Fall is Here!

All over the country, leaves are turning from green to orange, temperatures are dropping, boots are rocking the runway, the flu shot is available everywhere and the holiday season is upon us. Fall is here!

If you think morning runs are limited to open skies, you're wrong. Run next to skyscrapers and get on a whole new level.

If you think morning runs are limited to open skies, you’re wrong. Run next to skyscrapers and get on a whole new level.

What are you doing to gear up for fall? The activities you can do downtown now that it isn’t a scorching 105 degrees outside are infinite. Go outside! Explore your options!

Here are some ideas of ways to stay active and explore this fall:

  • Healthy Picnic in Civic Space Park: Here’s an idea — actually go to Civic Space Park with your gym buddies, and chow down on some healthy sandwiches and fresh veggies after that morning workout. I mean, what’s there to lose?
  • Morning Run Around Downtown: Instead of painstakingly forcing yourself out of bed and onto an elliptical somewhere, put on those running shoes and trek around downtown Phoenix before 8 a.m. You won’t regret it.
  • Phoenix Public Market: Walk to get your groceries! Go to the Phoenix Public Market instead of driving to your local grocery store. The walk to and from the market will do you good, and you’ll have locally grown, healthy food in your pantry.
  • First Fridays: No longer does makeup have to run on the first Friday of the month. It’s officially fall, and the sweat glands that ruin your makeup job are inactive upon stepping outside of air conditioning! Take advantage of the exercise you can get from all the walking around while you’re not collapsing onto the sidewalk from the heat.
  • Shopping: When I go to the mall, the two places I spend the most time at are Urban Outfitters and Charming Charlie. So if you’re like me, don’t drive to some crowded mall! Walk to CityScape, shop ‘till you drop, and walk back to your abode. You’ll get cute clothes and you’ll feel even cuter in them with the added bit of exercise. Also, use those walking shoes to explore a few local shops downtown, like some of the vintage stores recently featured in Downtown Devil’s A Tailored Place.

Seriously though, now that it has cooled off, you have no excuse! Staying active and healthy is so much easier. Going to an indoor gym is no longer your only way to work out. Switch it up. Go for a long bike ride, walk to breakfast with a friend or do my favorite and go for that early morning run with the skyscrapers towering over you. Take advantage of this cool weather before the heat is upon us again!

Let’s talk about CrossFit

We all have that friend: The CrossFit-obsessed one who jumps on any opportunity to talk about CrossFit. The one who tells you that “it’s not a workout, it’s a lifestyle.” The friend who Instagrams photos and hashtags Tweets with things like  #WOD and #levelup and hasn’t touched a cupcake in months. Today I am that friend. Well, kind of. I still eat cupcakes. But let it be known that I love CrossFit.

Photo via Evie Carpenter

Photo via Evie Carpenter

We should have known this was going to happen. I like running and competitive sports. I like having a coach. I like being able to fit a workout into my schedule and still have time to do homework and watch re-runs of 30 Rock. And most of all, I like seeing results out of a workout program.

What is CrossFit?

It’s a lifestyle, ok? In a more simplistic sense, it’s a workout that incorporates high-intensity training with cardio, strength, agility and speed into one amazing program. The idea is to avoid repetition in your workout so you’re always developing, advancing further and getting better.This is where the crossover falls into every aspect of your life.

CrossFit is about accepting life’s challenges and meeting them head-on. It’s about fueling your body with food and avoiding temptations (one cupcake every once in a while never hurt anyone) and respecting yourself. It’s about taking care of yourself and performing at your best.

Finding the right gym

The right gym makes all the difference in a workout. Whether it’s a yoga studio, a boxing gym or the YMCA, you need to find what is best for you. When you walk in, you should feel inspired. You should feel welcome. And you should feel at home and hopefully want to come back.

Photo taken by yours truly.

Photo taken by yours truly.

When I walked into Core CrossFit on 7th Street, I knew there was something different about it. People came up to introduce themselves and shake your hand. If you’ve ever been to a gym, you know this is a rare thing and it honestly threw me off guard. They were smiling. Good music was playing. People genuinely looked like they were having a good time. And I felt welcome. I was intimidated by the obvious intensity of the workout, but I felt comfortable.

Inchworms. You'll learn to love them. Photo via Evie Carpenter

Inchworms. You’ll learn to love them. Photo via Evie Carpenter

My experience

Through my first class, the coaching staff was more than helpful and understanding of my newbie status. They took the time to help me learn the form and grasp the concept of the workout and why we were doing the workout.

Clearly I'm not a fitness model... yet. Photo via Evie Carpenter

Clearly I’m not a fitness model… yet. Photo via Evie Carpenter

Don’t let me forget the best part of it all: Student Discounts. They’ve created an ASU Student Discount that is half the price of a regular membership and designed to work around ASU class schedules.

Check out their ASU ONLY event on the April 5 during First Friday.

Check out their ASU ONLY event on April 5 during First Friday.

I honestly couldn’t ask for anything more. Until they decided to offer a free event on First Friday (April 5 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.) for ASU Downtown Students to try out CrossFit and learn how to make post-workout smoothies. I’m in heaven. RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Try out CrossFit, Devils. If you don't like it you're wrong! Just kidding. But I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

ASU all day! Photo via Evie Carpenter.

Try out CrossFit, Devils. If you don’t like it you’re wrong! Just kidding. But I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.