Category Archives: Fitness Tips

Healthy Hacks to Get Fit in the Kitchen with Dreamfields Pasta

As a health & fitness expert, my goal is to make getting in shape and exercising more fun. Part of that is finding ways to incorporate exercise in your daily activities! So I teamed up with Dreamfields Pasta to create some exercise videos that you can do when you’re coming home from the grocery store and in the kitchen!

 Bicep Curls

Overhead Presses

Counter Push-Ups

Calf Raises

Kitchen Squats

Side Curls

 

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3 Ways to a New You This New Year! (As seen on HLN)

Health and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour delivers strategies to make your New Year’s resolutions for weight loss a success! Steph chatted with HLN to share lifestyle tips that help reality check your resolutions and show you how to foster a positive, happy YOU in the New Year.

It’s easy to feel motivated and in charge heading into the New Year! Want to keep the momentum going and make your big goals a reality?

Then, take a look at my top three New Year’s resolutions tips that I share with all my private weight loss clients.

Success is all about realistic and attainable goals. Find out how to stay motivated all year long and make 2018 your best year of health and fitness yet!

Reality Check Your Resolutions
A super common New Year’s resolution is to lose 20+ pounds. But how long do you think that should take? The average woman can only lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Unless you have the help and accountability of a weight loss coach, this is the norm. In other words, it’s nearly impossible to lose 20 pounds in one month, so instead go week by week and break your big goal down into smaller and more attainable chunks.

Make Your Goals Reality
Invest in a simple calendar where you can track weekly goals. As a weight loss coach, I recommend scheduling three days a week to exercise.

It’s also crucial to set aside one day a week to meal plan and prep.

Then, take a look at your entire week and scale back your expectations in case there is an unexpected party or work commitment that makes it impossible to meet your goals.

When you stay flexible with your schedule but committed to making healthy choices, you will steer clear of the vicious cycle of guilt that many women enter when they don’t live up to their fitness expectations.

Remember, it’s all about learning to view your choices as either healthy or unhealthy. When you make an unhealthy choice, don’t beat yourself up about it…just get back on track with the next choice you make!

Reward Yourself
When you’ve done something positive for your body and your health, then treat yourself! (But not with sugary or high calorie foods!). Treat yourself to a new sports bra, favorite perfume, or indulge in a facial, a night out at the movies, or new exotic fruit for your morning smoothie.

Whatever motivates you, use that as your reward!

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5 Ways to Sneak in a Holiday Workout (As Seen on Fox 32)

Health and Fitness Expert and Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour stopped by Fox 32 to share five great ways to sneak in a holiday workout. If you have presents to wrap, veggies to cut, and holiday parties to attend these workouts are for you!

These no-excuse workouts will help you feel positive about your weight loss goals even if you don’t have time to hit the gym. My clients in my weight loss programs for women often get in a cycle of guilt for not maintaining their fitness routines during the holidays, which then makes them feel badly about themselves, which then just makes them binge eat more!

Here’s how to break the cycle and step up your holiday fitness with five easy ways to sneak in a workout. (Psst, there is a BONUS sixth workout!)

Present Wrapping Workouts
Do calf raises while wrapping presents! With your abs in tight, come up and down and up and down on your tip toes.

After the gift is wrapped, spread your hands wide on the counter and do 10 table top push-ups. Repeat with every gift.

Kitchen Prep Workouts
For every vegetable you chop, do a lat pull down. Hold your arms high above your head like you have dumbbells in them, then squeeze your shoulder blades together and use your lats to pull your arms down into a cactus position at your side. Raise and lower ten times.

Next, open the arms out away from you in a ‘T’, palms facing back, and squeeze your shoulder blades pulsing your arms back and forth.

Both of these workouts improve your posture and alignment to help you feel amazing in your party dresses!

Cocktail Party Workouts
Workout while at a holiday party? You bet!

Grab your cocktail and while you mingle with your friends, pulse your abs in and out! This is a great core workout and no one will even know you’re doing it!

BONUS:
Tone your tush while mingling at parties! Tighten your butt cheeks while you walk around to help tone your glutes. When standing still and chatting, continue to squeeze them together for a sneaky (and effective!) booty workout!

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Activate Your Core: Double Plank Partner Workout with Jenny Milkowksi

Ready to step up your core workout? Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour teams up with TV Personality Jenny Milkowski to bring you a challenging double plank partner workout.

If you can do a plank on your own on the floor for a minute, try taking your core workout to the next level. This double plank is intense and so amazing for building strong abs, strong back muscles, and strong shoulders and wrists. You can’t go wrong with this fun and challenging partner workout.

Watch the video to learn the technique then grab your bestie for a fun fitness challenge. I’m always coaching my clients in my private weight loss programs for women to rethink health and fitness to make it more fun.

The best way to lose weight and make it last is to switch up your workouts and find creative ways to challenge yourself and keep healthy habits at the front of your mind all day long.

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Awesome Triceps Dip Partner Workout with Jenny Milkowski

Step up your workouts with the help of a partner! Health & Fitness Expert and Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour and TV Personality Jenny Milkowski show you how to spice up a basic triceps dip.

Lose weight with the help of your best friend. Easy partner workouts make gym time way more fun, and even more efficient! Check out the video to learn the proper technique for this partner triceps dip.

This exercise works the core and lower body of the partner who sits in a squat against the wall, and it works the upper body of the partner doing the triceps dips.

Try ten reps each and then switch! Dip only as far as you feel strong enough to be able to come back up ten times. As you build strength, you can challenge yourself to go deeper into the triceps dip.

Remember to breathe and don’t forget to smile!

Clients in my weight loss programs for women find great success with the support and accountability of a workout partner. You can watch even more partner workout tutorials on my YouTube Channel Step it Up With Steph.

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Get Fit with These Present Wrapping Hacks (As Seen on Fox 32)

Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour brings present wrapping hacks to Fox 32 for a healthier holiday season. Learn how to turn the most common holiday task into a fun and fit workout!

You have to wrap presents, so why not workout at the same time? It might sound silly to exercise while cutting and taping up gifts, but it will help you maintain your weight loss goals (and have a bit of fun while you’re at it!).

Clients in my weight loss programs for women often tell me how much they struggle to maintain their weight and fitness goals throughout the holidays. It’s such a busy time and working out is often the first thing to go.

Try these four present wrapping hacks to work up a sweat and feel great throughout the holidays!

Step 1: Cutting the Paper
Stand on your tip toes while cutting the paper for the present. This works your calves and lower legs.

Step 2: Wrapping the Present
Hold a squat while you wrap the gift (abs in tight!). This works your core, legs, and glutes.

Step 3: To the Tree
Take the present to the tree, but first do 10 alternate lunges per leg. This is good cardio and strength building!

Step 4: Stacking the Gifts
After the lunges, you’re close to the floor, so go ahead and sit down for this next workout!

Roll back into a half roll, abs in tight, take the present and do side crosses. Do 20 and then place the gift under the Christmas tree and start the whole workout routine over again. Woohoo!

As a weight loss coach, I know it’s vital for health to take every day chores and tasks and make them more fun and active! With a little creativity, you can pursue your best health and still check everything off your to-do list!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

Exercise Ball and Partner Core Workout with Jenny Milkowski

A strong core is the foundation for a fit life. Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour and TV Personality Jenny Milkowski partner up to bring you this simple core workout using an exercise ball.

Try this easy ab workout with a partner and feel the burn!

Great Core Workout to do With a Partner

1. Grab an exercise ball and come down onto your forearms across from your partner.
2. Pull abs in tight.
3. Stay here and balance for 30 to 60 seconds.
4. Or, for even more of a challenge alternate lifting your legs up in the air then placing them down.

There are so many health and fitness benefits to building a strong and stable core. It improves posture and balance, and is connected to everything you do in life.

With the help of a workout buddy you can meet your weight loss goals together with challenging but fun partner workouts. Clients in my weight loss programs for women swear by the power of accountability!

So if you’re struggling to get to the gym, just call up a friend and hit up a playground with both of your kids or even your living room floor for some quick and easy workouts that will leave you feeling pumped and strong!

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

Best Fitness Trackers, Best Dry Shampoo, and Best Sports Bra for Any Workout (As Seen on Today.com)

I recently wrote three new articles for Today.com about the best workout products for women! I love being able to share my tips because, as a personal trainer for women, I get asked about my favorite products all the time!

I love wearing workout clothes and my clients in my weight loss programs are always looking for the best of the best! You can trust that my love of these products comes with tried and true experience.

Read the articles to check out my favorite dry shampoos, bras and fitness trackers that are time-tested and fitness approved!

5 Best Dry Shampoos for Any Workout
Read the full article about how “This dry shampoo makes me feel like I just got a blowout,” to find the perfect dry shampoo for you!

In the article, I feature my top five favorite dry shampoos which include these amazing hair product brands:
Dry Bar
Oribe
Not Your Mother’s
Sexy Hair
Amika

Best Sports Bra for Any Workout
Next up, the best sports bras are hard to find. I recommend sports bras for my clients who are working out intensely, and I wear them myself for all my workouts. A sports bra is important to hold you in place and also avoid pain to your breasts (there is such a thing!). My favorites are featured in the article and are from the stores below.

Read “After years of searching, I finally found the perfect sports bra!” to learn which of the featured bras is my absolute fave and THE best!

Featured Sports Bras:
Nordstrom
Under Armour
New Balance
Liv
Syrokan

Best Fitness Trackers for Any Workout
Finally, many of my private weight loss clients ask me about my favorite fitness trackers. I divulge the best fitness trackers in the Today.com article, “Find the perfect fitness tracker for all your fitness needs.”

Some of my favorites are:
FitBit Zip
Jawbone UP3

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Partner Push-Up with Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski

Jenny Milkowski and Chicago weight loss coach, Stephanie Mansour, demonstrate a new kind of push-up that works your core, chest, and shoulders all at the same time! 


The hilarious Jenny Milkowski and I teamed up once again to share one of our favorite workouts with you. This fun partner push-up builds amazing upper body and core strength all at the same time. Watch the video to get the technique then grab your BFF and get ready to spice up your workout.

Life is short, we all know that! That’s why we want to make the most of it by staying healthy (and also having fun!). But is it possible to have fun and be healthy at the same time? Yes. Definitely yes.

In my weight loss programs for women, my clients learn to lose the weight and feel great—for life! They learn early on that long-lasting results depend both on feeling positive about healthy lifestyle choices and having fun in the process.

Breaking out of routine keeps your mind and body fresh. If you feel like you’ve hit a plateau with your workout, a little more play can go a long way for your motivation! So mix it up! Keep your workouts fun and fresh, and don’t forget to bring along a friend.



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Avoiding Workout Mistakes As Seen on WCIU TV Chicago

fitness expert stephanie mansour on the jam

I teamed up with Jordan Cornette of The Jam to coach him through some common workout mistakes. Like many of the women who inquire about my weight loss programs for women, Jordan wants to drop a few pounds before the holidays. As a weight loss coach, the last thing I want my clients to do is injure themselves as soon as they start a new workout program!

Here are three simple tips to make sure you get the most out of your workout and are ready for a fit and fun holiday season. And don’t forget to watch the video to get some sweat-spiration from Jordan himself!

Three Tips to Step Up Your Workout:

1. Squats

The Mistake: Improper Alignment

The Fix: Open feet a little wider than the hips and stick your booty back. Turn toes forward so they’re in alignment with your heel. Pull abs in and relax your shoulders. Now, stand up while pressing into your heels and squeeze your tush. The booty squeeze works wonders, believe me.

2. Lunges

The Mistake: Knees over toes

The Fix: When you lunge, don’t let your knee go past your ankle. To keep them in proper alignment, focus on going straight up and down, and make sure to push through your heels as you stand. Remember to keep your head up, and—smile!

3. Bicep Curls:

The Mistake: Too heavy weights

The Fix: Avoid getting overly ambitious by pushing yourself with weights that are too heavy for you. The goal is to get through three sets of ten reps. If you’re getting tired from a heavy weight, then your form suffers and your arms flare! Once you’ve determined the right weight, hug your elbows into your body, put your shoulders back, and curl up. Nice!


Looking for more ways to step up your workout? Join me for a FREE (and FUN!) 21-day crash course on how to finally break through the mental roadblocks getting in the way of your goals, gain the confidence you’ve always wanted, and discover the secret to designing a healthy lifestyle you love.

Sign up for the FREE 21-Day Challenge for a simple but powerful workout plan, an easy-to-follow eating guide, and fun confidence-boosting exercises.