Valerie Waters is famous for whipping Jennifer Garner’s body into shape after each one of her adorable babies and Waters also helped Garner get her amazeballs body for her role as Syndey Bristow in Alias. (Even though the show has been off the air for a while we all still remember how amazing Jen looked.) Waters has been personal trainer to super fit celebs like Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez and Poppy Montgomery just to name a few.
One of Waters’s training secrets for her celeb clients is a piece of fitness equipment called the “VALSLIDE”. It’s simply an oval piece of plastic with foam padding on top but this thing will kick you butt! It’s designed to slide on carpet and wood floors adding intensity to each and every exercise.
WHY I LOVE THEM
This totally ups the intensity and calorie burn of any exercise without having to increase your weights or add time. Ditch the dumbells and place the Valslide under one foot for sliding reverse or curtsey lunges or place it under your hands to make pushups harder.
They are one of the the cheapest most effective pieces of fitness equipment for your abdominals. Slide it under your feet in pushup position for mountain climbers that will totally tone your abs.
Valsides are lightweight and portable so you can take your gym with you any and everywhere. Oh yeah and you can you them to actually get a good workout in your living room.
P.S. check back for a video with some of my favorite Valside exercises!
You may have seen people on the lake and along the shore who look like their walking on water. No cause for alarm…all those people are probably just paddleboarding (or they’re miracle workers, you decide:) Paddleboarding or SUPping (Stand Up Paddleboarding) involves standing on a large board that looks like a surfboard and using a tall paddle to glide through the surface of the water. It’s actually easier than it looks and don’t worry if you fall off… I had a totally ungraceful fall my first time out and it was super easy to get back up on the board. No injuries, just a little hurt pride:)
Paddleboarding is one of those “you get out what you put in” workouts. You can leisurely travel about for a mild workout and some sightseeing or get into a semi-squat position and start some hard core paddling.If you want to make it harder try racing a friend or try paddleing against the current. FYI waves on the water make for a totally killer workout!
Sculpts serious shoulders, back and bicep muscles
Targets the obiques
Carves your calves
While this may have started as a surfer’s sport you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy paddleboarding, in fact it’s great for workout newbies. You’ll see all ages from kids to teens to parents and even grandparents..oh yeah you might see a few dogs along for the ride. Celebs with killer bods like Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz love to SUP as welll.
THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT
Grab a board at any of these locations…
Lake Union http://www.nwoc.com/ (call for reservations)