Resources for Women of Size
From Radiance Spring 2000
In Fitness and
In Health is a
"life-style center" for women of size in New York, is
owned and operated by Rochelle Rice. Rice, a former professional
dancer, has a master's degree from New York University and
specializes in plus-size exercise. The center offers movement
classes of all types in a safe and nurturing environment. Contact
Rice at 212-689-4558, or join her on the web at www.infitnessinhealth.com,
where you can purchase her new basic video for women at all
fitness levels. And watch for her book, Real Fitness for Real
Women (Warner Books), due out at the end of 2000.
Yoga for Large
People is founded by
Mara Nesbitt (a supersize woman). This forty-five-minute video
gives gentle stretching and breathing instruction in the hatha
yoga tradition; the poses are adapted to suit large bodies. Cost,
$35 (includes s/h in U.S.). Send check or money order to Mara
Nesbitt, P.O. Box 19141, Portland, OR 97280, or order through www.webrox.net/yogavideo.
moretolovefitness.com is home of the New York-based "exercyber"
club for people of size. For $19.95 a quarter, you get interactive
scheduled fitness and motivational coaching sessions with founder
Linda Izzo and trainer Mike Looney. In addition, as a club member,
you receive their personal training video and e-newsletter. At the
site itself, find discussion groups, resources, and interviews
that encourage and support people of size. More to Love Fitness
instructor certification courses prepare individuals to offer
classes at their own location. For feel-good fitness, check out
their web site, or call 800-321-OKAY.
The Fitness with
Bliss video is like
having your own personal trainer on video, with follow-up phone
support. Kelly Bliss, M.Ed., is recognized by the National
Institutes of Health as a leader in plus-size and supersize
fitness. Life coaching phone sessions also available. Contact
Kelly in Pennsylvania at 610-394-2547, and check out www.KellyBliss.com for
additional services. Coming in 2001, a strength-training video
using barbells of varying weights.
Wellness Zone in San
Francisco, is the personal training alternative, offering general
fitness and athletic conditioning, bodywork, Pilates-based
exercise, and physical therapy to women and men of all ages,
sizes, and fitness levels. It is owned and operated by Jake
Tommerup, who has a master's degree in exercise physiology and is
certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as
a personal trainer and as a strength and conditioning specialist.
Contact her at 415-252-9940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Substance Health Spa,
Redwood City, California, offers a safe, healthy, and fun fitness
facility for women of all body types, fitness levels, and sizes.
Low-impact water and floor aerobics classes and a variety of
workout equipment and personal training are available. The spa
provides child care, massage therapy, and resources for building
self-esteem, size appreciation, and women's health. Contact Dana,
Lisa, or Becky at 650-36-WOMAN (650-369-6626) or at email@example.com.
Studio, Los Gatos,
California, is a place for people of all ages, sizes, and fitness
levels to exercise. Owner Tami Anastasia has a master's degree in
counseling and merges the disciplines of exercise and counseling
in her wellness programs. She specializes in working with people
who'd like to establish regular exercise habits, develop a
healthier relationship with food, learn body acceptance, improve
self-esteem, and achieve a balanced life-style. Memberships,
personal training, combined counseling and exercise sessions; and
support groups are available. Contact her at 408-376-3837, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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