healthy lifestyle

Challenge Yourself to Let Go of What Controls You

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A few years ago, a client and friend asked me to facilitate a food "cleanse" for her. I was not quite sure what I would be doing exactly when I agreed to it. Then a few more friends joined the cleanse and followed through with 21 days of no sugar, alcohol, dairy and gluten.

At the time, I myself was contemplating quitting alcohol completely, so this seemed like a great way to get myself started. I had taken breaks from alcohol in the past, but always would come back to drinking to a point where I would wake up in the morning with bad headaches.

After the 21 days, some of the clients/friends that had joined had very surprisingly positive results, so I thought that this program could really help other people. Now I offer this cleanse consistently 3 times a year: January, May/June and October. The next one starts June 3rd.

It is a program that has helped my clients transform their bodies in ways that otherwise would have not been possible to accomplish with just exercise.

As I have been saying for almost 20 years: “Exercise and nutrition are equally important to lose fat. In fact, you can lose fat with no exercise at all and just good nutrition, but it just won't be as fast, healthy and effective.”

On a personal level, I am much more in control of how much alcohol I consume. Over the whole of last year, I was able to limit my consumption to as many glasses of wine as I previously would have consumed in a week.

Most people that join the cleanse find it most challenging to let go of one of the ingredients we eliminate, but really enjoy the new variety of foods they can consume during the 21 days.

The challenge is to let go of the one thing that we need to leave the most. Challenge yourself, take out the evening drinks, the chocolate, the cheese, the chips, whatever you feel will be the biggest challenge to go without for one day.

Here is what some of our previous cleansers say:

"This detox is not about weight loss; it's about resetting your body and learning to make better decisions when it comes to food. It absolutely neutralized my cravings and brought my mind to clarity! And guess what? When you finish the 21 days you feel so good you want to continue eating this way!."

"I must say I am delighted to have gone through the whole process... my skin is definitely brighter and looks cleaner... my clothes fit me better and I feel lighter, stronger and healthier... more in tune with myself and alert to my environment. The best for me was that Ana's plan was not difficult at all to implement on a day-to-day basis."

This is not a quick fix diet, it is a first step into changing your unhealthy eating habits for the rest of your life.

If you are ready to join and for more information:

Motivation to Fail and Why you Need to Train Hard


Remember in the movie "Devil's Advocate", with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, the scene in which Keanu’s character yells: "Lose? I don't lose! I win! I'm a lawyer, that's my job, that's what I do!" I feel my clients respond to me in the same way when I encourage them to go to failure on each exercise during training sessions. They refrain from getting there because they want to be the “perfect trainees” and finish each repetition that I ask them to do. In other cases, it is the fear of "working too hard" that gets in the way.

The latest research about exercise from all around the world shows that going to failure is the most efficient way to promote muscle growth. It doesn't really matter how failure is accomplished as long as you get there. Exercising at high intensity but with very slow speed is the safest and most efficient way to exercise. Moreover, it saves time because you need to give your body the appropriate time and rest to recover and grow, so workouts are recommended only once or twice a week for a brief but intense period of time. Therefore, training this way is how you become the best trainee you can be. 😉

Do you fear training hard? Most people fear training hard because they are afraid of getting injured or they don't really want to push their body to the level of fatigue that failure requires. But what if I tell you that by training to failure once or twice a week for 30-45 minutes, your body is going to develop more strength with a smaller time commitment? Plus, moving slowly is safe and minimizes the risk of injury.

I know, I know, this takes a big leap of faith, but don't just believe my word, try it out for yourself. Schedule a complementary initial consultation with me and experience the workout. You will experience results you never thought or imagined could be possible after only 6-12 sessions.

How to get in your best shape without leaving your home

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Do you want to get in the best shape, training from home along with your friends?

I am pleased to announce that I am now offering online group fitness classes. They are an amazing way to build strength, lose weight and speed up your metabolism, all in the comfort of your own home. And you can be encouraged by and share your success with a group of your friends, or make some new workout friends.

Technology has become the main portal to help me work with clients in ways I would have never dreamed possible a few years ago.

Clients report increased muscle strength, loss of fat, pain relief (that did not decrease with previous physical therapy treatments), stress relief, better posture, better sleep, going up stairs carrying groceries easier, and many other benefits. All this, with a time investment of less than an hour per week.

Daylight savings is this weekend. Almost a month earlier than previous years, it seems that summer is around the corner! I challenge you to start your summer goals earlier as well. Get a group of friends, five to eight ideally, decide on a time and day and contact me to start an online group class focused on your summer goals. It will be fun, safe, intense and very effective.

Much Love,



If you cannot tolerate being out of shape any longer and you think you don't have time to exercise,

Schedule a complementary strategy session to learn how you can train for free!

You will get in the best shape of your life, lose fat, improve your posture and confidence with a very small time commitment of less than one hour/week.

I train online so wherever you are, I can connect with you!

The Most Effective Way to Make Yourself Happier in 2 Minutes!


The key to transforming and sustaining a healthy lifestyle is.. MOVEMENT!! 

This movement comes in many forms:  exercise, movement of toxins leaving your body through a cleanse, the movement of emotions, perceptions, and attitudes, or the movement of the actors and the audience through an interactive performance. 

You can move people with just directing your body to the place you'd like them to go. Try it; move towards one direction while being with someone and notice if they follow you. Movement is not only what you do to accomplish your daily goals but it is also a powerful tool to connect with your physical body and your emotions.

 Positioning your body in different ways can change the way you feel about yourself.  As Amy Cuddy explains so beautifully in her TED Talk, holding a "power pose" for a couple of minutes will make you feel happier and more confident just by stimulating the creation of your "feel good" and powerful hormones. Give it a try, it works.
Without movement you are going to feel stagnant, blocked, paralyzed.  I notice my body can get a little bit lazy with the cooler weather.  So to help you get moving, I am inviting you to attend at least one of the powerful events I've created for you next month.  They will get you moving!  Come out, play and maybe we can do a little dance in person.