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Beginner Dumbbell Total Body Workout

It’s January… still.. which means there’s a lot of you out there looking for a new workout plan. If you’re new to hitting the weights, it’s easy to get discouraged when the majority of options out there aren’t ideal for newbies. Although you can find results from these programs, it’s going to be hard to start if you’re feeling lost before you even pick up a set of dumbbells. Doing too much too quickly can also result in injury. And then what? You’re back to square zero. Just because you’re new to strength training doesn’t mean you can’t get a good workout in! I designed this Beginner Dumbbell Total Body Workout with step-by-step instructions for any fitness level. I’ve also Read More

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Weight Loss Hype vs Help

Tea cleanses, miracle pills, shakes, oh my! The media is swarming with advertisements imposing on anyone with weight loss New Year’s resolutions. In all honesty, I don’t blame someone who falls for one of these gimmicks. From taking a number of weight loss pills to talking my parents into buying me at-home Ab Crunch machines, I’m guilty of it myself! These companies play a good game. For someone who already feels stressed out about weight gain, the exclamation points, titles in cool fonts, before and after photos, and celebrity endorsements, create an even more demanding sense of urgency to slim down. Whether you’ve never tried to lose weight or have tried everything in the books, dropping lbs can be frustrating Read More




10 Tips to Identify True Hunger from Emotional Eating

It’s 11:30am and I’m already starving!! Some of the instructors and clients at CarmelBarre suckered me into doing a 2-day juice cleanse. With a combination of peer pressure and a good discount, I couldn’t say no. I’ve never really believed in cleanses. Most likely, if you are eating clean 80% of the time and staying active, your body is fully capable of cleansing out toxins on its own. However, a reset is never a bad thing. I’m most intrigued by the cleanse’s promises of reduced sugar cravings and increased energy. So, here we are, day 1 and I’m already struggling. Other than the hunger pains and desire to chew something 6 hours into the cleanse (I wake up at 5am on Tuesdays to Read More




NEW Sculpted Arms Workout & The Importance of Continuing Your Healthy Lifestyle in Winter!

I’m about to go to my first shift as a Personal Trainer at Peninsula Wellness Center! But first, I will leave you with a workout that’s guaranteed to sculpt sexy shoulders and arms. Remember, ladies, it’s very important to incorporate strength training into your workouts to sculpt those muscles, trim down fat, and maintain bone density. Hear me now so I don’t have to repeat this every time I put up a new weight lifting routine – “Weight lifting will NOT make you bulky!” It takes women a lot of effort to build muscle at all, and very specific nutrition and weight lifting routines to get a more “built” look. My workouts will shape feminine curves and help you burn calories all Read More




Gameday Workout Challenge

Aside from USC football games, FIGHT ON!, I’m not much of a fan of watching football on tv. Despite my passion for athleticism, my attention span is just not long enough for a 3+ hour slow-paced sports game. However, since dating Robby, the frequency of my sports watching has exponentially increased. Sports are truly his passion and I love partaking in something he loves so much. I have to admit, most of the time I’m there for more moral support and usually get caught red handed scrolling through Instagram or reading other fitness blogs during the game. However, he can’t really complain since his game day snacks have gotten quite the upgrade since I came into the picture! Greasy chicken Read More