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Archive for February, 2011

“What’s in Your Hand?” with Ricky Young, WHCR 90.3 FM, The Voice of Harlem

Monday, February 28th, 2011

It was a 4:15 am wake up call today!  Ricky's motivational radio program "What's in Your Hand?" airs from 6-8 am on Sunday morning.  James and I picked him up at his apartment and we all drove up to the campus of City College of New York, where the studio is located.  The show is aired on The Voice of Harlem, which is broadcast to the one million residents of Harlem.

We had so much fun!  Interspersed with Ricky's great music and inspiring speeches by famous figures, we got in a lot of segments about the benefits of fitness training.  Ricky is a kindred spirit and teaches boxing, so he knows how important it is to move.  He said we'd have a blast and we did!

Timely Topics

Saturday, February 19th, 2011 - Time management: Reap the rewards of the routine

Rut and a routine are not synonymous terms. In fact, there are great mental, emotional and physical rewards to being a little predictable at times. Here are some of the big benefits a routine has for your wellness. Read the article here:  Health Benefits Of Being Predictable / Posted on Feb 18, 2011.


Running with Mascara Giveaway of 15-Minute Abs Workout + DVD (ends 2/23/11)

Do you have 15 minutes to spare? Then do a short and sweet ab workout! We have just the thing to get you started, a free copy of my book 15-Minute Abs Workout + DVD as posted on This book is a personal favorite of mine.  As I was working on it and practicing the exercises, I had a pleasant surprise when I slid into a pair of skinny French jeans that snapped at the waist.  My belly was flatter than it had been in years!  My belly had begun to round out like my mother’s and grandmother’s, so I figured it was just my genetic fate, but I was wrong.  These abs routines trumped genetics!

It’s easy to enter the giveaway just go to and leave a comment on this post why you want this book!

And for some instant tips on how to flatten your belly, see my new article on Fit&Fab Living called Flat Belly Abs: 3 Exercise Tips that Really Work!


Marketing Tips from Deepak Gupta:  How do You Use PR to Earn Your Consumers Respect?

I have become more interested in honing my business skills since enrolling in a master course in marketing and publicity called Quantum Leap.
When Deepak put out a media request for submissions on How to use PR to earn your customers’ respect, I responded with this article.  He told me he had never had a fitness professional on his blog before, so I’m particularly pleased it worked out.


Donna Seebo Show:  Tune in Tuesday, 2/22 from 6-6:30 pm ET

This should be fun! Donna is known for surprising her guests with her thoroughness and knowledge of their books, background and experience. She is one of the few media hosts in the country who actually read the material authors submit before booking them on the air. Potential guests wait months to have the opportunity to be on her show. Also, a unique part of her radio show is her personal interaction with her listening audience as she shares her intuitive counseling skills, 'lighting up their life with a little bit of insight'.  I'm prepared to be surprised!!


Interview with Jerry Puffer, 1150 AM KSEN Radio, 2/10/11

On February 10, I did an interview with Shelby, Montana radio host Jerry Puffer, the Puffman. His Show reaches Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and north into Canada.  I was thrilled to reach such a big audience with my message of strength training.  We talked about Sarcopenia, the natural loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs with aging, as well as Osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones that can occur at any age but predominantly affects the aging population.  Strength training is a key factor in both cases, maintaining and restoring lost muscle and bone.  For more information, check out the exercise guidelines in my book Strength Training for Women.

Running with Mascara Giveaway (ends 2/14/11)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Enter here – win Total Body Workout Book for Women

Once again, I've teamed up with Fit and Fab Living's blog, Running with, to give away a free copy of one of my books.   This time, the title is 15-Minute Total Body Workout + DVD, which ties into the new article I wrote for them, Express Workouts: Moving Through the Day!

Don't let an "all or nothing" mentality of exercise sabotage your fitness regimen.  Instead of skipping a workout because you don't have the time to do a full routine, get creative about incorporating 10 to 15 minute bouts of cardio, strengthening and stretching into your day.

One of the best tools for ensuring that you get a well-rounded workout in a brief session is a DVD combining strength training exercises with cardio intervals.  The strength exercises in 15-Minute Total Body Workout + DVD combine upper and lower body movements to target multiple muscle groups for the most efficient toning.  The cardio intervals keep your heart rate elevated throughout for maximum calorie burn.  The cool-downs feature Yoga-style stretches for full-body release.  There are four different routines to pick from, and you can combine or cycle through them to keep your workouts fresh.
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment about your experience with working out by February 14. What’s your favorite way to work out? Examples include the treadmill, yoga, weights, etc. For details, click here: Giveaway – Total Body Workout Book for Women

Jackie O’s Strength Training Workout

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

One of my most famous clients was Jacqueline Onassis, who at the age of 60 asked for my help in a strength training program so that she could continue to pursue all the activities of her energetic lifestyle with vigor. In effect, she was feeling her age and knew that weight training would restore her strength and energy levels, enhancing her performance as an equestrian.

I have many fond memories of working with her. She was very focused and attentive, taking the instruction seriously, albeit with a sense of humor.  I'll always remember the nickname she gave me, reflecting her clever way with words – she called me "Snake Hips"!

Jackie O.  was very clear about what she hoped to achieve in her strength training program and her goals serve as an inspiration to all women.  For an inside look at her personal fitness routine and the positive messages it sends, please listen to the free audio about my experience of training her.


Listen/Download to the story of how I came to train Jackie O
and learn why this icon embraced exercise.