Hello from Day 6 of our month of February Fitness, where we're challenging ourselves to move every day! Though our legs are still a little sore from Tuesday night's Amanda Kloots dance class, we had a truly wonderful time meeting so many of you in person and hearing about how you're all motivated to move this month! We're looking forward to sweating alongside more of you in the coming weeks (our next class is Tuesday at PLATEFIT), but, in case you can't join us in person, here are five at-home workout options our team loves that you can do anywhere with Wifi:
Melissa Wood Health: One of Leslie's favorites, the MWH classes balance weight training with yoga, ensuring that you complete your workout feeling both empowered and grounded. It's $10 per month (though she does offer a 7-day free trial), but Leslie swears it's well worth the fee!
Nike Run App: If you've been looking for a running partner that allows you to go at your own pace, tracks your progress, offers personalized coaching, and is actually Ilana Glazer, then meet your perfect match! The app is popular for a reason and is a great place to log your jog, or train for a more intensive run this year.
obé: Designed with all levels in mind, obé's 28-minute classes will help you sweat, define, and flow with over a hundred live classes at your disposal each week. Feeling a little short on time this month? obé also has 10-minute, express classes. No excuses, people!
Glo: Offering a generous 15-day free trial to get you started, Glo's online classes, taught by some of the country's greatest yoga instructors, will guide you through their physically-challenging, but very doable yoga, pilates, and meditation classes. Why pick one when you can get all three?!
The Sweat App: Is there anyone out there who hasn't given Kayla Itsines' BBG (Bikini Body Guide) program a go? If you're raising your hand, maybe it's time to try these high-intensity, 28-minute workouts this February. Katie just reminded us that for the reasonable price of just $120, an entire year of BBG workouts is equivalent to the cost of just four SoulCycle classes... we'll let that sink in.
As Week One of February Fitness comes to a close, we thought we would take the opportunity to reflect on how moving every day has been going for our editorial team!
Exercise is my favorite part of any day since it provides the perfect balance to hours spent at my desk. The only thing that makes me come to a full stop in the middle of a streak of workout days is that I often get sick! I have a hard time not taking the instructor literally when he or she tells me to give it "Everything you've got," so I often over-do it. If I do my regular Basecamp class two days in a row (I usually take days off in-between), I have to be careful about consciously making one of those days a "half-effort" day or I will, guaranteed, get sick (touching all of the equipment probably doesn't help either!). My plan for this month is to make sure I do everything in balance and alternate hard, bootcamp days, with easier effort days!
Feb 1: Hike in Runyon
Feb 2: Early morning hike in Morro Bay
Feb 3: Basecamp with our Editorial Intern, Natalie!
Feb 4: Amanda Kloots with all of you!!
Feb 5: Barry's Bootcamp with a friend
Feb 6: Morning walk in Runyon
Every year, one of my goals is to get more active, and 2020 is the year I'm finally sticking to it. I actually started this move initiative in January, slowly adding more workouts into my routine, trying out new classes that made me nervous, and reassessing my spending habits to invest in a trainer, rather than Free People's latest catalog, and, I have to say, I feel amazing. I've started walking to work when I can (which is a 7-mile round trip) and overall feel more excited and energetic throughout the day. I can't wait to try out more new classes this month and see what works for me and my lifestyle!
Feb 1: Workout with a trainer
Feb 2: Kayla Itsines' Sweat App
Feb 3: HIIT workout at the gym
Feb 4: Amanda Kloots
Feb 5: Workout with a trainer
Feb 6: Kayla Itsines' Sweat App
In all honesty, fitness fell off my list of priorities once I started my job at cupcakes and cashmere. I am not a morning person (6 AM exercise is an absolute no for me), and my commute is one of the longest in the office (about an hour each way). After spending those two hours in a car each day, I'm extremely unmotivated around 7 PM. Luckily, I have my Peloton, which allows me to sneak in a quick workout if I have a burst of energy, but those have become less frequent during the winter. It's been challenging to fit in more fitness than I've become accustomed to, but I'm looking forward to see if my habits change by the end of the month. I'd love to wind up feeling stronger when March hits!
Feb 1: Neighborhood walk
Feb 2: Hike
Feb 3: Peloton
Feb 4: Amanda Kloots
Feb 5: Evening walk
Feb 6: Pilates
You know how every friend group seems to have that one woman who is naturally good at every form of athleticism, whether it be a pick-up game of basketball or spike ball at the beach? The one who is the obvious candidate for Sporty Spice in the squad Halloween costume? I am so not that friend. I am Baby Spice. And I tend to gravitate toward exercise classes that are cardio heavy or long hikes with friends. While I don’t see anything wrong with these preferences, I am also sick of feeling intimidated by male-dominated weight rooms and feeling incapable of doing one real push-up. Just one would be cool! This month, I signed on for Basecamp with Leslie (have you seen her biceps?!) and am going to start taking my new puppy, Atticus (!), out for a 30-minute morning walk every day before work. Now accepting all incoming thoughts and prayers; I will surely need them!
Feb 1: Bike to and from the beach
Feb 2: Walk to the farmer's market
Feb 3: Basecamp
Feb 4: Amanda Kloots
Feb 5: Basecamp
Feb 6: Walk before work with Atticus