I am a full-time fitness and dance instructor teaching. I dance with a contemporary company and direct another company, so I am always on the go. I love it, but my schedule leaves little grace if I haven’t meal prepped the night before. I decided to try Snap meals for every dinner that took place between teaching my classes since that is the meal that always seems to get missed. It is very difficult for me to find meals that don’t leave me tired and a little nauseous when I need to eat quick and then jump back into moving so I was very interested in seeing how Snap would leave me feeling.
What can I say, it was 10’s across the board.more
Snap Kitchen has become my friend for those chaotic, killer weeks-
After nearly 20 days of vacation, away from my decently balanced 2016 schedule, I've had to hit the ground running into a new 2017 work load. Between teaching barre fitness and dance cardio classes at Dancers Shape, rehearsing and/ or performing nightly in a modern dance show, cycling to and from work, and moving into a new place, I definitely had my work cut out for me last week! I felt nervous that I wouldn't be getting enough rest with such a strained schedule, and as I'd packed up most of my kitchen things for the move, I was worried about where and how I would get enough nourishing, healthy food to sustain me through the days. Luckily, Snap is just right down the road!more
Change happens one step at a time. Meditation is like a seed. It starts small, it gradually grows, and it can affect change with the beauty it grows into. As our Dancers Shape community meets, one Sunday at a time, we slowly create the change within ourselves while benefiting a wonderful cause. Let’s meet our selected charity for January/February!
The Miracle Foundation is dedicated to empowering orphans to reach their full potential. Based in Austin, TX, the Foundation travels to India lend their time and generosity. They look to transform local orphanages into homes, train displaced women to become cherished mothers, and fund scholarships for education. In their own words: “....when you empower those with a lot of heart, you affect real change.”
The foundation helps create families out of those in need by bringing a group of children...more
“Healthy, handmade meals for busy people.” This is the mission of Snap Kitchen, and for someone like myself this kind of service is a dream come true. I am a full-time fitness and dance instructor so healthy living is of the utmost importance to me, however at times I find it really hard to find healthy, tasty food, fast!
So I decided to spend an entire day surviving off only Snap Kitchen meals. The first benefit was immediate and obvious, I didn’t have to worry about finding the time to cook or what it was I was going to eat. Knowing that I had healthy, easy to prep food choices waiting for me in the fridge allowed me to slow down a bit both mentally and physically.more
With a crazy schedule that’s different from day to day, Snap Kitchen meals take the stress out of meal planning and cooking. Very often I work late one night and work early the next day, so trying to fit in my own workouts and cooking my own meals can be quite stressful. I found that the meals from Snap were perfectly portioned and very convenient for those days when there was no time to spare. Here are some of the meals I tried:more
Our modern lives move fast. Stimulus from the outside world can distract us from listening to our bodies and emotions. This can lead to ignoring signs of mental, emotional, and physical distress. By removing this outside stimulus and sitting in silence, we can observe our minds and bodies. We can once again reconnect to who we are, identify how we feel about and react to life’s pressures, and discover what we need to do to maintain a peaceful, positive attitude towards life.more
The New Year is a great time to take a look at our habits and reset with a healthy mindset. After all the holiday sweets, drinks and snacks we feel like a reset is a great way to adjust our bad habits and set our 2017 nutrition goals! Here are some awesome local options to look into if you're trying to reset and start the year off right.more
Biomechanics and proper form can be a mystery to many, especially when dealing with the intricacies of the Dancers Shape technique. I get many questions on what cues mean and how to apply them to different body types. At one point in the class you might have thought “Why do I not look like the instructor doing that move?” “I don’t feel anything in that exercise.” “Why does my back hurt in abs?” These are all answerable questions so I wanted to start an interactive forum to share tips and modifications for different body types and injuries. Please leave us questions and comments below and on social media if there is a topic you would like us to address. Welcome to our new “Ask The Pro” series!more
As you may know we just celebrated our 6 year anniversary over the weekend. Thank you so much to everyone who joined us. If you came to this year's party or any of our anniversaries in the past you may have had the chance to sample a Bunny Muffin. These addictive sweets are made by Pam (Jennifer's mother) with love each year. Although they may not be the world's healthiest choice they are so comforting and delicious. Make these around the holidays for a cozy treat!more
Dancers Shape knows a tight backside will help alleviate daily aches and pains but also fill you with confidence. These five exercises are full body work that will improve your posture, lift your seat, tone the triceps, define the upper back and sculpt the hamstrings in only 8 minutes. Perform each exercise daily for one minute to see results in 5 weeks.more
There are many benefits to improving your core strength - better balance and efficient movement patterns which improve overall strength for sports performance as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation of old injuries. When discussing the core, it is important to note that the core is more than just your abdominal muscles. Your core is the trunk of the body - the shoulder girdle to the hip girdle. Training the core to engage as one unit can change the way you feel and perform. Here are four exercises that can be performed in 5 minutes every day to help strengthen your core in 4 weeks. Perform each exercise for one minute.more
We want to thank all the loyal faces we see so often. We are adding these new perks for all our Autodebit customers! Autodebit clients enjoy:
Autodebit is $160 a month for unlimited classes. A 3 month minimum and a 30 day cancellation notice are required.
Want in? Get on autodebit today!more
Summer is almost over and school is starting up. It's time to reset those healthy habits and get back into a good routine. Here are some tried and true tips to help you get back on track!more
Guest blog from Tomas Rivera of Cilantro Lime
Between staying cool and keeping things interesting, cooking in the summer can get more complicated than anyone wants to deal with. With Cilantro Lime, a local meal kit delivery service providing curated meals for the Austin area, you can spend more time enjoying summer and less time worrying about getting stuck in traffic to pick up dinner. Putting a spin on the summer salad is your best bet for a quick snack or fun and entertaining dish! Refreshing, green, and light, our salads are not your average iceberg appetizer. From all over the world, these salads are anything but boring.more
After my second foot surgery I felt pretty blue. I had already been relatively sedentary for the previous 3 months, and just when I was getting back on my feet I started the entire process over again on the other foot. It made me reflect that an injury is not just challenging physically, but can also do a number on your mental psyche as well. Here are a few tips I incorporated to help refuel my tank that put a smile back on my face and positive outlook on my recovery process.more
If you’re reading this, you are on some kind of device- a phone, a computer, an iPad, a tablet… or some other newfangled thing that I haven’t heard of yet. And, as someone who uses technology to spread my message and build my business, I am grateful you are powered up and/or plugged in and chose to read my article. So, thank you.
But, at the same time, I am worried about you. I’m worried about all of us, really. With all of the time we spend clicking, surfing, commenting, “liking” and posting are we missing out on living our best lives? Are we letting text messages, Facebook notifications and Candy Crush be the boss of us? I know that there have been times when my iPhone has absolutely been the boss of me- dictating my mood and where I put my attention. Does this sound a little too familiar?
While it may not be realistic for most of us to live completely off of the grid, I believe it is important (and possible) to practice moderation when it comes to technology. We need to be the boss of our gadgets, not at the mercy of...more
When you get letters like this, it validates all the hard work that is put into owning a small business. This is why we love our jobs and adore our clients and community that has been built over the years at Dancers Shape! Thank you Amanda (and all the others) for your kind words.- Jennifermore
I have written blogs about this topic in the past - how proud I am of my staff and what effort it requires to find the right fit. My instructors and front desk staff are intelligent, sincere, hard working and I consider them a part of my family. I am excited to announce some familiar faces that will be returning to Dancers Shape! Please welcome back Toussaint, Lisa and Alison.more