|April 23, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Motivation, Workout|
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Propel. I was compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.
Recently, Propel asked us to share the best ways to stay fit locally. I think it’s such a cool idea, because between the five ambassadors, you’re going to see a wide range of workouts and locations.
Two weeks ago, I bit the bullet and tried a new fitness class with my friend Aubrie. I don’t know why I put it off, because it’s held at my favorite studio.
Oxygen Fitness is owned by great people, includes a wide-range of classes taught by amazing instructors, and is seriously the prettiest little gym you’ve ever seen. Any gym that appreciates the fine art of chalkboard design is a gym I will gladly stand behind. But, seriously, though. Take any old quote and put it in rainbow chalk, and boom, you’ve got my attention.
We arrived at the gym a few minutes early, mainly because we timed our drive terribly. But it worked out because we got a few pointers before class. I love it when instructors care enough to put in that kind of effort.
I mean, I’m going to fumble around no matter what but I guess every little bit of practice helps. That face. Wow.
The class we took was basically a high-intensity total-body circuit workout. While the moves might change from class to class, the concept is always the same.
The class lasts approximately thirty minutes, including a “practice” round to get a feel for the day’s workout.
The group is split into four groups, who then rotate around the stations in the room.
The amount of time spent in each station is determined by how long the rowers take to complete their specific distances, usually between 100 and 400 meters.
The stations include: rowing, legs, core, and arms.
Rowing: Those machines look so innocent but they are so brutal. I’ve only used legit rowing machines a handful of times, and I always forget how hard it is when you do it correctly.
Legs: We did unstable squats with weights for this portion of the circuit. You had to jump up on the ball, squat and press twice, and jump off. It was so much harder than it seemed, because getting your initial footing right was key.
Core: To work our abs, we used the straps for tucks and pikes. When you got tired, you could just hold a plank until the rower completed his or her distance. Tough stuff.
Arms: The final station included t-pushups and shoulder presses. Again, it seemed easy at first but by the time you were on the second round it became my worst nightmare. I have got to work on my push ups, for sure.
When time was called for the last round, I was beat. The class took less than thirty minutes, but it was definitely time well spent. Hi, floor. Let’s hug it out. And, PS, this is the exact moment I realized I needed to rehydrate immediately. There may or may not have been a sweat angel on the floor when I got up.
Luckily for me, I always have Propel on hand. If you haven’t grabbed a few of the liquid water enhancers, you really should. I keep one in my gym bag for emergencies. The gym has ice water, so I had my Propel. Perfect.
Anyway, the class was such a great mix of cardio and strength, which means it’s perfect for people trying to squeeze in a tough workout in a short amount of time. One of the best aspects of it, though, is the mix of teamwork and competition. Since no one can leave each station until the last rower finishes, it really motivates you to row well. No slacking off or you’re basically torturing everyone else by making them work longer. You’re also racing the other rowers, so you want to win anyway. I love how much energy and excitement that creates, you know? I can’t wait to take this class again.
Tonight, though, I’m heading to the gym for a similar class. It’s still has stations, but there is no racing involved. I’m not on my A-game today (no coffee!!), so I’m pretty happy there’s no competition aspect. See y’all later!
What’s the best way to stay fit in your area? Why do YOU love it? 4/23 at 9PM Eastern time, @FitFluential and @Propel_Water are hosting a Twitter chat on outdoor and hometown workouts. One randomly selected participant will *win a GoPro Camera*! Those things are seriously awesome. To join the chat, follow the hashtag #PropelFit. Remember to share all of your #PropelFit moments on the hashtag every day, though!
|April 11, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Workout|
Hey y’all! Ready for some not-so-exciting news? Tomorrow is my birthday! The older I get, the more I realize that I’m the only one who actually cares about that. In honor of my ever-increasing age, I thought I’d pop in with a mostly fun/ridiculous birthday-themed workout.
If you’re like me, you just want to party and eat cake. What? It’s true. If I work out on or near my actual birthday, you can bet I want to get it over with quickly. Some people run their ages in miles and some people throw parties at their favorite fitness class. I do burpees and call it a day. To each his own, right?
There you have it. The only workout I’ll be completing from now until Sunday, I’m sure. See y’all later. Hope you have a great weekend!
Question: Do you/would you work out on your birthday? I do if I have some spare time. If not, I don’t even give it a second thought!
|April 9, 2014||Posted by Presley under Life, Workout|
I don’t think I mentioned this but I terminated my contract at my “big name” chain gym. Originally, I signed up for childcare reasons, but I ended up kind of hating it after a while. There were times where it seemed way too chaotic and unsupervised for me to feel safe leaving Maddux in there. When I quit, Ryne and I were both really excited to be saving some money.
But then I just signed up for another gym anyway. Oops. This time, though, I went back to an old favorite. It’s a small, locally-owned studio that offers amazing classes like Barre, Spin, Piloxing, TRX, and Shockwave.
The only one I hadn’t tried was Shockwave. Until yesterday. I ended up forcing my friend Aubrie to go with me, since I was somewhat petrified of what the circuit-style class would include.
It ended up being a lot of fun. Sweaty as all get out, but fun none-the-less. By the end of the class, we were pretty gross. Sweat angels for everyone!
Which is hilarious, because we made plans to go straight to dinner from the gym. A few baby wipes, squirts of liquid soap, and sprays of dry shampoo later, we ended up pulling off a miracle. We might have smelled, but at least we looked decent.
After we did our makeup and curled our hair in the tiny dressing room (<-quite entertaining), we headed to dinner at French Market Grill. We totally turned our day date into an all day affair.
For dinner, we both got the shrimp and feta salad after we shared an order of fries for an appetizers. Keeping it classy, y’all.
After dinner we made a few stops around different Augusta bars. I told you we were classin’ up the evening. Anyway, we were basically hoping to see some sort of athlete or celebrity in town for the Masters. We failed miserably.
However, we did meet an incredibly nice and generous man at a random Sunglass Hut tent. We were just chatting about teaching and working out, when he bought us each a pair of sunglasses. Seriously. He said that he was paying it forward because of all the hard work teachers put in for children like his. We told him that he definitely did not have to do anything like that for us, but he insisted. Mind blown.
We’re still kind of in shock over the whole thing. I have these beauties now, but it makes me feel a little bad since I didn’t buy them myself.
I guess that just means it’s my turn to complete a random act of kindness. I’ve done small gestures before but this makes me want to do something bigger. I know it’s just the thought that counts, but I feel like there’s something I could do beyond the little things. We shall see!
Question: Have you been the recipient/giver of a random act of kindness? Have any ideas on ways to pay it forward?
|April 3, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Vacation, Workout|
We arrived in Orlando around lunchtime, so we stopped at Tropical Smoothie Café to do a little toddler tricking. We ordered Maddux an Island Green smoothie with no sugar. He totally thought it was a special treat even though he basically ate a salad for lunch. Score. And, yes, he’s in his pajamas. We ball hard.
When we got to the hotel, Maddux took a nap and I took a break for a twenty minute workout. After sitting in the car last night and this morning, I wanted to actually move around for a minute or two.
It was harder than I thought it would be. I think I say that about every single workout, though. Whoops. Guess I don’t know my own (lack of) strength.
After everyone got cleaned up for dinner, we headed to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. We chose this restaurant for three reasons: 1.) I love musical theater stuff 2.) Maddux loves crowds and excitement and 3.) Ryne loves all you can eat dinners. How could we not eat there?
We made reservations sometime last week, so we just had to snag our tickets at the Fort Wilderness Resort before heading in. The show and food are both western-themed, with everything taking place in the Pioneer Hall. It was actually really cute.
Salads came out right away. The show started pretty soon after that. It was seriously the most adorable little show we could have hoped for.
The actual “feast” includes fried chicken, pork ribs, salad, baked beans, cornbread, and strawberry shortcake.
I wasn’t really in to much of that stuff. I mean, except the strawberry shortcake. Gimme all of that.
Anyway, they were really accommodating and brought me pasta primavera instead. I called ahead just to make sure, but it seemed like it wasn’t a huge deal to make some swaps.
Tickets also include unlimited beer, wine, and sangria. So, I guess your frontier party could get as wild as you wanted it to? Kidding. But I appreciate the gesture Disney.
While the food was good, the show was great. Maddux loved the music, dancing, and actors. Especially his mom, ‘cause she killed it. Yeah. I got to go on stage and dance. And then I even got to say a sweet pun about bears. It was legit and Maddux will never remember it. Oh well.
For $65 a person, I thought this whole thing was extremely reasonable and worthwhile. Kids under three are free, so that helps ease the sting. But really, we would definitely come back to this show in the future. But right now, it’s time to relax in the room and rest up for tomorrow. We’re going to the Magic Kingdom and I cannot freaking wait!