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My New Favorite Protein Shaker

Looking for a quick protein shake solution? When it comes to consuming protein shakes day after day lets face it, sometimes you just don’t have time to get out the blender. While I was at a supplement store with one of my San Diego personal training clients, I found the most genius shaker bottle invention ever.

It’s called the Blender Bottle. This bottle has a wire whisk to blend your ingredients smooth. If you’ve ever tried to mix protein powder in water, you know how impossible it is to get rid of the lumps. This bottle does it all for you.

You can find these at your local vitamin store.

Committed to Your Health,

Nikol Klein, San Diego’s Most Trusted Women’s Fitness Expert

My Favorite Protein Shake

Before I head out for my Del Mar Boot Camp this morning, I wanted to share with you my favorite post workout protein shake. It’s so good that you wouldn’t even know that there is a full scoop of protein in it! Here is the recipe.

Banana Orange Dream Shake
1 scoop- Max Muscle Max Pro Vanilla Protein powder
1/4 cup- Orange Juice
1/4- Banana
3/4 cup- Water
1 cup- Ice

Add liquid ingredients first in a blender. Blend all ingredients together.

Give this shake a try after your next workout to fuel your muscles!

San Diego Fall Fitness

Let’s face it, not all of us are Summer workout people. Some prefer to hit the workouts hard in the Fall and Winter months. Here in San Diego, I find that Fall is the perfect time to workout as far as weather goes. The beaches are not as crowded, the sun doesn’t seem as hot, and you can actually find a parking space near the local beaches (If you jog at the beach like I do).

I am thankful that the summer is over, although we didn’t have much of a summer here in San Diego. Now I can hit the beach or Balboa Park for a jog without being disturbed or asked for directions by tourists.

So what is your favorite type of workout to do in the Fall? Leave your comment below!

San Diego Personal Trainer Nikol Klein jogging in La Jolla

Weight Loss De-railers

I would like to address a common issue that I often discuss with my San Diego personal training clients. Every so often I will have someone ask, “I have been training with you for __ long. How come I still can’t lose any weight?” The answer to this question and others related to it are really quite simple…but at the same time hard to grasp for the discouraged client.

The following are some of the major issues that you are not losing weight;

1.) Poor nutritional habits- Chances are, at the time of your personal training consultation, your San Diego personl trainer offered you nutritional advice. In most cases, this is an add-on service that has a separate monthly cost. A simple nutrition plan, kitchen clean-up (when I go to your home and raid your cupboards and fridge), “Sunday pre-planning,” and 100% commitment is all you need to straighten out your diet.

TIP: If you think that personal training alone will get you to lose those extra pounds, you are wrong. In fact, purchasing nutritional services along with your personal training package, while it may seem pricey, will actually save you money in the long run.

2.) Weekend Splurging- Just because you spent 3 hours with your trainer during the week doesn’t give you the right to go out and blow all of your hard work on a weekend splurge. Weekend splurges include but are not limited to; eating out, partying, binge drinking, binge eating, not exercising, not getting essential rest. This is why it is best to eliminate alcohol from your diet altogether.

3.) Week-Day Splurging- See “weekend splurging.”

4.) Trust- You should believe in your trainer 100%. This means getting information from other trainers, websites, or programs should be out of the question. It takes dedication to one program to get you results. How will you know what method works for your body if you do a la carte training? Worse yet, this sabotages the results that your personal trainer has periodized for you!

Tip- If you have questions, ask your trainer…afterall, that’s what you are paying them for!

5.) You’re Toning Up- I know you’ve heard it before but muscle weighs more than fat. So the more you tone up and gain strength in your muscles, the less fat you have!

Alert- This may cause a slight weight increase…but it’s not a bad thing! Stay on the right path and you will eventually lose weight!

6.) Laziness- You should be exercising at least 5-7 hours per week. This means that if you can only afford to work with your San Diego personal trainer for 90 minutes per week, you need to supplement the remaining hours with cardio! You need to exercise every day.

7.) Genetics- I know you are tired of hearing this one, but genetics play a huge part in your ability to lose weight. A twenty year old and forty year old for example will lose weight, gain strength, etc. at a completely different rate and through different techniques. Your San Diego personal trainer should be able to design a program based on your individual genetic qualities!

I hope that I have been able to clear up some of your questions about weight loss and ease some of your fustrations. Voice your concerns with your personal trainer and you will feel much better about continuing your weight loss journey together!

Reebok Runtone Experiment

Reebok was nice enough to send me a complimentary pair of the Runtone shoes a few weeks ago, and I must admit that I’ve been slacking on testing them out. I was so hyped up about the Easy Tones that I didn’t get time to test the Run Tones! Here is what I think of these sneakers so far;

Thank you, Reebok!

When these gorgeous, light-weight shoes arrived at my door step I was stoked. My previous running shoe of choice was the Nike zoom-sister because of its plastic outside shell and element durability. I have to say, I am a bit hesitant to get these new Run Tones dirty…I love the fit, the feel, and the breathability of these shoes. Since they are so hard to find, I would hate to ruin them in the sand…my terrain of choice when I run.

This weekend I plan on putting some miles in with the Run Tones, and with the Carlsbad 5k coming up, I’d better break them in. Stay tuned for the Runtone experiment, and a huge Thank You to Reebok for sending these! (next up, the Zigtechs!)

La Jolla Boot Camp Meets Reebok EasyTone

After a month of rainy weather, I was finally able to conduct my La Jolla Boot Camp on dry land! I had been waiting to test out my Reebok EasyTone sneakers on the sand of La Jolla Shores. After a long week of standing and product demos at the IHRSA convention here in San Diego, I have to admit, my legs were pretty tired. I wanted to test how effective the EasyTones would be in Boot Camp.

As I tested a few weeks ago, the first thing I noticed was just how hard it was to lunge in these shoes. (you can watch the video here) This was especially true at boot camp on the grass.┬á We also did a set of lunges in the sand which really challenged our legs. The dynamic warm-up in the grass along with the 30 minute workout went well. Now onto the next challenge…jogging in the sand.

Tide was on the high side this week, so we were forced to jog in the soft sand. This was an extreme challenge in the Easytones as the sand kept moving under the balance pods giving me a feeling that my feet were not completely touching the ground. A good workout for me, but something that I might not recommend for a beginner.

(And let me just warn you, working out in the Easy Tone shoes is not for beginners. It takes a lot of core strength. Keep in mind that these exercises are a bit difficult for me, a fitness professional.)

When I woke up on Sunday morning, my calves were sore. This is probably from trying to stabalize on the sand during the boot camp jog. Reebok has been nice enough to send me out a complimentary pair of RunTone shoes, so I am willing to bet that they will be a bit better for jogging.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for my RunTone testing videos and blogs!

Reebok Easy Tone Testing Days #5 & 6

Okay...where can I get this shirt?

The past few days have been quite rainy in San Diego, so I haven’t had a chance to do much testing with the Reebok Easy Tone shoes. My plan was to wear them to my La Jolla Boot Camp on Sunday, however it was rained out!

My plan is to continue with the testing this week, shoot a few more videos, and give them a Boot Camp workout! Stay tuned for more.

I will also be wearing these shoes to the IHRSA San Diego fitness convention on Thursday and Friday…come see me as the Spokes-model for Marpo Kintetics! Can’t wait to take some fun videos.

Reebok Easy Tone Days 3 and 4

First off, I want to say that I am having so much fun testing out the Easy Tone shoes! Yesterday’s workout video already has over 150 views on YouTube and Reebok has even watched it! I hope to continue representing their product in a positive way. So here’s how the last two days went with the Easy Tones…

Friday morning I woke up sore from yesterdays workout. I could be looking too far into it, but I think the Reebok Easy Tone shoes contributed. I work out pretty much all day as a San Diego Personal Trainer, so I have a pretty high tolerance when it comes to muscle soreness. The most noticeable soreness was in the backs of my knees or the gastrocnemius and plantaris muscles. Today my glutes are a bit sore particularly in the area surrounding my tail bone.

Tomorrow I conduct my La Jolla Boot Camp and I am hoping to try out my Reebok Easy Tones at the beach. The jogging portion of my Boot Camp will be a sure test as to how effective these shoes are for running. I’m just super bummed that I will have to get them all sandy and messy to test this part out! I would love to have multiple pairs of Easy tones to experiment with, but they are so darn hard to find. (Reebok, if you’re reading this, I would love the opportnity to test out your running and training prototype shoes)

Looks like Kendra Wilkinson likes the Easy Tones too!

So cross your fingers that San Diego is rain-free tomorrow so that I get a chance to try out my Easy Tones at the La Jolla Beach Boot Camp!

Stay tuned for more…

Reebok Easy Tone Experiment- Day #1

My New Kicks

I am finally going to share with you my experiences with the Reebok Easy Tone shoe. As a San Diego Personal Trainer, I have been waiting almost 2 months to start a Reebok Easy Tone experiment! Today I was fortunate enough to actually find a pair of these sneakers in my size at a local San Diego Foot Locker. These shoes are close to impossible to find in stores and online (unless of course you wear a size 10 shoe). Are you ready to find out what all of the hype is about? I am.

I am going to take you on my day to day journey, as a San Diego Personal Trainer, to test out how well the Reebok Easy Tone shoes work. All of the reports´╗┐ or commercials on TV talk about simply wearing the shoes walking. I want to see what they can do for my daily activity level and hopefully be able to recommend them to my Personal Training clients in the end. And let me just tell you…I’m on my feet all day.

I’ve been wearing my Easy Tone’s since I bought them and plan on wearing them all day. The shoes feel great. They are very cushioned…almost too cushioned for my taste. I expected a more torturous feeling, but they are surprisingly comfortable. Their weight is a bit on the heavy side so running will be a lot of fun.

I am getting ready to work with an evening full of personal training clients, so we’ll see how it goes! Check back in tomorrow to see what happens.

San Diego Personal Trainer Targets Trouble Zones!

Muffin top...literally

As a San Diego Personal Trainer I know the typical trouble zones that my female clients are looking to target when they sign-up for my one on one workout programs. We all know that there is no such thing as spot reduction, but there are ways to tighten up these trouble areas through proper strength training techniques, healthy eating, and performing cardiovascular activities on a regular basis.

Here are my solutions to the typical female trouble zones. Whether you decide to go it alone or work with your San Diego personal trainer, if you work hard you will see results.

Muffin Top- So you’re starting to notice a muffin top over those once loose fitting jeans. What can you do to make it go away? Try oblique abdominal crunches or side planks. I also have my San Diego personal training clients do a standing side crunch with three pound weights. If cardio is your thing, the rowing machine is the perfect cardio solution to toning up the muscles around that muffin top area.

Flatt Butt- Is your behind flat as a board? Have no fear. You can squat your way to a firm, bubbly behind in no time. There are many variations to the squat which will target different muscles of the glutes. If cardio is your thing, the stair climber will do wonders for the glutes as will the stair-mill. Get ready to turn heads in your favorite pair of designer jeans.

Jiggly Arms- Starting to notice loose skin and fat hanging from your upper arms? You are not alone. This is the number one complaint that I hear from my San Diego personal training clients prior to their first training session with me. You can battle the flab with some very simple arm exercises including tricep extensions, overhead press, front/ side raises, and even arm circles. A great cardiovascular exercise for the jiggly arm is surfing or tennis.

Saddle Bags- Saddle bags are another trouble area that I hear about often as sometimes uneducated San Diego personal trainers aren’t creative enough to come up with exercises to blast the outer thighs. Really, it is more than going to the gym and using the Abductor machine and going to town. I work with my San Diego Personal Training clients on simple pilates exercises that isolate the outer thigh and even give them a series of exercises that I call “Ballet Legs.” An advanced, yet effective cardio exercise for this area utilizes the treadmill. Instead of running straight forward, you would actually skip on the treadmill sideways. Don’t forget to hold on!

Your San Diego Personal Trainer should have the right solutions to your trouble zones. Remember, there is no quick fix for anything. With hard work and and a consistent strength training routine, healthy diet, and regular cardiovascular schedule you will be on the right track to minimizing those trouble spots. Don’t try to add all of these exercises to your workout all at once, but slowly introducing them to your routine will keep you injury free.