Total Body Power Pyramid Workout: SSBC Week 6 and Our April Workout Calendar

Here we go! This is our Week 6 workout for the Summertime Slim-down Boot Camp. It’s a pyramid style workout with four different body weight exercises. You’ll repeat four rounds of each exercise, increasing the number of reps with each round. In other words, you’ll really be feeling the burn by round four. No pain, no gain. That’s how the saying goes and it’s the truth. So, lace up your sneakers and give it everything you’ve got. There’s no equipment needed for this workout.

If you’re just joining the Boot Camp now, welcome! Anytime is a good time to start. You can find links to all the previous workouts below.

Also, below is our April workout calendar. Pin it, print it, hang it somewhere you will see it and remember to get your scheduled sweat sessions in. This challenge is just as much about learning to fit exercise into your schedule as it is getting in shape.

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Previous Week’s Workouts:

Week 1′s Workout

Week 2′s Workout

Week 3′s Workout

Week 4′s Workout

Week 5’s Workout

Now, we’ve got our Week 6 Workout on the schedule for today, April 1st. (That’s no April Fool’s Day joke :P) Go ahead and get to it! Let me know what you think in the comments below when you’re done!

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March 2013 Running Playlist

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First things first. If you’re wondering what the heck happened to my February 2013 running playlist, last month, I shared it exclusively to my Tumblr page. But rest assured that I did not skip a month of new running music. It exists. You can find it, subscribe, and listen to your hearts content by clicking the link above.

Now, February is long gone and somehow we’re through with March as well. Another month, another slew of really fun songs to run to! My March running playlist is listed below as well as a link where you can subscribe and listen via Spotify. Happy running!

  1. Next to Me – Emili Sande
  2. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
  3. Stubborn Love- The Lumineers
  4. Gold- Britt Nicole
  5. Battle Scars- Lupe Fiasco
  6. Alive- Krewella
  7. On to the Next One- Jay-Z
  8. Stupid Grin- Dragonette
  9. I’m Not Your Toy- La Roux
  10. Drinking From the Bottle- Calvin Harris
  11. Pompeii- Bastille
  12. X You- Avicci

Click here to listen and subscribe on Spotify

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What’s in a Bulu Box?

From now on, just call me a Bulugan.

No, not a hooligan. I am not a disruptive bully. I said, BULUgan.

Because I am now a Bulu Box Brand ambassador!

Bulu Box is a fun new way to learn about and sample health products like vitamins, protein powders, herbal teas and energy supplements. Bulu works with a TON of health-minded brands so you never know just what you might get in your next Bulu Box!

How it Works:

There are three different Bulu Box subscription options. One box costs $10 and you can order a single-month, three-month ($30), six-month ($60), or yearly ($110) subscription. So, if you opted for the three month subscription, you would get a new Bulu Box delivered to your door every month for the next three months. I don’t know about you, but having a box full of health and fitness goodies appear in my mailbox monthly would make me feel like it was my birthday ALL OF THE TIME. Which, I think we can all agree would be a pretty awesome feeling.

Also, every box you order earns you “Rewards Points.” 50 reward points equals $5 and you can use those points to purchase full-size items of the samples that you love from your Bulu Box. Sweet deal!

AND, Bulu Box recently created Bulu Box Weight Loss, which is a second option (priced the same) designed for Bulugans with weight loss goals. LOVE IT!

My first box is on it’s way as I type this and you know I’m SO excited to pretend it’s my birthday, open it up, find out what’s inside, and then share all of my thoughts with you guys. In fact, since many of you come to me with weight loss questions, I opted for the weight loss box (even though I’m not currently trying to lose weight), so that I can sample the products and give you an inside scoop on which items I think are most useful. I’ll be reviewing all the products from each new Bulu Box that I receive in a video blog each month!

I think that Bulu Box is great tool for staying motivated to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle, which is why I agreed to become a brand ambassador. The best part about my job is being able to help you all stay excited and inspired to lead a healthy, active life. (Seriously! I’m not just saying that.) Also, I want all of you to be able to feel like it’s your birthday all of the time. So, if you think Bulu Box sounds fun (it is!) and you’d like to try it out (you should!) you can use the Coupon Code BULUGAN992 to receive $10 off your first Bulu Box Subscription. That means, you can get your first whole Bulu Box for FREE or save $10 on any of the monthly subscriptions!

Just use my brand ambassador link below, and order away!

http://www.bulubox.com?acc=43ec517d68b6edd3015b3edc9a11367b

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Total Body Tabata Workout! Summertime Slim-down Boot Camp Week 5

Ok guys! We’re kicking this week of our Boot Camp off with our Week 5 Workout!

I hope you’re ready so SWEAT because we’re totally taking it up a notch with some high intensity interval training this week. We have 5 rounds of exercises where we’ll be performing 40 seconds of a high intensity move, followed by 20 seconds of recovery with a lower-impact exercise. This kind of workout is sometimes also known as “Tabata” and it’s great for building muscle while burning more calories in a shorter amount of time.

So, go ahead. Hit play and get to work! When you’re done, let me know what you think in the comments below!

In case you’re just joining us, you can find all of the previous week’s workouts and our March Workout Calendar below. Anytime is a great time to start!

Week 1 Workout

Week 2 Workout

Week 3 Workout

Week 4 Workout

March Workout Calendar

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I Tried a New Exercise! AntiGravity Yoga at Studio Anya

AntiGravity yoga. OK, I know it sounds kind of crazy, but it’s a real thing! It’s a fairly new form of yoga (created in 1990), and yes, it is every bit as fun and impressive as its name makes it sound.

I tried it for the first time ever on Friday with The Holding Space at Studio Anya. It was one of the most playful and relaxing yoga classes I’ve ever taken and I really can’t wait until the next time I can take another class! For my first time around, I signed up for the restorative class (described as “the gentle, deep stretching, healing side of AntiGravity Yoga“) so that I could learn the ropes in an easy going, slow-paced environment. It’s important to take it slow and be gentle when learning a new kind of exercise.

You know, especially when you’re going to be hanging upside down and stuff 😉

I Tried a New Exercise! The 411:

What: Restorative AntiGravity Yoga.

AntiGravity yoga classes incorporate a floating hammock (the purple thing I am hanging from in the photo above) to allow for greater spinal decompression, enhanced weight resistance, and deeper stretching. The atmosphere and feel is extremely similar to a typical yoga class, only traditional poses are modified in order to work with the hammock.

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Where: Studio Anya at West 24th street between 6th Avenue and 6th Broadway.

The studio is exquisitely clean and beautifully decorated. It’s not a traditional yoga space, but it totally works. It’s unique in that it includes a small kitchen where you can enjoy some healthy snacks and a cup of tea! In addition to their AntiGravity yoga classes, they also offer a handful of other options including AntiGravity and traditional Pilates classes.

Instructor: Joy

Joy was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The classes are small (about 6 people) and allow for a lot of individual attention and assistance.

I tried it. Did I like it?: Yes! I really enjoyed the class for the fact that it put a completely new spin on a familiar and favorite exercise. I’m always talking about how you should try new things and explore to find the exercises that you love, yet lately I’ve been so glued to my running and weight lifting routine that I haven’t strayed from the norm for quite some time. Not to mention I’ve totally been neglecting my love for yoga. Not cool!

My favorite part about the class was how playful it was. Hanging and swinging in the hammock made me feel like a kid on a swing set. Depending on what kind of studio you go to and who your instructor is sometimes you’ll be reminded, but yoga (and all exercise in general) is supposed to be fun and make you smile. Unfortunately, I think a lot of the time that aspect of it is lost, so this was a really refreshing breath of fresh exercise air.

The class began with a breathing meditation in what’s called “womb pose,” which simply requires that you sit in a cross legged position in the center of the hammock. When you do this, you’re completely elevated off of the ground and the hammock sort of engulfs you, and not in an overbearing way, just so that it’s literally like you are in a womb. It sounds a little ridiculous, and I’ll be honest, I felt a little ridiculous at the time (I was laughing internally), but honestly it is one of the coolest, most relaxing feelings ever to just float there and focus on your breathing. It actually feels like you are levitating. Like magic!

As I mentioned earlier, the restorative class was very easy-going, so if you’ve never tried AntiGravity yoga it’s a great place to start and get your body accustomed to the hammock.

Would I do it again? Absolutely! I’d definitely love to take the restorative class again, especially at the end of the week when I’m in need of some good rest and relaxation. And when I want to get a great yoga or strength workout, I can’t wait to give the traditional AntiGravity yoga and Pilates classes a try!

Calorie Burn: Unknown. I took off my heart rate monitor and watch before the beginning of class because it’s recommended that you remove all watches and jewelry so they do not snag the hammock. If I had to guesstimate, I’d say I burned about 100 calories, if that. The class is one hour and fifteen minutes long but I doubt my heart rate went above 80 or 90 beats per minute for the entire time. So, the restorative class is better for relaxing and meditating. But if you’re looking for a big calorie burn, I would imagine that the traditional AntiGravity Yoga and Pilates classes are challenging and will work up a sweat.

Would you try AntiGravity Yoga?

*Disclosure: This is not a sponsored or endorsed post. However, the kindhearted yogis of The Holding Space did offer a discount on my first class with them. I was not obligated to write about it and all thoughts and opinions above are my own. Read More

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