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September 13th, 2010 No Comments

I want to start a new trend in workout wear: skirts! Tennis/running skirts with shorts that is.  Yoga pants are frumpy; spandex is too tight; shorts bunch up.

I’ve worn my Nike tennis skirt a couple times to run and workout in lately and I think it’s practical and flattering.

Think about it: a tennis skirt is comfortable, provides more coverage than spandex or running shorts, isn’t as tight and revealing, and looks cute.

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August 10th, 2010 No Comments

Alotta legs today…

I spent the day working so when I finally came up for air to get in a workout, it was scorching hot outside.  But I was determined to work out after I wrote the workout post below.

Here’s what I did:

  • 1 mile run that combined beach and pavement.  Jogging with sprinting intervals.
  • 5 min. leg extensions on the side of the pool to cool off
  • 5 min. step ups alternating legs (1 min per leg) w/shoulder presses in between to let my legs rest (no weights)
  • 2 sets, 15 drop lunges on a wall without touching my foot to the ground (great core balance exercise too)
  • 50 lunges walking to the stairs
  • 3 sets of stairs
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Yoga Discount!

April 5th, 2010 No Comments

First order of business.

As promised I secured your 30 days for $30 at Bikram Yoga NYC!  And it’s a MTM exclusive discount :)

The publicist assures me the New York locations have been made aware you will be asking for this promotion in conjunction with my blog so you shouldn’t have any problems.  If you do, I know someone who can take care of it, if you know what I mean.

Kidding.  Just shoot me an email and I’ll get it squared away.

Now go get your sweat on.  After 30 days of unlimited yoga you’ll make this chick in the picture look like an amateur.  And you’ll have a tight tuchis.

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Getting Back On The Fitness Freight Train…Or Staying On During The Holiday.

December 14th, 2009 No Comments

After a long weekend of too much goodness (whatever that is for you), sometimes you feel like you want to go to the gym and open up a big can of whoop ass. You get there and kill a hard workout to start the week off right.

Other times you know you should reach for the can opener, but have no desire.

So, here’s my advice to getting back on the wagon:  DO WHAT YOU LOVE.  Your body is familiar with the routine, and it will be easy to get through the lack of motivation.  If you’re an elliptical junkie, jump on.  Hit up your favorite class. Once you get through the first hour, then you can start your real workout.

Now you’re thinking to yourself, “my real workout, wasn’t that enough?!”  And the answer is usually yes.  But if you’re looking to truly turn over a new leaf, you need a little bit more.

So now you take a little rest.  Grab a set of three or five pound weights, turn up your iPod, and get your arms in gear.  Press ups, curls, punches.  Burn it out until your shoulders can’t take any more.  This really should take about ten minutes.

Then, it’s time to go for round two.  Back on the elliptical, start another class, jog the tredmill.  Your body will actually be ready to go now.  I suggest taking a class so you have a little guidance and commitment to another 45 minutes of work.

Here’s what I do:

  • 45 minutes spin
  • 10 minutes light arm weights
  • 45 minutes of spin

You’ll leave the gym feeling like a champ.  Your craving for pizza has morphed into a urge for chicken and broccoli.  As for sugar, you’re not going to do that to yourself after you worked so hard…at least on the first night.

Hope this helps!

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Squat with Shoulder Rotation

December 14th, 2009 No Comments

“Breaking Down The Workout” — Francesca Meccariello

This advanced full-body, multi-joint exercise will work your legs, glutes and rotator cuff. Great for increasing shoulder joint mobility and improving your postrure.

It is much more challenging than it looks!  Make sure to check your form in the mirror.

The Set Up:

  • Use a cable column machine set on the lightest weight, handle on the bottom setting.
  • Grab the handle while facing the weight stack.
  • Stand with feet parallel to each other about hip distance apart.

The Movement:

  1. Perform a squat sitting up tall with your arm fully extended.
  2. As you begin to stand from the squat keeping your arm straight, rotate making a big circle with your arm until it comes back to shoulder height.

Perform 2 sets or 8-10 reps/side.


  • Keep chest lifted and chin parallel to the floor.
  • As always, your abs are engaged.
  • Press through your heels.

*This exercise must be performed after you have properly warmed your shoulders up by doing shoulder rolls forward and backwards and shoulder clocks.

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December 7th, 2009 No Comments

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain! with a quick home workout by Sarah Dussault.  Try to go three rounds so you’ll get a good 10 minute burn.

The only thing I would add to the routine are 20 push ups and 50 crunches.

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Fitness on Demand!

December 7th, 2009 No Comments

A reader emailed me last week saying  she has recently been loving the fitness videos she found on the On Demand with her cable service.  She didn’t even know they were available until a friend directed her to the option.  I didn’t either!

As you can see there are a bunch of different workout options if you can’t make it to the gym.

This is a good way to get your heart rate up on one of those lazy days when you want to go to the gym, but have no desire to leave the house.

Combination Chest Press/Hip Extension

December 7th, 2009 No Comments

“Breaking Down The Workout” — Francesca Meccariello

This intermediate to advanced strength and stability exercise will work your shoulders, chest, glutes and abs.

You’ll need a Swiss ball and a light to medium set of dumbbells.

The Set Up:

  • Holding on to your weights sit on a properly sized Swiss ball.
  • Roll forward until your head and upper back are resting on the ball.
  • Feet should be hip width apart, heels just and flat on the floor.

The Movement:

  1. Begin with hips and thighs parallel to the floor holding the weights straight up.
  2. Fully extend arms with your palms facing forward.
  3. Take a deep breath as you lower your glutes/hips down while bringing the weights down and out until elbows are bent and below your shoulders.
  4. Exhale and press the weights up while engaging your glutes to extend your hips until parallel to the floor again.


  • Be careful not to let your lower back arch too much. You should not feel pain in your lower back if you do stop the exercise.
  • Push through your heels, not your toes.

Advanced: Once you can perform 3 sets of 15 reps comfortably you can progress the exercise by bringing your feet and legs closer together even squeezing your thighs together.

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