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Workouts Lately

Helllllo. I have part two of my second unit test in Anatomy tonight, but then home free for a few days of spring break! Can’t wait, because that also means my Seattle trip is around the corner.

Anyways, I thought today we could talk about working out. My workouts lately are looking drastically different than when I was training for the SD Half Marathon, as in, zero running. No seriously… zero. Instead, my sweat life has been heavy on the Pure Barre.

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During half training and even before, I was only going 2 times max a week; lately, it’s been more like 4 times a week. It’s just so fun for me, and the one hour that is cleanly away form my computer and cell phone (aka email access) is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

I know i’ve raved before, but it’s just a positive, encouraging environment and community, and I adore all components of the workout (especially the music mixes). Sure, sometimes you’ll find a teacher that’s not as good (and to me, that means not pushing me as hard or making sure I’m doing the move correctly), but overall I’ve had a great experience, and that includes the Pure Barre studio I just started using this month, here in Orange County.

I should write a post on barre’s effects on my body, but I can honestly say i’m still astounded at how effective of a workout it actually is. And I say that from the perspective of a person who eats a lot (LOT) despite being a petite munchkin, and more so when I’m stressing, like now.

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I’ve also been getting in 1-2 Body Pump classes a week!

Gaaaah, I seriously LOVE Pump, and getting stronger is a big, honkin’ goal of mine for this year. I otherwise hate group gym classes (other than spinning), but this is one of those classes that I have found almost all of the teachers I have had given an equally effective, hard workout (I assume it’s because of the set choreography/training). I would go even more, but the schedule at my gym is not as conducive with my work hours as barre is, unfortunately. I mean seriously, a 9am class? Who can go to that? I work from home, but even I can’t usually make it because of phone meetings.

I have also gotten in a little bit of yoga (not much), and just plain, ol’ random gym workouts on my own…… usually the massive step mill (SWEAT) or incline walking on the treadmill.

I promise I plan (and want) to run again, but truth be told, I have been in desperate need of new running shoes, and I literally had not had time to get to the running store to buy them til this past weekend (and they had to order them because my size wasn’t in stock!). I didn’t want to risk another stress fracture just like last year (ya know, that fibula stress fracture I had?) from running despite leg/feet pain, as I had on that last run (and I am attributing the pain to old shoes… could be wrong, but step one, right?). SO, hopefully, I’ll be back in action soon. Not that I’m training for anything new at the moment, but I want to keep my running endurance up, and plain ol’ because I do love running…..and I want to get my butt over to the Orangetheory Fitness here in Newport Beach!

And that’s that! Happy Tuesday, loves!

xo

 

What are your workouts looking like lately?

Review: ClassPass San Diego

It’s almost Christmas!

I’m traveling back to Las Vegas today to be with my family, and I can’t wait! Although it doesn’t really FEEL like Christmas (sunshine and 70s will do that to you), I’m definitely ready for a break and I’ve been really trying to get into the spirit. I even bought extra decorations for my apartment, just because it seemed like a good idea. And really, when are gold glitter bows a bad idea?

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Exactly.

Anyways, I wanted to share my experience this last month using ClassPass!

I’m always embarrassingly honest with you guys, and so I have to start this review with a disclaimer – I was out of town traveling for a huge chunk of my intro month with ClassPass, which meant I really didn’t get to utilize it for a full 30 days as was intended. That being said, I did use it for what I feel like is really its largest asset and main goal: providing an opportunity for fitness lovers in a given city to explore new studios and ways to get your sweat on.

As a reminder, for a monthly fee, you become a ClassPass member and can take unlimited classes per month at their participating studios (and only 3 classes per studio per month). 

I checked out studios I never even knew existed in San Diego, ranging from cycling to yoga to barre (yes, I cheated on my bff, Pure Barre). The majority of the studios listed on their San Diego map were outside of my neighborhood, and not even on my radar prior to my collaboration with ClassPass… and, quite frankly, studios I’d probably not had motivation to crash had I not had the added incentive of the class being free. 😉 Like Bird Rock Yoga in Pacific Beach.

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Um, this studio is so lovely, and so San Diego. Even though I wasn’t in love with my early flow class that I took, I wanted to move in. (Note: nothing against Bird Rock – this was solely because I like my yoga studios to be more heated than this particular class was.)

Anyways, for someone who loves being active, I found it incredibly exciting to see the plethora of workouts at my disposal. ClassPass was an awesome opportunity to break out of my daily exercise routine and spice things up. I now have a list of studios I want to visit (or revisit).

I am not buying a ClassPass membership for myself – at least not right now – but that’s only because I find the $99 per month is a bit too much since I’d want to be able to take more than 3 classes at Pure Barre per month, and I would still have my regular gym membership (particularly for when I travel outside of SD, which is often). BUT, if you want a chance to check out new studios in your city “safely” (i.e., for a cheaper rate than a full-time membership would be at each of the awesome studios!), or just to keep your workout routine fresh and fun, this is definitely a great option.

Okay, time to pack! (Mmm, smells like procrastination.)

xo

 

Have you tried ClassPass in your city? What’d you think?

Fabletics Activewear Review

Hi friends!

I hope your hump day’s off to a good start. First things first! I tried Barre3 yesterday and then RideOn SD {a spinning studio in Pacific Beach} this morning using ClassPass, and it’s been a fun change of pace from my normal workout routine. As for using ClassPass’s system – a breeze so far! I’ll be writing another post dedicated to my opinions on it after my one month trial is over.

Anyways, today I wanted to tell you guys about my recent Fabletics purchase! *


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I’d been seeing the ads everywhere, and since I’d been in the market for new leggings, thought I’d give Fabletics a shot. Their website is sort of weird, but the gist is that you can choose to either shop individual pieces, or buy complete outfits pre-designed by Fabletics stylists. You can also become a VIP member, which means you get to pay slashed prices on items and automatically get outfits delivered every month.

To be honest, I had pretty low expectations due to a poor experience with their customer service reps, and wasn’t sure how great the quality would be. Since they advertise a complete activewear outfit for just $25 when it’s your first purchase, i.e.,  leggings + shirt + possibly a sports bra, I figured it was worth the risk.

Here’s what I ordered:

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This was the “Brink” outfit, aka a pair of the Lima capris in mulberry, and the Norwalk tank in white and lime green.

My purchase arrived pretty quickly, and – surprisingly – fit perfectly. I’d read all the reviews on the items I ordered, and tried to choose my sizes accordingly. I’m very petite, though, so I was a little wary. I probably could have sized up one size for the shirt because the bra part was a little tight, but otherwise no issues! Upon first glance, I loved the colors of both pieces, and was instantly impressed with the quality. The leggings felt thick with the right amount of compression, and the shirt seemed like a typical workout shirt I’d buy elsewhere, with an added airy quality due to the partially mesh material. I am a big fan of these types of workout tops in general — with the fitted sports bra and blousey lower half.

I tested out the outfit first in a  cardio barre class, and then on another day for sweaty sprint intervals and a stairmaster workout at the gym.

The entire outfit was perfect for barre, and held up against lots of squatting, leg-lifting, and arm raises. The capris didn’t feel too tight in the waist or end up loosing up (always a legging pet peeve on workouts), and the tight stretch stayed put.

As for the clothes’ performance on the second day during a gym workout?  Well, the capris survived again without a hitch, but the shirt sort of stretched out  during my run. It has a cinch tie, which didn’t seem to hold up when running at a fast pace. I will probably reserve it for yoga and barre classes.

These leggings are definitely not see-through (hallelujah), and the color is so vibrant they make me smile just looking at them! One flaw, though: sweat is definitely visible on this particular color leggings…. and by sweat, I mean in spots on your lower half you probably don’t want people staring at while you’re sprinting….or, um, ever. 😉

Bottom line: I was really satisfied with my purchase! The jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll order from Fabletics again, but the clothes were definitely cute and efficient enough to warrant it — especially for the discounted VIP prices.

And now it’s time to get to work! Have a great Wednesday!

 

Anyone else tried Fabletics yet? What’d you think?

 

*FYI, this review is completely my own – I have zero connection to Fabletics other that being a new consumer.

ClassPass San Diego

Hello, hello!

I hope your Tuesday’s off to a great start! I wanted to share some fun news for all my fellow San Diegans. Have you heard of ClassPass? I hadn’t until recently, so don’t worry if you have no idea what I’m talking about. 😉

ClassPass is a relatively new start-up that’s designed to help fitness lovers diversify their sweating routines, providing an opportunity to take fitness classes at studios around their city (as well as at other participating cities). Members have a chance to take unlimited fitness classes each month for one fee ($99 per month).

The lovely folks at ClassPass recently reached out to me to help celebrate the launch of Class Pass here in San Diego, which was yesterday.

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I was, of course, delighted, because as you guys know, I adore being active in a big way, and have found a new joy in fitness classes since moving here over a year ago (hello, Pure Barre). They’ve generously offered me a one month free membership to test the system out, and share my experience with you guys! Sweet deal, right?

SD is joining a great list of cities already spreading ClassPass love: LA, NYC, Washington, D.C. (<–right after I moved!), Boston, Chicago, and Seattle. 

There’s a TON of participating studios already, and I kind of freaked out looking at the list. You can find a map here of all the participants.

My ClassPass membership started today, so I’m ready to dive in and expand my sweatastic horizons. I have plans to take a Barre3 class later today and am stoked! Since I’m a Pure Barre loyalist with an active class package, I’ve been hesitant to branch out and try other barre studios in the area, but have always been curious how they compare. (Stay tuned as I will likely do a barre studio comparison post soon….).

I’m very much a creature of habit, including where my workouts are concerned. This is mainly because of tight work schedules, parking convenience, and a disinterest in blowing up my budget on multiple fitness class memberships. Regarding the latter, I have a gym membership and a Pure Barre package and (until recently) have been in race training mode/running outside, and therefore it’s seemed sort of irresponsible to me to spend more $$ on additional exercise studios. I consider my health to be invaluable,  but when one class is usually around the $20 price point – and higher – for most local fitness studios, I just can’t justify that, you know? That makes ClassPass pretty enticing to me, particularly since I’ve been interested in learning what other fitness studios exist here in SD and stepping outside my {fitness} comfort zone.

If you’re interested in signing up for ClassPass, check out their website! Heck, you can join me for some classes over the next month even. 🙂 FYI, although you can take an unlimited number of classes per month, you have a maximum of three classes per studio per month.

I’ll be sure to let you guys know how my experience goes!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Happy Halloweenie

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I showed up this morning at my usual Friday Body Pump class, and the teacher was dressed as a Starbucks frappuccino. I want to be her best friend.  Total proof that fitness can be fun (and festive…).

She had a hat with a straw on, til it got in the way of her clean and presses. 😉

 

Have a happy and healthy Halloween friends! If you haven’t already, go get your sweat on before it’s candy eating time. Now to find my zebra leggings…..

 

 

Are you dressing up or staying in tonight? I’m still TBD on a costume….

 

 

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