BWW Weighs In: The Best Bang For Your Buck and Body

BWW Weighs In: The Best Bang For Your Buck and Body

BWW Weighs In: The Best Bang For Your Buck and Body

It's no secret that the fitness scene is booming. In most major cities, there's a class for literally every type of physical experience your heart could desire, from pilates to bootcamp, from yoga to cycle, from circuit training to dance cardio, and more. The choices are endless, but I'm betting your schedule and wallet are not.

If you're anything like my NYC-based clients, you are running from audition to rehearsal to your day job to dance class while trying to find time to workout. With so many boutique fitness studios thriving, you might be asking the same question as my clients; which fitness class best suits my needs? With limited time and a limited budget, what's the best bang for my buck AND body?

The first step is determining your goals. Are you giving appropriate attention to strength, conditioning, and regeneration? What is your regimen lacking? Are you aiming to change your body composition, strengthen your muscles to protect against injury, force yourself to slow down, have fun, improve your cardiovascular capacity, get your sweat on, or stretch tight muscles? Once your goal is determined, find the class that best fits your needs. This is where you need to get honest with yourself and honest about what the class is truly offering.

Dance cardio can be super fun, sweaty, and spike your heart rate, but will it help you strengthen your muscles to protect against injury? Probably not. A strength based class with resistance (kettlebells, dumbbells, TRX, pilates reformer, etc.) would better suit your cross training goals. Maybe you're recovering from an injury, or perhaps you are dancing eight shows a week; your time and money might be better suited working with lower intensity in a pilates class that will help you get in touch with all of the deep muscles in your core, legs, arms, and back. You will still get your sweat on, feel super connected to your center, and walk out of the session standing an inch taller. Or perhaps, you already lift at the gym, take ballet class, and work two jobs, but lack time for regeneration? In that case, a designated hour of yoga might be the best use of your time and finances. Your body will appreciate the stretch and moderate intensity strengthening (depending on style of yoga), and your mind will be oozing positive, centered vibes. Namaste.

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Samantha Palermo Samantha graduated as valedictorian from Towson University with degrees in Dance Performance and Sociology/Anthropology. Upon graduation, she made her debut with the Radio City Rockettes, performing on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She was selected for prestigious events including the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, Macy?s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Today Show, and the Wendy Williams Show to name a few. In NYC she performed with contemporary dance company dre.dance, led by Taye Diggs and Andrew Palermo (to whom she eventually married)! She continues to assist Andrew on theater, concert, and commercial work. Her other performing credits include Seth MacFarlane?s Ted 2, America?s Got Talent featuring Pitbull, MAC Cosmetics, Toyota, and Theatre Aspen.

Samantha is a prestigious west coast Nike Trainer, nationally qualified NPC Bikini Competitor, and holds certifications from NASM, Precision Nutrition, NESTA, Power Pilates, TRX Suspension Training, SPINNING, and Schwinn. She leads group fitness classes at Equinox in LA teaching various formats from kickboxing to strength training to barre to cycle! She can be seen in fitness videos by Livestrong.com, Denise Austin, Sweat Factor, and Beachbody.

From heavier college girl, to Rockette thin, to bikini competitor leanness, Samantha has personally seen every side of the scale. She now focuses her energy on strength, power, and femininity while fueling her body with nutrient dense foods. In an effort to inspire others to get physically, nutritionally, and emotionally fit, Samantha created her company PERFORMANCE BODIES. She presents fitness and nutrition seminars nationally at universities and pre-professional dance and theater programs, and provides online fitness/nutrition coaching and personal training via her site www.performancebodies.org.