Blog 8/3/20 Little Things = Big Things

Hi Everyone,

Ready, set, August!  I hope you are walking into your Monday and are feeling refreshed and ready to go!  For those of you who have been working so diligently in your fitness all last week, I hope that you took some time on Sunday to rest your bodies.  It’s SO important to have rest, because rest = repair.  I know many of us reading this blog love to push our bodies hard, but as we age, we need to REALLY respect the rest phase of our week.  If we want to keep doing the things we love to do, then we need to respect the rest required for our bodies to restore and replenish. 

I took some photos of Cardio Fusion Curbside last week and from Park Fitness Saturday and wanted to share.  A big shout out to Debbie Roe and Bernadette Calvo because they both did two classes back to back:  Boot Camp On-Line and Park Fitness!  Check them out!

Gliding discs outside?  YES WE DID!

Gotta love dry dock swim!

A BIG Shout out to Debbie Roe and Bernadette Calvo for taking on the double class beast mode on Saturday!  Both Boot Camp On-Line and Park Fitness!  Woo hoo!  Well done ladies!

 

Schedule for the week of August 3rd:

8/3 Monday – Park Fitness 8am & Barre Blend 6pm

8/4 Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

8/5 Wednesday – Barre Blend 8am

8/6 Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

8/8  Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

If you are interested in signing up for any of these classes, please text the class code and date, along with a picture of your class card and number.

Class Codes:

Park Fitness = PF

Barre Blend On-Line= BBOL

Cardio Core On-Line = CCOL

Cardio Core Curbside = CCC MAX 9 PEOPLE

Cardio Fusion On-Line = CFOL

Cardio Fusion Curbside = CFC MAX 9 PEOPLE

Boot Camp On-Line = BCOL

NOTE ON CLASS SCHEDULES: 

There may be a change coming to morning classes in terms of start times, but I’m not quite sure when those changes will happen.  My son, Andrew, is a Freshman at Berean High School in Walnut Creek.  I will be notified today whether the students will be on-line only or a hybrid program starting on 8/17. If and when the time comes for Andrew to attend on campus, I may need to drive him up to WC intermittently, but thankfully there is also a bus system and the hope of future carpools.   Again, all of this is up in the air at the moment, so answers are coming LOL!  

If you attend morning classes with me, please let me know if you anticipate your schedule changing too as we head into the end of summer-beginning of fall and which class times would work for you.  I know some of you are teachers and will be heading back to school, so let me know if an earlier class time would work, especially on-line? 

Some of you have also inquired about the fall/winter outdoor formats and if the church will be available for those.  At this point, I don’t have an answer for that question because the church doesn’t know yet when they’ll be able to open their doors to the public.  For now, outdoor fitness will continue as long as possible through the summer and fall.  As I mentioned last week…..I know what we are doing this week, so that’s good!  We are all in a space of flux so let’s keep communication going and I’ll do my best to offer classes, either on-line or in-person, to continue offering fitness formats, classes, and times to help you meet your fitness goals! 

 

Thought for the week:  Little Things = Big Things

You know, being healthy all the time is a pain in the butt.  Come on, admit it!  It’s kind of like a part-time job and it’s something that you always have to be thinking about and participating in on some level every day.  If you want to eat healthy, you need to go shopping and buy fresh foods.  But then, you need to DO something with those fresh foods which requires work.  Meal prep and planning can be exhausting, but what are the alternatives?  You know what they are and OH, are they so tempting!  It’s so much easier to go through the fast food window or go with a little less guilt and eat out at Chipotle or Subway.  And every now and then, it’s no problem to do those things because life happens, right?!  So, what am I talking about?

I’m talking about all of the little choices that you make every day add it to big results.  Is eating a burger and fries a cardinal sin?  Well, I guess it is if you are a vegan and I get that, but what about the person who eats a mixture of plant and meat based and mostly eats homemade meals.  Is it unforgivable to eat a burger if you love to eat burgers?  NO!  But, what about if you eat fast food burgers and fries every week?  Ooh, now we get into trouble.  My son Ryan recently asked to watch SuperSize me about a week ago or so.  It was hugely eye opening for him to see how dangerous fast foods can be.  In one month, Morgan, the main character, gained 25 pounds and was about to pickle his liver from all of the high fat and fried foods he was eating that were loaded with sodium, sugars, and refined carbs.  Do you remember this documentary?  It’s a sober reminder of the decisions we all make every day and how they add up to big results.  Those results are either going to make us healthier or sicker. 

If you watch how much processed food you eat and focus on eating homemade meals that weave in a lot of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and probiotic rich nutrients, along with smaller portions, you are going to come out much farther ahead in the health meter! 

The same can also be said about how we move.  If you only move a couple of times a week without ever sweating or adding load bearing exercises, you won’t get much for your efforts.  Add those behaviors up over time and your core will be weakened, along with all of your other muscle groups including your heart.  However, if you move in a variety of different ways throughout the week and mix things up weight training, hiking, riding a bike, running, and core work, you’ll have young guts my friends! 

Is it a pain in the butt to carve out time to move?  Well, yes.  But have you noticed that the more you exercise, the more it feels normal and the right thing to do?  If you don’t exercise for a couple of days have you noticed how you might feel like a total slug?  I’ve always been astonished by those feelings because moving becomes a part of who you are and what you do! 

I remember back in 2007 when I first started exercising on a consistent basis.  For the first time in my life, my “exercise eyes” opened up and I realized how much better I looked and felt!  I couldn’t believe that I could really become one of those “fit” people!  What changed?  My behaviors and who I hung around.  I started hanging around with new friends I was meeting in exercise classes and was always inspired by the instructors and felt better leaving than when I walked in.  I was hooked and still am to this day!  I am now a person who moves for a living and there is no looking back.  I am in better shape now than I ever was in my teens or twenties.  And the best part?  You can be too!  You can be in your 50’s or 60’s and feel better than you did before you started exercising regularly. Why?  Because moving more is living more and we make more meaningful memories with the people we love.

So, making those little decisions every day, as much as a pain in the butt they are, will add up to big dividends in your life and for your family.  It’s worth it my friends!  Keep up the great work out there with cleaner eating and more moving!  Together we can do great things!

 

Love ya!

Jen

Blog 7/27/20 – Summer Moves!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you all had a great weekend and are soaking up summer and all of its goodness!  I know many of you are moving every week because I see your smiling, sweaty faces in my classes!  Did you know that I am offering 10 classes a week now?  Wowza – and many of you are attending multiple classes throughout the week!  Excellent work my friends! 

Can you see and feel the difference in your endurance level?  If you are working out efficiently 3-5 times per week, in a variety of different ways, I KNOW that you are increasing your lean body mass and are impacting your BMR – basil metabolic rate.  Why is this important?  This is how we make our bodies work smarter!  Whatever you are doing throughout the day, your body is burning more calories because of your fitness level.  Your EPOC, or excess post oxygen consumption, is a huge component here too because this is your after burn that lasts up to 24 hours.  Anyway, just wanted to throw out some vocab for you guys to take in and learn more about what all of this “fitness stuff” is actually doing inside your bodies.  It’s also how we combat a variety of different diseases and keep our hearts pumping stronger, bones, joints, and muscles stronger, and just feel overall better every day! 

This past Saturday was another tough one!  For Boot Camp On-Line, we did another wheel work out where the hub of the wheel was the following:  20 jump squats, 20 burpees, 20 push-ups, 20 mountain climbers, and 20 plank jacks.  So, yes, that’s 100 exercises in a burst format!  But wait, there’s the spokes on the wheel!  We did a variety of compound resistance and core exercises with a timing protocol of 45 seconds.  Bottom line?  We did six circuits and the hub alone equaled 120 jump squats, burpees, push-ups, mountain climbers, and plank jacks! Woo hoo!

But wait, there’s more!  Park Fitness was also offered at 8:40am so there was a new group of clients to hit the trail to the park!  Did we work hard?  YES!  Lots of running, sprint drills, body weight exercises and core!  And, a special shout out once again to Debbie Roe who is continuing to do double duty on Thursdays and  Saturdays!  If any of you feel like you want to ramp up your fitness to the next level and are ready to further increase your endurance, try coming out for 2 classes in one day or back to back.  Remember, you gotta respect the rest days too for repair and recovery! 

Me with Debbie Roe!  Post Boot Camp On-Line and Park Fitness!!

Park Fitness crew from Saturday:  Pete Calvo, Debbie Roe, Mansi Parekh, Archana Iyer, Jen Allan, Mohan Iyer, Ryan Allan, and Erwin Ricafrente

 

Schedule for the week of July 27th:

7/27 Monday – Park Fitness 8am & Barre Blend 6pm

7/28 Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

7/29 Wednesday – Barre Blend 8am

7/30 Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

8/1  Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

If you are interested in signing up for any of these classes, please text the class code and date, along with a picture of your class card and number.

Class Codes:

Park Fitness = PF

Barre Blend On-Line= BBOL

Cardio Core On-Line = CCOL

Cardio Core Curbside = CCC MAX 9 PEOPLE

Cardio Fusion On-Line = CFOL

Cardio Fusion Curbside = CFC MAX 9 PEOPLE

Boot Camp On-Line = BCOL

 

This past week I asked for you to send in some photos of how you are all moving this summer!  Thank you so much to everyone who sent me photos!  They are awesome and I’d love to share them on this blog!  Keep sending in those photos and I’ll keep sharing how the Jen Allan Fitness community is moving in summer!

Enjoy!

Erin Campbell with her boys James and Christian.  Erin has been doing a ton of hiking this summer and enjoys hiking on the Pleasanton Ridge, Dublin Ridge, Pleasanton Preserve Trails and usually hikes anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. 

MingMay Pang with her son Brandon.  On this trip they hiked Reinhardt Redwoods and Mt. Wittenberg

 

Melissa Judge out walking with her pups!

Melissa Judge with Everett at Pinnacles National Park and a whopper of 13 miles that day!!

Melissa Judge at the Pleasanton Ridge with her pups!

Renee Roberts out mountain biking and hiking!  Renee loves fitness and is an endurance athlete who loves either biking or hiking 10-20 miles in one day!  You rock Renee!

Jen at Brushy Peak!

See you in class soon!

Jen

Blog 7/20/20 What New Habits Have You Formed?

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling refreshed and ready to go!  How was your weekend?  Did you have the chance to get outside and move?  Hiking?  Biking?  Dog walking?  If you have taken any photos of these activities over the last few weeks, send them over to me and I’ll post them on my blog!  I’d love to start a photo gallery of how the Jen Allan Fitness community moves.  Wouldn’t that be fun?!  Let’s do it!

This is the time of year where schedules are typically in flux, pandemic or no pandemic, and it’s still summer time and people are finding creative ways to get away and go on vacations.  For my class schedules, it’s really important that I hear from you earlier rather than later to determine if a class will run or not.  Admittedly, I’ve been more lenient lately and may even run an on-line class with 2 or 3 people – sshhhhh!  I love serving you guys in fitness and whether it’s two people or ten people, I am here to help you bring out your best selves and rise up and experience new levels of fitness, health, and capabilities. So, let’s keep doing life and fitness together and see what we can come up. 

 

Schedule for the week of July 20th:

Monday – Park Fitness 8am & Barre Blend 6pm

Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend 8am

Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

Thought for the week:  What New Habits Have You Formed?

Remember back to New Year’s?  Woah – who could have ever imagined that this year would end up the way is has so far!  And, we aren’t done yet.  However, going back to my “D.R.E.A.M.S” vlog a couple of weeks ago, what are the things that you can control?  What we drink, read, eat, our attitudes, how we move and our spiritual lives are all things that we can control every day.  However, based on many of the conversations I’ve had with many of you over the last several weeks, there has been a HUGE paradigm shift in how we live our lives.  What are some of those changes?  Maybe you can relate to some of these:

  1.  Zero to no commute for many of us.
  2. Staying up later and sleeping in longer.
  3. Snacking more throughout the day because we are all home.
  4. Moving more throughout the day – walking, dog walking, biking etc. 
  5. Getting to know neighbors better than before.
  6. Eating out less and eating homemade meals more frequently, thus spending less on eating out.
  7. Communicating over zoom instead of in person.
  8. Worship on Saturdays or Sundays via zoom or streaming.
  9. Most jobs have become remote in one form or another.
  10. A slower pace of life without racing out the door every second.
  11. Kids are home with us 24/7.  A good thing?  Bad thing?  More stress?  Less stress? 
  12. More reliance on video games and devices for entertainment.
  13. More movie and Netflix binging.
  14. Increased amount of anxiety and depression.
  15. Increased communication with long distance relatives via zoom.
  16. Good-bye suits and ties and hello t-shirts and sweats.
  17. Ability to learn a new hobby or increased reading time, prayer time, worship time.
  18. Decreased gas bill for our cars.  Have you received a rebate from insurance company?
  19. Either an increase in weight from snacking more or a decrease in weight from not eating out with co-workers.
  20. More family time.
  21. The house is either cleaner or messier?  Are you making your bed less or more?

O.k. so what do you think?  Accurate list?  Have you noticed that some of these items are more positive and some more negative leaning?  I want you to take a few minutes and read through the list again and ask yourself the following questions:

  1.  Which of these items have changed and impacted you the most?  In a positive way or negative way? 
  2. What new habits can you recognize now that are different from before the pandemic?  What is the fruit on this new habit tree?  Good fruit or bad fruit?
  3. Are there any of these areas that you feel out of control in?  How does your family feel?  Are you openly communicating with your family to have check-ins?
  4. What can you see that’s changed in your life that you don’t like?  What can you do about it?  Is it in the realm of D.R.E.A.M.S.?
  5. Write the things down that you want to change and either journal about them, or post them on a sticky note on the fridge or bathroom mirror so you are reminded daily of what you’d like to change.

Once you’ve identified the areas that you’d like to change, have a conversation with your family and let them know how you are feeling and how they can help you.  Maybe they have some of the same habits too?  Maybe you are all staying up way too late and sleeping in way too long.  Is Everyone kind of sluggish and not motivated?  Think about how you could implement rules that might be different during the week as opposed to the weekend? 

I am choosing to believe that during our SIP and pandemic that we can change for the good and create new habits to improve our health, fitness, and overall well being.  Is that a tall list?  Absolutely, but what kind of fruit do you want to have on your tree?  Do you want to look back on this challenging year and be filled with regret or do you want to look back and say, “Yeah, it was a super challenging and difficult time, but I staying on task with D.R.E.A.M.S and did my best one day at a time.”  That’s the key guys – one day at a time! 

I hope this blog will help give you some insight about any new habits that you’ve developed over the last several weeks and determine if they are keepers or not! We are all in this thing together guys and life is hard right now.  Give yourself permission to be human and occasionally be bummed out or sad about the news, but don’t linger there.  The state of affairs in our nation, state, and cities is enough to bring the most positive people down, but thankfully, we have tools to use to help us be reminded that life is still filled with beauty, hope, and love.  Let’s ponder on these things as we head into our week.

See you in class soon!

Love ya,

Jen

 

Blog 7/12/20

Hey everyone! 

I hope you are all having an awesome weekend and are finding ways to get outside and move!  There are quite a few of you reading this who are coming out and doing life and fitness with me several times a week!  Thank you so much to everyone who is choosing to do fitness with me, whether it’s once or twice a month or once a twice a day! 

I love that we are rising up in our fitness, health, and well being together even though there is a pandemic going on.  I would say that because of the pandemic, we are working extra hard to keep our minds and bodies healthy so that we are better equipped to combat the virus should we get exposed to it. 

Did you have the chance to watch my D.R.E.A.M.S vlog from last week?  You can see it at my YouTube Channel under Jen Allan Fitness along with my other videos.  Hopefully that acronym will stay in your mind so that you can think about what kinds of choices you’d like to make when you come to those fork in the road moments throughout the day.  Keep up the great work and let’s stay healthy together!

Here are a few pictures from this weekend with Boot Camp On-Line, Park Fitness, and hiking with my son Andrew up to Mission Peak in Fremont!  It was a hot one!

Park Fitness Crew:  Debbie Roe (she did boot camp too!), Mansi Parkeh, Bernie Calvo, Archana Iyer, Mohan Iyer, Pete Calvo, & Erwin Ricafrente

 

Andrew and I at the to of Mission Peak about 92 degrees

Schedule for the week of July 13th:

Monday – Park Fitness 8am & Barre Blend 6pm

Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend 8am

Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

Please text me with a picture of your class card and number and which class you’d like to attend.

 

See you in class soon!

Jen

VLOG Week of 7/5/20

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing 4th of July!  I know it definitely looked and felt differently this year, but I hope that you still found ways to celebrate with your families! 

This post will be really quick because I actually did a video shoot this weekend for my VLOG this week.  I put a lot of my heart and soul into this message and would love for all of you to watch it and my hope and prayer is that you would be inspired and filled with hope as you walk into a new week!

This video is posted on my YouTube Channel – Jen Allan Fitness and you can click it here:  https://youtu.be/7LqCyQ6SoLs

Also, on my home page under events, I will be posting my weekly class schedule because the schedule on my website is outdated.  I will eventually change it, but for now, you can either find my class schedule through the blog or clicking on the events link on the home page.

Here is the class schedule for the week:

Monday – Park Fitness 8am & Barre Blend 6pm

Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm &  Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend 8am

Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

Please note:  Curbside outdoor fitness classes allow a max of 8 people so it is RSVP.

Have a fabulous week and I hope to see you for in person training or on-line training!

Blessings,

Jen

 

 

MMB – Hybrid is Happening!

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!  This past week was another excellent turn out for the Jen Allan Fitness community and it was also the first hybrid week of both in-person and on-line class options.  What do you guys think?  Do you like the options of having both in-person and on-line?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback!

For Thursdays, I realize that I’m offering three classes and it may be hard to have all three run because I need a minimum of four people, but I will keep offering that schedule for now as I am still experimenting and figuring out the best way to serve you guys with the right combination of classes, days and times.   Class schedule will follow photos!

Here are some photos from this past week.  Check it out!

Boot Camp On-Line from Saturday!  Melissa Judge, Heather Thompson, MingMay Pang, Erin Campbell, and Debbie Roe

Park Fitness from Saturday!  Pete and Bernie Calvo, Christy Stevens, Debbie Roe (2 classes back to back!), Erwin Ricafrente!  You guys rock!

Debbie Roe!  2 Boot Camp On-Line & Park Fitness back to back!  You rock girl!

My son, Ryan and I, hiking the Pleasanton Ridge on Saturday!

Personal Training with Candace Guintoli!  You rock girl!

Park Fitness this Monday morning!  Way to go Christy Stevens, Erin Campbell, Christi Stevenson, Erwin Ricafrente and Debbie Roe!

Class Schedule week of June 29th:

Monday – Barre Blend 6pm Tonight!

Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend 8am

Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

Let’s keep gathering together to increase our fitness level guys!  Eating solid nutrition and working our bodies out hard on a regular basis is how we are going to keep our immune systems strong! 

We can do this! 

Looking forward to seeing you in class soon!

 

Jen

 

MMB – Ready, Set, Summer!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a delightful Father’s Day weekend and enjoyed special time with your family!  The weather was beautiful and a great kick off to summer!

This past Saturday was the launch of outdoor fitness and my new hybrid model.  I taught Boot Camp On-Line at 7:30am and then taught Park Fitness at 8:40am!  I must send a special shout out to Debbie Roe.  Why might you ask?  Well, because she did both classes!!  What???? You heard me!  Debbie was in beast mode and completed both Boot Camp and Park Fitness!  And BTW, Boot Camp was a particularly tough class because we did “Manmaker Mania”, which meant 6 circuits of Manmakers, except that we kept adding on to the Manmaker circuit so that by the end, we were doing, plank rows, push-ups, bicep curls, overhead presses, post delt. flys, and goblet squats!  Craziness!  And….of course there were bursts in-between the circuits too. 

Photo of Debbie Roe and I after finishing both classes!

Park Fitness Crew from Saturday! Erwin Ricafrente, Erin Campbell, Christy Stevens, Debbie Roe, Melissa Judge, and Bernie Calvo!  You guys rocked!

Park Fitness from this morning – Monday!!!  Back at it again!  Erwin Ricafrente, Christy Stevens, Archana Iyer, and Debbie Roe!!

Schedule for week of 6/22:

Today – Barre Blend On-Line 4pm – Come join us! 

Tuesday – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside 6:30pm

Wednesday – Barre Blend On-Line 8am

Thursday – Park Fitness 8am, Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm, Cardio Fusion Curbside 6:30pm

Saturday – Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:40am

 

Class reminder:  For any of my curbside  or outdoor fitness classes, I can only accommodate up to 8 people and it’s be RSVP only.  To keep it fair for everyone, I am taking RSVP’s one week at a time instead of being able to sign up for multiple RSVP’s for weeks in a row.  If you are interested in signing up for a curbside or outdoor fitness class, please text or e-mail me soon.

Thought for the week:  A summer mindset

After the grueling year we’ve had so far, I’m ready for a good dose of some positive aren’t you?  What’s wonderful about June is that it’s such a bright month with the morning sunshine knocking on our door and the evening skies beckoning us to come out and play a little longer.  Being a Hobbit, I love running down the street and catching quick glimpses of all of the beautiful flowers showing off all of their colors!  The bright and clean greens, yellow hues and sunset oranges always put a contagious smile on my face and help make my stride a little lighter with each step.

Summer is when you say, “Hi” to a neighbor who is walking their dog and delight in seeing kids on their bikes ride by without a care in the world.  Remember those days?  I would like to challenge you to look at the outside world a little differently this week.  What do you pass by everyday that is special and unique to you and your neighborhood?  What if we didn’t have another tomorrow to spend?  How would you view things differently?  Who would you say Hi to or how would you spend your time? 

With all of the heavy sadness that has blanketed our country these past several weeks, let’s do our part in breathing in some joy and happiness as we reconnect with friends and family over the next few days and weeks.  Let’s not take any part of our day for granted because all of our activities are what make us who we are!  The work we do and the people we love and serve is our blueprint of our life here on earth.  What’s on your blueprint?  Who are the people who  matter most to you?  What can you do to brighten their spirits today?

Friends, as we walk into our week, let’s have a renewed spirit of how we see our neighborhood, our community, and the common and ordinary things that may not matter to someone else, but they are a part of our experience and positioning in where God has us planted.  As the Book of Galatians tells us, “

Galatians 5:22-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Let’s rise up and sow seeds of these fruits into our neighbors and loved ones so that we can share the love of God in the ways that truly  matter. 

Have a blessed week and I’ll see you in class soon!

Jen

 

MMB – More New Updates!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling refreshed and ready to go!  It’s hard to believe we are now in the middle of June and we’ve been SIP since the middle of March!  There is good news from Alameda County!  Beginning this Friday, June 19th, outdoor fitness and outdoor dining will be opening up!  Yahoo!  This is fantastic news and I’m very excited to start offering small group exercise again outside!  Here is the link to the Alameda County Updates:  http://acphd.org/media/585907/press-release-2020.06.12.pdf

Based on the survey I sent out a few weeks ago, most of you would prefer having a hybrid of fitness options – both in-person and on-line.  I think that’s awesome!  It’s the best of both worlds – “brick it” or “click-it”!  However, please know that I will be experimenting and figuring things out as we go along to best accommodate everyone. 

For Curbside Fitness, please note that I will only be able to accommodate 8 people in order to have SD and it will be RSVP only one week at a time.  If the curbside classes fill up, never fear, there is always on-line! (Smile)  Classes outside will also look differently from what you remember before, as everyone will be at their own “station” with their own gear.  If you have dumbbells from home that you’d like to bring, you are welcome to do so.  You’ll also want to bring your own mat, towel, and water bottle. Any gear I offer will be sanitized and cleaned before each use. 

For Boot Camp, I need to get a hold of Valley Bible Church and find out if I can start using the parking lot.  At this point, the church has not allowed anyone into the building and all services have been on-line.  Until I get clarification about Boot Camp, I would like to offer a Park Fitness class on Saturday mornings, since it’s summer anyway and beautiful outside! 

Please read the following schedule of classes for this week and next.  I would really love and appreciate your feedback about this coming Saturday June 20th, whether you would prefer Boot Camp On-Line at 7:30am or Park Fitness at 8:30am?  Also, please let me know your thoughts and feedback about Tuesday and Thursday’s Cardio Core/Cardio Fusion On-line vs Cardio Core/Cardio Fusion Curbside and and the timing for both options. 

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as I figure out what the next level of the “new normal” will look like.  As always, I am here to serve you guys and to bring the best quality of fun and effective fitness to all of my formats and offerings!  Let’s keep rockin’ it in our fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness!  Don’t forget to text or e-mail me your thoughts about the new times, classes, and your preferences.

Thanks everyone!

See you in class soon!

 

Proposed schedule for week of June 15th:

Tuesday PM – Cardio Core On-Line 6pm

Wednesday AM – Barre Blend 8AM (I’m going to try this time frame again now that it’s summer and internet traffic should be lighter)

Thursday PM – Cardio Fusion On-Line 6pm

Saturday AM – Boot Camp On-Line and Park Fitness?  Maybe Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am to 8:15am and Park Fitness 8:30am to 9:15am? 

 

Proposed schedule for week of June 22nd:

Monday AM – Park Fitness 8am (outside and SD)

Monday PM – Barre Blend On-Line 4pm (Note:  I have a Boy Scout Board of Review at 6pm, so I can only teach at 4pm)

Tuesday PM – Cardio Core On-Line 5:30pm & Cardio Core Curbside at my studio 6:30pm

Wednesday AM – Barre Blend On-Line 8am

Thursday AM – Park Fitness 8am (outside and SD)

Thursday PM- Cardio Fusion On-Line 5:30pm and Cardio Fusion Curbside at my studio 6:30pm

Saturday AM- Boot Camp On-Line 7:30am & Park Fitness 8:30am

 

MMB – Alameda County New Guidelines

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a lovely weekend and were able to get outside and move!  A big shout out to the ladies who attended On-Line Boot Camp on Saturday!  Wowza!  It was a tough work out!  We did a “Guns and Buns Countdown Challenge.”  There were four circuits and every circuit started with 10 reps of the exercise, then down to 9,8,7 etc.  The tricky part was that every circuit added another exercise, so by the end we completed…..drum roll please…….220 squats, 220 push-ups, 165 sumo squats, 110 tricep push-ups, and 55 squat kicks!!!

Here are the ladies who took on this beastly challenge!  MingMay Pang, Archana Iyer, Erin Campbell, Christy Stevens, Debbie Roe, and Christi Stevenson ( not in picture).

You ladies rock!  That was a killer work out and YOU  DID IT!

 

May Challenge Winners are:

Fruits and Veggies Servings Challenge – Archana Iyer wins a $50 class card!

Cardio Minutes ChallengeKim Mehr with 1,475 minutes logged!  Kim also wins a $50 class card! 

 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Park Fitness is ON HOLD – Sigh……The County of  Alameda has released new guidelines in regard to wearing face masks outside.  I recommend that everyone takes a quick read at the new guidelines.  Basically, you need to keep a mask with you at all times and if you are within 30 feet of another person, you must wear your mask.  Due to these new guidelines, there is NO way I can teach a running style class with eight people and still keep a distance of 30 feet between all of us AND wear our masks.  Someone shared with me that the cities of Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton are petitioning these new guidelines in the hopes to relax the restrictions.  It is my hope that these new guidelines will be short lived and that we can get back to exercising together in Park Fitness out in the sunshine and in the fresh air very soon!  Here is a link to the new guidelines:  http://www.acphd.org/media/584409/press-release-2020.06.05.pdf

2.  Class Schedule week of May 8th:

Barre Blend Monday 6pm – Tonight

Cardio Core Tuesday 6pm

Barre Blend Wednesday 7am

Cardio Fusion Thursday NOTE:  Class time might be 6:30 or 7pm.  I’m coming back from a day at the beach, so not sure about traffic and timing but I’ll keep you posted on class time.

Boot Camp Saturday 7 or 8am – not sure yet!  Depends if I’m going on day long hike to Pinnacles with Boy Scouts.  I’ll let you know!

 

Note on class times – Now that it’s summer, I realize that there will be a shift in schedules and some of you might prefer hiking in the evening hours instead of attending an on-line class indoors!  I totally get it guys and I want to encourage you to find joy in a variety of ways that you exercise!  However, I am HERE for you if you’d like to attend my classes during the summer.  I still need a minimum of 4 people in order to run a class.  Also, since I’m doing more things with my boys and being active with them, there may be a few classes here and there that I need to change or cancel due to day trips or hikes.  Thanks for your understanding! 

 

3.  Personal Training – If you are interested in meeting with me one-on-one to work on specific fitness or health goals, let me know and we can come up with a plan, either short-term or long term.  I have been training outside in front of my home studio or under my porch and it’s been working out really well!

 

Picture of Candace Guintoli!  You go girl! 

 

6am set-up on a rainy day

 

Post Boot Camp Hike on Saturday with my son Ryan out at Brushy Peak.  It was a good 2 hour hike – about 6 miles

That’s all for today my friends!  Keep moving and eating clean nutrition out there!  Let’s rise up and work hard towards out health to beat the blues and stay strong!

See you in class soon!

Jen

MMB – Hard to Find Words

Good morning everyone!

I hope and pray that you are waking up to a neighborhood that is still safe!  Like many of you, I was watching some of the news last night and couldn’t believe my eyes of what’s happening around our nation and local communities.  It’s hard to find the words right now to describe what it’s like watching all of the violence unfold.  I think it’s kind of a perfect storm out there and people are pushed to the edge and are ready to snap.  Let’s be extra cautious today and this week.  Keep those prayers coming for our local law enforcement, firefighters, and medical responders who are always on the front lines of violence.  Let’s also lift up our local and state government representatives in prayer as they are facing an onslaught of difficult decisions and crises.  Pray is powerful friends, so let’s lift up our voices together and pray for a calm and a peace to sweep over our nation right now!  

O.k, now onto fitness stuff –

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  May Challenge – Please turn in your logs today and I will announce who the winners are for the Nutrition and Cardio Endurance Challenges! 
  2. Barre Blend On-Line – Tonight at 6pm!  If you’d like to join class, please text, “Zoom 6/1/20”
  3. Cardio Core On-Line is Tuesday night at 6pm & Cardio Fusion On-Line is Thursday night at 6pm!
  4. Park Fitness – In Person and SD is Thursday at 8am!  I have room for 8 people, so please reach out to me soon if you’d like to attend Park Fitness on Thursday!  Class is 45 minutes and we’ll take a field trip to the park and there’s plenty of space for SD!
  5. Boot Camp On-Line is Saturday 8am!

For those of you who attended Boot Camp this past Saturday, you know how tough it was!  It was the Burpee Bonanza and we did 120 Burpees across 45 minutes.  I created a circuit where we would do a compound resistance set, then 10 Burpees, then agility ladder drills.  There were 6 circuits and every circuit we completed 20 Burpees, but the fun part was that we added on to the Burpee every circuit!  So, we started with 10 basic Burpees and by the end of the 6th circuit, we would do a Burpee with Push-Ups, Spiderman planks, Jack planks, and Donkey kicks!  Yahoo!

Here is a post from MingMay Pang from FB who talked about the experience.  https://www.facebook.com/540907804/posts/10157230144012805/?d=n

Thanks for the post MingMay!!

Have a safe day and I’ll see you in class soon!

Jen