Xenia Ghali is a Greek DJ, producer, songwriter, and classically trained musician. She continues to shake up the dance music scene with her debut single ‘Broken’ featuring Katt Rockell (released on Pitbull’s Mr. 305 Records), and her follow up ‘Get Dirty,’ a collaboration with Grammy winning rapper Wyclef Jean. With performances in the US and in Europe, she's always on the go! We caught up with her between sets to share a playlist for our Summer rotation (including 'Under These Lights').
ATHLEISURE MAG: We all have our go to workouts, what sets are in your routine?
XENIA GHALI: I’ll start with 20 minutes of cardio, specifically I love the elliptical machine. Then I do a full-body circuit routine consisting of squats, lunges, crunches and arm exercises using light weights and many reps.
AM: How do you maintain balance with such a busy schedule?
XG: I work both in the US and in Europe so I travel a lot. Being on the road regularly means that it can be very challenging to maintain a balanced lifestyle. I do my best to see my family and friends any chance I get. When I am physically unable to spend time with them, I always make sure to keep in communication with them. In addition to this, exercising really helps me with being physically and mentally balanced.
AM: When you're not DJing a set, what's your personal style?
XG: My personal style is what I call ‘chill but edgy.’ I love fashion so I incorporate it even when I am casual. I love jeans (specifically G-Star), drop-crotch pants, oversized t-shirts, and of course accessories such as hats!
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We're in the in between portion of the year as we transition from the cool breezes of the spring to the higher humidity of summer! With long weekends around the corner, there are so many excuses to take in phenomenal weather, whether you're enjoying a staycation, jetsetting, or simply staying at home.
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Hulu's first ever hour long drama is enjoying much of the same success as the streaming platform's 11.22.63.
Set in upstate NY, The Path looks at Meyerism (a fictional cult) which is just as much about the fringe movement as well as those who follow it. This drama focuses the complexities and conflicts that exist when those convert within a controversial religious group. For Eddie (Aaron Paul) and Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), we see issues with their marriage as Eddie has doubts about the faith. Hugh Dancy is the stand-in leader whenever Steven Meyer is away which presents complications as he rises in the community.
The Path looks at how one gets into these communities and what it means to be apart of them while blurring the line between organized groups that you're familiar with while presenting something entirely new.
HUMANS SEASON 1
Originally airing on AMC, Humans (Season 1) comes to Amazon and looks ahead to a world where robots and humans co-exist and what that means as artificial intelligent beings have the ability to not only be fully integrated into our society. Synths, are the intelligent beings that run thouseholds but one of the members of this group makes a family uncomfortable when she seems to have more awareness. Humans examines and follows the journey of what happens when programmed beings have their own thoughts and memories.
BLOODLINE SEASON 2
Family secrets are nothing new but secrets that lead to changing alliances and death are dug back again in the second season of Netflix's Bloodline which is set in the Florida Keys. We're thrust back into figuring out more details on Danny's murder and how John fits into this situation as well as getting to know him better. Meg and Marco are also back as we learn more about them and how they are involved with this insular area. Of course, the matriarch, Sally, is oblivious to all that is taking place as she continues to wonder why there is friction when she is oblivious to what is going on around her.
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Set in Glacier National Park, the surprising death of a wildlife biologist’s shocking death leads to chilling discoveries about a home for troubled teens in this haunting and compelling new crime novel.
GNP police officer Monty Harris understands that every summer at least one person passes away in the park. But Paul “Wolfie” Sedgewick’s fatal fall from the sheer cliffs near Going-To-the-Sun Road is incomprehensible. Wolfie was an experienced and highly regarded wildlife biologist who knew all too well the perils that Glacier’s treacherous terrain presents—and how to avoid them.
With emotions riding high, Monty senses in his gut that something isn’t right. He discovers that Wolfie’s zealous studies of Glacier’s mysterious, embattled wolverine population, so vital to park ecology, had met resistance, both local and federal.
Christine Carbo is an author who has lived an eventful life including a flight attendant , and pilates instructor.
REMEMBER ME THIS WAY
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This psychological thriller of secrets and obsession introduces us to Lizzie Carter a year after her husband, Zach's, death. She is wracked with a mixture of guilt, regret and relief.
Her friends remind her that her time to mourn should stop, she knows a darker side of a man that won't let her forget. While leaving flowers at the site of his tragedy, she notices another floral arrangement that was left by Xenia - who could that be?
As she learns about his past, she realizes that she doesn't know him and that he may not be gone.
Sabine Durrant is a former assistant editor of The Guardian and a former literary editor at The Sunday Times.
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In this tale of love and obsession set in Seattle, shares the lives of four people whose world's collide in a life-altering moment.
When Rawn, a schoolteacher, and D’Becca, a supermodel, meet, their electric chemistry leads to a relationship of passion and intimacy that neither anticipates—until Rawn’s seductive friend and colleague Sicily introduces him to emotionally fragile fashion designer Tamara.
Packed with sexy, page-turning drama, Vulnerable illustrates the complexity of desire and emotion, the weakness in human nature, and the fragility and spontaneity of fate.
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by Ed Maguire
Do you believe that some people are just born creative, and others just aren’t? That there are some people that are born to lead and the rest of us are destined to follow? Is there some rare quality that makes some people have an impact, while others can’t? A new book by Adam Grant, The Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World blows the lid of these assumptions. Yes, you can be creative in ways you never thought, you can even change the world – you just have to have faith in your own ideas and be willing to learn the right way to bring them to success.
Adam Grant is a professor of business at the University of Pennsylvania, who’s known for being accessible and really people smart. A friend of mine gave me his prior book Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success as a gift (appropriately). The premise of the book is that success is not just a matter of hard work, talent and luck, it’s increasingly about interactions with other people. He looks at people along three types – Givers, Takers and Matchers. He looked at how different types of people became successful in life and in their careers. Takers are those that that often get the most credit for accomplishments, building on the contributions of others that may not get recognized. Takers tend to be more calculating about the returns they get for their efforts. Givers often donate their time and resources without expecting specific payback. In some circumstances, this doesn’t always work to their benefit. Matchers tend to network between the two types. What Grant found was that Givers often see indirect payoffs over the longer term because of the goodwill and trust they build up over time.Adam Grant’s analysis is inspiring, because he lays out how you can do well by doing good. There is a method to the madness.
In Originals, Adam Grant makes an important point – that you should not be overly concerned with following conventional wisdom if you have an idea you feel passionately about. He uses an example that hit painfully close to home: Warby Parker, the successful eyewear startup named as the most innovative company in the world in 2015 by Fast Company. He was approached by the co-founders of Warby Parker in 2009 to be an early investor in the company – and he passed on the opportunity. It was the worst financial decision he ever made, so he decided to understand what went wrong.
The co-founders of Warby Parker found their idea by asking why eyeglasses had to be so expensive? They did some research and found an industry that was 80% dominated by one company – Luxxotica – that charged high prices because they had so little competition. None of the founders had a background in eyewear, or fashion, or e-commerce – but they started up the company because they saw they realized there was another way to do things. They were all students at the time, and they worked on the idea in their spare time while working at internships. To Grant, they seemed unwilling to take the big risks typically associated with startup founders – quitting to go all in with guns blazing. This was enough to convince him not to invest. But what he found later, after doing more research, was that many successful startup founders hedge their bets and proceed cautiously – because what they are actually doing is reducing risk!
One of the key insights from Originals is that experts – and related experience are not always the best source of original ideas. The most innovative ideas often come from people with skills and experience from different areas. He tells the story of Rick Ludwin, a television executive who had experience in variety shows and specials and his unlikely experience creating new kind of sitcom. Ludwin had experience writing jokes and selling them to Bob Hope, but he had never written a sitcom or developed one. He pushed an unconventional idea through, hiring writers who had not worked in sitcoms before and his project ended up being the most successful comedy of all time: Seinfeld.
It does help to be get familiar with failure - the more ideas you try out, you’ll have a better chance of success. Composers like Beethoven and painters like Picasso owed their success in large part to the fact that they were prolific enough that even a small proportion if their output were masterpieces.
But don’t feel bad if you don’t wake up every day and attack your deadlines. Timing is important, and procrastination can also be an invaluable technique when you’re trying to collect your ideas. Coretta Scott King tells the story about Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. King worked on it the whole night before without sleeping a wink and he knew it was going to be important. After months of preparation and a written speech – what happened? During the address, the singer Mahalia Jackson shouted from behind him “Tell em about the dream Martin” – and he pushed aside his notes and launched into his vision for the future. In front of all those people and cameras – he winged it.
What Adam Grant has found is that there is not one road to happiness or success, and there are as often exceptions as rules to conventional wisdom. Early movers don’t always win, and you don’t have to take the biggest risks. There are a plenty of ways you can hack your own creativity, and sometimes the best
opportunities come from what looks like failure. You can be a pioneer – or you can be a settler. You can be a young genius – or an old master. You can be a lone wolf – or you can be a social animal and still succeed. The key is to always think twice about whatever you do – and it never hurts to get a second opinion.
There are a few things that anyone can do to stimulate their own creativity:
1) Have a hobby. A study of Nobel Prize winning scientists by a team of 15 University of Michigan researchers found that winners were 2X more likely than average scientists to play a musical instrument; 7X greater than average to be involved in arts or crafts; 12X more likely to be a writer and 22X more likely to be a performer.
2) Get your peers involved in evaluating your ideas. The best ideas can be vetted and improved by soliciting feedback and ideas from peers.
3) Immerse yourself in a new culture: Living overseas for a while can change your perspective and give you new touchstones for creative ideas.
So the conclusion here is that you should never be too hard on yourself if you don’t think you’re cut out to be creative or for success. There’s always a path, and each person’s path looks different. To be an Original is not as difficult as it sounds – after all there are over 7 billion of us on the world, and no two will ever be alike. Embrace it.
Ed Maguire has worked as an equity analyst covering the technology sector since 1999 for a variety of firms including CLSA Americas, Merrill Lynch and CIBC. Previously he led sales for independent music distributor Twinbrook Music while working as professional musician performing on bass, violin and keyboards, composing, arranging and producing a variety of styles of music. Ed holds a B.A. in Music from Columbia and an M.B.A. from Rutgers in Finance and Management Information Systems. He lives in Millburn, NJ with his wife Lily, their two kids and the dog Spock.
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by Nisim Frank
The Bar Method has been one of the fastest growing workouts nationwide. Friends who can do it seem to have unreal flexibility, flat stomachs, and toned arms. More than that, there is an air of relaxation that Bar Method enthusiasts have about them. Simple strong movements that engage your core muscles while stretching you out seems a lot easier than it actually is. Recently, I took a Bar Method class with good friend and instructor Rebecca Hidalgo and as a Soul Cycle regular, I expected it to be a breeze. Within three minutes, I was shaking, awakening muscle groups that a cardio class does not get to. Hidalgo, calling every person out by name as if they were life-long friends, corrected my form while giving the class pointers on how to improve - no matter what level you may be on. I sat down with Hidalgo after class to talk to learn more about Bar Method. We chatted about how she first started adding it to her workout regimen, how patience is a much needed virtue in Bar Method, and her advice to first-time skeptics and season veterans.
Nisim Frank: What was your inspiration behind starting with Bar Method?
Rebecca Hidalgo: I started taking Bar Method classes in high school- my aunt who loves trying new types of workout routines recommended I try it, being that I had been training in dance for many years. It's by no means a "dance" workout, however it does employ elements and forms of ballet, which I found very fun, safe and effective. What I found appealing about this type of workout was that the instructors were motivational, however very attentive to my form (and everyone's) when giving corrections. This was important to me because it helped me to be more aware of my body and the specific muscles I was supposed to be working and feeling in each exercise and stretch.
I went to Bar Method classes more frequently my senior year of college, being that the Brooklyn studio opened up not too far from where I live. I was also still recovering from ACL/meniscus surgery, and Bar Method was a great supplement to my physical therapy, being that it can be very rehabilitative and has specific modifications in every exercise for certain injuries. I found myself going almost every day and really seeing and feeling results (more toned arms and shoulders, flatter stomach, increased flexibility, etc). The atmosphere of the studio really attracted me as well, it's very warm and welcoming to people of different ages and body-types. I auditioned to be an instructor, got chosen, went through months of intense and rewarding training, and the rest is history!
NF: Can you give three pointers for somebody who is just starting the Bar Method class?
RH: Patience in two ways. First, be patient with getting to know correct form. To some people it comes easier, for others it takes a little longer.
The Bar Method is an extremely mindful workout which requires focus and body-awareness. As instructors, we do our best to help you get into perfect form, both verbally and with hands-on adjustments. Sometimes for newer clients, they are simply not used to engaging certain muscles isometrically while working their alignment and posture at the same time. And that's okay! Even extremely seasoned clients (and instructors) sometimes need a reminder or adjustment. That's what makes Bar Method such a great workout, you are constantly learning how to engage new parts of your body, constantly improving your form and being constantly being able to challenge yourself further...which brings me to....
1. Be patient with results. We recommend coming 3-5 times a week to see and feel results, however everybody's body works differently and has different capabilities. If the person next to you can take the splits options during stretches, that doesn't mean that you are a worse student. There are days where even I (and I'm pretty flexible) choose not to take certain challenge options or stretch options because my body is telling me "not today". Listen to your body and your own capabilities. Especially for your own safety! Also, when it comes to your own personal goals, whether they be weight loss, toning, increased flexibility--again, everybody's body is different and will show results in different ways/take different amounts of time to do so.
2. Ask Questions! As instructors, we are happy to help when it comes to whatever question you have about the class, your own personal form, etc. Don't be embarrassed if after a few classes you still aren't understanding a specific exercise, please let us know! One of my favorite things about being an instructor is working with clients individually for a few minutes after class if they want to work on the form of a spe-
cific exercise we did in class that day. No detail is too small for us to be able to help you with.
3. Have fun. If you're struggling in the last set of thigh and your legs are shaking like a leaf (a good thing by the way), do whatever will make you feel like a superhero in those last 10 or 20 reps. Maybe that means sinking 3 inches lower, maybe that means smiling, maybe that means closing your eyes and letting the music pump you up. Have a positive mindset going in and you will feel super accomplished afterwards.
NF: Any nutritional advice to support yourself before/after the workout?
RH: Definitely eat something before class- something that will give you fuel however not something too heavy. We do quite a bit of abdominal work and quick breathing, so let's just say that I deeply regretted the one time I ate a whole Chipotle burrito before class. ::laughs:: As for any workout regimen, you need to supplement your workout with a relatively healthy diet in order to feel or see results. Again, this is going to vary from person to person. What you eat before class will also depend on the time of day--if you're one of our 6AM warriors, you're most likely not going to wake up at 5AM and make yourself an omelette, coffee, and juice. Maybe a granola bar and yogurt is your vibe, or a smoothie. In any case, whatever fuels you at that time. Also remember to hydrate yourself! You are welcome to bring a water bottle into class with you, so hydrate before, during, and after class.
NF: For somebody a little more experienced who has gone 5-7 times, whats the next step in Bar?
RH: The great thing about Bar Method is that it never gets easier- the workout is what YOU put into it. As your form improves, you will be able to take more challenge options offered in class. If you've been coming frequently, I would say the next step is to set a personal goal as to how you would like to proceed and improve. Mixed Level is our basic Bar Method class-- That is to say, anyone can take it whether it is your 1st or 100th class. If you would like to focus more on your form and have a slightly slower paced class, maybe try out a Level 1 class. We offer Level 2 classes, as well as Bar Move (a faster paced, more cardio-based version), which require that you have taken 20 or more Mixed Level classes. Maybe set a goal for yourself to work up to being able to take a Level 2 or Move class!
NF: I took your class and love that you know everybody by name- How is the community aspect of it?
RH: Knowing everyone by name is very important for us at The Bar Method. Giving clients individual attention is an extremely helpful way not only to help them be more aware of their bodies, but to motivate them as well! Community is very important for us as well--fitness is a very personal journey, and being able to trust the people helping guide you along the path is necessary. The studio is also a great place to meet fun, welcoming, and like-minded people from all walks of life.
NF: What is a good supplemental workout to do with Bar?
RH: Bar Method is a great workout on it's own, however if you're someone who likes to do different types of exercise, it is also well paired with running or cycling. The reason for this being that Bar Method uses isometric movements and stretching to tone and elongate your muscles, as well as to improve posture. If you enjoy high-cardio workouts such as cycling or running
barre workouts will help to stretch out the muscles that tend to shorten and bulk up during those routines. It will also help with your alignment, which will make the way you approach other exercises a lot safer for your body.
NF: Any advice you've learned from your students?
RH: The more I get to know my students, the more I am able to see how I can help and challenge them further. I learn something new about someone every time I teach a class. It is extremely heartwarming for both me and them when I see someone accomplish something physically that they were maybe not able to do a month ago. My students (and fellow instructors) have taught me a lot about patience and progress.
Rebecca Hidalgo is a 23 year-old New York City-based actress, dancer, multimedia performer and creator. She loves that moment when your subway transfer is directly across the platform and is a proud cat mom. Follow her on Instagram at @r_dalgo and book a class at The Bar Method in Brooklyn at 267 Pacific Street.
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The unofficial Summer Weekend starts on Memorial Weekend. That means heading to the Hamptons, Malibu and more for long weekends. All you need are the perfect go to items to keep you looking refreshed. As always, we have a few items that you need to pop onto your list if you have yet to do so!
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There's never a good time to move, but there are tips to make this process as smooth as possible. Ross Saipr, CEO/Founder of Roadway Moving broke down some easy steps/tips for us to keep in mind so that we won't miss a thing and can make the process as seamless as possible!
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
1. Book the Movers Early
As soon as you know that you are moving, it’s time to book the movers. It is worth hiring a moving company—as opposed to trying it all by yourself—as it will save you stress, potential injury, and could even save you money on moving materials, insurance, and any furniture that you may have damaged while attempting to move.
2. Open Up a "Moving File"
Whether it is an actual physical file of documents, a file saved to the cloud, or both, it is important to have on hand all of your important moving details. Open one up as soon as you know that you are moving, and add to it as things arise. Keep this file accessible—with you at all times—as you move, so that you can view any necessary documents when you need them.
3. Compile Research on Your New Area
You will need to know, and get in touch with, new doctors, school for your kids, dentists, vets if you have pets, grocery stores, and other essential amenities. Make sure that you transfer all important records to your new location.
IN THE MONTH BEFORE MOVING
1. Start Consolidating Your Possessions
It’s time for that clear out that you’ve been planning for months. Go through your house from room to room and get rid of things that you no longer use, wear, or that are not working anymore. If you need to ease your guilt over getting rid of things, try donating them instead of throwing them out, and you will feel like you are doing some good at the same time.
2. Collect and Buy Packing Materials
There are a lot of places that will provide you with cheap or free packing materials. For example, you can often get free boxes from grocery stores. Start collecting early, and then you can spread out the burden of packing over a few weeks—rather than doing it all the night before you move!
3. Measure Your New Place
Measure and record the size of your new place so that you know exactly how much space you have, and what will fit where. It will also help when you are directing the movers as to where they should put things.
4. Fill Out a Change of Address Form
This can take time, so make sure that you are on top of it, and you won’t lose any important mail.
5. Arrange Time Off From Work
You will probably need at least a day or two to get settled, so if you are planning on keeping your current job, make sure that you arrange some time off in advance.
6. Draft in Some Help
Real friends help friends move. It's not al-ways the most coveted job, but moving is something that most people will help out with — so the least you can do is give them some time to prepare.
1. Take an Overnight Bag
Once everything is moved, you are not going to want to try to rummage through all of your boxes in search of a set of clothes for the next day, or even pajamas to sleep in, so it helps if you have an overnight bag packed and with you.
Don’t forget to eat! You will only become more stressed and irritable if you are hungry while moving. Pick somewhere to eat out near your new house and take a well-earned break to rest and replenish.
3. Check Your New Place
Especially if you are renting, you will need to take inventory of the new place and make sure that there are no damages for which you will be blamed upon moving out. Take note of everything and take pictures if necessary. If you are not renting, this might be a good time to run through and clean anything that will be more difficult to get to once it is filled with furniture.
4. Do a Final Run Through
Before you leave your old residence for good, make sure you do a final, thorough run through to make sure that you haven’t left anything behind. Especially if you are renting, clean up after yourself and the movers.
Athleisure Mag tapped technology icon, Mike Dunn to start our new series on Traiblazers, devoted to giving a spotlight to innovators that rock the boardroom and hit it hard in sports, and lifestyle activities while on trips or away from work.
Mike's background is truly impressive, he has more than 30 years experience scaling top technology platforms for fast-growth companies. He is currently the Chief Information Officer of VER, a leading global entertainment services company. He was CTO of TrueCar, helping them to go public in 2014. Prior, he served as CTO of Hearst Interactive Media, the venture capital arm of Hearst Corporation; Corporate CTO for Time Warner; founding CTO for Dell Online; and technology executive roles with Turner and Hanna-Barbera. Mike makes frequent public speaking appearances on such subjects as technology due diligence, the semantic web and online video technologies.
ATHLEISURE MAG: What got you interested in outdoor activities and how often do you get to do them?
MIKE DUNN: I grew up an army brat, living on numerous bases around the world, including the West Point. I spent lots of time outdoors as a kid, since the officer’s neighborhoods on bases were pretty safe places for kids. West Point is a very wooded campus, with tons of hiking trails, so I got into hiking and exploring at a very young age.
I try to do some form of outdoor activity multiple times a week. My favorites are mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking and surfing.
AM: What are your favorite activities and what were the difficult aspects learning them?
MD: I started surfing when I was 12. When my dad did his second tour in Vietnam we lived in Hawaii and then he was stationed there right after, so we ended up living in Hawaii for over 5 years. Normally we moved every 3 years. I took to surfing quickly and it came naturally. I loved the power of the ocean, and the adrenaline rush that came with surfing, especially big waves. I also use to ride my banana seat bike all over the dirt trails around the island of Oahu, a precursor to my mountain biking passion.
I started mountain biking in the 80’s when I lived in Los Angeles. I was playing ice hockey at a pretty high level and riding a bike to stay in shape between practices and games. LA streets didn’t have many bike lanes back then so it was really dangerous on the roads. I saw one of the early mountain bikes in a local bike shop and decided to get one to get away from cars. It was a rigid steel framed bike with no shocks and cantilever brakes, it's very old school compared to today’s modern mountain bikes, but so much fun to explore LA trails.
Snowboarding I picked up later in life when we moved to New England, but it came pretty easy to me, given my surfing background, so I progressed quickly. I was mountain biking from the spring to fall but only playing hockey in the winter and I was looking for something to fill the adrenaline and exercise gap.
My two boys were little and they also took to snowboarding quickly. It's a great family sport because you spend time in the car getting there, time in the cabin together and then on the lifts. We love it. All three require a lot of practice and commitment. Speed and balance are critical but so is managing progression, thus it's not about getting ahead of your capabilities. The gold medalist Olympian Ross Powers held a camp in Vermont every spring that my youngest son would attend. Ross coined the phrase “easy stylin'” to remind kids to progress with your abilities while still challenging yourself to improve. It’s a great lesson that works for all the extreme sports I love.
AM: What are some key and advanced skills and mindset needed? How long does it take to hone in on these skills?
MD: All three of these activities require an understanding of the natural elements. So being aware of conditions and your surroundings is key to your safety and enjoyment. The other important similarity is they require single-minded focus. When charging a wave or trails, you cannot be thinking about anything else.
AM: What advice do you have about learning in general?
MD: I’m always learning new things and trying to improve, both in my career and my outdoor pursuits. Listening to experts, researching and trying new ways to do things that improve your abilities, whether at work or play.
AM: What types of mountain biking do you enjoy most? What trails and courses do you love most?
MD: When I lived in New England, I loved riding the hilly technical terrain, wet slippery rocks and roots. Now that I'm back in SoCal, it involves much more climbing to descend. I still like technical challenges, so I do some technical all mountain trails as well as #xc. I don’t really do bike parks anymore, the rush of catching air off of big jumps - I’ll leave for younger riders. I do like going fast, so love finding trails where you can let of the brakes and go for it.
AM: How often have you had the opportunity to enjoy recreational/outdoor activities when travelling? What have been your favorite? What are on your bucket list to go do and explore?
MD: My favorite resort is Whistler. I’ve been there snowboarding, but not for mountain biking yet. I would like to go back one summer. New Zealand is a bucket list location that I’d like to visit since it’s got world class surfing, snowboarding and mountain biking.
AM: Do you measure performance, progress, and personal bests when going out and riding? What is being in the zone for you?
MD: I track myself snowboarding and mountain biking. How many laps, distance, vertical, speed, heart rate are all great data points to understand, measure and learn. In the zone is about focus, being completely in the moment for the activity. Usually, it’s required so that you’re safe, so if you’re distracted then something may go wrong.
AM: What bikes and gear do you use and what’s on your wishlist?
MD: I ride Niner bikes. I have a hardtail steel cross country bike that’s great at climbing and can descend all, but the most technical trails. Then I have an all-mountain (#enduro) full suspension long travel bike that climbs good for its size but can descend at speed any trail except possibly a jump line at a bike park.
I use flat pedals and wear five ten shoes which I think are the best #mtb shoes made. I like gear from Alpinestars and Fox a lot so I tend to wear their kneepads, shorts, shirts and gloves. Kali Protectives is the helmet I like, their enduro model has saved me many times. Falling is a part of the sport. I also wear a helmet snowboarding.
AM: What were the best experiences you have had?
MD: A trip I took with my youngest son to Whistler years ago was amazing. Today, I get to mountain bike with him a lot in SoCal, so that’s pretty cool too.
AM: What do you love about nature, outdoor activities and adventure seeking?
MD: Doing fun stuff in nature, especially mountains. For me it's about life-balance, escapism, seeing beautiful places with amazing vistas.
AM: What was one or two of the most breathtaking views you had?
MD: Whistler is incredible, but so is Stowe in Vermont, Sugarloaf in Maine and Tremblant in Canada. I’ve never been to the top of a mountain that didn’t have a view I loved as the prize for climbing it.
AM: Have you had any bad falls? What went through your mind?
MD: Oh yeah, I’ve had many. My favorite doctor used to tell me he’d much rather treat an active lifestyle, than a sedentary one. Most recently I endo’d on my mtb while navigating a technical section at to high a speed last summer and broke my collarbone, which required surgery to put in a titanium device. I was off the bike for 8 weeks, but started riding a stationary bike after a week to keep up my conditioning.
I’ve had to have 80 stitches to close up a gashed open thigh and over 50 micro-stitches to re-attach an ear from surfing incidents and I’ve broken my ankle snowboarding. These are fast contact sports.
AM: Who are your inspirations in recreational outdoor sports? Who would you want to share adventures with?
MD: I’ve been lucky enough to be around a lot of top riders and surfers over the many decades I’ve been doing them. Jake Burton, John Tomac and Derek Ho are favorites from each sport.
AM: Have you changed your diet to help your performance?
MD: I’ve been a vegetarian for over 35 years. I’m very regimented in what I eat and drink before, during and after any extreme activity. It helps me with endurance and recovery. I always drink a lot of water and I’m kind of a beer snob, so I never drink mass produced beer, but I do enjoy a good local craft brewed libation.
AM: Do you wear any wearables or smart clothing when riding or doing other sports?
MD: I’ve used iPhone apps to track my #mtb and snowboarding for years. Strava with a heart strap helps me understand my performance zones, plus I also use my watch health app to see at a glance what my heart rate is in real-time.
AM: Do you see new technologies impacting the sports?
MD: HUDs are entering into goggles for snowboarding, but I don’t think I’d welcome the distraction in a sport that requires so much focus. I have a heads up display on my car and even it can get distracting. VR for trail knowledge and exposure, especially for enduro and dh makes a lot of sense. New safety technology, such as helmet designs to reduce head injuries and soft pads that get rigid on impact but don’t cause restriction during normal use are very welcome.
AM: What are some of your core principles for well-living?
MD: Live a balanced life, food is fuel but can also taste good, drink lots of water, have fun.
AM: How do you maintain work-life balance? How often do you get to enjoy adventure activities?
MD: I try to ride between 40-60 miles of mtb a week. I do this by either riding early or at night during the week and then get in two longer rides on the weekend. I try not to go more than two days without riding. My vacations are usually used for snowboarding or mtb.
We love a good taco around Athleisure Kitchen and this month, we shared some recipes from a foodie influencer and former The Bachelor/Bachelorette contestant who is an HGTV TV Personality.
20-Minute Ancho Chicken Tacos
Lindsay, Pinch of Yum - IG @PinchOfYum
Serves: 12 small tacos
•½ cup white whole wheat flour (all purpose also works)
•2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
•1 teaspoon southwestern or taco seasoning
•a generous pinch of salt and pepper
•2 tablespoons oil
•1½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Tacos and Toppings
•12 small corn tortillas
•a few green cabbage leaves, shredded
•one bunch cilantro, chopped
•toppings: lime wedges, sour cream, jalapeño slices, avocado slices, minced green or red onions
1. Toss the cabbage and cilantro together. Prep the other toppings.
2. Combine the flour, ancho chili powder, southwestern seasoning, and salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
3. In a heavy duty pan, heat the oil to medium high heat. Cut the chicken breasts in half or quarters, toss in the flour mixture, and add to the pan. Cook for a few minutes; flip, and cook for another few minutes until the outside is browned and the inside is no longer pink. Remove from heat, sprinkle with a little more salt, and allow to rest for a few minutes. Cut or shred the chicken into small pieces.
4. Warm tortillas (I just microwave for a 20 seconds or so) and assemble with the chicken and toppings. Be generous with the lime juice and jalapeños for extra zing!
Air Fried Fish Tacos
Jillian Harris, HGTV Love It or List It Host - IG @Jillian.Harris
Avocado Cream (recipe below)
1 can of Beer
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 tsp of Salt
1. On a plate, lay out corn tortillas, top with peach salsa, set aside.
2. Slice your halibut into small strips.
3. Mix 1 cup flour, salt, baking powder and enough beer until you have a nice consistency
4. Toss the halibut in remaining flour to give it an initial coating, then place it in the beer batter mixture until coated.
5. Set on GREASED philips air fryer rack and cook 6-8 minutes at 200 degrees until golden.
6. Place fish on top of salsa mixture top with avocado cream, more cilantro if desired and Cholula sauce.
1 large avocado
3/4 cup buttermilk
Juice from 1/2 lime
Mix in a blender until smooth
Whether you're a surfer or always wanted the body without hitting the waves, - SURFSET NYC is one of the hottest methods right now! SURFSET New York City offers surf-inspired fitness classes, made popular by ABC's Shark Tank, that are designed to build strong, lean surfer bodies. The interval-based classes combine elements of aerobic fat burning, lean muscle building, and balance & core training in a fun and challenging 45-minute routine on top of a custom-made unstable surfboard.
Diana Garrett and Aaron Thouvenin, creators and co-owners of SURFSET NYC and two of the world’s first SURFSET® Fitness Master Trainers & Ambassadors. As surfers themselves, they bring the challenging and fun aspects of surfing to every class.
Diana Garrett, founder of SURFSET New York City, learned to surf more than 15 years ago in San Diego, and she’s been riding waves (in the ocean or on the RipSurfer X) ever since. As a surfer and former competitive gymnast, acrobatic performer, and gymnastics coach, her fitness focus has always been on core strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. It’s no surprise that her SURFSET New York City classes combine all four surf-inspired interval workouts!
While Diana has surfed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, you can usually find her riding her fun board at Long Beach, NY or Spring Lake, NJ. Diana’s SURFSET New York City classes bring the excitement of surfing to land, whether you want the rush of catching a wave, the lean strength of a surfer, or just a fun way to stay in shape. Diana is a certified SURFSET Fitness Master Trainer and NASM Personal Trainer.
Aaron Thouvenin, founder of SURFSET New York City, has always been a sport and fitness competitor and enthusiast. He developed a passion for surfing while attending college and pursuing a basketball career in Australia, and has never looked back. He combines the fun, free spirit of the surf lifestyle with the training regimen of a competitive athlete, and is a true believer in the fitness and spiritual benefits of surfing. Most importantly, he believes fitness should be as fun as surfing!
Aaron has personally experienced the benefits of SURFSET Fitness classes and the RipSurfer X since SURFSET first launched in 2011. After years of working and studying techniques with trainers from various areas, he tried SURFSET Fitness and was hooked. As a SURFSET Brand Ambassador, Master Trainer, and founder of SURFSET NYC, he is excited to share his enthusiasm for surfing, fitness, and coaching with the world. His motivation and focus on plyometric movements and core balance will have you in surfer shape in no time! Aaron is a certified SURFSET Fitness Master Trainer.
SURFSET Fitness creators Mike and Sarah Hartwick were on Shark Tank and secured a deal with Dallas Mavricks owner and billionaire investor, Mark Cuban.
The SURFSET NYC studio is located in the East Village at 64 East 4th Street (between Bowery & 2nd Ave), 4th Floor, NY, NY 10003. It is also available for on-site and off-site events, classes, and demos. In the summer, they are also partnering with Skudin Surf to offer surfing lessons in the water.
SURFET NYC studio is a beach oasis in downtown Manhattan! It offers bottled water, and SURFSET NYC workout towels at the studio. They currently sell Terez leggings in the studio. SURFEST NYC apparel is coming very soon!
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Named after Miami's area code, ((305)) Fitness is a dance cardio workout with a live DJ. Classes infuse dance moves, sport drills and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for a total body workout.
This dynamic workout was created by its Founder/CEO, Sadie Kurzban, who has been featured in NY Observer, Good Morning America, TODAY Show, TODAY with Kathie Lee + Hoda, Harper’s Bazaar, Style.com, New York Post, Fusion, and The Washington Post, for her uncanny ability to make a greuling workout feel like a party. Known as a 26-year old "ball of energy known for her sweat and smiling inducing workouts," she created her original workout method while attending Brown University. While there, she taught her revolutionary dance cardio workouts part-time as a student.
Kurzban placed first in the University's Entrepreneurship Competition, receiving $75K to launch ((305)) Fitness in NYC. With packed classes and also in beautifully branded studios in NY, Boston and Washington D.C., the "rave meets workout" is an underground non-stop cardio experience to create a full body workout. Classes feature a live DJ, and burn up to 800 calories in one session.
She still finds time to teach cardio and Sculpt classes, overseeing a staff of over 30 instructors and 20 DJs. In addition, she has traveled the country and beyond, from LA to Las Vegas to Chicago to Berlin, teaching ((305)) Fitness.
((305)) Fitness has two locations in NYC (West Village and Midtown), Washington, D.C., and Boston's Back Bay. Guests can enjoy full service locker rooms, showers and blow dryers. Soon, their apparel and boutique will be available as well.
Your workouts include the option between ((305)) Arms, ((305)) Legs and ((305)) Basics which is available at all locations. Recently, they launched Yoga 4 Better X and ((305)) Sculpt at their West Village location.
PHOTO CREDIT: STEVE TRUMON
LOCATIONS: Midtown and West Village in NYC, Wasghington, D.C. and Boston's Back Bay
STUDIO OFFERINGS: ((305)) Arms, ((305)) Legs, ((305)) Basics, Yoga 4 Better X and ((305)) Sculpt
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B&O Play's US Marketing Lead, Travis McMichael, is revitalizing the 90 year old brand. With a background that includes working directly under the CMO of Beats by Dre for 3 years - he was there during the Apple sale and helped create a "culture" around the brand.
Now he's building out a "Future Series" that celebrates music, art, technology and their relationship together. Their involvement in this year's events at SXSW and Coachella show the changes that he has made.
ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about your background and how that led you to B&O Play.
Travis McMichael: I was the sole director of marketing strategy at Beats by Dre under CMO Omar Johnson, responsible for the strategic development of brand and product marketing strategy in a cross-functional capacity.
I was recruited from the agency space in NYC in the Fall of 2014, shortly before Beats took a cash infusion from the Carlyle Group to buy themselves back from Monster.
AM: What does "creating a culture" around a brand mean and how did you do that within previous positions and how are you doing it at B&O Play?
TM: Creating a culture is about the codification of brand DNA and operationalizing brand behavior to create proprietary, defensible and dynamic brand tenets that permeate both product narratives and how the brand speaks to potential consumers and loyal brand fans.
At B&O PLAY, it’s about how we utilize our rich heritage as a brand in design, acoustics, and technology to lead and explore the world of cultural aesthetics, whether that's being in contemporary art, music, architecture or film.
AM: What is the relationship between B&O Play and Bang & Olufsen.
TM: PLAY is the contemporary iteration of Bang & Olufsen. All of the thoughtfulness, passion, pursuit and perfection in craftsmanship that is the legacy of Bang & Olufsen, but with a product portfolio aimed at a lifestyle that suits a modern urban living environment.
i.e wireless speakers, headphones etc.
AM: How does B&O Play differ from its parent's company and who is the target demographic for this?
TM: It's about Urban creative professionals who embrace a design ethos and interest in exceptionally designed and manufactured audio products that enhance everything from your commute to your home living space.
AM: What role does design play into B&O Play?
TM: Everything :) it is at the core of everything we think, do and make.
AM: What is the ethos of B&O Play?
TM: Here technology, design and how the art of human experience intersects.
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Every second of summer (or almost summer) is meant to be enjoyed hanging with friends, spending every moment outside and more. Anything that we can do to ensure that we're able to enjoy is worth it for the ultimate optimization of the upcoming season. We chatted with Spruce & Bond specialist, Keiann Roberts about laser hair removal and how you can be prepared for your treatments. These tips will make your sessions easier, whether it's your first time or your a veteran.
1. Shave before your appointment so the technician can place the laser directly on the root of the hair.
2. At Spruce & Bond our lasers have a setting that adjusts to not only your skin type, but your hair type as well. The laser fires a concentrated beam of light that’s directed at the pigment in your hair follicles. This kills the follicle at its root, preventing them from growing back.
3. Avoid waxing up to 4 weeks before your appointment. The laser targets the pigment of your hair follicle, and the follicle actually has to be there in order for this to work.
4. It takes at least 5-6 sessions to achieve perfection.
5. Stay consistent with your appointments. Space them out every 4-6 weeks so you hair has enough time to cycle as your hair follicles are on their own growth cycle.
6. Some hair and skin types might be a little harder to treat, but it’s still possible. Dark hair follicles are usually easy to treat because, again, the laser targets the hair’s pigment. This is also why gray, white, blonde, and red pigments can be tricky. Spruce & Bond uses a Gentlelase Laser which is color blind, meaning that it has the ability to target any color hair on any skin tone.
7. Avoid direct sunlight on that area and always use a moisturizer with SPF to prevent additional redness.
8. During your treatment, the sensation will feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Each session is about 20-30 minutes depending on what you are getting done.
9. During the next day or two after, it’s normal for your skin to appear a little red. Avoid excessive heat and apply Aloe Vera to relive redness.
10. The permanent results from your laser hair removal are something you will never forget!
LASER FOCUS AT HOME
Whether you wish to use me™ in between salon treatments or at home, this compact, professional, at-home hair removal technology is for the face and body. Small and lightweight, you can use this at home or when you're in the midst of travels in mere minutes. Ideal for smaller, contoured areas like the bikini, underarm and face, yet as effective on larger areas like legs.
The chic is the only FDA-cleared technology for permanent results on all skin tones. Used by dermatologists around the world, it is clinically proven to be effective on the widest range of hair colors, even on blond, dark blond and red hair.
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Temperatures are beginning to rise and layers are sure to come off; however, SPF is not a seasonal topic only! We sat down with Rebecca Kazin, MD, of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology to chat about Safe Sun, UVA/UVB.
ATHLEISURE MAG: Why is Safe Sun important and what does it mean?
REBECCA KAZIN MD: As people start to have more outdoor activities on their agendas, you need to be aware to protect skin now, and all summer long - whether you are exercising outside or at the beach. Being aware of the the dangers of sun exposure for both skin cancer and aging concerns is paramount to protecting yourself. Sun safe means taking protective measures when spending time outdoors to shield skin from direct UVA/UVB exposure.
AM: What should we look for what it comes to picking the best protection from the sun?
RK MD: Always choose an SPF of at least 30. SPF 30 is as high as you truly need as long as you remember to apply every 2 hours. If you have sensitive skin, physical blocks tend to be less irritating to skin. If you choose a chemical block, Mexoryl is a good UVA blocker in Anthelios.
AM: Do you have brands to suggest that we should have within our sun protection rotation?
AM: Is there any pre and/or post prep needed when you're spending time in the sun?
RK MD: Ideally, you should apply your sunscreen 1/2 an hour before sun exposure.
AM: What are your thoughts on suncare products that are edible that are meant for providing "natural SPF" such as Heliocare?
RK MD: I'm not sure how sophisticated this technology is right now. It needs more study to determine what level of SPF protection this is providing and how it would compare or integrate into our topical sunscreen use.
AM: Beyond topical care, what other ways can we have the benefits of SPF beyond creams and sprays?
RK MD: Sun protective clothing - hats and swim shirts. I like Coolibar for clothing with SPF woven in.
AM: How can we treat eyes, hair and nails to ensure that they are protected?
RK MD: Sunglasses, hats and extend SPF coverage to your fingers and hands.
Embrace Hat Hair - The scalp is skin too and needs protection from UV rays and DNA damage. The best way to keep your scalp (and hair) safe is by wearing a hat – floppy brims offer good coverage for the face too.
Switch Up Your Part – Make sure you cover your part when you’re out in the sun and try to alternate the way your part hair from day to day to avoid one area soaking up all the sun exposure.
Explore UV Fabrics – If you’re a beach bunny, try a hat with built in UV protection from a brand like Coolibar.
Cancel Your Bi-Weekly Blowout - You may think that hair acts as a protective layer over your scalp in the summer, but your strands are susceptible to sun damage, too. Cumulative exposure to damaging UV rays causes hair to be brittle, break easily, and leaves it dehydrated and unmanageable. Give your hair a break between blowouts, especially in hot, humid weather.
Style Smart - If you must heat style, use a leave in conditioner and don’t blowdry or iron your hair without using a heat protectant first. For summer, I like the Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray. It is easy to use because it is a spray on product and works to rehydrate over exposed frazzled hair.
AM: Are there times that we should avoid the sun?
RK MD: Sun is strongest from 10-2, so try to limit exposure during that time. Also if you are on medicines that make you sun-sensitive, like some antibiotics.
AM: How many times should we apply SPF?
RK MD: Every two hours if you are in direct sunlight. On a daily basis, definitely in the morning before work. Then you can try to remember to reapply at lunchtime.
AM: What is UVA/UVB and why is it important to use products that include both?
RK MD: They are the different wave lengths for ultra violet light. UVB is the one responsible for sunburns. UVA can cause skin cancer and premature photoaging, so it's important that SPFs cover both wavelengths.
AM: If we have been out in the sun for too long (even when we had SPF) - what should we do to protect it during our aftercare process?
RK MD: If you have a sunburn, soothe skin with aloe to minimize irritation from the burn.
AM: We know we've heard it before but do we really have to wear SPF even in the winter or when the sun isn't out and if your skin is darker (those who are naturally brown) - do we need SPF?
RK MD: You do need to wear SPF even in the winter, because you are still getting exposed to UV light. Same goes for cloudy days. If you have melasma, light in the office or indoors can also activate your melanocytes and perpetuate hyperpigmentation. For darker skin, pigmentation is such an issue, so SPF is still essential. Plus darker skin is still at risk for photoaging.
AM: What are the telltale signs that we have damaged our skin due to being in the sun?
RK MD: Brown spots, broken capillaries, pink splotchy skin, premature wrinkling, thin skin, sagging skin with a leathery texture.
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Australian beauty, Kym Johnson is a Three-Time Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball winner (2 in the US and 1 in Australia) as well as a judge for DWTS in Australia currently. We sat down with this busy dancer to find out about her new fitness program, DWTS and of course her upcoming wedding to SHARK TANK's Robert Herjavec.
ATHLEISURE MAG: We loved seeing you on Dancing with the Stars, how is it being on DWTS Australia as a judge versus one of the dancers?
KYM JOHNSON: I have to work out a lot more when I am being a judge since I'm not dancing every single day I like I did when I was on the show. So you're not getting that workout. But I love being a judge as I find myself dancing along with them under my desk. I really like it as I judge for DWTS in Australia so I get to be at home and see my family. It's 3 months of every year which is not a long time. I enjoy it - occasionally, I am used to being on the dance floor but you can't dance forever, so it's nice to transition into other things.
AM: When you were a dancer on Dancing with the Stars, what was a typical day like from doing your own workouts, preparing dances for each episode and practicing the dances leading up to each night?
KJ: Oh my gosh it's nonstop! When you are a dancer on DWTS you can seriously kiss goodbye a life for those three months, and even more. We rehearse with our celebrities 6 - 7 hours a day and then when we're not with them, we rehearse for professional numbers on the show or we are choreographing numbers for the next week - we do all of the choreography and we plan all of the costumes to fit the music!
AM: Costumes too!?!
KJ: We have an incredible design team, but we have to come up with the concepts and talk to them about to make it come to life. But creatively, it's a lot to do which is great to have that creative freedom. But it is a lot of work so you never switch off really, although it is very rewarding. When you're done, you sort of want to hibernate after!
AM: What was one of your favorite dances that you did on DWTS, favorite outfit and partner?
KJ: Well I will have to say that Robert Herjavec is my favorite partner, especially with how it all ended up!
AM: Watching the show, we felt there was a spark there and that the two of you should totally get together! Now your planning your wedding, it's such a Cinderella moment!
KJ: I know!! I still have to pinch myself and say - like what ... it's crazy! But that's amazing. Jerry Springer was my first dance partner on DWTS in America and I just adore him, he's the nicest guy and it was really a special season and of course I won the first Mirror Ball with Donny Osmond. My favorite dance would be the freestyle that I did with Hines Ford with the half time act during the football game. We had a marching band, we dressed up in the Steelers colors. I got to live this dream as an American cheerleader.
AM: What is a typical day like for you in terms of your fitness routine?
KJ: I work out everyday even if it is a half and hour and I'm traveling. I always fit something in. I really like to do hot yoga barre class (barre in a heated room) which always makes me feel cleansed when I leave. I do this about 3 times a week. I do a fit mix class that is essentially interval running. You run for 30 mins and the other 30 mins is on the pilates reformer machine. You get a bit of the cardio with the strength training. So I mix that up and I still dance. I have my own workout 5678 Fitness - cardio dance routine. It's really fun and I have my own workout. I take the cardio which has a little jive, samba etc., and in between I do strength routines like a 5 mins ab workout and legs. I still workout everyday as I feel better and motivated. I travel a lot and sometimes when I get off a plane I may not feel like it but once I do, it just makes everything feel the way it should. Even if it's a jump rope with interval training - doing 1 min with a jump rope and then a plank for another minute and another 1 min with hip raises. It's important to get that cardio with the strength - it's a great combination.
AM: How did 5678 Fitness and Nutrition Program come about?
KJ: People who watched DWTS would come up to me and couldn't believe that celebrities really lost all that weight on the show. But it's because they are dancing every day and you can see the transformation they have when they are on the show. I came up with 5678 Fitness with the dances that you see from the show being placed in a cardio way. When we did it on cruises, passengers enjoyed doing the steps and I knew I was onto something the way they embraced it no matter the age. You don't realize you're working out because you are doing the steps and enjoying the music - you burn a lot of calories. That's why I wanted to come out with it.
In addition to the fitness component, I came out with 5678 Nutrition because I am not dancing every day and I have to watch what I eat so the diet is important. When I did DWTS, I could probably get away with some fries and hamburgers because I was always dancing 8 hours a day (no one can train 8 hours a day). I still indulge in a burger and fries, but I switch it up where maybe I have some sweet potato fries or a burger without the bun instead. It's about making choices. With the book, I had the opportunity to work with a nutritionist and we came up with a diet that really works well for me. It's not one that you would fall off from - it's more of one that allows you to have an easy lifestyle. It has great exercises and a 14 day diet plan that you can follow along with the exercises as well as the DVD which has the actual workouts. It's also on my website and you can download it from there as well.
AM: How do you balance your busy schedule, staying fit and your upcoming nuptials with Robert (PS we're Shark Tank fans and think you guys are adorable)?
KJ: I love being busy! I would do DWTS for 3 months and then I would take a week off and be totally bored and ready for the next thing. It's essential for me to take time for myself each day whether it's a fitness class, doing a walk or just something where there is time for you. I do it every day.
AM: When you're not busy, what's your go to look that we'd see you rocking to run errands, go to brunch etc.?
KJ: At the moment I am sitting here with white jeans and a white top with my runners. It's a nice hot day here in LA and I thought I would be springy wearing white. I love some jeans or cut offs with a T-shirt. It's all about relaxed and easy.
AM: To get fabulous summer legs like yours, what are 3 workouts we should include?
KJ: Dancer legs are from pulling up all the time. Pilates is great for legs. The ballet barre is amazing as you want to tone your hips and your butt. Hip raises are really good as they work the back of your legs and give you nice definition to keep you long and lean. Any kind of ballet barre where you are pulsing your leg and you are getting the crease behind your butt - in dancing you're constantly engaging your legs and pulling up (all about your thighs and legs being pulled up). That's how you get dancer legs pack your butt under and pulls legs up even do leg lifts.
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