Fitness: Yoga blocks, not just for beginners

Fitness By

Nina Odongo

Yoga blocks have developed a bad rap over the years as being a tool for only the most novice of yogis.

However, yoga blocks can be used at any level to provide support, enhance stretch and ease tension, making poses more accessible.

Here are four common poses you can do with yoga blocks to help your yoga practice.

1. Downward dog

Great for those people who don’t have enough flexibility in their hamstrings to rest their heels on the ground. Placing one block under each hand shifts your center of gravity, helping you lengthen your spine, allowing your heels to sink closer to the ground.

2. Child’s pose

If you have tight knees or hips, child’s pose can be anything but restful. Placing blocks under your head and bum can help open up tight chest, back and shoulders and alleviate discomfort in your knees and hips,

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DVIDS – News – Select Fitness Centers open earlier for Active Duty PT, DoD cardholders

The Jordan Fitness Center and Newman Fitness Center have reopened for all authorized Department of Defense ID cardholders starting Aug 3. Active duty personnel have a designated time of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for physical training with limited capacity. The fitness centers are open to other DoD cardholders from 11:30 a.m to 8 p.m.

With the gyms opening back up, Soldiers can exercise as a unit and build cohesion, said Lt. Col. Chad Moniz, the Army Field Support Battalion commander.

In order to protect patrons, social distancing and extra cleaning procedures have been implemented in the fitness centers.

Maj. Barry Farmer, executive officer of AFSBN, said people should not be hesitant to work out at the gym during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You should be aware of the situation and the environment that we’re living in,” said Farmer, in reference to adjusting to COVID-19 precautions. “If it requires you

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Buellton fitness center ordered to close over COVID-19 health order violations | Crime and Courts

“To all our loyal members please know that I will fight and make this right,” Henrey said on his Facebook page Aug. 31. “[I] remained because I felt our members needed it and I needed to support my family.” 

The warnings began on June 3 when Ben Hernandez, a Buellton code enforcement officer, visited the gym and told Henrey his gym was not allowed to be open, according to court records. 

Henrey acknowledged the warning but replied that his gym was an essential business because he also sells masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment. He said he has taken measures that include spacing equipment at least 6 feet apart, taking members’ temperatures, requiring face masks and making members sign a liability waiver. 

Additionally, acting on advice from his attorney, Henrey told Hernandez his gym was “not open to the public and members only,” according to the lawsuit. 

Officials contacted

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Samsung unveils new Galaxy Fit2 fitness tracker with big battery life

Samsung has updated its fitness tracker range with the Samsung Galaxy Fit 2.

After unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch last month, the company looks like it’s taking aim at Fitbit Inspire 2.

However, it will also face competition from budget smartwatches like the new Amazfit Band 5, which joins the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 as the best options for those looking for a fitness band.

The new Galaxy Fit2 looks like it could merge the older Galaxy Fit and super-cheap Galaxy Fit e.

However, we should pre-face everything by saying that Samsung hasn’t announced any pricing or availability.

The new Fit 2 scales back materials from metal to a plastic module that sits in the silicone band.

It looks a little less premium than its predecessor. And this makes us think it could come in at a lower price than the 99 of the original Galaxy Fit.


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What It Means to Be Black in Fitness

I first heard about the private group chat in June from my friend Percell Dugger, a certified strength coach and founder of GOODWRK. He, along with Mary Pryor, a former indoor cycling instructor, had pulled together a list of 50 or so trainers and influencers across the country to start a word-of-mouth group on WhatsApp. The concept was simple: create a safe space for Black fitness professionals—some well-known current or former instructors at popular studios, others who worked for themselves, all aware of what it’s like being the only person of color in the room when teaching or taking classes—to connect over shared experiences and frustrations with the fitness industry at large.

“The group chat was made for people to air out their grievances and their experiences, to shed light on what situations they endured and, to an extent, maybe normalized,” Dugger tells me. It was a place for trainers

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COVID-19: Gym And Health Clubs Market 2020-2024 | Rising Number of Fitness Centers and Health Clubs to Boost Market Growth


Technavio has been monitoring the gym and health clubs market and it is poised to grow by USD 20.31 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 4% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Gym and Health Clubs Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19

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According to science, a rest day is as important as exercise itself

In 2017, world famous distance runner, Ron Hill, ended his record of 52 years and 39 days of consecutive running by taking a day’s rest after feeling unwell during one of his runs.

Hill writes in his autobiography that he ran at least one mile a day, and tasked himself with training 13 times per week. His training was conducted without a coach, and was done on a trial and error basis.

Though successful – he even competed twice in the Olympics – there were occasions that he describes the symptoms of over-training. These included sore and heavy legs, increased susceptibility to colds and infections, and weight loss. Though Hill found a training regimen that helped him prepare for competition, he wondered if some of his substandard performances were a consequence of not taking any rest days.

When starting a new fitness regime, we’re often told it’s important to take

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Around Town: JCC adjusts to pandemic by taking fitness equipment outdoors | News

Fitness equipment from the Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto is now set up outdoors. Courtesy Oshman Family JCC.

In the latest Around Town column, news about how the COVID-19 pandemic has led the Oshman Family JCC to readapt its fitness center, a local mosque to rethink an annual celebration and a five-star hotel to offer a “dream” giveaway.

COMMITTED TO FITNESS … Restaurants aren’t the only establishments that have brought their services outdoors during COVID-19. Gyms have recently joined the trend by bringing their exercise equipment out in the open, including the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Ellipticals, treadmills, rowing machines and other equipment from the center’s Goldman Sports and Wellness Complex are set up outside and available for members’ use. The JCC also has set up a strength-training area under a shade that includes weights and lifting stations.

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Joe Biden confronts mental fitness questions in first post-DNC interview

Joseph R. Biden pushed back against the notion he is not fit to be president on Sunday after President Trump and his Republican allies have repeatedly questioned the former vice president’s mental capacity.

Mr. Trump’s campaign released an ad last week showing clips of Mr. Biden appearing to lose his train of thought while campaigning in 2020 — comparing the blunders to older clips of Mr. Biden speaking pointedly about five years ago.

The ad, which was released during the Democratic National Convention, is titled, “What happened to Joe Biden.”

Mr. Biden, though, just laughed off the suggestion he’s lost any of his mental capabilities.

“Watch me,” Mr. Biden told the American people in an interview on Sunday with ABC News.

The Democratic presidential nominee would be the oldest president to be sworn in on Inauguration Day at 78 if he defeats Mr. Trump in November. He said it’s fair

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Fitness App ClassPass Sues Hilton Over Canceled Stock Deal

(Bloomberg) — Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. was sued over its decision to renege on an agreement to buy a stake in ClassPass Inc., a start-up that allows users to take classes at boutique gyms without buying a membership.

a sign on the side of a building: A Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. California reported 12,500 new confirmed infections yesterday, its second-biggest one-day increase and above the 14-day average of 7,704.

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A Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. California reported 12,500 new confirmed infections yesterday, its second-biggest one-day increase and above the 14-day average of 7,704.

Manhattan-based ClassPass alleged the 6,000-hotel Hilton chain didn’t act in good faith when it pulled out of the 2019 deal to buy the shares, according to an unsealed lawsuit filed Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court. The investment came as part of an effort by the fitness-class app to raise new investor cash.


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The amount of the stake was redacted in the complaint, but a person familiar with the transaction said

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