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Get the Most Out of Your Workout With Athleta and Powervita

This  conversation has been sponsored by AthletaAs always, all opinions are my own.

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No matter where you are in your fitness journey, finding the way you, your body and your soul likes to move will be the game changer in sticking with any fitness regimen! Movement comes in many forms and is not a one stop shop for all. With all of the personalities I and every other woman has swirling around their pretty little heads, finding a movement style that resonates with every personality is 100% possible; however,  it takes time, patience and more often than not it means laughing at yourself when it all goes terribly wrong.  One day you may be feeling anger and a boxing or a HIIT session may be your calling your name. Other days you may be bursting with energy and a dance or cycling class may be the key in releasing the hounds on the endorphins train. The most important takeaway here is that you move your body on a regular basis. Movement simply put helps you feel better mind, body and soul.

In order to find a movement and/or class that works for you my biggest suggestion would be to join a health club or app service that offers a variety of instructors and styles. This way you can ease your way in, move with a purpose and not spend an arm and a leg on joining multiple studios. Lastly, get some cute workout clothes! Have you ever noticed how an outfit can change your entire demeanor? When I get new workout gear or new kicks I often find an increased pep in my step,  a little more swagger and increased power in my workouts.

Speaking of power, The new POWERVITA collection from Athleta offers innovative, interlocking construction that gives a lighter than light, hugged-in feel. The wicking fabric pulls sweat away from the body so it can evaporate faster yet it is breathable enough that sweat can travel to the surface and evaporate faster. It honestly feels like my body is being hugged in all the right places yet I do not feel suffocated in any way. I love that the white bra is great for HIIT sessions and the adjustable braletts are perfect for Yoga and Barre. They offer more than enough support, but feel like they are barely there. As far as sizing goes I size down to an XS in both tops and bottoms.

This fall, let Athleta and the POWERVITA collection help propel you forward and give you the confidence to try something new! Add layers for a cute athleisure style that can easily transition from the studio to the streets and embrace the #PowerofShe.

 

Love and Layers With Old Navy

This post is in collaboration with Old Navy. As always all opinions are my own.


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Athletic Style From Old Navy

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Leggings // Sports Bra // White Top // Sweatshirt // Denim Jacket

When I was little it felt like it would take centuries for the holidays, my birthday or summer to come around. Nowadays, I blink and another year passes. Truly, I cannot believe we are only weeks away from closing out the summer and breaking out all things pumpkin spice and cozy layers. Even though I live in Florida, the temps in the fall still dip in the evenings and we take respite from the 90 plus summer temperatures. This also means layers are key to remaining comfortable throughout the day! Cue: a little help from Old Navy style!

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Oxygen Jungle Villas in Uvita, Costa Rica: Unplug to Recharge


A few weeks ago Cory and I were in desperate need of a  little getaway. Our first trip together was to Costa Rica and after stumbling upon the Oxygen Jungle Villas from my friend “Beach Pilates Girl” we knew this was the perfect spot to rest and recharge. The OJV is a Balinese style resort built into the beautiful mountainous jungle of Uvita. Located on the southwestern coast of Costa Rica. The resort overlooks the splendor of the Pacific Ocean which means you have the opportunity to breathe in the mountain air while watching the waves dance delicately with the coast line as tucans and howler monkeys converse in the background.

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The Oxygen Jungle Villas have been featured in both Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure publications as one of the top resorts in Costa Rica. From the moment you step foot into your glass enclosed room or enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail overlooking the infinity pool you can see why as you immediately feel every cell in your body relax and all your worries wash away with the tide below. Even though our visit fell during rainy season we enjoyed sun filled mornings followed by rain-filled romantic afternoons, which we enjoyed from the comfort of our covered patio complete with an oversized couch.

Costa Rica is about two hours behind eastern standard time so we were really able to soak in every second of each day. We woke up with the sun and sounds of the jungle and were able to get to bed early without the distraction of television. The resort has great wifi, but they do not have in-room telephones or T.V. (Which we did not mind in the least). Since there are only ten villas on site it is a quick 1-2 minute walk to the front desk if you need anything at all. A trek we did not have to make other than to make dinner or spa reservations. Conveniently enough,  the desk is located right next to the pool.


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While staying at the resort you can make the vacation exactly what you want. If it is adventure you seek, there are tons of adventure tours you can take part in! On our first trip Guanacaste Costa Rica we did the horseback riding, zip lining and hot springs adventures so on this trip we decided to hike to the on-site water falls, get massages, swim and take in all the benefits that being in nature has to offer. We ate almost every meal at the resort as well! They offered plenty of healthy options and had a fantastic wine, cocktail and local craft beer selection.

Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that being in nature can help boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, improve your mood and ability to focus as well as increase your energy and improve your sleep. Spending time at the Oxygen Jungle Villas did that for us and more! Although, we only had three nights to spend there we felt like me had adequate time to recharge.

The flight from Miami was a quick 2 hours to San Jose Airport. From San Jose we rented a car from Adobe Rent-A-Car. The car was a brand new SUV (a 4x 4 is required to get to the resort), the space was pristine and the men working couldn’t have been nicer. The resort is about a three hour drive with many sights and attractions along the way like the “Croc Bridge” and roadside fruit stands and restaurants.

This trip was the perfect balance of upscale, rustic relaxation. I rarely had to put on makeup or do my hair. The property was pristine and extremely well taken care of and I would love to come back ASAP. Before we left, we were worried about mosquitos (ZIKA) and bugs, but with ample amounts of bug spray Cory and I both left without a single  bite and the energy to battle the next few months until our next adventure.

If you are planning a getaway I can wholeheartedly recommend the Oxygen Jungle Villas of Costa Rica! Although the resort is already super affordable enter the code TWF10 upon checkout for an additional 10% off your stay.  If luxury, adventure and relaxation are on the top of your next vacay list then I suggest you book the Oxygen Jungle Villas ASAP.

Treadmill vs. Outdoor Running: Which is Better?

Are you an avid runner? Have you ever wondered whether running on a treadmill or running outside is better for you? I have, and although I like to run I struggle running long distances in the Miami heat and humidity! So instead of running outside during the summer months I love to run interval sprints on a treadmill and when the temps finally cool down I love taking in the beauty of Miami on foot.

According to this article from Baptist Health South Florida “Both treadmill running and outdoor running provide great benefits to health and fitness levels,” said Marcela Todd, a certified Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) running coach and head coach of Friends in Training. Running in any way, shape or form treadmill or otherwise can “help to manage weight, relieve stress, prevent depression, boost confidence, keep cholesterol and blood pressure levels normal and are a great way to stay healthy overall.”

Treadmill running has many benefits including:

  • Less impact on your joints. Most treadmills have built in shock protection that helps take pressure off your ankles, knees, hips and low back.
  • You can determine the intensity of your workout by adjusting the speed and incline which can help keep your pacing more consistant.
  • You can ward of boredom by watching TV or videos.
  • You can always run no matter what the weather is like outside. Day or night. Rain or shine.

TW-Fit Tip: Try Alternating running and power walking on an incline 30 seconds of running followed by 30 seconds of active recovery (power walking or jogging) to get a truly heart pumping, metabolism boosting workout!

Running Outside Also Has Many Benefits Including:

  • It has been scientifically proven that being outdoors in nature can boost mood and prevent depression.
  • Because you do not have a tread belt running outside you have to propel your bodyweight forward which makes for a more challenging workout.
  • If you are preparing for a race or special running event the only way to fully prepare is for you to run outside in the exact conditions the race or event will take place. Although you can adjust speed and incline on a treadmill you can never fully simulate running outdoors.

At the end of the day exercise is exercise and the most important thing is that you get your body moving! Put one foot in front of the other and go for short bursts of intensity with a little bit of active recovery to follow or forget the world and “Run Forrest run!”.

Make sure to head over to Baptist Health South Florida for more on treadmill vs. outdoor running debate! And if you are in the Miami area Baptist Health South Florida offers free run clubs for you to find your tribe!

 

Propel Hydration Workout Series-Taylor Walker Fit

A special thank you to Propel Water for bringing us together and sponsoring this post! If you are in L.A. make sure to get your tickets to the fitness festival today. Click here for more on the sweat fueled event! 

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to IDEA World Fitness Blogfest with Propel ElectrolyteWater.  Propel Electrolyte Water has created innovative and fun fitness CO:LABS nation-wide for an incredible sweat-fueled  series that will culminate with a fitness festival in L.A. August 12-13.

At BlogFest we were able to dive deeper into powerful topics in this ever-changing and growing market that is fitness blogging which was fantastic, but I would have to say the best part about attending was the S-W-E-A-T and spending time with my favorite blogger babes! The first morning in town the ladies and I decided to meet at 6:30 A.M. for a team workout! There is strength in numbers and we created a quick circuit of medicine ball lunges and squat presses, burpees, treadmill sprints and Spiderman planks. It was just what the doctor ordered to get used to the desert air and get our mind and bodies ready to take on the day. Over the course of the two days we also had our Propel Workout where we took a low weight-high rep class the Victoria Secret Angels made famous: ModelFIT Sculpt. You may have even seen my Instagram Live from that workout, and I am truly sorry for the many shots of my boo-tay (pun intended). I had to set it up quickly, but if you missed it this workout is similar to barre in that it helps your body create the long-lean muscle mass that many women covet.

We also had the opportunity to try Strong by Zumba which admittedly was one of the hardest classes I have taken in a long time. We rounded out the week with Pop Pilates by Cassey Ho. Cassey is a YouTube sensation and now I can see why! Her energy was off the charts and it was the perfect core driven class to lengthen and tone.

The ladies and I were so inspired by the week that we wanted to team up  and create a workout exclusively for you…our fabulous readers!

  1. Start with a Cardio Burst from Amber of Every Once in a Style
  2. Move on to Arms with Jeana of A Sweat Life
  3. Get that booty burn with Legs and Booty Blast with me!
  4. Follow it up with Abs from Torey’s Treasures
  5. And finish up with flexibility/regeneration with To Live and Diet in LA

Next up is my leg and booty blaster:

Repeat each exercise for 1 minute each 3x through! 

Place the band around your thighs making sure it is not around your knees. Start with your feet hip distance apart and squat down. Straighten your and extend your leg at the top. Do 30 seconds on the right and 30 seconds on the left.

Place the band around your ankles and perform jumping jacks for one minute.

If you need balance find a wall or a chair. With your feet parallel pitch your body forward and your leg backwards before pulling in and driving the knee up. Perform this exercise for 30 seconds on right and 30 seconds on the left.
Sit on the floor with one leg square in front of you and one knee over the there. Flex your foot and kick your leg back. Bring your arms to prayer position for more of a challenge. Perform 30 seconds on the right and 30 seconds on the left.

I hope you enjoyed our workout. Make sure to follow all of the other blogs for some MAJOR fitness and fashion inspiration you cannot miss!

 

Propel Electrolyte Water Hydration & LA Fitness Festival

*This conversation has been sponsored by Propel Electrolyte Water. As always all opinions are my own.

Happy Friday Eve! I finally made my way back to Miami after a week in Las Vegas with the Propel Team before heading on over to work with my Zappos.com family. Tomorrow I am coming at you with a five part workout series that will surely kick your boo-tay (pun intended), but before that I wanted to share some fun facts about watermelons and share a discount code for the Propel Electrolyte Water celebrity infused Fitness Festival in L.A. coming up on August 12th & 13th.  You have seen this post from our Miami CO: LABS and this one from our kick-off event in New York so I am very excited to invite you to our last event in Los Angeles which is sure to be EPIC!

Photo by Judy Walker Photography

Summer is still in full swing and the heat and humidity are at an all time high. If you are anything like me then you need to find ways to cool down and stay hydrated! I think watermelon is the perfect summer fruit because it is 92% water, helps the body detox, is chock full of vitamin C, B6 and lycopene which is particularly important for cardiovascular and bone health. Oh, and it is also delicious and rich in natural electrolytes like potassium!

When you sweat you lose more than just water. You also lose important electrolytes such as salt and potassium that are important for maximizing performance and keeping your body properly hydrated. Enter Propel. The only water with enough electrolytes to put back what you lose in sweat. And Y-E-S the watermelon flavor is bomb.com., but there are tons of flavors to chose from. Check them out here!

The Propel Fitness Festival in L.A. is coming up very soon! There will be celeb workouts by Shay Mitchell and Haley Pasternak and Kardashian trainer Gunnar Peterson and Scott Foley with Samantha Ronson and tons of incredible classes to choose from including: Barry’s Bootcamp, The Vixen Workout, Prevail Boxing, Fast Twitch and more! If you are in the L.A. area on Aug 12-13th this is a can’t miss event and I have a discount for you!

Photo by Judy Walker Photography

To purchase your tickets click here and enter the code ‘TENOFF’ for a discount exclusively for you! I would love to work out with you in L.A! For tomorrows workout grab a band and a buddy and prepare to get U-G-L-Y!

Flexible Meal Planning: My Week in Food

Strict meal plans work for some people and others like flexibility! I LOVE flexibility and a flexible meal planning is the only way find balance in my hectic life. I love to cook. I know what works for my body and I love offering my clients new recipes and ways to “un-diet”.  My goal through this blog and my health coaching is to help men and women create lifestyles that are abundant in nutrient dense foods like complex carbohydrates, whole grains, healthy fats and more greens than you could ever ask for! And YES, complex carbs and healthy fats have been clinically proven to aid in weight loss and a healthy well rounded diet. Carbohydrates are NOT the enemy; however, processed carbohydrates are.

 My style of coaching is a guided discovery approach to weight loss which is why I feel a flexible meal planning is a great way to stay on track while feeling completely in control of what you consume. The number on the scale should not be a major focus, but with a lifestyle overhaul and a focus on healthy eating, weight loss will simply be a bi-product of a healthier lifestyle! [HOW BOUT DAT?!]  When you feel good on the inside I guarantee you will glow on the outside.

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Baptist Health South Florida “MeLaβ” at the Frost Science Museum

Last week I had the honor to spend some time with Baptist Health South Florida at the grand opening of the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami! The Frost Science Museum is located a hop, skip and a jump away from the American Airlines Arena and Bayside Marketplace and is the perfect place to spend an educational and super fun weekend with your family. The museum boasts a planetarium, aquarium, a space exhibit, a seeing exhibit and of course The MeLaβ brought to you by Baptist Health South Florida.

I was so excited to spend an afternoon at the museum and learn all about eggplants at “Veggie Phobia” where we learned tons of fun facts about eggplants and made the most delicious eggplant dip known as Baba ghanoush. Wow! It was one of the best  I have ever tasted and here is the full recipe!

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The Meetup-A Mindful Living Experience

 “Get together, sweat together, create together.”

Click here to sign up for “The Meetup” today! 

Amanda and I could not be more excited to bring this event to life! Our sole purpose for creating this series stems from the desire to create a platform for women to connect with each other. We have realized how empowering it is to have colleagues, friends, women in our circle that are also on their own professional journey to share ideas, collaborate and often just spend time with. The series is centered around creating a tribe of women that help and encourage each other to grow, highlighting some of Miami’s local businesses and talented female entrepreneurs all while enjoying a little sweat session to break the ice.

If you are an entrepreneur and want to join our event we are offering both vendor and sponsorship opportunities.

How We’re Doing it

The concept is simple: we get together, sweat together, and then have our guest speakers lead the theme or conversation of the night. We enjoy some lite bites and drinks and connect with each other. Topics will be focused on mindful living and business development. After the event, we’ll make sure everyone stays connected through our private Facebook group. By attending one of the events, guests have access to the group where we’ll continue to provide great content to help everyone grow and manifest their goals and dreams.

We are so excited to be able to bring this into fruition; something we’ve been searching for in the community for so long.

Join Us on August 2 from 6:30-9 P.M at the Nobu Eden Roc Miami Beach.

Meet The Team:


TAYLOR WALKER SINNING

BLOGGER, FITNESS MODEL, CPT

Taylor is a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, fitness model and content curator of health, fitness and lifestyle blog: TaylorWalkerFit.com. Taylor tries her best to ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’ as an ambassador for healthy living! She blogs about fitness trends, healthy cooking and athleisure style to inspire her readers to live the healthiest, balanced and most fashion- forward lifestyles possible. Her goal is to empower women to be their best selves in the most real way possible. “Drink the wine, eat the burger, do the sit-ups, celebrate you and live the happy-healthy life you love and deserve.” That is Taylor Walker Fit.

AMANDA MESTRE

FOUNDER ICON SPORTIF, CPT, RYT-200

Is an all-around health and wellness enthusiast, Amanda has been a trainer and yoga for athletes teacher in the Miami community since 2008. In 2016, Amanda launched ICON SPORTIF, a luxe active fashion destination, working to create a platform where the modern, movement-obsessed woman can find her favorite styles to take her from the street to the studio.

We hope to see you there!

UB Toner™: Lift and Tone Your Upper Body Anytime Anywhere


*This post is sponsored by UB Toner™. Thank you in advance for supporting my favorite brand partners! Without them this blog would not be possible. As always, all opinions are my own.

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When I started TWF.com home fitness was the name of the game! Not much has changed over the past few years other than the fact that I am constantly on the road for work. As you know, I am always looking for new, innovative and convenient ways to fit in my fitness so the UB Toner™ seemed like the perfect piece of equipment for at-home or on the road use.

When I was offered the chance to try the UB Toner™ I could not resist. You see, the UB Toner™ naturally helps lift your breasts by strengthening your pectoral muscles in less than ten minutes per day, three to four times per week. I know I have not had babies, but weight fluctuations and hormonal changes have left my B cups in a much less perky state as opposed to my gravity defying chest of college days past. As you know, age and babies can also cause your lady bits to bow down and if you are a “naturalista” like me you may be in need of a little bit of help in the lift and tone department. I also like the idea of resistance training without the need to do a single push-up!

The UB Toner™ works by utilizing triple resistance technology – as the device provides eighteen pounds of resistance upon both motions of pushing in and out with the device, as well as utilizing and working your own back muscles.  With the UB Toner™ slow and steady wins the race! You can tighten, tone and lift by performing for four simple exercises 10, 20 or 30 times! I was pleasantly surprised with how fast I felt my upper body working. The resistance is attainable yet challenging. To make it harder you perform more repetitions. To make it a little less challenging you perform fewer repetitions. You can use the UB Toner™ anywhere: at your desk, in your living room or even in your car on a long road trip, only if you are a passenger! Safety first.

Watch today’s YouTube video above for the full workout and click here to get your UB Toner™ today!