Question to think about: WHY do we blog? I really got to reflecting on this today
|Teaching TRX at Studio ME!|
|Showing the Shaka while biking Ironman 70.3 Miami!|
|Teaching TRX at Studio ME!|
|Showing the Shaka while biking Ironman 70.3 Miami!|
Last week I had the chance to check out a new studio – The Aviary Aerial Fitness in Northeast Minneapolis. What a fun and unique fitness concept – right?!
The equipment used is an aerial silk or yoga hammock. It is super lightweight but definitely strong enough to hold your whole body!
6:30 AM wake-up call in my aerial hammock!
Enjoy a few perks that aerial workouts provide:
They were offering free classes before their grand opening so I squeezed in two Fit Fly (Level 1) classes – one with Megan and one with Emilie. I love that fact that each instructor has a different background and approach to the type of aerial class that they teach. This allows you to try out different formats to see what you prefer.
Megan incorporated a lot of fitness moves including more TRX-based exercises. I was obviously biased towards this format as I am certified in TRX and love teaching it!
|My fav aerial pose – Chandelier!|
|Group Fitness Fun!|
Emilie did fitness moves as well the class was just a bit hard on my left wrist as I have carpal tunnel (wah wah). A few modifications would have been nice in order to complete more moves.
|Upside down aerial trio!|
|Such a amazing stretch!|
There are a few types of aerial classes to try as well. Variety is the spice of life!
|Types of Aerial Classes at The Aviary|
I would definitely recommend this studio and type of workout to anyone at any level. I felt very comfortable as a newbie to aerial and it was honestly super fun!
What new workouts have you tried lately? What have you done out of your comfort zone? Would LOVE to hear from you!
It’s crazy to think I’ve already been teaching group fitness classes for over a year now. Time flies when you’re having fun right?!
|Love me some TRX!|
I started Life Time Academy in July 2014, which was an 8 week intense program to get you prepped to teach classes and sit for the ACE Exam. Little did I know the journey this would put me on! After completing CPR certification and passing the ACE Exam (somehow, someway) I was ready to get my feet wet!!
I want to thank the following studios for bringing me on-board throughout the year:
Studio ME Fitness (Oct 2014-Present)
What can I say – this amazing studio gave me my start. I will forever be grateful to owners Megan and Erin (ME) for taking a chance on me as a brand new instructor. I started teaching BOSU Triple Sweat and HIIT Fusion classes until I was certified in Indo-Row, Shockwave, then TRX.
I love this studio as the owners and other instructors rock, the members are amazing, the classes are exciting and different, the location is beautiful, it is small and down to earth…and we have a TON of fun!
|Ladies of Studio ME!|
|Ladies Sweat Session!|
|National High-Five Day!|
The SHED Fitness (May 2015-Present)
Absolutely love subbing at this exciting studio. There is so much equipment to play with for cardio class and of course I love teaching TRX as a total-body workout. I was so honored when one woman told me she was so excited when she saw my name on the sched. She mentioned she loves my class format and that I’m an awesome motivator. She also said she’d come to all of my classes even if I taught Monday AM. Made my morning (and year). This is the very reason why I do this. Inspiring others to live a healthy lifestyle. Follow your passions folks!!
|1st Time Teaching at The SHED!|
Third North Apartments (Jan 2015-Present
I teach BOSU, HIIT, and Circuit at my apartment, which is free for the residents. So much fun to get to know my neighbors who are interested in taking care of themselves. Pretty darn convenient too!
|Outdoor HIIT Class!|
Anytime Fitness (Dec 2014-Feb 2015)
I was a Personal Trainer and brought a group fitness class (Total Body Conditioning) to the location in Minnetonka. Although short-lived (could not keep up the 15 hour/week requirement with my full-time gig at 3M) it was an invaluable experience. I LOVED working one-on-one with clients as I got to know each person’s goals and could see their progress throughout the duration.
|On the WALL…So Proud!|
Throughout all of my fitness gigs throughout the past year, each one has solidified my decision to pursue this industry. I have found my niche teaching total-body workouts as I think it’s important to get it all done in a short amount of time. No sense wasting 2 hours at the gym. Get in. Work hard. Move on to your busy day!
I am my happiest self when I am pursuing my passions of health and fitness and truly believe my purpose is to help motivate people to reach their goals and live a healthy lifestyle. And with a smile on their faces of course
What is your “side passion”? What are you doing or pursuing in this area? If nothing – what holds you back?
Please comment – I’d love for this blog to be more interactive!
Excuses come in all shapes and forms and can impact every area of our lives. Relationships, career, personal goals.
If we let every excuse get to us we would never get anything done. I agree with Nike on this one…JUST DO IT.
When it comes to fitness, these are the top excuses I’ve heard.
Um, ok. Aren’t we all? Between work, sleep, and family alone there are not many extra hours in the day. It is all about prioritizing your values and
making creating the time to get those important tasks in.
Tip/Idea: Wake up a tiny bit earlier, MOVE on your lunch break and don’t remain sitting, get in a quick 20-30 minute workout right after work. Just do something. One idea is to jump rope for 5 minutes/day. I know you have 5 stinkin mins. I love my TKO Jump Rope. HELLOOO!
|Errrbody have time for a lil jump ropin!|
Again, we all are. Exercise can help rejuvenate you and give you that much needed boost of energy. Trust that you will feel a world of difference better if you are sluggish throughout the day.
Tip/Idea: Do 3 sets of 10 burpees. You will wake RIGHT UP!
I am all about vaca. But I am also all about not falling off the bandwagon too bad! When I went to Austin a few months ago for a bachelorette party I still squuuueezed in a 7 mile run. Every time I went to my cabin this summer I made sure to swim, run – or both!
Tip/Idea: Absolutely pack workout gear. That alone will keep you motivated to utilize precious packing space. Also getting the workout done first thing in the morning is a good idea. Starting my day out exercising makes me feel SO much better taking part in the fun to come
|Gettin in that morning workout on vaca|
This is so bogus. Yes, some memberships are expensive and participating in various sports and athletic events are not free. But there ARE numerous free or cheap options.
Tip/Idea: No gym membership or equipment? No problem. There are so many exercises that you can do solely with your own body weight. Check out my Pinterest boards Athletics and Group Fitness for some suggestions to get you started! Happy to provide more specific ideas too
Unpredictable and nothing you can do to change it. Cept a lil rain dance 😉
Tip/Idea: Be flexible. If the weather takes a turn for the worse than be open to an indoor workout. Half the battle is just GETTING to the gym. If you like biking an indoor trainer is a great option. Get in a good sweat while watching a lil boob tube. Talk about multi-tasking! Perfect!
|Indoor trainer is perfect when it’s raining|
|Indoor machines are always an option|
Too Outta Shape/Overweight/Self-Conscious
This one kills me. I have heard from so many people that they are “not in shape enough to workout”. This stems from being self-conscious at the gym or group fitness class and brings a tear to my eye. The reason to GO to these places is to get in shape – no one expects everyone to have perfect bodies BEFORE going to the gym/class. I do agree that some places are more intimidating than others but then just simply avoid them!
Tip/Idea: Many places offer free trials so try a few out and see where you are comfortable! You WILL find a place and routine that works for you! Grab a friend or trusting group to keep each other motivated. You can also work 1:1 with a personal trainer if you would like ideas for helpful workouts and don’t know where to start. Also – know that everyone was in your position at one point. I’ve been there
Too Much Time Off
It can be so easy to slip out of a healthy routine and it can be extremely daunting to start over. You remember how long it took for you to get to a certain peak and the thought of starting over at the bottom is overwhelming.
Tip/Idea: Just get started. NOW. Do not wait. Do not think. Just begin and you will thank yourself.
There are certain instances where you should truly take a break. If you have worked your butt off and can barely move then you should simply rest. Your body needs time to heel and recover. It is vital for your next big workout and to see progress.
It may seem obvious, but you are sick or injured – think about what you’re doing to your body. It is not worth the temporary race/game/competition to set yourself back long-term. I know from experience as I have run a half marathon on a sprained ankle. Yes – idiot. And I paid for it the next few months.
Tip/Idea: Listen to your body. If you truly need to rest do not push it. It is imperative for long-term health that you do what is best for yourself in the moment. Think about long-term goals and not instant gratification.
|Icing sore muscles is important|
|Well-deserved rest days are essential!|
OVERALL: Don’t think. Get started. Pull the trigger. Stop thinking. Just do it. Say yes. Start. Go.
This is basically the mentality I have had when signing up for any athletic event. If I were to stop and think what is actually ahead of me then one of the above excuses would take over. Not happening.
Ahh time is flying by isn’t it?! It’s already fall and today marks ONE MONTH till my 1st half Ironman – Ironman 70.3 Miami! I cannot freaking wait. Well maybe my body can ha…
So many people have asked if I feel ready. The short answer is NO! Yes, I have been training but it still doesn’t seem like enough when you put the whole event together. It really overwhelms me. I am mainly feeling a bit hesitant because my hip is really hurting me. This same injury started flaring up when training for my 1st full marathon, Grandma’s Marathon, this past June. As soon as I start increasing my miles in training it comes back.
But then I sit back and ask myself why I am doing this in the first place. My number one reason is for FUN. This has got to remain fun or I am OUT.
|Yes, I’m a nerd. Yes, I have fun while training.|
Secondary reasons are to push my body to levels I never thought possible. Taking on the next step in endurance sports. Devoting myself to a healthier lifestyle. Taking chances. Traveling. Being a proud Coeur Sports Ambassador.
Between swimming, biking, and running (and working full-time)…there just isn’t a lot of free time! Please let me know when you figure out how to clone yourself 😉
I have stuck by the Training Peaks plan presented to me and feel proud of myself for that.
This is definitely me newest area. I feel as though I am a strong swimmer – without any technique what-so-ever HA. I have never taken a real lesson or been coached on how to swim. Sooo I’ve just kinda been wingin it! I have also never swam in an indoor pool lap-style. What kinda triathlete AM I?! The one who lives in Minnesota and jumps in a local lake or preferably at my cabin!
Actually my weakest sport. You’d think I’d be stronger because of those soccer legs, but not so much. But I’ve definitely put more miles on my bike this year then ever before and FINALLY got clip-ins. And for that I’m proud.
I am loving exploring new trails and areas around me. It’s amazing how “lost” you can get. I learn something new on each ride. And I smile
Sooo I guess there’s more than 3 “sports” involved in triathlon training. We gotta be strong too, right?
I have included a ton of strength training into my workouts kinda by accident! Not only do I teach at Studio ME Fitness, but I also sub at The Shed Fitness, and teach classes at my apartment. I have been taking on a lot lately but it has actually benefited my training (2 birds right?!).
The HIIT and BOSU classes I teach at my apartment are total body workouts that allow me to get in essential core, lower, and upper body exercises. If I wasn’t teaching these type of classes a few times a week I’m not sure that I would make the time for it. Very thankful for my side-gig!
|Ready to teach HIIT in my bright clothes!|
Major component and focus. This year I have taken a huge step when it comes to my nutrition. I was always the girl who ate whatever I want whenever I want. Blah! Ever since I made nutrition a priority I’ve seen big changes in my athletic ability. It’s nice not carrying around the extra weight and I do NOT miss that bloated feeling!
|Farmer’s Market Gooooods|
|Veggies, brown rice, chicken = standard|
|Lots of GREEN smoothies MMM!|
Discipline ~ Commitment
Absolute essentials to training for a triathlon. I have had to say NO to many fun things and YES to many healthy decisions. For that I am proud. Need to stay focused and on target to cross that finish line.
Making Time for Fun
Yes, I am proud of my discipline and training but that doesn’t mean I still don’t make ANY time for fun. I like to consider myself well-rounded and young at heart. My birthday weekend was FILLED with adventure. I must be 30-something 😉
|Horseback Riding and Skydiving!|
|MN Vikings game – SKOL!|
I was ecstatic when the folks at Lipton Publicity reached out to me about an opportunity with a leading fitness accessory and apparel lifestyle-brand called TKO. They specialize in health and fitness equipment including exercise mats, push up bars, fitness gloves, ab exercise wheels, slimmer belts, and resistance bands.
They wanted me to test out a TKO Soft-Grip Jump Rope. Of course I obliged. I’ve always heard they provide a crazy insane workout but I wanted to try for myself
|New Jump Rope!|
I kinda always thought jump ropes were for kiddos. When I thought of a jump rope I pictured a group of excited children playing double dutch. Boy was I wrong.
Yep! I was pooped after like 30 seconds. Awesome. Definitely gets your blood flowing and heart pumping right away.
|Gettin Whipped in to Shape!|
– Watching TV – From Couch Potato to Jumping Monkey!
– Quick workout before work – Talk about wakey wakey. Ziiiiing.
– Incorporated into my Circuit and HIIT group fitness classes – oh yeah, we’re gonna have fun with this!
– Traveling – So convenient and portable. No excuses now!
– Warm-up before a long bike ride
– Getting pumped up for a night out. HA. But seriously 😉
Last weekend I had the chance to attend an AMAZING event – MSP FitFest! Cannot believe this event was the first of it’s kind in Minnesota. Hoping many more events like this are to come. Perfect fit for our fit city
This day is filled with group fitness classes, motivating and informative seminars, a health and fitness expo, and much more!
Fit Fest took place at the Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Minnesota. I gotta say – I was BLOWN away by this place. State of the art facilities, new equipment…yah I was in heaven. Kept thinking how in-shape I’d be if this was what I had access to in college! Well…it sure would’ve been more motivating!
The major keynote speaker and class instructor of this event was Chris Freytag of Get Healthy U. She is a major reason why I attended this event as she inspires me to be in the social fitness community. She is a rockstar motivator and I was super pumped to meet her and take her classes. So I took all of them ha.
Her morning class started with the sweatiest session of SPIN I’ve ever experienced. Chris even agreed to this. The “steam room” actually helped open up my breathing as I was recovery from bronchitis at the time. Yeah – super trooper here. Chris is an unbelievable motivator and made the class a ton of fun.
The next class was HIIT, which my good friend joined me for. It was Tabata-style with various challenging moves. And it was tough. I took a lot away from this class that I can bring to my own group fitness classes. Winning.
The last class we took was a much needed Vinyasa Yoga class. Felt amazing to stretch and open-up after two intense classes. It was held in this beautiful studio surrounded by wall-to-ceiling windows:
Included in the measly $20 event ticket was a healthy lunch to keep ya goin. My friend and I joined a few of my other friends for this – another group fitness instructor who introduced me to The Shed Fitness Studio (which I will be teaching at soon!) and a friend from my apartment, Heather of Mind Over Mayo (check out her awesome blog!).
Sticking with my theme of following Chris Freytag around for the day, I decided to attend her seminar, “If You Don’t Have Health, What Do You Have?” as well. And so happy I did. She has 24 years of experience in the fitness industry and could talk for hours on so many important and interesting topics. She had to narrow it down to 45 minutes and focused on high-level tips about nutrition, fitness, social, and a positive mindset.
The expo was filled with various vendors but my favorite part was being able to get a chiropractic adjustment and mini chair-massage from Northwestern Health Sciences University. This was the perfect duo after a fitness-packed day. MUCH DESERVED!
That eve I treated myself to some wine on my patio. Was such a beautiful night and I felt very accomplished. Happy place
|Reaping the Rewards|
I cannot wait for next year’s event and seriously hope more like this are brought to the Twin Cities area. Wake up Minneapolis!
What events have you been to that you recommend?
I am training for my first full marathon – Grandma’s Marathon June 20th and we have 20 days to go! Getting SO close! Thought I’d give a lil recap of my training every 10 days to show you that ANYONE CAN RUN A FULL MARATHON! Well I sure hope I can?!
I think most everyone training for a marathon has a certain body part that acts up or continuously gets sore on the long runs. Well at least that has been happening to me. My left hip starts really aching at about 8-9 miles in. I also have terrible ankles from numerous soccer injuries and my left ankle is especially sensitive. I absolutely attribute my sore hip to this annoyance.
It’s a good thing I know people in the physical therapy area as my friend offered to tape my up for my long upcoming run. I have always gotten my full ankles taped for soccer but have never tried kinesiology tape.
And it is brilliant. Not ONCE did I feel any pain in my left hip. That has never happened during any of my long runs. I am definitely going to keep this up!
Me = Happy Camper
|Gettin Taped Up!|
Last weekend I went on my longest run ever – 20 miles whaaat?!
|10 Miles Done, 10 to Go|
Sure felt amazing to push my body to new limits I’ve never felt before. Crazy to think just a few years ago I couldn’t even imagine running 8 miles. Goes to show you anyone can do this if you put time in to it. Seriously. Just need to start and build sloooowly.
|Enjoyin the View|
The run was absolutely beautiful along the river so I obvi had to stop and take some photos
|Gorgeous Sunset Over the Mississippi|
|Strawberry Margarita Jello-Shot|
Prepare the Bum
Not only am I training for a full marathon but I also have the MS150 mile bike ride the weekend before Grandma’s. While this is a ride and not a race meaning you go at your own pace – it is still 150 miles and you surely should prepare you bum to take that on! Orrr you might be kinda sore 😉
After I got back from Memorial weekend at the cabin with the fam, I hopped on my bike to enjoy a gorgeous 23 mile bike ride.
|Memorial Day Bike Ride!|
Keeping up Strength
If you know me or have read any of my other blog posts you know I love me some group fitness. Not only do I teach group fitness classes for others but I enjoy going to them as well. I have been trying out ClassPass to test out various studios, classes, and instructors. Love the variety and have learned a lot to bring to my own classes. Went to a kettlebell class Tuesday eve to keep the strength up.
No More Strength
Late Tuesday night sickness HIT me. I wound up getting one hour of sleep and for the next few days felt absolutely miserable. Achy, sore, hot sweat/cold chills, core throat, bad cough. I tried making it through work but it was really tough.
I finally made it in to urgent care to see what the issue was. The doc heard something in my lungs that she didn’t like so we got an X-Ray. I obviously had to take a selfie in the ridic gown!
|Hospital Gown Selfie 😉|
X-Ray turned out good so no pneumonia – whew! But turns out I had bronchitis so I kiiiinda need to rest. We’ll see how that goes as I have Fit Fest today and so looking forward to it 😉
My friend and I went to Open Krankcycle at REVOLUTION Cycle. The one bad things about the fun, Northeast location – parking. We somehow got a really good spot but I can see how it could be very difficult if you didn’t.
The first area of the studio was a little packed and hectic. Then it opened up into a bigger back room with the bikes, TRX and lots of equipment. Also nice they had the doors open to outside for a breeze and a gorgeous view of the river. For some reason this motivates me!
We really did not know what to expect from the class we signed up for on a whim. I had never heard of Krankcycle but I assumed it was some sort of spin class. I was kinda right?!
The Krankcycle machine is only for your arms. My bad. Yeah I know – I could have totally googled this before going.
Everyone else in class had signed up for RealRyder Spin so we were the only ones looking like arm krankin fools! Whooops. Good experience to try something new but I will definitely go for RealRyder moving forward
The very best part of this experience was the instructor. He was amaaazeballs. Super friendly and informative. Made us feel like we were still a part of the class ha. Also chatted with us after and definitely made me want to come back for his RealRyder classes. From the looks on everyone else’s faces it was a heckuva workout!!