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    Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30,  Stretching

    SF30 Day 27— Restorative Yoga Rest Day (35 minutes)

    After yesterday’s epic workout, we’re slowing things way down with a restorative yoga routine.  This video is the perfect rest day activity after a week of tough workout challenges, including the Push-Up Challenge, the Squat Challenge, the Burpee Challenge, the Core Challenge, the Animal Walk Challenge, and 1000 Calorie Workout Challenge.  Wow, what a week!  Only three days left of the Simple Fitness 30-Day Challenge. You deserve to take it nice and slow today.  Savor this routine, and we’ll be back at it again tomorrow. Till tomorrow, Kim

  • man in yellow and black tank top doing exercise on seashore at daytime
    Cool Down,  Core,  Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30,  Warm Up

    SF30 Day 16 — Yoga/Pilates Blend (40 minutes)

    After a couple of tough workouts, I like to throw in a mid-week yoga/Pilates routine that both challenges and restores my body.   Today’s class comes from Studio SWEAT on Demand.  Studio SWEAT is best known for its spin workouts (think of them as a competitor to the Peloton app), but they offer a much wider range of classes, including TRX, HIIT, yoga, barre, and others.  They offer some limited free content in the hopes that you’ll sign up for their subscription service.  Today’s free video offers a fusion of Pilates and yoga, starting off with Pilates core work and transitioning to a yoga flow.  It’s a nice way to break…

  • Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30,  Stretching

    SF30 Day 4 — Yoga (20 minute flow)

    Now that you’ve worked your abs, arms, and legs , let’s slow it down a bit and enjoy a yoga flow.  As discussed in my interviews with Ally Templeton and Orsi Nagyistok, yoga is a perfect complement to strength training, allowing you to elongate the muscles that strength training causes you to contract and shorten.  Yoga also teaches you to breathe through discomfort — something that comes in handy when you’re maxing out on your reps.   Our instructor for today, Adriene Mishler, is the online guru of yoga.  Adriene hails from Austin, Texas, and has a wildly popular YouTube channel with free yoga and mindfulness videos, as well as a…

  • Featured,  Interviews

    Taking a Holistic View of Fitness and Wellness: Q&A with Ally Templeton, Personal Trainer (Part 1)

    Alexandra (Ally) Templeton, a self-described “Wellness Ambassador,” has been coaching her clients on wellness, fitness, and healthy cooking for the past 5 years.  I learned about Ally through a Brussels ex pat Facebook group.  After checking out her website and YouTube Channel, I was smitten.  Ally’s philosophy on health, wellness, and fitness is soothing and holistic.  Her website’s landing page sums it up well:  “I believe in an uncomplicated approach to health and fitness where ever you are in the world.”  The Washington, DC, native became a fitness instructor after falling in love with fitness at the University of Georgia, where she studied Romance Languages (majoring in Spanish and Portuguese)…

  • Interviews

    Is the Fitness World Moving Online for Good?  Not So Fast, Says Yoga Pilates Instructor Orsi Nagyistok

    Orsolya (Orsi) Nagyistok started the year fresh in 2020.  She left a personal training job at Aspria, a posh Brussels Spa, at the end of 2019 to open her own yoga and Pilates studio.  She dreamed of having a startup company.  And after ten years in the fitness industry, she was ready.  She even found a local hotel to collaborate with her, allowing for expansion plans.  “The idea was that in March, I would move the studio into [the hotel location], and we were going to co-create something.”   Everything was falling into place.  Then COVID-19 happened.  Like so many start-up business owners, Orsi had to find ways to adapt and…

  • Reviews

    Review: Daily Burn 20 Minute Total Body Strength

    When traveling at the end of last year, I was looking for an easy, no equipment workout program that I could do anywhere.  I came across Daily Burn 365, a program offering a new group fitness class every day with a variety of styles and instructors.  Since it was the year-end holiday season, Daily Burn made their daily classes equipment free, knowing that many people were traveling and wouldn’t have access to weights.  It was a quick and handy 30 minute workout that built up a decent sweat. In addition to Daily Burn 365, I noticed that Daily Burn had a series of other programs.  I was hesitant at first,…