March Workout Fun



Sheesh! I haven’t talked to you guys here since the middle of February! If you follow me on Insta, you probably already know that I had a loooong and fulfilling trip to New York, where I ate my weight in pizza, bagels and Italian food and spent quality time with my friends and family. It was a great trip but I am so happy to be home.

Yesterday morning I posted a yoga video on my Instagram and started to write a book in the caption about all the workouts I’m looking forward to this month, then realized, “hey, I have a blog! I should write all this there!” So, here I am! Excited and ready to tell you all about the fun workouts I have planned for this month!

Happy March! It’s one of my favorite months and not just because my birthday is the 21st. March means SPRING, warmer weather, birds chirping, longer days, more sunlight! . I don’t know about you but I seem to have a lot more energy during the warmer months. I’m super excited to incorporate some new (and old) workouts into my routine this month. I plan to write a blog post about all the fun things I have planned in the next few days! . To be completely honest, I hesitated to post this video because I know my form isn’t great. But I also know that yoga is never about perfection. It’s about progress, it’s about making small improvements each time you get on your mat and, most important, it’s about not judging yourself or expecting to be at any one place at any set time. Some days my yoga practice is on point, other days I struggle to stay in the simplest poses. . I’ve been practicing #yoga for more than a decade and there have only been a handful of times where I’ve been able to compete a vinyasa without lowering completely to the ground during a chaturanga. And that’s ok! It’s also ok that I can deadlift close to my body weight but sometimes not feel strong enough to hold myself in downward dog. Different workouts challenge our bodies in different ways and it’s so important to listen to internal cues. It’s all about #progressnotperfection. . What workouts are you excited for this month?

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I have to be honest, aside from a few yoga poses, a workout DVD, and a few walks here or there, I didn’t really work out while I was in New York. I was on vacation, I didn’t feel like it, I was tired, I wanted to eat pizza instead, blah, blah, blah, blah. That said, I am so excited to get back into my routine this month with a few other fun, new-to-me workouts thrown in!

First, I’m psyched to get back to my regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday routine at Strength Ratio!

Strength Ratio, Asheville, NC,

I love working out there and how strong I feel when I’m done. I’m also pretty pumped (no pun intended) to incorporate some more cardio into my workouts on my off days. I talked to one of my coaches there and she suggested I just do the conditioning sections of their hybrid strength and conditioning program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So I see a lot more rowing, burpeeing and dying on the assault bike in my near future.

Ladies Workout Asheville, NC

Right before I left for New York, Katie from Ladies Workout Asheville reached out to me on Instagram and invited me to check out their women only training facility and take a free training session. Of course I said HECK YES. I go in on Monday and I can’t wait to check out their gym. I know it shouldn’t matter but I have to admit I do feel a little more comfortable working out with just women. My struggles with body insecurity and confidence is a topic for a whole other post. Until then, I’m excited to report back on my thoughts and experience at Ladies Workout Asheville.

Rogue Combat Club, Asheville, NC,

This next workout is one I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED about I can hardly contain myself. I signed up for a JUMP ROPE MECHANICS class at Rogue Combat Club in East Asheville.

Jump Rope Mechanics, Rogue Combat Club, Asheville, NC

OK, so, CONFESSION, I suck at jump roping. But I’ve secretly ALWAYS wanted to be good at it. Like, do you remember those little girls double dutching on the playground in elementary school? I wanted to be them. NOW I CAN BE. Ok, maybe not, but did you read that event description? YOU GUYS, I’m going to “look like a badass who can KILL IT on a jump rope.” I am so excited and SO GRATEFUL to my friend Jenn, who organized the class. She’s awesome.

Mary Beth, Rogue Combat Fitness, Pure Yoga, Yoga, Asheville, NC

Another reason I’ll be spending A LOT more time at Rogue Combat Fitness this month is that one of my Asheville besties, Mary Beth, is now teaching a donation-based yoga class there three times a week. So excited for more yoga in my life. And especially more Mary Beth time!


And, finally, I’m really excited to try my hand at Cardio Kickboxing at Rogue Combat Fitness. I’ve never taken a kickboxing class before and am psyched to try it.

Rogue Combat Club, Asheville, NC,

There you have it! All the workouts I have planned for March.  I have a feeling my body is going to be super sore this month, but in a really good way!

What new workouts are you trying this month? Any workout or sport that you’ve always wanted to try but have been too scared to? Tell me about it! I want to know!

Have a great day! <3

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The Three Ways Hip Surgery Has Changed My Approach To Fitness

The other day I decided since it’s March and March is technically spring that it can’t be cold anymore.  So I packed away all of my winter clothes just to make it really official.  Unfortunately the weather didn’t get the memo and last night, as it snowed, I found myself buried under two blankets, wearing knee-high socks, and surrounded by a pillow fort that I built, because I’m five.   I was also pretty much dressed like this:

Rosey Rebecca snow

Except imagine me with short hair and inside on the couch surrounded by a pillow fort.  I would have taken a  picture but I was too cold. So instead you get this glorious picture of me from six years ago. You’re welcome.

This is the exact opposite of how I felt Thursday morning at spin class, where I was dripping in sweat, with my hair tied back with a headband because I forgot a hair tie (don’t do that).  If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen this tweet:

Luckily I was in the back row and no one had to see my butt.

Speaking of spinning, I promised a post about my workouts lately and how they differ now that I’ve had hip surgery.  So enough talking about how I mooned everyone in spin class and let’s get to it, shall we?  (But first, if you haven’t seen this Flash Mob Spin Class Wedding Proposal, you need to get on that ASAP)

The Chocolate Moose, Greenville, SC

I’ve learned a lot about my body since it first started acting up in March  2014.  Up until then, I’d had my fair share of sports injuries but nothing compared to what I went through with my hip. I’ve been pretty active since I started my blog in 2009 and I’ve tried a lot of workouts: spinning, body pump, yoga, pilates, road biking, running, crossfit.  So I was beside myself when the right side of my body just stopped working all of the sudden.  What made it worse was that the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me for so long.  Working out is my outlet, my stress relief.  I’ve always struggled with anxiety and not being able to work out and not knowing how to fix it was really hard on me.

On top of that, the weight that I had worked so hard to lose when I started this blog in 2009 had crept back on and I felt like I couldn’t control it at all.  By the time my doctor realized I needed hip surgery it had been seven months and I could barely walk, let alone work out.  I was really mad at my body. I felt betrayed by it  and as though I was being punished.  I thought it was unfair that I was stuck in my predicament despite the fact that I tried to do all the right things to take care of my body. Even though these weren’t rational thoughts, it’s how I felt and I couldn’t control it.

Physical therapy after surgery was very humbling.  Three times a week for three months I learned how to use my lower body again. I felt my hip get stronger with every session. I felt almost back to normal.  I celebrated tiny accomplishments like I’d completed a marathon.  Fitness goals for me then were SO different from what they were before I injured my hip.  All I wanted was to feel normal again, like my body wasn’t working against me.   So a year out from surgery, the way I think about workouts is very different.  My main goals now are to lose the weight again, but also to prevent hurting my hip again (and other injuries) and to feel strong enough to do normal, everyday things, like bending down to pick up a box or walking for even half a mile.

There are three very important ways in which I work toward these goals and I want to share them with you because I feel like they’re helpful even if you haven’t had hip surgery.

The Three Ways Hip Surgery Has Changed My Approach To Fitness-


If I didn’t understand this before, I definitely do now.  My body is much more sensitive post-surgery; It speaks to me and lets me know when I’m pushing too hard or if its had enough. I struggled a lot with this before I hurt my hip.  Part of this is accepting that there are some things my body just isn’t ready for or straight up can’t do anymore.  For example, my hip completely rebelled last month when I was doing BodyPump a few times a week, so I stopped going.  As much as I love BodyPump, my body just isn’t there yet. I’ve also accepted that there are some yoga poses my hip just doesn’t like anymore. Spinning is OK for me because I can control the resistance on the bike and take breaks when I need them.  Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred is OK some days and not others.  My hip LIVES for rest days. and, as a whole, my body ALWAYS feels better when I listen to it.  Listening to my body has made not care as much about what other people are doing in the gym. I know what is working for my  body and that’s all that matters.


Part of the reason I love group fitness classes so much is that most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing.  I absolutely adore my yoga and spin instructors at Gold’s Gym. They all know about my hip surgery (my spin instructor has even had both of her hips replaced) and they are so open to helping me find modifications and making sure I am doing things correctly. As I said above, a key part of healing for me is knowing when to stop if something doesn’t feel right and all of my instructors are so in tune to this. It really makes me feel supported and like I’m taking extra care of my body.  Just the other day I mentioned to my yoga instructor that my hip had been acting up during one of the poses. She not only took the time after class to show me modifications but also referred me to a physical therapist  that specializes in therapeutic yoga. Now I have an appointment with her and one more person on my team to support me. You will never regret reaching out and asking for a support system when you’re having a tough time with something- this goes for anything in life- not just fitness.


This might be the biggest part of how my approach to fitness has changed since hip surgery. I am not a patient person and I get discouraged pretty easily, especially when it comes to fitness gains.  I am very much an all or nothing type of person. But when trying to snap back from such a huge setback, I’ve learned that time and patience is the only thing that will really help me heal. It took me THREE months post surgery to be able to walk a mile without pain. Instead of getting frustrated I focused on being thankful that my body was working with me, not against me. I am grateful for each day I wake up and my hip doesn’t hurt, that I can hike a mile or more, that I can take a spinning class with no pain.  It’s really true that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone and for me, it took a major injury and surgery to appreciate my body. I’m not mad at it anymore for breaking. If anything, I am so grateful for the lessons its taught me throughout this whole process.  As I mentioned above, I celebrate tiny victories. Three squats is better than no squats and I know with time and patience my body will reward me with strength and perseverance.

Robert Frost Quote

So there you have it. The three ways my approach to fitness has changed since hip surgery. I think that what I’ve talked about can apply to anyone in any fitness situation. Of course I am not a doctor or a personal trainer. This post is about my experience and what has worked for me. I sincerely hope that is has helped or inspired you in some way.

Your Turn: What fitness mantras do you like to follow? Do you listen to your body? How has your approach to fitness changed over the years?

Have a great weekend! <3

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