Splashin' Around With Splash Cycle

July 26, 2017

What if I told you there's a fun new workout in DC making quite a splash?

It's called Splash Cycle and it's 45 minutes of... you guessed it.... underwater spinning. I have seriously been wanting to try a class all summer. Last weekend, I finally made my way to the Embassy Row Hotel rooftop for a morning class.

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I wasn't quite sure what to expect and thought it'd be more of a "regular" spin class but it was actually set up a little differently. We did bicep curls, tricep exercises, leg and even ab exercises - all while continuously cycling. My arms were burning by the time class was over!

In fact, I was having so much fun I didn't even get out of the pool to snap photos, ha! (The instructor, Rachel, was also great... and not just because she had a killer Beyonce playlist.)

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Not only was it just plain ol' fun to cycle in a pool, but many people don't realize how effective water workouts actually are. They have less of an impact on our bones and joints, which means we can build more endurance with less stress on our bodies. (Fun fact: Splash Cycle founder Sarah started the company because of knee problems!)

You don't even have to worry about adjusting resistance on your bike like traditional cycling classes because you're pedaling against the water resistance. You get to decide how fast you pedal, or move your arms in the water during exercises. Of course, the faster you go, the more of a workout you'll get. And even though you're using your own body weight, you'll definitely feel the burn!

Bonus: throughout the workout the water is also massaging your legs (especially the calves) which helps in getting rid of toxins. Betcha didn't know you'd get a workout AND a massage in one class!

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It was such a fun time I texted my BFF and told her we need to take a class together. If you're interested in taking a class (or several), check out the class schedule but don't wait to register... classes fill up fast.

Here are some things to remember for your class:

What to Wear


I couldn't decide between a bikini or one piece, and ultimately decided to wear my favorite sporty swimsuit which was perfect for the class. You can also wear shorts and a sports bra.

I recommend wearing sunglasses (maybe even a hat) for early morning/afternoon classes. (You can also wear swim caps if you don't want to get your hair wet.) Splash Cycle does provide water shoes if you don't have your own pair. (I wore my cute ones ;)

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What to Bring


The hotel provides towels, but I suggest bringing your own since there may not be any available due to guests using them. I always like to have my own towel, anyway.

Since it's so hot out there, especially in the morning classes, don't forget a bottle of water (or two). You need to replenish the water lost from sweating and avoid dehydration.

And also - don't forget the SPF!

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I was given a complimentary Splash Cycle class, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Naturally Me!

Working Out With Earhoox

July 24, 2017

Working out is a daily part of my life, and one thing I NEED to have for every workout is music. I don't know what it is but I just can't go without it. (Well, music and gum.) Luckily, I use Slacker Radio on my phone so I'm never without tunes.

As much as I'd rather not wear any headphones, you'll always find me working out with my trusty Apple earbuds since I haven't found anything else that I like.

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Sidenote: I did try a pair of headphones once but the cord was so long + I felt like I looked absolutely ridiculous with 2 giant satellite dishes covering my tiny head. Plus, they didn't adjust to a size small enough for my head. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be adjusting headphones (or anything, really) during a workout. I want to focus on those gains!

Anywho. I made a mental note that I really need to find some sort of easy solution to listen to music while I'm at the gym - especially something that doesn't fall out during circuit training or HIIT.

Enter Earhoox.


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They're a small silicone attachment that fits Apple's EarPods and the new wireless AirPods. So cool, right! The folks at Earhoox reached out to me about trying a pair for myself and once I read about them on the website, I knew I had to give them a try. Perfect timing!

Here's what I thought about my Earhoox:

Earhoox Pros


They're affordable - hello, that's probably my number one must-have. (And why you'll never see me walkin' around wearing Beats.) They won't break the bank, and work with your existing Apple pods... #addtocart!

They're comfortable - another important thing for me since I get headaches easily. I've literally been testing them out every day - even when I'm not working out. The day I got them I attached them to my EarPods (more on that below) and wore them around the apartment lol. No music, just me and my Earhoox. They're made out of silicone and feel SO much better in my ear than just the EarPods alone.

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They stay put - bring on the burpees! I have had zero issues with them moving.. no matter what I'm doing. I can even lay down with them in if I wanted to listen to podcasts or binge watch Bruno Mars YouTube videos all day.

You receive 2 sizes - hallelujah! Each set of Earhoox comes with a large and small pair. I can't tell you how happy that makes me and my small ears! And, if they still don't fit perfectly, Earhoox has an easy full refund policy.

Easy peasy set-up - okay, I admit I did have to use the directions that are included with each pair, but it was a breeze to get them on my EarPods. You might need to rotate them a bit so they fit in your ears, but it seriously couldn't be any easier.

Earhoox Cons


The only thing I noticed is....... there isn't currently a pink pair ;) Seriously, I love them, buuuut I'd love them even more if they came in pink. Or purple!

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I can't recommend Earhoox enough! They're definitely perfect for those of us who can't find headphones small enough. Oh and also for working out, but I could also totally see myself wearing them on an airplane to listen to music or watch movies. If you want to try them for yourself, starting shopping here - and use the special discount code below!

Try Earhoox for yourself! Use code EARHOOX30 at checkout.
Offer expires July 31st.


I was gifted Earhoox, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Naturally Me!