BarreAmped FIRE EXTREME SCULPT DVD @suzannecbowen

Are you looking to get in better shape for the summer? If you are, you will want to look at this new DVD.  It really works you out, and you will feel it for sure the next day(s!)

There are 5 DVDs in the workout series, and you had better start with 1, let me tell you. I did 5 first (not because I’m insane, just because that is how they arrived) and I was burnt out within 10 minutes.  Of course, I should have known- there was a verbal warning from Suzanne Bowen at the beginning, saying that it was going to be tough and to warm up to it.  I should have listened!  You live, you learn.

The workouts do put you through the paces, and I have to admit that I’m still not ready to move on to DVD 2.  They are not simple, but they are effective.  I’ve been doing them for nearly 3 weeks, and I am gaining stamina, which is a great thing.  I’m hoping in a few weeks to move up to #2, but the main thing is to move at the pace that is healthy and right for you.

Here is more about the DVDs and Suzanne Bowen;

Fitness and lifestyle expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (#SBF) www.suzannebowenfitness, a top streaming website for workout videos and nutrition advice, has just released her newest DVD in the BarreAmped franchise. BarreAmped Fire Extreme Sculpt ( 84 minutes $19.99) presales have already exceeded expectations and is well on its way to being the most popular BarreAmped DVD to date. Suzanne’s signature BarreAmped is a proven, results oriented, body shaping barre program that is a combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and Bowen’s classical Lotte Berk training. It is Classic Barre meets Extreme Results.


BarreAmped Fire Extreme Sculpt (84 minutes, $19.99) takes participants to new fitness levels with advanced muscle torching routines that challenge viewers with a fast paced collection of classic barre workouts to #ShakeToChange. The BarreAmped Fire Extreme Sculpt DVD is divided into sections so viewers can do the entire full workout or mix and match the segments to change it up. The DVD has a two minute introduction; 28 minute Total Body Sculpt Section; 17 minute Thigh and Seat; 13 minute AB blast; 11 minute Sleek & Toned Shoulders; and, a 12 minute Relaxation Stretch section. Needed for the workout is something to hold onto, a set of hand weights, and a mat. The purchase of the DVD includes a free 1 month membership to Suzanne’s streaming barre workouts and other tips and workouts at .

About Suzanne Bowen

Suzanne Bowen is the founder of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (SBF) and the creator of BarreAmped, the revolutionary barre program based on classic technique, a neutral spine, and a solid foundation of alignment. Suzanne began her fitness career over fifteen years ago at the original barre studio, New York City’s legendary Lotte Berk Method studio. It was there that she was classically trained as a top instructor. She moved from New York to Nashville where she opened a BarreAmped studio and expanded her clientele to include top Nashville celebrities; Naomi Judd and the ladies of the band Little Big Town, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman to name a few. Suzanne Bowen fitness, (SBF) embodies the best of combining mind, body and spirit to live a healthy lifestyle. Suzanne helps people build a foundation for life and encourages them to be their best form of excellence. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and maintains her home and studio in Nashville. BarreAmped is taught in over 50 studios worldwide with over 350 instructors certified to teach the program around the world. Her BarreAmped Boot Camp DVD was just awarded Best Barre DVD by Fitness Magazine, as well as Good Housekeeping, Pilates Style and Natural Health Magazine.

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Triple Play with Boys & Girls Clubs of America #TriplePlay10 #IC #Sp

Disclosure- I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Club of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


In his dance class

Children like to take part in all sorts of activities, from dance class, to karate, to soccer, and more.  It’s been recommended that kids are moderately to vigorously physically active at least 60 minutes per day, but not all kids get that kind of activity.  It seems only about one fourth of the kids in the USA ages 12-15 meet that goal, which isn’t good for mind or body.  Getting kids active from a young age and keeping them that way is important for their developing and maintaining healthy habits for life.  That’s where the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play program is great- it encourages kids and families to get up, get out, and get moving as a family.

About Triple Play

“Triple Play, which is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and the Anthem Foundation,  is a program currently offered in Boys & Girls Clubs that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve Club members’ knowledge of healthy habits; increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities; and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships. “


Since 3 in 10 American kids are either overweight or obese, there are measures that need to be taken to get and keep kids healthy.  Diet and exercise are important for not just the child, but the whole family to participate in together.  Triple Play has a mind, body, soul approach that focuses on the person as a whole, instead of JUST the body or weight portion that is so easy to get hung up on.

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Choosing his own veggies as a little bit

Eating healthy is important.  I take my son to the farmer’s market every week so that he can choose the fresh fruits and vegetables he likes best for his meals.  His lunches are primarily fruit and veggies, because that’s what he likes (that, cheese, soups, and yogurt). If he can’t have hot food, that’s what he prefers, and that’s fine with me. Since he has always chosen his own foods, he likes what he eats, and it’s not been a battle now or when he was small.

While he doesn’t love team sports, he is in karate, and he maintains good relationships with peers and also stays active in 4H, boy scouts, library reading club, Sunday School, and computer club.  He likes what he does, and we both like that he has groups of friends in each class and club.  It’s good for him developmentally, socially, and physically.


Exploring a new city

These kids will be the next generation of leaders- keeping them fit through nutrition and health education, giving them access to healthy foods, teaching avoidance of risky behaviors and giving them a safe place to learn and grow, and helping them build a lifelong commitment to fitness and health is vital to their well being and growing into the best adults they can possibly be.

Check out Triple Play’s site for more information and to download the plan for your own family. You can also follow them on Facebook: and Twitter:

Glasstic Bottle – Great water bottle for on the go!

Disclosure: The Glasstic Glass Bottle was provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

Being on the go at all times I find it extremely important to have a good water bottle so I don’t constantly have to buy the plastic ones or get a drink wherever we stop. I must say that I have been incredibly impressed with my new Water Bottle from Glasstic.

About Glasstic:

Glasstic Bottle Co. is a division of Healthylicious Living LLC. They are a healthy and active lifestyle company, helping people around the world to realize a better quality of health and life through their innovative product line. They began developing the Glasstic bottle over three years ago when they saw a need in the market for high quality/pure yet portable beverage containers. The portable water bottle market had begun to replace plastic bottles with metal ones due to increasing concert of harmful chemicals leaching from the plastic bottles.

They knew that the ultimate water bottle had to be made of glass. Yet, they also knew that they had to make a glass bottle that was portable, break resistant, shatterproof, BPA free, toxin free and safe over-all to carry into public places. They really wanted a worry-free glass water bottle and Glasstic was born.


About Glasstic Water Bottles:

  • Pure Glass on the Inside, Durable BPA Free Plastic on the Outside
  • 100% Shatterproof and Worry-Free
  • BPA Free Tritan Outer Shell, Toxin Free, Metal Free
  • Easy to Clean and is Dishwasher Safe
  • Stylish & Attractive
  • Wide Mouth Glass Water Bottle
  • Twist-Off Cap


My Thoughts:

I was incredibly impressed by this great new water bottle. I like to take a water bottle with me when we are on the go traveling, or even when I am just going to work. I have had a hard time finding the right bottle for what I wanted and find myself wasting money buying bottles trying to find just the right one. From the moment that I received my Glasstic Water Bottle I have been incredibly impressed. I find myself taking it with me to work, my workout classes, and travel. It is the perfect bottle to have with me. I know that it is ‘Safe’ for me to drink from, as well as being indestructible. I also trust my children to use this water bottle as well, which really says something. At 3 and 5, they don’t always have the best grip on things, but I know that they are just fine with this awesome water bottle.


If you are interested in purchasing this great water bottle, head on over to Glasstic and pick out the one that is perfect for you.

Stress Relief- Do you need a Rescue? #StressLess2BMyBest

Stress is a silent killer, building in strength with every little issue until “boom”. You end up with a stress related illness.  To name a few, they are: heart disease, asthma, obesity, headaches, depression and anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, and Alzheimer’s disease. Now the scary stuff is out of the way. What do we do about it? How do you unwind after a long day?

I personally do yoga and go to the gym. Yoga is a great way to center yourself and bring your body to a better place, too. It gets to a point where if I miss my yoga during the week, within a few days I am stressed out, not sleeping well, and more easily agitated. My husband likes loud music and video games to unwind and de-stress. Any form of music that is loud works, preferably something abrasive as well as loud. Thank goodness for headphones.  My son likes to take apart his Masher action figures and put them back together, watch tv, or play video games. There are many great ways to get your mind off of its current stresser and relax.

Below are Top 10 De-stress techniques

9 Meditation
8 Writing in a journal

7 Breathing exercises

6 Wherever stress finds you – you can be ready…Take natural RESCUE: Take on stress and be at your best!
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Must Have – GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale

Disclosure: The GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale mentioned below was provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.


I know I have been talking a lot about my more active lifestyle changes lately. I am absolutely loving my GoLiFE Care Activity Tracker that I reviewed back a few months ago. (you can go to that review here). I was absolutely excited to try out the Smart Scale that GoLiFE had to offer. The GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale has been all that I ever imagined and more.

About Papago Inc:

PAPAGO! Inc. was established in Taipei, Taiwan in 2001; with more than 10 years GPS related background both in software and hardware. PAPAGO! Inc. has become the leading brand in Taiwan, China, Russia, South East Asia, Japan, Australia, and now America.

Characteristics of their products:

  • Protect you and your family
  • Intelligence connecting
  • Life for sharing

PAPAGO! Inc. Vision:

PAPAGO! Inc. has devoted itself to offering better services and driving technology for every consumer. Their goal of constantly innovating and communicating new ideas to the public are paying off. 


About GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale:

The GoLiFE Fit Smart Scale is the perfect tool to help people reach their fitness goals by keeping track of their weight and BMI (body mass index). The slim design has a durable stainless steel body with an attractive blue LCD screen. You can easily set up your perfect weight goal and when paired with the GoLiFE Fit App you will know how much you should weigh to reach that target on a day-to-day basis.
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LA Psycle- A wonderful Spin Studio


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At the start of most years many people are all about exercising, getting fit, losing weight, and even more great New Year’s Resolutions.  Jamie Froetschner opened her spin studio, LA Psycle, back at the beginning of October and has been bombarded with interested people ever since.

About LA Psycle’s Owner:

Let me tell you that Jamie is one of the most energetic people that I have ever met in my life. She could motivate a rock to get up and going, which is absolutely wonderful for her role as the instructor. Jamie leads a very active life and is always encouraging all members of the class to push themselves a little harder. Jamie has created a wonderful atmosphere to help people make very healthy life choices.


About LA Psycle: 

There are two options for classes:

  • $5 drop-in
  • $50 for a 5 week pass

Class Times:

  • M- 6:15 p.m. (45 minutes)
  • M/W – 5:30 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • W- 6:15 p.m.  (45 minutes)
  • T/TH – 5:20 a.m. (30 minutes)
  • T/TH – 6:00 a.m. (30 minutes)
  • T/TH – 4:30 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • T/TH – 5:15 p.m. (30 minutes)

The 5 week pass consists of 2- 30 minute sessions or 1 – 45 minute session a week.

The price for drop-in and the 5 week pass are the same. The benefit of the 5-week pass is that you will get to “reserve” your bike.

The classes are always first come first serve, and the 5 week pass people always get their spots before openings are posted to others.

In addition to the classes that are offered, Jamie and her side-kick Kristin, offer drop in classes on most Fridays and Saturdays to help get more people into the classes.


LA Psycle:

Let me tell you that when you enter the LA Psycle studio, you immediately feel ready to have a great time. There is always great music playing, and tons of smiling faces. Larned is a small community so everyone has gotten to know each other very well and everyone is part of a big family. Every single workout leaves you proud of yourself for working hard, and ready to come back and do it again for your next class. I know that I can’t say that about every other type of workout I’ve ever done!

About Spin Class:

Spinning is a specific format of indoor cycling. Only certified Spinning instructors are allowed to teach “Spinning.” Spinning is a cardio workout set to music and led by a certified instructor. Most classes last between 30 and 60 minutes, although some places offer beginner or intro classes that might be shorter. Jamie and Kristin both are Schwinn certified teachers.
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AmRap Bands perfect for working out or everyday

Disclosure: The headbands from AmRap Gear mentioned below were provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

With the new year just starting, I am sure that there are many people that have exercising or working out or something of the sort as their New Years Resolution. These awesome headbands from Amrap Gear are amazing for any workout as well as everyday activities.

About Amrap Gear:

Amrap Gear was founded in early 2014 by Clayton and Alicia. They are a husband and wife team that loves experiencing all genres of fitness with their family. They live in Colorado. Their passion is people, especially those in the athletic and active community. They truly love the positive attitude that exercise and healthy lifestyles bring into people lives.

Amrap Gear was initially developed to find innovative ways for crossfitter’s of all levels to manage their workouts. As they began selling their products, they quickly realized that these products did not have to be crossfit specific and people of all fitness likes quickly began to use Amrap Gear.

Amrap Acronym:

  1. As Many Reps/Rounds as Possible
  2. The most grueling mix of cardio/strength/skill in a set amount of time
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Lazy Lizards Yoga Products For Kids

As many of you know, I am a yoga fan.  I practice regularly, and have had my son and even my grandmother do yoga (at their level) with me.  My son is, like many kids, wiggly and impatient, and yoga is great for redirecting that energy.


Lazy Lizards created a kid sized yoga mat with 12 poses printed on the mat along with a DVD to go along.  Kids can easily follow along with the DVD or just use their mat.  Their is also a space where kids can personalize their mat to make it their own- my son was completely horrified by the thought of drawing on his mat, but I think some kids would like to.  My boy can be a little finicky, like his mother.

They have 4 colors of  eco friendly, kid sized yoga mats, with poses printed directly on the mat, as well as the Lazy Lizards Yoga DVD.  Introducing yoga at a young age can encourage a healthy lifestyle early. Kids love doing yoga, and it is great for them. Yoga comes naturally to children, they love to use their imaginations to move their bodies in creative ways. Have your child try yoga, and watch him or her grow from the inside, out.  It is great for you to do together as well- something you both can do.  It’s nice to have healthy activities you both can enjoy.
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