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My Top 2 New Options to Workout at Home

My anxiety has hit an all time high by trying to balance this new normal! We all work through our stress in different ways and working out for me has been an instant stress reliever. But I am also one who dreads working out. I just have never loved it. BUT, I love how I feel when it’s over and that is what keeps me coming back.

Before COVID-19 I went to my local kickboxing class 3 days a week for a sweat filled hour and whole body workout. But since my gym had to close like all the other gyms, I was left feeling panicked about how I would stay in shape and get my workouts in. I was worried also for my mind. I knew if I didn’t have my me time to really focus on relieving the stress, it would make everything else that much harder.

One bright spot to the social distancing and lack of normal life as we know it, has been the amount of companies offering free services online. The fitness world has been no exception and I’ve seen tons of adds for companies inviting you to try their programs for free.

One goal I’ve had for myself during this home isolation period is to slow down more and embrace what I have around me: my home, family, food, etc. So when I was looking for workout programs to try, I wanted to try new ones that would allow me to move a little slower and be more focused and present.

I chose 2 different programs that are pushing me out of my comfort zone in many ways and have allowed me to use this unique time in our lives to try something new. I’ve detailed out my thoughts on the 2 programs below and shared links if you want to try them for yourself. No matter what you are doing, make sure you are spending time on yourself to relieve that stress. It will make you much stronger in order to face all the other pieces of this new world we have around us.

Open Fit– XB Pilates

I have wanted to try pilates for a while! But couldn’t find the time to make it to another studio during the week. So when I saw this, I thought, why not give it a shot? It is focused on all the body parts I want to see the most improvement in: core, glutes, legs, arms…well I guess everything!

What I love:

1. Classes are 30 min. I used to do hour long classes in the gym but I can’t find that solid hour with the whole family being in the house together. But 30 min I can carve out each day!

2. You don’t need lots of equipment. I use an old yoga mat for most classes. The teacher uses pilates discs for some and light weights for others. I used a paper plate in place of a pilates disc and used the weights I have as best as I could. Some classes I just skip them since I don’t have ones light enough.

3. Modifications for every move. These moves target some of the weakest parts of my body, which is why I chose them, I want to be stronger. But that also means that I can’t keep up with every single move. So on those that I’m struggling more, there is a modification I can follow so I’m still staying active and getting stronger till one day when I can do more.

4. Feel results quickly. Immediately after the class I feel tighter and more toned. By the next morning, I can really feel the muscles that were worked. But I’m not in pain to the point that I can’t do anything the next day. It’s the good pain you feel when you know you’ve been challenged and it’s going to make you stronger.

5. Access to other workouts. I chose to try the XB Pilates program first. But there are a ton of other options if you want to experiment: barre, dance, yoga, cardio, HIIT, weight circuits….so many choices. I’m only trying the pilates option for my free trial, but I could see myself staying with the program past the trial to have so many options while at home.

If this sounds like something you would enjoy, sign up here and get started! Open Fit

Here I am completing yesterday’s class (please don’t judge the form, mess in my basement, or the inconvenient place my dog decided to lay down!)

Bulldog Yoga

I will be honest about my history with yoga. I have tried different classes and videos over the years and nothing seemed to click. It was too slow and dare I say…a little boring. But Bulldog Yoga has been a breadth of fresh air and so far, I am loving it!

My favorite parts:

  1. Classes are engaging and set to great playlists. I find the music and flow of the classes to be energizing and I can remain focused! I also love how the instruction is clear so as a beginner, I can still follow along and feel like I’m making progress even though I’m not physically with the teacher.
  2. Different class lengths. Some days I have more time but most days I have only a small amount of time to dedicate to working out. I love that most of the classes are around 30 min but some are longer. So if I’m really feeling up to it, I can push it and take a longer class!
  3. Different types of classes. As a beginner I knew I needed to start at the beginning level. But I’ve already moved on and experimented with the other types of classes. Some are slow and about flow. Some are faster and more intense. And others are focused on certain parts of the body. As I get more experienced and stronger, I’m excited to try different types and levels to really push myself.
  4. Different teachers. As with any type of workout, different teachers have different styles. This practice is not any different. As a beginner who is learning different techniques, I enjoy learning from all different teachers. They all communicate and run their classes in different ways which keeps my mind and body challenged. Once I find my favorites, I can replay their classes as many times as I like!

If you are interested in trying yoga for 30 days, sign up here! Bulldog Yoga

Two great options for you to consider, though I’m sure there are many great programs out there for whatever you are looking for. Just stay as active as you can and it will help as we navigate this new reality!

Stay healthy and wishing the best for you and your families during this time!

xo,

Liz

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Athleta Skort is Amazing!!

My first Athleta purchase has been a winner! This Momentum Skort has checked all the boxes for me and is beyond my expectations!

Key wins- amazing fit (close fit but not super tight), allows for great movement while working out, fabric is light and whisks away sweat, shorts underneath stay in place, AND it looks adorable!

Snag one before they are sold out at this amazing price! Black is in stock in a full size run. Fits tts. I wear a size 4 and the small fits like a dream!!

Shop the skort here (affiliate links)

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Monthly Mom Spotlight- April Edition

Hi everyone!  Liz and Colleen here!

We are so excited to introduce you to our new feature – The Monthly Mom Spotlight!

The heart and soul of Rockstar Moms is that we believe there isn’t just one way to be an amazing mom, friend, woman, etc.  We support one another and celebrate all that makes us unique and special.  And by doing so, we strive to create a community where we find comfort that there are so many ways to show love and be there for the people in our lives, especially our kids. 

Each month we will be featuring a Rockstar Mom and the ways they navigate motherhood and life.

Our first Rockstar Mom is Julia from Pennsylvania!

Julia is a work from home mom with two amazing girls ages 13 and 10.  Liz sat down with Julia to talk about the joy she finds being with her girls, the challenges she faces trying to keep it all together, and the things she finds that help her achieve a better balance. 
Check out some of her favorite item picks at the end!

L: What helps you be a rockstar mom?

J: My girls are very different.  I prioritize spending time with each of them and focus on the things they enjoy and make them unique.  Lily and I love to drive to a local spot and enjoy smoothie bowls!  Violet really likes to bake.  She recently received a baking set and cookbook for her birthday.  So we were adventurous and baked the chocolate cake together! I’m also lucky to have a job that allows me to have better work/home balance and flexibility with scheduling things for myself or my family.  I can be at the bus stop every morning and afternoon, and can work around appointments for me and the girls. I’m focused on teaching them responsibility too.  They have chores such as folding laundry and taking out the trash.  It’s never too early to have them help around the house!

L: How do you balance your family with everything else?

J: I really focus on scheduling.  It helps everyone stay on the same page.  My girls even tell me that I remember things for them by having it on the schedule, which is great!  I also love tools that allow me to be efficient and get the things done that I need to do quickly.  I have the Target Red Card and use the Target app a lot.  It’s so easy to use, and everything I need for the family is in one place.  I’ve even used the pickup in store option which is extra convenient.  I place my order ahead of time and then run in to customer service where my items are waiting for me.  With the Target Red Card I always save 5% too.  Can’t lose with convenience and saving $!

L: What do you do that helps you take care of yourself?

J: I have a close knit group of friends.  We meet once a month and that has been a great support system for me.  I also put aside time for myself to focus on my health.   I joined a local gym that is small so we really support and inspire each other.  I also like to give back to others.  I started an organization called Mended Little Hearts Philadelphia that provides support to children and their families impacted by congenital heart disease.

L: What do you wish you were better at or want to focus on more?

J: Focusing on stopping and enjoying the moments as I’m experiencing them.  I find it hard to turn off all the things going around in my head and just relax.  I’m working on compartmentalizing and staying focused on what’s in front of me: family, work, or my home.

Julia’s Top Picks [Commission Links]

J: Here are some of my favorite items that make me feel great and that I highly recommend!

I really like Old Navy activewear.  They hold up great during my workouts and are very affordable!

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High Support Racerback Sportsbra
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High Rise Seamless 7/8 Leggings

I love these products for my skin!

Clinique Moisture Surge
Sleepy
Lush Body Lotion

Here is the baking set and cookbook my daughter and I are really enjoying!

Baking Set
Children’s Cookbook

We hoped you’ve enjoyed reading all about Julia!  Check back to see next month’s Mom Spotlight!!

xo, Liz and Colleen

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Target Finds Friday: New Year, New Him

At the start of every year I always try to be more consistent with an exercise routine. You know, the whole New Year, new you thing. Well in 2018 I focused on getting fit during the Summer and Fall once I joined a kickboxing gym. (Side note, I love it and I’ll tell you more about why in another post.) So when New Years just passed, I wasn’t stressed about starting up a routine, but more about continuing my current one.

What was exciting this New Year’s, was my husband was ready to focus on getting fit. He joined a gym with a friend, which I think is great for accountability. He hasn’t had a fitness routine in a long time and wanted to get some new clothes. Thankfully, retailers know how many of us are focused on fitness after the New Year and many have great deals on clothes, equipment, accessories etc. 


My go to for many things is Target. So I was thrilled to see they are having a deal of activewear​ starting at $10! 


Now my husband is kind of picky when it comes to clothes he will wear while working out. He wants them to feel soft and have high performance to keep moisture away etc. But he doesn’t want them to feel too synthetic or scratchy. Well he is raving about the C9 line. Soft fabric. Holds up well during a workout. Nice fit without being too snug or boxy. And the prices were great! Here are some of his favorites that I would definitely recommend you pick up for any guy in your life looking to reboot their workout wardrobe. 

Men’s Tech T-Shirt
Men’s Running Pants
Men’s Long Sleeve Tech T-Shirt
Men’s Soft Touch Jogger Pant


Happy sweating!