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Fitness Classes I’m loving Lately

Its cold.  I mean really cold … and while I used to be much better at braving it for a run.  I am not doing well this year.  Yesterday I actually got dressed, completely bundled got my game face on and headed out.  I lasted 3 mins.  Its soooo cold.  

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Skye thinks I’m a wimp. 

I always love fitness classes, but when its cold I love them even more.  Some that I am loving lately are:

Orange Theory

This has been on my radar for a while, I mean its practically sweeping the nation in expansion.  And there is a great reason for it.  


I would compare this to a Boot Camp class (similar to Barry’s) minus the crazy intensity shoved in your face.  Don’t get me wrong, its intense and a phenomenal workout … but there is no screaming and grunting.  Its 1/3 Treadmill, 1/3 WaterRower, 1/3 Strength and you rotate through circuits of all 3.  Every class is different and challenging in its own little way.  I’m a huge huge fan! 

You wear a heart rate monitor and workout in zones.  Your heart rate is displayed on flatscreen in a few places so that you can check in with the zone you are in.  The effects of which are said to make for a great “after burn” … so basically you are still burning when you are chowing down on your lunch post class.  #winning


There is a great article by Well+Good on the class here 

*another bonus to this class is that it is not nationwide … check the site.  They are seriously EVERYWHERE. 

Peloton Cycle

Oh how I want a Peloton bike in my house.  I love the options at Peloton.  They play to all schools of riders … what I mean by that is that there are some indoor cycling classes that are very much based on the rhythm (I.E. Soul Cycle) and others that are based on the metrics of the ride (I.E. Flywheel).  Peloton has both types of classes.  

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They also have a super luxe studio in NYC. Think coffee shop, cushy couches, no narrow hallways that sweaty people brush against each other in (so gross).


If you own a bike at home you can either join a class that is currently happening or you can select one that already happened.  My fav feature is that you can virtually ride with your friends.  So I would like to propose that we all get Peloton Bikes and have virtual rides!! So fun right!

Bar Method

This is my new suburban barre love.  Its subbing for Figure 4 and doing an amazing job.  

All the pulsing, burning, micro movements that feel like small knives are in your muscles amazingness.  Sounds like torture and it kinda is, but the results and the feeling after a class are OH. SO. WORTH. IT. 


 Now your turn … any thing to add to these? I am always looking to try out a new class! 

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Mama Mondays – This Mama’s Guide to Fitting in Fitness

Hi All!

I hope you had a beautiful weekend.  We did … snow and all.  Did anyone else on the easy coast suddenly break out the short sleeves when it hit 35 degrees and sunny yesterday.  You know its been a rough winter when 35 degrees is a heat wave.  Yikes.  

There has been quite a bit of chatter on the inter webs about Fitting in Fitness as a mama.  (beginning with this awesome article from Daily Burn) I wanted to share my thoughts on it.  Not my advice, but rather my thoughts and what works (and doesn’t work) for me.  


  • Number one MUST do for me is to stop being so hard on myself.  Holy WOW this is a hard one … but

The reality is that I just cannot do it all.  And the beauty is that I don’t HAVE to do it all to be a great mama and a champion MamaLete.  

Now this is a very narrow line because, lets face it, its easy to cut myself a little too much slack.  However I have to keep into consideration that there are a lot of moving pieces in my day.  Being scheduled isn’t that easy anymore … and sometimes I don’t have 60 mins or even 45 mins to dedicate to a workout.  With that in mind I do what I can when I can.  

  • Make fitness plans in advance

I may not make it to all of my planned workouts, but it takes the thinking out of my fitness routine

I’ll tell you what doesn’t work … waking up on a monday morning and having no idea what I am going to do for fitness that day.  My fitness plans are always in the back of my mind, that sounds bad, I’m not preoccupied by them, but they do circle in my brain until they are accomplished.  IF I don’t have an advanced plan or idea of what I’m going to do in a day it’s an 80% chance that I won’t get to them. 

  • Be creative

My fitness plans don’t always fit into a box of what is normal, but creativity helps me accomplish them

Its 3pm, I’m at the park watching The G’s play soccer.  I haven’t gotten my workout in today.  I can either sit there and wonder how I can fit it all in OR get up and get going.  I’m that mom who can be found doing laps around the soccer field or I find a corner of the park where I can still see The Gs and start a circuit routine.  Jumping Jacks, squats, lunges, push ups, tricep dips, mountain climbers, burpees, planks …  ALL equipment free strength training that can be done while waiting.  

Another trick of mine is to take every single moment I have.  Its 20 mins before school pick up, it doesn’t seem long enough for a run BUT its better than nothing.  I park at the school early and run around the block a few times.  Just get my sweat on, it doesn’t matter for how long.  What matters is that I did it. 

  • Multitask 
I KNOW.  Its hilarious to hear that because a mama’s life is multitasking … at ALL times 
But hear me out.  I have a 45 minute conference call that is the only real time I have to myself for the day.  IF I have care for the kids or they are at school, I use that time for fitness as well.  I may not be able to do sprints or burpees, but I can go for a light jog, or a power walk … I can set the treadmill at an incline and walk, and even get in some light weights when I’m on my headset.  Seriously!  Use that time, you’re a mom … talking and working out is way easier than the other multi tasking we have to do in a day!! 
* pro tip, depending on who you are talking to you may want to state what you are doing.  Its a little awkward, but you would be surprised how many of my clients or calls are impressed with my drive to fit it all in *


NOW … its your turn!! I want to hear whats working for YOU.  And what isnt!!

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Friday Favorites: Winter Running Accessories

Runner its Cold Outside!  You have the warm tops and bottoms, but do you have winter running accessories?  They will make all the difference and keep you warm and toasty during youe winter runs!  Check out my favorite Winter Running Accessories …

1. lululemon athletica: totally toasty ear warmer- Heat escapes through the head, so if you want to stay warm keep the head and ears toasty. I love breaking this piece out during my super cold run. The fleece against my ears is soft and cuddly. 

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2. Lole: Love 2 Beanie: What’s not to love? When the cold sets in, the new fleece fabric is just the ticket for all your outdoor activities. Perfect to wear it alone or as a second layer! This beanie is quick drying, anti-bacterial, has a hold for the pony-tail (thats right ladies, no awkward bumps), and comes in fun colors. 

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3. Sweaty Betty: Reversible Expedition Neckgaitor: Because sometimes, well most of the time, turtlenecks feel suffocating. This new Expedition Neckgator is fully reversible with rouched side seams and a drawcord on the neck for a secure, customized fit. Crafted in soft, insulating fabric that is sweat-wicking and quick-drying to keep you warm and comfortable during winter workouts.

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4. New Balance: LED Magneto Safety Light: The cold weather also means its gets darker earlier and stays darker longer. But don’t let that stop you from running. These stay put magnets can be worn anywhere and greatly improve visibility and safety- no matter how dark it is! 

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5. lululemon athletica: brisk run gloves: These run gloves were designed as an essential base layer to help warm our chilly hands. Touchscreen-friendly fingertips let us dial a friend so we don’t have to talk to ourselves on the long walk home.

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Happy Friday readers!