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Yoga for a Cause

On Saturday (July 1st) from 10-11am, Jeanine Skorinko will be teaching a yoga class at Worcester Fitness with all proceeds from this class to support Veteran’s Inc. Yoga For a Cause at Worcester Fitness is open to anyone in the community. $5 will gets you in the door (and into the class) and that fee will go directly to Veteran’s Inc. There will also be a donation basket at the class if individuals want to donate any additional amount.

 

Saturday Yoga Class (to support Veteran’s Inc.)

Time: 10-11am

Where: Worcester Fitness, Grove Street

Price: $5 for Non-Worcester Fitness Members (all proceeds go to Veteran’s Inc.) & Free for Worcester Fitness Members. This is open to anyone—you don’t have to be a Worcester Fitness Member to participate

Bring: your own mat (blocks and straps are available at the gym), water, & any donation you want to make to Veteran’s Inc.

Summer Exclusive for Worcester Fitness Nation!

Wednesday Warrior Women • Free Eight Week Training Session
Specifically designed for women who want to lift weights, work hard, and raise their heart rates. Strength and Power are the foundations of this class designed for women BY WOMEN.

Sure guys are welcome, but you better be ready to keep up with the Warrior Women! Designed and Directed by Personal Trainer Janine McCarthy.

Sign-up now - Classes meet on Wednesday's 6/7-7/26.

 
 

Come Touch the Tower with Worcester Fitness and help some great causes along the way! All money raised in support of Homes For Our Troops and Why Me & Sherry's House.

Join us for a challenging, but fun 4 mile walk/run complete with a celebration afterwards!

This is a free walk/run. Donations are happily accepted. We'll put out a basket and you can throw in your $1, $20 or $100 dollar bills.

Worcester Fitness has presented four Touch the Tower Events in the past 12 months that have have raised over $2000 for Why Me/Sherry's House and $750 for our dear friend Jessica Doherty, who is herself courageously battling cancer.

Meet at Worcester Fitness, then come into back and join us in our own MacDonald's Tavern for a post run/walk celebration

Walkers Depart: 545pm - Runners Depart 6pm

Meet Dani

Welcome Dani Eagan to the Worcester Fitness Massage Team!
Dani has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 2013 and comes to Worcester Fitness experienced in Kinesiotaping, Orthopedic Massage, Prenatal Massage, as well as Oncology Massage. Her massage technique is deeper, and very effective!

Dani is available for appointments at Worcester Fitness on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am - 1:30pm and every other Sunday 9am-5pm.

Welcome to Worcester Fitness Nation Dani!

Learning How to Befriend the Body.

Daniella Wittern Bush - Yoga Instructor Worcester Fitness

In an oft-repeated phrase, the American actress Mariel Hemingway once said, “Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body.” This is exactly what yoga should do. But the irony of the way yoga is practiced in our society—perhaps because we are so programmed to always be competing, whether with ourselves or with others—is that even if we begin our yoga practice by slowing down enough to listen to our bodies, by mid-way through a class we’ll hit a challenging pose or flow and turn away from what our bodies tell us. Or we’ll hear a yoga teacher offering modifications and variations of poses, and rather than staying in the variation that most suits our bodies in this moment (and not yesterday or ten years ago!), we’ll feel like we have to try every single variation until we get to the ‘deepest’ or ‘most advanced’ version of the pose.

Listen

As a yoga instructor, I can see this happening when I look around a room: breath being held as you try to hold your balance in tree pose; jaws clenching as you try to sink deep into pigeon pose; brows furrowed as you lift into upward facing bow pose. Perhaps we stop listening to our bodies because we are so used to the “no pain, no gain” mantra that at one time defined the fitness world. Or perhaps it is because we live in the era of Instagram and Pinterest, so that when we envision our yoga practice what we see in our mind’s eye is a photo of a skinny yogi or yogini twisting him or herself up into a handstand or arm balance in front of a gorgeous backdrop, "memed" in a beautiful font with the message, “Your body can do it. It’s your mind you need to convince.” But what if it never was your mind that you needed to convince to do more or push harder? What if it was simply that you needed to allow your mind to listen to what your body was already telling you?

"Yoga is not about being good at something—at least not in a way that a photograph or a PR can capture. It is about being good to yourself."

Experiences

Don’t get me wrong. I am a lifelong athlete, and I believe in hard work. I played competitive soccer in men’s leagues and qualified for Boston in the first marathon I ever ran, and I couldn’t have accomplished any of that without a lot of willpower and thousands of hours of training. But I also proceeded to run all 26.2 miles of Boston on a torn meniscus with a surgery scheduled for the following week—completely ignoring my body for the sake of a goal. I no longer have a medial meniscus in one knee. I can’t run marathons—or even 5ks—anymore. It took three knee surgeries and about three decades for me to realize that sometimes just because you can or want to doesn’t mean you should.

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“Each body is a universe. As good a universe as you could conceive.”

Be good to yourself!

This is where yoga comes in. Yoga is not about being good at something—at least not in a way that a photograph or a PR can capture. It is about being good to yourself. About befriending our bodies. About finding ways to move that can make our bodies sing, that can remind us how to be playful, and yet at the same time can teach us about the way we hold ourselves and our stresses all day long. When I teach, I tell students that they can spend the entire class in child’s pose if they need to, simply being mindful and focusing on their breath and the sensations in their bodies, and they would still be doing beautiful yoga. I offer multiple levels of poses, and if I see everyone in the room going straight for the “deepest” variation, I ask if you can still breathe there, if you can smile, if this variant feels like a friendly thing to ask your body to do. And if it isn’t, why not allow yourself to back off a little bit, at least until you feel that your breath can flow without constriction? Why not cultivate, as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras tell us we should, sthira sukham asanam: a steady and easeful posture?

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“The best yoga classes are the ones where you don’t ever look up to see the clock. I didn’t want this class to end!”

The Best Yoga...

When I teach this way, people respond. After class last week, one student commented, “The best yoga classes are the ones where you don’t ever look up to see the clock. I didn’t want this class to end!” Another, with her phone in hand, told me, “Two of my friends were supposed to meet me here for this. I can’t wait to text them and tell them they have no idea what they just missed out on!” And a third, walking out with a look of bliss on her face, said, “I feel like I just walked out of an hour-long, full-body massage.”

So the next time you find yourself on a yoga mat, I invite you to try this: to make a practice of befriending your body. If you find yourself working too hard to hold or find a pose, consider what you could do within that pose to treat your body kindly. And if you find yourself frustrated or irritated because you have fallen out of balance, or your body isn’t arriving at a shape you would like it to make, I invite you to take a step and ask yourself how you can respond as though you were responding to a friend. Because, as Swami Amar Jyoti says, “Each body is a universe. As good a universe as you could conceive.” And in the words of Ekhart Tolle, “Look after your body, or you’ll have nowhere to live.”

The Mom Olympics

By Steve Dozois, LMT, Worcester Fitness
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Here at Worcester Fitness, everyone is an athlete.  Today I'd like to highlight the moms who do so much in what I call the Mom Olympics.  One big difference from the real Olympics is that mom's don't compete for medals or even recognition.  Many moms out there may not consider themselves athletes if they don't get to the gym often or have any other regular fitness training, but I'd argue otherwise!

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Many moms out there may not consider themselves athletes if they don't get to the gym often or have any other regular fitness training, but I'd argue otherwise!

Every Day Power Moves

Here are just a few things that mom's do or have done regularly that require some physical activity that don't include fitness training.  Carrying babies and toddlers, bags, and bags, and bags!  Racing strollers from place to place, lugging kids in and out of the car to all kinds of events like sports, dance, gymnastics, play groups, school, and more.  There is the constant running around the house to get things for the rest of the family, cleaning up after everyone, and hurdling over toys.  

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There is the constant running around the house to get things for the rest of the family...

Every Day Lifting

Some moms spend half the day cleaning the house until they can't clean any more.  Shopping for groceries and preparing the meals can often be a contact sport, especially when their kids are around.  Think of all the heavy lifting involved with doing the laundry!
Now, I know not all moms do all of these things and sometimes they have help, but let's face it...all of our mom's deserve a gold medal for everything they do every day.  

If you are interested in Worcester Fitness, we want to meet you!

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Our Athletes Rock the Weekend!

By Roland Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness 

For years now, Worcester Fitness has described itself as a "club without walls"...with good reason!

To us, membership to Worcester Fitness means significantly more than coming to the club a few days each week and using the equipment. We are "More than a Gym!" Our memberships are more about the love and passion that EVERYONE in Worcester Fitness Nation has not only for fitness, but also for each other!
Our club has NO WALLS because our members become friends, teammates, supporters, coaches and collaborators inside the building AND beyond the walls of Worcester Fitness.

One Weekend

Saturday April 29, 2017 and Sunday April 30, 2017- one particular weekend that has become the single best example of what it means for Worcester Fitness to be a club without walls. Our members were competing in events all over New England, New Jersey and Nevada! Outside the club. Competing as one, winning as a TEAM.

Worcester Fitness Nation's Deb Servidio powers through the Spartan Beast Race in New Jersey
Worcester Fitness Nation's Deb Servidio powers through the Spartan Beast Race in New Jersey.

Incredibly, there were (at least) FIVE different events held the weekend of April 29 and April 30 that featured Worcester Fitness athletes!

These events included:

• Spartan Beast in New Jersey
Revel Mt. Charleston Marathon and Half-Marathon
• Craft Brew 5k
• Jay Lyons 5k
Tarentino Strong Roadrace

That's an incredibly impressive weekend of accomplishments. It's also a perfect example of just how active, committed and passionate members of Worcester Fitness Nation are- not just about exceptional fitness and athletic performance, but more importantly, how they see their role as strong community leaders and advocates for important causes close to their heart.

Worcester Fitness Nation and the Craft Brew 5K
Worcester Fitness Nation Craft Brew 5K participants Molly Eastman Burnham and her sister Lexy.

Their Stories

"Participating in this race was a real gut check and eye opening experience. The level of unselfish, caring and concern shown by participants was extraordinary. Commitment to complete this race was everybody's goal irregardless of injury or illness. As we were ascending a steep hill, there was this one girl that was wearing shorts in the design of an American flag, obviously having difficulty. As she reached the crest of the hill, she collapsed to the ground with several people running to her aid including WFST members. She was having a pretty bad asthma attack. After assisting her with water, food and her nebulizer we continued on our way thinking, "sucks that she won't be able to finish". Well, a few hours later we crossed paths with this girl again. She explained that she had two asthma attacks but was determined to finish the race so she could give her medal to her friend who could not compete as a result of a recently diagnosed illness. Adversity defined."
 
"At the 11 mile mark, a WFST member became hampered with an excruciating knee injury. Despite the injury she was determined and pushed and carried on until finish. But it's Wht happened from this point on that defined the team. One member took it upon himself to give up his pack, put her on his back and proceeded to run downhill over rocky terrain to give her knee a rest. This would go on a few more times during the remainder of the race. Then, another member went into the woods and emerged with the perfect walking stick. Finally, the team was encouraged to move on by the injured member to finish the race, but they refused too leave her side. They encouraged her to keep pushing on. To the commitment to each other, they finished together. Coach Riley met the injured member at the crest of the final hill and assisted her to the finish line."
 
"The rope climb was the final obstacle before the fire jump. After just finishing two previous difficult obstacles in a row, the bucket carry and the twister, the rope climb was going to be a bitch. Mark Huard began the rope climb and it became obvious he was slowing as he got near the top. He stopped at one point about 2 arms lengths away from that cow bell just staring down to the ground. He had met his moment of adversity. He was was like hanging there for an eternity deciding what he was going to do. With the encouragement from his team members below, he found the inner strength to grab those 2 arm lengths to ring that FU'kn bell. Adversity at its best."
 
Gerry Montiverdi- Worcester Fitness Spartan Team Training

 

Worcester Fitness Takes the TEAM GYM award at the Jay Lyons 5K!
Worcester Fitness Takes the TEAM GYM award at the Jay Lyons 5K!

"WF Spartan Team completed NJ Beast, 13.8 miles, over 4000 ft of elevation changes, 32 challenging obstacles defining teamwork, adversity and perseverance !"

Gerry Montiverdi - Worcester Fitness Spartan Team Training


"(I finished in) 27:33 in Jay Lyons and won raffle (prize) for (free entry fee for the) Wachusett Mountain Race! (Plus) Worcester Fitness Team Award!"

David Lamontagne - Worcester Fitness Running Team


"I did a 33:11(finish) at (the) Jay Lyons (5k)!"
Kelly Chandley - Worcester Fitness Running Team


"29:06 (finish) at Craft Brew (5k)."
Katie McCartin - Worcester Fitness Running Team


"31:15 finish at the Craft Brew Race. I had a really hard time with the heat."
Amanda Gregoire - Worcester Fitness Running Team


"I ran Tarentino! Not sure of my time...but i didn't pass out so thats my victory!"
Stacey Pignataro - Worcester Fitness Running Team

Worcester Fitness Team Spartan Training Team at the Spartan Beast April 29
Worcester Fitness Team Spartan Training Team at the Spartan Beast April 29

You belong here.

Not everyone is cut out for 13 plus miles of obstacle racing or even running a 5K.
 
BUT, if you ever even had a passing thought, deep inside your mind, that maybe, JUST MAYBE you'd like to try...then the incredibly supportive and powerful people that you will meet at Worcester Fitness will help get you to YOUR finish line.
 
That's what Worcester Fitness is all about- winning TOGETHER.

Thank you to each and every one of our amazing Worcester Fitness Athletes. Every class participant, every training client...everyone who walks through our doors. You are all incredible athletes and it is our immense privilege to serve you.

If you are interested in Worcester Fitness, we want to meet you!

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Picky Lanigan MS Exercise Specialist

By Roland Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness 

Worcester Fitness is very proud to announce that Personal Trainer Picky Lanigan has recently become a certified Aquatic Exercise specialist for clients with Multiple Sclerosis through the Aquatic Exercise Association and MSAA Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Latest Certification

Picky has been working with clients with serious pre-existing conditions for many years utilizing her experience as a nationally recognized water fitness expert. She has also been certified through the AEA for over 25 years!

MS Exercise Specialist Picky Lanigan
MS symptoms are variable and unpredictable. No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time.

What is MS?

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society "Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.

The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease."

Worcester Fitness Indoor Pool

Aquatic Therapy and MS

Benefits of aquatic exercises*

The unique qualities of water provide exceptional benefits to people with MS. Water helps people with MS move in ways they may not be able to on land. Here is why:

Buoyancy: The feeling of being lighter in the water; of floating.

Provides support for weak limbs.
Movement takes less effort. A greater range of motion can be achieved.
Promotes muscle relaxation.
Viscosity: The sensation that there is resistance to your movements; that you move slower through the water.

The resistance of water can be used to improve muscle strength.Slower movement in water provides an opportunity to work on skills such as balance and coordination which may be harder to do on land.
Hydrostatic pressure: The sensation of compression while the body is in the water. Pressure increases with depth.

Compression can provide support for standing activities, such as walking, with less effort than on land.
Temperature control

Cooler water can help maintain lower core body temperature even during vigorous activity. This is especially helpful for people with heat sensitivity issues.
*Information obtained from National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Congratulations Picky!

Now Picky will be working with Physicians who specialize in treating patients with MS by offering on-site exercise programming right here in the Worcester Fitness pool. Congratulations Picky and thank you for your continued passion for making the lives of your clients better and putting smiles on EVERYONE'S face here at the club EVERY day!

If you have MS or know someone that has MS, please use the contact form below to find out more about how Picky may be able to help you with Aquatic Exercise Therapy at Worcester Fitness.

Rock Tape

By Roland Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness 

Worcester Fitness Massage Therapist has been offering free Rock Tape seminars at Worcester Fitness lately and they've created quite a buzz amongst our more performance driven athletes.

What is Rock Tape?

According to the official Rock Tape web site ( RockTape.com ) :

"All of the effects of kinesiology tape came from the mechanical and neurosensory actions of the tape. When kinesiology tape is placed on the skin, some pretty cool things start to happen. Because of the stretchiness of the tape, it mechanically lifts and, in some cases, compresses the skin it is applied to. When you consider a cross-section of human skin and the underlying tissues, you see that each layer of tissue is connected to one beneath it through slips of tissue often referred to as, “skin ligaments.” Because of this, if you create a lifting effect with tape on the skin, this effect transfers to deeper layers, effectively decompressing the tissues beneath where the tape is applied."

Steve Dozois applying Rock Tape to Worcester Fitness member David Lamontagne.
Steve Dozois applying Rock Tape to Worcester Fitness member David Lamontagne.

Testimonial

..."some of you attended Steve's presentation last night as part of the Wellness series where I was able to get a demonstration of the Rock Tape process. All I can say is WOW - usually I have "cement " legs after a long run but I just got back from a 10 miler with Kate (she did 20!) and the calves feel AWESOME! Now I just need to find if it comes in a body suit! Check with Steve on what other services he offers runners and all athletes as we enter the busy race season!"

David Lamontagne, Worcester Fitness Member

David performing split squats with Rock Tape applied to calf muscles.
David performing split squats with Rock Tape applied to calf muscles.

Back Pain

"Had my back taped right before noon HD class. It is about 1 hr post class. Back pain at this point much less than normal. Looking forward to see how tomorrow will be after morning classes."

Mark Oliver, Worcester Fitness Member

Learn more

 

If you are interested in learning more about Rock Tape and how it can benefit you and your fitness performance, please contact us by filling out the contact form below!

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Personal Trainer Janine McCarthy

Worcester Fitness Nation welcomes Personal Trainer Janine McCarthy!

Janine returns to central Massachusetts after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and her Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Activity from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

Janine is a Certified Disability Sport Specialist Level 1 with BlazeSports and a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. She specializes in working with people who have either short term or long term disabilities.

Janine also specializes in rehabilitative exercises and athletic training geared towards clients looking to prevent future injuries and also improve their athletic performance. If you are interested in training with Janine or talking to her about your goals..send us a message!

https://worcesterfitness.com/personal-training/

Great News for Friday Night Lights Fans!

Worcester Fitness is offering FNL straight through to May 19. Here are all the upcoming FNL's classes and instructors so you can add them to your schedule!

APRIL

April 7th: Zen Barre w/Mary Beth
April 14th: Hiit it Hard Bootcamp w/Denleigh
April 21st: Zen Barre w/Mary Beth
April 28th: Friday Night Yoga w/Daniella

MAY

May 5th: Zen Barre w/Mary Beth
May 12th: KettleBells w/Kait (12 member max)
May 19th: Zen Barre w/Mary Beth

SOMETHING NEW : LITTLE YOGIS!

Yoga in an active, safe, and inclusive environment that incorporates mindful movements and breathing techniques with stories and games. In this class every child will feel supported and encouraged.  It will help kids grow confidence, promote healthy bodies, coordination/balance, and improve concentration. In addition this will help preteens learn how to cope with the pressures of school, and emotional “ups and downs.”

 

INSTRUCTOR - DENLEIGH • Classes start April 11, 2017

Tuesday’s • 9:30am ages 2-5 • Wednesday’s 5pm ages 6-12
Free to members.  $10 for non members.

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