Amping Up My Lower Body Workouts With Bünda in Los Angeles

Dancing for Donuts | My New Favorite Workout in LA: Bünda

One thing I realized I want to talk much more about on here is fitness!

Starting in January of last year, I finally branched out of my usual “cardio bunny” routines and decided to try different workout studios around Los Angeles. It’s funny, I always thought I hated group workout classes (except dance, of course) and then I realized that I actually LOVE them, I just need to find the right ones!

Dancing for Donuts | My New Favorite Workout in LA: Bünda

A class I started taking a few months ago that I have absolutely fallen in love with is Bünda! It’s just about the cutest studio in LA EVER (their logo is literally a butt, I’m obsessed) and pretty much everything is pink. More importantly though, it offers a booty-kicking workout (obviously) that doesn’t feel like torture, kind of flies by, and actually delivers results.

It’s essentially broken up into three sections that each consist of time on the Stairmaster (with different variations so it’s not boring) and fine toning exercises on the floor with dumbbells, booty bands, sliders and bodyweight. There’s an Arms & Abs class in addition to Legs & Butt, but half the class is a lower body workout.

Dancing for Donuts | My New Favorite Workout in LA: Bünda

While that might sound unappealing to someone looking for a 6-pack or a slimmer waistline, lower body training actually changes your WHOLE body, and that’s the science Bünda is based on. The reason lower body exercises can change your whole body is because the lower body holds the most amount of muscle in our bodies.

So by focusing on your legs and glutes, the body generates more heat, allowing you to burn more calories. And by “muscle mass,” it’s not so much bulk as it just the musculature of the human body! I think so many women get freaked out that they’ll get “bulky” if they train an area too much or use weights…I know I was that way for awhile!

Dancing for Donuts | My New Favorite Workout in LA: Bünda

Anyway, if you truly want to see a change in your upper body or abs, training your lower body frequently WILL get you there. The owner of Bünda told me that the first change people notice when coming to Bunda is a smaller waistline, which I 100% believe after taking a handful of classes there!

Some other things I love about Bünda are that the music is FIRE, the teachers are kind and helpful, and it’s not competitive whatsoever (I am nooooot a competitive person, so this is HUGE for me when it comes to workout classes!). You can adjust your weight or level on the Stairmaster as needed.

Dancing for Donuts | My New Favorite Workout in LA: Bünda

So! If you’re in the LA area, I definitely recommend heading to Bünda in West Hollywood for a class!! And if you’re not, bumping up the amount of lower body workouts you’re doing is such a great way to build lean muscle, boost your metabolism and burn fat (yep, even when if you’re not exercising the rest of the day!). You can always do intervals on the stairmaster, machines at your local gym, fine toning with booty bands or dumbbell exercises!! We’ll be gettin’ that 🍑 in no time!

xo Jordan

A Week’s Worth of Workouts

Hi Lovers!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

How’s everyone’s week going? Does it feel like it should be Friday to anyone else? I think I got used to short weeks over the holidays that it just feels like we should continue to have those😂 I’ve actually been using my workouts as something to look forward to throughout the week since I just signed up for ClassPass (yaaaasssss!!!!) and have been trying some new studios. I’m ordinarily someone who is way too timid to try classes alone, but I’ve tried 2 new ones in the past week and I’m honestly really proud of myself. I’m hoping to try at least one more this weekend. If you’re in the LA area, please let me know which classes you love and maybe we can take one together!!

I also intersperse my classes with home workouts since we are so lucky to have a fitness room in our new apartment building. It’s not huge, but it has a treadmill, elliptical and a bunch of weights, pluuuuus there’s cable so I get to watch HGTV…THE. BEST. That alone is worth working out!! And I got a few pieces of new workout equipment for Christmas (booty bands and ab sliders!) so I’ve been using those, too. Y’all know I loooove my workout videos on YouTube, so I’ve just been trying some new stuff. Let me know if you want links and I’ll get those up really soon!

Here’s what the past week looked like for me in terms of workouts – I’m getting back into a groove and it feels pretty good, but I definitely haven’t pushed myself too hard. I used to work out 6-7 days when I was a dancer, but I’m pretty happy with 5 days of real workouts and walks other days! You’ll see what I mean😊

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

Wednesday: 40 minute walk at lunch, PopFit Dance Cardio Class at Shine Studio (50 minutes)

If you guys are in the South Bay area, I highly recommend Shine! They have such an awesome variety of classes at a really great price point and I’m obsessed with the teachers. Come take class with me – you can actually get 10% off a class pack with the code DANCINGFORDONUTS10😊

Thursday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 10 minutes glute activation with resistance bands, 30 minutes elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5)

I recently got resistance bands and have been trying to use them a little before every workout! I’ll do a post soon on some awesome exercises to do with them because they’re SO handy, inexpensive, and easy to pack for travel!

Friday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 1 hour Cardio DanceHall at LA Dance Fit

I fell in LOVE with this class. I honestly probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone without dance training, just because you might feel uncomfortable, but it was soooo much fun. They kept the room really dark and the teacher was insanely talented. It was like hip hop/twerking/club dancing and the hour flew by so fast!

Saturday: 2 hour walk in Santa Monica

This is my faaaavorite kind of friend date because you get to spend time with someone you love while being active. I went shopping for a little with gift cards from Christmas and then went to try a new-to-me donut place…I know, the donut kind of cancels out the workout but hey, life’s short😉

Sunday: 1 hour Bar Method class

This was my first time taking a barre class at this studio and I could not have been more pleased. Honestly that was what, 3 days ago? And I’m STILL sore, I kid you not. The teachers were super attentive and helpful, unlike some other barre classes I’ve tried, and I felt like even though I wasn’t sweating like crazy, I got an incredible workout. I used to be a cardio bunny, but I think I’m moving more towards workouts like these!

Monday: 20 minute walk at lunch, 40 minute walk on the treadmill at highest incline (15) and 3.5 speed, 5-minute ab workout

I probably could’ve given a little more effort on this day, but I honestly just didn’t feel up to it. I was super sore from class on Monday and I had to get some work done, so I opted for something easy. I listened to my audiobook while walking on the treadmill, and that felt pretty good to me!

Tuesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5), 40 standing lunges (each side), 40 rock-the-boats (each side), 40 sumo squats with 10 pound dumbbell, 40 clamshells (each side), 20 laying-down side leg lifts (each side), 20 reverse crunches 

This workout wasn’t exactly the hardest thing either, but it’s better than nothing! I’m trying to motivate myself to work my abs a little everyday, so I’m proud that I at least did that and some other fine-toning. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve felt kind of in a funk, just mentally, the last few days so instead of killing myself over a workout, I did this quick one and then baked a new recipe, did a face mask, and watched some YouTube videos. It is what it is!

What workouts have you been loving lately? Are you more of a class person, or a gym person?

xo Jordan

 

 

Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Wanna hear something hilarious?

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I used to be one of those people who was like, “I’m sooooo lucky, I never get hungover! Isn’t that crazy!?” And now? I literally want to roll my eyes so hard at 22-year old me because WOW. I mean, if you’re in you’re early 20’s and you read that sentence saying “OMG same!” then that is fantastic and live your bliss, girl. However, I have a feeling that is not the case for most of y’all.

These days, I avoid sugary cocktails and white wine like the plague if I’m planning on having more than one drink because if I don’t, I will literally be a useless human the day after. That being said though, I still want to live my life, especially since I don’t have the free time to do so very often anyway. If you read one of my latest posts, I’m actually making a conscious effort to say yes more to hanging out with friends and trying new restaurants or bars, while worrying less about how these things will derail my health goals.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Here’s the truth, though: you CAN do both! As in, live your life and have a few drinks, but also still be a health-conscious, active person. Maybe not like, every single day, but everything in moderation, right? I’ll give you an example. Friday night I went out to a comedy show in West Hollywood with my cousin and there was a two drink minimum. Since I had a fitness event on Saturday that I really wanted to enjoy, I chose to go with club soda. On Saturday night however, I wanted nothing more than to drink some wine on the beach at sunset, so I freakin’ did it. And you know what? I’m still here, getting sh*t done on a Sunday after a morning workout, and I probably weigh (and look) exactly the same. Nuts, right?! *catch the sarcasm*

I know it’s not easy, but there are some things you can do to make it easier to complete your workout the day after you go out with your friends. I’m currently working out with Aaptiv, an audio fitness app that allows you to participate in guided workouts of your choice, to show you some easy ways you can feel your best and get moving, even if it’s just for 10 minutes! Trust me, you will feel better once you sweat it out a little 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Social Life with a Healthy Life.

With they’re help, I’m sharing this infographic with you so that you can make sure you’re checking the boxes before and during your workout. Staying hydrated, having a nutritious snack, taking it slow, and hanging in there as long as you can without risking injury are so important. Again, if all you can give is 10 minutes, and all you have energy for is a quick power walk, so be it! What’s really important is that you’re helping your body recover without pushing yourself too hard.

What I love about Aaptiv is that you can choose literally anything you feel like doing and there is someone there to guide you through it. There’s yoga, running, HIIT and toning workouts, but also “classes” for machines like the elliptical and stairmaster (my favorite!!). I often get bored of doing the same things a few days a week at my gym, but Aaptiv makes it easy to switch things up there, or anywhere. Each workout is a different length too, so you can workout as hard and as long as you’d like.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

If you head over to their website, you can sign up for a free one-month trial, and then it’s just $9.99 from there on out, which is waaaaay cheaper than studio classes! Aaptiv was generous enough to share a free 30-day code for me and my readers, as well, so you’ll actually get two whole months for free! Just enter the code BURPEES at checkout and you’re good to go. Download the app and let me know which workouts you’re going to try! I’ve been eyeing the Abs Intensive and a few of the 7-minute HITT workouts.

Have a great week, friends 🙂

xo Jordan

How To Squeeze in a Workout When You’re Insanely Busy.

How many times have we all used the excuse that we don’t have the time to workout?

Dancing for Donuts | How to Squeeze in a Workout When You're Insanely Busy.

Speaking for myself? SO MANY. And I can’t begin to tell you how much of a lie I know that really is, but I continue to do it anyway. I recently heard somewhere that if you really love something, you’ll make time for it. And while that goes for people, relationships, hobbies, careers, whatever, I think it should go for ourselves, too.

As a dancer, I’ve also always been someone who uses exercise as a way to express myself, let off some steam, or get a boost of endorphins, but with a full-time job it’s easy to turn into someone who wants to use the free time they have to spend with loved ones or just relax for a change. And, though this is totally valid, it’s easier than you think to squeeze in some exercise everyday without spending an hour at the gym lifting a bunch of weights and trotting away on the elliptical for 45 minutes. #overit

Dancing for Donuts | How to Squeeze in a Workout When You're Insanely Busy.

If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you know I’m super into audiobooks right now and even podcasts. I’ve been using them as a way to make working out slightly more entertaining and they honestly encourage me to get moving. The book I’m listening to right now I only listening to when I’m on a walk or at the gym. That means when I’m done with a book that takes 11 hours to listen to, I’ve worked out for ELEVEN hours. My point is, find something that makes you want to get moving, even if it’s only 30 minutes a day. You’ll feel better, I promise. Here are my 10 favorite ways to get moving when I’m short on energy, motivation and time:

1. Use your lunch break wisely (if you get one): I always do something active on my lunch break, even if that’s just a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. When I’m up for it, I’ll run to the gym for a quick 35 minute cardio sesh. If I get there between noon and 1pm, I can even catch some of The Chew on TV. Am I 90 years old? I don’t know, I don’t know…

2. Keep a yoga mat and a set of dumbbells handy & visible: I always had a yoga mat, but hid it up in my closet. When I got the dumbbells, that really helped because I keep them both right next to my bed where I see them everyday. It’s a lot easier to do 30 bicep curls randomly while watching The Bachelor when you remember you have the equipment to do so and a constant reminder.

3. Go for walks: Back to point 1, walking. Is. AWESOME. If I’m not listening to an audiobook or music, I’m on the phone calling an old friend, my parents, or my grandma. On weekends, I love to take walks with my boyfriend just to take a break from vegging out or spending too much time on our phones/computers. Walk as much as you can, wherever you can. Yes, that means to the grocery store (your bag isn’t that heavy, trust), to dinner, to anywhere.

4. Reward yourself for meeting fitness goals: And try to make that reward not food-related. Personally, I have a pair of baby pink New Balance kicks in my J. Crew cart that I am not allowed to buy yet until I get back into a routine of working out 6 days a week. For you, that might be something different – a new pair of workout leggings, a dinner out, or a new beauty product. Whatever it is, work for it.

5. Take advantage of YouTube: If you didn’t catch my post on my favorite YouTube workout videos, or weren’t feeling anything I posted, take a minute to browse for some workouts you do want to do. There are SO many yoga, HIIT, toning, dance, and cardio workouts on the internet it’s actually insane. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother having a gym membership

6. Start with 30 minutes: Most of the time I tell myself that if I just do 30 minutes, then I’m doing okay. I used to spend (at a minimum) 60 minutes at the gym. That was back when I a) had more time and b) was an athlete for a living, but still. There’s no need to kill yourself, and an hour sounds really daunting. Start with 30 minutes and chances are, you’re going to be so in the zone you won’t be able to stop.

7. Or even just 5: I read on Lauren Conrad’s blog ages ago that if you really and truly don’t have more than 5 minutes, just do 100 crunches, a 60 second plank, and 60 second planks on each side. This way, you’ve done something.

8. Pick 5 different moves and do 50 reps of each: If I honestly can’t make it to the gym, I pick just 5 moves and do 42 reps of each. I got this idea from the Tone It Up girls and it’s pretty awesome. Switch it up everyday and pick moves work different muscles. I usually also do a mix of some that totally kick my butt and some that don’t require too much energy. Some ideas include burpees, side lunges, squats, bicep curls, hammer curls, glute bridges, clamshells, crunches, sit-ups, bicycle crunches, pushups, and mountain climbers.

9. Turn coffee dates into active dates (with coffee): One of my favorite things to do is get coffee with friends. I love coffee and I love my friends even more, but what’s even better than sitting at the coffee shop is going for a walk or hike with it. Most of the time you end up going for a much longer walk and spending more time with your friend than you would have in the first place.

10. Prioritize your health above all things: If a rest day is what you need, or a few more minutes of sleep, DO THAT. No one can tell you what is best for you and rest days are so important.

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Hope you’re having a great week!! Be back soon with a recipe, scout’s honor 🙂

xo Jordan

Mama D’s 3-Ingredient Elixir.

Oh hey, Wednesday.

This week is going by unbelievably quickly, most likely because things are insane over here between school and work, but I’m not exactly complaining since January is basically the Monday of months, amiright? More importantly though, it’s been a conscious effort of mine (and perhaps somewhat of a New Year’s Resolution) to make more time to take care of myself.Not only does that include eating better and working out to stay healthy, but also taking the time to rest, like when I impulsively booked a 90-minute massage Monday afternoon for that evening…yep, it was as amazing as it sounds.

Dancing for Donuts | Mama D's 3-Ingredient Elixir.

Another way I’ve been trying to relax is by unwinding at night with a cup of tea and my coloring book, favorite show or an audio-book (am I 90 years old or what). The only bad thing about tea is that my favorite kinds have caffeine, so when I was home for the holidays, I tried one of my mom’s favorite drinks: homemade honey ginger syrup with hot water and lemon. Honestly, I thought I was going to hate it, but I went for it and am now obsessed. This drink is not only delicious but also crazy good for you. Ginger and lemon are proven to do wonders for digestion and metabolism, and they’re both full of vitamins! I highly suggest making this asap.

Dancing for Donuts | Mama D's 3-Ingredient Elixir.

Mama D’s 3-Ingredient Elixir

3 tbsp fined sliced ginger

1 cup honey

1/2 lemon (per cup)

  1. In a mason jar or tupperware with lid, combine the honey and ginger. *Make sure not to cut the ginger too finely, unless you’re planning on drinking it (I don’t!).

2. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 5 days so the flavors can meld. Once ready to enjoy, boil 2 cups of water. Add 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) to a mug of hot water with juice from 1/2 a lemon. Stir to dissolve.

*The mixture will last up to a month in the fridge. I tend to just add honey as needed when it’s running low, but I keep the ginger in there at all times.

Dancing for Donuts | Mama D's 3-Ingredient Elixir.

Drink up!

xo Jordan

How to Get Back on Track After a Break.

Oh hello!

I just got back from a 15-day vacation (what?! i know.) during which I decided to take a break from all things cooking and blogging. Maaaajor apologies for going MIA without a warning. In any case, I think we can all use a little help when it comes to motivating ourselves after any sort of break, whether it’s a vacation or a simple weekend. So, I want to share with you my top tips for getting back on track without feeling overwhelmed or tempted to give up!

  1. Make a List: Before I even start my routine back up, I like to write out what I need to accomplish at least once so that it sticks in my brain. Having a mental checklist (or one in a planner) means that I can prepare for whatever is to come ie. an empty fridge or trying to fit in workouts once the madness of the work week starts. Grocery lists are super important too – I know we’ve all been on that Target run without out and end up buying $100 worth of snacks but no real food…Dancing for Donuts | How to Get Back on Track After a Break.
  2. Set a Plan: Some people may have different opinions on this one, but I like to head straight back to my usual workouts when I come home. Sure, I’m a little less in shape, but if I decide to sleep in one more day or put it off, I’m more likely to be lax about making any healthy choices. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting to the gym, but I also like to set a goal for myself. This morning I knew I wanted to do 35 minutes of cardio and an ab workout, so I didn’t leave the gym until that was done!Dancing for Donuts | How to Get Back on Track After a Break.
  3. Do a Grocery Run: This goes with #1, but I definitely think it’s helpful to do a massive grocery haul as soon as I can. I’m usually on a different time zone and end up waking up super early anyway, but it’s worth it to wake up 20 minutes early to grab what you need. It’s kind of a given, but if you have healthy foods in your fridge and pantry, you’re less likely to go out and grab chipotle for lunch. It’s cheaper, too! Dancing for Donuts | How to Get Back on Track After a Break.
  4. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself: It’s completely normal to need a few days to get back into the routine and reality of life (duh). So if the first few times you hit the gym you need to go a little slower or lift lighter weights, don’t feel badly. In fact, it would be much worse to push yourself too hard and pull a muscle. If you set yourself up to have a good, healthy week, you’re going to. It’s as simple as that. Plus, no matter what you’re doing, it’s probably better than all that ice cream and alcohol you were consuming while you were on break…or is that just me…? ;)Dancing for Donuts | How to Get Back on Track After a Break.

Have a great day & I’ll be back with a recipe soon! Promise.

xo Jordan