Leg Day Workout: Sprints + Bodyweight Exercises

Try this leg day workout next time you want a lower body burn. You'll mix sprints with bodyweight exercises.
This post was made in partnership with Finish Line. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 🙂
I can’t name another running shoe that is as consistently praised as the adidas UltraBOOST (in the blogging world, anyway). And after years and years of hearing people rave about them, I finally got to give these sneakers a try as part of Finish Line’s Shoes So Fresh campaign. Honestly, they really do live up to the hype. So. Comfortable.

You know when you get new workout clothes and the prospect of wearing them gets you excited to break a sweat? Well for the first time in over a year (since the 2016 Boston Marathon, to be exact), I’m starting to get the itch to run another race with my new fresh kicks. So before we get to the leg day workout below, do you guys have any recommendations for a fun late fall 10k or half marathon?? I want in!

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In addition to the UltraBOOSTs, I’m wearing Nike’s Sportswear Essential Crop Tank, both from my friends at Finish Line. My wardrobe resembles that of Wednesday Adams (black, black, dark black, faded black, jet black, more black) so throwing on a jean jacket walking to and from a workout helps add a bit more of a summertime feel to the getup.

Leg Day Workout – Sprints + Bodyweight Training

This is a great workout to take outside but you could easily do it in a gym using a treadmill as well. You’ll run .25 mile (400 meters) as fast as you can and then complete 10 reps of three bodyweight leg exercises. You’ll repeat that four times.

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Exercise Descriptions

Side Lunge to Side Kick (each side) | From a standing position, lunge to the right, stepping your right foot out wide to the side and bending the knee, sliding your hips down and back (left leg stays straight). Push off your right foot to stand on the left foot as you kick your right leg up and out to the side. Return back down in a side lunge. That’s one rep. Do 10 reps to the right and then repeat on the left.

Jump Squat – Jump Tuck Combo | Squat down low and then jump straight up in the air. Land back in a squat and then do a jump tuck, jumping up as you bring your knees up towards your chest. That’s one rep.

Sumo Squat with Heel Raise at Bottom | Start standing with feet wide apart and toes turned outward. Keeping your knees tracking in the same direction as your toes, squat down. At the bottom of your squat, lift your heels, coming to the balls of your feet. Lower your heels and stand. That’s one rep.

Try this leg day workout next time you want a lower body burn. You'll mix sprints with bodyweight exercises.

WEARING | Women’s adidas UltraBOOST Running Shoes & Women’s Nike Sportswear Essential Crop Tank c/o Finish Line

photos by Nick Cosky

Best Acai Bowls in Boston

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

I did it. The ultimate guide to the best acai bowls in Boston. I tried every single option in the city (that I’m aware of), often eating them for both breakfast and lunch to get this article finished before summer ends. Yes, blood sugar levels were sacrificed for the sake of Pulitzer-worthy investigative journalism. It’s a tough job, but dammit someone’s gotta do it.

Acai bowls are absolutely delicious, the most refreshing breakfast (or dessert) on a warm summer day, and oh-so-easy on the eyes. They also can be high in sugar and calories from the banana(s), berries, granola and nut butter. I personally don’t care because it’s coming from nutritionally dense foods, but just wanted to throw it out there that I’m certainly not eating these every single day now that this piece of groundbreaking journalistic gold is complete. 😉

If you live in Boston or are visiting for the weekend, stop into one of the following juice bars for an acai bowl.

Best Acai Bowls in Boston: A Local’s Guide

I did my best to list these in order of preference with my most highly recommended first—it’s hard to pick favorites though! It’s more of a general spectrum than a hard and fast ranking. Really the only place I wouldn’t recommend is Juice Press. Other than that, they’re all good—it just depends on what type of bowl you’re looking for and if organic ingredients are important to you. I’ll include all that information in this guide, and you’ll notice I list organic places towards the top of the list for the most part.

As far as price goes, there isn’t much of a difference between the following spots. If you’re looking for an acai bowl in Boston, be prepared to spend about $10-12. The one exception to that is B. Good which only charges $5 (smaller serving size).

Pressed

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Beacon Hill—120 Charles Street
South End—643 Tremont Street
@pressedboston // menu

So it’s a little confusing but there’s a Pressed and then a Pressed Juicery in Boston. Pressed Juicery is a national chain and while delicious, doesn’t offer acai bowls so we’re not talking about them in this post. The acai bowl at Pressed is a blend of acai, maqui berry, cacao, almond butter, ripe berries and banana and house-made granola. It’s definitely in my top three of favorites. Their menu is mostly locally sourced and organic, and the acai bowl is a big, filling serving (definitely a meal, not a snack). The acai blend makes for the bulk of the bowl and there’s the perfect amount of granola and fresh fruit on top to make for a satisfying meal while still giving you the refreshing satisfaction of a smoothie. All around just a damn good bowl.

The Juicery

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.North End—66 Cross Street
@the_juicery // menu

The acai bowl at the Juicery is incredible. When I teach in the North End, I ALWAYS stop by to order one. The Classic Acai Bowl is made with an acai and frozen banana blend, fresh banana on top, peanut butter, granola, coconut, cacao and almond milk. As far as serving size goes, it’s on the larger side so I always feel satisfied after eating one—it’s definitely a meal, not a snack. The Juicery uses all organic ingredients when possible. This bowl is on the sweeter side and they top it with a good amount of peanut butter (hmmm wonder why I love it so much?? lol) so sometimes I’ll even eat it as a dinner+dessert on hot summer evenings. If you’re looking for a bowl that’s less dessert-y, this might not be the one for you but otherwise seriously can’t recommend it highly enough.

Revolution Juice

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Back Bay—150 Huntington Ave
@revolutionjuice // menu

Revolution Juice cares deeply about providing only organic and non-GMO foods. They have a large menu of smoothies, juices, bowls and some ready-made foods. Their acai bowl is a blend of acai, banana and date and then you get to pick four toppings. I usually go with granola, fresh fruit, coconut and hemp seeds, as shown above. It’s a big bowl (you definitely get an entire smoothie’s worth of the acai blend), and I just love their commitment to quality produce.

Cocobeet

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Government Center—100 City Hall Plaza
@purecocobeet // menu

Cocobeet’s large menu is organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, non-HPP and locally sourced. Phew that’s a mouthful. Their acai bowl is a blend of strawberries, maqui berries, banana, acai and more topped with homemade granola, coconut and blueberries. It’s delicious! Sometimes I do ask them to put less granola on it though because the ratios are a bit off and the last few bites end up being just spoonfuls of ‘nola.

In addition to their acai bowl they have some other smoothie bowls (I think I like their pitaya bowl better than the acai bowl actually) and some delicious refrigerated raw foods. I love their sandwiches, quinoa bites, truffle balls—so many good things going on at Cocobeet and I love their commitment to high-quality ingredients.

Thirst Juice Co.

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Downtown Crossing—44 School Street
@thirstjuiceco // menu

Thirst offers up four different delicious acai bowls. I’m a big fan of their Peanut Butter Acai Bowl (the prettiest deep purple color going) and Coconut Acai Bowl. Sometimes I’ll also order their superfood bites and then crumble them up on top of the bowl (#ProTip). The only reason I didn’t put Thirst higher up on this list is that sometimes they’re closed on random days, especially on the weekend. I’ll walk all the way over there to find the lights off which is a bummer. Recently they’ve also been out of certain ingredients when I go to order one of their bowls. I’m not sure if the produce Thirst uses is organic or not. They don’t advertise it as organic on their site or storefront so I’m guessing it’s not? Their menu is vegan and gluten-free and their juice are raw.

The Juice Box

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Southie—359 West Broadway
@juiceboxbos / menu

Man has Southie come a long way since I lived there! Workout studios, delicious dining options, A JUICE BAR?! The closest thing we had back when I was there were the salads at Shenanigans, which are surprisingly delicious for being served at a bar named Shenanigans. But I digress …

The Juice Box has three different acai bowl options in addition to several pitaya bowls (think acai but bright pink). Pictured above is the Good Morning Bowl which is delicious, but basically the same as a smoothie. I’d recommend one of their other ones topped with granola so you get that satisfying crunch.

This has nothing to do with the quality of their acai bowls, but I have to mention that they use those environmentally-friendly wooden spoons which is very responsible, but the feeling of them in my mouth is like the physical manifestation of nails on a chalkboard.

Kwench

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Downtown Crossing—230 Congress St
@kwenchjuicecafe / menu

I would never know about Kwench if it wasn’t for Joe because the Financial District is like a confusing maze of tall buildings and suits that I try my best to avoid. I always feel like a very unproductive member of society when I walk through there on weekdays wearing bright purple spandex and a muscle tank, but I persevered to maintain the journalistic integrity of this blog post.

Kwench sources local and organic ingredients for their menu and serves up a delicious acai bowl. They have a few different options but I went with the South Station because it contains peanut butter and duh. It was delicious, filling, and a great acai blend-to-toppings ratio.

Mother Juice

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Back Bay—291 Newbury Street
North End—Boston Public Market
Kendall Square—625 West Kendall
@motherjuice // menu

Mother Juice has a large menu of juices, smoothies, breakfast bowls and organic, plant-based food (although their location in Boston Public Market has a limited menu). Their acai bowl is a blend of acai berries, almond milk, banana and blueberries topped with almond butter, granola, fresh fruit and coconut flakes. It’s delicious but I always feel like it’s more a fruit bowl or granola parfait than a smoothie bowl. They top it with a ton of fruit (often even more than pictured above) and then a layer of granola and then the acai blend at the bottom, so there’s a lot of chewing involved. Not a bad thing! I really like their bowl but if you’re looking for more of a smoothie consistency to refresh you on a hot summer day, this one might not hit the spot.

I haven’t been to their Kendall Square location, but the one on Newbury is super cute (very Instagrammable). They have seating indoors and outdoors so Mother Juice would be a great option if you’re looking to sit down with friends and leisurely enjoy your breakfast rather than just doing a grab ‘n go.

Jugos

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Back Bay—145 Dartmouth St
West End (summer pop-up)—The Clubs at Charles River Park
@jugosboston // menu

Jugos has an extensive menu of juice, smoothies, acai bowls, pitaya bowls, chia seed pudding and other plant-based foods. I’ve honestly never been disappointed with an order and think everything on the menu is delicious. The only bummer about Jugos is that they don’t use organic produce (I do, however, think the frozen acai they use is organic). Since their prices are just about the same as the other nearby juice spots that do use organic produce, I don’t frequently go to Jugos.

That being said, is a non-organic smoothie going to kill you? No. If you’re visiting Boston and Jugos is the most convenient to where you’re staying, check it out—their bowls are delicious! Just be prepared to be a little overwhelmed during peak times because the space is tiny (just enough room for a line of customers to pass through). My go-to orders are the Kai or the Los Verdes without goji berries (throws off the texture for me).

Squeeze Juice Company

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Financial District—53 State Street
Seaport (in Everybody Fights)—15 Channel Center Street
Back Bay (in Healthworks)—441 Stuart Street
@drinksqueeze / menu

Squeeze has a few locations, two of which are attached to gyms (EBF and Healthworks) and one of which is in the lobby of a building downtown. So if you’re visiting Boston and strolling around, they’re not exactly a destination I’d suggest or that you’d stumble upon while strolling down the street. They do have a few delicious acai bowls though! If you want something outside the traditional acai bowl, I’d suggest their Avocado Bowl. It has more of a citrus taste than others and the avocado is a fun, filling topping. I don’t believe they use organic produce because it’s not advertised, but I could be wrong!

B. Good

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.

Lots of locations—see website
@b.goodofficial / menu

For years I’ve loved B. Good for lunch and dinner (their seasonal salads and grain bowls are delicious!). Recently they’ve made a push to offer breakfast as well and among the options is an acai bowl. I’m not 100% sure if all their locations are offering this, but the one on Summer St definitely is.

If you want a light breakfast or more of a snack than a meal, B Good’s bowls would be a good choice. Unlike most of the other places, which give you a full smoothie’s worth of acai blend with the toppings, B Good’s serving size is more along the lines of a yogurt. They have two options—the one pictured above and then one with peanut butter, which I haven’t tried but sounds delicious.

Juice Press

A complete guide to the best acai bowls in Boston.Back Bay—500 Boylston St
Seaport—109 Seaport Blvd
Equinox Franklin St + Dartmouth St
@juicepress // menu

Juice Press has some good smoothies and I love their kelp pesto noodles but I would definitely NOT recommend their acai bowls. Honestly, I’ve always thought Juice Press was overrated (and according to responses I got to an Instagram story about this, a lot of you guys seem to agree!). I do love that it’s all organic, but I’ve given the acai bowls many chances and have always been disappointed—most of the time I don’t even finish them which says a lot seeing as I typically could eat smoothie bowls three meals a day, seven days a week.

The granola tastes burnt (and they put way too much on) and half the time it’s not blended all the way so the texture is icy and chunky. They’re pretty bland, which I guess is good if you need to watch your sugar intake, but if you’re looking for a refreshing summer treat, this is not going to cut it. The almond butter one is a little better than the plain one but it’s still blah. If you do find yourself at Juice Press, I’d recommend customizing your own—don’t go off the menu, and don’t get the granola.

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Phew. I really poured my heart and soul into this post, guys. I don’t know why seeing as no one could possibly care this much about acai bowls, but at least I can now write off a month’s worth of breakfasts as business expenses. #worthit

P.S. Fellow Bostonians, if I missed a place that serves up acai bowls, do me a favor and seriously just don’t even tell me. I’m exhausted.

Full-Body Resistance Band Workout with Door Anchor

This workout is sponsored by ProSource. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 

First and foremost: Don’t let the “with Door Anchor” part of this workout title throw you off—I’ll show you how to do these moves with regular bands if you don’t have an anchor to use. This resistance band workout will take you about 25 minutes to complete. If you’re short on time though, you could opt to just go through the sequence once instead of twice—that would give you a 12-minute workout instead.

And just a side note before we get to the workout, I want to give you a heads up that blog posts might be a little sporadic over the next couple weeks. Our slumlord surprised us with the news we had to be out by the end of the month so he can turn the whole building into airbnb units so things are a little hectic around here. I am so incredibly tired of moving every year and I don’t care what I have to do to afford it—sell detox tea and Sugar Bear Hair on Instagram?!—the next time I move needs to be into a place I own. Anyway, life update over. On to the workout …

I’m using the Stackable Resistance Bands Set from ProSource. Specifically, their green and red bands attached to a handle and their blue resistance band attached to an ankle cuff. All three are anchored to my door. I love this set. It’s so versatile and allows for tons of different band set ups. The set includes four bands, a door anchor, two ankle straps, two large foam handles and an exercise guide. You can clip everything on and off to get the resistance just how you need it.

So let’s say the heaviest band—which is 16-20 pounds of resistance—is a little too light for a particular exercise. You can just clip on another lighter band to the handles to increase the weight load. In total, 14 possible levels of resistance up to 56 pounds are offered by this set.

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They’re great quality, too. The heavy-duty bands are made of double-dipped latex and they’re 48” long to allow for a total body workout moving through a full range of motion. The set also comes in a convenient carrying case so these are great to pack if you’re traveling. In the summer, I leave the city on most weekends so it’s nice to be able to fit in some resistance training when I’m away from my favorite studios.

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Full-Body Resistance Band Workout with Door Anchor

EQUIPMENT I USED:

For this workout, you’ll perform each exercise for 30 seconds. You flow through the 6-minute sequence (12 exercises) one move to the next without rest. Do the entire thing on the right. Rest for 30 seconds. Do the entire sequence from the top on the left. If you’re short on time, you can stop there (12-minute workout); otherwise, complete once more on each side (24-minute workout)

As with all workouts, make sure you are properly warmed up beforehand. If you’d like a guided warm-up, I have one on my YouTube channel (be sure to subscribe while you’re there! wink wink shameless plug wink wink). Always listen to your body and stop and/or modify if needed.

Resistance Band Door Anchor Exercises:

  • Tricep Kickbacks
  • Straight Arm Triceps Lifts
  • Combo: Kickback + Lift
  • Lunge with Crossbody Row Extension
  • Row in Low Lunge
  • Pulse Combo: Row + Lunge
  • Quad Kicks
  • Straight Leg Quad Lifts
  • Combo: Kick + Lift
  • Lateral Low Squat Step
  • Lateral Leg Lift
  • Squat to Lateral Leg Lift

WEARING | Stripe Out leggings c/o DYI // Nike tank (old but this is similar)