Coming up on this episode
of Focus we show you bodies in motion.  
Anti-gravity yoga turns your typical exercise
routine upside down.  
While another new program
in the Lehigh Valley raises the bar on your
usual workout routine.  We’ll explain
plus share tips to fit 30 to 60 minutes of
physical activity into your day.  
And show you what makes
Parkettes’ Gymnasts a perfect 10.  
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Welcome to our Focus
fitness special, Bodies in Motion.  I’m Laura McHugh.  
And I’m Brittany Garzillo.  Studies show
that regular exercise controls weight,
improves your mood, boosts energy,
and combats health conditions including heart disease
and high blood pressure.  
Guidelines recommend
kids get 60 minutes of physical activity
each day and adults get
half an hour.  Our first story takes us
to Parkettes Gymnastics in Allentown.  Last fall I spent
the day at the Parkettes National Gymnastics
Training Center where groups of
talented athletes train for hours
each day to become some of the world’s
most elite gymnasts.    Becoming an Olympic gymnast takes both will
and power.  Balance, bends,
and back flips, each week more than
a thousand gymnasts push their bodies
to the limit at the Parkettes National
Gymnastics Training Center in Allentown.  Gymnastics is a sport
about perfection and you have–
I’m a perfectionist.  
Perfectionist and power
gymnast superstar Elizabeth “Ebee” Price
from Coopersburg called Parkettes
her home for the past 15 years.  
I’ve been here
since I was three.  I actually got started
when my mom, uh, thought I had
too much energy as a little girl.  I know all the coaches,
they’re like another set of parents.  It’s like
an extended family.  And they really taught me a lot as far as, like, being motivated and determined, and they’ve pushed me to reach my goals when I thought I wouldn’t be able to.  
Reaching goals she does! At the age of 18
Ebee holds the title for the 2013-2014 World Cup
All-Around Championship.  She was a US National
team member, and an alternate
for the 2012 Olympic team.  
I’ve been able to grow up with all these great
elite athletes around me and all these
great coaches, and all these girls
with wonderful attitudes and motivation
being my role models.  If you don’t have
that example for you, it’s hard to know
exactly what you wanna be and how you wanna
get there.  Her shoes will not
be filled for a long, long time.  Up.  Strong snap, up.
That was better.  
Donna Strauss sees it all
from the sidelines.  Donna co-directs Parkettes
along with her husband Bill.  She coaches elite athletes
on everything, from conditioning
and skills, to diet and lifestyle.  
It takes a special
individual that is ready
to persevere, have a great work ethic, uh, wanting to have
good physical fitness because you’ve gotta
be very strong and flexible to do
The Parkette program
was established in the early 1960s.  Together, Donna and Bill
helped develop over 130 national
team members, 3 Olympians,
and 10 World Championship team members.  
It builds confidence, it builds self-esteem, and it helps to develop
children to want to go after their dreams.  
What’s your ultimate goal? Making it to
the 2016 Olympics.  
Elite gymnast, 14-year-old
Christina Desiderio, commutes from
Hackettstown, New Jersey, to train 40 hours a week.  Christina spends
hours on the beam perfecting every inch
of her performance.  
Takes a lot of hard work.  You can get frustrated, but you can’t get upset and say, like, “I can’t do this. ” You just need to keep going and try your best all the time.  
You’re a failure
if you’re afraid to try something new.  So, we try to inspire them, set goals,
and to. . .  if you reach one goal,
you’re gonna go a step higher and higher.  
While Ebee still
sports American pride on her finger tips, she recently retired
from USA gymnastics to compete
in NCAA gymnastics at Stanford University.  
I plan on majoring
in biomedical engineering.  
But says she’ll always
be Parkette proud.  
No matter what sport you’re in, it’s always important
to go out there and do your best
no matter what.  Just give your
one hundred percent, even if that means
messing up a thousand times.  And that the most
important thing is to have fun.  
For Focus, I’m Brittany Garzillo reporting.  
Thanks, Brittany.  To learn more about
a new exercise opportunity in the Lehigh Valley,
we’re now joined by another Brittany.  Brittany Morse owns
Barre3 in Allentown.  Brittany, thank you so much
for joining us today.  
Thank you so much
for having me.  
So, if somebody’s
never heard of Barre3, can you describe it
for us? 
Absolutely.  Barre3 is an amazing
whole body health brand.  It focuses on connecting
with family and friends, nourishing the body
with whole foods, and moving your body
every single day.  
How often are you
offering classes? 
Seven days a week.  We have classes
as early as 6am and as late
as 7:15pm.  
Brittany, how is it
different from a traditional barre class? 
Something that we
really pride ourselves on is the variety
within our classes.  So, all of our classes
are 60-minute long, they’re set to really
fun, upbeat music, and you can come in
whether you’re an elite athlete,
a newer expecting mom, or if you’re
a couch potato just trying it out
for the first time.  So, we have tons
of modifications for our clients, tons of variety, and an amazing instructor
who’s right there for you.  
I’ve heard it described as
ballet meets yoga and Pilates.  Do you think that’s
a good description? 
Absolutely.  We take the grace
from ballet, the wisdom from yoga, and the strength
from Pilates, blend it together in a beautiful
60-minute class.  
Now, who’s a good
candidate for this class? 
Honestly, anyone.  No experience required.  You could be 20 years old and never worked out
in your life, all the way up
to 70 years old.  Come on in.  We’re here for you.  
Will you show us
some of what you’d see in a typical class? -I would love to.
So, should we grab chairs? Start with that? Okay.  So, we’ll each
grab a chair.  And do we wanna set them
at the end of our mats? 
Sure, you can turn
them around.  And this is great
for anyone who may be nervous
to come into a class.  They can try any
of these postures at home right
with their own chair.  So, we’re gonna start
with something called “standing seat work. ” Let’s grab our
Barre3 core ball.  
And this ball
is really squishy.  
And light! Very malleable.  
We’re gonna come about
a forearm’s distance away from your chair.  Feet are hip width
distance apart.  Use that core ball,
place it right behind your right kneecap.  Firm your heel
to seat, place your hands
right back onto your chair
and hold right here.  So, we’re gonna
really focus on rooting
that left foot down into the floor.  Keeping your hips
square and center strong, lengthening
within your spine, right out the gate–
you can stay right here.  You’re targeting
that back line of your body into your glute,
into your hamstring.  
I can feel it,
I feel it right there.  
It’s a burner! Instant feedback.  Option two,
you can start a little pulse
firming that heel right towards
your seat.  Option three,
if you wanna layer on just a little bit more, you can join me
and bring your hands right into heart center.  
I’m gonna stay
where I am, because I’m feeling it.  
This needs balance
for sure.  
Yeah, just one example
of how we offer tons of options
for our clients.  And if for some reason,
if the core ball was not working
for you, you can just ditch it.  You can do
the entire posture without the core ball just pulsing that heel
right towards your seat turning on the back
line of the body, activating the glute,
activating the hamstring.  
And this is a very
small movement, right? 
Teeny tiny.  We love to call it
our Barre3 inch.  And it’s one step
in a three step formula that happens
throughout our class.  
How about another one? I can
really feel that in my calves.  
Yes, let’s step into
something we call carousel horse.  So, we’re gonna
step forward with our left foot.  Right foot steps back, soften both knees
and hold right here.  
So, we’re going into
more of a lunge position? 
Absolutely.  So, we’re gonna check in
with our foundation.  The left foot
is rooted into the mat, and we’re gonna
glide our knee over the ankle
protecting the joint.  Squaring off our hips
like little headlights right out in front of us.  
I feel it
all through my hips, ’cause we talked,
I have mommy hip carrying my son
on my hip, and I’m feeling this
throughout my hip region.  
I’m getting those
earthquake shakes.  
Yeah, we love those
Barre3 quakes.  It is energy
being created within your body,
which ultimately is going to burn calories
and rev your metabolism.  So, just chilling here
in our isometric hold, you’re targeting
that entire lower body.  From here we’re gonna
take that one inch, Barre3 inch,
and lower that back knee down one inch,
up one inch.  Down one inch,
up one inch.  An option if that
is not working for you today, you can stay in
the isometric hold.  Option two,
you can lift that front left heel
layering on a little bit more
of a balance posture, or maybe even
bring those hands into heart center.  I’m shaking and quaking
right there with you.  
Me too! 
Absolutely, I shake
every single class.  Every class.  So, we can stand tall.  And I’ll take you
to one more posture.  And we can come down
to the floor.  Grab your core ball.  We’re gonna
have a seat, and we’re gonna use
this core ball behind our low back
tucking it right behind us like a little bunny tail.  
And we have lots
of options here as well.  So, let’s start
with bringing our hands into heart center.  Lifting the spine tall, activating
that center, rooting the sitz bones
down into the floor.  And then can you
soften your shoulders down your back? Instantly your core
is engaged working the entire trunk.  Lengthening the spine,
working on that core strength.  You can take a little
twist to the right hand side, turning the oblique on
just a little bit more, and then coming
back to center.  And then over
to the left hand side.  Coming back to center.  
Oh, I really feel
that in my core.  
Mm-hmm.  So, we have lots
of options in this posture as well.  You can layer on
a little bit of upper body
if you wanna pull the elbow back, and then come
back to neutral.  And if you wanted
to layer up further, you just grab your
light handheld weights and continue here.  
And Brittany,
this is something you could do in the comfort of your own home
if you needed to, right? 
Absolutely.  The beautiful thing
about Barre3 is we can always
be with you.  There’s a huge library
of online workouts ranging from 10 minutes
to 60 minutes.  You can do them
at the comfort of your own home, you can do them
at the park, we even have options. . .  you could do it
at the beach! 
Oh, that sounds fun.  These are very light weights.  
But they get very heavy
very quick.  They do! 
So, you always have
the option to ditch them
at any time, and find that posture
that works best for you and make it your own.  
And Brittany,
I think we have time for one more.  
If we can keep it quick.  
Yes, we can pop
the core ball right back onto
our tripod, and we’re gonna finish
in an all fours posture.  
So, swinging the legs
behind you.  
Oh, I can feel it
in my legs already.  
Get this out of the way.  
Bringing your hands
underneath your shoulders.  Knees underneath
your hips.  So, option one
to stay right here.  It’s a variation
of plank lengthening the spine.  Option two, you can extend
one leg behind you feeling that catch
where your hamstring and your glute meet.  Option three,
you can take this into a balance posture
lengthening the opposite hand
out in front of you, and just holding here.  Full body work,
not even moving.  Instant shakes
and quakes.  
Instantly we feel it,
and we are out of time.  Brittany, thank you
so much.  Let’s stand back up.  Thank you so much
for joining us today.  Well, if you’re
looking for a new fitness routine, this one may
knock you off your feet.  
At the AntiGravity
Yoga Lab at Emmaus, a class called
flying fitness and yoga helps participants
find their inner peace while often hanging
inches off the ground.  Inside the AntiGravity
Yoga Lab in Emmaus a flying fitness
and yoga class turns heads
upside down.    
Bring your arms
shoulder height.  Palms to face
the picture side of the room.  Find a nice stretch here.  And exhale,
close your wings.  On this day,
owner Kristine McCreary of Allentown serves
as an instructor for the AntiGravity
flying fitness and yoga class.  
It’s a combination
of fitness and yoga, some yoga stretching
and then the fitness, working the core,
and working your cardio, and heart–getting
your heart rate up.  Exhale.  
Throughout the hour-long class, McCreary guides
her clients in a sequence
of exercises using a nine-feet wide
silk hammock.  
The hammock is
a great core workout.  Everything you’re
doing in it is using your core, whether it’s pulling
or tugging, or crunches,
or even in inversions, you still have to have
everything engaged.  Pump those arms.  
The hammocks are suspended
from the ceiling, allowing many
of the poses to take participants
inches off the ground.  
They’ll start out with
a zero compression inversion.  We always start
the class with that to just really
hydrate your spine and elongate
and decompress, let go, I mean, you actually
grow a quarter inch in each class.  You’re gonna be doing
a lot of working out of your core,
your upper body, lower body,
but most importantly, you’re gonna be working
your mind.  Coming out of
your comfort zone.  Letting go,
opening up, and being free.  
McCreary says the class
offers benefits to both body and mind.  One of the reasons
she started practicing yoga several years ago.  
I was going through
some very intense infertility treatments, and I went to a holistic
doctor who suggested I take a meditation class
and start doing yoga.  I had eight miscarriages, and it wasn’t until, um,
I actually delved into yoga
and meditation I actually–
I would always get pregnant but I would never
stay pregnant, and I actually
stayed pregnant, and I now have
my little girl.  
This journey helped
inspire McCreary to bring her passion
for yoga to the Lehigh Valley.  
What I’m really
looking to give back is that same feeling
for whatever, whatever that person
is looking for in their life, whatever they’re
experimenting with, and that’s why
it’s called the Yoga Lab.  This class design
was developed by Christopher Harrison who is a world
Olympic gymnast.  
Katie Yeisley,
a retired nurse from Emmaus, says fear of
the anti-gravity hammock was one of her
biggest hurdles.  
Those first couple classes when you’re in
the fundamental class and you really use
the hammock, you’re like, “Okay, can I do this?” But then you just
feel so comfortable you’re not afraid.  
She says anti-gravity
classes have helped ease
her joint pain.  
I was in a lot of discomfort
prior to coming here, and it’s eased up a lot of the
joint discomfort I was having.  And just being
upside down and being free, there’s just something
about that blood rushing to your head
that is just so interesting, and you really feel
great after you leave.  I definitely feel
very guided throughout the whole class.  Kristine is very vocal
and keeps you involved, but also keeps you in a good,
happy frame of mind.  One of the philosophies
of anti-gravity is opening up
your mind, being free, and finding your
inner child.  Slide your heels
toward your tail bone.  
Determined to find
my inner child, I decided
to try it out myself with a pose
called “vampire. ” 
Bend your knees
into your chest.  Relax your head.  And I want you
to push your feet towards the window side
of the room.  Just push them
into my hands, and then drop
your belly, turn your gaze
towards the mirror, get that nice
shoulder stretch.  Drop your belly
even more.  Beautiful.  
McCreary says if you can do
three consecutive sit-ups you can do an
anti-gravity class, but most importantly. . .  There’s nothing
to be fearful of.  And the most
amazing thing is if you have any
hesitation of trying it, once you’ve done it,
you’re gonna feel amazing ’cause you’ve tried
something new.  You’ve come out
of your element, out of your comfort zone,
and you’re just build– in life, it just helps you
to build self confidence.  
Building a stronger body
and mind through flying fitness
and yoga.  
To our heart center.  
For Focus,
I’m Brittany Garzillo reporting.  It’s great when
you take a class and get your 30 to 60 minutes
of exercise in at once, but it doesn’t always
work out that way.  
Here with tips
to incorporate physical activity
into our daily schedules is fitness expert
and author Michele Stanten.  Thanks for joining us,
Thanks for having me.  
So, you’ve talked
to me before about something
called “sitting disease. ” What is it and what are
the impacts of it? Sitting disease is
that we’re sitting too much.  And what we’re finding out
is too much sitting is the new smoking.  In one study,
being inactive for women over 30
is a bigger risk factor for heart disease
than smoking, than being overweight,
or having high blood pressure.  So, with all the
time-saving devices, the drive-throughs,
TV, remote control. . .  Remember we used
to have to get up and change the channel,
now we don’t.  Um, we’re sitting,
on average, about 13 hours a day.  And even if you get
that exercise session, that 30 or 60 minutes
in a day, it’s not enough
to counteract the dangers of
too much sitting.  So, if you have
a sedentary desk job, you’re in school,
you’re sitting, you have to make
some time and get moving throughout the day.  What happens is
too much sitting basically puts
our body to sleep.  
That’s intereresting.
What are some of the tips that people can do
to help combat that? 
Well, what you wanna do is,
first of all, being conscious of it.  So, in one study
they found that sitting
for three hours– and this was in people
who were in their 20s– had changes in
their arteries that increased
their risk for heart disease.  But what they found
was that getting up every five minutes
prevented that.  So, set a timer, if you have
a desk job, and every hour
just get up.  If you can
go to the bathroom, go to the bathroom
on the floor upstairs so that you’re
walking a little bit more.  If you can’t
get away from your desk, we’re gonna show you
some exercises that you can do, but having that cue
to get up and move.  The other thing is, think
about sedentary activities.  If you are sitting
and watching TV, get up when
there’s a commercial instead of fast forwarding,
if you have it DVR’d, get up and move around
during the commercial.  If you have kids, this happens
to me a lot, I take them
to their activities and they’re there
for an hour or two, and parents sit.  Get up, go out,
take a walk.  Or even if you can’t
get out and move, stand.  You know, at least standing
is better than sitting.  Getting up and walking
and moving is even better.  So, keeping
that in mind, activity monitors
are another great thing.  I have the Fitbit.  This tracks my steps.  And so that way
it’s a cue, so you know
that you wanna be moving
throughout the day.  You wanna be aiming
for at least 7,500 steps, ideally get up
to 10,000 steps a day.  
And that way you can
compete with your friends, too.  
Absolutely! It’s a great device
to compete and see who does more.  And it vibrates
when you hit your score.  Your goal for the day.  So, it’s like “Yes, I did it!” 
So, Michele,
can you show us some tips, or if you do have
a relatively sedentary job where you’re sitting
for hours a day, or sitting
for hours at night.  Can you tell us
what we can do to help it? 
Well, we’ve got our chairs.  So, if you have
a desk job– And again, this depends on
the type of job that you have, but if you’re able to
where you work, when that timer
goes off for five minutes, just stand and do
some, like, squats down into the chair.  Touch and then come up.  
That’s low! 
That is low! I had to stop
for a minute.  
So, all of a sudden
you’re working those big muscles
in those legs.  If you can’t get up, you can stay seated
and just do some leg extensions.  Extending and back in.  Extend.  And do both legs,
do a couple of those.  You can do heel lifts.  So, come up
onto your toes.  And down.  Some of the moves that you guys
did in the Barre3 routine you could even do
at your desk.  So, some torso twists.  Twist to the side, and then to the other.  It’s just getting
those muscles moving so the blood’s
circulating.  Now, you can also
do some other standing ones.  And you can do
some of these, like, in line if you’re standing.  So, again,
the heel lifts, come up onto your toes
and down.  You can challenge
yourself and come up
on one foot at a time.  And you get
a balance challenge in there.  
Do you really do this
when you’re waiting in line? 
It depends, I’ll do these
while I’m brushing my teeth or something like that just to get a little
extra movement in.  And it depends
on the line.  When I was sitting
in the audience, I was back there
standing instead of sitting.  Um, you can also
do things, just bring
your leg behind, it’s less obvious,
and squeeze your glute.  It’s those little movements that can give you
some big results, and just get you
active throughout the day.  Or try balancing
on one foot.  
And these are
really doable.  I mean, you really
could do these at work, even during your
lunch break.  
Yes, and just
throughout the day any time, like I said.  Um, in one study
they found that, um, we have telomeres,
it’s a sign of aging, and as we age these telomeres
on our DNA shorten.  And in one study
when they had older adults who started to decrease
their sitting time by two hours a day
over six months instead of shortening,
their telomeres lengthened.  So, basically,
you’re reversing the aging process
by moving more.  
So, Michele,
let’s go back to our original
positions now.  And I’d love for you
to share with us some more tools that we can use
to get active.  And I know that you are
a huge proponent of walking.  
And finding time to walk
during your day as well.  
Absolutely.  Any time that you
can get out to walk.  And one of the things
we recommend 30 to 60 minutes
a day of exercise, you don’t have to do
that all in one shot.  So, you can do
10 minutes in the morning, take a 10 minute walk, take a 10 minute
walk at lunch or in the evening.  In fact, one study
showed that breaking up your walks like that
and doing them after meals helped more in regulating
our blood sugar, which helps us
to decrease our risk for diabetes.  So, again, getting those
little bouts.  Walking when your
kids are doing activities.  Like, my son plays baseball.  I never bring
my chair to the baseball
games anymore.  So, instead I’m standing
and I’ll walk around the field.  And I’ve gotten
some great shots with my camera
because of it.  So, it’s finding
those opportunities.  For a lot of us
we live in areas where we can’t
necessarily walk.  There’s no sidewalks.  So, when my daughter
went to a dance class, I couldn’t walk
her there even though it was
only maybe about a mile and a half.  There were no sidewalks, so I would drive her there and then I’d leave
my car there, and I would walk
to the bank, I’d walk to get
my nails done, I’d walk to
the post office.  So, look for those
opportunities throughout your day
to fit it in.  The other thing
is to find something to motivate you
that you’re gonna do that.  So, having a buddy to
check in with and support.  The Fitbits are
a great way to motivate you.  I also have a lot
of clients who walk half marathons, or they walk
5ks or 10ks.  And we have a very
walker friendly half marathon here
in the Lehigh Valley, it’s the Delaware and Lehigh
Heritage Half Marathon.  It’s on November 1st, it’s four and
a half hours that you take
to cover 13. 1 miles.  It’s on a beautiful trail.  And I think,
I’m hoping Laura’s gonna join me this year.  
Can I train with my baby
in his stroller? 
You can absolutely train
with the baby in the stroller.  In fact, you’re gonna
get an extra cardio workout from that.  
All right, well if I can train
with my family, I’ll do it.  
Okay, and if you’d
like more information on that, go to the Delaware
and Lehigh Heritage website, um, to find out more
about the half marathon.  And I hope a whole
bunch of people will join us.  It’s for runners
and for walkers.  
Thank you so much, Michele.  
Well, thank you
for joining us.  We’ll see you next week
with a look at the latest developments
in South Bethlehem.  
Today we leave you
with a look at our friends from Broughal Middle School, Raub Middle School,
and Donegan Elementary School.


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