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“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.

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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 :)

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1 bench, 10 minutes, 100 calories.

March 17th, 2014 No Comments

In my second episode of #BURN100 for SELF Magazine, I put together a dynamic circuit workout to hit every muscle group in your body.  All you need to do it?  A bench, step, or high curb.  And of course the ability to overcome  your unwillingness to workout.  I’ll admit, this weekend, I drowned out any voice of reason with sauvignon blanc.  Oops!

Burn100 is a new web series in which every workout is 10 minutes long and guarantees you’ll burn 100 calories.  The key to hitting the calorie count is to keep moving.  You’ll see how I modify at times to catch my breath.  Push yourself to your breaking point and then take it down a level.  The important part is that you get your heart rate up to its max.  If you simply go through the motions, you might burn about 50 calories.

I’m posting the SELF episodes I think you’ll find the most useful, so check in every Monday for a new one.

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Bare leg season is upon us. Here’s a quick toning tip!

March 10th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin legs on the beach 2014

 If you’re like me and live in California, “bare leg” season is all year long.  But for those of you on the east coast, you’re finally getting a chance to dethaw.  Now get excited to bust out shorts, skirts, and bathing suits.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  Before I go out to somewhere…important (like an event or date), I like to tone up whatever area of my body is exposed.  If it’s my arms and back, I’ll do some quick pushups.  If it’s my legs, I hit this one-legged lunge.

Usually, I bust out a few rounds in my bedroom before I shower, but for demonstration purposes, I had Owen take some pics after our workout on the Santa Monica Stairs.

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The key here is to find something you can rest your back foot on so your foot is above your knee.  The tricky part is to get your front foot out far enough so your knee is right over your ankle.

When you’re in position, simply lower down and push up through your heel.  Keep your core engaged so your torso stays upright and you’re not leaning forward. Do whatever you need to with your hands to stay balanced.

I do as many as I can on each leg and then switch.  Depending on how much time I have, I’ll do one or two sets.

Easy and effective!

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10 minute lower body cardio circuit to #BURN100 calories

March 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Lacey Stone is one bad ass chick.  I hung out with her on set, and she is a killer trainer.  In her episode of Burn100 she takes you through a series of fairly simple moves that combined as a circuit will get your heart rate sky-high.

There’s no equipment involved so you can do this ANYWHERE.

At this moment in my fitness regimen, any cardio that isn’t SOULCYCLE is always a challenge. I’m starting to sweat just watching the video.




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Because his hands are all over your….

February 24th, 2014 No Comments


Recently I’ve been going on my fair share of first dates.  Clearly there are plenty of patterns I can discuss on this topic, but only a couple that revolve around fitness.

If you think about it, on a first date, there are TWO places  your date touches.  First, probably your hand when your getting out of the car or at the table.  Then at the end of the date, what happens.  There’s usually a hug, if it went well, a kiss then a hug. But always a hug, right? Which means, his or her hands are ALL OVER your back!

So, I contend, as I tell my SOULCYCLE classes during the 7 minutes weight section of class, that those of us who are single need to focus on toning our backs, just as much as our fronts.  Now, obviously there are plenty of other good reasons to strengthening your back (posture being the big one), but my date stories are better for distraction when the burn settles into your lats, rear delts, and rhomboids.

I’m happy to report that several of my recent dates have made very nice comments about my back.  I must be doing something right :)

So, what do I do?  

  • Light weights lots of reps pulling: this would be during my classes, but you can do the same thing ANYWHERE at any time.  The point is that you focus on squeezing when you reach the farthest point of you pull, whether that is backwards in a row, or down in a pull down.
  • Heavy weights less reps.  Pulling until you’re muscles are fatigued.
  • Yoga, downward and upward dogs are great for toning your back.

Click here to see my favorite back workout in the gym. 

Vanessa Hudges, an avid SC rider, is a great example of a lovely backside :)

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5 ways to a better butt

February 19th, 2014 No Comments

Here’s why I love these videos:

  • We (the trainers) take extra care to explain form during the entire video
  • The circuits are short.  No excuse not to do them.
  • You can replicate the series on your own without the video after you do it a couple of times.

This circuit for a better butt is pretty easy (but effective) and would be a great addition to any workout or after a run.


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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.


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