ZYN22

One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing exciting new workouts and workout classes. When I was first approached by ZYN22 to come try a class, I didn’t know much about it. I’d seen a few bloggers share pictures on Instagram, but that was pretty much the extent of it.

As soon as I walked into the studio, I was blown away. If there is one thing I love as much as working out, it’s workout apparel. Nothing motivates me to work out more than colorful capris and cute tanks. ZYN22 is not only a workout studio, but their fitness apparel is seriously on point.

I decided to try my first class at the Park Lane location on opening weekend after seeing tons of pictures on Instagram. Assuming an early Sunday morning class would be pretty empty, I signed up for the 9 am class. Was I wrong. The studio was buzzing with riders leaving the 8 am class and a bunch of us preparing for the 9 am class.

But let’s get to the workout. I’ve taken a lot of spin classes in my day. Ever since college, spinning has been my favorite way to supplement running. It’s a huge cardio challenge and is very low impact, so it gives my knees some rest. ZYN22 is truly unlike any spin class I’ve ever taken. With a focus on rhythm, this class is an absolute blast and goes by so fast.

Unlike other classes I’ve taken, which focus on torque and resistance, ZYN22 is extremely fast-paced with very little down time, so every second is utilized. I truly feel like I haven’t sweat so much in my life! But with fun music and dancing incorporated into the class, it’s seriously a blast. Some light strength training at the end of the class is the perfect way to wrap it up and feel like you truly work until the very end.

I am so pumped to take my next class. If you have any questions about my experience with ZYN22 or want to join me sometime, I’d love to work out with you! The first class is free.

*This post is sponsored by ZYN22; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Fitness, Fashion & Food Favorites

Hi, blogger friends. I’ve been so crazy busy lately that I’ve slacked on updating my blog. I’m excited about everything going on though and can’t wait to share them in the next few weeks! Today, however, I wanted to share links I’ve stumbled upon recently.

 

Fitness

How Skipping a Run Can Make you Faster (Self.com)

Should You Run More or Faster? (Runnersworld.com)

Burn Calories While You Sleep (Shape.com)

Fashion

The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week (Vogue.com)

Four Foolproof Outfits (Goop.com)

How To Wear Your Summer Favorite Trends All Fall (Refinery29.com)

Food

The Only Muffin Recipe You Need (Shape.com)

10 Favorite No-Cook Dishes (Food.com)

8 Things You May Not Know About Nutella (Mentalfloss.com)

Bursting With Joie

If there’s one thing I love during summer (besides ice cream) it’s a good dress. Pants are totally not an option when it’s 100+ degrees outside and shorts can get a bit boring, but a cute summery dress can go a long way. When I spotted this Joie dress, I knew it would fit perfectly into my summer rotation. What are your summer wardrobe essentials?

        

Stepping From Fitness Into Fashion

Since becoming a fashion copywriter several years back, I find myself paying attention to shoes moreso now than ever before. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved a colorful pair of running shoes or cute sandals, but now I pay attention to trends. Whether I’m hitting up a body pump class at the gym, running to Starbucks or headed out to dinner and drinks, I always like to make sure my shoe game is on point. Below are a few of my favorite shoes to take you from the gym to a girls’ night out seamlessly.

shoes1. Brooks Glycerin 13

2. New Balance for J. Crew 620 Sneakers

3. Steve Madden Nilunda

4. Nike Free 5.0 (I have these and love them!)

5. J. Crew Malta Sandals

6. Topshop Roscha High Heel Sandals

7. Saucony Kinvara 6

8. Tory Burch T Logo Metallic Flat Thong Sandal

9. Tory Burch Perforated Gladiator Sandal

It’s In the Bag

Whether you’re a 7-day-a-week gym rat or an occasional yogi, one of the most important gym essentials is a good gym bag. The perfect gym bag should be able to transition from the gym to everyday life effortlessly. I prefer my gym bags to be durable enough to hold my sweaty workout clothes post-workout, but on trend enough that I can carry it around while running errands after the gym if I want. Here are a few things I look for when I choose a gym bag.

Compartments: when I pack a bag for the gym, I spare no detail. I plan to do a “spill my bag” post soon to show exactly what I carry with me to the gym, but let’s just say I don’t pack light. I love a bag that has a compartment for my clothes, one more my beauty products and another for my wallet and keys.

Durability: nylon is my fabric of choice when I look for a gym bag simply because it can be wiped clean without any problem. I need a bag that can be thrown in the back of my SUV when I’m in a hurry to make a cycle class without any hesitancy!

Style: for a gym bag to make the cut for me, I need to be able to carry it to work or run errands as well. Because I typically run at home on a treadmill, going to the gym isn’t an everyday activity for me. Because of this, I like to utilize my gym bag for other activities like quick road trips or pool days.

Below are a few of my favorite gym bag picks!

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(Le Pliage Travel Bag)

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(Kate Spade New York ‘Lyla’ Nylon Weekend Tote)

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(Women’s Floral Print Weekender Handbag)

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(Penn Nylon Zip Tote)

Fashion Frontrunner: Taking Running Shoes From the Gym to the Streets

If you’re into fashion at all, you know that the athleisure trend has taken over. Running shoes on the runway? This is perfect for us runners and fitness fiends. But let’s be honest, if you’re planning to wear your gym shoes to brunch, it needs to be done correctly. Here are a few of my favorite athleisure looks that will take you straight from the gym to the streets.

IMG_8700copy_zpsf6b03b51(Something Navy)

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(PureWow)

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(Robyn Vilate)

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(InStyle)

What I Look for in Workout Clothes

I don’t know about you, but when I shop for workout clothes, I have two things in mind: comfort and style. There is something so unmotivating about working out in sweatpants and a baggy t-shirt. But throw on a cute braided-back tank and capris and I’m ready to hit the ground running (literally!). So what are the key things to keep in mind when shopping for fitness apparel?LW1K29S_0002_1

(Lululemon Sweaty Or Not Tank)

Can you move in it? Being able to jump, run or do downward dog in my workout clothes is essential. I love flowy tank tops that allow me to move my arms around any way I want. For bottoms, I actually prefer tight. Bicycle shorts or yoga capris are two of my favorite workout bottoms.

Is it sweat resistant? When I work out, I sweat glisten. A lot. So I need something that isn’t going to look like I took a shower when I’m done. Dri-fit tops (like this one) are some of my favorites to run or cycle in because they quickly absorb the moisture and allow me to focus on my workout.

Can I wear it out? After a Flywheel class, I’m notorious for stopping by Eat Zi’s to pick up dinner. If I don’t feel comfortable walking around Eat Zi’s or any other public place in my workout clothes, I’m probably not going to wear them. When shopping for fitness apparel, make sure it’s cute!

The bottom line is: I won’t feel good about my workout if my clothes feel sloppy. A cute outfit is essential to a good workout, so never skimp when it comes to fitness apparel!