On running: "In my overweight and unhealthy days, I always thought that I had to run to lose weight. I mean, runners were skinny, right? Every time I tried to take up running (a little more like light jogging really), I would fail, and it would notch off my self-esteem little by little."
What she does instead: A combination of boxing, kickboxing, MMA training, barre work, HIIT, weight training, and yoga. "Now 100 pounds lighter, I enjoy using kickboxing as my cardio. I also incorporate HIIT and speed drills (speed ladders, box jumps, bleacher drills, etc.), as well as step. I also love the mini tramp and keep one in my office for when I feel overworked or just a bit 'blah.'"
Try one of Michele's favorite workouts at home with this barre routine. It's designed to help you develop lean muscle mass while improving your balance, flexibility, and range of motion.
- Michele Carlson, a certified master trainer and nutrition consultant