Dec 152014
 

Juliet Vionic 1

Each year, millions of people make the resolution to lose weight in the New Year. Are you one of them? I see this seemingly innocent declaration as the most direct route to failure because you are starting off on January 1st as “not” accomplished. I encourage you to instead create a resolution, set goals and milestones and get an accomplice for your journey!

Here is what I mean:

I (your name) resolve to live a healthy lifestyle in 2015!  My Goal, or measurable result, will be at my yearly doctor’s appointment (Insert actual date: December 2015), my doctor will give me a good bill of health including:

  1. Healthy Body Weight is between, ____ and _____
  2. My Cholesterol is: ________
  3. My Blood pressure is: ______
  4. I can walk 2 miles in:  _____ Minutes
  5. Ask your doctor for other Healthy goals you can accomplish in 2015

After your resolution and goal is set, go backwards from your goal date, and create smaller monthly goals for each of your primary goals. For example if one of your goals is to walk 2 miles in 30 minutes then your goals could look this:

December 15, 2015

My Doctor tells me I am in good health, my body weight is a healthy weight and my blood pressure and cholesterol are all healthy. I feel good and look good!  I have Walked 2 Miles in 30 minutes 4 x’s a week for 4 Weeks.

November 15, 2015

I Have Walked 2 Miles, 3 x’s a Week for 4 Weeks.

October 15, 2015 

I Have Walked 1.5 Miles in 20 Minutes, 3x’s a week for 4 weeks.

September 15, 2015

I Have Walked In An Organized 3K Fundraiser, with Friends, at A Leisurely Pace.  I Have Walked A 15 Minute Mile, 4x’s a Week for 4 weeks.

August 15, 2015

I Have Walked A 15 Minute Mile,  3x’s a week for 4 weeks.

July 15, 2015

I Have Walked 1 Mile In 15 Minutes.  I Have Walked 1 Mile 4x’s a week, for 4 weeks.

June 15, 2015

I Have Walked 1 Mile 3x’s a week, for 4 weeks.

May 15, 2015

I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 15 Minutes.

April 15, 2015

I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 12 Minutes.

March 15, 2015

I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.

February 15, 2015

I Have Walked 3X’s A Week, For 2 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.

January 15, 2015

I Have Walked 2X’s A Week, For 2 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.

Now that you have your primary and monthly milestone goals set, you need to find your accomplice.  This is someone who is priceless in helping you reach your December 2015 goal! Choose the person you are confident won’t let you wiggle out of your resolution, share with them your goal and ask them if they will hold you accountable to reaching it. Perhaps ask them to go along with you, or better yet, ask them if they have a resolution for which they want to be held accountable.

After your accomplice has agreed, create very specific check-ins or guidelines, such as; “Will you email me every Monday with a few words of encouragement?” “Can you be there in September at the finish line of my 3k?” Additionally, let them know what you need from them if they see you slipping from your game plan. Last but certainly not least, be sure to celebrate each of your goals along the way!!!

 

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
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
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
Apr 272012
 

I was so excited to hear that Zen Pilates Studio is featured the Los Angeles edition of Louis Vuitton’s new Amble App!

 

 

What is Amble anyway? The way it was explained to me is that it is an “original journey” through a city taking a look at the places “through someone’s eyes.” Our dear client, Louise Roe picked out studio for the debut edition of the new app. “I’m addicted! This is one of the places I miss most when I’m away filming- exercising here is my favourite way to start the day,” says Roe.

Check out her complete guide here!

 April 27, 2012  Posted by at 11:46 am Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Zen Pilates Studio Comments Off