It’s true– I am a spin-aholic. I started taking indoor spin (aka pedaling and cycling) classes in the Spring and I have never enjoyed sweating so much in my life! I'm obsessed. If you haven’t taken a spin class before, you must try it!
1. A BIG calorie burner! They say you can burn up to at least 600-1000 calories a class (depending how hard your gear is, you’re in control of that!). Interval training style takes your heart rate up, then gives you a short break to rest and get yourself ready for another round. The instructors (like the classes I go to) even add some pushups and sit-backs to work your abs and arms at the same time giving you a full body workout in just 45min.
Note: some classes even have strobe lights! Cool, huh? It’s like you’re working out in a club. The instructors always play the best upbeat jams too so it’s never boring!
2. Extremely motivating. I have never looked forward to working out till I started spin. The instructors are always so fun and they really know how to keep you motivated from start to finish! Every instructor has a different style when they teach too. It’s fun to mix up your spin schedule so you get a new routine every day. (or however many times you plan to go!)
Note: I go to spin class 4-5 times a week! Some weeks I’ll mix in some pilate classes to work more on my strength and muscle tone.
3. Anyone can do it! That’s right, spin is for everyone. Spin is considered a low-impact exercise because it doesn’t put pressure on your joints the way other exercises like aerobics, running, and other high-impact programs can. You are in full control of how fast you go and how hard you want it to be. It’s just you and the bike! So if you’re feeling tired, go ahead and drop a few gears! No one will even know. The instructor is just there to motivate you and encourage you to keep going, but it’s up to you on how hard or easy you want to ride.
Note: always make sure you have a water bottle close by or on your bike to keep you hydrated throughout class. You will sweat... A LOT. So bring a towel too if they don’t already supply one for you!
4. It’s actually FUN! The key to working out is finding one you enjoy (or enjoy most) so you’ll make time out of your busy day to do it. If you want to see results, you must work hard and be consistent about it!
Note: don’t worry about the seat. Your booty muscles just have to accustom to it and then you won't feel a thing! But if it really bothers you, bring a seat cushion. :) But remember; no pain, no gain.
So if you’re still looking for a workout that’s fun and really gets a sweat out of you, try spin! Not only will you look great, but you’ll also feel great.
My spin routine: Class at 8:30am and a smoothie at 9:30am. ;)
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Slip dresses are made for hot summer days. They're light, airy, and they do just the job to help you stay cool while still looking stylish as ever! I bought this leopard one last month at Nordstrom's amaaaaazing anniversary sale. Leopard makes a great summer print because you can pretty much wear any color with it! For this outfit, I added a dash of pink with my favorite Michael Kors watch for some extra sass. :)
I must say though that I'm very excited to wear this dress with a long cardigan sweater and black booties once this temperature drops about 30 more degrees! (if it ever does!)
Dress: Nordstrom || Shoes: Louise et Cie || Necklace: Nordstrom || Watch + Bracelet: Michael Kors || Sunglasses: Kate Spade
[on a pontoon boat on Horseshoe Bay Lake this last April!]
Since the official day of Summer is upon us (on Saturday!!!), now is the time to find the perfect swimsuit for the coming pool/beach/lake days ahead!
If you're like me, then online shopping is the way to go when picking out a swimsuit. If you know your measurements, then it can be quite easy and there's an 85% chance the swimsuit will fit PERFECTLY when it arrives. The key to online swimsuit shopping, I've learned, is to always read the reviews!
Reviews help you decide if the suit is worth it or not, and they can even help you with sizing.
When it comes to swimsuits, I choose quality over quantity. Spending a little more on a swimsuit is way more worth it because 1) they will last you 3 summers or more, 2) they usually fit the best (and if you're already uncomfortable with the thought of wearing a swimsuit, then how it fits is VERY important), 3) they're usually extremely comfortable to wear, and 4) they look SUPER cute, duh!
My favorite stores to online shop for swimsuits are J.Crew, Free People, and ASOS. All three stores have a great selection of styles, colors and brands to choose from and all different price ranges! So if you're looking for your perfect swimsuit for the summer of 2014, I suggest checking out those three stores online! :)
My swimsuit picks: here, here, and here.