My Week in Workouts: San Francisco Stitch Fix & LUNA Vacay

pigeon pose with...pigeonsPigeon pose with…pigeons. Learning from the masters.

Ok, last post about the fun experience I had in San Francisco with Stitch Fix & LUNA last week. I’ve saved the sweatier parts of my trip for a fitness journal post. I’ve done a couple in the past, which you can check out HERE.

Any time I travel, I make an effort to stay active, and it’s particularly easy when you’re with a group of health & fitness bloggers. :)

Monday

Running & Btone

I spent the majority of my Monday running last-minute errands around Boston and packing for my trip. That night, I went for a 3-mile run along the Charles River (it’s so pretty at sunset!), and ended it by jogging right up the stairs at Btone and taking a class with Kristen.

Tuesday

A Soul-ful Welcome to San Fran

soul-cycle-sfI was one of the first bloggers to arrive in San Francisco, so to kill some time before we were able to check into our house, I decided to take a class at Soul Cycle. I went straight there from the airport, so looked like a total bag lady wheeling in my suitcase. Weird looks aside, the class was great! Bea was the instructor, and she had awesome music and choreography. It was just what I needed to shake out my legs after the six-hour flight from Boston. There was lots of cheering and “woo-hoo”s from the class during our ride, which was a good reminder to take that New England stick out of my ass and loosen up for some laidback California living. :)

Wednesday

Golden Gate Park Run & Yoga

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I woke up early (my sleep cycle was still on East Coast time) and went for a quick 3-mile run around Golden Gate Park. When I got back, the Stitch Fix & LUNA teams met up with us for some yoga in the park led by LUNA’s in-house yogi, Sadie. It had been a few weeks since I’d hit up a yoga class, which made the session feel all the more wonderful. The rest of the day would be jam-packed with activities, so yoga was the perfect way to kick it off.

Thursday

Quick Jog & Barre at The Dailey Method

dailey-methodDressed to celebrate the new season of Orange Is the New Black…?

We had another nonstop day with Stitch Fix & LUNA, so a few of the girls and I decided to check out a barre class at a nearby studio early in the morning. Sarah (Sarah Fit), Brittany (Eating Bird Food), Julie (Peanut Butter Fingers), Gina (The Fitnessista) and I ran the mile and a half to The Dailey Method and then took a class with Abby. It was mostly floor work (very little time was spent at the barre), but it was a fun class and I’m glad we checked it out.

Friday

Megaformer-ing at BodyRok

bodyrok-sfWhen I first found out I’d be going on this San Francisco trip, I immediately Googled Lagree Fitness studios in the area (I’m a dork, I know). I feel like taking classes on the megaformer with different teachers and studios only makes me a better instructor, and I was curious to see how it would compare to Btone. I ended up going to a morning class at BodyRok (there’s another Lagree Fitness studio in San Fran called Core40, but the class times didn’t work for my schedule). The class was really abs heavy—no complaints here, I love targeting my problem areas!—and only had a quick leg sequence and no arm sequence (minus a few push ups).

It was a great, tough ab workout, but I know it’s possible to design a 45-minute class that leaves every muscle group shaking, so I was a little disappointed the legs weren’t harder. That being said, I had a ton of fun checking out a west coast megaformer studio, and the BodyRok space is beautiful—lots of natural sunlight, lockers, and a room for spinning classes. The instructor, Jakob, was also beautiful. Just throwing that out there. ;)

Loved starting the day with a workout on my favorite machine!

Saturday

Does drunk dancing at a Darius Rucker concert in Sonoma count as a workout? According to the FitBit LUNA gave me…no. No it does not.

Sunday

I spent the entire day traveling and didn’t get back to Boston until 8pm. Woof.

If you live in the area or have visited, what’s your favorite way to workout in San Fran?

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My Trip to San Francisco with Stitch Fix & LUNA (Part 2)

Stitch Fix photoshootIf you missed my recap of the first half of the trip, check out Part 1.

THURSDAY

Touring the Stitch Fix “Hizzy” (Warehouse)

The Stitch Fix "Hizzy" WarehouseAfter breakfast we headed out to the Stitch Fix warehouse (nicknamed “The Hizzy”). There, among rows and rows of racks of clothing and accessories, we got the behind-the-scenes tour of how Stitch Fix actually works. It’s an impressively streamlined production!

After your stylist selects your five items, a style card is sent to the Hizzy. Clothing and accessories are all tagged and sorted into bins, and when you scan the style card, a computer tells you the item’s location and what it looks like. Stitch Fix has a team of engineers who have created all the programming and technology from the ground-up, so they’ve been able to put together a total custom system that works best for the company.

Behind the scenes at the Stitch Fix warehouseracks of Stitch Fix warehouseOnce the items have been collected, someone carefully (and artfully, I might add!) folds and wraps them to be neatly packed into the box. Thomas (pictured) is not only impeccably dressed, but also one of SF’s fastest folders. I’m sure he was nauseous watching me sloppily attempting to pack up a fix (in my defense, I had to fold a structured dress—that shit is hard!). Marlee, if you’re reading this, apologies for the B- pack job, but congrats—I loved everything in your fix!

Packing up a Stitch Fix fixAs with Stitch Fix HQ, the Hizzy seemed like a great place to work—really fun environment! They have a massive box robot monster, everyone seems friendly and, most importantly, shelves and shelves of free snacks. I’m talking hummus, pretzels, dried mango, trail mix—the works!The Stitch Fix box robot

Stitch Fix Photoshoot

Thursday afternoon was a girlie girl’s dream. We had our hair and makeup done and then modeled our favorite Stitch Fix clothes in a photoshoot while sipping champagne and stuffing our faces with macaroons and cupcakes. Best. Day. Ever.

dry bar mean girls mai taiI don’t wear a lot of makeup because, well, I have no clue how to do anything beyond bronzer and mascara, and I’ve actually never had my makeup done for me. I loved how the makeup artist made me look! She kept things subtle knowing that I don’t wear a lot of makeup, and it was perfect.

After makeup, it was on to Dry Bar to get a blowout. They were showing Mean Girls at the time, which really just took the whole experience to the next level. Does that move ever get old?? No.

Stitch Fix photoshootWhen it came time to pick out our outfits, we had some help from stylists. I’m all about casual looks lately, and the more denim and leather the better! My first look was a plain tee tucked into white pants with stilettos and a necklace. Up next was a conservative dress that wasn’t really my style, but it was flattering and admittedly the type of dress I probably should be wearing more often (gotta accept the fact that I’m no longer in college and should stop dressing like a slore haha). My third look was denim shorts with a tee and leather jacket—totally my style!

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Striking a pose with Brittany & Gina

We had props to play around with during the shoots, and despite my D-list modeling skills, it was a ton of fun! If Stitch Fix sends us the outtakes, there should be a couple of me strangling a mannequin, smiling with a mouthful of cupcake frosting, and other amateur attempts at being a poor man’s Cindy Crawford—which I’ll be sure to share in my Facebook page Bloopers album.

Dinner at Central Kitchen

Our busy day ended with a phenomenal meal at Central Kitchen. In true blogger fashion, no less than eight thousand pictures were taken of each dish before it was eaten…

food bloggers taking pictures of foodStitch Fix LUNA blogger vacay group pic Group pic: Bex, Julie, Monica, Brittany, Gina, Anne, Sarah, Danny, and the awesome Stitch Fix & LUNA teams!

FRIDAY

Friday morning, Brittany and I grabbed a smoothie for breakfast with another health blogger, Elle from According to Elle. Two of my best friends from college live in San Francisco, so while the Stitch Fix/LUNA fun ended Friday morning after breakfast, I extended my stay through Sunday. It was so wonderful seeing my friends, and we spent all day Saturday sipping wine out in Sonoma and then went to a Darius Rucker concert that night—talk about a perfect day!

A huge thanks to Stitch Fix & LUNA! I was sad to see the trip end, and it’s back to reality in Boston now. I’m actually only home for a few days though—on Thursday my boyfriend and I head down to Disney World for a wedding. June has been crazy!

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The links to Stitch Fix in this post are my personal referral link. If you decide to try it out, I get a $25 credit. You get your own personal link once you sign up!

My Trip to San Francisco with Stitch Fix & LUNA (Part 1)

san-fransisco-golden-gate-bridgeIf you’ve been following me on Instagram and Twitter this past week, you already got a glimpse into the amazing time I had in San Francisco with Stitch Fix, LUNA and a group of fellow bloggers. This was the first blogging trip I’ve been invited on, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Not only were the Stitch Fix and LUNA teams wonderful, but I loved meeting the other bloggers/YouTubers.

I’m proud of how much Pumps & Iron has grown in the two years since I started, but it still has a long way to go, and it was really inspiring for me to spend time with these successful, entrepreneurial ladies. You guys probably already follow some, if not all, of the other kickass chicks on the trip. Along for the fun were Sarah from Sarah Fit, Brittany from Eating Bird Food, Bex from Bex Life, Danny from Sweaty Betties, Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers, Gina from Fitnessista, Anne from fANNEtastic Food and Monica from Run Eat Repeat. Such a fun group!

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TUESDAY

I was one of the first to arrive at the beautiful house in the Haight-Ashbury area that Stitch Fix and LUNA put us up in for the trip. Everyone got their own large bedroom and LUNA stocked the kitchen with some healthy staples—avocados, toast, oatmeal, almond butter, fruit and, of course, LUNA bars. We were warmly welcomed with goodie bags from both Stitch Fix and LUNA—a handbag, toiletries, a new FitBit Flex (!), yoga mat and nail polish.

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Pic from @eatingbirdfood

While waiting for the other girls to arrive, Sarah, Brittany and I went out to explore the Haight-Ashbury area a little. We checked out an artisan foods store, grabbed smoothies and juices, and probably unintentionally breathed in a joint’s worth of secondhand weed smoke haha. Haight-Ashbury is a very hippie/alternative area—lots of A+ people watching!

Later that day, we were joined by Bex and Danny for dinner at Nopalito, a tapas restaurant close to our house. The food was great! We got fish tacos (pictured), ceviche, a quesadilla, salad and chips & salsa to split. The ceviche was definitely my favorite. After dinner we were all pretty exhausted, so after saying hello to the girls who had arrived that night, we went to bed.

WEDNESDAY

Yoga in the Park

LUNA had their in-house yoga instructor, Sadie, come lead us through a class in Golden Gate Park, which I was really excited about since I’ve been slacking on my practice lately. We’d have a busy next couple days, so it was the perfect way to kick things off.

Visiting Stitch Fix HQ

Stitch Fix HQThe morning was spent at the Stitch Fix office checking out some of their newer clothing, jewelry and accessories. I saw tons of stuff I want to request in my next fix!

Scavenger Hunt around the Marina

Palace of Fine ArtsAfter lunch, we broke up into three teams of three for a friendly scavenger hunt competition around the Marina area of SF. Since it was my first time visiting the city, I was excited to get a chance to see some of the noteworthy/touristy landmarks. For each of the six locations, we had to take a different picture for Instagram—planking at the Presidio, dancing at Lombard Street, jumping in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.lombard-street

I was joined by Julie and Gina on my team (whaddup Team Two!), and although our pictures scored major creativity points (in my not-so-humble opinion), we spent a liiittle too much time drinking Irish Coffees at The Buena Vista (would you expect anything less of me??) and were a half hour late getting back to the original meeting point. Oopsies. Needless to say, we didn’t win. :)

The Palace of Fine Arts was my favorite stop on the scavenger hunt—it was so gorgeous! It looked like something out of a Disney movie.

Cooking Class at Sur la Table

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For dinner we headed to Sur La Table, where Chef Stefan led us through a wine-fueled cooking class. On the menu was kale salad with pickled watermelon and feta, grilled citrus chicken skewers with quinoa, corn and lime and flourless chocolate lava cake for dessert. Everything was delicious!

Sur La Table Cooking ClassTired after a busy day, I called it a night after dinner. Recap of the next day coming to the blog soon!

The links to Stitch Fix in this post are my personal referral link. If you decide to try it out, I get a $25 credit. You get your own personal link once you sign up!

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