Tre'Chelle Green invited Cynthia Newsome to a muscle workout called Fitness Stride

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - I've been working out every week with Facebook friends trying things like boxing, line dancing, hot yoga and Zumba; but working out at Fitness Stride made me realize that I need more muscle strength.

I didn't know what to expect when I walked into KC Sports Lodge at 19310 E. 50 Terrace in Independence, Missouri. Fitness Stride Trainer, Stacy Erwin, greeted me with a smile and something he calls a "unit" that he strapped on both of my legs with Velcro. There are different rubber-band-like resistance bands that connect to the unit. In a seated position on the edge of my chair he had me raise one leg and simply hold it in a 90 degree angle for 10 seconds. I admit it was difficult even though I had the resistance band for beginners. Once again proving that my abs are not in shape.

Tre'Chelle Green, 15, was quietly and it seemed easily lifting her leg with no problem. I was her guest for the workout. Four of us were in the Fitness Stride class. Erwin put us through the paces sitting and standing with our "units." He even put us on the treadmill and showed us how to gain muscle strength while getting an aerobic workout by walking sideways and even backwards on the treadmill.

When I removed the "unit," I could easily lift and hold my leg and walk faster on the treadmill.
Erwin called Fitness Stride the answer for people who want to get a good muscle-building workout; but don't have much time.

"Fitness stride helps you get twice as much accomplished physically in half the time," Erwin explained.

To find out more about Fitness Stride you can call Erwin at 913-963-3041 or visit KC Sports Lodge at:

After the workout Green gave me a recipe for Grilled Fish with Mango Salsa.
Here are the ingredients for the salsa:

1 lime
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Here are the Ingredients for the Fish:

1 lemon, seated and juiced
1 pound firm, what flash fish fillets

Make the salsa. Zest the lime, then, with a sharp knife and holding it over a bowl to catch the juice, cut away the remaining pith. Segment the lime by cutting away the sections in a V, leaving behind the membrane. Put the lime zest and the segmented fruit in a bowl and add the mango, jalapeño and cilantro. Mix well and set aside. 2. Preheat the grill to high. Sprinkle half of the lemon zest over the fish. Place the fish on the grill, skin-side up if skin is still on the fillet. Grill for 4 minutes, then turn. Squeeze the lemon juice over each fillet, along with a pinch of lemon zest. Grill for an additional 5 minutes until the fish is no longer transparent and is cooked through. Serve with the salsa on top of the fish and enjoy.

The recipe serves 4. people. Green calls it a great post-workout meal that's ready in just 20 minutes.

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