Classpass Favorites

by Koko on February 11, 2016 · 0 comments

in Exercise

Six months into Classpass and I’m still a HUGE fan. I love the variety of classes/location and time options/monthly price. My girlfriend Jess and I definitely have our favorite studios and try to incorporate those into our weekly schedule. Here are a few of our favorites studios:

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Training Mate: Run by two Australian ex-rugby players, this is a bootcamp-esque class where you go to 9 stations 3 times each for 1 minute at a time. The stations are things like kettleball side lunges, walking planks, tricep dips over weights, rowing machines, spin bikes, etc. It flies by and ends with 9 minutes of ab work. The instructors are hysterical and keep the class light-hearted.

Burn60: My favorite class by far. It mixes treadmill time with free weights on the floor. It is fast-paced, and always a surprise (sometimes 5 minutes each round, other times 12 minutes, you never know what you are going to get). I always leave feeling like a got a great full-body workout in.

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Barry’s Bootcamp: This is an old favorite and has been around for a while now, but there is a reason it is so popular! Similar to Burn60, there is a treadmill element and then weights on the floor. The intervals change with each class, so you never know what you are getting into! One day it is 30 minutes straight on the tread and the next it is 5 minute rounds. I always leave drenched with sweat.

Prevail: A boxing class built around circuits (a few on the bags, one punching an instructor, and a couple others like lunges, ab work, cardio bursts, etc.). This is a super fun class to do to get out any stress during the week because who doesn’t like punching a bag with huge gloves on? The instructors make the class fun, and it really is for all levels of ability.

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The Phoenix Effect: This is another fun bootcamp that Jess and I like to go to on Saturday’s. There are a variety of different stations focused around one area (booty/abs/etc.), and in between every few stations you take a run around the block. Super fun to go with a partner!

Club Pilates: The class I’ve taken here is one that involves the springboard, which you don’t think is THAT hard until you start doing it, and then your abs hurt for days afterwards!

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LIT Method: This class is rower hell (but in a good way if that’s possible!). I took this class when they first opened their studio and wasn’t sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. It all starts with the row machine and then moves to the TRX machine and some resistance bands on the floor. You jump back on the rower for quick intervals and to get your heart rate moving. This class was hard, but went by super fast.

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On a non-Classpass note, I’ve been going to Orange Theory, which is another studio I love. The class is built around wearing a heart rate monitor and the concept behind Orange Theory is that if you spend 12-20 minutes in the Orange Zone (85%-100% of your heart rate) then you have an “after-burn” of 300 calories for the next 24-36 hours. Your heart rate and colored zone are put up on a monitor for you to watch while you work out, which is fun. You jump between the treadmill, the rower and free weights for the hourlong class, watching your zones as you go. I love this studio so much that I paid for a membership outside of my usual Classpass.

Did I miss anywhere that you guys love?

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Favorite Trench

by Koko on February 3, 2016 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

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There are some staples that are a must for your closet. I am a firm believer that a fabulous trench is one of them. I’ve been searching for a while for a great one and eventually found one at my happy place, J. Crew. No surprise there. I love the fit (girly, not too straight) and it looks fabulous belted and open (definite win). Oh and it’s 25% off $300 right now!

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I flew out to Tennessee last weekend and stayed for the first little snow (2-4 inches was nothing!), but just missed Jonas. The boys were snowed in and apparently Carl is a regular old snow dog! This boy could have survived Alaska!

Before I left Tennessee, I made this slow cooker chili for Q. It is one of my favorite cold weather meals. I probably make it once a week during the winter months. Who doesn’t love a warm pot of chili on a cold day? I love the ease of the slow cooker (dump it and forget it), and how easily this recipe freezes and reheats (hello next week’s lunches). Feel free to add another can or two of beans (Q likes light beans) and even more chicken broth if you like a more broth-y soup. The slow cooker accounts for changes and additions and the chili will still turn out great!

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Snowed-In Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Lime slices
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Mexican cheese

Directions:

  1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed pot (like a Le Creuset), heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Stir in the onion, sprinkle a pinch of salt and a grind of fresh pepper over the top, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add to the slow cooker.
  2. Pour remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil into the skillet. Add the turkey, pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper, and cook until brown, 4 to 6 minutes, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon as it cooks. (The turkey doesn’t have to be fully cooked, since it will finish cooking in the slow cooker, just browned). Add to the slow cooker.
  3. Pour the canned tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, and chicken broth into the slow cooker. Add the chili powder and cumin. Add a pinch of salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper. Stir and cover. Cook on high for 3-4 hours. Serve over brown rice and top with a squeeze of fresh lime, avocado, sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese.

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Before Q and I took off for London, we spent a weekend in San Francisco. Well technically we spent 24 hours in San Francisco. Q and I both are big mileage status people aka we like our airline status! Q was going to be short 960 miles if he didn’t take a last minute trip, so we decided San Fran it would be. We took it as an opportunity to visit my aunt, uncle and cousin who live there. We had fun drinks and then a delicious dinner at Wayfare Tavern (highly recommended PS).

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My New Year’s Day treat is always a burger from In N Out. I hardly ever eat red meat, so this is my once a year burger. And I love every minute of it, and then don’t want to eat another burger until next New Years.

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I’m more of a seafood girl, you know what I mean?

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PS this is not a great photo, but the new portobello mushroom salad at Sweetgreen is to die for. Their winter menu is on point.

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I woke up to 60 degrees this morning and Q and Carl woke up to SNOW! Carl actually tolerates the snow quite well, what a trooper!

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I attended a bridal shower this weekend and wore one of my favorite dresses (Kate Spade) with some fun leopard heels (Jessica Simpson).

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