While I love a lot of things about blogging and social media, the thing that is perhaps my favorite about it all is actually connecting with people in real life and mixing it with group fitness. This past weekend, I hosted a barre class at Kit and Ace clothing store in Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza, and it was so fun, because I invited a couple of bloggers, a couple of readers and friends too. (Remember when I hosted the first annual Bay Area Blogger Meet and Sweat at Orangetheory Fitness? This event wasn’t quite that big, but I am inclined to host another one soon!) Let’s check out my post-workout red face and the scene …
Barre class at Kit and Ace in Walnut Creek
We met up on a very rainy Sunday morning before the store opened up to the public to chat and sweat together. I prepared a 30-minute barre style workout, which didn’t require a barre, weights or any equipment at all — but it had a lot of pulsing, isometric holds, plie squats and leg lifts galore.
After everyone arrived, we hung out, got to know each other and then I took the group through the workout. It was actually a little more sweaty and harder than I had anticipated, and some beads of sweat were definitely dropped on the floor in the middle of the beautiful Kit and Ace clothing store. Whoops! (Don’t worry, they had someone cleaning up after our session and before the store opened its doors!)
The event was fun and everyone was treated to a Kit and Ace top of their choice (which is a MAJOR score, as that quality clothing is not cheap, and is perhaps the softest fabric you will ever encounter), as well as samples of Vital Proteins collagen peptides, Urban Remedy juice and coupons for a free KeVita kombucha. Thank you to all the brands who supplied goodies for us! We were so pleased!
Most of the girls were new to the brands, so I explained my love of Kit and Ace fabric and shared my story of using Vital Proteins collagen. (Just do it — so good for the hair, nails and skin when used on a regular basis.)
I’m planning to do a few more open-to-the-public classes and events coming up soon, so if you’re local and would like to join, send me an email and I’ll put you on my list! We kept this one small, but there will be more. Perhaps we should take the pictures BEFORE the workout next time?
Rest of the weekend: Luzia show in San Francisco
The rest of my weekend included going into the City with Dave to see Luzia, a traveling Cirque du Soleil show at AT&T Park. It was BEYOND amazing, and perhaps in my top two of Cirque du Soleil shows that I’ve seen in my time. So much color, fanfare, acrobatics, stunts and wonder, all about a dream world in Mexico. Dave loved it too! But first, the picture I made Dave take of me as we waited for the BART to take us under the Bay …
Before the show, we had sushi and appetizers at Ozumo on the Embarcadero and had delicious food, but a bit of a service debacle in which our last sushi roll wasn’t put in and didn’t end up coming out to us in time before we had to leave for the show. Oh well! This tuna tartare was pretty delightful though, so we weren’t too upset …
What’s on tap this week: BODYPUMP 100
I’m traveling to L.A. for a couple of photo-shoots this week, including a follow-up with my favorite podcaster, woohoo! I’m also preparing for the big debut of Les Mills BODYPUMP 100 on Saturday the 14th in the U.S.. I’m team teaching with a couple of other instructors and cannot wait to share this monumental release with the members.
My weekly workout recap
Speaking of fitness, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve shared my workouts, so let’s do it …
- Monday: Took a one-hour CP2 yoga class at CorePower, 11:30 a.m
- Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 6 a.m.
- Wednesday: Did a one-hour POP PILATES class, 12 p.m.
- Thursday: Taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 6 p.m.
- Friday: Practiced BODYPUMP at home for one hour, 5 p.m.
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Taught a 30-minute barre class, 10 a.m.
Overview of the week
This past week was the first time I had more than five workouts in probably a month. There was a good mixture of weights (BODYPUMP) and also some flexibility (barre, pilates and yoga). This week didn’t really include any individual workouts, and I didn’t make it to the gym for my solo weights session, but I plan to get back into that routine very soon. While I didn’t do any workouts that were specifically cardio, there was plenty of cardio involved in the classes, so I’d say this was a balanced line-up.Check out this #barre class, #workout recap and San Francisco adventures from @apstyle ... Click To Tweet
P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
Have you tried anything new yet in 2017?