Are You Ready To Ride? Check Out stRIDE Spin & Fitness!

Are You Ready To Ride?

Name: stRIDE Spin & Fitness Studio

Location: Phoenxville, PA

Instructor: Tori – Everything about her is amazing! She has undeniable energy, and was so motivating throughout class.

Exercise Type: Indoor cycle – We want to start by saying this is the best indoor cycle class we have taken so far! The energy, the crowd, the motivation, you name it… everything exceeded our expectations.  We came into class feeling tired, stressed, maybe a tad hungover, and we left feeling PUMPED! 

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Body Image And A Powerful Message

Body Image – noun; the subjective picture or mental image of one’s own body.

I know what I want to say to myself, but it just doesn’t happen easily. It’s a constant battle in my head… You look amazing! You worked so hard and you’re so strong! Yes, my hair actually looks good. My bags under my eyes aren’t that noticeable, right? Ugh, you’re so fat. My skin is disgusting. I have nothing to wear. I hate my clothes. You’re so gross. I don’t feel pretty. My body image perception needs some work.

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Tough Mudder Bootcamp Made Us Feel Strong As A Mother

Taking this class made us feel Strong As A Mother! Keep reading to see why!

Name: Tough Mudder Bootcamp 

Location: Blue Bell, PA

Instructor: Michelle  

Exercise Type: FORCE – We started with a warm up, which consisted of lunges, mountain climbers, crunches, etc. Next we started the workout. There were six stations that we cycled through twice. The stations included: shuffles, weighted ropes, kettle bell swings, rows on a TRX cable, weighted ball throws, and carioca. We ended the class with a cool down and stretching.

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HIIT And Cocktails? Bridge The Gap Workouts Does It Again!

HIIT and cocktails? Sign us up! Danielle Bridge from Bridge the Gap Workouts, held an AMAZING HIIT class at Boardroom Spirits in Lansdale a few weeks ago.  You all know how much we love Danielle’s classes, and when we heard there was a cocktail workshop following the class we couldn’t miss it! We have taken a bunch of Danielle’s classes, and all are amazing! Here are a few of our favorites (shopping and burn, bootcamp, HIIT and beer, and anywhere).

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We Love Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary’s Rockin’ Vinyasa Class – Let Us Tell You Why!

We had to go back and visit Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary and take Claudine’s (the owner) class! We are so happy we did! Claudine teaches the 7:00 PM Monday night Rockin’ Vinyasa class.  See our previous experience here, where Jennifer was subbing for Claudine.

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Vacationing in Avalon? Check Out Ship Shape’s Bootcamp!

Vacationing at the New Jersey shore is relaxing, but I can’t forget about my workouts!  I am not very good at working out in my home, so I teamed up with my friend, Leslie, and we went to this awesome bootcamp in Avalon. 

Name: Ship Shape Health & Fitness

Location: Avalon, NJ

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Are You A Morning Person Or A Night Person When It Comes To Exercising?

In a previous post, I told you all that I had a goal to try and work out in the morning. Thankfully, I’ve been able to do so and here are my thoughts.

Working out in the morning, specifically at 5:30 am, is hard if you’re not a morning person like me! Since becoming a parent, I’ve become a morning person… not by choice. For example, last Monday I naturally woke up at 5:00 am. I decided to start the day with Danielle Bridge Bridge The Gap Workouts, LLC by taking her bootcamp class. Nothing like Danielle wanting a “Yeah!” at the crack of dawn, but she’s one motivating lady! Here’s what happens after I take her morning classes:

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Listen To Your Body When Exercising. What Is It Saying?

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Listen To Your Body.” 

Whether you are an avid exerciser, or a beginner, it is always important to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  Stop what you are doing, and re-evaluate. If you are in a group fitness class, call over the instructor/coach and ask for help. If you are working out alone, stop and do some more research. Exercise-related injuries can be very serious. A simple pulled muscle can take you out of the game for weeks! 

It is also super important to stretch before and after exercising.  Let us tell you first hand that getting older does not make this easier. The older you get, the older your muscles get.  They need more TLC that when you were in your 20s. Sad but true. 

Forget Skinny. Skinny Is Old News. Try Being Fit. Fit Is In.

True Life: I used to be obsessed with being “skinny.”  All throughout my adolescent years, I focused on it, stressed over it, and I dreamt about it. I let those thoughts control my life, and I developed a lot of unhealthy habits because of it.  It was the monkey on my back that I couldn’t quite shake. Thankfully, when I found exercise, I had an epiphany.

I didn’t need to be skinny; I wanted to be fit.

It took me way into my 20’s, but I have finally figured it out. My goal today is to no longer be skinny, it is to be fit.

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Vacationing At The Jersey Shore? Try Stone Harbor’s Bootcamp Next Time!

My visit to Stone Harbor’s Bootcamp.

Name: 7 Mile Fitness

Location: Stone Harbor, NJ

Instructor: Various (See “Exercise Type”)

Exercise Type: Bootcamp – There were 40 stations set up all along the recreation center.  A few examples were: jumping jacks, squats, weighted ball throws, bicep curls, burpees, planks, and lunges.  When I first heard “40 stations” I figured there had to be repeats… I was amazed that they were all different! 

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