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Jenn Zappola      Carisa Gaylardo
Jim Quinn               Les James

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peterThe Ballet Muscle Method

Peter has developed state of the art exercises called the Ballet Muscle Fitness Method. The Ballet Muscle Method is a complete fitness workout method that is based on established ballet techniques that will make you strong, balanced and flexible.

How does the Ballet Muscle Method work?

The Ballet Muscle Method is unique. By engaging your ligaments and tendons while precisely aligned in each exercise, your body builds deep, long muscles that help to stabilize joints and improve performance.

How is this method different?
The Ballet Muscle Method is the only method that forces you to hold your musculoskeletal figure in exact alignment while performing exercises. 

Peter has helped a wide range of professional athletes achieve outstanding performance and injury prevention using the Ballet Muscle Fitness Method. To learn some of the specialized exercises click on this link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkE8Xz-slo6lSKnXtYYej3A

Do you want to train like elite professional athletes in order to grow long, strong, flexible bodies for high performance?  Let personal training expert and former professional dancer Peter Cirolia tell you the secret for optimal conditioning. 

If you have any further questions and want to build a long, balanced, flexible body to prevent injuries and enhance everything you do then contact Peter Cirolia  914-365-1862 or email  BalletMuscle@gmail.com

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Mid-City Gym                                    Thrive 

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Hype Gym                                            Work Train Fight

Fitness Results                                     Steel Gym

Titan Fitness                                        Atomic Total Fitness

Core Fitness                                         As1Fitness 

Tribeca Health & Fitness                  Velocity Sports NYC

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Body weight exercise is a top 3 fitness trend for 2017.  Very easy to do after all.  Little to No equipment needed. It can be done anywhere.  And it's free!
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jenn4 Healthy Core Competencies
  By Jenn Zappola, personal trainer
As a certified personal trainer - I always tell my clients to follow my following  4 Core Competences to achieving optimal health. 

I. Patience: You must have patience. It is not easy to start and continue to maintain a fitness journey- because losing weight or achieving optimal health does not happen over night. It takes time and if you understand that from the start you will be putting yourself in a position to succeed. 

II. Goals:
a. Short Term: You need to think about short term along with long-term goals. Example: I aim to lose 5lbs in my first month 
b. Long Term: By this date, I will aim to lose 20lbs 
***The healthy way to manage weight is to lose around 1-2lbs a week. Some weeks you will lose more and some weeks you will lose zero.

III. Planning: without a plan- you will not be successful in achieving your goals. 
  • Planning consists of many different elements: 
i. Planning your weekly menu (literally what you are going to eat per meal)
ii. Planning your workouts
iii. Planning "YOU" time

IV. Strength of Character: The state or quality of being physically or mentally strong! You are stronger than you think- YOU GOT THIS!!!!

One of my goals as a personal fitness trainer is to help YOU achieve your fitness goals and to help you ultimately FEEL BETTER! Contact Jenn today!
How to Burn Fat and Build Muscle
Part one of a four part series...

So, you want to get rid of that body fat the one that's been sitting there for as long as you can remember. Whether its around your arms, your legs or the worst of them all, that's right belly fat. The one place we all wish to target first if we had the option but unfortunately fat loss doesn't work like that. When we watch our weight, we don't lose it in one spot, we lose it all over some places more than others. The same goes for when we gain weight, we gain it all over as a unit regardless of whether you believe you gain it in just your stomach first.
You may find yourself going to the gym anywhere from 3-5 days a week. Trying your very best, and I know it gets frustrating to put in all that hard work and see no results. It can drive you crazy or to the point where you say, "I'm done, I give up" we've all been there. Want to know what makes it worse? These new popular diets and easy fixes that guarantee outrageous results like 30 lbs. in a week eating whatever you want. Which I must say to some degree might work for a while but in the end, you'll probably gain all that weight right back maybe more!
Now if your reading this article you probably read a few just like it and or just want to burn fat and build muscle maybe there's something inside you hoping that someone just tells the truth for once and give you the secret to achieving your goals. Well you've come to the right place.
In this article I'm going to explain everything from what body fat is? How to burn it off? The best way to build muscle and what your nutrition should consist of. So, no gimmicks no lies and I'm sorry to tell you that it won't happen in 30 days but I can say with confidence that if you work hard, stay consistent and practice proper nutrition the benefits are extremely rewarding.
Let's begin, so what is body fat? It's important to know this because it's something everyone in the world is constantly trying to either get rid of your keep off. Body fat is basically store energy that your body accumulates over time with the food that you ate. As you may or may not already know when we eat food, base off the state our bodies are in we either store it for fuel to have later when needed or it gets used immediately as our energy source. For example, when we first wake up in the morning and have breakfast our bodies uses the energy from the food to fuel us. Now you may ask how do we know that it's not being stored? Well because during rest we obviously aren't eating our bodies are in a fasted state meaning no food. After a few hours of not eating while at rest which should be 7-8 hours a night our bodies has used up all the energy source we got from our last meal maybe even before you went to sleep depending on when you had your last meal and the portion of it. Now that it's been a few hours your body knows that upon rising labor work will be done and for that reason along with being in a fasted state it takes that first meal and supplies you with energy to kick start the day. It's just that simple.
Time for the real question, how to burn it off? 

Well as a certified personal trainer  with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and from my own digging and learning I found a few different ways to target the endless fight vs body fat. You've probably heard the saying there's more than one way to skin a cat. Well the same goes for burning fat. Some people count calories, some just start exercising to expend energy (which is what body fat is, stored energy that hasn't been use yet) and others just changed their diet. 

Now in my opinion the proper way is all three. 

Now you're probably saying "really Chris"? Yup really and I'll explain why. If your someone whose just starting off you should count calories just to be aware of the amount you consume daily, whenever I come across a new client I always ask "how many calories do you consume daily"? And the answer is always "I don't know" sometimes not even an estimate. Knowing the number of calories, you consume can help you along the way. Let's say you're a female who consumes 2,200 calories a day and you want to manage your weight. In order for you to do so you will need to put your body in a calorie deficit which means consuming less calories than your daily intake. Having an intake of 2,200 calories if 2,200 is your maintenance (maintenance meaning your borderline between losing and gaining) will keep you where you are (no weight changes) but if you begin to decrease calories anywhere from 250-300 which is what I normally recommend then you will begin to see change.

Now you can keep decreasing calories or expand more energy by working out because if your anything like me than you love to eat so expanding more energy is probably your best bet because you don't want to go too low in calories and who knows how low you'll have to go before hitting your goal. That is why I feel that counting calories as well as expanding energy are two very important methods. Counting so that you are aware of your daily intake and expanding so that you don't have to go too low.
Obviously, exercises are important so you should already aim for the expanding more energy option also when you engage in physical activity whether its bike riding, d ancing, weight training, hiking and or running you will find that your hungry a lot more of the time and because of your physical activity you will be able and need to eat more to sustain your body with the right amount of macro and micro nutrients. As for the exercising, we all know that the benefits are endless other than decreasing body fat. 

You strengthen your bones, increase your good cholesterol and decrease your bad (hdl and ldl) your heart pumps at a more regular speed/rate. You increase the muscle mass on your body, your cardiorespiratory system improves, you have more energy and just overall feel better because your body is getting exactly what it needs. Remember the human body does not want nor need to be sedentary.

In the next segment, we'll tackle nutrition...

Want to know more? Contact Chris today!

lisaHidden Skills
Lisa Snow By Lisa Snow, Personal Trainer 
Before they started training, my clients were producing outstanding work for their boss, their customers, their family...and weren't doing the best job taking care of themselves.  They expected a trainer to be a drill sergeant, making them feel extra guilty for all the workouts they hadn't done over the years.  Or they pictured a trainer as a dictator who would take away their favorite foods.  But those things aren't what trainers are there for.  
Most people already feel guilty about the fact that they're not as fit as they want to be.  If guilt worked to help people improve their health, there would be no smokers, no alcoholics, no addicts.  Why would guilt about junk food or a sedentary lifestyle work any better?  Instead, a great trainer can help encourage you to focus on the things you are naturally good at.  
Maybe you don't know how to lift weights, but you're awesome at keeping records and are the most organized person at your office.  If you start working with a personal trainer (who can teach you how to do the exercises), you'll probably be great at recording what you did in your own workouts in between training sessions.  As a result, you and your trainer will be able to fine-tune your program to be even more effective.  
Maybe you don't know how to cook, but you take vivid, creative photos.  Instead of getting annoyed trying to write a food diary, you could take photos of your meals.  As you try healthy new restaurants and lighter fare at your old favorite restaurants, you'd have a great way to remember which of the new foods you liked, so you can keep including them.  
Maybe you have no time to go to and from the gym, but you're great with numbers.  You could track how many days each week you managed to do simple bodyweight exercises in your apartment, and watch your percentage of workout days gradually increase each week.
My clients have all kinds of amazing hidden talents.  Some are creative cooks.  Others have incredible visual-spatial perception.  A few have fantastic hand-eye coordination.  Zero of them thought they were athletic or naturally gifted at fitness before they started working out.  But they were able to use their existing skills to get in shape and have fun doing it.  
What gifts do you have?  Whether with a trainer or in a class, how could you use them to be healthier?  

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