The Valslide was recently featured by Women’s Health in their “Stay Fit While You Travel” segment on The Today Show… which planted the seed for me to create The Hotel Room Gladiator Workout.
This short and sweet workout is a powerhouse and a perfect demonstration of what makes the Valslide such an effective tool… the variety and room for creativity it adds to your workout is mind-boggling… and you can do all of this in a very small space.
This workout contains a nice booty-frying circuit to get moving and goes directly into The Bum Smile Series…. a sequence of exercises targeting the hips and butt… especially the area where the glutes ties into the hamstrings Adding a reach and slight forward lean to the Valslide Reverse Lunge creates a really interesting… ‘effect’… that just hurts so good. 🙂
After that, you’ll enjoy a nice course of “Holy Smokes” abs… topped off with the newest exercise coming out of the Valslide Labs: “The Don’t Slide Sled.”
With the next Valslide Master Trainer Workshop rapidly approaching (June 7 in beautiful Santa Monica, California) and the recent onslaught of press, I have been getting a ton of interview requests about the Valslide…
Of course they always love to ask about my celeb clients… but there’s a lot of interesting little facts about the Valslide you may not know. Here are 10.
Did you know…
#1. Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel and Rachel Nichols were my first clients I tested the Valslide on.
They had each been training with me for a while, and they are natural beauties, so obviously they were already in good shape…
But the Valslide effect was obvious right from the beginning.
Not only did they start to feel it immediately but I could tell in a few workouts that I was on to something.
Plus, Valslide is fun fun fun!
#2 Valslides are made with love in California.
Each pair of Valslides comes from a small manufacturing plant in San Diego. I love that I am able to go visit Axel, the owner, whenever I feel the need to tweak the formula or color.
There is often much discussion about our secret formula for the slipperiness or the next color we want to offer.
I know it’s popular for companies to take their business to China for cheaper labor and materials but I am proud of the fact that our business is here in the US.
I was born in California, as was the Valslide and we strive to bring a little Cali magic to your workouts. Each pair is shipped with love and sunshine.
#3 The Valslide® was originally gray.
There are still some of those original gray ones floating around, but now Valslide comes in Classic Green, Ninja Black and Hottie Pink. Which is your favorite color?
#4 Fitness pros love the Valslide.
I make it a point to attend workshops and seminars each year as well as seeking out the best pros in the business for some one on one time.
I am lucky to call many of the best, my friends.
The first 3 elite coaches that I showed the Valslide to were, Michael Boyle, Mark Verstegen and Alwyn Cosgrove. If you don’t know who these guys are and you are in the fitness business, you want to make it a point to get on their email lists and start reading or watching everything they offer.
I thought I had something special with the Valslide. With their validation, I knew I did.
I remember showing it to Mark Verstegen, president/founder of Athletes Performance. All I had to do was pull it out of my bag, throw it on the ground and he knew immediately Valslide was something special.
#5 Access Hollywood was the first TV show to let me demonstrate the Valslide.
That day back in January 2008, was a very, very good day.
I remember turning on my computer as the segment was airing on the east coast. I literally refreshed my browser about 10 times and it was just all Valslide sales. Then it calmed down until it hit central time and when it aired in LA, it was like Christmas morning, my birthday and New Year’s Eve all at once. It was a very very good day for Valslide.
#6 I didn’t set out to name a product after myself.
I actually tried a bunch of other names but they either were taken or didn’t make sense. Names like the Pocket Slide, Slippery Slide and Super Slide.
Now it seems like it could only be Valslide. My name is Valerie, I was always called Valerie, now most people call me Val and I like it. 🙂
#7 Jennifer Garner demonstrated the Valslide Reverse Lunge and the Valslide 1 arm slide in 5 inch Loubitans and a pencil skirt on the Ellen Degeneres show.
She couldn’t have been cuter or more generous.
That was another very good day.
#8 The Valslide is universally recognized for killer butt and abs moves.
Michael Boyle has said if you only do one move, make it a Valslide Reverse Lunge. But, butt (he he) and abs aren’t all it’s good for. Consider the Valslide Push-up Fly. This awesome chest exercise was featured in Men’s Fitness magazine and is super popular with even the most beastly of men.
Valslide Meets Renegade: An Abs Conditioning Circuit
I love showing off the Valslide, but occasionally I need help with some of the more advanced moves.
I asked my friend and awesome fitness coach Jen Ferruggia to stop by the Valslide Headquarters to educate my readers in The Art of Badassery.
If you don’t know Jen, she is married to one of THE rockstars of the fitness industry, Jason Ferruggia.
Jen is super fit and an advanced Valslide user. She can put the boys to shame. 🙂
In this video, we do a super fun Valslide Abs Conditioning workout.
Valslide Meets Renegade Abs Conditioning Circuit
Valslide Mountain Climbers 10 each side Valslide CrossBody Mountain Climbers 10 each side Valslide Upside-down Snow Angel – 10 Valslide One-arm Slide – 10 each side
You can see some of the excellent work Jen and Jason do at Renegade over at JasonFerruggia.com.
One of my favorite diets and a program I was very influenced by is their Renegade Diet… it’s unlike many of the diet plans out there – and like everything Jason does, it’s honest, it’s real and it’s wildly EFFECTIVE. I highly recommend it.
With a little twist – rather, an anti-twist, you add a whole new dimension to an already amazing exercise. You get some serious bang for your buck with the Valslide Anti-rotational Reverse Lunge…
The abs aren’t just the things you do crunches with and wish were flatter, or more ripped.
One of their primary roles is that of protector… they do this by resisting or preventing movement. They’re what keep you standing up. And safe. And strong. And yes… so sexy! 🙂
That prevention of movement function is why exercises like the Plank and Valslide Bodysaw are awesome.
The idea is that you make NOT-moving more difficult.
So in a plank, you remain stiff for the duration of the set.
With the Valslide Bodysaw, your trunk remains stiff just like a plank – but you increase the challenge by creating a little movement at the shoulder.
But – that’s not all, kids!
The abs are also major players in the prevention of movement across other planes – like rotation.
The Valslide Anti-rotational Reverse Lunge is one of the best ways to train this function because you’re also incorporating an off-set, one-leg stance – creating an even greater challenge for your abs.
After graduating from Northwestern, Andy avoided a “real job” by playing professional soccer for 7 years. He taught martial arts and earned a Third Degree Black Belt. He served as a cop on the Tactical Response Unit for 7 years. He has written articles for Muscle and Fitness, created video series for Men’s Fitness and GNC, and won the Gold Medal in the Toughest Competitor Alive event at the 2012 U.S. Police and Fire Championships. He is now in LA as a full-time Actor, Host, and Model. Andy has lived a lot of lives, but this last jump from “being SWAT” to “acting SWAT” is the dream job he’s always wanted, if he can only chase it down…
Hawaii is paradise on earth and the inspiration for this weeks DAMN GIRL! Summer Ab Series.
Just imagine the sweet smell of plumeria, endless beaches, warm sunshine, gorgeous waterfalls and lush landscape! Now, grab your Valslides and let’s get sweaty in the sun, surf and sand!!!
This HAWAIIN HOTTIE circuit combines moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles, so you’ll burn more fat while toning up. For maximum effectiveness, do this circuit 2-3 x, three nonconsecutive days a week.
Have an amazing week!
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Have you tried all the DAMN GIRL! circuits in the series? Here are links to the previous workouts…
The perception that Brazilian women all have perfectly toned and bronzed bodies may or may not be true, but if this country of great natural beauty inspires you to move, try these ab-targeting exercises to tone, tighten and flatten your abs!
The Brazilian Belly workout is designed to hit both the upper and lower abs. (Remember: do these Summer AB Series workouts 2-3 times a week in conjunction with your regular full body workouts or on their own)
Have a great week ladies and keep sliding!!! 🙂
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Click here for the 1st DAMN GIRL! circuit – the Caribbean Crusher!
Get killer abs this summer with the Valslide DAMN GIRL! Summer Ab Series. Every week for six weeks, we’ve got a new Valslide ab workout with the exercises you need to tone one of the toughest problem areas. Do these workouts 2-3 times a week in conjunction with your regular full body workouts or on their own. We’re trimming, sculpting, and flattening your abs this summer!
Slide into summer with this week’s workout: Caribbean Crusher. Burn away the fat and get those abs rock hard and sexy!
Looking for some extra motivation to get you movin’ and groovin’ – check out this Caribbean music Playlist.
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Click here for the next circuit in the DAMN GIRL! series – Brazilian Belly!