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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Friday Fitness Tip – Be Positive

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to Be Positive when it comes to your exercise routine, and in all honesty… life.  So many of us are consumed by negative thoughts, including us. I’m not good enough. I can’t do this exercise. It’s too hard. I don’t have enough time. I’m too tired.  I’m not fit enough. Stop it. All of those thoughts are negative, and we can all relate at some point or another.

Anyways, what are some ways to get rid of your negative thoughts?

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Gettin’ Our Yoga Sculpt On!

Yoga Sculpt at Corepower Yoga – English Village is high up on my list of my favorite classes.  I just can’t stay away. See our previous posts here and here for a full description of the type of class. 

For the past few months, I have been going to Courtney’s 1:00 PM Sunday Yoga Sculpt class.  I was first attracted to this class because it is a great time for me and my family. My daughter usually naps around 2:00 PM, so I am not really missing too much time with her.  AND my husband has to put her down for a nap, and read her the 20,000 books she requests. Now, I come back every week because Courtney is amazing! The flow and speed of her class keeps me on my toes, and challenges me week after week. I am finally getting down the yoga lingo too! 

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Remember When We Didn’t Know What Tabata Was?

A little over a week ago, I went back to visit Nex Level Fitness – Doylestown to take Amy’s Saturday morning tabata class (See full review here).  I seriously forgot what I was missing! WOW! From the second I walked in, until the second I walked out, Amy’s energy was amazing. Talk about a great motivator! All throughout class, she encouraged people by name, and kept the class moving at such a fast pace. 

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We Worked Off Some Serious Frustrations At UFC Gym (Lansdale)! TRX and Kickboxing In One Class?! Sign Up Now!

Name: UFC Gym

Location: Lansdale, PA

Instructor: Dan – He was fantastic! Dan was constantly walking around the room, demonstrating, and offering modifications those of us that needed it.  He was also very encouraging and let us know when we were doing a good job. 

Exercise Type: MATRX – no, not like the movie, even though that’s the first thing we thought… Kenau, anyone?!

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Are Vitamins A Waste Of Money?

I was watching a rerun of a Big Bang Theory episode the other day on TV when Penny and Sheldon were at the grocery store. Penny talks about picking up vitamins and Sheldon, in only the way Sheldon can, let’s Penny know that even though she purchased vitamins, she really purchased very expensive urine, since her body could only absorb a small amount of nutrients in the vitamins she was taking. That got me thinking, are vitamins a waste of money? 

So… are vitamins a waste of your hard-earned money?

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