Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

fitness, healthExercise of the week:  The Hollow Body Hold

Do you want abs like a gymnasts? Try the Hollow body hold – it is an essential aspect of any gymnasts training regimen, in that it mimics the body position and basic core integrity needed for handstands and ring movements.

Here’s how to do it.  Start by lying on your back with your legs straight and hands over head – draw in your belly button and make sure your lower back is flat on the ground.

Keep your abs and butt tight – NEVER LET YOUR LOWER BACK “ARCH” OR COME OFF THE FLOOR – and lift your arms off the ground and reach like the picture and point your toes.

To make this more difficult you can lower your arms closer to the ground while maintaining contact with the floor on your lower back.

Try for reps or time for example, 15 reps x 3 sets, or try to beat my time of :45s!

Like what you’ve read?  Share these posts with your friends and check out some of my previous blog posts for ideas on how to liven up your fitness routine and to stay motivated in 2015.  Kyle’s Health & Fitness posts.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Opus Affair heads to Scholars for cocktails in DTX Tuesday, April 28th

Opus AffairTomorrow after work, Opus Affair will host a social at Scholars Boston Bistro located near Downtown Crossing at 25 School Street.  This gregarious group attracts artists and those who appreciate the arts community to their monthly social.  If you’ve never attended be certain to give their Punch Bowl Fund a try.  Your purchase of their punch bowl will go to something they call the Punch Bowl Fund where you get to designate a ticket to one of three arts charities.  At the end of the night the charity with the most tickets from the punch bowl drinks gets to take home that month’s “donation”.

Scholars Boston Bistro at 25 School Street in DTX
Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Make sure to RSVP  (There isn’t a cost – it is just to help keep count!)

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts and gather together for cocktails to chat about the arts scene and make new friends.  If you’ve never been to an Opus Affair social come and check them out.

Taste of the North End – tickets give away

The Taste of the North EndThe Taste of the North End – one of Boston’s most popular festivals of food – is taking place on Friday, May 1st.  The popular event includes more than 35 North End eateries, showcasing a wide array of appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts, accompanied by plenty of wine and beer. is giving away a pair of tickets to this year’s Taste of the North End.  The winner will be randomly drawn on Thursday, April 30th for the foodie festival that takes place on Friday, May 1st from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Should you not win this contest, tickets can be purchased for $99 each on their website, here.

How to Win a Pair of Tickets to the Taste of the North End:  Every time you send a Tweet to @BosGuy using the hashtag #TOTNE I will enter you in the drawing, starting today through Thursday, April 30th.  Then on Thursday afternoon I will announce the winner, so please be sure you are following @BosGuy so I can DM you if you win.

Example Tweets (feel free to get creative):
Hey @BosGuy I really want those #TOTNE tickets for this Friday!

I really need those tickets to #TOTNE for date night. Help me @BosGuy!

.@BosGuy I want to live La Dolce Vita! Give me those #TOTNE tickets.

Remember: The more you Tweet the better your chances.

ArtWeek Boston starts May 1st

ArtWeek BostonArtWeek Boston runs from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 10th

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, the 10-day ArtWeek extravaganza that starts next month spotlights programs like pop-up dinner theater and or entertainment, immersive workshops in unusual places, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, and more. The intention is to highlight bold, creative and unique events that are unexpected.

All the fun will start at the ICA at their ArtWeek Cocktail Kickoff April 30th 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  For more information about the week+ of arts programs visit their website at


SoWa Open Market returns to the South End, Sunday, May 3rd

SoWa Open MarketThe 2015 SoWa Open Market returns to the South End on Sunday, May 3rd. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through October 25, 2015 and spans three blocks along Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.

Every Sunday 15 to 20 Food Trucks will be located at 540 Harrison Avenue serving a variety of food.  Just up the street at 500 Harrison Avenue is the Farmers Market which includes an ever larger assortment of locally grown produce, flowers, plants, and gourmet specialty foods.  Lastly, be sure to check out the Arts Market located at the end of Thayer Street.  It is a great place to peruse some of the region’s best artists and designers.

32nd MayFair music festival returns to Harvard Square Sunday, May 3rd

The 32nd Annual MayFair Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The 32nd Annual MayFair
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Boston has a long, proud history of churning out really excellent bands.  Some have gone on to enjoy significant commercial success and many others have gone on to have long, successful careers outside of the mainstream.  Part of the reason so many bands come to Boston is our city’s embrace of music in all its forms.  Next weekend is a good example of what I’m talking about.

Sunday, May 3rd is the 32nd Annual MayFair festival in Harvard Square.  This free, all day event includes an impressive line up of some of Boston’s favorite local acts including The Sheila Divine, Freezepop, Bent Shapes, M’Bolo, Air Traffic Controller, Hallelujah The Hills, Grey Season, the Luxury, Vundabar, Funeral Advantage, Parks, and the Novel Ideas.  All twelve bands will play on two different stages between 12PM and 6PM while various vendors and events take place in Harvard Square. The event is free and open to the public. ​​

Scruffy Sunday

feet, purple, handsome, hunkIt is a purple themed Scruffy Sunday this week.

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