August 2011

In This Issue What is Your BMI?

Refer A Trainer 

Please Welcome to the



Joe Schafer 

Personal Trainer


 Adrian Crichlow

Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor & Health Coach  


 Carlos Delgado 

Personal Trainer  

& Group Fitness Instructor  


 Michael Wolf
Personal Trainer


Five Tips For Finding A Fitness Trainer...Fast! 


Glenn Dickstein Founder NeighborhoodTrainers

*As seen in the August 2011 issue of New York Family magazine.


As parents, we usually find ourselves doing things for others, mainly our children. But when selecting a personal trainer, it's important to put yourself first. Here are some quick tips on what to keep in mind when considering a fitness trainer.


1. Looking and feeling great are the ultimate goals most want to achieve through exercise. Following those, you'll find that setting a good example for kids is another reason to get in shape. Whatever the reason, a certified personal trainer can help you jumpstart the process.


2. If you're preparing to invest time and money in personal training, make sure you're ready to commit, admit, and submit. You have to be willing to listen to and follow the directions of another person, which is sometimes the hardest part of training. Remember, you are hiring a professional who knows what is best for you.


3. Employing the services of a personal trainer produces benefits from the gym floor to the playroom floor. At the gym, your personal trainer will work with you to create a customized workout plan that will help you exercise more efficiently. Your newfound strength and energy will trickle down to other aspects of your life. Family time may become more active and interactive.


4. If you are a stay-at-home parent, currently homebound with a newborn, or if time is at a premium, a fitness professional will come right to your home. A lot of exercises can be performed in your own living room.


5. When planning your family budget, consider setting aside some of the "recreational" funds for a fitness stint. For the same price as your child's semester of gymnastics, you can schedule some sessions with a personal trainer. Aim to have her create a customized workout plan that she can teach you to perform on your own.


 Email Glenn with any questions or comments. 

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While summer may be ending, your outdoor exercise can continue well into autumn!  Mark, Lisa, & Scott are here to help.  Don't forget to check out my article that appeared earlier this month in New York Family Magazine

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A Great Place To Start  

mark darco 

Mark Darco  

Personal Trainer


1) Try to find an activity you enjoy. Examples are riding a bicycle, hiking, tennis, basketball to name a few.


2) Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. They are very healthy, rich in fiber and low in calories.  


Learn more about Mark or email him for more information.

scott cooper

Scott Cooper Personal Trainer  

& Group Fitness Instructor


Abs Workout Anywhere, Anytime 


The basic crunch can be done anywhere. Lying down on the floor with your knees bent feet on the floor. Make sure to hold your hands behind your head loosely. If you squeeze your hands you will pull and hurt your neck.

Contact Scott or learn more about him here first

selfimageWear the Right Shoes for Your Activity     


Lisa Snow

Lisa Snow Personal Trainer

& Group Fitness Instructor


Don't let your lack of the perfect shoes stop you from getting started on your fitness goals.  Get moving in your old shoes *today*, and if you need to, buy a new pair tomorrow, one that's right for the type of exercise you will be doing.   


Running shoes can be great...for running.  But if you will be lifting weights, doing medicine ball drills, riding a bike, or doing anything other than running, you might be better off with a pair of cross-training shoes.  While every brand is different, in general, cross trainers stabilize the foot side to side as well as forward and back, whereas running shoes are meant for forward motion only.  


For kettlebell lifting or other activities that require more balance and control, you might consider flat-soled shoes like converses.  And what about the Vibram five fingers phenomenon?  I like these barefoot-like shoes best for exercising indoors for anything from mind-body classes to kettlebells, and outdoor walking and running on grass, sand, and trails.  I'm not a fan of using them for high volume running on sidewalks or other hard surfaces (though many people use them this way and swear by it).  Use caution especially here in NYC, where broken glass or other hazards can damage the thin soles.   


Be skeptical of claims that certain shoes will make you burn far, far more calories than others, remembering that your exercise intensity and duration are more important than the type of shoe.  Most importantly, pick shoes that feel good on *you*.  Get advice from several different shoe store employees, as some are much more knowledgeable than others.  Ask questions, return shoes you know you won't wear, and make yourself the last authority on your feet.   


Learn more about Lisa Snow or simply contact her for your free initial workout.  

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Don't let your workouts fall off in Autumn?  Consider using the advanced search function  to find the perfect trainer to stay motivated! 


heartrateLearn Your Body Mass Index (BMI)  


Body Mass Index (BMI) is essentially a height to weight ratio.  Am I a healthy weight for my height.


Figure out your BMI now.

Underweight = < 18.5

Normal Weight = 18.5-24.9

Overweight = 25-29.9

Obese- 30 or higher


Remember, speak to your doctor before starting a fitness program and then seek out the right personal trainer for correct program design.  Enjoy your workout!