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Surviving the Holidays at the Simon Family JCC

The holidays can become a two-month indulgent eating fest, where the rules of healthy eating and exercise tend to not apply. To a majority of the population, surviving the season means just maintaining weight. Weight maintenance can be difficult during this time because we’re constantly surrounded by food and festivities, creating an obstacle course to…

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,…