Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Postnatal Fitness : Abdominal Separation

Today I'm getting real about my body post baby. Did you know that over %40 of women suffer from abdominal separation postpartum? Well, I was one of that %40 (I'm blaming the need the demonstrate abdominal exercises during my pregnancy!). Luckily, I've found several ways to correct this condition known as Diastasis Recti and I'm sharing all my tips and tricks with you...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beach Babe : Katie Bond

This is one of my most encouraging interviews yet! As a personal trainer, yoga and spin instructor annnd founder of The Peace Exchange, this babe does it all. Meet Katie Bond, a fitness enthusiast and philanthropist. I'm honored to work at The Art of Fitness with this inspiring woman... 

Introduce Yourself:  
Hello - I'm Katie Bond - fitness and yoga enthusiast by day and fair trade entrapreneur by night.  Ohio born and raised I was taught that kindness goes a long way.  As a Laguna Beach local for the past seven years, I am happy to call this oasis by the sea my home.  

You teach both spin and yoga classes. What makes these two classes a good combo? 
It's the yin and the yang so to speak.  I like variety.  Spin is all cardio with fun music and workout sets that give you a total detox and sweat.  Yoga is body awareness, control, opening the body up through stretching postures and relaxation.  Both spin and yoga require focus and allow you to de-stress.  I love both equally and see how they are similar and also totally opposite.  The combination of the two gives a great workout with high-intensity cardio, toning, and stretching.  

How do you encourage your clients?  
My fitness motto is "Work Hard.  Have Fun."  I love to encourage people.  Life is stressful enough as is, so workouts need to be fun for the clients.  

What’s your favorite class to teach and why?  
I love to teach my Tuesday/Thursday Gentle Yoga.  It's a total release.  It's important to have a balance in your workouts as well as in life. Because I push so hard in my other classes, I take this class while I teach and feel nothing but zen when it's over.  

What’s one misperception about yoga that you wish you could change?  
You do not have to be flexible to start!  Flexibility comes the more yoga one takes.  

Your personal website and blog are called Travel and Yoga, what is it about the two that go well together? 
I've found that both require a level of flexibility (one's mental and one's physical but both needed).  You learn so much about yourself through yoga and through traveling.  Patience is required in both.  Love of others is cultivated in both.  And, through yoga and traveling I have met some wonderful people. 

What inspired you to create The Peace Exchange?  
From a young age I always knew I would be doing international work and helping others.  It was not until college that I learned about fair trade and how it can create sustainable change by giving empowerment to women and children living in the poorest places on the globe.  I had gone on many volunteer trips to help with various projects around the world, yet always left feeling like the trip was more about me learning something and I never really felt like I left the locals with anything tangible to help in their need.  After years working and volunteering in fair trade an opportunity presented itself to me to work with women in the Congo.  I was asked to partner with a sewing workshop and create a grass-roots fair trade program.  I said yes.  The Peace Exchange was born... 

Of all places, why did you choose The Congo? 
I like to think that Congo chose me.  I was asked to create a fair trade program.  Little did I know how much work it would be.  Working in Congo is hard because it is known as the rape capital of the world - yet working here is rewarding because you see the direct impact being made in the lives of women and children.    I am happy to say that as a local non-profit we are growing with a board of 11 members and a new sewing center opening in Bukavu, South Kivu DRC this week.  And, in 2015 we are expanding our efforts to paper and jewelry making in Nepal.  www.ThePeaceExchange.com  

Words to live by?  "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  -Ghandi  

Still searching for a thoughtful gift? Be sure to check out all of the amazing items at The Peace Exchange.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Online Course : How to Teach a Barre Fitness Class

Hi Babes! I've got some exciting news! Over the past few months I have been working with Curious.com on an online course to teach you how to instruct a Barre fitness class. Over ten lessons and 100 minutes, I break down a Barre fitness class step-by-step.

I'm sharing everything from proper form, technique, and a class template, to my tips and tricks to take your class from ordinary to extraordinary. It's the perfect course for fitness instructors looking to add another type of class to their repertoire or even for someone interested in breaking into the fitness industry but don't know where to start. I share my personal story of how I started teaching as well as my tips to get hired by studios and gyms.

I'm super excited about this course and I'm confident that after 10 lessons, you'll be equipped to start teaching your very own barre class. Head on over to Curious.com and purchase my course here for only $14.99... I know, what a bargain! x

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Tracking : One Step at a Time

We’ve reached the end of the year. It’s a time when we do less and we eat more. We let ourselves go and tell ourselves that in the New Year we will “get after those fitness goals.” We will give it 110% next month, but this month…0%

That’s the problem with goals. Sometimes they can seem overwhelming and daunting, and who needs that hanging over them during the holidays? Not me.  However, did you know that there’s an easier way to reach those lofty weight loss goals?

I was recently sent a Fitbit Flex, which helps me to reach my goals one day at a time. With my Fitbit, I’m not thinking about losing “X” amount of pounds in “X” amount of time, but I can focus on taking the baby out for one more walk around the block or going to sleep an hour earlier to meet my goals for the day.

My Fitbit Flex stays on me 24/7 tracking every step I take, how many calories I’ve burned, how many hours I’ve slept and more! With a six month old (can you believe he’s six months already?!), I don’t have to keep track of myself anymore… my Fitbit is doing it for me! I’m getting my body back one step at a time, one day at a time.

The Fitbit is the perfect way to stay on track during the holidays and in the New Year. Start achieving your goals today, one step at a time, and #findyourfit.

PS.  Did I mention Fitbit is a perfect Christmas gift? I’m hoping to get the Tory Burchaccessory under my tree (hint, hint). 

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fitness Fashion Finds

Time to shop and here are my favorite fitness fashion finds. I'm currently obsessing over my new Red Rose Delanowear Leggings (number 4), they're really getting me into the Christmas spirit. I'm always looking for inspiring and unique fitness wear... I'm hoping to check the rest of these amazing pieces off my list! Please, Santa won't you bring me...

5. Delanowear (because you can never have too many cut-out leggings)


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