Working Out in Scottsdale

I love working out and I love being on vacation, so it only makes sense that I love working out while on vacation.  To me, vacation is all about checking out new cities and being away from “normal” life.  When I was in Arizona, I was able to get in a few workouts.  Working out in Scottsdale made my spring break trip all the more fun!

Justin took me to his CrossFit box: Camelback CrossFit.

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One word?  AWESOME!  The box was super clean which I didn’t even think was possible for a box.  It’s fairly new, so all of their equipment is in excellent condition.  Justin and I attended a midday class which meant it wasn’t very crowded.  The owners / coaches were clearly incredibly knowledgeable and safety was their top concern.  Since I’m not a CrossFit regular, they helped me make modifications and provided assistance when necessary.  Even being a newbie, I instantly got the community feel from this box.  People were supportive no matter what their fitness level was.  During the workout, the handstand push-ups were obviously my favorite.  And the wall balls sucked.  End of story.

PS: If you’re in Scottsdale, you should definitely check out Camelback CrossFit.  New members can take a class for free!

Dana took me to her gym for a hot yoga class.

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I always think it’s fun to take classes from various instructors, and this one was great. It was a tough workout that included lots of chaturangas and upper body work.  I told Dana to strike a pose for a photo, and she rocked a strong headstand:

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One day while William was napping, I decided to go for a quick jog.  And by quick I mean short. 😉  I busted out one mile. At the beginning, I glanced down at my watch to check my pace.  I made it my goal to beat nine-minutes since I was just running one.

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Missed it by three seconds! Argh!  It still felt good to run though!

So those were all my formal workouts, but I did take William on a few walks and Justin and I went to the park one day to play.  And by play, I mean me and Justin.

I tried out crow…

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But Justin did it way better!

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So strong!

Handstands and cartwheels are more my style…

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Do you like working out on vacation? What do you like doing?

Some Stellar Swag

As if the Healthy Living Summit couldn’t get any better… It did.  First it was the amazing ladies.  Then it was the unbelievably tasty food.  And now… itz the stellar swag!  When we first checked in, we were given a name tag.

With the official name tag, we were ready to pick up the overflowing bag of goods.  You better believe I managed to fit it all in my suitcase on the way home.  Not sure how, but I did.  Check it out:

I’ve had a chance to sample some of the swag.  The Attune Erewhon Supergrains Buckwheat & Hemp cereal is pretty good.  I don’t eat a ton of cereal, but this one was very earthy tasting.  5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein is certainly not bad for cereal.  I also tasted Sneaky Pete’s Outstanding Beverage.  It was very sweet, and had just 40 calories and 5 grams of sugar in the whole bottle.  Plus, it had 3 grams of fiber.  I’m not a big juice drinker, so I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but if you like juice and sweet drinks, I’d recommend it.  More swag:

I drank the REBOOT pack the morning after I arrived home from Boston.  It claims to boost your body’s fight against free radicals and toxins.  It didn’t make me feel any different, but I do like the idea behind it.  If you follow me on Instagram (which you should – ItzLinz – look me up!), then you probably already know which other snacks I tried.

While I felt a little silly eating/drinking the Happy Baby squeeze pack, I must admit: it did taste good.  My favorite flavor (not pictured) is the kale, apple, and mango.  Yesterday, I ate the Oh! Nuts pistachios when I took my kiddos out for recess.  The individual package was the perfect serving size for a snack.  The Odwalla bar had a good blueberry flavor, but truthfully, I wish there was more protein in it.  If I’m going to eat a bar as a snack, I want it loaded with protein and fiber.  And the Love Grown granola?  Well, you can’t ever go wrong with Love Grown.  Even more swag:

Fun goodies!  Chobani and Stoneyfield both included chapsticks, and my thoughts on chapsticks is that you can never have too many!  I love headbands and Five Bamboo made us these headbands, as well as the HLS t-shirts which I forgot to take a picture of. (#bloggerfail)  They are super soft and I do have a picture of Heather and I so you can see what they look like!  (By the way, Heather planned this whole HLS, so she gets major props!)

Heather is also the director of Healthy Living Blogs, so she pretty much just rocks my socks all around.  I must say… the very best swag of it all was from Reebok.

Reebok HOOKED US UP!  Everyone got their own pair of Reebok RealFlex Fusions!  They have a bit less support than I am used to wearing, so I won’t wear them for running, but for days I’m lifting they’ll be perfect.  We all also got a Reebok CrossFit headband.  Reebok CrossFit did a short WOD for us, and afterwards we had a chance to talk to some of the coaches.  One of them (Max), gave some of us a drawstring backpack and hardcore t-shirt.  Can’t wait to rock it and pretend like I’m the real deal.

Reebok also had a booth set up with several pairs of their shoes.  I tried on and fell in love with their ZigLites and will probably find myself a pair.  At the booth, they gave me a couple of packages of socks.  6 pairs of ultra thin, super comfy Reebok socks.  Wahoo!  Itz the little things in life… Little things like awesome rubber Reebok Crossfit bracelets…

That I’m totally going to rock when I’m feeling especially like a CrossFit wannabe.  🙂

Told ya we got hooked up!  A big thank you goes to all of our amazing sponsors!

Best swag you’ve ever received?

CrossFit Newbie

As some of you may know, the CrossFit Games happened this past weekend.  I’d barely heard of CrossFit, much less the games, before a week ago.  However, thanks to my wonderful FitFluential community, I am now much more aware, and they definitely peaked my interest in CrossFit.

What is CrossFit?  The CrossFit website states: “CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams,           military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.  Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival,           many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.  The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience.” (source)

Sounds intense, but totally awesome, right?  Right!  Well, I reached out to my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors via Twitter, and asked for some help in locating a reputable box (box = lingo for CrossFit studio/gym) in St. Louis.  It didn’t take long before someone put me in contact with CrossFit 26.

One of the cool things about CrossFit 26 is that they have introductory classes.  Actually, they require you to take a series of 8 intro classes before being able to take a regularly scheduled class.  I’m not sure if all boxes require this, but they should!  I took my first intro class last night, and I can see why itz required!  Many of the moves in CrossFit are so technical, that in order to do them safely and correctly, proper form must be used.

There were 6 people in the intro class last night, and two main instructors with another two who popped in and out.  So, at times there were four instructors for the six of us.  Amazing!  I love individualized instruction to ensure I’m performing the moves correctly.

CrossFit 26 is located in a warehouse type building.  No AC – just fans and the great St. Louis heat and humidity.  🙂

The box, the people, and the moves were all pretty hardcore, and it was fun to partake for the hour.  We spent the majority of our time learning and practicing a few moves.  My favorite was the handstand push-up.  You literally do a handstand against a wall, and then push-up while upside down.  They have little mini pad things to put under your head in case you can’t go all the way down.  I used two, so my push-ups were pretty modified, but I was still happy to get some vertical movement!

The hardest part was at the end where we put together several of the moves we had just learned.  The goal was to complete it as quickly as possible while maintaining proper form.  Here’s what it looked like:

  • 5 snatches
  • 200 meter run
  • 5 snatches
  • 25 slams
  • 200 meter run
  • 5 snatches

The 25 slams about killed me!  My heart rate definitely peaked there, and the short 200 meter run seemed pretty challenging afterwards.  I know this was just a miniscule glimpse of what an entire class would entail, but I loved it!  CrossFit is kind of addicting.

I would have liked to get pictures to show you how I rocked learned and tried some CrossFit moves, but since it was my first time and I didn’t know anyone, I resisted being the nerd to break out the camera. #bloggerfail Maybe next time.

All in all, I’m so happy I went!  I was definitely incredibly nervous and scared, and my fears were confirmed when I got there super early and watched part of a regularly scheduled class.  CrossFit people don’t mess around!  But like Elizabeth (the owner) promised, and I’ve heard so much about, the community seemed amazing and I was able to witness that firsthand.  Plus, all the trainers were pretty good looking which, let’s be real, never hurts anything. 😉 Thank you, CrossFit 26.

My only regret?  Not starting sooner!

Have you ever done a CrossFit class?