MIMM: A Summer-like Weekend in September

by Maria on September 29, 2015

It’s been a while (I’m being generous), so let’s catch up with a Healthy Diva link up for Marvelous Monday!

I ran my first 1/2 marathon! For those of you following me on Instagram, where I’m still active, you may have seen my training posts. The Cape Cod Zooma Run was a success and I came in 3 minutes under my 2 hour goal!

Cape Cod Zuma Run
I’ll be recapping the full 1/2 marathon experience in a series of posts. Promise. Pinky swear.

Naturally, after running 13.1 miles, there’s nothing better than FOOD! I had a protein shake and banana after the run so I was more than eager to make a pit stop in Mystic (my favorite New England town) for lunch. I read great things about Red 36, so I made my way over and it was perfect! The shrimp, asparagus and feta flat-bread totally hit the spot, as did the Fisher’s Island hard Lemonade. YUM!

Red 36 Flatbread pizza

Red 36, Mystic
The view wasn’t bad either.

Mystic, CT
After lunch, I made another pit stop at a coworker’s birthday BBQ! It was nice to see coworkers outside of work, despite not staying too long, it was a great afternoon! And I may have had another slice of pizza.

And finally, I swung by my brother’s house for pit stop #3, to see my nephews. My nephew, Luca was very eager to show off all the Halloween decor in the house, as well as his ATV skills. He may only be 4, but he’s got a personality 10 times his age!

Since there were no food rules post run, dessert came before dinner. While I really wanted pumpkin fro-yo, Red Mango was not on board with that. Instead, I indulged in chocolate “gelato,” cookies and cream and plain old reliable vanilla with my favorite toppings. Always rainbow sprinkles. Always.

Red Mango froyo
But don’t worry, I had plenty of veggies to make up for the rest of the day, under my Trader Joe’s chicken burger with almond cheese.

Chicken burger and veggies
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than on the beach? We hosted a free Pop Up Pure Barre class at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. It was a great success and we’re certain everyone had a blast!

Pure Barre Fairfield Jennings Beach
And to finish it off, is there anything more marvelous than a supermoon lunar eclipse? Definitely not. If you have social media, you’ve likely been overwhelmed with the images and unfortunately my attempts were not fruitful.

I’m feeling more than marvelous after this weekend and am looking forward on sharing my half marathon posts!

What was marvelous in your weekend?

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What happens when the girls of Pure Barre head to OrangeTheory for a workout?


We dominate our v-ups.

OrangeTheory Fitness Fairfield
A little over a week ago, my fellow Pure Barre instructors and I went down to the road to OrangeTheory Fairfield. I have heard such great things about the studio and waited far too long to venture over. If you are not familiar with OrangeTheory, their model is based on 3 components: indoor rowing, treadmill training and weight training, all in a group training setting.There is no open gym, it is all class based with specifically designed workouts that change each day.

Since this was a special private session for just us girls, it gave us a great opportunity to ask as many questions before class started. Instructor, Ashley and studio manager, Jon were more than helpful in answering all of them (bless them). While we chatted and got rid of our nervous energy, we were supplied with heart rate monitors to strap across our upper bodies. Once we were all set, it was time get things started!

OrangeTheory Fitness Fairfield - Heart Rate Monitor
Since we were outfitted with those nifty heart rate monitors, we could check out our heart rate throughout the duration of class.

OrangeTheory Fitness Fairfield monitor
While each workout is unique, the format is generally the same. Class is broken into 2 parts: cardio and strength training. The members are often in separate groups, but since there were just a handful of us, we all started with cardio. In this particular class, we spent 25-30 minutes strictly on the treadmill. Word is that the rower is typically used in addition to the treadmill. Ashley called out various changes for a great HIIT cardio burn. Since this workout is tailored to any workout level, you can choose to power walk, jog or run during this period. The bursts of intensity and sprints depend upon each individual’s level.

OrangeTheory Fitness Studio
After cardio, it was time for my favorite – strength training! We headed over to a separate section of the studio where each individual station included a step, a variety of dumbbells and a TRX suspension band. We used the TRX for pushups and superset with alternating plank push-ups. Killer way to start! Our next superset (my favorite) were dumbbell thrusters and weighted burpees FTW. We finished with abs and I’m not trying to toot any horns (but I am), our v-ups were superb, as were our back extensions. Ah, the power of Pure Barre!

We finished with an amazing stretch using the foam roller. This was greatly appreciated after an intense non-stop workout. I don’t stretch nearly enough so to include it as part of class is an added benefit.

The girls and I all saw our results on the screen and I was pretty surprised to see most of my time was spent in the fat burning zone. We also received a follow up email with our results, which is very convenient to save to track improvements over time.

 Pure Barre ladies at OrangeTheory Fitness Fairfield
Similar to Pure Barre, each class is unique and challenging. You never know what to expect until you get there and get moving! OrangeTheory is great for those that prefer group fitness classes and are looking to improve their endurance and strength. You may also want to consider adding Pure Barre to your workout plan in addition to OrangeTheory. The combination of these two workouts will help build endurance, strength and flexibility! Classes are offered throughout the day, including early morning and later evening classes to accommodate all of our hectic schedules. You can view the full schedule and learn more about OrangeTheory Fairfield here. I should also mention your first class is FREE, so get on it!

OrangeTheory Fairfield is located at 525 Tunxis Hill Cut-Off, in the same plaza as Chips, perfect for that post workout fuel. :)

Have you tried OrangeTheory? 

Are you a fan of group fitness classes?

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