For this week’s Ask Jules, I’m going to share a question I actually had for one of my favorite people, David Zint! David is a senior instructor and training officer at SoulCycle, as well as a personal trainer and life and motivational coach. He’s pretty much the coolest person all around. I’m so happy to have David sharing his advice today, but remember — always do what feels right for you and your body!
I am wondering what the absolute best breakfast would be before taking one of your morning classes or getting into an early intense cardio session? If I were taking a super early the-sun-just-came-up class, do I have to eat breakfast beforehand or can I wait until after?
Like almost everyone else I know, I was pretty glued to the Olympics last week. There’s nothing more inspiring than witnessing others who have worked and trained so hard going after their dreams. I was especially surprised how excited I was while watching the rowing competitions. I love the aspect of teamwork, the graceful movements of the oars and how beautiful the boats look gliding across the water.
Watching these athletes perform inspired me to mix things up when it came to my own performance. I asked my trainer Erica Hood from Body By Simone if she would come up with a workout inspired by rowing for our next training session. Erica delivered an short and simple move that I’m so excited to share with you!
This exercise works your upper body, back, lats and core, and all you need is a good set of Resistance Bands and you’re ready to go!
Olympics-Inspired Rowing Workout: The Seated Upright Row
For more fitness inspiration follow Erica on Instagram @errrrrrrka.
There are many moving components when it comes to getting in a good workout. Staying hydrated, eating the right foods to fuel your energy, and knowing what you’re doing in order to avoid injury are the most important elements to consider. Wearing clothes that allow you to move freely and choosing the best shoes for your foot and type of exercise are major ones, too.
I’ve found when it comes to working out it’s the minor details that often provide even more support, allowing me to have a more effective workout. And when I have all these things prepared and at the ready, I can hit the gym before I have time to make any excuses. 🙂
Here are the 7 things I have to have to get my sweat on!
Often I’ll receive emails from you guys that I feel is best answered by an expert. Ashley’s email asks a popular question amongst my readers: how to get flat abs. I second what my trainer from Body By Simone, Erica Hood, says below.
It’s not only about the exercise you do but also what you put in your body. Eating clean and getting proper hydration is an essential part to achieving a tight tummy. Smart nutritional habits plus strengthening moves, as Erica suggests, equals a strong, healthy core!
The first and most important tip toward your flatter tummy is healthy eating. In addition to that, you want to make sure you are doing quality not quantity abdominal exercises. It doesn’t matter how many reps you can do, but that you execute proper form and really engage the core muscles to their max potential. Be sure to also switch up your exercises making sure to hit upper abs, lower abs and obliques.
A few weeks ago, you met my trainer Erica Hood from Body By Simone when she taught us some killer moves for our glutes. This week, Erica is sharing her recipe for bona fide biceps.
These bands create a resistance that when used correctly can help build strength, improve posture and balance. Erica and I have been using them to tone my arms using the two movements below. If you don’t already have the bands, you can buy them here.
2 Easy Steps To Beautiful Biceps
Position: Start standing with both feet in the center of the band.
When it comes to making new healthy habits, most often the hardest part of following through is getting started. If you’re not used to it, just the thought of working out or meal planning can be exhausting. What has helped me get up and at it when I wasn’t feeling particularly motivated was planning ahead, anticipating my needs, and staying organized.
I’m not a fan of depravation of any kind. If I need a lazy day — I’m taking one! If I want to destroy a bag of chips — consider them gone! It’s all about living a balanced life. That said, on most days I make choices that are good for my body from the inside out. It’s not always easy, but it makes me feel better in the long run.
If you have motivating advice for Audrey, Nikaila, or Angela, please share in the comments!
When it comes to tightening up the bod, trainer Erica Hood at Body By Simone has all the right moves! Last week, Erica taught me a great exercise to tone the hamstrings and glutes. This one can be done at home or in the gym. All you’ll need is a squishy rubber ball. You can find one here!
I’ll let Erica show you how it’s done. You’ll have to let me know if you give this a try!
3 Moves To Work Your Glutes
Position: Start on all fours and place the ball behind your knee.
My collaboration with MPG Sport is finally here! You can score your own pieces exclusively at Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay Co as of… right now!
If you’re in NYC tomorrow, come say hi to me at Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue location on the 4th Floor between 6:00pm-8:00pm! Meet and take a photo with me with any MPG Sport purchase! The pre-sale is happening right now and ends tomorrow. I hope to see you all there, but if you can’t join me be sure to follow along with #LTxMPGSPORT. We will be tweeting and posting to Instagram throughout the day!
It’s a known fact if you love your athletic shoes you’ll work out harder and more efficiently. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch but the truth is, when I am excited about my exercise gear I am inspired to put them to good use. Finding the right sneaker is extremely important. Will you be using them to run? Dance? Lift? Once you’ve identified your needs why settle for anything less than fashionable? I found some killer kicks online that are sure to put an extra spring in your step this year.
Click on your favorite shoe for details!
Which one inspires you to get in gear??
Last week, I was thrilled to announce that in March 2016, my capsule collection of athleisure apparel with MPG Sport will be launched exclusively at Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay Co!