|La Reine Chabut Press
Founded in 1988, the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) is the industry-leading first fitness organization in the U.S. to be accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). www.ISSAonline.edu
Contact Sabeen Sadiq: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-892-4772.
|Los Angeles Times
When nine months of eating for two adds up
March 13, 2006
Celebrities who have babies seem to bounce back
to their pre-baby figures in a nanosecond. Unfair, perhaps, but
consider: They have unlimited access to the best fitness trainers
who can aerobicize them into shape. The non-celeb crowd now has
some help too. "Lose That Baby Fat!" (M. Evans and Company
Inc., 2006) by LaReine Chabut takes a sensible approach to post-pregnancy
"Lose That Baby Fat!": Chabut, a fitness
author, video instructor and model, admits, somewhat sheepishly,
that she had never really worried about her figure — until
she had a baby. "Losing my figure for the first time in my
life was traumatic," she says. "Once I had a baby, I had
to work my butt off to get back in shape." The result was this
book, which tackles post-baby fitness reasonably. Chabut counters
the usual excuses for not working out (time, money, etc.) and peppers
the pages with women's baby weight confessionals that lends a you're-not-in-this-alone
flavor. The workout regimen begins with walking and stretching,
then progresses to exercises for abs, arms and chest, glutes, shoulders
and upper back, and legs. A few programs are offered, such as circuit
training and weight training. Exercises are illustrated with black
and white photos, and a stability ball is used for many of the routines.
Chabut takes a reassuring tone throughout the book, letting women
know that a better body can be achieved over time. "When you're
pregnant," she says, "so many people tell you, 'Eat what
you want, you'll lose it….' You can't carry a baby for nine
months and not have any changes. But women should know that it's
going to change and it will go back eventually and you will see
the light of day."
Price: $17.95, available at bookstores.
Life & Style Weekly February 2006
Healthful products to read, try and taste"
By LINDA LAMB
|From the blurbs
on fitness books, exercise DVDs and TV commercials, it might be hard
to tell the healthy ideas from the hype. Here's a report on some products
I heard about - or got samples of - on the health desk.
great comprehensive primer on fitness balls, try the popular "Exercise
Balls for Dummies" by LaReine Chabut ($14.95 at Amazon.com). There's
good, basic information on choosing a ball, filling it with air
to the proper firmness and using it in a fitness routine. The bulk
of the book (245 of its 360 pages) provides details on specific
exercises you can do with your fitness ball. There are instructions,
black-and-white photos and "do and don't" tips. The book also includes
advice for pregnant women as well as children and seniors.
|"Do I Look Fat"
-The Star Telegram, Fort Worth Texas
| Link to Article
Baby, oh baby
Leah Remini, 34, star of the hit CBS show The King of Queens, was
a size 2 beauty whose 2002 cover on Stuff magazine drove more fans
to newsstands than any other before or since. She gained nearly 80
pounds during her pregnancy last year and has decided that spending
time with baby Sofia is more important than spending it with her trainer.
On gaining 80 pounds during pregnancy: "I was ravenous. Tater
tots, Kentucky Fried Chicken, everything I didn't eat but wanted to
prior to getting pregnant."
How she's losing the weight: "I wake up at 5 a.m. so I can do
cardio before my baby gets up. My trainer told me I should do some
more, but I'm not going to go and do treadmill twice a day and sacrifice
my time with my child."
On not obsessing about weight: "I don't care what the business
thinks of me. I really don't. I care about my daughter, I care about
my family. I'd rather obsess over them."
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get on the ball
The only thing truly remarkable about Exercise Balls for Dummies
is that it was just published in May.
Exercise balls are nothing new in gyms and living rooms across America.
But they might still be intimidating to anyone who has ever rolled
off one in midcrunch -- or for those who have never tried one at
This new For Dummies book -- written by LaReine Chabut, lead instructor
for The Firm fitness videos -- offers practical tips on buying exercise
balls, as well as using them to burn fat and build every major muscle
group. In addition, there are sections on using balls to work out
during pregnancy and adding accessories, such as resistance bands
and hand weights, for more effective workouts. Easy-to-follow photos
accompany the exercises.
The benefits of exercise balls have been well-documented, and if
nothing else, they're a good way to change up a stale workout routine.
Just don't try those crunches with this book in one hand, or you
really will look like a dummy when you fall off.
- Stephanie Allmon
Exercise Balls for Dummies
by LaReine Chabut
wake-up call on sleep
problems can lead to big trouble
here for original article
By Anne E. Stein
Special to the Tribune (Chicago Tribune)
Published October 23, 2005
Most of us think that in terms of health, what
goes on while we're awake is more important than what goes on while
we're asleep. Think again, says Dr. Gerard T. Lombardo, director
of the Sleep Disorders Center at New York Methodist Hospital.
When your sleep is disrupted by insomnia, sleep
apnea or even teeth grinding, there can be significant consequences
to your mental and physical health.
Sleep apnea (when breathing stops repeatedly
during sleep), for example, has been associated with hypertension,
heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Soda, lack of exercise and
weekend sleep "bingeing" can affect children's mental
and physical growth.
In "Sleep to Save Your Life: The Complete
Guide to Living Longer & Healthier Through Restorative Sleep"
(Collins, $24.95), Lombardo also discusses how children's lack of
sleep may correlate to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
and he explains how to manage narcolepsy and shift-work challenges.
For retirees who suffer from insomnia, a common
problem, Lombardo has advised scheduling a more full and productive
day, with exercise, socializing, work and other projects.
"The day ends with a new ritual: the satisfaction
that comes when any project has come to a successful conclusion."
Instead of worrying about not being able to fall asleep, he says,
"you take a deep cleansing breath and relax."
A Field Guide to Buying Organic
by Luddene Perry and Dan Schultz
With gas prices soaring, it's tempting to look
around and see what trims can be made to the budget with relatively
little pain. For organic shoppers, that means asking if paying $3.75
for whole-wheat bread versus $2.25 for the non-organic stuff is
worth it. This isn't a simple question, and the answers depend on
why you're buying organic.
If it's for health reasons--you want to avoid
pesticides, for example--well, you should know that pesticides are
allowed on some organic foods.
Perhaps you buy organic because you believe
industrial food production degrades air, water and soil and is harmful
to farm workers' health.
Or maybe you want to help the small local grower.
This guide sorts out the arguments and notes conventional foods
that may be acceptable to organic buyers.
If you live in New York state, where 80 percent
of the dairy herds are small and among the healthiest in the nation,
conventional milk can be a safe purchase.
In "mega-dairy" states like California,
however, organic buyers should probably stick with organic milk
The Hardness Factor
by Dr. Steven Lamm
What better way to entice men to visit their
doctor than with the promise of better sex?
Males are notorious for avoiding doctors; a
2000 survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that more than half the
men surveyed hadn't had a physical or cholesterol test in the previous
year, and 25 percent said they would handle worries about health
by waiting as long as possible before getting help.
Once they're in the doctor's office, both men and their docs shy
away from discussing "sensitive issues."
Only 25 percent received advice on urinary symptoms,
and just 10 percent discussed impotence.
Dr. Steven Lamm's approach to men's health is
pretty simple: When you are physically and emotionally healthy,
he says, your penis is hard when aroused. So although "The
Hardness Factor" is a book about how to have satisfying erections,
it's also a book about how to be a healthy man.
"When I tell a man that obesity is not
just about being 30 or more pounds more than an ideal weight for
his age and height but that it affects hardness and influences his
ability to obtain and sustain an erection suitable for penetration--and
will do so until he loses some weight--he listens carefully,"
writes the New York City-based doc. "He now has real motivation."
Poor erections also can indicate less obvious
but deadly problems, such as coronary-artery disease, and ignoring
the connection between hardness failure and health can be dangerous.
Lamm's six-week hardness program includes exercise,
supplements and menu suggestions designed to increase a man's sexual
fitness--and his lifespan.
Exercise Balls for Dummies
by LaReine Chabut
It used to be that exercise balls (also called
Swiss, stability or fit balls) were used mainly by athletes and
others recovering from injury. Now everyone from casual exercisers
to body builders have worked exercise balls into their fitness routines
to improve flexibility, build a stronger core and create more interesting
Why use an exercise ball?
The ball's unstable base makes it an excellent
tool for challenging exercises requiring strength and control; it
strengthens the body's core by allowing you to train the deeper
abdominal muscles that other pieces of equipment don't reach, and
you train one muscle group while using others for balancing, which
helps tone the entire body, writes LaReine Chabut.
Chabut includes exercises for athletes as well
as pregnancy workouts on the ball, exercises for seniors and kids,
and yoga-based ball routines.
Chabut also lists the five most effective ball
No. 1 is the abdominal crunch:
- Lie on the floor with lower legs on ball at
90-degree angle. Tighten abs and grasp ball between legs and pull
toward you, lifting it off floor.
- With hands on either side of head, slowly
lift shoulders toward knees; hold for a few seconds and slowly roll
shoulders back to floor.
-Don't forget to exhale as you curl up and inhale
as you go back down.
Performance Nutrition for Team Sports
by Monique Ryan
Peak Sports Press, $19.95
Evanston-based sports nutritionist Monique Ryan
has two new books that athletes and parents of athletes should consider
adding to their bookshelves. Aimed at children, teens, adults and
coaches, "Performance Nutrition" provides specific menus
and tips for taking in the best fuel before, during and after training
Daily meal plans are based on the athlete's
particular sport, goals and game time. Also included is advice on
hydration, maintaining healthy levels of fat, consuming carbohydrates
and building muscle, and overviews on ergogenic aids (such as creatine)
and tips for the vegetarian athlete.
|Exercise Balls For
Dummies Book Signing
|"TOOLS TO HELP YOU TONE"
AS SEEN IN THE Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Click
(July 17, 2005) — Exercise balls are
an inexpensive piece of home exercise equipment that can add some
variety to your workout while helping you improve muscle tone, flexibility
When you sit on the fully inflated ball,
your bent knees should be at a 90-degree angle when your feet are
flat on the floor directly under your ankles. Exercise Balls for
Dummies (Wiley, $21.99) offers these guidelines:
18-inch (45 cm) ball: for people under 4
feet 8 inches tall.
22-inch (55 cm) ball: for people 4 feet 8
to 5 feet 3 inches tall.
25-inch (65 cm) ball: for people 5 feet 4
inches to 6 feet tall.
29-inch (75 cm) ball: for people taller than
Look for burst-resistant or antiburst balls,
weight-tested to more than 600 pounds and made of vinyl or other
latex-free material because that's best for firmness and won't be
slippery. Inflate the ball to the diameter listed on the box, or
until it feels like it has a slight give when you sit on it.
Leigh Vigneri, a physical therapist at Rochester
General Hospital's outpatient rehabilitation program at 1850 E.
Ridge Road, Irondequoit, uses exercise balls with clients, as well
as resistance bands — another handy, affordable piece of home
exercise equipment. Today and each Sunday through August, she demonstrates
some exercises with the ball or bands that are suited to beginners.
Vigneri recommends doing each exercise 10
times at a comfortable pace. Start with one set a day, several times
a week. You can build up to three sets per day.
It's wise to check with your doctor before
starting any new exercise program.
Sit on top of the exercise ball with your
knees bent and your hands at your sides. Tighten your abdominal
muscles and keep them tight as you raise both arms in front of you
and then overhead as straight as is comfortable, then slowly lower
to the starting position.
Side arm raise
Sitting on the ball, with abdominal
muscles tight, raise both arms out to the sides to shoulder height.
Slowly lower to the starting position.
|EXERCISE BALLS FOR DUMMIES
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Get fit the fun and easy way® with
EXERCISE BALLS FOR DUMMIES®
By LaReine Chabut
Once used only by physical therapists and
chiropractors, exercise balls have entered the mainstream.
More than just a hot fitness trend, exercise balls add a new
and fun element into an ordinary fitness routine, building
strength, increasing flexibility and sculpting a great-looking
body. In addition, exercise balls are affordable, portable
and can be used in the privacy of one’s own home. Exercise
Balls For Dummies (Wiley; May 2005; $21.99) by LaReine Chabut,
a well-known fitness expert and the lead instructor for the
popular The Firm fitness videos is packed with step-by-step
photos and clear instructions, so readers can get on the ball
and get rolling!
Author LaReine Chabut is a well-known fitness
expert who has her International Sports Sciences Association
certification and her American Fitness and Aerobics certification.
She wrote Exercise Balls For Dummies as a reference guide
for beginners and an introduction to using the ball, but those
who already know how to use it and want to learn some challenging
new exercises for a more intense workout will find them here
as well. LaReine says, “Everyone from elite athletes
to new moms are using the ball to make ordinary exercises
more challenging. Traditional exercises, like a simple abdominal
crunch become more effective when you do them on the ball,
and the results are twice as fast!”
Readers will learn:
- Tips for selecting an affordable exercise
ball based on size, level of comfort and quality
- Effective exercises using the ball that
burn fat, work every major muscle group, improve core stability
and posture and enhance balance and coordination
- Exercises for women who want to keep
fit during pregnancy and for seniors to keep them strong
and flexible for years to come
- Adding accessories such as resistance
bands, hand weights or a medicine ball for a more exciting
and challenging workout
Like all For Dummies books, Exercise Balls For Dummies offers
the “Part of Tens, ” including, “Ten Changes
You Can Expect to See in Your Body,” “Ten Groups
That Can Use the Ball,” “Ten Activities That Complement
Your Ball Workout” and “Ten Things You Can’t
(Or at Least Shouldn’t) Do with Your Ball.” The
handy Cheat Sheet has great guidelines for readers to follow
when shopping for an exercise ball, the benefits of incorporating
an exercise ball routine into a fitness plan, and LaReine’s
top five ball exercises.
By using Exercise Balls For Dummies as
their guide, readers will build strength, increase flexibility
and tone and shape their entire body with ease!
About the author:
LaReine Chabut is an internationally known fitness model,
actress and writer. Certified as a Core trainer with additional
certifications in Pilates, personal training and aerobics,
she is the lead instructor for The Firm, a popular series
of workout videos. LaReine has graced the covers of fitness
publications such as Shape, Health and Runner’s World
and has been featured in the magazines Allure, People, Newsweek
If you would like to see a review copy of Exercise Balls For
Dummies, or would like to interview the author, please call
April Fazio at 201-748-5626.
EXERCISE BALLS FOR DUMMIES?
By LaReine Chabut
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|What inspired you to
do a story about love in the modern age?
In a city of beautiful girls, Elevation is a love letter to
the woman of my dreams. But technology is making it tough to find
her! Where do people meet? In coffee shops, cars, gyms, even
jogging, most girls are armed with their cell phone or walk-man; "guy-deflectors"
I call them. I think a lot of people are lonely (more so since 9/11)
but as a hope-full romantic, I just had to write something
|You used both color and black and white
photography in Elevation. What inspired you to make this choice?
I wanted to revisit Hollywood's Golden
Era. Outside equals color, modern, loud, crowds rushing. Inside is
black and white, letterbox, old fashioned, boy meets girl. Two choices
- silence or communication? They start clumsily, playing games; whose
got the upper hand, etc. Slowly their barriers come down. Interestingly,
my digital editor, Mike (caffeine machine) Hartwig and I reversed
the color and black and white scenes and that works too.
|What were your challenges in shooting in
the very small elevator space?
Technically, we used a mid-size JVC digital camera and mini-DV tape
for sneaky angles. Patrick & Jo-Anne are supposed to be alone
in there, but too close and the walls "barrel" in on them.
As a Director, I like to use playback but didnít want to keep running
off set. So, my D. P., Royce Dudley and I verbally storyboarded the
angles so I could concentrate on my performance. We removed rows of
seats for the camera and used movie magic to create the sense of four-wall.
Generating the sexual proximity two adults would feel if, as Jo-Anne
suggests, "We're trapped in here. Together. All alone in this...hot
|Please describe the evolution of Elevation
from screen to stage.
HBO expressed interest in a one hour, Three-Act show. Then it was
One-Acts only. Then John Watson at Trimark wanted to read a play version.
Anyway, I re-wrote it. Then the money fell through. So I shot the
bloody thing myself as a festival short to showcase my sit-com sensibilities.
During rehearsals at the Ventura Court Theatre, the owners invited
us to run it for 3 weeks! Great. Now all we had to do was cut the
set in half and rotate it 180 degrees so the audience could see inside.
Well, you have to know the rules before you can break-em. We filmed
the live show for a "making-of" Elevation, documentary.
|What was your experience like working with
gains industry-wide credibility but there is room for improvement.
It really helps to speak to the same person as you climb the mountain
|What were your biggest lessons while
making your film?
faith! And remember, ENJOY the process. Take your moments when you
can; creative satisfaction, politics, money worries or minor miracles.
Treat the highs and lows the same, but keep your eyes on the big picture.
|How important do you think it is to use
professional actors in a film?
Elevation is all dialogue. Very Tracy/Hepburn. So it was essential
I cast a professional, reliable, experienced actor. Enter LaReine.
Magic happens. She truly captured Jo-Anne; natural, comedic, sexy,
strong, gentle, spunky. Also, she wanted this role. Sheís a
sponge for direction, gives great feedback and was supportive no matter
how many hats I was wearing.
|Would you use SAG actors again?
Certainly. Part of the dream is to
actually pay one’s friends, peers & heroes, right!
|What advice would you give to a filmmaker
thinking about using a SAG contract?
affiliation really elevates your movie, but every kid with a camcorder
is making a movie. SAG does their best but can get swamped, so help
them out by triple checking your paperwork.