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The Top Latino Fitness Bloggers You Need To Inspire Your Dieta 

Let’s face it, staying in shape is a lot easier when you have someone who inspires you to stay on track. Someone who is dedicated to fitness and serves as a role model. So here we have a handful of the top latino fitness blogger on the Internet, each one of a living testament to the power of fitness to transform lives. Follow them for daily inspiration and to keep your dieta optimized.

Sascha Barboza

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this Venezuelan fitness trainer and internet sensation is known all over the world as Sascha Fitness – that’s how synonymous staying in shape this superstar of the fitness scene is! Sascha Barboza is also known for keeping her perfect physique and staying on top of her hard core fitness routine despite the fact that she is a mother, which is great inspiration for parents out there trying to balance a family/personal life. Here are some reasons why you should be following Sascha:

Her Books:

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Sascha Barboza has published two books, the Secretos de Sascha Fitness and Recetas de Sascha Fitness. Both of these books break down her entire fitness plan, which incorporates exercise, diet, and healthy lifestyle choices into one overall plan for getting you in top shape.


Her Recipes:

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Not one to keep secrets, Sascha Fitness has an entire page on her site devoted to sharing her favorite recipes with her followers. This is reason enough to follow Sascha! Her “Fit Menu” includes everything from a recipe for super nutrition packed beet hummus to recommendations for eating to prevent cancer and other chronic illnesses.


Her Videos:

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Sascha FitnessTV is the fitness guru’s own youtube channel where you will find tons of live recorded tip on fitness from Sascha herself. From how to lose those last three kilos of weight to what to buy when shopping at Whole Foods, the videos are meant to bring Sascha’s own healthy and fit lifestyle right into your home and routine.


Her Mixtapes:

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Sascha has an excellent selection of mixtapes for your workout, each designed to keep the energy and enthusiasm at its peak!

Follow Sascha Barboza:

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Follow Sascha on her website and on Instagram to keep up with the latest!


Isabela Ramos Cano:

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This Miami based “health coach” is also originally from Venezuela and enjoys a huge following in both the USA and across Latin America. Formally trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York, Isabela has a full program ready for you when it comes to getting in shape! Check it out:

Her Coaching:

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The heart of Isabela’s offerings and system is her personal fitness and wellness coaching, which can be done both in person and online. This personalized approach to fitness results in a custom plan for each client.

Her Agenda Plans:

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Isabela Ramos Cano is known for designing 1 to 3 month long “Agenda Plans” that include everything from shopping lists and recipes to daily workout routines based around your needs.

The Circle Tribe:

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A health and wellness circle for women only, the Circle Tribe is hosted by Isabel in her home in Florida and is open to all her clients.

Follow Isabela Ramos Cano:

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Much inspiration awaits on Isabela’s Instagram and you can check whats new on her Facebook too!

Anllela Sagra:

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With her rock hard abs and picture perfect glutes, this Colombian born fitness blogger has taken the health and wellness world by storm. Leaving behind a career in fashion modeling and turning to fitness modeling instead, she now shares her expertise with fans, follows and everyone else on the Internet:

Her Workout Programs:

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Anllela Sagra is best known for her intense work out routines, designed to give you the body of your dreams in minimum time. From the “Booty Blaster” and “Ab Ripper” to carb burning cycling and more, these programs are designed to be “transformational”.

Her Transformations:

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Many clients have achieved incredible results with Anllela, something that is showcased by her though photos and testimonials for you to check out for yourself on the Transformations page of her website.

Her Shop:

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Stock up on everything from “booty bands”, which provide resistance to give you tone and bulk, to apparel and posters of Anllela Sagra herself to keep you heading towards your fitness goals at her online shop.

Follow Anllela:

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Her extremely popular Instagram will keep you infinitely motivated, while over at Facebook you can stay on top of her latest events and activities.

Massiel Arias:

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Born in the Dominican Republic but now based in Los Angeles, Massiel – or Mankofit as many fans call her – is a sensation in the online fitness world. The bilingual trainer and fitness blogger has been featured in everything from World Star Hip Hop to the Huffington Post for her fusion style of fitness that incorporates everything from yoga to sprinting. Here is why you should be following her:

Her Warrior Challenge:

 

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This complete 8-week fitness training program is designed to help you drop weight and gain muscle in just two months. This signature program by Massiel also includes full meal plans and nutritional advice for eating macro and micro nutrient dense foods.

The Coconut Guide:

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Massiel’s unique ebook guide to fitness is a four-week program that covers all bases. Because it uses stretching and foam rolling primarily, you don’t even need to have access to a gym to get started on this innovative program. It can all be done right in the comfort of your own home!

The Ultimate Fat Loss Guide:

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Some people need more help than others when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off and Massiel takes this to heart in this short but information-packed ebook.  From info on how to calculate your basal metabolic rate to lists of healthy recommendations for upping micronutrient intake, this guide to burning fat is one of the best on the market.

Follow Massiel:

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Manofit has many ways to keep up with her adventures from photo-based inspiration on Intagram and Pinterest to the latest updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

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Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Netflix has officially selected a Latina to keep the legacy of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla, alive. For its highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series,” the big-time streaming platform has tapped Christian Serratos, AKA Rosita Espinosa of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series.

Twenty-four years after her tragic death Selena is, once again, being brought back to life on the screen.

Little information has been released by Netflix about the series, but Serratos casting will undoubtedly launch quite a bit of chatter.

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The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online. Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

While buzz online hasn’t quite ramped up, we’re pretty sure once news of the casting catches on Latina Twitter will be doing the washing machine for days.

And it appears Serratos has the Selena Fan Club seal of approval.

And it’s no wonder why! Serratos cuts a pretty uncanny resemblance to the Tejano beauty.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

Like literally people are bummed.

Pero… like I said! Serratos as Selena will totally be worth it.

(Jeeze… wonder if she’ll die by zombie attack?)

But there is a silver lining to the upset.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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