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March Madness Schedule

March Madness is finally here and so is the Class/Seminar schedule. Please see the dates and times below. Please contact any member of the Parks Staff  if you have any...

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The Parks March Madness

The Fitness Event of the Year has finally returned to The Parks Health & Fitness! Parks March Madness Madness is exactly what you would expect... complete fitness and health madness! Over the course of 5 weeks teams of two compete for our grand prize and the title...

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Meet Sam

After getting her degree in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, Sam began training collegiate and professional athletes at an elite sports facility in Baton Rouge. Specializing in sports performance training taught her the importance of accessing for functional...

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Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is a problem all of us can relate to.  Here are some simple ways to help ease the pain and even prevent back pain. Bridge on chair.  Lie on your back with your heels on a chair and your knees in alignment with your hips.  Place a yoga block or a pillow in...

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3 Simple Healthy Salads

Looking for some creative and healthy lunch ideas? We are constantly in need of healthy new meals. Watch this short video for 3 easy clean salads. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et3IjrEuL_U

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Sweatin’ To The Newbies

SWEATIN' TO THE NEWBIES By: Mary Catherine Holcomb I love to work out with no music – said no one ever! Listening to music can help a workout by elevating your mood and distracting you! Check out 7 Reasons You Should Listen to Music While You Work Out (...

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5 Steps to a More Nutritious You!

5 STEPS TO A MORE NUTRITIOUS YOU! By: Mary Catherine Holcomb As I write this, I'm looking right into the face of chocolate covered almonds and dried sugar-laden fruit, never mind the beautiful baked goods, so tiny yet so high in calories! If you haven't already...

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Member of the Month

June's very special member of the month is Roman Castillo. Roman was born and raised in our own French Quarter. His Godfather would pick him up everyday and bring him to Lakeview where he attend St Dominic. From St Dominic, Roman then went to De La Salle where he...

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Small Group Training

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf52wjMDLgE We have added Small Group Training (SGT) to the Summer Schedule! 13 sessions will be available every week as part of a personal training package and are a great way to have fun, get motivated, have a trainer, and get into...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Personal Trainer

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER If you are fortunate to be able to afford a personal trainer, are you getting the most fitness for your buck? Most people cannot continue to shell out money for personal trainers, but matching up with a good trainer can...

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Is Strong the New Sexy?

Everyday Wellness Tips: Is Strong the New Sexy? As the weather heats up so does the competition for best beach body. But, how much have you thought about how you define sexy? How much of your definition is defined by our culture? How does it differ between genders? A...

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Everyday Wellness Tips: A Good Place to Start

Everyday Wellness Tips: A Good Place to Start I am excited to announce the resource I wrote entitled: A Good Place to Start: Improving Your Relationship with Food is completed and available for free on my website: http://martinmentalhealth.com/e-book/. With spring in...

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Instant Gratification Frustration

Instant Gratification Frustration As we hit April, often we start to get frustrated by our progress from January or our New Year's Resolution, to where we are now. It's been 3 months and we hear that if you exercise and eat right then we will see results. Mostly, we...

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Member of the Month

March's very special  member of the month is the one and only Robert G Green or as he go's by here at the gym...Jerry.  Jerry was born and raised in Parsippany, New Jersey. He attended Parsippany high school where he excelled as an athlete as a fullback on the...

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Staying Away From Gym Injuries

Staying Away From Gym Injuries Everyone has fitness goals and the one sure thing to get in the way in an injury. Here are some of the more common workout injuries and some basic guidelines to get you back training safely and quickly. First off for everyone injury...

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Simple Program Design

Simple Program Design I am going to show you the easiest and simplest way to design a total body workout program for yourself in a quick minute.  To do this, we need to think about Functional Movement.  At The Parks, we focus on training movements not muscles.  This...

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6 Principles of Pilates

6 Principles of Pilates 1. Concentration. This is the most important principle in Pilates. You must be very mentally present as you do the exercises, aware of every aspect of your body’s movement, alignment, sensations, muscle flexes… 2. Control. Every movement is to...

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Exercise and the New Mom

Exercise and the New Mom. Regular exercise has numerous health benefits, all of which apply equally to the new mother as at any other stage of life. These benefits include assistance with weight loss, increased aerobic fitness, social interaction and psychological...

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How to have a Safe and Effective Summer Workout

The summertime makes for great outdoor workouts, but can be draining. Here are some tips to have a safe and effective workout during the summer heat! Stay Hydrated It is always important to stay hydrated during a workout (check out our later post), but even more so...

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The Most Important Meal of the Day

We have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is important that we start each day with a healthy breakfast so that we can get the essential vitamins and nutrients. Typically our body goes about 8-12 hours with no food in-between...

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Benefits to Personal Training

Accountability When you go to the gym by yourself it is a lot easier to skip a day. Having regular sessions will enhance your workout. Being held accountable to show up for a session with another person will make it a lot easier to get to the gym. Efficiency When you...

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