Be A *ucking Super Star!

A few years ago, my friend bought me Danielle LaPorte’s #TruthBomb deck. It’s a collection of awesome little cards that fit perfectly in a note or sit snuggly on top of a desk – doses of inspiration + awesome reminders. I got to thinking about how we can best support each other + how we are stronger together. 

For those of you who know me, community is everything. I strongly believe in the power of community + supporting each other. It means showing up. It means taking a risk on someone who might be starting out. It means helping others who need it. It means trying to include everyone. It means making connections, building bridges + forging new paths.

I love giving #TruthBomb cards to my friends! We all need reminders that we can rock life – that we already have the innate ability to tackle challenges. We just need the courage + the belief to take the steps to move forward.

Who can you reach out to today to remind them how amazing they are? Tell them you notice how much they care, how hard they try + how they are crushing life. Sometimes you need a phenomenal humas to remind you to “Be A *ucking Super Star!” – you know?

 

 

YOU VS. YOU

I often reflect on obstacles that hold us back from what we really want. Our goals, aspirations + dreams. How do we make the magic happen? Sure, there are outside realities that need to be considered — but it really comes down to YOU vs. YOU. 

I don’t know about you, but I have frequent conversations with myself.  I try to rationalize, analyze + figure out the game plan of my business + life. This self-talk can often hold us back from what we’re really looking to achieve.

Here are a few my internal narratives + how I choose to move forward—

  1. What if I fail? There's always the fear of failure. Always. It really doesn't go away. What fuels me is the feeling of regret. How I will feel if I DO NOT take the chance / new opportunity / risk. I make an active choice to push past the resistance - which isn't easy.
  2. Is this what I "should" be doing? Oh man, this one is a doozy. "Should" held me back for a long time. I still trip over it from time to time + what a deep practice it is to push through the "should". I try to sit with my decisions + listen what my gut is telling me. Usually, I can tell pretty quickly if something is the best fit for me.
  3. What will people think? At the end of the day, you're the one living your life. You're in the driver's seat. My dad once told me, "when you close the door at night, you're the one that has to live with your decisions" -- and that is so damn true. Only YOU have the power to choose how to live your life. Surround yourself with people who celebrate you!

YOU VS. YOU is a dance. I encourage you to talk with your friends + family about what you feel is holding you back. When we bottle up our feelings + emotions, we can start to feel pretty isolated. In our super connected world, our vulnerability can truly help each other -- and ourselves. 

 

International Women's Day - Playlists!

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Tune into these playlists -- featuring rockstar female singers + songwriters! Cheers to strength + empowering women all over the world today, and everyday!

Here's my playlist for my TRX/Pilates 30/30 class.

Here's my playlist for my Pilates class.

Here's my playlist of everything that I couldn't fit into 2 hours of classes - hint, there's A LOT of goodness!

What / Who are your favorites? Did I miss anything? Comment below!

Take the Risk.

Chi Chi Life celebrated 3 years last month. GIDDYUP! And over these years, I’ve taken many risks. Some have worked out. Some flopped.  I firmly believe in the power of taking risks – that leap of faith. You know, when your heart starts to beat faster – and you start to doubt your decision. This is why I think it’s all worth it.

1)   You grow. If you didn’t take a chance, you wouldn’t have the chance to grow. I never feel like any new risk or leap of faith is a waste. I use it as a building block to my next challenge.

2)   You learn. Each experience teaches me valuable lessons. Sometimes the nuggets of wisdom are more obvious than others. Nonetheless, I approach each phase of my business (+ life!) with an open mind + heart.

3)   You ignite change. When you take risks – it can be infectious. One of my hopes with Chi Chi Life is to inspire others to live their best lives. Life is tough – and when we can be vulnerable + share, I believe we can help each other.

What was the last risk you took? How’d it work out?

Less But Better.

I’m in the depths of reading a pretty life-changing book called Essentialism by Greg McKeown. It’s all about the philosophy of “less but better”. Which goes against the grain a bit. We think we can do it all. We’re pretty conditioned to think more is better. More clients. More events. More classes. More money. This will all lead to more success. More of nearly anything will make us the happiest, right? After reading even the first few chapters, I realize I’ve been sorely mistaken.

There are 4 clear parts to this book.

  • Part 1: Essence, what is the core mid-set of an essentialist?
    • To kick off, the author talks through the power of choice, the unimportance of practically everything + examining trade-offs.
  • Part 2: Explore, how can we discern the trivial many from the vital few?
    • Now we’re in it. McKeown discusses the perks of being unavailable, assessing what really matters, the importance of play + sleep and finally, the power of extreme criteria.
  • Part 3: Eliminate, how can we cut out the trivial many?
    • We then cull through the non-essentials. The author shares the power of clarity + a graceful “no”. He goes on to highlight the benefits of uncommitting + setting boundaries.
  • Part 4: Execute, how can we make doing the vital few things almost effortless?
    • Here’s the time to take action. McKeown talks about removing obstacles, the power of small wins + the genius of routine. Focusing on what’s important now is vital.

Overall, the takeaway is that Essentialism is a lifestyle – and it takes work and oodles of mindful choices to sustain the philosophy. But here’s the good news – there are loads of benefits including improved clarity + added joy in the journey of LIFE!

This is going to be a big theme for me + Chi Chi Life as I ease into 2018. What are your intentions / goals / hopes / dreams for 2018? I can't wait to hear!

Build Community

One of my favorite parts of teaching is building community. I truly adore meeting new people – I revel in their stories, I love to hear what everyone is up to + what lights their soul on fire! Since nearly the beginning, I’ve been involved with Cycle for Survival – either as an employee at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or as a participant. In 2018, I’m leading another rockstar Chi Chi Life team. Here are my top 3 reasons why I’d love you to join my team.

1)   You’ll have a blast, belly laugh, + sweat oodles!

2)   You’ll raise funds for life-saving research at MSKCC – a place where many clinical trials are developed + then used around the world.

3)   You’ll rock out on a spin bike with ~100 new friends!

Email me lauren@chichilifenyc.com if you’re interested in learning more! :)

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The Science of Healthy Living

Super fun to be featured by Elysium Health on this beautiful infographic -- talking about the metabolism and the science of healthy living.

The graphic focuses on the small things that we can do daily that result in a longterm gain. While my specific tip focuses on the importance of always having a healthy snack on hand (you never know when hunger will strike!), I have a couple other tips for you --

  • FIND WHAT EXCITES YOU! First, you have to find what excites you! You’ll be more inclined to exercise if you find a method that you’re super jazzed about. Studios / gyms often have intro rates if you’re looking to try out classes. There are oodles of choices: Barre, Pilates, Running, Yoga, Zumba, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Kickboxing, TRX, Spinning and more.
  • CREATE A SCHEDULE! Once you find your workout of choice, create a schedule. Every Sunday night, plan your workouts to hold yourself accountable and keep consistency. If you’re taking a group class, ask a friend if they’d like to join you because we’re always #bettertogther.

Now that you're on track to a healthy and happy life, it can be helpful to take some time to learn about how your body works. Why does your body react a certain way to different workouts? What can you do to improve your recovery? In addition to offering up personal tips, the graphic below also examines some of these questions on a cellular level and is a great place to start reading up. If you're in the mood to explore further, head over to this page to learn more about cellular health and things like metabolism, NAD+, and aging.

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Do you Dare to Bare?

Yesterday, I soaked in the sunshine + rode in celebration of self-love. Movemeant Foundation’s Dare to Bare is truly epic. This was my 3rd year participating in the event + it gets more energizing each year. Read my top 3 moments.

1)   Witnessing community. No matter what, we are stronger together. When we join forces, it’s pretty mind-blowing what we can accomplish. Strangers high-fiving, holding hands as we rode + big hugs. If you have an idea, tell a supportive person in your life! They can hold you accountable + journey with you as you walk towards your dreams.

2)   Feeling the body-positive vibes. There were humans all shapes, sizes, colors rockin’ + rollin’ + sweatin’ in just a sports bra. Not long ago, I was completely bald + fighting for my life. I adored my hair + losing it made me feel like an alien. Aside from fighting for my life, I didn’t feel beautiful. Yesterday was amazing, because I felt the positive vibes, the sweat from hard work + no one gave up.

3)   Giving Movemeant founder, Jenny Gaither, a big squeeze! This badass truly energizes all humans that she comes in contact with – spreading her message + sunshine from coast to coast (she used to teach at SoulCyle NYC but moved out to SF a few years ago). Jenny embodies what it means to turn thoughts into action. She’s created a dynamic movement (pun intended!?) with Movemeant. The mission provides scholarships to disadvantaged youth + runs body positive programs in schools.

If you’re still interested in donating to my ride, I'd love your support. Thanks for reading + don’t forget, give yourself a big SQUEEZE today!

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You Can’t Do It All.

I say this to myself + others all the time but for the past 6 months, I haven’t really been abiding by this sage advice. I want to do it all. Plain + simple. I want to help everyone, be supportive to everyone + soak in the magic of life (i.e. show up for celebrations, mail birthday cards, send good luck reminder texts, connect with new students, go to concerts, visit people in the hospital, hold everyone’s babies, meet with fellow cancer thrivers + more). I want to scoop up every opportunity to be successful in my business – both with experiences + financially.  Since starting Chi Chi Life in January 2015, time management has always been an issue. And I’m finally learning it’s not possible to do it all. Here are my struggles + how I plan to get back on track.

Exercise.

Issue: Many days, I teach anywhere from 3 hours to 6 hours. I’m leading rockstars in the studios at exhale + Flex Studios, I train people one-on-one + I guide employees in a corporate environment to move + groove. Lately, I haven’t been able to exercise very much at all. Instead of my 1-2 rest days/week, it’s more like I am exercising 1-2 days/week. It’s not good for my body + mind + I’ve been super down about it.

Solution: Reduce my hours of teaching + carve out more time to ensure I am getting some sort of exercise in. Find creative solutions to squeeze in movement – maybe it’s a quick run to /from one of my appointments.

Nutrition.

Issue: I’ve been pretty lax with my diet this summer. I haven’t made the best choices consistently + I rationalized them (the worst!). There’s been a good amount of ice cream, candy + other treats – and in turn weight gain. I haven’t been planning my meals + often find myself grabbing something quick or just not eating all that much – which leaves me depleted + with low energy to navigate my days.

Solution: Food is fuel. Dedicate time to shop on the same day each week + plan (most) meals so I have yummy, healthy food easily accessible to me + Russ.

Stress.

Issue: Simply put, I am overwhelmed with my current commitments so much that I do not feel like I am nailing any of them. I feel like I can’t get ahead. Though I am never unprepared, I find myself scrambling to get organized before next appointment.

Solution: Take an assessment of how I spent my time + energy. See what commitments excite me + remove those that don’t. Build in more prep time into my days to avoid the scramble.

=== The Takeaway: Life is certainly not easy but I believe in supporting each other through shared experiences. What have you been struggling with lately? Comment here + let’s help each other!

With heart,

Lauren

Learn Always.

 Sunrise Volcano Climb: Mt. Batur - Bali, Indonesia

Sunrise Volcano Climb: Mt. Batur - Bali, Indonesia

Last month, I squeezed the JUICE out of LIFE exploring Asia for 2+ weeks. When I sent an email inquiry to Karen at Sharing Bali, we both took a leap of faith. I dreamt of visiting Bali since I was 16 + I was ready to make visiting a reality - in the form of Heart, Soul + Barre: an adventure, culture + fitness retreat. On June 29, seven of us boarded a plane to discover the tiny village of Singaprang to experience "simple luxury" at this magical place! There are truly no words to describe our week together but I'll try my best by sharing my top 9 lessons.

  1. Welcome Others. Upon arrival into the tiny 95-family village of Singaprang, we were instantly accepted + immersed in village life. We moved right into our beautiful bungalows with the sounds of nature serenading us to sleep every night. The bungalows were designed + crafted by Karen's partner, Wayan.
  2. Live Close to the Moment. Though we had a schedule, Karen shared that that the planning for our Community Day wasn't really possible until a few days before. Imagine how the event planner in me felt - lol. But that's just how it works in their small village - Bali time!
  3. Keep Your Faith. Hinduism is the main religion + the homes are actually family compounds with temples - the cultural nuances showed me that there are so many ways to live this beautiful life.
  4. Teach + Learn. We were super fortunate to have local guides who were genuinely energized to teach us + laugh with us. I'm a life-long learner who is a forever sponge, soaking up all the new knowledge.
  5. Smile + Laugh. During our visit to a family compound, our guide spoke about how the Balinese are always smiling because they believe it spreads good karma. And I completely agree. When our group rafted on the river, we had deep belly laughs as we jumped up + down underneath the strength of the cascading water. Felt so alive!
  6. Build Community. I had the beautiful honor of leading a Strength + Stretch class to 75 women who work in the fields. To my surprise, it actually didn't matter that our languages were different, we connected through movement + laughter -- many of the women hadn't ever tried / seen the exercises + stretches!
  7. Eat Clean. Every single one of our meals were prepared with care + heart from in-season, local ingredients - mostly rice, fruits, veggies + nuts. The dragonfruit juice, corn fritters + coconut sambla were standouts.
  8. Think Creatively. We had an outdoor bamboo gym so I wanted to make the workouts super fun! Some classes included a Partner Coconut Toss, Coconut Burpees, Balance Beam Tricep Dips + Bamboo Rings = TRX goodness!
  9. Disconnect. There was no wifi at Sharing Bali, which I decided to carry into most of our time at Vietnam. It felt really good to revel in the present moment.

Keep learning - it's one of the main ways we can stay connected + shine bright together.

DREAM IT + DO IT

As you read this, I am in the midst of leading my first-ever fitness + adventure retreat – Heart, Soul + Barre in Indonesia at Sharing Bali. It feels surreal. I saw a travel show when I was 16, I’ve dreamt about traveling to this amazing island ever since. Here’s how this all came to be.

In September 2015, I stumbled across Sharing Bali on social media. Someone was leading a “Bali Barre” retreat. How fun, I thought! I’d love to do something similar. A bit of doubt started to creep in. I hadn’t been teaching very long, I had never done something like this + I had never been to Asia. Let alone, caravan a group sheer across the world.

I signed up for Karen’s newsletter + about 6 months later these same pieces of doubt were what encouraged me to write to Karen, the owner of Sharing Bali. Here’s an excerpt of her email back to me:

Wow you are one very inspiring lady, Lauren.

First off, my apologies for taking so long to reply, but as I live in a small village my internet power is somewhat intermittent and I wanted to wait until I could open all of your links and take the time to fully understand this amazing life you are living. I will confess that I still haven't been able to open all links as I haven't been into the town for a few days and it happens to be a period of woeful internet connectivity right now. But reading your email gives me a great start. Thank you.

Karen’s email went on to talk about how she partners with trainers/coaches/leaders to co-create each retreat. One of my favorite things about my first interaction with Karen was that she’s authentic. I loved how she immediately painted a picture of how her life is in Bali + how curious she was to learn about mine.

We continued over email, then Skype + countless more emails until Heart, Soul + Barre was created! What makes my heart so happy is that we were able to craft a stretch of days that combine fitness, adventure, culture + community service. A portion of the retreat fee is supporting the Bumi Sehat Foundation International – their mission is to reduce maternal + child morbidity + mortality + to support the health + wise development of communities.*

Giving back is ingrained in all that I do + I was overjoyed that Karen was so receptive to the idea.  She wrote: My first thought is that we could set up a Retreat that supports your fund raising efforts. This would give the retreat even more purpose.

More purpose. Exactly! Even though Karen + I had only one email exchange, I knew we were going to create something magical.  Karen understood; she took the time to read through my email carefully + responded with thought + a lot of heart. NEAT FACT! We are the first group of Americans traveling to this property!

There’s a group of 7 of us here + I can wait to see where this next week takes us. I am already in love as I listen to the birds + the waves sitting outside of my bungalow on the beach in Legian. 

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*Toward this goal, Bumi Sehat provides general health services, emergency care, prenatal, postpartum + birth services + breastfeeding support; in addition, healthcare + youth education, environmental + disaster relief programs. If you're interested in learning more about Bumi Sehat's mission + donating, visit their website.

 

Find Balance.

Finding balance is a constant dance. I’ve finally admitted to myself that I have been working too much lately. It’s difficult for me create boundaries. I love to do so many things within my business + I truly struggle with how to divide my time, energy + efforts. That said, I am energized to share a few helpful tactics I’ve used recently.

1)   PRIORITIZE. I’ve written down my 4 core values / goals + I try to align all of my efforts to match these values / goals. No matter what, there will never be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I’d like. I’ve learned to say “no” to opportunities that do not align with my values / goals.

2)   FEEL. I ask myself how do I feel while I am in the midst of preparing or doing the task at hand. If I have an anxiety pit in my stomach, I notice that feeling + try to investigate the why. I am trying to direct my efforts to endeavors that feel super energizing + uplifting.

3)   PAUSE. Instead of immediately saying “YES!!” to a new, exciting opportunity, I try to take a few hours to reflect. I look at my schedule + current bandwidth holistically in order to decide if the time is right.

I hope these tips are useful for you. Keep on shining! Create the magic that you were destined to create – we are all waiting!

XOXO

Lauren

PS, you might like this NYT article on Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones.

Just Breathe.

If you come to class, you know I often ask, “Are we breathing?” In exercise + in life, sometimes we can simply forget to breathe. I manage my anxiety to the best of my ability with my breath. Over the past few years, I’ve been curious about meditation. Sit still? Ugh. Not me. I still struggle with it but here are a few ideas of how to get started with conscious breathing.

1)   Listen to Guided Meditations.

a.     Kayleigh Pleas. My dear friend, yoga/barre/meditation teacher, positive psychology + nutrition coach + overall dreamy human (…PHEW!)…has amazing meditation recordings on her website. They range from 5 to 20 minutes with themes including: loving-kindness, compassionate visitor, willpower pause + gratitude practice.

b.     Headspace. This meditation app / website is a subscription based model that gain you access to a variety of meditations. Headspace offers a free 10-day trial.  The idea is to “Take 10” – take 10 minutes to meditate each day for 10 days.

2)   Attend a meditation class.  Here in NYC there’s a studio specifically dedicated to meditation called MNDFL with an array of meditation methods – for all levels. MNDFL has an intro offer of $75 for one month of unlimited sessions. There are three locations: UES, Greenwich Village + Williamsburg. Check your local yoga studio - often times meditation classes are offered!

3)   The 4-7-8 Breath.  I use this one often to manage anxiety + help me fall asleep. This method is super effective + I highly recommend it. Here’s the dealio: Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight. More here from Dr. Andrew Weil.

Science shows that meditation + conscious breathing helps to improve focus, sleep, eating patterns while also reducing stress and worries. Yes please!

Try a few approaches from above -- I’d love to hear about your breath adventures!

With heart,

Lauren

Show Up.

I’ve always loved being on a team. The camaraderie, collaboration, the common goal – working together to make magic happen. Two heads are better than one. Since joining the fitness world, one of my favorite aspects is the teamwork + the willingness to help each other out. In difficult times + in exciting times, I often wonder if people understand the sheer magnificence of showing up. Life isn’t easy + showing up for one another is so vital to surviving this rollercoaster. Here’s why.

1)   When you show up for someone, that person feels SUPPORTED. I recently had my audition class for Pilates at FLEX Studios, and nearly all of my fellow trainees showed up. Even if I messed up, I knew I had an entire cheerleading squad on my side ready to lift me up. By simply showing up, you’ve expressed you care + are rooting for that human.

2)   When you show up for someone, that person feels LOVED. When I was in the midst of my 6-week stay at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, my sister organized a blood drive – dozens of family, friends + even friends of friends showed up in Manhattan to donate blood + platelets for me. Because people disrupted their schedule + carved out time to trek to MSKCC, I knew I was deeply loved.

3)   When you show up for someone, that person feels VALUED. Everyone has different passions + interests. Since working within the fitness space, I’ve met so many incredible creative, talented performing artists – singing, dancing, acting – you name it. Even if I’m not intrinsically SUPER into what the person is up to, I stay curious. I show up to their shows / performances – their passion for their purpose in life is so contagious + inspiring. My hope by showing up is to let them know that their craft is valued.

I invite you to: Stay curious. Show up. For Support. For Love. For Value. Keep on shining your light bright so that others may shine on right next to you – together as a team.

Seek Inspiration

It goes without saying that the past several weeks have been rocky.  My heart is heavy to see the divide that is happening (no matter what side you’re on). In times of challenge, I devour inspirational passages + words. I have 3 favorite humans that instantly lift my spirits (aside from my love snuggled next to me in this New Zealand honeymoon pic!). Read more.

1)   Ralph Marston: If you’ve ever taken class with me or I’ve taught you in a private session or corporate wellness class, you know I adore Ralph’s The Daily Motivator. He has a special knack for saying the right thing at the right time. The topics are fairly broad but each nugget of wisdom nestled within can be applied to so many aspects of our lives, regardless of what we have going on. Read a classic here.

2)   Molly Hahn: Molly is an artist that sends daily “Buddha Doodles” sketches, often with inspirational quotes baked within. She’s extremely talented + nearly every day her messages resonate with me. I adore this one.

3)   Alexandra Franzen: This professional writer’s spirit literally leaps off the page with each word she writes. You feel like she’s sitting on your couch + talking with you as a dear friend would. She touches on so many life moments + challenges + ALWAYS KEEPS IT REAL. A straight-to-the-heart article here.

I feel like even the air feels heavy. However, I ask that you try to support one another; I am confident we can rise together + brighten our world together as a team. Every. Damn. Day.

"The time is always right to do what is right." —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take Action

I give my whole heart + soul into everything I do. I’ve been asked – how do you get all of these different opportunities? The truth is, I take small steps every day. I recall my dad saying something along the lines of “you have to throw a lot of sh*t up against the wall + something will eventually stick.” And that’s exactly what I do. Every day, I wake up unemployed. I take 5 action points each day toward my ultimate goals (which can often change!). Here’s how.

1) Seek. I am always reading up on what’s going on in the industry – events, fundraising + fitness. I specifically search for potential opportunities that excite me + that I’d like to be a part of.  I think, Why not me?  All of my outreach comes from an authentic place. If I truly want to make something happen, I stay patient + understand it can time to build relationships + make awesome things happen.

2) Share. I adore sharing my knowledge. I am a life-long learner + now feel so privileged to be a teacher.  Whether I am in the studio teaching class or training someone 1:1, I try to educate the people I am working with. It’s so important to know the WHY behind what we’re doing + I try my best to inform my rockstar students.  When you are open + share information, most people tend to feel comfortable enough to share back + POOF – there’s a beautiful connection!

3) Be Passionate. I literally light up when I am talking about the projects I’m working on or classes I am teaching.  When you do what sets your soul on fire, people can see that + often want to be a part of whatever you’re up to!

4) Stay Consistent + Fail.

I put coals in the fire every day. Sometimes it’s cold outreach, trying a new class, going to an event or chatting up a stranger. I stay consistent with my efforts in gathering more knowledge + connecting with others.

In terms of failure, I always like to think – what’s the worst that can happen. Someone says “no”? Meh. That’s ok! Remember that Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team + there are LOADS of opportunities out there.  Regardless, you want to ensure you have a good match on both ends.  Sara Blakely,  CEO + founder of SPANX, has a brilliant take on failure.  Watch here.

5) Connect + Follow Up.

I deliver Chi Chi Pulse within the first few days of the month – no matter what.  As I pour hours into thoughtfully crafting the newsletter, I am going to be honest here– I’ve paused + thought, does anyone actually care?  But then I hear feedback from people who devour each section -- and this makes my heart happy! This goes back to #2 - Share. 

When I meet someone new, I like to find a common ground + a reason for me to get their email to stay in touch.  I send a note within less than 24 hours – sometimes connections are formed, others I never hear from the person again!

So, my friends, I encourage you to TAKE ACTION. We have this one beautiful life, let’s live it to its fullest -- each moment, each day, each week, month + year. Cheers to a magical year filled with love, laughter, adventure and, of course, ACTION. 

Gather The Energy

In class I’ll often say, “gather the energy from your neighbor”.  We step into each day with varied levels of energy + that’s totally cool. Why? Because it’s real. I often get asked, do you workout every day? Do you always have this much energy? 

The answer is NOPE.

It’s true that I do lead a scheduled life but I need to if I want to maximize my time in the most effective + efficient way.   That said, I firmly believe in rest days – at least 1-2 days per week. Everyone’s body is different so you need to find the right balance of pushing yourself + resting your body so your muscles can recover. I also don’t always have energizer bunny-like energy.  Sleep is super important to me so I do my best to keep an early bedtime which marries well with my early mornings.  There are days that I need to shift a few appointments / meetings around because I simply don’t have the energy to make them all.

The amazing thing about “energy” is that it is quite contagious. Which brings me back to my opening line, “gather the energy from your neighbor”. I adore group exercise classes because you have the opportunity to inspire each other. When you feel like you cannot continue, you do – because you have another rockstar next to you, laying it all out on the line. 

After teaching a class, I often leaving with MORE energy than I left because I had the beautiful privilege of soaking in my student’s drive + determination. So, I encourage you to share your energy.  When you are bursting with it, find someone who may need a bit of a refill.  When you’re depleted, reach out to those who you can count on to give you a boost. 

You make the world go ‘round my friends, let’s make this world shine bright!

Holiday Gift: Private Class Experience for 4 Rockstars!

Rally your pals for a 60-minute in-home Sweat Sesh with NYC-based Barre, Pilates, HIIT, TRX teacher, Lauren Chiarello of Chi Chi Life NYC. This gift makes a super fun mindful movement experience for any fitness lover!  Class will be tailored to the students interests / needs.

PRICE: $400*

*20% off using WE Rule Dreamers // Doers code. Must be located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Jersey City or Hoboken. Must be redeemed by December 31, 2017.