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FXB, Tabata, & Karyn’s

Posted Mar 11 2012 10:10pm

Happy Friday!! I’m currently taking a lunch break and eating the same salad I’ve been eating all week. I used up the last of the veggies, which works out perfectly since I’ll be going grocery shopping tomorrow. Love when that happens. Usually, I buy too much produce and some of it ends up going bad before I get the chance to use it.

In other news, I am sore today! Kickboxing should be interesting tonight. After work yesterday I went to the FXB gym for my usual workout. It was an upper body day (back, chest, shoulders, biceps, and triceps).

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After that workout, I went to Lululemon Halsted , where they were hosting a free 45 minute Tabata class. Tabata is a form of HIIT (high-intensity interval training), where you do 20 seconds of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. You repeat this 8 times, for a total of 4 minutes.

After 4 minutes, we would rest for a minute before starting the cycle over again with another exercise. I think we did 8 or 9 different exercises total.

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We used resistance bands and gliding disks to do a variety of exercises incorporating things such as planks, pushups, lunges, and squat jumps. Forty five minutes later, I was a sweaty mess. It is intense! I really liked it, though. Since you are always switching things up, the time goes by quickly. I would much rather do something like this than run on the treadmill for 45 minutes (not surprising, though – I’m totally not a runner).

Before the Tabata class, I actually made a quick stop into Karyn’s Fresh Corner Café/Market . It is a holistic wellness center, where you can buy raw foods, smoothies, natural healthcare products, supplements, etc.

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Pricey, but awesome & unique products. Definitely the place to go if you are looking for fresh kale chips or raw ice cream. I bought a pumpkin seed cookie & some PUR gum (aspartame free sugarfree gum!).

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I’d like to go back sometime and eat at the adjoining restaurant – a raw, vegan, fine dining restaurant. I’ve eaten at one of her other restaurants, Karyn’s on Green , and it was fantastic, so I’m assuming this one is pretty great as well.

Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? Ryan has a final to study for and I don’t have anything on the agenda, so it should be a quiet, relaxing one around here. We head to NYC next week, then return to Chicago just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, so I’m glad this weekend will be low-key!

Back to work! Let’s hope the afternoon cruises by – TGIF!

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