Bikinis, Crop Tops and Core – Oh, My! Bonus: 3 Super Quick Ab/Core Workouts

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There’s a new look strutting into town this summer – crop tops. Oh, yay! Like we don’t have enough to deal with;  two-piece-terror tankinis and up-your-butt bikinis.  Media monsters and fashionistas are hoping to pull you into their mad fashion fantasy, Barbie-world. It’s their job – not yours! Yes, core exercises help develop strong, sculpted, […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Rock That Confidence

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How do you feel about yourself today? Eh? Do you consider yourself confident or struggling to get there? Confidence is tricky. Not enough and you can get stuck in a rut in all aspects of your life. Too much and you’re considered a cocky jerk. Yet, we all need confidence to score that job, find […]

Fall Fashion: Clothes Are Not The Enemy!

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“The truth is, every woman thinks she sees a bulge, even when there isn’t necessarily one there.” – Nancy Ganz, shapewear designer. Ladies, (if you haven’t already), put down your new novel and pick-up the fall edition of your favorite fashion dictator: Style, Vogue, W, Allure, Marie Claire, Glamour or Elle. And you WILL need […]

A Strong Core Starts Here

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Your core is the very center of your physical, emotional and spiritual universe. Everything about us somehow relates to this real and magical place; where energy, courage, passion and self-confidence generates. The famous psychologist, Carl Jung, once said that Manipura chakra is where we burn through our passions and desires in order to become a […]

Functional Strength Training For Everyday Mid-Lifers – Like Me!

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With the endless, often confusing and overwhelming  information on the internet about weight lifting, strength training, functional fitness, power versus strength, etc., how do we know what’s what? Most importantly, what is best for me? You may ask yourself, as many of my clients and students do, what is the best way for me to […]

May-ed For Fitness – Mind Your Manners And Your Posture!

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You may be headed for the wedding aisle or the grocery aisle, either way, good posture is a must! Here is how we practice… Back to old school! Get your good posture on by balancing a book on top of your head. Walk a long hallway several times, with turns. Keep your eyes looking straight […]

How To Deal With Criticism Well: 25 Reasons To Embrace It

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“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~Aristotle At the end of the day, when I feel completely exhausted, oftentimes it has nothing to do with all the things I’ve done. It’s not a consequence of juggling multiple responsibilities and projects. It’s not my body’s way of […]

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

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This week I was in my local branch of Boots (for US readers, Boots is a chemist’s that sells really delicious lunch foods) queuing to pay for some divine bubble bath when I overheard a conversation between two people in front of me. The guy (super camp, very thin and tall, clearly very into his […]

“Be Fit For Your Future” & Celebrate Your Strength! Today’s Tip #1 – TAKE THE STAIRS!

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Tip #1 April 1, 2011  Healthy Body = Healthy Mind Not only does exercise strengthen our muscles and our heart, protect our body from injury, illness, disease and premature aging, but exercise also helps build our self esteem and confidence. Regular exercise will help you like – even love yourself! Science has proven that when […]

Balanced Style

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Style is not merely made up of clothing and accessories artfully placed on the body; rather, it is a clear representation of how we live our lives. I believe that each of us is either living our lives from the inside out or the outside in. In this context, living from the inside out means […]