Fit Club

First rule of Fit Club: an overall healthy lifestyle, plenty of discipline and the (very) occasional treat puts you on your game physically and mentally. Just ask these living examples.

Gonzalo Miranda
Personal trainer, Owner, MGQ lifestyle 

On prioritizing fitness:
I am a very busy person. I wake up at 6 am and I go to sleep at 11 or 12 pm. Between my private clients and my business, I have just a couple of hours to work out. I feel that those who say “I don’t have time to work out” are just making excuses. Exercising is just a very important part of your life—for your mind, your body and your soul, even if you are doing it for 15 minutes a day. The effects are very positive, not only personally but from a professional standpoint because I want to be an inspiration to others. I strive to be a role model and to motivate others to be the best versions of themselves.

Go-to fitness regimen:
I combine explosive training, Plyometrics, with weightlifting.

Must-do’s and no-ways:
Musts are water, good proteins—fish, chicken—vegetables and fruits, good carbs (whole wheat pasta, legumes, whole wheat bread, black beans, oatmeal, quinoa) and good fats, such as olive oil, almonds and avocados. Extras are dark chocolate, açai bowls and good pizza (no tomatoes). I like to have a beer or glass of wine with friends on weekends or at special dinners. Absolute no-ways: Every fast-food establishment, carbonated drinks, smoking or drugs. And I don’t eat tomatoes. I think they’re bad for you; they’re very acidic.

Cheat treat he can’t resist:
That would be dulce de leche ice cream or flan with dulce de leche. I just love dulce de leche!

Photo: Martin Montero

 

Dawn Bianca Feinberg
Ahana Flow Yoga instructor, Business owner, Ahana Yoga Studio

On prioritizing fitness:
The essence of yoga comes from someone who practices yoga. If I don’t practice, my head is not in the game. I live my practice. I want to spread the message of yoga to everyone. When I walk into Ahana I have already gotten two little kids dressed, fed and to school. I do a check-in with the front desk and then hop on my mat. Once I complete my practice my mind is on my work and not on 100 other things. I am calmer and complete tasks with greater efficiency.

Go-to fitness regimen:
Liz Grant or Mysore Yoga with Day Christiensen at Ahana Yoga every morning. On Saturday I do full primary yoga with Adriana Perez at Ahana Yoga.

Must-do’s and no-ways:
I have a wonderful chef, Sasha Ullman, who comes a few times a month and cooks me tons of soup. I try to stick to a mainly vegetarian diet and I rarely have anything alcoholic. My life demands me to be on my A-game all the time and I want to show up at 100 percent for my kids, Ahana and my husband.

Cheat treat she can’t resist:
I love to snack late at night. I love chips. I could live on chips.

Photo: Carlos Hidalgo

 

Robin Diamond
Founder, Head Publicist in Charge, Robin Diamond Public Relations

On prioritizing fitness:
I make fitness a priority by scheduling it into my day like any other meeting. Not only does it keep me accountable, but I can also plan my day, conference calls, meetings and babysitters around it. Exercising for me is more than just about being healthy and looking fit; it’s about keeping my mind right.

Go-to fitness regimen:
Tough question, because I do a lot. But my two mainstays are HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and Vixen Workout. The HIIT workouts are generally about 30-45 minutes of non-stop (often brutal) weights and cardio combined. But Vixen Workout is my favorite form of exercise. It’s an hour-long, total body, cardio dance class performed in a dark room with stage lighting to the most amazing hip-hop playlist. You lose yourself in the music and the vibe and forget that you’re working out. You walk out drenched and feeling like Beyoncé. I mean, who wouldn’t want to feel like Beyoncé?

Must-do’s and no-ways:
My must do’s are exercise, eat clean, drink at least three liters of waters a day (my goal is always a gallon), buy organic when available, take care of my skin, and try not to be so hard on myself, because I’m a believer that your mental state affects your physical state.

Cheat treat she can’t resist:
I am super strict when it comes to food and I don’t cheat, especially since gluten, dairy and grains are no longer an option. I don’t eat sugar so I don’t crave it, so I guess my treat would be a nice glass (or two, or three) of Malbec. My other downfall is nuts and nut butters…give me a spoon, and jar of almond butter doesn’t stand a chance.

Photo: Carlos Hidalgo

 

Nancy Karp
CFO, KOBI KARP ARCHITECTS, Manages and Owns Commercial and Residential Real Estate Company

On prioritizing fitness:
Since I work 24/7, I set 9:30-10:30 am as my work out time. It allows me to spend time with my son before school, get my house in order and speak to my team in the office. My day does not stop. I don’t take breaks or go to lunch or socialize at the office, so this time is vital for me to provide me the energy I need to stay focused and accomplish as much as I can throughout the day…then come home to be mom to my son Aden, which is my first and most important priority.

Go-to fitness regimen:
While I got in the best shape with one-on-one personal training for many years, my workout program has evolved as the exercise landscape has changed. My schedule includes two classes that I love due to the teachers. I take classes each week with my favorite instructors—#AMYSPIN, who plays the best music and is the most popular instructor at Flywheel, and the amazing celebrity trainer, Derek Degrazio’s at Barry’s Bootcamp, who is as entertaining as he is a great instructor.

Must-do’s and no-ways:
I believe in balance. I also believe in moderation. I’m not a big fan of alcohol, but I enjoy a glass of wine when I go out to dinner. I don’t love desserts, but I have some if it’s one of my favorites. I drink a lot of water filled with fresh-squeezed lemon everyday and I’ve started taking powerful ginger shots from a juice bar every morning.

Cheat treat she can’t resist:
French fries.

Photo: Carlos Hidalgo

 

Giordana ‘‘Gigi’’ Spadei
Founder of De La Heart (delaheart.com), a lifestyle site of curated content and products related to beauty, fitness, health, and FASHION

On prioritizing fitness:
I’m a morning person, so I gift myself two or three hours in the morning for my wellness routine. I’m up early reading, meditating, nourishing my body and exercising. This sets the tone for my day, week and month. It provides structure and the discipline I need to move my business forward and to find time for my personal life as well.

Go-to fitness regimen:
I’ve tried everything in the book, but nothing was ever sustainable. It wasn’t until I changed my lifestyle that I really started feeling and looking my best. My current regimen is my way of life. I eliminated certain groups of food from my diet, incorporated yoga and new forms of movement to my fitness routine, and I do it every day no matter where I go.

Must-do’s and no-ways:
Must-do’s: move the body every day (yoga, Pilates, running, walking), drink lots of water, drink green juice (no fruits) daily, eat as many greens as possible, eat healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil), cook and eat at home, meditate and breathe, sleep eight to ten hours a day. No-ways: gluten, dairy, processed sugar/food, poultry.

Cheat treat she can’t resist:
Raw desserts! I love sugar. Who doesn’t?

Photo: Carlos Hidalgo

 

Vanessa Garcia
Owner and Master Certified Personal Trainer, BfitLikeVane Training Studios

On prioritizing fitness:
Understanding that fitness is a necessity, not a chore, is what allows me to make it a priority. It’s extremely easy to get into the mentality that our busy lives leave no room for self-improvement and that taking any time to work on our overall health is more of an indulgence than a need. Health is wealth and without it we truly have nothing. Fitness has also allowed me to help others accomplish what they once thought was impossible. Seeing my clients positively transform their lives is extremely gratifying, and I’m grateful to be able to witness all their hard work pay off.

Go-to fitness regimen:
I do HIIT 5 times a week (sprints, plyometrics, weight training)—the best way to burn a huge amount of calories in a short amount of time. I also incorporate Pilates twice per week.

Must-do’s and no-ways:
My must-do’s: coffee is a must! Can’t start my day without it. That first cup of coffee gives me a happy little energy boost to start my day. It’s also been proven that is great to kick off your metabolism. Grilled proteins, veggies and water are a must. I also love lentils, since they’re rich in fiber and iron. My no-way’s: I don’t drink alcohol, smoke, eat fried foods or drink soda. Those are always a no.

Cheat treat she can’t resist:
It’s very hard to resist key lime pie and pistachio ice cream.

Photo: Carlos Hidalgo

 

Nikol Kovalchuk
Fitness Model

On prioritizing fitness:
Fitness is one of the top priorities to me after my kids. Fitness is the culmination of mind, body and soul. Your health and beauty depend on fitness. When you are disciplined and exercising regularly, whether it’s for your personal life or career, you are conditioning your body for optimal performance, overall health and mental well being; to me, this is paramount in tackling life head on.

Go-to fitness regimen:
My daily regimen starts at the gym with one of my trainers. Also, weather permitting I like to do conditioning exercises outside. I also have a boxing trainer that I train with regularly. My favorite workouts usually involve lower and upper body training. I savor every opportunity I get to work on my glutes and legs, especially if it’s a workout I can squeeze in that is outdoors or on the beach. I also love riding horses in Weston with friends of mine.

Must-do’s and no-ways:
Nothing is off limits—in moderation of course. you should always treat yourself to whatever your guilty pleasure may be, life is to short not to. The most important “must do” is doing whatever you can to keep your fitness in check; that will be the foundation for a healthy and fruitful life.

Cheat treat she can’t resist:
On occasion I allow myself to indulge in protein-rich snacks, such as protein muffins.

Photo: Salomon Urraca

 

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