Sarah Massengill of Tacoma asked, "What is Victory Get Fit Club?"
Victory Get Fit Club is a women-only fitness company that conducts circuit training classes at schools in Sumner, Kent, Federal Way, Renton and Seattle. Most of the workouts are outside, but the club leases indoor venues for winter workouts.
Clem Lafrades started the company seven years ago with her husband, Alfred Ra’oof; both of them have more than 12 years of personal training experience.
“Our mission is to give hope and empower women to live victorious in a community of health, confidence, beauty and joy,” Ra’oof said.
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Ra’oof said his wife hatched the idea for the company after talking to women who liked the no-men policy at Curves health clubs, but wanted more variety or a tougher challenge.
“A lot of women don’t feel comfortable in a gym where there a lot of men looking at themselves in the mirror and flexing,” Ra’oof said. “A lot of women don’t want people looking at them. They don’t like going to a gym if they feel like they want to run and hide.”
In addition to circuit training, the club runs Zumba classes and offers personal training and a bridal boot camp program. Occasional co-ed classes are offered. Fitness camp classes are $20 each but can be less than $15 when purchased in bulk. Zumba classes are $5.50-$7.50.
Ra’oof said Victory Get Fit Club is gauging interest in camps in Tacoma. He recommends visiting the website, victorygetfitclub.com, to request a location. He says he will set up fitness camps in areas where eight or more people commit to participate.
EASY HEALTH FOODS
Apparently a lot of you are like me. You like eating healthful foods but dread putting in the work often required to prepare these meals. Several asked, “What are some healthy foods that are easy to prepare?”
I posed this question to Claire Kjeld, the dietitian coordinator for the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living. She had no shortage of ideas:
• Make pizza on a bagel, tortilla, pita or English muffin.
• Spaghetti with tomato sauces plus lean hamburger, turkey, tofu, beans, cottage cheese or vegetables.
• Microwaved potatoes topped with cottage cheese, baked beans, yogurt or salsa.
• Bean burritos on whole wheat or corn tortillas.
• Rinsed canned beans served over rice, pasta or salads.
• Whole grain cereal with fruit and low-fat milk.
• Bean soups.
For more ideas from Kjeld, including tips for preparing healthful soup, visit blog. thenewstribune.com/ adventure.
“Is a short-term 1,000-calorie-or-less-per-day diet a good way to lose weight?”
In a word: “No,” Kjeld says.
While you will certainly lose weight, Kjeld says eating less than 1,200 calories is “pretty risky.”
“You are definitely starting to starve,” Kjeld said. So few calories negatively affects your metabolism, slowing it down to compensate for the lack of fuel, and it will make the diet “counterproductive.”
“You will lose muscle which you need to burn calories,” Kjeld said.
She says most people who take such a dramatic approach to losing weight are destined to regain the pounds.
Kjeld says the most productive approach is to develop realistic healthy eating habits you can stick with long-term.
“What if I don’t have enough time to exercise?”
Finding 45 minutes to an hour a day to exercise might be harder than your actual workout, but there are ways to get creative about squeezing it in.
Taryn West, a MultiCare wellness coordinator, suggests working out in “chunks.”
Try a 10-minute walk in the morning, another during your lunch break, and walk again after work.
“You can still benefit from small bouts of exercise,” West said.
Whatever you do, don’t sacrifice sleep to make time for exercise. About 47 million Americans aren’t getting enough sleep and are risking a negative impact on their mood, health and performance, West said. You need seven to nine hours of sleep per day.
MUSIC FOR THE WORKOUT
“Is Flo Rida’s ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’ really the best workout song?”
OK, this question is from me. I’m trying to compile the ultimate workout play list for a future article and I want your input.
Send me your favorite workout songs via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to tell me a little about your workout routine too.
RunHundred.com recently announced its most downloaded workout songs of 2010. The Top Three:
1. Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me.”
2. Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance. ”
3. Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R.”
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