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SOUTH COASTAL ORANGE COUNTY • VOL XXXIV • NO. 5 • ODD

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013

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Contents 14 - 18 Home Fashion

A Sofa You Can Sleep On Is Your Home Holiday-Ready? Getting Organized

22 Home Remodeling

Natural Stone Brings Luxury To Your Surroundings

24 Kitchen & Bath

Solutions For Updating Your Bathroom

26 Home Services

Restore And Transform Your Floors Without Having To Remove Them

30 - 36 Exteriors & Landscaping A Remarkable, Unique Patio Opening Roof System Fences, Decks & Turf – Functional Beauty For Your Home The Next Generation In Garage Coatings... Installed In Just 1 Day!

40 Auto

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44 Travel Destinations The Best Way To See Alaska

46 - 47 Health Beauty and Fitness Reshape Your Body in 20 Minutes!

ON THE COVER When it comes to your home, interior designers are a valuable and economic resource for both homeowners and business professional alike. Their expertise in space planning, textiles, color, style, texture, scale, furnishing selection and budget can make all the difference in your space. For all of your interior design needs, you can contact Shan Luvisa of Obvious Flair Interior Design at 949-291-0412 or 949-248-9378, or view their website at www.obviousflair.com. See their ad on page 21 and article on page 16.


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The opinions expressed in the editorials are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Coastal Home. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, we cannot supervise the way in which information found in Coastal Home is used. Coastal Home is produced bi-monthly by Af flu ent Target Marketing, Inc., P.O. Box 18507, Anaheim Hills, California 92817-8507. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. All submitted materials, including images, logos, and text, for advertisements and editorials are assumed to be the property of the provider, and Affluent Living Publications can take no responsibility for unintentional copyright infringement. Affluent Target Marketing, Inc. has the right to refuse advertising. CIRCULATION VERIFIED BY U.S. POSTAL RECEIPTS.

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A Sofa You Can Sleep On

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hen friends or family visit from out of town, nothing says, “Hello! How soon are you leaving?” like giving them the old sofa bed to sleep on. That is, unless the sofa bed is a Comfort Sleeper™ by American Leather. Guests will know they are welcome when they settle in for the night on the most comfortable sofa sleeper ever made. The Comfort Sleeper™ sets the bar high for comfort and beauty. More accurately, it removed the bar completely! The 5” premium, high-density-foam mattress is secured to a solid wood base, eliminating the annoying bar found in all other sleeper sofas that pokes you in the back all night long. The standard mattress sleeps like a luxury bed providing total body support, reduced pressure points, and less tossing and turning. Upgrade to a Tempur-Pedic™

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mattress and really treat your guests like royalty. In addition to the comfort and beauty, it fits almost everyone and almost everywhere. With the sleeping area 80” long, (up to 8” longer than conventional sofa beds) you’ll be reassured knowing your guests feet won’t be hanging off the end all night. Surprisingly, the extra sleeping length actually takes up less space in your room. Because of the unique design, when the Comfort Sleeper™ is extended, it measures 10” shorter than conventional sofa sleepers. Additionally, three space saving arms styles are available for those small, hard to furnish rooms. And when things get really tight, the back and arms are removable making it easy to fit through narrow doorways and halls. The Comfort Sleeper™ is manufactured

in Dallas, Texas and shipped for delivery to your home in about six weeks. It is available in 12 different styles, Cot to King width, sectionals, and chaise configurations. And dozens of leathers and fabrics make it easy to find a look that fits your style. •No more blow-up mattresses on the floor. •No more moving the kids out of their rooms. •No more choosing between an office/den or guest room. •No more feeling embarrassed because your overnight guests are on the couch. •Invest in a Comfort Sleeper™ for quality day use and comfortable night use. •Let your guests know you love them—give them a Comfort Sleeper™ by American Leather to sleep on. For more information, you can contact Comfortable Sleep and Home in San Clemente at (949) 492 1674 or in Ladera Ranch at (949) 364 1133. www.keyaccess.com/comfortablesleep ONLINE AT ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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Is Your Home Holiday–Ready?

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s summer winds down, it is definitely not too early to start thinking about how your home will look for the upcoming holiday entertainment season! With five-plus years of deferred home maintenance from the slow economy behind us, everyone is clamoring to fix up their home for the upcoming season of entertaining with family and friends. However, did you know that the cutoff for ordering custom furnishings to be delivered by Thanksgiving is September 1st? Additionally, the cutoff for ordering custom furnishings to be delivered by Christmas/Hanukah is September 15th. These order dates are necessary for your professional interior design team to get any custom furniture, window coverings, art, and accessories selected and purchased for your upcoming events. An experienced designer will want to incorporate these new furnishings into a comprehensive design plan created just for your home. This plan may include new paint colors or carpet selection as well as other more permanent improvements to your home as indicated by you. Your interior designer can assist with booking contractors and other vendors in advance, making sure

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your home is a priority for updating prior to the holidays. The hectic nature of the holiday season creates its own challenges for the design community. Your new furnishings may well be completed prior to the holidays, but it can be difficult to fit your orders into the already frantic holiday delivery/installation schedules. Accessory selection becomes picked over from holiday shoppers and drapery/bedding workrooms can sit and wait for back-ordered fabrics again a result of, you guessed it—the holiday rush. Don't let this happen to you—plan ahead! Meet with your interior design professional now! Tell them your desires for a fresh look for your home in time the upcoming holiday season. Fabulous paint colors, carpet, furnishings and more are but a design plan away. However don’t forget that your interior design professional needs time to get your home done beautifully without the stress of the holiday crunch getting in the way. For all of your interior design needs, you can contact Shan Luvisa of Obvious Flair Interior Design at 949-291-0412 or 949-248-9378, or view their website at www.obviousflair.com. ONLINE AT ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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homefashion

Getting Organized

By Kathryn LaBarbera

s space in the family home continues to be a problem, more people are searching for alternatives. The solution is to get organized. Take an inventory of everything you want to store in the space. Determine what you want to keep and get rid of the rest. Once you know what you are going to keep in the space, determine where everything will go. Group similar things together (all shoes or all shirts), and sketch the space to draw a plan. Use all of the available space. Since storage space is hard to come by, it is important to store things neatly and efficiently. Smaller shelves, cubbies, or baskets can make good use of the space where clothes are not hanging in the closet. The last decision you need to make is how you want your organized space to look. Whether you decorate with an art deco flair or are more traditional, it is important to create a space in the look that reflects your style. The hard thing is getting started. Look at your calendar and make a date. If you are having a difficult

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time or just don’t know where to start, call an expert. There are professional organizers and custom closet companies that help people every day. The key is to take the first step. For more information or to schedule a free design consultation, you can call Closet Factory at 800-692-5673 (please mention code 86). Or, you can visit them online at www.closetfactory.com

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homeremodeling Natural Stone Brings Luxury to Your Surroundings

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ne of the planet’s oldest building materials is natural stone. While stone has been around for ages, it has only recently become a true style statement in kitchens, bathrooms and just about any room. If the surfaces of your home are starting to look less than perfect, it might be time to rethink with a custom approach. So many years of wear and tear can become quite evident when it comes to your countertops, vanities, cabinets, flooring, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and any other surface that is exposed to constant use. Marble, granite, tile and almost any natural stone will offer elegant appeal to your living spaces. While these products can give your home a sophisticated modern look, the broad range of colors, grains, and finishes make it suitable for any decorating scheme. Because it is a product of nature, each piece is unique. Nothing compares to the stunning beauty of a natural stone makeover. The right team of professionals can take a tired looking countertop or floor and turn it into an elaborate showpiece. Working with any budget, you will soon discover that adding natural stone to your décor does not have to be a costly project. By finding a company who offers a complete team of professional designers, fabricators, and installers, your surface makeover project will be comfortable, affordable, and convenient.

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Bella Tile and Stone can provide quality, elegance, and state-of-theart application to give you the remodel you are envisioning. They carry all types of marble, granite, tile, offer Caesarstone and Silestone, and can provide cabinetry all at one location. For a free design consultation, you can visit their extensive showroom at 24166 Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo. You can call them at 949-988-0920 or visit www.BellaTile.net for more information.

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Solutions for Updating Your Bathroom

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ow is the time to update your bathroom with a new look. By working with what you already have, professionals can offer several affordable, long-lasting solutions that can be installed in about a day, making your bathroom renovations a possibility. There are so many things you can do that will deliver quick yet dramatic results. If you want to avoid a complete tear-out, bathtub liners are an ideal way to achieve an attractive tub that looks good-as-new. High-quality acrylic liners are slip-resistant, easy to clean, available in different colors and will never crack, peel or fade. Liners are also available for showers, featuring exclusive MilGuard™ mold- and mildew-resistance. Tired of scrubbing your bath or shower for hours without any satisfying results? In a standard shower or tub, the walls and floors are porous, providing a breeding ground for mold, mildew, bacteria and soap scum. Innovative shower and tub enclosures are crafted with resilient 100% American-made acrylic and infused with Silver Shield® bacteria fighting technology. You can convert an old tub to an updated acrylic shower enclosure and enjoy a functional bathing area that is unbelievably low-maintenance. Another smart place to focus your attention is on the bathroom cabinetry. Cabinets serve as a focal point for the room as a whole. As a result, the right cabinets can mean all of the difference between brilliant and just plain

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boring. Brand new custom cabinetry can be built from the ground up and installed into your home for a seamless fit. You can also work with what you already have and reface your existing cabinets. The Vianvi Signature® cabinet refacing process creates the look of new cabinetry without the same price tag. With the touch of something as simple as gorgeous cabinets, your bathroom will feel like a brand new, upgraded space. From an upgraded bathtub to the ultimate remodeling experience, Reborn Cabinets Inc. and Bath Solutions is a licensed, bonded and insured full-service home remodeling contractor. Working with you every step of the way to create the look you’ve always wanted, Reborn can provide you with everything to complete your new bathroom including countertops, vanities, sinks, tile, flooring, cabinetry, and so much more. For more information you can call them at 866-573-2676 or visit www.RebornBathSolutions.com

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looring is such a major part of any home, both indoors and out. You want to do everything you can to retain its luster. Whether your floor looks discolored from old age, dirt build-up, moisture or even just an outdated style, it is bringing down the overall ambiance of your living spaces. With a professional restoration and cleaning service, your floors can regain their shine and that like new feeling again. Instead of tearing out your old floors when they start to look less than perfect, seek a professional to restore and even create a new look with what you already have! A floor restoration professional can restore and transform your floor, allowing you to save both money and time. From concrete, tile and stone restoration, to polishing, honing, hole-filling, crack repair, regrouting, staining, applying protective overlays, epoxy and more—a floor maintenance and restoration professional will provide a solution. Your flooring might just be the perfect candidate for a thorough deep cleaning, or high-pressure steam cleaning to polish things up. Each situation is unique and a flooring professional can help you with whatever your floor restoration needs may be. Additionally, floor restoration provides you with the opportunity to be more environmentally friendly with your flooring. Trained professionals can

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discuss different green options with you. The Floor Maintenance Company has been in business for seven years, and owner Vince DiMiceli has over 30 years in residential construction and remodeling. The Floor Maintenance Company can restore, transform and maintain any surface to ensure its beauty over time and is licensed, bonded and insured. For a free design consultation or any other questions, you can call them at 949-510-4182 or visit www.OCFloorMaintenance.com. Look for their new store in Laguna Niguel at 27601 Forbes Road Suite 35 where you can buy stone care products, stain, repair products and more, opening February 1, 2013. Vince DiMiceli of The Floor Maintenance Company is a licensed general contractor and the owner of DiMiceli Construction Services.

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to block direct sunlight to protect your home from unwanted solar heating. Light control. With the push of a button, the louvers can be moved to give the desired amount of light into your residence. This is a great way to naturally illuminate work or living areas while cutting back on power consumption. Ventilation. During the summer months, a place in the shade is where you want to be. The Louvered Roof System provides this by angling the louvers to a partially open position. Providing natural ventilation as hot air escapes and cool air replaces it. Rain protection. The Opening Roof System has a uniquely designed louver that provides complete overlap to help prevent rain penetration.

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o you find yourself pondering over the fact that your exterior décor is lacking in expression and style? Have you been craving a stronger sense of protection for your home? No matter what your reason may be, there is no better way to give your home an upgrade that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing than with a gorgeous new fence or deck. Fences can do so much for your environment—they enhance your property value, beautify acreage, define boundaries, create barriers, accent landscaping, and offer you and your family some privacy and increased security. Here are just some of the options you can choose from when selecting the perfect fence: Redwood. When it comes to redwood, always start with the best quality you can buy. Different wood fence styles include board on board (with or without lattice), custom designs, solid board fencing, and dog-ear fencing. Vinyl. This choice of fence is economical, adds value, is easy to maintain, and offers incredible design appeal. Vinyl can be customized in almost any way imaginable. EcoStone. Create a fence that looks like real stone, yet can withstand forceful impacts, resist graffiti and is super easy to maintain. EcoStone is also an excellent sound barrier. Aluminum. Available in a number of different styles and color options, and constructed without the use of screws, aluminum fences are designed to impress and built to last. Ornamental Iron. Wrought iron is ideal when you are concerned about security but want to preserve your view. Many fence and gate options are available.

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A well-designed deck can add living and entertaining space to an existing home, making a backyard seem more like an exclusive resort. A smart return on investment, decks can be basic or customized into free-flowing shapes. Some different types include: Redwood. Offered in a variety of appearances that allow you to create an ideal deck that meets both your taste and budget, rich and classic redwood is often chosen for its timeless natural beauty and outstanding performance. Composite. Made of a mixture of plastic and wood fibers, this type of decking was originally designed to provide homeowners with a low-maintenance option. PVC. Setting a new standard in the decking industry, PVC decking boards are extremely scratch-resistant and it will not absorb juices, wine or certain greases. This is a great option if you have patio furniture or animals. Railing. Accent your deck with railing, available in redwood, aluminum, composite, cable, glass panels, iron and vinyl. Each option is unique and can be paired with your deck choice. If you are ready for a picture perfect lawn without the time commitment, artificial turf is a perfect solution. It has a very similar look and feel to natural grass, but it does not require mowing, watering, weeding and feeding. Borg Fence, Decks & Turf has over 27 years of experience specializing in fences, decks, gazebos, gates, artificial turf, trellises, arbors and retaining walls. A green company that uses renewable resources, and as a standard practice removes and disposes your old fence, recycling each component. For more information, you can call them at 888-887-8015 or visit www.borgfenceanddecks.com. You can also see their ad on page 25. ONLINE AT ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


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pdating your garage flooring is an easy, effective way to expand your living space and increase your home’s value. Sparta-Flex® is an advanced, next generation 100% solids polyaspartic floor coating that gives your garage a beautiful finish that is more durable and longer lasting than alternative finishes. Older, epoxy-based floor coatings are prone to problems like fading, yellowing and peeling. In addition, their long cure times will often keep you and your car out of the garage for as long as a week! Sparta-Flex is a 100% solids, environmentally friendly, UV stable floor coating that can be installed in as little as one day and can be driven on 24 hours after installation. Sparta-Flex coatings are installed using only the most advanced surface preparation methods available, including dustless diamond grinding or dustless shot blasting. Old, failing epoxy coatings can also be removed during this same process. After the surface prep is complete, a dedicated moisture barrier is applied to the concrete. This is extremely important because most homes in Southern California have elevated moisture vapor levels in concrete slabs that can impact floor coatings. Then, a neutral-color prime coat of Sparta-Flex is applied and colored chips are sandwiched between this prime coat and a final topcoat. These chips are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes to help homeowners make their dream garage vision come to life. This amazing coating is four-times harder than epoxy or urethane, making it far superior for scratch and stain resistance. Most importantly, Sparta-Flex comes with a warranty that is the strongest in the market, backed by a company with over 50 years of history in the Southern California marketplace. For more information, you can call Perkins Custom Coatings, a division of the Wm. M. Perkins Company, at 866-330-1DAY (1329) or visit their informative website at www.perkinscustomcoatings.com.

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obile auto detailing companies will service your car at your home and of course, bring every piece of equipment they need along with them. Talk about convenient. Detailing a car is more than simply washing it. The best detailers begin by washing the car by hand. After the car has been professionally detailed and protective coatings applied, soapless washes are then preferred to preserve the car’s finish. Waxing to remove minor scratches, oxidation, and embedded dirt followed by an application of a teflon-type coating is the important next step. Since this special Teflon coating fills in minor ridges, when polished the finish looks like glass with a definite high gloss and added color depth. Applied twice a year, this Teflon coating helps the glossy shine stay year round, serves to protect the car and makes overall maintenance a snap. To apply wax and Teflon coating more effectively, professional detailers change buffing pads several times while working on the car. By doing this, rocks and grit are not allowed to gather in the pads only to be ground back onto the finish.

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As a result of their smaller, more personalized service, quality mobile care detailing companies can offer Teflon car coating at tremendous savings when compared to car dealers’ costs. Rubber dressing of all rubber seals and tires happens next. Make sure the detailer you hire uses a non-silicone based rubber dressing, as dressings with silicone tend to cause the rubber to crack and wear out. A complete car detailing appointment can include as little or as much as your car needs. Exterior detailing includes washing, waxing, application of a teflon-type protective coating, and an application of a rubber dressing to the exterior rubber items only. Interior and exterior car detailing includes all the exterior detailing items plus shampooing the interior carpets, dressing all interior rubber parts and door jams, and cleaning or conditioning every part of the interior. We also do mobile oil changes. A quality mobile car detailing service in your area is Wally’s Mobile Auto Detailing. You can call at 714-478-0615 or toll free at 1-888527-3430 or email them at WallysAuto@aol.com 

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hat you hear is true—Alaska is one amazing place, and for many travelers, a once-in-a-lifetime vacation destination. There’s no better way to take in all its grandeur than with an Alaska Railroad rail vacation. Offering comfortable and spacious railcars, onboard dining, informative commentary amidst stunning vistas and world-class wildlife viewing, the Alaska Railroad offers a unique and exciting option to tour Alaska. This train has been around since 1923, and today, the Alaska Railroad is the last full-service, regularly scheduled railroad in North America. During summer months, three trains run daily taking visitors to the most scenic areas along the railbelt. Combined with hotel accommodations and quality tour and activity options, an Alaska Railroad vacation is seamless and a great option for families, honeymooners, girlfriend getaways, or just that once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list Alaska vacationer. The Coastal Classic train travels south from Anchorage to Seward along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach Forest. What you see out the panoramic windows is remarkable—mountains that meet the sea, high alpine meadows, glaciers and waterfalls. And Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park which is chock full of marine wildlife and glaciers.

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The Denali Star train takes you to Alaska’s most-visited destination, the six million acres of Denali National Park and Preserve. As well, the Denali Star is a world-class connection to river rafting, flightseeing and wildlife viewing. The Alaska Railroad shines in winter, too. There’s nothing like blankets of snow, the Aurora Winter Train and serene winter backcountry. Weekend rail service is offered between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The Aurora Winter train, among other things, is packaged with great tours that put you face-to-face with the Northern Lights. Another of the Alaska Railroad’s charms worth mentioning: all the great Alaskans answering the phone, working the trains and making your Alaska vacation dream come true. You can visit AlaskaRailroad.com/travel or call 800-544-0552 to book your Alaska Railroad vacation today.

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Reshape Your Body in 20 Minutes! By John Colman

When Diane Rand reached age 50, she got concerned that her weight was slowly creeping higher and her clothes were feeling too tight. As a practicing physician in San Diego, she knew the diagnosis. “Your muscles atrophy as you age, and this slows down the metabolism,” says Rand. “I knew it would keep getting worse if I didn’t correct it.” The antidote? Effective weight training. But, she’d never lifted weights before. Plus, her full-time job as a physician as well as her family life left little time in her schedule for exercise. Fortunately, Diane read an article about “slow-motion” strength training, a revolutionary new exercise method promising a firmer, stronger, more shapely body from just two 20-minute training sessions per week. Even though the time efficiency and results sounded almost too good to be true, she decided to enroll with a personal trainer at The Perfect Workout, a local company with four teen private fitness studios in Southern California specializing in this unique approach. Right away she noticed immediate increases in her muscle tone and energy. After several months she’d also dropped 1 to 2 clothing sizes and was fitting into clothes which used to be too small. “My trainer pushes me in a safe way, and I walk away feeling great after each session,” says Diane. “This is the wave of the future.”

Lean Muscles—The Key to Reshaping Your Body The Perfect Workout’s trainers encourage clients to build lean muscle tissue which increases the body’s metabolism, burning extra calories even while you’re sleeping. Many people – especially

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Physician Diane Rand firms her body during a 20-minute training session at The Perfect Workout.

women – have a fear of “bulking up” like a bodybuilder if they were to start strength training. In reality, if you’re older than 25, it’s much more likely that too little muscle is the problem rather than too much muscle. In their book Biomarkers: The 10 Keys to Prolonging Vitality , William Evans, Ph.D., and Irwin Rosenberg, M.D., show the research demonstrating that adults who don’t strength train lose an average of a half pound of lean muscle tissue each year starting at age 25. As an example, a typical 55-year-old woman will have 15 pounds less lean muscle (and significantly more fat) than what she had at age 25. Muscle takes up

less space than fat, so this typical 55year-old woman has arms and thighs that are softer and less firm, wears a larger clothing size, and has a slower metabolism that burns fewer calories each day. Effective strength training changes all of this. It increases your body’s metabolism, causing you to burn more fat and calories all day long. Strength training reshapes and tones your legs and arms. And since muscle takes up 20% less space than fat, adding muscle and losing fat will make your body firmer, smaller, and more shapely. A fit 140-pound person can wear clothes several sizes smaller than an out of shape 140-pound person. ONLINE AT ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM


healthbeautyfitness How Can Slow-Motion Strength Training Work so Quickly? Slow-motion strength training involves brief and demanding workouts to get great results. The basic concept? Lift relatively heavy weights excruciatingly slowly (10 seconds to lift, another 10 seconds to lower) for as many repetitions as you can until you’re unable to move the weights anymore. And when you learn to challenge your muscles as deeply as a skilled trainer can teach, it’s impossible to workout much longer than 20 minutes, even if you try. Dr. Philip Alexander, physician and faculty member at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine, explains that it’s the intensity of exercise that stimulates greatest changes. “A slower repetition loads the muscles more effectively and efficiently. It’s harder!” exclaims Alexander. “That’s why it stimulates such a great total response from the body.” Dr. Alexander has tracked hundreds of subjects using slow-motion strength training, noting significant improvements in muscular strength, HDL cholesterol profiles, bone density, and glucose tolerance. Other research adds more supporting data. Two separate studies by Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., and one study by Ellington Darden, Ph.D., demonstrate that slow-motion strength training produces 50% to 59% faster improvements than regular weight training. And because the repetitions are harder, each training session must be limited to 20 minutes – making this exercise method quite time efficient.

Joyce Reclaims her Youthful Figure 54-year-old Joyce Magnuson had always been slim and slender when she was younger. But in her mid 40’s life’s stresses caught up with her, and she began gaining weight. “During the next few years, I kept getting heavier, until I was thoroughly broken and disgusted with myself,” says Joyce. Fortunately, she happened to read an article about slow-motion strength training and how it would reshape her body with just two 20-minute training sessions per week. The effectiveness of the method made sense to Joyce, and she decided to enroll with a personal trainer at The Perfect Workout. ONLINE AT ORANGECOUNTYLIVINGMAGAZINE.COM

Arlene Esgate tones her arms as part of her 20-minute training session in San Diego.

After 5 months of combining an effective nutrition plan with two 20minute training sessions each week, not only had she gotten stronger, she’d lost 43 pounds and dropped from a size 16 to a size 10. She was also able to get completely off the blood pressure medications that she’d previously needed to take. She adds, “The perk is looking good in the current styles. Even Macy’s keeps me motivated to stay fit!”

The Perfect Workout has 14 private studios in Southern California that specialize in one-on-one personal training with the slow-motion strength training method, including these Orange County locations: Newport Beach (949) 200-4067, Huntington Beach (714) 460-5207, Laguna Niguel (949) 485-6000, Mission Viejo (949) 424-1021, Anaheim Hills (714) 400-9319, and Tustin (714) 599-9051. www.ThePerfectWorkout.com SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 • COASTAL HOME

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