Mary-Louise Parker Feels the Burn With Trainer Michelle Lovitt


As featured in the Fall 2012 issue of VIVmag, when Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker wanted to find a new workout partner, she Googled "Best Female Trainer in L.A." and Michelle Lovitt’s name appeared. The two have been raising their heart rates together for two years, enjoying long runs and hikes in nature. They forgo music on these cardio adventures, preferring the sounds of the wilderness as their soundtrack. "Mary-Louise has such an intense schedule with work and raising her two kids that the … [Read more...]

Emily Procter’s Post-Baby Transformation With Trainer Chris Plourde


As featured in the Summer 2012 issue of VIVmag, CSI: Miami's Emily Procter is a Spinning machine who's taken classes at Revolution Fitness for 10 years. Her favorite instructor, Chris Plourde, also trained her one on one after she had her first child. Both love the element of music in their workouts, especially when on the bike. Plourde divulges, "Music that moves me and touches my heart allows me to give more to my students. I want great beat and soul. I create a Spin class plan and plug in … [Read more...]

Dana Delany Tunes Up With Trainer Jill Miller


As featured in the Spring 2012 issue of VIVmag, for 10 years Body of Proof star Dana Delany has reaped the benefits of trainer Jill Miller's whole-body, regenerative fitness program called Yoga Tune Up. While Miller feels music can be a great tool to help her clients connect to their emotional side and right brain hemisphere, she believes some teachers overuse music to the point of distraction. Miller's favorite mainstay for her playlist is DJ Cheb I Sabbah, who "curates exotic dream … [Read more...]

Lauren Bowles’ Balance With Sara Ivanhoe


As featured in the January/February 2012 issue of VIVmag, for 10 years Lauren Bowles, from HBO’s hot series True Blood, has studied yoga with acclaimed teacher Sara Ivanhoe. Together, the two committed yoginis practice vinyasa flow at both YogaWorks in Santa Monica, CA, and at Bowles’ private home. The element of music infuses their practice. Ivanhoe explains, "In the yogic system, sound is actually an element, just like earth or fire. It is said to work on the most subtle part of ourselves; … [Read more...]

Eva Genius With Eva Mendes and Trainer Ramona Braganza


“Music is a great motivator,” declares Ramona Braganza, who trains the likes of Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway and, as featured in the November/December 2011 issue of VIVMag, Eva Mendes. “Different songs, beats and rhythms can inspire you to move faster or slower. I enjoy Latin-inspired rhythms for cardio and world music for my post-workout stretches. With my 321 workout, I usually mix it up: Sometimes old-school beats, reggae or rock works well.” Check out the full story in the … [Read more...]

Poppy Montgomery in Bloom With Trainer Joe Dowdell


As featured in the September/October 2011 issue of VIVmag, Poppy Montgomery, who’s starring in the new CBS fall show Unforgettable, trains with Joe Dowdell, the co-founder of Peak Performance in Manhattan. Dowdell keeps her lean and strong for her role as Carrie Wells, a team member of a homicide squad in this crime drama. The two train at Dowdell’s gym, where he likes to blast good tunes while they do total-body strength training. “Poppy loves music,” says Dowdell. And she adds, “I find that … [Read more...]

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Star Turn With Trainer Erin O’Brien


As featured in the July/August 2011 issue of VIVmag, trainer Erin O'Brien has paired up with former figure-skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi to produce two DVDs: Kristi Yamaguchi: Power Workout and Strength and Grace (Acacia Lifestyle, May and December 2011). O'Brien also personally trains Yamaguchi, and the two love to listen to music while working out. "This playlist includes music to move to as well as music to sculpt and stretch to. I always exercise to music. It helps me think! I like … [Read more...]

Patti Austin’s Greatest Performance With Trainer Eric Fleishman


As featured in the May/June 2011 issue of VIVmag, when training a Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, one can imagine music might play a key role. Renowned Los Angeles trainer Eric Fleishman grew up with his mother singing songs by his client Patti Austin, so it was a real honor for him to work with the respected chanteuse. Fleishman and Austin often sing together while working out, so he's had the good fortune of hearing unreleased songs firsthand from her new album. Sound Advice comes out … [Read more...]

Catherine Bell Busts the Postnatal Weight With Trainer Gina Lombardi

As featured in the March/April 2011 issue of VIVmag, trainer Gina Lombardi, host of Fit Nation on Discovery’s FitTV, has worked with actor Catherine Bell for the past eight years. She’s helped Bell shed her pregnancy weight twice now, and recently trained her for an upcoming Lifetime TV movie, Close Quarters, in which Bell plays a suburban-housewife-cum-special-ops-agent. “Catherine likes energetic music like White Stripes and Prince, but lately, being a mom, she’s forsaken her rock 'n' roll … [Read more...]

Tina Fey’s Yoga Birthday Party Music From Instructor Kristin McGee

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As featured in the November/December 2010 issue of VIVmag, Kristin McGee introduced a skeptical Tina Fey to the benefits of yoga, as Fey had never really gravitated to the practice prior to their meeting. Together, they did flow yoga to help prepare Fey for her role in the screwball comedy Date Night, and Fey enjoyed it so much, she hired McGee to host a yoga birthday party for her. McGee created a birthday soundtrack for the event. “I played music at Tina's birthday party because it was just … [Read more...]