Hey Lulu, meet Will…ChillbyWill

I’ve been salivating over my friend Christina’s (and her business partner Corrina Wall) new line of workout gear, Chillbywill, for a few weeks now.  You can only imagine how excited I was to check out her trunk show at Burn60 on Saturday morning.  I’d seen a pair of pants (New Power Crop with skull insert) I wanted on her Instagram feed @chillbywill.   Saturday morning these pants became mine.  Upon returning home from my workout, I decided to put my new pants on.  Even though I’d already worked out my afternoon would be spent at the park playing handball and practicing baseball, thereby justifying my choice in workout clothes. Okay who am I kidding if I could I would wear workout clothes all the time. After all I do live on the Westside of Los Angeles and have a child.   Isn’t workout attire the default uniform?  All joking aside,  my new pants fit me like a glove.  The material sucked me in (this is a good thing) and they were beyond comfortable (not sucked me in like Spanx where I get a stomachache). The pocket on the side was also a great place for my phone and keys.  Running around these pants performed well (meaning they stayed in place, the waist didn’t fall down, etc).  I can’t wait to buy a few more pairs.  Speaking of buying them, you can order them online http://store.chillbywill.com/.

By the way the picture above is the picture I saw on Instagram.  Those are my new pants but that is not my body.  And if you don’t like skulls don’t worry there are other styles to choose from.

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Better Late Than Never

I realize I’m what you might call a laggard.  I know people have been blogging for years now and that is great for them.  I decided to do this for me and maybe one or two of my friends out there will find a gem or two in what I have to say.  This blog is the vehicle for me to share the things I love.

Speaking of things I love, exercise is high up on the list. I know some of you hate to exercise. Maybe it is because I grew up playing sports, but for as long as I can remember physical activity has been a part of my daily regimen.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when I finally turned 13 and was able to join a gym.  Thanks mom for supplementing my membership (I did put babysitting money towards it) and helping me get there.  These days I’m not a regular gym goer but I love to try new classes and workout with friends.  One of my favorite places to exercise in Los Angeles is Burn60 in Brentwood.

I’ve been going to Burn60 since it opened many years ago. Prior to having a child (now 7) I went  3-4 times a week. Now if I’m not training for a marathon, I try and take a class once a week.  Quick summary on Burn60. It is a 60 minute treadmill based workout.  You spend half your time on the treadmill and half your time on the floor (resistance training with light weights, bosu balls, kettle bells, push-ups, planks, etc) .  Depending upon the class, the day, the teacher, etc you might do 5 on 5 off, 10 on 10 off, 15 on 15 off, 30 on 30 off, etc.  There are 12 treadmills so at most a class has 24 people in it.  You DO NOT have to be a runner to do Burn60.  There are MANY people who walk on the treadmill.  The great thing about Burn is all the instructors give you recommendations for treadmill speeds: walker, jogger, runner, advanced runner, etc.  This morning’s class was taught by one of my favorite teachers, David Siik. (BTW I also love Keith, Nick, Julie, & Anna).  David is an incredible instructor. He is an accomplished runner and spends a tremendous amount of time crafting each class.  Oh, he’s also a model and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  Today’s workout was everything I’d expect from a Burn60 class.  I ran my butt off and had my arms and abs worked to the point where they were on fire.  This to me is a great thing.  And, I saw some friends plus a ton of familiar faces I’ve come to know over the years.

If you are looking to change things up, add Burn60 to the list of things to try.  Also try a few different instructors as everyone has their own style. Oh, and after class you may be able to score some great shoes at Habit (they are currently having a sale). Burn60