We’re wild about our clients, and we love being part of some of their biggest dreams and goals. For sure, passion is something that is in ample supply on our #DreamTeam of personal trainers. Just for fun, check out some of the things we’re loving right now, outside of our jobs! This post is an annual tradition here at the studio, check out what’s new!
I’ve been drinking Sweet Rose Tulsi Tea in the evenings and am really enjoying it! It’s designed to help ease stress and promote a healthy immune system (this was a gift from a client – thanks Daksha!).
I’m also reading “You Are a Badass” and am really liking it. It’s all about overcoming limiting beliefs you have about yourself so you can unlock your potential to achieve great things in life. It’s a good read!
And last but not least… the Superhero Muffins from Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s cookbook, Run Fast Eat Slow are the best muffins EVER! They’re packed full of nutrient dense ingredients (like carrots and zucchini!) and go so well with a cup of coffee on a cold morning.
I am currently loving using the Biketown bikes to explore Portland eateries and sights. I am also loving my favorite podcast Mind Pump. It’s the perfect mix of entertainment and education that helps fuel me to and from work.
For 2019, I’m loving practicing what I preach and right now, that includes a couple key points:
I’ve told clients many times that generally the things that we like the least are often the things we need to be doing the most, and for me, that’s cardio and conditioning work. I’ve been working on a lot of stuff, but one of my new favorites is a very simple but effective circuit: 10 Rounds: 100 Jump Rope (add 10 for any mistake!) / 10 per side single hand Kettlebell Swing (or Snatch!)
I am also focusing on my meditation practice again. I often sing it’s praises, and always know I feel calmer and more focused if I’m doing some meditation at least once or twice each day, but for whatever reason, it’s an easy habit to fall out of. Getting back into the routine of a twice daily practice has been a primary goal for this year.
Lastly, I returned to a meat-inclusive diet last fall after over a decade as a vegetarian, and I’m loving my new pellet grill. Total game changer, highly recommended. I just started reading “MEAT: Everything You Need To Know” by Pat LaFrieda, which breaks down all the cuts, recipes, and anything else you might want to know. Sort of a ‘carnivore’s bible’ type of book.
1) Soul-Soothing African Peanut Soup: This recipe from ‘Oh She Glows’ cookbook is my go-to! It’s a great plant-based meal that is super filling and nutrient-dense! It freezes well to be reheated and works well for my work week lunches!
2) Foam Rolling the Hips and Glutes: I can’t seem to get enough of a good foam roll massage! It feels so good on tight hip muscles. Check out this link to see ways to relieve muscle tension on a foam roller.
Currently I’m Enjoying learning about the body from a completely new prospective through acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Some cool introduction books to check out if you Have any interest in these areas are Staying Healthy with the Seasons by Elson M. Haas, M.D. and Wood Becomes Water by Gail Reichstein. I’m also learning a lot about movement through the book Anatomy Trains by Thomas W. Meyers. Outside of my life at School and Hyatt training, I’ve been trying hike new areas outside of Portland get to the Coast as often as possible.
I’m getting involved with some avalanche safety and rescue courses over the next few months in order to be a more well rounded mountaineer. I always enjoy learning and when it involves something physical I know my body’s capabilities are tuned up to the demands that the activity requires due to staying consistent in the gym.
1. Yoga! I’m a novice to the world of yoga, but I’ve been on a huge bodyweight training kick lately fueled by how great yoga feels on my body. I’m especially loving practicing headstands and handstands as both a physical challenge and a way to feel grounded and connected to my body.
2. Snowboarding – my clients know my obsession with snowboarding brings me to the mountain every weekend, whatever the conditions. It’s a great way to get some outdoor activity in that I often miss in the winter.
I am loving my jiu jitsu training at Eastside Grappling with Professor, Josh Botkin. As a personal trainer and someone who’s line of work is essentially teaching, it’s great to be in the role of student with all the struggles and successes that come along with it. Training has, without a doubt, made me a better person and has improved my life immensely.
Additionally, I am loving exploring Portland with the missus. We moved here a little over a year ago and are having a blast going to Forest Park, eating amazing food and just walking around the neighborhood checking out the beautiful houses and the moss and the greenness of it all.
I’ve been loving my bathtub lately. During the winter months baths are a regular thing for me. It’s a moment to get warm and cozy and to slow down and breathe. Add some scented salts and some tunes and it’s the perfect ending (or start) to the day.
Pour over coffee has been a recent new love. I’ve been using lavender essential oil with coconut oil as lotion before bed to aid in relaxation. And I’m really into the Air dyne and HIIT cardio 🙂
I am loving my new Camo Contender 7/8 Tights from Athleta. They have a great fit and most importantly zip pockets on the side – a huge plus in my book.
I love love love chocolate (super original I know) and right now I am hooked on Lakanto’s chocolate bars that are sweetened with monkfruit and stevia rather than sugar.
1. Effective, quick workouts: kettlebell complexes – perfect for working a number of movements chained together, keeping the heart rate up, and moving some weight (assuming there’s a strong foundation in the basics;)).
2. Groceries: Sheridan’s Fruit Co. for local and grass-fed meat (quality!). Also, Imperfect Produce for Organic local produce that would’ve otherwise been thrown away.
3. Podcasts: Primal Blueprint for nutrition info. Meathead Hippie for a nice blend of nutrition, fitness, and hippie health things. Mark Groves for examining ourselves and our relationships deeper, it’s funny too!
Getting 8 hours of sleep each night! With a baby on the way, I am well aware of the sleep deprivation soon to come. So, for the past several months, I have made getting enough sleep (8 hours or close to it) a top priority. The benefits of regularly getting enough sleep are numerous and well documented, here is one short article on WebMD summarizing a few of the many benefits: Sleep and Health: Surprising Reasons to Get More Sleep. I am also loving my crockpot during the winter. I use it at least once a week to prepare our family meal. One favorite, very easy and delicious recipe, is this Lentil- Butternut Squash Curry taken from a Hello-Glow list of make-ahead slow cooker meals. I typically add kale for extra greens. This easy meal can be made ahead and provides a quick and delicious meal that our whole family loves.
Ali, A Life – The most recent and, I think, most comprehensive biography of The Greatest. One of the most fascinating people to ever live for so many reasons other than being undoubtably the best to ever box.
The Morning Brew (National / International) and The Daily Primer (Local through Willamette Week). I have been searching for news sources other than Twitter which has just become too toxic for me. Both of these are quick morning reads and highlight the big stuff with a little dash of humor thrown in.
Two long form interview podcasts (Tim Ferris and Joe Rogan) that dig deep into lives and ideas of some really interesting and successful people and one short podcast (How I Built This) that tells the story of entrepreneurs from 5 Guys Burgers to Dyson Vacuums. After listening to music all day at the studio it’s nice to catch up with these on the drive home.
Book: Michelle Obama’s Becoming. A true gem and inspiring in so many ways.
Workout: 30-minute power-packed and efficient workouts the combine cardio and weights. I’ll often set an interval timer for 5 minutes x 6 reps, alternating rower/treadmill/cardio and and AMRAP of 3-4 strength exercises.
Sleep: I turned off my alarm last August and haven’t used it since. I typically wake up around 8 hours after I go to sleep each night, but the physical act of having no alarm has helped me to prioritize sleep, and turning out the light on time if I need to be up in the morning. I used to function on around 7 hours of sleep a night, but by bumping it to 8, I gain, essentially, an entire additional night of sleep each week. Both my energy level and immune system have greatly benefited.
At Hyatt Training, your optimal health and wellness is our #1 goal. We blend art and science to create programs that are applicable to life and sport. We bring together strength and conditioning, cardiovascular health, yoga and nutrition to deliver a comprehensive lifetime health and wellness strategy made just for you.
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