It’s Sunday morning and it’s just way too pretty outside to be in a gym. Looking for an alternative? How about a butt kicking outdoor bootcamp in one of Westport’s most beautiful back yards? Here you go…
I first met Maggie right before I took her ‘Fearless Flow’ class at M3 Yoga a couple of weeks ago. I liked her instantly. I can’t put my finger on it but I knew from the second I met her that I was going to enjoy her class and I knew she had more to offer than an hour of great yoga instruction. Maggie is confident, approachable, friendly and enthusiastic about you taking her class. You can tell she is passionate about what she does.
Last October, Westport welcomed the opening of Pure Barre in Playhouse Square. Westporters and those from neighboring towns flocked to the new studio because of their desire to develop long, lean ‘barre’ bodies. Pure Barre (the leading barre technique in the country) has enjoyed so much success that owner Laura Laboissonniere recently opened another outpost of the national franchise in Fairfield. Although Pure Barre is a chain, the feeling inside their studio is anything but – you are greeted by the friendly, supportive and encouraging staff who are eager to get you warmed up and ready to ‘LTB’ (Lift, Tone & Burn) your way to results.
Variety is the spice of life. For the past 15 years I’ve been indoor cycling, kickboxing, running and swimming. I’ve taken Pilates and yoga classes and have used kettle bells and TRX’s. Yes, there are 19,000 different variations and exercises, and while I love them all I can’t remember the last time I tried something completely new. That is, until last week.
I had a request by a friend to post some of my recipes. I must admit that I am not a good cook – however, I am good at finding amazing recipes and can make them over and over and over again to the point I fool my friends into thinking I am a good cook. I always give credit where it is due and here it is to my favorite Food TV personality, the Barefoot Contessa.
Most Westporters in the fitness scene either know Mackenzie Pretty professionally or personally. She teaches several classes at JoyRide Studios in both Westport and Darien and is also the Group Fitness Director (and an instructor) for Crunch in Norwalk where she is responsible for their Norwalk, Orange & Stratford locations.
Dietitians and nutritionists say that the the weight picture is determined 80% by diet and 20% by exercise. Therefore we can exercise all we want but if we aren’t eating the right foods we aren’t going to get the results we want. Westport has seen an influx of healthy eating establishments in the past few years and as of last August (lucky for us!) we gained one more.
Earlier this week I published a blog post on JoyRide Cycling Studios and while writing I became intrigued by co-owner and head instructor, Rhodie Lorenz. Prior to this interview I knew little about her other than the fact that she consistently packs every single class she teaches. I’ve been lucky enough to snag a bike in a few of her classes and I can tell you that she is motivating, enthusiastic, always plays great music. It is easy to forget that you are also getting a stellar workout.
I still remember the first time I walked into JoyRide in Westport. It was July, 2013 and I had just moved to Westport the week before. I was eager to get out of the house and back into a workout routine. I had signed up for Mo’s JoyCircuit class and had absolutely no idea what to expect.
It seems as if the whole world is obsessed with avocados right now. We know that they are loaded with health benefits but also add great texture to salads and other dishes. After an indulgent BBQ filled weekend, we wanted something light for dinner and stumbled upon this easy Mango and Avocado Salsa recipe from the consistently excellent Martha Stewart. Even without the jalapeño (I inadvertently forgot) the salsa was perfection. We paired it with some mahi mahi filets we had on hand (bought in bulk from Costco). I will definitely be making this recipe again.