Double Your Kettlebells & Double Your Fun!  (short video)

Double Your Kettlebells & Double Your Fun! (short video)

How to Use Two Kettlebells instead of one for Double the FUN! No one will tell you how important it is to keep up your strength training more than me.  But I know many people, especially when they get a little older or have had injuries, are hesitant to up their weights.  So try this.  Instead of using one heavy kettlebell, try two medium weights (or even light to practice).  Here is a great kettlebell workout for strength building you can do with two, instead of one. Want more kettlebell tutorials or suggestions?  Click here for how to do a Turkish Get Up, the top brass of kettlebell exercises or here for some easier to learn whole-body-exercises. Ready to buy your own kettlebells?  Here's a great deal on an entire set of all the kettlebells you'll ever need (pictured below).  They feel nicer than the steel ones I’m using in the video, especially when "cleaning" and "racking" the weight.  And, easier to grip by the horns when your hands are sweating!  Plus, they’re prettier...
Need a Beginner Workout?  Everyone Has to Start Somewhere

Need a Beginner Workout? Everyone Has to Start Somewhere

Have you decided to start a home fitness program but you don't know where to begin? Although many of the exercises and workout programs I post on my site here are intermediate to advanced, I'm very attuned to what beginners need to get started on the right foot.  When GymRa asked me to design a beginner workout program last year, I was pretty psyched.  Yes, most die hard fitness pro's love to show off their most impressive moves, there's only a small percentage of people who can really do them.  Or at least do them properly without too much risk of getting hurt.  There's always some risk of injury when you push to the next level.  Maybe a rolled ankle, muscle tear or pulled tendon, but don't let that intimidate you.  These things heal with just a little common sense and simple care.  So be smart.  Don't start working out at a level that's too far above your current level.  It's a nice feeling when you can do a workout all the way through without getting gassed! Here's where to get started Click the pic to go to the 2nd workout in my Beginner Workout series.  If you're not in the least bit fit, it's a good starting point that will build up your strength and endurance gradually.  Here's the first workout if you missed it.  Do each of the workouts as many times as you need until you can crush them!  If you're still a beginner, but just want some variations, these will work for you as well.  Particularly the interval workouts. If you know someone you're trying...
Simple Beginner, Level 1 Workout

Simple Beginner, Level 1 Workout

Everyone needs to start somewhere.  I created a few  easy, beginner workout programs for GymRa for that very reason.  These workouts (most all are on YouTube) will help you build the confidence and core competency you need to get on your way to making fitness part of your daily life.  These workouts include beginner cardio moves, basic strength and toning exercises and core work to keep you spine healthy and prevent injuries. If you're not a beginner, consider sharing with someone you know who is.  ...
Six Moves to a Sexy Summer Body (for a tighter tummy and sculpted arms!)

Six Moves to a Sexy Summer Body (for a tighter tummy and sculpted arms!)

https://vimeo.com/221152307 This is not a beginner workout, but it can be great for either intermediate level exercisers all the way thru advanced fitness levels.  I'm a huge proponent for doing at least 1 workout a week outside where you can GET AWAY from the mirrors, the piped in music, the sweaty equipment and most of all, get away from the self-judgement and comparison to others! For this workout, all you need is enough room to move side to side about 10 feet or more. No Judgement and No Comparison Zone: Some people thrive on physical competition.  Most people don't.  It's more of a slap in the face for many.  When you use my workout templates all under the workout->videos tab, I truly hope hope you do them in a space that relaxes you and gives you enjoyment.   Not in a gym with you watching what others are doing and subconsciously wondering if they are judging you back. You'll see most of mine are at my favorite park in L.A.  It's one of my "happy spaces."  I can pretty much guarantee that the mood you will be in after one of my outdoor workouts will far exceed a workout you do in your bedroom or living room following along to a full length workout video.   Put on your headphones, go thru each of the exercises with me to get the muscle memory, then take it on your own!    ...
Why You Hate Indoor Cycling (Spinning) Classes but Will Love It Now

Why You Hate Indoor Cycling (Spinning) Classes but Will Love It Now

It’s not often I meet Indoor Cycling class (aka Spinning) haters.  Most of the people I meet are devotees or recent converts.  Then again, I have been teaching it for … ahem, 23 years. From time to time however, I occasionally meet someone who grumbles when I suggest they try the workout if they’re trying to jump start their weight loss or cardiovascular goals. If you scratch your head wondering why everyone seems to love this workout but you, let’s talk.   Physical Benefits of Indoor Cycling Here are just a few reasons people swear by it:   Lets you burn a lot of calories with no impact on the joints. There are very few workouts aside from swimming that can make that claim. Develops great looking legs Improves cardiovascular endurance. Gives you a major endorphin high!   Once you get the bug, addiction is imminent.  There’s a few reasons for this.   Addiction Factors The music. When you find an instructor who plays music that moves you, it psyches you up and makes the work feel easier. The learning curve. Of all the workouts, aside from walking, the learning curve of indoor cycling is FAST.  Pretty much anyone can pedal a bike.  It only takes a few classes to get proficient. The ambiance. Room ambiance, mood lighting, thumping sound system, other motivated people, and your own little space where no one can get in your way. So how can anyone not love it?   These are the most common complaints I’ve heard from Spinning Haters:   It hurts my butt (or worse) It hurts my knees It hurts...
How Women Can Lose Weight After 40 (especially around the middle)

How Women Can Lose Weight After 40 (especially around the middle)

  Are you a woman over 40 and noticing it's getting harder to lose weight?  Got some extra stubborn fluff and puff around the middle?  Maybe you're finding that the diets you did in your 20’s or 30’s don’t work as fast as they used to or don't even work at all!  If you’re already well past 40, chances are you've found it's harder to lose weight.  And, those inches around your waistline won’t budge. Yes ladies, “Middle Age Spread” is a real thing.  Now before you click the little “x” on your browser to close this page and curse my name in disgust, sit tight.  First, I’m going to lay out the facts of why this happens to most women.  Then, I’m going to give you some action steps you can take to start losing weight again! Why the Weight Creeps On and On   Hormones. Ok, no big surprise here.  During perimenopause, our estrogen and testosterone levels start to drop.  By menopause, they plummet.  This is probably why approximately 30% of women between 50 and 59 are obese.  http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/menopause-and-weight-gain There appears to be a connection between estrogen and body weight regulation.  With lower estrogen levels, lab animals tend to eat more and be less physically active.  http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/menopause-and-weight-gain Levels that are too high or too low appear to lead to fat storage.  And, lower estrogen levels may also slow down your metabolic rate (the speed  at your body converts stored energy into working energy).   Being Less Active.  Many of us just slow down with age and exercise less.  This is just bad all around.  This is true for both men and women. ...