Fit To The Core Blog

Welcome to Fit to the Core’s “Everything you ever wanted to know about fitness” blog. Everyday people are bombarded with conflicting health and fitness messages by the media. It can be overwhelming. I hope to clear up some of those conflicting messages by sharing what I have learned over the years and what I am still learning. The fitness industry is a young industry that is constantly changing and evolving. Let me clear up some of the confusion.

Beverly Brewer Karpinski

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No exercise equipment at home to workout with?  Don’t let that stop you!  You don’t need fancy equipment to get a good workout.  Your body can provide all the resistance you need to get started.


Remember good old fashioned calisthenics?  That’s what they do at those boot camps around town that you have to pay for.  An added benefit to this type of workout, besides being free, is that it really gets the heart rate elevated – meaning that it burns a lot of calories.

Some of my favorite exercises are good old fashioned push-ups followed by squats and lunges.  These exercises work large muscle groups, which means you are burning more calories!

Set-up 8 – 10 exercises in a circuit, performing each exercise for 20-30 seconds or for 12-15 repetitions and alternating between upper and lower body.  In between each exercise stay active by walking, jogging or jumping rope (you don’t actually need a jump rope) to keep your heart rate elevated.  Remember though, don’t get your heart rate too high.  A good rule of thumb is if you can still carry on a conversation you are probably working out in an appropriate heart rate zone.  This is a great workout for reducing body fat.Make sure you warm-up for 5 minutes before your workout and cooldown for 5 minutes at the end of your workout.

One last point I want to make is to keep your workouts fresh by creating two or three circuits.  This will not only keep you from getting bored, but it will also keep your body guessing (avoiding plateaus!).   And don’t forget to stretch!

About the author

Beverly Brewer Karpinski
Beverly Brewer Karpinski
• Owner and director of "Fit to the Core" In-Home Personal Training
• Health and Fitness Inc. Certified Personal Trainer, 2001
• A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer, 2004
• Certified Master Fitness by Phone Coach, 2005
• Strength & Conditioning Personal Trainer Certificate, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ, 2008
• Wellness Editor, Puma Press, 2007-2008
• Currently in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise & Wellness.
• Fitness Manager & Director, Curves for Women, 2004-2006
• In-Home personal training, 2002-Present
• Personal Trainer, Naturally Women, 2004-2006
• Personal Trainer, Total Woman, 2001-2004
• Core Stability Specialty Training, Health and Fitness, Inc., 2001
• Advanced Biomechanics Training, Health and Fitness, Inc., 2001

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