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To celebrate, we are giving you the chance to WIN 1 of 3 books in the series: "What to Expect Before You're Expecting," "What to Expect When You're Expecting," and "What to Expect The First Year."
At The Studio MDR, we want to remind you about the importance of health and fitness: before, during and after pregnancy. Between exercise, eating right and "reading right", you will know what to moves to make on the journey to MegaMama-hood with this fun contest.
The "What to Expect When You're Expecting" series by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel has been described as "the bible" of American pregnancy and is a must read before, during and after pregnancy.
Follow these 2 SIMPLE steps to enter our contest: 1) LIKE The Studio (MDR) on Facebook. 2) Comment on this blog post or on the related Facebook post with your favorite unique celebrity baby name and mention which book you would like to enter to win.
*** BONUS ENTRY: 3) Get an additional entry by attending a MegaMamas class in October or the first two weeks of November.
SIGN UP FOR CLASS HERE.
We're "expecting" you in MegaMamas and look forward to hearing your favorite celebrity baby names!
Entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday, November 19 and the winner will be announced on Facebook on Wednesday, November 21.
At (The Studio MDR) we love a healthy competition. Whether it be against our stamina from last month, a fight to get back into our skinny jeans or........our Pinterest page. We asked (and challenged) Lindsay, Mary, Jen, Natalya, Jesse and Lisa to pick one pin that represented something meaningful to them. While that sounds cute, you know we're here to inspire your inner warrior you which is why we mixed the matches and asked the question, Who Pinned What?
Five people answered and one emerged victorious. Congratulations Sze Sze for answering the most pins correctly! Your prize is a towel and tank. Love a healthy competition? Check out or Facebook page for upcoming contests! Facebook.com/thestudiomdr
At The Studio (MDR), keeping you on your toes is something we love to do literally (catfish push up, anyone?) So, we hope you like this little Pinterest challenge that we're posing to you! Ok, this should be pretty simple. See the Pinterest pics below? They were hand picked by the following trainers and team members at The Studio MDR:
Natalya, Jessi, Mary, Lisa, Jennifer and Lindsay.
Our question to you is, "who pinned what?"
Your question to us may be, "Why should I answer that? What's in it for me?"
We're glad you asked! Everyone who matches the correct Pinterest pic to it's appropriate trainer/team member gets entered into a raffle! That means if you miss one, your name won't go into the drawing for the big, grand prize but don't worry--we have faith in your pairing skills, (after all you are warriors).
Each photo has been assigned a letter of the alphabet (A-F). Each team member has been assigned a corresponding number (1-6).
Natalya-1, Jennifer-2, Jessi,-3, Mary-4, Lindsay-5, Lisa-6.
Match a letter and number to make a guess. As an example, you would say B-3 if you thought Jessi pinned the "Don't wait photo." Get ready, get set, get guessing. Share your Pinterest pic matches in the comment box below.
1) They say the eyes are the window to the soul, so I have to frame mine with something fabulous and enticing. Eyes on Main located on Main Street in Santa Monica is the only place I go. My of the moment favorite brand is Cutler & Gross. They are a must have!
(2) Okay I admit it - I love the sun. I don't drink. I don't smoke. My vice is sunshine. LA Based Kate Somerville's Protect SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen is an oil free and quick absorbing serum that provides powerful UV Protection. Boys and girls, besides keeping our bodies fit, we must protect our skin so wear your sunscreen. That's an order.
(3) Oscar's Cerveteca on Rose Avenue located in Venice. - La Puente Backyard Burger or Hoyos Peruvian Sashimi are my go-to's on this delicious menu. All I have to say is - YUM! With it's laid-back neighborhood vibe and great food, you will see me here at least once a week.
(4) Bike Attack on Main Street in Santa Monica. - Red Biria Bike with a basket on front and back! Done and Done. Love the whole crew there!
(5) Cow's End Cafe in the Marina Del Rey,"where the locals hang". Who needs an (ahem) chain coffee institution when we have this incredible place right in the hood! Clabe's staff are accommodating, nice and make a mean red-eye for us super early risers!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And many people skip it because they're "too busy" or don't have time. Lisa Hirsch makes sure to have a protein packed breakfast at one of her favorite local spots: Canali Cafe. It's a stones throw away from The Studio (MDR) and besides breakfast, Canali is one of her fav places for lunch, dinner and even staff meetings. The Lisa's Likes Business and Beauty Breakfast: Poached eggs & steamed spinach served with an english muffin, 1 cup of coffee and a dash of non-fat milk.
Eggs--Protein in the morning helps prevent a midday crash and burn due to fluctuating sugar levels from high carb breakfasts.
Spinach--packed with Iron, definitely something all women need.
English Muffin--Client and celebrity dietitian Ashely Koff says, "you need a few carbs after a MDR workout."
1 cup of coffee--Everything in moderation, including caffeine! Skip the half and half for non-fat milk.
Canali Cafe is located at 123 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA.
But before we get too ahead of ourselves, remember those resolutions that you set back in January? Of course you do (especially when you start to see your hard work pay off as you slip on your swimwear and head to the beach).
It's important to remember those resolutions and honor your commitments to push yourself to new limits at The Studio (MDR), but what's equally important is taking time to relax and simply enjoy some R&R. Nothing says "relaxing" like going on a summer vacation, and SimplyStylist.com recently asked our own, Lisa Hirsch, to share the must-haves in her travel bag.
Lisa's picks are fashionable, practical and functional but our personal fave on the list is the Luna Chocolate Dipped Coconut Bar For women. Lisa admits, “Airports are the worst when I’m trying to eat healthy so I always have a couple of Luna Bars on hand. Chocolate Dipped Coconut are my favorite, especially when I get stuck on an unexpected layover.”
Perhaps you read Lisa's Letter in The Studio (MDR) newsletter OR you were just searching online for delicious and nutritious summer recipes. Our blog and the beautiful Lisa N. Hirsch have you covered so read below! Say cheers to summer with a splash of Sangria!
Lisa says "although limiting alcohol intake or cutting it out all together is a great way to cut back on calories, for those gals and gents who like to indulge in a sparkling beverage or two, try this Sparkling Sangria Blanco: it's half the calories of the real thing!"
2 (750-ml) bottles white Spanish wine, such as Albarino (Galacia), Viura (Rioja), Verdejo (Rueda), or Sauvignon Blanc 2 cans of Hansens diet lemon-lime soda 1 orange, juiced 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1/2 orange, halved and thinly sliced 1/2 lemon, halved and thinly sliced 1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 peach, pit removed and sliced into thin wedges 1/2 (10-ounce) bottle club soda, chilled
Combine the wine, Hansens, and orange juice in a large pitcher and stir. Add the fruit and stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours. Stir in the club soda and serve the sangria in large wine glasses, over ice if desired.
Grilled Brussel Sprouts So delish -- and healthy!
Ingredients 1 pound Brussels sprouts, as uniform in size as possible* 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
*Cook's Note: In order to facilitate even cooking, it is important that the Brussels sprouts be as uniform in size and shape as possible.
Heat a grill to medium. Cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellowing outer leaves. Place the Brussels sprouts into a large, microwave safe mixing bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Add the olive oil, garlic, mustard, paprika and salt and toss to combine. Allow the sprouts to cool until you can handle them. Skewer 4 to 5 Brussels sprouts onto each metal skewer with the stem ends facing in the same direction, leaving at least 1/2-inch in between each sprout. Place the skewers onto the grill with stem end closest to the flame. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the skewers over and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Serve as is or for additional flavor, remove the sprouts from the skewers, return them to the original mixing bowl and toss with any of the remaining oil and garlic mixture before serving.
Lastly, to make this meal complete, Lisa suggests you get that protein in.
Mahi Mahi Lettuce Wraps Low carb, high protein, lots of flavor!
Ingredients 1 mango, diced 2 plum tomatoes, diced 1 red onion, diced 1/2 jalapenos, diced 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves 2 limes, juiced Salt and pepper 2 mahi mahi fillets Olive oil, as needed Lettuce leaves (recommended butter or romaine)
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Combine the mango, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice in a medium mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Season the fish with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil. Grill for roughly 3 to 4 minutes per side, until just opaque in the center. Set aside to cool.
When slightly cool, chop into large chunks. Add to the reserved salsa and fold carefully as to not break up the fish. Add mixture to the middle of the lettuce leaves and roll.
Final words of advice? Pick one or pick all of these recipes to prepare. Just be sure to enjoy them. Look it+feel it+live it+and keep it low cal!
For more information on The Studio (MDR), visit www.thestudiomdr.com
When I’m not working at The Studio (MDR), you will probably find me attending a meeting about the studio somewhere nearby, like Zinque on Abbot Kinney. And when meetings stack up, I rely on some of my personal, favorite things to get me through the day (and sometimes on through the night!). First thing’s first – the outfit. Joie is one of my "go-to" brands when I’m not in my Lulu’s or Beyond Yoga wear. This dress is just as comfortable as a pair of work out pants & a tank, but it looks way better for a stroll down Washington as I head to dinner at Casa Ado on the beach. I pair it with flat gladiator sandals for day and chic wedges in the evening.
Like many of you, I am addicted to my iPad. I use it for so many things…to approve expansion & design plans for the studio, to listen to audio books on everything from Feng Shui to Shades of Grey (my students are obsessed with it!!!), to watch our “coming soon” MDR workouts on YouTube, and to check emails and class sign-ups. It goes with me everywhere and I store it in an adorable Rebecca Minkoff case (my fave).
Accessories make my look complete. My necklace is a gift from me to myself for my 40th birthday. A girl should never have to wait for diamonds and I didn't intend to!
Fendi is making a big comeback on the fashion scene. I love pairing designer bags with my workout clothes. It makes me feel chic even after I break a MDR-induced sweat. Also, I support local businesses (since I own one), so I love buying my eyewear at my friend Susie's store - Eyes on Main. Not only does her eyewear scream style, but it supports the local economy and helps my baby blues see!
Spring’s arrival is just a reminder that summer is coming! This is the time of the year that I revel in living and working on the Westside in Los Angeles. It really doesn’t get much better than stepping out of The Studio (MDR) after a sweat-drenching total body workout and feeling the warm sun on my skin along with the cool ocean breeze that is literally steps away. Beach days in Venice are the best, especially on the weekend. Admittedly, I am attached to my Blackberry and MacBook, but there is something to be said about curling up on the sand with a good, old book. And Teacher Appreciation Week reminded me of one of my favorite teachers, Ms.Simon, who encouraged me to read The Alchemist. This classic is one of those books I read over and over again. Paulo Coelho’s fable is powerful, thought provoking and inspiring– I truly believe EVERYONE should read it. This book is bursting with optimism and reminds us that we really can do anything we want to do.
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
As Coelho eloquently puts it, "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting" and I wake up every morning with such a feeling of gratitude that my dream came true when The Studio (MDR) opened its doors.
So, fellow bookworms, what are you reading right now?
Last week, I filled you in on the warmer weather must-haves that protect my skin. This week, my Lisa's Likes post is all about staying in style.
First things first.
(1) My favorite bronzer: I cannot live without Tarte's mineral powder bronzer. Besides it's whisper light texture and mineral based ingredients, it comes in a cool faux-croc case which I love pulling out of my purse.
(2) Marc Jacob sunglasses - These Petite Vintage-Inspired sunglasses by Marc Jacobs bring out my inner Jackie-O and help me avoid crows feet at the same time. There is nothing chic about sun damage; I am sure Jackie would concur.
Next up is what we help you look and feel your best in at The Studio (MDR): your bathing suit.
(3) Bikini: This citrus L-space bikini reminds me of my rock-star infused past but the citrus color gives it a current twist. You will be seeing me in this suit for summer.
(4) Sun hat: San Diego Hat Company's reversible Missoni inspired sunset brings a little bit of fashion down to the beach. I love that it's reversible too. It goes with everything.
(5) Beach Accessories: I keep my Roxy roll-up towel in my Roxy tote when I head to the beach. This bag has a cooler on the bottom so it's as functional as it is stylish! I like to bring healthy snacks to the beach, and this Roxy cooler bag has room for my water, celery, carrot sticks and lunch. Fabulous!
What do you think? Have you tried any of these yourself? I love hearing from you. Let me know what your warm weather must haves are! You can tell me through this blog or better yet, come in and tell me after you've taken a class at The Studio (MDR).
With spring break and summer just around the corner, I thought you could use some help getting beach ready so this edition of Lisa's Likes will be a "two-parter." There are just so many warm weather products out there that I love.
(1) La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreen: I run around like a mad woman in the morning, so a fast absorbing sunscreen is key to my schedule. I love La Roche Posay Anthelios, not only because it's fast absorbing, but also because it has a matte finish which doesn't make me look shiny. It's also water resistant so I can even wear it during a workout. It's fragrance-free, too, which is great for sensitive skin like mine.
(2) Supergoop! SPF 30 sunscreen Swipes for your beach bag: I am a big fan of sunscreen but it can get really messy to apply in the car. I love Supergoop tan towels because they involve no mess and allow me to keep one hand on the wheel.
(3) Nia 24: Perhaps there is such a thing as youth in a bottle! Nia 24's concentrated, lightweight formula fades my brown spots and has significantly improved my skin's brightness, clarity and tone.
Lisa's Likes For Body
(4) Staying hydrated: I cannot live without fresh coconut water from whole foods. The water replenishes the electrolytes I lose during my work outs and drinking right out of the coconuts makes me feel like I am on vacation.
(5) Rodial Brazilian Tan Light: Infused with avocado, coconut & caramel, the Rodial Brazilian Tan Light is a light weight gel like tanning formula with a long lasting glow.
So there you have it, my Lisa's Likes for this week. Check back next week for more of my warm weather faves!
Fitness has become my life. Day-in and day-out, you will either find me at The Studio (MDR) or working outside of the studio to spread the word through press, events, and meetings – and I’m not complaining one bit. I love that I get to do what I am most passionate about. However, I must admit that I have a new passion I am pursuing…and this addiction can be summed up in one word: PINTEREST.
If you’ve joined this site, then you already know what I'm talking about. 2am re-pinning? Uhmmm hello?! Been there...a lot! Hours on end of searching for my favorite couture, hair styles, art, travel and so much more?
You bet! It’s such a wonderful site full of ideas, projects, and most importantly, MOTIVATION!
Sometimes even the most ambitious, go-getting people like us need that extra boost of encouragement to stay on track, and I have gathered a collection of inspiring quotes and sayings to do just that! So take a look, share a pin, and let’s all get our fabulous tushes to The Studio (MDR). That beach body you see online is definitely attainable with our help. So stop hesitating and just jump in!
As a businesswoman who is always on the go, I am all about products that are fabulous and functional. One of my favorite items (that takes me from my days at The Studio (MDR) to a night out in Venice) is Murad’s Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector. I love it because it’s glossy but not sticky and---it smells yummy!
This gloss "shines above" the rest because the pomegranate extract boosts the SPF 15 protection. The Jojoba Ester and Shea Butter intensely hydrate my lips to keep them from drying out while restoring them with powerful antioxidants. It also contains Salicylic Acid, which retexturizes my lips to make them soft and supple.
I am not alone in my love for this lip protector, it's been featured as the favorite gloss in magazines such as InStyle, Lucky, and People!
So that's it, my secret is out. A little mascara and Murad at 5am and I’m good to go to the studio!
What's your favorite beauty product for day and night? Comment below and let Lisa Hirsch know.
Real people. REAL results. Over 230 lbs lost amongst 6 people in one year alone (we're still counting and there's more than that)! This is what The Studio (MDR) is all about. Forget fad diets, deprivation and denial and say hello to a healthy lifestyle where people experience a total transformation with a little help from their friends.
Transformation is a powerful word. For some, it can mean a loss of weight, a change in attitude, the commitment to living a healthy lifestyle, and so much more. Personal transformation means something different for each person. That's what makes our little fitness enclave so special. Forget a cookie cutter approach, experience individual results!
After opening our doors just one short year ago, the physical transformations amongst our community of MDR loyalists have been astounding and so much so that every 4 weeks, we are honored to feature one of our fabulous clients as a Transformer of The Month.
As of February, six transformers had been featured in our newsletter. Each individual has overcome personal struggle and adversity to achieve life-changing transformation!
Was it easy for our "warriors"? Absolutely not.
Each of these lovely ladies exemplify proof that with commitment and hard work, change is not only possible but inevitable.
For Heather Keopunna, mother of two, transformation has meant losing over 50 pounds and reversing her pre-diabetes diagnosis.
Busy TV production executive, Christine Sanchez, is now in full remission from Lupus and is 35 pounds lighter thanks to her clean, detoxifying vegan diet and consistent weekly MDR workouts.
Lindsay Hallam dropped 50 pounds and 10% body fat in a little over six months, and she believes so strongly in the benefits and effectiveness of this method that she is now training to be an instructor at The Studio (MDR).
After trying everything from gyms and personal trainers to ab rollers and the Santa Monica Stairs, Donna Ohana found success, dropping 25 pounds, when she began taking classes atThe Studio (MDR).
Sone Vaynerman is over 25 pounds lighter after cutting out alcohol, sugar and gluten. She found her support system in the people who were breaking a sweat right next to her at The Studio (MDR) each week, proclaiming:
"It's a community full of wonderful people who are in a perpetual state of supporting one another."
Susan Benjaminsen's journey at The Studio (MDR) advanced from weight loss and physical fitness to creating new pathways of mind-body awareness and connection. She learned it's one thing to make a physical transformation and yet another to "own" it psychologically. This year, Susan turned 50 -- and dropped from 169 pounds and a size 14 to 137 pounds and a size 4.
So wherever you are in your journey of transformation for 2012, let these encouraging stories of success inspire you to reach your goals. Better yet, implement a workout at The Studio (MDR) three to four times per week, check out the healthy recipes featured on our blog and make a commitment to your health. Look It + Feel It + Live It. Because you deserve it!
(1) 6:00 am. Sometimes I am lucky enough to jump into a class. I have to admit, I pray for no shows 3 times a week so I can practice what I preach and keep in shape! We don't pay for advertising...we are THE advertising!
(2) After a crazy morning of packed classes, returning emails and phone calls, etc. I run back home to walk the pups! It is only 10:30am...the day is off to a great start.
(3) 11:00 am. I rush back to the studio for a television taping.
(4) 1:30 pm. This "girl on the go" has a late lunch meeting at Zinque on Abbot Kinney...Tuna TarTare...YUM!
(5) 3:00 pm. Time to take quick inventory before classes start up again. Our tanks and towels have been flying out the door!
(6) 7:15pm. The day is far from done. Now it's time for a catch up session with one of my good friends (and she is a client of The Studio as well!) at Oscars in Venice. It's a busy life but someone has to look it+feel it+live it.
It's been just over a year since I opened the doors to my baby, the fabulous little boutique fitness studio - The Studio (MDR). While I knew entrepreneurship would be an exhilarating challenge (and far from what I was used to in the music/entertainment industry), you could say I also didn't know what I'd be in for. I truly love what I do and why I do it--to help my clients be happier and healthier. But I am constantly busy - even when I sleep; whether it's emails at 5:00 am, meetings for my studio expansion or excitedly connecting with new faces and names...I dream of The Studio (MDR) transforming people's bodies and putting smiles on their faces and guess what - it's happening! As a multitasking business owner, my clients and friends are always asking me what my daily must-haves are that help me maintain my high energy and keep me looking good.
One of my favorites is Moroccan Oil haircare. The earthy, exotic scent takes me away to a Moroccan bazaar while keeping my hair shiny and preventing those annoying fly aways that get in your eyes when working out.
I never really think of myself as a "product girl" but I guess I kinda em'! I'll share more of my must-haves in the weeks to come.
For this week's Superfood Saturday on The Studio (MDR) blog, we're favoring the flaxseed. Similar to the chia seed we posted about last week, we love the health benefits and versatility of the flaxseed. Wellness experts and media alike are calling this the new wonder food for its ability to help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer. WebMD also reports that, although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients:
Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75-800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
Tips for Incorporating Flaxseed's Into Your Diet:
- Drink plenty of water. There is so much soluble fiber in flax that it is important to drink plenty of water when eating flax products, otherwise constipation may result.
- Remember to start slowly if you aren’t used to a high-fiber diet.
- If you purchase the whole seeds, you need to grind them up to get the benefit.
- Flax is often used as an egg substitute in baked goods for people who can’t or choose not to eat eggs. This is because of the soluble fiber, which adds structure to the food.
- About 2/3 to 3/4 cup of flax seed yields 1 cup of flax meal. With my grinder, it’s 3/4 cup, and my recipes reflect this.
Flax Recipes and Serving Suggestions:
- Raw or toasted: Sprinkle over cottage cheese, ricotta, yogurt, breakfast cereal; put in shakes (thickens them somewhat)
- Cooked in a hot cereal: For example, try Hot Flax Peanut Butter Cereal or Hot Pumpkin Cereal
- Cooked into other foods: For example, meatloaf, meatballs, or casseroles.
Have you ever tried flaxseeds? Want to share your own recipe? Leave a comment here or chime in via our community on Facebook--http://www.facebook.com/thestuidomdr Also, we'd love to get your input. Which superfood should we feature for next Saturday? Let us know.
Whether you’re used to seeing her behind The Studio (MDR)'s signature hot pink desk or breaking a sweat next to you on the MegaFormer during an intense session, you may know Lisa Hirsch as the soul of The Studio (MDR). As a dedicated small business owner in Marina Del Rey, Lisa works 18 hour days and juggles various roles and responsibilities from meeting with press, managing staff and building customer relationships. Aside from her consistent exercise and entrepreneurial routine, looking good while staying comfortable is what helps Lisa manage the active lifestyle of a fitness entrepreneur. As someone who embodies the LOOK IT + FEEL IT + LIVE IT mantra of The Studio (MDR), we wanted to find out some of Lisa’s Likes!
Lisa’s everyday couture typically includes Lululemon, K·Swiss, and ToeSox. Lululemon’s manifesto boasts that the brand creates products for people to live longer, healthier and more fun lives. Lisa says, “I have lived in Lululemon clothing everyday for the past year day-in and day-out at the studio. However they make Lululemon is genius because nothing wears any of their products down no matter what I do to them!” And she shares the same feeling about her shoes. Since 1966, K·Swiss has represented innovation, quality, performance and style. Lisa agrees, “I love all of their colors and how comfortable they are! We shop at the K-Swiss store in Santa Monica." The last of Lisa’s Likes pair nicely with or without her kicks: ToeSox! The unique five-toe design helps align mistreated toes and feet naturally. ToeSox help spread your toes to strengthen foot muscles and increase blood circulation. Plus, there is no shortage of color combos and styles to pique your pleasure! The Studio (MDR) has ToeSox styles available for purchase.
Lisa Hirsch certainly proves that just because you trade in your 9 to 5 (as she did when she left working 24/7 in entertainment for the fitness industry), that doesn’t mean you can’t comfortably stay in style! Stay tuned for more Lisa Likes in the coming months.
Lisa would love to meet you! Whether you live in Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica or Venice, The Studio (MDR) is a community dedicated to helping you uncover your best body yet. Since opening last year, the community has lost over 500 lbs together! Come on in and take a class.
And for more information on Lisa Hirsch as well as The Studio (MDR), you can follow them on Twitter @lisanhirsch @thestudiomdr or join the community on Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thestudiomdr