CODE BLUE BEWARE OF THE CRAZIES!!
Ok so it’s been about 2 and a half months and my workouts at Equinox have been AMAZING. I am seeing results, other people are seeing results and it is only making me and my ass more determined. I have a vision for what I want my body to look like. I’m going to keep pushing to get myself there. Equinox is the perfect gym for the person who isn’t a gym person. I’m addicted! I get pissed when I can’t go and then rush to go the next day. I even have a yoga mat in my apartment and do the moves in my living room when I have too many events, and blogs to write and can’t make it to the gym. I ride my bike from 10th and Alton to 5th and Collins where the gym is located and average about 5 catcalls there and back. Annoying yes, but as someone told me, “Lis get more upset when the cat calls stop.” Lovely… so this is the lesser of two evils. I park my bike, get the final cat calls at the red light on the corner of 5th and Collins, go inside and am greeted by the friendly check in staff at the desk. They know me, my blog. It’s awesome. I take my towel and head into either one of the following classes:
Monday and Wednesday is spin class with Greek God Jedi Trainer Marios. The music is good, throwback rap, hip hop, Madonna even a remix of Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling.” Marios is 38 so we both know of good 80’s 90’s music. His routine is varied and fun and it just pushes you. ASSICKER!! I don’t know if I want to punch him out or shower with him. Oh shit, did I just type that out loud? Anyway yes, Marios is a total hottie trainer, super knowledgeable, and probably has a girlfriend. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME IF HE HAS A GIRLFRIEND? I mean c’mon. Put me out of my misery already so I can just SWEAT and GROAN in peace.
Tuesday I am DYING to do the bikini boot camp but can’t seem to get my ass to Equinox for this 9am class. But I totally want to do it. Instead, I’ve done the Just Abs class which is fun and focusing on one body part for a half hour is rough. This was the class that made it hard for me to laugh for three days. I’m got used to it but it’s still challenging. An evening option is the Booty Blast class which IS AWESOME!! That’s the one that makes it difficult to sit on the toilet or bend down to put the leash on Taz. Ow ow ow OWWWW!
Thursday’s is a combo of AbSolutely ripped followed by VIPR which makes for a total body asskicker. You need a mat, weights, medicine ball, then the VIPR tube thingy with the handles and OH MY SWEET LORD… get me some cold CODE BLUE.
CODE BLUE is a “cross functional super drink.” Co Founder Michael Sachs paid me a personal visit and brought me a case to try. It’s sold at Whole Foods here on South Beach and whoa the stuff is good. But here’s the thing, I only like it during or after work outs. It’s not something I’d just sit and drink on my downtime but holycrap, for the gym, IT IS A MUST. It has ZERO calories, ZERO Sugar and ZERO Caffeine. ASSKICKER DRINK FOR SURE!! It contains herbs that helps you to recover FAST. Specifically it has: Potassium which helps muscle contraction, Prickly Pear which naturally reduces inflammation after exercise, Sea Salt which replenishes trace minerals key to the body’s electrolyte balance, Ginko Biloba Extract which increases mental alertness (this keeps my quick wit and charm on point), Glutamine which is a critical amino acid that promotes muscle recovery, Milk Thistle which is a powerful antioxidant that helps detoxify the body (and we know how well I do with detox), D-Ribose naturally sustains healthy energy levels, and Vitamins and Minerals that are specially blended to help revive and restore your body.
CODE BLUE COMES IN THE FOLLOWING FLAVORS:
Blueberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Melon, Peach Mandarin, and Meyer Lemon. Each flavor is good but of course everyone will have a fave and mine was toss-up between Strawberry Melon and Meyer Lemon. DEELISH!! Hottie trainer got me mixing water into my Gatorade and now that I got turned onto CODE BLUE I’m hoping they make me a brand ambassador because it really is my preferred in the gym drink. It just makes me feel great and FAST.
Here’s a link to the website. http://www.drinkcodeblue.com Totally worth checking out. Parents who have active kids but don’t want them to be cracked out on Gatorade and other sweet drinks should order this stuff by the case. It’s a great way for kids to get hydrated but without chemicals and sugar.
OK so back to the gym…
FRIDAY is ROCKSTAR SKINNY. I feel they need to change the name to POP STAR PUDGY because after this hour-long ass kick you are reminded that you have sooooo much work to do. It’s a total body class with LOTS of emphasis on core, legs and ass. SIGN. ME. UP!
One Equinox member who always seems to KICK MY ASS and motivate me is Marian. She’s a former cartoonist for the Herald and is at the gym every day. Here’s the kicker. She’s 77 years old. She rocks it. This lady is no joke. She keeps pace in all the classes and when I see her doing her thing full throttle, I am absolutely inspired. I approached her after a class one day and told her she’s a total asskicker and asked if we can take a pic together. I told her I’m a blogger and I’d love to include her in my article updating people on my fitness adventures at Equinox. She told me to e-mail her the link once it’s posted and so she can give it a read. “E-mail me the LINK,” 77 years old… LOVE IT. Most 77 year olds I know would have asked me what the hell a blog was. Hell most 77 year olds aren’t at Equinox working out along side girls more than half their age.
This is why I ALWAYS will be in the know, up on what’s new, always evolving. Marian could have become one of those people who get stuck. You know the people who are from the typewriter era, had a secretary and never the need to learn how to use a computer. So now they are technologically challenged. Or the people who use a computer but are petrified of social media, like my mother. Yeah my mother… she’s 63, knows NOTHING about social media and is PETRIFIED of what she doesn’t know. I’m surprised she doesn’t wear a HAZMAT SUIT 24/7. I was thrilled this past March where she took her first solo plane ride from New York to Miami. Next time she comes, I”ll suggest skydiving, see what she says.
I get a text…(and when I read my mother’s texts I hear her voice in my head)
MA CELL: Lisa I read ur blog. Be careful. You don’t need to put so much of yourself out there.
ME: People like my blog. I get approached by smart, interesting people who read it and like it A LOT.
MA CELL: Still be careful. There are crazies out there. And this facebook. Why do people need to know that the smell of toast makes you horny?
ME: Ma get a facebook account, understand facebook and THEN talk to me about facebook.
MA CELL: Oh I don’t need to be on facebook. I don’t need people to know my business.
ME: Well you obviously are interested in what I do on facebook. You should open an account and rekindle a romance add some spark to ur life so you have your own drama to entertain you. Ma do twitter. My facebook is linked to twitter so you can see what’s going on there.
MA CELL: I don’t know what that is. A bird?
ME: Ok I have to go fight off the dangerous psycho killer mailman who is delivering a package of some products a brand is sending me to review. Toodles!
MA CELL: God forbid. LISA PLEASE BE CAREFUL
I couldn’t help but wonder… if Marian was ever limited by fear. She was a cartoonist with the Herald for over 30 years. She has artistic talent and obviously intellect for the cartoons to make sense and develop a following. I wonder if her parents ever said, “Marian, don’t draw, be careful, your drawings are controversial and someone is going to kill you.” I’m thinking not. I’m thinking Marian’s parents probably told her that she had a gift for drawing cartoons and would plaster her drawings all over the house. I’ll bet when Marian wanted to venture out and get a job her parents said GO MARIAN good luck! Not, be careful with the lunatics on the trains, be careful you don’t get mugged, pick pocketed, abducted, thrown in the river etc. etc. Marian is now 77 retired, married to a successful attorney living the life asskicking at South Beach Equinox.
So let’s recap my bull pen of alleged CRAZIES that I should be sooooo scared of.
First there’s Chris the general manager at Equinox who is awesome and um, not killing anyone. Then there’s the beautiful, Greek ManGodJediTrainer Marios, who with one look can get my legs pedaling faster than before. Nope so far not a killer. Then there’s my friends from CODE BLUE and VITAMIN WATER who keep me hydrated and happy inside the gym and out. Neither have poisoned me so I’m thinking they are pretty good people too. Then there’s Marian who I swear can take out a 30 year old with one punch. She’s a bad ass.
These are only and handful of people in my gym, fitness wellness category of my life. I met tons of other interesting people through my blog and am grateful for all of them. I have yet to use my Rawlings bat or mace or a switch blade on anyone. Good people find good people and if someone isn’t good for me, they just don’t stick. That’s the way it has always been.
So I’ll roll the dice, go with my gut and keep putting myself out there. And…if someone starts with me, Marian will kick their ass.