Workout: lulu Winter Bootcamp

B&B was back at lululemon for our favorite bootcamp class last week! We are sharing our Saturday AM workout so you can sweat it out at home or with a friend! This workout is sure to get your legs working, heart pumping and abs burning. And of course, what would our workouts be without plenty of burpees?! We can’t wait for you to join us at our next workout ❤


All you need is a timer, a mat, and water! There are 3 exercises in every round followed by 30 seconds of rest. Perform all 3 exercises back to back for 30 seconds each then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat each round 3 times before moving on to the next!

Round 1

  • Squats
  • Squat hold
  • Reverse lunge to single leg hop

Round 2

  • Inchworm + push-up
  • Plank
  • Mountain Climbers

Round 3

  • Single Leg RDL (right side)
  • Single Leg RDL (left side)
  • Broad jump forward

Round 4

  • Side plank (right)
  • Side plank (left)
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs

Round 5

  • Lateral lunge (right)
  • Lateral lunge (left)
  • Burpees!

Round 6

  • Single leg bridge (right)
  • Single leg bridge (left)
  • Squat Jumps

Thank you to everyone who came to sweat with us! And a huge thank you to lululemon RF for providing a space for us. Big shout out to our friends at Pleasant Petites for providing the post-workout snacks! Be sure to save the date for April 21! We have big things in the works 💜

Xo, Louise & Pam

Race Recap: Mardi Gras Run to Great South Bay Brewery

Fact: We will run for beer 🍻

A few months ago, GLIRC sent out an email promoting their first run to the Great South Bay Brewery and being that Mardi Gras is right around the corner, it seemed very fitting to make it a themed race. B&B has done both of their other brewery runs on Long Island, to Blue Point and Port Jeff, so naturally we signed up for this one, too! Fun theme, great brews, and an indoor post-race party?! Sign me up!

Registration for the Mardi Gras Run to Great South Bay Brewery was very smooth and less stressful than races like Blue Point where you have to be fast. We picked our bibs up the morning of the race, although GSB was giving runners a free beer at Saturday pickup. Parking seemed to fill up faster than anticipated even though we arrived with plenty of time to get our numbers.

The race was a 7.1 mile course through the neighborhood streets by the brewery in Bayshore. Although the distance seems a bit random, that made it fun because everyone PR’ed for that mileage. The course was fast and flat with volunteers at each mile marker and turn cheering us on. I should note that these volunteers are some real troopers because it absolutely poured rain for most of the time. You can’t control the weather, so you just have to laugh. It was raining pretty good at the start of the race, but people stayed in the brewery or their cars until the 9:15am start time. We walked right up to the starting line and took off. At first runners were dodging puddles to avoid having soaked feet, until less than 30 minutes into the race when it became a downpour. Unfortunately parts of the course were flooded and there was no avoiding soggy shoes. At this point, I was confused why people were still running to avoid the puddles- I just powered through them 😂

About 1/4 mile before we crossed the finish line, there was a bead stop with volunteers handing out purple, green, and gold beaded necklaces. Heading into the finish line, I felt super soggy but strong. Despite the weather, there was a crowd coming in to the finish line chute. We received cool medals with a beaded chain that matched the race theme- very creative and festive!

There was a registration option to upgrade your post race party ticket to VIP. This private area didn’t have beer lines and there were tables to sit and enjoy your food. We did not upgrade, but had no trouble finding some real estate to put down our plates that we filled with heroes, donuts, and other treats! The live band was awesome and played some great sing-a-longs which got the party dancing. We stayed and enjoyed our unlimited drinks and ran into some friends who had also ran.

Even though there may have been a monsoon, it didn’t rain on our parade. Overall the inaugural race was successful! We all enjoyed the run and post race festivities. We can’t wait for the next one!

Xo, Louise & Pam

Pam’s Favorite Cold Weather Running Gear

We made it to February – hallelujah. However winters past remind me that we are NOT out of the danger zone of cold, snowy weather (some years I feel like we are just entering it!). I never used to train outside through the winter months, I would take my runs inside to the dreadmill until the temperatures rose above 40*. Things changed last winter when I decided I wanted to try to run a PR in the 13.1 distance in the spring – thus I was required to bundle up and head outside. This year, after taking a few months off from serious running, I again decided to chase down a PR in a 13.1 (Brooklyn Half specifically). The secret I’ve learned – having the right gear makes ALL of the difference. Why I never bought a running jacket before now is unclear! After run testing more clothes than I would like to admit – and yes some I had to take back – here are some of my favorites!!!! (And if you want to know how to pick your different layers and stay warm – check out our post here!)
This.Is.A.Life.Changer. Seriously – if you don’t have this jacket and it’s still available in your size – go get it. It’s warm (800 fill power goose down *RDS certified*), water resistant, and has all the features you could want. A few bonuses – thumbholes and zipper vests in the chest for when things warm up!
When I first started running marathons – I went overboard at the race merchandise tent (hey – in my defense I thought I was only doing one or two – I didn’t know I was going to fall in love). Now I make myself pick two items that I really really really love and cut myself off. This past NYC marathon I grabbed this NB Heat Hoodie in a bright royal blue (my favorite color) and it immediately became a regular in my winter regimen. It has a waffle fleece lining, foldover mitten cuffs, thumb holes, and a hood that helps keep me super warm (*newer models have a ponytail slit and I won’t lie – I’m a little jealous mine doesn’t). On super cold days – I pair this hoodie with the jacket and it keeps me nice and toasty.
Finding cold weather tights is tricky for me – you want a pair that will keep you warm without restricting your movement too much. I have two older pair of tights that keep me warm – but they are a little stiff and I feel that restriction when I run. I tried a pair of brushed leggings from lululemon this winter but I didn’t find them as warm as I wanted. Finally – I found the perfect pair! The tech fleece fabric has the stretch that I want while providing the warmth that I need. They also meet my other two requirements – high waisted and interior drawcord. Only thing I would add next time – side pockets please 🙂

Recipe of the Week: Tortellini Soup

Full disclosure. I hate recipes where I have to measure everything perfectly. If I don’t have 1 2/3 carrots – WHY CAN’T THE RECIPE STILL WORK?!?! Anyway – I’ve made this recipe about 10 different ways and they all have been amazing – so don’t sweat the small details (or the lack there of).

Ingredients-

  • 2 boxes of prepared soup (tomato is our preference)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bag of mini carrots, cubed
  • 3 zucchinis, cubed
  • 2 chicken sausages, cubed
  • 1 bag of tortellini
  • Sprinkle of oregano
  • Sprinkle of sea salt and pepper

Directions-

  1. Boil water and cook tortellini according to directions on package.
  2. Sauté onions with sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. Add zucchini and carrots. Cook until they begin to soften. Add chicken sausage and boxes of soup.
  3. Cook until texture of veggies is to your liking. Add tortellini. Add sprinkle of oregano.
  4. Enjoy!

Remember – if you don’t have carrots – sub it! Don’t like chicken sausage – omit it! Don’t have tortellini – we used ravioli once! HAVE FUN WITH IT!

As seen here with butternut squash soup

Xo, Pam

Workout: Groundhog’s Day Circuit

Looks like Punxsutawney Phil think we are going to have 6 more weeks of winter ❄️ While that may make some of you want to crawl back into your hole, we want to get you guys up and moving! Just like Phil pops up and down, this core circuit is gonna have you jumping up and down while alternating floor and standing exercises. All you need is yourself!

Share with us on social media when you finish your workout! Be sure to tag us in those sweaty selfies 💪

Xo, Louise & Pam

Come one, come all! Here’s your chance to RSVP for Bootcamp!

B&B is back for another heart pounding, glute burning, sweaty workout class! Our friends at lululemon Roosevelt Field will be hosting us for our February Bootcamp and we can’t wait to sweat with you on Saturday, February 10!

Follow the link below to reserve your spot! The event is free but limited to 25 participants so grab your friends and get your tickets 🎉

Get your B&B February Bootcamp tickets here!

Xo, Louise & Pam

Louise’s Fave [Healthy] Foods at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is known for their specialty items, fairly priced organic selection, and the blacktop nightmare they call a parking lot. Literally every store has a terrible parking situation… it’s almost comical… almost. But it’s worth the car shuffle game once you get in the door. There are a few items I always find myself coming back to… like cookie butter. But seriously, we are trying to keep it healthy. Whether it’s a part of my weekly meal prep or a staple in my kitchen, a few things always pop into my cart. These are my favorite grocery staples when I go shopping at Trader Joe’s.

Acai Puree Packets

These are a must for the smoothie bowl lover! Perfectly portioned, these packets are packed with pureed acai berry which is rich in antioxidants. I take one to mix in my smoothies post-run. Want my favorite recipe? It also adds peanut butter and blueberries for a delicious treat- find it right here!

Almond Butter

Whether you are into creamy or crunchy, TJ has one for you. Especially when some sweet treat recipes call for several tablespoons, you can’t beat the price! I love to mix this in with my overnight oats or add a spoonful to my smoothie bowl.

Mini Avocados

Do you ever only need half an avocado? Or you don’t have a roommate to share it with? Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t eat the whole thing? At least I know it’s weird. I hate when they turn brown 12 seconds after you slice it! These mini guys come in a pack of 5 so you can scoop it onto your toast, slice it on top of taco salad, and not worry about wasting any creamy goodness.

Cruciferous Crunch

Kale, red cabbage, green cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Basically this one is a slaw minus the dressing. I love to use this as a base for my salads- satisfies that crunch and goes nicely with all the mix-ins.

Quinoa Bread

Rewind about 3 years, where one of my clients kept writing this in his weight loss journal. I had no idea what he was talking about until I was gifted a loaf. ❤ You guys, this whole grain bread is packed with protein and comes in at about 110 calories for 2 slices. Smash some mini avocados on top with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning and you have an awesome breakfast!

Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

For someone who loves everything bagels, even the name is low carb. Maybe I sound like the old woman in the hot sauce commercials, but “I put that sh*t on everything!” My top two go-to’s for EBTBS are both for breakfast. Season some avocado toast with this and add some red pepper flakes for some kick! Or if you’re making little egg muffins, sprinkle some on top before you put them in the oven.

Chicken Sausage

From breakfast style to Italian seasoning, this leaner choice for sausage is delish. And the price can’t be beat compared to other grocery chains. Try the Italian style or garlic & herbs with a tomato sauce, spinach and pasta. Serve the chicken apple sausage at breakfast time for some protein to start your day!

What are you favorites? What do I have to try?! Share in the comments below!

❤ Louise

Class Review: SLT Roslyn

Strengthen. Lengthen. Tone.

SLT is a pilates based class which works to strengthen your whole body. This low impact workout uses a pilates reformer for all of the moves including planks, lunges, and upper body work. Even if you’ve never used one, you would recognize this large machine with the sliding carriage rigged up with bars, straps, and tension springs. Because it is a pilates-based class, the foundation of these movements comes from core strength. Even as you’re working upper body muscles, your abdominal muscles are engaged. The same occurs standing in a lunge position where your balance and coordination are also being tested. The great thing about utilizing a reformer is the benefit you get from the pulleys and spring system which creates more resistance (compared to just your body weight) as you move through a full range of motion.

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This was my first experience taking an SLT class, let alone using a pilates reformer. More than anything, I was intrigued about how this machine works. Our friend Dianna, aka @falztasic, led myself, some of our lululemon RF crew, and new friends through a 50 minute class. I was happy to know I wasn’t the only newbie to SLT and there were also a few veterans in class that I could follow, as well. With my sticky socks on my feet, I was ready to go.

We started the warm-up with some plank work which consisted of planking, pikes, and body saws. The class moved through the whole right side of the body including legs, glutes, and abs. Each movement is slow and controlled as you focus on the push and pull from the machine. The emphasis was definitely on the quality of each movement, not the quantity of exercises. Dianna was fabulous and made sure everyone was maintaining proper form- especially us newbies! We transitioned into some upper body strengthening, including shoulder and chest moves, before sliding over to the left side. Every part of me was getting a challenging workout, including my brain, as I learned how to adjust my machine and move my body to each count. The SLT class transitioned smoothly from each muscle group, but never as quickly as you would want #FeelTheBurn. Our class finished with some strict core moves at the end that really just finished my abs off.

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Ready for my honest opinion? About two minutes into our class I thought my abs were just gonna pop off. But would I take this class again? Hell yeah! We were constantly moving for the whole class and performing each movement long enough that it definitely took you out of your comfort zone. As with any new exercise routine, practice, through repetition, will not only help you grow stronger, but become more confident in what you are doing.

Do any of you guys go to SLT regularly? Or any pilates reformer class? I need to know if my abs will ever stop hurting 😜

❤ Louise

NYC Half Training Week 1

1 week down and 9 to go. I busted out of my running rut by kicking off my half marathon training on Monday. As you guys know – the end of last year was extremely difficult with unexpected surgery and the loss of loved ones. I was already struggling after the heartbreak the Chicago streets served me during the marathon so I already didn’t have any interest in running. Those things coupled together meant that I didn’t really exercise the month of December. However – every setback is an opportunity for a comeback. I’ll be checking in here every week to share my journey as I get back into my running self.

Here is my week of workouts!

Monday: 4 easy miles + core strengthening. I left my Garmin at home and headed out on a 4 miler through Central Park. It started to snow so the park was empty and serene. When I got home I ran through my basic core/glute exercises including bridges, planks, clamshells, etc.

Tuesday: Full body ST at Exceed Physical Culture. I really enjoy their classes because it’s a combo of kettlebells, TRX, rowers, etc.

Wednesday: Cat Hill Repeats. They’re back. I haven’t done this workout in a really long time and I knew it was going to be rough. Today I had a 1 mile warmup – 5 400m repeats with a 400m recovery – and a 1 mile cool down. My splits were 2:02, 2:08, 2:06, 2:08, 2:03. A total of 4.75 miles in 44:30. I also went to check out the local gym! I haven’t belonged to a gym in years but this one is less than 2 minutes from my home and I’m very excited. I did a quick 2000m row and back/core exercises.

Thursday: Full body ST at Exceed Physical Culture + Y7 Yoga

Friday: Rest day!

Saturday: Blue Point Brewery 10 Miler! This is my second time running this race and the experiences were opposite – but the race party was equally as amazing (you can check out Louise’s recap here).  Last year I had maintained my running post marathon and I ran one of my faster 10 milers. Yesterday my assignment was to run a consistent, easy 10 miles and I tried to stick to the game plan. Most of my miles were around a 9:20 pace but when a porta potty emergency arose around mile 6 and I picked it up – I ended with a 9:10 average. I was glad when the race was over, a porta potty was found, and the post race celebration began.

Sunday: Y7 Yoga

Total for the Week: 19 miles (4 runs, 2 yoga, 3 ST (2 FB/1 UB)

See you guys next week!!! I’ll be sharing some other parts of my training this week!

Xo, Pam