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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.

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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:

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From Alo Yoga:

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From Lululemon:

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From Beyond Yoga:

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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! 🙂

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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!

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Dry Shampoo

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

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Power Bars

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

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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!

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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

10 Minute Barre Arms

Hello, hello!

Today I wanted to share a quick at home arm workout! Since I can’t make it to a workout class everyday, I’ve been doing quick routines that can be done in between Charlie’s naps.

You all know how much I love barre workouts so naturally this is a barre inspired routine. It doesn’t take long to get that burn! 🙂

Use 3-5# weights and perform 1-3x through

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Below are some detailed exercise explanations.

Side to Side Dips- Perform a regular dip but tap your bottom side to side as you are bending and straightening your arms.

Double Front Raises

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Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and your arms are straight. Raise arms up to shoulder height and lower back down to things. Make sure the movement is slow and controlled. *To increase the challenge, add some pulses when your arms are raised at their highest point.

Bicep Curls

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Arms are in a wide V position with elbows lifted off your body. Perform a tiny bend and straighten of your arms.

Arm Circles

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Relax the upper shoulders and perform tiny circles forward and back.

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With your arm straight at your side perform a tiny lift up and up.

Plank With Hip Rocks

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Alternate dipping hips side to side while in plank.

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Totally off topic, but who’s watching the Bachelorette and what are your thoughts now that it is nearing the end?! I have been feeling a little blah about this season…and I mean, really the show has been on long enough. Yet I still watch it and my husband complains. I don’t really LOVE any of the guys but Shaun seems like a good guy. We’ll see how it ends.

My all time favorite season was the Jason, Melissa & Molly season….gosh was that 5 years ago or more??  Funny enough, I met Molly at a Pure Barre event in Seattle a few years ago…she was so nice and sweet!! And that my friends is how I tie in the Bachelor and Barre. Boom!

THE BACHELORETTE - ABC's hit romantic reality series, "The Bachelorette," kicks off its 11th season continuing the surprises of this season's "Bachelor" with the biggest one of all: there will be two Bachelorettes. One is Kaitlyn, the gorgeous, fun-loving, warm-hearted, but irreverent firecracker who let down her guard only to have her heart crushed. Who will the men prefer? Eventually, only one woman will be left to hand out the final rose. “The Bachelorette” returns to ABC, premiering MONDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

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Do you watch reality tv?

What are your favorite shows?

~M

Recovering after a C-section

Well we are a little over a week out with the babe at home and I must say I’m not AS tired as I thought I’d be (knocking on wood right now). Somehow my body is getting used to sleeping in 2 1/2 hour chunks throughout the day. Never thought I’d say that!

Here’s some pics from the past week…….

mechar Snuggles on the couch are the best!

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We ventured out a whole mile from our house for coffee over the weekend. Char slept the entire time, score!

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The baby model pose.

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My Easter Basket this year couldn’t get any cuter. 🙂

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Onto how I’m recovering physically from my C-Section….

I must say the first week REALLY sucked. I hurt every time I coughed, laughed or sneezed. Getting out of a non-hospital bed was a struggle and I walked like a hunchback. I don’t understand people who say “I felt fine 2 days after.” Umm what? That was not the case for me!

Right now I’m just over 3 weeks out and I feel really good. I don’t think about or notice my incision much at all.  I’m at the point where I’m out of the initial pain stage, but my scar isn’t super strong yet so I still need to take it easy. I hate this part. 😦 But in a few more weeks I’ll be getting back into a “normal” exercise routine, so it’s not too far away!

So what does a C-Section entail?

There are two incisions involved in a C-section- one in the abdominals and one in the uterus. After the baby is removed, the uterine cut is repaired with stiches that dissolve under the skin. The abdominal skin is also closed with stiches or staples. Eek. I hope you weren’t eating your breakfast while reading this part….guess I should have put up a disclaimer!

For me, the actual procedure was easy and happened so fast.  It also helped having my husband sitting next to me talking the entire time. The longest part is the prep leading up to the actual surgery. I didn’t feel a thing during the procedure, no pressure- nothing.

Below are 3 Exercises that have helped me in the Early Stages of Recovery:

Walk, Walk, Walk!  My doctor said I can walk all I want, just as long as I don’t feel like I’m straining or if I feel pain in my incision. I have been religiously walking once or sometimes twice a day. Besides it being beneficial physically, it is also helpful mentally being able to get out of the house! My doctor wanted me up and walking ASAP after surgery, but make sure you always follow your doctors specific orders.

*The next two exercises I began performing when I was about a week out and my pain had lessened. Remember to never push yourself if you are experiencing more discomfort, these should be completely pain free*

Abdominal Draws This exercise helps to activate your deep core muscles, which is the foundation of core work. Abdominal draws can be performed in supine (on your back), standing or sitting. To perform, pull your belly in towards your spine like you are zipping up a tight pair of pants. Hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat 10x. Make sure you can breath regularly and carry on a normal conversation. If not, you are pulling in too hard and not using the correct muscles. Practice this when you are lifting the baby or doing laundry at home so it becomes a habit.

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Scapular Squeezes

I always heard how posture was such a big deal pre and post pregnancy and now I understand first hand! It is impossible to not be forced into a forward posture position the majority of your day~ whether you are holding your baby, lifting your baby, nursing, and pumping along with other household chores.

I have definitely noticed some increased back discomfort for all of these reasons. The scapular squeeze is another muscle activation/awareness exercise that can be performed in seated or standing. To perform this exercise, simply relax your shoulders and squeeze your shoulder blades together as if you were going to squeeze a pencil in between them. Do not squeeze as hard as you can, you just want to feel the muscles activate.

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I follow up with my doctor in another two weeks, then I should be released back to normal exercise. I can’t wait. I know it’s going to take me awhile to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy but I’m ready to tackle that challenge. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a fabulous Wednesday! ~M

 Have you had a C-section?

Any tips you’d share?

Flexibility Training During Pregnancy

Hello, hello!

I finally have a few spare minutes to get back on the ‘ol blog train! It’s been super busy with visitors and traveling back and forth to the NICU each day.

Thankfully, the little one is doing great and gaining weight so she should be home in the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait!!

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This is my favorite picture so far of Charlotte, she loves bath time obviously! I can’t look at this picture and not smile (or laugh). Ha!

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Onto stretching…..and boy oh boy, I’d say these stretches feel just as amazing during pregnancy as they do afterwards!

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Remember during pregnancy it’s important not to push the stretches too much as our ligaments and joints are more lax due to the hormone relaxin getting us prepped for giving birth. The stretch should be pushed to very mild discomfort and always stop if anything is painful!

Below are video links to the Stretches listed above!

Pec Doorway Stretch

Standing Hip Flexor Stretch

Piriformis Stretch

QL Stretch

Calf Stretch

 Are there any Stretches you’d add to the list- Pre/Post Partum?

Do you Stretch daily?

Bodyweight Blast Workout

Good Morning All!

I was meaning to post this last week, but somehow the days are getting away from me! I will blame it on pregnancy brain 🙂

I love no equipment/bodyweight workouts mostly because you can do them anywhere (at home, in a hotel room, at the park etc.) and you don’t need a lot of time. I really miss being able to do plyometric exercises and I know they will kick my butt once I’m back at it.

Repeat the routine 2-3x and make sure to drink some water and rest in between circuits. Enjoy!

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Below are some links to some exercises that may not be super familiar to you.

Inchworm Walkouts

Skaters

Army Crawlers

Double Leg Lowers

Straight Leg Hip Lifts

Are you a fan of bodyweight workouts? Do you like lifting heavy weights, or both??

Fit Holiday Shopping

I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but I’ve already seen Christmas lights up around my neighborhood. And hey, planning ahead never hurts right? Here’s some of my favorite gifts for the fitness lover in your life…….

A cute workout top, is of course at the top of my list! This one looks comfy for lounging around at home too…. double score.

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Heart Rate Monitor- I actually have the same one, my hubby bought it for me last year and it’s great. Counts calories and HR, very user friendly too.

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Yoga Mat

The last yoga mat I bought was about 3 years ago and I used it mostly for bootcamps outside…needless to say, it is dirty and I’m embarrassed to bring that thing into yoga class, lol, so I usually just borrow one at the studio. 🙂

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I-Phone Arm Band. Pink and cute, enough said.

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Foot Cream- this is a no-brainer for any runner, yogi, biker, etc. Easy stocking stuffer too.

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Sparkly Headband…why not?

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Water Bottle- I’m digging the color on this one!

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I don’t know how functional these headphones are, but they look so chic. There are many different color combos, but this Rose Gold is my favorite.

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Have you started your Holiday Shopping?

What are your favorite “fit” gifts?

~M