Kicking off the 2015 Bikini Series!

This year will be my FIFTH Tone It Up Bikini Series…wow. Just letting that sink in for a second. 

It’s been such an incredible journey to get to this place. From doing planks and lunges in our work hallway, to traveling to hang with K&K as their first Bikini Series winner, to getting married with some of my favorite girls by my side, to spending an amazing weekend in the California sunshine at the TIU Retreat, to starting our own local adventure right here in Charm City with BMOREtoned

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This week kicks off an amazing eight Tone It Up Bikini Series program. I’ve tried to get myself as prepared as I can be…hitting the farmers market/grocery for healthy eats, stocking the fridge with prepped meals, lining up my journal/datebook and much more. I’m naturally inspired to join the series – I love the workouts, the new recipes and, of course, feeling healthier/more confident! BUT nothing could have inspired me more than the amazing women I met on Sunday at our BMOREtoned meetup! What an incredible morning – we worked out, we tried amazing treats, we shopped local and we made new friends! Such an inspiration!

BMOREtoned TIUmeetup

Today, we’ve been challenged to write out our intentions and goals. First, I’m really hoping to spread the inspiration of fitness through BMOREtoned. I’m hoping to take on more classes – I teach Surfset now but I’m hoping start teaching Body Barre too! I want to stick to the meal plan too – the last time I really concentrated on eating well I honestly never felt better! I want to focus on being present in my everyday life. Lastly, I want to incorporate more yoga into my regular week!

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If you’re not a TIU member, I definitely recommend checking them out! Karena and Katrina are two of the most amazing women I’ve ever met AND they’re not the only people you get when you join the team – you get all of us! All of us teammates who are here to support and love and struggle sometimes along with you! :)

HERE WE GO! Best of luck to everyone who’s participating in the plan! 

Under Armour Ambassador!

It’s official. I’m an Under Armour blog Ambassador! Woo hoo!

katekatebear under armour ambassador

As most of you know, I live here in Baltimore and I’m so close to Under Armour’s HQ, so you may have seen some posts referencing UA before…now I have the opportunity to bring you even more! You can expect to see fun information about new product launches, special events reviews of my favorite gear and more!

I am thrilled to be representing such an amazing company as a local and especially as a female athlete. Their mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation. UA Women has worked to empower female athletes everywhere through their What’s Beautiful and I Will What I Want campaigns. I feel empowered to pass on their message that it is beautiful to be strong!

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Through their Give Back campaigns, they support some amazing causes. UA Power in Pink supports the many women who use fitness/exercise to stay healthy, and serves as a platform to help raise awareness about breast health. UA Win is their commitment to empowering athletes of the next generation by providing youth access to sports. And UA Freedom supports the heroes who support and protect us.

Right now, UA Women just announced a special challenge for Valentine’s Day! It’s super easy: Join on the Under Armour Record app and post a selfie to your profile using #VDAY and #IWILLWHATIWANT, telling everyone what you love about yourself. You’ll be entered to win a sweet UA swag bag! Can’t wait to see your posts!

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PLUS, now that Under Armour has connected with MapMyFitness, Ednomondo AND MyFitnessPal, you can be part of the largest fitness & health community group! I use MapMyFitness and UA Record regularly to share my workouts and get inspired by other amazing fit friends!

Anyway, I’m so excited to be officially part of the UA Women team and I’m looking forward to all the good things coming! Stay tuned for more!

 

kevala photoshoot

I’m so excited to share some fun pics from a fun photo shoot I did a few weeks ago with kevala!

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kevala details Kevala is a new brand I’ve found that makes super soft, eco-friendly workout tops with inspiring affirmations and messages. They also give back with every purchase – They support nonprofits in every state, DC, Canada AND Mexico!

Anyway, the kevala team got together a group of local fit friends at Mount Vernon Fitness for the shoot. (You’ll notice good friend Jessie in some of these pics!) MV Fitness is a beautiful boutique gym located in a converted historic mansion here in Baltimore. Think hardwood floors, chandelier over the spin room, original marble… it’s gorgeous! A talented local photographer, Kiati Plooks, helped us with the shoot and took some amazing photos!! Check them out below!

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kevala wear maryland

OH! And right now you can get 41% OFF any Kevala purchase!

Visit kevalawear.com and apply promo code: 41LOVE. And remember, each purchase will include an automatic donation (already included in price) to non-profits in all fifty states, Canada, D.C. and Mexico! Sale ends February 10th!

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?!