January 23, 2013
Q: I've been working out for quite a while. Why am I not improving? A: Barring any underlying health issues, it is most likely that you have hit a plateau, otherwise known as working out on autopilot. This means your body has grown accustomed to the same old routine. It's time to step up your program by either increasing the time or intensity of your workout - or both. If you want consistent progress, you must continually challenge yourself. No challenge? No change. Q: I want my kids to exercise!
January 10, 2013
Q: What's the best piece of cardiovascular gym equipment: the bike, elliptical or treadmill? - Roland Masters A: All three are excellent. Your choice depends on personal preferences and whether you have any conditions that might contraindicate use. For example, if you have knee problems, you may want an upright bike. It's nonweight- bearing, low-impact and uses full range of motion; this improves knee strength and stability. If lower back issues are a concern, try a recumbent bike, because biking in a reclined position takes stress off the lower back.
January 9, 2013 |
David Praiss is an athlete for all seasons. He skis in winter, swims in summer, plays golf in the fall, and pumps iron year-round. Bowling? Basketball? Track and field? Also in the mix. "He's amazing," his dad says. Although Praiss, 40, has Down syndrome - which can cause muscle weakness - he has won more than 100 medals in local, national, and international Special Olympics, most recently a silver in golf in the state games in October. He was named Athlete of the Year by New Jersey Special Olympics the following month, and for a decade has trained regularly at Royal Fitness in Barrington.
January 4, 2013 |
IT'S UNLIKELY that Pat Biello's name will ever be forgotten at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. Especially now that the school has emblazoned her signature on its newly refurbished basketball court, which it is dedicating to her before Friday's game against Archbishop Carroll, which begins at 6 p.m. "I am completely surprised, overwhelmed and, of course, humbled," Biello said Thursday. "I'm still in shock. " Biello shouldn't be. Last January, she retired from the school after 49 years as a teacher, administrator and coach.
January 3, 2013 |
As people continue to focus on wellness - with green shopping habits, yoga practice, mindful meditation, cardio classes - they are increasingly expressing their sense of style through workout clothes. Not just for fashion's sake - although a pair of bun-sculpting lululemon yoga pants do look fantastic. But in the interest of time management, I need to run my errands and make a pit stop on Kelly Drive to bang out three to five miles. "It's about being able to integrate fitness into your every day, which is the only way you will be able to stick to it," said Nadine Gelberg, president of Devigi, a Chestnut Hill-based line of gym wear designed to help women exercise accessorized.
December 21, 2012 |
SO THIS GUY walks up to me in the gym with a worried look on his face. "You think Bynum will ever play this year?" he asks. "No," I say, smiling. "That sucks," he says. He is not smiling. He is sad. It is Christmas season and he is sad because Andrew Bynum, the center who was supposed to make the Sixers whole, has instead become a hole. A giant one. And so . . . The Sixers are a mess. Again. About the time a young Delaware Valley sports fan receives his first authentic Eagles, Flyers or Phillies shirt, he or she are given these simple words to use on those rare occasions the name of the town's NBA franchise comes up. The words are a very handy sports tool.
November 13, 2012 |
South Camden on Sunday celebrated the opening of a new youth gym and community center that the Rev. Michael J. Doyle called "a miracle from God Almighty on Camden. " The facility is dedicated to Doyle, who on Sunday also marked the 38th anniversary of his start at the Sacred Heart church and school on Broadway. In a neighborhood long gripped by violence, Doyle said, the gym offers "12,000 square feet of sacred space where children will play and be safe . . . grow and mature and make it in this town that's not worthy of them.
November 11, 2012 |
In the 2008 football season, Franklin's Steve Garrett, wearing No. 88, lined up at tailback for a trick play and fired a fourth-down scoring pass to slotback Marquis White, normally the tailback. It was the first pass of his varsity career and gave the Electrons a 12-6 OT win over Roxborough. Why, you might ask, was Garrett given this opportunity? . . . Because, earlier that same day, he'd been spotted firing a Nerf ball in a gym class! "One of my fellow teachers told me, 'That kid has a really strong arm,' " said coach Ken Geiser.
November 8, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - The team had long boarded the bus and headed back to the hotel after Wednesday morning's shootaround at the New Orleans Arena, but 76ers rookies Maalik Wayns and Arnett Moultrie were still on the court, dripping with sweat and hoisting shot after shot after shot. Under the guidance of assistant coach Aaron McKie, the rookies stayed behind for close to an hour, listening intently as McKie showed some techniques and lectured them so well on the game that his college coach, John Chaney, would have been beaming.
October 29, 2012 |
When she can't make it to the gym, Donna Grote boots up her laptop and streams a live yoga class into her Uniontown, Pa., home. She finds a quiet spot, sets up her mat and logs on to www.yogatoday.com . Point. Click. Namaste. "I enjoy it for those times that I can't fit a class into my schedule," she says. "It's a nice way to get instruction from a knowledgeable source while practicing at home. " Streaming fitness can be a cheap, convenient alternative to the gym. Time-crunched commuters, stay-at-home moms or shy newbies can boot up their computers and take Pilates, yoga or step in their living room or basement.