Three Pink Things I Am Obsessed With For October

If you haven’t been able to tell, I am obsessed with PINK! It’s my absolute favorite color, because it’s the best color! Duh! Needless to say I love October because it all about two of my favorite things! Boobies and Pink!!

Yes, I know there are about 1,000,000 other ways to support Breast Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about soooooo much more then just everything be recolored to the best color in the world. Check out the National Breast Cancer Foundation for more ideas and ways to help! Having said that I’m still gonna look for all of the super awesome Pink stuff this month that donates money to Breast Cancer Foundations!!

First up is the 24/7 Bra from ThirdLove

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ThirdLove will donate 20% of the purchase of any Pink 24/7 Bra!! These are the most comfortable bras in the world, no joke. It’s the only bra that I don’t take off immediately when I get home. I even have a discount code for $10.00 off a purchase of $50.00 or more – TLVIPKVZ10

ANDDDDDD they are even running a contest on Instagram!!  Check it out!!

Next, is the KitchenAid® 2-Speed Hand Blender 

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KitchenAid doesn’t donate based on sales of their pink products. They donate $450,000 or more through their Cook For a Cure programs. Two of the programs are the Pass The Plate program, where you purchase a special plate, register it on their website, and make something delicious and pass it on to a friend. When your friend logs the plate on their website, KitchenAid will donate $5.00 to Susan G. Komen. The Second program is 10,000 Cupcakes where KitchenAid will donate $1.00 for every original picture of a Cupcake you bake and Share on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #10000Cupcakes and #donate. Don’t even give me a reason to make cupcakes, cause I will do and eat them all! How AMAZING are those!!!

Finally and my favorite this year is……………. The Ultimate Sandbag!!

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Sandbags are such a great workout tool to use for functional training or “real life training.” Working with sandbags is like working real stuff we pick up every day like puppies, kittens, a bag full of donuts, you know everyday stuff. My absolute favorite part about this Breast Cancer Awareness Special is www.ultimatesandbagtraining.com is taking the normal pick sandbag they sell all year round and giving people a 20% discount (use the code STRENGTH) and will be donating profits to Singleton Moms, a group to help single parents fighting cancer!!

So there you have it! My favorite pink stuff for October!

Have you come across anything amazing? Let me know!! I’ll probably buy it!

Kristen xo

Two Instructor Life Hacks!

Ok… so these are not just for instructors – anyone can use them! But I use them mainly for my group fitness life.

1. De-cluter your life

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in instructor Dvd’s?

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I found these handy dandy little Dvd sleeves. They hold two disks, have a section for notes as well as the cover! The way I decided to store my library was, notes in front, then the Dvd’s, and then the cover folded in half in the back. The reason I did this was was so that I could still see the song list on the back of the sleeve. This makes 3 Dvd sets shrink down to the size of one Dvd case.

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I am still constructing my office but this took my DVD collection from an entire book case to just one cube!!

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2. Stretch the life of your workout clothes.

I love to wear black when I exercise but having to wash my stuff all the time tends to fade out my workout gear. Quite often the color fades before the clothes actually wear out. When that happens I like to extend the life of my stuff by performing a little at-home-dye-job.  Sounds easy enough but there are a few things to keep in mind when doing this:

  • Only try this is if the only other option is throwing away your piece of clothing. I wouldn’t try it on a perfectly fine pair of Lulu Yoga pants.
  • Make sure everything on your piece of clothing is black. If there is anything on them that white or a different color, that part can turn to a weird shade of gray.
  • Wear gloves. The dye will turn your hands black!
  • Make sure your sink won’t stain. There is no point in ruining your bathroom for a $40.00 pair of shorts.
  • After you finish, wash your clothes one more time. Black sweat is not natural or cute.

I buy RIT dye from the grocery store for $2.99 a bottle. There are instructions on the bottle but the way I like to use it is in the sink – one piece of clothing at a time. I use hot hot water and an old kitchen spoon to mix it all up. I let it soak for about 45 min, then rinse out all of the dye. Finally, I wash it by itself just to get out any excess dye.

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If it doesn’t work then I am am only out $2.99 and then I go buy new shorts, because obviously I need them. DUH!

Kristen xox

CIZE LIVE is here, FREE Sneak Peek on July 9th!!

You may or may not have heard that there is a new group fitness class that is coming out from Beachbody Live called CIZE LIVE. What is CIZE LIVE?


Here is a little peek of me CIZEing it up in my back yard!

CIZE LIVE is a dance class for everyone. It is a great workout and makes people feel amazing… like the hottest, baddest, backup dancer on the planet! It’s about getting lost in the music and letting go of the world around you.

Here’s how it works. The full class starts with a warm up; a few dance moves and some stretches.  After the warm up is the breakdown! That is bulk of the class and breaks down all of the moves, putting them together for a 30 second combination.  Then the magic happens. Then it is time to CIZE it up!! Time to dance your heart out!! Not only does it make you feel great but it cranks up your heart rate like crazy! After the show, there is a cool down and a core section.

I know that I might be a little biased but this is the most fun I have had in a class in a long long time! And more importantly, when I’m done I’m also covered in sweat!!!

  • Length: 60 min classes
  • Equipment: None
  • What to wear: Tights, a comfy top, and funky shoes
  • Difficulty level: 5… but you are going to sweat your butt off!
  • Pros: Awesome workout without feeling like a workout at all.

For more information you can go directly to cizelive.com or comment below with any questions!! You should also come and try it out with me on July 9th in San Francisco…for FREE!!!

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For those you that are interested in becoming instructors, I have an instructor training in San Francisco on August 16th. This is open for registration on cizelive.com – but hurry!! – this is one of the first certification classes in the Bay Area and is limited to 40 people!!!  Email me with any questions at sparklespandex@gmail.com

Kristen xo

How To Run Faster

Here is a question I get allllllllllllll the time!! Kristen, how can I run faster? Oh and yeah, I know I look crazy in that picture! That’s how  you feel after at the end of a half marathon.

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First let me say, I am not a certified running coach, I am a fitness professional but not in running. I was an assistant cross country coach for like a season, I ran cross country and track in high school, I run a bunch of races but I am not a certified running coach so this is all based on my opinion and experience.

So now how to run faster! The only way I know to actually get faster at running is to run faster. Ha ha, sounds simple and hard at the same time, right. Let me break it down. When I say you have to run faster to get faster, I don’t mean just will yourself to run your normal routs faster then you do on the reg. That sounds kind of daunting especially if you are doing a lot of miles during the week and your runs are long!  Although I have total faith you could do that, there is an easier way.

Track Repeats

I personally believe that track repeats are the easiest/quickest way to speed up your pace. Here is a list of what I like for best for each race length:

5k – 200 meter repeats
Pace – Your one mile pace
Amount – 20 (sounds like a lot and it might take some time to get to 20 but once you do, I’m pretty sure that you’ll be crushing it)

10K  – 400 meter repeats (By far the hardest, but kind of the most rewarding too)
Pace – Your 5k pace
Amount 10-12

Half Marathon  – 800 meter repeats
Pace – Your 10k pace
Amount 6-10

Marathon  – 1600 meter repeats
Pace – Your 10-15 seconds then your desired marathon pace
Amount 4-6

There are a Zillion different variations that you can do with track workouts but I like to keep it simple, zone out, and focus on the work. Chances are that the first time you do these you might not get to the full amount of repeats, that is OK. Start with a few and work up to the full amounts. If you add this to your training, I would be shocked if you didn’t get faster times.

Now you can just do this on the road but I would suggest finding a local track that you can go to. This reduces distraction, makes the distance that much more consistent each time and the terrain will be nice and smooth for you.

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Here is an example of a track workout that I did a few years ago. It was mile repeats. I did three repeats with a mile warm up and cool down. I was training for marathon at this time. I actually ran the repeats a bit to fast, 6:30 pace. That is not anywhere near my desired marathon pace but you get the idea. On a side note, even though I was running my track workouts faster I didn’t hit my time goal that race. Faster isn’t always better, just saying.

I would love to hear what are your favorite speed workouts if you have them!!

Kristen xoxo

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I’m BACK!!! AND a Free entry to ANY See Jane Run race!!!

Wooooooo whoooooo!!

Hey Guys! I missed you!! There is sooooooooooo much to catch up on!!

Running, CIZE Live, new food stuff,  more exercise and I’m working on a new look for the blog!! What what!!

I know I have been away for a while but to make up for it I one have one free entry to any See Jane Run Race!! There is one next weekend here in the Bay Area! We can get free bubbles together after the race!! BOOM!

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To enter all you have to do is………

-Like my new FB page! (I know it is basically the same as my old one but some technical stuff has changed, don’t worry about just hit like xox)

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OR

Like my Instagram!!

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Or you can do both for extra credit!!

If you already like those share this on your Facebook, Repost on Insta, or Comment below!!  I’ll announce the winner Monday!

Can’t wait to catch up more on all of the exciting thing going on!!

Kristen xoxo

Working my Core at Urban Balance Pilates

I recently had the opportunity to try out a one-on-one Pilates session at Urban Balance Pilates. I have only really experienced pilates in yoga/pilates fusion classes, never on it’s own. So when the opportunity came up to try it out I was all for it and plus, I’ve seen it on reality tv shows before, it looks totally easy……..Right.

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Urban Balance Pilates is a beautiful private little studio in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. When I walked in I was greeted by an an adorable instructor, Kelly. She made me feel at ease right away. The first thing we did was talk about my medical history, my goals and Kelly also gave me some background about Pilates and her training. I have to admit  was a little intimidated by the equipment but Kelly reassured me that she was going to tell me everything I needed to know.

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We started the workout on the reformer. A reformer is kind of like a big rowing machine that you lay on with ropes and a foot bar. Kelly told me that in classical Pilates there is a certain sequence to the workout that is followed every time. In the warm up, the exercises were pretty basic but with the resistance from the reformer and the slow controlled tempo I started to feel them working my muscles. As we got into the workout even more the exercises became more complex and I definitely had to think about every move before doing it. Even though there were a few exercises I didn’t think I was going to be able to do (like all of the upside down ones), Kelly guided me through them perfectly and pushed me to go a little further than I thought I could.

I have to admit this was not an easy workout. I was challenged from the start and at the end I was drenched in sweat and my muscles were shaking. It was a lot different then I expected. I learned a lot about my own body and where I have some work to do, especially since my core was super sore the next day. It’s a completely different style then the high intensity type of  workouts I am use to but now I’m super excited to explore Pilates even more.

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Sorry the pic is blurry, my hands were shaking!!

Urban Balance Pilates

  • Length: 50 min Sessions
  • Equipment: Reformer, Pilates Cadillac, Pilates Chair, Pilates Barrel
  • Investment: 100-120 for personal sessions, 50-70 for duet sessions 
  • What to wear: Tank, Capris or Tights and no shoes
  • Difficulty level: 6 Because of the complexity of some of the moves
  • Pros: 1 on 1 sessions tailored to your fitness level, building strength and body awareness
  • Extras: Urban Balance Pilates also offers nutrition coaching for 100

I absolutely LOVED my time at Urban Balance Pilates and would recommend any one to start their Pilates journey here. For more information Visit Urban Balance Pilates on Facebook

***Please note: I am an ambassador for Fit Approach and Sweat Pink, and that’s how I received an awesome session at Urban Balance Pilates. I never give an opinion that is not my own, and I have a lot of them to share (just ask). ***  

Kristen xo

Weekend Wedding Planning, My Fit Foods and getting ready for my first post flu race

This weekend Jared and I are doing one of the best parts of wedding planning. Tasting the food! We are in Scottsdale, meeting with our possible caterers and stuffing our faces along the way. We also went to check out the Resort where all of our guests are going to be staying. Since or wedding theme is basically, Keeping it Classy, we decided to get our hotel block in the Talking Stick Casio in Scottsdale. Nothing says wedding like Black Jack, 80 year old women with oxygen tanks and Thunder Down Under!

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Jared and I checking out the view before hitting the Black Jack tables

In between stuffing our faces and winning big on the tables, we have found time to stay somewhat healthy and work out a little. After the gym today we were running errands and we drove past this place called My Fit Foods. So you know I had to try that!

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Cilantro Lime Turkey, Sweet Teriyaki Chicken Wrap and Veggies in the Raw

Basically the deal is, it is pre-portioned meals that are made fresh, super health and don’t cost a fortune. I would say that there were about 60 different options split into breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Jared and I got two lunch meals, a snack box, cookie and a drink and it was only 22.00.

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Some of the things I loved about My Fit Foods are:

1. 99% of there items were gluten free! Big Win!

2. There are big and small portions for most dishes. Great when trying to feed one little person and one giant.

3. Their staff was super helpful.

4. The food was delish!

SOLD! I’m going to try and find one in NorCal as soon as I get home!

Tomorrow, I am running my first face “post-flu race!” It is the Scottsdale Giant 9k so I should be fine but it’s going to be an adventure non the less. I still have a little cough which might be an issue but I’ll work though it.

When going to pick up my packet it was in the Baseball Expo for spring training. Jared actually just dropped me off so I could run in and get my bib. There was a huge festival and so many Giants fans and looked like so much fun I almost wanted to just stay and party but I remembered the man was waiting and he was my ride home.

If anyone is running the Scottsdale Giant Race tomorrow come and find me and we can take a selfie!!

Kristen ox

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