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Nikol Klein Fitness Classes at Lorna Jane Del Mar

Nikol Klein Lorna Jane

I am so excited to announce my new partnership with Lorna Jane Active in Del Mar, CA! If you haven’t heard about Lorna Jane, the founder and the brand, it can be summed up in three words – Move • Nourish • Believe. Lorna Jane is a world-leading activewear brand that empowers women to live their best life through Active Living. I have the honor of teaching my Ballet Body class at Lorna Jane Del Mar’s Active Living Studio.

The thing that I love the most about Lorna Jane is that it is more than just a women’s activewear brand – it’s a lifestyle. I love the clothing pieces but more than that, I love what they represent and the confidence that I feel when wearing them. I hope to instill the Move, Nourish, Believe lifestyle in all of my Ballet Body clients who can access my complimentary workouts every Friday!

Lorna Jane Del Mar, Nikol Klein Ballet Body

What is Ballet Body? As a former professional ballet dancer, Ballet Body is a class that I developed 8 years ago as a way for women to learn the tightening and toning exercises just like dancers do to stay in shape year round. It’s not “barre” or pilates – it is more of a fusion of actual ballet and strength training. Participants can expect a workout with an emphasis on the legs, especially the inner thigh muscles. We also do upper body toning and core conditioning for a well rounded workout.

Join me at Lorna Jane Del Mar in their active living studio every Friday morning at 10:15 am for a complimentary Ballet Body workout! For more information or to reserve your spot in the class, you can give me a call at (858) 598-5157 or visit my Ballet Body webpage.

What: Ballet Body Workout with Nikol Klein
Where: Lorna Jane Del Mar
Day/Time: Fridays at 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Bring: A yoga mat, proper athletic shoes, water
RSVP by calling (858) 598-5157, space is limited

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Fabletics Fitness Wear Review

Fabletics Nikol Klein

This is a review of Fabletics, a new fitness clothing subscription website founded by the designers at Just Fab in collaboration with Kate Hudson. Fabletics is an innovative, high quality line of activewear that fits your budget. For a low monthly fee of $49.95 per month, you receive an outfit of your choosing from the website look-book. Styles and colors change monthly! Check out the price comparison below:

I received an offer to represent Kate Hudson’s new fitness line, Fabletics, a few months ago before it launched. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical at first as the products had not even been released – how did I know if they would fit? I anxiously awaited my first shipment of samples and more detailed information about the company!

price comparison fabletics

I received my first shipment of samples a few weeks before the new line launched. I received the Nadi Leggings in black and the Oula Tank in Lemon, a BPA free reusable water bottle, and towel. Now here’s what you all are really dying to know – how did everything fit, quality, etc?

• The Nadi Leggings were very big on my petite frame but the quality of the fabric was superb! The waist band came all the way up to my bust line and the legs were too long- clearly these weren’t the pants for me and I would be sending them back. In exchange, they sent me the Lima Capris…one word, amazing! The Lima Capris are just the right thickness, rise, and fit. The minute I put them on I didn’t want to take them off – this is definitely hard to say about a lot of workout pants!

• The Oula Tank is nothing special – lightweight, thin, comfortable, and fits well. If I were to spend money on a top from the Fabletics line, this definitely wouldn’t be the one. I would instead choose the Coro Tank which is amazing! The Coro tank reminds me of the Lululemon Power Y tank – in fact, if you place the two side by side they look like the same product. Believe it or not, I actually like the fit of Fabletics Coro better as it is not ridiculously tight at the shelf bra liner and is more form fitting throughout the body.

Overall, I think that Fabletics is a great new athletic line and of course, I am happy to represent them as one of the Fabletics Masters! Here is an over view of what I feel the pros and cons are:

Pros: Quality of the fabric is soft and feels good. Price point fits any budget. Customer service is superb. Perfect fit guarantee so returns/exchanges are free.

Cons: Sizing is tough to gauge and every item seems to fit differently. Colors are a bit muted and bland (reminds me of the Gap’s color palette).

Are you looking forward to giving Fabletics a try? I know I can’t wait to place my next order. Here is a link to receive your first order (a top and bottom) for just $25!! >> http://www.fabletics.com/invite/16843321/  <<

Fabletics Special Offer

 

Intelliskin Posture Apparel Review

intelliskin sports bra ©nikolklein

One of the reasons that my personal training clients come to me is to improve their posture. With my ballet background, they know that I have knowledge about proper posture. Let’s face it- when you’re not thinking about it, it is hard to constantly stand with shoulders back, chest up, etc. So we all eventually end up in a slump. Not to mention how our breasts can weigh us down as Women, forcing our shoulders to round forward. Enter Intelliskin Posture Cue™ Sports Bra.

I was fortunate enough to be able to try both sports bras: the Zipper Empower PostureCue™  Sports Bra (pictured above) and the regular Empower Sports Bra. These sports bras are designed to improve your posture as you wear them by supporting you in the front and the back. The unique “PostureCue” that this sports bra provides gently helps retrain and align your spine and shoulders.

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Back view of the Zipper Empower PostureCue™ Sports Bra

Sizing, Fit, and Feel- The Intelliskin Sports Bras are designed to fit snug, almost like second skin or Under Armour. They come in both black and white. I was between sizes and decided to go with the smaller size.  Immediately after putting it on, you will feel exactly what this product is all about. You will feel a more open chest, shoulders slightly pinched back (how we’re supposed to naturally stand). This product is extremely breathable and the mesh panels in the back not only ensure proper posture, but add to the breath-ability as well (pictured above). It looks great as well!

Function- These sports bras are great for everyone whether you are an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, or someone who simply suffers from shoulder and back pain. I have worn these sports bras for all types of activities like running, weight lifting, and even daily computer work. In all honesty, I didn’t want to take it off. My clients are always on the search for the perfect sports bra and, for me, I know that I have found it.

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Empower Sports Bra in white & Eve shirt in Black/Silver

Recommendations- As a personal trainer, I know that all of my clients can benefit from the Intelliskin Empower Sports Bras. It is great for those who sit at a computer, athletes, and gym-goers. These products are even Chiropractor approved! I took my gear to my Chiropractor this week and he commented on the great design and support. Advice for those of you with sensitive skin- Make sure you hand wash your garment in cold water before putting it on…my sensitive skin started to itch after putting it on straight out of the packaging. Also, if you are a small frame with larger breasts, I might recommend going with the larger size as the compression could be a bit intense on the girls and the sizing chart on the website does not mention cup size.

On a side note: As a fitness expert I receive numerous products in the mail to sample and test every month but never have I received a product that I love this much. I am looking forward to offering this sports bra to my clients, family and friends! For more information about Intelliskin check out their website http://www.intelliskin.net.

Nike Vomero 6 Running Shoe Review

Since I like to have a healthy, injury free run I change out my running shoes every 6 months. Over the past 6 months, I have been wearing the Air Pegasus 28 (which I also wrote a review about) and the Nike Free Run 2 (which I reviewed as well) but their shoe lives were up and it was time for a change.

I finally had the opportunity to test out the Nike Vomero +6 on a run this afternoon. My favorite running shoe was the Nike Vomero 5 so I wanted to feel out the differences in the updated model. The difference: none that I could feel. I felt the same reliability, response and cushion that I had loved so much in the Vomero +5’s. This is great!
Overall my attitude on the Vomero+ 6 is the same as the 5’s although I think the colors that Nike is offering now are much more attractive. Here is my take on the specs:

Size: Fits true to size. I have to go a half size up in other running shoes.
Width: Runs wide. The toe box is roomy, cushioned and comfortable. Although I have a narrow foot, I have always preferred a wide toe box.
Comfort: Extremely comfortable. I could wear these all day.
Durability: I expect these to hold up just as the Vomero 5’s did.
Support: Neutral. Since these shoes are so gushy and soft inside, there is a lot of room for error if you’re not a seasoned runner.
Overall Grade: A. These are soon to become my favorite running shoes for both the asphalt and the beach. The comfort, control and cushion that I have come to expect from the Nike Vomero Running shoes.

Have you tried out the Nike Vomero+ 6 running shoes? If so, how did they rate?

Top 5 Holiday Fitness Gifts

Are you perhaps looking for a Christmas gift that is “fit” for your active friend, family member, or loved one? Well I have composed a list of the top 5 fitness gifts that they will be sure to love all through the New Year.

Gift #1: Lululemon Scuba Hoodie- This versatile hoodie is a female fitness lovers favorite item to throw on for a chilly workout, following a killer yoga session, or just to cozy up in on a cold day. It even has thumb holes to keep your hands warm! http://www.lululemon.com $108-$148 depending on model.

Gift #2: Nike Sport Watch GPS- This hi-tech watch is powered by the famous GPS company TomTom. Head outside for a run and personalize your data on the watch so that you can track progress. Best of all you no longer need the Nike+ shoe sensor so if you don’t wear Nike’s it’s no problem! http://www.nike.com $199.

Gift #3: Muscle & Fitness Hers Magazine subscription When it comes to fitness magazines, there is only one good read that comes to mind-Muscle & Fitness Hers. Learn real strength training workouts, not the sugar-coated ones. This magazine keeps every month different and uses a wide variety of fitness models, photos, and products. http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com $19.97/year.

Gift #4: Target’s Champion Compression Sports Bras- These inexpensive sports bras give you the support and stability that you need whether you are a runner or a gym rat. Best of all, they come in super fun colors! http://www.target.com $16.99

GIft #5: Cross-Core 180- If you have a home gym this is the perfect space-saving piece of equipment. No longer will you need separate machines for each exercise. Everything can be done on the Cross Core. I use this with all of my Del Mar personal training clients. http://www.crosscore-usa.com $249

 

San Diego Personal Trainer in Pacific Magazine

I am so excited to announce that I will be profiled in the January issue of Pacific Magazine. For those of you who don’t know what Pacific Magazine is, it’s a young, hip San Diego magazine that always features the latest and greatest things going on around town. The article will be about my ballet fitness fusion workouts exclusive to Women in the San Diego area. I even had the opportunity to do a photo shoot this Friday. Here are a few photos that my fiance and I took before the pro photographer arrived.

and of course a behind the scenes shot…

Looking forward to sharing the January issue with you all!

Be Core Confident in a Crop!

In the Spring and Summer of 2011 I noticed that the hem of what were once extra long shirts was starting to rise and the cropped, midriff baring shirt was making a comeback. Now that Fall (and soon Winter) are upon us this trend is not going anywhere. Cropped sweaters and jackets here to stay so what about your abs? No one wants to bare a midriff that resembles that of a muffin top. Add a cropped shirt to those skinny jeans that you squeezed into and there is not much room for error. Here are a few exercises and tips on how you can shape your body to look phenomenal in a crop top.

Tip #1: Eat healthy to beat bloat. Not everyone knows it, but a flat tummy starts with a healthy diet. Stay away from excess sodium or neutralize it by drinking lots of water. Steer clear of salty foods, sugar and alcohol if you are choosing to wear a crop on a night where you want to look flawless.

Eat balanced, well portioned meals.

Tip #2: Shop true to size. While skinny jeans are meant to fit tight, this doesn’t mean they need to strangle your waistline. Choose a higher rise pant (but not high rise…eek!) or wear pants that are a bit more forgiving in the waist so that there is no room for a pooch to find it’s way out! No matter how thin you are, if your pants are too tight muffin top will creep out.

Classic example of the muffin top with a crop!

Tip # 3 Exercise. After healthy eating, exercising is the second best thing that you can do to avoid excess fat in the mid-section. Try to workout at least five days per week including cardiovascular exercises like running on three or four* of those days (*consistency is approximate). Core conditioning exercises will also help but understand that all of the crunches in the world will not replace healthy eating.

Try an ab twisting exercise like this one to target the obliques.

Tip #4 Layer. While layering can add bulk to an outfit, it can also create a slender illusion with a cropped shirt, if done correctly. Use your fashion smarts, browse photos online, or ask a sales person for help if you are unsure how to wear a crop.

Audrina Patridge always perfectly pulls off a crop.

So dare to bare a little midriff this Fall/Winter but don’t forget to wear a jacket!

Nike Free Run 2 Review

Today I am going to review the Nike Free Run+ 2 shoe that launched in the Spring of 2011. I have always been big fan of Nike running shoes because of their fit and durability and the Nike Free Run+ 2 is no exception. Here is how the shoe stacks up against the other Nike competitors.

I have primarily been running with the Nike Vomero’s or Nike Air Pegasus 28 so the Nike Free Run+ 2 is a huge contrast. The shoes that I have been running with are super plush and cushioned while the Nike Free Run is fairly stiff in the shank and neutral. As much as the Nike Free brags about the flexibility and freedom of movement, I actually tend to disagree when it comes to this particular model. And by the way, the Nike Free Run+ 2 is MUCH different than the Nike Free 3.0. I was expecting a bit more flexibility like the 3.0 would have.

As I have said in my other shoe reviews, I am a former professional ballet dancer so my foot sensitivity and awareness is high. Here is how I rate the shoe in the following categories;

Size: Fits true to size.
Width: Runs slightly wide, stretches with more wear due to the “slip-on” component.
Comfort: Medium. I wouldn’t want to wear these shoes for a long period of time.
Durability: So far no problems.
Support: Neutral. The shoe insert has an arch support which almost feels stiff like an orthotic (one that was not custom made) while the external and bottom of the shoe is flexible.
Overall Grade: B- While this is a solid shoe with a great design, I could take it or leave it. These shoes make running harder on my body especially asphalt running. My personal preference requires more cushion in a running shoe like the Nike Vomero offers. I will say that they are a great Nike Free entry level shoe if you are worried about the barefoot feel being too forgiving in the Nike Free 3.0 version.

Have you tried the Nike Free Run+ 2 shoes? If so, what was your experience?

Halloween Tricks & Treats

It dawned on me this afternoon that one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, is just a few weeks away. So what are you doing to celebrate? Here are a few of my favorite Halloween inspired accessories, drinks, and of course healthy desserts. Oh and skulls…

For dessert that won’t steer you off track from your fitness goals, I love this pumpkin pie pudding recipe from Health.com.

This tasty dessert is super easy to make & healthy!

Ingredients:
2 Cups Fat Free Milk
3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
2 Large Eggs
1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Whisk the milk, sugar, and cornstarch in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Beat eggs with a whisk in a large bowl. Gradually add half the hot milk mixture to the beaten eggs. Return milk-egg mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat 3 minutes, or until thick, whisking constantly. Remove from heat; stir in pumpkin, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. Spoon evenly into 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Let cool, and chill for about 30 minutes, or until pudding is set. *recipe comes from health.com

This next item I found at the local market today. It’s called Poizin Zinfandel and this bold red wine will definitely make a great addition to any adult Halloween party. $20

It even comes in it's very own casket!

My favorite accessory for Halloween (although I wear these fun scarves year round) is my Alexander McQueen silk skull scarf. $295

You can find this scarf in a variety of color combinations.

This next shirt is in style not just for Halloween! The skull trend from last fall has carried into 2011. You can buy this shirt at Charlotte Russe $20. Leather bracelet $97 Nordstrom (topleft) and spiked rhinestone bracelet $9.97 Forever 21.

Halloween inspired fashion goes year round!

I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

2011 Fall Fashion Favs

Now that Summer is in full effect I am starting to crave Fall. Living in the eternal Spring that is San Diego I don’t really get a chance to enjoy my favorite season like I would back home in Pittsburgh, but I can still pretend, right? So of course I did a little Fall shopping this weekend to get my fix. Here are some of my recent Fall purchases and items that are on my wishlist.

This Fall is all about leopard and my closet is definitely stocked with leopard platforms, flats shoes, sweaters and of course a vintage faux fur coat. My favorite new leopard purchase are these leopard jeans by Current/Elliott. It looks like skinny jeans are here to stay so why not go with a fun print to break up the monotony of black & blue! As far as regular denim goes I am in love with Hurley’s  (yes the surf brand) 81 skinny jeans. They definitely give J Brand a run for the money and fit me like a glove.

My favorite new shoes are literally hot pink. The Lorissa pump by Sam Edelman. Since I felt like last Fall/Winter my wardrobe consisted of mostly black and grey, I decided to add some color pop this year. The 90’s grunge girl that I am is also in love with the Jeffrey Campbell France slouch boot. These were sold out everywhere when I tried to get them and I’m hoping to try them on in-store. There is an awesome distressed black pair (not pictured) that I must get my hands on for the winter months.

Now onto fitness…I have to admit that I am officially a Lululemon addict. Their newest pants have a denim look and feel to them for an easy workout – night transition. My latest purchase even looks cute with heels! They’re the Lululemon Cargo Pant that are a military green color but also come in a dark denim color that looks exactly like a pair of denim leggings (that’s what they are…i guess).  I also purchased a pair of Lululemon crop leggings that are stretch denim with cute snaps up the outside of the calf. Having an ambassadors discount definitely helps…

Last but not least is my favorite handbag. I have been a fan of Yves Saint Laurent for quite some time especially of the Muse bag. The YSL Roady bag in Ocean Blue is my new favorite and will go well with all of my black & grey pieces from last year 😉 I am also loving Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line of clutches that have a McQueen edge without breaking the bank.

Trends I’m not feeling this Fall

Shoes- Pumps with an achilles flare. There are a few shoe designers trying this one out and I just don’t get it. Wasn’t a heel blister enough? Also I can’t take the platformed 70’s boots that look they came straight off of Jodi Foster in Taxi Driver.

Tory Burch handbags- I don’t know why but I’m not feeling the T. I own two pairs of overpriced Tory Burch flats and that’s about as far as I’ll go. The purses that I see out on the streets of Del Mar (lol) remind me of the old Dooney & Burke purses that were so popular in the 90’s. It just seems like these bags shapes and styles are knocking off other designers. I think we should all leave Tory Burch for our Mom’s to wear.

I’m also ready to see hair extensions go out of style. Those straggly “look what the cat dragged in” locks are giving long hair a bad reputation. Not all of them are bad, don’t get me wrong. But when they’re bad, they’re horrible.

Alright, that’s it for my fashion take for now. Stay tuned as I review my top fitness products for this year!