Bootcamp – Bridge The Gap Workouts, LLC

Name: Bridge the Gap Workouts, LLC

Location: Lansdale, PA

Instructor: Danielle

Exercise Type: Bootcamp – This was a full body workout, with stations were set throughout the weightroom. We completed 45 seconds of weights, followed by 45 seconds of resistance. We worked hard and burned our arms, legs, booty, and abs throughout class completing various exercises from bicep curls to squats. In between sets, we completed cardio to get our heart rate up. The last round through the stations was just resistance exercises to get more cardio. It was the perfect way to start the day and leave me feeling strong all day long with natural energy!

Place: Gym

Day of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:30 am- Danielle kicked my butt in 45 minute minutes, so I was in and out of class by 6:15 am and ready to start my day!

Price: $10; Packages and memberships available

What to Wear: Leggings; T-shirt/Tank Top; Sneakers

What to Bring: Water; Towel

What is Provided: Weights; Variety of workout equipment (Beware – the booty band!)

Level of Experience: All levels seen

Gender Majority: Female

Age Group: All

Welcoming: Yes! Danielle always greets you with a warm and motivating welcome! She continues this throughout class so you can have your best workout!

Cleanliness: Yes

Unique Features: Although you know what to expect throughout the stations, Danielle always has some way to keep you guessing with cardio in between rounds or a challenge at the end. Let’s just say I was burning my way through the last set of resistance for a cardio set and it was exactly what we all needed to finish our workout strong!

Exercising in the morning has so many benefits that last all day. I had natural energy that I didn’t need from coffee and I was much happier that I got my workout in early so I could see my babies at night. It was not a strain on my family as the kids were still snoozing when I got home. And lastly, my headache that I was fighting all night was GONE! Yes, I came with a headache and left without one. I’ll take that when my stress level is high.

Thank you for another awesome, kickass workout, Danielle! You know that I’ll be back!

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Who’s Up For A Plank Challenge?

If there is one thing I can say I “hate”, its planks.  I seriously despise planks. Why are they so hard? Why do I feel like they never get easier? Having a baby killed my core; can I still use that excuse now that I have a 2.5 year old?!  I personally believe that planks are so challenging because they are so effective:

  • They engage all of your core muscle groups, in one little position.
  • You’ll burn more calories that your traditional sit-up or crunch.
  • You’ll improve your posture and balance.
  • They can improve your overall mood! What! Planks stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension.

I also convince myself that they are harder and harder each time… guess why? Because I am challenging myself every time, and I am increasing the amount of time I am holding my plank. I wish I started keeping a count of how long I could hold a plank when I first started, because I know the amount of time has at least doubled.

I want to share my plank routine with all of you. It is something that I have learned by going to various classes, and it has been very effective for me.  Whenever I can’t make it to a class, or am at the gym doing my own workout, I do this series. Typically, I do 10 reps for each set, take a rest, and then back at it.  I usually do this anywhere from 5 – 10 times, depending on how I am feeling. I like this series because it is easy to complete at home and you really don’t need any equipment (maybe a yoga mat if you choose).

Melissa and I would like to challenge you to a 7 day plank challenge starting today, or tomorrow, or next week, all that matters is you are doing it.  For 7 days in a row, try this plank series. Start off with doing it 5x and work your way up until 10. After 7 days, let us know how you are feeling. Has it been effective?  We’d love to hear from you! If any of you are brave enough to take a video, we challenge you to post it to social media, tag us, and use the #workitlikeamotherplankchallenge

Do You Have The Hots For The Jonas Brothers? Yup. So Does This Mom!

Why does this mama have the hots for the Jonas Brothers?! Seriously, aren’t they like 12 years old? HA! It sure seems like that to me, but God, that new song is in my head ALL. DAY. LONG.  Why is it so good? Even my two year old is singing, “Sucker for you, sucker, sucker, sucker.” It’s probably not the best word to teach her, but I can’t listen to Daniel Tiger songs any longer.  Even though the recreated Mr. Rogers tv show is my daughter’s (and mine and my husband’s) life lesson, I just can’t anymore. Thank you Scary Mommy for pointing that out to me.

Ok I’m rambling. Jonas Brothers, Jonas Brothers. Oh yeah. Is it getting hot in here? Why am I weak in the knees all of a sudden. Anyways, this week has sucked for me. I’m busy at work with client deadlines (‘tis the season to be an accountant), so I didn’t have time to go to another workout class. I wanted to keep up my workout routine, so I decided to just go for a run around my neighborhood. A run, you say? Yes! Twice in two weeks, and this time my husband didn’t even screw up. I put on my running shoes and played Sucker on repeat for the whole 2.5 miles I ran (more like slowly jogged, but it still counts!).


What are your favorite songs in your workout playlist? Next time I post about playlists, I promise I will share my complete one. It might or might not be made up of Tupac songs. Until next time…

Meghan

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy on a Busy Schedule {Guest Post}

Hi loves❤

Welcome to the Kate’s Life Family. I wanted to take a quick second to introduce myself to you all. My name is Kate – and I am a lifestyle blogger from the Midwest. I write about Creativity (DIY’s, Pinterest Recipes, Organization), Personal Development, and Health & Fitness. If you want to join my family, hop on over to sign up for my newsletter. Check me out on Insta, Pinterest, and Facebook, too!

Today I want to focus in on how to stay healthy when you are living a busy life. This can be for parents who split their time between working and taking care of their kids, people who are simply overworked and don’t have much time for personal care, or can be for individuals who need a few simple steps to keep them on track. I share these tips out of experience and am still trying to find complete balance (if that even exists) between all of my avenues in life.

What Does Being Healthy Even Mean?

Being Healthy has become such a controversial topic because everyone defines this term differently. To me, being healthy is implementing changes in your life that will benefit your mind and body. They can be as big as tracking what you eat to lose weight – or a small task of drinking enough water each day. The great thing about the term, “being healthy” is YOU get to decide what that looks like for you and your life.

Creating Healthy To-Go Meals

I know, I know. If you are on a busy schedule, how are you supposed to create a few healthy meals and snacks? I get it, I do. You can create a few small meals and snacks in under 30 minutes. You can keep these staples in the pantry or fridge which will allow you to grab them when you are on the way out. A few of my favorite to-go snack are pre-portioned nuts, dried fruit, hard boiled eggs, and string cheese. My preferred simple and quick meals are: healthy pasta salad, yogurt parfaits, and Mason jar salads. I love using Pinterest to find new meals to incorporate into my busy schedule.

Schedule Your Workouts

Scheduling workouts into your calendar is one of the most important tasks to do. When you schedule your workouts, you gain the mentality that it is an IMPORTANT appointment that you cannot miss. When I was establishing my workout routine, this habit was monumental in keeping me on track. When I schedule my workouts, I put in the day and time of each workout during the week. It helps me plan out the week and work around my workout so that I can truly get it in.

Workout Wherever You Can

The one thing I learned early during my quest for fitness – is that it doesn’t matter where you workout – it matters that you worked out. A great workout can mean very different things to different people. It doesn’t mean you have to be working out at the gym, or attend a class (BUT if you do prefer to workout in those ways – make sure to schedule them into your calendar so you can make it happen). Working out at home can still be an efficient and killer workout. If you need a few tips of what workout equipment you should be keeping around the house to get in a great workout, check out this blog.

Find a Workout Routine that Works for You

If you are a busy mom, working 9-5, then taking care of the kids when you get home – a 2 hour intense gym workout MAY not be the best for you. AND if this is how you are trying to workout, and can’t get it done – you may be sabotaging yourself. Find a workout routine that will fit your schedule, abilities, and equipment available. Set aside time to discover moves you can complete that fit into your schedule – with the internet being at our fingertips these days – there is an unlimited source of information.

Take a Look at Your Spare Time

A lot of people use the excuse that they don’t have time to stay healthy and fit.

Okay.

Now look at where you are spending your time. Are you sitting on the couch scrolling through Social Media during any part of the day? Do you watch TV for any amount of time? DO YOU HAVE 20 MINUTES TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? If not, try to take a serious look at where you are spending your time. If being healthy is a real priority to you; you will find time to do these things to improve and support your health.

Your health is your priority, but that doesn’t mean you should be putting pressure on yourself. Be understanding with yourself. You can only do as much as your life allows. The great thing about life is that we go through different seasons throughout our life. You may not have a lot of time on your hands right now, and a quick 15-20 minute workout is all you can get in. Maybe in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years – you will be in a different season which can allow you to have a different workout routine.

Find beauty in the current season you are in. Take in all life has to offer in this moment right now.

Find ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your routine. What works for one person – may not work for you. It is an ever-changing process that should adapt to your current life situation.

What ways are you staying healthy throughout your busy life? What are some areas you are looking to improve on??

Much Love,

Kate

Is Your Husband Taking Advantage Of You? Here’s What You Should Do.

Doesn’t it seem like us women are picking up more and more of the slack lately? I was thinking this last Friday, when my husband went out after work. Now, normally, I don’t mind if he goes to happy hour once and a while. I mean, he does support me with my working out on a regular basis, and is more than happy to help out with our daughter when I need some time to myself. But this time was different. He was much later than he said he would be, and it felt like he was completely taking advantage of the situation. He knew I was home with our daughter, and it felt like he had no regard for being home on time.

I was furious when he finally got home, but instead of creating a scene in front of our daughter, I took a different approach. I went to the gym for a run. It was exhilarating. I had the best run I have had in years, which is a big deal because I am NOT a runner by any sense of the word. Typically I get on the treadmill and hope I don’t fall off. This time I was actually turning up the speed as I went. I channeled all of the anger I had into a positive output, and left feeling great. Well, still a little angry, but sweaty and accomplished.

I walked in the house from the gym to apologies and a cooked dinner. I mean it was frozen pizza heated in the oven, but it’s the thought that counts, right? There was also a glass of wine poured and waiting for me in my favorite spot on the couch. Not only did the new approach work with my husband (which I never would have guessed actually), but I accomplished a great workout in addition. Next time your husband pisses you off, instead of yelling at him, try working off some steam at the gym. Maybe his reaction when you get home will surprise you. It sure surprised me.

Thanks for reading!

Meghan

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Vinyasa Flow – Twisters Wellness Centers

Name: Twisters Wellness Centers

Location: Ambler, PA

Instructor: Dan – he was great! He constantly walked around the room and helped with form, and also encouraged us to try some harder poses.

Exercise Type: Vinyasa Flow – All Levels – we really enjoyed this class! Class started out with some light stretching, and then we went into the vinyasa flows. There were a decent amount of planks, which keep these mamas’ cores tight! We also did a bunch of hip-opener exercises, and practiced our handstands towards the end of class. Handstands are SO HARD! Luckily, Dan showed us how to practice by using the wall in front of us, which helped a little. We were in awe of one woman who had the perfect handstand. #handstandgoals

Place: Studio – When we walked into the studio we were blown away by how gorgeous it was! Nice wood floors, and windows lining the one wall, which let in the perfect amount of light. There were also tiny lights (could have even been Christmas lights) around the upper perimeter of the room. It was very relaxing and serene.

Day of the Week: Wednesday – this was a great “hump day” workout because it incorporated a good amount of stretching and meditating at the end of class, which refueled out tired mommy bodies!

Time: 7:05 – 8:05 PM – make sure you give yourself extra time because parking was an issue for us. There is a public lot located next to the studio. It was also one of the first nice nights (weather-wise), so that could have attributed to our parking troubles. There were a lot of people out and about… we also should have taken advantage of the nice weather and grabbed a drink after class! There is a new brewery right below the studio, and we will definitely be checking that out next time! Tannery Run

Price: $50 for a 30-day unlimited trial for new clients; other packages and memberships available.

What to Wear: Leggings; t-shirt/tank top; bare feet

What to Bring: Mat & water

What is Provided: Blocks

Level of Experience: All levels

Gender Majority: Mix

Age Group: Various – we are in our early 30’s and we were probably in the middle somewhere

Welcoming: Yes! Dan introduced himself to us right away, asked if we had any injuries, any questions, etc.

Cleanliness: Yes.

Unique Features: As mentioned above, the handstands towards the end of class was a unique feature. This is not something we get to practice often, so it is really exciting when we get the opportunity!

Thank you so much for having us! We really enjoyed your class, and can’t wait to come back with our handstands perfected!

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Am I Having An Identity Crisis?

I’ve known my whole life that I wanted to be a mommy and a teacher. Now that I’m here, is this what I really want? Tired, overworked, face full of wrinkles and under eye circles? What more would I want?

Thinking back to the good old days, I spent hours getting ready for a night out on the town. Maybe a nap? Shower. Blow out my hair. Do my makeup. Don’t want to meet up until 10 PM? Sure, that works for me! Or maybe we’ll skip tonight and day drink tomorrow. Mimosas at brunch? Count me in!

Ugh. I love when younger people without kids say they’re tired. Like they really know what that means. But that’s ok. They’ll find out the hard way, just like us. Bahahaha.

Well, I wonder what would have happened if [this] or [that] stayed the same and never changed? What if… I moved to Hawaii and took a job? What if… we continued to rent and not bought a house so quickly? What if… I didn’t want to be a teacher in the way I thought I needed to be? Do you ever question things or fantasize how things could be different? What if… we moved to a place that made us happy?

Now, I’m not one to think the grass is greener on the other side, but what if…

Yes, careers may change. Roles in life my change. Seasons will change. People will come and go, but family? It’s forever, and I’m glad to have two amazing littles call me “mommy”, lots of kids to call me “Mrs. Wallace”, and an awesome hubby to call me “Meem”.   

Then I bring myself to the present. My two beautiful babies. Oh my god, do I love them. My husband. The man that made me believe there were good fish left in the sea and we could do anything together. One day I will have mimosa at brunch again, and I will have a fun-filled night of dancing. And maybe even a slight hangover. I would love to live in a beautiful place that made me feel inspired and alive, but I wouldn’t feel like that without my family. So we’ll have to do with the extremes of each season here in good old PA. And that’s ok. I can continue to fantasize and wonder, because each time it brings me back to the present. And my golly, I’m one lucky lady.

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Tabata – Nex Level Fitness (Chalfont)

“You gotta Tabata!” This was the saying we were welcomed with as we entered into Nex Level Fitness Chalfont bright and early on Saturday morning, and it totally stuck!  It was our second time taking Tabata at Nex Level Fitness (Thank you to Amy W. for introducing us!), but our first time taking it at the Chalfont Location (see previous past from Nex Level – Doylestown here).  Just like the first time, this class did not disappoint. Some of the exercises were similar, so we knew what to expect, but we can say with complete truth that the phrase “no pain no gain” definitely applies here.

We have come to the conclusion that if we took Tabata 1-2 times a week, every week, we would be in some serious, kick-ass shape. It is now 3 days after we took this class and we are STILL sore! Nex Level, it never ceases to amaze us how great a workout we get at your classes. Thank you again for another great class!

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Not A Luxury… A Necessity

Most parents will agree, your life and marriage changes dramatically once you have kids. This is something people mention, but don’t really go into detail about. In order to keep my marriage whole, I try to plan as many date nights as possible. And when I say “I try to plan” it’s because, let’s be honest, do men know how to plan anything? Love you, honey.

So why are date nights so important?

  1. Communication.  For me, it is a time to reconnect with my husband and actually listen to what he is saying (even if I don’t want to… he knows by now that I am always right anyways). There are so many times we are having a conversation and get interrupted by our two year old. By the time she stops interrupting, we both forgot what we were even talking about in the first place.
  2. Relaxation. I don’t have to tell you that having kids is hard. You constantly have to be on your A-game. Having a date night away from my daughter means I don’t have to worry as much as I normally do, when I am responsible for her. Let’s be honest, I still worry, but just not as much.  It gives me a chance to relax, and the wine doesn’t hurt either.
  3. Rekindling the romance. Every time I go on a date with my husband, I remember why I fell in love with him in the first place. It is so easy to get caught up in the same old routine of life, so it is really nice to remember what brought us together.
  4. Setting an example. By going on date nights, we are teaching our daughter that relationships are important. The more she sees us going on date nights and wanting to spend time together, the more she will carry that into her own relationships. Growing up, I remember my parents having date night every Saturday night. For me, it was awesome because me and my siblings were usually babysat by our grandparents, who let us stay up late and eat whatever we wanted! It was a win-win! My parents got alone time and we got to do whatever we wanted LOL. I also got to see my parents wanting to spend time with one another. Now that I am married and have a daughter, I try to prioritize alone time with my husband.

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Pole 1 -2 – PA Pole Academy

Name: Pennsylvania Pole Academy

Location: Doylestown, PA

Instructor: Jane – She was simply amazing!! Every move she did was flawless and she made it look SO effortless! We could sit back and watch her all day.  She demonstrated each move several times and also came around to give one-on-one help. She also explained to us how to get the proper grips, which is so important so you don’t fall or hurt yourself.

Exercise Type: Pole (Level 1-2) Has anyone see the King of Queens episode where Kevin James kills it on the stripper pole?!  We think we probably looked like Carrie (Youtube clip here) – This was our first ever experience with pole dancing… real pole dancing. Sure, we have had our drunken moments in college when we thought we were being cool and dancing around on a pole in the middle of a bar… we’ll pretend that didn’t happen! Thank god there was no Snapchat back then!

Class started out with warm-ups to get our muscles ready. We did a lot of stretching and a few planks.  Then we got our first shot at the pole (our husbands would love to hear us say this… dirty minds LOL!)! Gripping the pole was hard the first time, and there were two different sizes. We recommend starting with the smaller one first.

The first move was relatively easy and we thought to ourselves, “piece of cake!”  We stood behind the pole and kicked one leg out and then swept it back in and kicked the other out. Jane called it the pendulum, and that’s exactly what it looked like. She kept building on that one move, and it got more and more challenging, but we still hung in there.  See YouTube clip of Jane doing it here.  It wasn’t until the next set of moves that we thought to ourselves, “OMG this is HARD!”  The amount of upper body strength needed for the majority of these moves is crazy. Again, Jane made it look so easy and we didn’t even realize how much strength it took until we tried it ourselves. Check out the move below that we were able to nail!

We ended the workout with a simple spin call the Attitude Spin (see Youtube clip here).  This was awesome! Jane took the pin out of the bottom of the pole so it could spin and showed us how to do a simple spin. We felt like we could do it all day long, that’s how much fun it was.

Place: Studio

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:30-10:30 AM

Price: $25 Drop-in price; packages available

What to Wear: We went to Pole wearing our usual – leggings and a tank top.  However, you really should wear shorts (really short shorts – boy shorts if you are comfortable enough) and a tank top. You need your skin to be on the pole, rather than clothing (oh man, we’re so glad our husbands aren’t reading this!).  Just a note too, the skin sensation was very weird at first. It almost felt like a rug burn – luckily we were warned.

What to Bring: Mat (they have extra if you forget) and water

What is Provided: The pole lol.  They also had extra shorts for us to borrow.

Level of Experience: Beginner to advanced – we have never taken this before, and it was HARD! However, since we have some upper body strength, we were able to do the majority of the moves (just not as graceful as the more experienced members.)

Gender Majority: Female

Age Group: 20’s and 30’s

Welcoming: YES! Jane took a lot of time with us in the beginning and after class to answer our questions.

Cleanliness: Extremely.  We also each got a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and a rag to wipe our pole before, during, and after class.  This not only cleans the pole, but it helps keep you from slipping.

Unique Features: Where do we start??? Everything, LOL.  Besides the workout itself, we felt a huge sense of empowerment. All of the women were cheering each other on and helping one another. They were so helpful to us too, by giving us tips and tricks. They even cracked a few jokes after we changed into our shorts. We were concerned because they were so short, and they made comments about how they really should be shorter (true story… they should have been for better traction!).  Another cool thing was that someone brought their two little dogs!! We LOVE dogs, so we ate this up. We have never been to a workout that let you bring your pets before. It was really cool!

Thank you SO MUCH for having us!  We literally had so much fun, and we can’t wait to come back and do it again. Going to this class was a new and exciting challenge for us, and one that we want to be able to perfect. One of us might have been looking at poles on amazon to add to her house… practice makes perfect, right?!  If you have never tried a pole class and want to, go to Pennsylvania Pole Academy and try it out. They have so many different classes to choose from, so you are bound to find one that you will like.

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Meghan (on the left):

Leggings: https://shopstyle.it/l/07J8

Tank: https://shopstyle.it/l/07K1  (similar – newer style)

Melissa (on the right):

Leggings:  https://shopstyle.it/l/1jvH

Tank: https://shopstyle.it/l/1jvU (similar – newer style)