Should You Pass on Classpass?

Answer is NO!

If you haven’t heard of it, Classpass is an app that grants you access to a plethora of fitness studios in your respective city. I live in Atlanta and there are hundreds of fitness studios that I now have access to through Classpass.

The reason that I love fitness studios is because the trainers truly push you to your max, and give you new exercises that you may not have known about prior… And if you’re like me and need a bit of competition to get you going – it’s a great motivator!

The one factor that I dislike about fitness studios… the COST! It is SO expensive. In Atlanta, the average price of a fitness class, whether that be cycle (my favorite!), barre, interval trainings, strength based trainings or anything else is anywhere between $25-$35 per class. Memberships vary anywhere from $110-$400 per month depending on the studio and type of class. Personally, I love going to spin classes but those tend to be the most expensive.

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Aaaand that is how we got to Classpass! There are several different types of memberships – a 3x per month intro offer, 5x per month and 10x per month. I normally do a 5x per month package and it’s only $55. That breaks down to about $11 per class! WHAT A STEAL!

The caveat is that depending on which program you have, you are restricted to how many times you can visit each studio. For example, on my 5 classes per month package, I can only visit the same studio twice within the same membership cycle (1 month). TBH, I’m totally okay with this because it pushes me to try out new studios and new workouts!

If you’d like to sign up to test Classpass out, click on the link and you’ll get $40 off your first month! YEAHHHH who doesn’t like to save monies?!

What is your favorite workout class? 

Have you ever tried Classpass, and did you like it? Why/why not?!

Xo, Dev

5 Healthy Ways to Cook Chicken

Whenever I think of “healthy meals” I always resort to grilled chicken, brown rice and broccoli. How BORING, amirite?! I believe a lot of people fall off the health bandwagon because of these types of thoughts.

Well, I’m here to tell you that there is SO much more to healthy food than that! You can be so creative with what you eat so that it keeps you interested, and you continue to eat right.

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Instead of giving you some recipes today, I am going to talk about 5 ways to cook chicken that will most definitely keep you coming back for more! This way, you can put your own spin to the cooking styles, and enjoy for meals to come.

COOKING STYLES:

Grilled

I like my grilled chicken super simple, so I usually take my chicken breasts and season them with salt and pepper and a little olive oil. Plus, this helps the flavor of the grill come through in the meat. Make sure the grill is clean and oiled up (don’t overkill it) and lay the chicken on the grill. You really don’t want to overcook the chicken (165 internal temp is ideal) so using a fire that’s between 375-400 Fahrenheit will work perfectly.

TIP: Pounding out the chicken before grilling will help even out the temperature throughout the breast, This will help ensure that the thinner edges don’t get overcooked while the thicker middle is undone.

Baked

Baking is an easy way to keep chicken moist, but it’s also an easy way to overcook and dry the chicken out. You’re going to want to heat your oven to 450 degrees and bake the chicken for 15-20 minutes. This will allow for a nice crispy outer layer, and a tender, moist inside.

TIP: I like to season my baked chicken with Mrs. Dash lemon pepper. GUYS. SO. GOOD. Try it, you’ll thank me later.

Roasted

The main difference between roasting and baking is the form of the meat you are cooking. Generally you will ROAST a whole chicken, while you would BAKE a breast or thigh. Roasted chicken is amazing, and there are so many options to stuff it, season it or cook with vegetables and potatoes.

Poached

Poaching can be seen as boring, but it’s a good healthy way to cook your poultry. It will also ensure that your meat is incredibly moist. WOOHOO! I like to season the liquid in which I am poaching my foods in, because that flavor will end being the seasoning.

TIP: Use a base of chicken broth, I normally go for a low sodium one! Throw in some garlic, bay leaves, some sliced lemon and any extra spices laying around and you’ve got yourself a great base.

PS- Poached chicken is PERFECT for a chicken salad!

Braised

Braising is a cooking style that incorporates both the wet and dry heats. You will first sear the meat (dry heat) and then finish it in a liquid (about 2/3 of the way up the meat) at a lower temperature.

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Try some of these new cooking methods and play around with the seasonings! It will definitely help ‘spice’ up your life 😉

Eat up my friends, I hope you enjoy!!

Xo, Dev

How do you go to the gym if you’re out of town? How do you make sure you eat well when you can’t cook at home? How do you ensure that you’re taking care of your body?

Ugh, it’s been a LONG day. I travel for work generally every other week and it’s wicked hard to keep up a healthy lifestyle.

When I think of training arms, I usually think about hitting the weights at the gym. Today, I wanted to go over some key exercises that you CAN do at pretty much any hotel that has a gym, and most of this routine you won’t even need a gym!

I always stay at a hotel that at least has a fitness facility. That can mean that there is a room with a treadmill in it, or it can mean there is a whole rack of weights. You never know!

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Arm Circles: Standing up, move your arms in forward circles for 30 seconds, and then backwards for 30 seconds.

Push-Ups: Get in plank position with your hands shoulder width apart. BONUS: Put your hands in a diamond shape for a harder training. 15 per set.

Decline Push-Ups: Create a decline by resting your feet on a box, bench or exercise ball with your hands on the floor shoulder width apart. Bring your elbows to a 90 degree elbow. You will feel more tension in your shoulders and upper arms. 15 per set.

Tricep Dips: Position your hands shoulder width apart on a bench or box, slide your butt off of the bench with your legs straight. Slightly bend your elbows and make sure to keep tension on your triceps and not your elbow joints. 10 per set.

Planks: Place forearms on the ground parallel to the body, keep your butt and abs tucked in, hold for 45 seconds.

Planks with Dips: Get in plank position, but drop your left side to the ground, then rotate your right side to the ground. You will feel this in your oblique muscles. Continue for 45 seconds.

Decline Mountain Climbers: Get in handstand position using a wall for support, hands shoulder width apart. Slowly bring your left knee in to your stomach, then straighten. Next bring your right knee in to your abs and straighten. 20 times each side.

Medicine Ball Sit Up Throws: Grab a medicine ball and get in a sit-up position. Bring the medicine ball over your head so that your arms are parallel to the floor, holding the ball. As you curl your abdomen to do a full sit up, bring the medicine ball with you. At the peak of the sit-up, toss the all in the air and then catch it. Once the ball is caught, release your position and decline back down to the ground bringing the ball back above your head.

All of these exercises are able to be done with little to no equipment! And I promise you – your arms WILL feel the burn if you push yourself and do it correctly. The key to these exercises is form!

Let’s continue to travel, but live a healthy life along the way 🙂

Xo, Dev