As we move through the Holidays, it’s hard to resist downing all those yummy festive dishes. Therefore, we thought it would be only ‘fit’ to catch up with our Nous girl, Maitlyn, to find out what exercise means to her, as well as to pick her brain on her must-do fitness plans to work off those extra holiday pounds. Take a look at the questionnaire below to see what she has advised!:

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

1. Why do you work out?

In the beginning, it was pretty straightforward. The more physically fit I became, the more my self-confidence in my appearance grew, which in turn helped me book jobs more frequently.
But once I got into the habit of working out regularly, I realized that it was becoming therapeutic. After a long day of driving from casting to casting and sitting on the 101 or 405 for an ungodly amount of time, the gym became more of a reboot. It feels nice to park the car, lock your phone away and focus solely on yourself. A quick workout is a great way to relieve some stress. In short, the gym = my sanity.
2. At what age did you start monitoring your health?
If I’m being honest, it wasn’t until my mid-twenties. It was then that  I realized that I needed to hit the gym frequently if I wanted to keep up my ongoing love affair with food. TBH I miss my teenage metabolism… RIP.
3. In a typical week, how many times do you exercise?
 I try to exercise at least 5x a week – which is a mix of instructor-led classes and at-home workouts.

Maitlyn striking a pose for Vimmia, shot by Martin Rusch.

4. Where do you typically work out?
I’m an avid ClassPass member! CP makes it easy to access gyms whenever and wherever you are. My membership lets me attend 10 classes per month for $115. I can usually be found at a Pilates reformer studio somewhere in the LA area!

Pilates Reformer

5. What do you find yourself doing the most for exercise? (lifting weights, walk, run, hike, swim, dance, aerobics, pilates, play a team sport, etc.) (you can pick more than one)

I’m going to sound like a broken record here but PILATES REFORMER. Try a class to see (and FEEL) what I’m talking about for yourself! Pilates has been the one workout I’ve found to achieve that long and lean body type, without the added bulk! I’ll also usually add in a hot yoga or hip-hop dance class each week to sweat it out (if early 00’s hip-hop comes on I’ll dance ’til I pull a muscle or embarrass myself).

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

4. What athletic brands have you worked with since joining Nous?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of active brands through Nous such as Nikki Bikki, Carbon 38, Vimmia, Target, Nordstrom, Champion, and Reebok.
They’ve been great to work with and each has a unique style. It’s always fun trying to keep a calm face while holding a one-legged backbend. Also, it doesn’t hurt getting to work out on the job!
5. How do you feel at the end of the day post-exercising?
Sore and hungry. Just kidding, kinda. I always feel a sense of accomplishment post-workouts & know that I need to invest in myself in order to keep up in this industry. Exercise is crucial for both your mind & body.
6. What is the top reason that may deter you from exercising?
Brunch. I’m an easy sell to ditch the gym if my friends propose a fun brunch, which tends to happen a lot in LA…
Favorite spot: The Eveleigh (always extra bacon)

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

7. Are there any good books/videos/blogs that you would recommend to someone that is just starting out?

I’d definitely recommend home workout videos/apps for someone that’s just starting out. You can do them anytime and at your own pace without feeling self-conscious until you’re ready to get back into the gym. My go-to home workout is an 8-minute ab video from the 80’s (picture AC Slater in spandex), followed by 8-minute buns. 13 million hits can’t be wrong!
8. What was the greatest obstacle that you overcame in your workouts?
More than anything, it was not being afraid to fail. With ClassPass, you’re constantly walking into new classes with new instructors & each of them have unique methods & techniques. It can be intimidating walking into something new each day knowing that many of the participants are regulars. I have to remind myself not to compare myself to others, but sometimes if you miss a move, just copy your neighbor.

Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

9. Is there anything else that you would like to include in regards to health that you feel would benefit Nous’ readers?

The number one thing and quite possibly the hardest thing to do is to not compare yourself to others! It’s only natural to have insecurities, but the most important thing to do is to focus on yourself.
It’s refreshing to see the industry and brands increasing their focus on both mental and physical health. It’s something that has been overlooked for a long time so I hope that this continues to be something that we support and celebrate.


Maitlyn modeling for Carbon 38.

Feeling inspired? Check out this video of Maitlyn doing her at-home routines alongside her pup pal, Murph! –

…But, we can’t all be experts on everything! Check out Murph showing Maitlyn how to properly do the downward dog!

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Staying in shape can be a challenge for anyone. That’s why we love flipping through the pages of Shape Magazine for fitspo, healthy recipes, and workout tips to keep our heads in the game- even when that Starbucks croissant is calling our name! This fall Shape teamed up with Jessica for a feature that delves into the science behind core workouts and the best moves to strengthen and tone. As an added bonus, if you’re as into athletic wear as we are, you’ll love the new outfits showcased from Lululemon, Nike, Tory Sports, and other fave brands. Keep scrolling to see how Jessica gets her sweat on– we’ll be busy perfecting our tabletop butt kicks!linebreak






Read more Shape Magazine here.

Photographer – Rony Shram Website / Instagram

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Intro Solo

Keeping up with the times in the fitness world is nothing out of the ordinary for a Nous girl. You name it; we’ve done it. So naturally, when we heard that a studio in our neighborhood was the first in Los Angeles to fuse Pilates (our favorite) with a hot yoga room, we had to add it to our been-there-nailed-that list. Challenge accepted.

In an effort to do something fun while also doing something good, we teamed up with Hot Pilates and our favorite athleisure brand Beyond Yoga on special class to raise donations for Back on My Feet, a local Los Angeles-based organization that utilizes a fitness-based program to restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem in homeless individuals, allowing them to be better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives.

Celeb trainer Shannon Nadj, who also owns the studio and is basically our new Pilates guru, walked us through the class step by step (she also had quite a good time laughing along at our dramatic pleas for relief, and so did we).

Here’s what we learned: Hot Pilates takes both classic Pilates method classes, and over half a dozen Pilates fusion classes, and steps up the intensity by cranking up the heat. At 90 to 100 degrees, you are pretty much guaranteed to sweat- a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. Which is totally a good thing. You’ll sculpt long and lean muscle while detoxing your body and clarifying your skin. It’s win-win-win, a true triple threat of fitness endeavors.

A HUGE thank you to Beyond Yoga, Core Water and Juice Served Here for their generous donations to this charity event- it wouldn’t have been the same without you!


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Back on my Feet is a local Los Angeles-based charity that utilizes a fitness-based program to restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem in homeless individuals, allowing them to be better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives. They also provide practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope.  They seek to empower individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.

Hot Pilates – Website / Instagram

Beyond Yoga –  Website / Instagram

Back on My Feet Los Angeles –  Website / Instagram