At 52 and After 20 Years of Not Working Out, This Woman Is Now Competing and Crushing It!

At 52 and After 20 Years of Not Working Out, This Woman Is Now Competing and Crushing It!

Prepared to be inspired!  The moral of this story is, it's never too late to get back to fitness and do whatever feeds your soul.  I'm not suggesting you wait 20 years.  Whatever your age, re-connecting to something you used to enjoy can relight your fire.   When life throws you curve balls, illnesses or even death, your body can do incredible things, even after 40.... heck, even after 50! Bodybuilding and Competing After 50   That's what happened to Sabrina St. Rose.  She has been an IT professional for 30 years with a thriving consulting business.  She is the mother of two, having had her first baby in hear mid-20's.  Now, at 52 years young, she has finally circled back to her true love, bodybuilding.  Her story compelled me to reach out for an interview.  I was pretty sure she might have some good advice for other busy women, working moms and overcoming the adversity of injuries.  Check! Sabrina wasn't your stereotypical tech-nerd.  Even with her right brain, analytical mind that lead her into the technology field, she was stocky girl who enjoyed playing high school sports.  But the light bulb didn't go off until her in her early 20's when she saw the movie "Pumping Iron 2."  She was instantly enamored with the legendary pioneers of female bodybuilding, Rachel McLish and Corey Everson.  She put up pictures of them and made them her role models.  They were beautiful, they were strong and they looked like real life super heroes.  With the new goal of becoming a bodybuilder, the weight room became her haven and her happy place. But...
The Thief Whole Steals My Happiness… Damn You, Comparison!

The Thief Whole Steals My Happiness… Damn You, Comparison!

Anxiety eats away at the soul I often wake up in the morning with my mind racing. The mornings where I have an extra 20 minutes to do a guided mediation are heaven! But, the truth is I’m usually fighting the feeling anxiousness. Especially right now. First, there's a lot of crap going on the in the world - the "new normal" adds a whole extra nuance of anxiety to day to day life. But mainly, this anxiousness is coming from the 8-week intensive online business building course I'm in. I find myself constantly COMPARING myself to others way too much by force of habit. This was something my family embedded in me. "Why can't you do what so and so is doing?"  "How come so and so doesn't have this problem?"  It's awful to hear this in your head.  I've spent countless years trying to banish those voices of my family. But here I am, every day (multiple times a day) checking the group's Facebook page with all the others taking the same course, wondering, "Am I falling behind?" "Why are some people moving so much faster than me?" "Are they smarter than me?" And so on.   The other morning, I checked Instagram.  I'm already in this "comparison" frame of mind. So maybe not the best move. I open my feed and see a bunch of beautiful selfies of women - mostly younger. And 😑 ugh! Here come more voices. "Am I too old for this"? "Does my ego need validation?" Remember, I tell myself, "comparison is the thief of happiness."   Putting Yourself Out There Then I said...
What Women Need To Know About Yoga After 50

What Women Need To Know About Yoga After 50

Yoga is hotter than ever, and I’m not just referring to the type you do in a sweltering room, packed in like a sardine. I’ve written a lot about fitness trends over the years and yoga seems to be one fitness trend that never loses traction.   PIXABY yoga after 50 But I’m loathe to use the word “trend” since it conjures the thought of something that will eventually reach its peak. I don’t think that will ever happen with Yoga. Here’s my reasoning. Have you ever heard someone say, “I need to do less yoga?” Probably not. On the other hand, how many times have you heard someone say, “I need to do more yoga,” or “I need to start doing yoga.”   There’s one group in particular that yoga can thank for its unflagging popularity.  According to the 2016 Yoga in America study, nearly 38% of yoga practitioners are over the age of 50.   The practice of yoga tends to take on a different focus for many women after 50. Baby boomers in particular, are more interested in taking ownership of their health and aging rather than being able nail a perfect crow pose to handstand.  For these empowered women, it’s also less about having a perkier butt in a pair of Alō Moto leggings and more about celebrating health, joy, and natural beauty.   If you’re considering whether to embark on a yoga journey, the right answer is yes, do it!  From boomers to millennials and athletes to novice exercisers, there’s a style that’s a fit for pretty much everyone. If you’re already a seasoned...

Balance Training Is So Important, Even KABC News Picked Up On It!

Have you added some balance training moves to your routine yet? Here's why you need to start balance training now   If you read 2 posts back, or saw my Huffington Post blog on Why You Seriously Need to Start Balance Training Now, you noticed some great tools you can use to get going on your balance workouts.  Also, why it's just gotta be done if you want to reduce your risk of falls - whether you're old or young- and even prevent injuries whether you're an athlete or not.         KABC7 saw my article on Huffington Post and asked to interview me for a story about balance training and, shoot my awesome Cross Training Revolution Class at Equinox Beverly Hills to watch some of our moves in action. I always incorporate some balance work in this class.  After all we are Cross Training so good balance and agility are part of my protocol.  Here's the news piece.  Stand on one leg while you watch it!     <==== After class I shot some exercises for balance using Jim as my model. Have I convince you to start training your balance yet?  There's a LOT of reasons why you should.  Click the link video link for the news piece and read my blog about it, then get ON IT!  Remember to keep progressively challenging yourself.  Find some new moves to add, or hold a pose little longer.  You don't want to just master one or two balance moves and then find yourself unable to do a Half Moon pose in yoga when the instructor springs it on...