Mama’s Gonna Knock You Out

Thanks Trainer Karl for a great workout.

Thanks Trainer Karl for a great workout.

I don’t want to say I’m back, but I am feeling inspired. With the kid at sleep away camp (and having a blast) I find myself with more free time than usual. This week I took full advantage of the fact that I didn’t have to be home by a specific time or pay a sitter. We tried two new restaurants (well new to us) and I went not once but twice to a relatively new gym in Santa Monica, Gloveworx.

I first learned about Gloveworx from my friend Christina Malizia, a top fitness trainer and co-founder of CHILLBYWILL. Christina knows I love to try new things and that I’m alway up for a challenge. She said I would love Gloveworx and she was right. My first class was on Wednesday night. I went with three of my work peeps to a BOOM class. When I first arrived I felt a bit intimidated. There was a class going on and these people were working hard – sweaty hard. Class started and we were introduced to our instructor Karl. We started with a brief warm up on a spin bike. From there the 5 of us went over to the turf and were instructed on the proper stance and taught how to do a 1-2-3 combination. 3 of us were then brought into the ring. Our hands were wrapped and we picked out a pair of gloves (they supply wraps and gloves if you don’t have your own). I put on some awesome pink gloves and was ready to go. I had gone to a boxing gym in downtown San Diego the summer before I started college and loved it. Though it had been years, maybe even decades since I had gloves on I was energized and ready to go. There is something about standing in a ring that makes you feel tough! We spent about 5 minutes in the ring with Karl. He’d alternate between the three of us and work with us on our technique. From the ring we went to the turf where another trainer led us in a series of ab/core exercises. These were no joke. We then got on rowers and I became breathless trying to get below 1:55 on the rower (not sure I know what that means but it was hard). We repeated the ring, turf, cardio two more times. Our time on the turf got even more difficult (plank, squats, jump squats, high knees) and the final cardio session was on a Versa Climber. Wow maybe all the treadmill running wasn’t doing as much as I thought. Class flew by and left me drenched, just how I like it.
I came home super pumped and began plotting my next visit. I recruited my regular workout buddy and another friend to go Friday (yesterday) at 6:30am. Again we did another Boom class. This class was with Leyon, one of the Co-Founders. In this class we followed a similar format with the addition of time on a heavy bag. Can we talk about how fun it is to try and whack the sh%$ out of a heavy bag. Not only is it fun and therapeutic but this morning the back of my arms and my entire back are sore (that’s a good thing).
Gloveworx is located in Santa Monica on Wilshire between 15th and 14th. The first class is free. Go check it out and tell me what you think.
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A Wise Person Told Me Go To Sage

I don’t care if you aren’t vegan. Go to Sage, a plant based bistro in Culver City. Since going there to celebrate my birthday a week ago I can’t stop thinking about my next visit. Everything I tried was beyond delicious. It’s one of those places where I found myself wanting everything on the menu. Now, if only they would open in Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica.

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If You Are A Shopper You Better Shop Hers

Regretting those expensive shoes you bought last year but only wore once? Wishing you had the money for the Valentino flats you are desperately wanting. Check out Shop Hers.

Shop Hers is a luxury marketplace exclusively dedicated to pre-owned designer fashion. It is well curated and easy to use and navigate.

I had the pleasure of meeting CEO Jacyln and VIP Shopper Ilana this week at the Girls Lounge. Let’s just say I think I met my Style Soul Mates.

Orange Is The New … Workout

Friday morning I tried the brand new Orangetheory Fitness  in Brentwood.   I was told to arrive 15 minutes early to get the heart rate monitor set up.  This meant arriving at 5:15am.  What was I thinking?

Parking was a breeze.   The check in process was easy. Sign a waiver, get a moist heart rate strap (don’t worry it isn’t residual sweat…they wet the straps to make it less abrasive on your skin and it helps facilitate the Bluetooth transmission to the PODS) and put around your chest.  Snap on a Polar monitoring component.

Here is a run down of my 60 minute class (I may have missed a few details):
Minutes 1 – 10:
On and off the rowing machine.  Doing short bursts on the machine then getting up and doing full body squats.  What am I doing wrong. My feet are getting stuck when I try and get out of the rowing machine.  My heart rate (there are mounted flat panels with your name and % of exertion listed) is not going up.  I woke up at 4:45am for this?  The instructor needs to explain more up front and walk us through how to set the machine, proper rowing technique etc.

Minutes 11 – 30:
On the floor doing two different circuits.  The first involves TRX and burpees.  I hate burpees (but I know they are good for me).  What am I doing wrong. Instructor is saying heart rate should be in the orange zone.  I’m still nowhere near there and I can tell by the monitor other people are getting their heart rates up.  The second circuit is with dumbbells – chest fly, skull crushers, and then abs.  Okay, I know I’m getting a workout but maybe I’m just flat out bad at this class. Do I like it? Am I glad I came.  Hmm … Still not sold.

Minutes 31 – 56:
Treadmill time.  I can do this.  I can run on the treadmill.  We do a set of intervals.  Medium pace for two minutes , faster pace for one minute , fastest pace for one minute, walk.   Now I’m getting it.  My heart rate is 96%.  Awesome. Yay me I must really be doing a great job.  I can’t remember all the different combinations we did on the treadmill. I was too out of breath to think about it.  This is good.  I’m panting and dripping with sweat.  This was a great idea. I’m so glad I got up.

Minutes 57 – 60:
The moment of truth.  Our stats are put up on the screen and we are led through some stretches.  I’m too distracted by the data.  I have real data about my workout in the form of a bar chart showing how many minutes I spent in each of the zones and total calories burned.  I’m kind of bummed by the calorie count – 404 calories.  Seriously is that all.  A tad depressing seeing some of the men burned more than 700.

The teacher explains what the results mean and I’m asking a bunch of questions.  Mainly I want to know how  I optimize my workout in order to burn the most calories.  Answer, Orangetheory (spend your time in the Orange Zone).   Interesting so maybe I shouldn’t try and run so fast?

I leave class and within a few hours I have the results of my workout emailed to me.  This is good.  I now have a benchmark and you better believe I will be back again this week to beat my results.

With the studio just opening on Friday, I expect it to take a bit of time for the instructors to find their rhythm.  One thing I hope they add ASAP is towel service.

So if you are looking for a new workout to try Orangetheory is it and they have over 400 locations.

 

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The Man Who Saved My Wedding

No my wedding wasn’t in that kind of trouble. I was in trouble. Days leading up to my wedding my back froze. I was in serious pain.  I was desperate for relief.  I was willing to try anything and so I did.  I went to see Suk Woon Hahm, the blind master of shiatsu.  In fact, I let Dr. Hahm perform acupuncture on me.  I know right…Only in LA would one go see a blind man for acupuncture.   Those hands saved me.  This week I’ve been in massive amounts of pain. I’ve had massages and gone to the chiropractor but nothing has provided me any relief.  My mom (of course it was my mom) said I should go see Dr. Hahm.  This morning at 9am I breezed over to West Hollywood (no traffic on Sunday morning).  Ahhhh…I forgot the power of the Hahm.  He did acupuncture on me first and then performed the most amazing shiatsu massage. He was really able to get in to all my pain points and without torturing me begin to work them out of my body.  I’m going back to him tomorrow and I’m sure that after another hour I will be well on my way to recovery.

I’m annoyed I waited so long for relief.  I promise there is nobody better in the business.  If you have any neck, back, shoulder pain, etc go see Dr. Hahm.

http://www.hahmrejuvenation.com/

Located on 3rd Street across from The Beverly Connection.

Super Fly(wheel)

I’ve been in NYC for an eternity. Okay only since Sunday but I swear one day in NY feels like 3 days to me.  I was busy with work so sorry to my friends in NYC if I didn’t reach out.  I’ll be back.  Anyhow, I had lofty ambitions outside of work. I was going to try and different workout every day.  #Fail

However, tonight on my last night, I made it to Flywheel.  It was awesome.  There are 2 Flywheel locations in LA (West Hollywood and Larchmont) but I’ve never been.  Flywheel is indoor cycling but in my opinion it is vastly different from SoulCycle and I firmly believe you can like both.

Here is what I loved about Flywheel:

– I got super sweaty (sweat is fat crying)

– It was over in 45 minutes

– Accountability – Each bike has a little computer that measures your resistance and speed (no more cheating and pretending to put on a full turn)

– Torq Boards – You can choose to have your performance display on leaderboards in class so you can see how you rank against other riders. This was super motivating as I wanted to be first.

– Performance metrics provided in your own private account (snapshot from my account below)

Looks like I’ll be heading East of the 405 more often

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My Favorite Type of Food

Didn’t blog last week 😦 Lame excuse but work is keeping me busy.

My favorite type of food is Mexican Food. Perhaps it is because I was born and raised in San Diego. I don’t know. But I could eat Mexican food for most every meal. Life is definitely better with chips, salsa, & guacamole.

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Here are a few of my favorite places to go:

Los Angeles Area:

Lares – 2909 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA

What I love about Lares:

– Mole Sauce I can eat by the spoonful

– Mariachis (I love Mariachis)

Monte Alban – 11929 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

What I love about Monte Alban:

– My 7 year old son thinks this is the greatest restaurant in LA, he refers to it as “Oaxaca”. There is never an argument about going here.

– Ensalada de Nopalitos (Cactus Salad)

Tortilla Republic – 616 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA

What I love about Tortilla Republic:

– Great space, cool decor, lively atmosphere

– Ceviche

– Mole Enchiladas (yes I love Mole)

– Margarita Bar with lots of delicious choices

San Diego Area:

Tony’s Jacal – Solana Beach, CA

What I love about Tony’s:

– Family owned and operated since 1946.  My family started going there in 1980 and went weekly throughout my childhood.

– Amazing cabbage salad

– Nachos that will blow your mind

Some people may tell you Fidel’s is better. I strongly disagree if you are judging based on food.