Guest Post + FREE Giveaway!

I have really exciting news for you all today!

First, you all get to hear from my friend and fellow fitness instructor, Liz.
Second, I am doing my first free giveaway!  Keep reading and follow the instructions at the end of this post, and you could win a free fitness class!

In many of my posts, I have mentioned the awesome Corpbasics (CBC) fitness classes that I love to take (and just recently teach!).  Many of you have reached out to me asking about what these classes entail and what CBC is all about.  I figured this would be the perfect opportunity for my first guest post and first free giveaway. 




Hi all, this is Liz and I LOVE Athena’s blog!  I met Athena at the YMCA in Brighton.  Her class comes right after mine, and I love the combo!  I have been teaching fitness classes for four years and appreciate Athena’s expertise and guidance in all matters fitness.  Here is my guest post!

I became a “gym rat” when my daughter was born eight years ago.  Fitness is a second career of sorts for me, as I was a tw0-way bilingual kindergarten teacher for the six years previous.  I now how have two lovely children, and I’m a Group Exercise Coordinator for the Needham YMCA — as well as teaching the Corpbasics Fitness System and Pilates in and around the Boston area.  I love exercise, and I love teaching, so it’s a perfect way to spend my time!

We have been spreading the word about the Corpbasics Fitness System (winner of Boston’s 2011 A-List Best Kickboxing Class award) throughout the Boston area, and even recently as far as Orlando, Florida!  I thought Fitness & Feta would be a good place to further promote the system, so here goes.

Corpbasics (CBC) Fitness System was founded by Andrew Haynes in 1998.  The name implies the importance of good “basics” incorporated into every workout — serious attention is paid to form and function.  Martial arts moves are performed continuously to amazing music mixes, connecting the body and mind to produce results in all body types.  No one watches the clock in these fitness classes:  the workouts are simultaneously demanding and energizing, and the time just flies by!

You can check out CBC classes at its home base (Corpbasics Fitness & Training Center, 73 Bow St, Somerville, MA) or at any of the following:


  • 9:30 am:  Cutz YMCA Needham
  • 5:30 pm:  Kix WOW Waltham
  • 5:30 pm:  Cutz YMCA Brighton
  • 7:10 pm:  Kix YMCA Dorchester
  • 7:15 pm:  Jam’n CardioKix CBC Fitness & Training Center Somerville


  • 9:00 am:  Cutz WOW Cambridge
  • 5:30 pm:  Kix WOW Medford
  • 5:45 pm:  Corpbasics Abs/Stretch SuperFitness Watertown
  • 6:30 pm:  Kix YMCA Brighton
  • 6:30 pm:  Cutz WOW Cambridge
  • 6:30 pm:  Cutz SuperFitness Watertown
  • 7:10 pm:  3-Sum YMCA Waltham


  • 6:30 pm:  Cutz CBC Fitness & Training Center Somerville
  • 7:10 pm:  3-Sum YMCA Waltham
  • 7:30 pm:  Jam’n CardioKix CBC Fitness & Training Center Somerville


  • 9:00 am:  Cutz WOW Waltham
  • 5:30 pm:  Cutz WOW Medford
  • 5:30 pm:  Cutz CBC Fitness & Training Center Somerville
  • 6:05 pm:  Kix YMCA Waltham
  • 6:15 pm:  3-Sum YMCA Central Branch / Huntington
  • 6:30 pm:  Cutz Superfitness Watertown
  • 7:10 pm:  3-Sum YMCA Waltham


  • 9:00 am:  Kix WOW Medford
  • 9:30 am:  3-Sum YMCA Needham
  • 5:30 pm:  Kix WOW Medford
  • 7:15 pm:  Cutz Dorchester Y


  • 8:30 am:  Cutz WOW Medford
  • 9:00 am:  Cutz CBC Fitness & Training Center Somerville
  • 10:00 am:  Kix CBC Fitness & Training Center Somerville

The full list of Corpbasics classes is actually quite impressive, no?  For the main website, click here.

Below are some pictures from the class I teach in Oak Square:

Now for the fun! 
Here’s how to enter Athena’s giveaway to win a FREE Corpbasics Kix class at its home base in Somerville.
(Note each option is one additional entry in the giveaway, so the more options you try, the greater your chances are to win.)
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling Athena what your favorite form of exercise is.
  2. “Like” Athena’s Fitness & Feta Facebook page, found by clicking here.  Then leave another comment on this post to let Athena know you liked the page.  If you are awesome and are already a Fitness & Feta Facebook fan, your second option can be leaving a comment on this post to let Athena know you are an existing fan!
  3. Mention and link back to this contest on your own Facebook page.  Then leave another comment on this post telling Athena you Facebooked it.  
  4. Finally, if you have a blog of your own, mention this giveaway as part of a post, making sure to link back to it.  Then leave another comment on this post to let Athena know you blogged about it!

Be sure to post a separate comment for each entry option that you do!  Contest entries will be accepted through Thursday at midnight.  Athena will announce the winner on Thursday morning.

Good luck, and hope to see you at a Corpbasics class soon!
– Liz

24 thoughts on “Guest Post + FREE Giveaway!

  1. awww I miss tuesdays with you ladies!! in my mind, I’m cropping myself into the front row of those pictures:) I love all types of exercise and physical activity, but kickboxing (both corpbasics and traditional cardio kickboxing) is my favorite type because it makes me feel so powerful!


  2. Hi Theen! I love all the exercise classes I do – but especially Zumba, love the music and the workout it gives my core. I loved your Kix class I tried last week – wish it was offered at the Reading and Wobun Y. I definitely would add it to my workout schedule if it was offered in this area!!


  3. Hi Athena! I like a bunch of things, but I have to say my favorite class is Step! If you know if any great step classes in the area please let me know! I think the BSC in Allston has 2 classes a week. I hope to make it to one of those soon.


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  5. Hiiiiii! I LOVE your bootcamp and can’t wait for the next session! I also love Zumba and spinning classes! If I go to the gym and just work out on the elliptical or treadmill, I get bored and am not as likely to stay on the machine for a long period of time. Classes keep my attention and my workouts end up being longer!!


  6. I wish I lived Closer so that I could go to these classes! The next boot camp I totally plan on signing up. So far my favorite work outs have been lunges and squats. They are awful, and I feel miserable afterward, but even so the sore feels rewarding!


  7. Hi Athena,

    I love all different types of workouts, Running (hate it, but feel amazing afterwards), supersets, lifting, and of course gymnastics/cheerleading!


  8. I liked your facebook page! I tried to a couple of weeks ago, but it kept messing up from my phone…

    Also, I added the link to my facebook page!


  9. I also LOVE your bootcamp classes!! Even though I may not like you during class, I love that fact that I am exhausted after class and sore for days. If I’m not taking your muscle class or kickboxing at the Y, I always love going for a run. In the summer I try to run outside as much as possible and in the winter I am not one to brave the cold so I’m normally running on the treadmill.


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