Win a ticket to a Les Mills event near you

My fitness-loving friends, today I’m bringing you a giveaway that is very special to me. This year, Les Mills, the international group fitness brand I talk about all the time, is holding “Super Quarterly” events around the U.S. as part of a Super Q Tour, and I’m giving away a free ticket to one lucky winner to attend an event in any of the cities on the schedule. And the best part? You don’t have to be an instructor, because these events are open to anyone. Everyone can benefit from attending a Les Mills Super Quarterly event, because the energy is high, the fun is high, and it’s an all-around good time.

Les Mills Super Quarterly Giveaway via A Lady Goes West(Photos compliments of Les Mills and Reebok.)

Before we get to the giveaway, let’s talk about what to expect from a Super Q event …

What is a Les Mills Super Quarterly event?

An all-day massive fitness event held at a big gym or convention center, in which “masterclasses” of all the latest Les Mills group fitness programs (like BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK, GRIT and more) are held, as well as educational sessions. The day usually lasts from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes a full line-up of new releases presented by top Les Mills trainers and presenters. As an attendee, you can pick and choose which sessions you want to attend throughout the day, although some sessions require advanced registration to ensure your spot. There is also a second day of advanced instructor modules, which requires an additional fee. Instructors can earn up to 10 educational credits (CEUs and CECs) for various group fitness certifications. For a little teaser, you can check out a promo video here

What should you bring to a Les Mills Super Quarterly event?

Bring an open mind and get ready to have fun and learn a lot with other members of the Les Mills Tribe (that’s what we call ourselves!). You’ll want to bring a few changes of workout clothes, as well as a sweatshirt and sweatpants to put over your clothes during the educational portions, as the rooms tend to get cold. Bring a change of shoes, a towel, some wet wipes to freshen up, extra deodorant, a notebook and pen, and lots of food and water. I like to bring a cooler with protein bars, coconut water, fresh fruit, a PB&J sandwich and more. While you can usually buy little items to nibble on at the location, it’s best to come prepared — believe me, you’ll be hungry. Also, be sure to bring cash, so you can purchase cool Les Mills clothing and merchandise.

What can you expect to do at a Les Mills Super Quarterly event?

You can expect to sweat and move a lot, along with hundreds of other people. You could potentially work out all day long, if you attend back-to-back class sessions. And there will be tons of instructors and participants, ranging from beginner to superstar, so anyone can go. You will be able to take “masterclasses” from some of the finest Les Mills presenters and trainers, who are at the top of their game. And you can take pictures with them, chat with them and learn from them before and after sessions and during the education portions. You’ll also get to feel the energy of a packed masterclass, which can be an absolutely amazing experience worthy of goosebumps. As a participant, you’ll learn how to move better in class, and as an instructor you’ll work on your technique and learn new and cutting-edge coaching principles, as Les Mills shares its latest research at each event. If this sounds good to you, you can sign up by visiting the Super Q Tour website today.

When and where are the Super Q Tour events this year?

  • Philadelphia – May 16
  • San Francisco – May 16 (I’ll be at this one!!)
  • Raleigh – August 8
  • Orange County, CA – August 15
  • Seattle – November 14
  • Orlando – November 14
  • Sacramento – November 21

I attended a Les Mills Quarterly event back when I lived in Orlando a few years ago and was absolutely blown away by the energy in every single session. Let’s just say I’m not the only one who is passionate about Les Mills. I truly cannot wait for May 16 to come, because every time I attend a Les Mills training or event, my love of the brand is reignited (which is saying a lot!).

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win a ticket to a Les Mills Super Quarterly

This giveaway is open to everybody, whether you’re an instructor or just a participant. All you have to do is travel to or live near one of cities listed above and attend the event. The regular one-day registration fee is $129 per event, which includes all of the sessions for the day. This giveaway will end on Monday 4/6 (which is also Les Mills launch day for me in the Bay Area) at midnight, so you have a little less than a week to enter. Tell your friends!

 

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If you’ve always wanted experience the amazingness of Les Mills classes and your gym doesn’t offer them, this is a great chance to try out as many programs as you can in one day, while rubbing elbows with Les Mills celebrities and instructors. And hey, if you go to the San Francisco event, I’ll be sure to share some of my snacks with you!

Enjoy more Les Mills information

I’ve been a Les Mills group fitness instructor for many years and am currently certified in BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK and CXWORX, so I have a lot to say on the programs. If you want to read a little bit more about Les Mills, please check out some of my previous posts:

 Alright, my friends! Have a fabulous day, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for some chatter about food. 

*Disclaimer: I think you all know that anything I write about Les Mills is from my heart. But you’ll also want to know that the awesome people at Les Mills have given me a free registration to attend the San Francisco event in exchange for posting about the tour and sharing a giveaway with you. Fair trade, for sure.

Questions of the day

Have you ever been to a big fitness event?

Which Les Mills classes would you be most excited to take or try?

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A weekend full of fitness, food and fun

It wouldn’t be a great start to the week if I didn’t open with a very “Happy Monday” to you! I hope your weekend was wonderful. As usual, mine was full of fitness, food and fun — just how I like it.

Attending the Team LUNA Chix Summit 

On Friday afternoon, I was invited to attend a couple of sessions at the annual LUNA Chix Summit, which was held in at a hotel on the water in Berkeley. Although there was a full schedule of fitness and lifestyle events throughout the weekend, I was only able to drop in for a bit. In case you aren’t familiar with Team LUNA Chix, it’s a nationwide program, which brings together women in their own towns to sweat and support each other, as well as to raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund. Good stuff, right? If you want to see if there’s a Team LUNA Chix near you, check out the site today.

While at the Summit, I took a SmartFlow Yoga class led by Yogi Sadie, who is the resident yoga teacher at the CLIF Bar Headquarters (CLIF Bar owns LUNA, by the way). During this session, she walked us through each pose and the transitions of how to move along in the first Vinyasa sun salutation. If you know anything about yoga, this is the most popular sequence of moves and yet one that is not easy to master. I really enjoyed the personal attention Sadie gave each of us and walked away with a few new tips and tricks up my sleeve for my practice. (Yes, because I take yoga once a week, I can safely say I have a “practice.”)

Team LUNA Chix eventHow cute are those LUNA yoga mats? And yes, I came away with a ton of LUNA Bars.

After that, I went a nutrition talk given by the lovely Sarah-Jane Bedwell, a registered dietitian who was just adorable and knowledgable. She gave us some tips on how to create balanced meals to support our training goals. Even though I’m not a distance runner with “race-day” events to prepare for, I took a lot out of the talk. Basically, she told us to include carbs, protein, healthy fats as well as fruits and veggies in every meal and snack and to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I wrote down some notes from the event and will be sure to throw in those details in upcoming posts.

Before I left, I walked around the little expo outside for a bit to enjoy the beautiful day, and then hit the road to head home for dinner with Dave’s parents. Thanks to the LUNA team for inviting me and providing me with a fun bag of LUNA swag. You gals are pretty awesome!

Having some good times in Walnut Creek 

On Friday evening, I arrived home to find Dave and his Dad hanging out in our living room, which was a great sight. Dave’s parents had been on a vacation in Northern California, and stayed with us at the beginning and end of their road-trip back to their home in San Diego. That night, we had an 8 p.m. reservation at Prima, an Italian restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek, which came to us highly recommended. Yes, while our food was good, the service was … strange. Not to mention, the restaurant was really bright, which really didn’t add to the ambiance. However, we had a nice time chatting and eating, in spite of the less-than-perfect dining conditions. And the best part? Our walk back to the car just so happened to take us by Kara’s Cupcakes, which we went to last week as well, so we popped in for some full-sized cupcake delights after getting minis on the last visit. I went with the carrot cake cupcake with a bunny on top, and I loved it.

Dinner at PRIMA restaurant in Walnut CreekHere’s what I had for dinner at Prima: some very dense and tasty bread with dipping oil, a few bites of the beet salad and the fontina-stuffed chicken with steamed spinach and almond sauce. I nearly licked my plate clean. And of course, a look at the cupcakes we each selected and brought home to enjoy in a cute pink box.

On Saturday, after a little stroll around the neighborhood, Dave’s parents headed out mid-morning. After they left, I went to the gym to pump a little iron. Sadly, it was much later in the morning than I normally go, and the gym was incredibly crowded. I had to wait for equipment on nearly every set, so probably didn’t do as much as I would have liked. Nonetheless, I did it. After that, I went home to shower up and chill for a bit, then Dave and I went to a friend’s housewarming party just about a mile away from our place. 

Let’s just say the party was a good time, and we needed it. As many of you know, Dave works for the Golden State Warriors and because we’re in the heat of basketball season, he’s been working a lot. This was the first weekend in more than a month that he didn’t have to work at a game over the weekend. Because the party was hosted by a fellow Warriors employee, there were a lot of his coworkers in attendance, and they were all excited to have a night off.

Ashley and Dave at partyHow many tries does it take to get a decent photo? Too many. I settled for this one, with the strange side-looking-smile and all.

During the party, we watched the Warriors play (of course), enjoyed some Chipotle provided by the lovely hostess, played some card games and laughed a lot. Oh and we took a group photo using a selfie stick, which turned out a little blurry, but was rather entertaining to make happen. I really enjoyed the casual evening and especially liked seeing how her place was decorated. (Honestly, I wanted to take pictures of nearly every room to share with you, because it was so cute!) 

On Sunday, Dave and I did a whole lot of relaxing and a little bit of movement. We watched a bunch of episodes of Shark Tank, went grocery shopping, bought a basketball and walked to a park to shoot hoops (ummm, I was terrible, but still had fun), then we had a Skype date with some friends back in Orlando and made a delicious pizza for dinner. Suffice to say, this weekend was pretty darn good. 

My weekly workout recap

Switching gears, now it’s time for my weekly workout recap, which I do every single Monday to show you how I’ve been moving. Here it goes …

Weekly Workouts from A Lady Goes West

Weekly Workouts

  • Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Tuesday –Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
  • Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Thursday – Attended a one-hour reformer Pilates class at OnPointe Training, completed a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home
  • Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, attended a one-hour Smartflow Yoga class at the LUNA Chix Summit 
  • Saturday –  Completed a one-hour weights workout, foam rolling 
  • Sunday – Rest day

What was good about my week of workouts?

Once again, I had a lot of great variety this past week. I had an equal balance of cardio and strength training, which is ideal. My week consisted of three cardio sessions (all of which were teaching BODYATTACK) and three resistance sessions (teaching BODYPUMP, reformer Pilates and a solo session on the weight-room floor). I even fit in a great yoga class at the LUNA Chix Summit, which was particularly good because I learned a few new tips and tricks for perfecting my sun salutations in other classes. A core session, as well as a rest day, rounded out this past week. Good stuff. 

What could have been better about my week of workouts?

I picked up actual weights twice this past week, but both my CXWORX-core workout and Pilates-reformer workout had resistance elements with tubing and cables. Yet, I’m such a fan of weights, that I prefer to use them during three sessions each week. Let’s see if this week will be better. 

Have a great Monday, my friends, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow! 

Questions of the day

How was your weekend? What did you do?

What’s the best workout you’ve done lately?

Have you learned anything new recently?

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