5 Reasons to Make Water Your New Best Friend

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Summer has come and gone, but in California it seems that the sun’s scorching rays are here to stay. By now the daily application of sunscreen has become ritual (Apply. Reapply. Apply again. Wash. Reapply….), yet one of the most important combatants against these above average temperatures is often underused. Water is easily your best weapon when it comes to hot weather and, while this may seem like a no brainer, nearly half of all American’s don’t drink enough. This is a big problem when you consider that water does so much more than keep you cool.

5 Reasons to Make Water Your New Best Friend

1. Headache Prevention - In addition to decreased concentration, alertness, and short-term memory retention, dehydration is the leading cause of your pounding head, so put down the Ibuprofen and pick up the H2O.

2. Glowing Skin - Water is the key to a beautiful complexion. It moisturizes the skin, helps to maintain elasticity and suppleness, prevents dryness and encourages cellular formation.

3. Regularity - Yes, you know exactly what we mean. Water keeps everything flowing smoothly. Be honest, no one’s happy when they’re constipated.

4. Weight Control - One of the largest contributors to obesity is empty liquid calories. Water is calorie FREE and, when consumed before and alongside ones meals, it dramatically suppresses appetite and reduces calorie intake.

5. Energy! - Believe it or not, you actually DON’T need that coffee in the morning. Water is every bit as effective, if not more effective, than caffeine when it comes to feigning off fatigue. This is because each and every part of our body requires water to function. If you stay hydrated, your body will naturally perform at it’s peak.

We Did It!

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This past Sunday The Lynne Cohen Foundation hosted The 13th Annual  Kickin’ Cancer Run/Walk to raise money and awareness for breast and ovarian cancer research and preventative care clinics.

Thanks to the help of Burn 60 Trainer Julie Diamond and our friends at Re-Imagine, we were able to raise over $9,000 for this amazing cause.

Additionally, the organization itself has received over $180,000 in funding through donations, sponsorships and Kickin’ Cancer registrations. Needless to say, this years event was a HUGE success!

A million thank you’s to everyone who came out in support of women everywhere!

Kickin’ Cancer 2014 Run/Walk

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To learn more about the Lynne Cohen Foundation or to donate to Team Burn 60 and Reimagine, click here.

The Top 5 Ways To Prevent Women’s Cancers

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The truth is, even if you do everything “right” there is still no sure fire way to prevent cancer. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take proven steps to help lower your risk of becoming one of the more than 55,000 women diagnosed with breast, ovarian, and other types of women’s cancers each year. These five simple suggestions can significantly decrease your chances of of diagnosis and are actually remarkably easy to put into effect!

1. Eat Mindfully.

Forget about going vegan, paleo or gluten free, eating mindfully simply means making a conscious effort to think before you eat. Ask yourself, is what I’m about to eat healthy? If the answer is yes, then have at it! If the answer is no, try asking yourself a few follow up questions to determine if what you’re about to eat is really worth it (Have I already had something sweet today? Am I planning to go out for drinks tonight?). If you know you’ve already treated yourself or are going to be indulging later, you will likely find it easier to resist temptation and opt for something more nourishing in the moment. That being said, if you’ve been making healthy choices all day, then a small slice of cake or a serving of potato salad is nothing to obsess over – enjoy it! Mindful eating is about balance, not deprivation. Eating a well-balanced diet reduces the risk of all kinds of ailments – including cancer.

2. Exercise Regularly.

You have probably heard many of your fitness loving friends reference endorphins as their drug of choice – and for good reason! When you exercise your body releases these feel-good hormones, providing you with a boost in energy and mental clarity and essentially elevating your overall sense of being. As one may easily deduce, exercise also helps to regulate weight gain, negating the possibility of obesity (a common factor associated with MANY cancer diagnoses).  But what you may not know is that exercise also plays an important role in maintaining a woman’s hormonal balance. Elevated estrogen levels have been connected to both breast and uterine cancer. However, decreased estrogen levels have been reported in women who engage in moderate to vigorous exercise for three or more hours a week. Studies suggest that women who maintain balanced hormonal levels can lower their risk of breast and uterine cancer by more than 30 percent.

3. Practice Safe Sex.

This one seems like a no brainer, but hear me out. Oral contraceptives, IUD’s, hormone shots and the like are all highly effective ways to prevent pregnancy. However, they do NOTHING to combat sexually transmitted diseases and are 100% ineffective when it comes to preventing cancer. The only way to truly protect yourself against the transmission of viruses like the human papilloma virus (also known as HPV, the cause of cervical cancer) is to use condoms, limit your number of sexual partners, and strive to engage in monogamous relationships.

4. Schedule Regular Exams.

What you don’t know, CAN hurt you. Early diagnosis is your best chance at surviving any type of cancer and the easiest way to diagnose women’s cancers early is to schedule regular breast and vaginal exams with your doctor. While the necessary frequency of breast exams has been hotly debated, many well known research organizations suggest that women should begin getting mammograms annually or bi-annually at the age of 40 (the alternative being bi-annual exams starting at age 50). Pap smears, which aid in the diagnosis of cervical cancer, should begin much earlier (at the age of 21), but need only be conducted every 3 years.

5. Know Your Families History.

While the above is true for most, women who have a known history of women’s cancer in their family are often encouraged to begin regular exams earlier and commit to scheduling them more frequently. Talk with your doctor right away if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with breast, cervical, vaginal, endometrial, uterine, or vulvar cancer so that they can help you decide what, if any, additional precautions you should take to help prevent women’s cancers.

The 13th Annual Kickin’ Cancer Run/Walk takes place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA. To learn more about this amazing event, visit our team page here.


Quick + Dirty Workout: Training At The Track

track workoutWhen he’s not coaching clients in the studio, trainer Nick Malizia likes to spice things up by taking his regularly scheduled workout session outside. One of his favorite spots to work up a sweat is the local track. He’s there at least once a week – usually with other Burn 60 trainers testing new workouts and improving upon his own fit physique. Truth be told, he’s discovered that sometimes the simplest of workouts are the most effective – and the most challenging. Try the workout below at your own risk.

Trainer Nick’s Track Challenge

200 meter sprint 5x.

15 pullups 5x.

20 push-ups 5x.

20 sit-ups 5x.

Whether you do each individual workout 5 times in a row and then move on to the next or do each exercise once and do the entire routine 5 times through is up to you. The key is to do everything as fast as possible. Its an ass-whooping for sure, but you can bet you’ll see results.

Added Challenge: Do this workout once or two or three times a week and time yourself while you do it.  By the end of the month you will be shocked to see how much your time has improved!


BURNing Questions: Nick Malizia

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Trainer Nick Malizia is a fan favorite amongst Burn 60′s diverse clientele. His classes are high energy and intense, but always fun and chock-full of dedicated Burners looking to push themselves to the limit and break past their fitness boundaries. If you have a goal in mind, Nick will make it his mission to help you reach it. He is passionate about his clients and an invaluable member of the Burn 60 Team. Here he shares a bit about what life is like as one of LA’s most elite fitness professionals.

Burn 60: What is your favorite part of working in the fitness industry?

Nick Malizia: I love being a part of the huge changes my clients make mentally and physically. Its truly an amazing feeling.

What Makes You BURN

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B60- If you could move to anywhere in the world where would it be?

NM: The mountains of Tennessee.

B60- Who is your biggest inspiration?

NM: My mom and dad. They are the two most amazing people in this world.

Feeling The BURN At Home

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B60: When and where do you prefer to sweat?

NM: I do a variety of workouts and I do them all over Los Angeles. Whether it’s a traditional weight lifting session or an all out high intensity workout at the local track, I’m always down for the next challenge.

B60: Where are your “trouble zones”and how do you tone them?

NM: I try to focus on all muscles, head to toe, day in and day out. If I feel (my) body fat is getting a little high, then I hit cardio harder that week. If my upper or lower body strength is decreasing, then I’ll really hit the weight room hard. I’m always searching for the perfect balance of strength, size and speed.

B60: What is the one piece of workout clothing you cannot live without?

NM: Nike running shoes.

A Day In The Life


B60: Describe your perfect day!

NM: I’m a pretty simple guy. I truly, truly love what I do so waking up early to have a few productive sessions with my clients, then coming home late in the afternoon to my fiancé and our 3 dogs, that’s pretty perfect – I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

B60: If you could live off of only one food, what would it be?

NM: A really good New York steak gets me every time.

B60: Where is your favorite place to “escape”in Los Angeles?

NM: Again, I’m a simple guy, so the beach does it for me.


Want to train with Nick? You can join him at our Brentwood, Los Angeles studio every week! View our complete list of classes and times here.

The Secret to Joy

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On Sunday, September 14th, 2014 Burn 60 will be joining Reimagine in an effort to fight women’s cancer by raising money for cancer research and preventative care clinics through the Lynne Cohen Foundation’s Kickin Cancer 5K.

More than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer every year and nearly 55,000 lose their battle with these illnesses annually. While these statistics are undoubtedly disheartening, there are countless women struggling to overcome them everyday.Mary Ann Wasil is one of these women.

After being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer 9 years ago, Mary Ann has worked hard to come to terms with her diagnosis and has managed to do so with an amazing grace and unyielding strength. She was kind and courageous enough to share her story with Reimagine and we are grateful for the opportunity to share it with you. We hope that you find it as encouraging as we did and urge you to share it with as many women as you can!


“My life is not going to be as long as I wish but that’s not stopping me from appreciating it.”


The Secret to Joy

by: Mary Ann Wasil

If I said you only had five minutes to live, would you spend even a single moment of those five minutes being unhappy?

I was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer nine years ago at age 39. During my fourth chemotherapy treatment I suffered a stroke, which required immediate heart surgery. Once recovered, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy. Seven years later I was diagnosed with a stage 4 recurrence of my breast cancer to my bones and my spine, requiring heavy-duty radiation and lifelong chemotherapy.

I will always be in treatment; I will never be cancer-free. And yet, the last two years have been the most wonderful years of my life. Believe it or not, I am the happiest person I know!

What’s my secret? I always “choose joy!”

Of course, choosing joy does not mean that I do not have moments of sadness, or even despair. What it means for me is that I do not reside in those moments. Although “visiting” is almost certainly unavoidable, I refuse to pack my bags and move into the “house of despair.” I call it “ABC out of sadness.” I walk into each moment of sadness and I A(cknowledge) it, B(less) it and C(arry) on.

Acknowledge it. Bless it. Carry on.

As often as I can, I try to enter into those moments with my eyes wide open. I do my best to see it coming and “brace myself” for the way the ground seems to move beneath my feet. I “acknowledge” the summer solstice, my kids’ birthdays, Christmas, a family get-together … wondering if this will this be the “last one” of any of these cherished moments.

I acknowledge my sadness, yes, but since these moments really may be the “last ones” for me and for my children, I do my very best to move quickly to the next step and bless this moment that I am in, choosing to see it as a holy and sacred moment, rather than as a sad one. Really, isn’t that how any of us prefer to see our lives and our most precious moments—as holy and sacred ones?

It doesn’t make the pain any less intense, but what it does allow is for me to have a great moment of clarity, a vision of how I want my loved ones to remember these moments, for how they remember me. And I can assure you I do not want anyone to remember a single moment of my life as “sad.”

Once I bless the moment and see it in all of its sacred glory, then, and only then, am I able to “carry on.”

Okay, so this is the thing my friends: I know my life is not going to be as long as I, or my loved ones, would like it to be. But I am going to make the most of every moment I do have, and my “secret” to doing this is not really a secret at all.

Thoreau said, “When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

When you feel sadness nipping at your heels, whistle for it. Look it in the eye and acknowledge its presence. Then bless it and carry on.

Mary Ann Wasil is the author of the recently published memoir A Diary of Healing: My Intense and Meaningful Life with Cancer (Hay House Publishing’s Balboa Press). She is also the founder of the grassroots breast health global non-profit organization, The Get In Touch Foundation.


This story connects you to Reimagine’s Inner Strengths course, one of the Seven Pillars in Reimagine’s evidence-based curriculum. Learn more about Inner Strengths in the university here.


To donate to the Lynne Cohen Foundation or participate in the 13th Annual Kickin’ Cancer 5K, visit our team page here.

Burn Bites: Kasseem’s Delicious Guac

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Guacamole is the PERFECT addition to any Summer party. It’s easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser, but this particular recipe has a “little something extra” that will leave everyone at your next get together hungry for more (seriously – you should probably double it).

What You’ll Need:

-3 Avocados (cut & cubed)

-1/2 small red onion (minced)

-1/4 cup cilantro (minced)

-2 tbsp. lime juice

-1 small jalapeno (minced, seeded)*optional

-1 to 2 cloved garlic (minced)

-1/2 tsp. cumin

-1/4 tsp. salt

How To Make It Happen:

Mash up and enjoy!

Roads Closed Near Brentwood, Los Angeles

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Dear Burn 60 Clients,

President Obama will be delivering a speech on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Los Angeles Technical Trade College. As such, the following roads will be closed tomorrow near our Brentwood, Los Angeles studio:

  • The area around Beverly Boulevard and North Doheny Drive from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The area around Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon Road from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • The area around Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue from 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • The area around Grand Avenue and West Washington Boulevard from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The area around Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please be sure to allow yourself a bit of extra time to get to class. Traffic is likely to cause some delays for everyone, but if we plan ahead it should not interfere with our regularly scheduled classes!

Travel safe,

Team Burn 60



Training While You Travel

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Tis the season for road trips and flights abroad; packing and unpacking; one time zone and then another. It’s summer time and – in case you missed it – it’s the official season for travel.

Whether you’re flying to a foreign country with your girlfriends or booking a rental car to visit your in-laws in Arizona, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you’ll be doing when you reach your destination. You know where you’ll be staying, what you’ll be eating and how many pairs of shoes you need to pack, but do you know when you’re going to fit in a workout?

Chances are you haven’t given your regularly scheduled training routine much thought. After all, you are going to be on vacation; doesn’t your body deserve a break? Well, yes and no. If you’re a total fitness junkie (exercising 5 or more times a week), then taking a brief hiatus could actually be a benefit to you.

According to an article written by Chirs Giblin for Mens Fitness, Pete McCall of the American Council on Exercise asserts that muscles do not get stronger during a workout, but rather after a workout – when the body is in recovery. For someone that is always exercising, giving it a rest can actually be a really good thing.

However, if you don’t already exercise in excess, or are planning to be traveling extensively this season, a break from routine can (and will) do more harm than good. The less muscle you have to lose, the quicker you will lose it and the more time you spend avoiding your workouts, the less likely you will be to pick them back up once you’re home.

Rather than risk falling into a fitness rut and letting all of your hard work go to waste, set aside time during your vacation to train. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time – ten minutes here or there will do – just be sure to plan ahead.

Trainer Kaseem Osheroff has put together the perfect traveling workout. This fast-paced, equipment free routine requires little space and will leave you with zero excuses. So go ahead; train hard, train happy, and travel on!

Your Favorite Quick + Dirty Workout

10 Exercises | 30 Second Each | 5 Minutes Total

3 Rounds *1 Minute Rest After Each Round | No Equipment Needed

1.  Push-ups

2.  Sprinters

3.  Squats (Double Pump at Bottom)

4.  Tuck Jumps

5.  High Knees

6.  Spider Mans

7.  Skater Jumps

8.  Split Jumps

9.  Wide Push-Ups

10. Mountain Climbers (Across Body)

13th Annual Kickin’ Cancer Run/Walk

It’s that time again! On Sunday September 14, 2014 the Lynne Cohen Foundation will host the 13th Annual Kickin’ Cancer Run/Walk in Brentwood, Los Angeles.

Every year, more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.

This year, Burn 60 Trainer Julie Diamond has joined forces with the inspiring teachers behind Reimagine – an online education program proven to help people feel better during and after a cancer diagnosis – to raise awareness for the cause and assist the Lynne Cohen Foundation in their effort to fight against women’s cancers. You too can be part of this incredible event by registering with Team Burn 60 and Reimagine here.

Nearly 55,000 women lost their battle with breast and ovarian cancer last year.

This year, we are asking for your help to change that statistic. The money we raise will be used to educate individuals about these cancers and provide funding for preventative care research. Together we can make a difference in the lives of women everywhere!*

tebow edit *If you or someone you know has fought a personal battle with breast or ovarian cancer and would like to share your story please email our Social Media Manager, Quinn Melia Craig directly at quinn.melia.craig@gmail.com – We thank you for your courage and support.