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Full Body Boxing Burner

Friday’s Fitness Inspiration: A Full Body Boxing Burner

by guest blogger, Robyn from happiesbetter

Have you ever stopped to wonder what the deal is with curling up our fingers and punching something? Why does that release of our power and muscle tension feel so gratifying?

The energy transfer that happens when we aim for something, strike, and retract sends messages to our brain that generate those satisfying feelings. Plainly speaking, hitting and kicking (nonviolently, of course) feels awesome!

This is why I regularly turn to boxing, either in the air or on a bag, when I need to destress and get some of that gratification from my workout. I also teach it in my martial arts infused fitness classes, and usually incorporate boxing drills into my personal trainings.

Boxing and kickboxing moves are amazing for core power and strength. Combining the basic moves into simple combinations makes for a heart pumping, fat burning, full body training session. All it takes is seven or eight good songs and some gloves. Suddenly, we are working out like Rocky Balboa: chin down and hands up!

How exactly are we getting a full body workout? Every jab, cross, hook, and uppercut is combining power from your legs, moving up through your hips, and extending all the way out through your fingers. The ability to speed up punches or find more power is never going to depend just on your arm strength; that comes from down low.

The key to maximizing your full body results is this: engage your core as you execute each punch, every kick, and even as you jump, duck, and shuffle. Engaging your core just means tightening the muscles up and down the middle portion of your body. It takes practice and lots of reminders when you’re just getting started, but muscles have amazing memory and are trainable.

Now, grab some gloves, get your music ready, and find some space where you can punch, jump, and kick in all directions. If you have access to a heavy bag or a standing bag, great; if not, you don’t need one to get all of the benefits of this 20 minute Boxing Burner:




The Workout

Shadowbox Warmup: 2 Minutes
Get light on your feet. Bounce a bit, and throw some easy punches, duck, switch feet, loosen up your shoulders and hips, throw some low and light kicks. You’re boxing now, so get into character!

Straight Punches: 2 Minutes
Step out to feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart, and lower into a half squat keeping your chest proud. Punch straight forward right, then left, and continue alternating. Visualize a target in front of you. You’re aiming toward the height of your own gut.

Jumprope: 1 Minute
This is pretend jump roping. Unless you have a real jumprope and prefer it. Fake jumprope is great because you focus on your feet and keeping the core engaged. Jump it side to side, or jump from one foot to the other. Hold your hands out as if you’re holding a real jumprope. Play around. There are no jumprope rules!

Jab Cross (R): 1 Minute
Right foot is forward and the right punch goes first (jab), left punch come across your body. Repeat this in a 1, 2 count. Remember to keep your hips loose and let the hips help you power the punches. Abs are tights!

Shadowbox: 90 Seconds
Same as the warmup, but pick up the intensity a bit.

Jab Cross (L): 1 Minute
Put that left foot forward this time.

Jump Squats: 1 Minute
Feet shoulder width apart, deep squat, push up through your toes and come down with a SOFT landing. Repeat for 1 minute.

Shadowbox: 90 Seconds
You’ve Got This!

Straight Uppercuts: 2 Minutes
Step out to feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart, and lower into your half squat keeping your chest proud. The uppercut comes up from your hip, fist up. Visualize your target, which is at the height of your own chin. Keep your abdomen engaged.

Knee Ups: 30 Seconds
This can be done with a bounce or without. Alternate bringing your knees up toward your waist. As you get comfortable, start to lean back as the knee comes up and push your knee out towards your imaginary target.

Front Kicks: 1 Minute
Feet shoulder width apart. Lift up the right knee, extend your leg and reach out with the ball of your foot (curl your toes back). Repeat on the left side and continue alternating.

Combinations: 2 Minutes
Combine your jab, cross, and uppercut in a 1, 2, 3 count (Right, Left, Right). Switch sides. Remember that your jab side is whatever foot is in front.

Freestyle: 3 Minutes
Get lost in the music. Throw it all out there…jabs, cross punches, uppercuts, kicks, duck away, switch your feet, shadowbox. Get it done and MAKE IT FUN!

Speed Punches: 30 Seconds
Finish strong with the speedbag, either up high or down low.

Bonus Boxer’s Handstand
I hope you’re willing to give it a try. Start slow. Reverse your blood flow.

Robyn Jennings is the Founder of www.happiesbetter.com

Healthy Starbucks Pink Drink At Home

A healthier twist on the Starbucks Pink Drink…at home!

by Erica Johnson


Who isn’t in love with the new Starbucks Pink Drink? The gals here at the iGoPink offices surely are…so I decided to take on the challenge to find a way to make this at home for less money and with as healthy and organic of products as possible. The result? COMPLETE success (at least in my books!)

Since I’m due with our first baby in 3 weeks, caffeine is still being kept at a minimum in my world. So I went to my tried and true base of bai Coconut Flavored water with the raspberry hint of flavoring too. Then for the rest of the ingredients I used all natural items from our grocery store to make it pretty darn close to what Starbucks has to offer…try it for yourself. Would love to hear any recipe changes or ideas!


Starbucks Pink Drink at Home
1 cup of bai Coconut-Raspberry flavored water (note there is some caffeine in this, just lower than brewed tea—but if you want the extra boost replace with 1 cup of brewed Green Raspberry Tea)
1/3 cup of Almond-Coconut Unsweetened Milk
4-6 drops of All-Natural Lemon Juice
1 ½ tsp of organic honey
½ cup of fresh sliced strawberries mashed with a fork


Blend the liquids together then add the honey to dissolve into liquid. Lastly add the strawberries and really mix thoroughly. Finish by pouring over crushed ice and add a strawberry for garnish. And voila…a sweet pink treat that’s healthy, delish and just like your local coffee stop!

Pink Makeup


Today we’ve asked a local makeup artist to do a cute, simple, pink look for us! Below is Madi’s take on the October pink craze, and we can’t wait to try it for ourselves!

by Madi Angelelli


Since I was a little girl I’ve always had a passion for makeup, pretty things, pink and glitter. I was honored to be asked to recreate a look for breast cancer awareness! I’ll break down the items you need to achieve this look.


Tarte amazonian clay foundation
Anastasia Beverly Hills highlight in ”moonstone”
NARS blush in “orgasm”

Anastasia Beverly Hills shadow in “intense gaze”
Tarte precision longwear liner
Ardell lashes #203

Nyx lip liner in “sweet pink”
Revlon photoready eye art in “topaz twinkle”


We’d love to see your version of a pink makeup look! See more of Madi’s makeup on Instagram at @makeupbymadilyn

Benefits of Practicing Yoga


Yoga can benefit your mind, body, and spirit in so many ways. Guest blogger, Tayler, is a yogi we love!


by guest blogger, Tayler Gyug, manager at YogaPod The Woodlands

In today’s world, society unfortunately praises the overworked, exhausted, and sleep deprived. However, those who work long hours and run on a constant flow of caffeine are at a higher risk for illness due to lowered immune systems from high stress levels and lack of sleep. Thankfully, yoga exists to combat these issues.

Yoga has been around for thousands of years and has survived long after the multitude of new and exciting health fads have come and gone. If anything, that shows just how amazing yoga really is!

A yoga practice can vary depending on where you practice and what you are hoping to achieve. You can find the most peaceful studio, an outdoor space for a community class, or a nice little corner in a gym and you will still find the same benefits – peace, relaxation, and release. These benefits develop over time, though relaxation is possible in your first class. Some are fooled by the misconception that yoga is “easy” and expect to find immediate release of tension. I assure you, that simply won’t happen. This is why it is called a “practice”. However, yoga isn’t hard on your body like throwing around heavy weights and running for long distances can be. One of the great things about yoga is that it is as easy or as challenging as you want to make it!


During your first class, you might feel resistance in your muscles and you might even ask yourself why you signed up for a class that you know nothing about. You wouldn’t be the first person to feel this way. Here’s where the good news arrives: your biggest accomplishment is getting on your mat. Once you are there, your only job is to focus on your body and your breath. Everyone else in the room is doing just that, so relax! If everyone knew all there is to know about yoga and were super flexible, we instructors would be out of a job.

Once you learn to focus in on your body and your breath, your practice will be amazing and you will feel the immense benefits if you do it regularly. Your muscles will lose tension and gain flexibility, your circulation will improve, and you will sleep more soundly. In addition, you will become mindful of whether or not you are focusing on the present. The biggest benefit you will find is your connection to your breath and the revelation that your breath controls your body. Here’s a clue: deep breaths = less stress!

Overall, yoga is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. Yoga is for the willing, not for the flexible. The benefits are endless and all you have to do is be willing to make the time to get on your mat. You are worth it!


Editor’s Note: Tayler is the Kavi (manager) at YogaPod The Woodlands and teaches multiple classes there! Tori and Alix have both taken multiple classes and LOVE Tayler. She’s a 200-hour RYT and has taught yoga for 2 years. On top of yoga, Tayler enjoys salsa dancing! She has her BA in History from Texas A&M, loves the color red, has been to 10 countries, and is determined to help others love themselves. Follow her blog or stop by YogaPod to see Tayler!



Laughter is the Best Medicine

So, is laughter the best medicine? It must be!

by Tristan Cablay

Working to find humor in your daily life has great benefits. Even more so, laughter binds us and connects us to life! All of us have that friend… You know the one who gets us in trouble. I’m talking the girlfriend who sits next to you in the most solemn and quite of places and gives you that look from the corner of her eye. You know that look. The one that evokes giggles and gurgle sounds that get even louder as you try to hold them in. Yep, you know the feeling.

That’s the friend. She is the girl I want on my side when things get rough.That silliness is good for you! We were born with the gift of laughter and being able to tap into that is a treasure. Having a girlfriend around you that can elicit those feelings of happiness will lower anxiety and increase health and wellness as a result.

I’m taking hold your jaw because it hurts laughter.Laughing increases the production of beta-endorphins which is known to decrease anxiety and depression. Laughing also activates the thymus gland, and generally increases the immune system activity.

Laughter is truly the best medicine!

Here’s something we can all relate to on a Monday to start off your laughs…


Creating Consistency

Friday’s Fitness Inspiration:
3 Steps to Creating Consistency!

by guest blogger, Robyn from happiesbetter

We all want to achieve some kind of health and fitness results. Some of us want to be great at something. Unfortunately, we don’t magically achieve or become great at anything by talking or dreaming abut it. We might be great at the kind of magical thinking that allows us to put things off and delay setting goals, but we’re not 4 years old anymore. There is no time like now to get real! There really is greatness within each of us, but it’s time to figure this out so that we can reach our goals and enjoy the amazing rewards and satisfaction.

That crossfitter with the amazing booty didn’t wake up like that after late night skinny cows and a half bottle of pinot noir. The amazingly bendy yogi you follow on Instagram; he’s not arriving late to twice-weekly classes. Your favorite American Ninja Warrior contestant doesn’t wait for perfect weather to train.

Achievers and finishers in sports, arts, business, and academics share something that we are ALL capable of: consistency. They show up mentally and physically; they stay the whole time. They do this regularly in order to complete what they start.

How do we fit in our personal health and fitness goals, and be disciplined, when real life is happening all of the time?

The irony is that the stress and chaos of real life is exactly why we need to make the time for personal challenges/disciplines that allow us to become great at something. For some goals, it’s a daily commitment, and for others, less. The hard part is creating the schedule or plan, and sticking to it. Some of us, myself included, need some extra help with this.

“I mean, can I really call myself a martial artist if I’m not regularly showing up for class?” “Nobody can take away my black belt for not going.” “Look at all of the times I did go last month!” I’ve got a hundred justifications and a dozen techniques for calling it in. Aches and pains? Used that. Sick kids? Yep. Dental appointment? Yes, at least twice a year. Oops, I’m out of gas! I need to go to the grocery store. Yep, they’re excuses. The truth is, sometimes I just don’t want to go because it’s hard work. It’s certainly much, MUCH easier to stay home.


Step 1: Own Your Excuses!
You know exactly what you’re doing. And I get it. And so does everybody else. Make a list of all of the ways you wiggle out of making it to the class, the gym, the practice, the lesson, the lecture, etc. Write down your most ridiculous excuses, have a good laugh at your own expense, and forgive yourself for being human.


Step 2: Accountability Partner(s)
Now that you know you’re not fooling anyone, including yourself, it’s time to call somebody that you trust and respect. Tell them what your goal is. Yes, you have to say it out loud. Like this: “Hi, it’s me. I’m going to train for a race I’ve always wanted to run. I’m having trouble getting my booty out the door 4 days a week. Would you please be my accountability partner and help me reach my goal?” Saying it out loud gives your goal more energy and makes it real. Maybe they train with you, or maybe they just support you. Either way, having somebody you respect looking out for you makes your journey to greatness a little less scary.


Step 3: Reward Yourself
So you have a partner and you’re doing pretty good. You’re committed, being consistent, and starting to progress toward your short or longterm goal. But, you’re still thinking about not going to practice or class, and the old thoughts won’t go away. This is normal. We actually have to unlearn behaviors like making excuses and slacking off. The only way to unlearn the behavior is to keep showing up, even when you’re not happy about it. Offset this pissed feeling by setting up some planned rewards for yourself. Tie your rewards to mini goals. For example: “If I can run 15 miles by Friday, I’ll give myself a guilt free weekend off.” Or, “I’m making it to class 10 times this month, then I’m treating myself to _____.”

Continue the hard work and dig in at the precise moment that you’re ready to say “uncle”. I believe in you. I know you can do it. That’s because I, Robyn Jennings, the queen of excuses, can do it. There’s fun along the path to greatness but the real reward is in the growth that happens when you know you persevered and got it done!

Robyn Jennings is the Founder of www.happiesbetter.com

Healthy Dessert Recipe

October Means Apple Desserts

by Tristan Cablay


OCTOBER is here! This year, I am definitely falling for fall! The leaves are changing. There is a new found crispness in the air. The kids are back in school. I can finally start pulling out my sweaters and scarves. The smell of apple and nutmeg are everywhere. Fall is a good time of the year! It’s even better with this recipe to nibble on! Go ahead, indulge.

Stuffed Baked Apples
· 4 large Granny Smith apples
· 1/4 cup steel-cut old-fashioned oats
· 1/4 cup chopped pitted prunes
· 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
· 2 tablespoons maple syrup
· 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
· Pinch of ground nutmeg
· 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Before you begin your preparation, preheat oven to 375ºF.
1. Core 4 Granny Smith apples and be careful not to cut through bottom of apples
2. Stir together oats, prunes, apricots, 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, cinnamon and cloves.
3. Place the mixture into the cored apples tightly with some extra lumped on the top
4. Place apples in a baking dish and pour 1/2 cup water into bottom of dish.
5. Dot tops of apples with butter and loosely cover with foil.
6. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until apples are tender but not falling apart, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Let cool slightly.


Pops of Pink


On Wednesdays We Wear [Pops] of Pink!

by Amy Tullis


As we all know, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means there is literally pink EVERYWHERE. Personally, I love it. Seeing people wearing pink ribbons and supporting breast cancer patients as well as survivors makes me smile from ear to ear. It’s a great month to get involved and show your support!

While I was cheering in college we had a huge pink out game. It was an amazing experience seeing so many people coming together for such a great cause. My squad had pink headbands and painted a pink ribbon on our faces. Even the football team was decked out from head to toe in pink gear.

No matter where you go in October, there is bound to be a section of pink products. This makes it easy if you want to add a dash of fuchsia to your wardrobe. If you want to show support without looking like a flamingo, I’ve got you covered.


Simply wearing pink jewelry or shoes adds a perfect pop of pink to any outfit. Kendra Scott has an amazing selection of Breast Cancer Awareness jewelry. I personally love rocking a rosey-pink lipstick everyday as well as having my nails and toes painted in a blush tone. If you’re like me and need cute workout clothes to motivate you to go to the gym, you can add pretty pastels to your attire. I’ve added a pair of pink shoe-laces to my favorite pair of running shoes to make running that extra mile a little more bearable.


Thank you to anyone who has shown support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by rocking pink. Show us your favorite ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe by using #iGoPink on Facebook and Instagram.

I hope you all have a marvelous October!



Fall Exercise Tips

October Exercise Tips (because it’s finally cooling down!)

by Alix Josey

It’s October, which means the air is crisp and cool. The trees are turning colors. And my belly is completely filled with pumpkin spice lattes (basic, I know). This weather has me excited to get up and outside to get in some exercise. There are so many ways to get creative and fun with your exercise routine, or build a fun new exercise habit. Here are some of my favorite exercise tips for October.

  1. Make it social. Working out is so much more fun when you are with someone else. I love grabbing my friends and our puppies and going for a fun brisk walk in this weather.
  2. Switch it up. With the weather being a little more flexible in October there are more options for fun workouts. You can go for a bike ride, do yoga in the park, or explore some local hiking and walking trails. When you change it up your mind and body can’t get bored.
  3. Treat yourself. Maybe you broke your running record or you exercised 5 days in a row. Every time you hit a goal reward yourself with something fun. I like treating myself to fun new exercise gear. But it can also be that hot pink pair of stilettos you have been eyeing or a new cozy blanket and mug for chilly nights with apple cider.
  4. Get creative. You can go to an apple orchard, walking the orchard and holding baskets filled with apples would be such a fun way to get in some exercise. Or a Halloween scavenger hunt around the neighborhood gets your heart pumping.
  5. Enjoy the benefits. Exercise has such great benefits on your health. This includes increased endorphin production. And any Legally Blonde fan knows “endorphins make you happy.”

October is a beautiful month if you are using these tips to start out on an exercise plan or incorporating them into your normal routine we would love to see it. Be sure to tag us on social @iGoPink and use your hashtags!

Early Detection…It Can Save Your Life!

Hey hi hello! Today we’re talking about…boobs.

Is this weird? Maybe a little, but what better time to discuss breasts than breast cancer awareness month, ya know? Most young women my age feel invincible, myself included, and especially when it comes to cancer. The scary truth is that you’re not. Whether you’re 20 or 80, black or white, have family history or not, and literally everything else in between, it can happen to you.

A lot of you have probably heard my story by now, but if you haven’t here’s a brief run down. My grandma passed from breast cancer when I was 4, my mom survived when I was 10, and my sister battled a nasty, aggressive, stage 4, tripe negative case of breast cancer at the age of 29. TWENTY NINE. She lost her battle at the age of 30, a week before her 31st birthday. This is not to ask for sympathy, or even scare you, but rather to simply educate.

You may think that any sign of breast cancer is not likely for you, or at least it’s lightyears away. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. All of this to say — CHECK YOURSELF! Is it weird to feel yourself up in your tiny sorority bathroom shower (speaking from experience here)? A little. Could it save your life? Absolutely.

So here’s how if you’re a little lost:


In a mirror with your arms at your side, look for changes in the contour of the breast, swelling, dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, raise your arms and look from all angles; then, push your palms against hips and flex your chest muscles. Look for any dimpling or puckering in either breast.


In the shower, use the pads of your fingers to move around your entire breast in a circular pattern, from the outside to the center. Use soft, then medium, then firm pressure. Check the entire breast and armpit area for any lumps, thickening, or knots.


Lay back with a pillow under one shoulder and put that arm behind your head. With the opposite hand, move the pads of your fingers around gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Switch sides. Again, you are looking for lumps, knots or thickening.

And that’s it! Early detection DOES save lives! Many patients admit they’d never done a breast self-exam before their diagnosis. Perform breast self-exams every month (the week after your period). Monthly self-exams help you learn every feature of each breast, so you can spot changes right away. Take your health into your own hands and be proactive this October and beyond!