Avoid the Summer Fitness Vacation Workout Slump

terri-erands1Yep, that mini summer getaway is perfect plan for achieving that well deserved rest & relaxation. However the mini rest & relaxation can test your workout and diet willpower.  Here are a few steps that you can take to avoid that workout and weight gain melt down while on holiday.

Scale back on your food intake. Remember that portion control is key when it comes to healthy food intake. Consider moderation when going for those extra snacks, while in that state of  holiday chill.

Tweak your workout agenda, stay active. I know that it is tough to get up early to get that early morning power walk in.  However, avoid letting your established  fitness achievements  take
a back seat.

List your overall fitness goals in your cell phone. In the moment you feel like bailing from your workout review your original goals as a friendly reminder.

21 Days Polar Loop Employee Wellness Challenge. We are on day 16 of our 21 day make your fitness-wellness habits a reality. Keep on bringing it, no turning back—Let’s finish strong as one united J healthy team. —Get Fit For Life!

 

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Cycles of Spin: Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins

Instructors take participants through a series of rides known as Energy Zones, each serving a specific purpose like endurance, strength or recovery. Terri Arends, a master Spin instructor and group fitness director at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Texas, attests that without such rides, the aerobic foundation crumbles. She likes to put riders through “kicking Spin rides and moments of Zen that allow riders to let go and find their inner athlete.
Click here to read more about Cycles of Spin

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Get a jump start on your 2014 fitness goals

terri-erands1“HIT” is often referred to in the fitness industry as High Intensity Training. Many gym goers will associate high intensity training with achieving outcomes such as decreasing percentage of body fat, building muscle and improving overall fitness.  HIT workouts without a doubt are proven to be one of the most effective methods towards achieving weight loss.  As the J’s group fitness director, I often get the question, presented to me, as to what constitutes a High Intensity Training Workout.  Think in terms of a HIT workout being as short as 4 minutes and lasting as long as 30 minutes in duration. Include in the work out plan mini bouts of anaerobic work followed up with less intense active workload recovery sections.

Remember to keep moving on the active workload recovery phase, as to not to go to a full out grinding halt. Get a jump start on your 2014 fitness goals by turning your body into a fat burning machine. Can’t manage High Intensity Training on your own, then do join us for one of the following group fitness classes. HIT The Water, Tabata-Jabs-Abs, J Fit Met Con, Spin Power, Group Rowing, Dig Deep, Cardio Raise the Bar, Camp Dave Fit, Retro Step and Insanity. As your group fitness director, I am in hopes to see you in one of our upcoming group fitness classes. Get ready to turn your body into a high calorie fat burning machine.

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What’s new at the J?

Artie-headMany of us come to the J expecting certain things.  We expect the Early Childhood Center to be open and full of children being educated by fantastic teachers.  We expect the Sports and Fitness Center to be up and running with people utilizing the fitness center, the pools, group exercise studio, spin studio, mind, body studio and of course the locker rooms with showers, whirlpool, steam and sauna facilities.  The Seniors expect, in many cases, to be transported to the J, to participate in day trips, lectures, and Senior Board meetings, not to mention, the daily Kosher Lunch prepared by our great Head Cook, James Birdine, and his staff.  Along with these daily activities we host hundreds of meetings a week for Jewish organizations in the community.  Currently we are hosting the annual BookFest, in the midst of our Fall Melton Classes, and preparing for our winter events.

Winter programs will fill the agency soon.  College kids will be back in town and the J is the place to be.  The guys will all come back to play pick up basketball and catch up with their friends that are scattered all over the country.  Winter camp will be in full swing.  Adventures with Abbii, our traditional camp, tennis camp, and gymnastics camp will fill the halls with children as they enjoy their vacations from school.  The Matzoh Ball will bring hundreds of young Jewish singles together on December 24th  , at the Social House, for a night of fun, socializing, and dancing and you never know maybe the night they meet their Beshert.

With all of this going on we continue to work on new initiatives to make you, our most important members, experience at the J even better.

Soon our main hallway bathrooms will be renovated.
Soon our main floor West Wing bathrooms, the newest ones in the building, will have automatic door openers installed.  This will help those that need additional assistance have ease of access to these bathrooms.
Soon our Group Exercise Studio will be expanded to enhance the “BEST IN DALLAS” group exercise experience for group exercise participants.

It is our goal to always provide the best of what is expected of our J everyday and at the same time look to the future in an effort to continually enhance the experience for our valued members and guests.

It would be my pleasure to hear your thoughts on how we can enhance your experience.

Take care and see you at the J.
Artie Allen
President
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center

I forgot to mention that we are so excited to have 2 staff members,  Rachelle Weiss Crane, and Abbii Cook, along with a JCC Leader Doug Baer going to Israel to help the JCC prepare for some upcoming trips we plan to offer in the community.  I can’t wait to hear about their experience and the plans they will have for all of us in the future.

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You Gotta Tabata

You Gotta Tabata—Is High Intensity training for everyone? High Intensity training known in the fitness world as “HIT” is sweeping the globe. Research has proven that that high intensity training improves cardiovascular fitness increases lean muscle mass and is an effective weight-loss tool. Tabata is a type of a high intensity training protocol which consists of 8 rounds of 20 seconds of intense workout activity followed by 10 seconds of recovery. As the J’s group fitness director, I often get asked the question is Tabata training for everyone? Absolutely, as long as you keep in mind that you need to be the driver of your own bus. In other words complete the 8 rounds and keep moving at your own personal pace. Train at your own “personal” threshold and keep on keeping on. Looking for some coached Tabata training? Tabata training can be found in many of the J’s group fitness classes—Tabata Jabs-Abs, Spinning, HIT the Water, J Fit Met Con, Dig Deep  and our newest class offering Insanity.

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Yoga at the J- Add some OM to your wokrouts

Chinook-and-DebbiIf you haven’t tried a Yoga class at The JCC yet, there’s no better time than now!
My name is Debbi, and I am lucky to be a part of the best Yoga team at any fitness program anywhere in DFW. Before I even moved to Dallas permanently, I joined the J because the group fitness classes were over the top and I had so many choices. I was immediately drawn to Chinook’s Yoga class on Sundays and Mondays with his straight-forward style and inspirational motivation. He is one reason why I feel stronger than I ever have, and his classes were where I made some of my first friends here. An instructor like Chinook is perfect for the beginner because he gives you so much background in Yoga and keeps instruction simple so that everyone can build strength and endurance. He’ll even sneak in some stress-busting skills and moments of pure peacefulness in his class.

Additionally, the JCC offers Flow, Gentle, Hatha, and even an intermediate strong flow class. My path was to try them all and learn from our different teachers styles and talents. I hope you grab a schedule and open yourself up to the fun of Yoga if you haven’t already, or even try a new style. I know you can never learn it all in Yoga, but at the JCC, I’m practicing like I might and I’m having a ball!

See you on your mats!

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Want a little chocolate with your Hebrew?

A Melton Moment
Come for the learning. Stay for the community.  This is one of our Melton slogans.
Here is an example of what it can mean.  A Dallas Melton student recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah…as an adult. She led the service, chanted from the TImageorah and delivered a beautiful d’var Torah. Torah honors were shared with her family,  her fellow Melton students and teachers.  She said the learning environment and the community of learners in her Melton classes inspired her to pursue a Bat Mitzvah and set an example for her two young daughters.  Her Melton story was  my Melton moment in July of 2013. Come for the learning. Stay for the community.   What will your story be?

Chocolate Hebrew is a CRASH COURSE in Hebrew and in 13 hours, this unique, multi-sensory, non-threatening intensive class will take the mystery out of the Hebrew alphabet – and prepare you to learn both Modern Hebrew and Prayer Book Hebrew. Wouldn’t it be great to be reading Hebrew in time for the High Holidays? In just a week, you’ll be reading Hebrew – really!!!
a taste pf meltonClasses begin August 26 at 9:30 am. Questions? Click here
A Taste of Melton is another sweet treat offered at the J this month.  Sample the program that everyone is talking about and satisfy your hunger for class that every is talking about and satisfy your hunger for Jewish knowledge with our well balanced approach to adult Jewish learning!
FREE sample class August 28th at 9:30 am To RSVP click here

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