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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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My substitute for burpees will tone your whole body

June 1st, 2015 No Comments

As effective as they are, I can’t stand burpees so I have been happily substituting this move into my workout for weeks!

Just like a burpee, the total body twist requires me to use my arms, abs, and legs.  During my weight training days, 20 reps gets my heart rate up so I stay in my fat burning zone while I’m lifting.

A few things to remember:

  • Your weight should be moderately heavy to support the movement.
  • Don’t let your elbows flare out to the side.
  • Keep your abs contracted to support your back as you’re twisting.
  • Don’t stop when you get tired, just slow down your pace.
  • Go for 20 reps, 10 on each side.

Total Body Twist Heat to Toe

  • Lululemon Top
  • Polar Heart Rate Monitor
  • Lululemon Pants
  • Brooks Pure Running Shoes
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Give ’em a rockin’ bod for Christmas

December 8th, 2014 No Comments

Amazing body in a bikini

Every year I do one looooong gift guide.  This year, you’ll get five different lists based on MTM daily themes.  Monday has been and will always be fitness.  And who better to be the model of hot bod than my SOULCYCLE rider and HOT 8 yoga enthusiast Amanda. Here’s what I love about her lifestyle: she exercises once a day, eats right, works hard, and doesn’t overindulge.  Hence her lovely backside :)

Now, there was a time when giving a gym membership was considered insulting. However, with the advent of our private studio addictions – whether it be SOULCYCLE, pilates, yoga, barre, etc – giving a pack of classes is the perfect gift.

Here are options for my favorite studios around that I know your peeps will love too.

For more studios in your area click here and THE BEST deal on a package hit up GROUPON or GUILTcity.

CLASSPASS GIFT

If you live in one of the cities below you can buy a CLASSPASS.  This allows them classes at any studio that is affiliated.  They can go to each studio 3 times a month!  The links below will take you to a map of the city with the studios pinpointed.

Now, if you’re looking for something more tangible, I suggest:

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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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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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A bikini body is not JUST about cardio

July 7th, 2014 No Comments

We always say, “I gotta go burn off that dinner from last night.”  Even though I know better, I still say it…. It sounds better than, “I really need to lift off those margaritas.”

The truth is that staying lean is just as much about lifting weights as it is getting your heart rate up.

When you’re heart rate is in it’s resting zone and you’re…let’s say laying on the beach, muscle keeps your body burning calories.  Lifting weights will help you build this muscle in a way that cardio can’t.

Finding time to hit the gym seems harder in the summer because our free time is allotted for more leisure activities.  As it should be.  But since we want to look good laying out, strolling foreign streets, dancing at our friend’s wedding, we need to exercise to stay toned and keep our metabolism revved up.

This BURN100 series coves all the bases for you in 10 minutes!  You’ll see Brett Hoebel using heavy dumbbells and doing cardio moves.  Remember, when using heavy weights, form is crucial so you don’t pull anything.  Keeping your abs engaged and shoulders back will also make each move more productive for your muscles.

For more quick workouts (that are great to do while traveling), click here.

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Never wear an iPhone arm band again!

June 17th, 2014 3 Comments

I can’t stand wearing those iPhone armbands when I go for a run or workout in the gym.  Reluctantly, I slide my phone into the waistband of my pants or the strap of my bra.  No, I don’t care how weird it looks.  This solution is much more comfortable than those arm bands.

Thankfully there is a new solution on the market: The FlipBelt.

 

GENIUS in my opinion:

  • FUNCTIONAL: holds all of my stuff w/access for my earbuds to come out.
  • FITS TIGHT: spandex lycra blended belt sizes range from XS – XL
  • FASHIONABLE: comes in 10 colors and looks like part of your workout pants
  • AFFORDABLE: $29

Buy one online here.

Here’s a video intro.  A little lo-pro, but they have to start somewhere!

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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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