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Morning Run Motivator: My Curated 10 Mile Running Playlist


I’ve been logging 30-40 running miles per week these days. I can’t help it really. This 
insanely brilliant weather we’re having in NYC - it's heaven for runners. Crisp and cool, 
late summer and early fall mornings are made for long runs. If I’m traveling, I pack 
light and all I’ve really needed are my kicks, Nike+ Sports Watchbooty shorts and a jog bra
I usually head out around 8AM from my building on the north side of Williamsburg, 
run over the Billyburg Bridge, make a U turn to head east to the water and then run up 
the East River Park. I turn around at 23rd Street, head back the way I came and if I am
going for a 10 miler, I run past my building, into Greenpoint for a mile and back. I 
love this route because 2x over the bridge gives me a good amount of hill work, and 
then the relatively flat terrain along Kent Ave in Brooklyn and the park in Manhattan 
lets me work on speed. 

Music is a major motivator and I usually listen to all sorts of genres and style. I run 
anywhere between a 7 1⁄2 to 8 1⁄2 minute mile depending on how sore and tired 
I am or what I ate and drank the night before. Just as I teach in the studio, using 
the “musical event,” beat drop or crescendo of the music to motivate you to speed 
up and push harder is a GREAT way to work on speed. This type of training is 
also known as “fartlek’s”, but I just cannot bring myself to use that term without 
cracking up. Sorry, I spend way too much time with potty mouth boys.
SO, back to the music, the tracks I’ve put together are between 90 and 110 BPMs. 
They are perfect for me because I can hold the beat with my particular stride (I’m a 
shorty at 5’3”) and keep within my pace goal. However, I realize some of you may 
be taller, shorter, faster, or slower, so I put together a running workout where we 
can meet in the middle. If the beat of the music, also known as Beats Per Minute (BPM)
is too fast for you with these tracks, **try** to catch up to it for the drills. If its too slow,
speed ahead of the beat for the drills.

I’ve alternated tracks that have OBVIOUS musical moments where we’ll push speed, 
with tracks that are fairly even so you can just work on keeping steady.
I’m also excited to release with this playlist, an original CP remix that I’ve used in my
classes in the past, but never put out there publicly on Sound Cloud. “Set Off My Ball”
is a Diplo X TI mash that I played around with. Let me know if you love it and I’ll send
you the DL.

Finally(!), its National Yoga Month, so you can look forward to a next week's follow up
post to this one where I'm featuring my ALLTIMEFAVORITE Modo yoga instructor, Alyssa's
suggested yoga poses designed specifically for post run and post cycle stretch.

Stay strong and movitated!

Warm up with Juice at 95 BPM. This beat is so strong and for my faster runners, it’s 
a great one to hold onto. Optional if you got your guns out and ready to push right 
away: speed ahead or catch the beat at 2:41 for one minute long or 'til the end of the 

Just Girly Things (Kiely Rich Remix)
Also 95 BPMs, let’s start speeding. There are two great moments to drill wth this 
track and the lyrics actually say “the beat go hard tho” right into the drop. You can’t 
get a better cue to GO!
Push to catch or get ahead of the beat twice 0:51 (one minute) and at 3:14 also for a 

Gas Pedal Shooz (SAGE x 2 Chainz x Nu Shooz)
At 103 BPM, this is a nice fast pace. If you are behind, play with pick up the beat 
whenever and for however long you want. This is a fun mash up, especially for those 
of us who know well and loved the original ‘80s track.

I Wish (Meaux Green)
Get aggressive. You are warm and let’s work that speed right away. Drills are 
shorter, so go for it. Catch or speed up 0:32 (35 seconds) and 1:48 (35 seconds)

Paid In Full (Mini Maddess) [The Coldcut Remix]
Roll steady here at 100 BPMs. I use a 3 minute version of this track but most on 
SC and YouTube are longer, fast forward after 3-4 minutes so you can get back to 
work ;)

Kiss To Bang It (CP ReRemix)
Stay at 100 or if you are under that beat, catch up to it for two quick speed pushes, 
30 second each: 0:38 and 1:55

Strictly Business, EPMD
Vintage hip hop right at 100. Nothing crazy, just meditate on class rhyming. Fast 
forward after a few minutes if you must. You can find better quality version of this 
track on iTunes.

Set Off My Ball (CP ReRemix)
Another remix of mine(!), I love these two tracks and though, damn they sound good 
together. Once again 100 BPMs, but the drills progress LONGER. First one is super 
quick at 1:16 (15 second ONLY, get crazy), 2:04 (20 seconds this time), finally get it 
again at 3:11 (30s)

Can I Get A...(Venice Beach Remix)
Get back to a nice steady pace. Use the beat at 97 BPM or hold strong under / above 

Drop It Like Its Hot (Tim Gunter)
Ok, here we go. This track has two hard drills. The base pace is FAST at 110bpm, so I 
personally usually start below it and TRY to get up to speed for the 40 second drills 
at: 0:58 and 2:34. I mean that siren call alone should get your blood going. 

Only That Real (The Soundmen Remix) IAMSU feat. 2 Chainz & Sage the Gemini
Back to 100, just fly nice and light on this track. No drilling, just chilling “only that 
real shit is what I’m talking about.”

The Phoenix (feat. Willy Wesly)
Build up to a one-minute epic event with this track where it get imperial and 
majestic at 1:26. Run ahead or catch pace either way, start a motherf’ing riot. Hold 
for those 60 second or til the end.

F**kin’ Turbo (CP ReRemix)
Well, but of course. What would a CP playlist be without my baby?!?
You know what to do by now, just do a lot and hit it hard : 0:57 (15 second) / 1:54 
(15 second) / 2:52 (15 seconds) / 3:50 (20 seconds)

Stay With Me (Haterade Remix)
Slowly down a bit, physically and mentally. Go a bit easy to start, this is a lovely 
smooth 90 BPM tracks. Then shock yourself and explode with the track at 1:04 for 
almost 45 seconds. Chill. Then do it again at 2:29 for another 45 seconds.

Nightcall (Les Fleurs Du Mal Remix)
Love the original, this remix is gorgeous to end on. Cool down and/or hold pace. If 
you want to fly, go for it at 0:23 for a minute. Easy, and then make this last drill all 
yours: 1:47 for 45 seconds.

For *most* of this CP Playlist, click here:

Running Early Fall Edition


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Fall Fashion: Mixing Fresh Trends Into Active Wear


Its Fashion Week here in NYC! Everywhere I look I'm seeing inspiration swirling around me with these cool breezes. While I’m sad my gorgeous and transformative summer is over, I’m ready and excited to transition out of my bikinis and into some real threads. Fall Fashion actually makes me feel giddy. I don’t love being cold and I hate wearing clothing that feels constrictive (jeans are dress up for me) so my idea of cooler weather fashion involves leggings, bad-ass boots, a mixed material leather jacket with some killer accessories through which i can express my style and personality. Above all, from studio to playground, I gotta stay functional.

Much like I source my ingredients for cooking, I love to source unique, NON-mainstream fashion, especially while traveling. During my birthday trip to Spain this summer, we made a detour to Denmark to go to the number one restaurant in the world, Noma, but also so that I could go shopping. My most important stop was to hit my all-time favorite shoe designer, FreeLance. Not sold in the US, this French line has a store in Copenhagen and I made a beeline. I laid eyes on these fall boots, in the pic above and it was a done deal; my name all over this pair.  The booties have high, thick staked heal with a lug sole that make them perfect for city stomping. I’m slightly concerned as to who I’m going to turn into once I put these on and take them for a ride, but it’ll be fun to find out.

Another fall must-have, in my opinion, is a bomber jacket. They are all over right now. I picked up the one in this pic above, also in a Copenhagen boutique. What makes it different and unexpected is the use of mixed material. The jacket is made out of leather sleeves with a sheepskin vest / body.

This intersection between fashion and, what’s now being called “lifestyle active wear," is really my jam. I’ll throw this leather jacket over print leggings, some chucky high clogs and rock that over to a class. Conversely, I'll don a puffy vest over a fancy dress with thigh high moto boots and go on a hot date ;) Here in the states, several designers are getting it right with functional, casual pieces. Some, like Theory and Kamali, have even come out with athletic-specific lines. A few I’m loving right now:

ISAORA - menswear that looks hot on women too

I research a lot of fashion online and here are a few sites that I frequent:
Net-a-Porter Sport 
ShopBop Acitivewear
Adidas by Stella McCartney 

This is what’s UP


I’m having a fling with Class Pass and Sweaty Betty this fall. Very excited to be 
teaching a brand new class format: Core Circuits every Wednesday night in SoHo for 
the season. Classes fill up quickly, so sign up yesterday. And if you’re not on Class 
Pass, get on now! 

Also, feeling incredibly grateful to be getting massive love over at RateYourBurn
I just guest blogged a playlist for my lady BeFit and it's up as of this morning. I 
curated some of my all time favorite tracks that I’ve used over the last two years. 
NEXT week I’m doing the second round of my favorite recently released music. Stay 

Obviously, I need to get to get my ass back in the studio because I also got three 
beautiful reviews in one week (and its been a month since I’ve taught). Makes me 
miss you badly NYC!

Check out my latest reviews below:



THE SOURCE: Where To Find It Fresh & Fabulous In NYC

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This may sound extreme (or pathetic depending on who you ask ;) but I often plan 
my weekend activities and weekday trips into Manhattan organized around where 
and when I source my cooking ingredients. It is that essential to me.

I give you the why and where of my food obsessions. It all starts with the simplicity
of fresh and excellent quality ingredients. Anyone can eat well, and within budget,
by going straight to trusted 
sources. Working with amazing ingredients renders cooking simple, straightforward 
meals accessible to people who feel lost in the kitchen.

I certainly eat to fuel my body and workouts, of course. But let’s be straight-up for a 
minute; taste is my favoite sense. Done right, it can be lusty and lusious.
Eating gorgeously can be the simplist sheer pleasure in life. I’m also a queen in the kitchen,
and my way of loving is often to cook for and feed friends and family. 

Spreading that love far and wide here, let me give you my 411 on sourcing the freshest
and best cooking ingredients in nyc
(disclaimer: this is my list of the moment and changes as I find and discover new 
spots in this ever evolving City of New York):

EGGS: I eat probably 2-3 eggs every day. Fried over greens, hard boiled in salad, 
as coating when I make chicken fingers, etc etc. (I get this lima bean hummus 
that I use to make deviled eggs that is incredible.) I digress on the ways I use 
eggs....anyway, my favorite chickies are...

Araucana Chicken Eggs at Windfall Farms stand, Union Square Farmers 
– blue-green eggs, very rich in flavor and from hens with a varied 
diet. The most expensive ones on this list at $7 for a 1⁄2 dozen. ONLY eat 
straight up and not for putting into recipes.
Carol’s Cage Free Heirloom Brown Eggs, Whole Foods – also on the expensive 
side, but the best I’ve found from a supermarket.
• Garden of Spices Farm Eggs, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market – 
the farm is in upstate NY and the eggs are super tasty, everyday eggs. In fact, 
Dickson’s sources all of their products from small quality farms in NY State. 
Good spot.

GREENS: I consume vast qualities of dark leafy greens. I throw kale or spinach into 
my morning smoothies, my lunch is 95% of the time a salad w/ fun toppings and 
more than half my dinner plate is a vegetable in some raw, sautéed or roasted form. 
If I cannot get to farmers markets, I go for local (not necessarily organic) vegetables 
sold at Whole Foods. Buying fresh greens from either my Manhattan or Brooklyn 
Farmer’s Markets makes such a dramatic difference, I cannot even describe. Eating 
a salad made from fresh greens from the market doesn’t even need dressing. Its that 
good. I’m really not that great about rinsing my greens. But you should be!!
• Windfall Farms, Union Square Farmers Market – amazingly fresh and crisp! 
They have bins and bins of interesting and different greens, including micro-
greens. I like to mix up their arugula and mesclun together in one bag. 
Obviously no pesticides, no herbicies, no fungicides as their banner reads, 
however, not necessarily organic.
• Other Union Square Farmer’s Market favorite stands (thank you Jacquie): 
Lucky Dog, Hawthorne Valley, Sweet Mountain Berry

CHICKEN: another staple in the Phillips fam diet. At the very least weekly, I roast a 
whole bird and make paleo chicken fingers to have on hand for breakfast, snacks 
and to throw over salads. I also love marinating bone-in chicken pieces in an herb/
garlic EVOO situation and grilling that on our Big Green Egg that is illegally living on 
my balcony.
Dickson’s Farmstand Meat’s – this is clearly the spot. In addition to eggs, I 
love their chickens. Free range, super flavorful and I trust the farm source. 
They also sell organic grain-fed birds, but I prefer the roamers fuller flavor 
(and slightly less fatty).
Marlow & Daughters – another great butcher, but in my neighborhood.
Flying Pig, Union Square Farmers Market – slightly more expensive but 
awesome chickens.

SEAFOOD: I could eat seafood at every meal and never get sick of it. That the New 
England girl in me! Getting extremely fresh and wild seafood is expensive, but 
worth it for too many reasons to detail here. Eating a raw scallop immediately after 
plucking it from my favorite fish stand at Union Square is like nothing else.
• I adore all the seafood stands at Union Square Farmer’s Market, but I 
especially like P.E. & D. D. Seafood on Monday’s and Saturdays. Its all local 
and the freshest I’ve come across. 

The Lobster Place, Chelsea Market – The name is a misnomer; lobster is least 
impressive thing in this place. This fish market is just unbelievable. When I 
want to splurge I buy a whole tray of Uni and try not to eat it all by myself. 
Their selection and assortment is without a doubt, the best in the city. Just 
the other day I bought Cod Cheeks and Blowfish Tails in addition to my usual 
white fish, salmon and shellfish assortment. They have solid sushi / sashimi 
and really nice salads as well. A top CP spot for reals.

RED MEAT: I don’t eat a lot of red meat at all, maybe once a month at most. I can’t 
eat a steak without a serious glass (or two) of red wine, so its generally a double 
cheat night for me when meat is on the table. My favorite cuts are a well marbled 
grass-fed, grain finished aged porterhouse OR aged bone-in cowboy ribeye. Coated 
with coarse salt and grilled to a perfect med-rare is my jam. I’ve tried steaks from a 
LOT of butchers and my favorite right now is:
Eataly – hands down, the most flavorful and best aged steak of the moment. 
The guys behind the counter are also extremely friendly and helpful. 
Impressive array.
Dellapietras on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn. This shop is relatively new and 
also pretty good. The guys behind the counter are real-deal Italian-American 
butchers from New York (no fancy mustaches and rolled up jean hipster get 
ups in this joint). While the place looks a bit fancy and yuppified, the butchers 
are down to earth straight shooters and awesome.

WINE: yeap, I couldn’t complete this list without giving you a few of my favorite 
wine vendors. I have been obsessed with Etna Rosso Sicilian wine these days. I love 
these two places in Williamsburg:
D.O.C. on Broadway close to Peter Lugars, they will spend a chunk of time with you
finding the perfect wine to pair for any meal.
Pier Wines – disclaimer, this store is less than a block away from my building 
and they deliver. Dangerous. The guys who work here know my family VERY, 
unfortunately, well. They even remember menu details I have described in 
painstaking detail, down to specific ingredients, to ensure they recommend 
the perfect bottle and......ok fine, so I can show off my culinary skills just a lil' 
bit ;) Cute small store with a great selection.

CHOCOLATE: cannot live without it and when its expensive, i'm forced to eat in moderation.
Plus with high quality chocolate, a few pieces are enough to satisfy me.
Vosges on Spring Street in SoHo is my favorite chocolate mecca in the city.
In warm seaons, they have incredible soft serve vanilla ice cream.  yummmmmmmy

I would LOVE to hear from you on your favorite spots for incredible quality 
ingredients. HIT me up here in the comments section, twitter and facebook. 
Happy sourcing and stay tuned for more recipes and videos of yours truly 
heating it up in the kitchen.


Revolve Fitness: A Love Letter


Thank you Revolve.

You made the last 4+ years of my life incredibly rewarding. You found me just at 
the right time - I had just stepped out of a haze of emotional upheaval, anxiety and 
double-team all day breastfeeding marathons. My preemies were strong and healthy 
toddlers and I was ready for the next challenge. You decided I was your girl and 
handed it to me. 

We started something special in DC, we did it right and created a baby. It was not 
just the way we did it, it was how: the method, the music, the experience and the 
PEOPLE we did it with.

We brought out the best in each other and they noticed. Our baby grew up and we 
moved to New York City.

You helped me land solidly, with no local street cred, in the dead center of the most 
competitively fierce fitness hub of the universe: Union Square. Holy shit did we 
have balls!! You got me noticed, followed and yeah, kinda stalked ;) You gave me the 
green light to flirt with and pull in the best talent possible. You helped me find the 
confidence to be myself and let my passion speak for itself. You showed me how to 
pimp myself ;) lol lol. But for all those reasons, we worked OUT.

Yeah, we made mistakes. Fought, got bitchy, complacent, left each other and then 
kissed and made up. Why? Cause we’re family lover!

I made waves and you rode them high. We inspired each other to do what was right, 
bring out the best qualities in each other. We hosted the party right boy!! 
I learned from you and evolved into the woman I want to be. You let me have the 
space and acceptance to do it.

Together we created some epic shit and they NOTICED!!

I love you and a part of me never wanted to leave you. I mean, we have a baby 
together. That history will be FOREVER. 

Moving forward is accepting change; avoid static and never letting ourselves feel 
stale or resentful. That’s just death. No one will ever really know what went down 
just between us. Relationships are consuming, layered, complicated and the most 
intimate details often cannot even be put into words.

But I’m breathing life into something new, thanks to YOU.


Stay tuned for my next steps and the redesign of this site!!!

My story as portrayed in the media:

Rate Your Burn 

Well + Good  

Incredible thank you to @rateyourburn and all the hotties digging the dirt. Your 
support help US grow. Mwwwwaaaaahhhhh




I'm back home in NYC from nearly a month of travel in both Europe (Spain and Denmark) and bum-fuck-middle-of-no-where Maine. Both trips were equally amazing, if not insanely different. I love going from fancy to dirty in a moments notice. I love travel and feel deeply grateful for having these beautiful experiences. More than anything, I love being home both in this city and in my pad on the Williamsburg waterfront. 

Keeping the staycation situation burning on both ends while my boys are away at sleepaway camp (HOLY SHIT WHEN DID THEY GET OLD ENOUGH FOR THIS???), here's my city TO DO list for the moment:

The Green Room Presents: Ghost Beach + DOM + Ayer + DREAMERS on Saturday August 9th @Brooklyn Night Bazzar tix: itsthegreenroom.com
Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney whitney.org/exhibitions/jeffkoons
Pilobolous Dance Company @ the Joyce joyce.org
Roman Polanski's latest film "Venus is Fur"
Finishing up "The Shadow of the Wind", a novel by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon www.amazon.com  

Dimes in Chinatown dimesnyc.com
Little Neck Outpost in Greenpoint littleneckbrooklyn.com
Mimi Cheng in East Village (fueling my dumpling addiction) mimichengs.com  

Lole in SoHo, new workout gear emporium CANNOT WAIT lolewome.com
Natori in Nolita, Japanese Lingere Designer (I'm an undercover princess and love me some lace) natori.com
Birch Box in Soho because I'm a product WHORE birchbox.com
Feather earrings from Harpo-Paris harpo-paris.com
No 6 in Nolita/Chinatown is having a great sale on vintage clothes and their custom clogs, which i live in no6store.com

Getting my long and sun-damaged dirty hair DONE at dreamdry.com
Slathering on Sephora's Super Supreme Body Butter sephora.com 

@RevolveNYC: I have a different schedule this summer so check the website. Starting next week my evening classes through Labor Day will be on TUESDAYS 6:30 / 7:30 and A FEW Monday 6:30's here and there. Per usual, I'm on Saturday mornings at 9AM and 10AM, but not every weekend. Come see me, listen and sweat your heart out.
Training at 184 Kent Gym. This spot is tricked out, spacious and, like my balcony above it, also on the water. Hit me up if you want in (open to trade services). 




ME, two summers ago after I had just done a month-long super strict cleanse in preparation for a photo shoot. What a skinny bitch I was! I know better now.

Once again, I’m getting ready for another shoot. Add to that, I’m turning 40 years old in less than a month and I determined to arrive feeling fucking amazing.  As if I needed another reason to get it together, I’m about to jet to the Mediterranean coast where I’ll likely want to stay in very small bikinis most of the day.

It bears repreating: diet is (almost) EVERYTHING when it comes to pulling yourself into summer / photo shoot / wedding / feeling fabulous / whatever mode.

Here’s what’s up this time around. I’m not a fan of strict cleanses at all, and I’m not on one. I’m not kidding when I called myself a bitch. People are miserable on cleanses and I don’t have time to be unhappy. Second, my body went right back to its normal set point, and that set point looks nothing like this photo.  Cleanses are just not sustainable.

Right now I’m eating the way I always eat, whole foods, lots of greens and lean protein like chicken and seafood. I have very little gluten, dairy and red meat.  I’m not willing to lose my morning double espresso or cut out things I love entirely. What I’ve tweaked is the wine and dessert situation to just once a week (down from every day!). BOOM. Now that's what makes a difference. I'm going easy on portion size. If you want a peak at what I eat on the regular, stay tuned for an upcoming Class Pass Blog on just that.

Exercise, obviously is important, but for me, it comes in a distance second to diet with respect to leaning out. THAT said I’m running outside 3x/week instead of just 2 and I’m doubling up my workouts. Here are a few of my weekly combo’s:

8 mile run / Hour hot yoga at Modo

90 minutes of my own (boot camp/plyometric/cross-fit inspired/cardio interval) workout at the gym / outdoor cycling to and from work (over the BBurg Bridge twice)

Indoor cycling class (at Revolve of course) / Brooklyn Body Burn

You get the point, I mix it up, do intervals inside, endurance outside, bootcamps, yoga and Brooklyn Body Burn (still the hardest workout that exists). I honestly don't want to hear that you don't have time or any other excuse. If you want it badly, wake up early or get it done late. There IS time, you just have to make it happen.

So that skinny beyatch will likely not make a return this year. I’d like to live happily thank you. (Plus who wants to fuck that?! Toned, tight and curvy? Yes please ;) Ha ha ha! You know I had to get a lil inappropriate.

Happy Spring, Sweat and Sipping LOVES!


bite me


I made these Energy "Bites"** for my endurance riders at Revolve this past weekend and they were such a massive hit that I made another batch for my Monday night hotties (who were on FIRE, as in energy through the roof, thanks to these guys served PRE class). I got a LOT of requests for the recipe, so here ya go!! Its pretty simple, but making the home made almond "mush" requires a super duper blender like a Vitamix and a way to strain the liquid out, as well as the time to soak overnight.

Also, the way i cook is really without any measuring. I just eye ball, taste, add and blend, so unfortunately my measurements are not very exact. You gotta play around with the ingredients to get the right consistency to roll them into balls.

For the first batch I used 3/4 of a bag of Chia Thins, that I bought at One Lucky Duck, but you can replace that with 1/2 cup Chia Seeds and some flax seeds, plus some almond meal.

**Note that I had originally called these babies Energy "Balls" but my fit-bestie Kira Stokes busted me on facebook so I had to re-name them Bites, as in BITE ME KS.

1 cup raw organic almonds
4 cups filtered water
3/4 bad of Chia Thins OR 1/2 cup chia seeds plus 1/4 cup flax seeds
1 cup dates
1/2 cup dark cocoa nibs or a bar of dark chocolate broken up
dried blueberries or rasberries - as many as you want
1/4 cup Lucuma Powder - also bought from One Lucky Duck
Goji Berries
shredded coconut - blended in blender
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
pinch sea salt
Vanilla flavored liquid stevia - from Whole Foods
shredded coconut for rolling the outside

Make the "almond mush." This is the left over almond meat from when I make my almond milk batch every week. Soak the cup of almonds in water overnight. Drain and rinse. Blend the soaked almonds with 4 cups of fresh filtered water, two dates, stevia, vanilla and cinnamon to taste. Strain through a nut bag (no jokes please). Save the liquid almond milk for other use. The left over "mush" in the bag is what you use for the bites.

Blend the almond "mush" with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor until you get the right consistency. You may need to play with the proportions here and there. Once you get it thick and sticky, form into balls, size your preference, and roll in shredded coconut OR cinnamon / cocoa powder combination.

Put them in fridge to set for a few hours and voila! You have your energy bites to fuel you through life :)


Dishing on an Instructor Dinner Party

What the f*$k do I make for a bunch of people who use their bodies for a living exercising more than we care to divulge and scathed in tiny pieces of clothing on display in front of hundreds of NYC’ers on a daily basis?

When I decided to host a diner party for my Revolve Instructor Family, I knew I’d have to accommodate gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian, and all around high maintenance people – I mean diets. Just the thought of temping them with naughty and delicious morsels sent me into a meal planning nirvana.

My first move was brilliant and the response entirely unexpected.


I unleashed homemade freshly baked bread as you can see here. I served it with roasted garlic butter (I roasted the garlic and mashed it up with high quality butter and salt in a mortal and pestle). I honestly thought no one would touch it!! I mean bread is pretty much the devil disguised as a white fluffy carbohydrate for us fitness freaks.

Well well well, wouldn’t you know they WENT TO TOWN (washing it down with copious amounts of wine was an afterthought). The bread chow down was so massive; we ended up with little to no room for the real meal when it was served! I had chicken, kale and quinoa salad for days as leftovers. This cute little display of indulgence just confirmed for me that, yeah, we get neurotic about eating clean and healthy, blah blah blah, but without a little cheating, in moderation, here and there, life is just NOT WORTH LIVING.

In addition to the bread (recipe on lockdown), I roasted two salt/herb-brined chickens, made a quinoa salad, my signature vegan Caesar Kale salad and, finally, what has become one of my favorite culinary creations:  

Eggplant w/Roasted Garlic Tomatoes Stacked to High Heaven

This dish is so easy to make but I have to be careful not to eat too much. Safe to save I’m obsessed with eggplant. I would eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I control myself. I’ts not “bad” for you per se, but when prepared with EVOO, can soak up a lot oil and becomes insanely caloric.

The same goes for the tomatoes. Nightshade veggies are my favorite and I have to be careful not to let them take the place of healthier and lighter green ones.

Eggplant sliced width wise into ½” rounds
Tomatoes sliced into ½” rounds
2-3 Garlic cloves minced
Basil leaves
Ricotta Basil Spread (see below)

Ricotta Spread Ingredients: all blended together in a food processor:
1 container of excellent quality ricotta – I get mine at Bedford Cheese shop
1-2 raw garlic cloves
half bunch of basil leaves
salt & pepper
1/3 cup grated parm cheese
¼ cup EVOO
¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts


Roast the tomatoes: preheat the oven to 250. Put the tomatoes in a glass dish or pie plate. Sprinkle the garlic, salt, oregano over the tomatoes then drizzle EVOO all over.

Roast for as long as possible, but at least 2 hours.

Roast the eggplant: Once the tomatoes are out, preheat the oven to 450. Lay the eggplant slices on paper towels or dish towels. Sprinkle salt on both sides and let sit for about 10 minutes. They will sweat. Pat them dry, then put them in a lightly oiled roasting pan. Drizzle EVOO on both sides. Roast for about 10 minutes, then flip and roast for another 10 minutes. Take them out to your desired “doneless” I love them browned on both sides, but not yet charred so they are still soft inside.

On a serving platter, layer the eggplant, a basil leave, a few tomatoes and then a dollop of the spread / ricotta. 

power of fitness


Just this morning a journalist asked me to answer this question for an article she is writing: "How can exercise empower you to live a better life?"

My response, below, came off the top of my head as I was simulaneously getting mysef and my kids ready for school. Re-reading it made me realize that the power is in balance. Fitness helps me balance all pieces of my life so that I can apply myself to what is really important. And that is not vanity, a perfect body or teaching to the masses. It is so much more.....

Here's my response. What's yours?

This is a hard question for me because fitness is and has been a huge part of my life and honestly, i've never known a life without it. So i'm not sure how powerless i'd be if I hadn't been dancing or working out. I will say that fitness has imparted on me a certain level of body awareness that has helped me move through different stages of my life, be it as an insecure teenager or a pregnant twin mom-to-be or a Sr. Master Instructor for a NYC studio. It has helped me know how far I can push myself and conversely, when to stop and take a break. I KNOW my body, its capabilities and its limits. That is powerful because it lets me live a holistic life where i can focus my energy on not just myself and fitness, but everything and everyone around me.
Oh god i'm rambling. let me know if this doens't make sense and i'll rephrase. But right now i gotta take my kids to school!!!

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