Category Archives: Workouts

TRX Core Workout

I’m super excited to share three of my favorite core conditioning exercises utilizing the TRX suspension trainer with you! All you need is a suspension trainer – any will do but this is the one I prefer – Get a Suspension Trainer. In any case, check out the video below and I will explain how many to do afterwards.

Exercise 1 – Plank Frogger – Perform 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions, whichever suits your current fitness level.

Exercise 2 – Suspended Mountain Climbers – Perform 3 sets of 15-20 repetitions. This exercise will feel slightly easier than the previous.

Exercise 3 – Pike – Perform 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions as this is a challenging exercise for sure.

Add these exercises to your core conditioning ab routine once per week to keep that tummy tight and toned!

 

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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

Nikol Klein Fitness at Lorna Jane Del Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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,

Nikol©Nikol Klein Beach Stretch

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Workout

This month’s print and click workouts will get you looking your best for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day! There are three separate workouts that I recommend spreading out throughout the week.

Workout #1 is for the core.

Valentines Day Ab Workout

Workout #2 is for the legs.

Valentine's Day Leg WorkoutWorkout #3 is for the full body!

valentine's day sweetheartHappy Valentine’s Day and enjoy your workouts! Join me on my Facebook page Nikol Klein Fitness for more daily workouts.

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

 

Crispy Garlic Pepper Red Potatoes

Just in time for summer is my easy recipe for garlic pepper baked red potatoes. Baked red potatoes are a great alternative to french fries or potato salad at summer barbeques. I use a counter top oven instead of a regular oven (we have a 1920’s stove that doesn’t hold heat too well), but any oven will do!

potatoes

Ingredients:
(feeds 2-3)
• 15-20 small red potatoes
• Olive Oil
• Garlic Pepper seasoning (mine is from Whole Foods)
• Salt

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. While the oven is heating up, wash your potatoes thoroughly and quarter them. Place the quartered potatoes into a mixing bowl. Add olive oil to the potatoes being sure to coat them well. Once the potatoes are coated with olive oil, sprinkle your garlic pepper and salt to your liking. Place your seasoned potatoes onto a baking sheet (shown above).
Bake the potatoes for 30-45 minutes, depending on how brown you want them.
Serve and enjoy!

 

 

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

Cherries Jubilee Post- Workout Smoothie

I have a new favorite post workout smoothie that I want to share with you. I have named it “Cherries Jubilee” because it tastes exactly like my favorite Baskin Robbins ice cream that I used to get when I was a kid – but it’s better! This is a dairy free, gluten free, protein packed treat that I look forward to after a workout. Give it a try!

cherriesjubileesmoothieIngredients:

• 4 Cherries, pitted
• 1/4 of a banana
• 3/4 cup Almond Milk
• 1/4 cup water
• 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Performance Protein
• 4 ice cubes

Directions: Combine all of these together and blend. If you want a thicker smoothie, add less water.

Nutritional Facts:
214 calories, 26 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat

Vega is a plant based protein and is very gentle on the digestive system unlike dairy based proteins. You can get it at your local whole foods, or if you don’t have one close by you can order it here.

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

 

Get Dancer’s Legs with Hamstring Curls

Want “tutu worthy” legs without having to put in all of the hours at the dance studio? My favorite exercise for getting the legs tight and toned in a pinch is a variation of the hamstring curl. Done using a large exercise ball, this exercise will leave your hamstrings popping whether you are looking to feel confident at the beach or for a night out on the town. Give it a try!

Tutu Tuesday Hamstring Curl

Directions: Start with the legs resting in a turned out position on the ball. Make sure your knees are straight. Now slowly bridge the hips up, keeping the arms at your sides for support. With the feet flexed, slowly curl the ball in towards your back. Repeat for 12-15 repetitions or as many as your fitness level will allow!

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