We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the L.A.-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
Celebrity trainer Lacey Stone is one of the most in-demand fitness experts in America. She’s appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, MTV, and Bravo, and in Shape, Vogue, and Marie Claire. After teaching exclusively at Equinox in New York for seven years, she recently moved to L.A. to tackle a few very exciting projects, including an instructor stint at Barry’s Bootcamp, which is considered “the best workout in the world.”
Lacey is the real deal, which is why I turn to her whenever I really need to get whipped into shape. Here are her expert do’s and don’ts for looking long and lean this season:
DO exercises that work more than one muscle group. If you’re looking for long and lean muscles, always use a full-range of motion. Kettlebells are great for this because they work strength and cardio combined. A basic kettlebell swing works your core, legs, and heart in half the time of a regular squat!
DON’T stick to the same old routine. If you do the same the same workout over and over again, how can you expect different results? Switch it up by trying a new class, like Barry’s Bootcamp (shameless promotion), Bar Method, or FlyWheel.
DO high intensity interval training (HIIT). The premise of this workout is for you to work really hard for short bursts and then have an active recovery period. In my opinion HIIT routines are the absolute best workouts for fat loss and result in long lean muscles. You can do HIIT workouts on the treadmill, elliptical, or spin bike, as well as in the pool or with a jump rope.
DON’T forget about you. Whether it’s a relaxing bubble bath or a yoga class, make sure that you save some time for relaxation. Studies have shown that increased stress leads to extra poundage and muscle tension.
DO eat clean! I know this is a no-brainer, but many people think that working out is enough. To see full results, cut out processed food from your diet and load your plate with tons of veggies. The combination of a clean diet and a great exercise routine will work wonders.