With combined decades of experience and dozens of fitness certifications and credentials, the expert team of authors, Andrea Orbeck, Desi Bartlett, and Nicole Stuart, have worked with hundreds of celebrities, supermodels, and ordinary women to develop workout and wellness solutions to stay active and feel good in their own skin—and they can do the same for you. These authors understand the complexities of women's bodies and the changes that occur as women age.
More than an exercise guide, Total Body Beautiful explores the changes that women experience during and after pregnancy, during perimenopause, and during and after menopause. You’ll learn how hormones affect your physical body and emotional wellness, the effects of exercise on the brain, and how nutrition affects the way you look and feel. You'll find insider tips and client stories from celebrities and clients who the authors have worked with.
You'll get practical and research-backed advice on improving strength, mobility, flexibility, and aerobic fitness. You’ll learn how to choose fitness activities based on your goals—both now and when your life priorities change. With 100 different exercises—spanning yoga, Pilates, and strength exercises—you'll have plenty of options to choose from when creating your workouts build, no matter what life stage you are in. Sample plans help you consider your needs when creating daily and weekly workout schedules, or you can choose from over two dozen predesigned yoga, Pilates, strength and cardio, and combination workouts for instant variety and effectiveness.
Movement in many forms is the key to building and maintaining a healthy body and mind at any age. Get a renewed outlook on what it means to be fit with Total Body Beautiful.
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AudienceWomen over age 35 who want to embrace a consistent fitness plan; personal trainers and other fitness professionals who work with women over age 35.
Chapter 1. Physical Changes
Chapter 2. Mental Shifts
Chapter 3. Emotional Adjustments
Part II. Fitness Activities and Exercises
Chapter 4. Yoga
Chapter 5. Pilates
Chapter 6. Strength Training and Aerobic Fitness
Part III. Plan for Consistency
Chapter 7. Create Your Plan
Chapter 8. Activity-Specific Workouts
Chapter 9. Combined Workouts
—Ashley Tisdale, Actress and Founder of Frenshe
"Nicole helped me sculpt my body and get in tip-top shape for House Bunny."
"Andrea is a great trainer and very educated about the body. She motivated me and made it fun to train with her in 2009 after the birth of my daughter."
"The most humbling transformation occurred in me when I made the decision to dedicate time to my body in a loving way through Pilates. Not only did my physical body transform into the lithe, dancer’s shape I’d always dreamed of (yet thought was beyond my grasp), I also realized that inherent in this practice was a key to calming my overactive mind and returning wholly to my body. One of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself was committing to show up and see what my body was capable of."
—Scout Willis, Musician and Artist
"Andrea brings an optimism and variety to my workouts that I've never before experienced with a trainer. Her deep knowledge of the body—applied specifically to my goals and life—has changed the way I view fitness and what is possible."
—Kimora Lee Simmons
"During the shutdowns in 2020 I started working out with Desi, Nicole, and Andy online. I love the workouts and continue to enjoy them. An unexpected benefit was learning more about meditation techniques. Using the mantra ‘peace’ helped me through handling my own experience with COVID-19. One night my ability to breath was getting worse, and I began to panic that I wouldn't be able to breath. As my heart rate started to increase, I began to repeat the mantra ‘peace’ over and over and, by using meditation, I was able to slow down my heart rate and control my breathing immensely. Meditation helped me not only that night but many times during my experience with COVID-19. It was a blessing."
—Jaime Catmull, Forbes Contributor, Your Money Champion Columnist for GOBankingRates.com, and Vice President of Partnerships at ConsumerTrack
"Nicole is the most incredible person and Pilates teacher. Through Nicole, my husband Nick and I discovered Pilates in the truest form as taught by Joseph Pilates. I have been so inspired by Nicole and her wonderful teaching. We will always be so grateful to Nicole."
—Susie Cave, Founder of The Vampire's Wife
“Desi not only changed my pregnancy, but she changed my life. Her warm, kind, grounding, intuitive love encouraged me to be respectful of what my body needed in such a tender time. She encouraged me to listen to myself, to trust myself, and to make decisions for my baby and me. I will never forget training with her about a year after my daughter Hart was born. I was debating whether or not it was time to finish nursing, and I knew this was probably my last time breastfeeding. I was so confused and emotional. Desi suggested we meditate to end our session, and when we got up she held my hand and just said, ‘it’s OK to be done.’ I cried as I hugged her and thanked her for giving me the permission I didn’t know I was looking for. Of course, the workouts and yoga were unequivocally beneficial to my pregnancy, but really it was the emotional love, support, and grounding that Desi gave me that will stay with me for a lifetime.”
—Yael Cohen, Cofounder of F*** Cancer
"I met Nicole Stuart after I had my third child and was over 40. I had a big job as the first woman copresident of a major talent agency. Two of my clients gifted me 10 sessions with Nicole, and we have been working together ever since. When we first started, my muscles were very tight, and I couldn’t get close to getting my legs over my head, but now I do it easily. I consider my weekly Pilates sessions a key part of my anti-aging regimen."
—Nancy Josephson, Partner at WME Talent Agency
"Depleted. That’s how I felt when I was introduced to Desi Bartlett. I had just gone through seven rounds of fertility treatments before and during the pandemic to conceive my second child and had been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease during my postpartum season. I was utterly exhausted and gearing up to return to my full-time career. As a seasoned creative executive, I had mastered my professional life but had neglected my body and spirit. Before meeting Desi, I had tried every fitness class, trainer, app, and trend you can imagine and still felt a lack of routine, progress, and impact—internally and externally. After meeting Desi, for the first time in my life I felt I found what I was looking for in a workout: a workout that starts from the inside out. I am being restored and strengthened by the tools, exercises, and practices that Desi has created for me. Desi is my ultimate coach, trainer, and friend. She has helped me connect within to be ever strong on the outside. Whether I am navigating my career, my family, or the world, I now feel rooted and capable to focus on what I value and what will nourish my whole being. There is no one like Desi! Read her book and you will unlock the strategies to live a more connected approach to well-being. Desi will take you deeper to transform your heart, soul, and body to become unstoppable!"
—Gabrielle Raymond McGee, Chief Operating Officer of Tory Burch Foundation and Board Member of Mission Blue
What a fantastic read! So wonderful to get this type of information from women that have been there and done that. So easy to follow and highly inspirational! Thank you ladies for all of the knowledge.
As a woman in my 40’s who wants to stay fit, have energy to chase my kids around, and enjoy feeling balanced emotionally (aka hormones!) and physically, this book has me covered!