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The Beach Body

Kupah James has the raw and positive energy it takes to be motivational. Although he grew up in Boston, he now resides in LA as a Celebrity Group Fitness Instructor. With over 15 years of experience, Kupah is also a Private Party Dj (Global). With best friend and business partner, JENI Lin they created the very popular #BodyWeightBootKAMP – a 45min total body circuit for all fitness levels.

If you don’t find him amongst small groups of people motivating and coaching you can catch sneaking in afternoon naps and binging streaming services…before/after napping (LOL). His long term goal is to travel the world bringing #BodyWeightBootKAMP to each and every shore!

Health During the Holidays

With the 2020 holidays approaching, here are some activities you can #MakeMoves with first thing in the morning to get your mind right for the ensuing “craze that is the holidays.” Let’s agree, we are searching for a quick “win,” nothing super complicated and “thinking” should not be in the cards. Load up your “GoTo” workout, the one where you kill it and always feel your best every time.

If you’re feeling a more chill holiday workout, something meditative like a yoga practice, a long walk, a light jog or meditating can be helpful. One of these exercises can calm your nerves and allow you a moment of calmness. You can take this peaceful time to celebrate making it to another festive season. 

If you’re looking for help with the holiday feast, we all know we don’t want to ruin our appetites. By making sure we get a “healthier” breakfast in the morning, hopefully, we can avoid extra guilt come dessert time. Drink lots of water and if your a coffee person grab one to help suppress your hunger until “DINNAH,” lol. If you really want to balance out the equation, ease up on the carbs 24-48 hours before it’s time to dig in. Bon appétit!

Keeping a Daily Routine

With so many people working from home, parks and other creative spaces, how does one maintain a good routine if your living space becomes your workspace as well?

A couple of ways to maintain a good routine are using your smartphones/devices, friends/roommates/spouses, or an accountability coach. All devices come with apps, timers and reminders to help keep you on task. For me, I’m always on the go so I use food reminders to help me with my routine. Sometimes I’m so busy interacting with clients I forget to eat, so I created a reminder just to chug a protein shake every couple of hours. ICONIC makes a perfect pre-made protein shake, so it’s even easier, no excuses.

Do you have people around you that you can lean on for “check-ins” and support? Asking a friend, relative or spouse could be a great way to “stay the course” and build on an existing relationship. 

Accountability Coaches do just that, hold you accountable with calls, texts, meets and quality time invested into the things you SAY you want to do but allow distractions to get in the way. Sometimes a person you’re close to might not be the best for this job, rather finding an objective, trained professional to work with your motivations might be best. 

A Critical Muscle to Tone

It is critical to develop a strong healthy back simply because your back is essentially the most important part of your skeleton next to your skull. It bears the weight of your upper body while stabilizing your balance and “kindly” houses your Central Nervous System (CNS). Your CNS allows signals from the brain to travel throughout your body. If that isn’t reason enough it’s also a major component to posture, and everyday activities like walking, running, sitting and lifting. 

Some of the primary benefits of a back workout are the strengthening of the shoulder and increasing stability. Many shoulder injuries can be treated simply by strengthening your back. Another benefit to back workouts is the positive effect on your posture and balance. Not to mention, a well developed back will aid in your quest for that Super Hero Body that many of us dreamed of as little boys. 

The best exercises depend on someone’s personal goals. With that said, some essential exercises would be – in no particular order – Back Loaded Squat, Deadlifts both (Sumo and Romanian are common), Back Rows, Rear Flys, Single Arm Row, Pull-Ups and Chin-Ups and Lat Pull Down. These are all great exercises, just to name a few. 

A common mistake of back exercises is having a “poor” form. I could never express how important form is to the overall development of any muscle group and the back is no exception. Especially in the Back Squat, Deadlift and Pull Up. Those are three that I often see performed incorrectly and I can’t help myself but to speak up and try to help the best way I can. An injury is nothing to shake a stick at, so when performing these exercises, and others, please “respect the rep” and choose form over everything.

Something to consider which I believe gets overlooked is a post-workout routine. A good stretch of the muscle group you just worked on can be vital in your recovery. A protein shake that feeds the muscles with proper nutrition and the tools it needs to maximize your workout can also be necessary. My personal favorite post-workout shake is by ICONIC, it comes in a variety of flavors, a powder or pre-made, and is grass-fed. 

How often a person should add back exercises to their routine depends on the individual goals, injuries, limitations, etc. However, once someone wants to add back exercises, they can add them immediately. If someone is “newer” to fitness it might not be a bad idea to try some workouts using strictly bodyweight before adding a load, just to perfect form and technique. A great source of BodyWeight workouts can be found on my YouTube Channel, and are streaming for FREE. As far are frequency, 2x or 3x a week seems pretty reasonable unless there are specific goals in which case it would be situational. For the common fitness person, this number would be adequate. 

Easing Back into Exercise

A message from our Fitness Editor, Kupah James.

Let’s be honest, the COVID 15lb weight gain is a real thing. Lately, there has been a huge increase in people seeking out the next best fitness trend to try and shed their stay-at-home fluff and get back into shape. Diving into the fitness lifestyle can be a little overwhelming if you do not know exactly where to start. Luckily, we’re here to pave the way and help you find the best routine for YOU.

If you think you have to run a marathon or join a CrossFit gym to get back into your healthy routine, think again. Sometimes setting an unrealistic goal or diving into a workout style you don’t love can be the most detrimental decision of the process. It can be easy to follow social trends and check out the latest HIIT class near you, but what if it’s not exactly your style? I teamed up with fit-pro Chelle Mahoney and laid out the most important steps to ensure longevity and effective workout habits!

Play to Your Strengths

If you absolutely hate to box, don’t pick up boxing. Same goes for yoga, CrossFit, running etc. The biggest feedback we hear in the fitness industry when people stop their chosen workout is, “I didn’t like it” and that’s OK! Pilates is not everyone’s jam but find what is. If you grew up on a bike, pick up spinning. If you absolutely love to be in the water, start swimming laps. Find what you’re good at and go be great at it. Then step by step you will start implementing other forms of fitness into your routine to compliment your workout.

Quality and Consistency

Make a plan and stick to it. It truly is that simple. Whether you work a 9-5 or travel for a living, creating a workout schedule ahead of time sets you up for success. Our best advice is plan a month ahead. Break out the calendar, set aside times for yourself to sweat and stick to it. Write it down, sweat it out, reap the benefits, repeat.

Steady State Cardio

Have you ever been to a class where the instructor is screaming at you to run faster, spin harder or max out your heart rate. Yeah, we’ve all been there. HIIT training is a hot commodity these days and is more popular than ever. However, HIIT is only sustainable for so long. How about revisiting your steady state cardio days? This is the true sneak attack for fat loss. So how do we do it? Most simply put, create lower intensity forms of cardio for longer amounts of time. This can be anything from a brisk walk to a longer endurance style jog. The trick is to not max out your heart rate so you have to stop the exercise. Combining lower intensity with longer holds creates a cardio lifestyle built around lasting longevity.

Importance of Community

Yes, we get it, sometimes it sucks waking up at 6 am to fit your workout in before heading to the office. The best life hack we have for this problem; find your workout partner. This can be anyone including, but not limited to, a best friend, co-worker, sibling, neighbor etc. Having an accountability partner creates healthy habits for you to get after together! Knowing you have someone to sweat with makes it much less likely to hit snooze and skip your workout. Adhere to your schedule together and #MakeMoves.

Before you tune out and stop reading, allow us to wrap this up now that we’ve listed some easy steps for you to create and start implementing workouts into your new routine. With this new stay at home lifestyle, long term wellness is the goal. Make a schedule and stay consistent. Not every workout has to be all-out max effort, steady state is the fat loss key. Find your workout buddy and stay accountable. Lastly, find your groove and what makes you smile as you sweat. These are the simple steps to make your sweat schedule a consistent habit. If you are dreading your training it will have an expiration, and we’re in this for the long haul baby.

Rita Azar illustrates a story by Kupah James in 360 MAGAZINE.

Top 10 Virtual Trainers

By Kupah James

Squad, with most gyms out of commission, it can be difficult keeping with those gains. Below, are 10 Virtual Trainers for you to explore. Try one of them or all of them, since they all have something unique to offer.

Kupah James – Celebrity Trainer, Creator of Bodyweight BootKAMP, ZOOM Klasses Tuesday – Friday. All classes are total body welcoming all levels. No equipment is necessary!

Heath House Fitness Studio, Originating from Kansas, Operating out of West Hollywood, HiiT, Full Body, Muscle Specific. Live and On-Demand Classes.

VFL is hosting a variety of Virtual classes throughout the week from various experienced trainers

Nichelle Hines – Actor, Dog Mom, Activist, Nichelle has created a wonderful brand surrounding Health and Fitness

Chloe Levray – Specializes in Sports Medicine, + Precision Nutrition Coach, Animal Flow

Adrianne Nina – Functional Breath Work, Natal, and Nutrition, Virtual Private Training

Evan Ruiz – Pre/Postnatal certified, Online Virtual Coach, Specializing in Hip Movement + Strength

Y7 Studio – Sweat Dripping, Beat bumping, Candle Lit YOGA… Namaste, NY, LA, Chicago

Monique Bell – NASM Personal Trainer, Fitness Ambassador, Team Edge 1 Athlete, Health House

Kim Glass – Olympic Medalist, Fitness Trainer, Coach, Model, Motivational Speaker

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Kupah James Tips

Born in Boston Massachusetts, raised by a single parent and baby sister, I didn’t have many material things, but mother instilled important values and love. After college graduation, I began my own Luxury Dj company, “Klass Universal Entertainment.” In 2015, I moved to LA in pursuit of fitness and entertainment. Most recently, I became the creator of “BodyWeight BootKAMP,” a mix of upper and lower exercises with a balance of core for a total body workout in 45min.

Top 5: Explore new friendships and teammates who uplift and motivate you; this can be a key factor in pushing yourself forward. Remove any and all toxic friends who always seem to have that negative perspective but swear that they are just trying to “help”…. NEXT….

Treat yourself: Feeling confident in what you wear can change your whole mood! Who doesn’t want to feel good in what we put on? A little retail therapy never hurt nobody. 2XU and Rhone are two brands I use a lot and they are unisex, so we got both Men and Women gear.

Discover and Recover: (A day off is not a day lost): Stretching is key. Taking the time to give your body the TLC it deserves will only help you get better the next time you strap up. Our bodies are our temples and we must invest and take care of them. Mobility helps in lots of ways, aside from just working out. The looser our bodies feel, the easier it is to #MakeMoves

Personal/Virtual Trainer: Sometimes we need that extra push. A personal trainer can be a great motivator, provide support, and hold you accountable for those really hard days. Still nervous from COVID-19, there is an abundance of Virtual trainers (I’m one of them) who would be happy to get you moving around.

AM vs. PM: Regardless of when you “like” to work out, challenge your mind and body into reversing your routine (if possible). You might discover something new about yourself. Like your routine so much you don’t want to change? All good – add a smaller work out to the beginning or end of your day just to balance it out.

What’s for Dinner: You are what you eat, eat a Dorito, feel like a Dorito. Spice it up, be creative, allow for mistakes, and practice makes perfect. Pro tip: Nutrition is just as important, if not more, as your fitness regimen. Don’t pity yourself with self-guilt and seek a balance.

Monthly challenge: Within a challenge, you are committing to a goal. Use every day to inch towards that goal, so make it fun and playful. Fitness doesn’t have to be boring or lack motivation. Grab a friend and take on a challenge, make deals, and have an award system that celebrates the winners, yet still provides a feeling of success for your teammates (aka LOSERS).

Fitness tracker (Apple Watch, Fitbit, etc): If buying clothes (refer to Tip 2) doesn’t get your heart rate up enough, add a Fitness Tracker to that cart before checking out. Apple Watch is a great way to track your progress and your friends at the same time. You can compete for 7 days and chase awards daily, monthly, etc. Get in the Game

Physical Alarm clock: Taking it back to the old school days. Not a ton of money but a good investment. Place it somewhere you have to get out of bed in order to shut it off. Bodies can become robots when that lovely alarm clock goes off and snooze feels way too good. Having it out of reach forces you to get up and turn it off, and while you’re up, you might as well get some steps in.

Virtual or (in-person) class: Double down on which version works for you OR try the other way. Not everyone likes one or the other and you have the right to choose. Just be open-minded to other ways of keeping the body guessing. You never know, you might even use muscles you didn’t know you had and we all know how much fun that is, NOT

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CLUB 360

Club 360 is a hands-on training pop-up event. A fitness × lifestyle activation, promoting wellness and fun to an elite community of exercise enthusiasts. It’s a full sensory experience, combining music, style, taste, scent and flavor.

Helmed by emergjng Los Angeles DJ and notable Equinox WEHO Group Class Intructor Kupah James. With top notch accredited personal trainers in tow (Kollins – Mayweather Gym Miracle Mile, Anthony Sovinsky – Equinox West Hollywood, Frances Flores, Equinox West Hollywood), attendees will be able to indulge in a four hour aerobic social engagement with light bites, LIVE DJ, pyrotechnics as well as healthy handcrafted cocktails. Vendors within the realm of wellness will be sprinkled throughout venue to provide samples and gift bags.

This will become LA’s most talked about ‘Sunday Funday’ immersive atmosphere focused on the following:

Burning

Cardio

Core Training

High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Metabolic Conditioning

Mind-body

Muscle Confusion

Plyometrics

Location: TBD

Date: TBD (preferably on a Sunday)

Time: noon-4pm

Workshop Schedule

Yoga: noon

HIIT Training: 1pm

Abs: 2:30-3pm

Boxing: 3-4pm

Every hour, we will accost members with phyiscal challenges, competing with each other for prizes.

For instance, “How many pushups can you do?” And, “How many punches can you throw in a minute?”

Membership: $59 (includes access to all workshops and 1 drink coupon).

VIP Membership: $79 (includes 2 drink coupons, lite bites and a small gift bag and/or appreciation token to honor at a later date).

*There’s possible opportunities for celebrity sightings and a percentage of proceeds to go towards a non-profit organization.

**Group discounts for parties btw 4-8 people.

***Additional vendors can include: athleisure brands, CBD, wine tasting, spirits tastings, organic shots, vitamins, supplements and skincare.

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5 Ways to Style a Western-Themed Outfit

A Western-themed outfit can be a fashion-statement, a piece of modern style so unique that each part of it, from the hat to the boots, looks like you designed it to fit your personality. Before you head out to line-dancing class or step out onto the runway, select a hat, jewelry, a fringed top, beautifully strong denim, and high boots meant for dancing.

Have A Hat Straight From Hollywood

If you’re looking for a hat out of your favorite Western drama or just trying to find modern Western headgear, you’re not alone. Traditional cowboy hats and other stylish vintage items like fedoras and Aussie hats look sharp and new, with not a mothball in sight.

Don’t Wear Your Grandmother’s Necklace

You may love a necklace that was passed down to you from your grandmother, but perhaps you’d also like to make one of your own. You can choose traditional earth tones, geometric shapes, and images from nature for a traditional Western beaded necklace, or you can even custom design your own beads for a modern twist.

Add Bling to a Fringed Shirt

Your Western bedazzling doesn’t have to stop at neck level. Take it on down to your waist by learning how to make your own fringed shirt. You won’t even have to buy a new shirt if you choose to do it this way. But by all means, buy new beads. They’re a main ingredient in this do-it-yourself fashion, and each one can have a personal meaning to you.

Ride Free in Beautifully-Tough Denim

The Western styling of your denim, in particular, has toughness as well as beauty. You want your jeans to hug your curves, but also give you the freedom to enjoy the dance floor or have a ride on horseback, whichever is on your agenda for the day. Sharp, solid colors can make an impression on the dance floor while showing off your belt and giving you leeway to rock the house. If short-shorts are keeping you cool in the summer, feel free to wear them out on the floor.

Blast Off With Your Boots

When you go out to the club, it’s your boots that will make the final impression, not just on your admirers, but on you. After all, the comfort and confidence you feel has a tremendous effect on transforming you from a wallflower into a Western dancer. Boots that look great on the outside, scalloped and stitched to perfection, will complete the unique outfit you composed for your special occasion. On the inside, they will support your feet so that you can remain active all night and enjoy yourself to the fullest.

Now that you’re ready for an evening of Western fun, from your new hat, to your fringed shirt, to your boots that are practically leaping off the floor on their own, you can go out with confidence. If you have time, add a pair of festive earrings, a cloth poncho, or a couple of pins in a denim jacket. Be yourself like never before by going Western.

*Photo courtesy of VOX DJs at Black Walnut Ranch f/ Kupah James

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Kupah James

Kupah James is a one-man movement of motivation. He brings raw, confident energy to almost everything he does. This biracial, Bostonian was born on September 20, 1982. He travels the nation as a celebrity DJ and a world-class fitness instructor. Wholeheartedly loves what he does, down to every last point. He has an insatiable desire to create a one-of-a-kind brand encouraging all to #MakeMoves! An entity which he defines as recognizing self-worth as well as possessing strong life goals.

Something you don’t know about Kupah James:  loves movies, animation (japanimation to be specific), candy, pop music and naps. Things he doesn’t like: tardiness, excuses and working out (yea I said it)! 

You can catch Kupah frequently spinning at 31TEN Lounge (Santa Monica), Skybar (Weho) and Liaison (Hollywood). Guestist is always open for his team #MakeMoves! 

Work out with Kupah at Equinox or Health House. See complete schedule HERE.

Music page is HERE.

For all things Kupah James go HERE.

*Photos by Roberto Matteo