90 Day Challenge – Week 4 Challenge, Try Something New!



Ok, so last week it was all about NTC – hope you all got your workouts in!  (Don’t forget to friend me, @cocobesmart :)  This week we’re trying something new!  It’s hard to get workouts in, but it’s even harder to get them in when you’re bored or worse, have hit a plateau.  When I get that feeling I know it’s time to switch it up.  I’m always up to try something new and it’s amazing how good your body can feel and look when you throw in a switch up.

With that being said, since I am into trying new things, I’ve got the deets on quite a few awesome studios in the city that are perfect for those of you looking to shake it up.

This week’s challenge – try a workout you’ve never tried!  Bonus – a lot of studios offer free or discounted rates on your first try.

Here’s a list of a few I love (and 1 I can’t wait to try):

1. Studio Lagree - For sure one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done, yet the one that equally makes my body feel the best it’s ever felt.  We liken Lagree to pilates on crack but man does it do a body good.

2. Studio KO – Located in the same facility as Lagree, KO is the craziest kick butt boxing class you’ll do.  The founder, DJ, has coached and trained some of the best competitive boxers and from that, created an incredibly intense workout that is the perfect amp up to a lagging workout routine.

3. Barre Works - ballerina I am not (oh, how I wish) but this workout will show you how hard those ballerina’s and ballerino’s work for their bodies.  First class $10 or 2 weeks unlimited for $40.

4. Big Hit – High intensity kickboxing at its best.  I once went here on a particularly stressful day and couldn’t have been happier kicking and punching the heck out of BOB.

5. Hourglass – I can totally vouch for this insanely amazing workout.  I did the 3 Month Challenge before my wedding and though it wasn’t easy, I got the results I wanted and then some!  Founder Lyzabeth Lopez is a health and fitness superstar who knows all about whipping your body into that sexy hourglass shape.

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Fit Club Friday: Cleansing




It’s that time of year!


January often marks the time when people feel motivated to embark on new beginnings and fresh starts to better themselves.


The saying “New Year New You” is commonly referred to and reflected in increase gym memberships and attendance and new restrictive diets.


A cleanse is an easy “reset” to offset the overindulgences from the last few months of parties, holiday baked goodies, eggnog and perhaps a few too many glasses of champagne. But does a cleanse mean you have to fast, and drink offensive tasting juices and starve for days in order to feel better?
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Travel Tuesday: Tara Does NOLA!


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I recently visited New Orleans for the first time and it was beyond all that I had expected.  New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana located on the banks of the Mississippi River approximately 105 miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico.


A quick little history about New Orleans. The French claimed the territory of Louisiana in the 1690’s and New Orleans was founded in 1718; the city streets were laid out in 1721. Many of the streets are named after the royal houses of France and Catholic saints. Contrary to popular belief Bourbon Street is named after the Royal House of Bourbon whose family occupied the throne of France at the time. So, it was not named after the alcoholic beverage though many are served on that street!


In 1763 the colony was sold to Spain and in 1803 the Americans came in. The French and Spanish Creole people felt that the Americans were uncultured and rough people. Though they were forced to do business with the Americans they did not want them in the old city (the French Quarter). Therefore Canal Street was built to create a division. Today when you cross over Canal Street you notice a difference in architecture as well as a difference in street names- all the old “Rues” change to “Streets” with different names. In the French Quarter the homes are painted in a variety of bright pastel colours similar to what you might see in many of the Caribbean islands. In the late 18th century a revolt in Haiti brought a number of immigrants and refugees to Louisiana. They were well-educated, skilled and made their presence in politics and business.


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