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Getting Red Carpet Ready with Sakara, Furthermore from Equinox & Violet Grey: Week 3

So you’ve cleansed your system and solidified your foundation for red-carpet success with the help of your dream team of experts from Sakara Life, VIOLET GREY and Furthermore from Equinox. What’s next? You’re going to need a turbo-boost of energy to propel you through the rest of this month-long journey to the finish line, and it’s going to come from within, down deep in your soul.

Of course, what you put into your red carpet dream body most definitely encompasses food—after all, we are quite literally woven by the foods we eat. But what you put in also refers to the thoughts you have while you eat (and all the time!). They are just as important to this process, because they affect your body’s ability to process and take advantage of the nutrients on your plate. So it’s time to boost your red carpet regimen by tuning into the signals your body is sending you. Additionally, get ready to amp up the effectiveness of your skincare products by learning the art of product layering and hit the gas on your weight training regimen to build a body that will turn heads.

And while we’re talking about what you’re putting into this program, let’s take a second to talk about what you can get out of it...in addition to a killer body, of course. There is a truly amazing prize on the line. So in case building the red carpet body of your dreams wasn’t enough to motivate you to stick to the regimen, perhaps the potential to win big will. Eyes on the prize, babes.

DIET a la Whitney & Danielle, Sakara Life

Slow down at mealtime. It takes your brain 20 minutes to recognize that your body is full, so by taking your time, you’ll avoid overeating. Trust in the fact that when you eat whole, healthy foods in the right amounts, you’ll gradually get back in touch with your body’s natural hunger point. This is body intelligence—your body is smart, so listen to what it’s telling you!

Breathe deep. Chew thoroughly. Think positive, loving thoughts whenever you eat. Your body will be better equipped to digest your meals and assimilate its many nutrients. Focus on fully experiencing each meal with all of your senses—admire the colors, inhale the aromas and enjoy the different textures.

Decode your cravings. Remember what we said about listening to your body? Here’s a key example of why it’s so important. When your body craves certain things, it’s actually sending you messages about specific nutrients that are missing from your diet. Understand them better and you’ll be empowered to bring your system into beautiful balance.

BEAUTY a la Kira Nasrat, VIOLET GREY Brand Ambassador. 

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Boosting the glow-imparting power of your skincare products is all about layering. Kira explains it with a fitness-related analogy: Think of serums as your weights and moisturizer as your cardio. Lifting weights targets certain areas, while cardio is an all-over body workout. Similarly, serums work deeper, while moisturizers don't penetrate as far down into the layers of the skin.

So, which particular serum is for you? There are lots of great options out there, but Kira recommends Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum because it will help correct and prevent dark spots and boost radiance. Try layering it under the RÉVIVE Sensitif™ Renewal Cream Daily Cellular Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. This cream gets Kira’s stamp of approval because it nourishes, calms and soothes even the most sensitive skin, plus it provides sun protection with SPF 30, making it perfect for daytime use (remember: sunscreen is essential for reducing lines and visible signs of aging). For the evening, exfoliate your skin to improve its texture and moisturize deeply while you sleep with the RÉVIVE Moisturizing Renewal Cream Retexturizing Hydrator.

Pay extra-special attention to the delicate under-eye area. Kira loves La Mer’s The Eye Concentrate because it encourages circulation and keeps this region moisturized. And don’t neglect your neck! RÉVIVE Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen will firm, tighten and smooth lines. Kira loves it for both daytime and nighttime use. 

BODY a la Simone Tchouke, Equinox Tier 3 Trainer

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Monday: Focus on the legs, only: Choose 4 quad-dominant exercises: Using kettlebells or dumbbells, try front squats, back squats, walking lunges, and leg presses. Follow this with hamstring-specific moves like Romanian deadlifts, step-ups, reverse lunges, and hamstring curls. Finish with 10 to 15 minutes of HIIT but on the bike, specifically—you really want to fatigue your legs. (1-1.5 hours)

Tuesday: Now it’s an upper-body-only day, specific to pushing exercises, which will work your chest and shoulders. Choose exercises like push-ups, bench presses, military presses, shoulder raises. And incorporate the jump rope between your strength sets. For example, you could do 3 sets of push-ups, jump rope for 2 minutes straight, then 3 more sets of push-ups. (1-1.5 hours)

Wednesday: Another upper-body day, this time with a pulling focus: Choose moves like pull-ups, lat pull-downs, bent-over rows, and horizontal and vertical rows. As you did on Tuesday, jump rope in between sets; you can also do burpees. (1-1.5 hours) 

Thursday: The reverse of Monday--start with 4 hamstring-dominant exercises and follow with 4 exercises that target your quads. Finish with 5 to 10 minutes of HIIT on the Stairmaster/StepMill. (1-1.5 hours)

Friday: Steady state cardio, yoga, a group fitness class, or rest. (1 hour)

Saturday: Steady state cardio, yoga, or group fitness class—do something different from what you did on Friday. (1 hour)

Sunday: Rest.

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