Skincare Essentials

13th July 2017

While we love to be healthy by exercising and eating balanced meals, we’re both huge on skincare also. It’s all about being healthy inside and out!

Summers can be so hard on our skin especially when at the gym sweating or when traveling and being exposed to all the different elements and climate changes. So we love to find products that work for our skin. We definitely don’t neglect this self-care.

During the summer, Joanna’s biggest skincare issue is her eczema, so staying moisturized is super important. Grace’s biggest skincare issue is preventing breakouts but not stripping moisture with face washes and toners.

If you follow our Instagram (which you should be if you are – @exercisewithextrafries), you’ll know we love absolutely love Korean skincare products! We both swear by the Korean 10-step routine. Here are some of our favorite products at the moment.

Joanna’s must-have skincare essentials

  1. Dr. Jart Vital Hydra Solution – Joanna’s current favorite face mask. She’s currently obsessed with all Dr. Jart products.
  2. Innisfree Second Skin Mask – We both love Innisfree masks and wish they were available in the US. We always stock up on these when we travel to Korea.
  3. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – Joanna usually uses affordable skincare products, but this is her one splurge.
  4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – Joanna’s favorite body lotion. She keeps several as a backup so she never runs out. Their whole line of products is great for people with eczema.
  5. Dr. Jart Liftra – Night cream that’s on the heavier side, but still feels light.

Grace’s must-have skincare essentials

  1. Innisfree Volcanic Pore Toner – Grace is so obsessed with this toner. It doesn’t strip your skin of oils, but it controls sebum.
  2. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – One of the best acne products! Dab it on at night, and your pimple is significantly smaller the next day. Tip: Do NOT shake.
  3. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask – Another must to control excess oil. Grace uses this about 1-2x per week.
  4. Neogen Bio-Peel+ Gauze Peeling – We absolutely love this for exfoliating. It’s not too harsh on your skin.
  5. Dr. Jart Rubber Mask – We’re both obsessed with everything Dr. Jart at the moment. This mask looks a little creepy, but it feels so great.
  6. Dr. Jart Porecting Solution – We both love to use sheet masks. Tip: Store them in the fridge! It feels so good in the summer.

While these are our favorite products, it’s too hard to carry all of them with us when we’re going to the gym or traveling. So we like to carry just the essentials and usually small, travel-size or sample-sized products.

Some of Grace’s gym bag essentials.

Sunscreen and moisturizers are always a must! This Dr. Jart sunscreen is super light and protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Joanna’s gym-bag essentials. Body wipes are a must if you can’t grab a shower immediately after a class.

We’ve both been using Biossance 100% Squalane Oil and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil as part of our post-gym routine. These mini duos are so easy to throw into our makeup bag for the gym or for travel. We love that they moisturize our skin so well without being too oily. Plus the 100% Squalane Oil is a multipurpose oil that you can use to moisturize all over your body after your shower!

Planes are so dry, so we always carry extra moisturizing products in our carry-on.

You can grab FREE samples of the duo: here. All you have to pay for is the shipping!

So easy to apply the Biossance 100% Squalane all over to moisturize!

Let us know what your biggest skincare concern is, or what skincare product you swear by!

Recipe: Paleo Korean Turkey Bowl

20th June 2017

Our friend Food Wonted sent us an amazing Paleo Korean Beef Bowl recipe from Fake Ginger last week. We modified it to make it Clean Program-complaint and paleo by substituting the beef for ground turkey and adding some extra veggies.

Paleo Korean Turkey Bowl
Recipe modified from Fake Ginger
Clean Program-compliant

Ingredients
1/3 cup coconut aminos
2 1/2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 bunch scallions, chopped, white and green parts separated
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 1/2 pounds organic ground turkey
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
3 cups cauliflower rice
1 pound broccoli florets, steamed
Any other vegetables of your choice

Instructions
1. In a small bowl,  stir together the coconut aminos, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, white scallion parts, pepper, and chili paste.
2. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, heat the cooking oil. Brown the meat for 5 to 8 minute, break it up with a spatula as it cooks. Continue cooking until the meat is no longer pink. Add the sauce to the skillet, bringing it to a quick boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 4 minutes.
3. Serve warm, sprinkle with the green scallion tops and sesame seeds over the cauliflower rice with steamed broccoli on the side.
4. Add any other vegetables! We added snow peas and baby zucchini.

Share with us your favorite healthy recipes!

Park Sisters Scream for Ice Cream at Museum of Ice Cream

9th June 2017

To be perfectly honest, we came here just for the photos. After seeing this on everyone’s Instagram and Snapchat, we knew this would be the new “basic b*tch” spot to go to.  Also Joanna just really wanted to be a 5-year-old and jump into the germ-filled sprinkle pool (Grace’s words). But we really did have a great time running around and touching everything, when we weren’t supposed to, in the museum.

Unfortunately because of all the people who came in before, 2 of the installations are now roped off so people won’t touch or climb on them! (Way to ruin it for us, guys…) But that didn’t stop Joanna from grabbing the popsicles. (We are in no way condoning touching and ruining art. Joanna is just a rule breaker. Please don’t follow suit. Bad Joanna!!! -Grace)

Surprisingly the sprinkle pool room was pretty fun. Joanna was the first to jump in even before all the kids got in. Whereas, Grace stood awkwardly off to the side until Joanna forced her in at the end for some photos.

If you do go, the sprinkle pool room is timed. You get a few minutes in there with your group. So plan your photos out since those minutes go by really fast!

Our favorite ice cream was the Salt & Straw salted caramel. Our least favorite was the charcoal cookie dough…although that was probably because we thought it was ice cream, not cookie dough and didn’t understand why it wasn’t cold. Our bad haha.

If you have the opportunity to go while the Museum of Ice Cream is still in LA, come prepared to snack and take LOTS of photos. We were so impressed by the girls who came in the cutest outfits with each room pre-planned so their Instagram boyfriend could get the perfect shot.

Let us know if you’ve been and what your favorite room was!

A Day with CALIA

5th June 2017

On Friday, May 19, we had the opportunity to spend the day in Malibu, working out with Carrie Underwood and her personal trainer Eve Overland and learning about the new SS17 CALIA by Carrie Underwood. We actually partnered with CALIA for 2017, so be on the lookout on our Instagram for more photos!

We first had a vegan cooking demo by Celebrity Chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads. We all participated in helping make the salad for lunch. Well, Grace made the dressing, while Joanna “supervised” by watching and Snapchatting.

Afterwards we did an hour-long workout on the lawn, led by Eve Overland, Carrie Underwood’s personal trainer. Although we both workout regularly, the workout was so difficult! Definitely had us sweating. Our CALIA workout clothes held up during the workout.

Next we got our hair braided at the Braid Bar Nine Zero One Salon. And finally got to eat an amazing vegan meal. Definitely one of the best vegan meals we’ve ever had.

Afterwards we had the opportunity to preview the new SS17 CALIA line and hear about where Carrie and the team found their inspiration. We had no idea what went into the creation and design. It was great to hear about how they really thought about how the clothes would move and work for active women, such as making sure there was a pocket for your phone or adding a spandex layer under your shorts so you don’t have to think twice about your shorts riding up during a hard workout.

Finally when the day ended, we were so grateful for the car service so we didn’t have to drive home in Friday traffic. We both ended up knocking out the whole ride home!

Thank you so much to Carrie Underwood and CALIA! We had such a blast.

Recipe: SaladPower Popsicles

29th May 2017

How is it almost June already?! Although we’re sad that 2017 halfway over, we’re excited for the warm weather, pool parties, and BBQs. We don’t have anything exciting planned for Memorial Day weekend, but we plan on lounging by the pool and cooling off with these homemade SaladPower popsicles and several glasses of rosé.

SaladPower is juice that’s low in sugar and full of vitamins. It’s loaded with superfood vegetables  and 100% juice, natural, and non-gmo. We’re both crazy about green juice so we were excited to discover a healthier juice.

If you saw our Instagram, you know the first batch didn’t turn out well. Turns out you have to freeze popsicles for a very long time. Be patient!

SaladPower Popsicle
Ingredients:
4 cups fruit of your choice (we used strawberries, cherries, and cantaloupes)
1/2 cup SaladPower juice of your choice (we used Just Veggies)
1/4 cup almond milk

Instructions:
1. Blend fruits, SaladPower juice, and almond milk until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds.
3. Freeze overnight.
4. Enjoy!

SoulCycle Turn It Up Challenge

18th May 2017

I DID IT! I finished the SoulCycle Turn It Up challenge with 20 classes in 30 days!!

I’ve always wanted to participate in this challenge that SoulCycle has 1-2 times per year. However, this round SoulCycle did the challenge a little differently. Usually it was a #TurnItUp20 challenge (20 classes in 30 days), but this round you had a choice of 10, 20, or 30 classes during the 30 day period.

I opted for the 20 classes. While I love SoulCycle and spin regularly, I was spinning 2-3 times per week normally. This meant I would have to spin about 5 times per week, which is way more than I had ever done! It was so incredibly hard the first 2 weeks, but I feel so accomplished for completing the challenge especially with final exams going on at the same time. While I probably didn’t lose a single pound (my eating habits were so erratic with the stress of final exams), I definitely feel so much stronger and can say I have improved so much during this challenge.

Couple of highlights:

  • I took 16 classes with my favorite instructor, David. If you’re in LA and haven’t taken his classes yet, you need to right now! (But please grab your bike after I’ve gotten mine haha.)
  • I did my first back-to-back classes. One was even a Survivor (60 min) class! Definitely couldn’t have done it without David’s encouragement.
  • I missed a class for the first time…because I was hungover! GASP. I know, right? I rarely drink, and I was definitely reminded why I don’t drink that morning haha.
  • I finally got to spin with Pixie, the instructor who made me fall in love with SoulCycle, again! It’s been so hard with my schedule to get into one of her classes, but I was able to take 2 with her!
  • I tried 2 new instructors. If you know me, I have trust issues with trying new instructors, so this was definitely out of my comfort zone.
  • I went from semi-hiding in the 2nd row middle and occasionally riding front row when I was brave enough to now be committed to riding front row all the time.
  • And finally, I took a 5 am class…with Good Morning America…and a surprise performance by Jason Derulo!!! I was so shocked when he came into the room singing and had such a blast spinning, dancing, singing, and whipping my towel all at the same time.

I honestly could not have done this without the support from my instructor David. He was constantly cheering me on and sending me words of encouragement on Instagram. Definitely going for the 30 classes next Turn It Up challenge!

– Grace

Coachella Packing + Tips

10th April 2017

I absolutely LOVE going to music festivals. This is my 4th year in a row attending Coachella, and I usually go to a couple more every year. This year I’m planning on going to FYF Fest also. Maybe also Hard Summer and CRSSD!

As you may have seen in our first “about us” post, I have an Excel spreadsheet and a checklist for items to take with me to Coachella and other festivals.

Here’s what I normally pack:
Packet of tissue, also to use as toilet paper if needed in porta-potties.
Wet wipes.
Hand sanitizer.
Sunscreen. I personally love this one because it protects from UVA and UVB rays and it’s super lightweight: Biore Sarasara Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++ 50g Sunscreen
SEALED lip balm, 1 per day. Sometimes they’re not strict on the “sealed” policy, but can never be too careful or prepared!
SEALED packets of gum, 1 per day.
Full charged external phone charger with cord. So necessary if you like to Instagram, Snapchat, text, and take photos as much as I do! This is the one we use: Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More
Body wipes like SweetSpot Labs, especially if camping! SweetSpot Labs Vanilla Blossom on the Go Wipettes, 30 Count
Bandana to wrap around your face. Dust is constantly kicked up inside the tents. The first year I got pneumonia and had a 1-month long cough because of all the dust. I wear my bandana as much as I can, even just walking around the grounds. Last year I put a medical mask underneath my bandana, and it was even better! Also bandanas help with the smell inside porta-potties and help you from losing your voice since you won’t scream as much, well at least for me it does.
Sunglasses!
A flannel or sweater. It can get pretty cold at night especially the long walk back to your car. Also if you have eczema or sensitive skin, it also works as a blanket to sit on instead of the grass or dirt.
Earplugs. So important! If you have ringing in your ears at end of night, you didn’t wear them enough! These earplugs are great because they protect your ears but don’t muffle the sound completely like foam earplugs do. If you have normal sized ears, these are great: Etymotic Research ETY Plugs High Fidelity Earplugs; Standard Fit, Blue Tip, Polybag If you have smaller ears like us: DownBeats Reusable High Fidelity Hearing Protection: Ear Plugs for Concerts, Music, and Musicians (Clear Ear Plugs, Black Case) or Alpine Hearing Protection MusicSafe Classic Earplugs for Musicians

I pack this all in a fanny pack to keep my hands free! I love the Herschel’s ones because they’re cute and pretty large. Herschel Supply Co. Seventeen, Black, One Size

Also for me: I pack this knee strap because I have patellar tendonitis, so walking around all day usually makes my knee hurt. This helps a ton. Mueller Jumpers Knee Strap BLACK

I also prefer to wear Nikes or other comfortable sneakers instead of boots or sandals even if they’re not as cute because my knee can’t handle running around for over 12 hours. Also if you go into a crowded tent like Sahara, it’s super easy to get stepped on by accident, so I would rather not deal with bleeding toes.

Additional tips:
1. Take an Emergen-C before starting drinking and before Coachella.
2. Eat!! It’s so important to eat! You’re spending so many hours outside in the heat, walking, and dancing so much. You burn a ridiculous amount of calories. It’s so easy to forget to eat when you’re having fun and trying to catch different acts (or if you’re taking a *ahem* “supplement” that has a side effect of suppressing your appetite).
3. Post-Coachella: Another Emergen-c and EAT even if it’s not healthy or you may not be hungry! A Hot Pocket / Lean Pocket or Cup Noodles is super easy to heat up.
4. Additionally, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HYDRATE! It’s so so so hot in the desert, plus you’re sweating so much. And if you’re drinking, it dehydrates you even more! CamelBaks are great to have for festivals for this reason! Plus there is always a free water refill station.
5. And finally, HAVE FUN! Coachella is so fun. Even when the lineup isn’t your favorite, it’s such a great time in the desert with your friends! I absolutely look forward to it every year.

Let us know what you pack with you! And let us know if you’re attending this year! I’ll be there weekend 1, and Joanna will be there both weekends!

-Grace

Speedplay Challenge

10th February 2017

If you follow our Instagram (@exercisewithextrafries), you probably know that we decided to participate in a 30-day challenge at Speedplay with our friend Julie. The challenge was to gather a team of 3 and take as many classes as you could between 1/10 and 2/10. Whichever team took the most classes during that period would win a photoshoot, $100 credit to Speedplay, and most importantly, bragging rights.

Speedplay has 2 locations in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Downtown LA. Each class is 60 minutes. Their signature Speedplay 60 class is half cardio, on a Woodway Curve treadmill and a C2 rower, and half strength, mixing barbells, dumbbells, body-weight exercises, and TRX. They also offer a Speedplay Strength class, which has no cardio.

Here are 10 things we learned from this challenge:

  1. Rest days are a must.
    Initially, we planned on working out 30 days in a row. We both ended up getting sick and had to take a few rest days. There were a lot of times we were mentally and physically exhausted from work and school and all we wanted to do was take a day off. Listen to your body!
  2. Nutrition and diet are important.
    Everyone’s favorite question during the challenge was, “do you have abs yet?”. While we feel so much stronger after this challenge, we didn’t clean up our diet too much, so no abs yet!
  3. Stretch, stretch, stretch.
    Joanna: I don’t stretch or foam roll, ever. So by the end of the first week, my legs were not happy. I went to StretchLab (8317 Beverly Blvd LA, CA 90048) twice during the challenge and they did an amazing job stretching and foam rolling me. I recommend the 40-minute session so they can really focus on the problem areas.
  4. Grace is really competitive.
    Grace: Don’t challenge me in class because I will go all out just to prove you wrong. I especially don’t like it when instructors only tell the guys to grab heavier weights. I can lift just as much!
  5. We still hate running.
    Our running was the first thing to improve. Even though we do a lot of cardio normally since we spin often, we are horrible at running. By the second week, we saw a huge difference in the way we ran in class. But still don’t expect us to be lacing up and hitting the pavement anytime soon!
  6. SoulCycle, we miss you!
    We were planning on taking a break from all other classes during this challenge, but Akin, a NYC Master Instructor, came into town, so we absolutely had to go. We realized clipping in is our therapy. There’s something about a loud, dark room and being on the same beat as everyone that makes it easy to clear our minds and focus on the ride.
  7. Make sure you have enough athleisure.
    Doing laundry 1-2x a week really sucks. Also get a sports detergent, like Tide Sport since your clothes will be smelly!
  8. We missed having a schedule.
    After bouncing around from studio to studio for a while, it was nice having a set routine. We love ClassPass and the flexibility it offers, but having a schedule made it simpler for us rather than having to plan out our cardio and strength training for the week. Both of us will continue to stick with Speedplay as our main workout, but we’re excited we can attend fitness meetups and events on weekends again!
  9. BCAAs and pre-workout are life.
    If you’ve never taken pre-workout before, start with Vega Pre-Workout Energizer since it’s not as intense. Our favorite is Cellucor C4. Neither of us can function without some sort of caffeine. And BCAAs are a must for post-workout recovery! P.S. Supplement companies get at us for sponsorships! Lol.
  10. PARK SISTERS NEED TO LEARN TO COUNT.
    We kept calling it a 30-day challenge. It’s actually 32 days. Whoops…

Would we do another workout challenge? Absolutely! This is exactly what we needed to get our motivation back after the holidays.

Have you guys done a workout challenge before, or are you currently doing one? Let us know your thoughts on them in the comments!

Turkey Burn

21st November 2016

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I don’t know about you guys, but we like to burn some calories before consuming way too much of our favorite dishes at Thanksgiving lunch and dinner. Below are some studios open on Thanksgiving in Los Angeles. We’ll both be at 90 minutes Turkey Burn classes so come join us or say hi if you see us!

Y7 Studio
10:30 am-12:00 pm *90 minutes Turkey Burn
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Carrie’s Pilates Plus
8:00 am-8:45 am
9:00 am-9:45 am
10:00 am-10:45 am
12:00 pm-12:45 pm
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Speedplay
Downtown
9:00 am-10:30 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn

Beverly Hills
9:00 am-10:30 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
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Barry’s Bootcamp
West Hollywood
6:15 am-7:15 am
7:30 am-8:30 am
9:30 am-10:30 am
11:00 am-12:00 pm
12:30 pm-1:30 pm
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Hollywood
7:10 am-8:10 am
8:20 am-9:20 am
9:30 am-10:30 am
10:45 am-11:45 am

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SoulCycle
Brentwood
7:00 am-7:45 am
8:00 am-9:30 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
9:45 am-11:15 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
11:30 am-12:15 pm
12:30 pm-1:15 pm
1:30 pm-2:15 pm

Santa Monica
7:00 am-7:45 am
8:30 am-10:00 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
10:15 am-11:45 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1:00 pm-1:45 pm

Beverly Hills
7:00 am-7:45 am
8:00 am-8:45 am
9:00 am-10:30 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
10:45 am-11:30 am
11:45 am-12:30 pm
12:45 pm-1:30 pm

Culver City
9:00 am-9:45 am
10:00 am-11:00 am
11:15 am-12:00 pm

West Hollywood 
7:30 am-8:15 am
8:30 am-10:00 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
10:15 am-11:45 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
12:30 pm-1:15 pm
1:30 pm-2:15 pm

Hollywood
8:30 am-9:15 am
9:30 am-11:00 am *90 minutes Turkey Burn
11:15 am-12:00 pm
12:15 pm-1:00 pm

Downtown Los Angeles
8:30 am-9:15 am
9:30 am-10:30 am
10:45 am-11:30 am
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About Us

19th October 2016

Welcome to our blog! This isn’t the first joint blog we’ve had, but hopefully this will be more successful and interesting than our first attempt.

We shared 5 facts about us on our Instagram, Exercise with Extra Fries, and here’s 5 individual facts!

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Joanna
1. I get extremely hangry. It’s a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kind of situation. Always carry a snack when you’re hanging out with me so you can feed me.
2. Outside of the gym, I’m really lazy. I complain about walking 2 blocks, but I’ll double Barry’s Bootcamp and SoulCycle.
3. My drunchies (drunk munchies) are pretty crazy. I’m not kidding when I say I eat like a 500-lb man when I’m drunk.
4. I crave donuts 5 minutes into “eating clean” always, even though I normally don’t like to eat them.

5. I got into fitness after gaining weight from drinking and eating too many drunchies. I mainly workout so I can have my 4am drunchies. Although I really need to clean up my diet now that I’m getting older.

Grace
1. I love Excel sheets. I have an Excel sheet for everything, including festivals. Ask if you want it!
2. My newest obsession is my bullet journal. It’s perfect because I had so many lists floating and a planner. Now it’s all consolidated into one!
3. I played field hockey in high school, but first time I really got into fitness and working out was with CrossFit.
4. I have patellar tendonitis (in my knee). It was painful, but I learned a lot during my recovery about cross-training and fitness. This is also the reason why I avoid anything high impact like running
5. I’m always carrying too many drinks at the same time – coffee, water, smoothie/juice, and sometimes, tea.