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Wow! Can you believe its already been a year since Bay Area Fitness and Nutrition opened its doors? What an amazing 365 days its been!
We hosted the first ever monkii bars training course (which featured an awesome natural nutrition talk with Daniella) and there is another one coming in the fall. Stay tuned for more details on that one.
We’ve been invited to participate in weekend events, we’ve had our own workshops and seminars here and we’ve run successful fitness challenges. We’ve also got a great Vinyasa Flow Yoga class starting soon with an incredibly experienced instructor.
Long story short, we are just getting started at the studio to bring you the Bay Area’s premiere fitness and nutrition experience!
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a style of Hatha yoga that is a dynamic, flowing practice, incorporating breath work to both ease and deepen the movements. Vinyasa Flow Yoga links poses together in a mindful way, sequencing with a purpose and best preparing the body for what lies ahead. Yoga is an activity that is generally accessible to everyone. Vinyasa Flow Yoga practices involve bearing weight on the hands and wrists and also moving from a standing position to supine and and inverted positions (such as down dog). Modifications and props can assist in any challenges in these areas.
Amy has a number of specialties in her teaching toolbox: introducing yoga to beginning students, power classes for athletes and climbers, and an advanced training in prenatal and postnatal yoga. As such, Amy’s hope is for everyone to feel welcome in her classes.Each pose has modifications and endless explorations, making this small format class the perfect opportunity to experience yoga in what will feel like a “semi private” practice.
We are looking for the best and brightest personal trainers in the Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto areas to join us at our fitness facility. Aside from a beautiful, private, and ideally located studio, we are offering YOUR FIRST MONTH’S RENT FREE!!
BayFit founders Daniella Dayoub and Al Painter have been in the fitness industry for decades and we “get it.” No oppressive “my way or the highway” management here.
Our studio is a place for personal trainers run by trainers. We pride ourselves on providing the most cutting-edge fitness training mixed in with a good dose of sarcastic cameraderie.
We know that the Summer can be brutal on client hours and retention, so take advantage of your first month free to see how great a match we can be. In addition to your complimentary first month, we’ve come up with the following rent structure for the Silicon Valley personal trainers who use our studio.
- 5hrs/week: $21/hr or a flat $400/mo ($20/hr)
- 10rhs/week: $19/hr or a flat $720/mo ($18/hr)
- 15hrs/week: $17/hr or a flat $960/mo ($16/hr)
- 20hrs/week: $15/hr or a flat $1120/mo ($14/hr)
- Stick Mobility
- Battle Ropes
- Olympic weights (including a trap bar and squat cage)
- Free Motion Cable pulleys
- Exercise bands
- Suspension training equipment
- Self myofacial release tools
- A K9 house mascot!
- Tons of natural light
- A great patio area for you to enjoy between appointments.
Work in a place where you’ll laugh as much as you train. That place is Bay Area Fitness and Nutrition, and we’d love for you to join us! Contact us to set up a time to see the studio. We look forward to meeting you!
Tay-Sachs is a rare recessive genetic disease caused by the absence of a particular enzyme that causes death of nerve cells resulting in progressive neurological disorders.
Vera Pesotchinsky was diagnosed with Late-onset Tay-Sachs in 2000, after 8 years of being misdiagnosed. The diagnosis came as somewhat of a relief, and her childhood pattern of clumsiness and speech difficulties finally made sense.
Vera is a long time friend and client of Daniella and Al. In support of her, they are organizing a fundraiser to help raise money for a new clinical trial to help treat Tay-Sachs.
They invite you to donate and/or attend the fundraiser!
When: Sunday March 20th 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Bay Area Fitness and Nutrition – 298 San Antonio Rd #300, Mountain View
What: Fundraiser including: Two 30 min circuit classes at 10:30 and 11:15 each. Max 10 attendees per class *
Donations: $50 minimum suggested donation, click here to donate
Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
*Please RSVP if you are planning to attend either circuit class, thanks!
Vera has organized a research fund under the umbrella of the NTSAD, the National Tay Sachs and Allied Disease Association, click here to make a donation. You can make a donation to Vera’s fund and read more about her story and disease at the site above.
Learn the foundations of suspended body weight training using monkii bars. This training course is for fitness professionals and exercise enthusiasts alike. Attend the course and find out first hand why monkii bars are 5-Star rated on Amazon.com.
When: Saturday May 14, 2016
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Bay Area Fitness And Nutrition, 298 San Antonio Rd, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA 94040
Fees: Save $100 by signing up by April 4, 2016. $295 after that.
- Pair of monkii bars in your choice of color.
- Hands-on instruction with monkii bars creator and Co-Founder, Dan Vinson
- Digital copy of the highly acclaimed, “Backpacker Manual,” featured in Backpacker Magazine
- Fitness professionals in attendance receive a listing in the monkii Trainer Directory
- PLEASE NOTE: Trainers will need to submit course completion certificate to their certifying body for CEU credit approval.
Become a Master monkii
Upon succesfully completing the course you will know:
- How to safely set up and adjust the monkii bars training system
- The fundamentals of suspended bodyweight training techniques
- How to spot common form breakdowns and make the appropriate corrections, regressions and progressions
- How to create effective bodyweight core strength workouts
- The best ways to implement monkii bars in group fitness settings, personal training appointments or working out on your own
Why monkii bars?
For the Fitness Professional:
- Ultra portable making them perfect for trainers on the go
- Work very well in group settings
- Great way to keep traveling clients on track with their training
- Dual attachment points for a higher level of exercise variety
- Very joint friendly
- Made in the USA from incredibly durable Aerospace-grade Aluminum handles encased in hard Maple grip with Spectra® line
- Exponentially increased stability demands
For Fitness Enthusiasts:
- Appropriate for all fitness levels
- Perfect for time crunched workouts
- Compact form factor
- Can be used camping, traveling, at the gym, at home or your favorite park
- Training manuals can be downloaded to your mobile device
- monkii bars an incredibly effective tool to build total body strength
- Very fast set up and take down
Its 11:59pm on December 31st and a new year is only :60 seconds away, when you realize you’ve only hit your goal of making fitness goals this past year and come no near actually achieving them. Does this sound familiar?
- I WILL EAT BETTER!
- I WILL GET TO THE GYM 19 DAYS A WEEK!
- I WILL WEIGH WHAT I DID IN JR HIGH!
- YAY ME FTW!
- $9.99 by December 15
- $14.99 by December 25
- $19.99 by January 3
This happens EVERY year on December 31st. A fitness fail freakout that starts at 11:59pm that usually happens just after you’ve downed a kung pow chicken wrap filled with fettucini alfredo and with a lasagna chaser.
You suddenly realize that you completely blew your fitness, not only in that moment, but for the entire year, again. In the next :60 seconds, you vow:
- I WILL EAT BETTER (“Mmm, this is pretty good, just one more bite.”)
- I WILL GET TO THE GYM 19 DAYS A WEEK (“I seriously hate the gym.”)
- I WILL BE IN BED BY 9PM EVERY NIGHT (“It will give me the chance to relax in bed with my phone for a couple of hours.”)
- I WILL WEIGH WHAT I DID AS A FETUS (“I don’t have THAT much to lose.”)
If only it stopped there. The next wave looks like this, you vow to finish EVERY fitness event from an Ironman Triathlon to “American Ninja Warrior” and all things in between by March 13th, twice. Completely ignoring the fact you’ve never run a 5K let alone finished 10 pushups without throwing your back out for a month. Either that or you were so beat up that you needed an EMT to help you blink when you crossed the finish line, BUT THIS TIME WILL BE TOTALLY DIFFERENT!!
But, come December 31st in those magical :60 seconds between 11:59pm and 12:00am, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! WOOHOO!! YAY ME FTW!!” Insert 80’s group clap here.
This is why I can’t stand New Year’s resolutions. Why is it people are only really committed to getting more fit from New Year’s Eve through roughly January 2nd at 5:02pm and :36 seconds? That my friends is a mystery wrapped in an enigma surrounded by a riddle.
Yes, I help people get more fit for a living, and I. HATE. NEW. RESOLUTIONS. Mostly because they don’t work. They should be know as “New Year’s Wishful Thoughts I Will Never Accomplish.”
Two of the top five resolutions made are to lose weight and to stay healthy and fit. Roughly 45% of your fellow Americans make this sacred vow to become more awesome, fit, healthier, FINALLY fit into the jeans you wore in the womb, etc like clockwork on Jan 1st. You know how many actually keep that commitment? eight percent. EIGHT. Yep, that’s it (1).
You’d be better off making a goal of getting out of shape. Your chances of success go up exponentially!
Let me give you a few tips on what might actually work. This will save you a ton of time and hopefully get you closer to your goals next December 31st.
1) Use common sense, you didn’t get out of shape in 24 hours, don’t try to reach your human performance potential in 48. It takes time to get there. Do the work, enjoy the journey then reap the reward.
2) Have a plan, set yourself up to win with a strategy that fits YOUR life. Not the person with ripped abs and shredded muscles drenched in sweat in some nonsensical pinspiration meme.
I’m all about getting fired up to train, but set yourself up to win and your chances of success go up. If you live in North Dakota, and the nearest pool is in Arizona, don’t try to break a Guiness World Record crossing the Atlantic in an inner tube is what I’m getting at.
Let me drop another revelation on you: if you weren’t born with “long, lean dancer like muscles,” you’ll probably never have them. GENETICS rule the fitness game, and the house ALWAYS wins.
3) If you hate the gym, don’t join one, you won’t go. Find the place where you WILL exercise. You will be more consistent, and that will help you reach your goals.
4) Get a trainer to help you map out said goals and set a realistic time frame to achieve them. One of the biggest fitness fails I see is people want to set world fitness records with bodyweight until they see an article saying kettlebells are the best way to get in shape.
Then its on to “WAIT!! HERE IS THE. BEST. FITNESS. APP. EVER!” that says all you need is to do is 47 sprints for :20 in only 2:00 minutes 10 times a day to get in shape. Then its “Use, insert celebrity’s name here, workout to get more fit!!!” Never mind that the 40 hours a week required to do the program, private trainer, personal chef, masseuse and astrologist cost more in a week than you’ve made since you graduated from college.
See what I’m getting at here? Get a REALISTIC plan. Stick to it. Get results.
5) Listen to your body, if you’re running a 103 degree fever, chances are your body doesn’t want you to train. If you have aches and pains getting in and out of a chair, box jumps and tire flips probably aren’t the way to go to fix that. Paint on the canvas you’re given, and your chances of creating works of art increase.
A sensible methodical fitness plan, or slow and steady wins the race, is one of the most effective ways to reach your wellness goals. Give that a shot, and you might just be an “8 percenter” next December 31st at midnight.
1) “New Year’s Resolutions,” Statistics Brain
Last year I was perusing Kickstarter to see if there were any new pieces of fitness tech I should be paying attention to. While there were some really interesting things, nothing seemed to grab my attention like an incredibly unique take on suspended body weight training.
The product was from The Wild Gym Company, LLC out of Boulder Colorado and it was designed to “make the world your gym” allowing you to workout anywhere. What caught my eye were two ultra portable 8″ hard maple wood handles, the size of two small flashlights weighing less than a pound each, housing the necessary pieces to allow you to do total body workouts as long as you had a sturdy surface to hang them from. Increasing total body strength feet to fingers was only limited by your imagination coming up with ways to do it.
They were called “monkii bars” and were supposed to be an amazing workout companion for outdoor enthusiasts, busy travelers wanting to keep up with their fitness programs and those who wanted to spice up their existing workouts. The idea looked interesting enough to buy a pair and give them a whirl.
How did they measure up? What made them different than current offerings in the category? What did they do for your workouts? Very well, quite a few things to be honest and blow the stability demands of bodyweight workouts through the roof would be the best ways to answer those questions.
I wrote a review on them and you can click here to see what I thought about my experience using monkii bars to build total body strength.