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It’s only Wednesday and I’m soooooo exhausted. But I’m still smiling and still moving because I’ve discovered:
I wouldn’t have believed until I tried it…and I wouldn’t have shelled out $46 for the little jar without tasting a bite and feeling its power instantly, so I’m hoping you’ll trust me now and thank me later when you order a jar and change your life.
Not that you or I care, but Victoria Beckham swears by it too.
This superfood jelly wakes me up within minutes at 4:30am in the morning and keeps me moving when I’m crashing at 3pm. It’s more powerful on an empty stomach, but during the day I’ll feel energized within 20 minutes.
What I love is that I don’t have to do anything to get it: no grinding beans or waiting in line. I just spoon out about a teaspoon and scrape it off into my mouth. It tastes good, or better than you would expect I should say.
The ingredients are all natural, recognizable, and combine to help you with more than just energy:
You can find it at some Whole Foods or order it online here.
Energized and Smiling Head To Chin:
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 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 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.Tweet this!
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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:
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!
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:
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+.
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.Tweet this!