Switzerland training and Birthday Celebrations

So this is what happens on your birthday when you are training for a B Inspired B Adventurous trip at Balance. You show up for the training and jump on the skill mill to warm up (more on the skill mill later) and when it is time for your group to appear for training you are diverted to the door to embark on a mystery run throughout Chestnut Hill with friends appearing on every block with balloons spelling INSPIRE.

“Inspire” is a word to describe how I feel when I train with the B Adventurous groups at Balance. My first trip to Utah was an adventure of a lifetime. Training in the Wissahickon trails at all hours of the morning and night to prepare for a 24-hour relay run in Zion National Park was exhilarating to say the least, but the camaraderie and friendships born out of the training experience were even more rewarding.

The smaller group training, Spartans race and trip to Palm Beach were nothing short of fabulous. Our training consisted of running trails, climbing ropes, moving heavy objects from one place to another, lifting weights and practicing on the monkey bars. The trip was like going on the most hilarious sober bachelorette party imaginable. We rode bikes with baskets, visited Amy in the ER after an allergic reaction to buckwheat (yes, buckwheat), ran alongside the ocean, meditated by the pool at the colony, spent hours talking over breakfast, lunch and dinner and laughed and laughed and laughed for four days.

I’m training for my third trip and this one will be a biking challenge from Switzerland into Germany and then back to Switzerland. We are a group of 15 with an age range of 25-71 (my mother is the 71 year old and she is every bit as fierce as the rest of the group!). Our training is intense and incredibly fulfilling. Let’s just say that Amy’s additional skill mill training from her winter weekend at Technogym in NYC is being put to use! We are building our strength and endurance in the gym, cycling outdoors and integrating meditation at last once a week. The group dynamics are amazing and I’m spending time with women I would not ordinarily see on a daily basis and I love every minute of it!

Training for a B Adventurous trip has been like a birthday celebration every week. There is always a surprise and you are surrounded by team and friends every step of the way.

Strike a Balance Between Training and Life (Sara Hall)

Balance… our favorite topic, especially when our girl, Sara is giving advice! We love that Sara, one of America’s premiere distance runners is talking about the importance of balance, overtraining, and recovery.  A huge reason our personal trainers are equipped to help set fitness goals and create a roadmap to make your training successful and safe.  The pros will help you focus on smaller goals that are specific and realistic; they’re more attainable, setting you up to achieve the larger, more audacious goal.  We are extremely excited to watch Sara’s road to Boston… what a goal!

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Balance Trainer Spotlight: Carmen DelMastro

Balance Trainer & Instructor, Carmen DelMastro, is featured this week to share with you how he “balances” his fitness routine into his busy life.

Carmen’s career in the fitness industry began in 2012 and since that time he has held numerous positions – from a floor & small group trainer, to the personal training manager & director at a large health club.  He has also worked as an exercise physiologist at one of the top rehabilitation facilities in the Philadelphia area.

Growing up, sports were Carmen’s passion, and he dedicated his life to developing himself as an athlete. Unfortunately, there was one major obstacle that constantly stood in his way… injuries.  Time after time, he would find myself nursing ailments, completely ignorant to what was causing the pain in the first place.  This was the driving force inspiring his career change to personal training.

Carmen dedicated himself to functional training, where he has found himself in the best shape of his life – stronger & more flexible than ever – while focusing on injury rehabilitation and future injury prevention.  His goal is to help his clients achieve the same healthy physical balance of strength and flexibility and understand the body’s movement to best avoid injury and maximize performance and results.


Training for me has always kind of been programmed into my brain since I was a young kid trying to make as a professional baseball player. I have always been on a strict schedule and regardless of how busy or how stressed for time I am I always make it a priority to train myself during the day. It doesn’t have to be a long training session it just has to be as effective as possible whether it’s 20 minutes or 45 minutes.

I primarily like to focus on flexibility and mobility work to begin all of my workouts since I’ve suffered a various amounts of injuries during my time playing sports growing up this area of my workouts is vital for me. I than do a dynamic warmup which generally consists of sport specific movements whether it is to get my heart rate up or my fast twitch muscles firing.

I usually get into some type of compound exercise whether it’s deadlifts, bench press, front squats or hang cleans depending on the day. Throw in some accessory work to go along with the particular muscle group I did as my compound and that’s generally my workout for the day. I am also a plyometric fanatic so I do like to jump around from time to time. I generally am training anywhere between 5-6 times a week depending on how I am feeling for that particular week.

Tim Ferriss Podcast

A favorite blog/ podcast personality, Tim Ferris interviews Ryan Flaherty, Senior Director at Nike Performance on improving athlete’s performance.

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“Don’t buy complexity; the simpler you make your training, the better the results become.”
– Ryan Flaherty

“Ryan Flaherty (@ryanflaherty1) is the Senior Director of Performance at Nike. Prior to holding that position, Ryan was the Founder and President of Prolific Athletes LLC, a sports performance facility in San Diego, California, where he trained some of the world’s best athletes. His clients include Serena Williams, Russell Wilson, the Arizona Cardinals, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and hundreds of other professional athletes.

While he is well known for dramatically improving his athletes’ speed, more and more athletes (and coaches) seek Ryan out for his training and guidance on injury prevention. Many of Ryan’s clients have made remarkable recoveries from injuries, and several NFL teams and European soccer clubs have sought his methodology to implement into their training programming.

Ryan developed an algorithm called “Force Number” that is based on the hex (or trap) bar deadlift and body weight to predict speed such as the forty-yard dash.

In this discussion, we talk about exercises for reducing injury potential, how Ryan uses the Force Number, what his workouts look like from warmup to finish, how he helped Meb Keflezighi train for his Boston Marathon victory, how to go from sprinting to long distance running, and lots more.

Whether you’re trying to become a better athlete or just less injured from your workouts in any type of training, you’ll want to check out this conversation with Ryan Flaherty, the Savant of Speed!”



Val’s Saturday Inspiration

Balance Instructor, Val Bergman, is our in house “pro”- seriously, Val can teach any and every class we offer. 

Val swam growing up and her team mantra was “Pain is temporary but Pride is forever” and she lives that mantra EVERY day.  Even though her workouts have changed, she says “I always want to feel proud of my accomplishments”

Val is on for a triple threat class Saturday— Cycle, B Strong and B Fit. Get your  Spring inspiration tomorrow from Val!  Register through Mindbody at 




Please Save the Date!

B Inspired Wellness Festival

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

10am – 2pm at Balance/ Kismet

We have an incredible lineup for the day including workout sessions and presentations from the following:


Dr. Shari Elman / Intuitive Life Coach

Ted McDonald
Endurance Athlete, Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur

Dr. Kulvinder Kaur
Genome Scientist

Dr. Michael Baime
The founder and Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness

Lauren Lobley
Delectable You Recipes for Life
Author of “Accidental Paleo”

Julie Hunt
Meditation Instructor
Author of “Shout from the Rooftop in your Stilettos”

Chrissy Dress
Owner/ Aesthetician at CURE de Repos

Melissa Magee/ Festival Emcee/ Channel 6ABC

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