Posts in Fitness
A Lesson on Muscle Recovery

After a grueling workout at my new favorite Chicago gym, I was struggling to recover quickly. I knew I had worked hard, but thought there had to be something to help the soreness. So I started asking around and doing my own research. I’ve summed it up for you.

In no particular order, here are my top ten tips for recovering from a difficult workout...

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What We Love | SweatWorking App

If you’ve been paying attention to the FitCityBlog for the past week or so, you will have noticed that the blondes are coming in hot when it comes to sharing what we love - from our favorite workouts to our go-to recipe for a health-ified treat. What can we say, we love the month of February and we love love.

Last week, I shared my fitness routine (or lack thereof) and how lately, I have really been loving my workout ADD (check it here). What I failed to mention while highlighting some of my favorite studios here in Chicago, is that while I love taking classes, I frequently find myself with limited time - having to squeeze in a quick workout at the gym between meetings or before an evening out with my girlfriends.  Because I usually find myself staring at the weights thinking to myself WTF am I supposed to do with these, and instead opting for some boring cardio on the treadmill, you can only imagine how thrilled I was when FitCityFamily partnered with aSweatLife... and during the launch of their new SweatWorking App (our timing is really impeccable).  And gang, it is an absolute gamechanger.

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What We Love | J's Favorite Workouts

As a fitness and health blogger, I’m no stranger to incorporating a variety of workouts into my schedule. It just kind of comes with the territory of having to know what’s popular in the fitness scene. Full disclaimer: I am no more of an expert than any of you committed ClassPass users or those who suffer from workout ADD. We all know the importance of switching up our fitness routine. Without diversifying, we would begin to see stagnation in our growth (gains, if you will) and our fitness levels will plateau as our bodies adapt to the routine.

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What We Love | C's Favorite Workouts

When it comes to fitness, I have always had a few…umm... commitment issues.  These can be traced back to childhood, where I tried every activity at least once - usually for a season - or at the very least, long enough for my parents to pay for the uniform.  This trend - aka my inability to stick with anything - followed me into my 20s as I tried every fad diet, detox, beachbody guide, $34 workout class I could get my hands on.  I would go to Soulcycle non-stop for a month…*be all about it* only to get burnt out and not get back on the bike until a year later.  This pattern repeated itself as I bounced from studio to studio, looking for the workout that would hold my interest long enough for me to become good at it, or at least see some results.  I would (enviously) watch my friends excel in their exercise of choice, as they religiously attended their yoga classes, danced on their bikes in the front row, and saw results from their 12 weeks of the BBG guide that I couldn’t manage to get past week three in.

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Your Chicago Wellness Weekend - Planned

My kind of town, Chicago is. A bustling city settled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is truly the best of the Midwest. While it is not quite to the standards of LA, the wellness scene here has definitely started to blow up with amazing coffee shops, juice bars, and boutique fitness studios in every neighborhood. Sometimes that means it can be difficult to navigate, especially if you are here for a quick weekend or have just moved to town. Most people have heard of Portillo’s and Chicago deep dish pizza, but if you’re on the hunt for something a little healthier, we’ve got you covered. Follow this guide for a flawless wellness weekend in Chicago, sans hot dogs.

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CPY Teacher Training | Week 4 Recap

EveryBODY is Different: for this reason, yoga poses will naturally look and feel different for everyone (and that is normal!). Our bone structure, body proportion, strength in soft tissue, muscle and fat tissue mass, genetics, past injuries, lifestyle, emotional state, and internal body awareness are all variables that cause our yoga practices to look different from one person to the next. 

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CPY Teacher Training | Week 3 Recap

Savasana is an antidote to stress, a recharge of the body, a rejuvenation of the mind, and a union of the body and Self. Savasana is the time when we get to reap all the benefits of the previous 60 minutes of our physical practice. It is the point in class where we allow ourselves to come into a state of meditation, by staying relaxed and attentive. The goal is to remain conscious and alert while still being at ease. For this reason, it is widely considered the most difficult pose of a yoga class.

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CPY Teacher Training | Week 2 Recap

Week two of training was heavily focused on the history and philosophy of yoga. Back in college, when my yoga practice began, I never cared about the “woo-woo” / spiritual side of yoga. In fact, I felt an aversion to it - and usually skipped the namaste at the end because I felt silly bowing with my eyes closed. Yoga was simply a workout that allowed me to clear my mind and end with a two minute nap - what more could I need?

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