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Work out on vacation without exercising

August 4th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin, Malibu, California 2014

Last week, I spent my day off on the beach in Malibu.  By Saturday my body is so exhausted I try to be as inactive as possible.  I imagine you feel the same way when you hit the beach for a week off…with the exception that you feel guilty for making excuses not exercising at all.  Maybe that’s me projecting how I feel on vacation, but it seems to be the consensus amongst my friends.

While walking down beautiful Paradise Cove, I thought about all of the beach workouts I have posted over the years, but as I said, Saturday is my day of rest.

Then I remembered the tip I give my NYC readers who hustle to work and claim they don’t have time (or energy) to workout.  I tell them, when you’re walking:

  1. Engage your core and don’t release it.
  2. Lift your knees higher than normal.
  3. As you step down, follow through with your step, and squeeze your glutes at the end.

One of my readers says she lost 10 pounds just by changing her walk.  Even if that is an exaggeration, half of that would be an accomplishment!

I started walking this way down the beach and my buns were burning by Point Dume!  With this in mind I came up with several other ways you can workout without changing your actual movements.  (I wish I had made a video, but I was alone on my stroll…)  Please note that all of these require you to tighten your abs.

  • Walking: High knees + glute squeeze
  • Walking: Stand up straight, engage your rear delts (behind your shoulders) and rhomboids (between your shoulders)
  • Laying out: Leg raises 6 inches off your towel.  Hold at the top for three breaths.
  • Building A Sand Castle:  Squat down low and dig with your hands, not a shovel.
  • Sitting in a chair:  Knee raises in and out.
  • Reading a magazine:  Holding magazine directly above you, extend behind you and then “pull” it down to your belly.
  • Fetching More Beer:  Go up and down the stairs to the house 3 times each time instead of 1.
  • Playing with the kids: Playing with the kids!
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Biggest Remix of Summer 2014

July 30th, 2014 No Comments

Skrillex Recess Remix

 

Music blogs say “Recess” will pass up Calvin Harris’ “Summer” big time.  I’m a fan of the original mix Skrillex put out, but I’ve enjoyed poppin’ the party at SOULCYCLE with the remixes and watching my riders KILL IT!  They chorus of munchkins sing:

“Fight ’til we can’t fight, everybody’s alright, don’t let it stop, don’t let it stop.”

Whether we’re running with the quick pace out of the saddle or pushing against some serious resistance, they go all out until the beat drops and the chorus celebrates our efforts.  And when we hear “Turn it up, turn it up, higher, higher.”  You just feel like you HAVE TO DO IT.

A must for your workout mix!

For my club-hoppers (are you still out there), this isn’t what I would call a pre-party song.  It’s what you’ll be raging to at the club.

 

BUYING THE SONGS

For those of you who aren’t crazy about electronic music, buy the Skrillex original version and album on iTunes.  Go here for the remixes on iTunes. My favorite is the Milo and Otis version (the first one).

(Headline image via Oswla)

 

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It’s not just a workout…

July 16th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE schedule 2014

 

It’s a lifestyle.  Anyone with even a small athletic sensibility knows that exercise is about more than just being fit.  

What we ALL have is a responsibly to find our own happiness.

I believe that through exercise, pushing our bodies until our muscles burn, will prove to our head that we are strong enough to get whatever it is we want in life.  It’s an analogy: the burn will change your body, the willpower you use to get there will change your life.  SoulCycle, or your favorite form of exercise, is the training to do that consistently….with confidence. When you accomplish one thing that makes you happy, you move on to the next.

Under this photo on my instagram I wrote:

#SoulCycle, it’s not a workout, it’s a lifestyle. Pop the ride into your calendar and hit “Repeat Weekly.”#SoulFamily #DanceYourAssOff #AthletesBecomeWarriors #FaithLoveFight #JoinThePack 

I try not to take it all too seriously, just acknowledge that everyone in the room is after the same thing and will support you in your effort.

(Thanks for the background and shout out @checkoutamanda x)

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If you set a small goal, you’ll hit it bigger.

May 19th, 2014 No Comments

In my final episode for SELF magazine’s Burn 100 Series, I use light hand weights and 5 different exercises, each work your upper body and lower body at the same time.  The weights will help you build muscle, but they also serve to bring your focus to squeezing on each rep.  If you don’t have weights, water bottles will work.

I’m the type of person that sets an easy goal (like this one 10 minute workout), and then wants to keep going.  So, I would start with this video and then hit these two:

Remember, when you’re doing these circuits, when you get winded, push for a couple more reps and then slow down.  But don’t stop.  Just modify until you catch your breath.

The key to changing your body is the purpose you put into each rep/muscle contraction.

The ab workout should let your heart rate recover, so, KEEP GOING!!! Finish strong with Lacey’s cardio circuit.

As I always tell you:

Find your limit and then push it.  Because YOU CAN. Then you’ll feel your strength and you’ll see you are stronger than you thought. That burn in your body is change in your life.

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Ray Ban people, it’s time to switch it up this summer

May 6th, 2014 No Comments

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I always think of Warby Parker as a hipster, Brooklyn brand.  You know, skinny guys in tight, cuffed jeans, with fitted button downs and cool shades.  I use their instagram in client pitches all the time because their gallery is so well curated to convey the lifestyle.  HOWEVER, the truth is, WB frames are approachable for everyone.  They modernize vintage styles making them versatile and easy to wear.  Then, they price them reasonably.

I would say if you’re a Ray Ban person looking to add a little flare to your face, WP is your answer.

Today they launched their Summer collection that includes 9 new frames and 4 new colors.  ”You’ll find bookish silhouettes in surf-inspired hues and classic styles in beach shack shades.”

Price is simply $95.  Click here to shop.

Like TOMS shoes, for each pair sold, a pair goes to someone in need.

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BURN100 – my circuit to burn 100 calories in 10 minutes!

February 10th, 2014 1 Comment

Last week SELF magazine launched the SELF video channel online to offer a variety of fitness web series to help you get your burn on.  I shot 4 episodes of BURN100 where I do a circuit of exercises to burn 100 calories in 10 minutes using only equipment you would have at home.  In this first episode, I created a yoga-inspired series:

  • Yoga burpee
  • Crescent lunges
  • Yoga wave (warrior 2 to reverse warrior)
  • Build a bridge

You’ll see as I go I get out of breath.  The constant movement really gets your heart rate up and builds heat in your muscles WITHOUT having to kill yourself.

It’s a great workout to wake up your body and start the day.  The flow is easy to do in a hotel room or when you’re on vacation (and know you need to do SOMETHING physical).

Every Monday I’ll be posting a new killer workout.  There were four other trainers who participated like Brett Hoebel from the Biggest Loser.  So no more excuses to NOT exercise.

#Burn

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Exercising on a juice cleanse

January 27th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE BVHL 6am crew

First of all, meet some of my regular “rooster” riders who get up at 5am to rock out with me at 6am in Beverly Hills.  These are some of the strongest people in town, and the best part is that they have KNOW their own strength!  That, my readers, is harder than it sounds, so I’ll get to that later.

When I did my 4-day juice cleanse, 5-day total cleanse (one day juice and vegan), I had to teach my SOULCYCLE classes.  Thankfully that week I only had 6 classes which is a cake walk for me.  Because my tolerance is so high, I scheduled other forms of exercise: yoga and lifting with a trainer.  As most people said, “You’re crazy.  How can you do that?”  My body is admittedly unique in that my fitness level is really high.  Throughout all of the activities, I never felt fatigued.  Later in the day, of course my energy would drop so I would schedule naps.  Thirty minutes of napping for each hour of exercise.  Everyday I slept an hour.

What I’m trying to prove to you is not that you have to push yourself on a cleanse to get results, but that you shouldn’t be afraid to maintain your normal routine. 

STAY STRONG MENTALLY TO BE STRONG PHYSICALLY. 

Be confident in your own strength and keep your exercise routine.  If you worry about being hungry and losing energy, you will be desperate and depleted.  Your mind, not your body, will make that happen.  Also know that you can always STOP.  No one says you have to finish each workout or that you have to continue your routine.  Do what makes you feel good.

A lot of you don’t have the ability to take a mid-day nap, which is why I call it a luxury and don’t advise straying from your routine.

BENEFITS OF EXERCISING WHILE ON A CLEANSE

Exercise keeps your metabolism revved up to burn the sugar (from fruits) in the juices.  There is A LOT more sugar than you realize involved most cleanses so your calorie intake is high.  As you won’t have fiber in your diet, staying active helps your digestive system move along the stuff your colon sluffs off as well as the toxins your lymph system releases.   Sweating is another powerful way to expel the toxins.

Remember, you can always take a day off or stop altogether.  But I truly believe that if you keep your days the same, you’ll worry less about the cleanse and feel the benefits of it more when you’re done.

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“This is how strong people start their year.”

January 6th, 2014 No Comments

@BiteSizeArtist SOULCYCLE

 

I have two riders Nicole (above) and Amanda who rock out with me several mornings at 7am.  Before they can even wipe of their sweat, they’ll insta-everything and say “This is how strong people start their day.”  Words they hear from me and make it a reality for themselves. Way to go ladies.

In the past I’ve proclaimed (yes, proclaimed) how I don’t do resolutions because I believe each day I should try to improve myself, grow stronger in some way, allow  change, etc.  But this year, I actually feel like I need to set a fitness goals for myself. It’s too easy to just teach 10 classes a week.  Seriously, it is.  I really feel like now that body is comfortable with that, it wants a new challenge.  So here’s how I feel strong starting out this new year.  I will:

  1. Wear my heart rate monitor.  It’s the smartest thing I can do and will help guide me through my workouts.
  2. Lift weights one day a week.  This is to build strength.  My muscles have endurance by riding, but they aren’t getting stronger BECAUSE I take it easy so I can teach all week long.
  3. Yoga 2 days a week.  I don’t want to get back to where my muscles are so tight they ache.  That’s how I felt before I left for vacation.
  4. Boxing one day a week.  First of all, it’s fun and I miss it.  Also, the activity is a great way to push my heart rate to its limit.  Again, SOULCYCLE will do that, but I can’t push myself to exhaustion when I have to talk.

Ambitious, but I’m going to give it a shot!

Now your turn.  Go ahead, don’t be afraid of what you want. I believe most people fear change in some way, even if they want it.  As I always tell my riders, the only thing holding you back…..is you.

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