holiday HIIT workout

The holidays are here! Time to commence with the whirlwind of recitals, visiting relatives, marathon gift-wrapping and giving of every ounce of energy you have to making sure that the next few weeks are chock-full of holiday cheer! With all the hustle and bustle that the season brings, its easy to get trapped under a mound of baked goods and forget to take time for yourself.

As if scheduling workouts during an average week wasn’t difficult enough, attempting to do so during the holidays creates a particular challenge. Let’s face it, all that traveling, volunteering and entertaining doesn’t exactly afford you much time to get out and get to the studio – no matter how great the reward may be.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to get a great Burn 60 workout (or spend a lot of time!). The HIIT exercise format we subscribe to here at the studio can be adjusted to meet the demands of your extra busy schedule just about anywhere. Our routine below requires zero equipment and can be done 20 minutes or less!

BURN 60 holiday HIIT workout
5 rounds | 30 seconds each move
jumping jacks
squats
push ups
sit ups
jump-lunge

 

ask a concierge: what's a BURN 60 workout really like?

Inquiring minds want to know, what's a Burn 60 workout really like? Ask A Concierge LA's Sarah Dandashy recently stopped by our Brentwood studio to get an insiders perspective on our popular Full Body Burn. Trainers Kris Cueva and Liam Glennon stayed close at hand, guiding and motivating her through her full 60 minute interval session. Here's what she had to say!

Whether you are traveling or a local, sometime you only have a short amount of time to squeeze in a great workout! Burn 60, in Brentwood, is one of my favorite go-to private gyms in LA. Their classes are fun AND you get a great workout in 60 minutes!

BURNing questions: julie diamond

BURNing questions: julie diamond

Yes, you read that right. Our BURNing questions segment is back and better than ever! Beginning today we will be featuring a new Burn 60 Team Member EVERY MONTH on the Burn Blog. This is your chance to go behind the scenes - to step of the treadmill, get out of the studio, and get inside the minds of our amazing fitness instructors! This month we sat down with trainer Julie Diamond, a veteran of the Los Angeles fitness scene who was able to offer PLENTY of insight into her world of health and happiness!

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babes, babies + baby buggies

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Here at Burn 60 we are big advocates of making the most of a beautiful day and taking your workout outdoors whenever the opportunity presents itself. Unfortunately,for those with little ones this can be easier said than done. Toting your tot around while hiking up unsteady terrain or maneuvering your stroller over uneven sidewalks and around wayward trash cans isn't always easy. This is why we were thrilled to hop on board when the amazing team over at Red Tricycle LA asked us to help test the Buffalo - a brand new all-terrain stroller from Bugaboo.

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bugaboo buffalo

Determined to see if this buggy was really worth all the fuss, Burn 60 Trainer Charlotte Mooney lead a lively group of moms and their toddlers on a gorgeous hike through the hills near Mandiville Canyon in Los Angeles, CA.

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It was QUITE a workout beneath the blazing California sun, but the kids and their carts withstood the challenge and in the end the view from the top was well worth the efforts of these super moms!

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Take a look at their awesome ride here!

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BURN bites: charlotte's homemade pesto (dip)

Today's Burn Bites recipe is a creative concoction from the kitchen of Burn 60 trainer Charlotte Mooney. With temperatures on the rise (and workouts likely becoming more intense), it is important to keep light, healthy snacking options on hand at all times. Stockpiling fresh fruits and veggies is essential - along with simple, satisfying pairings like hummus, nut butter and non-fat greek yogurt. However, while the combinations here are nearly endless, it's likely that after a few weeks of mindless munching on low calorie, low carb, farmers market goodness, you will still be left craving something with a little more pizazz.

It's perfectly normal to want to spice things up a bit and that's where this delicious, versatile pesto comes in handy. It can be used as a spread or dip, dressing or sauce and is sure to please the palate!

What You'll Need:

- Juice of 2 Lemons - 1 Bunch Basil - 1 Package Fresh Spinach - 8oz Pine Nuts - 1 Bunch Scallions - 6oz Green Olives (Pitted) - 2-6 Tablespoons Water (Added As Needed)

How To Make It Happen:

Begin by roughly chopping the spinach and scallions. Place half of all the ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until combined. Continue adding equal parts all ingredients and pulsating with water until the consistency of he mixture is suitable for your intended use - keeping in mind that dips and spreads will require less water than sauces and dressings.*

*Trainer Charlotte Mooney teaches every Tuesday, Wednesday + Friday at Burn 60 Studios in Los Angeles, CA. For more of her tips and recipes, be sure to keep an eye on the Burn Blog as well as her personal page Charlotte Mooney Fitness.

3 key tips for getting your day off to a successful start

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wake up

1. Get a full 8 hours of sleep.

The absolute best thing you can do for your body is give it time to reboot. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep allows everything to rest and recharge so that you are able to take on the next day at your peak of performance.

2. Eat breakfast.

After full nights sleep, your body needs food to wake everything up and get moving again. A big, healthy breakfast provides the fuel your body requires to kick your metabolism into gear and begin your day with optimal energy!

3. Drink water.

There are so so SO many reasons to drink water -  not just in the AM, but all day long (see our many reasons to DRINK UP). However, drinking water early in the morning is especially beneficial! Doing so can boost your metabolism by almost 25%. It's also an excellent way to cleanse the colin, increase the production of new cells and create overall balance throughout all of your major systems.

6 simple steps to curing a food hangover

1. Eat a fiber-rich breakfast.

It may seem counter productive, but eating breakfast the morning after a major food binge is especially important. Going without will only confuse your system - sending warning signals to your brain that your body may be starving and consequently begin to slow down your metabolism - preventing your body from properly digesting whatever it is likely still trying to break down from the day before.

To keep from overdoing it, aim to eat a breakfast high in fiber which will keep you feeling fuller, longer and aid the digestive process by helping food move through your digestive tract more quickly.

2. Have a cup of coffee.

When consumed in small quantities, this natural, caffeinated beverage can prove very beneficial! In addition to improving memory, alleviating muscle pain and decreasing the risk of some cancers, a small cup of joe in the morning can stimulate the muscles in your digestive tract to contract and eliminate any waste that may have built up over night - but be careful! Too much coffee can have the opposite effect.

3. Drink lots of water.

Water helps to flush anything and everything that may be unnecessary or unwanted from the body. As an added benefit, it also helps you maintain a feeling of fullness - preventing overeating in the future. Drinking a full 8-10 glasses a day is highly recommended.

4.  Eat protein at lunch.

When you overeat, your tummy naturally expands to make room for the excess food. As the food is digested your body begins to crave even MORE FOOD to fill the void in your newly enlarged stomach. A great way to trick your body into believing it has done this is to consume protein. A handful of almonds, a hard boiled egg, or a few slices of lean deli meat will help to convince your tummy that it is satisfied and encourage your stomach to shrink back to it's normal size.

5. Make a healthy dinner.

That's right! The key word here is MAKE! Making food at home is a great way to keep a close eye on what you consume. When you control the ingredients in a dish you are far more likely to make better decisions about what goes into it and consequently, what goes into your body. You can easily avoid processed foods which contribute to bloating and opt for healthier selections that won't make you feel guilty when reaching for a second serving.

6. Take a walk.

Literally. While the last thing you likely want to do after overindulging is exercise, one of the BEST things you can do is engage in some light cardio. Taking a short walk around the block when you wake up in the morning or just before you begin your evening wind-down ritual will make you feel SO much better. Think about it: "I really regret that workout." ....said no one ever.

weekend workout: planks for days

Charlotte Planks
Charlotte Planks

Whether you're training for a marathon, working your way towards your goal weight or just prepping to sit for another 8 hours straight in an office chair, core strength is vital. Your core is your center, your stability and your starting point for fitness/ Flat abs don't just make for a sexy bikini bod, they also help to protect vital organs, ease back pain, prevent common injuries, improve posture and aid both flexibility and coordination. Luckily, it takes far less time than you may think to keep your center strong. Just five minutes a day can make all the difference - really! Crunches and sit-ups need not apply. You can get all the same benefits of a basic abdominal workout and then some with this brief, belly-sculpting PLANK workout courtesy of Trainer Charlotte Mooney!

Give this 5 minute plank workout a try 3-5x a week and see the results!

Planks For Days: 1 Minute Forearm Plank 30 Seconds Mt. Climbers 30 Seconds Twisting Mt. Climbers (opposite knee to elbow) 1 Minute Forearm Plank 30 Seconds Right Side Plank 30 Seconds Left Side Plank 1 Minute Alternating Leg Plank*

*Start by taking 15 second breaks in-between moves as needed. Within 2-3 weeks you should be able to complete the workout fluidly (break-free) in just 5 minutes!

BURN bites: orange lentil soup

Orange Lentil Soup
Orange Lentil Soup

Burn 60 Trainer Charlotte Mooney recently shared a delicious recipe from friend and wellness coach Lisa Mindel on her personal fitness page and now we want to share it with you!

This crazy good soup is packed with nutrient rich lentils and kale and has a uniquely Asian twist thanks to added soy sauce and cloves. Need something savory and simple to keep you satisfied the whole weekend through? This soup is it!

Orange Lentil Soup

What You'll Need:

2 Brown Onions 3 Garlic Cloves 3-4 cups Orange Lentil Beans 4 large thinly sliced Carrots 1/2 Cauliflower head- (optional- I just love adding as many veggies as possible!) 3-4 cups Kale 3 cups Vegetable Broth 4-5 cups water (some added at end) Salt/Pepper/Soy Sauce to taste

How to Make It Happen: In a large pot, sauté garlic, onion, carrots, and cauliflower until soft. Add broth, lentils and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Add kale and cook an additional 15 minutes, or until kale becomes soft and soup thickens (add additional water as necessary).

BURN bites: cauliflower + butternut squash mash

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Whether used as a side dish or a main course, seasonal winter squash is sure to please the palate and provide you with a simple meal time solution. While there are many to choose from, butternut squash is among our favorites. This particularly versatile gourd is packed with nutrients and flavor and can be prepared savory or sweet - depending on your preference and mood.

This recipe courtesy of Healthy Regards, Hayley , acts as an excellent accompaniment to any meal and can even be enjoyed the following day as a savory soup by adding a touch of broth to your leftovers!*

What You'll Need:

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- One head of Cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets

- One Butternut Squash, halved and seeds scooped out

- 4 oz Goat Cheese

- 1 cup Greek yogurt (example: Fage 6oz cup)

- 4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

- Salt and pepper

- Nutmeg and cinnamon to taste

How To Make It Happen:

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butternut mash2

1. Preheating oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cut squash in half. Roast squash until tender. Usually about 45-60 minutes.

3. While squash is roasting make your cauliflower mash. Place cauliflower florets in a microwave safe bowl with milk, cover with a lid (do not forget the lid, it's necessary to retain the moisture) and cook on high for 8 minutes. Take out of the microwave, give it a good a stir, cover with the lid and microwave on high for further 6 minutes. While it's still hot and steamy, add the goat cheese, salt and pepper, and using an immersion blender (or using a stand blender) blend until smooth and creamy.

4. When your squash is done roasting allow to cool- or try your luck with it still warm- and scoop the flesh into the blender, add in your greek yogurt and blend until it is all mixed together, smooth and SO creamy!

5. After tasting, you may want to add a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon.

*Next Day Soup: Place leftovers in a saucepan and heat on medium, stirring constantly. Add liquid (preferably chicken or vegetable broth) until desired consistency is reached and all ingredients are warm and fully incorporated.

better than chocolate valentine's day gift guide

Still stumped on what to get your Valentine for Love's big day? Don't be stupid Cupid! Our Vday Gift Guide is full of delicious treats that will make their heart happy and encourage them to keep it healthy too!

V Day Gift Guide

V Day Gift Guide

1. CLAUDETTE Dessous Mesh Bra + Bikini Set

2. NIKE Tailwind Short-Sleeve V-Neck Men's Running Shirt

3. BEATS BY DRE Beats Solo Headphones

4. CHILL BY WILL Love Crop

5. UNDER ARMOUR Men's The Original 6' Printed Boxerjox Boxer Briefs

6. CHLOE Roses de Chloé

Also, don't forget about our Valentine's Day Special!

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VDaySpecialEdit3

BURN bites: mediterranean chicken + mjeddrah

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Tired of the same tried and true "healthy" dinners? So are we. That is why we scoured the web and our own recipe boxes to put together a meal that was easy, yes, but also  just a step outside your normal weekday routine. Part family recipe, part brilliant Blogger discovery, this chicken and Middle Eastern pilaf dish will give your taste buds a much needed jolt - leaving you feeling satisfied, but not overly full. What You'll Need:

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For The Chicken (Recipe co: A Bitchin' Kitchen) -

3-4 Cloves Garlic

Juice of 1 Lemon

2 tsp. Red Wine Vinegar

2 T. Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

1 T. Dired Oregano

4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast Halves

Salt + Pepper to Taste

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For The Mjeddrah -

1c. Lentils (rinsed)

1c. Brown Basmati Rice (rinsed)

1/2 Large Yellow Onion

3-4 Cloves Garlic

1/4 c. Olive Oil

1/2 T. All Spice

Salt + Pepper to Taste

How To Make it Happen:

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For the Chicken -

Combine all of the above ingredients (sans chicken) in a dish and whisk together to make a marinade. Add in chicken, and turn to coat. Cover, and place in the fridge for 1 hour to marinate.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

After the chicken is done marinating, place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until it is cooked thoroughly and juices run cl

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For the Mjeddrah -

Begin by cooking rice according to packaging instructions and set aside.

Heat olive oil in skillet on medium-low. Add chopped onions, garlic and seasonings then cover. Stirring occasionally,  cook until the mixture until the onions are a nice golden brown then remove from heat.

Meanwhile rinse and thoroughly drain the lentils. Place in large pot with 4c. water and bring water to a rapid boil. Lower temperature to a gentle simmer and continue to cook uncovered, for about 20-30 minutes.

Once lentils are cooked completely, add rice and onion mixture to the pot and gently combine all ingredients.*

*Serve with a dollop of plain non-fat Greek yogurt

5 stylish additions to your resolution wardrobe

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If you're anything like the rest of the world, chances are you have a long list of resolutions to uphold in the New Year. We're betting also, that they include some sort of "get-fit" plan. Perhaps you've resolved to run 3 mornings a week, lose the few extra pounds you acquired over the holidays, or simply eat a little cleaner and be a little healthier. Let's face it - when you LOOK better, you FEEL better and while you may not see the fruits of your labor right away, dressing the part can keep you motivated and moving in the right direction.

Lucky for you, we recently stocked up on an amazing selection of athletic apparel from one of our favorite active-wear designers, Lululemon! Here's a look at the fashionably fit items now available for purchase at our Brentwood location:

Lululemon Scuba Hoodie *Stretch

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scuba hoodie

Wunder Under Crop *Full-On Luon

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wunderunder crop

 Run Inspire Crop

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runinpire crop

 Wunder Under Pant

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wunderunder pant

Free To Be Bra

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free to be bra2

 Stop by the Burn 60 Studio TODAY and pick-up some inspiring new gear!

early morning workouts: why eating before + after is a MUST

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morning workout

For those of you that workout in the early morning hours, well before you would normally have breakfast, it is important to remember that you MUST put something in your body before that workout! Not hungry? Consider this: When you wake up, your body is in fasting mode - often having gone without food for 6 hours or more. Even if it's only a liquid, adding some form of nutrients or electrolytes to your body, will maximize your efforts and keep you from feeling like you're running empty. If you do not do this, your body will assume that it is starving and consequentially force itself to retain fat. Exercise all you want, it will not let any of that fat go! Now there is no need to go overboard. A continental style meal is not what we have in mind. Instead jump start your metabolism with a small snack pre workout and complete your morning routine with a healthy breakfast at the end of your a.m. session!

Before your workout, choose ONE:

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toast almond butter

1/2 cup of yogurt

1 cup of coconut water

1 cup water mixed with a scoop of greens

1/2 of a Kind Bar

2 whole wheat crackers with almond butter

1/2 slice of whole wheat toast with jam or almond butter

After your workout, choose ONE:

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steel cut oats

1 cup of oat bran or oatmeal with some raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon. Add maple syrup for a little sweet.

A veggie scramble: 2 eggs, some avocado, tomato, basil or what you like on top!

Shakeology!

Open-face egg sandwich: Spread avocado on 1 slice of Ezekiel toast, add a touch of goat cheese, add a fried egg on top)

Banana pancakes: 1 banana, two eggs, flax seed, cinnamon (mixed together, this will make the batter.)

1 cup of yogurt with fresh berries and walnuts, add a slice of Ezekiel toast with almond butter on the side

Steel cut oats with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a tbsp of maple syrup

Grated sweet potatoes (grate sweet potato or yam, sauté in skillet with some olive oil), 1 hard boiled or fried egg, with a few berries on the side!

2 hard boiled eggs, take out yoke and add hummus to the middle, add a side of 1 slice of Ezekiel toast with almond butter.

3 reasons NOT to skip your workout during the holidays

The holiday season is a time filled with family, parties, traveling, and more often than not - the occasional stressful moment. However, nothing during the holidays should be a reason to eliminate your workouts! Although some people use the holidays as an excuse to forgo exercise, there are 3 main reason why this is the most important time of year to stay active.

1. Workout to Stay Calm Use your training to escape all the madness of the holiday season. By taking time to step away from the shopping, cooking, wrapping, socializing, pictures and parties, you will gain energy and feel more grounded during all of this season's craziness.

2. Workout to Stay on Track There are many indulgent foods and drinks readily available during the holiday season. Do not let your hard work during the year go to waste by eating and drinking in excess. Moderation is key during holiday meals and sticking to your workouts will give you a little extra wiggle room. Go ahead, eat the cookie, but don't forget to set your alarm for that morning run!

3. Workout to Mix it Up With your normal routine inevitably thrown out the window during the holidays, your normal workouts are usually not far behind. This doesn't mean you should eliminate them altogether! Do not be afraid to try a new running route, workout class, or fun family activity. This season is a great opportunity to mix it up and take advantage of unfamiliar territory.*

*Schedule your workouts in advance, so you are sure to make time for them during the day! Remember, it is YOUR holiday too! Burn 60 Class Schedule

finding your motivation

"I believe the biggest challenge when it comes to staying fit is motivation. Just getting to the gym is some times the hardest part of the entire experience." -Trainer David Petruzzi

It's 5AM and your alarm is blaring.  You were up extra late last night trying to put the finishing touches on that project you've been working on for months and right now you're exhausted.  Your body is aching from stress and you want nothing more than to hit the snooze button and cuddle-up to a few more minutes of rest.  Honestly, who could blame you? No one.

There are a million and one valid reasons for you to crawl back under the covers.  For starters, sleep itself plays a major role keeping fit.  In a moment such as this, it actually would benefit you to soak up some extra z's.  However, exercise and sleep go hand in hand and as such, they are of equal importance.

The key to sticking to your workout is finding your motivation.  Trainer David Petruzzi suggests setting daily goals for each of your workouts to keep you feeling inspired.  Rather than repeating the same routine every day, aim to add something new to every workout. "Whether that's lifting a certain weight, hitting that 3-mile marker on the treadmill or just getting to the gym," says David, "having a specific goal to meet will give you focus and drive."

On days when even that isn't enough, try motivating yourself with something completely unrelated to exercise.  Promise yourself that if you log that run or clock in at that 6AM  Full Body Burn you will reward yourself with a mani-pedi, a new pair of yoga pants, or simply an uber luxurious bubble bath later that evening.  When it comes to maintaining your health, bribery is more than okay!

David teaches at Burn 60 Studio in Brentwood on Tuesdays and Thursday's at 10:45am

keep it FRESH

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measure

We've all been there. We've been adamant about sticking to our workout routine for weeks and we are noticing the gradual, but consistent changes that are taking place with our bodies, our moods, and our overall way of life. We're loving the results and are now more motivated than ever to keep pushing ourselves, but suddenly the changes stop. We've reached a plateau.

Most people assume that the way to move past a plateau is to stay on track. Just keep doing what you're doing and eventually you will begin to see results again. However, this way of thinking almost always leads to failure. "Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and will adapt to the same type of workout quickly," says Burn 60 trainer Mia Kaneda. "The key to avoiding plateaus and encouraging continued results s to keep your workouts fresh."

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"If you normally start on the treadmill at Burn, try starting the workout on the floor. Outsmart your body and enhance your brain by doing different modes of exercise. You can do this by trying different trainers at Burn 60 and incorporating varied cross training exercises into your routine."

Go for a run outside, throw the football around with your kids, or take a bike ride through your neighborhood.  "Most importantly, always use proper form," encourages Mia. "If you have questions ask the trainers, they are there to help maximize your fitness and broaden your potential!"

teach your body to BURN fat

Burn 60 is focused on helping you to become an efficient fat burning machine, in order for you to reach your health and fitness goals. Changing your physiology is not something that happens overnight, however it is possible. Teaching your body to utilize fat over carbohydrate or sugar (glucose) stored in the body will allow you to sustain your daily activities, increase your exercise intensity, and achieve your optimum body weight.

 Speed Up Your Rate of Burning Calories with this tips below.

  • Build muscle: increase the amount of muscle in your body. For every extra pound of muscle you put on, your body uses around 50 extra calories a day.
  • Be active: the average person burns about 30 percent of calories through daily activity; sedentary people only use about 15 percent. Taking every opportunity to move can make quite a difference to the amount of calories you burn.
  • Eat spicy foods: spices, especially chili, can raise the metabolic rate by up to 50 percent for up to 3 hours after you’ve eaten a spicy meal.
  • Aerobic exercise: high-intensity exercise makes you burn more calories during exercise and for several hours afterwards. Interval training can be one of the most effective ways to burn calories fast!
  • Eat little often: eating healthy small regular meals will keep your metabolism going faster than larger, less frequent meals and often helps control hunger, making you less likely to binge.
  • Choose one day to do a "long slow" aerobic workout. This workout is usually in a lower heart rate zone (aerobic development zone) and lasts about 1-4 hours long. This will increase your aerobic base and teach your body to use fat as fuel.

Quick Tips: Doing just 10 minutes a week of Plyometrics (jumping drills) can make a difference in your fitness by making you faster and more agile.

Try this move: SPLIT LUNGE JUMP (Burn 60 trainer ANNA RENDERER demonstrates)