Monthly Archives: April 2012

Body Bar Partners with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Body Bar has partnered with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program to provide educational support and fitness products to schools nationwide.

Nearly one in three children and teens in the United States is obese or overweight. In response to the epidemic, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – a joint partnership of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation – established its Healthy Schools Program in 2006 to help schools develop and implement policies and practices to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity.

The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program takes a comprehensive approach to helping schools create healthier environments, by working with them to improve access to healthier foods; increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after school; enhance nutrition education; and establish school employee wellness programs.

The Healthy Schools Program is committed to providing access to the best available resources, to help support schools’ efforts in developing healthier environments. Because there is often not sufficient funding for schools to pay for new resources, the Alliance negotiates reduced rates and passes on these savings to schools as part of the Healthy Schools Program’s member discount program.  All resources are vetted by American Heart Association science and medicine advisors for accuracy, the best available scientific information and best practice, so individuals can be confident that any resource they wish to implement in their schools is reputable.

Lashaun Dale

One such resource is our BODY BAR FLEX FIT 15 for KIDS.  This program widens the reach of youth fitness programming by creating a workout that can be performed with minimal equipment, in any facility, requiring little storage space, with easy set-up and take-down. The FIT 15 workout, developed for Body Bar by Lashaun Dale, is a fun, energizing exercise curriculum. It uses safe, effective, integrated movement exercises – involving compound movements, which work more than one muscle group at a time – to deliver specific stretching, strengthening, and core conditioning.

Jennifer Galardi

The first presentation will be given by well-known fitness personality, Jennifer Galardi, to gym teachers, coaches, nurses, and aftercare program directors in the East Ramapo, New York Central School District.  Attendees will receive a Body Bar FLEX, a copy of the presenter notes, and access to a code set-up on the Body Bar web site to allow for ongoing purchases at a significant discount.

Body Bar is pleased to be partnering with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation by offering our FIT 15 for KIDS programming and is proud to be working with Lashaun and Jennifer – true fitness professionals.  More presentations are planned, to Healthy Schools Program districts around the country.

 

The Body Bar FLEX® Exercise Device.  Patents 7,951,051; 7,704,198; and 7,112,166.

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Is This Exercise for Women?

A great article explaining why women should exercise just like men…

Is This Exercise for Women?.

Body Bar Monday Move : Best Butt Exercises

Summer is almost in full swing so lets target those glutes just like the celebrities.  The following exercises come straight from Beyonce and Blake Lively‘s routines so you know they’re going to give you great results.

We suggest doing a little warm up (about 10 minutes of cardio) to get your legs loosened up.  When performing these exercises, as with any exercise, make sure your form and posture are correct especially when performing squats.  Don’t forget to breath and drink plenty of water especially as the temperatures outside start to rise.

Perform 2-3 sets of each exercise for the best results.

Overhead Squat
Works: Legs, butt, and shoulders

A. Hold a Body Bar overhead, hands shoulder-width apart and palms facing away from you, and stand with feet slightly wider than shoulders.

B. Keeping bar raised, squat until thighs are parallel to the ground. Rise up and repeat. Do 12 to 15 reps.

Body Bar Hip Lift
Works:
 Butt and hamstings

A. Lie faceup with upper back on a stability ball and hold a Body Bar on your hips, knees bent 90 degrees and body aligned from shoulders to knees.

B. Lower hips, pause for 1 count, then squeeze glutes to return to starting position, and repeat. Do 12 to 15 reps.

We’re Turning 25!

Body Bar has been in business for 25 years as of today!  We are so honored to have a great following of fitness enthusiasts and fitness professionals.  We never would have made it this far without everyone’s support.   It has been exciting to watch Body Bar Nation is grow everyday.  For the future, we hope to not only expand our business but our influence on the fitness world by promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported us, passed us along to friends and continue to be a part of the Body Bar Nation!

Sincerly,

The Body Bar Team

 

Muscle vs Fat- The Breakdown

Muscle vs Fat- The Breakdown.

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Body Bar Tabata with Sherry Catlin

This is just a preview of Sherry Catlin’s Body Bar Tabata class. She uses the Body Bar (9lb) and Body Bar Flex (20lb resistance).
This was a very high energy class that Sherry presents at other tradeshows across the country. She presents a lot of new and creative exercises that is sure to give you a great full body workout.
Just visit our site http://www.BodyBar.com for more information on tradeshows , products and more!

Body Bar Monday Move : Plie Squat

Get ready to feel the burn in your legs!

Plie Squats target the glutes and strengthen the butt muscles.  This position is not common during regular activity, therefore it fires up and challenges underutilized butt muscles.  Unlike a regular squat, the inner thigh is also targeted.  This is a nice variation to add to your leg routine.

Perform 3 sets of 10-12 or 1 set of 15-20 of one of the following variations

Plie Squat #1 – Balancing Tool

Place feet more than hip distance apart. Turn the toes out. Place the Body Bar® in front of you with one end on the ground and the other lightly grasped in your hands. Bend the knees as you sink your pelvis towards the floor without moving the hips back. Keep weight in the heels as you lower; knees behind the toes. Push through the heels and extend the knees to return to the start position. Use the bar as a reminder to travel vertically by moving the hands down the bar as you descend and up the bar as you return to the start position. To advance this exercise, you can pick the bar up with you as you stand up, barely touching the bar to the floor as you descend.

Plie Squat #2 – Shoulder Hold

Place feet more than hip distance apart and turn the toes out, bring the Body Bar® up and over your head to rest lightly on the fleshy part of your upper back. Bend the knees as you sink your pelvis towards the floor without moving the hips back. Be certain to keep weight in the heels as you lower down and have the knees behind the toes. Push through the heels and extend the knees to return to the start position. Make sure you do not pull on the bar during the squat, but rest your hands lightly on the underside of the bar during the execution.

Plie Squat #3 – Added Bicep Curl

Place feet more than hip distance apart and turn the toes out, hold the bar in an underhand grip and rest the bar right above the knees. Push the hips back while you bend the knees, as if you were sitting into a low chair. Bend the knees as you sink your pelvis towards the floor without moving the hips back. Be certain to keep weight in the heels as you lower down and have the knees behind the toes. Push through the heels and extend the knees to return to the start position. The objective of the exercise is still to sit low while keeping the chest lifted; avoid over-emphasizing the bar going below the knees by moving your chest forward.  As you are returning the starting position, curl the Body Bar and release.