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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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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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Yep, you can workout in bed.

July 21st, 2014 No Comments

Bikini season is NOT the time to skip a workout, even if you’re exhausted, even if you’re hung over, even if you just don’t feel like it.  In this video, my friend Kym, showing off her bad-ass 6 pack, will show you how to keep your tummy tight without leaving your bed.

This weekend I reconnected with my long lost friend and original SOULCYCLE instructor Kym Perfetto.  She and I used to sleep in the attic of the Hamptons BARN together  after teaching 3 classes a day.. back in 2008!

Kym has always been a trainer and now she’s putting all of her workouts and awesome playlists on her blog: KymNonStop.  Once you watch a couple videos, you’ll realize how appropriate the name is.  She’s a little daredevil, constantly on the move, going from place to place on her bike, and always in a good mood.  And there’s something about her laugh…it’s uplifting. You’ll see.

I thought I’d kick off her MTM appearance with this workout because it’s one of the easier routines.  Her YouTube channel is FULL of ridiculously challenging circuit workouts as well as explanations as to why you should do them.  More of Kym to come.

WANT TO ADD UPPER BODY IN BED?

If you want to complete your bed workout and get in some UPPER BODY (using two water bottles), click here.  I made this video 5 YEARS AGO and I look TERRIBLE in it.  So …I’m going to politely ask that you click through :)

 

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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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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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