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Q & A With Colosseum Fitness

What are some effective fitness strategies that can be incorporated into busy schedules, especially around Jewish holidays and Shabbat?

For those with busy schedules, especially during holidays and Shabbat, short, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions can be very effective and time-efficient. These workouts can be done anywhere and typically do not require equipment, making them ideal for days when time is limited or when gyms may be closed. Additionally, incorporating physical activities like walking or cycling to synagogue or using downtime for stretching and mobility exercises can help you keep active even during more sedentary days.

What are some common health myths in the Jewish community regarding diet and exercise, and how can they be addressed?

One common myth is that traditional Jewish foods are inherently unhealthy. While it’s true that foods like latkes and kugel can be high in fats and oils, these dishes can be modified for better health. For example, baking latkes instead of frying them, or using whole grain noodles and less fat in kugel, can make these dishes healthier. Another myth is that rigorous exercise is incompatible with a religious lifestyle. Keeping up with a moderate and regular physical activity schedule is beneficial and in line with maintaining one’s health. I believe the phrase is sh’mirat haguf, meaning guarding your body. Let’s begin to make our health a priority.

How can one manage weight effectively while still enjoying traditional Jewish cuisine, which often includes rich and hearty dishes?

Managing weight while enjoying traditional Jewish cuisine involves making mindful choices and modifications without sacrificing flavor. For instance, when preparing dishes like brisket or kugel, reduce the amount of oil and use lean cuts of meat to lower the calorie content. Incorporate more vegetables into meals to increase fiber intake, which can help in feeling full and satisfied with smaller portions. Practicing portion control during meals, especially during festive occasions, is crucial. Alternating higher calorie traditional dishes with lighter meals throughout the week can also help maintain a balanced diet without foregoing your cultural favorites.

What are some ways to promote physical activity in the Jewish community, particularly among those who may not prioritize exercise?

Promoting physical activity involves integrating movement into existing community routines and values. Organizing walking groups to and from synagogue services, especially on Shabbat, can make exercise a social and spiritual activity. Offering exercise classes at your synagogue, scheduling around times of prayers. Remember the importance of physical health in Jewish teachings, such as the principle of preserving one’s body as a vessel for fulfilling religious duties. It is a vital part of life rather than an optional activity.


Shane Oran Condappa of Colosseum Fitness has been dedicated to enhancing lives through fitness and nutrition for over 14 years, passionately providing clients with the tools they need to achieve their health goals. As a committed husband and father of three, he understands the importance of balance and wellness in family life. Shane’s approach is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, ensuring they feel supported every step of their journey.

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