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Buffalo Spree 2013 Best of WNY Winner

June 21st, 2013


hive lifespan is honored to receive Buffalo Spree’s 2013 Best of WNY in the category of Best Fitness Classes in Buffalo!

Last night at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the 2013 Buffalo Spree Best of WNY winners were revealed.  We had a blast at the summer’s “BEST” cocktail party.

We invite  you to take advantage of the best fitness classes in Buffalo.  Take a look at our studio schedule to find a class that fits into your day.  We offer spinning, power yoga, mat Pilates, tabata, gravity, TRX and many more.  We are sure that you will find something that interests you.

And if you are a new to hive, make sure to take advantage of all that hive has to offer in fitness with our $88 for 30 days Hive experience.

Call our club to reserve your spot in our studio classes today.


Calendar of Events June 2013

June 5th, 2013

june flowersThe weather is finally heating up!  Here is what is happening at Hive this June…

Thursday, June 6th
Run Club at the
JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

We will be meeting at the Derrick Industries tent (Y-35)

Saturday, June 8th
Lemons Drop at Hive’s shop!

Our new clothing line is top secret.  (Hint: Rhymes with wu wu – gemons).  Aren’t you stoked!  Come celebrate our new athletic apparel line at hive with complimentary classes for you and guests, outdoor yoga, and of course shopping!

Juices will be available from Patty Green of The Better Body Cleanse and Lemon Zest Granola will be provided by Lori Morreale of Toga Granola.

Saturday, June 15th
FLASH workout at lululemon showroom in Snyder

Get flashed with two complimentary spinning sessions (9:30-10:30 and 10:30-11:30).  You can sign up for this free fitness event by calling hive at 625-4483.

Friday, June 21st
Run Club at St. Gregory the Great Race

Join us as we run 5k for a great cause.  For sign up information, visit our running events in Buffalo page.

Saturday, June 22nd
The Ride for Roswell

Join team Hive and ride with us to support cancer research at this annual event.

Thursday, July 4th
4th of July Bootcamp
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Burn some calories and have some fun before you hit the 4th of July fireworks or backyard BBQs.  Call 625.4483 or stop by the front desk to sign up.  This bootcamp is sure to be killer!


Calendar of Events April 2013

April 1st, 2013

What’s new at hive in April?  This month we have an exciting lineup of fitness and wellness inspired events for hive members and the Buffalo community!  Here’s a list of what’s happening at hive lifespan.

bridezillaMonday, April 8th
Bridezilla Bootcamp Begins!

Calling all brides and bridesmaids!  Get ready to walk down the aisle in the best shape of your life!  Bridezilla Boot Camp’s 6- and 12-week programs, both include small group training sessions, nutritional guidance, grocery shopping tours, fitness assessments, wedding tips, and more. We’ll leave you toned, confident, beautiful and ready for your big day!

Classes are Monday and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
6-week program (Phase 1 Only): April 8 – May 18
12-week program (Phase 1 & 2): April 8 – June 29

Call to reserve your space in class.  Check out Bridezilla Boot Camp on facebook.

Saturday, April 13th
Sweat Equity Challenge
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate the end of tax season by building sweat equity! Join us for a challenging morning and compete to win hive bucks to spend at our café, the shop or classes!  Please call or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Wednesday, April 24th
Sample the Spa night
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us at Spa 400 at Hive for a night of relaxation and pampering.

Spa 400 will be offering complimentary neck and shoulder chair massages, hand rejuvenation massages, aromatherapy hand and foot paraffin treatments, ashuatsu barefoot massage, and SilkPeel Dermal-infusion demonstrations.

We will also provide champagne and lite bites for the ultimate relaxation.

Please call 625-4483 or stop by the front desk to schedule your complimentary treatments in advance.

Monday, April 29th
Wear The Luxury
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We feel it is important to set fitness goals but it is equally important to reward yourself once you reach them. Join us for our Wear The Luxury event with ZH Racine Exclusive Jewelry. Shop exquisite selections from Alexis Bittar, Munnu, Rivka Friedman, Jan Michaels, Karine Sultan and more. Please call or stop by the front desk to RSVP.

Ending Childhood Obesity Begins with You

March 6th, 2013

By, Aaron Powers

Childhood obesity is a serious epidemic facing our children today. The American Heart Association and CDC (Center for Disease Control) report that one out of three kids is overweight or obese. That is roughly three times as many overweight or obese children than there were almost 50 years ago. As a result , children today are at more risk to develop heart disease such as high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, as well as type II diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, depression and low self-esteem as a result of their weight gain. Not only is this a problem that effects individuals in the childhood years, but it has also been shown that children that are obese are more likely to become obese adults.

ID-10034755-kid runningWhat is the difference between being overweight and being obese? Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Excess body fat is the result of a “positive caloric balance” which means that more calories are consumed than are being expended, therefore resulting in stored energy in the form of fat.

Why such a dramatic increase in the last 50 years? One reason is the ever increasing sedentary lifestyle of the American family. Here are some of the factors that have contributed to this increase:

  • Fewer kids walk to school.
  • Increase in schoolwork leads to less time for activity.
  • Advances in technology have garnered kids attention more than outdoor play.
  • The increase in two income households leaves less time for parents to play with their children and monitor their eating habits.
  • The on-the-go lifestyle of many Americans leads to increased consumption of heavily processed foods that are high in fat and sodium content.
  • There has been an increase in consumption highly processed sugar drinks by children and adolescents.

What can be done to prevent my child from becoming overweight or obese (or to get my kid back on the right track)?

Here are some suggestions from the Mayo Clinic:

  1. Eat healthy. When grocery shopping choose to buy more fruits and vegetables. Offer fruits and veggies as snacks to your children. Len Saunders of the US News says in his report “Understanding Childhood Obesity” that parents should encourage their kids to eat more veggies by dipping them in low-fat yogurt or pudding, and then slowly ween them off this strategy to where they are only consuming the veggies.
  2. Limit sweetened beverages. Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents from 2-18 years old. This includes sodas and fruit juice as there is little nutritional content compared to the high caloric intake. Instead, try getting your children to drink more water by adding a lemon slice or lemon juice for taste.
  3. Eat together as a family. Eating together as a family not only promotes family bonding but also prevents children and adolescents from eating in front of a TV or computer screen, which promotes fast eating and lowered awareness of how much one is consuming.
  4. Cook your meals. When you cook your own meals you can control what ingredients are used. When you eat out, food is prepared more for taste rather than nutritional value and therefore is often high in fat and calories.
  5. Watch your portions. The increased size of meals, utensils and dinner plates make it easy to overeat. Fill your plate with mostly veggies and a small amount of protein. Avoid getting up for seconds.
  6. Make sure your child gets enough sleep.  For adults, people who get at least seven hours of sleep per night tend to have less body fat than people who don’t.  And kids need even more sleep than adults.

Don’t forget to move!
While nutrition is an extremely vital aspect in reducing childhood obesity, don’t forget about physical activity. While video games are fun and TV is entertaining, parents should limit their kids to no more than 2 hours of screen time per day.

Simply having your child take a brisk 30min walk a day can significantly reduce the chance of your child of becoming obese. However, seeing as how children are reluctant to walk for no reason, physical activity should be made fun in the form of a game such as hide and seek, capture the flag, kickball, or jump rope. Also you want to make sure you do a variety of activities such as swimming, biking, hiking, and playing games so that your child will develop a variety of muscles as well as coordination while keeping activity new and exciting.

Parents are role models
Finally, the most important aspect in helping your children become active and healthy so that they can develop into active and healthy adults is taking care of yourself and modeling healthy behavior. Children often emulate their parents, so if you are active along with them they are more likely to enjoy physical activity and healthy eating habits even into their adult years than if you chose sit on the couch.

AaronP3About the Author
Aaron Powers is part of our coaching staff at hive lifespan. He is a personal and group trainer and also teaches some of our specialty classes at hive. He earned both his BS and MS in Exercise Science from University at Buffalo and is a NY State Licensed Athletic Trainer. Additionally Aaron holds certifications as a NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Gravity Personal Training Instructor, Power Plate Level I and is a AHA Basic Life Support Instructor.

Sources used to write this article:
Child Obesity Facts by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Understanding Childhood Obesity by Len Saunders
Childhood Obesity by Mayo Clinic
Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Win a lululemon Shopping Spree!

February 6th, 2013

To celebrate Valentines Day, we’ve teamed up with lululemon athletica for a trunk show, team competition and shopping spree giveaway!

Here are the details:

Wednesday, February 13th

Don’t Break My Heart lululemon Trunk Show
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

“Singled Out” Team Event
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Get sweaty, play hard and battle it out competing for the ultimate lululemon team prize package valued over $200. Form your team of three and register with a Hive concierge. No team, no problem! We will find one for you.

Make sure to enter to win a lululemon Shopping Spree!

We will be drawing three names at random and giving away three $214 lululemon gift cards.

Plus, get a bonus entry when you stop by the front desk and scan our QR code.  (You can download a free QR code scanner as an app on your smartphone.)

Good luck!

Healthy Snacks for a Healthy Lifestyle

January 25th, 2013

Your 2013 resolutions to be healthier and lose weight, just won’t work if you starve yourself all day.  So give yourself a break and enjoy a snack.  Just make sure to pick something that is good for you and that is portion controlled.  If you snack correctly it can stop you from over eating at meals, provide a mid-day pick me up, and help you feel like you aren’t depriving yourself.

So, what do personal trainers reach for when they want a snack?

We asked our coaching staff at Hive to tell us what they love to eat.  Here are a few snack recommendations that are delicious, convenient and healthy.

Nick recommends Almonds
Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain many other protective nutrients – such as calcium and magnesium – for strong bones and vitamin E.  The FDA has confirmed that eating almonds as part of a low-saturated-fat diet can reduce your risk of heart disease because they may help lower LDL or bad cholesterol.

Tip: Portion your almonds into plastic baggies or Tupperware so you can throw them in your briefcase, purse or gym bag.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that 1 oz. or about 23 whole, shelled nuts is the standard serving of almonds. Each serving contains 163 calories and about 14 g of fat. Almonds are also a great source of protein and fiber, with 6 g of protein and 3.5 g of fiber.

Aaron B. and Nick B. recommend Peanut Butter
Try a slice of wheat or whole grain bread with one tablespoon of all natural peanut butter.  For a variation, Nick B. loves one apple sliced dipped into a tablespoon of honey roasted peanut butter after an early morning workout.  Either way you have it, peanut butter is a terrific source of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.

Did you know that we make our own all-natural peanut butter at Hive?
Just one taste and you’ll be converted from those grocery store brands that you grew up with.  Make sure to try a sample of our fresh ground peanut butter the next time you stop in the club.

Kendra recommends Fruit Juice
Kendra recommends 100% juice drinks by Bolthouse Farms.  Her favorite flavor is 50/50 Berry which is rich in Vitamins B5, B6, E and C.  This combination is great for improving your energy and immune system.  On the go?  Grab a piece of fresh fruit instead.

Josh recommends Feel Rite’s Power Wrap
Josh’s favorite “go to” snack from Feel Rite contains fresh ground peanut butter, sunflower seeds, cranberries, almonds and bananas in a whole wheat wrap.  This wrap has the perfect combination of carbs, protein and fat that your body needs when recovering from a strenuous workout.

Eileen recommends the Chocolate Bumblenut shake from our Hive Energy Bar
This shake contains chocolate dotFIT Whey Smooth, banana, vanilla almond milk, organic peanut butter, bee pollen and honey.  (Yes we did just say bee pollen.  Bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein. It comes from the pollen that collects on the bodies of bees.)  This shake is intended to be consumed post workout.  At 298 calories you may want to use this shake as a meal replacement, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

Looking for a lower calorie option?
You may want to try the PineappleCoco shake (218 calories) which is perfect for before or after exercise.

Sarah recommends Veggies and Hummus
Sarah loves The Healthnut hummus by Chris Dilorenzo.  Her favorite flavor?  It’s so hard to choose because they’re all so good.   Flavors include: Smoky chipotle, pesto, spinach artichoke, jalapeno cilantro, roasted garlic and avocado.  Hummus is great because it makes eating veggies so much better!  Plus it’s low calorie and satisfying.

Where can you get it? 
We are hoping to carry this freshly made hummus at Hive in the near future.  Any hummus is a great choice for a mid-day pick-me-up.

We hope you enjoy these yummy treats.  And if you need help getting your diet on track, please stop by the front desk or call us at 716.625.4483.  We can set up an appointment for you with one of our knowledgeable nutritionists who can help you plan healthy meals and snacks that will keep you on top of your fitness goals.

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