Category: Health/Fitness


posted by Elshane on Feb 3 2017, under Health/Fitness

Ummm, yeah, I like to work out. Pilates, barre, spin, I spare no expense.  And the chance to throw a swimsuit on? Game on!  You can bet I'll get 20 morning push ups and 100 crunches in before a day at the pool just to get ready to take on the day. So it may come to one's surprise that even the sight of a one piece swimsuit appeared in my suitcase this time around... 

Yeah.... I packed a one piece for Maui. News Flash! First time packing a one piece, first time wearing a one piece, and first time loving a one piece! I was hesitant at first because I didn't want it to hide so much of my body, but I found something so effortless about this suit that I had to give it two push ups! {Like what I did there?}

Of course, I packed a ratio of 10 bikinis to this one little happy one piece, but this vacation moment did make me feel glamorous and ready to take down that cheeseburger and two margaritas with zero hesitation. And sometimes THAT, my friend, is the sexiest look of all...


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posted by Elshane on Jan 23 2017, under Health/Fitness

It felt really good being back in the sand without the remains of my baby weight. At 9 months postpartum, I feel 100% back to my old self. It seems that for as long as the baby takes to grow inside of you, it takes just as long to leave.

Being out of the swimwear mentality last summer due to pregnancy, it was fun to experiment with new swim trends this time around. Don't get me wrong, I was definitely one of those preggos who went teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini-and-bump at the beach, but I just didn't invest in new suits at the time.

So this trip was the perfect excuse to get me back in the swimwear game. I love the new bikini styles that wrap around your waist like this Vix swimsuit-- it felt crazy, sexy, cool. Ya feels? 

Photographs taken on Maui, Hawaii at 9 months postpartum.

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posted by Elshane on Oct 25 2016, under Health/Fitness

Free the legs!!!!

We've all heard it enough, athleisure is taking over the fashion space in a big way, but what is exciting and new to share to the world is that the silhouette of the women's workout pant is expanding (literally and figuratively), finally!

I love me a good yoga legging, but something just felt right about putting on these not too loose, but not too tight jogger sweatpants for my workout. It gave me a little fire in my step and a little extra motivation in my workout. 

Yeah, OK, I got some "oohs and ahhs" at the gym. Some wandering eyes... "What is she wearing? Are those sweatpants?" "Wait, no they're Lululemon workout pants that give her a little more swag than our BASIC spandex," they all gasped in exhilaration! (In their heads, I know this for a fact!)

I wore them to dance class and felt a little more soul in my step. And then of course I wore them around town for the rest of the day and felt like I was in pajamas. It was a great day.


**Pant sizing: I stuck with my true size-- Lululemon's smallest size which is a 2-- I tried the 4 because I wanted them nice and roomy but the 4 was way too big for me.**


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posted by Elshane on Aug 2 2016, under Health/Fitness

I'll be the first to admit that I was nervous about what pregnancy could do to my body. Fitness has always been important to me, and being fit has always been a major part of my identity.

I enlisted myself in a 57 day challenge with Physique 57 the moment my doctor gave me the thumbs up to work out again at 6 weeks post partum. I had done barre-inspired workouts for years and I always knew they were the best for my body type. The mix of ballet-inspired movements with small intervals of light cardio had always been a successful way for me to stay lean and toned. 

So the question remained... would 4 days per week of Physique 57 workouts for 57 consecutive days be enough to reclaim my pre-baby body?

At 6 weeks post partum, I was 10 lbs away from my pre-baby weight. I had love handles, a bit of extra "skin" ;) on my belly, my hips were wider, and my thighs were bigger than normal. I could sort of fit into my jeans, but only the stretchy ones. But I wouldn't dare wear any of them because I didn't feel thin enough to wear pants. 

In Physique 57, a large part of the workout emphasizes core, which as many of you know, is at the root of my postpartum recovery issues. I have Diastasis Recti (my abdomen split in half during pregnancy and is still working to reconnect), but the instructors are all well-trained in Diastasis Recti and pregnancy in general, so they were able to offer me safe modified abdominal workouts. 

Other than core, Physique 57 focuses heavily on butt and thighs, with a light arms section in the beginning. The movements are small and refined, allowing you to carefully tone each part of your body while actually having fun and listening to pop music. Squatting and pulsing to Rihanna and Beyonce is always a thumbs up in my books!

So the results... did I drop the 10 lbs???


I lost 7 lbs in those 57 days. I regained my 6-pack and now fit into all of my jeans again. I'm still fighting to loose these stubborn last 3 lbs, but I know I'm closer than ever. Physique 57 chopped off nearly all of my final baby weight, and now it's up to me to finish what I started.

For being not even 4 months post-partum, I'm pretty proud of my recovery. Blame it on summertime and bikinis... but I can promise you that I'll loose the rest by end of summer.

Or at least try...

Are you interested in trying Physique 57? There are studios in New York City, the Hamptons, and Beverly Hills, and they're offering the first class free with code P57EW at checkout on their website.

If you don't live in one of these cities, or simply don't have the time to leave the house for a workout (shout out to all the times I did my very own P57 workouts from my living room floor streaming through my television while my baby was napping in the morning), you can score 2 weeks of free video on demand by using the code P57EW at checkout of the Video On Demand section on their site!


Photographs taken at the Beverly Hills Physique 57 studio by Sabrina Hill.

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posted by Elshane on Nov 26 2015, under Health/Fitness

This season, women empowerment is in full force. Two women are front runners for POTUS status, wow! {President of the United States}, and in fashion, athleisure for women is standing tall as the premiere trend moving forward for seasons to come.

What is athleisure exactly? Well, in basic terms, it was someone's idea to glorify the right for women to wear chic sweatpants, fresh sneakersyoga pants, and edgy backpacks in public, and be deemed "trendy" for it. My vote? Power to women in well-fitting, comfortable clothing!

This season, athleisure is measuring up to be the biggest go-to for holiday gifting, both for yourself, and for your loved ones. 

Don't let this trend go by without making your mark on it-- it's too good (and comfortable) to pass up.

But remember, athleisure is high-end athletic wear. This is not an excuse to break out your old sweatpants and sweatshirts from years past. The new cuts and silhouettes of current athleisure-wear are form-fitting, made of high quality fabrics, and statement pieces that are meant to be bold and seen. THAT is athleisure. Don't fall behind.

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posted by Elshane on Jun 1 2015, under Health/Fitness

That time I {ultra-fabulously} popped out of my wedding cake in near sheer nudeness? Those bikini beach selfies

The belly shirts. The mini skirts. The crop tops. The underwear as outerwear. The tight dresses. The confidence.
I can thank Physique 57's workout studio for all of these moments!
Physique, as most nickname it, is a form of interval training mixed with ballet-inspired movements, cardio and strength training, and stretch relief, all in the sake of lengthening and leaning your bod!
I've been a devoted member of the tribe for three years now, and if you think it gets easier by the year, well, it doesn't.  It's one of those workouts where the more you do it, the harder it gets. These movements are so small and defined, that it takes true devotion to understand your own body and how it works. And just when you think you've figured it out, they change up the movements on you!
I grind away at the Physique 57 studios in New York City, Los Angeles, and the Hamptons, and now I see that they've opened in Dubai and Bangkok, as well!
But, if you don't live in any of these areas, they sell videos so you can do the workout at home in your living room with your girls. I've done this a few times with friends and it proves to be quite the intense and rewarding workout scenario! (Sidenote, I drag my husband to class every once in a while and he sweats like I've never seen before! It's amazing how hard this workout is for men.)
Check out the Physique 57 website to see class, package, and video options in your area! I dare you to allow Physique to sculpt you a six-pack in time for summer. :)
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posted by Elshane on Feb 2 2015, under Health/Fitness

Every activity is the perfect excuse for an outfit to match. Last Sunday I went to the driving range and the case here was no different.

Here's a list of some of my favorite places to "dress the part", and exactly what I'd wear...

Sunday Brunch. Always choose chic over cheap. A floaty knee length skirt, kitten heel, tailored blouse. Cat eye sunnies and structured box clutch. Sort of like Breakfast at Tiffany's... but more like Breakfast at Elshane's... 

Friday Night Date Night (Dinner and Movie Style). Play up wifey-chic in your most flattering denim, a comfortable but sexy walking heel, tucked in tailored blouse, and a trés expensive jacket that you wouldn't wear to a beer-spilling bar. Save those LBD's for Date Night (Nightclub Edition). 

Professional Sporting Game: Don't even get me started here, NO better place to shine! Backwards hat, great eye makeup, crop top, high waisted A-line mini skirt, thigh high socks, wedge sneakers, and a Tokyo-approved backpack. It's like, you could get on the field, but you'd rather drink Rosé and watch from the box seats...

First Impression Dinner (Work Environment): Kill 'em with chicness but play with prints and color. Pencil skirt, fitted top in mixed patterns. Your perfect killer designer heel. A mix of Victoria Beckham and Carrie Bradshaw. Yes!

The Roller Disco: Channel that inner Beyoncé. Printed leggings layered under cut-off jean shorts. Wild, wild hair. Wild, wild smile. 

-->Who's ready for the weekend already!? <--

Photographs taken at the Rancho Park Driving Range, Los Angeles, CA. 

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posted by Elshane on Aug 17 2014, under Health/Fitness

The Skinny On Getting Skinny

When I need to loose those extra three pounds? I have a diet plan that really works for me. It's as simple as can be, and it's a guarantee score each time. Flattens my tummy and tightens my legs. Here's the deal...

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