Client Transformation: Jenn

Jen came to me last year in preparation for her upcoming destination wedding in Punta Cana. When we initially met, Jen really wanted to focus on losing extra weight, toning up arms and core, as well as losing some inches off the waist and hips. She was focused on feeling confident and fit in her dress and by the pool. She signed up for bridal bootcamp and as her trainer I’m proud of all of her accomplishments over the past year! Congrats Jen!

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I asked Jen to fill out a short questionnaire. Please check out her answers below.
Challenges: I really wanted to find a workout where I was committed. I hate getting bored and like to try new things. So it was important to me that the bootcamp was high energy, fun, but also challenging. I also felt I need to focus on nutrition and having healthy eating habits.
Accomplishments: I feel stronger and definitely look a lot better!!  I finally lost inches from my hips – and can fit into those jeans I have been holding onto for years!
Priscilla also gave me some great tips to eat right – and I think that was the tipping point for me!
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Priscilla will not only get you in shape for your big day – but give you the confidence you need to feel great in your dress!  The small group environement is great – it makes you accountable to make sure you show up – and all the ladies (and occassional bf/fiance/husband) are extremely supportive.  Priscilla is flexible, which is something someone planning a wedding needs!  She has great energy and will help you to push yourself towards your goals.
 Waist
April 2012: 28 inches
Today: 26
Hips
April 2012: 39
Today – 36
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 Check out a few wedding shots! Jen looks gorgeous and fit!
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Fit Body Bootcamp!

It’s Back!!

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Fit Body Bootcamp Begins April 1st! Fit Body Bootcamp is a total body workout designed to help you gain strength, cardio endurance, flexibility, and improve body composition. Join today!

$150 a month unlimited

$100 a month unlimited/ 6 month minimum commitment

$25 Drop-in

*Sign-up before March 15th and receive a one-on-one personal training session!

Classes will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 AM at Broadneck Park

Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 PM at Bestgate Park

Wednesday at 8 PM at Bestgate Park

Partner Up!

I am a HUGE supporter of group workouts. Why? Accountability, support, motivation, and affordability. I find that my clients in group settings are constantly reaching, exceeding, and making new goals.  I offer a variety of group settings from partner, small group, and bootcamp style workouts to suit my clients needs. Personally, I find that I push myself when I see someone else busting their butt in a workout. Image

 

I recently read a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine(2012; 44, 151-59),  about ideal scenarios for motivating exercisers to intensify their workouts. To determine this, the researchers randomly divided 58 female subjects among three scenarios: solo exercise; coactive (exercising independently alongside another person); or conjunctive (exercising with a partner perceived to posses greater capability).

Participants exercised on an indoor bike with a video game monitor at 65% of heart rate reserve on 6 separate days. They first began with a pretrial, in which they were instructed to ride for as long as they felt comfortable. Each coactive group member was paired with a partner via Skype. What subjects did not know was that the Skype session was actually a prerecording designed to give the impression that it was a live chat. Prior to the intervention, each subject was told that her “partner” had ridden for significantly more time than she had during the pretrial. The exercise session began with the goal of seeing if the subject would improve her exercise time. The virtual partner’s video was looped so that it seemed as though she was riding continuously. Each conjunctive group member was placed in a similar scenario, using Skype, but in this case the subject was encouraged to work with her partner, instead of competing against her. The researchers explained that the pair would be scored based on the time of the first person to stop exercising. Again, the partner video was prerecorded and played on a loop. So what trial proved most effective? Participants persisted longer when working alongside a more capable coactor than when working alone. The women in this group averaged a 49% improvement over the subjects who were exercising alone. However, it was when women were paired with a partner in the conjunctive setting that participants produced the greatest output. Women in this group persisted 102% longer than those who were cycling on their own. 

These findings show that group motivation can influence exercise performance when paired with a moderately more capable partner. So get a buddy or two and get ready to take your workout to the next level! Message me for details on current group workouts and pricing.

Have a great week,

Priscilla