Category Archives: Workout

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!

Tone It Up Tour: Los Angeles

6th October 2017

On Friday, September 15, we had the opportunity to attend the Tone It Up Tour at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles. We had such a blast, getting our butts kicked by Jillian Michaels and K&K. We could barely walk back to our car…especially since we accidentally parked like a mile away.

Watch our recap video!

Bumped into some friends — @laurenlivesinleggings & @mallory_tiu_la

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels (IG: @jillianmichaels) led us in a 30-minute workout. Guys. This was so ridiculously hard. We were already sore from a session with our trainer the day before and Speedplay LA that morning… But we could not keep up even if we weren’t sore…

The most insane move was a donkey-kick burpee with a tuck jump. But of course she (and the girls on stage with her!) made it look so easy and effortless. Legit GOALS. We kept looking at each other going “uh….” after every move and every circuit. Definitely did not help that we were in the front and center of the crowd…

K&K

Karena & Katrina led a full-body, butt-kicking workout. It was so much fun being able to workout with them in person and with hundreds of other strong ladies. We loved how the workout seemed to go by so quickly since it was such a dance party. But omg those squat tuck jumps KILLED us!

Our fave was ending with a quick yoga session. We definitely needed to stretch after how hard the workouts were. But it definitely showed how much we need to do more yoga (yes, we’re like a broken record with that lol).

But watching them… how is it possible for 2 people to look SO good while working out?! We looked so gross and sweaty during and afterwards. Someone teach us pleaseeee.

Event

Overall, the event was so well put together. We loved how there was so much cold Core water available for anyone to grab. They also had the best sponsors like Healthade, Krave, Coola, and REBBL, aka all of our favorites!

Love our Cotton:On Body workout clothes.

Also the VIP Rosé Garden was so cute. They had the cutest seating and rugs set up so we could lounge and drink rosé… or more water and kombucha, since we skipped rosé that day.

There was even a Wheel of Fortune, where you could potentially win the cutest Goldsheep Tone It Up tour exclusive rose printed leggings. Unfortunately we didn’t win…. 🙁 But thankfully we didn’t win burpees either…because they would have been the saddest burpees ever.

Hanging out in the Rosé Garden!

There are still more Tone It Up Tour events happening! Let us know if you’ve attended or will be attending one! We wish we could go all over again.

Flywheel Sports

14th September 2017

We were gifted classes, but all opinions are our own.

Everyone knows that spinning is our favorite cardio and that we take classes at least 3 times a week. There’s something therapeutic about being in a dark room with loud music and sweating your butt off.

Grace’s goal is to hit 300 total power. She was SO close and hit 280.

For September, we decided to commit ourselves to one spin studio, Flywheel Sports. It’s been awhile since we took classes at Flywheel so we were worried. Will we like the instructors? Will it be challenging enough? And most importantly will the studios be clean and the bikes well maintained?

Flywheel Santa Monica carries these super cute Ultracor leggings.

All our worries were put aside after our first class at the Playa Vista location. Not only is the  studio beautiful and extremely clean, but we felt that the instructors were challenging. We didn’t “dance” on the bike like we usually do, but the high resistance and hills worked different muscles we weren’t used to. Also, it was fun to compete with our friends to see who would have the highest total power at the end of class. A little competition is always fun!

Tell us your favorite spin studio!

Use code: “FLYEXTRAFRIES” for your FREE FIRST CLASS.

Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival

9th August 2017

*This post is sponsored by Propel, but all opinions are our own.

Propel Co:Labs event at Playlist Yoga

Last week, we were able to attend the Propel Co:Labs event at our favorite yoga studio, Playlist Yoga (actually, more like the only studio we go to when we very occasionally do yoga). Playlist is already usually so fun because of the music, but for this event, there was a DJ, which made it even better.

Goofing off post Playlist Yoga

All last week, there was a series of workout events, hosted by Propel Co:Labs at different studios in LA. And all leading up to the big Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival, which is this weekend August 12-13! Think music festival but with fun workouts and great music like AlunaGeorge.

Cheers! Rehydrating with Propel after an intense Speedplay workout.

We’re so excited to be attending because all of our favorite LA studios will be there (Playlist Yoga, Speedplay LA, Prevail Boxing). Plus there will be celebrity trainers like Gunnar Peterson (who doesn’t want to train like the Kardashians?!) and celebrities like Grace’s biggest girl crush, Shay Mitchell. But we’re most excited to be getting a taste of different studios in country like New York’s Tone House! We both have been wanting to go to a Tone House class in New York, but have been scared and unable to find the time for it.

While we’re so sad we can’t make it on Saturday, we’ll be there on Sunday (potentially hungover oops)!

We’re signed up for:
– 11 am Scott Foley x Gunnar Peterson
– 12 pm Speedplay
– 2 pm Prevail Boxing
– 3 pm Speedplay x Tone House

Let us know if you’re attending, and if you’re going to be at any of the events we chose!

Tickets are on sale here, $50 for one day, $75 for the whole festival. But we have 7 FREE passes to the festival! We’re doing a giveaway on our Instagram today, so check it out for the details!

We’ll also be going on Instagram Live for the event. We’ll be posting the times on our Instagram Stories, so stay tuned!

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!

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.

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

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!