Sweat, Snack, Shop: Birthday Bootcamp at Athleta

A couple of weeks ago, I teamed up with Athleta Legacy Place to teach an in store bootcamp class during the week of their one year birthday celebration.

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

I arrived around 6:15 to get situated, help clear the racks from the middle of the store, and make sure my music was okay. My class sold out pretty quickly which was AWESOME, and people started trickling in around 6:30. Of course my mom and bridesmaids were the first to arrive!

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday BootcampAthleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

I started the night by welcoming everyone and thanking them for coming, introducing myself and my background, and going over some logistics. I also gave a short talk that would speak to who I am and hopefully leave everyone feeling inspired before we jumped into the workout.

“I’m passionate about empowering women through fitness. I love showing people that fitness is fun. It doesn’t have to be about spending hours on a boring piece of equipment, and it most certainly is not only about how we look. Fitness is about trying new things. It’s about how we feel, how it makes us confident, and it’s about feeling strong and happy in our own skin. Athleta’s tagline is “power to the she,” which I love because it speaks to women who see being healthy and fit as vital to life. It speaks to the fact that it is okay to make fitness and healthy living a priority, no matter how much else you have going on. And you know what’s awesome? That there are 30 of you here tonight, choosing to spend your time doing something for YOU, something healthy, and something fun.”

I then made everyone introduce themselves to someone they didn’t know since the social aspect of fitness is so important to me. As everyone was chatting away, I got my music going, and then we were off!

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

After the warmup, I used a tried and true format: bodyweight strength supersets with cardio and ab blasts in between each round. I tried to pick exercises that would show you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or a gym to get a good workout in or feel the burn!

Athleta Birthday Bootcamp: Bodyweight superset workout

This took us right up until around 7:40, so if you are doing this on your own you can allot around 40 minutes for the workout, including the warmup. For the remaining 20 minutes, I had everyone find a partner and do the following partner exercises:

  • Leg throwdowns
  • Crab walks forward and backward + 4 hand claps
  • Cross arm jumping lunges
  • Plank reach and touch
  • Back to back “wall sit”

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

Everyone was laughing and having so much fun together by the end of these! <—that is what I LOVE seeing and when I feel truly in my element. We finished class with some of my signature group situp lines and a stretch, and then it was time to mingle!

Here’s a sweaty pic of me and some of my gym friends… shoutout to Jen who took my class at 6am that morning AND came to the event to support me!

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

Athleta was kind enough to set up a table with veggies and munchies for people to snack on during the post class shopping event. They also offered a 25% discount off of any apparel purchased that night and two raffle drawings. So generous! I want to also extend a thank you to the folks at Hint Water who donated waters for us to stay hydrated and Joos who donated one of the raffle prizes for the night.

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

I would say the event was definitely a success! I ended up leaving with a nice thank you goodie bag from Athleta with a yoga mat, headband, water bottle, and hat. I also purchased this, these, this in white, and a pair of black leggings! Thank you to everyone who came to support me in my first event like this. I loved seeing so many familiar faces but meeting so many fun new people at the same time.
Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday BootcampI left feeling inspired to do more things like this and less of what doesn’t fuel me, but you could probably guess that would happen. Stay tuned!

–Let’s chat–
Have you ever taken a fitness class in a store before?
Were you at my Athleta event? What did you think? What does fitness mean to you? How do you interpret Athleta’s tagline of “power to the she?”

Let me know if you try the bodyweight workout at home or have any questions about it!

[Belated] Oak Scare 5k & Health Fair Recap

Ok I seriously have had this post “in progress” since October 21st.  Seems a little late to recap the Oak Scare event that I helped plan at the Oak Square YMCA the week before Halloween, but I still want to.  Plus if I have any hope of recapping Mania, I best get this out of the way first.  Better late than never, right?!

Anyways, the Oak Scare event is an annual tradition for the Oak Square YMCA and the Brighton community.  There’s a 5k where participants can run, walk, or wheel (in costume!) and then attend a Health Fair in the gym after.  The other coordinators and I put a TON of planning into this event… weekly meetings and follow-up items to make sure everything was organized and set in stone.

The day started bright and early.  By bright and early I mean that we were at the Y at 7am to set up for the race.

We set up the registration tables outside in the parking lot.

Runners began arriving right at 7:30.

Runners got their numbers and started warming up.  Some were even in costume!

We set up the timers, handed out t-shirts, and Lauren & I were given the very important responsibility of hanging the mile markers along the 5k route.  We really could have messed with people with that job!

Runners before the race:

And they’re off!

Meanwhile, while the race was going on the rest of us coordinators and all my wonderful volunteers got the gym set up for the Health Fair.  We were a bit pressed for time, but thankfully we got everything ready just in time as the runners started coming in!

Here are some highlights from the fair itself!

My brother as DJ:

Dunkin Donuts across the street was kind enough to donate coffee and bagels, and we set up a bunch of fruit for runners to grab after the race:

I had my amazing group ex addicts manning my group ex table:

A couple of my awesome cycle instructors instructed people on form and how to set themselves up on the Cycle bikes.  Hi Mom!

Monique manned the Dynamax Medicine Ball station:

Julio rocked some kettlebells:

After a quick pep talk, I lead the Corpbasics girls in a 10 minute Kickboxing performance.  Thank you, ladies, for giving up your Sunday mornings to help out with this!

About 45 minutes into the fair we announced the race winners and gave away some raffle prizes:

And us coordinators got a special thank you shout-out and recognition, which was nice:

Later in the morning we also had Carolyn lead some Family Zumba for the kiddos… and us not so kiddos!

And we can’t forget about the plank challenge!  Theresa took home 1st place with a six and a half-minute plank.  Go Theresa!  P.S. Check out Tim rocking his plank in jeans and a sweater.

We also had tables set up for aquatics, prizes, nutrition, blood pressure, children, fire safety, and more.

Finally, I can’t forget about the vendors/sponsors who donated both products and time to help make our event what it was.

Becca from Mindful Massage:

The folks over at Chobani!  Tons of yogurts donated:

We also received product donations from HINT water.  Which by the way, I had never tried before and I loved it.  So refreshing and light!!

New Balance was there, giving away free swag and representing the community:

And so were my good friends at Fiorella’s Express:

A huge, enormous THANK YOU to these sponsors.  It made our event so much better, and we loved all the great feedback we got about not only your products but about your generosity as well with raffle items, etc.

The Oak Scare 2012 event was a lot of work, but worth it.   I love when a plan comes together!

Have you guys ever planned an event you’ve been really proud of afterwards?

Have a great Wednesday!