I kicked off my work day with a barbell strength class that I led at 9 a.m. Though the class is called barbell strength and we use the barbell a lot, I also incorporate free weights and bodyweight exercises into the class as well.
The part of the class that seemed to get the best reaction from participants occurred toward the end when I took everyone through a “final burn” and we did 10 reps of the following exercises in order as many times as we could during Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay (Remix).”
Of course I emphasized the importance of going at your own speed and focusing on proper form. I had a list of the names of the exercises printed out so participants could follow along at their own pace if my pace was too speedy, but we kept things moving and this “Final Burn” seemed to go over well!
Whole Foods Lake Norman
After class, I had 30 minutes before I was scheduled to meet up with my friend Brittany who invited me along on a private blogger tour of the new Whole Foods that opened up in Huntersville at the beginning of November.
(Brittany’s sweet 6-month-old daughter, Kaitlyn, absolutely stole my heart. She was so smiley and observant the whole time!)
Shannon, the store’s healthy eating educator, greeted us right when we arrived and walked us around. She did a great job highlighting points of interest and key features of the new store.
I had no idea you could select your produce from the produce section and bring it to one of the “veggie butchers” to slice and dice for you for free.
And just in case you assumed they were chopping everything by hand, check out this machine:
Awesome, right!? For someone like me who hates chopping veggies, this machine interested me a little too much! The team member we met diced an entire pumpkin in no time at all.
Shannon also spoke a bit about the Health Starts Here initiative that I actually first learned about back in Jacksonville. (It’s awesome, by the way, and I definitely look for the “Health Starts Here” labels when I shop there now. My review of the program can be found here: Health Starts Here Tour.)
Before our tour was over, Brittany and I made sure to thank Shannon and I made a mental note about everything I need to try in the future, including some of the fresh pasta from the pasta bar!
I couldn’t leave the store without grabbing some food from the hot bar, so I made myself a big bowl of assorted goodies for lunch.
Plus a pecan pie cookie from the bakery for dessert!
Thanks so much to Brittany for the invite and to Shannon and the team at Whole Foods Lake Norman for having us this morning. I had a great time!