Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles

Bonus fitness tips from yoga goddess

- May 14th, 2012


Kathryn Budig was featured in my Keeping Fit column on Dec. 4, 2011.

Here are some bonus tips from the Los Angeles-based yoga goddess:

• Follow your heart. “Find something that you really love to do. If you love being outdoors, commit to hikes, long walks, surfing, biking — whatever it is that cheers you up while breaking a sweat.”

• Yoga, of course, is another option. “Yoga is a fantastic mind-body experience that keeps the brain entertained, soothes stress and sculpts a fabulous figure.”

• But whatever you do, just keep it fresh. “Mix it up if you get bored and check out online resources. They’re growing by the day and they’re amazing! and GaiamTV are fantastic sites to get you started in the comfort of your own home. You can also check out my new DVD with Gaiam, Aim True Yoga, which has a beginner’s practice segment if you are looking to get into yoga.”

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OMG! Celebulite! (Celebrity Cellulite)

- June 2nd, 2011

Check out this video that actress Lisa Ann Walter put together about Celebulite (aka Celebrity Cellulite).

The video is Lisa’s satirical take on the media’s completely ludicrous coverage of celebrities and their bodies, according to her publicist. It stars a few of her famous friends, namely Lea Thompson, Zoe Deutch, Lisa Rinna, Heather McDonald, Louis Van Amstel, Rosa Blasi and MaryMargaret Humes.

Lisa Ann Walter is an actress, comic, and the creator and executive producer of the Oxygen network’s Dance Your Ass Off. Walter has a new book out, THE BEST THING ABOUT MY ASS IS THAT IT’S BEHIND ME. It’s a hilarious romp about her journey to self-acceptance in size 0 Hollywood. Best known for her work in movies like The Parent Trap, Shall We Dance, and Killers, she is also a well-known name on the stand-up comedy circuit. She lives in Los Angeles with her four children.


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Hot Dahm! Triplets offer help to ‘Get Your Body Back’

- May 30th, 2011


Here’s more proof that good things come in threes.

Identical triplets Erica, Jaclyn and Nicole Dahm — who all have baby girls under 18 months old — have launched a fitness DVD called 3-2-1 … Get Your Body Back.

Check out the trailer on YouTube:

And here’s the press release:



LOS ANGELES — The Dahm triplets, Erica, Jaclyn and Nicole, all with baby girls under 18 months old, know how hard it is for busy moms to get their pre-baby bodies back. In their debut fitness DVD, the sisters throw back to their favorite workouts incorporating classic aerobic moves and high-energy dance sequences to give a full-body burn that will melt fat and help get your body back.

In just three quick and easy 10-minute workouts you can tone lean arms, sculpt sexy abs and lift your buns. Perfect for losing that baby weight, the freshman 15 or toning up for the summer, 3-2-1 Get Your Body Back is quick, fun and leaves you energized and ready to take on the world!

Each sister leads a heart-pumping workout:

Jaclyn gets your heart rate revved while focusing on long, lean “beauty” moves that tone and tighten so you can be sleek and sleeveless.

Erica’s workout features classic aerobic moves and lower body toning that concentrate on hips, thighs and buns for maximum booty blast!

Nicole’s cardio dance party and toning moves target your core for full-body fitness from the inside out.

“Bye Bye Belly” Ab Bonus: this simple routine creates flat, sexy abs. It’s quick, easy and effective.


The Dahm sisters are identical triplets raised in Jordan, Minn. Erica, Jaclyn and Nicole currently in Los Angeles with their husbands and baby girls Avery, Chanel and Charlize. Erica and her husband are expecting their second child in fall 2011.

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‘Queen of Pilates’ opens new California studio

- May 15th, 2011


Traveling to California this summer?

You may want to check out Mari Winsor’s new studio.

Here’s the press release:

LOS ANGELES — Fitness expert Mari Winsor (, lovingly known as the “Queen of Pilates,” opens a Pilates studio at 2530-B San Vicente Blvd., in Brentwood, Calif.

Mari, the most sought-after trainer in Hollywood and a celebrity in the world of health and fitness, has always been able to boast a continuous roster of A-list clients that includes Drew Barrymore, Elizabeth Berkeley, Minnie Driver, Daisy Fuentes, Jasmine Guy, Jewel, Melanie Griffith, Meg Ryan, Sharon Stone, Marisa Tomei, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Dita Von Tees.

She opened her first Pilates studio in Los Angeles in 1990 and introduced her innovative signature workout, “dynamic sequencing,” based on techniques developed by Joseph Pilates. Soon after, the highly visible bodies of musicians, professional athletes, and celebrities began to flock to her studio to be shaped, toned, and strengthened.

Eight years later, she opened a second studio in West Los Angeles. Now, after 12 years Mari closes the doors of Winsor West studio to change venues and move to Brentwood.

Mari says, “I am excited about our new green studio with cork floors and glassless mirrors. It is an intimate space where will be offering both Reformer and Tower classes. Another plus is we will have ample parking.”

An open house will be held May 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. And on May 21, the studio will offer free half-hour reformer privates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Winsor Pilates at 310-576-2530 to reserve a space.

abo_mari1About Mari and Winsor Pilates
Eager to learn as much as she possible could about Pilates, in 1992, Mari began studying with Romana Kryzanowska, who trained with Joseph Pilates and took over his New York studio upon his death. After one year of intense study, Mari earned her certification in the true technique of Joseph Pilates. Mari continues to study with Romana to this day.

In 2003, Mari brought Pilates to a new level of public recognition when she released her first infomercial. The record-breaking success of the Winsor Pilates workout series and award-winning infomercials was unparalleled. Thirty videos later and over 50 million programs sold, Mari’s groundbreaking dynamic workouts have helped millions of Americans get the body they want making Winsor Pilates a household name.

Committed to sharing her knowledge and experience with the public, Mari has created an Online Winsor Pilates Fitness Club. She has co-authored three books: The Pilates Powerhouse; The Pilates Pregnancy: Maintaining Strength, Flexibility and Your Figure; and The Pilates Workout Journal: An Exercise Diary and Conditioning Guide. Mari’s fitness expertise has been featured in countless magazines such as: Allure, Glamour, Fit Pregnancy, Health, InStyle, More, Redbook, Shape, Vogue, W, and Woman’s World.

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You gotta love getting ripped with Love

- April 9th, 2011


There’s more than one way to get ripped.

Jari Love, the Alberta product who’s now kicking butt in Los Angeles, shows you three ways to get RIPPED! in her latest DVD Get Extremely RIPPED! Boot Camp.

Her popular boot camp workout apparently inspired one student to shed 84 pounds.

Here’s the press release:

LOS ANGELES — By popular demand, fitness expert and certified personal trainer Jari Love is bringing the highlights of her time-tested, wildly successful gym boot camp workout to DVD for the first time with Get Extremely RIPPED! Boot Camp.

Love, creator of the award-winning “Get RIPPED!” DVD workout series, has been teaching and testing her boot camp program in the gym with hundreds of students for three years, and is now making it available to fitness enthusiasts of all skill levels in the comfort of their own home. The workout is the same boot camp that has even helped one of her students lose 84 pounds!

Now available from Jari Love (, Get Extremely RIPPED! Boot Camp allows users to blast fat fast. Research has shown that high intensity training and weight training are the best ways to lose unwanted pounds fast, increase lean muscle mass and keep the metabolism revved all day long. In Get Extremely RIPPED! Boot Camp, Love mixes cardio and strength exercises so the user is constantly moving and keeping their heart rate up. Participants will burn maximum calories and build lean muscle tissue – both of which are essential to losing weight and keeping it off.

“Get ready to shake up your regime and amp up the intensity with this boot camp-style workout,” declares Love. “With a series of core, strength and cardio tracks, participants will shock their body and blast out of any ruts or plateaus. They’ll have tons of fun challenging themselves with our new moves and be amazed by how great they feel.  With high-energy music to keep their adrenaline pumping, the workout will keep their metabolism revved for hours and have them burning fat all day long!”

Love has included a variety of menu options on Get Extremely RIPPED! Boot Camp to keep workout routines fresh and exciting. Produced by Get Ripped Inc., the DVD gives participants the versatility to tailor a workout to their fitness goals and personal schedule, featuring:

• Six 10-minute workouts,
• Two 30-minute workouts, or
• One full hour of RIPPED!

Several modifications with the Get Extremely RIPPED! Boot Camp make this new DVD different from Love’s past workouts. Among the changes are:

• a mat and dumbbells are the only equipment needed;
• any additional cardio equipment available at home can be used, although it is not required, and
• no step is used, yet participants still receive an outstanding workout due to the innovation of new moves she has developed.

“There are so many ways to enjoy this workout,” explains Love. “Each workout includes abs, weights and cardio – so even if the user only has time for one workout, they can still work the total body. Users also can choose from two 30-minute routines or do the complete workout where they alternate abs, weights and cardio for 18 solid tracks. Finally, participants can choose to do just the cardio, just the abs or just the weights. The options are endless and they will never get bored, keeping the body guessing week after week.”

Does the Boot Camp workout really work? It has for many of Love’s students, including one named Shawna who signed up for Love’s gym boot camp after suffering an injury and gaining a fair amount of unwanted pounds. Though feeling a little scared and self-conscious about her weight, Shawna signed up for the program and a new life and was ready to work  She set a goal to lose 100 pounds in a year and after 10 months has shed an inspiring 84 pounds and has decreased her body fat from 48.9% to 21.7%.

“Physically I am so much stronger, and I have a lot more energy,” reports Shawna. “I have become addicted to exercise, and it is such a priority that I schedule the rest of my daily activities around it!”

“The Boot Camp workout is tough in the gym and on this new DVD,” concludes Love:  “We’ve amped up the intensity for the ultimate calorie burn.  But, again, as with all my DVD workouts, we show modifications so anyone from beginner to advanced can feel success and get results.”

About Jari Love

Jari Love is the creator of the “Get RIPPED!” fitness workout series. A graduate of Mt. Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, Love is a certified personal fitness trainer with more than 20 years of physical fitness teaching experience, and is the co-owner of the Fitness Plus line of full-service fitness clubs in Calgary. She is the author of “Love and Friends,” a celebrity low-fat cookbook, as well as many fitness articles that have appeared in publications throughout North America. She has regularly appeared on numerous television and radio shows across the United States and Canada sharing her fitness and weight-loss secrets, and is a member of the advisory board for Fitness magazine. Maintaining her health has allowed Love to play an active role in her community. She gives the gift of her time to local programs that aid marginalized persons.


-1I’m still planning to try out the “GET RIPPED! LOSE WEIGHT WITH HYPNOTHERAPY” Audio CD, which I blogged about back in December.

I’ll report back with the results as soon as possible.


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