Three Steps I Take When Learning the Newest Body Jam. (#3 is the key)

I love BodyJam. Like…a lot. It’s part of my license plate. It’s part of my email address. It corners the market on 97.5% of my Facebook posts. I just love it.

Walking in to teach class is one of my favorite things to do every week.

Wait, let me correct that:

Walking into class prepared to teach is one of my favorite things to do each week.

I add “prepared” because showing up to class unprepared might be my very LEAST favorite thing to do. It’s terrifying. It’s an hour of eyes rolled up and back into my head desperately trying to remember what comes next. No connection with people. No connection with the music. Certainly no Fitness Magic. Just. Not. Fun. So I try to never put myself in that position. Because yuck.

I’ve been at this for ten years now, and yes, it’s gotten easier since the days of being absolutely unable to dance and speak at the same time (let alone instruct!) without passing out or wanting to throw up.

That’s the stage I’m in now with RPM. #humbling

As I’m sure many other instructors do, I get asked a lot about the process behind teaching classes. I thought I’d take a post to pull back the curtain a little and write about my experience preparing for launches. I’m sure every instructor has their own way of learning the latest release; it can be a pretty personal thing. So this is just how I prepare for a BodyJam launch. My prep for BodyCombat and now RPM were/are very different and maybe I’ll tackle that in another post.

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#reverb15//Day30//Process Over Outcome

In December, we remember!

Day 30: Process Over Outcome. What did you take on this year where you truly enjoyed the process (and didn’t just focus on the outcome).

This one is tough. I am definitely an outcome-oriented person and I’ve spent the last few hours mulling this over and I’m still struggling.

I just wrote about RPM training yesterday. I enjoyed that process very much. I generally enjoy learning my BodyJam choreography (though the January launch is always the toughest to prepare for time-wise and has the most riding on it recruitment-wise).

I turned to Kim’s post today for a little inspiration only to find she feels essentially the same way I do – though, she enjoys the process of laundry very much. I do not. At all. The mention of laundry made me think of a few other household chores and the processes behind them.

I really enjoy doing the dishes. This isn’t to say I look forward to it and I definitely feel overwhelmed when I come home to a sink full of crap to be cleaned, but once I get going, I really do enjoy it. It’s a few moments of solitude cleeeeeaning. I like the feel of the soap on the dishes. I like the squeak of a clean plate or mug. I like when the sponge or dish cloth gets SUPER sudsy. I like really hot water. The hotter, the better. I have hands of steel that way (thanks, Ginzo!).

I do not, however, like putting the dishes away. I don’t really like putting anything away. Ask my husband and roommate (both of whom have a “touch” of OCD”, my sister (I might have been messy, but I saved Caleb’s face that one time!) or my parents. I’m a “walk into the bedroom (only bc it’s not socially acceptable to do it in the hallway when you have roommates), drop trow, step out, leave them in a heap with two perfectly formed leg holes on the floor” kind of gal. Sorry roomies.

But washing the dishes? Yeah, that’s ok in my book.


#reverb15//Day 19//Best Laid Plans

EEEEK! I’m slipping! I’m behind in posting, but these daily memories of 2015 have been fun! A lot of work, but fun! My girls, Kim and Barbara are in, too!

Day 19: Planning. How did you plan your schedule this year? Did you use a paper planner? An electronic calendar? Both?

Well this is funny. I clearly don’t look ahead at these prompts or I would have kept my crazy rant about scheduling and planning on Day 18 for today!

As I said on the 18th, I use a paper planner, Google calendar, and iCalendar on my phone to keep track of my life. I work full time Monday through Friday. I teach four group fitness classes at my job as well as two weekly classes at XSport (Shameless plug: RPM Tuesdays @ 7pm @ XSport Merrifield and BodyJam Thursdays @ 6pm @ XSport Alexandria). I sub for other instructors often. I have rehearsals with my Jam team. I have CTF consultations and returning emails to schedule. I have St. Rita 4th Grade Girl’s Basketball practices and games to keep track of.

And then there is my social life! Family fun, friends fun, hubby fun, roommate fun, XSport members fun, holiday fun, birthday fun….on and on it goes.

So yes, I use all ways to keep track, complete with email and pop up reminders. I lead a crazy busy life and it is tough to keep track. But one thing I find to be super important?  I’m on time. Always.

#reverb15//Day 11//A Day in the Life

Reverb Haiku

December we write

Memories, insight, and more

Kim, me, the reverb

Day 11: A day in the life. Share a day in your life. Is this typical?

6:15am My alarm goes off. “Ripples” is the tone but “Ripples” is not all I hear. Mark’s alarm goes off at the same time. Mumford & Sons’ “Awake My Soul” plays. And plays. And plays.


I throw an arm over Mark’s still-sleeping body. “Mark!” He finally turns off the folky stylings and I enjoy what’s left of my 8 minute snooze.

6:23am Ripples. And I’m up.

6:45am With my coffee (make it a double), work bag, gym bag, breakfast, lunch, a snack or two, and occasionally dinner, I jump into my car, Ruby, and off we go to work.

7:30am I settle in at work. Unpack my food, fill my water bottle, prepare workouts for my morning PT clients.

8:00am First client, T, is a fave. She is focused and motivated. Her goals are specific and appropriate and she is making consistent progress. I’d train her everyday if I could. Two to three more clients follow T back to back.

10:00am Work out. Maybe lift. Maybe run through RPM or BodyJam.

11:30am I rush to the group fitness room to teach a 30 minute Core class. I have every intention of being a few minutes early every class. I never am. Never. I’m not proud of this. Hmm…New Year’s resolution?

12:00-2:00pm Lunch at my desk. Work blog writing. Email. Out reach program planning. Class prep. Client.

dunkin2:00pm Dunkin Donuts ice coffee break. Four more clients.

4:00pm I rush back to the group fitness room to teach 60 minutes of Cardio Intervals. I am generally on time for this one. Go me. This group is fierce and fun and super supportive of each other. I love them. They kill it every time.

5:00pm I head back to my office with every intention to shut things down a get out of there, but I make a fatal mistake. I check my email again. Twenty to thirty minutes later, I finally roll out and sit in traffic for an hour plus.

6:30pm I put on my assistant coach hat and arrive at Alexandria Country Day School for my niece’s 4th grade basketball practice. For 60 minutes, we attempt to wrangle 10 ten year old girls and hope that a little basketball makes it through the screaming, lying on the floor, cartwheels, constant chatter, and persistent off-topic questions. (Game two later today – we’ll find out if they’ve heard anything we’ve said)

7:30pm I drive my niece and another player home and head to my house where I pray Mark has made dinner.

8:00pm Mark has made dinner. He always makes dinner. He is for sure the better cook in the house. He’s even waited to eat with me. We sit at the table and talk about our days. I clean up because Mark cooked and that’s how it goes.IMG_4667

9:00pm These days, I sit down to write my #reverb post and watch a little DVR’d TV. Nashville, The League, Scandal, Big Bang Theory.

10:00-11:00pm Shower, pack my work and gym bags, get food prepped for the following day. Jump into bed, podcast on (This American Life, Serial, The Moth, Ted Talk Radio) and hope sleep does not escape me.




Taking a Knee: Nothing if Not Interesting

After the dramatics of last week, I thought I might not have much to write about this week. I’d seen the doc. I had a plan. How interesting could getting back to daily life be?

Oh Elizabeth. Silly, silly, Elizabeth….

You know in scary movies how you’re not supposed to say, “Be right back.” because it seals your fate as the next dead character?

Well I learned that if you say, “Sure hope I have something to write about this week.” as a blogger, it seals your fate for one bat-shit crazy week.

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Month One? Check.


Weight: 157.4 (0)
Pain: 4 out of 10
Cravings: 5 out of 10
Mood: Eh
Energy: 3 out of 10

ENola Virus

I’m just going to pretend Week 3 didn’t exist. Who’s with me? 
Fine, but you’re only getting the high (low) lights.

  • I returned from Les Mills Quarterly with the ENola virus. Thank you, PleatherB, for naming the plague that struck not only me, but many instructors upon our return from New Orleans. I think along with Fitness Magic, New Orleans delivered sore throats, sinus infections, coughs, colds, body aches and general malaise. Maybe they looooove Newton’s Third Law. Action:Reaction? That’s the only thing I can figure. In order to have THAT MUCH FUN, you must then be SO SO MISERABLE. 
  • Being that sick lead to cravings. Not just your average, “I could go for a piece of chocolate right now.” or ” “Man, I wish I had some ice cream.” cravings. No, no, no. I’m talking about Comfort Food Cravings (CFC). CFC’s are only one step above hangover cravings and one step below pregnancy cravings in the Cravings Hierarchy. All I wanted was Friendly’s Chicken Noodle Soup with 1000 Saltine crackers crumbled into it, my mom’s baked mac n’ cheese – specifically the edges with the crusty cheese bits, and raisin bran cereal with whole milk; 6-10 small bowls because everyone knows if you pour too much at a time it gets soggy and soggy cereal is gross. My amazing husband, Mark, and my partner in all things fun, Jaime, will disagree, but they are wrong. Don’t listen to them. DO eat your cereal quickly. Now, I did not eat any of those things. I did, however, INSIST that Jaime bring me UTZ Sour Cream and Onion potato chips. With ripples. This product lovingly referred to as crack in our home. Feel free to judge us for being insensitive to those with actual crack addictions but then also feel free stop taking things so seriously. I digress. We rarely have crack, but when we do….God it makes me happy. I know what you’re thinking. “But Elizabeth, sour cream? You’re dairy free!” Well this might just hand you the surprise of your life, but there is no actual sour cream in this product! There are potatoes, though. I checked.

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