Dec 232013
 

I know you’re wondering what happened to my Day 5 prep journal, so am I!  That day was so crazy and hectic, I didn’t have a moment to write up anything.  It was more of the same in terms of exercise, clients and food from the days prior – from what I can remember anyway!

So, shooting day finally arrived and ready or not, we arrived at the location before sunrise to get started.  However, there was ONE huge obstacle that we had to get around at first, we were locked out of the location!  Elena joked that we were probably just trespassing and didn’t really have permission to be there! Ha! We stayed cool as cucumbers until we got access inside the house and were ready to go!

Now, I’m going to keep you in suspense a little while longer to find out what this video shoot is all about, but what I CAN tell you is that involves bringing you my unique style of fitness with many other cool and fun surprises!

Here is where you wanna be in 2014! In the meantime, please check out the photo diary from the big day below!  I am grateful and loving the opportunity to share with you and this is only the beginning!

 

Taking in the gorgeous view from our stunning location in the West Hollywood Hills!

Juliet Camera View

After the week I had, thank goodness Elena was there to do her magic!

Juliet Makeup

My pre-shoot pose- what?

Juliet Silly on Yoga Mat

In my zone and in my happy place performing some yoga moves.

Juliet Yoga by Pool

 

Plotting and planning with Elena between takes as well as being silly with David Velo Stewart who was in charge for the day!

Juliet and Elena PlanningJuliet Smiling with Dave

No, I’m not sleeping! More shooting on the balcony as the sun begins to set.

Dave Shooting Juliet Foam Roller

     “Say cheese”–pizza that is –what was on my mind as the shoot was drawing to a close!

Juliet Kneeling on Balcony

The beautiful sunset peeking behind the clouds as we finish up with final takes.

Juliet posing with Sunset

IT’S A WRAP! PIZZA TIME! Yes, I was caught devouring a slice in mid-bite.

No, I don’t care! I earned every morsel! #Heaven

Juliet Pizza

 

Thank you for sharing the first part of this journey with me!  So much more to come, so be sure to stay tuned!

 December 23, 2013  Posted by at 3:57 pm Bikini Ready, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Tagged with: , , , ,  Comments Off
Nov 222013
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 4- Rough Day

The effects of low-calorie, low-sodium, high intensity workouts and minimal solid food feels like it’s catching up to me today.  I’ve got a little bit of a short fuse and low energy. However, a great reprieve was training my east coast client via Skype. It was so nice to be able to sit down in a calm place in Beverly Hills for an hour training her from afar!

Whew! So nice to sit for an hour to train on Skype! #lovetechnology

Whew! So nice to sit for an hour to train on Skype! #lovetechnology

I tried my best to keep my social calendar clear for this week, to both conserve energy and not tempt my palette, but who could pass up seeing a sneak preview of then Hunger Games?! Certainly not me! This outing also included dinner before..uh-oh!  Before I arrived, I jokingly asked my friend to order me a cucumber for dinner and when I arrived, there was a plate of sliced cucumber and lemon slices.  I savored every bite!!  It still wasn’t enough to fend off all of the Italian goodness wafting in the air, so I folded and had one piece of Italian bread and butter.  Butter never tasted so good!!! I also had a glass of Cabernet and wine has never so quickly gone to my head!!  I made it through the movie without any popcorn and by the way I loved it and can’t wait for the 3rd one!

Workouts: 1 1/2 hours
An advanced yoga class with Rebecca Benenati- thank you Rebecca!  My yoga mat was drenched once again!

Food

Warm water lemon juice from 1 Organic lemon

3 bottles throughout the day: 16 oz of filtered water, 1 organic lemon, Organic Blue Agave and Cayenne Pepper to flush the system.

Breakfast: Pressed Juicery-Greens 2

Late Morning: Pressed Juicery -My Favorite Vanilla Almond (my protein): Almonds/Dates/Vanilla Bean/Sea Salt/H2O & GT’s Multi-Green Kombucha

Lunch:  Kale Salad with lemon

Afternoon: Pressed Juicery-Roots 3

Dinner: Cucumber with 1 slice of bread with light butter

Before Bed: 8 oz Organic Aloe Vera Juice

Taught classes and trained clients back to back. By the time I got home, I crashed and my Calm Powder (more on this later) helped give me a good night’s sleep!

Nov 202013
 

Tuesday November 19, 2013

I had to kick it up a gear today and get on top of my team, other than Christa we have no one booked to shoot this..What?! this is craziness, wondering if we can really pull it off and even if we do, will the final product be anything worth using? Breathe…

1. 90 minutes advanced Yoga- HOT. Felt so good and strong. Strongest I have felt in weeks- arm balances were a breeze and sweated it out so  much- thank you Anthony Benenati  check out the photo of my Yoga Mat post class… It was gross but cool all at the same time! #SweatIsCool

This mat needed some serious airing out!

This mat needed some serious airing out!

2. To shed those pounds I always suggest to get over to SoulCycle- or your favorite spin studio. So I took my own advice- class tonight with @PixieAcia was a killer. I actually wanted to slug her when she turned the intensity on my bike up in the final round. Oh my!  My Yoga mat is no comparison to my sweat drenched head after spinning -Yuck! Check out this photo, I made my Yoga mat look dry. #SweatFeelsSoGood

SoulCycle Sweat Aftermath!

SoulCycle Sweat Aftermath!

3. In the spirit of kicking it up a gear I started a half-day juice cleanse from my ever favorite Pressed Juicery.

Before Breakfast: Hot Water with the Juice from 1 organic Lemon

Breakfast: 2 Hard boiled Eggs and Chopped Kale

Late Morning: Grapefruit & GT’s Multi-Green Kombucha

Later-later morning: PURE bar

Lunch: The Juicing Begins! Roots 3: Beet/Apple/Lemon/Ginger

Afternoon: Greens 1: Kale/Spinach/Romaine/Parsley/Cucumber/Celery

Dinner: My Favorite Vanilla Almond: Almonds/Dates/Vanilla Bean/Sea Salt/H2O

Before Bed: 8 oz Organic Aloe Vera Juice

 

 

Coordination: Booked makeup artist the super talented and uber funny Elena Gharbigi. Meetings with 2 filmmakers. ( I love LA people who move on the fly when need be). Worked with Christa endlessly on video outline and oh yeah taught 6 classes/clients!

 November 20, 2013  Posted by at 3:46 pm Bikini Ready, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off
Jun 282013
 

Wow! It seems like I just blinked and the beginning of July was tapping on my shoulder!  I’ve been keeping myself very busy with clients and events with Dr. Weil and Activate Drinks!  Summer is officially here and temperatures are soaring, so what better way to get in a good workout and stay cool than to jump in the pool?  Here are some moves you can do while wading in the water this summer!

PLANK IN THE POOL- Standing with your feet hip-width apart, place both hands on a foam pool noodle or other flotation device. Push the flotation device out in front of you until your arms are straight and move your feet backward as far as possible while keeping your back and legs straight and your feet flat on the pool floor. Hold the pose for 15 to 30 seconds.

poolSEATED PILATES ROLL-UP- Hold hand buoys in front of your chest at water level and from a seated position with legs extended straight out together in front of your body at a 90-degree angle, extend the hand buoys forward, bend at the waist and reach toward your toes. Exhale. Be sure to inhale while pulling hand buoys back toward your chest as the upper body sits upright again and continues to lie down supine on top of water. Complete 8-10 repetitions.

UPWARD FACING DOG- Using a therapy swim bar or aqua noodle, position your body so that the water line is just below the chest and hands are shoulder-width apart. Push the noodle or bar under the water straight down under the shoulders while keeping your shoulders down. Extend your legs back, hip-distance apart, with the tops of your feet touching the bottom of the pool and let your hips drop down. Draw the pubic bone forward as you pull upward with the chest.

Now, hit up your nearest indoor pool (or backyard of you’re lucky) and try these Pool Pilates moves on for size and let’s have a great summer!

 June 28, 2013  Posted by at 12:23 pm Bikini Ready, Fitness, Healthy Living Comments Off
Nov 122012
 

A boost of caffeine before a workout is a popular way to rev up your metabolism and burn off some extra calories says WebMD.com. However; not all caffeine sources are equal; the 2 most popular sources are green tea and coffee. Clients often ask me, “Which is better, coffee or green tea?” I vote for green tea and here’s why:

As mentioned, both drinks have caffeine but Green Tea also acts specifically to boost your body’s metabolism of fat.  Green tea’s polyphenols can counter  excess triglycerides in your system, which when not used get converted to fat.  The polyphenols function to activate a certain enzyme in the body that will dissolve the excess triglycerides. It is also rumored to keep bones strong, something in which coffee has the opposite effect. And the benefits don’t end there! Green tea also can relax your arteries, lower blood pressure and keep your heart strong. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine  (June 2004) found that those who consumed tea regularly for at least one year had a 46% lower risk of developing high blood pressure, from drinking as little as 1-2 cups per day.  Enjoying a cup of green tea in the morning sounds a lot more enjoyable then having to remember to take blood pressure medication every day, especially with their long list of side effects and drug interactions. Antioxidants in green tea heal at the deepest cellular level, allowing the benefits to manifest throughout the body.

The University of Tokyo had researchers conduct a study on bones and green tea consumption and concluded that green tea may actually significantly increase the bone mineral density! Even decaf coffee has been linked in studies to osteoporosis when consumed in large quantities. I was reading more research that points to the compound egigallocatechin gallate (EGCG for short because even I can’t pronounce that!) as the main weapon that Green Tea carries to fight against carcinogens in our bodies. The research suggests that it may actually promote a myriad of cancer-protecting actions in the body! The American Medical Association reports that people who drank 4-5 cups of green tea per day had a lower mortality rate from cardiovascular disease than those who abstained from the beverage. Four to five cups may seems like a lot but say you have two in the morning with breakfast and your morning commute, another as a mid-afternoon pick me up and finally one after dinner. That’s four cups right there! Be aware that green tea’s caffeine content may interfere with sleep patterns if consumed after 4 p.m., so be sure to pick up a box of decaf!

Green Tea’s other health claims include: suppressing appetite, increasing oral hygiene, boosting the immune system, prevention of rheumatoid arthritis, regulating diabetes and even improving skin related problems such as acne. It seems almost like a miracle plant with all these healing properties. Apparently Green Tea, unlike it’s cousins Black and Earl Grey, is left unfermented and by doing so it is able to retain the active healthy properties! A reminder on how much processing can affect the foods we eat.  So overall, whether you decide to drink coffee or tea for your morning wake up, do so in moderation. The majority of liquid you consume should come from pure filtered water. Be sure to drink at least half your weight in ounces a day. That means if you weight 140 lbs you should be drinking at least 70 ounces of water per day, excluding the water you use to make your tea or coffee =)

 November 12, 2012  Posted by at 12:19 pm Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Comments Off
Sep 272012
 

This month Shape Magazine is featuring a Pilates special as their Workout of the Month. The article, “Retool Your Routine” features a 15-minute kick start to your current routine! Shape reached out to me to create this program that uses either a resistance band or ball (or both!). You can incorporate these moves into your current routine to give your muscles a change up or use them to start a new routine. Be sure to read through the article (on newsstands now) to see the “twists” I provide for each move.

 September 27, 2012  Posted by at 2:51 pm Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Zen Pilates Studio Comments Off
Sep 122012
 

As a personal trainer there are many questions you get used to hearing from clients, but the most popular from my group is usually, “How can I get a great butt?”

This is an oldie but a goodie, first featured in Shape Magazine in 2008 and used with countless clients. It’s my signature 3-Tiered Butt Workout…Shape, Lift and Slim. In 4 weeks you’ll have the backside you’ve always wanted.

 

 September 12, 2012  Posted by at 6:28 pm Bikini Ready, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Living, Zen Pilates Studio Comments Off
Sep 072012
 

Want Stacy Keibler’s legs? Kate Walsh’s fab physique? Ali Larter’s post baby body?

A few months ago, Celebuzz nominated 3 of my clients as part of their “101 Hot Hollywood Bodies” countdown. They asked me to share my training secrets on how these three lucky women keep their bodies in such great shape. Working with Celebuzz was so much fun and now that all three have been revealed, I’m here to share them with you.

Check out the videos below to see how Stacy, Kate and Ali have each trimmed and toned into one of Hollywood’s hottest bodies.

“Celebuzz Hot 101 Bodies: Stacy Keibler’s Trainer on Working out with George Clooney’s Girlfriend”

“Celebuzz Hot 101 Bodies: Interview with Ali Larter’s Personal Trainer Juliet Kaska”

“Celebuzz Hot 101 Bodies: Trainer Juliet Kaska Reveals How to Look Like Kate Walsh”

 September 7, 2012  Posted by at 10:09 am Bikini Ready, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Living, Zen Pilates Studio Comments Off
Aug 282012
 

This story was forwarded to me in an email and I laughed so hard I had to share it with all of you. I don’t know who’s story it is, but I think it accurately describes the feeling we’ve all had at one point in our lives. Enjoy a laugh with this mid-week “Pick Me Up” and remember to keep up the great work you do every day at the gym!

Week at the Gym: One Man’s Story

This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted to get into a  regular workout routine.

For my sixty fifth birthday this year, my wife (the dear)  purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for  me. Although I am still in great shape since playing on my college  football team 45 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to  go ahead and give it a try.  I called the club and made my  reservations with a personal trainer named Belinda, who identified  herself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for  athletic clothing and swim wear. My wife seemed pleased with my  enthusiasm to get started!  The club encouraged me to keep a diary  to chart my progress . .

Dear Diary:

MONDAY
Started my day at 6:00 a.m.  Tough to get out of bed, but found it  was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find  Belinda waiting for me.  She is something of a Greek goddess -  with blond hair, dancing eyes and dazzling white smile.  Woo  Hoo!!  Belinda gave me a tour and showed me the machines.  She  took my pulse after five minutes on the treadmill.  She was  alarmed that my pulse was so fast, but I attribute it to standing  next to her in her Lycra aerobic outfit.  I enjoyed watching the  skillful way in which she conducted her aerobics class after my  workout today. Very inspiring!  Belinda was encouraging as I did  my sit-ups, all though my gut was already aching from holding it  in the whole time she was around.  This is going to be a FANTASTIC  week!!

TUESDAY
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the  door.  Belinda made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar  into the air when she put weights on it!  My legs were a little  wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile.  Belinda’s  rewarding smile made it all worthwhile.  I feel GREAT!! It’s a  whole new life for me.

WEDNESDAY
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying on the toothbrush  on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it.  I  believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long  as didn’t try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the  club parking lot.  Belinda was impatient with me, insisting that  my screams bothered other club members. Her voice is a little too  perky for early in the morning and when she scolds, she gets this  nasally whine that is VERY annoying.  My chest hurt when I got on  the treadmill, so Belinda put me on the stair monster.  Why the  hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity  rendered obsolete by elevators?  Belinda told me it would help me  get in shape and enjoy life.  She said some other shit too.

THURSDAY
Belinda was waiting for me with her vampire-like teeth exposed as  her thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl.  I couldn’t  help being a half an hour late, it took me that long to tie my  shoes. Belinda took me to work out with dumbbells.  When she was  not looking, I ran and hid in the men’s room.  She sent Lars to  find me.  Then, as punishment, she put me on the rowing machine –  which I sank.

FRIDAY
I hate that bitch Belinda more than any human being has ever hated  any other human being in the history of the world.  Stupid,  skinny, anemic little cheerleader.  If there was a part of my body  I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat her with it.  Belinda wanted me to work on my triceps.  I don’t have any  triceps!  And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me  the damn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.  The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher.  Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama  coach or the Choir director?

SATURDAY
Belinda left a message on my answering machine in her grating,  shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today.  Just hearing  her made me want to smash the machine with my planner.  However, I  lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up  catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel.

SUNDAY
I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can  go and thank GOD that this week is over.  I will also pray that  next year my wife (the bitch) will choose a Gift for me that is  fun — like a root canal or a vasectomy.

 August 28, 2012  Posted by at 2:17 pm Fitness Comments Off
Jul 302012
 

Check out the August issue of Oxygen Magazine not just for its awesome Olympic Inspiration feature, but also to learn how Pilates can help you transform your body!

 “Pilates works the entire body as one efficient system, focusing on the core to stabilize and mobilize the body in all activities.”

I had so much fun creating this workout, especially with bikini bodies in mind. Living in Los Angeles means year-round thinking about ways to spice up my client’s routines when summer hits. It’s important to mix up your routine every 4-12 weeks so that you are constantly challenging your muscles and improving overall tone.

My favorite move from the article is definitely the Walk Out and Push. It’s such a great ab workout but also I really can feel it through my arms and chest. My tip: make sure to keep your abs tight throughout the whole exercise to protect your lower back.

These all are great moves to do in the park or on the beach for an added challenge. Get up and out of the gym and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine that summer is offering!

 July 30, 2012  Posted by at 3:51 pm Bikini Ready, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Living, Zen Pilates Studio Comments Off