Shape Magazine asked a Celebrity Trainer & I answered

Shape Magazine asked trainer Jen from the Biggest Loser these questions and as I read her answers, I thought, "I want to answer those questions!"  So I copied the q's and here are my answers!

If you could convince us to make one shift in our diets for the New Year, you'd say...

Drink more water.  I see people eat a meal.  Then I see people snack immediately after, saying they are still hungry.  I don’t think so.  Have a glass of water and see how you feel.  The goal is to drink 8 glasses, but if you are sweating every day, I’d suggest drinking a gallon of water per day.  Everything gets better with water.  When you drink more water, fatigue decreases, digestion improves and skin begins to glow.  What more could you ask for?

The smartest way we can kick-start our workout plan in the New Year is to...

Start small.  When you go from eating crappy and not working out to extreme diet & exercise, you are setting yourself up for a big disappointment.  Instead, aim for a 10-minute walk a few days a week and increase from there.  You will know when you are ready for more.

The biggest mistake we make in our workouts is... 

Speed over form.  That’s great if you can do 100 squats in 60 seconds, but are you driving your body weight thru your heels and squeezing your butt as you stand up?  Probs not.  Form is SO much more important, especially if you have injuries.  I go a little slower, because of a really stiff, pin ridden ankle and foot.  One wrong step and it’s like sending waves of pain up my spine.  I am able to do different exercises at a slower pace and it has saved me from injuring myself any further.  Train smart, not fast.


When you're so not feeling up for exercise, your trick is... 

Putting on workout clothes and playing hardcore gangsta rap.  If I don’t feel like going to the gym, I’ll do an at home workout, starting with stretches to get myself jazzed up.  I’ll continue with planks, squats, lunges, leg lifts, pushups, crunches of all sorts, etc.  Even if I squeeze in 15 minutes, I’ll feel better.

Your best strategy for staying motivated is... 

Slow and steady wins the race.  I entered a 30 day Yoga Challenge a few years ago and it made me dread going.  It sucked all the fun out of something I found truly joyful.  I like to switch it up with yoga, booty barre, heavy weights, racquetball, walks and riding the bike.

The one workout move you dislike the most is...

Yoga poses on my belly.  I can’t stand them.  My hips are bony and they always dig into the ground and give me bruises whenever I do belly poses.  I also don’t like any poses where I get lightheaded.  I suffer from chronic vertigo, so getting lightheaded is a recipe for disaster in a hot yoga room.

The key to bouncing back after overeating is to... 

Not eat as much the next day and move more.  I overeat when I’m about to get my period.  Not by much, but I know that I’ll do better tomorrow.  When you binge and restrict is when you get into trouble.  Just do a little better the next day or meal and you are all good!

The best thing we can do for ourselves is... 


Move.  Knock fear on its butt.  Try something that you’ve never done.  Speak to strangers.  Travel.  Love more.  Move on.  Look forward.  Read.  Stay interested.  Welcome change.  Write.  Do yoga.  Those are my favorite best things.


The worst thing we can do for ourselves is...

Let fear make the next move for our future, like not doing anything.  Being scared of change.  It’s inevitable, things change, people change, relationships change, careers change, seasons change.  Staying in something, whether it’s a job, relationship, living situation or friendship where you are no longer happy is like a death sentence.  Detach, move away, and step forward.  The time is now!

Your biggest health regret is...

Struggling with food for so long.  From the age of 16 to 26 I had some pretty serious eating issues that I never got help for until 10 years had passed and the damage was done.  As a woman, it’s this mentality of, “I can get thru anything on my own and don’t need help from anybody.”  When that’s not true at all and no way to live life.  It’s lonely, scary and unhealthy.  I wish I would’ve asked for help sooner.

Do you train yourself or go to trainers? 


Both.  I make up my own routines in the gym and I LOVE going to classes.  I can work out on my own if I have good music and it’s not too crowded.  I read a lot and research a ton.  If you are interested in anything related to health and wellness, it’s not too difficult to find workouts you love.


The one celebrity you secretly wish to train is...

Melissa McCarthy.  She'd be hilarious and we'd have fun.  If you don't laugh at least once during a workout, it's not fun.  I like fun.  

If you had time for only one move, you'd make it...

Squats.  Fo’ sure. I love them.  I feel so strong when I do them.  I’m going to add another one.  Plank/forearm plank.  If you hold it long enough you can feel your lower belly start to engage and it’s tough to get that muscle group.  So ya, plank, squats or forearm plank or all 3, the trifecta of sexy.

 


Your turn!


If you could convince us to make one shift in our diets for the New Year, you'd say...

The smartest way we can kick-start our workout plan in the New Year is to...

The biggest mistake we make in our workouts is... 


When you're so not feeling up for exercise, your trick is... 

Your best strategy for staying motivated is... 

The one workout move you dislike the most is...

The key to bouncing back after overeating is to... 

The best thing we can do for ourselves is... 

The worst thing we can do for ourselves is...

Your biggest health regret is...

Do you train yourself or go to trainers? 

The one celebrity you secretly wish to train is...

If you had time for only one move, you'd make it...