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best-at-home-workoutWorking out at home can save money. You can save money on travel expenses, but time as well. But when working out at home, having some form of equipment is imperative. Many trainers suggest having a cardio piece of equipment, but our trainers suggest less expensive items. See what these fitness experts recommend when it comes to the best home workout equipment.

About the Experts

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Paul Schultz is General Manager of Retro Fitness in Carol Stream. He brings 11 years of business experience as an Accounting Manager from Bank of America and has been involved with competitive sports and physical fitness most of his life. Paul’s business and management background combined with his love of fitness will be key as Retro Fitness looks to expand in the Chicagoland area in 2014.

 

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a health and fitness expert in Chicago specializing in personal training. She is a fitness writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com, and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an adjunct professor in exercise physiology, a brand ambassador for LARABAR, and works with Kate Hudson's athletic company "Fabletics".

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health & fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

  

 

Ziba-Photo-FINALZiba Sarabia Lennox has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group. 

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I have seen large and small purses that keep similar cosmetic essentials inside. Makeup is essential for last minute touch ups or even for a week on the road. Here are three essentials every woman should have in their makeup bag from our beauty experts.

Melissa's Advice

"My three essentials are a strong concealer, a great lip balm, and I always keep on hand a bold, black mascara."

Shay's Advice

"The most essential product for every makeup bag is anything mineral! Mineral makeup is worth the investment and my personal favorite line is Glo Minerals.  The foundations and powders have a physical SPF, which gives you instant protection when you dust it on. The Glo Mineral line is triple milled, free of parabens, dyes, and talc and has a plethora of colors that complement any skin tone. I recommend it to patients after surgery as the makeup will not harm delicate surgical incisions. Once you have good makeup products, the other important item to invest in is the right makeup brushes.  Fortunately, many places have brush kits that people can purchase that have proper tools to apply your makeup.  Often times the little sponges and brushes that come with the makeup are not the best tools for proper application. One final makeup essential is individual false eyelashes. Eyelashes are a great way to instantly open the eye, for a more dramatic look. Individual lashes are inexpensive, easy to use, and require minimal commitment. They are great for everyone!"

About the Experts

Melissa-Ben-Yoseph-Photo-FINALMelissa Ben-Yoseph is a publicist with 17 years of experience in consumer products, aesthetic beauty, healthcare, and beauty communications. She has a track record of generating interest and increasing visibility through coverage in national, regional, trade, and social media.

 

 

Shay-Photo-FINALShay Moinuddin is a highly sought after skin care expert, who has over 10 years of experience in aesthetic medicine. She is a master injector and has an extraordinary amount of experience injecting the most popular FDA-approved dermal fillers and neurotoxins on the market today. Shay is considered an anti-aging expert and uses combination modalities such as radio-frequency, ultrasound energy, and laser therapy to give patients the ultimate in aesthetic enhancement. Shay is considered one of the top beauty experts in her field and prides herself on providing patients with safe and effective treatment options that preserve their natural beauty.

 

 

how-stretching-helpsWhen thinking about an exercise program, experts agree that cardio, strength, and flexibility training are key components. Cardio works the heart, while strength training builds muscles. Flexibility training protects the joints. Here are a few stretching benefits that could cause you to make time for this type of fitness.

Paul's Advice

"Stretching is extremely important before a workout if you want to avoid injury. You run the risk of seriously damaging muscle and joints. Stretching post workout helps prevent injury by keeping muscles flexible."

Lisa's Advice

"Stretching has endless benefits like increasing flexibility, shortening recovery time, and insuring your joints stay within a greater range of motion."

Stephanie's Advice

"If you do more meditative stretching, such as yoga, you'll be training your nervous system to move into a relaxed state more efficiently. You'll also be preventing muscle soreness."

Ziba's Advice

"Bottomline is stretching keeps you looking younger because it helps your movement quality from being stiff. "

Marisol's Advice

She believes the benefits of stretching increase mobility, release toxins, and lengthen muscles after contracting in strength conditioning for long lean strong lines.

 

About the Experts

paul-schultz-headshot-new-year-new-you

Paul Schultz is General Manager of Retro Fitness in Carol Stream. He brings 11 years of business experience as an Accounting Manager from Bank of America and has been involved with competitive sports and physical fitness most of his life. Paul’s business and management background combined with his love of fitness will be key as Retro Fitness looks to expand in the Chicagoland area in 2014.

 

 

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a health and fitness expert in Chicago, specializing in personal training. She is a fitness writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com, and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an adjunct professor in exercise physiology, a brand ambassador for LARABAR, and works with Kate Hudson's athletic company "Fabletics".

 

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health and fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

 

Ziba-Photo-FINALZiba Sarabia Lennox has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group. 

 

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol Sarabia co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC. You too can dance and get involved by messaging MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

yoga-stretching-post-workoutEveryone has rituals which help them achieve what they want to accomplish. Whether you are just starting at a gym or have always wanted help figuring out a consistent after-gym routine, these fitness trainers' advice are here to share their favorite post-workout routines. Their routine suggestion might become your new favorite. See what they recommend.

Lisa's Advice

"After a tough workout, I make sure to hydrate, shower with a salicylic body wash, fill up on a healthy protein, and veggie-packed meal!

Stephanie's Advice

Her favorite post-workout routine involves yoga stretching, breathing, and eating a protein-filled snack within an hour.

Ziba's Advice

"I love to take 5 minutes to recognize how much energy I have and how happy I am. This recognition really helps motivate me the days that I don't want to workout."

Marisol's Advice

"As a dance fitness instructor, I like to get on our foam rollers with smart water and hang out in our cozy lobby with all the ladies."

 

About the Experts 

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a health and fitness expert in Chicago, specializing in personal training. She is a fitness writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com, and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an adjunct professor in exercise physiology, a brand ambassador for LARABAR, and works with Kate Hudson's athletic company "Fabletics".

 

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health and fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

 

Ziba-Photo-FINALZiba Sarabia Lennox has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group. 

 

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol Sarabia co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC. You too can dance and get involved by messaging MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

strength-training-on-treadmills-videoThe treadmill is a great piece of cardio equipment. Whether you walk, jog, or climb, it can help build your aerobic capacity.  Equally important is strength training. The treadmill can be a place to incorporate strength moves as well. Find out from our fitness expert, Andrea Metcalf, how the treadmill can be a beneficial interval strength and cardio workout. 

Strength Training Treadmill Routine

Start with a quick warm up for 3-5 minutes.

Lunges on Treadmill

Lower the speed to 0.6mph and try walking lunges. Opt for deep lunges with great posture for one minute. Increase speed to 3.5 or 4.0 miles per hour. Walk for two minutes. Repeat this three times.

Mountain Climbers

Lower speed to 1.0mph. Place hands on the rails near the front and drive knees forward, keeping hips low and arms straight. Climb for one minute and then stand up for two minutes, walking or jogging. Repeat this series three times.

Jump Back

Reduce speed to 0.6 miles per hour and step off the treadmill.  Place hands on the floor, facing away from the treadmill, and straddle feet to side rails.  Put feet on the bed and allow the belt to pull knees towards chest. Spring legs back to plank. Repeat for 10-15 repetitions or one minute and alternate with two minutes of walking or jogging.

This is a great total body strength building workout. Let us know if you've ever done these exercises on a treadmill before!


About the Expert

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Andrea Metcalf is a certified personal trainer, speaker and author of Naked Fitness, and Womensforum lifestyle expert blogger. She is a healthy lifestyle spokesperson and considered to be one of America's top fitness experts. As seen on national TV, including NBC's Today Show and Good Morning America Health, Andrea has over 30 years of helping people look, live, and feel their best.

 

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