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Ever wonder what one of our events is like? We decided to do a write up of our most recent bootcamp for those of you who haven't been to one yet. The hype is real and this community continues to grow in such a positive way!
As you know, we were extremely excited to host our event this weekend at Westland Distillery, as their space is swoon worthy with a mix of rustic, old-world architecture and impressive industrial equipment! Phoebe, the Events Manager, who coordinated the event with us and did the whiskey tasting at the end is the bomb.com.
To start off, our hope for these events is to make movement fun! We want you to break a sweat, but we also want you to laugh with an old or new friend nearby and be able to let loose after doing something good for your body! An attendee from this weekend put it best, "Even though I was in pain , I had a smile on my face the entire time. I was either laughing or feeling very motivated!" You will be surrounded by positive energy and good vibes ALL around as we deliver a unique, body weight workout that allows you to let go of the to-do list and have a freakin' good time while sweating. Knowing there is an adult beverage at the end, doesn't hurt either!
When you come to an ULA event, you will always be greeted with warm smiles and usually a husband to help check you in, (also known as MULAs- Men who ULA)... a new term they have coined for themselves that makes us almost pee our pants (so bring your husbands or sig others ladies)! We TOTALLY GET that trying something new can be intimidating and we are always SO honored when we see new faces taking a chance on us.
Once everyone is checked in and has found a spot to sweat, we kick things off by giving an introduction about who we are, give the low down on the local charity we are donating to, and then move into our warm up. During the warm up, we always set an intention! This week, the the intention was to silence your inner critic and choose positive talk throughout the workout. Pick a mantra and when it gets tough continue to repeat this mantra. Setting a positive intention has been proven to help you push through challenging physical feats. I chose STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND and told the group that if it resonated with them, to repeat this mantra throughout the workout.
Once our bodies are nice and warmed up, we move into a 45 minute workout, in which the two of us trade off between teaching, while the other walks around to help correct form, motivate, and joins in next to an attendee! Our workout always focuses on whole-body, body weight, functional movements. We work to get your heart rate up while toning lean muscles. We typically incorporate loop resistance bands and from time to time, other equipment when our workout is station based (such as at Queen Anne Beer Hall). Modifications and next level challenges will always be offered. Below is a quick screen shot of this weekend's workouts to give you an idea of what to expect.
We encourage hooting and hollering, dancing, and calling out our husbands throughout the workout (especially when they hold hands at the end... if nothing else, hopefully they make you laugh!) After we burn out the body and have worked up a good sweat, it's time for the ZEN. We cool it down, stretch it out, and end class in savasana pose (because sometimes we try to be yogis, but only after we have worked out the crazies). One of our favorite parts is leaving our amazing community with an affirmation and this week's inspo came from the below quote:
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” ~Joseph Campbell
Makes you think, huh?
Now on to what we imagine everyone actually comes for! The WHISKEY (or beer if it's a Burn and Brew). Phoebe poured 2 neat tastings and 2 cocktail tastings for every attendee... and they were tasty! She walked us through the process of distilling the different single malt whiskies and the different notes we would taste. Apparently the PNW (A.K.A. ULA) is graced with some of the finest ingredients for making their unique single-malt whiskey. I would definitely recommend checking them out if you haven't already! From there, everyone hangs around and socializes for about an hour or sometimes longer, depending on the crew. If you are in the mood, some have checked out a few other breweries in the neighborhood or grabbed brunch nearby! It's definitely not a bad way to spend your Saturday friends, and we would love to see you there! If you are curious, check us out at our next event in June at Populuxe Brewing in Ballard, get tickets here!