Thursday, December 3, 2009
I've created a low impact chair workout for seniors you may enjoy:
Sit'n Fit is a chair workout. Seniors who have limitations can still be mobile without the added stress of back strain, arthritic pain or the possibility of falling.
While in a chair, march in place and increase your heart rate for cardio vascular conditioning.
Use resistabands for muscle conditioning - by placing the elastic band under your feet and holding it in place, you can:
1. curl your arms up and down to work biceps.
2. Tilt your body forward a bit and press back with arms to do triceps extensions.
3. Or, you can open your arms up and out to the sides to do shoulder flys.
4. Press them overhead and do shoulder presses.
5. Straddling the chair and twisting your torsos will help improve core strength.
There are actually a myriad of exercises you can do in a chair. Feel free to post questions or add your own exercises!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thank you to all who got up early to shake their colitas with me on Thanksgiving morning for my annual Mambo Mania fundraiser!
The class was very energetic and I am so glad to have had you all there to burn some calories and support the Concern Foundation. Hope the rest of your weekend was amazing! See you at Mambo class soon.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Make a preemptive strike on those Thanksgiving dinner calories with Clarita's Annual Thanksgiving Marathon Class! Come get a great workout and support a great cause. All donations from the morning class will go to the Concern Foundation which researches children's cancer. So bring those bells and a $10 donation and come feel good with us Thanksgiving morning at 9am.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Finally, I have great news for my clients and all of you -- the demand for dance is BACK and becoming popularly known as "retro aerobics!" You can read more about it on AOL's that's fit, but in a nutshell, more and more gyms across the country are offering a variety of dance-aerobics classes. People are revisiting the classics, like my friend Kathy Smith's first aerobic videos from the 1980s (check out her classics now available on DVD). I have always believed in dancing as a workout and have based my career around it. I can't think of a better way to sculpt your entire body and ignite your metabolism -- all while having an absolute blast! This is a trend that I've been committed to my entire life, and I'm thrilled to see America embracing a form of movement that not only shapes your body, but lifts your spirits too. So, let your hair down and take my Mambo Mania class or update your dance/aerobic video collections with one of my Mambo Mania dvds! Let's party towards our personal best!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Many of you expressed interest in staying in touch for more dance moves and choreography, which I am now getting to work on. Please visit my blog (or subscribe) and I’ll post more info, videos and iTunes playlists as they become available. I look forward to your ideas and feedback too, so please leave comments or email me anytime.
See you at class,
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
• When eating out, ask for "to go" containers. Also, don't be afraid to ask for substitutions. Take control!
• When leaving the house for long periods, plan ahead: pack a lunch or necessary snacks.
• If you know you’re going to have to rely on fast food, study your options before you get there. Most fast food chains have web sites that list nutritional information.
• Carry meal replacements such as food bars with you when you’re away from home.
• When you go grocery shopping, shop the perimeter of the market first—that’s where you’ll find the fresh, lower calorie foods.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
If you don't have the time to do the full scale workout, I've broken down this program into individual chapters so you can elect to do the cardio sequences one day, the Yoga sequences the next day and the muscle conditioning sequences another.
Experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise (like brisk walks) most days of the week for improved health but-even 15 minutes a day has proven to help reduce the risk of obesity. A recent study known as The Bristol University Children of the 90's simply increased activity levels of 12 yr olds for only 15 minutes a day and showed a 50% reduction in obesity in boys and 40% in girls.
The key is regularity more than intensity or duration. Once you create a habit of daily exercise, your chances of increasing the intensity and duration drastically improves -and, so does the probability of a leaner, healthier, stronger body.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Mambo Mania was recently reviewed on Self.com by Janene Mascarella. (We love her and you should follow her on Twitter!) She writes about something many women struggle with, pregnancy weight.
This mother of two gained 187 lbs over the course of her two pregnancies and she was able to loose all of it, but 20lbs. So in the spirit of being a mother, she decided she needed to shake what her momma gave her with Mambo Mania (and a few other worldly workouts) in order to lose the weight.
Now, 20 lbs lighter Janene is looking sexier than ever and is probably a better dancer too!
Check out the article yourSelf and if you have a success story, share it with me! And if you're not having success, email me with your challenges, I am sure I can help you figure out the ideal routine for you.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
L.A.'s Splash Magazine featured my Mambo Mania DVDs in the Healthy & Beauty section of its Holiday Gift Guide 2008!
I know the Holidays feel like they were yesterday, but keep the Mambo Mania DVDs in mind for Valentines Day. They make a hot gift for everyone who can't come see me at Personal Best!
Check out the Splash Review below.
Mambo Mania Fitness DVDs
Description: Fitness expert and dancer, Clarita, offers two great fitness videos. Flex'n Strectch'n Pump'n DVD is a comprehensive, 60-minute full-body conditioning program that incorporates strength training, yoga/Pilates and Latin dance moves. Pulsating and upbeat contemporary music keeps audiences motivated and coming back for more! The Original Mambo Mania DVD is a 30-minute cardio workout packed full of traditional Latin music and moves, teaching audiences basic Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue and Salsa steps. Clarita uses a classic aerobic format in this bilingual workout, leaving audiences ready for the dance floor and, sí, able to count hasta 8 en español!
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Price: $9.95 to $19.95