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We took a look at the recent article in the New York Times “Fitness Playgrounds Grow as Machines Go.” For many of us we have participated in one of the popular obstacle course races that have sprung up over the last five years. From crawling in mud to running through color, we sometimes forget we are actually exercising, but if we have so much fun doing that, why do we spend hours doing leg presses and squats? If you haven’t noticed, your gym has now made room for 25lb ropes, box jumps, and sandbags. Ditching some of the more costly gym equipment, gym owners are profiting, but are you profiting from your workout?

The “Recess” style workout will not make you a body builder, but the days of looking like Hulk Hogan are long gone. People want to be fit and sculpted. Pushing your body through an intense obstacle course will help produce those results, but we are not completely sold on this one dimension style workout. If you continue to go through these courses everyday which feature for example, box jumps and squats, you are overtraining your legs. Even if you are not using weight, you are putting emphasis on the same muscles consecutive days.

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We are huge fans of functional fitness, but don’t neglect a good day on the weights. There are a lot of great benefits from strength training with free weights. The functional fitness training has helped changed the world of fitness. It takes us back to our days on the playground. Monkey bars, crawling through tubes and playing on rock climbing walls are excellent ways to achieve your fitness goals. Just like anything in life, moderation is key. Find the balance between functional fitness and strength training. Most important aspect is to NOT GET BORED. Your gym has a lot to offer, but if you are tired of going, jog to your local park and enjoy a quality day of grown-up recess!

For more info visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/fashion/gyms-move-from-machines-to-fitness-playgrounds.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=style

Everyone wants them… Few have them…

You are do cardio and crunches EVERY NIGHT so why don’t you have ABS? Did you know that you CAN’T spot reduce? That means in order to lose the love handles, you have to lose total body fat. Unfortunately for women, fat is usually first stored in the butt and thighs. Men have it worse! The fat is stored right over those abs.

Crunches only HELP. They build the muscle underneath the fat.

Remember you are NOT FAT, but you HAVE FAT. Time to Lose It!

In order to show the abs, you  must lose the fat. According to BodyBuilding.com, “Your

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metabolism will slow down dramatically 3 hours after a meal so plan to eat once every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. A faster metabolism equals more calories burned and less fat covering your abs.” If you skip out on breakfast you are doing more harm than good! If you eat a healthy breakfast (high protein) within 30-minutes of waking up, you can increase your metabolism by up to 30%

While it is no surprise cardio and weight training help, it is also crucial to get proper amount of sleep. If you DON’T sleep enough, your body will release a hormone called “cortisol” which promotes fat storage. That is a disaster to your abs!!

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t expect to wake up and have abs after just one workout. With 6 weeks till Memorial Day Weekend, now would be the perfect time to Enroll in COREiculum and get those ABS ready for the beach.

Society today puts an expectation of high school students to continue their education, but with the price of higher education increasing and a job market decreasing, is college worth it?

According to MSN.com, “new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show that college-educated Americans earned about $11,749 in the last three months of 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal. Those with a post-graduate degree earned a median $15,733 in the same period. The average high-school dropout, however, earned only $4,026.”Photo Credit: http://happylists.files.wordpress.com

Here at COREiculum, we want to go beyond the numbers. Regardless of what the “rest of the country” is doing, is college worth it for YOU? While the unemployment rate for a student with a college degree (3.8%) is significantly lower than a student with just a high student (7.9%), we wonder what kind of jobs those students are doing. We have seen many of our classmates go on to “temp positions,” which is full-time work for a certain amount of days. At the end of your duration, most companies will thank you for your efforts, and find the next student looking for work.

The paycheck is not just about paying for the essentials of life, but the dark cloud that lingers. The cloud being “college loans.”

While college provides us with experiences that money can’t buy, one has to wonder if the average of $27,000 debt is worth the “memories.” Has society set us up to dig ourselves into a hole that will lead to another financial crisis? While we don’t have the answer if YOU should go to college, the debate presents itself for a great conversation. Does what you want to do for a living require an educational background, or would experience in the real-world be more beneficial? The only thing more frustrating than love handles, would have to be seeing “3-5 years experience” on a “entry-level position.” So for most of us, it is already too late. We are enrolled in an institution, loans are taken, and we can only hope that come graduation day, we will have a position. A position that will pay enough to live, or enough to buy a nice umbrella to hold over your head for the day that dark cloud starts to rain down on you.