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MNT Studio | #MNT10 Challenge

I absolutely love undertaking new challenges. I enjoy my workout routine, but it’s great to mix things up and really focus on something new for a short period of time. So when MNT Studio {check out their new studio launch here} reached out to see if I wanted to try their #MNT10 Challenge this Fall, I jumped at the opportunity.

And if I hadn’t been 100% in already, they have an on-staff nutritionist who would be offering recommendations on diet for the duration of the challenge!! I’m nothing short of a nutrition nerd and LOVE getting a chance to talk to knowledgeable professionals on the topic.

 

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The Challenge:

Take 10 classes in 14 days.

That type of commitment definitely involves some planning and reorganizing of your schedule this time of year. But not only did this challenge rock my body, it also gave me a great chance to get to know the instructors, explore the studio, and bond with other patrons.

The Classes:

During my last doctor’s appointment my orthopedic surgeon suggested that I needed more Pilates in my life. And while I may not always agree with doctors’ recommendations, that was one suggestion that I was happy to follow-up on.

I tried a handful of different classes during the 10 days, but was sure to load up on lots of Pilates!

  • Power Pilates: Ob-SESSED. Alison and Carly kicked my booty in these classes over the course of the challenge and I always left feeling like I should have a six-pack聽by the end of each class.
  • Barre: This class is a great combination of moves that tones the WHOLE body. The abs, arms, legs, and booty are all getting worked.
  • Reformer: I was really excited to try reformer and found it both challenging and fun. This is the class that I had the most concern about in terms of my back injury, but there were zero issues. I left feeling very strong and flexible, which is a great combo.

The Nutrition:

I tend to eat a fairly clean, healthy, whole food-based diet, so I wasn’t planning on making any huge shifts or changes to my day-to-day diet. But I do love trying new smoothie recipes and mixing things up ingredient-wise, so I headed into the cleanse excited to see how I would feel with the small shifts.

Stay tuned for a full blog post on the cleanse as well as an interview with the fabulous nutritionist Molly who works with MNT Studio!

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The Results:

Going from taking classes a few times a month to 12 classes in 14 days definitely took its toll. I was sore and exhausted.

The first week was especially hard, building up my endurance and retraining my muscles for Pilates, barre, and reformer, which I don’t take on a regular basis. But by the first weekend I was feeling strong enough to tackle two classes in a day – Pilates bootcamp and barre. I found week two to be remarkably easier, I was still sore, but more a pleasant “I had a great workout” sore, rather than a “I can’t walk, someone help me” kind of sore. 馃檪

While I definitely loved these classes and really enjoyed tackling such a demanding challenge, I have to say that the best part of this two weeks was learning just what I am capable of.

I felt strong. I felt tough. I felt resilient.

Have YOU ever tried a challenge? If not, would you?

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5 Ways to Stay MOTIVATED

I’ve talked about motivation and inspiration and fitspiration a lot over the years here on Moi Contre La Vie. But since I always get questions from followers, friends, and family about how I stay motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle, I guess I’ll have to keep writing about this topic. Which is fine by me, because I think it’s an important obstacle that we’re faced with almost daily.

So, which that in mind, here are my top 5 ways to stay MOTIVATED:

Set Goals – I don’t know about you, but I’m competitive as all get out. Having a goal, and smashing that goal, is serious motivation for me to keep at it. Start small and work your way up to larger, more meaningful goals. Maybe start with working out twice a week, or going for a short walk after dinner. Then aim for 20 minutes of activity a day. You may find, that in聽a few months or a year, you can throw yourself into goals that you never thought possible like a fitness challenge program or running a race.

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Reward Yourself – I love setting and reaching goals. But I especially love it when聽reaching that goal聽means getting something that I’ve been looking forward. Like a new piece of activewear or a massage. Treating yourself to something nice is a great way to stay motived to reach your goals. {Check out my Rewarding Yourself post for more ideas!}Group Effort – Find a friend or a family member to help hold you accountable, or join a challenge or online community. It doesn’t matter whether that means聽downloading an聽app or texting back and forth or having a weekend running buddy. You will be amazed how inspirational it is to hear about everyone else’s progress, it really keeps you going.

Calendar It聽– Set a routine for yourself. Making fitness a part of your every day life, no matter what, will make it much easier.聽Try thinking about your workout like going to work – You just do it, even if you don’t want to. One trick that I’ve learned over the years is to block off the time on my work calendar so that I don’t schedule something else. I go to the gym every day at 11am, no matter what.

Remind Yourself WHY – If you can’t remember why you’re doing this, you won’t be able to sustain it. So hold on to the reason that you started this journey and when you feel your motivation flagging, pull that reason back up to the forefront. Are you trying to get healthier and avoid chronic disease? Are you trying to reach a goal for an event or birthday? Do you want to spend quality, healthy time with family or a significant other? Try to remember why this is important to you and how it will benefit your life.

J’Adore – If you LOVE your workout, you’re going to want to do it. So find something that you look forward to. Try different classes, or a personal training, or pick up a new active hobby. From boxing to running to zumba – There’s something out there that you’ll really truly enjoy. So go find it! 馃檪

How do YOU stay inspired to lead a healthy life?

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Workout Essentials | What’s in my Gym Bag

Nothing ruins a workout faster than looking in your gym bag and realizing that you’re missing something important. No headphones? No workout in my book!

I keep two fully stocked gym bags going – One stays at the office where I use the gym every day and have a locker, and the other is at home for trips to my build’s gym and sauna.

So what are my essentials that are always in my gym bag? Here you go!

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What’s in YOUR bag?

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Race Day Essentials | Half Marathon Must Haves

When I finished the SF Half Marathon聽at the end of July, my fourth race in 12 months, I realized one big thing –聽Once you have your necessities, race day is a breeze.

So what’s on my essentials list? A little bit of everything actually.

Leggings – I have fallen in love with these Lululemon Athletica Tight Stuff running tights because they’re comfortable AND I’m obsessed with the pockets. With these leggings, I don’t need a running belt or a jacket with pockets. I put my phone on the left, essentials like cash & a gel in the right, and my keys & a chapstick in the back pocket. {Check out more of my favorite workout gear here}

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Visor – Even for early mornings I like to wear a visor, despite starting in the dark, you’ll often get a gorgeous – But glaring – Sunrise at some point. And during Fall and Winter it can help聽with rain and heavy fog as well.

Undergarments – I can’t tell you how much I hate fussing with undies or feeling like I’m not getting enough support up top. It’s distracting and annoying. {As you may have realized during my Let’s Talk About Sports Bras post}

Headphones – Another MUST for me is music while I’m running. I create race day Spotify playlists and must have my headphones.

Bars & Gels – I never eat a full meal before a race, instead I’ll have half of a high sugar bar or a gel on the way to the starting line. Instant energy without a weighed-down feeling. Some of my go to picks are Clif Shots聽BLOKS, GU Energy Gels, Honey Stinger Waffles, and Vega Protein Snack Bars. {You can find more of my favorites here – Best Vegan Protein Bars}

Hydration – So I’m a bit of a freak in this regard. As I said above, I don’t eat before a race, but I also don’t drink any water. I pre-hydrate in the days before the race and then after the race I’ll pump myself with electrolytes using Nuun Hydration tablets.

Do YOU have any race day essentials?

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C3Fit Compression Apparel Giveaway

I’m excited to be back with a new compression apparel giveaway for all of my active living readers out there. Read on to see exactly what I’m giving away and how you can enter to win!

The BrandC3Fit

C3Fit is a Japanese sports apparel brand that is tackling the high performance compression apparel market internationally.聽They focus on running, sports, and providing support for the healthy lifestyle that many athletes live.

Compression Apparel – My Experience

I’ve heard, for years, about the benefits of these types of sleeves, and have always wanted to give them a try. I recently wore calf sleeves and arch support socks for the San Francisco Half Marathon at the end of July and was pretty thrilled with the results.

You can read more about my thoughts on them hereActivewear & Fitness Accessories.

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Giveaway – The Details

This give away will be starting on聽Wednesday, September 6th and ending on Friday, September 15th. What could you win?

  • The Inspiration Compression Calf Sleeves – Black
  • Arch Support Short Socks – Black

There are multiple ways to enter – So check out all the options below!

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Be sure to check out the C3Fit Instagram account and website!

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