I must confess right at the start to not having an all-out passion for fitness. I go through phases like anyone, but have found what works for me and what I am able to maintain. While in New York City and looking to rev up my routine, I stopped into an Exhale Core Fusion class in midtown. The combination of Pilates, Yoga, Dance, and Cardio, had me hooked and it is the one thing I have been able to stick with for the last few years. For me, it hits all the marks: leaning and toning, working on flexibility, with lots of high energy bursts of cardio in between. The best thing about this class is that it never gets "easier." You may get down the routine of it, but it is constantly challenging at building your core strength. Luckily, Los Angeles has 3 locations, but they offer classes in most major cities.
The Routine: Each Class is an hour. The Core Fusion Barre classes are my favorite. They are so welcoming to beginners and show you how to modify or adjust the poses to how you are feeling or if you have an injury. On the road? It is easy to continue to practice certain series of movements in a hotel room or to pop in one of their DVDs for more guidance.
Refuel: After class, I love to grab a juice. Juice Served Here has a great variety including Cream Party (young coconut water + coconut meat) great for rehydrating with natural electrolytes and Field of Greens (spinach, kale, celery, cucumber) for detoxifying and antioxidants.
Get the Glow: I usually will do a morning class and apply some sunscreen and Sunday Riley Tinted Primer - it oxygenates and plumps skin, with just a hint of color. Enhance an apres-workout glow, with a sweep of RMS Beauty Living Luminizer to the top of cheekbones and a fresh pop of pink on the lips and cheeks with multi-tasking product RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure.