Award-Winning FItness Moves for Your Red Carpet Event

This one’s for the ladies…

It’s awards season, which means it’s the perfect time for a Red Carpet Workout!

As a former red-carpet publicist, I spent years prepping clients for big events. But what they really wanted to know about was my personal training secrets.

Working out for the Red Carpet, or for any big formal event, requires a lot of work, but you can cut that workout time in half if you focus on sculpting the six areas that see the spotlight the most in your dress: the triceps, biceps, shoulders, chest, upper back (for posture) and calves (for short dresses). If you multi-task your toning moves and add some cardio to it, you get a 30-minute workout that slims while you sculpt these critical areas.

I recently did a segment with KTTV in LA which included the following moves from my Red Carpet Runway Workout DVD (Amazon):
-Trophy Arms

-Martini Shakers

-Can-Can Dips

-Top Honors

Once you try my 30-minute workout DVD from www.nikkifitness.com and get your award-winning body, you can walk on your own red carpet with a personalized backdrop at your event, by designing the ultimate party accessory at www.redcarpetrunway.com

Watch the moves on KTTV -Video Link: NikkiFitness Red Carpet Runway Workout on KTTV -Fox in LA

After sweating it out, you can look even more camera-ready with my dress, accessory, and posing tips designed to make you drop at least 5 pounds in your pictures. Nikki’s free posing and accessory tips: http://youtu.be/cBBnq5yAuFQ

Products That Make Fitness Resolutions Easy!

Winter NikkiFitness Faves 2013

Kashi Frozen Entrees – $3.99 these are new, by the people who bring you healthy cereals! These frozen meals at your grocery store have fiber, whole wheat, veggies, protein, low cal -only 280! You will save time cooking and have time to work out and shower instead.

Tomuno.com Yoga Mats that are good for the environment because they are made from rubber trees, not plastic, and have no PVCs) $63.99 Mention NIkkiFitness for a discount and free shipping

Astrosportswear.com their super silky shorts, underwear and sports bras double as bathing suits, so they are great for travel. The first hybrid activewear never leaves you at hotel pool with no suit. “Just one set goes from gym to swim” $45-100,

DearKates.com underwear and bra that stop sweat, and bladder leakage while working out, plus they are cute and retro/vintage $32-42

TheGirlsApparel.com Shaping pants with tummy control for before the six pack forms- for $9-37

TeesbyTina.com soft and great looking, bright colors, hot pants in bright tie-dye that will get you noticed for $17-20

Music – FitMixPro.com music downloads, fast beat mixed seamlessly to the newest songs, prices vary on length of playlist

Macmillan.com audiobooks to make your workouts fly by. (If you are reading a book on the bike, you are not working hard enough, but you can read it in your headphones! Download for $23.99 or CD for $39.99

And of course my like of NikkiFitnes DVDs on www.nikkifitness.com and Amazon, as well as my book The Slimnastics Workout! $19.99- $36. Multitasking toning moves and plyometric cardio intervals transform your hour workout into at HIIT 30 mins!

Fitness & Food Change Together are Stronger than Apart


If you resolved to work out more in 2013, don’t let your sweat be in vain. One of the reasons people abandon their fitness resolutions is lack of results, and that generally happens when they think they are eating right, but aren’t. Changing your food habits will get you to your goals and keep fueling your workout motivation.

Check out my Fox & Friends food resolution segment here Fox & Friends Food Resolutions
and my tips below to make that sweat count more than your calories!

NikkiFitness FOOD Resolutions:

1. Think of food as a fuel, not as a gift. Passing on food that is high in fat and sugar, and take half the portion everyone else heaps onto their plate. If you go out to eat, you should pack up half food on your plate in a doggy bag.

2. Practice good habits when you eat out. If you have to be at a restaurant, identify the three healthiest things on the menu and pick between those.

3. Follow the food pyramid daily. Focus on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and calcium, not sweets and fats. Also, take a daily multi-​​vitamin

4. Don’t eat any junk food lying around the office. Bring healthy, sweet or salty snacks to your desk, such as whole wheat crackers, almonds, grapes, or chocolate soy milk. Buy a slow cooker so that you can prepare a healthy meal in the mornings, and it’s ready for you when you get home (it’s like having a personal chef at home all day, and gives you that extra hour for exercise.)

5. Drink no more than two alcoholic beverages at parties and events (if necessary, cut extra drinks with spritzers) and have a snack before these events so you don’t attack the buffet line

Fitness — fit it in with good food choices this year! Nikki

New Year Fitness Resolutions Don’t Have to Hurt


My lungs were on fire. I couldn’t even tell if my legs were getting tired because I was breathing so hard… I couldn’t close my mouth or talk, and if I did talk, it would be to curse the treadmill!

This was me, a personal trainer, after returning to the gym after three months away to have my baby. Of course, I was too anxious to get back to the fitness level I was at the year before. I understand how hard it is getting back into shape after being away for awhile. It can be even more un-​​appealing if you have not worked out in the last 3, 5,10 or 20 years.

But it’s never too late. I always say, “Don’t worry about what happened yesterday, you can only control today, and tomorrow.” Yesterday you may not have been someone who worked out, but today you can get in a sweat session, and a better one tomorrow. You are now an athlete in training and can tackle your New Year’s Resolution.

Here are some tips from, my book Slimnastics, for the beginner to get in shape without a “Workout from Hell.” Then watch the VIDEO below for some beginner moves from my Hard Core Abs DVD as I performed them on Fox & Friends. (http://video.foxnews.com/v/2061821084001/)

1) Get a trial gym membership that allows you free trial sessions with a trainer. Ask him or her to show you all the machines on your first few times. If this is not in the cards for you, get a few DVDs under 20 dollars. Start with three, a walking workout, gentle yoga, and toning for beginners. Get supportive sneakers, a mat and free weights in 5, and 10 pounds (for most beginners).

2) Take it easy. After a 5 minute warm-​​up walking on the treadmill, work out on the machines what isolate one muscle group (most of them do, except for new TRX types which you can play with later) . Put the machines on the lowest or second-​​lowest weight. This will allow you to get a lot of muscles worked without a lot of distress, and less soreness later. If you are at home, do one move at a time, like bicecps curls, triceps presses, shoulder lifts, kneeling push-​​ups or push-​​ups against the wall, upper back reverse flys, squats and lunges. Just do 15 minutes a day alternating with walking cardio and your DVDs.

3) Alternate your workouts. You will be a little sore after your muscle workout, so on day 2 walk on the treadmill or outside for 10/​15/​20 minutes if you can. Just do what you can do. Each day you can add a few minutes or a few pounds of resistance. Do gentle yoga on the 3rd day. Repeat, and don’t forget your abs. Don’t schedule a day off, sometimes a day off will just happen out of your control. Better not to schedule it, and you should move every day anyway!

4) Speaking of schedule, put your workouts in your calendar. Mornings are best because your day won’t beat you up or over scheduled you at this time. Go to bed early, and wear workout clothes to sleep, so you just throw on sneakers, and deodorant (maybe a sports bra) and you are ready to go. If you are already dressed, you are more likely to do it.

5) Set a playlist that is fun and fast. Start playing it before you work out to get you motivated. You can even set it as your alarm. Playlist suggestions are on my website at www​.nikkifitness​.com

Do all of these things, and before you know it, you will be craving your workouts and start toning up. You’ll want to try multitasking toning moves, plyometric cardio intervals, TRX machines, group fitness classes, and my line of NikkiFitness DVDs. The only thing on fire will be your smoking body and the only thing crying will be your fat — because sweat is just fat crying! I promise, if you keep with it, you will soon start craving your workouts, feel completely energized all day, and sleep better at night.

For more mantras, free moves of the day, diet tips, and workout tricks, follow me on twitter @NikkiFitness or visit www​.nikkifitness​.com for my free newsletter, DVDs, book and TV segments.

Fitness — fit it in!

NikkiFitness, Nicole Glor, is 35-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, and the star of 8 fitness DVDs including Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets and she appears weekly on national TV. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter!

15 Ways to Stick to Your Resolutions

By Nikki Glor

Do you fret that those holiday cookies are hanging on your thighs and the New Year’s cocktails blew up your gut like a balloon? By the time we ring in the New Year, many of us are feeling the effects of December indulgences. You had fun and now it is time to get down to the business of feeling good again.

Here are my top to get you through your resolution all the way to next December.
Fitness

1. Set goals that are realistic and specific. Come up with a time period that is challenging but not overwhelming and commit to a fitness regime for that month or 90 days or six months (or longer!). Next, set a goal to accomplish in that time frame. Write down your plan of action for every day, week, and so on. Start with a plan that you think you can accomplish or exceed. For example, walk for 30 minutes, and then run for 20 minutes. See how many times you have to stop and walk each time. Eventually, work up to running for 30 minutes.

2. Identify and eliminate your barriers to exercise and eating well. Make a plan to conquer and avoid those specific barriers. Take each barrier or excuse and write down ways you can solve the problem.

3. Put one sneaker in front of the other. Many of us waste too much time saying we need to work out but dread the process. Get dressed to work out and don’t think about the next step. If you take it one step at a time, before you know it you will finish the cool-down and feel amazing.

4. Make yourself an upbeat playlist or CD. You can dance around as you clean up at home. Or, you can find a hip-hop or African dance class at the gym, learn to belly dance at an adult education class or at the Y, or just plan a girls’ night out dancing.

5. Make active dates to see friends and family and do something that doesn’t involve eating and drinking. Walk through the park, go biking in summer, ice skate or cross country ski in winter, walk the mall, take a yoga or cardio class, or run on a treadmill right next to your friend.

6. Drive less and walk more. Take the stairs when possible and never go a day without some exercise.

7. Invest in a gym membership, if you don’t have one already, and use it. If you don’t have the money right now, buy an inexpensive workout DVD.

8. Weigh yourself every day or do something to remind yourself of your goals. Feel good about the choices you made yesterday.

9. Keep reading health and fitness columns online. Subscribe to weekly e-mailed fitness tips for regular inspiration, and subscribe to fitness magazines. Whether it’s a new and healthy dish you can make, news about a recent medical study, interesting moves to try at home, or another person’s story about how they reached their goals, any inspiration will help.

10. Pass this advice along. I saw a quote once that said “You are the average of the five people you hang out with the most.” So get your friends to subscribe to a fitness newsletter, find a partner to work out with and help you make healthy choices at a restaurant.
FOOD

1. Think of food as a fuel, not as a gift. Passing on food that is high in fat and sugar. Box up half the portion you are served — before you even take a bite. Make a plan ahead of time by checking the restaurant’s menu online or at least mapping out how you will get in plenty of good choices or if you can afford to splurge a little on that meal.

2. Practice good habits when you eat out. If you have to be at a restaurant, identify the three healthiest things on the menu and pick between those.

3. Follow the food pyramid daily. Focus on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and calcium, not sweets and fats. Also, take a daily multi-vitamin

4. Don’t eat any junk food at the office. Bring healthy, sweet or salty snacks to your desk, such as whole wheat crackers, almonds, grapes, or chocolate soy milk. At home, use a slow cooker to prepare a healthy meal in the mornings that is ready for you when you get home (it’s like having a personal chef at home all day, and gives you that extra hour for exercise.)

5. Drink no more than two alcoholic beverages at parties and events. Instead, have a glass of water or seltzer in between cocktails. Have a snack before these events so you don’t attack the buffet line.

How will you stick to your fitness and food goals this year?

New Year’s Resolution — HIIT Workout


To make sure 2013 is a HIIT, start your resolutions off with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

This type of workout cuts your session in half, by asking you to give double effort in short spurts. In just 30 mins, plyometrics moves tone you while the cardio chisels away the fat. And there are plenty of recovery intervals between the intense action. You’ll work hard, so you look better and have the energy to play hard.
Watch the videoFox HIIT Workout

That’s what I call a resolution!

See my TV segment on Fox &Friends, and try it for yourself with my Slimnastics, Military Wife Workout, Booty Camp and Fit Travel Workout DVDs. (www​.nikkifitness​.com)

Fitness– fit it in your New Year’s Resolution!

NikkiFitness, Nicole Glor, is 35-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, and the star of 8 fitness DVDs including Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets and she appears weekly on national TV. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter!

A Week’s Workout, in 130 Characters


Short workouts a little birdy created

Sixty percent of our annual weight gain happens between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Everyone can use some Fit Travel Workouts during the holidays and who doesn’t want Hard Core ABs into the New Year? So to get a jump on your resolutions with my DVDs from www.nikkifitness.com and a free 15 minute workout session from my daily Twitter #moveoftheday tweets! Follow me for more@NikkiFitness — I tweet a new, free move every day!

TWEETS:

FitTravelDVD #moveoftheday: Sit/​hands by hips/​L knee bent. Lift R leg/​hips up, bend elbows+leg, straighten. x20/​switch pic​.twitter​.com/​L​H​9​T​0​KK8

BootyCampDVD move of the day: Do plie squat w knees to sides, bring R leg in, lean R, kick left heel, toes facing down pic​.twitter​.com/​Z​b​5​U​W​3up

Move of the day: Do 20 push-​​ups 4 chest +WHEEL push-​​ups 4 posture/​back. Do a wheel, then bend elbows+straighten x20. pic​.twitter​.com/​6​V​e​3​h​EWw

Slimnastics book/​DVD move of the day: Squat 3 times, jump into an X in the air, and land into a 4th squat. Repeat 30sec pic​.twitter​.com/​i​5​x​N​A​1nE

FitTravelDVD cardio move of the day-​​from Italy. Lunge R/​touch floor, jump high+ reach the sky in middle, lunge left x20 pic​.twitter​.com/​9​x​5​q​B​vpX

FitTravelDVD move of the day: triceps kneeling push up w elbows close to body, lift R leg. Repeat on L.x 20 pic​.twitter​.com/​f​Q​M​l​d​3c4

Slimnastics /​Fit Travel move of day: Side plank L hand, together R elbow+R knee x20/​change sides. Photo bottom left: pic​.twitter​.com/​c​k​p​Q​B​LSF

FItness — fit it in — in 130 characters or less. Nikki

NikkiFitness, Nicole Glor, is 35-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, and the star of 8 fitness DVDs including Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Red CarpetRunway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets and she appears weekly on national TV. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter!