Want to exercise daily? Do this.

I am dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and my biggest tip to getting a workout in every day is to pack. a. gym. bag. and bring it to work. It becomes a daunting task at night, but throwing together the essentials to get from the office straight to the gym makes all the difference. Raise your hand if you’ve made an accidental pit stop at home to “grab something” and ended up stuffing your face with crackers on the couch while binge watching Instagram stories. Oops, just me?

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When it comes to my gym bag, I have a few essentials. The obvious: a sports bra, leggings, top, socks, and sneaks. But the accessories are perhaps the most important; take note! A water bottle, headphones, and deodorant!

Secret’s Active collection will keep you smelling fresh not only throughout the day, but also during AND after your sweat sesh. It’s quickly become my deodorant of choice for workouts from barre to spin, because it works better the MORE you sweat!

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I’ve spent the last week using the Secret Active Invisible Solid in “Cool” and am so impressed that it goes on dry AND gives me odor and sweat protection for up to 48 hours. The smell reminds me of a pile of fresh laundry that you just want to jump into.

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Want to get your hands on the brand new line? Click here to buy at Target!

There are so many ways to get moving, and I want to know, how do you #ChooseActive? Comment below!

Thank you to Secret Deodorant for sponsoring this post.

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5 Ways to Amp up Your Social Media Presence + Propel Fitness Festival Recap

For the third year in a row, I had the pleasure of partnering with Propel for their epic fitness festival weekend. Each year it gets bigger and better. From renting out a sweet spot in Venice and meeting Nick Jonas in 2016, to having a photoshoot in NYC in 2017, to gettin low to Ludacris this year, it’s been quite an epic ride!

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This year, I attended Industry Day prior to the festival weekend launch. Industry Day is targeted towards fitness professionals (trainers, studio owners, etc) and is full of inspiring panels and lots of knowledgeable guests. As a self-proclaimed social media addict, I was most excited for the Break the Internet panel with my friend Katie Dunlop of @lovesweatfitness, Remi Ishizuka of @rrayyme, and Lauryn Evarts Bosstick of @theskinnyconfidential. These ladies have a combined Instagram following of 1.1 million and are all killin it as girl bosses of their own making. I had so many takeaways, but here are my five favorite tips from the panel.

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Five Ways to Amp up Your Social Media Presence

  1. The best way to build your following isn’t by going out and looking for new followers, it’s by actively engaging and building trust with your CURRENT community. If your community trusts you and believes in what you’re promoting, they will be your biggest advocates. They will share your account with their friends just because of how much they love you. This will help you grow your page and make your community even stronger.
  2. Find a niche. See what’s missing in your space and create it. Make good content that adds value.
  3. Always have a takeaway. Your content should educate, entertain, or inspire. Bonus points for content that does all three.
  4. If you don’t have anything good to post, don’t post anything. It is becoming more and more important to put content out there that is really, really good. You want people to stay on your profile longer (Instagram tracks this and it helps you stay relevant in the algorithm), so great photos and captions are key.
  5. Be authentic and do YOU. It’s cliche, but there is only one you in this world and that’s why your community follows your account. Leverage that by showcasing your personality in everything you do.

Industry Day was particularly inspiring, but the real FUN came during the next two days of the Propel Fitness Festival Co:Labs, a weekend of killer workouts + awesome live music all at the beautiful Quixote Studios in West Hollywood.

I spent basically 24 hours at the space spending time with other #fitfriends and, of course, getting realllllly sweaty. I loved the braid bar, meditation space, and massages by Soothe (my body needed that!).

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During the weekend, I checked out classes by Prevail, Pvolve, Training Mate, Get Fit with Giddy, and Nicole Winhoffer. While all were amazing, Nicole Winhoffer certainly takes the cake. Her iconic LA dance workout was done to live beats from Ludacris himself. I was thankful to use my press status to get as close as possible, and even got to snap a pic post sweat. Major fan girl moment!

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If you haven’t had a chance to attend a Propel Fitness Festival experience, they’ll be popping up around the country all summer–stay tuned here. Fingers crossed for another incredible festival in LA next year!!

This post is sponsored by Propel, but all opinions are my own. 

RETROFIT Event Recap

There’s a brand new group fitness studio in town with a piece of equipment that I guarantee will surprise you and make you sweat (hint: it’s a self-propelled treadmill that is permanently on an incline!)! I was lucky enough to bring in the sweat and repeat crew in for a killer class at RETROFIT. While RETROFIT has existed as a gorgeous personal training space since 2009, they recently opened up a group training area to offer their unique technique and holistic approach to more people.

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Each of their four classes is 45-minutes long and we were treated to the signature HIITX (they also offer Sculpt, Burn, and Cardio). The room is broken down into ten stations with two people at each station. You complete one minute at each station with 15 seconds to rotate in between stations. Once you have completed all ten, you take a short break and then go through twice more. Some of the stations change a bit each round while others stay the same. Our stations included:

  • Self-propelled permanent incline treadmill (KILLER!)
  • Hill climb on a stationary bike
  • Wall mounted skiier
  • Air assault bike
  • Rower
  • Free weights
  • Body weight cardio exercises
  • Push-ups, tricep dips, and body holds
  • TRX
  • Fitness ball (planks, crunches)

While there may be studios out there with a similar format, the high number of cardio stations is very unique and really helps to get your heart rate up for a majority of the class.

Once we were done with three rounds, we stretched as a group. During this time, instructors are encouraged to add in some opportunities for learning. Christian spoke about the importance of nutrition, emphasizing that no matter how hard you work in the gym, if you don’t do the same in the kitchen, you won’t see results.

After class was over, we enjoyed treats from Siggi’s Dairy and Perfect Bar along with smoothies provided by the cafe at the front of the studio.

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Interested in attending a class at RETROFIT? You can find their schedule here and pricing here.