I typically wake up around 7:30 a.m. and turn on my Nespresso right away. I’m from Seattle, so coffee has always been a routine for me. Two words: oat milk—I couldn’t imagine life without it. For breakfast, I usually make eggs with avocado or oatmeal loaded with blueberries, peanut butter, Manuka honey, goji berries, and chia seeds.
If I know I have castings later in the day, I’ll head to Equinox Orchard Street one block from my apartment and train for about an hour and a half. I try to sign up for a workout class or go to the gym four days a week. Boxing and cycling are great for cardio and when I’m looking to tone, I sign up for barre. On my way out, I grab a green juice from Juice Press. When I can, I like going outside and using benches or other non-traditional equipment, like I do in the workout below. Ending with three cardio finishers helps you burn more calories all day. It’s also very important for me to take a rest day, so I schedule time for foam rolling or a massage.
A favorite lunch spot for me is Broken Coconut. They have the best spicy tuna poke salads. In the afternoon, I take my new six-month-old golden-lab puppy, Banksy, to a nearby soccer field and run her around. She enjoys it and I get a little more cardio in for the day.
As a licensed esthetician, I’m constantly working on the best skincare routine. I schedule a facial at least once a month and I also recently found a place called the Face Gym that literally works out your face. Lastly, water, water, water. Drinking enough every day will drastically change how you look and feel.
I make chicken marinated in my favorite teriyaki glaze with sweet potatoes and asparagus tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper. It sounds boring, but my boyfriend loves it (or so he says). Sleep is so crucial. I have to get at least seven hours each night or else my body really feels the difference. I’ve started a new nighttime ritual of drinking chamomile tea. It improves my sleep quality and I feel good knowing I got some antioxidants before bed.
Check out her routine below to try her workout for yourself. First, warm up with 30 seconds each of high knees, butt kicks, jumping jacks, and walk-out planks. Perform the routine once before or after a cardio or strength session, or complete 4 to 5 rounds for a full workout.
Loop a double-handled resistance band around a park bench or other stable anchor point and face the bench, gripping each handle and standing in a half-squat with feet at shoulder-width. Make sure you’re far enough from the anchor point to create tension in the bands. Hold each handle at waist-height in front of you, with elbows bent and back straight. Keeping the rest of your body as still as possible, pull the band toward you, pressing your elbows straight back until your hands are in line with your body, then reverse to start. That’s one rep. Perform 12 reps.
Get in a high plank position with shoulders stacked over hands and feet at hip-width. Without lifting your hips, bring your right knee out to the side and toward your right elbow, reverse back to start, then repeat on the left. Immediately jump your feet toward your hands and slightly out to the sides to come into pike position, engaging the core, then jump back to start. That’s one rep. Perform 12 reps.
Place a mini looped resistance band just above the knees and get on all fours with shoulders stacked over hands and hips stacked over knees. Keeping back straight and core engaged, lift the left knee so it hovers above the ground. Kick back until the quad is parallel to the ground, maintaining a 90-degree angle at the knee, then reverse to start. That’s one rep. Perform 12 reps, then switch sides and repeat.
Stand in a half-squat with feet at shoulder-width and a mini looped resistance band just above the knees. With hands relaxed in front of chest and core engaged, step the left foot about 12 to 16 inches to the left, creating more resistance in the band, and follow with the right foot to complete one full step. Take 3 full steps to the left and 3 steps to the right for one rep. Perform 12 reps.
Stand with your feet on either side of a medicine ball. In one motion, grip and lift it with your feet, bringing it into the air and catching it in both hands. With core and arms engaged, raise the medicine ball overhead and slam it onto the ground between your feet. That’s one rep. Perform 12 reps.
Start in a lunge with left leg forward, right leg back, holding a heavy medicine ball in front of your chest with arms extended. In one movement, pivot both feet so you're doing a lunge in the opposite direction, with right leg forward and left leg back. At the same time, bring the medicine ball overhead and lower it to chest-height. Reverse the motion to start. That's one rep. Perform 12 reps.
Get in a high plank position with shoulders stacked over hands and feet at hip-width. Without lifting your hips, quickly bring your right knee toward your left elbow and back to start, then repeat on the other side, bringing the left knee toward the right elbow. (Your obliques should be at work throughout.) Continue for 30 seconds.
Hold the end of a battle rope in each hand and stand with feet slightly wider than shoulders in a half-squat, hands in front of knees. Keeping a slight bend in the elbows, slam the rope on the ground first with the right arm (raising hand to shoulder-height), then with the left arm, then with both arms at once. Continue this sequence for 30 seconds.
Stand with a bench to your right with your right foot planted on the bench, left foot on the ground, and arms bent, with left arm up and right arm back as if you’re running. Push yourself up with the right foot, straightening the right leg and swinging your arms for momentum, and raise the left knee so the quad is parallel to the ground. You should gain some air at the top of the movement. Reverse to start. Continue for 30 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.