This post is sponsored by Premier Protein. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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!
I made a tasty bowl of oatmeal Saturday morning before heading to the workout.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
What was your weekend highlight?
Have you ever done an outdoor workout or community event? Did you like it?