Category Archives: Fitness

You’re A FAKE! And I know it…

SharpieVsShoupieThis story came in the Gia On The Move email box recently.  Although we inquired, we couldn’t verify  or rather were told by the founder, that the law prevented the parent company from disclosing…blah, blah, blah…the corporations backing the website.  But in the world of 2013 “Counterfeit” is it’s own culture.  So we’re running it.

GOTMLA cannot confirm whatsoever the validity to the website called The Counterfeit Report or its claims.  But we did check it out and it’s definitely interesting.  We’re leaving it up to you to decide.

Being able to buy cheap designer products might sound like a good idea. But here are some statistics on why it may not be the best way to spend your money.

Forget about just purchasing a poor-quality product — that already sounds bad — but the problem is much bigger than that. The counterfeit product industry is an exploding $700 billion global criminal industry with little information or protection available to consumers. Counterfeit goods, mainly from China, have become as profitable for Asia’s criminal gangs as illegal drug trafficking says a United Nations report. And, counterfeiters continue to pump counterfeit auto parts, fashion accessories, heath care items, pet supplies, sporting goods and even more scary — fake medications, a staggering, over 40% online.

tcr_logo_2But there’s a little bit of help…The website; The Counterfeit Report®  provides consumers a free and informative visual guide to avoiding counterfeit products.  It’s a free, product reference library to check and identify counterfeit products and medications.  Consumers can report seeing or purchasing counterfeit products directly to the manufacturer right on the website.  “If it’s manufactured, it’s probably counterfeited” says founder Craig Crosby.

“It’s the consumer who ultimately gets hurt. We’re here simply because counterfeiting is wrong” concluded Crosby.

Amazon Marketplace was recently identified as a leader in the proliferation of counterfeit products, and the US military reports a huge influx of counterfeit parts that are putting our troops at risk.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that over 500,000 counterfeit aircraft parts are installed in aircraft each year, with potentially catastrophic results. 33 million doses of fake Malaria drugs were seized in Angola.

Counterfeiting even extends to wines. Counterfeit wines are so prevalent, that expensive wine bottles are now being smashed to prevent them from being refilled and re-sold to unsuspecting consumers.

The economic impact is also substantial; the purchase of counterfeit products is supporting criminals who avoid paying taxes, cost US businesses over $250 Billion annually and destroy an estimated 750,000 US jobs.

While we all recognize the tough economic times, there is no reason for a consumer to get stung by poor quality, substandard and unsafe counterfeit products and medications.

Sound worth it to you?

Beer Spa For Father’s Day

Spa Nautica Beer MassageI’ve been trying to get my Dad to relax for YEARS!  And if your Dad’s old school like mine, even the mere thought of going to a spa gives him enough anxiety to induce a battle cry for burgers, basketball, brews and a late night movie rental!

Ok, but picture this Dad, it’s a totally “do nothing” day (already your kind of fun).  You are decompressing and relaxing – poolside – and taking in the tranquil Marina view or dozing off on a comfortable lounge chair, in sunny California, and you’ve got an ice-cold beer in your hand.  Oh yeah!

None of this required you to go shopping, check off a to do list, carpool anyone to a ballet class, yoga class, spelling bee or bake-off.  In fact, the only exercise you even had to be aware of was the Fitness Gel of Menthol & Eucalyptus during your pre-sunbathe, tension-relieving Therapeutic Massage.

But oh, the BEER!

And did I mention that all of this was happening at LA’s only AAA Five-Diamond waterfront hotel located in the Ritz Carlton?

IT’S NOT A DREAM!!!!

Give Dad a day to remember, courtesy of extremely sensitive and loving family (at least one day of the year) and Spa Nautica

BEER + 60 MINUTE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE WITH FITNESS GEL – $155

 
Best part of this deal: Buy Dad any 60 Minute or longer treatment and receive a $25 voucher for yourself towards a future service.
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The Floor Is Your Friend: The Model Critic Reviews

Zena Rommett–Floor–Barre Technique–For Teachers
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Reviewed by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic
 City Center, NYC, recently hosted a teacher’s training program for the Zena Rommett Floor–Barre Technique. Teachers, and those wanting to be certified, came from many places on the globe to review their methods and to learn anew. The morning I attended, master teacher Charlotte Furst from Sweden gave a very clear and calm class to attentive students.
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Zena Rommett Floor–Barre Technique has been with us for almost fifty years. A former ballerina, Ms. Rommett first taught her methods at the Joffrey School of American Ballet; the technique essentially gives ballet dancers barre training on the floor, thereby eliminating the intrusion of gravity and balance in developing neurological pathways in the body.
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Ballet, and dance in general, requires certain physical necessities– alignment, turnout,  and lengthening, for example.  Tendu’s, coupe’s, passe’s, and degage’s with pointed or flexed feet can be slowly practiced on the floor to give the dancer the desired placement.
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I sat and watched class with Camille Rommett, Zena’s gracious daughter who heads up the Foundation.  Camille schooled me on some of the finer points as the class progressed, and told me that Zena always gave dancers what they needed, not what she knew. They never use the term “stretch” as I inadvertently spoke, but preferred the term, lengthening, as in the spine, back of the legs, and arms.
The devotee’s since the 1960′s have continued to be enthusiastic, and the technique has been a favorite of many past and present stars: Judith Jamison, Lars Lubovitch, Tommy Tune, and Patrick Swayze, to name a few luminaries. At present, Camille said this method is being taught worldwide, and on numerous colleges campuses and national dance studios.  Next month they’ll offer another teacher’s training in Florence, Italy.
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Basically, while working slowly on the floor, nothing is set to chance.  At the barre, things may move quickly and the student may get used to working improperly, and develop bad habits; on the floor there is a lack of tension, and without music, the dancer, along with an aware teacher, can focus of his or her needs.  Incidentally, this technique has been used  as a rehabilitation method for those who have injuries too. It’s easy to see how effective this method would be for someone who has had a knee or ankle injury, for example, and wants to activate and strengthen those areas.
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Camille also said that Zena emphasized transitions as well. Having been a ballerina, she well understood the necessity of linking movements together with proper alignment. Ms. Furst underscored this by coaxing the students to relax during their movements, not to struggle, and to become more fluid, with a strong center and relaxed face.
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For those who don’t have studios nearby that offer these classes, many DVD’s are available for the young dancer, the professional, elders, and injured.  I’m a convert, and consider this technique very valuable for dancers and non-dancers alike.  Why would anybody not want the effects of a longer, stronger, and balanced body?
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National Flag Ties for the Olympics

The 2012 Olympic games in London are here, and if you are feeling a bit patriotic or just want to get into the spirit of the games, Vineyard Vines has launched a new National Flag Tie Collection.  And of course, you may be routing for your home country this week, but just in case you change your mind, there are also iconic images from other countries such as Germany, Italy, Ireland, Jamaica, Canada, France, Great Britain the USA and more, each tie respectively, enabling you to proudly show off your Olympic spirit from 9 to 5! Made in the USA, each tie retails for $75,( www.vineyardvines.com).

Where will you be for the opening ceremony?  Give us a shout! Comment here or Send in your Olympic photos.  We’d love to share them on GOTM LA. 

Get Your Sports On LA!

Kick off summer in a great way with special offers and activites to help you stay healthy and active this year. Meet local professionals, retailers and service providers offering the lastest in active lifestyle products and services.                              Special offers, exclusive discounts and great giveaways!

Register for the footrace here: PasadenaFitExpo.com/Register

Visit the Expo Page here or click the photo below:

Beverly Hills Angels

Looks like the Angels are back together and cooler than ever!

Cameron Diaz donned celeb favorite Earnest Sewn Soft Blue jeans while shopping for wedding dresses with gal pal, Drew Barrymore, in Beverly Hills.

Heavenly all around.

Jessica Gomes: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit “IT GIRL” On The Move

Gia On The Move recently had the opportunity to interview, 2012 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit edition stunner and savvy entrepreneur JESSICA GOMES. Of Chinese and Portuguese decent and from Perth, Australia, Gomes is widely known for gracing the pages of the past 5 consecutive SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit issues, and has recently been featured on numerous magazine covers including MAXIM, VOUGE Australia and MADISON Magazine.

Standing at a striking 5’9”, the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED exposure was the catalyst to her massive popularity in Asia, leading to the 2008 campaign of the LG Bikini phone, her own reality TV show “MY NAME IS JESSICA GOMES,” and a 3rd place win last year in Korea’s “DANCING WITH THE STARS.”

An “IT” girl, on the move! When she isn’t jet setting between New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, South Korea, and Melbourne, Gomes enjoys music, dancing, cooking, cafe hopping and fashion design.  She’s also fun and totally gracious.  Here’s what this stunning, savvy beauty had to say:

GIA: You placed 3rd in the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars.  How much did you have to train for that?


JESSICA:
I trained everyday and all day! I was very focused Continue reading