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workouts in review

Monday, April 8, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio

Each week I try one, two, even three new workouts or health & beauty treatments. What I noticed as I embarked on new workouts was that I wasn’t working all my muscles by just doing SoulCycle. I still love SoulCycle, don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t really strengthening my stomach or arms. I noticed how weak I was in class at Physique 47 and especially when I was swinging from the silks in Aerial Yoga. I had to forgo some exercises like climbing the silk, pulling my body up while using my upper arms strength. It was a bit disappointing. At least I now know what I need to do. Abs and arms, beware.

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Revolution Evolution with P.volve

Monday, January 14, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio

The end of any vacation is always a little bittersweet especially when we have our adult kids with us!

Kicking off the New Year in Aspen was of course, amazing. Fresh powder and no lines!

But I must say I am excited to begin my newest fitness routine…. P.volve.

I am certain P.volve’s stretching exercises will help alleviate the soreness resonating from my burning thighs after a week skiing in fresh powder. And the strengthening exercises should prepare my legs for our next trip to the mountains.

Prior to the arrival of my P.volve equipment I followed the streaming classes without. You can too.

Over Christmas I signed up for a trial account. It was a great workout I could feel immediately. An over achiever I pushed myself too hard, just like I did in yoga until I hurt my shoulder and had to stop. But it’s been a week, the soreness has subsided, and I am ready to get back to it and try the classes with my new P.volve equipment.


What’s P.volve? You are probably asking that question, just about now. As described by the founder,

“Our pre-hab approach to fitness elongates your shape and builds strength without bulk, to help you carve out the most perfect body that’s right for you.”

How does one access P.volve? You can attend a class in New York or stream online.

  1. I was first introduced to P.volve on my recent trip to New York. I was helping my daughter and her roommate, Monica, (who works for the company) relocate from the Upper East Side to Soho/Little Italy. Monica thought I might like P.volve, knowing I have been a SoulCycle and Peloton addict for years. The next morning I took an Uber from our very chic hotel, The Arlo SOHO over to the original P.volve studio. (They have since grown and expanded.) I was the oldest in the class, by far, I am certain, but I think I did a pretty good job keeping up, twisting and turning and trying to stay balanced. It takes a lot of concentration. The movements are small, yet precise. The key is to keep your balance while tweaking your body. After the short workout I thought I wouldn’t feel anything. The next day, yep, I sure did. My Advice: Take It Slow.
  2. You can stream classes from the comfort and convenience of your home. Before you invest in the equipment you can get a good idea if the workout is for you by taking the classes without the equipment. Of course I pushed the envelope, again. It’s deceiving. In just 30-40 minutes your workout is finished before you know it. You might think you haven’t worked that hard, but guaranteed you have. The small movements really tighten and strengthen. Note To Self: Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard The First Few Times. Take It Slow.
  3. P.volve is headed back to LA for another POP UP class. If you can make it, Instagram me, I’d love to connect.

Details: Date And Time: Sat, January 26, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PST.

Location: 3rd Street Dance – Studio A 8558 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Located in my LA neighborhood. So convenient.

To learn more about P.volve meet Stephen “P.” Pasterino, founder of P.volve fitness, and his wife and Cuvee Founder, Rachel Katzman. It wasn’t until I returned home to California and started streaming classes that I realized the class I had taken in New York was lead by Rachel. She makes it look so easy!

Mark my words, as an early adopter of SoulCycle and Peloton, P.volve is on target to be the next big thing in fitness.

Off to class!

90 Day Challenge

Check it out for yourself, I think you might like it! Take the 90 Day Challenge and #EvolveWithPvolve #ResolutionEvolution

what’s app? // how did i ever live without?!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Debbi DiMaggio

What’s App!

As I tend to do when I have a bit of down time – I search, seek and learn.  And in the process become a little obsessed.  (And if you know me at all you probably are saying – “what downtime!”)

That’s Biscuit my Bichon – He’s waiting patiently for me to get off of my Mac Book and pay some attention to him!  Isn’t he cute?!  He finally gave up and went to sleep!

In the last 24 hours I began researching blogs, apps and learning more about RSS feeds.  I can’t explain that so don’t ask – but I can refer you to a real techie, not an accidental techie like myself! (I will always seek and connect you with the appropriate person to help you with your mission!) [Read More..]

debbi’s hot summer picks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Debbi DiMaggio

First Off

My Latest On-line Find,

Cuyana features luxurious clothing, totes, handbags & accessories.

Cuyana is an online boutique with luxurious must-haves!  I recently purchased a few of their bright colored cosmetic travel cases as birthday and graduation gifts.  The next few items were all mine.  They were just too hard to resist and their prices, also very good.  The soft leather tote is ideal for my MacBook, so it was definitely a Must Have!  When I was in Beverly Hills a few people asked if it was Celine.  When I got back to the hotel I looked at my Pinterest Handbag Board and found the Celine Bag — a dead ringer!  On to my next two purchases for mua:  And, yes, another gift for me, I purchased TWO weekender overnight bags.  The second has not arrived as it hasn’t yet been manufactured.  I decided against taking the one I did receive on my trips to LA and San Diego as I did not want to check it in as it was too heavy to carry on and also just too nice and clean!  The weekender will, however, be perfect for our local overnight retreats to Sonoma, Napa, Carmel and Lake Tahoe.

Cuyana means “to love” in Quechua and every piece they design is imbued with their love for quality, timelessness, and beauty. They want to make pieces that make you smile- and that make you love your closet.

Take Note

The Lean Closet Movement as per the Cuyana Designers & Owners – I love it!

“A lean closet enables a fuller life- for ourselves and for others. Our Lean Closet movement challenges us to collect fewer, better things, and to donate the pieces in our wardrobes that are merely taking up space to those who need them. Sometimes when things aren’t adding up in your life or your closet, it’s time to start subtracting.”

How serendipitous that I just discovered Cuyana.  As tomorrow I meet with my organizer, Gail Kezerian, to begin purging what we don’t need, organizing what we have and donating what we can.  I can’t wait! Freedom!!


Understated Elegance in Beverly Hills

L’Ermitage, a Viceroy Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Beverly Hills on the beautiful tree-lined, Burton Drive — Best described as Intimate Luxury with Exceptional Service.  It was exactly the same as I had experienced upon my first stay just a few years earlier.

L’Ermitage is one of my favorite hotels in LA.  The service impeccable, the design – clean lines – and the entire experience can be described in two words, understated elegance.

Ideally located just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive to the left and Robertson Blvd to the right.  L’Ermitage is a full-service hotel that lives like an intimate boutique hotel but with all of the services and more of a larger hotel similar to my other favorite, the Beverly Wilshire.  Amenities include a spa, steam room, roof top pool, restaurant, lobby bar and gym.  I am moved to repeat myself by saying, the attentive service provided by each and every person in the hotel was truly stellar!  Thank you!!

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

New Found App

MOVES for iPhone, By ProtoGeo

I just downloaded this app on my iPhone.

Are you always on the move like me?

Now your iPhone can tell you how much you move.
Moves automatically tracks your everyday life and exercise. Just carry your phone in your pocket or bag.

My first day I forgot to keep it on me at all times. I kept putting my phone down as I continued to move. Imagine all that time undocumented.

Keep on Moving! And Enjoy your Summer!!  XOXO! Debbi

Moves App


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