Fitness Trends

Did you know just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolution? That’s because we set these high, but vague self-improvement goals. “Save Money” “Lose Weight” “Spend More Time with Family” While these are GREAT, they are so broad! How will you save money? How will you lose weight? Get the point? New Year's Resolutions

We are here to help improve your body! Give you that flat, toned, and sexy body you always wanted. In just 6-weeks you will see a HUGE difference in your body. You will have a chance to show off that fit body on  FREE VACATION. Hit the tropical sand and flaunt what you worked so hard for!

How It Works:

  1. On January 1st, visit COREiculum.com and fill out a simple registation form which includes basic information and your starting weight. Registration is open from Jan 1st-19th.
  2. Your Enrollment into the Challenge comes with our 1st Semester DVD Program, Nutrition Guide, Resistance Band, and COREse Planner. You also receive 24/7 support!
  3. The Valedictorian Challenge is from Monday January 20th –  March 3rd
  4. Follow COREiculum’s 1st Semester and get in the BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE
  5. Just 6-weeks later you will weigh yourself again! The challenger with the greatest percentage of weight loss will win the FREE VACATION!

It’s that simple! Don’t start 2014 with a vague plan. Start 2014 with a kick-ass plan! This is YOUR YEAR. Start Motivated! Stay Ambitious. Set Goals &  let COREiculum HELP you get there! Any questions? contact us! Info@COREiculum.com

 

In almost every “diet” conversation the word “gluten-free” comes up. EVERYONE has their story of a friend or someone they know who “lost 30 pounds” by cutting out gluten. No surprise that this “trendy word” has caught the attention of marketers.  There has been a 43% increase in body care products being labeled and certified as “gluten-free” since 2012.  Even Domino’s Pizza is on the bandwagon with gluten-free pizza crust!Photo Credit: glutenfreeeasily.com

Since nobody in the room wants the acknowledge the elephant. We decided to.

What does “gluten-free” even mean?!

By definition, according to the Mayo Clinic: “The gluten-free diet is a treatment for celiac disease. It is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).”

Did you know that only about 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease. To put into perspective, that just about 1%. So why is EVERYONE going gluten-free? Well it wasn’t until THIS YEAR, the FDA had to slap a regulation on what exactly “gluten-free” means. So naturally this buzz word was just used in good faith. In reality NOBODY had any clue what it meant…

According to the new regulation, “gluten -free” has some standards. Our favorite being “Must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten.”

But for the majority of us who are not bothered by gluten, are there real benefits to the diet overhaul? Not really, although some people report feeling better after reducing their intake of products with gluten. But take note: A food billed as “gluten-free” isn’t necessarily healthier. Gluten-free products can be high in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, and some people who go gluten-free actually gain weight.

So will the “gluten-free” diet actually help you with weight-loss? Our opinion is YES, but it is not the removal of gluten doing the work. It is you being conscious of your diet. You have since added in more fruits and vegetables. You have cut out the breads, pasta, cereal, and for some even put down the alcohol.

We are not “against” this new craze, but “Gluten-Free” does not mean rapid weight loss. It means with fewer choices, you’re a lot less likely to overeat!

Over the last 5 years one of the biggest fitness trends has been the ‘mud run.’ Testing your ability to not only run a course of 12 miles (some longer, some shorter), but to overcome Photo Credit: Mud Runmilitary-like obstacles. What posses people to run through fire, carry tires, swim in freezing water, or sludge through muddy trenches?

Our own Professor Stern comments on his completion of 3 Tough Mudders and how he is prepping for his 4th this coming October.

“My first Tough Mudder was BRUTAL. I was in good shape, but I never ran 12-miles before, nor could I prepare for the bizarre obstacles I was about to face. The hardest part about Mudder 1 was the water. To say I didn’t think about quitting would be a lie. I was miserable the first 5-6 miles. I conquered every obstacle, except for the monkey bars. I got to the top of the vertical bars and fell to the freezing water. That was the moment I KNEW I was coming back for Mudder 2. I needed to conquer the bars! It is still a hard course each year, but I learned to prep for it. I learned how to make the 12 miles of mud, rocks, and water into a fun personal obstacle course.”

Below are Professor Stern’s Top 5 Ways to Prep for a Mud Run Professor Stern and Team

1) Cardio! Don’t think of the 12 miles as a race. Many people walk to the next obstacle, and with the course being filled with these obstacles, there are usually small lines to wait on- giving yourself a much needed breather.

2) Team Up! The addition of your friends alongside of you will push you to new limits and past obstacles. It is not only encouraged, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to do tasks such as the Wounded Warrior Carry or even get over the Berlin Walls without a helping hand. Find a friend or two and help eachother out. This will also help you prepare for the event because you now have a training partner.

3) Sneakers. Do not invest in a crazy expensive pair of running sneakers, but remember 12 miles on a track is A LOT different than mud and water. You will certainly need a decent pair that won’t rip during the first mile. A bad set of sneakers could give you blisters or make it feel like you are running barefoot. Invest in a decent pair and be prepared to donate the muddy pair at the end.

4) Music. Clearly you can’t run with headphones in. If you are like me, cardio is not an option without my ipod. Unfortunately that was one thing I had to train myself for. Running simply with the music in my head.

5) Plyometrics. The best workout I did to prepare for my mud runs was a plyometric based workout. It exploded my legs to not just build endurance, but strength and speed. It helped me jump over the logs in the woods and push myself over the muddy mountains.

Mud Runs are an excellent want to motivate and take your training to the next level. Again, do not be scared of the distance. Make this a personal goal to FINISH the event. Don’t compare yourself to the guy next to you. If you are ready to challenge your body and don’t mind getting a little muddy, then find a mud race near you and start to prep! If you have any other questions on preparing for the courses, e-mail us at info@COREiculum.com !

 

Almost everyone nowadays has a smart phone and with this smart phone they can access an entire store of applications. From watching Youtube videos to checking your Facebook, the world is at our fingertips. Along with these apps, there are many that are fitness related. The Greatist Team of Greatist.com made a list of the 64 best health and fitness applications of 2013 and here are a few that made the cut;

 

MyFitnessPal: This app has a database of more than two million food items in order for users to track calories. This app can be used for all types of diets whether the user is going low-carb, high-protein, or just trying to be healthier.

Nike Training Club: This app features over 100 workouts with varied times that can work with any schedule. The workouts are accompanied with audio as well as video demos incase the user does not know how to perform a certain exercise.

Cruise Control: This app creates a playlist based on the user’s music library and matches it to their target pace or heart rate.

Charity Miles: This app tracks every mile ran, biked, or walked, and donates to a charity on the behalf of the user’s hard work. It is free thanks to corporate sponsors sponsoring the user’s run.

The entire list can be found at: http://greatist.com/health/best-health-fitness-apps

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.

Photo Credit: www.flickr.com

Photo Credit: www.flickr.com

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

Imagine a midterm week with time for studying, working out, AND sleeping. Sounds impossible, right?  There may not seem like there are enough hours in the day, but there are! It’s all about timing. By holding off on your workout until before bed may shine light on better sleep habits, says a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation. The best way to ensure a good night’s sleep may just be a late night sweat – instead of a late night snack. The poll reported that people who exercise regularly before bed snooze way better than those who are not working out before they get some shut- eye. The more you exercise- the better the sleep quality.

As for the people who don’t workout at all, multiple problems in sleep patterns have been noted. Exercise is good for you? What a surprise! 

photo credit: www.saltyrunning.com

photo credit: www.saltyrunning.com

If you are inactive though, something as simple as adding 10 minutes of walking to your day could make all the difference. So tonight — take the long way across campus to your night class it may save your mind and your body from restless hours of sleep it needs.

Under Armour is developing and preparing to release a technology that is going to compete heavily with the Nike Fuel Band.  It is called Armour39. Image Credit: Hypebeast

It is a monitoring system of athletes to track progress such as the amount of calories your burn, your heart rate, and a new term called, “Willpower.”  Willpower is defined by Under Armour as a measure to see how hard the athlete has worked, ranging on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0.  There are three pieces to this product. The module/chest strap appears to go across the athlete’s chest and serves as the monitoring device for the attributes stated above.  The second component, the smart phone app, is where the athlete can track their progress digitally.  Finally, there is a display watch that can serve as the replacement of the smart phone app, depending on what is more convenient for the user. It is Under Amour’s hope that this product will be able to give accurate readings and an in depth analysis of the athlete’s progress. The product is available for preorder, and should be on the market this spring.

 

A new study from Indiana University at Bloomington 94 % of couples who joined a fitness program as a pair were more likely to stick with it, than singles.

Image Provided by: Thinkstock / The Nest

Image Provided by: Thinkstock / The Nest

Couple Workouts seem to be the new “it” trend. Classes across the country range from intensities of cross fit to technique in Pilates and breathing in yoga. Gyms include Soul Cycle, Barry’s Boot camp and Pure Yoga.

We are always looking for a workout partner so who better than your significant other many gyms are now offering year round sweat sessions.

Couples fitness can help create motivation support and share a common interest in the gym. So switch things up this year put down the chocolates and pick up the barbells.