Category Archives: FIT + WELL

SheLift SoulCycle Charity Ride at the Culver City Studio

July 8, 2017

We are thrilled to share with you that Sarah Herron will be hosting the first ever SheLift SoulCycle Charity Ride at the Culver City studio on July 15 at 12:30 p.m. Kombucha and refreshing snacks will be served to guests after the 45-minute indoor cycling class and guests will have the chance to meet and greet with Sarah. Some lucky attendees will receive special gifts!

Laura Crago will be instructing the class. Sarah and Laura met in 2015 when Laura was embarking on a journey to bike cross-country from LA to NYC and Sarah was about to climb the Half Dome in Yosemite. They found inspiration and motivation through each other’s stories and aspire to trek Mount Kilimanjaro together. But in the meantime, they’re joining forces to raise awareness for Sarah’s charity, SheLift.

Sarah gained her notoriety on ABC’s The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise for being the first contestant with a physical disability. Sarah was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, but it hasn’t stopped her from climbing mountains, skiing double black diamonds, and even searching for love on television. SheLift, a 501(c)3 organization, was born from her love for outdoor adventures and the transformative powers of adventure. SheLift encourages girls to improve self-acceptance and confidence through outdoor adventures and body-positive mentorship. SheLift aims to normalize differences while challenging girls’ physical and emotional abilities.  

Bikes can be reserved here.

The WALL Fitness – Stack Class

July 7, 2017

CRAZY ABOUT THE WALL!

Jason Wimberly, one of my fave spin teachers of all time, debuts  the WALL Fitness, Pop Up Studio, located off Sunset).

PHILOSOPHY:

No walls? No breakthroughs.

“At THE WALL, we believe you have to go to the limits before you can push yourself past its boundaries. Our one-hour classes combine a unique blend of strength training and indoor cycling that is all about motivating you to achieve the results you seek.”

KEY FEATURES

123 Stack: Core Activation + High Intensity Circuit Training + Indoor Cycling

Our Signature “123 Stack” class is built with a foundation of 10 minutes of core activation, 20 minutes of high intensity circuit training, and 30 minutes of indoor cycling. Each class has its own focus and intention, expertly led by our team of high-quality instructors, each of them dedicated to maximizing your experience. Mindful awareness is the backbone to our curriculum as we believe in improving both mind and body.

123 Stack graphic detailing fitness class with core activation + high intensity circuit training + indoor cycling
Without core strength, the bidy is unable to support the demands of high intensity circuit training.

Digital Tracking: Get ready for a powerful, personalized fitness experience.

Elevated Experience: Paperless check-in, complimentary amenities, and a state-of-the-art fitness tracking system, THE WALL will elevate your fitness experience in every way possible.

Go past your perceived limitations. Join THE WALL. We’re on your side.

READY FOR YOUR BREAKTHROUGH?

Jason Wimberly speaks to “Common ‘Spin-Stakes’ Made By Newbies”

Not enough resistance!

Resistance is your friend! The flywheel on a spin bike typically weighs around 40 lbs, so you can imagine once you get enough speed going, the momentum without resistance is pretty intense. While many studios are fans of super fast jogs and drills, without enough resistance the bike is in charge, and you are just along for the ride. Even thought spin is low impact, without enough resistance it can become rather jarring to your joints, which is obviously not a good thing. Lastly, if you really want to torch calories and burn fat, the best way to maximize your burn is by cranking it to the right.

Get off those handlebars

Form and position is paramount in all exercise, and when you’re locked into a stationary bike, any deviations on position become rather obvious. Always remember that the handlebars are meant for balance, not to lean your weight into. By keeping your grip light, you engage even more of your core when out of the saddle, burning up to 1/3 more calories than doing the same exercise seated.

Pull it back

After teaching upwards of 5000 spin classes, I lost track of how many times I have been asked, “Will this bulk up my thighs?” My answer is always the same, “Not if you’re doing it correctly.” For indoor cycling, our positioning should mimic that of a squat when out of the saddle. Your knee should remain behind the tip of your toe, and your butt should be pulled back over the saddle so that it taps between your thighs. In this position, your glutes become the workhorse, and you avoid any unnecessary pressure on the knee, resulting in a firmer back side, not overdeveloped quads.

Follow the leader

Even if it’s your first time ever, your instructor has likely spent lots of time preparing class to give you the best experience possible. Nothing is more irksome than when someone decides to ride to their own beat. Trust in the process, and accept the challenge of doing something new. If you know you have a former injury and might have to modify, or just may need some extra breaks, we understand. Simply let your instructor know ahead of class, and make sure and take a seat in the back where you won’t distract other riders fighting to stay on the rhythm.

Stay for the stretch

Unless your instructor excuses you early, or you’ve let them know you need to leave early for work or a prior engagement, class is not over until AFTER the stretch. 1) You can afford the 4-5 minutes it will take to cool down, and stretching ensures you can continue riding injury free for years to come. 2) It’s disruptive and just rude to everyone else, so don’t do it.

ABOUT JASON WIMBERLY AND THE WALL FITNESS

The WALL Fitness founder Jason Wimberly is a force to be reckoned with. His decade long career as an Instructor means he knows exactly what your body needs, and as a former professional dancer he knows how to make it fun. His heart pumping, sweat drenched classes are truly one of a kind. Wimberly’s ultimate goal, is to create a nurturing environment where you can safely grow to be your best self yet. Some of his celebrity clientele includes Kate Hudson, Selma Blair, Jane Lynch, Leela Goldkuhl and Annabeth Gish.

 

The A List hosts N:Philanthropy’s Give Back Garden Party

June 29, 2017

The unstoppable A LIST  threw an inspiring “Give Back” garden party, celebrating brands that are conscious and give back. Why can’t all of Hollywood be like this? 

The theme? Brands that GIVE A DAMN! Leading the gathering hosts, N:PHILANTHROPY , a ridiculously rad clothing line which donates 10 percent of net profits to – oh – let’s say children’s cancer research or ya know, a little thing like animal welfare? Yah, and um, what are you doing? Exactly! Get out there and volunteer at Children’s Hospital LA, which was also representing.

And who was there? A bevy of glowing Hollywood lovelies sporting the socially conscious brands of the day.

Adria Arjona — n:Philanthropy tank / FASHIONABLE bag
Adelaide Kane — n:Philanthropy dress / Soludos / FASHIONABLE clutch
Cat Deeley — n:Philanthropy dress / Vince Camuto purse / FASHIONABLE bag
Camilla Belle — 1.state heels / n:Philanthropy tee / FASHIONABLE bag
Emmy Rossum — n:Philanthropy top & leggings / FASHIONABLE necklace / Jimmy Choo bag and Sergio Rossi shoes
Gal Gadot — n:Philanthropy top / Madewell Jeans / FASHIONABLE necklace
Jamie Lynn Sigler — LEC Sandals
Jamie King — n:Philanthropy skirt and top / Jimmy Choo shoes / FASHIONABLE
Jurnee Smollett-Bell — n:Phil tee, madewell jeans
Katherine Schwarzenegger — n:Philanthropy sweater
Kat McPhee — n:Philanthropy top / FASHIONABLE bag / Citizens of Humanity jeans / Alex Birman shoes
Kristen Bell — FASHIONABLE shoes / n:Philanthropy dress (top)
Lizzy Caplan — Madewell overalls / n:Philanthropy top / FASHIONABLE bag
Minka Kelly — n:Philanthropy top
Sarah Wright Olsen — n:Philanthropy dress / soludos shoes / FASHIONABLE bag
Serayah — n:Philanthropy dress / Diesel jacket

Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, Sarah Wright Olsen

Kat McPhee

Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, Adria Arjona

Jen Rade, Tara Swennen

Yvonne Niami, Alanah Joseph

Adelaide Kane

Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Kristen Bell, Gal Gardot, Lizzy Caplan, Yvonne Niami

Jaime King

Jurnee Smollett, Minka Kelly

Camilla Belle

Cat Deeley

Lizzy Caplan

Kristen Bell

Jamie Lynn Sigler

Emmy Rossum

Next up in the give back/conscious brands was the stunning line…

Nyakio Beauty

Where this Kenyan born beauty learned about skincare at the age of 8, which is about the age of her skin. Whatever she’s using, I’m doing.

FASHIONABLE

This line knocks it out the ballpark. These exquisite goods are made by giving jobs to women in need.

“In my experience, poor people are the world’s greatest entrepreneurs. Every day, they must innovate in order to survive. They remain poor because they do not have the opportunities to turn their creativity into sustainable income.

– MUHAMMAD YUNUS, AUTHOR OF Creating a World Without Poverty

FASHIONABLE

Their Mission:

We believe that the end to generational poverty will come when people are able to provide for themselves.

Charity is critical. Its importance lies in giving relief to those who are in great destitution from what are often unbearable circumstances. However, giving food, medical care, clothing, and other charity to the poor is just the beginning point to solving the issues of poverty. It is widely known that if we are to end extreme poverty, two things must happen. One, we must create jobs for those lacking opportunity, and two, we must do so for women. This is the gap that FASHIONABLE wants to fill.

To be clear, FASHIONABLE is not a social model of business that gives something away. We believe that the end to generational poverty will come when people are able to provide for themselves. We believe that social businesses whose aim is to alleviate poverty should use their business skills to create job opportunities for the poor, not give them more charity. What we seek to “give” to those living in poverty is opportunity by purchasing goods from them, and helping those businesses grow and employ more.

We believe in doing the manufacturing in the communities we wish to impact, creating jobs along the way.

Our business model is not creating goods in a strong economic country, selling those goods in the West, and then giving charity to developing countries. This still leaves the developing country out of the opportunity for economic growth, and keeps them in a cycle of dependency. We believe in doing the manufacturing in the communities we wish to impact, creating jobs along the way. Although it often creates a unique set of challenges, trade with developing countries is an empowerment model that we are committed to.

Kapulet Beauty

is a subscription based shopping experience where you can buy top of the line cruelty free, high end products at drug store prices. Here you will find every luxury brand at totally affordable prices.

Their Mission:

Kapulet Beauty was founded by a group of animal lovers, beauty gurus, and tech junkies who wanted to offer the world an alternative way to be beautiful. All of our brands are cruelty-free and are chosen because of the positive impact they have provided to the industry. We reward members with accessible pricing to luxury products, invitations to special events, and insider beauty info.

Kapulet works on a membership model, cutting out the middle man and saving you hundreds of dollars. Yearly membership costs only $59.95 and Kapulet confidently offers a thirty day trial period! Additionally, membership grants you access to exclusive beauty tutorials, pop up shops, and more!

When you become a Kapulet, you’re not just joining a beauty club- you’re participating in a beauty revolution.

The Lipstick Lobby

How about this one – EVERY CENT goes to Planned Parenthood. Is there really anything else I need to say? Yah. Didn’t think so.

Their Mission:

Welcome to THE LIPSTICK LOBBY. We are a social justice movement for change, progress and equality. Please join us in a simple way to protest and make a difference: this bold statement lipstick.

Wearing this lipstick is a reminder that small actions can create big waves. It’s a simple way to speak up and speak out against the threats to women’s freedoms and health care posed by the Trump administration. It’s a small thing we can all do right here, right now to create change.

100% of net profits from the sale of our signature shade KISS MY PINK will be donated to Planned Parenthood. And stay tuned…we have new shades and new ways to make a difference in the works.

So pucker up in protest with us. Together we can resist. Together we can make a difference. Together we can #LipstickItToTheMan!

100% OF NET PROFITS FROM KISS MY PINK WILL BE DONATED TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. This vital organization serves 2.5 million women and men in the United States who annually visit Planned Parenthood centers for health care services and information. If Trump succeeds with his devastating agenda to repeal the Affordable Care Act, millions of people will lose their health care and Planned Parenthood will lose its federal funding. We refuse to accept this. 

We chowed on Pure Growth Organic snacks which I have been totally mad about, because frankly, half my diet is chowing my kids snacks. Now I can do it and they are actually GOOD! And good for you. Done and done. We sipped Rethink Water (more adorable packaging for kids!) And I stared down the tequila cocktails by Viva XXXII but couldn’t drink because I had to teach a spin class later on. Good news, I took a bottle to go, so, um, hi weekend, are you here yet?

 

PHOTO CREDIT – Marc Patrick/BFA

  1. n:Philanthropy
  2. nyakio
  3. Pure Growth Organics
  4. FASHIONABLE
  5. ReThink Water

Vitamin Vape : A Better Way To B, B12 that is!

June 23, 2017

Imagine getting to vape your vitamins? Well, it’s here, VITAMIN VAPE – a new way to get your B12.

Each vaporizer contains 14 servings of B12. An injection typically only has 1000 mcg of B12.

These are so handy, fun, and totally genius, the only problem is stopping at the recommended dose of 5 inhalations a day.

Here’s a bunch of stuff that I pulled from the website because it sounds so much better they way they explain it!

The Science Behind Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an extremely important part of your dietary intake.

According to the National Institute of Health: “Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak [1].”

The UK Vegan Society, the Vegetarian Resource Group, and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, among others, recommend that vegans either consistently eat B12-fortified foods or take a daily or weekly B12 supplement to meet the recommended intake.

In other words, it’s very important you get enough vitamin B12 in your body.

How to verify how well VitaminVape works for you?

In order to verify its effectiveness for yourself, you can follow some simple steps below:

  1. Consult your Doctor. Buy vitamin B12 blood tests at your local Quest or Labcorp testing lab.
  2. Go without B12 supplementation for 1 week (get your Doctor’s permission first) to establish your baseline B12 levels.
  3. Get your first B12 blood test performed.
  4. Inhale 10 puffs of VITAMINVAPE.
  5. Wait 5 minutes.
  6. Get your second B12 blood test performed.
  7. Repeat 4-6 for as many days as you’d like.
  8. Plot the results on a chart and see how well it worked for you!

The data here is clear again, using VitaminVape shows immediate B12 absorption into the blood though individual results may vary.

Simple, high-quality ingredients you can recognize and trust: 

  • Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
  • Vegetable Glycerin USP
  • Distilled Water
  • Organic Fruit Flavor Extract (Water, Organic Ethyl Alcohol, and Natural Flavors)
  • Organic Vanilla Extract (Organic Vanilla Beans, Organic Ethyl Alcohol, Organic Cane Sugar)
  • Vegan, Gluten-Free

VITAMINVAPE is vegan, gluten-free, and made with all-American ingredients.

It never contains nicotine, tobacco, propylene glycol, diacetyl, acetyl propionyl, or cannabinoids,

And of course, it really works !!

Academic Literature on B12 Inhalation

Peer-reviewed studies going back over half a century indicate that inhalation is an extremely effective way of absorbing vitamin B12 [4] [5] [6]. After only one dose they indicate immediate absorption [4]:

 

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There are a couple of key reasons that vitamin B12 works so well for inhalation. One reason is that your body only needs a small amount of vitamin B12 everyday [1], so you can inhale it in 10-20 puffs. That’s not true with a lot of other vitamins, like vitamin C, which would take thousands of puffs. Another reason is that vitamin B12 is NOT sensitive to the heat associated with vaporizing [3].

Ultimately, however, the existing data speaks for itself when it comes to the efficacy of B12 inhalation. It is many times more efficient than pill absorption, and comparable only to injections.

Research using VitaminVape

Our own research with VitaminVape confirms very similar results, sustained over days of once-daily use:

 

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The price is $20 for 1 vape pen, $45 for 3, $100 for 10. WORTH IT!!

7 Steps to Happiness from be&behappy.

June 21, 2017

WHO WANT’S TO BE MY HAPPINESS BUDDY?!! LET’S DO THIS!! PLEASE EMAIL ME AND I WILL DO IT WITH YOU!

The next challenge starts on July 7th and all Groomed LA readers will receive a 20% discount when you use code GROOMEDLA20 at check out! https://beandbehappy.com/product/detox-challenge/

 Is It possible to achieve a happier you in 7 days?

(SHE LOOKS REALLY FRICKEN HAPPY!)

Living in big cities gets hectic. We know. Summer is officially here, calendars are not only filled with the regular day job, but it gets filled with more happy hours, beach days, pool parties, action packed vacations, and so much more. Before you know it you’re doing so much and your body, mind and soul disconnects from each other and you find yourself overwhelmed and lost. When you’ve hit the point you’ll feel exhausted, overwhelmed and at even unhappy. Luckily, there’s something you have that can change it.

It’s called a choice, and today, you can choose to be happy.

There’s a True Detox Challenge out there, and no, it doesn’t require you to binge on lemon, vinegar and cookies.

be&behappy wants you to have best summer (so keep reading to find true happiness is 7 days…)

be&behappy is a group of happiness experts who have practiced years of Ayurvedic health. They provide the necessary tools and support to help you rediscover the happiness of the body, mind and soul!

  1. Day One: Release what’s negative in your life. This may be hard because that negativity can be a something or a someone. It’s not something you can do overnight, but the first step to letting go is a step closer to happiness.
  2. Day Two: Identify what gives you peace. To be peaceful is to be calm in your heart and mind. Ask yourself what is it that brings you peace? Take a moment to think deeply and go after it!
  3. Day Three: Always look on the brighter side. Is the glass half empty or is it half full? When you turn a negative into a positive or look for a solution rather than the problem, you will find yourself closer to happiness and contentment.
  4. Day Four: Express gratitude. There are so many things to be grateful for. It could be for the little things like sunshine or the big things like an amazing family and a great group of friends. Identify what it is you’re grateful for!
  5. Day Five: Be your own cheerleader. Daily. Tell yourself you are awesome. Recognize that there is only one you and you have purpose! Don’t only tell yourself, but believe
  6. Day Six: It’s all about being present. Focus on the here and now. Don’t ruminate over the past and don’t worry about the future. What matters is what are you doing to make improve yourself right this very second.
  7. Day Seven: Reward yourself and celebrate you. Life is all about the little things that make a HUGE difference. The fact that you took a step to release what’s negative is a victory, the fact that you decided to eat one more serving of fruits and vegetables is a victory. These things are great things and they should be recognized and rewarded.

These are just a few ways to achieve happiness. The True Detox Challenge gives you a chance to join a challenge with people all over the world. Before you convince yourself that you’re not happy, you have the choice to be otherwise.

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