• Calisthenics | Gymnastics,  Cardio

    Kneeling Squat Jump

    Below is a plyometric, functional lower body exercise. Wake your lower body and whole body up with this movement. It is a perfect exercise for the middle of a fat loss routine or as a superset move during any routine. SylviaAs an athlete for over 17 years and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the way to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; teaching readers how to master both is the goal…

  • Videos

    How I’ve Stayed Fit for 15 Years

    The video below explains the beliefs that keep me grounded in a life of health and fitness. SylviaAs an athlete for over 17 years and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the way to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; teaching readers how to master both is the goal of this site.

  • Exercises,  Training

    My New Training Mix vs Old

    For thirteen years (as of 2015) I followed a bodybuilding training regime. Now for the past year, I’ve been following a new training mix of athletic training: mobility, flexibility, and functional exercise. Why the change? I found flaws in my old routine. Strict bodybuilding practices, with limited focus on flexibility, mobility, or functionality, led to muscle imbalances and tightness in my body, leaving me prone to injury. So, after a binge on athletic training books and audio seminars, I modified my exercise priorities to better help me with my goal of lifelong fitness. Below is a summary of the changes I’ve made to my training. Mobility, Flexibility, & Functional Training A…

  • Quick tips

    Fitness Longevity Tip: Train for Yourself, Not for Others

    Have you read the blog image? I’ve seen that sort of thing a lot. Five years after a major and restricting injury is one thing one thing, how about 10, 15, 20 years? Why work so hard on racking the weights and appearing strong (ultimately to impress others) when you are the only person with the power to preserve the one body you have? Group exercisers often push beyond the safe limits of pain (with excessive reps or weight) due to peer pressure and desire to impress others around them. Once someone sustains a serious injury, the question is, was it worth it? Were those people worth it? Or are…

  • Lifestyle,  Sylvia Petro

    Sylvia’s Health & Fitness Perspective

    I TRAIN FOR SANITY, NOT VANITY! Stay fit! Your health shouldn’t be treated like a competition or a beauty contest—it’s your life. Learn to believe in lifelong fitness and health. You should have many reasons why you want to be healthy. Reasons that are close to you, not external reasons, such as hoping people will think you’re hot. When you have solid, internal motivation, staying fit for life is not a big deal nor a daunting task. I stayed active even when I was broke, between homes, and so on. There are many reasons why I made fitness a priority even when in poverty. The primary reason was that it offered me a…