Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Prediction Competition

In conjunction with the RRCA National Run@Work Day on September 19, 2008, Good Bodies Personal Fitness & Wellness has put together a team competition that is fun and suitable for anyone regardless of age, gender, or level of fitness. Encourage two (2) co-workers, family members, or friends to join you and let’s get started!

It’s not the swiftest that wins it’s the most calculating. How does it work?

On September 18th, 19th, or 20th, you and your 2 teammates will be timed in either a;

* 1 mile run/walk on a treadmill
* 2 mile stride on an elliptical machine
* 3 mile ride on a stationary bike.

The time it takes to complete it is your STARTING PACE.

Four-weeks later. Run/walk 2 miles, stride 4 miles, or ride 6 miles and predict a time that has to be as good or a better pace per mile than your STARTING PACE.

Eight-weeks (in total) later. Run/walk 3 miles, stride 6 miles, or ride 9 miles and predict a time to finish in that has to be as good or a better pace per mile than your week 4 pace. The team whose predictions at week 4 and week 8 are closest is the WINNING team.

To make it fair, after you have established your STARTING PACE, in your weeks 4 and 8 assessments, the odometer/speedometer will be hidden so that you cannot adjust your pace to meet your predicated time.

The closest predicting team splits $600 (evenly)
The closest predicting individual wins $100

This is a competition that almost anyone can join because you do not have to be in good condition to start. It is important to start an exercise program, though, because improvements are required.

Entry Fee is $50 per person which entitles you to;

* The chance to win $600 with your team.
* A chance to win $100.
* A fitness consultation after your initial timing.
* Corporate discount rates to Good Bodies Fitness.
* A 16-week membership to Speedy Sneakers Walking and Running Club for Women.
* A membership to the Columbus Running Company training group.
* 10% discount coupon to the Columbus Running Company.
* Tips on how to lose weight.
* Weekly email support from Good Bodies. Each email will include exercise, nutrition, and motivational information.

Here’s how it works – Team A records initial run/walking times of 5:08, 11:16, and 8:22. That is their STARTING PACE. In week 4 they respectively PREDICT TIMES for 2 miles of 10:16, 21:00, and 16:00. They record times of 10:40, 21:30, and 15:55. What is their score? Since runner 1 ran a slower pace (it needed to be 5:08/mile pace or better and he ran a 5:20/mile pace) than what is acceptable, his difference of 24 seconds is doubled to 48. The other 2 runners ran at acceptable paces. So the combined difference is 48 + 30 + 5 = 83. The week 4 score is added to the score from week 8 to determine a team’s final score.

Contest Parameters

There is no obligation to become a member or workout at Good Bodies. There are no hidden or additional costs (the $50 entry fee is the only cost).

Friends and Family members are welcome to enter the competition!

Competitors will receive a packet of information when they record their STARTING PACE. It will include health and exercise information that will help them get off on the right foot.

Contestants will receive weekly support via email that will include the Good Bodies Healthy Habit tips, exercise tips, encouragement, inspiration, and contestant highlights.

You will be timed at Good Bodies but we can arrange to record times at your place of business if suitable exercise equipment is available. Teams do not have to use the same exercise modality.

Dates of timing are;
* September 18th, 19th, and 20th.
* October 16th, 17th, and 18th.
* November 13th, 14th, 15th.
* Winners will be announced on November 17th.

Good Bodies will be opened from;
* 6 am to 10 pm Thurs. – Fri.
* 6 am to 5 pm Sat.
* If there are appointment times available, you can sign-up through the 20th.

Good Bodies accepts cash, check, VISA, MC, AMEX, and Discover.
To learn more about Good Bodies, go to See Map
Contact Matt Maglicic at (614) 889-2282

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The First Women's Olympic Marathon

Joan Benoit - Read More
Grete Waitz - Read More

Dublin Recreation Center Closed - Workout Alternatives

With the Dublin Recreation Center closed for their annual cleaning many people will be wondering what to do for the week of the closing.

There are a number of alternatives.

1. Workout outside by either walking, running or biking. If you are a lady walker or runner, Speedy Sneakers works out twice each week at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

2. Swim in one of the outside pools.

3. Temporarily join another fitness facility. Lifetime Fitness is offering a free 7-day membership.

With the Rec Center closing, and the great weather we are having this is a wonderful opportunity to try something else.

Friday, August 22, 2008

VitaBrownies Featured on Good Morning America

We are proud to announce that we were recently featured on ABC's Good Morning America because our delicious 100 calorie VitaBrownie was listed by Women's Health Magazine as one of the 125 best packaged foods for women!

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According to Lisa Drayer, R.D., contributor to Women's Health Magazine, "It definitely is delicious and it's another guilty pleasure that's good for you, too. VitaBrownie is not the typical brownie at all -- it's healthy. Plus it's fortified with vitamins."

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Just For Fun

Where have you been?
Make yours @

I have visited all these States and hope to visit all one day. Where have you been, or want to go?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Facts about PET

As a follow-up to our blog on BPA last week, additional information has been coming in from other sources wanting to weigh in on the debate.

I was emailed this website a few days ago and I think it is worth reading.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Core Training For Walkers and Runners

You always hear that training your core is essential to running and walking faster and stronger. So which muscles do you have to work on and what are a few simple exercises to get you started?

Though core training can never be considered easy or simple, getting started is half the battle. In this short video you will see that core training does not have to be as strenuous as some think they should be.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania Wins Olympic Gold

On Sunday morning at the Beijing Olympics in China, Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania won the women's marathon to take gold in 2 hours 26 and 44 seconds. She was followed by Kenya's Catherine Ndereba with bronze going to China's home town favoriate Zhou Chunxiu.

World record holder Paula Radcliffe after having been injured for most of the time in preparation for the race finished in 23rd place. The world record holder, and winner of two New York Marathon has not won a medal at the Olympics and with the London Games in four years time may certainly have one last chance.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Bisphenol A (BPA) - update FDA "It's Safe"

Just a few days ago, we wrote a short story about the controversy surrounding the use of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) in a variety of plastic products, such as water bottles used by athletes, baby bottles, electronics and many other household products.

The Associated Press just sent an update that the FDA says, "trace amounts of BPA are safe for adults and babies."

You can read the report on

Working Out - Use Common Sense

Have you ever thought about how confusing magazines make working out. For ever magazine you see on the sales rack, there must be ten to twenty different pieces of advice and that's only for this month alone. Next month they end up having another ten.

Well how about some common sense. Read the latest article post on, "Working Out Requires Common Sense."

After you have read the article, why not snub the magazines and enjoy a treat then go out and walk or run 3 miles.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Article Post - Bisphenol A (BPA) – Myth or Not?

Over the course of the last few months, many news stories have been written by online bloggers, newspaper and magazine reporters concerning Bisphenol A commonly abbreviated as BPA and its possible negative effects on the body through continued and long-term use. The concern was such that many notable retailers including Wal-Mart pulled some products off their shelves which contained BPA.

Read the full article

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Guilt of Rest

Walkers and runners who are committed to an organized and consistent exercise routine seldom like to take rest or recovery days. We feel that rest will inhibit our training, making us unfit almost immediately. We feel guilty if we take two days off to rest. I like to call this the "the guilt of rest."

We feel guilty as if we have cheated our bodies of something essential. This is so untrue and we should not think or feel this way. In fact, we really need to think about taking rest every week. Perhaps up to 2-3 days off per week wouldn't do us any harm at all.

If you are one of those who prefers not to take a lot of rest days during the week and you feel that taking time off will hurt you physically, then mentally you need to play a game of rest. This is how the rest game goes.

Day 1
You will exercise in the morning on the day 1, then do nothing in the evening.

Day 2
On day 2 you will do nothing in the morning, but will workout in the evening.

So now you have trained on day 1 and day 2. By playing this game, mentally you feel like you took no rest days as you worked out on both days, but physically your body has rested for up to 36 hours which included one nights sleep which is essential for recovery.

Try this game and let us know what you think.

By Speedy Sneakers Walking and Running Clubs for Women

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Game Day 5k - September 13, 2008

Don't forget to signup for the Game Day 5km on September 13 at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

There will be a drawing for Ohio State Football tickets, post race breakfast catered by Der Dutchman and lots of fun and entertianment.

Use this link to register today.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Glory Days

A friend of mine shared this link to another blog, which I thought was a great little article. Here is an excerpt of the blog, called Glory Days, read and enjoy.

I was never an athlete. Not in elementary school. Not in middle school, and certainly not in high school where I actually earned my only “D”—in gym class. And when I say “earned,” I mean earned. I mean, you really have to work hard to get a “D” in gym. It’s not like any idiot can do it. I fondly recall skipping out on gym to do fun stuff like drive with my other hip friends to McDonald’s in my little fluorescent orange austin america to flip french fries on the hood and watch the birds gobble them up.
Does it get any better than that?