Spring into a Fun Bootcamp

Text by Becky Acra | Photography by Jim Wells

“Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name!”

When it comes to fitness and working out or starting a new sport that’s exactly what you need. We might not know your name now, but after one visit to Cheers! Fitness, you will feel like instant family. When starting a new work out routine sometimes a small class environment is just what you need. From building relationships to enhancing competitive instincts, a bootcamp workout is often the key for an individual to jumpstart their fitness goals. Bootcamp offers a total body overhaul in a more intimate setting than traditional weight rooms and gyms. Below are a few examples of some exercises you might experience at Cheers! fitness boot camp.

*Warning: Being a part of Cheers! Fitness may cause confidence to rise, muscles to grow, clothes to fit, children to flip, and families to smile.

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Clear Your Schedule it’s Time to “Deskercise”

Stuck at the office? No worries, this workout will burn calories and get you moving!

Text by Danielle Peters | Photography by Jim Wells

If you are like most working individuals, you spend eight hours a day or more completely inactive at your desk, with poor posture and brain fog . Throw cold weather into the mix and you have a recipe for poor health. From diabetes, to heart disease, cancer, and being overweight, sitting at a desk all day is wreaking havoc on your wellbeing. Luckily, spending all day at the office doesn’t have to be spent inactive. Danielle Peters, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Pilates Trainer, and owner of ABSolute Pilates & Fitness, has created a five day office workout to get you up and moving! It’s quick, effective, and takes as little as ten minutes to do. The best part, your boss will never know you’re exercising at your desk! Whether it’s a flood of emails, or a to-do-list a mile long, Danielle has created an office workout you can squeeze in for a healthier and happier workday.

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Stretch it UP a Notch

Essentrics®: a flexibility and strength building workout for all ages

Text by Kimberly Woodring | Photography by Jim Wells

What is it?

ESSENTRICS® is a full body fitness program designed to engage all 650 muscles and promote mobility, body shaping and pain-relief. Created by Miranda Esmonde-White, a former ballerina, author of the New York Times bestseller, Aging Backwards, and host of the #1 fitness TV show on PBS, Classical Stretch—the technique develops lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate changes to your posture. This workout leaves you feeling energized, youthful and healthy. We use standing, floor and barre techniques to enhance the movements. Essentrics is a form of functional fitness.

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Ditch the Gym for the Playground

During the summer turn a day at the park into a challenging and free workout

Text by Tamara Podry | Photography by Jim Wells

Put your gym membership on hold and get a killer workout while the kids play! Tamara Podry, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and co-owner of Anchor Fitness has developed a routine that will give you a full body blast. It’s fast, effective and it’ll leave you feeling energized and ready for more. Every parent at the park will be asking you where you learned these moves!

If you’ve ever used a TRX Suspension Trainer before, you know that it’s a great tool that provides an extremely effective and challenging workout. If you’ve never used one before, don’t worry, after trying this workout you’ll understand just how the suspension trainer improves muscle coordination, strength (especially in your core) and cardiorespiratory endurance. Tamara uses the TRX regularly with her clients and in her personal fitness pursuits. But, if you’re not ready to buy your own for $150+, try this playground workout for similar results.

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Fat Burning Body Weight Circuit

Text by Stephanie Frick | Photography by Jim Wells

This circuit training involves performing a series of body weight strength exercises with little to no rest between exercises. This is by far my favorite way to do cardiovascular exercise! The benefits of this workout include increasing work capacity (the amount of work you can do and recover from), increase in cardiovascular fitness, increase in strength endurance, adapting to acid buildup in the muscles, mental toughness, quick changes in body composition (lose fat without losing muscle).

There are many ways to design a circuit. You could pick sets of exercises and do one set of each with no rest. You could go several times through a circuit with no rest. You could do a series of exercises with work intervals and rest intervals. This can be as intense and as short as 15 minutes or they can be as long as an hour. I have chosen 8 exercises for you, around 40 minutes at length, including the warm up and cool down. 4 exercises are performed for 30 seconds straight through the set, until every exercise is finished. After each round of the exercises, 1 minute of recovery time is given. There is also a warm up and cool down. All exercises can be performed low to non-impact.

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Pilates Moves Us

Text by Stephanie Frick  •  Photography by Jim Wells

The “Pilates” Method as created by Joseph Pilates, is described as the “complete coordination of mind, body, and spirit.” It is a body balancing form of exercise which strengthens from the center, outward. Each motion is so precise that only 4-6 repetitions are required. As a full body workout, it merges mind and body into unity. The results of Pilates are incredible! You become more connected to your body through a clear mind. Re-alignment of your muscle, brings you automatic balance into every day functions. Most amazing to me is how you feel after Pilates! 55-60 minutes and you feel refreshed, alert, and charged with energy! One less cup of coffee needed!

        There are five foundational elements of Pilates. Breathing, Centering, Concentration, Control, Fluidity, and Precision. BREATHING cleanses the lungs and clears the mind, creating direct concentration. CENTERING is disciplining your mind to listen to your body as you advance individually at your own pace. CONCENTRATION is essential to activate each motion in the correct way, combining breath patterns and focus. To be in CONTROL of each motion is essential for preventing injuries, both in everyday living and most importantly during exercise. FLUIDITY, a smooth flowing motion encourages the body to safely extend into gentle progression. Sharp Jerky movements may cause cramping or injury. PRECISION; for each focus point as explained above, when activated, creates and targets precise training!  Why treat your body any other way than with care? You only have one body, treat it beautifully.

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