One of my favorite things about this city is the overwhelmingly popular beer fitness scene and all of the balanced living enthusiasts that come with it. That’s why when I heard about Work For Your Beer – Charlotte’s hub for all things beer fitness – I knew I had to get involved. There are few (if any) things that I love more than a nice adult beverage after a workout! So what exactly is Work For Your Beer?
Work For Your Beer is the place to go if you’re looking for beer fitness classes. This site serves as a guide for pub run clubs, brewery yoga classes, bootcamps that end with beer, and more (there are even dance classes — Twerk For Your Beer, anyone?). Outside of the super-helpful calendar that provides details for more than 100 beer fitness events/week, they also post interesting content. The blog shares beer releases and reviews, Charlotte-specific events, and topics that balanced living enthusiasts would relate to (read one of my personal favorites here). PS – if this sounds like your thing, sign up for the weekly brewsletter–you won’t be disappointed!
So, why am I so obsessed with being a Work For Your Beer brand ambassador? Find my top 3 reasons below:
The workout variety. So many workouts, so little time (and money!). I love that the beer fitness scene allows you to vary your workouts, commitment-free, for a small price tag. Many of the pub runs are free (you just buy your own beer afterward), and classes are around $5 (which sometimes includes a beer!). So, you get to experience lots of different trainers and exercise styles for much cheaper than a membership or drop-in fee at most boutique studios! The variety of options is great for someone who likes all different kinds of fitness.
The craft beers. Beer fitness is a great excuse to try different craft beers! In Charlotte, there’s no shortage of brewery options. Within walking distance of my apartment, I can go to Legion Brewing, Resident Culture, Catawba, Pilot, and more. It would be easy to fall into a rut of going to the breweries closest to me – but the fitness events offered at other breweries get me out there, trying new things! I’ve since figured out that my fave Charlotte beers are Birdsong Jalapeno Pale Ale and Wooden Robot Good Morning Vietnam.
The community of people. Beer fitness events provide a great way to get out and be social on weeknights. I love being able to connect with people who I already know share two of my biggest loves! And meeting new people is so important to me, being new in town. To all my fellow beer-and-fitness-loving Queen City residents: message me to meet up at a class together!
I’d love to hear your favorite beers, breweries, and beer fitness events (Charlotte or not) in the comments!
February’s here, and with it comes a new list of what I’m loving lately!
Quote: “Worry is a misuse of imagination.”
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies: Preheat oven to 350. Mash 3 ripe bananas, 1/3 cup applesauce, 2 cups oats, 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, vanilla and cinnamon to taste. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy! *Bonus: since these have oatmeal in them, they make a great breakfast cookie!
Quick Workout: 5 minutes of burpees. Every 5 seconds, for 5 minutes, perform a burpee. You’ll end up doing 60 burpees at a pace that’s slow enough to maintain. This also works well as a warm-up.
My first post of 2017 and it’s halfway through January already! It’s been awhile since my last post, so here are a few updates on what I’ve been up to/loving lately:
Vitamin D – Syracuse is one of the grayest cities in America. I think this topic actually deserves an entire post, but for now I’ll leave you with this: if you live in a gray city, take a Vitamin D pill in the morning. I noticed a difference in my energy and positivity within 3 days and haven’t gone backward since!
Lululemon 40/80 Strava Challenge – Strava is an app that tracks your runs and bike rides while allowing you to join challenges and connect with other athletes. I’m currently participating in a challenge presented by Strava and Lululemon where I have 2 weeks to run 40 or 80 km outside and will receive a free piece from Lulu at the end. Running 40 km over two weeks isn’t a big push for me except that I’ve been treadmill bound for a lot of this winter, which doesn’t count for the challenge. This has given me the push to get back outside. I even ran with a friend and fellow participant earlier this week which is SO rare to find in the winter. Even without the free Lulu looming, I’m loving this challenge.
Aerie Leggings – who knew Aerie would have such cute, comfortable leggings that are great for daily wear as well as working out? I’m obsessed with this pair and need them in every color.
Cold Brew Coffee Beer – I love cold brew and I love craft beer, so this is no surprise. I’ve tried both Saranac and Shiner and I can’t get enough.
Sky Zone – Jumping on trampolines brings out my inner child while making me sweat buckets (and wake up sore the next day – who knew?). I went earlier this week with my fiance, sister, and her boyfriend and we were all exhausted within 15 minutes but had such a great time.