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Fitness Friday Spotlight: TRX

I’ve been hearing great things about TRX for a few years now – Clearly it wasn’t just a short-lived trend. In fact, I’d even walked past a giant TRX gym and watched with wide eyes as the participants bungeed their way through a workout hanging from brightly colored suspension cords.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I discovered that my local Bodyfi gym had a TRX class and eagerly signed up with absolutely no idea what I was in for. What can I say? I live on the edge! ūüôā

The class was a combination of floor work and suspension moves, including everything from lunges and squats to rows and chest press to v-ups and burpees. It was fast-paced, intense, and a serious, sweat-drenching workout.

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I’m hooked and here’s why…

  • It’s a 30 minute class offered at various times throughout the week. That means I can squeeze it in when I don’t have time for a full hour of yoga or Pilates but still want to get my sweat on.
  • You feel like you did a serious workout when you’re done. I LOVE that feeling. Give me a sweaty, endorphin pumping workout afterglow and I’m a happy girl.
  • The instructor at BodyFi is great – Funny, enthusiastic, and bouncing/dancing/jumping around through the workout. He’s great at not only keeping you going, but¬†distracting you when the going gets rough.

TRX Studio: Financial District BodyFi

TRX¬†Fashion: It’s always good to wear comfortable clothes to workout in, but with TRX it’s even more important because if you’re hanging from a bungee cord you can’t adjust! My recommendation would be to wear something fitted that stays in place. I’ve been LIVING in my black & white Lorna Jane tank and Zella Capris. {These Zella workout leggings are killer and on sale – I highly recommend them!}

TRX¬†Fuel: When it comes to high-intensity workouts you don’t want to eat something immediately before or you run the risk of it not staying down. I’ve been enjoying a tasty protein pudding {Vegan ice cream + protein powder – Official recipe coming soon, promise!} or a green smoothie post-workout. They’re both refreshing, delicious ways to replenish your fluids and reward your body after a job well done.


{Images from Workout Motivation Pinterest Board}

Leave a comment below if you have any questions and be sure to stay tuned for my next installation of the Fitness Friday Spotlight! If you’re a fan of yoga check out Fitness Friday Spotlight: Yoga.

Have YOU tried TRX? What did you think?

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The Truth About Working Out

That’s an ominous title, no?

Today is all about reality checks and understanding what your goals should be if you want to feel your best.

Working out is great. I love it and can’t get enough. I’ll try anything and you’d do well not to stand between me and my endorphins. That being said… Your workout is just 20, 30, 60 minutes out of your day. If you want to feel – And look – Your best, you¬†NEED to pay attention to the other 23 hours of the day.

“You can’t outtrain a bad diet” is one of my favorite sayings. What’s great about it is that it makes you think – Getting through that killer workout is great, but rewarding yourself with a pizza isn’t the best option.

How you fuel your body and how you spend your day are vital to reaching your goals. Eating a clean diet filled with whole foods and limited consumption of processed “food,” sugar, and preservatives is key.

What else is important? Read on for my top tips on staying healthy while you’re NOT in the gym!

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[1.] Walking

Whether you’re running errands on foot, walking to and from your office, or going out¬†for an evening stroll with your pup – Make sure you spend some time on your feet each and every day. You’ll be amazed how much this will help your fitness goals – It clears your head and sets a healthy tone for the day.

After getting my FitBit last year I realized just how much walking I’m getting in each day – Usually between 3 and 5 miles daily during the week¬†and between 5-15 miles each day of the weekend.

[2.] Standing

Sitting down is causing a whole host of health problems¬†for our generation that have never before¬†existed. From sitting on the couch while watching TV to sitting at your desk all day to sitting in your car during your commute – Think about just how much time you’re spending in this position every day.

  • Try biking or walking to work instead. Too far? Try taking public transportation and walking to/from the station. Spend the least amount of time possible in your car!
  • Set reminders for yourself throughout the day to get up from your desk. Even better? Do some stretching or core awareness work throughout the day to loosen up your body.
  • Bonus points if you can trade in your traditional desk for¬†the standing variety. It can be a challenge to make the transition, but your body will thank you all day long!
  • Try stretching, rolling, or doing core work while you’re watching TV home. If I have a movie on there’s also a yoga mat out. Or resistance bands. Or a foam roller…
  • When your 2pm-3pm lull kicks in – Get outside!! Don’t reach for coffee. Don’t reach for sugar. Try getting in a walk or a workout around this time, or just go spend some time soaking up Vitamin D in a patch of sunshine. You’ll be amazed how much more clear-headed you are afterwards!

So tell me… What do YOU do when you’re not working out?

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Links You’ll Love: Healthy Living

This week’s Links You’ll Love round-up is all about healthy living – From fun fitness gadgets and killer workout gear to healthy recipes, workouts, and tips on staying fit!

Fitness Fashion:

Affordable Summer gym gear you’ll love – Summer’s Hottest Tank Tops Won’t Cost You More Than $25!

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Want to try a new fitness tracker but aren’t sure where to start? I’ve tried the FitBit Flex and the Misfit Shine. check out my review –¬†Fitness Gadget Review: The FitBit. And if you’re dying for a fashionable version, check out the GORGEOUS Tory Burch x FitBit collaboration here.

Interested in green, eco-friendly shopping tips? Check out Mind Body Green’s 5 Easy Ways To Make Ethical Choices When You Buy Clothes and get inspired.

Healthy Food & Nutrition:

Don’t think you have enough time to prepare healthy meals? Think again! Paleo Batch Cooking: How I Make 12+ Meals in 2 Hours from Empowered Sustenance will change your mind!

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Healthy, delicious snack bar ideas to try out – 13 DIY Clean Eating Energy & Protein Bars

Want to make healthier choice but aren’t sure where to start? Here are some tips from a doctor of functional medicine – Dr. Mark Hyman On Sugar & The Only Rules You Need To Eat Healthy.

Fitness & Workouts:

For the love of all that is holy – This workout is INSANE. Do it ASAP! 20 Minute Advanced Abs.

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Feel like you’re hitting a wall at the gym? You may find the answer here – Top 5 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn‚Äôt Working.

I’m always working on toning my arms and shoulders for Summer so if you’re like me you’ll LOVE these recommendations from BP Fingers – Upper Body Workouts.

What are YOUR favorite healthy living links?

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Fitness Friday Spotlight: Yoga

One of the most common requests that I get (usually via Instagram) is what’s my fitness routine. I like to be consistent but still give myself room to try new things and recover from especially brutal workouts. In a given week my workout routine includes walking (2-5 miles a day¬†Monday through Friday & 5-15 miles Saturday & Sunday), weight training, and extra activities like yoga, Pilates, and videos from Blogilates & Tone It Up!

So far, my favorite 2014 bucket list item is trying a new form of exercise each month. It’s forcing me to get creative, step outside my comfort zone, and actually try the things I’ve always wanted to do but never gotten around to.

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Since there’s so much interest in my fitness adventures I’m going to start sharing some of the new exercises I try during 2014 in a Fitness Friday Spotlight series.

Up first is my new and current love – Yoga!

Prior to 2014 I had tried yoga 4-5 times and never really been a fan. I’m a typical ADHD kid who can’t sit still and never cared much for being told to breath – Hello, if I didn’t breath, I’d die!

But when I stubbornly gave it another try in January, something just clicked. The right class, the right instructor, the right mindset. It all just came together.

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After months and months of a very intense work & freelance schedule, nonstop events, travel, and a great deal of stress РI think for the first time I really appreciated how valuable the practice was for getting me back to myself. Concentrating on my breathing stopped being an annoyance and started being a wonderful way to focus my energies and get out of my own head.

Now for the good parts – What I’m doing, where I’m going, what I’m wearing, and – Most importantly – What I’m eating!

Yoga Practice: I’m a Flow girl. I’ll take Vinyasa in a pinch, but prefer flow for now. Can’t wait to try Bikram!

Yoga Studio: I get my glow on at Glow Yoga SF¬†in North Beach. Luckily they also offer spin & Pilates classes, AND have a spa. It’s my little sanctuary.

Yoga Fashion: My two favorite workout gear brands are Lorna Jane and Zella, everything it flattering & fits to perfection. My biggest pet peeves when it comes to gym clothes is bunching or overexposure, I love that these brands fit real bodies and I LOVE that the Zella tanks are long and actually cover my torso.

Yoga Fuel: I get stomach cramps if I eat directly before working out so I try to give myself at least an hour between eating and a trip to the gym. Usually something combining protein, healthy fats & carbs like Energy Bites or a Smoothie. After a sweaty yoga session I’ll either have a salad with a¬† fat-rich dressing or if I’m in the mood for something sweet – Which is ALL THE TIME lately – I’ll have protein pudding. Stay tuned for my favorite recipe, a variation on vegan banana soft serve!

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Leave comments below if you have any questions and be sure to stay tuned for my next installation of the Fitness Friday Spotlight!

Do YOU Yoga?

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