A Healthier Vending Machine

One of the many things I love about visiting my parents in Jacksonville is the ability to take Les Mills classes at their gym. BodyPump is (and probably always will be) my all-time favorite, but I’ve loved every Les Mills class I’ve tried to date.

After breakfast, my dad and I drove to the gym together to work out. He did his own thing while I went the group exercise route.

My workout lasted a little longer than usual because I really wanted to take two Les Mills classes. First up was an “express” version of BodyAttack. I’ve taken a full BodyAttack class one time before and thought it was fantastic, but the shortened version was a great way to knock out 30 minutes of sweaty cardio in no time at all. We did a lot of high knees and jumping jacks and I was breathing heavy by the end.

After the express BodyAttack class, a bunch of us stayed for BodyPump which was fabulous as always. I know I say this every time I take BodyPump, but really wish my gym would hop on the BodyPump bandwagon. I miss that class so much.

Once my workout was done, I waited for my dad to finish and hung out by the vending machines which totally impressed me!

Healthy Vending Machine

The snacks and drinks available in this vending machine were significantly healthier than typical vending machine fare. I saw unsweetened green tea, flavored water, nuts, pita chips and more. Love this!

Once my dad was done, we walked out of the gym and started talking about lunch. We tossed around typical lunch options like sandwiches and salads but agreed that eggs sounded fabulous. My dad suggested The Beach Hut, a casual local hotspot and we headed inside for breakfast for lunch!

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I placed my eggs on top of a buttered English muffin and topped them with tomato slices to make an egg sandwich that I enjoyed with a mug of hot coffee.

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It was a good one!

Hope you guys are having a great Wednesday!

Question of the Afternoon

  • What food/snacks do you wish most vending machines would offer?


  1. says

    My YMCA has a vending machine like that too–love it!

    Also love BodyPump, but don’t take it very often anymore due to the timing of the class.

    Eggs and tomato slices are such a great combo!

    Love lots of things about this post. 🙂


  2. Katie says

    I love Body Pump too! The gym I go to however is really tiny, classes usually only have about 10 people at most in them, so the licensing costs to maintain the body pump class forced the gym to do away with it. That said, we do have a very similar ‘Get Pumped’ class that follows a similar format and provides an awesome workout. You always post some awesome workouts, ever thought of coming up with your own routine that would be similar to what my gym does? I think you could 😉


  3. Bethany says

    I have always said it, BodyPump is my favorite class ever. I dont know why more gyms dont have LesMills classes. I like them all, but Pump is my favorite. I am fortunate enough that my gym has all LesMills classes, which was the main reason I joined to begin with!


  4. says

    Man do I wish I had that vending machine at my office. Our lunch options stink so if I don’t come to work prepared I sometimes need to make a run to the vending machine, but there aren’t a ton of healthy options.


  5. says

    I can’t wait until we can find an affordable gym so that I can take more group exercise classes! I miss it so much! I wish vending machines would offer healthy trail mixes! And natural bars, like the Kind and Lara bars.


  6. says

    Vending machines should have single serve PB/almond butter packets with WW crackers! I think this would be particularly useful in hospital vending machines (I work in healthcare, so am always mindful of the vending machine options which always suck).


  7. says

    Couple of things:
    1.) I wanted to do BodyPump, but it got cancelled at my school’s gym due to the snow. This made me sad. I’m hoping to do it next semester if it fits into my schedule because I loved powerlifting at my old gym!
    2.) Vending machine WANT.
    3.) You make me miss home. We’re flying into Jacksonville in a couple weeks; I grew up at the beaches and have been to the Beach Hut plenty of times. I bought a gym pass to use when I’m down there, but alas, no BodyPump. But we ARE going to go to Ocean60 because of your recommendation! I check in here to get a little taste of home while I’m freezing my butt off in Baltimore.


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