On a nearly cloudless Central Texas spring day, a group of mothers and mothers-to-be meet up at the basketball court in Lions Club Park in Killeen.
Whether starting a new exercise regimen or returning to the gym after a long absence, there are steps to take to get the most out of your workout. The most important first step — commitment.
One month after giving birth to a baby boy, Jess Zimmerman of Killeen hit the wall. A blind couple last summer hit the wall. Two Fort Hood soldiers in their twenties, Brian Calandra and Cameron Prince, hit the wall often.
Relax your body. Slow, lengthen, and deepen your breathing. Clear your mind. These are the gentle, calming directives Simone Tucker typically gives students at the beginning of every yoga class she teaches.
“It’s noodle time” is not a common phrase heard in a swimming pool, but when Kathleen McDonald says it, all of her water divas, and a few divos, know what she means — more fun and challenging exercises in the water. Five times a week, McDonald, a certified water instructor, takes her students through work-out routines in the Water Spin or Water Fitness classes at Central Texas College’s swimming pool.
Story by Gail Dillon
At any grocery store checkout stand, magazine covers tout fit-looking models with stories promising new weight loss secrets and workout plans. TV ads hawk fitness equipment and nutritional supplements.
Personal fitness trainers Tom Maher and Nicole Fox felt an instant connection when they met. As they exercised together building muscles, a new romance also started to take shape.
In this 21st century of high technology where everything is expected in a nanosecond, how do you avoid the pitfalls of overprocessed, pre-packaged and fast food most likely laden with pesticides, antibiotics and whatever other chemicals deemed safe for use in our foods?
On a day better suited for sailing than bicycle riding, heavy winds pushed 16 bikers into a low crouch. Heads down. Elbows in. Feet, calves and thighs pumping up and down. Calls of “car up” echoed down the line of riders pushing along Sparta Road.
Story by Catherine Hosman
Imagine a woman who weighs 125 pounds, can deadlift 330 pounds, bench press 159 pounds and squat 242 pounds in a powerlifting competition, then switches gears to make designer draperies.
Personal trainer Karen Matous wants to help people get moving. An avid fitness expert, Matous works out five to six times a week, taking off one day a week to rejuvenate her body.