Kickboxing with a Twist

Since the Wellington Group ladies love all things fitness, we never miss an opportunity to check out a new workout class around town. Our latest review comes from one of our interns, Kat Schindler, and her awesome experience with Rachel’s Fight Club Class at Pure Austin:

Call me a wildflower, but I’ve never been the type to go to a workout class more than one or two times without getting bored… until now! For the past three months, I’ve been going to Pure Austin’s Fight Club Class on Wednesday evenings and don’t intend to stop any time soon. Everything about this class makes it the perfect midweek workout experience. The instructor, Rachel, is upbeat, positive, fun and extremely fit. She has a rockin’ bod, which is motivation in itself, and always knows exactly what to say and when to say it to encourage me to push myself even harder. It’s hard and it hurts, but it feels so good.

The Fight Club Class workout is cardio and kickboxing combined. Not only will your heart be beating out of your chest, but you can also learn some self-defense moves too. I don’t consider myself an angry person, but when I’m in this class throwing punches towards the mirror, every ounce of anger, annoyance, stress, and worry leaves my body. My favorite part is when we combine all the punches and scream: “Cross, punch, hook, uppercut!” all together. At this point my endorphins are flowing, thighs are burning, and I’m sweating my booty off. Plus, toned arms and abs of steel are included in the package. What’s not to love? 

As if all of this isn’t enough to make it the best fitness class ever, the class sometimes features a D.J. to drop the beat as you drop some pounds. Your body will be moving and grooving to the beat of the music and burning all over. Never in my life have I walked out of a class feeling the way I do when I leave Fight Club – energized, uplifted, strong, encouraged, worry-free and happily fit!

To learn more about Rachel’s Fight Club class, visit www.pureaustin.com

Our Favorite Wearable Tech Products

The future has arrived, folks. From glasses that take pictures to phone-functioning watches (James Bond, anyone?), wearable technology is everywhere, and we can’t help but be excited about the possibilities of these new gadgets. Here are some of the wearable tech pieces we’re most excited to try:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Gear
  2. Sensoria Fitness Socks
  3. Fitbit Zip
  4. Nike+ Fuelband
  5. Garmin vivofit
Images courtesy of Samsung.com, Sensoria.com, Fitbit.com, Nike.com, and Garmin.com
Our Favorite Athletic Wear

An awesome piece of workout wear can serve as the perfect motivation to get movin’. At Wellington Group Marketing and PR, we love finding new gear to kick-start our exercise routines. Here are some of our favorite athletic wear products that we simply can’t live without.

  1. Patagonia All Weather Capris
  2. Lululemon Swiftly Headbands
  3. Sporteer Armband
  4. Nike Free 5.0 Shoes
  5. Saucony Hydramax Long Sleeve Tees
Images courtesy of: Patagonia.com, Notsuperhuman.com, Sporteer.com, Footlocker.com, Saucony.com
Favorite Yoga Poses

At Wellington Group Marketing and PR, we’re always finding new ways to get up, move around and stay active throughout the day, especially in the morning. Starting the day off with yoga will clear your head and prepare you for the day ahead. Check out some of our favorite yoga poses to get you moving in the morning. They are simple and easy to do right in the comfort of your own office!

Favorite Yoga Poses

Top left to bottom right: Downward Dog, Chest Expansion, Triangle Pose, Warrior I, Twister Chair Pose, Half Twist, Revolved Lunge Pose, Standing Side Stretch, Upward Facing Dog

Fitness Apps

WG’s top health and fitness apps that we just can’t live without 

Here at Wellington Group Marketing and PR, we are huge fitness fanatics. We all have our favorite workouts ranging from runs around Lady Bird Lake to weekly Pure Barre classes. What we all agree on, however, is that we can’t do it alone. Exercise is hard, and sometimes we need a little extra motivation. Here are our top 5 favorite fitness apps that we can’t live without. 

MapMyFitness
MapMyFitness tracks everything you need to know about your run, including your distance, pace, speed, calories burned and route. Then, you can save the data and look through your history to see how you have improved. Talk about a great motivator!

Nike Training Club
This app supplies videos of real athletes to show you how to properly move your body. First, you choose your fitness level and then you decide which kind of workout you’re looking to master. You can even set it up with your own music! The videos show you the exercises, and all you have to do is follow the leader. 

Cruise Control: Run
Cruise Control is totally worth the $4.99 price tag. The app creates a music playlist that matches your cadence, target pace or specific heart rate. It will even adjust your music to keep you on track (literally!) Imagine flying down the trail with your footfalls matching the beat of your favorite song – now that’s a workout that you’ll never forget. 

Office Yoga
Office Yoga is a cheap and cubicle-friendly guide to getting your zen on at the workplace. This app will show you the perfect yoga moves to relieve your stress and relax your mind as you spend long hours sitting in front of your computer. It even includes exercises to improve posture, release neck tension and help with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Daily Fitness Motivation
There are many times when we know we should workout, but we just don’t want to. This app will save the day by increasing your desire to exercise. The inspirational quotes and pictures will immediately provide the energy and motivation you need to make you feel like you’re ready to get moving!

Do you have a favorite fitness app? Let us know!

Pure Barre

As lovers of the health and wellness industry, the WG ladies often spend time trying new fitness classes around Austin. From trying a new yoga class to signing up for a 10K, we are always striving to maintain healthy lifestyles. Our latest review comes from our own Marketing & PR Ninja, Emily Kealey, and her awesome experience with Pure Barre: 

I remember my first Pure Barre Class very vividly. It was at the Westlake studio and I was pumped, you guys. Having been a dancer for most of my teens and early twenties, I walked in thinking “I’ve so got this.” Ha, that’s so laughable now. In about the first five minutes of class, I swiftly exited stage left and was served a big slice of humble, booty-kicking pie. I was sweating bullets and my legs were shaking like a leaf in a category five hurricane!

I am not usually one to shy away from a challenge, so I went back the next day… and the next and the next. After three weeks, I could start to see a difference. My tushie was lifted, my arms were toned, my stomach felt like it had a girdle (in a good way) and my legs had not been that toned since I had danced. Those ladies really do mean it when they say “Lift. Tone. Burn.” Three years, a wedding and one adorably awesome baby later, I’m still doing Pure Barre with as much enthusiasm as I did that first week. You know why? I love what it does for my body and my mental clarity, but also, because I love the strength and warmth of the women and instructors there. We are like a little community of strong ladies off and on the barre. So, go get your barre on…

To learn more about Pure Barre, visit purebarre.com.

We know it can be difficult to find time during your busy work schedule to workout – but it’s not impossible! Whether you go for a run on your lunch break or do some yoga poses in between client meetings, the Wellington Group ladies always find ways to squeeze in a workout. And it’s important to still look your best once you’re back in the office. Here’s a list of some of our favorite beauty products to keep in your tote to refresh after a good workout:

  1. Bath and Body Works PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel
  2. KMS Makeover Spray
  3. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
  4. Juara Tiare Jasmine Fragrance
  5. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
  6. Tom’s of Maine All Natural Deodorant
What beauty products do you keep in your tote?