Health and Fitness

Yana (second from left) en route to the great outdoors with camping buddies.

Yana Z. Goes Camping and We Are Here for It

OFJCC Social Media Specialist Yana Z. does not do things halfway. When she went on a camping trip earlier this summer, she and her friends enjoyed a top-notch outdoorsy experience. Here, she shares with us five unexpected tips to win at camping all summer long. I am what you’d call a...

Glenn enjoying the scenery above Chamonix, France, one of the typical starting points for the TMB hike.

Conquering the Mont Blanc Trail

Sure, Glenn Martinson picks up the phone when people have questions about their membership at the OFJCC. But did you know he is also a dedicated hiking enthusiast? Despite an appreciation for the sport, he had never hiked a long trail before. That all changed last year when Glenn and...

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Zhibo Z.: My OFJCC Fitness Journey

What’s your background? My name is Zhibo and I’m an engineer at Google. My hobbies include traveling to Europe, mathematics and weight loss. I joined OFJCC in January 2018 and I’ve been coming to the gym six times a week. Why did you decide to change your lifestyle? My original weight was...

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Stephanie Naillon is Spartan Strong

On September 8, the OFJCC’s very own Membership Manager Stephanie Naillon completed her third Spartan Beast race in Seattle! She tells us what got her into the race in the first place and what it means to her. Spartan racing is obstacle course racing. The Spartan Beast is 13-15 miles of rugged...

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Five Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

Getting healthy or losing weight are the two most common New Year’s resolutions that people make each year but research shows that only eight percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals. Why do so many people miss the mark? Master Trainer Jorge G. Contreras at the Goldman Sports...

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Doctor’s Warning: These Bikes May be Habit-Forming

In honor of National Bike Month, Antoinette Rose, MD, internal medicine physician and the volunteer captain of the Oshman Family JCC Expresso Bike Team, takes a moment to explain the program’s appeal and why her team is in the lead of the JCC Expresso Bike Challenge. OFJCC: What are Expresso bikes? Dr....

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My First Bike to Work Day

OFJCC Staffer Andrea Longini opens up about overcoming her fear of biking in time for Bike to Work Day. As part of National Bike Month, tomorrow, May 11, is Bay Area Bike to Work Day. Local bicycle advocacy groups are asking folks to dust off their old iron steed and take...

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They Told Me I Couldn’t, That’s Why I Did

OFJCC Specialized Trainer Joe Kelso describes how he trained himself for long distance running with a shift in philosophy. In 2005, I saw a podiatrist for my inflamed Achilles tendon. At the time, I had been running 10ks and half marathons, but my goal was to run full marathons and...

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Why on Earth isn’t Every Day Earth Day?

OFJCC Garden Pedagogista Debbie Togliatti ponders the impact of small actions in the big scheme of things. It’s the eve of Earth Day, and I’m wondering how people will choose to honor the one day out of the year when we devote ourselves to thinking about our planet and/or taking action...

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Instructor Spotlight: Betty S. Says ‘Keep Going’

OFJCC yoga instructor Betty Strain shares her 50 year journey with the practice of yoga and advises us to keep going from her vantage point at 83. My philosophy is to not sit around doing nothing—get out and do something! As my mother used to say with her accent, “You...