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Activewear Haul With My Favorite Brands

This awesome and trendy new Adidas and Vans activewear haul is sponsored by Zappos. All opinions are my own.

I’m not sure about you, but it’s summer, and my wardrobe was in need of an overhaul. I’ve been wearing the same things over and over since last year, so finally I decided to invest in some new clothes!

Adidas and Vans are two of my favorite brands, so I decided to get some new pieces that I can mix and match. Because I’m always on the go and working out almost every day of the week, I need clothes that can transition from workouts to running errands or being on the go later in the day.

Thursday – Making Time for Fitness Between Errands

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Wearing: Adidas Originals Linear Leggings  and Adidas Techfit Bra 

I couldn’t wait to take my new clothes on a test drive. Yesterday was a busy day for me, but I made time for some Pilates and yoga in the park. One of the things I’ve been doing on a regular basis is to workout outdoors a few times a week now that summer is here and the weather is beautiful. Stretching for 30 minutes a day in the morning gets my blood flowing and keeps me energized all day.

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I had some errands to run to the dry cleaners and grocery store today, but after my workout, I decided to take a stroll on the way by a local bookstore to check out the selection of books.

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Wearing: Adidas Originals Trefoil SweatshirtAdidas Originals Linear Leggings , Adidas Tote Bag

I picked up a few books, tossed them in my new bag and was on my way! A few hours later, all of my errands were complete, and it was wonderful sitting down with my new books for a relaxing evening home!

Friday – Fun On Wheels

Fridays are often my days off, when I can have a little fun if I got all of my errands and work done for the week. Since yesterday was a busy day and I pretty much did it all, I decided to have a little fun with my new skateboard, a Christmas present from last year from my husband! I bought some new Vans gear since it’s the brand of choice for skaters, paired with my new Adidas jacket, I was ready to go!

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Wearing: Vans Authentic™ Lo ProAdidas Training Jacket (blue)Vans Snoopy Leggings 

I’m still learning, and I’m a little wobbly but so determined to learn a new skill! I actually sat on this bench and googled some how-to videos on YouTube for a bit to learn from some pros! LOL.

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My favorite were: start on the grass to grasp your balance, use large pushes to get your board going, and put your back foot down on the floor to stop. I’m finally getting my balance right, and my Snoopy leggings were there to keep me smiling and motivated to get better!

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I lasted a few hours without completely bailing, so I would say today’s adventures were a success!

Ordering from Zappos

For the longest time, I thought Zappos only made shoes. Recently I learned that they have SO much more than just shoes, and a ton of awesome brands to choose from! What also surprised me was their fast customer service; I ordered my new gear and got it within just a few days. Everything fit great thanks to the sizing charts, but it’s super easy if you need to return or exchange something. I would definitely recommend shopping with them from my great experience!

 

 

Hope you enjoyed hanging out with me for the past few days! Have a great weekend, and hope you have some fun! If you want to update your wardrobe too, here are the links to the things I bought!

Vans Authentic™ Lo Pro

Vans Snoopy Leggings

Adidas Originals Superstar (white)

Adidas Training Jacket (blue) 

Adidas Techfit Bra 

Adidas Originals Trefoil Sweatshirt 

Adidas Tote Bag 

Adidas Originals Linear Leggings 

Exercises to Try Next Time You’re Outside!

It’s finally spring, which means it’s time to get outside, and today I’m going to share some awesome outdoor workouts, sponsored by Zappos!

The weather has been gorgeous here in Northern California. So in between the rainy days, I take every opportunity for a hike or outdoor workout because the scenery is much more breathtaking than the inside of the gym!

The start of a new season is also my favorite time to get new gear. Because I’ve been doing a lot more outdoor HIIT (high intensity interval training) up and down steep hills in addition to bodyweight workouts on uneven ground, I have to make sure that my shoes have good traction and are stylish too! I just got a new pair of Brooks Pureflow 6 shoes, top and leggings from Zappos, and I’m loving them! More about my shopping experience a little later. But without further ado, let’s talk about workouts!

HIIT Sprints

For HIIT, my favorite is HIIT sprints. Doing this once or twice a week definitely burns fat and elevates your metabolism so you can even be torching calories when at rest. One way I stay lean is to get in my sprints as my form of cardio. I like to add intensity to my sprints by doing them on the trails for a bit of an incline. Try this workout and let me know what you think!IMG_7676_E

Sprint uphill 50 to 70 percent speed and then walk or jog back down the hill for your recovery. I usually stop after I’ve sprinted and walked back down 10 times. Then I climb the hill for a nice scenic view!

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Bodyweight Workout

Another type of workout I love to do when outside is bodyweight workouts. This includes dynamic lunges, squats, and if you can find a bench, push-ups and tricep dips! But in order to do this, I need a lot of good traction, and once again, my Brooks gear from Zappos came through!

I recently posted on Instagram about building strength for push-ups, one of the most difficult exercises to do for those without a lot of upper body strength.  A great way to build the strength is to do push-ups on a bench or elevated surface until you can do a full push-up!

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Try doing 10 reps of these 4 times!

Awesome new Brooks Gear from Zappos!

So this season, I ordered a new pair of Brooks Pureflow 6 shoes – chosen because not only did they get awesome reviews on Zappos, but they are very lightweight, and have good traction on the bottom for those steep mountainous climbs. I also got a cute Brooks top and pair of performance leggings from Brooks to match my shoes! I felt great going up and down the mountain and got in my HIIT and some push-ups too!

I wanted to make sure that I got my new gear quickly and had the opportunity to return – often things online don’t work out for me or don’t fit right. Luckily Zappos has fast and free shipping and a 365 day return policy.

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I was shocked at how reasonably priced my Brooks gear was but how high-quality it was. The shoes were so supportive up and down the rocky terrain, and the clothes kept me dry even though I was sweating.

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Like my outfit? Get this look from Zappos.com!

Hope you guys all liked this post and that you get outside for some fun outdoor workouts!

Love from California,

Shannon

PS – Special thanks to my fiancee Kelvin, who came to work out and enjoy a beautiful day with me! 🙂

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BBG Bay Area / Sweat SF Meetup February

meetuppic-1A lot of people ask what BBG stands for, especially those who are new to the workout or have never heard of it before. And while the workout is intended to stand for “bikini body guide,” I really think it stands for BADASS BABES & GUYS! Because over 100 of us got together, killed our workout, and fostered a great sense of community that only burpees and a whole lot of sweat can bring!

The workout was held again at the beautiful Bay Club gymnasium, and we had so much fun with a circuit workout that included push-ups, burpees, squats, mountain climbers, and a whole lot of fun!

The day’s workout was created by Mickaela Roxas of Plants and Planks, and she took the best of Kayla Itsines’ exercises from her Sweat app, and compiled them into a full body workout. We had a great time working out together!

Special thank you to Women’s Best for sponsoring protein powder, shakers, and goodies (cookies, chocolates, wafers, BCAA’s, protein creme, and  more) for our attendees! They generously provided all of this workout fuel for 100 attendees to keep us motivated and going strong! Their protein powder and BCAA’s are the only supplements I am currently taking, and I would recommend them for everyone! We are so grateful to have them as a sponsor, and I’m so happy that our attendees got to try the products.

Also thank you to Bay Club San Francisco for their generous hospitality. For those of you who haven’t tried out the club and are local to the SF Bay Area, you totally should! It’s currently my gym (I’m a member) – and I would love to work out with you there! Also, you can join our Facebook group here, where you can download a free 3-day pass to try out the gym. The gym amenities are beautiful, including a luxurious locker room, weight room, multiple cardio rooms, as well as yoga and pilates!

Also thank you to Elizabeth Griffin for being our official event photographer! Here are some of the photos from the event! Click here for the full album!

Also thank you to Jeremy Wong of Where’s the Film Productions for the amazing video footage!

If you are interested in being notified of future events, you can head over to http://sweatsf.com/ and sign up for the mailing list!

We hope you all had fun sweating with us!

Peace, love and burpees,

Shannon <3

Yoga Pants – Not Just for Yoga Anymore (Part 2)

About a month ago,  I posted about how yoga pants aren’t just for yoga anymore! I’m one of those people who continues to wear my yoga pants on every occasion. People always say that I look pulled together and fashionable, but little do they know that I’m often wearing the same pair of favorite pants – the competitor tight – from Style Firm Los Angeles! I discovered them while shopping in Bloomingdales in Santa Monica, CA and have been hooked ever since. They do a great job of making my booty look nice and toned!

Take a look at how I styled these leggings 4 ways!

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This is my usual gym look, featuring the competitor tights. I also styled these with one of my favorite sports bras from Lorna Jane (unfortunately it’s not made anymore) and the Style Firm Modern Long Jacket!

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This is my classy party look, and one of my favorite dresses from Anthropologie that is SO versatile that I’ve worn it to company holiday parties, weddings, and even to a nice dinner with my fiancee. I’m wearingthe competitor tights underneath to keep the look pulled together (and because it’s been 30 degrees in California lately)!

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This is my casual everyday look for meeting friends and staying warm. If you can believe it, I got this packable down jacket at Costco of all places for $20. These competitor tights continue to keep me warm! This long jean shirt is from Madewell, and my boots are from Forever 21!

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This is one of my favorite looks for running errands or going to the movies! I’m still wearing my competitor tights to stay pulled together and looking cute, and my sweatshirt is from Serengetee, an awesome company also from Los Angeles who travels the world to source fabric, using the profit from sales to support local artisans and fabric makers from all over the world.

So there you have it! Which one is your favorite look? Happy 2017 everyone!

Sweating Almost Every Day of the Week and Staying Clean too!

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It’s taken me forever to get down a schedule of workout consistency, and it’s a question I get asked about a lot too. It’s mainly because if you’re following the BBG program, you know that there is a workout every other day, and  you’re supposed to do LISS (see definition below) on the off-days in between. So that doesn’t leave a lot of time to do any other workouts if you’re following the program to a T! However, I always crave variety in my life, so I’ve created my own plan which incorporates several other types of workouts in addition to BBG. Here’s a recap of my current schedule, where I can fit in all in without having to be crazy and work out 3x/day!

Since I’ve done both BBG 1 & 2 already, I’m going through all of the BBG 2 workouts a second time, slowly (2 workouts a week) and doing my own workouts the other days! Here’s my current schedule. I even made a video recap for you guys!

  • Sunday – BBG 2. Yesterday, was  week 18 arms. I still struggle with decline push-ups but I’m getting stronger every day, one push-up at a time!
  • Monday – I love making up my own challenges, and most of the videos you see are filmed on a Monday. Some of the things I LOVE are wall mountain climbers, swingset pikes at the park, a swiss ball, or creating variations!
  •  Tuesday – LISS. LISS = Low Intensity Steady State. i.e. slow jogging or walking. On nice days, I get outside. When it’s raining, I walk/jog inside on a treadmill.
  •  Wednesday – I try to incorporate yoga into my fitness routine. It’s helping me to manage stress, improve flexibility, and take it easy from the high intensity of Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
  • Thursday – BBG 2 workout. This Thursday I’ll be doing BBG week 18 abs! I love going through these workouts a second time, because I get a chance to perfect my form and see how I’ve gotten stronger!
  •  FridayLagree megaformer! I love it because the movements are controlled with an emphasis on proper form (and as you know, I’m really into form)!
  •  Saturday – Rest day! It’s my chance to recover, spend time with my fiancee, and catch up on laundry. I mentioned that I was trying out @persilproclean after my favorite fitness bloggers said it was rated #1 for smelly workout clothes by a leading consumer testing publication. I tried it, and it smelled good AND got my clothes super clean! (I got it at target online, where shipping is always free with a redcard. If you want to use the same $2 off coupon that I used, click here – spreading the love!) One tip for washing sports bras is to put them in a mesh lingerie bag to keep them from getting misshapen. Gotta keep my gym clothes looking nice because I hardly own any other clothes! lol

So there you have it, my week! Hope you guys get a chance to slay your workouts, try something new, get outside, or just have fun!

PS – Persil ProClean sponsored this post, but the advice, opinions, and honesty here are 100% my own!

Protein Powder

Protein powder is somewhat new territory for me. When I think of it, I would envision men with muscles drinking protein shakes to get more bulky! But after talking with both male AND female trainers, I learned that it can help me to gain lean muscle mass.

I did a little bit of research into the different types of protein shakes – everything from whey (the most popular) to soy, rice, pea, and even hemp protein. I decided to try the whey protein because in addition to helping to reduce fat and gain muscle mass, it has also been reported to improve the immune system (source: Men’s Health).

And that’s not all. According to Women’s Health, women may benefit even more than men from protein supplements because we don’t always get enough in our every day diet. The average woman consumes 46 grams of protein per day, but the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that athletes consume between 1.2 to 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram body weight per day. For a 140-pound woman, that would be between 76 and 108 grams of protein per day. (Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/protein-powder-guide)

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I decided to try the Designer Whey Protein because it was recommended by a friend as tasting good, and has no added sugars, hormones, or preservatives (this is not an ad or in any way sponsored by the protein powder company). I got both the vanilla (pictured above) and the chocolate (shown in the blender bottle below) and mixed it with  water, and it ended up tasting pretty good! I liked the chocolate slightly better. I’ve been drinking it for the past 3 weeks, and so far so good; I’ve seen some improvement in muscle tone!

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I also tried several different protein powder shaker bottles (I got one for free from GNC, and one from a friend), and ended up getting the Trimr shaker bottle. I found out that a whole bunch of people in my fitness circle love the bottle too because of its sleek yet efficient, spill-proof design and straw (rather than just a big hole at the top that can leak). I’ve chatted with some friends over there, and they’ve graciously offered a 15% discount to all of my readers with the code TRIMRGRAM if you want to try their bottles too! (This is not an ad; I don’t get commission or anything, just want to pass along the savings to you guys)!

What’s your experience with protein shakes? Please share in the comments; would love to hear recommendations from you guys!

 

Are You Dehydrated?

A few years ago, I would get constant headaches and dizziness at random times and couldn’t figure out why. A few visits to the doc, and finally figured out that I was dehydrated! It’s not always easy to remember to drink water, especially for people on the go. Here are some of the things I’ve tried to keep my body hydrated and happy!

  • Wake up in the morning with a glass of water. If you start your morning with a glass of water, you’re already on the right start! I make it a part of my morning routine by drinking my water and also taking my vitamins too.
  • Infuse your water with fruit or veggies. For some people, water can be plain and boring, so infuse it with fresh fruit, cucumbers, or mint leaves. It helps to give your boring ol’ water some extra kick!
  • Drink while you eat. Drinking during your meal will help your digestion, slow down your eating, and keep you hydrated.
  • Eat more fresh fruits and veggies as snacks. Fresh fruits and veggies have more water content than crackers and chips. Plus they’re healthier too! Every little bit of water helps during your day.
  • Have your afternoon tea. I drink a selection of herbal and green teas midday. It’s a great pick-me-up and also helps to get some liquid flowing.

Any other suggestions for ways to keep hydrated? Share them in the comments below!! 🙂

 

Infusing bottle can be found here!

Get Outside!

I grew up in a household without nature. Sure, we had grass in the back yard and trees on our neighborhood block like most kids in the suburbs. And I remember that some of my classmates would spend their summer vacations going camping. My mom’s famous line was “I hate nature” and glamping was not yet a thing! Thus, my summer vacations were spent going to Disneyland and or short trips to Carmel in nice hotels.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining at all about our annual trips to Disneyland (a kid’s dream, for sure!), but it took me into adulthood to discover nature, and I wish that I had sooner. There’s something so relaxing about being away from buildings everywhere and getting a chance to just be one with yourself. Not to mention that hiking is great exercise!

And science backs it up too: A study proved that people who lived within 1 kilometer of a park or a wooded area experienced less anxiety and depression than those who lived farther away from green space. Here are some tips on getting outside for busy people!

  • Get a regular hiking buddy. For many people, it’s hard to motivate yourself, but having a regular partner to hike with can help you stay committed and look forward to spending time with them. You can push each other to try more challenging hikes.
  •  Plan in advance. If you schedule your hikes ahead of time and write it down on your calendar, you’re more likely to stay committed. If you plan in advance, it could also be something to look forward to during the day or on the weekends.
  •  Pack your gear ahead of time. If you have everything ready to go, it will seem like less of a burden to actually get out there. Have your backpack, gear, and water ready to go the day before.
  •  Get a hiking group together. You’ll be more likely to go if you make it a fun social activity! It’s great to find like-minded people with similar interests. They might introduce you to some new spots and vice-versa and it’s a great opportunity to explore together!

 

Hope this post inspires you to get outside! 🙂

Wearing: Dona Jo Fitwear https://www.donajofitwear.com/

Work Out With Me!

I was following the Kayla Itsines BBG Guide 1.0 and then finished all of the weeks! I am planning to start 2.0 next year, but in the meantime the great thing about her guide is that it gives you the tools to create your own workouts based on what area of the body you are looking to target!

Here is a workout that I put together and tried myself. It was great! Try it with me!

Time yourself and do each circuit twice for 7 minutes. You do Circuit 1 (7 minutes), then rest. Then do Circuit 2 (7 minutes) and rest again for a few minutes. Then repeat circuits 1 and 2 for a total of 28 minutes of workouts + a few minutes in between for rest!

Circuit 1

15 burpees

15 decline push-ups

40 x-hops

10 medicine ball smashes

 

Circuit 2

40 side taps

25 regular pushups

20 tricep dips

1 plank for 1 minute

August 23 – First Ever BBG Meetup – San Francisco!

BBG Meetup in San Francisco-6502August 23 was an epic day in San Francisco because we all had a blast at the first ever BBG Meetup hosted by Katrina England, Mickey Roxas, and I at Crissy Field! The day began with registration and networking, and we all shared laughs and made brand new friends that share the same interests!

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[Shannon checks in people on the registration list]

We then all had an intense workout session led by fitness babe Katrina England. Our workout wouldn’t have been complete with burpees, jump squats, jump lunges, mountain climbers, and more. The workout left us feeling exhilarated yet great!

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[Katrina demonstrates burpees]

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[lay-down push ups]

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[straight-leg jackknives]

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After that, we all sat in a circle and talked about our experiences with the BBG program. We talked about everything from knee injuries to what to do on LISS days to how to work your way into doing push-ups!

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We handed out bags that were screen-printed by Mickey Roxas with KAYLAS ARMY on them! The bags included a charm bracelet that I made for the girls, a healthy snack bar, coupons from Project Juice, an awesome cold-pressed juice shop in the city, and some cream that helps with injuries. We even gave away raffle prizes to a few lucky girls!

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Everyone had a great time. The biggest takeaway was the camaraderie and friendships that came out of this day.

We are really looking to the next event and hope you can join us! Please stay tuned for announcements of the next meetup.

Peace and love,

Shannon