Tarrah Lee – Next Fitness Star

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Tarrah LeeWe are very excited to announce that Tarrah Lee, one of the personal trainers who trains out of our Park Meadows store, is a finalist in the Next Fitness Star competition through Women’s Health Magazine. She is on the cover of this month’s issue that just came out this week!!! 

Tarrah is a personal trainer and nutritionist who weighed over 200 pounds – until four years ago. After losing her father to a heart attack from a lifetime of unhealthy living, she wanted desperately to change her life and knew she had to make a commitment to health and fitness. She left the corporate world to study to become a trainer and nutritionist; ninety-two pounds lighter, she has a new outlook on life. She competed in her first fitness show last summer – and walked away with a first place trophy. She also began her own radio show, “Denver Nutritionista,” and educates and motivates her audience on fitness and clean eating.

Tarrah tells us, “My biggest passion in life is helping others, especially women, reach their health and fitness dreams and never look back at their unhealthy past. I truly believe my mantra, ‘Anything is possible,’ and am living proof, and so are my amazing, hardworking clients. They fight the battle every day and have learned, with my support, to take joy in the small accomplishments along the way and have a little fun while doing it!”

Tarrah has been featured in Westward Magazine recently and in the Denver Post this week. Should she win, she will be on the Today show and doing a national tour as a personal trainer.

Vote for Tarrah today (and every day since you can vote once a day!) by clicking on the following link.

http://thenextfitnessstar.com/finalist.php?q=tarrah-lee

Voting ends on August 5th!

Check out Tarrah’s video below or click here to read her blog.

Forget Health, Happiness the Best Motivator

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I just came across an article that questions what motivates people to exercise, and it made a whole lot of sense to me. This Associated Press article suggested that while public health experts, doctors and exercise devotees often use messages of improved health, weight loss and body image as motivators, these may not be the most effective tactics to entice sedentary people to become and remain physically active. What really motivates people, according to scores of studies by psychologists, are the more immediate benefits of enhanced wellness and happiness.

As an individual whose exercise routine waxes and wanes throughout the year, I cannot agree more. I am always amazed by the improvement in my overall mood and sense of well-being when I get back into a regular exercise routine. It’s the best anti-depressant I can think of, it’s pretty much instantaneous, and there are no side effects!

After a run outdoors, an elliptical workout or a spin class, problems at work or in my personal life always seem so much smaller and more manageable. This is exactly what psychologists are suggesting. “It [exercise] has to be portrayed as a compelling behavior that can benefit us today”, says Michelle Segar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. “Everyone’s schedule is packed with non-stop to-dos. We can only fit in what is essential.”

Segar is urging experts to stop framing moderate exercise as a medical prescription requiring 150 minutes of aerobic effort each week. “Immediate rewards are more motivating than distant ones. Feeling happy and less stressed is more motivating than not getting heart disease or cancer someday in the future.”

So if you’ve “fallen off the horse” and gotten out of your regular exercise schedule over the summer months, remember how good you felt, and the positive feelings brought on when you were in the groove of a regular fitness routine, and get going again!

Jeanne Sheriff
HealthStyles Exercise Equipment

Becoming an Olympic Athlete

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What does it take to become an Olympic athlete? Dr. David Geier, the Director of MUSC’s Sports Medicine program talks about the training and dedication required for an athlete to make it to this elite level. He also discusses the physical training support that many athletes receive and what we can learn from these high level performers. For more health related videos on the Olympics go to

At age 96, golden years shine with gold medals

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Are you having trouble staying motivated to work out on these lazy summer days? Well the next time you find yourself making excuses for not doing your daily run or bike ride, think "What would Leland do?" and get moving!

At the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Leland McPhie, age 96, competed in the shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, long jump triple jump, high jump, and 100 meter dash. He won all events in the 95 and older division because there were no other entrants.

His 37.16 second finish in the 100 meters was a new American age-group record.

Bob Fulton, a 70-year-old multi-event athlete from Ft. Collins, Colorado told the Sacramento Bee, "He’s 96 and he’s not sitting in a chair somewhere. … I’d love to see more people do what he does. I think it’s going to catch on.”

Click here to read the full Sacramento Bee article about Leland McPhie.
By John Schumacher
Published: Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010 – 12:00 am, The Sacramento Bee newspaper | Page 1C

Inspirational Running mix – Chariots of Fire

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An inspirational mix of some of the world’s best middle distance runners including: Haile Gebresellasie, Hicham El Geurroj, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett, Paul Tergat, Alan Webb, Billy Mills, Dathan Ritzenhein, Kenenisa Bekele, Abebe Bikila, Steve Prefontaine, Bernard Lagat, Lasse Viren, Craig Mottram, Roger Bannister, Claire Markwardt

Top 10 Tips for finding your Motivation

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Folks, if you re really serious about this exercise thing, then get serious. Our bodies were made to be active on a daily basis and, when we are, all sorts of wonderful things happen.

So… How do you find the motivation to exercise when you just don t feel like it?

Hey, it happens to all of us. I have put together my top 10 tips to help you find and keep your motivation. Continue reading

Sister Madonna Buder, The Oldest Woman to Complete the Hawaii Ironman

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Sister Madonna Buder (born July 24, 1930) is a Roman Catholic nun from Spokane, Washington. As a nun with the Sisters for Christian Community, Sister Madonna has the freedom to choose her own ministry and lifestyle.

She is well known in the Triathlon community for her achievements in age group races. She has completed over 325 triathlons including 35 Ironman Distances. At the 2005 Hawaii Ironman, at age 75, she became the oldest woman ever to complete the race, finishing 1 hour before the 17-hour midnight cut-off time. At the 2006 Hawaii Ironman, at age 76, she again became the oldest woman ever to complete the race, finishing with a time of 16:59:03.

Sister Buder started running at the age of 49. During her sporting career, she has worked hard at also raising money for various charities. She is quoted as saying, "I train religiously".

On August 24, 2008, Sister Madonna participated in the Ironman race held in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. She was unable to finish the race by a factor of seconds as she was unable to reach the finish line within the 17 hours cut-off limit. Spectators cheered and encouraged her as time ran out. When she was unable to finish many broke down in tears and applauded her efforts nonetheless.

What inspires and motivates you?

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