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Class Pass isn’t the only fitness app in town now

August 3rd, 2015 No Comments

 

We all want to be in shape, but making it fit into our schedule and budget isn’t always easy.  For the past few weeks, while I’ve been absent from the blog, I’ve felt that same pressure you do, and I teach 5 classes a week!  Being super busy with two clients, running the studio, and traveling, my weight-training fell to the waist-side along with my blogging.  Oh the guilt that set in!

ClassPass has been the best game in town to satisfy the budget issue.  With a $99/month membership, you can go to participating studios in any city and attend classes they post on CP up to three visits a month.  If you want to go to a class that’s not posted, or you want to go more often, you have to pay the normal rate.

These two new fitness apps/programs are filling in two HUGE holes in the ClassPass system. You’ll see that Wildfire goes after the fitness fanatic, the other goes after the sporadic.

The drawback for all three is that not all studios participate.  For example, if you want to go to SoulCycle, which is super exclusive, you have to book directly through them.

Finally, both are fairly new to the market and therefore not widely available. Keep an eye out when they touch down in your city.

WILDFIRE

Wildfire gives you unlimited classes in the studios on their roster for $149/month.  So if you wanted to RYDE 3 times a week, go to a bootcamp once a week, and do yoga once a week, maybe throw in a barre class, you’re getting over  $100/week of classes for about $27.

 


 

 

ZenRez

ZenRez is for the person who can’t plan ahead, just needs to get into a class NOW.  Find last minute classes in your area with availability and book a spot for a fraction of the price.   I’m not putting RYDE4 on ZenRez simply because our classes are already HALF of what most studios in the are charge.


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Get your Body Prepared for the Holiday So It Keeps Working As You Keep Drinking

June 29th, 2015 No Comments

(Photo by Kelly Fajak) 

Holidays seem to be relaxing for our heads, but not really for our bodies. Yes, we decrease the physical exercise, but at the same time we intentionally increase the caloric intake.  Laying out on the beach, we absolutely need a margarita in hand.  The hot weather insists on cold beer.  How could we not eat burgers at a pool party?  And yes, I’d like cheese on that.

So while we’re not holding on to a ton of guilt, we’re demanding our bodies work overtime to allow us to relax.

You might think I’m going to tell you NOT to do any of those things.  You would be wrong.  I’ll be right there with you pouring the tequila and making patties.

So our plan should be to get our metabolism in gear before the festivities begin.

Here is the plan of attack:

1.  HITT – High Intensity Interval Training.

Taking your heart rate to its max and then dropping it down again.  You can do this in so many way: spin class, boot camp, boxing, circuit training, running up a hill, etc.

It’s not easy, but it’s effective in spiking your metabolism.

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2.  Keep Eating!

To prep for days in bathing suits, we usually starve ourself.  Bad idea.  If you stop eating now, your metabolism will slow down.  When it’s hit with the onslaught of goodies, it won’t be prepared.

Keep it moving at regular pace by eating 5 small meals a day.  Each including protein, carbs, and fat.

3.  Drink lots of water.

Sunshine and booze are satisfying and depleting at the same time.  Hydrate your body now!

The additional water will help control your portion control at meals as well.

4.  Plan ahead.

Plan one day when you will exercise.  Make it your favorite workout so you’ll want to do it.  You don’t have to make it a killer workout, just one to keep everything in motion.

I promise you now, you will feel AMAZING after you’re done.

A few of my vacation workouts here:

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Start your summer with these singles

June 10th, 2015 No Comments


The Weeknd’s new single, “Can’t feel my face.” A-mazing.

On a lighter note, download these more upbeat releases too!

  • Flo Rida + Robin Thicke – I Don’t Like It
  • Pitbull + Cee Lo Green – Have Some Fun
  • Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt
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Get your fat-burning engine revved up BEFORE the holidays.

November 17th, 2014 No Comments

Desserts at Mastro's

Oh you know it’s that time.  All of the most delicious food on the planet is coming for your lips, your hips, and your saddle bags.  So let’s get ready!!!

We always talk about burring OFF the food AFTER we indulge.  But the best way to keep the weight off is about what we do BEFORE we eat pie and drink until dawn.

Four words: High Intensity Interval Training.  

Taking your heart rate to the roof and then back down to where you left your lunch on the floor burns fat, burns sugar, builds strength, increases your cardiovascular ability, and revs up your metabolism for 24 hours.

Sounds rough, I know.  Personally, I love a kick-ass, go-all-out workout, my favorite being BLAST in Atlanta. Total exhaustion is almost as a satisfying as an orgasm for me.  (When the workouts are daily and the Big O’s are so few and far between, it doesn’t feel like such a stretch….)

Ok, so let’s not make this sound so intimidating by using the Tabata method.

You choose your exercise.  It can be a cardio move or free-weight lifting.  

Do 20 second intervals of 100% exertion, 10 seconds of rest.  

Six to eight rounds.  

Your workout can go between 4 and 20 minutes.  Then you’re done.  

I’ve never incorporated HIIT with Tabata precision until recently.  Trainer, spinning instructor, and hot mamma Judi Brown from Daily Burn SWEARS by Tabata.  She gives all of the credit for her rock-hard wall of abs to this method of exercise.  Check her out, pretty convincing if you ask me:

Judi Brown abs

She made me dingo renegade rows the other day with 8 pound weights for 6 Tabata intervals.

My lats were sore for week!  I loved it :)

Here’s how you do a renegade row.  Remember to keep your core tight and hips facing the ground.

 

Remember, you can do anything!  Burpees, jump squats, punches with weights, the list goes on.

PopSugar has a great collection of Tabata workout videos you hit up at home as well!

 

 

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Crazy pants make me feel stronger + Discount Code

September 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin crazy workout pants by Onzie

 

Don’t ask me why the crazy pants are empowering, it’s a mind game….like with most things in life.

I was reminded of this when I wore my fire orange Nike pants for a 5:30 am workout this morning.  The color is like visual stimulation, an energy source, a playful reminder of the fact that I ENJOY the challenge!

For as often as I work out, I need quite a collection.  Just to show you a few:

Graphic workout pants

The two on the left are Nike, the two on the right are Onzie.

Recently I’ve discovered two new fun resources: Alter Ego and Carbon38.

Carbon38 workout pants

I love Carbon38 because they carry Onzie and a great selection of other brands.  You won’t find anything boring on their site so it’s fun to browse.

Use my discount code and get $25 off your order of $100+.

DISCOUNT CODE: WPY4D6

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What you’re looking for in a good trainer isn’t easy to find.

September 8th, 2014 No Comments


All professional trainers are educated on the muscular and structural system of the human body.  Good trainers know how to exercise those systems efficiently and safely.  The best trainers have a strong personality to challenge you physically and release your mind emotionally. And they never take life too seriously. That’s what I loved about our group on SELF’s BURN100 series.  We don’t stand around counting reps, we give you good reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing.  And then we have fun with it!

SELF Magazine just posted this bleeper reel of us shooting the series.  We had so much fun doing what we love and working with a great crew to deliver our workouts to you!

The question then remains, if we want a good personal trainer of our own, how do we find him or her?

Trial, error, REPEAT.  When you inquire at a gym, don’t simply go with whoever they assign you to.  YOU TELL THEM FIRST what you’re looking for and ask politely to be set up with someone whose style might suit your needs.  If you’re not a good match, MOVE ON and try another one.  Your time is precious and valuable; your satisfaction physically and emotionally is what you’re paying for.  INVEST wisely.

In the meantime, feel free to get your workout in at home using the BURN100 series or my archives.  My beloved trainer Cederick and I put together some great workouts for you to do at the gym.

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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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