Monthly Archives: October 2016

How to get 6 pack abs

We always envy people with abs. It makes us want to get in shape. It makes us think to ourselves, why can’t I have abs like that? Well… you can!

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[Photography by Jennifer Ona]

I always get compliments on my abs and friends or people at the gym ask me how I get them so I decided to do a post about it.

The first step in obtaining defined abs is lowering your body fat percentage. You must lower that first before being able to see your abs poke through otherwise the below tips are pointless. Once you get in a regular work out routine and cut out fried foods, processed foods, fast food and lower your sugar/dairy intake you will be on the right track (Start looking at labels and how much sugar is inside, ideally 5% or less is low). Instead enjoy protein, veggies and carbs. When I say carbs I mean healthy carbs such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, whole fruits and whole grains (oats, brown rice and quinoa) not bad carbs such as white bread, fries and potato chips. You will definitely see results in 1-2 months depending on how much you stick to this until you notice a difference (then we can talk about cheat days). If you drink a lot, that’s another story, lets address that first! There is TONS of sugar in alcohol. Cut that out first if you really want this or limit yourself until you see results.

Now for the exercise part. In the gym, here is my go to for when I head over to the mats for my floor exercises. This was recommended to me by the trainer of many professional models: David Hicks of LifestylecoachLA :

You definitely feel the burn on this one!! Just power through it. Try it 3-5 times a week in addition to your work out routine. It will get easier. You can do it! I may be a weirdo but I now enjoy the burn.

The other main work out I do in which I definitely found great results with is sprinting! When I go over to the park to jog or run around the track to warm up, I head over to the grassy area afterwards for sprinting, lunges and ab exercises. This is when my abs really started to show! I would do this several times a week. Sprinting increases your metabolism and  the calories continue to burn off long after your sprinting is done! It burns off the stomach fat and tones the muscles underneath. Make sure you engage your core while sprinting. It is the most explosive training you can do. You will build your glutes, quads and hamstrings and will also strengthen your core. You engage all of those muscles at the same time. 90% of athletes include sprint training in their workout routine. Try sprinting about 110 yards ten times 3-4 times per week.

IN SUMMARY:

  1. Lower your body fat percentage by exercising regularly.
  2. Lower your body fat percentage by eating healthy protein rich foods, lowering your sugar and dairy intake and by cutting out processed foods, fried foods, fast food (and cut off alcohol or at least limit your drinks to a couple drinks per week for now).
  3. Do the above 6 Minute 6 Pack ab routine 3-5 times a week.
  4. Sprint 10×110!  110 yards 10 times 3-4 times a week.

Try these workouts and let me know what you think!

XO,

Natalie

 

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.. A yearly tradition

This past weekend I joined my friends for our yearly tradition of attending the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic match at Will Rogers State Park in LA (actual location is the Pacific Palisades). This event happens in New York and LA but the one in New York happens earlier in the summer around June.

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This is one of my most favorite events because everyone gets all dressed up in their fanciest attire and hats to attend. The men come in short suits, pant suits, ties and bow ties. I love watching the fashion from year to year and I always have my favorites each time. This year my fave would have to be fashion blogger Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules:

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While drinking champagne, mingling and waiting for the polo match to start, you can take pictures in the photo booth or other props they set up (do this early before long lines and while you still look good). There are a few fun games you can play too, a couple that come to mind are life size Jenga or checkers.

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There is general admission where tickets start at $75 or a fast pass option in order to avoid the lines for $135. If you want the intimate Rosé Garden experience on the other side of the field you can mingle with models, fashion bloggers and celebs such as Mandy Moore, Isla Fisher, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Zoe for $400 per person. It includes one bottle of rosé , a Wolfgang Puck lunchbox and access to purchase additional champagne. It is a little more fancy on that side. The shuttle buses are separate from general admission buses. How cute is this photo of Rachel Zoe and her son Kaius?

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The champagne options are Veuve Clicquot yellow label or rosé by the bottle or by the glass. They also have the super large “La Grande Dame” bottle.

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This year they had something new they were offering, the Veuve Clicquot “Rich” which they served with thinly sliced cucumbers and the Veuve Clicquot Rosé served with lime swirls inside. The cucumber one was so fresh and delish!

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In the middle of the match a fun part is to walk out onto the field and stomp the divots (holes of grass and dirt torn up by horse hooves). You can walk up to the middle of the field and socialize with people on either side (but the people holding the rope in the middle prevents you from crossing. LOL)

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Tips if you plan to join this fun event next year:

1. Buy early before prices go up, American Express actually offers pre-sale tickets in advance. Otherwise, you can go to the Veuve Clicquot website. Tickets sell out and they are not for purchase at the event.

2. If you bought GA, come early to claim your space. Grab a picnic table and your spot on the hill (below the tables) with a blanket before all of the space is gone (it fills up quickly).

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3. Leave at 4pm or wait in a super long line of hundreds of intoxicated people pushing and shoving to get to a shuttle bus (if you have fast pass you can skip the line). Unfortunately taking the shuttle is the only way to leave and it takes you to the location it picks everyone up from (no ubers, drop offs or pick ups allowed at the park, there is no getting around this).

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4. Feel free to bring food and snacks and unsealed water bottles and if you don’t want to carry all of that, no worries you can eat at one of the many food trucks. We had lobster rolls and shrimp tacos 🙂

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That’s it! Hope to see you all next year! Check out some of the #Clicquotstyle:

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Veuve Clicquot couple style

Natalie Wilson and Priscilla Ebedseir

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veuve clicquot mens style

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What I wore:

I wore 🍊 to match the theme ☺️

Dress: 4Si3nna

Bag: Forever21 or similar 1 | 2

Sandals: Steve madden tie up suede sandals

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