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Haul you need is love

I was raised in a family that celebrated every holiday it could. I suspect that comes, in part, from the fact that Momma Buns is the queen of many things, including finding the perfect paper goods for any occasion — on sale — at Party City. As my sister and I grew up, she put that talent to the test as often as possible. I remember waking up to find that Momma Buns had decorated the kitchen with red foil hearts and made pancakes (a rare treat on a school morning). Other years, I remember her sitting with me while I scrawled my classmates’ names on Snoopy Valentine’s cards, or my whole family passing gifts wrapped in pink tissue paper around the dinner table. (As I grew older, mine was usually a romantic comedy or super-weeper newly out on video. Untamed Heart, anyone?)

So even though I know that many people think Valentine’s Day is manufactured, romantic silliness, for me, it brings to mind really great celebrations of the deep affection my family and I have for each other. So I love it. And I love you guys. In the spirit of that love-fest— even though the actual holiday was yesterday — I’m going to unabashedly share some fitness-related stuff (plus a few randoms) that makes my heart sing. Cool?

“Golden Years” by David Bowie

I first heard it in the movie A Knight’s Tale, which makes me uncool. But my adoration of choreographed dance scenes already makes me uncool, so whatever. Now, the song is on my running playlist—and it’s very useful as a workday afternoon mood-booster, too.

Love Your Muscles with Crunch

Love Your Muscles logoI joined Crunch gym just after I started my job in New York two years ago. Aside from the convenient locations (one near my job, another near my apartment) and really great classes (Marc Santa Maria’s Monday night hip-hop and Dave Norfleet’s iRide Spinning are FANTASTIC), the vibe there is a little bit funkier and more accepting than many other New York gyms I’ve visited. The gym’s motto, after all, is No Judgments. This month, they’re holding workshops and offering training specials to raise money for Augie’s Quest, a Muscular Dystrophy Association initiative to find a cure for the degenerative muscle disease ALS. This month, the gym will give Augie’s Quest $5 for every new membership and $10 for every new personal training package. “Love Your Muscles” refers to the signs they put your name on when you donate: You can choose a muscle you love — I picked the heart — and your name goes up alongside a cute cartoon drawing of that muscle. If you’re interested in more information or want to donate, go here.

Savasana

Toward the end of every yoga class, the instructor asks everyone to lay on their backs, heels together, toes flopped apart, arms by their sides, palms open. Sometimes our eyes are open; often, they’re closed. We lay in this position, known as savasana (suh-VAH-snah) or “corpse pose”, and relax everything. Sounds like sleeping, you say. It’s seriously close, but so much better. Often, the  poses right before savasana are challenging, and laying down and focusing only on breathing and relaxing seems like a reward. In Bikram yoga, sometimes the only thing that gets me through a rough class is the thought of how sweet the savasana will be at the end. I lay on my mat and think about how the ground is supporting me, holding me up, and how I don’t have to do anything except find little snarls of tension in my body and then let them go. Even if you’re not into yoga, try giving yourself a few minutes of motionless chill-out time after a tough workout sometime. It’s pretty awesome.

Puma’s Dizzy Barrel Bag

When my old gym bag bit it, I tried to make do with tote bags and backpacks and the like. No good. I resisted buying a new one because I didn’t want something huge and clunky, but I needed something big enough to fit a change of clothes, my sneakers, and toys like my interval timer, my iPod, a magazine, my weight gloves, etc. Behold, Puma’s Dizzy Barrel Bag. It’s pretty great, kind of stylish, and (right now) on sale! Gym bag woes, cured.

Puma Dizzy Barrel Bag

So cute, right?

I’d love to hear what gets your heart pumping, too. Gadgets and gear? Workouts? Instructors? Personal accomplishments? Something completely unrelated to fitness but awesome nonetheless? Tell us about it in the comments section. 

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February 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Spinning Tunes

To be a good instructor, you have to take classes. It keeps you fit, it gives you great ideas that you can steal use for inspiration, and it opens you up to ways that other instructors communicate with clients. I took a great Spinning class last week in New York, and I have to thank the teacher for kicking my butt hard-core (and for giving me a few notions about this playlist and how to teach to it). Enjoy!

1. Hurt (Deeper-Mindset Tight Mix) — Christina Aguilera (7:04)

2. Commander (feat. David Guetta) — Kelly Rowland (3:38)

3. Born This Way — Lady GaGa (4:20)

4. Lose Yourself — Eminem (5:21)

5. Keep Hope Alive — The Crystal Method (6:12)

6. Mr. Brightside — The Killers (3:54)

7. Forget You — Cee Lo Green (3:43)

8. My Life Would Suck Without You — Kelly Clarkson (3:32)

9. Teenage Love Affair — Alicia Keys (3:10)

10. Thank U — Alanis Morissette (4:18)

11. Marry Me — Train (3:25)

February 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

Spinning Tunes

If the time change is making you groggy, this playlist may be the kick you need to get you out the door. My classes this week did a lot of sore-buns, in-the-saddle riding to these songs. Good work, everyone! It should be noted that The Fiancé went to France in the spring and downloaded the Edward Maya tune right after he got back—it was on the radio 24/7 there. Now that Maya’s got a hit in the U.S., as well, TF has deemed himself a talented arbiter of pop hits. I’ll let you know what he comes up with next.

  1. Take My Picture — Filter (6:03)
  2. Firework — Katy Perry (3:47)
  3. Take It Off — Ke$ha (3:35)
  4. Hot Tottie — Usher (feat. Jay-Z) (4:59)
  5. Love and Wonder — DJ Earworm (5:50)
  6. Human — The Killers (4:05)
  7. This Is My Life — Edward Maya (3:49)
  8. Paper Planes — M.I.A. (3:23)
  9. Last Nite — The Strokes (3:13)
  10. Hallelujah — Justin Timberlake (feat. Charlie Sexton) (4:15)

November 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

Spinning Tunes

I know I’ll soon be sick of the Pink song that kicks off this mix, but I’m loving it right now. Here’s this week’s Spinning playlist, with some quick flats to keep things moving and some Halloween (Haul-o-ween?) songs to keep things ghouling.

  1. Raise Your Glass (Clean version) — Pink (3:22)*
  2. Cousins — Vampire Weekend (2:25)
  3. Are You Gonna Go My Way? — Lenny Kravitz (3:31)
  4. Ghostbusters — Ray Parker Jr. (4:00)
  5. Follow You Down — Gin Blossoms (4:30)
  6. Thriller — Michael Jackson (5:57)
  7. Check On It — Beyonce (3:33)
  8. Forget You — Cee Lo Green (3:42)*
  9. Showdown — The Black Eyed Peas (4:27)
  10. Mr. Brightside — The Killers (3:54)
  11. My Life Would Suck Without You in My Place (Kelly Clarkson vs. Coldplay) — DJ Earworm (4:12)

*These songs are also available in saltier versions. Because I don’t want to get fired, I used the PG version in class.

October 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm 1 comment

Developments

Loyal haulers, how I’ve missed you. Both of you. (No, I’m kidding. There are probably three or four of you, not counting my mom. Hi Momma!)

So much has happened since last we met! A highlight reel:

The Boyfriend is now The Fiance. (Insert girly sounds of joy here.)

Photo credit: Stephanie Pinsdorf

I attempted two triathlons this summer, one of which became a duathlon due to poor river conditions. . .

Photo credit: The Fiance

… and one of which caused me to have a sobbing breakdown one mile into the run. Gory details to follow in another post.

Not crying here... because it's over. Photo credit: The Fiance

I ran a PR (personal record) at this year’s Boston Half Marathon, which left me sore for days but happy to run with old and new friends!

Cez and David, meet Rose and Steph. Photo credit: The Fiance

The good news, which is making me just about as happy as the sparkler TF put on my finger, is that the nagging plantar fasciitis that was keeping me from running and teaching step has calmed a bit. (Thanks, physical therapy and yoga!) This means I can finally run again, which means I’m no longer feeling frustrated and insane. Yay! Thank you to everyone who offered kind words or sent healing vibes into the universe.

The bad news, which is making me really quite bummed, is that my physical therapist and doctor have decided that step classes aggravate my chronic injury in a way that running doesn’t. In step, there’s just too much bouncing on the heel, which tightens the calf and inflames the fascia—a thick band of tissue that inserts at the heel. Not wanting to believe my doctor, I secretly snuck in a step class at a friend’s gym two weeks ago. Though I got through the class all right, I could barely walk when I woke up the next morning.

For now, at least, my step days are done. I won’t be returning to teach the Wednesday evening Intro Step/Step I class at Feminine Fitness, and my Thursday morning FemFit class is going to remain a Spinning class. I don’t know who will teach the Intro class from here on out. Please know that step didn’t cause my injury—that happened when I was dumb enough to try to text and walk at the same time a few years ago, breaking my foot as a result.

You’ll still see me around the gym. Karla, one of the cool chicks who reads this blog, is whipping my tush into shape for my big day. I’ll still sub for body sculpting classes when I’m needed. And you know I’d love to see you haul your buns to my Feminine Fitness Spinning class at 6:30 on Thursday mornings, or my New York Sports Club Spinning class at 5:45 on Monday mornings. Come on down, and give it a whirl! At the very least, bookmark www.haulbuns.com and visit it often. I promise to update it on a much more regular basis.

Teaching the Wednesday night intro class has been my extreme pleasure for the past five years. I will miss working out with all of you intro steppers, but I know you’ll keep on showing up, putting in the hard work, and supporting each other like you always have. Ladies, you’re awesome.

 

Hasta la vista.

October 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm 2 comments

Spinning Tunes

I’ve used this mix for a few classes in recent weeks, and it’s gotten a pretty good response.  It’s a nice blend of quick, all-out songs and slower, yet driving, numbers. See what you think!

  1. History Repeating — Propellerheads & Shirley Bassey (4:01)
  2. Time To Go — Dropkick Murphys (2:53)
  3. Supermassive Black Hole — Muse (3:29)
  4. Bulletproof — La Roux (3:25)
  5. Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) — The Script (4:21)
  6. Showdown — The Black Eyed Peas (4:27)
  7. Truckin’ — The Grateful Dead (5:08)
  8. We Will Jump You — DJ Party Ben (3:33)
  9. Heartbreak Warfare — John Mayer (4:29)
  10. A-Punk — Vampire Weekend (2:21)
  11. Chelsea Dagger — The Fratellis (3:35)
  12. Ecstasy — Rusted Root (5:02)
  13. Against All Odds — Phil Collins (3:24)

May 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Where’s Kim?

Greetings!

Here’s where I’ll be this week. Will I see you there?

Wednesday: 5:45 a.m. Spinning at New York Sports Club Butler; 8 p.m. Intro Step/Step I at Feminine Fitness

Thursday: 5:30 a.m. Ready to Race small group training followed by 6:30 a.m. Step Blast at Feminine Fitness

March 1, 2010 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

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