For the July Trainer Spotlight, I am thrilled to introduce you to Pilates Plus Los Angeles Trainer, Jackie Goodman!

 
Jackie Goodman has always had an interest in fitness and has always made exercise a priority.  Whether she is hiking, boxing or swimming she always finds time to get her workouts in. Over 6 years ago she met Kristi Vacanti at Pilates Plus in Encino and was hooked.  She saw changes in her body that she couldn’t get from her other workouts. Pilates Plus quickly became a staple in her life.

Jackie GoodmanJackie got her pilates certification and has been teaching at Kristi’s studios for the last 5 years.  Since teaching at Pilates Plus, Jackie has also obtained her personal training and TRX certifications as well as working on her sports nutrition certification.

Jackie brings her love of fitness to every class and believes in giving a full body workout every time. She believes in a fast paced, tough workout that gets your heart rate up and your muscles shaking but her high energy and passion makes even those toughest workouts seem fun.  Proper form is very important to Jackie and she keeps a close eye on you whether your a beginner or a longtime client.  Jackie’s classes will get you hooked!

JACKIE’S FAVORITE MOVE OF THE MONTH: LUNGES

Jackie Goodman LungesWhy Jackie loves lunges:

Lunges are not only a great way to strengthen multiple muscles in the legs and hips but they burn tons of calories as well!

The primary muscles worked during the lunge are the glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps but In order to stabilize your body during a lunge you also work the calves, abdominals and back muscles.

These muscles keep the body strong as the other muscles do the work to move your body. Adding the Proformer or Megaformer machine into the mix makes your abs work even harder because you have to tighten the core to balance and stabilize your body. Using this many muscles at once makes your heart rate rise and your calorie burn increase!

JACKIE’S EXTRA TIPS:

Always be sure the shoulders are rolled back, the chest is lifted and the abdominal muscles are engaged. Be sure to keep the lunging leg’s knee vertically aligned on top of the heel. It should stay that way throughout the exercise. Do not allow the shin or the knee to move forward and back as you move up and down in your lunge (see below).

Add a bicep curl or other arm exercise to increase intensity! This will make this exercise even more effective at sculpting the booty and burning fat, while engaging multiple muscles, because it’s increasing your heart rate even more! BONUS!

Jackie Goodman's Lunge form

JACKIE’S FAVORITE RECIPE:

No Bake Coconut Snowball Cookies

Jackie's Favorite Recipe: No Bake Coconut Snowball Cookies

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Organic dark chocolate (optional)

Makes 15 cookies.

Mix:

  1. 1/2 cup coconut butter in a mixing bowl. (Coconut Butter NOT coconut oil)
  2. Add the maple syrup (or honey), coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt and process on high speed until all of the ingredients have combined.
  3. Add 3/4 cup of additional shredded coconut and process on high speed until all of the ingredients have combined and formed a batter.
  4. Shape the coconut mixture into 1” balls and coat with the additional shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at last an hour or up to a week.
  5. Bring to room temperature before serving.

 

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

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