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Back to Group Ex, Two New Playlists & Workouts


Let’s talk about some housekeeping items and then I’ll get to TWO new playlists and weekly workouts.

Kind Bars

1) Kind Giveaway Winner

The winner is #33, Claire. I emailed you!


2) Redirects to the App Store on Mobile

OMG. I’m losing my mind. Some of you have shared that you’re being redirected to the App Store to buy things like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans when you try to access my site on mobile. It’s happening to me too and extremely frustrating. Please, please, please know that there is nothing I can do to fix this right now and it’s an Internet-wide issue. It’s happening on tons of sites in categories from blogs to news to shopping. Apple put a fix in iOS8 to prevent the redirects on Safari. It worked for a while but the evil Internet people have figured out how to work around it and the redirects started happening again a few weeks ago. You can read more about it here. I’ll do what I can to see if I can improve it. I’m sorry!

Please consider using an RSS service to read if you are having this issue (and know it’s not a virus on your phone…just an annoying redirect). I like Feedly and they have a super easy-to-use app for mobile reading.

I continue to be amazed by how quickly things change on the Internet. I have had to deal with so many crazy tech things I never dreamed of in the last few years!

Okay, I made two awesome playlists this weekend. One for yoga and one for a cardio strength class at the Y.

I really love this yoga playlist. The first 10 or so songs make me sooooo happy! Note, the Hardwell Remix of Outside and Zedd’s Addicted To A Memory are pretty intense. I skipped them in class. They might be moving over to my cardio playlist! 🙂

This is a playlist I put together for a cardio strength class I taught today. Definitely recommend this one for your workouts!

Although my cup runneth over, I have really been missing the Y and teaching group exercise. I have been an employee of the YMCA for over 8 years and it’s truly where it all started for me. I met with my supervisor last week about teaching and subbing opportunities. It’s something I need to do for me. It doesn’t pay that much but man does it light me up. I love the Y and really want to feel connected to the organization again. I have picked up a once a month Sunday rotation for a circuit class and cardio strength class and I’ll sub when I can as well. I taught my first classes today and it felt SO GOOD to put on that microphone and teach again.

Okay, weekly workout recap. This was my “get back on the strength and circuit bandwagon” week. After 4-6 weeks of a lot of yoga, it was time to pick up the weights again. And it felt great!


15 minute treadmill run with sprint intervals, 2 miles

5 rounds:
10 ring rows
15 back squats (75#)
10 burpees
15 supine toes to bar


1 mile treadmill run warm up

For time:
50 double unders
25 pull ups (kipping)
15 hang snatches (55#)
500 meter row
15 hang snatches
25 pull ups
50 double unders

This was the hardest workout I’ve done in a while! My arms were shaking for an hour after. The first set of pull ups and hang snatches weren’t bad but the second set was brutal. I was able to do my pullups in sets of 5-10 in the first part of the workout but it was more like 3-5 at a time in the second set. I had done a lot of pulling movements by then. I finished in a little over 13 minutes.


REST (Meet the President day!)


1 mile treadmill run to warm up

4 rounds:
400 meter run (fast sprint pace)
20 box jumps
10 handstand push ups

5 rounds:
10 GHD sit ups
10 GHD back extensions


Led ashtanga practice (kind of)

I went to the studio expecting a power class but ended up in led ashtanga instead (long story). I haven’t practiced full ashtanga primary series in over a year and I had a major mental block on the practice. After a bit of a meltdown on my mat, I got it together for the second half of the class. I used to love ashtanga but for whatever reason it’s been the last thing I want to do now. Ashtanga is a physically and mentally hard practice that puts you right up against all your crap…which probably means that I should practice it again. Now that I typed all that out…I am certain that I need to pratice it again.


3 mile run (+teaching 3 yoga classes and a 2 hour arm balances and inversions workshop…I was EXHAUSTED!)


Taught a circuit and cardio strength at the Y

Fellow group ex teachers, what is your favorite thing to teach?

Fellow yogis, what is your favorite type of yoga to practice?

What was your best workout last week?

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • Shannon April 19, 2015, 10:08 pm

    I haven’t heard about the internet thing going on! It’s scary what people can do on the Internet.

  • Megan April 20, 2015, 12:24 am

    Hi! Your last post was talking about slowing down and prioritizing your time to allow for your own personal interests, workouts, relationships, etc., but now you’re taking on another teaching gig? What changed your mind? How do you decide which commitments are worth the overextension and pressure on your already overwhelming schedule?

    • Jen April 20, 2015, 8:12 am

      hey megan – i can totally see how you’d ask that question…and i kind of tried to explain in this post my reasoning behind it. i have really missed teaching group exercise since i’ve transitioned to only teaching yoga. i also miss the y. luckily, i was able to pick up a rotational class that allows me to jump in and teach once a month and sub when i have time…so it’s a commitment of as little as 1.5 hours a month which is totally worth how much i enjoy it. if this makes any sense at all, it’s kind of something that i want to do for me even though it pays less than teaching yoga and personal training because of how much i get out of it.

      i’m going to write a more in depth post about time allocation, scheduling, deciding what to give your time and energy to, etc. (especially in regards to the industry i work in) but hopefully this helped.

      have a good day!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles April 20, 2015, 6:56 am

    Well now you explain the issue with my mobile site too! lol…My friend told me it happened to her randomly last week which means I am sure it happened to others too who haven’t told me. I honestly didn’t even try to remedy it – the internet is a weird thing, sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t and most of the time, I can’t explain it or fix it! It hasn’t happened to her again or to anyone else I asked so I am hoping it’s over and done with. I hate technology!

    • Jen April 20, 2015, 8:05 am

      it’s SO frustrating…especially that it’s so out of my control. this stuff overwhelms me!

  • Kacy April 20, 2015, 7:11 am

    i love the Y too– that’s right started practicing yoga. So I love going in and subbing there a couple times a month. And I miss putting on my mic and teaching Zumba!

    • Jen April 20, 2015, 8:03 am

      i know, it’s so nice to feel connected to the community through the y. it’s a special place!

  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life April 20, 2015, 7:29 am

    I miss my Y! It was where I really began to love working out/group ex/strength training. Good for you for going back! I love the typical vinyasa and power yoga class, but I haven’t tried ashtanga. Bikram wasn’t my thing.

    • Jen April 20, 2015, 8:03 am

      hey emily – i totally agree with you on bikram. i tried one class and that was that. i do think it’s a great gateway for a lot of people into yoga through and a very safe practice.

  • MM April 20, 2015, 9:53 am

    Glad you got back to your YMCA roots. I love working out at the Y. Would you consider posting outlines of some of your circuit or strength classes here?

    • Jen April 20, 2015, 3:47 pm

      hi! yes, i’m super excited to be back to it. yes, of course. i am always happy to share workouts.

  • Cassie April 20, 2015, 12:51 pm

    Congratz to the KIND bar winner! I love the playlist!

  • tara April 20, 2015, 1:57 pm

    i also love the Y. i do boot camp and still take kickboxing/kettlebell there. and one by me has tvs on their treadmills how can you go wrong ! i’ve not really dont a lot of different types of yoga. my studio mostly offers power classes and i like those (hot). anytime they change it up it seems like they only keep it for a bit then say its not popular and go back to “regular” classes. they seem to just segregate things by temperature and level.

    • Jen April 20, 2015, 3:45 pm

      i need to take a kettlebell class to get some new ideas for my clients! and yes…tvs on the treadmill definitely help distract yourself from the fact that you’re running on a treadmill.

      • tara April 21, 2015, 1:11 pm

        i got to a saturday combo class at the Y. Its 1 hr. Starts with kettlebell for ~ 30 mins then switches to kickboxing, then abs, and stretch. There are some other group ex classes before (spinning or step/tabata) so it allows a person who wants to do 1 of those cardio classes to add on kettlebell strength for a few mins after or it allows you to do both kettlebell and kickboxing. or a 3rd option i suppose is to just do the kickboxing for ~ 30 mins for a quick cardio blast. its fun to see people do different combos. when im not running much i like to do 45 min spin class then the 1 hr kettlebell + kickboxing. its a great (TIRING) saturday AM workout. and totally justifies whatever i will eat that night : )
        I think you would probably like kettlebell. one thing i have noticed is that some women instructors tend to make it low weight /high rep like “toning” classes. Personally, i much prefer the higher weight sort of non-aerobicy type class that the male instructor does at my Y. That’s just my preference. its been so fun to see women say “i wont lift heavy weights cuz i dont want to bulk up” and the instructor laugh and take away the 5lber from them and give them a 10 or 15 or even 20. After just a few short weeks you can see dramatic differences with heavier weights. That’s mostly why i have loved kettlebell ! Your post today on the Y was great. i totally relate to how sometimes when you are feeling overwhelmed you may need to add something in vs necessarily taking something out. sounds counter-intuitive but if it feeds your soul then you need it in ! you will then slowly re-prioritize and take something soul sucking out. its just the nature of how life works when you try to add good things into your life.

  • allie@sweetpotatobites April 20, 2015, 2:08 pm

    LOVE “Silhouette” by Active Child – such a good jam 🙂 Vinyasa is definitely my favorite style of yoga but I need to try others!

  • Marla-Deen April 20, 2015, 3:10 pm

    I’ve been teaching at our local YMCA for about 10 years and I just can’t leave! I definitely do not do it for the money, but it’s such a great place and I love the environment and the people. I feel like the Y is my “bread and butter” because that’s where it all started for me, also. My one on one clients, referrals, my personal bootcamp business all came from teaching at the Y. In a way, it’s like community service doing what we love! I’m glad you get to go back to get some of that energy again!

    • Jen April 20, 2015, 3:43 pm

      marla-deen – i couldn’t agree with you more. it’s just such a refreshing place to be in and i love the energy. and yes, i totally credit the y for giving me my start and helping me fall in love with group fitness and then follow my interest in teaching. it seriously all started at the y. <3

  • JennyV April 20, 2015, 9:27 pm

    So I went to my regular vinyasa class at a studio that generally follows a certain class format and was greeted with something new: a short form ashtanga class! No joke! This instructor is my fave and has an incredible way of teaching. She said she’s following/teaching ashtanga all week to get back to our roots during earth week. Her teacher was taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois!! So a short lineage and a very incredible noon hour for me. I’ll be back to her class on Friday!

    • Jen April 20, 2015, 9:42 pm

      oh wow, that is quite a change! what did you think??????

      • JennyV April 21, 2015, 2:07 pm

        HUGE change — but I liked it. Probably because I like any challenge that Gayle (teacher) brings to us and loved that it was all done in sanskrit (followed by English/Americanized terms.) I did miss music, but I know that’s only because I was being made to truly focus in and let go of all distractions. We had even #s of yogis an we faced the center while practicing. It really was beautiful!

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