• run, run, run get moving, like, now

    I’ve been running again.  

    Not as in an easy jog around the neighborhood. I mean full out, heart-pounding, sweat-dripping, running. It feels excellent to be moving, to feel my body in motion, so alive, so powerful as I dart through the cobblestone streets of lower Manhattan. When’s the last time you really moved?

    As a newly minted 30 year old, I’ve been reclaiming hobbies of my youth that have fallen by the wayside with the passage of time. I was a cross-country runner in high school. If I tried really, really, hard I could get a mile behind me in under 6 minutes. Miles 2 and 3 of my races weren’t quite as fast as that first one, but hey, a girl could try. And now all of a sudden, after years of pilates and yoga, even in the brisk temperatures of a winter that’s closing in on us, running is joyful again.

    The best part of rediscovering something you love is the consideration of what to wear when doing said activity (at least if you’re a lady who lights up at the notion of new workout tights like myself). I have stacks of gear that fit the bill, but it sure is fun to treat yourself to a few new items to encourage the flow of motion. For me, I’m a lululemon lover, and for my runs I’ve turned to them to keep me protected from the elements so I can get out there, and just…enjoy.

    Sprinting through Tribeca in the Rest Less 1/4 Zip and Featherlight Tights.

    I love a new black tight, and the transparent panels on the back of the Featherlight, along with an enviable V-shaped crop at the ankle gives some edge to my new go-to. They’re thin without letting in the cold around you, so moving quickly doesn’t feel cumbersome whatsoever. Sweat-proof and quite flattering, I’m going to pick these up in the iridescent color as well.

    Just Keep Running…

    …Just Keep Running…

    To stay warm up top, I LOVE the fittingly named Rest Less 1/4 Zip, especially in this festive pattern and lovely heather grey. It’s really warm without being overwhelmingly thick, just like the tights featured here as well.

    Cruising Down Collister Street.

    A Final Stretch…

    Take it from me, getting outside when it’s chilly is far more invigorating than it is daunting.  Whether you’re running, hiking, rowing, cycling, power-walking, snow-shoe-ing, or whatever-ing, just get out there, like, now.  For your many gear needs, check out some of my other faves from lululemon’s newest collection.


     

    Photography by Stephanie Cheng.

  • Hi! My Name Is Emily and I’m Your New Trainer!

    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Emily Burkhardt and I am beyond excited to be joining TheLoDown team.

    Every week, from now until however long you’ll have me, I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite exercise tips. But, before we get started, I’d like to tell you a little more about my life and fitness journey!

    Right now, I’m a certified personal trainer, an instructor at both Flywheel Sports and Beebe’s Buttcamp, and a brand ambassador for Lululemon and On-Running.

    My journey includes a lot of different jobs and experiences that have all brought me to this point in my life. The one thing that has always remained constant, however, is my desire to wake up in the morning and inspire others. In fact, I think of my mission as my true “job” in life and it brings me so much joy to be able to do it on a daily basis.

    When I am not in the studio or with my clients, I am traveling with my other half, Zach, finding live music to dance to, being a foodie, or training for my next marathon.

    Before jumping into the adult fitness world, I worked with children whose ages ranged anywhere from six weeks to six years old. It was while working with them that I learned the importance of muscles and kinetic energy in relation to the human body.

    You’ll often hear me say:

    Get yourself to class and I will take care of you from there.

    I think that statement really embodies my vision for everyone to make progress collectively instead of individually. Making people smile, regardless their age, is also another goal of mine. Setting this daily intention has allowed me to create a massive amount of positive energy that I bring to all my classes and client sessions.

    Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 1.10.41 PMJust in case you couldn’t already tell, I’m super excited to see where we all go next! I get that for some of you, the general idea of staying fit may be more or less a chore or unwanted task, but I want to flip those feelings upside down and make fitness fun!

    If you promise to step outside your comfort zone, I’ll promise to always keep the workouts fresh and full of energy.

    Let’s all live a fun, fit life together!

    Peace & Love,

    Emily

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