Event Recap: NY Fit Fest

Long Beach, New York was home again to the 2nd Annual New York Fit Fest. This event combines beach days with fitness fun – sounds amazing! Workout classes on the beach are exactly our style, so this event was marked on our calendars. All day long there were dozens of classes held right on the beach front by local fitness instructors. There was something for every fitness lover from yoga to spin and pole dancing to boot camps.

An all day pass for this event cost $75. Attendees were able to pre-register for classes which were running all day long, plus you could take as many as you like! Spin classes were held on top of the Allegria Hotel, TRX classes in the sand, and boot-camps trudging through the ocean. The vendor village was set up on the beach with everything from local studios to clothing companies to health food brands. I spent the afternoon hanging out with my BeachFIT Training family where we were hosting atomic push-up challenges alongside our tent neighbors, AMP Training, who had squat and bench press contests going all day long.

As I was working with the BeachFIT team for the event, I was able to explore within the vendor village, but did not sign up for the all day pass. I asked a long time friend of B&B, Stacy Player (@splayer11), to share about her day taking classes and soaking up the fun. Stacy signed up for CycleBar, Hot Pilates Secret, and more! Read on to learn about the Fit Fest experience.

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend the NY Fit Festival in Long Beach with three friends, combining two of my favorite things, fitness and the beach.  The morning began with a cycling class on the roof of the Allegria Hotel, taught by a bubbly instructor named Gabby from CycleBar Garden City.  As soon as I walked out onto the rooftop pool deck, I felt like I was at a party, having been greeted by enthusiastic staff members and upbeat music. Before the class started, I couldn’t help but walk over to the ledge of the roof and take in the panoramic views of the ocean.  It was the perfect way to start the day.  After getting settled onto the bike, Gabby introduced herself and the DJ who would be spinning for the class. Once we got pedaling, my glutes and legs started to burn from the sprints, jumps, and hills; but Gabby’s contagious energy and the DJ’s motivating playlist made it easier to push through the burn. Having a DJ right there in class with us was an added bonus, since he was able to manipulate the beat and tempo based on Gabby’s instructions. When the class was over, we headed over to the braid station to get our hair braided by stylists from Red Door Spa. It was a fun break in between classes, where we had the opportunity to relax and walk around to different vendors.

After getting our hair braided, we walked over to set up for our next class, Yoga Pilates. We laid down our mats and sat in the sunshine waiting for the class to begin.  Kaley Young, the instructor, began by introducing herself to the group. Kaley is the owner and instructor at Hot Pilates Secret, which was started by her mother in 2005. In 2012, she lost her mother to breast cancer.  Five days later, Kaley taught her mom’s class and decided, with the support of her father, to continue the journey that her mother began. This past year, Kaley lost her father to 9/11 related illness. Her inspiring story set the tone for a peaceful and self-reflecting experience that Kaley began taking us through. The first half of the class was yoga-inspired, with classic poses, stretching, and breathing exercises. Kaley then transitioned into leading us through pilates-based exercises, with movements such as the double leg stretch, plank leg lift, and the teaser. These exercises engaged our core and helped develop our flexibility and strength. Meditation-style exercises were also infused throughout the class, which helped connect the mind, body and soul. The beach was the perfect backdrop to class, with the ocean air and waves crashing around us.

My third and final class of the day I ended up taking unexpectedly after I was persuaded by one of the instructors. Soccer Shape is a soccer-inspired fitness class developed by professional athletes that have played around the world. It’s essentially a “bootcamp with a soccer twist.” I was intrigued by the concept of the class because I have played sports my entire life, including college, and spent my adolescence at practices doing similar drills to those done during the class. As soon as I saw the agility ladder, cones, and soccer balls, I knew I would be hooked.

We participated in various high paced drills and fun challenges, which incorporated fast feet ladder runs, cone weaves, sprints with soccer balls, and plyometric stations. The dynamic movements and fast pace of the class pushed me to my limits in a good way. We also partnered with a buddy for resistance band exercises.  One particular fun and challenging exercise required us to loop a resistance band around your partner’s chest and hold both ends in either hand. Our partner sprinted across the beach while we held the band and pulled back on it, making it challenging for our partners to run. I happened to be partnered with a very strong guy, who pulled me across the beach so quick, it felt like I was walking a large energetic puppy. When it was my turn to run with the resistance band, the resistance was so strong that I felt as if I was running in slow motion. I jokingly told him that I should get extra points for pulling him across the beach! Doing the exercises in the sand created an extra challenge, as it targeted muscles that I don’t typically use on conventional surfaces.

We ended the class like most team practices do, with a group huddle and a cheer. It caused some of us to say “good job” and high five each other at the end, solidifying a team atmosphere. Soccer Shape was by far the most fun class of the day, as the coaches’ energy and sports-related fitness activities had everyone laughing and cheering each other on throughout the class. I felt like I was back at lacrosse practice, being part of a team again. I also felt like I was on an episode of MTV’s “The Challenge.” (In. My. Dreams) – Stacy Player

Who else attended NY Fit Fest this year?! We would love to hear about your experience! Share in the comments below 🙂

Xo, Louise

Event Recap: Studio Tone It Up Live NYC

Last fall, Tone It Up took their workouts on the road for their first ever tour. B&B traveled to Philly (& NYC) for the event & had such a blast! (Check out our recap of last year’s event here!) This year TIU decided to take it on the road again and hosted live workout events in LA & NYC. We had such a good time last year that we decided to join in the fun once more. Tickets for Studio Tone It Up Live went on sale a few months ago & were offered in three pricing tiers: General Admission, Fast Pass, & VIP (the lower priced options sold out pretty quickly, but we were able to get our hands on some fast pass tickets.

The event opened at 9AM with the first workout of the day scheduled for 10AM- we planned to show up early because putting your yoga mat down inside reserves your spot inside. Upon arrival to the venue, three lines were forming, one for each ticketing tier. With a bit of chaos while getting our tickets scanned last year, it was great to see the organization of the ticket lines ahead of time. There were also some girls working who expedited the process by scanning tickets and handing out bracelets & swag bags, all while we waited for the venue to open. Once the doors opened, VIP was able to head in first followed by Fast Pass holders then GA. However, there were sectioned areas for each group with VIP ticket holders having access to the front area closest to the stage.

At these TIU live workout events, we have learned that second only to putting your mat down, is heading to the shop for clothes. There were a few exclusive clothing styles specifically for the tour including both TIU gear & Avocado brand tops & leggings. If you aren’t interested in purchasing anything extra, then this time was perfect to line up for one of the pampering stations! TIU partnered with Victoria’s Secret Sport for a fun photo op, bra measuring, and freebies- you opened a random locker & found a prize such as hats, leggings, bras, and socks. There was also a braid bar from Priv with stylists who worked some magic to create sporty hairstyles and a back massage station with masseuses from Zeel to work out your tired muscles. Heading outside of the venue, you could find a few snacks vendors who were giving away samples, bags, coupons & more!

A few things to note about what you received with each ticket: GA got you into the venue without a swag bag. With the Fast Pass you received a swag bag & it got you into a shorter line for the braid bar & massage lines. The VIP ticket holders were in the same line as the Fast Pass holders, however they received a swag bag with extra goodies, access to the VIP lounge with Ketel One drinks, and a meet & greet with K&K. Several ladies were a little upset with the VIP experience because of the meet & greet lines and the fact that said lines overlapped with some of the workouts.

Besides all the fun extras, dance parties with besties, & hugs from girls you had not seen since last year’s tour, exercise did happen! There was a whole schedule of workouts about 30 minutes apart led by K&K and the Studio Tone It Up trainers. K&K started the morning [at 10:30am] with their total body workout and a reading from their new book. The workouts were all done with your body weight or a mini band and you could come & go from your mat as you wished. Louise did most (or a least a little bit of each) workout & Pam prioritized getting in the massage line. The trainers provided us with solid workouts, which were challenging, fun, and varied so there was something for everyone. Because the first workout started behind schedule, the rest of the day was a little off with less time in between the workouts.

The lines for each of the activities was a little bit aggressive- the fast pass ticket helped cut down the waiting time, but timing when you waited was important. The other issue was the food truck- apparently the food truck broke down on the way to the venue- which left us with one vendor offering pricey smoothie bowls. While our swag bags had almonds and protein bars, the only other food option (for a 5 hour event) were the TIU protein smoothie samples being handed out throughout the day. We were starving & immediately headed to brunch lol.

Overall, the experience at the TIU Tour was not about the braids, food, or free sports bras- it’s all about the opportunity to connect with other girls in the TIU Community. Especially those who may not live nearby or even some who you’ve only connected with through Instagram. Of course it’s amazing to have the VIP experience meet & greet, but even without splurging on that ticket, we had an amazing day with our friends! We learned last year that it’s much more of a social event than a workout event- which is totally fine! This type of event is all about what you make of it.

Did you go to Studio Tone It Up Live? Were you in NYC or LA? Share below in the comments about your experience! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @burpeesandbordeaux for more fun pictures & stories.

Xo, Louise & Pam

Rainy Race Day Tips

AHH! The beauty of road races in the great outdoors! Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… we run outside all year round. Some days there is sunshine, clouds, a cool breeze, rain, snow, sleet, humidity… okay so it’s not always going to be a simple jog in the park. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about the forecast, but you can be prepared for race day and have a smart race!

The weather for the 2018 Brooklyn Half is looking to be a wet one! Besides dodging puddles along the course, there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a good race.

 

Rainy Race Day Tips:

  1. Wear a trash bag to the start line. Simple enough to keep you dry until it’s go-time. Since you are going to ditch it anyway, save money on the plastic poncho and opt for a stylish Hefty bag. All you have to do is cut holes for your head and arms. Not only will it keep you dry, but you’ll stay warmer in the rain (especially on a cool morning).
  2. Wear a hat for the race. Face it- you will get wet. This is probably our best advice ever. Wearing a hat will keep the rain out of your eyes. An old baseball cap works just fine, but keep in mind that with longer distances your body will heat up. Opt for a hat made of breathable, tech material to keep the rain off your face but let some heat escape out of the top!img_4022
  3. Check a bag. Unless you are going from the finish line straight to your car, you’re going to want to check a bag with dry clothes, socks, shoes- everything! Standing around cold & soggy is probably the worst feeling.  If you have room, sneak a tiny umbrella in there to keep you dry as you cheer everyone on who finishes after you 🙂

Make sure you have everything you need the night before! Check the weather, drink some water, and get some rest. Here’s the link to our complete race day packing list!

See you at the finish line!

Louise & Pam

Workout: 2nd Anni Bootcamp Party

Happy 2nd Anniversary B&B! 🎉

Can you believe it’s been two years since the launch of our blog?! Thank you all for your love and support on this journey! We couldn’t do it without all of you 😊 We have had so much fun and made so many friends along the way! And what better way to celebrate than with a sweat party at lululemon with all our friends?! ICYMI last Saturday we celebrated two years of B&B with our friends where we had an kick ass bootcamp followed by snacks, champagne, and plenty of laughs.

We wanted to share our workout with all of you in case you couldn’t make it or want to do it all over again! All you need for this routine is yourself, a mat, and a timer. Perform all 3 exercises in each round for 30 seconds each followed by 30 seconds of rest. Repeat 3 times before moving onto the next round!

Round 1

  • Squat w/ Leg Lift (right)
  • Squat w/ Leg Lift (left)
  • Burpees!!

Round 2

  • Down Dog Split + Knee to chest (right)
  • Down Dog Split + Knee to chest (left)
  • Squat Thrusters

Round 3

  • Lateral Lunge (Left)
  • Lateral Lunge (right)
  • Double Jump + Squat

Round 4

  • Inchworms + Pushups
  • Inchworms + Shoulder Taps (R/L)
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs

Round 5

  • Reverse Lunge + Hop (left)
  • Reverse Lunge + Hop (right)
  • Broad Jump (forward) + Duck walk back

Round 6

  • Side Plank (left)
  • Side Plank (right)
  • Mountain Climbers

We want to give a huge shout out to all of our amazing sponsors who made this event such a success! All our class participants went home with the most fantastic swag bag we have ever seen. Please be sure to check out these amazing brands and show them some love!

@lululemon @pleasantpetites @nounoscreamery @theowlsbrew @kodiakcakes @cookierepublic @vitalproteins @primalkitchenfoods @purely_elizabeth @eatbanza @flapjacked @coola @rxbar @emmysorganics @baresnacks @dudewipes @yasso @iheartkeenwah @kodiakcakes @simplyunjaded @eatingevolved @dailyharvest @sweat @healthyhumanlife @thebeastybread @islandscreenprint @beachfitli @cyclebargardencity @bnfyoga

We can’t wait to sweat with you all again soon! Be sure to subscribe for first access to all things B&B 💕

Xo, Louise & Pam

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

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

When Running Gets Taken Away

Running is my outlet- it has been my stress relief for years. My time to myself to think- or not- and get those endorphins flowing. It’s been especially important in recent months while dealing with family drama and moving apartments. Yet I have a love/hate relationship with running. Sometimes in the moment it is great and everything feels good; other times I️ feel like death. Twice this year running has been taken away from me. In the first month of marathon training, I ran myself into the ground to a point of injury. I️ had to learn to rest, know my limitations, and work my way back up to it.

Thanksgiving morning, I ran the Garden City Turkey Trot. This is one of my favorite local races- 5 miles through the streets I ran so frequently while in grad school. This year was not my fastest, but that’s fine by me because I had fun. Every year I’ve been able to run with family, friends, or both! It really is one of my favorite parts about Turkey Day! This year I️ ended up with a different memory. Thanksgiving night I was in a bad car accident where the airbags went off. I went to the ER where they determined I have a possible buckle fracture in my sternum. It hurt to breathe deeply, laugh, or even cry. The rest of me is fine, my car not so much. But please don’t throw me a pity party- I’m doing much better now. 

Unfortunately, I am not able to run again. In fact, I can’t lift anything. Sometimes I move the wrong way and end up with sharp pain- and I so badly want to run, jump, lift, and snowboard. But I’ve learned patience and I know my body will heal itself. I’ve learned not to be afraid to ask for help while I let myself recover. Until then, I will enjoy my low impact cardio and physical therapy exercises 👍

❤ Louise

Recovering from a Chicago Heartbreak

Hi B&B fam – it’s been too long (don’t worry I have a catch up post coming at you this week)! One thing in particular that’s had it’s highs and lows the last two months is my running.


As you know – Louise and I ran the Chicago marathon – and it broke my heart in a way that a race hasn’t before. I think for the first time I really believed in myself in the marathon distance – started off running the race I was meant to – and then due to a few different circumstances I got sick at mile 17. Those next 9 miles were full of tears and I was in full on survival mode. I didn’t realize what an impact it would have on me until I arrived home. I didn’t want to run – in fact I wanted to do anything but run. I had the NYC marathon in 4 short weeks so I squeezed in a couple runs thanks to my Run Club peeps but my heart wasn’t there. I still ran the NYC marathon – honored to pace my dear friend Michele through the first half and then having fun the second half while hugging my friends, high-fiving the crowd, and setting a surprising course PR.


However, I knew it was time for a reset. I gave myself two full weeks “in retirement”. I didn’t workout at all – I focused purely on my personal life and I began my move to NYC (surprise if you didn’t know!! I now live on the UES!!!!!!!). My heart just wasn’t there and I needed some time. This is one of the reasons we took a holiday hiatus from Run Club. I needed a break from running.

Once I settled in, I was able to turn my attention back to my fitness and one thing I knew is that I had to find the fun in running again. My biggest step to achieving that – I ditched my Garmin. I couldn’t run for miles, or splits, or PRs, or speed – I needed to run for ME. I needed to run to feel my heart beat, to allow my feet to carry me over the pavement without expectation, and to take in the sights and sounds of my new life.


It’s been a month since the NYC marathon and I’m getting the itch again. I’ve explored new places with friends, I’ve found solitude along the East River at night, and I’ve enjoyed miles with my fiancé. My point – never be afraid to take a step back. As they always say distance makes the heart grow fonder – and I have to say – I’m falling in love all over again.

Xo, Pam

Event Recap: Tone It Up Tour

The fitness world seems to have exploded over the last week with all the fun and excitement of the Tone It Up Tour! TIU is a huge online fitness community and the two co-founders have taken the sweaty fun and brought it on the road. Obviously, we had to go! The first 4 stops of the tour were DC, NYC, Boston, and Philly. Pam attended NYC on Friday evening then we both traveled with our girls to Philadelphia for some meetups on Saturday and the tour on Sunday. Definitely recommend going to a meet up the day before- especially to go hang out in a new city!

Since there are still 11 more cities left in the TIU Tour, we wanted to give you our inside scoop to make sure you have an amazing time just like we did 🙂 Whether you are going GA or VIP, it is going to be so much fun. Just remember, this fitness festival is going to be what you make of it ❤

Step 1: Getting in line. Honestly, the line moved so quickly that it was smooth sailing into the venue. The line will get long though, so don’t wait to arrive until the doors open. We brought cards with us and played a few rounds of “Asshole” to pass the time. Once you get in, you’ll get your swag bag & bracelet then head to the stage and put your yoga mat down so you and your girls have a good spot together.

Step 2: Choose your activities strategically so you don’t have to wait in line. Zeel has massage tables set up for a nice 5 minute back massage 🙂 The line was short so we hopped on it immediately. Keep in mind there is also a braid bar (that line got super long and stayed that way all afternoon) and merchandise for sale. If you want merch then that has to be your first stop because they have a limited supply of sizes/colors of each item.

Step 3: Each tour stop has 3 workouts which are about 25-30 minutes long. Core Power yoga, an ass-kicking by Jillian Michaels, and some booty/core work with K&K. Feel free to skip workouts, branch away from your squad, and do your own thing! We skipped the yoga session and took that opportunity to hit up the photo booths, sample Krave and kombucha, make rose quartz beaded bracelets, and more! Pam and her cranky hamstring didn’t do much of the workouts at the NYC stop and had the best time ever! Partially due to the rose garden and in part due to all the amazing women who were all hanging out!


Step 4: If you have a VIP ticket then the rose garden is going to be a blast! They stamp your arm for meet & greets then call you by groups- aka no crazy line. In the meantime, you get to chill with your friends, drink rose, and hit up the denim bar. You can also come and go from the VIP area back out to the festival and peruse the vendors that are set up.

If you go in just looking for K&K, you’re going to be disappointed. This tour is all about the girls and the TIU Community. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with girls who may not live in your city or you have only spoken with through Instagram. Because Philly & NYC are so close, there were a bunch of girls we knew and also so many opportunities to make new friends!

PS: Bring snacks! There are food trucks stationed among the vendors, but if you’re ballin’ on a budget, you can bring in food. We brought almonds and protein bars to hold us over after all those workouts 🙂

Who else went to the TIU Tour this past weekend?! We would love to connect with you! Share your favorite part of the festival below ❤ Who is going in the next few weeks? Where? What are you most excited about?!

Xo, Louise & Pam

 

The Longest Run of My Life

Fall marathons = summer training. Long sweaty runs in the August heat. As the days have been getting hotter, the runs just keep getting longer. Both Pam and I have been tackling double digit runs every weekend. As some of you know, the Chicago Marathon will be my first marathon (AHHHHH!!) and a few weekends ago, we joined up with the New York Flyers to log our miles for one of their long training runs.

The NY Flyers running club hosts a long training run called the “3 Bridges Run” which is held twice annually. The first time was August 27, and the next long run is on October 14. This training run winds throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens before heading back into the city. For those of you running the NYC Marathon this November, it is great because you hit the Pulaski and 59th Street bridges at the same mile markers during both this run and the marathon. Personally, I found that the best part is that you don’t have to run alone!21083374_1018493478287790_2657366879007573187_o

Honestly, the hardest part of my training so far is that I have been heading out on my long runs alone. A close second is waking up at strange hours of the morning to “beat the heat,” while sacrificing late summer nights with my friends has been pretty tough. Every weekend as I tally up miles, it keeps becoming my longest run ever. While my Garmin is pretty proud of me, that has been my silent success.

Running with the Flyers, however, gave me people to talk to; I ran into old friends and sometimes I just listened to others tell stories while we ran. We talked about what races they were training for, who had done Chicago, New York, Berlin, or never ran a marathon. We were cheered on by the volunteers who graciously gave up their Sunday morning to hand out Gatorade and watch my slather myself in Body Glide. You guys are the real MVPs! And as we continued on, encouraging each other and simply enjoying the mile we were running, I celebrated my longest run ever 🙂

We are 5 weeks out from Chicago, people. Five. Weeks.
❤ Louise