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

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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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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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Take a Tour of The Vixen Workout Studio in Miami, FL

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Inside View and More!

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by our brand new dance fitness studio, you absolutely should! Why? Well, the entire facility is designed to make you feel like you’re on tour and, after just one visit, you’ll probably start feeling like you’re ready to headline at the next MTV VMA’s (Video Music Awards). Follow us through an inside view of the experience:

The first thing you want to do when you step into Vixen Workout Studio is getting your “Backstage Pass” or “Ticket” at the “Box Office” (a.k.a. Front Desk)…

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After your credentials are all set, proceed “Backstage” to get ready for the “Show” (a.k.a Class)…

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Once you’re ready to perform, head to the “Stage” entrance (a.k.a Dance Room entrance) for “Call Time”…

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“On Stage”, remember to warm up, stretch, take a few deep breaths, and do whatever you gotta do to get in the zone… Ready for Showtime?

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Important! Don’t forget to stay after class for the group pic. It is especially useful to tease your followers on social media 😉

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If you find yourself in need of help after class but the “Crew” (a.k.a. Staff) is unavailable due to an overflow of “Talent” (a.k.a. Instructors & Clients) or VIPs (a.k.a. Members), then you can find the HQ Team inside the “Production Office” and they will gladly provide assistance…

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We hope you have an amazing experience at the Vixen Workout Studio in Wynwood!

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Studio Address: 547 NW 28th Street, Miami, FL 33127

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Contact Info: 786-334-6802  |   info@vixenworkout.com

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STAY HUNGRY. LIVE FIERCE.  |  #VIXENARMY

 

This article was written by Sonja Edel


Meet Janet Jones, Founder of the Vixen Workout.

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Vixen Workout Founder Janet Jones to Open Wynwood Studio

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Janet Jones wants you to shake things up — and not just your booty. The founder of Vixen Workout, a hip-hop-inspired dance-fitness program, is opening a new studio May 1 in Wynwood after a five-year journey of rediscovering herself.

“All of us, as women, go through the same thing,” she says, “growing up with mixed messages about what we’re supposed to be.”

Jones began her rich and varied life as a dancer in classical ballet and explored many forms of movement, including martial arts. She earned a BFA, performed with the Miami Heat Dancers, and worked in Los Angeles with celebrity choreographers in the entertainment industry. She honed her knack for stage production while dancing on major artists’ tours and TV network shows.

Once she returned to Miami, the business-savvy Jones opened a talent agency for dancers. It all looked good. But the agency took a hit in 2008 during the Great Recession. So she settled into a more traditional life: marriage, motherhood, and a job in corporate America.

“I stopped listening to my heart and was trying to fit into a mold,” she says. “I thought that would be my happily ever after. I thought all of that would make me an adult. But it was the death of my spirit.”

The 9-to-5 grind drove her into depression. “Most women never discover what it’s like to be alive,” she says. “We go to work. We serve everyone else. We put ourselves last.

“You can read dozens of books and attend dozens of seminars on empowerment,” she adds. “But you are still in a battle with everything you’ve heard and seen through society’s messaging.”

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Vixen Workout founder Janet Jones.
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The year Vixen Workout was born, Jones had no idea her heart’s calling would come back so strongly. It all began innocently enough and perhaps a bit un-Vixen like: She simply added a Monday-night fitness class for moms at a dance studio for kids she opened in 2012.

Business picked up. By 2013, she had so many women signing up for the hip-hop-inspired cardio routines that she moved classes to a larger space in Coconut Grove. By then, more than 100 members of the Vixen Army — as loyal fans are called — were consistently lining up for each class of the workout that helps women get their “Beyoncé, Ciara, and Rihanna on” while reclaiming their self-confidence.

“Vixen is such a powerful force in the empowerment of women because it forces you to mute decades of negative messaging that we all carry in our heads,” she says.

That same year, Jones opened pop-ups in Manhattan. By 2015, she had created a certification program for the signature workout. Today 120 certified instructors and counting teach Vixen Workout across the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic.

On May 1, Jones will open the first stand-alone Vixen Workout studio in Wynwood. She has no regrets about having to start all over again. Her passion for dance has come full circle in a more balanced life.

Dance was the answer, which she hopes will help other women on their own paths. “Dance forces you to disconnect from your consciousness and connect with bodily self and spiritual self,” she explains, “your truest self.”

Jones has since remarried and is raising her daughter, now 7, who started dancing a year ago. “Vixen isn’t a children’s dance class, but she asks to come to work with me because she loves to see everyone dance,” she says of her daughter.

The majority of Miami’s Vixen Army, who are encouraged to vamp up their workout looks with “red lipstick and hair done like they’re performing in their own concert,” range in age from their 20s to 30s. “But we’ve got college-aged girls,” Jones says, “and recently a woman celebrated her 65th birthday party with Vixen.”

The Vixen Workout is open to all levels. Classes teach easy-to-learn routines with variations inspired by whatever is trending in pop culture. Atmosphere lighting adds a glam vibe to the one-hour fitness practice, which is a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout disguised as choreography. “It’s what makes Vixen so fun,” Jones says. “If there’s a viral dance, we’ll incorporate it. But the fundamentals are the same.”

Jones began her dance career as a little girl wearing a tight ballerina bun, but now she lets her hair — and spirit — flow freely. “You need to take care of yourself first,” she says, “so you can be better prepared to take care of others.”

See original article HERE

Vixen Workout Founder Janet Jones to Open Wynwood Studio

 

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Janet Jones shows off Vixen Workout’s newest studio in Wynwood.

By | APRIL 18, 2017

Janet Jones wants you to shake things up — and not just your booty. The founder of Vixen Workout, a hip-hop-inspired dance-fitness program, is opening a new studio May 1 in Wynwood after a five-year journey of rediscovering herself.

“All of us, as women, go through the same thing,” she says, “growing up with mixed messages about we’re supposed to be.”

Jones began her rich and varied life as a dancer in classical ballet and explored many forms of movement, including martial arts. She earned a BFA, performed with the Miami Heat Dancers, and worked in Los Angeles with celebrity choreographers in the entertainment industry. She honed her knack for stage production while dancing on major artists’ tours and TV network shows.

Once she returned to Miami, the business-savvy Jones opened a talent agency for dancers. It all looked good. But the agency took a hit in 2008 during the Great Recession. So she settled into a more traditional life: marriage, motherhood, and a job in corporate America.

“I stopped listening to my heart and was trying to fit into a mold,” she says. “I thought that would be my happily ever after. I thought all of that would make me an adult. But it was the death of my spirit.”

The 9-to-5 grind drove her into depression. “Most women never discover what it’s like to be alive,” she says. “We go to work. We serve everyone else. We put ourselves last.

“You can read dozens of books and attend dozens of seminars on empowerment,” she adds. “But you are still in a battle with everything you’ve heard and seen through society’s messaging.”

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The year Vixen Workout was born, Jones had no idea her heart’s calling would come back so strongly. It all began innocently enough and perhaps a bit un-Vixen like: She simply added a Monday-night fitness class for moms at a dance studio for kids she opened in 2012.

Business picked up. By 2013, she had so many women signing up for the hip-hop-inspired cardio routines that she moved classes to a larger space in Coconut Grove. By then, more than 100 members of the Vixen Army — as loyal fans are called — were consistently lining up for each class of the workout that helps women get their “Beyoncé, Ciara, and Rihanna on” while reclaiming their self-confidence.

“Vixen is such a powerful force in the empowerment of women because it forces you to mute decades of negative messaging that we all carry in our heads,” she says.

That same year, Jones opened pop-ups in Manhattan. By 2015, she had created a certification program for the signature workout. Today 120 certified instructors and counting teach Vixen Workout across the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic.

On May 1, Jones will open the first stand-alone Vixen Workout studio in Wynwood. She has no regrets about having to start all over again. Her passion for dance has come full circle in a more balanced life.

Dance was the answer, which she hopes will help other women on their own paths. “Dance forces you to disconnect from your consciousness and connect with bodily self and spiritual self,” she explains, “your truest self.”

Jones has since remarried and is raising her daughter, now 7, who started dancing a year ago. “Vixen isn’t a children’s dance class, but she asks to come to work with me because she loves to see everyone dance,” she says of her daughter.

The majority of Miami’s Vixen Army, who are encouraged to vamp up their workout looks with “red lipstick and hair done like they’re performing in their own concert,” range in age from their 20s to 30s. “But we’ve got college-aged girls,” Jones says, “and recently a woman celebrated her 65th birthday party with Vixen.”

The Vixen Workout is open to all levels. Classes teach easy-to-learn routines with variations inspired by whatever is trending in pop culture. Atmosphere lighting adds a glam vibe to the one-hour fitness practice, which is a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout disguised as choreography. “It’s what makes Vixen so fun,” Jones says. “If there’s a viral dance, we’ll incorporate it. But the fundamentals are the same.”

Jones began her dance career as a little girl wearing a tight ballerina bun, but now she lets her hair — and spirit — flow freely. “You need to take care of yourself first,” she says, “so you can be better prepared to take care of others.”

Vixen Workout Studio
Opens May 1 at 547 NW 28th St., Miami. Members-only, soft-opening limited classes begin Sunday, April 23. Free open house with 30-minute preview classes every hour Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP on Eventbrite. Visit vixenworkout.me.

Vixen Workout Studio: Opening Schedule

#VIXENARMY Are you ready?!!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.  During the month of April, the Vixen Workout will transition to the new Wynwood Studio.  We will continue to hold classes with a limited schedule at our Body & Soul location until the studio opens on April 29th.  Below you will find the schedule of classes and special events leading up to our opening day.  

(Broward schedule will remain the same.)

 SOFT OPENING SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

We will have a limited class schedule at Body & Soul leading up to our Wynwood Studio opening on April 29th.  Thursday, April 13th will be our last class at Body & Soul.   

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#VIXENARMY who have taken advantage of our Studio Membership Pre-sales have the opportunity to be the first to preview the studio and break-in the new dance room with a class with Founder, Janet Jones and our best Master Trainers.  If you have a membership, make sure to RSVP for the Members Only Hard Hat Tour and Preview Class below.

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If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should get a membership, we say YASSSSS gurl do it! Let us tell you why.– Once we open for official business, the rate of our membership will go up (to $150 to be exact).  Although the perks will be the same, the fees for additional classes & late cancel/no-shows are a bit more expensive.  Our membership only requires a 3-month commitment (a big YAS for us commitment-phobes).  To sign up for the Pre-Sale Membership click below.

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Here is the schedule effective May 1st.  We will be adding classes to our morning and early evening schedule in May.  

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The Wynwood Studio is located at 547 NW 28 Street Miami, FL 33137 right next to the Miami Ad School.

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Vixen Workout: Fierce, Sexy Janet Jones Shows Us How To Own It

By  | July 25th, 2016

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Janet Jones has made the art of booty shaking a national fitness phenomenon. Jones’ Vixen Workout is a high-energy experience that builds on the latest dance trends, encouraging women to sweat into their sexy and embrace their sassiness within a safe space. At Vixen, the fantasy of working it like Beyoncé becomes a reality, all while burning hundreds of calories fueled further by female camaraderie (a.k.a #VIXENARMY). The classes have sprouted loyal legions in Miami and New York and have sprouted branded collaborations with Urban Decay and Covergirl. Hip popping popularity aside, the former Miami Heat dancer credits her creation to helping her rediscover her womanhood, and her dedicated followers have echoed similar spikes in confidence and self-love. Jones is tossing out taboos—a theme we also highlighted in our 2016 Trends Report, Sexual Wellbeing: Taboo No More—and embracing her fierce feminity. Here’s how she owns it—and how you can, too.

Spafinder: How did the creation of the Vixen Workout concept enliven you as a woman?

JANET JONES: Creating the Vixen Workout did more than just enliven me as a woman—it brought me back to life.  The inspiration for the Vixen Workout came from my darkest moments as a woman; for years I stopped listening to the voice inside of me and instead surrendered myself to societal roles of practicality. The life of routine, responsibility, and what everyone called “adulthood” felt like my personal hell. My identity up until to that point [“adulthood”] was who I became when performing; I was strong, powerful, confident, vivacious Janet.  I quickly became depressed, desensitized, and confused as to why everyone else’s “happily-ever-after” was not mine. I discovered that my personal hell came from living as a lesser version of myself by trying to fit myself into boxes that society had chosen for me.  I didn’t have the opportunity to tap into those [lost] layers of myself.

I, however, was the lucky one.  I knew that there was much more to life than my current experience of it and I came to the daunting conclusion that this is the only experience most women know.  This is what all little girls are programmed by society to strive for. “Happily ever after” was a muted existence.

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Outside of the fitness aspect, what are the mental effects Vixen has had on participants? 

The most important part of the Vixen Experience is to create an environment where women feel safe to let go of any role they carry in the outside world and tap into their inner selves. Our worrying about how we are perceived, creating the wrong impression, or doing something that is deemed inappropriate usually excludes us from enjoyment.

The Vixen environment is meant to remove these outside obstacles in order for women to lose themselves in music and movement. By losing your “self” through movement you create a sensory awareness of your participation in life—a.ka. feeling alive.

Tapping into our physical selves for the first time also improves our own body-image, which is what leads to an almost immediate sense of self-confidence.As we become adults, the amount of time we dedicate to our social lives and relationships changes to focusing on career and family.  Our need for community and belonging, however, does not change. The #VIXENARMY, which is what we call the women who attend our workouts, provides that sense of belonging that we sometimes lose.

Why do you think women suppress their sexuality? How does Vixen allow them to embrace their sexual well-being?

As women, we live with this sense of guilt without even knowing why we feel guilty.  Women are sexual beings—some studies show that women actually have stronger sex drives than men. However, we feel as if we are not permitted to express our sexual feelings or even to enjoy sex in many contexts. “Sexy” is not a bad word, in fact, a woman’s sensuality is a key factor in her confidence and body image.

We are bombarded with messages of being too thin, too thick, too this, too that, and taught that our sexual selves cannot live in the same world as our values and virtues. [With this messaging] how are we supposed to not hate our bodies?

Through Vixen, I encourage women to pretend they are J.Lo, Beyoncé, or whoever they admire. By pretending they are someone else, it makes it okay to tap into layers of themselves that they normally wouldn’t—like their sexuality. By making sexuality okay, if only for that one hour a day, it changes their negative perceptions of their own bodies.

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Janet Jones and the #VIXENARMY.

How and why would you encourage women who are shy, or believe they “can’t dance” to try Vixen?

Because I am painfully shy.  In school, teachers would ask my mother if I could speak because I had been in their class for a year and they had never heard me speak.  I was the kid who would burst into tears when the teacher would call my name because I was mortified by having any attention on me.  When you dance you are free to be whatever you want to be.  When I dance, I am everything I don’t have the courage to be in the outside world.  Eventually, if you dance with enough abandonment, you will realize you are no longer pretending.

What do you say to those who insist that the word Vixen has a negative connotation?

Vixen is embracing all of the layers that make up our womanhood and being unapologetic for doing so: A shining light in a society made to dull anything that shines. I encourage anyone who thinks there is anything negative about Vixen to come join the #VIXENARMY.

Stay hungry. Live fierce.

10 MIAMI FITNESS EXPERTS SHARE THEIR GO-TO OUTDOOR WORKOUT SPOTS

By Tricia Carr | July 1, 2016 | People

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Why restrict yourself to the four walls of a gym when Miami offers so many outdoor spaces perfect for getting in a full-body workout? From the waters of Biscayne Bay to the gym rooftop, here are 10 outdoor spots that Miami’s fitness pros use to keep their routine fresh.

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“If I want to head outdoors for a sweat sesh, my favorite place is Biscayne Bay to do some SUP (stand-up paddleboarding). I love to take full advantage of the gorgeous Miami water. Being in the ocean is extremely energizing and helps clear the clutter of my mind.” —Christa DiPaolo, creator of The Cut presented by Equinox (Aventura, Brickell, Coral Gables, and South Beach locations)

Allison Santini: Shops at Merrick Park

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“My favorite place to work out outdoors is right outside of the SoulCycle studio at the Shops at Merrick Park. There’s a huge set of stairs and a long bench at the bottom. I’ll do tricep dips on the edge of the bench and freestanding sumo squats—two of my go-to outdoor moves. I love high-intensity workouts, so running up and down the stairs in-between sets is a great way to get my heart rate up.” —Allison Santini, instructor at SoulCycle (Coral Gables and South Beach locations)

Sharif Tabbah: Beach at Key Biscayne

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“I love working out on the beach in Key Biscayne. I’m outside with a beautiful view, and the sand creates a unique and challenging workout. Training in the sand increases demand from the stabilizer muscles of the ankles and hips, while it also works the intrinsic muscles of the feet, which is difficult to do in any other setting.” —Sharif Tabbah, doctor of physical therapy, co-owner, and strength and conditioning specialist at Athletix Rehab & Recovery

Julie Wiesman: Brickell Key

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“One of my favorite outdoor spots for an interval workout is the pathway around Brickell Key. This one-mile waterfront loop is great for jogging, sprinting, bench jumps, elevated push-ups, and stretch markers, and even has grassy areas for abdominal work. Don’t be afraid to switch it up and get creative with your heart rate.” —Julie Wiesman, celebrity trainer & group fitness specialist

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“At the rooftop turf at Anatomy at 1220, there are no limitations. I have the full range to do any workout at any intensity. There’s even a nice view of palm trees and the sunset while doing it.” —Marc Megna, co-owner & chief body architect at Anatomy at 1220

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“My favorite outdoor workout spot is Legion Park. It has a beautiful open space, and you can run along the water. I like to do sprint intervals mixed with all-bodyweight workouts when I take it outside: Think push-ups, squats, burpees, pull-ups, lunges, dips, and sprints. Bring a resistance band and you can get it all in.” —Rachel Robinson, instructor at Barry’s Bootcamp

Brandon Price: Tropical Park

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“Tropical Park has an awesome track and field. It’s a great place to get a workout in, whether it’s running or pickup soccer. Especially in the summer, get outside and have fun with your workout—enjoy the beach, find a scenic rooftop, chase the sunrise and sunset, or challenge a friend.” —Brandon Price, performance specialist at DBC Fitness

Janet Jones: Margaret Pace Park

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“As a choreographer, I need constant inspiration. One of my favorite places is Margaret Pace Park in Edgewater. I put my favorite playlist on blast and go for a jog on the park’s sidewalk, which has amazing views of the bay and cruise ships.” —Janet Jones, creator of Vixen Workout

Johanna Torres: Hollywood Beach

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“Hollywood Beach is my favorite outdoor spot for a total-body workout or a run, and it has the best view. It is one of the few beaches in South Florida that doesn’t get overcrowded. There’s nothing like working out on the sand—it adds resistance and pushes your fitness level.” —Johanna Torres, instructor at SoulCycle (Coral Gables & South Beach locations)

Manning Sumner: Outdoor Turf

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On The Scene: Orgullosa Living Fabulosa Event

Janet Jones, Raquel Sofia, Diane Guerrero, Emmelie De La Cruz, Denise Soler Cox, Eliana Murillo

BY  February 29, 2016

On February 23, Orgullosa, self-defined as “a community for Latinas by Latinas”, hosted its annual Living Fabulosa event at the Paley Media Center in New York.

Guests were instantly greeted warmly with hors-d’oeuvres and white wine. Prior to the panel, guests enjoyed the P&G Beauty Bar where they were treated to hair and makeup touch-ups and well as some gifts from Pantene, Olay, Crest, Secret, and Venus. To document the beauty consultations, guests were able to take advantage of the photo booth. The guests were also gifted Orgullosa shirts that reflected different Latino backgrounds, including Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, among others.

Guests proceeded to the auditorium for the panel of powerhouse Latina trendsetters hosted by actress, Diana Guerrero (Orange is the New Black). The panel included singer/songwriter, Raquel Sofia, personal branding expert, Denise Soler Cox, Vixen Workout founder, Janet Jones, and Head of Multicultural Marketing at Google, Eliana Murillo.

Check out some of our favorite quotes from the panel below:

“I want to share advice that I was given from someone that isn’t Latino. He was male actually. He told me once, don’t be subtle. It’s this one line that I’ve thought about a lot, and so now whenever I’m a little nervous or waiting for permission, I tell myself ‘don’t be subtle, just go for it.’ ” -Eliana Murillo

“The biggest thing I want all of you to remember is the importance of authenticity and originality. Someone once told me, people don’t have time for things that aren’t transparent. The more authentic you can be and true to yourself, the more you’ll want to keep going and the more you’ll want to pursue your dreams.” -Raquel Sofia

“The importance of you know when you find something that you want to do and you find a purpose where you say maybe I can contribute to that, don’t ever think ‘oh, that’s been done. Don’t waste your time.’ It’s already been done yes, but it hasn’t been done by you. You can bring something so incredibly special, so incredibly different, so don’t waste your time thinking ‘it’s already been done. I can’t tap into this.’ because yes you can. Who says you can’t?” -Diana Guerrero

“All of my mistakes happened when I stopped listening to this feeling that you have here (put hand on heart). Sometimes the brain is telling you something different, but it’s what is in here (put hand on heart) that connects you to your journey.” – Janet Jones

We got the chance to speak to the guests of honor on the red carpet. Check out our exclusive interviews here.

GlamSquad x VixenWorkout 1.11.16

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GlamSquad and Vixen Army commander, Janet Jones, got together to create the ultimate Vixen Glam look.

GlamSquad is a new app-based beauty provider delivering professional and affordable beauty services to the home, office, hotel, or wherever you may be. We love them, with the touch of a couple buttons you’ve got a hairstylist and make up artists at your door ready to glam you up within an hour. Hello!

GlamSquad visited our Body & Soul Miami location and prepped girls with what, we like to call, the “Vixen Glam” look. This look consists of a bold winged liner, please use waterproof liner, and a bold lip. We recommend you use a matte lipstick or lipgloss, cause with all that hair twirling, we don’t want your hair sticking to your lips.

Vixens arrived an hour earlier than our Monday night 8:30pm class, and got slammed up. Hair was curled, liner was touched, and one of the GlamSquad team members broke down the perfect winged liner look for the girls to try at home.

The app is free, we say, “Why not download it?!”

Thanks GlamSquad!

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