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Lauren ‘Fit DJ’ Pappas Is Helping Skyelyfe Readers Avoid the Crash & Burn of January Health Habits!

January 6, 2016
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You may have read last week’s post that focused on treating your body right all throughout 2016. Well, this week, skyelyfe has brought on a professional to provide additional pointers to keep your health game strong all year long – not just through January!

 Lauren “Fit DJ” Pappas – an  NPC Bikini champ, who runs her own YouTube fitness channel Pimpin’ Iron, and has deejayed for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Kardashians and the We Are Fitness health convention, among others – has come on board to help readers incorporate smart eating and working out into their everyday lives.

 And because she is not only a fitness pro, but also a DJ, it only makes sense that she provided a playlist of songs (scroll to the very bottom) that get her ready to hit the pavement, stairs or wherever her environment of choice is when she wants to break a sweat!

Lauren_FitDJ_skyelyfe_2Here are Pappas’ top three tips to getting you back into shape after the holidays – and staying that way!:

1. Have a Plan! Make a schedule for your workout days. Weather your goal is to workout every day or every other day, figure out what time you’ll be working out and the duration, ahead of time. Organization is very important to help you successfully meet your goals. And can even write what your workout will be (ie. Wednesday- 30 minutes of HIIT cardio/biceps & triceps for 30 minutes). That way you’ll make room in your daily routine for your workouts. Make fitness part of your lifestyle rather then a seasonal thing or an occasional thing.

2. Write out your healthy meal options or your specific diet plan & make sure it’s visible somewhere in your kitchen. Even better, designate one day out of the week to prep your meals ahead of time. Watch your portions by measuring out your food on a food scale or a measuring cup (ie. meat & rice you cooked, oats you measure dry), and put each meal in individual containers. That way you won’t be tempted to eat something that’s not on your plan. And you can easily grab a meal if you’re on the go. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are many healthy food prep companies that deliver all over the country.

3. Get fit with a friend. Break up the monotony of your workouts and grab a buddy. Working out with a friend will help you stay motivated and keep you on track. I love taking group fitness classes with my friends, going for hikes, running at the beach or even snowboarding. It also pushes you try new things. You can support and encourage each other.

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Beauty Angelenos

(PHOTOS) We Are Fitness: L.A. Convention Brings Influencers & Brand Ambassadors Together for Fun Night with Healthy Purpose!

December 8, 2015

we_are_fitness_balance_skyelyfeWe Are Fitness reminds people that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a lot of fun!

Last week’s convention included a who’s who of digital influencers, along with top activewear and health brand ambassadors, who made an overall powerful statement about the importance of taking care of your body.

Co-coordinated by Honestly Jamie blogger Jamie Stone, the four-hour event (formerly called FITfluence, if you recall from when I attended last year) took place at L.A.’s SmogShoppe, and gave the small selection of invited guests a chance to connect with some of their favorite companies and familiar online faces, while also learning about new brands and trying out their products (who wouldn’t want to hit the gym after scoring a pair of hot new leggings?).

we_are_fitness_muscles_skyelyfeWhen guests weren’t taking in upbeat sounds by Lauren FitDJ, browsing the vendor tables (more on that later) or swinging by one of two 50 Bleu Ultra Premium Vodka-hosted bars (yes, even fitness fanatics need their occasional cocktail), they were listening in on the Q+A panels with a handful of cyber sensations: Casey Ho of Blogilates, Michael Morelli of Hit Max, Keaira Lashae of If You Can Move, body-building YouTuber Brendan Meyers, Caitlin Turner of @gypsetgoddess‘ Instagram, Natalie Jill of NatalieJillFitness, P90X founder Tony Horton, popular Snapchatting surfer Danny Berk and the ultimate body-building YouTuber Rich Piana.

we_are_fitness_bonneo_skyelyfeLike last year, vendors gave attendees a chance to try (and sometimes walk away with) some of the best new products in the business.

Bonne O sparking beverage system reps were on hand to give guests samples of carbonated vodka-fruit drinks that were made with just a quick click on these handy little machines. The Neutrogena table was impossible to go unnoticed, as the brand’s rep creatively dressed to coincide exactly with the colors of the the products (CoolDry Sport sunscreen) she was sharing with guests. And for everyone’s multivitamin-dosing needs, Smarty Pants folks were present to provide endless samples of what I consider the most delicious gummy health bites you can imagine (these are too tasty to possibly be real vitamins, right?!). As delicious as they are, they can’t satisfy one’s appetite, so that’s what My Fit Foods was there to do, providing their pre-made gumbo and ground turkey dishes for people to nibble on as their made their way through the venue.

we_are_fitness_teeki_skyelyfeTeeki had their newest styles of leggings on display, and a few VIPs (me included) snagged a pair on their way out! Speaking of leggings, Liquido also participated by providing all guests with a special new pair in their stuffed gift bags at the end of the night. The generous selection of swag also included a headband from Manduka, a Murad clarifying face mask tube, a box of Organic India Tulsi teabags, Vega One nutritional shake powder packets, Bai antioxidant juices, all-natural, vegan, cucumber-lime-scented hand soap from Stop the Water While Using Me, a certificate for a free waxing service from Miss Wax Los Angeles (who were giving people eyebrow waxes during the event) and a certificate for a free pair of espadrilles from Otz . And as if all that wasn’t enough, guests also left with a separate bag filled entirely with treats from Quest Nutrition.

Thanks again, We Are Fitness! Another successful event for the books!

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Don’t Sweat Your Bank Account – Here Are Some of the Best Fitness Deals in L.A. Right Now!

April 3, 2015

britney-dance-11Just a week away from Coachella (a.k.a. the most important annual weekend – or two – in the life of an Angeleno), there’s still time to pack a few more solid workouts in before hitting the road to body-baring desert festivities.

But whether you’re festival bound or simply rooftop pool party bound, there’s one commonality you share with everyone: the inability to escape summer (which has already felt present in L.A. for at least a month).

That said, after some serious investigating, I’ve compiled a list of the best fitness deals all over town so that you can sweat the toxins, but not the bank account in time for bikini season.

Before you scroll, just note that if you feel overwhelmed with workout options, there’s always ClassPass, a $99-a-month membership that gives you unlimited access to participating fitness studios limited to three classes a month per location, allowing you to basically try before you buy!

Photo courtesy of Orange Theory

Photo courtesy of Orange Theory

MIRACLE MILE/DOWNTOWN

  • MODO YOGA – This hot yoga studio offers classes that stretch, strengthen and tone the muscles while helping to detoxify the body and calm the mind.  

INTRO PACKAGE: UNLIMITED MONTH = $40!

340 S. La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.938.5000

  • PURE BARRE DOWNTOWN – In the same family as Cardio Barre, Pure Barre’s brand new DTLA location is partnering with Real Simple magazine to host a Beauty & Balance weekend April 18-19. Four specialized classes will be offered and swag, giveaways and prizes will be given all weekend long.

FREE CLASS FOR NEWBIES THE ABOVE WEEKEND ONLY (use REALSIMPLE code at checkout)!

740 South Olive St. Ste. 106

Los Angeles, CA 90014

323.305.7025

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

HOLLYWOOD/WEST HOLLYWOOD 

  • PINK IRON – Ladies-only boutique studio offering variations of crossfit, boot camp, yoga and lifting classes.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

1106 N. La Cienega Ste. 203

West Hollywood, CA 90069

310.360.PINK

  • RISE NATION – Studio offering 30-minute cardio-climb experiences in which guests use their arms and legs to move up and down a tall climbing device to the beat of music.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

8906 Melrose Ave.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

424.245.4052

  • CARDIO BARRE HOLLYWOOD – Studio providing hour-long, high-energy/no impact classes that combine barre work and light weights with continual fat-burning motion.

INTRO PACKAGE: 10 CLASSES = $49

6464 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 150

Hollywood, CA 90028

323.462.6464

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SANTA MONICA/VENICE

  • ORANGE THEORY – Offers high-intensity heart rate-focused interval training (30 mins cardio, 30 mins strength-training); different workout each day.

FIRST CLASS FREE!

1431 2nd St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.730.1399

  • BRYAN KEST’S POWER YOGA – Owned by longtime yoga veteran Bryan Kest (who teaches some of the classes), this studio offers yoga for all levels and beginner-level meditation classes.

INTRO PACKAGE: ONE WEEK OF UNLIMITED CLASSES FREE!

1410 2nd St., Fl. #1

Santa Monica, CA 90401

  • CYCLE (BEACH) HOUSE – This brand new Cycle House location offers spin classes and boasts “the most intense cardio workout in LA,” noting that anywhere from 500-1000 calories can be burned from just one session.

FOR EVERY PERSON YOU REFER, YOU GET TWO FREE CLASSES (APRIL ONLY)!

1541 Ocean Ave., Ste. 105

Santa Monica, CA 90401

310.394.4800

ADDITIONAL WELLNESS BONUS DEALS

Keep the bettering of mind-body-spirit going with some post-workout meditation (at very little cost):

  • UNPLUG MEDITATION – A guided-meditation studio that offers 30 and 45-minute drop-in classes in a clean, modern and calming atmosphere.

INTRO PACKAGE: UNLIMITED MONTH = $40!

12401 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 101

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310.826.8899

  •  THE OAKWOOD HOUSE – Offers varying forms of individual and group yoga (hatha, nidra, prenatal, yin and therapeutic), reiki and intimate, powerful shaktipat meditation led by Uma Devi, who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Reiki and yoga sessions are ongoing and by appt. Group meditation is offered Monday nights at 8:30 p.m.

MEDITATION IS DONATION ONLY!

**located in Venice – call or email for specific location

TheOakwoodHouse@gmail.com

310.801.6261

Beauty

Rise Nation: Home to L.A.’s Newest 30-Minute Workout – & Skyelyfe Tried It First!

January 6, 2015
Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

Photo courtesy of Rise Nation

Why is it that no matter what healthy groove we are in right before November, those delightful habits really do fall out the door as soon as the holidays creep up? I think I speak for everyone I know when I say we are anxiously eager to get back into our workout routines and relatively sensible ways of eating.

I admit, I think my last real workout was at least 12 days ago (I swear I’ll get back into the swing of things this week!), but the nifty part is it was a closed trial session at Rise Nation, a specialty studio that didn’t open its doors to the public until this month, just in time to help people conquer their new year’s resolutions!

Started with the vision of training and movement expert Jason Walsh, Rise Nation hosts 30-minute cardio climb classes, the first of its kind in L.A.

Sure, when the opportunity to try a new workout arose, I was a little hesitant. I’m not the best at changing up my routine (even if just for one day). But after completing my half-hour class, I was pleased to find that not only was this a super brief sweat session, but it’s something anyone can do, regardless of fitness experience or frequency.

So, just what is the cardio climb movement? It’s the action of using your arms and legs to move up and down a tall climbing device – but to the beat of music (basically dancing on a machine). So, a song with more beats per minute will require a lot more movement. As Walsh refers to the workout on its website, it is an “experience,” not a class.  The experience is set up in a dark room where you’ve pre-booked your machine (a la Flywheel, etc.), and by the end of the workout, I was sweating and my legs were nap-ready. It was nice because the room is located upstairs, connected to a rooftop patio with a table and chairs, so guests can decompress in the fresh air, post-session.

Located on Melrose and La Cienega, this brand new facility provides a free experience to first-time users. There are 1-4 sessions offered each day, except for Sundays when the spot is closed.

Happy climbing!

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