Friday, 31 March 2017

Day 8: Swarm Begins!

Four ladies are travelling from various corners of the United States to meet tonight at Studio Sweat, San Diego for the first SWARM event.

This is where onDemand riders come to the actual place where all of the classes are taped in order to meet the trainers and each other.

Studio Sweat onDemand is like a Netflix service for Spinning, TRX and Sculpting classes that you subscribe to so that you can get 'er done in the privacy of your home at anytime.  I have been a rider since October 2012 about 6 months after they first started their onDemand service.

In that time, owner Cat Kom and her posse of trainers have become friends. How does that happen? Well, when there is a heart for reaching out to onDemanders it happened pretty easily.

This is my second trip to the Studio - it's like I was never away :).

One last sunrise coffee morning in the pool house in Encinitas, CA. 

Just in case the ladies can't find me in the arrivals area this morning - I am prepared. 

I am in the parking lot and the plane has landed!

Our first time meeting in person after chatting about Studio Sweat on Facebook for the last 2-3 years. 

We just have enough time to zip past a few landmarks before heading to the Studio for a class with AJ. 

Kelly and Cara getting ready!

Happy, happy. 

Trainer AJ. 

Showers and a little parking lot suitcase reorganization. 

Our first stop of many at the Seaside Market in Cardiff. 

Our beach house in Del Mar did not disappoint. 

Back to the Studio for a meet and greet followed by a Technique Matters class. When you work out at home no one is correcting your form. We find that their cuing online is so spot-on our form was rather fine - if we do say so ourselves. 

We are at the TRX station with Cat Kom. 

Kettle bells and dumbbells with Trainer AJ. 

Body weight exercises with Trainer Mere W. 

R is for 'Robin'. 

Tasty treats to wrap up Friday night. 

Trainer Mere W., Janelle, Kelly and new friend, Diana. 

Trainers Olga, Cat, Mere W., and Sweaty Friend Janelle. 

Cara telling it like it is. SSoD rocks. 

Trainer Bethany with Flat Silvia from Lyon, France who could not come.

Flat Silvia, Hrvojka and Cheri. 

Trainers Bethany, Cat and Brian showing the love to our Flat Friends. 

Birds of a feather. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Day 7: Morning donut delight, Trainer Brian

To ease the reality that this is Marianne's last day we had a lazy coffee morning on the deck followed by an outing to VG's Donuts and the Seaside Market in Cardiff.

Eventually I dropped Big Bird off at the airport and headed off to class #6 on Day 6 with Trainer Brian.

Tomorrow I get to pick up three Sweaty Friends from the airport and meet a fourth one flying in separately. We have been in a Facebook group for about 3 years now and tomorrow will be the first time we meet in person. Can't wait!

So lovely. 

Kitty comes with the house.  She drops by throughout the day to inspect things and have a pet. 

Kitty's favourite thing is to rub against this planter. We're cool with that. 

The live feed class that I participated in on my first full day was released into the Studio Sweat library today. Nothing like watching the class instead of doing the class. 

Last time at VG's Donuts!

Marianne picked up a box of cookies to bring home. Yum!

Hmm, no donut pictures. I guess we ate them too fast. We did score some amazing beef barely soup at the Cardiff Seaside Market for lunch. I made sure to scoop all of the way to the bottom to get all of the meaty goodness. More Tri-tip. 

Kitty is sweet talking Marianne into some donut.  No joy for Kitty. 

Off she goes . . . . 

Hmm, fun cheap shirts at Target. Too bad Canadian Target was nothing like the US Target stores. 

Feeling fresh BEFORE class #6. 

After class with Trainer Brian - not feeling so fresh anymore :). 

Salmon quinoa goodness to end the day. 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Day 6: The San Diego Zoo, Trainer Olga, and Chick-Fil-A

It was a day at the San Diego Zoo and my 5th class at Studio Sweat in 5 days.

This blog will be short on words but long on pictures.



Trainer Olga, looking fresh as a flower, after our class together. How does she do that?
Sweaty Friend Silvia from Lyon, France could not be here for obvious reasons. She asked that I take 'Flat Silvia' along to get selfies with the trainers. Happy to oblige, Silvia!

Still smiling after Class #5 on Day 5. 

Interesting inscription on a large table in the waiting area of Chick-Fil-A. 

I think we have found a better 'milk' shake, Marianne!
Since we do not have this chain in Canada we did need to try it out, eh?
Yes, this defeats the purpose of working out. I get that.