Weekend Challenge: 15 Minute Fat Burner

Here’s a fun weekend challenge for you, and the best part is it only takes 15 minutes! Each time though the 5 exercise above counts as one round, and your goal is to  get through as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes. You don’t need any equipment so hit this workout at home or outside, anytime this weekend!

Let me know how many times you make it through!

Happy Workout Weekend!




VIDEO: Fun Fitness Class – Recess Workout!

(credit: King5) Click the image to see the video.

Who doesn’t love recess? Well what if I told you there is a gym that turned recess in to a workout? Monkey bars, relay races, obstacle courses and a live DJ spinning awesome mixes…and it’s all in the service of providing a muscle sculpting, fat burning workout!

This month I had the extreme pleasure of checking out Seattle’s Rival Fitness club for KING5 TV’s daytime show New Day Northwest. Click the image above to see the video and read all about it!

If you live in Seattle you will definitely want to pay Rival Fitness a visit. The gym is all about making fitness fun and accessible, and along with innovative classes like Recess and Field Day, Rival features some of the most cutting edge equipment including VIPERs, sandbacks, ropes and, of course, monkey bars.

Rival is also the only gym in Seattle that features Indo Rowing classes. The Indo Rower is a   water resistance based indoor rowing machine that provides a full body, low impact workout. It also means business… get ready to sweat and sculpt your entire body in a way you’ve never experienced before.

I tried a few classes during my free week pass and each one blew my mind.  Tabata, Field Day and Shockwave…all incredible, fun, innovative workouts. Rival is like Christmas morning for anyone who loves fitness, there is almost too much good stuff. The best part is the warm, friendly, helpful environment that makes fitness fun and everyone feel welcome!

To learn more about Rival Fitness visit their website. www.rivalfitnessseattle.com

Rival Fitness’s Indo Rowers use water as resistance.



Vine Fitness Workouts!


So, have you heard of Twitter’s new video sharing site Vine? It just might be my new obsession. The app allows you to take 6 seconds videos,  stop and start the recording as many times as you want for a stop motion effect or use the full 6 seconds.

I’m going to post weekly workout videos, fitness tips and other fun things that strike my fancy on the app so follow me on Vine for more videos like these! Also let me know how this week’s Weekend Challlenge goes…we are doing one minute of up/down plank!



Here is a bonus “Butts and Guts Workout” for you too:) Squats, alternating lunges, mountain climbers and plank. 30, 45 or 60 seconds of each exercise and repeat all the exercises 3-5 times through!

Get Bathing Suit Ready with Bachelor Winner Catherine Giudici and The Bar Method

Ever wonder how the lovely ladies on the Bachelor stay in such amazing shape? For newly engaged Catherine Giudici and (one of my personal favorites who I was hoping would be the Bachelorette or at least find real love with Kalon)  Lindzi Cox… it’s all about The Bar Method.

The Bar Method is one of my favorite workouts and studios in Seattle. The ballet barre workouts are some of the hardest I have ever done, and the studio is famous for transforming people’s bodies and attitudes about exercise. Seriously, you will never look at a set of two pound weights the same way, this class will shred you!  (You can read my class review here.)

Just in time for summer and bathing suit season, Bar Method is hosting a “60-Day Get Bathing Suit Ready Challenge”. Not only will you sculpt your arms, flatten your abs and tone your legs (ideal for bathings suits!) you will also raise money for a good cause.  Check out the details…


  • Commit to taking Bar Method a minimum of three days per week during the months of April and May
  • Commit to clean eating and a healthy lifestyle
  • Bar Method will donate $10 on behalf of each person who completes 24+ classes and $20 on behalf of each person who completes 48+ classes to Ben Towne Foundation

There is also a fabulous Kick Off Party on April 1 at The Bar Method South Lake Union studio at 6:30pm and at 7:45pm where you can meet a gold medalist and the Bachelor ladies!

Join Bar devotee and Team USA Olympic swimmer and world record holder Ariana Kukors (someone who is no stranger to fitness or wearing a bathing suit). Ariana will be taking the Challenge herself as well as sharing motivation, assisting with goal setting and revealing her best strategies for overcoming obstacles and achieving your dreams.
The kick-off will also provide a special opportunity to meet Bar Method enthusiasts
Lindzi Cox and Catherine Giudici (schedule permitting) from The Bachelor, who will
also be taking the 60-Day ‘Get Bathing Suit Ready’ Challenge! In addition to taking the
Challenge, they will be offering their own insights, humor and motivation.

I think challenges are a great way to motivate yourself to workout and if meeting a gold medalist, the Bachelor ladies, getting bathing suit ready and raising money for a good cause aren’t enough, there are also prizes!


  • Activewear from Prima Studios, Lululemon, Lucy, Zella and Athleta
  • 90-minute wardrobe styling session with fashion expert Darcy Camden
  • Nutrition consultation with Certified Nutritionist Deborah Enos
  •  Customized facial from Esthetician Reini Greene
  •  Blowout and makeup session at Swink Style Bar
  • Cut and color from Coupe Rokei
  • Manicure and pedicure from Julep
  • Spray tanning from Seattle Sun Tan
  • Massage from Vida Spa
  • FREE Bar Swag Bags and FREE month of unlimited Bar classes


  • Take 24+ classes and get one entry in to the drawing
  • Take 48+ classes and get two entries into the drawing
  • Bonus entry in drawing for submitting a transformation story at the end of the
  • Challenge (before and after pictures are encouraged)

I have tried and love The Bar Method (plus many of the prize places above… seriously amazing!). I just wanted to let you know this is not a sponsored post, I just happen to love this place and think you will too:).

I think this is a fabulous event and it’s a great way to try a new class or challenge yourself to change your body! Let me know if you go and I hope to see my Seattle ladies there!


Video: KING5 TV- 3 Fitness Apps That Turn Your Smartphone Into Virtual Trainer

(click the picture to see video on KING5.com)

Anyone else feel totally panicked without their smartphone? I mean, when it’s like in the other room…yeah me, too:) I use mine for directions, checking news, taking photos, my horoscope, listening to music, “vining”, finding out how long it will be raining, checking “daily puppy”…etc, etc. etc.

I also love using my phone as a workout buddy! I freelance stories for Seattle NBC station KING5, as part of my work with their new HealthLInk Initiative, I stopped by their daytime show King5′s New Day Northwest yesterday to talk about “3 Fitness Apps that Turn Your Smartphone Into A  Personal Trainer.” I love, love , love visiting New Day, everyone is so nice and the show is fabulous, if you live in Seattle you must check it out and/or DVR :)

Watch the piece to find out about 3 awesome apps (there are all free by the way) and there is also an article and photo gallery with more in depth info!

Enjoy and let me know if you download any and which fitness apps you like to use!