Latin Fitness: Be Que Barbara! (Giveaway)


Helping you Celebrate Your Curves.


Giveaway closed: Jackie Won. Thanks to all who left comments!

By Barbara Gomez Trujillo

Ya! Enough is enough!

Spring is here, your New Year’s resolutions are slowly but surely dwindling, and although that big sweater is disguising the truth, before you know it there will be no hiding it! The time is now…vamos mi gente — lets get moving and focus on YOU!

I, your personal guide and amiga am here to help you get or stay on track to the fabulous you, you know is in there.

It is our responsibility to nurture the precious gift that has been given to us and it is our responsibility to set the foundation for our families. We must lead by example. So put down the pastelitos and bring on the fruit. Mueva las caderas and dance to Ricky or Marc, or your favorite Latin music — whether it is salsa, merengue or raggaeton. Dance and get that heart pumping…now! Dance is fun exercise.

Make today your day. Start slow and remain steady. You may not “feel” like it or don’t have “time.” Not acceptable. Remove those words from your head. Act like a robot, exercise on automatic at first and eventually you will grow to love and want to do it, I assure you. Believe me, I have been there and that is why I want and can help. Join me ahora….VAMOS!

Fitness tips to get you inspired

1. If you are not hungry don’t eat! Drink a glass of water first. Most of the time you hit the fridge or pantry because you are bored. Stay out of the kitchen especially if you just ate. Grab a book, send me a Tweet @BarbaraPorAtras, or drop me a note. But get your head out of the pantry.
2. At home don’t carry everything upstairs at one time. Purposely leave something behind. If unloading the groceries do it one bag at a time. If you purchased a gallon of water or milk go up the stairs first – holding it with both hands in front of you and then put it away. Point being: to move more than you normally do.
3. Make a meal plan before you hit the grocery store. Picture the store you are going to and write your list according to the aisle. This will keep you from buying what is not good for you. You’ll save your body and your wallet! Avoid the junk!
4. Use your home as your gym to implement fitness workouts throughout the day. Chair squats, push-ups, even get those Goya cans to do arm lifts….use what you have. Before I even brush my teeth in the morning when I wake up I hit the floor and do 20 push-ups followed by a 30-second plank ending with a 1 to 2 minute Yoga child pose meditation. It gets me ready for anything and everything.
5. Dissect your pantry and be honest. Out with the bad in with the good! You may cry but you must do it!
6. I post free workout videos and ideas on my site, so come on over.

And finally, if you need a primer on nutrition guidelines and ideas, check out my nutrition tips page at B and B Fit.

Latin fitness: Love your curves

Win Barbara’s book

To enter for a chance to win a copy of  my book “….Barbara por Atras” A Latin Woman’s Guide to Fitness” tell us about your fitness routine, or what keeps you from being motivated to exercise?


Barbara Trujillo Gomez spent too many years trying to have an ultra-thin, no-curves body so often seen in magazines and television, she realized that she failed to appreciate her numerous fitness achievements and her Latin shape. You can read more about Barbara, a Cuban-American personal trainer and life coach from New Jersey, at her site, B and B Fit.

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By Contributor on March 13, 2011 · Posted in giveaways, headline

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Tracy says:

I need all the help I can get. I don’t exercise because I’m lazy – I don’t think I have a good excuse really. When I do exercise, it happens on accident – a song will be too good to take sitting down, and I’ll get up and dance — or I’ll go swimming a few times a week during the summer just because I like to swim. I lack self discipline to keep up a consistent healthy lifestyle, (eating or exercise), but I give it a try every now and then anyway. Hope your book will help me – thanks for the tips!
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Posted on March 14th, 2011

jackie says:

Zumba at the YMCA! (don’t judge me, but I can’t dance, so that makes Zumba a legitimate form of exercise for this Latina.)

Posted on March 14th, 2011

Monica says:

My fitness routine involves chasing after kids all day. It doesn’t seem to be working! I do know that I want to establish a good routine, though, because I want my kids to be active and grow up to take care of their bodies. I hope I win so I can whip us all into shape!

Gracias, Barbara!!!
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Posted on March 14th, 2011

Liz says:

What keep me from getting motivated is my boca. It never closes long enough, to block the comida I eat.


Thanks for the giveaway.

Posted on March 14th, 2011

Li says:

As a multi-tasking mujer, I sometimes get into supermujer mode, and think I can do everything for everyone & I leave myself behind. I’ve adjusted my attitude and make sure that on my To Do list includes a dialy work out. I work out at home so I don’t have an excuse not too, like. “Its too cold for the gym,” or”I have so much to get done today….” Taking care of ME is just as important as everyone else. Once I changed my mindset, I could make time to workout. And that has made all the difference. Best, Li @LaLicenciada.

Posted on March 15th, 2011

lisarenata says:

I hit the gym as often as I can and vary my workouts when I am there. Some times take a Zumba class, a yoga class, run, swim- what ever can keep me active and interested. I also try to maintain a healthy diet. Lean meats (chicken, turkey, fish), lots of veggies and mostly organic food.
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Posted on March 15th, 2011

Dariela says:

Ay ya yai! I am bad. I stopped working out long time ago when I got pregnant, I know it’s bad but I was so tired! I haven’t gone back to eat, I did try and did it for about a month and then the cansancio and sueño won. I need to start again!
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Posted on March 15th, 2011

Marcela says:

I belong to a fitness group near my home that meets twice a week. I get to take my kids along(love this) we do circuit training. Our leader is awesome, she will have us doing push ups and squats while she breastfeeds. I wish there were programs like these everywhere!

I also run once or twice a week depending on whether I get motivated enough to put my running shoes on ( ;

My struggle usually isn’t exercise…its food!!! Good food! Lot’s of food! Any food!
Marcela´s last [fabulousness] tasting with fresh &amp easy

Posted on March 17th, 2011

TikiTikiBlog says:

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Posted on March 18th, 2011

BarbaraPorAtras says:

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Posted on March 18th, 2011

TikiTikiBlog says:

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Posted on March 18th, 2011

YvonneinLA says:

I run, in fact I’m running the LA Marathon on Sunday. But running all the time has not made me skinny that’s for sure!!! I need a new fitness routine starting Monday so this book would be perfect!
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Posted on March 18th, 2011

BarbaraPorAtras says:

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Posted on March 18th, 2011

Carrie says:

Jackie! The Book is Yours!
Congratulations!…and Zumba rocks! (I can’t dance either!)

Posted on March 21st, 2011