Foam Rolling Routine

Are You Skipping This Important Part of Your Workout?

Hands up if you feel like your muscles get super tight in winter? Mine are raised oh so high. My body definitely prefers warmer weather (cue all the non-Californian readers rolling their eyes haha). It's really important to combat muscle stiffness caused by weather, intense training, and sedentary jobs to reduce your risk of injury. I came across an awesome foam rolling routine a couple weeks ago and asked the author, Cole, if I could share it! He agreed and was so excited he offered to write a post to go along with it for my readers. Without further ado, enjoy! Hello Life in Spandex readers! My name is Cole Matthews, I’m a fitness trainer from Southern California and I'm excited to talk

Day 7 Stretch Yoga Routine

12 Days of Fitness Challenge – Day 7: Silent Night Stretch Routine

You've made it through the first half of the challenge and you deserve, scratch that, NEED a rest day. Today, I want you to let your body rest and recover with a rejuvenating stretch routine. Pull out your yoga mat, some relaxing tunes, maybe even light a couple of holiday candles, and give your muscles the TLC they deserve. It's Meal Prep Day! I always prep my meals on Saturday or Sundays to make sure I'm fueling properly throughout my busy workweek. Take a couple hours to prepare some lean protein and whole grains, chop some fresh fruit, cook some vegetables, hard boil some eggs, and prepare healthy snacks for on-the-go. You can find more meal prep tips in this

Day 7 Stretch Yoga Routine

12 Days of Fitness Challenge – Day 7: Silent Night Stretch Routine

You've made it through the first half of the challenge! You're frickin' Wonder Woman. Today, I want you to let your body rest and recover with a rejuvenating stretch routine. Pull out your yoga mat, some relaxing tunes, maybe even light a couple of holiday candles, and give your muscles the TLC they deserve. Have you heard?! I AM UPPING THE PRIZE ANTE! The winner and runner up of the 12 Days of Fitness Challenge will now also receive FREE meals from Sun Basket! Sun Basket is a new healthy meal kit service that delivers organic ingredients and easy, delicious recipes for cooking at home. Each week, their chef develops an array of quick, healthy recipes to choose from, including Paleo, Gluten-free

Barre Circuit Workout

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of barre workouts. There's a million studios popping up all over the place and people are hooked. I would know because I'm a barre instructor in Carmel, CA! I fell in love with barre workouts a few years ago. The energy of the classes, use of the ballet barre, and fun music brought me back to my dancing days. It was only natural for me to become an instructor! Barre is a combination of Pilates, Yoga, and dance conditioning that sculpts and tightens your guns, buns, thighs, and core. Don't be fooled by its low-impact, mainly isometric exercises (which consists of holding poses with isolated muscle fine toning movements). You can expect to