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My Sweat Life

Whew. Never ever did I think I’d be writing about my “health and fitness” routine. But I want to answer a question I get asked online quite a bit…

WHAT DO YOU DO TO WORK OUT?

I work out 4-5x a week and everything I do is group-exercise based (gone are the days of being creative enough to configure my own gym routine!) It is, of course, important to note that what I share here has to do with ME, my body, my limitations and my genetics. I am 10000% not a health coach or certified fitness gal. Please consult professional before you jump into my routine, I am just sharing as a fitness-lover, not an expert!

photo by Ross Oscar Knight for lululemon

photo by Ross Oscar Knight for lululemon

SPIN!

HOW OFTEN?

Usually just the two times a week that I teach at BURN STUDIOS.

WHY?

  • I “found” spin after realizing that my knee couldn’t take the pounding that running demands.

  • I’m endorphin-crazed and spin hits the spot

  • I can lose myself in a dark room, even if I’m in front of 45+ people.

MYTH BUSTER

I hear often that spin “hurts the crotch” (eek!)

  • the crotch-pain goes away. For whatever reason, once you push through the discomfort of it a few times, you get to the other side. No matter how much time you spend away from the bike, once you get over the initial discomfort, it won’t be a problem when you get back in the saddle. It’s weird. But true.

Spin is boring

  • honestly, YEAH, SPIN IS SO BORING if your instructor is boring or you aren’t jamming to your favorite tunes. Find yourself an instructor who you absolutely sync with in terms of musicality and your class will undoubtedly FLY by.

 

MEGA-REFORMER

[ solidcore ] + third eye tribe lagree

HOW OFTEN?

One to two times per week, depending on what else I’m doing!

WHY?

Because of my lax, hyper-mobile joints, it is not ideal for me to do too many lengthening work outs (yes, like yoga.) Mega-reformer work outs are perfect for me because my joints remain stabilized on the machine. The machine demands that you engage tiny muscle groups that I don’t hit in other work outs (inner thighs? so hard to hit and they getbusted UP in these classes!!!)

MYTH BUSTER

I would die in a mega-reformer class.

  • these classes are HARD and you will be sore. #facts But everything is modifiable.

I would fall off the machine.

  • actually, there are poles to use so that you do not, in fact, fall off of the machines if balance isn’t your forté (yet)

here’s an example…

barre classes

barre3

HOW OFTEN?

Two-three times a week depending on what else I’ve got going on.

WHY?

  • for 100% mental clarity

  • perfect for “detox” days when I don’t want to go as hard as spin.

  • slow twitch burn

MYTH BUSTER

barre classes are boring and easy

  • UNDERSTAND… but not all barre classes are created equally.

I will literally only take barre classes at barre 3! The barre 3 method combines breathing techniques, pilates, yoga, meditation, light free weights and a little aerobics. I am never bored and always refreshed.

photo by Lindsey Hitskeys

photo by Lindsey Hitskeys

heavier-ish-lifting & bootcamps

The Forum Athletic Club | fast twitch
Finish Strong Boot Camp | Myrtle Beach, SC

HOW OFTEN?

A handful of times per month // whenever I’m in Myrtle Beach to experience FSB greatness!

WHY?

  • I love the burn of my muscles breaking down under pressure (is that how I’m supposed to say it?)

  • the camaraderie (if I’m being honest) and

  • the exhilaration of picking up heavy things and putting them down… see how scientific I am?

MYTH BUSTER

“I might hurt myself.”

  • Not a myth. Be careful. Heavy lifting is tricky business.