Review – The Bar Method™, Inc. – The Bar Method™, Inc.

Physical grace and power!

Former journalist Burr Leonard and her husband/lawyer Carl Diehl opened their first Lotte Berk exercise studio in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1991. Lotte Berk was a German dancer who suffered a back injury and formed the Lotte Berk Method which combined ballet bar with her rehabilitative therapy. Burr has been an avid Lotte Berk Method student since 1981 and in 1991 she became The Lotte Berk Method’s sole licensee. Burr and Carl followed this by co-founding The Bar Method, Inc. in 2000. After reworking and improving sculpting exercises to target muscles without impacting joints, they sold the Connecticut studios. Their newer version of The Lotte Berk Method resulted in the founding of The Bar Method™ in 2001, and their flagship studio opened in the marina neighborhood in San Francisco.

Baby boomer fitness buffs will love this revolutionary workout that integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy. The result? A sculpted body of firm, elongated muscles; strong, flat abdominals; long, narrow thighs; defined hamstrings; a lifted seat; high muscle definition in the chest and upper arms; improved posture; reduced body fat; and increased energy and stamina. Rejoice! One-hour workouts target all major muscle groups, deliver a high level of overall fitness, and are non-impact. Instructors are specially trained in the healthy patterns of movement, body connection, mental focus, and posture. Exercises utilize a ballet bar and mats and focus on effectiveness, body awareness, and safety.

Can’t find a studio in your area? Then head on over to their online shop and workout at home with DVDs that don’t require ballet bars – just a sturdy chair or portable bar, a soft strap for stretching, and two free weights (2 to 4 pounds each).

Creative options for fitness abound…you just need to do it!


Review – CogniFit Ltd.

www.mindfit.comCogniFit Ltd.

Fit minds for life!

CogniFit, Ltd. is a worldwide leader in brain research and a leading developer of scientifically validated cognitive software. Founded in 1999 by world renowned psychologist Professor Shlomo Breznitz. CogniFit employs a team of internationally respected scientists who apply up-to-date research to develop their online and CD brain training fitness programs. They collaborate with top global scientists at scientific institutions, major universities, and hospitals to ensure effectiveness of programs that combine personalized training with scientifically proved methodologies. Their cognitive database ensures training utilizes the current discoveries and advancement in neuroscience and neuroplasticity. Awards include the 2009 ICAA Innovative New Product Award for Active Older Adults and the 2009 New Product and Technology Awards from the Mature Market Institute.

Baby boomers love to keep their brains healthy, strong, and vital and CogniFit’s online and MindFit’s CD computer brain training programs were designed specifically to do just that. Exercises help improve 14 key cognitive abilities and large fonts contribute to the ease of use. Programs are designed for adults who wish to maintain and improve their cognitive health and hone cognitive skills. They improve cognitive performance of individuals with various health related conditions and improve driving related cognitive skills.

The Cognifit™Personal Coach program is tailored to each individual to achieve optimum cognitive health, and MindFit™ automatically selects the exercises an individual needs. Begin with a Baseline Assessment to determine the level of your cognitive health. This is followed by a 20-minute training session based on your assessment. There are 24 training sessions and as you progress through the first cycle of 24, the Personal Coach creates a customized training regimen. Exercises are adjusted to reflect your progress and to make sure that you’re training at optimum efficiency. You receive a complete assessment at the end of the cycle and a new set of personal training goals is now established for your next cycle.

The Cognifit™ Senior Driver and the MindFit™Back On Track programs are scientifically proven, validated and designed for people who want to maintain and extend their safe driving skills. The personalized program assesses 10 essential driving-related cognitive skills and follows the same training process of the Cognifit™Personal Coach program. Turn your computer into your brain’s fitness room to sharpen your mind and improve your quality of life.


Review – BlueVoice


Empowering us to help preserve and protect our oceans!

BlueVoice is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) ocean conservation organization co-founded in 2000 by Hardy Jones and Ted Danson. The mission of BlueVoice is to protect dolphins, save whales and other marine mammals, and raise awareness about toxic chemicals including mercury, PCBs, and organic pollutants in our precious and vital oceans. BlueVoice draws on the films produced by Hardy Jones/Julia Whitty Productions. Their film If Dolphins Could Talk inspired the Heinz Company to no longer accept tuna caught by surrounding dolphins with nets. HardyJones is a former journalist with CBS News and UPI and has been making television documentaries about the oceans and marine mammals for over 20 years. Ted Danson is familiar to most of us as a film and television star and highly respected ocean activist. (more…)


Review – Proust, Inc.

www.proust.comProust, Inc.

Preserving your past, present, and future!

Located in New York and co-founded by Tom Cortese and Jason Fotinatos, Proust, Inc. is part of the InterActiveCorp (IAC) family of businesses. Cortese and Fotinatos recognized the importance of passing along life stories through the generations so they started Proust to help guide people through the process of recording, preserving, and sharing their memories, thoughts, and aspirations which spark meaningful conversations along the way. Cortese’s resumé includes product development for and Product Manager for Revolution Health. Fotinatos is a magna cum laude graduate of Vassar College. He began his career as a software engineer and was an initial member of the engineering team at (more…)

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