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Aniston’s yoga instructor dishes on fit celeb

- November 12th, 2011
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Jennifer Aniston

Ever wonder which yoga pose is Jennifer Aniston’s favourite and which one makes her grunt?

Well, wonder no more.

FITNESS Magazine has shared the following with Keeping Fit blog readers:

Get Jennifer Aniston’s Abs: Mandy Ingber Shares Her Yoga Wisdom

NEW YORK — A recent survey from FITNESS Magazine and OMG! from Yahoo revealed 65% want Jennifer Aniston’s abs, so FITNESS caught up with Aniston’s LA yoga instructor of nearly 22 years, Mandy Ingber, to get the low-down on how Jen maintains her fabulous figure.

Mandy dished on which yoga pose is Jen’s favorite, which one makes her grunt and the best yoga moves. Read the whole interview HERE, or check out highlights, below:

What pose is hardest for Jen?

“It may be plank. I hear her grunt with that one sometimes. Or bringing the knee to the forehead from downward-facing dog-the moves that really engage the core.”

What poses does Jen like the most?

“She likes sun salutations. Those are good for her arms. And she loves balancing poses. She’s very focused and graceful. She could stay in tree pose longer than I could! She’s learned how to stay focused amid a bunch of other stuff happening.”

How are celebs like Jen different when they practice yoga?

“They’re not. There’s no secret. Everyone has to heat up and sweat through it. I’m not here to feed spirituality. I’m no guru, and I don’t see myself as that. Spirituality is highly personal. But what I do with celebs is motivate to keep their workouts going. People need motivation on a daily basis.”

What’s different about your approach to yoga?

“It’s light-hearted and open-minded. I don’t take it too seriously. Life is hard enough-exercise is hard enough! Yoga is detached in a way. It shows you that you shouldn’t let things bother you too much.”

How should you prepare for a hot yoga class?

“Hydration is key. Coconut water or Emergen-C, the vitamin drink mix, are full of electrolytes to fuel the body and have nutritional value but won’t give you that full-stomach feeling, which can make it hard to practice yoga.”

I’ve seen people suddenly explode into tears or laugh like hyenas in classes. What’s that about?

“Yoga can trigger a hit and release sensation. We hold a lot in our bodies. When we get physical and start moving, old stuff comes up to be released. That’s part of the purification process. That’s part of the transformation. We all feel so much better after. The real teacher is your body.”

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Exercise of the Week: Build a circuit

- September 30th, 2011
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Carrie Campbell (Photo by Allison Cordner)

(Note: Today’s special guest post — featuring a video — is by uber-fit Montreal mother of two Carrie Campbell. The five-foot-two yummy mummy is sharing her fitness expertise with Keeping Fit blog readers via regular contributions.)

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Exercise of the Week: Build a circuit

The last four weeks I have been delivering you “Exercise of the Week” videos to give you a list of go-to moves that you can throw into any workout. This week I am giving you the complete workout. Watch this video to see how to go about building a circuit of exercises that is optimal for fat burning as well as strength development.

Using the last four exercises, push-up, Bulgarian spilt squat, burpee and plank, I put together a circuit that is as easy as 1-2-3. Execute them one after the other for a duration of 30 seconds each, resting for one minute at the end of each round. Complete for a total of 20 minutes.

This interval workout will make you sweat and is effective for everybody given that you can modify all the exercises.

Yes, it is that simple!

Stay Sexy,

C2

“How Does She Do It Mom”

Find my website at: HowDoesSheDoItMom or MomFitnessMakeover

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Exercise of the Week: Plank

- September 23rd, 2011

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(Note: Today’s special guest post — featuring a video — is by uber-fit Montreal mother of two Carrie Campbell. The five-foot-two yummy mummy is sharing her fitness expertise with Keeping Fit blog readers via regular contributions.)

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Exercise of the Week: Plank

The Plank is probably the most talked about and famous core exercise of the last five years. I venture that everyone has heard of it and most likely tried it as well. A great stabilization exercise that challenges all the core muscles.

The goal is to maintain a plank position for a length of time, increasing the duration each time you execute it and as you gain strength. As always, at some point you need to add progressions to keep challenging those key muscles.

Start with timing how long you can hold it and then increasing by a few seconds every time. Once you feel that you have obtained a set goal for yourself (eg. 2 mins), modify it to make it harder. Featured in this video are the basic plank, single leg plank, single arm plank, single arm/single leg plank and plank to push-up.

Remember the body adapts quickly so you need to continually change up what you are doing.

Execution Points:

• Elbows are directly under shoulders. Head is held in line with spines.

• Body creates a straight line (plank) from head to toe. Hips should not be raised or dropped during execution.

• When form starts to break, stop, rest and start again.

This is an exercise that can be done in quick doses at any point and anywhere during your day.

“Keep It Simple” … just get moving!

Stay Sexy,

C2

“How Does She Do It Mom”

Find my website at: HowDoesSheDoItMom or MomFitnessMakeover

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Tone core with board exercise

- May 24th, 2010

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You won’t get bored with the board – just a toned midsection.

Trainer to the stars Valerie Orsoni demonstrates what she calls the board, also known as the plank.

Here is the most famous of the isometric exercises: “The Board.” Lie down on your stomach on your exercise mat. Distribute your weight onto your elbows and your toes, and lift yourself up making your body “straight as a board.”

It’s burning, you’re trembling … but don’t arch your back! Stiff as a board … and hold for one minute. Repeat this three times a day to help develop a toned “core” (core = the center of the body which includes the abs, lower back and deep muscles)

orsunshineAs you can see, isometric exercises don’t take up too much time. They can be dispersed throughout the day, no matter how hectic your schedule. You have no excuse now, so skip to it!

Note: isometric exercises are very effective but they must be combined with your usual cardio workout: walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, etc.

About Valerie Orsoni:
Valerie Orsoni, creator of LeBootCamp®, is an entrepreneur, wellbeing expert, celebrity coach, author, contributing editor, mom and survivor. These facets of her life shape who she is and how she helps others reach their full potential each and every day.

Visit LeBootCamp.com.