15 Minute Total Body AMRAP Workout

Before Emerson, fitting in my daily workout was a huge priority.  I obviously had a lot of other things that I cared about and prioritized, but working out and running was top of the list. Now, there are a lot of other things that take precedence which has been a hard thing for me to come to terms with, but also just a fact of life. I am working hard to fit in my workouts but sometimes that extra half hour in bed or moment on the couch is too good to pass up!

This morning, I had to drum up motivation to workout from all aspects of life including scrolling Instagram, looking at the #tiuteam hashtag, running on the treadmill for 10 min (then stopping because I had to go the bathroom #momlife) and doing the new Tone It Up Beach Ballin’ workout. Nothing really got me excited or sweaty so I made up my own AMRAP (as many reps as possible) workout inspired by Jayme [@fit_n_clean_mama].

15 MIN TOTAL BODY AMRAP WORKOUT

This did the trick. Put me up against a clock and I’ll get to work! I made it through 4.5 rounds with about 20-30 second breaks between each set. Try it out and let me know many sets you complete!

My nutrition has been off lately and it 💯 affects my energy and drive to workout. I needed a good workout this morning to help me reset. Because I refuse to let a couple bad days completely throw me off. I refuse to give up on my goals. I refuse to quit.

This journey is not easy. I feel like every step forward ends up with 2 steps back but I keep chipping away. I truly believe one day I will reach a place I am happy with and embrace that lifestyle whole-heartedly.  I just have to stay positive, never give up, and follow my own path and my own heart. Too often I let what others think affect how I act and make decisions. Only I can get myself to where I want to be.

 

Body Burn by Ray

This weekend I went to Body Burn by Ray. It was my first real group fitness class I have attended since having Emerson. I left feeling energized, excited and reminded of why I love to work out. Since having Emerson my life has changed, for the better, but it’s been hard to balance all the things that I used to love to do. For instance, fitness and working out have fallen to the wayside due to taking care of Emerson, working (you got to pay the bills) and quite frankly, simply being exhausted leaves me less motivated. But at BodyBurn I was reminded of why I love working out and why I have made it a priority in my life for so long. It’s refreshing and exciting! I hope I can take this feeling and use it to motivate me to prioritize working out either by waking up a little earlier or to squeeze in something for 20 minutes at the end of the day instead of sitting on the couch.

Body Burn by Ray

So let me tell you a little bit about Body Burn. It’s a cardio, strength workout in a Tabata type format in a club-like setting. The lights are dimmed (ie: the sub-par photos) and the music is loud which really helps allow you to focus on your workout and not compare yourself to anyone else in the class. The workout format is comparable to Orange Theory or Barry’s Boot Camp except the cardio machines are all different and the group aspect is during the strength. The class is a total of 48 minutes, there are 12 cardio machines and you use each one for twice before moving on to the next machine. In between each cardio you do a 40 second strength exercise. Every day they focus on a different body part for the strength segment. So, on Monday they might focus on abs, on Tuesday arms/upper body, Wednesday legs/lower body, etc. The workouts are planned out months in advance and are strategically designed to maximize muscle building and fat burning.

Body Burn by Ray strength

As a newbie to the class everyone was incredibly helpful and supportive they took the time to explain some of the cardio equipment before I got on it even if it meant cutting into one of their own 40 second cardio blocks. All the cardio equipment is motorless so you have to propel them forward, making the workout as hard (or as easy) as you want it to be. By far the hardest, and coolest, machine was the treadwall. Its a moving rock wall you climb! It was awkward at first but once I got the hang of it really fun!

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Body Burn by Ray cardio machines

Ray, the owner and creator, taught the class. You can tell by his energy and attitude that he is extremely passionate and dedicated to bringing health and fitness to every body that walks through the doors. I really enjoyed the entire workout and experience and plan on going back as much as I can. They are located in Belmont which is a little tough for me to get to all the time, but the workout is worth the effort of getting there. I hope to go back soon!

Body Burn by Ray

 

Quick Total Body Playmat Workout

I am so sore.

I never believed it would be so hard to find time to workout with a new born. I thought, all they do is sleep and eat, I can workout while they are sleeping. Little did I know, it is not that easy. There are so many things to do once there is a moment of silence… like take a nap yourself, finally make some real food instead of having another handful of chips or another Kind Bar, maybe do laundry, attempt to do the dishes (quietly). And once all that is done, she wakes up!

Needless to say I have been having a hard time fitting any sort of a workout in. (The two running races I have in October are going to be interesting. But I keep telling myself I have some to figure out how to train). I have gone for a few runs while family was around so they could watch Emerson. But they are few and far between.

Emerson On The Playmat

Yesterday I decided it was time to do a real workout. I went for a long walk with my Moms Walking Group and then planned on putting on a Tone It Up workout and following along. Trying to set up the video to follow turned out to be a real challenge between finding the video I wanted to do and keeping Emerson entertained so I bagged it. Instead I just started doing squats while Emerson laughed at me on the playmat. Once I started doing a little something, I kept adding more moves and trying to get my heart rate up. It felt great! I only ended up doing one round before Emerson got too fussy but I intend on doing 2 full rounds of the whole workout.

Quick Total Body Playmat Workout

The workout didn’t last long, but it felt so good and I am SORE today. Doing a little bit is better than doing nothing!

Weekly Workout Recap 

I hope everybody had a fabulous weekend! Mine was super restful and relaxing after a long few weeks of travel. I’ve been traveling for work and also went down to Myrtle Beach to visit my cousins and her 4 kids. It was so nice to go to the beach and have 80° weather every day. 

 
This weekend we were really lazy and relax all Saturday. On Sunday we went to my grandparents house to watch the patriots game, per usual!

  And towards the end of the game I left and drove up to watch my sister play her last fall ball lacrosse game. It was fun to hang out with my family and see my sisters.  

As for my weekly workouts, I was pretty tired after traveling so much so I felt like it wasn’t a great week but I still managed to do something almost every day.

Weekly Workout Recap 

Monday: rest – I was exhausted from my travel home 

Tuesday: 30 minute run and 1 hour C2 CPY class

Wednesday: 45 minute run

Thursday: 1 hour C2 CPY class

Friday: 45 minute run

Saturday: 1 hour C1 CPY class, Cyc Spin Class – it was a charity ride to raise money for Cupids Run 

Sunday:  5.7 mile run for Charity Miles Challenge 

 

My work out goals for this week are to run 3 times, do yoga 2-3 times as well and try to incorporate 1-2 toning routines. I’m in a pretty good routine of getting my workouts in. My biggest challenge is my diet so I’ve packed healthy meals and snacks for today and I’m really ready to refocus and recommit on eating lean clean and green. 

What are your goals for the week? 

A Surprise 60th and Weekly Workouts [9.30.15]

It’s Monday already?? This weekend we traveled down to NYC to surprise Vinnie’s aunt for her 60th birthday party. It was a total success, she was completely surprised. We all hide outside and when she walked up to the house we jumped out and said surprise. It was perfect! And then, the Italian fiesta ensued… There was endless amounts of food and drink, overwhelming love and a late night poker game.

Birthday Cake

Italian Cousins

Kathy Making A Birthday Wish

I didn’t take a ton of pictures because I was trying to be in the moment. I have not spent a ton of time in NY with Vinnie’s aunts and cousins. They typically come up to Vermont. It was so fun to see them in their element, so comfortable, loving, happy and together. I feel very honored and privileged to be welcomed with such open arms into their family.

Because of work and traveling this weekend, I didn’t work out as much as I wanted to this week, below is the weekly recap.

Weekly Workout Recap 

Monday: Tone It Up Insane Cardio routine

Tuesday: AM: 4.5 mile run, PM: 1 hour C2 yoga class and some ab and shoulder toning via Tone It Up

Wednesday: 30 minute treadmil run, booty toning

Thursday: 1 hour vinyasa yoga

Friday: 4 mile run, booty toning

Saturday: rest

Sunday: rest

Last week, I wanted to run 3-4 times and practice yoga 2-3 times and I accomplished that! It’s funny because I still feel like I didn’t work out enough. But, it’s nice to look back and realize I accomplished what I set out to. It’s a good reminder to celebrate the small victories and not always look at the negative.

My goals for this week are the same as last week,  run 3-4 times and practice yoga 2-3 times. This week, I also want to include toning exercises 2-3 times.

What are your goals for the week? Did you get all the workouts in you wanted to last week?

Weekly Workouts [9.21.15]

Good Monday Day to you all! 

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine went by so fast. On Saturday night I could of sworn it was only Friday. I was so bummed when I realized I only had one more morning to sleep in.  

This weekend, I spent a lot of time with my family, watching my sister play lacrosse. It was fun and a rare occasion to have all the siblings together (plus cousins and aunts and Lofo).

 
One big thing from the weekend is that I officially finished all the teacher training for my yoga certification. I completed the extension program that CorePower offers and now all I have left to do is get a job! CorePower has auditions the second Wednesday of every month and I’m worried I’m not gonna be here in October or November so I’m going to have to wait until December which totally sucks. I might try to get a job somewhere else in the mean time. I don’t want to lose everything I’ve learned or lose my enthusiasm and excitement to teach. 

 

In other news, I want to start keeping track of my work outs for the week so I not only hold myself accountable but also so I can refer back to them when I need a little extra motivation or want to see what I was doing on a specific week. Feel free to join me! Here goes the first week…
Weekly Workout Recap 

Monday: 4 mile run, 15 min. arm and ab workout, 1 hour C2 yoga class.

Tuesday: 20 minutes of total body toning 

Wednesday: 6.5 mile run, 3 hrs of Teacher Training Extensions

Thursday: rest day – traveling for work 

Friday: 40 minute run, C2 1 hour Vinyasa Flow, Tone It Up 24 min toning 

Saturday: 5.5 mile run, 3 hrs of Teacher Training Extensions 

Sunday: taught yoga at Corepower; rest day 

My goals for this week are to run 3-4 times and practice yoga 2-3 times. And (as always) I am going to focus on eating lean, clean, and green…avoiding (come on, willpower) processed foods and all the junk/snacks/baked goods around the office. 

What are your workout goals this week? 

A Bike Ride and A Wedding

This weekend was a whirlwind! And, I wouldn’t change it one bit.

Friday Vinnie and I packed up the car and drove to Burlington, VT and spend the afternoon walking around and enjoying the beautiful views. I LOVE it up there. The scenery is incredible, there are so many great options for food and drink and the people are so care-free and love being outside. IMG 1632

Farmhouse Tap & Grill
We went to a restaurant called Farmhouse Tab & Grill for a drink. It was so fun, they had a cute outside beer garden in the back of the place.
Farmhouse Tap & Cider
I ordered the Urban Farm Fermentory Amalgam which is a Kombucha like Cider – it was so good! Not too sweet, which is key!

burlington, vt

On Saturday we woke up super early to go ride in the Kelly Brush Foundation Annual Bike Ride. This was the 10th Annual ride and they had an incredible turn out. Vinnie and I rode with my mom and my friend, Annie. We biked 50 miles together! It took us just under 4 hours with lots of stops to snack and drink water.

About to head out and ride 50 miles!
Kelly Brush herself riding hard up the final hill!
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Kelly Brush making the final climb to the finish. She rode 25 miles!
you know you are in Vermont when….
I love red barns. Next year I am going to count how many I see! The views are incredible.

10th Annual Kelly Brush Ride
Finished!

After the ride, Vinnie and I hopped in the car and headed 2 hours northeast to celebrate my friend Kristin’s wedding. It was a blast. Kristin looked beautiful and she was beaming, her now husband was smiling the whole time, the venue was amazing and everyone fully enjoyed themselves. They put selfie sticks on all the tables and had props to take pictures with. We took full advantage of it! My favorite picture is the selfie of me and Vinnie with the bride and groom in the background!

A selfie with the bride and groom photo bombing!

It was a great weekend! Lots of friends, celebration and good times!

How was your weekend?

Spring has Sprung

This past weekend we finally saw the first signs of Spring here in Boston.  Sunday was incredibly nice!! I went for a run and could not stop taking pictures, smiling and enjoying  the spring air. I ended up running an extra 3.5 miles because I was having so much fun!

The Charles River was full of  sail boats, the park was full of kids playing soccer and the walking path had rows of people walking, running and biking.

All this nice weather makes me excited to get outside and energized to exercise. I have been looking for that extra push to get in shape and work out. The nice weather is helping and I plan riding this wave as long as I can!

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yoga under the blooming tree!

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Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie

This smoothie was so good and so easy to make. I may of had two!

Coconut Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup of strawberries

1 banana

1 scoop protein powder

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk
1 cup of water

Put in your blender and mix until it is all blended together and smooth.

view of the Zakim Bridge
Beautiful view of the Zakim Bridge

 

The Club by George Foreman III

The Club by George Forreman III

On a whim, I signed up for ClassPass, and I have to confess…I am obsessed. No seriously, it is the greatest thing ever. I was in such a rut with working out and exercising and joining ClassPass has totally kicked me into motion shape. I am supposed to be training for a half marathon which is in two weeks, but I am not doing a great job so taking classes is how I am getting into shape for the race. I still do long runs on the weekends but the shorter distance during the week… not so much.

I had a presentation for work on Monday so I didn’t get my morning workout in. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as well as I would of hoped. [I  don’t talk too much about my real world job but for all that are wondering, I work at Sperry and manage the apparel and accessories which is a new initiative for us to expand beyond boat shoes.] Anyway, I was presenting the new Fall 15 apparel line and we had a few models do a mini fashion show to show the collection, but they sent them WAY too early and I was completely caught off guard. I managed to stay focused, but didn’t talk about everything I wanted to and the whole thing was way shorter than I would of liked. I hope that I am being hard on myself and the audience didn’t notice how bad it really was!

Anyway, after work I went to The Club by George Foreman III. I took a 30 minute Bags + Body class which is where you are in front of a boxing bag and jabs, upper cut and punch the boxing bag. There is a mix of push ups, burpees, abs and fast feet as well.  I loved it, it was such a great way to work out my frustration with how my presentation had gone. The whole gym was popping with energy and everyone was super excited to be there, really friendly and working hard. The layout is really open so you can see all the classes going on while you do your thing!

The Club by George Forreman III

I loved The Club so much that I went back for a 6am class on Thursday morning to take the signature class, Box Fiit 360, that George himself teaches!  Box Fiit’s a total body, circuit interval workout where you do a range of moves from boxing to Kettlebell swings, to rowing to rope exercises. There are12 stations and you do each one for 2 minute rounds for a 36 minute circuit.  The workouts change weekly so you never know what you are going to get!

I have one more class at the Club before my pass renews for the  next month so I need to pick wisely! I have also taken Flywheel and CorePower Yoga Sculpt which were also amazing, but for this is already getting long so I will keep those for another post!

Have you ever tried a boxing work out?

How to Stay Healthy while Traveling

Today Kara is gracing us with her fabulous presence to share a workout she did in collaboration with cheapflights.com. It couldn’t come at a better time because today Vinnie and I are jetting off to Utah to visit my brother and get some big mountain skiing in. We are going for a long weekend and I can not wait. Since Willie moved out west we have not gone to visit so this is looooooong over due!

Tips to stay healthy while traveling

Hi Everyone! Last week I had the pleasure of working with Brittany Dietz who is the Content and Social Media Executive for cheapflights.com to produce an informational post on tips for staying healthy and active while traveling.  I designed a quick hotel workout that you can do in very small spaces, gave nutrition tips while flying and eating out at restaurants and general information on making travel a bit easier on the body. I designed the workout to be as quick and efficient as possible with no weights necessary and boy did it work! I got an awesome workout that felt good and had me sweating and breathing heavy by the end. It was a much needed kick in the butt given the holiday treats I was consuming!

The best part about this workout is that you can do it anywhere, you don’t have to be traveling to do it. I give it to my clients on their lighter workout days to keep their blood flowing and to prepare them for their harder workout days with me. In the article I did give specific reps but you can make it as hard or as easy as you want depending on your energy level and time constraints.

Click here to check out the post and let us know what you think!