Wear Testers Wanted!*

nordgren V neck T with capri pant in Black

nordgren V neck T with capri pant in Black

Get inspired – training is more fun with the right clothing! We’ll send you your choice of nordgren tank or tee and capri pant to wear test. Photograph your activities while wearing nordgren and post to Flickr, Twitpic or your favorite photo sharing site. Video is also great! Upload to Youtube and show everyone what you’ve got in your nordgren gear! We’d like to give you the opportunity to try nordgren active clothing free of charge in exchange for your feedback and your choice of photo or video record of you wearing nordgren, performing favorite activities from running, weight training, yoga, or even walking the dog. Feel free to be as creative as you like – in fact creativity is highly encouraged!

nordgren active clothing has been designed by an avid cross trainer with a serious fashion design background to be your best solution for what to wear while training and working out. This is not like any active clothing currently on the market! First the fabric is silkier, softer and more functional to boot than the usual performance blends. The vee neck tee and tank are exquisitely silky and well tailored to flatter you and feel fabulous while wearing. Of course the performance features are top-notch – super microfiber with breathability, moisture-wicking, four way stretch, quick dry, and easy care attributes. The capri pant is made of an equally silky blend with a higher lycra content for extra support and compression. Second this is truly elegant gear that can easily be worn to and from the gym with great style!

Currently nordgren performance active clothing is available to women, though we look forward to outfitting male athletes at some future point. Spread the word to your athletic friends who’d like to try out a groundbreaking new collection of performance activewear free of charge in exchange for feedback. Tweet us at http://twitter.com/vicnordgren send an @vicnordgren reply or a direct message OR send your reply to info@nordgrenactive.com and we’ll get your choice of product to you right away!

* Please select the pieces you’d like to test from the following links

Tank - http://www.nordgrenactive.com/products_tank.php

Vee Neck Tee - http://www.nordgrenactive.com/products_vee.php

Capri Pant - http://www.nordgrenactive.com/products_capri.php

Pilates with Lynda Lippin

“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.”

Joseph Pilates

Lynda Lippin in Turks & Caicos

Lynda Lippin in Turks & Caicos

What is Pilates? A method of body conditioning through a series of stretching and strengthening exercises developed over ninety years ago by Joseph Pilates. Pilates strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance, unites body and mind, and creates a streamlined body. It is a system that is favored by dancers and performers. We’ve asked Lynda Lippin to give us some detailed information about her Pilates practice. Lynda is an ex-pat American living at a luxury resort spa in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean.

“I have been teaching Pilates for 20 years on all levels from basic mat to post spinal cord injury, to athletes, teens, mothers, celebrities, and other Pilates teachers. My academic background is in writing and philosophy, and I maintain that cerebral connection through my writing in books, blogs, social media sites, and magazines. I am a certified Pilates Teacher Trainer, Personal Trainer and Reiki Master so I have both a very western workout approach as well as a more eastern energetic healing approach.”

“I believe that fitness should help us function in our everyday lives so we can do whatever it is we enjoy without worrying about pain or injury. I currently teach Pilates & Fitness in the Caribbean, at the exclusive COMO Shambhala Spa at Parrot Cay where Strength Without Struggle is my mantra!”


“Most of the athletes and general fitness fans I work with have muscular imbalances that lead to back and neck pain. Through my years of teaching I have managed to hone specific short Pilates exercise routines that help these imbalances and relieve pain, while strengthening the deep core muscles. This way when people go into their regular training routines they are able to start moving from a strong stable torso, pelvis and spine, which makes all exercises safer and more productive.”

“I teach so much that it is impossible for me to actually do all the exercises during each private lesson or class, so I have really honed my verbal cueing skills to a fine art. When I see new clients I just tell them to relax and move as I speak and stop worrying about how the exercise should look! So Pilates audios were a natural progression of my in studio and in gym work, allowing my hotel clients to take home my instructions and allowing people who might never come to Turks & Caicos to experience my teaching.” Lynda Lippin


We invite you to discover Lynda’s world and hear her audio guidance at the following websites:




Getting Started III – Training Routine
nordgren vee neck tee in azure and capri in black

nordgren vee neck tee in azure and capri in black

A comprehensive training plan contains many elements. How to fit it all in for maximum results, without getting overwhelmed is the biggest challenge for beginners. Below is Carol’s training schedule. Cardio training three days per week, weights two days, and yoga one or two days per week. Broken down in this fashion it makes for a very manageable training schedule. There is enough to create significant early results in the form of strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility gains without overdoing it. After about six weeks of this schedule we’ll see where it needs revising and altering to keep the progress going.

Carol’s Training Schedule

Day 1


Elliptical Trainer 30 min. maintain steady rpms in the range of 85-95 rpms

Day 2

Weights Day (see below)

Day 3


Elliptical Trainer 30 min.

Day 4


Power Walk**

Day 5

Weights Day (see below)

Same as Day 2

Day 6


Elliptical Trainer 30 min.

Day 7


Day 8

Weights Day (see below)

Same as Day 2

*If you choose to do a 2nd Yoga class do it on a cardio day

**Power walk can be done on weight days as an alternative to yoga day

Below is the weight training routine established for Carol. The focus here is to strengthen her upper body and build strength and stability in her lower body to support the knee and hip joints. It is a comprehensive, full body routine that addresses each muscle group.

The goal is to build and strengthen muscle. Increased muscle mass speeds the metabolism, allowing the body to burn fat more quickly.

Weights Day

Day 2, 5, 8

12-15 min. Warmup on upright bike 85-95 RPMs

Upper Body

Pushup as many as possible from knees

Gravitron Pullups 3x 5-8 reps weight assist start at 125 lbs.

Gravitron Dips 3x 5-8 reps weight assist start at 125 lbs.

Shoulder press 3x 8-10 reps

Shoulder side lifts 3x 8-10 reps w/5 lb. free weights

Triceps lifts on back w/elbows pointed steady at ceiling 3x 8-10 reps w/5 lb. free weights

Lower Body

Leg Extensions 3x 8-12 reps 60 lbs.(leg pad at S)

Hamstring Curls 3x 8-12 reps 50 lbs.

(try compounding leg extensions & hamstring curls when both machines are free)

Leg Press 3x 8-12 reps 125 lbs.

Leg Abductor/Adductor 3x 8-12 reps

Abs (remember to suck stomach in hard while doing abs)

lower abs – on back, legs bent at hip & lift to ceiling 3x 10 reps

curls – on back, knees bent, curl up as in sit up 3x 15 reps

lower back – airplane(superman) 3x as long as you can hold it


Always increase weight by smallest possible increment when 10 reps is reached on upper body and 12 reps has been reached on lower body.

Always follow the order as listed above.

Abs – increase reps as they get easier to complete.

When bored w/this routine OR it seems too easy OR 6-8 weeks have passed – let me know & we’ll change it up.