By Amy Moeller | April 10, 2015 | Lifestyle
We chat with some of the city’s top trainers and learn all about the foods they can’t live without, their best fitness advice, and their tips on how to get fit in time for the warmer months.
Life motto: "Be grateful. Gratitude is such a positive and powerful emotion. It is a state of being, really. When I remain grateful I simply don't have the capacity for other things that could drag me down."
Workout regimen: "I love being with riders in the stadium and I get a lot of my workouts in during classes. I also frequent Elevate Fitness and Down Dog Yoga–both are great complements to indoor cycling."
Go-to snacks: "Apples. I eat one every day!"
Cheat foods: "Peanut butter! Sometimes I think the apple is a delivery method for peanut butter."
On maintaining a healthy diet: "I’m all about fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, etc. It may take a little more work because you have to get to the market more often but, foods in their natural state are simply better."
Last-minute musts before a big event: "A good sweat the day before an event is helpful for both the mind and body."
Fitness motto: "You can do anything for 10 seconds! While I’m sure you could find an exception to this, it’s what I tell myself whenever I’m in a super-hard workout and trying to make it through! When I want to give up, I just try to push myself a little further, just for 10 more seconds."
Go-to snacks: "All about those nuts! But really, I have a MAJOR sweet tooth, so I aim to find foods with healthy fats like almonds to help temper my cravings and keep me full through a very long day."
Super food: "I mean, the cat’s out of the bag at this point, but I love augmenting a meal with avocado. Not EVERY meal mind you, but avocado instead of bacon with my eggs is a great substitute."
Totally steer clear of: "McDonald’s, Burger King, etc.; if it’s not made on-site, it’s not going in my body."
Other tips: "Everything in moderation and find healthier substitutes for your guiltiest pleasures. Going completely cold turkey for any diet plan is extremely difficult and highly unsustainable, so make it easy for yourself and go one step at a time."
Christy Skarulis and Ashley Braun, Grip the Mat
Cheat foods: Christy: "I don’t believe in cheat foods. I believe there is a special spot in my stomach made specifically for dark chocolate and mango sticky rice." Ashley: "Ice cream!"
Diet advice: Christy: "Eat whatever foods and do whatever things make you feel confident, energized, and happy. That’s it." Ashley: "Essential oils! I love dOTERRA’s line of products for sleep, energy, and fighting sickness."
In-class advice, Ashley: "We always set a specific intention before each session. This could be a physical goal such as weight loss or an emotional intention, such as patience, which gives a deeper meaning and motivation to our sessions."
Mary Margaret Byrd, Pure Barre
Cheat foods: "Mexican food and margaritas."
Advice for clients: "Stick with a workout/diet plan and you’ll see the results. Consistency is key!"
Workout regimen: "I like to exercise 5-6 days a week. Pure Barre is my main workout, it's great for slimming down and toning my muscles, but I also enjoy running with my husband when the weather is nice."
Brad Golson, Zengo Cycle
Workout regimen: "I try to workout every day, and I greatly diversify them. Throughout the week, I balance my cycling with intense cardio sessions, strength building lifting sets, or a yoga or stretching class."
Go-to snack: "I’m a big fan of smoothies. Before or after a workout with protein supplement, or to address being hungry in the middle of the afternoon, I tend to make a smoothie. I often make one in the morning and place it in the freezer at my office. When I’m tempted to walk to the candy dish during the day, I’ll get my smoothie instead."
Things you steer clear of: "I rarely consume carbonated beverages. I gave them up for Lent one year and never went back."
Other tips: "If you have unhealthy foods in the house, you will eat [them]. Commit to eating healthy for 1 or 2 weeks and you will begin to feel healthier. Once you realize the effects that eating healthy and taking care of your body can have on you, you will think twice before going back to unhealthy foods."
Anne Mahlum, solidcore
Cheat foods: "Burger and fries – I have that once every 4-6 weeks."
Life motto: “You get to choose again. We always think we are going to choose wrong when we make a big decision and we convince ourselves that we will be stuck if it’s the wrong decision. That stops people from quitting their job, traveling the world, moving, etc. If something doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to, you get to choose again."
Workout regimen: "I do solidcore 5 times a week, I walk about 12-14 hours and I run for about 5 hours. More importantly than getting hung up on working out is living an active life and moving your body."
Healthy favorites: "I eat a lot of good fats: natural peanut butter, avocados, eggs, cheese, and, of course other veggies and fruits. I used to obsess over everything I ate and I weighed 15 pounds more than I do now when I was doing that. I now focus on eating real food and staying away from processed food. But, if I want a bowl of cereal or chips, I’ll allow myself to have it. May be cliché, but moderation is key."
Steer Clear of… "Soda–diet, regular–you name it. It is full of chemicals and crap and empty calories. Seltzer is a great alternative."
Getting fit: "If you are struggling to work out, trust me that you just have to get yourself motivated for 30 days doing something you love, you’ll find good habits forming and you’ll start to crave movement. The more you obsess about how you look, what to eat and not to eat, the more stress you put on your body and the more your body will hold on to weight. Additionally, if you think you’re going to get the body you want by doing the elliptical machine for 30 minutes a day, you’ll be waiting forever. You have to focus on resistance training to build muscle and burn fat. [solidcore] has helped to drastically change my body, and many others."
Lisa Boccuzzi, SoulCycle
Cheat foods: "The list is long, but French fries will always be my favorite. Also the homemade pop tarts from Ted's Bulletin."
Super food: "Kale: all day, every day."
On getting you best self ready: "Leading up to a big event, I'll start to get my sleep schedule in check. Though we don't often make it a priority, getting enough sleep is so important in looking/feeling your best."
In-class advice: "To get through a SoulCycle class everyone has to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. At SoulCycle, we don't have different "levels" of classes, so I always make sure new riders know to listen to their own body, and take class at their own pace."
PHOTOGRAPHY VIA FLYWHEEL (GREGG PITTS)