strength training

Kids Back to School? Time to Start your Mindful Online Workouts

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Last month, I had the pleasure of joining Naturopathic Physician Dr. Cheryl via video to explain how mindful strength workouts can benefit women for anti-aging, feeling strong, and preventing pain. You can check out her website here.

If you are not already in one of my classes, this just might give you a reason to check one out. These classes are especially geared toward women that work from home and have children. Now that your kids are back to school, you can find a class that works for you here: (Click on "Book Now" and schedule a 30-minute complementary session and trial workout.)

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Mindful Online Workouts for Women Entrepreneurs

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I was so honored and pleased to join Women Lead Radio where Rebecca Massoud, the host of Savvy, Soulful & Successful, had a conversation with me about why women entrepreneurs must prioritize creating a healthy, fit, and strong body as part of their overall business success strategy.

Here is the link for this radio show on Women Lead Radio.

To receive your complimentary 30-minute online workout, go to: and click "Book Now" to choose your date and time.

 Much love and stay healthy and fit!

Bottles of Water and Cans of Soup

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"You see everything, don't you?" my "poor" client tells me while under exertion, completing an exercise in which I asked him to subtly change his form to increase the intensity of the exercise. Yes, even when working online "I see everything." I see how your body is positioned, how you breathe, if you are cheating or trying to cheat and if you are being a good student.

Recently one of my clients was staying at an Airbnb and during our training session I asked him if he had any weights with him. The answer was of course, no. I took a look at the kitchen counter behind him and glanced at two big bottles of carbonated water that I knew would make our workout much more "fun." 😉

Especially during the summer months when the amount of traveling clients increases, I "can see" gadgets they can use during their workouts that will make them work harder. We don't have our usual exercise equipment that they keep at their house but we can improvise with bottles of water and cans of soup, among other things.

Yes, you can be traveling and still workout intensely by improvising and using some resistance gadgets that will make you work intensely and even sweat.

The beauty of working together online is that you can continue with your good progress while traveling for business or even on vacation. If you feel like working out, I'll be there for you.

Once a week for less than one hour is the investment of time that you need to get your body in shape, get stronger, lose fat, reduce your waist size, increase your endurance, improve your posture and appearance and feel sexier!

Sign up today! New classes are starting the month of August and into the Fall. Call 858.465.0013 or email me at with any questions.

Much love and hope to see you soon in one of my classes.

The First Rule for Life


One of the questions I always ask my clients when they start to work with me is: What are your goals? Most of the time "good posture" is included on the list.

Better posture comes naturally after a few strength training sessions. Better posture becomes the norm instead of requiring conscious effort. By strengthening the muscles of the upper back, chest, and core, your body will lift up resulting in naturally taller, better posture.

There is a great TEDTalk by Amy Cuddy that describes how we can change our disposition and how our body feels, simply by changing the way we are positioning ourselves. As we well know, and have experienced, it also goes the other way around; feeling depressed or sad will put our body in a crunched, if not defeated, position.

Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with thousands of patients, has put this goal at the top of his new book: "12 Rules for Life". His first rule talks about how maintaining good posture helps with all our different activities, experiences and also the responses we receive from others in our life.

Needless to say, one of the highest reported benefits from clients when working with me, is that their confidence has improved and so has their posture. Standing straighter will convey a more "powerful" you and will position you in a place of authority. For those looking for a partner, it can make the potential partner feel more attracted to you when you show your body in a stronger, more open pose.

Overall, good posture is going to help you to feel better about yourself and make others feel better about you. It will also help you get the new job or the new promotion, and increase the amount of clients you have if you are an entrepreneur. On a personal level, it will make you more attractive to your partner or to potential partners if you are single.

Try it out for yourself: I train clients privately online, as well as facilitating seven (7) group classes during the week. The latest addition will begin July 10th at 7:15 a.m.

If you can no longer tolerate being passed over for the new job, the promotion, the new business clients, or the partner of your dreams, email me for more information or to sign-up.

These workouts are for people that can commit to 45 minutes of exercise weekly and are willing to work intensely under very safe conditions.

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.