Sweat, Strengthen and Flow Outdoor Workout and Top Weekend Eats

  Sep 12, 2016  |  #Charlotte

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Hi, friends!

How was your weekend? I hope you had a chance to RELAX, eat some yummy things, squeeze in some activity and make some memories! My highlight was taking part in a fun  Sweat, Strengthen and Flow workout with Jen from Peanut Butter Runner!

I don’t think I was prepared for how sweaty I would get, but it was such a fun experience I can’t wait to share with you!

Sweat Strengthen Flow

I made a tasty bowl of oatmeal Saturday morning before heading to the workout.

Oatmeal Breakfast

The event was sponsored by Premier Protein, and they had all kinds of goodies available, as well as yoga mats, towels and water bottles. One of the coolest parts about the event was that Premier Protein donated $20 to Running Works for every person who attended!

Premier Protein, Sweat Strengthen Flow Premier Protein, Sweat Strengthen Flow

Running Works is a non-profit running program  that was founded to use sport and exercise to empower individuals and families to break the negative cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness. Individuals earn credits by attending runs and life skills seminars, and they can use those credits for transportation back and forth between interviews, education, or jobs. Cool, right?

It’s a great program of giving back in the community and encouraging people to be active and set goals for themselves. It was so awesome to see so many people there, knowing that the proceeds would benefit Running Works.

strength yoga

I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t fully prepared for the intensity of the class. Since it was free to anyone, I expected a slower-paced flow. WRONG. I should have known Jen would kick our butts!

The class was structured into 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength, and 20 minutes of yoga and stretching. We began with some speed and agility drills. Jen had us doing jumping jacks, high knees, butt kicks, burpees, karaoke steps (hello, highschool soccer drills), bear crawls and sprints.

I didn’t snap many pictures because I was getting my sweat on. My heart was pumping after a few minutes. I’m not really a Cross Fit person, but I loved the quick switch from one exercise to another. There is very little time to think about what you’re doing.

Strength yogaSweat, Strengthen, Flow event

We then moved to 20 minutes of strength, where we did 1 minute sets of body weight exercises. There were push ups, jump squats, lunges, mountain climbers, planks and other friendly ab exercises that weren’t so friendly.

Mind you, it was very hot during all of this!

Sweat, Strengthen, Flow

We ended on our mats, as Jen led us through some stretching and yoga flow sequences, which was a great way to cool down. I loved using my Aurorae towel and sandals!

yoga mat

Sweat, Strengthen, Flow yoga

I have to say this is the first time I’ve done an outdoor yoga class. It was so much fun. I loved Jen’s instructions and motivation throughout the whole class!

After the yoga class, I headed to Sunflour Bakery for an iced coffee and my favorite sandwich in Charlotte – it’s made with fig jam, brie cheese, arugula and apple slices on homemade rosemary bread. You guys, it’s to DIE FOR.  If you live in Charlotte, add it to your bucket list.

I also wanted something sweet, so I got the mocha cheesecake cupcake. I wasn’t in love with it, but it was still good.

Sunflour BakerySunflour

There were also a whole lotta zoodles consumed this weekend. Remember when I told you I bought a cheap spiralizer? I finally started using it and it’s SO AMAZING. I ate bowls and bowls of zoodles and sweet potato noodles (swoodles? <– Not sure about that?). I also left some sweet potato chunks because I love dipping those in ketchup.



Consider me on board the zoodle train now.

All in all, a fun weekend! It was great to connect with Jen again and take part in a feel-good community event. I also got 11 hours of sleep on Saturday night, so I can certainly say it was a rejuvenating weekend as well.

I’m linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap!

What was your weekend highlight? 

Have you ever done an outdoor workout or community event? Did you like it?

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31 responses to “Sweat, Strengthen and Flow Outdoor Workout and Top Weekend Eats

  1. Yes, I love the name ‘swoodles’ for sweet potato noodles. 🙂 That outdoor workout looks really fun; I would love to do something like that and meet other people. 🙂 Meeting new people is one of my favorite things, and it sounds like a really well rounded workout. And weekend highlight was probably Sunday. Sundays are always really restful here. I love church and fellowship with people at church.

  2. That sounds like a great weekend and it’s crazy how small the blogging world is, I’ve been reading Jen’s blog for years! Also 11 hours of sleep, that always makes for a good weekend! Highlights of my weekend: coffee with a good friend, spending some time in the mountains, and feeling really good during my 20 miler today.

  3. That event looked like so much fun! I love quick switches in a class to keep you on your toes. That sandwich from Sunflour is one of my all-time favorites. I also love their Black Friday sandwich with turkey, brie, and cranberry-apple chutney.

  4. Wow what. a. COOL. company! Such a great mandate.
    I love any sort of yoga or exercise class outdoors. I much prefer it actually. You can breathe so much easier and I just feel, lighter?
    I NEED a spiralizer. I bought an awful one a year ago and it just doesn’t work. I need to get on it and start making me some real zoodles!
    Also…. I spy chocolate in that breakfast. That’s right girl, that’s right.

  5. I usually run outside hahaa so that counts right? I’ve done yoga outside once, but never a class. The highlight of my weekend was getting lunch with my sister yesterday. It was fun!

  6. This sounds like so much fun! I have done outdoor workouts, but not in a community setting. Sounds like something I would definitely love to try in the future! I love working out with a group of people. Makes it so much more fun!

  7. I have not done a community event like this. It does sound fun. I would choose an outdoor class over an indoor class any day! I haven’t hopped on the zoodle train yet. I adore sweet potatoes so It’s definitely something I need to check into. The bakery sandwich looks and sounds delicious too. Thanks for linking, Sarah!

    1. I would be right there with you for an outdoor class over indoor (as long as it’s not 100 degrees!). I love the idea of sweet potato noodles so I think it’s something I will be doing more often!

  8. Spiralizing all the things is so fun! I love making coodles (cucumber noodles). They are super refreshing and delicious. I’ve never done an outdoor group workout, but it looks like a wonderful way to meet people and grab a little extra motivation from fellow workout buddies. The only outdoor workout I do is running…if that counts.
    Eleven hours of sleep sounds like pure heaven. I’m so glad your weekend was refreshing 🙂 Happy Monday!

  9. That’s the sandwich I picked when I went to Sunflour- brie cheese anything and I’m in.
    Running Works sounds like such a cool program. What an ingenious way to empower people. I love that!

  10. I would love to do an outdoor workout, it must be so darn fun. I love working out with classes, but since it usually costs money and doesn’t fit with my shedule I tend to not do it as much as I would want to! This makes me wanna check out some groupons and see if I could join some type of workout class!
    Looked like an awesomely sweaty time!

  11. What an awesome event. I’m in the process of combining being a PT and yoga teacher to create a very similar program locally. The goal is an early spring release. Do you mind telling me what you loved about the program or what you would have done differently? Your input would be invaluable. Thanks.

    1. That’s so awesome, Jill! I loved the group social aspect being outside – it was motivating to have so many people doing the exercises. I also loved the supporting organizations, knowing that we were benefitting a great cause. It was perfect to start with the high intensity exercises and cardio and end with some peaceful stretching.

  12. I’m so dang jealous this event looks intense but so much fun! Just look at all of you out there! Your pictures remind me I need to get my spiralizer back out and try the sweet potato ummm swoodles?? Yes!

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