November 21, 2014
Good morning and Happy Friday!! Whew… did your week just fly by too? I really don’t know how we are already here, but I’m not questioning it.
Who’s pumped for the weekend? I am looking forward to ours (after I spend tonight taking an online driving course… sigh) so to kick things off, let’s get right into our weekly Friday Favorites party!
As usual, I invite you all to join in by sharing some of your favorites from the week in the comments section and link up too. Party on!
Friday Favorites #64: Week of 11/21
Here’s what I’ve been loving this week…
• Minnetonka moccasins
I have mentioned these bad boys a time or two, but this is the first time I am really highlighting a picture of them.
Don’t these slippers just scream comfort?
(via Women’s Health Magazine)
These are great ideas for those of you who are actually cooking this year… Spoiler Alert: I’m taking this one off!
• Swiffer Bissell SteamBoost mop
This might sound lame, but I got ridiculously excited about finding this Swiffer Bissell SteamBoost mop at Kmart for 40% off!
I mentioned this a little while ago, but it looks as though a percentage of Kmart stores are going out of business across the country. Keep your eyes peeled for blow-out sales near you!
Anyways, I bought the mop and the steampad refills thinking I would need several to clean all of the tile and wood in our house. Usually, I need a good three or four wet pads with my Swiffer sweeper. Not this time!
Since you plug this version in and fill it with water, it produces steam… hence the title. The steam keeps it wet throughout the use! I’m not sure if that’s how you are supposed to use the refill pads, but it certainly did the job in our house. Woo hoo!
and speaking of mops/vacuums…
• my interview with cooking & cleaning tips on Vacuums Guide
Because, apparently, I’m really good at both of those things. #questionable
• my new favorite T-Swift song on repeat
I heart Taylor. And PS, check out this acoustic cover of the same song from Tyler Ward. So pretty.
• lucy activewear sharing my photo <3
• this sweatshirt that doesn’t sugarcoat
(I obviously need it.)
• apple corer
I picked up an apple corer on our day of apple and pumpkin picking at Big Red’s Cider Mill.
I wasn’t sure how to use it at first, but I assure you it couldn’t be easier. Simply stick it in the apple around the core and pull. I can’t recall the brand of this one, but we got it for less than $5 and they sell them at most kitchen and home good stores.
• Friday funnies
Sorry, but that literally made me laugh out out. #ifonly
Anddd that has Aspen’s name all over it. #notamused
• favorite HWG posts
This planner/diary is perfect for anyone who currently lives or wants to get into living a happy, healthy, active lifestyle. Enter to win one for yourself, or give it to a friend or family member you think could really use a push. <3
and speaking of giveaways… *surprise!!*
• Jar Half Full mason jar giveaway
I was recently contacted by the sweet Jar Half Full Etsy shop owner, Jamie. The Jar Half Full sells modern calligraphy mason jar tumblers with a side of sass. They believe that the jar is half full & you should always #SipFancy!
A portion of the proceeds go to the Siobhan O’Sullivan Foundation. Siobhan is a best friend of Jamie’s who is now a quadriplegic due to a spinal cord injury she sustained in 2013. The foundation was created to support her throughout her long road to recovery.
After hearing the story behind these mason jars, I knew I wanted one. Please excuse my shadowy inside picture of the one I selected. The snow and early sunset is really throwing me off of my picture taking game!
I was gifted this Rise & Grind glass tumbler, but I want to purchase the other two because they are all so cute!
Good news! The Jar Half Full would love to gift one HWG reader a glass tumbler of their choice with a side of sass too!
Leave a comment on this blog post sharing which tumbler you would choose, and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
You have until Midnight Monday, November 24th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning, the 25th.
Have a great weekend!
Disclaimer: While the glass tumbler featured in this post was provided to me by The Jar Half Full, I was not compensated for this review or to host the giveaway. The Friday Favorites series features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please understand, however, that affiliate links may be included. I always, always appreciate your support! <3
November 20, 2014
Good afternoon! I’m so glad to see some of you enjoyed reading this morning’s collection of random musings. Those kinds of posts are fun to occasionally put together, so I might just have to revisit them every so often.
Today I wanted to share a full review of the workout facility I have been training at for the last month or so!
Rock City Fitness – Personal Training
A little over a month ago, the owner of Rock City Fitness, a new personal training facility in Rochester Hills, contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their 30-Day Personal Training Experience Program.
His timing couldn’t have been better, as I received the email the day I passed my CPT test! I was excited to take him up on the offer and see everything I just studied in text come to life in an in-person one-on-one training experience.
Rock City Fitness offers a unique workout environment with three different types of training formats: one-on-one, small group, and large group. Their memberships include a number of personal training options and classes to work with a variety of clients, needs, and budgets.
I started the 30 Day Personal Training Experience the week after running in the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon. I mention this because the owner, Eric, ran in the same race, also a part of Team Kensington for the Hope Water Project! Small world, right?
I scheduled my initial consultation a couple days after the race, and we had plenty to talk about. He explained the ins and out of the introductory program and the services they provide.
Here is the best way to break it down:
• 1 on 1 training offers the most personal experience, including exercise and nutrition programs put together to reach your specific goals. RCF has four different 1 on 1 training plans you can read more about here. All 1 on 1 programs can be structured as private (1 client) or semi-private (2-4 clients), depending on what the client is looking for and what their training budget is.
• Group training is a great option for those who are looking for affordable training with plenty of guidance and motivation. RCF offers two types of group training: small and large group. Small gives more individual instruction while large group offers the dynamic atmosphere and energy of a “team” setting.
• Web-based training: is catered towards clients who want an affordable personal training experience, but prefer to exercise at home or at another gym. Web-based training features custom RCF-designed programs that are strictly online with a unique client dashboard, complete with program instructions, exercise videos, training calendar, progress tracking, and trainer/client messaging. This can also be added to any 1 on 1 or group training program.
I had a specific purpose of reviewing their 30 Day Personal Training Experience, which gives any prospective client an in-depth preview and overview of the gym’s services without having to make a long-term commitment.
This program includes an initial client consultation, followed by three 1 on 1 training sessions (with fitness assessments), then three small group classes totaling seven visits. They call it the 30 Day PT Experience, but you set up all of the sessions to fit your individualized schedule and can easily finish before or after the 30 day period. It’s all up to you!
Happy to check it out, I arrived at my initial consult and was immediately impressed by the cool and intimate gym setting.
We began the consultation by going over my goals for training. I was asked questions like “What are your long-term fitness goals?” and “What does staying fit and being healthy mean to you?” He wanted specific answers, which is exactly what I was introduced to in my NASM text: probing for specific numbers or goals to reach towards, also known as S.M.A.R.T. goals.
My first workout session was a 1 on 1 personal training session with Eric. We started by doing a series of fitness assessments (all of which I recognized from my book!) and he quickly gathered information to help create a program specifically geared towards my needs and goals.
As it turns out, I have a slight arch to my lower back during certain exercises and winged scapulas (one predominately worse than the other). I had no idea about either problem! With this in mind, he gave me foam rolling, stretching, and strengthening exercises I could do at the gym and even at home to help those issues.
Each one of my training sessions (both with him and another trainer) started and ended with a variety of these exercises.
My long-term fitness goals (for this program and beyond) are to build up my arm strength (months of mostly running and at-home workouts can only do so much!) and incorporate exercises that will strengthen my legs for running long distances. I’m not interested in gaining or losing weight, but to maintain where I’m at and keep an all-over toned physique.
I left my first training session with a new client binder filled with information on the gym, discounts to stores and services in the area, and plenty of health and fitness tips!
At the end of each session, we went over my assessment results, talked about nutrition (the balance of calories in vs. calories out and numbers I should aim for), and overall goals to reach for.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 1 on 1 personal training sessions and was equally as excited to try out the small group classes.
First I tried FAST Fit, which reminded me of a CrossFit WOD type of class. There was only one other person in my 7 a.m. session, and we each went through a series of total body strengthening power moves on a timer. This class lasted 30-40 minutes and I felt sore before I even left.
Next, I tried out Strong, their resistance-based training class. It moves a little slower and concentrates on doing more (heavier and slower) lifting. This is the class I did dumbbell chest presses with a set of 25s for the first time!
Last, I completed the Rockit class as my final session yesterday. That one was killer! It’s a high energy and fast moving total body workout that usually consists of circuits. The focus is on speed and pumping up your heart rate, so there is also a Rockit Lite class option for program newcomers. This session with high reps (up to 70!) and little rest challenged me the most!
All of their small group training classes and descriptions can be found here.
I really loved exploring the full Rock City Fitness experience.
RCF has a specific mission:
“Our desire is that your new exercise program with Rock City Fitness will do more than improve your physical health — we hope it helps you become more confident and accomplish more than you ever thought in all areas of your life.”
They want to build a solid foundation – or rock – to carry you through your happiest, healthiest, strongest you!
Right now, the 30 Day Personal Training Experience (including one consult and six personal training sessions!) is offered at the low price of $79, valued at $340!
Check out their website and give them a call if you’re interested in trying out the PT program for yourself. I highly recommend it to anyone at any fitness level, and especially to those looking for guidance in getting active, getting over injuries, and fitness enthusiasts looking to mix up their current routine!
I want to thank Rock City Fitness for allowing me to test out their program. The opportunity came at the perfect time, and I’m leaving it feeling revved up to jump into the world of training and teaching. I am one hundred percent on board with what their company stands for, and would love to continue training any time I’m invited!
Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post. I was, however, offered to test out the Rock City Fitness 30 Day Personal Training Program for free in exchange for my review. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own!