It’s a Family Event!

It’s a Family Event!

And here we have Anna and her two boys Johnny and Stu, looking very happy after Sara’s spin class. The boys are keeping fit for football and Anna is training for the upcoming bike racing season. Spinning is a great way to burn fat and  improve your overall health and fitness!  You can find more info about our spin classes here:  Ultimate Fitness spin...
Park School Fundraiser Ride!

Park School Fundraiser Ride!

Sara Ellis and Ultimate Fitness clients Jackie Leao and Anna Davenport were happy to help out with Park School‘s Sunday fundraising ride.  Jackie and Anna (who teaches kindergarden at the school) are avid cyclists and have been spining at Ultimate Fitness for years.  They’re part of the very fun Thursday night spin crowd!  Come join them, Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm.  Sara also teaches a class on Tuesdays from 9 to 10 am and Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30...
Sitting Down is Deadly!

Sitting Down is Deadly!

Recent research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests that people who spend a lot of time sitting (causing prolonged lack of whole body muscle movement) are more likely to be overweight, have heart attacks, possibly certain types of cancer, and even die sooner than those who do less sitting.  And that is regardless of whether or not someone exercises. Figures from a U.S. survey in 2003-2004 found Americans spend more than half their time sitting, from working at their desks, sitting in cars, and watching television. After four hours of sitting (resulting in complete muscle inactivity), the body starts sending signals to shut down glucose and fat regulating genes.  According to one study, a woman’s risk of metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and heart disease, jumps 26% for every extra hour she sits in front of the TV.  Another study shows that sitting 6 or more hours a day makes someone up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3 hours a day.  Shocking isn’t it? There are guidelines suggesting we exercise at least 30 minutes a day but what about guidelines limiting the amount of consecutive sitting we do?  Until there is such advice, the more you can get up and take breaks from sitting during your work, the better.  You can also climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator, walk to the store rather than drive, or take a walk around your neighborhood after dinner.  Last but not least, exercise more vigorously at least 3 times a week...
“It is relaxed” Said Selma!

“It is relaxed” Said Selma!

Selma joined Ultimate Fitness about 6 months ago. Very quickly, she started seeing and feeling the benefits:  walking taller, feeling stronger, and of course, clothing fitting better…  Friends and colleagues started noticing as well, but the best compliment came when she was sitting at the doctor’s office recently, getting a flu shot. The nurse was prepping her arm and kept asking her to relax her arm. “My arm is relaxed”, Selma answered. The nurse didn’t believe her at first, and Selma explained she had been working out with weights twice a week. “Wow” the nurse said! Consistency over time does pay off!  Nice Job Selma!  You’re fun to work with and we look forward to seeing you next week. What about you?  How has your body changed since you started the Slow-Motion strength training program at Ultimate...
Sara Ellis, owner of Ultimate Fitness rides with Greg Lemond

Sara Ellis, owner of Ultimate Fitness rides with Greg Lemond

When Sara Ellis, owner of Ultimate Fitness and one time bike racer, arrived at the meeting place on Sunday, she expected to see the usual suspects. Instead she found a gathering of cycling legends, among them, Greg Lemond, the first American and first non-European to win the Tour de France (in 1986, 1989, and 1990), and one of only nice cyclists to have won the Tour three or more times. Also participating were Tom Ritchey, Joe Breeze, and a few other known names from the 70’s. The group of about 50 riders took off from Fairfax and rode through Marshall and back, discussing and sharing stories about the good old days.  It was a good day for...