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I am not a fan of workout videos. People get hurt, people get discouraged. You need someone by your side to guide you in form, in breathing, etc. I am there for you, by you, to watch you, and offer you modifications if necessary. In TABATAMAMA, I suggest you begin with slow movements, modifications, and working out the form and breathing before you attack.

Tabata is 8 rounds of 8 exercises. 20 seconds of what you can do with 10 second breaks. a 30 second break between each round. Your entire body, every muscle group, will be worked!

Here’s an example of a class:
Round 1: SQUATS. I monitor to see if your knees remain over your ankles and not past your toes. Are your shoulders back? Are you breathing properly: inhale down, exhale up. This is for lower body and core. 
Round 2: PLANKS. Is your back straight? Hips aligned with your spine? Shoulders back? I may split this with SIDE PLANKS, meaning every other set will be a Side Plank. Try not to clench your fist in the side plank. Align your spine and neck. Stack or stagger your feet. Raise your arm once you are aligned. One side might be stronger than the other. This is for entire body, spine, and core.
Round 3: WINDMILLS. Lay on your back on the mat and swing your legs in 3 different directions. Breathe as you wish (up with the inhale or down with the inhale). Split this with BICYCLE LEGS. Run your legs in the air like you’re riding a bike. Windmills are for the entire core, love handles included. Bicycle legs for legs and core.
Round 4: WALKING LUNGES. Very important again to keep your knees over your ankles. Step and sink down. Let the back leg control the motion, and think that the spine is connected with the back leg. Don’t lunge forward, but step and sink downward. Inhale down, exhale up. For core and legs.
Round 5: HIGH KNEES. Mixing in cardio and plyometrics with resistance training is very important. Run in place while bringing your knees up high. We will do 4 rounds of this, so don’t burn yourself out in the first set. Split this with ol’ fashioned JUMPING JACKS for a complete cardio round! For the heart.
Round 6: PUSH-UPS. Begin with the plank and lower yourself down. Again, inhale down and exhale up. Begin with a modified push-up, on your knees. Do what you can  Again, we will split this round with MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS. Begin in a plank and kick the knees into the chest. Lift the foot as you do. Start slow because there are 4 rounds of this. Push-ups are for upper body and core, mountain climbers are for full body and heart because it’s part cardio.
Round 7: OBLIQUE DIPS. We are going to get on our feet and slow it down for these. Very slight movements for the obliques, the love handles. Standing with one arm up, dip to the opposite side with your back straight. Try not to dip the hips. Try to use your core to lift the lowered arm, and imagine your lowered arm is dead – don’t lift the shoulder! We will do each side 2 times, and then we will do the same with both arms up. The last 2 rounds we will bend back slightly and bend forward slightly to really hit the obliques.
Round 8: TOE REACHES. Back on the mat for these. With feet in the air, or just knees, we will inhale first, then reach for those toes with an exhale. Really attack the stomach’s ab muscles. Split-set this with BRIDGES. Remaining on the back, tuck in the shoulder blades, rest your arms by your sides, and bring the knees back until they touch or near your longest fingers. Lifting the hips up and down, without touching the ground, work with what breathing technique works best for you. The last set we will hold the hips up in the air. Great for the lower back and hamstrings (back upper legs) and a nice stretch for the anterior body.






Shrink to Life

Personal message by Coach Carey:

I have been fat.
I have been thin.
I have been an exercise fanatic.
I have been someone who loves nothing more than sleeping.
I have been a sad, exhausted, bitter, too-tired, too-lazy, too-unmotivated to lose weight, depressive.
I have been a happy, fit, full of energy, full of life, go-getter.

I have been loving and kind.
I have been angry and mean.

I can admit that when my weight goes up, it has made me feel trapped from enjoying my life.
I can admit that when I’m thin and healthy, I am at my best. I am my kindest and most open. I am happy.

It’s not just about the way I look, it’s about the way I feel.
I have lost weight and said to myself, this is it. The weight will never come back and I will always stay at my healthiest…
and then I’ve gained the weight again.

I have finally found a way to break the cycle, to end the roller coasters.
I want to share my new found health and zest for life with everyone I know.

It’s easy to feel trapped when you battle extra weight.
The cycle of losing and gaining weight is frustrating and can easily spiral out of control.
Put an end to the roller coaster once and for all.
Free yourself and see how much fun life can be.


16 pounds in 90 days!
Ask me how!


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TreeUmph! Adventure Course >>> the ground is overrated…


TreeUmph! is the epitome of the main philosophy of Magic Sandbox.   A big playground for not only adults but for everyone of all ages.  A way to challenge yourself; come out of your own shell; gain confidence; fight your fears; to open the circle of communication and camaraderie among family, friends, and strangers, and more.  It’s not just climbing in the trees, it’s not just a playground, it’s a place of personal discovery.  Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 4.27.59 PM

When I was on each course, I was sharing with my fiancé and our group that each obstacle is like our own personal challenges in life.  Sure, we may help each other get across them, offer guidance on how to tackle them, but it is really up to us as the individual to figure it out on our own.   

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Adventurers ages 7 and up catch the excitement as you make your way along a self-guided aerial tour, stopping whenever you’ve reached your personal best. You’ll start out learning the ropes on our Harness Course, then take to the trees on rugged equipment that’s built to the highest safety standards in the industry.

Adventurers ages 7 and up catch the excitement as you make your way along a self-guided aerial tour, stopping whenever you’ve reached your personal best. You’ll start out learning the ropes on our Harness Course, then take to the trees on rugged equipment that’s built to the highest safety standards in the industry.


CoursesTopAt TreeUmph! Adventure Course, we offer options for nearly everyone. Check out our course descriptions to choose a ticket for the adventure that’s right for you.


Safety First: Everyone starts out on one of two Harness Courses, where you’ll learn the rules of the park, how to use your climbing gear and our mandatory safety procedures.


Pay Attention: After a brief tutorial, there will be a test!

We’ll ask you to demonstrate what you learned on a low, short course by climbing ladders, crossing a tight rope, completing a monkey bridge and descending a ladder to the ground. Complete your tasks while following all of the safety rules, and our guide will give you the green light to go full-speed ahead on the other courses.


Children’s Ticket (ages 7 to 11)

Junior Ticket (ages 9 to 11)

Adult Ticket (ages 12+)

Senior Ticket (ages 65+)

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This Is Your Body on Processed Food

This Is Your Body on Processed Food.

Artist Stefani Bardin, TEDxManhattan 2011 Fellow, shows us her latest project — using a “smartpill” to reveal how we digest differently processed foods.

Stefani produces videos and immersive, interactive installations that explores the influences of corporate culture and industrial food production. Her current project works with gastroenterologist Dr. Braden Kuo at Harvard University where they just completed the first ever clinical study to use the M2A™ and SmartPill devices that look at how the human body responds to processed versus whole foods. She is an Honorary Resident at Eyebeam Art +Technology Center in New York and teaches in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design and in the Food Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement.

ref:  MindBodyGreen

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