The start of a new year always makes me want to find the newest and coolest fitness products. Let's start with at home fitness equipment...have you seen the new Peloton bike? If you take spinning classes on a regular basis, then this might be the at home bike for you. Having access to an interactive class anytime can cut out the travel time and make your workout more convenient. Check out the video below:
Take Peloton Home
The Peloton might be a little pricey at $1995, so if you're looking for an alternative the Kurt Kinetic Road machine is more reasonably priced at around $300. You just attach your bike at take a ride at home. The Kinetic is the most popular and at the top of road trainer reviews.
Kinetic Road Machine
Moving on to workout fashion...as you all know, I love my Lululemon, but there are some great new brands online that are worth checking out. My newest find is www.sweatybetty.com.
I love this Albers seemless top for a base layer! Great for outdoor activities all winter long.
I saved the best for last! What woman doesn't need a pair of "No. 1 Ass Pants?" That's right, if that caught your attention, check out www.carbon38.com. The site has a wide variety of women's workout clothing ranging from casual gear to compression running tights.
Is it cold enough in Chicago for you? #Chiberia! If haven't had enough snow yet, here's a great leg and core workout to get you slope ready. Even if you're staying in Chicago, these moves will keep you strong for tackling the snow!
1. Ski Slide: Pushing off side to side, slide to each end. Start with 3 sets of 45 second bursts.
2. Plank Ups: Begin in a plank position, bring your feet toward you with your legs almost straight. Hips will pike up to the ceiling, then return to the plank position. Do 4 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
3. Smith Press Push Offs: Love this exercise for snowboarding! If you've fallen forward, this gives you plenty of upper body strength to help. You have the option to do this on one or both legs. Set the smith press bar to a lower position, and make sure you are far enough away from the bar so that when you land your elbows can stay out for a pushup. Keep the abs tight so the hips don't drop maintaining a flat body position. Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
Pushup PushOff on Smith Press
4. Lateral Bosu Jumps: With one leg staying on the Bosu and one leg on the floor, alternate side jumps touching cone or floor. Do 4 sets of 20-30 repetitions.
One of the top fitness trainers in Chicago for ten-plus years. With eight years of personal training and management experience at one of the Gold Coast’s most exclusive clubs, Stephanie started her own business in 2004. She moved to the city in 1993 to attend DePaul University on a tennis scholarship and graduated in 1997 with degrees in Fitness Management and Athletic Training. During her years at DePaul, she was on the Great Midwest All Conference Team, DePaul Athletic Board, Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Captain of the Women’s Tennis Team for two years.
Starting at a young age playing competitive tennis, health and fitness have always played a significant role in Stephanie’s life. Her goal with each client is to provide guidance to a healthy and active lifestyle... and when they are committed to feeling fit and staying fit, she knows she's acheived success.
Stephanie has worked with both professional athletes and the general public, focusing on such things as: sports-specific training, sports rehabilitation, Muscle Activation Techniques, bridal fitness, pre/post partum training, weight loss, marathon training, scoliosis and arthritis.
Ski Slide (or side shuffles) for 45 sec. to 1 min. Plank Ups on slide board or climbers (10-20 reps) Front Raise with yellow or green band (12-15 reps) Reverse Fly prone on stability ball (12-15 reps)
Forward Walking Lunge with 1 Arm Shoulder Press (30 reps total/15 each side) Low to Hi Cable Rotation (12 reps each side) Lower Abdominal Twists (15-20 reps each side) Overhead Rope Tricep Extensions on Stability Ball (12-15 reps) Tricep Pushdowns w/ Bar (12-15 reps)
Push Ups on Bosu (10-15 reps) Reverse Crunches on Ground (15-25 reps) Medicine Ball Stretch Back Crunches on Stability Ball (15-25 reps) Side Plank Holds (20-45 sec. each side)
Repeat each circuit 3 times
Alternating Arm Cable Chest Press (30 reps total) Oblique Crunches on Bosu (20-30 reps) Reverse Lunge/One Arm Shoulder Press Balance (12-15 reps each side) Jump Rope (1 min) Reverse Grip Lat Pulldown (12-15 reps) Seated Leg Curl (12-15 reps) Single Arm Bent Over Row on 1 leg (12 reps each side) Seated Adductor Machine (12-15 reps) Bicycle Abs with Upper Body Twist (20-30 reps) Prone Glute Extensions on Ball or floor (15 reps each side)
Repeat 3 times
Single Leg Squat Shoulder Press (12-15 reps each side) V-ups (15-20 reps) Side Walks w/ Circle Band (15 walks each side) Rope or Wide Grip Cable Row (12-15 reps) Step Ups (45-60 secs.) Side Planks w/ Hip Lift (12-15 each side) Incline Dumbell Chest Press (12-15 reps) Alternating Forward/Side Lunges (8-10 reps each side) Lower Abs Scissors (20-30 reps) Single Arm Rope Tricep Extension (12-15 reps each side) Cable Bicep Curls with Bar (12-15 reps) Squat or Box Jumps (12 reps)
Repeat 3 times
Alternating Cable Chest Press (12-15 reps) Bent Over Dumbell Row (12-15 reps) Plie Squats (15 reps) Decline Crunches on the Bosu (20-25 reps) One Arm Lateral Raise on One Leg (or balance on 1/2 foam, 12 reps) Lunge Jumps (16 reps) Side Bends on Ball or machine (15 reps each side) Lat Pulldown on Ball (12-15 reps) Dumbell Tricep Kickbacks (12-15 reps) Lateral Jumps touching cones or ground (20 reps) Bicep Curl with One Arm Hold (12 reps each side)
Repeat 3 times
Single Arm Chest Press on the Ball (10-15 reps) Alternating Oblique Crunches on Ball (20-30 reps) Single Leg Squats touching ground (10-15 reps each side) Pull-ups (10-15 reps) Cable Low Row (10-15 reps) Jump Rope (1 minute) Alternating Reverse Lunges w/ Bicep Curl (20-30 reps) Push-ups (12-15 reps) Prone Leg Curl (10-15 reps) Single Leg Press (10-15 reps)