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Seven Streaming Workouts

author : Lisa Meyer on Saturday, September 13, 2014 | 5:28 AM

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We have all been there—you want to fit a workout in but it is too hot, too cold and/or too late to get out to the gym. Maybe you are on a business trip and the hotel’s gym is subpar? Or perhaps you just plain old do not live near a gym —this is when streaming workouts can be a lifesaver. All you need is a decent internet connection and you can get in just about any kind of workout you desire.

At Fit Bottomed Girls we hear from new online steaming fitness companies all the time and it can get overwhelming figuring out what each offer and if they are worth recommending to our readers. So I took it upon myself to take on a few of the most popular online workouts out there and report my findings.

Let’s break out the WIFI and get ready to sweat!

Crunch Live:
Crunch gyms have been famous around New York City for years for having the hottest new group fitness classes with even hotter instructors teaching them. Their monthly membership fees have never been on the cheap side but just about anyone can afford $9.99 to take a huge Crunch workouts including “Barre Assets,” “Rear Attitude,” “Burn & Firm Pilates” and even “Gospel House Aerobics.”

The production is top notch and you really feel like you are taking a class at one of the cool downtown locations. You can save your favorite workouts as a playlist. Go to to try it out for free for one week trail session.

Body By Simone TV
Simone De La Rue launched her “Body by Simone” fitness studios a few short years ago in New York City & Los Angeles and they immediately became a hit with a celebrity clientele that includes Sandra Bullock and Naomi Watts. Using her dance background to teach proper technique Simone and her trainers work one on one with their clients reach their fitness goals and she has taken over 20 of her top workouts to Body by Simone TV that you can access with a monthly fee of $9.99.

Top workouts from Simone include Cardio Burn, Trampoline Cardio and Body Bands. Not a huge variety here but they are very challenging.

This brand new site is currently free for all users and features thousands of wellness videos covering yoga, fitness, cooking and is community driven. You can share your favorite recipes and workouts with others on social media. I was immediately impressed with the number of high-quality core workouts available (in addition to just about any other workout you want) and the interactive nature of the site. Perfectly suitable for all fitness levels.

Grokker is currently in beta form so for now they are FREE so be sure to check them out while you can do so without laying out the cash.

One of the leaders in online health and fitness content– DailyBurn classes are something I have been hearing about for years and was impressed with what they offered. Their HD-quality workouts range form 15-minutes to over an hour and are available for $10 per month for unlimited access. Some of their standout programs include “Beautiful Belly” which is geared toward expecting moms, “Inferno”—a high intensity 21-day program and “True Beginner” for exercise newbies. One big plus with DailyBurn is that they post your approximate calorie burn to keep up your motivation.

DailyBurn will also ecommend workouts based on your goals to offer a customized experience. Additionally, these high definition workouts can be streamed on almost any platform including iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Google TV or any computer.

Acacia TV
Do you Roku? I bought one of those amazing wonder boxes a few years ago and streaming movies and TV has never been the same for me. Acacia TV now has their own channel on Roku hosted by SparkPeople’s Nicole Nichols (aka “Coach Nicole”) and featuring a plethora of bold-faced stars such as Shiva Rea, Kristi Yamaguchi, Bethenny Frankel, Kathy Smith and Lisa Whelchel (“Blair” from The Facts of Life—OMG!) to name just a few.

Every fitness level is covered here from seasoned yogis to kettlebell enthusiasts to newcomers to working out—there is a program for one and all to enjoy here.

There are three subscription offered: monthly access ($6.99), 90-Day Burn ($14.99) and yearly $49.99.) Available on Roku, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Galaxy S$.

The Bar Method Online:
Burr Leonard created The Bar Method with one studio 23 years ago and has since created a worldwide franchise that sells a popular line of DVDs, apparel and accessories. Now you can try their variety of workouts online (lead by Bar Method teachers from across the U.S. and Canada) with several different packages available include 24-Hour, weekly or Monthly memberships.

The workouts are designed for all fitness levels (including pre-natal) with fees ranging from $5 for a 24-hour pass up to to a “premier monthly membership” for $35.

Gym Jones:
Let’s say you want to try like a badass movie star and have the budget to spare—check out the Salt Lake City-based fitness studio “Gym Jones” that got Henry Cavill into Superman shape and was featured in this pretty cool article in the New York Times. The workouts are tough and no-frills but if you push yourself you will see amazing results pretty fast. (The trainers here would make your average CrossFit instructor weep from exhaustion!)

Online memberships start with “low level” which is $10 per month and you can cancel anytime up to a “high level” yearly membership of $500 that includes access to “All Salvation” content. Fans of Gym Jones include 300 director Zack Snyder and Chris Evans (Captain America.)

Have you tried online workouts? What are some of your favorites?
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Tips for Your First Hot Yoga Class

For a self-described “fit chick” with an adventurous streak—I am almost embarrassed to admit that I only tried my first hot yoga class this past summer after a friend of mine cajoled me for over a year to give it a go. I had heard all kinds of scary stories about sveeky instructors, too-hot to handle studio rooms, stinky cohorts dripping on yoga mats and more that I told myself No. Thank. You!

Yet no matter what kind of scuttlebutt is in the news about scandalous yogis — Hot Yoga is one fitness trend that is gaining in popularity. Most likely due to the reported healing  benefits from heating & elongated muscles to participants getting “to die for” bodies after putting in a few sweaty hours of practice such as actress Rebecca Romijn and singer Lady Gaga.

So if you are curious to give one of those hot studios a whirl—I have gathered top tips from the experts to help you make your first class easy as a breeze. Get ready to be a little sweaty while getting your “om” on!

Ashley Turner star of Element: Yoga for Strength & Flexibility

Spend some time in an infrared sauna to start to acclimate to the time spent in a hot room. You can start with small increments and work up to longer sessions before you walk in to the room for your first class so that your body is ready to work in the heat!

Downward Facing Dog is a fundamental posture in hot yoga as it is eventually used as a resting pose and/or a transition in and out of other poses. Mastering this pose also helps build the arm strength necessary for Sun salutations and vinyasas, which make up a large portion of the class.

Sarah Levy, instructor at Y7 Yoga Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Since the room can be heated up to 90 +degrees–rand you will be sweating and losing a ton of water during class so be sure to come prepared with a large bottle of water.

The heat will loosen up the muscles allowing you to feel more flexible than your body may be ready for so try not to extend beyond your limits to avoid possible injury.

I tell all of my students to invest in a Yogi Toes Towel– it is a lifesaver! It goes on top of your mat and soaks up the sweat so you don’t slip during practice. Let me say this again—you will be sweating during this class so be prepared!

Desirée Bartlett Celebrity Personal Trainer & Yoga Instuctor

One of my favorite tips for practicing Yoga in a hot room (bikram, hot yoga, or just unseasonable heat), is Sitali Pranayama. In the practice of Yoga we have many different breathing techniques. Sitali is a cooling breath that can cool the body and calm the nervous system when heat starts to feel overwhelming.

The technique is practiced by folding in the sides of your tongue, which creates sort of a straw. You can then sip in cool air through the tongue, as you lift the chin to comfortably stretch the neck upward. The exhalation is slow and steady through the nose. You can breathe in this way whenever you feel that the heat is too much for you in a hot Yoga class.

More often than not it is the mind that gives up before the body, or in this case the mind starts screaming ‘it’s too hot,’ while the body is still OK. By enjoying Sitali pranayama during the most intense heat, you are sending a message to the body/mind (they are considered to be one in Sanskrit), that cool air, and a cool head are available whenever needed.

Marrilee Wilson, Yoga Instructor who trained at the famed Halifax Moksha Yoga Studio

The most important advice I can give is check with your physician before you taking any type of heated yoga class.

There is a big difference between Bikram Yoga & your basic Hot Yoga class. Bikram is a very tight, disciplined practice that everyone in the room must follow at all times (plus you need to wait for permission from your instructor to sip water!) If you are a newbie to yoga in general this might make you uncomfortable.

In Moksha (or Modo as it called in the US,) the poses are executed in a heated room (not as warm as Bikram). The instruction is similar to Bikram (specific numbers of poses, done in a set pattern) however the difference is markedly different. The teacher will tell you at the beginning to take rest breaks when you need to and drink water when you need to.

Finally, the best advice I can give for taking a hot yoga class is to ask the owner/operator for a tour to get a sense of what a typical class is like.

Have you ever tried a hot yoga class? What has been your experience with them?
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Love Yoga? The New Yoga Goodies You Need

@namastetv @tascperformance @MamaKukaYoga @purushapeople @gurooactive @bashfulbliss1 @reseactivewear @lucyactivewear

Calling all yoga addicts! We've recently tried some rad --- we mean, really, really rad --- yoga goodies. From new apparel to new props to new DVDs to products you didn't even know you needed (but you so, so do --- number 1 is a prime example!), these new finds are perfect for those who love yoga!

1. Guroo Sleeves. Ever tried to get in crow pose and totally slipped or fallen because you couldn't get any traction? Or left yoga with sore bruised arms? Say goodbye to these probs with Guroo Sleeves ($39)! These arm sleeves for yoga are made from lyrca that's moisture-wicking (kinda like your best yoga pants) and have a soft, cushy grip on the back panel that allows you to hold arm balances without slipping --- whether you're sweaty or dry, have pants on or not. Bonus? The compression you get from the sleeves increases blood flow to the area, making engaging the arm muscles much more comfy.

2. Purusha People Santa Monica Yoga Pants. The prints on leggings are getting so fun these days! And nothing says fun like hot pink polka dot leggings. Are we right, or are we right? These Purusha People Santa Monica Yoga Pants ($88) are handmade and proceeds from all sales are donated to Fashion4Freedom. Made from breathable, moisture-controlling materials, they're as cute as they are perfect for your favorite yoga class.

3. Bashful Bliss' Healthy.Strong.Fit.Happy Tank. You know we love a good, body-positive message, and this tank from Bashful Bliss ($28) delivers that in spades. The burnout material is lightweight and on trend, not to mention super soft and comfy, and the message stands out clear as day --- enough so that, the first time I wore it out running with a group, I got numerous comments on it. (All positive, obvs.) And if you like the tank, you'll probably want to check out some of the company's other cool positive message products -- the necklaces are seriously cute.

4. YogaSphere. This series of woven organic cotton straps by Mama Kuka ($34.99) help you to strike a (yoga) pose no matter your level, size or flexibility. In fun colors, these straps work with your body to comfortably get you in just about any yoga pose. This yoga goodie is great for yoga newbies and and seasoned yogis alike!

5. Namaste DVDs. If you've been going to yoga classes for awhile, you probably want a workout you can do at home that's quick, to the point and relaxing. (I know I do!) This is exactly why the Namaste DVD set ($49.98) is so great! Straight from the yoga television series, you can have all the episodes from each season on one DVD (13, 22-minute episodes total), so that you can get a good quick yoga workout at home any time. They're always set in gorgeous places, are flowing and don't have a ton of instruction --- so they're good for the more advanced yogi who is looking for her zen.

6. Rese Activewear Natalie Crop Pants and Shayna Tank. There's nothing wrong with simple and basic yoga wear ... but there's also nothing wrong with apparel with a little more oomph, right? And that's definitely what you get with the newest line from Rese. I immediately fixated on the Natalie Crop in Misummer Night's Dream ($27) and the Shayna Tank ($18). Both have been big hits, but the pants? I've had people stop me in the grocery store (on my way home from the gym, of course) and ask where I got them. They fit well --- snug without being constricting --- and the pattern is AH-mazing. (So amazing that it's not currently available online, but it's so pretty that I have faith the other patterns and colors would stand out, too.) That's not to say the Shayna tank isn't special, because it really is! The crisscross back is funky without losing function, and while it's hard to see in the picture, there's also a waistline detail that allows for a blousy fit at the top and a more fitted waist. I won't lie --- I'm wearing this top for more than just the gym.

7. Tasc Performance Infinity Scarf. If you don't have an infinity scarf yet, you are missing out! While they're great for wearing here, there and everywhere, they're also a fabulous yoga goodie for the studio because they can be worn as a scarf, wrap, shawl or hoodie --- great for warming up before class and/or staying warm during corpse pose or while meditating! And this infinity scarf ($48) is extra soft, cozy and even are made of special fabric that helps to regulate temperature, wicks moisture, controls odor and protects you from the sun with UPF 50+ (just in case you're doing some outdoor yoga).

8. lucy Perfect Pose Tank and Flexibility Legging. If there's one company that I've counted on for tops that are fitted without being too clingy, it's lucy, and their new Perfect Pose Tank ($59) hits the mark once again. It has a built-in bra with cups, so you don't need a sports bra underneath unless you're doing something medium- to high-impact (or don't want to show too much cleav --- I wore it for indoor cycling one day and it was a little, uhh ... booby). But it fits beautifully, and the details are really pretty --- that block of color along the back is striking. The Flexibility Legging ($89) is unlike any other pair of yoga pants in my closet, partly due to the fact that there's some variation in the fabric used along the leg, but mostly because of the cool built-in stirrup, which gives these a neat, semi-retro-but-mostly-totally-classic dance pant look. These aren't the ones you'll reach for when you need a pair of leggings to wear under a dress in a pinch, but they're great for your yoga or dance classes ... or for keeping your feet and ankles extra warm!

Who else loves yoga? What new yoga goodies can you no longer live without?
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What time is it? It’s Booty Time with Brett Hoebel!!!

Last week, Brett Hoebel of Season 12’s The Biggest Loser and creator of Rev Abs guest taught two Master Classes at 24-Hour Fitness in North Hollywood and Hollywood. I was lucky enough to be able to attend and see what the fuss was all about around his signature Nitro® and 20-Minute Body workouts. I can honestly say, booty time had my booty remembering that workout for the next two days!

Brett Hoebel Kick Stand Brett Hoebel of NBC’s The Biggest Loser and RevAbs doing what we do only in our dreams.

In a full room, I was in amongst other respected media including DRTV, ClevverTV, Blogilates and Japan UP!. For being as active and athletic as we all were, we along with the rest of the class were pushed to our edge in terms of endurance and being challenged to go deeper than we thought we could. There was not a dry body after 15 minutes into the workout as Brett guided us through a series of plyometric, bursts and flow of martial arts movements. All in all, the class was a manageable hour and a half, with 45 minutes dedicated to Nitro® and 20 minutes for the 20 Minute Body workout.

Fast paced and high energy, the class engaged in the ever-changing tetris order of rows making it so that no one could hide out in the back rows. I could hear people whisper around me, “How does he keep his energy up like that?” After every few segments, Brett would ask, “What time is it?” And the class would answer, “Booty Time,” as we did a series of squats (darn Brett! *fist pump*).

I felt like I was dancing (through the capoeira movements) an easy-to-follow yet effect routine that bettered my body and stamina that took me to the next level of adrenaline. Though I was utterly exhausted and body sore, I felt like I could have ran another mile because I was on such a high.

Brett’s energy was contagious and his unique blend of plyometrics, and flow from capoeira and muay thai  made this class not just a bonding experience to help our classmates keep pushing forward but a fantastic, unique, all-body workout.
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A Simply Brilliant Workout Tank Storage Solution

author : Lisa Meyer on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

You know how you’re sometimes confronted with an idea so simple but positively life-changing that you can’t even believe it never occurred to you before? Like getting the static cling out of your workout clothes or lifting heavier in a single workout? Do I ever have one for you.

If you’re anything like me, you have a drawer (or three) stuffed to the gills with workout tanks. It’s not like they’re superfluous — you’ve given away any that you don’t wear often, but with everything you’ve got in the rotation, space is tight.

And what are you supposed to do? Make space in your stretchy black workout pants drawer? Ha! I don’t think so.

Enter this:

Simply take a hanger, loop a pack of shower curtain rings (I picked up a package of them for about $2) around it, and attach a few tanks to each. They’ll hang nice and loose, take up very little space in your closet, and you won’t even have the issue of “losing” an old favorite that’s gotten shoved to the back corner or a drawer. Brilliant.

One note: the rings slide from one end to the other, so you’ll want to balance out the ends as well as you can.
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