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By CHAD SMITH | July 13, 2009
I've got to dedicate this week's column to my Grandmother Cynthia who has asked me on multiple occasions, "When are you going to write something for us old people?" The age-50-and-older baby boomers have become the hottest demographic in health and fitness, as many of them have realized that eating healthy and staying active is truly the fountain of youth. If you are in this group, you probably have a gym membership, read health/fitness magazines, buy nutritional supplements, eat a heart-healthy diet, and probably have a few home fitness videos.
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By JANET HEIM | March 23, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Candice Valencia has converted skeptics to believers. As she guides the seniors in her Wednesday chair yoga class through the positions of sunflowers, down dog and warrior I, a calm overtakes the group. "Please listen to your body," Valencia advises members of the group. Valencia, 43, teaches two yoga classes and two strength-training classes each week at the Washington County Senior Center at Girls Inc. She also teaches exercise classes at the Frederick County (Md.)
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By CHAD SMITH | June 16, 2008
The dreaded "plateau. " If you've been strength training for any amount of time, you've been there. If you're a newbie, you'll get there, and probably sooner than you think. The plateau is when all progress in your training seems to stop, and your motivation tanks faster than a Madonna movie. The body is amazingly efficient at adapting to physical activity. Sometimes too efficient. It can be so efficient that it can begin to adapt to a training program within five weeks. How long have you been doing the same old workout the same way on the same days?
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Chad Smith | May 10, 2013
I've got to dedicate this weeks column to one of my hardest working clients, Joellen Allenberg. She is 60 years old but outworks many of my younger clients. She has become super strong since we started working together, and regularly cycles 30-plus miles, weather permitting. She is a powerful example of what can be achieved at any age with hard work and commitment. She is a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to seeing more progress from her.  Baby boomers have become the hottest demographic in health and fitness as many of them have realized that eating healthy and staying active is truly the fountain of youth.
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Chad Smith | January 13, 2012
According to recent reports, about 75 percent of us have already failed our New Year's resolutions. Not surprising. I'm actually more surprised it took this long. Many times, the New Year's Fail happens because of: a. Lack of a clear goal, and b. Lack of a clear plan. When these two things are missing, it's easy to fall back into old habits. When old habits come back, many people give up on their resolutions entirely and shelve them for the next year. Research also tells us that when this happens, many people actually get into worse shape than they were the previous year.
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By CHAD SMITH | October 27, 2008
If I had a dollar for every woman that has asked me why do men lose weight faster than women, I'd be tripping over cash. For the most part, women can lose weight as easily as men. However, each person is unique in his or her ability to burn calories. Your metabolism is determined by a number of things, but it's mainly affected by your body composition (fat to lean mass ratio), and eating and exercise habits.  The big game changer here is muscle mass. If you haven't noticed, men tend to have more muscle than women.
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December 27, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg YMCA, 570 E. McKinley St., will offer the following classes: o 18 movement qigong, an ancient exercise that balances the body and mind together. o Interval challenge, small group training using exercise stations. o Spin fit and strong, 30 minutes of spinning and 30 minutes of strength training. o Corepole, delivering strength, cardio, flexibility and stability providing full-body conditioning. o Half marathon boot camp, fee includes boot camp T-shirt, body-fat analysis, fitness testing and entry fee for half marathon and race T-shirt.
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October 29, 2009
Washington County Senior Center 626 Washington Ave., Hagerstown Hours: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Phone: 301-671-2368 o Lunch is served Monday to Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. Please sign up two days in advance. Monday, Nov. 2 Walk Away Pounds, 9 to 10 a.m. Line dancing, 10 to 11 a.m. Cards and dominoes, 10 a.m. to noon Strength training, 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 Walk Away Pounds, 9 to 10 a.m. Computer instruction, 9 a.m. to noon Breakfast for the Brain - "Spirit of Lotus Tea Co. " with John MacPherson, 10 a.m. HCC ballroom dancing, 10 a.m. to noon Cards and dominoes, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 Walk Away Pounds, 9 to 10 a.m. Line dancing, 10 to 11 a.m. Art class, $5, 10 a.m. to noon Group piano lessons, $35 per six-week class session, 10 a.m. to noon Spanish conversation, 11 a.m. to noon Bead class, $5, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Chair yoga, 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 Gym closes at 11 a.m. Walk Away Pounds, 9 to 10 a.m. Computer instruction, 9 a.m. to noon Cards and dominoes, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 Walk Away Pounds, 9 to 10 a.m. Cards and dominoes, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Strength training, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Chair yoga, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 Walk Away Pounds, 9 to 10 a.m. Line dancing, 10 to...
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May 12, 2000
Tips for athletes Speakers at the Women in Sports Symposium offer these tips to keep female athletes in tip-top shape now and as they age: Regular exercise should include not only aerobic exercise but also strength training, which will help prevent injury. Beware of overexercising, a notorious problem among people with eating disorders. Females run an increased risk of knee injury. Strength training can help prevent injury by supporting the joints, which are less likely to move with muscle holding them in place.
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Chad Smith | August 30, 2013
When it comes to balancing work, exercise, maintaining a marriage and raising kids, a lot of men tend to drop the ball on their own health and wellness.  I get it. After all, we have to provide for our families and we have to be there for our kids. But this is dangerous for your health -  not just from packing on the pounds but also for your testosterone levels, which is key for maintaining your sex drive, strength and vitality.  A lot of guys have a hard time getting back into shape or even getting in shape for the first time especially later in life.
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Chad Smith | May 10, 2013
I've got to dedicate this weeks column to one of my hardest working clients, Joellen Allenberg. She is 60 years old but outworks many of my younger clients. She has become super strong since we started working together, and regularly cycles 30-plus miles, weather permitting. She is a powerful example of what can be achieved at any age with hard work and commitment. She is a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to seeing more progress from her.  Baby boomers have become the hottest demographic in health and fitness as many of them have realized that eating healthy and staying active is truly the fountain of youth.
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Chad Smith | January 13, 2012
According to recent reports, about 75 percent of us have already failed our New Year's resolutions. Not surprising. I'm actually more surprised it took this long. Many times, the New Year's Fail happens because of: a. Lack of a clear goal, and b. Lack of a clear plan. When these two things are missing, it's easy to fall back into old habits. When old habits come back, many people give up on their resolutions entirely and shelve them for the next year. Research also tells us that when this happens, many people actually get into worse shape than they were the previous year.
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Chad Smith | October 10, 2011
I turned 37 last week, and realized that I've been a student of fitness for more than 20 years. When I look back at everything I've been involved in from high school wrestling, competitive bodybuilding, professional wrestling, to competitive powerlifting, I've learned a wide range of powerful life lessons. Like it or not, I'm going to share them with you.   1. Balance is good. Balance strength training with cardio, with regeneration, with mobility training. Taking a more integrated approach to your fitness training provides you with the freedom to do more outside the gym, and makes you less susceptible to injuries.
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September 11, 2011
Events and programs this week at senior citizens centers in Washington County, Md., and Franklin County, Pa.: Maryland Francis Murphy 20014 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown 240-313-9300, ext. 154 Lunch served Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m.; and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Bingo - Monday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. Blood pressure screening with Meritus Home Health Care ...
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Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | September 2, 2011
A variety of fitness classes are offered at the Little Antietam Community Center in Keedysville. • Pilates mat classes are Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 6.  Learn the basic mat exercises as you improve core strength, posture, flexibility and tone your muscles. Thursday evening classes, from 6 to 7 p.m., vary and might include aerobics, strength training, Pilates, yoga or a combination of these formats.   • Saturday morning yoga begins Sept. 10 from 9 to 10 a.m. Bring your own mat to each of these classes.
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Chad Smith | July 15, 2011
In today's busy world, we often let our bodies get lost in the shuffle. Trying to keep up on daily exercise can be tough when trying to juggle life's many responsibilities. Balancing work, home and civic duties doesn't leave a lot of time for body maintenance. But if you want to live a longer, stronger life, you have to find a way to make exercise an integral part of your lifestyle. That's why it's important to know how to get more done with the time that you have. Here are a few ways to do just that.
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Jess West | Around West Hagerstown | June 1, 2011
St Mark’s will hold Vacation Bible School from June 26 to 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. St Mark’s is at 601 Washington Ave. in Hagerstown.  The theme will be “Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid!”  It will include songs, stories and crafts.    For more information, call 301-733-7550. Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser Sam’s Club of Hagerstown will hold a yard sale June 3, 4, 10, 11, 24 and 25, with all proceeds from rented spaces going to the Children’s Miracle Network.
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Chad Smith | May 20, 2011
In my 15 years in the fitness industry, my views of what the path to total fitness lifestyle development has evolved several times. New information, trial and error and changes in the industry best practices have all contributed to these shifts in thought. I was a lot more militant in my younger days than I am now. Becoming a husband, a father, and a business owner have drastically changed the way I look at fitness, and the way I coach people through it. Every aspect of your life should be ever-evolving and changing to move forward.
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