We R Athletes is Up and Out!

My film project “We R Athletes” is finally completed and I’ve been busily submitting this short documentary to film festivals around the country. Here is a link to a short 1-minute trailer on the movie – enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Here’s my short synopsis on the film:

Are female athletes real athletes? This may seem like a silly question to some, but to our mothers and their mothers before them, it’s one that they often faced. Take a look at today’s female athletes and there should be little doubt – these are true athletes! Yet, for many years, girls and women who played sports were considered just that “girls and women playing!”

Female athletes are a strong, dedicated and inspiring group – as much, if not more so, as their male counterparts. This film takes a brief look at just how far our female athletes have come in improving their participation in sports through proper strength and conditioning, and how far they have yet to go. The benefits of reaching their potential by becoming the strong and confident young women, mothers and role models are many, and transcend the most obvious physical strength that they gain.

This film celebrates the accomplishments of female athletes by taking a multi-generational look at how female athletes have evolved over the years and are finally becoming recognized as the true athletes that they are — that they always have been.
We R Athletes – Film Trailer

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New Television Programming

I am in the development stages of producing a brand new cable television show on health, wellness, strength training, sports conditioning, exercise for girls and women. I’m in the brainstorming stage, and would love to get feedback from those of you out there with an interest in female fitness and strength and conditioning. What kinds of things and topics would interest you? Drop me a line here or email me at lecfitness@yahoo.com Thanks much! I’d like to make this show as interesting as possible to the viewers.


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LaRue’s Film

Today I met with the Director of my film and I am thrilled to report that it is now COMPLETE! My film — a short documentary on sports conditioning for female athletes — has been a year-long road but an interesting and very satisfying journey! I’ve learned a lot in writing this –my first — film. Next steps are readying the film for submission to various film festivals — STAY TUNED!

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Have you heard any of these exercise myths? Do you believe them?
1. Women will develop big muscles and look like men if they lift heavy weight.
2. Women do not have the physical makeup to develop strength as men do.
3. Women only need to “tone,” by using light weights, to “stay in shape.”

Ok, if some of you out there were honest, you have both heard some of these, AND you may subscribe to some of these beliefs. Stay tuned, I will tackle each one of these “myths” in upcoming blogs. Til then, keep exercising and stay strong!

Yours in Health and Fitness,

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Happy Monday!

As you start your workweek, vow to do a little bit more activity or exercise this week than you did last week. This can be simply doing 5-10 minutes of exercise before you shower in the morning, parking your car a little further away so that you add some walking to your day or taking an evening walk with the family or a friend after dinner.

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Kingstowne Patch Article

Hi all. I hope that everyone had a great holiday weekend. Recently, I was interviewed for a short article. Here it is – enjoy!

LaRueLet\'s Get Physical

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Did You Know?

In a study published in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise the researchers studied a group of 20 participants who were divided into two groups — sprinters and runners. Both the sprint group and the running group trained three times a week for six weeks. Sprinters performed “all-out” maximum sprints of 30-seconds, 6-repetitions, with 4-minute rest periods between each repetition. The runners ran for 30-60 minutes each training session at 65% of their VO2 max (VO2 max is a measure of the intensity of an aerobic exercise). At the end of 6-weeks the runners averages a 5.8% decrease in fat mass, while the sprinters lost 12.4%!

So what does this limited study show us? While this study by itself doesn’t prove much, it does suggest that exercising at higher intensity levels for shorter durations definitely can have a beneficial effect of body fat loss. Interval or high-intensity training MAY have a place in your workout plan, but because it involves higher intensity cardio work, you should always check with your physician first, AND seek the advice of an experienced and certified personal trainer or strength and conditioning professional.

Just another bit of information to add to your arsenal!

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