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Although we are still under construction you will find some pretty impressive changes!

>Shopping is easier with our new cart system.

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On the links above enjoy the SoFlaJo Shop experience with over 50 of our brand nail polishes in stock. The Workouts link gives you unlimited access to free exercise videos. Our Blog link keeps you updated on all the current news from us! The Blogger News take you to reviews and swatches of our products.

More changes will be rolling out soon. But for now we are ready to start with these as our favorite season descends upon us!

Let us know how you think we’ve done!

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Wake Up & Workout!

Join me for a new series of posts! My job “in real life” is a Personal Trainer and a Fitness Instructor. I have a tab on this site for Workouts, but you’ve told me that following written workouts can be difficult. So I’ve started recording my classes and I’ll be posting snippets of them on here. These are my actual classes so you’ll see a different perspective than watching TV workouts. I tell my students we’re there for fun and I’m just throwing in a workout with it! I hope my posts will make you want to get up and join us!

So Wake Up & Workout!

So – how’d you do? Will we see you again? I see you nodding!

🙂

Jody

 

 

Your NEXT Full Body Workout!

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Here’s your Next Workout ~

Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music!

Start Now!!!

 

 

Grab those dumbbells (NOT your husband) and lean slightly forward at the hips. Do 20 triceps kickbacks (hold the weights at  your shoulders and moving ONLY at the elbows, straighten your arms, then return fists to shoulder height). After completing 20 reps move on to triceps extensions (hands together overhead start with elbows bent, then straighten elbows, return to bent elbow position for one count).

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Move on the biceps! Start with 20 reverse curls (arms straight, palms facing toward your body and bend only at the elbows. Your palms will be facing away from your body when your fists are at the top of the movement.) Move on to  20 regular curls (arms straight, palms facing away from your body and bend only at the elbows).

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Lunge backwards and alternate legs for 20 reps.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Bend slightly at the hips for deadlifts, arms straight holding weights, and bend over till your back is straight, keeping your neck in alignment with your back. Stand up straight and bend again for 10 reps. At the 10th rep, stay bent over and pull your elbows back (squeezing your shoulder blades and your back muscles [lats] just below the blades) for 10 bent-over rows. At the 10th row repeat 10 deadlifts, at the 10th deadlift repeat 10 rows.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Put your arms in goal post position with a weight in each hand and extend straight up for 20 shoulder presses.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Lay on a mat or a bench with a weight in each hand and with your elbows bent at your sides and push straight up over your chest for 20 chest presses.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Perform 50 reps of ab crunches in 3 different positions (raising at your shoulders, raising both your knees and your shoulders, alternating elbows to knees, etc.).

Now how do your feel? You did a great job! Don’t forget to stretch and come back here for other workouts by clicking on my WORKOUT TAB

Foie Gras to Mardi Gras, It’s All Debauchery

I love Fat Tuesday. If you’ve ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or the Islands for Carnivale, you’ll understand. The costumes. The colors. The floats. The beads. The parades. The people. The parties. It’s really fun. It’s really colorful. It’s really crazy. Of course the meaning behind it is all religious, but be in one of the famous carnival cities leading up to and during the celebrations, and you won’t care what the reason behind all the raunchiness is, you’ll just know you want to go back again and again!

 

So in honor of Mardi Gras, I’ve got a cute little mani I did last night. I admit. I did steal the idea. But I put my own spin on it. I talked with Danielle, because as great as her idea looked, I was worried about the goopiness factor of the glitter. She said that yes indeed it was a little thick. She wasn’t kidding! So I’m including her picture on the left and mine on the right and explaining the differences.  For those that know me they KNOW my FAVE colors are purple and green so of course Mardi Gras colors are my favorite colors.

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Danielle used Milani Gold Lame as her base coat and topped it with the Color Club Scent-sous Sugar Plum Yum that came out around Christmas. I told her how much I liked these polishes together. She said that irl the gold polish crinkled up under the CC glitter. Gasp! But it still looks really good to me! Idk if she used base coats or top coats.

For my mani I used a base coat of Zoya Anchor. My color base coat is one coat of Sinful Colors This Is It. After drying I put on a coat of SC Frenzy. After drying I applied a coat of SC Call You Later. After letting that all dry I coated with one application of CC Sugar Plum Yum. I tried carefully using the glitter so I could get it over the entire nail and not in little clumps. That was a bit of a challenge. Some places are definitely more dense than others. My final coat is Zoya Armor. I ended up putting two coats of that on. I didn’t use Gelous in between because I didn’t feel these glitters were too bad and didn’t require that extra coat of glitter tamer. I like the little bits of small glitter showing through the big pieces of glitter. What do you think about the two looks of this very similar mani?

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Since I had a training class today I wanted to enjoy some fun with them for Mardi Gras. So I took a bunch of beads that I bought at Dollar Tree and before we started I threw them out to the group. It was a lot of fun since we spent the first half hour dancing for our cardio and everyone was laughing and happy about getting their beads. I always hand out a small token for each holiday. Last week for Valentine’s Day they got cute little hearts with mazes in them and a little bb that you had to move through the maze. Since most of them are in the group to watch their weight, I don’t usually hand out candy and they really appreciate that I don’t sabotage what they are there for! See the beads on the floor? And maybe you can see some of them still have them on while doing crunches before class ended. I like my fitness classes and training groups to have fun with their workouts. It makes it that much easier to keep up their goals of exercising and getting/staying healthy!

We finished up tonight in a very un-Mardi Gras type restaurant and went to one of our favorite Chinese places. Mom and I were probably a sight with our Mardi Gras beads and colors! I hope you had fun today (and tonight), too. So what did you do to celebrate this last day before Lent, and do you practice this religious tradition?

 

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ALL ABOUT ABS!

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Here’s your Next Workout ~

Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music!

Start Now!!!

 

Today it’s ALL ABOUT ABS!

Lay in a supine position (on your back) on your mat, knees bent, feet and knees together. Grab your heaviest weight by the heads (one hand on either side of the knob) and put it behind your head, about half way up your skull. Keep it there as you do 50 Crunches. If working out is new to you, start with AT LEAST 10 Crunches.

After your first set, AND NO REST IN BETWEEN, pick up your feet and touch your elbow to your opposite knee, kicking your foot out in between, till you’ve done 50 opposing Crunches. Again doing AT LEAST 10 if you are a beginner.

!!!NO BREAKS!!!

Set down the heavy weight and grab the lighter weight. SAME EXERCISE! 50 Crunches with the weight behind your head.

Go on to the next set of exercises of opposite elbows and knees.

!!!NO BREAKS!!!

Set down the weight and put your hands behind your head. SAME EXERCISE! 50 Crunches. Do NOT pull on your head, let it lay back in your hands (like laying on a pillow).

Go on to the next set of exercises of opposite elbows and knees.

 

NOW you can stretch out your arms and legs, pointing your hands and fingers over your head and lengthening your legs and pointing your toes.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS

 

Turn over onto your stomach (prone position), lay flat and pull your hands behind your back and grasp your hands together as you count slowly to 20. Release, go into Child’s Pose (sitting on your heels, arms stretched out in front, forehead to the mat).

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

 

Turn on your side. Hands behind your head, knees slightly bent. Lift your elbow toward your hip for a count of 25 THEN reach your hand to your ankle as you lift your ankle to your hand for another count of 25. Remember NOT to pull on your head!

Repeat this exercise on your other side.

 

Back onto your stomach. Stretch out flat again lift yourself with into a plank position, either on your hands and toes, hands and knees (butt DOWN), elbows and toes, or elbows and knees (butt DOWN). Hold for a slow count of 20, up to 60.

Again go into childs pose, sitting on your heels, arms stretched over your head, forehead to the floor.

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times.

 

And ONE MORE TIME on your back!

 

Knees bent, feet and knees close together, bring your knees up toward your chest as you rock your chest to your knees and knees to your chest for 50 crunches. I call this my dead bug crunch as it looks like a bug curling together to me when you touch them (for those of you that know what pill bugs do!).

 

Good job, good job, good job! Stretch it out, point those fingers and toes. Suck your abs in and up. Know roll your knees up to your chest, wrap your arms around them and rock side to side a few times. Stop in the center and pull both legs straight up, grab them with your hands and pull them to your face, stretching your back a little more.

Bend your knees, put your feet on the floor, and drop your knees open in a butterfly groin stretch. You can flutter your knees if you’d like. Roll up and sit cross legged. Breathe in deep as you sweep your arms up and blow out as your sweep your arms down. Do this 2 more times as you suck your abs in and up.

Put your right palm on the floor and reach toward the ceiling with your left hand. Hold for a few seconds. Put your left palm on the floor and reach your right hand toward the ceiling and hold for a few seconds. Now reach around to the right, put your hands on your butt and look over your right shoulder. Hold for a few seconds. Switch to the left.

Return to center. Breathe in deep as you sweep your arms up and blow out as your sweep your arms down. Do this 2 more times as you suck your abs in and up. Do not turn your body but look over your right shoulder. Return to center. Look over your left shoulder. Return to center. Drop your right ear to your right shoulder and gently but optionally pull down on it with your right hand. Return to center and repeat on the left.

Deep breath in. Reach to the ceiling. Suck your abs in and up. Repeat 3 times and GIVE ME A HIGH FIVE!!! Great Job! Can’t wait till we do this again. How about you? Havin’ fun yet! 🙂

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Pump It Up!

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Here’s your Next Workout ~

Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music!

Start Now!!!

20 reps Dumbell Biceps Curls

20 reps Behind the Back Shoulder Shrugs

20 reps Overhead Triceps Extensions

20 reps Reverse Flyes

 Repeat your workout THREE times!

 20 reps Deadlifts

20 reps Plie Squats

 Repeat your workout THREE times!

Then get a drink.

On the Floor or a Bench ~

20 reps Chest Flyes

Repeat your workout THREE times!

50 Crunches – Hands behind your head, don’t pull on your neck

50 Crunches – Hands behind your head, don’t pull on your neck

50 Crunches – Hands behind your head, don’t pull on your neck

 On Your Feet!

Grab your resistance band. Hold a handle in each hand and shorten the band till it is only about a foot in length and hold it in front of your eyes. Concentrate on your long lat muscles (back muscles) and pull the band down to chest height while barely stretching the band.

Do 20 reps and Repeat your workout THREE Times!

Stretch it out, make sure you Drink Plenty of Water, and get some Protein in you to repair those muscles!

It’s getting easier isn’t it?! Keep it up and workout like this 3 times a week. The rest of the week, walk, skate, swim, just DO SOMETHING and MOVE, MOVE, MOVE! XO

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NEW YOU CHALLENGE – Broward General Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Today was Day 2 of the New You Challenge at Broward General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. My team, The Lunch Club, meets twice weekly for 30 minutes of intense cardio and strength training with me at the Wellness Center Gym. We are one of 5 teams in the Challenge and I intend to win this competition!

My team is the largest with 2 girls and 3 guys. Robin is a a real competitor and puts her all into it. Mary Beth has determination and is working hard toward her goals. Don likes to slack if he can get away with it, but that ain’t happening here Buddy! Mike found out the first day of the challenge I’m not gonna let him slide on his strong legs. His upper body is gonna feel the burn! Jim is our ringleader! He’s at the gym in the morning to do cardio on his own and comes back to work with me. And his wife makes him walk with her. This guy is gonna have a healthy heart to go with the kind one he already has!

I really like my team and they all get along great with each other. That’s what’s gonna make them successful and win this competition. Good health is the fountain of youth. And keeping your body fit will allow you to do more things in your life. I’m a firm believer in making the fitness part of it fun so everybody will want to move and do something physical everyday. Whether it’s my classes or my clients, I want them to want to come back to me. Crazy is as crazy does! 🙂

Here’s my team! I love all of them! Robin, Jim, MaryBeth, Mike, Don. Go get ’em gang!

New You Challenge Team - The Lunch Club

Get Your Butt Up Off That Couch!!!

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Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music.

Start Now!!!

50 reps of Dumbell Curls
30 Underarm Rows (arms down by your side, palms face in, bring your weights up under your arms)
30 Triceps Extensions over your head
30 Plie Squats holding your weights on your legs
30 Deadlifts
20 Reverse Flyes

Get a drink, repeat your workout.
Do this THREE times!

10 Floor pushups (or 20 Wall pushups)
Do this THREE Times!

Need a drink yet?

Grab your Resistance Band, put it Under your Left Foot, Grab the Handle with Both Hands, Bend down then bring it Across your body and over your right shoulder in a Reverse Wood Chop. Repeat with the band under your right foot going toward the left side of your body.
Do this THREE Times on EACH Side!

Drink some water then hit the floor on your Mat (put your towel on your mat).

50 Crunches
Turn on your stomach for 20 Planks
Turn on your side for 25 Hand to Ankle Crunches
Turn Over on your other side for 25 Hand to Ankle Crunches

Stretch it out, make sure you Drink Plenty of Water, and get some Protein in you to repair those muscles!

DAMN FINE WORKOUT TODAY! Y’all should be really proud of yourselves! We’re gonna have more fun again tomorrow!! XO