5 Mins a Day: Stretch It Out

Stretching is one thing that hasn’t been a part of my wellness routine for a while! UGH I know, horrible!

I grew up as a dancer so stretching was always a part of my daily routine. I would stretch before class, after and at home to improve flexibility. Once I started college and stopped dancing/cheer, stretching became less important for me. No need to break out a toe touch.

I would do a quick quad stretch after hitting up the gym but didn’t really think about it too much. It wasn’t until recently when I started working out more intensely that I was reminded of the importance of stretching.

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I was getting cramps all of the time and my muscles were so sore! Like not normal. I had to make a mental note to actually stay and stretch for at least 5 mins after my workout to prevent some soreness. Some if just unavoidable!

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Also, I got the opportunity to try out Motion Stretch, a professional stretching studio. Who knew that was even a thing!? They basically lay you down on a table and work on your muscles through different stretches and by pushing into the muscles. I loved it because they focus on the whole body, not just a specific muscle group (although during intake they ask if you have any specific injuries/pain they should focus on). Stretching with a professional can help prevent injury (my biggest fear) and increases elasticity. However, I will say it was very intense. I’m not sure if it’s because I have a low pain tolerance or I was just super tight. Probably both!

They told me a lot of their clients are athletes or people that just like to workout like me, but some of their clients are 9-5’ers who experience neck/back pain. So, they can help with a variety of clients.

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Before I left they encouraged me to stretch at home and walked me through how that should look. What I took away- make sure your body is warmed up and start from the bottom up. So, start with calves, move up to quads, biceps/triceps, neck. You get it!

I’m really going to try and do this for at least 5 mins a day, just to feel less tight and prevent soreness.

If you want to try Motion Stretch, they have a ton of locations!

P.S. Your first stretch is free!!

 

 

ILY,

nutMeg

 

My Thoughts On Spin Classes

If you knew me a year ago, you’d know for sure that I was a spin bunny. I had just moved to ATL and was getting into the fitness scene here. There is a spin studio within walking distance of my apartment, so perfect. I feel in love with spin in college because it was the one class offered at my gym that actually made me sweat and push myself, so I had to keep up my habit post grad.

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I really did think that the more I went, the skinnier I would be. You see all of these runners & avid spinners who are thin, I thought I could look like that too. (WTF- Looking back I know my body type just isn’t built that way)

After a few months I started branching out to different studios and switching up my workouts a little bit more, cutting back on spin. Although, I would feel SO guilty if I didn’t get spin in twice a week.

I started working with a personal trainer after being fed up about not getting results for myself. After talking to her about my current workout routine, she told me that too much cardio like spin actually is working against me. My mind was blown. UGH. We work on building muscle because my ultimate goal is to have a toned and strong body (not skinny). By doing so many spin classes, I’m actually burning off that muscle I worked so hard to build. RIP!! 

So, now I do one class a week so I can get my spin fix and to sweat out a ton! Not to say I’m not doing cardio anymore, but just not spin where I burn 500 calories each time multiple times a week.

Everyone is different and this is what is working for me and my goals, so take this advice with a grain of salt. Just because you see someone doing a certain workout or eating a certain way on IG, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you!

 

 

ILY,

nutMeg

My Project Comeback

The post wedding bod is real! This is my comeback.

The post wedding bod is real! Prior to my wedding, I dieted down to look fab in my dress and in a bikini for the honeymoon. Once the dress was off and I was in Mexico, I went a little overboard in the other direction…

I treated myself: margaritas, lots of chips & guac and dessert! One night I felt so sick from all of the greasy food I couldn’t get out of bed. My body just wasn’t used to all the crap! Whoops. 

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Probably the only healthy meal I ate in Mexico!

Ok, so maybe I went a little overboard, hence the intense stomach ache…

For once in my life I legitimately did not care about the calories I was eating or concerned about making it to the gym. It was a break I didn’t even know I needed.

For months and months leading up to the wedding I had been thinking about every single thing I ate and drank. I was mentally maxed out and needed some time to chill with the dieting.

Fast forward to now. Back to the 9-5 job and back on my health/wellness grind.

After the honeymoon, I didn’t jump right into working out 5X a week. I started off slow for about a week or so. Going on walks, doing simple body weight exercises and slowly getting back into a routine. I didn’t dive back in because, honestly, I didn’t have the motivation.

Now, about 2 weeks post honeymoon I am back into my routine. What really pushed me was that my jeans were getting a little too tight! Thats when you know you’ve gotta turn it around…

ClassPass is in full swing and I’m back to eating healthy meals as well.

Another thing that has helped me on my Project Comeback is getting back into my healthy morning routine. So doing simple things like, drinking water before coffee and taking my multi-vitamin. This sets up my whole day to be successful and puts me into a more healthy mindset!

Having a routine is important because when you need a mental or physical break from the gym you have healthy habits to jump back into.

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I wanted to share the beginning of my project comeback after my wedding & honeymoon  to be real with you guys. I’m not perfect. After my vacation I couldn’t get back into my routine so quickly, and thats ok. Taking a mental break from dieting is important and moving more towards a balanced life is now my goal.

 

ILY,

nutMeg

Latest Obsession: ClassPass + Studio Reviews

If you’ve been on my Instagram lately, you know I’ve been obsessed with ClassPass

If you’ve been on my Instagram lately, you know I’ve been obsessed with ClassPass…All I do is post stories about the new studios I try. Gotta let the people know!

First off, what is ClassPass?

“ClassPass is a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios.” -Straight from CP.

Basically it gives you access to fitness studios in your area without having to buy multiple memberships to those studios. One pass, endless options.

Previously, I had a membership to Cyclebar spin studio & a gym membership at Crunch. I found myself not utilizing the amount of classes I was purchasing at Cyclebar. So, instead of spending so much money for one fitness studio that I wasn’t going to enough, I decided to try ClassPass. I wanted to try a bunch of the studios I had been seeing online and diversify my routine.

So far I have tried 6 different studios. Below is a little taste of each and my review:

Cyclebar

I have been in love with Cyclebar since last June, right after I moved back to GA after college. I was instantly obsessed after my first class because of the vibe! The instructors are so fun, the music is great and the staff is so accommodating. I love taking my friends and (dragging) Patrick sometimes. Just your classic spin class, with an added arm song and awesome music. They have a ton of locations around the country so check them out for sure.

If you’ve never tried cycling, I’d highly suggest it. It is my go-to workout when I need to get my sweat on.

Pure Barre

I’d obviously heard about PB many many times but never actually took a class. Honestly, I thought it would be easy and not really challenge me. Yikes, I was wrong! Lifting 2 lb weights is easy until you do the same plus for 25 reps…I feel the burn. The classes are usually filled with young moms so I don’t find the studio intimidating, I kinda like that aspect!

If you want a really sweaty sesh, try something else. You’ll get a great toning workout in but not be dripping after.

Elevate

OK… This has been my one bad experience through ClassPass. This was a suggested studio on CP because I entered that I enjoy barre & TRX. I signed up for the TRX class and unfortunately the whole experience was just off for me. I didn’t find the class challenging and the format was just strange so it felt weird the whole time and couldn’t get a good workout in… On to the next!

FORME

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OMG I’m obsessed! Forme is a barre-like studio with cardio dance elements incorporated. I enjoy FORME over a Pure Barre style class, although they are very similar, because FORME has amazing music and fun cardio bursts that really get me sweaty.

Every instructor I have tried is SO fun and I end up chatting with them after class, which I love. The instructors really make the experience at fitness studios and that is definitely the case here!

Stellar Bodies

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Admittedly, I found out about the Stellar brand from their Instagram…talk about Insta goals. Then, I knew I had to try it out when I found out my fav instructor at Cyclebar, Katie, taught there too!

Stellar is a pilates & strength class that uses the Megaformer. So, you have to engage your abs at all times even if you are doing legs or you’ll literally fall off. I’m always super focused because I don’t want to embarrass myself and fly off in front of everyone, HA!

This class is by no means easy but the instructors are great about giving modifications- which, at this time, I always take. This class is different from anything I have EVER done and that’s why I enjoy it so much. It not only challenges my body (talk about the shakes) but my mind as well because all the moves are new.

Fit9

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Fit9 is the sister studio to Stellar, so I had to give it a whirl. I went for the first time a while ago with The Fit Atlanta. The class is broken up into 4 parts: Skillmill HIIT circuits, weight training, Skillmill skills (lateral jumps, sled push) and boxing! The Skillmill is a curved treadmill and the speed is all dependent on you. If you run faster the machine moves to your speed. It is definitely tricky at first because you feel like you’re a little out of control, but I got the hang of it after my first class.

Fit9 is one of my favs because it’s broken up which makes the time go by fast and its easier to push myself for 15 minutes in each section then for 60 minutes straight. I get a burst of motivation when we change activities!

 

If you want to try ClassPass use my link http://class.ps/hIVTM for $40 off your first month! Let me know what fitness studios you love and which I should try next!

 

ILY,

nutMeg

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