So I am definitely a girl who likes workout classes. You will find me running in Manhattan Beach often times, but when I need great motivation and killer cardio I tend to lean on fitness group classes. I think it goes back to me being a professional dancer for six years with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. I feed off of others energy, as well as learn the style of something new in addition to technique. Plus it’s just more fun! Here are two new (relatively) and totally inspiring trends in the fitness world.

1. SoulCycle

SoulCycleThis full body indoor cycling workout was founded in NYC by Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler and has since expanded to Los Angels, where I heard about it from my new(ish) friend Mary Rambin. She and I met a few months back after being “internet” buds (sounds so much creeper than it is) for a couple of years, and I am a fan of her amazing lifestyle blog MoreThanMary.com. Mary recently relocated back to LA after living in NYC, ATL, and traveling here and there an everywhere in between.

Now I am no stranger to indoor cycling classes and am a regular at YAS in Venice, CA. My first SoulCycle class I was lucky enough to have Mary by my side explaining a lot of what Soul is about. Class ended, one green juice, and 2 hours of convo later, Mary told me she was headed back to NYC to become a certified teacher with Soul. Fast forward to a few weeks after completing the 3 week certification program, and we were reunited. This time with Mary on the mic and in control of her own class.

She rocks, and let me tell you so do the classes! You will sweat, burn, hurt, feel fatigued, possibly cry, smile, laugh, yell, clap, groove, and in the end feel strong and empowered. I love it. Now they just have to mosey on down to the South Bay.

Oakley Gear- Soul Cycle

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If you want to check out one of Mary’s classes, hit her up on Twitter ~Facebook~Email: mary@morethanmary.com and maybe I will see you at a class soon! I plan to be at the Santa Monica location on 6/29 @6am, so if you are an early bird come cycle it out with Mary and I! She is also teaching Sunday 6/21 @4p and Monday 6/22 @6a.

2. Pound

Pound This workout will blow your mind. I just recently posted an InstaVid (Instagram Video) from an event they had in Santa Monica, and that will only give you a teeny tiny incline of what the heck this is!

Created and founded by Cristina Peerenboom and Kirsten Potenza, this upbeat intense full body workout will get you in shape and make you want to become a drummer in a band…all at the same time. I just love what these girls are doing. I’m lucky enough to be friends with them, but to be honest..if I didn’t know them I still would give this an endorsement because it plainly just kicks ass.

Pound Party

From the website: POUND fuses Pilates, isometric movements, plyometric and Yoga-based poses into a 45-minute, fat-burning cardio workout. Plus, it incorporates all the benefits of drumming! You actually use weighted drumsticks and it’s freaking fun. Check out their website for more info on where you can take a class, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

If you are tired of your routine and want to kick your workouts up a notch, or are just looking for new fun ways to workout in a group settingthen I highly recommend you checking out Soul Cycle and Pound.

Cheers!

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There is something to be said about seeing a father and his 2 year old son bond over a couple of stringed instruments and an iconic band.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I tweeted out this YouTube video yesterday; and to be honest, I have watched it about 10 times since. Yes obsessed, but not only is it too darn cute for words, it shows the power of communication through music.

Enjoy!

Not very tough looking but officially certified to ride a motorcycle. DMV here I come!

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This delightfully simple yet scrumtous light meal is so perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time (or moolah) to spend on this mid day munchie. . All you need: Whole grain bread Horizon light cream cheese Alfalfa sprouts Tomato Red leaf lettuce (or any lettuce besides iceberg) Avocado Basil Red wine vinegar   

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Congrats on your juicer purchase. It will really change your mornings, or those afternoon snack cravings. I am by no means a nutritionist, but by juicing you are extracting the nutrients out of the fruits and vegetables. The left over pulp if primarily fiber. By juicing you can add fruits and veggies (most of the   

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Hi Jamie, Thanks so much for following my blog! So nice of you to write in as well! Juicing is one of my favorite things to do in the AM, and the few recipes you have noticed on here are kind of my go to’s. I love experimenting with new fresh ingredients too and will   

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So easy! What you need: 1 small container of light cream cheese. The one with a lid ( I use Horizon brand). 2 small sized jalapeños What you do: Leave cream cheese out to get to room temp. Over a gas burner (so the pepper is over the direct flame) or on the grill, char   

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So I am a pretty healthy person consuming a vegetarian diet and exercises regularly. I eat vegan when I can, specifically and especially on #MeatlessMondays. I believe that anything in moderation is a good rule of thumb. That being said, I do appreciate comfort food. Today in LA was rainy, windy and a down right   

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So full! More protein in this meal than an 12oz. steak! #veg (Taken with Instagram)

These bad boys took me for an amazing sunset ride tonight. #BeachRun (Taken with Instagram)

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Try grilled Mahi Mahi w/corn avocado salsa, simple summer salad, and grilled garlic naan. Hashtag #ReneesRecipes if you want it!

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