MEET NEO U: VIXEN WORKOUT NYC’S NEW HOME

 

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We are SOOO excited to announce that the Vixen Army NYC has a new home! A home complete with a beautiful state-of-the-art dance room, full-service cafe and locker rooms with spa-quality amenities.  A home where the #Vixenarmy can Chest Pop, Fist Pump, and Booty Drop all week long and experience the Vixen Workout the way it was always meant to be experienced.  

Beginning Monday, March 12, 2018 a new era will begin as we move our Manhattan operations into NEO U.


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Starting Monday, March 12th, we will reunite on the dance floor as we kick off our Vixen Workout classes at NEO U which will be held Monday through Thursday at 7pm.  

SIGNING UP: To sign-up for classes you can do so through our website http://www.vixenworkout.com or through or Vixen Workout app! The choice is yours. 

VIXEN WORKOUT RATES:

$28 | Drop-in 

$135 |  5 Class Package ($29 per class)

$260 | 10 Class Package ($28 per class)

$180 | Unlimited Monthly Class Pass (expires 30 days from purchase)


Please take a moment to swoon over your new digs….


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Please see our full FAQ

NEOU-STAFF FAQ

If you want more information or have additional questions please email NYC@vixenworkout.com or call us at Vixen Workout HQ 786-334-6802

 

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2018 Expanded Class Schedule

On Monday, January 15th, you’ll have many more chances to dance with us. We’ve added morning and evening classes to the schedule in orer to accomodate feed your Vixen addiction.  Sign up here

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Questions on our Studio Memberships contact info@vixenworkout.com or call the studio at 786-334-6802

Members Only: 2018 Vision Board Event

Attention Vixen Workout Studio Members!  2018 is here and we want to make sure you have your best year yet!  On Saturday, January 20th from 12:30pm-2:30pm join us as our very own Zoila Garcia leads a discussion on the importance of setting goals and creating a vision board. She’ll help guide you throught the process as we spend the afternoon cutting, pasting, and getting to know each other during this fun and rewarding Members Only get together. 

To RSVP contact studio@vixenworkout.com

Introducing: Hip-Hop Flow with Ashli Katz

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Join us this Wednesday, January 17th for the launch of Hip Hop Flow with fitness celebrity, Ashli Katz   Stretch yo’ body and yo’ mind as you flow through the movements while vibing to hop hop beats spun by hottie DJ Miss Eddy Pink.

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We first met Ashli during the Propel Co:Labs event in Miami where Janet & Ashli were both panelists and we fell in love with Ashli’s infectious energy.  

img_0922_facetune_11-01-2018-19-33-50.jpgAbout Ashli:

Ashli once dreamed of touring the world as a backup dancer, only to find her true calling lied in fitness, helping others reach their fitness and life goals. Her experience as a gymnast and dancer as a child led her to further her passion at Florida State University, majoring in Exercise Science. She has always been passionate about movement and its connection to music. Now Master Instructor for Flywheel Sports and certified yoga therapist, she continues to pursue her passion and hopes to bring the same adoration to others.

We are so excited to have Ashli join the Vixen Workout studio team and to introduce this exciting new class to our studio programming!

Visit http://www.vixenworkout.com to sign-up for class!

Breast Cancer Under 40: What You Need to Know

Every October our news feeds and communities come together to bring awareness to Breast Cancer. As someone who is a big advocate for everything that affects women, I’ve participated in my fair share of Breast Cancer related charities & events; but to be completely honest, I never had anyone in my family or anyone I knew personally affected by Breast Cancer so there was a slight disconnect with the cause.  

A friend of mine from High School gave me a call that started with “There’s something I need to tell you”.  When you’re in your mid-thirties, the answers to that statement are usually a) you’re pregnant b) you’re getting married c) you’re getting divorced.  Never would I have EVER guessed that the words, “I have been diagnosed with breast cancer” would be said at 35.  Weeks later I found out that another girlfriend of mine, also in her mid-thirties and a mother of 3, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I immediately felt connected to this cause

In my mind, Breast Cancer wasn’t something I’d have to worry about until I was way into my Forties and even less if I had no family history of it.  Boy, was I wrong.

I contacted my friends at UM Health and asked if we can have one of their experts come to the Vixen Workout Studio and speak to our members about Breast Cancer.  Specifically, Breast Cancer awareness for those of us under 40.  

The lovely Dr. Carmen Calfa, a Breast Oncologist from the Sylvester Cancer Center, spent an afternoon with us answering some of our questions and educating us on what we need to know about Breast Cancer under 40.

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  • Her Breast Cancer patients ages range from 18 being the youngest ranging all the way to 80.
  • The fight against Breast Cancer has had a lot of progress in the last 20yrs. The Mortality rate has decreased significantly— an improvement of 40%.
  • Only 20-30% of cancers diagnosed have family history. 
  • If you don’t have any family history, being checked by 40 is still the recommended age.
  • About 12% of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives.  By contrast, 55-65% of women who inherit the BRCA gene will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime.  
  • Although the mortality rates have decreased, the drop in age where the diagnosis is happening has increased. It’s a population that usually don’t screen and don’t do mammograms because they think they’re too young.
  • 250,000 of the women living in the US today were diagnosed with breast cancer and are under the age of 40. 80% of those women found the cancer through self examination.
  • 20% of cancers can be missed by imaging.

Are there any factors causing this drop in age? Whats different?

Dr Calfa explains, Everything is different.  The food we eat, for example, in comparison to what our grandmothers used to eat.  We eat food filled with preservatives.

The amount of social drinking has increased tremendously and drinking has been associated to Breast Cancer.  We don’t really talk about it, but 1 drink a day is too much.  You need to cut your drinking to 3-5 drinks a week. 

Women are now much more focused on their careers and are pushing having children later in life and choosing not to breastfeed, some of us stay on birth control for 20+ years, all of these things contribute to increasing your risk of getting Breast Cancer.  

It’s CLEAR that you don’t need to have someone in your family diagnosed with Breast Cancer to be at risk for Breast Cancer.  What if you DO have family history, what steps do women with family history need to take to be proactive about their health?

It is so important to pay attention to your family history and to know what kinds of cancer is in your family history.  I see so many people not pay attention to the dad’s side, for example, Prostate Cancer is linked to the same gene that causes Breast Cancer and so is Lynch Syndrome.  It is important to know your family history, Mom & Dad’s side, 3 generations up.  

If you have 1st or 2nd degree family members who were diagnosed (Mothers/Fathers/Siblings/Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles) that were less than 50 when they were diagnosed, you need to get checked 10 years down. For example, if a family member was diagnosed at 45 you need to start getting checked at 35.

When getting a mammogram, go to a Radiology Certified place like the Sylvester Cancer Center.  3D Mammography is now available and it increased the detection of Breast Cancer by 40%.  Here are some awesome tips on how to self-screen and stay breast aware. 

Special Thanks to our friends at UM Health for making this happen and Dr. Calfa for educating us!

xoxo

Janet Jones

Avoiding The Freshmen 15

New friends, parental freedom, football games, sororities, clubs, classes that you actually get to choose to take. And… the freshman 15. While leaving for college is one of the most exciting times in your life, going away to school can be dangerous on the waistline. The freedom that comes with being on your own for the first time, also brings about changes… Your mom (or dad) is no longer there to make sure you’re eating balanced meals throughout the day and let me tell you, those dorm dining halls are like a giant, all-you-can-eat buffet, oh, hello, self-serve fro-yo with all the toppings imaginable.

All our lives, someone was making sure you started off your school day with something healthy in your stomach and packed you with a lunch or it was provided during your regular scheduled school programming. Then after doing various after school activities- like track/cheerleading/soccer- you were greeted with a healthy meal. Well, in college you’re on your own and mom isn’t there to cook and it’s up to you to plan out your meals. Meaning, it’s easy to miss a meal (which will wreck our metabolism) and can lead to overeating or grabbing something quick, like pizza, when you have time in between running to classes. All those quick slices can add up quickly.

So how can you avoid the Freshman 15, especially when it’s so difficult to stay fit in college? Balance, my dear. My friends at UHEALTH say, it’s okay to grab that handful of fries and dessert every now and then, but do so in moderation.  Stay active and do it with friends and take a group fitness class together (ahem, Vixen Workout is a great way to have ALOT of fun with friends and doesn’t feel like a workout). I know on the weekends when your friends order that large pizza, you aren’t going to ask for Kale, so go ahead and eat a slice of pizza, opt for veggie toppings if you can and don’t over indulge. Come Monday, go back to eating clean.

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It’s important to remember that it is very easy to gain the dreaded Freshman 15, but exponentially harder to lose it. Set yourself to win, by eating healthy (which will also keep your brain fueled properly), making smart food choices and limiting your indulgences to a meal or weekend day. By starting off your first semester with healthy habits, you can avoid the freshman 15…. If you don’t, do the math… 15 times 4 years of college….

Staying healthy while in college doesn’t need to mean missing out on the college experience. Head over to UHEALTH’s blog post and get some more insight on how to avoid the Freshmen 15 while building better habits.

Stay Hungry. Live Fierce.

Janet Jones

 

 

The Glorification of No Sleep

The Glorification of No Sleep

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You probably have the following phrases engraved in your minds:  “Team No Sleep”, “Sleep is for the Broke”,  “While you’re sleeping, someone else is working.”  Your social media feeds are flooded with inspirational quotes from Musicians, Entrepreneurs, and entertainment moguls that seem to practice the no sleep lifestyle.  Somehow, we’ve managed to glorify not sleeping.  I am guilty of succumbing to this false stigma, I mean, I’ve worked really hard and I would hate for someone to snatch it all away while I sleep… right?  The messaging we are receiving every day, in essence, says “if you want to be successful, don’t sleep.”

So how much of this is true and how much of this is societal BS?  The experts at University of Miami Health System (UHealth) say that studies continue to show that even moderate amounts of sleep deprivation can produce impairments in adults equivalent to being legally drunk.  Additionally, chronic fatigue from lack of sleep can also make you more vulnerable to infections and illnesses.  Now, let that sink in…

If your purpose for being an advocate for #teamnosleep is ambition, how productive can you really be if the important decisions you need to make everyday are made while you’re mentally impaired? Both our brains & bodies need time for recovery. According to the experts, lack of sleep sets you up for irrational choices, non-optimal performance, and injuries that could derail everything you’ve worked for.  It’s also been said that sleep deficiency can age your skin, cause weight gain, and decrease your sex drive– ahem, heard of getting your “Beauty Sleep”?

Head over to UHealth’s blog post to read more about the connection between sleep and athletic performance, what the experts advise – and what Lebron James and Roger Federer have in common.  

As a momma-preneur, I’ve been part of #teamnosleep for the last 7 years.  It’s gotten so bad, that I fight my sleep at night because there is one more task that I could accomplish, or one more article that I could read to give myself a competitive edge.  Thanks to my friends at UHealth for educating me on the power behind sleep.  Sleep should not be associated with guilt and lack of sleep should not be the measure for success.  As someone whose professional life depends on their physical performance, mental creativity, while advocating self care; I find myself not practicing what I preach.  From this day forward, I vow to be #teamsleep and you should join this team too.

Stay Hungry. Live Fierce.

Janet Jones

 

National Lipstick Day: The History Behind Red Lipstick

Lipstick is such a big part of the Vixen Workout.  Women are encouraged to wear lipstick to workout… huh?!  For a lot of us, wearing red lipstick is a bold move.

Do you feel sexier when you wear red lipstick?

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What is it about this powerful shade that makes women everywhere feel like the ultimate Bawse? It goes well beyond our love for selfies!

For women of all ages, from all walks of life, the red lip is not just a symbol of feminism and beauty, but of empowerment.  It’s also a reminder of how we keep our “ish” together, no matter how tough life can get!

The History of Red Lipstick

During World War II, cosmetic advertisers introduced politically charged ad campaigns for colors such as “Victory Red,” encouraging women to embrace beauty upkeep as part of their civic duty.  “Beauty as a Duty” became a confidence building motto in the US.  The concept of beauty as duty was used as a tool for promoting patriotism and encouraging women to become more active in the war effort. Women depicted in propaganda and advertisements always had perfect hair and makeup, even when they were shown as soldiers and factory workers. Being beautiful was seen as a way to keep up morale for the soldiers fighting the bad guys. “Victory Red” was literally part of putting on a brave face.  It symbolizes one of the reasons why we are fighting—the precious right of women to be feminine and lovely under any circumstances.

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DAS RIGHT.

Throughout history, the red lip has been iconic, from Elizabeth Taylor, to Marilyn Monroe, to first ladies such as Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama. We love these women, not for their glamorous choices, but for what they stood for as they made such bold choices: independence, strength, and ambition.

Lipstick and Confidence: The hue that belongs to you

It’s no secret-we love for you to get glammed before doing it for the gram before, during, and after class. In a 2011 study by Procter & Gamble, researchers from Harvard and Boston University found that women felt more confident while wearing makeup! They were also perceived as more competent and reliable in a professional setting.

No matter the shade that makes you want to come out and play, what’s important is you, our fierce vixens, feel confident in whatever color you put on your lips! When you pick a shade that you feel great in, that’s what you makes you so amazingly you!

This Saturday, July 29th, is the celebration of two things we adore: National Dance Day and National Lipstick Day! We encourage all of you to come wearing your favorite shade of lip ( RED would be preferable!) and come ready to dance and serve face with your Vixen Army friends.

Michelle Zambrana, Vixen Blog Contributor

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Fitness Trackers: Are they Worth the Splurge?

fitness trackers-We all have that one friend that will break out into what seems like an Irish step dance if their Fitness Tracker alerted them of being behind on their steps. Or the friend who will out-dance, out-treadmill, out-anything you do in order to get more calories burned on their tracker. So what’s the deal? It seems like everyone has one, and some come with a hefty price tag… but are they worth it?

Fitness tracking bands have become the must-have accessory for fitness fanatics and non-fitness fanatics alike. Nowadays Fitness Trackers not only count your steps, monitor your heart and measure your quality of sleep, but they also remind you to move when you’ve been inactive. They also come in sleek fashionable designs so you can wear them beyond the gym and into a night out, perhaps in case you want to count how many steps were completed dancing to “Despacito” with your girlfriends.

Sounds amazing, but our expert friends at the University of Miami Health System share that science indicates these results may not be as accurate as you think. 

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Researchers tested several of the most popular models, with participants taking part in 13 different activities, including running and playing basketball. They said the results showed the bands were at best ‘reasonably accurate,’ but that most were more than 10 percent out when estimating calories burned.

So do Fitness Trackers help you lose weight? The answer is, it depends. Check out UHealth’s blog post to read what the experts have to say about the benefits of tracking – according research. If you are already fit, fitness trackers are a great way to measure your heart rate and keep track of your workouts. Will it make you lose weight? Well, thats up to you. Your diet and exercise program is what will help you lose weight, but if having a tracker on your wrist will get you motivated then yes they’re worth it!

Stay Hungry, Live Fierce.

Janet Jones

HOW TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST

As someone whose been making mix-tapes since the 5th grade, I have my playlist making techniques down to a science.   At the Vixen Workout, the playlist makes or breaks the class.  You need to know how to bring the energy up, what songs to place where, when to bring it back down and everything in between.  Making a great playlist is pretty much an art form in and of itself.  In this post, I’m going to share some tips on how to make your own killer playlist.

THE BIOLOGY OF MUSIC AND EXERCISE

According to recent studies from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there’s real science behind creating effective workout playlists. The right songs can function as an important tool in improving your athletic performance – by motivating you and tricking your brain into feeling less tired. 

An Optimum Tempo Between 120 to 140 BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Personal preferences aside, this is a good workout song’s optimum tempo range because it roughly corresponds to the average person’s heart rate during a routine workout. A runner, however, may need songs with a higher tempo of 147 to 160 BPM. Most dance songs and many rock songs are already in the 120-140 BPM range.  Studies also found that music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency.  To find out the BPM’s of songs you want to add to your playlist, checkout this site.

HOW DO I FIND THE BPM’S TO A SONG?

To find out the BPM’s of songs I want to use, I use a site called Song BPM.   Once you’ve calculated the BPM of a song, you can generally store it in the ID3 tag of the music file. For example, getting info on a song in iTunes will let you enter the BPM. Using iTunes as an example, you can then sort your music by BPM and choose the songs you want that fall into the 120-140 BPM range.”

IS THERE A BLUEPRINT FOR CREATING A PLAYLIST?

Remember that if you are working out, you need to begin with a warm-up.  The first 3 songs of your playlist are your “warm-up” songs. They should gradually increase in tempo and speed to get muscles warmed up. 

Good options to begin your playlist are:

1: “Party Ain’t Over”/ Pitbull feat. Usher

2: “Champions”/ Kanye West feat. (everyone)

3. “Jungle Bae”/ Major Lazer

For the middle of your playlist, put songs that make you feel a certain way.  For example: if you’re going through a break up or a tough time, having songs with lyrics that are relatable to what your going through helps your mind not think about the fact that you have 30 minutes left.  To be clear, I don’t mean ballads for the middle of your playlist.  I mean adding songs that make you feel like a bad-ass in the middle and then the then slowly decrease in tempo so as to assist in a proper cool-down period. the slower paced ones at the end for a cool down.

Need some help finding music? Make sure to follow some of my playlists on Spotify.

Stay Hungry, Live Fierce.

Janet Jones