Monday Motivation: Tis the Season

First things first.

Birthday Shoutout

Happy birthday to my fabulous friend and fellow instructor, Liz! I hope you have a wonderful day. You deserve it!

Me & Liz

Next up.

Weekend Recap

Friday = pizza date + couch + caught up on New Girl

Pizza

Saturday = spin class, party prep, then hosted the gym girls over my apartment. We turned our “fall fest” into a surprise little baby shower for B-Liz (Blonde Liz). How cute is this onesie?

Bliz Onesie

Sunday = held signs for my Uncle’s city councilor election + helped with parts of my sister’s move + party cleanup + my weekly Sunday activities (food prep, blogging, Homeland, etc).

Moving along.

Monday Motivation

Can you believe that it’s November already? With November usually comes colder weather, leftover Halloween candy, and starting to plan for the holiday season. As a fitness professional, I often see several people give up on their healthy living goals because New Year’s is “right around the corner.” Tis’ the season to become lax about eating nutritiously, making time for workouts, and appropriately managing stress levels. Well, my advice to you is to not give up. Use November as a way to go into that holiday season strong and feeling great about yourselves. Why not hit it hard this month? Think about it. What will you do differently to keep yourself motivated and on track?

And finally.

Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Sunday
Long walk/hike in Portsmouth

Portsmouth 2013: Hike

Monday
Took Ashley’s Cardio Cutz class

Tuesday
Two A Day Tuesday, Halloween style! I did 1 hour of Liz’s Kickboxing class, followed by my Interval class. This was when I had everyone go trick or treating for their exercises and the class consisted of 60 second moves based on what people chose.

Halloween: Trick or Treat Workout

Wednesday
Rest day

Thursday
Taught my Halloween Spooky Sets workout

Halloween Spooky Sets

Friday
I really wanted to work out on Friday. But I didn’t. I didn’t wake up before work because I was tired after hosting Halloween dinner on Thursday night. I didn’t work out at lunch because I procrastinated doing something that was due by the end of the day. I really was planning on going after work, but I hit a ton of traffic after picking up my bridesmaid dress at David’s Bridal, and I just completely lost motivation. It was just one of those days I had to give myself a pep talk that one missed day wouldn’t be that big of a deal. I was bummed though because last week I only did four workouts and this week I only did four workouts, and I really am the happiest and feel at my best when I do five (six on a really good week).

Saturday
I went back to FitHouse to take a cycle class! Just like I loved my first experience there, I loved the cycle class as well. The cycle room was fun with a lot of bikes, the music was great, and the instructor taught to the beat (my favorite way to take/teach spin).

Cycle at FitHouse

By the end of class, I was drenched. If you guys haven’t already entered my giveaway for FitHouse, you have until Wednesday to enter. There aren’t a ton of entries yet, so you have a pretty good chance at winning… just saying.

This Week’s Workouts
Here’s my plan for this week:

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: Total body strength and cardio day
  • Tuesday: Two A Day. I’m taking kickboxing and then teaching my class. I will likely teach more than I do based on my Monday/Wednesday workouts this week.
  • Wednesday: Trying a class at Barry’s Bootcamp at 6:30pm, thank you New Balance!
  • Thursday: Teaching my 6am class. Whether I do the workout with everyone is TBD based on how badly Barry’s Bootcamp kicks my butt on Wednesday.
  • Friday: Maybe Studio Empower?
  • Saturday: I want to get an awesome workout in on Saturday morning since I actually have a free weekend. Any suggestions? Any workout friends want to try a class somewhere?

That’s it for today. Hope your week is off to a great start!

FitHouse: Review, Giveaway, and Discounts!

I recently had the pleasure of trying a new class at a local fitness studio, FitHouse.

FitHouse

FitHouse offers cycling, resistance, weight training, and yoga classes. When the studio contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying any of their offerings, I was drawn to their FitBurn class description:

“Challenge your entire body with our resistance heavy class. Lift, tone, and burn fat through high repetition and specified isometric movements. Build lean muscle, not bulk!”

Totally me, huh?

When I arrived at the studio, I immediately fell in love with its vibe. It just looked different from any other studio or gym I’ve been in before. I know “cool” isn’t a very descriptive word, but that’s honestly what this place is. Super cool and hip. I’m surprised they invited ME.

Here’s a fun panoramic shot:

FitHouse: Panorama Train Room

As you can see, FitHouse has a really modern and open space for their training classes, with the equipment lined up on the side of the room. I got excited by all the fun toys to choose from!

FitHouse: Equipment

At the far end of the studio is a separate spinning room. FitHouse offers five different types of cycle classes: House Ride, Boston Ride, Energy Ride, Xpress Energy Ride, and HouseFusion. I’m heading back this Saturday to try a House Ride class in the morning. I haven’t taken cycle in some time, so I’m pumped.

FitHouse: Cycle Room Woven Wall

Cycle Room blue

Next to the cycle studio is also a smaller space for one on one training.

Fithouse: Training

My favorite parts of the studio were the big words (FitHouse’s slogan) underneath the mirrors, as well as the resistance band hooks at the back of the studio. I really enjoyed the band work we did on those during the class!

FitHouse

I am also a huge loser and snapped pictures of the locker room. Compared to the Y’s, this locker room is luxury!

FitHouse

And has fun inspiring and motivational quotes on the walls:

FitHouse: Locker Room

At the front desk, there is also a small studio “store.” They had so many cute tops! Maybe I’ll get one this weekend when I’m back.

FitHouse Clothes

The FitBurn class I took was taught by studio owner, Britt Vitello, who was super nice and welcoming. I wouldn’t necessarily call her “nice” as she taught though, which is a good thing and a sign of an effective instructor in my book! 😉

The workout, although only 45 minutes, left my legs and shoulders burning. We did a ton of stuff so I could experience a bit of everything, which I appreciated. We used yoga balls, Pilates rings, bands, bars, and mats.

Some of my favorite moves included:

  • 180 degree jump squats with hands touching the ground each time
  • Wall squat series with yoga balls (which I stole for Week 4 of Fall Into Fitness!)
  • Resistance band work: chest flies, shoulder raises, rear delts, and those SITUPS!

I wish FitHouse was just a TEENY bit closer to where I live so I could take their classes more often. However, I am excited to take my spin class this weekend and drop in from time to time moving forward. Their rates are very reasonable ($16 for a single training class and $20 for a single cycle class), and even better for the more classes you sign up for. I will definitely be back. You guys know how much I love workout buddies, so let me know if you want to go together!

Class Giveaway

FitHouse has kindly offered to give one lucky F&F reader a free FitBurn class!

Requirements for your chance to win:
1 – Follow both FitHouse and Fitness & Feta on Instagram.
2 – Leave one comment on this blog post letting me know you did so.

An extra entry can be earned by sharing a picture of yourself doing any workout move on social media, making sure to tag @fithouseboston and @fitnessandfeta in the picture with the hashtag #fithouse. Just remember to leave an extra comment letting me know you did so!

I am leaving this contest open for a full week, so you guys have until next Wednesday 11/6 at 1pm EST to enter.

Class Discount

Even if you don’t win, or you don’t use Instagram, there’s an option for everyone! FitHouse is also offering 10% off a pack of training classes for anyone that uses the code FETA at checkout. If you end up taking advantage of this deal, let me know!

Have any of you local readers tried FitHouse before? What did you think?

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, but I was provided a free class at the studio in exchange for writing this review. All opinions are my own. FitHouse is located at 6 Cummings Park, Woburn, MA.