NYC Recap Part 1 of 3! Staying fit in the City.

Yes, when I travel I get fitness in somehow, even if it means dragging 3 of my best girlfriends with me all over the city! Before heading to NYC I had a few places in mind I was dying to try and I made sure we booked them in advance to ensure we got in.  In addition to classes we walked almost everywhere. Sadly I did not have a fitbit on because surely we had to have hit 15-20,000 steps everyday. So here it goes our 2 day fitness breakdown...

Day 1: My own personal version of a triathlon was done this day: Run, Spin, and Pilates.

6:30am wakeup and head out for a 4 mile run through beautiful central park. Our location was perfect about 1/4 of a mile from the park, we ran through the park with 100s of other runners and headed back to Rockefeller Plaza to meet our other friends where they were watching the Today show. We grabbed them and headed to SoulCycle for a heart pumping spin-dance party!  The music was awesome and the instructor had amazing energy. Class finished with a spin/dance party to Whitney Houston's, "I want to dance with somebody" and we all walked out with feeling energized for the day. Post class we grabbed awesome smoothies (you'll learn all about that on the food recap) and we got ready to take the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge. The weather was absolutely phenomenal and we walked the beautiful bridge and I headed straight to Bridge Pilates. I was so excited to be able to take a private session from the fantastic Blossom Crawford. Blossom was a student of Kathy Grant's, and Kathy Grant is a first generation Pilates teacher, one of only 2 people to receive a certification from Joe. It was such a special experience to work with her and my body appreciated the therapeutic movement and attention to detail.  Needless to say I was pretty tired after all of this!

Bridge Pilates in Brooklyn. Small and intimate, with warm sunlight coming in.

Bridge Pilates in Brooklyn. Small and intimate, with warm sunlight coming in.

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge!

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge!

Day 2: We decided it was very necessary to sleep in a bit on Saturday, I had every intention to go for a morning run before heading to our class this day but I needed the extra sleep and I'm glad I didn't because class was TOUGH! We headed to AKTinMOTION, Anna Kaiser's studio on the Upper East Side. I knew about Anna's but kicking style and studio but was a little hesitant to take one of her dance classes as that's not my forte, so we signed up for a class called 4Play taught by Adam (a broadway dancer!).  The class was taught in a heated room and was very fast paced. It was 4 rounds of 5-6 high intense exercises one after the other. Adam worked our whole bodies while playing great music and cheering us on! He was a blast.  On the wall of the studio room was a quote by Henry Ford that has stuck with me, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." What a motivational and powerful quote to read as your exercising and being pushed to do more!  After class we met Anna who was an absolute doll. She was so genuine and friendly. Next time in NYC I will muster up the courage to take one of her fierce dance classes!

A lovely sweaty photo with Anna post class, why couldn't we have met before I was a mess!

A lovely sweaty photo with Anna post class, why couldn't we have met before I was a mess!

My friends are awesome for letting me take them on a fitness tour of NYC and it's a good thing we did because we definitely indulged in all aspects of NYC.  Check back later this week for Part 2: FOOD, DRINKS, and DESSERTS!

Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday: Shred415 Arms and Abs
Tuesday: Teach Bootcamp
Wednesday: Pilates
Thursday: Shred415 
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Sunday: 9 mile Run

September Workout of the Month! Total Body.

Happy Fall! The weather in Chicago right now is absolutely perfect! I encourage you to get outside and enjoy every moment. Here is a workout you can easily take outside, all you need is a pair of free weights and a timer. 
The workout below is challenging for you whole body and will move you in every plane of motion.  Try to move from one exercise to the next with little to no rest. 

*JJ stands for jumping jacks

*Remember if you have any injuries or issues modify or adapt exercises as needed for your body.

Any questions about the exercises above feel free to leave a message, ENJOY!

Peach Arugula Salad

I know summer is not technically over but it sure feels like it here in Chicago. I am already having anxiety about the winter. Ryan keeps telling me we have three months until it gets really cold but I am already dreading it! I'm trying to make summer extend as long as possible, so here is one last summer salad to keep you in the season... Peach Arugula Salad!

I love the peppery taste of arugula and the sweet juicy taste of peaches, the combination is perfection.  

Peach Arugula Salad
4-6 servings
6 cups of Arugula (1 large container)
2 medium sized White flesh Peaches cut into bite sized pieces
1/3 cup slivered Almonds
Top with Grated Manchego Cheese to your liking (optional)

1/42cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Honey
Salt to taste

Place all ingredients in large salad bowl, toss with dressing and enjoy!

How are you making summer linger?

Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday: Shred415 Class
Tuesday: Teach Bootcamp and Pilates Magic Circle workout
Wednesday: 5 Mile Run and Pilates
Thursday: Shred415 Class 
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Shred415 




Summer Running Recap and a 30 day Pilates Challenge!

253 miles in the books.  This summer I had a mileage goal and I didn't hit it, I had 1 week in June and 1 week in August where I had to pull back from running, listen to my body and take it easy. In the end those two easy weeks paid off as I made it through Hood to Coast with no major injuries and still hit 253 miles! Not bad, not bad.  

Running is my favorite form of exercise but it is very hard on the body. I came to Pilates years ago as a way to combat the intensity of running, increase my flexibility, balance out my musculature, and decrease my risk of injury. With that being said, Pilates sadly hit the back burner for me these past few months but I am happy to say that I am rededicating myself to it in September! A few fellow teachers and I have created a 30 day advanced mat challenge. In total it takes about 45 minutes; it is challenging, it works your whole body, and it takes your spine through all ranges of motion leaving you feeling worked, lengthened, and overall better. I am so excited to be putting the time into my body over the next month and can't wait to feel and see the benefits.  Here is a glimpse into Day 2...

Starting a month long challenge can seem daunting at first but in reality it's only 30 days. That is enough time to create a new habit and change.  Let someone know about your challenge to help keep you accountable or employ a partner to do it with.  

I invite you to partake in a 30 day fitness challenge of your choice! I would love to hear about it and check in:-)