Take advantage
of my archives!

Visit my hangouts in:

Brands I've
Loved Forever

Bored on the treadmill? Not for long!

April 21st, 2014 No Comments

For me running on the treadmill is like eating carrots.  I know it’s good for me, but I just won’t do it, unless it’s mixed in with other stuff.  Like my BLAST900 classes in Atlanta.  They made the treadmill challenging and even fun.

In this #Burn100 episode from SELF magazine (see my faves here), David Siik “The Treadmill Guy” from Equinox WEHO, shows you a few ways you can change up your treadmill routine.  Remember, it’s the change in the exercise that’s challenging, and it’s the challenge that causes physical, mental, and emotional change.

I love his first move in particular because the movement of your arms really focuses on working your delts and rhomboids, contracting the muscle groups in a way you normally wouldn’t.  Totally stealing that one for my class :)

 

Tweet this!Tweet this!

Boost your airline mileage with a credit card

April 18th, 2014 No Comments

Airline Credit Card

With summer coming up and vacation on the brain, I thought this would be a great time to mention credit cards can be helpful in helping you boost your mileage.

I would NEVER give you this kind of advice. I’m terrible with anything and everything that has to do with credit cards.  On the other hand my friend Gary Leff, Conde Nast Traveler expert who blogged a MTM 6-part series called “How To Get More Luxury Out of Your Vacation Without Spending A Lot,” is the perfect person to consult on this front.

I ALWAYS check his blog and tweet him questions before I book anything!

The 10 Best Credit Card Signup Bonus Offers Right Now

**Click the title for links to the different cards.

  1. Citi Executive / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard 100,000 miles after $10,000 spending within 3 months. It’s a $450 annual fee card which comes with American Airlines lounge access, and has a $200 statement credit as well in the first year.
  2. Ink Plus Business Card is a small business cards that both offer 50,000 point signup bonuses after $5,000 spend within 3 months. It has a $0 fee the first year, $95 thereafter.Points transfer to United, British Airways, Korean Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Southwest, Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, IHG Rewards, and Amtrak.
  3. Ink Bold Business Card is nearly identical to the Ink Plus card above, except that it is a charge card (must pay bill in full each month) rather than a credit card (should pay bill in full each month). Like Ink Plus, it has an offer of 50,000 points after $5,000 spend within 3 months and has a $0 fee the first year, $95 thereafter.Both cards earn 5 points per dollar on telecommunications (cable tv, cell phone, internet) and at office supply stores; earns 2 points per dollars at gas stations and hotels; and has no foreign currency transaction fees.
  4. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers a $0 fee the first year ($95 thereafter); 40,000 points after $3000 in spend within 3 months, 5000 additional bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.It has no foreign currency conversion fees, double points on travel and dining, points transfers to United, Hyatt, Southwest, Amtrak, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Airlines, Marriott, IHG Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton. Probably the best all-around credit card, and with a great signup bonus.This is the card I recommend most to beginners in the hobby for getting started, but it’s one that beginners and experts alike can benefit from.
  5. Citi American Airlines MasterCard: 50,000 bonus points after $3000 spend within 3 months, no fee the first year.
  6. British Airways Visa Signature® Card: 50,000 points after $2000 in purchases within 3 months,If you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year you earn a companion certificate so you can redeem miles and a second passenger travels on the award for no additional miles (but does pay the taxes and fuel surcharges). Here’s my full discussion of this offer.British Airways offers family accounts so you can pool your miles. One person could get the card, spend $30,000 on it this year and earn 87,500 points (signup bonus plus 1.25 points per dollar for spending). A second person gets the card, and spends only enough for the 50,000 point bonus. Together they then have 140,000 points that can effectively be used twice for 280,000 points worth of travel as long as they fly together and exclusively on British Airways.
  7. Mercedes-Benz American Express Platinum card: 50,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after $3000 spend within 3 months, $475 annual fee (which also gets you a $200 airline fee credit, $100 credit if you are signing up for Global Entry, and lounge access with American, US Airways (both ending March 22) and Delta — plus a Priority Pass Select card for Alaska Airlines and many international lounges).
  8. United Explorer Card: There’s a 50,000 mile signup bonus with additional miles possible, it is targeted but many have been able to get the card. I love that the card comes with primary collision damage waiver benefits for rental cars. If the offer was generally available to everyone it would be higher up on my list. There’s also a small business version of the card — log into your MileagePlus account and click on the Explorer card for business. Some people click around to other cards and back and see the 50,000 point card offered to them.There’s also a business version of the card that offers 50,000 miles after $2000 spend within 3 months, $0 fee the first year.
  9. Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card: 50,000 points after $2,000 within 3 months, that’s ~ $714 worth of airfare, and it’s even incrementally better than that because you only pay the segment (security) taxes and not the excise taxes you’d be out of pocket for on a paid ticket.
  10. US Airways Mastercard 40,000 points after first purchase, $89 fee (not waived the first year).

Reasonable people can disagree on the ordering — how you will value points depends on how many you already have and what awards you’re after.

(About half of the card links in the list above offer referral credit to Gary if you are approved after applying through the links in this post. I appreciate your support.)

Tweet this!Tweet this!

“You have to know your own strength before you can use it.”

April 16th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin driving 2013

This is what I’ve been working on with my riders.  Knowing you are “strong,” knowing you can walk, talk, breath is one thing.  But when life tests you, do you know HOW STRONG you are.  Just like with anything else if you’re not tested, you’ll never know how good you are.  So we train ourselves in the safety of the room, with the support of the bike, with faith that we can overcome things out of love.  At that moment, we push our limits.  Then when life gets ugly, we don’t freak out, we breath, we plan, then we attack it head on with confidence because we KNOW we will make it through.

That’s why I’m smiling in the picture…in the midst of total devastation, I was confident I would make it and find a life that I loved.

Knowing my own strength was a realization and it didn’t come to me until last year.  When I was tested as an adult.  I shared the story with SOULCYCLE for their blog.

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE blog post on strength

 

The whole story is pretty interesting.  I called it, “The Journey Back To Me.”

Tweet this!Tweet this!

Peace, love, and music bring out the best in barely-there outfits.

April 15th, 2014 No Comments

For those of you unfamiliar with Coachella, it’s a two-weekend alternative music festival held outside Palm Springs, California.  Think Woodstock for hipsters as this chick would indicate.

Even though the music is alt, the attire is all-out hippie and natural.   Emphasis on natural.  If you look too good, you look like that chick that tried too hard.  And if you have on too many pieces, you’ll burn alive in the desert heat.

Usually, I’m a HUGE proponent of keep yourself covered and show off one “money-maker,” but since the bands rock out their fans in the heat of the desert it’s only fitting clothing is minimal.

Below are a few of the more tame looks (that’s right) we can learn from and incorporate into our spring wardrobes.

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)

TRENDS:

  • Double denim
  • Cut-offs with pockets
  • Fringed cross-body bag
  • Flat ankle boots

Alessandra Ambrosio Coachella 2014 via StarStyle

TRENDS:

  • Bustier top
  • Middriff exposed
  • Matching top and bottom
  • Shorts + boot combo

Diane Kruger with Joshua Jackson and Jason Wu. Coachella 2014. Photo via STS/WEN

TRENDS:

  • Wide-brimed hat
  • Graphic tee
  • Inka + curt-off shorts
  • Shorts + Boot combo
  • Cross-body bag

Jared Leto Coachellla 2014 via JustJared

TRENDS:

  • Long hair
  • Loose fitting tank top
  • Patterned pants
  • Toned arms (just throwing that out there :))

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue

TRENDS:

  • Embroidery
  • Cut-off shorts
  • All white
  • See through
  • Cross-body bag

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue

TRENDS:

  • Patterned pants
  • Red
  • Cross-body bag

 

 

Tweet this!Tweet this!

“I always think about the cupcakes I’m going to eat at this moment”

April 14th, 2014 No Comments

It’s true…and I actually say that in the video…

My latest video for the SELF magazine #Burn100 series: a total body workout circuit without equipment.

It’s funny, the other day I was telling my friend that during my recent travels I have yet to do one of these workouts. Even though I plead with you to stay focused while you’re away from your routine. She then reminded me I also encourage you to rest your body when your muscles are tired. After 10 SoulCycle classes this week, tired is a bit of an understatement.

This circuit is probably the hardiest to complete but the easiest to execute because you know most of the moves. You just refuse to do them. (Burpees, ehem.)  The challenge is to maintain your form when you get winded, as you will see I am for most of the video.

See my other favorite SELF workouts here.  All are great to do alone or incorporate into your normal workout routine.

P.S. I’m back on the blog this week.  Apologies for being MIA.

Tweet this!Tweet this!

You can’t hide out in this camo.

April 1st, 2014 No Comments

20140401-092139.jpg

 

If you’re wearing Valentino this spring, you’re going for stylish, not stealthy.  Both the camo and neon trends have been popular in years past.  Here they’re combined to make every outfit more funky and playful.

Ironically, Valentino’s collection for Spring is much more sophisticated.

20140401-094805.jpg

 

20140401-094816.jpg

I snapped these pics and snagged the pink bikini at Just One Eye, a private hidden boutique on Romaine (just east of La Brea).  They are my Valentino, Proenza, and The Row headquarters.  So many other A-Mazing collections in there….if you’re in LA, you must see it for yourself.  The website is very cool as well.  The prices are steep, but if nothing else, the style is inspiring.

Like a typical man, Mason chills while Mommy shops…and stares me down to “hurry up.”

20140401-094829.jpg

Tweet this!Tweet this!

My favorite Fitness Monday post….ever.

March 31st, 2014 No Comments

This will make your monday.

My BVHL riders totally get my sense of humor.  We stomped it out almost in tears at 7am.

Get your LOL on :)

Tweet this!Tweet this!

Biggest Loser Pyramid Workout

March 24th, 2014 No Comments

Brett Hoebel is one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser.  In this episode of Burn100 (100 calories in 10 minute circuits), he creates a circuit by adding one exercise each round.  It’s a tough one!!  Don’t worry, he gives you an active rest.

For more #BURN100 episodes, click here.  They’re all different and easy to incorporate into your normal routine or do when you travel.

Tweet this!Tweet this!