Monthly Archives: November 2015

Weight Loss Workouts for Women: How to Properly Do a Squat

Join Chicago-based weight loss coach for women Stephanie Mansour as she shows Jenny Milkowski how to do a squat. Watch their squat competition, too!

In this video, I am showing Jenny Milkowski how to do the perfect squat–one of my favorite weight loss workouts for women.

You may be thinking that doing a squat is easy and that you have already have the perfect squat mastered. Think again!

Doing a perfect squat takes some practice, and there is a precise formula I present in the video to doing a perfect one.

Mastering “squatting” is essential for gaining leg muscle, so doing perfect squats will strengthen your quadriceps, calves and hamstrings. Your core and abs will also be worked through perfect squatting.

If you are looking to lessen your chances of getting injured while doing aerobic exercise (like running for instance), doing planks and other strength-training exercises are essential to be doing regularly.

Also, who doesn’t want to shape their legs, abs and butt? Squats are the perfect exercise for anyone!

Stephanie Mansour is a weight loss coach for women and is an on-air health and fitness expert in Chicago. Jenny Milkowski is from Fox Chicago and together, they record workouts in Chicago at Hi Fi Fitness!

Fitness Coach Tips: Stretches for Golfers

Chicago women’s fitness coach Stephanie Mansour demonstrates stretches you can do on the golf course before your first round.

If you haven’t played golf in a while and you would like to return to “the club”, no shame! I am here to talk about five stretches to do before you take your first swing of the season. These stretches will help you to be fully physically prepared to golf.

It doesn’t matter what age you are or how experienced of a golfer you are. In my work as a fitness coach, I’ve found that golfers of any level and age can do these stretches.

For these stretches, we’ll be working the hamstring, the waist, torso, the hip flexor, the legs, lower back and the wrist. 

You can do them on the front lawn at home, in the golf cart or even in the club’s clubhouse.

You are susceptible to less injury during your game if you stretch before golfing, and you will feel more energized and prepared to take your first swing on the field!

Stretching is practice before you start your game, and practice makes perfect, eh?

Watch the clip to check out my stretching action. I was at The Captain’s Club at Woodfield in Grand Blanc, Michigan for this video.

That’s right, just like for any sport, it’s important to stay limber. Especially if you haven’t golfed in 6-9 months, we’ve got to loosen up some tight muscles to improve your golf game!

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Weight Loss Workouts for Women: Back Exercises with Cable Machines

Chicago’s weight loss coach and health & fitness expert for women, Stephanie Mansour, shows Fox 32 Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski some great exercises for a toned back. 

I’m with Jenny Milkowski today sharing one of my weight loss workouts for women. We’re doing back exercises with cable machines.

Many of us neglect working out and training our backs when we are trying to lose weight. It is important to exercise every part of your body so you can be strong and toned all over.

As a reminder, it’s important to choose an appropriate weight for you to work with–a weight that is not too light for you or too heavy. You do not want to be overdoing your strength training by using an excessively heavy weight where you will get exhausted after a few lifts with them.

The same goes for having weights that are too light for you. You will want to challenge yourself, so you can gradually and safely build muscle on your body.

I gradually add more weights to Jenny’s cable machine at the end, so she can be challenged.

Watch the clip to see my weight lifting action with Jenny:

As a top health & fitness expert in Chicago, Steph regularly shares her weight loss workouts for women. For this fitness demonstration, the ladies are at Hi Fi Fitness in Chicago.

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Step It Up with Steph: 3 Weight Loss Myths with Dr. Chavez from the Raby Institute

Welcome to the Step It Up with Steph webisodes!

Today Steph is talking to Dr. of Naturopathy Dr. Chavez from the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern.

Find out the top 3 weight loss myths, and how you can lose weight fast and make it last.


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Did you know that summertime can be one of the hardest times of the year to lose weight, aside from the holidays?

That’s because in the summer there are typically more parties, outdoor events, and weekend get-togethers!

It’s like everyone comes out of the woodwork to get some sun, fresh air, and socialize.

That’s why now is the perfect time for us to launch our brand new “Step It Up with Steph” web series!

We’ve got brand new episodes for you all summer long.

Today, I’m sharing with you the first episode. I interviewed my Doctor of Naturopathy, who is a holistic nutritionist at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern.

She’s sharing with us the Top 3 Weight Loss Myths –

This is only a few minutes and it’s packed full of practical info that you can use today to help lose weight faster!

All of my private weight loss clients work with Dr. Chavez to assess their hormone levels, nutrient deficiencies, and blood work to see if something medical is holding them back from losing weight. This is very common, especially for women in their 40s and up.

Make sure you’re checking your blood work and have a doctor on board like Dr. Chavez, who can help save you years of unsuccessful weight loss! I include Dr. Chavez in my private programs to get my clients results fast, that last.

Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments below. Have you fallen for any of these common weight loss myths?