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Skulpt Aim Review

While I am a bit traditional when it comes to measuring body fat and quantifying fitness results, I was super excited when I was asked to test and review the new “Skulpt Aim” device. Skulpt uses leading edge technology to measure bodyfat and muscle quality. As a personal trainer I am always open to new products and ideas that take our profession to the next level.

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While opening up the package, I was very impressed with the quality of the packaging – I almost felt as if I was opening up a new Apple product. Everything was carefully placed and displayed in the box. Inside the box you’ll find the Skulpt Aim device, a charging cradle, USB cable, travel bag, as well as a spray bottle. After a few hours of charging the device, I was ready to start measuring.

The instructions are pretty straight forward – once you sync the device to your phone via bluetooth, you can begin measuring. Simply spray the sensors on the back of the Skulpt Aim device and press on the muscle you want to measure. Very easy to use.

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One great feature that I love is that there are how-to videos on measuring each body part correctly. Since I had a bit of trouble getting consistent readings at first, this was very helpful. Before using this on clients I wanted to make sure I had consistency. I felt that I was getting the most accurate readings from my abdominal region, while having some trouble with the biceps and triceps as I have a petite frame.

I was very surprised at how high my body fat and/or muscle quality was on certain parts of my body but I tried to disregard the actual number and tell myself that those are “areas that I need to work on more.” As someone who comes from a ballet background, I have some experience with body dysmorphia, so I knew the battle for me would be trying not to become obsessed over the number. (With that being said, I would not recommend this product to someone battling an eating disorder or body dysmorphia unless they are working with a professional.)

All in all this is a great product for those who are interested in the scientific side of fitness and are looking to quantify muscle quality.  It’s like the equivalent of a power meter for fitness!

In summary:
Pros-
• Easy to use
• Fun
• Simplified instructions
• Comfortable design
• Ability to measure “muscle quality”

Cons-
• Readings can be inconsistent (especially on petite arms)
• Could potentially become addictive for those with body dysmorphia, exercise disorders

I hope you all have a chance to use the Skulpt Aim device whether you are a personal trainer or fitness enthusiast. I am looking forward to using this device more and seeing the changes it helps me see in my fitness. For more information about Skulpt Aim visit their website at http://www.skulpt.me

Nikol Klein Fitness Classes at Lorna Jane Del Mar

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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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Protein Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Protein Buckeyes

One of my favorite sweet treats growing up were buckeyes. As someone in the health and fitness profession, I know that the original recipe for these delightful, melt in your mouth treats is far from healthy. Luckily I was able to come up with a tasty healthier alternative using protein powder.

Ingredients:
• 1 scoop protein powder of your choice (I use ProSupps Isolate)
• 2 tbsp peanut or almond butter
• 2 tbsp honey
• 65% dark chocolate chips

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients together. If consistency is too sticky, add more protein. If consistency is too dry, add more honey. Roll dough into balls and place on parchment paper or saran wrap. Add a chocolate chip to the top of the balls. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe yields roughly 5 balls
Nutrition Facts:
Serving size, 1 ball
Calories: 82 calories
Fat: 3.6 g
Carbs: 8 g
Protein:5.4 g

Reaching Your Goals – In Fitness & in Life

I was doing some thinking this morning while watching the Olympics – I realized that what you are trying to accomplish with your fitness goals is no different than what an athlete works towards. In order for each to be successful it takes the right mindset and lots of preparation.

As a former dancer, I sometimes forget that not everyone knows what it feels like to be “all in.” To eat, sleep, breathe for a goal. To go after something letting go of all preconceived notions, defeat, hurt and FEAR. Yes, that awful word “fear” is the only thing that keeps us from reaching our goals. Why does the figure skater fall? Because for that one split second before takeoff, she doubted herself and tensed up with fear. Why do we not reach our fitness/weight loss goals? Because for that one split second before we decide what to order at a restaurant or before we are supposed to do cardio, we doubt ourselves, our progress, and our abilities. We slip into patterns, bad habits. He/she who succeeds is the one who is able to break the pattern, break the bad habits.

I have watched both athletes and clients alike hold back because of fear of success rather than welcoming it with open arms. I have had clients quit just when they have started to make a break through. I have watched athletes change their own plans that they had worked on for years. What goes on inside your head is the only thing that can change this. No one trainer, coach, diet, book, or therapist can do this for you – it’s all YOU. Whether you are striving for a gold medal, to lose 100 lbs or 10 lbs.

How do we let go of fear? One word comes to mind – TRUST. #1 is trusting yourself and your amazing abilities as a human being. #2 is trusting and confiding in your advisors, family, trainers, coaches, etc. #3 is communicating to those whom you trust with your goals and how they can help you achieve them.

If it were easy everyone would have a gold medal – and everyone would be in shape. I have news for you: It’s NOT easy!

The moral here: If it is something that you truly want, it is a goal – anything else is just a wish. Life is short so if you have a goal what are you waiting for? Is fear keeping you from going “all in?” For once in your life put 100% into yourself – I promise you will not fail.

XOXO,

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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!

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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/  <<

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July Workout Calendar

I can’t believe it is July 1st already! Luckily I have another full month of fitness motivation for you all in one calendar. Just click and print the photo below – or save it to your desktop for motivation. For more fitness motivation be sure to join my Facebook page and share your results with our community!

July Workout Calendar

June Motivational Workout Calendar

June is pretty much the start of Summer as we know it and with the weather heating up, so should your workouts! Click the workout calendar below for a full month of motivation! Print it out and post it on your refrigerator like many of my clients do!

June Workout Calendar

 

Suspension Training Feature

Nikol Klein Human TrainerHave you tried suspension training yet? I love suspension training as it is a great way to use your own body weight for a fun and effective workout without putting stress on the joints! Best of all it is portable and gives you a full-body resistance and cardiovascular workout. Great for all levels of fitness too.

I am so excited to be the featured user for The Human Trainer for the month of April. I have been working with the company and the device for over a year now, having the opportunity to test the suspension trainer with my clients. Don’t confuse this device with TRX though, it has much more versatility and options. The dual anchor system allows for better symmetry and balance, and if you are like me who goes to the chiropractor each week to get fine tuned, you will appreciate this!

The Human Trainer is a terrific tool for those of you who like to workout at home! This device can be securely anchored to a door in your home. I have had many clients purchase these from me because they love working out with them on their days off with me and/or stretching out those sore muscles with the device! I have to admit, it is pretty handy to have.

Be sure to check out my article all about why I love to use Human Trainer with my clients! READ MORE

 

 

April Workout Calendar

It is so hard to believe that April is here already! So that you don’t make a “fool” out of your April fitness schedule, here is the April workout calendar for you to click and print! Motivation and workouts for every day in the month! Just click and print the calendar below!

April workout calendar

Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook for additional support and motivation in reaching your goals! Join us HERE.

Simply Tasty Garlic Kale Chips

I will admit it, I am a kale addict. If you haven’t tried kale before, it is a hearty leafy green that is part of the cabbage family. You can eat it raw as a salad or steamed to name a few ways of preparing it. Today I am going to give you a simple and tasty recipe for making kale chips. If you love having a crispy snack like popcorn, you will love kale chips!

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What you will need: Kale (pre-cut and pre-washed recommended), garlic powder, pepper, salt, olive oil.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start by tossing your pre-cut kale in olive oil in a bowl. Next add garlic powder and pepper to taste. I use a garlic pepper combo from Whole Foods. Next add a bit of salt. Spread your kale out on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until the kale is crispy and the edges start to brown. DO NOT over cook! Enjoy!

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