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Feel The Burn With Pilates

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I have always been a lover of bootcamps, high intensity type of training, really just anything that makes my heart race and causes me to break a sweat.  After doing some research on the many benefits of pilates including strengthening the core, improving flexibility, treating back pain, and seeing all of the pilates studio’s pop up recently, I decided I had to try it out for myself. I reserved a one on one training session at Club Pilates in Granada Hills.

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Pilates comes in different forms. There is mat pilates on the floor, which is what you mostly see in group fitness classes. Then there is pilates on a reformer machine, which can be seen above. Reformer machines contain multiple springs for different resistance. You can attach a jump board to bounce off of to get your heart rate up and higher the intensity. There is also the cadillac, which at first glance looks like a torture device. It was originally designed to enable bed ridden patients to exercise. The cadillac is known for isolating individual muscle groups.

Pilates as a whole was created in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates for rehabilitating returning soldiers from war, and also injured dancers.

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I told my instructor that I was a little skeptical if I would really get a good workout. Quickly, to my surprise, when she instructed me to use the jump board while incorporating light weights I felt the intensity and the burn and knew this was going to be a long 60 minutes. She then let me put down the weights and had me start with a proper warm up.

I started off with a modified down stretch on the reformer machine. Then worked the core as I lifted my  hips into an up stretch. This allowed me to get the blood flowing, loosen up my muscles and really understand the movement and the flow of working on a reformer machine.

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I then moved on to front splits really working on my core, leg strength, flexibility and stability. The toe sox really came in handy on this exercise to help my feet grip the bar and keep from Read more

Jerry O’Connell Makes Healthy Changes To Wear Speedos For TV Role

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Actor Jerry O’Connell is a man of many speedos…literally!

For his new role on the CBS sitcom “We Are Men,” O’Connell shows off his great bod in speedos…A lot of speedos at that! There’s no problem with that!

He discussed his role wearing the speedos at a Television Critics Association event, saying:

“It is probably the most nerve-racking job for me to put those on every morning. We’re a couple episodes in and I’m in the speedo continually.” Don’t be so modest, Jerry!

But O’Connell’s beautiful and famous wife, former Sports Illustrated Mag model Rebecca Romijn gave him some pointers on how to get speedo ready.

O’Connell revealed:

“My wife’s advice was ‘Go get a tan, do some pushups, and maybe do some pilates.”

Although O’Connell didn’t quite follow his wife’s advice, he did make some healthy changes.

“I have joined a gym and I’ve started drinking light beer,” O’Connell said.

Good job, Jerry! Glad you are making some healthy changes to get that great speedo body!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo!

Actress Denise Richards Criticized For Being Too Skinny

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Skinny has always been in, in Hollywood. There is so much pressure for celebrities to be in the best shape possible. But, is there such a thing as being too skinny? Denise Richards has been catching a lot of flack for her thin appearance lately. Our friends over at US Magazine got the Skinny on the actress;

Denise Richards isn’t wasting away, despite rumors to the contrary. In recent weeks, the Twisted actress has been criticized for supposedly looking “painfully thin” and “extra skinny” by several media outlets, including The SunRadar OnlineThe Daily Mail and E! News. The 42-year-old mother of three defended her athletic build during the Radio Disney Music Awards in L.A. Apr. 27.

“I don’t know why lately I’ve been getting so much flack for it,” Richards told Extra. “I have a very healthy lifestyle and I’m busy.”

The Pilates devotee added, 

“What bothers me is I have three daughters. I’m such an advocate for health and fitness… In moderation, we eat ice cream all the time. I had grilled cheese before we got here!”

In fact, at Carbon Audio’s launch party for Zooka in West Hollywood on Aug. 3, 2012, Richards told Us Weekly her girls are healthy eaters by choice.

“They actually like to cut up fresh vegetables with ranch dressing on the side. That’s their favorite!” she shared. “They love helping. They like making salads because they like chopping things up and rinsing the lettuce. Nothing too fancy!”

What do you think about Denise’s thin appearance, is she too skinny? Let us know in the comment section below.

Read more: US Magazine

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