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The Importance of Proper Breathing While Exercising

The Importance of Proper Breathing While Exercising


As a boxer, it is crucial that I breath while under fire. Breath? you say. Of course you have to breath. Every body breathes. But did you know that breathing while exercising is different than just breathing as you do thousands of times a day all day long? What I'm talking about is breathing from your diaphragm, which is crucial while being active. And here's how:


Breath through your nose and out of your mouth. If you mouth breath, which is common while exercising, your are gulping air. This forces you to breath out of the top of your chest, which causes your chest to tighten. When your chest tightens, your muscles constrict, which then causes you to feel heavy in your legs, arms and chest, and can cause you to feel light-headed. This results in a feeling very similar to a panic attack.


Make a SSST noise. I used to tell my clients to make a SSSHHh sound when throwing hard power punches. But recently I read an article that said that the SSST sound forces you to breath from your diaphragm. AND IT WAS RIGHT! Give it a try......SEE! You can feel it. This technique does not just apply to boxers. Do it when performing any dynamic move such as ball slams or burpees, it even works well with crunches and push-ups. I promise you will feel the difference.


Practice and think about breathing.Sounds ridiculous right? But practice makes perfect. Since breathing during exercise requires a different tempo, we have to teach ourselves to do it, which requires us to have to think about something our body does involuntarily.


Writen By Sherry Sellmeyer

6 Simple Steps for Better Grocery Shopping

6 Simple Steps for Better Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping: You either love it or you hate it. Either way, you've got to eat. Cooking and preparing more food at home is a great way to shape up your diet. When it comes time to cruise your supermarket's aisles, here are six simple steps to become a better grocery shopper.

Don't Forget About Frozen and Canned Foods

Have you heard the recommendation to "shop the perimeter" at your grocery store? The idea here is that more fresh produce, lean meats and wholesome dairy foods are found on the outer aisles of the store and that processed and packaged less healthful food line the inner aisles. But don’t forget that the middle aisles harbor some really good options, too, especially when it comes to frozen and canned foods.

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Top 10 Reasons Children Should Exercise

Top 10 Reasons Children Should Exercise

About one-third of American children ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and fewer than 25% of children get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical active per day recommended by the American Medical Association.

Interaction with technology, urbanized living, academic pressures and other factors have combined to create historically low rates of youth physical activity.

Parents, teachers and fitness educators must realize and help educate others about the importance of frequent physical activity for kids. (ACE)

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Kids Jump Rope

WOULD YOU LIKE your child to join our JUMP ROPE PROGRAM?

Boys and Girls aged 6-12 of all skill levels are invited to participate in “Jump Rope For Fun and Fitness” Jumping rope is a wonderful lifetime fitness activity.  Join Lindsey as she shares her “smart sequencing” approach to jumping rope. Her classes help anyone; of any skill level learn the steps to basic, intermediate and advanced level jump rope skills.





Here’s what Lindsey’s program offers for kids aged 6 and older
  • Our hour-long “Rope Jumping for Fun and Fitness”classes include instruction and demonstrations in:
  • Single Rope Skills
  • Partner Routines
  • Double Dutch Jumping
  • Long Rope Skills
  • Group Games
  • Group Choreography and More

Kids work together in a fun and rewarding environment of goal setting, best effort and team building. Play games, learn skills, develop new skills and stay fit in our fun-filled high energy program that really gets you jumpin! Our program is open to kids aged 6 and older. The length of a single class is one hour. Typical sessions run 6 weeks.

For more info, email info@challengeyourbody.com

May Newsletter

May Newsletter

New Beginnings...

Dear CYB Family:

Kevin and I cannot tell you how much we appreciated you coming out on “Move” Saturday to pack and haul CYB to its new location. We could not have done it without you! You are CYB family to us. We hope you feel the same way.

We are so excited about the new facility and potential for new and challenging fitness programs that were not possible in our petite studio that we loved, and where we got our start. 

It is about new beginnings....for us...and for you. Each day is a fresh new start to our fitness adventure together.

-  Jacquie & Kevin

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Exercise Tips

Exercise Tips

Experts and successful exercisers reveal the top tips and tricks they use to get the most from their fitness routines.

Getting and staying fit can be a challenge. For many of us, it's hard just to get up off the couch. So what’s the secret of people who have managed to make exercise a way of life?

Find the answers here.

March Newsletter

March Newsletter

Spring Into Summer with Us!

Trade in your heavy coat, long sleeves and gloves for shorts and a tank top! Hibernation is over and Spring is about to spring! Focus on the NOW! If Winter is not your season, use Spring to build a solid fitness foundation for your summertime fun! Let this be the year!!

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Not Losing Weight with Workout?

Not Losing Weight with Workout?

Feel like you’ve been exercising for eternity but still can’t lose weight? You’re doing it wrong. Personal trainer Nardia Norman, author of “Fat Attack: The Secrets Behind The World’s Biggest Loser,” has seen the inside of many gyms during her career. Here are her hard truths when it comes to getting results.

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