Midtown’s Newest Fitness Haven: [solidcore]

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When I took my first class at [solidcore] in Midtown Atlanta, I knew they were onto something with this workout. Their custom machine, Sweatlana is a real ass-kicker, but in the best way. It’s one of those workouts where you’re saying “God I hate this; wow this burns; I’m killin’ it!; Get me off this thing; I’m so fierce!”… and etc. the entire time. Up and down, up and down. It’s so good, but it hurts like a B.

I know many of you are curious about the workout and the studio, so let’s break it down.

The studio: I don’t know about you guys, but for me, the overall feel of a fitness studio is definitely important. Sure, it’s not a make or break thing, but I love taking a class in a chic, trendy and clean studio and that’s definitely what [solidcore] Midtown is like. They’ve got a big, wood-planked Instagram Wall (yes, I’m officially coining that term) with [solidcore] in big, bold letters. And – my favorite part – spray painted under each machine is a cute little motivational quote. The chic vibe of the studio fits in perfectly with its location in the heart of midtown.

The machine: Sweatlana, [solidcore]’s machine designed specifically for their studios, includes eight springs for varied resistance, leather straps and it eliminates that annoying cover on the platform so you don’t have to lift up anything when changing out your springs. It’s also got a powder-coated aluminum based body and a pocket-free carriage.

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The workout: Megaformer classes have always kind of scared me. The slow movements just KILL – but they seriously work out your muscles like nobody’s biz. A lot of you have already asked me about the difference between this class and Stellar Bodies or SculptHouse, since they all utilize some type of megaformer machine. The [solidcore] class format is a high-intensity, yet low impact workout with extremely slow movements designed to lengthen and tone your body in just 50 minutes per class. Moves include planks, lunges, squats and all of your usual favorites, amped up by about 10,000 with the slowness and resistance. And you most DEFINITELY sweat. I truthfully don’t know why – maybe because your muscles are working so damn hard, your body’s rejecting it and making you sweat ?? – but you get a great sweat in with hardly any cardio-based exercises. My abs have never been more sore than they were after my second [solidcore] class and to me, that’s a sign that this workout works.

The instructors: The instructors are supportive, tough and relatable, all at the same time. There’s nobody that finds this workout easy, so they get that you’re literally struggling through it the whole time and they can relate to you while you’re powering through. They talk you through the entire thing and are there to help motivate you until the 50 minutes is up.

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Overall, this class is super tough but super rewarding. You feel like a badass walking out of that studio, which is what we all strive for, right?

Book your first class for only $10 now through January 31st. Tell them I sent you, & let me know what you think!

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Chocolate Almond Butter Maca Balls

I’m the type of girl that, when I’m looking for a recipe, I don’t want to go through your whole life story to get there.

So, let’s get right to it, shall we?

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Chocolate Almond Butter Maca Balls

What you need:

  • 1/2c oats
  • 1/2c almond butter (I’m obsessed with Justin’s vanilla)
  • Splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used about 2-3 tbsp.)
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 2tbsp. chocolate protein (I used Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut) – Use code “yesgirlblog” for 10% off your order!
  • 1tbsp. 100% pure maple syrup
  • 2tbsp. flax meal
  • 1tbsp. maca powder
  • Cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips to your liking
  • Toppings: coconut flakes, cacao powder, chia seeds… the possibilities are endless!

Directions:

  1. Pulse the oats in a food processor or blender until finely ground.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until fully combined. They should be a dough-y texture.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls.
  4. Roll the balls in your favorite topping(s) and store in the fridge!

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Tips:

  • If your balls are too dry, then add more almond milk, but don’t overdo it or the mixture will stick to your hands when you try to form them.
  • You could also use honey in place of maple syrup if you don’t have it, but I always recommend maple syrup as a better-for-you sweetener.
  • I’m currently obsessed with the Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut protein I used in these balls. It’s so good, and made with awesome ingredients. Get 10% off your order with code “yesgirlblog” – I wouldn’t recommend unless I loved it myself, so just do it.

If you’re including these in your weekly snack prep, I’d love to hear how you liked them! Tag me on Instagram at @yesgirlblog. Have a great week, babes! 

What I Learned in 2016

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As we close out another year, I think it’s important to take a step back and check in with yourself. It’s amazing how much growth we can experience in just one year, 365 days. It’s incredible how much can change, yet how much can stay the same.

Last year at this time, I was in a job I hated feeling unfulfilled and exhausted; in a living situation that was not ideal for me; overall unmotivated and uninspired.

While 2016 didn’t magically solve all of my problems, I can definitely say that it’s taught me a hell of a lot. There are so many things that I want to do; that I want to become; and that I want to manifest in my life. I feel like there’s so much more.

Anyone else feeling this way?

Maybe it’s just that high of a new year, a chance to start over. But why not? With all of the motivation around us to get in shape; to ask for that promotion; to start a side hustle – is there any better time to start working toward the goals we’ve always wanted to accomplish?

These are the key takeaways I’ve learned in this past year:

First of all, ignorance is not bliss.

When it comes to what we put in our bodies (food, drinks, supplements, etc.), ignorance is most definitely not bliss. This year, more than any year before, I’ve learned the importance of reading labels, understanding ingredients and getting real with yourself. One of my main resolutions in 2017 is to stick to real, whole foods as much as possible. This means I can still have pizza, pasta, cheese, brownies (!) – as long as they’re made from real ingredients. Obviously I preach balance, and you better believe I practice it, but as I’ve gotten older, I have 100% noticed how much the food I eat affects how I feel. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather feel full of energy and have clear skin rather than feeling dehydrated, hungover or bloated from too much cheese or salt. Gross.

Change in relationships is inevitable.

I won’t lie, I had a difficult time this year accepting change in some of my relationships. I was so used to how things used to be growing up and throughout college, and moving away (although it was two and a half years ago now) really hit me hard. Sure, some relationships fall by the wayside and that’s okay. Sometimes shit just happens and you become different people. But after examining the relationships I have and the ones I’m building, I feel much more at peace with the fact that change is just a part of our lives and sometimes works on your relationships for the better. 

Finding a workout you love can be all the inspiration you need. 

I’ll be honest, I’ve been in a workout rut probably for the past year. I’ve been jumping around so much I feel like the damn Energizer Bunny. So, here’s my plan for 2017: cut the shit, find a workout(s) I enjoy and get inspired and consistent again. While I still worked out 5-6 times a week in 2016, I never really felt as motivated as I did when I finished a kickass spin class or a barre workout that had me shaking the whole time. There’s just something about finding a workout you actually enjoy that I think is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. 

Sometimes, less is more. 

I am someone who is really uncomfortable when I’m not busy. If I’m not working, I’m cleaning my apartment or running errands; If I’m not writing a blog post, I’m cleaning out my closet or folding laundry. I’ve noticed this more and more about myself this year and let’s be honest – this mentality leads to burnout. It’s pretty much a given.

I try really hard to allow time for myself to just chill out and relax, but most of the time I’m in go-go-go mode. However, I have to recharge to be at my best so it’s a bit counterintuitive, don’t you think? Sometimes we all need a little reminder that doing less often will provide more in our lives.

I would love to hear what you learned in 2016. The good, the bad, the ugly. What are your resolutions?

I’m off to go nosh on some Chocolate Almond Butter Maca Balls (recipe coming soon!) and some peppermint tea. Night babes!