THE FIRST RULE OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS We all know the difference between making a resolution and keeping it, right? Well no-one knows more about it than motivation expert Professor David E. Conroy. We talk to him about what helps get us moving, and how to set realistic goals we can stick to. by Margo White…

Research shows that the key to sticking with fitness is all about starting slowly and doing it with friends. 1 It’s even easier if you start with something simple like an indoor cycling class. You control the intensity of the workout by simply turning a resistance dial up or down. The beautiful thing about this type…

GROUP WORKOUTS SHOWN TO IMPROVE MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING Carrie Knight for Fit Planet A new study into the stress-relieving power of group fitness makes world headlines by proving what many have known all along – there is strength in numbers. As the old proverb says, “necessity is the mother of invention”. When Dr. Dayna…

Many of us will join gyms and fitness facilities with our goals for the year ahead firmly in mind. By the end of 30 days, almost half of us will be back to square one, defeated, discouraged and no closer to a healthier life. Fitness is just like any addiction. It all starts with a…

Every New Year, thousands of well-meaning rookies will join gyms and fitness facilities with their resolutions at the ready. By the end of 30 days, almost half of them will be back to square one, defeated, discouraged and no closer to a healthier life. It turns out that fitness is just like any addiction – it all…

EXERCISE HELPS ME SURVIVE Charlie Scott – Fit Planet by Les Mills I’m not one of those girls who pounds away on the treadmill while visualizing evaporating calories and a shrinking waistline. In fact, what motivates me to raise my heart rate has nothing to do with aesthetics. I exercise to give my sick body…

THE BEST WAY TO CARVE INCHES OFF YOUR WAISTLINE Emma Hogan A flat stomach can play hard to get for both genders, but new research has identified one method that works better than most. High-intensity interval training is known to burn serious amounts of fat, seriously fast. But not just any fat. New research shows…

HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT Melanie Stevenson Goal setting. It’s something we hear about often, especially as a New Year dawns. Check out these five tips that will help ensure your goals get you what you want. The beginning of the year is a great time to focus on what you hope to achieve…

A REMEDY FOR THE WINTER BLUES Brittany Jordt As the skies begin to darken and temperatures drop it can be tempting to let your fitness goals slip. It’s easy to lose motivation at this point and find yourself sitting on the couch again. To stay on track this winter try taking a classic summer exercise…

It seems the incidence of overfat is everywhere. Paul Laursen’s recent study suggests that in the top 30 industrialized countries there are more people who are ‘overfat’ than there are obese and overweight people globally. Shockingly, up to 90 percent of US males and 80 percent of US females are overfat. It seems incredible – even people…

YES, YOU CAN SWEAT YOURSELF OUT OF THE OVERFAT CATEGORY By Emma Hogan for Fit Planet The number one way to cut nasty abdominal fat from your belly is to ditch sugar… but it’s not the only option. Choose the right type of exercise and you can fast-track fat reduction around your middle. So you’ve…

When you come to a BODYCOMBAT™ class, bring a towel and some water, and get ready to listen to your instructor. You’ll soon be hooked on the benefits of BODYCOMBAT. In a 55-minute BODYCOMBAT workout there are ten tracks. If you are new don’t feel the need to push yourself through every track. Simply do the first…

by Emma Hogan WHY DOES BODYPUMP WORK? The effectiveness of BODYPUMP comes from The Rep Effect, a proven formula that exhausts muscles using light weights, while performing high repetitions – this is the secret to developing lean, athletic muscle. HOW MANY CALORIES DO YOU BURN DOING BODYPUMP? This total body workout will burn up to 540…

3 OF THE BEST: AB EXERCISES Discover the core exercises Erin Maw loves – and make them work for you. THE AB EXERCISES I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF Erin Maw – Fit Planet by Les Mills When it comes to strengthening my core there are three fundamental moves that I can’t get enough of… Oblique…

Five tips that will help you treat yourself without wrecking yourself TREAT YOURSELF WITHOUT WRECKING YOURSELF Melanie Stevenson Temptation is all around us during the holiday season. Work lunches, family get-togethers, dinner with friends. It’s a constant food (and drink) feast and often the strong willpower we have delivered throughout the year is weakened. A…

Three ways to prevent exercise from being the one that got away 3 WAYS TO NAIL YOUR FITNESS Isabel Fenwick Research says your commitment to exercise is all about satisfaction. You can prevent exercise from being the one that got away by knowing what does (and doesn’t) do it for you. The level of satisfaction…

FUTURE OF WEIGHT TRAINING Discover the science behind high repetition resistance training. SCIENCE SHOWS THE BEST WAY TO BUILD MUSCLE Sarah Shortt How does lifting light weights for lots of repetitions compare to more traditional models of resistance training? We talk to Dr Nigel Harris, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science, about the benefits of lifting…

MAKING IT LAST LONGER AND STRONGER Melanie Stevenson New Year, new you, new routine – right? We all have the best intentions when the New Year begins. Here’s how to make them last. Many of us will join gyms and fitness facilities with our goals for 2016 in the forefront of their minds. By the…

5 TIPS TO STARTING THE YEAR AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON Melanie Stevenson The New Year is an opportunity to reflect, regroup and reprogram ourselves. Think of it as a clean state. It’s important to take time out in January and focus on yourself, your achievements to date and what you want your future…

#smartstart tips. Did you overindulge during the holidays? Here’s 5 top tips to help you bounce back. 5 WAYS TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER HOLIDAY INDULGENCE Melanie Stevenson No matter how committed you are to a healthy lifestyle, the holiday season always provides plenty of challenges to sticking to your goals. The holiday binge is often…

YOGA PROVEN TO HELP YOU RETAIN YOUR YOUTHFULNESS by Sophie Collett If there weren’t already a million reasons to do more yoga there is now scientific proof it can make you younger – or at least feel younger. The scientific proof comes in the form of a recent study1 from University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The…

Out with the old, in with the new. Learn how to effectively tackle your plans for next year. OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW Melanie Stevenson The New Year inevitably breeds resolutions. Like ’em or not, we are all guilty of making them. Many of these so-called resolutions are unachievable and by creating…

We’re really excited about the changes in the schedule for January 2016! Monday night Zumba changes to Hip Hop with David Lee, Wednesday Insanity® becomes TRX Circuit with Lana Polchow. Zumba® Kids on Thursday moves to 6:30 pm and is no longer offered on Saturdays. We’re also expanding into some early morning classes and our…

By Nikki Lewis A Review of BODYATTACK™ Yesterday I took my first BODYATTACK™ group fitness class at Brickhouse Cardio Club in Gahanna. It is a Les Mills program, and like their other classes, this one was just as powerful. I’ll be honest. I expected to hate it. I thought I would survive it but not…

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