Welp January is allllmost here and that means this is the last Fit Friday of 2016! Wow, this year has really flown by. Lucky for us, Austin got some sweet new workout studios that will have us riding our way to a healthier 2017. I got the chance to check out Soul Cycle Domain earlier this year and love that we get a piece of the NYC craze down here in ATX. I am even more excited that they are opening a location in downtown Austin that is a bit closer to where I live. In the meantime, the Domain location has tons to offer like being right next to Whole Foods, Flower Child and not to mention parking. If you’re looking for a way to mix up your workouts this coming year, Soul Cycle Austin is just what ya need!
Happy day after Thanksgiving! I hope you are all feeling stuffed with love and gratefulness. This is absolutely my most favorite time of year. I am a total sucker for everything holiday. And yes, that totally includes crazy holiday treats, meals and drinks. And lights, and decorations and yes my Christmas tree went up before Thanksgiving this year! (Thanks BMW!) But most of all this season, I am trying to take little time keep up with my workouts, be more purposeful about what I put in my body and give myself a little time to meditate, pray and be intentional with my days.
Since it’s Fit Friday I thought giving us all a little reminder about the wonderful benefits of yoga would be helpful during this stressful (and fun too!) holiday season. A big thanks to my friend Jessica Fajans for being our Fit Friday this month! She teaches at CorePower Yoga here in Austin and we’ll dive into all her favorite things!
PS- major shoutout to my friend Jessica Johnson for providing all the gorgeous photography today! Check out her work @jessijoh if you’re looking for a photographer in Austin.
I can’t believe it is almost November! Seriously, this year has been flying by. And despite some of my best efforts, fitness hasn’t made the top of the list. Luckily, between all my travels I was able to sneak a few classes at The Barre Code in Austin on South Lamar! Different than a traditional classes, it’s more high-intensity and getting that cardio and toning all in one. Plus, Cami, the owner, is like the nicest person ever! You’ll want to go back just to hang out with her. And there’s a whole parking lot on-site, so parking is never a problem when you’re trying to squeeze a workout into your hectic schedule, whew. Now I am going to kick it over to Cami Kirschner, Owner + Master Trainer of The Barre Code Austin to give us a background on her passion for barre and her fav eats in town!
I know this is supposed to be a fitness post and all buuuut I had to share at least one rosé pic this summer! And I want to tell you about what one of my favorite fitness studios is up to this summer! Crush Fitness is a serious workout and one the I have totally fallen in love with over the past year. I love it because you really get your sweat on and it pushes me to run, like actually run and run fast haha, which I never do when I am “jogging” ummm make that walking mostly haha on my own. I’ve brought several of my friends and BMW and they all love it too!
This summer Crush Fitness is teaming up with Bumble BFF to put on some seriously sweet events! I was lucky enough to attend the kick off event at Juliet last month and I even won some amazing gear from Lululemon! They aren’t kidding around with how great these events are. Basically, they are making it super easy to get your sweat on with your gal pals and then enjoy some treats for all your hard work.
Come hang out with us! But seriously.
Fit Fridays is back just in time for summer y’all! If you’re feeling the need to move a little bit more, stretch a little bit deeper and keep the good vibes flowin’, I’ll be posting some of my favorite spots to get your sweat on! This month I’m bringing you a favorite class of mine, the hammock class from DEFINE Body & Mind. I mean after seeing the photos I couldn’t help but want to try it!
Good morning and happy Friday friends! This week has been a bit of a doozey I must say. Like those strings of days that seem to creep by in the moment yet you find yourself being like hey where did the week go!?! Yes, that. I hope I am not the only one who this happens to! I’ve been trying to keep up with my workouts, squeeze in healthy meals, drink lots of water and still be social. It’s tough for a girl out there! Not really, haha. I feel super fortunate to be a part of a food community that supports each other and makes lots of time to get together and share good food. Seriously, so thankful. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without all you beautiful folks. So thank YOU!
This month for Fit Fridays I visited Dancers Shape, a barre, yoga and pilates studio on Burnet in Austin. It was such a great workout! Really fast paced for a barre class I thought too. Best thing about the studio? Lots of parking! Which made it super easy to jump into the class when I was fighting traffic on my way there. Jennifer the owner taught the class I went to and it was great! She has such a wonderful energy and her smile will put you at ease even if you’re trying to lift your leg in a totally awkward position and keep shaking and thinking that this might fall somewhere between torture and WTF was I thinking. Kidding! Well about the tourture part, not about Jennifer being awesome. Afterwards she gave me a little walk through the studio. They have tons of different classes throughout the week, the most interesting of which I thought was the foam roller class! How cool is that? I didn’t even know that was a thing! I totally want to go back a try it once I can walk straight again, ha!
This week has been all about the burger challenge, but earlier this month before I ate my weight in burgers, I prepped by visiting Crush Fitness. Which is a pretty intense workout but just what I needed to kick me into gear! Crush Fitness combines running and bench work into a 55 minute super high energy and calorie burning class. It pretty much reminded me of the kind of workout I would get if I hired a personal trainer but in a group setting. You start either on the floor or on a treadmill and switch between stations during the classes, maximizing your time. And these aren’t any treadmills but special Woodway Treadmills that do all sorts of great things like make you push them with your own body weight.
Kinda crazy I know, but I walked out of there feeling really good! My trainer during the class was J.D. and he was great. He took the time to help each person in the class and even pushed me to run faster. Just the right amount of pushing, not too much, but in an encouraging way. I definitely got my sweat on! I even ran into our old friend Lauren Pou, remember the Boston Marathon runner, and she was trying out her first class! I think this class is great for any level. I told my boyfriend about it and he think it sounds great! It’s nice that we can work out together but he can run faster and use more weights than me. I even included a little picture of me below to prove that I actually completed the class!
Good morning! We’ve made it through another week and a really long hot month! That means it’s time for July’s Fit Friday! This time I am introducing you to my lovely and wonderful friend Amanda McArthur, and yes, she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She epitomizes the delicate balance of fitness, health and style. Seriously, I find myself thinking somedays when I am getting ready in the morning, “would Amanda wear this?” She is always in tune with the newest fitness classes and is someone that can make taking a walk or jog in the Texas summer heat as enjoyable as a snocone. Ok maybe thats a stretch, but you know what I mean!
Y’all loved Fit Fridays so much that I decided to bring it back once a month! Thanks for that support! I am so excited about this month’s trainer, Richie Griffin from FitnessTrainer.com. I somehow convinced my friend Claire to go to a crossfit workout with me. See picture below of us dying, haha. Richie was so nice and made us feel comfortable even at a super intense cross fit gym, which neither of us go to frequently. Hello! The first at a new gym can be totally intimidating, so it great to have him meet us there. Richie, like a whole bunch of other trainers, can be found on trainer.com. From their website you can access everything from yoga instructors to cross fit and filter through based on your location, availability and budget. It’s perfect if you can’t keep a normal schedule (e.g., me!) or just want to try different workouts before committing to anything!
You guys! I am so, so excited about today’s Fit Friday! One of my good friends Lauren Pou let me interview her today about her mad running skills. She is truly a champ, the girl killed it at the Boston Marathon last year and she is someone who truly inspires me to be more fit every day. Lauren and I met through mutual friends a few years ago and immediately hit it off. She loves to cook and at our group potluck I would always be like “Ohhhh that looks delicious, who brought that?!” and more often then not it would be Lauren’s! During a road trip last year I talked her ear off about when is the best time to work out and what should I eat to get the most out of it and on and on the questions went. Lauren is not only a wealth of knowledge when it comes that stuff but she is also extremely patient and just the kindest, sweetest person in such a refreshingly genuine way. Literally, cannot say enough great things about this lady. Plus, she spends her days working as a coach at a pre-diabetes clinic, where she helps those who are at-risk for diabetes learn about healthy eating and fitness. Like I said, she’s a real gem. Now I am going to kick it over to Lauren to get the scoop about running!
Fit Fridays continues this month with my friend Carly! And I say friend and really mean it. We had one those we met once and were instantly besties things. We’ve spent many a night drinking a little bit too much wine and eating great food at our neighborhood favorites Henri’s and Winebelly. Besides boyfriends and travel and new apartments, we talk about keeping it all balanced. We both love cooking and eating great food, and working out! I had been to RIDE, a spin studio downtown, before I met Carly but started going even more after I found out she was teaching there. The classes are so energetic and really make you sweat it out, which I love. I took my boyfriend and he instantly loved it and now sometimes we schedule our weekend plans around Carly’s classes! Without further ado, here is my chat with Carly!