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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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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

Harvard Study: “Running Barefoot is More Efficient”

January 28, 2010

More kudos for barefoot exercise! The folks at Harvard have concluded this: researchers compared people who had always run barefoot, those who had always worn shoes, and those who had given up footwear. The barefoot runners had a lighter stride, and used their calves and foot muscles more efficiently. “You can run barefoot on the world’s hardest surfaces without the slightest discomfort,” a researcher said. If you want to try exercising without shoes, try Barefoot Cardio.

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

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. 🙂

Monday Musing

December 7, 2009

Roxy (my dog) was kicked by a horse! We were out for a hike, she was off leash and yapped at this beautiful big horse while standing underneath it’s tail and she was walloped, flew in the air like a rag doll and landed, looked lifeless. Then, she “came to” and, today, is fine – didn’t lose any teeth but I’m sure she had a horrible headache for a day or two. My point of saying this is this: this dog knows how to really live. Of course she pays the price (a.k.a, a bruised jaw) but she’s the stuff of legends. She had been sprayed by a skunk. She’s been stuck in muck and I needed to wade into knee deep mud and rescue her. (This summer, Roxy excited a wasp’s nest and you can imagine what happened there!) None of this stops her from going out into the world again, for this she is a great teacher. We all get figuratively kicked by a horse every now and again, but let’s not let it stop us from going out into the world again.

On another note, I received an adorable email with the subject header: OHMYGOSH I just received Fusion Flow today and I loved it. It is, absolutely, workout perfection! Just when I thought Barefoot Cardio was pure joy and bliss…I have found this workout! I love all the dvd’s in the Studio series but I really, really love this one! Thank you sooo much for creating this dvd. It really is perfect for all levels! Happy Holidays!”

We appreciate when you take time to write us (you can always contact us at studio@ellenbarrett.com).

SKINNY SCULPT, the next DVD, will be available in late January 2010. We will keep you updated here on the FIT+FAB blog.

The Girl Effect

December 4, 2009

Take the time to click here. THE GIRL EFFECT, n. : The powerful social and economic change brought about when a girl is given the opportunity to participate.

Socialworkout.com Interview

November 11, 2009

I spoke with the folks at socialworkout.com, a blog dedicated to all things fitness. Click here to read what came out of my (unfiltered) mouth!

Here’s My Upcoming Teaching Schedule, FYI

November 4, 2009
  • This Saturday, November 7th, from 1-3pm, I’ll be in Bloomfield, Connecticut teaching a FUSION FITNESS instructor training workshop at GOLD’s Gym. Open to people currently teaching group exercise. There are five spots available as of today (Wednesday), so if you are interested, call Program Director, Julie Miller at 860.817.6450.
  • Sunday, November 15th, from 10:30-11:45am I’ll be teaching BAREFOOT CARDIO at Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, New York. Space is still available, call Heidi Roussis to register at 516.484.1545, extension #109. * DVDs will be available for purchase at the event.
  • Starting Tuesday November 17th, I’ll be teaching another 10 class series at Inner Light Studio in New Haven, CT on Tuesday/Thursday mornings at 7:30-8:30am. Pre-registration is mandatory as space is limited. To register, call Bonnie at 203.562.2833.
  • Wednesday, December 9th, tune into Sirius Radio Channel 112, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living show with Terri Trespicio at 10am-11am. I’ll be on air, taking caller’s fitness questions, and discussing BAREFOOT CARDIO (why barefoot?).
  • Starting Wednesday evening, January 6, 2010, I’ll be teaching a permanent class once/week at 5:45-6:45pm at Inner Light Studio in New Haven, CT. Pre-registration in NOT necessary. Hope to see you in class! I’ll be teaching the invigorating, yet calming, FUSION FLOW.