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Don’t You Want to Be Stronger and Healthier This Year?

Well, look no further.

I know that you’ve probably heard a lot of talk from me over Valerie Waters’ program the Action Hero Babe Training System.  But enough already, I want to give you the details about the program…and really why it’s one of the most effective home fitness programs that I’ve ever tried.


First, here’s the list of the items/equipment you get when you purchase the AHB Training System:

The Workouts

There are 2 Phases of the Program. Each phase has 3 workouts. Build, Burn, and Sculpt.  these workouts keep you going and are great. You workout right along with Val. She doesn’t try to be sleek or fancy with editing, she’s doing the workout with you. Period.  You take your water breaks and rests with her and you see her stumble (only a few times) just like you might.  There is no music, which is great if you like choosing your own soundtrack for workouts.

Breakdown:  6 workout DVDs, 1 basics DVD, Getting Started DVD, Ipod Ready Videos

Digital Manuals: 6 Workout Guides. Pictures, exercise description, etc.
Also included is a Cardio Guide to get you burning fat the HIIT way!

Workout Schedule/Journal: Track your workouts.

The Food

You get a great guide full of recipes from Val and senior members of the RCR club. Plus, you also get a special ebook full of recipes by our favorite chef The Healthy Irishman.  With these 2 resources, you will be set for yummy food.  Seriously, I’ve tried almost every single recipe and they are all quite tasty.   During my first round through the AHB program, I tried to pick a new recipe every week.  Now, I’ve got my favorites I like to go back to while I am in the 2nd round of the 8 week program.

Breakdown:  Quickstart Manual, Chef Gavan Murphy’s cookbook, Val’s recipe book

The Equipment

The Valslide/Valband/Resistance Chords.
While you will still need a few additional free weights, you can do a lot with these resistance bands.  I have the following dumbbells: 5, 8, 10, 20. The 20 I very rarely use and usually only the one dumbbell obviously, not both.

Don’t expect some super high tech equipment.  You don’t need sexy props to change your body.  Valerie developed this package to be mobile, basic, easy for anyone to use anywhere.  Boot camps are using them, personal trainers use them with their clients, I use them with some of my mat pilates classes…they are extremely accessible and make a bodyweight circuit workout kick up a notch.  And … Valerie uses them with her celebrity clients like Jen Garner and Rachel Nichols.

Bonus DVDs

Several Bonus DVDs are included in the package — essentially they are with some of Valerie’s celebrity clients… There are a few surprises in these bonuses, so I won’t give too much information here, but these are great tools to watch throughout your 8 weeks to keep you motivated.


If you have some exercise experience and have a moderate level of fitness, you’ll love the program.  If you are a beginner, you might want to consider doing her first program Red Carpet Ready or do Action Hero Babe, but lower the weights and take things a bit slower.


It’s funny – I thought I was fully prepared to start the 8 week body blast… And while I was strong enough to do the workouts, I felt it big time the next day.  After working through the first 4 weeks, I could really start seeing my own muscle definition and felt like I was getting stronger.  Then BAM the 2nd phase of the program started.  A few very subtle changes to the workouts and my body was again CHALLENGED every single workout.

After each intense workout, I actually did feel like I could kick someone’s butt.  If my daughter hadn’t been around, I might have gone in search of a fight or some bad guys to take down. LOL.

Don’t take my word for it.  Go to the main Action Hero Babe page and you’ll be able to watch videos of women at various ages revealing their own experience with the program.

Also, if you buy the program or are already doing it, let me know!  If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask me, but seriously, you can email Valerie directly and she’ll be more than happy to tell you everything you need to know.

Whatever your decision or your motive, definitely take a moment and check out the Action Hero Babe Training System.  It works.

Bad Business or Blessing ?

This is a bit more personal post that I was inspired to share with you all…it started out as a journal entry … brain download…

It occurred to me this week what I really love doing…and I know I’m not alone in this.

Sharing with people new ideas and information that I come across, learn and succeed from in some way.

A woman called me to find out about my prenatal pilates classes in Marina Del Rey.  I teach prenatal and postnatal mat pilates classes and reformer privates out of a specialized physical therapy clinic in West L.A.  I also teach privates in Venice and Marina Del Rey…and often they are new moms or women in some stage of their pregnancy.

I am so passionate about my own experience through pregnancy at this particular physical therapy office, that I did what I always do when I LOVE LOVE LOVE  a person, place or thing.

I forgot about selling my own services and encouraged the woman to make an appointment with Martina the physical therapist who really got me through the worst of my pregnancy pain.  In fact, I told her that she should go to Martina first and foremost to benefit from all that the office had to offer.

We finished the call and I hadn’t even mentioned that I offer private pilates or even what openings I had in my schedule.

But, you know what? It’s okay.  I left that call feeling pumped and happy that I had pointed someone in a direction that I was confident would help her.

Have you ever felt this way?

I’ve been told in the past that this is bad business.  Sometimes I even believed what these people said…but it still didn’t stop me from encouraging people to find their right path.

If a new client comes to me and I just know that they would benefit from a more experienced teacher or someone who specializes in what they need or someone who would match their personality perfectly, I immediately take action to get them together.

If someone calls me to schedule a session and we have a hard time connecting or making a schedule that sticks (often due to my own restricted schedule), I give them a list of studios that have great classes and a full schedule to choose from.

If I discover a new fitness class or tool that enhances my own pilates workouts, I share that with my clients.

I want my clients, my potential clients, my friends, and my family to live their own lives…to follow their own path…So, if someone starts taking yoga and loving it…I’m not upset if they stop taking pilates for awhile…or indefinitely.

I am happy to be part of their journey and feel a little twinkle knowing that I might have helped them turn a corner to them finding what keeps them moving, healthy, and happy.

While I do believe everyone can benefit from a regular practice of pilates, I only teach it to those who choose it.  And if that’s bad business…so be it.

My Top Picks: Pilates Studios in Los Angeles

There are tons of pilates studios in Los Angeles…even in the small area of Marina Del Rey, there are quite a few pilates studios or gyms that offer pilates classes.

What most people don’t realize is that I am NOT a studio.  I teach clients independently and do teach group classes held at other people’s studios.

If you’d like to learn more about where and when I teach, please email me at: anne.samoilov at gmail dot com or visit this page for more information on Pilates Classes!

Here are my list of favorites places to do pilates in the Los Angeles area…there’s a pilates studio located in Marina Del Rey, one in Santa Monica, and another in Beverly Hills.

Keep in mind, this is my short list…I have several others that I will happily refer you to if you need a specific type of class, schedule, or teacher.

Angel City Body Kinetics
Marina Del Rey, Glencoe Between Maxella & Washington

ACBK is a pilates and gyrotonic studio in Marina Del Rey.  I’m including this on my list because it offers so many different types of classes and the teachers have a good reputation!  Past clients, instructors, anyone who’s told me about this studio has had nothing but great things to say.

Classes offered range from pilates reformer classes to reformer for men, post pregnancy pilates, and prenatal mat classes.

Body Wellness

Located in Santa Monica, 19th & Wilshire.

Lots of group classes, Unlimited Pilates Package, I teach here on Sundays, Great Teachers, Great Clients…Light & Bright studio with such great energy!

Classes include:  Restorative / Low Back Care Reformer Class, Total Body Reformer Class, Core Reformer, Pilates Circuit Classes, Mat/Reformer Combo Class.

Beverly Hills, Doheny & Olympic

Maria Leone owns this rock star studio. She has inspired teachers that she often hand picks from the Physical Mind Certification program hosted by the studio several times through out the year.  The classes will challenge you, but you will never ever get attitude here.  It’s a great environment to learn Pilates and to feel the support of your classmates.  The teachers push you but do it with kindness.
This has to be my favorite pilates studio in Los Angeles…probably because I trained to be a teacher here, but really the quality of teaching/classes/environment can’t be beat!

Classes offered: Group Reformer, Privates & Semi-Private Classes, Professional Classes for Pilates Teachers.

So there you have it!  Try out a class or private sessions at one of the studios and let me know what you think.

What’s your favorite pilates studio and why??  Leave a comment below!

Why Intention Works…for Me

4 weeks ago I started a personal fitness challenge to go through the 8-week Action Hero Babe training system for the 2nd time.  I’m 1/2 way through and since I didn’t post my intentions at the beginning, I decided to renew them and post my updated list.

Intention in a Word…

First of all, intention is just a word.  According to Merriam Webster, it is: a determination to act in a certain way.  This is a powerful word that resonates with me way more than the word goals.  Intentions are specific things I’m going to do and am doing right now.  Once I set my intentions I am much more likely to stick to them and reach my goals.

For more on the value of declaring your intentions, I highly recommend reading Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Power of Intention.

Creating an intention list is important in any area of your life where you are looking to achieve some thing.  If you don’t know where you are going or what you intend to do, where will you end up and what will the end result of your actions be?

Here’s why I’m renewing my Action Hero Babe intentions:

  1. I often do this at slumps in my training to keep me going to the next milestone.
  2. It’s an easy way to inject some new energy into your workouts and really help you push beyond what you were originally trying to achieve in the first place.
  3. If I’ve been having trouble in any area, it helps me pinpoint those challenges and get over the hurdles.  Being aware and taking responsibility for my actions–be they victories or off-track moments, really keeps my head in the game.

So without further adieu, here are my personal intentions for the second half of my Action Hero Babe personal challenge.

  1. I intend to finish this last 4 weeks of the Action Here Babe training system, strong and dedicated to the workouts.
  2. I intend to eat clean 80% of the time — keep white sugars, white flours to a minimum.
  3. I intend to eat 4-5 servings of vegetables every day.
  4. I intend to get my water intake back to normal — 1-2 liters a day.
  5. I intend to do my AHB workouts 3 days per week and 2 Pilates Reformer/Mat workouts on the off days.
  6. I intend to go to yoga 1x per week.
  7. I intend to make this challenge for myself and no one else.  I’m not trying to impress you, I’m trying to feel better more often…and increase my energy levels.
  8. I intend to do an outside activity with my family – every single day.  On the weekends, this activity should be a bit longer than normal.  Every day outside with Mila.
  9. I intend to smile much more often than I do already.
  10. I intend to do an amp’d up version of my original run through Red Carpet Ready.

Ok…so there you go…now, that you see what my intentions are, why don’t you start your own list.  Be as specific as you can.  The more defined your destination, the more motivated you will be to reach it!  In fact, just be writing this post, I feel more focused and ready to reach my own goals.

Just remember…once you have your goals/intentions in place, all you have to do is plot out those first few steps.  You will be surprised how easy it is to take a few more steps each day.

Post your intention list (if you aren’t too shy) and let me help you stay accountable to those goals!