Archive for October, 2011

October Cooking Classes

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Simply Nutrition (aka Paula Antonini) is cooking up a storm at The Wholesome Chef!

Here are the classes scheduled for October 2011.  You can register online at The Wholesome Chef <>. All classes are held 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Oct 4: Soup’s On
You will learn a simple way to make delicious soup in general, and then we’ll make three different kinds of soups. One will be a creamy (without cream) type, one will be a vegetarian form of chili and the third will be a veggie chowder.  We will actually cook them, you’ll get to try a bowl of each one, and you’ll go home with the recipes.

Tues., Oct 11: Beyond Broccoli
You know you should eat more vegetables!  But knowing and doing are not always in sync.  It may be you aren’t familiar with anything beyond broccoli and green beans.  It may be you simply don’t know what to do with vegetables, so avoid buying them.  Maybe you don’t like vegetables.  In this class you will be introduced to vegetables you may not be familiar with and learn:

• the 7 reasons why eating more veggies will change your life forever
• 3 simple recipes incorporating vegetables you may not be currently eating

Tues., Oct 18: Double Your Energy
You will learn which foods provide the most energy, what other benefits those foods provide, and then we’ll prepare 3 or 4 recipes containing those ingredients.  You will go home with the recipes, as well as a great understanding of how to eat for energy.

Mon., Oct. 24: Beans, Beans, the (Almost) Magical Food
You will learn the many benefits of including beans in your diet, and become familiar with the variety of beans available.  We will prepare several bean recipes, including an appetizer, a salad, a side and a dessert.  You’ll go home with a full tummy and the recipes as well.

Tues., Oct 25: Happy (Healthy!) Thanksgiving
If you are bored with the traditional peas and mashed potatoes to accompany your turkey, come and learn new and healthier dishes that are sure to please the family on this special day. We’ll create a scrumptious new approach to stuffing as well as 2 or 3 veggie dishes that will provide great nutrients as well as great taste. Naturally, you’ll go home with the recipes.


Oct. 2011 news updates

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Lucy Hendricks
Fitness Plus and Fitness Plus II welcome new personal trainer Lucy Hendricks. She is a personal trainer at both locations, on N. Ashland Avenue and out Harrodsburg Road. Lucy has earned her CPT (certified personal trainer) certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified as a Youth Fitness Specialist from the International Youth Conditioning Association. Lucy was involved with gymnastics and cheerleading for 10 years. In a twist of fate, injuries—caused by years of inadequate training—caused her to give up the sports she held so close to her heart. Now she works as a personal trainer to give people of all ages the proper individual training they need. Lucy especially enjoys working with children and the elderly. She provides her clients the training foundations that will ensure proper fitness and she enjoys working hard to meet all of her client’s individual training needs!


Young Women L.E.A.D.
Fitness Plus founder and owner Sheila Kalas has been invited to present at the SOAR “Young Women L.E.A.D.” conference on Oct. 27 at Northeast Christian Church. The event has reached its maximum registration, so 200 high school girls will hear about exercise and fitness from Sheila, as well as other professionals on social media literacy, professional development, and financial literacy.


Worksite Programs
Fitness Plus is starting a strength training and conditioning class for employees of Central Bank on Nov. 7, at the request of their HR director. Micheal Seals is teaching the class, with a focus on fitness, posture and health issues for office workers. Fitness Plus trainers work with any size company, small to large, to bring wellness education and programs to their staffs.


Fitness Plus II
Fitness Plus II opened Sept.26, 2011, in Bellerive Plaza.  Fitness Plus trainer Josh Sato is president and owner of Fitness Plus II. He is the first independent owner/operator of a licensed branch of Fitness Plus and his studio will operate in the same way as the other Fitness Plus studios: no membership fees, no pre-paid packages, no contracts.

Josh Sato, center, cuts the ribbon to officially open Fitness Plus II on Sept. 26, 2011.

Fitness Plus II is located out Harrodsburg Road, just past the Fayette County line in Nicholasville. This is a perfect spot for anyone who lives on the south side of Lexington and anywhere in Jessamine County to come for one-on-one personal training. As a Fitness Plus or Fitness Plus II client, you have unlimited access to cardio workout equipment in either location anytime the doors are open.


5K Sponsorship

Sheila Kalas and Fitness Plus, and Josh Sato and Fitness Plus II, are gold sponsors of the 4th annual UK Physician Assistant 5K. The race takes place at Coldstream Park at 9 a.m. on October 8, 2011. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Dream Factory. Fitness Plus trainer Nikki Ditsch is currently in the UK Physician Assistant program and we support her 100%.


Michael Seals

Fitness Plus and Fitness Plus II welcome new personal trainer Michael Seals.  He is available for personal training at both locations, on North Ashland Ave. in Lexington and in Bellerive Plaza in Nicholasville.

Michael Seals, M.S.

Michael has his master’s degree in athletic training from UK and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Check out this article he wrote on basophobia, the fear of falling.











Barre Class
Here’s another partnering perk for Fitness Plus clients: a free group barre class at Elle Fitness. Ask about your promo card at the Fitness Plus location on North Ashland. And check out owner Leigh-Ann Mims’ FB page:


LHAA Graduates First Class of Personal Trainers

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to the first graduating class in the Personal Training Certificate Program at Lexington Healing Arts Academy.

The first 840-hour course started in September 2010. Four personal trainers graduated on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.

Seated L-R: Lucy Hendricks, Amanda Kerns, Matthew Ramsay, Ardena Gojani. Back row: Laura Coombs, M.S., department head; Sheila Kalas, M.S., director of the Personal Fitness Training program at LHAA

Eight students started the program in April 2011 and 12 people have signed up for the next Personal Training Certificate Program, which begins Oct. 12.

While most certification programs for personal trainers are offered online as self-study courses, the LHAA program was intentionally developed as an in-classroom curriculum by LHAA owner Bill Booker. The director of the Personal Fitness Training program at LHAA is Sheila Kalas, owner of Fitness Plus. She has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky.

“As a personal trainer and the owner of a business that hires trainers, I was eager for a reliable source to find well-educated, serious, professional personal trainers,” Kalas said. “In my 20 years in the business I have not seen job candidates as good as these. They can immediately raise the level of personal training across the state of Kentucky.”

Kalas is also an instructor for the LHAA program, along with personal trainers Laura Coombs, M.S., Katie Dennison, M.S., and Chris Morris, M.S. Coombs is the department head for the Personal Fitness Training program. Classes include anatomy and physiology; kinesiology of human movement; exercise physiology; exercise and nutrition; fitness assessments; exercise psychology and lifestyle coaching; and leadership, business and sales.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for personal trainers are expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population and growing awareness of a healthy lifestyle are both contributing to the boom in personal training.

Graduates of the LHAA program are qualified to take the evidence-based Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). This national academy is based in Calabasas, Calif., and is accredited by the NCAA.

About Lexington Healing Arts Academy:
Founded in 1999, Lexington Healing Arts Academy is located at 272 Southland Drive. LHAA’s health and wellness teaching curriculum includes a 200-hour Yoga Teacher training program, a 650-hour Massage Therapist program and an 840-hour Personal Fitness Training Certification program. Continuing education courses are ongoing throughout the year for health and wellness professionals. LHAA services for the public include a massage clinic, personal training sessions by appointment and daily yoga classes. LHAA is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

About Fitness Plus:
Established in 1995 by Sheila Kalas, Fitness Plus is a provider of one-on-one personal training and wellness services. Locations are on N. Ashland Ave. in Lexington and a satellite facility in Thoroughbred Square in downtown Versailles. Fitness Plus II, owned by Josh Sato, opened Sept. 26, 2011, in Bellerive Plaza at the Fayette/Jessamine County line.

Sheila Speaking on Oct. 12

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Sheila Kalas is one of four guest speakers at the “Live Life Well” seminar at Spindletop Hall. The presenters will offer information on beauty, fitness and finance. Sheila’s topic is fitness. The event is Wednesday, October 12, 2011, with a lunch at noon and the seminar at 1 p.m. Spindletop members, log on to your account for seminar details at