H/B/F 2017: my gym away from my gym

I mentioned in this post that I joined a gym as soon as we got here. I knew I’d have two weeks (really only about 7 or 8 days) to workout while Andrew was working.

On our way into town, we passed this place and I figured because of its proximity to our hotel, it would be the winner. I’d done some recon before we left and seen another gym close by, but now that I’ve walked the town, I’m glad I came across this one!

It didn’t even occur to me until I was walking into my first group exercise class that the language barrier might be problematic. While just about everyone here speaks English, their primary language is Dutch, and so the classes are led in Dutch. Again, this wouldn’t be an issue if I simply wanted to run on the treadmill and lift weights.

Thankfully, I made friends quickly and others around me made sure I knew how many reps or for how long we were supppsed to do something.  I’m even planning to meet up with one of the girls I met in boot camp for lunch next week!
Today, I chose to give a spinning class a try. While I teach cycle at home, I’ve noticed true ‘spinning’ classes tend to be a bit more intense. I tend to do one ‘thing’ (sprints, climb, or run) for the duration of a song, while in spinning the songs tend to be longer (more techno than what’s on the radio) and you might incorporate more endurance or intensity for longer segments of the song. Anyway. All that to say, don’t mind my hot and sweaty face!

The gym is actually quite extensive; there is a pool, childcare, a cafe (of course), a weight room with machines, a crossfit room (below) and various studios for yoga, biking, etc.

I went three times this week and plan to go at least that many times next week, which would make my 30 euro ‘membership fee’ be less than that many drop-in visits to my Y at home. Totally worth it.

I’m having a blast working out each morning! I love to work out, I feel better when I do, and it sure helps with all the ‘vacation eating’ going on. It’s also a neat way to ‘assimilate’ to your new home while abroad.

Bondi Bands ROCK!

Remember when I wrote this post about how much I LOVE BondiBands?

Well, it’s always been one of my most-read posts (people must Google ‘best sweatbands’ A LOT), and BondiBand must have noticed!

Before we get too far, let’s make sure we’re pronouncing it right: “Bond-EYE Band.” It’s named after a beach in Australia, apparently, and I’d been saying it wrong for the last five years.

A few months ago, they approached me (and others) about becoming ambassadors for the brand!  I was super excited, since I truly love the products and absolutely swear by them.  In fact, I don’t think I can even remember a workout in recent history in which I didn’t wear one!

As an ambassador, I have my own coupon code (healthypineapple) others can use for a 10% off discount!  Visit their website at www.bondiband.com.

Here I am Saturday morning helping teach Fitness in the Parks wearing my ‘One Tough Cookie’ band.

I must have at least six or so of them, all with cute sayings like, ‘I’d rather be Running,’ or ‘Have a good run,’ or ‘Will Run for Ice Cream.’  (For sure!)

I have mostly the sweat-wicking bands, which are absolutely necessary for hot workouts.  I can’t believe how much liquid they absorb–you can wring them out when you’re finished!

Be sure to check them out (and use my coupon code!) if you’re in need of new sweatbands, and let me know what you think!