Posts tagged ‘bikini’

February 10, 2014

Are you bikini ready?

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Now, being in a bikini may not be a goal of yours, but feeling comfortable in your own skin probably is. So, what are you doing to achieve these goals? I normally tell you to step away from the scale…it messes with your head, fluctuates daily, and can impede your progress if you focus solely on that. However, I have found a new scale that I am ADDICTED to and I have to share it with you. So, as you may remember from a previous blog, I have a FitBit, which I am also addicted to. It tracks my activity level as well as my sleep. Well on the app there is place to input your weight. So instead of adding it manually I now have a Withings Health Mate scale, which automatically syncs with my FitBit. It tells me my weight, my body fat percentage, my resting heart rate, and the quality of the air in the room it is in (they recommend you put your scale in your bedroom since air quality matters when getting quality sleep). The actual number on the scale is not what I care about..whether it says 142 or 146, I don’t care as I look good and feel good and know I trained hard. But I like the consistency of tracking the daily fluctuation as well as the body fat percentage and RHR. Put that in with my daily steps, activity level, and sleep and I feel like I am really getting to track my overall fitness and health to lead me to an optimal me. And, if I do just that, I am already on my way to that bikini body! To find out more about the Withings Health Mate , click the link below:

 

http://amzn.to/1giK5n5

 

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January 31, 2014

SNEAK PEEK FROM OUR LATEST SHOOT!

Yep, we sassed it up this time!

Yep, we sassed it up this time!

Hey HH family, friends, and fans,

I just wanted to share some pics from our latest shoot. Every year in January we start off by doing a shoot for new website content, social media ad campaigns, and to showcase our current physiques.

Every year our image changes with what we are feeling. We know our home base look is fitness but that is a no brainer. We love all types of looks from very conservative to sexy. We love to showcase the different looks in life. Most days, we our in our workout gear with no make up. We are training our clients, working out, or running errands.

This is how I look at 5 am=hat and no make up!

This is how I look at 5 am=hat and no make up!

So when we can get our makeup/hair professionally done, then that is what we are going to do for a fun shoot. I don’t mind wearing no make up and getting my nails dirty but I sure love getting dolled up. My inner vixen comes out to play at the shoots. Kind of like an alter ego if you will.

Make and hair check before I get on set.

Make and hair check before I get on set.

After we get all dolled up then we start with the shoot line up. We had 6-7 looks to shoot that day. It takes a lot of work and effort to coordinate a shoot. You have to make sure it fits about 8 people’s schedule. The hair/make up people, the five of us, and the photographer. Then it is picking out tearsheets and finding outfits.

Selfie check before we start shooting.

Selfie check before we start shooting.

Then after that, we have to have a meeting to make sure we are all on the same page. An average shoot starts at 9:30 am and ends at 6 pm. That is being in hair/make up for over an hour to eating lunch to shooting. But when the shots come on the photographers screen, all the hard work and effort was worth it!

Us looking at the computer screen for the right shots.

Us looking at the computer screen for the right shots.

To get 5 girls to have thier best faces and thier bodies to look awesome for the camera is harder than you think. Every pictures one of us had a goofy face or our body was in the wrong position and was not flattering. Since our ad campaigns our very specific, so are our pictures to get the right shot.

you can never take enough selfie's at a sexy shoot. I never look like this in real life, well, maybe for my husband! ;-)

You can never take enough selfie’s at a sexy shoot. I never look like this in real life, well, maybe for my husband! 😉

Shot after shot we were nailing it. All in all it was a great day. We can’t wait to show you what we have come up with to share with you our message. Thank you all for supporting us and our mission-YOU!

Practicing before our handstand fitness shot.

Practicing before our handstand fitness shot.

Next time, we will have the camera behind the scenes to show you all the hard work we put into this!

Our photographer: Wade Livingston www.wadelivingston.com

Make up/hair: LaDonna Stein and Peggy Segundo.

Love and lunges,

Marzia

January 10, 2014

SOME PEOPLE HAVE ABS, I HAVE A BOOTY!

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What is your favorite body part? We all have a favorite body part that we love to showcase. Some people have a six pack, some have nice long lean legs, and for others it can be nice sculpted arms. But for me, it has always been my butt.

Yes, I take butt selfies!

Yes, I take butt selfies!

Early on in my teenage years, I ran track and played volleyball. I was a little stick figure with a small bubble butt. I remember being a teenager in a bathing suit when my mom’s friends would say “Wow, look at your cute little derriere”. I could care less back in those days about my butt. It wasn’t till I hit my 20’s till I got complimented on it left and right. It wasn’t only in a bikini; it was in jeans and shorts too.

Fun fact: I used to be a butt model for swimwear and lingerie!

Fun fact: I used to be a butt model for swimwear and lingerie!

In my 30’s, I became a bikini fitness competitor and a model. I was a requirement to have a nice high and tight booty for stage. I was being critiqued on my physique. For me, whenever I worked out and dieted down for competitions or shoots, my butt would look better than my abs. For most female competitors, they had the opposite-a problem with losing fat on thighs and butt. For me, that was the easy part. My “problem area” was my abs. I have such a long torso, I couldn’t get the lines across or fuller. I tried everything in bodybuilding and powerlifting to help my abs get fuller so they can pop. Nothing seemed to work. If I dieted down to where you could actually see them, I was too lean everywhere else. I almost looked anorexic. Not good for a 5’9” tall thin athletic girl.

My best feature at competitions!

My best feature at competitions!

To this day, I still work on my elusive abs. I eat super clean and commit to core work, but nada. I am lean and have muscle tone in my abs, but not a six pack. I have learned sometimes it is genetic on how the abdominal wall is. After watching many competitors c0mpete for the past 7 years, I realized, I am not the only one. There are a lot of us out there that can’t bring a six pack to stage, but we got the glutes that salute! I can bring a backside package to stage like no other. But, the torso part, not so much.

Still working on the front!

Still working on the front!

So does that mean I give up? NO! I keep going. Something inside of me still makes me fight for it. I know that the body is a work in progress and always changing. You have to keep moving forward.

Here is am at 39 and I still have a great butt! Yep, I said it. I say showcase your strengths and keep working on your weaknesses. There is nothing wrong with flaunting a little hard work and great genetics! The older I get, I realize it is a challenge to keep things tighter. This helps me push and focus more in the gym.

So keep working on yourself to get to your health and fitness goals. I have seen the impossible happen!

Lots of lunges and Squats,

Marzia

May 21, 2013

Bathing Suit Season

Finding the right suit for you body can be a nightmare. I know a lot of women who dread going shopping for swimsuits because instead of making them feel beautiful and empowered about their body it makes them feel worse. The problem is that not all swimsuits were created equal. You have to know the best cut and style for you body type that will accentuate your assets not enlighten your flaws. Feeling good in your own skin is important, but certainly the right swimsuit can aid in the process of you looking in the mirror and loving the woman staring back at you. 

Know what your body type is first. Do you have bigger hips? Are you very chesty? Do you have an athletic build? No curves? Too many curves? We are all created differently, and so knowing a little bit about your body will help you find the perfect suit for you. For example, I have an athletic build. I have no waist really and am pretty flat chested. I wear a triangle top with strings which creates the illusion of cleavage. If I were to wear a bandeau top I would look even flatter than I already am. 

I want you to feel comfortable and sexy this swimsuit season…so follow the links below to see what swimsuit type might work best for you and then get to shopping! 

http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2010/05/how-to-find-the-sexiest-swimsuit-for-your-body-shape

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20365622,00.html

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/guides/summer-beauty/best-swimsuits-for-your-body-type/Image