Wednesday, June 26, 2013


one year ago today, I put on my big girl pants, and got a goddamn grip, and faced all of my fears... and with a lot of hand-holding from my friend brittani, I took my first-ever group fitness class.

(here's where i first wrote about this in "something BIG has happened" on my other blarg, KWAK)

and not just *any* group fitness class, but les mills BODYPUMP.

about 2 months later, i decided to give RPM a...spin (on 8/29/12) and found myself on a bike 5x/week, and pumping iron to music for 50 minutes the other 2 days of the week.

and seven months from my first class, i found myself at RPM instructor training. (spoiler alert: i passed)

and today it's only fitting that i'm taking the instructor stage solo not once, but twice (and without a working mic - at least it wasn't this AM...we'll see about tonight. #instructorproblems)

as of this week, i'm now teaching up to 4x/week (typically 3, with a 4th every now and then), and that ain't too shabby:
wednesdays 6A/sometimes 7P
saturdays at 9A
sundays at 1030A

i think the flap on my les mills folder from training says it all:

millions of people every week, in more than 13,000 clubs in over 75 countries, will put aside whatever else is happening in their lives and lose themselves for an hour in the pure exhilaration of a les mills group fitness class.

they'll shout and they'll sweat, and they'll leave feeling incredible.

and tomorrow they'll bring their friends.
(i have, and continue to do so)

kia kaha. one team. one tribe.


i'll leave you with some of my favorite fitspiration (more on my pinterest)

Monday, June 24, 2013

up and down

woke up feeling super weird, so I stayed home from work and ended up sleeping almost the entire day. 

and eating game wasn't on track, so I got my shit together, put on workout clothes, and headed to the Gold's by the only trader joe's in dallas (well, Plano)

I wasn't planning to spin, but figured I would give the new release (RPM 59) a...spin with my sneaks and no notes. it took trying three bikes to find one that wasn't horribly off resistance-wise and comfortable enough to connect with sans cycling shoes, but then I was IN IT. man oh man, do cycling shoes make a MAJOR difference. 

after about 40 minutes of in the dark practice, I made my way to the cardio theater and found the only open treadmill (it was gym rush hour, at 6P by this time) and braced myself for my first jog/run since february. I didn't let up until I hit the distance of a 5K and then slowed down a bit for water and to give my achy legs a break (they had spun, after all). 

after almost two solid hours of cardio, I took my sweaty self to TJ and stocked up on healthy things (snap peas, snow peas, three bags of lettuce, raspberries, strawberries, egg beaters, 0% greek yogurt, apples, jarred bruschetta - 20 calories for 2 tbsp to be used as a sauce for broccoli slaw, coconut oil spray - much better than Pam and 0 calories AND cheap! And some bottle unsweetened green tea and sparkling lime mineral water). For only $40. Are you kidding me?!

AMAZING. and well worth the trip. 

now I've got my lunch for tomorrow - broccoli slaw "faux pasta" with a spoonful or two of the jarred bruschetta. Incredible. 


again, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. 

so happy I got back to pounding (treadmill) pavement and back on track with the contents of my fridge. 

take the 5-10 minutes of extra effort to help you make better choices, day in and out. 


Sunday, June 23, 2013

workout week

what's up this week, workout-wise?

monday: practice for teaching RPM this week and run-through the new release (rpm 59, that we launch 7/16-7/18) without notes, for about 2 hours 

tuesday: 60-minute bodypump class, run through wednesday class chory notes

wednesday: teaching twice solo - 6A and 7P, and then taking 30-minutes' worth of CXWORX at 805P

thursday: free FLY45 class at 630P, thanks to REELFX

friday: practice RPM for sunday/run on treadmill possibly (need to get back to the place where I want to train for a 5k)

saturday: take 50 minute RPM class (I'm going to be switching off/team teaching/subbing this class starting Next week! love the riders and the other instructor, so this is a fun opportunity. I've already subbed/team taught since January, but it's becoming official next week)

sunday: teaching my 1030A 50-minute RPM class. hoping for a repeat of my biggest class to date that I had today (18 riders! only two open bikes!)

lather, rinse, repeat. 

if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. 


Friday, June 21, 2013

friday bonus: music for your earholes. so you can get moving.

music is everything, so here are some treats for your earholes/waistline so you can WERK while you work out.

body pump 83-85 (the most recent releases)

my favorite BP instructor's favorite tracks

Cristin's FLYWHEEL D Magazine Workout Mix (and here's a link to the story. i'm ALL about FLYWHEEL sports, and going tomorrow at 1030A with three first-timers!)

your first ride is FREE: just make an account online, and reserve your bike. use my link to sign up!

RPM 56-59 (latest RPM releases. we launch 59 starting 7.16!)

RPM/FLYwheel tunes (a collection of everything I've heard/spun to in RPM/flywheel classes)

CXWORX (my new add-on to workout wednesdays: 6A and 7P RPM, then 30 minutes of annihilating your core to good music, with a resistance band, a mat, an optional weight, and your body)



friday FITspiration

next wednesday will be my 1-year les mills anniversary. a year ago (wednesday), I got a grip, and decided to listen to my friend brittani and give BODYPUMP a try. she had done it for years, and in my 4 years of knowing her, she has never, ever led me astray. so I put my insecurities aside, and loaded up my barbell with her by my side.

I struggled with the weight. with the terminology (down 2, drop and hold, clean and press) and the technique. the next day, I was sore in ways and places I didn't think were possible. 

but I was hooked, and soon after, found myself devoting my tuesday and thursday nights to the 60-minute weight lifting/cardio party that is les mills' BODYPUMP (and getting other friends to join too!)

since I loved BP so much and started to see results pretty quickly, I decided to try out something called RPM one fateful wednesday night (8/29/12). the rest, as they say, is history (biology). 

I used to be a cardio junkie. you could find me at golds late at night on an arctrainer or elliptical for hours at a time 5-7x/week. I was too afraid to workout with a group. it took me three years of being a member at golds to even get the courage to walk into a class. but I'm so glad I did, and that brittani pushed me into something that has become one of my favorite addictions. 

shake up your routine. try something new. bring a friend with you (accountability is an excellent thing). check out your gym's group exercise schedule. free classes are an oft forgotten benefit of monthly gym memberships, so take advantage.
you may be on to something great. but you won't know until you try. 

do one thing a day that scares you.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

day one.

this past year, i've SPInspired a lot of people to get up and move/ride a bike to nowhere/get real. get fit. get FAB (flab2fab).

so i've decided to make a home for this on the interwebs.

welcome to the STELebrity fit club.

we're all in this journey together. it's not easy. by any stretch of the imagination.

whether you're looking to lose weight, tone up, get healthy inside and out, or just get more active than you are now, this might be just the thing for you.

first things first:
find me on LoseIt and myfitnesspal. oh, and make accounts on those.

and also sign up for MoveYourBooty (group exercise log with monthly 22 day challenges - the amount of time they say it takes to break/make a habit - and epic email newsletters with plenty of FITspiration)

sign up anytime by emailing "YES" to

because weight loss is 80% diet and 20% fitness. you can't out-exercise a bad diet.

welcome. to day one.