Studio Review: FLEX Studios

Nestled in the rolling hills on the North Shore Long Island, you can find a new pilates based studio, FLEX. The studio has been open for a few weeks and recently celebrated their Grand Opening with 4 days of free classes! Naturally I adventured from Long Beach to Woodbury (even in a snow storm- thanks to my Jeep!) to check out some classes.

All you need to bring Is your own water bottle, skid-less towel, & sticky socks- the rest is provided for you (mats, sweat towels, and showers).

First up was FlexIR, a mat pilates class in a hot room which is warmed by infrared panels (we’ll get to that). Taught by Kara, the class targeted total body and utilized a pilates ring, small squishy ball, and a set of 3# dumbbells. As a typical mat pilates class would be formatted, we moved through upper and lower body working one side at a time then finished off with plenty of core – planks, teasers, and crunches – oh my!

About 10 minutes into class, the heat of the infrared panels really started to kick in. The infrared panels warm objects in the room instead of just heating the air. Since the panels heat you up directly, you don’t need time to warm up the room. The FlexIR definitely left me very sweaty!

My second class was a Flex 30/30 class with my friend Dianna 🤗 This total body class combines two workouts in one and is done half with a TRX suspension trainer and the other half on a pilates reformer. We started the first half of class in the TRX studioDianna gave the class a quick intro on adjusting the TRX straps then we got to work. The class was broken up into 3 blocks (upper body, lower, and core) with a burst of cardio in between each round. After we finished our core round, we quickly scooped up our things and headed to the other room in the studio for our pilates session. Fast change into your grippy socks, crash course in reformer anatomy, and we were ready to go! Starting with core this time, then working in a combo of upper and lower body. This studio, more dimly lit, was the perfect atmosphere to cool it all down. The class in total was about 50 minutes long, the same as my previous class, the FlexIR.

This class squeezes a lot of workout into a short period. It’s great if you’re looking to try out both TRX and the Flexformer. I’d love to try a full class of each (which they also offer- FlexTRX and FlexFormer) to get more out of each piece of equipment 💪🏼

Have you tried Flex Studios yet? Share in the comments!! They also have 2 locations in the city (NoHo & Union Square). Check them out here!

Xo, Louise

RSVP for lululemon Winter 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 9!

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

Workout: Burpees & Brews Bootcamp

Burpees & Bordeaux partnered with our friends at Small Craft Brewing Company to bring you Burpees & Brews!! Last weekend we got to sweat with an amazing crew then followed it up with flights of beer- talk about Sunday Funday 🎉

How-to: This workout is classic B&B style! There are 6 rounds with 3 exercises in each round. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds- repeat each round 3 times before moving onto the next.

All you need is a mat and a timer!

Round 1

  1. Step back lunge left
  2. Step back lunge right
  3. Squat Jumps

Round 2

  1. Low Plank
  2. Ankle Reaches
  3. Thrusters

Round 3

  1. Lateral lunge right
  2. Lateral lunge left
  3. Touchdown jacks

Round 4

  1. Inchworm to Push-up
  2. Inchworm to Shoulder Taps
  3. Hi-Lo Plank

Round 5

  1. Squats
  2. Squat Pulses
  3. Burpees

Round 6

  1. Side plank dips right
  2. Side plank dips left
  3. Hi knees/Mtn Climbers (alternate 10 reps each)

Thank you again to our friends at Small Craft for having us! We can’t wait to come back for another bootcamp 💪🏼

Xo, Louise & Pam

PS: Save the date for February 9th… we will be back at lululemon Roosevelt Field!

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

Run the Beach to Beacon Like a Pro

Last week, I adventured up to Portland, Maine for my 5th year in a row to celebrate Beach to Beacon weekend! Runner’s World Magazine has previously named Beach2Beacon on their Top 20 bucket list races [that aren’t marathons]. This is only my 4th year running the race (I am practically a legacy runner at this point- HA!) because my first registration was not fast enough. It sells out immediately so be sure to make your calendars for that important Friday morning in mid March. The registration process changed this year from a first come, first serve basis to one where you were put into a virtual “line” which in my opinion sucked a lot. Mostly because nothing was loading on my computer or phone and I ended up in the lottery. If you can’t type your credit card number fast enough, you don’t want to get in that bad! I digress…

Okay so step one you got in the race! Now, it’s cold outside in New England in March so it seems like a good idea… remember that when race day rolls around on the first Saturday in August… remember all the snow on the ground when you registered- it will help cool you off. They offer two days of race bib pick up helps with the volume of runners cramming into Cape Elizabeth High School (over 7,000 runners and then some). Fun fact: you will always get an L.L. Bean gift card. It’s the most coveted swag bag prize for any New England runner lol. The race shirts have also been blue (not white- Alleluia!) for the last two years- after talking with several other runners we are so hopeful that this stays the trend. Bib number, shirt, car magnet, L.L. Bean, check!! Okay, time to head home or to your hotel, eat some pasta and get some sleep! You have to be on those shuttle buses bright and early!

Race morning comes along and you basically have two options: runner parking at the start or hopping on the shuttle bus from Cape Eizabeth HS. We have always hopped on the shuttle bus without a hassle of parking or worrying about time. Maybe try to use the restroom before leaving the house to decrease the chances of having to pee in the woods. There are a ton of porta-potties, but there are way more runners than stalls. Enjoy the time in the start corral knowing you’re about the conquer the same course as many great, professional runners: Joan Benoit-Samuelson, MEB, Molly Huddle, Ben True, and the list goes on.

Course strategy: Do not send it in Mile 1 even though it’s flat. Save a little for the end because Miles 4.5-6 are very up and down. Smile for the cameraman on the left at Mile 4.6. And do not miss the bacon at Mile 5.

Post race knowledge is a bit limited… I have no idea how people get shuttled back to their cars. Since this is a point to point race (not a loop), the start and finish lines are 6.2 miles apart. I have been fortunate enough to run with my bestie whose parents house stares directly at the Portland Head Light aka the finish line. We can literally walk from the finish line back to their house where donuts, snacks, and a cold showers await our crew of hungry runners. If you run with us, it’s like being VIP 😉

Have you run the Beach to Beacon 10k? How many times? Share your best race advice in the comments below!

Xo, Louise

 

For more information on this race, you can read my 2016 Race Recap here!

Listening to Your Body During Summer Runs

What comes to mind when you think of summer running? Sweat, awkward tan lines, early wake up calls? Agreed. Summer runs can be brutal between finding a cool time to go for a run and trying not to chafe in shorts. While it seems silly to talk about, there comes a point where listening to your body is of the utmost importance!

Heat safety is a huge factor for summer sports- your body has cooling mechanisms, such as sweating, to help dissipate heat. With summer runs, it may seem inevitable that you’ll end up having to head outside on a day with high humidity or when the sun is strongest. Especially when that day is race day.

Twice in the last year I can recall having some degree of heat exhaustion- it’s not pretty. The most recent being this past week at Beach 2 Beacon where the 100% humidity forced me to pull back my pace and save my goal time for the next race. I listened to my body, chugged waters mid and post race, and even still woke up that night with chills and nausea. Water. Rest Repeat.

Chicago Finish Line 2017

The worse case was last year at the Chicago Marathon (and I know I have never talked about that heartbreak on here- so this is a piece of my story). Unfavorable running weather for October- high 70s, 80 something percent humidity, and not a cloud in the sky- a runner’s nightmare. It was all going well up to mile 17 until I got tunnel vision and an unquenchable thirst. Mile 20.5 was when my friend found me from the sideline, hugged me, and said I felt cold despite how sweaty I was. Um what??? I kept moving… barely forward and still in my “tunnel.” This should have been a “listen to your body” moment, but the thought of not crossing the finish line broke my heart.

My point here is that heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very real and very scary. Be sure to take precautions to keep yourself safe during these last hot weeks of summer.

  • Try running early before the sun is too strong
  • Avoid days with high humidity or heat index
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after- recover with electrolytes
  • Know the signs/symptoms of both heat exhaustion and stroke.
  • Listen to your body!!

Xo, Louise

Aka the girl who breaks her own rules

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!

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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