Monthly Archives: November 2015

How to Work Your Entire Core with a Stability Ball Exercise with Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan (As Seen on Self)

Working the entire core can be tough during a workout, but the V-up and then a V-up twist move is a great way to engage your entire core. This move uses a stability ball and is a great way to engage your entire core during a workout.

Astrid Swan, celebrity personal trainer, says that this two core-centric move workout is effective in engaging your entire core and improving your ability to tackle your day-day life. The move requires balance, flexibility in your upper and lower back and strength from your inner thighs and multifidus (a thin muscle that runs along the spine).

The move is challenging but can be modified based on your own level of strength in your abs, legs and arms.

If you’re doing the movement correctly you’ll really feel it all throughout your core!

If you’re interested in learning more about this core workout and how to make these moves work in your own workout routine, make sure you check out this article from Self! Click here.

Xoxo,

-Steph

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.

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Core & Upper Body Workout with TRX Bands from Jeanette Jenkins (as seen on SELF)

Working the core and upper body can be difficult for many of my private weight loss clients, which is why I suggest that they use TRX bands. This 5 move circuit from Jeanette Jenkins of The Hollywood Trainer is a great way to incorporate the TRX bands and utilize your own body weight to work for you while you’re working out! 

Simon Lawson, a certified personal trainer and TRX instructor at Fhitting Room, says that a TRX band is very effective in strengthening your core because of the level of stability it requires your body to have. They take away the element of stability by using straps to stand on, which forces your core to keep your body sturdy. 

This circuit from Jenkins utilizes 5 moves to give your body a well-rounded workout. The moves Jenkins is doing are relatively challenging, but they can be modified for any experience level. There are also multiple ways to do this circuit! One way to try this circuit is by doing 10 reps of each exercise then repeating the sequence. Lawson suggests doing each move for 45 seconds and having a resting period of 30 seconds between each move. He also suggests repeating this sequence 3 times. 

If you’re interested in learning more about this 5 step circuit and exactly how to make these moves work in your own workout routine, make sure you check out this article from Self! Click here. 

Xoxo,

-Steph

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.

Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago and Health & Fitness Coaching in Chicago. In addition, I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I also do Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Goblet Squat for Beginners (as seen on self)

Even though you may not realize it, squats are used in your day to day life! You do them when you sit, stand, or even pick up objects from the floor! Celebrity trainer, Don Saladino of Drive495, recommends that those just beginning their fitness journey utilize goblet squats in order to improve their squatting form.

A goblet squat consists of going a squat position while holding either a kettlebell or a dumbbell at your chest level. Adding the extra weight to your squats can actually help you as a beginner because it makes the squat movement easier as well as to help improve your range of mobility. James Brewer, a NYC Spin and TYX instructor, says that goblet squats also help to work on your grip strength! 

Goblet squats are great for most people who want to workout on the go – no matter the skill level! They are perfect for people who are new to the gym as well as those who are frequent gymgoers. However, if you have injuries that can be aggravated by a squatting movement, it is best that you check with a doctor or physician before proceeding with a goblet squat. 

If you’re interested in learning exactly how to do a goblet squat, check out this article from SELF Magazine! Click here. 

Xoxo,

-Steph

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Certified Personal Trainer for Women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, and Pilates Instructor in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.

Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago and Health & Fitness Coaching in Chicago. In addition, I’m a fitness consultant in Chicago. I also do Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Trainer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place! In addition, I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

 

Spring Cleaning Your Health & Wellness (as seen on abc 7 Chicago)

When spring arrives, I always recommend my private weight loss clients take the time to do a little spring cleaning in various aspects of their lives! 

In the pantry, I recommend my nutrition coaching clients to stock foods that are healthy and delicious. Dreamfield’s pasta has 7 grams of protein and double the fiber of regular pasta! Another option is this Powdered Almond Butter from Barney that has 1/4 less calories than traditional almond butter. I also recommend having canned tuna, like this can from Crown Prince, on hand for a quick snack on the go! 

When it comes to a gym bag, I always tell my private fitness clients that spring is the time for a fresh start. It’s the perfect chance to clean out your dirty gym bag so that it doesn’t get smelly! One way to combat this smelliness is to keep essential oils in your bag to help you freshen up after a great workout. I love this one from Young Living in Valor! I also recommend keeping a snack like a protein bar in your bag. If you choose one with 20 grams of protein, like these from Optimum Nutrition, it’ll give you the energy to stay motivated in a workout. I would also encourage everyone to keep an extra pair of headphones in their gym bag so they can listen to music while they workout! Some of my favorites to use while I workout are these Jay Bird Sport headphones.

Another area to spring clean are your morning and night time routines – but not in the ways you’re expecting! Get yourself into the habit of doing something for yourself in the morning and in the evenings. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, try foam rolling to help loosen your muscles. This foam roller from Hyper Ice is fantastic for this! In the evenings, try journaling to make yourself more aware about things going on in your life and even try gratitude journaling. Clever Fox Planners make this so simple to do! 

Xoxo,

-Steph

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a wellness coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a Yoga Instructor in Chicago I work with successful women across the country as a Private Weight Loss Coach for Women.

Here are a few more things that I do as a weight loss consultant in Chicago: Health & Fitness Training in Chicago, Corporate Wellness Training in Chicago. I do Nutrition Coaching in Chicago, and Nutrition Training in Chicago. If you’re looking for a Health Expert in Chicago or Health Coaching in Chicago you’ve come to the right place! In addition I am a Nutrition Coach in Chicago, and a Women’s Weight Loss Coach in Chicago and beyond!

Even though I am based in Chicago, I work with women across the country!  For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com