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Class Review: Lab5 Fitness – TRX class

6 Oct


The TRX suspension trainer is a completely portable, packable, take anywhere full gym…and it weighs less than two pounds.  It’s a set  of straps anchored to any high location or door jam and from there you can do thousands of body weight strength training exercises that tone muscles and melt body fat. It was developed by a former Navy Seal so you know it works!


The Lab5 Fitness TRX class was held in it’s beautiful back studio with full length mirrors, wood floors, large windows and great lighting. The TRXs were anchored from the ceiling (perfect for getting the most out of each exercise) and the class size was limited to 12 people. After the warm-up our instructor Ron started the workout with pushups and core work, then we moved into a hard-core lower body section. We did fast squats and lunges with the back foot elevated for 2 minutes followed by  tabata cardio intervals with jump squats. Next we moved into alternating upper body exercises like pushups and rows and lower body exercises using the same tabata protocal (20 seconds on/10 seconds off). We finished with killer planks and mountain climbers with our feet suspended in the TRX handles. The workout lasted for a total of 50 intense minutes and I left sweaty as can be with a full body workout…Toning, check. Cardio, check. Happy hour justification…Double Check!


  • TRX’s design makes you focus on your core with every move. It’s similar to Pilates or  yoga in that way but waaay more intense.
  • You can get very deep in your squats and lunges to really target the area I affectionately call the “thut” (it’s where your thigh and butt meet)


  • I was actually excited to try on my skinny jeans after the workout…your body feels so tight and toned it’s like your thighs, triceps and abs have been sucked in. Plus you’ll be sore for about three days…which I totally LOVE!
  • The TRX uses multiple muscle groups at once for more toning and calorie burning in less time plus helps to raise your metabolism
  • The workout increases your flexibility
  • It’s actually very good for newbies or anyone recovering from an injury since you can easily adjust the intensity of each exercise
  • There are so many exercises to choose from you never get bored
  • It’s easy to use, and easy to bring with you anywhere so no more excuses…I’m talking to you frequent travelers.


  • Celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, Scarlett Johansson
    Mary J. Blige, Ellen Pompeo and Jamie Pressly owe their killer curves to TRX workouts
  • Plenty of pro-athletes including Superbowl MVP Drew Brees and triathletes love the functional training aspects of the TRX
  • My class had frequent TRXers but that’s not always the case. I really recmommend this workout to everyone from beginners to the hard cores. Just make sure you get someone to show you the ropes so you make sure you’re doing it right.


Lab5 Fitness offers Ballet Barre, Pilates, Yoga, Reformer and Aerial Conditioning classes. The studio, trainers and customer service  are all outstanding I will definitely be going back and I recommend you give it a try if you live in the Seattle area. (First class is free…yay!)


Lab5 Fitness Studio
606 Broadway East Studio A
Seattle Washington 98102


Check out some TRX workouts on the official TRX youtube page here.

You can buy your own TRX at http://www.trxtraining.com/

Celebrity Workout Video: Get Blake Lively’s Bod

3 Oct

Blake Lively is in amazing shape…she has great muscle tone while still keeping some curves, a combo that looks killer in all those fabulous outfites she wears. To get in shape for Green Lantern she worked with one of my favorite fitness trainers Bobby Strom who is also responsible for Jessica Biel’s Blade Trinity body  and Britney Spears’s Oops I Did It Again  body. Together Blake and Bobby did lots of circuit training where the worked the core then upper body then lower body and repeated that sequence for the entire workout. You can get Blake’s bod too with this workout video inspired by those circuits…grab a set of dumbbells and a stability ball or chair and you are good to go!

Workout Breakdown

Circuit #1

  • Plank – 30 Seconds
  • Bicep Curl to Shoulder Press – 15 reps
  • Stationary Lunges – 15 reps per leg
  • repeat all three exercises for a total of 3 times through
Circuit #2
  • Punching crunches on a stability ball (or floor) – 15 reps
  • Tricep Dips (on a stability ball or chair) – 15 reps
  • Plies with shoulder press – 15 reps
  • repeat all three exercises for a total of 3 times through

Get Jennifer Garner’s Toning Secret…ValSlides

13 Sep

Valerie Waters is famous for whipping Jennifer Garner’s body into shape  after each one of her adorable babies and Waters also helped Garner get her amazeballs body for her role as Syndey Bristow in Alias. (Even though the show has been off the air for a while we all still remember how amazing Jen looked.) Waters has been personal trainer to super fit celebs like Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez and Poppy Montgomery just to name a few.


One of Waters’s training secrets for her celeb clients is a piece of fitness equipment called the “VALSLIDE”. It’s simply  an oval piece of plastic with foam padding on top but this thing will kick you butt! It’s designed to slide on carpet and wood floors adding intensity to each and every exercise.


  • This totally ups the intensity and calorie burn of any exercise without having to increase your weights or add time. Ditch the dumbells and place the Valslide under one foot for sliding reverse or curtsey lunges or place it under your hands to make pushups harder.
  • They are one of the the cheapest most effective pieces of fitness equipment for your abdominals. Slide it under your feet in pushup position for mountain climbers that will totally tone your abs.
  • Valsides are lightweight and portable so you can take your gym with you any and everywhere. Oh yeah and you can you them to actually get a good workout in your living room.
  • P.S. check back for a video with some of my favorite Valside exercises!
Valsides are only $29.99 and you can buy them at www.valslide.com