Simon Family JCC Blog

Exercise of the Month: Kettlebell Swings

Primary Muscles Used: Glutes, hips, lower back, quads, core, shoulders, hamstrings Benefits: Power, cardio, strength, muscular endurance How to: • Straddle kettlebell with feet slightly wider than shoulder width. • Squat down with arms extended between legs and grasp kettlebell handle overhand. • Position shoulders over kettlebell while engaging low back & abs. • Pull…

Success Story

I have been a member of the Simon Family Jewish Community Center since February of 2010.  During this time, I have had the opportunity to attend many classes and work with multiple paid personal trainers.  In January of this year, I began working with Starr Kimmer Gargiullo in the group personal training class.  I received…

Food Myths: To Believe or Not to Believe

As the famous cardiologist Dean Ornish, MD, reminds us, “The whole point of science is to help people sort out conflicting science, and nowhere is there more conflicting claims than in the area of diet.” Let’s look at some of the most stubborn food myths that manage to surface around the topic of food. Myth…

EXERCISE OF THE MONTH: Lateral Hops

TARGET MUSCLE GROUPS: Quads, Glutes, Calves BENEFITS: Agility and power Stand with feet together and squat so your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Jump off of the ground horizontally. For all jumps, land softly and absorb impact with your quads. For increased agility, jump side to side with both feet and move quickly. Perform…

Tell us what you love about the JCC

During our most successful Membership Appreciation Week in JCC history, we asked our members to tell us what they loved most about the JCC. Here’s what they said:   “Everyone is so friendly & the facilities are clean” “I love the friendly staff – from the girls at the front desk to the fitness instructors,…

An Ounce of Prevention is Still Worth a Pound of Cure

The Outdoor Water Park opens THIS WEEKEND!   With Summer upon us, we start thinking about sun protection.  In reality, we should be thinking about it all year long.  Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin cancer, which is the most common of all cancers. Whether it’s June or December, make sure to…