ClassPass Arrives in Seattle

I know, it’s been a while. But instead of going into life/blog details, I’ll just hop to the fun stuff.

You know when you find a new studio class that you love, but don’t want to commit to an expensive monthly membership? This happens to me all the time! For instance, when I first moved to Seattle, I tried and loved CorePower yoga, but I couldn’t justify spending $190 per month on a “just yoga” membership. Same with Bar Method, which I did when I lived in San Francisco. $165 per month membership fee? No thank you.
Well, now there’s a solution to that (first world problem)-ClassPass!

To put it simply, ClassPass is a new monthly gym membership model that partners with studios and gyms to offer members a variety of classes for $99 per month. So basically, you pay $99 for access to classes at participating studios and gyms, which run the gamut from circuit classes to pilates to yoga and include some of my favorites like e FlyWheel (which I tried and loved in Philly), Barre3, CorePower Yoga. You might be thinking, “Yeesh, $99per month  is a lot” (which it is), just think of it this way-some studio classes run up to $30 PER class and that’s for one class at one studio, so getting an array of classes for $99 actually ends up being a pretty good deal. Plus, there’s the added bonus of trying out a bunch of different classes, which helps to keep your fitness routine fresh.

After doing some Googling and hearing some of my fancy New York friends rave about ClassPass, I was excited to try it out, but found that it wasn’t available in Seattle. Well, no more my friends, I’m happy to announce that ClassPass debuted in Seattle last week!

ClassPass Launches in Seattle

It’s also available in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, LA, Chicago and Washington D.C., with more locations being added on a regular basis. In more exciting news, ClassPass reached out to me to see if I wanted to try it out. Duh. So, for the next 30 days, I’ll be trying out ClassPass classes around Seattle and I’ll be checking in to let you know how it goes.

To sign up for ClassPass, click here (referral link) and for more info on ClassPass, check out their FAQ page. Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram for their latest announcements and fun fitness tips.

 

ClassPass provided me with a complimentary one month membership in exchange for two blog posts, which I thought was a great opportunity to get this baby up and running again. I promise that all opinions shared on my blog are my own and will be 100% honest. 

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Podcasts for the Long Run

I’m out and about on the photoshoot I mentioned yesterday, but I wanted to pop in and share my newest blog post on the Precor Blog-”5 Podcasts for the Long Run“.

So pensive listening to his podcasts (source)

So pensive listening to his podcasts (source)

As I’ve mentioned before, I love listening to podcasts and books on tape (can you even call them “on tape” anymore?) while I run. Long training runs can get boring and podcasts are a great way to pass the time and keep yourself entertained. Check out the list for some of my tried and true favorites as well as a few new additions to my listening rotation.

Hope you have a great Thursday!

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A Week of Workouts

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Wednesday Workout post, so I thought I’d bring it back and share the past week (ish) of workouts, especially since my workouts hit both coasts.

Monday

3.14 mile run on Map My Run

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Tuesday

AMT HIIT workout.

One of my coworkers, Erica, is our company’s Global Education Specialist and put together this particular workout. We’re putting together a video, starring yours truly (eek!), so I’ll share it with you when it debuts! It’s only 24 minutes long, but it makes your booty BURN.

Wednesday

Whenever I can’t decide on a cardio workout, I turn to the PopSugar Fitness cardio page. On this particular day, I did the Burn 60 workout, a 60 minute full body workout. It did not disappoint!

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Thursday

Kettlebell circuit from the August issue of Oxygen Magazine.

They haven’t loaded the workout to the website yet, but when they do I’ll be sure to share, because this is a great 20 minute full body workout that gets you sweating!

Friday

I went from a red eye flight straight to a rockin’ workout at Flywheel.

 

Maddie is such a great friend!

Still standing after a major sweat session at Flywheel

Saturday

Dancing the night away at my friend Liz’s wedding (hey, it counts!)

Sunday

Lithe Method

The stairs at the Lithe Method studios speak the truth.

The stairs at the Lithe Method studios speak the truth.

My abs are still sore from this!

Monday

10 minutes warm-up and 1’ sprint (9.8 mph) and 1’ jog for 20 minutes.

Tuesday

Oxygen Kettlebell workout

Check my Instagram later on today to see what I did for today’s workout ;)

 

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Fit in Philly

You have no idea how much self-restraint it took to stop myself from naming this post “PHit in PHilly.” You’re welcome.
This weekend, I traveled to Philadelphia for my friends’, Liz & Tom, wedding-

Yay Liz and Tom!

Yay Liz and Tom!

It was such a fun weekend! Both the bride and groom went to Princeton, so their wedding was like a reunion and wedding all in one. YAY LOVE!

It’s always amazing to be around people I’ve known for almost a decade and will therefore put up with all of my weird behavior.

Friends

 

 

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Exploring a new city and meeting up with old friends is also a great reason to force said old friends to work out with me, so I tried out two “new to me” classes with college friends.

First up was Flywheel , which I took with my friend Madeline, who I’m sure you recognize from a few other fitness posts, like our Daily Burn experiment.

Maddie is such a great friend!

Maddie is such a great friend!

 

Flywheel has locations all over the nation and is a spin focused class with an upper body weights sequence. The class is done in the dark with a very energetic instructor and bumpin’ jams. From my description you’re probably thinking “Oh! It’s just like SoulCycle” and yes, there are similarities, but I have to say I liked FlyWheel WAY more than I liked SoulCycle. Here’s why:

  • FlyWheel has a Torqboard, which measures your current power output, power output, torq (resistance) and rotations per minute.
  • If you opt-in to displaying your information on the big screen, you are ranked against other cyclists in the class, which I love because I’m competitive.
  • The torq measurement on the bike helps set a standard range for resistance throughout the class. Saying “put your resistance at 20-25” is so much easier to figure out than “add a quarter turn of resistance”.

Our instructor for this particular class was Utley (highly recommend taking a class with him if you’re in the area). Between the torqboard and constant encouragement from Utley, I worked way harder than I would have if I had been exercising on my own, especially since I went straight from my red eye flight to this class.

On Sunday after the wedding I had a bit of time to burn before my flight back to Seattle, so accompanied my friend Alyssa to a Lithe Method class.

The stairs at the Lithe Method studios speak the truth.

The stairs at the Lithe Method studios speak the truth.

I’d never heard of Lithe Method before (it’s currently only in Philadelphia and coming soon to New York), but I’m always up for a fitness challenge. All of the classes have fun names like “Sweet Cheeks”, “Thigh High” and “End-vy”, which is the class I took. The class uses a combination of barre, ball and resistance band exercises to focus on the teeny, tiny butt muscles I never use and after a few sets of barre chair squats, one legged lunges with pulses and planks with knee crunches, I was sweating up a storm.

Even though the class was pretty challenging, our instructor Rachel was bubbly, attentive to form and SUPER encouraging throughout the entire class. Hopefully I’ll get to take a class next time I’m back on the East Coast!

Oh yeah, both Flywheel and Lithe offer a first class for free, so it’s a great way to fit in fitness when you’re on the move in a new city.

Do you like to try out fitness classes when you’re to a new city? 

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Quick & Easy Veggie Pasta

Apparently it’s love your veggies week. First it was kale, now it’s veggie pasta.

I was looking into buying a spiralizer so I could turn veggies into “pasta”, but all of the spiralizers I found online seemed to be space sucks and with a 500 square foot apartment and more than my fair share or kitchen accessories, the last thing I need is a drawer space hog.

Luckily, I was reading Oh She Glows and stumbled across her post on spiralizing vegetables without a spiralizer. The key? A Zyliss Julienne Peeler.

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I immediately hopped on Amazon and ordered my very own peeler (you can find them on Amazon here ). It arrived yesterday and, because I’m impatient, I immediately put it to work and made this-

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The peeler obviously worked like a charm and fits in the same drawer as my other utensils. I highly recommend getting a Zyliss if you don’t want to take up the space that a spiralizer does.

Oh, and here’s the recipe! It’s super easy and super quick.

Zucchini and Squash “Pasta” For One

Time : 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (divided)

1 link sweet Italian Chicken Sausage, cut into rounds

1 medium zucchini (~ 7 inches)

1 medium yellow squash (~ 7 inches)

3/4 cherry tomatoes quartered

red pepper flakes to taste

1 tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Use Zyliss peeler or a spiralizer to cut zucchini into “noodles”.
  2. Heat 1/2 teaspoon olive oil over medium-high heat
  3. Add chicken sausage and tomatoes and cook for about three minutes until heated throughout.
  4. Add remaining olive oil, zucchini and squash. Cook for about 3 minutes or until zucchini and squash begin to soften.
  5. Lower heat and add red pepper flakes to taste.
  6. Remove from heat, place in bowl and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
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Give Your Greens A Massage

In case you haven’t noticed, your kale might need a massage.

No it’s not stressed*, but massaging your kale for at least five minutes will remove the bitterness and make it easier to digest.

I’ve heard about kale massage for a while, but I always thought it was a tedious, zero return chore.

And I was wrong. Oh so wrong. Before its massage my kale looked like this-

Rough, tough and bitter kale. Not ideal.

Rough, tough and bitter kale. Not ideal.

After adding a half teaspoon of olive oil and rubbing the leaves together for about five minutes, they looked like this-

Re-laxed.

Re-laxed.

 

I squeezed a little lemon juice on top and enjoyed them just like that!

You can tell if your kale is “relaxed” enough by taking a bite-if it’s still bitter, keep on massaging. It’ll also become a darker green color as the fibers break down.

*Actually your kale might be stressed by the sound of you chowing down-a recent study showed that plants release stress chemicals when they hear other plants being chewed! No really! Check out the story here.

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Eat, Sweat, Smile Weekly Round-Up

Good morning and happy Friday, which means a round-up of my favorite foods, fitness and fun from this week.

Enjoy!

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Here are two dishes you can make once and eat for an entire week (for one). The first is the lovely Farro, Almond and Cherry Summer Salad I shared earlier this week.

Summer Farro Salad

The second recipe is Banana-Oat Blender Pancakes from a new to me food blog, Mountain Mama Cooks.

De-licious! (source)

I made the made the batter for these pancakes on Sunday and had plenty of leftovers. They’re delicious, filling, full of whole grains and really easy to make. P.S. there’s no yield listed on the original recipe, but if you read down in the comments, it’s 12. I just wanted to save you the readin’ to get to the eatin’.

 

sweat

This is kind of qualifies as a “sweat” entry-it’s my first article on the Precor Blog and it’s all about sweating!

Well, it’s actually about how Precor equipment calculates your calorie burn, but it’s related to sweating! Check it out if you have chance!

smile

This weekend marks the start of wedding madness! I always heard that summer was wedding time, but now I really believe it. I’m headed to Paso Robles today for my cousin’s wedding and I’m really excited!

Lia, you're lucky I didn't put the potential "first kiss" photo up.

Lia, you’re lucky I didn’t put the potential “first kiss” photo up.

What more could you ask for than wineries, sun, family and fun? Oh wait, a World Cup final! (Okay, let’s be real, I could ask for the USMNT to be in said final, but I’m happy enough as it is. 2018 guys, 2018).

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Farro, Almond and Cherry Summer Salad

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a lot of free time on my hands this weekend, which meant that I had time to go grocery shopping and prep a few dishes for the week.

Since I’m only cooking for one these days, I generally stick to tried and true base items like grilled chicken, spinach and eggs, but every once in a while I’ll try out a new dish that is versatile and I can use over and over again.

Cooking Light’s June issue featured a lovely farro salad that I tweaked a bit and came up with this as the end result-

Summer Farro Salad

Enjoy! The farro is great as a side too!

Farro, Almond and Cherry Summer Salad

Ingredients

1.5 cups uncooked farro

3/4 pounds cherries, pitted and halved

1/2 cup chopped almonds

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

14 oz. bag of arugula, washed

6 ounces crumbled goat cheese

 

Directions

  1. Cook farro according to directions. Drain, place in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, mustard and honey. While whisking, gradually add olive oil until combined. Set aside.
  3. Add almond, cherries, almonds and goat cheese to farro.
  4. Pour lemon and mustard dressing over farro mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Divide farro evenly among plates and top with 2/3 cup farro mixture.

 

 

 

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Fast Fourth

I posted a June recap yesterday, so here’s a quick recap on food, fitness and fun from the Fourth (say that three times fast).

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. I hope everyone will accept that sentiment since it’s already the eighth of July.

The Fourth of July is my FAVORITE holiday-

I LOVE AMERICA!

But this year, the long weekend got off to a bit of a rocky start. After a visitor’s plans to come to Seattle fell through, my best friend (and world traveller extraordinaire) Cristina, offered to use some of her miles to fly me to D.C.

I couldn’t find any “Hi, I’m Cristina and this is me in D.C.” pictures, so this photo from last Christmas will have to suffice-

Cristina is on the left. She's harassing Kolbe, which is  normal practice in our friendship triangle.

Cristina is on the left. She’s harassing Kolbe, which is normal practice in our friendship triangle.

I arrived at the airport, waited in line for over an hour and then found out my flight was cancelled and there was nothing United could do about it (I highly doubt that, but okay United). I took a tearful and mildly rage filled ride back to my apartment.

Fast forward to Friday. Despite the rough start, all was not lost. I spent the Fourth with a friend I’ve known since before she was born (does that make sense?) and this was the only photo of us to make it out of the event. Even though I didn’t make it to the party in D.C., my America jorts and I did make it to the park party in Seattle-

Patriotism at it's best.

Patriotism at it’s best.

The rest of the weekend was filled with P90X3, running and amazing views, courtesy of the 80 degree heat-

The view from the top of Queen Anne.

The view from the top of Queen Anne.

Studying (I’m taking a General Nutrition class at the Berkeley extension)-

and getting “around the house” stuff done. I was quite proud of my kitchen prep I did over the weekend. One of the meals I made was a versatile farro salad that is great for the cool summer weather. I’ll share it with you later this week!

Summer Farro Salad

 

And with that…I’m out!

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June in Review

I had this post all ready to go on July 1, but it didn’t post. So here you go! July 4th recap coming at you later.

It’s a recap kind of day.

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Woah. The year is more than half way over. How did that happen?!

My favorite day is merely three days away! But, before I get to fourth of July festivities, I wanted to take a look back at my favorite posts from the past month.

P90X3

Right now I’m in the first week of the second phase (got that?) of P90X3. Here are two posts on why I started P90X3 and my progress after phase one.

P90X3 Challenge

P90X3 Progress

P90x3

 

 

Weekend Recap: Food, Fitness and Fun 

I had a great time hanging out with old SF friends and meeting new friends! I also loved learning about the history of my new city via a super spooky ghost tour.

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Catching Up Part II

A lot has happened in the past few months-I moved to a new city, moved into my first “big girl” apartment and started a new job at a new company. In between all of that, I hosted a bachelorette party for a friend, hosted my first visitor (mom!) and started taking in all that Seattle has to offer.

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I love this post because it offers a great glimpse into my first few weeks in Seattle. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m happy to say that I am head over heels in love with my new city.

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