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brand spankin’ new workouts.

27 Nov

For those of you following along with #Elf4Health, today’s challenge is to do a new workout. Wednesdays are sort of  workout-filled to begin with me for me — I was at Back on My Feet this morning and will be teaching spin tonight, but I still plan to try this workout Cori @ Olive to Run posted earlier this week. Already dreading those burpees…rounds-of-workout-moves

I thought I’d share some of my favorite workouts you can do at home without much equipment.  I tried this one from Tina @ Carrots n Cake awhile ago and liked how it incorporated some cross-fit type elements with running.  Those burpees killed me at the end!


I am a big fan of the Seven Minute workout (and I love the 7 Minute Workout app for the iPhone).

12well_physed-superJumboFinally, Karena and Katrina over at Tone It Up are constantly posting creative, fun, and challenging workouts. This one is great if you’re looking to specifically target your back.


While my “something new” for today is a little on the DIY-side, there’s a bunch of cool, boutique style workouts in the LA I can’t wait to try as well.

Numero uno on that list? YogAqua. Yoga. On a stand-up paddleboard.   I need to try this, ASAP. Any takers?


I like yoga, but I struggle with the whole zen, woo-woo aspect of some studios.  Enter: YogaHop.  Yoga, set to hip-hop music? I can get behind this.


I’m spin-obsessed and have checked off most of the LA boutique studios, but I have never made it to Cycle House — and I used to live about a block from it!


Elves — what new workout are you trying today?

Has anyone ever tried YogAqua, Yoga Hop, or Cycle House? Thoughts?

Favorite “off the beaten path” exercise?


halloween spin playlist.

31 Oct

Happy halloween, fitness friends!!

Source: HuffPost/Getty Images

Source: HuffPost/Getty Images

I taught two spin classes last night — back-to-back — and for the second one I decided to break up the routine and do a Halloween Ride!

I perused a few Halloween workout articles online and mixed some of their suggestions with a few of my personal favs…”Come Little Children” from Hocus Pocus, anyone?”  My class had fun and liked the variation.

I thought I’d share it here in case anyone wants to make their workout today a little bit more festive!  (If you want more details about what we did on the bike for each track, just leave me a comment!)

What’s your favorite Halloween song of all time?

Mine is probably Thriller — gotta love MJ!

so much #fitspo.

29 Oct

The last week or so has been FILLED with fitness inspiration (#fitspo).

Last Wednesday, after my usual evening spin class, a student came up to me and said: “You’re an amazing instructor.”

That was probably the coolest thing, ever. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would be a legitimate fitness instructor.  Life is weirdly awesome sometimes.


That compliment made my day, and also re-affirmed that I am passionate about fitness and need to continue this “side-hustle.”

When I came out of that class, my BFF Whitney let me know that Fitness Magazine had mentioned me in a short article about #FitBlogLA on their website. Too cool.

Check out the insanely good company I’m in in this round-up:


On Saturday, I was inspired by the energy of the people in my spin class — seriously.  The dude who JUMPED on the bike with excitement when I played some Kanye, my two friends Whitney and Armita who showed up and worked it, and the regulars who are in the gym every day sweating it out.


So here’s to re-affirming fitness as more than just as a hobby — but as a passion. I mean, let’s be real, it’s already a huge part of my life.

What’s your biggest source of #fitspo?

running reboot.

22 Apr

The great thing about running is it is always there. Regardless of my mood, running is there to reflect it. Besides just being a way for me to unwind, running allows me to push myself, connect with others, and it has given me some solid “me” time.

This past week, after the tragic events in Boston, when I wasn’t glued to Twitter following everything, I returned to running to clear my thoughts.

On Tuesday, I joined a running group through Meetup.com in DTLA. It was so nice running with people for the first time in awhile. I spent my 7 mile running chatting with a guy from Barcelona of all places which was a lot of fun. On the day after the Boston Marathon bombing, running with a group of like-minded people was a much-needed release.


We started at FIDM and ran through DTLA, Little Tokyo (which deserves its own post – one of my favorite parts of the city), then to Chinatown and then a loop through LA Historic Park. The view of the skyscrapers as the sun was setting was amazing.

I met up with the group again on Saturday for a little run down Figueroa to USC’s track. We did about 6 miles in all. My Garmin was acting up, but I’d guess we were averaging 7:45s. Running with people means I run faster. I also laughed that I was willingly running toward USC (my parents’ alma mater). I happened to be wearing my Rose Bowl Half Marathon shirt – which could be viewed as an ode to USC (since you know, they play there sometimes) or more of “thumbing my nose” at them – since the Rose Bowl is UCLA’s home stadium.

Speaking of thumbing noses…I sorta love this gargoyle on USC’s campus. #IDigress

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

On Sunday, I had a long run on the agenda to prepare for the OC Half Marathon on May 5. I did 5 miles out and 5 miles back on Wilshire – passing MacArthur Park, Southwestern Law School, through Koreatown, and just past La Brea. I listened to music, zoned out, and enjoyed the sun. I took a gel at mile 5…I don’t recommend the espresso flavor, just FYI.

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macarthur park.

Besides enjoying some news routes, I have a few new favorite running jams:

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore – This is my absolute current favorite running and spin song. Trust me. on my I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T shit hustlin’.

Don’t Hold the Wall – Justin Timberlake

Tunnel Vision – Justin Timberlake – His entire album is amazing, but these two are slightly more up-tempo.

Pour it Up – Rihanna

Started From the Bottom – Drake 

We Come Running – Youngblood Hawke RAC Remix

Random: On Thursday I jetted over to the El Rey theater on Wilshire to catch one of my favorite new bands’ performances. Purity Ring was AMAZING live. Their set was almost bewitching. Their stuff is good ro run to as well.

Belispeak II – Purity Ring f/ Danny Brown 

Ungirthed – Purity Ring


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I have a lot more to share – living closer to work and school has given me more time to blog – so I’ll be back soon.

**Last little blurb: On June 23, I’m going to participate in a 3-hour Spin-A-Thon with a local spin studio, YAS Fitness, to raise funds for ThinkCure!, a non-profit in Los Angeles that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research to cure cancer. Please consider donating (here). Any amount makes a difference. Thank you :).