoulder blades round or pop up.  Shoot for 30-45 seconds to start.

The third and most important type of move to put into your workout routine is rotation.  Most sporting events have a rotational component (just take a look at golfers, tennis players and baseball pitchers and batters to get the idea).  Grab a medicine ball or weight and sit on the floor with your knees bent in front of you.  Lean back slightly and then move the weight side to side.  Do this at a semi-fast pace until you start to lose form or slow down.

Once you have mastered these moves, you can go to more advanced versions.  For upgrades of these basic moves, contact me at www.bootcamp-ct.com.

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