Summa, summa, summa time! It’s set to be really sunny from hereon out here in Vancouver and now more than ever, this summer girl is living large. I know I’m not alone in just being a happier person in the summer. I’m seeing my friends and family a ton, I’m outside soaking in the sunshine, doing so many of my fave things (from paddle boarding to swimming in the ocean to relaxing at the cabin), etc. The one thing about summer though is that as much as the season encourages you to get outside and move, it also has a few aspects that can sometimes derail me a bit health-wise. From patio marathons with friends sipping on margaritas to finding myself developing a daily pilgrimage to find ice cream (it really hits full force every July without fail), I want to make sure I’m enjoying the season as much as possible guilt-free (because I’m all for having everything in moderation) while also feeling happy, healthy and confident in my skin.
I’ve had a lot of questions about Equinox since sharing my workouts there on Insta Story so I’m so excited to share this happy place of mine today and what I love about it. I’m here all the time in the winter (like literally every day when I’m desperate to not only escape the cold for a good sweat session, but to cozy up to the fire in the lobby or to sweat it out in the sauna or eucalyptus steam room found in both the men and women’s change rooms) but in the summer, as much as I’m outside getting in my hikes, swims, paddles and bike rides, I also want to make sure I’m balancing it all with toning, strengthening and conditioning at the club. Long story short is year round, even if my workouts switch up slightly, the club is an integral part of my routine and has been a huge asset to my fitness goals in general.
My main switch-up in the summer is to get into the club earlier so that I can get the most out of my day. Equinox fortunately has a ton of incredible earlier class options (there are a few that are pretty famous with members and non-members alike, from the aptly named Firestarter to the strength-focused METCON3 to insane toning at the new Trilogy Barre, which has a triple-barre system with resistance bands), though I’m also really a weight room junkie at and such a fan of the personal training services. Rich (my trainer at West Georgia) has been really amazing about working around my previous injuries (mostly around my low back in my SI joints) to focus on not only getting as strong and lean as possible, but to also balance out my body to make sure I heal and recover injury-prone areas.
I’ve got a full weekly summer routine that you can get sent straight to your inbox (just scroll down to the sign-up visual to get it, or sign up at the form at the bottom of this paragraph!) but am so excited to start sharing some really intense and focused workouts soon in collaboration with Equinox! In the meantime, I know from my DM’s in Insta that a lot of you are curious about what Equinox is like and whether it’s been worth it for me. In one word, yes. If you’re like me and really value your health and fitness (I really live by the mantra that health is wealth, especially after dealing with some serious injuries), then while you are paying more for a premier, luxury club, it’s well worth it because you’re getting a full experience, from cool eucalyptus towels after a hot yoga class to a pairing with a trainer for a complimentary session upon signing up to access to the leading fitness science in motion, from their incredible pilates classes to conditioning classes that will literally make you feel the burn for days. Stay tuned for more of my Equinox experience soon but for now, these few snaps are just a quick glimpse into the stunning West Georgia space! Learn more about current membership options here!