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a body that moves is a body that grooves…

Movement is everything, it is our breath, our connection to others. It is the dance we have with ourselves on a consistent basis. Movement grounds us, lifts us, brings people together and draws people apart. Movement heals and brings greater awareness to one’s life.

Movement has proven to help reverse or delay some of the age related changes that happen to the body. In order to live a happy, healthy life and to age gracefully daily movement needs to be incorporated into your everyday routine. Unfortunately, play and active movement is often associated with the young yet, people of all ages need to move and be active to juice the joints and maintain a balanced body.

Movement facilitates the development of increased blood vessels that carry learning-essential water, oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Movement is essential to learning. It integrates and anchors new information into our neural networks. Every time we move in an organized fashion, full brain activation and integration occurs, and the door to learning opens. When the mind gets clear through breathing exercises than there is more room for the body to expand into new horizons.

Sharing my gift of movement with people is such a blessing. To watch people grow, gain strength, release stuck patterns, challenge themselves in new ways and open up their perspectives inspires me fully. To move is a gift, a gift to be recognized, honored and exercised. A little bit of movement goes a long way. Every action makes a difference. Attitude is everything. Choose to free your body and your mind with the dance of your breath and the rhythm of your heart.

sweat. align. define.

give love. spread love. be love.

love is the movement.

give thanks.

be the change you wish to see.

-mahatma gandhi

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How to Detox Correctly

Have you ever done a “detox” or juice diet? Did you feel worse or more toxic? Most people love the idea of “cleaning out the system” but don’t know the proper way to get all the benefits and are actually hindering their health progress.

During a detox the liver goes through 2 phases:#1 all fat-soluble vitamins turn into water-soluble, once they are water soluble they float around the body actually making you MORE toxic until they are expelled. In order to expel said toxins you must enter phase #2, which is adding Amino acids (ie complete protein). Complete proteins come from meat (not part of the detox), quinoa, spirulina, clean protein powder, etc. So you can see why a fruit and veggie cleanse isn’t going to work unless you want to actually become MORE toxic.

So here’s the plan to, you can do it for a day or up to a week, as long as you aren’t working out too hard and have enough time to relax.

Unlimited fruits and veggies in the form of:

FRESH JUICES (make your own or hit up an organic juice bar, NOT jamba juice)

FRUIT SMOOTHIES (coconut water, fruit, spinach, and a protein powder, either Teras whey, Hemp, Rice, Pea, VEGA, Egg White).

SOUPS (lots of veggie broth and cut up organic, don’t want more chemicals, vegetables).

STIR-FRIES, steamed, baked, grilled veggies.

FRESH FRUIT from the garden.

ADD UNLIMITED: garlic, onion, kale, seaweed (kelp salt), vinegar, spices, andherbs.

DO NOT EAT: Meat, dairy (except whey), nuts, oil, sugar, grains (quinoa is the only option)

Supplements and other drinks: 1 cup hot lemon water or green tea in the morning and at 11am. 1 how cup CALM magnesium drink before bed (start by following the directions and add more each day if you need to). Magnesium helps you sleep and stimulates bowel movements in the morning.

Happy Cleansing!

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Just Saying No

Growing up in Chicago, I was raised as a true Midwestern gal! Enjoying a plethora of steak, potatoes and too often junk food! As I got older and realized the challenges this food created for my body, skin and overall well-being, I often struggled with ‘saying no’ when the food was right in front of me. I mean who can’t eat fries when the entire basket is in front of you!

I decided to figure out tips for improving my ability to “just say no” so that I could learn to control my eating habits and maintain the weight I wanted, skin I yearned for and overall health I deserved.

1. Always have cut up veggies in the fridge to munch on
2. Carry snacks in your bag (I find the individual sized packs of nuts from Trader Joe’s to be perfect)
3. Drink 16oz.of water before a meal
4. I take 400-600 mg. of Magnesium per day which I believe helps cravings and offers a variety of other nutritional benefits.
5. Splurge every so often! You must give in to your cravings every so often, life is too good and so is the food! Deprivation is only going to create bigger cravings which will result in eating the entire chocolate cake instead of one bite!

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Fitting in the Fitness

I just returned home from several days of travel with my family. This time of year it seems a lot of us are out and about on the roadways and flying in the sky, traveling to visit family and take our summer vacations. When I am out of my normal workout routine, I have to try extra hard to find ways to fit fitness into my day. So here are some of the silly, but totally effective things I did to keep myself on track during this road trip…

At every rest stop, I ran three laps around the service center and did a series of three minute plyometric jumps on the curb. I also did 30 squats every time I had to take my three-year-old daughter into a public restroom. While my husband pumped gas, I did push-ups on the bumper of the Jeep, and every morning I did about half an hour of Pilates in my hotel room, including the Side Leg Lift Series and two sets of Hundreds (my favorites). I also threw in about 10 minutes of standing ballet barre work at the bathroom counter every morning while I did my makeup and my hair. Last but not least, I planked and I planked and I planked everywhere and anywhere I could get away with it.

I found that keeping myself on a “normal” fitness routine really helped me keep my food choices on track as well. I made a conscious effort to eat healthy foods, which can be hard to do when you’re traveling. I didn’t want to waste all the hard work I was putting in. I figured if I’m gonna make a fool of myself all day, I want to see some results! I’m happy to say that it did pay off. I was able to keep myself right on track all the way through the trip. But getting back into my studio this morning, and getting back onto a Pilates Reformer machine sure did feel good. It’s nice to know that the next time we take a trip I’ll be able to do the same thing and maybe even spice it up a little more. I have to put my thinking cap on. Suggestions?

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TUESDAY TREAT: 6 ways to use pulp after juicing

Using the new juicer has intensified our household to think about the environment a little more. Recycle more, save water, electricity, etc. I have been feeling quilty about just throwing away all the pulp from juicing vegetables, but have found some solutions to reuse it!

Sour cream dip
Add the contents of your pulp to sour cream. Use this as a dip, topping or add it into a casserole!

Cream cheese dip
Add the contents to any plain cream cheese. I used this as a filling for enchilada casseroles but you can also use it as a dip for veggies or as a topping.

Pasta Sauce
Add the pulp to pasta sauce to add a little more fiber and nutrients to your dish.

Add pulp to eggs for a healthy and tasty omelets.

Add the contents into a smoothie. Since its already been juiced, the flavors won’t overwhelm your smoothie and you get added fiber.

Compost it
Recycle the pulp by composting it. This way nothing entirely goes to waste!