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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.

Zombies, Run!

This App looks amazeballs and is currently in pre-order and will be available for download and play REALLY soon. Check out the website here for more details!

Running Game & Audio Adventure

Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android. We deliver the story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings - and back home, you can build and grow your base with the items you’ve collected.

Run Anywhere

Zombies, Run! works anywhere and at any speed. You can jog in a park, run along a beach, or walk along a trail, even on treadmills!

Keep the survivors alive

You automatically collect items like medicine, batteries, and ammo while running - but when you’re back home, who needs them more: the soldiers or the doctors? Which buildings need extra defenses? It’s up to you - and the bigger your base, the more missions you can play.

A World of Stories

Where did the zombies come from? What are the leaders of your base planning? There’s a deeper mystery to be uncovered, puzzles to be solved, websites to be discovered, documents to be viewed so you can learn the truth of what’s happened to the world.

Your Own Music

Choose your own custom playlists before you start running: the story unfolds in between your tracks through a series of dynamic radio messages and voice recordings.

Better Fitness Through Science

Zombies, Run! records the distance, time, pace, and calories burned of all your runs, and we’re planning RunKeeper integration. You can also hear audio notifications for time, distance, and pace during your run.

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.

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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 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

Very cool!

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.

  • Surfing
  • Tow Surfing
  • Skateboarding
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wake Skating
  • Water Skiing
  • Skimboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Sandboarding
  • Kiteboarding
  • Windsurfing

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).

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P90X-2 Preview- Total Body

Are you excited?

If you’re not ready for P90X-2, you can start with Power 90 (beginners), 10 minute trainer (all levels), P90X (intermediate/advanced: beginners too, but make sure you’re comfortable enough with your body to modify if you need to).

I’ve done all three programs. If you have any questions let me know!

A few quick tips

1. Anyone can do these programs. They are designed to be able to be modified and you go your own pace (there’s a pause button for a reason). If you’re injured, beginner, or don’t know your body well, start with Power 90.

2. P90X is intense, even for seasoned athletes. Results won’t come if you can’t do the program, and there’s no shame in starting where you are (think of it as learning to read. You don’t start with novels!). So many people start with P90X because they feel Power 90 won’t give them the same results. NOT TRUE! You’ll see the same results with Power 90 as you will with P90X, as long as it’s challenging to YOU and that’s YOUR level. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to move up the intensity ladder.

3. You don’t need the chin up bar. Modifications are given. Dumbbells (several sets) are required, and a set of resistance bands if you like. I recommend a mirror.

4. You don’t need a lot of space: I was able to complete all the DVD’s in 7ft by 7ft of space, but you can alter that & change directionality if you need to.

5. People often complain it’s too hard, and get demotivated if they can’t complete a DVD. The point is progress, NOT completion. The less you’re able to do on Day one, the more impressive Day 90 will be. It took me a month to complete Ab Ripper from start to finish: and I already had serious core strength. Some people take longer. The less you can do, the more room you have to grow. Even those who can complete the DVD will then have to challenge themselves to go faster, lift heavier etc. There’s no limit. Take your time, take breaks, PUSH pause (it’s okay. You have permission). Don’t give up.

6. I know the program is more expensive than most. I believe it’s worth it, and have used the DVD’s for years now (even with other programs), but that’s just me. To cut down on costs, split it with a friend, or a group of friends. It’ll keep you all motivated to workout together, or you can modify the schedule so you’re all on different DVD’s on different days (it follows a rotation, so it’s do-able). You can also find the Power 90 series & P90X used on Craigslist, Amazon & Ebay (keep an eye out for spammers). Beachbody also offers payment plans, so you can split the costs over a few months.

Any other questions? Let me know! I also know fabulous coaches who can help you on your beachbody journey (I’m not a coach, but rather an enthusiast). I started my fitness quest with beachbody & so can you.


Celebrities are under a lot of pressure to look their best, and celebrity mom’s are no exception. You know those amazing ‘after baby’ pics of celeb mamas, who seem to widdle back down to pre-baby size in a matter of weeks? Well, the pics seem to be taking its toll on regular moms too. Never before has there been such pressure to get your pre-baby body back in record time. Everyone from Victoria Beckham, to your aunt Susan seems to be feeling the pressure to pretend like that baby bump never happened at all.

The average woman gains 20-40lbs during pregnancy. Some gain more, much more. But weight’s not it. Pregnancy permanently changes your body; your hips, boobies, tummy & bum may never look the same (that’s not to say they won’t look AMAZING. Just not the same). It’s not realistic, and even dangerous, to assume that you’ll be back in your pre-baby genes within a few weeks of birth. Hormones & age also play a role in how quickly you can get that body back.

Genes & prior fitness levels may help you bounce back quicker than some. If you were active before & during your pregnancy, it’s a good indicator that you’re likely to get back down to pre-baby weight faster & more easily. But your hormones? Those could change the plan. Your energy levels? A crying baby? Time management? Yup, the list of obstacles goes on and on.

Enjoy being a mama. Enjoy your new body. It might be different, but it’s still awesome. Take your time. There’s no rush, really there’s not. Eat healthy, move as much as you can, and take pride in what your body just did. I mean seriously. That body deserves a high freaking five, right? It doesn’t deserve your disappointment, disdain or disgust.

You’re beautiful mama. Just gorgeous.

Read more about the latest in Mommyrexia here.

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.

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Will that kettlebell you just bought be ‘Oh-so-2011’ in a few years? Take a look at these 6 HOT fitness trends & weigh in on whether or not you think they’re here to stay.

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 bedroom HOME.

Kama Moves You Can Try At Home

Eros 1

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 2

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.

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