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Friday, May 22, 2015

Stretches for runners and other athletes!

Everyone needs to stretch!! Young, old, athletes, sedentary and everyone between!!
Our bodies conform to the movements we repeat. Our muscles tighten up in areas we over work or loosen to compensate for other tight areas. As we sit at a desk all day long, our hamstrings (back of the thigh) and our hip flexors (front of the hip) become tight. These are the areas that are contracted all day long as we sit. We need to stretch those areas to ensure that we are not over compensating with our backs. They will start to round and put pressure on your upper and lower back. These areas need to be strengthen.
Runners and cyclist are moving in a repetitive forward motion sometimes for over an hour to 2 hours at a time. Some even more. Our IT Band or Iliotibia band becomes tight and inflamed as the
Gracilis and Sartorius (inner thigh muscles) become lose. This Runner's or Cyclist Knee is caused by over use and not strengthening the opposing muscles.
As we age, our hips and glutes become tight as well. In this case, our bodies need to stretch them to prevent other injuries.
Other benefits of stretching:
Relieves pain
Increases  energy levels
Increases flexibility
Give you better range of motion of the joints
Increased circulation of blood to various parts of the body
Relieves stress and increases relaxation
Can enhance coordination
Improves structural and muscular posture
Makes you feel better!

Here are a few of the basic stretches you can start with.

IT Band and Back

Groin, Inner thigh, Glutes

Quads, Hip Flexors

Hamstrings, Lower Back

Glutes, Piriformis  Hip Flexors
Sweat Cardio offers Morning Stretch classes Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:15a. They are all stretches with out the yoga involved. It is for all levels and focuses on all body parts including the smaller joints and muscles such as wrists and ankles. If you do not live in Temecula, Ca search for your local Yoga studio. You can ask if they offer stretch classes or Yin Yoga as another form of stretching.

Written by Michelle Rotell
owner: Sweat Cardio and Yoga
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

You Get What You Work For- Motivation

You want results?? You want to be lean and strong?  You want to be successful? You want a great job? You want to be the top of your class?

                                                           You have to work for it!!

We all have dreams, goals, aspirations. But are you willing to work for it? You can already be smart, or strong, or have talent, but if you do not use it to your full potential and work for what you want, you will only go as far as you put toward it.
Make small goals and take baby steps to your overall goals. It will help you see the light at the tunnel. One grand move is much harder to see the achievements, but for every A or every pound, celebrate!!
Give it your all. Give it your passion. Give it your full heart. Give it your 100% and it will pay off.
You can do this!!!

Written by:
Michelle Rotell
Trainer, Instructor, Motivator, Owner
Sweat Cardio and Yoga
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Meet us at the Barre..Sculpting and Toning

Glutes, Core, Calves, Hamstrings and even arms. Great way to tone and strengthen at Barre Sculpt

 Barre Sculpt is a great way to sculpt your body in a non-impact smooth flow for the body kind of a way. Barre Sculpt is a combination of slow repetitive ballet moves, and yoga and pilates forms along with tucking your hips and tightening your core. Each class incorporates, a yoga flow at the beginning as a warmup along with some upper body strenthening using light weights or no weights with very small repetitive movements. This technique gets deep into the muscle tissue and helps strengthen as well as tone the muscles. Adding muscle tissue helps to lean out the muscle as well as burn fat during class and hours after as well.
After the warmup and upper body segment, the instructor will move into the Barre portion of class.  During this portion you will find plies, releves, leg lifts, pelvic tucks, squats, chair poses, bridges and much more. Here is where you will feel the wrath of the barre. Movements are very small and controlled with a lot of repetition.
After the multiple sequences of Barre movements, you will move into an abdominal section. During this time, you may still be using the barre, such as the picture above. Pilates based exercises may be incorporated as well to get all muscles surrounding the upper, middle and lower section of your abdominals and obliques. As well as your glutes, hips, and inner and  outer thighs.
This class is for all levels, but we won't lie and tell you that you won't be a little sore for a few days. When first starting out, please take your time and take breaks if needed. Do not compare yourself to the veterans of this class. They started out as a newbie at one time too. You too will be as strong as you see they are soon. Use their experience to motivate you and to watch their form. Let the instructor know you are a beginner, which they will always ask if there are new people in class, and they can also give you modifications if needed.
Results will start to show after just 2 weeks of this class if you are taking it at least 2-3 times per week. These results may vary depending on your nutritional intake, but you will start to see your strength increase as well as your buns and core get tighter. 

Flexibility and strength all in one class.
Sweat Cardio offers Barre Sculpt, Mondays 11a, Tuesdays 4:30p, Wednesdays 4:30p, and Saturdays 10:30a.
Check out our full class schedule for other classes we offer or to sign up for the next class at 
We offer drop in rates as well as memberships. We would love for you to come Sweat with us!!

Written by:
Michelle Rotell
owner Sweat Cardio and Yoga

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sculpting Your Body to Burn Fat

Chisel Mondays 10a and Fridays 9a with Tristan Haller

       Muscle is a wonderful thing. We should cherish it, sculpt it and feed it. It helps us in so many ways. It supports our bones and makes them move in so many ways. It gives us shape and form. It gives us flexibility and means to change our range of motion and flow. It helps us burn calories and fat if fueled properly.
      We need our muscle to survive. The myth that lifting weights will make you "big and bulky", is just a myth. It is HOW you lift weights that will define your physique. Most women want to look lean and healthy. They workout to feel great mentally and physically. Some will "diet" or "cut calories" only to lose weight with out exercising. This is a big mistake. We need to maintain or increase our lean muscle mass to help us burn more calories, so we could consume more calories, and make sure we are not atrophying the muscle we already have.
       Lifting weights at a slower, more controlled pace with a medium sized weight and at about 15 repetitions per set would be the best way for a woman to build lean muscle mass. 2-3 sets should be good. If you can do more than 15 repetitions, the weights are too light. The other theory, which could be combined throughout the week, is to use light weights at a small range of motion for a large amount of repetitions, 25-30. This is to get into the deeper, more fast twitch muscles.
       Our goal is to increase our metabolism. In order to increase our metabolism, our bodies need something to burn. We want to burn calories and fat, not muscle tissue. Therefore, we need to continuously feed our bodies with fuel (clean proteins and carbohydrates) as well as work those muscles to burn calories. Starving your body only makes your metabolism slow down to help store fat for future starvation. It is very hard, but doable to speed up your metabolism once you have tricked it into starvation mode. The key is to eat small well balanced meals throughout the day, even if you do not like breakfast, you must eat it. Drink lots of water and pick up some weights.
Your body will appreciate it. You will see results within 3-4 weeks if you are lifting or sculpting at least 2-3 times per week. Try to work each muscle group and not just focus on the ones that you "think" need sculpting. Our bodies need to be balanced and in line. Pick a lower body day, an upper body day or you can do 3 total body days. Most classes focus on the total body to appeal to the masses as well as make sure that you are getting each muscle group involved and burning throughout your workout.
There are many options at Sweat Cardio that are focused on weights and sculpting. Chisel Mondays 10a and Fridays 9a is a slower, heavier weight type class. No cardio involved. Sweat and Sculpt Tuesdays 5:30p is a combination of sculpting and weights. Buns and Guns Thursdays 6:30p has a combination of sculpting and cardio as well. Plus PUMP on Tuesdays at 9a and Thursdays at 10a is another great way to get your sculpting in, doing a circuit format of various exercises.
If you are looking for a class with lighter weights and more repetition, Barre Sculpt and Cardio Sculpt are a great option for you.

Sweat and Sculpt Tuesdays 5:30p with Kacy Hill 
Strong is the new skinny.
Make your goal in 2015 to lift more weights. Take care of your body for you.
Stay fit, Be well,
Sweat Cardio and Yoga
Article written by: Michelle Rotell
Owner Sweat Cardio and Yoga