DanceFIT Studio – HOT BalletFIT Review & Giveaway!

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Back in April, I was supposed to take part in a great Boston Blogger event at the DanceFIT Studio in Natick, MA, the event was to take DanceFit’s HOT BalletFit class. Unfortunately, due to some circumstances that I couldn’t control I wasn’t able to attend the event at last-minute. Gina, the owner was extremely accommodating and allowed me to take a class at another time.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the studio for the HOT BalletFit class until last weekend. Gina suggested that I drink 50 oz of water prior to the class and to have a light snack with protein, fat, and carbs. The class was at 10:30 am, so I was little apprehensive about how I was going to manage that much water before class, but I was able too.

When I got to the studio, I was early (since I wasn’t sure how bad traffic would be) so Gina showed me around and we chatted awhile before the other clients arrived.

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The gorgeous waiting area in the studio {source}

Gina answered all my questions and gave me lots of tips for the class. I had never taken a hot class of any kind before, so she suggested to take small sips of water. To go to into child’s pose at any point during the class or to even leave the room if I needed to.

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The room at the end of class. The beige box in the corner is the heater.

Sunday’s classes can be hit or miss, the week prior to my visit had 14 clients, the day I was there had 4 people registered, but there were only 2 of us in class. A year ago I would’ve been super intimidated by this, but I felt much more comfortable than I thought I would. There was more one-on-one instruction and I appreciate that, especially in a new class.

Weights and Bands! We used the silver ones on the left.

Weights and Bands! We used the silver ones on the left.

So what is HOT BalletFit? It is a full barre workout in a 92 degree room. The class focuses on ballet inspired exercises as well as high intensity cardio & fitness training. The heat aids in detoxifying the body and stretching & lengthening your muscles. There is a mat segment will be introduced toward the end of class.

Our workout started with more traditional moves at the ballet barre, I had taken ballet when I was very young, and I loved it, but I wasn’t able to stay with it. Some moves (and names) I could remember, other moves I had to keep my eyes on Gina in order to keep on beat.

Gina was extremely encouraging and helpful, she demonstrated modified movement for some poses to make it a bit easier or harder. That is something I always appreciate, we aren’t all in the same place on our fitness journey and it’s nice to see a teacher demonstrate different moves for the clients.

After some traditional ballet moves we moved to arm work using the silver weights in the picture above. It definitely took some getting used to, to hold these types of weights instead of the dumbbell style that I am used to. Since there were only 2 of us in the class, Gina would call out instructions to us separately, I needed to keep my elbows up, I also appreciated this, because when you are in a large class sometimes you aren’t sure if you need to correct your form or not.

After the weights we moved to floor work on our yoga mats. The ballet bars were moved to the back of the room and we did everything from planks to child’s pose. Throughout the class there was stretching, not just at the end, and Gina announced times where it would be great to take some water.

I ended up drinking 24 ounces of water during class and immediately following. I also drank about 15 ounces on the ride home and immediately refueled with a banana and almond butter.

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Gina and I post-class

So what did I think of the class? In short, I loved it! Gina was an amazing instructor, she was there to help each client reach their full potential but was also understanding when someone needed a move modified, or to take an extra water break. The studio is gorgeous, and has many classes to take, not just BalletFit. They offer many different types of BalletFit (HOT, Cardio, Stretch, Tone, etc…), they also offer Pilates, Zumba, Hip Hop Cardio (<— need to try ASAP), etc…

I immediately bought the Groupon for the Natick location. Unfortunately, DanceFIT is not super close to where I live currently. However, they have this awesome looking VirtualFIT program, where you Skype with an instructor and 9 other clients and you can take the classes from your home, how perfect is that? I also really want to try the 6FIT Program in the fall!

DanceFit has TWO locations, Natick ( 721 Worcester Road) located above the Dover Squash & Fitness Facility, and Brookline (25 Monmouth Road) located in the Church of Our Savior. Since the Brookline classes are in a church with no air conditioning, the class offerings are limited in the summer.

You can follow DanceFit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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For the giveaway, one of you will win TWO classes at DanceFIT, that can be taken at either studio location! Enter the rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end Monday, June 23 at 11:59 PM EST.

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If you’d like to read other reviews from the Blogger event I have linked them here: Lucie, Vanessa, Nancy, and DanceFIT Studio.

A very busy and marvelous summer!

Don’t forget to enter the BarreFit App giveaway, it ends tonight at 11:59 pm EST!

Without fail April rolls around and all of sudden my summer weekends start filling up rapidly. I don’t mind it, I love spending time with family and friends, but I am even more thankful when we do have a low-key weekend. We don’t have one of those for a few weeks, but I am super excited for what is coming up!

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Best cupcake face, ever. This kid is definitely mine. We have had so many kid’s birthday parties, which means B has had a ton of cake recently.

IMG_8556Even though summer doesn’t start until my birthday Saturday, nothing says summer like Summer Shandy on tap. It really was marvelous!

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I also love that I get to spend so many of my busy weekends with my favorite people.

This weekend is particularly exciting as it is my 30th birthday, and while I thought I would be a bit more apprehensive about turning than I am, I am looking forward to throwing it down with all of our friends and family.

What marvelous things are going on in your life? How did you celebrate turning 30?

Current Nutrition Plan & Lose It

The winner of the Bondi Band giveaway has been selected, and there is still time to enter the BarreFit App giveaway!

Disclaimer: The views I express are mine alone, based on what works for me, and should not be taken as medical advice. Always talk to your doctor or a trained professional before starting a new diet or fitness plan. 

As I mentioned in my last updates post, I was going to address some of the changes I have made to get back on track.

I finally met with a nutritionist last week. I worked with Amanda last year, and I had a lot of success and did really well over the summer, and basically until the miscarriage. After the miscarriage I tumbled into a very dark place, and basically gained all that weight I worked so hard to lose. I am not working with Amanda, not because she isn’t great, she is, but because I need to make a financially smart decision, and ultimately I found someone who takes my insurance. I know that I have the tools to be smart about my nutrition, but in order to get back on track I need some accountability in order to make sure I stay on track.

The appointment went really well. We talked about my background and we set a few small goals for myself. Two dealing with food, and the third with sleep.

Goal #1 – Log food for two weeks & email it to my nutritionist

I have been using Lose It for a really long time, for me it has been easier to use than any of the other food logs.

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This is under the goals tab, you can set what your personal goal is. I have blurred out my information, because it is personal to me and can trigger others. Once you fill out your information, it will tell you roughly how long it will take you to lose the amount of weight you want. It will take a long time, this isn’t something that happens over night, just be aware of that.

Goal #2 – Eat fruit or veggies with every meal

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This is a snap shot of one day. Breakfast I had Oats, with Almond Butter and Watermelon on the side. Oats are pretty constant, I’ve gotten rid of my beloved peanut butter. I actually only buy the one serving packets to avoid any over serving, but I usually have silvered almonds and a banana.

I usually have a morning snack because B goes down for his nap around 1ish, which means I don’t eat lunch until after that. Snacks are usually fruit or Fage 2% Greek yogurt with local honey. Lunch usually consists of broccoli, sweet potatoes, although lately it has been yellow yams, and grilled leftovers from the night before. Some days I will have an egg or an Engine 2 burger (my favorites are the black bean poblano and thai basil edamame).

Dinner is always a huge salad topped with grilled chicken, chicken sausage, turkey burger, salmon, etc… you get the idea. Some days I include roasted veggies on the side.

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At the end of the day your log can look this:

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I am trying to keep my carbs, protein and fat are a certain percentage every day, and this is another tool that helps keep me on track.

One of my favorite parts is the recipe builder

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I cook a lot, so I add my personal recipes to my account so it makes it easier for me to log my food daily. I also have a timer set to go off at 9 pm in case I forget to log my food.

Lose It also a premium membership, that I don’t currently have, where you can meal plan, connect your Jawbone or FitBit, an exercise log, and more in-depth nutrient counts. It costs $39.99 a year, I guess I should probably get that, huh?

Logging food doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for me. It worked for me in the past and I know it can work now. I try to keep my 20% for the many special occasions I have coming up, like birthdays, weddings, etc.. So I tend to eat pretty clean Monday –  Friday and have one splurge on Saturday and Sunday.

Goal #3 – Get more real sleep

This one will be a struggle for me, just because of the sheer fact that B does not always sleep through the night. Nick and I switch off nights, so I can hopefully get some solid sleep on my off nights, but sometimes I still wake up.

She also gave me a list of sleep techniques to use to get better sleep. I use a Jawbone Up that was gifted to me, mostly to track my sleep. It has an alarm that goes off 40 minutes before my bed time, at this point I turn off my computer, phone, tv, etc… and start getting ready for bed. I get things ready for the next day and then I read for about 20 minutes, using a paper book or my kindle that isn’t backlit. My goal is to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep a night. I’m not always succesful, but it is a work in progress.

BarreFit App Giveaway

Giveaway is closed, please email me at cupcakekelly21@gmail.com if you have won!

It’s no secret that I love going to any type of Barre classes, I have blogged about them a lot. It is also no secret that they can be expensive and they might not always be local. Nick and I have been working on an app that can help solve that problem, and TEN of you will win a code to download the app for free.

barrefiticonYou can read the press release, but I will give you the details as well.

So what is BarreFit?  It is a workout instructor, timer, and log that is focused around the latest craze in the fitness world, ballet barre.

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You pick the workout you want to do and the app will take you through the workout timing each move as well as reporting your progress (including spoken queues, time left, and the current rep). The app also plays music selections that you add to the app. The song only plays for as long as the current rep, so if the rep lasts 30 seconds, it will play the song for only 30 seconds. It’s perfect for me, because I have song ADD when I work out, and I am constantly skipping songs halfway through because I’m bored. There are also videos for most of the workouts, if you are confused on how to do a certain move or if you’ve never taken a barre class before this is a way for you to learn the movements.

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We plan on adding workouts regularly so you won’t get bored with the workout routines that are in the app currently, in fact when I get done writing this blog post, I will be writing up some more workouts to add for you!

You can integrate your workouts with the RunKeeper app. With Apple’s recent announcement of HealthKit we are already working on ways to integrate it, we are really excited for the great things we will be able to do!

Some important info:

  • The app only works with iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch
  • You need to have iOS 7.0 or later
  • 8.4 MB
  • BarreFit 1.0.0 is $3.99 USD (or the equivalent amount in other currencies
  • It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category.

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What is your favorite Health & Fitness app?

 

Bondi Band Review and Giveaway

You all know I love a great workout headband. I have reviewed many different types on this blog, through my relationship with Fit Approach, I was able to review Bondi Bands. I have heard and seen Bondi Bands for a long time, especially in the runner world, but I haven’t had a chance to try them out until now.

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First, let me tell you a bit about Bondi Bands! Bondi Bands are a stretchy yet form-fitting band that is composed of a blend of nylon, lycra, and spandex. These headbands are great for all hair types! They also donate 10% of pre-taxed earnings to a charity, in 2009 it was the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DCFI).

I was sent 2 headbands, one for me and one to giveaway, unfortunately due to a mixup, neither were my style. I was then sent two more headbands. So one lucky reader will win TWO headbands instead of one!

Flat Back Narrow Bondi BandThe first headband I tried was the Flat Back Narrow Band in Hot Pink, when I first put it on my hair was wet, and it stayed put. However as my hair dried the band started to slip backward.

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This was a taken a little over an hour after the picture above. I wasn’t even working out, I was driving. I will note that when I had my hair down the band didn’t move at all. So I think this will be an around the house or yoga type of headband.

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The other 3 headbands I received are the more traditional bands that you see from Bondi Bands. Hot Pink Have a Magical Run, Black The Journey is the Reward, and Aqua I Bust Mine so I can Kick Yours.

I really loved the black one, I wanted to try it out at my Poise class, but I woke up with a migraine and didn’t make it to class that morning. I did wear it around all day yesterday, which included visits to the playground, running around outside, and lots of doctors appointments, and it stayed on the whole time.

You can win the Have a Magical Run and I Bust Mine so I can Kick Yours bands, enter below.

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The giveaway ends Monday, June 9 at 11:59 pm EST

Even if you don’t win, you can receive 10% off your order at Bondi Bands, excluding Bargain Bin, Design Your Own, and Custom Items, use code SWEATPINK until June 28th to take part of this deal!

What is your favorite way to sweat?

Stitch Fix #2: June 2014

 

 

 

Stitch Fix

My last Stitch Fix was pretty on point, my stylist nailed my style, but all the pieces didn’t fit right, or I had something similar in closet already.

I scheduled a second Fix for the begining of June, mostly because my 30th birthday is in the middle of the month and I wanted to see if I could find something special to wear for a pretty big day. When I wrote my review for my first fix I received an email from Kate at Stitch Fix, so I was super impressed with their customer service.

I made a note to the stylists that I wanted something fun for my 30th birthday, I love maxi dresses and skirts, I also requested no jeans. I wrote that I own a lot of pinks and blacks and while I love those colors I wanted to expand my wardrobe.

As soon as I opened my box and saw the Stitch Fix cards I was kind of disappointed. The stylist included a dress that was knee length. I noted on the first fix that it was too short for easy comfortable movement when chasing a toddler around. If it was dressy enough for a wedding I would consider it, but it was not flattering on the hips/stomach.

41Hawthorn Apollo Sleeveless Geo Print Sheath Dress – $68

41Hawthorn Apollo Sleeveless Geo Print Sheath Dress

I love the price point, but again the color is just another black dress in my closet, and the material felt a bit to heavy for the summer.

Kensie Jeans Johnny Skinny Jeans – $88

I didn’t even take a picture of these as they are very similar to the jeans that I received in my last fix, and the fit was the same, tight and not flattering. I am not against paying a decent amount of money for jeans,  but they better look great on me.

Papermoon Taylor V-Neck Graphic Print Tank – $48

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I love the color and style of this tank, but I am not sure it is super flattering? Nick liked it, B liked it, what do you think? It probably doesn’t help that I am wearing a sports bra instead of a strapless. This isn’t something that I would pick out on my own, but now that I see it on, I do think it is a great style for my body.

41Hawthorn Bryan Short-Sleeve Open-Front Cardigan – $42

41Hawthorn Bryan Short-Sleeve Open-Front Cardigan

I do think that this is a cardigan that I would wear, probably because I have one very similar to this in my closet, just the sleeves are 3/4 length. I am definitely going to pass on this one. If It was a color other than black white and gray.

Market and Spruce Dicaprio Layered Mixed Material Knit Shirt – $54

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My stylist wrote that she included this because I like gray and pink. That was sort of frustrating since I specifically said I wanted to get out of that rut. That being said the shirt looks terrible on me. I love the color blocking, but the pink was flowy and the gray part was fitted. I felt like unless I was very slender this wouldn’t look great no matter my size, girls got curves. The price is also a bit high for a t-shirt.

I am going to give Stitch Fix (referral link) another try, because I think the potential is there. I am hoping that they will nail it for an awesome outfit for B’s 3rd birthday.

What do you think? Should I keep the green tank?

Weekly Updates: 05/05/14 – 06/01/14

20140323-222747.jpgUntil I start training for the Zooma 10K, I figured that weekly workout recaps were a bit much since I was doing the same workouts 3-4 times a week. As I start adding new recipes into my repertoire, I will update more often than I currently am, this is trial and error for me.

05/05 – 05/11

Tuesday and Thursday were Pure Barre mornings. I had intended to go to Studio Poise on Friday morning but I accidentally slept through my alarm and I missed Friday’s pound class. This was the final week of my unlimited class package at Pure Barre. I have a few packages that I bought, but I am trying to use up other groupon and class packages I have before they expire!

05/12 – 05/18

Tuesday I went to Studio Poise for Poise Fusion Xpress, it had been probably two months since I have gone to this class. Most days I struggled through even the opening sequence because there was so much core work. Sticking with Pure Barre, and accomplishing the challenge were huge in helping me start to develop a strong core. I was able to get through the entire opening sequence without much thought. It was still difficult, but I honestly felt much stronger, and that was something I so desperately needed.

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Friday I went to the Pure Barre Lynnfield Grand Opening Party with Jane, which was so much fun, and even though we didn’t win any raffle prizes, it was fun to see the studio in a different manner and to mingle with all the other clients and teachers.

Sunday I went to Poise Power Flow at Studio Poise, and honestly this was extremely difficult for me. Turns out the scheduled teacher was out, and Melissa, who I absolutely love, would be teaching. It washer first class back post-baby, and her due date was close to what mine should have been. A class that should have pushed and soothed me, made me frustrated and bitter.  Everyone wanted to talk about new mom hood and the baby. It isn’t her fault that I felt this way, and I know that. My grief and frustrating with the situation hit me at weird moments. Would it have been as bad if I was able to conceive and know that I am carrying a child? Maybe, but maybe not. That’s the shitty thing about grief, you never know when it’s going to hit you.

05/19 – 05/25

Tuesday and Friday were back at Studio Poise for Poise Fusion Xpress and Pound respectively. It was my first Pound class back after a while and I had definitely lost some of my knowledge about the routines. Luckily, I seemed to pick it up pretty quickly.

05/26 – 06/-01

Tuesday was Poise Fusion Xpress followed by a few hours at the Zoo with B and a friend. We walked about 2 miles at the Zoo.

Wednesday morning  I walked 3.5 miles with one of my neighbors. It is always nice to have a morning workout buddy!

Thursday I went for a 2 mile walk with my mother-in-law and B around my in-laws neighborhood.  I was in CT for the weekend so I wasn’t able to get to a gym, but it was nice to spend a ton of time outside just walking everywhere!

Food

In my last post, I talked about my food not being so great, but I feel like I am in a great routine now, and I will post more about that soon. It definitely feels nice though to know I can travel and still be on top of what I am eating. I can also have a 20% meal and not feel like I failed myself. It’s all about progress.