Archive for May, 2021


May 31, 2021

Thank you brave men and women! Your ultimate sacrifice for our freedom will never be forgotten. Eternally grateful!

Long Weekend!!!

May 27, 2021

This Saturday, meet us in our favorite parking garage at 7am to get the weekend started good and sweaty!!


We will be having 1 workout ONLY on Monday at 10am. All Monday classes can attend our MEMORIAL DAY WORKOUT!


May 25, 2021


May 24, 2021


SOLE SISTERS & Schedule Change

May 20, 2021

TROPICAL PARK!!!! Let’s meet at the bleachers on Saturday, May 22 at 7am. Parking by the track is free but make sure to park on the side that is not being used for Covid testing. See you there for a good morning sweat!


The Shark Valley group cycle is being rescheduled for Sunday, June 6th.


May 18, 2021

Let’s brighten up tomorrow!!!!

Come to your workout in your funkiest socks!!!

TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 19, is CRAZY SOCKS DAY!


FOLATE (folic acid) is crucial during early pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine. Taking your pre-natal vitamins is important in ensuring you get the necessary requirements. It’s just as important if you’re not pregnant….

Folate (vitamin B-9) is key player in red blood cell formation and for healthy cell growth and function. Folic acid helps make healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. If we do not have enough folic acid, the body can make abnormally large red blood cells that do not work properly. This causes folate deficiency anaemia, which can cause fatigue and other symptoms.

Get the week started right!

May 17, 2021

What are your CHOLESTEROL numbers?

May 12, 2021

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in all of your cells and has several useful functions. It’s carried through your bloodstream attached to proteins called lipoproteins. While cholesterol is essential for good health, too much can be a bad thing.

There are two types of cholesterol: HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol) and LDL (low-density
lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol).

  • HDL “good” Cholesterol. HDL takes excess cholesterol from your bloodstream back to your liver where it is
    broken down and removed from your body. Higher levels of HDL are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
  • LDL “bad” Cholesterol. High levels of LDL can eventually lead to plaque buildup within your blood vessels and narrow the passageways, causing a heart attack or stroke.

What Causes High LDL?

Genetics, other medical conditions, and some medications are all risk factors for high cholesterol, however, the most common cause is an unhealthy lifestyle.

Unhealthy Lifestyle Habits

  • Unhealthy eating patterns
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking


In some cases, high LDL is inherited. This condition is called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). FH is caused by a genetic mutation that affects the ability of your liver to dispose of the extra LDL, which may lead to high levels of LDL and an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Other Medical Conditions

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Inflammatory diseases, such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis


Some prescriptions that you take for other medical conditions can increase your cholesterol.

Know Your Numbers

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 31 percent of Americans have high LDL. High cholesterol doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms, so you may not even know you have it.

The only way to find out if you have high cholesterol is through a blood test, called a lipid panel, that measures cholesterol in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). See the table below to find out if you have a healthy cholesterol level based on your age and gender.

Healthy Blood Cholesterol Levels by Age and Sex

If you don’t know your numbers, ask your health care provider about getting tested, especially if you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease. The earlier you know your numbers, the sooner you can take steps to manage them.

How to Prevent High “bad” (LDL) Cholesterol

Modifying your lifestyle and diet are the best ways to prevent high LDL levels and to keep a healthy level of HDL. This includes:

  • Eating a low fat/high fiber diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Managing stress

How to Boost Your “Good” Cholesterol

Heart-healthy lifestyle changes and medications will help increase your HDL levels and lower your LDL levels.

1. Heart-Healthy Eating

A heart-healthy diet that is high in fiber along with plant-based foods.

Foods that can help boost HDL levels include:

  • Whole Grains
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Skinless poultry, lean pork, and lean red meat
  • Baked or grilled fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, or sardines (in moderation)
  • Unsalted seeds, nuts, and legumes
  • Vegetable or olive oils

Foods to avoid

  • Fried foods
  • Fast food
  • Processed meats
  • Desserts
  • Full-fat dairy products

2. Medication

Your health care provider may prescribe medication if diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are not enough to lower your cholesterol to a healthy range, especially if you have FH.

If your health care provider prescribes medication as part of your treatment plan, be sure to continue your healthy lifestyle changes. The combination will help lower your LDL levels and increase your HDL levels.

Living With High Cholesterol

If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, it is important that you continue with your treatment plan.

Monitor Your Response

Schedule follow up appointments with your health care provider to see how well your treatment is working, if you need to add or change medications, and whether your condition has changed.

Learn the Warning Signs of Serious Complications

High cholesterol can lead to serious cardiovascular complications, such as a heart attack or stroke. If you or someone you know is having the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Time saves lives!

  • Signs of a Heart Attack
    • Chest discomfort or pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Cold sweats
    • Lightheadedness, nausea, or vomiting
    • Jaw, neck, or back pain
  • Signs of a Stoke – act FAST
    • F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    • A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    • S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
    • T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.


May 11, 2021


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