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The tortoise and the hare

We’ve all heard it - slow and steady wins the race. So where does that go when it’s time to set fitness goals? Throughout my training so far, I’m seeing that the most common way to exercise is to do... the mindless stuff. Not necessarily physically easy exercise, but mentally lacking direction and oversight.


Hormones and Fat Distribution in Women

For women struggling with their weight, recent scientific findings point to a possible culprit. 

Studies in mice indicate that a single hormone whose levels rise at menopause could be responsible for redistribution of fat to the abdomen. At the same time, this hormone may contribute to bone loss.


It’s Spring – Go Green!

Spring is on the way, soon the trees will sprout green leaves and even your beer turns emerald.  As you approach the only day when it’s acceptable to pinch a stranger don’t forget in addition to St. Patrick’s Day, March is also National Nutrition Month.  In honor of both occasions, here are important nutritional tips inspired by the color green. 


Meet Our Newest Trainer, Connor Waggoner

About me

My passion for fitness originated at a young age from a very active lifestyle. A love for competing in sports developed my appreciation for the role of fitness in a healthy lifestyle. A collegiate football scholarship allowed me to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, emphasizing in teaching/coaching.


February Member of the Month at Body Kinetics Novato

Member: Aruti Patel
Personal Trainer: Leonie LaPoint

What were your goals when you started?
My goal when I started was to incorporate more strength training in my workouts. I was also hoping to lose the few extra pounds I had put on.


30 Days to a Healthy Me!

This January and February several club members and I took a 30 day challenge of clean eating.  As a group we took on a daunting task, eliminate: wheat/gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, coffee, vinegar, soy and yeast. I am already gluten free and avoid most dairy, so those two didn’t freak me out too bad, but coffee?  You want me to give up coffee?

Ski season is here, are you ready?

Tim Schmidt on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @ 16:01 PM


One sentence stood out as I scanned the latest weather report for Lake Tahoe: “Up to two feet of snow expected.” Heaps more is needed this winter to make a significant impact, of course.

What is a Spartan Race and why would I ever want to do one?

Have you ever heard of a Spartan Race?  You might be asking, who, what, when, why? I’m here shed some light on those questions for you and tell you a little bit about my experience as a 3 time Spartan Finisher. 

Spartan Races have been deemed the world’s toughest obstacle course races. These races are offered worldwide and have been growing in popularity since the mid 2000’s. There are 3 levels of races offered.


Are you stronger?

The word “Strength” gets thrown around a lot in the gym, usually as the main goal for a workout or working out in general. Increasing muscle mass, metabolism and lowering body fat percentage makes people look and feel amazing, and the most effective and efficient way to do that is to get stronger.


Why do I care about core?

In anatomy, the core refers, in its most general of definitions, to the body minus the legs and arms. Some other names for our core are, transverse abdominis, internal and external obliques, belly, gut, tummy, tum, six pack, abs, pot belly, beer gut, spare tire, bread basket, love handles, paunch, solar plexus.



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