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
Oct 302013
 
In case you were wondering, yes, I will be teaching Pilates in this mask all day!

In case you were wondering, yes, I will be teaching Pilates in this mask all day!

 

Can you believe it’s already Halloween! This year is slipping through my very fingers!  I’m thankful to be busy with a studio expansion, exciting projects on the horizon and of course my lovely clients, but these months are flying by! Anyway, ready or not, the holidays are now upon us and a plethora of decadent food and treats of the season begins at Halloween and it’s very easy to go overboard and get a little off track during this time.  Now, as you know I’m an admitted lover of pizza AND cupcakes, but I enjoy in moderation! ;-) So, I’m giving you a little license to do the same this Halloween with these vegetarian and vegan gluten-free recipes I found that are sure to satisfy your need for noshing! Just be careful to not overdo it!

Say “Boo” with Meringue Ghosts
These babies are not only adorable, but also contain chocolate so where can you go wrong? Cute and satisfying is the name of the game here!  You are sure to thrill party guests with these babies.  Get the goods here.

 

“Whatever You Do, Don’t Fall Asleep!”  

Who remembers that line? Nightmare on Elm Street of course! You will definitely be looking for something to munch on while having your scary movie marathon and this vegan and gluten-free spin on popcorn sounds like a winner! Roasted chickpeas will provide you with the crunch you seek and the added protein of this snack doesn’t hurt either!  If you’re watching the movies cuddled up with your sweetie, we all know where that can lead, so no popcorn teeth for you!  Definite added bonus for this one!

An Apple A Day

How could it possibly Halloween or fall without apples? Whether your bobbing for them at a party (far be it from me to judge if you’re still doing this as an adult) or looking to dip them in something sweet, it’s hard to truly feel guilty eating anything with an apple as a main ingredient, well, sort of.  This gluten-free and vegan recipe for caramel apples would be a hit among adults and kiddos alike!  Just don’t get used to eating your daily apple this way!

Enjoy the day, but remember that you don’t have to eat everything in sight at the Halloween soiree and if you’re doing the cooking, choosing just one of these recipes to try would be more than enough!  You don’t want to be found the next morning in a sugar coma and if you’re one of my clients then I expect to see you in Pilates class on Friday. :-) Next year, I will be getting all the trainers at the studio to perform the Thriller dance and post the video to entertain you, they just don’t know it yet (insert Vincent price laugh here)!  Have a safe and happy Halloween!

 October 30, 2013  Posted by at 5:57 pm Healthy Eating, Zen Pilates Studio Tagged with: , , ,  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
Jun 112012
 

Have a fitness question you’ve been dying to find out the answer to? Just can’t quite get that one move right? Want to find out what the heck Pilates is?

Join me this Wednesday, June 13th for a live one-hour Q&A session on SELF Magazine’s Facebook Page! From 10-11 a.m. PST (1-2 p.m. for all the East Coast followers) I will be live on SELF’s Facebook page answering your questions about fitness from Pilates to my newest boxing adventure; being a celebrity fitness trainer in the heart of West Hollywood; and sharing my favorite and most sought-after tips  for the summer fashion season!

I hope to hear from you all on Wednesday!

 

 

 

 June 11, 2012  Posted by at 4:12 pm Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Comments Off
May 252012
 

Happy Friday! And what a great Friday too because coming up this weekend is everyone’s favorite– a 3-day weekend filled with summer kickoff barbeques and pool parties! Yes, I said it…pool parties and that means the time has come to finally be bikini ready. We all knew it was coming, even as we convinced ourselves it was only April and that bag of potato chips was going to go stale if not eaten right then.                                    But don’t fret, I have plenty of tricks and tips up my sleeve for this weekend and the many future pool parties of the season, that you won’t have to worry about anything but having fun in the sun!

Tip #1 is really a tip for the entire summer and comes from my best friend and her affinity for late night food truck indulgences. Resist stoppnig at the taco/burger/waffle/crepe truck at midnight no matter how enticing it looks after a few cocktails! Dancing is not going to burn off the calories.

But back to the task at hand…we’re in crunch time! It’s Friday and maybe your party is tomorrow and maybe you did stop at that food truck last night, what to do?!

Tip #2: Alter your diet, slightly. Ideally, if you can do this 2-3 days before the bikini body reveal then that’s your target but incorporating the following throughout the day before and day-of will have you looking fabulous! The biggest alteration to your current diet is to cut out salt (listed on food packages as sodium), since excess salt may cause you to retain water and cause that bloating effect we all dread. After salt, processed and packaged foods are the next to go. Generally they are laden with preservatives and sodium, plus nothing beats crunching into a crisp fresh apple for your mid-morning snack!

Finally try to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of caffeine you drink. If you can’t survive without your morning coffee, try green tea instead. It still contains caffeine, but about 1/3 less than your typical cup  and is packed full of antioxidants to healing properties.

Tip #3:  Juicing is also an option during the 2 days leading up to the festivities. Be sure to buy from a reputable company like my favorite, Pressed Juicery, or do your research if you choose to juice at home yourself. It’s important to get the right balance of nutrients and calories since it will be the only thing you’ll consume all day. Juicing takes a commitment so if you’re not ready to tackle 2 days, try one or maybe replace your lunch with a delicious root juice.

Add a shot of aloe juice to your morning routine to help cleanse your system and a shot of wheatgrass in the afternoon for some added energy. Wheatgrass is the most nutritionally dense food available. I personally like mine with ginger and an orange slice…YUM!

Tip #4: Exercise! Of course my preference is for everyone to get in an hour session of Pilates, reformer or mat style because they will give you an instantly smaller waistline. Pilates is based on the principle of using core strength for everything we do, which when applied correctly will widdle away your midsection in no time.

Another couple favorites of mine are these butt lifters and bridges that will get your booty ready for those boy short style bottoms!

 

 

 

 

Can’t get to Pilates studio? No time for a full workout? If your busy schedule prevents you from doing a full workout or maybe you haven’t been hitting the gym as much as you’d like to, try this combination of moves to tone up in the days before.

Do 100 push-ups, 100 dips and 100 lunges (per leg). Now before you tell me I’m crazy, these don’t all have to be done in one session, but do have to be done in one day. It’s easy to space them out. Try 20-30 of each exercise in the morning and then incorporate sets of 10 into your day. Take a 10-minute break and use your desk or wheel-less chair (make sure either is sturdy and can support your weight first) to do dips or just get down and rock out push ups in your cubicle. It’s amazing how fast you’ll get to 100 and how energized you’ll feel the rest of the day.

Tip #5: Find the part of yourself you love the most and flaunt it! The summer is most of all about having fun. You’ll feel the most confident when you highlight your best feature. Have great eyes? Learn how to give them an added pop from your favorite makeup counter. Have killer arms? Sport a strappy dress to your next party.

Tip #6: This one is important. Don’t shop for a new bikini just because you have to attend a pool party. If you don’t feel you’re ready for it, wait to buy.  Not everyone goes in the pool at a pool party so instead grab that great sundress you feel amazing wearing or opt for a cute skirt and coordinating bathing suit top. You’ll be festive while not being too exposed.  Just be sure to keep working hard toward the goal of being bikini ready for your next party!

Now that you’ve heard my top tips and tricks, I want to hear from you! What are you secrets for getting ready for that big beach day or poolside picnic? Do you have a favorite exercise routine, pre-event meal plan, or even great make up or product tricks that help accentuate your best features? Share them here!

All photos from here.

 May 25, 2012  Posted by at 2:19 pm Bikini Ready, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Comments Off
May 212012
 

Back in January, my father cut this article out of the Wall Street Journal for me; one of his favorite past times is sending me any and all clippings on fitness.  It gave me an immediate chuckle. This witty tongue-and-cheek article written by Jason Gay had everything one needed to hear about conquering the gym or a new workout routine. And it had me laughing all the way through tip #27: “There is no secret. Exercise and lay off the fries. The end.” -Golden!

I am happy to say everyone at JK Zen Fitness approached 2012 with such enthusiasm that I thought there was no need to remind them that for most conquering the gym, especially post-holiday, is challenging. Then came the spring…and suddenly the enthusiasm started dropping off. I knew I had been too optimistic. Maybe because the spring clouds have rolled in and they tend to linger until noon, it’s not always sunny in Los Angeles, or maybe it’s simply because we all start the year off with such vigor and then life gets in the way. So today I decided to do something better than merely bring the article to the office; I am sharing with all of you. Pass it on, have a laugh and remember ”Exercise and lay off the fries”. Enjoy, Jason hits the nail on the head with these tips!

The Wall Street Journal

 May 21, 2012  Posted by at 2:20 pm Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Comments Off
Apr 182012
 

Nicole Lierheimer
Formula PR
(212) 219-0321
lierheimer@formulapr.com

ACTIVATE DRINKS PARTNERS WITH CELEBRITY FITNESS TRAINER JULIET KASKA TO OFFER FANS FREE FITNESS CLASSES

Enhanced vitamin beverage company will help Los Angeles-area consumers
GET ACTIVATED

Los Angeles (April 17, 2012) – ACTIVATE, the innovative, enhanced vitamin beverage ideal for people with active lifestyles, today announced a partnership with celebrity fitness trainer Juliet Kaska that will reward consumers in the Los Angeles area with free Pilates Burn, Boxing, Zoomba, Boot Camp and Yoga fitness classes, free ACTIVATE drinks and custom branded t-shirts.

Leveraging their commitment to inspiring consumers to “Get ACTIVATED,” brand representatives will hit the ground running at Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood on April 21 and May 12, offering ACTIVATE fans complimentary access to one of five one-hour fitness classes at Boulevard Health Club from 11:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on April 28 and May 19. In addition to a voucher for a complimentary class, consumers will receive a free “Get ACTIVATED” T-shirt and samples of ACTIVATE’s delicious collection of vitamin-packed, sugar-free and zero calorie beverages.

“ACTIVATE provides consumers with a convenient great-tasting beverage that helps them ‘Get ACTIVATED’ with a fresh dose of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes,” said Jesse Merrill, vice president of marketing for ACTIVATE. “Offering free fitness classes is a great way to reward our fans and help them ACTIVATE their personal health and fitness goals.”

One of the country’s leading fitness experts and entrepreneurs, Juliet Kaska has trained well-known Hollywood celebrities, including Pink, Sting and Trudy Styler, Gerard Butler, Mischa Barton, Kate Walsh, Stacy Keibler, Ali Larter and Kerry Washington.

ACTIVATE drinks are revolutionizing the beverage landscape with a proprietary cap design that stores vitamins separately from the water, enabling the vitamins to stay fresh and potent.  ACTIVATE drinks contain 0 grams of sugar, 0 calories and are naturally sweetened with stevia, offering a delicious beverage option for people who want to GET ACTIVATED. To learn more about ACTIVATE, please visit www.activatedrinks.com or www.facebook.com/activatedrinks.

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 April 18, 2012  Posted by at 2:33 pm Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Healthy Eating 2 Responses »
Mar 212012
 

The Holiday pounds are barely off our bodies and here we are at Super Bowl Sunday, a day that Americans indulge in an estimated 4200 calories. That is almost a full pound and half of added fat and double what the average American woman should be eating and a third of what a male should have. But have no fear there are ways to indulge on SBS and keep your waistline the size it is.

1. Up & at ‘em! SB doesn’t start till 3:30pm PST, so that leaves you plenty of time to get up and at ‘em. And by “up & at ‘em” I mean get to the gym and do your cardio, or grab the kids and spouse and take a long walk, or sneak into that new Spin gym by your house and take a class. Burn 500 or more calories that is your goal.
2. Super Supper. SB is at a precarious time, not lunch and not dinner. Make SB a super, much like Thanksgiving, where your lunch and dinner are the same meal. Because most of SB food is done continuously during the game you shouldn’t feel hungry or deprived by “missing” a meal.
3. Big Spender. Plan your breakfast out the night before the big game. Have a light, low calorie nutritious breakfast. You know your going to be a big spender on calories later in the day so save them up. Try an egg white omelet sans the cheese and butter. Fill the omelet instead with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms & peppers, use four egg whites instead of whole eggs. You will be filled up with tasty & healthy low calorie food. If you get hungry between breakfast and SB, do not snack, grab an apple or banana to tide you over.
3. Snack Bug. The SB is all about food snacks; chips and salsa, deviled eggs, nachos etc. This is dangerous territory, snacking always leads to more food consumption then if you ate a meal. So I suggest to clients that they set a “snack bug” on their phones for every 30 minutes. The idea is that when it buzzes you take evaluation of what you ate in the previous 30 minutes and then don’t eat for the next 30 minutes. When the next buzzer goes off, evaluate if your hungry and then snack or don’t snack based on your answer.
4. Get Up! At halftime and during commercials get up, go for a brisk walk around the block for 10-20 minutes. You can TIVO the half-time show and watch it later. During the commercials get your butt up and walk around the house or at least stand up and sit down a few times.
5. Play the game! A wonderful and healthy tradition you can create starting this year is have an all age family/friend flag football game. Grab a football and hit the backyard for some family activity. An fun twist is to get the next store neighbors in on it and play the families against one another. And the loser has to clean the other house’s dishes.
Moral of the story, enjoy Super Bowel Sunday, eat light in the morning, choose based on your hunger not impulses during the game, and keep moving as often as possible. Lastly, have a blast!
-Juliet Kaska, Fitness Expert & Trainer
 March 21, 2012  Posted by at 2:34 am Healthy Eating 2 Responses »