After launching FIT & Flirty in August of 2018 I quickly realized I had a message to share with the fitness community and the world. More than anything I want women to stop obsessing over their dress size, the number on the scale or achieving a “perfect body”. I want to encourage every single lady to recognize that no matter where she is on her fitness journey, she is beautiful as is, powerful because of her uniqueness and should be celebrated (with champagne of course). I want women to see fitness as a tool to improve their lives and not as something they need to do to look a certain way or as a punishment for eating cake last night.
I knew without a doubt there were other like-minded women around the world that saw fitness for its health benefits, as a way to feel strong through having fun and NOT as a means to try and achieve what society says is a “perfect body” this year. I believe when you’re healthy, strong (body & mind) and happy you radiate in the eye of others, regardless if you’re a size 2 or size 16. It’s our energy that make us beautiful not our waist size.
They say “your vibe attracts your tribe…” so I decided to start an ambassador group to reach ladies that shared my love for fitness, champagne and living a balanced life. I have to say the last 5 months building this small tribe (we’re 18 girls now) has been the most rewarding part of my business. I am so blessed to have met every single one of them. Strong, independent, supportive women from across the world, all thriving in different careers, crushing it at life and making fitness fun. YES, you can have your fitness and champagne too!
Today I would like to introduce to you one of the newest additions to the FIT & Flirty ambassador team, Courtney Boehrer. This lady is a very special soul, with an infectious energy and passion for life. Here is her story….
Keep your Head Up, Keep your Heart Strong.
My name is Courtney and my mantra is HEARTSTRONG. These very words have shaped the person I am today. While it didn’t become apparent to me until 5 years ago, I’ve been living them my entire life.
When I was a little girl growing up in Indiana, my heart failed me. While my friends were swimming, dancing and playing I was introduced to the seriousness of life all too soon. I remember the smells of the hospital, seeing my dad cry for the first time and watching the worry in my mother’s eye. I recall hearing my sister proclaim her dream to become a doctor (which she did!). I can still feel the pain of the tubes like it was yesterday, as they were inserted and removed from my chest. I can sense the fear I felt when I was wheeled into the operating room to have my chest cracked open to repair the holes in my heart.
Today, I have an 8-inch scar that runs down my sternum and I wear it proudly. As a member of the zipper club, it’s one of the many battle wounds I’ve endured in my life, and it’s a reminder to keep fighting, even when the most vital part of me starts to break.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was keeping my head up, while making my heart strong.
I have a passion to inspire others through fitness coaching. My career mentorship as a Human Resources leader for over 15 years at a Fortune 100 company, and the blessing of parenthood as the momma of two beautiful little girls along side my high school sweetheart, Greg.
I fully embraced the spirit of these words because I have fought hard with the demons of an eating disorder in college and I’ve also struggled with anxiety and depression. Luckily, in my health and fitness community I’ve found STRENGTH. Every single day, I wake up with the desire to spread the message of being HEALTHY & STRONG.
Does this mean every day is perfect for me? Heck no! Does it mean I don’t have fun and enjoy amazing food and drinks? Heck no! I may or may not be obsessed with Champagne!!
God gave me a second chance and by no means will waste that priceless gift. I am proud to lead and continue to build my team #HEARTSTRONG every single day.
Let’s raise a glass to making the most of every single day. I am Coach Courtney and I am here for you every step of the way!
With Love, Courtney 🍾💪❤️
If you felt moved by Courtney’s life journey and would like to infuse your life some more of her high fitness vibes, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join her FREE Virtual Burpees & Bubbly 7-Day Challenge.
Whether you are a fitness fanatic or looking for inspiration to kick start a new healthy workout habit I encourage you to join this FREE fun fitness challenge.
We are a community of high vibbin’ females and starting Monday May 20th we will meet virtually for 7-days in a row for mini burpee challenges. This group is a safe place that holds no judgement; so, come as your beautiful self wherever you on your fitness journey. Together, lead by coach Courtney Pfenning Boehrer we will sweat and celebrate as we grow stronger every day! Join in, invite your friends and let’s sweat & sip together!
What you can expect from the Burpees & Bubbly 7-Day Challenge
1. Daily short workout challenges with a variety of burpees each day
2. Meet other like-minded women
3. Learn how to make fitness fun, rather then a chore
4. DAILY Prizes
5. Daily motivation and inspiration focused on healthy & fun lifestyle
6. Blog links & personal transformation stories
The Grand Prize includes 1-1 Coaching with Courtney, superfood & natural supplement samples, #heartstrong goodies, FIT & Flirty apparel, & bottles of organic bubbly & rose.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! JOIN TODAY to be part of this FREE Bubbly 7-day fitness event! Challenge starts Monday May 20th sign up now!
We give so much to our relationships with our significant others, our friends and our family… but how often do we give attention to our relationships with food and movement? I learned the importance of this, the hard way.
In the beginning of my fitness journey I thought I needed to be extreme in order to see progression. I always go all in when I have a goal in mind – which is as positive as it is negative. I would hesitate going out with friends because I knew my evening would consist of saying no to tempting foods and passing on a glass of wine. I almost began to loathe being asked to attend events. I was exhausted trying to keep up. I began to question what this lifestyle was really doing for me. I reach my goals, sure… but at what cost?
I realized that this lifestyle wasn’t worth it and it made absolutely no sense depriving myself. I shouldn’t feel guilty indulging in one meal or spending time with the people I cared about. I realized I needed to learn the right ways to do this. How can I reach my goal while still having a life and feeling good? How can I still be balanced and still maintain my progress? The answer was simple: quit doing more and simply do less.
Here’s what I learned:
1. You don’t have to deprive yourself.
Realistically speaking, there is only one way to lose body fat: be in a caloric deficit (and the deficit doesn’t need to be 1000 calories). If you want that one meal on the weekend then GO for it! It wont make or break the results you have made thus far. If you want that glass of wine, drink it and ENJOY it. There is no need to feel guilty afterward. As long as you are eating well often and moving often, you will be fine. Live your life
2. You don’t have to eat salad every day.
Don’t get me wrong… I do LOVE me a good salad, but I definitely don’t eat them all the time. We are conditioned to believe that we have to eat like rabbits and aren’t allowed to eat food that taste good. How boring of a life, right? So instead of feeling like a slave to food, I learned that it really isn’t that hard to eat healthy. I eat pasta, rice, and meals with sauces. Instead of buying low-fat this or low-calorie that, I focus on the individual ingredients I put into my body (foods typically in their most natural state / unprocessed). Food is fuel. Food is not the enemy.
Everyone is different. Do your research and go back to the basics. No need to feel like you’re “on a diet.” Mindset is everything! A lot of people believe carbs are bad, when in reality carbs provide our body with energy. Your body NEEDS them. It’s all about moderation and portion control.
3,You don’t have to kill yourself in the gym, simply MOVE.
How are you feeling about working out? I mean really… Even as personal trainer, I have had moments where I was like ugh I am just NOT FEELING it. So how do I stay motivated and LOVE moving my body daily? Seriously though, I actually get excited about doing something daily to move my body. This isn’t always a high intensity workout or a heavy lift day. Sometimes, this isn’t even a cardio day. This can literally be a quick walk, or bike ride outside.
It doesn’t take much to feel amazing and just MOVE. Don’t get stuck in thinking that it always has to be intense. You will make such a difference if you just spend about 15-20 minutes a day doing SOMETHING.
Rebuild your relationship with food and movement, it’s a lot easier than working against it. Once you see the magic in simplicity it’ll be easy to maintain. For me, wellness is never just an “end goal” type of thing… it’s a lifestyle.
What is FabFitFun? It’s a seasonal box of goodies made to feed your soul and allows you to indulge in fashion finds, glam beauty secrets and fabulous fitness products. Every three months you get to look forward to a box filled with the newest most awesome items, hand-picked for you by the FabFitFun team! The products are full-size and delivered right to your door step.
It’s FabFitFun’s 5th Anniversary! Here are some of the company’s highlights since its inception.
The first box launched in the Spring of 2013.
Customization for select memberships was introduced in the Winter of 2014 to allow customers to pick and choose the design and color of certain products.
The “add on” feature was implemented in the Fall of 2015. This lets you shop super-discounted products that ship for free with your box (now over 100 + products to select from)
In the Fall 2015 FabFitFun collaborated with their first charity “The Purple Purse Foundation”
March of 2016 the Community Forum was launched as a place for members to chat about the box and products as well as receive exclusive news, content and spoilers.
More recently the FabFitFun TV app was introduced, where as a member you have exclusive access to a library of content including workouts from elite fitness instructors, guided mediation and lots of different cooking videos.
So if you’re a fitness fashionista, shopaholic obsessed with keeping up with the latest beauty products and fashion trends take a look what’s inside this season’s box!
Bonjour!!! This is the cutest clutch and a is a perfect compliment to any outfit. Choose from three different patterns: Bloom Zahara and Paradise. Bonus, this purse is also reversible, so you get two for one.
With these nudes and pops of color, your lips will create a statement! These 11 intensely pigmented shades and 1 tinted lip topper are enriched with rose extracts, shea butter, jojoba oil, and aloe vera for extra moisture and easy wear. Mix any shades to create infinite combinations of lip colors, customized by you! Add the tinted lip topper for a hint of sheen and a touch of added moisture. Paraben free. Gluten free. Cruelty free and absolutely stunning! Pucker up babes!
Choose from Manhattan Beach, Linen and Super Bloom scent. These beautiful candles are made with hand poured coconut wax blend and cotton, lead-free wick allowing the candle delivers a clean, even burning fragrance. Held perfectly in a lovely copper colored holder.
This nail polish helps neutralize your nail color with a natural pink hue while delivering proteins, vitamins and moisture. Protein-peptide, ProSina, strengthens weakened nails and helps restore them to a healthier, youthful state, less prone to splitting and breakage. Pentavitin, a moisture-binding agent, improves brittle nails and increases flexibility.
Their formula blends moisturizing rose flower oil, cherry extract and vitamin E for a gorgeous pout from the inside out. Just say no to lifeless lips. You feel that tingle at the end? Yeah, that’s that the collagen kicking in— going to work to give you that full, enviable look. Not only does it hydrate and plump, the deep conditioning mask will 100% change your lipstick game—acting as a smooth primer for all your favorite shades. Pucker up. babes!
Get your beauty sleep while you travel the world in our limited-edition travel eye mask in collaboration with Free People. Made of vegan leather with embroidered metallic stars, this sleep mask features a removable cooling eye insert and fully adjustable elastic band around the back for the best fit while you catch some Zzz’s. Available in ballet pink, mint or light grey, this eye mask comes in a reusable clear zip pouch, making it the perfect travel companion. So damn cozy!!
This roller will do wonders for your sore and achy muscles. Will help to improve flexibility, break up scar tissue and keep tender muscles at bay. FYI – I freaking LOVE this product!!!
These nine items above retail at $331.99
My favorite three “I can’t live without (already) items” are the Physique 57 Massage Roller (feels soooo good!) ISA Lip Statement Palette (all shade of pinks and reds) and the Daydream Tassel Earrings (so trendy). The products alone are valued at $120.
So it goes without saying that $49.99 is an incredible price to pay for a FabFitFun box! SIGN UP HERE
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Here are 8 reasons why adding a little champagne to your diet is good for your health. Cheers!
Until recently, champagne was typically consumed by the rich and famous or served on very special occasions, like on New Years Eve or at weddings. But consumption of all types of sparkling wines are on the rise over the past few years. I think it may be in large part to the number of Italian Proseccos that have allowed people to dip their toes in the bubbly category at an affordable price.
So regardless if you’re connoisseur of sparkling wines and sip only the best champagne or if you’d rather have a nice glass of Spanish Cava or Italian Prosecco, adding a little bit of bubbles to your diet can be good for your health, and your spirits!
“Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge.” – Hester Browne
1- Champagne contains much fewer calories than wine
Trying to keep your weight in check, on a diet or counting calories? Choosing champagne over wine or beer is always your best alcoholic beverage of choice. There’s approximately 78-90 calories in a 4 oz glass of champagne vs 112 – 129 calories in a 5 oz glass of wine (varies between red and white) and a typical 12-ounce glass of beer will run you between 153 -171 calories.
2- Champagne makes your skin sparkle
Champagne contains resveratrol, a potent antioxidant which acts as protection against skin damage. Splash last night’s left-over bubbles on your face to reap the anti-ageing benefits. Champagne is also considered a natural toner, which can reduce inflammation and redness, thanks to the polyphenols (plant chemicals with antioxidant properties) and tartaric acid. It can work wonders on oily and acne skin as the high concentration of antioxidants will help soak excess oil and sebum, leaving you with a natural glow.
“Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.” Madame de Pompadour
3- Abundant in anti-oxidants
All champagne is made from red and white grapes which both contain high levels of resveratrol, an antioxidant that prevents damage to blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol and prevents blood clots.
4 – Good for your heart
Champagne has polyphenol antioxidants that is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. A flute of champagne a day can lower your blood pressure and is good for your heart and blood circulation.
5 – Shiny Hair
Rid your scalp of product build-up, making way for oil and other essential nutrients. Champagne can act as an amazing hair rinse and add volume to your locks. Bonus, the golden color of champagne can help bring out lighter highlights, leaving blonde hair with an envy-worthy shine.
6 – Bubble bath
A hot bathtub is a great way to decompress and ease your tense muscles. But now you can turn your every day bath into an exfoliating treat by simply throwing in a few extra bubbles! The carbon dioxide in champagne acts as a gentle exfoliator and helps to soothe dry skin. The acidity will also leave your skin soft and supple.
7 – Cheer up!
Feeling down? Sip on some champagne as it contains natural trace elements that may help boost your mood, says Tran Ky, MD, co-author of The Healing Power of Champagne. Double the power of positivity by pairing a glass of champers with a healthy fish dish. The omega-3s will also increase your happiness not to mention the crisp taste of champers is a perfectly delight with seafood.
8 – Salad fizz
Got some left over from last night’s bash? Use it to make a light vinaigrette for your salad. “Replace orange and other fruit juices with champagne” says , Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor, Frances Largeman-Roth. The acidity helps cut through the richness of the oil, making it taste lighter and brighter on your tongue than other dressings. Champagne Recipes
So drink up ladies!
“I only drink champagne on two occasions, when I’m in love and when I’m not.” – Coco Chanel
What’s your favorite bottle of bubbly? Please comment below and share this article with all your champagne sipping friends!
No more Sunday meal-prep thanks to 2GuysWithKnives! A Vancouver based company focused on convenient, highly nutritious, culinary level meals is not your typical food delivery service.
Sergio Pereira, owner and Executive Chef, moved to Canada from Brazil 11 years ago. His specialty is pairing healthy nutrition with his knowledge of world cuisine and culinary mastery. Co-owner Patrick Carr is a certified personal training specialist, metabolic nutritionist, and obstacle course race master. His background as an athlete and nutritional expert is a perfect compliment to Sergio’s flavorful dishes.
The two men are dedicated to providing their customers with delicious, nutritious, gluten-free meals while always offering the most well-balanced and healthy options.
2GuysWithKnives offer free delivery at your convenience and the meals are very affordable. The menu is updated weekly to ensure you get a variety and are never get bored of eating the same dish. All the meals are designed with lean protein, low glycemic carbohydrates & tasty veggies. Entirely gluten free and created based on fitness nutrition guidelines 2GuysWithKnives have elevated the food delivery standards by providing high quality and savory healthy meals.
These days it seems we all have hectic schedules. Personally, my days are jammed; between juggling my consulting business and my online business my free time is precious. I need to schedule walking my dog, hitting the gym, stocking up on groceries and even girls nightout. So needless to say, I’m always open to new ways I can save some time. I work from home most days because it saves 30 minutes (round trip) in commuting. Plus add up the time I don’t have to blow-dry my hair and I have an extra 90 minutes.
Meal prep has always been timing consuming and daunting to me. But for over 10 years I’ve been pretty consistent on setting time aside on Sunday evenings. If I don’t have half a dozen chicken breasts cooked or a fresh pot of turkey chili made my week gets chaotic and I start making really bad food choices.
I placed my first order at 2GuysWithKnives on Thursday evening and the food was delivered Sunday afternoon. I bought two main courses, 2 salads and a bag of protein balls for my sweet cravings. The total with tax and free delivery was $68.25. Additionally, I spent $30.00 at the grocery store on fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, and almond milk. Being this was my first order, I wasn’t sure if it would be enough food to fuel me through my busy work schedule and daily workouts?
The short answer is no, I ran out of meals on Thursday. That being said, the meals were fresh, very flavorful and packed with nutrients! For me, the entrees (rectangle containers) were big enough for two generous portions. But more importantly, I saved about 30-45 minutes a day in the kitchen! This week I placed a bigger order to ensure I would have enough food to keep me going all week long!
Another bonus is that each meal has a detailed label with ALL ingredients used and nutritional fact and information. Below is my first order.
Shake your bon bon – Winter TimeShaker Salad – smoked applewood baked chicken layered with shredded beets, carrots, green peas, brown jasmine rice, crisp romaine lettuce and yummy vanilla pear vinaigrette (organic pears, white wine vinegar, honey, vanilla, spices) calories 286 / protein 25g / carbs 42g / fat 2g / fiber 10g
That’s amore – Chicken Bruschetta Pasta – gluten free pasta noodles tossed with baked chicken, roma tomato, basil, black olives, kale, artichokes, sun-dried tomato, garlic, spices & balsamic glaze. calories 491 / protein 43g / carbs 55g / fat 11g / fiber 8g
Brazilian Carnival – Grilled & Baked Montreal Chicken Breast with traditional Brazilian black beans (pureed marinade blend of onion, parsley, peppers, tomato, cilantro, spices), zesty tomato-parsley vinaigrette & brown jasmine rice
Baobab Protein Bites (7) Medjool dates, raw almonds, coconut oil, raw cocoa, almond butter & vegan protein powder (yellow pea protein isolate, organic hemp protein concentrate, sacha inchi protein, organic sunflower protein, xanthan gum, natural & organic vanilla flavours, stevia leaf extract) dusted with African super fruit balboa powder into little gems of rockstar magic.
calories 457 / protein 14g / carbs 53g / fat 21g
In summary, if eating healthy is a priority in your life, you crave some variety in your meals, and would like to some free up a little time from your crazy schedule I highly recommend you try 2GuysWithKnive.
There is no commitment, the minimum order is 3 items (approx $45) PLUS you can customize your order with any specific dietary restrictions or needs you may have. For more questions visit the FAQ page.
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Quick tip – Pair champagne with fish and chicken dishes. There are fewer calories than beer or wine and it’s also good for your skin. Pinch me I am dreaming? Stay tuned for my next blog which will reveal all the health benefits of bubbles!
On January 20th I arrived to Fit and Fly Girl Luxury Fitness Retreat in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This unique fitness retreat series is organized by owner Rebecca Garland. Her desire is to bring women together, combining travel with the pursuit of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
A fitness retreat is about escaping your everyday life and taking the time to focus on yourself. It gives you the opportunity to reflect, learn healthier practices, workout with a personal trainer and discover new fitness tips and exercises. Many fitness retreats include spa therapies, a body assessment and adventure and wellness activities. This type of travel can be particularly popular with solo travelers, as singles are likely to meet like-minded individuals.
Attending a fitness retreat is a great way to take a break from work, family stresses or any other dilemma. It can serve as a great recovery or reset after a break-up or a personal loss. Whatever you may need time away from a fitness retreat offers an escape to adjust your perspective, regain control of your life and maybe even discover aspects about yourself that have been dormant or you didn’t know existed. When dealing with stress or self-doubt it can help to remove yourself from your current situation and share your stories with others who can offers a different perspective and help you to see another way of dealing with your situation.
Fit & Fly Girl luxury fitness retreats provide a well-rounded approach to fitness getaways; blending together fitness, wellness, culture, adventure, nutrition, and pampering.
Overall, the purpose of Fit and Fly Girl is to empower women to travel in style, to find adventure, to create meaningful and lasting friendships, and above all, to take care of your mind, body and spirit!
At this particular fitness retreat we were a group of 16 ladies staying in the luxurious Don Vito Villa. We were spoiled with nutritious and delicious meals prepared by our own personal in house Chef Fabien Mandrea.Our body assessment, daily workouts and yoga practices were all taught by Hannah Davis, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, also known for her training program called Body By Hannah.
Christine BibboHerr the fitness and fashion blogger from @NYCPretty was also part of our fitness group and he husband John a professional photographer, took on the role of “paparazzi”, capturing our moments of pain and dripping sweat.
Here is a summary of my week at Fit & Fly Girl’s luxury fitness retreat in Costa Rica.
Day One – Saturday January 20th
All the ladies arrived at the villa and Hannah conducted individual fitness assessments to learn our personal fitness objective for the week. She also took our body measurements and before and after photos to show us how much progress can really be made in seven days.
We had our first body shake out class which was a short 30 minute workout with dynamic stretching to open up our tight muscles after a long day of travel and prepare us for the week ahead.
After dinner we sat around getting to know each other.
Day Two – Sunday January 21st
Rise and shine at 7 :00 am, inject caffeine before a short foam rolling session and we were out the door before 8 am for our first Full Body & Strength Class at the gym next door to the villa. This hour workout was designed to build muscle and tone us up. The workout included eight strength training stations performing 3 x 1 minutes per exercises. Stronger is better!
10:30 am – Time to Surf!
“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf “⠀
This was my first time surfing; I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it, but it was an amazing!! Thanks to the patient instructors at Iguana Surf I managed to get up five times and I fell a more times than I can count; I have the bruises to prove it. In all aspect of life you should never be afraid to try something new and push your limits!
Later that afternoon we took advantage of our free time to watch the NFL playoffs. Go Jacksonville Jaguars!
5:30 pm – We wrapped up the day up with a vinyasa yoga and guided meditation. A much needed stretch session after a tough day of surfing.
Day Three – Monday January 22nd
8:00 am Body FHITT class at the beach. This was a team based high interval class to improve our metabolic conditioning and burn max calories in the shortest amount of time. The heat and sand made this workout extra challenging,
Down time I spent the afternoon at Coco Spa getting my sore muscles massaged.
Day Four – Tuesday January 23rd
You don’t inspire your teammates by showing the how amazing you are, you inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.” – Robyn Benincasa
8 am we were back to the beach for a Body Team Training Class. (My personal favorite workout of the week) This was a partner-based beach workout which had us focused on pushing our physical limits as we accumulated points for our team. There is something very powerful about working with a partner and not wanting to let down your teammates. I personally thrive with a some friendly competition!
On Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of going to the La Senda labyrinth. Unlike a maze you can not get lost because a labyrinth has only one path which symbolizes our life’s journey and takes us inward guiding us to find out who we really are. We had a guided meditation in the middle of the labyrinth which was a magical experience for me. Another marvelous dinner was prepared for us on the La Senda property using fresh organic vegetable grown on the scared land.
Day 5 – Wednesday January 24th
8 am workout in the backyard at the Don Vito Villa. The 60 minute body power class was focused on building power and helping us to tap into our fast switch muscle fibers to stay quick and powerful,
Followed by a 30 minute optional hill sprint workout, which of course I was keen to partake! All those years of running in higher elevations and hills of Vancouver BC proved to be good training for this workout.
We spent the rest of the day soaking in the beauty of Tamarindo on a boat, sipping cold cocktails, waddling in the water and just hanging out.
Hills. We love them. We hate them. They make us stronger. They make us weaker. Today I chose to embrace hills. – Hal Higdon
Day 6 – Thursday January 25th
Adventure day: fun filled day included zip lining, a mud bath, horseback riding, rafting and much more!
Day 7 – Friday January 26th
Time to double up!
8 am. Body FHITT workout at the beach. A super high intensity interval class designed to improve our metabolic conditioning and burn maximum calories in the shortness amour of time.
That’s afternoon I had time to relax at the spa again for a facial before we went back to the beach for a sunset body burn out class. An all body weight exercises to burnout the legs, arms and abs like nothing we’d done yet.
Although every woman on this retreat had a different fitness level, background and reason to travel to Costa Rica, we all had two things in common: we all wanting to better ourselves physically and I think we all had some kind of personal quest. Some were seeking new experiences or adventure, others wanted to establish new fitness and health habits. Some wanted to step away from their daily grind and evaluate life and break out of their comfort zone and other others wanted to make new connections.
Personally I got all of the above and more from this experience. The Fit and Fly Girl luxury fitness retreat combined my two loves; fitness and travel and gave me time to reset and evaluate many things of my life. Thanks to our personal trainer Hannah (who was extremely relatable) after only seven days I walked away stronger and feeling inspired to push myself further on my personal fitness journey. I think we can all agree we shared personal and physical breakthroughs, lots sweat, laughter and some wine too! We all made special memories and real friendships were created! I feel blessed to have been part of such a powerful, determined, strong, creative and caring group of women!
“Its easy to spot the strong women. They’re the ones lifting each other up!”
If you like fitness and would like to travel to new locations that you may not otherwise visit on your own, if you’re looking to connect with like-minded women, then what are you waiting for? Step out of comfort zone and get ready because it’s your time to fly!
I have 10 reasons why SoulCycle is the best spin studio. This fitness phenomenon is a New York City-based indoor cycling company founded in 2006; with studios in nine U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. As of 2016, SoulCycle had 85 locations in the United States with approximately 20,000 people riding every week.
My first SoulCycle ride was in San Francisco in November 2015 and it changed my spinning expectations. I’ve been to a dozen different studios since, and not to say I didn’t enjoy every single workout (cause there’s no such things as a bad workout right?) but no ride has come close. It’s like when you meet the guy of your dreams, and then he vanishes…you’ll meet other people, but the feeling just isn’t the same…
So when the Vancouver location opened this summer, I was worried… would it be as magical? Or would it shatter the beautiful memories of my first time? I had to find out; on Saturday I attended the 11:45 am ride lead by Daniela and I’m ecstatic, it was everything I remembered and more! Little fun fact, Kelly Rippa was in my class!
Here are my 10 reasons why SoulCycle is the best spin studio:
1.Spinning® has been around since the late 80’s but SoulCycle created the craze.
2. A perfectly branded “feel good” company that practices what it preaches. The SoulCycle riders loyalty is proof of that; in 2015 there were 934,500 rides, 25,641 classes, and 10,378 rides per day.
3. Extremely courteous, knowledgeable and friendly staff. The instructor training program is eight-weeks long. But the company also created a ‘Soul University’ with over 45 proprietary training programs to scale the distinctive culture and service of its studio operations.
4. A “clique” free zone, where everyone is made to feel part of the family! In class, the instructors encourage interaction with your neighbor, which opens communication and creates an uplifting feeling in room. There’s also constant dialogue with riders through ‘Your Soul Matters’ team, responding to 50,000 rider emails annually, and Twitter feeds.
5. Well organized, beautifully designed, spacious, and clean studios.
6. The service is on point! From the second you check in, customer services representatives makes sure you’re informed and helpful staff members come around the spin room and ask every single person if they need help setting up their bike before the ride starts.
7. A high vibbin’ candle lit room, with heart-pounding tracks and inspiring mantras from your instructor will help you push your physical limits and guarantees a great sweat sesh! Instructors are more than just guiding through the ride: they remind you that you’re stronger than the voice in your head that says you can’t.” You don’t have to be here, you GET to be here!”
Fall has officially hit the west coast; torrential downpours and gusty winds are likely to be with us for the next five months. After only two days of darkness my body was desperate for some heat and since I can’t just hop a flight to Hawaii I decided on the next best thing; a workout at Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness. The Kitsilano location opened up few blocks away from my place, so I decided to go try a class.
Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness is not a typically yoga studio. First of all, the studios are heated with far infrared heat which has extraordinary heath benefits such as; improves your immune system, reduces toxins and wast minerals, helps reduce stress, burns extra calories and helps control weight gain. It’s also been proven to help diminish cellulite and improve skin tone, plus can strengthen the cardiovascular system, relieve pain from arthritis, sprains, strains and over worked muscles.
You can indulge in a wide variety of yoga classes such as “Hot Yoga Rise & Shine” – Mix sun salutations, balance poses, standing poses with strengthening poses and deep stretches. Early morning yoga is a great way to center yourself, listen to your body and set an intention. But if you’re looking for something more powerful, I welcome you to try one of the many fitness classes such as “Hot Cardio Fusion” – A intense cardio party that helps keep your heart healthy and burn fat. View the full schedule
The Oxygen Yoga & Fitness mantra is “I Love My Life” which is written all over the studioand the fitness instructors have you recite it at the end of every single class; expect nothing but good. positive and friendly vibes! The room is hot approx 30 degrees and the lights are usually dimed. If you’re in a yoga class the mood is calm and meditative but in the fitness classes you can expect loud music and very high energy! You’ll need your yoga mat, a yoga towel, a face towel and WATER! Be prepared to SWEAT A LOT!
“No one has ever drowned in sweat.” – Lou Holtz
I hadn’t been to a “hot class” since February of this year, so I decided to looked up my sign in records at the Olympic Village/Fairview location from February 2016 to end February 2017. I attended 155 classes (13 classes per month or 3.5 classes per week for a year). WOWZA! So I thought it best to ease the hot classes back into my fitness schedule this week.
–Monday October 16th 7:30 pm – Combo at Kondi 30 minutes of a total body TRX workout to strengthen and tone and 30 minutes of Callanetics to lengthen and tighten your muscles.
–Tuesday October 17th 6:30 pm Oxygen Hot Yang/Ying Yoga lead by Sandra: first class back and forgot how HAWWWT it get’s in there. The yoga teacher was friendly and had a meditative voice; this much needed deep stretch was painful yet ohhhh so good!
–Wednesday October 18th 7:15 pm TRX class at Kondi is a core-focused workout which uses your own body weight and angle to determine the difficulty.
–Thursday October 19th 6:30 pm Oxygen Hot Fast and Furious Fusion Challenge Level 2/3 with Holly. This class was kickass ! One hour of non-stop heart pumping cardio and strength training! I felt amazing after! This class confirmed I’d to signing up again!
–Friday October 20th – Rest day
–Saturday October 21st 11:15 am – Combo Kondi 30 minutes of a total body TRX workout to strengthen and tone and 30 minutes of Callanetics to lengthen and tighten your muscles.
–NFL SundayOctober 22nd – 4:30 pm 6km hilly run
– Monday October 23rd 6:30 pm Oxygen Hot Power Core with Lindsey!! One of my favorite teacher’s from the Fairview location. This class ABS-olutely rocked!!! This class incorporates yoga, weights, resistance training and cardio into a fast paced heart pumping core blasting session!
Having only been back for a week, I can already see and feel the benefits of combining my fitness routine in the far infrared heat. My body leans out and builds muscle so much faster, my skin is glowing, I push myself to my physical limit in each session and I’ve been sleeping like a baby! Plus working out in the heat is a good way to prepare for the outdoor workouts I will be doing on my luxury fitness retreat in Costa Rica. Not to mention, all my fitness needs are met under on roof with classes ranging from yoga, barre, cardio, core, strengthening and more!
“I will make sweat my best accessory, I will run harder than my mascara.”
If you’re a Vancouverite, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness is a must! Especially in the winter months! But don’t take my word for it, for only $10.00 you can try it yourself for a week or for $49.00 have unlimited access for a month. With 35 locations in British Columbia and 11 more opening soon there’s sure to be a studio near you!
Have you tried Oxygen Yoga & Fitness? What’s your favorite local studio these days?