Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by NOW Foods . All opinions shared in this post and the accompanying video are my own.  When we challenge ourselves in a workout, we are asking a lot of our bodies. When the workout is complete, it’s time to thank our body, and what better way than with proper recovery?  Recovery is so important! It enables us to repair our bodies so that we can continue to reach our goals - whether that's walking your first 5k, completing a triathlon, or hiking the Appalachian Trail! I have been focusing more on my recovery routine over the last couple of months in particular because I've started to notice some tightness in specific areas that I know are due to overuse and under stretching. My hip flexors and IT band have been so angry at me for the last few weeks because I have been neglecting them. I know that, as I train for this 10-miler I have next month, I am going to have to up my recovery game, and so that's what I've been working on! Recovery...
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by NOW Foods . All opinions shared in this post and the accompanying video are my own.  As a fitness professional, I often have multiple workouts in one day - especially on days where I'm teaching group fitness classes or yoga (aka every day ending in Y!). I tend not to count the classes I teach as a workout because I'm really guiding my students through their  workouts, and will sometimes walk around and provide additional adjustments and cues (always hands-off these days!), which means I'm not working at 100% for 100% of the time! Also, have you ever tried talking the entire time you're working out? Yeah... Needless to say, I fit in two personal training sessions a week with my awesome trainer , I play volleyball, run, have my personal yoga practice, and hike (I think that covers it?). In the summer, I also tend to participate in fitness conferences, wellness events, and other activities that burn a ton of calories and require a lot...
On April 24, 2021, I attended the grand opening celebration for the Athleta store in Rockville, Maryland , located in Congressional Plaza on Rockville Pike. I had the opportunity to host a meet and greet , which was a first for me! One of my sisters and many of my friends and cycle students showed up to support me, and my heart was so full! It was such a great event, and the staff at the Athleta store were so helpful and friendly. It really felt like a community. It was also great that some of my family, friends, and students from my indoor cycling classes were able to attend the event. I'm always so humbled by the love and support I receive from the people I care about!  There were many sponsors at the event, and I finally  got the chance to try some of Crumbl Cookies ' mini cookies. They were so good that I wanted to eat the entire table's worth of those doggone cookies! Amazing! One of the event sponsors was Curious Lime , a local business specializing in embroidery and...
I have so many updates to share with you this week, but here are the first two: I got certified to teach HIIT & Flow , and  I was recently hired to teach this format as well as yoga for Flex & Flow!  I have fallen in love with teaching classes - both online and in-person - and will be adding two virtual classes to my weekly schedule starting next month. Stay tuned for updates on those classes OR sign up for my email list to stay in the loop ! Why I Love Flex & Flow I have been a huge fan of the founders of Flex & Flow for almost a decade now! They used to be known as Fit Approach (you may have known them as Sweat Pink) but made some major changes in everything they do. They have taken a strong stance on social justice issues, and have put their money where their mouth is when it comes to elevating diverse voices and fostering an inclusive community. In their own words: We have come a long way in the last 9 years, from a dream and a suitcase full of pink shoelaces to a d...
As you may have figured out by now, I'm a bit of an outdoorsy girl. I love getting outdoors, breathing in all of the fresh air, and enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. You may have seen me out hiking, riding my bike, running, camping, or even practicing yoga, but something that I've been doing for a lifetime that you may not have known about is grounding. Recently, I went on a short hike at one of our Maryland State Parks (this was part of my 50 First Hikes adventures) and decided to take my shoes and socks off to really connect with the experience. I know that it may sound hokey, but it felt fantastic ! At one point, I placed my yoga blanket on the ground and laid down into savasana (or corpse pose). Beneath my body, it felt a bit like the Earth's heartbeat. I began to breathe deeply, closed my eyes, and just experienced this glorious moment. When I reopened my eyes, I felt a sense of calm. I said to my friend who was with me, "there has to be some science...
As a Jade Yoga Pro Ambassador, I recently received a Jade Yoga Recycled Cotton Yoga Blanket for review. All of the thoughts contained in this post are my own. If you make a purchase using one of the links below, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for your support! Recently, I received the Jade Yoga Recycled Cotton Yoga Blanket  to test out and review. Now that I'm teaching restorative yoga each week, I have become a bit of a prop queen. Yoga blankets, bolsters, blocks, and straps are my props of choice, and they really help me get deeper into my poses. Curious about how to incorporate yoga props into your yoga practice and/or recovery days? Leave a comment! I decided to test out the new Jade Yoga Recycled Cotton Yoga Blanket in a number of settings and practices so that I can provide you with a thorough review of this product.  What's The Deal with This Blanket? I received this blanket in purple, which was of course the best color I could've received since it...
I posted  this Instagram Reel a couple of weeks back, and I thought, what better way to share some of my expertise as an indoor cycling instructor than to turn this into a blog post? If you're taking an indoor cycling class (aka spin class) for the very first time, there are some basic things I think you should know before you go. I get a lot of questions from first-timers in my classes, as well as friends and family members who are interested in trying indoor cycling for the first time. Just a quick point of clarification: I am a certified indoor cycling instructor. I am not a spin instructor , as this is a trademarked program through Mad Dogg Athletics. I've been certified through Schwinn and Indoor Cycling Group (ICG). Nonetheless, people often call indoor cycling class "spin class" much like people call facial tissues Kleenex or copy machines Xerox machines. Peloton isn't too happy about the Mad Dogg trademark, but it is what it is! Keep scrolling in order...
I have been absolutely living  in my Fabletics for the past month . The color palettes they've been using have been my favorite colors to wear, which has definitely made it hard not to stock up on ALL. THE. OUTFITS. It was also my birthday in February, so I decided to treat myself to a couple of fun outfits.  Outfit #1: Aisley Seamless Bra, Seamless Long-Sleeve Crop Top, and High-Waisted Seamless Stripe Legging This outfit was gifted to me by Fabletics . It's no longer for sale as a three-piece outfit in the Lunar Blue Stripe, but you can still get the outfit in the sports bra and leggings or  you can grab it in a different color but similar style (the Time To Sleigh 3-piece bundle ). I love the color as well as the retro style. What I didn't love was that I was a bit... poochy in the first half of the month, so the seamless fabric is a little less forgiving. It did make for a pretty fun Instagram Reel , though! View this post on Instagram A post shared...
My February started out so strong, yet ended so... blah. I feel mentally and physically exhausted, writing this, but I think a little evening goal-setting will help me feel a little better! How Did I Do in February? In a nutshell: Meh. To recap, my February 2021 goals were: Go on 4 hikes: I went on exactly one. In my defense, it's been pretty rainy and snowy, so most of the days I would've gone hiking were way too wet to do so. Further, I really don't like hiking in the mud because I'm already clumsy, so I don't need anything assisting me with getting injured! Finish a book: I've been reading a few at the same time, which of course means that I haven't finished any of them yet. Whoops. I really need to sit down and get through one of them jokers instead of trying to read everything at once!  Reset my nutrition: This is arguably the most important thing on the list, and I'm happy to say that I've actually checked it off the list! I've taken a mu...
I'm excited about getting to teach additional classes, but it just  hit me that I'm teaching 8 classes a week now! As I shared last week, I finally taught my first in-person (not with friends and family) yoga class, but I neglected to tell you everything else I'm teaching right now! I'll share the formats I'm teaching, and then I'll break down the days and times in case you want to join me for an in-person or virtual class. What I'm Teaching Indoor Cycling SPARK ( a US Fitness indoor cycling format - more below) Booty Burner Restorative Yoga Power Yoga When I'm Teaching Monday On Mondays, I teach a 45-minute SPARK class at the Sport & Health in Pike & Rose . I started teaching this class once our club reopened in the summer (we were shut down from about March-June 2020). We wear masks and practice social distancing, so we can only have 9 students in the classroom. Nonetheless, this is an enthusiastic group, and their energy keeps me going since...
On Sunday, I taught my very first in-person yoga class (that wasn't to my friends). I've been teaching yoga for longer than six months at this point, but I genuinely felt like I was teaching yoga for the first time ever . For the last several months, I have been teaching free yoga classes online on Sundays at 11 am ET; however, this Sunday kicked off my Power Yoga classes at the OneLife in Olney, Maryland . It's the same time, and it's still however I choose to sequence the class, but it's definitely a major difference from what I'm used to!...
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's only because it's just so fabulous, it doesn't want to overdo it with those extra days! Okay, so I may be a little biased because my birthday is this week. I stand by my statement! January brought an interesting set of challenges, some of which I'm still dealing with in February, but I'm generally feeling optimistic.  Last month , I set 6 goals: Teach my first class on Recess - Done! I taught a restorative yoga class on Recess last month. It was great! Check out my goals for this month to see what else I have cooking on Recess. Create a class to share with of all you - I still have not checked this one off the list, but I'm determined to get there! Adding it back in for February. Hit the 75% mark on my yoga teacher training - I tried, but then I realized that I needed to focus on my HIIT & Flow Teacher Training. I did  advance in my training, but I haven't quite gotten to 75% yet. Make it halfway...