NikkiFitness News: Fitness Studies This Week

The top new exercise and fitness studies, wellness finds and fitness features/style out recently – my picks of the week – May 19-26 2014 in #NikkiFitnessNews


Mushrooms Are Magic for Women Trying to Lose Weight   via @thedailybeast #NikkiFitnessNews


The answer to the question, if you put a wheel in the forest, will anything run on it? Yes- its our NATURE to want to move and play! #NikkiFitnessNews


The Beautiful Skin Effects Of Exercise

The outer skin level, before the exercise program, had thickened. … “We were very surprised by the results of the study,” says researcher Simon Melov.

4-The Time of the Tummy


The bared midriff is everywhere you look, thanks in part to the rage for crop tops.

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4 Days, 11 Pounds


A new study suggests that minimal calories and maximal exercise can significantly reduce body fat in just four days — and the loss lasts for months. But can that kind of weight loss be maintained?


Here’s Proof That Exercise Changes Everything

That’s not to say that shorter bouts of exercise aren’t worth it. … a 60 percent lower risk of any type of cognitive impairment, according to a 2012 study.


Big Ball, Little Belly: Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout Now Available!

Big Ball, Little Belly…..
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If you want to really work your entire body while you mind gets a mini vacation, gazing at a Caribbean beach, this is for you.

The Slimnastics Stability Ball workout with NikkiFitness provides a way to challenge your abs while working your arms, legs, chest, glutes and back. The key is instability! A stability ball will put you off balance to add an extra level of core toning to each full-range-of-motion Slimnastics move. With a mat and free weights, you work biceps and abs, triceps with abs, booty with the belly, and so much more. Summer beach bodies are made in the winter, so this is the perfect way to start a resolution and get the beach body you crave, quick.

Available for $19.99 at Createspace


And the APP can be found at iTunes by searching “NikkiFItness”

Nicole Glor, NikkiFItness, is a 36-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, a freelance fitness writer, and the star of 10 fitness DVDs including the new 2014 Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout, the 2013 Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout video, Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics DVD, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. Search for “NikkiFitness” on

NikkiFitness is Now the Huggies Little Movers Fitness and Baby Movement Expert!

Moms and babies prepare to have some fitness fun!

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 1.19.14 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-13 at 2.38.06 PMYou’ll be able to catch me and my 10 Signature Moves for mom and baby fitness (inspired by my Baby Bootie Camo DVD and Video Download) at events across the country including NYC, LA, Chicago, Dallas, and Minneapolis. We’ve partnered with My Gym  to present you with fun fit moves to cuddle together while mom and baby both get moving – you’ll be able to do them at home too!

Here is an article I wrote for the Huffington Post with simple ways for you to get started exercising together with your little mover…

Fitness – fit it in! Nikki


3 Plateau-Busting Workouts to Celebrate Your ‘Fitness Birthday’

3 Plateau-Busting Workouts to Celebrate Your ‘Fitness Birthday’

By Nicole Glor (NikkiFitness)

I have a secret that will turn your ordinary workout routine into something that you’ll want to post about on social media, talk about in a holiday card, and maybe turn into an annual adventure with your friends! Even better, it’ll help you bust through anyweight loss plateaus.

If you’ve been sticking to the same fitness regimen for the last year, you might be noticing that the scale isn’t budging and your body isn’t changingas much as you’d hoped, despite your hard workouts and calorie counting. In order to break through this cycle, you need to trick your body by changing up your routine. Your body knows what to expect when you do the same exercises religiously, so it isn’t as challenged. You can make your workouts more effective by mixing it up. Want incredible results? Here’s what I propose: Pick a day on the calendar that you deem as your ‘Fitness Birthday’ and make a bucket list of things you want to try.

On my fitness birthday each year, I list at least three ‘cray-cray’ activities (that I can do alone or with friends) that take me out of my comfort zone and make me feel sore in the best way possible. Plateau? How about a lava-covered mountain of fitness fabulousness!?!

Here are three Fitness Birthday bucket list ideas you can work into your fitness routine so you can continue to surprise your body with new exercises that will burn more calories. Feel free to get creative with your activities! See what your community has to offer or plan a vacation where you can tackle a fun bucket list item! The only rule? It has to make you sore and you need to practice to achieve it. (And of course, get pictures to share!)

Fitness Birthday Bucket List 1: Train for an open water swim!

3 Plateau-Busting Workouts to Celebrate Your 'Fitness Birthday'You don’t need to go all the way and do a triathlon. Instead, get your feet wet first and fill your bucket list with water. It’s less intimidating to hit one of the three triathlon aspects, and also less routine than running and biking your brains out. Facilities likeAsphalt Green in New York City have multiple water classes, “master swim teams” and personal swim training programs that get you lapping your plateau. Why not train to swim across your local waterway this summer and plan a clam bake on the other side! And maybe next year you can aspire to do the ‘tri.’

Fitness Birthday Bucket List 2: Find your inner gymnast!

Even if you’re not a flexible person or can’t even handle a front roll in your kid’s gym program, you can still do amazing things with your body and you’ll feel like a kid again. Adult gymnastics classes, specifically doing a back handspring, was actually on my very own bucket list this year. I had been a college cheerleader, but was the only one who never took gymnastics classes, so I had to do extra (and I mean extra!) time learning it in college. Now, at 36, I decided, “Lets see if I can ever do a back-handspring again!?” My husband was like, “Who are you?!”  My thought, “Good; keep him guessing!” – that might be good relationship advice too, but I’ll leave that for the KnowMore relationship experts!

At Chelsea Piers, and many other gymnastics facilities across the country, they offer adult gymnastics classes. For $30 I went for the 1.5 hour class. When personal training is much more than that, it’s a bargain for really surprising your body. The warm-up included crab walks, plank jump-back and skipping, then we practiced handstands, cartwheels, back rolls into handstands, round-offs, and cartwheels-to-handstands on the boingy floor, which is so fun to even just jump around on. Then the great part: they have ball pits (think Chuck E. Cheese’s as a kid) to fall into; huge padded wheels and mats to practice easy and safe front walkovers and handsprings from, and spotters for the back handsprings. I nailed it after a few times (with a spotter). It was like riding a bike… if that bike was throwing yourself backwards and upside down hoping to land on your hands!

(So proud of my almost 37 year old self!) VIDEO HERE!

Fitness Birthday Bucket List 3: Fly

3 Plateau-Busting Workouts to Celebrate Your 'Fitness Birthday'No, not skydiving… practicing Antigravity Yoga! If you like yoga, this is for you. If you get bored at yoga, this is also for you. There is nothing like it, and it’s always such a release you forget you’re working out. Classes like Crunch’s Antigravity Yoga allow you to do Down Dog and Warrior III in a silk hammock. Not only does this relieve pressure on your joints and spine (I’ve always had a few back issues, and all I can say is I feel a ‘creaking door’ opening in my spine each time) but it’s almost equivalent to getting a massage. And, heck yeah, you hang upside down with no hands on the floor. It’s so Ohm-azing you just have to try it.

Spend some time perfecting these 3 Fitness Birthday Bucket List suggestions (or your very own originals) and you ALMOST don’t realize the massive changes in your body while having this much fun and adventure!

One thing? Send us your photos!


Baby Bootie Camp DVD and Workout Segment on Fox & Friends

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Transcript from today’s show:


It’s Mother’s Day this weekend so I’m bringing some family fitness from my Baby Bootie Camp workout video (Amazon, $19.99 or get the App for 9.99) on Fox & Friends today, Friday, at 7:30am.


We are joined but lots of moms in comfy workout clothes and my son’s favorite workout outfit when we made this routine- Huggies Little Movers diapers. I partnered with then as a baby movement trainer -The newest Little Movers have comfy, dry fit that lasts with double grip strips, and we have a gift for these moms who joined us at the end of the segment. (Stay tuned this Tuesday for a future announcement about my partnership with Huggies!)


I shot the workout with my son who was 4 months at the time, and worked out with him to it until he was a little past walking age. He just got a little too big to do this today with so I’m using ateddy bear instead.


Move 1: The first move is baby squats. Mom gets into a plie to work inner thighs, butt and glutes and baby exercises his legs while jumping with mom.


Move 2: Do this for about 15 reps then transition to biceps, shoulders and chest with baby rockets. Just be careful not to hinge at the hips because we want the back in a safe zone with good posture.


Move 3: Now work obliques with a tick tock sway that provides cuddle time, soothes your baby and sculpts mommy and let’s you hold your little love whole working on love handles. It’s good for the baby to get comfortable with going upside down for when he’s active later on in playtime programs like at MY Gym where they do forward and back rolls on the equipment.


If you do my entire video routine it’s 15 mins throughout the day, so you can work out together instead  of having to wait until she naps to fit in your workout. It works all important muscle groups.


And all the moms here go home with the DVD, a month’s supply of Huggies Little Movers and a gift bag from My Gym.


You can get more information on these programs and items on my twitter, Facebook (@NikkiFitness) or blog at


Have a happy and healthy Mother’s Day!