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My Daughter, My Wedding Dress, a StoryBook Ball, and the Truth About Working Out

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My Daughter, My Wedding Dress, a StoryBook Ball, and the Truth About Working Out

Do you fit in your wedding dress? I don’t, but I found some great motivation to TRY in the next month… So I’m working with the Please Touch Museum through Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Family magazines to promote their StoryBook Ball. I told my daughter about it yesterday and she was VERY excited about the idea that we would all get dressed up and ...

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Summer’s Coming!!

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images-5Its that time of year when everybody starts thinking about the summer, going to the beach and wearing a swimsuit. After the winter we’ve had, most people are like, “I put on so much weight over the past couple of months. I need to lose 10 pounds. I think I’ll start walking.”

Sound familiar? It should. Its pretty standard advice that we’ve all heard for years as the best way to lose ...

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Meetings on The Main Line

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Main Line NeworkingsMoving to a new area makes it a tough process to make contacts and produce business. I have to thank individuals like Kristi Price, who is incredibly well connected and able to make introductions with ease. I met Kristi at First Tuesday event at Avenue Kitchen that takes place the first Tuesday of every month.

Kristi organizes events all over the Philly area, which are ideal for those looking ...

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Chef Jacquie’s Blog – Mad for Madeleines

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This year, I took out my madeleine recipe for one of my cooking classes and it brought back a flood of fond memories. As I scanned the familiar ingredient list, I was transported back to my apprenticeship at La Forchette restaurant in Wayne. It was there that I first learned to make French madeleines and I still remember our lemon version of the delicate shell-shaped cookies.

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Finding Inspiration

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Find Your Inspiration Here

In his book, Change or Die, Alan Deutschman states his three keys to making a change. The first is to Relate; find a person or an idea or thing that inspires you to want to change. The second key is to Repeat the new behavior that you were inspired to start. Performing the first two keys allow you to Reframe, the third key. Reframing allows you ...

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Please Vote for Vertex Fitness for the 2015 Readers’ Choice “Best of” MainLine Media News Award

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Every year, the Main Line Media News offers their readers the opportunity to nominate the businesses that they believe are deserving of the “Best of” Awards. We are asking for your support this year. Please nominate Vertex Fitness as the 2015 “Best” Personal Training Studio. Since 2001 Vertex has been a helping the community look and feel their best through safe, efficient, evidence based exercise. Your nomination helps support our mission to service ...

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Vertex Client David Broida, Still Skiing Strong at 70 Years of Age

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David Broida with Olympic Champion, Lindsey VonnYes, that’s World Ski Champion Lindsey Vonn and me at the World Alpine Ski Championships at Beaver Creek last month (Feb. 2015).  Lindsay brought home one of the 5 American medals, with the U.S. finishing 2nd to Austria with 9 medals.

While Lindsey was schussing down the racecourse, I was keeping up with my kids and grandkids this ...

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Structure and Function: The Rhomboid Muscles

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In twenty plus years in the health and fitness industry, I have never heard anyone say, “I really want to work on my Rhomboids!” However, despite their non-sexy role in human movement, the Rhomboids are very important muscles.

Located just underneath your trapezius muscle, between your shoulder blades are the rhomboid muscles. The Rhomboid Minor and Rhomboid Major originate from the nuchal ligament and spinous processes of the C7-T5 vertebrae and insert along the ...

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Spotlight: Catherine Herrmann

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Confidence. As an attorney, Catherine Herrmann exudes confidence. She has no problem getting information from a combative witness or providing evidence to a judge. Her confidence is not the boastful, arrogant type, but rather, the confidence that comes from knowing your job and believing in your ability to do a great job.

On the ski slopes, though, Catherine wasn’t as confident. She found that she lacked the upper body strength to pole off ...

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Maximum Effort

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Here at Vertex Fitness, we are always pushing (as an aside, muscles pull, so we won’t tell you to push a weight up). We push ourselves to learn more about our craft, we push each other to become better instructors, but most importantly, we push our clients to work as hard as they possibly can each and every workout.

On each exercise, we try to get each person to give ...

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Chef Jacquie’s Recipe – Chocolate Madeleines

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Ingredients

• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
• 1 pinch salt
• 4 large eggs
• 1 cup sugar
• 12 Tablespoons butter, melted
• Butter for the Madeleine pans

 

Directions

1. Butter the madeleine pans with butter or non-stick spray and place in refrigerator to cool.

2. Sift together the flour, cocoa and salt.

3. Fold in flour, then add the butter

4. Remove pans from refrigerator and spoon batter into them, ...

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Feel The Burn

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DOMS. I would say it is the most complained about aspect of training. DOMS is an acronym that stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. The feelings of soreness derive from micro trauma where the muscle meets the tendon that develops over a longer period of time following the use of the muscles. It is the norUnknownmal response for you’re body to grow and it is why it can take up to ...

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FREE CPR Class

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Re-Volt Electric is hosting a FREE CPR class on February 28 at Vertex Fitness.

CPR Class at Vertex FitnessCome out and learn the basic skills you need to save someone’s life! This two-hour class (which starts promptly at 1 PM) will cover Adult, Child, and Infant CPR along with the Heimlich maneuver.

Again, the class is FREE, but if you ...

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Stretching

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imagesEvery night before bed, my youngest son asks me to scratch his back. Naturally, I start by scratching his head. “NO Daddy! My Back!”

Which leads me to say to him, “You want to scratch my back? OK!”

“No Daddy. YOU scratch NATHAN’S back!”

I finally get around to scratching his back and I ask him why is he so itchy. “I’m not itchy, it just feels good!”

It just feels good. That got ...

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The 2015 Best of the Main Line Voting is Underway!

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Vertex Fitness is so excited! Why? The official BEST OF THE MAIN LINE voting has begun!

Cast your vote today for the 2015 Best of the Main Line awards. This is an opportunity to recognize your favorite products and services from your favorite Main Line businesses. Vertex Fitness has been proud to be the recipient of this honor in years past. We are very appreciative to ...

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In the Spotlight – Laurel O’Connor

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2015-02-04 11.25.34Laurel O’Connor was impressed. Her husband and son were training at Vertex and they were doing what she thought wasn’t possible: They were working super-intensely, but they weren’t getting hurt, they were getting stronger!

Laurel has always been an active person. She would regularly swim and run, or do yoga to maintain the level of fitness necessary to chase after three sons and one husband! After witnessing the progress ...

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Warm-up: Making Time to Work Hard and Smart

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About a month ago I decided to dedicate time and energy towards getting in shape. As a business owner and mom of two young children, time spent on improving myself (specifically not related to my work or my kids) is also known as a precious indulgence. That’s right, I’m at the point where I equate working out with getting a mani-pedi.

But since my youngest is turning three in a few short weeks, I’ve ...

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Chef Jacquie’s Newsletter – February 2015

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February is a great month, it might be cold out, but inside it is HOT, HOT, HOT! When the temperature drops, nothing warms the soul like spicy foods! This month’s newsletter features plenty of easy recipe ideas to spice up dreary winter days and ward off the cold!

Want to know which spice is associated with love and romance? Check out our Sip ...

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Structure and Function: The Gluteus Medius muscle

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imagesOne of the most used, but least known muscles in the body is the gluteus medius. Partially covered by the Gluteus Maximus, the Gluteus Medius originates along the iliac crest and inserts into the greater trochanter.

The Gluteus Medius has two main functions in the body. One is to abduct the hip with the help of the Gluteus Minimus. The other function is to stabilize the hip. Hip Abduction occurs in ...

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Vertex Fitness and GoPaperBoy.com Work With Students

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On Monday January 12, I had the pleasure to team with GoPaperBoy to educate middle school and high school students about the benefits of exercise. In this 45-minute presentation, I took the students through a demonstrated workout and taught them the benefits of strength training and how they could strengthen their whole body in less then 30 minutes with no equipment.

Golf Lesson 3I had the privilege of ...

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