Health & Fitness Roundup: The Latest In Chest Wrinkles, Clean Food Delivery, Superfoods, Calorie Burning Saunas, All You Can Read Magazine Apps & More!

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The holiday season is officially here, and so is that annual struggle to keep it tight. With an endless flow of stuffing, cocktails, and pumpkin everything, the struggle is definitely real. Thankfully, I’ve been sampling a few hot new items in the world of health and fitness this month and it’s helped to keep me out of trouble!

With the carefully portioned, month’s worth of clean food delivery from Fitzee Foods, and the super food snacks and baking ingredients from Navitas Naturals, there is no way I can justify a whole month of “dirty” eating. As icing on the cake, I had the chance to experience a “calorie burning” infrared sauna with SenSpa (too good to be true?), and the Zinio app is keeping me entertained through my boring elliptical sessions on low intensity training days.

Bonus: A wrinkle remover for the chest! Yes, that’s right, a between the boob de-creasifier (not a word). Read on!

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Inside Lululemon: My Chat With Designer Florence Colson + A Sneak Peak At The Fall 2016 Lululemon Line

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As a former Vancouverite and total Lululemon fan-girl, I was over the moon to receive the invite to the Artistry in Motion event at the Oh Happy Day studio in San Francisco, to celebrate the launch of Lululemon’s Fall ’16 collection, featuring unique dying techniques and jacquard fabrics.  Ahead of the event, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lululemon designer Florence Colson to chat about the new Fall’16 line up and shibori dying techniques. Um, dream job anyone?

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Secrets From A Celebrity Trainer: My Interview With Ramona Braganza, Trainer to Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Ashlee Simpson!

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Ramona Braganza is a beautiful person inside and out. She’s known for training the likes of Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Ashlee Simpson (to name a few), and when you meet her, it’s obvious why anyone (famous or not) would be blessed to have this woman as a fitness coach. She is kind, approachable, and her training method is simple yet effective. I’m convinced it is as much her warm demeanor as it is her fitness program that have attracted Hollywood clients and regular folks alike, through her DVD’s and book.

When Ramona agreed to sit down with me to chat about fitness, I was super excited. A fellow Canadian by birth, her impressive resume includes years of training as a gymnast, dancing for the Oakland Raiders, and competing as a fitness model. This is all in addition to years of training in Hollywood, where she racked up an impressive roster of famous clients. We met in Union Square a few weeks ago when I was New York, where Ramona is living while she trains actor Michael Weatherly (formerly of NCIS) for his role on the CBS TV show Bull, which began airing this month. Read on to learn more about Ramona’s fitness philosophy, her balanced approached to healthy living, and her 3-2-1 Training Method.

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Pilates ProWorks Review – Is Pilates A Good Workout?

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Leg Circles on the platform (Picture c/o https://fittyblog.wordpress.com)

Is Pilates a good workout? I’ve always been a skeptic about Pilates since traditional cardio and strength training gives me the best visual results.  But if you love your HIIT cardio and weight training, Pilates might be extra beneficial. It’s easy to lose touch with flexibility and smaller muscles in your body when you’re sore from intense workouts.

As part of our 2016 Fitness AdventuresCaity and I attended a Pilates reformer class for our Pilates ProWorks review here in San Francisco (check out her review of the class here).

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Barry’s Bootcamp Review: Marina SF Studio

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One of the first things I hear from people when I tell them they should try Barry’s Bootcamp is, “I’m scared!”. Fear not my little Barry’s cherries (their name for newbs) and read on for my review of this ass-kicking workout, that I did with my girl Caity at their Marina, San Francisco location as part of our 2016 Fitness Adventures.

Overview of the workout

After I heard about Barry’s, I checked out this video of men and women working out to bumping, up-tempo music in a low-lit room lined with treadmills, weight benches, and giant mirrors. Did I mention they were absolutely dripping in sweat? As a fitness lover, this scene both excited and scared me.

Barry’s Bootcamp classes are 50-60 minutes long and are divided up into 6 to 15 minute intervals of running on the treadmill (HIIT), and weight training on the floor. The class is split into two groups who alternate between the tread and the floor, and the trainer calls out alternating commands to each group. Each day of the week is dedicated to a different body part (Arms & Abs, Back & Chest, Legs, Hardcore Abs, or Full Body) so if this was your one and only workout 5 days a week, you would hit every body part.

The Barry’s philosophy is to perform every move to failure, until one more rep seems impossible to encourage lean muscle growth. Most of us are well aware of the advantage of HIIT cardio – mix the two together, and you’ve for a recipe for super-fit success. Check out this Barry’s Bootcamp before and after pic (scroll down) – her abs!

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Want To Get Fit in 2016? Follow Caity and Jill’s Fitness Adventures!

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Want to get fit in 2016? It’s no secret that fitness is my jam. I love to try new workouts and fitness classes, and I’m always looking for new ways to spice it up.

So, I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be teaming up with my fellow fitness lover and San Francisco blogger Caity from Moi Contre La Vie to embark on some exciting 2016 fitness adventures! You’ll recognize her from the Tiffany & Co event that we hosted together in December.

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Best Diet and Fitness Advice For 2016: Reader Favorites

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The best diet and fitness advice for 2016 I can offer is based on a few of my top diet and fitness posts of 2015. As a fitness lover and girl with a taste for clean eating, I love to try out new fitness trends and stay on top of the latest diet and fitness research.

I’m a firm believer that basic healthy habits are the key to lifelong health and fitness, and that once those habits are in place it’s okay to try experimenting with new things. I also like to share my opinion on whether new fads are effective, and how I think they might work in my own daily life. This is in hopes that it might help you figure out what works best for you too!

Here is my best diet and fitness advice for 2016 based on my top diet and fitness posts:

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Crunch the Numbers: Simply 100 Stairs Per Day

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It’s well known nowadays that “sitting is the new smoking”. It makes me happy to see so many people I know taking this charming little piece of evidence seriously. From FitBits adorning the wrists of most of my friends to affordable, $25 standing desks on the market, people are factoring movement into their daily lives, just like they do lunch.

Since we’re all destined for a lifetime of intentional movement to stay healthy, it’s important to keep things fresh by incorporating new ways to sneak in extra calorie burn.  When Chobani asked us to crunch the numbers in honor of the launch of their Simply 100 Crunch Greek yogurt, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share how I plan add some “flavor” to my daily movement with fun little challenges.

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Embracing Athleisure: From Gym to Street with DICK’s Sporting Goods

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It’s no secret that I’m a fitness freak, so when DICK’s Sporting Goods reached out to me to collaborate on a celebrity inspired athleisure post, I was all over it. Athleisure is my jam, I embrace it on a daily basis here in San Francisco, where I commute in leggings and have a fun pair of kicks to wear with everything (especially corporate clothes). It’s necessary with these hills, I tell you! I also wear gym leggings to brunch on the regular, even when it’s not immediatley post-gym. Who doesn’t love a fashionable excuse to be super comfortable all day? Thank you athleisure!

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