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Find Your Perfect Fit With PiYO Workout

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, October 27, 2019
Answer is Fitness - Piyo Training in North Attleboro, MA

Looking for a fresh start in your physical fitness endeavors. PiYo workout just might be the perfect choice for you. It is safe for everyone and the health benefits far outweigh the risks. Your workout will build muscles sturdiness, elasticity and stamina. Your small muscles will work hand and hand with your large muscles. But the surprising thing it involves no weights, jumps or any strain on your body.

Each workout focuses on a different area, your lower or upper body, core, and glutes or for smoothing and sweating. The workouts are completely unique. There are also modified versions on different levels for beginners. No jumping around, but you definitely feel that you have exerted yourself well by the end of a class.

PiYo will change your body and your life. Here’s our schedule. For more tips on PiYo workout, contact Answer is Fitness.

The Physical Benefits of the Barre Group Workout

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Answer is Fitness - Barre in Foxboro, MA

Ballet dancer appear to move effortlessly across the floor. But their movements are in fact require balance, strength, and aerobic fitness. The Barre Group exercise adapts the training style of ballet dancing to form a well-balanced workout.

Barre class is a low-impact workout that impacts every muscle group and you can gain several physical benefits including:

  • Strengthening of Core Muscles - It's one of the best workouts that really builds core strength and tones it so you can lose those belly fats and have a more sculpted abs. In Barre class, your core muscles are constantly engaged in every movement making it very effective in enhancing core strength and endurance.
  • Improved Posture - Like ballet dancing, aiming for precision is the ultimate challenge. The workout emphasizes proper body mechanics, encouraging the participant to stand up straight and lengthen the spine without the need to prompt after a few class sessions. You will look taller, well-formed and graceful when you have a stronger back or an improved posture.
  • Better Flexibility: There will be several stretching exercises that you will execute throughout the workout. This stretching will help lengthen your muscles and loosen them up.
  • Low-Impact Workout: Barre Workout is generally composed of isometric movements. This means muscles are retained in a certain position to feel the burn rather than heavy-laden with more weight. It's safer to perform because it is gentler on the joints and muscles. You are less susceptible to injuries and as a matter of fact, barre classes are considered as rehabilitative workout for those athletes who sustain injuries from their sport.
  • Emphasis on Body Mechanics: Barre instructor will teach you the right poses and body mechanics so you can target even the tiniest muscles in your body without overstressing it.

To learn more about Barre Class in Foxboro, MA, contact Answer is Fitness.

The Beginner's Guide to Barre Workouts

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, October 12, 2019
Answer is Fitness - Barre Sport in Foxboro, MA

Looking to try a barre workout class for the first time but don't really know what to expect? Today we’re going to provide you “Barre 101”.

"Most barre workout classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates," says Sadie Lincoln, founder of barre3 fitness. "The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements." Also, don't be surprised if your barre class incorporates light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.

Ahead, more on the barre workout trend, the benefits, and what to actually expect before your barre class.

When Did Barre Workouts Get So Trendy?

Wondering why these boutique studios and specialty classes are popping up all over the place? Lincoln, who opened her first studio in 2008, points to the trend toward community. "Many of us discovered during hard times that we craved smaller and more connected classes. We needed a place where we could balance our bodies and get prepared for our busy and stressful days."

Tanya Becker, co-founder of Physique 57 thinks the results are the reason for the craze (which is inspired by the retro fitness movement launched with the Lotte Berk Method). "Women see results quickly with barre class, it's a one-stop shop that includes all the essentials of a well-rounded exercise program, plus it's perfect for women who are short on time. That's a workout women will always need!" The Benefits of Barre Workouts

Still not sold on barre class? If you're sitting slumped in your chair reading this, then you may want to think again. According to Lincoln, the major benefits of barre class are improved posture, muscle definition, weight loss, increased flexibility, and reduced stress. Plus, women at just about any fitness level can sign up for a barre class: Both Lincoln and Becker say that barre classes are perfectly fine for pregnant women because they're not high impact. They may even help with imbalance—a common issue during pregnancy due to that growing belly—and stability. What to Expect from a Barre Class

You've taken the plunge and signed up for a barre class. Now what? While the experience will differ studio to studio, Becker says that the typical class (such as a Physique 57 beginner session) will take you through a dynamic and invigorating workout. You'll start with a warm up and sequence of upper-body exercises, which include free weights, push-ups, planks and other moves to target the biceps, triceps, chest, and back muscles.

Next, you'll use the ballet barre and your own body weight for resistance to focus on the thigh and seat muscles. Your core will be engaged the entire class and then targeted at the end.

For the cool down, you'll go through a series of stretches to increase flexibility and allow your muscles to recover. Most classes are 60 minutes, says Lincoln, and some studios (like most barre3 locations) may even offer childcare during class. What to Wear to Barre Class

When choosing your workout attire, think yoga wear, suggests Lincoln. Leggings (we adore these more affordable Lululemon look-alikes), a sports bra, and tank will do the trick. As for footwear, you won't need it! Go barefoot or do the class in grippy socks to prevent slipping.

One of the best parts about barre classes is that they combine strength training and cardio, says Becker, so you're burning fat and building muscle at the same time. (This intense barre class at home doubles as cardio!) "Our technique focuses on strengthening the muscles, and muscle tissue burns 15 times as many calories as fat. The stronger you get, the more calories you'll burn 'round the clock."

But it's not all about the competition: Barre is actually one of the best complements to running and other high-impact activities. Time to pump up those plies!

For more information about the Barre, contact Answer is Fitness.

Source: shape.com

Master Zumba Instructor Staci Boyer Shares Her Secrets

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 11, 2019
Answer is Fitness - Zumba Exercise in Canton, MA

Love Zumba? You're not alone! The Zumba program has helped melt the pounds and inches off 12 million Zumba-enthusiasts in 125 countries. The Latin-dance inspired workout features fast and slow rhythms which tones and sculpt the body and burn calories.

We caught up with Master Zumba instructor Staci Boyer to get her top tips for burning even more calories (and having even more fun) during your favorite Zumba class:

1. Let Loose

Zumba is all about having fun, and joining the party. The best way to burn more calories in class is to let go, have fun, and try not to think too much. "Letting yourself go will let the calories go!" Boyer says.

2. Maximize Your Arm Movement

During the moves, be sure to fully extend your arms, Boyer says. You'll boost your calorie burn and engage more muscles by maximizing your arm movements during class. "It's not that tricky and you can do a lot for your body by lengthening, raising, and extending with oomph."

3. Move Up and Down More

"When your instructor takes you through a level change try and do it," Boyer says. All that up and down movement will not only boost your burn, it will also get your glutes, hips, and thigh muscles firing even more. "Sit into your moves, bend your knees, and go up and down and all around as much as you can-level changes burn calories!"

4. Work Your Booty

"There is always a lot of booty shaking in Zumba!" Boyer says. "Just shake it-and shake it good (to best do this, see tip #1)." Boyer recommends pressing through your heels whenever you can to maximize the move's booty shaping benefits.

5. Rock the Moves You Know

So maybe you don't have every move mastered yet, that's OK! You can still get a great workout as long as you rock the moves you've got! "Always accentuate the moves that you are actually comfortable with," Boyer says. "Make the most out of that shimmy you love, or the salsa step you have mastered. Feel confident in adding your own flair to the movement. If you know it, show it!"

For more Zumba Workout Tips, contact Answer is Fitness.

Source: shape.com


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