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Mara Marek, Comedian and Elite Personal Trainer and Elysia Cronheim, also an Elite Trainer and Ninja, host a weekly podcast to discuss everything fitness including fads, myths, food and exercise tips with other fitness professionals, coaches and professional athletes.
 
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Today’s episode gets real in a different way as Elysia and Mara share some deep personal truths and recent ER adventures to break down physical & mental distress through a heightened pandemic two years. They explore the connection between the mind and body— certain organ failures can lead to personality disorders, hormonal over-production can lead …
 
Mara and Elysia get hot and heavy into the ever-sexy topic (after a very revealing intro about hormonal balance and over zealous screen time)— TOE SPACERS! Never heard of ‘em? They’re silicone molds that you wear on your toes to keep them apart while you work, the reverse-braces, if you will. They’re beneficial for anyone who wears shoes. I’m looki…
 
Creator of Landmine University Alex Kanellis joins Elysia and Mara to give some insight into physical functionality while still getting madd gainz. Having played football and being a strength coach for 10 years with every sought-after certification in the fitness books, he found something lacking in the rigidity of functional fitness. His program f…
 
Time and time again we all get headaches, something we accept as being human. But WHAT IF there was a way to prevent many head and shoulder pains from taking pressure off of the upper traps through posture, correct form, and stretches (not just stretching, the *right* stretches) to solve this nonstop issue? Elite NYC personal trainers and overall f…
 
Mara and Elysia talk about the popular trend HIIT. Everyone is doing it, but should everyone be participating? LISTEN AND SEE! But for those who love to read...here's a little written preview: What is HIIT Training: High-intensity interval training is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of inten…
 
Mara and Elysia are joined by the classically trained performer who has channeled artistic expression into fitness and social media encouragement Kayla Kleinman. She is a Social Media Coach and Creator @yoursocialmedia.bff, Blogger (Kayla in the City link below), and *loud* Yoga Teacher in our Muscle Spasms hometown, the city that never sleeps, NYC…
 
Our fitness nerds, Mara and resident hoser, Elysia are joined this week by the outrageous, no f***s given, homegrown fellow Canadian smart aleck, social media coach, TikTok sensation, and over-the-top training enthusiast Cole DaSilva. If you want real talk, here it is. Cole grew up rough in Thunder Bay, Ontario-- aka crime capital of the country. T…
 
Welcome to Season Two of Muscle Spasms on Be Frank Network with Mara and Elysia as they take a deep dive into the ever-confounding concept of METABOLISM. We've all heard about foods, supplements, activities that "boost" your metabolism-- but what does that mean? Does puberty or menopause affect metabolism? What even *is* metabolism other than a wor…
 
This week Mara and Elysia are joined and humbled by the “most efficient human on earth”, Elizabeth Suit. Elizabeth is a decorated fire fighter in Palm Beach, a coach at The Program, a veteran, a gym owner (multiple!); she holds 3 degrees: Biology, Equine Studies, and Business management— oh yeah! And she’s opening up a restaurant to further expand …
 
This week Mara and Elysia jump back into the topic of transgender competition in regards to the latest weightlifting domination by trans woman Laurel Hubbard. This led into a spirited debate about the marketing behind female sports in a male-dominated world of watchers using the WNBA as a template. Where is the line when it comes to fair competitio…
 
Dr Dana Cohen joins Mara and Elysia this week to talk optimal hydration, new science, with a full how-to tell all in her book co-written with Gina Bria entitled Quench. 8 glasses a day is not only impractical for all shapes, sizes, activity levels, and conditions; it’s also OLD NEWS. Tune in to hear what we’ve been missing this whole time— like how…
 
Mara and Elysia record for their last time together IN STUDIO...(but will continue cross continent recording, 2021 technology am I right?!?) And they go out with a banger, talking about BFR Training! BFR training is an exercise technique that manipulates the body’s circulatory system, and when combined with exercise, produces rapid gains in strengt…
 
Farmer carries are the nerdy girl in the movie that takes her glasses off & you realize she’s Carmen Electra in her prime. Elysia and Mara tell you why this sexy little gem is so often overlooked, common mistakes, and most importantly why you, yes you, need to incorporate them into your life. Improve quality of life through full body strength, inju…
 
In this week's episode we discuss Caitlyn Jenner of all people, as she is running for political office and has brought the hot and fiery topic of transgendered persons competing against/with CIS gendered persons. SHE SAYS NO! And honestly, we can't find a reason to disagree with her. All Science points to unfair advantages. We also delve into testo…
 
Mara and Elysia chat from opposite ends of America’s east coast to elaborate on small (and some huge) changes they’ve made to prioritize feeling GOOD for what feels like the first time in a year! Step one: GET. OUT. SIDE. Step two: Don’t punish yourself with fitness with a rushed workout after a full day of work and self talk, both negative and pos…
 
Mara and Elysia are back at it sharing that fitness knowledge. This time, they are talking about how LESS is MORE. Snacking on a workout instead of overtraining. They talk actual minutes you should be investing in your health per workout, rest intervals and muscle and fat breakdown for energy. Thank you for tuning in per the usual and please share …
 
Mara and Elysia get their fitness nerd hats on to talk ACCESSORY WORK. What is that? Well, all those muscles you use for your power lifts, your jumps, your running, your cycling, they need a little extra love, they need to be activated and checked in on to ensure they’re firing correctly in higher intensity movements. The girls break down how they …
 
Mara and Elysia review the Netflix documentary “The Game Changers” which follows 11 athletes from the strongest man in the world, to the oldest (female!) cyclist to even go to the Olympics man or woman, to pro UFC fighters, to community firefighters and beyond— what’s special about them? They’re all PLANT-BASED. The girls discuss the science about …
 
Yoga Dan, owner and creator of SPROGA joins Elysia and Mara to talk enjoyment of the craft of movement, posture, and espresso (spro!). Through ADD, anxiety, and a surplus of health issues that come with being a 6’10” basketball player he found healing in alignment and folding the body which he spread from Detroit to NYC and now upstate NY. Check ou…
 
NCAA Contoversy, Caffiene, Pre-Workouts — Elysia and Mara discuss the level of respect for womens sports in a male-dominated industry in response to the lack of equipment provided to the female college athletes in the NCAA tournaments. What preworkout do I use? ONE thing has been consistently tried and true, caffiene (when used correctly). There’s …
 
WATER WILL MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND YOUR SKIN WILL GLOW!! Now that I have your attention, that’s true. Everyone knows that they’re supposed to drink water, this isn’t news, but what not everyone knows is how much? ... when? Does juice count? Elysia and Mara take a deep dive (pun!) into the science of the benefits of hydration and more importantly, …
 
Mara and Elysia HAD A PLAN TO TALK ABOUT PRENATAL TRAINING, but were derailed by a much needed chat about body issues which affect EVERYONE! In this very, image forward society, we need to have honest conversations about our body image and giving compliments...because WE ARE MORE THAN JUST OUR BODIES! Give it a listen, and maybe next week we will t…
 
Sarrah, creator of DAMN GOOD YOGA and former Broadway triple threat joins Elysia and Mara after ringing the bell signifying her final round of chemo. Cancer is a scary subject, but Sarrah is a ray of raw sunshine: warm, positive, fiery, unpredictable. She shares the nitty gritty of life beyond the C-word treatments that glare into the soul, testing…
 
Alex Baze from Late Night With Seth Meyers, and this weekend's Golden Globes joins Mara and Elysia to talk about, training to alleviate back pain, how to vet a trainer and being paralyzed from upper cross syndrome. What he is doing now for his workouts and how he just happens to be writing for the Golden Globes! Kizmet for this episode to come out …
 
Pete Holman, inventor of the TRX Rip Trainer and the Nautilus Glute Drive joins Mara and Elysia for this week's episode. They discuss training deconditioned and conditioned athletes and anyone that needs to rotate or work on their glutes (spoiler, its everyone). Make sure to follow @peteholman1 on instagram to stay tuned for updates on his new equi…
 
Unilateral Training with your Wellness Unicorns, Elysia and Mara. The girls get into the nitty gritty of what unilateral training is, why it's useful, how to incorporate it, and a whole mess of other hilarious fun facts. Why do I need to check in with my feet for a shoulder injury?! When should I eat after a workout?! What does that have to do with…
 
Mara and Elysia welcome Dr Michele Martinho BACK into the studio to talk BOTOX! Botox isn't just for vanity, but it IS MOSTLY!!! What are the drawbacks to getting botox, medical conditions it treats and the symptoms you should watch out for if things are about to go awry! Becoming addicted to Botox and the benefits! ALSO! Get a discount through the…
 
Sergio Chicon, Comedian and Boxing Instructor, joins Mara and Elysia, to talk about balancing life and training, how to get into a boxing program, finding peace through violence, street fights, where he is training, surrounding yourself with people who will up your own fitness, making it fun and so much more... Follow Sergio on instagram @sergiochi…
 
Professor Chase Stone is BACK and very bearded to chat with Elysia and Mara about how to simplify your new year workout schedule as well as flexibility tips for the general population as well as those afflicted with hypermobility. What equipment should I have at home? How many times a week should I work out? How often do I need to do cardio? Do I e…
 
Harrison Lessans joins Mara and Elysia in preparation for his Guinness World Record attempt (completion!) of the most pull-ups in 24hrs. Breaking it down into 5-6 pull-ups every 5 minutes to hit more than 7600 (the current record), if he keeps that pace he could even hit 8,120. This is no easy task but he goes into detail about motivation, how-to, …
 
Rena Greenberg joins Elysia and Mara to talk the truth about CBD— how does it work? Do you know what you’re buying through all the misinformation about it? On her deathbed in her 20s, unsolved issue if you ask the doctors, she essentially rescued her own life through nutrition. Her company Rena’s Organics specializes in high potency, organic CBD fr…
 
Pamela Price, journalist, ballerina, behcet's advocate and NINJA WARRIOR joins Mara and Elysia to talk maintaining an insane schedule, growing up in a tennis family, rocking red carpets, training through auto-immune disease flare-ups, managing and forecasting flare ups and living within a rock climbing wall! Incredible episode. Incredible human. Ma…
 
Elysia and Mara talk shop with former MMA addict and current OCR enthusiast about mountain racing, tips on how to train, and the welcoming community that is the Spartan and Obstacle Course Race family. One of the most powerful perks of this racing world is the support and freedom to become the strong baddie you were destined to be. Kelsey shares ho…
 
Mara and Elysia deep dive into the new/old lifestyle of Intermittent Fasting and extended fasting. We talk pros and cons, major health concerns, who should try it, who should avoid, and what results participants can realistically expect, spoiler, long term weight loss results are not it!!!. We also talk about the documentary un(Well) by Netflix and…
 
Elysia and Mara chat with the endlessly charming star of 1993’s Cool Runnings (COOOOL RUNNIN’S!!) Rawle D Lewis. This lighthearted, candid, and frankly hilarious conversation covers everything from training to portray an Olympic bobsled athlete, how he gets fit for roles, workouts during quarantine, and a whole lotta other Easter eggs about life, l…
 
Whether you are looking to run your first marathon or your 100th, this episode will give you the tips to run faster, and with more ease with tips from running coach Lena Placzek! Lena, D1 track athlete and Elite Coach and Personal Trainer walks us through beginning a running program, to introducing fartleks and hydration. Give it a listen and then …
 
Mara and Elysia discuss the foundation of our body...besides the trunk...THE FOOT, more specifically, THE ARCH! They dive deep into purchasing arch supports or just creating them the old fashioned way...through training: here's a little preview to the cons of BUYING a "muscle" Compression and recoil mechanism in your arch works like a rubber ball a…
 
Host of "The Smartest Doctor in the Room" Podcast, and Candida expert Dr Dean Mitchell joins Mara and Elysia to get down and dirty about Candida, because it isn't just an issue in the vaginal area. Top 10 symptoms of Candida overgrowth include: 10 Signs You May Have Candida Overgrowth: Skin and nail fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, ringwor…
 
We all know that we get sore a day or two after we work out— we’ve always known it’s muscle breakdown and rebuilding— but have we had it wrong this whole time?! Elysia and Mara chat with (honorary) Professor Chase Stone about a fitness research breakthrough that shows that muscle breakdown is NOT responsible for DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)…
 
Elysia and Mara dig deep into the benefits of Activated Charcoal and Bentonite Clay! Some of the benefits of both include: Whitens Teeth. Helps Prevent Hangovers. Shortens the Effects of Food Poisoning. Aids Bug Bites & Rashes. Reduces Acne and psoriasis Boosts Gut Health & Alleviates Digestive Issues. Manages Candida Die off and more! Listen to th…
 
Legally, she is Lauren, but we call her LuLu, and you will see why! This trailblazer of a female fitness instructor went from professional ice skating to getting certified in pilates, training olympians and then owning her own studios in NYC! We talk all about the business of being a female trainer in NYC and we would do just about anything to have…
 
Covid-19? We raise you lupus. Jen Wyatt, trainer and survivor of Lupus and Ayanna Dookie, also a survivor of lupus join Mara and Elysia to discuss lupus management. Why are the rich taking hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 management? The symptoms are the same! But the medication doesn’t carry over so people with lupus are unable to get their medicat…
 
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