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Weekly Workouts + Travel Yoga (And Love for Balance 30-A!)

My default travel workout is to throw on a pair of running shoes and hit the road. It’s easy, free and a great change of scenery. That said, it can be really fun to try out new classes and gyms if time allows and options are available.

Usually when I’m visiting my parents I stick to runs, solo workouts in the small gym here or poolside self-led yoga practices but I’ve also enjoyed visiting BodyPump classes and CrossFit gyms in the past. This time around I decided to go on a small “tour de yoga studios” since it’s the off-season. Traffic is less crazy and it’s been cold and really windy so I haven’t really wanted to do outdoor workouts like I normally do.


One thing I’ve learned about travel yoga is that you need to go into it with an open mind. It’s so easy to get accustomed to your home studio and the style of yoga practiced there. I’ve learned to set my intention on being open-minded and feeling gratitude for the opportunity to move and breathe, no matter the form of it.

I have been pleasantly surprised this trip to take two lovely classes! More details in the weekly workout recap below! It was the perfect mix of strength, running and yoga with a rest day thrown in there.


75 mins hot yoga


4 miles treadmill intervals + upper body strength, TRX and dumbbell supersets


10 minutes warm
10 minutes hills
10 minutes sprints
5 minute cool

Supersets, 2 sets of 15 before moving to next superset: 


Dumbbell chest flies
TRX push ups


Dumbbell bent over rows
TRX rows


Dumbbell bicep curls
TRX bicep curls


Dumbbell tricep kickbacks
TRX tricep extensions





3 miles treadmill intervals + barbell total body strength


Similar to Saturday’s below

Barbell strength:

21-15-9 (decreasing reps, increasing weight)

Bench press (65/70/75)
Back squat (105/115/125)
Pull ups (strict, light band assist)
Deadlifts (75/95/115)
GHD sit ups



75 mins hot yoga

I visited Hot Yoga Om in downtown Fort Walton for a Radiant Flow class. I was happy to discover that there were over 20 people in class and that our instructor offered options for all levels. There was a decent amount of flow and sun salutations. This studio uses infrared heat and it was my first time practicing in it. While it’s totally different than the heat we use at Y2 (much drier), I did get really sweaty and had a good practice.


3 miles treadmill intervals + dumbbell strength


5 mins warm @ 9 min mile pace
5 mins hills starting @ 6% and working to 9% (45 on, 15 off)
5 mins sprints starting at 7:30 and working to 7:00 (45 on, 15 off)
5 mins hills starting at 9% and working to 12% (20 on, 10 off)
5 mins sprints starting at 6:45 and working to 5:45 (20 on, 10 off)


10 x 2 (I took my mom through a simple circuit to do on her own)

Chest flies (25#)
Single arm rows (25#)
Front squats (holding one 35#)
Single leg deadlifts (holding one 25#)
Bicep curls (15#)
Overhead tricep extensions (holding one 25#)
Shoulder side raises (15#)
Shoulder overhead press (20#)



90 mins vinyasa yoga

For a couple years now one of my readers and fellow yoga teachers (hi Pam!) has encouraged me to make the trip down 30-A to visit Balance Health Studio for a class with owner Kelli Precourt. I had never been able to swing the trip because it’s a 30 mile drive and during busy season traffic is out of control. A cold Sunday early morning in January seemed like the perfect time to finally make the trip.


CLASS WAS WONDERFUL! I see why Pam loves this studio and Kelli so much. From the moment I walked into the studio I felt relaxed and welcome. The space is three stories with the ground floor being the retail/check-in space with massage and chiropractic rooms, the second floor had a cycle studio and the third floor had a beautiful yoga studio that faces the gulf.

Kelli is an amazingly natural teacher who did a great job of making yogis of all levels feel like the practice was for them, whether you were in child’s pose or handstand. She offered about a million chaturangas and chaturanga push ups and lots of options for play in things like crow, flying pigeon and handstand. The room wasn’t “hot” but it was definitely warm and the combination of a packed house and Kelli’s flow had me dripping in sweat.

We finished with a long savasana where Kelli shared a nice message that really resonated with me about enjoying the journey as much (if not more) than reaching your destination.

If you are vacationing on 30-A, get over to Balance Health Studio and take class with Kelli! The Sunday morning “spicy vinyasa” is not to be missed and I’ll definitely be back!

I’d love to hear about your experiences of taking yoga and other fitness classes on the road! Where have you taken classes? What kind of classes? What did you think? 

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Jessica January 25, 2016, 10:40 am

    Thank you for this! I am down near Sandestin once a year (I’d be there more if it was closer to Charlotte) and can’t wait to try this place. That part of the gulf is just the most beautiful beach isn’t it? I find it really encourages gratitude.

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins January 25, 2016, 9:43 pm

      It does! Going to visit my parents feels like a vacation!

  • 3
    Amy January 25, 2016, 3:01 pm

    Great week of workouts! Love that TRX one, I’ll have to try that.

    I’ve tried yoga classes on the road and recently, orange theory fitness. It was awesome!

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins January 25, 2016, 9:48 pm

      I love mixing up my strength workouts a little with TRX! I still need to get to Orange Theory. Charlotte has another one opening soon!

  • 5
    Amy January 25, 2016, 3:04 pm

    Not sure if my last comment posted, anyway, I love that TRX workout! Definitely going to try it!

    Recently on the road I’ve tried orange theory fitness. I really liked it it was super tough!

  • 6
    Marla-Deen January 25, 2016, 5:32 pm

    I’ve been to Balance with Kelli and loved it! We had a mother/son Spring Break trip a couple of years ago and two of the moms and I rode our bikes about 7 miles for class. Loved it! Love the space and looking out over the ocean during class. What a dream job and studio!

    • 7
      Jen DeCurtins January 25, 2016, 9:54 pm

      I’m impressed! And yes, the studio is perfect. I can’t wait to take her class again!

  • 8
    Cara's Healthy Cravings January 25, 2016, 7:37 pm

    I love visiting new yoga studios when I travel. It’s often one of the first things, after restaurants, that I research when going to a new area. I find it’s a great way to learn from new teachers, learn new styles and sequences etc. And yes, always with an open mind 🙂

    • 9
      Jen DeCurtins January 25, 2016, 10:00 pm

      Haha! Good food and good yoga. Sounds like you’ve got your priorities straight!

  • 10
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life January 25, 2016, 8:54 pm

    One of my favorite things when traveling is to take a local fitness class. Usually it’s yoga! I’ve gotten a few week-long guest passes at the Y near my grandparents because we usually visit in the cold-weather months when my motivation to run outside is lower than normal.

    • 11
      Jen DeCurtins January 26, 2016, 2:58 pm

      I love doing that if I’m going to be somewhere more than a couple days! I really like finding something like BodyPump where I know exactly what I’m going to get.

  • 12
    Brittany Holtz January 26, 2016, 6:55 am

    You are so right about having an open mind when exploring new studios. I used to be so rigid with my expectations but I’ve experienced some great classes by letting go of those and just “going with the flow”. I’m not a huge fan of the infrared heat and definitely love a flowy start to class!

    • 13
      Jen DeCurtins January 26, 2016, 3:03 pm

      I know! I love the studio where I practice at home, but it’s a nice change of pace to break away from the consistency of the classes I’m used to taking.

  • 14
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt January 26, 2016, 9:04 am

    You never know when you’ll meet someone inspiring! Glad you enjoyed your class. It’s probably really interesting to see how others teach!

    • 15
      Jen DeCurtins January 26, 2016, 3:06 pm

      It is! Other teachers are a great way to learn and get inspiration for my own classes.

  • 16
    Katie Grace January 26, 2016, 10:10 am

    Can you expand on the treadmill intervals you do? When you’re on an “off” interval, what do you lower your pace/incline to? I’m a much slower runner than you but would love to get an idea of differences in the intervals so I could structure something similar for myself. Thanks!

    • 17
      Jen DeCurtins January 26, 2016, 10:35 am

      i hop to the sides of the treadmill (VERY CAREFULLY!) because there is no time to slow the pace or the incline and increase it again when you’re working with 10-15 second rest intervals.

  • 18
    Christa January 28, 2016, 9:06 am

    I’m so glad you posted this! Coincidentally, I am in Destin this week for vacation. Going to try out Kelli’s vinyasa flow this morning 🙂

    • 19
      Jen DeCurtins January 28, 2016, 9:37 am

      Oh yay! Report back and let me know what you think!

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