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Wear Red Day 2/2 9:30 am

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 27, 2018

Friday is Wear Red Day

Join us this Friday Feb 2nd 9:30 am 

for heart-pumping Zumba fun & fundraising for American Heart Association – Greater Bay Area.

1948 Oak Park  Blvd., Pleasant Hill

RSVP: Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

415.518.2202

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Why You Should Work Out with Weights

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on March 30, 2016

Why You Should Work Out with Weights

Janice Litvin

What happens when you work out with weights?  Well, that depends.  If you go with very heavy weights & a lower number of repetitions, then you will build bulk, aka muscle hypertrophy.  However if you work with lighter weights & a higher number of repetitions, you get what we call muscle endurance.  Muscle endurance, by definition, is the ability of the muscle to perform repeated contractions, against a resistance, over an extended period of time.

Why is this important?

Because as we age, our bodies begin to change, especially in the areas of muscle mass, bone density, and metabolism.  But all is not lost, because you can change all of that?  Did you know that with strength training you can reverse the hands of time?

How, you ask?

According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), one of the unique qualities of the human body is its ability to change, if you challenge it.  Like muscle, bone is living tissue and when you challenge it, the bone becomes more dense and less brittle.

When you build muscle (or muscle endurance), you are increasing the muscle fibers, you are building bone density (to stave off osteoporosis, the loss of bone density), and most exciting of all, especially for you weight watchers, you are changing your metabolism because you are changing the proportion of muscle to fat.

What are some of the purposes of our bones?

Besides the obvious, to give us shape and allow us to move, the bones also serve several other important functions:  protect our vital organs, store calcium & phosphorus, produce red blood cells, and act as anchors for our muscles.

How to get started

One way I have found to get started is to find a strength training class through your city’s Park & Rec facilities, YMCA, or gym, if you belong to one.  Or, to keep it simple, just carry two cans of  food, as you take your walks.  Alternately you can purchase light weights (no more than 5 pounds, at first) and follow a youtube video in the privacy of your own home.

Another option is to work with a personal trainer for a few sessions until you get the hang of it.  I will be writing an entire blog post on how to choose a personal trainer soon, but suffice it to say that just like choosing any professional, not all personal trainers are created equally.  They should have a certification from one of the respected certifying bodies, such as ACSM, NASM, NSCA, AFAA, or ACE.  Also they should assess you and your injury history before one weight is lifted.

The American Heart Association recommends at least one or two weight-lifting sessions per week.  Remember to drink plenty of water, and eat protein within an hour after lifting weights.

Join me in changing your body with weight-lifting, and turn back the hands of time.  You will look better, feel younger and revitalize your body, one repetition at a time.

Janice Litvin can be reached at Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com or Twitter: @JLitvin

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Janice leads Fitness Break at Heart Association’s Wellness Symposium

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 25, 2015

Janice leads Zumba fitness break at today’s

American Heart Association Wellness Symposium in San Francisco.

Janice Litvin leading Zumba break AHA

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Friday is Wear Red Day

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on February 2, 2015

go-red-for-women-logoFebruary 6th is National Wear Red Day

It’s not just a man’s disease.

Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.


Help raise awareness to end this killer of women.

Make a change on National Wear Red Day and all year long!

  1. Wear Red to show your support for saving women’s lives

  2. Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRed

  3. Donate to help raise funds for awareness and research

https://www.goredforwomen.org/

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Beto Perez Appears on CBS ‘The Talk’ recently

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 7, 2011

Beto Perez, founder of Zumba appeared on The Talk this week on CBS teaching basic Zumba moves!

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Shed some pounds with Zumba’s DVD Set

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on July 10, 2010

Now you can shed the pounds and have a blast while you’re doing it! It’s easy with the Zumba® Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set.

Click here to Purchase – Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set

Zumba Weight Loss DVD Set

Zumba Total Body Transformation DVD Set

Loaded with red-hot dance steps, pulsating Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow routines, this invigorating dance-fitness “party” will have you movin’, groovin’ and shakin’ the weight off to the sexy, exotic rhythms of salsa, cumbia, samba, merengue and more! Work your body from head to toe with four DVDs and six exhilarating workouts that teach you all the basics and hit your favorite targets, like your core, thighs and abs. You also get maraca-like Toning Sticks to add some muscle to your body sculpting routines. Now’s the time! Get ready to “Join the Party” and see a whole new side of yourself!

Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set includes: 1) Zumba Fitness Basics Workout;  2) Zumba Fitness 20-Minute Express Workout;  3) Zumba Fitness Sculpt & Tone Workout;  4) Zumba Fitness Cardio Party Workout;  5) Zumba Fitness Live! Workout;  6) Zumba Fitness Flat Abs Workout;  7) 2 Zumba Fitness Toning Sticks

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Zumba Warms Up Weight Watchers’ Walk-it Challenge

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on June 6, 2010

Janice & WW Territory Mgr., Jeanne O’Brien

Today Janice of Zumba Contra Costa prepared walkers for the Weight Watcher Walk-it Challenge in Pleasant Hill (San Francisco’s East Bay area).  Fleet Feet of Pleasant Hill hosted the walkers by supplying t-shirts, water, and healthy snacks.  Starting at 7:30 a.m. Janice warmed and toned the 300 Weight Watchers’ muscles and prepared them for their 5K (3.1 miles) walk-it challenge around the town of Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County.  Everyone finished the walk thrilled and energized, while feeling their endorphin-rush.

Janice teaches Zumba Fitness classes and Zumbatomic (Kids’ Zumba) in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette & Concord.   Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

WW Leader, Elena Summers

Janice

WW Leader, Marianne Benedetti

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