there it is everyone.
Squeals! Jumps! Pumps! Yays! I haven’t been this excited about a DVD in a LONG time. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Yay Zuzka!
3 DVD’s. 12 workouts. A 30 day calendar. 277 minutes of sweat.
I’m thrilled that it fits all my criteria for awesomeness in a DVD: not too expensive ($15.95 plus shipping), tons of workouts (over 12! I KNOW!), a realistic diet plan (IF you need one: very simple, pretty much the same things I recommend: clean eats, not being obsessed, making room for treats), intense & short workouts, a calendar, and designed by one of the most bad ass ladies I know.
ALL for only $15.95.
At the moment, it’s only shipping within the US. I had it shipped to a friend in the states, then waiting for it to arrive here.
To celebrate the release, we’re doing a 30 day challenge group, starting on February 1st 2013! This gives everyone a little bit of time to get their shipments, and for those of you who aren’t sure yet, you can follow along, get instant feedback and learn about the DVD from real people before investing. It’s an open group, so invite your friends! 30 Day Challenge Group.
Will be posting progress on Tumblr too, so no worries if you’re not on Facebook! I love all my peeps, won’t leave you out! xo
DVD details here (Paypal & Credit Card orders)
Amazon orders here.
Via Well & Good NYC
Here are the top three things West says the rope wall can do for you and your yoga practice:
1. Lengthen your spine and open up your joints. “The weight of the body in relation to gravity opens up the joints,” says West. It also allows your spine to extend much further than in normal yoga poses, which will make you feel taller and will allow you to go deeper in other poses like backbends.
2. Strengthen hard-to-build muscles. As soon as you start to work with the ropes, you notice the amount of strength that’s required of your arms and core in every pose. And holding yourself up builds hard-to-reach muscles like your forearms, which will help with difficult balancing poses like headstand. Which brings us to…
3. Improve your inversions. In addition to building arm strength, you’ll also be able to get upside down more easily than on the mat. I have a personal fear of flipping my head toward the ground, and I was hanging happily after just a few minutes of instruction. Being in that position began to allay my fears, and West says it can teach you important things like how your head should feel on the floor in headstand. All of this will help when you attempt less-supported inversions on the mat.
I took ballet for over a decade, and I loved it. I didn’t have the right ‘body’ for it (which I’ll remember my teacher telling me until the day I die), but I loved it and my ballet roots have clearly stuck with me. Outfit of choice: tights, leg warmers, fitted top and occasionally a tutu.
Lately, I’ve been noticing a trend towards adult beginner ballet classes: a delightful venue for those of us with ballet roots that are rusty (at best). Much of the practice involves long, strong poses with an emphasis on form and technique. Ballet dancers have incredibly strong core, balance and lower bodies that KILL. While my dreams of starring in Swan Lake are a tad too unrealistic (though I could probably manage a comedic performance, with a little hip hop), I still love ballet and the results I get from it.
With DVD’s like Cardio Barre and beginner classes popping up everywhere this year and next year, can you see yourself taking a ballet class?
Just posted about a Dumbbell alarm clock, but didn’t have a link to the manufacturer. Received a few questions about where to pick one up. Looked into it, but unfortunately, the company who makes that model is no longer producing them. Couldn’t find them on Amazon or Ebay either. Sad face.
But hold on! What I DID find was a similar, less expensive version, which is still available on Amazon. Neewer Shape Up 30 Times Everyday Dumbbell Alarm Clock comes in pink, black and white, and has the same basic idea: do 30 reps before the alarm will turn off.
Now this isn’t so much a ‘fitness’ item as it is a more efficient alarm clock. By engaging you in movement, even for a short time, you’re more likely to roll out of bed and ‘wake up’: something that could be beneficial to wannabe morning exercisers. If you get a ‘set’ you can do both arms at the same time. Each weight is about 1.5lbs.
There ya go! Pretty cool gift idea for your fellow fittie friends… I want. :)
Every week I get hundreds of questions from you guys, trying to sort through various myths, fitness ‘facts’, the ‘BEST’ way to do things, newest fads etc. etc. It’s always amazing to me how confused people are and I’m always concerned about how stressed they seem about it. Then I start digging into the claims & questions and it’s clear why it’s all so confusing: the amount of information out there is CRAZY (and contradictory info at that). Absolutely NUTS!
It’s a lot to navigate through and while I can do my best to help you sort through the good from the bad, here are some tips that can help you figure some of this out on your own.
Alex Hutchinson’s book Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise, came out in May, and it’s a science based (not fad, money, or quick results based) account of some of the biggest myths in fitness and health out there. A lot of what’s covered in the book are the same questions I get in my inbox every single day, and it’s a must have for true fitness freaks (if anything, just to have the science behind some of the biggest questions you’re likely to get).
The biggest takeaways from the book are about promotional claims and fitness fads, and what you can do to spot the good from the gunk. Here’s some quick tips that can help you spot a good claim from a bad one.
1. Follow the money: Take a look at who gains if you follow the advice. Pharma companies? The gym? The ‘guru’? The person who should gain the most from the advice is YOU. Any plan that has you continually pouring money into it isn’t a good plan: they should be helping you set yourself up to do it on your own as much as possible.
2. Consider the source: where’s the information coming from? Who performed the study and who FUNDED it? Where did you read about it? A science journal or a random magazine? Where you get the information and who’s giving it to you is incredibly important.
3. Understand the shades of GRAY. There is VERY little that’s conclusive when it comes to weight loss and health research. Humans are too complicated, and all too different. Two studies that contradict each other often means that the answer lies somewhere in the middle. (i.e. soy vs. no soy - probably means a little is okay, a lot not so much).
4. Use common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, too easy, too simple? It probably is. 99% of weight loss fads & claims are based on restriction & exercise. It’s not hard to lose weight when you’re eating sooooo little! And once dieters stop eating that way (because it’s not realistic or sustainable), they gain the weight back. In fact, 95% of people gain the weight back after a restrictive ‘diet’ and spend years yo-yoing instead of settling in on a good, comfortable healthy lifestyle. There’s a reason why these fads make so much money - repeat customers. If a plan or diet doesn’t last long term, it DOESN’T work. Quick fixes are like bandaids for deep wounds. Fine for a little while, but to heal the wound you need stitches. Believe it or not, at some point you’ll have to suck it up. Healthy eating and exercise: it’s the only long term fix.
5. Anyone can get studies funded for any purpose whatsoever. Don’t just read the claims, dig deeper. Who’s talking about the claims and more importantly, who’s dispelling them? What do they each have to gain?
Read more from Alex’s interview with Blisstree.com. And check out his book on Amazon, I highly recommend it! Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise
I’d love to try this!
Indo Board, is a workout geared toward surfers and snowboarders, as well as other board sport fanatics. It’s similar balance wise to a Bosu ball workout, but using different kinds of boards called balance trainers and rollers for instability.
According to the website…
The Indo Board goal is to introduce a FUN and CHALLENGING way to exercise the bodies balance control systems. Even though balance is so easily taken for granted, human movement is dependent on balance and coordination. In this new age of fitness awareness, the notion of balance training IS essential, particularly in board sports and all physical activities utilizing the core muscles.
Keeping the board from touching the ground for extended rides is both the goal and challenge.
- The Indo Board Balance Trainers are simple, stable, and user friendly.
- Anyone can ride with a few basic instructions and something or someone to hold on to for support.
- The learning curve is 10 to 15 minutes for most, after that, Indoboarding becomes routinely easy and fun.
The following are some sample activities that you can mimic with the boards.
Take a look at the Indo-board in action below and check your local gyms to see if they offer a class (mention it to them if they don’t - they’re always looking for something new to offer!)
Indo-Board at Crunch Gym
Indo-Board on The Doctors
I like this! Fusion workouts are the best.
Body Art is designed for all levels, and will leave you refreshed, energized and feelin’ oh-so good. It’s faster than yoga or pilates, combines a little bit of dance, and works your flexibility, core, and balance. Originally designed as a therapeutic tool, it’s a great way to work on your body without too much impact (great for those with joint issues).
According to some people, what this girl is doing is racist.
Yeah, I know.
Listen, I’m not big on planking but I appreciate the sensation it’s become. It’s easy, silly, a little stupid & universal. But racist? Honestly, between this (and a few tragic deaths), how much controversy can a stupid little game generate?
It seems that bloggers & Twitter users are up in arms about the origins of ‘planking’, which some claim has its roots in the slave trade. Slaves were often stacked, or shackled, in ‘plank’ position while being shipped to various destinations.
Even celebrities are getting into the debate.
Rapper Xzibit tweeted:
#Planking was a way to transport slaves on ships during the slave trade, its not funny. Educate yourselves… Dont get it twisted. I care less where your dumb asses lay face down and take pictures of the shit, I’m just telling you where it came from.
So here’s the thing: lying face down is not specific to slaves and planking in it’s current form (lying down for fun and taking photos for the internet) should not be correlated to the treatment of slaves hundreds of years ago. To do so is disrespectful to those slaves and exploiting a current craze to play an unfair race card.
You’ve heard of coregasms, but what if an entire fitness class was devoted to having better sex?
Kama is a new fitness trend, that tones & tightens your problem areas (hips, core, glutes) while pumping blood to your pelvis so you can enjoy a better sex life OUT of class.
Co-designed by a dancer and a doctor, KAMA uses pelvic tilts, lifts and circles to burn fat and sculpt abs, buns and thighs—while directing serious blood flow to the pelvis for better sex after class.
While most women are focused on the outwards benefits, the benefits to your often neglected internal muscles are significant. Working your pelvic muscles can help you acheive stronger & longer orgasms, prevent accidents (pee-pee) and possibly boost your fertility.
Sign me up, lol! Find a video preview below, but if you don’t have a class near you, you can try these easy moves in the privacy of your
Kama Moves You Can Try At Home
Start with your legs spread apart, feet turned out (this is called the Eros position. Eros is the god of erotic love and sex). Keeping your back straight and abs contracted, squat down and hold position digging your heels into the ground. This works the quads, the inner thighs, and the glutes. Squat up and down slowly doing 10 reps. For an advanced version, lift heels off the ground for the last 5 reps.
Eros Part 2
Staying in Eros position with your knees bent, lean slightly forward with your hands on your knees and then alternate from side to side bending one arm and straightening the other. The upper body is now being worked together with the lower body.
This is Yasmin position. The body looks like it’s an inverted Y position; the knees are spread and the feet are close together. The glutes should be contracted and the abs pulled in. Slowly sit back barely touching the bottom of your butt to your heels. This works the quads and inner thighs on the way down. Then slowly rise back up using your quads and glutes and as you approach the top tilt your pelvis forward squeezing your glutes, as if you’re squeezing a penny between your buttocks.