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Fit Mamas Workouts at PURE sports fitness and therapy

In the aftermath of Thanksgiving feasting, I am happy to share a new mom-friendly exercise program called Fit Mamas Workouts launching in December at PURE sports fitness and therapy in OC.

I also have two one-month Fit Mamas memberships to give away today, and everyone that enters is eligible to receive one free week of Fit Mamas classes, so make sure to enter below.

But first, do you answer “yes” to any of these questions?

~ Do you struggle with what to do with your kids when you want to workout?

~ Do you have a child who will not go in the gym nursery without putting up a royal fit?

~ Is your child too wiggly for a decent stroller workout?

Then Fit Mamas is the perfect answer for you!

Fit Mamas Workouts get you in, work you hard and get you out quick, all within 45-minutes. Total. While you workout, your child will be entertained by a babysitter in the same area with coloring, crafts and games, so your little ones can see you and vice versa, at all times.

Offering both a pre/postnatal workout and a tough “get my body back” workout, space is limited to 8 women per session so the instructor can devote attention to each mama.

Coming this December these classes will be offered:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-9:50am
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-10:50am

Starting in January, Fit Mamas classes will be offered 5 days a week.

All moms pay a one time $59 initiation fee.

Membership fees are as follows:

$89/month unlimited sessions (starting January 2013)
$79/month  for 3 sessions per week (starting January 2013)
$69/month for 2 sessions per week

Call the studio at 949.916.3558 for reservations or to learn more.

It’s a Tiny Giveaway! Two lucky readers will each win a one month membership to take Fit Mamas classes for the for winner’s choice of January or February 2013 (initiation fee included in the prize.) Anyone that enters this giveaway is also eligible to receive a free week of Fit Mamas classes during the same time period. Reference Tiny Oranges when calling to make your reservation. Good luck!

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San Clemente Run Benefitting Hope 4 Hanna

On Sunday, October 21st, runners, walkers, families and volunteers will gather at San Clemente’s Plaza Pacifica shopping center, not for their morning coffee or grocery shopping, but to participate in the 4th annual TRACE 3 San Clemente 5k~ 10k~ 1/2k kids’ race benefitting San Clemente-based non-profit, Hope 4 Hanna.

Hope 4 Hanna was started by close friends and neighbors the Aldersons and Beldens, in 2008 in honor of the Belden’s daughter Johanna (“Hanna”), who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) shortly after her second birthday.

Hope 4 Hanna’s mission is to create a less challenging road for families dealing with autism, currently affecting one in every 88 children today, a staggering statistic.

Once diagnosed, every child and their family faces responsibilities like behavioral and biomedical interventions, occupational and speech therapies, dietary restrictions, education planning, specialized playdates and socialization classes. But the resources and therapies often come with a steep price tag, which many families can’t afford.

Since the inaugural race in 2009, Hope 4 Hanna has raised and donated more than $300,000 to leading autism care, treatment and advocacy organizations including Autism Speaks, Talk about Curing Autism (TACA), and ACT Today.

In addition, Hope 4 Hanna has also funded biomedical scholarships, socialization groups, Spanish language advocacy and marriage counseling for families in financial need.

This year’s event kicks off at 7am with the 5K & 10K, followed by the 1/2K kids’ fun run at 9am and welcomes serious runners to casual walkers and everyone in between to participate!

The race will also feature its Resource Fair, open from 7am – 12pm, offering a wealth of information for families seeking answers about anything from diagnosis to legal issues to different therapy options.

New for 2012 is the TACA Fallapalooza Festival for Families.  Open from 10am – noon, the sensory family-friendly activities will include a bounce house, pumpkin painting, face painting, mask creating and other fun fall activities for kids on the autism spectrum, their siblings and friends.

Cost for the Fallapalooza is $10 per family (up to 4), and +$5 for each additional child. Registration includes activities & snacks for the kids. Click HERE to register.

For complete event information and to register for the race, please visit Register by September 28th to take advantage of lower early bird prices.

Hope 4 Hanna Fundraiser this Week! 

Grab some girlfriends and make it a moms’ night out this Thursday, September 27th from 6pm – 9pm where you can SHOP for a cause at the Hope 4 Hanna clothing party at Talega Village Center!

At the event, guests will have the opportunity to purchase everything from boutique clothing, to Stella & Dot jewelry, adorable flip flips and children’s goodies.  You can also sign up for the race that night!

Food and drinks will be provided by Sundried Tomato and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope 4 Hanna. What a great way to get some early holiday shopping done for a cause!

Knocked-Up Fitness Workshop

Are you pregnant?  Or know someone that is?

If yes, you have to know about this Knocked-Up Fitness Workshop for mamas-to-be hosted by Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness coming up on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 from 9am – 1pm at Body Design in Newport Beach.

The event will include straight up girl talk, an awesome swag bag filled with lots of goodies, food and fun! This event would be super valuable for any first time moms, but really, even if you are on your third, there is always something new you can learn about pregnancy and delivery!

To ensure an intimate atmosphere where moms feel comfortable talking about anything they want to know (no topic is off limits!) the workshop will be limited to a maximum of 10 women, so register ASAP HERE if interested!

Erica is a local OC mom of three and an expert personal trainer specializing in fitness-infused Pilates with vast experience in pre and post-natal fitness as well as nutrition.

The idea for the workshop actually came about from her prenatal clients.

At her prenatal Pilates sessions, Erica would find herself sharing information on many girlfriend-to-girlfriend pregnancy topics with candor.  These mamas-to-be begged her to think about hosting a workshop where women could feel comfortable sharing about pregnancy with the goal of walking out feeling more confident and ready to take on motherhood.

The cost is $295, but if you register by Sunday, 9/23 you can get a special price of $250 which includes a snack, lunch and a goodie bag filled with these items (and more):

~ Knocked-Up Fitness Prenatal DVD Combo Set
~ Knocked-Up Fitness Postnatal DVD Combo Set (Coming Soon)
~ Aiden and Anais Swaddle Blanket (MY FAVORITE!)
~ Aiden and Anais Mom & Bub Ointment
~ Coupon for Xpecting Maternity Boutique
~ Twistband hair ties
~…and more!

For more information visit And to learn more about Erica’s workout videos you can do at home, click here.

For those of you interested in training with Erica, her small group sessions include:

Functional Prenatal Reformer Pilates M/W/F at 10:30am
Intermediate/Advanced Functional Reformer Pilates M/W/F at 6am

Semi and private personal training also available by appointment. For more information email:

[Disclosure: Erica is a friend and sponsor of Tiny Oranges, it's my privilege to share about her personal training and workshops to help moms-to-be!]

Get Fit Festival

Kaiser Permanente encourages you and your family to “Find Your Thing” and discover healthy activities you love at the 2012 Get Fit Festival taking place this Sunday, September 16th from 7am – 5pm at Angel Stadium. Admission is free.

This family fun day will include…

~ Prizes! Pick up your Passport to Health at the entrance and learn about healthy lifestyles. When you visit a booth with a Passport flag you’ll receive 1 punch for each booth, and 2 for participating in a fitness class. Receive a raffle ticket per punch (up to 20) and be eligible to win dozens of awesome prizes!

~ Meet Sports & Personal Training Celebrities

~ Experience Kaiser Permanente and learn more about their programs.

~ Rev Up and jump into Zumba or other creative dancing workouts

~ Ease In and explore relaxing yoga and mini-exercises to try at home

~ Sign Up for the 5K Family Fun Run/Walk/Bike Tour.  Start time is 7:30am for the run/walk and 7am for the bike tour. All fitness levels welcome. All participants will receive a t-shirt and Angels ticket. Entry fees are $20/adult and $10/kids 12 and under. Click here for more info.

~ Team Up and register for the Get Fit Relay Team Challenge. A 50-mile relay-style run/walk for teams of 6 through the beautiful neighborhoods of Orange County. Click here for more info.

~ Bring the Kids! Kids can enjoy rock climbing, a bounce house, obstacle courses, coloring area and a 1K for 10 year olds and under.

~ Eat! Visit the farmer’s market produce tents then follow your nose to the healthy food truck roundup.

~ Shop! Come shop the latest health and fitness gear, eyewear and skin care.

~ Watch! Check out the main stage showcases including dance routines, performances and celebrities.

For more information on this event, you can visit Gotta love an event focused on health and wellness. What a great experience for our kiddos to see just how FUN healthy can be!

YAS East Costa Mesa

My friend Leigh is an instructor at YAS in East Costa Mesa. Have you heard of YAS? Standing for “Yoga and Spin” it’s the first studio dedicated to the combination of yoga and spinning.

People have raved about their classes and I have always wanted to try it, so I got my booty out of bed at 5:20am to make it to her 6:00am YAS class which she teaches every M/W/F morning from 6 – 7am.

Not gonna lie, it was early. I usually get up around 6:15am, so it was not THAT much earlier, but it felt like it when the alarm went off.  But here’s the thing – once you are UP – it isn’t that bad! Plus, to walk out at 7am with a kick (you know what) workout behind me felt pretty awesome.

They are giving Tiny Oranges readers a special of 5 classes for $50 (first time clients) so you can try it out too. And don’t worry, you don’t have to go at 6am, they have lots of classes to chose from. But let me tell you, Leigh is so awesome she is worth the early morning wake up!

The YAS class is a combo class that includes a 30-minute spin workout, followed by a 30-minute yoga class.

The studio offers three different types of classes: Yoga for Athletes (yoga alone, all levels, from beginning to Yoga for Athletes – Ripped!), YAS Indoor Cycling (spinning alone) and then the YAS Class which is the combo.

I LOVED the YAS Class! I have been a spinner off and on for years, to me, it is one of the best cardio workouts ever. Leigh is totally inspiring, not intimidating and kept motivating us to see just how much more we could challenge ourselves.

And to those of you who are scared of spinning, I hear you, I was scared before I tried it too. But here’s the thing, you can ease into it and adjust the intensity! You are not going to keel over and fall off the bike. I promise. Start off easy, and then work up to a great challenge. Take it from me –  you might even love it.

So after 30 minutes of pretty intense, heart pumping spinning, just when you want to look at your watch thinking, “How much MORE can I do at this level?” – it’s over! I haven’t sweat like that in a class in awhile.

Then we headed over to the yoga studio.

I never stretch like I should after a workout. I often tell myself I will stretch at home when I end a class, but once I am sucked into home demands, I rarely ever get to it.

To be able to spend 30 minutes doing yoga AFTER spinning was amazing. Lots of breathing, toning poses, some great ab work, and deep stretching. It felt amazing.

I walked out feeling like a million bucks.

Again, if you would like to try it out for yourself, mention “Tiny Oranges” to take advantage of their special offer of “5 Classes for $50” good for first time clients!