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guest post: whitney gregory of studio on main.

Happy Tuesday, glitter girls!

Today we bring you a post from L’s favorite fitness guru Whitney Gregory. If you’ve been thinking about trying a new workout (ballet, pilates, boot camp, etc), read Whitney’s helpful recommendations and then get moving!

Hey guys! My name is Whitney Gregory.  I am a personal trainer and pilates instructor in Statesboro, Georgia. I recently opened my very own personal training and group fitness studio, Studio On Main. I teach a variety of different classes, including low-intensity classes like ballet fit, yoga, and pilates as well as high-intensity classes like sculpt and boot camp. The combination of these classes keeps our bodies guessing and eliminates boredom caused by doing the same routines over and over again.

People ask me all the time “where do I start and how often should I work out?” I recommend getting yourself into some sort of cardio-inspired workout at least three times per week for 45 minutes each session.  These exercises can be anything that gets your blood pumping such as jogging, aerobics, brisk walking, or even a boot camp class like mine! Also, most ballet classes can be considered a good cardio workout because these classes are sure to get your heart rate up.  I also recommend throwing some pilates and yoga into the mix at least 2 times a week.  Pilates and yoga are great for lower-impact and strength training, and help you stretch out those sore muscles from the 3 sessions of cardio you have already done!  To get started, look for a reputable fitness gym or workout studio in your area. Make sure the instructors are certified in yoga and/or pilates.  Certified instructors will be able to guide you through the basics or modify the routines for your fitness level.

For those who may not be able to get to a gym or a studio, here are a couple of my go-to work out websites:  bodyrock.tv, TracyAndersonMethod.com, and MandyIngber.com.  Bodyrock is great for a fast-paced cardio routine. It features crazy routines that really challenge the body and create lean muscle mass. Tracy Anderson is a celebrity trainer and has the best work-out DVDs for home. Her DVDs focus on cardio-dance-inspired routines but also target hard-to-tone places like arms, abs, inner & outer thighs, and butt. Mandy Ingber has trained celebrities like Jennifer Aniston. Her power and flow yoga workouts will sculpt you from your head to your toes.

The next and second most important part of working out is figuring out what you are going to wear. Wearing a cute outfit definitely helps make you more confident, and the more confident you are, the harder you are likely to work.  I have tried a variety of different brands of workout apparel, and my favorite is Lululemon crop yoga pants and sports bras. Old Navy and JC Penney have also come out with amazing workout lines, so check them out as well.  The most important thing to remember when shopping for workout clothes is that you are comfortable.  Sometimes my go-to outfit is simply a tunic shirt over leggings, depending on how my day is shaping up. 

Old Navy Leggings
j and l love Old Navy compression leggings, and so does whitney.
Lulu Lemon Sports Bra
lululemon sports bra.

We are currently in the process of getting our new website up and running.  Our website will feature personalized work out programs to meet your needs. Check us out in the upcoming months at bodybywhitney.com or like us on Facebook, Studio On Main.

Thanks to Whitney for such an informative post. L is going to try Ballet Fit next week. For those of you in Statesboro, mention The Glitter Life and get $1 off one class with Whitney at Studio on Main!

For class schedules, check out Whitney and Studio on Main here.

What new workout are you dying to try? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo.

XO

L+J

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work it.

Happy Wednesday, glitter girls!

We know, we know. One of your New Year’s resolutions is to work out / get in shape / be more active / lose weight. Here are some tips to get you going!

Fuel Up: Often, it’s a Herculean task just to get ourselves to the gym. We can’t be bothered with a pre-workout snack, too! Turns out, eating before you sweat is a big deal–it jump-starts your metabolism (can’t argue with that). It’s also important to eat after you exercise, so you don’t start burning muscle (eeek!). Allison at Lauren Conrad has some great tips for what to eat before your workout (no matter what time you like to hit the gym) and after. Bottom line: bananas are our friends.

Workout Snacks
image: Lauren Conrad

Dress the Part: Is it just us, or is exercising easier when you love what you’re wearing? We’ve talked about workout wear before, but here are a few new suggestions.

1) Sports Bra. If you don’t like your sports bra, you won’t like exercising. L’s favorite is the New Balance Bonita Run Crop. The back straps as well as the band are adjustable, so you get a much more precise fit than most sports bras.

New Balance Sports Bra
an adjustable band is key if you’re bigger in the bust but smaller in the ribcage.

2. Top. J loves this top from LuluLemon. “I’ve basically worn it every day since I got it for Christmas!”

Lululemon top
bonus: it’s reversible.

3. Leggings. We both love C9 by Champion compression leggings. And we may or may not admit to wearing them as pants on our non-workout days.

Champion Leggings
we go for basic black…but we also like this fun printed pair!

4. Shoes. L is a big fan of the Nike Lunarglide and the New Balance Minimus (depending on your fitness goal).

Nike LunarGlide
Nike Lunarglides are nice compromise between a traditional running shoe and a minimal shoe.
New Balance Minimus
be sure to start slowly when you switch to the Minimus. the minimal cushioning takes some getting used to.

The Workout: If you think you’d enjoy running, try a Couch to 5K program. Running a 5K is a really reasonable goal, and you can find a race just about every weekend, no matter where you live. This program tells you exactly how to train to run a 5K in six weeks.

Looking for something you can do right here, right now? Try this simple 3-step Ballerina Body Workout we found in Cosmo.

Ballet Pose
cardio is great for fat-burning, but a ballet-inspired workout will sculpt and trim you all over.

Whew! Writing that post was a workout in itself. How do you like to keep fit? What trends are you thinking of trying? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

L+J

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