Monday, November 8, 2010

What is Your Favorite Piece of Fitness Equipment?

My Favorite Piece of Fitness Equipment
The Human Body!
Some consider the Human Body a work of art
I love
My Body
My Client's Body
Every Body
Especially when they are respected and used to their full potential!

Taking care of your body is pretty simple
and it costs nothing
Top reasons why the Human Body is my favorite piece of Fitness Equipment
Easy to store
Greatest return for you investment
Open 24 Hours
You always know where to find it
Doesn't get dusty or full of cobwebs (well, I hope not)
No assembly required
Likes longs walks on the beach
Enjoys a healthy meal
Loves massages
Will be willing to go for a run if you promise to treat it well before and after the run
The more you use it, the better it looks
The more you use it the better it works
The more you use it lasts longer
The options are endless

No matter what your favorite piece of Fitness Equipment choice is
Neglect it, it will not work efficiently and you may need to invest in repairs.
Try using it after a long spell of neglect, it may break.
Ignore it long enough, it will fall apart completely
This picture is worth a thousand words
Kinda funny, kinda cute, hard not to smile when looking at it.
But really, you know you don't want to look like that.

Our bodies our the best fitness equipment out there!
Take the time to invest in the most important piece of fitness equipment that you already own!
Equipment is only as good as the person using it.
If one does not take the time to understand, master, nurture, and enjoy the one piece of equipment that they already own, no matter how much you spend on the next fitness fad or gimmick,
it will be pretty much useless.

The Human Body
Just move it, wash it, feed it, hydrate it, let it rest, repeat.
: )

I would love to know about your favorite piece of fitness equipment.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Day!
-Melissa Adylia Gutierrez
Owner/Personal Trainer


Behind the Name of Controlled Burn Fitness

As it says
"Go for the Intensity Avoid the Injury"

Going for the intensity while avoiding injury
is what my Personal Training Style is all about.
I take all necessary steps to observe, identify, and address the needs of my clients
in order to help them reach their health and fitness goals.
I then meticulously design a plan of action that will ensure intensity while maintaining safety
In my opinion, when it comes to pushing the boundaries of intensity and safety,
"controlled burns" take the cake.

Growing up in Southern California
and living through over 35 years of "fire season", I have come to understand and respect the necessity and the intensity that comes with Controlled/Prescribed Burns.
With "controlled burns", what some may see as destruction is, in actuality,
an opportunity to protect the lives of people and animals,
and to provide the necessary means for new life to thrive.
This was the view of the hills above The Controlled Burn Fitness Studio
during the 2009 Station Fires

Many say that the destruction could have been minimized
had there been controlled/prescribed burns.

I named my fitness studio
because of the focus, expertise, and supervision
that is required to do no harm
while providing much needed intensity to achieve results!

Go for the Intensity!
Avoid the Injury!

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Day!
-Melissa Adylia Gutierrez
Owner/Personal Trainer
Controlled Burn Fitness

The Controlled Burn Fitness Studio
3521-A North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA


Monday, November 1, 2010

Rock n Roll Half 2010 Recap

Sunday, October 24th
I Ran
Actually, kinda scampered
This Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon was a lot slower
than my San Diego Rock n Roll 1/2 in June.

I hadn't had a day of rest for at least 16 days before the run
During the 2 weeks prior to the run, I taught a ton of intense conditioning classes, a few Indoor Cycling Classes, did 2 11-mile trail run/hikes along with 2 6-milers.

I had every intention to take all of Saturday off
but couldn't pass up teaching a Contemporary Dance Class at Heartbeat House when they called at the last minute to sub the 4-5pm Class.

Even though I was beat
I intended to keep the same goals when I ran the LA Marathon in March
My LA Marathon Running Goals included
Avoid injury
Have fun
Take great pictures
Finish with dignity
Wear my 4" Jimmy Choos to Dinner

On this day, my legs were not happy with me.
But I was so happy to see the gang from A Runners Circle
that I couldn't help but kick up my heels
: )
Take great pictures!
: )

Funny thing
If you look behind me to the right,
the white tents are right in front of Heartbeat House
: )

Sadly, I was pretty bummed with this course
This course was almost the same as the "City of Angels 1/2" which I had done 2 years ago.
I had really enjoyed the course and the spectators, and couldn't wait to do it again.
I chose to do this 1/2 because I figured the "Rock n Roll" franchise would rock it even harder.
 I did the San Diego Rock n Roll 1/2 in June and it definitely ROCKED!!!
(except for the beer garden)

they didn’t rock LA
: (

There were barely any spectators this time around
I have no clue why
Even the bums cheered us on during City of Angels while we ran around Echo Park Lake.
This year...nothing.
Low spectator attendance had it's benefits
I was able to spot the ever-wonderful, Mister Louis Kwan
He is responsible for pictures 1, 2, 4 and 5.
Louis posted a ton more pics from the Los Angeles Rock n Roll 1/2

Like what you see?
Then please donate a little something on his
Even if it's just a dollar, no amount is too little.

The bands were place so strangely along the course
Sometimes too close to each other that you couldn’t really figure out the songs and then there would be no music for ages.

The worst
was that there was No Music at the top of hills when we needed it.
: (

What I did NOT enjoy about the course this year
Plenty of water volunteers were
Some wanted us to high five them when all we wanted was water!
(Happened 3x!)
Water peeps were in the middle of the course!
No signs ABOVE to tell us when water stops or port-o-pottys were near.
NEVER saw a port-a-potty till I was passing it.
All the construction on Riverside to Glendale to Silverlake Reservoir sucked.

MILLER Beer needs to KICK ROCKS!!!
They suck as a concessionaire and you should get them the "you know what" out!
They screwed us at the SD RnR
and they were A**es this time around too!

OK, enough
Sorry for sounding so rude but I don't think I will do it again next year.
Not worth it.
I felt embarrassed that I had told so many friends
how fun the course was since it sucked so hard this time around
: (

On the Lighter Side
Any day we can get up and get some exercise is a good day!
I was happy with the first 1/2 of the 1/2 Marathon
but after mile 9 (about 1/2 a mile after this picture was taken), and the hill on Temple,
I just started losing steam.
After getting to the top , I started walking and just couldn't get back into the groove.

Luckily I felt fine the next day
I got up early to train my Personal Training Clients
and felt great when teaching 2 of my Group Fitness Classes.
I did decide to give myself a little break
and got someone to cover my 6pm Indoor Cycling Class.

I did love the organization at the finish
And the Medal is pretty nice.
Sadly, the shirt goes to just above my knees and is an XS
Maybe they are sized for NBA players.
: /

Some people say it was really good
Maybe they are confusing it with the SD RnR
Maybe they want to justify that they spent so much $$$.

Thank goodness I have the Malibu 1/2 in November and the Bug Sur Full next May
to look forward to and to wash the stink of this one outta my memory.
At least I know those are waaaay worth the $$$!

Did you run the Los Angeles Rock and Roll 1/2 this year?
Tell me about your experience.
: )