PILATES with TYE4®

I love this new TYE4®! Here are a few clips of me playing around in it as I design a new class sequence. TYE4 allows us to stretch deeper, push further and really challenge the stabilizing muscles. I love it!

Learn more at PhysicalMind Institute, NYC – TheMethod Pilates and purchase your TYE4 here

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TYE4 FITNESS Q&A

Take a few minutes and find out how I met the TYE4, why I fell in love with it, how it’s being used all over the world and a few testimonies at the end.

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Here are all the links I talked about in this video

••• History and Benefits of Pilates

••• Pilates Style Magazine – TYE4 Story
http://themethodpilates.com/tye4-press/

••• TYE4 Fit and Instructions
https://youtu.be/KAZalZ-ABTA?list=PL0…

••• Bone Up™
Osteoporosis Prevention Class
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••• Gym Guy John’s TYE4 Testimony
http://www.ashleybensonfitness.com/fa…

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••• TYE4 Sports & Online Coaching
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80Bites Program 

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RUNNING & PILATES ARE BFFs

For all my running friends… I’m pulling this out of my archives.  
Take a look at my guest post HERE on the FitMark blog.  
See how even just one Pilates session can improve your overall run!


And for even more flexibility, mobility and strength, add the new Tye4® wearable resistance system from TheMethod Pilates to your Pilates workout.  It’s like a Pilates reformer that you wear!  Totally rocks!  Check out more on Tye4 here.

 

MASTIHASHOP, NYC REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!

While I was in New York City in December for the Pilates Style Magazine photo shoot,  I passed by this adorable shop I just had to check out called MastihaShop.  I was so excited to meet the owner, Artemis Kohas.  We chatted a while and she told me about the amazing Chios Mastiha…. “Mastiha is the natural and rare tree resin of the pistachio lentiscus var Chia tree.  Scientific research has shown that this resin has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory qualities.  It has been documented from antiquity for its health benefits, its use as the first natural chewing gum and as a cooking spice.  Today, it is still chewed as well as used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and in the culinary world.  Chios Mastiha contributes to a healthy gastrointestinal system and has beneficial effects for both oral hygiene and skin care.”  So cool!  I love this.
 
MastihaShop highlights and promotes the Mediterranean lifestyle of health, well-being and natural products stemming back centuries.  Read more of their story and incredible vision for the shop here. 
 
MastihaShop carries all kinds of products,
most of which contain Mastiha and lots of quality greek products!
TOOTHPASTE & MOUTHWASH
CHEWING GUM & MINTS
JAMS & MARMALADES 
SAUCES & SEASONINGS
SPREADS & MUSTARD
OIL & VINEGAR
SKIN THERAPY
BATH & BODY
CHOCOLATE 🙂
BEVERAGES 
… and much more!  
 
GREAT PLACE 
TO GET COOL, UNIQUE, HEALTHY, LOVEY GIFTS!!!
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…………………….GIVEAWAY TIME…………………..

The winner of this sweepstakes will receive
Pasteli Bars – Mastiha nougat w/ almond center
Mastiha essential oils carved soap
Mastiha chewing gum

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NASHVILLE’S JUICE BAR

I’ve gotta tell you about one of my favorite places around Nashville…
 
THE JUICE BAR!!!



I found this when I started teaching Tye4 Classes in Brentwood, Tn last fall.  It became my “thing” after class :).  I’ve interviewed owners John and Vui Hunt and want to share it with you! 




WHEN DID THE JUICE BAR OPEN?
April 2013 in Brentwood, TN

WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR JUICE?
Sweet Greens – yummy!
Take a look at the menu here.

CAN WE BUY OTHER HEALTHY FOODS/DRINKS AT THE JUICE BAR?

Absolutely – aside from juices, we have shots of locally grown Wheat Grass and each day we make fresh batches of Spinach/Kale/Quinoa super foods salad, fresh Vietnamese style Spring Rolls with locally grown mint and other goodies; we of course offer whole fruit smoothies with no added sweeteners or fill-agents of any kind – and to these we can add super goodies like chia seeds, hemp seeds, whey protein, spiraling, flax oil, etc…  Also, we partner with several local suppliers such as My Poor Tired Liver, Nola Granola, Nutrisha Snacks and The Hummus Chic to offer their healthy/yummy treats daily.  

 

DO YOU DO ANYTHING FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO ENCOURAGE AND EDUCTE HEALTHY LIVING?
We routinely host community classes in the Juice Bar, opening our doors to most anyone who has a congruent healthy topic to discuss and present;  likewise, we allow our space to be used for pop up dinners from locals such as Chef Michael Martin from Whole Foods, Nutrisha, and some other pending ones.

We also participate in a variety of venues where we give out free samples – Crieve Hall Farmer’s Market and the recent Nashville Film Festival. Upcoming: we are hosting a smoothie making class at a local preschool for the kiddos.  We stay pretty busy!

READ THE INSPIRATION AND STORY BEHIND THE JUICE BAR HERE. 

ARE THERE OTHER JUICE BAR LOCATIONS?
Huntsville, AL opened over two months ago
Berry Hill, TN coming July 2014
Franklin, TN coming August/September 2014
Knoxville, TN coming August 2014
German Town, TN coming spring 2015


Pending dates for locations:
Columbus, GA
Atlanta, GA
Birmingham, AL



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WE LOVE IT!!!
THANKS JUICE BAR FOR FILLING US IN ON YOUR HEART AND THE EXCITING DETAILS!  
 
IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA, STOP IN AND TRY IT OUT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE LOCATIONS TO COME!!!

REVIEW: AQUAGEAR FILTER BOTTLE

I love water bottles.  Who doesn’t?  But isn’t it the worst to buy a cool one that looks like it’s going to be awesome and it just isn’t?  And what to do when we run out of water while we’re out?  At the gym, I will drink a min of 2 bottles of water during and after my workout and I find myself filling up the bottle at the water fountain.  Ew. This also happens when I take my kids to the park, out on a hike or at the ball field.   #firstworldproblems  
 
So as you can easily see, I was very excited when AquaGear® sent me their filtered water bottle to try out!   Yippee!!!  The filter is on the straw.  The bottle is BPA free.  And it is super cute.  
 

 

  • It removes up to 99.99% of contaminants in tap water – including chlorine and industrial chemicals
  • The filter is 100% recyclable and replaceable 
  • It filters up to 75 gallons of water (approx 400 refills)
  • The bottle is very durable
Not only do they have these cool filtered bottles, they also have emergency food and supplies.  You must go check out their website.  
 
Whether I’m going camping or preparing for the zombie apocalypse, I’m gonna keep this brand in mind. 
 
Get to know AquaGear on their blog and website goaquagear.com
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Have a Healthy Happy Day Friends!

REVIEW: ADVOCARE 24 DAY CHALLENGE [Day 1-3]

THE 10 DAY CLEANSE PHASE 
DAY 1-3
The 24 Day Challenge begins with a cleanse.  This is a gentle tune-up good to do every 90 days.  It’s the same concept as getting an oil change every 3000-ish miles in our vehicles.   This will allow our body to absorb nutrition and function efficiently for energy and repair.  
 
CONFESSION TIME
So, day 1 I mess up.  Yup and I only admit this to hopefully help others NOT do the same.  I know some of you have done this very thing so I realize it’s easy to do.
 
I rocked this cleanse all day until the very end and forgot to take the herbal cleanse supplement before bed.  Ok, stop laughing.  So for me, day 2 became day 1.  Or I might look at it like I am doing an 11 day cleanse.  So, if you prefer to do the 10 day cleanse, follow my lead from here…
 
THE REAL DAYS 1-3 
 
START THE DAY with a Spark drink (vitamin energy drink).  I do this everyday anyway.  During the cleanse I am taking 1 Catalyst 30 min. before each meal- a branch chain amino acid that protects your muscle from getting burned as energy.  Also good to take when exercising. 
 
* Let me nerd out for just a minute… On average, we burn 1 calorie per minute doing nothing.  Correction – even when we are doing “nothing” like sleeping, our body is working hard to rebuild and repair.  So, of that 1 calorie/minute burned, about 50% comes from carbohydrates, 50% from fat and 10-15% can come from muscle.  It’s preferable to keep the muscle and burn the fat. Can I get an amen?
 
30 MINUTES LATER drink a Fiber Drink followed by breakfast.  These days for me have fallen on busy early morning days, so I quickly mixed a Meal Replacement Drink.  
 
* Let’s talk a sec about this Fiber drink.  First, as you can expect, it’s thick.  My suggestion:  use a straw and drink it fast!  The first day I let it sit a minute and ended up using a spoon to “eat” it!  LOL  It was like apple sauce without the flavor.  
* When choosing the Fiber drink consider this –  Citrus is like gently scrubbing your intestines to remove build-up, which for many people helps minimize cravings.  Peaches & Cream stays in your system longer and is the great food for the gut.  A note from my Coach, Danielle:  “I typically suggest citrus for the cleanse because it is a little more thorough when it comes to scrubbing.   Peaches & cream is great for maintenance after the challenge since it feeds the probiotics and can help with feeling full.”  ~ Thanks Danielle that’s super helpful!
When it comes to this Fiber drink, listen to The Rock

SNACK TIME:  about 10 am I have a snack
 
LUNCH TIME:  Follow the guide – real, balanced food 
 
SNACK TIME:  I drink a Spark and then have a snack about 3:00
 
DINNER TIME:  Take 2 Omega-Plex with this meal
 
BEFORE BED:  Take the herbal cleanse 🙂
 
 
 
 
My grocery shopping before starting 24DC.
I’m not going to bore you with all the food I am eating, but I’ll share a few meals and snack here and there.  This is hormone free grass-fed lean ground beef, slightly grilled veggies (normally I cook them to the point of crispy… not so nutritious), avocado and salsa.  
 BeFunky_beans1.jpg
 Easy, quick and delicious snacks. 
This was my breakfast for the first 3 days of the cleanse.  Berry Meal Replacement is so good.  I also adore the chocolate 🙂  This is my “running out the door” version:  water and powder shaken and dumped into a cup with ice.  
 
And this is my “Oh cool I have 5 more minutes” variation – Blended with ice.  
One more thing…we need to drink lots of water!
Things on the cleanse change slightly for the next days. 
 
Be intentional in everything you do!
Stay healthy!

TIPS & TOOLS: OUTDOOR FITNESS

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY SARA UPTON
Sara is a recent college grad making her way into the online journalism scene primarily through articles on her biggest passion:  fitness and tech. 

The cold winter weather has kept a lot of us stuck inside on treadmills the last few months, when we would rather be pounding the pavement in the sunshine. Thankfully, the last of the late season snow is melting, and the spring and summer weather is finally on its way in. When it starts to warm up, moving your fitness plan outdoors is a great way to shake up an otherwise monotonous routine, but there are a few things you should consider first. Whether you’ve been working out for years, or you’re more a novice, it’s important to remember to take a few basic safety precautions before changing up any workout plan.

Even though running around the park or biking your neighborhood greenway might not make you feel like you’re out battling the elements, you shouldn’t underestimate the effect of being without the comforts that come from working out at home or a gym. For example, you won’t constantly have access to water. Staying hydrated is critical anytime you’re exerting yourself, especially when the temperature heats up. If you’re someone that pauses several times throughout your routine to take a sip, consider investing in a runner’s belt with a bottle holder. You can also opt for an inexpensive hydration pack such as High Sierra’s Wave 70 that you can wear on your back, or FitSip’s pack that you can strap to your wrist. You might not feel you need it now, during the more mild weather, but when the temperature starts to climb, you’ll be happy you have it.

When exercising outdoors, you’ll also have to do without the convenience of grabbing your treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical’s handles, and getting a accurate heart rate report. Monitoring and staying within your target heart rate zone helps you burn the maximum amount of calories and keeps your workouts safe. Samsung highlighted the importance of tracking your heart rate on the go with their new Galaxy S5 design. Verizon Wireless stated that in staying consistent with their dedication to a healthy lifestyle, the S5 will include the first ever built-in heart rate monitor, allowing users to check their heart rate with just the touch of a finger. Samsung is hopeful that the accessibility of the feature will encourage more people to keep track of their heart rate when working out. Pacing yourself within the correct range will allow you a longer, more effective workout in the long run.  

You might also be surprised at the impact that different terrains can have your workout. Unless you’re employing specific programs when using a cardio machine, you probably aren’t used to the constant change in incline and the uneven surfaces that come with exercising outdoors. There are several different apps you can use to plan a route suited for your fitness level and goals. AllTrails provides hikers and bikers with detailed maps of nearby trails. Users can check descriptions and reviews of over 50,000 trails in order to determine their trails length, difficulty level, and even exciting stops to make along the way.

It can also be easy to lose track of how far you’ve traveled before you realize you’re tired. However, the added challenge of exercising outdoors is that you have to be able to make your way back, no matter how exhausted you are. MapMyHike GPS is a great app to use as a pedometer, and the voice prompts will alert you over your music when you have reached distance markers you can set yourself. The GPS feature will help you log which directions you take, and save the route you took for future use.

Try not to push yourself too hard when mixing up your routine for the first time, and don’t underestimate the basics. Even seemingly obvious things such as checking the weather for the temperature and humidity can help make or break your workout. When you’re comfortable in the new environment, feel free to kick up the intensity a little and challenging yourself.

Stay smart and grab some fresh air—the pavement is calling your name!

 

REVIEW: LADERA GRANOLA

I want to thank Ladera Granola for sending me a bag of their granola to review!  I’m SO HAPPY to know about this company. We have tried lot of different brands and I will honestly say this is the most fresh, tasty granola we’ve ever had.  It’s opposite of bland and the texture is really nice.  

Ladera Granola began in the kitchen of Karen Butterfield – medical doctor and mother of 3.  This family business is on a mission to to promote healthy diets, active living, and sustainable business practice… and they make a fantastic product!  What’s not to LOVE??? It’s refreshing to find a company who cares about the quality of their food.

A few facts about Ladera Granola: 
  • Baked by hand and roasted at low temps to preserve the flavor and health benefits
  • No preservatives, trans fats or cholesterol
  • Granola is packed with proteins, fibers, minerals and natural oils
RASPBERRY PARFAIT
Recipe here
INTERVIEW WITH TAYLOR 
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT LADERA GRANOLA?  “It tastes extremely good… like actual honey and oats… like real food.  The consistency was very nice.  It’s not sticky.  Taste good with any flavor of yogurt.”
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO EAT GRANOLA?  
“I like to eat it with almond milk as a substitute for cereal.  I like it with yogurt and fresh fruit.  And I’ll eat this kind dry.”
 
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS?  
“I’d like to try other flavors by them”
 
I definitely recommend this brand.  
It’s sold by the package and in bulk. 
 Go buy some right now! 
 
THANK YOU AGAIN
LADERA GRANOLA!
 
Follow Ladera Granola on Facebook here
Get recipes and healthy encouragement from their Pinterest here
And stay in the loop on twitter here
 
BE PICKY WITH WHAT GOES IN YOUR BODY.  
YOU ARE WORTH IT!
HAVE A HEALTHY DAY FRIENDS.