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Cooper Fitness Center Pro Zone

June 22, 2017 1 comment

Welcome to the Cooper Fitness Center Pro Zone! This monthly blog post will be the place to learn all about our Cooper Fitness Center sports professionals, the programs they offer and how sports training can benefit you. From tennis, swimming and basketball to boxing and martial arts, we have a pro for you!

Whether you’re looking to add a new level to your workout routine, participate in a group exercise program or enhance existing athletic skills, you’ll accomplish your goals with our pros. Get to know Mike, Corey, Derrick, Marni, Andre and Coleman below:

Mike Proctor, Martial Arts Pro: 45+ years of Pro-Zone-Mike-Proctorexperience

Q: How did you begin practicing martial arts?

A: I began practicing the martial ways as a child growing up in a U.S. military household. In 1962, I began to take lessons in various styles of the arts.

Q: For those setting health and fitness resolutions, what is your number one tip for success?

A: Each New Year brings reflections of the past and visions of the future, along with a body that is a year older. It is never too late to challenge yourself with new activities and a healthier lifestyle.

Q: What is one thing you wish everybody knew about martial arts?

A: Martial arts demand focus and dependability. These are two aspects of character essential to meet any challenge, whether set by oneself or by life. To quote Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.” It worked for Great Britain in 1940, and it will work for you in 2016!

Corey Noel, Tennis Pro: 10+ years of experience Pro-Zone-CoreyNoel

Q: Why do you enjoy teaching tennis?

A: I love teaching tennis because it’s a lifelong sport. It’s my biggest passion and I love seeing the enjoyment on players’ faces when they learn a new skill or see improvement in their game.

Q: For those setting health and fitness resolutions, what is your number one tip for success?

A: Set achievable, concrete goals. Ideas such as “lose weight” or “eat healthier” are positive goals, but are difficult to achieve and measure. Setting specific week-to-week or even day-to-day goals are easier to achieve and keep you in line with what you’re aiming for overall.

Q: How do you define good sportsmanship?

A: I define good sportsmanship as playing the game with integrity and common courtesy, much the same way we should all try to live our lives. It means giving your opponent the benefit of the doubt, recognizing that fun should be the primary goal of any sport and playing each game or match to the best of your abilities and with maximum effort.

Derrick James, Boxing Pro: 35+ years of experience Pro-Zone-Derrick-James

Q: Why do you enjoy teaching boxing?

A: I enjoy the interaction I have with my clients and members – they are always eager to learn and to work hard.

Q: Who was the primary influence when you were introduced to boxing, and who is your greatest role model?

A: My mother and my boxing coach are my biggest influences, and also my role models. They always had high standards and I didn’t ever want to disappoint them.

Q: How do you define good sportsmanship?

A: A good sport is someone who is able to take a loss with the same grace as they embrace and enjoy a victory.

Marni Kerner, Swim Pro: 15+ years of experience Pro-Zone-Marni-Kerner

Q: What is your favorite thing about Cooper?

A: There are so many things I love about Cooper! Perhaps at the top of my list is knowing I am part of a community that is surrounded by the most amazing resources for health and fitness knowledge, opportunities and experience.

Q: Why do you enjoy teaching swimming?

A: I love teaching confidence in the water. I believe it carries over into other aspects of life. Swimming can be very technical and challenging, so I often see a growing sense of pride alongside skill improvement, which leads to the health benefits swimming can provide. I am also happy to know I am teaching a lifelong sport and perhaps lifesaving skills.

Q: Who is your favorite role model, and why is he or she important to you?

A: My father is an amazing role model. At almost 80 years of age, he portrays a Cooperized lifestyle. He stays fit with daily exercise, including swimming!

Andre Vahdat, Assistant Tennis Pro: 10+ years of experience

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Q: What is one thing you wish everyone knew about tennis?

A: Tennis is incredibly beneficial for the health of your body. It is a full body workout that you can do from your young years all the way to your senior years. It’s a great aerobic exercise that keeps your heart healthy.

Q: When did you begin playing tennis?

A: I began playing tennis at the age of 8. I  would play with my parents just for fun.

Q: Are you right or left handed?

A: Right

Q: Who would you like to play tennis against most?

A: My son. When the time comes, he can challenge me!

Coleman Crawford, Basketball Pro: 40 years of experience Pro-Zone-Coleman-Crawford

Q: For those setting health and fitness resolutions, what is your number one tip for success?

A: I would suggest people set attainable goals, be consistent with efforts to achieve those goals and listen to your body throughout the entire process. Always pay close attention to your health.

Q: What are some of your favorite basketball memories?

A: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) basketball games…and meeting Michael Jordan!

Q: If you could train in another sport under another sports pro, what would it be?

A: Boxing with CFC Boxing Pro Derrick James.

Tune in for more information and news about Cooper Fitness Center Sports Pros at cooperfitnesscenter.com/ProZone.

 

Conquering the Summer Camp Swim Test

Sneakers? Sunscreen? Sleeping bag? All may be necessary items for summer camp, but children should also be armed with top-notch swim skills. Cooper Fitness Center Swim Pro Marni Kerner helps kids of all ages prepare for swim tests that are often required at summer day camps and overnight camps.

Each test varies in length and intensity. Some require a child to swim the length or width of a pool, but others require performing all four competitive strokes–freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly–in open water situations. If a child is unable to pass the designated swim test, he or she may have limited access to water activities throughout the duration of the camp, or may be required to wear a life jacket when swimming in a pool or open water.

Training with a certified swim instructor prior to taking a swim test has numerous benefits:

  • Sharpens the child’s skills early in the summer, since it has likely been a while since the child has swam longer distances
  • Introduces specific stroke training to those who may not be familiar with all four competitive strokes
  • Increases physical strength and endurance
  • Improves stroke techniques
  • Builds confidence in the swimmer

In addition to working on swim skills, each swimmer also learns water safety and rest strokes, including how to bob and tread water in order to conserve energy.

Children may only need one lesson to refresh their swim skills, but others may take up to five or six lessons to prepare for their specific test. The time and effort invested is worth it so the kids can enjoy an exciting and safe summer in the water.

For more information about Cooper Fitness Center swim programs, visit cooperswimacademy.com or call Swim Pro Marni Kerner at 972.233.4832, ext. 5447.

Wintery Family Fun

Even with cooler temperatures outside, you can still enjoy family activities outside and exercise. Read a few fun recommendations from Cooper Fitness Center for family outings that are sure to get the whole family moving.

The holidays may be over, but family activities should not end. Even with the temperature dropping, there are still ways to get exercise both outside and inside. Here are some ideas to keep your family active over the next few months.

Ice Skating
Even if you’re not that great at ice skating, you are sure to burn calories laughing at each other while taking some spills. As a seasonal activity, it’s fun, different, and sure to provide some good memories.

Winter Vacation
If you are planning a winter vacation, look into locations that offer activities that keep your family moving. If you head to the mountains, hit the slopes on skis, a snowboard, sled, or in snow shoes. Or if you choose to vacation at the beach, running or walking on the beach and playing a game of sand volleyball are great activities. Even if you are planning on staying at home, make time to go outside and be active.

Friendly Competition
Sign up the family for a fun run or walk. There is something exciting about joining hundreds of families that are running for the same cause. Use it as a time to explain to your kids the foundation or charity they are running for and how they are helping give back during the holidays.

Pick a Park
Just going on a simple walk around the neighborhood is a great way to stay active and get some quality time with your family. But if you’ve toured the neighborhood one too many times this week, how about mixing things up by picking a different public park or neighborhood to walk? Bring the family to a new part of town to explore parks.

Stick to your Resolutions
How about adding to your individual resolutions and make one as a family? Make a pact to work on it weekly. Whether it’s fitness-related or simply spending more time together, family goals are always fun to accomplish. Sometimes our children can hold us accountable better than ourselves too!

Take a plunge
Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be a polar plunge just because it’s chilly outside. You can still get out to a heated pool with your family. Try swimming laps and playing games.

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Some Like it Hot…Some Not

Summer is in full swing, and in the great state of Texas, July usually means 100+ degree weather. If you have a hard time exercising in the hot temperatures and the thought of even walking outside makes you cringe, consider these ideas to beat the heat and still feel the burn.

  • Swim laps or take a water aerobics class.
  • Consider yoga or Pilates for a good workout in the air conditioning that is sure to challenge and relax you.
  • It may sound crazy, but if you have a pool, take a dip while doing outdoor work like grass mowing or gardening.
  • Go mall walking. Throw on your tennis shoes and hit the mall, this time to walk it, not to shop. Your body and your wallet will thank you.
  • Schedule your workout during your TV favorite show. Don’t allow yourself to watch it unless you’re on a treadmill, bike or elliptical. Plug in and the time will fly by.

Hopefully this list will trigger even more ideas for you to get up and moving despite the temperatures outside. What’s your favorite workout of choice during the summer?