Friday, October 15, 2010


One Day prior to my wedding day, up far too early in the morning, what better way to communicate some advice to future brides than reflect on the past year. From the day I got engaged, it was "go time" for creating an exercise regime to achieve that toned, strong bridal look (without looking "ripped", "bulky", etc)
Here's a slice of how I sought balance between attempting a well-rounded workout schedule while also spending adequate time with wedding planning, fiance' time, and family.

Obviously, running would be the first thought when wanting to stay slim yet tone up. Most bridal gowns leave shoulders, decolage', and back nearly bare, requiring a little tweek in my weight training program since my prior regime focused on lower-body weight training. Yoga/Pilates provides a challenging, multi-faceted environment where you're toning muscle groups while elongating them with balancing and stretching poses. The main theme here is to create a program that keeps your muscles guessing, thus avoiding "burn out". You have no room in your busy schedule to brainstorm up a new program. Mix it up and your new, toned muscles will thank you.

 3 days cardio, 45 minutes per session. 2 days weight training (yes, this can be on the same days as cardio), target muscle groups that are most exposed by your gown, 3 different exercises per muscle group until "failure". 1 yoga/pilates or zumba class per week. Or get more creative- rock climbing kicks your ass too!
The most important advice to keep in mind: Although balance is key to managing a busy, emotionally challenging schedule, not every week will be "gym friendly". And that's ok. Quit stressing, prioritize your "to-do" list. You'll look fantastic!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall Fashion

Falling leaves, misting rain, blustery Sundays... all reasons to cozy up by the fire with a hot cup of tea. Right? Wrong!! You couldn't stand it for a minute! Knowing there's a puddle or five to run through is incentive enough to get your toned little booty outside. But what to wear, you ask?

Athleta "Windwarrior" Tight
A unique blend of polyester, spandex, and polyurethane make this high-tech pant ready for your next rainy day run or even snowshoeing adventure. Side zip ankle vents, windproof front panels, reflective strips make the "windwarrior" exactly that, warrior-ready!!

1. It's green; 2. It's waterproof; 3. It's also a vest (removeable sleeves); need I say more?
Offering a balance between weather protection and breathability, the Sugoi Versa Jacket is the best of both worlds in one super cute, lightweight, versatile jacket. The hemline sinches at the waist with an adjustable cord and the sleeves attach with sewn in magnets (yes, magnets!). Definately a must!

Want to know the one amazing feature to this jacket? It has a hood. But wait there's more: There's a hole in the hood for your pony-tail!! Those experts at Lululemon seriously think about everything. Hand warming cuffs, reflective strips, and a slim fitting waistline keep this fashionable jacket at the top of the charts. Yet another lulu success!

I'll have to admit, I'm a big fan of Mizuno brand running shoes. For several years, I've worn out pair after pair of my Mizuno WAVE Rider running shoes. Why not feature a trail running shoe by the same great company to combat the trying weather conditions during what others refer to as the "off" season. (Pffff!! right...)   The WAVE Cabrakan offers a fiesty styling with reinforced toe protection, tread outfitted for the rainiest, muddiest run possible, and water-resistant mesh to keep your tootsies as dry as possible. Knowing Mizuno's no-fail approach to shoe manufacturing and performance testing, you will not be disappointed.