on the ceiling
hanging upside down in a blue yoga hammock, and Iím in a
bit of a conundrum. Not just because the fabric has my legs
and wrists bound in such a way as to force challenging,
spine-lengthening positions, but because I thought that this
ó an hour-long aerial yoga class at ZenZen Yoga Arts ó
was going to be easy.
a high school student in Wisconsin Rapids, Matt Stoltz
volunteered in a program that mentored young children.
"It was cool to see the impact we had on the
kids," Stoltz recalls. "They were more attentive
in class. It really helped them."
on the Milwaukee River, INVIVO is a fitness spa that
provides a sense of balance and tranquility. For INVIVO
therapists, "good health stems from balancing the
physical, mental and energetic systems of the body because
of the integrated model of care," conveys Julie
Rabinowitz, marketing director.
biking ó biking in the snow or sand ó has grown in
popularity over the past few years as cycling awareness as a
whole has grown, stemming from the cost effectiveness and
the exercise that biking provides.
your inner self
is nothing quite like breaking you out of your comfort zone
than finding yourself prancing around a studio, fluttering
your fingers, being told to embrace your "inner
McNeil had spent much of her professional life keeping the
books for several small businesses, but seven years ago the
numbers for her career path suddenly didnít add up.
for a cause
your list of physical achievements includes running a
50-mile race, completing the New York City Marathon and
trekking to Everest Base Camp, the next logical question is
... whatís next?
you donít think Dave Haase is at least a little bit nuts,
he figures heís not trying hard enough. "Thatís how
I function," Haase says. "When I look at
something, I wonder, ĎIs that crazy enough?í"
in the workplace
to help control rising health care costs and curtail lost
work productivity, workplace wellness programs today have
evolved to address more than just exercise and healthy food
a recent medical article suggests running may not increase
oneís chances of developing knee arthritis and may even
help prevent the disease, two local physicians offer reasons
to challenge and support the findings.
the white carpet
attempts to ice skate resulted in splayed ankles and
bewildered looks from other skaters effortlessly cruising
around the rink.
true that Wisconsin summers are all too fleeting,
but what comes next ó those weeks filled with crisp autumn
air and vibrant colors ó is worth celebrating.
you missed out on the running boom of the 1970s, you can
still be a trend-setter. The sport is exploding in
popularity once again.
a workout partner is a great way to stay on track to meet
your goals. "If you know that somebody is coming to
your house and says, ĎLetís go,í thatís the biggest
thing," says Alex Shapsis, fitness director at Elite
Sports Clubs in Mequon and Glendale. "Otherwise, itís
easy to lose your motivation."
diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus often rob people
of their independence and compromise their quality of
decided youíre ready to get into better shape. But while
your mind is willing, sometimes, your body is not able.
its plentiful parks, beaches and recreational trails along
the Lake Michigan shoreline, Milwaukee is not lacking in
community outlets for physical activity. But, Milwaukeeans
also love their beer, brats, cheese and cream puffs, as
evidenced by a rise in chronic health conditions like
diabetes and obesity.
unlikely pilgrimage of Patrick Reilly
trains and automobiles ó who needs íem? For
some people, a pair of running shoes or a bicycle is what it
takes to see America.
yoga and mind-body instructor Todd Dybul of Mequon, yoga has become
much more than "letís get together and do some poses."
Head of the
trainer Lacey Stone has been called a human exclamation point, which
is an accurate description, provided the exclamation point is ripped,
charismatic, positive and bursting with never-ending stores of energy.
weather may be turning colder, but weíre Wisconsinites!
This month donít turn a cold shoulder to these fun-themed
fundraising events, and run, walk or trot your way to the
finish line for a worthy cause.
burns more calories than running, strengthens the bodyís
core and posture and has been hailed by some as the perfect
workout. Cardiolates combines jumping, or
"rebounding" on a mini-trampoline with a Pilates
and researchers agree thereís a connection between a good
sweat and a good song. Listening
to music can create a "rhythm response," such as
tapping your toes. During a workout or race, it can regulate
your pace, take your mind off any pain and remind you of
shopping for a house, most people are concerned with
location, square footage, and exterior and interior
amenities. But Stafford Kramer is not most people. When he
moved his family to Muskego, his biggest priority was hang
road to worlds
will be in the spotlight of the triathlon world this summer
when the top amateurs in the nation will be running,
swimming and biking in and around Lake Michigan.
to Build Strength
a workout, lots of athletes prop their tired legs on foam
cylinders and roll away to release lactic acid and increase
blood flow. Itís a great way to loosen up tissue and
day or race day, you canít perform at your best if your
gear is shot. So before you head out on the road, make sure
your equipment hasnít already seen too many miles.
at TITLE Boxing Club packs a punch
BROOKFIELD - The atmosphere of TITLE Boxing
Club makes you feel like Muhammad Ali could walk through the
doors, but the purpose of the new fitness gym is to get
people into shape without fighting or feeling intimidated.
power of personality
wondered why well-intentioned fitness resolutions fall flat by
mid-March? Maybe itís because your workout regimen doesnít match
your "fitness personality."
Waukesha offers new, challenging workout
WAUKESHA - Ryan Maloney saw a huge void
in Waukeshaís fitness community, one that could only be
filled with a massive tire to be flipped over.
is not just for the mat anymore. Downward dog and warrior poses take
on a new twist as local yoga studios are taking to the air when it
comes to performing the ancient discipline.
to burn some serious calories? Join the boot camp craze sweeping
Milwaukee. These military-inspired workouts pack a powerful punch ó
and major fun.
it to Ashley Kumlein to think long range. Following her
six-month, 3,230-mile run across America last summer, Kumleinís MS
Run, the US Foundation plans to organize a cross-country relay in
2012. "Years and years down the road, it could be one of those
million-dollar fundraisers," says Kumlein, 26, who lives in
Like many women,
Jane Dawson thought wrestling around as a kid with her brothers had
toughened her up. She learned otherwise when she was assaulted several
practice yoga? The better question is, "Why not?" "Yoga
is like taking daily vitamins. Itís not about fitness, itís for
health," says Bron Gacki, owner of Bikram Yoga Milwaukee.
Auchter was your average overweight, under-exercised, cigarette
smoking, visit-the-bar-a-bit-too-often type of guy. The Cedarburg
resident had been too busy over the years ó college, a law degree
from Marquette University, the tax dire
yoga roots run deep in Meg Galarzaís life. It just took a little
time and digging to rediscover them.
Mix it up
often suggest that one of the best methods for sticking with a regular
workout is to keep things interesting. From trying a new class to
incorporating fresh approaches into a personal training regime, the
start of the new year is a great time to change things up. Here are a
few new activities to check out for 2010.
Dr. Mark Blake, weight is just a number on a scale. "Weight is
not all-meaning," he says. Body fat percentage, cholesterol
levels and body mass index are much more important numbers, he says.
Cristin Van Driel was cycling in July
of 2000 when a 16-year-old driver hit her at 55 mph. When the teen
took her eyes off the road to change a CD, Van Driel was thrown 30 to
40 feet and landed on the carís windshield.
todayís hustle-bustle world it can seem impossible to squeeze in a
30-minute run, let alone earn a black belt in tae kwon do, compete in
an Ironman Triathlon or drop more than 50 pounds. Some regular
Milwaukeeans have done just that, proving it doesnít take an Olympic
athlete to achieve fitness success.
Fit for life
February. Do you know where your health and fitness goals are? You
made a plan over the holidays to start with a clean slate in 2009, and
integrate healthy eating, exercise and wellness into your daily life.
Did it happen?
The long run
When Jackie Kaminski was growing up in Nebraska, the second
youngest of eight children, she felt lost in the shuffle sometimes ó
especially during her preteen years.
Itís great to work out at the gym ó if you can make the time
for it and access the equipment you want while youíre there. In
fact, time constraints and packed health clubs are both primary
reasons why more people are choosing to install a fitness room at
that lean, mean fighting machine is all about dedication and hard
work. But thereís a lot of people out there who just want to live a
little healthier, lose a few pounds and tone up. Maybe entering the
fitness facility for you is on the same level as walking into the
dentistís office to have a tooth extracted.
Work it out
Every week, employees at M&I Bankís
downtown office can take a yoga class or attend a Weight Watchers
Hit it at
home: Quick 15-minute workouts
days, getting to the gym seems like more effort than actually working
out itself. But most of us can find the time to fit a 15-minute
mini-workout into our days.
Top of your
After 15 years as a professional soccer player, Marcelo Fontana has
figured out a lot more than just how to kick the ball into the net. "If you set a goal," says the Milwaukee Wave midfielder,
"you have to do everything you can to achieve it. If you donít
reach it, at least you did all you could.
youíre coming to exercise after an injury, starting your fitness
journey, or simply looking for something new to do, it might just be
time to slip on that swimming suit and try an aquatic option on for
your way to good health
During the 1960s, Norman Cousins, the former editor of the Saturday
Review magazine, was diagnosed with a progressive degenerative
disease. In his book, "Anatomy of an Illness," he describes
how he helped to cure himself using massive doses of laughter.