Slim Down/Tone Up HIP Challenge for the Dance Team Jeans

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

I’m not in the best shape I’ve ever been in, but I can make it through Heidi’s Bag of Tricks, so it’s not the worst. Before I was a trainer at HIP, I was a reality TV producer. Before producing I was a camera operator, and before that I was a dancer, choreographer and fitness instructor.

Now that I’ve come back to my roots and teaching at HIP, I want to look as good as I feel. The long hours of TV Production afforded little time for a balanced lifestyle. My health has been on the industry rollercoaster the past 6 years and I’m ready to claim it back.

I am well aware of where the extra pounds came from. Stress lbs for sure. On a TV set, I worked 12, sometimes 16 hour days, eating catered food every 6 hours supplemented with whatever snack was assessable. There never seemed to be a shortage of Doritos, Diet Coke and chocolate, yet a banana could seldom be found. When I did eat, I went into survival mode because I didn’t want to stoop to chip and soda level later. At the end of the day the thought of the gym was a joke and I nearly fell asleep enjoying my only stress combatant, a glass of red.

I’ve come out of it with a ton of experience, a spare tire and a few blemishes that seem to never quite go away. I’m much happier with the career switch, but if I could only fit into my college dance team jeans. Even though they are probably out of style they signify a time when my body was in top shape.

My 29th birthday is December 17th, from now until then I am embarking on a Slim Down/Tone Up HIP Challenge. I’m doing exactly what Amber and Christine recommend on the website: 3 HIP classes, 2 Bag of Tricks, and 1 class of choice per week. I’m going to try my best to eat clean, undergo a detox in the process and stick to the plan so I can enter the last year of my 20s with health! Of course, I’m going to blog about it here. Triumphs and defeats, I promise. Dance Team Jeans by December!

-Kayte Walsh

Beat Boredom

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

The importance of “switching it up” is paramount! A lull putting you on a plateau or dreading tying up your sneakers is common. Your body is great at adapting and physical demands that were once taxing have become easy. You’ve gotten stronger, now add a new challenge: variety.

Take a new class, try a new exercise, or increase the intensity and frequency of your workouts. Cross training not only gets you over a hump to change your body’s physique and keeping the workout fresh, it also clears the cobwebs in your mind. When you get bored you simply go through the motions without putting real intention behind it. A mind/body connection to any exercise increases results.

Try sticking with a weekly workout plan for one month, and then change it for the next month. Track your progress and reward yourself for completing each month. Above all, stick to it! Don’t let boredom ruin your progress.

HIP Studio offers a variety of classes just for this reason, and we’ve added more! Check out the classes we are offering on our new schedule.

Cross Train with Bag Of Tricks

Read more about cross training: http://www.livestrong.com/article/479685-the-importance-of-altering-your-exercise-routine/#ixzz22nUOTyiu