Vegas’ Leading Fitness Buffs Share Their Secrets

Photographs by Anthony Mair

Rachael Sellars

Queen of Serene

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EXPERTISE: A former Radio City Rockettes dancer, Sellars has been instructing yogis since 2002. With advanced training in a variety of mind-body disciplines, the Lululemon ambassador is known for integrating emotional wellness and precise form in her classes. She teaches at David Barton Gym and Yoga Sanctuary, but devotes most of her time to private clients.

HER BEST ADVICE: “My recommendation is for everybody to try as many different teachers and styles as they can to find the one they connect with.” Novices should not only vary the style but start in level-one classes to build a strong foundation.

TIME CRUNCH: Get on the mat, even if it’s for only 15 minutes. The key to yoga progress is consistency. “There are times when I would just do sun salutes [a short sequence of postures] because I had a busy day or I was traveling.”

OFF THE MAT: The inward benefits of yoga, from stress relief to a sense of clarity, continue into day-to-day life. “You’re learning to be with yourself, learning to be patient and more compassionate, and have self-acceptance. When you step off the mat, you take all that with you.”

Photographed at David Barton Gym. Lululemon tank top and pants, Lululemon in Fashion Show.

Martin Hinton

Mr. Hot Bod

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EXPERTISE: The fitness instructor, yoga teacher and local “kettlebell guru” has created a large and loyal following with his mentally and physically challenging classes. He’s also known for converting men into yoga faithful.

HIS INNOVATION: Hinton incorporated kettlebell training to a hot yoga studio when he relocated here from Hawaii in 2009 and eventually created a large group fitness class called Barefoot Bootcamp, a fusion of Pilates, yoga and kettlebell exercises done in sweat-inducing temperatures. He now certifies others to teach the popular class at his home base, TruFusion Yoga.

BEST ADVICE: Whether it’s boot camp or yoga flow, Hinton likens his classes to “a ceremony” rather than merely a workout. They’re about the self-discovery that occurs in the challenging (or heated) moments of physical activity. “If you’ve found something spiritually interesting or enlightening, you’ll come back for that,” he says. “That’s what changes people’s perceptions of their bodies and their lives.”

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: Hinton aims to enter his first kettlebell competition as well as to learn more about the various styles of yoga. “For me, one of the harder things to do is to be light and nimble, because I’m a bigger person.”

Photographed at TruFusion. Lululemon shorts, Lululemon in Fashion Show.

Sandy Loubert-DiGregorio

The Go-Getter

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EXPERTISE: After 15 years of training and teaching, she was certified as a spin instructor under Schwinn Fitness. She specializes in the full-body workout known as “off the saddle” cycling—which means you’re off the seat the entire class—at Body in Mind in Palms Place. She has also competed in Tough Mudder and Pendleton races.

HER BEST ADVICE: Eliminating self-criticism can help alleviate the stresses of the new year. Instead, focus on what you’re trying to achieve and set goals that include physical activities such as nightly walks with the family or ones with a more philanthropic angle, such as Race for the Cure.

TIME CRUNCH: Loubert-DiGregorio is an advocate of making any environment a place to work out. At home she’s known to pull out the jump rope and rotate push-ups, step-ups and burpees into a short routine. “The point is to keep moving.”

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “Food is fuel,” she says. “Be good to your body.” This includes hydrating, avoiding white pasta and other complex carbs, high-sodium foods such as cured meats and processed meals, particularly frozen ones. Instead, try brown carbs such as whole wheat or multigrain, grass-fed meats, and organic frozen fruits and veggies—she mixes frozen berries and spinach with a splash of water and a drip of agave for a post-workout treat.

Photographed at David Barton Gym. Puma tank top, windbreaker and leggings, Puma in Fashion Show. Shoes, model’s own.

Ryan Erekson

The Running Man

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EXPERTISE: A year ago, along with his two brothers, Erekson took ownership of Desert Dash, a trail-running company that organizes a variety of off-road races (the next one is Blood, Sweat & Beers in Bootleg Canyon, on March 1). The former Foothill High School wide receiver also heads a running and obstacle-racing group, Crazier Than Thou.

HIS BEST ADVICE: Erekson stresses consistency, whether running on a trail or not. “Most injuries come from doing too much too fast, or not doing it [frequently] enough,” he says. “If I keep up a consistent running schedule—two, three miles here and there—I don’t normally get hurt because my body stays in shape and is more accustomed to it.”

THE RUNNER’S DIET: He suggests avoiding red meat because of the lengthy digestion period and making sure at least half your plate consists of vegetables because “they get through my body quicker.”

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: To compete in the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour obstacle race in which participants can log up to 100 miles.

Puma top and shoes, Puma in Fashion Show. Under Armour shorts, Dillard’s in Fashion Show.

Brian Catanio

The Catalyst

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EXPERTISE: He’s the creator of P.I.T., which stands for Pure Intensity Training, a boot camp-style class that includes styles such as step, kickboxing and aerobics. His classes at Las Vegas Athletic Club and P.I.T. in the Park average 100 participants per session. He also trains the UNLV Rebel Girls.

HIS BEST ADVICE: Map out a workout plan for the long haul rather than a target date to help avoid the typical new-year fitness drop-off. Think of it in terms of a road trip: You wouldn’t hit the road without directions to where you want to go. He also suggests scheduling workouts like an appointment, so you’re less inclined to skip one.

WHAT’S HOT: Group classes, especially ones that “push people out of their comfort zones,” are fostering communal environments and long-term commitments. “If other people are in there sweating with you or going through the same pains or physical demands on their body, there’s a sense of camaraderie and a sense of belonging.”

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: Forget it. “You can start anything anytime you want,” he says. Particularly when it comes to health.

Adidas sneakers, BAR III vest and Neff beanie, Macy’s in Fashion Show. Nike top and bottoms, Dillard’s in Fashion Show.

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