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Come March, Kacie Laha will rise early and join her Wichita State rowing teammates on the river for their daily workouts. Until then, she and her teammates mimic the strokes they make on the water -- and compete against one another -- on indoor stationary rowing machines called ergometers, or "ergs."

But Laha and assistant coach Tori Breithaupt say indoor rowing is not just a way for competitive rowers to train in the offseason. They encourage it for anyone looking for a great way to get a full-body workout.

"You use pretty much every muscle," Breithaupt says.

Stationary rowing machines are readily available at Wichita State's Heskett Center and at most area gyms, including the YMCA branches.

Laha has always been an athlete but never rowed until she was recruited to Wichita State's team by a friend who noticed her working out hard in the gym. Now she says indoor rowing will be part of her future fitness routines even after her collegiate rowing experience is over.

"I see more (muscle) definition," Laha says, versus running. She gets cardio and strength training at the same time on the rowing machine.

At the Shocker Sprints recently, Wichita State's first indoor rowing competition, Laha finished first in her 2,000-meter heat. Because that distance is a sprint -- taking usually around 8 minutes for women -- the tension on the machine was fairly low. Laha recommends cranking up the tension when strength training is desired.

Her advice: "Just get on it and do your thing."

One thing Breithaupt appreciates about training on stationary rowing machines is that it offers individual accountability compared with rowing on the water as a team.

"It gives you personal feedback about your training," she says. "Our athletes can really see through the year that they're getting faster."

Rowing also works for any fitness level.

"As a fitness modality, you can go out for a relaxing row, or you can be very competitive," Breithaupt says.

Stephanie Lillie, another Wichita State rower, notes that unlike running, rowing is not hard on the knees.

"I compare it to swimming," she says. "It's low-impact."

Her teammate Rachel Cartwright offered tips on proper technique: "Push with your legs; don't pull with your back."

Sydney Fish, a senior at East High who belongs to the Wichita Rowing Association, is an outdoor person who has a harder time staying interested on the rowing machine. She says it is comparable to working out on a treadmill or stationary bike as far as repetition, so it helps to listen to music. On long indoor rows, DVDs are a welcome distraction.

Like Fish, Rebecca Goltry, a senior at the Independent School, prefers rowing in a boat, but she appreciates the challenge that a stationary rowing machine can provide.

"I think a workout on the erg is actually a little harder than out on the water," Goltry says. "It's focusing on how in shape you are."

Goltry plans to row next year for Kansas State and beyond.

"Rowing is a lifetime sport," she says.

Although the rowers generally love being out on actual water, they said there is one other benefit to working out on stationary machines -- not having to worry about staying balanced as they do on the boat.

For information about outdoor rowing, visit, the Web site for the Wichita Rowing Association.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

71-year-old man to muscle in on bodybuilding competition

A HIPSBURN man is preparing to flex his muscles at a regional bodybuilding championship – aged 71.

Pumped-up pensioner Ian Smith will prove age is no barrier when he flaunts his physique at the NABBA North Britain Bodybuilding Championships in Hartlepool at the beginning of May.

And it is believed that when Ian steps on stage, he will be the oldest competitior to ever grace the championships.

Toned Ian, of Steppy Lane, will be entering the Over 50s class and competing against musclemen 20-years his junior.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge and I am taking part for the experience.

“I know I won’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegar or even Mr Universe but I never expected to come this far and I will be happy with the result at the end of the day.”

Ian, who admits some of his friends think he is ‘crackers’ for taking up the challenge, is transforming his body at Alnwick’s No Limits Gym on Fenkle Street.

He is currently training four times a week, with a mixture of weight and cardiovascular work, and is eating a protein-rich, low-fat controlled diet of 2,000 calories a day.

Ian Simpson, who runs No Limits Gym, said: “Ian is not your average 71-year-old.

“I have been to a lot of shows and I have never seen anyone that age on the stage. But he certainly won’t embarrass himself.”

Super-fit Ian currently has 17 per cent body fat and he is aiming to slash that further in the next few weeks. The average 40-year-old has a body fat of between 30 and 40 per cent.

Mr Simpson added: “Ian’s story sends out a positive message and proves that age is no barrier.”

Ian started working out a few years ago when his doctor told him to reduce his cholesterol and body weight.

He said: “I was starting to put on some weight so I joined No Limits. Things started to happen, firstly weight loss but also my strength was increasing regularly, causing me to lift more weights and gain muscle definition.

“In 2008, members of the gym said: ‘I hope I look like that when I’m 70.’

“So I approached Ian about the competition and asked whether or not he thought I would look okay for it and he saw no reason why I shouldn’t go for it.”

Ian has also urged people of a similar age to join a gym and get active.

He said: “I would say have a crack at it. It does take dedication and discipline, but anybody can do it.”

Ian isn’t the only No Limits member to be preparing for the Hartlepool event in the spring. Sixteen-year-old James Spinks, of Felton, and Alnwick’s Harry Ainslie, 20, are competing. There is also a father and son connection, with Stuart French, 16, and dad Leslie, 44, both of South Broomhill, gearing up for the contest.

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Bodybuilding has found a home in DeKalb through competition, enthusiasts

When you think of DeKalb, bodybuilding is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

But if you’re Ray Binkowski, owner of Wright Athletic Club, it does.

The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street, has hosted the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders’ Midwest States Bodybuilding and Figure Competition since 2005.

Binkowski, an NIU alumnus, is the organizer and promoter of the drug-free event and serves as a judge.

“I’m a competitor,” he said. “I wanted to create a place where people can compete.”

Binkowski said the Egyptian Theatre is a unique place to host the event.

“It’s a national landmark theater,” he said. “We have Egyptian-themed awards and trophies, which means the competitors have an opportunity to win something they can’t get any place else.”

Binkowski said it has taken some time to gain popularity.

“The first year we only had about 19 competitors,” Binkowski said. “Now we average between 60 and 70 competitors.”

Bodybuilders from all over the United States now come to compete, Binkowski said.

First-time competitor and DeKalb resident Matt Kunz said competing in the event was a goal of his.

“It was one of my life goals to be in good enough shape to compete,” Kunz, 33, said, “and to have the guts to get up on stage.”

Kunz helped with the event in the past, mainly setting up and taking down the sets. This year, he wanted to take it a step further.

“It was very rewarding to see the results of hard work,” Kunz said. “I’ve learned a lot in terms of weight management and self-discipline.”

Alex Nerad, Egyptian Theatre operations director, said Binkowski has been a major reason why the event has been successful.

“He has done a great job in promoting the event,” Nerad said. “It has turned into a great annual event for the theater to hold.”
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Feb 26 2009 Reebok joins circus to swing into new line of fitness gear

Reebok International is launching a new gym workout for women in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the Quebec entertainment company known for its imaginative take on the circus.

The Canton company pulled back the curtains yesterday on Jukari Fit to Fly, an hour-long workout using specially created equipment that gives users the sense of flying while doing cardio, strength, balance and core training.

Jukari Fit to Fly classes will launch in 14 cities across the world. Boston fitness instructors will be invited to Reebok’s headquarters in April and May for special classes and then will be encouraged to send their members there for free classes as well - a first for the company.

The Reebok-Cirque du Soleil partnership also includes two new collections of women’s fitness clothing and footwear. A spring line will be sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods beginning March 31, and an “On the Move” collection will be available at Nordstrom.

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Arkansans Challenged to “Get Fit”

Representatives from more than 200 companies and groups throughout Arkansas and the nation gathered Tuesday to Invest in Fitness at the kickoff of the 2009 Blue You Fitness Challenge held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Governor Mike Beebe declared Tuesday Fitness Challenge day in Arkansas in recognition of the sixth annual competition to promote wellness in the community and at the worksite.

Invest in Fitness was the theme of the kickoff as companies and groups made their deposits toward fitness in increments of 30, 60 or 92 virtual checkpoints across America.

“Thousands of Americans are making a move toward a better health by participating in the challenge this year,” said Richard Cooper, Vice President of Human Resources for Blue Cross, Blue Shield and team champion for the Challenge.

The exercise competition has grown from two entities in 2004 to a possible 107,000 or more employees/individuals competing in 2009. The Blue You Fitness Challenge begins March 1 and runs through May 31 and is hosted by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

The Challenge encourages employees to work toward the public health recommendation of 30 minutes of physical activity each day for adults, most days of the week. Exercise requires only a small investment of time and movement, and promises a great rate of return on your health. Thousands of Americans are making a move toward better health by participating in the Challenge this year, said Cooper.

During the contest, participants engage in eligible cardiovascular-oriented exercises to work their way through at least 30 virtual checkpoints across America during the three-month contest, although 92 checkpoints (the number of total days of the contest) are on the virtual map.

Participants start in Little Rock where the Fitness Challenge all began then exercise through all state capitals, many national parks and some interesting places in between, to finish in Hot Springs National Park, the oldest national park in the system.

Blue You Fitness Challenge participants register and log their exercise online (click here). Participants are able to watch real-time data to see how their stats compare to others in the competition. The winning entity is determined by the greatest employee/group participation and the highest scores in four categories.

For the fifth year, the Arkansas Department of Human Services is excited to be a part of this program, which continues to grow each year. As our more than 7,500 employees take care of our citizens across the state, we want them to remember to take care of themselves too, said John Selig, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Regular exercise is a good way to reduce stress, combat the sedentary nature that often comes with office jobs and improve cardio-vascular health. We are happy that this home-grown program has put Arkansas in the national spotlight for worksite wellness.

We believe programs like the Blue You Fitness Challenge are a fun, motivational way to help people begin to change their lifestyles and, ultimately, improve not only their individual health and fitness but also improve the overall health of Arkansans, said Paul Halverson, Dr. PH, director of the Arkansas Department of Health. Current research tells us that getting more physical activity means lower health-care costs for individuals and families. The United Health Foundation does their state health rankings each year to determine which states are the healthiest in the nation Arkansas came up five levels in 2008, from 48th to 43rd.

The Employee Fitness Contest Kit, a free guide to organizing an employee exercise competition, is available in notebook and/or CD format by calling toll free, 1-800-686-2609, or by stopping by the nearest Arkansas Blue Cross regional office. The kit also may be downloaded by clicking here. Read more at
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Loyal members help fitness clubs weather recession

Every month, Viviana Prieto and her 15-year-old son balance their household budget.

The 42-year-old single mother has cut deep to make ends meet.

“We cut out the phone. We don’t have a land line anymore,” said the Marion County school teacher. “Eating out is a big one we don’t do anymore.”

But every month, the pair make sure they have the money for their YMCA memberships. Her son plays basketball at the Ocala facility, and Prieto exercises four or five times a week.

“This is the first time I can say in my life I’m not overweight,” she said. “To maintain that, I have to keep on a schedule. And I have to be a role model to my son and show him good habits.

Despite the toll the recession is having on the local and national economies, many people say they won’t give up their health club memberships until almost everything else has been cut from their expenses.

They said visits to their local gyms keep them healthy, and are meeting places to socialize and network.

And Marion County health clubs say their numbers bear that out as memberships are growing despite the area’s double-digit unemployment and anemic economy.

In fact, the health club industry as a whole tends to weather recessions fairly well, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, a trade group that represents the fitness industry. It says club members view memberships as investments in good health, not luxuries.

In Florida, 18.2 percent of the population belongs to a club, the association estimates. And between 2004 and July 2008, the number of clubs in the state grew to 2,223 - a 46 percent increase.

If health club memberships remained strong throughout 2008, it will have been the sixth straight year gym memberships increased.

YMCA spokeswoman Maryalicia Johnson said health clubs give members a place to have control over their lives, when they feel they’ve lost control in other areas.

“Definitely during tough times we know it’s critical to focus on areas of our lives where we have power to make a positive difference,” she said. “And that’s our health and well-being and our family bonds.

Johnson said Marion County’s YMCA has about 10,000 members and has grown 8 percent in membership during the past year.

The YMCA doesn’t offer incentives to join when people already feel stretched financially thin, but it does charge families that can’t afford to join less than its regular fees, Johnson said.

About one in every three members pay reduced rates, she said, and the number of requests for financial help has increased during the past 12 months.

Leonard Kransdorf, 51, has been out of work for a year.

He doesn’t get unemployment benefits and sometimes borrows money from friends to make ends meet while he looks for a job. To keep food costs down, Kransdorf even eats lunch every day at a local soup kitchen. He doesn’t take all the medication his doctor wants him to because it costs too much.

But almost everyday, Kransdorf goes to Too Your Health Spa, exercising and attending cardio classes.

“It’s been a big, big help to me,” Krandsdorf said.

Membership at Too Your Health Spa is $109 per year, plus tax and sign-up fees.

“For me, it’s a health issue. I’m trying to keep my health as best I can . . . and it helps me focus on what I do the rest of the day. It helps me think better,” he said.

As long as Kransdorf can come up with the annual gym membership fee, hef said going to the gym will be a priority.

Fred Schweitz, founder of Too Your Health Spa, said his gyms’ membership “is only slightly down” despite the economy. Regardless, Schweitz is opening a fourth branch, this one in Dunnellon. When that health club opens in a week, Schweitz predicts his overall membership will be up again, despite the chilly economy.

Susan Minicozzie has owned a Curves franchise on State Road 200 since 2005.

Minicozzie says her gym membership is also up, mostly because the health club works with health insurance companies that pay for their customers’ visits to Curves.

Minicozzie’s Curves have 346 members, far fewer than most other gyms. She said her gym’s niche is that she knows each of her clients by name and offers weight-loss classes and support groups. And when members don’t show up for two weeks, Mincozzie telephones them and encourages to come in.

But to keep people returning during this economy, Mincozzie said Curves has to offer price incentives, including reduced administration fees when they first join and one month free.

Gina Pellegrino is a waitress and a single mother with a 15 year-old son. She said a gym membership is more than a choice, it’s a lifestyle.

“I would not give up my membership for anything,” said the 37-year-old Ocala woman. “I would absolutely cut corners somewhere else to maintain my [gym membership].”

She attends Too Your Health Spa and goes four to five times a week.

“For me, it’s the way it makes me feel. And I want to stay physically healthy,” Pellegrino said. “I wouldn’t hesitate. I would drop something else to keep coming here.”

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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ —, a leading fitness, nutrition and personal training community, has been named a Top Fitness Website by Good Housekeeping Magazine. The website, which allows individuals or groups to develop tailored, personal trainer certified workout routines and nutrition programs, is being featured in the March 2009 issue.

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Santa Rosa’s Body Zone gym to close

Body Zone Fitness members got in their last workouts Wednesday at the downtown Santa Rosa health club that has closed after nearly two years in business.

Body Zone took over the space previously occupied by Body Central. That all-women’s gym closed after a judge ruled in a lawsuit that it must admit men as members.

The poor economy was the reason for Body Zone’s demise; membership has fallen 25 percent, a manager on site Wednesday night said. The manager declined to give his name and Body Zone’s owner was not available for comment.

A sign inside Body Zone advised patrons the business lost its lease and that all memberships had been transferred to 5th Street Fitness, a block away.

Membership at Body Zone was about two-thirds female. Its predecessor, Body Central, opened in 1997 as an all-women’s gym.

The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Body Central after a Santa Rosa man, Phillip Kottle, complained he was denied membership in 2003 because of his gender.

Body Central violated California’s civil rights law barring businesses from discriminating based on sex, race or religion, according to attorneys for the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Kottle was admitted to the gym a year ago as part of a settlement.

State attorneys went back to court, alleging Body Central violated the agreement because it didn’t provide showers and lockers for men.

A Sonoma County judge agreed with the state and ordered Body Central to pay $50 each day in fines starting Jan. 31 unless it had equal facilities for men. The gym closed a month later.

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KettleWorx Launches “I Love My Kettlebell” National Media Tour

Fitness expert Ryan Shanahan to promote kettlebells as the ultimate fitness tool

Minneapolis, MN February 23, 2009 — KettleWorx announced its sponsorship of Ryan Shanahan’s “I Love My Kettlebell” national media tour. Shanahan, creator of KettleWorx and the world’s leading expert in kettlebell fitness, will be appearing on a series of television newscasts across the country to promote awareness of kettlebells as the ultimate fitness tool.

“It’s the fastest and most effective fitness and weight loss tool available, but most people still don’t know what a kettlebell is, or how to use it,” said Shanahan. “Once people discover how easy it is to slim down and tone up with just three, 20 minute KettleWorx sessions a week, they really will ‘love their kettlebell’.”

It’s the fastest and most effective fitness and weight loss tool available, but most people still don’t know what a kettlebell is, or how to use it

Once people discover how easy it is to slim down and tone up with just three, 20 minute KettleWorx sessions a week, they really will ‘love their kettlebell’.

But people need expert training if they are going to get the same benefits celebrities enjoy, which is why we partnered with Ryan in the creation of KettleWorx and now support his national media tour.

“We’re seeing more interest in kettlebells as a result of recent endorsements by athletes like Lance Armstrong and celebrities like Katherine Heigl and Penelope Cruz,” said Steve Roberts, CEO of FitnessWorx, LLC. “But people need expert training if they are going to get the same benefits celebrities enjoy, which is why we partnered with Ryan in the creation of KettleWorx and now support his national media tour.”

Ryan Shanahan appeared yesterday on the KTVK Phoenix program “Good Morning Arizona” and today on KNSD-TV in San Diego. He has previously appeared on the CBS Early Show, on the WTXF show “Good Day Philadelphia,” and on KARE 11 in Minneapolis - St. Paul. Planned future appearances include “AM Northwest” on KATU in Portland and with KING 5 in Seattle.

About Ryan Shanahan

Ryan is the world’s leading kettlebell expert and the developer of KettleWorx - the most comprehensive kettlebell training program available. Over the last 20 years he’s played professional hockey, represented Canada at the World Duathlon Championship, completed 22 triathlons and 2 marathons. Having trained with nothing more than a 20 pound kettlebell, Ryan recently earned 2nd place at the Heavyweight Drug Free Bodybuilding Contest.

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KettleWorx is the global leader in kettlebell fitness and offers a complete kettle bell workout program on DVD for home use. Designed to emulate a true personal trainer experience, KettleWorx is appropriate for men and women of any fitness level. Users are led through a series of gradually more challenging workouts that comprise the “Six Week Body Transformation.”

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World Natural Bodybuilding Championships needs sponsorship

The South African Natural Bodybuilding Association is seeking sponsors for the 2009 World Natural Bodybuilding Championships

The South African Natural Bodybuilding Association is hosting the World Natural Bodybuilding Championships at the Market Hall- Grandwest Casino on the 31 October 2009.

Since we are a non-profitable organisation we are unable to raise the R 310 000,00 needed to make this prestigious event a reality and therefore need assistance from whoever is by means to help us in any manner possible. Since we will be having lots of exhibitions in malls and centres to promote this championships your company will get a lot of exposure at these events as well as with the aggressive advertising.The South African Natural bodybuilding Association promote Natural bodybuilding without the use of illegal substances.

We also promote the sport amongst the youth starting with youngsters from as young as ten years. By giving them the opportunity to build their bodies naturally, they also respect their bodies and would not use other illegal street drugs. The healthier the body, the better and quicker it grows.Our competition will start on the Friday, 30 October 2009 with a junior Championships and all sponsors will also get an opportunity to display their products.
The Main event will take place on Saturday, 31 October 2009 with over 35 coutries competing at the Market Hall which are able to house + 2 000 spectators.
We therefore plea for the assistance of any companies or individuals.

Company name : South African Natural Bodybuilding Association
Contact name : Hoosain Bester
Telephone number : +27 21 932 6082

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Major Prize Announcement for the 2009 FAME World Championships

From FAME Owner Jeffrey Kippel...

By competing in the upcoming 2009 FAME World Championships YOU can be the lucky recipient of a dream come true holiday experience where YOU are the Star!!

That's right. Someone from the World Championship weekend will be flying down on a Luxury 1 Week Vacation to.... (drum roll).... beautiful SOUTH AFRICA!!

Once there, you will be met with Star Treatment, photoshoots, media opportunities and a TV appearance on the 3rd annual FAME South Africa Television Special!

PLUS... you will be awarded the opportunity to host the 3rd Annual FAME South Africa National Championships as its esteemed emcee!!

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Following a 4 Night stay in the world renowned Emerald Casino outside Johannesburg on the banks of the Vaal River, and a 1 night Deluxe Accommodation at Tuscany on Vaal Estate, you will also enjoy 2 amazing nights on a real South African GAME RESERVE... WOW!!

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A big thank you to Force Events, our FAME South Africa promotion team.

The winner will be selected based on several factors including:
* Final Placement at the 2009 FAME World Championships
* Embodiment of the Body Proud Lifestyle.
* Ability to represent Body Proud and FAME as an Ambassador around the world!

Joanne Rossi of Force Events, the former South African Gladiator ("Force") will be making the final selections.

Good luck to you all. It could be any one of you...! To be eligible you must have an updated profile in the
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Wet Shirt



Football Jock

Blond Hunk

Comparing Abs