Your BEST Bikini Series Yet!

It’s finally here, the most motivating time of the year-the Bikini Series! Read below for my top 5 tips for making the next 8 weeks COUNT! I started to implement these just 2 months ago and below are my results! I’ve stayed the same exact weight, but seen enormous changes in my body. I plan to continue on with you to make this summer one of unforgettable adventures and confidence! I’ve already seen some amazing energy from this community and you inspire me to get my butt moving every day-so thanks!

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#1 Don’t QUIT! Do something EVERY DAY (with an active rest day)  Here’s one of my favorite words- DISCIPLINE. It takes 21-30 days to see changes in ourselves, and can sometimes take longer if you’re half-assing it. Cut that crap out-you are waiting your time! You won’t change anything by keeping it in your comfort zone. During EACH of your workouts, I want you to focus on your form, your power, and your strength. (Keep your butt down during planks, do those pushups on your knees if you can’t fully extend your arms, keep your back flat not rounded during deadlifts!) Don’t save your energy for later in the workout. I promise you will still have some power left and then you’ll be wondering ‘why didn’t I push myself harder?!’ If you feel pain-STOP, if you are burning- KEEP GOING! If you are BRAND new to working out, your goal is going to be finishing your workout while pacing yourself. Need to take breaks? Need to miss some reps? That’s a part of starting out-take those breaks! Just keep going and promise me you will try your best to get to the end. Yes, you will be sore for the first few weeks, but when you push PAST this point there is some magic that happens and you will feel AMAZING! Don’t quit on me, I’m right here with you!

#2 Do NOT spend hours on Instagram looking at other girls bodies-its not yours! This is beyond emotionally damaging and also degrading to yourself. You do not deserve to view yourself as anything but beautiful, and if you’re unhappy then only YOU can make a change. Don’t compare your life or circumstances. If you find yourself in this pattern, put the phone down and go for a walk (even if it’s just around the office or the block).

#3 Don’t try to do everything at once- meal prepping can be extremely overwhelming. If you’re following the 8 week plan, I suggest trying out 1 or 2 recipes for lunch and dinner PER WEEK. Don’t buy all the ingredients or you will let them go to waste (your $$ too). I promise you will not be in the mood for something one day. Instead, keep the standards at hand so you can whip up some quick chicken or turkey and broccoli at night- there’s NOTHING wrong with routine or repetition. Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed. Personally I prep my proteins and veggies at the beginning of the week and store them in containers that are easy to reach. Some days I want apples or bananas, and some days I want tacos-just being honest. I will be trying my best to avoid processed food for the next 6 weeks (until my wedding!) but I allow myself wiggle room since I need to reach 1800 calories per day and my days are very active. Don’t make it a habit, but don’t beat yourself up!

#4 It’s going to take hard work-I don’t have to remind you we are all created differently but this fact holds true for any woman-changing your body is HARD! There’s a reason studios and fitness corporations have been coming out with more challenging and even grueling workouts over the past 5 years. For numerous reasons (American’s have horrible diets) and we are extremely sedentary, it takes some extra umph to get rid of those stubborn lbs. When you feel discouraged remember you are doing this to be the healthiest you, and yes passing on that night out of drinking will bring you closer to your goals-celebrate with a like-minded girlfriend.

#5 WATER! Eating 6 meals a day requires you to be hydrated (plus those workouts) wow, that’s a lot to digest! My current goal is 100 oz (that’s about 6-7 of my 16oz plastic cups). Buy a new water bottle or a cup to stay motivated to drink. I keep track by writing on the top with a dry-erase marker-water works right? I can’t stress this last point enough. It will do wonders for your skin, and the rest of your body! Drink up ladies. 

Happy Bikini Series!

xoxo, Ari

 

 

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Lorna Jane WAREHOUSE sale!!!!

If you haven’t caught on by now, I absolutely love Lorna Jane. Her mission statement has created positivity around the world and her fitness apparel has made working out something I truly look forward to! If I’m teaching class, I’m most likely wearing an LJ crop top. I just can’t get over the unique styles and colors. This is one brand I truly believe in supporting quality over quantity. The pieces I own will last me years (if treated right, no dryers please!).

Please join me for a Warehouse Sale on Oak Lawn at THE SPACE! April 28th through May 1st from 8am to 7pm! There are tons of free workouts going on. Although I won’t be teaching this time around, I’m stoked Check it out below!

Head over to the Facebook event page for the Warehouse Sale –http://lorna.link/f4jJoq  Please click on the link which will allow you to RSVP to keep updated with the event. Invite your friends, family and other members of our Dallas fitness community. During the sale LJ will also have a fantastic line up of amazing instructors who will be hosting FREE workout classes- RSVP through the Eventbrite page – http://lorna.link/hgughF

Can’t wait to see you there Dallas babes.

xo,

Ari

BEACH BABE BOOTCAMP IS HERE!

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Wow I can’t believe y’all killed March Madness? April is here, and so are warmer temps! I have already been out by my pool in my bikini-who needs a tan?! Yikes this girl! I love getting to know you beautiful mermaids inside and out. It is such a pleasure! How would you like to spend 30 days with me to kick-start your personal health & fitness journey? You’re either heading to the beach for a vacation soon, or just coming back from Spring Break & ready to build that Summer Bod! Well I want to share my own personal secrets with you! This is how I add variety to my routine, stay on track, & NOT worry about crazy diets that restrict you from eating. I never question if what I’m doing is going to yield results, I have been seeing it before my eyes for a YEAR now!

Here’s the deal! I want to teach you my favorite workouts, eating habits, how to beat the binge, & stay motivated every single day to wake up and crush it! I will provide you with 30 minute (daily) workouts, a full meal plan, support, gratitude, positivity, personal development & daily improvements!

So what’s Beach Babe Bootcamp all about?
Well, you’ve said it once, and you will say it again. “I just want to feel strong and confident in my clothes again!” I know that was my main motivation for making a lifestyle change last year. It’s almost my 1 year anniversary of being the ‘new me!’ What exactly is a lifestyle change?I define a healthy/active lifestyle in 3 ways:
1) Workout daily-be active every single day, even if that means a walk or some yoga
2) Nourish your body, fresh whole foods, and throwing out the C.R.A.P
3) Set up for success! Being happy in your own skin once again requires a committment to showing up to your scheduled workouts, and swapping ‘this for that’ by preparing meals ahead of time and choosing healthier options.
I do NOT define it as starving yourself.
My job as a coach is to do one thing. and that’s to be your support system. I’m here to help you  figure out your schedule, provide you with a meal plan, help you put together your grocery list, and to help you find trust TOGETHER with me to achieve YOUR specific goals.
We will set goals, track our progress, stay accountable, inspire each other, stay motivated and encourage one another to get into the best shape of our lives.
 Where is Beach Babe Bootcamp Held?
In your own home! No gym membership required. It’s a totally private Facebook group where no one but the members of the group can see what is going on. I will walk you through how to set realistic and measurable goals for yourself, how to meal plan, prep, how to set yourself up for success!! The program we are focusing on this month is 21 Days long, and focuses on nutrition and fitness, however it’s my goal to find the perfect program for you! Perhaps your coming off an injury? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered =)
You will log into the group on Facebook or Instagram and check in everyday and check out a post of the day. There will be ample motivation, workout breakdowns, tutorials, videos, recipes and tips.
We will track everyones progress through our online group and you will succeed!
 Trust me, if you can 100% commit to this I will give this my ALL! and  I won’t ever let you give up! I will be right there with you doing my workouts and meals too!
Are you ready go for this? What’s the worst that can happen? You could lose a few pounds, kick some bad habits, win a free tshirt and have more energy! That would warm my heart if you did! Make this investment for you. Do this for your health, for your body, for your energy, for your family….for YOU!
I am accepting challengers throughout the month of March and April to start when YOU’RE ready…..this is your journey and no one else! Even if you are the least bit curious or the least bit interested in getting started on a health & fitness journey … shoot me an e-mail… I promise you won’t regret it!
All you have to do is make the decision that now is the time for you to make a change!!! Let’s do this together!!! Fill out the application below and you’ll be hearing from me shortly! 🙂

♡Introducing P90 , the ON Switch to Fitness

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Never say ‘I could never…’ all it takes is one step in the right direction to start something BIG. I was never a runner! I hated running in high school and middle school. I dreaded the mile! I dreaded those stupid suicide drill we had to do in basketball. But I did like teamwork. I liked feeling fit. In college, that all changed….my mindset that is. When I had a running partner (or two or three) tell me to train with them. It was the last step I needed to take to try this new thing. COMMITMENT. I couldn’t believe what I could do if I set my mind to it. I ran my first half marathon when I was 20…which was a HUGE accomplishment for me! It took baby steps for me to get into fitness. And now I’m in the best shape of my life, and hope to be an active skiier and tennis player when I’m 80. Watch me.

I am so beyond thrilled about the newest Beachbody Home Fitness Program, P90 !!! Brought to you by the MAN himself, Tony Horton!!!!!

If I’m to be totally honest with you, when first announced, I wasn’t totally ecstatic about the launch of this baby … Being an avid Beachbody product lover, I am always looking for something to push me further … and P90 was created to be “the ON switch to fitness”. I was actually a little disappointed. I seem to be attracted to the programs that leave you dripping in sweat and out of breath (WHY?!) haha I don’t know…but this is a total game changer.
No one says that’s the ONLY way! If you actively follow my posts on Instagram or my blog (Thank you!), you’ll notice that I have been so excited about helping people realize their potential even when they think they could give up.
I can’t forget where I started. Everyone starts SOMEWHERE!
Today, I am calling out everybody who’s ever considered starting or rekindling their relationship with health & fitness… if you watch me or any other “fitspo” Instagram account from afar and have thought to reaching out for support… I can totally understand that sometimes even just the act of asking for a helping hand can seem so incredibly daunting (I know it was for me). I would love to get to know you.
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So here’s my promise to you; if you have ever considered getting that healthy happy YOU back or even if you’re starting from scratch, please take this as a sign. I promise to do everything and anything I can to make sure you accomplish all of the goals that you have for this healthy new life and best possible version of YOU.
P90 is a game changer and I’ve never been this excited about a program … PERIOD. The amount of people this program will help is REAL … and this solution is REAL … and I’m real… and I want to help you. This isn’t about some “quick fix” or “magic pill”. Just real sweat, real food, REAL RESULTS.
Have you ever done or heard of the original P90X??? That stuff is crazy hard!!! Have you ever tried P90X and failed?!?! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I tried 1 (ONE!) workout …(the shortest one on top of that! lol) and gave up because I just wasn’t at that level yet!!!
Do you want to do P90X but you don’t feel like you are at that fitness level just yet? Maybe a stepping stone to build a base level of fitness is just what you need so that you can tackle something like P90X or Insanity !!
Tony Horton and the fine folks at Beachbody saw the need for a program like this. A program that could really HELP more people! Not just another KILLER workout ! They wanted to create a  foundational program that went back to basics and back to the beginning, to truly help build that strength and skill that is so necessary! P90 was designed for people just like you and me! HUMANS! not machines! lol
We want to be in the best shape of our lives RIGHT?  But the thing is, we really need to start at the beginning! We need to build that core strength, stability and learn to have the correct form so that we don’t injure ourselves and end up back at the start again! It’s about creating a safe and effective starting point for people to introduce fitness into their lives.
So Who exactly would this program be for?
Id say its perfect for:  people that :
– People that need an “ON Switch” to fitness
– People that are trying to start their journey and aren’t sure how to.
– People that are not looking for a hardcore workout.
– People that are looking for a stepping stone to a more intense program like P90x3 or Focus T25
– People that don’t really want a crazy workout but do want to lose weight.
– People that want to get back some muscle definition back.
Maybe you are just someone who wants to be in good health, get regular exercise and feel strong !
Then this could be just the program you’ve been looking for.
 
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So what is this program all about?
It’s not a high intensity,  pound your joints type of deal. It’s literally simple cardio, simple workouts, nothing sexy …no fluff just 25 minutes a day for 90 days.  All the moves are always able to be modified (and they show you how) so that everyone can do the workouts. Completely transform your body and your lifestyle. This is so much more than just a workout program. P90 comes with a simple nutrition guide that will help you clean up your daily habits and focus on the right foods to properly fuel your body.
So when can I get P90?
Today!!! The program JUST launched ! You can order through a Team Beachbody coach which is exactly what I do! Check out the “shop” section of my blog and website to see all the details and place your order!
So what’s the plan once I get it?!?!
I want to be the first to tell you ! Lets make 100% sure that this doesn’t become another fitness program that you invest in that sits on your shelf and collects dust. I want to make totally sure that when you get this program in the mail, you rip it open (like i did lol) and you make a plan that you can STICK TO and SUCCEED!
My job as a coach is to do one thing. and that’s to be your support system. I’m here to help you  figure out your schedule, layout the meal plan, help you put together your grocery list, and to hopefully start TOGETHER as a team on October 21st!!
We will set goals, track our progress, stay accountable, inspire each other, stay motivated and encourage one another to get into the best shape of our lives.
So I am hosting an EXCLUSIVE P90 TEST GROUP where you can get support from a me..one on one and you can also surround ourself with other like minded people if you’d like.
And hey! you can even enter to win $500 or more for your transformation! Pretty cool right?
So what is this P90 Test Group you speak of?
It’s a totally private Facebook group where no one but the members of the group can see what is going on. I will walk you through how to set realistic and measurable goals for yourself, how to meal plan, prep, how to set yourself up for success!!
You will log into the group and check in everyday and check out a post of the day. There will be ample motivation, workout breakdowns, tutorials, videos, recipes and tips.
We will track everyones progress through our online group and you will succeed!
 Trust me, if you can 100% commit to this I will give this my ALL! and  I won’t ever let you give up!
Are you ready go for this? What’s the worst that can happen? You could lose a few pounds, kick some bad habits, win a free tshirt and have more energy! Pretty sweet deal!!!!
What you need for the Test Group
All you need to do is purchase the P90 Challenge pack through me as your coach. I can send you all of the details to get the package once you complete the application below. I must be your coach and only my customers and coaches are allowed to participate in this group. The actual group and my coaching is 100% included in the price of the challenge pack.
Make this investment for you. Do this for your health, for your body, for your energy, for your family….for YOU!
I’m only accepting 10 people into this exclusive group. So please complete the application below to be considered for a spot and gain more information!Even if you are the least bit curious or the least bit interested in getting started on a health & fitness journey … leave me your e-mail… I promise you won’t regret it!
All you have to do is make the decision that now is the time for you to make a change!!! Let’s do this together!!! Fill out the application below and you’ll be hearing from me shortly! 🙂

 

 

What’s New? Hottest Summer Launch: Piyo by Chalene Johnson

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PiYo Workout is a high-intensity, low-impact workout for a new kind of STRONG.

Chalene Johnson took the very best of Pilates and yoga-inspired moves and cranked up the speed to give you full throttle cardio, strength, and flexibility training—all at once. PiYo packs it ALL into each workout so you can build lean muscle mass—as you’re burning crazy calories.
Now you can carve every inch of your body.
How? You’ll simply use your body weight to perform a series of fun, continuous, targeted moves, to burn fat as you redefine every single muscle. No weights. No jumps. Just hardcore results.
The result?  Problem areas become no problem. You’ll get sleek, long arms, sexy, flat abs, a tight, lifted butt, and the confidence that comes from knowing you’re at your best!
This is your chance to define exactly how you want to look—and how you want to feel. You’re in control.
You have the power to define yourself. Now use it.

What is Included in PiYo Workout?

Order the Deluxe Package or the Order the Challenge Pack

  • Align (46 mins): The Fundamentals (46 mins)
  • Upper Body (35 mins): this focused workout will strengthen and stretch your entire body, while building on the movement patterns you have learned in Align.
  • Define: Lower Body (25 mins) will shape and tone everything from your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves gently, yet effectively to help you get sleek and lean legs.
  • Sweat (35 mins) is a traditional PiYo Workout that is fast paced with body weight strength training and ab work!
  • Core (30 mins) an ab-centric workout that targets every angle of the abdominals and back. I’ve read this will be a calorie-torcher too!
  • Drench (45 mins) is a total body workout to get you sweaty, burning calories, and going to have your metabolism on fire!
  • Strength Intervals (25 mins) designed to tone the whole body and burn tons of calories with no weights required!
  • Sculpt (30 mins) no weights are required for this intense, full-body workout either!
  • You’ll receive 9 workouts total plus get them 2 weeks earlier through a coach –  Order the Deluxe or the Order the Challenge Pack
  • Thinking of coaching? You’ll get 25% off! Click here to view our Beachbody Coach Guide

 

Challenge Pack (Bundled with Shakeology – On sale This Month ! )

PiYo Deluxe

PiYo Base Kit

PiYo Strength Deluxe Upgrade DVD Package

PiYo Strength Workouts

 

Sign up to Coach & Get the PiYo Challenge Pack​

My PiYo experience

I have taken live PiYO classes, and done pilates and yoga for the past 10 years. Nothing compares. While I have experienced the live workout in a class setting,  the PiYo Workout DVDs are similar and include many of the signature moves.

PiYo has actually been gyms across the Unites States and Canada for years, and now I’m so excited that it will be on DVDs now too for the non-gym goers like me!

That’s why I have been sharing my experience with PiYo so much. Order the Deluxe or the Order the Challenge Pack. If you are more advanced, I highly recommend the slides-the full body strength workouts are simply amazing!

Summer Sweat: Stability Ball Workout!

Happy Monday to all my Fit-Girls and Guys!

You’ve just come back from vacation and need to kick it up for the last week of your Summer Sweat….here’s the perfect workout to add into your routine! This Stability Ball workout is one of my favorites. It’s just a small glimpse into what you can do with the ball! Feel free to add your own favorites to the routine.

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Here, you will sculpt every major muscle group, get stronger with each time you try it, and tone all over! I challenge you to do this routine with me for 10 weeks straight, once a week….and send me your results. Your pushup and plank progress will amaze you. Do as many as you can for the first week, and then pick it up gradually. The routine should be done 1-3 times through.

Write down the routine for the gym, or snap it to your phone.

Enjoy!

Why I Run.

Why I Run


 

There are many things in life I never thought would become habits for me. Things that didn’t seem appealing, worth a try, or  carry so many benefits with them. Did you ever think that by doing something for yourself, you would actually be helping others too? As skeptical as I am to experiment in the kitchen, I have learned that it brings more joy to those around me when due effort is put forward. And yes, being selfish is one of the healthiest thngs you can do for yourself and those around you. It will make you happier, less anxious, less grumpy, and in reaction-you will be making your community more attracted to you! A happy mom, makes a happy family 😉 A happy individual makes a happy workplace, and so-on…just set one foot foward. 

Thus goes with running. It is something that always seemed like a chore to me. Or some unnatainable sport that I was not ‘born’ to do. I always thought because I grew up playing softball, that my body would never be able to carry me more than 30 yards at a time. That it was unbelievably hard-and it is..but just put so much pressure on each run and running as a whole. Oh, how my dreams and goals have changed. 

It has taken years of experimenting (and practicing, aka running!) to find why running makes me so happy. It is simple, yet creates a ‘no brainer’ reason of why you should do the things that make you the happiest, every day if you can. 

Running is the only time I can be alone, without phone calls or emails, meetings, projects, people, parents, whatever it is that keeps me busy all week….running is MY time. No one can tell me where to take my run, how fast to take it, what to think about, or what time to go out on my care-free, wind-in-my-hair, adventures. If I want to get up at 5:30, before the world is light to be with myself and God if I choose, I do it. Forget about the beautiful places my runs take me to, the quiet time is reason enough. So after learning all this, races don’t interest me nearly as much anymore (save for triathlons) running groups aren’t my thing, and I still do appreciate a great running partner to share in the sacredness of running. But my favorite runs are solo. And that works for me. What works for you?