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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!

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