In March I turn another year older, which is a good thing when you consider the alternative, but it also hurts a little to have to say that steadily growing number outloud. I keep reminding myself that it is just a number. It doesn’t define who I am any more than the number on the scale or the number of gray hairs I’ve had to quit pulling out of my head for fear of having none left. I know I can’t help getting older, but I can refuse to get old. I don’t have to sit down and stop. I can keep challenging myself and keep enjoying life to the fullest for as long as I can.
Every year around my birthday, in memory of one of the pioneer greats of the fitness industry, Jack LaLanne, I like to challenge myself to a harder than normal “birthday” workout. Jack was amazing!! Not only is he credited as opening our nation’s first health club, inventing pin driven weight machines you see in every gym, and encouraging women to lift weights at a time in history when that was seen as being too masculine and unattractive; he is also famous for his extraordinary birthday feats. For example, at age 70 he swam a mile while towing 70 rowboats, one with several guests. Earlier birthdays had him towing even heavier things while shackled!! I came across his philosophy this week and I love it…
Dying is easy. Living is a pain in the butt. It’s like an athletic event. You’ve got to train for it. You’ve got to eat right. You’ve got to exercise. Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen: together, you have a kingdom.Jack LaLanne
Jack LaLanne died at age 96 and practiced his daily workout routine until the day before he died. If that doesn’t inspire you to get active, let’s review the benefits of exercise for any age…
- Improves memory and brain function (cognitive thinking skills)
- Improves protection against chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes
- Aides in weight management
- Lowers blood pressure and improves heart health
- Improves quality of sleep
- Reduces feelings of anxiety and depression
- Improves joint pain and stiffness
- Maintains muscle strength and balance (decreases the risk of falls)
- If done in a group setting (such as a gym, club, or class), it can aid in social engagement and prevent loneliness
Age doesn’t have to stop us and it certainly doesn’t need to be an excuse to not exercise. No matter what our age or joint issues, there is some type of movement that we can do to improve our health. We simply have to find what works for us and do it. I have several clients over the age of 70 and many more over the age of 50 that rock it with me every week. Don’t assume any of us are just old ladies. We are healthy, fit, and strong! We are refusing to let age be our excuse or to stop us from conquering our goals.
Age is just a number. Let’s start treating it that way!
What’s New? 9am Basic Class
I am so excited to continue with this new basic class!! If you are limited on time or really like the thoughts of not having to wake up so early to exercise, this class is for you! We will be focusing on basic fitness and strength and as always I will show modifications. You can totally do it! If you’d like to see what a BASIC30 class looks like from home, just hit this link and give it a try. http://tiny.cc/BASIC30.
How Do I Register?
Simply click this link to register for any of the Boot Camps.
All new campers must register before their first Live or Online session. Existing campers do not have to register again. I have your information on file and your payment will serve as a confirmation for this camp.
March Boot Camp & Snow Days Missed in Feb:
March Camp starts Monday, March 1st and continues throughout the rest of the month. Due to the way the Mondays and Wednesdays line up on the calendar this month, March has a total of 10 sessions instead of our usual 8. There will be no extra charge as we’re going to let these extra sessions serve as make up snow days for those we missed from our February camp.
Camp Options, Prices, & Payment.
Boot Camp Live ($50) meets on Mondays & Wednesdays in person at the Life Center. You chose your time and type of camp. All campers bring their own mat and social distance during the workout.
- 5:30am Fit Camp – 45 min
- 7:30am Fit Camp – 45 min (ladies only)
- 9am BASIC30 – 30 min
Location: Hilldale Life Center, 250 Old Farmers Rd, Clarksville, TN. Facility membership is not required for boot camp.
Cyber Camp ($30/mo) meets on Thursdays online via Zoom. All Zoom classes are ladies only and attendance is optional. Each Zoom class will be recorded and uploaded to the current month’s YouTube video playlist (which will already contain a starter set of at least 4 previously recorded videos) to be used anytime throughout the month. Both Boot Camp and BASIC30 videos will be added to the playlist each week and will be available to all Cyber Campers.
- 7:30am Boot Camp – 45 minutes
- 9am BASIC30 – 30 minutes
For your at home workouts you’ll need a set of medium dumbbells and a mat as well as a device to connect to us on Zoom (or to watch the recorded YouTube video at a later time). Occasionally we will use optional equipment such as an exercise band or differing sizes of dumbbells for variety.
Full Access ($75) includes access to both Boot Camp Live at the Life Center and Cyber Camp (Zoom sessions and video access to use anytime) and can be used for any time slot.
Pay as You Go:
- Live (1-3 classes):$10/ per class
- Live (4+ classes): 4-5=$35, 6=$40, 7=$45
- Cyber: $8/ per class (does not include video access)
Package payments must be made in advance and are only good for the month of the Boot Camp for which they were purchased
Cyber Camp payment must be received 24 hours in advance to ensure receiving Zoom links in time for class. All links will be sent via email.
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