Tag Archives: exercise

Look Even Better this Autumn

27 Aug

Falling in LOVE with the idea of longer-looking, leaner legs this fall… which means looking even better in skinny jeans and leggings. Here’s a great way to kick things into gear, from YouTube 3V: Curtsy Lunges for Sexy Legs.

Source: youtube.com via 3V on Pinterest

 

QUESTION: What are your fave moves for sculpting oh-la-la gams? Are you doing lunges? Step-ups? Spinning? Tell me in the comments.

Image via Pinterest: Fit Style

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How Minka Kelly Blasts Fat

6 Jul

It should not surprise you that Minka Kelly follows an interval cardio plan when she hits the gym. Fitness pros and gym rats alike all recognize the perks of picking up the pace from time to time. Simply put, interval workouts are the best and fastest fat burners.

If you’re looking for a basic plan to try and have a good block of time to spare, follow this plan contributed by Minka Kelly (and her trainer). The details of the complete workout can be found at Self Magazine (online at Self.com).

Minka Kelly Celebrity Workout

What are your favorite interval plans and how do you time them when you’re not using gym machines?

For more great fitness advice and workouts check out 3V on YouTube.

What Your Group Fitness Instructor Won’t Tell You

16 Sep
group exercise

via weheartit.com

1. Follow my lead.
I get aggravated when students do a different workout than the one I’m teaching — and they’re in the front row! You come to class but choose to do your own thing… really, what’s the point?!

2. It takes a lot to be entertaining, funny, and likeable
all while trying to motivate people to do things that will cause them pain. I think the 80’s thong leotards and side-ponytails gave aerobics instructors a bad rap. We’re also not all super bubbly and rail-thin.

3. Leave your cell at home.
Can you not exercise for an hour without checking your text messages?

4. Yes, I’ve embarrassed myself.
I was chewing gum while teaching and it flew out and stuck onto the mirror in front of me during class. Oh, and it was bright green!

5. Coffee’s my friend.
When I don’t feel like teaching I have a GIANT cup of coffee. I usually don’t feel like teaching when I’m tired or run down, so caffeine usually does the trick. And if that fails, keep smiling. As the saying goes, fake it ‘til you make it!

6. Preparing is a lot of work!
Pre-choreographed classes, like BodyPump and Turbo KickBoxing, take hours of prep. We’re sent materials every 6 weeks and we have to review and learn all the music and choreography before we teach it to you.

7. Stop weighing yourself constantly.
Newbies expect miracles without realizing that the added muscle will not only make them smaller and leaner, but also heavier (muscle weighs more than fat, remember?). You can’t change your physique simply by working out; 80 percent of any change and fat loss is the result of a clean diet.

8. I wish you’d be more vocal when you’ve had a great workout, but save the moaning, grunts, and other weird noises for home.

9. Dress appropriately.
Ladies, consider wearing a cami or additional liner under your low cut Lululemon or Lucy yoga tops. I get an eyeful I really don’t wish to see when you’re in downward dog. And guys, don’t forget your liner shorts! I don’t want to see anything poking through your gym shorts in class!

10. When you’re sick, stay home.
You may want to sweat out your cold or flu, but I don’t want your germs, especially when you want a really good workout and position yourself in the front row and cough and sneeze your way through the class.

See more at ReadersDigest.com.

Vacation withdrawls, part deux

22 Nov

I signed up for Daily Plate again. This will have been the umpteenth time, since each time I get discouraged and stop tracking myself I prefer a clean slate and create new accounts. Unfortunately, their site makes deactivating an account really difficult (they make up for this nuisance with stellar customer service however — reps will gladly remove all your info if you ask).

I squeezed in 30 minutes on my elliptical machine and tacked on a 3/4 mile-or-so walk today — in new shoes! Segue into more footwear news here. In St. Thomas, my boyfriend and I bought the most amazing new sneakers, called GlaGlas. The Paris company has designed a shoe that makes it feel like you are stepping on air (after being on a ship for 7 days you can imagine how nice it feels to walk off your sea legs!) The shoe is vented, so your feet stay cool and comfortable, and they’re so light and easy to slip into that they’re perfect for the beach. There’s more science to eat up on their website, glaglashoes.com.

Bonus — they come in all sorts of cool color combos! I picked maroon, since I’m having an autumn cranberry crush.

GlaGla Sneakers

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