Category Archives: FIT + WELL

How to Turn On Your Creative Hormone By Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

October 9, 2018

 You don’t have to work in the arts to flex your creativity. After all, creativity can be a boon in nearly all aspects of our lives, from problem solving to relieving stress. On a personal level, it allows us for self-expression and a return to the playfulness we enjoyed as a child; on a public level, it has contributed enormously to advancements in science, medicine, and more.

But aside from writing prompts and paint palettes, how can you bring more creativity into your life—and naturally at that?

For answers, let’s turn to your hormones. Exerting a profound influence on your energy and behavior, these chemicals coursing through your bodily tissues allow you to feel galvanized and inspired—two of the main ingredients that nurture imagination, and build resourcefulness.

One hormone in particular plays a vital role in this process: Testosterone. Does that surprise you?

Though we may think of it as a “guy’s hormone,” testosterone is produced by both genders, providing both with bone strength and the development of lean muscle mass. Energizing you on a daily basis, testosterone spurs creativity by helping you feel more aware, more perceptive, and more attuned to new sensations. It can also amplify your assertiveness and accentuate the more dynamic side of your nature.

But to take advantage of the creativity that testosterone offers, you need to have adequate levels of it. To improve testosterone—and to avoid the despair, low sex drive, and indifference associated with insufficiency—take some simple steps:

  1. Address your fat intake. Diets low in fat may result in depleted testosterone, while diets rich in “good fats” (those found in avocados, eggs, nuts, and more) can contribute to optimal hormone balance.
  2. Hit the sheets. Skipping on sleep has been linked to low testosterone, a lack of vigor, and higher levels of cortisol—a hormone, released during stress, that diminishes testosterone production.
  3. …and the gym. Building muscle mass, meanwhile, enhances free testosterone levels, while zinc—found in turkey, pumpkin seeds, and rolled oats—can heighten it, ultimately giving you the edge you need to take advantage of creativity’s myriad benefits. Enjoy those as a pre- or post-workout snack.

 

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, Lac, is a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, and passionate spokesperson for educating and empowering women to transform their lives with better health through natural medicines and practices that work with, rather than against, the body’s own healing processes. She is the Naturopathic Medical Advisor to Daily Wellness Company, and the coauthor of three books: the bestselling Natural Choices for Women’s Health, the critically-acclaimed Great Sex, Naturally, and her latest, Growing Younger Every Day. A leading advocate for natural medicine, Dr. Steelsmith is the medical director of Steelsmith Natural Health Center in Honolulu, where she has a busy private practice, and is an associate clinical professor at Bastyr University, America’s leading center for the study of natural medicine. www.DrSteelsmith.com.

Adapted from Growing Younger Every Day: The Three Essentials Steps for Creating Youthful Hormone Balance At Any Age

 

Buzz About Bellicon

August 21, 2018

As both a fan of fitness and a fan of fun, it didn’t take much convincing for me to agree with all the buzz about the Bellicon.  

 

Bellicon is a mini trampoline (known as a rebounder in the fitness world) that takes fitness to a whole new level. Bellicon has revolutionized rebounding by using small movements in a low-impact form of exercise to yield BIG results. Whether your goal is to get in shape, lose weight, improve your health, increase your stamina, or boost your immune system, bellicon has made the process more fun than ever. The nostalgic vibes of a trampoline workout allow for an enjoyable workout that you will look forward to all day, every day.

According to CEO Philip Von Kunhardt, Bellicon is the “highest quality and best performing fitness trampoline in the world” providing you with the opportunity to bounce your way the best version of yourself. With the mission of being the world’s most effective piece of fitness equipment, bellicon takes no shortcuts in bringing you quality materials and paying attention to the details so that it can have the best overall performance.  

 

Unlike traditional trampolines, bellicon has traded springs for unique patented bungee cord rings. This added technology and innovative design enables you to have a much smoother and safer experience for your body and the strain on your body generally associated with a trampoline workout is virtually eliminated.

 

But wait, I haven’t even mentioned the best part! Outside of the fact that bellicon is totally fun and incredibly effective, it also provides serious health benefits. It exercises every one of the 638 muscles in your body, boosts your metabolism and works to stabilize your body’s balance and bone health, all while challenging your cardio system. I don’t know about you but if I can do all that while movin’ & groovin’ on a trampoline, I’m sold.

 

So add a little bounce into your workout and enjoy the benefits of jumping your way to health.

The Wall’s Flagship Studio Finally Takes Over! (La Brea & Wilshire)

August 1, 2018

Finally!!
BREAKING GROUND WITH BREAKTHROUGH FITNESS
THE WALL‘s flagship studio has finally opened on the corner of Wilshire & LaBrea. Yes – THAT gorg 500 sq foot space you’ve been driving by!
Founder & Celebrity Trainer Jason Wimberly is my personal superhero.
THE WALL is the largest boutique studio in Los Angeles, as well as the first fully-registered green studio in the city.

This place – THE WALL, is my top fave workout experience.

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Check this out – THE WALL’s flagship studio offers a variety of workouts, expertly choreographed with every fitness background in mind.

Whether it be crushing it through circuit training in THE WALL’s “STACKED”, cycling to your goals at “WIMBERRIDE”, recovering in “STR3TCH” or challenging yourself in the studio’s signature class, “123STACK”, THE WALL offers something for everyone.

The “123STACK” is a class that is a first of its kind – beginning with 10 minutes of Core Activation, followed by 20 minutes of High Intensity Circuit Training and ending with 30 minutes of Indoor Cycling. Moving clients in rhythm through two studio rooms, 123STACK keeps attendees focused on unison, making it a  true model of Group Fitness. Holla!

At THE WALL, technology is not used as a means of competition, nor will you find any segregated workout stations. Instead, THE WALL utilizes performance data to help track progress. Each class is constructed rhythmically – ensuring that everyone moves in unison with the goal of promoting mindfulness, cohesion and most importantly, results.

With a mission to deliver the best value possible, Wimberly does not skimp on the luxury either. Architecturally significant and state-of-the-art, the flagship studio space has been designed to optimize the guest experience. Every visual detail is an expression of THE WALL’s philosophy – to break through and rise above, both physically and mentally. A heavy retail program, lounge, THE BAR (a grab-n-go station featuring bites from Cafe Gratitude and refreshments from Clover Juice), free parking, complimentary shoe rentals and towel services, luxury lockers and showers, free wi-fi and a rewards program are just a few of the amenities to expect at THE WALL’s Flagship. Wimberly explains that “it is important that THE WALL focuses on the community and creates a place to meet and connect – so every detail was chosen carefully to ensure a complete experience from start to finish”.

OMG Jason I worship YOU!

The fully interactive space boasts so much more than just workout classes. Wimberly is also intent on contributing to a better, healthier world. This philosophy is what propelled THE WALL to establish itself as the first ever, fully registered green fitness studio in Los Angeles – meaning a completely paperless check in, zero plastic water bottles (only boxed water and a filtered water station), along with the use of eco-friendly building materials and completely toxic-free cleaning materials.

No walls? No breakthroughs. The flagship studio brings together like-minded people in order to generate a cohesive and unified workout juxtaposed with personal success and growth, with a variety of class opportunities and styles. Wimberly’s dream has always been to create a fitness experience that knocks down the mental walls that shroud physical goals in order to challenge the mind, body and soul – now in a studio just as elevated as his workouts.

New client intro pricing is two classes for $25 (one free).

THE WALL’s Flagship Studio (730 S. La Brea Ave, just south of Wilshire) is currently open.

About Jason Wimberly (personal God, if you ask me)

With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Jason has taught over 6,000 sold-out classes across the country and keeps many of Hollywood’s elite looking their best, including Kate Hudson, Selma Blair, Jane Lynch, Leela Goldkuhl and Annabeth Gish. Prior to opening THE WALL, Jason launched WIMBERLEAN, his signature movement and DVD that focuses on long, lean bodies through isolated movements with resistance bands. Additionally, Jason is a featured W Hotels Worldwide FUEL Trainer and Propel Water Ambassador.

CBD Oil We Are Loving: Pacific Daze

July 30, 2018

As their website says – “tastes like sunshine” – it really does.


Pacific Daze uses a strain of premium US grown hemp to ensure the consistency of each and every batch, on top of that it’s quality ingredients (organic, no GMOs, no pesticides, and no preservatives), with hemp is grown using organic farming practices and is 3rd party tested for potency and pesticides.

Pacific Daze drops are made with just MCT oil (for maximum absorption), hemp oil, and a touch of natural orange for the tastes like sunshine magic.

I’ve been taking it nightly and I love it. The drops are totally THC free and are made with a full-spectrum CBD rich hemp oil that contains naturally occurring cannabinoids including CBN and CBG, over 40 different terpenes, flavonoids and antioxidants.

All of these compounds work together to enhance the effects of CBD, known as the “entourage effect”

Shop online here

 

OsteoStrong | Ultimate Osteo Loading | Mar Vista

July 21, 2018

The ultimate bio-hack has arrived to town. I would love to explain the science behind Osteostrong as simply as possible. but I’ll probably the bungle the paraphrasing. Here is what I pulled from their website which explains the benefits of osteoloading simply:

OsteoStrong sessions utilize a series of robotic musculoskeletal treatment devices that allow axial compression of bone to emulate the effect of impact. Because of the robotic optimized positioning of the human body, loading forces go through the human bone that is far higher than those seen in daily activity or exercise. Heavy loading is already understood and recommended by all international bodies of medical education, but at OsteoStrong, we make it safer.

A force of 4.2 multiples of body weight is the minimum required force to trigger bone growth in the hip joint (the most important place to avoid fracture) and peak forces with adults in conventional resistance exercise only show 1.26 to 1.54 multiples of body weight (1).

Read about Bone Health! 

Read about Skeletal Facts

Read about the SCIENCE

And simple it is. And fun. And fast. And it’s beautiful and the owners are incredible and if Tony Robbins is a partner then I’m in. 

You basically hop on a machine – exert your best effort to push, pull or press for what feels like a few seconds (60!). Move to the next. And in around 7 minutes, you are done.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

OsteoStrong uses the Spectrum System to deliver unprecedented results. Spectrum is first-in-class of a new category devices called Robotic Musculoskeletal Development System (RMDS).

THE ULTIMATE BIOHACK

OsteoStrong works for people at all ages and levels of activity to promote skeletal strength which impacts the entire body in many ways using a process known as Osteogenic Loading. Sessions are quick, painless, and results are measurable and happen quickly.

TRACKABLE RESULTS

OsteoStrong sessions utilize a series of robotic musculoskeletal treatment devices that allow axial compression of bone. Because of the robotic optimized positioning of the human body, loading forces go through the human bone that is far higher than those seen in daily activity or exercise.

The session: 

There are a few things you need to know prior to coming in for your first visit, which will help make the most of your OsteoStrong experience.
 

PHYSICAL

While OsteoStrong is not a gym, we do support a regular exercise regimen; however, we recommend that you do not exercise at least 3 hours before a session as this will produce quicker results.

ATTIRE

Come as you are. Sessions are quick and only take ten sweat-free minutes once per week. You will feel comfortable wearing anything from business casual to regular street clothes. We see everything from slacks to yoga pants.

SHOES

Almost any shoes are appropriate as long as they do not have a large heel. Some of our members bring a second pair of shoes or just wear their socks while they do their session and all of our facilities have a place for you to put your other shoes if you need.

SKIRTS + DRESSES

During your session, you will be sitting on a few of our specialized devices. Some of our members prefer to wear pants, shorts, or slacks instead of a skirt or dress.

TIME

Regular sessions generally take 10 minutes or less. However, your first visit to OsteoStrong will be longer because of the initial orientation and education. We also want to know more about you and any personal needs or expectations that you may have.

END OF SESSION

After you complete your session, we will not rush you out of the facility. Your certified technician will spend time with you to answer whatever questions you may have about your session, what type of results you can expect and the available membership plans.

And then you get to chill on the PEMF chair, headset and headphones on, listen to Binaural beats and CHILL!!

OH! We need to look into this supplement. It’s Osteostrong approved !

Address: 12712 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (424) 331-1404