$99 for a Six-Week Women's BRIK Fitness & Nutrition Program at Kaia FIT Central North Bay ($269 Value)

Kaia FIT Central North Bay - Petaluma

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Intensive program builds strength and burns fat through cross-training, yoga and Pilates, team activities and a detailed nutrition plan

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Promotional value expires Jan 7, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Must call 415-798-8030 to enroll. Time slots are subject to availability. Must register by class start date, 1/6/14; classes expire 6 weeks after beginning program. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Kaia FIT Central North Bay - Petaluma: $99 for a Six-Week Women's BRIK Fitness & Nutrition Program at Kaia FIT Central North Bay ($269 Value)

The Deal

$99 for a six-week women’s BRIK fitness and nutrition program, beginning January 6, 2014 ($269 value)

  • Optional body-weight, body-fat, and body-measurement assessments
  • Regular fitness testing
  • Step-by-step meal plan
  • Copy of the Kaia Kook Book, containing 100+ recipes
  • Nutritional guidance and support
  • 18 cross-training workouts
  • 6 power-yoga or Pilates workouts
  • 6 Kaia Ventures, such as a longer run/walk, Nerf flag football game, or obstacle-course challenge
  • Kaia gear package
  • Kaia FIT orientation
  • A shopping trip
  • A cooking class
  • End-of-program obstacle-course challenge and party<p>

Classes meet five days a week from January 6–February 14, with a choice of four time slots—see the schedule and select “BRIK” from the drop-down menu to see current information.<p>

Metabolism: Balancing the Body’s Ledger

Running burns calories, but adding muscle can help you burn calories even while sitting still. Learn why with Groupon’s guide to the metabolism.

To make sense of metabolism, it’s easiest to think of the body as a machine with countless functions and very specific fuel requirements. When we eat, enzymes in our digestive system break down food into its component ingredients: proteins devolve into amino acids, fats into fatty acids, and carbohydrates into sugars such as glucose. These then seep into the blood stream and spread throughout the body, so that thousands of metabolic reactions happen at the same time. Some of the energy from these acids and sugars gets used for specific bodily maintenance functions, such as pumping the heart or yelling to scare away a mean-looking squirrel. Whatever isn’t needed right away will be stored as fat for later use.

To avoid gaining extra fat deposits, we must use all the calories that we ingest. The speed at which energy is burned while at rest is called the Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR, and it’s affected by a person’s age, sex, and proportion of muscle to fat. The older a person is, the lower their BMR typically is; men generally have a higher BMR than women; and the body burns more calories to maintain muscle than fat. (After all, it would be a rather poor design if the body had to use a great deal of energy just to maintain its energy reserves.) Our BMR adjusts according to our lifestyle, slowing down when food is scarce and speeding up when we have to eat our way out of the wreckage of a popcorn-factory explosion. This is why eating five smaller meals throughout the day can help people lose weight, whereas starvation diets often result in little to no weight loss.

How the body uses its fuel was a perplexing mystery for generations of thinkers. In the 1600s, a man by the name of Santorio Santorio took it upon himself to study body weight. For 30 years he weighed everything that went into his body and everything that came out, often eating, working, and sleeping on a scale. What he found was that his total visible excreta was less than the amount of food he ingested, but the difference couldn’t be accounted for by his weight gain. This led him to come up with the theory of insensible perspiration—the unpalatable idea that we constantly expel waste through our skin.

Kaia FIT Petaluma

As a gymnastics coach, Kaia FIT founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia FIT sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade. In a welcoming environment, the expert coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy and confidence, and vanquish fat. They root the sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness.

Programs range in intensity and length for exercisers of all ages, fitness levels, and goals, from six-week BRIK boot camps, which debut a fresh workout regime for each season, to Saturday Power Hours, which blend interval, strength, and endurance training. CORE Session boot-camp classes unfold in five-week intervals between BRIK camps and use muscle-confusion techniques to keep bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. The various regimens invite women to join a community where they dedicate themselves to maintaining their health and fitness.

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