Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New U LUXURY Products from UNITE

Suitable for all hair types, even color-treated hair, the newest additions to the U LUXURY collection – a decadently formulated healing shampoo and conditioner enriched with Crushed Pearls, Organic White Honey and Pure Argan Oil. Derived from freshwater pearls, Crushed Pearl has long been renowned for its healing powers and has been used in ancient medicinal treatments around the world. Rich in calcium, magnesium and amino acids, it delivers the essential minerals that nutrient-deprived hair craves.  Rare and utterly exquisite in texture, Organic Hawaiian White Honey is harvested from a single forest of Kiawe trees, and is celebrated for its intensely moisturizing benefits. 

U LUXURY Shampoo A luscious blend of hydrating, protective Crushed Pearl, fortifying Hawaiian White Honey, softening Pure Argan  Oil and gentle, Coconut-derived cleansers, this sulfate and paraben-free shampoo provides a creamy lather that doesn’t strip hair of moisture or cause buildup. Developed with Panthenol, a botanical extract rich in Vitamin B, it adds vivid shine and weightless volume to hair, while strengthening and invigorating it.
How to use: Apply to wet hair, lather, rinse and repeat as necessary. Follow with U LUXURY Conditioner.

U LUXURY Conditioner: This rich, creamy conditioner features a potent fusion of Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan Oil, in addition to deeply nourishing Shea Butter, and Apple, Orange, Lemon and Sugar Cane extracts, which seal the hair cuticle to lock in moisture. Hair is left looking fuller and shinier and feeling softer and smoother. 
How to use: Apply from roots to ends. Leave in for 1-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Favorite Indulgences

I just adore this time of year!  I love everything about the holidays — lavishly decorated window displays, twinkle lights,  festive music, holiday parties (and stylish party attire!) and shopping for the perfect gifts for my friends and family.  And, like most of you, it seems that I'm busy running from one event to another with scarcely a moment to relax!  That's no way to enjoy the holiday season.  So when I start to feel a bit frazzled, I turn to my favorite indulgence:  a cozy chair, a glossy magazine and a cup of steaming hot cocoa. (I can honestly say that I look forward to these moments almost as much as opening gifts on Christmas morning!)

I've recently discovered something that makes it even easier for me to enjoy my favorite indulgence: Café Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa.  It is rich, delicious and positively decadent!  We die-hard chocolate lovers know that dark is definitely the way to go. Café Escapes are available in K-Cup Packs for easy brewing in my Keurig® brewing system.  Just pop one in, press the  brew button and voilà!  Immediate gratification.

Since I am not much of a coffee drinker, I love that Café Escapes has two scrumptious chocolate flavors: Creamy Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa.  They are so rich and flavorful  the perfect treat on a cold blustery day. There is also an exquisite Chai Latte that is out of this world.  The perfect blend of cinnamon and spices, mingled with a splash of milky sweetness.

Now you've got a chance to indulge yourself!  Green Mountain is hosting a Facebook Sweeps.  There is a daily prize (2 winners a day, Monday - Friday) of an indulgent spa gift basket which includes a luxury robe, slippers, vanilla scented candle, wooden hand massager and a soft luxurious blanket.

 In addition to the daily prizes, they're giving away a grand prize ever week (a total of 6):  a spa getaway weekend in San Diego or Atlanta!  This prize offers round-trip coach airfare for you and a guest from the major airport closest to your home to Atlanta, GA or San Diego, CA, plus two nights accomodation at La Costa Resort & Spa or Chateau Elan, a rental car and $800 to use towards the spa.

For more information and to enter visit: https://www.facebook.com/CafeEscapes?fref=ts

Cafe Escapes is the brand of hot, flavored indulgent beverages that provide you an everyday treat and a chance to relax and savor a moment of your day, whether at home or at work.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

Friday, December 07, 2012

WOOT! It's the tarte Friends & Family Sale! STOCK UP NOW!

Seriously, this is the BEST sale of the year!  30% off with the code FFDEC.  This INCLUDES holiday items!! Now is the time to stock up on all your tarte faves!

Receive 30% OFF any purchase plus Free Shipping on your purchase of $40 & up!  Use code FFDEC at checkout.  Expires December 13th.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

It's a Lash Mob at Sephora Times Square!

Tomorrow is the day for you  to be one of the first 100 people to enter Sephora Times Square this Friday, December 7th and walk away with a Sephora gift card up to $100 and also receive a luscious lash makeover courtesy of Too Faced’s latest lash innovation…Better Than False Lashes!!

This is no ordinary mascara—it’s a lash miracle and you can experience it firsthand! Too Faced Pro’s will be on site from 10am – 5pm dramatically enhancing lashes, giving tutorials, etc.! 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Be the First to Try Vidal Sassoon's NEW Pro Series!

-- Perfected by Experts; Priced Affordably for Real Life Style --

Fifty years after Vidal Sassoon revolutionized the fashion and beauty industry with his iconic haircuts and unique approach to styling, P&G Beauty is launching Vidal Sassoon Pro Series. This brand new hair color, care and styling line is inspired by Sassoon’s desire for “everybody to have good hair,” bringing salon-inspired haircare to all at an affordable, “vintage” price ($2.49-8.99).  

Perfected by experts, Vidal Sassoon Pro Series upholds Sassoon’s philosophy with five care and styling collections and at-home color kits that help women easily care for and maintain their beautiful hair at home. While the full line does not hit stores until January, an exclusive online pre-sale began on December 1st, and you can be among the first to try it!

Simple and personalized were two of Vidal Sassoon’s key principles when it came to hair care and style, and the same applies to Vidal Sassoon Pro Series. Based on hair care needs, the line offers five care and styling sub-collections, plus one styling and finishing collection to provide women with everything that they need to personalize and create effortlessly beautiful looks at home:

·         Color Collection: Features advanced P&G technology to help seal, protect and hydrate color-treated hair while providing shine.
o    Collection includes: Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, Color Protect Spray, Color Gloss Crème
·         Moisture Collection: Fights humidity and delivers a correct moisture and hydration balance.
o    Collection includes: Moisture Lock Shampoo and Conditioner, One Minute Mask
·         Repair Collection: Helps repair signs of damage and protect against future damage.
o    Collection includes: Restoring Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, Heat Protect & Shine Spray, Repair & Finish Spray, One Minute Mask
·         Volume Collection: Adds volume to hair, while protecting hair from premature breakage.
o    Collection includes: Boost & Lift Shampoo and Conditioner, Boost & Lift Hairspray, Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse
·         Smooth Collection: Hydrates hair while minimizing frizz.
o    Collection includes: Extreme Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, Extreme Smooth Combing Crème
·         Styling & Finishing Collection: Provides up to 24 hours of hold for personalized styles that last.
o    Collection includes: Flexible and Extra Firm Hold Hairspray; Extra Firm Hold Mousse; Mega Firm Hold Gel

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series new permanent color kit delivers long-lasting, affordable color in the convenience of your home.  The exclusive VS PrecisionMix™ formula is mixed to calibrate the right blend of pigments, incorporating salon expertise into every box. The result is precise color with 100% grey coverage. The VS HydraBlock™ Color Preserving Conditioner coats each strand to help prevent fade out and keep the color vibrant. The color collection is available in 18 exceptionally vibrant, permanent color shades that provide 100% grey coverage and long-lasting color.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series is available in January 2013 at a suggested retail price of $2.49-$8.99 at mass retailers nationwide.

Be the first to try Vidal Sassoon Pro Series at our exclusive pre-sale NOW!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Your chance to become a Glam Tastemaker!

Become a member of the Glam Tastemaker Panel! Glam Tastemakers is an exclusive community where trendsetters like you are invited to share your opinions to help shape our brands. Through periodically answering short surveys, you will help influence the offerings, services and creative of Glam brands and our advertising partners. As a thank you, members will have access to exclusive content, samples, discounts and more! 

As a member of Glam Tastemakers, you will be given exclusive access to content, creative, and samples that are not available to the general public. You’ll influence the influencers and be the first among your friends to learn about new brand initiatives. Join now and help shape the future of Glam!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All I Want For Christmas is...BOOTS!

The weather outside is getting pretty frightful, which definitely puts me in the mood for toasty warm footwear!  Check out a few of my favorite holiday finds from Sundance Catalog!

Out of Alaska comes the snowmobile reincarnated as fleece lined sneakers, sporting waterproof uppers of leather and wool with bright, fat, all-terrain soles.  The perfect footwear choice for running errands in the snow!  The Mackenzie Snow Slip-on By Sorel®

A favorite newly re-minted, exquisite leather with a statuesque hidden wedge platform that’s stable and comfy. Lugged rubber sole.  Perfect fashion find for winter weather!  The Joan of Arctic Wedge by Sorel 

Sleekly stunning knee boots, inspired by vintage equestrian footwear, are finished with natural leather lacing on lightly distressed leather. Unlined, partial zip and leather sole.  The Hyde Park Boot.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Shu Uemura ups the ante on holiday savings!

  • 25% off plus free shipping on orders of $90 or more
  • Now until November 27th, 2012 11:59PM PST.
  • Promo Code: SHU25

Stock up for holiday gift giving!!

Save 25% OFF*, plus receive a deluxe sample with any order and free shipping with any $40 purchase. Use code CYBER at checkout.

Cyber Monday Offering from Thymes - TODAY ONLY!

As many eager shoppers log on to receive virtual steals and deals this year, Thymes will give away a FREE Frasier Fir Candle with any order placed of $50. Decorated with pine needles and enclosed in a clear cello bag tied with a festive red ribbon, this candle’s value is $17 and is a limited edition for Cyber Monday only.

Thymes is dedicated to enhancing the quality of your daily life through the transformative power of fragrance.  Check out some of the fabulous gift ideas at Thymes! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Honest Company Products Introduces New Lip Balm Trio!

Women's most trusted product essentials brand - The Honest Company - is expanding their chic, effective and always 100% non-toxic product line with a brand new organic lip balm trio.

Three distinctly delightful organic lip balms providing naturally enriching, nourishing, and soothing lip care for the whole family! Gentle for kids, luxurious and indulgent for moms and dads. Each set comes with one soothing and refreshing Lavender Mint, warm Sweet Orange Vanilla and Purely Simple to bring extra gentle relief.

Use it daily for happy, healthy lips and with the confident to know that you aren't putting any synthetic ingredients or flavors in or on your body!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Benefits of Pomegranate for Winter Skin

November is officially National Pomegranate Month; and what better way to celebrate the powerhouse antioxidant rich fruit than to utilize its benefits in all aspects of your life? From healthy, beautiful skin to lower stress levels, the pomegranate is a valuable resource in helping jumpstart your complexion and your mood.

Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, shows us six ways pomegranates can help your skin look younger and your body feel healthier.

  1. Build Youth Back into Your Skin
Summer berries aren’t the only way to get your antioxidant fix. The pomegranate, a winter fruit, has powerful antioxidants that assist in the cellular renewal process and help cells stay plump with water. It also boosts anti-aging agents, helping to maintain skin’s collagen levels, and fights oxidative stress that ages us internally and externally. You can eat pomegranate to reap the benefits but also look for topical products that contain Pomegranate Extract to help fight free radical damage and promote overall skin health.

  1. Decrease Inflammation
Winter weather is known to inflict a mild inflammatory reaction in exposed skin, like the face and hands. Studies have shown that Pomegranate Extract significantly reduces the activity of proteins that cause inflammation. It also reduces the production of pro-inflammatory compounds produced by cells isolated from cartilage.

  1. Increase Your Oxygen Intake
Exercise is great way to increase oxygen flow. However, the cold winter weather can make it challenging to get daily exercise. Research shows that eating organic pomegranate seeds and drinking pure pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart and skin cells, making the skin look fresh and smooth--without having to hit the gym!

  1. Minimize Cultural Stress
Don’t let the winter blues and the pressures of the holidays send you over the edge. A study found that having pomegranate juice every day resulted in lower stress hormones and a reduction in blood pressure, which leads to healthier, happier skin. Volunteers in the study reported feeling less distressed and more enthusiastic in their general well-being after consuming pomegranate juice.

  1. Boost Your Natural SPF
Many people think that sun damage is only prevalent during summer months, yet the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage skin even through overcast weather. One of the most important foods to combat sun damage is pomegranate, which contain polyphenols, like ellagic acid. Murad’s clinical trials show roughly a 25% improvement in SPF when a pomegranate extract supplement is added to a diet because it boosts natural sunscreen levels. If topical sunscreen also contains pomegranate extract, there is an additional improvement in SPF by 20%. Studies have also shown the application of pomegranate to the skin minimizes the risk of developing skin cancer.

  1. Help Banish Breast Cancer
Murad recently partnered with City of Hope to help raise funds for breast and women’s cancers research, education and treatment. So it only makes sense that the internationally acclaimed hospital would find the pomegranate to be as amazing of a superfruit as Murad did. City of Hope researchers identified six chemicals in the pomegranate that suppress aromatase — a substance in the body that helps produce estrogen. About 70 percent of breast cancers need estrogen to grow, so pomegranate is a prime candidate as a breast-cancer-blocking super food. Other scientists have also detected two substances in the fruit with the potential to fight both colon cancer and diabetes.

CHROMATICgallerie - New Colors & Heel Heights!

Ready to rock the holiday season in style?  CHROMATICgallerie has officially expanded their collection of fun and colorful 2" and 3" pumps to include a 4" heel! To celebrate this momentous occasion the collection has also released a variety of great new colors in leather, suede and patent.

From Lemon Meringue to Scarlet Fever and Barrier Reef Blue this collection has color options for every outfit. And with each pair retailing for only $88 why not get one to match each?

Plus, with each pair of shoes being completely customizable this collection is empowering girls everywhere with the power of CHOICE by allowing you be the hands on designer of your perfect dream shoes. With other shoe lines where there was one heel height, CHROMATICgallerie now has three to choose from. Where there was no wiggle room, they have multiple widths to match your feet (Narrow/Medium/Wide). Where there was sore feet, they have cushioned insoles. And where there was bland, they have a rainbow of custom-created hues all viewable at: http://bit.ly/MJturN

What are you waiting for? Get to the CHROMATICgallerie website and create your dream shoes! http://bit.ly/MNj3Yd

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Nature's Gate Sweepstakes!

In honor of the brand’s 40th Anniversary, Nature’s Gate is hosting a sweepstakes on their Facebook page for the ENTIRE month of November. 40 lucky contestants will receive over $40 worth of assorted Nature’s Gate products! CLICK HERE to enter and please find all details/rules below and good luck! 

·         Entry period:  Nov 1 – Nov 30

·         Must “like” Nature's Gate Facebook page to enter

·         Prize:  over $40 worth of assorted Nature’s Gate products

·         Number of winners:  40.  Winners chosen at random

·         1 entry/person but entrant can get additional entries by sharing the link provided after entering.   Additional entries will be rewarded for every friend that enters using the link.

Little Black Bag - your go-to source for style!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Give Your Winter Weary Skin a Boost with Brazilian Peel

With winter weather finally here to stay it's a good time to prep your skin for those cold blustery days ahead.  The Brazilian Peel is the perfect skincare kit to give your skin a fresh start.

The Brazilian Peel was honored as one of Allure Magazine’s 2010 Best Beauty Breakthrough. With 30 percent glycolic acid, it delivers a concentration of this powerful ingredient five times stronger than other peel products available on retail shelves. This product will not cause redness, and is dermatologist tested to be safe, gentle, and non-irritating. It is cruelty free and has never been tested on animals.  

The patented, self-neutralizing Brazilian Peel firms and tones skin, and reduces fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and uneven skintone, while helping you maintain a radiant, youthful complexion. It hastens cell regeneration and restores skins’ collagen building function, and increases the effectiveness of moisturizers. Formulated with 30 percent glycolic acid, the nourishing antioxidant açaì, and the innovative Q-Mag Neutralizer, Brazilian Peel is the first professional-strength peel designed to deliver deeper, long-lasting results at home.

Brazilian Peel is the perfect skincare kit to start the new year off right or even the perfect kit to combat fatigued skin during winter (and party season!) Check it out today!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spellbound this Halloween with ORLY

Halloween is right around the corner and while it may not be appropriate to wear a costume to the office, sporting spooky and spirited nails is an easy and fun way to celebrate. Whether a gory goblin or a devilish villain, ORLY has a wide range of polishes ideal for Halloween festivities.   

The ORLY Spellbound trio from the new Flash Glam FX collection adds a touch of glitz and glam to fingertips with chunky, Halloween-inspired glitters.

Monster Mash, Right Amount of Evil and R.I.P. ($10 each)

Release the inner rock star, by sporting rebellious black nails. Black polish, like ORLY’sLiquid Vinyl, can also be used as a base to make glitters pop. 

Liquid Vinyl, Naughty and Goth ($8.50 each)

All ORLY lacquers can be found at Ulta stores and ORLYBeauty.com. Please contact me to request samples, hi-res images or tips and trends from an ORLY expert. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mally Roncal + Henry Bendel Premier Event!!

Mally Roncal, the founder and creative force behind Mally Beauty cosmetics, is hosting an intimate cocktail party at Henri Bendel on Thursday, November 8th. At this ultimate girl’s night out, Mally will be spilling all her beauty secrets and sharing her must have beauty products for the holiday season. Learn how to perfect the "look" and get glam, just in time for the holidays. 


  • Two hour-long cocktail reception hosted by Mally Roncal, revealing her beauty tips and tricks 
  • $150 fee redeemable in product 
  • 25 spots available 
  • Consumers should book appointments via Gabriel@Mallybeauty.com


  • Thursday, November 8th, 2012 
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm 


  • Henri Bendel
  • 712 Fifth Avenue 
  • New York, NY 10019 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Remove Halloween Makeup the Easy Way

With Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover

Halloween—that fun, ghoulish holiday that’s best known for candy, costumes, and a TON of makeup. The side effects felt the next day are a sugar hangover, and the remnants of all the makeup you painted on your face. Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover gently removes costume makeup leaving behind no residue. Skin is left feeling conditioned and comfortable, and appearing luminous and radiant.

Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover (SRP $21) is a lightweight formula that quickly dissolves makeup. It effectively removes long lasting and resistant water makeup and thoroughly cleanses skin with no harsh or excessive rubbing.

Still unsure Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover will completely remove your makeup? Go to www.GoBeyondtheCover.com to see for yourself how effectively it works!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pump Up the Volume Tips from Ouidad Creative Director, Morgan Willhite

Looking for a quick and easy way to add volume to locks?  Morgan Willhite, Creative Director at the Ouidad Salon Santa Monica, demonstrates how to add lift and volume to curls and waves via a video using duckbill clips. 

“Curly girls must always remember that how hair looks, when it's dry, depends on how it appears when wet,” says Willhite.  The hair's shape and style can be influenced or encouraged by the positioning of the roots at the moment the hair begins to dry.  Use Ouidad’s Curl Clips ($5 per clip at Ulta, Sephora and Ouidad.com) to direct curls, create height and style hair away from the face.  These long metal clips, often used to hold rollers in place, are ideal for positioning wet hair.

Step 1
  • Open clip no more than a half inch to inch wide and hold clip on its side (not flat) and gently slide clip along scalp and keep it as close to root as possible
Step 2
  • Position clip to lift the hair evenly across the crown, working from front to back
Step 3
  • Dry hair with a diffuser or allow to air dry 
Check out the video!

How to Pick the Perfect Pair of Fall Boots for your Lifestyle and Body Type

Women anxiously await the cooler months of fall so that they can pull out and dust off all of their favorite go-to boots. Women love boots because they protect the foot from the elements and they look chic and polished with any outfit. With the extensive number of styles and trends available each season, it can be difficult to choose the best look and fit to suit your lifestyle and 
body type. Here is a quick guide to help you find the perfect pair this fall.

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots are, arguably, the universal choice of boots for most women. They wear like a comfortable shoe but perform like a boot. A pair of ruched suede boots with a low heel and a slightly pointed toe is perfect for those with a Bohemian personality. If you love trends and taking fashion risks, a pair of stiletto ankle boots with fringe, fur or metallic studs is the perfect choice for you for fall. A classic pair of Western-style or shoetie ankle boots is practical for the office or with denim. Ankle boots are the ideal choice for women with larger or more athletic calves. It can be challenging to find the perfect fitting pair of tall boots if you have a more defined calf.

Tall Shaft Boots
Tall boots are the most classic of the bunch. Women who love wearing dresses, tights, leggings and skirts in the fall will love the appeal of a great pair of classic tall boots. They also add balance and dimension to women with very thin legs and calves. When shopping, pick a well-constructed pair in leather, and make sure they have gussets for ease of movement and added comfort.

Cowboy Boots

The pointed toe, embossing, low heel height, and pull-on style appeal to the modern cowgirl and fashionista alike. These year-round boots look great under pants and jeans in the winter, and they look just as cute with a white, eyelet skirt and a chambray shirt in the spring. Cropped shorts in Kelly green or royal blue look amazing with a basic white tank and a pair of cowboy boots in the summer. Buy a great pair from a trusted name brand in Western apparel and footwear, and they will last you for many years. Ladies with larger legs and calves love how their legs and calves look in a fierce pair of western boots.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Sustainable Beauty Day is Monday, October 15th.

Davines and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation are proud to present the second annual Sustainable Beauty Day on Monday, October 15th Participating salons will open their doors to offer clients cut and styling services free of charge.  Each client will be encouraged to make a $15 minimum donation for the service, and 100% of the proceeds will go to The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Thursday, October 04, 2012

tarte Fabulous Holiday Collection in Here!

Tarte cosmetics introduces Baby It’s Bold Outside - their Holiday 2012 collection* filled with collector’s sets, limited-editions and more. Fabulous value at amazing savings!

A limited-edition collection of tarte's eye catchers featuring 5 FULL SIZE pure, powerful and pretty smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners in NEW must-have colors (ash violet, rainforest black, gold, champagne, and gunmetal) and the worldwide launch of skinny smolderEYES™ in onyx.

statement lips 5-piece LipSurgence™ collector's set – only $34* ($120 retail value)
A limited-edition LipSurgence™ collector's set featuring 5 of tarte's best-selling and award winning tints in all 3 formulas (sheer, matte, and shimmer). Each emotive shade (including 2 of Maureen's favorites + 3 brand NEW colors) glides on lips for natural color that delivers a surge of moisture on a cellular level for a plumped-up appearance while peppermint adds a refreshing burst of flavor with each application.

the stand outs limited-edition best-sellers kit – only $25* ($58 retail value)
This limited-edition best-sellers kit is a handpicked mix of best-selling products in shades hand-picked by tarte founder Maureen Kelly. Her must haves for playing up your best features are all inside the giftable box--designed especially for the tartelette with gifts to give and stockings to fill!

receive free shipping on orders of $40+ at tarte cosmetics

Is CrossFit for you? An ACE expert tries it out

While CrossFit has been sweeping the nation for some time, many are just getting familiar with the workout style that has revolutionized the fitness industry.  The format and style of the classes have come under scrutiny for their intense nature and explosive moves, which calls in to question how safe this program is for the average Joe, or someone just starting out a fitness routine. ACE Exercise Physiologist, Jessica Matthews, visited her local CrossFit gym in San Diego to find out what the CrossFit movement is all about.  Here are Jessica’s tips for those interested in joining:

·         Know what you’re getting yourself into:  CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on everything from coordination to power through an assortment of randomized physical challenges.  You will be doing box jumps, lunges, pull-ups, kettlebell swings and more exercises that strive to provide a total-body workout.  While the workouts may seem short, only prescribing three exercises on occasion, don’t be fooled – you will be doing an intense workout. 

·         Do your research: Before starting at a CrossFit gym, inquire as to what certifications, training and education the trainers hold.  Seeking out individuals with an NCCA-accredited personal training certification, along with the mandatory CrossFit Level 1 credential and other relevant continuing education, is important to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable Crossfit experience. 

·         Select the proper attire:  Make sure to wear clothes that will allow for maximum movement and optimal cooling, as you will break a sweat.  Shorts, tank tops and pants are all appropriate wardrobe choices as long as you feel comfortable.

·         Set your foundation:  If you’re just starting a CrossFit program, make sure to sign up for the Foundations class.  This is imperative, as here you will learn the proper form and technique to use to safely perform the exercises. New CrossFitters are usually required to take this class, but if you’re still not comfortable to jump into a regular class after completing the program, speak to the trainers about one-on-one training to help you master your form.

·         Have fun: Some of the workouts are timed, meaning you want to complete the number of rounds prescribed as quickly as possible.  It can be easy to get into a competitive mode to try to beat your own personal record or your classmate’s time.  Instead, focus on enjoying the workout and ensuring you are properly completing each move, regardless of how long it takes.

To read more about Jessica’s CrossFit experience, visit ACE’s Ask the Expert blog.