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Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -


SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

503-353-7627

www.snapfitness.com/gyms/milwaukie-or-97222/1023

Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170

503-656-2580

www.snapfitness.com/gyms/oregoncity-or-97045/400

Brought to you by Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER


Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

Let’s get started.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

503-353-7627

www.snapfitness.com/gyms/milwaukie-or-97222/1023

Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170

503-656-2580

www.snapfitness.com/gyms/oregoncity-or-97045/400

Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER


John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

503-659-7722

bernardsgarage.com/

Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER


SNAP FITNESS - Mike Nielsen“We are a friendly, success-oriented fitness center,” says Mike Nielsen, vice president and co-owner of Snap Fitness locations in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Canby. “We’re like the ‘Cheers’ of the gym world, where everybody knows your name.”

Nielsen has been a certified fitness coach for 13 years and has been with Snap for eight years. He says being a fitness coach is all about helping individuals achieve the best version of themselves.

“It’s not just something that’s done at the gym, but it’s a lifestyle change,” he said of Snap. “We focus on not only the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of everyday life, to make sure we are able to achieve long-term success.”

He says Snap gyms have a family feel and a personal touch.

The gyms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with monitored access for safety. Snap has more than 1,500 locations nationwide.

The fitness centers offer cardio, personal training, weight-loss programs, a health center, strength training and Olympic lifting. An online web page for members offers nutrition counseling and an online training center.

“Our members are our greatest assets,” Nielsen added. “We do all we can to make sure they have not only the best facility and equipment, but a wonderful experience.”

Snap Fitness

www.snapfitness.com/

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

503-353-7627

Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170

503-656-2580

Canby: 1109 SW 1st Ave.

503-266-5515

Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -


BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraAfter nearly 100 years of providing excellent full-service automotive repair and maintenance, Bernard’s Garage is a classic Milwaukie institution trusted by generations of customers.

Founded in 1925, old timers and area residents still remember Joe Bernard Sr., who would design and build custom car parts when his customers’ vehicles needed it. Joe Bernard Jr., a former Milwaukie mayor, helped modernize Bernard’s and continued his father’s tradition of excellent customer service.

The current owner, Jim Bernard, another Milwaukie mayor and current Clackamas County commissioner, has computerized Bernard’s—turning his father’s mechanics into today’s technicians.

Besides providing free pickup and delivery, Bernard’s offers DEQ repair and adjustments, check-engine light diagnosis, manufacturer-scheduled maintenance, brakes, steering and suspension repair, timing belt tune-ups, radiator and water pump work, as well as engine, transmission and air conditioning service.

“We are straight shooters and will let you know what the problem is and what the cost is upfront,” Operations Manager John Sciarra says.

Sciarra, an 18 year veteran of Bernard’s, has attained numerous specialty vehicle class certifications. With 26 years in the industry overall, Sciarra is our INSIDER for automotive excellence.

Bernard’s Garage is a 17-year-long supporter of the Milwaukie Farmers Market, a Milwaukie First Friday participant and frequently donates to the Annie Ross House, Milwaukie Senior Center and other local schools and events.

A member of the Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce since 1955, Bernard’s has been named Business of the Year twice since 2000, and has received the BRAG award from the county for practicing responsible recycling and waste management.

Bernard's Garage 

2036 SE Washington St, Milwaukie, OR.

(503) 659-7722

bernardsgarage.com

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Veteran AD takes charge at Clackamas

Longtime coach and administrator Vicki Nelms replaces Jeff Erdman


Photo Credit: JOHN DENNY - Vicki Nelms brings a wealth of experience to the position as she attempts to fill the shoes of retired athletic director Jeff Erdman at Clackamas High School.Veteran athletic director Vicki Nelms has been named athletic director at Clackamas High School, replacing longtime athletic director Jeff Erdman, who has retired.

Nelms, 57, has had 34 years of experience teaching, coaching or administrating athletics, mostly at the high school level.

Most recently Nelms was a high school athletic director at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Los Alamos is a school with an enrollment of 1,100 students that excelled in athletics during Nelms’ tenure.

Nelms was athletic director at Los Alamos for seven years and during those seven years, Nelms says, Los Alamos finished first or second in the New Mexico high school “Directors Cup” competition, a competition that rates high schools according to their overall success in athletics.

“The last seven years at Los Alamos, we won 17 state championships, mostly in cross country and track,” Nelms says. “We had some very successful programs, and where we had programs that weren’t that successful, we worked hard to make them better. We are very proud of what we did.”

Nelms’ efforts in improving Los Alamos’ athletics did not go unnoticed. She was named New Mexico Class 4A Athletic Director of the Year by her administrative peers in 2011, and she was named New Mexico Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year in 2012.

Nelms, who has some 15 years of experience as an athletic administrator, was president of New Mexico’s High School Athletic Directors Association during the past two school years.

Nelms explained her decision to move to Oregon and take charge of the athletic programs at Clackamas High School: “My principal [at Los Alamos] decided to retire a few years early. This job intrigued me. I’d never been to this part of the country and the school appeared to have some very successful athletic programs.”

Nelms is a 1975 graduate of Pacific High School in Pacific, Missouri, where she competed in volleyball, basketball and softball. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Arkansas State University (1981), where she was a setter in volleyball for three seasons. She earned her masters degree in educational administration from Texas Women’s University in 1987.

Nelms’ coaching career has taken her to Portageville, Missouri; Chillicothe, Texas; Snyder, Texas; Cape Coral, Florida; Fort Worth, Texas; and Vanderbilt, Texas. She’s coached volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field, tennis and cross country, while serving mostly as a health and physical education teacher or athletic director.

Nelms said of her goals as Clackamas High School athletic director, “[Former athletic director Jeff Erdman] has done a great job. I’ll try to build upon what he has done. Keep the programs that have been successful strong and work on building up the programs that haven’t been that successful. That’s been one of my strengths — building up programs that haven’t had a lot of success.”

Nelms lists photography and deep-sea fishing as hobbies. She said she was looking forward to visitng the Oregon coast.

Erdman, 55, was involved in coaching and/or administrating high school sports programs for 33 years, serving as athletic director at Clackamas for the last 14 (2000-2014).

Erdman said one of the things he was most proud of during his tenure at Clackamas was that the school was ranked in the top 10 in the Oregonian Cup rankings for 10 consecutive years, earning second-in-the-state rankings in 2004, 2009 and 2011. The Oregonian Cup ranks schools based on: success in the win-loss column, GPA’s of varsity athletes, and sportsmanship.

Reached by telephone in July, Erdman said he has begun a second career, as a full-time salesman for Lids, a sports apparel and equipment company that sells sports equipment and uniforms to schools and sports teams and organizations.

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