Holiday Challenge

corechallengeHope you all had a wonderful turkey day & didn’t go crazy packing on the pounds with all the juicy foods surrounding you!

If you did or did not add some extra baggage this holiday weekend try knocking out at least a half hour of cardio – whether it be on a bike, elliptical, treadmill or a walk around your neighborhood. Then get your booty working & do this 5-minute core challenge from PopSugar, I love this plank workout!

 

 

45minute Treadmill Cardio Blast

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I am pretty good with working out while traveling, however the last trip to sunny Florida threw me for a loop! I packed my gym clothes with the intention to workout everyday – hey, I even called the hotel to ask what the gym hours were! Needless to say, I came back to Boston with clean gym clothes!

So after a week away & a weekend packed full of fun & beer (white trash themed potluck* party & an O.A.R. concert) I was ready to hit the gym this morning.  With that said, the above workout kicked my bootie!

Sweat it out today & get running! This workout will surely make you feel better & hey it’s only 45minutes of your day – so get to it!

* healthified white trash taco recipe to come

Get Your Yoga On

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Running around & not able to get to the gym? I get it, everyone is busy & with summer approaching there is only more traveling & less gym time. So here are some basic yoga poses that you can do anytime, anywhere – if traveling or even if you are just to lazy to get to the gym these simple poses can get you by.

These are 26 basic yoga poses that will get your blood flowing, get your heart rate up a bit & rest your mind. If you are feeling adventurous, try for 3 sets of this! Trust me, you will be glad you squeezed this routine in!

…and really, Sunday is the perfect day to restore yourself & your body, so try this out!

Burpee Etiquette

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The Spartan Race is over & done with! No broken bones, cuts, bruises or anything of the sort! My team was rocking! We finished just under 1 hour and 30 minutes & we stuck together the entire time.

It was truly a once in a lifetime experience! We were at Citifield – like real deal. On the field, in the dugout, in secret passways, throughout the seating, underground & even in the players’ locker room!

Overall there were 25 obstacles & not going to lie – I didn’t complete all of them. So what does a good ol’ Spartan do when you can’t complete an obstacle? 30 burpees, that’s what!

Check out the above step by step on proper burpee etiquette. Now try doing 30 proper burpee’s…not easy, right?

BBS or just BS?

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Body By Simone, I am sorry to do this to you but man the 60 minute HTB (hips,thighs & buns) class was painful, in every aspect! Yes, I was sore the following day but was it worth it…I think not. Let me give you my review.

Pro: $89 for 5 classes on Groupon & I was sore after the class (soreness =  tight summer body!)

Con: No flow with the entire space, no microphone during class & the instructor had to keep getting up to turn the music on/off & up/down

  • Check in – Was easy breezy, right when you walk in. However when I left they had to confirm that I checked in, waste of my time. They also didn’t give me the lay of the land when I initially arrived – grant it the space was rather small & I could figure it out on my own, but it would have been nice.
  • Locker Rooms – What locker rooms? There is a small wall with lockers & a coat rolling rack – every single hanger & locker was full. I was able to eventually snatch a hanger for my coat but I had to bring my bag into the class.
  • Amenities – There was one bathroom, nothing fancy. The sitting area was outside of the classroom, fresh water infused with strawberries in it for people to sip on (nice touch) & clean towels for use.
  • Setup of Class – Square room with mirrors & tons of light. Yoga mats, balls & stretch bands in one corner. Would have been nice if the instructor advised us to grab what we needed at the beginning of class, rather then all of us scouring the bins to find what we needed while she began teaching again.
  • Classroom – Was a H.O.T. mess – for real. We walked in & class had already begun. Mind you there were only 15 girls in the class & we all just signed in, couldn’t they have told us class was beginning?  Anywho, we walked in & the instructor was doing moves & everyone was trying to follow her beat – but literally no one was! She was bouncing up & down, moving left & right – not one person was following her!  Not to mention that she didn’t have a microphone so no one could hear her!  She had to stop what she was doing 2x & come up to me to tell me to adjust cause I wasn’t able to hear her – waste of her & my time! Also there were multiple times when the instructor had to go to the stereo & change the song or adjust the volume – the class was an hour, make the most of it!
  • Who Simone is – She used to be a trainer working under Tracey Anderson (whom I love!) & branched off to do her own thing. She trains celebrities such as Sandra Bullock & Anne Hathaway (she has to be good then, right?) .

As mentioned in bullet one, they had to confirm I checked in while I was leaving…so I got the nerves to ask THE Simone (yes she was behind the desk) why there was no microphones (crossing my fingers that the mic was just broken today)? She said that the class is based on dance and she found that mics do not promote what she wants.  Okay…well at least I got an answer.

Overall, YIKES! Not sure if it is a good or bad thing that I have 4 more classes left on this Groupon deal? Hopefully I am wrong & I will go back & see it all in a brighter light. We shall see!

Has anyone every tried BBS? If so, you like?

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