Hi everyone. I am back and giving away a $100 gift card to Starbucks! All you have to do is enter the Punchtab giveaway below (and be sure to vote for Melissa Engel to win a trip to Ultra. I am choosing a winner on March 10. Good luck!
Hello! I know I suck at blogging lately but my blog kept breaking every other week so I gave up. After much back and forth with Bluehost, they told me that I needed to get rid of my existing theme and start over. I was pretty sick of my outdated cartoon header anyway so I was not too upset about this. I am slowly working on a new design and made the new header myself! I am pretty proud of it I must say. I will try to be a better blogger now that my blog is actually working.
This post is also a bit outdated (it has to do with the Superbowl) but I was selected as “press” for a special event so it only feels right to blog about it! The event took place at the Gansevoort in Meatpacking and was hosted by GBK, Aruba and DIRECTV.
A Tropical Celebrity Retreat and Gift Lounge was created this week with a mixture of celebrities, athletes and DIRECTV’s special guests including AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb, Deion Sanders, Serena Williams, Nina Dobrev, Desmond Howard, Jesse Palmer, Peter Facinelli, Jessie James, and more attended the GBK and Aruba Gift Lounge which brought a taste of the Caribbean to the chilly Super Bowl Weekend.
A range of great gifts and luxury items filled the lounge including several products which featured personalization including: AllBobbleheads.com, the largest manufacturer of custom bobbleheads in the United States, gifting each celebrity their own custom Bobblehead; American-made personalized tumblers from Tervis; and gift bags with sneaker-related items plus a shoe-customization services gift voucher from DMC Kicks.
I walked into the event and saw a tropical booth set up with a bar and sand. The two winners from Amazing Race were at the booth racing to create the perfect cocktail.
Once they we were finished, they won a trip to Aruba.
I walked around and visited a few other booths and looked for celebrities! There was a Sabra booth with a former member of the Giants (don’t know his name).
I then look over and see the winner of American Idol Season 11, Phillip Phillips! Hellloooo.
No, he would not sing for us.
My favorite booth was the VODKA-FILLED WHIPPED CREAM booth. Yes, this exists! I happily tried a sample and it was amazing. It is called Liquor Whipped and I have no idea where to find it.
Luckily they gave me this to take home.
My second favorite booth was gourmet cupcakes from a company called, Cake That! They gave me two amazing cupcakes to take home with me.
I look over and see that guy from ESPN who is always debating…forget his name!
I visited a few more booths, snapped some photos, and went home to enjoy my cupcakes, vodka whipped cream, and cookie dough protein bars!
The event was a nice way to kick off the Superbowl weekend. It was very cool seeing celebrities where I usually take Core Fusion!
I know…I already broke my promise of a playlist every Friday! I was running on 4 hours of sleep at work so blogging was not the first thing on my mind. Even with no sleep, class went really well and somehow I become really energetic for 45 minutes (maybe I just love my music)! Here is my playlist:
Delirious- Warm up: short sprints with upper body stretches.
Stay the Night- Increase resistance, sprints during dancy part of songs!
You Make Me- Hill climb–alternating seating and standing
Your Love- Flat road with 20 second pushes
Hey Hey- Weights (bicep curls, lateral raises, tricep push backs)
Dancing in my head- Finished weights with punches, moved into flat recovery sitting and standing
Animals- Increase resistance, sprints during the drops. This one is a perfect spin song and mostly everyone knows it by now.
Horsey- Increased resistance more than Animals and climbed out of saddle. This song was kind of awkward and repetitive. Taking out of playlist if I repeat this one in the future.
Take you higher- Last hill climb of song staying in saddle.
Army- Heavy resistance with pushes in the saddle. This song is awesome and gets everyone super sweaty,
Porcelain- Cool down.
I have not talked about it in a while but I do still teach spin every Friday bright and early at 6:00 am at Suncycle Studios. I decided to start posting my classes every Friday in case there are any spin teachers out there who need inspiration (or if you just want to hear my wonderful choice in music!)
When making a class, I usually spend a full week preparing songs and listening to them nonstop. Here is my usual routine for preparing a cycling class:
1. Listen to Spotify songs every night after work. I follow other fitness instructors to get song ideas, and always add in random tracks from my favorite EDM Djs. I also Google top 40 songs since I never listen to the radio, and try to find remixes because students tend to enjoy songs that they can sing along to.
2. Choose about 10-12 songs (45-50 minutes worth of music) to use on Friday.
3. Figure out which order to play them (this takes forever). I do try to mix it up because I know not everyone is obsessed with dance music like me.
4. Write down a general idea of what I will do for each song. When I first started teaching, I would spend hours planning out each song and figuring out exactly how long each sprint would be, etc. I no longer find this to be necessary and can focus on being more energetic and into the class when I am not as worried about timing and sticking to an exact plan.
5. Listen to my playlist on repeat. Once I decide on my playlist, I listen to it on the subway to and from work on repeat so that I am extremely familiar with each song.
Every Friday, I will post my playlist as well as a (very basic) profile for the class. While I was trained to teach with RPMs, the bikes at my studio do not have that feature so they will not be listed with my profile.
All Night- Warm up (Flat road, very fast pace with upper body stretches).
Try- Hill climb (moderate to heavy resistance, alternating between sitting and standing).
Hangover- 2 seated sprints during techno sections (still with high resistance) (.55 sec and 2:32 mark).
Turn on the Music- Sprints part 2 (1:15-2:00) and (3:14 to end of song).
No Superstar- Weights. Bicep curls, shoulder raises, tricep pushes behind back, and punches.
Levels- 1 minute flat road recovery into sitting and standing with pushes? (I forget what I really did!)
Tainted Love- Hill (Alternated between positions 2 and 3).
Me- Push ups on bike into weights. Bicep curls (alternating arms in 90 degree angle), lateral raises, tricep dips, and punches.
Rescue Me- Moderate-heavy resistance with 3 pushes to finish class. 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 1 minute.
Treasure- Cool down. Flat road for 2 minutes followed by stretches on bike.
Rain-Stretches off bike.
Target Gift Card Winner—Updated 12/31
12— Lauren who said, “Much like you said-working out, hanging with friends, drinking wine and gettingcozy!”
Congrats, I will email you to get your information!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hope everyone had a nice holiday! This post is sponsored by Target, and the theme is cozy holidays (and pajamas). Target has a really cute selection of warm, holiday pajamas. I went into the store a few days ago and (creepily) took photos of my three favorites:
I should probably purchase one of these instead of blasting my space heater at all times. They are all so cute!
I was also supposed to write about what I love most about spending time with family and friends during this cozy time of year. Well, the only thing I’ve done during my week off is workout with friends, eat, drink wine and cuddle with my cat ball of fluff in bed! Nothing else really to do in the freezing weather!
To thank you for reading all of these sponsored Target posts, I am going to offer one of you a $25 gift card!
1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to spend time in cold weather.
2) Tweet: “RT to be entered to win a $25 Target gift card! Must be following @MissyMaintains to qualify.”
3) Like MissyMaintains on Facebook. Let me know in the comments.
I will choose a winner on December 31.