At a certain age it becomes important to take care of yourself, usually right after your set of baby muscles falls out. Be stronger than your baby self with this Groupon.
- $20 for three fitness calsses ($45 Value)
FLEXcity Fitness's signature 56-minute mega-workout incorporates BOSU balls, barre, spin bikes, treadmills, TRX ropes, and more to bolster both strength and cardio. Check the schedule for upcoming class days and times.
Calories: The Original Renewable Energy
The key to any workout regimen is burning calories. Discover how that happens with Groupon's exploration of the body's inner furnace.
In all of weight loss, there may be no concept less aptly named than the calorie. That's because a calorie is a unit of scientific measure—specifically, a measure of the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. Though the calorie unit we associate with food actually refers to kilo calories—meaning when we say, “2,000 calories a day,” we actually mean 2,000,000. And if the number of calories we ingest is bad news, the upside is that we are burning them all the time.
A certain amount of calories—about 60–75 percent of the calories you burn each day—are needed to sustain the body's unconscious functions, such as breathing and circulation. Known as basal metabolic rate, the specific percentage depends on factors such as size and body composition, gender, and age (typically, as people get older, fat makes up a larger portion of body weight, causing calories to burn more slowly). Digestion makes up about another 10 percent of the calories burned, leaving physical activity to account for the rest.
During exercise, the muscles contract, causing the body's adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules to break down as the heart continues to pump faster and faster—increasing the body’s demand for more energy. Once the muscles have depleted the day’s caloric intake, they turn to other calorie sources to fuel the fire—making weight loss possible as the body begins to sacrifice fat cells to the god of the treadmill.
As a certified personal trainer, Jenny Quinn knows that hoping and wishing don't burn many calories. To turn good intentions into noticeable results, she founded FLEXcity Fitness, a studio that makes exercise both fun and focused. Quinn draws upon a decade of training experience and a master's degree in exercise physiology to design small-group training sessions, which help clients tackle their goals with cardio, strength training, and motivation from their like-minded classmates. She leads high-intensity interval workouts alongside fellow trainer Trista Parisian, who has helped celebs such as Hilary Swank get svelte for red-carpet appearances.
With a turn on the treadmills and indoor cycling, you can help elevate the heart rate to a healthy level. Exercises with free weights and TRX can fortify muscles, rally the metabolism, and eliminate dependence on camel caravans to carry your groceries. Suitable for exercisers of all levels, the workouts also incorporate stretches to build flexibility and help prevent injuries.