No More Excuses

I get hundreds, yes I mean hundreds, of questions about health and fitness. I try to answer as many as I can for all of you. Just because I’m not famous or super rich, doesn’t mean I don’t know a lot about the field I’m in. Trust me, I do!

Right now I am very affordable compared to other trainers/ instructors. My classes or the classes I take part in never exceed a fee of $25 and my personal training varies but never more than $75 per week. If you cannot afford me or if you don’t live in NYC that’s okay. It’s clearly not the end of the world. There are plenty of other ways to get in a great workout. Most of the claims for not working out I get are as follows: Too many distractions, not enough space, lack of motivation. No more of this please! I have all the posts about how to fix these problems but let me refresh your memory just incase.

If you have too many distractions, it is up to you and only you to change that. Find a quiet place to workout (rooftop, park space, basement, etc.), put your phone on airplane mode or something and just go to work! Only you can change an issue like that, you have to be determined to eliminate those distractions. If you tell yourself you can’t, you never will. Also, you can’t find any quiet spaces (which I am almost positive is impossible) learn how to lose yourself in a workout. You may hear people say “Fitness is 90% mental and 10% physical”, or something along those lines. It’s true! When you’re focused on nothing else but your task, it becomes so much easier to do. Just convince yourself you are capable of doing whatever it is, and you will do it, or go out trying your best.

Space is never a real issue, unless you are locked in a dungeon. If so, call the police. If you’re not locked in a dungeon, this applies to you. There are many worthy exercises that can be done in small spaces. I give plenty of examples in my videos on instagram, so fish through those and find some you like. If you’re not a member of a gym, and feel like you need more space than just your bedroom/dorm room, fear not, I have the greatest solution ever. Go outside! You can use the stairs in your building, the park in your neighborhood, your friend’s house who has more space, there are tons of options. You just have to be motivated enough to go outside and really get work done. Be confident, throw one some workout gear, find the perfect spot for you and work up a sweat. I know you can do it!

Motivation is entirely mental. I’ll use myself as an example of course. Many of you know some of my story due to previous blog posts and things that I post on my other social networks. I used to have hate pages harass me and the companies I did business with just to try and ruin me. I never let that stop me. I used to get nasty comments on this site about how Nike would never notice me and blah blah blah. Forget all the negativity and just do what you need to get done. I ignored the BS and now I’ve been working alongside Nike while building up #CleopatrasArmy. Find a reason to get fit/ stay fit and focus on that and nothing else when it comes time to exercise.

This awesome video was created By Ajani. Book him for your photo/video needs.

Double A Flyer(May2nd)Next Double A Fitness class is May 2nd from 2-3pm. It’s being held at 520 8th Avenue on the 16th floor, room 16h. There is a $10 fee. Come out and sweat with us ladies!

Also my campaign is still open for donation. If you have no idea what my campaign is for, click here and read up. Donate if you can! Any donation, no matter how big or small, is deeply appreciated.

Gofundme.com/CleopatrasArmy

Double A Fitness: Abs & Ass Fitness

IMG_1373 IMG_1734IMG_1724IMG_1672IMG_1655 IMG_1355 IMG_1352 IMG_1421 IMG_1417 IMG_1398 IMG_1395 IMG_1394Saturday April 18, 2015 guess who had another great Double A Fitness class? We did! Thank you to the ladies who attended and my partner in fitness Essence.

Three amazing young ladies attended. They worked hard and went home with a lot of DripDrop to call their own. People asked me how I felt about the turn out, and I am fine with just three ladies. Would I like to have more ladies attending the next class? Of course, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still see this class as a success. I got to do what I love once again and influence young ladies to do better for their bodies. I am so proud of that!

The next class is on May 2nd from 2-3pm at 520 8th Avenue in Manhattan (Ripley Grier Studios). I’ll update this post when I have the specific room information and post about it all over my social networks. If you want to come, just hit me up so I can keep you posted. I have a special gift for the attendees of this next class.

Also don’t forget to donate to Cleopatra’s Army projects if you can GoFundMe.com/CleopatrasArmy . Any donation is appreciated, no matter how small! Thank you.

 

One, two, three – Stretch!


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Stretching is very important and for several years there have been so many debates on when is a good time to stretch. Countless studies and research but different people follow different stretching “rules”. To be clear, you should be stretching all your muscle groups on a daily basis.

I stretch at least three times per day. Since I have been training for the Nike Women’s Toronto 15k, I’ve been running pretty much everyday. I know some people say you shouldn’t run everyday but after reading this book on Kenyan running I have changed the way I train. But anyways, I stretch a little bit before I run. I do not stretch too much before a run because I try not to stretch while my muscles are cold, so to speak. I read a couple of articles saying that you should stretch after your body is a little warmed up. When I finish a run, that’s when I go full out with all my stretching. This method works for me and all the people I run with so it could work for you as well.

Why is stretching important you ask? Muscles, like other tissues in our body, need to be well circulated and healthy. Stretching helps increase the circulation of blood in your muscles, increases your range of motion, reduces muscle tension, and reduces the risk of injuries.

In conclusion, MAKE SURE YOU ARE STRETCHING EVERYDAY. Know your body and know its limits. Make sure after you work out, you get in a good stretch. Not stretching can harm your body while stretching can be extremely helpful. Keep that in mind!

Also, donations to Cleopatra’s Army are still welcomed. If you have contributed thank you so much! If you haven’t please go to GoFundMe.com/CleopatrasArmy, and read about the different projects I am trying to raise money for. If you like what you read, please donate. Any amount, no matter how small, is appreciated. Thank you!

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Training For Toronto

IMG_0860IMG_0838IMG_0898 IMG_0908 IMG_0931 IMG_0759 IMG_0772 IMG_0778 IMG_0788As some of you may know, I am training for the Nike Women’s 15k race. This year it is being held on the Toronto Islands on June 14th. I’ve been to different places in Canada but never Toronto, so I am super excited. It will be the first race I have ever ran in. A lot of firsts for me!

Right now I am training every single day. If I can’t do a morning run then I’ll get it in at night. I am also doing training outside of running because long distance running can cause you to lose muscle tone. I don’t want that so I’ve been training harder to prevent that. Nike has been so helpful through this journey and I’ve been participating in their training programs to help me prepare for this race. If you would’ve asked me two months ago would I be running a 15k race, I would’ve told you that you were crazy.

I’ll be in Toronto from June 12th to the 15th. I already have some shoots booked out there but Toronto photographers and models hit me up! ByAjani will be accompanying me on this trip so if you want to work with either of us, contact us. He’s also the one who took these awesome photos.

I am also raising money for different Cleopatra’s Army projects. You can read about the projects/donate here. Any donation, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated. I am really trying to make a lot of moves in the community and then move on to the rest of the world. Thank you!

 

 

Drink Drip Drop!

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Being a brand ambassador has been pretty cool for me these last couple of years. When a brand can really help people, that’s always a plus.

You have probably seen one of my several posts on instagram, twitter, Facebook and so on, about Drip Drop. Drip Drop is a hydration powder that you mix in with water. It is not supposed to be a substitute for water so please keep that in mind, it is there to hydrate you and it does its job. Right now there are two flavors, lemon & berry. I personally prefer lemon because I like my drinks a little bitter. I would recommend berry for those of you with a sweet tooth.

I took my time to really learn about this product and it is really great. I am very confused as to why everyone doesn’t keep some drip drop in their house. Finally, people are starting to realize that drinks like gatorade and vitamin water are just glorified bottles of sugar water and aren’t really healthy for you. Drip Drop is healthy for you though! For me, it always works instantly. I am rarely ever dehydrated because I either always have Drip Drop on me or I drank enough water.

For you drinkers out there, Drip Drop also gets rid of hangovers. You know those headaches you guys get when you wake up after a long night with alcohol? 99% of the time you are dehydrated and that is what is causing you to have a headache. If you had some handy dandy Drip Drop you can eliminate that headache because of it’s awesome hydration formula. Trust me, I’ve had plenty of my family/friends rush to pick up Drip Drop for their Katzenjammers. Everyone said it worked for them as soon as they finished their cup. Yes, it’s that good.

Photo on 3-23-15 at 7.05 PMEven though I like lemon better I still drink berry!

Moral of the story is, GO PICK UP SOME DRIP DROP. They sell Drip Drop in Walgreens and in CVS(sometimes it is located in the baby isle). You can also purchase it on Drip Drop’s website here. I always have plenty of boxes at my classes for people to take with them as well.

 

 

 

Health & Fitness Myths

ByAjani 2015 ByAjani 2015 ByAjani 2015 ByAjani 2015Repeating the same exercise with the same reps will not get you anywhere. In order to progress you can’t repeat the same workouts, you’re going to have to challenge yourself if you want better results. One Day you do 50 squats, the next time you workout aim for 60, the next time 70 and so on. Also, many exercises have different levels of difficulty. For example, tricep dips can be done with your knees bent(easier version) or with your legs out straight(harder version). Go with the easy version and once you pretty much master it begin practicing the more difficult version of the exercise. This is how you get stronger!

What I’ve learned about exercises like kickbacks is that in order to get those big bubble butts most of you ladies want, you have to add weights. When doing kickbacks you can add ankle weights to increase the difficulty of the exercise. Once you master a glute workout but your butt still isn’t the size you want it to be or as strong as you want it to be, start using weights. You can do a bunch of squats but can you do squat thrusts with a kettle bell? The same thing goes for something like your abs. Using your own body weight sculpts your abdominals a certain way, when you add weights, it will sculpt your abs even more.

Not every trend is one you need to follow. I’ve done a ton of reading and spoke to some experts and what I have learned is that gluten will not cause you real harm unless you are allergic to it. If you are eating healthy on a daily basis, having gluten in your diet is not a serious thing. It’s not like eating trans fat or something. I always laugh when people are like “I don’t eat gluten”, and they can’t give a solid, scientifically correct answer.

Beware of health & fitness myths. Make sure you do your own research as well. Not every source out here is credible.

Photos By Ajani

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

I have always disliked the smell of vinegar. It’s so strong and strange! When my father first asked me to drink some I was like Wow, he has finally lost it. All these years of being crazy and he has finally hit the climax. 

Thankfully, I know so much more about vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar to be exact. Apply cider vinegar has so many benefits that few people actually know about. I’ve been using the Bragg’s brand of apple cider vinegar for years now and it has definitely come in handy.

I initially started using it for my stomach problems when I was about 13. Drinking apple cider vinegar MIXED WITH WATER for stomach aches is great. Unless the problem is an ulcer, it should fix you up within minutes. Apple cider vinegar also helps prevent indigestion. It works for my whole family and I am sure it will work for you.

If you have hiccups, swallow a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. You have bad breath? Either drink apple cider vinegar with water or gargle it without any water. Do that a few times a week and your breath will be fine. I used to be skeptical about it because I don’t think vinegar smells good itself so I didn’t know how it would help bad breath, but it works!

The gargling also helps whiten your teeth, remove stains, and kills certain bacteria that can be found in your mouth. Apple cider vinegar can also help with getting rid of certain cold symptoms.Isn’t apple cider vinegar pretty awesome? This one natural product can help you with so many things and you can get it the supermarket. Make sure is pure/raw apple cider vinegar when you purchase it so it will really do its job.

Most of these remedies are do to the fact that certain germs in the body cannot handle the acidic(amino acids) environment apple cider vinegar provides. I purchase mine from Whole Foods, but I am sure there are other places that sell raw, organic apple cider vinegar.IMG_9431 IMG_9404

Photos By Ajani