Up your GAME!  (with a free workout)

Up your GAME! (with a free workout)

It’s that time of the year… one month into the New Year when some of our resolutions are sticking and some may need a little jolt of inspiration! To help you get back on track we share a FREE workout to UP your game, recommit and start again. This time no...
How to make your NY’s (workout) resolutions stick.

How to make your NY’s (workout) resolutions stick.

It is that time of year when we all reflect on our prior successes, but also on the things we may have neglected to achieve in the past year. A lot of times, these regrets pertain to our own physical and emotional  well being, so a lot of New Year’s resolutions...
Stay fit this Holiday Season

Stay fit this Holiday Season

With the Holiday Season just around the corner, why not commit this year to staying fit through the Holidays? Here are 5 easy tips to help you maximize your efforts, maintain your fitness conditioning, or even improve it. Why not? Make working out a priority. Yes, you...
Work out when you travel.

Work out when you travel.

As I prepare to visit family and friends in Belgrade, I already know that food, long hours at cafes and late nights will affect my everyday regimented workout routine. However, I plan not to give in too easily… With these simple steps I will not only work out,...
Kick up your core workouts!

Kick up your core workouts!

A strong, defined core is one of the most sought out features when training. The “core”, that is our trunk sans the head and limbs, is where all movement begins…and therefore crucial in maintaining good posture, a strong back and not to mention a...
Overcome your workout doldrums with this free cardio workout

Overcome your workout doldrums with this free cardio workout

When I’m not motivated to work out – I try to come up with variations to my usual workouts to make time go by faster. The treadmill session below is one example. When the thought of running makes my hair stick up, I do this treadmill run and somehow I manage to...
Booty Camp Starts April 17th & 18th!

Booty Camp Starts April 17th & 18th!

Dare yourself to reach your personal best! These outdoor sessions are progressive and designed to help you tone, lose weight and get in your best shape – all while enjoying Chicago’s Spring and the camaraderie of other fitness...
Are you confused about when to buy organic?

Are you confused about when to buy organic?

Buying organic is a smart choice to reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides, herbicides, and other poisonous agricultural chemicals, which are a major source of the toxins to which we are exposed. The Environmental Working Group states: “people can lower their...
Love your body!

Love your body!

We are truly excited to again partner with registered dietitian Renee (Rogers) Clerkin http://www.reneerogers.com/ to host our second-annual Spring into Wellness Cleanse! Unlike most cleanse programs our approach is not to starve you, but to cleanse and energize you...
Make your New Year’s resolutions stick!

Make your New Year’s resolutions stick!

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are: getting fit, losing weight and eating healthier. However, challenging goals such as these are often easier said than done. As many as 100 million Americans make New Year’s resolutions, CNN reports....
Share the Health!

Share the Health!

This Holiday Season treat someone you love with a gift of Wellness! I am frequently asked by my students and clients what to give someone they love to inspire them to be healthy and fit. The great thing about giving a gift of wellness is not only that you are helping...
Celebrating smart choices and Thanksgiving!

Celebrating smart choices and Thanksgiving!

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year but it is also the time that most complain about packing on the pounds – and with good reason.  A season dedicated to parties, piles of food, and bottomless booze is sure to cause some distractions when it...
Keeping healthy during business travel

Keeping healthy during business travel

Business travel, more so than vacations, tends to make healthy living quite challenging. Irregular hours, lack of sleep, late dinners with clients, early conferences – all challenge our schedules; while trays of unhealthy foods (high in sugars and fat) being strolled...
The importance of a strong core

The importance of a strong core

There are many definitions of what comprises the “core” but at it most basic: it is the “box”: the “axial” skeleton of the body; the trunk without extremities. So your core encompasses much more than your abdominals – it includes vital muscles that support the...

Splash. Spin. Skate. Stretch. Stroll. October 1st.

Try something new October 1st. As many of you know, I am a big proponent of “mixing it up.” So when I learned that Chicago would be hosting open streets, I became intrigued – and I think you might find it so, too. In brief, on Saturday, October 1st, State Street...
The Food Challenge Continues – Week 3

The Food Challenge Continues – Week 3

After a short break, we’re continuing where we left off – with a new week (#3) of healthy challenges. (I count healthy weeks like I count crunches – oops, one more never hurt!) Hopefully you have continued incorporating positive changes into your everyday...
Food Challenge Week 2

Food Challenge Week 2

Hi everyone, I hope all of you had a good first week making small but important changes to your nutritional intake by adding more color, fruits, grains and veggies to your diet. This is week number two – and we have a new challenge – it still is not about...
4 Week Food Challenge

4 Week Food Challenge

Dear Readers: As we all know, true health and fitness require the right balance between food and exercise. And while working out with me, many of you have shared your interest in bettering your dietary habits. With you in mind, I invite everyone to please join me for...
Total Belly Meltdown Video

Total Belly Meltdown Video

Many of my clients frequently ask questions about strengthening their core, or seek ideas to work their core “harder” and more effectively. For those of you that take my classes or train with me, you know that developing a strong core is an integral part of my...
Competition can unleash the best in you

Competition can unleash the best in you

The inspiration for this entry comes from last Sunday’s experience when I hosted a face-off between my Tuesday “Rock Stars” (team blue) and Wednesday “Hot Mamas” (team red) Booty Camp groups. I was witness to some AMAZING results in all participants and just a little...
Have you reached a cardio plateau??

Have you reached a cardio plateau??

Try this free routine to change it up! If you are like me, cardio is the toughest part of your weekly workouts. You know it’s good for you and your heart. You understand that it burns calories and builds stamina. Cardio also builds endurance, but it can be so hard to...
Just Stick With It!

Just Stick With It!

You may find it hard to believe, but even as a fitness professional, I find working out to be one of those trying relationships that require work, creativity, dedication and above all, some serious commitment.  However, having it be a healthy relationship is well...
Spring in the City: Exercise and Socialize!

Spring in the City: Exercise and Socialize!

Combining exercise with a little socializing can bring you both physical and personal benefits. You will not only be exposed to other people looking for the same health and physical benefits of working out, but you may open doors to new friendships and networking...
No muscle left behind – prevent injury and look your best!

No muscle left behind – prevent injury and look your best!

If you’ve ever taken one of my classes, you’ve probably heard me jokingly yell out, “In my class there is NO MUSCLE left behind!” I say that in jest, but I also mean it. Working out all muscles in the body is very important; not only does this help you develop a...
5 common mistakes that may be sabotaging your FAT loss progress!

5 common mistakes that may be sabotaging your FAT loss progress!

You may be diligent in hitting the gym frequently, but could you be making these 5 mistakes and sabotaging your fat loss success? Not getting enough sleep That’s right. When your body is fatigued, it not only does not gravitate towards nutritious foods, but we are...
Calories: To count or not to count?

Calories: To count or not to count?

This question remains hard to answer unequivocally… on one hand keeping tabs on what you eat may significantly reduce the amount of “empty” calories ingested during the day – especially through foods and drinks that seem harmless. However, do you know your...
FREE Holiday workout – take it with you anywhere!

FREE Holiday workout – take it with you anywhere!

As many of you will be visiting family and traveling over the Holidays, why not take your good workout habits with you? My gift to you: this “do it anywhere” Holiday workout! Remember, space does not matter, nor the equipment at hand. It is all about your willingness...
Tips & tricks for a Healthy Holiday Season!

Tips & tricks for a Healthy Holiday Season!

Holidays can be both emotionally and physically exhausting, as we try to balance work, family gatherings and food, shopping and staying active!!!! Holiday parties, gingerbread cookies, calorie ridden lattes, comfort foods and tons of alcohol seems to be leering at us...
Is some exercising better than none?

Is some exercising better than none?

If you want to see results, you have to push your limits! All exercise is beneficial, but not all exercise is going to get you the results you expect. So in other words, if you are comparing being completely sedentary to starting to walk, or you are recovering from an...
This Fall…

This Fall…

Autumn is a great time of year to revisit your exercise and dietary routines. With this long and beautiful Fall in Chicago, it has been easy to stay active and eat healthy. However, as days shorten and temperatures drop it is important to prepare for the months to...
There are no quick fixes….

There are no quick fixes….

There are no “quick fixes” when it comes to health and wellness! In a world of immediate gratification, we are so frequently inundated with misinformation promising us good health and beautiful looks with a simple formula; a quick exercise routine or some miracle fad...
It’s never too early to prevent osteoporosis

It’s never too early to prevent osteoporosis

Working out regularly does not just feel great – it really contributes to your short term and long term health. I found this information from about.com insightful and believe you will too. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that affects men and women,...
5 post-holiday fixers

5 post-holiday fixers

Did you take a long weekend – away from your workout routine and healthy eating? Don’t feel guilty – it happens to all of us. So what should you do about it? Well – at least you should not feel guilty and you don’t have to give anything up to...
Fire Up Your Core!

Fire Up Your Core!

This is a super simple core routine that will set your abs on fire! Most of us tend to exercise our core at the end of our workout – so frequently we have very little energy and imagination left to finish strong. So, to change things up, try this routine right...
Spruce up your cardio with Interval Training

Spruce up your cardio with Interval Training

Interval training is a great way to supercharge your workouts, boost your metabolism, and burn off more fat than with your regular cardio routine! During interval workouts you alternate bursts of high intensity with periods of moderate/low intensity or rest. So next...
Simple, refreshing & packed with vitamins

Simple, refreshing & packed with vitamins

Gazpacho, a cold soup originating from Spain, is a super easy and healthy way to stay cool this August and get significant amount of vitamins in your diet. Ingredients: 4 tomatoes (cored & roughly chopped) 1 bell pepper (roughly chopped) 2 cucumbers (peeled,...
5 Exercises to Avoid

5 Exercises to Avoid

There are so many sources of information out there, it is very difficult to know what is right and what is potentially dangerous or wasteful when working out. This week, I am listing 5 exercises you should avoid – some are dangerous and some are simply...
Circuit Training

Circuit Training

Circuit training is a combination of high-intensity aerobics and resistance training designed to be easy to follow and target fat loss, muscle building and heart fitness. It is a wonderful way to spice up your workouts and get your resistance training and cardio all...
How to eat & live clean

How to eat & live clean

The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at the time. Eat five to six times a day...
You want some “guns?!”

You want some “guns?!”

How do you get the arms you’ve always wanted????? Shapely, toned and defined muscles of the arms, aka “guns” is not something only men strive for. Nowadays women, too, are more and more attracted to the athletic build and to the beauty of well...
Sample Pilates Exercises for low-back pain

Sample Pilates Exercises for low-back pain

Pilates, created by Joseph Pilates, is a gentle, restorative exercise regime that suits most people in the process of recovering from injury and rebuilding their bodies. The foundation approach focuses on core strength, precision and control of movement. Following...
Kick your butt workout.

Kick your butt workout.

Try this fast-paced workout that alternates cardio with lower body toning moves  – and is sure to kick your butt into top notch shape for summer! Warm up on treadmill for 5 minutes (if you don’t own one, jog outside or run in place) Get off the treadmill...
Keep the relationship with your workouts “sizzling!”

Keep the relationship with your workouts “sizzling!”

So you have been on and off with your “workout relationship…”   You joined a fancy gym – then canceled the membership because you did not use it. You joined a cheap club – but then hated the low maintenance, poor equipment and packed...
So, how much should I lift?

So, how much should I lift?

If you want to lose fat or change your body composition, one of the most important things you can do is lift weights. Diet and cardio are equally important, but when it comes to changing how your body looks, weight training is the way to go. Weight training,...
Strong, fabulous looking legs…

Strong, fabulous looking legs…

are possible for you, too. It takes just a few adjustments to your current workout routine to get the results you have always wanted! A common myth is that if women do a lot of squats, or use heavier weights to work their lower body, they will “bulk up”....
5 Basic Stretches for Runners

5 Basic Stretches for Runners

Stretching is a very important part of every exercise regimen. As the running season approaches, don’t forget to include some of the following stretches at the end of your workout: Calf Stretch Perform the stretch by placing hands up against the wall Bring one leg...
Define your Core

Define your Core

It is everyone’s desire to have a strong, firm and well-defined core – even better – a “six pack”. But how does one achieve a well-defined and chiseled look in the middle? As you probably already know, a well-defined core depends on several...
Spring into Wellness

Spring into Wellness

I am very excited to announce the start of a brand new body and mind series: “Spring into Wellness,” a 3-week body cleansing and mind regeneration program starting in April. As early signs of spring arrive, it is a great time to think about the “rebirth”...
30-minute full body blast!

30-minute full body blast!

Drop this into your workout week to break it up. This is a great 30-minute routine you can do anywhere. minutes 0-5: Warm-up on a cardio machine of your choice for 5 minutes at a low-moderate intensity (if you don’t have a gym membership or fitness center in...
Quick tips for a healthy & veggie filled week!

Quick tips for a healthy & veggie filled week!

Ok, so my commitment for this week is to bring more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I am not a “bad” eater by any means, but I’m not as good as I certainly can be… So I challenge myself and you to make a few modifications to this...
Why do “squats?”

Why do “squats?”

The squat is an excellent lower body exercise that can be performed simply by using your own body weight, with dumbbells, barbells, supported on the wall with a stability ball, on a piece of equipment (Smith Machine, Hack Squat etc). The variations are endless. The...
Always, always, always warm up and stretch!

Always, always, always warm up and stretch!

Sometimes our schedules are tight and we find ourselves at the gym having to “squeeze in” a workout between appointments, at lunch or after a long day at work. However, no matter how limited your “session” is, you should never forgo a warm-up...
Easy tips for sculpted, toned and sexy arms

Easy tips for sculpted, toned and sexy arms

Spring is closer than it may feel at the moment and NOW it is time to start working on sculpted, sexy and toned arms for the summer! Here are some easy tips for sculpted, toned and sexy arms that include a sensible diet, cardio and arm specific training: Eat a...

Hot soup to take the chill out!

I just made this soup yesterday and was amazed at how simple and quick it was to make! At the same time is was healthy, filling and filled with daily vitamins. So here is the list of ingredients: 2 OZ of small shaped pasta (I bought something that looked...
Running up that Hill

Running up that Hill

Some of you may have considered running for the first time in 2010! I know the idea may feel exciting yet daunting, especially as you hear people talk about running 3, 5, 10 miles, not to mention those signing up for a marathon! But you don’t have to think that...
Machines vs. Dumbbells: what should I do?

Machines vs. Dumbbells: what should I do?

I often hear from my clients that they are not sure when to use dumbbells (free weights) and when to use machines. Is one method of training better? More efficient? Easier? Safer? Well, one method of training is not “better” – it is just different...
3500 calories make a difference!

3500 calories make a difference!

Did you know that a 3500-calorie intake or expenditure leads to 1lb of weight gain or weight loss? This means that you can healthily lose 1 lb. per week by just cutting down or burning off 500 more calories per day  (500 X 7=3500). Conversely, if your food intake...
A new year – a fresh new start

A new year – a fresh new start

Many people make resolutions to workout more as of the new year. However, what seems like a great idea often does not come to be a practical solution. Here are a few tips to keep you motivated and successful. Set realistic goals. Choose a time of day to workout that...
Eat well, be well.

Eat well, be well.

The right eating habits are just as important as your workouts in staying fit. A few simple tips to keep in mind: eat smaller portions more frequently try not to eat after 7:00pm substitute fatty snacks for some healthy ones limit your alcohol intake cut down on...
Be mindful.

Be mindful.

As hard as it can be sometimes to exercise, it is important to stay mindful during your workouts. Your breath, your form, and therefore the efficiency of your workout will be greater if you focus than if you succumb to distractions. Do you recall seeing that person on...
Mix it Up!

Mix it Up!

So you had too much fun this weekend and skipped your planned workout or did not work hard enough? Also, you may have had a bit much to eat or drink…don’t worry, a good cardio session is the way to start a new, fresh and healthy week. If you dread the thought of a...
Rockin’ Bods!!!

Rockin’ Bods!!!

After “Rockin’ Bod” at Holmes Place yesterday, the lululemon athletica girls flexed some serious muscle! Don’t forget to incorporate weight training into your workout regiment! Building muscle is not only sexy, but it is key to fat loss and building strong...
Healthy choices in your cupboard ensure a healthy week!

Healthy choices in your cupboard ensure a healthy week!

Just as with exercising, a good weekly eating plan will make your eating choices better on those late nights when you return exhausted from the office. With the Holiday Season just about to go full swing, it is even more important to balance a healthy eating plan with...
the gift of wellness

the gift of wellness

This Thanksgiving is a time of family & friends, fun & food. It is traditionally the start of the Holiday Shopping Season. It is also the time many of us struggle to keep fit. I just want to let you know that you can indulge… in fitness as well. Consider...
Make this Holiday Special & Healthy!

Make this Holiday Special & Healthy!

Tips from Weight Watchers on how to make some healthy choices for your Thanksgiving dinner! Click “tips” to find some some helpful tips on how we can enjoy some of our favorite dishes, without sabotaging our hard work in staying healthy. Small adjustments can go a...
Boost your Metabolism!

Boost your Metabolism!

I wanted to share with you some easy tips from Web MD Newsletter about a few simple ways to boost your metabolism. It’s a short read with some great tips! Check it out...
Planning your weekly workouts

Planning your weekly workouts

Always plan your workout week on Sundays. The best way to reach your fitness goals is to make sure you get in the right amount of workouts in a week. “But how do I do that with my schedule?” I frequently hear. Make a date for yourself with specific times in mind to...
Free PILATES this Sunday!

Free PILATES this Sunday!

Hi Guys, Mark your calenders! Next Sunday, August 2, at 11:00a is my FREE Pilates class at lululemon athletica – 900 N. Michigan Avenue, 3rd floor! Bring a friend and/or a mat (they do offer some, but just in case the class is crowded) and come on over to start...
Get a Jump Start!!!!

Get a Jump Start!!!!

Did you have a sluggish start this week? Just not enough time in your busy day to get to the gym, maybe not until next Monday? STOP! Don’t despair and wait til next Monday to get back on track and exercising. Start right now! Did you now that you can exercise in...
Summer 2009 Booty Camp II

Summer 2009 Booty Camp II

11 out of 12 participants from 2009 Booty Camp I rejoined for another round of “the most fun you can have exercising!” I am very proud of their commitment and the wonderful friendships that have evolved this summer. Rain or shine with this unique Chicago summer, the...
Booty Camp & Nutrition Tips

Booty Camp & Nutrition Tips

On the last day of 2009 Booty Camp I, a nutritionist & friend of mine, Renee Rogers, joined this final class to talk about seasonal fruits and vegetables – how to choose them, prepare them and why they are so integral to a healthy lifestyle. We were all so...
Oak Street Beach photo shoot

Oak Street Beach photo shoot

Lisa, Meghan, Eden, Allison & the gang all made this a truly special day! They helped me choose an outfit (what a tough decision with all the great cuts!) to wear to my promotional photo shoot. It was a beautiful & hot day. The official photo will be displayed...
I became a lululemon ambassador!

I became a lululemon ambassador!

Teaching several group classes for the past few years at Holmes Place led me to meet and create a wonderful partnership & friendship with the lululemon athletica staff. As their newly appointed ambassador (follow this link to learn more), I will work with them to...
My new studio

My new studio

Finally, we opened my new studio!!!!. Working closely with (supervising) my husband and his father, we converted a “raw” space to a peaceful and soothing studio for my Pilates and personal training clients. The studio is in the heart of Old Town. It has changing rooms...