People magazine published a compendium of former Disney stars, including Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, and Ashley Tisdale, on their celebrity blog today. Only instead of the typical “where are they now” fodder, they hired Hollywood trainer Harley Pasternak to talk about … More
Topic: personal trainers
I’ve been a perfectionist since long before I had any other issues, though anxiety, depression and crippling self doubt eventually followed. I had disordered eating patterns well before I had body image issues, though now they have been intertwined for some time. And for me, part of my support network, part of finding my way back out of my impulses to control my food, part of my recovery, involved hiring a trainer. More
Aside from Photoshop, stylists, makeup artists, dietitians, chefs, and Spanx, one of the most tried-and-true celebrity necessities is the personal trainer. And while personal training can be pricey, it’s certainly out of the question for us mere mortals. Many gyms offer it at a discounted rate–and possibly even for free, as a trial or with a new membership–and even a single session with a personal trainer can dramatically change the way you work out. Here are some of the real reasons why you should consider taking your gym up on that free training session. More
I’m starting to see a personal trainer at my gym next week. Let’s call him Tony. Tony says in one month, I’ll be a new Briana. Which made me wonder, what does he have against the current Briana? Is just part of the personal trainer’s sales technique to make women feel bad about themselves? Or do so many women feel bad about themselves that guaranteeing us new versions of ourselves is just the de facto kind of encouragement that personal trainers are supposed to give? More
Earlier this week, I wrote about The Biggest Loser, and how I was disappointed at the lack of a female personal trainer. Readers disagreed with my assertion that not offering contestants the choice of a woman to work with might hinder their success in the competition, because some women feel more comfortable and are able to reach their goals more efficiently under the supervision of another female. And while I still think it’s pretty uncool of NBC to not provide a trainer of each gender for a multitude of reasons, I did start to wonder–how many women have a preference at all? Does it even matter?
Sorry! This poll is now closed.
You might not think of “rock climber” when you think of your inspiration for the perfect body, but you should: Bouldering up and down walls of rock takes serious strength, and it’s not particularly forgiving for those of us with ‘extra baggage.’ Of course, anyone can get in a harness and climb—we encourage you to give it a shot; it’s great upper and lower body exercise, and a good way to challenge yourself and build confidence. We talked to Kathy Alcoba, a rock-climbing coach and personal trainer for Chelsea Piers, about everything she does to stay in prime condition for climbing—inside or out, rain or shine, all year long: More
Whether we look up to fit celebrities, models, personal trainers or yoga gurus, we all wonder what our fitness role models do to look the way they do—usually because we wish we could have their arms, legs, abs or [fill in the blank]. And while we’re constantly confronted with articles about easy ways to get there, the truth is: It’s tough to look the way they do. Not only are many of them blessed with great genes, but many of them spend a lot of time working out, eating right, and making other lifestyle choices that maintain their healthy appearance. So we asked around to find out exactly what it takes–no b.s.–to look like some of our own fitness role models. Today, we’ve got the dirt on what Equinox personal trainer and nutrition counselor Tiffany Boucher does to stay in tip-top shape. More
According to Well + Good NYC, Equinox is about to give their employees a new uniform. And they don’t want anyone who wears it looking fat. A current employee divulged details about a company memo warning employees to get prepped for the new fitted tops (which will replace a far more forgiving current uniform of black cotton t-shirts): “The email told us we should use the next few weeks to get in shape, since the new shirts won’t look good if there is flab hanging out all over the place.” I’m glad I didn’t get that memo, but is it inappropriate? More
Core workouts consistently leave me feeling like a new person after class. They’re my stress reliever; my perfect start to the day; my way to let go of the day; my therapy; my balance. This love affair started in January 2010, when I was offered an incredible opportunity: To take Core Fusion classes at Exhale Spa four to five times a week and document it on my website, Dori’s Shiny Blog. I thought it would be a fun challenge and figured I would finally get those muscles I’d been craving. What I didn’t realize was that this one-month challenge would not only change my life, it would be become my life. A challenge that initially seemed daunting has now become a regular part of my schedule and I can’t imagine life without it. But it turns out there’s a lot more than Core Fusion out there, and trying out new classes to find out which ones are the best has also become part of my life. I’ve learned a thing or two, and I’m here to share. More
Hello there, Gym. I’m afraid we’re not very happy with you today. You, with your alluring TV screens built right into your elliptical machines and treadmills and stationary bikes (devices that burn calories and increase our heart rates, but don’t actually build strength or muscle mass). Sure, we bought into your cushy, hotel-like amenities for a while, but now it’s time to reveal you for the con-artist you really are.
Your argument is that said TV personal screens (and the images on them) keep us inside you for longer stretches of time, so that we’re exercising for longer stretches of time. But that logic is faulty. There are times when we’re on the ellipitcal machine watching a rerun of Friends, followed by a rerun of King of Queens, followed by a rerun of How I Met Your Mother, and we don’t even break a sweat the entire time. Technically, we may have just exercised for an impressive 90 minutes, but during that time, we didn’t really work out at all. That’s a complete waste of our time, money, and valuable TV-watching hours.
Thankfully, I’ve never seen an episode of the Bravo reality show Pregnant In Heels. I say thankfully because I’m pretty sure I watch enough bad TV already — or, at least, have watched enough bad TV over the past few decades to last me many, many lifetimes. (Who here remembers Hello, Larry? Double Trouble? Alf? Anyone?) But when my former BootyCamp! instructor, the high-octane Lacey Stone, told me that she was going to be the personal trainer on last night’s episode, I simply had to tune in. So my husband and I raced home from childbirthing class (I’m 33 weeks pregnant with my first baby, but I was not wearing heels at the time. Oh, and why were we racing? We don’t have TiVo or a DVR by choice. Like I said, I watch too much TV already.)
Truth be told, I was channel-surfing between Pregnant In Heels and Parenthood, because I knew that Lacey would only be featured during one particular segment of PIH. Her goal was to get Robyn, a very overweight pregnant woman (very near her due date) in some sort of physical shape so that she could look better for her shotgun wedding. I can say that Robyn is very overweight because she gained a whopping 80 pounds during her pregnancy, much to the alarm of everyone around her. She also developed gestational diabetes. Now, I’m not didactic or preachy about how much weight a woman should or shouldn’t gain throughout her pregnancy — especially because I’ve been concerned about weight gain and gestational diabetes during my own pregnancy. (But, luckily for me, my weight is on target and I didn’t develop gestational diabetes; though I did have a scare about it.) More
Hi Gym. It’s me again, The Fitness Facist. Usually, I’m very glad to be a member of you, but today there’s an important issue that we really need to discuss. Sorry, are you having trouble hearing me? Yes, of course you are. Because the music you’re blasting is just too damn loud. And no, I’m not a 90-year-old great-grandma wagging my finger at that confounded “rock-and-roll” music. I’m only in my 30s, and I’m your member, ‘member?
Now, I know you can’t really control the music that your fitness instructors choose for their aerobics/spinning/body conditioning classes. And I understand that the music for those classes usually needs to be absurdly loud, so as to MOTIVATE! the participants. (But, while we’re on the subject, can we just agree that 99% of personal trainers/fitness instructors have terrible taste in music — at least when it comes to the so-called music they choose to inflict upon us during class? I can’t give you specific song titles; they’re all uniformly hard and uninspiring to listen to, regardless of the volume. It’s weird that what some people consider motivational, others find utterly unlistenable. Oh, and is having distinctly awful taste in music a pre-requisite for hiring your fitness instructors? Just curious.) More