Classpass Love

by Koko on August 24, 2016 · 2 comments

in Exercise, Uncategorized


As of this morning, I have done 182 classes in 12 months of belonging to Classpass. That number includes a month I didn’t use it all while I was in TN and the 9 months I spent flying back and forth, so on average I would say I take 15-20 Classpass classes a month. And I still LOVE Classpass. I have a pretty good routine going now that I’ve been doing it for so long, here’s what it looks like:

Monday: Barry’s Bootcamp. This is easily the hardest workout I do all week. It switches between 8-10 minute runs on the treadmill and free weights on the floor. This is the perfect class for a Monday to start off the week.

Tuesday: Usually Body By Simone or Cycle House. Body by Simone is a mix of dance, cardio and light weights. It’s a nice easier workout day, and super fun to learn dance moves and show off how uncoordinated I am. Cycle House is a fast paced spin class that I love for an early morning start. Great music, exceptional teachers, and it is next to Alfred Coffee which is awesome for a post-spin latte.

Wednesday: Sweat Garage. Another bootcamp type workout that involves treadmill intervals and weights on the floor. I’ve been going here for over 4 years and love the setup. They constantly change their workouts and I’m never bored. I particularly love their partner days where you have to run a certain distance before tapping out your neighbor.

Thursday: Burn 60 or Aura Cycle. Burn 60 is intervals on the treadmill and weights on the floor (see a theme here). And Aura Cycle is a fun spin studio with lights that correlate with the music.

Friday: Orange Theory. My favorite class of the week and unfortunately the only one NOT on Classpass. But I love it so much I pay for a monthly class package and have yet to regret it. 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.

Saturday: Phoenix EffectA partner style bootcamp where you and a team of fellow members work out together switching between various stations and running around the block. This is a fun one to go to with friends.

Sunday: Orange Theory or rest day 


Some other favorites: 

Y7: A hot yoga studio that plays hip hop music. I’ve never been super into yoga, but I LOVE going to this class each week. No mirrors, all candle lit and the instructors let you do your own thing with just enough guidance.

Fitmix The Mashup: Half of the class is treadmill intervals and the other class is pilates on the reformer. A great mix of cardio and some deep pilates moves.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOOOOOVE my Classpass membership and even with the price hike to $175 a month it is well worth it to me. I am never bored, always get into the classes I want and am constantly challenged.

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by Koko on July 11, 2016

in Travel, Uncategorized

WOW, three weeks have been gone since I’ve been on here. It feels like such a long time. Here’s the catch-up:



I went to Tennessee to check on the house and do some Army wife business. While I was there I found that the outlet that our basement freezer was connected to had stopped working during the last thunderstorm three weeks earlier. It was pretty much the worst Deployment Murphy’s Law moment that could have happened since I had a flight to catch and had to clean out a freezer full of spoiled food by myself. It was one of those “I can’t believe this is happening to me” moments. But I pushed through and handled it like a champ.


I went to one of my best friend’s weddings in Pittsburgh, which was a blast. It’s always fun to explore a new city with my girlfriends and adventures like this keep me busy. The rehearsal dinner was at PNC Park where the Pirates play, which was a beautiful and fun location.




Carl turned 4!


And per usual, I’ve been enjoying a lot of good food, particularly breakfasts.



Mom and I made a delicious pan-fried chicken and arugula salad for dinner tonight and I’m going to prep the recipe for later this week.

Hope you missed me because I missed you!

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Final Thoughts on Japan

by Koko on March 31, 2015

in Travel, Uncategorized


There is something so spiritual about Japan. It may be the thousands of temples or the deep history, but walking around the city felt like something truly special.


The Japanese really care about their homes and gardens. Even the flowers around the city are perfectly manicured. Some of the pots outside of their homes are only seen once or twice a day, yet are miraculously taken care of.


The Japanese are SO tiny. I went into a Gap to get a jacket and all the sizes were XXXS – S. I could barely get an arm in there. How are they obsessed with perfect desserts and yet stay tiny??

IMG_4323 Trenchcoats are EVERYWHERE. I swear I never wanted a trench until I went to Tokyo and saw everyone wearing one. On the shopping list!


We walked a TON in Japan (92,000 steps aka 46 miles in 5 days). Want to know why the Japanese are so slim even though they eat rice at every meal? I think the walking and biking everywhere has something to with it.


Japanese kids are so darn cute!!!


And Japanese dogs are so talented! We ran into these two Jack Russels whose owner showed us videos of the dogs DRIVING a mini motorcycle. Literally pressing a button and driving a motorcycle. Amazing.


The jet lag hasn’t been too bad (knock on wood), but still a bit tired. I’m taking it easy this week until I’m back to my normal sleep routine (aka not waking up from 2-4AM each night…).

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Japan Day 4

by Koko on March 27, 2015

in Travel, Uncategorized


This morning it was a much warmer day (hooray for no scarf around my ears). We got another early start and headed out to Shinjuku, a very bustling part of Tokyo. We took the subway to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building where there is a free sightseeing deck of Tokyo. It was a clear day and we got a beautiful view of My. Fuji.

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We then headed to Takashimaya, a very hip high-end department store similar to Neiman Marcus. Fifteen floors of clothes, bags, shoes and food. It was fantastic! We spent almost 4 hours in the store looking at things and eating lunch. (That fruit basket was $194 for 9 pieces of fruit!).


We chose a small tempura restaurant inside the store for lunch. Fabulous and fresh tempura like I’ve never tried before.


Afterwards, we wandered around Takashimaya and into smaller stores that were attached like Uniqlo (think Old Navy for Japan) and Tokyu Hands (sort of a department store for bento boxes, cookware, sports goods, etc.). I always get a kick out of their rough English translations!


We took all of our bags and hopped on the rail back to our home. Each afternoon when walking back from the rail station, we walk through the cherry blossom trees and each afternoon more and more seem to bloom. Here is hoping that tomorrow we get some more blooms! We also stumbled across this sweet (and enormous) cat in the cemetery on the walk home. We nicknamed him Sumo.


Tonight we are heading out for some more local food for our last dinner. It is hard to believe we are heading out tomorrow! We don’t leave until the evening, so we have a full morning to continue our exploring.


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