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Get Michelle Obama Arms in this new Pop Pilates vi...

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Get Michelle Obama Arms in this new Pop Pilates video!

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Alrighty! This was our first video made by request as suggested by a YouTube fan. I was so excited to film this one!


This workout was actually quite difficult. A lot of women are able to work out their core, but when it comes to upper body strength, men tend to be more naturally gifted with the ability to flex their power in this area – but only because they USUALLY are born with greater stature. This workout is designed to help you tone up your chest, shoulders, and arms without using any weights.


It’s just you and your mat, girlies.


The one move that will make you want to die is the shoulder circles. They are power in numbers and come at the end of the routine. Try not to stop! Finish it out!


Songs in this workout include:
“She Wolf” by Shakira
“Tik Tok” by Kesha
“Starstruck” by Lady Gaga featuring Space Cowboy and Flo Rida

Pop Pilates for your abs!

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Pop Pilates for your abs!

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Just filmed a new Pop Pilates video this weekend. Faced some major technical issues, but here it is, FINALLY!

So, I’m just gonna warn you, it will be a super charged 11 min workout for your core. You’ll feel it all over your upper abs, your lower abs, and your sides. Plus, there’s a funny little segment for your obliques in which I do “The Wiggle”. Super weird looking.

Just do it.

Let me know how you like it and what you want to work on for the next video!!!

Here are the songs in this workout:

“My Delirium” by Ladyhawke
“Shut Up and Let Me Go” by The Ting Tings
“Quicksand” by La Roux
“Memories” by David Guetta featuring Kid Cudi

Free oGorgeous Yoga Bag Giveaway!

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Free oGorgeous Yoga Bag Giveaway!

We just paired with SheKnows.com, a popular online woman’s magazine, to host a “Win a Designer Yoga Bag” contest! We’re giving away one of the most popular styles from our line…the Beverly Bow-Tie in Electric Blue.

 

So if you’re strapped for cash but good with probability, click here and enter every hour to increase your chances of winning. This contest will be open for a whole month. So technically…

If you slept your 8 hours every night, you’d have 16 hours a day to enter. Times that by 7 days a week. Times that by the 27 days that are left until the contest expires.

16hrs/day*7days/week*27days/mo = 3024 submissions

And what are the chances of someone actually doing that? Hmm probably none so secure your winnings and enter now!

Thanks to freegrechen.comfor posting our contest as well. Check them out for other fashion freebies.

BizTechDay Celebs

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BizTechDay Celebs

BizTechDay just ended today and I met so many amazing people. Here are the great take-away quotes that resonated with me.

  1. Would I want ads on Craigslist so that I can make more money? No. I want this to be the one place on the internet where people can be free of ads. – Craig Newmark, Craigslist.
  2. All businesses are the same. There is no secret. – Michael Gerber, World’s #1 Small Business Guru.
  3. If you simply focus on what’s good for the community, then do it, and you won’t have to question your business decisions. – Matt Mullenweg, WordPress.
  4. Bring a million business cards (I actually ran out! Ugh) – Me
Me and Craig! He said his next goal is to translate Craigslist into Hebrew and Arabic to build communities and ease the tension between Israel and Palestine.
Matt Mullenweg of WordPress and his yellow sneakers. Him and digg guy have the same swagger.
Tim Ferris, author of 4 hour Work Week. Porter Gale, VP of Marketing for Virgin America. Kevin Rose, founder of Digg.
Michael Gerber. A true worldly thinker. He says that in business, like all other things, you just need to do what feels right. Then the answer will come. It will just come.
Sue Kwon, news anchor for CBS5 Consumer Watch. She said a lot of very informative things, but the best of all? Blot your face with cut up squares from toilet seat covers before an interview!!!
Thank you Edith Yeung for giving me the opportunity to attend BizTechDay and meet so many incredible people. Such a cute little lady!

BizTechDay 2009

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BizTechDay 2009

Just found out this morning that I won a scholarship to BizTechDay 2009. Whoohoo! What does that mean? It means that the $600 conference fee is fully covered AND I get to hang out with people like…

  • Craig Newmark – Founder of Craigslist.org
  • Tim Ferriss – Author of 4-Hour Workweek
  • Kevin Rose – Founder of Digg
  • Porter Gale – VP Marketing at Virgin America
  • Michael Gerber – World’s No 1 Small Business Guru per Inc Magazine and the New York Times Best Selling Author of the E-Myth
  • Matt Mullenweg – Founder of WordPress
  • Kevin Hartz – Paypal Angel Investor
  • Fabio Rosati – CEO of Elance
  • Joel Comm – Creator of iFart iPhone App – Over 1 Million downloads
  • Gary Swart – CEO of oDesk
  • Mark O’Leary – Regional VP for Business Services for Comcast
  • Randy Williams, Founder of Keiretsu Forum. The World’s largest angel investor network – over $180m invested in 200 companies
  • Chris Larsen – Founder of Prosper.com
  • Michelle Broderick – Director of Marketing at Yelp
  • Alison Covarrubias – Founder & CEO of Hatch Network
  • Julie Castro Abrams – CEO of Women’s Initiative
  • Justin Kan – Founder of Justin.TV
  • Ramon Ray – Chief Editor of SmallBizTechnology.com

OH. MY. GOD.

Well, well, time to go pick out a cute business ensemble because now is the time to dress to impress! I am so excited!

Mom finally dances

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Mom finally dances

I’ve been trying FOREVER to get my mom to workout! She says she’d rather starve to lose weight. Uh huh. And that exercise is boring and requires too much energy. Mm hm.

Well, apparently seeing my sister teach kickboxing, my dad coaching tennis, and of course you know me and my Pilates, didn’t inspire her very much. Anyway, I decided to take my mom to Zumba today. Zumba is a latin based cardio dance class. The last time I danced that much was when I was training to be a ballroom dancer at Arthur Murray!

Guess what? My mom actually liked it!? OH. MY. GOD.

She was having fun and said the class went by so fast! All these years I’ve been trying very sneaky ways to get her to be more active and none of them have worked. Until. Today. And we weren’t even supposed to stay for Zumba! We were there the 1st hour for Cardio Sculpt and then stayed for Zumba because we were already in the dance room. You know, the answers you’re looking for are there. Just put yourself out there and they will find YOU.

Check it out here, so much fun! Dancing is one of the best ways to get your cardio and toning done all in one in my opinion.

Super Foods for Women – Things I will be add...

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Super Foods for Women – Things I will be adding to my diet

Sometimes women who are looking to lose weight or be more healthy look to only the “calories” or “fat cal” part of the nutrition label. This is good for starters, but what we need to do is more proactive in what we choose to eat nutritiously. Sometimes you can get more bang for your buck when you eat something low in calories AND high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Why? Because according to Harvard researchers eating the right things can lead to you looking up to years younger than your “Real Age”.

So I investigated this Real Age thing at www.realage.com and based on things like happiness, stress, income, ethnicity, medical problems, foods eaten, workout hours, and weird things like how fast you drive, I found out that I am 16.7 years old! I’m 22.7, so that’s astonishing. I went back and redid some questions and changed some answers like I probably exaggerated on but my age went down to 15.8! Odd. Give the test a shot and it will make you more aware.

Anyway, on to the super foods and what they can do for common female issues:

GOAL: Clearer skin

How to: Do not eat high glycemic foods (carby things like sugary donuts, fried anything). Instead try cherries, oranges, tomatoes, whole grain pastas, peanuts, artichoke, grapefruits, grapes, and squash. These foods do not cause an immediate spike in insulin because they are low on the GI scale, which lessens your risk of getting diabetes too.

GOAL: Digestive movement

How to: Drink lots of water! At least eight 8 oz glasses a day. That’s about 4 Crystal Geyser water bottles which is not bad at all between workouts and the water you need to drink during meals. Also, eat high fiber whole grains, fruits, and veggies. The #1 recommended fruit across the board was Papaya. Runner-ups include apples, pears, berries, citrus, and kiwi. Of the veggies list, broccoli, spinach, and sweet potatoes seemed popular. Oh, and everyone mentioned Raisin Bran Cereal or anything bran!

GOAL: Lose weight 

How to: Pretty much stay away from anything fried, salted, or pre-packed. When snacking, choose fruits and when eating salads go easy on the dressing. In fact, try vinaigrettes – they add lots of flavors for itty-bitty calories and don’t weigh down your veggies. Egg whites are so good and make great omelets! Try egg whites with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms for a super good breakfast that’s high in vitamins and protein and low in calories. Remember to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Really.

GOAL: Promote healthy, shiny, hair!



How to: Eat salmon! Its omega-3 fatty acids, quality protein, b-12 and iron resources are tough to beat. Don’t eat it and you’ll get dull hair and dandruff. Eew. Vegetarians, eat flax-seed. Kidney beans and lentils have plenty of protein to promote hair growth. And finally, poultry like chicken and turkey help fight brittle hair and color loss.

GOAL: Increase metabolism

How to: There really are not any foods that make you have an increased metabolism. What you can do though is drink lots of water, exercise regularly (esp. weight training to burn cals even when you’re sleeping and aerobics to increase your blood flow and heart rate), and eat small frequent meals. This helps your body understand that you are not in starvation mode and therefore will burn fat instead of trying to hoard it.


CONCLUSION: To achieve these goals most efficiently, I say don’t get overwhelmed and just do the following.

  1. Exercise regularly, at least every other day.
  2. Drink lots of water, at least eight 8oz glasses or 4 water bottles.
  3. Increase fruit intake
  4. Increase colorful vegetables intake
  5. Substitute white rice and bread for anything 100% whole wheat or bran.
  6. Stop eating foods you already KNOW are bad for you but are in denial about!

oGorgeous on Luxury Yoga Bags

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oGorgeous on Luxury Yoga Bags

This just in! oGorgeous is showcasing our unique mat bag collection on Luxuryyogabags.com alongside other yoga bag brands such as Yogoco, RoZCoo, Plank Designs, and Crescent Moon. Check out Luxury’s blog for a comprehensive look at our line. Very cool!

On another note, we’ll be filming more Pilates videos. Don’t worry. The first one you saw was just a test run! If you want to request videos focused on certain muscles in your body, just post them here, on the Blogilates youtube channel, or email me. Whatever you prefer. I think I’ll make a fully focused abs mania session. Yes, that sounds perfect…maniacal abs…hahaha.

New Pop Pilates Workout Video!

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New Pop Pilates Workout Video!

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Just filmed this one last week and decided to post anyway. (It gets a little digitized at the end for some reason). Get out your mat or lay on the carpet and actually give this 10 minute full body Pilates workout a shot! I’m sure you’ll like it. I’d do a longer session but Youtube only gives you 10 minutes so give it 200%!This will work you core (abs), legs, arms, and obliques.Songs:1. “Ce Ju” by Yelle2. “Sexy Chick” by David Guetta3. “Robot Rock” by Daft Punk

KTLA

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KTLA

Yesterday I went to Hollywood to do a segment on KTLA to help promote the Girls CEO Connection Conference that I’m speaking at this Saturday August 8th. My talk will be about starting online businesses. Anyway, I had to wake up at 5am to do hair and make up, but it was all fun!

Thanks to Sylvia Scott for putting this all together, my models Paloma, Shauna, and Heather, and Sam Livits for supporting me all the way.

Check out this clip:

Roxy Design a Bikini Contest

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Roxy Design a Bikini Contest

Hooded Kiwi Sports Bikini

T-Strap Teaser Bikini

I am entering this bikini design contest by Roxy. After finishing my fashion illustration class (which was a BLAST by the way!) I now have a justification for drawing overly skinny and tall women that cannot exist in real life. Haha.

Anyway, check it out! I have gotten so much better at drawing faces. I still have work to do obviously, but my proportions have improved drastically. You should see what I used to draw when I was like six – big heads, huge boobs, skinny waist, a nose shaped like an L…
Ok well, can y’alls please vote for my entry? I could only enter one so I picked the crazy weird hoodie swimsuit. I called it the “HOODED KIWI SPORTS BIKINI”. Here’s the link:

You do have to make an account and everything, but pleezers! I’ll love you forever! The contest ends on the 31st…

Working that mind, body, and spirit

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Working that mind, body, and spirit

Holistic health and beauty. Because the mind, body, and spirit are all interdependent upon one another, it is essential that a person works on all areas in order to attain true fitness.

  • The Mind: challenge yourself intellectually by learning new things everyday.
  • The Body: reach new physical heights by doing a bit more than you think you can each time.
  • The Spirit: do what makes you happy and surround yourself with people that make you feel amazing.

By exercising yourself holistically, poise and confidence will be exuded naturally. This is what makes one truly beautiful. It eminates – it glows – and it shows.

I was going to insert that somewhere on my wiki, but it just didn’t seem too appropriate. Anyway, I totally believe in this and am also trying everyday to fulfill these 3 things!