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Fit After 30: R.I.P.P.E.D.

At the beginning of the summer a friend and I decided to start working out.  We’re both members of the YMCA.  And it’s really great because we drop our kids off at camp and check our younger sons into the Child Watch.  Then we are free to work out for two hours.  I find that running on a treadmill or an elliptical isn’t much fun or motivating. It also helps to have a workout buddy to go to the gym with.  Now that we’ve been at this for a few weeks we’ve tried several different classes, like, Zumba, Aqua Zumba ,piloxing (a good one!), step…but my favorite so far is R.I.P.P.ED!

R.I.P.P.E.D  stands for resistance, intervals, power, polymetrics, and endurance. This class is the real deal!  It is set to some awesome music and when you leave you will be tired and drenched in sweat.   Every time I take the class, I find it feels harder than the last time. R.I.P.P.E.D. in the metro Richmond area is taught by a mother daughter duo.  And they are FIT!  They have some awesome fit bodies and they keep you engaged during the class.  And I want to do everything they tell me because they look so good!

If you have a R.I.P.P.E.D. class in your area I suggest you go!  What is your favorite cardio class?


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Banana Oatmeal Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

This smoothie is my post work out go to smoothie. It’s easy and it tastes pretty good. Since I work out after breakfast and before lunch, I find that it  holds me over for a pretty good amount of time. Plus I almost always have these ingredients on hand.

Awhile back I tried the Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse and it was an epic fail. All I could think about was food. I couldn’t watch TV, check out pinterest or even cook lunch for my girls without a major struggle. Even though that cleanse was a fail, I have continued to make smoothies, incorporating at least one into my day. The energy boost is amazing.


1 Banana

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter

1/4 cup Oatmeal

2 cups of Spinach


1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (or water)


Blend everything together and enjoy.

What’s your favorite smoothie?


Filed under Body After Baby, eat clean, fitness, food