First off I want to say I am really noticing big changes in my life! This trip to New York marked several milestone for me. The biggest of those was when I buckled my seat belt on the plane…with noooo seat belt extender. You guyyyys I almost started bawling!
I couldn’t really get the right angle in the pic above but I was beyond thrilled. Talk about a tangible Richter scale of progress! Then I noticed that as we landed I wanted to be off that plane so I could start moving around! I literally couldn’t get down the stairs quickly enough. My life has changed drastically…I want to be active…who am I!? This trend continued throughout the entire trip. Katie and I walked so much and really just never stopped moving…which made the two orders of fries that I ate not seem as bad! Another big change was this was the first birthday maybe ever with Katie that I didn’t drink…a drop! This was surprisingly un-hard. And you’re never going to guess what…I had just as much fun without any hang over. The support for these choices is always really touching. Most of the time I get to somewhat hide behind a computer screen and say my piece but when someone asks you in real life why you aren’t drinking and you have to be honest and face to face with a group of relative strangers about your binge drinking problem…it gets real! Anyways on to sweet Hannah!
My lovely friend Meredith Locklear has been such a great supporter of the blog!!! We go way back to the Cat Banjo days and I was even her stylist for awhile! She is the owner of Jack + Mo Design Agency http://www.jackandmo.com and she is sooo chock full of talent! She is also friends with some pretty amazing people, one of whom she put me in contact with!!! Hannah Davis is a personal trainer to the stars, advisory board member of Cosmopolitan Magazine and Co-Founder of Gotham Versatile Training in NYC. Here is a little Q&A to get to know this amazing woman a little better!
Q: When did you discover your passion for fitness and nutrition?!
A: “I discovered my passion for lifting heavy things in high school when I took a weight lifting class my senior year so I could flirt with boys! I learned I was more interested in lifting that the dudes! Nutrition came later in life about halfway through college when I realized I would never see the results in my body that I wanted to see unless good nutrition was part of the equation.”
Q: How did you end up in NYC?
A: “I had plans to go to NYC from when I was like 16! I loved Broadway and a big city! It was the land of opportunity!”
Q: What is your biggest message for someone trying to get healthy?
A: “My biggest message for someone trying to get healthy and fit is to be consistent and then to be PATIENT. Fitness and health are lifestyle choices and one needs to let it be the process it always is.”
Q: Tell me about your clientele?
A: “I tend to work with CEO’s, magazine editors, models, and your everyday person looking to make fitness a part of their life. It is very rewarding to be able to work with someone for years (literally) and see the progress!”
Q: Tuesday I posted that you worked for Cosmo.com (which was incorrect…get your shit together Beard!) but you are actually a board member for Cosmopolitan Magazine…how did that come to be?!
A: “I worked with the Cosmo fitness editor (when she was freelancing) one time on an article she was writing for Women’s Health magazine. We just really clicked and when she landed the job at Cosmo, she reached out to me to do a workout feature for them and the relationship built from there! I don’t work at Cosmo.com although I have done workout videos for them as well as contributions to other health and fitness magazines such as Women’s Health and Fitness Mag.”
This woman is amazing!!! Check her out http://www.BodyByHannah.com or on her Facebook page Body By Hannah or through social media @bodybyhannah
Hannah reached out to me and said anytime you guys are in New York I would love to train you!!! So when I decided to fly up for Katie’s birthday I reached back out and a date was set! Sandra of Innovative Fitness Training has so thoroughly prepared us for anything that I just felt super excited instead of completely intimidated and Hannah said that Katie could come as well! So Saturday morning Katie and I threw on our new Urban Cricket tanks and hopped a cab up to 28th street and were greeted by the cutest little cutie!
This training facility was amazing to boot!
There were things I hadn’t seen before…so many workout toys! First we started by talking about goals and limitations. Hannah has a great energy about her and you can tell that she is really passionate about what she does. Then we did some stretching and a yoga style warm up!
Then it was on to a 4 station circuit that we did for 4 rounds alternating between 45 and 30 seconds per station.
First was the giant ropes that you could either double dutch or slam.
Then we did 20lb kettle bell swings…
Then an awesome Price is Right spin that prize wheel style never ending rope…
And finishing up with squats and overhead medicine ball tosses…
This part seemed to never end!!! Those kettle bells are my enemy but I loved trying out the new pull down rope…I felt like a beast!
Then we moved on to TRX squats (Katie’s modification was to add a jump on the upswing) alternating with incline push ups!
We did this for four rounds!!! Then it was time to run with a heavy ass sled!
We alternating running back and forth for four rounds…I almost saw starts but honestly nothing makes you feel stronger!!!
Then it was time for wood cutters…four rounds of this as well…
Then we did the finisher which was a doozy…think stair climber but with a ladder!!!!
I was seeing stars at this point but there as still time to have fun!
Special shout out to this little cutie who indulged all of our photo ops! Katie and I haven’t worked out together in probably 7 years and it felt so nice to sweat through a really challenging workout together!!! What doesn’t kill you only makes your friendship stronger right!? So, Katie thank you so much for being my meatball sub!
Hannah!!!! Thank you so much for reaching out and giving us such a fun and empowering hour of your life! We love you and I hope to be able to work together with you in the future!!! xoxoxoxoxoxox Go check her out! http://www.BodyByHannah.com and on social media @bodybyhannah
And in closing I found this image of my idol that I am completely obbbbssseesssseed with!!!! This will serve as motivation for like ever! #amirightladies