fitness

ENLIVEN dance cardio: Outkast

Here’s an ENLIVEN dance cardio combo for you to one of my fave songs. Let your self go and just dance it out!

10 Minute Booty Dance Workout with City Shape Up

Tone your booty with dance and 10 minutes! I don’t think this one needs much more explanation…

Lexi Lombard, YouTube sensation, along with Kristin and Lauren from City Shape Up, join me in the fun.

ENLIVEN dance cardio: Adele & Basement Jaxx

Here’s what’s happening in my dance classes this week! Now, you get to do it at home too. 😉 I adore this remix with Adele (how can you not love this talented soulful woman!?) and Basement Jaxx!

 

Big news is that there are more chances to dance:

Tuesdays 8:30am FIERCE @ Pure Yoga East

Tuesdays 6:30pm ENLIVEN @ Physical Equilibrium*

Fridays 8:30am ENLIVEN @ Physical Equilibrium*

Saturdays 8am FIERCE @ Pure Yoga West

 

*Classes starting in October.

FREE EVENT on September 28th at Physical Equilibrium – ENLIVEN @ 5:45pm. RSVP to save your spot and also score discounts on class packages!

3 Survival Tactics To Conquer…THE BURN!

Here are three must-know tips so you aren’t kicking and screaming through the toughest part of your workout and dancing. Ultimately, when you apply these tips and learn to navigate the pain your body endures during your training sessions, you can get more more out of your body and get the results you are after. Score! ; )

How To End The “I’m Too Tired” Excuse

Here’s a strategy to ensure you don’t hit snooze on that alarm or skip out on moving your body and achieving the results you want.

Get Tight Hips And Thighs With Latin Flair

Screw squats. You can tone your hips and thighs by moving them, engaging them, and dancing with them. Traveling through space and changing your levels will help to enhance your results. And go throw your own flair on these moves and enjoy yourself!

Dance Moves to Tone your Arms, Shoulders, and Back

4 moves that will sculpt your upper body – no weights or props needed!

Choose Your Motivation Wisely, Or Else…

What motivates you?  Why do you get up and go to class and work out?  If you go to class to look good and get skinny, odds are you will 1.) be more unhappy and 2.) be less successful at achieving your desired thinness.  Damn.  And I thought the vanity angle had some potential to steer me away from dark chocolate truffles and late-night pizza.  The problem with vanity, beyond the fact that basking in your own physical appearance is a rather shallow and continuously transient perception of beauty, is that it is solely an instrumental motive.  A motive that has`everything to do with exterior, personal gain – say notoriety, financial prosperity, getting a job, and in this case, looking thin and implicitly attractive to others.  When we workout to merely look good or senselessly earn the stamp of approval from friends and family, we are doing ourselves a disservice.  It has been proven (don’t just take my word, here are two fabulous and engaging articles vouch for this claim…see below) that people with internal motive – motive that brings forth true connection with the activity at hand devoid of instrumental motive – say, to gain a closer bond with friends, to enhance your mood, to free your mind for an hour-long practice – are more motivated, happier, and more likely to achieve results.  By not focusing on external results, but focusing on the crust of the work and the glory it holds, we truly win.  Also very worth noting, to engage an an activity with both internal and instrumental motives, you also lessen your chance of obtaining your desired results and reaching happiness.  Sorry ladies.  More means of motivation doesn’t bring you more of what you want here!

Alright. So crap.  Now how do we reverse the years of just wanting to look hot in the mirror or in that new evening dress, and start to not only pretend, but truly believe we want to work out to enhance our inner souls (duh!)?  And possibly harder yet, how do we start to love working out – which brings us torture and physical challenges in the heat of the moment?

Enter the life of a dancer.

As dancers, we have to love our job; and it is our job to find freedom and lightness in the lieu of complicated and physically challenging feats.  Let’s be honest, financial prosperity as motivation is off the table.  Notoriety on the other hand, could sabotage the few who want to be known as prima ballerina, genius choreographer, or lead soloist for decades to come, but dancers – particularly the brilliant ones – are very down to earth and simply love the grittiness of the craft.

Yes, dancers are idolized for their sleek figures, but using the motivation of thinness, the pettiest of reasons for attending class, almost always results in a lousy hour and a half and short-changed results.  Every time I gripped on the need to be skinny for a gig or for a director who was demanding a particular aesthetic, I would inevitably leave rehearsal craving, and then caving, for a $9 sundae from 16 handles.  Not to mention over-thinking the need to be in better shape resulted in utter crankiness.  The only way I achieved supreme shape for an important performance, was when I focused instead on the important performance and experiences I needed to deepen to achieve it – when the fluid mastery the steps became my motivation, when my interest laid in my connection with my partner as the music oscillated through chords, or when my intention was to get lost and completely transported in the studio and on stage.  Yes, those things don’t directly correlate to shedded pounds, but my head was on a more successful trek and I wasn’t motivating myself with shallowness.  I worked harder in the studio, and precious moments were not wasted on the mental distraction of how I could look physically better and sadly, possibly gain more approval from a director.  And oddly enough, the tip-top shape would come as result of going deeper with the movement.  Any time instrumental motive was thieving my moments, I felt completely unsatisfied with the rehearsal process and subsequently the culminating performance.  Cue the moments of motivating myself with: trying to get a role, attempting to land a job at any and every audition, proving myself to someone watching, or competing internally with another dancer.  It has only been when I had complete dedication to a work and all the delicate parts of it, that I looked back and claimed I mastered it, conquered it, and performed it to my upmost.

And beautifully enough, everything can be a dance.  The next class you take can be driven by the music, the muscles that are firing, the art of perfecting your form, and the energy of your instructor and the strong women alongside you.  Or better yet, just pick one of those motivators and see if it shifts how you work or how you feel afterwards.  Yes, there are points of class that will be hard and perhaps your go-to mental motivation is the last glance you got of your less-than-perky behind.  Your ass isn’t going to save you here.  Switch your motivation to something locked into the essence of the movement.  Relish in the release of endorphins and fatigue in your muscles.  Encourage yourself with the joy of moving your body, and geez, stop incentivizing with the so-over-rated, socially-obsessed, airbrush-only-obtainable skinny!

This post is thanks to two provoking articles found in the NYTimes Sunday Review, albeit 2014; a thank you for the thoughts of Arthur C. Brooks for his “Love People, Not Pleasure” (July 20th, 2014) and Amy Wrzesniewski’s “The Secret of Effective Motivation.” (July 6th, 2014).

Get Your Mind Blown And Stretch

Here are two tips that will blow your mind about stretching and teach you about what is actually happening in your body. These tips will allow for you to finally find your fullest elongation of any muscle. Then, I’ll take you through a series of stretches for you to put these tips into physical practice!

Tush Toning and Support

Tone your tush with this stationary exercise you can do from your home. Recruit your supporting muscles to help keep the framework of your body strong and in place to allow you to work your standing tush freely and fiercely!

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