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Les mills combat giveawayGiveaway alert! I just received notice that I won the Les Mills weighted gloves. I want to pay it forward so the next new customer that purchases a Les Mill Combat Challenge Pack from me, will receive the weighted gloves to enhance your workout! I will mail it directly to you as soon as I receive them. Please email me. I will not entertain comments or direct messages for this promotion.

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PiYo Strength Certified

Alright my lovely friends, I am certified in PiYo Strength!


YAY!!! But what the what is PiYo Strength?

I knew you would ask. This is PiYo Strength:

PiYo is a music-driven, athletic workout inspired by the mind/body practices of Pilates and yoga that also includes flexibility training, strength training, conditioning, and dynamic movement. It includes modifications for the group exercise environment, yet offers exercise progressions to challenge all levels. As a mainstream alternative to traditional practices, it does not involve chanting, meditation, Sanskrit terminology, or expressed spirituality. However, fitness enthusiasts who participate in PiYo classes regularly can gain the same benefits individuals seek from Pilates and yoga: Improved strength, flexibility, balance, stress reduction, and overall fitness level improvement.

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Picture credit goes to Kara Buono, PiYo Strength Master Trainer

I thought this was a great class for me to start teaching because I love yoga and the benefits of Pilates but I also enjoy teaching cardio and strength training classes. The fusion of all of these styles was very interesting to me.

It was definitely a fun training to take. I seem to always end up in New Jersey for my trainings. I feel like programs are introduced much faster in NJ than they are in my area of New York so its nice to learn new programs and introduce them to my area.

Kara Buono was my Master Trainer and she’s great! Her energy definitely kept us awake and motivated for the 8 hour training. She’s also super helpful, entertaining, and informed about the health and fitness industry.

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Kara Buono and Melissa of Fun Fit Chic

One of the things I enjoy most about stepping out of my city, county, and state for a training is meeting new people. The other instructors and fitness enthusiasts in the room were lots of fun. PiYo is gaining popularity and we were 30 people deep. When your mats are as close as ours were, there’s no way you’re not going to become instant friends. Although, I didn’t get to meet everyone,  the folks in my corner of the room were fun and we had a good time learning from one another.

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Picture credit goes to random lady at the gym. However, creativity credits go to Kara Buono, PiYo Strength Master Trainer

Allow me to give you a little idea on how those eight hours were spent: When we first arrived, we received our PiYo lessons which include choreography and a brief introduction from Kara. She discussed with us her background and how she became a Master Trainer and also the history of PiYo. We read through a number of pages in the 90 page manual. Two hours later we got to sweat and take the class ourselves with Kara as our instructor.

I love yoga but I’m not equally in love with Pilates so I was a little hesitant about the class. The warm up was great and by the second song, I was sweaty! I was also smiling the whole time. You can’t stop smiling even though you are in pain and working hard! We didn’t do any of the Pilates moves I dislike but we did do lots of Sun Salutations which is my favorite part of yoga. One of the things I noticed immediately was how great the workout was for opening my hips. Lots of movement to open up the shoulders and the hips which are typically tight because we all work sitting down while staring at our computers for most of the day. All class participants will receive great benefit from the program, especially in the areas of balance, posture and core strength. Who doesn’t want a stronger core?

After the Master Class, we reviewed some of the harder moves with Kara (aka, lots of time in Chatarunga). This was a good way to learn modifications and also review our form. After lunch, we got to work on a song in smaller groups. I liked the opportunity to practice.

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Picture credit goes to Kara Buono, PiYo Strength Master Trainer

Usually the song you learn at a training ends up being your favorite song. (Zumba instructors know what I am talking about….. FUEGO!!!!!) We worked on the choreography to Summertime Sadness! Yes, PiYo Strength is done to contemporary music and not traditional yoga or Pilates music. I think this program was made for me!

Overall, I like what I saw and I am looking forward to practicing, learning more about the program and introducing it to fitness facilities in Westchester County. I also like the fact that we can teach anywhere because all a participant needs is a yoga mat, their body and gravity. I’m thinking, PiYo at the beach? Are you with me?

Check with me soon as I start developing my master plan to take over the circuit with PiYo!

And if you own a gym or other fitness facility and think you want PiYo or you want a demo, feel free to reach out to me! funfitchicblog(at)

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Fun Fit Chic Beast?

Ay ya yay. I am so sore. One week down of Body Beast is done and I am so freaking exhausted. I have said this many times, but you are never too fit to start a new program.


I just completed P90x3 and let me tell you Body Beast is so different. You are lifting heavy weight and several sets of an exercise. This really feels like having a personal trainer without going to a gym. Now that the weather is nice, I like doing my cardio outdoors so now I can do that and keep to my strength training schedule.

I am doing the Lean phase and will continue to share with you as I build a booty and arms :-).

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P90x3 Before and After

It is officially OFFICIAL. I have completed one full round of P90x3. I stuck to the 90 days exactly as set out on the calendar. When I fell back, I doubled up. When I felt tired, I made it happen. If I knew I was going to have a busy day, I did it in the morning and vice versa. I NEVER cheated. Well, except yesterday when I had some frozen custard. Otherwise, its been all clean eating, ALL THE TIME.

Everyday I drank Shakeology in the morning, ate 6 meals a day, and worked out. Very simple and the results I got were just crazy.

I can do pull ups and push ups, including plyo pushups, and my flexibility has improved!

What I’ve learned:

  1. A fitness program needs to have a little of everything. You can’t just do cardio and you can’t just do strength work and absolutely ignore everything else. Definitely never ignore stretching.
  2. Push ups and pull ups are essential. So what you can lift 100 pounds over your head, but can you lift yourself up?
  3. Balance, Balance, Balance. Its the key to life and the key to a workout program.
  4. Eating 6 meals a day and drinking water is so important. The days I failed, my workout suffered.
  5. Food logging is king when trying to stay on track. How else will you stay accountable.
  6. Letting people know about your routines is important as well. People keep you accountable when they ask, “how’s that thing you were doing going?”
  7. When it comes to food, keep it interesting. The internet is full of ideas.
  8. Tony Horton is the MAN! I love the guy and he is a mentor to me although I have never met him. Can’t wait for the day when we cross paths.

Oh and now for the big reveal:


Off to BODY BEAST with some added yoga next week! 90 days of the beast.

To Take the FunFitChic challenge, click here and tell me your goals!

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Confused over Muscle Confusion

So here it goes, I have TWO weeks left of P90x3. This is freaking crazy.  In January, I set out to complete this workout. I also set out a number of personal goals. Keeping on schedule with the workout has helped me stay on schedule with my other goals.

This is why I think creating a workout schedule or following a workout program is essential. Showing yourself that you can set a goal, follow a schedule everyday, and reach your goals, is very much indicative of what else you can accomplish. I feel like I can do anything. As I was telling one of my challengers, I never thought I could do a push up or a pull up and now I am doing pull ups and military pushups!



I can’t say I am absolutely in love with the schedule with month three.

The schedule alternates every other week and it has me completely out of whack. I can’t memorize it and I have to check my schedule like a madwoman every morning to remember what I have to do because I seem to always get it wrong. This is beyond muscle confusion, my mind is equally as confused.

The primary principle behind any of the P90x workouts is muscle confusion. This keeps your body stimulated over time so it doesn’t get used to and exercise routine or go through a plateau. According to the P90x3 guide, “Muscle confusion is achieved by training in a series of blocks that are interrupted by transition (aka recovery) periods to maximize a training law called Progressive Overload.” Basically, your body responds to a workout, you adapt, master, and then right when you see some gains, they switch it up. The mastery phase is so short that it keeps you guessing and regardless how in shape you felt the week before, you feel like you are back in square 1  the following week. It gets harder, trickier, and more intense every week.


I appreciate all the gains I am seeing from Muscle Confusion, I just wish I wasn’t so overall confused over the schedule!

If you want more information on my challenge group, fill out the form on this page. 

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Yoga and digestion

This post is entirely based on opinion. I did no research before writing this but I felt compelled to share. There’s a ton of other false or questionable information on the internet, why not add some more, right?

Anyway, I have noticed that yoga has aided me through digestion. On the weekends, I don’t eat as structured as I do on the weekdays. Those days I end up feeling bloated or getting that annoying feeling that food is just sitting around in my intestines. This weekend I had a feeling that yoga would help me get over that feeling. So I busted into some Sun Salutations followed by Warrior 1, 2, and 3 and then a few headstands and I don’t know the science behind this but it helped. It really helped move food along. I felt my metabolism kick in and things were burning and moving.

TMI or whatever but I think this is useful and practical information here!

If you have no clue what a Sun Salutation sequence looks like, here’s a cool graphic:


And here is a cool video from KinoYoga, my favorite YouTube yogi:

And because right before hitting publish, I decided to do a quick Google search: Here are more poses that LEGIT aid in digestion:

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P90x3 Day 66 of 90

Hey ladies and gents. So it’s Day 66 of 90 and I’ve missed writing about P90x3 for the past two weeks. I am on week two of the last month. It’s crazy. It’s flown by. Today, I had to double up and do Eccentric Upper and the Triometrics (lower body/cardio) workout. I say it’s crazy because even though the first workout was entirely upper body, my legs were shot and I was pushing and suffering through Triometrics but I got it done.

Triometrics is all jump training and legs. You do three versions of a move – basic, moderate and intense version. All for 20 seconds each and I was shot five minutes in. That’s the beauty of these workouts – the schedule is genius. It’s not like when you are at the gym and Thursday is always leg day and you do the same thing. Even though the workout on the DVD never changes, the schedule does and the way they place them on your calendar really makes a big difference in your progress.


What I have noticed and would recommend to anyone who wants to try a Beachbody workout is that Focus T25 helped slim me down but P90x3 is now helping to create muscle definition. I like it. If you have questions, don’t forget, I am a Beachbody coach and can help.

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Flywheel Scarsdale

IMAG3729Last weekend, I made it to a Flywheel class in Scarsdale, NY with a friend and my boyfriend. It was definitely an experience. You pay $28 for the class and you get cycling shoes with the cost of entry. We arrived with ten minutes to spare but it turns out we weren’t the only ones there for the first time so was a time crunch.

When you arrive, you check in on one of these cool tablets and grab your shoes in the same cubby that has the number of your assigned bike.



The room is dark and we needed someone to guide us in with a flashlight as the class was already starting. I hate walking in when a class has started and dark rooms freak me out but we jumped on our bikes, got snapped in and with no real guidance on what to do with our bikes, we were spinning.

I used to be a spin addict at New York Sports Club. However, this was a whole new experience. The bikes are so clean and well taken care of. There is also a display on the bike that tell you your Torq and your Power and other things I didn’t understand, and the instructor is constantly screaming out numbers. In my NYSC days, you would hear directions like… increase resistance for the hill climb. At Flywheel, you here things like take the Torq to 60 and power to 90. It was a bit confusing and I didn’t get the hang of it until the end of class!

I loved the music and the vibe of the room. It’s like a night club in there but without the dancing. I still prefer dancing. There is also a competitive part about it. There are two screens with “Scoreboards” that compares you to what your classmates are doing. I got on the board three times and every time I saw my name, I would push harder to increase in rank. I got up to third place at one point. I can see the thrill in that for competitive people who know what they are doing. Perhaps next time I will push harder and remain on the board the entire time.

The sweat was pouring after the first song and although I didn’t wear my heart rate monitor, I know I definitely burned over 300 calories in the hour. It was intense. I will return. The one thing I didn’t like was the lack of interaction. I enjoy group fitness because I like to interact, see the smiles, look over at someone who is feeling the same pain or receive a reassuring nod from the instructor. You don’t really get that here. It’s just you and the bike. Perhaps that’s what the Flyweel Barre class are for. Definitely give them a shot and let me know what you think!

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Week 6 Progress P90x3

Hey everyone. I am so happy I completed Week 6. The routines are the same as in Week 5 so I am not going to bore you with the details. What I will say is that it really doesn’t get easier. I am pushing harder and getting stronger and its just as rough as the first day. I can’t wait until recovery week. One more week to push through before I get there and then I am off to Block 3. This program is moving fast.

Two things I am happy to announce – I can do 1.5 chin ups all by myself without the chin up assist! YAY. I would really love to do ten one day. That would sure be a fun party trick, wouldn’t it? That and a handstand.

I am much closer to the handstand than the chin ups or pull ups. I have been working on my handstand practice ALMOST daily. Activate the core, push the floor, flex the toes, engage your fingers, look between you hands and kick up!!! It’s hard but I am trying.

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I got two seconds of hang time in there. P90x3 yoga is helping, especially in regards to flexibility. I feel like recovery week will help me get in the right zone to improve.  I follow this blog for tips.

Oh and TWO more things to announce. I feel like I’ve said this before but my abs have joined the party! Actually, now they really did join the party and its sick. I never imagined abs like this. Hurry up summer because I need crop tops and cute two piece swimsuits.


And I have decided to start a fit club!!! Fit Clubs are an opportunity for people to try a Beachbody program with like-minded people for free. My first fit club is scheduled to start on the last Saturday in March. We will be working out to one of the 21 Day Fix workouts. I am excited about it because the 21 Day Fix is  so new that it will give people who are a bit skeptical or unsure of it, an opportunity to give it a shot. My goal is to run the clubs monthly, however, if the demand is there, I can increase that. Looking forward to meeting some of you there and making new friends!

What workouts did you do this week? Have you tried anything new?

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Happy Valentine’s Day Challenge

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I have decided to take on a personal challenge today to let you all in (just a bit more) on who I am and how I got here. I hope my story helps you share yours!

I started working on a video for this but I need to practice it a little more before I record myself. When you are passionate about something, the waterworks just fly out and I am not ready for all that! However, I am ready to share over this blog. So, how did I get here? How did FunFitChic come to be… who is the Zumba instructor, Personal trainer, and Beachbody coach?

Let’s go back to high school me… more like 16 or 17 year old me? That sounds about right. Well, for as long as I could remember, I was a dancer. I defined myself by dance and I absolutely loved everything about ballet. I never worried about weight because I was so active, that was never a thought. I was always the smallest person in a room and the amongst the shortest. People would tell me to eat more. I would eat a McDonald’s Arch Deluxe Burger and find myself hungry two hours later. I was insatiable.

My junior year in high school, I was faced with the decision to quit dance in order to pursue a few AP courses. One of the courses required us to go to school on Saturday… AP History. Well, like any other High School student, I ate junk, and studied all the time. I now know I really was not overweight BUT the summer before my senior year, people would say things like … “oooh you are getting chunky, you should stop eating so much candy, your butt is getting big” … etc etc. Some people don’t realize how much words can affect someone, especially teenage girls. I don’t recall this all too well but I know at some point, I just stopped eating. It wasn’t pretty.. I lost a lot of weight and people started talking again… I think people try to help but they don’t know how so they say whatever comes out their mouth and those things can be cruel.

Anyway, things got ugly and I recall just a couple of days before my prom, my mom had to go to the cleaners and take my dress in because it was falling off me. My mom got tired of it and after much fuss and serious hunger, I started to eat again but this time we started incorporating steamed vegetables and learning a little bit more about nutrition. We didn’t have much money but we switched from white bread to wheat bread, whole milk to skim milk, lots of trial and error, and took baby steps. Around the same time, I found Billy Blanks Tae Bo. Once again,  I was moving, I was happy and no longer worried about weight or what people said! I felt strong and happy.

Fast forward to being a college student, studying, partying, eating at all hours and going to a school with no gym. My confidence level in college was a lot higher than in high school, so I didn’t go through any drastic measures but that meant the opposite… by the time I graduated college, I weighed twenty pounds more than I do today. Hard to believe, ehh? Well its true. I was also unhappy in a relationship and bored.

Sooo guess what? DANCE! I went back to dance, to movement, and then to the gym. I made some of the most beautiful relationships in my life and met great friends, including my current boyfriend of seven years. Salsa dancing got me back on track and once again I just lost weight without a worry or a care because I WAS HAPPY! Salsa, led to Zumba, led to personal training and now Beachbody. It’s ten years since I graduate college and I believe 9 years or so since I walked into my first salsa class.

So how did I get here? Not by accident.

Although I have never been overweight, I too have struggled with it, I have struggled with body image issues, and I have overcome them. I had to. That was part of my life path and I had to in order to be here today and help you. I want to inspire you. I truly believe that movement and good healthy food can unlock the door to your happy self. I am sure it’s not the only way but its a step towards the right way. I know this because its proved true in my life. I hope that one day I can hear one person say, your story changed the course of my life for the better. Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you can relate, and you need some help finding the love I have for myself and for movement, contact me.  When I have some time, I am going to update this post with pictures. Have a great day and a great weekend. I love you.

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