July 31st, 2014
the-exercist:

"Exactly What to Say to Pay Less For a Gym Membership" from Women’s Health:

Gym memberships can get expensive. Like, steal-the-shampoo-from-the-locker-room-to-break-even expensive.  
Luckily, the guys and gals sitting behind the front desk know that not everyone can afford their prices—and are generally willing to work with members (both potential and existing alike) in order to keep the facilities full and humming along, says Nikki Metzger, owner of BODI gym in Scottsdale, Arizona. 
So, if you want to score a less expensive deal, flag down a manager and drop whichever of these lines apply to you:
"Your gym is totally worth the price!" It might seem a bit backward, but kicking off negotiations by affirming that the asking price is fair is a solid step toward getting a less expensive deal. “Gyms believe—and want you to believe—that their services are worth the rates they are charging,” says Metzger. “Make sure that you don’t come off as devaluing their service.”
"I’m a ______" Are you a student? Teacher? Military service member? Ask if the gym has special rates for cool people like you, she says. Many do, but don’t advertise it.
"I just don’t have that much money.""Explain your current financial situation," suggests Metzger. Nobody wants you to go broke paying for their services, and they might be able to help.
"I’ll sign up for a longer-term contract!" Gyms like sure things. So ask if signing an extended contract will help you get a lower rate, she says. Even if it’s reduced only for the first few months, every little bit helps.
"I’ll work for it." Some smaller studios will let people trade in a few hours of work—swiping fobs at the front desk or wiping down gym equipment, for example—in exchange for services, says Metzger. Also, most gyms offer free memberships to anyone who teaches there. 

the-exercist:

"Exactly What to Say to Pay Less For a Gym Membership" from Women’s Health:

Gym memberships can get expensive. Like, steal-the-shampoo-from-the-locker-room-to-break-even expensive.  

Luckily, the guys and gals sitting behind the front desk know that not everyone can afford their prices—and are generally willing to work with members (both potential and existing alike) in order to keep the facilities full and humming along, says Nikki Metzger, owner of BODI gym in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

So, if you want to score a less expensive deal, flag down a manager and drop whichever of these lines apply to you:

"Your gym is totally worth the price!" It might seem a bit backward, but kicking off negotiations by affirming that the asking price is fair is a solid step toward getting a less expensive deal. “Gyms believe—and want you to believe—that their services are worth the rates they are charging,” says Metzger. “Make sure that you don’t come off as devaluing their service.”

"I’m a ______" Are you a student? Teacher? Military service member? Ask if the gym has special rates for cool people like you, she says. Many do, but don’t advertise it.

"I just don’t have that much money.""Explain your current financial situation," suggests Metzger. Nobody wants you to go broke paying for their services, and they might be able to help.

"I’ll sign up for a longer-term contract!" Gyms like sure things. So ask if signing an extended contract will help you get a lower rate, she says. Even if it’s reduced only for the first few months, every little bit helps.

"I’ll work for it." Some smaller studios will let people trade in a few hours of work—swiping fobs at the front desk or wiping down gym equipment, for example—in exchange for services, says Metzger. Also, most gyms offer free memberships to anyone who teaches there. 

July 30th, 2014

If any of you can…

backonpointe:

I hate to do this, but here’s the thing: since my move back to Milwaukee, I haven’t been working. Not by choice, but because somewhere along the line my transfer information got lost and had to be redone. I’m finally about to start work again, but without a car, I’m relying on the bus. But the bus doesn’t run on weekends. Or at night. Or early mornings. Which means my schedule will be very limited.

Due to not working the past two months, I’m broke. Broke broke. I’ve been living off savings and generosity of my friends, but now I’ve reached the end. I’m behind on my bills, anxious all the time, and too poor even to pay for the bus passes I’ll need to get to work for my limited hours.

I make next to no money from this blog. My advertising income is about $10-40 every two months, while I pay $9 a month to sell ads. I get some free products for reviews, but those don’t pay my bills. I’m trying to make Back On Pointe something I can make consistent money on, as then I’d be able to spend more time on it, but for now it’s just a hobby (that takes up more time than it should).

I know times are tough for everyone, but if you have it in your wallet to help me out, I’d really appreciate it. If you have it in your heart but not your wallet, please help me get the word out. I just want to pay my bills and go to work.

Thank you.

p.s. If you send me hate mail about this post, you will be blocked.

koujakuandthediamonds:

how to do push ups or how to have sex with your ghost boyfriend? you decide

fitnesslovinblog:

Mountain Climbers Combo3 sets of 15 reps each side
1)Start by getting into a push up position. Your hands should be placed underneath your shoulders. Your head is relaxed, looking at the floor and your body should be kept in a straight line (be careful that your back doesn’t sag or bend in).2) Place your feet on an object this should have the right height. The height should be so that your body is in one line. 3) Engage your ab muscles.4) Raise your left knee towards your chest and then straighten it back out. While your leg remains extended, lift it to the side of your body.4) This completes one rep. Preform 15 reps of these on one leg then repeat on the other.This super effective exercise targets the whole body especially the abs and obliques.

fitnesslovinblog:

Mountain Climbers Combo
3 sets of 15 reps each side

1)Start by getting into a push up position. Your hands should be placed underneath your shoulders. Your head is relaxed, looking at the floor and your body should be kept in a straight line (be careful that your back doesn’t sag or bend in).
2) Place your feet on an object this should have the right height. The height should be so that your body is in one line. 
3) Engage your ab muscles.
4) Raise your left knee towards your chest and then straighten it back out. While your leg remains extended, lift it to the side of your body.
4) This completes one rep. Preform 15 reps of these on one leg then repeat on the other.

This super effective exercise targets the whole body especially the abs and obliques.

zealotarchaeologist:

i stepped on the scale today and it said “bat”

it took me a few seconds to realize it meant the battery was out, but before i realized that i just said “i am not a bat” out loud

(via applepiewithextrafreedom)

July 29th, 2014
July 28th, 2014
the-exercist:

Side Plank with Reverse Fly

Start in a side plank on your left side, holding your weight in your right hand with your right arm parallel to the floor.
Exhale and pull your abs toward your spine to stabilize your torso as your raise your right arm to the ceiling. Do not let your hand travel behind your shoulder. Lower the weight back to starting position to complete one rep.
If you feel unstable in this position, split your legs bringing your right leg forward to steady yourself.

the-exercist:

Side Plank with Reverse Fly

  • Start in a side plank on your left side, holding your weight in your right hand with your right arm parallel to the floor.
  • Exhale and pull your abs toward your spine to stabilize your torso as your raise your right arm to the ceiling. Do not let your hand travel behind your shoulder. Lower the weight back to starting position to complete one rep.
  • If you feel unstable in this position, split your legs bringing your right leg forward to steady yourself.

(Source: fitsugar.com)

rubyetc:

just in case?

rubyetc:

just in case?

July 27th, 2014

Natalie Dormer on Women and Body Image in Hollywood during SDCC 2014 (x)

(Source: rubyredwisp, via sassguardian)

stfuandlift:

This should be in EVERY gym

stfuandlift:

This should be in EVERY gym

(Source: stfuandlift, via rubyreed)

the-exercist:

Push-Up/Fly Combo

 Holding a dumbbell in each hand, kneel in push-up position with hands aligned under shoulders, palms facing each other. Extend legs or continue to rest on knees. Lower chest to floor until elbows are bent about 90 degrees. Press up, then lift right dumbbell out to shoulder height (as shown). Lower dumbbell to floor, then repeat push-up and lift left arm to complete one rep.

the-exercist:

Push-Up/Fly Combo

 Holding a dumbbell in each hand, kneel in push-up position with hands aligned under shoulders, palms facing each other. Extend legs or continue to rest on knees. Lower chest to floor until elbows are bent about 90 degrees. Press up, then lift right dumbbell out to shoulder height (as shown). Lower dumbbell to floor, then repeat push-up and lift left arm to complete one rep.

(Source: self.com)