Review Fitness video: PLYOmind with Johanna

I’ve been following Hollywood personal trainer Johanna’s blog for a while and incorporated her fitness exercises into my fitness regime. I was happy to be able to try out her new fitness video “PLYOmind,” inspired by American football and boxing.


What is special about this video is that there are no breaks between exercises. Johanna explains that life has no breaks and therefore we shouldn’t break while exercising.

I like fitness videos because I can bring them with me wherever I go, such as my summer vacation to Spain. The problem I had with exercising to a video is motivation. Since I’m by myself I don’t know if I’m doing the exercises correctly. But the instructions are simple and clear and Johanna explains why the different exercises are important and what kind of muscles is being exercised.

The video is shot at the beach, which I like, however, it’s sometimes hard to hear what’s being said due to the waves. There are also texts over the image to announce the name of the exercises, when to switch and other useful advice. The only problem I had with the text was that I prefer to focus on doing the exercises rather than having to focus on the screen. I wish she had made more verbal announcements instead of relying on text.

I have been trying the video for a few weeks now and each time I’m able to push myself further. Some of the exercises have funny names, such as “the peeing dog” and ”the sleeping crab.”

The only equipment that is needed is the video, a computer and two water bottles. It’s a great video for people who are traveling and don’t have access to a gym. The workout can be done anywhere from a hotel room, to the beach to the backyard.

Success plays by it’s own rules

Professional success will never meet a deadline. This is what Gilmore Girls star Laura Graham discusses in her new adult novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.

It takes a lot of courage to follow it’s own dreams. Sometimes you have to trade stability for the chance to pursue your passion. Many people think about it, but only a few dares to take a leap. Those who are not hundred percent ready to take the chance often make themselves a deadline. The deadline can be six months or three years to pursue their destiny. If the deadline is not met they will withdraw into a more stable existence.


Book Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, Somday Maybe is entertaining and inspiring tale about a young aspiring actor who has given herself a three-year deadline to get noticed as an actor.


It’s New York City, 1995 and only six months until Franny Banks deadline. If she fails, she plans to move home, marry her long-time on and off boyfriend and settle for a normal life. Her best friends Jane and Dan are her biggest supporters, but she realizes that she needs more than two fans. Even thought she is 27 years old and lacking the thin and perfect ‘acting body’ she is clueless when it comes to most areas of life from having a boyfriend to finding an agent.

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The novel talks about a woman who tries to find herself personally and professionally, being new in a large competitive city and wanting something deeply. Franny inspired me continue following my dream. Graham talks about the importance of having people around you who supports and encourage you to continue working. No one has ever succeeded alone.

What I like most about her is that she is a dreamer and she never stops believing. She dreams about having a speaking part like Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep, but she only seems to get auditions for dishwashing- and peanut butter commercials.

Being at the start of your career can be challenging, especially when it comes to failure. Some people give up before they have even tried because they don’t believe they are good enough. Franny made a major mistake when she had the chance to perform in front of important people and thought her chance of becoming an actor was gone. She realizes that making mistakes is a part of the learning process.


Try something new

In a few days I will stand with my journalism graduate diploma in front of hundreds of people celebrating the end of an era. I’m excited and scared for what’s next. I know I’m not the only one who becomes anxious when it comes to trying something new.




It’s easy to get into the habit of doing the same thing over and over again – waking up, going to work, watching TV and then going to bed. Many people and myself included often forget the importance of trying new things because that’s when we feel the most alive.

Many stay away from new things because they are afraid of failure, but what people seem to forget is all the benefits that come with trying a new activity. Albert Einstein once said “By leaving your comfort zone behind and taking a leap of faith into something new, you find out who you are truly capable of becoming.” Another person said “The person who never made mistakes, never tried anything new.”

Trying something new makes us grow as people.It also allows for the possibility of finding a new favorite activity, a new dish or a new best friend. People who frequently try new things are seldom bored, have better confidence and they also challenge their brain to find new solutions to occurring issues.

When I suggest that you try something new it doesn’t have to be extreme like jumping from a plane or swimming with sharks. It can simply be trying a new fitness class, taking a new route to work or being a tourist in your own town.

I have lately got into the habit of trying out new fitness classes (YogAqua, Surfset & Sand), fun runs (The Color Run) and museums (Psychiatry: An Industry of Death). After trying out YogAqua I found my new favorite activity – Stand Up Paddle Board.

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First Indoor Bootcamp

Doing the same workout routine day after day whether it’s running, biking or dancing doesn’t just hurt the body but also fosters boredom. This is why I decided to try out Barry’s Bootcamp.



The traditional bootcamp style routine favored by Hollywood celebrities such as Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Biel and Kim Kardashian, used high-energy tunes and red disco lights.

When I visited Barry’s Bootcamp in Sherman Oaks we did 15 minutes * four switching back and forth between cardio and strength training.

The key to the class is to not knowing what to expect making every class different forcing the body to work at maximum.

For me this was the hardest part, to not know whether I would be running 15 or five minutes. I’m used to budget my strengths to how many minutes I’m running and I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this.

The studio was small, but the large mirrors on each side made it seem larger. On one side are treadmills opposite free weights, mats and step boxes.

The class is an hour long and the group is divided into two. Half starts with cardio while the others do strength training.

Each day a new body part is targeted. On Mondays it’s the arms and abbs, Tuesday it’s the butt, legs and shoulders and Wednesday it’s the chest and back.

The bootcamp has a studio in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Bergen (Norway) and they offer about 12 classes daily.

The class is strenuous, but the participant’s can chose their own pace, but it’s hard to keep a lower pace than what is ordered by the drill sergeant (trainer).


Photo: Barry’s Bootcamp

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Americans celebrate travel effect


The U.S. celebrates “National Tourist Appreciation Day” to encourage people to visit new places locally and internationally.




Traveling is at the top of peoples list of favorite activities next to shopping and being outdoors.

Americans have celebrated this day for almost two decades and this year’s theme is “Travel Effect.”




Tourism doesn’t just have a positive effect on individuals such as burnout and absenteeism, but also for the whole country. It increases the country’s income as well as number of jobs.

About $100 million are spent hourly on traveling within the U.S. resulting in more than 14 million jobs, according to U.S. Travel Association.




Travel memories stick with people for years. A new study claim people’s best memories are of family vacations.


Scandinavian Pride

As I opened the door to the Elverhøj Museum in Solvang, the wind blew it shut and the loud bang shook the whole house. Embarrassed I met the eyes of Wee, a white haired retired museum volunteer. She asked me if I was alone. Wee was afraid someone had gotten the door slammed in their face, but I told her it was just me.



Wee is from Denmark. She moved to the U.S. when she was one year old and has lived there every since. Wee is not her real name. A young girl who couldn’t pronounce her name gave her the nickname decades ago. Ever since then she has gone by Wee.

“Where are you from?” Wee asked. As soon as I told her that I was from Norway she started to talk about her Danish heritage. Wee was very proud of her Danish roots.






Meeting someone from my own country or the neighboring countries makes me feel like we have known each other for years even if we met five minutes earlier.


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Danish-American city in California

A two-hour drive north of Los Angeles is a Danish-American colony called Solvang. The name means “sunny fields.” About 5,000 people live on 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2).

Danish educators settled in Solvang in 1911 because of the fertile land, flowing rivers, oak covered hills and the mild climate. It was the perfect location for farming.



Today it’s quite different. The dry yellowish grass makes a rattling sound every time a squirrel moves. Flowing rivers and rain seems to be nonexistent. It’s hard to imagine that this place was and still is a farming town.








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