Something for everyone
There’s more than one way to achieve your fitness goals in the New Year
By Nick Smith 01/10/2013
At the start of each new year, many of us make resolutions to change something about ourselves — whether in the abstract, as in resolving to appreciate life more, or more definite, say, when someone vows to quit smoking or lose 20 pounds.
Making long-term behavioral changes like weight loss is no easy task; it requires an investment of time, energy and emotion. With an obesity rate in this country affecting 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19, we should be encouraged by those making New Year’s resolutions to lose a few pounds after the holidays, assuming these well-intentioned souls follow through.
To reach one’s goal of getting in shape, there are traditional modes and more unconventional approaches. Traditionally, people have joined gyms and health club chains, such as LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, and Gold’s Gym, which boast thousands of members and provide access to a wide variety of equipment and classes at a fairly reasonable monthly fee.
The fitness approach at places like these is pretty straightforward — you will have access to elliptical machines and treadmills for your cardio and weight machines for toning. Some will even offer at least one complimentary one-on-one consultation with a personal trainer to assess your fitness goals and how you can best reach them. These, along with a few other location-specific amenities, like spin classes and water aerobics, serve the needs of a large portion of the physically active population.
Since each individual is different, however, one approach will not work for everyone. More unconventional fitness techniques, such as kickboxing, dancing and palates can be fun alternatives for those individuals who, for whatever reason, might get tired of going to a traditional gym.
Lineage Dance, located at the Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, stands out as more of a dance studio than a gym, but still offers the rigorous physical activity of a traditional workout. Lineage offers specialized dance classes — including tap, African and hip-hop — for all ages and levels of experience.
“I take dance there, and I’m not a dancer,” says Theresa Kennedy, an employee of Lineage. “It’s a nice entry point for people who want to try dance as a fitness opportunity, or as part of their fitness routine.”
In addition to the traditional styles of dance offered, Lineage also conducts specific outreach classes for people with cancer, cancer survivors and those with Down syndrome and Parkinson’s disease. To encourage potential enrollees to take charge of their New Year’s resolutions and join, Lineage is offering its monthly unlimited membership, normally priced at $125 per month, for just $50 throughout the month of January.
Another great alternative for those seeking a unique fitness experience is The Fit Factor Studio in Alhambra. Opened just last year, Fit Factor is definitely a “gym” experience, focusing on burning fat through group exercise and dance classes.
With 15 years of experience in fitness instruction, Founder and CEO Joanna Vargas recognizes that, while there are numerous factors that affect our overall health and capacity to get in shape, one important factor anyone aspiring to shape up should consider is habit — getting in the habit of fitness.
“It takes a while to create a new habit,” says Vargas. “Fitness should be such a habit — just like brushing our teeth. It didn’t take overnight to teach a kid how to brush his teeth.”
The Fit Factor’s 30 50-minute sessions each week cover all levels of experience and are intended for those from all walks of life. For the month of January, The Fit Factor is offering new members one month of unlimited classes for $99, normally priced at $299.
Besides those discussed here, Pasadena provides a plethora of fitness opportunities, making it easy for anyone with a desire to get in shape to do so. Whether you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a new approach to meet that New Year’s resolution, or you’ve found another routine that works for you, chances are you’re on the right track. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, (626) 844-7008. lineagedance.org
The Fit Factor Studio, 38 W. Main St., Alhambra, (626) 310-7454, thefitfactorstudio.com