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Who is D1 for?

Wow!  Nuff said.

Kenny’s Story – D1 Adult Participant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a former athlete and I’ve been working out most of my life.  In my junior year in college a knee injury forced me to give up football.  Afterwards I let myself go (physically) well into my twenties, ballooning up to 276-pounds by the time I was 27.  At this time I was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.

I made the decision to make some vital changes to my lifestyle.

I began to exercise regularly.  After years of regular, moderate exercise I did manage to lose weight but the results were not significant.  My blood-sugar levels were still very unstable and unsafe.  I came to the conclusion that I needed diversification, differentiation, guidance and a challenge.

D1 has far exceeded virtually every aspect that I could possibly hope for. In four-months the transformation that I’ve experienced  has been (nothing short of) superb.  All of the daily workout are different, thus, preventing you from plateauing that causes many to become satisfied and complacent with their current progress.  These sessions will allow you to improve greatly after only a few workouts.  Your physicality can reach its zenith with D1. The state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise of the coaches and trainers has played a key role in the improvement of my lifestyle.

I’m 42-years old now. I’m pleased to say that my blood sugar levels have never been this good.  My resting heart rate?  A 59. Almost athletic for a man who is in his early 30’s.

I owe all of this to D1.

I highly, highly recommend D1 to any person of any age looking to improve their lifestyle and add years to their lives.

Kind regards,

Ken Watson

D1′s Adult Training Programs – Video

Still not sure what D1 Pittsburgh is all about?  Watch this!

 

 

 

D1 Pittsburgh Prep Athletes Sign On for College Soccer

Josh Turnley and Dominic Canello, D1 Pittsburgh Prep Athletes, signed National Letters of Intent to play Collegiate Soccer at Georgetown University and Slippery Rock University.  The letters were signed at D1 Pittsburgh and we caught it all!

Benefits of Dance Fitness

Did you know D1 Pittsburgh at the Greentree SportsPlex offers multiple dance fitness classes each week for a variety of ages??  Livestrong.com tells us why they’re so good for you!

Mar 23, 2010 | By S. AlfredS. Alfred has been a writer, editor, publisher, lecturer and corporate and non-profit executive for more than 25 years. He has written for consumer and business publications such as “Entrepreneur,” Fit,” “SI for Kids’ Parent’s Playbook” and “Tennis.” He began writing professionally in 1983, and has two journalism degrees, including a BA from Northern Illinois University and an MSJ from Northwestern University.
Dance, often solely seen as a social or artistic pursuit, is also a form of exercise, and provides many of the same benefits as other forms of working out. Dance not only improves physical fitness, but improves performance in sports, as well.

Improved Flexibility

Many dances and dance techniques require movements beyond our comfortable range of motion. These techniques stretch muscles and improve flexibility. Those who dance professionally must stretch as part of their training, improving their flexibility.

Improved Cardiovascular Function

Depending on the type and duration, dance can improve heart health by working the body’s cardiovascular system. In fact, many forms of aerobic exercises are combined with music and dance moves, like “aerobic dance,” “Jazzercise” and “Dancersize.”

Increased Muscle Mass

While many forms of dance do not put the muscles through heavy resistance routines, frequent repetition of muscle movements with even limited body weight resistance builds muscles, including muscles not used in day-to-day activities or other sports.

Increased Weight Loss

When done in conjunction with an aerobic workout, dance can be used to elevate heart rates and burn fat. Dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, cycling or walking, according to Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the Mayo Clinic. Even ballroom dancing and ballet practice, which may not be as strenuous as dance-structured workouts, raise the pulse, increasing calorie burning. Dancing that builds muscle also provides a weight-loss benefit, because added muscle mass results in more calories burned.

Improved Balance and Footwork

Due to the rhythmic nature of dance and its requisite need to coordinate body balance and dance steps, dance improves one’s footwork and balance, which are used in many sports, such as basketball, tennis, football, volleyball and skating.

Improved Bone Strength

The reliance on weight-bearing bones such as the fibula, tibia and femur to perform dance movements can help decrease the loss of bone mass associated with osteoporosis.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/91589-fitness-benefits-dance/#ixzz1kff3PhGm


Zumba!

Check out this article from Health24 and come try Zumba at D1 Pittsburgh on Mondays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11am!

 

Zumba: a party at the gym

Last updated: Thursday, June 11, 2009Print

Latin American music pumping at high volume, bodies shimmying and hips swaying violently – sounds like an 18-year-old out on a Friday night jol? Well, actually it was this 30-something’s Monday night… at the gym.

Zumba is an exciting new form of exercise, and has only just landed in South Africa. Simply put, Zumba is an aerobic workout done to a Latin American beat. The exercise combines Latin American dance moves, like the salsa, cha-cha and mambo, with body sculpting movements to create a workout that is energetic and fun. Naturally the Zumba is done to the beat of Latino music – salsa, merengue, reggaeton and more.

Flirt yourself fit
The group of gyms that has just introduced Zumba to its repertoire is selling it as a way to “flirt yourself fit” (well, my class consisted of a handful of women, so as far as I could tell no actual flirting took place). The reasoning behind this, I guess, is because of some of the sexy moves it requires – think of some of the salsa dance scenes from Dirty Dancing or Take the Lead. Zumba entails a lot of hip swinging, shimmying (for those who don’t know, shimmying is a way of shaking your bum at about 200rpm) and another move I can best describe as a “pelvic roll” – not entirely sexy when I do it, but definitely provocative when the instructor does it.

If I can do it, anyone can
Zumba is praised the world over for its simplicity and you need no formal dance experience, no partner, and no fancy equipment or shoes to do it. Although it takes some concentration to follow the class, the steps are fairly easy, and once you “snap” it, it becomes more of a party than anything else.

Although the pace gets pretty fast at times, you don’t need to be particularly fit. An exercise session lasts an hour, but is broken into intervals the length of a song – which is about four or five minutes at a time.

Zumba is great cardiovascular workout and if done regularly will also tone the legs, arms, abs and back.

The origins of Zumba
Zumba’s roots lie in South America where the Latin American dance styles – the salsa, samba, cha-cha, mambo, ramba and others originated. Legend has it that the “Danza de los voladores” or “Dance of the fliers” were street parties or carnivals of sorts where people would dance sensually, clad in vibrant costumes to forget their troubles.

This served as inspiration to the Columbian gym instructor Alberto ‘Beto’ Perez way back in the late 80s when he forgot his gym music tapes (do you still remember those from back in the day of Pop Shop 40 and whatnot) at home, so he had to make do with the other tapes he had in his car.

The soulful energetic music soon transformed the gym class into a mini “Danza de los voladores” and the rest, as they say is history. Today there are more than 25 000 instructors who teach it to millions of enthusiasts in over 40 countries around the world. – (Wilma Stassen, Health24)

Ab Training Myths

Whatcha know about working the abs?  The NCSA tells us what NOT to believe!

2 Quick Ab Training Myths

These days it’s almost impossible to avoid being bombarded with advertisements promising the latest and greatest exercise to help you get that “6-pack.” Because of this quick-fix mentality, two common myths you probably see are:

1) You can lose abdominal fat by spot reduction (performing exercises to isolate the midsection)

2) You should train your abdominals differently from other muscles in the body

If spot reduction worked, wouldn’t everyone chew gum all day and lose face fat? Research shows that the body will lose body fat from all over the body based on genetics, not on what exercises you perform. The other common myth is that you should train your abdominals differently than other muscle groups to, in essence, “tone” them. There is no such thing as “toning” a muscle, it either increases or decreases in size. To get that lean look that so many people want, you need to decrease overall total body fat through proper nutrition, cardiovascular activity, and strength training.

An effective abdominal training program, like one for any other muscle group, should include exercise variety. Work the following exercises into your workout routine:

  • Cable crunches on a Swiss ball
  • Cable rope crunches
  • Hanging abdominal raises
  • Cable rotations
  • Seated abdominal crunches

Also, don’t be afraid to challenge your muscles with increased resistance. All muscles need to be worked past the point of what they are accustomed to. Accomplish this by changing exercise order, resistance, rest periods, etc.

 

Original Title: Heavy Resistance Instead of High Repetition for Six-Pack Abs
Author: Kyle Brown
Publication: NSCA Performance Training Journal. 9(5): 7, 2010.

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