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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.

TOP TOOL

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.

WHY I LOVE THEM

  • 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!
WHERE TO BUY
Valsides are only $29.99 and you can buy them at www.valslide.com

Dirty 30s: the 30 second interval workout

12 Sep

This is one of my favorite workouts from the High Intensity Training class I teach. See, I measure a good workout by how much fun I have, how much I sweat, how many calories I burn and most importantly how quickly I’m in and out of the gym.

Dirty 30s are an interval training workout which means you alternate short sections of hard work with easy rest/recovery sections. I love interval training because it’s one of the BEST ways to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Plus it  increases what’s called your afterburn.  That means you’ll burn and extra 100 calories for the 24 hours period after your interval workout. Beautiful thing right? Come on, who doesn’t want to get the same calorie burn as running a mile while watching TV:)

Ok, so why is it called dirty 30s? Each interval is 30 seconds long and sometimes well,  I just like to rhyme the names of my workouts..dirty and 30..you get the picture. Oh yeah plus you’ll burn some serious calories and get in and out of the gym in about 30 minutes!

Instructions:

  • You can do any kind of cardio you want for this workout. Try…running outside or on a treadmill, biking,using the elliptical trainer, jump roping or try things like jumping jacks, squat thrusts and high knees.
  • Each interval is 30 seconds long. Push yourself hard for those 30 seconds, on a scale of 1-10 (1 being lounging on the couch and 10 being an all out sprint) aim for 6-8. You shouldn’t be able to keep up a conversation while doing the intervals.
  • walk  or slow to an easy pace during the  rest/recovery time

Beginner:

  • Warm up with 7-10 minutes of easy cardio
  • Try 6 x  :30 second intervals with about 60-90 seconds of recovery between them
  • Cool down for 5-7 minutes

Intermediate:

  • Warm up with 7-10 minutes of easy cardio
  • Try 10  x :30 second intervals with 60 seconds of rest between them
  • Cool down for 5-7 minutes

Advanced:

  • Warm up with 10 minutes of easy cardio
  • Try 12-15 x :30 second intervals with 30 seconds of rest between them
  • Cool down for 5-7 minutes