A few weekends ago, Lisa, Crash (the Boer-Boel), and I traveled to Raleigh, NC for Lisa’s TRX cert. Since I was more or less on vacay, acting as the support staff, sherpa, etc for Lisa, I was able to tool around town and help plan our outings while she wasn’t in class. So, I thought I’d share a weekend in the life of two Crossfitin’ Yogis! Ready? Here we gooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
First stop as we rolled in to town – Cary Flow Yoga a new studio that offers TRX, Yoga, Chiropractic, and Nutrition programs. Our objective was to check out a TRX class in a yoga studio to see if it would fit in to Lisa’s studio, The Space Above. The studio owner, Colin, greeted us as we walked in. We enjoyed a chat with him about his studio, how it came about, the yoga scene in Raleigh, and what spots to hit while we were in town. The studio is beautiful! Great floors, open space, high ceilings, great lighting, and most importantly a nice soothing energy. Our 60 minute TRX
fusion class was taught by the cute, young Lexy (a fellow crossfitter non-the-less). Not knowing what to expect, we went in with wide open eyes. The class was simple with a little yoga thrown in. Our instructor had a lot of nervous energy and could use a little more experience reading her clients so that she can offer modifications and safe alignment cues. Luckily both Lisa and I have some experience in body mechanics and know how to keep ourselves safe. A little more warm up would have been nice for our tight bodies, but the simple movements were easy to follow and offered us a good sweat. All in all, a good introduction to what it would be like to have yoga in the studio at home. And Crash was such a champ – chillin’ on her mat and watching us intently.
Next stop – GRUB! On a total whim we decided to try this place around the corner from the yoga studio. Who can pass up a chance to try a burger? And this place looked totally legit. Burgerfi apparently is a chain/franchise on the east coast and texas that we have yet to come across. YUM! They have some great menu options and the burgers were tasty delicious post TRX. And fries? Yes, yes we did have fries! Lisa ordered the medium, and BAM!, we couldn’t even finish the basket. Sad display of hungry crossfitters, we know.
Those fries were sumptuous! Covered in parmesan, skin on, good mouth feel (get your mind out of the gutter), and tons of ’em. Fries are great on their own, but throw some cheese and herbs in the mix, and DAYUM! Worth every stinkin’ bite.
And now for your viewing pleasure, I present the B.A.D. (breakfast all day) burger. This was Lisa’s pick. Bacon (everything’s better with bacon), fried egg, cheese, grilled onions, hash browns, ketchup and maple syrup. Wow. Party in your mouth! Order it green style – big ‘ole iceberg lettuce bun – to keep the gluten away. Fresh and delicious. We’ll definitely hit this place up again.
After checking in to the hotel, which was a brand new Embassy Suites, we totally crashed out and took a two-hour nap in our luxurious king suite. We totally felt like we were big pimpin’ in our little two room suite. If you’ve had the opportunity to stay at an Embassy Suites, you know what I speak of, if you haven’t then check it out. Nap you say? Yup, sure did say a nap! It’s a lost art form, seriously. And when you work as hard as we do – naps are such a necessary luxury.
Next stop – more grub! We had to prepare for the rest of the weekend, of course. We hit this pizza joint near the hotel since it had gluten-free crust. When ever there’s a possibility to have pizza we try to take the opportunity since gluten-free options aren’t as main stream yet. Brixx Pizza was a friendly place with some fun pizza creations. I had the Spicy Shrimp Pizza that was topped with – you guessed it spicy shrimp – on a sriracha base with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and goat cheese garnished with fresh basil. The gluten-free crust was decent, still not quite as good as Big D’s (Lisa’s mom) or Lubo Wine Tasting Room‘s gluten free pizza, but it was good. The toppings were delish and I’d like to try to recreate this flavor pallet at home.
Off to Whole Foods Market with full bellies we went. This particular Whole Foods was not only impressive in the quality of products we come to expect from them, but they were also LEED certified and a ZERO waste facility. What impressed me the most was the fact that a large operation such as this could pull off such a feet. Makes you wonder why we can’t do the same in our small, modest homes.
Sunday Morning I went off to Crossfit Invoke, yup that’s right, Christmas Abbott’s gym. While she wasn’t there (bummer I know) I was welcomed into the gym by not only the coach, Brandon but the other members of Invoke. The gym has an awesome set up! Lifting platforms, long turf, pullup cage, yoga room, offices and a lounge for socializing. Brandon lead a simple, but good warm up, and then we went over the WOD. Since I am still not going over head, Brandon made an entirely different WOD for me. While the rest of the group did the Overhead squat workout you see above, I did the 5 rounds of front rack lunges and weighted situps. ASS BURNER! But super fun! Visiting other boxes while out-of-town (and even in your own home town) is highly suggested. The crossfit community is just that, a community.
Lisa was busy learning all things TRX at Burn Athletics while I was traipsing about town (hitting Lulu and such). Once done we waited around town to take the Vino Vinyasa class taught by the gym manager, Jennifer. A dynamic, sweaty 90 minute class with some fun transitions in a beautiful yoga room rounded out our weekend before our drive home. Talk about a sweet setup – this gym fuses yoga, spin, TRX and group fitness all in one pretty stylish building.
Raliegh was a pretty cool place to spend a short weekend. Get out there and explore your world…there’s always something new to learn and experience. Even if it’s in your own backyard.