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Holly's Fitness Friday

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Hi everyone and Happy Friday! I hope you all enjoyed the shortened work week! We had a great holiday class on Monday with almost 30 group fitness enthusiasts sweating non-stop for two hours! I co-taught with Gail and we had a great time! We will definitely be doing a challenge class again in the future.

This week I want to talk to you about consistency. Last week I was asked by a peer ‘what motivates me to stay active?’ My response after reminding them that that is my profession, was a long list of benefits we all receive from exercising regularly.  I stay motivated because of all the positive results that being fit provides: prolonged life expectancy; delaying the aging process; healthy heart and lungs; strong bones; increased balance; higher metabolism at rest; and feeling strong from the inside out to name a few. I could go on but will spare you some time. The never ending benefits of exercise only work though if you are moving your body. It is easy to get out of the groove of going to the gym regularly but by starting today, right now, you can get back on track to developing a routine for daily exercise. A body in motion tends to stay in motion, so the more you move, the more you’ll want to. We all have busy days and numerous excuses as to why we don’t have time to exercise daily, but  remember you don’t have to work out for a long time to gain all the prior mentioned benefits. If you can’t remember the last time you broke a sweat it’s been too long! Let’s move together today and over the weekend.

For additional motivation this week I am including a quick ten minute workout that you can do in your house with no equipment, so no excuses!


20 jumping jacks

5 burpies

20 squats

5 burpies

20 alternating front lunges

5 burpies

10 push ups

10 table top reach aways

20 bicycle crunches

Now that your workout is done get out and enjoy the sunny weekend! See you all in the gym!

Holly's Fitness Friday

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Hi everyone and happy Fitness Friday! April is here and so is spring!

The seasons are changing and with spring comes a positive change in the weather and longer days! Spring time awakens a natural desire for us to want leave our houses, exercise, and move our bodies more. Here at SWCC, the ways to work out are endless. From over 80 weekly group fitness classes ( 4 new ones starting next week!) to fabulous personal trainers (Meet Victoria Franklin, our newest trainer!) and a well maintained fitness center. You will never run out of ways to fulfill your active necessities.

Spring time also brings interns to SWCC. This year we are lucky to have John and Shondra, two bright future PCC fitness technology graduates. They will  be with us over the next 3 months shadowing me and our other fitness professionals. John and Shondra are the next generation in trainers, so I encourage you to ask them questions, allowing them to continue to use their classroom knowledge in real world situations. Let's give them a big SWCC welcome!

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!