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Bulletproof Labs Visit

6th February 2018

We had the opportunity to visit Bulletproof Labs in Santa Monica last week. If you haven’t heard of Bulletproof, they’re the ones behind Bulletproof coffee. But they also have other food and drinks and supplements. Bulletproof’s mission is to help people perform better, think better, and live better (Source).

When we visited, we were given a tour of all the available equipment. We were just blown away by all of it. Bulletproof Labs helps with both physical and mental health. Not only do they help with injuries and recovery, but they also help with cellular health and mental health. The best way to describe Bulletproof Labs is that it doesn’t replace your gym, even though they have machines such as The Cheat Machine, which gives you a week’s worth of lifting in just 15-20 minutes, and Cold HIIT, where you work out for 21 minutes with cooling and compression so you recover faster.

While we wanted to try everything, we didn’t have enough time to try every single machine, so here’s a quick review of what we were able to try out.

Joanna freaking out because her body fat % kept going up. Uh oh!

Virtual Float Tank

Joanna: I’ve always wanted to try a virtual float tanks, but didn’t like the idea of getting in the water and getting wet. You guys have all seen my many different hair colors. That thing cannot be submerged in water for an hour. So when I saw that Bulletproof Labs had a virtual float tank and I didn’t need to submerge myself in water, I immediately knew that’s what I wanted to try. Also, most float tanks are sensory deprivation tanks, which means no sound or sight. The virtual float tank at Bulletproof Labs has music and light pulses, which drops your brain into a meditative theta-wave state so you’re able to relax more.

No need to get wet in this float tank!

Benefits of a Virtual Float Tank:

  • Enhance learning and memory
  • Boost creativity
  • Decrease stress
  • Increase resilience
  • Improve mental and physical energy
  • Enhance meditation effectiveness

I definitely needed to decrease my stress levels so even though the thought of being in a closed tank freaked me out a little bit, I sucked it up and did it. I definitely panicked for about 30 seconds before getting used to the lights and spinning. The 20 minutes in the tank flew by and when it was over, I definitely felt more relaxed.

REDcharger

Grace: The REDcharger kind of reminded me of a tanning bed (Yes, we know they’re horrible for you. No, we don’t go into them anymore.), but ONLY because you lay down and close the bed around you. It doesn’t tan you. The REDcharger exposes your body to red and infrared light, which improves blood circulation, helps with recovery, decreases inflammation, and helps with collagen production (!!!). That basically means YOU GET PRETTIER. Jk, not really. But collagen does help with your skin, hair, and joints.

You’re supposed to be naked. The less clothes the better! But no naked photos allowed on this blog or Instagram so Grace is fully clothed lol.

Benefits of the REDCharger:

  • Improved blood circulation to brain and body
  • Enhanced exercise recovery
  • Improves immune system function
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Decrease inflammation and swelling
  • Detoxification

The more skin exposure, the better, so most people strip down and get into the bed. Don’t worry, they sanitize it after each person. You’re in the machine for 20 minutes. The lid does close around you. If you’re claustrophobic, you can leave it cracked open. It is smaller than a tanning bed. Also it does get hot. Towards the end of my session, I was getting really sweaty and warm. But the 20 minutes is definitely bearable.

Cold HIIT

Grace: With the Cold HIIT machine, you sit down on a machine that’s like recumbent bike at the gym. The seat is cooled, as are your feet in the foot holds. Also your thighs and biceps are wrapped with a cooling compression that feels like you’re getting your blood pressure measured. It’s only 21 minutes, but it’s HIIT! So you have short bursts of sprints that are actually really hard!

Grace looks a little too happy. Don’t think she was working hard enough.

Benefits of Cold HIIT:

  • Improve strength and endurance
  • Improve mental focus
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Increase energy
  • Decrease inflammation

When I was doing the Cold HIIT, I could feel my hands sweating, but that was the only part of me that sweated. I didn’t feel much fatigue because the cooling helped me recover much faster, so I could work harder. After the 21 minutes, I laid down on a cooling bed that helped with recovery. It was pretty cool (pun intended), and I would definitely want to do it again!

PEMF

Joanna: The PEMF is a mat that produces a pulsed electromagnetic field and charges your body’s cells with so you can reenergize, heal, recover, and perform better. It’s one of the more popular machines at Bulletproof Labs and I was only able to stay on for a short period of time since 2 other people had reserved it. Some clients come in every day to use this machine!

Don’t use your phone while using the PEMF machine!

Benefits of PEMF:

  • Stimulates electrical changes — around and within the cell
  • Activates and promotes cell regeneration
  • Can alleviate the symptoms of arthritis
  • Improves circulation
  • Can help relieve the symptoms of depression
  • Promotes bone healing

I’ve been having a lot of problems with my left hip recently. It’s definitely from lack of stretching and foam rolling and anytime I do a high intensity workout, it gets really painful. The first few minutes, I focused on my whole body and the pulses weren’t too strong or painful. Since the main issue was on my left hip, we switched to a paddle to focus more on that area. I definitely felt the pulses during that time and had to scale back. It felt like cramps and it was more painful in my problematic area. I wish I could have used the PEMF for the full 20 minutes because my hip did feel a bit better after the short session.

Packages and Pricing

Bullet Packages

*Every machine uses 1-2 Bullets. The popular machines like the Virtual Float Tank and PEMF are 2 Bullets.

1 Bullet – $50
6 Bullets – $285
12 Bullets – $555
24 Bullets – $1,080

Monthly Memberships

Silver – $510 for 12 Bullets
Gold – $960 for 24 Bullets
Platinum – $1,440 for 36 Bullets

Honestly, it’s a bit pricey, but the machines you use are all so amazing and so beneficial to your health – mental, physical, and even cellular. We really wanted to try every single machine.

We both think the most “worth it” machine is the PEMF. Joanna said she felt her hip pain improve even after such a short time. We both know we have minor injuries / inflammation, which was confirmed after our body composition scan. So we would definitely do the PEMF to get rid of that inflammation and help our bodies heal.

What would you be most interested in trying out? Let us know!

Staycation and Travel Guide to Pasadena

1st February 2018

Over the weekend, we staycationed at the Westin in Pasadena. We’ve had such a busy week, so it was really nice to just relax, order some room service, and lounge. But, of course, we wanted to remain active, so here are some recommendations on how to remain active on vacation/staycation and specific recommendations for Pasadena.

Tip 1: Utilize the hotel gym and amenities.

We love using TRX Training straps to add some instability to our planks. It works our core so much more. (Photo by Stephanie Vu)

The Westin’s gym was so beautiful and so nice! When we went in, there was no one there, so we enjoyed the gym to ourselves. They had the basics such as a treadmill, elliptical, and free weights. But they also had a Peloton bike (!!), TRX Training straps, kettlebells, bosu balls, and so much!

We rarely go to the gym by ourselves, since we usually take classes or train with our personal trainer. So, it was nice to get in a full body workout at our own pace. We even did a little yoga at the end to stretch it out.

We like to warm up with a little cardio. Even though we hate running, we usually do a few sprints and runs on inclines. (Photo by Stephanie Vu)

Tip 2: Find a workout class nearby.

We love workout classes because it forces us to stay present for the whole 45-60 minutes. Plus it’s so much more motivating working out with other people. Some Pasadena favorites are:

SoulCycle
140 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

SoulCycle is one of our favorite workouts. Whenever we travel, we love to visit other SoulCycle studios! (Photo credit: Pasadena Now)

Our favorite spin studio! 45 minutes of spinning, dancing, and just pure FUN. Our favorite instructor at this studio is definitely Ross.

CorePower Yoga
168 West Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91105

We recently started doing yoga, and we love CorePower. Our favorite class is the sculpt class, which is a heated yoga class that adds weights and cardio. It moves fast, but the flow is never too difficult.

Basecamp Fitness
38 South El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

We haven’t tried Basecamp yet, but a lot of our friends have recommended it to us! It seems to be a great HIIT workout. Plus they have assault bikes, which are INSANELY hard!

Tip 3: Find healthy restaurants nearby such as a pressed juice bar.

You can always find some healthy, fresh options nearby using Yelp and a little research. Some of our favorites in Pasadena are:

Pressed Juicery
59 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105

Grabbing a juice after a workout. Grace got an activated charcoal lemonade. Joanna got a green juice. (Photo by Stephanie Vu)

We love to get a green juice to drink our veggies. When we’re feeling a little under the weather, we like to get a ginger shot to boost our immune system and chase it with a Greens 5, which has a ton of Vitamin C.

Sage Vegan Bistro
41 Hugus Alley
Pasadena, CA 91103

We haven’t tried Sage yet, but it’s been on our list for so long! We’ve heard amazing things about this restaurant, so this is on our list to try. We definitely want to try the cauliflower wings and the jackfruit nachos!

True Food Kitchen
168 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105

All of their food is amazing! You can’t go wrong with any dish, but we usually get a pizza and salad to split. Also, their squash pie with the coconut whipped cream is delicious.

Tip 4: But if it’s your cheat day, go for it!

Being healthy isn’t about always restricting yourself. We love to keep it balanced (case in point, our blog name). Some of our favorite indulgences are:

Pie Hole
59 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105

Earl Grey is definitely our favorite flavor at Pie Hole! (Photo by Stephanie Vu)

Just delicious. The Earl Grey and the Maple Custard are definitely our favorites. We haven’t tried the savory ones yet, but they look just as amazing as the sweet ones.

Umami Burger
49 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105

You can never go wrong with a burger and fries. We love the Hatch burger because we love the additional spice. We’ve really been wanting to try the Impossible Burger also, which is a veggie burger that looks, tastes, and smells like beef!

Lucky Boy
640 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105

Hands down, best breakfast burritos ever. We like to get our with sausage and bacon. Always ask for extra ranch and salsa. But we also love their burger. Super simple, but so good.

How do you stay active and healthy during vacations? Leave us any tips if you have any!

Bulletproof…ish Matcha

14th January 2018

Quitting Coffee

I’ve had coffee everyday since sophomore year of high school. Often, it would be 2-3 cups per day. I loved the smell and the taste, but I was also obviously very addicted. I would get intense headaches when I didn’t have enough coffee. But it never bothered me too much to make a change.

When I discovered matcha, I absolutely loved it, but I never thought it would replace coffee for me. But when I was doing Clean Program last June, it said “no coffee.” Clearly, that wasn’t going to happen for me, so I compromised and had 1 cup of coffee in the AM and 1 cup of matcha in the PM. This was HUGE for me.

Then one morning, randomly, I woke up, and I just couldn’t even stomach the thought of having anymore coffee. After 10 years of having a coffee daily, I just couldn’t do it anymore! Since then I’ve switched completely over to just matcha (or tea, when there’s no matcha available).

Bulletproof Coffee, Then

I remember back in 2015, bulletproof coffee or butter coffee was becoming super popular. I was working full-time, working out, and studying for my LSATs at the same time, which meant my days ran from about 6:30 am to 10 pm regularly. I was really into anything that would help me concentrate and stay focused and alert.

Bulletproof Coffee. Photocredit: IG @bulletproof & @primal_gourmet

Bulletproof coffee has grass-fed butter or ghee in it, along with brain octane oil. The fat in the butter slows the absorption of the caffeine, so you don’t have jitters or a crash. Instead, you have a much steadier amount of energy for a long time. (Source).

I would buy bulletproof coffee regularly, and I LOVED it. Way better than nootropics, which I thought never worked too well for me. But when I tried making it by myself at home, IT WAS SO DISGUSTING. I literally gagged and had to throw out the whole cup. I guess my proportions were completely off.

Bulletproof Matcha, Now

Currently, I’m a JD/MBA student, and I’ve been taking my MBA courses at night. Unfortunately, I am not a night owl. I struggle to pay attention in class sometimes because it’s so late. This semester my courses are very quantitative heavy, and my Wednesday classes are from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm…

So, I decided I would try bulletproof again. But I needed to make it for matcha, not for coffee.

After extensive Googling (aka a quick search and hitting the first 5 or so links that popped up lol), I found some recipes were using coconut butter instead of grass-fed butter or ghee. So, thinking because I love coconut, I should try that, here’s what I came up with:

  • 12 oz water
  • 1 serving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (because who doesn’t love strong nails and hair)
  • 1.5 tsp of ceremonial matcha (I used Aiya Matcha)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain octane (MCT oil)

I chose to use water, not unsweetened nut milk, because I normally drink my matcha just mixed with water. I don’t like matcha lattes or my matcha sweetened at all.

Guys… this was so… D I S G U S T I N G !!! 

I had even video-ed the whole process, so I could upload it onto Instagram stories. But after tasting it, I couldn’t fake that I liked it, so I didn’t want to lie and say I did. It tasted so creamy, but coconut-y and left a horrible feeling and taste in my mouth. So i just threw it out…

However, DISCLAIMER: I HATE LATTES. So, if you do like lattes, I would recommend the following recipe, and to use ghee or grass-fed butter instead of coconut butter, unless you’re strictly dairy-free.

Bulletproof Matcha recipe from Rachael’s Good Eats

Rachel’s Good Eats

  • 2 cups water or unsweetened nut milk
  • 1 serving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp high-quality matcha green tea powder (I like Chalait)
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain octane (MCT oil)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cacao butter

Any way, after tossing my original drink, I finally figured out what I like… So if you hate lattes / creaminess and hate your matcha sweetened…  This might work for you:

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz water
  • 1 serving Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (because who doesn’t love strong nails and hair)
  • 1.5 tsp of ceremonial matcha (I used Aiya Matcha)
  • 1/2 tbsp Bulletproof Brain octane (MCT oil)

Instructions:

  1. Take a blender and put in matcha, Brain octane, collagen, and close to boiling water.
  2. Blend. Ta-da! That’s it.
  3. If I want it cold and iced, I just shake it all up in a cocktail shaker or blender bottle with ice (and cold water, not hot water).

Yes, I know this isn’t completely “bulletproof,” but this is what I like.

Testing out Bulletproof matcha recipes.

Do I feel the difference with the Brain Octane yet? No, I’ve taken it like 2x. But I plan on drinking this daily, and I will report back to you.

Are you a coffee or matcha drinker? Have you tried Bulletproof drinks or the diet? Let me know in the comments!

-Grace

Semi-Permanent Makeup: Eyeliner

8th January 2018

We rarely wear makeup because we’re lazy. If we could have our full face tattooed with semi-permanent makeup, we’d probably do it. Think of all the time you could save not having to carefully apply your makeup everyday! We could spend all that extra time sleeping, eating, or working out!

Julie Jung Studio located in Beverly Hills

We both have our eyebrows tattooed (not microbladed), and we recently decided to get our eyeliner tattooed from So Young at Julie Jung Studio located in Beverly Hills.

The Process

If you have lash extensions, you’ll have to get them removed and wait until your lids are fully healed before getting them done again. Also, don’t wear eye makeup or have any lotion or sunscreen on your eyes when coming in for the tattoo.

Excluding the initial numbing cream application, the whole process only takes about 15-20 minutes. Numbing cream is applied for 20 minutes; So Young tattoos a line on each eye; numbing cream is re-applied; and the process is repeated 2 more times.

Numbing process

Eyeliner tattoo by So Young

Eyeliner tattoo by So Young

We both went in thinking it would be painful since the eye is such a sensitive spot. But surprisingly, we both thought the process was painless and felt ticklish during the process. On a scale of 1 to 10, the pain level would be a 2 (Joanna thought it was a 0 to 1, but she has a high pain tolerance). The only part that felt weird was when So Young was wiping the ink off in between the steps. Also, opening our eyes at the end felt a little heavy and they were a bit sensitive and took a couple of minutes to get adjusted to the light.

After Care

The after care for eyeliner tattoo is very easy. There is no need to apply an ointment and there’s little to no swelling.

  1. Don’t drink alcohol. Actually, you’re allowed to drink but you should really let your body heal. It’s such a small part you’re getting tattooed it’s not a big deal but any time Joanna gets tattooed, she doesn’t drink for at least 5 days.
  2. No eye makeup for 3 days.
  3. Don’t get too sweaty. Especially no SoulCycle or hot yoga.

Touch up can be done as early as  4-6 weeks later and is complimentary.

Joanna’s eyeliner tattoo immediately after the 1st session

Grace’s eyeliner tattoo after the 1st session

Price: $400 excluding tip. Touch up is included in the price.

Have you gotten any semi-permanent makeup? If so, what have you done, and what did you think of it? Let us know!

2018 New Year’s Goals, Not Resolutions

2nd January 2018

Normally we don’t like to set New Year’s resolutions because a lot of times they’re too much of a reach and very difficult to keep up past the first couple months (or in Joanna’s case, weeks) of the year.

But we’re hoping by calling them goals instead of resolutions (and hopefully choosing attainable ones!) and by publishing them on our blog, we’ll be held accountable to reaching them.

Here are our 2018 goals for both our brand and ourselves.

Exercise with Extra Fries

In 2017, we launched our YouTube channel and expanded more into lifestyle. While we really loved filming videos and had so much fun creating different content, we were having trouble editing and releasing our YouTube videos on time. Our brand is only a little over a year old and we realized recently we had spread ourselves too thin.

In 2018, we plan on scaling back and getting back to our roots. We want to refocus our brand and post about fitness and how we lead a balanced healthy (ish) life. Instead of having an Instagram, blog, and YouTube, we want to focus our time on our Instagram and blog. Our YouTube will be on a hiatus for now.

We’ll be moving away from lifestyle and focusing more on fitness.

This year, we will continue to Instagram since it’s the best way we can create and deliver our content to you. We will also try to blog 3-4 times per month (crossing our fingers we actually stick to this!). We hope this goal will help us bring better content to you and allow us to interact with you all much more frequently.

Is there anything you want us to post about? If so, let us know in the comments or feel free contact us!

Joanna

I’m perfect so I have no changes to make.

Just kidding!

Fitness

Lately, I haven’t been recovering from my workouts as quickly and if I do too many high intensity workouts, my hips will be in pain. It’s been extremely frustrating since I feel like I haven’t been making any progress with my workouts. I know the main reason for my hip issue is because I NEVER stretch or foam roll. I’ll be forcing myself to add yoga and foam rolling to my routine, because at the rate that I’m going, I’ll probably get injured.

More yoga and foam rolling in 2018!

I’m not the biggest fan of yoga, because it requires too much thinking. I love loud music and tuning everything out during my workouts. Workouts like yoga, boxing, and dance classes require me to be mentally present so I don’t mess up on the routine.

The only yoga pose Joanna knows how to do.

From January to March, we’ll be partnering up with CorePower Yoga. CorePower recently opened up a studio at USC Village and we’re really excited to change up our workout routine. If anyone wants to take a yoga class together, message us!

Personal

GET ORGANIZED.

Someone please organize Joanna’s life.

I’m a hot mess and I’ve come to accept that my closet will never be perfectly organized and my purse will always be filled with receipts (and sometimes even my spin shoes.. gross!). But the one change I do want to make in 2018 is to get my planner and to do list organized.

I added so many things to my plate in 2017 that things have become unmanageable. 2018 is going to be even busier so I need a system that works for me.

Grace

Fitness

One of my fitness goals in 2018 is to be able to do 1 pull-up. I’ve never been able to do a pull-up. It’s always been something that’s been so hard for me. Even when I did Crossfit, I always had to use the thickest pull-up band, and even then sometimes that would be too difficult. I know this goal is probably too much of a reach, but I really really want that pull-up.

Since we train twice a week with our trainer Matt Conrad, I want to work on strengthening my back once a week. Hopefully I can do more than 70 lbs for my lat pull-downs soon!!

Grace will be working on her tricep push-ups and pull-ups.

My other goal is to improve my push-up. For the longest time, I didn’t realize how pathetic my push-ups were and how horrible my form was (see this post for example). I think I was able to do one real push-up back in May 2017, right before I sprained my wrist. Thankfully now that it’s healed, I’ve been working with our trainer Matt on my push-ups. While they’ve gotten a lot better, I really want to continue working on them, so I can work up to doing a full tricep push-up on my toes!

How many perfect push-ups and pull-ups can Grace do at the end of 2018?

Personal

Watch less Netflix… oops *covers eyes*. I really like to binge watch shows and usually have my iPad on even when studying because I like the noise. I also fall asleep to Netflix a lot. I know that’s really bad since it disrupts my sleep. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to work on, so hopefully I can slowly start to this year.

 

What are your New Year’s goals? Do you have any advice on how we can achieve ours? Let us know!

2017 Favorite Los Angeles Studios and Trainers

30th December 2017

If you follow us on Instagram, you know how much we love our group fitness classes! Classes help us stay motivated because you can’t leave, quit, or text during the 45-60 minutes and you have a trainer constantly inspiring and motivating you to keep going.

Here are our Top 5 favorite studios and instructors (not in order!). Also we know all these instructors (except 1) are male… We are not sexist. Our favorites just happen to be male, so please do not be offended because we aren’t and they aren’t.

  1. David Zint at SoulCycle

    SoulCycle is hands down our favorite spin studio, which is our favorite form of cardio. We hate running, but we can spin for 90+ minutes straight! Not only are there multiple locations around Los Angeles, from Downtown LA to Manhattan Beach, but the studios are all so clean and friendly. Plus they recently partnered with Le Labo, so showering there is amazingggg.

    David Zint at SoulCycle

    David is our absolute favorite instructor. We both normally don’t like instructors who talk. We would rather have them just cue us and tell us what to do next. But David constantly inspires us and is so positive! We try to take at least 3 classes with him weekly because we need it. It’s better (and cheaper!) than therapy!

    Things to know: First SoulCycle class is $20. Bike sign-ups go live every Monday at 12:00 pm. It’s stressful AF, definitely harder than getting Coachella tickets.

    David teaches at the West Hollywood and Hollywood studios, and his classes book up FAST especially his weekend ones.

    Other instructors to try: Pixie, Josh, Ross

  2. Matt Conrad at Barry’s Bootcamp

    Barry’s Bootcamp is a 60-minute bootcamp, where you switch off between the treadmill and the floor. Each day is a different focus. Mondays are Arms & Abs, Tuesdays Butt & Legs, Wednesday Chest, Back & Abs, Thursday Abs, Friday-Sunday Full Body. The runs are really hard (according to Joanna because Grace is still too scared to run lol). We usually do Double Floor (DF), so all floor work for the 60 minutes. But even without the running, we leave class drenched and our heart rate up. (PS They have Oribe products in their showers… So don’t mind showering there at all!)

    Matt Conrad at Barry’s Bootcamp

    Matt is our favorite Barry’s instructor. We’ve taken a couple others, but no one else compares to him for us. He’s hilariously sassy and snarky in class, so don’t take what he says personally, just laugh! His leg days are absolutely killer. But then again so are his upper body and full body days. Don’t think we’ve ever left his class not sore. We actually love him so much that we now do personal training with him outside of Barry’s too.

    Things to know: You can also pre-order your smoothie, so it’s ready when you’re finished with class! Our favorites are the Skinny B*tch and the Skinny PB.

    While Barry’s is on Classpass, the spots go pretty quickly. You also can’t pick your treadmill / floor spot or a DF spot. It just assigns any open spot to you.

    Matt teaches at the West Hollywood and Hollywood studios.

    Other instructors to try: ……we really have no idea. We only take Matt. #sorrynotsorry

  3. Xavier Quimbo at Speedplay

    Speedplay is a 60-minute HIIT class. You run on a Woodway Curve treadmill, which is the best treadmill ever since it’s fully powered by you and safer on your joints. This is the only treadmill Grace will run on because of her knee problems. You row on a C2 rower, and you do floor work with barbells, dumbbells, and body weight. We actually did a month challenge in January 2017! (Check out our post on our thoughts about the challenge.)

    Xavier Quimbo at Speedplay

    X is one of our favorite instructors. He has the most insane amount of energy, and he makes all the moves he demonstrates look effortless and easy… Then you realize it’s really not. We love him because he knows how to push us. He’ll stand next to us on the treadmill telling us to run a little faster, flip our screen back on the rowers so we focus on the row itself, and add a dumbbell to our legs when we’re doing abs to add that extra challenge.

    Things to know: DTLA parking can be difficult, so you can park at the Palms valet for $2 with validation.

    If you take a class with X, always know he adds a “bonus round” at the end of the class. It can be anything from another run to a burpee train to a squat hold.

    Other instructors to try: Blake (especially his abs class), Jenny (especially her glutes class)

  4. Justin & Taylor Norris at LIT Method

    LIT Method stands for Low Impact Training. There is no running, jumping, or weights. Instead you row on a water rower and use your body weight on a TRX and resistance bands. By the way, low impact does NOT mean low intensity. We sweat so much during LIT!! We’re obsessed with the water rower since it’s so smooth. We also love that in class there’s an instructor and an assistant to help motivate you and to show you form. The best part is if you have an injury, they will help you modify so you don’t hurt yourself anymore.

    Justin & Taylor Norris at Lit Method

    Justin & Taylor are the owners and founders of LIT and our favorites. They’re both incredibly upbeat and motivating in class. According to Justin, it’s always Friday at LIT. When they’re next to us during the sprints on the rowers, we hit our fastest speeds. We may cry a lot when they add additional resistance to our leg work when they push against us, but we’re obsessed with their classes. If you want the additional challenge, try the Strength class on the weekend… But just know it’s REALLY hard and the other class attendees are intense AF.

    Things to know: Show up early to choose your rower / spot in the class! They also ask for any injuries, so the instructor can work around it and show you modifications if needed.

    Each class ends with a short foam rolling session. It’s amazing. (PSA: You should always foam roll.)

    Other instructors to try: Matt. (We’ve only taken Justin and Matt, so our experience is a little limited…)

  5. Luke Milton at Training Mate

    If you haven’t tried Training Mate yet, you’re missing out. They’re hot Aussies. And if that wasn’t enough, they also tell the funniest dirty jokes in class, so you’ll laugh the whole time. Training Mate is a circuit workout, so you do a workout at each station for 45 seconds, switch, and repeat. Bondi Burn is an arm focus day. Thunder Down Under is legs. Mighty Mate and Sydney Circuit are full body. You also end each class with an abs session. Not sure what works your abs more… the workouts or laughing from the funniest worst jokes.

    Luke Milton at Training Mate

    Luke is the owner of Training Mate and definitely tells the worst but best jokes. The workouts are not easy and have definitely gotten harder, but Luke makes the time pass by really fast. We hadn’t taken a class in forever and took one a few weeks ago. We forgot how much we love it and Luke! Our favorite (and least favorite) is when he stands next to us for our burpees and counts them out, so we have a steady pace throughout the 45 seconds.

    Things to know: Sign up ASAP. Just go. You won’t regret it. Luke teaches both at the Studio City and West Hollywood locations.

    Other instructors to try: Shrug. We only take Luke.

If you couldn’t tell, we’re really loyal to our favorite instructors and have difficulty changing it up because we just love them so much! But we’re always willing to try someone new or try a new studio.

What are your favorite studios and / or instructors? Is there anyone or any class you recommend we try? Let us know in the comments!

November Favorites

22nd November 2017

This blog post is in partnership with Crest 3D White, but all opinions are our own.

We can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I swear we say this every year, but this year has flown by. We’re slowly shifting into hibernation mode and the one thing that’s always on our minds right now is what we’re going to eat for Thanksgiving dinner.

One of our goals this year was to blog regularly, but balancing all our social media channels and life has been a bit difficult. So in an effort to force ourselves to blog more, we’re starting a new series and every month, we’re going to introduce three things we’re currently obsessed with. Tell us some of your current favorite things!

  1. Crest® 3D White™ Whitening Therapy Enamel Care Toothpaste
    We’ve both been using the new Crest® 3D White™ Whitening Therapy toothpastes for about a week now, and we love it. Being frequent coffee and wine drinkers, we always need to use a whitening toothpaste. But we love this one because it does more than just whiten, it also repairs weakened enamel. Grace has been using the Sensitivity Care one because she has sensitive teeth and most whitening products hurt her teeth. However, this one doesn’t hurt at all. Click here to purchase yours!

Crest® 3D White™ Whitening Therapy Toothpaste

  1. YumEarth
    Grace recently discovered YumEarth gummy bears and candies at Whole Foods and we’ve both been hooked ever since. Grace has a major sweet tooth and is obsessed with gummy bears so she was excited to find a product with no artificial flavors that still tasted good.

    Our favorite gummy bears and candies

  2. Kaged Muscle BCAA and Cellucor C4 Ripped
    Our friend Amanda aka MeowMeix recommended Kaged Muscle BCAA before a workout to help reduce muscle soreness and recover faster after workouts. We workout almost everyday and since taking BCAA everyday, we haven’t been as sore. The unflavored one doesn’t taste great so we mix a scoop of it into our Cellucor C4 Ripped and chug it 20 minutes before our workout.

    A scoop of BCAA and pre-workout is a must before every workout.

  3. Bonus: TEQUILA!
    Joanna will always be a vodka girl, but she recently fell in love with good añejo tequilas in Mexico. Her favorite tequila right now is Heradura Añejo since it goes down smoothly without needing to be chilled.

    Guac and a side of tequila.