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By Linda Miller
| Published: December 13, 2010
It's no surprise that I had never heard of Ashley Borden until I received press information about her top picks for 2011.
Borden isn't an up-and-coming fashion designer or stylist. She's a fitness guru, a favorite with celebrity clients, and she hosts fitness retreats for clients and corporations in California. In January, she'll be featured in three fitness publications: Women's Health, Fitness and Shape.
Those aren't the magazines I reach for on a regular basis, though I used to read Shape magazine religiously. Until I got out of shape. Now, I think it's time to include at least one of them as my monthly read. Maybe it'll inspire me to get fit the same way In Style, Allure and Marie Claire get me pumped up to buy new clothes, accessories and makeup.
Back to Borden. â€œIn the fitness industry, practicing what you preach is paramount,â€ she said. â€œWhen I discover a new trick, a new piece of equipment or a new healthy snack â€” my clients are the first to know. There is constant advancement in our field, so my personal favorites are ever-changing.â€
Her top 10 for 2011:
Exercise mini bands. The bands help activate your hips, shoulders and abs. She suggests a blue, green and yellow. $2 each;
Under Armour women's heatgear tights. They are flattering, have a lower rise and have a compression fit that feels snug but not like a sausage. $39.99;
Axis black foam roller. Critical for myofascial release, increasing flexibility and reducing cellulite. $19.95;
Bob Harper contour kettle bells. Ergonomically shaped to wrap around your wrist and forearm. $24.99-$59.99;
Wilson ASA softball. Great for self massage, especially for opening up your piriformis and glutes. $3.99;
Sport+Sport water bottle. This eco-friendly bottle has a secret storage compartment that holds keys, credit cards, supplements or doggy treats. $19.95;
Lululemon scuba hoodie. It's flattering, fitted, warm and comes in 14 colors. $98;
Super bands. Great for helping with assisted pull-ups, hip walks and lower body training. She uses the 1-inch-wide band. $18.95;
Feetures original no-show socks. Great fit, perfect compression, they don't move around in your shoe, and they wick away moisture. $9.99;
Sunforgettable SPF 50. SPF is a nonnegotiable. This brush-on powder is easy to apply.