It’s Time to Party with 305 Instructor Kelly Ingersoll!

This week we caught up 305 instructor Kelly Ingersoll! Find out how she releases her negative energy with some sweat and constantly keeps her clients twerking.

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How do you create a class that caters to both beginners and experts?

Luckily, ((305)) makes it fun for EVERYONE no matter if you’ve been taking class for years, or are brand new. When planning a class, I try to strike the balance of the two age old adages: “Fate favors the prepared,” and “How do you make God laugh? Make a plan.” (Insert “the universe” for “God” if that’s more your thing, I’m about it al! ✌). I go in with a plan, but if a class looks like they need a challenge, we can always kick it up a notch. If I notice people aren’t looking confident, we can always simplify dances! The best classes I take are when I feel like every challenge was attainable, but I still got my ass kicked. No two classes are the same; that’s one of the things that makes ((305)) so special!

What would be your best advice to those of us who have never tried a dance cardio class?

Let go of your inhibitions!” We have a live DJ and we’re air humping and twerking. There’s no room to take yourself seriously, just let go and dance like no one is watching. There are no mistakes, only solos!

Do you have any exercises you like to do to switch up your fitness routine?

Aside from ((305)), I like to take barre and yoga classes. I find that they are the complete opposite of ((305)). The contrast allows me to go inward, work on my strength (both physical and mental), and be at peace with where I’m at in the present moment.

What’s your best fitness tip?

Know your limits, respect them, then push them. Also, HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE!!! Drink so much water, and then drink more.

What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you?

The mental clarity! I’ve found that the best therapy for me is sweating out any negative energy I’m harboring. It truly lets it all go. I also find acknowledging the gratitude I feel that I can move my body grounds me and makes me want to share the love of movement with other people!

Get in the perfect fitness routine with Uforia rockstar, Ashley Capurro!

Uforia Studios’ Ashley Capurro caught up with us just in time for our San Fran Corporate Challenge! Ashley’s time with Uforia has helped her find a new confidence level and also allowed her to express herself in a whole new way. Find out how Ashley stays motivated to maintain her healthy regime while giving herself a little wiggle room once in a while, and sign up for the Corporate Challenge to join her for a class!

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What’s your biggest motivation to get into shape?

I have a lot of motivating factors when it comes to getting in shape. My biggest ones are food and getting stronger. I LOVE food, and even though I eat clean 70% of the time, I work out and I work out hard! That way when I do want to indulge, whether it be for one meal or a whole weekend, I don’t beat myself up about it, nor do I regret a single thing I eat! It’s all about balance and rewarding yourself for hard work. Currently, I would say I am in the best shape of my life! And it feels great! I have noticed results in my body, but what excites me the most is when I notice how much stronger I am getting each week. I’m lifting heavier and I’m running sprints even faster, and I feel so accomplished! If you told me a year ago I could run a 12.5 speed (the max speed) on the treadmill at Barry’s Bootcamp, I would have said, “You’re crazy. I’d be that girl flying off the treadmill!” Now, I’m sprinting at 12.5 with a huge smile on my face and wishing the max speed would go even faster!

How do you create new routines so your clients are always trying something new?

Coming up with new routines and new content is something I struggle with to be honest! I try to take as many classes as I can from other instructors to see what they are doing differently. Once I find new choreo or motivational phrases that I love and want to use, I will put my own Ashley flare to it!

What’s your favorite part about the warmer weather?

The warm weather means so many amazing things… Summer BBQs, working out outside, more vitamin D which helps so much with my mental health, and having a consistent tan! That sun-kissed tan always helps define those muscles a little bit more than usual, and who doesn’t love that?!

How did you figure out you wanted to become a trainer at Uforia?

As a kid, I used to perform in plays and talent shows, and I loved being in the spotlight! When I took Drea Garcia’s class for the first time back in November 2016, I was thinking, “Girl who are you, and how do I be like you?! Sign me up!” Drea actually trained me throughout my certification process. I suggest everyone take her class. It is killer, and SO fun!

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

On my days off from instructing, you can find me working out at Orangetheory with my mom, who is also one of my biggest motivations to stay in shape. She is almost 60, has a 6-pack, and totally could pass as my sister! When I’m not working out and taking a rest day, I sleep! My bed is my favorite place on the planet! You can also find me at Dolores Park covered in glitter and dancing in the sunshine with friends. I also enjoy going to concerts and music festivals all over the country. Music is my life, my saving grace… which is why I fell in love with Uforia in the first place!

If you had the choice, what would your go-to meal be?
My go to healthy meal is a quinoa bowl with grilled chicken, chopped garlic, tomatoes, avocado, arugula, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper! My go to cheat meal is pizza, with lots of ranch dressing! I’m not gonna lie, I eat a lot of pizza!
What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you?

The most rewarding thing about working out is noticing those physical, mental, and spiritual results. Once I see those little changes in my legs or tummy or jawline, it’s so easy to make kickass workouts part of my daily routine! I continuously see those awesome results. It’s a domino effect! And the mental results have been so empowering. I’ve always been a confident person but before I became an instructor, I was going through a rough phase in my life and my confidence was completely shot. Being an instructor has helped me gain my confidence back and help me discover this new confidence I never knew I had! I’m in love with who I am, I’ve fought to become her, and that is the best feeling! I have come a long way over the past 6 years, and I owe a lot of it to staying in shape, taking care of my body, and being a Uforia Revolutions Rockstar!

No BS, just Yoga with MOXIE

After a long July 4th week, the SF Corporate Challenge kicks off this week with MOXIE. We caught up with MOXIE fitness instructor Martine Hamers, to find out how she is constantly switching up her fitness routine and beating the heat this summer! Now’s your chance to sign up for the Challenged check out MOXIE this week.
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What’s your biggest motivation to get into shape?
As a yoga teacher, I lead an active life, moving around constantly. Staying healthy and in shape is part of my daily routine, it’s ingrained in me. When I am not exercising I will notice immediately that my energy runs low and that my mind gets dull. Movement, staying in shape and being healthy just makes life so much better!
How do you create new routines, so your clients are always trying something new?
I like a challenge and I also like to challenge my clients. You’ll see similar poses return to my routines, but always with a twist to it. That way you get to experience the same pose, but from a different angle, different point of view. That teaches my clients to not be stale, to not go on auto-pilot and to be present with the practice. I usually pick a bigger pose or a body part I want to work on and sequence by calculating back what needs to be warmed-up, what muscles and body parts need to be ready to deal with a big(ger) challenge later.
What’s your favorite part about the warmer weather?
I am born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and weather in this country is very rainy, grey and often cold. About 6 years ago I decided to move to a warmer climate. I packed my bags and lived in Brasil for 2 years. The warmer climate there got me hooked. San Francisco is not as warm, but the sun is out every day and escaping the city to warmer areas is easy.
The best thing about this climate is that people spend a lot of time outside, making use of the beautiful nature surrounding this city and doing workouts outside everywhere. Warmer weather makes people more active, smile more and enjoy the outdoors.
How did you figure out you wanted to become a trainer at Moxie?
I like Moxie for it’s no BullShit just yoga attitude. Moxie to me is a different kind of studio, it already starts when you walk in, the interior is different – no clutter, beautiful wood furniture and clean look. I really appreciate that.
It also gave me the space, as a teacher, to teach a physically demanding class to my students, to let the yoga class be a work-out and to still have the experience and benefits of yoga; A stable heart-beat, steady breathing and a still mind.
What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?
I love to go hiking with my dog, to go dancing with my friends or to cook a feast for whoever wants to join!
If you had the choice, what would your go-to meal be?
It really depends on how much time I have to cook. But my quick, healthy, go-to meal would be a quinoa salad with fried onion, cucumber, olives, tomatoes, avocado, feta cheese, some olive oil and lemon juice.

Running into Summer with Coach Matt Meyer from Mile High Run Club

Run, don’t walk into the final week of the challenge. This week we caught up with MHRC Coach, Matt Meyer. Find out how he stays motivated to be in his best shape.

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What’s your biggest motivation to get into shape?
I remember waking up one morning after a long night of bartending, walking into the bathroom and looking into the mirror. It wasn’t that I didn’t like what I saw, it was that I didn’t like where my life was. I felt like there was no direction and I was powerless over where things were going. Fast forward two years and now fitness is at the core of my life. For me, knowing that I have that power over my life again is the biggest motivation. Now when I wake up, I have goals and a roadmap of how I’m going to achieve them. Fitness and health are more than just tasks to check off in your day, it a viewpoint and a lifestyle.
How do you create new routines so your clients are always trying something new?
Well, I’m always my own best guinea pig. Since I get bored with repetitive workouts, and I know clients do too, I’m always trying out new routines on the treadmill, or reformatting my own outdoor workouts for class. I would never ask a client to do something that I’m not willing to do myself.
What’s your favorite part about the warmer weather?
Beach runs! Since all of my sports are outdoor (running, cycling and swimming), summer is the perfect time to train and the beach is the place you can get all three! You can catch me at least once a week either running or riding down the Rockaways.
How did you figure out you wanted to become a trainer at Mile High Run Club?
I was stuck downtown one day, waiting for meet a friend for a movie and I had time to wait. Opened up my phone to see what was around me, saw this place called Mile High Run Club and figured I’d give it a try. One class and I was hooked. The mix of the hard training and amazing music was incredible. I remember getting out of class and immediately calling my girlfriend, “Honey, I found the perfect place. I’m going to work there someday.
What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?
RECOVERY! Since I’m always on that New York grind while I’m working I take my recovery days seriously. Nothing like a morning yoga class, compression boots and relaxing in the park with my dog!
If you had the choice, what would your go-to meal be?
Oh that’s a tough one. I’m a breakfast guy. Bacon, eggs, home fries, avocado, grapefruit, toast and coffee. I think I could eat that every day.
What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you?

Knowing that you CAN do hard things! Its challenging while you’re in it, but once you’re done you can look back and see just how powerful you are. That feeling never gets old for me.

Keep the burn going with Orangetheory coach, Trevor!

This week we caught up with Orangetheory Fitness coach, Trevor. We got to hear a little more on how he spends his time outside of the studio and how he is getting ready for the warmer weather!

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What’s your biggest motivation to get into shape?

For me, it has always been about self-confidence. I have seen it both in myself and in clients. When self-confidence is increased, the human mind and body can accomplish incredible things. It brings out this energy in people that I can’t describe. It’s like the feeling of being able to accomplish whatever challenges are thrown our way in our day to day life.

How do you create new routines so your clients are always trying something new?

I like to establish benchmarks with my clients. By that I mean every two to three months I will have a specific challenge for them to see if they’re ready to progress to a more intense style of training. For example, I had a male client that was seeing great strength increases in his pressing movements. So, I had a day where we went both heavy weight with low repetitions and light weight with high repetitions to test both his muscular strength and endurance. Once we established his weak and strong points I programmed a new structure tailored to him.

What’s your favorite part about the warmer weather?

I love the fact that I don’t have to wear 10 layers of clothes! Also being able to run outdoors and try to get a killer tan.

How did you figure out you wanted to become a trainer at OTF?

When I got my first certification at the age of 21 I applied to a bunch of local gyms in my Texas hometown. Orangetheory was the first place to give me an opportunity. It was honestly a huge blessing and I haven’t looked back since.

What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?

On my days off I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, virtually any sport or napping.

If you had the choice, what would your go-to meal be?

Dominos hand tossed large pepperoni pineapple pizza for sure!

What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you?

I enjoy both the mental clarity and the self-confidence. When I finish a workout and achieve that endorphin high is when I typically become the most productive.

Follow Trevor on instagram at @twfrank111

 

 

An EPIC start to May

It’s finally starting to feel like SPRING! A new season means that it’s time to get out of our winter slump and form some new habits, like trying out a new fitness studio or trying a new meal service (because it’s just as important to push yourself in the gym as it is in the kitchen!) As we launch our May Corporate Challenge, we wanted to catch up with some of our favorite studios and find out how they’re celebrating the warm weather! This week we had the chance to catch up with EPIC’s NYC trainer Sarah Gawron.

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What’s your biggest motivation to get into shape? 
When I was in my early twenties I made a commitment to myself; as I get older I do not want the quality of my life to diminish.  In fact, my goal is to be in my sixties or seventies and still be active and still be training.  Living a quality active life is my biggest motivation to train.  I have never worked out to get into shape, for six-pack abs, or defined arms.  Training is where I go when I am feeling lost, stressed, weak, or even want to kick some butt.  I am training for life and it is a constant process.
How do you create new routines so your clients are always trying something new? 
Everyone I work with is different.  Each person is on a different journey, therefore, the process will be slightly different.  I approach training by focusing on the movement and explore different planes our body is able to move.  Many programs will primarily focus on the sagittal plane, but our bodies are meant to move in different planes and to be challenged.  With that approach the possibilities are endless.
What’s your favorite part about the warmer weather?
My favorite part about the warmer weather is being able to take my training outside and being more active outdoors.  My favorite way to train is with minimum equipment outside preferably by a pool or the ocean.  Jumping into the water is always the best way to cool down. I also enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, and running outside so there are many reasons to be excited for the warmer months.
How did you figure out you wanted to become a trainer at EPIC?
The community and culture at Epic Hybrid Training is unique, supportive, and very special.  I have been coaching at EPIC for over three years and the members are a big reason why I wanted to coach at the facility.  There are many places to train in the city, but there isn’t anything like the community we have at Epic Hybrid Training.  They don’t just work hard together in the studio, but they race together, attend social events outside the studio, and even go on vacation together. Another reason I wanted to join Epic Hybrid Training is their approach to fitness and training.  Training should be fun, creative, functional, and definitely challenging; and that is what a person can expect when they step on the mat.
What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?
My favorite thing to do is have some down time to myself, I love going to the farmer’s market and cooking.  I also enjoy going for a run with friends and catching up at some of my favorite coffee shops afterward.
If you had the choice, what would your go-to meal be?
I have a few go-to meals that I have often.  I love starting my day off with a green protein smoothie, with lots of kale, pear, ginger and plant-based protein powder.  I also love having a big salad with tempeh and hummus, which is another meal I have daily and never get tired of it.
What’s the most rewarding part of working out for you? 
Most rewarding part of training is when you accomplish something you didn’t think you can do. The mind is a powerful thing and many times in training we come across doubt and fear, but when we trust in our strength and ability we can surprise ourselves.  That feeling is rewarding and makes training thrilling.
Follow Sarah on instagram @ _coach_sarah

Find out how HealthKick Ambassador, Lesley Stevenson enjoyed her day of meals from Sakara Life!

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How do you motivate yourself to stick with making healthy choices or get back on track when you splurge?
Through high school and into my first year of college, I wasn’t into fitness at all—I didn’t exercise or think too much about what I ate. As a result, I had a lot of extra weight and never truly felt my best. When I got to college, I started thinking about it more, and I managed to lose more than 20 pounds in my first semester at Notre Dame. My main motivation for healthy choices comes from thinking about the way I used to look and feel, coupled with the way I feel now when I eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle. It is amazing to feel fit and truly be aware of how fitness literally shapes the body and impacts each moment of your life. I carry myself differently and know I am so much stronger than I used to be. That’s a feeling I never want to let go, so I work hard to keep it in my grasp. Now, anyone who knows me knows I do still have a sweet tooth—I LOVE to bake, which is not an easy hobby for health nuts! To balance my splurges, I try to be even more aware of my workouts as well as what I eat for the rest of the day. Luckily, I also love to cook, so cooking veggies and proteins is not too much of a challenge besides finding the time!

Did you do a LIFT private or group class, a Calm session or both? Had you ever used an online platform before fitness or stress management?
I completed both a LIFT class and the Calm seven-day intro challenge. I’ve actually used Calm before so it was not completely foreign to me, but enough time had passed that the intro sessions were quite useful for helping me settle back into it. I’ve also listened to meditation podcasts and used other mindfulness apps to help me ground myself before I start each day. Completing a live fitness class online was totally new to me—I’ve definitely taken advantage of the many YouTube fitness channels like BeFit, Boho Beautiful and Yoga with Adrienne, but I’d never had the experience of an instructor coaching me through my computer! It was so different but honestly pretty amazing to see the other class members in their homes, and I liked that the instructor was able to correct my posture or movement in a way that a YouTube video obviously can’t.

How did you feel after your full day of meals from Sakara? How did it compare to other meal delivery services you’ve tried?
I felt full and content after my day of meals from Sakara! I was totally stress-free, first of all, because I didn’t have to think about cooking for myself and scheduling that time-intensive task into my day. It was a relief to know all three meals, plus a little chocolate for dessert, minerals for water and tea for fun, were ready and waiting when meal time rolled around. The food was so obviously fresh and nutritious, and the expert packing definitely made me feel like someone had personally prepared this for me—not like it came from a factory assembly line. Combined with the notes, explanations and encouragement from the Sakara team, the whole experience felt incredibly personal in a way other meal delivery services never have. I’ve only tried other services that require you to do some cooking, which I enjoy, but the fact of the matter is I don’t always have time. This was much simpler and still left me feeling very full and very satisfied.

What was your favorite meal that you received from Sakara? Would you order again?
I truly enjoyed every dish I tried—something unique stood out in each one. In the Strawberry Maca Shortcake breakfast, I couldn’t believe how light and delicious the “cream” tasted even though it was vegan and much healthier than whipped cream! It was like having dessert for breakfast, so I definitely enjoyed that. For lunch, the Spicy Harissa Chard Abundance Bowl had these amazing winter veggies in a green sauce that was so light and fresh—but what stood out to me the most was that the bowl came on top of a bed of fresh spinach. The spinach wasn’t wilted or old in the slightest—it looked like it came straight from the grocery store. This gave me even more confidence in the healthiness of the food. Finally, the dinner of Revitalizing Risotto with Citrus-Glazed Squash and Balsamic Tomatoes definitely stood out for the clever combination of a cashew “cheese” and quinoa in place of risotto’s typical dairy and rice combination. The whole dish was delicious and so filling that I was able to save some for the next day! I would definitely order any of the meals again and recommend them to friends.