It’s Not Supposed to be Easy – Dare to NOT Compare in the Gym

This year I decided to be incredibly original and make (part of) my resolution to be more healthy and active – the bedrock being hitting the gym five times a week. This is a big departure from 2014 where I wore yoga pants five times a week, but did not actually partake in said yoga.

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Getting back in a more strenuous, committed fitness routine is really tough. I started my #RoadToFitness (restart) Journey back in December, motivated by the opportunity to join in complaining about how ANNOYING Jan 1 starters are. I mean, can you BELIEVE how crowded the gym is now? 😉 It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing.

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Being committed (for me) means holding the position the WHOLE time…not giving up 10 seconds before I’m supposed to. Picking up the heavier weights and maintaining the proper form, even when cheating would be a lot more comfortable. It also means sweating, having a really red face and looking like a hot ol’ mess, instead of brunch ready, after a sweat sesh. And it’s hard, because at the awesome gym I go to there are a lot of very, very in shape women who began their road to fitness in December (of 1996) and are kicking my ass without breaking a sweat. It’s easy to get wrapped up in comparisons – but I’m taking a new approach:

Get over it. Keep working hard.

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If I’m sweating it means I’m pushing myself, maybe they aren’t – or maybe their botox prevents sweat glands from forming on their foreheads (lucky.) If my legs are shaking two minutes into my barre work it means I’ve stuck the position and my form is on pointe (ballet humor.) Who cares if I look like a mess in the gym – It’s not a catwalk and the work will pay off and be visible under my six layers of clothes and blanket scarf. Plus I can eat more cheese dip and drink more beer– which makes looking like a fool worth it every time!

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How to you keep from getting gym envy? Or does it motivate you?

Meg is wearing: tank: lucy Studio Cami Racerback c/o lucy, shirt: Final Rep Long Sleeve c/o lucy, pants: Splits 59 tights similar here

Thursday Waylay – Fitness Wins and Failures of 2014

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It’s been a fantastic first year, and we’ve covered a lot of ground on our site. When we started blogging one of our biggest goals was to be more active and explore fitness options across Atlanta. In fact, the idea … Continue reading

Fit for the New Year – Take Advantage of Free Exercise Classes

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Christmas is over (wipe the tears) which means 2015 is dangerously close. Kelly and I are committed to getting even more serious about our Road to Fitness this year, and, while we took the holidays off, it’s time to get moving. There’s only one issue…while we’re a bit heavier (thanks Christmas cookies) our wallets are a little lighter from the flurry of present buying. That’s why we want to encourage you to embrace the FREE FITNESS this year.

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We’ve talked about using the city as your free gym – which really just means get out and run or do yoga in the park (the outdoors are free…) – don’t make your wallet do the heavy lifting. But for times when you need a little more structure and someone to force help guide you in your workout, look for free fitness classes going on in your city!

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Lots of gym offer the first class free. Here is a quick list of opportunities in Atlanta.

But sometimes you need to get creative about finding these opportunities. For example, Belk (yes, the Belk known for it’s awesome selection of Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses and great sales) is having a FitFest on January 3 at locations around the South (a complete list is at the bottom of the post.) We are going to be at the Atlanta Phipps Plaza location – come join us if you’re in the area!

Belk is hosting free mini #FitFest classes: whether it’s a 15 minute fitness boot camp in the parking lot, a 10 minute yoga stretching class by the fitness apparel, or a 5 minute dance session designed to get you moving, there’s some kind of class lead by a local fitness expert. Plus,they will have shoe fittings there with experts who can help you identify what shoe is best for your foot AND your workout…something I’m looking forward to since I need a new pair of kicks.

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They’re also having healthy food tastings – think granola, fruit, smoothies, juice, and protein bars. Recharge, y’all!

And in true Belk fashion there will be cosmetics sampling so you won’t leave empty handed and can stock up on any skin and body care products Santa didn’t bring you.

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Let us know what other free fitness classes you find – AND if you’re going to the Belk Phipps Plaza event. We’re looking forward to getting our fitness kicked off the FREE way! 🙂

Meg is wearing: pants: lululemon Speed Tight (other colors here), top: Old Navy graphic tee – LOVE these for working out (similar styles here), shoes Brooks Pure Drift (similar here)

List of locations hosting #FITFEST events:

  • Charlotte, NC (Southpark)
  • Raleigh, NC (Crabtree)
  • Greensboro, NC (Shops at Friendly Center)
  • Winston Salem, NC (Hanes Mall)
  • Hickory, NC (Valley Hills Mall)
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Charlottesville, VA (Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall)
  • Dallas, TX (Galleria Dallas)
  • Huntsville, AL (Brudgestreet)
  • Huntsville, AL (Parkway Place)
  • Birmingham, AL (Riverchase)
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (University Mall)
  • Jackson, MS (Ridgeland)
  • Jackson, MS (Flowood)
  • Greenville, SC
  • Columbia, SC (Columbiana)
  • Savannah, GA
  • Atlanta, GA (Phipps Plaza)
  • Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Statesboro, GA

Rocking Out at Roc House Fitness Spa

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Throughout our #RoadtoFitness, we have definitely favored the more female-friendly workouts (PinkBarre, Barre3, Exhale, West Coast). Feeling like we’re part of a community, being surrounded by other women working their tushes off, and showing off our cute workout wear are … Continue reading

Where Barre Began: Pure Barre (Road to Fitness, Chapter 9)

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On our #roadtofitness, we’ve been trying all sorts of new-fangled workouts to see for what will really work for us in the long run. Some have been amazing and some have been notsogreat. A couple of weeks ago we decided to … Continue reading