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FWF Meet Up: @ AIR Aerial Fitness

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After my first  Fit with Fallon episode  premiered, a lot of my friends and followers said how fun doing aerial looked, and how they would love  to do it. So I decided to do a meet up where they could all do something similar with me. This past Saturday a group of us went to Air studio in West Hollywood for a private aerial fitness class. The donations from the class went to the Alpha1 foundation.

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Overall we had a blast! From the workout, to the cool tricks we learned, the intimate yet spacious studio,  and the amazing & patient class instructor. I am going to break down our aerial yoga experience with a quick recap and photos so you can get a true feel of what the class was like, even if you didn’t make it to my event.

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The Studio; The one room intimate studio at Air was perfect! I loved the fact that when I arrived a little early, I was able to get a glimpse of what to expect by spying on the class before mine, thru the large studio windows. I was excited to try all the moves that they were doing. The one room yoga studio also was perfect for my private class. Having the entire place to ourselves, we felt really comfortable with letting loose and just having fun!

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The Class: I have been to other similar classes doing aerial that were’nt really much of a workout. They are lots of fun, but if you are looking to get a good sweat in, that’s not really the class to get it. That being said, I ended up doing an intense morning cardio session before class because I thought the class would not be intense enough for me. Surprisignly I was so wrong! The warm up alone made me tired. Air actually incorporates some wight training, and squats using your hammock before you get to the acro type of workouts.

The hardest part for me was (even as I am typing this I am still feeling sore) the hammock crunches. You are upside down in your hammock and have to crunch up while gravity is trying to push you back down. This was definitely a great workout! Air hammock pull ups were another challenging exercise that we did. You had to literally pull up our entire body weight while holding on to the hammocks.

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Special K Wants You To Know You’re #MoreThanANumber

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We some how have gotten to the place where we let our pant size determine our worth. When you realize you’ve packed on some pounds, and can’t fit into your skinny jeans and you are forced into a bigger pant size than you are use too, your self confidence can quickly go down the drain.

Special K cereal has a new campaign called #MoreThanANumber.

“It’s not about the number on the tag, it’s about how the jeans make you feel: confident, sassy, even fierce. We believe a positive attitude towards managing your weight means so much more than the number. So we built a pop-up jeans store to let women rethink how they feel about themselves…and in their jeans.”

Their latest commercial showcases a unique denim experience called “Rethink your jeans” where real women went into a store to try on some jeans. But they realize none of the jeans have sizes on them. When asked if they want to get measured to find out their sizes, the women were in for a true surprise. Sizes ranged from radiant, stunning, strong, charismatic, fabulous, confident. One of the women explained not seeing the number was freeing, another explained how she couldn’t believe she got a compliment form jeans!

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Fitness Friendly Airports

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Staying fit while traveling especially at the airport can be a challenge!

Sitting in one place waiting for your layover, stressed out while tons of unhealthy  fast food options stare you in the face. Well there are a couple major airports in the U.S. that are promoting a healthier visit while you make your way thru. Incorporating private yoga studios, walking paths, mile markers and healthy restaurants. Now there’s no excuse to be packing on the pounds while traveling.

Check out these 4 U.S airports that have become fitness friendly;

 

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW)

  • Offers: Yoga studio, walking path
  • Location: Terminal D
  • Cost: Free
  • Good to know: The 24-hour yoga studio provides mats and has instructional videos on display. The walking path goes from gate D6 to D40. There are also two 55-foot-high staircases in terminal D—perfect for the ambitious stair-stepper.

 

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

  • Offers: Yoga studios
  • Location: Terminal 2 and Terminal 3
  • Cost: Free
  • Good to know: Yoga mats and props are available and the studios are open 24 hours a day. The rooms are dimly lit and are noise- and cell phone-free zones.

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[Video] Fit With Fallon: Antigravity Yoga

 

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In this episode of  “Fit With Fallon” I headed over to Crunch Gym in Burbank, CA. to try a new yoga class that’s getting all your favorite celebrities high. Anti-gravity yoga is a combination of dance, yoga, pilates, and calisthenics all done while suspended in an air, hanging hammock. It’s a great workout that gets you in shape and helps with realigning your back from the compression of gravity. Watch as I channel my  inner acrobat during a personal session at Crunch gym!

I met with Sahara, Crunch’s anti-gravity yoga instructor, so she could explain to me the benefits of this class as well as show me some of the moves.

Just to brief you, I have taken various yoga classes before such as  regular yoga and bikram yoga but boy was I in for a surprise with this class. As a former competitive gymnast I was definitely up for the challenge and excited to try something new. There were moments during the class where I felt scared, relaxed, and even thought I could fly! Check out the interview I did with Sahara below, followed by step by step breakdown of the moves she taught me.

 FWF: Can you tell us more about this anti-gravity yoga class?

Sahara: Well antigravity is a distinct program that decompresses the spine, that help revitalizes the nervous system, and helps your body move more freely and easier, as opposed to traditional yoga on the floor.

FWF: Some people tend to shy away from yoga because they feel like they’re not going to get a good workout, they’re not going to get their heart rate up, they’re not going to break a sweat.

Sahara: There are various levels of fitness involved in this fitness program. There’s a cardio aspect, a fitness aspect, and a traditional workout aspect.

FWF: Any tips for beginners?

Sahara: There are no beginners, there are no advanced students, the poses are what they are and it’s a matter of trusting yourself and allowing yourself to let go of any judgement and have fun!

 

Cardio: She started me out with a quick cardio routine on the hammock to get my heart rate up. I was instructed to lock my hands into the ropes and quickly do jump squats lifting up my own body weight. After 10 reps, I started to break a sweat.

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Fitness: I asked Sahara if she could show me some of the cool acrobatic type of moves that I have seen circling the web. These moves are called “dual moves” because the first part of the move will help decompress the spine and the second part included more fun, Circus Soleil type moves which stimulates the brain and revitalizes your entire nervous system that releases hormones that make you happy and sexy 😉

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Get Polar’s Heart Rate Monitor & See Results!

 

Screen shot 2014-08-26 at 2.09.13 PMI get a lot of people who tell me they don’t understand how they can be working out consistently and eating clean and not see results. Well, it could be a couple things but I know sometimes we think we are putting in the work, when we are actually not putting in enough work.

I came across this issue a couple months ago myself, when I wasn’t shedding the pounds. I was the counting calories I ate and those burned through exercise based on  the built in heart rate monitors on machines at the gym, and still failed to see results. That’s when I  decided to go the extra step and buy a heart rate monitor to get precise calculations. Having done some extensive research, Polar seemed to be the brand that was most trusted by its customers. Like many people, I had purchased the Nike fuel band in the past and although a fun and convenient gadget (I loved how you can sync it up with the other Nike apps on my iPhone) it failed to provide me with the basics of a precise heart rate and amount of calories burned. Nike fuel points are cool, but it wasn’t enough.

After buying the Polar heart rate monitor, I started using it for every workout and to my surprise, I wasn’t burning as much calories as I thought I was. I thought for sure I was burning 600 or more calories in a one hour Nike training class, but in reality I was burning about 350-400 each class. Realizing that during a week of training,  I was off 200 or more calories a day really makes a BIG difference. Even the gym elliptical machine read that in 30 minutes I burned 300 calories, and in actuality my heart rate monitor informed me it was only 220 calories.

 

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One pound is equal to 3200 calories, that being said, if you don’t know how much you are burning, how do you know when or if you are going to see the results you want to see?

After logging my workouts and calories burned, I realized I needed to turn it up a notch and get in more of a sweat at the gym. Within two weeks of having this heart rate monitor, I lost those last 5 stubborn pounds that were keeping me from my goal weight.

 

If you want to learn how to use a heart rate monitor, follow the instructions below.

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Latin Bombshells Camilla Alves & Sofia Vergera Stun At The Emmys

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Two latin bombshells stunned at the Emmy’s last night showing off their beautifully fit and curvy physiques; Miss Sofia Vergera and Camilla Alves.

These ladies know how to work a dress. Camilla, who is the wife of actor Matthew McCnaughey, took the spot light in her Zuhair Murad Dress. The form-fitting gown had see-thru cut outs in all the right places. Modern Family actress Sofia Vergera looked amazing in her sculpted Roberto Cavalli dress, creating a to die for silhouette.

Sofia (Columbian) and Camilla (Brazilian) both give some credit to looking flawless on the red carpet to their Latin heritage. However, to keep those curvy figures toned and in shape, these women turned to celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson.

Wondering what type of weekly workout routine Gunnar typically puts his Latina stars thru, Check out the regimen below;

 

Gunnar Peterson’s Latin Bombshell Weekly Workout Regimen;

Day 1: 45 minutes of circuit training, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise

Day 2: 60 minutes of cardio, 50 minutes of strength training

Day 3: 45 minutes of a choice workout, 30 minutes of cardio interval training

Day 4: 60 minutes of cardio, 50 minutes of strength training

Day 5 (light): 25 minutes of strength training, 25 minutes of high-intensity cardio

Day 6: 60 minutes of moderately intense aerobic activity

Day 7: Rest

 

 

 

MTV VMA’s: Fit or Flop?

 

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The MTV VMA’s red carpet was filled with a lot of celebrities looking fit and fabulous! But, some flopped when it came to showing off the good side of their physiques. What celeb’s do you think looked fit or flopped on the red carpet?

 

Jennifer Lopez Definitely looked fit last night as she strutted her stuff on the red carpet. Man, she really is putting those younger celebs to shame with a body and booty like hers! Seriously, she is forty-five and still killing it.

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Taylor Swift, wanted to show off some leg with this one piece but, is she looking more skinny than fit? Or is she fab just the way she is?

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These two women are usually a hit when it comes to the red carpet and showing off their physiques. They both look great for having kids and losing the baby weight, but we feel their outfits of choice are not making them look the fittest. Kimye kept a natural look with the makeup but opting for patterns for the dress made her look wide instead of showing off her frame, and Amber Rose is definitely feeling herself in this chain get up but are you feeling her?

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Let us know who you think was the fittest celebrity at the MTV VMA Awards?

 

 

Fallon Mercedes is a Celebrity Fitness Reporter.

She is a Certified Personal Trainer who has years of experience in Entertainment Reporting.

Putting her two passions together fitness and celebrity news, she created a unique concept, blog and show called “Fit With Fallon” that educates and inspires individuals to get fit in an entertaining and fun way.
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