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.

BURNing Questions: Kasseem Osheroff

kasseem fb profile picAfter enjoying a successful college football career at Northern Arizona University, Oregon native Kasseem Osheroff decided to continue down the path of athletic excellence. HIs journey brought him to sunny Southern California where he has been working as a personal trainer and fitness coach for the past few years. His classes at Burn 60 are high energy and musically driven. We recently spoke with him about what life in the fitness industry has been like for him and how he feels about making a career out of what he enjoys the most.

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

Kasseem Osherhoff: My favorite part of working in the fitness industry is the positive environment.  Also, being able to meet such talented people – clients and trainers alike.

What Makes You BURN

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

KO: I would have to say Jamaica.

B60:  Who is your biggest inspiration?

KO: Definitely my mother. Her journey through life has shaped me. I’m inspired by her all the time.

Feeling The BURN At Home

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B60: When and where do you prefer to sweat?

KO: Ideally between about 12-4pm, but after teaching or a session with a client I usually still have lots of energy so sometimes I knock them out then.

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

KO: I would say my trouble zone is my cardio. I have a tendency to focus on anaerobic rather than aerobic training, so to make up for it out I mountain bike, hike, and go for runs.

B60: What is the piece of workout clothing you cannot live without (specific)?

KO: Shorts, personally I don’t like to work out in pants. Jordan shorts are my favorite.

A Day In The Life

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B60: Describe your perfect day!

KO: Being able to sleep in, wake up and cook a nice breakfast then go hiking all day. Pretty simple.

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

KO: Fruit, I can’t get enough of it!

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

KO: Malibu. It is so scenic and beautiful there.

Kasseem teaches in the mornings at our Brentwood, Los Angeles location every Monday-Friday. To sign up for one of his classes, click here.

Burn Bites: Fattoush Salad With Glazed Eggplant + Crunchy Pita

Pom Salad 1Summer-time means swimsuits and swimsuits mean…salads! Lots and lots of salads to keep us feeling full and our tummy’s looking trim. Being that we will be making quite a few of these bad boys as the warm weeks go by, we’ve been searching high and low for new and refreshing ways to jazz up our leafy greens. The recipe below is by and large one of our favorites! It is a fresh take on a Mediterranean staple that combines the crisp flavors of mint and lemon with rich pomegranate and hearty eggplant – we even added garbanzo beans to up the protein factor making it a perfectly balance option for lunch or dinner.

What You’ll Need:

For the Salad-

1 Italian eggplant, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds

1 can low-sodium garbanzo beans

3 T olive oil, divided

2 4-inch whole-wheat pitas, split and torn into bite-size pieces

1 T pomegranate molasses*

2 small heads romaine, cut into bite-size pieces

1 c. fresh parsley leaves

1 c. fresh mint leaves

1 c. pomegranate seeds

*Even in the most food-centric cities, this can be a hard ingredient to find. Luckily, it is a very easy one to make! See below:

Pomegranate Molasses: In a large saucepan, combine 4 c. pomegranate juice, 2 c. sugar and 1/4 c. lemon juice over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to boil. Turn down heat and continue to simmer until the mixture has been reduced to 1 1/4 c. (about 1 hour).

For the Dressing-

1 T pomegranate molasses

1 T white balsamic or white wine vinegar

1/2 t minced garlic

1/2 t sumac, plus more for garnish

1 T fresh lemon juice

1/4 c. grapeseed oil

1/2 t salt

How To Make It Happen:

Combine all dressing ingredients in a tightly lidded jar and shake. Begin to prepare your eggplant and pita chips by preheating oven to 400°F. Brush both sides of eggplant with 2 tablespoons oil and place in a single layer on one half of a parchment lined baking sheet. Salt to taste and roast for 10 minutes, until eggplant starts to soften. Once this happens, flip eggplant rounds. Toss pita with remaining tablespoon of olive oil, spread on the other half of the baking sheet, and return to the oven for about 10 minutes, until pita is crisp and eggplant is very soft and browned in spots. Remove from oven and brush eggplant with pomegranate molasses.

If you are unable to serve this dish immediately or are simply feeding fewer than 4, a mason jar can be a great tool for keeping your salad fresh all week! Layer ingredients in single serving portions beginning with the dressing and items that wont mush up when wet (in this case, your garbanzo beans). Continue layering – making sure to place your leafy greens and crunchy toppings closest to the lid – and then seal. Shake to mix all ingredients just before you’re ready to eat!*

pom salad 2*This recipe was originally found in Women’s Health Mag and may also be viewed on their website here.

 

Hot, Not Bothered

Our Favorite Moisture-Wicking Workout Gear

Our Favorite Moisture-Wicking Workout Gear

 

When asked what was the one piece of workout clothing he could not live without, Trainer David Petruzzi responded with the following:

“I sweat like a mad-man, so ANYTHING moisture-wicking is a must.” – David Petruzzi

Sweat can put a serious damper on your workout (pun absolutely intended), but thanks to brands like Lululemon and Nike, it doesn’t have to. More and more athletic apparel companies are turning to scientists in search of new technology which will help their customers combat perspiration. The result has been a trend of expertly designed sportswear that utilizes fabrics which have been engineered to rapidly absorb moisture and hasten its evaporation from the surface of the body. This so called “moisture-wicking” workout gear, more than lives up to its name and is favored by a majority of athletes and trainers across the globe.

Burn Bites: David’s Favorite Turkey Chili

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When asked what his favorite healthy meal was, Burn 60 Trainer David Petruzzi was quick to reply, “Turkey chili! I found this recipe off of the Food Network. I wish I could say it was my own, but it’s the one I use and it’s delicious.”

Needless to say we immediately tracked down the recipe and decided to post it for your viewing (and eating!) pleasure.

The ingredients below are just the basics, so feel free to adjust to your taste. Not a fan of yellow bell peppers? Try adding yellow corn instead. Want to make it more kid friendly? Omit the chili powder and hot sauce and substitute with a bit brown sugar and worcestershire. Seriously, make it your own and enjoy it (like David) to the last bite!

What You’ll Need:

1 T olive oil
1 c. chopped sweet onions
1 T minced garlic
1/4 c. chopped yellow bell peppers
1 lb. ground turkey
1 (28 oz) can crushed organic tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 T chili powder
1 T sugar
2 c. low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t hot sauce (we prefer Tabasco)
1 1/2 t sea salt

How to Make It Happen:

In a large skillet, sauté onions, garlic and bell peppers in olive oil over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add ground turkey and cook until browned.

Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.*

*This recipe was originally discovered by Trainer David Petruzzi at foodnetwork.com

Anna’s Rules for Work + Wellness

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While Trainer Anna Renderer may not look like she spends a lot of time sitting around, she is actually posted up on her laptop for a good chunk of the day writing, researching and developing upon basic principals and methodologies for people to transform their bodies and better their health.

Not unlike the majority of us, who’s day jobs require being chained to a desk for 7 or more hours a day, Anna has noticed that being stationary for long periods of time can significantly affect ones mental and physical state. Sedentary work environments tend to result in decreased energy and stamina, as well as an increase in irritability and weight.

In order to avoid such pitfalls, Anna suggests incorporating to following behaviors into your daily routine. Start with one and then slowly add the others until they all become second nature!

13 Ways To Boost Wellness At Work

1. Apply the 20-20-20 rule to care for your eyes when using a computer. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.

2. Show your appreciation! Buy a coworker something small yet thoughtful for their hard work or help. A latte, card, or favorite snack.

3. Go for a brisk walk outside at lunch.

4. When tension gets high at work, inhale for 3 seconds and exhale for a six second count. Repeat as needed. It’s a quick way to relax.

5. Stand or even walk if you can during all CALLS today.

6. Use positive self talk to cheer yourself past a challenge. Write “I can do this” on a sticky note or post it on your bulletin board.

7. Drink more water. Keep a container close at hand during the work day.

8. Brainstorm a problem with a mentor.

9. Do stretches every hour on the hour at work. Especially for your chest, hamstrings, and hip flexors!

10. Write out your favorite inspirational quote and stick it wherever you will see it each day.

11. Smile at a stranger! It elevates everyone’s energy!

12. Unwind at the end of the day with soothing music. Bach, or other.

13. Listen to a funny podcast after work to distress and leave the baggage of work behind when you get home.*

These tips were originally published by Anna Renderer on 6/9/2014.

For more of Anna’s health and wellness recommendations, visit her website: www.annarenderer.com

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Burn Bites: The Perfect (Make Ahead) Breakfast Sammie

imageWe’ve all been there. It’s 8am on Monday morning and you should have been out the door and on your way to work 5 minutes ago. So much for starting your day off right. You grab a granola bar, throw it in your bag and vow to get coffee before you hit the freeway.

Now you’re standing in line for your morning latte, you already crushed your granola bar while searching for parking and you’re starving. You order something skinny and a blueberry muffin (because it’s low-fat, duh) and now for a brief moment it seems that all is right with the world….right? Wrong. By noon you’ll be ready to chew your arm off and let’s face it, it’ll be all downhill from there.

So how do you avoid this conundrum? Sure, you could resist hitting snooze button that one last time, waltz into the kitchen first thing in the morning, whip out some bacon and eggs and prepare a lovely continental before showering, blow-drying, returning your boss’s last three emails and and heading off to work OR you could stop kidding yourself and plan ahead – by making theses sweet little breakfast sammies in advance!

A combination of protein, fiber and complex carbs, these bad boys are the perfect trifecta of breakfast nutrition. What’s more? They take all of twenty minutes to make and can be stored in your freezer for up to a month!

What You’ll Need:

1 muffin tin (large if available)

non-stick cooking spray

12 whole grain english muffins (try orowheat double fiber english muffins)

12 large, cage-free eggs

2 c. baby spinach

24 slices nitrate free ham

12 slices extra-thin OR 6 slices (halved) reduced-fat cheese

salt + pepper to taste

How To Make It Happen:

Set oven to 350 degrees and spray muffin tin with non-fat cooking spray.

Crack eggs (one per “muffin”) into the tin. Gently break yolks with knife or fork and and a pinch of spinach to each egg (press down to combine, but do not mix). Sprinkle with salt and pepper then place in over for 15 minutes.

image-1While the eggs are baking, slice each of your english muffins in half and place 2 slices of ham on one side and 1 slice of exrta-thin or one 1/2 slice of reduced-fat cheese on the other side.

image-2When ready, loosen the eggs from the tin by running a butter knife around their edges, then set one egg on the ham side of each sammie and top with the other half.

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Wallah! Now all you have to do is warm this up in your microwave (a minute and thirty will do ya) or toaster oven for a bit and you have a delicious, well balanced breakfast sans lines and lateness.*

*To store, wrap each sammie in a paper towel and pack away in a freezer-safe bag.

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Note:

If frozen, your sammie needs to thaw IN THE REFRIGERATOR for at least 12 hours to ensure that it will heat completely through and taste just right.

BURNing Questions: David Petruzzi

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Originally from Connecticut, trainer David Petruzzi has been working in the LA fitness scene for over 8 years.

In addition to being a passionate advocate of healthy lifestyle choices for himself and his clients, David is also an accomplished actor an avid yogi. 

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

David Petruzzi: I love teaching people how to push past their mental and physical boundaries so they can reach their full potential

What Makes You BURN 

B60 – What is a goal you hope to achieve this year?

DP - To be honest and truthful to myself and those around me.

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

DP - The Italian coast or the French Rivera

B60- Who is your biggest inspiration?

DP - Visionaries, thinkers and inventors like Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk!

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Feeling The BURN At Home 

B60 – How and where do you prefer to work up a sweat?

DP - I love me some Yoga! Hot 8 Yoga is one of my favorite places. Also any place that has a treadmill. I love to run as well.

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

DP - I struggled with my weight while growing up, so my “trouble zone” has always been food. Having a healthy and balanced diet, paired with a solid workout regiment has helped me tone my entire body.

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

DP - I sweat like a mad man so moisture wicking clothing is a must!


B60 - What fitness myth makes you cringe?

DP - The myth that if you exercise that can eat whatever you want.

A Day In The Life 

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B60 - Describe your perfect day!

DP - I much prefer the imperfect days, they are far more interesting and exciting. However, a near perfect day for me is being surrounded by the people I love.

B60 - If you could live off of only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

DP - Only one food?! I’d most likely die, I need variety.

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

DP - The beach. The waves, rays and California breeze. You cant beat it.

 

David teaches Full Body Burn every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at our Brentwood studio.