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Sandbox Fitness: Come Exercise on the Beach in Sherman Oaks!

Just last week I was invited to attend classes at Sandbox Fitness in Sherman Oaks. This studio is located on Ventura Blvd, near Woodman Avenue. When you first walk inside the studio, you’ll notice right away the beach-like vibe. Instantly I felt calmer, as being near the ocean always makes me feel more relaxed & centered (even in a faux one such as this).  🙂

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All of the classes are taught in the sandbox. The sand comes from Cal Silica & is non-toxic AND silica-free. You are allowed to go barefoot or you can purchase “sand socks” which they sell in the lobby area. As many of you know, I suffer from plantar fasciitis. I wasn’t sure how this was going to feel, so I made sure to tape up my foot really well with KT Tape.

The thing about going barefoot in the sand is that it cushions your feet really well. In fact when I took the classes at Sandbox, I noticed it actually felt better to do TRX barefoot in the sand than in my workout shoes at my local gym. The sand really conforms to your heels & feet, hugging it in such a way that I felt more stable than I had thought I would. I’m not a professional & who knows what my podiatrist would say about it. All I can say is that for me, it did not aggravate my foot or cause my heel pain to flare up.

Tidal Turbulence
The very first class that I took was called Tidal Turbulence. This class, taught by Tonni, combined a type of fitness class that I love (TRX) with Surfset, which is class that is done on a surfboard-type of equipment. It is unstable & you are meant to wobble at first (like I did) but then you will eventually get your balance & just flow with it.

After a light warm-up, Tonni took us through some TRX moves that I was familiar with. It was a really good workout. Then after a while, she had us hop onto the Surfset & do balancing exercises that really worked our core, legs & arms. Since it was my first time channeling my “inner surfer girl” it was a challenge for me to get the board steady. Tonni was really great about helping me balance, remembering to breathe & making modifications. There were several exercises that I had to modify & perform on top of the board with my knees & not full on in a plank position (with my toes). Tonni explained afterwards that these were all great modifications & that in time I would be able to do it in full plank without the wobble.

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TRX
Minna, the co-owner of Sandbox Fitness, taught the TRX class that I took the very next day. I’m not sure what I was thinking about taking back to back classes, but I did just fine. I was sore while performing the TRX moves, but I made it through! One thing to note is that I am used to taking 30 minute TRX classes. The class at Sandbox Fitness is about 45 minutes long (not counting the cool down). I really enjoyed it, as I knew that I would. The longer session & being on the sand really made for a great TRX class.

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Beach Yoga
This was the last class that I took at Sandbox & it was nice to save it for last. After all of the things that I put my poor muscles through, I really wanted to stretch my body & be mindful of how it felt. Stacey’s yoga class was exactly what I needed after a week of exercise. I had also driven a lot that week, attending various work functions. You know how you can sit in a car during a 45 minute to an hour traffic jam & just feel your shoulders & neck tense up? Taking a good yoga class will cure that.

Stacey’s voice was very calm & soothing. Her vibe & general presence was really nice, which helped because she came over several times to make tiny corrections & reposition my body. Btw, I like taking yoga, but I don’t take it often enough. So when I do take yoga classes, it always takes me a while to remember how to get into that stance or move my arms into a certain position. My favorite pose of the whole entire class was the pigeon pose. It really opened up my hips & legs. After the class, I had mentioned to Stacey that my sciatica flares up on occasion & that I was going to practice that stretch on a regular basis to help prevent the sciatica from coming back.

Here’s me doing one of my signature moves! Just kidding…it’s Stacey looking fab out on the sand.

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I cannot say enough about Sandbox Fitness! This place is SO cool, I love their classes & best of all, it is in the Valley!! I could easily see this type of studio in West Hollywood or Santa Monica. The fact that it is in Sherman Oaks is awesome for me because I don’t have to take the dreaded 405 freeway to get there! However if there was one fitness studio that is worth the drive, it is definitely Sandbox Fitness!

Tell me, out of all the classes that I described in this review, which one would you like to take?

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I attended complimentary classes which helped facilitate this review. All images are mine unless otherwise noted. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.

Giving Back to the North Valley Family YMCA

This is not a sponsored post.

The North Valley Family YMCA is a place that my family has been going to for many years. My husband likes to work out using the cardio machines & shooting basketballs around in the big gym. My daughter has taken ballet & tap classes from the fabulous dance instructors at the Y. Over the summer she participated in a kids cooking class, where she made delicious healthy snacks.

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It’s no secret to readers of my blog that I love taking TRX classes. Well, did you know that these TRX classes are taken at the Y? Imagine that! Even the big named franchise gyms near my house don’t offer this class.

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For those living in the North San Fernando Valley, I’m sure you know at least one person who utilizes the services of the Y – whether it is taking swim lessons, participating in the various sports leagues, attending summer camp or going to Y-Guides meetings with their parent.

Right now, the North Valley Family YMCA is in the middle of their Annual Campaign.

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Please consider donating to this important cause.  Your gift provides support for youth development, healthy living & social responsibility in the following areas:

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These are just several ways your gift will help strengthen the community by supporting youth development, healthy living & social responsibility.

Please consider making a donation today! Even a gift of $25 can help make a difference & ensure a brighter future for our community!

Should you make a donation through the link, please ensure that you designate it for the “Capital Campaign” & type my name in the write-in section of the Community Support Team (see sample below).

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Thanks so much for taking the time to read through this post. I believe that through social media, we can do social good! 🙂

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Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. I’ve been a proud supporter of the North Valley Family YMCA for many years. As a Community Gifts Team Member, I’m happy to volunteer my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own.

Getting Back Into the Exercise Groove

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Now that my daughter is back in school, I get to resume my workouts on a regular basis. I did workout over the summer, but I have to admit that it did start to taper off. Once it hit August, my three times a week workouts turned into once or twice a week.

I always work better when I have a goal in mind. This past spring, I worked out 3-4 times a week because we were going on a family vacation in June to Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii. I had wanted to try stand-up paddleboarding while there. I’d heard that in SUP, it helps to have a strong core & arms. So I did TRX workouts on a weekly basis. I have to say that it really helped & my arms did not hurt after doing SUP (twice) while on vacation.

In five months, I’m going to be running a 5k at Disneyland. The Never Land 5k is part of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend taking place in January 2014 at Disneyland. I’m hoping to do a 5k in October or November of this year, so I’m training for that now.

Some of my essential workout items are my Sparkly Soul headband, water (sometimes flavored with MiO), good music from my iPod & pre/post workout snacks!

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One of the things I like to eat pre or post-workout is dried fruits & nuts. Sometimes I’ll eat yogurt with flaxseed. If it was a grueling workout, then I’ll treat myself to an iced coffee. My favorite snack bars are KIND bars. My favorite flavor is the Fruit & Nut Delight.

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What are your workout goals for the coming months? Are you going to take any new classes, learn a new activity or train for a marathon? Sound off in the comments section below!

Strong is the New Skinny

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Confession: I am a gym rat. There have been periods in my life where I stopped going to the gym – pregnancy, stressful job, etc. However, in general, I live for going to the gym.

Let’s back up a bit… Back in high school, my fitness goals had less to do with being healthy & more to do about losing weight. Let’s just say that the scale has not been my friend since 11th grade. Lol…

Since then, my position has evolved towards the goal of being healthy, fit & physically challenged. I feel better (both physically & mentally) after a good workout. Last year, during the weeks & months where I could barely make it to the gym once or twice a week, I felt sluggish & tired. I decided in late March of this year to make a change & have started hitting the gym 3-4 times a week.

My latest obsession is TRX, which is a form of resistance training that uses your own bodyweight. It is a total core workout, while also strengthening your arms, chest & legs. I did stand-up paddleboarding for the first time in Hawaii last month & everyone told me that I would be sore the next day. To prep for this, I did TRX once or twice a week & did push-ups and plank exercises. To my amazement, I was not sore the day after my SUP experience!

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Once in a while, I do exercise outdoors. One thing I like to do is hike. Being that I live in LA, there are many, many outdoor trails to choose from. My favorite one is the trail in Griffith Park, starting from the base of Fern Dell Drive. I like to take the trail up to the Griffith Observatory. There are gorgeous views along the way of the Hollywood sign & downtown LA.

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The best part of the hike is the reward at the end. I like to hit up Trails Cafe on Fern Dell Drive. They have yummy scones, coffee & teas. My favorite though is the avocado sandwich! Vegetarians take note: this sandwich has sprouts, tomatoes, cheese & soy bacon bits! Heaven…

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Do you have a fitness routine? What is your favorite exercise? I would love to hear from you, so please sound off in the comment section below!