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Over 20 Years of Experience in Dance & FITNESS!
New Fitness Idea: Ballet-Inspired Workouts
Between ballerina buns and Black Swan-inspired clothes, it seems like ballet is having a big moment right now. So when we heard Crunch offered a ballet fitness class called "Tutu Fresh," we had to check it out!
The workout: Tutu Fresh is a ballet class set to music by artists like Beyoncé and Katy Perry , and it's based on the principles of ballet, jazz, and modern dance. It uses basic dance techniques and classic ballet positions to try to bring out the inner ballerina in you.
The Promise: The instructor Tina Thompson promised our quads and hamstrings would be burning from all the pliés and relevés, and that my shoulders and back would kill from keeping my arms "en haut" (raised high) the whole class.
The Real Deal: We were dripping with sweat within ten minutes from the start of class, because Tina works you hard. It was non-stop jumping, squatting, and bending — all while trying to look graceful! We learned a (seemingly) simple combination, sort of like a super-mini routine, which we repeated with faster music and a quicker pace as the class progressed. Between the intense combinations and the constant jumping, we were so tired. We could really feel the burn in our calves, quads, and lower back — and our feet kept cramping up from keeping them pointed!
I'm warning you...don't slack off in Tina Thompson's Tutu Fresh class at Crunch NYC. She's one fierce ballet instructor. She moves fast, doesn't sugar-coat ballet and doesn't tolerate lazy calves. Tina dishes out tough love, mad style and lots of inspiring words in 45 minutes of ballet fitness. Her intense, Juilliard-style instruction is awesome and by the end of class you really hope that you've pleased her. Check out my interview with Tina below.
MizzFIT: Tina, what drew you to ballet? If you weren't wearing a bun and didn't have such amazing posture, I would've never guessed.
Amy Sall, NY Editor, Lurve Magazine
“I’m growing my hair out right now so I keep it in a little bun. I wash it every week at the hair salon. African American hair, it’s a process—you have to wash it once a week; if I washed it every day, it would fall out! So I go every week and get it washed, conditioned, and blown out. I go to a salon in the Bronx called Doris*—my hairdresser’s Doris—she is amazing. She’s been recommended to me by a ton of people. She assesses the situation and treats it from there. I get it relaxed every two to three months, otherwise it’s super curly. It’s not easy to manage when it’s curly! [Laughs] Anyway, it’s around $80 a week, but it’s worth it. I usually go to Ricky’s for hair products; I like this line called Mizani —it’s super moisturizing.
For my face, I use Kiehl’s Foaming Non-Detergent Washable Cleanser ; it’s really simple and wonderful. And then I use their Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub —it’s really gentle but you still feel the exfoliation happening. Right now, I’m using Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15 . My face tends to get oily so I keep my moisturizer pretty light. And I know it sounds cliché but I do drink a ton of water. It’s a chore, for sure, but I’m always like, ‘This has to work.’
I’d always been afraid of experimenting with color because I have very dark skin, so it took me a while to get comfortable with adding a splash of color here and there. Now I’ll throw on a berry lipstick—I’ve learned that deep plum colors work well with my complexion. Like what I’m wearing right now—this is ‘Confession’ by Urban Decay . Normally I wear mascara, by Sephora or Givenchy . If something unexpected shows up on my face, I’ll use a little Makeup Forever concealer .
I’m obsessed with the gym. I love my fitness instructor Tina Thompson—she teaches at the Union Square and Bowery Street locations of Crunch , so I alternate between those two. I take her classes five times a week. She does a combination of cardio and body sculpting, to a mix of really good, fast-paced music, so you’re constantly working. She’s hilarious—you’re laughing the whole time. And the people I see there become friends of mine, so it turns into this social event/workout. I think my gym membership is the best thing I’ve ever bought, because of her."
Artist: Chandra Simmons (House Legend)
'STAR STATUS' - Video Set/ Choreographed by Tina Thompson
Here are three easy tips to help you get back into shape and back on track:
Healthy snacking. While it's not always easy to get all the nutrients you need from your meals, a nutritious drink can help. I always grab pretzels to snack on in between workouts and rehearsals. They are low in calories and replenish your sodium loss during recovery time. Choose a low-calorie beverage such as ODWALIA SUPER Protein that keeps you feeling fuller longer, electrolytes to help hydrate and an assortment of vitamins. Try this as a nutritious alternative to sodas, juices, sports drinks and other beverages at lunch, in the gym or at the office. Also consider packing granola bars, a piece of fruit or some nuts each day for a quick and easy snack that can help tide you over until mealtime.
Nutrition Tips to Boost You to Your Best!
by Erica Duggan
As the fall leaves, snow begins to fall to the ground and we reacquaint ourselves with the extra blanket on the bed, it becomes evident yet another summer has passed. The sounds of kids splashing in the pool are replaced with the purr of the bus engine, and instead of waking at our leisure, we are greeted with the crisp early morning air of fall.
With the onset of a new season, our schedules take a bit of a beating. We seemingly become busier with the advent of a new month, knowing that it brings more than just a flip of the calendar. We can no longer linger over an iced latte and a summer salad; that precious time is now filled with running to meetings, getting kids from school to practice, and narrowly squeezing in our own workout.
Unfortunately, the aspect of our lives that suffer the most when our lives take unexpected turns is healthy nutrition. Ironically, the most important part of balancing a hectic life is to ensure your energy is at its peak, and your body is functioning at its best. Here are some tips and on-the-go food ideas you can take with you on your busy days:
1. Plan Ahead: If you know you won't see the likes of your house for the better part of 12 hours, think about what you and your family will need to make sure your duties are met with vigor and enthusiasm. Grab a piece of paper and write down all the activities, errands and meetings the next day will require and look to see where you will need to fit in a decent meal.
2. Just Call Me 'Sous': (Chef that is) Go Grocery Shopping on Sunday. Make a list of everything you'll need at the grocery store by meal and when you get home from shopping, cut up fresh veggies, make sandwiches, compile fruit salads and do as much prep work as you can for the impending week. This will cut down on the "I-don't-have-time-to-make-a-healthy-lunch,-therefore-it's-vending-machine-cuisine-for-the-week!" excuse.
3. Fruity Fruit: Cupcakes and candies will offer short-term enjoyment, but because these sugary snacks are nothing but refined carbohydrates and nutritionally void, your short term energy burst will crash and turn into a sugar-induced guilt coma. Swap candy for fruit and you can still get a sweet craving satisfied while also incorporating much-needed vitamins and minerals.
- Some great on-the-go fruits include: bananas, apples, raspberries, blueberries and pears. Eat them plain or, combine one or more of these fruits with 3/4 cup of non-fat plain or vanilla yogurt and add a tablespoon of honey and you have yourself a nutritious fruit parfait!
4. Eat Your Veggies!: Your mother wasn't wrong when she told you to eat your peas. Vegetables are a food group that is often ignored, but are so important. It's understandable that you might not have 30 minutes to whip up a stir fry, but here are some great, and fast ways to incorporate veggies:
- Baby Carrots come conveniently packaged and you