Category Archives: Fitness Instructor

Sometimes You Have to Write

Hello Hello!!

So lately I am having a little conflict with myself about what to do with my alone time. If I’m not
“being productive” I feel guilty, if I am productive, I feel like I need a break and it goes on and on! So silly. I realize I need a healthy balance of both. During naptimes I’ve been working on my Pop choreography, working out, and getting chores done around the house! I think since I stay at home with the little ones, I have a hard time really relaxing at home. It’s this weird self-induced pressure to always “get stuff done.” But today I was just feeling like I needed to write.

So here I am!

Can we seriously believe it’s Fall already?? This is hands down my favorite time of year….pumpkin everything, cozy sweaters, football & gearing up for the Holidays. I hope the temps cool down here soon so that I can wear said fall clothes! We are taking the kiddos to the Pumpkin Patch this weekend, should be pretty cute and fun.

My little football fans are the cutest, right?

Switching gears, but you all now I love me some Tone it Up & I was fortunate enough to make it to their Dallas tour stop last weekend! This past year I’ve been following their program very closely and the nutrition plan as well. I can’t say anymore great things about it. They’ve created such an inspiring welcoming community that makes fitness and eating healthy so fun.

{Getting a hug from them was pretty cool}

I slacked at taking lots of pictures during the event but was able to snap a few!

Kombucha on top, haha!

Such a fun sweaty girls day!

 I’m also gearing up for launching my Pop Pilates classes at the Park! I’ve always dreamed of having my own fitness company and this is a small step in that direction. I may be updating this blog a bit and I eventually want to send out a “Fit News” newsletter. Coming soon, yay! So lots of ideas and planning going on inside my head, and I’ve finally accepted the fact that it will be moving at a snail pace for the time being!

Thanks for Stopping By! ~Marielle

 

What is on your “Fall Bucket List?” 

Please share in the comments below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Why I Won’t Workout Everyday

Happy Last week of June everyone!! Seriously, I know I say it all the time but I cannot believe that it’s almost July! I feel like every year that month is notoriously busy, which always makes summer just fly by!

Side night: I really think writing out my weekly workout schedule really holds me accountable. It’s tough to plan out my exercise time in addition to meals, kid activities etc, but it helps to have that devoted time penciled in.

Maybe I should take my own advice and keep up with that, right?

To start off this post, I want to say that this is my personal opinion and what works for me!  I have a ton of exercise experience ranging from sports to running a marathon, boot camp classes to yoga and a lot in between. Exercise has always been a part of my life- I love how it makes me feel physically and mentally.

source

I apply this to all aspects of my life. It drives me bonkers as I keep hearing boutique fitness studios recommend clients to take class everyday or overhearing a client say “I need to lose weight, I’m going to take xx class 2x a day etc.”  Back up what?!

No, no, no!!

Even if you are on a specific weight loss journey, the recommended amount of weight loss is 1-2 pounds a WEEK. So regardless of your goals, it’s so important to be gradual. We live in such an instant society from texting a friend or ordering your groceries online…but the human body does not and will not work that way. Our bodies need rest days to recover and rebuild!

What happens when you OVER exercise? There are so much more beside an injury. I checked out a recent Idea Health and Fitness Article and below are some other results of over-training:

“insomnia and sleep disturbances
persistent fatigue and apathy
disrupted heart rate variability
stress, irritability and restlessness
lack of mental concentration
change in appetite
persistent muscle soreness
loss of body mass”

Um yikes!!

I typically workout 4-5 times a week. I do 1-2 tough workouts a week- either a faster/longer run or a HIIT workout where I go all out. The rest of the workouts are at a moderate pace- a shorter run, using lighter weights during a strength training sesh or a slower yoga flow. On my rest days, I may go on a slow walk with the dog or swim in the pool with the kids. I love my rest days as when I do go back to my workouts, my body feels anxious and ready for them!

 

Are you a long time fitness enthusiast or an instructor- how often do you workout?

Please share in the comments below!

 

 

 

My Workout Calender This Week

Hello Hello And Happy Tuesday!

So, I originally started this blog to share my workouts, and well, I haven’t done that much lately.

Haha! {Although they haven’t changed much since the last time I’ve updated everyone!!}

I thought it would be fun to try to plan and recap my workouts each week. Plus writing anything

down always holds me more accountable!!

source

Below is my workout plan for this week (6/19- 6/25)

 

Monday- Tone it Up 15 minutes HIIT circuit during naptime. 30 minute walk with Paisley

Tuesday– Teach Pop & Stroller Strides. {That’s usually enough for the day, haha!!}

Wednesday– Evening jog with Paisley, 3 miles.

Thursday– Teach 2 Pop Classes. And that is enough!! My body is still getting used to teaching 2 classes in a day. There is a yoga class right after Pop, so I might stay for that!

Friday– My active rest day. Active meaning I’m always lifting or chasing my kids so I do get some activity in no matter what! 🙂

Saturday– I’ll likely do some light upper body- like a Barre Arms workout. Sometimes I kind of make up my own as I go and other times I’ll just search youtube to try out some new stuff!

Sunday- Jog with Paisley. If I can get up early enough to beat the heat, I’m hoping to get in at least 4 miles!

 Side note: I realize I am SO bad at taking pictures on a regular basis. Haha, so I will leave you with this cute picture of Donovan. Everyone likes a cute baby, right?

 

 

Do you plan your weekly workouts?

What is your favorite workout lately?

 

 

 

A New Chapter…..

Hey Hey everyone!

Today I’m so excited to share what I’ve been up to behind the scenses the past few months! I wanted to wait until it was official and I had a job (haha not to jinx anything.) I’ll be officially starting mid- May as a Pop Pilates instructor. Hooray!

I snuck down to Austin in February for training and worked my butt off to get my evaluation video in a few weeks later. And ever sense I’ve been learning choreo and reaching out to gyms and studios!

(My day of training evaluation card)

So let’s back up a bit on how I landed here….

I have followed Cassey Ho for years on her Blogilates site. Her youtube videos are great and something I could always quickly do if I wanted a home workout.  I heard about the Pop Pilates certification a couple years back and thought “that’s fun, but I don’t have time to do all of that.” This Fall, I was wanting to add a little something more to my schedule, but at the same time find something flexible that worked well with our family.  I was randomly scrolling through Instagram one night and saw a post about Pop. I delved in a little further reading about the certification process, AND as luck would have it, there was a training in Austin a few months away. Talked with my hubby about it, signed up and the rest is history! 🙂

Why do I love Pop?

  • It’s an equipment-free workout. All you need is a yoga mat!
  • We have different sections for each body part = lots of changes during class so nothing is boring!
  • The moves are unique & many are ones I’ve never seen before
  • You get the combination of toning exercises as well as cardio. All in one workout!

{Train Like A Beast, Look Like A Beauty}

I have a couple more weeks before I start my first class, eek! I’ll be sure to share updates!

For you Fitness Instructors out there: any tips when teaching a new format?

~M

 

A Fitness Instructor’s Favorite Things

Hello there!

Well, we officially have 15 days until Christmas……..are you ready?? Don’t worry, I’m not either. All I have to say is thank goodness for Amazon Prime and that I don’t have a ton of people to shop for. 🙂

Today I wanted to take a peek into some must-haves for a fitness instructor- whether you teach classes everyday or just once a week….

Yoga Pants

This is a no-brainer, but has to be included. Since I teach Stroller Strides classes and am a SAHM, I LIVE in yoga pants. I need something that I can wear for most of the day- after class running errands etc. I’ve tried so many different brands out there, but I have to say my favorite brand of late Is Beyond Yoga. They are THE MOST comfortable pants I have ever worn, seriously. Try some on and you won’t be disappointed.

BY1

BY

source

 

A Cute Pullover

To go along with the yoga pants, for me, I don’t have time to shower and change immediately after teaching class. So, I need something that is comfy but cute enough to wear out and about. I love that so many fitness brands sell things that can be wear outside of the gym and the studio.

Below are some fun finds from Zella:

zella2

zella3

From Alo Yoga:

alo1

From Lululemon:

lulu

From Beyond Yoga:

BY2

Cuteness Overload going on here!

 Comfy Shoes

My shoes are on their last legs, so I’m currently on the hunt for a new pair…soon! 🙂

shoes1

shoes2

source

Headbands

My classes are usually in the AM, so I don’t have time to do my hair and I also figure…..what’s the point?  So, a headband can hide my lack of hair style. My favorite brand is Sweaty Bands because they are cute AND they actually stay on my head!

headband

headband2

Dry Shampoo

Refer to previous statements as to why this is a necessity. 🙂

dryshampoo

source

Power Bars

I’m always hungry and snacking, so I keep a granola bar in my bag at all times.

cliffbar

source

kind

source

quest

source

Water bottle

I carry one with me at all times, whether I’m teaching or not. My favorite brand of late is Contigo because the water actually stays cold….score!

contigo

And that’s all I have!

Is there anything you would add to the list??

Also, for those of you that follow me on Instagram– you may have seen my post that we are expecting a baby boy this Spring! I’ll dedicate an entire post with more details very soon! 🙂

Alright friends, have a great Thursday!!

~M