Category Archives: Fitness

#WhatsHotNow: Summer Workout with Marika & pheel

Summertime. Summertime. Sum Sum Summertime!

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Marika

What can we say.  We’re die-hards for colorful pretty things!  And working out never looked so sexy for the Summer with Marika (www.marika.com) & pheel (www.pheel.com).  ‘Flaunt’ has a new meaning and we also happened to notice two very important things:

There’s a sale still going on at Marika until May 31st.  So take advantage!

Also, if you sign up for Pheel’s mailing list, you get 10% off your first purchase.

Motivated yet? Pheel

#fashioninaction:

marika & pheel

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
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 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. 

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?


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

Dance: The Answer to the “Core” Question

LA Choreographer Michael Cornell’s Core Strength in Action

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Core training has been around long before the word “fitness” arrived at its current popularity and status. And the word that existed in its olden day form is DANCE.

When it comes to fitness, we all are attempting to be vigilant about our routines especially in the core area. These days there is more scientific evidence to support why we should work the core muscles, how we should do it and with what weights, balls, bands, cables, videos, magazine articles, photographs, clothing and all the rest to assist us. But really it doesn’t have to be all that complicated.

Dancers have long known the built in benefits of not only core training, but as an additional advantage, aerobic, plyometric, flexibility and strength exercises. You need only attend any modern version of the Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet or Swan Lake to observe core strength in action. Balances on pointes and demi-pointes for men and women; sugar plum fairies, swans and lovers lifted on high by their princely men whose rock hard abs have no rival, except for their lovely female counterparts whose core power not only keeps them on their toes, but supports feet glued to ears elasticity; jumps, plies, dives, turns and leg lifts of every sort all working from the center. The endurance factor alone stands these athletes apart from all others as a ballet dancer’s movements are intense and exact to a very high degree.

Los Angeles choreographer and dance teacher, Michael Cornell of PrivateBalletLA, likes to describe ballet as free standing Pilates.  Quotes Cornell, also a former company member of BalletMet, Ohio, ” If you have ever taken a ballet class you immediately realize that it is all about the core. You can’t help but improve your over all core strength and posture if you take ballet a couple of times a week.”

Nike has been promoting dance via some of its popular YouTube posted videos of femme power hip hopper, Sofia Boutella, dance battles between ballerinas and hip hoppers and its Nike Dance for Women athletic line. Ballet Barre technique classes, Yoga Bootie Ballet classes, Pilates/dance workouts and all kinds of other off-shoots are popping up everywhere in every form. Clearly everyone is finally back on the dance band wagon well beyond the days of Flash Dance and the original Fame now revived.

But the other real benefits of dance are the fun, ageless, timeless, anyone can do it, stress reducing, body slimming and lengthening, factors. Awkwardness of jumping in for the first class aside, whether one has been dancing a lifetime or for the first time, dance is an experience that incorporates the core with ease and perfection without the expensive or need more space for storage at home peripherals or the monotony of the gym.

Finally, dance will make you smart. According to recent Scientific American MIND articles, by developing the core muscles and staying mentally engaged, the body develops its own body-brain intelligence and a level of awareness in three dimensional space and coordination. A double plus for focus and cognitive functioning.

In and of itself, Dance is a perfect balance of intelligence, core strength fitness, ease and fun for anyone. As an answer to the Core fitness question, it is the very reason to opt for old school simplicity over modern workout hassle.


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Written by Tracey Paleo

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