November Challenge, Day 4

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

I woke up a little sore from my workout yesterday and decided to spin and stretch it out at my favorite class at Live Love Flow. I love the mix of 40 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of yoga, as it’s just enough of both to make me not hate either. It was sweaty, but also and a good opportunity to get some mobility in after my workout yesterday. I had some more recovery time later in the day with my monthly massage. Preventative care…it works!

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: Fall full-force here in the PacNW. On my drive to class it was chilly and a little wet and the trees were half-full of colored leaves (the rest were on the ground).
I loved: That the class I chose to go to was taught by a woman I had been in the Cycle & Flow teacher training back in the Spring. She was an awesome teacher, and I look forward to taking her class again.
#RealTalk: The picture I took in my car of my yoga mat and my bag that says “Be the Change”…it made me roll my eyes so hard. SO. HARD.

April Challenge, Day 29

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

Another Saturday morning at Live Love Flow. I gave my cycling shoes a first run, and they were more fun than I imagined. I’m interested to see how they change my work effort.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw AND I loved: Seeing lots of “new-to-me” folks in class. Saturday mornings seems to me a different crowd than during the week, one that I can more identify with. They are all badass in their own ways, but usually a crowd that feels like more of a “I don’t spin every day” or “I’m just trying this out because my friend made me” or “I had a ClassPass”.
#RealTalk: Seriously with the sweating this morning. I was dripping profusely all over my mat during yoga. I could see the beads on my freshly shaven legs.

April Challenge, Day 22

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

I look forward to this class. I fear this class. It’s hard in a familiar way, and I know I’m going to make it through, I know it’s going to be challenging, and I know I’ll be so sweaty my clothes will be saturated as if I was outside in the rain.

Thanks, Melissa and Live Love Flow for meeting all of my expectation this Saturday morning!

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: An athletic team of some sort (my guess at least) from the university across the street running early on a Saturday!
I loved: To learn that Cycle & Flow is coming back as an option during the week!
#Realtalk: I honestly think that more often than not, yoga is the hard part of this combo for me.

April Challenge, Day 8

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

Back for Cycle & Flow at Live, Love, Flow. I really like this class, especially the instructor on Saturdays. I also really like the anonymity of going to a place that feels familiar but isn’t “my” gym. While the front desk staff and trainers recognize me, it’s not a place I’m necessarily seeking friendship or community. It’s a place I get to drop-in mostly undetected and slightly suffer (and sweat) with a whole bunch of strangers.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: All the cute leggings. While I do not think expensive, matching, or stylish workout clothes are required for any type of movement, I am a sucker for some fun patterns (they make me feel like superwoman).
I loved:
 The playlist during spin. There was definitely a series of some “fuck that shit” lyrics over and over, which was pretty much what I was thinking in my head a the time.
#Realtalk: There is no where I sweat more than in this class. It makes for some slippery yoga. Good for balance, right?

April Challenge, Day 4

Today’s Movement: CrossFit and Yoga

My CrossFit journey started almost five years ago at Mt. Baker CrossFit and completely changed my fitness (and likely made me even MORE “fitness promiscuous” than I had been). After moving cities, I delayed finding another CrossFit gym. As dramatic as it sounds, it’s like trying to find an adoptive family, and I just wasn’t ready for that. However, after a series of serendipitous events, Rocket CrossFit took me in! I had the opportunity to spend both my morning and evening with my CF family today – First for a kick-ass sweat fest, then for some foul-mouthed stretching/yoga.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: This light thing on my walk home from yoga. I don’t know what it is, but YES.
I loved: The movements in the CF Workout: Rowing, Kettlebell Swings,
and Box Jumps
#Realtalk: Admitting when you need to lift lighter weights is…hard (but a part of growth and awareness)

light
Where can I get one?

April Challenge, Day 2

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

I started going to Live Love Flow about 15 months ago after the urging of a friend. My first experience was a yoga class that, honestly, wasn’t my favorite. I came back for a combination Cycle & Flow class (40 minutes of tempo cycling and 30 minutes of Vinyasa yoga), and I was hooked. I was sweaty and slightly defeated…and loved it! At the time, I was in a movement slump and needed some motivation. The almost weekly friend-date combo of class then coffee was exactly what I needed! Since then, I’ve continued to take cycling classes about once a week, even after my original inspiration moved away.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: The sun through the windows during yoga.
I loved: Feeling strong on the bike even after biking late yesterday.
#Realtalk: I took my tank top off during spin and rode only in my sports bra – Amazing!

FIT-PRO TIP!

I don’t pay for a monthly membership, since I only go about four times a month. Instead, I buy a 10-class punch cards when they have special deals (I just got a “spring” deal for $149 vs. the regular $200)

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