BostInno #BosFIT Event: Ticket Giveaway

Hi guys!

While I will be partying for my friend Erica’s wedding in NYC next weekend, a bunch of fitness minded people like myself will be attending an awesome event in Boston on Saturday morning.

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BosFIT is a fitness forum hosted by BostInno on Saturday 9/27 from 9:00am-12:30pm at The Club by George Foreman III. Attendees will be able to try out a number of 30-minute classes from hot local studios, get exclusive first-hand access to trainers and nutritionists in “Ask-A-Trainer” and “Ask-A-Nutritionist” open forums, listen to panel discussions with industry thought leaders, snag giveaways and promotions in a mini expo featuring the best health and wellness brands in the Hub, and walk away with a gift bag stuffed to the brim with promotions from the city’s hottest gyms.

You guys, this is going to be awesome! Some of my gym friends have been going to the Bags & Beats and Bags & Bootcamp classes at George Foreman, and they’ve had nothing to share but rave reviews. I know Barry’s Bootcamp and BollyX will be options for classes to try on Saturday as well. Check out the full schedule of classes and descriptions of some of the other companies participating here. You can also check out the event page and/or buy tickets on Eventbrite.

I’m super jealous to miss out on this, but I’ll make up for it by getting low and busting out super sweet dance moves in my bridesmaid dress. Since I cannot use the two tickets I was offered to attend the event, BostInno is letting me give them away to one lucky F&F winner.

To enter to win 2 free tickets to the #BosFIT event:

Just leave a comment on this post telling me something fitness related you plan on doing this week. You can win an extra entry into the giveaway by sharing on social media (just leave a second comment letting me know you did).

I’ll announce the winner on Thursday! Good luck!

Fitness & Feta at Athleta

See what I did there? 😉

I have been obsessed with Athleta lately. I’m actually not sure how I didn’t discover it sooner! Before the summer, I was talking to a friend about needing new bathing suits, and she recommended Athleta’s swim line to me. I ended up going on a shopping date with my friend Ashley and buying two new suits. Let me tell you, they are comfortable, cute, and most of all – flattering!

Beach DayNot only do I like their swimwear, but the rest of their apparel is awesome too. I want every single piece of workout attire on the shelf (gimme ALL THE CLOTHES), and their everyday wear is perfect for women who are always on the go. Me.

I was recently in the Legacy Place store purchasing some snazzy workout crops, and a funny thing happened. During checkout, the girl who was ringing me up looked at me and asked if I wrote for a fitness blog. I said yes, and turns out, she gave me a tour of Naked Pizza in Brighton YEARS ago. I couldn’t believe it. That was one of my very first blog experiences and giveaways. What a small world, huh? I’m surprised she recognized me! For the record, Naked Pizza no longer exists. It’s really too bad.

Anyways, the two of us started chatting about what I’m doing now, and long story long, she told me that they often will have local instructors teach in store classes or host private events. I’m sure you can guess where this is going…

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Birthday Bootcamp Blast!

On Thursday, October 2nd, I will be teaming up with Athleta in Legacy Place to teach an in-store bootcamp class! This Athleta location is turning one, so the event coincides with their week of birthday festivities. From 7-8pm, I will teach a FREE class consisting of both cardio drills and muscle conditioning exercises. It’s going to be a great way to get the most bang for your buck with no equipment while having fun with friends! The best part? After class, you can stay for healthy snacks, mingling, and shopping! Athleta will be offering a 25% discount <—-yesssss. All levels are welcome, and all attendees will be entered into a raffle for a pretty sweet prize.

So! This is the first time I’m doing something like this. Will you join me? Because space is limited, we did have to restrict signups to a max of 25 attendees. If you are interested, you must RSVP to Sarah_Colbath@stores.gap.com. She will be tracking all signups, and it’s first come first serve.

–Let’s chat–
Have you ever attended an in store fitness class before? Instructors, have you ever taught one? Do you have any advice for me?

Can’t wait to sweat, snack, and shop with you guys! Now what to teach…

NBGNO + Self Expression Through Fitness

This is a really delayed event recap, but hey, that’s okay.

Do you guys remember how I went to pretty much the coolest fitness event ever back in June, courtesy of New Balance? For those of you who might have missed my first post, the gist is that New Balance has a campaign called Girls Night Out, and the main goal of the program is to offer women a different kind of happy hour. Basically, the events are fun nights filled not only with fitness, but with food, music, shopping, and meeting new people. Each event also has an inspiring theme. The event I attended in June was about how “excellent is strong,” and the one I attended in July was all about self-expression through fitness.

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014

Rachel from the blog Healthy Chicks was our host for the night again, and she encouraged us to choose the form of fitness that works for us instead of worrying so much about how our choices stack up to everyone else’s. The takeaway was that our workouts should be something we ENJOY and not something we feel obligated to do just because everyone else is doing it. This is something I try to instill in fitness newbies early on. If you absolutely hate to run, don’t. If you love to dance, maybe Zumba is more up your alley. It doesn’t matter if you are a yogi, a CrossFitter, a lifter, a kayaker, or a spinner. What matters is that you are out there MOVING and doing something good for your body and for your health.

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014

Rachel also talked a lot about how her fitness routines have changed a lot since college (spending hours on the elliptical to burn calories, doing the new Jennifer Aniston abs plan because it was the new hot thing) and now (spending time on the yoga mat because she truly enjoys it, trying new classes around town because they’re fun). Having been an elliptical junkie myself for many years, I found myself nodding throughout this whole section. Working out should not be about how many calories you burn and “getting skinny.” It’s about being fit, strong, and confident, and the feeling you get when doing healthy activities you truly enjoy doing.

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014[Photo cred: New Balance Back Bay]

In honor of the theme, New Balance offered three different workouts to choose from: an outdoor spin with Flywheel, a signature bootcamp class with Equinox, or a fun 3-mile run. I opted for Flywheel because I’ve tried lots of cycling and spinning classes before (one of my favorite forms of cardio), but never Flywheel. Plus, Christina was teaching the class. If you’ve never taken a class with Christina before, she ROCKS. She is truly inspiring, and she makes fitness fun. Even after a tough class, everyone was all smiles.

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014

The class was awesome, and I must say that I felt pretty badass cycling away on Boylston Street as random passerby stopped to snap pictures or take videos. But let’s be honest, that was pretty much the extent of me feeling badass because it was so hot outside, and my legs seriously could not keep up with Christina’s cues for torque and RPMs. The 35 minutes I spent on the bike were no joke, but at least I got to struggle next to my blogger friend Steph!

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014[Photo cred: Steph’s blog]

After our sweat sesh was done, we headed back inside to meet up with the bootcamp and running groups, grab some snacks, and mingle. There were so many fun bloggers at this event, and I had a blast catching up with them! I was especially excited to chat with Whitney from Live Run Love Yoga. We have been virtual friends for SO LONG, and I can’t believe our paths hadn’t crossed until this NBGNO event. Whitney said it best, it was like we knew each other in person already!

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014I also really enjoyed hanging out with Sherri from Fun, Fit, Flavor. I think we had only been at one other New Balance event together before, but we didn’t get to talk much at that one. Turns out that she and the friends she brought to NBGNO grew up with a ton of my cousins. AND we have mutual friends (Jess and Brett!). It really is a small world. Check us out in our matching NB tops:

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014

Finally, New Balance also gave everyone a fun swag bag filled with goodies, including a fitness towel that each of us could customize with various inspiring phrases like “girls run this town,” “a new kind of night on the town,” and my personal favorite, “footwear required, lipstick optional.”

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014

We also got a thumb-drive loaded with a 30-minute running playlist, a headband, and some coupons. Here’s me and Steph, showing off our swag and cute totes!

New Balance Girls Night Out: July 2014

The Boston NBGNO took a little break in August, but word on the street is that it will be back this fall. I encourage you guys to download the GNO app to stay informed and join the party! For those not in the Boston area, you can find similar events in New York, Chicago, and more.

–Let’s chat–
Have you heard of New Balance Girls Night Out? How do you express yourself through health and fitness? How has fitness evolved for you over the years? How does fitness make you strong and confident?

For more NBGNO July event recaps, check out these posts from the bloggers I mentioned ahove: