The Great PEAK Check-In Contest Random Winner - Marianna!

Marianna was one of two of the random winners of the Great PEAK Check-In Contest!  We asked her some questions, and her answers are below!  When you see Marianna, give her a big high-five!

What do you love most about PEAK?

I love that every time is at least a little different. I've never been good at 'going to the gym' because I get bored easily, so I love the variety. Also it's blocks from my house so I never have a good excuse to skip class.

What's your favorite PEAK exercise/least favorite?

Favorite - incline chest press.
Least favorite - plank rows. Balancing on the dumbbells hurts my hands. Haha.

Have you noticed any changes/improvements in your workout since #PEAKBaltimore check-in contest started?

Yeah. I was going way more often than normal and definitely noticed a difference in my arms - and was able to up my usual weights for a few exercises!

What tips would you give someone who is new to PEAK?

Keep coming back. The first few workouts can seem overwhelming, but you'll get stronger and more confident each time - and notice/feel a difference sooner than you might expect.
Push yourself - I found that when I started trying to push myself I did better than expected. Sure, sometimes you'll have to switch back to the lower weight or a slower speed, but other times you'll surprise yourself, and it's really satisfying.
Don't be embarrassed to do your own thing. I do pushups on my knees. Sometimes I still have to clarify about correct form, modify exercises, or have to go back to the rack to get a different set of weights. No one cares. As long as you feel good about your workout, you're doing fine.

The Great PEAK Check-In Contest Random Winner - Ideen!

Ideen was one of two of the random winners of the Great PEAK Check-In Contest!  We asked him some questions, and his answers are below!  When you see Ideen, give him a big high-five!

What do you love most about PEAK?

My friends workout there, there's a good energy within the place, it's a different workout then I've been accustomed to in the past. 

What's your favorite PEAK exercise/least favorite?

Favorite - anything with wreckbags,  least - I'm still not good with pushups. And the runners pose I'm still getting the hang of. 

Have you noticed any changes/improvements in your workout since #PEAKBaltimore check-in contest started?

Just pushing myself harder than before. 

What tips would you give someone who is new to PEAK?

Enjoy yourself.  It's supposed to be fun while still a tough workout. 

 

Exercise Provides Health Benefits

It may sound obvious but a recent study found being fit while being younger can lead to lower risk of heart attacks and stroke.  The study found that young adults (between 18-30 year olds) who are physically fit and exercise regularly end up with much lower chance of heart disease and stroke.  They measured fitness based on how the participants ran on a treadmill.  


This is yet another reason why it’s so important to carve out time for yourself during the holiday season.  As you get busier, often exercise and eating well fall to the wayside. Taking the time to ensure you are caring for yourself, makes sure your able to care for others.  So take some time today to look at your calendar and see where you can fit in some sessions. Make sure you prioritize YOU! It’s not just feeling great now, its for your long term health and reducing your risk of future heart disease!

For more information: http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201511/fitness-young-adults-associated-lower-long-term-risk

Type II Diabetes

 

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes with almost 2 million new diagnoses each year. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with proper weight management, healthy eating and higher activity levels.  New research shows that "short sessions of high-intensity exercise may provide more health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes than longer bouts of less intense activity".

Research was recently done with 76 adults with the average of 67 that were diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. Half of the group did one 30 minute exercise five days a week at 65 percent of their target heart rate while the other group did three 10 minute workouts a day, five days a week at 85 percent of their target heart rate.

The participants were assessed three months later and the high intensity group had blew the lower intensity group out of the water. The high intensity group had larger decreases in cholesterol and blood sugars levels, lost more weight and had greater improvements in their heart health!

This study ties into the PEAK vision of increasing our members health and well being through high intensity interval training designed to produce training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate and functional strength training.

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/short-intense-exercise-sessions/2015/11/10/id/701583/