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The Pulse - November/December 2005

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Another Team Member!

New employee image, Katy Freeman

Katy Freeman

Your Body Basics Lifestyle Coaches welcome another member to our team! Katy Freeman joins Body Basics as a nutrition expert having received her BS in Nutrition from the University of Arizona.

We are very excited to have her on board with us as we are now able to provide another level of service for our current clients* as well as future clients.

*Note to current clients: We are offering a complimentary orientation session with Katy. See your coach for Katy’s schedule and contact information.

Stepping Out / Staying In

Stepping Out Runs/Walks, parties, gatherings, etc., offered outside the studio.

Body Basics Client Appreciation BBQ November 12

Celebrating our clients and the commitment they share with us! Details on location and time will be posted in the studio as the date approaches.

Staying In Seminars, clinics, discussion groups, etc., offered in the studio.

Handling the Holidays November 5

Learn how to reduce stress, increase joy and take care of yourself during this holiday season.

This seminar will be facilitated by Jennifer Sellers, a Life and Leadership Coach with Inspired Mastery, a leadership development company. The seminar will be held in the Body Basics studio and is open to all clients and friends, free of charge.

For more questions, ask one of your Body Basics Lifestyle Coaches and sign up in the studio or email Jennifer at:

The Fundamentals of Nutrition TBA

This interactive discussion will include clients, friends, and Body Basics Lifestyle Coaches. Discussion will be facilitated by our new-kid-on-the-block, Katy Freeman (see Another Team Member! above).

Our Shining Stars!

The fourth cardio challenge has come to an end. The challenge was the battle of the elliptical trainer and was broken down into two groups: men and women.

Congratulations to our winners Nelda Chimienti and Adam Shreves! Nelda captured her win with 20 complete hours and Adam pulled ahead with a total of 10 hours. The winners of this challenge will receive a free pair of shoes from All About Running and Walking!

Kids and Training: Can Group Fitness Help with Weight Loss?

Specially designed physical education classes that increase levels of physical activity were better for overweight children than typical classes focusing on team-oriented sports and games, according to findings from a school-bases study (Fitness Classes Beat Team Sports For Helping Children Lose Weight., April 2005).

In this study, 50 randomized middle-school children were broken up into two groups. One group participated in standard physical education classes that place emphasis on team sports and games. The second group was involved in a fitness-oriented gym class that was held 3 times a week for 42 minutes. The fitness-oriented classes were made up of 15 students compared to the 30-35 students in the PE classes. Children in the fitness-oriented classes focused on the use of treadmills and other exercise activities. The PE class was conducted as most PE classes are; a lot of standing around and time spent choosing teams.

At the end of the 9-month study, the children in the specially designed classes had lost 4% body fat as compared to the 2% loss in the PE classes. The fitness class group also improved their cardiovascular fitness and had more improvements in fasting insulin.

The purpose of this study was to prove whether fitness-oriented exercise is more beneficial in losing weight for an overweight child than the type of exercise that is typically offered in PE classes in schools today. Of course there is the issue of extra cost in order to provide the children with the equipment and staff needed for a specially designed fitness group, but modifying schools’ PE curricula to involve the children in more active exercise may be in order.

Article information from Fitness Classes Beat Team Sports For Helping Children Lose Weight. Written by Christine Kilgore., April 2005.

Client Spotlight

Mike Drake – November

August 2005 Client of the month photo

Mike is a very easy going charming person and it is a real delight to train him. He has been extremely consistent with his workouts and the results show. For several years Mike was looking for the right things to do to improve his health and he found us 🙂 He now works on his cardio every other day outside the club and comes to train 3 times a week. His level of energy has increased, he has lost 20 lbs, he eats healthier with smaller portions, and he can tell a big difference in his medical health as well. Mike, good job, we are proud of you!

Chris, Cecile, Jenny, Jason, and Gordon

Lyn Ramirez – DecemberSeptember 2005 Client of the month photo

Lyn is such a joy to have at BodyBasics. With Cecile as her coach and consistency by her side, Lyn has realized improvements in all levels of her health and fitness. We chose her not just for her fitness related achievements but also for the level of enthusiasm she brings to each one of her sessions. Her energy and compassion for others are also worthy of celebration.

Lyn, the team wants you to know how special you are to us. Thank you for being such a shining star to all.

Chris, Cecile, Jenny, Jason, Gordon, and Katy

A Healthy Twist to a Traditional Thanksgiving Dish

A Healthy Twist to a Traditional Thanksgiving Dish

Smashed Spiced Sweet Potatoes
(Recipe out of the Oct/Nov Eating Well issue available to read in the studio)

Total prepare time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour 15 mins

Chile Power, cumin and ginger combined with a touch of maple syrup create a spicy-sweet flavor addition to a traditional Thanksgiving player (p. 44).

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes (4-5 large)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon chili power
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground*
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

*Tip: To toast cumin seeds: In a small skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Grind in a spice mill or blender into fine power.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pierce each sweet potato in several places with a fork. Place directly on the oven rack and roast until soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Transfer to a cutting board; let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Slip off the skins and cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch slices; transfer to a large bowl. Add butter. Smash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or fork until fluffy but some lumps remain. Add maple syrup, chili powder, ground cumin, ginger, salt and pepper; stir to combine.

Makes 12 servings, ½ cup each

Per Serving: 113 calories, 2 G fat (1 G Sat Fat, 1 G Mono-unsat Fat), 5 MG Cholesterol; 22 G Carbohydrates; 2 G Protein; 3 G Fiber; 243 MG Sodium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (360% Daily Value), Vitamin C (30% Daily Value).

For more healthy Thanksgiving recipes including: Butternut Squash & Pepita Dressing, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Shallots, Southwestern Rubbed Turkey, Tequila-Spiked Pan Gravy and Chocolate Walnut Cake, read the Oct/Nov issue of Eating Well available in the studio.


Congratulations to US and YOU!

November 2005 marks the one-year anniversary of the Grand Opening of BodyBasics Health & Fitness! It has been a joyous and prosperous year for your Lifestyle Coaches and the clients of Body Basics. We have had a lot of fun and hope you have too! Thank you to all of our clients, current and those no longer with us we couldn’t have done it without you!

Getting Fit with BOB!

The BodyBasics BOB-OVER has kicked-off! Five listeners of 97.5 BOB FM have been selected to receive the BodyBasics BOB-OVER. The BOB-OVER is a 12-week program of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coaching that will transform each of these contestants bodies and lives.

You can track the contestants progress on and click on the link called Body Basics Bob-Over.

Our Mission

To empower people to realize their innate abilities by providing an environment that nurtures, educates and inspires.

Keep Up the Great Work!

We are very proud of all of you!

Chris, Cecile, Jenny, Jason, Gordon, and Katy

Staff picture April 2005

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