31.12.13

...And a Happy New Year!!

it's almost 2014!!

Not long now until we see in 2014!

I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

I'd also like to take this opportunity to say a huge Thank You for your support; whether that has been through contributing to keep it simpElle, reading / sharing / commenting on my posts...it has never gone unnoticed and is very much appreciated!

I look forward to keeping you up to date on all the happenings in the health & fitness world, the inspirational people I meet, sport'n style, our goals for 2014 and everything else I have become accustomed to sharing with you!

As always, you can read all about it right here at www.keepitsimpElle.com :)

Follow too on Facebook, Blogovin', Twitter ... or any of the social media platforms that you love to use! All the links are also under my picture in the column to the right hand side!

If there is anything you would especially like to see be featured just let me know! Leave your comments on this blog post / another relevant blog post or send via the form on the Get In Touch page.

I very much look forward to journeying into 2014 together...

Happy New Year! 

Elle :) x

30.12.13

Living the simpElle life: Sarah

Welcome to the final 2013 post in this mini series - Living the simpElle life - where I talk to someone who has inspired me with their story. 

I heard a great phrase recently - 
"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"
- so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all! 

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Sarah 


hey sarah :) 

I was lucky enough to meet Sarah when teaching Nike Training Club at Clapham Common. It's funny how little we actually know about some of the people we burpee / squat / side lunge next to; a huge shout out to Sarah for sharing her journey and letting us into what it is that makes her tick...

- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start training / running? ...What was your plan / goals?

Sarah: Originally I started running while studying for my finals at university, just for stress relief and to give me some time out. Then after uni I stopped for a while... until I broke up with a long term boyfriend which prompted me to run again, to boost me up and get some endorphins. 

I began to take running more seriously, and did timed 5k races (by ParkRun) almost every weekend for a year, attempting to get a better time each race. I also entered a 10k and a 12k race. I was about to do a half-marathon when I had a knee injury. This took me out for a couple of months, and in that time I looked into other ways to exercise. I did thai boxing for about 6 months, then I found circuit training/tabata/ Nike Training Club and it was love at first...burpee.


- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your favourite way to work out?

Sarah: I'm a street dancer, so my favourite thing is to be in the dance studio. Overall, I like group exercise, preferably to music, and also enjoy being outdoors! And I cross-train.


sarah's got some moooooves ;) 

Elle: What's your typical weekly exercise schedule?

Sarah: Monday night - circuit training, Tuesday night - circuit training, Wednesday night - dance training, Thursday night - yoga, Friday night - relax or dance train, Saturday - have a break!, Sunday - Circuits in the AM then dance traning in the afternoon. I'll sometimes have a light run for about 10min now and then. In the summer I'd sometimes swim outdoors. And I'm still partial to using punching bags when I can :)

Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Sarah: I tend to be inspired by the people I'm training with, whether that's other girls in a circuit training class or other dancers. I like to challenge myself to go the extra mile. The teachers and trainers I work with inspire and push me to push my limits too. If my motivation reserves are running low, I sometimes think of top athletes like Hope Solo or Serena Williams who inspire me to dig deep!


mirror

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Sarah: Two things spring to mind. This might sound a bit shallow (and it's really not meant to!) but the first time I could feel that I had abs, that was a shock. I think I'd been circuit training for six months, purely for the pleasure and endorphins, and my body had started changing along the way. I never aspired to having tight abs or even thought I had the 'right body' for them, so when they started to come through it smashed through some preconceptions I had about myself and what's possible. 

The other thing was - for such a long time, push ups have been my weakest exercise. I could barely manage 5. In my head I kept telling myself that 'it's my worst exercise and I'm just not good at them'. This frustrated me because I'm okay with most other exercises. Earlier this year at a Nike Training Club session we were given a tabata set which was a mix of push ups and high knee runs. I somehow ploughed through the set and by the end of it had done 50 push ups. So I can do them! Again, it challenged my mindset of what I think is possible and what I can actually do. 

Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Sarah: Not really food-wise, as I was already quite a healthy vegetarian before. The biggest thing I changed was going teetotal. Even though I wasn't a big drinker, I was beginning to notice that if I had a glass of wine the night before, when I got up to train in the morning it was drastically harder and I wouldn't enjoy training. I didn't like the idea that alcohol could really affect my body like that, so decided to stop drinking.

- {NOW} - 

Elle: How do you track your progress?

Sarah: At the end of each year I tend to reflect back on what I've done, and how differently I feel compared to the start of the year - to see how I've improved. So for this year, I've progressed by getting better at push ups, using weights during dynamic circuit sets, I've improved my sprint times, and with dancing I've been having fantastic feedback from battle judges. I prefer to reflect back to see what's worked well, rather than use specific trackers or apps. I do, however, have a Nike Fuelband....

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Sarah: I definitely think my goals have changed. At the beginning I was very motivated to be training towards races or events, rather than training out of pure pleasure, or training simply to stay healthy. I think now I train as it makes me happy. I'm aiming to do the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest race next year, and with dancing there are always battles to train for, but I'm making sure that I turn up to train to make me happy, rather than just to hit a goal.

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Sarah: I think training with others makes it easier. I look forward to seeing the trainers and classmates. I also know that if I'm not active for more than three days in a row I get really grouchy, and exercise makes me happy, so it's not hard for me to want to go to class.

Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?! 

Sarah: I'd say that whatever form of exercise or activity you decide to take up, make sure you really enjoy it otherwise it will just be a struggle. You should enjoy doing it so much that you don't have to 'force' yourself to do it. Being active and healthy doesn't necessarily have to mean hitting the gym or running. 


climbing 

You could go rock climbing, dance, do martial arts, capoeira, hiking, surf, skiing etc. Find something that inspires you and makes you feel good. I'd also advise to have a healthy attitude towards goals/competitions. Make sure you enjoy the ride, rather than just focusing on the goal. And finally, when it comes to diet, do things incrementally. Cut out one naughty thing at a time, and bring in one healthier alternative at a time. Slow and steady!

...so what d'ya think?! Inspirational?! 

If you'd like to leave Sarah a comment below please do!

...and if you have a story you would like to share just get in touch! {Contact Elle}

Keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 

27.12.13

Train to Inspire: December Recap & January Focus

The final month of goal chasing for 2013 is complete!

I'm currently in the middle of mapping out my vision, 10 year, 5 year, (maybe 3 year) and 1 year goals for health, career and personal life. It's a much bigger picture than normal so it's taking some time and a lot of thought! But it also highlights the smaller goals which need to be achieved to reach the long term ones.

So whilst I am putting together the bigger picture, I can share my focus for January which will also ultimately be me working towards my 2014 goals for health & fitness.

Lets just recap first on how December 2013 went:

These were my goals for December:

1. Attend yoga once per week (minimum)

I attended 7 yoga classes throughout the month (I had another two booked - the teacher didn't turn up for one and the other got cancelled by the gym!).

reverse prayer - one pose I will master in 2014

2. Stretch 3 times per week (minimum)

On top attending those 7 yoga classes this month where I got a good stretch, I also attended 3 Tempo reformer pilates classes, a Bodyfit Burlesque class, Barre Class and Bunny Bootcamp which all involved stretching at the end of the class. With teaching a couple of classes this month too (where I usually stretch along with the class) I think I definitely hit this goal. In future though, I think I would like to dedicate at least 15 minutes per day to stretching which may best take place at home.

3. Share my fitness goals for 2014

The full 2014 goals post is coming soon; below I share my goals for January.

4. Finish reading 'Hell Bent' 

Well, I still have 5 more days left...I'm halfway. I'll be making every effort to get this completed :) I would like to red a lot more in 2014 so I have to finish this book before I start the next!

5. Record stats / progress for push ups / pull ups / sit & reach / splits

*15 full push ups with no rest + 10 seconds half way hold
*no stats for pull ups
*no update on sit & reach
*no update on splits

January 2014 Focus...


goals for January 2014 


So, did you crush a PB in 2013?! ...either way, lets not rest on our laurels! No matter how far you came in 2013, there is always room to push further, go harder and become the best version of you possible! 

What's your plan for January 2104 and beyond?! 


Elle :) x

24.12.13

Wishing you...

2013

Hope you have a great day and enjoy the festivities :) 

Let's get ready to bring in the New Year! 

Elle :) x

23.12.13

Barry's Bootcamp London

"The Best Workout in the World"

welcome

Now that's a big statement...and when Barry's Bootcamp landed in London I was eager to try it! I finally made it...

10pm Wednesday night: Set alarm for 6.30am
10:30pm: Go to bed
6.10am Thursday morning: wake up, check time ...what's the point in pretending to sleep for twenty minutes?!
6.15am: get out of bed, get showered, dress, eat small breakfast
7am: leave home
7.55am: wander around Euston looking for Barry's Bootcamp
8.05am: BINGO! sign up, get ready!

I was lucky that I had company for my very first visit (3 other lululemon's) which kept the nerves / anticipation / excitement away! All I knew was that some running was involved and some strength training!

what's my name?!

This is how it went down. 

8.20am: time to rock'n'roll! ...The studio was lit like a night club with a row of treadmills down the length of the wall with weights, steps and other equipment on the other side. There was no time for messing around, we jumped straight onto the treadmills and got stuck into the warm up.

Our instructor, Anya, introduced herself and welcomed us all to the class. I stuck my hand up when she asked if it was anyones first time. The treadmill got pumped up to 5.0. I wondered why it was so brisk then I realised it was in miles per hour as opposed to the usual kilometres per hour...

A series of sprints and hills...15 minutes, done. Then onto the steps for some Abs & Arms (Thursday is Abs & Arms day FYI). Ouch...good ouch. Another 15 minutes done. Do I need my arms anymore?!

Anya says "lets jump back on the treadmill and take it slow" ...to me this means it's cool down time by which point I'm smiling, ecstatic that I had survived. Only to be informed that actually we are only half way through and have to do it ALL OVER AGAIN!

The next 15 minutes on the treadmill was emotional. The class is given 3 options for every interval - beginners, intermediate and advanced. By this point, my arms were unable to help me run - I had to go between 0.5 and 1.0 mph slower than even the beginner pace! I regained some composure in time to blast my abs with v ups, lunges with torso rotations, russian twists...OH not finished. We ended with some plank to pikes on the treadmill - feet on the treadmill belt (safety catch off of course) and hands on the ground. Killer. Final. Exercise.

Next thing I know, we are ACTUALLY done. I actually lived to tell the tale and finished with a smile! I think I giggled through the entire class...mostly in disbelief that I was there! The funniest moment had to be during the first 15min treadmill running - we had to walk fast up a VERY steep incline with our hands above our heads for 30 seconds. Anyone who dropped their arms earned the group a 5 second penalty. Julie (on the treadmill next to me) was in her own world and dropped her hands so you guessed it, with 10 secs left we got an extra 5. This made me laugh, which made my core relax momentarily, in turn bringing my arms below my head and earning us ANOTHER 5 seconds! It was a struggle to keep those arms up after that whilst giggling...

Post class, I munched on a protein bar and hoped to be able to stay awake! ...I felt totally energised and couldn't actually stop smiling all day :) Everyone was hugely supportive post class making for a great vibe!

The studio was beautiful; great location, facilities and friendly staff. They even have a 'Fuel Bar' with all the options of protein shakes you could possibly desire!

with our instructor Anya (centre next to me) post class!

Will I be back for more?! Heck YEAH! Especially as I will be working on speed next year these sessions would really give me a kick up the derriere!

I don't wanna be too hasty and declare Barry's Bootcamp as the best workout in the world, but I can say it definitely is a serious contender!

Have you tried Barry's Bootcamp before?! Or thinking about going along for a class sometime soon?!


Elle ;) 

20.12.13

Meet Adam

meet Adam

Meet Adam. He can do all the things I am training and practicing to do - like the splits - as you can see above. He is my own personal reminder of my goal and intentions for yoga practice each week.

I find that the more I go to yoga, the more I discover. New words, new poses, new thoughts. Adam has been a great way to document some of this.

A few weeks ago in a Jivamukti class, I tried out side crow for the first time. I wasn't too bad...on one side.

side crow

And then I tried out Rocket Yoga; where I attempted this pose! I don't even know the name of it! So Adam will stay in this pose, next to my bed, until I work it out!

do you know this pose?!

And, yup. Before you ask, yoga is for guys too ;) 

As lives are getting more hectic and stress takes a physical hold on our bodies more and more people are turning to yoga (including myself) for both the physical and mental benefits. I practice yoga for a number of reasons including to have some 'me' time, get flexible, push my limits and to increase my strength.

As I'm getting more and more into yoga I thought using Adam would be a great way to document some of what I am learning through my practices. He's pretty flexible with multidirectional hinges located at the points of our major human joints i.e hips, elbows, knees, ankles etc. He also never tires so can hold any pose for as long as I need him to!

I used to be a keen artist in my younger days too :D ...maybe I will rekindle that and get drawing which Adam would make a good muse for! For the fashion bloggers amongst us, he'd be great to help you create some outfit / design inspiration!

Here are some more snaps I have taken of poses I have been practicing in the last few weeks:

wheel pose

plank pose

arm balance

I challenge you to give them a go! 

And you can pick up your own Adam the Doodles Man too :) 

Elle :) x


p.s This is NOT a sponsored post; I was provided with the products to test...but all opinions are my own :) 

19.12.13

Made with Chobani: Pizza Base

Made with Chobani. Made with Love.

Pin it for later :) 

I came across this great recipe on the blog of a friend. I tried my hardest to trace it back to it's origins somewhere on Pinterest but can't for the life of me find it anywhere!

Anyhoooooo I actually tried it, loved it and am now sharing it with you!

Chobani Pizza Base

Ingredients:
Serves 1 - 2

1/2 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup plain Chobani

Tomato puree
Cheese

toppings of choice.

...yes, that really is it!

Method:

Mix together the flour and Chobani. Roll out on a flour dusted surface and knead until it comes together nicely.

take some flour...

and some Chobani (oh and a culpa tea to stay refreshed!)

put them together...

roll out...

Add layer of tomato puree and layer of grated cheese.

now's the best bit...toppings :) 

cheese!

On this occasion I used red leicester cheese :)

Add toppings of choice! ...today I used some left over chicken and a couple tablespoons of homemade pesto dolloped around the chicken. I didn't even remember I had the chicken so I had bought some pepperoni which I will use for next time!

ready for the oven

Put in oven pre heated to 180 degrees for 15 minutes (or until crust is golden).

The result was great...I ended up letting it cool, packing it for lunch and eating it cold. Somehow I only managed to eat half and heated up the other half in the oven the next day when it seemed to taste even better (I think I hadn't quite left it in long enough in the first instance!)

tah dah :) 

This recipe took me less than 15 minutes to make and is a great healthy option for us all!

If you try it, let me know what you think! 

Enjoy!
Elle :) x

17.12.13

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Silk Athlete

Since I started cycling, I have been living in black technical t shirts to help keep me warm and dry all at the same time!

One particular black top in my collection is part of the Silk Athlete range.

I got this top :) you know this aint me though! lol 

Silk Athlete is...


Organic Silk is naturally organic, sericulture is a sustainable industry, cultivated in unique natural farms

Strong - Silk is stronger than steel- weight for weight.

Flexible - SportSilk is super light and super flexible- it moves with your skin and not on your skin.

Soft - SportSilk is skin-soft, and when worn it feels like you are wearing “nothing”.

Versatile - Silk is a great manager for temperature- wear it in +50oC or -50oC.

It dries fast- and does not allow body temperature to build up / fast cool after training

Sweat - SportSilk naturally moves moisture off the skin

Odor Free - Silk is antimicrobial no odor from bacteria after washing

Silk has great thermal properties- keeps you warm in the cold / cool in heat


SportSilk does NOT – form pilling,  shrink or loose shape

So obviously, I had to put this all to the test before deciding whether I love Silk Athlete or not!

...Here's me modelling my Silk Athlete top under my lululemon Scuba Hoodie at work :) 


I wore it for my entire shift and then cycled home in it as my base layer. (Before I continue, I want you to know I have worn it a million times, I just forget to take a picture, think about it, and write about it!). I wore it the next day to work too...it defo is odour free (thankfully!). 

me, at work :) 

I got home and my first thought wasn't to get my sweaty top off! It also kept me warm...which is difficult to do right now when on a bicycle in London! 

I really love the texture, the softness and am very impressed with the way it has washed so well. It's still black! It came beautifully boxed, and the branding is discreet meaning I am able to wear it to work. I can barely feel my Silk Athlete top doing it's job, but I can rely on it! 


Who knew that silk was a fabric that could be used in technical activewear?! 

And guess what?! ...The guys over at Silk Athlete have seen how cold it's getting around the world right now (or least in the northern hemisphere) and have given me a long sleeved Silk Athlete base layer to give away! 

win me 

You know what they say, you goto be in it to win it! 

Entry is via Rafflecopter. **Competition closes Monday 23rd December**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck if you enter! 

...and if there is something else on the Silk Athlete site you would like to purchase you can use the code "silk-sport" for 10% off (until the end of January)!


Elle :) x

16.12.13

A 'keep it simpElle' kinda 2013...

You know we really are at the end of the year when Facebook posts your 'Review'! ...It's always great to look back; it even put a smile on my face...to see what Facebook thought were the biggest, most significant points during the year!

And then I thought 2012 was epic...wow! ...It only dawned on me today that 2012 was Olympic Year for London! What word could possibly describe 2013?!

Lets recap 2013 and then decide what word to use...

- January -

I shared my goals with you; my hopes and aspirations for 2013! Not knowing where I would be, where I would end up or how I would get there but it's great to have a few things to occupy you while you figure that all out...

I shared my goals {here}, {here} and {here}!

And then I guess I will be sharing a post summing up how I got on for the year! *puts reminder in calendar*

- February - 

Nike Supercharge Week - To get us all back on the motivation wagon, Nike UK put on a week of great workouts! I was lucky enough to teach one of the early bird sessions!

good morning everyone :) 

It was also the month I got chosen to be one of the Faces of YMCAfit! A fabulous boost to my confidence in my journey as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor.

here we all are

I ran...alot! ...I started working with Coach G and committed to training for a 10km. My entire training is documented here on keep it simpElle including the training plan itself!

- March - 

One whole year of NikeFuel

The Nike Fuelband launched in March 2012 and I picked one up right away! I started off with the black one, then the white ice and am now equipped with the recently launched SE version! ...it's tougher to earn that NikeFuel though with updated algorithms!

- April - 

I interviewed an Olympic Gold Medalist #thatisall

yes

- May -

I found running again...when I had nothing else.

oh...and yoga ;)

- June - 

I shared my first workout - Quick & SimpElle Workout #1

here it is

- July - 

one whole year

- August - 

Your Time Is Now campaign launched...

is that me?!

- September - 

keep it simpElle joined Facebook... come find us at www.facebook.com/simpelle where I share extra pictures, motivation, events and other interesting reading!

- October - 

The first ever keep it simpElle event took place on Wednesday 9th October! An EPIC evening for me; lots of planning and preparation went into this evening. A great class, with great people, fabulous support from some of my favourite brands and lovely pictures were just some of the results of the evening.

group picture :) 

- November - 

It's not just all about Nike Training Club and running over here y'know! Especially not since I got my bike and started cycle commuting!

pah!

It started with "One gal, her bicycle and a plastic bag..."

- December - 

I braved getting behind the camera and recorded my first ever workout video for the Zero Calorie Advent Calendar! It went live on December 4th... you can find it over on my YouTube channel too :) ...oooo and right here below...



- The End - 

So maybe, 2013 could be described as the Legacy Year. The year where we used the spirit left behind from the 2012 Olympics to spur ourselves on. To try new things that we became aware of during a year focused solely on being active.

2013 became bigger than 2012 for me. Better even. Progress was made. Things changed, I changed, but life went on.

Here's to 2014...continuing the trend of bigger and better! Keeping motivation, inspiration and empowerment at the forefront of everything I do...

Just keep it simpElle... 


Elle :) x

13.12.13

It's a numbers game...

Friday 13th, huh?! ...I believe in a self fulfilling prophecy so therefore I don't think things are more likely to go wrong just because it's Friday...and the 13th day of the month!

Some things in life are a little random...some things have a whole heap of science behind them. Even so, we have to find out what works for us as an individual and what doesn't.

I heard a great phrase yesterday -

"Happiness is an upward spiral"

Let's go create some happiness today :)

...

07am
The optimum time to run if you want to cure insomnia. Early risers eat more - and better quality - sleep than evening runners. Appalachian State University, US

36
The average amount of times we check our emails per hour! ...ever tried shutting down your emails and checking twice per day?!

still water vs sparkling
The winner is... STILL; due to still water having a pH of 7 which our bodies like as opposed to sparkling which has a pH of 3 or 4. 

0.63 
Multiply this by your weight in pounds to work out how many calories you burn per mile on the run

mantra

18.5 - 24.9 
...is a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index). However, BMI doesn't differentiate between fat and muscle so is not always accurate. Try measuring your waist to hip ratio - divide your waist circumference by your hips. A ratio of 0.7 - 0.79 is healthy.

220
Subtract your age to get your Maximum Heart Rate. Find out more about heart rate training zones for how to use this. 

49%
Your reduced risk of stress fractures with a vitamin D rich diet. Salmon, eggs and fortified cereals are good sources. Nutrition Reviews 

30
Run for as many minutes to dampen nicotine cravings. It will help you kick the habit quicker than strength training. British Journal of Sports Medicine 

Got any more (maybe random) facts to share?! 

Elle :) x

10.12.13

Elle About Town, December 2013

"I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There’s just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree..."
For me, I just want to enjoy the festivities without overindulging.  I want to look forward to the New Year with no regrets and no pressure to undo what has been done!

Here's what I have been up to in the past few weeks to help keep my spirit high; and whats on the cards for the last few weeks of 2013?! Read on...

Classes: Bodyfit Burlesque 

I took up the invitation try out this class which will be launching at The Reebok Sports Club in London, in January 2014. I was happy to see one other familiar face there (Charlotte of Lunges & Lycra) but within no time at all I was shimmying to the track and channeling my inner femininity!



The class was a mix of Burlesque and cabaret style dancing. It certainly took me back to the days of attending Theatre School and learning all the great routines! Although I did work up a sweaty glow, I think I had to concentrate too hard on the moves to really get my workout on!


Bodyfit Burlesque will be available on The Reebok Sports Club timetable from January.  Please visit reebokclub.co.uk or call 0207 970 0911

Classes: Yoga (Jivamukti, Rocket, Budokon) 

Each day that I continue to practice yoga, it opens up, bigger and bigger into a world that just seems to have no edges! I realised there were so many more forms of yoga out there so I put together a list and have made it my mission to experience all of them!

Jivamukti was the first I got to. It worked up a sweat with lots of flowing sequences. This style of yoga uses a very hands on technique from the yoga teacher which I personally liked. To me, it ensures that the teacher has a strong eye for alignment and is able to physically help you get where you should be so you can experience what correct technique should feel like.

Rocket yoga screamed out to me! A bit rebellious?! Sign me up! ...The advanced class for the beginner. We got to give everything a go, challenge ourselves and work up a sweat. New moves for me were scattered throughout the class along with ones I have already mastered making for a fabulous combination.

Adam the rocket man 

I attended Rocket Yoga at FRAME Shoreditch, Sunday 4pm.

Budokon; a fusion of martial arts and classic yoga, I loved the flow and the feel. The freeness and the subtle changes to the regular poses were welcomed! I felt like we managed to stretch and work on strength equally in just 50 minutes.

Generally, I just love the combination of strength and flexibility that you acquire from yoga. There is no other workout quite like it and there is a style out there for everyone!

I attended Budokon at GymBox Holborn, Monday 12.10pm.

Classes: Reformer Pilates 

I'm about to tackle week 4 of one class per week. This was never my intention, it just happened! I've not been on a reformer that frequently but after a recent mat based class with a teacher who just didn't do it for me, I decided to hit it up again.

Thankfully, reformer pilates was just as tough as I remembered! I got back into the swing of things quickly. "One red spring and one yellow spring". Bam! It's great for lengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and muscle tone. I've not yet got the body of a Ballerina but here is hoping...

I attended Reformer Pilates at Tempo Pilates based in GymBox Covent Garden.

Events: Funk The Buddha 

Two hours of vinyasa Flow yoga to disco tunes spun live by a DJ. Need I say more.

image taken by our DJ @FatBuddhaYoga

Mel, Indra and I with post yoga glows :) 

Workout Gear: Mix it up

WIWTW

Get The Look: 
Vinyasa Scarf, lululemon
Chill Resist Jacket, Sweaty Betty
Wunder Under Pants, lululemon
Nike TR Fit III (shoes), Nike

Coming Up...

#sub50project 


So for 2013 I decided I wanted to run 10km in under 60 minutes. I'm looking to challenge myself and have joined a group of running enthusiasts and bloggers to train to run 10km in under 50 minutes, Now I think I may need a miracle for this to happen. But I won't know until I give it a try?!

Check out what the group have been up to {here}.

21 Day Yoga Challenge 

For January, I signed up to this yoga challenge. At first I wasn't too sure then I realised it was what I wanted to do so a little added support surely couldn't hurt!

If you would like to find out more, and maybe sign up yourself you can find all the details {here}.

Other than that, I am busy planning some goals for 2014 and will see where the wind blows me!

So what's going on where you are?! ...Have you got anything exciting planned to see the year out!? or to see in the New Year?! 


Elle :) x
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