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Be Thankful for a Fit Body!

Written on November 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm , by

This class promises to "carve" out killer muscles. (Photo courtesy of DavidBartonGym)

Besides gratitude, Thanksgiving is known for being all about food, family and (watching) football. But the team at DavidBartonGym (DBG) says that you can still enjoy the festivities while keeping up your fitness levels as well. How? Their experts claim that an intense resistance-based workout within two hours of a meal can help keep your metabolism humming.

So at their locations across the country, DBG trainers will be leading their members and family and friends of members through a complimentary “CARVED” class. It’s designed to target all major muscle groups with heavy weights, multiple sets and small intervals of active recovery.

Can’t make it to a class or don’t have a DBG near you? Or too crazed by cooking the turkey to fit in a full workout? Try these three sample moves from the class at home, done in a row as a circuit, to get a similar effect.

  • Squats: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and act like you are sitting in an imaginary chair: Bend knees 90 degrees and make sure your knees don’t go past your toes. Return to start and repeat for one minute. (Hold dumbbells to make it harder.)
  • Lateral Raises: Hold one dumbbell in each hand with palms facing body and feet hip-width apart. Extend both arms out to your sides at shoulder level, keeping wrists and elbows straight but not locked. Return to start and repeat for one minute.
  • Bent-Over Rows: Stand with feet hip-width apart and hinge forward 90 degrees from hips so back is parallel to floor and arms extend down, palms facing each other. Drive elbows directly behind you to bring dumbbells to ribs. Lower back to start and repeat for one minute.
  • Set down the weights and do one minute of jumping jacks. Repeat circuit three times.

CARVED will be offered at New York City, Chicago, Miami and Bellevue, Washington DBG locations at 9 and 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 24. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for more details.

Now tell us: Do you have any fit traditions on turkey day?

You’re Paying Too Much: How to Score Cheap Deals on Fitness

Written on November 1, 2011 at 7:00 am , by

Save your pennies and stay fit! (Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto)

Gym memberships, Bar Method classes, and Lululemon capris — this stuff doesn’t come cheap. But what if we told you that you don’t have to pay full price? And that in some cases, you may even get it for free. It may sound too good to be true, but with the right approach, you can exercise for next to nothing (while also taking the hottest new classes and wearing the latest gear). Keep reading to learn how to score major deals — and save major bucks — on all things fitness!

Negotiate a Gym Rate
It’s easy to get a deal on gym membership — you just have to ask. Once you’ve picked the right gym, do your homework before meeting with its membership representative. See what rates other gyms are offering and the types of deals your gym of choice has used in the past; this information will come in handy when negotiating. Also, be honest about your income and monthly expenses; it’s not unusual for membership reps to cut a deal based on an individual’s financial profile. Ask if they can offer a discount based on your profession (students and educators are usually good candidates) or if they will give a better deal if you agree to a long-term contract. At the very least, you should be able to have the enrollment fee waived.

Use Coupon Websites to Get Almost-Free Classes
Daily coupon sites like Groupon, PopSugar City, and LivingSocial can help you save major bucks on the hottest new fitness classes and studios. These websites work by helping strangers form a buying collective, which is then leveraged for major discounts. Depending on the day, you’re likely to find upwards of a 50 percent discount on rock climbing classes, Zumba, or Bar Method classes.

Create a Home Gym
Why pay for exercise when you can work out at home for next to nothing? Determine what your favorite types of workouts are, and from there, buy the appropriate at-home gym equipment and use these tips to create a mini gym in your house. Shop online to score used big-ticket items like a treadmill or elliptical machine. Skip the equipment altogether and work out to fitness DVDs — which you can check out for free from the library — or stream free exercise videos from your home computer. Here are some additional ideas for at-home workouts.

Barter For Free Classes
Bartering is a pretty common practice in private studios. Often called “karma programs,” for every hour of work you donate toward the studio, you’re rewarded with a free hour that you can use toward classes. Check to see if your current studio offers a program like this, or call around to find a studio that does. If not, ask if they’d be willing to.

Read on for more ways to save on fitness.

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