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Making Fitness Crystal Clear – Fitness Q&A – March

Fitness Expert, Crystal Gaynor
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Dear Crystal, I know how to workout, but I’ve lost my motivation.  I’m bored of working out alone. Any suggestions? -Ivory, 29, Austin, TX.

Dear Ivory, Now may be the time to hire a Personal Trainer.  A Personal Trainer can help you stay on track in meeting your fitness goals.  They will also review what you are doing and will make suggestions to help you break the fitness boredom plateau.  Another suggestion is to consider taking a group fitness class at your gym.  Your part of a group, so you will have the company of others and a motivation coach all built into one.

Dear Crystal, What is the best cardio to do?  There are so many machines at my gym, I don’t know what to choose. – Tiffany, 25, Parsippany, NJ.

Dear Tiffany, The cardio workout that you choose should be something that you like.  Do you like cycling outdoors?  If so, indoor cycling may be the ticket during the winter months.  If you’d like more upper body movement, consider the Elliptical Cycle that has moveable hand bars.  This will work your biceps and triceps, while you complete your cardio workout.  And sometimes a great Zumba or Kickboxing class will do just fine.  Both classes are fun and offer a great cardio workout.  Remember, all cardio is good cardio.

Dear Crystal, What is the best step to get me back into the gym? – Lydia, 43, Chicago, IL

Dear Lydia, Most people get back to the gym due to a pressing health issue or a milestone birthday or maybe a wedding or class reunion is coming up and you want to look your best.  It really doesn’t matter what the motivation is.  Once you start working out again you’ll look and feel better, and that will keep you coming back for more. Find a gym that is close by or in route from work.  Set a short term goal in the present tense.  “I will workout every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 30 minutes”.   Keep your workout gear packed and ready to go.  Share your goals with someone as this will help hold you accountable.  Now, take a deep breath and jump in!

Dear Crystal, I just started taking Zumba classes at my local gym.  I love the workout, but my knees often hurt after class.  What am I doing wrong? – Lisa, 32, Atlanta, GA

Dear Lisa, It’s hard to say for sure what’s wrong without seeing you in action, but here are a few things to consider.  First, make sure that you are wearing the proper shoes.  Nike makes a great shoe called the “Dance Musique”. It’s gotten 5 star reviews from Zumba students and instructors.  Secondly, if you are new to an exercise, take it slow and build up to the more challenging moves.  If something feels uncomfortable don’t do it, and always feel free to ask the instructor for modifications. Zumba is a safe and fun workout.  If the pain persists, always see your physican.  Now you are ready to ZUMBA!

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Crystal Gaynor

Crystal Gaynor

Exercise and good nutrition were always a major part of my life growing up. My mother and my grandmother were both avid gardeners and grew everything from apples to zucchini. It was not usual to ask for a snack and receive a plate of collard greens. But that is where my love for all foods green and healthy began.

I studied dance as a child and majored in Dance at Eastern Michigan University. Being in shape has always been a natural state of being for me, so deciding to become a fitness professional was an easy one.

I received the following certifications from The American Council on Exercise:

Group Fitness (2004)
Personal Trainer (2009).

I also hold these certifications and licenses:

Pilates
Zumba
Weight Training
Cardio

In addition, I am a certified Jillian Michael “Body Shred” trainer.

I have trained hundreds of people in the New Jersey area. My client list includes celebrities, professional athletes, and men, women and children from all ages and walks of life. Practicing what I preach, you can find me working out at a neighborhood gym or walking in my local park.

I have been a contributing writer at Identity Magazine since 2010.
I was a featured model in Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ “Pretty Powerful” beauty campaign.

My goal is to help you achieve a Crystal Clear Life, through the use of exercise, nutrition and a positive attitude. Remember to keep life simple and Crystal Clear.

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