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5 Ways to Wear NikeWomen Zonal Strength Training Tights

5 Ways to Wear NikeWomen Zonal Strength Training Tights

Do you believe in more? Long before I started my wellness journey, I believed in more and wanted more for myself as it related to my health and exercise. In my mind I had always envisioned this version of woman who was in love with fitness and was ultimately doing it for her family. But like any big dreams or goals, doubt and fear became a challenge to overcome. It definitely wasn’t easy, but I knew that in order to raise incredibly strong women, I had to hold on to the vision I had for myself. After all, believing in your ability to manifest your dreams is the greatest source of power we have.

I was compensated by Nike to write this post, however the styled looks and thoughts are my own. 

Nike x Lead Like Her Event Recap

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak on a panel with Nike x Lead Like Her. And of course I wasn't about to decline, especially since my biggest goal for myself this year was to get over my fear of public speaking. Lead Like Her is this incredible digital platform where independent women tell their stories, inspire to drive change, and build strong lasting connections. Founder of Lead Like Her, Martha Kirby, interviewed me back in May on her blog and its so mind blowing to see how rapidly life has changed for me. It's incredibly wild to read things like "Director of Community/Curation at VSCO" to now speaking about my job title as a future "Internationally Certified Health and Nutrition Coach" 

This past Thursday was the panel event which had a really decent turn out despite the rain in SF. It was small and intimate, no more than 40 people which has been the size of most of my speaking engagements this year. A perfect size to get comfortable with and still feel connected to the audience. Yummy salads were hosted by Sweetgreens and mocktails by Clearly Kombucha and of course fun little giveaway swag bag and shopping provided by the Nike Women's store on Union in SF. 

The night was so awesome. And every single time I share my story I get so nervous to talk about it despite how open and honest I am about sharing my struggles of depression and how I used health and fitness as a tool to not overcome those dark months. And how powerful of a coping tool it has been for me these past few years. 

Honored to be amongst the team at  Nike  and fellow speakers:  Alyssa Chang, Movement Coach  and Mickey Roxas ( plantsandplanks ).

Honored to be amongst the team at Nike and fellow speakers: Alyssa Chang, Movement Coach and Mickey Roxas (plantsandplanks).

Many many many thanks to Lead Like Her and Nike for extending this opportunity. Every single moment where I'm sharing my story of overcoming depression and how I manage to juggle a busy schedule while still being intentional about my health and wellness, is a chance for me to feel connect to one person who might be struggling with similar feelings of loneliness and depression. You never know who you'll inspire by sharing your story. Our stories of struggles and accomplishments are both equally important. You can't live a full life when you're only sharing your one sided highlight reel.

If there's one thing I've learned about living authentically in your truth it's that you connect with others and most importantly with yourself on whole new level. 

Huge shoutout and love to DJ Umami for spinning the jams and my favorite song at the end of the panel.

Photos courtesy of Andrea Posadas

Nike Sportswear Tech Pack

Today Nike Sportswear released their new fall Tech Pack and I couldn't be more excited.

image from Nike.com

image from Nike.com

This is the line from Nike Sportswear that I nearly wait every year for since discovering Tech Fleece back in 2013.  My ultimate favorite, the Nike Tech Fleece Poncho. I couldn't even explain what it was to my husband at the time, but all I knew was I had to have it. 

Here's how I styled the Nike Tech Fleece Crew with my Nike Tech Fleece joggers

It wasn't till about a year and a half ago I truly accepted seeing myself in photos. My first photoshoot with my husband was to photograph me for my blog which started to have more photos of me in April 2015. When you're overcoming body image issues it's easy to fall into a trap of picking yourself apart piece by piece. Especially when you start to notice things you don't like or progress you're not quite satisfied with when you've been working so hard to change your mindset and your physical appearance, either by losing weight or gaining muscle mass. We've all been there to certain degrees, we fat talk ourselves, point out our double chins, excess mid section rolls, or even the small things we can't change like birthmarks or scars. Sometimes these thoughts creep out of our mouths and other times we say them to ourselves in our minds. 

I was trying to describe how toxic this mindset can be and I compared it to secondhand smoke.   For those who smoke cigarettes they only think about the negative affects it causes themselves rather than the affect it makes to those around you. This is the same with negative thinking. Though we keep those thoughts or comments to ourselves what we don't realize is the ripple affect it makes to those around us. 

Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds.
— David Deida

These photo shoots with my husband have been such a self development process. Not only do we both get to collaborate in my creative outlet together and learn how to work with one another in this process, but we're also creating a space of healing. With each photo shoot I'm learning to peel back layers of self hate and truly finding and honoring the things that I love about myself. This hasn't been an easy process, on the surface it may seem like its just an opportunity for beautiful content. But for me its an opportunity to change the opinion I've had on myself for years and to learn to see what the rest of the world sees. 

Here's a little TBT from our first photoshoot:

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Ball So Hard Medicine Ball Workout || Cotton On Body

Summer is just about to end and it’s a common theme for us to get settled into the hibernation mode and settle back into fall days all warm and cozy. This was such a normal mindset for me in the past, but now that I'm so hooked on how exercise makes me feel, I'm determined to keep my body moving through the colder months.

With fall just around the corner, it also means that the holidays, dinner parties, and celebrations are coming too. Which means that most of our energy and money will be focused on family and friends rather than ourselves. Before you get too caught up in buying for everyone else, take a minute to treat yourself! My new go-to is Cotton On! They make extremely cute activewear (Cotton On BODY) that’s super comfy and affordable as well, which is perfect for my mama budget. Some personal Cotton On BODY favorites include the monochrome pieces, race fever tanks, and super soft tights! Check out more of Cotton On’s Activewear selection here.

If you’re a huge fan of plyometric workouts and athletic training over distance running or machine based cardio workouts, like I am. Then you’ll enjoy this “Ball So Hard” full body workout that’ll get your body fired up and ready to go! All you’ll need is any weighted medicine ball.

Ball So Hard Medicine Ball Workout 

Start with a 3-5 minute warm up. I like to warm up my body by doing interval training with a jump rope or jumping jacks by going for one minute and then resting for 30 seconds. This will get your heart rate going and both are great exercises to warm up the entire body.

Wall Ball Toss || 4 sets of 20 reps

Wall Ball toss is perfect for engaging your entire body. As you drop into the squat and explode up you’ll be firing off the lower half of your body, while the toss turns on your lats, shoulders, and your entire upper body. Catching the ball on the way down requires for your to activate all the stability muscles and core to come down in one swift move.

Drop low into that squat

Drop low into that squat

Power through the legs and toss the ball engaging the  lats  as you toss.

Power through the legs and toss the ball engaging the lats as you toss.

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, facing a wall and holding the medicine ball at your chest. Pull your shoulders back and keep your chest up high. Drop into a full squat, going as low as possible while keeping the medicine ball at your chest.
  2. Immediately upon reaching your full squat, drive through the heels and stand up explosively. As you do so, throw the ball up into the wall. It should hit the wall at a height of about 10 feet. Catch the ball on the rebound, squat again, and repeat.

Wall Squat with a Twist || 4 sets of 20 each side

  1. Hold the medicine ball in front of you arms fully extended, but without locking out the elbows. You want to make sure you have slight bend in the your elbows to prevent any injuries
  2. Plant your feet 2 feet in front of your body and drop down into a squat position. Keeping your back in contact with the wall, lower your body until your upper thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Lift your arms straight out in front of your chest.
  3. Twist to the right and go back to the center and twist to the left.

What I love about wall squats is that it’s a humbling exercise. You want to make sure that you’re engaging your glutes, which is one of the larger muscles on the body, in order to stay in this position. TIP: Lift up your toes and drive your heels to the ground. This will activate your glutes and keep the burn away from your quads.

 

Alternating Push Ups on Medicine Ball || 4 sets of 12 reps

Alternating Push ups on medicine ball

Alternating Push ups on medicine ball

  1. Start in standard pushup position with one hand on the floor and the other hand on top of the medicine ball. Your body should be in a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.
  2. Slowly lower your torso towards the floor. Pause and press back up to the starting position. Roll the medicine ball beneath the other hand before repeating the movement.

Alternating Front Lunges with Medicine Ball 4 sets of 20 reps

  1. Start in a standing position then step forward in a lunge position.
  2. Make sure that your knees don’t go past your front toes and drop your back knee to the ground.
  3. Make sure to keep your core engaged as you alternate your legs.

Mountain Climbers 4 sets 20 reps each leg

Mountain Climbers

Mountain Climbers

  1. Start in a press up position so your hands are directly under your chest at shoulder width apart with straight arms on top of the medicine ball. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles
  2. Lift your right foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can.
  3. Return to the starting position and alternate with your other leg.

Toe Touches with Medicine Ball 4 sets of 20 reps

Toe Touches

Toe Touches

  1. Lay flat on your back pressed to the ground or a mat. Tuck your pelvis in to make sure that your abs are engaged.
  2. Hold the medicine ball above your chest. Raise your shoulders off the ground, crunch, and touch your toes with the medicine ball.
  3. Hold for 10 seconds and lower down to starting position. Repeat
capris:  Miss Mesh Capri   shoes:  Nike Free Connect  
tank:  R  un Fever Tank   sports bra:  Fly Girl Crop

tank: Run Fever Tank 
sports bra: Fly Girl Crop

Thank you Cotton On for sending me this awesome monochrome gear to work out in. 

Tank: Race Fever Tank // other option

Capri: Miss Mesh Capri // other option

Sports bra: Fly Girl Crop // other option

Shoes: Nike Free Connect // other option

Photography by my incredible husband: Encarnacion Photography

36 hours in LA

Last week I jumped on a plane to head to a last minute trip booked to LA. Mind you this type of spontaneity is not something I usually do. I love to have my trips planned out with a light itinerary of things I need to see, do, or places I need to eat and most importantly people I need to make time for. This time however I got an invite to an exclusive and private release party for the new launch of the Nike Air Max 1 Flyknit that Nike collaborated with Smashbox with. A night of sneakers and make up, I just couldn't pass up. Plus the evening aligned perfectly with the 91:LTD by Cotton On preview event so it made up for the one full day of adventure. 

If you followed me on Snapchat that day, then you'll know that my Tuesday morning was filled with workouts and work meetings, then I was off on a flight to LAX for an afternoon with Remi, an incredible woman and blogger. Our afternoon was spent visiting the Wetherly Group showroom, then a lovely snack at Rawberri, followed with yoga at Playlist, and dinner with the Yen Sisters, Eve and Elisa. Playlist yoga was an incredible experience, I wish I had more photos from there, but I was chilling in savasana. It's yoga meets Soulcyle as far as the music goes and it blew my mind! 

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Like I mentioned earlier, I normally plan my trips in advanced. I like to book an AirBnB with a kitchen so I can cook most of my meals and have a space that feels like home, since it was last minute I decided to use Hotel Tonight to lock down a place for two nights. It's pretty easy to use and all in the palm of your hands with an app and the night before I flew out I was able to book a stay at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. Here's a little HT Travel tip: when searching for your city in hotel tonight type the phrase "hip" after. (example: "West Hollywood, CA HIP") this will generate hotels that are categorized under HIP within their app. They have other category terms like: solid, luxe, basic, and charming that you can use to narrow down your search too. 

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Wednesday morning was another busy day for me. I woke up to meet an LA Based trainer named Quoc over at the Equinox and he murdered me with a quick full body circuit training session. If you're in LA definitely seek him out for either training or photos, he's an incredible creative as well. Training session was followed by a trip to Sweatheory, for a quick infrared sauna session, shower, and a brief pause on the crazy schedule.

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Then it was off to the Cotton On event. I wish I took more photos but I was too busy watching my jacket getting embroidered, eating all the yummy bites provided by EP & LP, and sipping on fresh coconuts to worry about fiddling with my camera. 

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Wetherly Group was so generous to dress me for this event and I picked out this awesome wide legged Coulette Jumpsuit from the 91:LTD Denim line.  Thank you guys for making me feel like Cinderella. 

Then after another showroom visit we headed back to Avalon Hotel for a quick break and bite to eat. 

Then we quickly headed out to Blends in Beverly Hills for a night with sneakers and make up, and just the perfect little way to end my 36 hours in LA. 

Lindsay Jang editor of Miss Bish 

Lindsay Jang editor of Miss Bish 

Now I'm just wondering where life will take me next. Every day I'm just grateful for the opportunities that come along my way. I've not only been able to experience new things, but create new friendships and thats worth its weight in gold. Thanks Remi for babysitting mama Jo on my crazy adventures.