[Inspiration] BurnThis App

Inspiration. I need it. I crave it. Seriously, how else do we get out of bed in the morning when it’s cold outside and it’s time to work?!

Recently, I found a new source for awesome inspiration in the form of the BurnThis app! The app is a constant stream of workout and healthy lifestyle motivation…everything from quotes and meal ideas to progression photos and workout ideas!

BurnThis motivation app | sunshine & the bear

Much like my all time favorite people, the Tone It Up team, this app hosts a wide range of people who come together as a “FitFam” – from all over the country and the world! People post ideas for workouts and meals, supportive and inspirational quotes, and much more! It’s become a new addiction for me because, let’s face it, sometimes I need a little nudge to help me stay on track, and I really enjoy sharing/inspiring others! KARMA. Right? :) BurnThisAmbassador

As I BurnThis FitFam Ambassador, I’ll be bringing you tons of awesome inspirational content on the app, here on the blog and over on BMOREtoned!

Meet me on BurnThis & get inspired!!

New BARRE in town

This past weekend, I went to a new class being offered at my gym and it was awesome! I felt the burn throughout the class, right after the class and basically still today…  :)

Stacey and Ann Marie of Soul Body Barre have teamed up with Beachfit to start offering a new class in our area called SB Body Barre.

SB body barre at beachfit | BMOREtoned

This new “barre” workout uses a handheld, weighted body bar in place of a fixed bar/dumbbells as well as a ball and bodyweight. We used a 9lb bar and, believe me, we didn’t need anything else! Ann Marie led the class with Stacey’s help demoing and had some great music to help keep the energy (and glutes) up.

SB body barre at beachfit | BMOREtoned

The class goes through various tracks that work your entire body, but focuses on certain muscle groups. Much like a traditional barre class, there is a lot of pulsing, tucking and squeezing, but unlike the traditional barre style this class can be done anywhere!
SB body barre at beachfit | BMOREtoned The small isometric movements work your muscles and tone those little areas you didn’t know could be worked. The moves pull from pilates, yoga, dance and traditional interval strength training, so it’s a good mix for anyone looking for a good toning workout, that still delivers a strong mind-body connection.

Beachfit is the first location to start offering this class in Baltimore and I definitely advise you checking it out! Currently, SB Body Barre is offered at Beachfit every Saturday at 10AM.

They are also looking for instructors so they can offer more classes. If you’re interested, they have an upcoming training in January!

What do you say, what to meet me at the barre? :) 

I challenge you, 2015!

Like many, I LOVE fitness challenges because they help encourage me to get up and out the door. Honestly, I feel like most of the time my BMOREtoned gals or Tone It Up community work as my alarm clock, coach and cheerleader!

Being January (the time when everyone is looking to make changes) there are lots of fun fitness challenges popping up – my friend Jami did a great Challenge Roundup over on BMOREtoned!

tone-it-up-love-your-body-series-100-by-v-day-100 I’ve done it for a few years and I’m excited to do the Tone It Up Love Your Body challenge again this year. It’s always a great way to get new workouts, try new healthy recipes and all-over just love yourself more! This challenge lasts for 6 weeks (ending with Valentine’s Day) and has daily/weekly challenges to help you stay engaged. Also, we have an overall goal of completely 100 miles (run/walk/bike/etc.) by the end. Running isn’t my strong suit, so I love this because it pushes me to get out there!

I’ve decided to go-big-or-go-home this year…and I’m doing two challenges! I’m also joining the Map My Fitness Workout Games! For the games, you are challenged to log or record at least 30 workouts, each 20 minutes or longer, until February 8! I typically use Map My Fitness for running – by having my phone on me while I’m running, I can find out my approximate pace, distance and elevation. This challenge will definitely push me to run more, but there’s also an opportunity to log my strength training workouts with them. It’s a great way to keep track of what I’m doing. This fits in perfectly with my TIU challenge because I can log those workouts too. I’ve backlogged a few from December, and I’m looking forward to keeping track of my workouts over the next month!

mapymyfitness workout games | sunshine & the bear

The new year presents an awesome opportunity. Fitness challenges present the perfect chance for me/you/anyone to get out there do it!

Who wants to join me?! 

 

PLANKSgiving Challenge

My Tone It Up Retreat roomie & awesome friend Amy challenged me to a PLANKSgiving November Challenge!

Looks like a lot of core and strength work…but I’M IN!

planksgiving november challenge | sunshine & the bear

Here’s what it looks like today through the end of the week….

  • Thursday November 6 
    • 15 second side plank
    • 15 plank jacks
    • 15 planks with donkey kicks
    • 15 second plank punches
  • Friday November 7
    • 20 second elbow plank
    • 20 plank walks
    • 20 second two point plank
    • 20 second plank with leg raise
  • Saturday November 8
    • 20 second side plank
    • 20 plank jacks
    • 20 planks with donkey kicks
    • 20 second plank punches
  • Sunday November 9
    • 25 second elbow plank
    • 25 plank walks
    • 25 second two point plank
    • 25 second plank with leg raise

Who’s with me?

[Workout] Four easy Bosu moves

As most of us experience, morning alarms aren’t always effective…aka sometimes the snooze button is just a little too tempting. While I try not to make sleeping in a regular practice, sometimes it happens. On those days, I hate missing my full morning workout BUT I’ve come up with a few quick toning moves to do when I can’t fit in a full session – I call them “better than nothing” workouts :)

Earlier this week, I created a quick four-move better than nothing workout. It was easy to do these few moves before jumping in the shower and getting ready for work!


This week’s workout: Four Easy Bosu Ball moves
Muscles worked: Full body!
Courtesy of: @katekatebear (aka me)
Needs: Bosu ball

katekatebear bosu ball workout

Side plank dips: 
Start with your body turned to one side and your feet one of top of the other on the top of the bosu ball. Lift yourself up into a side plank on your forearm. In this position, lift your core up and lower it down. Then switch sides!
For variation, you can put your top foot in front of the other on the ball OR put your top foot on the ball and your other knee down on the ground. 

Uneven elevated push-ups: 
Start in a push-up position with one hand on the center of the ball and one hand on the ground. Perform 10 push-ups, then switch arms on top of the ball.
For variation, you can place your knees on the ground.

Plank rocks (forward/back): 
Place both feet in the center on top of the ball. Bring yourself up into a plank with your feet balancing on the ball, then start by rocking yourself forward (keeping your feet/toes on the ball) and then back (bending/pushing your heels backward).

Elevated reverse lunges: 
Standing up in front of the bosu, step back (carefully!) in the center of the bosu behind you. Stay in this position, and perform 10 lunges – making sure to keep your front knee over your ankle. Switch to the other side.

Again, it takes more time to explain these workout moves than it does to actually do them :) It’s a quick way to get in a workout for all your muscle groups!

You’ll never regret a workout!