Monthly Archives: January 2016

How to Find the Right Personal Trainer for YOU

Did you know trainers can differ in their coaching style, technique and delivery? Are you looking for a drill sergeant or a cheerleader? For example, will getting yelled at to go harder, go faster work for you?

 Personal Trainer

This post was inspired by NBC’s Biggest Loser. I’ve been DVR-ing and tuning into to a lot of shows about fitness since I became a BodyPump instructor recently. One of the women on the show said her trainer wasn’t working out for her because “he’s the drill sergeant type”. Some people respond better to coaching that’s encouraging, but not in your face; while others need the extra, in your face, motivation.

Honestly, the best fitness instructor I’ve ever had was a “no excuses, get to it and don’t stop” coach. Don’t even try to stop to fix your clothes or hair while working with this guy. In this trainer’s group classes he would say things like, “Do this now and you won’t need anyone to wipe your butts later.” Ooh, right? Well, someone would ultimately get offended and go tell. The way he did things never changed. His classes and personal training schedule was always full for a reason. He expected results and got results. Not saying a trainer with a more nurturing, positive reinforcement attitude won’t get you where you want to be, this just worked for me. I lost 25 lbs in only 3 months. You just have to know what motivates you and what type of training style will keep you going, especially when the going gets tough.

For you, our valued First Class Fashionista readers, here are a few tips I rounded up on how to choose the best personal trainer, just for YOU! Click the “Full Story” arrow below.

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by FCFashionista at Mode

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Complete Year Round Guide to Gym Etiquette 101

It’s the start of the new year, so it’s time to revisit gym etiquette. Gyms around the country can be close to capacity this time of year and it’s even a mess in the parking lots. Regular gym goers have come to expect this annually and many resent everything about the flood of incoming new and trial-period members, fueling what’s referred to as the “Regulars vs Resolutioners” feud. Regulars will often rally together and newcomers will hear them chant, “Don’t worry it will be back to normal in a few weeks.” You’ve seen them at the water cooler or in the group fitness studios talking.

Gym Etiquette 101
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The first rule in our Gym Etiquette 101 handbook is: Check your negative attitude at the door. People come to the gym to try to feel better about themselves. It’s absolutely no place for negativity. No exceptions, ever. Recall when you were brand new to the gym? Many gym regulars consider the gym their second home, which is all the more reason to be a welcoming ambassador, right?

Below is your complete guide to gym etiquette all year-round, sourced from the best advice columns and articles. Guide includes the importance of sharing, acceptable locker-room behavior and what to wear. This story was originally published to Mode.com, where stories inspire. Just click the “Full Story” arrow. As always, thanks for reading!

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by FCFashionista at Mode

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2016 Trending Fashion for Men and Women

First of all Happy New Year! With the start of a new year, you might be thinking this is your year and now is the time to create a new you. With a new you, comes a new wardrobe. Here I have found some on-trend stylish pieces, for both men and women, which can last the whole year of 2016.

2016 Women’s Fashion Trends

Sequin Bustier
Available at Neiman Marcus.

Sequins need to be in your closet. Adding a nice sequin tank under a blazer with jeans can really make an outfit. The sequin piece doesn’t need to be the main focus, it can be layered with an over-sized sweater, or even a casual sequin dress or skirt. The best way to keep sequins classy and not trashy is to use neutral tones like soft pink, dark blue or tan. Another thing to remember with sequins is that you don’t need to over accessorize; the sequin piece should speak for itself.

AG Legging Jeans
Available at Barneys Warehouse.

Ankle jeans are necessary to have in your closet. These jeans can be cuffed, raw-edged, skinny, flared or straight. A go-to item to wear with your ankle jeans is a nice pair of boots.

Wilsons Leather Tote
Wilsons Leather Tote available on eBay.

Keeping a clean simple handbag in your wardrobe can last you throughout the year. This bag should be your go-to bag. It can be functional and fashionable, and can ultimately be worn with many different outfits. I recommend having this bag in camel or a pastel-color. The quality of this bag will stand for itself, so if possible, go with leather.

Square Scarf
St. Piece Chloris floral-print silk scarf available at Neiman Marcus.

Floral prints will be a huge hit in 2016 for both men and women. Try prints from Victorian to tropical. It can be so much fun to mix different prints in one outfit like plaid and stripes or floral and stripes, doing so will create a very modern look.

Pantone Color of the Year
Pantone color’s 13-1520 Rose Quartz and 15-3919 Serenity

Mural Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer
Mural Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer available at Nordstrom.

Pastel tones were picked as the annual colors of the year from Pantone. The two colors that were chosen were; soft pink Rose Quartz and periwinkle Serenity. It is suggested to wear these pastel colors with denim, navy blue or metallic. These pastel pieces can be worn in items such as; a chunky, over-sized sweater or a handbag.

Brown Suede Jacket
Brown Sued State Jacket available at Rag & Bone.

Choker
Factory Choke and Dagger Braid Choker available at Nasty Gal.

According to Kendall Jenner, her recommended fashion trends of 2016 include Suede in jackets and shoes, Sneakers in everyday casual wear and chokers to add an accessory to the mix.

Now, MEN don’t think I forgot about you

2016 Men’s Fashion Trends

Acne Studios pants
Men’s Acne Studios Casual Pants available at thecorner.com.

Mens Long Shorts

Public School Long Short available at Revolve Clothing.

50’s style high-waist tapered trousers and bowling shorts are anticipated to be seen in men’s fashion this year and I must say I couldn’t be more excited.

Mens Shirt
7 Diamanods Brightside Longline Mandarin Collar Woven Shirt available at Nordstrom.

White clothing, whether it’s a button down shirt, pants, a suit, shoes, or tie…men invest in some white clothing, you will be happy you did.

BROCADE BLAZER
Uma Wang Brocade Blazer available at Farfetch.com.

As I mentioned before in the women’s fashion trends; floral prints, especially ones in botanical flowers, will be a great addition to your wardrobe. Another great print that’s expected to be seen in menswear is upholstery-inspired brocades. I know this style of print may sound strange, but it actually looks very stunning. Stripes will also be a go-to fashion style for men this year.

Mens Wool Topcoat
Men’s Club Monaco Wool Topcoat available at Club Monaco.

Large trench coats will bring in another old-school look to men’s clothing this year. Try a camel colored single-breasted raincoat, this will really tie in the 50’s style pants as mentioned above.

Just Cavalli Mens Shirt
Just Cavalli Western Shirt available at LUISAVIAROMA.

Western wear might have revived itself in 2016 for men. Try a cowboy inspired button-down shirt tucked in and worn with those 50’s style pants.

I hope these fashion trends will keep you in style this year. As always, thank you for reading!

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