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Spring Cleanse Success!

Spring Cleanse with Karen

Testimony received Spring 2014: “The thought of “green” smoothies was revolting to me – until I tried Karen’s recipes.  I eased my way into the greens, by mixing first with fruit, and eventually use less fruit and more kale and spinach, along with coconut milk as the base, adding chia and maca and probiotics.  This is my daily breakfast and keeps me full and satisfied until lunch. I absolutely LOVE Karen’s recipes.  I have never enjoyed eating so many different vegetables – especially winter root vegetables – until I started trying her recipes.  Fabulous soups and I constantly keep her “protein balls” stocked in my freezer and throw a couple in my lunch every day for the mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Karen has opened my eyes and pantry to the delicious taste and healthy properties of coconut milk, lemons, honey and spices.  I never cared for seasoning foods with lemon, but by gradually using it every day, it is now my go to seasoning for hot and cold foots – and usually added to my water, along with ginger. What a refreshing taste – and no calories!  A little walnut or olive oil, a little balsamic and a lot of lemon is delicious on salads comprised of a myriad of greens, vegetables, avocado and seeds. I will always love chocolate, but my constant cravings have gone away and enjoying a piece of dark chocolate with a glass of red wine is something I savor rather than indulging in an entire bar of chocolate these days (at least most of the time). Who knew healthy eating could be so delicious and fulfilling – contributing to that wholeful life!  Thank you Karen!  You have absolutely changed my eating habits and my life.” Thanks – and hugs! Casey

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New Piloxing Class coming Soon!

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Do you love Zumba?  If so PILOXING may be the perfect way to mix things up and give an extra little push to see great results! PILOXING is the latest Hollywood fitness craze that uniquely mixes Pilates, Boxing, & Dance Moves into a fat torching, muscle sculpting, core-centric interval workout, guaranteed to whip you into shape! At the core of PILOXING is the principle that feminine is powerful and it aims for women to attain a sleek, sexy and powerful self-image. PILOXING is a cardio and strength class that uniquely blends the power, speed and agility of boxing, with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates along with fun and sexy dance moves. The workout encourages optional barefoot or toesox training and the option to add weighted gloves to the workout for toning your arms and maximizing your cardio burn! Join us for our $5 Introductory PILOXING classes on Tuesday, March 4th at 7:30pm and Saturday, March 8th at 10am!  Sign Up Now!  

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Older Adults & Pilates: A Gentle, Effective Way to Get Fit

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Pilates is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the country, and everyone from athletes to A-list celebrities are singing its praises. Essentially, Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on building core strength, flexibility and creating a sense of mindfulness that contributes to better overall movement, balance and coordination. Principles of Pilates Pilates is based on six guiding principles: centering, control, breath, flow, precision and concentration. Ultimately, the goal of these principles, and Pilates as a whole, is to focus on the quality of the exercise being performed, rather than its quantity. For example, unlike traditional weight training, instead of performing numerous repetitions, you may only do a particular exercise a few times, but you concentrate on getting it right for maximum results. Adaptable Training Pilates is preferred by many people, from pregnant women to older adults, because aside from being effective, it’s also gentle and adaptable. Primarily Pilates is performed on a mat or on specifically-designed equipment, but a personal trainer can create a customized Pilates program, appropriate for the unique needs of an individual. The Importance of Exercise for Older Adults America’s population is aging, which means more and more older adults are looking for ways to remain fit, active and healthy. With regular physical activity, older adults can see a number of tremendous benefits, including the ability to live independently for longer, reduced risk of falls and injuries, reduced blood pressure, lower risk of chronic pain, better cardiovascular health and even improved moods and a better sense of well-being. In fact, it’s perhaps older adults that need exercise more than any other age group. While much is known about the benefits of exercise for older adults, it becomes challenging when you get older to find a fitness routine that you’re capable of doing,…

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Join us for an upcoming Wellness lecture Feb 20th at 6:30pm!

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Ever wonder if your lack of zest, fatigue, weight gain and more could be hormone related?  Hormones tend to be hot topic, especially how they apply to weight loss, weight gain, fatigue and more, yet understanding hormones often remains a mystery.  Dr Mark will help us gain a deeper understanding about hormones and what hormone replacement is, as well as when it may be needed. Join us for a 90min informative lecture by Dr. Mark Gonzalez, one of the leading Bio-Identical Hormone Specialists and Chief Compounding Pharmacists in Orange County on: Understanding Hormones: Affects on Fatigue, Menapause, and Weight Loss/Gain on Thursday, February 20th at 6:30pm – 8pm He and his wife, Erin founded Med Specialties in Yorba Linda in 1999 with the goal of “Customizing medications to meet patient specific needs”. He also works as a consultant for the Professional Compounding Centers of America and is a sought after speaker by organizations and local pharmacy schools. Don’t miss this informative lecture!   Sign Up Today!  $20 Workshop Fee |  Space Limited

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5 Green and Healthy Gifts to Simplify Holiday Giving

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All of us have received gifts that have probably cost the gift giver a lot of money and time, however remained unused, tucked away in a drawer or closet. Several years ago, I decided to take a different approach to holiday gifting that is now the basis of all of my gift giving. In one word, it must be “consumable”. With that, it becomes a green gift that does not add to my carbon footprint and usually becomes the creative launch pad for my family and friends. Additionally, these gifts tend to involve healthy activities that bring your family and friends together for a lifetime of memories. Five of my favorites are: 1. A private Yoga Class or Workout Session for a group of your friends or family. Nine years ago I booked a one hour Yoga class in January to which I invited about 15 of my friends. Afterwards we returned to my house for a healthy lunch. I held it in January because the timing of my “Gift of Wellness” to my friends was to be enjoyed after the hectic holiday season. It was truly a hit. Last year on the day AFTER Thanksgiving, our entire family went to a private boot camp to work off our Thanksgiving dinner and give us a “permission” to eat up the leftovers without any guilt. It has now become a family tradition. We are thinking about challenging another family to join us next year. 2. Wine Tasting – Wine tasting is a relaxing way to  spend time and share the goodness of the fruit of the vine and appreciate all of the anti-oxidants wine has to offer. Plus, if there were any petty family issues prior to wine tasting, after a few glasses of wine, they are all forgotten after a…

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10 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving!

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10 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving ‘cuz only Turkeys should Gobble & Wobble! 1. Power of Protein.  Be sure to eat and have plenty of protein before going into your Thankful feast. The protein will keep you full and help stabilize your blood sugar to prevent over-eating, as well as healthier choices easier! 2. Part your Plate.  Instead of loading your plate with potatoes, gravy, and dressing, start with filling your plate first with lots of lean turkey and veggies. Try to limit the dressing, potatoes, gravy, and other rich sides, as they are where most of the fat and calories come from during our holiday meals. 3. Vow to Eat Veggies:  Be sure to make or offer to bring Veggie dishes and vow to make them healthy! Don’t cover your veggies with a ton of butter or cream sauce. Enjoy the natural taste of carrots, greenbeans, or other seasonal veggie by using a small bit of olive oil and your favorite seasoning! 4. Wonderful Water.  Drink a ton of water during the holidays for many wonderful reasons. One reason being, dehydration can cause your body to have the same sensation as hunger and confuse your sense of satiety. 5. Make Yourself Move.  Stay Active. Be sure to exercise Thanksgiving morning to get your metabolism up and running (We always offer special classes Thanksgiving morning!) then get moving after dinner!  Suggest a leisurely walk with your loved ones and break the couch-potato tradition.  And then, check out our yearly Black Friday post-thanksgiving recovery schedule! 6. Savor your Sweets.  Holiday sweets are hard to avoid. Avoiding them is not actually necessary, but limiting them is. Pick your favorite and have a small portion. Take time to savor and indulge in every bite. Do not go back for more, remember there will be other things throughout the holidays that you will…

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Great News!

We have moved the Pilates & Yoga Room under the same roof as Private Fitness and have expanded to have a total of 5,400 square feet! Come take a tour, take a class or schedule a free consultation to experience a sneak peek of our expanded facility! We are thrilled to have created a place just for you that is unlike any other in the area to offer variety, multiple class times, new class formats, and more! We will have more gym space for our Private & Group Personal Training and 3 different studios with a complete Pilates Studio with NEW equipment, dedicated Studio for Classes, and a Wellness Room for our Yoga & Nutritional Lectures. We are excited to show you around, please check our schedule online or stop by to take a tour!

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Yoga / Pilates Complimentary Connection

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There is a tremendous amount of interest these days in Yoga and Pilates practiced together. Both are sophisticated systems of integrative exercise with a lot in common. The 6 Pilates Principles: centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow, could easily be used to describe the principles of many kinds of yoga as well. Pilates and yoga are also quite different from each other, and it is in the differences that we find many of the complimentary aspects of the two that make them a great duo. Strength & Stretch In a general view, Pilates focuses more on strength and Yoga focuses more on stretch. There are certainly exceptions to this statement as Pilates does include stretching, in fact, Pilates is known for creating length in the body, and doing yoga does develop strength. The difference is in the emphasis. Many people are finding that the core strength and muscle integration they develop in Pilates support them well in daily activities and for those who also do Yoga, Pilates gives them the stability that they need to control their movements and safely expand into more challenging Yoga poses. Conversely, the expansive stretching achieved in Yoga provides great range of motion and a wonderful balance to the typically more core oriented Pilates exercises. Centering, Breath and Flow The breath is the great cleanser of the body and in both disciplines one is encouraged to develop conscious breathing, using a deep full breath to enhance awareness and depth of each movement. Working with the breath links the physical exertion with attention of the mind to create grace and flow through the class. In yoga, techniques of yogic breathing are used to connect the yoga asanas (poses) and some meditation practices can be based solely on breath. Breathing in pilates is recognized as rejuvenating, detoxifying and a means of…

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