The new Mini-Me 8-Week Body-Transformation Challenge will run from Saturday, December 1st through Friday, January 31st. This time around you will have two options to pick from: 16 sessions for $200 or 24 sessions for $258. This cost is 50% off the regular price of boot camp! You will be able to attend boot camp 2 or 3 times per week (depending on if you’ve signed up for 16 or 24 sessions) for 8 weeks and you’ll have access to our online nutrition and fitness management software. The nutrition component includes suggested meal plans with fat and calorie counts as well as more than 1,600 recipes, and the fitness component will allow you to enter and track your progress along the way. If you’re not already signed up for boot camp, what are you waiting for? Space is limited to only 20 campers.
peanut butter, tuna, bread, mac and cheese, soup, rice, crackers, juice boxes, milk boxes, cereal, fruit cups, granola bars, pretzels, nuts, etc.
Donations will be collected from Monday, November 12th through Saturday, November 17th.
Maplewood Boot Camp is ON for Saturday, November 3rd in Memorial Park in Maplewood at 8 am! I guarantee we’ll warm you up! Stay tuned for updates on weekday camps next week as we learn more about the lights in the park and power at the Baird Center.
The response to our 28 day Mini Me Transformation Challenge has been incredible. Because of the awesome response we are a little behind on getting all of the measurements logged into our online software system. Some of you have had some questions about the contest and the software. Below is a short 10 minute video with more details.
If you have any questions feel free to email or call.
We’re pleased to announce a brand-new way to experience Maplewood Boot Camp! Accept the Mini-Me 28-Day Transformation Challenge running from 10/22 to 11/22, and for just $69 you will be able to attend boot camp 3 times a week for 28 days and you’ll gain access to our online nutrition and fitness tracking software. The nutrition component includes suggested meal plans with fat and calorie counts as well as recipes, and the fitness component will allow you to enter and track your progress along the way. In addition, we’ll hold weekly weigh-ins and take body composition measurements of all participants throughout the challenge. If you’re already signed up for camp during 10/22-11/22, you are automatically enrolled in the challenge. If you’re not already signed up for boot camp, what are you waiting for?
Click here to sign up now!
Genetically Engineered Corn
Four Reasons to Avoid Non-Organic Corn and Processed Foods Containing Corn or Corn-Sweeteners:
1. GMO “Bt” corn produces its own insecticide. It kills bugs, bad bugs and good bugs alike, including beneficial insects like honeybees, ladybugs and butterflies.
2. Inhaled Bt has caused severe allergies in farmworkers while GMO Bt corn pollen has reportedly killed peasants in the Philippines. Besides setting off serious allergies in farmworkers inhaling Bt, in 2003, five people living around Bt corn fields in the Philippines died and dozens became ill with fever and respiratory, intestinal and skin problems. Subsequently, 38 individuals had their blood analyzed and all were positive for antibodies specific to Cry1Ab, suggesting an immune reaction to genetically engineered Bt toxins.
3. GMO Bt corn livestock feed kills animals. In 1996, Syngenta abruptly terminated a US Bt corn feeding study after four cows died in two days. Later, Syngenta paid a German farmer 40,000 euros in partial compensation for dead cows, decreased milk yields, and vet costs incurred during authorized field tests from 1997 to 2002.
4. More than 80% of women and their unborn children have GMO Bt toxins in their blood! Most Americans probably have no idea how much corn they’re eating, but with all the high-fructose corn syrup, corn oil, and food from animals raised on corn, it’s little wonder that so many of us have GMO Bt toxins coursing through our blood.
Please, encourage everyone you know to stop eating non-organic corn and help get this stuff banned – or at least labeled!
There are already 16 different GMO Bt varieties of corn cultivated in this country – even though many other countries ban Bt crops. Now, Syngenta wants another approved.
Stop Syngenta’s Insecticidal Genetically Engineered Corn!
Boycott the Organic and ‘Natural’ Traitor Brands Whose Parent Companies Oppose Your Right to Know
In recent weeks, several public interest groups, including the Organic Consumers Association, Cornucopia Institute, Mercola.com, and Natural News, have pointed out the gross hypocrisy and greed of large food and beverage corporations selling billions of dollars of organic and natural food, while meanwhile bankrolling the industry opposition to GMO labeling. These organic and “natural” traitor companies and brands include: Kellogg’s (Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms); General Mills (Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar); Dean Foods (Horizon, Silk, White Wave); Smucker’s (R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic); Coca-Cola (Honest Tea, Odwalla); Safeway (“O” Organics); Kraft (Boca Burgers and Back to Nature); Con-Agra (Orville Redenbacher’s Organic, Hunt’s Organic, Lightlife); and PepsiCo (Naked Juice, Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana Organic). All of these companies are profiting from the sale of billions of dollars of their proprietary organic and “natural” food brands while at the same time funneling large sums of money to the Monsanto-led campaign to defeat the November 6th GMO labeling ballot initiative (Proposition 37) in California.
We need to send a clear message to these traitor brands, in the only language they understand: lost profits and lower sales. Today, the Organic Consumers Association and Mercola.com are formally calling for a boycott of 7 organic and “natural” brands.
Body Weight Exercise
The idea is to use your own body weight in a variety of ways to help you build up your overall body strength and fitness levels. There are a number of different exercises which you can do to accomplish this.
Just as a side point. It isn’t exactly true that you don’t need access to equipment in order to carry out body weight exercises. For some exercises you will require access to incredibly basic equipment for example a bar to pull yourself up on. You will most likely find however that the majority of the time you will be able to make substitutions on the equipment. Your local fitness centre should have all the equipment that you require for this type of exercise.
Perhaps one of the most popular of the body weight exercises is the ‘Push Up’. You are probably familiar with this type of exercise already. All you need to do is lie in a prone position on the floor and while keeping your back straight you raise and lower your body using your arms. There are many variations on this exercise that can make it slightly more difficult however most people are pretty content with the ‘basic’ version.
Another popular body weight exercise that you have most likely been doing for most of your life is the ‘Sit-Up’. This is slightly more difficult than the push up but it really does provide you with a fantastic work out. Laying on your back with your knees bent the exercise starts with you sitting up until your chest touches your knees and is completed by lowering your upper body back to the mat.
If you want to give your legs an even more intense work out then you will most likely want to carry out ‘leg raises’. In this exercise you begin laying flat on the floor and slowly lift your leg up as far as possible. You must keep your back straight throughout this entire exercise.
A ‘Pull Up’ is one of the body weight exercises in which you will need some basic equipment. In this exercise you will hang from a bar. You then pull your body up until the elbows are bent. This provides an intense work out on your biceps. In fact, this is one of the more popular types of exercises for those looking to build up their upper body strength.
This is just a highlight of the many body weight exercises that you can engage in. Anybody can engage in body weight exercises and there are often modifications to accommodate all fitness levels. Very little equipment is required most of the time which makes starting a fitness regime with these exercises that much easier. Speak with a fitness consultant or personal trainer to find out more on body weight exercises and to set up a program that suitable for your fitness goals.
A recent fitness trend is to use no support running shoes transitioning into barefoot running for training. Here we answer a few common questions about no support running shoes and barefoot running so you can decide if it’s the right training for you.
If I experience discomfort or pain while running, should I continue using them?
Some initial discomfort is not uncommon for some people, depending on their foot type and running style, but one should consider discontinuing use if their pain continues. A wise approach may be to transition slowly to build proper strength. This slow methodical approach is imperative when beginning to run in no support shoes or especially barefoot.
If in the past I have always used traditional or motion control running shoes. Should I consider using a mid-range shoe before jumping into a pair of no support running shoes?
While some people have transitioned successfully using this method, many have found that it is not the most effective way to make the transition. More minimal running shoes tend to continue enabling a heel-strike running technique, whereas running barefoot or in no support running shoes means learning to run on one’s forefoot. Some experts recommend running first completely barefoot on a hard flat surface. This will serve two purposes. One, it naturally forces one to run with a very lightly on the balls of the feet (a.k.a. forefoot strike). Two, it allows your skin to be your guide, so that you are not likely to push yourself too hard too soon. As you develop a solid forefoot running form you then can transition to no support running shoes. Slowly building your distance and time is critical as your body needs time to build the appropriate lower leg strength for forefoot running.
No support running shoes are lacking cushioned heel pad. What will that mean to my biomechanics?
In a typical running shoe, the heel is set higher than the forefoot. In most no support running shoes both the heel and forefoot lie at the same level or the same plane, so there is no cushioned heel. If you are a traditional heavy heel-strike runner, you might have to make a biomechanical change, however this change is most likely a positive one. People are not meant to heel strike heavily, especially when running. Attempt to run without shoes on; you will see what we mean. Running barefoot with a strong heel strike will feel uncomfortable even painful and jarring. One of the goals of no support running shoes is to encourage forefoot striking, meaning the balls of your foot will contact the ground first then initiate muscles in your feet and lower legs as your heel comes down. This style of running may ultimately be safer and lead to less injuries, as well as being biomechanically more sound from an energy and force distribution standpoint.
Am I able to still run in my regular running shoes and use my no support shoes for training?
Yes. Training in a no support type shoe will enhance your proprioception, foot strength and still help you run better, especially if you utilize the technique adaptations you learned above. That said, if you do continue to use running shoes in rotation with your no support shoes, it is recommended that you seek out flatter, thinner-soled running shoes that allow you to maintain the good technique mentioned above.
How long before I see results in my running training
A change in your running style (to a more natural forefoot strike) should occur almost immediately, with lasting adaptations within a few weeks. As your form and foot strength improve you will become more adept at forefoot running and therefore be able to increase your speed and mileage. Maintaining a patient outlook is critical in transitioning to a no support running shoe. Remember, you are learning to use a new athletic skill. Many runners will feel driven to regain the mileage they were used to doing in traditional running shoes in a short period of time. This can lead to overuse injuries, because muscles and tendons need sufficient time to build the strength required for running with a forefoot strike. Sticking to a slow, but steady transition will build a strength base for long-term success.
Some transitioning tips provided by Vibram FiveFingers:
- Tips on correct forefoot running form can be found here
- Run no more than 10% of your typical running distance for the first 2–3 weeks
- After 2–3 weeks, gradually increase mileage by 10%–20% every couple of weeks
- If you ever start to feel pain during a run, stop! You can always try again in a couple of days
- Never run 2 days in a row for the first month
- Stretch before and after each run, focusing on calves and feet, because no support running shoes stimulate these muscles
- If, after several weeks of training, you are consistently very sore, you need to rest and back-off on your mileage
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This Saturday starts our last boot camp for the summer July 28- August 24.
You still have time to sign up, but spots are filling up fast.