Les Mills Presents The Project: Immersive Fitness

There are many, many things that I love about Les Mills programs. I became a certified Bodypump instructor in 2011 after falling in love with the format and classes. Les Mills offers a multitude of different exercise programs and there’s literally something for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Trends in fitness are constantly changing and Les Mills has no problem staying up to date on the latest ideas and concepts.

I recently learned about the latest innovation in Les Mills fitness and couldn’t be more excited to try it out! Les Mills has partnered up with Reebok to create a revolutionary fitness experience called The Project: Immersive Fitness.

image from The Project on Instagram

Immersive Fitness takes the typical group exercise class beyond the next level. It creates an experience that engages the body and mind in ways that I never thought possible!

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Jamaican Ten Speed [a.k.a. the "Two Sipper"]

In general, I’m not much of a cocktail drinker. When given the choice of an adult beverage I’d pretty much always choose beer or wine. However, if a restaurant or bar is known for it’s amazing cocktails (like this place), I’ll have to give one a try.

Back in the day (and when I had a much higher tolerance for alcohol!) I would choose mixed drinks over anything else. And, those drinks were usually incredibly sweet. Even though just the thought of most of the cocktails that I enjoyed in my early 20s gives me a hangover, there’s one in particular that I can still about in a positive light.

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A Knee Update [4 Weeks Post-Op]

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Well, I pretty much failed at writing an update on my ACL reconstruction surgery each week. I really wish I had so that I could look back at where I was each week and track my progress easily… but life/work/Blend got in the way. So, I’m going to do my best to remember what happened during the first few weeks after surgery and go from there! This is probably going to be a bit all over the place- but hopefully it will make some sense. :)

Looking back at what the first week post-op was like, I can happily say that things got much better after that. I was a little nervous going in for my first post-op appointment. Even though I had done everything I was supposed to (which was basically nothing) I was nervous that my progress wouldn’t be where my doctor wanted. I was definitely relieved when he told me that my progress looked great (and right on track)! I had four out of five sets of stitches removed (all but the large incision) and was told I could decrease my CPM time to 8 hours a day (which is a lot better than 12-14!).

I also started driving again that week and was able to walk around (slowly, with a limp) with my leg brace on.

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Later that week, I started physical therapy. In that first session, the therapist measured the degree to which I could bend (which wasn’t far beyond 90˚) and straighten my leg (I was a few degrees off). She had me do all kinds of different “straight leg lift” exercises to engage my quads, hip flexors and glutes. I also had to work on quad sets, which is just flexing your quad. I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to flex my quad- it was as if my brain stopped communicating with my muscles! The combination of the trauma and the swelling can make it extremely difficult to flex your quad (like you normally would) and I was told to just keep doing it over and over again to help keep the muscle strong.

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Blend 2014

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It’s still a little hard for me to believe- but this year’s Blend Retreat has come and gone. This was the third annual gathering for Blend (and also the third year that I’ve been in attendance). I helped out in some capacity during planning for the first two years and stepped into a co-organizer role this year. I’ve been friends with the other two organizers Lindsay and Janetha for a few years now, but have gotten a lot closer to both of them over the last year thanks to countless emails, phone calls and texts.

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I really had no idea just how much planning went into organizing this type of event! Lindsay wrote a great post about the “what, why and how” Blend all came together- which you can check out for details.

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Red, White and Blue[berry] Crepes

Hello! I got back from spending five days in Park City, Utah last night and have a lot of catching up to do. I was there for the third annual Blend Retreat, which was (once again) and incredible weekend! I’ll be back to tell you more about it later in the week, but for today I’m showing a little love to this year’s official sponsor: Silk!

There are certain recipes that, for one reason or another, seem to intimidate me. Most of the time, these recipes are even that complicated, but I just haven’t been able to make them right for some reason. Crepes are one of the recipes that I took a few attempts to figure out how to make correctly, but now that I have, they’re super easy to make.

One of the things that I really like about about crepes is that they are so versatile. You can stuff them with sweet or savory ingredients or just eat them in a stack like pancakes. Most of the time I fill my crepes with one of my favorite combinations: plain Greek yogurt, honey and berries.

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Currently: June

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Hello! I can’t believe it’s already June- once again this past month seemed to fly by. June 2014 has seemed so far away for so long, mostly because it’s when The Blend Retreat is taking place. We’ve been planning it for almost a year, so it’s crazy that it’s finally about to happen. We’re also just weeks away from summer- which is by far my favorite season of the year. Even though I won’t be doing a lot of my normal summer activities for a while, I’m still excited to get outside and to have friends from the east coast visit.

Here’s what’s going on in my world, currently:

Currently: June

Current books: Nothing! Paige told me about this book and I’m planning to start it next.

Current music: Since I’m seeing Lionel Ritchie at Red Rocks this month, I’ll share this classic feel-good tune:

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