Written on November 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern
Last month, I headed over to the Astro Turf Pier on the West Side just before sunrise to meet up with celebrity trainer Lacey Stone. Her neon orange sweatpants glowed against the green field filled with her local followers ready for another day of her SWEAT Week NY outdoor boot camp. The hour-long leg and butt workout began promptly at 6:30 a.m. when she blew the whistle hanging around her neck. What a way to start your day!
Stone’s training persona was even more vibrant than her workout apparel, barking orders all the while joking excitedly and sharing quite a few cheesy puns with the group. I laughed more than I winced through her tough routine, something I had yet to experience in any other group fitness setting. Combining just the right amount of high intensity cardio moves and bodyweight strength training, Stone’s contagious enthusiasm motivated the entire group through non-stop exercises.
The early bird boot camp utilized all of the surrounding elements of the park: the cement side walls served as plyometric boxes, the poles lining the turf field marked each leg of suicide runs, and the pier itself served as a timed running loop on which we raced one another. Toward the end of the hour, as we started losing steam, Stone grouped us into teams to instill a fun sense of competition that made everyone give it their all.
Stone’s no-frills approach to fitness made each participant leave excuses at home and commit to the butt-blasting workout—and it worked! It’s always interesting to see how using back-to-basic moves in a unique outdoor space can make such a difference. Plus, few workouts can beat getting your butt kicked by the hilarious Lacey Stone as the sun rises over the Hudson River around you.
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Written on November 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm , by Karla Walsh
“If only I could afford a personal trainer and chef to work with me every day, maybe I’d have a body like Halle Berry.” Sound familiar? With legions of new fitness apps being released by celebrity trainers, you can train like a star in you own home or gym.
One recent release that caught our eye: Lacey Stone’s Extreme Bootcamp. Nicole Kidman, Amanda Seyfried, Brooke Shields and more have called Stone, a former college basketball and tennis player, their trainer. “I had many people tell me, ‘I wish I could take you with me in my pocket.’ I thought creating an app would be the easiest way to help everyone get fit,” Stone says. So that’s why she developed her new bootcamp app, available in app stores starting December 1 (just in time to help you squeeze in some quick workouts during the hectic holiday season). Click for video previews of the segments, which range from Abs & Arms to Medicine Ball & Cones.
Love training with apps? Try out a few from master trainers:
- Nike Training Club (Free, iTunes store)
- Jade of Spades ($1.99, iTunes store)
- Jillian Michaels Slim-Down Solution (Free, iTunes store)
Written on May 21, 2012 at 11:02 am , by Karla Walsh
Lacey Stone has shared her fit tips on The Dr. Oz Show, MTV’s MADE and Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels, and Hollywood all-stars like Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, Amanda Peet and America Ferrera have shaped up fast with her help. We were lucky enough to join celebrity trainer Lacey Stone at a recent KiwiSweat cycling class and found her intensity infectious.
A big driver behind all of that fire? Her killer playlist! We asked Stone to share her favorite songs for summer so you can channel that energy in your workouts too.
- “The Fighter,” Gym Class Heroes, featuring Ryan Tedder
- “Can’t Stop Me (Tiesto Remix),” Afrojack; Shermanology
- “Girl Gone Wild,” Madonna vs. Avicii
- “Beware (Jay-Z Remix),” Panjabi MC
- “Turn Up the Music,” Chris Brown
- “Glad You Came (Alex Gaudino Remix),” The Wanted
- “Breathing,” Jason Derulo
- “The World is Mine (Radio Edit),” David Guetta
- “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna
- “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
Now tell us: What songs are on your summer playlist?
Written on May 8, 2012 at 11:27 am , by Karla Walsh
What’s more motivating than having a workout date with 30 close pals? How about having the instructor know you, and call you out during the most challenging parts, by name? That’s exactly what you’ll find during a class with KiwiSweat, a pop-up fitness company that brings top-notch instructors and class concepts to life in unique locations (in the past, this has included indoor cycling at the Museum of Modern Art and yoga under the Brooklyn Bridge, among others).
The setting isn’t all that makes KiwiSweat stand out, however. When you sign up for a class, you are placed on the check-in list, and as you arrive for class, hosts will say, “welcome back for your third session!” or offer guidance if you are new, based on their computer statistics about your account. The name on your account also is linked to your locker and bike—it appears on a mini-chalkboard hanging from both—so there are no “wait, is this my spot?” moments during the pre-class scramble. Bonus: During a tough sprint or challenging yoga pose, the instructor (in our case at a waterfront cycling class last Thursday, it was the always-energetic celebrity trainer Lacey Stone) can motivate you by name. No slacking off here!
Usually, it takes several sessions to connect so strongly with your instructor and classmates. But the few simple touches KiwiSweat has added makes everyone fast friends—not to mention more likely to show up next time.
Now tell us: Would knowing your instructor on a first-name basis get you to the gym more often? And where would your ideal pop-up class take place?