Happy Anniversary B&B!

Life is about taking chances – chances that force you so far out of your comfort zone. IMG_9086

It’s our 1st Anniversary!

When we took the leap of faith to launch Burpees & Bordeaux a year ago we didn’t know where it would go. We knew we wanted to share our journeys – the highs and the lows, we wanted to share solid research backed information, and we wanted to share our love for fitness (and wine). Little did we know we would connect with some of the most bad-ass women in the industry, grow not only as friends but also fitness professionals, and also expose our most vulnerable selves. We are so grateful for each and every one of you who read our blog and support us in our journey. A special shout out to our friends, our families, and significant others who support us day in and day out! Thank you to our friends at lululemon RF for letting us reach more individuals and all of the Tone It Up- Long Island girls who always come out to support us.

We love you all and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us!

Xo, Louise & Pam

L: Back to the “Norm”

And by Norm, I mean Norman J. Levy! After all the excitement of Sunday’s half marathon, it was time to get right back into my training routine. I took Monday as a rest day and taught my cycling class without hopping on the bike- although my Fitbit thought pacing around the studio and encouraging my participants was a “sport.” Hey, I’ll take it! I decided to get a little wild and put some hills into my speed work. I took two miles to warm up with the second being mainly uphill. The speed workout consisted of 6 x 3 minutes at race pace or faster with 2 minutes of recovery in between. My legs were still feeling a little sore from the race, but mentally I know it is important to complete my hard workouts! I’m going to break 2 hours.IMG_2286


This was our time from the half. That averages to a 9:38 pace. We stopped and had water, I had to stretch my cranky ankle, and saved my push for the last half mile. Now that I know I can conquer the distance and the hills of Central Park, my focus is on my pace and timing.

If there is one thing I hope you guys can learn from my race it is about chafing. UGH.

In the picture on the left, I look like a chicken. Why? My sports bra started to make my skin chafe 😦 A few things were different from my training runs: the weather was warmer and the run was longer. I was definitely sweatier due to both of these things. When it comes to chafing, you have to have a good defense. Because once it starts, you might already be too late. Keep this in mind as the weather starts to change to spring because your body will heat up more with the warm weather. Start by wearing sweat-wicking fabrics and avoid cotton (Dri-fit clothes are your bff). This goes for tops and bottoms, including your undies. Another good rule is never wear anything new on race day! You never know if that new tank will just rub your arms the wrong way. Your training runs should be done in the clothing you plan to wear when race day comes; this way there will be no surprises!

If a simple change in wardrobe doesn’t help try Anti Monkey Butt powder to help keep you dry. We also love Body Glide to help keep the skin lubed up and keep friction away. Do you guys have any products or tricks to help protect your skin on those long runs? Share them!

Happy Running!

L: The Workweek Hustle: Our Fitbit Obsession.

The Fitbit Obsession: Why Fitbits are good for people who need motivation and why Pam and I need to set our step goal higher than 10k a day.

I got a Fitbit for Christmas 2013. I love it! At the time, I worked as a Grad Assistant and spend half my day sitting in the office. It was an awesome motivational tool to get up and take a lap. Until recently, I just used it as my own daily activity gauge. Since this holiday season, I have had a whole bunch of new friends on Fitbit. It’s awesome! I have weekly challenges with my friends, compete with my clients, and work to meet my daily goal. It was definitely one of the hottest gifts this season.

As an exercise professional, I find fitness fun- I want to get up and move. My clients? Not as enthusiastic as me. I have the motivation to get my steps in and while 10,000 steps a day may seem daunting to some, I’ve often hit that goal by 2pm. Now, there are days (like today- Sunday is my day of rest) where I don’t even come close. That hits me with a little motivation to walk to the store or park farther away and get those extra steps in. These are the perfect ways to sneak a little more activity into your day. Having a desk job, driving to work, or skipping a workout are things that decrease our daily activity. Walking around the office, commuting by train, or hitting the gym during lunch will bump those steps right up!

But Pam and I have become so obsessed with our Fitbits. And Challenges. One of my friends from college (another Exercise Physiologist) makes it rainnn steps in our Workweek Hustle. Pam and I are determined to beat him and it creates a little bit of healthy competition! We are talking Friday night, jumping around at volleyball or running up and down the stairs just to beat each other. There is NO sitting down. And it is so entertaining.

So what about our active ladies out there? Is 10k a day right for you? Maybe you can set your bar higher. Find a new goal to work towards! Start challenging your friends (or your mom!) and help motivate each other to be more active 🙂

Keep stepping,