The 411 on Foam Rolling

Until about 6 years ago, I had no idea what a foam roller was. I was first introduced to it by my running coach, who was getting me ready for the Miami Marathon. She swore by this thing and urged me to buy one.

So I did, and I hated it. I am not going to sugar coat it for you guys; I absolutely hated it. It was a pain to do, I would always forget to use it and it hurt. We’ve all been there- when we dislike something or aren't very good at it, we tend to just forget about it and never do it.

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No Gym, No Problem

If you reading this, then your probably very frustrated with yourself because you want to workout but you can't seem to find the time. Your time is accounted for and those 30 minutes driving to and from the gym, plus an hour there, is just too much. Perhaps your a new mommy and you don't have anyone to take care of the baby; even though the gym has babysitting but you just don't trust it;  I feel you girl. Or your boss really hates you and has you working after hours. Or maybe you just don't like the vibe at the gym and all the sweaty germs just grosses you out. I completely understand

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Changing My Fitness Routine

f you follow me on Instagram and Youtube  then you know there have been a couple changes to my fitness routine. I no longer want to train as a bodybuilder, but as an athlete. I got tired of obsessing over my body and how it looked. Whether I needed to grow my glutes, shrink my hips, get bigger shoulders and the list goes on. I've been doing that since my pageant days and it just got old. I just wanted to be free and have a healthier mindset. 

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Thankful for My MOM

While we were in New York this past weekend, I decided to do a quick, easy and tons of fun workout with my mom. it was the perfect way to spend some quality time together and bond over something we both love, ok well I love haha. For this workout you will only need a band and your MOM. 

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Pretty Post Workout Meals

Most people stick to the same old, boring meal; the protein shake. Don't get me wrong, I usually have these when I'm in a hurry or don't want to put much thought into what I'm doing. However, there are those days that you just want something different. You want to be adventurous and experiment. Maybe even have something that is a bit appealing to the eye.

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Best Way to Workout When the Gym is Packed

It's 5 o'clock and every machine, bench and cardio equipment are taken. You get frustrated and decide to call it quits. You leave the gym feeling worse than when you came in and vow to never go to that dreadful place again... congratulations you just encountered "fitness rush hour". 

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How to Find the Right Trainer?

Now that you've embarked on this journey, you want help and guidance in doing so, which I think is extremely important especially if you are new to the scene. Choosing a trainer can be difficult since their are so many out there and its unregulated. Often times people make a vast decision on  a trainer and end up getting hurt, damaging their metabolism or getting ripped off.

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No Equipment Needed Booty Workout

There are days when we just don't have enough time in the day to go to the gym. Between school, work, daily chores, etc it can be difficult. Don't even get me started on how packed the gyms can get around 5pm! 

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Simple and Clean Healthy Snacks

I’m so happy to be sharing with you some of my favorite store-bought snacks. And I say store-bought, because I didn’t cook or prep any of this stuff. 

And while I love a good home-made protein snack, I don't always have the time to make it. So when I want a snack, I need it right in front of me. So today, we’re going to look at a bunch of healthy and clean snacks you pick up straight from the shelves of your local grocery store or even gas station.

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Alternative to Soda

Even though it is nice to enjoy a cold, refreshing soda from time to time, it is never very good for your health. It can cause weight gain, slow down your metabolism, dehydrates the body and even causes plaque in the teeth. Don't even get me started on all the chemicals. This is what I've been trying to incorporate as an alternative to soda when I get that craving for a it, and would like to share it here with you all today. 

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St. Patrick's Day Hangover Workout

So the good times keep rolling.............until Sunday Morning. Then the room will be spinning, your head will be pounding and the thought of water will make you gag. I guess it's the price we pay for  having too much of anything.  Alcohol is also a depressant so you feel lethargic and  lack energy. However, I've got the cure so you can get rid of that awful hangover. 

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How I Started My Fitness Journey

Fast forward to today and I am a certified ISSA Personal Trainer and Nutritionist  specialized in Diabetes and Strength & Conditioning. I've competed in 7 NPC Bikini competitions around the nation. I am still absolutely fascinated by the sport and the science behind it all. 

My goal is to be able to light the fire within my clients like those trainers did for me years ago. I want to change people's view on working out and help them realize that working out can be fun! 

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My Favorite Workout Clothes

I pretty much live in gym clothes. I always make sure to squeeze in some “me” time when I train at 5am. Then I drive all around town training clients. There are days I don't get home until 10pm. Because my life is so hectic and I am often running errands between client appointments,  I try to look as put together as I can for still being in workout clothes. 

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Monika Paez
A Fit Galentine's Day Celebration

am not a fan of how commercialized Valentine's has become. However, I do believe in what it stands for: CELEBRATING OUR LOVED ONES! I don't think it should JUST be about your significant other and you. What about your squad, your girls, your parents, siblings, etc. 

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Secrets To Getting Stage Ready

I remember when I was getting ready to compete in Miss Florida USA, back in 2011, I was eager to try any 'SECRET" weapon that anyone told me. I would here whispers here and there about girls taking warm showers in Epsom Salt, others who drowned in preparation H, and the list goes on. Of course I had to try them all but to my disappointment none of them worked. 

I was always looking for a secret weapon that would just vanish my fat. Unfortunately, I never did find this secret formula..........until now. 

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Why Does Your Weight Fluctuate On The Scale?

know we all want to go and cry in a corner with our best friend....Ben & Jerry's but thats not going to make the situation better. What id going to make you feel better is what I'm about to tell you. However, overtime you see the scale go up it doesn't necessarily mean your gaining fat, there might actually be more to that than meets the eye. 

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