Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Is There Anybody Out There?

Happy Wednesday! Sooooo I was debating if I should even post WW anymore because I honestly didn’t know if anyone was watching but I asked on my Facebook fanpage and It turns out that people are watching. Like I said in a previous post; if one single person is watching and it motivates them to make a change…it is definitely worth it.

Today’s workout is a fun one…you will need 1 Kettlebell or Dumbbell that weighs around 15-30lbs (depending on your level of fitness) and an interval timer as well.

We will be doing 3-4 rounds of 10 moves with 40 seconds of effort and 20 seconds of rest (take a 2 minute break between each round)

3 - 4 ROUNDS OF 10 MOVES W/ 40 SECONDS OF EFFORT & 20 SECONDS OF REST

1.RUSSIAN SWINGS

2.SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT

3.SAME ON RIGHT

4.CLEAN AND PRESS

5.SAME ON RIGHT

6.SUITCASE DEADLIFT

7.SAME ON RIGHT

8.UPRIGHT ROW

9.BUTTERFLY SITUPS

10. KNEE TWIST/PUSH PLANK COMBO

 

Have a great day!

Namaste…

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Morning Rambles:What 300 Days of Yoga has taught me…

Good morning my loves! Today I hit a milestone…300 Days of Yoga! Watching the video below actually makes me a tad emotional.

During these 300 days, I learned something that has changed my life for the better. Below, I talk about how I WANT to a better person and refuse to let negative people bring me down and spread their negative aura on me. I also speak about a yummy new cookbook that I just purchased.

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Oh and I signed up for this!

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Enjoy!!!

Namaste…

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Workout Wednesday Rainy Day Cardio…

It is a Miserable day in NYC! I was drenched when I went to train my client this morning and it inspired today’s WW routine. Sometimes we can’t make it out for a run because of the rain or the weather is so bad that you can’t make it to the gym. I am sharing with you a quick cardio routine that you can do at home. The only equipment that you will need, is an interval timer (I am using a gymboss). Set your timer for 8 rounds of 35 seconds of effort and 25 seconds of rest. This is a recommendation but if you are more advanced, feel free to increase the effort time or if you are a beginner, you may decrease the time. All I ask, is that you give it your full effort… for however long you choose to do it. Remember this is your time and you want to make sure you get the most out of it.

3 ROUNDS 35 SECONDS EFFORT AND 25 SECONDS REST

1. REVERSE LUNGES

2. SKATER JUMPS

3. SQUAT JUMPS

4. SPLIT LUNGE JUMPS

5. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

6. JUMPING JACKS

7. FROG JUMPS

8. BURPEES

Namaste…

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Monday, October 20, 2014

MMR: Fitness Magazine’s #FitBlogNYC

This week’s Monday Morning Rambles Post is a good one so get ready (video is below). I was lucky enough to attend Fitness Magazine’s Meet &Tweet #FitBlogNYC event, again this year and it was just as amazing. 

Before the event officially began, you can sense the excitement in the room. I checked in and grabbed my seat up towards the front so I wouldn’t miss a thing.

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Betty Wong (Editor-in Chief) kicked off the event and explained the itinerary for the day…

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The first speaker of the day was Celebrity Trainer Holly Rilinger.

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When you first see Holly, the first thing you notice is her amazing body…I could not stop staring at her biceps. Holly has a basketball background and was named the #1 Freshman Pointguard by USA TODAY. Holly spoke of the New Formula for Fitness Success and gave us a few tips:

  • It is not one size fits all when it comes to fitness. What may work for one person is not going to work for another.
  • Magic happens when we sleep…sleep is crucial for recovery.
  • If you are someone in the fitness industry, you need to make sure your brand is authentic. (Mari’s Note: AMEN!)

The second speaker of the event was Marci A. Goolsby, MD and she spoke on How to Stay Healthy in a Hard-core World.

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  • Some of the main causes of running injuries are: To much too fast, not enough strength training, people not adjusting their nutrition to support their new fitness regimen.
  • Listen to your body so you can avoid stress fractures.
  • If you do happen to get injured and NEED to take time off, you can always modify your workouts. If you are a runner and cant run, perhaps take up swimming or cycling so you can keep your endurance up.
  • What if you lose your period? Usually the cause of this is being too restrictive with nutrition
  • How do you avoid soreness? Stay mobile. (Mari’s Note: I tell this to all my clients)
  • If you are pregnant and want to workout…rule of thumb is if you were already working out; keep going but modify if needed. If you never worked out before but wish to begin while pregnant, you should definitely start of slow.

The third speaker and can I just say my favorite was Carla Hall from Top Chef and The Chew!

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Carla was so animated and personable and you could feel her passion for her craft. When asked about how she became a chef, Carla basically told us that “there is not picture, there is no path” and how she knew that she loved what she did “The fact that I worked so hard and I didn’t care”. (Mari’s Notes:I can relate to this one when I have to wake up at 4 am to train a client and I am happy!). Below are some of Carla’s cooking secrets:

  • Her Philosophy is to cook with love…”if you are not in a good mood, the only thing you should be making is reservations”.
  • Don’t overthink the technique, change up the spices.
  • When you take out all the fat, you are not satisfied and up eating MORE. You need to find the balance.

I had to get a photo with her!

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(I look like a gnome next to her)

After Carla finished, we broke for lunch and had a chance to go around and meet some of the Sponsors such as Luna Bar, Balance Bar, and Pure Protein! I am always on the go and love to carry bars in my backpack so it was great to get some of these goodies in our swag bag!

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The next two  sponsors that I met  were beauty care companies; Demalogica and Tria Beauty,

Demalogica has been on the shelves since the 80’s and have everything from cleansers, exfoliants, to kits that offer daylight defense.

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I don’t know about you ladies but shaving and waxing are a pain in the bum and now with Tria Beauty, you can do it at home! These products were so great and I loved the designs as well. These might be going on my Christmas wish List!

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I am a big advocate of CLA so it was great to see Tonalin at the event as well!

You may be wondering what is CLA so here is a little information, Courtesy of Tonalin:

“When you consume fat that your body does not need to use for energy, it is absorbed by fat cells with the help of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase. CLA blocks this enzyme and diverts unused fat to your muscle cells. The CLA then activates another enzyme which helps your muscle to burn this fat, especially during exercise”

One thing that everyone knows about me is that I LOVE to make smoothies so I was excited to hear about Oster Versa Blender.

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Have you guys heard of Hoka One One? I am ashamed to say that I did not until Thursday and I feel like such a fool! I have to be honest; when I first saw these sneakers, I thought they looked a tad strange and I was skeptical. However, tried them this weekend on a two mile run and absolutely love them! I felt like they were propelling me forward and I felt stronger.

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The final booth that I visited was Eddie Bauer (Mari’s Note: lady at the booth was awesome!). For some reason when I think of Eddie Bauer, I think of preppy clothes (Mari’s Note: I loved wearing it in high school) and honestly didn’t know that they had such nice fitness gear. They were nice to give us a new top which I wore this weekend and even though it was super light, it kept me nice and warm despite it being 50’s and VERY windy.

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Here I am wearing my Hoka One One and Eddie Bauer gear for an early morning run

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After we finished lunch; we sat down for the Panel Discussion “My Digital Brand is My Business”. The panel featured one of my favorite Instagram Yogis Laura Kasperzak (@laurasykora). Laura was joined by Bianca Jade (Mizzfit), and Anne Mauney, RD (fannetasticfood). The ladies gave us some tips and advice which are listed below:

  • (Laura) It is worth it…follow your passion. Keep doing what you are doing and keep being yourself.
  • (Bianca) Find your niche. Don’t copy but be inspired by others. Take ideas from other people and make them work for you and your brand. Help others…your blog shouldn’t just be about YOU. Enroll in classes and learn more about photoshop and editing (Mari’s Note: this one resonated with me and I want to do this). Use the apps that iTunes offers to help you grow your business. Never do something just for the money…if you don’t believe it; don’t feature it.
  • (Anne) Be okay with things evolving on your site as you evolve. If the passion is there, you will succeed!

Sidenote, I was like a giddy school girl when I asked Laura for a photo.

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After the event, we were given a bag of goodies and I was BLOWN away by the generosity of all these companies!

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I want to thank Fitness Magazine, all the amazing Sponsors, the guests, and the Moderators (Betty, Lisa, Pam, and Amanda)! Also, if you get a chance today, go check out Fitness Magazine’s new site…it looks so great (easy to navigate) and they are giving away some free swag.

Here a few more photos of the event…

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Thank you a million times over for the great memories!

Namaste…

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Workout Wednesday 10/15/14 Back and Biceps…

Happy Wednesday my loves!!!! I have a lot going on today but I really wanted to make sure that I post a workout for ya’ll. Even if just one person watches this; I want that one person to know that I am dedicated to them!

Today’s workout will focus on Back and Biceps and you will need 1 kettlebell and 2 dumbbells…if you don’t have a kettlebell, you can substitute it with one of the dumbbells. Try to do 3 Rounds of 10-12 Reps (depending on the weight that you use).

 

10/15/14 BICEPS AND BACK

1. RUSSIAN SWINGS

2. BICEP CURLS

3. HAMMER CURL

4. ALTERNATING HAMMER

5. BICEP EXTENSION

6. SINGLE ARM BACK ROW

7. WIDE BENT OVER DUMBBELL ROW

8. PLANK ROWS 

 

Namaste

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Morning Rambles: Sox Box IG Winners & Being Vulnerable….

Happy Monday my loves. I feel super hyper this morning. On today’s vlog I talk about the Biggest Loser (It is finally getting better this season), Fitness Magazine’s #FitBlogNYC (I can not wait!), being vulnerable, AND also I chose the winner of my The Sox Box Winner!!!!

I try to keep it as honest as possible so use the Random Integer Generator and it is….NUMBER 3 which is @ColoradoDaria!

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Chickie please email me (namastemari720@yahoo.com) your info so that I can send it over to the awesome people at The Sox Box.

 

Namaste…

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Just Give Me 10 Minutes

Hey Loves! It is Weeeeeeednesday which means I have a new workout for you! Today’s workout will require 1 Kettlebell (or Dumbbell); I am demonstrating the moves with a 20lb Kettlebell. Each Round will only take you 10 minutes so you have ZERO excuses!

10 MOVES 35 SECONDS EFFORT AND 25 SECONDS REST

1. KETTLEBELL ALTERNATING FWD LUNGES WITH KB UNDERPASS

2. SUMO SQUAT AND OVERHEAD HIGH PULL

3. REVERSE LUNGE AND SHOULDER PRESS

4. SAME ON OPPOSITE SIDE

5. KETTLBELL SWING AND GOBLET COMBO

6. KETTLEBELL WINDMILL

7. SAME ON LEFT

8. OVERHEAD TRICEP EXTENSION

9. PLANK KETTLEBELL DRAG

10. RUSSIAN SWINGS

Have a great Wednesday!

Namaste…

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