September Staff Spotlight

Name: Christopher Stover
Nicknames: Token
Birthday: April 8th, 1985

 Where were you born?

Norfolk, VA

What is your favorite TV show?

The Real Housewives of Atlanta


What scene from a TV show, will you never forget?

When Portia beat Kenya up on The Real Housewives Reunion.

 What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Rob a bank $$$$$

 If you could ask your pet three questions, what would they be?

  1. Why don’t you want to snuggle with me? 2. Why are you so moody?
  2. Do you actually like me, or do you just tolerate me so you get fed?”


 What would your best friend tell someone before they introduced them to you?

“He’s a lot to handle.”

 If you could have one SUPER POWER, what would it be and why?

Teleportation, that way I could take vacations without paying for airfare!

 What movie can you quote the majority of?

Moulin Rouge

 What motivates you in the gym?

The Music

 If you were going to be trapped on a deserted island for 7 days, what 3 things would you bring with you? “Is there going to be electricity??”

Baby Wipes, Sunblock & a lot of watermelon.

What is your favorite season & why?

SPRING! ‘Cuz it’s my birthday!

What would someone tell you is your best quality?

My energy


What is something you regret?

Spending so much money in my younger years.

 If you could be any age for a week, what age would it be and why?

  1. You’re old enough to get in trouble, but young enough to get away with it.


 What is your least favorite word? And your favorite word?

Least favorite: buddy     Favorite: Literally

 What is something that you wish you had learned earlier on in life?

That material possessions do not make you happy.

 Tell us something we may not know about you?

I hate being outside

What moment in your life made you feel “lucky”?

My first Dance Boot Camp class at iNLeT.

What would the title of your Autobiography be?

“Educating Chris” (Thanks to my boss, Krista)

 What is something you say “never” to?

Eating beef.

 What is the last gift you gave someone?

*whispers* I usually show up empty handed!

 What’s your favorite color Starburst?


What’s the most obnoxious thing you’ve seen on TV/Facebook?

The “Squat Magic”

Healthy Hydration

Healthy Hydration

Amy Ricciardella (B.S. Clinical Dietetics & Nutrition)

With July almost behind us, we have hit the hot and humid dog days of summer!  Adequate hydration is essential to your lifestyle and your fitness level.  Water is one of the most essential components of the human body. Water regulates the body’s temperature, cushions and protects vital organs, and aids the digestive system. Water not only composes 75 percent of all muscle tissue and about 10 percent of fatty tissue, it also acts within each cell to transport nutrients and dispel waste. And, because water composes more than half of the human body, it is impossible to sustain life for more than a week without it.

For regular exercisers maintaining a constant supply of water in the body is essential to performance. Dehydration leads to muscle fatigue and loss of coordination. Even small amounts of water loss may hinder athletic performance.   In a dehydrated state the body is unable to cool itself efficiently, leading to heat exhaustion and possibly heat stroke. Without an adequate supply of water the body will lack energy and muscles may develop cramps. To prevent dehydration, exercisers must drink before, during and after the workout.

Feeling lightheaded, chapped lips, dry skin, achy joints and headaches during a workout are all signs of dehydration and a signal to tone it down a notch. Though willpower sometimes makes us want to push ourselves through a few more reps or another mile, feeling these symptoms is an indicator that it’s time to hydrate.   When there’s not enough water in blood, both blood volume and blood pressure drop, resulting in dizziness.

It is important to drink even before signs of thirst appear. Thirst is a signal that your body is already on the way to dehydration. It is important to drink more than thirst demands and to continue to drink throughout the day. One way to check your hydration level is to monitor your urine. It should be plentiful and pale yellow unless you are taking supplements, which will darken the color for several hours after consumption.

During exercise, water is the best fluid replenisher for most individuals, although sports drinks help replace lost electrolytes during high intensity exercise exceeding 45 to 60 minutes. Individuals who sweat profusely during exercise and whose sweat contains a high amount of sodium (you may notice salt stains/rings on your athletic wear) should choose sports drinks and ensure that their diet contains adequate sodium to prevent hyponatremia (water intoxication).

Contrary to popular belief, scientific evidence suggests that moderate caffeine intake does NOT compromise exercise performance or hydration status. However, alcohol consumption can interfere with muscle recovery from exercise and negatively affect a variety of performance variables.

Hydration Hints

  • Drink at least 8-12 ounces of water as soon as you get up in the morning (while the coffee is brewing!)
  • Drink 17-20 ounces of water two to three hours before the start of exercise.
  • Drink at least half your body weight in ounces throughout the day.
  • Drink an additional 8-12 ounces for every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage consumed.
  • Water consumed during exercise does not count toward your daily goal—aim to consume 8-10 ounces every 20 minutes of exercise.
  • Keep in mind that over hydration can occur during distant events (marathons, tris, etc)—consume electrolytes to balance this risk (sports drinks, bananas, gels)

A Box, A Ball, and A Bell

Look around the gym and you will spot someone jumping on a box, slamming a ball and hoisting a kettlebell in some fashion. If you are already participating in these exercises you can attest to the benefits. For those of you who are hesitant to get in on the jumping, hoisting and slamming, don’t be hesitant. These powerful anaerobic  exercises will elevate your heart rate, build lean muscle and attack stored body fat. There are multiple sequenced exercises that we can prescribe for each member no matter your age, weight, sex or medical condition. Schedule an appointment for a workout refresher or even a session with one of our personal trainers today to increase your exercise IQ. Contact Jamie Dockiewicz, iNLeT Fitness South, or Paula Curtin, iNLeT Fitness Great Neck, to schedule your Personal Training Sessions today.

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