Btone Fitness Row Class

Last weekend I finally pushed myself to go try the relatively new row class now offered at some of the Btone Fitness locations. I had been putting this class off because I thought I wouldn’t enjoy a full class dedicated to rowing, but I was wrong. The class itself is only 45 minutes so it flies by; plus the instructor designs the class so that you hop on and off the rower to allow for some strength training on the side!

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The class format is somewhat HIIT inspired on the rower; lots of short sprints or pyramid style timed rowing (i.e. row for 2 minutes, break, row for 4 minutes, break, row for 8 minutes, break then go back down to 4, 2, etc.). The class is individual in nature but is empowering to do in a group with high energy! The workout is low impact and great for those who are looking to get a good cardio workout with lots of muscle building and toning at the same time!

I highly recommend checking this class out! It is offered at multiple Btone studios in and outside of the Boston area; check out their site here: http://www.btonefitness.com/

Tips to Eating Healthy While Eating Out

Eating out. These words are sometimes terrifying when you are trying lose weight or just trying to eat healthy. Going out to dinner is usually a pain point and causes a lot of unneeded stress, so how do we combat that?

My first tip of advice is to re-frame your brain; think about the experience, the fun, the good food, the feelings and emotion you will have that night! Going out to eat is a great way to socialize with friends, spend alone time with your significant other or just have a fun night out! Since you shouldn’t have to avoid restaurants just because you want to eat clean, we’ve come up with five easy tips for eating healthy when you’re eating out:

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Research the Menu

Before you venture out to a restaurant, take a few minutes to look up the menu online. That way you’ll have time to think about what healthier options you’ll be able to eat and you won’t feel rushed or stressed out to make a quick decision when you get there.

Ask for Alternate Menus/Cooking Methods

If you’ve checked out the menu and don’t see many healthy options, try to find an alternate menu like one that’s gluten-free or vegan. (You may have to wait till you get to the restaurant to do this since not all menus are available online.) Not every item on a specialty menu may be super clean, but they’ll most likely have options that will better fit your dietary restrictions. If an alternative menu is not available, don’t be afraid to modify your order from what’s on the menu. Most restaurants are pretty accommodating and can switch up just about anything to ‘clean’ up the item. You can easily ask for things to be cooked with certain types of oil instead of butter, you can change the way your protein is cooked (ie, roasted, fried, grilled, etc.)

Double up on Veggies

Instead of ordering fries or a caesar salad loaded with dressing, try getting two sides of veggies instead. Baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli and grilled or sauteed veggies are all good options. Besides being healthier, these sides will leave more room for you to enjoy your main dish.

Eat Slow

Since many restaurants give you huge portion sizes (think lunch for the next day as well). It’s a good idea to eat slowly so you know when you’re getting full. Chatting with your company is a great way to slow down your meal. After all, you’re paying good money to eat at a restaurant, you should enjoy your food and the company you’re with and not rush to finish eating.

Skip Dessert or SHARE one

As wonderful and delicious as dessert is, it’s not going to help you stay on a clean eating path. Desserts at restaurants are often loaded with sugar, butter and other ingredients you may be trying to avoid so it’s best to skip it. If your group is ordering dessert and you don’t want to be the only one not having any, share a dessert with someone – you will satisfy your sweet tooth and cut your sugar intake in half!

Drink Tips

Wine or Beer (Splurge on the 12 dollar glass of wine and avoid a headache)
Skip the juice and try a seltzer (if necessary add a splash of fresh squeezed juice)
Limit to 2 drinks and sip slow 🙂

Well & Good’s #itsthejuice Campaign

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I was given the opportunity by Well & Good NYC to try out many flavors of Suja Juices over a three week period. I was shipped a LARGE box filled to the brim with a wide variety of their juices; everything from their classic green juice to their new probiotic drinks. An editor from Well & Good got to know me before I began this trial, and then periodically checked in until I was finished. I finished my final interview and was told that my experience would be featured on the site real soon..but that wasn’t the case and it is most likely because of my honest thoughts which I wanted to share with everyone..

Positives:

  • I did feel more energized & was able to ditch my second cup of coffee without any bad side effects
  • Incorporating an afternoon juice instantly boosted my mood and allowed me to curb any snack cravings until it was time for dinner

Negatives:

  • SUGAR – my final observation was very shocking; each of these juices contained anywhere between 6 to over 40 grams of sugar!! 40 grams of sugar! I couldn’t believe it, and because of these high amounts, I avoided certain flavors or diluted them by adding water and only consuming half a bottle at a time. This allowed me to maximize my time with the juices and keep my sugar intake to a minimum.

Overall, I really thought the experience was positive and quickly showed a lot of the great benefits of juicing. However, I think it was an eye opening experience as well, and reiterates the need for everyone to check the labels of “health foods” before purchasing and/or consuming them.

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Favorite Suja Juices:

Uber Greens http://www.sujajuice.com/products/suja/uber-greens/

Daybreak Probiotic http://www.sujajuice.com/products/suja/daybreak-probiotic/

Find Your Soul @ SoulCycle

Okay so I finally “found my soul” at Soul Cycle Chestnut hill this past long weekend. It really took me forever to finally get myself to check it out, probably because of the price tag…but thanks to a little new year’s special they were running, I got to go ride for free.

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So what did I think?

I truly loved it. The energy in the class is on another level that you really can’t describe. The studio packs in 55 bikes (which are always sold out) bringing serious motivation and good vibes to the 45 minute class. Something really cool that Soul Cycle prides itself on, is community, and they choreograph the class so everyone is working together; no competition. The class is a mix of sprint intervals, hill climbs, weight exercises and of course lots of bike dancing leaving you drenched in sweat. Another unique aspect of Soul Cycle that really differentiates them from other spin classes is how there is a “spiritual” aspect to the class. All the instructors set intentions at the beginning of class, preach them mid class, and end class with a deep yoga breath and mantra.

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To sum it up, I drank the soul cycle “kool aid” for sure but still can’t justify the experience for the price, given there are so many other great similar spin options…I highly recommend everyone giving it a try, you can take your first class at a “discount” and then after that decide if you can dish out that kind of dough…