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Fitness in Boston: Summer Started with a Bang!

Whew! It's been a while since I blogged- summer started fast and furious, I've just been trying to keep up! Here's a little glimpse of what I've been up to-

A few fantastic photo shoots with some seriously beautiful ladies-
 
Danielle Roback, owner of Studio Poise
Christine Sordillo, fitness competitor
Joanna Benevides, yoga beauty
and even a fun test shoot with my pal Ali Baldassare of Move Sweat Love and make-up artist Sadie Higgins.

I also had a major shoot in collaboration with patientMoon at Vo2max Fitness and Vo2max Elite in Needham (photos are not up yet- stay tuned!). We were shooting not only their studios but all 20+ instructors and it was a blast! I loved working with these fitness stars, they were total pros. More on that in another post...
I also spent a day at the 2nd Annual NEWBHA Fest run by the North End Health and Beauty Alliance where I was also photographing the event - lots of bands, free fitness classes, and health and beauty vendors. It was a gorgeous day to spend outside!

On top of all this (which took place in the span of one month) I've also had some exciting personal developments occur! That is another blog post entirely so stay tuned... :)

How have you been spending your summer so far??

Free Fitness Classes in Boston this Summer!

Summer is almost here and you know what that means- Boston is full of fun free fitness. Here are a few you will not want to miss...
Jennifer Phelan Pilates
Pilates superstar, Jenn Phelan, is back from maternity leave and kicking spring off with her "Bikini & Bellini" series in partnership with Sterling's in Faneuil Hall. The class is a bootcamp-style Pilates workout and runs EVERY Saturday from 9:30 to 10:15am in May and June, every other Saturday in July and August, and then every Saturday in September. Since it's outside, be sure to check out Jenn's Facebook page for any weather-related cancellations.
Photo by Matt Teuten/New Balance
Ladies who love to run? New Balance just started a series called Girls Night Out from their Boylston Street location (read all about it on Healthy Chicks' blog). The evening starts with a fun run and winds down with stretching, live music, guest speakers by local fitness experts, cocktails and apps. I went to the first one on May 15th and had a blast!
Move Sweat Love with Ali
Another bootcamp to try is Ali Baldassare's cardio Pilates bootcamp on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in the North End. The series will take place on Mondays throughout the summer starting with June 9th and 23rd from 6:30 to 7:15pm.
Lena Andrade of the Z Spot
Good news for Zumba fans- the Z Spot will be back (but this time in Christopher Columbus Park) every Monday starting June 2nd! Their crew is so much fun to watch and even more fun to dance with. Follow their fan page for more details.

Leventhal Park in Post Office Square will be offering 8 free weekly classes for the second summer in a row weekday mornings as well as after work from June through September. Check their calendar and Facebook page for a full schedule and updates.

And finally - the 2nd Annual NEWHBA Fest! The North End Waterfront Health & Beauty Alliance will be hosting an all day affair on June 21st including live music, health and beauty vendors, and free fitness classes scheduled throughout the day. I'll be there taking photos so come say hi!

Need more free fitness? Check out this calendar on the Little Miss Runshine blog to stay updated all summer. Also, sign up for the Sweetgreen passport offering free classes all over the city every month (not just in the summer!). Have an event to share? Please leave the info in the comments below, I'd love to learn about it!

Fitness + Pilates Photography: Meg Scannell at Exhale Battery Wharf

I realize that I've strayed a bit from highlighting images from my fitness shoots... so I'm bringing it back! Starting with a shoot I did last summer with the lovely, strong and oh-so-flexible Meg, a fitness instructor who teaches at Exhale Battery Wharf and Barry's Bootcamp. Meg wanted to do her shoot on location at Exhale and I'm so glad we did- the light was soft and pretty and the studio is a beautiful space. Even after all this time, I still love looking at these photos-

I mean, for real?! 

Fitness in Boston: Healthy Noshing at Cocoanuts Boston in the North End


When I heard about a chocolate tasting at local candy shop, Cocoanuts Boston, I was not expecting it to be a very healthy evening. Turns out that Tara, the shop's owner, had three vendors lined up (two were Boston-based, one was from Brooklyn) who each had different healthier approaches to their candy-making. All three companies boasted handcrafted, chemical-free products and brought lots of samples to prove that candy can be just as delicious (if not more so!) without the junk.
Brooklyn-based Raaka is certified organic, certified fair trade, soy free, nut free, and vegan. A great gift for the sustainability-conscious or people with food allergies.
Pure 7 just started less than two months ago! Even at 87%, their dark chocolate was surprisingly not overly bitter which owner Carrie attributed to the fact that it is sweetened with local honey as opposed to granulated sugar. 


McCrea's Candies creator and "Caramel Scientist," Jason McCrea, was interested in creating a caramel that had no high-fructose corn syrup and used all USA-made (locally sourced when possible) products, including the cellophane the candies are wrapped in!


All three had a passion for their products and mission statements I could really appreciate. 

Another thing I loved about the shop is how they put up bios of their vendors next to their product displays! It's a great personal touch and I always enjoy learning about the stories behind the goods.

Thanks to Tara from Cocoanuts for hosting and Jen from Blog & Tweet Boston for organizing a delicious evening!
28 Parmenter Street
Boston, MA 02113

Fitness in Boston: Thai Yoga with Bodywaves Boston

Before I headed off to Switzerland for a week (photos coming soon), I was able to check out a class being offered on the Greenway by Bodywaves, a therapeutic massage studio located on Hanover Street near Haymarket. The class was in Thai yoga which Bodywaves now offers. We paired up and followed Frances and Margo as they led us through the moves. It was really more of a massage with lots of rhythmic kneading and slow pulling on arms and legs. It felt fantastic! It was also interesting to learn how much pressure and twisting the body can take- every time I thought I was pressing too hard on my partner, Jen, most of the time I wasn't doing it hard enough. We learned a lot and got to hang out in the sun while our muscles got a nice massage, what better way to spend a Saturday morning?
My Thai massage partner, Jen Dorman, and I getting to know each other intimately during the demonstration.

Thanks to Bodywaves for leading a fun class and to Blog & Tweet Boston for organizing it!

145 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
617-778-5501

Winter Snow Storm Report

As I'm sure many of you know, Boston was hit pretty hard by a massive snow storm a few weekends ago. It was fun to watch from the inside but I did wander out a few times to get these shots:

The night before...


...and morning after!



Apollo the snow beagle was loving it. Sounds like we can expect more snow tonight, I hope everyone in the Northeast stays warm and safe!