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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Photo courtesy of https://ramonabraganza.com/

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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The Most Effective Diet Trick for 2016: The Hunger Scale!

The holidays are a time of rich delicacies and having second helpings even though you’re full – not exactly a healthy diet. But not to fear! Bouncing back from a few weeks of over indulging (or months – no judgment) is easier than you think, with a few effective diet tricks.

I get asked a lot about my diet, and really comes down to this: I eat healthy food when I’m hungry and don’t follow diet fads. Conflicting advice can make this basic practice tough to follow, so I’ve broken it down into a couple of basic diet tricks that anyone can learn. The one I cover here can not only be used to get your diet back on track, but it can help you prevent damage prevent future diet damage. It’s a useful tool in our on-demand culture where we can get any foods at anytime.

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Turn your back on diets fads! (Wearing Lululemon Salute The Sun Tank)

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Ditch The Scale: Why Photos Are More Effective For Tracking Fitness & Weightloss

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There’s an old saying that goes, “What gets measured, gets managed.” It might have come from an economist who lived in the last century, but it’s timeless and true: measuring your progress with objective evidence is essential for meeting your fitness goals.

So why ditch the scale, the single most common tool for tracking fitness and weight-loss? Because using photos might be more effective.

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The Surprise Benefit of Your Gym Outfit: How Compression Gear Keeps Your Body Tight

You might have heard about compression clothing, whether it was on the label of those cute workout crops you just bought, or in a fitness magazine. That’s right, compression isn’t just for the socks your grandmother wears to help her circulation anymore. It’s taken off in the world of fitness since studies have shown that it can improve endurance and recovery. Another benefit of compression fitness gear that we don’t necessarily see advertised? Full body support. It’s not just the skin on your face (or chest) that sags over time, and compression garments can help keep everything perky!

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