Warm weather, laying out by the pool and tropical travel is finally upon us and it seems like it’s here to stay for a few months. This is my favourite time of the year and I plan on making the most of it. That being said, I find that my regular schedule gets a little more hectic and because of that my training schedule gets a little lighter. If you’re like me, you worked really hard over the winter months to have the body that you want and now is the time to show it off. Now that I can’t spend as much time in the gym I had to find a way to not only maintain what I’ve worked hard for but still see more results.
Shockwave is one of my favourite classes at Equinox and it checks off two main focuses for my summer training program 1. full body workouts and 2. high intensity training. A 45 minute session that gets your heart rate up with various circuit challenges that can consist of rowing, the use of body bars, kettle bells and Bosu balls just to name a few. You know that saying “The more you give, the more you get back”? It’s honestly the truth when it comes to this class, if you go in there and push yourself really hard throughout the whole class, the results can be insane. I definitely recommend trying it out! What I’m Wearing
Sleeveless Shirt (old) similar one – NIKE | Training Shorts (old) similar one – NIKE | Pro Hypercool Woodland Tights – NIKE| Metcon 1 – NIKE |
My friends at Equinox asked myself and fellow bloggers Vanessa Cesario and Sasha Exeter to let them have a glimpse into what “A Day In The Fit Life” would look like. I’ve said this before but living a healthy lifestyle incorporates a lot more than just going to the gym, it’s all about making choices that contribute to living the best life that you can. For me, juicing, training & recovery are three things that I regularly make time for that contribute to my “Fit Life”.
There are so many health benefits that you can get from incorporating juicing into your life. You can do it yourself, or you can purchase cold pressed juices from a variety of companies. There’s a lot of flavors to choose from and they all serve different purposes. The Apple Ginger Glow from Fresh has recently become a favourite of mine and encourages cleansing, hydration, and energy.
Training has become such an integral part of my life. So many people take their bodies for granted and I’ve made a commitment to myself and my body to take care of it the best way that I can. Whether it be running, participating in a group glass or working out with a personal trainer it’s important to make time for physical activity throughout the week. For me, I like to start my day off with a workout, I feel like it sets the tone for the rest of the day and starts my morning off on a positive note. My advice to people when it comes to working out is, it’s never too late to start and try to incorporate new things on a regular basis. – It keeps working out fun and fresh!What I’m Wearing
Pro Combat Hyperwarm Compression Lite – NIKE| Dri-FIT Touch Fleece 3/4 – NIKE | Free Trainer 3.0 V3– NIKE |
As important as I think it is to incorporate training into your lifestyle, it’s just as important to give your body time to recover. Three things that I do to help speed up recovery. 1. Rolling out with a foam roller post workout. 2. Giving my body the proper nutrients it needs throughout the day. 3. Sleep, it sounds simple but try getting in a good 8 hours of sleep regularly and you’ll see the difference that it can make.
Over the last few months, Equinox has really helped facilitate my goal of living a healthier life in so many ways other than just being a place to workout. By having a juice bar within the facilities, knowledgeable staff, top of the line equipment and a spa it really does live up to it’s motto #itsNotFitnessItsLife
One of the most important things that I take into consideration when joining a gym is the diversity of classes offered. If you’ve been to Equinox, you know first hand how seriously they take their group classes. You can try anything from yoga to boxing, pilates to precision running, athletic conditioning to high intensity training. As for me, I’m a sucker for anything that gets my heart rate up and keeps me sweating from the beginning to the end, so I tend to lean towards the high intensity classes. MetCon3 happens to be one of those classes and has very quickly become one of my favourites to attend.
Using varied equipment each class, the only thing that remains consistent is the blue print on how the class is going to run and knowing that you’re going to walk out of their drenched in sweat. Each class starts with a warm up, followed by a set of exercises that you’ll repeat 3 times throughout the workout targeting all areas of your body, ending off with a cool down. MetCon3 is one of those programs that it doesn’t matter what level of fitness you’re at, you’ll find it difficult while participating but you’ll feel amazing once its completed. If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your regular training routine, this is one class that I’d recommend taking for a test drive!
What I’m Wearing
Pro Training Shorts – NIKE | Dri- Fit Short Sleeve Training Shirt – NIKE | Free Trainers 3.0 V3 – NIKE | (all items shown here are available at Nike stores across Canada)
Last friday, Catalyst Health & Christian Confidential hosted an intimate fitness event titled ‘Sweat With Christian.’ If you’re at all like me, I find it a bit harder to stay on track with my workout schedule during the colder months and rely on group classes to help keep me motivated when I can’t necessarily find it within myself. Danielle from Catalyst & I came up with a wicked workout routine with a focus on legs and cardio for the #SweatWithChristian attendees. Did I mention that the 1 hour workout was fuelled by nothing but the best from Beyoncé?! Take a glimpse into what went down at Sweat With Christian.
Some of the beautiful attendees of Sweat With ChristianThe new Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Mezzo Print shoes – great traction & flexibility provided for circuit/cross training.
“There’s a difference between interest & commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you only do it when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard
Thank you to Belmonte Raw – our official hydration sponsor for ensuring that we received all of the right nutrients post workout with their ‘Strength‘ juice. Strength juice is made up of grapefruit & spirulina – which provides consumers with the right amount of protein, vitamin C & amino acid to help repair & rebuild muscles.
Thank you to all those that came out to the first instalment of ‘Sweat With Christian’ – everyone put forth their best efforts and really killed the workout! I can’t wait to do it all over again with you guys! Special thank you to Danielle, Catalyst Health, Zero Productions, Nike & Belmonte Raw for helping put this event together with Christian Confidential.
Until next time,