Embassy Suites Launches #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks!

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Three-quarters (77%) of parents across the nation take trips where they stay in a hotel at least once a year with their kids – regardless of how many children they have – with about one-third (30%) of families traveling three or more times a year.¹ Parents say that family vacations are among their favorite moments with their kids, and that’s why a favorite, family-friendly hotel brand is taking steps to help make these important journeys even easier on parents.

Recently, Embassy Suites Hotels, the Hilton Worldwide brand of upscale all-suite hotels, announced the launch of its new #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks community.

“Family vacations come in all shapes and sizes, but some of the challenges parents face are the same, which is why we are committed to providing families with everything they need for a terrific experience – from two-room suites to free, made-to-order breakfast to complimentary drinks and snacks for all ages at our evening reception,” said John Rogers, global head, Embassy Suites Hotels. “We are taking it a step further this year with new team member training, family-focused amenities and the new #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks online community, which gives parents the opportunity to learn and share great advice on what makes trips with the kids easier and more fun.”

The Embassy Suites #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks program includes the following components:

  • #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks Online Community: The online community provides family travel “hacks” – simple, clever tips to make vacation journeys with children easier, from packing to keeping the kids entertained on the road – posted by family travel experts and fellow parents. Currently, parents can post their own battle-tested hacks for the chance to win one of eight one-night stays to the Embassy Suites hotel of their choice, awarded weekly from March 19 through May 14, 2015.

 

  • Embassy Suites Team-Member Training: Fifty-six percent of people surveyed in the recent Embassy Suites Family Travel study said a friendly staff would make them return to the same hotel or stay at the same hotel chain in another location for a family vacation.1 Embassy Suites is reinforcing its commitment to providing families with a great guest experience by incorporating family-specific training into its orientation program and ongoing team-member training sessions.  The brand is also adding resources, such as how-to videos featuring our All-Star Team Members, and encouraging team members to share their demonstrated best practices to inspire others.

 

  • Family-focused Amenities: Embassy Suites is adding a variety of new family-focused amenities, from cocktail napkins with family-friendly games – like tic-tac-toe, Sudoku and word search – for the evening reception, to baby- and child-specific “do not disturb” signs, to coloring books and crayons at check-in. The brand is also planning a pilot program to offer baby care amenities – such as baby wash, wipes and other essentials – at select properties this summer.

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To better understand and respond to the needs of traveling families, Embassy Suites Hotels commissioned a survey¹ of 2,000 U.S. parents with at least one child under the age of 18 at home. The results reinforce the desire of all parents to travel with their kids, and reveals key wishes and stumbling blocks related to family travel including:

  • Families travel frequently, but Millennials show real wanderlust. Nearly 40 percent of Millennial parents (38%) travel and stay in a hotel three or more times per year with their children – a higher rate than both Generation X and Baby Boomer parents. Still, eight out of 10 parents (82%) overall wish they could travel with their kids even more frequently.

 

  • Families that travel together, stay together. Sixty-three percent said they are motivated to take a trip with the kids in order to “build new memories with them,” and 62 percent said “spending time with their kids while they are still young” is a motivating factor.

 

  • Travel is a family affair. Millennial parents often bring other family members on vacation. About one-third (34%) of Millennials bring another family member other than their partner and/or a grandparent (31%) on family vacations. Generation X and Baby Boomer parents are both less likely to take these additional family members, with Boomers being about two times less likely.

 

  • Family travel is an important part of parenting today. Seventy percent of parents are motivated to take family trips because they believe giving their kids experiences they didn’t have as a child is important. These parents want their kids to be more well-rounded than they were at their age (51%) and want to provide more for their kids than their parents were financially able to provide (47%).

 

  • Family-friendly amenities lead to a successful vacation. Fifty-three percent said “affordable two-room suites,” and 47 percent said “free hot, made-to-order breakfast each day” would make them a lot more likely to take a trip with the kids, the two highest-rated of the choices offered. That’s good news for those staying at Embassy Suites, which has long catered to families by offering every guest a two-room suite, free cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks* and snacks.

 

Have Fun With Dexter With The New MONKEYCAM IOS-App

MONKEYCAM-IOS-AppNIGHT AT THE MUSUEM: SECRET OF THE TOMB

MONKEYCAM – free iOS app now available for download from the iTunes App Store

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GO WILD AND BRING YOUR PHOTOS TO LIFE!

To celebrate the March 10th release of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is pleased to announce MONKEYCAM, available as a free download exclusively from the iTunes App Store for your iPhone and iPad.

 

Make your photos come to life using this fun photo-editing app! Add static or animated stickers of the cheeky Capuchin, Dexter, to your pictures for a hilarious addition to your favorite memories.

 

Dexter can mischievously photobomb you and your friends, or lovingly give you hugs and kisses. Either way, the monkey madness is sure to get a laugh!

 

Key Features:

  • Customize your photos with NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM film elements, including stickers, frames and filters
  • Add animated stickers, such as Dexter kissing, jumping, eating, hugging and slapping
  • Save the creation to your camera roll as a photo or video
  • New stickers to be released via push notifications

 

Click here to START MONKEYING AROUND!


LEGO Star Wars (@Lego_Group) Droid Tails on @DisneyXD #LegoDad

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The LEGO Group, world renowned manufacturer of construction toys, today announced that Disney XD has acquired LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales for airing later this year. The animated content series consists of five 22-minute episodes that re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Disney XD is also currently home to the animated hit series Star Wars Rebels.

“Since we introduced our first LEGO Star Wars set in 1999, we have seen and heard from countless Star Wars fans who have used LEGO bricks to tell their own version of this timeless story, re-enacting favorite scenes and imagining new story lines,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales gives us an opportunity to share highlights of the Star Wars story with a sense of
humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the LEGO brick, and will be a fun resource for families as they gear up for the next movie.

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As its title suggests, Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C-3P0 and R2-D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars.

Information on airdates for each episode is not yet available. Additional LEGO Star Wars activities to get the family caught up will launch throughout the year.

LEGO Star Wars (@Lego_Group) Slave I To Be Released #LegoDad

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After attending the recent Dad 2.0 Summit conference I left completely in awe of the amazing Star Wars LEGO sets that have recently been released. I am a #LEGODad and love sharing LEGO sets with my own daughters! Over the next few days I will be sharing some of them with you and I think that you too will be very impressed. I know that I for one would love to build each and every one of these!

Here is the Second one that I wanted to share: The iconic Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett Ship, The Slave I!


Search the galaxy for fugitives with Boba Fett and his Slave I with rotating cockpit and wings, dual shooters and a display stand. Track down fugitives with legendary bounty hunter, Boba Fett aboard the powerful Slave I! This exclusive LEGO Star Wars model features a rotating cockpit and wings for flight and landing mode, plus dual shooters and hidden blasters to repel attackers. Reenact the capture of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and take off from Bespin with the carbonite-imprisoned Rebel hero in the cargo hold. Attach the stand to display this iconic ship in characteristic upright flight. Includes 4 minifigures with weapons: Boba Fett, Bespin Guard, Stormtrooper and Han Solo.

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  • Includes 4 minifigures with weapons: Boba Fett, Bespin Guard, Stormtrooper and Han Solo
  • Also includes Han Solo in carbonite!
  • Features a rotating cockpit and wings, opening side hatches with hidden guns and missiles, 2 rotating dual shooters, cargo hold and a display stand with data sheet
  • Weapons include special blaster pistol for Boba Fett, blaster pistol for Bespin Guard and a blaster rifle for the Stormtrooper
  • Boba Fett and Bespin Guard minifigures are unique to this set • Rotate the cockpit and wings for flight and landing mode
  • Place carbonite-imprisoned Han Solo in the cargo hold
  • Open the side hatches to unleash missiles from the hidden guns
  • Showcase the huge Slave I in upright flight on the display stand
  • Recreate classic scenes from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back • Measures over 7” (20cm) high, 17” (45cm) long and 14” (37cm) wide in landing mode

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Available for sale directly through LEGO beginning May 2015 via shop.LEGO.com

LEGO Star Wars (@Lego_Group) Ultimate Collector TIE Fighter To Be Released #LegoDad

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After attending the recent Dad 2.0 Summit conference I left completely in awe of the amazing Star Wars LEGO sets that have recently been released. I am a #LEGODad and love sharing LEGO sets with my own daughters! Over the next few days I will be sharing some of them with you and I think that you too will be very impressed. I know that I for one would love to build each and every one of these!

The first one I will share is the Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter – the iconic Imperial starfighter as seen above!

LEGO proudly present the Ultimate Collector Series LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter. As featured in many of the action-packed Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle that led to the destruction of the first Death Star, this large-scale LEGO-brick rendition of the classic Imperial starfighter has intricate detailing, as well as an opening top hatch and an exclusive TIE Fighter Pilot minifigure with a blaster pistol. And when you want to keep it safe from Rebel attack, mount the model on the display stand and keep yourself updated with all the key facts and figures on the included fact plaque. The Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection!

  • Includes a TIE Fighter Pilot minifigure with a blaster pistol
  • Features an opening top hatch
  • Includes a display stand and informative fact plaque
  • The perfect flagship model for fans of Star Wars and LEGO brick building
  • Collect one of the most iconic starships in the galaxy!
  • TIE Fighter measures 18.5” (47cm) high, 12” (30.6cm) long and 12.2” (31cm) wide

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning May 2015 via shop.LEGO.com

Arnold Schwarzenegger to be Inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

WWE announced today that pop-culture icon Arnold Schwarzenegger will be inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, March 28 at SAP Center in San Jose, CA as part ofWrestleMania® Week.

Former Governor of California from 2003-2011 and the star of such blockbuster films as Predator, True Lies, Kindergarten Cop and the wildly successful Terminator franchise, Schwarzenegger is a longtime WWE fan dating back to the 1970s, appearing at many Monday Night Raw® and SmackDown® events through the years. A seven-time Mr. Olympia winner, he is the founder of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, the world’s largest annual sports weekend, which hosts 200,000 attendees and more than 18,000 of theworld’s top athletes. He also appeared at the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony at Madison Square Garden, inducting his friend Bruno Sammartino. Most recently, Schwarzenegger guest starred on the March 24, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw opposite WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan® and WWE Superstar The Miz®. Schwarzenegger’s decades-long health and fitness crusade is a perfect fit with WWE.

“We are honored to induct Arnold Schwarzenegger into the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, Paul “Triple H” Levesque. “His larger-than-life on- and off-screen presence translated perfectly into the world of WWE, resulting in many memorable moments.”

Tickets for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at SAP Center are currently available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.

WrestleMania 31 takes place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA Sunday, March 29 at 7pm ET live on WWE Network and pay-per-view.


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WWE’s Holiday Special Tribute to the Troops #dadchat


Multi-platinum recording artists and two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year winners, Florida Georgia Line will join WWE Superstars and Divas to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 12th annual WWE holiday special, Tribute to the Troops, which will air on USA Network as a part of “WWE WEEK” on Wednesday, December 17, from 8-10pm ET, and will re-air as a one-hour special on NBC onSaturday, December 27, from 8-9pm ET.
In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances for our servicemen and women to celebrate their dedication and commitment to our country with a holiday program that is considered one of television’s most patriotic and heartwarming shows. NBCUniversal joins WWE in saluting our troops with special messages from some of their networks’ biggest names such as TODAY anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, and Al RokerSeth MeyersThe Kardashians, Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Katherine Heigl, Lester Holt, Padma Lakshmi, Mark Feuerstein, Debra Messing, Tom Brokaw, Rachel Maddow and Carson Daly, as well as the coaches of The Voice, Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“For 12 consecutive years, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and domestically as a way to thank them for their commitment to our country,” said WWE Chairman & CEO, Vince McMahon. “Our servicemen and women work tirelessly for our freedom and we are proud to continue our Tribute to the Troops tradition.”
WWE Tribute to the Troops will chronicle WWE’s visit to United States Army post Fort Benning, where WWE Superstars and Divas will spend two days giving back to those who serve and their families with hospital visits and Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies. Fort Benning supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees and has been the home of the Infantry division since 1918.
The television special will also highlight WWE’s annual goodwill visit to our troops who are fighting for our freedom overseas. WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show® and R-Truth® and WWE Divas Summer Rae™ and Alicia Fox™ will travel abroad to spread some holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.
WWE’s dedication to the military is a long-standing tradition that continues year-round, through programs that boost morale for soldiers, offer free tickets for active servicemen and women, and provide workforce assistance for veterans through a partnership with Hire Heroes USA.


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OzoGroove, A Great New App Supporting Your @Ozobot

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Ozobot has charmed geeks and toy masters at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the American International Toy Fair, with USA Today and Popular Science giving Ozobot their Best Tech Toys of Toy Fair distinction. They are a finalist in Most Innovative Toy in the TOTY awards, were awarded the Holiday Seal of Approval by The National Parenting Center last week, Dr. Toy has placed Ozobot on her 10 Best Technology list for 2014. Once stocked on shelves, the MSRP will be $49.99 each. Online shoppers can find these tiny robots in time for the holidays at.  For more information, please see my attached press releases.

OzoGroove, the newest app from the makers of the world’s smallest programmable robot known as Ozobot, proves that robots can glide and dance with grace. Until now robots have been getting a bad rap for their mobility with humans taunting them with “The Robot” dance, well, no longer! Techies, kids and game enthusiasts can now download the free App from Google Play or the iTunes Store and cue their favorite music, then code their amazing buddy to perform a Waltz, do the Tango, or whatever you dream up!

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For anyone not familiar with the hottest smart toy in augmented reality, Ozobot can be programmed for action in thousands of ways, making Ozobot quite the versatile game piece, strategy game and now a dance star.  Not sure where to start with Ozobot’s sweet new moves? OzoGroove comes with built-in demos, versatile dance tools and even a help desk. Simply download, cue your music and sequence a few moves. Over time users can master their skills and create uber cool moves within the app’s PRO editor option.  Finally something that will thrill emerging geeks, artists, grownup techies and luxury lovers! For only $99 for two or $49 for one, these brand new tiny robots pack a huge punch of play and educational value in one small price, and they’re small enough to stash in a purse or backpack (or pocket) for on-the-go fun.

Friends can even gather their Ozobots together to create a dance troupe and choreograph a routine! Online shoppers can find these tiny robots for holiday giving at Ozobot.com (save 25% today for Cyber Monday, check Facebook for code!), sharperimage.com brookstone.com, momastore.org and amazon.com.

 

You can also personalize your Ozobot using liquid glue and ordinary craft supplies with one of the “skins or helmets” that came with your Ozobot! In December, their website will sell a four-pack of skins so you can create different personas.

Numi Organic Tea Launches: Together For H2OPE #4H2OPE

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Numi Organic Tea, a leading purveyor of premium quality organic, non-GMO and fair trade certified teas and teasans, is pleased to announce a new fundraising initiative for charity: water, “Together for H2OPE.”

“My sister Reem and I started Numi Organic Tea because we believe everyone deserves a good cup of quality tea. But, what’s tea without water? “remarked Ahmed Rahim, co-founder of Numi Organic Tea. He continued, “While we’re fortunate to have access to clean, safe drinking water, one in every nine people on the planet, almost 1 billion people, live without this basic human right.” Reem Rahim added, “We want to change that. Through our Together for H2OPE initiative we are partnering with charity: water to help bring clean, safe drinking water to people in need.”

To help spread the word, Numi is asking their “communi’tea” to share a moment of gratitude for our access to clean, safe water and post a photograph of a favorite moment that includes water or water activities via Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #4H2OPE. For every individual who shares their #4H2OPE moment, Numi will donate one dollar to charity: water. While Numi will be providing creative prompts, some of these moments include:

  • Favorite moment with tea
  • Favorite water moment with friends
  • Favorite water moment with animals
  • Favorite winter water moment
  • Favorite water adventure
  • Favorite furry friend water moment
  • Most influential moment without water
  • Favorite habitual moment with water (i.e. bathing, washing hands, etc.)
  • Water celebration moment

At the conclusion of the program, Numi will compile the photos that have been shared and ask consumers to vote on their favorites. Because one in nine people (near one billion) live without access to clean, safe drinking water, nine category winners will receive a Numi Organic Tea gift.

In addition, Numi Organic Tea will expand the program in 2015 by asking conscious tea lovers from all over the country to host their own fundraising parties, continuing to raise money for charity: water. When charity: water first began, founder Scott Harrison threw a fundraising birthday party, where he asked his friends and family to donate to his cause of bringing clean water to those in need instead of giving him gifts. Since then, people have been replacing birthday parties with fundraising events all around the world. Numi Organic Tea is asking consumers to do the same, and calling it Tea Time for H2OPE. To participate, hosts need to join Numi’s charity: water campaign via numitea.com/H2OPE or my.charitywater.org/numitea and raise at least fifty dollars.

Once the fifty dollar fundraising is reached, Numi will send the host a Tea Time for H2OPE party-hosting kit which includes an assortment of Numi Organic Tea’s non-GMO, fair trade certified teas and teasans, a food pairing guide, party favors and prizes for twenty people, and more. Numi Organic Tea will match funds raised from nine parties based on criteria such as highest contribution, greatest number of guests, most original tea party theme, among others. To be considered, hosts must send photos and event recaps to [email protected].

Numi has also developed an integrated program with their retail partners called Wishing Wells. This piece of the campaign encourages an in store display of a Numi branded “wishing well.” Shoppers are invited to write their wishes for the world on a piece of paper and throw it into the well. For each wish, Numi will donate a TBD amount to Charity Water.

By coming Together for H2OPE, consumers and the communi’tea can join Numi in their aim to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in need. Because in the end it all boils down to water. For more information on charity: water, consumers can visit http://www.charitywater.org/.


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WWE New Fitness DVDs COming Out In Time For The Holidays!

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For the first time, fans will have the opportunity to work out with their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas when Lionsgate Home Entertainment and WWE debut WWE Power Series: Triple H and WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon workout DVDs on December 2.

WWE icons Triple H® and Stephanie McMahon lead two top-of-the-line workout programs created by world-renowned fitness coach, Joe DeFranco to provide official WWE fitness programs for total body transformation. Filmed at the elite WWE Performance Center, both systems allow fans to complete a full body workout, focusing on upper and lower body, cardio and flexibility from the comfort of their own homes.


Featuring 8-time WWE Champion and 5-time World Heavyweight Champion Triple H, WWE Power Series: Triple H includes a total body workout with exercises designed for the upper and lower body along with cardio and mobility moves to build a strong, ripped and fit body. The DVD will feature a four-week workout calendar that helps users stay on track and achieve results. The WWE Power Series: Triple H features the following regimens:

  • Warm-Up (6 minutes): Power up and prepare to sweat with moves like seal jacks and Cossack stretches to prevent injury and improve performance.
  • Upper Body 1 (16 minutes): Pound out power circuits of serious strength moves like dumbbell rows and Zot curls that use progressive reps to shed inches and lay down Superstar muscle. 
  • Upper Body 2 (18 minutes): Develop muscle endurance with functional body weight and dumbbell exercises like high-tension planks and shoulder shockers to build both stamina and mega muscle. 
  • Lower Body (30 minutes): Experience muscle-mass mania with killer moves like single-leg Romanian dead lifts to improve balance, function and strength with this intense three-set system.
  • Muscle-Building Cardio (12 minutes): Give those extra pounds a serious smack-down with four high-octane rounds of this cardio-strength circuit designed to pump the heart, shed fat and carve lean muscle. 
  • Mobility (14 minutes): Improve flexibility, reduce soreness and recover from workouts faster with DeFranco’s signature Agile 8 series of stretches and mobility drills.

*Requires a set of light to heavy dumbbells

Stephanie McMahon


In WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon, the WWE mogul and mother of three helps viewers achieve the sculpted, sexy physique of the extraordinary WWE Divas. Complete with a four-week workout calendar the system transforms and strengthens your entire body while shedding fat. The WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon features the following workout routines:

  • Upper Body (14 minutes): Strut your stuff with this powerful strength circuit that uses bodyweight, dumbbells and progressive reps to sculpt sexy arms, defined shoulders and a gorgeous back.
  • Lower Body (15 minutes): Tone, tighten and turn heads with butt-blasting rounds of a super circuit that tackles your trouble zones while increasing muscular strength and endurance.
  • Abs/Core (12 minutes): Get tough and get ripped with Tabata-style circuits (4 moves/4 minutes) that challenge core strength and function to trim inches and shred strong, sexy abs.
  • Cardio (17 minutes): Incinerate fat and calories with two heart-pumping circuits of fierce calisthenics like mountain climbers and T-plank rotations to improve endurance and drop pounds.
  • Flexibility (7 minutes): Improve flexibility, reduce soreness and recover faster with an essential series of yoga poses and mobility moves that help create long, lean and limber muscle.

*Requires a set of light to heavy dumbbells

The WWE Power Series: Triple H and WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon workouts are loaded with routines guaranteed to get any fan into top form. The all-new DVDs include custom workout capabilities and music only options and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98 each.

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