Category Archives: Healthy Living

How Much to Exercise Each Day

How Much to Exercise Each Day

You may have heard the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week (and that breaks down to just 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week). What’s important to understand is that this is intended for people who want to maintain the most basic level of fitness — but not for people who want to lose weight. But if you want to drop those pounds, you’re going to have to be prepared for a bit more work and a healthy diet.

We much prefer the World Health Organization’s recommendation of between 50-60 minutes at a time for our members which is ideal to get the most out of your workout and see significant results. This was a major factor when we established the LAB5 classes and workouts!  Your LAB5 50-minute workout sessions should always include a 5-minute warm-up, followed by 40 minutes of the workout, followed by 5 minutes of cooling down and stretching.

Of course, putting in more time will get you more results — but there’s a limit. Excessive intense physical activity releases stress hormones, such as cortisol, into the body. This can actually inhibit weight loss, causing your body to react by storing fat and retaining water out of self-protection.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask any of our great instructors.


Alan and Bonnie Cashman

Co-Founders, LAB5 Fitness

Food Industry Problems

We have written and spoken much about the problems with the food industry and especially the evils of sugar in most of our food today.  This has contributed to many of the health issues facing Americans today. Below is material and information regarding what is really happening and a new movie, FED UP, depicting the issues. Continue Reading

Weight Loss

So many of our members ask us about weight loss or why am I not losing enough weight when I workout almost everyday? We are not doctors, nutritionist or have any formal training in this area but we can share Alan’s personal experience with you! Consider how much time and money is spent in our country about dieting,Continue Reading

Visiting Palm Springs?

Visiting Palm Springs and need any help? As many of you know, we spend part of the winter and spring in Palm Springs California.  This is where we were first introduced to Pilates in 2008. As a result of our great experiences and finding nothing similar for fitness in Seattle we opened LAB5 Fitness April 2011.  Many ofContinue Reading

What Are The Secrets to Great Health?

Many people ask us what is one of the most important secrets to great health. Well, do you really know the evils of sugar? One of the most dangerous substances we put into our bodies is sugar and its all around us! Want to lose weight and keep it off? Please read this very carefully. Sugar is not your friend and its amazing how much is in the things we eat. One of the things we have learned to do is read the labels on each item at the grocery store before buying it. If it has more than 5 grams of sugar we try to stay away from it. One sugar cube is equal to one teaspoon or 4.17 grams of sugar. When reading labels become familiar with sugar terminology and recognize that all of these are sweeteners or some form of sugar: corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, honey, molasses, turbinado sugar and brown sugar. All are NOTContinue Reading