Mornings Made Easier with Daily Harvest’s Breakfast Bowls

Start your day with Daily Harvest’s, easy, ready to make, healthy breakfast bowls perfect for these hot and humid months of the summer! 


The sound of a warm bowl of oats drizzled with nut butter may sound delightful for the wintry months, but in the summer it makes us all sweat profusely. Cool overnight oats is the solution for those days when you are craving some hearty healthy oats but have no interest in having an instant hot flash.

Instead of cooking them on the stove or in the microwave, the oats  sit in the fridge overnight and absorb the liquid they are mixed with. Yup you got it, it means no cooking required! Another option for a easy refreshing bowl is chia pudding! Similar to the oats you simply combine the chia with your liquid of choice and place it in the fridge overnight. In the morning you wake up to a cold, sweet and filling, sort of like having a decadent dessert for breakfast.

But the only problem with this great summer breakfast is finding the perfect ingredients to pair the oats or chia seeds with. While the ingredients are healthy by themselves they are bland and need some color to make them more appealing. You can achieve  this with Daily Harvest , the brand  delivering premium, healthy, easy-to-make superfoods directly to customers’ freezers. The brand where Oscar Award-winning actress and founder of Goop Gwyneth Paltrow and 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion, entrepreneur and fashion icon Serena Williams are an intrgral part of the brands’ mission to bring healthy food directly to your fridge.

Along with their smoothies, they have added ready to make superfood bowls, containing oats and chia.  These bowls are based with either chia or oats which are both great sources of fiber! The bowl selections are either Chia Parfaits or Overnight Oats, and are filled with healthful and perfectly paired ingredients. These ingredients include superfoods such as tumeric for its anti-inflammatory wonders and blueberries for its antioxindant magic. All YOU have to do is to add your liquid of choice! Coconut water, almond milk or just plain old water!

See some of the healthy bowl selections below:

Cinnamon protein + banana – taste like a banana muffin 

  • Organic Banana
  • Organic Chickpea
  • Organic Rolled Oats
  • Organic Cacao Nibs
  • Organic Maple
  • Organic Pea Protein
  • Cinnamon
  • Reishi

Mango + Golden Milk Chia Parfait-  taste like a tropical golden milk latte

  • Organic Pineapple
  • Organic Mango
  • Organic Chia
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Organic Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Organic Ginger
  • Organic Cardamom
  • Organic White Pepper
  • Organic Coriander

Blackberry + Blue Majik Chia Parfait- taste like blackberry banana pie

  • Organic Chia
  • Organic Banana
  • Organic Blackberry
  • Blue Majik
  • Lemon Juice
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Organic Coconut

According to Daily Harvest, soaking overnight supercharges your bowl: as the oats soak, their digestibility improves greatly as the starches break down, and the natural phytic acid( an anti nutrient,impairing the absorption of iron, zinc and calcium, and may promote mineral deficiencies) is greatly reduced making them more easily absorbed by your body. The soaking also protects the resistant starch (which cooking destroys), which has been linked to increased satiety, improved weight, better digestion, and it can help decrease insulin levels. Soaking chia seeds activates the full benefits of them, releasing their protein, fiber, good fats and omega-3 fatty acids while absorbing water that keeps you hydrated.*The oats and chia are at their best and most effective in the morning when they’ve had a chance to rest overnight.*

With cooking out of the way, you can now wake up with one less thing to do, and  glow with the help of your refreshing breakfast bowls.

All images used in this post are courtesy of Daily Harvest.

This is a partnered post with Daily Harvest

Schwinn Shares; How to Switch Up Your Workouts

Written by Schwinn Ambassador Jennifer Beth

It’s that time of year again: the sun is trying to come out, the days are longer, and the temperature begins climbing. With change in seasons usually comes a change in workout location. We finally are able to venture outside and add some variety to our regular gym routine. However, many of us still find ourselves doing the same old workout day after day. And while there are advantages to following a set routine, getting stuck in a workout rut can be detrimental to our fitness goals.

As a triathlete, I have the advantage of having three sports to wear out before I get bored, but even then, I find myself in a rut and not moving forward. Whether it be not meeting pace goals, dreading hill repeats on the bike, or not wanting to see the pool deck again for a good month, we all experience workout boredom.

Throughout my years of training, I’ve found a few great options to change up your workouts to keep you from missing workouts due to boredom:

Change your scenery:

Whether you’re a gym rat or someone who runs outdoors rain, snow, or shine, changing up your scenery can do wonders for being bored. Switch to a different area of the gym, try a new treadmill, explore the weight room you haven’t had a chance to venture into, or sit in the front of your yoga class instead of the back. Explore new running or bike trails, outside, drive 10-20 minutes to that state park or rec plex that has something new to explore. The miles go by faster when each mile is a new one!

Change your workout partners: 

I used to always be a solitary runner, I couldn’t stand running with others and either trying to keep pace with them or feel like I’m dragging people behind me. However, I found that my workouts went faster and I began to enjoy them more when I joined a running club in the community. I still enjoy my solitary runs to reflect, but It’s great to have the option for some company. Look online to see if there are free running or cycling clubs that meet at a local coffee shop on the weekends, or any training teams that offer supported runs or rides. Try a new class at the gym, meet new people, or drag friends along to try something for the first time!

Change your sport:

Nothing changed my life quite like cycling. I was getting sick of pounding the pavement in my running shoes, and fighting off overuse injuries put me on a bike. Whether I’m cruising around on my Schwinn Vantage exploring parks and trails or hill climbing and training on my road bike, I found you see the world from a different viewpoint by bike! The same goes for adding swimming, weight lifting, core-work, yoga, you name it – to your workout routine. Trying a new sport or exercise can really make you fall in love with working out again. I found myself looking forward to my 5 AM morning spin and pool sessions, and I always love the option of a nice leisurely recovery ride on my hybrid bike.

Change your tunes:

Switch up your running playlist, add some new tunes, put it on shuffle, or leave the ear buds at home! Sometimes, switching from pump it up music to just listening to nature or the ambient noise at the gym can be refreshing!

Change your clothes:

Sometimes just a new pair of shorts, sports bra, or workout top can really empower you to crush a workout. Wearing the same old almost threadbare workout clothes can be a real drag, and having a new outfit to look forward to wearing can be that little push that gets you out the door!

Change your goals:

Maybe reaching a certain pace on the run or bike is seeming unattainable, or a lifting goal just doesn’t seem to be possible anymore. Sometimes by focusing on a different area and switching up your routine or exercise can really change your performance! By focusing on having a goal of making it to the gym every day this week or for getting out and running for fun instead of time, you’ll actually see greater results: you’ll be meeting goals and making new ones!

Looking for more advice? Check out the Schwinn Red blog And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

This post was written by Schwinn Ambassador Jennifer Beth.

 

 

 

 


Looking for more bike advice? Check out the Schwinn Red blog And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Dont forget we have an  awesome giveaway with  Schwinn®  Open to EVERYONE. June 1st – June 30th. To enter and for the official rules visit a local LR club/ read this post. 

 

Schwinn® Shares How to Keep Your Fitness Routine Fresh for Every Season

In addition to our awesome giveaway we have going with Schwinn® here is a collaboration health and fitness post where Schwinn shares their tips on how to keep your fitness routine fresh. Now that the weather is changing, it is time we all started changing our routines as well. It is healthy for both your mind and body to hit the refresh button in your lifestyle routine. An added bonus in terms of your fitness routine it will promote quicker results whether it be to get stronger or lose weight. The following post is courtesy of Schwinn Ambassador Jaris, where he shares a couple ways he alters his fitness routine.

image courtesy Schwinn®

I know I am not the only one who experiences unpredictability in my life on a daily basis. Any one or all of my personal, family, social, and professional life dimensions may not always carry through as planned. As such, scheduling a variety of activities and maintaining a schedule that accommodates flexibility is critical to staying healthy and maintaining wellness.

While achieving and maintaining physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health are all equally important, I have learned that staying physically fit allows me to stay balanced in all dimensions of health. All over the world, the weather is often unpredictable and inconsistent. When the weather allows for it, I love to be outdoors riding my Schwinn Vantage F1 hybrid bike, my Schwinn Volare road bike, or going for walks or runs. Exploring new outdoor activity routes, and revisiting favourites, keeps me engaged with my community and city.

Participating in outdoor activities

This is also great way to be physically active with the company of others. I strongly encourage anyone interested in outdoor activities to explore their local fitness establishments for community-based physical activity groups and clubs. Often fitness clothing stores and various gyms have free group-based outdoor fitness opportunities or more-structured classes and programs for a fee. Getting out of a routine not only keeps physical activity interesting, but also ensures a variety of muscle groups are engaged.

Maintain an active gym membership year-round.

image via instagram andrea_ona_fit

 

As excellent as engaging in a variety of outdoor activities is, the weather may not always cooperate. To ensure my physical health is never at the mercy of mother nature, I maintain an active gym membership year-round. In times when I did not maintain a gym membership, it became too easy to choose to stay home when the weather was not ideal. Choosing to have a gym membership with friends, family members, or colleagues is a great idea to continue to be active with others, while still having the opportunity to work out alone when desired.

Personally, I also choose to participate frequently in indoor cycling/spin classes, which I now also teach twice per week. Indoor cycling is a very different activity than outdoor cycling. I often hear others commenting that they choose not to participate in indoor cycling or other indoor exercises during the summer because they would rather exercise outside. Avoiding various indoor activities during the summer, however, reduces the variety of exercise a person can experience.

With the variety of indoor fitness opportunities that are not otherwise possible outdoors, it would be a shame to miss out on everything that is offered indoors at a gym or fitness studio. As well, the unpredictability of the weather may often interfere with a person’s fitness regime and could risk losing that regime. Personally, when this happens to me and impacts my physical health in this way, I tend to experience imbalanced emotional, mental, and spiritual health, too.

At the end of the day, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of maintaining a variety of physical activity endeavours. Engaging in a variety of personal and community-based activities, both indoors and outdoors will help maintain overall health and well-being.

Cheers!

Jaris, Schwinn Ambassador

Looking for more bike advice? Check out the Schwinn Red blog And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

P.S The Giveaway is Open to EVERYONE. June 1st – June 30th. To enter and for the official rules visit a local LR clu/ read this post. 

Should I Exercise During Ramadan?

Should I exercise during Ramadan?

When we fast, our bodies naturally become less active because of the reduced energy that we are getting from food. Therefore, it is advisable to reduce the level of high impact exercise you perform during Ramadan. Rather than lifting heavy weights or doing high intensity cardio at the gym, consider something like Yoga, Pilates, low impact cardio which will place less stress on your body and also allows you to relax and meditate during your exercise. It is suggested in order to stay on track with exercise to go to the gym after Iftar. (Evening meal)

Other recommendations for a workout plan during Ramadan include:

  • If you choose to do cardio, reduce these exercises to approx. 2 days every week,  to ensure you retain your lean muscle mass. Also opt for moderate, low intensity, cardio opposed to high intensity cardio,and make sure  to drink water or tea before your cardio exercise.
  • If you choose to do weight training, it is recommended to do so after the Taraweeh prayers. This way, you can ensure that you have consumed enough food and water or your favorite shake essential for muscle growth to stay energetic while working out in the gym. But ultimately avoid weight training while fasting to avoid the breakdown of your muscle mass.

As you may know healthy eating is an important  part to staying on track. Similar to fitness it can be tricky to stick to your regular eating habits as you are fasting. Read this post to learn how you can stay on track while fasting for Ramadan.

Schwinn Giveaway Official Rules

Lucille Roberts® “Schwinn ® Giveaway” Official Rules

Eligibility: The “Schwinn® Giveaway” is open only to members and guests at all participating Lucille Roberts® clubs and who are ages 16+ or older as of the June 1st 2017.

The giveaway is only open to legal residents of the United States and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Lucille Roberts, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Giveaway. The Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

Sponsors: The sponsor of the giveaway is Lucille Roberts®

The Schwinn® giveaway is hosted by Lucille Roberts® and is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook® and Instagram®

“Entrant” or “Entrants” shall refer to an individual or individuals that have signed up to participate in the giveaway according to the Official Rules herein.

“Giveaway” or “Giveaways” shall refer to the current giveaway, which is a promotion designed to increase engagement with fans and members by making it easy for them to enter and to potentially win non-cash prizes and recognition for doing so.

Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Entrant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of Lucille Roberts® as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Giveaway.

Giveaway Period: Giveaway period starts June 1st 7:00am EST and ends June 30th 11:59pm EST. Entries for the giveaway are determinant on the space availability open on June 1st.

How to Enter:

The rules to enter current giveaway falls into two categories: Lucille Roberts® members and Non- Lucille Roberts® members; i.e. guests, miss tours etc.

Rules for Lucille Roberts® Members

First entrants must agree to sign the poster sheet available at all participating Lucille Roberts® gyms. Physical raffle tickets will be used for the entry process of the giveaway. In order to earn raffle tickets to enter the giveaway the following must be done:


 

How to enter win raffle tickets to enter giveaway:

 

Members have to initial the Schwinn® Giveaway workout sheet. 

    • 12 visits for the month = 2 raffle tickets
    • 15 visits for the month = 4 raffle tickets
    • 20 visits for the month = 6 raffle tickets
    • 24 visits for the month = 8 raffle tickets
    • Text and share guest pass with a friend guest pass  = 1 raffle tickets
    • Get a friend to join = 3 raffle tickets

Additional ways to earn a raffle tickets

  • If you like or follow on both Schwinn and LR on Facebook® or Instagram® = 1 raffle ticket
  • Host mini challenges in your club for the giveaway and tell members they can get 1 raffle ticket
  • Post a picture on Instagram of yourself working out in at LR and tag #lucilleroberts and #schwinn = 1 raffle ticket
  • Post a picture of yourself on Instagram riding a bike with your helmet on and tag #lucilleroberts and #schwinn = 1 raffle ticket
  • Post a picture of yourself on Instagram wearing a LR shirt and tag #lucilleroberts and #schwinn = 1 raffle ticket

 

NON members can win raffle tickets too. Here is how to enter:

  • Anyone who requests a tour or comes in as a guest = 1 raffle ticket.
  • Anyone who joins Lucille Roberts = 3 raffle tickets

 

The giveaway must be entered by following the rules stated above; there is no online entry form for this giveaway. The entry must fulfill all giveaway requirements, as specified above, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Lucille Roberts®

You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Lucille Roberts.


Prizes:

  • 2 Schwinn® Candis bikes
  • 2 Schwinn® bike baskets
  • 2 Schwinn® t-shirts
  • 2 Schwinn® helmets
  • A 12 month membership at Lucille Roberts®
  • A 6 month membership at Lucille Roberts®
  • A Lucille Roberts® small group training package ( 4 classes)
  • A Lucille Roberts® personal training package ( 4 X 30 min sessions)
  • A protein product bundle
  • 50 Lucille Roberts® gym bags
  • 25 Lucille Roberts® t-shirts

 

Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prizes shall be solely determined by Lucille Roberts. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at Lucille Roberts® discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Lucille Roberts® to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.


Winner Selection and Notification:

Winners are subject to verification of identity and eligibility for the giveaway under these Rules. Unless otherwise noted under the discretion of Lucille Roberts, winners must be current members in good standing to receive prizes. Winners may be required to supply Sponsors with his/her legal name, mailing address, birth date, and daytime and nighttime telephone numbers.

Winners are solely responsible for all taxes and/or fees that may be incurred. Winners may not request substitutions of prize winnings, prizes are non-transferable, may not be exchanged for cash or any other items, and are deemed to have no cash value. If a specified prize becomes unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, Sponsors may substitute a prize of like or equal value.

Winner will be selected by a random drawing under the supervision of Lucille Roberts. Winner will be notified by enter means of notification; email or telephone within 7 days following selection of Winner. Lucille Roberts® shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 7 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Giveaway is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT Lucille Roberts® SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery.

Rights Granted by You:  By entering the content to enter giveaway i.e.  photo, video, text, etc. You understand and agree that Lucille Roberts, anyone acting on behalf of Lucille Roberts, and Lucille Roberts’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Giveaway, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. Without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. Optional verbiage for Contests: By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Lucille Roberts. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Lucille Roberts® from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which Lucille Roberts® may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

 

Terms & Conditions: Lucille Roberts® reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Giveaway should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Lucille Roberts’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Giveaway. In such case, Lucille Roberts® may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Lucille Roberts®. Lucille Roberts® reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. Lucille Roberts® has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Giveaway, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Giveaway rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, Lucille Roberts® reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Lucille Roberts® and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Giveaway and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

 

Disputes: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the giveaway or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of New York. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Rules, Entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsors in connection with the Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

 

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Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

 

Lucille Roberts

Attn: Digital Marketing Department

P.O. Box S

New York, NY 10028

 

 

 

Lucille Roberts Trainer Spotlight: Cindy Jones

As our goals are to make all females #LRStrong through helping them find strength and happiness through fitness and health, here is our second feature for the  #LR Trainer Spotlight. In this inspirational series learn more about the #LRStrong trainers or instructors who push and inspire you to achieve our goals. Here they will be sharing their journey in health and fitness, with hopes to inspire all our readers and of course to spread the Lucille Roberts love. In this post get to know trainer Cindy Jones, a former Lucille Roberts member from Fordham now #LRstrong trainer for Grand Central!

  1. Introduce yourself and what you do at Lucille Roberts:

My name is Cindy Jones – Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer since 2012, teaching a variety of classes (except Zumba®  and Pound®)

 

  1. How and when did you decide you wanted to become a trainer?

I started as a member of Lucille Roberts Fordham, taking classes taught by Miriam, Eric, Sandra to name a few.  I was that girl who took all the evening classes standing in the front.  I honestly started because I was depressed.  I experienced a major loss and transition that put me in a major funk.  A friend of mine recommended Lucille Roberts to “get my mind off things” and that was it for me!!!!!

  1. What is your favorite way to sweat?

I like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and or Tabata exercises as you get to cram a lot of exercises in a short period of time.

What is your go to pre and post workout meal or snack?

As a pre-workout meal – I like to eat a banana, apple or almonds

As a post workout meal – I like to mix my It Works protein Shake with strawberries and flax seeds.  Because I normally workout at night (after 7pm) If the protein shake doesn’t suppress my hunger then I’ll eat a salad and/or eat nuts (almonds, cashews etc)

  1. A quote you live by and you share with your members?

I live by motivation so it’s hard to use a specific quote. Throughout the class I remind the members of their awesomeness whether it’s using Lucille’s “Sexy, Confident & Strong” mantra or me just simply screaming that their amazing, beautiful and capable of executing the routines even though they THINK they can’t.  I remind them to be better than the woman they were yesterday and NOT to compare themselves to anyone in the class.

At the end of the class I like to have the women say “YOU GO GIRL” since we got through the class together, as a team….. A sisterhood!

 

  1. Do you prefer to sweat in the morning or evening?

I prefer evenings. Gosh I admire a person who can get up early workout then go to work!!!!

  1. The most challenging workout you have done so far?

Jillian Micheals Bodyshred ®  its noooo joke. Also Strong by Zumba ® Challenging in a good way!

  1. The workout you will probably never do again?

There’s no workout I will never do again.  If I felt that way I’d push myself to find some level of appreciation for it. Call me crazy.

  1. The part of your body you love to work out and what is your go to move?

Lower body, GLUTES (Oh yeah)

  1. One tip you would suggest for those struggling to stay on track for their health and wellness goals?

Stay consistent. Know results do not happen overnight.  Find a support system – a friend, family member, coworker OR even ME to motivate you!!!

  1. What is you power song you listen to blast those through those final minutes in your workout?

I love me Reggae/Dancehall.  A good power song that’s current is “Not Nice” – PartyNextDoor

  1. Anything you would like to add about yourself that no one knows – like a pet peeve or who is your fitness spirit animal?

My fitness spirit animal is a LION.  HEAR ME ROOOOOOOAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

To see more of workouts from our faulous trainer Cindy be sure to check out her Instagram. Also read this post to find out why trainers are the keys to success.

Meet #LRStrong Member Valerie; Boot Camp Lover & Motivated Grandmother

Here’s to STRONG females, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them! We are happy to introduce to you #LRStrong member Valerie DiPiazza,  Clifton member of 4 years and a client of  #LRStrong trainer Dalida! Valerie has lost over 60lbs with the help of trainer Dalida and the inner motivation to live a long, healthy and happy life for herself and her family. Learn more about Valerie’s motivational and inspirational journey below!

image coutesy #LRStrong trainer Dalida

1. How long have you been and why did you join  Lucille Roberts?

Approximately  4 years and to live a healthier life style in an environment of women with the same goals as mine.

3. When and why did you decide to try training with Dalida?

I would watch her train with other members and I noticed their results and how they were always so motivated. Plus I wanted to change things up a bit because I felt my workout was getting stale. I noticed things she did were so outside of the box.

image coutesy #LRStrong trainer Dalida

4. How has Dalida helped to improve your lifestyle and achieve your goals?

She pushed me through, motivated me and gave me healthy meal plans. She just said so many times “ You CAN You CAN “ when I thought I couldn’t or felt  like giving up I just hear her  and I keep pushing.

5. What do you struggle with the most when you try to live a healthy and active lifestyle?

Honestly, weekends and wine like a lot of women 🙂

6. What are your favorite workouts with Dalida/ What workouts make you feel stronger & more empowered?

Any of her SGT ( Small group training) THAT ARE A BOOT CAMP STYLE.  I like lifting heavier weights and strength and TRX training.

image coutesy #LRStrong trainer Dalida
image coutesy #LRStrong trainer Dalida

7. What are your not so favorite workouts, but you love them anyways because you know they work?

Running ! Tired and shred is one of the best SGT classes that delivers the best results . I hate it when its happening, but I love the results! I feel amazing after I am done ! But I do give her the evel eye ! Lol

8. What are your overall health and fitness goals and describe how your progress is going! (i.e how much weight you lost? If you have gained any muscles in your abs, legs, booty?!

I have lost about 60 lbs in 2yrs and continue to focus on toning and strength. I see a huge difference in muscle tone in my arms and legs. Plus a much rounder booty !! ?

9. Except for Dalida, who motivates and inspires you to be better ?

My grandchildren!!! I want to be in shape and live a longer life to see them grow!!! I wan to be able to play ball and run around with them !!! They inspire me !!!

10. Anything else you would like to share?

Lucille Roberts is a great gym and  I love coming here.

image coutesy #LRStrong trainer Dalida

Inspired by Valerie’s story and interested in trying Small Gorup Training? Right now Lucille Roberts is offering 4 classes starting at  $39.95! To purchase a package be sure to visit your local LR club.

Meet Anaflore; Strong Mother, Gastric Sleeve Surgery Patient & Our Next Winner of Our One Year Personal Training Giveaway!

 

Here’s to strong females, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them! We are happy to introduce to you our next personal training winner Anaflore! Anaflore is fellow strong female mother who underwent surgery and is trying to improve her health for herself and for her son.Read more about her motivational and inspirational story below!

 

 

After struggling with obesity Anaflore decided to try Gastric Sleeve Surgery.  A procedure helping obese individuals to lose weight and   fight off diseases such as obesity, diabetes and sleep amnesia. While Anaflore was successful, her battle with losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle after surgery continued. Working and taking care of her 2 year old, Ana struggles to find the time to workout. ” I didn’t have the time to go anywhere” she says.  Also  “having someone to push & motivate me will give me the push & encouragement I lack,  I will also learn what & how to exercise to work on my body getting back in shape”

With the help of one of our great LR trainers based in Bayridge , Anaflore is “super excited, thankful & grateful” to continue her journey to a healthier and happier  version of herself .

We wish you the best of luck Anaflore! and cannot wait to see your progress at the end of 2017!

 

What is Bullet Proof Coffee ?

Coffee. Butter. Oil. Sounds weird, but trust us the taste and effects of this powerful coffee combination is well POWERFUL. If you are not aware, there is a lot of  buzz about this coffee beverage rendition created by Dave Asprey. With claims to trigger fat loss, boost metabolism and other health benefits, the BPC aka bullet proof coffee is something you need to try ASAP.

Bullet Proof Coffee originally consists of certified butter, MGT oil and brewed high quality coffee. To be honest the steps and effort needed to brew  bullet proof coffee every morning is not convenient. Who has the time on a work morning to blend butter and oil in addition to brewing coffee? Not us.

Thankfully there is a resolution to this  MetaBrew.

 

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A bottled BCP drink inspired by Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee, MetaBrew is packaged nicely in a bottle containing  all of the powerful ingredients as the original bulletproof coffee has. The difference you dont have to brew anything and it is vegan friendly!  It replaces regular butter with nut butter and oil with coconut oil, so the effects are the same; increasing metabolism and curbing appetite. But they are more nutritional too as the main ingredients are plant based. How could we forget to mention there is cacao the main ingredient to create chocolate in there too.

Another benefit of Metabrew, you can enjoy it cold or warm it up, but always be sure to shake shake shake it up, as it is natural there will be separation of the nut butter and coffee brew.

When should you drink this thing? 

We highly suggest drinking Metabrew before your #LRStrong workout, when you need an energizing boost during the work day or even to accelerate your workout. Keep in mind while this is a great replacement to the unnatural pre-workout drinks out there, there is absolutely nothing, NOTHING  that can replace a hearty meal.

Want to learn more on how to Meta-fy your life? Visit their blog!