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How to Exercise on a Budget

Posted by Ricky Seda on 8/31/2017 to Exercise

You hear the ads on the radio and television. You see the flyers in parking lots, and get them in the mail. You know the ones I am talking about-the ads telling you to join the gym. They entice you with the deals (one month free, no down payment, bring a guest privileges) and hook you with the classes (Zumba, cycling, personal training) or amenities (indoor pool, saunas, basketball courts, smoothie bar). It all sounds so great until you realize it is yet another monthly bill you can’t afford. The truth is, gym memberships are often more of a splurge than a necessity. In fact, exercise can actually be one the most economical things we can do. So, here are some money saving tips designed to keep your wallet fat while you get fit.

Clean BCAA by Clean Machine

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 6/6/2017 to Exercise

I have recently just started taking BCAAs, and boy have I been missing out! I have always been active, but I’ve never really been into sports supplements until I started working for Vitamin Discount Center.

BCAAs are branched-chain amino acids—Leucine, isoleucine, valine—that promote muscle recovery/repair, reduce muscle soreness, and boost endurance. BCAAs are ideal for strength and interval training, but they may also fuel your cardio regimen too...

My Yoga Teacher Training Journey: Part 3

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 5/24/2017 to Exercise

Oh my, where to begin? I have grown so much in the past two months.  I’ve been getting more comfortable with my postures, and we’ve been discovering the many uses of yoga props. Our class has been learning the breakdown of each asana (posture), the benefits and contraindications....

Goat Yoga

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 5/19/2017 to Exercise

Two Saturdays ago, I took a goat yoga class with my boyfriend and old co-worker, Marianne at Hat Trick Ranch. I first heard about goat yoga on Facebook, from a farm in Oregon. It looked like something I’d love to try, but Oregon was slightly out of my reach, and there was a huge wait list.

When I found out there was goat yoga near my town, I knew I had to sign up right away! 

My Yoga Teacher Training Journey: Part 2

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 3/31/2017 to Exercise

This past weekend, I had my first long weekend of yoga. 22 hours to be exact. This weekend was filled with meditation, breathing exercises, sun salutations, different styles of yoga, Indian Philosophy, Ayurveda, and numerous terminology used for describing energies, sheaths, and other forces both within and outside of the body...

My Yoga Teacher Training Journey: Part 1

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 2/28/2017 to Exercise


Around November or so, I was going through a rough patch. I’ve been feeling lost and unfulfilled for quite some time, and my mind was tangled in thoughts that kept reaching dead ends. All of my friends were pursuing their dreams and chasing their passions…but where was mine? What was my passion, and what was my purpose in life? I was in desperate need of guidance, of any sign that would set me on the right path.

Stay Fit this Valentine’s Day with Active Date Ideas

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 2/13/2017 to Exercise

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, whether you celebrate with your significant other, your friends, your family or your dog. Many of us spend this holiday either out on the town or curled up on our couch watching Netflix.  Although the typical dinner and movie (or quiet night in) is nice, why not try something new for a change?

Camp Gladiator

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 1/10/2017 to Exercise

My co-worker Marianne attends Camp Gladiator, a 60 minute group fitness boot camp that is designed to test endurance, strength, agility, stamina, and speed. Since she’s an active member, she was able to give the gift of health for the holiday season, and offered me one free month of CG.

Race for a Place

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 10/27/2016 to Exercise

This 5k/10k walk/run will take place in Cory Lake Isles Beach Club, Saturday, November 19th to support the homeless pets of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Shapes Fitness for Women and The Advisor Magazine will be hosting the event, and there will be an awards party with food and beverages to follow...

GlowBash 5k Scavenger Hunt

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 9/6/2016 to Exercise

This 5k is a unique race that incorporates both fitness and adventure! Run or walk in your glow in the dark gear as you and your team go on a search to solve 11 clues throughout the Channelside area. 

Friday's Feature: BSN N.O. - Xplode

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 8/19/2016 to Exercise

Just Keep Swimming

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 7/13/2016 to Exercise


There’s nothing more refreshing then dipping in the pool on a hot summer day. As kids, there was nothing happier than spending time in the pool with my friends and siblings during summer break.  As soon as our bodies made contact with the water, we’d transform into mermaids, setting out on our next adventure. We also played pool basketball and volleyball, and did handstands and flips until our hands were pruney and our parents bribed us with popsicles to come inside...

The Cheeseburger in Paradise Summer 5k

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 6/6/2016 to Exercise

Do you like cheeseburgers, beer and Jimmy Buffet? Grab some friends or invite your family to The Cheeseburger in Paradise Summer 5k.

This 5k run/walk takes place along the Pinellas Trail, starting at New England’s Palm Harbor Ale House. All participants will receive free beer and mini cheeseburger sliders along with a medal and a Parrothead t-shirt...



YouFit - Kickboxing

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 6/1/2016 to Exercise

I’ve been debating on taking the kickboxing class at YouFit for a while now, and I finally agreed to go on Tuesday night. It takes place right before the Total Sculpt class, so some of the students attend both classes back to back (it’s also the same instructor)...

YouFit - Yoga

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 5/11/2016 to Exercise


A few weeks ago, I took a yoga class at the You Fit off Fowler Ave. It was my first time attending this class, and even though it was an hour long, it went by incredibly fast....

Ab Challenge

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 5/4/2016 to Exercise


Heather, Marianne and I started a 30 day ab challenge yesterday. There were a handful of challenges to choose from, but we decided on the Blogilates Waist Trainer challenge...

Deep Stretch and Meditate/ Yin Yoga

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 4/14/2016 to Exercise


Last Tuesday, I took a Deep Stretch and Mediate/Yin yoga class with Lorena at Hanaq Prana. We started off the class by sitting on top of a bolster and meditating for a few minutes. 

The class was different from the typical yoga class....

Sports Recovery

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 3/30/2016 to Exercise

Recovery is an important aspect for anyone that exercises, whether you’re a runner, a yogi, a body builder or someone that hits the gym on a regular basis. Recovery is defined as the time that is required to repair the damage that’s been done to body caused by training, competition or another form of exercise. 


mix up your workout - try these moves

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 3/23/2016 to Exercise

YouFit - Total Sculpt

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 3/16/2016 to Exercise

My boyfriend and I decided to change gyms this past Saturday. We have been at Planet Fitness for about a year now, and we agreed to try the You Fit off Fowler, mainly because I wanted to start taking classes (which Planet Fitness does not offer).

Last night, we took a Total Sculpt class, which lasted an hour but felt like two. Our instructor Tani turned on some hip-hop and got right down to business. We started warming up with some cardio, and the whole hour we incorporated light weights, an aerobic stepper, a mat, heavy weights and our body weight.

Vinyasa Flow

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 3/10/2016 to Exercise

Last night, Marianne and I participated in a Vinyasa Flow at Hanaq-Prana Yoda Studio. As students trickled into class, Lorena gave a warm welcome to each of us. She asked what we wanted to work on today (for me it was my lower back) and incorporated that into our flow. She stated that vinyasa is full of ups and downs, and to ride the wave of whatever we were feeling that day.

Squat Challenge- Complete

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 3/2/2016 to Exercise


We did it!

Don't Forget Your Obliques

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 2/24/2016 to Exercise

Since Heather and I are doing all these squats, my legs and glutes are getting firmer and more toned. My arms tone fairly easily; I’ve never had a problem with them. My core on the other hand, even though I switch up my ab workouts frequently, is stubborn when it comes to obtaining muscle.

I came across this fitness post this morning that demonstrated different oblique exercises. I am always looking for new work outs, and since I’ve hit a plateau, it’s important that I change up my routine.



Drop it like a Squat

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 2/17/2016 to Exercise

Back in January when we started our water challenge, Heather, Marianne and I decided that we should complete a new challenge each month. For the month of February, Heather and I are participating in a squat challenge while Marianne partakes in a plank challenge.

Camp Gladiator

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 1/27/2016 to Exercise


Last Friday, Heather, Marianne and I started our day bright and early with some HIIT training with Camp Gladiator. Camp Gladiator is an outdoor fitness camp, and today our work out consisted of interval training, body weight strength drills and cardio.