City of Lights

Paris. The city that has inspired poets and artists for centuries, with its iconic art and architecture, cafe culture and air of romance, has also inspired three overworked sisters-in-law; mothers to 9 1/2 children between us, to get off the treadmill of life for a long weekend and embark on the ultimate girls getaway. To celebrate our love affair with the city of lights, we indulged ourselves however briefly in everything from chocolate crepes to smooth local wine, sleeping in, facials, steam rooms, poring over original Monets and Van Gogh’s and the odd bit (um… hours and delicious hours!) of shopping. I still pinch myself wondering how we were able to pull this one off. If you’re planning your own trip soon, here are a few personal recommendations:

Sleep: Hotel Du Collectionneur

Visit: Musee D’Orsay

Shop: Marais

Eat: Cafe Du Commerce (Ainsley’s reco! Perfect in every way from soup to nuts.)

Onward. This week come join me for 3 fun and energising workouts:

Monday: Bums and Tums. Don’t miss tomorrow’s core-driven, challenging workout created for those of you (aka: all of us) interested in strengthening our mid-section.

Tone Up Tuesday: I’ll be armed with plenty of resistance bands so plan on waking up muscles that need waking up! Learn some new exercises that can easily be incorporated with your band while traveling or stuck at home while your little one naps.

Thursday: Cardio Zen: get your sweat on while feeling long and limber with this specially designed class for those in any stage of pre or postnatal fitness.

Ladies we will be starting a hydration challenge next week! Anyone interested in being more disciplined about the amount of water they drink should please email me… This is one of the easiest ways to increase energy, shed unwanted weight, prevent illness, have glowing skin, and purge toxins from your body. What’s the downside? Email me if you’re in.

See you this week!

Bon Nuit,
Kerri

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The Cure For Anything Is Salt Water. Sweat, Tears, or the Sea.

A wise man once made a quote so famous it made it on a Sweaty Betty bag,

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#3 will be making his/her arrival in early March! For all of you who will still be bootcamping with me at that point, rest assured class will be running as usual at least halfway through February. After the baby arrives I will plan on taking 8 weeks off before resuming class in early May. Your memberships will freeze if you are on a 3 month plan and I will help coordinate your informal workouts in the park. If anyone could use some tips on managing morning sickness, screw ginger biscuits and peppermint tea. There’s an app for that! Research Nevasic, the app I downloaded on iTunes which has been a game-changer for me in managing morning sickness. All you need is your iPhone, earphones, and 27 minutes a day. Read all about it here: http://nevasic.com

One more week of friends, family, and beach yoga to cure all my ails before we head back! As much as I love London and can’t wait to get back, it’s going to be hard to leave home this time. We have had the most incredible time here in Newport, RI catching up with friends, family, and our favorite beach:

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The plan is to resume class on Tuesday, September 9th. That week we will hold two classes: Tabata Tuesday, and Cardio Zen on Thursday. Can’t wait to catch up and break a sweat with you all!!

Has your membership lapsed or you have no plans to come back to class and/or otherwise would like to be removed from the email list? If so, please shoot me an email, I like to make sure I’m not spamming anyone! If you would like to stay on even though you’ve moved on, I will aim to make it worth your while with recipes, workouts, embarrassing and ridiculous stories about my life, and more 😉

Here’s a workout for you to try this week in the park or while your little one is down for a nap:

Frisky Fall Challenge:

Jumping jacks: 1 minute
Squats: 1 minute
Push-ups: 15x
Mountain climbers: 1 minute
Butt blasters (lay center of band on right foot, kick back15x. Repeat on left side)

Run or briskly walk 1/2 mile

Speed jumping jacks: 1 minute
Squat pulses: 1 minute
Push-ups: as many as you can do (perfect form!) in 45 seconds
Plank jacks: 1 minute
Bridge pulses (add donkey kick if you’re feeling extra frisky!): 1 minute

Run or briskly walk 1/2 mile

Low Plank: 30 seconds
Hip Dips: 30 seconds
Superman: 45 seconds
Russian twists: 45 seconds
Cat/cow: 1 minute

Stretch: all major muscle groups: 5 minutes
Hydrate!

Goodnight ladies!!
Kerri

It Takes A Village

Hello all,

We have returned from the beautiful Forte Village in the Santa Margherita region of Sardinia. It was a week filled with sandy toes, pineapple shaped trees, exquisite seascapes, delicious Italian accents, Michelin-starred dining, noisy parrots, hot pink flamingoes and chilled local wine. Aside from a few wardrobe malfunctions and more than a few bug bites I think it’s safe to say this vaca truly had something for everyone:

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Micky getting his kicks…

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Massage on the beach? Yes please.

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Yes this is what you think it is… You also would have been in heaven at 3 years old.

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If any of you are interested in booking a similar trip, I can’t recommend Tots Too (totstoo.co.uk) enough, from scouring the most desirable family friendly resorts in the world to choosing the best flights, transfers with car seats, dietary needs, babysitting and kids club arrangements, this company offers a truly unparalleled service. We have a very informed and helpful contact in Mark Sumpter at Tots Too who also arranged our family vaca to Portugal last spring and has helped several other Buggy Bootcampers plan their getaways. If you’re interested in touching base with Mark, drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch!

As many of you are also crazy enough to merge the art of raising young children with the chaos of all-out traveling, it only makes sense to share our sanity-saving tools and tricks with each other. Some of you are flying as far as Australia and New Zealand with high energy toddlers in your laps and others are just looking to survive a day trip in London with your L.O. Whatever your upcoming travel itinerary looks like, here are a few tricks I’ve picked up along the way that might make your life a touch easier.

1.) are iPads not the best invention known to man? For heaven’s sake give them Dora. Peppa. Mickey Mouse. Magic Mike. (just making sure you’re paying attention?!) As much as they can handle on iTunes for £1.99. If buying yourself 19 minutes of silence on a frenzied travel day with kids is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

2.) when your little one has graduated from the baby bjorn, and you can’t bear to break down yet another buggy at the airport gate, do yourself a favor and invest in one of these: https://www.littlelife.co.uk/product/child-carriers/ultralight-convertible-s3 Total lifesaver!

3.) stock up on the essentials: 3 extra plastic bags, 5 more nappies per kid than you anticipate needing, 2 additional changes of clothes than you anticipate needing, 5 more Ella’s Kitchens than you anticipate needing, a set of washable markers, bare skin, a lack of dignity and and a love of temporary tattoos.

4.) for those of you embarking on long flights with infants and dont want to rely on the bassinet seat at the bulkhead this is a must: http://flyebaby.com

5.) because the highchair miiiiight push you over luggage weight limits: http://www.totseat.com/english/home/

Do you have any genius travel-with-kids advice to share with the group? If so, do tell! I know I am forever looking for ways to make the process even marginally less painful… We’re all going through it so let’s share what we’ve learned with each other.

I can’t let another moment pass without thanking those of you who have been quite unexpectedly showering me with flowers, compliments on Facebook, etc, namely those of you who have moved or gone back to work or for whatever reason can no longer attend class. You know who you are. I am beyond touched by your kind gestures. You are talented, smart, beautiful and inspirational women and you make what I do on a daily basis extremely enjoyable. Thank you.

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This week we have an action packed workout schedule so clear your calendars on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning:

Monday: circuit workout! 60 seconds of easy, moderate, and high intensity moves to get you looking totally chiseled for that summer wardrobe!

Tuesday: Cardioga: combine two of your fave workouts into one. Leave with a rosy glow and simply feel fab all day long.

Thursday: Pick-up Line workout! This workout we did back in February deserves another shot in the spotlight. Bonus points if you remember any of these cheesy one-liners ever being used on you back in your glory days (read: post braces, pre-kids).

Ciao bellas!! See you tomorrow!
Kerri

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Irish Blessings

Ireland: home of castles, churches, cows, singalongs, leprechauns, shining rugged coastlines, guinness, green rolling hills, charming accents, and melt-in-your-mouth homemade brown bread. We spent the weekend in the lovely village of Galway and while I was a bit sad going home, I feel extraordinarily blessed to have had an entire weekend off-duty to spend some long overdue time with a handful of my favorite people in the world: 3 of my brothers and sisters and their wife/fiancé/girlfriend. If you fancy a trip to this charming part of the world and are looking for recommendations, stay here: http://www.thehousehotel.ie, go see: http://www.kylemoreabbey.com, grab a pint at: http://www.mcswiggans.ie, and enjoy a delicious meal at: http://www.whitegables.com.

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I hope you also enjoyed your weekend wherever you were in the world. We are having class tomorrow for anyone at a loss for exciting bank holiday plans. Don’t miss:

Monday: Skinny Jeans Workout! For anyone struggling to retire the elastic waistband trousers, this one’s for you.

Tuesday: Bands and Benches: sculpt a long and lean look using your own body weight, plus the resistance of our benches and bands for full body toning.

Thursday: The Metric System. Come enjoy the endless benefits associated with isometric holds (think plank) and plyometrics (think high skips). Both will help you achieve a fit and healthy body in their own right. The perfect workout for those just getting back into it.

Fit Kits: available all week for purchase! £35 gets you your own resistance band, a comfy Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt, 3 at-home workouts and 3 delicious slimming smoothie recipes, plus the knowledge that you are making a difference for babies born too small, too soon, too sick to get the care they need to survive those first critical weeks of life. All proceeds go to the Bliss Foundation. Best money you’ll spend all week 😉

I have a great cleaner if anyone would like details! Hanna has helped us for the last 8 months and is wonderful. She is looking for additional work in central London at £10/hour on weekdays. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Let me know if you’d like her details!

Much love from your Irish American London resident, who couldn’t dance an Irish jig, make an edible apple pie, or keep calm and carry on if her life depended on it,
Kerri

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Carpe le weekend

How did you all spend your weekend? I am back to London after a long weekend spent with Grammy Pritz and Pops (my parents) in Normandy, France. If anyone has even a remote interest in World War II and the invasion on D Day, I can’t recommend this quick trip enough and have the perfect B&B, tour guide, and restaurant choices for you too. No matter where your relatives were in the world before, on, and after June 6, 1944 and what side they were on, you more than likely have a personal story that ties back to this turning point in history. I’d love to hear them!

The Japenese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 as my grandfather was preparing to graduate from Providence College in Rhode Island. He was nervous about being rejected from the draft due to poor eyesight. Nonetheless, he was drafted into the service and shipped off to Bootcamp (unfortunately not the Buggy Bootcamp variety). After a few months of training, 99% of his fellow soldiers were shipped off to North Africa. Due to his large brain (which I didn’t inherit) and invisible biceps (which I did), Grandpa Jim was tapped to go to Officer Candidate School in California. From there he was shipped to Brisbane, Australia and over the next three years went to The Philippines, Okinawa, and ultimately Tokyo working in Intelligence as First Lieutenant. The war ended in August of 1945 and he began his studies at Harvard Law School. He met my grandma shortly thereafter before being called to serve in the Korean War. He said to my grandma, “well I guess that’s it”, to which my grandmother replied, “well it doesn’t have to be. We could get married.” And so they did. 7 kids and 23 grandchildren later, here I am with my grandfather’s first son on a plane back from the boiling point of World War II, trying to picture what it was like as the world sacrificed hundreds of millions of fine young men and women to secure the free world we live in today. Carpe le weekend and go visit this beautiful historic part of the world if you have not done so already.

This week we will be continuing class on Mon, Tues, and Thursday despite the bank holiday tomorrow. We have some fun classes so clear your morning plans and meet us:

Monday: HIIT! High Intensity Interval Training: one of the best ways to rev your metabolism, torch major calories, and enjoy an endorphin-high for the rest of the day. Exercises will follow an easy/medium/difficult format in 30 second intervals. Get excited.

Tuesday: Mom Friends are the best friends. Partner up for a full-on sweat session and leave with a new friend.

Thursday: wind down with a slightly less intense cardio workout focused on melting fat and deep therapeutic stretching for your achy breaky parts.

Have you bought your Fit Kit yet? Your £35 donation to Bliss, the foundation that raises funds for families with preemie babies desperately needing extra care and support, earns you a Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt in cozy soft cotton, a resistance band, 3 at-home workouts, and 3 delicious smoothies high in fiber, protein, and vitamins to help you get in the best shape of your life. Summer is approaching… What are you waiting for?

Anyone looking for a sitter/nanny? One of the girls who used to watch C and M just texted me that she is available! This girl is fan.tas.tic. and I cannot recommend her enough. My kids love her, and they are a tough sell. She will tidy up well while your little one is napping. She is available starting next week. Email me if you would like more info.

See you tomorrow!

Cheers,
Kerri

 

 

Get Seedy

Hello ladies,

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend! We were lucky enough to host my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their 3 kids Brighid, Finbar, and Ciara last week, complete with trips to Tower of London, Notting Hill markets, and endless trips to the playground. It was a joy having them and Cece wasn’t the only one who got a little choked up when they left!

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After all that excitement we laid pretty low this weekend. The weather cooperated for an outdoor run to Duke of York Square farmer’s market, and a Cupcake/Slice workout in Parsons Green this morning. We also got our Mexican fix at Shoreditch eatery Boho on Saturday night before meeting friends for drinks: http://www.bohomexica.co.uk. Delicious!

Fit Kits:

As a way to help you all achieve your health goals and continue your hard work on the weekends and while traveling, and a way to raise much needed money for Bliss (an organization that helps babies born too soon, too small, too sick), I will be selling Fit Kits through the month of May! For £35, your kit will include a Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt, your own resistance band, 3 full body workouts, and 3 recipes for delicious smoothies full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals to help you on your way to looking your best for the summer! Your kits will be ready by Thursday! If anyone would like to join me at the Bliss Buggy Push on 31st of May, please email me for details or click here: http://www.bliss.org.uk/take-action/buggypush/

Get Seedy:

Want an easy way to increase your protein and healthy fat intake, lower your cholesterol, get glowing skin, hair, and nails, and lose weight? Do as the birds do and eat more seeds. Pregnant and breastfeeding ladies, pay close attention! You know you need those healthy fats and folic acid in your diet to ensure a healthy pregnancy and keep that milk flowin’. Here are 3 seeds to incorporate into your diet stat:

Chia seeds: with 2.5x more protein than kidney beans, 3x more antioxidants than blueberries, 3x more iron than spinach, 6x more calcium than milk, 6x more vitamin C than oranges, 8x more omega 3 than salmon, 10x more fiber than rice, and 15x more magnesium than broccoli, chia seeds deserve major superfood status. Buy them at pretty much any health food store, and make sure they are eaten raw! Your body wants to absorb as much of these nutrients in its natural state as possible. Here is a delicious breakfast bowl recipe to try: http://toneitup.com/2014/04/member-recipe-breakfast-banana-bowl/ I made it for the kids on Saturday morning and Cece went ballistic over it (Micky tried to pour it on his head, his loss):

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Hemp seeds: hemp contains all 20 essential amino acids (including the 9 EFA’s our bodies cannot produce). It is a rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-fighting element of plants that strengthens your immune system and fights off toxins. It is a fantastic source of vegetarian protein and is virtually tasteless when mixed in small doses to bread and muffin recipes, porridge or smoothies.

Flax seed: the fiber in flax seed suppresses appetite and helps support weight loss. It is known as a rich source of ALA, an essential fatty acid that is anti-inflammatory, is prevents cancer in humans and has been shown to block tumor growth in animals. Flax= good. Cancer= bad. Eat up!

Here is what is in store for the week:

Monday: Circuit training! 60 seconds per station for an all-over burn. We’ll end with a nice long stretch to keep aches and pains at bay. You will feel exhilarated by the end. Promise.

Tuesday: Long and Lean Ladder Workout: a Ladder workout with toning exercises designed to help you wiggle back into your skinny jeans and cardio drills to leave you with a gorgeous glow.

Thursday: Hottie Yogalates! Nothing like a little mind/body challenge to cap off a fun but challenging week. Don’t forget to purchase your Fit Kit today!

 

Cheers,
Kerri

“Choose to View the World through Grateful Eyes. It Will Never Look The Same Again.” – Isis Khan

Oy vey. What a week. Anybody have an extra torso for sale? Mine is defective. I’m sending it back and I want a full refund. I’ll take the cyst-free, scar-free one with the washboard abs. It’s Mother’s Day right? How can anyone deny me this?

Allow me to take a breather from the poor-me’s and actually tell you how lucky I feel to have been through this ordeal as SO many positive things happened as a result:

1.) my husband made me blueberry spinach smoothies in bed each morning
2.) friends I haven’t spoken with in months reached out and we had long, unrushed conversations about everything worth catching up on
3.) my mom dropped everything and got on a plane to help with the kids through the recovery (sitter is out of town and Brian leaves for South Africa this evening!)
4.) kids were on their best behavior and cuddled with me for an hour without fighting when I returned home!
5.) you all stopped your busy lives to send me your best wishes, your own similar experiences, tips for recovery, babysitter contact details, offers to help with kids, etc.!
6.) Emily Reynolds for bringing a delicious meal (vegetable pasta primavera and apple crisp anyone??)
7.) Heather Friedman for loading my fridge with healthy Whole Foods goodies and gifts for birthday girl Cece!
8.) Annie Cooper for her offer to move in with me for the week!
9.) Full understanding from everyone about classes being canceled
10.) sleeping whenever the hell I want (this has been my fantasy for 3 years straight now)

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I hope you are all feeling the love too on this GORGEOUS Mother’s Day!

While I do not have doctor’s permission to come out and train you this week, I do have a 30 minute Cardio Core Express to keep you in tip top loveliness in my absence. This does not require bands or equipment of any kind, and done 3x through will make for a killer 45 minute workout. If anyone would still like to meet at the park at the same time, please feel free to get the emails out, I’m happy to help coordinate!

30 Minute Cardio Core Express

Jumping jacks: 1 min
Side to side lunges: 1 min
Foot fires: 30 sec
Burpees: 30 sec
Rest 1 min
Repeat

Jumping Jack toe touch: 1 min
Jump squats: 1 min
Standing toe touches ( bring toe to waist height, touch with opposite fingertip): 1 min
Side to side jumps: 30 sec
Rest 1 min
Repeat

Jog: 1 min
Crab walk (on all 4’s, lift glutes): 1 min
Walk out to push-up: 1 min
Sprint (or foot fire): 30 sec
Rest 1 min
Repeat

Abs challenge (slow and controlled)

V Crunch (10x)
Runners crunch (10x)
Reverse crunch (10x)
Diamond sit-up (10x)
Bicycle (10x)
Rest 1 min
Repeat

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Love you girls! Happy happy Mother’s Day to you all, you deserve to be spoiled rotten.

XO
Kerri