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!



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.


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

Sur La Table

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!

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Newport Wine & Food Festival

Newport Wine & Food Festival

Hey guys! Sorry for the radio silence the past couple days. It’s going to be a slow week for blog posts as I’m busy doing lots of boring behind-the-scenes blog stuff (re-categorizing things, fixing some pictures issues, etc. etc.).

But I wanted to share a few pictures from the Newport Wine & Food Festival that I was invited to attend last weekend. The historic Newport mansions are out-of-this-world beautiful, and the event was held at the Marble House on its back lawn overlooking the ocean. The best part, however, wasn’t the mansion, but this massive Japanese “teahouse” in the backyard that looked totally out of place in the best way possible. I put “teahouse” in parenthesis because the Newport Preservation Society may claim it’s a teahouse but I prefer another story…

Can’t you just totally see some black sheep degenerate distant Vanderbilt cousin who eventually inherited the mansion go on an eight-day bender and out of boredom and delirium decide to install a dojo in the backyard? It would have been right around this point that the neighborhood road association (gated community association? Not sure what rich people call these things…) would have stepped in and been like, “Ok, Tripp, that’s enough out of you. You’re going to rehab and we’re turning this mansion into a tour group attraction.” 

Obviously that’s 110% historically incorrect, but thinking that made touring the building a lot more entertaining for me.

Newport Wine & Food FestivalThere were tables upon tables of delicious food, but my hands-down favorite was the Tuna Tartare Tacos from Chef James Mitchell at Midtown Oyster Bar. I probably ate 17. Which is totally socially unacceptable, so let’s just blame my actions on the beer. It actually got to the point where the girls working the table would see me approaching and just fill a plate with them and hand that to me so I could walk off and avoid the embarrassment of standing at the table, sheepishly taking one after another, pretending each one is my first, and desperately trying not to make eye contact with anyone. Thanks, girls. I owe you one.

Newport Wine & Food FestivalAll in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday—wine, beer, yummy food, beautiful setting. The only failure was my choice in shoes. I had to take a little break to sit in the grass behind the dojo teahouse.

Newport Wine & Food Festival


10 Workouts You Can Do on Vacation


Since most Americans are about to take off for the week to celebrate the 4th of July by not sitting in an office (as you should), I thought I’d round up some of the workouts I’ve previously posted that travel well.  I know “workout on vacation” may sound blasphemous to some of you, but taking a quick 20-30 minutes out of your morning to break a sweat will leave you feeling energized the rest of the day (and less guilty when you knock back countless beers and a loaded hamburger fresh off the grill).

No one expects you to maintain your normal workout regime on vacation (especially not on July 5th, a day I traditionally spend in the fetal position), but try to fit in a little somethin’ somethin’ every other day, even if it’s just playing beach volleyball with your friends or chasing your kids around the backyard.

The following workouts require no equipment and can be done in pretty much any hotel room, beach house rental, backyard, etc. You’ll need an interval timer for some of them, but as long as your iPhone/Android/etc. made the trip with you, you’ll be all set. Click on the workouts for full descriptions and picture tutorials; I’ve included brief snapshots below.

30-minute workouts you can do while on vacation

30-Minute Body-Weight Tabata Workout

  • Structure: For each exercise, set a timer for 10 rounds of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. Complete one exercise before doing the same with the next.
  • Exercises: Pike Jump into Squat Jump, Side Plank Lift with Knee Tuck, Knee Tuck – Roll – Back Row, Side Lunge Knee-Up Jumps, Up-Down Planks, Skiers – High Knees

30-Minute Cardio Interval Workout

  • Structure: You’ll set an interval timer for 30 rounds of 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest and go through the exercises 6 times.
  • Exercises: High Knees, Plank Jacks, Burpees, Side Lunge Hop Shuffles, Bicycle Crunches

20-minute workouts you can do while on vacation

Beach Bum Workout

  • Structure: Set a timer for 36 rounds of 30 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest and go through the exercises 3 times. It’ll take 24 minutes.
  • Exercises: Frog Hops, Donkey Kicks, Fire Hydrants, All-Fours Leg Lifts, Split Squat Jumps, Side Plank Scissors, Side Lunge Jumps

Hotel Room Workout

  • Structure: Set an interval timer for 30 rounds of 30 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest and go through the exercises 5 times. It’ll take 20 minutes.
  • Exercises: One-Leg Burpees, Cross-Body Toe Touch, Elbow Plank Hops, Squat Jumps with Alternating Side Leg Lifts, Seated Ab Scissors

Body Weight Pyramid Workout

  • Structure: The first time you go through the exercises, you’ll do 10 reps of each. Next round, 9 reps of each; and so on, counting down to a 1-rep round. It’ll take you roughly 20 minutes, dependant on your fitness level.
  • Exercises: Burpees with Push Ups, Side V Crunches, Backwards Lunge into Front Kicks

20-Minute Burpee Workout

  • Structure: Set a timer for 20 rounds of 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest and go through the exercises 4 times.
  • Exercises: Burpees with Push Ups, Side Burpees with Knee Crunch, Burpees with Knee Tuck Jumps, Alternating One-Leg Burpees with Two-Foot Side Jumps

15-minute workouts you can do while on vacation

15-Minute Ab Workout

  • Structure: This is divided into three section. Each section is made up of 3 exercises, which you’ll do for 30 seconds each for 3 rounds.
  • Exercises: Windshield Wiper, Bicycle Crunch, Boat Pose, Side Plank Lifts, Elbow Plank, Reptile Planks, Crunch Pulses, Leg Hover Hold

15-Minute Body Weight Challenge

  • Structure: Set a timer for 15 minutes and complete as many rounds of exercises as possible.
  • Exercises: Starburst Burpees (5), Backward Lunges into Front Kick (5 each side), Half Windshield with Butt Lift (5 each side)

Ab workouts you can do while on vacation

Plank Workout

  • Structure: Do each exercise for 20 seconds. Complete 3 rounds of this, taking a 30-second break in between rounds.
  • Exercises: Plank Jacks, Reptile Planks, Plank, Elbow Plank, Up-Down Plank, Cross-Body Knee Tuck Planks

8-Minute Abs (2.0)

  • Structure: Do each exercise for 45 seconds and then hold the final plank for 30 seconds.
  • Exercises: Leg Lifts, Side V Crunches, Toe Touch Crunches, Cheek-to-Cheek Plank, Side Plank Lifts, Seated Leg Scissors, Butt Lifts, Windshield Wipers, Elbow Plank

Enjoy your vacation!