August 09, 2009

Healthy breakfast and a great workout!

I recently had the pleasure of being a part of a "tweet-up" (a meet-up organized through Twitter) sponsored by Fitness Magazine. The magazine invited a handful of their twitter followers to a swanky New York gym for a morning workout with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson.

He is the go-to personal trainer for Hollywood elite and is said to train "The entire front row of the Oscars....except Jack Nicholson." Gunnar led us through a great workout and offered some great tips and tricks.

Ever get a sore neck while doing crunches or sit-ups? Gunnar recommends lifting your tongue to the roof of your mouth to stretch the area and relieve tension. Hate lunges? (I sure do...) Get a better and safer leg workout by modifying the exercise. Gunnar said a lunge movement should be more along the lines of stepping forward, leaning over and picking up a laundry basket rather than a giant step and your legs at a 90 degree angle.

The event was co-sponsored by Silk Soymilk and they provided a delicious breakfast after our workout. The "Straw-Nana Smoothie" is a healthy yet sweet treat that is packed with muscle building protein.


1 Banana, sliced then frozen
1⁄2 c Strawberries, frozen and diced
1 c Silk Original, Vanilla or Omega-3 DHA
2 T Sweetener of choice (optional)
1⁄8 t Vanilla (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and give it a whirl.

Thanks to Fitness Magazine and Silk Soymilk for such a great start to my day!

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