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ampersand - ebay find from a copy book, 1907

That street art life though.



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Q & A with Maranda Barskey 
Do you feel pressure to be in perfect shape?
Perfect shape is subjective. Since I don’t believe in perfection, I can say with absolute certainty, that no, I don’t feel that pressure because I don’t value that. In my opinion, some of the bodies out there that LOOK like they are in “perfect shape” are the least healthy…meaning, people are starving themselves or taking weirdass supplements and stuff…I don’t care what you look like - if that’s what you’re doing to get the result - that’s not healthy and therefore not sexy to me. “Perfect shape” to me means my heart, my mind and my body are all on my side going, “Yeah girl! Life is good!” So, pressure to be in perfect shape? No. I don’t feel that pressure because I just don’t really believe in or value that.
What do you do to stay fit while traveling?
I always pack my jump rope and I try to walk as much as possible. Beyond that, as a personal trainer, I’m lucky enough to have a mental database of about a thousand exercises I can do without any equipment, so I can work myself out pretty good in a hotel room using nothing more than gravity and my body weight. Things like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, push-ups, lunges, planks, etc.
What’s your typical workout routine?
Spinning 8,000 times a week (obvi) coupled with either weights, boxing, yoga or pilates a few times a week. It just depends on how I’m feeling. Variety is SO important! I try to really listen to what my mind and body need.
Does it drive you crazy when you don’t get to exercise?
Umm…duh! What is that like to not exercise?! ;) To be honest, I don’t sleep very well if I’ve been a lazy bones all day. I need to at least take Jolene on an epic walk or something!
What do you like best about your body?
I genuinely try to be super compassionate with myself and like everything!!! I mean, lucky me to have such a strong, lovely body that works SO hard for me in so many ways! If I had to choose, I guess I’d say my heart!
What do you like least?
It really disappoints me when that nagging little insecure voice in my head creeps in and tries to tell me that something about myself (that is actually just fine!) isn’t good enough…I try to SHUT. THAT. SHIT. DOWN! I like insecurity in myself and in other people the least. We’ve got to be our own hype men, our own cheerleaders - not our own enemies!
What do you consider workout heaven?
When I get genuinely lost. I fell in love with spinning because I found that I could achieve mental clarity in a way I had never experienced in other forms of exercise. I think it’s because I can close my eyes and I’m not going to fly off a treadmill or tumble down the stairs, you know. When my feet are clipped in, and my body is so busy working so intensely in this very obvious, physical way, it gives my mind the freedom to be really open and clear and honest. So when I am in the zone and totally lost in my thoughts - that’s my idea of workout heaven.
And workout hell?
A bad instructor or trainer. Thankfully we don’t have ANY of those at Cycle House! :)
What’s one thing do you never skip in your workout?
Gotta work those abs yo!
What’s the best way for someone to motivate themselves to get fit?
I don’t know that I have that answer. What drives someone is so incredibly personal. In a general sense, if someone isn’t ready to say I want to get fit for myself - then perhaps the reality of wanting to be fit so you’re around for your children or grandchildren is great motivation. We only get one body so we need to take care of it. We just have to decide we want it and say, “You know what? Enough. I want something better for me.” I think it’s critical that right out of the gate people ask themselves, “Why am I doing this? What’s the end game?” When you care, you’ll show up and do the work.
Are you that disciplined in every area of your life?
I am absolutely disciplined (Russian ballet teachers taught me that at a VERY early age), however I don’t want to be in total control all of the time. Sometimes I go through a phase of eating too many carbs, sometimes I go through a phase of not doing the weight training that I know works best for me, but I just try to have compassion. Most of us are busy people with busy lives and a LOT on our plate at any given time. I just try to do my best and when I f*ck up I remind myself that I have a billion more chances to make different choices. It’s my body, my life…honestly, I love losing control every now and then! And when I’m ready, I reign it back it.
Do you think that living your best life means being fit?
Living my “best life” means all of the components of my life are in balance. Fit to me means healthy. So yes, I do think being fit (healthy) is super important! I want to feel good, to have the energy to enjoy my life, to be able to go and do and try anything because my body is able and willing to go for it! Healthy to me doesn’t have specific guidelines like, must wear size 0 pants and have a six pack. Healthy to me means I’m making time to do the things I love, to pursue my passions, to create and forge healthy friendships and relationships, to make time to cook yummy nutritious food and to care for my body. That sounds like a great life to me!
What do you eat before and after class?
I always eat at LEAST 45 minutes to an hour before class. There’s nothing worse than chugging a shake or something right before class…you get that sloshy, nauseous feeling - - es no bueno! Before class, depending on the time of day, I’ll have a piece of whole wheat toast with almond butter, sliced banana and cinnamon OR greek yogurt with berries, a drizzle of local or Manuka honey and chopped nuts OR oatmeal with chia seeds, flaxseeds, some sort of fresh fruit and a slash of unsweetened almond milk. Post workout, I’ll do a little egg white scramble with tons of green veggies OR half an avocado filled with chopped tomatoes and chick peas OR sliced bell pepper/cucumber/carrot/whatever I’ve got around with hummus.


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Commence brow envy…

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