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Monday

26

August 2013

SIDE SLIMMER

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The Side Slimmer!

The focus this week will be ‘Slim Waist.. Cute Butt!!!’

K~ so now that that’s settled, here’s how you do the Slide Slimmer:

Position A: sit ladylike with legs to the side, palms to the floor on the opposite side at shoulder width apart.

Position B: extend your top leg out as you push up, repeat 12 times! 3 sets, then switch sides.

12 reps; 3 sets- go!

Wednesday

21

August 2013

PLANK CROSS

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Plank Cross

The Plank Cross works your abs, obliques, shoulders, and butt.

Here’s how to do the Plank Cross:

Position A: start in plank position with wrists directly beneath shoulders.

Position B: engage abs as you bring your right knee to the left. Return to plank and repeat on opposite side.

Do 30!

Beauty P.S. I am working up the will to cut my hair. Why is hair so emotionally connected to us?? Does it signify that we are yearning for a dramatic change, not only in appearance but in situational circumstances, relationships, or career? Thoughts anyone? Read this good article about the psychology of hair from YouBeauty.

Edit, 1 hour later: and here’s why I’ve already decided against chopping off my hair.. ”I’m thrilled with how my hair looks right now, which, as you all know, is the perfect time to fuck with it and make myself miserable. ” –Babe Walker.

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Tuesday

20

August 2013

KNEELING SIDEKICK

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Kneeling Sidekick

Another Pilates move today! Kneeling Sidekicks, they are great for your glutes, obliques, chest, shoulders.

Position A: get on all fours, chin down, right leg extended straight back behind you.

Position B: kick to the side without rocking your body. Keep your hips steady (do not rock them back and forth). Repeat!

Do 30 per side- go! 

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Thursday

15

August 2013

HEADSTAND

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How to do a Headstand!! This has to be my most favorite pose because it took a lot for me the first time I tried this— to completely erase the fear of falling. Try it! This will improve your upper body strength and balance.

Here’s how you do it!

Position A: get on your elbows and knees, fold your hands together, and place them on the ground in front of you, strong forearms.

Position B: firmly position the top of your head in front of your folded hands. Step up on your toes and inch forward bit by bit.

Position C: stay balanced on your forearms, slowly lift your right leg up.

Position D: lift your left leg up. Do not hunch your shoulders, and keep your forearms strong. Most of your weight will be at your forearms, not so much on your head. Balance and hold!

Try this everyday for 30 seconds to a minute.. If you don’t get it at first, keep trying steps A to C until you get to D 🙂

I hope the yoga inspired movements this week motivated you to go and practice it whether you are a beginner or an advanced yogi bear.

PS- just a few words of encouragement… you won’t always get the support you need from every single important person in your life, what’s important is knowing what you want, and going for it no matter what. People will be there to protect you and look out for what they believe is for your best interest. But only you know what’s inside you and only you know what’s best for you. Don’t get beat by outside influences. Stay true to what you believe in, firmly believe in it until you get it.

Tuesday

13

August 2013

ROCKSTAR POSE

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Continuing with our yoga week! It’s my favorite yoga pose actually. The pose itself feels like you’re opening up completely to the world around you! It’s not just about holding a pose and making it look good- it increases your energy level + builds your confidence. It’s like an instant energy switch!

Physically, it strengthens your core and upper body.

Characteristics associated with this pose: open, adventurous, bold.

Here’s how you do the rockstar:

Position A: start at downward dog split with your left leg, bend your leg towards the right. Keep a strong balance here for a second.

Position B: keep your right leg firmly balanced to the floor as you curve your body backwards and plant your left foot to the floor. Your right palm is firmly planted into the floor for balance and left hand is reaching far back behind you! Hips up to the sky. Pose, hold!

Do 30 to 60 seconds per side.

Monday

12

August 2013

DOWNWARD DOG SPLIT + KNEE DRIVE

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We are going to focus on yoga inspired moves this week! So excited! Yoga is said to be the union of the mind, body, and spirit. A session can give you clarity and focus.

Lets start with how to do a downward dog split + knee drive:

Position A: start at push-up position, then move into downward dog, elbows straight, legs straight with glutes activated and popped up. If you can plant your heels to the floor, please do. This will stretch out your calves.

Position B: lift your right leg up to the sky, hips remain forward.

Position C: move into plank position as you bring your knee into your chest. Back to position B, and repeat.

10 to 12 reps each leg!

Friday

9

August 2013

BTS SHOOT: SUMMER FITNESS

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Good morning!

Good morning!

Hair up, ready to work!

Hair up, ready to work!

Shooting stills..

Shooting stills..

Tough workout! Whew. Ron got tired just from helping me count!

Tough workout! Whew. Ron got tired just from helping me count!

Playtime!

Playtime!

It's a wrap!

It’s a wrap!

Feeling good about the shoot!! x

Feeling good about the shoot!! x

Loved the serenity of shooting & working out at the beach- especially with a team that is driven enough to wake up so early in the morning to grind with me! I can’t be happier and more thankful for a team like mine.

We each woke up at around 5am to drive to Robert Moses Beach in Long Island, NY. The scenic drive was gorgeous. One thing I love about my team is how fast we work- preparation is key!

Ron’s definitely got the hang of how fast I like to go through each fit move- we usually get it in two takes. He also corrects my form here and there while we shoot, which is fantastic. He’s like my mirror.

Cyril has been my #1 videographer and friend since we met at a fashion show at 1 Oak in NYC years ago. We usually get into crazy deep conversations about random life wonders while we shoot cute footage, ha.

I just started working with Sophie- she is like a little sister who likes to dress you up. Her eclectic taste opens my eyes to all the other trendier possibilities I could have. I’m so basic and I only stick to a few things I know and love. But, I appreciate the fairy-like sparkle she brings into my life when we shoot!

Love my team!!!!!!!!! xo

Happy Friday! Have an amazing weekend + subscribe to my newsletter for a preview of next week’s fit focus! xo

Thursday

8

August 2013

HUR SIDE-KICK

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It’s the Hur Side-Kick! I had to name this one after my dad, Min Hur, because he is my fitspo!! Plus he was the first person to teach me this move at 4. I was on the phone with him last night and he had just come home late from working at his newest Tae Kwon Do school location. He was tired but still enthusiastic about all the new members that signed up. 30+ years in the business and he still teaches when he can. He is super hands on with his TKD locations, his TKD skills, his students.. and I am constantly inspired by him! As a little girl I remember him doing flying sidekicks, breaking bricks with his bare feet/knuckles, splits everywhere, lol.

So yes, the ‘Hur Side-Kick’. Here’s how you do them:

Position A: find balance on your left foot, right leg up to hip level, fists up!

Position B: look to the right, chin up, kick!

Do 20, then repeat with left!

PS – TKD is an amazing form of cardio!

Style by Sophie Wu
Photo by Ron Gejon

Wednesday

7

August 2013

JOG + RUN + SPRINT

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We are continuing with our week of cardio:) You don’t need much, but a little bit everyday will go a long way!

For an effective workout, try high intensity interval training. I recommend the ‘Jog, Run, Sprint’ workout below if you want simultaneous toning and weight loss.

High Intensity Interval Training:

  • 1 minute walk
  • 2 min jog
  • 2 min run
  • 1 min sprint
  • 30 sec jog
  • 30 sec sprint
  • 30 sec jog
  • 30 sprint (at your max speed!)
  • walk it out for 1 min

This is only 9 minutes! It burns approximately 110 to 130 calories.

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Tuesday

6

August 2013

BURPEE

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Burpees are so challenging – but it’s such an effective full body cardio workout- try it!

How to do a Burpee:

Position A: crouch into a squat.

Position B: jump-kick feet back to plank.

Position C: hop feet back between your palms to squat.

Position D: jump up to the sky!

Advanced: add a push-up to your plank.

10 to 20 reps- go!

Monday

5

August 2013

LEAPS

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Cardio sans equipment is the focus this week. If you have the opportunity and freedom of space— get off the treadmill and try some leaps! I was happy to take advantage of the beach over the weekend to do some freestyle cardio:)

Here’s why cardio is so important:

  1. Keeps your heart happy! Your heart controls every organ in your body, keep it beautifully healthy!
  2. Lose weight and get to your goal weight quickly. It is the fastest way to lose body mass.
  3. Increases your energy level. Your body’s energy currency multiplies when you do cardio!
  4. Helps you sleep well. Helps your sleep rhythms get back on track. I personally love that I can fall asleep at bedtime within minutes..
  5. Gets you naturally happy by releasing endorphins! It’s the most natural stress reliever. Your body’s toxins and any negative energy you may have releases- getting your mind/body back on track again.

So, try this form of cardio..

How-To Leap:

    1. Get a running start, chin up.
    2. Hands to the sky as you leap- smile!

Get moving, happy Monday!

xo

photo by Ron Gejon; style by Sophie Wu

Thursday

1

August 2013

TOE TOUCH

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Another equipment-free abs workout: the Toe Touch!

Position A: lay on your back, extend your legs and arms and reach, activate your core- keep it tight!

Position B: extend your legs up and touch your toes!

Repeat 20x!

Wednesday

31

July 2013

PRINTABLE FLAT ABS WORKOUT

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Printable Flat Abs Workout

I was inspired by you to create my first workout 1 sheet because of the positive reactions from yesterday’s criss cross workout for flat abs!

Here it is, it’s printable! Or save it in your phone for near future reference:)

Here is your Flat Abs Workout:

  1. Bridge Pullover 20x
  2. L Stand 10x per leg
  3. Side Plank with Crunch 10x per side
  4. Ab Roll Up 10x
  5. Water Warrior 10x

Do moves 1-5 3x to burn 110+ calories (depending on your weight & level of fitness).

Photos are by Ron Gejon!

Monday

15

July 2013

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I love my green juice! 

It’s so convenient that I can ensure I am getting my days worth of greens in one large cup of green juice!

Remember, nutrition is the most important part of any fitness goal!

The four elements of change are motivation, nutrition, resistance training, and cardio..

Thursday

13

June 2013

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Hip Lifts for toned butt and thighs:

Position A: Lay flat on your back with arms at the sides, knees bent.

Position B: Lift hips to the sky, squeeze your butt and thighs at the top. Lower and repeat – 10 reps; 3 sets!

for the advanced: extend right foot from the ground at the lifted position, hold for 5 seconds. Lower and repeat with your left foot.

Go! x

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