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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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September 24, 2014

Active Escape To Catalina Island

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This weekend I had a fun fit adventure when I arrived on Catalina Island. I wanted a little get away, without packing on the usual vacation pounds. So I made sure to incorporate some fun activities where I could break a sweat, and Catalina Island was the perfect place to do so. With a list of tons of activities to do, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few.

Catalina Island is an island off of the coast of California in the gulf of Santa Catalina. The island is only 22 miles long,  and 8 miles across at its greatist width. The highest point on the only  is 2,097 feet high at the top of Mt. Orizaba, and it is only a hour ferry ride from Long Beach.

 

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Catalina had various choices for land and sea activities. I  always wanted to go ziplining and rock climbing, and luckily for me Eco Tours provided both. The only  zip lining courses in the LA County area, Catalina zip lining  included five separate ziplines 600 feet above sea level, running over 1,100 feet long at speeds of 46 mph, and a cool outdoor rock climbing wall, with a birds eye-view at the top of Descanso beach.

You can climb your way to fit with rock climbing and burn anywhere from 500 – 900 calories per hour. It’s a great upper body workout without having to pick up a dumbbell. Even with the zip lining, although majority of the two hour adventure your are soaring thru the sky, you will have to climb the stairs at the 5 different eco stations between the ziplines. This zip lining and rock climbing adventure has definitely  changed how visitors see the island.

Check out this cool Zip lining video I took with my gopro and experience the ziplininig adventure for yourself;

 

 

I woke up the following day with sore fore-arms from climbing, I made sure to jump in the hot tub at the hotels jacuzzi to help break up the lactid acid.  I then wanted to see what the island looked like on foot. It was perfect weather for my morning run, not

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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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[Video] ‘Fit With Fallon’ Goes Hydrobiking
August 31, 2014
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[Video] ‘Fit With Fallon’ Goes Hydrobiking

There’s nothing worse then getting bored with your same old gym routine. It can sometimes feel like the gyms walls are closing in on you while your literally going no where running on that treadmill. This is exactly how I had been feeling, so I decided to switch it up and head outdoors to have […]

Fit With Fallon: Transforming the Mind & Body with Yoga

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I remember the very first time I did yoga. I invited my friend to come with me to try it out. At the end of the hour class, the instructor dimmed the lights as we all laid in our pose of choice. I just laid on my back, I didn’t understand the concept of meditation, so I just prayed to God and relaxed. When I opened my eyes, I realized the class was over, the lights were on, my friend was gone,  and I guess I had fallen asleep. lol.

Since then, I realized I need more yoga in my life, not just for my body, but for the mind. The word yoga means “yoking together”. Yoga is a physical and mental spiritual practice or discipline that aims to transform the body & mind. Yoga occurs when the mind is “still”.

I like to compare my mind to a 5 lane highway, I have constant different thoughts going on in each lane.  When someone asks “what are you thinking?” And people respond with “nothing” I just can’t understand, I am always thinking. Racing thoughts often keep me awake at night. So falling asleep in my first yoga class helped me “still” my mind, which I so desperately was in need of.

 

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Yoga has many elements to it. One element that we often associate yoga to is “Asana” which are the yoga poses.

These physical yoga poses are designed to help master the body and enhance the body’s functions. Yoga exercises help with creating strength and endurance, improving circulation and energy flow, expanding muscles and joints. It is also said to help “cleanse” the organs and other systems.

Yoga was created thousands of years ago from the need to help create a healthy body. When the body is stressed with tension, and disease, it is believed to get in the way of achieving inner peace.

Some physicians even prescribe yoga to patients as a complimenting intervention who suffer from; cancer, asthma, heart disease, depression and schizophrenia.

Even if you are in good health, I suggest trying yoga. A lot of local gyms that offer group classes will have a couple variations of yoga classes. If you have tried it before,  and it just didn’t do it for you, try a different form of yoga like Antigravity yoga, which looks like Circus Soleil, or even Bikram yoga where the room is heated like a sauna.

That being said, I headed to the beach this weekend to find some calmness and stillness of my own, and to work on some of my “Asana” moves. Check them out below;

 

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Photographer: Kevin Tello 

What’s your favorite Yoga pose? I love child’s pose, it’s the easiest and most relaxing for me.

Exclusive: “Fit With Fallon” Hits The Gym With McKinley Freeman

Mckinley & Fallon Talking Fitness

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Vh1’s star Derrick Roman aka McKinley Freeman has been getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s not just for his fine acting chops.

The leading male actor on the show “Hit The Floor” has a chiseled physique, similar to a Roman god. If his work ethic on set is anything close to his work ethic in the gym, we have a feeling he is definitely going places.

We caught up with the 6’3, 195 lbs of all muscle Actor yesterday at Crunch gym in Burbank to talk career, the season finale, fitness and being the networks best set of abs.

Check out the exclusive interview below, and McKinley’s two workouts that work the core;

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FWF: Congratulations on a successful first season, and being able to do a second season. How does it feel to be casted on such a great show and to have such a great response?

McKinley: From the moment I went to the table read I said ok, this could be something special. And then as we continued to shoot more episodes, and just feeling the family amongst the cast, it has been a really, really amazing experience and the finale is going to be fun, so I’m looking forward to seeing how people respond to it.

FWF: I hear you’re a fitness guru and that you workout a lot.

McKinley: It’s like my second job. I would say I’m more like a mad scientist, I am willing to try just about anything from kickboxing, kettlebells, just anything.

FWF: You play an athlete on TV do you train as hard as one?

McKinley: Preparing for the Hit the Floor, I was boxing, I was doing sprints, I was taking stairs, I was taking yoga. You have to show up ready (for the role).

FWF: Playing an athlete are you ever afraid of working out too hard and getting injured because it could affect your role?

McKinley: There are things that I can do that I don’t have a problem with, then there are Read more

Fallon’s Fit Tip: Hydrate With Coconut Water

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You have spotted many celebrities like Rihanna and Madonna on the scene drinking coconut water, but it’s more than just a cool looking fad to have in your hand when spotted by the papz. There are many benefits to drinking the Caribbean drink from helping with losing weight naturally, to lowering your risk for cancer.

You may be surprised to know that 100% coconut water has more potassium then a banana, It’s low in fat with no sugar added. It also includes your 5 essential electrolytes. So if you ever find yourself feeling dehydrated, grab for some coconut water quick!

Because of the benefits of all the electrolytes, it can also be used as a great hangover remedy. It acts as an aid carrying oxygen to the bloods cells, which will leaving you feeling replenished and refreshed.

The lauric acid in the water helps actively fight viruses, detoxifies the body, helps balance the PH in your body, need I say more?

To benefit from one of Mother’s natures best, look for 100% coconut water that’s organic, not from concentrate, with no preservatives.

You can also add your coconut water in your shakes when juicing. This is definitely a great summertime refreshment!

 

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.