Jane Ford-Stewart Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 9:40 AM EST Dec 31, 2018 So, you want to be a firefighter? You'd better eat those vegetables and put down those video games. Strength rules at the firehouse, so you won't see mountains of mashed potatoes in a sea of gravy on the dinner table. But what you will see first thing when you walk into the small gym at firehouse 2 in West Allis are 100-pound dumbbells on a rack against the wall. That's 100 pounds for each hand. "A great percentage of people here are very health-conscious," said West Allis Fire Department Lt. Michael Wright. Their workouts So that mom and dad, and even their strapping young teenagers, can see if they are as fit as a firefighter, a few of West Allis' finest shared their personal fitness regimens: Tony Bilderbach, who just finished firefighter paramedics training in October and joined the crew at station 2 on Oct. 21, said he works out four or five times a week. He comes either on his off … [Read more...] about So, you think you’re tough? Try these West Allis firefighter workouts
New cardio workouts
This is literally the coolest workout around. At Brrrn, which officially opened Tuesday in Flatiron, fitness classes are held in a room that’s chilled to temperatures as low as 45 degrees. The studio concept is based on what’s known as mild cold stress, according to co-owner Johnny Adamic. Research has shown that people may burn more calories in temperatures between 40 and 64 degrees as your body works to maintain its core temperature. “Cold is really good for you, but we’re hard-wired to not like cold,” said Adamic, a former public health official for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Obesity Task Force, personal trainer and fitness critic for The Daily Beast. “We live in a thermal cocoon — we’re always in 72 degrees, but that’s not the human experience.” The studio currently offers three 45-minute classes, held in three different temperatures: a yoga-based mobility and strength workout at 60 degrees; a low-impact core and … [Read more...] about New studio Brrrn offers cool-temperature workouts in Flatiron
Twenty-six-year old Theresa Ptakowski used to dread going to the gym, but after one class at iLoveKickboxing, she was hooked. She signed up to be a founding member right then.“It felt like I was part of a team,” she said. “It’s addicting.”ILoveKickboxing opened a franchise in January at 4347 Starkey Road in Roanoke County and now has more than 125 members. Its workouts are designed for any body type and aim to kick and punch the fat right off the body, with some members burning 700 calories or more in a class, according to manager Becci Sisson. But members don’t just sign up to get in shape.“None of us knew each other before starting a class,” Ptakowski said of her new workout friends. “But now we have a group text going.”ILoveKickboxing is one of several new boutique workout studios that have opened in the Roanoke Valley, and droves of fitness-seekers have signed up to find their own niche workouts. Members cite the community … [Read more...] about Boutique fitness studios offer small-group workouts at premium prices
At Howard County’s first Orangetheory gym, workouts are competitive – but members’ only opponents are themselves.Designed to increase energy and stimulate the metabolism, Orangetheory’s one-hour sessions combine cardio and strength training while monitoring exercisers’ heart rates in real time. And individuals’ “results” are displayed on large screens, changing color as they hit target heart rates.It’s an approach that helps people make the most of their gym time without a lot of thought, says Crystal Herbert, studio manager at Orangetheory in Columbia.“They come in and they don’t have to think about it,” she says. “The workout is already programmed for them, and they can turn their brains off for a good hour and not think about anything else.”Led by an instructor, workouts can include exercises on treadmills, rowing machines and a “strength floor” with free weights. The combination rotates … [Read more...] about Gym members get heart rate-based workouts at the county’s first Orangetheory
No pain, no gain. We’ve all heard it, and some people wear it like a badge of honor after a hard workout. But is it true? Can pain really be a good thing? “Yes, in a way it’s true, but we have to distinguish between good pain and bad pain,” says Elizabeth Brooks, a personal trainer in Washington, D.C. Muscle soreness after exercise is often a sign of delayed onset muscle soreness, which is the feeling we get when our muscle fibers tear during workouts and then repair during rest and recovery. “You have to push past your comfort zone to get gain,” Brooks says. Even the most fit people can get muscle soreness if they do something new or add duration, intensity or external load to their exercise. But the problem with “no pain, no gain,” says Winston Gwathmey, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Virginia and team physician for UVA sports teams, is that it can be tricky to distinguish between good pain and bad pain. “Some people … [Read more...] about Workout conundrum: Is that good pain or bad pain?