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Fitness Friday Spotlight: On Pointe Pilates

Pilates is one of my go-to workouts. Of everything I’ve tried over the years this is what has helped my back the most and what has shaped my body the best. And while Glow is my local yoga & Pilates studio, it’s always fun to try out a new class when the opportunity arises.

I was excited to put on my Lulu and head to the Marina for a seriously killer class at On Pointe Training. Started by a dancer, this class was the perfect combination of stretching, resistance training, and core work.

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The studio is nestled between restaurants and little shops on a low-key, tree-lined street in the Marina-Cow Hollow area of San Francisco. The space is newly remodeled and filled with shiny new equipment, smelling faintly of lavender.

And the mirrored wall along one side gives the narrow space additional depth and promotes the feeling of being in a ballet studio. A feeling, I for one, love!

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And of course a workout wouldn’t be complete without a tasty snack! On my walk home I munched on a California Suncake. These tasty little babies are nutrient dense and delicious, the perfect portable snack.

Tell me – Have YOU tried a Pilates reformer class?

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Workout Gear Spotlight: Ellie

This girl loves her gym time. And walks. And yoga. And Pilates. And… You get the picture!

And while my workout routines and my favorite exercises may change, one thing has always remained constant – I love cute workout gear.

Gym clothes are a great reward for meeting a goal {read: non-food}, not to mention I’ve found that new gear can actually inspire me to get to the gym!

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Namaste Leggings – Ellie

Pop Vixen Tank – Ellie

Sunglasses – Tommy Hilfiger

Monkey Socks – Forever 21

Running Shoes – Brooks

Personally, when I’m feeling blah or on the cusp of not going, getting a chance to throw on something new or really cute will tip me over the edge and get me to the gym.

Shallow? Maybe. Effective? Hell yeah!

At the end of 2013 I did a Fitness Friday series featuring some fabulous pieces from Lorna Jane that I’ve completely worn to death.

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At the Stylematic Runway Show earlier this year I was introduced to California-based fitness gear company Ellie and jumped at the chance to try out some of their fun pieces. They sent over these ruffled leggings and a white yoga tank and I couldn’t have been more thrilled with them both.

These leggings are everything that I look for in a pair of gym pants – They’re cute & flattering and they stay in place during a workout. I’ve already worn them for a weights session, hike, yoga, and Pilates – And they were a dream in all these settings.

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I’ve noticed these cute cut-out tanks at the yoga studio that I’ve been frequenting since January but hadn’t gotten a chance to go out and find one that I liked yet. Ellie to the rescue! I was worried that it might gap in weird places or show off my belly during bending movements but it actually has great coverage.

And bonus? It has a super comfortable and secure built-in sports bra. I’m picky about my sports bras so that’s really saying something for me.

What do YOU look for in Workout Gear?

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Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

Whether you’re watching the US Open or America’s Cup, a stylish spectator outfit is a must – US Open 2012 from Net-A-Porter.

Are you starting to prepare your wardrobe for Fall? A great skirt with tights & killer boots is always a fabulous option so check out WhoWhatWear’s suggestions for Fall 2012 – Market Watch: Fall Skirts.

One thing that I always look forward to when Fashion Month rolls around are the Garance Dore and Net-A-Porter Fashion Week video collaborations Pardon My French. She talks to fashion greats, reviews the collections, meets designers, interviews fashion insiders, and just generally gives you a great behind-the-scenes look at all of the Fashion Month madness.

You know how much I adore a versatile piece in my wardrobe – especially when it comes to packing for a trip. Refinery 29 clearly agrees – Oxford Shirt Styling Tips: 1 Oxford Shirt, 3 Easy Ways To Style It.

One of the fun Fall trends this year will be finding pieces that have your favorite artwork translated onto them – Whether you’re a fan of the Renaissance Masters or Graphic novels, there are pieces out there for everyone! This Time Tomorrow – Wearing Your Art On Your Sleeve.

Health/Fitness:

Don’t have time for a run? Not interested in the membership fees at your local gym? Why not head online to find the perfect workout for yourself – Fit Club: The Country’s Best Virtual Workouts.

Are you looking for some healthy meals to feed your family to ensure that they’re getting all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that they need? Here are some great recipes to try:

No matter how much time you spend in the kitchen familiarizing yourself with new tools – or re-familiarizing yourself with tools you haven’t used in a while – is an important part of staying on top of things so check out The Blissful Chef’s Cooking Tool of the Month Series.

Medicine and bosu balls are two of my favorite gym toys – If you use them right they can keep your workouts both challenging and fun. Don’t believe me? Check out FitSugar’s Don’t Let the Medicine Ball Intimidate You — 5 Easy Moves!

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