Big Changes for Fitness Whore!


After a long hiatus from Fitness Whore, I’ve decided it’s time to re-brand, refocus and rename this site.

Even though I haven’t been posting on Fitness Whore, I haven’t stopped working out and I definitely haven’t stopped blogging.  I took a break from in studio barre classes during pregnancy in favor of home videos, had my beautiful baby girl Daphne, started a new blog called Credible Feast, all while thinking long and hard about my future in fitness blogging.

It’s no secret that I love barre based workouts, and while I also love cardio and yoga and boutique fitness and anything that gets my heart pumping and my sweat dripping, I decided that I’m ready to focus much of my fitness blogging energy on blogging about barre – barre best practices, barre trends, and barre fashion. The world needs a barre based blog, don’t you think?  I’ll also be scouring the globe for the hottest and newest trends in boutique fitness, especially ones that you can do right in your living room!  Now that I’m a mama, I’m on the hunt more than ever for workouts we mamas can do from home, while our children sleep.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be moving all of my Fitness Whore content to I would be honored if you would join me there! Let’s take our love of barre and boutique fitness to the next level, together.

In the meantime, check out my latest project and all of my mommy and life musings, at

With love,

Steph Mignon

Are you a Yoga Girl?

I love when friends send me videos or links that relate to the things I love most: fitness and health. Clearly, I’ve made known what’s important to me! This is a video of a song titled Yoga Girl. It’s absolutely hilarious and entirely too true. I’m proud to be a Yoga Girl, aren’t you?

The Secret to a faster Metabolism: High Intensity Interval Training

Lately, I’ve gotten addicted to running. Any well rounded exercise program MUST INCLUDE CARDIO. Yet there’s plenty of noise about how running is bad for your joints and knees and hips. BUT unless you have an injury OR run marathons regularly, running a few times a week can be a great (and safe) way to get you closer to your weight loss and fitness goals. It really is an excellent way to burn the hell out of some calories. AND you don’t have to run a zillion miles to see results.

The best and fastest way to see weight loss results through running is High Intensity Interval (HIT) training. This utilizes both the anaerobic (quick bursts of energy) and aerobic systems (sustained use of energy over time) in the body. The best part is that in just 20-minutes you can get metabolic rewards that last for up to 24-hours!  

For several weeks now I’ve been running at 5.0 for up to 45 minutes, 2 to 3 times per week. My goal was to get comfortable with running again after a long hiatus (barre workouts are THAT addicting). Now that I’m conditioned, it’s time to integrate some HIT into my training.

Check out this amazing infographic on the different HIT methods out there. Be sure to listen to your body and choose one that’s appropriate for your fitness level.

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The Complete Guide to Interval Training

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Sugar: The Enemy of Skinny!


You mean that fruit flavored yogurt isn’t good for me? What about that Gatorade? Or that granola bar? Or that cinnamon flavored oatmeal packet? Foods often billed as “healthy” can pack a major sugar rush. Unfortunately, there’s no daily requirement for sugar in the human diet. We just DO NOT NEED IT to survive. In fact, it’s a healthy diet saboteur for sure. While some carbohydrates are necessary to fuel the body you can get all the carbs you need from from fruits and veggies. Next time you have a sweet tooth, skip the lemon meringue yogurt and reach for an apple. 

Dailey Intervals: Why you shouldn’t miss it

Found of the Dailey Method, Jill Dailey

Found of the Dailey Method, Jill Dailey

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a special Dailey Method class taught by the founder, Jill Dailey. This new class is called Dailey Intervals and takes the traditional Dailey Method principle of alignment and combines it in a simplified, faster paced class for 45-minutes of calorie torching awesomeness.

Not only did I get to partake in this new and killer workout, but I got to meet Jill Dailey herself! She’s a fit and petite woman, but don’t let her size fool you. Muscles rippled her arms and every other part of her, but like all of Dailey Method Venice’s lovely teachers, she retains a feminine and graceful quality. Also, check out how totally FLAT her tummy is in the picture above. Inspiring!

When I asked another member of the Dailey Method team about what sets Dailey Intervals apart she explained:

“Dailey Interval combines the toning and strength benefits of a mixed class with the addition of cardiovascular and endurance training. It was created to achieve the body’s optimum calorie burning rate in a 45-minute period with the long term benefit of cardiovascular strength and health. Students wanting an increased caloric burn will benefit from both the alignment and form principles but in a faster paced class.”

Me & Jill Dailey

Me & Jill Dailey

And after just one class, I was feeling that faster pace. There was more sweat and there was less time to think, but I left knowing that I had pushed my body a little harder, but had been kind to it all the same. While anyone can do Dailey Intervals, it’s recommended that you take several regular Dailey sessions first to familiarize yourself with the alignment principles.

For more information and class times visit The Dailey Method Venice’s website.

Workout Wednesdays: Fitness Fashion Show!

Starting now, I’m calling Wednesday, Workout Wednesdays! What better way to celebrate Workout Wednesday (other than actually working out, of course) then with some photos from last week’s Digital LA: Startup Fashion Show. For years, I’ve had the idea that fitness fashion needs to be edgier. I’m happy to see that two Los Angeles fitness fashion houses have stepped up so I don’t have to (not yet at least!). Check out the slideshow below, the first shots are from Ellie. I’ll be getting a sample outfit to review in the coming weeks and can’t wait to see how their gear fits! The second set of photos are from the unbelievably stylish Carbon38. Their goal is to “elevate fitness to the level of high fashion.” I’m certainly ready to take my workout wear a little bit higher, aren’t you? See more from the event here.

Another Low-carb diet benefit: Better eggs

More protein for better eggs?

More protein for better eggs?

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) seems to think that a lower carbohydrate, higher protein diet can improve a woman’s egg quality. This certainly bodes well for the gluten-free, higher protein lifestyle that I’ve adopted as of late. Want to read more from the ASRM and why I’m trying to limit my carb consumption to 40% of my diet? Click here. Note that I’ve decided to move all posts about  my personal journey with fertility to that link, my personal author site


What does it REALLY take to become a Pure Barre Instructor?

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If you’re like me, you’ve pondered this question as a svelte, strong, and sexy woman ala Marni Chaikin, a Pure Barre instructor and franchise owner in Los Angeles, California, has led you through an intense, butt kicking class. You’ve wondered, do I have the stuff gorgeous Pure Barre instructors are made of? Could I really leave my desk booty behind and lead others, just like me, through 55-minutes of lifting, toning, and burning? The short answer, yes you can! For the longer answer, Marni was nice enough to share what she looks for in future instructors and how many classes she recommends for those hoping to turn their Pure Barre dreams into a reality. Read the rest of the blog here, on my personal site!



Are you a barre beginner? Wisdom from a Dailey Method teacher.


Co-owner of TDM Venice shows us how it's done.

Co-owner of TDM Venice shows us how it’s done.

If you’ve visited this blog before you’ll know that I am a barre addict. I have seen isometric barre based exercises transform my body and help me to master the one thing I never thought possible, a man style push-up! All while maintaining a feminine and lean physique. One of my favorite variations of this challenging, but effective workout is The Dailey Method (TDM).

I’ll be the first to admit that the strength and flexibility of barre teachers and fellow students can be intimidating. You might think you’ll never look as good or be as strong as they are, but you’re wrong! You CAN have the booty and belly of your dreams. To inspire you, I spoke with Tenaya Figueira, the co-owner of TDM in beautiful Venice, California to find out more about what TDM can do for you, what to remember when you’re first starting out, and what to do if there’s no TDM studio in your area.

What is your advice for someone who’s new to The Dailey Method? That first class can be so scary!

“Come in to have fun – with that attitude you can’t go wrong. I went to my first barre class with a  girlfriend and we were giggling the entire time because we couldn’t do anything. And, while we didn’t get the full benefit of the workout in that first class, we had a great time and came back that same week. 6 years later here I am!!”

Read the rest on my personal blog!


The Brighton Method: The Secret to Having an Extraordinary Child

Do you know what it takes to have an extraordinary baby in a toxic world?

Do you know what it takes to have an extraordinary baby in a toxic world?

Is there a secret to having a healthy, happy child, free from autism, birth defects, and other problems? Is there a way to optimize your body and mind for ultimate fertility?

The Brighton Method, developed by Dr. Roy Dittman, claims to have these answers and more. He’s combined years of research and experience in the new book Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child – The Complete Guide to Preconception & Conception.

As a woman who struggles with endometriosis and is always looking for ways to improve my health and enhance my fertility, I was lucky enough speak to Dr. Dittman about his expertise and fascinating new book Brighton Baby.

Who is Dr. Dittman?

Since earning his doctorate in Oriental Medicine and his masters in Herbology, Dr. Dittmann served as Official Team Doctor in the Olympics, and was featured in a “Doctor to the Stars” article in Vogue magazine in 1997. As early as the late-1980s, Dr. Dittmann forewarned health professionals and the public that our existing diet and lifestyle trends would lead to an exponential rise in autism, ADD, birth defects, and infertility. He is committed to educating couples on how to protect their future children’s destiny.

What was the inspiration for The Brighton Method? Tell how your background let you to developing it?

Dr. Dittmann explained that the inspiration to pursue a career helping women and families achieve better pre and postnatal health occurred when he was a child. Around age ten, he accompanied his father to protest conditions for agricultural farm workers in California. While doing so they came across a shack that housed various people and children who were grossly deformed, very possibly due to their exposure to pesticides. This had a deep emotional impact on him and in that moment he decided to pursue a career in the perinatal arts and sciences. I asked him what perinatal means and he explained that it’s the period of life from one year prior to conception and several years after. He eloquently elaborated, “We can call it science all we want, but it’s just as much an art and a gift.” Furthermore, he said that science, including all of the studies and research we now have access to because of the internet, can be very abstract, so Dr. Dittmann has made it his life’s work to hone that research into practical science.

“There’s a disconnect with the public because the mass media spins the information in a way that isn’t accurate and most studies are on mice in sterile environments studying one isolated ingredient. The majority of the studies being cited in articles about health are not realistically applicable to our situation as human beings.”

He used the example of a study of lead toxicity and exposure to heavy metals on mice. Expose 100 rats to one type of heavy metal in the study and only one mouse out of 100 might die. Expose the same group of 100 rats  to two or more heavy metals, and all 100 mice die. These heavy metals create a compounding effect. As a result, birth defects, both obvious and subtle, are increasing. But yet, it took years for the U.S. government to crack down on lead sources. Luckily, lead toxicity has improved because of improved manufacturing methods and stringent regulations, but it and other heavy metals are still cause for concern.

Dr. Dittmann explained that the majority of the human brain and character is formed during conception and gestation, and then by a child’s first birthday almost 90 percent is complete. In today’s toxic world, there are too many opportunities for the brain’s delicate development to be disrupted. “We are exposed to lots of toxins due to industrialization and these toxins and heavy metals and radiation are ending up in our food supply. They are much worse for a developing embryo or fetus than they are for adults.” It’s his goal through Brighton Baby to educate parents to be how they can combat these environmental stressors, while also addressing genetic propensities.  He emphasized that he expects women to be most receptive to the information in his book, but that it’s equally important for the male partner to take proactive steps to protect his sperm from damage. As a result, he hopes that by educating women they’ll share this information with others, most importantly their future child’s father, so that both people work together as partners in health.

I read that you had a son with autism, but that you were able to eliminate or improve his symptoms. Can you elaborate?

Dr. Dittmann explained that his son is now 20 years old. When his wife was pregnant, Dr. Dittmann had just learned about the devastating effects of heavy metals. He tested his wife when she was 8 months pregnant.. The test revealed high levels of aluminum and other heavy metals. This really made an impact on him. He believes that because he caught this heavy metal toxicity early and had most of the metals out of his wife and son’s system early on, he may have prevented his son from developing full blown autism. Instead, his son was diagnosed with Asperger’s and sensory integration disorder. Sensory integration “is the neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and the environment, thus making it possible to use the body effectively within the environment.”  Even as a perinatal specialist, this discovery opened up Dr. Dittmann’s eyes to the powerful effect of toxins on the developing fetus.

What are some of the factors that negatively impact a woman’s reproductive health and her chances of conceiving a healthy child?

As mentioned above, Dr. Dittmann feels strongly that parents be screened for heavy metals. Even if you’re not ready to have a baby, it’s good to know now if you have heavy metal toxicity so that you can begin taking steps to cleanse your system. The program in Brighton Baby can help you do so. So, how does one get tested for heavy metal toxicity? The most effective and economical method Dr. Dittmann recommends is hair mineral analysis. He emphasized the need to utilize a trained clinician to interpret the results. Additionally, Dr. Dittmann works with couples who want him to develop the ultimate plan for them according to their unique profile. After 30 years of work in the perinatal field, his patient’s (when they strictly follow his program) do not have morning sickness, caesarians, preeclampsia and many of the other conditions that accompany gestation and child birth. If people follow his program before and during conception, he believes that together they can greatly minimize overt and subtle birth defects. Following The Brighton Method, the method set forth in Brighton Baby, provides couples with a roadmap to having an extraordinary child. For couples that want to take the method to the next level, Dr. Dittmann is teaching a 7-week webinar series and training health professionals in The Brighton Method.  It has been his experience that almost every child born today has some kind of birth defect, whether it’s a learning delay or allergies. Optimizing perinatal health can make all the difference.

 You mention that improving sperm health is of the utmost importance to healthy conception, what’s one way couples can do that?

Dr. Dittmann said that there’s a way of clearing the prostate of infection, inflammation and congestion  using herbs and a special prostate health diet. He also recommends reproductive massage. Various helpful foods and herbs are recommended in his book. Additionally, he recommends increasing consumption of DHA and liposomal glutathione through high quality supplements. With its anti-inflammatory properties, glutathione is considered a “key antioxidant” in the functioning of cells and protects the sperm cells from damage.  DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of sperm. Since our diet has become deficient in DHA, sperm counts have been dropping. Dr. Dittmann also emphasized the importance of eliminating heavy metals, which is of course covered in Brighton Baby.

 What are the top lifestyle changes you recommend for women hoping to get pregnant in the next year?

Dr. Dittmann recommends the following exercises to prepare the woman’s body for pregnancy:

  1. Strengthen the core and pelvic floor to bring circulation into the reproductive area. Kegel exercises that you can do on your own, coupled with Ashtanga yoga and Pilates (including my beloved barre classes!) are excellent options.
  2. Strengthen leg muscles using trampolines, squats, and weighted exercises.
  3. Focus on maintaining a well-rounded fitness program that includes both cardio and strength training.

In addition to this fitness advice, Brighton Baby includes information about herbs, acupuncture, and manipulation strategies to improve a woman’s cycle and prepare her body for pregnancy. Dr. Dittmann further emphasizes the importance of probiotics to strengthen the immune system and includes a detailed plan in the book.

 March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. As you know, this condition can cause subfertility which is something that I and many have struggled with. What are some things you can recommend for people struggling with this condition?

Dr. Dittmann covers endometriosis in Brighton Baby as it is one of the many conditions that can interfere with conception and a healthy pregnancy. Endometriosis, he says, is often caused by chronic inflammation triggered by hidden irritants from both the diet and environment. He goes into great detail about feminine hygiene and keeping the vaginal flora healthy and free from pathogens. He asks that even if women don’t have these problems that they be proactive in preventing them. The use of suppositories, such as micellized vitamin A, can help deliver special nutrition to the cervix. In Brighton Baby he also discusses the need for prebiotics to feed your vaginal and gut probiotics so as to further empower the immune system thereby improving diseases like endometriosis. He also strongly recommends an organic diet, as pesticides are estrogenic and therefore exacerbate estrogen dependent disorders like endometriosis.

What types of things can couples hope to gain by reading your book Brighton Baby?

Dr. Dittmann has so much confidence in The Brighton Method that he asserts that if both mother and father do The Brighton Method together for at one least year prior to conception that their child will be free from birth defects, unless there is an underlying medical condition that needs to be addressed separately. Not only that, but they will have an extraordinarily healthy child. Doctors, nurses, and other professionals have seen the difference in babies born from this method.

In the coming weeks, I will read and review Brighton Baby. To purchase your own copy or to sign up for a free webinar with Dr. Dittmann click here.