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The Pulse - March Newsletter

Share the Love Month – Client Referral Challenge Winner is….

Congratulations Jenifer Halvey, enjoy the Fabulous Prize of a two night get-away to Sedona!

Introducing our newest team member – Mary MaherFullSizeRender

Mary first earned a BS Biology with Honors, and a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then earned her MS in Physiological Sciences from the U of A in 2001.  With over a dozen publications in peer-reviewed journals on Diabetes prevention and management, microcirculation, cardiac arrest and stroke, Mary chose to end her Research career and pursue her passion for helping people create positive and lasting lifestyle changes.  Mary has been teaching and training for over 19 years and is ACSM-CPT, and ACE-Group Fitness certified, with continuing education in Environmental Medicine through the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

With proficiency in both water- and land-based fitness modalities, Mary motivates, educates and challenges her clients to continually set goals and celebrate success!  Her training focuses on total body wellness, disease prevention, and flexibility.
In her free time Mary enjoys fishing, hiking, cooking and photography with her family and friends.  She is also a foster mom for retired bird dogs!

Reduce Your Stress Laugh a Little (Or a Lot)

Can laughter really help with stress? It sure can! Laughter is a healing activity. It can also be quite a workout. Have you ever laughed so hard that your abs actually hurt and your face muscles are exhausted?! That’s some good exercise you just put your body through. It was so much fun, I bet you never realized the benefits that laughter has on your health and wellbeing.

Laughter operates on two primary levels: the biophysical and the biochemical. Let’s learn a bit about how this is so.

At the biophysical level, laughter moves lymph fluid around your body by the convulsions experienced during laughter. Your body needs to move to properly circulate lymph fluid so that your immune system may carry out its natural functions. Laughter is a great way to do just that.

Laughter also increases oxygenation of your body at both the cellular and organ levels. When you laugh, you intake large amounts of oxygen in huge gulps, and as this process is repeated, your body goes through somewhat of a temporary hyperventilation session.

Increasing your intake of oxygen is a good thing for your body. Oxygen is one of the primary catalysts for biological energy in the body and is an element of intracellular energy that’s absolutely necessary to sustain human life.

Laughing also boosts circulation and gets your body moving! The harder you laugh, the greater these effects will be. If you can find a way to get yourself rolling around with outrageous laughter, you are going to feel wonderful and get a great workout in the process!

On the biochemical level, when you laugh, your body generates a wealth of healing chemicals such as serotonin (a brain chemical that affects emotions, behavior and thought) as well as other immune-boosting chemicals like interleukins (substances that can improve the body’s natural response to disease).

In other words, laughter can help defeat the negative health affects of chronic stress. To learn more about this, check out the emerging science called psychoneuroimmunology the study of the link between the mind and the immune system.

Here are some tips on finding something to laugh about: rent a funny movie, hang out with a comical friend, observe a child (they still know how to play and laugh) and finally, train at Body Basics where there is always a good time to be had.

This article is paraphrased from the content segment from the book “The Five Habits of Health Transformation” by Mike Adams. The book covers the five most  effective, yet effortless strategies for enhancing health

Welcome New and Returning Clients

Tom Bosworth referred by his wife Lynda

Mary Glynn referred by Patti Trout

John Halvey referred by his wife Jenifer

Shoba Viswanathan referred by her husband Sri

Ann Wadlington referred by MaryLynn Guyot

Penny Turrentine, welcome back!

Shannon Houser referred by Mary Revie

Client Spotlight – Marge  Bockmarge bock

Meet Marge Bock, 88 years young and an avid sports fan.  She spends her summers in Omaha but while she’s in Tucson, she can be found training with Maureen.  They have been working together for the past 3 years and when Marge first came to BodyBasics, she declined to be weighed because she was so uncomfortable.

Marge had her knee replaced this past summer and upon her return, she then allowed herself to be weighed because she had lost a significant amount of weight due to the surgery.  Three months later, she approached Maureen, concerned that she had put on 5 pounds.  Those 5 pounds were actually the result of muscle gain!  Her body fat has decreased overall by over 5%!

Marge is an incredibly hard worker and puts forth her best effort every session and that hard work and dedication has paid dividends.  She has full range of motion and is working to rebuild the strength in her operated knee.  Even as Marge works hard, she knows how to have fun too.  Each laughter-filled session with Marge simply flies by.  She says that Maureen’s constant kindness and the way she varies her program help to keep her motivated.  Marge, we’re all so proud of your progress and love having you with us.

“Shout Outs”

Shout outs are about us voicing victories we witness you all having at BodyBasics. What you don’t know is that we start every Wednesday staff meeting with our shout outs. After doing this for several months and realizing how many incredible experiences are being shared, We thought it would be excellent to position a place within our newsletter to share also with all of you. We’ll keep it to our top 5 each month.


David Hoffman – Holding his split squat at full range of motion and solid!
Mo Goldman – Milestone weight loss achievement of 185! Leanest he’s been in over a decade!
Andy Vall – Continued commitment to improving his back strength and stamina.
Judy Krautter – Closing in on dead lifting her own body weight!
Shri Venkatram – Stepping up his fitness by becoming more mindful of his nutrition.

Upcoming Events

Arizona Distance Classic, March 22nddistance classic

The Arizona Distance Classic is a true Celebration of the Healthy Active lifestyle. We encourage runners and walkers of all shapes, sizes and abilities to participate. The breathtaking course is open and fully supported for 4 hours. Plentiful aid stations and cheer groups line the course through the foothills of the stunning Santa Catalina mountains. At the finish line celebration, every participant receives the ultimate huge finisher’s medal and bountiful post race refreshments. And, most importantly, it is organized by our good friend John Corbett at All About Running and Walking! If you have ever been in to get a pair of shoes under his care, you know EXACTLY why we think so highly of him and anything he is a part of.

Color Obstacle Rush 5K, May 16th

Color Run

The Color Obstacle Rush is a unique event combining the fun of color powdered runs and the thrill and excitement of an obstacle course. After a fun pre-run workout to make sure everyone is warmed up, you will start the Rush by pushing through foam and getting doused with color powder while climbing up and down nets, making your way down giant slides, leaping through bouncy castles, crawling under inflatable beams, digging through a giant ball pit, and of course, the huge party at the finish line as your reward for completing the Rush!

There are 10 obstacles in total along with 9 coloring stations throughout the 5k course…. unmatched by any other fun run!

Click here to register.  On the registration page there will be a spot to enter your team name.  This is where you will put “BodyBasics”.

Got Obstacles? Out Train Them!

Do you want to do the Color Obstacle Run or another mud run/obstacle run but not sure how to prepare for it?  We’ve got you covered!

BodyBasics is offering a small group class running from  April 4 – May 14th that will be designed to prepare you for conquering any obstacle. In this high energy class each set and every rep will have you pushing to get better than you were yesterday. Our trainers will help you find your potential as they not only guide you through the workout program but also help motivate and encourage you towards your goals. Ensuring that with the right mindset, motivation, and support from friends you can jump or climb or pull or push yourself through any obstacle in the future.

Class will be offered Tuesday and Thursdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 8:00am.  Class will start April 4th and run for six weeks, meeting three times per week.  The event we are training with in mind is Tucson Color Obstacle Course May 16. Please register by clicking here and if you’d like join team BodyBasics! All you need to do is register and include BodyBasics in the box under “Team Name”.

Limited space is available so call today to sign up! The cost of the six week program is $360. The fee is inclusive of all 18 sessions and a team t-shirt that we will all wear to support each other at the race.

Recipe – Pasta with Asparagus, Pancetta and Pine Nutspasta-asparagus-pancetta-ck-x

Three of my favorite things to mix into pasta!  Try this light and tasty recipe!


8 ounces uncooked cavatappi pasta (could use any pasta)
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons pine nuts (can substitute walnuts)
2 ounces diced pancetta
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; add asparagus to pan during last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain. Sprinkle pasta mixture with garlic; return to pan, and toss well.

3. Arrange pine nuts in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 3 minutes or until golden and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Place in a small bowl.

4. Increase oven temperature to 475°.

5. Arrange pancetta on jelly-roll pan. Bake at 475° for 6 minutes or until crisp.

6. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over pasta mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts, pancetta, and cheese.

Nutritional Value per serving (about 2 cups, menu yields 4 servings)

Calories 385
Fat 14.3 g
Satfat 3.9 g
Monofat 5.2 g
Polyfat 2.8 g
Protein 14.9 g
Carbohydrate 47.2 g
Fiber 3.6 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Iron 3.6 mg
Sodium 584 mg
Calcium 113 mg

Team BodyBasics

Myrya, Chris, Amber, Maureen, Mike, Jamie, and Mary (New Team Picture coming soon!)

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