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Jul 072016
 

Hey friends! How’s everyone doing today? I attended another fun class at Urban Athletic Club with my buddies Anne and Kathleen yesterday, and instead of just glossing over it with some vague details I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you more about how this class is structured and why I love it so much.

I’ve received a few emails/comments lately from other DC locals on ClassPass who are looking for recommendations on classes to take, and Urban Athletic Club (UAC) is definitely one of my favorites! I usually go once a week using a combination of my ClassPass classes and a package of classes that I bought a while back, and it’s such a great workout every time. Plus, I love having the opportunity to spend an hour catching up with Anne and Kathleen while we work out! Multitasking at its finest!

UAC has a couple of different locations, but I’ve only ever been to the one in north Georgetown. Take note that it’s not down by the waterfront, but up closer to Dupont on 27th and Q NW. There is usually street parking and/or meters available nearby, and the entrance is located right on 27th up a flight of stairs. There are signs, but if you don’t know where you’re going it can be easy to miss!

When you arrive just ring the doorbell (it’s marked) and the instructor will come open the door for you.

Speaking of instructors, my favorites right now are Teisha, Romain, and Graham. Graham is the owner so he’s not teaching classes very often, but when he does they are always fun and challenging! Teisha’s classes feature tons of 90s throwback songs and plenty of cardio, whereas Romain plays the latest house music and songs on the radio and is a little more focused on mobility and strength (though really, all the classes are pretty similar).

When you arrive, the instructor will take you through a warm-up (Teisha’s are usually ladder drills and Romain’s are usually stretching/walking movements) and then he/she will go over the workout for the day!

The class is broken out into three sections: turf, grid, and open.

The turf area is usually where all the cardio takes place, the grid uses TRX and monkey bars, and the open uses weights. The class divides up into groups of 3 or 4, and each group will cycle through all three stations for a set period of time (either as many reps as possible – AMRAP – in a certain number of minutes, or tabata style with a few seconds on and a few seconds of rest).

Once each group has gone through all three stations, it’s time for “half time” which will usually involve something like running around the block or holding a plank. After that, everyone breaks out into their groups again and goes to each station for the second half, but this time with completely different movements than the first half.

I’ll explain all of this in greater detail as we go, so I think this will all make more sense in a minute!

Turf

The turf is a long strip of red turf, and is usually used for activities like burpees, suicide sprints, shuffle runs, wall balls, bear walks/crab walks, jump rope and more.

This is the area where most of the cardio takes place, so you’ll likely be the most winded after being at the turf. Phew!

Grid

The grid has a combination of monkey bars and TRX equipment, and in my opinion is the hardest station!

Exercises at the grid can include pull-ups, chin-ups, knees-to-chest, various rows, and pistol squats (among others).

The hardest part for me is when the TRX straps are lowered down to the floor and we put our feet in the straps for mountain climbers and ab work. Ouch! Any time I walk into the studio and see that the straps are low I know it’s going to be a hard workout. 

Wouldn’t it be more fun to just hang around on the monkey bars? 🙂

Open

The open is just an open space in the back of the gym with lots of different kettlebells and weights. Usually this area will include kettlebell swings, walking lunges, sumo squats, snatches, cleans, and whatever else the instructor throws at us that day.

Some of the toughest moves we do in the open involve really light weights. Whenever the instructor tells us to grab a lighter weight that usual, it’s another sign that a tough move is coming!

Halftime

Halftime occurs once each group has cycled through all three stations, and is totally different each time! Yesterday we had the option of running around the block or doing a wall sit with bicep curls. It was really muggy outside so Kathleen, Anne, and I opted for the wall sit. It was tough!

Sometimes the halftime challenge is something more simple like a plank, which makes chatting easier. 🙂

After halftime we go to each station again and do completely different exercises! Because the class is structured this way, it absolutely flies by and I usually am left feeling sweaty, tired, and completely shocked that an hour has passed by already. In this class I’m always thinking about what movement I need to do next, and before I know it class it over and it’s time to stretch!

By the way, there is a shower at UAC, but only one. They provide towels too!

If you couldn’t already tell, I love this class so much and really enjoy working out there every week. If you’re local and haven’t tried it yet, give it a shot! 🙂

*Note: this post is not sponsored in any way and I pay for all Urban Athletic Club classes on my own. I just really love these classes!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite type of class to take?

 Posted by on July 7, 2016
May 262017
 

Helloooo! How are ya? I’m feeling pumped because it’s almost time for a three-day weekend where I’ll be spending time at the beach with some of my best friends! Woohoo! But first I have to make it through half a workday before we can hit the road. I hope the time goes quickly!

Overall I had a really nice week, despite some super rainy and gray weather. The sun barely came out all week! Anyway, here’s a look at my workouts.

Saturday, May 20 – Saturday was a rest day that I spent traipsing around vineyards in Virginia with some of my best girl friends!

Sunday, May 21 – I wasn’t feeling so hot on Sunday after all the wine the day before (oof) so I thought going for a short run might help. I only wound up going a mile, but it really did make me feel much better after! My headache was pretty much completely gone after that.

Monday, May 22 – I was planning to complete one of my Kayla Itsines workouts at the track on Monday, but when I woke up to pouring rain I decided to move my workout indoors. I knew I still had to walk Jack and would get wet regardless, so I took him on a one-mile warm-up run that was extremely wet. When we came inside, I chose a Kayla workout that didn’t require too much space and got to work! The one I picked included burpees, jumping lunges, push-ups, squats, mountain climbers, V-ups, and more. It was a good one!

Tuesday, May 23 – On Tuesday, I drove over to CorePower Yoga for my favorite Sculpt class with Monica. I swear, she kicks my butt every time! I still think she’s the hardest CPY sculpt instructor I’ve ever had. Her plank series is insane!

Wednesday, May 24 – Wednesday it was finally not raining (though it was still chilly and gray out) so I took Jack for a three-mile run along our favorite path. It was nice to get outside!

Thursday, May 25 – On Thursday, Fabio and I headed over to BodyMass Gym for another one of their bootcamps (we’ve been loving them lately!) and this time we were joined by one of my college besties, Lauren! Lauren lives really close to the gym and is also on ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off), so the night before class I texted her to see if she was free to join us. To my delight she was, so on Thursday morning she joined us for a fun class that included a mix of upper body, core, and leg exercises (so many jumping lunges and lunges on the slider!).

It was especially fun chatting about wedding stuff with her since she and I met right before Fabio and I met in 2008, so the three of us all know each other really well. 🙂 So fun! Thanks for joining us, Lauren!

Friday, May 26 – Tomorrow (it’s Thursday night as I type this) I’m signed up for another bootcamp class with my friend Kathleen at Urban Athletic Club (Anne is out of town this week). It should be good!

*Edited to add: Omg I did MORE jumping lunges in today’s class. Help!

And one other thing happened this week that I wanted to share with you all – my coworkers threw me a surprise bridal shower!

I thought I was on my way to a regular meeting, and when I got to the conference room I saw that they had set up a whole spread complete with decorations, balloons, adorable snacks, and even some presents.

How sweet is this?! They also somehow found my registry, so they got me one gift from there and then a few other personal gifts. They are the best!

After opening presents, we played a couple of games! For the first game, my coworker Dani played about 10 seconds of a song with “love” in the title and you had to guess the name and the artist (each answer was worth half a point). It was so fun!

Then my other coworker Carly said she had another game that was just for me – uh oh! It turns out she had contacted Fabio (my coworkers are very sneaky) and asked him a bunch of trivia questions like “where does Chelsea want to retire” and “what is Fabio’s most prized possession” and then I had to guess what Fabio’s answers were. It was hard, but I did a lot better than I did at my regular shower. 🙂

It was so fun, and so unbelievably thoughtful. I am truly lucky to be blessed with so many wonderful people in my life!

After the party, I moved all the decorations over to my desk. 🙂

Hooray indeed! 🙂

Question of the day: For those of you celebrating Memorial Day, what are your plans?

 Posted by on May 26, 2017
May 192017
 

Hey friends! Did you have a good week? Mine was a good one, complete with a fun work conference at the Newseum (along with a post-conference happy hour on the roof overlooking the Capitol!) and a meeting with our HOA board that we took outside since it was such a nice evening. Sometimes little things like that can make a big difference in an otherwise boring week!

I also got in a bunch of good workouts this week, though I didn’t get many pictures (blogger fail). Here’s a look!

Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14: These were both rest days! I thought about going for a run with Jack on Sunday morning since Fabio was out playing golf and I had some extra time to myself, but I decided to take him on an extra long walk through our local park instead. It was still nice to be out and about!

Monday, May 15: On Monday, I took Jack for a one-mile warm-up run and then headed to the track to complete a Kayla Itsines circuit workout. I have been loving these workouts lately since they’re quick and easy and I can do them outside without having to go too far from home.

Monday’s circuit included step-ups, step-up/lunges, walking lunges, jump rope, burpees, and more. It was a good one, and once again I was happy to just be outside in the sunshine. What a perfect way to start the day! 🙂

Tuesday, May 16: On Tuesday, Fabio joined me for a class at Bodymass Gym in Court House via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off). I’m so glad we discovered this fun bootcamp-style gym so close to home!

Recycled photo from last time we went

Our instructor Chaz took us through a bunch of circuits with exercises like goblet side lunges on sliders, push-ups, and more. Halfway through class Chaz challenged me to use a heavier weight, which is one thing I really like about these classes. The coaches definitely push you in the best possible way! I was pretty sore after this workout, especially my upper body. Ouch!

Wednesday, May 17 – Wednesday’s workout featured a class at Urban Athletic Club with my favorite workout buddies Anne and Kathleen. It was a good one, like usual, and I especially enjoyed the series of outside sprints since it was such a nice day out. Also, if any of you read Anne’s blog, you might have seen that she shared some exciting news this week!! 🙂 Congrats to Anne and Matt! <3

Thursday, May 18 – Thursday was a rest day since I had a work conference and had to be downtown by 8:30 a.m. I could have gotten up earlier for a class, but I decided to sleep in instead! It was a good decision.

Friday, May 19 – I have an early morning meeting tomorrow (it’s Thursday night as I write this) so I won’t be taking a class, but I do plan to get in a three-mile run with Jack. It’s been a while since I’ve run that route with him (a week? two weeks?) so I’m looking forward to it!

The end.

Question of the day: What was your favorite workout this week?

 Posted by on May 19, 2017
May 122017
 

Oh man, this has been a week. Work is crazy, life is crazy, and I feel like I just need a minute to catch my breath. Phew! Hopefully things will be a little calmer this weekend.

Luckily I had some really good workouts this week, and I felt like they helped to keep me grounded and sane. I used to dread working out (back in the days when I used to work out in my living room after work – oof) but now I look forward to it as the one time of my day that I don’t have to think about anything else on my to-do list. I also know that a workout will improve my mood immensely. What a change!

Here’s a look at what I was up to!

Sat., May 6 & Sun. May 7 – Rest days! This weekend was spent traipsing around New York City with Fabio and our family and friends.

Mon., May 8 – On Monday, I took my workout over to the track at Washington Lee High School, which is right by my house. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and I decided to complete one of my old Kayla Itsines workouts on the track.

I positioned myself next to a bench so I could do some step-ups, and then got to work! My workout included weighted walking lunges, burpees, squat jumps, sumo squats, step-ups, and more. It was a good one! And it was so nice to be outside in the sun. 🙂

Tues., May 9 – On Tuesday, Fabio and I headed to a FlyWheel class via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off). We had Richard as our instructor, and his classes are always so hard. My total power at the end of class was 293, which was much higher than my usual 255ish. Clearly he pushed us on Tuesday! I was dripping in sweat by the end of class, and was feeling so happy to have such a good workout behind me. Plus, it’s always fun when Fabio joins me! 🙂

Wed., May 10 – Wednesday was bootcamp day with the girls! I met up with Anne and Kathleen at our favorite spot, Urban Athletic Club, for a 7 a.m. class. Unfortunately all the usual instructors were randomly out of town/unavailable that day, so we had a last minute fill-in instructor teach us. He was a nice guy, but I didn’t love the workout he took us through which included toe-taps on the medicine ball, cleans, skaters, push-ups, and just a couple of other moves. The one part of the workout that I did really enjoy was a quick jaunt around the neighborhood, and since it was such a pretty day out, it was nice to get a quick run in outside!

Thurs., May 11 – Thursday was a rest day for me since we wound up going to the National’s game with our friends Megan and JR the night before and didn’t get home until around 11:00 p.m. By that time the stress of the week had caught up to me (plus it was rainy and gross out on Thursday morning), and I was glad to have a planned rest day.

I love these guys so much!

Fri., May 12 – Tomorrow morning (it’s Thursday night as I write this), I’m planning to take the sculpt class at CorePower Yoga. It’s one of my favorite classes, and I’m really looking forward to it!

And that’s a wrap! I hope whatever you do this weekend is exactly what you want to be doing – whether that means it’s filled with lots of plans or none at all. 🙂

Question of the day: Have you been to any baseball games yet this year? This was our first one of the season!

 Posted by on May 12, 2017
Apr 282017
 

Hi friends! How was your week? Mine was a busy one – work is especially crazy right now and I have a bunch of things going on in my personal life too (like uh, planning a wedding) – so I’m definitely ready for this week to be over. Plus, I have my bridal shower this weekend (which is really more of a couple’s BBQ) and I cannot WAIT to see everyone. That also means we have family in town, so things are a bit hectic around here. Phew!

Anyway, let’s chat about my workouts this week!

Sat., April 22 – Saturday was a rest day! I was planning to get in a quick run with Jack before we headed up to Philly for the weekend, but when I woke up and saw that it was freezing cold and rainy and I changed my mind. Sleeping > running in the cold rain.

Sun., April 23 – Rest day! This day was spent soaking up the last moments with our friends in Philly, and then making the drive home.

Mon., April 24 Three mile run with Jack! The weather was pretty crappy again on Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday…), so I was proud of myself for making this run happen. With the weather being so dreary and wet, I really wanted to stay under the covers!

Tues., April 25 – As you already know, Fabio joined me for a spin class at FlyWheel on Tuesday! I really liked the music the instructor, Laura, played and felt like it did a great job of getting me energized for the day. At the end of class I saw that my “Fly” score was 256, which is about average for me.

Wed., April 26 – On Wednesday, I joined the girls, Anne and Kathleen, for a bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!). We had Graham as our instructor again this week, and he absolutely killed us with burpees. If my math is correct, we wound up doing 60 by the end of class. UGH!

We also did a bunch of wall balls, overhead presses, mountain climbers, upright rows, sprints/running drills, and pull ups. It was a hard one!

At the end of class, Graham snapped a photo of us doing a chin-up hold. We were cracking up because Kathleen looks like a chin-up model in this picture. Haha!

You can’t see our feet, but I promise we are holding this!

Thurs., April 27 – On Thursday, Anne and I popped into BodyMass Gym again for their Blast class. This time we had Chase as our instructor, who we liked a lot! Anne and I agreed that the instructors at this gym are very professional and do a great job of correcting your form and pushing you to work harder in a very encouraging way. We also LOVE the music at this gym, which included a ton of throwbacks from the early 2000s.

Our workout consisted of a warm-up and three circuits, each with three exercises, completed three times. We also did a rapid-fire HIIT circuit at the end. It was a good one!

Another thing I like about BodyMass Gym is their resident dog, Flex!!

After class was over, Anne and I stayed behind to stretch/foam roll and we got to play with this cutie. Apparently when they adopted him, his name was Porky! They knew that wouldn’t work for a gym owner’s dog, so they renamed him Flex. Haha!

Dogs make me happy. 🙂

Fri., April 28 – Rest day!

Question of the day: How do you motivate yourself to get out of bed to work out when the weather sucks?

 Posted by on April 28, 2017
Apr 212017
 

Helloooo! How was your week? Mine was a good one and it went by really fast. Love when that happens!

I also got some good workouts in, so let’s take a look back shall we?

Sat., April 15 – Before heading over to Baltimore for Diane and Alex’s baby gender reveal on Saturday, I ran three miles with my favorite furry running partner, Jack! Through work, I recently heard about an app called Charity Miles that allows you to raise money for the charity of your choice with every walk, run, or bike ride you log through the app. I thought it was a really cool concept (and such an easy way to raise money for causes that are important to you!) so I gave it a shot on Saturday morning.

It was really easy to set up, and I loved knowing that my quick, three-mile run was able to make a difference!

Sun., April 16 – Rest day! I spent Easter soaking up lots of time with family. 🙂

Mon., April 17 – Another three-mile run with Jack! This time the Charity Miles app said “together we’ve earned $17,655,” so I was happy to see that more people had used the app over the weekend. I’m not sure exactly how much each mile adds to the donated total, but I still think it’s cool that a run I would have done anyway can help raise money for important causes!

Tues., April 18 – On Tuesday, Anne, Fabio, and I checked out a new-to-us bootcamp class at Bodymass Gym via ClassPass (<–affiliate link for $30 off!).

The class was conveniently located in Courthouse, and we didn’t have to feed the meter until 8:00 a.m. which was really nice. We wound up taking their Bodymass Blast class, which is a full-body workout with a mix of cardio and strength-based circuits. This is one of their smaller classes by design, which we liked since it gave us more time to work one-on-one with our instructor, Chaz. Chaz led us through a series of circuits with planks, push-ups, step-ups, goblet squats, burpees, lunges, and more. It was a really good workout, and we all agreed we’d happily return again soon!

Wed., April 19 – I did something a little different on Wednesday! I am trying to “save up” my ClassPass classes since I ran out so quickly last month, but I didn’t feel like doing another run either. Instead I packed up a couple of weights and a sweat towel and walked over to the tennis courts near my house!

From there I completed one of my old Kayla Itsines workouts (I did legs and cardio and used the bench for step-ups) and it was really hard! I hadn’t done one of those workouts in literally years, but I still had the PDF saved on my phone so it wasn’t hard to pull it up and quickly find the one I wanted to do. By the end of the two repeated circuits, my legs were burning and I was dripping in sweat! Success! This is definitely a workout I’ll have to add to my rotation more often.

Thurs., April 20 – On Thursday, I joined my buddies Kathleen and Anne for our weekly bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club! The coaches all tease us because we usually chat during class — don’t they know we use our workout hour to catch up? It’s basically like a coffee date without the coffee. 🙂 We still work just as hard!

This week’s class was taught by Graham, the owner of UAC who we hadn’t had for a while. It was a great class and included broad jumps, walking lunges, pull-ups, jump rope, wall-balls, deadlifts, bicep curls, sit-ups, and more.

It was a good one!

Fri., April 21 – Rest day!

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today! I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Question of the day: When you’re not taking a class/going to the gym and you’re not running, what are some other ways you work out on your own?

 Posted by on April 21, 2017
Apr 142017
 

Hi there! How was your week? It sure was a beautiful one over here, with plenty of days filled with sunshine and warm temperatures! More on that in a minute. 🙂 For now, let’s chat about my workouts this week!

Sat., April 8 – Rest day! This was a fun day spent having my second wedding dress fitting, celebrating my dad’s birthday with my grandparents, and meeting my friend Hana out in D.C. It was a busy one, so working out wasn’t a priority. Then again, Hana and I did tear up the dance floor on Saturday night, so that might count as a workout! 🙂

Sun., April 9 – Rest day! We spent this day doing yard work and prepping for the week ahead. There was also a nap involved after all the late-night dancing the night before. 😉

Mon., April 10 – On Monday morning, I ran three miles with Jack. Three miles is my favorite distance for just a normal, not-training-for-anything-but-want-to-hit-the-pavement run. It doesn’t feel too challenging, doesn’t take too long, but still feels like an accomplishment. Jack loves this distance too! 🙂

Tues., April 11 – FlyWheel class with Fabio! This week we went to the Dupont location instead of City Center (where we usually go), and we took a class with one of my favorite instructors, Richard! We hadn’t had him in a while and I forgot how tough his classes are. Tuesday’s class had tons of hills! Oof!

Wed., April 12 – I ran out of ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off!) classes early this month for some reason, which was a huge bummer! (I have the 10 class plan.) Last week I wanted to take one more class on Thursday or Friday, until I realized I would have been left without any classes for this week. Aw man!

I used my last class on Tuesday for FlyWheel, so on Wednesday morning I planned to complete an at-home workout in my living room. I had picked out the workout and everything the night before, but when I woke up on Wednesday morning I just had no motivation to crawl out of bed. Apparently, I now need the accountability of a workout buddy or a ClassPass fine to get myself out of bed for an at-home bootcamp! How times have changed! This day wound up turning into a rest day. Womp womp.

Thurs., April 13 – Even though I was out of ClassPass classes, I wound up buying a discounted class through their app to take a bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club with my buddies Anne and Kathleen. We had a new-to-us instructor named Howard, and he was great! Classes on Thursdays are strength-based with a lot less cardio, and we all enjoyed the workout! And the foam rolling at the end, which is when we like to chat and catch up. 🙂 (This picture is actually from last week’s class!)

Fri., April 14 – I’m not quite sure yet about my plans for tomorrow (it’s Thursday night as I type this) but it will either include using up my last class at CorePower Yoga on a sculpt class, or sleeping in a little more and going for another run with Jack. We will see! Thank goodness my ClassPass resets on Saturday!

All in all, this was definitely not my best week of workouts. I could blame it on ClassPass, but I know part of it was also just me being lazy. I can tell that by my food too – I did ok at sticking to healthy choices, but I also snuck a few treats here and there that I definitely could have done without.

Knowing myself, I know that this is also a bit of a mental game for me. With the wedding coming up on June 10 (eek!!) I know I’m probably going to go super crazy with healthy eating and exercise during the month of May, and I guess I’m giving myself permission to enjoy this last bit of time where I don’t have to feel guilty if I eat a cookie that my coworker offers me or sleep in on a random Wednesday that I should have worked out. Of course I know I shouldn’t feel that guilt at all – I should just do my best to balance healthy choices with a few indulgences here and there – but I know as soon as it’s crunch time before the wedding that guilt is going to come on strong.

Anyway, enough about that. Let’s talk about a couple of other highlights from the week – namely, the weather! Spring is definitely here, and everything is blooming. Look at these tress in my neighborhood!

We have a beautiful azalea bush in front of our house, and it is so, so close to being in full bloom. There are a few flowers out already, but I can’t wait until they all open up in a couple of days!

Pretty much every day this week has been beautiful, and I did my best to get out for a walk during my lunch breaks. On Tuesday I had some more work to do once I got home around 6:00, but I was able to take it outside and finish working on the front stoop with my favorite furry buddy! And it was HOT!

And now that we removed that annoying stump, we can use our grill!

We wound up using it on Wednesday night and are planning to use it again tonight (Thursday). On Wednesday we had burgers and sweet potato fries, and while Fabio grilled I kept him company with Jack outside!

Yummmm.

I can’t wait for more grilling now that warm weather is here!

Well friends, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and for those who celebrate it, happy Easter and passover! We have a very full weekend ahead of us, and I’m excited to get it started!

Question of the day: Do you grill? If so, how often? Do you ever play weird mental games with yourself when it comes to being healthy?

 Posted by on April 14, 2017
Apr 072017
 

Spring is here in the nation’s capital!! We enjoyed some beautiful weather this week, and everything is finally starting to turn green. Look at these pretty trees by my office!

Last week I had a work event that went late on Thursday night, so I didn’t get the chance to pop in with a weekly workout update for you guys. I actually missed writing it; I always like reflecting on the week’s workouts to see if I had enough variety in terms of cardio, strength, and stability/stretching (yoga). Let’s get back to it with a look at this week’s workouts, shall we?

Sat., April – Short, shake-out run with Jack. We only covered a mile, which was fine with me. Mostly I just wanted to move my legs a bit!

Sun., April – Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!! I’m still feeling so happy about that seven-second PR. Woohoo!

Mon., April – Rest day! I actually wasn’t feeling too sore after the race, but I figured a rest day to stretch and foam roll never hurt anybody.

Tues., April – Fabio and I took a 7:00 a.m. Hot Power Fusion class at CorePower Yoga on Tuesday! We’ve taken this class once before, and it’s very similar to CPY’s Yoga 2 class but with a bit more strength involved. And, it is HOT! Phew! Fabio and I were dripping in sweat by the end. We also agreed we really liked the instructor, Lorenzo, and his core workout at the end was pretty great (read: hard!).

Wed., April – I actually wound up doing two workouts on Wednesday! In the morning, I joined my buddies Anne and Kathleen for a bootcamp at Urban Athletic Club. It was a hard one and we went through the three stations doing various exercises including kettlebell swings, deadlifts, box pushes, mountain climbers on sliders and the TRX, broad jumps, burpees, chest presses, pull-ups, jump rope, Russian twists, and more. Phew!

It was a good one!

In the evening, Fabio and I drove into Southwest to join a few of his coworkers for a free yoga class at Blind Whino, an awesome arts club housed in an old Baptist church from 1886.

The building is incredible, and the whole space is decorated with amazing, colorful art inside and out. As soon as we walked inside, we saw a bunch of butterflies!

So cool!

Blind Whino hosts free yoga classes every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the performance area, which is upstairs. The space was so cool! (They also rent out Blind Whino for events, and their website has some photos of wedding receptions that have taken place in this room! How cool!)

Throughout the whole practice, I couldn’t stop my eyes from wandering to all the different art on the walls and ceiling. Savasana was especially interesting since I spent it looking up at a ceiling painted in a million different colors.

The class itself was pretty good, and our instructor did a good job at making the class appropriate for all levels of yogis. The class felt a lot like a beginner’s yoga class with lots of simple explanations for the poses, but we also got into a few challenging inversions too so there was something for everyone.

Once the class was over, we walked around the rest of the building to check out more of the art. There was a big cherry blossom display downstairs, which looked similar to the real ones blooming along the Tidal Basin!

Fabio and I thought this space was just so cool, and we are so glad his coworkers told us about the free yoga classes. We will be back!

Thurs., April 6 – Another rest day! Somehow I really blew through my ClassPass (<– referral link for $30 off!!) classes this month, and I now only have one class left between now and the end of next week. Womp womp. I was planning to take a spin class on Thursday, but once I saw that I didn’t have enough classes to get me through next week I canceled and took a rest day instead. Plus, since I did two workouts on Wednesday I figured that was good enough. 🙂

Fri., April 7 – It’s Thursday night as I write this, but tomorrow’s plan is to run 3 miles with Jack in the morning!

All in all it wasn’t my best week of workouts – there was a lot more yoga than usual and I could have included a bit more cardio – but I was still happy with how things went, especially after the successful 10-miler on Sunday.

I will leave you with this last fun tidbit from the week. On Tuesday evening, Fabio and I headed out to walk Jack together after work, as we usually do. The weather was so beautiful (70 degrees), and when we got to the park where we always take Jack, we saw that the local high school’s baseball team was playing. Since it was so nice out, we decided to sit on the bleachers and watch the game for a while.

In case you’re a new reader, Fabio is a HUGE baseball fan, so he was really happy to be out there watching a game for free. I was just happy for some extra time in the sunshine!

Once we had watched a little more than an inning, we decided to head back home, but not before stopping at the concession stand so Fabio could get a hot dog. What would a baseball game be without a hot dog?

He was nice enough to give me two bites on the walk home too. What a guy. 😉

Question of the day: What sports did you play in high school?

Fabio played baseball, and I was a cheerleader!

Throwback pic with Bianca and Hana!!

I’m on the bottom there somewhere…

I have a feeling we’ll be stopping by more of these high school baseball games throughout the year, and I’m dying to go to one of the football games in the fall to watch the cheerleaders!

 Posted by on April 7, 2017
Mar 242017
 

Hi friends! I’m going to keep things short and sweet today for two reasons.

Reason number one: A furry visitor just got here (it’s Thursday night as I type this), and I feel like I should give him some attention! We are dog sitting for our good friends Megan and JR this weekend while they attend a wedding in Florida, and it’s always a lot of fun when we have Tully staying with us.

When I brought Tully home today after work, he and Jack spent a decent amount of time sprinting in circles around the couch. There was also a lot of squeak toy action happening, so things are pretty noisy and chaotic around here at the moment. I feel like a mom whose kid is having a sleepover!

And the other reason I’m keeping things short today: Fabio is finally home from his work trip! Yayyy! He’s been gone since 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, which was entirely too long in my book. Jack and I missed him!

Before I sign off though, let’s chat quickly about my workouts this week.

Sat., March 18: Rest day! Fabio and I were supposed to do a long run this day, but our schedule wound up getting really crowded with other appointments so we decided to postpone it until this weekend instead.

Sun., March 19: Another rest day! I spent this day cleaning the house, running a million errands, and getting a lot of wedding planning done. 🙂

Mon., March 20: Three mile run with Jack! This run actually felt pretty easy and my pace got back into the 8:50 range, which is more in line with how I used to run back in the day. When I started training for this Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I felt like I would never get back to feeling like three miles was an “easy” distance, but it’s looking I’m finally back in that place. Yay!

Tues., March 21: On Tuesday, Anne, Kathleen, and I took a bootcamp class at Definitions. It was a really good class, and took us through three stations with a variety of exercises including curtsy lunges with kettlebells, TRX rows, pushups, one-legged squats, jump squats, ab V-ups, rowing, and more. We definitely worked up a sweat, and had a great time chatting throughout the workout like usual.

Wed., March 22: On Wednesday, Anne and I headed out for another bootcamp, this time at Urban Athletic Club! Our instructor Romain took us through a workout that was half AMRAP (as many reps as possible) and half 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off. Our exercises included box pushes, hurdle/sprints, burpees, kettlebell swings, TRX rows, up and down planks, wall balls, TRX mountain climbers, pull-ups, jump rope, kettlebell snatches, overhead presses, bicep curls, and treadmill running. Honestly when I saw treadmill running on the board I was disappointed, but then Romain explained we wouldn’t actually be turning the treadmill on – he wanted us to move the tread just with our feet! It was tough and added a fun new element to our usual lineup.

It was a good one!

Thurs., March 23: Rest day! After two days in a row of early wakeup calls and showering in the crappy shower at work, I wanted a day to sleep in and get ready at home.

Fri., March 24: Tomorrow I have a spin class at Revolve DC on the agenda!

Alright friends, I’m calling it a night. Have a good weekend!

Question of the day: Do you ever pet sit for friends? If so, do the pets ever do anything weird?

We once watched a dog for Fabio’s coworker who used to steal all of Fabio’s dirty socks out of the hamper and drag them around the house! I also remember he wouldn’t let go of them when you asked for them back, haha!

Then again, Jack brings whatever clothing item we last wore to the front door every time we leave the house (he also grabs clothes out of the hamper) so I guess our own dog is pretty weird. The worst is when he brings our sweaty gym clothes to the door and then we have guests over! Eek!

 Posted by on March 24, 2017
Mar 172017
 

Hello there! How was your week? I had a particularly good one–despite some bitter cold weather–and it seemed to fly right by! Here’s a look back at my workouts from the week.

Sat., March 11 – Solo eight-mile run into D.C. and along the Georgetown waterfront.

As I mentioned in my weekend recap, I was super proud of myself for this run since I was cold, alone, and struggling to run up all the hills in Rosslyn. The thought of taking an uber home crossed my mind a million times during the hilly part of the run, but luckily I stuck with it and powered through to the end. Woohoo!

Sun., March 12 – On Sunday I took a Yoga 1 class with Fabio’s sister Diane at Edge Yoga in Courthouse. This is one of my favorite yoga studios and I love that their Yoga 1 class is really what a Yoga 2 class would be anywhere else. We got into some challenging poses (we even attempted flying lizard, which was a no-go for me) and I really enjoyed the stretch after the long run the day before.

Mon., March 13Anne and I decided to start the workweek off on a sweaty note with a Monday morning bootcamp class at Urban Athletic Club. We had the new(ish) instructor, Ali, again, and she took us through a couple of rounds of EMOM (every minute on the minute) and AMRAP (as many reps as possible) intervals with moves like toes to bar, TRX rows, TRX mountain climbers, burpees, thrusters, and more. I challenged myself to use heavier weights than I usually do and I was SO sore after this workout. Phew! It was a good one, if a little more CrossFit-y than I usually like.

Tues., March 14On Tuesday I enjoyed a lazy, snowy rest day! We were initially supposed to get between 8 and 12 inches of snow on Monday night/Tuesday morning, but it wound up being only about 2 or 3 inches here in Arlington. It was still enough to allow Fabio and me to work from home though, so I was a happy camper!

We took Jack to the park before we got started on work, and needless to say, he had a blast in the wet, heavy, snow.

We played a couple of rounds of fetch with a stick we found until we all got too cold and decided it was time to head back.

Once we were warm inside, I made us some blueberry muffins for breakfast using this recipe.

The recipe was perfect since we only had a tiny bit of almond milk in the fridge, and I liked that it called for Greek yogurt, honey, and old fashioned oats instead of any butter, oil, or refined sugar. Woohoo!

Fabio and I wound up working from the couch in front of the fire for most of the day, which was lovely! I could get used to that!

Wed., March 15 – Anne and I were ready for another sweaty workout on Wednesday morning, so we hit up BLAST in Foggy Bottom for a treadmill/strength workout. For anyone who hasn’t been to BLAST, it’s very similar to Orange Theory in that half the class is spent on the treadmill completing various different intervals (sprints and steep hill climbs) and the other half is spent on the floor doing various strength work.

Anne and I both agreed we enjoyed the BLAST workout more than we did the last couple of times we’ve gone to the class. I don’t know if it was the instructor (we had Lauren) or just that we are getting more familiar with the format, but I have a feeling we’ll start going back to BLAST more often!

Thurs., March 16  On Thursday, Fabio and I took a spin class at FlyWheel in City Center. It was a great class, and as usual, I sweat up a storm.

My overall score at the end of class was 158, and when I checked back to see how my score compared to last time, I realized that the last class I took was exactly one month ago (Feb. 16) and I got exactly the same score then too. How random is that? I usually fall somewhere between 230 and 270, but to get the exact same number two classes in a row is a pretty big coincidence. What can I say, I guess I’m consistent lately? Anyway, the class was great! Plus I always like when Fabio joins me for a class. 🙂

Fri., March 17 – Rest day!

Ok so really quickly before I sign off for today, I have to share this random story with you from this week.

So on Monday at Urban Athletic Club, Anne and I were chatting with this girl during our cool down stretch about where she likes to go on ClassPass. I remember she had a really cute matching leggings/sports bra set that had black and white palm trees on them, and she had a University of Maryland gym bag. We left class and I didn’t think about her again.

Then on Wednesday as I was leaving BLAST, I noticed the girl walking out in front of me had a University of Maryland gym bag. I looked down and saw the black and white palm tree leggings! My first thought was, OMG – it’s that girl again! My second thought was, I hope she did laundry yesterday! (Lol – hopefully she did.) She was too far away from me by then for me to say anything to her, but I remember thinking it was such a coincidence to see her twice in one week.

THEN on Thursday when I got to FlyWheel, I saw the University of Maryland gym bag again! It was sitting under a bench and when I looked around, sure enough I saw the same girl sitting by me putting on her spin shoes (this time she was also wearing the palm tree sports bra so again, I hope she did laundry lol). This time I said hi to her, and we laughed about how we took three of the same classes this week.

Anyway, I just thought it was such a random coincidence that I had to share here! Now I’m wondering when I’ll see her again, and if she’ll have on something other than the palm tree outfit, lol. Next time I see her I also want to ask if she went to University of Maryland! I’d love to find out if we have any Terp friends in common.

Alright friends, that’s all for today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Question of the day: Have you ever seen a stranger more than once in a week? It’s so weird when that happens, right?

 Posted by on March 17, 2017