"I wish to work miracles" - Leonardo Da Vinci

The Importance of Strength Training: Aging



Oak Fitness Club Da Vinci BodyBoard Teacher Training Center
Oak Fitness Club Da Vinci BodyBoard Teacher Training Center


“When it comes to our health, we are bombarded with so much conflicting information, particularly when it comes to strength training” Continuous strength training will prevent midlife weight gain, maintain muscle mass, increase self-esteem, and much more. The Da Vinci Body system will improve one’s quality of life whether it be for functionality or personal workout goals! Physical activity is crucial to live a balanced life. Check out a DVBB class near you today!

This link will provide more information about the importance of physical activity as one ages:



Da Vinci BodyBoard: What’s trending

dv071Check out our new fitness tank tops! Really become a part of the team with this all back tank,100% micro-modal made from beach trees. These tank tops are great for a workout at the gym or a casual day on the town. They are comfortable and soft. The material gives, and looks great in all the right places! The black or citron tank looks amazing layered as well. Silky smooth, shrink resistant, fade resistant, moisture-wicking, and light-weight…you can’t go wrong!

To get the inside scoop on our lovely new tank collection visit our shop page!



Healthy Weeknight Dinner Idea





Here’s an amazing dinner recipe made in just 30 minutes! Salmon is a great source of omega 3-fatty acids and protein, while kale is low calorie and high fiber. Nutrition is increasingly recognized as a key component of optimal sporting performance.

“The star of this dish is the kale salad. It’s crunchy, tangy and sweet!”

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pan-seared-salmon-with-kale-and-apple-salad-recipe.html?oc=linkback


Bands Vs. Free Weights

slider 5

According to Jim Stoppani PhD of bandlastics.com,”One of the most important benefits of elastic resistance is that, unlike free weights, it does not rely on gravity to provide resistance. This increases its potential for use in more functional movement patterns that mimic both everyday activities and sport-specific activities.” The combination of (HIIT) high intensity interval training and resistance band training makes for an astounding muscle building, cardiovascular, and fat-burning workout! Recovery time is shortened drastically and range of motion increases. DaVinciBodyBoard workouts truly improve one’s overall health. Go to–>our locations page to find a class near you!

For further information about resistance band vs. free weight training click on the link below:



Men’s Health Magazine: Holistic approach to a better lifestyle


slider 4

Da Vinci BodyBoard is the newest trend and fitness application internationally. Many refer to it as a pilates or yoga strength training-however, it is much more! Da Vinci BodyBoard is for everyone, from the most fit of athletes, to the average joe. Men’s Health Magazine came out with a great article on the newest fitness craze! It is a full cardio/strength training workout in only 30 minutes!! Yes, I said 30 minutes! Health studies have discovered recovery time is shortened drastically with a shorter more intense workout. High intensity interval training or (HIIT) is the fastest and most efficient way to lose weight and gain muscle definition. If you don’t believe me try it for yourself!

Below is a link to the amazing video in Miami, Florida…check it out:


Shape Magazine 7 Reasons To Shorten Your Workout

• Shape Magazine put out this great article

7 Reasons To Shorten Your Workout












Checkout this great article by Shape Magazine on the benefits of a shorter workout. The Da Vinci BodyBoard system is all about the short intense workout! Get the most out of your time. Get Boarding!

• 7 Reasons to Shorten Your Workout

By Melissa Pheterson

If you tend to watch the clock during workouts that seem to drag on, you’ll be happy to know that a quick 20-minute or 30-minute workout routine can be just as good—if not better. Last week, the New York Times reported on a few “express” classes that reduce workout time by revving up intensity. We’ve rounded up the top 7 reasons why shorter workouts are long on results:

1. Burn more fat—all day. “Making your workouts shorter and more intense not only saves time, but can also burn more calories overall,” says Jari Love, star of the “Get Extremely Ripped Boot Camp” DVD. Shorter workouts often involve quick movements and rapid muscle contractions, which tap into carbs as a fuel source. “When your heart rate is elevated to the point that you are burning carbs primarily, it means you will burn more fat during the workout and even after the workout is over.”

2. Build muscle. Our ‘fast-twitch’ fiber muscles—the ones recruited during quick, rapid movements—are “crucial for muscle strength, speed and power,” says Love. When you need a quick break during the workout, switch to more deliberate ‘slow-twitch’ moves, like squats or crunches; they’ll help round out your muscle workout.

3. Strengthen your heart. Getting your heart elevated for 20 or 30 minutes every day will make it stronger and healthier, according to Love. Check out our round-up of quick cardio routines.

4. Prevent injury. “When you train your body to be able to handle fast and sudden movement, you will be better prepared for day-to-day activities,” says Love. Plus, a shorter workout means less of the wear-and-tear that leads to sore muscles.

5. Bust excuses. You may not be able to commit a whole afternoon to the gym. But half an hour—or less—of working out is easy to squeeze into even the busiest day.

6. Maximize your time. The best quick workouts help you “multitask” with moves that hit several muscle groups in succession, like lunges with bicep curls or squats followed by an overhead press. And “express” workouts kick up the intensity to speed your trip to the fat-burning zone.

7. Sharpen your focus. “I often see students holding back during an hour class, so worried about pacing themselves that they never give it their all,” says Donald Hunter, a cardio kickbox instructor in Rochester. “Knowing a workout is shorter means you’re more likely to give it your all, right from the get-go.”

Da Vinci BodyBoard Employs HIIT for Safe and Effective Workouts

One of the many questions I get during demonstrations is: “Is this a safe way to exercise for most people?” High intensity interval training, HIIT, is hard and the Da Vinci BodyBoard makes it even more challenging because it incorporates more of your body in each exercise. BUT, anyone and any ability level can do it. It’s important to know that you are more capable than you think, and pushing yourself in the right way is extremely beneficial. We also try and make it fun and motivating by adding music and dance. Studies show that you are far more likely to exercise if it is engaging and doesn’t cut into your busy schedule as much. Jane Brody of the New York Times writes: “The studies strongly suggest that a more demanding but more efficient and often more enjoyable form of exercise known as high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is not only safe for most patients but more effective at preventing or reversing the deficits associated with many chronic ailments.” Please check out the entire article and learn more about the health and wellness benefits of short intense workouts. 20 minutes a day on the BodyBoard could make all the difference. Get Boarding!

Da Vinci BodyBoard Employs HIIT for Safe and Effective Workouts
Da Vinci BodyBoard Employs HIIT for Safe and Effective Workouts











30-minute workouts are better than an hour for weight loss: study

30-Minute workouts are better than an hour for weight loss study









A new Danish study has found that people who exercised for just 30 minutes a day lost a third more weight than those who worked out for an hour a day.The rationale? Scientists believe that the shorter workout stints left subjects with more energy and motivation to live healthier lifestyles, while those who hit the gym for an hour were more likely to feel burned out.”The subjects in the test group that exercised the least talk about increased energy levels and a higher motivation for exercising and pursuing a healthy everyday life,” said study author Dr. Astrid Jesperson of the University of Copenhagen. “They take the stairs, take the dog for an extra walk or cycle to work.” In contrast, the subjects “who exercised for one hour a day, after training, felt exhausted, demotivated and less open to making a healthy change,” she added. Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/30-minute-workouts-better-hour-weight-loss-study-article-1.1462723
The Da Vinci BodyBoard system is based on this philosophy. We call it “smart fitness.” By making exercise a sustainable part of your daily routine, you are far more likely to stick with it. Studies also show that your body starts to work for you and helps to raise your metabolism with short intense workouts. By spending 30 minutes or less a day on the BodyBoard, you can change your body and your lifestyle. Get Boarding!

Get Moving with Music!

We’ve all had those days – when you’re run down, tired and you just don’t want to move. But then your favorite song comes on the radio, and before you know it, you’re dancing and singing along. The motivation of music is a powerful tool, especially during a workout.

Listening to music while exercising is a great way to make time go by faster, and to motivate yourself to push through the hardest moments of your workout. Music also helps you keep a steady pace, keeps your energy levels up, so that you’re expending a consistent effort from start to finish, and can help clear your mind—and let’s face it, who couldn’t use a little stress release! Best of all, music boosts your mood. Listening to your favorite song during a workout is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and make even the toughest workout more fun!

Our BodyBoard workouts (found on the DVDs and exclusive online routines that come with the purchase of a board) include music, but they’re just a starting point. Once you’re comfortable with the moves, you can go ahead and mute the TV, then sub in whatever music gets you moving! Or if you’re in a bit of a musical rut, check out our list of the top BodyBoard workout-approved tunes that we’re loving right now. Put one of these on the next time you hit the Board and your Band Dancing will never be the same!


Here are some songs to get you movin’ and shakin’:

“Countdown” by Beyoncé

“I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias

“You’re So Damn Hot” by OK Go

“Gold on the Ceiling” by The Black Keys

“Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

“All of the Lights” by Kanye West

“Lights” by Ellie Goulding

“Don’t Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia

“Let Me Love You” by Ne-Yo

“Who Gon Stop Me” by Jay-Z and Kanye West

“Glad You Came” by The Wanted


Get Boarding, everyone!