September 24, 2014
Staying active is especially important as we head into the fall season and the holidays loom in the not-too-distant future. Establishing a fitness routine that you love can help you avoid gaining weight with holiday-related treats.
Are you in a fitness rut and looking for some inspiration? Think about trying a new workout inspired by your favorite svelte celebrity. We’ve rounded up the most popular picks to share with you.
Lagree Method – Sofia Vergara
Sofia is a fan of the Lagree Method, which trainer Jennifer Yates calls “bodybuilding morphed into Pilates.” Sample moves: squats, deadlifts and lunges on the “Megaformer” machine to tighten and tone the buttocks. The Lagree Method founder, Sebastien Lagree, developed the workouts after noticing that his clients wanted to combine Pilates with heart-pumping cardio moves. Lagree believes an average-sized woman can burn 700 calories during a 50-minute class.
Find a studio that offers the Lagree method here.
Aerial Dancing – Pink
Pink is such an avid fan of aerial dancing — which involves doing acrobatic moves while suspended in air — that she has incorporated it into her shows. You may have seen her death-defying moves during a concert or Grammy performance. If you’ve never done an inversion in the air, a good way to ease into the anti-gravity fitness trend is by taking an aerial yoga class. AntiGravity Yoga is great for building strength and working the core and arm muscles.
The Tracy Anderson Method – Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth maintains her enviable physique with the help of Tracy Anderson, a fitness guru who charges $900 for a monthly membership to her New York City studio. (Tracy also has a DVD program called Metamorphosis and an Xbox One series called Transform.) The Tracy Anderson Method involves thousands of moves, many of them mat-based, for a full body workout. A typical Method workout involves a dance-inspired warm-up and a series of complex, weighted leg lifts designed to “surprise” the muscles so they don’t adapt to any particular exercise.
Circuit Training – Megan Fox
Megan told E! News that she currently works out only twice a week — but she makes it count. She alternates bursts of cardio with “really heavy weights” for a fat-blasting, physique-sculpting workout. Her diet is no joke, either. Megan has eliminated all carbohydrates from her diet and doesn’t allow herself any cheat days.
Trampoline Workouts – Julianne Hough
Indoor trampoline parks like Sky Zone are a great way to get fit and feel like a kid again! Julianne loves a class called SkyRobics, which combines calisthenics with strength-building aerobics and core exercises. It’s also a great workout to improve coordination and balance.
Find a Sky Zone location by clicking here.
Flywheel – Jessica Alba
Jessica loves Flywheel, which is an intense workout that combines indoor cycling, weights, energizing music and encouraging instructors. Classes last 45 to 60 minutes and involve climbs and descents while working the arms with weighted bars.
Click here for more information about Flywheel’s Gold Coast location.
Struggling with Stubborn Fat?
If you are a fitness enthusiast who isn’t seeing the fat reduction results you’d like, considering body contouring with Chicago plastic surgeon John Bull. To schedule an informational consultation, please call us at (630) 717-6000 or send us an email.
September 10, 2014
Summer is a wonderfully fun season, but it has a noticeable effect on the skin. Sun exposure, changes in oil production and other factors can leave skin looking dull and damaged. As we look forward to welcoming the fall season, you might want to consider taking some steps to correct skin imperfections and flaws.
Enjoy flawless skin this fall with tips from one of Chicago’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. John Bull.
Rejuvenate and Pamper
Clinical skin care products can give your skin a radiant glow from the inside out. We carry the Obagi, SkinMedica and SkinCeuticals lines at our practice, all of which are specially formulated with the finest ingredients. Our aesthetician team can curate a product regimen for your unique skin care needs (perhaps you struggle with acne or hyperpigmentation, are simply seeking a basic cleansing and moisturizing routine or have a different skin care goal in mind). These lines offer products for all skin types, including dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin.
Smooth Wrinkles and Lines
Are you self-conscious of lines or wrinkles around your eyes, nose or mouth? Treatment with Botox or dermal fillers will smooth lines for a rested, youthful appearance. These treatments are conveniently performed in our office with minimal discomfort or downtime. Our office uses injectable products that have been cleared by the FDA for safety.
We offer you the opportunity to earn discounts on Botox and Juvederm products with the Brilliant Distinctions program. You will accumulate points for every treatment, which can then be redeemed for free treatments.
Even Out Tone and Texture
If you struggle with uneven skin tone or texture, laser skin resurfacing can help. This procedure removes damaged, unwanted tissue to reveal fresh, younger-looking skin underneath. Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent and effective non-surgical treatment that does not require significant downtime.
Get a Check-Up
Nearly 80 percent of skin cancers are found in sun-exposed areas of the face. Since you’ve probably sunned yourself at least once or twice this summer, schedule a professional check-up to look for any suspicious moles, bumps, growths or other skin abnormalities.
If a check-up does find signs of skin cancer, Dr. Bull can remove the affected tissue and restore normal appearance to the treated area. Using advanced techniques, Dr. Bull will minimize damage to the surrounding skin and disguise any scars.
Wear Jewel Tones
Once you’ve achieved a flawless complexion through your new skin care products, Botox treatment or laser skin resurfacing, wear clothing and accessories that complement your coloring. Jewel tones are universally flattering and very in-style during fall. For their Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report, Pantone selected a palette including Radiant Orchid, Sangria, Bright Cobalt and Cypress. Brightly colored blouses, scarves, statement necklaces or earrings in jewel tones will bring attention to your exquisite skin and unique beauty.
Schedule a Skin Care Consultation
If you would like more information about any of the skin care treatments or products mentioned, please call the office of Dr. John Bull at (630) 717-6000 or send us an email.