Inspired by pro surfer Anastasia Ashley’s seven tips for getting healthy in EXP Core Performance wear, we’ve got more ideas to share for shaping up in the year ahead. At the top of the list is a focus on the core. Strengthening the muscle group in your torso doesn’t just make sense for the crop top season ahead – it also keeps you stable and balanced, can prevent pain in other parts of the body like the back and helps you walk taller, with more grace in your gait. But before you get deep into those crunches, follow these guidelines to maximize the efficiency of your ab workout. For a little fitspiration, check out the pics of Anastasia working her EXP Core.


Since one of the two types of core muscles attaches directly to your spine and supports its movement, you can’t have a strong core without a strong back. Incorporate moves that target these muscles into your routine like plank exercises or the “swimmer.” For that one, lie on your stomach with core muscles engaged and lower belly off the mat. Lift your upper torso and legs so just your hipbones are on the mat and flutter your limbs as if you’re swimming in place. Stretch your limbs as you do it to get that long, lean look.



Changing up your workout fends off the blahs and also creates muscle confusion, which is crucial for seeing changes in your body. Mix in some variation to your regular-tempo ab routine by adding slow, three-count moves, pulses and ten-second isometric holds. Remember, don’t be afraid to try something new!


Without proper form, you’re not just wasting energy in your ab workout, you could be causing your body injury. Visualization helps make sure you’re exercising right. When you’re on your back and engaging your core, try picturing a straight line connecting your belly button to your spine, drawing it inward as tightly as possible.



If you’re just getting started or you’ve been working out with videos at home for a while, go for a workout class. It never hurts to have an instructor checking your form and introducing you to new exercises. A class can also help keep you motivated, especially if you sign up with a friend and form a pact to see it through together.


Post a selfie that shows off your form on Instagram with #EXPCore and tag @expressRunway.


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Healthy Life: Eating Right


Committing to a healthier lifestyle in the year ahead is a breeze – it’s just the actual follow-through that trips up most of us. So in the coming days we’ll be sharing tips for making the most of your healthy resolution with a minimum of wasted effort, starting with some sound advice from professional meal maker Nick Taranto. Since winning GQ’s 2014 Back to Business Contest, the co-founder and co-CEO of Plated has been building up his unique meal delivery service and now the company ships healthy DIY dishes to 95 percent of the continental United States. Read on for Nick’s advice on making smart dining choices with ease:
Here at Plated, we’re all about making it easy to eat well. That’s why we deliver seasonal, premium and pre-portioned ingredients directly to our customers from the farm to their front door – so they can cook chef-designed recipes at home. Our dishes are created, tested, and re-tested by an in-house culinary team of professional chefs, who work tirelessly to make them well-rounded, healthy and delicious. They carefully consider every tablespoon to get the flavors – and calorie count – exactly where they think they should be. Trying to get the New Year off to a great start? Follow these five tips that Plated makes simple.

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That includes ordering takeout, which we all know is full of sodium and other unhealthy ingredients. And if you need a little help with the grocery shopping and menu planning bit, Plated takes care of that for you.

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Instead of carbo-loading on pasta, substitute squash for that spaghetti and make a delicious Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Parmesan Garlic Sauce. Yum.


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Another reason eating out can be unhealthy: Most restaurants give you double or triple the amount of food you need and it’s hard to resist all of those greasy French fries stacked on your plate.


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In your quest to start living a healthier lifestyle, you two can motivate each other to get up early and workout together, or meet up on weekends to cook a well-balanced meal.


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Having a glass of wine or one slice of cake doesn’t make you unhealthy – it makes you human. Savor every sip and bite. Just balance out those indulgences with some exercise and a return to healthful meals.

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The New Face of EXP Core Performance


Anastasia Ashley is living proof of just how sexy strong can be. A pro surfer, part-time model, Instagram star and all-around force of nature, the California girl won her first competition on the waves at the age of six on a board she found in the trash. By sixteen she’d picked up her first major national surfing title and since then, she’s developed a reputation on the circuit as a “hard charging big-wave terror.” If you saw her twerking video you know the girl’s got a good sense of humor – not to mention a booty to kill for. But a serious approach to working out is essential to her career success. With her combination of focus and fun, casual style and personal determination, we couldn’t imagine a better person to show off the benefits of our EXP Core Performance wear.

Want to know what makes EXP Core work for Anastasia? Check out the video above.

Of course, we couldn’t partner up with a pro surfer without spending some time on the beach. Here’s a taste of the exclusive pics we’ll be sharing on our Instagram feed from our shoot in Miami.



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New Year’s Eve Checklist

Ready to send 2014 out with a bang? In case you’re in doubt, we’ve got a checklist for New Year’s Eve that covers almost all the bases for a fabulous night. Except finding the right candidate for a midnight kiss – that one we’ll leave to you.


A New Year’s Eve look may be weeks in the making for some, but even the forward thinkers might not have thought of everything. Like the chance that the dress you picked in advance just doesn’t fit your mood the day of. No worries – there’s still time to find something fabulous in the after-Christmas sales. Before heading out to shop, scan your wardrobe for pieces that can help build a fun alternate look.


This is non-negotiable. Something that’ll dazzle the eye is a New Year’s must whether you go for the classic touch of a statement necklace or cocktail ring, or for something splashier like a glitter-encrusted pump or clutch.


Set your party prep time to a playlist that’ll get you primed for the dance floor. One possibility: the Express Rocks channel on Pandora. There’s no denying the groove in new tracks by alt-J, Drake, OneRepublic and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, or the allure of classic jams by the likes of Lauryn Hill. And if you want to know what Kate Upton’s listening to, it also features a few of her handpicked faves.


Beyond looking good, your bag should keep you prepared for the night ahead. Most important is a little emergency cash and a fully charged phone. A portable charger is another essential, since this is not the night to be out of touch. You’ll also want a travel size of your favorite scent and a tube of gloss so your lips are always ready to be mussed.


  1. Keep your festive look fresh by going easy with the hair and makeup. Pair a sequined dress with a tousled ‘do, less-is-more makeup and a popping lip, or a sleek LBD with a loose low chignon and some warm shimmer on your lids.
  2. Hitting a friend’s party? Bring a bottle of bubbles. One to try: Freixenet Cordon Negro, a crisp Spanish sparkling wine that’s available almost anywhere you can buy spirits.
  3. For party hopping or celebrating in a big public area, add a pair of flats to your bag essentials.
  4. To get around, check what your town has for late night trains and shuttles on New Year’s and store the numbers of several taxi companies in your phone.
  5. Avoid the challenges of finding a cab or dealing with Uber’s surge pricing that night by going in with friends on a limo. But if you do, advance booking is an absolute must.
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Ask The Stylist

You have questions about what to wear now and how to wear it. Express stylists have answers. Get the inside scoop on how to put together some of the season’s hottest looks.


We love to go all out on New Year’s, but you don’t want to leave your house looking like a disco ball. If you’re wearing a sparkly dress, tone down the styling with simple sandals, and natural hair and makeup.


The best thing about a LBD is that it never goes out of style. Make it look fresh with a layered necklace. (Silver and gold are the season’s clear favorites.)


Even girly girls like to wear the pants every once in a while. You can keep the look feminine and sexy by wearing a jumpsuit or, if you’re a little more daring, go for a tuxedo jacket and shorts.


You can dress them up by putting in a little more effort above the waist. A slim dark suit jacket in black or navy and a fitted sweatshirt or hoodie blend the dressy/sporty trend easily.


A great way to wear a tuxedo and not look like a cater waiter is to pair it with a gray or pale blue or pink dress shirt with cuff links. Keep the bow tie and all other elements classic and you’ll be as dressy as the rest of the guys but stand out from the crowd.


I love a simple white or gray tee on its own with jeans, which also looks great under a jean jacket. (Very American.) Also, a big chunky cardigan over a tee has Steve McQueen style written all over it. The dressiest way is to wear under a suit with sneakers.
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