Partner Core Workout

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to grab your partner or your bestie for a serious core workout!

Working out with a partner is much more fun!

You encourage and motivate one another, you sweat together, and hold each other accountable for showing up.

Here is my favorite partner core workout!

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Seated Core Rotations

Sit back to back with your partner (spine long, core engaged) - pass a weighted ball back and forth to each other (making sure the ball goes around the full 360 degrees) - pass the ball 10 times each direction.

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Partner Crunches

Laying supine, hook your ankles with your partner.

With knees bent, extend arms overhead. One partner will start with a ball in their hands - both partners will sit up, pass the ball, and lower back down.

Continue moving this way, crunching all the way up and passing the ball, then lowering all the way back down.

Pass the ball 20 times.

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Core Ladder Drills

Come into a high plank with both hands inside the ladder, facing your partner.

High five your partner (right hand to right hand, then left hand to left hand) then walk laterally to the next box and repeat.

Walk the entire distance of the ladder and back.

Option to add a theraband around the legs for additional resistance for the legs (working the abductors).

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Partner Planks

Come into a plank position on your forearms facing your partner.

Both partners will bring right arm up and gently touch partners right forearm, hold for a count of 10, then bring arms come back down. Switch to left side, hold for a count of 10 then lower and switch.

Repeat 2-3 times.

Year in Review

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Wow. What an incredible year it has been!

Honestly, 2018 has been the biggest year professionally of my life.

When I look back at this past year, I am amazed by all of my accomplishments and everything I have built for Lean and Green Body®.

I am happy to say that this is only the beginning of Lean and Green Body® … we are just getting started!

Since August 2018, I have had the privilege of being featured in the following publications: Naples Daily News (online video and front page of the paper), Gulfshore Life Magazine, Naples Herald, and Naples Illustrated (coming January 2019).

Here are a few of the big points and events of 2018 …

January - Grand opening of 5th Ave Studio

January - I published my first book- Revitalize and Renew

January - First event for Revitalize and Renew at Revival Yoga

February - Revitalize & Renew book launch

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February - Revitalize & Renew book launch party

April - Lean and Green Body® at an Ebella event with Dr. Perlmuter

July - Made the decision to close 5th Ave Studio … only to go BIGGER!!

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August - Started a partnership with Momentum Brewery for monthly yoga classes

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September - I won Top 40 under 40 for all of Southwest Florida!!

October - Hosted a Yoga and Wellness event for the David Lawrence Center

October - Started teaching weekly yoga classes at my own public studio space … for only $10/class … making yoga more accessible to everyone

October - Became a Certified Fitness Nutritionist through ISSA … love continuing my education and staying current on new wellness ideas for my clients.

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November - Lean and Green Body® became an approved Blue Zones Project partner

December - I was asked to sit on the board of the Red Cross.

December - MALK Organics asked me to become a national partner, and work with them as a nutritionist. I am so excited for this partnership, because together we will be able to educate the public on a national level.

December - Mindful Movement Studio powered by Lean and Green Body® … pre-sale started December 17 and beta launch is January 1!


This year has been incredible! Through Lean and Green Body®, I have been able to host over 20+ events for our Southwest Florida community.

Thank you to all of you, who have supported me through this momentous year of growth.

In 2019 Lean and Green Body® will officially be a national brand!! I am so excited and ready for this expansion, and to educate the greater community on the importance of wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Happy New Year!!



Love and Light,

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Blue Zones Recap

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It’s official!! Lean and Green Body® is a Blue Zones Project® partner!

The ribbon cutting was on Saturday, November 3rd at 8th Ave South in Naples. We were honored to have the official Blue Zone’s team there to celebrate our new partnership. Lean and Green Body® is excited to be a partner and support the mission of the Blue Zones Project®.

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The ribbon cutting was followed by a 60 minute vinyasa yoga class over looking the beach … the sound of the waves soothed our souls during savasana.

Delicious Raw and Epiphany Bakery both showed their support with post yoga treats!

So what is the Blue Zones Project®???

According to healthways.com “A Blue Zones Community® is an area in which citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores, and community leaders have come together to optimize residents’ longevity and well-being. Blue Zones Project® by Healthways takes a systematic, environmental approach to identifying and creating policies and programs that support community transformation. “.

Blue Zones is working to create healthier communities, helping us to live longer better lives, one partnership at a time.

Blue Zones Project® believes in the Power 9®…

  1. Down Shift

  2. Purpose

  3. Plant Slant

  4. Wine @ Five

  5. Family First

  6. 80% Rule

  7. Move Naturally

  8. Right Tribe

  9. Belong

Down Shift: reverse disease by finding a stress relieving strategy that works for you.

Purpose: wake up with purpose each day to add up to 7 years to your life.

Plant Slant: put less meat & more plants on your plate.

Wine @ Five: enjoy a glass of wine with good friend each day.

Family First: invest time with your family & add up to 6 years to your life.

80% Rule: eat mindfully & stop when 80% full.

Move Naturally: find ways to move more! You’ll burn calories without having to think about it.

Right Tribe: surround yourself with people who support positive behaviors.

Belong: belong to a faith-based community & attend services 4 times er month to add 4-14 years to our lifespan.


the power 9® info is taken from the Blue Zones Project® handout


For more information on the Blue Zones Project® or to become a partner email bluezonesprojectswfl@sharecare.com or call (239) 624-2312

Sports Drinks

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One of the biggest questions I get asked by clients is how to rehydrate during and after a workout.

Clients often jump to high sugar electrolyte drinks like Gatorade and Powerade to replenish. Although these drinks do contain electrolytes, the bad properties out weight the good. These sports drinks are pumped full of sugar and chemicals, and do more harm than good. These sports drinks will increase the blood sugar and cause a spike in insulin, which will give you a boost of energy but will ultimately lead to a big crash. Long term these drinks can lead to weight gain, and possibly type 2 diabetes due to the high sugar content and the high fructose corn syrup.

The sugar in these drinks cause you to crave more. So you end up drinking more than you initially expected. You take one sip, and it’s so good you want more! Sugar is a drug, and can create similar responses in the brain to cocaine. Crazy?!? Is this how you want to hydrate your body??

I recently had a client reach out to me looking to find ways to rehydrate during and after her golf game. The Florida heats is excruciating this time year, and golf is such a long sport that it is key to hydrate properly on the course and after the game too.

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Water is simply the best way to hydrate! If you drink enough water (minimum 64 oz, but most people need up to 100 oz per day) during the day, simply adding a few more cups of plain water during and after your workout is enough. For extreme athletes, those who play professional sports, marathon runners, triathletes, or anyone with an electrolyte imbalance should consider a hydration supplement.

My favorite way to hydrate, in addition to plain water, are NUUN tablets. They provide electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and are very low in sugar and they have very few ingredients. This is not a sponsored post, I just really love this product! Gatorade and Powerade, among other sports drinks, have made a big name for themselves as the top sports drinks. They have campaigns on how beneficial they are during and after your workouts and games. The one thing these companies do not discuss are there ingredients. These sports drinks, all varieties, are loaded with sugar!! They started with high fructose corn syrup, which has now been linked to cause diabetes, obesity and other major health problems. Some varieties of these beverages have switched to artificial sweeteners, so the sugar content on the food label may appear lower or even zero… but this is not true. Artificial sweeteners are actually worse for you than regular sugar!! It makes me so upset that companies find it okay to put these ingredients in their products. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to diabetes, obesity, brain tumors, and several other health conditions. These sweeteners are not just in sports drinks, they are actually in several common beverages you can find in any grocery store. It is so important to read the food labels on everything you consume. You are what you eat. The cleaner and more pure the better.

If you need help reading food labels, check out this article and video interview here.

Change

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The key to a successful business is change, evolving and adjusting to the needs of our clients and community.

We officially closed the doors to our 5th Ave S studio this summer. 

It was a bittersweet moment for me, one that I chose to keep off of social media. I have not announced this news publicly until now. 

I chose to close the doors on our 5th Ave S studio because it not longer fit with my vision of the business. Lean and Green Body® is ever changing, evolving and growing. It is my job as the leader and visionary to follow and keep up with these changes. Our 5th Ave S studio was simply too small for our needs, we out grew this studio much quicker than anticipated. (Which is good news!!) 

My goal is to teach more group yoga classes through Lean and Green Body®. To offer my yoga teachings as a gift to my community, for rates that are accessible to all. I have already begun offering weekly yoga classes throughout Collier County, for a full list of classes visit our schedule.  We also have a full list of events and workshops through December 2018 on The website.

We have several big and exciting changes coming and I can not wait to share them all with you in much more detail! 

Upcoming Classes

Benefits of Foam Rolling

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By now I am sure that you all have heard about foam rolling? It became increasingly popular about five years ago, and has grown a serious following.

What does foam rolling really do? 

Is it beneficial to foam roll? 

Who should foam roll? 

Do you foam roll before or after your workout?

Let’s dive in and check it out!

Foam rolling helps to lengthen out the connective tissue over the muscles, called fascia. In time, it can actually help to lengthen out not only the fascia, but the muscles as well. Think longer, leaner muscles. 

It is so beneficial to foam roll! Foam rolling helps to breaks up knots, tension and discomfort in the body. 

We are extremely tough on our bodies, whether it be a grueling workout or hunched over a desk all day. We are beating our bodies up on the daily. 

Think of foam rolling as a deep tissue massage… for a fraction of the price!

I would recommend stretching and foam rolling after your workout. This can help the body recover faster, and prevent unnecessary muscle soreness or cramping. 

Ideally we should all be foam rolling everyday, even 5 minutes a day can help!

Foam rolling has also been shown to decrease stress, prevent injury, break up scar tissue from previous injuries, improves flexibility and mobility, and increase blood circulation. 

Still have questions?? Leave a comment below and we will be happy to help!