Now that we are smack down in the middle of summer, I thought I would update you guys on my fitness routine. My main form of exercise recently has been in the form of hardcore, indoor cycling, otherwise known as SoulCycle. I’ll go however many times my body can handle each week (if you’ve been, you will agree that soreness is inevitable), but on off-days, I’ll just hop on the treadmill for 15-20 minutes. Nothing too complicated, as it is the season of R&R!! However, this does not mean that I won’t be in workout clothes for a vast majority of the time–I practically live in them on off-duty days.
Down belowwww…Outfit, Workout, Post-Workout Smoothie
I’ll be doing many more fitness outfits in the near future, but just for reference, some of my favorite stores recently have been Bandier and Carbon 38 (best range of athleticwear–and so one-off!). My leggings are from Alo Yoga, which are available from both retailers. They are titled “moto leggings” which is rather fitting as they do resemble black pants with moto detailing. Talk about fashion doubling as sportswear.
As for the green top in this look from Lululemon, it’s out of stock unfortunately, but I’m sure you can find something similar from another brand. I love its simultaneous form and function so much that I bought it in three different colors, which I normally never do as I get really bored of the same style…It offers medium support, so you can really wear it to anything from jogging to yoga. I’ll link it down below anyway!
Leggings: Alo Yoga
For those of you who don’t know what SoulCycle is, it’s basically this intense, indoor cycling workout that lasts 45 minutes on average, sometimes 60 if you’re doing “Soul Survivor”. It’s a studio with loud and stimulating music, fellow SoulCyclers, candle lights, and an epic, energized instructor who leads the class, controls the music and lights, keeps you motivated, etc.
Although I’ve known about SC well before it came to Chicago, I was never really that motivated to try it until some of my friends at school took me to the studio in Boston. After my first class, I was instantly hooked, and I’ve been going ever since! It’s the best workout for me because I get really bored when I do cardio workouts for long periods of time, but going to SoulCycle feels different, almost like a really sweaty but productive dance party. I swear, the instructors push you so hard (and you don’t really expect it at first either). You do all sorts of ab workouts, weight exercises, core strengthening, etc. If you’re ever in Chicago, you must go to Aya’s class as I find that she is one of the hardest ones, and every time I leave her class, I always feel the most tired/sore but incredibly accomplished and satisfied. 11/10 recommend.
SoulCycle at the Loop in Chicago
I was really into YouTube a few years back, and I once remember clicking on this “Back To School Recipes” type of video by Ingrid Nilsen & The Kitchy Kitchen, so when I was deciding what kinds of snacks to make after working out, I went with the one that they had made on Ingrid’s channel, formerly known as missglamorazzi. It’s called the “Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie” and it’s packed with nutrients in the form of superfoods. It tastes like a healthy oatmeal cookie and has a grittier taste (because of the flax meal) which I really like. If you don’t have agave nectar, a good substitute is honey (I used this). I’ll screenshot the recipe from The Kitchy Kitchen here–
Just throw everything into a blender until it has a smooth consistency. Also, a frozen banana is HIGHLY encouraged as it will serve as the main contributor to the cold temperature of the smoothie. It’s a really easy and simple recipe–great for post-workouts! Leaves you feeling satiated but not full, and the ingredients are all healthy which is always a ++
Blender used- Vitamix
till next time, xx