FWTFL Part 3 – Carb Cycling + Strategic Workouts

What is Carb cycling? It is just what it sounds like: an alteration of carbohydrate intake to prevent fat loss plateaus and keep your metabolism working effectively. Basically, you cycle between low carb days and regular carb days to ensure that your body burns fat effectively without causing significant hormonal damage or dips in energy. …

InBody 520

This state of the art BIA (Bioelectrical Impendence Analysis) machine measures your Body Fat, Muscle Mass, Water Distribution and Segmental Muscular Development so you can better understand how your diet, exercise and lifestyle regimen are influencing your body composition.

Griffith Park Trails

Griffith park marks one of the greatest outdoor resource for us Angelenos. I have so many childhood memories of family picnics, the merry-go-round, and Sunday horseback riding trips including the first time I went on the fast pony on the pony loop, thanks for dad who told them I was 8 when I had just barely turned 6.  Going up to the observatory to see the lights of the city and the stars was one of my most favorite things as a kid — and then revisiting it after the many years of renovation a few years was so refreshing.

Culver City Stairs

Have you ever wondered about the odd hill that stands alone while driving along the 405?  That would be Baldwin Hills, a little out of place, giving us breathtaking views of all of Los Angeles.

The trail, steps and driveway leading up to the scenic overlook is off Jefferson Blvd, a little east of the park entrance on Duquesne Ave in Culver City. Parking on Jefferson might be a little tricky but the hike up and view is spectacular!

Stair Power in Santa Monica

A recent article in Health gives insight to why walking up a set of stairs is much more challenging than jogging/running an equivalent distance.  Even if your main cardio workout consists of running on a treadmill or regular 5-k races, it shouldn’t be surprising if walking up a flight of stairs leaves you huffin’ and puffin’ for air. The article explains that this difference is due to the missing vertical element when running on flat ground.

Wi Fi Body Scale

Withings created a wi-fi capable scale that monitors&graphs your weight and body mass index (BMI) via a free service via the web.  Each scale can track 8 different user’s progress and you can download an app for your iPhone!

At $159, it’s an investment but the reviews are mostly positive. If you use a scale to monitor your weight goal and like cool gadgets, it may be worth the moola.

Hate the Gym?

This article, written by Mireille Guiliano (famed for her book French Women Don’t Get Fat) explores a few easy ways to move more without hitting the gym.

It suggests ridding of the “No Pain, No Gain” attitude to exercising and instead, making movement an integral part of our days. It is an ongoing suggestion I give my clients to find an activity that they enjoy!