Health and Fitness

James Ward shredding the waves.

Three Life Lessons I Learned from Surfing

To be fair, I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up surfing.  The first time a six foot wave slapped my face, it was enough to make me reconsider my commitment to my new hobby.  After all, getting up at the crack of dawn, paddling...

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How to Beat the Post-Grad Blues at Back-to-School Time

For the past eighteen years, school was all I knew. I realized that being a student had become my identity after someone asked me what I liked to do for fun, and I just stood there trying to come up with an answer. During my time at San Jose State, I pulled all-nighters to cram...

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The Secret to Energizing Your Zumba Workout

Teaching over 200 Zumba® participants per week, I have had every type of student: the professional dancer, the front row diva, the can’t-remember-the-moves-but-giving-it-my-all student, the high-impact guru, the leisurely dancer and more. But I’ve noticed there is one type of Zumba®  participant who gets the most out of every workout. No matter...

Specialized Trainer James Ward and Boot Camp participants

I Survived Boot Camp: Some Tips

Boot Camp. The words alone are enough to strike fear into the hearts of many. The classes are patterned after Marine Corp fitness, using intense intervals and circuit-training to push people farther than they would normally go. The class can be used to jump-start a training routine or as a...

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Push it! 31-Day Side Plank Challenge

This month, get ready to turn your workout on its side. For September, Specialized Trainer Bryan Osuna demonstrates three variants of one of his favorite exercises, the side plank. You’ll flex your abs while strengthening your back and shoulders with this simple balancing act. You can visit our website for a free workout...

Summer Slimdown Success Story: Jackie Vanacek

Who would have thought that as a brand new member in the JCC’s Summer Slimdown Healthy Weight Loss Challenge I would actually win? I’ve reached my preferred weight from 15 years ago and I feel like a million dollars! I had been trying to get back to my skinny self for a while, in...

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My Fitness Journey: Jamie Winslow-Mozetti

When Assistant Fitness Director at the Oshman Family JCC Jamie Winslow-Mozetti found out she was pregnant she set a goal of keeping her overall weight gain to a healthy level. Under the supervision of her doctor, she embarked on a fitness plan with her personal trainer, Bryan Osuna, at the OFJCC....

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Push it! 31-Day Ice Skater Challenge

OFJCC Personal Trainer Lyndsey Jones leads our latest fitness challenge: Ice Skaters. Don’t worry, you won’t need an ice rink to perform this exercise; just a small amount of floor space and a weight for added difficulty. Watch Lyndsey demonstrate this move in three simple variations. Remember: Stepping to each side counts as...