FITNEWS AUGUST 2011
IT’S BETTER IN GROUPS The July - October Group Fitness Timetable has loads of new classes and instructors, so if you haven’t seen it already pick up a new copy at reception or check it out online at www.northsfitness.com.au/timetable.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
MICHAEL KEEPS IT SIMPLE Michael Bauer has been a dedicated member of norths FITNESS for many years and his motivation is simple. He really enjoys exercise and knows how much better he feels when he looks after his health and fitness. Michael spoke to us about his dedication over the years “I just really enjoy it. I know I feel happier and healthier and more able to deal with day to day stresses. It’s a lot of fun and that’s important.”
MIX IT UP
MMA stands fo r Mixed Martia l Arts and refers to trainin g that incorpo ra tes a variety o authentic train f ing techniques Michael also takes a simple and realistic approach to his diet, “I love lots from martial a such as: rts of different foods, but it’s important to enjoy things in moderation. At the • Boxing same time I try not to get too obsessive or restrictive”. As hard as it can • Kickboxing • Thai Boxing be in a busy lifestyle, Michael knows how important it is to fit exercise • Jiu Jitsu • And much m into his daily routine, “Exercise is as important as any of the other things ore! I try to fit into my day. Over the last year or so I have tried to exercise norths FITNESS is passionate a more frequently and I definitely feel fitter and stronger as a result”. bout these mart arts inspired p ial rograms and w e are very excite to introduce tw d The Group Fitness classes have been another source of motivation and o new Group fit ness classes: MMA Fitness a enjoyment for Michael. He has loved trying out all the Group classes nd MMA Techni que. MMA Fitness and has been inspired by the “enthusiasm and encouragement of the instructors and the camaraderie of the group”. Among his favourites These kick-arse sessions will he are Group Step led by norths FITNESS instructor Coralie and Fit, Firm lp you make amazing fitness gains whilst ke & Flexible led by Avril. “The Group Active class is a great all-round eping it interest and new. It is ing a class for any workout and I always feel pretty good after Power or Cycle though so one and ever yo come and give ne , it a go. they can be quite tough. Lately I’ve been trying Yoga and Pilates and really enjoyed both. I did the Sunday Stretch class recently and give Mondays 7.15 MMA pm – 8.15pm FI TN ES S that a big tick as well.” Tuesdays 7pm – 8pm MMA Technique He also recalled a funny moment when he walked into a belly dancing class by mistake “I tried to sneak out the door but the instructor was This session w ill focus more on your techni so welcoming and encouraging, I felt compelled to stay. It was terrific MMA. Vince, que for our qualified p ersonal trainer so I can recommend it to all the guys!” been a studen has t of boxing of Muay Thai for 10 years. He over also studies Bra Michael offers some words of wisdom to help you achieve your zilian Jiu Jitsu currently grad and is ed a purple bel fitness goals: “Just get started, it really doesn’t matter how. Try a t in this art. few classes, you’re sure to find something you enjoy. If you tire of MMA Te ch ni qu e Saturdays doing the one, don’t restrict yourself, give something else a go. Why 12.30pm – 1.3 0pm not try working your way through the complete timetable! There’s a Enquire at rece ption for more details. challenge!”
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
BROWN LENTIL AN D VEGETABLE SOUP
This super healthy, low -fat soup is a perfect he arty meal for winter. Itâ€™s quick and ea sy to prepare and can be put in the freezer to save for anoth er time. Cooking Time: 35 minu tes Ingredients (serves 4)
EXERCISE OF THE MONTH
BACK EXTENSION This back extension exercise with a stability ball is used primarily to strengthen the muscles in the lower back, but also works the upper back, core and glutes. Instructions: Lie face down with the ball under your hips and lower torso. It helps to have your feet against the wall so that you donâ€™t slip. Place your hands behind your head and lean out over the ball. Slowly lift your chest up off the ball and by squeezing the muscles in your lower back lift your torso upwards. Hold for one second and then slowly lower your body back down over the ball. Repeat for 10 - 12 repetitions.
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1 tablespoon olive oil 2 carrots, peeled, diced 2 zucchinis, diced 2 sticks celer y, diced 1 brown onion, finely chopped 400g can diced tomato es 2 cups salt-reduced ve getable stock 400g can brown lentils , rinsed, drained 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped 1 lemon, sliced into qu arters or a splash of br own vinegar Method Heat oil in a large sauc epan over medium-hig h heat. Add carrots, zucchini, celer y and onion. Cook , stirring occasionally, for 10 mi nutes or until vegetables begin to soften.
Add tomatoes and stock to pan. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to mediumlow. Simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes or until vege tables are soft. Add lentils to soup. Co ok for 5 minutes or until heated through. Ladle soup int o bowls. Sprinkle with parsley and squeeze lemon jui ce or a splash of brow n vinegar if preferred. Season with freshly ground black pe pper.
(Source: Super Food Ide as - July 2006, Page 32 , Tracy Rutherford)