Many of us are guilty of constantly doing the same thing yet expecting different results. This has been defined as insanity for many years; rumor has it that this was an ideology of the great Albert Einstein. If this is such a well-known philosophy, why after so many years is it still not well-adapted? Simple, we are creatures of habit.
While our city is so beautiful, sometimes we better fancy a run on the gold ol’ treadmill. Whether it’s because of joint issues, weather, or comfort, there’s no more common piece of cardio equipment than the treadmill. I can’t count how many of the same people I’ve seen using treadmills in my 10-year practice in the fitness field, just running along for 30-45 minutes, expecting something to change.
This is where creativity comes into play. In this case, it can even cut that duration on the treadmill in half! Give this a try: set the incline at 10 percent. Start off on a paced walk, then go 30 seconds on a full sprint, followed by 30 seconds of an active rest. This can be repeated for a total of just 14 minutes to really get some serious intervals in while improving endurance and oxygen consumption.
Other variations of incorporating the treadmill into some creative intervals include side shuffles, sprints, backwards running and skipping.
Fortunately for members of the Alper JCC Fitness Center, there are plenty of creative cardio options. Expresso interactive gaming bikes, stepmill, stair climbers, Concept II rower, Octane Lateral and Octane X-Rides are just a few choices.
If group exercise is more your thing, get a full body workout of group suspension training compliments of the in-house TRX systems or indoor cycle your way through a glowing Jerusalem with an electrifying stationary cycling class. If the kids want to get their own workout, they absolutely can. The successful Team Fit program for children struggling with their weight will commence this fall. We are currently accepting a limited number of candidates ages 8 to 12 years-old.
With over 20 unique classes which include both Pilates and Yoga and plenty of outdoor space for a beautiful workout under the sun, there’s bound to be something to keep members engaged throughout their workout.
Something else to enjoy under the sun is the Alper JCC’s upcoming 22nd anniversary Grand Tournament, beginning April 24, which consists of both golf and tennis. Last year, the Alper JCC provided more than $250,000 in Tournament revenue help to fund need-based scholarships provided by the Alper JCC to more than 275 families, scholarships to people with limited financial resources for preschool, after school care, summer camp, special needs and senior activities.
The Golf Tournament will commence at 11 a.m. at Crandon Golf Key Biscayne and will include lunch, contests, awards reception and dinner. The Tennis Tournament will be held May 4-5, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Alper JCC tennis courts. For more information, call 305-274-4772 for golf and 305- 235-9200 for tennis.
Another notable event for a wonderful cause is the Kia Kidz Superstars Open Martial Arts Championship & Expo. The Expo, on Sunday April 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alper JCC’s Basketball Gym, takes place during Autism Awareness Month and over 30 martial arts schools will be literally fighting for a cause.
Families and kids will see martial arts champions perform, karate forms, selfdefense for adults and children, weapons forms and point sparring. For more information, contact Lana Smirnova, head instructor from Kia Kidz, at 305-794-8529, Sensei David Miranda at 305-283-2039, or go to www.fightingforacause.com.
Don’t forget to visit our website at www.alperjcc.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @AlperJCC for more info on these and other exciting events to keep you exercising, socializing and vitalizing.
Stay healthy Miami!