Looking For A Unique Exercise Class? Unique + Fit Is The Place For You!

A unique exercise class for everyone. This class has it all!

Name: Unique + Fit

Location: Sellersville, PA

Instructor: Stacy (owner)

Exercise Type: “Prepare yourself because you might not be able to walk for a few days.”

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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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Friday Fitness Tip – What Are The Best Post-Workout Snacks?

A little while ago we posted about finding the right pre-workout snack, and now we want to share the perfect post-workout snack.  This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is “What Are The Best Post-Workout Snacks?”

Most of us give a lot of thought to our pre-workout snack, and just let the post-workout snack fall to the wayside. It is just as important. The bottom line is this, consuming the right nutrients after exercise can help rebuild your muscle proteins and glycogen stores (these are used as fuel when you are exercising). It also helps stimulate growth of new muscle.  The best post-workout snack has a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein. 

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6 Stylish Outfits to Workout In {Guest Post}

Admit it, motivating yourself to get up early and go to the gym or spin class is a lot easier when you feel good in your exercise clothes. Once you’ve put in the work you’ll feel great, but we all know that getting there is half the battle.

To give you a little extra motivation, I’ve put together 6 stylish athletic outfits to take you to the gym and beyond. (The best part? You can also wear them to run errands in and you’ll still look perfectly put together). 

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What Are Your Top 4 Workout Songs?

Our Top 3 Current Workout Songs – April 2019 (with 1 Throwback)

  • Wow (Post Malone) – My arm won’t stop moving the entire time this song is playing. I feel like Pauly D from Jersey Shore.
  • Sweet But Psycho (Ava Max) – Did my husband write this song? No…..he would never call me sweet.
  • High Hopes (Panic at the Disco) – Holy Moses this song gets me moving. As soon as that second chorus hits, I am in a groove.
  • Go Girl (Pitbull) – For back when we were 21 and could drop it low in the bars. And we were able to get back up. Those were the days.

What are some of your top workout songs?

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!

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Friday Fitness Tip: How Parking Farther Can Allow For That Extra Glass Of Wine

Exercising is tough. Errands are also tough. Circling a parking lot to find the closest spot possible is commonplace. Wait, what?! Why do we all do this? I have actually spent a lengthy amount of time waiting to find a parking spot that is 2 spaces closer. And I preach exercising to my child. This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Park Farther Away On Purpose.”

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Body Back – Fit4Mom – Central Bucks

Name: Fit4Mom Central Bucks

Location: Warrington, PA

Instructor: Emily

Exercise Type: Body Back – Note: This is an 8 week program, but we only participated in one night. For the full 8 weeks, the women who sign up for this class have two live workouts a week, and one online workout.  The program also provides nutritional guidelines, as well as weigh-ins and measurements. There is an accountability Facebook group, where the women can post their progress to help them stay on track.

The class is structured as a HIIT (high intensity interval training) class. There were stations set up around the room which consisted of burpees, squats, planks, side planks, high knees, and dumbell curls/presses to name a few, and we did each one two times.  Each station had 3 exercises made up of cardio, strength training, and core work. See example below.

They were strategically set up to help you burn calories, and then tone you as you caught your breath.  And then there was core work… you know mamas love core work! Let’s just say that this class is NO JOKE (see calories burned below).  It makes sense why all of the moms are coming to this class to get their “body back,” and all of the moms in the class looked fantastic! After hearing them talk, they felt fantastic too!

Place: Fitness center

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:30-8:30 PM –

Price: First class is FREE; $350 for the 8-week course (this includes 2 live sessions, 1 online session, meal plan, recipes, and a food journal). Go to  Fit4Mom  Central Bucks for other information on packages and pricing.

What to Wear: T-shirt/tank top; leggings/shorts; sneakers

What to Bring: Water

What is Provided: weights, bands

Level of Experience: All levels

Gender Majority: women

Age Group: We’d say mid to late 20’s and early 30’s

Welcoming: Extremely! We got there about 15 minutes early, so we got the chance to talk with Emily before class. She filled us in on the programs and classes they offer, and was so passionate about the classes. Once the other women got there, they were so friendly to us! We all went around the room and said how many kids we had, how old they were, and their name(s). It was crazy how comfortable we felt with them!

Cleanliness: Yes!

Unique Features: Yes. Two things really stuck out to us. 1) There was such a sense of community and friendship. We figured all of the women knew each other outside of class, but they had all met at class. That says something about the programs Fit4Mom offers. They create friendships because everyone has a common theme… kids! It is so easy to talk about kids once you have one, and it is comforting to know that other moms are going through the same things you are.  2) The support and accountability the moms get and receive is something that we should all take part in. Every mom knows that having a baby is life changing, not just emotionally, but physically too. There are so many times we look in the mirror and say, “Ugh! I wish I had my pre-baby body back.” It is so comforting to know that we are not alone in our thoughts, and it is even better to have the support and encouragement from other moms who feel the same way. We both wish that we would have known about all of the classes Fit4Mom  Central Bucks offers after we had our kids!

Moms, soon-to-be moms, or women thinking about becoming a mom soon, check out the programs Fit4Mom  Central Bucks has to offer. Not only will you get your “body back,” you will also develop friendships with other moms just like you!  Thank you so much for having us! The next class on our list for Fit4Mom is Stroller Barre… we can’t wait to come back and shake with you!

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Power Step – Nex Level Fitness (Chalfont)

Name: Nex Level Fitness

Location: Chalfont, PA

Instructor: Michele

Exercise Type: Power Step – OK, so when we think of “Step Classes” we think of old ladies, wearing sweatbands, high socks, and high-top sneakers. Can you picture it?

When we first walked in, we met Michele and she asked if we had ever taken a step class before. When we told her “no” she got a huge smirk on her face. We knew we were in for it. Michele told us that a lot of the people in the class were experienced, and if we couldn’t see her (and sometimes we couldn’t because there were a lot of people in class) that we could look at a more experienced person. She told us the main thing is to keep moving, because that we what we are here to do… exercise and burn calories! She also warned us that we might feel a little lost, and not to be discouraged because a lot of the people in the class come every week and don’t necessarily have to think about the ques she will be calling out. We’ll get to that later.

We enter into class, get our step deck/boards all set up, and we wait, anxiously. Another woman approached us and gave us another great tip. She told us that even if we can’t keep up with the que, to make sure we are always on the same side (left/right). This came in handy!  Class started with pretty basic moves, alternating knee lifts on the step deck/board (or travels as they call them). We got this. How hard can this be? Does it just go faster, and that is what makes it hard? HA! We spoke too soon. A five step mamba? What the heck is that! Let’s just say we don’t remember all of the harder ques, but they were challenging for us. We struggled at times, BUT we had so much fun doing it! As we looked around the room, it was so awesome to see all of the people being able to keep up and be on point with their movements. We now know that step is really something you need to practice to get the ques down.

Place: Fitness center

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 8:30-9:00 AM – Class was only 30 minutes, which was a nice surprise! A lot of the people in the class paired this class with either the Tabata class right before or Muscle Mix right after.

Price: First week of classes are FREE; Variety of packages and memberships available; Drop in $20

What to Wear: T-shirt/tank top; leggings/shorts; sneakers

What to Bring: Water

What is Provided: Step deck/board

Level of Experience: The class was filled with more experienced people than we are used to, BUT there were a few newbies in addition to us.

Gender Majority: Mainly women, but there were a few men

Age Group: Various; a mix of ages seen in class. We are in our early 30’s and would say we were in the middle.

Welcoming: Yes! We met Michele before going into class and she gave us some tips (see “Exercise” above). After class she spent more time with us going over the class, and explaining how people get better with time, and it almost becomes second nature to them. She urged us to come back and try it again, and we both agree that we will.

Cleanliness: Yes!

Unique Features: Step is unique in itself! We have never taken a class like this before and we were not prepared for the energy we felt in this class… it was amazing!

Thank you so much for having us! We can’t wait to come back! If you haven’t checked out Nex Level – Chalfont you should! There are so many classes offered, you will be guaranteed to find one you like.  

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