We are well aware that we are not personal trainers and eat way too much chocolate to be called “gym experts.” However, we have found a few things that make a trip to the gym a lot more satisfying and successful!
1. Well fitting clothing. We all know that feeling when you have on a sports bra that doesn’t quite offer enough support or the shirt that keeps riding up and then your love handles are popping out and you can’t stay focused on doing mountain climbers or whatever it was you were in the first place! Fun and comfy workout clothes make a big difference! A few of our favorites: these capris are the best and they are only $17! this sports bra is a favorite and you can’t go wrong with anything from Albion Fit!
2. Water bottle & Towel: We know that not all girls sweat buckets like we do (seriously), but even if you are just glistening it is nice to have a towel handy to stay fresh. There is nothing worse than working out with sweat dripping into your eyeballs! Water is always a good idea too. I like the kind that have simple pop tops, so I don’t have to unscrew it every time I want a swig.
3. Motivating Instructors: We are all about group fitness classes. Everything from boxing to pilates is more fun with a group! They give you 60 minutes to be fully devoted to your workout. However, there is nothing worse than having a teacher that does not push you hard enough or is afraid to. Try out different classes and instructors to see who you fit best with. We have found our hardest and most satisfying classes at XCEL Fitness in Holladay. They are not afraid to tell you to do hard things, which is the only way you become stronger! You hate them for an hour and then love them the rest of the time because they whip ya into shape!
4. Pre-gym snack: Banana,
cookie, smoothie… anything to keep you energized. We have both made the mistake of going on a completely empty stomach and feeling sluggish during a workout.
Favorite Protein Shake:
1 cup of ice
1 scoop of chocolate protein
1 handful of kale (I like to keep mine in the freezer because it blends better)
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
2 TB peanut butter
We have loved our time at XCEL because they supply all of the above necessities. Remember, if you want to come to classes EVERYONE is elegible for one free week!
Happy Friday Eve!