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Jamie Friedlander

Harmony of Movement and Nourishment: A Pilates Instructor’s Guide to Wellness (and ice cream) with Jamie Friedlander

Welcome to a holistic journey where the principles of mindful movement and some plant-based ice cream converge seamlessly. In this exclusive collaboration, we’ve teamed up with a seasoned Pilates instructor Jamie Friedlander to explore the synergies between Pilates and a vibrant lifestyle. Join us as we delve into insightful conversations about the intersection of fitness, well-being, nutrition, and ice cream. And of course, we couldn’t resist asking our expert guest, Jamie, the sweetest question of all – their favorite flavor from our delectable range of plant-based ice creams. Discover the perfect blend of balance, strength, and indulgence in this exploration of well-rounded well-being.

We were super excited about this post because not only is Jamie amazing but she has been a customer of Frozen Fruit Co since we began.

Jamie Friedlander

Jamie, tell everyone a little bit about you…

Hi, my name is Jamie, and I am a born & raised LA girl! I have a huge passion for all things health and wellness. I believe in living a life of balance, and prioritizing happiness! My favorite part about the wellness world is meeting and connecting with people who share the same love for a healthy lifestyle. I am a part-time Pilates instructor and full-time Pilates lover! It is truly the most amazing, effective workout and has changed my life in so many ways.

What is Pilates? 

Pilates is a full-body, core-based workout that is done on a pilates ‘reformer’ that uses different resistance springs. There is also a version of Pilates done on a yoga mat. It has the same fundamentals as the reformer but doesn’t use springs. It is a mix of strength training and small muscle movements which together create the most effective, low-impact workout for the body. 

How did you first discover the benefits of Pilates, and what inspired you to become an instructor?

I have been taking Pilates classes for as long as I can remember (literally since before college!) and it has always made me feel so good and strong. I’ve known I wanted to teach after being a client myself for so many years, and feeling & seeing truly how incredible the results are. It was the best decision I have ever made!

What are 5 things people don’t know about Pilates?

1. Anything (and I mean anything) you do at the gym can be done on the reformer- trust me on this one! 

2. The slower you go, the more effective the workout is.

3. It incorporates cardio safely and functionally.

4. It promotes lean, long muscles by working the muscle and stretching it at the same time – cool right?!

5. It is not just for the gals, men love it too!

Can you share some insights into how a regular Pilates practice can lead to overall well-being?

Since pilates is so low impact, it is gentle on the body while still providing a productive (and very challenging workout). It works those little muscle groups that can be hard to target otherwise.  It’s also proven to improve mental health.

Jamie Friedlander - Pilates

Pilates is known for its adaptability to various fitness levels. How can beginners integrate Pilates into their fitness journey effectively?

There are plenty of options for beginners when it comes to a Pilates class. Something as simple as changing the spring load can really help and offer support to someone who is new to the workout. Over time, newbies will feel comfortable and ready to start doing Pilates on all of the challenging spring loads, and it’s SO rewarding!! You will feel so strong!

How do you stay energized and fueled throughout your day, especially when teaching Pilates classes, and do you have any favorite plant-based snacks or meals?

I make sure to fuel myself properly before a pilates class and prioritize protein at every meal. I also drink a tonnnn of water throughout the day, but especially before & after my workout. I am a HUGE ingredient person (another reason why I am obsessed with FFC 😉 ) and I fuel my body with foods that feel good to consume. I avoid seed oils and processed foods- eat what the earth provides!

A few of my favorite snacks are plant-based protein shakes, protein chia-pudding with superfoods, veggies and hummus, and “protein frosting”- my version of decadent frosting that I will either eat with a spoon or dip fruit into! It’s literally just protein powder, cinnamon, and water or plant-based milk. I’ve been really into pistachio milk!

I have protein at every meal- a non-negotiable for me!

What are five Pilates movements people can start to practice every day?

A few easy Pilates movements people can implement into their daily practice are:  leg extensions while lying on your back, table-top crunches, planks, bridges, and bicycle crunches- just make sure to move slowly!

We’d love to know – what’s your favorite flavor of plant-based ice cream from Frozen Fruit Co?

This question is so hard to answer… but I guess if I had to choose-  Anything with peanut butter and chocolate, the Salted Chocolate Cookie Dough – it’s made with Sweet Laurel cookies and it’s my fav! Also, the seasonal pumpkin spice is one I look forward to every year!! I recently tried the Neapolitan… it was unreal!

Clearly, I cannot just choose one because they are all so amazing.

If I could create my own dream flavor collab at FFC it would be a healthy “cake batter” with swirls of paleo cookies or cookie dough, naturally dyed rainbow sprinkles, and a healthy coconut cream based buttercream swirled throughout! It would be like eating a birthday cake but in ice cream form.

I know… I’m getting a little crazy over here.

Find Jamie Friedlander

Finally, where can people find you online?

People can find me on IG at @jamlovesyams which is my health and wellness/nutrition/pilates page, or my personal page @jamiefriedlander 🙂

Big Love and thank you Jamie.

Sculpt Yoga

Yoga Sculpt: What Is It and 5 Movements You Can Try At Home

Confession: I am a yoga teacher who used to hate yoga. And then I found yoga sculpt.

Growing up as a competitive athlete (playing soccer from the age of four through college), I never viewed yoga as a workout. I figured it was basically a fancy word for stretching. (Never mind I was always very self-conscious over my tight hips and severe lack of flexibility.)

When I moved to LA, I really tried to get into yoga, but I found myself often getting frustrated; I was annoyed with the slow pace, angry the people next to be were bending like pretzels with ease and restless in Savasana. Lying still for two minutes and focusing on my breath? I’ll just nama-stay-away.

But then I tried a yoga sculpt class at Corepower Yoga. Not really by choice but because my company was offering a free class and hey, if it’s free it’s for me. Still, I didn’t expect to be challenged and went in with little to no expectations. But 60 minutes later, I was transformed, having never experienced a workout quite like it.

What is Yoga Sculpt?

You see, yoga sculpt is a 60-minute class in a heated environment (usually about 93-95 degrees) that incorporates hand weights, cardio bursts and signature yoga postures. First you flow, then you go. One minute you are doing burpees or bicep curls and the next you are bowing your head to seal in your practice.

Sculpt is the perfect blend of mind and body, providing a calorie and fat-burning workout and the many mental benefits of yoga. Plus, it’s set to the beat, so you can do squats along to Lizzo’s latest bop. What’s not to love?

Two years after trying that first class, I am now a Yoga Sculpt teacher, something my teenage self would’ve refused to believe.

Given my background as an athlete, my classes are all about muscle engagement and compound movements, which work out two or more muscle groups at once. The best thing about compound movements if you can customize and modify based on your fitness level, whether you have never done a down-dog in your life or are a regular at Cross Fit.

Five Yoga Sculpt Movements You Can Try At Home

Here are five (customizable) compound movements you can try at home to give you a small sampling of what a yoga sculpt class can look like.

1. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Adult Version

We all remember that game we played as a kid, right? Well, this is the workout version of it that is a great way to shake up your normal plank game and seriously test your core’s stability and strength.

Starting in a high plank (shoulders stacked over your wrists, hips in line with your shoulders and the sides of your neck lengthened with your chin off your chest), slowly tap your head with your right hand then place it down; then tap it with your left hand. Your right hand will then tap your left shoulder, with your left taping your right. From there, your right hand taps your left knee as your drive it in toward your chest, repeat on the opposite side. Finally—you guessed it!—your right hand taps your left toe without driving your tailbone up towards the sky, repeat on the other side.

The key here is to go slow and control the movement, resisting the urge to swing your hips; they should remain stable thanks to your core. Repeat five times and feel free to sing the song as you do it.

2. Squats With a Controlled Pulse

Any sculpt class will contain a lot of squat variations as you are looking to engage your glutes, one of the largest muscles in your body, and leg muscles in different ways to always keep them guessing. That’s why I love adding pulses into the mix, which restricts the blood flow to your muscles, shocking them when you release the small controlled motion and go into the bigger movement.

For this one, start with your feet hips-width distance apart with a slight bend in your knees and your core engaged, with the option to hold one heavy weight at chest-level.

Squat down, keeping your knees stacked over your ankles, like you are sitting your hips down into a chair with your chest lifted. After a milli-second hold, pulse your hips up one inch and down one inch, slow and controlled, before standing back up. You really want to feel the burn in your quads here, especially controlling that small pulse up and down, keeping that controlled movement in your hips and not bouncing from your knees.

You can even add in a shoulder press here too, lifting the weight above your head as you rise in your full squat.

3. Crescent Lunge Lunges

Another lower body exercise, begin in a crescent lunge position, with your right knee stacked over your right ankle and your hips square and even with one another (think of the headlights on your car). With your shoulders stacked over your hips and your belly button pulled to your spine to fire up your core, lower your back knee to hover one to two inches off of the mat, hold for about a half-second before rising.

You can make this a compound movement (aka get even more bang for your buck!) by holding onto your weights and/or adding in a hammer curl (palms face one another, elbows glued to your side body), lifting and lowering your weights as you lift and lower your back knee.

Repeat on the other side, and it’s super important here to keep your front knee stacked over your front ankle; it should never jut out over as this movement is all about your back knee. You can also add in pulses (Can you tell I like pulses?) after your set of lunges by hovering your back knee one to two inches off of your mat and pulsing up one inch and down one inch, slow and controlled.

4. Glute Bridges With a Chest Press

Again, another compound movement possibility, as this can turn into a full-body workout if you are pressed on time or looking for an added challenge.

Lying on your back, bring your feet a little wide than hips-width distance apart and walk your heels close to your glutes. If you just want to focus on your booty, you can bring a set of weights to your hips, one in each hand to add a bit more weight to your glute bridges.

If you want to add in the chest press, bring your elbows out to a T by your sides with a weight in each hand. Throughout this exercise, keep your head and neck on the mat with your gaze straight up and no tuck of your chin to your chest.

Press through your heels to drive your hips up toward the sky, and if you are adding the chest, lift your weights to meet (but not touch) directly in front of your chest. As you lower down, hover your elbows and lower back one-to-two inches off the mat, resisting the urge to rest them down.

5. Obliques Twists in Horse Squat

This pose seems super easy. But it’s also super easy to mess up as many people end up working their arms and shoulders over those tiny oblique muscles by our rib cage. Just know that’s where we are targeting with this one.

Bring your feet farther than hips-width distance apart, with your heels in and toes pointing out. Sink down into a squat with your chest lifted, shoulders stacked over your hips and your tailbone down. Your knees should be tracking in line with your toes. You there? Great, now sit down another two inches.

Now grab your weights (one weight or two, it’s up to you!) and glue it into your chest. DO NOT LET THEM MOVE SERIOUSLY, DO NOT. PRETEND IT IS A PINT OF FROZEN FRUIT CO.’S SALTED CHOCOLATE AND DON’T LET IT GO. Now, using your left side oblique, twist your upper-body to the right before twisting back to center. Repeat on the other side, never letting your weights leave your chest. It’s a tiny, tiny, tiny movement but it is far more effective than just swinging your weights from side to side using your arms and shoulders. Also, your hips and legs aren’t moving here, so hold down in that horse squat!

Ready for more?

You can sculpt with me Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Corepower’s Studio City location and Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Hollywood location. And your first week of classes is free if you are a new student.


Tierney Bricker

This was a Guest Blog written by Tierney Bricker. Follow Tierney on Instagram at @tbrick2 or message her on Instagram if you have any questions on Yoga Sculpt. Big Love.

Taylor gave up processed food a year ago and it changed her life. In her latest video she wanted to show you guys some of the things she eats and some of the foods that have helped make her lifestyle change stay successful! (Spoiler Alert: Frozen Fruit Co gets a mention).

Big Love Taylor!

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How To Eat Clean & Lose Weight by Taylor Ashton