Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Look Up

Between my computer, my cell phone and now nursing my newborn, I am constantly looking down. Luckily I see my chiropractor every week and I take care of my body by eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, and exercising, but improper posture by looking down all of the time can lead to a variety of health problems including... headaches, neck and back aches, pinched nerves, and numbness (just to name a few).

Inspired by smartwater's new campaign to look up, I've started to take breaks throughout my day and my workouts to...look up! Not only is my neck appreciating the much needed break from glancing down, but I'm constantly inspired by what I see.

One of my favorite parts about living in Southern California is the skyline... aka the palm trees (as if my logo didn't already give it away!). In fact, some of my greatest ideas come about when I take a technology break, go for a workout, and admire the world around me. After all, the real world is out there, not on here.

As a new mom, juggling my recent responsibilities while trying to maintain my sense of self can be overwhelming. I've learned that sometimes all it takes to "reset" is to stop. drink some water. look up. take a breath. watch the clouds pass by. say thank you... Suddenly things are "looking up" in no time.

I encourage you to take advantage of the summer weather and try some outdoor workouts. When you do, don't forget to "look up" and stay hydrated. Please follow @smartwater on Instagram, and join the smartwater Instagram Challenge here. Be inspired by your workouts this summer and join the smartwater look up contest. Not only will you feel rejuvenated, you may just win the smartwater #lookupsweepstakes (a trip for you and a friend anywhere in the U.S.)!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by smartwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about smartwater, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back Extension... Land Swimming!

Hi Babes! I'm so excited to share a brand new Beach Babe workout video! Oh yes. It's been a few months but now that my baby is 8 weeks, I'm feeling confident with my post baby body and I'm sharing an exercise that I did about 3 weeks post pregnancy (part of this postnatal workout).

This back extension exercise (that I like to call land swimming) strengthens the lower back and it's a great workout to open the front side of your body including your hips and chest. I often do this exercise at the end of my workouts following a lot of lunges or squats. To keep the body balanced, we need to make sure that we open the hip flexors and keep our lower back strong. Side note: It's a great stretch for breastfeeding moms!

Enjoy this 3 minute exercise and feel free to modify or advance to your needs! xo

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beach Babe : Becky Schaller

I'm so excited to introduce you to Beach Babe, Becky Schaller. This babe has got it going on. With a degree in Kinesiology and over 12 years of experice as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Becky has worked with some of the biggest names in fitness like Bob Harper, Brooke Burke, Billy Blanks, Gunnar Peterson, and Jackie Warner... Sound familiar?

Not only has this maj babe been a cover girl for shape magazine, but she's also a badass. She played professional football for The World Champion Franchise: LA Temptation Legends Football League.

I absolutely love her zest for life and all things fitness related. I'm learning a lot from this babe today!

What's your philosophy when it comes to fitness?
Refuse the idea of failure. Train smart. Have fun. Avoid complicity. 

What's your favorite workout and why?
90 minutes of Hot Yoga Vinyasa Flow is my personal treat to myself once a week... really good music in a really hot room. I always leave feeling detoxed and renewed.

You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in fitness. Who was your favorite to work with and why?
Richard Simmons because he truly cares on a level deeper than human in regards for what he does for other people.  He makes others better for the greater good, he gives totally unselfishly, and he absolutely loves it, he is a beautiful person.

How do you keep your clients motivated on a daily basis?
For my private individual clients I have them report to me daily, this goes for their food level and their activity level.  I am a firm believer in honest ACCOUNTABILITY.  Taking responsibility for individual loss and gains of the everyday is very reflective of overall progression.

For my Group Exercise Classes, my students, I have to keep it a little more manageable as I teach over 100 students a week.  I discuss their personal goals and check in with them as best I can before and after class.  I always get to my classes at least 15 minutes early, and my students know this, so those that have individual needs/guidance come to me then and we make a plan specifically during this time. (I need to start doing this! ) I also always use life examples of positive overcoming to start and end my classes.  

Do you have a favorite healthy snack or recipe that you can share with us?
YES!!!!!!!!! Celery and ALL NATURAL peanut butter and/or Sunflower seed butter with dried berries.

What’s your favorite exercise that we can try at home?
Plank variations – they are simple and can be done anywhere and they are full body. Full arm extended planks, forearm planks, lift one leg plank, side plank, hold each for a minute. . . do it NOW, it works so good and hardly ever gets easier: It’s simple Stillness of MIND and Body and yet it is the most challenging exercise the most advanced athlete still struggles to do. One minute is less than 1% of your day, we all have the time to make ourselves better, we just have to make the time to do it.

If someone has a month to get bikini ready, what should they do?
Eat Healthy, Eat Clean and do this Bikini Body Workout created by Bob Harper and myself and Shape Magazine: click here 

If you weren’t in the fitness industry, you would be…
I will always be in the fitness industry on some level because it’s a passion I could not live without.  I live to help other people, I am incomplete without the personal therapy I gain of helping others make themselves better.  I always tell people my choice in profession is selfish really because it makes me happy knowing I helped others find their happiness by overcoming the physical challenges they never thought they could feat, and they do.  Overcoming the physical transcends into the mental, as she says in Legally Blonde so perfectly: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.  . . “

With that said, if I was not here in LA today, I would be in Kenya helping the baby rhinos survive and fighting off the Poachers that kill these nearly extinct preciously BEAUTIFUL animals.

Word to live by?
NEVER GIVE UP Mannnnnnnn, and BE true to YOURSELF.

Becky currently resides in Los Angeles and teaches TRX, SculptWorks, and BarWorks at www.YogaWorks.com. She trains her private training clientele at www.beverlyhillsprivatetrainers.com. You can follow becky on instagram, twitter or Facebook and be sure to check out her website, Body by Becky

Monday, July 7, 2014

Motivation Monday

Hi Babes! I know I've been neglecting you beauties. Last week was one of the hardest weeks of my life. My little one and I got sick (thrush!) and I went back to work.

While I am so happy to have a job that allows me the flexibility of working without leaving my baby for an extended period of time, it's still so hard to leave him! Everytime I get ready to leave, I am such a stress ball. I think, "I'm not ready yet. This is too much. I can't leave him."

And every time I get in the car, I crank up the music, roll down the windows and I'm overjoyed to have some time to myself. It's a tricky thing this mommy business.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that whether your a mama or not, getting out of the house is the hardest part. Once I'm out, I'm as happy as can be and although I'm still recovering from last week's illness, my workout makes me so happy for the remainder of the day. I've been playing these songs to keep me motivated...

I know how hard it can be to hit the gym. If I can do it, so can you. I've got 10 pounds left to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I'm confident I'll be there in no time.

One good part about getting sick is that I've had to cut out all sugar and starchy foods. Now that's a diet plan! Stay tuned later this week because I've got some gooooood stuff coming x

Saturday, June 21, 2014

CocoNUT Shake

To supplement or not to supplement? Whether it's protein or a daily vitamin,  there's a lot of skepticism when it comes to supplementing our diet. And for good reason! Like all of our food sources, it's important to know where your supplements come from and what's in them. I've listed a few of my favorite supplements on my favorites page, and Pure Encapsulations is one of them. When they sent me a canister of their PureLean Protein and encouraged me to come up with an original shake, I was thrilled. Unlike most whey protein powders, PureLean is vegetarian sourced. It's the perfect protein powder for me right now since I'm not eating dairy.

For this shake, I was inspired by the delicious nutty cinnamon drinks you get with a juice cleanse... if you've ever done a juice cleanse these are the ones you dream about all day! Packed with healthy fats in both the nuts and the coconut, this shake is an energy and brain booster and helps to shed excess body fat. It does pack quite a few calories though, so I recommend drinking it as a meal replacement. So here ya have it... my CocoNUT (get it? because it's coconut and almonds) shake is quite delicious. 


 1 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup shredded Coconut
1 Scoop of Pure Encapsulations, PureLean Protein Powder
1 T Salted Almond Butter (add salt if you are using unsalted)
1 T Chia Seeds
1 t Coconut Oil
1/4 t Vanilla Extract
1/4 t Stevia Powder (or 2 drops liquid)
4 Ice Cubes
Dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice (or nutmeg and cinnamon)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Top with another dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice. Enjoy! x


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