fitness

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Faith and fitness work together in Run for God

Physical fitness and God go hand in hand. The Run for God program at First Baptist Church of Navarre is embracing that concept as it takes members of the church and public through a 12-week “couch to 5K” training program with a twist. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

2017 Fitness trends

2017 Fitness trends

The fitness world saw massive growth in 2017 with some trends exploding on the scene while others just grew in popularity. Which did you participate in? Which do you think have staying power for 2018? Fit tech Technology that tracks your fitness was already popular, but it exploded in 2017. The ability to track your […]

Trainer faves: Magic moves

Trainer faves: Magic moves

Every personal trainer has “magic” moves. These moves are their signature moves that you’ll find their clients doing over and over again. They don’t just use these moves because they work, they use them because they are their favorites! From a trainer’s perspective, these moves work magic for their clients in that they are efficient, […]

136-pound transformation

136-pound transformation

“If you would’ve asked me five years ago if this would be possible, I never would’ve thought it was,” Keshia Perry says of her amazing 136-pound transformation. For the last year and a half, Perry has been diligently plugging away at making progress on her goal, outlining a very inspiring story along the way. It […]

Trainer faves: Beginner moves

Trainer faves: Beginner moves

Everyone starts somewhere. It doesn’t matter how fit or strong someone is, they all started somewhere. For those who are just beginning to work out, it can take a while to develop good form along with good conditioning. With that in mind, Navarre’s trainers have brought you their favorite moves for beginners. When at the […]

Local racers go ultra

Local racers go ultra

In case marathons aren’t enough of a challenge for those who love such a thing, ultramarathons are climbing in popularity in today’s fitness world. While marathons challenge the runner to trek an amazing 26 miles, ultramarathons are defined as anything that goes beyond that. Fifty miles is the most common distance, while other races cover […]

Senior Games brings out the best in competition

Senior Games brings out the best in competition

People say time flies when you are having fun. And once again, it’s time for the Senior Games of Pensacola. The event will take place Sept. 8-24 and residents of Santa Rosa County will be among the participants. Cheryl Fox, who works for the City of Pensacola and coordinates the games, said it’s hard to […]

Handsome hamstrings

Handsome hamstrings

Let’s cut right to the chase: hamstrings are what hold your butt up. Okay, more specifically, these are the muscles that run down the back of your leg from your booty/hips to your knees. They are responsible for bending your knees and moving hips and thighs backward. Hamstrings are also typically the most underdeveloped muscle […]

Why pregnancy is a superpower, not a handicap

Why pregnancy is a superpower, not a handicap

All of your senses are heightened during pregnancy. You know who else has heightened senses? Spiderman! Does that mean being pregnant is like being a superhero? “It’s the most fantastic way to think of it,” said Dr. Erika Schneider, OB/GYN physician at Baptist Health Group in Pensacola. “It’s essentially a living foreign body inside of […]

Navarre powerlifting gains

Navarre powerlifting gains

Avalon Cummings got into powerlifting after hurting herself lifting with co-workers at the fire department. “I didn’t know proper form. So, I was doing heavy all the time. I was getting strong, but I hurt myself in the process,” Cummings recalled. From there, Cummings moved to cardio until she noticed other women at her gym […]

Getting fit in the water

Getting fit in the water

Drive by the YMCA anytime this summer, especially in the morning, and you’ll see a plethora of people using the pool to get fit. The YMCA hosts the local swim team, of course, but there’s much more going on beyond that competitive sport. Water aerobics classes are held daily, sometimes twice a day. Lap swimmers […]

Meeting the challenge at 73

Meeting the challenge at 73

Glenn Marr is 73 and works out two hours a day, five days a week. That’s intense, even for those who hit the gym frequently. “As long as I can do it, I’m going to do it,” Marr said of his routine. “We don’t last forever. Whatever I want to do, I am able to […]

Swimsuit season pairs nicely with a six-pack

Swimsuit season pairs nicely with a six-pack

As swimsuit season really heats up, that middle section of our body might need a little extra attention. Summer tends to see many of us lean too heavily on the six-pack kept in the cooler, but Navarre’s personal trainers have a few moves that can help you forge that other kind of six-pack. Read the […]

Dad bod is pretty great

Dad bod is pretty great

A while back my husband asked me if he had “dad bod.” What? Of course, my instinct was to say no because he’s in pretty good shape and, well, that kind of sounded like the male equivalent of the question “Does this dress make me look fat?” Come to find out, dad bod isn’t as […]

Sun’s out, guns out

Sun’s out, guns out

The sun is officially shining down on us. And if the sun is out, the guns are out! When we talk about guns—also known as our arms — we are primarily looking at those biceps. The biceps are made up of a short head and long head, thus the prefix “bi.” When you see someone […]

Five things to consider about your protein shake

Five things to consider about your protein shake

Protein, protein, protein! Increased health awareness and a general upward trend in fitness across America is catapulting the nutritional supplement business, protein shakes included, to an estimated $8.8 billion industry by the year 2020. Protein shakes, born in the 1950s, were once strictly for bodybuilders, but they’re now available at the local gas station. Read […]

Step by step: Meal Prepping

Step by step: Meal Prepping

For some, meal prepping is a big, hairy, scary thing that does not seem possible. For others, it’s just a part of the routine. I’d submit to you that meal prepping is human nature. Let’s check back in with cavemen! They killed an animal and then “prepped it” to have for the days and weeks […]

Trainer faves: Sexy shoulders

Trainer faves: Sexy shoulders

It’s time to trade long sleeves for tank tops, dresses and sleeveless shirts! How amazing would your strong, sexy shoulders look in those new clothing items? Awesome is the answer, of course! Your local trainers have come up with their favorite moves to help round out those shoulders! Read the full article in the April […]

Stuart wins at Panhandle Showdown

Stuart wins at Panhandle Showdown

Paige Stuart decided to get into bodybuilding competitions two years ago. Already a personal trainer, the Gulf Breeze resident gave it a shot in the hopes of using it as motivation for herself. “I didn’t have the motivation to continue my own training. I needed something to work towards for myself. I set my goals […]

How do your running shoes stack up to your needs?

How do your running shoes stack up to your needs?

There are many struggles people face when it comes to getting ready to run but one of the most common is shoes. Whether it’s what type of brand, what support level, where to buy them or when to replace them, there are a lot of questions surrounding the running shoe. Read the full article in […]

New games come to town

New games come to town

Are you ready for an entirely different type of fitness competition? The group fitness business that’s grown quite a bit since opening just a year and a half ago, Delta Life Fitness, will be offering a fun competition for women this weekend. A step up from your average 5K, the Delta Life Games will be […]

Love your legs: Best moves to work your legs

Love your legs: Best moves to work your legs

Ahh, the legs. They are about to be on display as the weather continues to heat up. The biggest muscle group in the leg are the quadriceps, and they are actually composed of–you guessed it– four different muscles. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Moms get the fitness spotlight

Moms get the fitness spotlight

In less than a year, Caslyn Duval has nearly quadrupled her fitness business. There are nicknames out there for Duval: “fitpreneur” or “mompreneur.” Whatever you call her, Duval has been successful with her business, Fit4Mom, which focuses on helping mothers get fit and healthy. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre […]

Let’s get SUPER

Let’s get SUPER

Getting fit is a super idea! One of the best ways to do that is with what we fitness folks call “Supersets.” A superset is a fancy way of making you do more than just one exercise at a time. However, that extra work is for a purpose! Read the full article in the March […]

Test your fitness

Test your fitness

One of the first things a personal trainer will have you do is test your level of fitness using a variety of exercises typically including push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, bench press, squats, a 10 minute walk test and more. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Navarre women set personal records in Couch-2-5K

Navarre women set personal records in Couch-2-5K

A group of women in Navarre are gearing up for a new 5K race set for April 1. They meet twice a week together at the path on Navarre Beach and also run on their own twice a week, staying accountable through a Facebook group. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of […]

Pensacola Double Bridge Run

The Pensacola Double Bridge Run Presented by Publix is one of the premier 15K races in the country.  The 15K carries runners over two bridges, across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. It will run from downtown Pensacola with a tour that includes the historic district, and picturesque Bayfront Parkway, a run through Gulf Breeze, and […]

Trainer Faves: Couple moves

Trainer Faves: Couple moves

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and with that Navarre’s personal trainers have weighed in on their favorite moves to give you a great workout to do with your significant other. Partner workouts are a great alternative to your typical workout. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Best moves to tone triceps

Best moves to tone triceps

As you get working on your health and fitness goals for 2017, I know you might have trouble spots you want to work on. I also know you might not quite know how to do so. The good news for you is Navarre has many knowledgeable personal trainers, several of which are willing to help […]

Pole studio opens up in Navarre

Pole studio opens up in Navarre

There’s a new way to workout in Navarre. The Vertical Pole studio opened its doors off of Highway 87 on Monday, January 2. Amber Jankowski said the opening was high energy. “There were people there from probably 22 years old up to mid-60s and everyone seemed to love it,” Jankowski said. She added the staff […]