Blush Out All the Toxins with these Workout Outfits

Keep up with the pale pink trend during your workout with these outfits:

Onzie Jersey Pullover
Zella ‘Live-in’ Midi Leggings – available at Nordstrom
Adidas Swift Run PrimeknitTraining Shoe
Nike LunarGlide 9

Adidas yoga activewear
$95 –

Pepper Mayne pink sportswear

Adidas laced up shoes
$110 –

NIKE laced up shoes
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Floral Leggings – the Softer Side of Fitness

Want to stand out in your next fitness class?  Floral leggings are a great way to do this and look great at the same time.  But, hurry up because not many brands are offering them and those that are have some floral lines that have already sold out!

  1.  Athleta – Blossom Intuition 7/8 Tight  – $98*
  2. Athleta – High Rise Chaturanga Tight – $79*
  3. Carbon38 – High Rise Hear Me Roar Tight – $110
  4. Anthropolgie – Rain Forest Leggings – $68

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The Important Benefits of Building a Booty-Full Backside

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Recently we asked our friend and instructor at SpinChagrin, Anna Latkovic, why there’s always so much focus on strengthening our glutes.  Here’s what she had to say.

Even if you don’t care about the perkiness of your posterior, your glutes are an important factor in training for life – from picking up toys on the floor, to loving your reflection in your favorite jeans.

Weak glutes are one of the key culprits in almost every lower limb injury and lower back problem, often referred to as gluteal dysfunction. Because no one wants dysfunctions, including glute training should be an important part of your workout routine.

Your backside consists of three major muscles: the gluteus maximum, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. This important group of muscles extends the hip (pulls the thigh behind you), abducts the hip (your lateral movement to the side), and does internal and external rotation of the hip.

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It is important to understand that to build a booty-full backside correctly, you need a good plan to evolve from good movement patterns in isolated movements to the more complex movements standing up. Strength is the name of the game and although bodyweight exercises such as donkey kicks, clam shell or other Jane Fonda originals are extremely beneficial, there is more to the story.

According to Functional Training Facility in Orange County, body weight glute bridges are a perfect example. They alone only activate 20-30% of the maximum ability or the backside muscles. These body weight moves are a good start, but more complex, weighted movement patterns need to be added to make a difference.

Here is a brief example of a workout plan that can get you started at home. (video available at
  • Warm up- 5-10 mins of dynamic stretching
  • Start bodyweight single leg glute brides – 3 sets (20 each side)
  • Get stronger – transition into barbell or other weighted glute bridges – 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Bodyweight walking lunges – 3 sets 10- 20 reps per side
  • Get stronger – transition into weighted high step ups with a lunge back – 3 reps (10-12 each side)
  • Bodyweight reverse Hyper extensions – 3 sets of 20
  • Get stronger– Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift- 3 sets of 10


Anna Latkovic pictureAnna Latkovic is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, AFFA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Mad Dogg Certified Spinning Instructor, TRX Certified Group Fitness Instructor



An Edgy Workout Outfit that Doesn’t Break the Bank

 Black and White Fitness Outfit
Here are some great accessories that can add an edgy look to your fitness wardrobe.  All of these items can be found at Nordstrom Rack –  click on the links below to purchase or shop around at your local retailers for a similar look.


 Let’s start with tops.   I love high necks, so we’ve given you three options above.  Personally, I love skulls, so this Betsey-Johnson Flower Crown Skull Racerfront tank  is perfect!   But, if you are looking for a classier version of a high neck workout top that still looks awesome with edgy pants, try the Lorna Jane Tash Excel Tank in white.   You can also go with the plain black C & C California racerback tank which goes with everything because of the cut of the top.


These Z by Zella shredded black tights will add instant edge to your workout outfit. Period.

The best part about all of these tops and pants?  They are each under $40!


Sneakers?  I love all black sneakers, but these Gel Kayano Asics rock.  But for all of you Nike fans out there – try the Nike Juvenate Pebbled Leather Sneaker – which is a a pretty cool sneaker too.
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“I Workout to Burn Off the Crazy”

"I workout to burn off the crazy" tank top

After a long holiday with little exercise, I threw on this tank because not only is it pretty funny, but it was totally appropriate to my mood before I worked out!  Even my family will vouch for the fact that I am a much nicer person when I exercise.

It’s not just me though, it’s true for all of us.  According to Dr. Shawna Charles in her article “5 Mental Benefits of Exercise”:

Most of us know the many physical benefits of exercise: weight control, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of diabetes, and increased energy, just to name a few. But what about the psychological benefits of exercise? From easing symptoms of depression and anxiety to keeping your memory sharp, there’s no shortage of mental benefits of exercise.

According to Dr. Charles, who holds a PhD in Psychology from Walden University,  the five psychological benefits are:

  • help for depression and anxiety
  • decreased stress
  • increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • better sleep
  • brain boost

According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), in their article “Exercise for Stress and Anxiety”,  “It takes about five minutes of aerobic exercise to begin stimulating anti-anxiety effects…One vigorous exercise session can help alleviate symptoms for hours, and a regular schedule may significantly reduce them over time.”

So, don’t just take my tank top’s word for it.  Get out there and move.  ‘Cause it will help burn off your crazy too 😉

I Workout to Burn Off the Crazy Tank
Panoware Women’s Workout Racerback Tank | I Workout To Burn Off The Crazy, Vintage Black

Plans for the 4th? Chew This!

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I have used these Zaca patches before.  These are great to keep a hangover at bay!  Looks like chewables are now available too.  If you are planning to travel and/or have a fun night on the 4th you may want these.  Or, if you are a total athlete and looking to stay hydrated – it’s perfect for that too!  This can be used for high altitudes as well.

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Multi-Purpose: The same antioxidants and electrolytes that aid partiers play a big role in recovery after exercise or extensive travel. Perfect for post-workout replenishment & high altitude journeys. –
Six packs of 12 tablets are available at Amazon for $29.99.  Zaca is currently featuring them for $19.99.  Don’t wait!