Schedule your next sweat date with any of these January fitness events

It’s that time again and I’m sharing some great January fitness events in Dallas. Don’t know about you guys, but I’m coming out of my holiday food coma and I’m sooo ready to start the new year stronger than ever. Finding motivation during the holidays was a b****. So I’ve hand picked fitness events I think you should know about. Grab a friend, make it a sweat date, and do the dang thing.

New Year’s Day 108 Sun Salutations with Reef Point Yoga

Date:  Sun., January 1st | Time: 930am | Location: Reef Point Yoga
Cost: FREE. Donation based. RSVP here.

Welcome 2017 with a burst of creative energy and physical asana. Join Reef Point Yoga for a special 2 hour long practice with 108 sun salutations to start your new year right! This is a donation-based class. All donations will go to Café Momentum. Café Momentum is a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility which transforms young people’s lives by providing a positive environment in which at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities receive intensive culinary, job and life-skill training, as well as continued mentorship and support, enabling them to achieve their full potential. Find out more about Café Momentum by visiting their website – www.cafemomentum.org.
Reserve your space online at www.reefpointyoga.com/class-schedule

The Couple’s Workout + Brunch with Equipping Strength

Date:  Saturdays in January  | Time: 10am | Location: East Side Athletic Club | Cost: $20 per couple. RSVP here.

Kick off the New Year with a heart pumping conditioning workout with your significant other, spouse, or friend and break a sweat together! Each workout will begin with a dynamic warm up followed by fast paced circuits, and high intensity intervals for a cardio conditioning workout. All fitness levels are welcome and all exercises can be modified to each individual’s current level. 

Simply Fit Meals with be proving the perfect post workout brunch following the workout.  

Athleta Turtle Creek New Year Fitness Blitz

Date:  January 2nd-14th | Time: Varies | Location: Athleta Turtle Creek | Cost: FREE. No RSVPs required.

Athleta Turtle Creek is hosting their January Fitness Blitz featuring two free weeks of classes from different local studios. Participants who fill out a sweepstakes card by attending 8 or more classes will be entered into a drawing for a $50 shopcard! Studios are also giving away class packages during these free classes. All classes will be held in store EXCEPT the spin classes on Jan 4th and 12th.

Barre3 x Dallas Fitness Ambassadors 

Date:  Wed., January 4th | Time: 7pm | Location: Barre3 Richardson
Cost: FREE. RSVP here.

Join Dallas Fitness Ambassadors and friends for a VIPeek of the new Barre3 studio before it opens. Invite you friends for a complimentary barre class.

Barre and Bites at Reunion Tower


Date: Saturday, January 7th | Time: 6pm | Location: Reunion Tower
Cost: $20. Purchase here.

Kick off the new year at Barre and Bites. Head to Reunion Tower for a sweatastic barre class followed by delicious bites from Wolfgang Puck’s 560 restaurant. After class, get pampered with massages, braid bar, and more. We hear the swag bags are pretty legit too and you can’t beat the photo opps.
 

Barre and Brunch at Sheraton with Dallasites101

Date: Sunday, January 8th | Time: 10am-1pm | Location: Sheraton Dallas
Cost: $10. Purchase here.
 
Join Barre Code Design District and Dallasites101 for a fun barre and brunch event at the Sheraton Hotel Dallas. Take a fun barre class followed by complimentary brunch bar. Garage parking is complimentary for all guests.

Athleta Stonebriar x Altitude Aerial Arts

Date: Sat., January 7th | Time: 9am | Location: Athleta at Stonebriar | Cost: FREE. RSVP here.
 
Join Athleta at Stonebriar and Altitude for an in-store for a free aerial yoga class and the launch of Athleta’s new yoga fabric Power Vita. Space is limited to 10 guests. Bring a water bottle and towel. Light refreshments will be provided.
Date: Tuesday, January 10th | Time: 7pm | Location: Shake Shack
Cost: FREE. Register here.
Start 2017 on the right foot by joining Shack Track & Field (STF) as it kicks off in Dallas on Tuesday, January 10. In partnership with RunOn!, the Uptown Dallas Shake Shack will host a free community run the second Tuesday of every month, beginning at 7 p.m. Runners who show-up on January 10 for the first-ever Dallas STF run can expect Shake Shack swag and giveaways! After each run, participants will receive their first drink back at the Shack for free!
Train Tuesday with Nike Dallas
Date: Saturdays, January 14, 21, 28 | Time: 930am | Location: North Park Center – Nike Store | Cost: FREE. Register here.
Sweat every Saturday this month at Nike Dallas. Join their partner studio of the month Tread Fitness for a functional cross training workout. Sign up at nike.com/dallas.

Yoga at Community Beer Co

Date: Saturday, January 14th | Time: 10am | Location: Community Beer Co. | Cost: $15. Purchase here.
Need a yoga and beer date? CubeFit Yoga will lead an all-levels yoga class at Community Beer Co. Ticket also includes a pint of beer and behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery. Bring your mat and water.
Barre and Bites Mini Series at Alexan West Dallas
Date: Sun, January 15th, 29th, Feb 5th, 19th | Time: 10am | Location: Alexan West Dallas. | Cost: Free. RSVP here.
Barre and Bites founders host a mini series at the Alexan West Dallas. Get your sweat on with a complimentary barre class followed by refreshments after class. Bring your mat, sticky socks if you have them and a friend!

DIY Salad Jar and Nutrition Workshop 

Date: Thurs., Jan 19th | Time: 630pm | Location: Alexan West Dallas
Cost: FREE. Purchase here.
Join Dixya of Food, Pleasure, Health blog for a DIY Salad Jar workshop at the Alexan West Dallas. She’ll show you how to make a delicious and easy salad and dressing you can use for meal prep any day. There will be samples to taste and refreshments.
Pure Barre Addison Whole30 Event with Loubies and Lulu
Date: Thurs., Jan 21st | Time: 9am | Location: Pure Barre Addison
Cost: FREE.
Join Loubies and Lulu on Saturday, January 21st for a FREE Pure Barre class at 9am immediately followed by a Whole30 Info/Q&A session.  Post-workout Whole30 approved snacks will be provided by Snap Kitchen plus a chance to win two $25 gift cards at the event. Space is limited for the class, so if you’re interested in attending, please emailaddison@purebarre.com to secure a spot!
Date: Sat., Jan 21st | Time: 1-3pm | Location: Bachman Dojo
Cost: FREE. RSVP via email.
Participants will learn techniques to avoid dangerous situations, fend off potential assailants and general self-defense methods and mentalities. Within the workshop attendees can ‘Break a Board for a Buck’ where they are taught how to break a wooden plank with their bare hand; each ‘buck’ benefits Genesis Women’s Shelter. RSVP via email: info@dallaskenpo.com for more information.
Uptown Fitness Series with Dallas Fitness Ambassadors
Date: Thur., Jan 26st | Time: 730pm | Location: Soulcycle Uptown
Cost: Complimentary. RSVP here.

Dallas Fitness Ambassadors launches Uptown Fitness Series, a new community workout series in partnership with West Village and Uptown Dallas Inc. Grab a friend and come out for a sweat with Dallas Fitness Ambassadors. Attend a complimentary Soulcycle class at the new Uptown location on Thursday, January 26 at 730p.

Check out the studio and hang with us after class. Refreshments and treats will be provided post sweat. Remember to tag #UptownFitnessSeries.

Date: Sat., Jan 28st | Time: 2-4pm | Location: Reef Point Yoga
Cost: $15 for Members. $30 for New Friends.
Enjoy a 30 minute partner yoga class followed by a vision board workshop. Bring a friend, meaningful photos and more. Some materials will be provided. Sign up through Reef Point’s class schedule.
Social Mechanics New Year New You Bootcamp and Brunch with Dallasites101

Date: Sat., Jan 28st | Time: 10am-1pm | Location: HG Sply Co.
Cost: $35. Purchase tickets here.

Join us and Dallasites101 for a “boot camp” class and brunch on the HG Sply Co. rooftop (complete with a super heating system)! Tickets include class, brunch and mimosas, and a portion of ticket sales will go to Camp John Marc, providing camp experiences for children, teens and families dealing with chronic medical and physical challenges. The boot camp style class focuses on strength and conditioning, and all you need are your sneakers! Everything we do is scalable, so all levels are welcome.

9th Annual Big D Climb with Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Date: Sat., Jan 28th | Time: 10am-1pm | Location: Bank of America Plaza in downtown Dallas| Cost: $45-$60 +$100 fundraising minimum. More info here.

The Big D Climb is set for Saturday, January 28, 2017 at BANK OF AMERICA PLAZA, the tallest building in downtown Dallas! Take the challenge and climb 70 STORIES to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raise $350,000 for the mission.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Learn more at www.lls.org.

Hypnotic Donut Dash 5k

Date: Sat., Jan 28th | Time: 8am | Location: Fair Park
Cost: $30. Register here.
5k and 1-mile run with many vendors and lots of donuts! Only DFW run with donut hole stations on the courses.

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Hope you enjoyed this round up. If you’re looking for more fitness events in North Dallas, my girl Love You More Too has a great post on her blog here.

Am I missing any January fitness events I should add to the list? Drop me a comment and let me know. I’ll update this periodically with more events as the month goes on. As always, check back monthly for more events.

StudioHop or ClassPass? Everything you need to know

I’ve been visiting and reviewing fitness studios in Dallas for three years now. I love all the variety and the unique workouts Dallas has to offer. So with 2017 right around the corner, I often get asked, “Where should I work out?” My answer: StudioHop or ClassPass.

These are great options for anyone who isn’t sure what they like, are looking to find a new “home”, or are bored with the gym. I’m breaking down all you need to know about the following multi-studio memberships available to you in Dallas and Fort Worth.

StudioHop is a Dallas-based company offering memberships to a variety of top-notch fitness studios in Dallas, Fort Worth,  Austin and San Antonio. While their selection is a lot smaller, they offer more to their members in terms of community, membership options, frequency, and other perks.

How it Works: Once you sign up for your membership, you have access to all their studios from one platform and are able to sign up for studio or class you’d like. Peruse different studios and time, click reserve, and voila! You’re all set. Just show up to class and check in like you would if you were a member there.

Membership Options:  StudioHop offers 3 membership options in DFW and is the only company that offers an unlimited option. If you want to dip your toes into the fitness world, you can purchase either a 4 class pack or an 8 class pack to redeem within a month. They also offer an unlimited option where you can attend premium studios as much as 5 times a month and others as many as you’d like. There are no black-out class times to any of the partner studio’s schedule.

Perks: The StudioHop team is also working hard to provide added perks. In the membership, they’ve also enlisted cryo spas, offer discounts for certain businesses and more. All members are also added to their Facebook community group where members can ask questions, share victories, stay on top of the latest news, and get in touch with the SH team immediately. Also, you can use your membership in any of the cities in Texas that currently offer StudioHop.

Studios: There are currently over 50 studios on StudioHop in Dallas Fort Worth. Choose from yoga, Pilates, barre, kickboxing, HIIT, bootcamp, aerial yoga, spin, and more. StudioHop is very selective with the studios they accept and offer to their members. Their motto is to offer only the best studio options.

The Fine Print: It’s a month-to-month membership, so no annual contracts or fees. You won’t be allowed to book more than one class a day. The class packs do have restrictions and want to promote variety. The 4 class pack allows you to visit each any studio once, the 8 class pack allows you 2 visits per studio. There is a fee to put your account on hold. Also, late cancels will incur a $12 charge and $15 for no shows.

Who I’d recommend this to: I’m a little bias obviously since I am a StudioHop member. You can catch my review here.  But I’d recommend StudioHop for people who live in Dallas proper. While StudioHop is still expanding, this membership makes the most sense for people who either live or work in Dallas. The majority of their studios are in central Dallas and they are currently building out their studio partners in Fort Worth. Anyone who lives outside of central Dallas or in the further suburbs don’t have as many options to choose from and wouldn’t be able to take advantage of all the studio offerings unless they are willing to drive.

How to sign up: Go to the website where you can select the membership option that fits your lifestyle best and get to hopping! Use my affiliate link here and code DEEPFRIEDFIT20 for $20 off your first month of the unlimited plan.

ClassPass started in New York and expanded nationally and to Dallas a few years ago. They are definitely a huge corporate company and are currently in almost every major city in the U.S. I had the pleasure of testing their platform and visiting studios all over DFW when it first launched in 2014. They offer access to a variety of different studios and gyms in DFW.

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How It Works: Once you’ve selected your membership option, you’ll book classes through their website or app.

Membership Options: ClassPass currently offers 3 membership options: 3, 5, or 10 class pack to redeem each cycle with limitations on how often you can visit each studio. See below for pricing. It varies for different cities.

Perks: For travelers, your membership also offers the ClassPass Flex feature. Members can schedule their workouts in other ClassPass cities. You can learn more about that here. Select cryo spas are also on ClassPass.

Studios: There are over 250 studios and gyms on ClassPass in DFW right now and you can see some of them here. You also are able to book gym time in select gyms or access their free library of workout videos too. In addition to the base memberships. you can easily purchase more classes at your favorite studios.

The Fine Print: ClassPass studios are more restrictive with their schedules, so you won’t get full access to their entire schedule at certain studios.

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Who’d I’d Recommend this to: Anyone that lives in the suburbs and are major travelers. Since ClassPass is a larger company, they accept just about any studio in their program. It’s much easier to find studios. Also for anyone that travels often and wants to squeeze in a class, you can book a class in any city via app or on their site.

How to sign up: Visit their site and sign up here.

The Takeaway: Location, budget, community, and lifestyle will help you determine which option is best for you. This is a great way to sample different studios you’ve been curious about without spending a ton on drop-in rates. $15-$20 a pop does add up!  Hopefully this was a helpful breakdown of both services.

Is there anything I miss or do you have a questions about StudioHop or ClassPass? Drop a comment below and I’ll do my best to get you the right info!

The Perfect Sweat Date at Vital Fitness Studio

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of sweat dates. It combines my love for workouts and something delicious like coffee or brunch while hanging out with a friend. Since every Sunday is pretty much #NationalBrunchDay, the Dallas Fitness Ambassadors were invited for a Crunch and Brunch event at Vital Fitness Studio.

Over the past few months, you’ve probably seen all my bajillion Insta posts at their gorgeous space (plus a review I wrote here). I just love the space. It’s perfect for my solo sweat sesh or when I want to go with a friend. So when Vital Fitness invited us for a private event, I had to say yes yes yes!

I’m already a huge fan of the studio which is located at the Joule Hotel in downtown, so seeing all the looks on everyone’s faces as they explored the studio was awesome. It’s always so fun getting together. Even though our events are monthly, it feels like it’s been too long since I’ve seen these girls. I love being part of a community of strong women sharing their fitness journey. It’s inspiring!

So today, we’d experience a hybrid class so we could all get a taste of everything. We’d start with a 20 minute Rhythm Ride and then do 30 minutes of their signature V3 class (which combines tabata, strength and yoga).

Whew!!!! We all put in some serious work. It was great being in a room with people I know. We cheered each other on and just went crushed the ride. I think spin can be really intimidating for a lot of people, but it’s definitely one of my favorite types of workouts. Jessica taught an intense 30 minute class with a combo of sprints, climbs and more while jamming to the beat of the music.

After, a sweaty ride, we headed to the other studio to finish up our workout with an abbreviated 30 minute V3 class. Each class is normally 50 minutes. The V3 class is a 3 part class that combines tabata, strength (with weights) and yoga. We definitely go our cardio, strength, and stretch all in one today.

Our instructor Bobby had soo much energy and cheered us on to keep going! Let’s just say I crushed my step goal for the day for sure.

After the amazing workout, we were STARVING. We headed upstairs to Americano, which is also located inside the Joule Hotel. for brunch. The restaurant is super cute!

Since this was the last Dallas Fitness Ambassador event of the year, it had the be the best one yet. Brunch was on point! And I totally freaked out when I saw the name on our menus. We all felt so special.

All the mimosas please! We got to try nutella filled sugar coated donuts. Then we ordered a classic breakfast with a breakfast pizza to share. Check out the spread.

Everything was delicious and it was the perfect sweat date. Vital Fitness will begin offering Crunch and Brunch for anyone starting in March when it’s warmer. I believe the price is $40 and that gets you a class and family style brunch at either Americano or CBD Provisions.

Vital is currently running a promo for two free classes. If you want to check out this dope studio, redeem your class with code 2FREE. Enjoy!

6 Things Every Fitness Junkie Forgets to Clean

The holiday season is in full swing, but so is the flu and every other virus, and cold too. I’m still getting over a pesky cold and that had me thinking about all the things I touch every day. Germs are everywhere and I’m sharing how to clean fitness essentials you probably haven’t cleaned in a while.

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Think about how often you work out and how frequently you use your phone, headphones, or water bottle. In a gym setting with other people touching the equipment, the transmission of germs is bound to happen and your stuff will get groddy. So here are some quick tips to clean your gym stuff and prevent the ickies.

Water Bottle/Shaker Bottle:

Your fav reusable water bottle is the bomb. It’s eco-friendly, saves a few plastic bottles from going in the trash and if you shelled out some money, probably keeps your water cold and is really cute. But how often do you really wash it? When I’m in a rush, I’m guilty of just the quick rinse and go. But if you don’t give your bottles a real scrub, bacteria will grow (along with mold and other gross stuff). Same goes for your shaker bottles.

Here’s what you’ll need: Get a soft bristle brush (think baby bottle cleaner). In addition to soap, you can use baking soda, 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar and a cup of water to create a paste and let it soak for 15 minutes before scrubbing. Give a little extra attention to the lid and the spout where you drink from.

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Headphones and Ear buds

Stop to think about where your headphones or earbuds have been aside from inside your ears. At the bottom of your gym bag? In your pocket? As frequently as we use them in and outside of the gym, it goes without saying, they need to be cleaned often. There’s already enough bacteria in your ears anyway, you don’t need anymore to cause an annoying ear infection.

To clean your headphones: Make sure it’s unplugged (obvi), use a soapy water mixture and a dampen a cloth before wiping down your headphones or earbuds. Use a dry toothbrush to scrub out the dust or earwax particles.

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Weightlifting Gloves:

Guys, think about how often your sweaty palms are soaking into your gloves. Grosss. Between workouts, keep them out so they can air dry between workouts. Don’t just toss them in the bottom of your gym bag. To wash, you can soak them in soapy water and turn them inside out. You can check to see if your gloves are machine washable. If so, you can wash them in a gentle cycle and let them air dry.

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Smart phones:

Our phone harbors tons of germs from constant use and contact with your hands. I used to make the mistake of taking a disinfectant wipe to my phone like armageddon, but turns out that’s definitely not the way to go. The wipes are actually very abrasive to the phone and using hand sanitizer will deteriorate the touchscreen fibers. Boo. After some research, the best way to keep your phone clean that’s easy and low cost is to create your own diluted alcohol solution. In a spray bottle, mix 1/2 water with 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Spray it on a micro fiber towel and rub down your phone. Don’t ever spray it directly on your phone. It’s recommended to do this once a week.

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Your Fitness Tracker:

Your wearable fitness accessories fall under the same category as your phone. Using the spray bottle of diluted alcohol and wiping down your gadgets will go a long way to keeping them clean and free of germs.

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Gym Bag:

Our gym bags hold our fitness essentials like all the items listed above, fresh set of clothes, sweaty clothes, shoes, snacks and more. But how often do you clean your bag? If your bag isn’t machine washable, taking a disinfectant wipe and give the bag a good and thorough wipe down will do a long way. Pro tip: add a few dryer sheets to keep it fresh.

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Hope these tips were helpful. If you have any fitness life hacks you’d like share, comment below! I’d love to how you keep your stuff squeaky clean.

Lazy Dog Restaurant’s New Fall Items

Earlier this summer, I visited Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar for the first time with some friends to try their summer brunch menu which you can read here. With their changing seasonal menus, I thought I’d come back to see what’s new for their fall menu.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant is a Cali-based company that made its to Dallas last year. They are slated to open a Plano location this month and one in Euless in the new year. It has a lodge inspired decor, it’s pet friendly and the Addison location huge!

So for an overdue girl’s brunch date, I invite 2 of my friends to join me. We started off with some very brunchy drinks and ordered a mix of items off the brunch and lunch menu.

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From the brunch menu, we ordered the bananas foster french toast and the breakfast pizza. I’m not a huge sweets person, but I liked it. It wasn’t drenched or soggy. Had a great crunch to it and wasn’t over the top sweet. It has walnuts, caramelized bananas and a scoop of whip on top.

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I immediately fell in love with the Sunny Side Up breakfast pizza. It’s a white pizza with breakfast fixings such as spinach, sundried tomatoes, bacon and cheese plus 3 sunny side up eggs. I loved everything about this pizza. So savory and good. Plus, it’s a pizza!

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From the lunch menu, we sampled a few customer favorites: the turkey meatballs and pot roast. lazydogrestaurantdallas4 lazydogrestaurantdallas6

We were pleased to learn that Lazy Dog is a scratch kitchen and almost everything is made in-house, including most of the sauces. The tender pot roast sat on a bed of mashed potatoes and veggies. The sauce was great too. Nice hearty and comforting meal. The turkey meatballs were yummy too. I loved the pine nuts mixed in the turkey meatballs. Added a nice crunchy texture.

By the time we got to dessert, we were ready to burst. But found some room for a few last delicious bites. We tried the seasonal pumpkin cheesecake and the Simm’s Family Smore’s.

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The pumpkin cheesecake was great, but the s’mores is definitely a winner. The s’mores special is made of rich chocolate fudge, peanut butter and a warm brownie. On top is a giant, house-made roasted marshmallow and crushed peanuts. SO GOOD.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant has such a huge menu and there’s something for everyone. Their constantly adding new menu items. They even added new happy hour with items starting at $3.

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BBQ Smoked Chicken Crisp

Definitely an indulgent destination. I think it’s great for really large parties, and it’s pet friendly too if you want to sit out on the patio. The pricing is reasonable, portions are good, and can’t beat the variety.

What would you try from Lazy Dog Restaurant? Drop me a comment and tell me which of these items looks to good to pass up.

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