How was the first week of March for you, my friends? Things were good over here, mostly. Although I was not feeling 100 percent the first part of the week with a cold and ended up subbing out one of my classes (which I do NOT like to do). But I’m back in business now.
A big highlight this week was that I debuted a new POP Pilates release in my class (release 20), which took me several days of practicing to learn, and I’m loving the moves and music. Oh, and I got my nails done — that’s always a good thing too.
This weekend, we don’t have much on the agenda (outside of me practicing for the upcoming Les Mills new releases, because group fitness takes up a LOT of my time these days, if you can’t tell), but the next three weekends in March after this are completely booked.
Anywho, that’s enough chatter, now it’s that time again for some current favorites. Here we go …
Leap Day wellness event at the Four Seasons
What’s better than a fun workout and healthy brunch at a fancy hotel in the City? Not too much, right? Last weekend, I went into the City to the Four Seasons San Francisco for a Leap Day event and took a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) class on the outdoor terrace of the hotel, with about 20 other people. Then, I got to have a sit-down brunch at the hotel restaurant with just five of the ladies (all of whom are my blogger/influencer friends I occasionally get to see when I go to local events).
Let’s talk about the workout: It was FUN. The workout was taught by Nia, a local Equinox instructor, and she had tons of energy and took us through some usual HIIT-type movements at the start. The warm-up was high-knee runs, so that sort’ve tells you the intensity level here.
All of that jumping and going hard was nice and all, but the best parts took place at the end of the class. That’s when we transitioned and did some community exercising, in which we worked with partners to complete burpee ladders and plank taps. And then, everyone in the class lined up in a pike position to make a big tunnel, and we took turns army crawling through/underneath the tunnel of piking people. It was SO much harder than I expected, and yet so fun, because you were literally rubbing up against every single person laughing and feeling incredibly awkward. I had never done anything like that in all my years of group fitness and found it quite entertaining. (And if you’re an instructor who teaches freestyle bootcamp classes, I highly recommend you give it a go with an open-minded and fit group of participants one day in the right setting.) We also each had a chance to choose a move for the entire class to do for 15 seconds — another unique twist, which made the workout experience that much more different.
But after that, it was time for brunch …
The restaurant at Four Seasons San Francisco is called MKT, and I had eaten there once before on Mother’s Day with Dave and Brady. It’s absolutely delicious, it has great views of downtown, and of course, the service is amazing. During brunch this time, I had some fresh carrot juice and the avocado toast on sourdough with poached eggs. Seriously brunch perfection, in addition to some good company.
Thanks for having me, Four Seasons SF. It was a great way to kick off my Leap Day. I hope to be back to those views again soon! 🙂
By the way, I went back into the City that same evening with Dave to see Guster at the Castro Theatre, and it was an acoustic/improv concert, and we had the BEST time. In fact, the concert technically was another favorite, but I didn’t take any pictures, so we’ll just leave it at that.
The perfect opportunity to …
Join Beautycounter with me
This is awesome, and hear me out … Being part of the Beautycounter movement is really fun. I’ve met some great women, had so much fun helping people improve their skin, and of course, enjoyed spreading awareness about the importance of safer skincare and beauty. If you’ve ever thought about joining, now is the perfect time. Because through the weekend, the enrollment fee to become a consultant is waived, if you buy a starter kit.
The beauty of Beautycounter is that it’s not at all a high-pressure thing, because you don’t ever have to recruit people if you don’t want to, and you can do really well off your own sales (and spend as much or as little time as you want, because it’s a flexible side hustle). If you want to know more or chat at all, send me an email. You can also find out more about signing up here. I’d love to work with you, if you sign up with me!
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The BEST post-workout shake
Before we get to my recent workouts, let’s discuss one of my favorite little rituals: My post-workout shake. After the majority of my workouts and classes (not every single one, but about 65 to 75 percent), I have a post-workout protein shake.
And there are only two ingredients in my post-workout protein shake: (1) Organifi complete protein powder and (2) Organifi red powder. Each item has different benefits (complete plant-based protein has 20 grams of organic non-whey protein to fill you up, and the red powder has tons of superfoods and nutrients to give you energy and even fight inflammation), and together, they are amazing.
Here’s how I do it: I use one scoop of protein powder and half a scoop of the red, and I add in cold water. Then, I freeze the shake for about an hour and pull it out right before I head to the gym and bring it with me. So after my workout, it’s waiting for me in my car and chilled to perfection.
Here’s the deal: If you’re heading to the gym to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and going to brunch after that, clearly you do not need a post-workout protein shake. I only drink my shakes after harder, longer or more intense workouts and always after lifting weights. I rarely eat a full meal within an hour of my workout, so I like to have a shake to keep me satisfied until I can sit down to eat.
I’ve tried tons of protein powders, and I’m positive Organifi complete plant-based protein is my favorite to date. I love both the chocolate and vanilla flavors equally. And when you add in that red powder, you just know you’re drinking something as beneficial as it is tasty. Love this combo so much, I had to share.
If you want to try out Organifi for yourself, you get 15 percent off your order on the Organifi site using the code ALADYGOESWEST.
Weekly workout recap
Here’s how I got moving last week …
- Monday: Practiced BODYATTACK for 30 minutes, 10 a.m.
- Tuesday: 30-minute CXWORX, 10 a.m., taught 45-minute BODYATTACK, 4:45 p.m.
- Wednesday: 45-minute SoulCycle, 9:30 a.m., taught 1-hour POP Pilates, 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday: Taught 1-hour barre, 12 p.m., practiced BODYPUMP for 30 minutes, 5 p.m.
- Friday: Taught 1-hour BODYPUMP, 12 p.m.
- Saturday: 45-minute HIIT workout, 10 a.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
This past week was entirely made of group fitness. Wow! The good news is that my workouts were diverse, with cardio, strength and even flexibility and mobility. I’m making some changes to my usual routine each week, and you’ll hear about that soon.
A few things from around the web …
- Supplements for healthy hair. Taking care of your hair comes from the inside out. And I can attest to this, because when my hormones were out of whack, my hair was much more dry and thin. Now, I have tons of thick, puffy hair, and I can attribute that to eating a lot of good food and maintaining a healthy weight and hormonal system. If you’re doing everything right with exterior hair care, but still need some help, here’s a list of a few supplements you can try to improve your hair.
- Beautycounter growth. This is an awesome video piece on Entrepreneur.com on how the Beautycounter company is growing so quickly and is making a big difference.
- Hamstring stretches. Do you ever get bored with the same-old-same-old standing hamstring stretch when you’re done with a workout? Me too. Here’s a list of some great alternatives, which includes dynamic stretches (meaning you are moving through the stretches, and these can even be done before your workout to warm up).
- Power posing. Need a little boost? Switch your posture. Here’s a great tip for how to up your confidence and mood instantly with the way you stand.
And here’s the quote of the week from the Calm app, which I use to do my daily morning meditations …
A Lady Goes West favorite archives …
- Snacks on snacks. Because sometimes it’s interesting to see what and why people eat things, especially when those things are snack bars … “My top five favorite healthy snack bars.”
- Prenatal exercise folks. In case you are expecting or know someone who is … “15 things you should know about working out when you’re pregnant.”
Thank you for reading! Have an awesome day, friends! xoxo
Questions of the day
How was your week?
What’s one thing you are looking forward to in March? For me: I have a weekend getaway with Dave in a couple weeks. YAY!
Do you have any plans this weekend?