I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word triathlon, I instantly think of insanely in-shape people who look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, train five hours a day and eat nothing but organic fruits and vegetables. These people have no lives, except training, and although they are elite in their athleticism, their goals are completely unattainable to the common man or woman. I liken it to being a brain surgeon. Sure, I’d like to be able to do that, but I just wasn’t born with the ability, so it’s never going to happen.
Actually it makes me sad, because I know there are many benefits to the kind of workout required to complete a triathlon. According to Livestrong.com, by running, swimming and biking, you are working out your entire body. Regular training sessions will increase your cardio fitness, muscular strength and endurance. It improves your heart and lung functioning, and you will not get out of breath as soon because your working muscles will be supplied with oxygenated blood more quickly. And you will be able to train longer and harder as your endurance improves. It helps you lose weight and have more energy. And, it keeps you from getting bored. I don’t know about you, but I can only run so long before feeling like I’m gonna lose it. The monotony alone makes it hard to continue.
However, it seems like I was a little mistaken (and overdramatic) in my fear of triathlons. Maybe they are not as unattainable as I thought, and you don’t have to be born with crazy athletic ability in order to do one. In fact, all you need is a little training. And that’s why I am so excited that Faith Community Ministries is partnering with Tri-N-Run to start Triathlon Training! The training takes place at Faith Community Center and will be led by Travis Butts (a USAT Level 1 Coach!) Clinics include running, swimming, biking,
transitions, and nutrition! There are six individual clinics (more as needed) and daily training schedules to help you keep at it! Plus, a short sleeve technical shirt, and let’s be honest, showing off by wearing the shirts are half the reason we do this right? Ok, maybe it is more to benefit our general health and well-being, but still, triathlons are no longer out of reach or only for the elite; you can do it too! Find out more here!
According to the American Heart Association, “In the United States, about 76.4 million people age 20 and older have high blood pressure.” I don’t know about you, but I am fairly certain that it does not take a genius to see how big of a number that is. What I am most concerned about, however, is that many who are diagnosed fail to realize the reality of having high blood pressure or are misinformed (even uninformed) about it. Continue reading →
The first thing that most of you probably think of when “strength training” or “weight lifting” is mentioned includes big, sweaty muscle men…or, maybe you are one of those! One of the main points I want to make in this post is that strength training does not automatically lead to veins bulging out of your biceps; however, it does lead to some great health benefits: Continue reading →
I would say that I am about 90% sure that almost all of you who take a gander at this blog have heard the saying “Monkey see, monkey do.” Am I right? Well, keep that in mind as you continue reading, and we will come back to it.
First off, I want to fill you in on some facts that quite possibly will surprise you and hopefully will concern you: Continue reading →
Moment of truth: I always used to be one of those group exercise skeptics. My mom’s “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons and Denise Austin workout videos from years back severely distorted my view of working out to upbeat music with other people. On top of that, the leg warmers, short shorts, leotards, and sweat bands put me right over the edge. It has only been throughout the last three years or so that I have truly learned to appreciate the benefits of the group fitness classes that I have grown to love, not to mention the results that I love as well! Continue reading →
Okay, let’s face it–school is right around the corner, and in some cases, the corner has already been turned! Bring on the lunch foods filled with preservatives and the sugary drink to finish them off, right? Wrong! Along with setting goals for your children in the classroom, on the court, on the field, or in other activities, help them set goals to become more healthy young individuals– not next year, not as a New Year’s resolution, but today! Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again. Decorations are going up, the temperature is dropping, and we might just see some snow. Like it or not, winter is here. If you’re like me, the first part of winter is exciting–Christmas plans, eating lots of delicious food and seeing family. After a little while though, I start to get a little stir crazy. Cabin fever starts to sink in and my house seems a little bit smaller. Continue reading →
It takes over 50 volunteers to run the FCC every week, and about 30 to maintain the food pantry!
We would love to have you volunteer once a week or even once a month. Saturdays are great days to volunteer if you are considering volunteering once a month. You can sign up below right now, or anytime at http://faithlafayette.org/community/volunteer.
Here is our third post explaining how to use Faith Community Center’s fitness equipment. This video shows how to use a machine to get a great tricep workout. If this was helpful, check out our other instructional videos. Continue reading →
This is our second post spotlighting the fitness equipment at Faith Community Center.
We get a lot of questions about the equipment, so we thought that we would post some videos that will clear up any confusion. Not only will we show you how to use the equipment we will give helpful tips to have a successful work out. Continue reading →