Fitness Diva

Prevent Cancer

Crystal Manjarres  Q. What are some effective ways to prevent cancer?  A. One of the most preventable ways to avoid cancer is avoid cigarette smoke. Do not smoke, do not inhale the smoke of those who do, and if you currently smoke—stop immediately. Smoking easily tops the list of the most preventable cancers, and for good reason—you are literally signing your ... Read More »

Benefits of Pilates

Crystal Manjarres    Q. I have heard a lot about Pilates. Could you elaborate on the benefits? A. The benefits to Pilate are numerous! The first that comes to mind is that of postural awareness; you cannot master Pilates without it! In fact, that is one of the first goals I urge clients to take away from their first (as ... Read More »

Healthy Fast Food

Crystal Manjarres  Q. I want to eat healthy, but feel like I don’t have time to prepare healthy meals. Any advice?  A. So many of us struggle to keep up with our jobs, family, school obligations, recreational activities, workouts, and more. It’s no wonder that we are paying the price health-wise. Many times we hurriedly race out of the door, ... Read More »

Benefits of personal training

Crystal Manjarres Q. I’ve been considering hiring a personal trainer… what are the benefits? A. I’m so glad you asked! Everyone can benefit from a personal trainer- anyone from a novice to an experienced athlete. Age doesn’t matter either; my husband and I have trained children, teenagers, young adults, middle-aged adults, and mature adults. Like I said before, anyone can ... Read More »

Strengthen your back

By Crystal Manjarres Q. I sit at a computer all day and my back has been starting to bother me. What are some ex­ercises I can do to strengthen my back? A. Sitting (especially for prolonged pe­riods of time), is one of the worst positions for the spine. Why? Because it compresses the spine and can lead to back pain ... Read More »

How to fight inflammation

By Crystal Manjarres  Q. I have heard a lot about inflammation lately… what can I do to prevent it? A. Believe it or not, inflammation can be a good thing for the body; for this conversation’s sake, we will focus on the negative, chronic effects of prolonged inflammation. Diet controls a large portion (no pun intended) of how our body ... Read More »


By Crystal Manjarres Q. What are some important nutrients I should be including in my diet? A. According to the USDA, Americans are lacking in seven essential nutrients: potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber. Potassium has been shown to decrease blood pressure naturally, in addition to enhancing fertility, as well as muscle and nerve function. ... Read More »

Want to lose weight?

ENTER THE SCULPTED FOR SUMMER FITNESS CONTEST! By Crystal Manjarres I have received so many questions from so many misguided people about fitness- that is after all, the purpose of this column- so I thought, why not offer all you Coastal Breeze readers out there a chance to experience a fitness program catered specifically to you and your needs? It will ... Read More »

Rotator Cuff concerns

By Crystal Manjarres Q. I am worried about tearing my rotator cuff… what can I do to protect it? A. First off, congratulations on being aware of the importance of strong shoulder muscles and being proactive on prevention of injury. Most people overlook/neglect shoulder training to focus on muscles that bother them (like saggy underarms), or muscles that they want ... Read More »

Entire body workout

By Crystal Manjarres Q. I work out my entire body three times a week, but my body has not changed. Any advice? A. There are several factors that could be contributing to your body not changing: you are not allowing for proper rest between workout days, your body has hit a plateau, your diet is lacking, you are not properly ... Read More »

Relieve arthritis

By Crystal Manjarres Q. I have arthritis and my doctor recommended starting an exercise program. What exercises should I do? A. There are a lot of factors to consider before starting an exercise program, such as your current physical condition (ex. very active or very sedentary), your past fitness history (played sports in college, ran marathons, or have never exercised), ... Read More »

Sleep and working out

By Crystal Manjarres Q. How much sleep should I be getting if I’m working out? A. There is no clear-cut answer to this type of question- some people do great on six to seven hours sleep, while others require eight to nine (and in some cases even more)! I would say that a healthy aim, for those working out would be ... Read More »

Muscle vs Fat

By Crystal Manjarres Q. I keep hearing about muscle vs. fat. I was told that muscle weighs more than fat- is this true? A. This is one of the most controversial topics in the fitness realm- the age-old question of “which weighs more, muscle or fat?” Because there is so much misinformation out there, this is usually one of the first ... Read More »

Scoliosis and proper exercise

By Crystal Manjarres Q. I have Scoliosis and am looking to add weight training and Pilates to my workouts…are there any exercises that will benefit me? A. I have worked with several clients with Scoliosis both past and present in personal training and Pilates, and there are numerous benefits from both disciplines, as well as numerous exercises that will strengthen ... Read More »