01/24/16

10 ways to get the most out of your #Orangetheory workout

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor am I a registered dietitian, nutritionist or personal trainer. I am sharing my own workout experience which is unique, and may not reflect the experiences of others. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for them. Before considering any workout routine or lifestyle change, please consult your physician.

It’s no secret that I love Orangetheory Fitness. I’ve been a member for 3 years and love the motivation, inspiration and strength that has entered my life since joining. 

Orangetheory is unlike any workout out there. It’s fun, challenging, builds confidence and is the perfect way to support a healthy lifestyle. Not only do I get an awesome heart-pumping, fat-burning and muscle-building workout with every session, but I also receive amazing support from the coaches, camaraderie from other members, nutritional support through multiple weight-loss challenges they host throughout the year, and the ability to meet (and smash!) personal goals during special event challenges such as Peak Performance, Hell Week and the OTF Marathon challenge. All of these characteristics make OTF is so much more than just “joining a gym.” And over the past 3 years I’ve learned some things that have helped me make the most out of each visit to OTF. If you’re a current member, or are thinking about joining, these tips will help you successfully continue or begin your journey!

1- Book your workouts at least a week in advanced. OTF allows you to schedule your sessions through the Web or from your phone using their app. Booking in advanced allows you to write down your scheduled sessions in your planner or save them to your phone’s calendar. This helps with accountability, especially when you treat your classes like important appointments that you wouldn’t miss. It also gives you a chance to build a routine through the consistency and commitment you create when you book in advanced. 

2- Dress comfortably. Wear proper fitting, breathable, comfortable clothing. If your pants are falling down, or riding up, you’re going to be distracted. Invest in some pieces that will ensure your time spent is working out, not adjusting. 

3- Arrive to classes on time. Set those reminder alarms and make sure you get to class on time- or even a bit early! This gives you a change to relax a bit, get your mind in ready for your workout, and hear important announcements from the coaches prior to the start of the class. 

4- Clear your mind. Leave all of life’s stresses, feelings of insecurity or embarrassment, and worries at the door. OTF is your safe place. It’s a time to escape all of that negativity and reset your day. Leave all of your problems and life’s distractions at the door and just focus on spending 60 minutes on yourself. Your mind is worth it! (That means locking your phone away in a locker in the waiting area too!). 

5-  Hydrate! Make sure that you have been keeping up with your water intake prior to working out. Nothing ruins a workout like dizziness or dehydration (been there!). Make sure to bring water to your session as well. If you forget your bottle, they have a water fountain in the workout room and they also sell bottles at the front desk, so you’re covered! 

6- Bring a friend (or make a friend in class)! One of the greatest things that has helped me stay motivated has been surrounding myself with like-minded people. I have friends that I work out with in person, virtual accountability partners and other people that I connect with through social media who are all amazing partners! Building a healthy tribe can truly help you make choices that will help you reach your goals. 

7- No comparisons. The comparison game is a destructive one. You may not be the “fittest” or “fastest” in the room, but it doesn’t matter. You’re there, your’e sweating, you’re moving and doing something good for your body, just like everyone else who’s in there with you. Remember that everyone is on their own journey. If you need a modification, ask your coach for one. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. This is your personal journey. Clear your mind, and focus on your goals and your progress! Be proud on what YOU are doing! 10522096_10152648660447474_4427446602469893934_n

8- Listen to and trust your coach. They are the experts and will help to make sure your workout is effective and safe. When they correct your form, make sure to follow their lead. When they provide you with feedback, listen to it. The encouragement, support and guidance the coaches at OTF give you will be the key to your success and safety.

9- Challenge yourself. With each workout, work towards being better and stronger than who you were in the past. Always believe that you can push yourself, even if it’s just a tiny bit more than the day before. Don’t limit your challenges; challenge your limits! Set small goals for yourself- like adding .1 to your push pace on the treadmill. Small goals lead to big changes over time! 

(From the Westchase OTF Facebook page)

(From the Westchase OTF Facebook page)

10- Back up your hard work in the kitchen. Eat as many clean, fresh, homemade ingredients as you can. Don’t reverse the hard work you put in at OTF by fueling your body with foods that will set you back. Healthy eating CAN be delicious!

What are YOUR tips for getting the most out of your #Orangetheory workout? Do share!

And If you live in the Tampa Bay Area and would like to try an OTF as my guest, let me know! It truly is the greatest investment you can spend on yourself and I would be happy to workout with you for your first time!

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01/24/16

Roasted beets and green beans with lemon

I didn’t used to like beets.
As a child the only exposure I had to beets were the bright red, floppy, mushy discs in salad bars and the Piccadilly cafeteria line. 
I could never bring myself to try them, even when my Abuelita begged me to.
“They’re good for your eyesight!” she’d exclaim. “They have lots of iron!” she’d proclaim.
But they never, ever appeared appetizing to me.

Then, one day, I ate them roasted.
And they were DELICIOUS. Caramelized, sweet, tender. 
Beets make my heart beet.

While I was at the farmer’s market today, I noted fresh beets were on sale. And not just any beets- golden and candy cane beets! So of course I had to have some beets.

Because I love beets with every beet of my heart.
This recipe can’t be beet. 
The roasting and lemon really pump up the beets.

Ok, I’m done.

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Roasted beets and green beans with lemon
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 medium sized fresh beets (I used golden and candy cane beets)
  2. 12-15 fresh green beans
  3. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 2 tsp. sea salt
  5. 1 tsp. black pepper
  6. the juice of 1/2 lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the beets.
  3. Slice the beets into 1/4-1/2 inch think slices and then quarter. Place on a roasting pan.
  4. Trim the stems off of the green beans and place on the same roasting pan.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil, and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently toss to coat then make sure the beans and beans are positioned in an even layer.
  6. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, giving the pan a shake one at the half way point, or until beets are tender.
  7. Remove from the oven and squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over the pan. Serve warm or cold!
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