Sunday, February 1, 2015

Yes You Can


So, ClassPass. I simply cannot stop talking about it. But in one month, it honestly has transformed the way I exercise. But more than that, it has gotten in to my brain. 

 Every class, no matter if it's barre, or core, or yoga, I've heard the instructors use those magic words: " Yes, you can."

The first time I heard the instructor say that, I grimaced. Yeah right. This class will kill me. My legs are shaking, my body is quaking, and I'm literally going to drown in my own sweat. I can't.


But then, I hear words that just might be true. "Your mind will give out long before your body will. Yes, you can." 

And a funny thing happens. I close my eyes, I dig deep, and I begin to believe.

I believe that I can. 



In one month, I've been to 14 classes through ClassPass. I've hit at least 4 different studios for barre classes, experienced my first hot yoga class, and braved a megaformer. In my life, I have never been this excited about working out.



And I can. My body really is stronger than my mind. I can work through shaky legs, and sweat in my eyes, to power through and finish the class. I'm losing those pesky extra pounds and I feel better about my body. I'm making my health a priority and I'm actually enjoying it.

I am so grateful ClassPass reached out to me and gifted me a complimentary month. And because I've loved it, I'm in - I signed up for another month. 

Now I'm challenging you. Do you believe in you? Because I do. If I can do it, you can do it. 

Yes, I can. And yes, you can.

If you want in on ClassPass, I'd be honored if you'd use my referral link. With it, you can skip the waitlist in your city and start rockin' it at all your favorite classes. 

xoxo,
Alex

Sidenote: (I'm all about sidenotes. Just ask my students. Sigh.) We just watched The Judge, and it was so good. I feel a little typical when I enjoy a lawyer movie, but this one had me feeling the feelings. Add it to your list if you haven't seen it yet. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mark Ronson, I Have a Crush on You.

I have a crush on Mark Ronson. It started with his TEDtalk. And escalated quickly with Uptown Funk. I can't get enough of this song. I've only played it 8 times today. I can't wait to get my hands on this album. Enjoy!


xoxo,
Alex

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fitness Toolbox



One of my goals for the year is to be proactive about my health. Last year was filled with so much stress and my body definitely absorbed more than it should have. I wasn't I've been sleeping poorly, battling headaches, and I gained some weight. But, this year is not last year. Things are different now. It's time for change. While being proactive about health means different things to everyone, a big part of it for me means getting my butt movin' and increasing those endorphins. 



But I've learned over the years that I can't do it alone. Here's what I have in my Fitness Toolbox to help me out:

After a couple months, I finally have a working Fitbit again! I love tracking my steps each day and challenging myself to get up from my desk. I move a lot at my new job so I'm interested to wear it this week and see if I'm actually as active as I think.

New Workout Clothes
I picked up a couple cute pieces from Old Navy (like this) and Target recently. Fact - It's easier to workout when you look cute. Or at least think you do, thanks to your rockin' new threads.

For the month of January, I have a bunch of new fitness classes to choose from and it's awesome!

YMCA
I'm recommitting to being a gym rat. With tons of equipment, classes (Zumba, BodyPump, BodyFlow, and Yoga), and a pool, there's plenty to keep me active. Plus, I have a couple sessions with a personal trainer to use.

Seriously, this site is a lifesaver. Once a month, I get a brand new 30-40 minute mix to add to my iPod. It switches up my music and with high BPMs I never want to stop. Well, I do, but you know what I mean.

Apps
I'm using My Fitness Pal to count my calories and water intake and Nike Training Club for workouts I can do at home. This is also a source of ideas to switch up my workouts. This article runs down the best health and fitness apps if you need more inspiration.

Challenges
Skinny Meg's #SMChallenge and Tone It Up's Love Your Body Challenge are two I'm doing. I love the idea of pushing yourself outside your comfort zone but having a community of people supporting you. Anyone else doing the TIU #100byVDay?!



What's in your fitness toolbox? Anyone joining in on the #100byVday challenge? Let's move!


xoxo,

Alex




Monday, January 5, 2015

Let's Talk About ClassPass


A couple weeks ago, I received an email from ClassPass letting me know they were launching in the Twin Cities and wondering if I wanted to be a part of the launch. Um, heck yes! Full Disclosure: ClassPass gifted me with a complimentary month to try it out. 

So what is ClassPass? It's a monthly membership to a variety of boutique fitness classes in the city. There are thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more. 

For $79 – $99 a month (price varies by city), ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. While members can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle. 

It's incredibly easy to schedule classes, just search and reserve. There are tons of studios to choose from. I immediately signed up for a couple barre classes since my gym doesn't currently offer them. I've heard great things and was eager to try it out!

Yesterday, I went to my first ClassPass barre class at Barre Bliss in St. Louis Park. I've also signed up for a couple classes this week at HauteBarre. Classes are only open a week in advance to make reservations, which really helps me plan my fitness schedule one week at a time!

Here's what I think so far:

Pros
Variety - I'm loving the variety it adds to my current workout schedule! It's fun to try something new, like barre. I'm also looking forward to attending more than one yoga class a week! Easy to Use - It's incredibly easy to search and sign up for classes. I was worried you'd have to jump through different hoops for each studio but with one click, your space is reserved. Easy peasy.

Cons
Distance - Not all of the studios are super close to me and convenience is a major factor in getting me to work out, especially before or after work. I don't mind driving a bit on weekends though! Price - I do love my current gym, so I'll have to evaluate after the month whether it is worth it to pay for both memberships.


Anyone else using ClassPass? It's definitely one of those concepts where I wish I had thought of it first! I'll keep you posted on how the month goes!

xoxo,
Alex

P.S. Skip the waiting list - sign up for ClassPass here!



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