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#BeFreeToMove | Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra Launch

I’ve brought up the important of sports bras in the past – Let’s Talk About Sports Bras – And I’m back today to talk about Lululemon’s new Enlite Sports Bra.

I’m a huge fan of Lululemon and of Barry’s Bootcamp, and was thrilled to hear that they were teaming up in the Marina for a little get together to launch the newest brainchild of Lulu – Their years-in-the-making Enlite Sporta Bra.

And what’s the best way to try out a new sports bra? By getting your booty kicked! Enter Barry’s Bootcamp badass Erica who led us all in an intense, sweaty warrior women workout at their Marina location.

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Be Free To Move Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Workout Gear Gym Barry's Bootcamp Warrior Women

Be Free To Move Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Workout Gear Gym Barry's Bootcamp Warrior Women

{Yes – I’m vein-y. No – I don’t know why I’m smiling while getting my booty kicked!}

Enlight Sports Bra c/o Lululemon

Fast & Free 7/8 Tights c/o Lululemon

Swiftly Tech Racerback Tank Top c/o Lululemon

Wave Inspire 11 Tennis Shoes – Mizuno

I look for different things in different types of sports bras. For running – I want everything strapped down and basically immobile. It’s rarely pretty, but it gets the job done.

For classes and circuit training workouts, my needs are a little different. Comfort is important, and I’ll never turn away something flattering.

Let’s be honest – A little confidence boosting is hardly ever unwanted in the gym!

So this is where we turn to the Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra. It fits like a bra with a flattering silhouette and eye-catching cross-over straps in the back, but it supports like a medium-to-high impact sports bra.

It’s the best of both worlds!

What’s YOUR favorite brand of sports bra? What makes it the best in your mind?

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2017 Fitness Adventures: Love Story Yoga

After starting an ambitious new project last year called 2016 Fitness Adventures with fellow Bay Area healthy living blogger Jill from Champagne for Everyday, I’m thrilled to say that we’re back at it!

Welcome to the first post of our 2017 Fitness Adventures!

Today I’m here to share my thoughts on the new Love Story Yoga studio in the Mission. The studio was co-founded by Lululemon Global Yoga Ambassador Stephanie Snyder and is more than just a yoga studio – It’s a hub for San Francisco’s yoga community with classes, teacher training, events, and workshops.

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The Low Down:

I headed over to the studio on a Sunday morning – It’s on Valencia and 16th, a block from the 16th Street Mission BART station, and a ~30 minute fast walk from my new South Beach pad.

The studio itself is really spacious {especially for San Francisco!} with two floors of bright, loft-like space and a warm, welcoming seating area when you enter.

There’s also a changing area with lockers and showers downstairs for getting ready for class or cleaning up afterwards.

Thoughts:

I took the Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2 and it was just what I needed – Restorative and uplifting. The studio is heated just enough for a good sweat without being overpowering, and the instructor was sweet, helpful, and easy to follow. They offer various level classes, as well as teacher training, so you can find the one that’s a good fit for you.

I was two weeks out from a race and sore from running and cross training – The class offered the perfect amount of stretching and relaxing. I felt empowered and ready to tackle the day when I finished!

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Recommendations:

While I haven’t given all the classes a try yet, I found the Level 1/2 Vinyasa Flow to be exactly what I needed. It was restorative for my body and the perfect mental escape to start off the day. The studio is easy to get to and welcoming, and you can rent mats and towels if you don’t feel like bringing anything with you or if you’re popping in after work.

Definitely a Must Try if you’re a Bay Area yoga lover!

Miss out on our 2016 Adventures? Check them out below:

What’s YOUR favorite Bay Area yoga studio? Any classes I should try?

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Workout Gear Spotlight: Lululemon Athletica

I’m a long-time Lululemon Athletica devotee. After discovering their killer capri-length leggings years ago I’ve kept a pair or two in my workout rotation. So when the fabulous ladies of the Grant Street location reached out and asked if I’d be interested in coming in to try on some of their new goodies I jumped at the chance!

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Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew – Lululemon

Rebel Runner Vest – Lululemon

Run Inspire Crop – Lululemon

Shoes – Brooks PureFlow

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{Check out more photos here}

Lululemon Athletica San Francisco Fashion Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Workout Street Style

{Photography by Lexie of The Elle Tee}

We pulled a handful of pieces from the yoga and running collections that Lulu put out for Fall and I immediately fell in love with everything. When I choose workout gear it has a very specific purpose – It needs to keep up with me! I want to throw something on and not think about it again for an hour – It needs to move, feel great, and stay put.

Lulu has consistently lived up to those requirements and I wasn’t disappointed by these black & white pieces from the running collection. They have tons of fun prints and colors this season, but I found myself really liking the clean lines of these minimal pieces.

Do YOU have a favorite workout gear brand?

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Gym Goddess – Part III

Welcome to week III of the How to Become a Gym Goddess series (if you need to catch up, here are Week 1 and Week 2).

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Note: Check with a doctor before beginning a few fitness routine to avoid injuries.

 

Day 1:

15 minutes of intervals on the elliptical (30 seconds as fast as you can, 1 minute 30 seconds at a fast but manageable pace, repeat for 15 minutes)

100 walking lunges (each knee touching the ground is 1 – try to keep moving for the whole 100 even if you do have to slow down)

20 burpees as quickly as possible (How To – Do level II or III if possible, there are also other variations on burpees that we’ll try later one)

3 x 20 mountain climbers

Stretching

Day 2: CORE!!!

1o minutes of cardio, any machine, moderate pace

5 rounds of:

  • 1 minute plank
  • 30 frog crunchies
  • 30 squat jumps (bend knees, touch ground, jump up, clap at top, repeat)
  • 30 leg lifts
  • Row 100 meters as fast as possible

* Rest for under 1 minute between each round

10 minutes of cardio – Warm down

Stretching

Day 3: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) – Pick a machine and go-go-go

5 minute warm up

  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed
  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed

Repeat for 15 minutes of intervals

Switch machines and repeat for an additional 15 minutes

5 minute cool down (i.e. walking on a treadmill etc)

(Same) Weekend Mini Workout:

To be completed at any point Saturday or Sunday (***Bonus points if you get a workout buddy to join you and race!)

Sprint the length of the street, walk back to your starting point, 5 burpees (how to) – Repeat 10x

Starting w/ your feet together, jump as far as you can & repeat for the length of the street. To the end of the street and back to your starting point = 1, complete 5x

Results: This week wasn’t about change, it was about creating a consistent fitness routine and really trying to make time a couple of days a week to go to the gym even when you’re tired and/or busy. Squeezing in just a small workout can improve your mood and productivity, which is especially important as the holiday season is starting to gear up and your schedule will get more and more hectic.

How do you stay motivated for your workouts? Any tips that always work for you? I like to workout first thing in the morning because in addition to giving my metabolism a little burst, it sets a healthy tone for the day and encourages me to stay on track. I also have to have a great playlist to keep my workouts upbeat. My brother got me the Nano for Christmas last year which is great because it has a clip and it holds such a small number of songs that I update it at least once a week. As for long-term goals, I’ve found that it’s all about giving myself something to look forward to. Like, say, a weekend trip to the Lululemon on Union Square.  (Rachel agrees, clearly) Not only do the promise of Lulu’s keep me going, once I have them I’m doubly motivated to hit the gym because I can’t wait to show them off!

As your workouts are progressing and you’re beginning to feel (and see!) results, you should start thinking about your recovery time. We’ve talked about stretching and rest days to help you stay loose and prepare for your next workout, but your choice of foods immediately before and after a workout can also affect your performance (as, obviously, your food throughout the day can affect your fitness goals in general). Shape shares their tips here, Women’s Health shares their top fitness food picks here and fitness guru to the stars David Kirsch shares his post-workout recovery smoothie here. And if this topic interests you and you’re heading to a book store, definitely pick up any of Brendan Brazier’s Thrive books which discuss this in-depth.

Stay tuned for Week IV!

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