It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). After all, what’s not to love about a workout that burns big calories, gets results and is F-U-N? But with so many studios to sample out there, it can be hard to pick just one. So here’s five HIIT studios in Sydney’s CBD/Eastern Suburbs to try….
I love a new pair of shoes as much as the next girl, but I do have a few prerequisites. They’ve gotta be versatile enough to wear with different outfits for one, and a little pop of colour is always a winner. Oh and they need to be comfortable enough to get me through hours of bouncing around, obviously. Comfort is key.
OK, maybe I should be more specific: I love sneakers….
I love training outdoors for a thousand reasons, but there’s no denying a couple of minor annoyances. One is the weather (if anyone has Mother Nature’s contact details please let me know) and the other is the havoc it can wreak on my skin if I’m not careful. I’m guessing that many of you have had similar issues, so I spoke to Lisa Hody, Manager of Thaspa (my absolute fave spa in the Sydney CBD) to get her top five tips for ensuring our skin stays healthy when we’re training outdoors. If you’re in the area you should book yourself in for a treatment – you’ll walk out feeling a million bucks, I guarantee it….
At the risk of sounding clichéd, I can’t believe how fast the year has gone… it seems like only weeks ago that I was sitting at home saying the same thing about 2013. This year has been less tumultuous than last, and for the most part I’m sure that’s a good thing. Sure, the high of my little brother’s wedding is something I’d happily take each year, but you can keep all the heartbreak thanks very much.
Overall – and at the risk of hitting you with another cliché – 2014 was about finding myself again. I wouldn’t say that it was necessarily intentional, I think it’s just what happens when you come out of a long term relationship… it can take months to figure out who you are as an individual again. But my god, when it happens – when your perspective changes and you stop feeling so lost – it’s pretty incredible….
Holy moly it is good to be home. Got here about mid-afternoon yesterday, hung with my very excellent
family and then went into my bedroom to unpack only to realise that I’ve made two fairly epic packing fails: 1. I left my laptop charger in Sydney and 2. I appear to have packed 7 gym tops, 6 gym bottoms and NOT A SINGLE PAIR OF REGULAR BOTTOMS. No shorts, no skirts, heck, not even a casual dress. What an idiot…
Anyway, this morning I got up at 5.30am and put on one of my 85 gym outfits, then Fraser and i did a (very painful) 7km run (note to self: alcohol is not conducive to PBs) and now Keat and I are heading to Yamba to buy some normal-person clothes and have breakfast. She’s driving, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to post my final pre-Christmas advanced workout… On my phone, given the laptop sitch.
It’s a bit of a doozy, I hope you enjoy it!
2 sleeps ’til Santa! Xxx
I love bodyweight workouts….
So a week has passed since the 2014 City2Surf and I’m finally getting around to putting together my wrap-up. Please excuse me if it’s a little disjointed, I am full of Sudafed and Armaforce in a bid to rid myself of this annoying flu that seems to have made a home in my body……
During the week, finding the time to work out can be tough. I’m generally up before 6am, but between walking Lou, full-time work, PT sessions, netball and attempting to have a social life, from Monday to Friday my workouts tend to be the hard and fast ones I can fit in my lunch break. By the time Saturday rolls around I am super excited to be able to plan a workout for myself that’s longer than 30 minutes, plus I get to train near the beach and – the most exciting part of all – I get to work out with a partner!…
Congratulations! You’re officially halfway through the challenge! By now you should be powering through those first few reps with perfect form, feeling stronger, happier and pretty damn proud of yourself!