Our August Trainer Spotlight is all about Lisa Jey Davis! We chose Lisa Jey, because she is one of our newer trainers, and she recently became #FabAt50!! Yep! She just celebrated her 50th birthday. Lisa is fit and vivacious. She is an advocate for people going hard and doing what it takes to be healthy and fit, at any age! And she lives what she preaches.

Check the Pilates Plus Los Angeles schedule for Lisa Jey’s class days/times HERE. 
Lisa Jey Davis - Trainer Spotlight
Lisa Jey is a certified Lagree Method and classical Pilates instructor, as well as a yoga instructor specializing in a combination of Vinyasa and Ashtanga disciplines. Her heart pumping PPLA classes will give you a fat and booty-burning, muscle-toning & lengthening workout that keeps you coming back for more! Lisa Jey is also a best-selling and award-winning author. In addition, she writes for the Huffington Post and is a fitness & health contributor for Livestrong.com.

When Lisa Jey first moved back to Los Angeles after a four year stint (teaching yoga, snowboarding & rock climbing) in Aspen, Colorado, she looked for the pilates workout she loved when she’d lived in LA. When the place had closed, she was invited to a class taught by Sebastien Lagree and was HOOKED! She became a certified Lagree Method instructor in 2010 and has been teaching ever since.

“I’ve had my share of setbacks that have kept me from being as fit as I can be,” Lisa says. She jokes, “I can totally relate to people who come into a Lagree class and wonder what kind of hell they’ve walked in to! I’ve been there! But I’m here to remind them why they started, and explain each and every move and how it is going to benefit them. And I don’t let them quit. Modification is okay if necessary, but there is no quitting.’

When Lisa talks about set backs to being fit, she isn’t kidding either. Not only was she put on bed-rest late in a pregnancy years ago (weighing in at over 200 lbs when she gave birth), but recently, in 2011 Lisa Jey was diagnosed with the BRCA genetic mutation for Breast and Ovarian Cancer (similar to that of Angelina Jolie), and she underwent all of the preventative surgeries available to her. This took her out of teaching and away from any form of exercise for 12 weeks in one year.

She adds, “I wasn’t only trying to recover lost ground from lack of exercise, but now, due to my surgeries, I was thrust into early menopause, and had hormonal weight gain and other issues to contend with. But I decided if people like Jane Fonda and others can stay fit and look their best, no matter what age, SO CAN I. It’s all about your attitude.” Lisa Jey brings her training, experience and knowledge about post surgery workouts, and her know-how for burning maximum calories for weight loss to each and every class.

Follow Lisa Jey on Twitter (@bodybylisajey), on Instagram (@lisajeydavis) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lisajeydavis).

Check the Pilates Plus Los Angeles schedule for Lisa Jey’s class days/times HERE.

 

LISA JEY’S FAVORITE MOVE OF THE MONTH: MEGA FRENCH TWIST

Mega French Twist 1

Why Lisa Jey loves this move:

The Teaser and French Twist series isolates (bringing the burn to) the obliques. It truly slims and shreds the waistline, when done properly. Lisa Jey loves taking this classic Lagree move to a whole new level with MEGA French Twist. Why? Because doing so recruits a slew of other muscles, while still targeting and shredding the waistline: your center abs (rectus abdominus muscles), the shoulders, lats, hamstrings, inner thighs and oh so much more get worked in this position, giving you more bang for your 1 minute buck!

THIS IS AN ADVANCED MOVE. MODIFIED MOVES ARE SHOWN BELOW. 

To do the move (for the right oblique):

Get into mega moves on the back of the machine, by lying down across the rear platform, feet hooked into the S strap, and by taking the hands to the floor. Once there, bring the right foot on its side against the carriage, in front of the left foot – also on it’s side (heel to toe, as pictured). The goal is to keep the feet secure and down onto the carriage, but in the mega move, your feet will naturally come onto their sides. This is perfectly okay. Using your right side of the waist, slowly and with precision lift up to a twisted pike, and then slowly return, keeping your shoulders squared over the wrists.  You may hold onto dumbbells if this move hurts your wrists, or walk the hands up to the rear pegs, if it’s simply too much (it’s still a Mega move if your hands are on the rear)!

 

Other moves to change things up from regular old French Twist (though Lisa Jey Loves that one as well), are Platform French Twist and Floor French Twist. They are all fun, and super effective for targeting the obliques.

 

FULL MEGA FRENCH TWIST (ADVANCED)

Mega French Twist Move

FULL PLATFORM FRENCH TWIST (INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED)

Platform French Twist Move

FULL FLOOR FRENCH TWIST (EASY – EASIER THAN REGULAR FRENCH TWIST ON THE FOOT BARS)

Floor French Twist Move

Footing for all Teaser or French Twist moves (no matter where you are the leg closest to the floor is forward):

Right Teaser or French Twist Footing

 

And doing a minute of any one of these moves in the slow and continuous fashion required in every Lagree workout, will boost your heart rate, burn fat, sculpt the abs and cause you to burn even more calories the next day while your muscles are at rest!

Check the Pilates Plus Los Angeles schedule for Lisa Jey’s class days/times HERE. 

 

LISA JEY’S FAVORITE RECIPE:

Shrimp With Cilantro Mojo on Tortilla Crisps

 

Shrimp with Cilantro Mojo on Tortilla Crisps

 

Serves 6

4 medium corn tortillas, each cut into 6 triangles
cooking spray
1 tsp salt, divided
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 pound large shrimp, peeled & deveined (about 24)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange tortilla triangles on a jelly-roll pan in a single layer. Lightly coat the tortillas with nonstick spray and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of the salt. Bake until tortillas are crisp and lightly browned around the edges, about 6–7 minutes; set aside.

2. Combine the orange juice, lime juice, chicken broth, garlic, 3 tsp of the oil, the sugar, 1/2 tsp of the remaining salt, and the oregano in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the cilantro, and cool 5 minutes.

3. Reserve 1/4 cup of the mojo and set aside. Pour the remaining mojo into a medium bowl and add the shrimp, tossing well to coat. Let the shrimp marinate 15 minutes.
Drain the shrimp, season with the remaining 1/4 tsp salt, and discard the marinade. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in the remaining 1 tsp oil then add the shrimp. Cook until opaque in the center, about 2–3 minutes per side; remove from the heat. Arrange each shrimp on a tortilla crisp and drizzle with the reserved mojo sauce.

LISA JEY’S VARIATIONS: Try to use organic ingredients and sea salt for the tortilla chips. Also, diced mild green chiles, or jalepenos are great to spice it up even more! Yum!

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