Vacation, all I ever wanted

March through May I see people starving themselves and sweating bullets in the gym all for the sake of the “beach bod”. While that is all good and fun (and not really by the way, please don’t starve yourselves), my biggest pitfall is falling off the wagon during those beach vacation days. Everyone talks about…

spun out… my life as a spin instructor

My spinning journey started back in September, with my first job at a local studio called Stroga. In the midst of me making some big life decisions… which include my current desk job office space looking like this: Because yea, I am leaving cubicle life for start your own business life. That said, I got…

Daring to Bear… the week before

One. More. Week. This is what some would consider their taper week. I like to think of it more as a week where I try not to do anything new (so I won’t be sore). I’ll have one more day of heavy lifting for legs, and then leave the rest to my usual workouts. Also……

just keep swimming

So Week 4 into training and I have hit the pool a total of 3 times. I know I planned on twice a week, but given my social life (yes I have one) I was in Boston two weekends ago for St. Patty’s Day madness and got caught up with a lot of work this…

heavy lifting- back and biceps

It seemed fitting to post a back/biceps workout for my heavier lifting segment… so here it is. I added glutes to this one, because why not hit the three B’s..? Back, Biceps & Booty [unless otherwise noted- first set heaviest weight, x8-10 reps; second set weight down 5%, x10-12 reps; third set weight down 5%,…

heavy lifting- chest, shoulders and triceps

Now that I am on a roll with the heavy weights, time to post my routine for chest, shoulders and triceps. I do not always work these together by the way. Sometimes I do chest and biceps/triceps, other times only chest… it really depends on what I have going on each week. Chest/Shoulders/Triceps Routine [First…

heavy lifting- unilateral workout

So earlier in the Winter I promised myself that I would stick to yoga and spin, and I have for the most part. Which, SIDEBAR: I am also taking part in a yoga challenge all month-long with the studio I go to, Mind the Mat. So please follow me on Instagram @paradisem36 and check out…

circuit breaker

As part of my new winter routine I have been trying to incorporate more full-body workout circuits. My goal is to do 2 circuits a week, have 3-4 days of lifts and then cardio about 3-4 days (2 I already have locked down with my Tues/Thurs spin classes). I found today’s circuit on Bodybuilding.com, by…

buff ladies

The fitness world is full of misinformation. My personal favorite myth? A woman who lifts heavy weights will get super huge (SWOL for all you bros out there). Perhaps for some it is the intimidation factor. Some guys can’t handle seeing a strong woman, I label these fellas “LDL’s” which stands for Limp Dick Losers. It’s…

zen hunt: do you mind?!?

Round 2 of my hunt for a yoga studio, at the plate: Mind the Mat. This studio has locations in Alexandria and Arlington, with the Alexandria location offering hot yoga classes. I bought a $40 new student trial (legit yogi, no blacklist status this time) which is good for 3 classes. My first class experience was a…

zen hunt: on edge

So in an effort to follow through with my yoga practice through winter I am shopping around for a studio. First stop: Edge Yoga in Court House. Why?: it was the cheapest per class and also one of the closest. I decided to attend the 6AM class. I figured I would just drop-in since honestly how many…