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Avoid Weight Gain This Holiday Season!

Enjoy the Holiday Season, Skip the Weight Gain!

It is well known that the average person gains weight during the Holiday Season. Estimates on exactly how much the average person gains vary widely. What most experts agree on is: 1.) Men and women who are obese tend to gain more weight than those who regularly maintain a healthy body weight  2.) The average man or woman does NOT tend to lose the weight that is gained over the holidays. In fact, recent studies have indicated that the holiday season may be a key contributor to long-term weight gain in adults. This is a concern since weight gain during adulthood may contribute to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health concerns.

So the goal during the holidays has to be to enjoy the season without packing on pounds that you’re probably going to struggle to lose. Here are some ways you can make that happen:

1.) Decide In Advance (D.I.A.): One of the best strategies when attending holiday parties and gatherings is to use the “Decide In Advance” strategy. This means that you decide in advance how many drinks you will allow yourself to have, what time you will stay until, etc. Basically, you formulate a plan and discipline yourself to stick to it.

2.) Don’t Arrive Hungry: When attending holiday festivities where food and cocktails will be served it is best to have a light nutritious snack and drink a glass of water prior to arriving. This will help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation and help you avoid over indulging.

3.) Limit Alcohol Consumption: Limiting alcohol consumption not only helps cut calories, but improves your chances of staying disciplined with your food choices as the night goes on.

4.) Don’t Over Indulge on Desserts: Discipline yourself to consume smaller portions of your favorite holiday dessert treats. Avoid the temptation to consume too many calorie-laden cookies and cakes.

5.) Limit Servings of These Fattening Foods: Scalloped potatoes, Cheesecake, Egg nog, Sweet potatoes with marshmallows & apple pie. These holiday favorites are all extremely high in calories and fat.

6.) Go For a Walk: Get some physical activity. Sadly, the average American lives a pretty sedentary lifestyle. If you eat more calories during the holidays (and most people do) you need to burn more calories or you will gain fat. Remember,  a little bit of physical activity is better than whole lot of no physical activity.

7.) Manage Stress: One of the main contributors to weight gain is stress. Manage stress levels by getting adequate sleep, exercising, and taking time to decompress during a busy holiday season.

There you have it, 7 ways to avoid unhealthy weight gain this Holiday Season courtesy of Martial Arts for Life – The New Providence Area’s Community School.

Martial Arts for Life

The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Personal Improvement and Nutritional guidance to individuals and families in New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at to learn more about our Academy and our programs.

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What’s New at Martial Arts for Life (Part 2)

In our last post we highlighted some of the many improvements we have made to our Adult Martial Arts program. Since then we’ve worked to upgrade our facility and our skills and knowledge base as instructors.

Most Recent Facility Improvements:

1.) Our brand new 1.5″ Pro Force Ultra flooring system was installed in June 2010. This matting system is TWICE the thickness as the average Karate mat and provides our students with newest, safest, and best flooring available for training in anything from Kickboxing to Grappling.

2.) New paint throughout the school. We have a dedicated professional Martial Arts facility, and we believe in keeping it looking top notch.

3.) New music! Hot new music mixes from GFMix to keep our classes moving!

Instructor & Staff Training: Taking our game to a Whole New Level

In order to help our students grow and be their best, we must grow and be our best!

1.) In June, Master Brugger and Mr. Caldwell attended a Muay Thai clinic taught by Kru Kaensak Sor Ploenjit at Tri State Martial Arts. Kru Kaensak is featured in the August 2010 issue of Black Belt Magazine.

1.) In July, Master & Mrs. Brugger attended the 2010 Martial Arts Super Conference and trained with some of the best Martial Artists and instructors in the world. We trained in workshops given by notables such as Matt Hughes, Lyoto Machida, John Hackleman, & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert Robert Drysdale. Here are some pictures from the event.

Master B. with Jiu Jitsu expert Robert Drysdale


Master B. with Sensei John Hackleman

Master B. and Champion Martial Artist Lyoto Machida


We are honored to learn from some of the BEST in the world and pass that knowledge on to our students.

We are NOT a franchise. We are NOT affiliated with any other schools or associations anywhere in NJ. We are a family owned & operated Martial Arts & Fitness facility that believes in providing the best possible program & instruction available anywhere.

Martial Arts for Life

The Village Shopping Center, 1260 Springfield Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974

Proud to offer Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Personal Improvement and Nutritional guidance to individuals and families in New Providence NJ, Berkeley Heights NJ, Chatham NJ, Stirling NJ, Gillette NJ, Summit NJ, Union County NJ, Morris County NJ and all surrounding areas.

P.S. Visit our website at to learn more about our Academy and our programs.

Martial Arts for Life

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What Thai Kickboxing Won’t Do For You…

Admittedly, our “Thai Kickboxing” program won’t do everything for you…

  • It is NOT the right program if you are interested in heavy-duty, combat self-defense – or want to compete in tournaments.
  • It is NOT the right program if you want to wear spandex and throw thousands of random punches and kicks with no rhyme or reason.
  • It is NOT the right program if you are looking for extremely traditional Martial Arts training centered upon Easter religion or philosophy.

So — what WILL our “Thai Kickboxing Program” do for you?

  1. Martial Arts for Life’s proven system will dramatically improve your cardiovascular endurance, increase muscle tone, and not just give you the kind of body that you can show off at the beach – but the kind of body you can use.

  2. We will show you proper technique in a classroom with a fully-padded floor taught by certified instructors to eliminate the risk of injury. In fact, our entire program is designed to protect your knees, ankles, & lower back.
  3. You will learn real self-defense techniques. Our team will show you the proper way to execute punches, kicks, knees, and footwork – should you ever need to use these techniques to defend yourself.
  4. Perhaps best of all, this is taught in a “team-oriented” class environment that is built upon the principles of respect and courtesy — so there’s never any of the nonsense that you’ve encountered in “fitness kickboxing” classes as the gym or rec.

…one more thing…we provide classes taught by EXPERT instructors – each with well over a decade of experience. You’ll never find an aerobics instructor that took a weekend certification on “cardio kickboxing” teaching your class at our Academy. We also provide you with a certified nutritional consultant to make sure you reach your fitness / weight loss goals.

I know what you’re thinking: It all sounds “Too good to be true,” right? Well don’t take MY word for it…

“Tonight was my fifth class at Martial Arts for Life in New Providence. After each class I am reminded of how out of shape I let myself get! I feel great after each class and I find myself wanting more. I spent 3 months in Marine Corps Bootcamp and I feel that the workout I’m getting is equal to that of Paris Island (minus the yelling). The respect and encouragement from Mr. and Mrs. B does not go unnoticed. Also, the respect and excitement from all the classmates is very motivating. I find myself pushing my body more & more and enjoy every class…

P.S. What a way to let off steam” – Mr. Mike L., New Providence NJ

….here’s one more rave review of our Thai Kickboxing classes…

“About a year ago I started to burn out from my day to day gym exercising. I would go to the gym and run or lift weights or do a spin class…but something was missing. I hit a wall and I was not sure what to to, until I began researching martial arts. I found your program and I have never looked back. I ended up quitting the gym and started training 3 days a week and not only do I feel better mentally, but my body has started to change. I feel like I look more toned and in shape then I ever have before, even when I was running 4 days a week. I love this program…” – Ms. Melanie H., Chatham NJ

Actually…there is just ONE catch…

If after you visit Martial Arts for Life you know that everything I talked about in this blog is true, and you wish to join us – we still may not let you. Even though we are allowing a few people to try us out for FREE – our Academy has qualifications that each new student must meet.

As you may have already heard – we operate like a private training facility (unlike your average gym or health club) and don’t just “Surrender to anyone with a check book or Visa card.” You really need to be the kind of results-oriented person that is serious about improving yourself.

If this sounds like you and you’re ready to reserve your spot – call us right now at 908.464.2836 or register online here.

Martial Arts for Life

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