Like pretty much everyone, exercise and healthy eating was on my list of things to focus on this year. I’m pretty good about working out most of the time, it’s the eating part where I throw caution to the wind. My goal this year is to focus on mixing up my workouts. Since I moved to Chicago, I got in a routine of doing the same workouts over and over and kind of hit a plateau. I want to add a few more things to the mix to shake things up a bit, and you know, see results!
I seriously can’t believe February is next week… January has been kind of a strange month, no? It started off strong with all of these new goals and such, but I’ve been in a funk this month. Getting sick didn’t help, but I’m majorly blaming Mercury being in retrograde. I’m normally super up-to-date with my astrology happenings (go ahead, judge me), but I was kind of slacking this month. When I caught up this this past Sunday, suddenly the whole month just made sense. Mercury was in retrograde from January 5th through the 25th, aka: like the whole freaking month. Thank goodness it’s over now! Let’s do this, 2016.
I’m a fitness class fanatic. Since I work from home, and most usually by myself, I really appreciate the social aspect of fitness classes. I used to be able to hop on the elliptical and zone out listening to music, but I just get kind of bored nowadays. I’ve found that the key for me sticking to a workout routine is classes, so that’s what I focus on! I get a lot of questions about my fitness routine, so let me break it down…
Spinning / Cycling – I’m addicted to SoulCycle classes – I go almost every day. People often ask me “Why SoulCycle?” and what sets it apart from other spinning classes, but for me it’s just a feeling. SoulCycle was the first workout that I ever got excited about and looked forward to going to! It’s not even about burning calories for me… It’s such a mental release. It’s 45 minutes in a dark candle-lit room, rocking out to your favorite music. No phones, no talking, just you and your bike and the rest of the pack. It’s all about the instructor, as each instructor has their own taste in music. I might be biased, but in Chicago, Hallie W is my favorite. 😉 If you’re in New York, my favorites are Parker, Marvin, Madison, and Lindsay. In LA, Kara is my go-to!
Yoga – Because I spin so often, my hips and legs are always tight AF. Yoga is essential to stretch out… I need to make it more of a priority! I prefer hot Vinyasa flow yoga, but I also like going to restorative yoga classes once a week to really focus on stretching. You can never do enough yoga and stretching! (If you’re in NYC, I love Lyons Den!)
Sculpt – My yoga studio also has a class called Sculpt, which is an absolute kick in the butt. I kind of dread going, but it’s such a good workout. It’s taught in the yoga studio, which is a heated room. You’re on your mat, but don’t be fooled – it’s a whole lot more than a yoga class. You incorporate free weights into your yoga sequences and even do a few different cardio bursts, like jumping jacks, burpees, etc. It’s a whole lot of sweat, a towel on your mat is essential.
Pilates, for lack of a better term – I was obsessed with SLT in New York. I miss it so, so much! (If anyone from SLT is reading this, please please please come to Chicago!) In Chicago, I found a pilates studio that only works with reformers, Flex Pilates. (I hate pilates mat classes!) I really like going, but it’s pretty pricey so I only go about once a week.
Barre – I tried my hand at barre classes when I first moved to New York, but it never stuck because I just didn’t love it. I loved the results, but I just couldn’t get motivated to get to class for some reason. Before I moved back to Chicago, I went to a different studio and liked it, but then, you know, I moved. I just recently decided to give it another go in Chicago and I have really enjoyed it so far! The studio I am going to, The Dailey Method, has an awesome 6-week package for first timers, so I’m going to try it out for the full six weeks. It’s been one week so far, let’s hope it sticks! I have a feeling it will, but I can keep you posted.
With any fitness studio, it’s all about the studio vibes, am I right? Sometimes I’ve loved classes and instructors that my friends have not, and vice versa. My best advice is to take recommendations from people who share your same tastes in workouts, but also TRY NEW THINGS! Easier said than done, but just give it a go. I was nervous to try this new barre studio, but I grabbed a friend and went during a more empty time slot to feel more comfortable. It’s never as scary as it seems, promise! Just keep trying until you find what works for you and your body. It’s worth it!
Since my workouts are all over the board, but usually pretty heavy on the sweat, I need workout clothes that really fit a number of occasions. I don’t like to have tops that are just for yoga, and pants that are just for spinning, etc. I strive to make getting out the door (the hardest part of working out!) as easy as possible. To do this, I focus on clothing that works for every occasion and clothing that I actually want to wear.
I’ve said it before, but investing in new workout clothes is SO worth it. If you don’t feel strong and confident, you probably won’t have it in you to make it to the class and push yourself to your limit. Ditch the old college t-shirts, and ditch the leggings that you also pair with sweaters and such. Invest in a workout wardrobe to motivate yourself to get your sweat on! If you’re rolling your eyes and thinking that it’s just not in the budget, it doesn’t have to be expensive, I promise!
Old Navy just launched a new line of activewear, and they focused on three main categories to make sure you’re wearing the best gear for the workouts you like to do. Running, Studio, and Training. The Running collection is focused on being fast & light – all about functionality and innovation. The Studio collection is specifically designed for bending, stretching, and sweating. And then there’s the Training collection that’s made for workouts from A-Z, gym and outdoors.
Everything I’m wearing here is from the Training collection, simply because I like to keep it streamlined. Most of the studio collection would work with the classes I take, but I want workout wear that will allow me to take it outside, too. One stop shop, you know?
Also, if you do a lot of sweaty workouts and don’t have Tide Sport, you’re doing it wrong. 😉 It’s THE BEST!
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