The Handle Bar Harvard Square Grand Opening

I started going to The Handle Bar about 2 years ago when I was training for my first go at the Pan-Mass Challenge.  Consistent spinning really helped my hill climbs on my outdoor long rides.  I purchased the unlimited package and went at least 5 days a week!  The Handle Bar was my first exposure to indoor cycling and was really the studio that got me hooked.

The Southie location is pretty convenient for me since it is off the red line.  I haven’t been to the Fenway location yet because it is a bit out of the way for me.  I want to plan a day of workouts and work out in that area some day to try out some of the studios that I don’t typically go to.  However, it may be tough for me to do so when they now are expanding to the other side of the river which is MY side of the river in Harvard Square!

This past Saturday I went to The Handle Bar’s Harvard Square grand opening.  Here I am with the owner, Jess, and master instructor, Elise!

Handle Bar Harvard Square Grand Opening Jess and Elise

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Pan-Mass Challenge Kick It By Eliza Charity Event at Athleta


I’m not very coordinated but have been challenging myself to go to classes that involve some coordination.  One of the classes I have been going to lately is called Kick It by Eliza Shirazi.  Eliza created this class to combine her passions of dance, music and community.  She created Kick It in 2009 and offered it at UMass Amherst for four years.  Learn more about Kick It by watching this video…

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About Eliza

Eliza teaches Kick It and many other formats of her class at Equinox locations, The Club by George Foreman III, and as pop up events for Move With.  In addition to teaching, Eliza works with the Pulmonary Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, bringing heart health, CPR, asthma, COPD, and general fitness education to various high schools and Boston housing communities.

Besides teaching and working, Eliza loves partnering with a variety of groups and helping host charity events for great causes.  In fact, she is teaching a class for my Pan-Mass Challenge team on July 23rd at Athleta Newbury Street.  I actually started planning the event with her before I met her in person.  Once I did, she greeted me with a huge smile and a hug.  Since most of her class knows each other, it was great to feel immediately welcomed!

The Class Format

The class has 13 rounds of fun and sweat!  As I mentioned, I was a little intimidated my first class because everyone seemed to be part of the #kickitcrew community already, but the way Eliza formats the class, you will feel like a part of the crew in no time!

Round 1: warm up
Round 2: squats (not JUST squats–it includes fun moves that use a squat-like move)
Rounds 3-5: high cardio with boxing combos
Round 6: arms (holy arms!  burns more than some barre workouts I go to!)
Rounds 7-11: high cardio
Round 12:  strength (i.e. abs, barre, butt)
Round 13:  relaxation/cool down
Around round 3, you stand across from another person in the class so that there are two lines of people facing each other.  You may not believe it, but whenever I hear “partner up”, I get a little anxious that I’ll be the last kid in kickball.  Thankfully, I locked eyes (how romantic!) with a girl already standing across from me and we nodded our heads in agreement that we were partners that day.  If you do end up for some reason being the odd ball out, no worries!  Eliza will be your partner!
Overall this class is not just fun, but a great workout.  You feel energized and motivated after the class.  So…you should come try it out!!

Pan-Mass Challenge Charity Kick It Event

My team is riding it’s 10th year in the Pan-Mass Challenge with 10 riders! We will all be participating in a 2 day ride totally 192 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown. Together we have a hefty goal to raise $45,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.  We still have a ways to go, so would LOVE for you to help us get there!

Come Kick It with us and Eliza to help us raise money!

When and Where

Athleta Newbury St. at 8:00 PM

Raffle Ticket Prices

1 ticket for $3
4 tickets for $10
10 for $20

Raffle Prizes

Can’t make the event and still want to enter the raffles?  Just email me at and let me know!  I’ll hook you up!


If you shop after the event, 5% of your sales will go to the TROJB team’s fundraising! If you can’t make it that day, you can call the store to make an order and they will ship it out for free with 5% of your sale going to our team!  If you can’t make it, just call and tell them your order and they will get it set up for you!

RSVP for the event!

RSVP here!

Connect with Eliza

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BTone Fitness Indo Row Class with Melina

BTone Fitness’s Megaformer workout is one of my favorites.  It has probably one of the most difficult ab workouts I have ever done.  When I heard that they added a rowing class, I knew it was something I had to try.

From their website:

The unique format of Indo-Row® captures all the elements of competitive, on-water rowing, creating a class that is fast-paced and engaging from the first minute. Indo-Row® quickly converts first-timers to devoted team members.

Indo-Row® is designed specifically for first-time rowers, no experience is necessary. Indo-Rowers burn calories, sculpt muscle and enjoy a fun interval workout in a uniquely motivating, team-oriented fitness environment.

My First Indo Row Class

I’ve done rowing in classes that have circuits and rowing is part of it, but I have never taken a pure rowing class.  I took my first class this a few weeks ago and am excited to try it again.  Check out my awesome staged rowing photo…

BTone Row

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PLUS for Nuun

Disclaimer:  I was sent a complimentary samples of Plus for Nuun  in exchange for my thoughts on the product.  I was not paid to write this post.  All opinions are my own.  There are no affiliate links in this post.

When I was really seriously marathon training, I really paid attention to how I was fueling my body.  I was reading books on nutrition and testing out what worked best for me.  Since I have been out of the marathon game, I haven’t been as good about it.  However, I still know that it is really important to perform well and feel good.

Recently Nuun has launched PLUS for Nuun–a flavorless tablet has both carbohydrates and electrolytes.  It is designed to be used with either Nuun Active or Energy for more intense and/or more endurance workouts.  In a nutshell, PLUS provides carbs to your body fast to help you hydrate more efficiently for the more intense and longer workouts.

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