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Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American actress, producer, and business-
woman. This week, she was crowned People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman of 2016. Jennifer is
the daughter of actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother is
of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. She spent most of her childhood in Greece, but at age
nine, she relocated with her family to New York City when her parents divorced. Jennifer had her
first taste of acting at age 11, when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club. She later
began her professional training as a drama student at New York's School of Performing Arts. In
1989, she landed her first television role, in the series Molloy. However, she is especially known for
her role as Rachel Green in the successful and much-loved television series Friends.
o, how did you do? Did you pass the core
strength test? Now that you have had the
opportunity to assess your core strength,
it's time to get started working to improve it! Be-
fore we start discussing the improvement of core
strength, we must focus on core stability. By core
stability, I mean the muscles surrounding the navel
and the back.
The stabilizing of these muscles ensures that your spine
and body remain firm and balanced. This helps you stay bal-
anced when you move. Have you ever tried to balance on
one leg and you keep falling over? That is a sign of an un-
When it comes to stabilizing the core muscles, ensuring
that you engage the right muscles and that you are breath-
ing properly is critical. During core exercises, you should al-
ways breathe with your diaphragm, your chest should move
in and out. You can check this by laying on your back and
placing your hand on your stomach. When you breathe in
and out, your hand should go up and down. Try to get this
same feeling while you exercise.
When we were young, we used to walk with a book on
our heads, back straight and belly tucked in. Little did we
know we were working our core stabilizers the whole time!
Try it! No book required; you can do this exercise any time,
any place, and in any position. Pull in your belly and imagine
pulling your belly button back to your spine. Remember to
keep your spine neutral and don't let your back bend for-
ward. Hold this for about 8 seconds and make sure you
breathe normally. Rest for about 10 seconds and repeat 10
to 12 times. Do this every day and you will be amazed at
how your core stabilizers will get stronger!
Add this additional exercise to the routine to start:
• Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat
on the floor. Pull in your belly as in the exercise de-
• Push with your heels and raise your butt off the floor
until your hips are in line with the top of your legs.
• Hold for 6-8 seconds while squeezing the butt muscles.
Remember to breathe normally.
• Slowly lower yourself to the floor and rest for up to 10
• Repeat 12-15 times.
After you have mastered these simple exercises and
have begun to train your core stabilizers you can begin to
add to it and challenge yourself more!
Sharon Diaz, ISSA Personal Trainer/
Zumba Instructor Studio Z Ltd.
Contact: 868-799-8622, firstname.lastname@example.org
n no way do I want to discourage you from getting your workout groove on. I, however,
have a bit of a confession to make; gyms can actually be an oversized petri dish of all
things bacteria, viruses and germs. Some of us choose to ignore the reality but here are
your gym's literal dirty secrets.
Jody White is the owner of Slimdown 360 and the Hardcore Trainer of the GML Team.
As it turns out, a study for rhinoviruses (predomi-
nant causes for common cold) revealed that 73 percent
of weight lifting equipment and 51 percent of cardio
equipment tested positive. Brace yourselves because
they also found that disinfecting the equipment twice
daily did nothing to lower the results. So yes it is possi-
ble that the cold you got did actually come from the
gym. Simple fix though, avoid touching your eyes,
noses and mouths during workouts as the viruses are
most easily contracted that way.
Locker rooms are hot, sweaty and humid. Let's just
say perfect conditions for the things that you don't
want to contract. The problem here is the level of bod-
ily exposure (nakedness). Don't you dare walk bare
footed in a gym locker room because at floor level,
there's everything from faecal matter to fungi like ath-
letes foot. Locker room benches aren't any better as a
test by a clinical professor once even found traces of
vaginal yeast on benches. So let's just say we're not
going to be touching any locker room surfaces with
bare skin. Take a pair of flip flops and large towels to
When was the last time that you washed your gym
bag? Those cotton fibres may be doing an excellent job
at absorbing all the salmonella and pseudomonas
(cause of eye infection) from the different surfaces
that you place that bag. Opt for bags with smooth sur-
faces like plastic or vinyl as they don't absorb like some
materials do and they are much easier to wipe clean.
Does your gym provide complimentary towels? I'd
avoid them if I were you because although washed,
they can be transporting E. coli or even MRSA. Many
gyms use the same hampers to transport dirty towels
to the washing area and then transport clean towels
back to patrons. To be on the safe side, I'd take my own
towels if I were you.
Now I've been going to gyms for around 15 years
without any issue so here's what I do. That disinfecting
cloth probably has the combined sweat of 50 people so
use a disposable paper towel instead to wipe before
use and place a towel on machines when using. Wear
clothing that minimizes the contact with machines and
remember to immediately change out of gym clothing
when you get home.
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