Archive for the ‘outside-the-box-exercise’ Category

Love Your Knees

March 22, 2010

Trustme. Going barefoot will help your knees. at first it may not feel that way but in the long run (no pun intended) your feet and ankles will be stronger, which will help your knees find balance. (Those knees get over worked sometimes with sneakers, while the feet get underworked.) Here are few things to consider:

1. If you are carrying extra lbs, tread lightly and perhaps do 1/2 of workout with sneakers on. Sneakers absorb shock (usually).
2. Are you exercising on a cement floor or tile? That may be too much for your knees – perhaps switch to an gentler surface, maybe carpet.
3. Do you tend to wear out your shoes at the toe/ball of the foot first? This is sort of rare but I do know people put a lot of weight into their toes (like they are on heels all the time) when they walk – this stresses out the knees quickly. Make sure your heels bear weight with every step, this will make a significant difference.
4. In BAREFOOT CARDIO, we have a “pony” option for more intensity. While it is more intense for the heart rate it is LESS intense for the knees than happy feet. So you may be surprised – try pony instead of happy feet for your knees’ sake.
5. Sneakers? If you are wearing them, take them off. If you are not wearing them, put them on! That will maybe change an imbalance that’s going on.
6.  If achy pain persists, take two days in a row and do nothing. Soak in the tub, lie in bed, get a massage…don’t even go for a walk. The pain should fizzle out.
7. Also, after doing barefoot workouts for two weeks, your pain may vanish into thin air because your knees may have caught up with the rest of your body!

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LA – NY – CT FUSION FLOW PROMO CLASSES

March 8, 2010

April is FUSION FLOW month… live (ALIVE!)  in the following cities:

  • Los Angeles, CA Friday, April 16th at 4:30pm
    SWERVE STUDIO, contact studio@ellenbarrett.com
  • Enfield, CT Friday, April 23 at 7:30pm
    Contact Julie Miller at jmiller01@sbcglobal.net
  • East Hills, NY Sunday, April 25th at 10:30am
    Contact Heidi Roussis at hroussis@sjjcc.org

Polar Bear Run Run-down

March 1, 2010

Great shot of (frozen) Lake Waramaug. Here, I am about half way through the race, feeling strong.

Lots of runner's turned out for the race!

I am trying to mix things up and keep moving so I ran the POLAR BEAR RUN on Sunday in New Preston CT. To be honest, I was dreading it all week, worried about snow (or worse, rain!) but Mother Nature came through for us – mild temp and dry.

I finished the 7.6mile race just under 1hr and 16minutes average 9.58min/mile. I MET MY GOAL! That’s the thing about running, it’s you verse you. The other runners are encouragement and inspiration. I’m running a 5K race this coming weekend – could get addictive.

On another note, and I think a lot of moms feel this…I need solitude. With a 1 year old roaming around, finding solitude in my house is not happening all that often. So I sort of “crave” running (or hikes in the woods with Roxy the dog) as a way to find a little solitude. Exercise as solitude – interesting concept!

Luca got a front row seat!

Almost there....

New 10Class Series Starts March 2nd

February 18, 2010

FUSION FLOW
with Ellen Barrett
Tuesday + Thursday 7:30am – 8:30am
March 2 – April 1st
INNER LIGHT STUDIO
938 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511
$150/10classes series
Pre-registration is mandatory as space is limited to 23people
To register: email Bonnie at innerlightstudio@sbcglobal.net

DVD Rotation?

January 18, 2010

There are SIX STUDIO DVD workouts available now and it’s time to figure out the best way to use them for optimal results. One caveat…I want you to be “intuitive” about your exercise needs – you ask yourself, “How am I feeling today?” and make that your starting point sometimes. I know these workouts well as I didn’t just (merely) create them, I actually teach them to real people every week on an ongoing basis.

***FOR WEIGHT LOSS***

Monday – BAREFOOT CARDIO or FAT BURNING FUSION
Tuesday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW
Wednesday – BAREFOOT CARDIO or FAT BURNING FUSION
Thursday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Friday – BAREFOOT CARDIO or FAT BURNING FUSION
Saturday – “Cardio Galore” day, which means 90minutes or more of STEADY cardio. Go for long power walk or a hike or take a long bike ride…just aim for 90minutes or more – it’ll kick the fat-burning into high gear!

Sunday day off from “formal” exercise but don’t be a couch potato 🙂

***For Tightening, Toning and Losing the Jiggle***

Monday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Tuesday – BAREFOOT CARDIO or FAT BURNING FUSION
Wednesday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Thursday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW
Friday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Saturday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW then finish routine with 1minute of push-ups/1minute tricep dips/1minute of jumping jacks
Sunday – Day off from “formal exercise”

***To Increase Energy and/or Manage Stress***

Monday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW
Tuesday – FAT BURNING FUSION or BAREFOOT CARDIO
Wednesday – day off
Thursday – YOGINI WORKOUT or FUSION FLOW
Friday – FAT BURNING FUSION or BAREFOOT CARDIO
Saturday – SLIM SCULPT or SKINNY SCULPT
Sunday – day off

Watch The CT Style Clip

January 7, 2010

Always fun working out with Desiree – click here or on the photo below to watch the clip right now.

The Snow Angel Workout

January 1, 2010

This has become a midnight tradition to ring in the New Year – THE SNOW ANGEL WORKOUT. We did it last New Year’s Eve when it was a blizzard (we were completely snowed in up here in Litchfield County, CT) and a mere 5degrees (I was sitting by the fire the whole night), so this year was “warm” by comparison. Click here or on the photo below for a quick video clip. Happy New Decade! 2010 is sure to be great!

HOPE I SEE YOU IN CLASS IN JANUARY

December 19, 2009

Just in time for those New Year’s Resolutions, take class with me at INNER LIGHT STUDIO in New Haven, USA:

  • TUES/THUR 7:30-8:30AMFAT BURNING FUSION FLOW, starting Tuesday, January 5th. This before-work workout is 60minutes of seamless, mindful cardio that’ll tone and de-stress too. *Must pre-register, space is limited. Email Bonnie at innerlightstudio@sbcglobal.net. $150/10classes.
  • WEDNESDAY 5:45-6:45PMBAREFOOT CARDIO, starting Wednesday January 6th. This after-work workout is 60minutes of a faster paced flow, where you’ll burn fat and expel the stress of the day. Focus is on breathing, alignment and making the mind/body connection. * No pre-registration necessary, just walk on in. 🙂

Friday’s “Connecticut Style” TV Segment

July 19, 2009

Fitness_expert_Ellen_B65571369-c857-419e-ac33-5e7cf10e10420000_20090717121449_320_240This show is a daytime talk show. Click HERE to view the segment – a quick dyna-band workout!

Daily Dose of Vitamin “E” (Exercise)

May 1, 2009

dolphin_floatThe Dolphin Float (Body+Soul Magazine)From your knees, lean forward until you come to rest on your forearms with palms in prayer position. Staying on your forearms, lift legs up into plank position, curling toes under, so that your body forms a straight line (also called elbow plank). Exhale and, hinging slightly at the hips, lift hips about six inches to form a triangle. Inhale and return to elbow plank. Repeat 10 times.
* I remember this photo shoot – it was in Ojai CA. Miles and miles of orange orchards surrounded the shoot location and it was sunny and warm. Ah, a good day.