Rockin Pound Workout with Bandier and Jam Box Fitness

IMG_7671Guys, I cannot tell you about the incredible week I’ve had. It involved flying to New York the day before this event, hanging out for less than 24 hours and then hopping right back on a plane to Dallas and straight to Bandier to host this amazing event. I thank the travel gods for a trouble free trip back. Not making it was not an option. More about that trip later.

bandier-poundfit-jambox-dallasblogger-deepfriedfit1I was first introduced to Bandier last year and fell in love with the uniqueness of the store. It intersects fashion, fitness, and music with edgy, athletic and fashion forward pieces. Their crew of girls live and breathe the brand. Originally from New York, they opened their first Dallas store in the Highland Park Village.

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We finally connected to host the perfect event for Bandier. This would be a charity event featuring one of my newest favorite workout formats Pound, that I discovered at Jam Box Fitness Lounge in Addison. You can read my review here and I’ve been back plenty for that endorphin inducing workout.bandier-poundfit-jambox-dallasblogger-deepfriedfit15

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Jam Box owner Dominique LaShae is also a fashion forward, dance queen. Her sneaker game is always on point and thought this would be the perfect event bringing together two very unique partners. We brought together Fashion, Fitness, and Music through a super fun, rhythmic Pound workout. I can’t stop gushing about how fun it was!

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This was a ticketed event that benefitted the Movemeant Foundation and their mission to promote positive body image. One hundred percent of proceeds  and this sold out event raised $600 for the cause. Pretty cool stuff. Everyone who got a ticket were invited to Bandier in HP Village for a fun workout, followed by refreshments, treats, shopping an a special gift from Dior.

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Pound is a group fitness class inspired by drumming. You get to use these cool green light weight drum sticks to make music while moving your body. It’s SO fun and you do it to the beat of the song as well.

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We used out entire bodies to make noise in the middle of Highland Park Village. So funny to see onlookers stop to check out what all the fuss was about. We hit arms, back, legs, butt, and lots of core. After that ab segment, I did check for abs. It’s such an energizing cardio workout, you almost forget you’re working out. Almost. bandier-poundfit-jambox-dallasblogger-deepfriedfit25 bandier-poundfit-jambox-dallasblogger-deepfriedfit40 bandier-poundfit-jambox-dallasblogger-deepfriedfit43

The beauty of this format is that it’s easy to pick up and is the perfect gateway class into dance fitness. With it’s repetitive movements, the class stops being intimidating and just fun. I loved that most of the girls had never tried Pound before and only heard of it through the viral videos on social media.

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There was lots of laughing and giggling and surprise at the challenge. I get all the feels when I’m able to bring people together to try new things. Their expressions showing that they accomplished something new is priceless to me. It makes me want to host 100s of events just like this.

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After a quick cool down, which by the way is a slow dance instead of your typical stretches, we took some photos and headed into the store.

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Freshii provided some delicious light bites and juice samples for everyone. By the time I got to them, it was almost all gone. Ha! They just opened a handful of locations downtown, with their newest one in Victory Park. It’s a healthy food concept aimed at people who need a healthy food option on the go. I can’t wait to stop in for a visit. That ginger zinger was my favorite juice!

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Society Bakery also hooked it up with these mini cupcakes. They were SO adorable. When everyone left, I inhaled almost have a carton, no lie. Two workouts in a one day had me running on fumes. They recently opened a new location on Preston and Royal too!

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Last but not least, a huge thank you to Dior, Poundfit Corporate, Movemeant Foundation, and Bandier for donating so many prizes for the raffle. Almost half the girls were able to win something. Dior totally hooked it up by providing complimentary 45 minute facials to everyone who came. If you saw my Fleming’s post, they really glammed me up a red-carpet event.

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I cannot wait to do this again! I know it won’t be the last. The response from everyone was amazing and Dallas needs to know about Pound. If you weren’t able to attend, you can always visit Jam Box in Addison. Your first class is freeeee. Otherwise, make sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook to learn about the next event!

Date Night at Flemings Steakhouse in Plano

New to the Plano restaurant scene is the arrival of California-based Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in the Shops at Legacy. I, along with many other foodie influencers and our plus ones, were invited to the soft opening for a private media event. It was a perfect date night experience.

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I was certainly looking forward to Friday night after what felt like a long week. Before heading out to Flemings, Dior in Highland Park Village invited me over for a solo pampering session to glam me up before the night. I had no idea what it all entailed, but it was so luxe and amazing. The 45 min facial followed by an all out makeover was just what the doctor ordered. I couldn’t have felt prettier for the occasion.

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The boyfriend and I arrived in time to order a cocktail their beautiful oval bar. After a few toasts, we were led into a private dining area where we could partake in a wine tasting.

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Only moments in and this was decidedly one of the most amazing media events I’ve ever been a part of. The wine tasting itself welcomed all guests to sample any of the 100 wines on their menu. How insane is that?! I had to tell myself not to get too carried away with the crab cake bites. Haha.

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Flemings Steakhouse abides by their philosophy of great food, wine, and excellent hospitality.

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The food and drinks were none stop. At one point, each person at their table had at least 2 glasses of wine, a cocktail, and a flight of champagne. Fleming’s certainly knows the meaning of wining and dining.

For our appetizer, we had a choice of the house wedge salad which came with a huge slab of bacon or the salt roasted beet salad.

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It’s safe to say, everyone wanted more bacon on their salad.  It was definitely a delicious slice.

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The beet salad was refreshing and bright. Loved the goat cheese and how it mellowed out the sweet and citrus of the beets and mandarin.

Next, we ordered our entrees. Our table were all steak lovers, and we either had the prime dry aged ribeye, which was absolutely delicious or the bone-in filet mignon.

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I’ve rarely seen an option for a bone-in filet mignon. We were told to order it medium rare plus, since it’ll be rare toward the bone. However, my steak was more medium minus a few perfect bites at the center. Next time, I’ll just order it medium rare.flemingsplano-dior-dallas-fitness-blogger14

The prime dry ages ribeye was a good size and had a delicious crust. I’m a fan of fatty pieces of steak and loved the flavors. The sides that stood out to me the most were the mac n cheese and the scalloped  cheese potatoes.

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Brace yourself for dessert. We tasted the red, black and blue cobbler, creme brulee, cheesecake, and butterscotch pie. My favorite was the cheesecake and everyone loved the creme brulee. I think the top caramel could’ve been slightly thicker. I didn’t get that satisfying crackle when you break the top.

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This was hands down the most incredible media experience I’ve ever had and Fleming’s truly lived up to the expectation of providing excellent service and hospitality. It was also a pleasure being able to meet the chefs and partners behind the concept.

This is the first Fleming’s steakhouse in Dallas and they officially open June 27th. In Texas, you can find other locations in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Next time, we hope to try the seafood options as they looked amazing too. Danny and I had a blast with my friends and fellow foodies. Definitely a great date night for us. Reminds me how much we enjoy good food, wine and company and how the three are the perfect recipe for an incredible night.

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Have you ever been to a Fleming’s Steakhouse? Would you try it?

Train Harder with Physiclo Resistance Tights

physiclo-review-deepfriedfit-dallasfitnessblogger_3As a fitness junkie, I’m always looking for a new challenging class or workout to kick my butt. Progressing in my fitness journey is great, but that also means I have to work even harder to break a sweat. So when Physiclo reached out to me to review their compression AND resistance tights, I squealed and said “Gimme gimme gimme”!

Physiclo is a New York-based start up that creates these compression tights with built-in resistance bands around the quads and hips for that added challenge you can take to any work out. Heck, even walking was made a little harder. Think of it as the better replacement for ankle weights.

Do I have any Dragon Ball Z nerds out there? Felt like I was training to be a Super Saiyan. #dontjudgemeimanerd

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Anywho, to review the pants, I took them with me to several different workouts to see how they performed. After receiving the tights, I noticed they were much heavier than any normal performance workout tights. Putting them on was somewhat of a challenge too. Here are some of the workouts I did with them:

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Personal Training/Boxing: For a 45 minute session, I did your normal warm up on the treadmill, lunges and squats, and a short boxing session. It was SO fun.

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I could feel the resistance bands pulling on me at every step and my legs getting exhausted faster. Knowing that I’m working out harder than normal was a great motivator.

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Next, I took them to a new kickboxing studio in Plano called 9Round and did a full on kick boxing circuit. I was excited to see if I could keep up with all the kicks. Burpees, round house kicks, shuffling, wall sits, were just a few of the workouts I did in these pants.

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I remember even doing the wall sits were HARD. Had a blast working harder and pushing myself to hit and kick faster with these on.

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Last but on least, I took these with me to a SoulCycle class in Preston Hollow.

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Wish I could’ve snapped a shot on the bike, but even at 630am, the studio was packed. Those hills are no joke in these either. Simply peddling, I could feel the resistance band pull around my quads.

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It was definitely fun trying these tights with different workouts to get a feel of the bands. Here’s a quick run down of the look and feel of tights itself:

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The Fit: Definitely snug since it is  compression pant, but not impossible to put on. I’m 5’1 at 106 lbs and the XS capri fit perfectly. Due to where the bands are built it (which is around the quad), it did feel kind of loose in the crouch area. I don’t have hips either, so that might have been a reason. The waist band wasn’t super comfortable either. I think it’s meant to keep the heavy material from sagging, but didn’t give it more thought once I started my workout. I liked the grey and black combo. Currently they only offer all black or the grey/black. Hopefully, they’ll come out with more colors.

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The Performance: The pants are made of a heavier material. Like I said, not a light weight performance tight, but the heavier material is intentional. I think the breathability of the pant is ok, not great. However, I see a lot of runners have tried it and loved the tights. Definitely got warm wearing these, but not to a point where it was uncomfortable. Maybe consider a mesh in the back of the knee? Might be cool to actually see the resistance bands move too. Range of motion was challenging as expected, which was super cool in my opinion. I’m burning extra calories from walking!
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I loved the hurt-so-good feeling after each workout. Feeling more of a fatigue in my legs definitely let me know my body was challenged during the workout. These are GREAT for leg day.

I think this is a product that would totally appeal to men and women. There is only one “difficulty level” for the bands, so I imagine you can break them in after a while. These are definitely durable and a new favorite accessory.

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Had a lot of fun reviewing Physiclo and with many gym days ahead of me, I can’t wait to wear them for more leg day burnouts.

If you had a chance to try these, what workout would you try them in?

This is a sponsored post by Physiclo. All opinions remain my own.

Spotlight Series: Shanna of CubeFit Yoga

Today, I’m spotlighting my newest friend and fellow boss girl, Shanna Lee of CubeFit Yoga. It was only a month or so ago when I reached out to her on social media and thought she could help me bring fitness to my work place. You can read about that experience here. It was amazing how quickly we just clicked and began supporting each other as new friends.

Instagram has become my new favorite place to meet like minded people and hear their stories and Shanna has a great one that inspires me everyday. She quit the corporate world and is now teaching yoga in corporate settings to people who need it most.  Check out her interview below!

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FullName: Shanna Lee
Company: CubeFit Yoga
Website: cubefityoga.com

Short About Me:
I am originally from Louisiana. After graduating from Louisiana Tech, I moved to Dallas to begin a career in sales and marketing. After more than 10 years calling Dallas home I launched a business and am now expanding into my 2nd market, which took me back to Louisiana. Now I spend half my time in Dallas and half in New Orleans, which is great as I am all about eating and drinking (which is why I fell in love with Deep Fried Fit!). A few of my favorite things are live music, patios/outdoors and animals – I am a dog mom to a Newfoundland named Big Easy and a pug named Aretha Franklin (Frankie for short). I am a avid sports fan, and while I am loyal to the New Orleans Saints, I have an adopted love for my (non NFL) Dallas teams and love going to cheer on the Mavs, Rangers and Stars whenever I can!

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Tell me about you CubeFit Yoga and How you got started?
I spent the majority of my career in corporate America working primarily in finance and technology consulting and recruiting. Somewhere along the way I began practicing yoga to stay fit (see eating habits!) and reduce the stress associated with working behind a desk 5 days a week. After practicing yoga for over 5 years, I signed up for yoga teacher training, not intending to teach, but only to deepen my knowledge about the practice. One thing led to another, and I ended up teaching at a couple yoga studios in Dallas. On a whim, a coworker asked me to teach a class in our office, and the rest is history!

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What has it been like running your own business?
Fun! Empowering. Terrifying! Haha I’m still new at it, so I’m learning every day. But it’s exciting to have an idea and see it come to fruition. It’s amazing to think that you can unhinge from the norm and blaze your own path.  It does give you an appreciation for all your former bosses/owners as well.

What makes you passionate about fitness and health?
I feel like a lot of people have this misconception that they can’t do certain things. Whether it’s related to their age, size or fitness level, I think the historical idea of going to a gym and working out (or walking into a yoga studio for the first time) has prevented people from being active. I chose to take yoga, something a lot of people are intimidated by, into an office setting where people are overworked and stressed out and probably not moving their bodies a whole lot. Seeing people have that aha moment after accomplishing something they would never have tried before is extremely motivating and I want to share it with everyone.
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CubeFit Yoga is still so new and has grown so much. Where do you see CubeFit going a year from now?
It’s hard to think about a year from now – even though I started CubeFit a year ago (in June!) I have really only been full time since January when I left my “day job” for this entrepreneurial circus ride. I’m continuing to add more clients and broaden our offerings and I hope to continue to convince companies that spending money on the front end to take care of their employees is a much better investment than playing catch up with the rising cost of benefits/caring for illness and injury.

When you indulge, what do you normally crave?
My #1 favorite thing in the whole wide world is fried chicken. I am a comfort food girl, so things like fried chicken and mac and cheese are my downfall. But my friends will tell you that I can be won with pizza and I will find the best burger place in every town.

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Current favorite song you like to workout to?
I am pretty old school when it comes to music, every workout playlist I have will include some MJ – usually Don’t Stop til You Get Enough.

Some silly questions for fun:
If you had to choose, would you rather workout without a sports bra or wear see through leggings when you bend over?
For sure see through pants – I am a big boob girl and going braless in a workout is not an option! Besides, as a yoga instructor I have seen a TON of butts and the good news is they all look the same!

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Would you rather workout and have incredibly bad B.O. or sweat so profusely, no medical antiperspirant will help?
Sweat. I don’t mind dripping from every pore but I would die if I smelled bad!

Have something in your eye OR need to sneeze but never be able to, for a year? 
I have an immense aversion to eyeballs (could never wear contacts or use eyedrops) so would have to go with needing to sneeze.

Would you rather give up your favorite beverage (coffee/beer/wine) or your favorite snack or indulgence (tacos/dessert/cheese)?
This is a very unfair question but I think I could live without drinking but I could never live without snacking! But I shud
der to think of cheese without wine!

Taste of Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant

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So what if I make love faces at my food?! A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant in Richardson. It’s a Lebanese restaurant that has been around for many years. It’s a family-owned restaurant that opened in 2003. Owner Youseef touts family recipes and oversees all food prep at his restaurant. I loved hearing his story. You can hear how much love goes into his restaurant and into upholding the quality of those recipes. I was able to taste it in the food.

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We started with SO much food. It was incredible. I don’t have a lot of experience with Mediterranean food. The few places I have tried, I wasn’t a fan of their proteins and always thought they were dry. That definitely wasn’t the case here. I frequent Richardson quite a bit, have heard great things about Afrah’s, but never ventured in. That all changed this night.

To start, my blogger friends and I tried the Muhammara (roasted red pepper walnut dip), hummus, grape leaves, Tabbouleh, and greek salad with their home made pita bread. It was all incredible. The smell of that fresh bread, piping hot, is making drool just thinking about it.

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The pita were perfect pillows that we enjoyed tearing and using as spoons to grab chunks of the various appetizers. Everything is made fresh and prepared in house. I loved the Tabbouleh, and the Muhammara the best of the starters.
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The Fried Kibbe (below) was also a tasty favorite. It’s a football shaped puff with ground meat inside. The menu is pretty large and there’s definitely something for everyone.Afrahs-review-dallas_05

As if all the starters weren’t enough, the main course takes the cake. Afrah brought their Family Dinner platter which servers 4-6 people easily.

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The platter comes with Kafta Kabob, Chicken Kabob and Beef Kabob along with veggies, pita bread, side of basmati rice and various dips and garnishes. The garlic dip used for the Kafta Kabob was out of this world. Don’t expect to kiss anyone after either. All the meats are seasoned with a blend of spices and cooked really well.

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We also got to try the chicken shawarma. It was moist, tender and flavorful. We also tasted the beef shawarma, different pizzas, fried cauliflower.

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Despite the ridiculous amounts of food, dessert was on it’s way. When I first walked in, the glass cases containing a variety of baked goods like baklava, cookies, cakes, gelato called my name. I quickly made a mental note to save room for the homemade gelato. I’m a huge fan of pistachio and enjoyed that one the best. Glad I was able to sample the cardamon, red velvet too.Afrahs-review-dallas_14

Finally, ended the night with great conversations and some mint tea. Afrah was generous enough to let us take home some goodie bags. If you’re like me and are not familiar with Lebanese or Mediterranean cuisine, it’s actually a great choice for a healthier meal and worth exploring. There are lots of veggies and good proteins to choose from to make it a great meal. There are two locations in to visit; one in Irving and Richardson.

I’d definitely recommend checking out their lunch buffet. They have quite a few options that cater to vegetarians, vegans, and those that require Gluten-free options. The buffet is $12.99 which is deal! In addition to all the yummy foods, you can also Hookah at Afrah. They have separate area/patio for that so you don’t have worry about walking into a cloudy restaurant.

My friend Dixya of Food Pleasure and Health blog also did a great write up on the restaurant and snapped some great pics you should check out. Read her recap here.

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What are some of your favorite Mediterranean eats? Leave a comment below and tell me what I should try next!

The meal provided was complimentary, however all opinions remain my own.

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