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Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Fitness, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: How To Burn That Big Belly

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:13 am

It was a Monday. I woke up and looked in the mirror. Aaaaaahhhhh! I was turning into my Granny Annie – in the belly at least. I turned 50, and wham! Didn’t even see it coming. I rushed to squeeze on the Spanx. Oh-oh, even those were not helping much!

The charcoal bamboo NotSock goes over the charcoal Footbed, then slips snug into the shoe.

Business, Fitness, Santa Monica

NotSocks Provides Solution To Going Sockless

Posted Mar. 26, 2014, 11:39 am

Kenny Sanders’ sockless invention had casual beginnings: he thought of the concept one day wishing that there could be a solution for his distaste toward socks.

A look at the most common overuse injuries on women over 50, and what you can do about them.

Fitness, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

A Look At Overuse Injuries For Women Aged 50+

Posted Feb. 26, 2014, 9:02 am

I have to thank my former trainer, Adriane, for giving me the confidence to begin running for the first time at 50 years old. We started by running in a little circle in Palisades Park, then the circles got bigger, and then they turned into one mile and before I knew it, I was running three to five mile sessions with him. It was so fun!

Enjoy yoga at 9 am at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier on Saturdays over the next six weeks.

Health, Seven Days, Fitness, Santa Monica, Pier

ROGA (Run + Yoga) Returns To The Santa Monica Pier On Saturdays For Six Weeks

Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 6:40 am

ROGA, a play on words that combines running and yoga, returns to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday mornings starting today through the end of March.

School of Martial Arts is located at 12113 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 201, Los Angeles.

Senior, Fitness, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Punching, Kicking & Breaking Arms: Learning Self Defense In A Safe Place

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:13 am

Tuesday – one hour of weight training. Thursday – three hours of Naam Yoga. Friday – one hour of weight training. Walk Zoey every day for at least a half-hour. I am finally incorporating exercise permanently into my life. One New Year’s resolution down – many others to go.

From left: Joel Rieck, Gabriela Young, Victor Mendoza, Maria Leon Martinez, and David Woodbury.

News, Business, Fitness, Santa Monica, Dance

Twist, Turn & Tango At Arthur Murray Dance Center In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 8:38 am

As couples rhythmically twist, turn, and tango to Lorde’s “Royals” blasting as background music, an unexpected marriage between modern pop music and classic partner dance is created every time a lesson is taught within the walls of Santa Monica’s newly opened Arthur Murray Dance Center.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Fitness, Santa Monica, Columnist, Fashion, Hot Flash

Wear Make Up For Working Out Or Errands? I Say Yes!

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 8:31 am

Several months ago, I was at my weight trainer’s studio, finished with my workout, and ran into his next client. We exchanged a quick smile and a hello, and went about our day.

Health, Fitness, Santa Monica

Fitness Guru Offers Five Simple Tips For Getting Fit

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 9:30 am

The New Year is here and after indulging in all the holiday temptations, it’s time to start shedding those pounds. The best way to do it? With a diet that includes key power foods and exercise.

Seven Days, Fitness, Santa Monica

Fairmont To Host Opening Thursday For "The Club By Lifeforce Performance"

Posted Jan. 20, 2014, 9:25 am

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel will host a grand opening this Thursday, Jan. 23 for The Club by Lifeforce Performance.

Rent a bike at one of Perry’s on the Beach’s four Santa Monica locations and exploring beautiful Santa Monica on two wheels.

News, Dining, Health, Fitness, Santa Monica, Biking

Create Customized "Wellness" Pairing During Santa Monica Eat Well Week

Posted Jan. 6, 2014, 10:01 am

In celebration of Santa Monica's 2nd annual Eat Well Week, the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging the community to create customized "wellness pairing" experiences.

Lou Ferrigno launched a 12-week fitness program in June to help people strike a balance between health and wellbeing.

News, Health, Celebrity, Fitness, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Lou Ferrigno Offers 12-Week Fitness Program

Posted Dec. 16, 2013, 9:11 am

He once portrayed the Incredible Hulk on television, an emotional response to a fugitive scientist who morphed from a human being to a powerful beast. That was from 1978 to 1982. Today, Lou Ferrigno lives in Santa Monica and is making a living by helping people peacefully find health without spending a lot of green.

The four Palisades Park training zones are Palisades Avenue to Alta, Montana Avenue to Palisades Avenue, Immediately north of Idaho Avenue, and Wilshire Blvd. to north public restroom.

News, Parks, Fitness, Santa Monica

Applications Open December 2 For Trainers To Apply For Park Permits

Posted Dec. 1, 2013, 9:11 am

The City of Santa Monica will accept permit applications Dec. 2 through Dec. 16 for anyone seeking to conduct fitness or athletic instruction, classes, or camps for compensation -- financial or in exchange for goods or services -- in Santa Monica's public parks or at the beach.

Cardio Barre Santa Monica is now open at 3009 Lincoln Boulevard after opening earlier this month.

News, Business, Fitness, Santa Monica

Cardio Barre Studio Now Open In Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 27, 2013, 8:52 am

A Cardio Barre studio is now open in Santa Monica, offering high energy, no impact exercise classes that combine barre work and light weights to transform bodies and empower minds.

City Council, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Fitness, Palisades Park

Four Neighborhood Groups: Ban All Commercial Fitness Activity In Palisades Park

Posted Oct. 20, 2013, 6:00 am

Dear City Council, We are writing to express our extreme disappointment with the City Council’s provisional vote last week to adopt an ordinance that would allow commercial fitness instruction, classes and camps in Palisades Park. We regard commercialization of Palisades Park as a betrayal of the public trust.

The Santa Monica City Council voted to introduce a one-year pilot program for commercial fitness operators who use the City’s parks to conduct their training sessions.

City Council, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Fitness, Santa Monica, Palisades Park

Outdoor Fitness Coalition: Palisades Park Flat-Fee Higher Than Ever Suggested

Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:21 am

Dear City Council, The issue of regulating fitness training in Santa Monica city parks has been debated for more than a year, and last week the city council deliberated on an ordinance that would formalize that regulatory and permitting process.

Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen sat down with a member of the city’s outdoor fitness coalition to discuss the pilot program for fitness trainers who use City parks.

News, City Council, Fitness, Santa Monica, In The Chair

In The Chair With Brenton Garen: Santa Monica Outdoor Fitness Coalition's Erin Dick

Posted Oct. 16, 2013, 9:44 am

The Santa Monica Mirror is pleased to present its first "In The Chair" with Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen that will feature a one-on-one interview at each Wednesday.

The Santa Monica City Council voted to introduce a one-year pilot program for commercial fitness operators who use the City’s parks to conduct their training sessions.

News, City Council, Fitness, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Outdoor Fitness Programs To Be Costly, Restrictive

Posted Oct. 11, 2013, 8:06 am

Staying in shape is not always free or cheap. Those providing fitness services within Santa Monica may have to dole out some extra cash if they want to continue providing outdoor fitness classes overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

City Council members will deliberate Tuesday an ordinance to allow private fitness trainers to offer camps or classes in public parks or beaches if they pay a fee and maintain a permit.

News, City Council, Fitness, Santa Monica, Palisades Park

Outdoor Fitness Ordinance On Santa Monica City Council Docket Tuesday

Posted Oct. 7, 2013, 8:59 am

Staying in shape is not always free or cheap. Those providing fitness services within Santa Monica may have to dole out some extra cash if they want to continue providing outdoor fitness classes overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Friends of Palisades Park offers a new compromise for City Council's consideration relating to fitness classes in the park.

City Council, Opinion, Fitness, Santa Monica, Palisades Park

Will Restoration Efforts Endure At Palisades Park If City Permits Boot Camps?

Posted Oct. 5, 2013, 9:43 am

Friends of Palisades Park is delighted with the Landscape Division’s new restoration efforts. But will the restoration be extended to the all degraded parts of the park? And will it last if the city permits 20 new boot camps?

The Santa Monica 5000 5k/10k benefits the Santa Monica - Malibu Education Foundation.

News, Downtown, Fitness, Santa Monica, Running

Santa Monica 5000 Returns To City Sunday Morning

Posted Oct. 5, 2013, 9:06 am

The eighth annual Santa Monica 5000 returns this Sunday, Oct. 6, so expect road closures and bus detours throughout the morning.

News, Big Blue Bus, Fitness, Santa Monica

Kickin’ Cancer! 5k Walk/Run Sunday; Big Blue Bus To Initiate Route Detours

Posted Sep. 28, 2013, 9:12 am

The Kickin’ Cancer! 5k Walk/Run is taking place this Sunday, September 29 from 7am until approximately 12pm. The following detours will be in effect during this period.

Participation in the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Tour da Arts is completely free.

Museum, Seven Days, Fitness, Santa Monica, Biking, Arts

What's Hot: Tour da Arts Returns To The Streets Of Santa Monica This Sunday

Posted Aug. 16, 2013, 8:56 am

The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents the Tour da Arts, vol. 5 from 11 am to 5 pm this Sunday. Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’s sights and sounds.

SMPD Sgt. Greg Smiley finished third in his division at the 2013 CrossFit Games.

News, Fitness, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica SWAT Leader Finishes Third At CrossFit Games In Masters Division

Posted Jul. 28, 2013, 9:40 am

Santa Monica Police Department SWAT Team Tactical Team Leader Sgt. Greg Smiley has finished third place in his division at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games that started Monday and runs through Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.

Roga is held Saturday from at 8-10 am at the Santa Monica Pier.

Seven Days, Fitness, Santa Monica, Pier

What's Hot: Free Roga (Run, Yoga) At The Santa Monica Pier Saturday Mornings

Posted Jul. 19, 2013, 8:34 am

Roga at the Pier will be held weekly on Saturday mornings at the Santa Monica Pier through August 31. This is a free initiative that involves a run at 8 am, which will be followed by yoga at 9 am.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Fitness, Santa Monica, Fashion, Women, Hot Flash

Sage Suggestions For A Sexy Summer: Look Good At Any Age

Posted Jul. 18, 2013, 8:18 am

It’s summer – and to look and feel sexy at any age during warmer weather, especially for women over 50, I conducted a survey of a combination of experts and women over 50 to learn their sexy summer secrets.

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