Posts tagged ‘fitness’

December 17, 2013

Kathryn Budig and Women’s Fitness Magazine UK

July 18, 2013

Yoga Outdoors in Philly

Be Well Philly

July 11, 2013

beFit Youtube Channel

Exactly what you are looking for if you want free workouts from some seriously amazing trainers, without leaving the comfort of your home.

June 27, 2013

New Fitness Goals

1. Lift more.

2. Run more.

3. Sign up for bikram again,I will call it a detox week.

4. Try Anjali power yoga.

5. Master the handstand.

6. Do more intervals in running/hills.

7. Run outside more.

8. Sign up for another run.

9. Realize some poses take years to master.

10. Work on back flexibility. This means more hollowbacks and use the wall more to open up shoulders. Target tight shoulders, more hip openers, and build core strength for pop ups for tripod and more control from downdog to handstand.



May 30, 2013

VBarre Review at Philadelphia Sports Club

Yesterday was a hot, but nice day in Philadelphia. A perfect day to try a new fitness class.

I grabbed some free class passes from lulu lemon (perks of working at a yoga studio next door, I can always sample a fitness class if I want to because there are so many studios trying to lure clients in with their first class free). I went with a couple friends who were also love trying new fitness classes, and I heard great things about barre. I have also never been inside a Philadelphia Sports Club before and I was pleased with their fitness facilities, pool, and group fitness studio.

Vbarre combines micromovement exercises to target forgotten muscles, and I am feeling deliciously sore today. Some yoga will definitely help with that though and ease any pain later. With an air inflated ball, a polished sliding board, resistance band and 2 pound weights, we targeted some arm muscles like the triceps and the biceps, the inner and outer thigh, did some stretching, curtsies, arabesques, and plie squats. It was more like ballet boot camp though, and I am not sure if I could do this class on a regular basis. I am such a fan of yoga because I don’t look at a clock while I am there. In fact, it is usually the fastest part of my day. I like workouts like stimulate the mind and the body, since they are so intrinsically connected. I don’t have a lot of time to work out, and  anything that is a workout and therapy is definitely worth your time in my book. I loved the friendly, eager staff and the instructor was enthusiastic, motivating, and knowledgable.

What should you bring? Socks, leggings or capris that are sweat proof (because you will be dripping), and a breathable top, and good support if you’re a girl. 

Final verdict: Loved the experience and I could do it once in a while but as a lifestyle, definitely not for me. Not a barre convert, but maybe that is not fair considering I only went to one class. Since it was Vbarre at a gym and not a studio, the atmosphere is different here as well.

I love working with people who are passionate about their careers, and I am quickly realizing that is what it takes to live a long and happy life. You need to love what you do everyday. This instructor definitely knew how to keep people going through a hard class, and it truly is mind over matter. It took me learning this the hard way, but I can understand why people tell you to leave a job if it doesn’t fulfill you, to not waste time when you know something isn’t right for you, and to actually find happiness in your livelihood because it is what you will be doing for most of your hours awake. I am not perfect but I am making progress, and it is always progress not perfection that we should be working towards.

Want to try your own free barre class? Check out your local fitness gear stores to see if there are any promotional deals.

May 21, 2013

For my Runner Readers

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May 10, 2013

REVIEW: Flywheel Philadelphia

Flywheel is an incredible spinning studio located on 15th and Locust in Center City, Philadelphia. The staff was incredibly helpful and pleasant, and they have shoes for you to use with the bikes so you never have to inconvenienced by carrying sneakers to work ever again. I loved their whole aesthetic, and they just opened up in March of 2013. I decided to try the free class because they are normally $20+ per ride, which can add up for someone on a budget.

Not only is it beautiful inside, with clean bathrooms, state of the art weighted Flywheel bikes, data syncing to see your progress, and great playlists for your 45 minute session. The bikes had digital counters that measured how many calories you burned as well as weight bars on the sides of the bike to also target your arms. I went with a couple friends who wanted to try the free class like I did and I could not have been more pleased with the experience. I had a pretty intense private yoga session at the Dhyana Yoga Seva Center on 20th and Spring Garden the day before so my legs were already like jelly, and I couldn’t push myself to get to the rates they targeted in class, but i sweat a lot, and it was definitely a great time.

In Philadelphia? Want to check out their first free class? Check out Flywheel Philadelphia!

This is me post spinning and my new leggings I am officially obsessed with. I also have a pre yoga outfit post. It’s pretty apparent I just love patterns.




February 11, 2013

Smitten Kitchen

I adore productive Sundays. I got to the train on time today, hung out with my cool yoga instructor friends who inspire me to become a yoga instructor everyday, and I rocked some awesome leopard leggings that I always get complimented on. I wore my new, awesome sunglasses and felt like a million bucks. Great great Sunday. I even tried a class at another studio today and the instructor was just fabulous. She was very warm and had a whimsical attitude towards the practice. One of my favorite yoga instructors got me addicted to this new site, and I cannot wait to make some of her recipes. I even requested her book through the library (I know I just adore libraries and cannot stop using them). Check this lovely blog out! Everything she posts looks incredible.

Smitten Kitchen

Here are some Instagrams of today:




February 10, 2013

Resistance Bands Rock

February 9, 2013

Adam Levine’s Workout – Yoga — Details Magazine

Adam Levine gets thrown from a fire escape and flipped over by cars, has his head slammed repeatedly against a door, and generally gets a solid ass-kicking—all at the hands of a beautiful, manic temptress. But what really catches the eye in the video for Maroon 5’s“Misery” is Levine’s muscular yet catlike physique.

The 32-year-old singer, who is also a judge on NBC’s The Voice, owes that body to a mix-and-match yoga regimen he practices at home, at the recording studio, and on the road. “At any Maroon 5 concert, you’ll see a room backstage marked yoga,” he says.

Living the plugged-in celebrity life in Los Angeles, Levine was aware of the yoga scene but initially kept his distance, turned off by what he calls “the cheesy clichés.” But he began to worry that his gym routine was a dead end, hurting more than it helped: “Weights made my neck thick, and I would be like, ‘I’m turning into a monster!'” As he grew increasingly frustrated by lower-back pain and tight hips and hamstrings, he decided to give yoga a try. That was five years ago, and Levine hasn’t lifted a weight or entered a gym since. “Yoga takes what you have and molds and sculpts it, which is a much more natural way to look and feel,” he says.

Credit Levine with a refreshing candor about the aesthetic payoff: “I don’t like how people bullshit about how yoga is not about vanity.” Not that he doesn’t appreciate the spiritual benefits—Levine sees his routines as a therapeutic antidote to the distortions of his career. “Playing a show before thousands of people is a highly unnatural state,” he says, “and when I get on the mat to do an hour of yoga before the show, I come out physically relaxed.”

The man behind Levine’s transformation is veteran New York City yoga instructor Chad Dennis. At a friend’s suggestion, Levine met him for a session, and within months Dennis was traveling with Maroon 5. On tour, he puts Levine through daily routines that draw from a variety of yoga schools. Sometimes the poses are slow and repetitive: “For me, that’s a form of meditation,” Levine says. Other times they are muscle-quiveringly difficult: “He’ll take me on a friggin’ obstacle course of yoga.” All of it, he says, adds up to “an investment in happiness for the rest of my life.”

The five styles Levine swears by:

Levine’s yogi, Chad Dennis, mixes up yoga styles to keep the singer perpetually challenged. Here are the stylistic ingredients in Levine’s home brew:

Ashtanga: The basis of Levine’s routine, this relatively high-speed style relies on a set sequence of poses and emphasizes continuous movements in between. May be too much for the beginner.

Vinyasa: A less intense version of Ashtanga, this focuses on synchronizing the breath with the movements that connect the poses.

Jivamukti: Combines a movement with music and Hindu spirituality. Levine steers clear of the dogma but is into the music and the physical flow.

Iyengar: A slow-moving style that is based on poses precisely held, often for extended periods of time. Dennis has created his own higher-energy version.

Anusara: This melds Iyengar’s clinical sensibility with a Hindu-derived spirituality. Levine does lots of Anusara-influenced chest-opening postures.

Read it on the site here.