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MOTIVATE TRAINER | Holly K

How did you find Lagree Fitness and why does it resonate with you?

When I moved to Los Angeles from Dallas I bounced around ALL of the local studios trying to find the most effective thing! And I mean ALL of them. I was trying to get in shape for my wedding and was also just loving all the different options out here. I'm pretty sure I did every 30 day trial in my area. When I finally got around to trying my first Lagree class - I was so nervous!! I had never been on the machines before and found them pretty intimidating. That first class was such a shock and totally killer to say the least, but I loved the challenge. I knew I had finally found something that was fun, went by quickly, and was going to actually give me results.
 
How would you describe your teaching style? 

Encouraging, but tough! I want everyone to leave feeling accomplished and like they got the MOST out of their time. I also am ALL about working on the core.

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What's your favorite post-workout nosh? 

Protein shakes really speed up your results! I always try to have a protein shake within 30 minutes following a tough class. My favorite “go-to" is Reserveage Vanilla Whey Protein Powder, frozen bananas (they make all the difference!), cacao powder, coconut oil, almonds, and almond milk. Literally tastes like a Wendy’s frosty. If you’re into that kind of thing…it’s pretty awesome!
 
If you were to give one workout tip to your clients, what would it be? 

Be kind to yourself, but stick with it!! Everyone has days where they feel stronger than others, but as long as you keep coming and get yourself to class the results will follow! My mom used to always say, “A year from now you will wish you had started a year ago!"

HEALTH HACKS | Is winter dehydration a thing?

It's colder outside, and you may not feel thirsty, but did you know dehydration can happen just as easily in the winter as it can in the hot summer months?  As you move about in the cold, you may not be sweating, but water vapor is still being lost through your breath!

Winter is also a common time that we tend to exercise less and eat more.  When hydrated, you body is better able to break down body fat for energy and your appetite is better controlled.  Also, if your body does not get enough water, it will hold onto the water it already has; so hydration will help prevent water retention! 

Feeling thirsty is your body's signal that it's close to becoming dehydrated.  Another indication is the color of your urine (kinda gross, I know).  If it's not clear or light-colored, you need more water!  There are many viewpoints on how much water a day is enough.  Some say it's good to drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, each day.  If you're exercising (which you should be!) then you'll need more!

If a tall glass of ice water on a chilly day is not your thing, herbal teas are a great alternative!  Adding low-calorie/low-sodium flavors to your water is great too!  A squeeze of lemon juice or a few slices of cucumber can make getting enough water a lot easier.

Drink up! 

HEALTH HACKS | The Perfect Energy Snack!

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As you may have noticed, I love foods that combine healthy fats, carbs, and protein!  These flavorful bites combine dates, peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil!

Dates have anti-inflammatory properties, are great for digestion, boost brain health, and are a great source of ENERGY!  Raw honey, also a great source of energy, has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.  Coconut oil can help regulate metabolism, boost your immune system, and can help fight candida (hello post-Halloween candy binge).  And peanut butter, because everything is better with peanut butter!

Energy Date Bites

3 cups dates (remove the pits)

1 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup raw, organic honey

3/4 cup organic smooth peanut butter

2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Throw everything except half of the shredded coconut into a food processor or blender. Once combined and smooth, form the mixture into 1/2" balls and roll into the shredded coconut.  These are best kept in the refrigerator.

DONE. 

ENJOY!