Well, hello there. My intention for this week’s Tasty Tuesday was to talk ALLLLL about my unbelievable Elevation trip with lululemon (which I can not wait to share with you next week) and post a super yummy smoothie inspired by a vegan restaurant I ate at when we were in Asheville. BUT… When I woke up today, I found myself on the floor in a cold sweat for about 2 hours (along with some other details I won’t bore you with).

I did not have much of an appetite today or a lot of energy, so this was how Ayurvedic Apple Awesomeness was born. It settled my stomach and made me feel so much better 🙂

It’s simple. Easy. And of course, tasty!

xo, Becky

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Ayurvedic Apple Awesomeness
Serves 3-4
{Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo}

WHAT:
4 peeled and cubed apples
6 dates minced (trust me on this – they are not minced in the pictures)
1 teaspoon coconut oil or ghee
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground clove
1 cup water

{Toppings Optional}
oats, slivered almonds, granola – or use as a topping on your oatmeal

HOW:
Add oil to large pan on medium low heat.
Add apples, dates, spices and water. Stir then cover. (Bring heat to low and let simmer for 15-25 minutes (depending on how cooked you like your apples). Uncover and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Serve in a bowl and top with oats, slivered almonds or your favorite granola! Easy Peezy.

Member Spotlight: Pete Chambers

SculptHouse wants you to meet Pete Chambers! Pete has been a huge part of SculptHouse’s growth since before we even opened. We can’t thank him enough for his continued support and spreading the word to the ATLFit community about the House! Meet Pete:

How did you hear about SculptHouse?
The Lead Trainer, Megan has been one of my favorite instructors for the past several years in other fitness classes.  So three or four months before even opening, she contacted me about SculptHouse; and said “Pete, you are going to LOVE this workout.”.  Boy was she right!  From the moment I started doing the pre-opening/mock classes, I was hooked.
 
What would you tell another guy looking to try SculptHouse?
That this is by far THE MOST challenging workout or class I have ever done; and is THE BEST core work you can do, period!  I’ve brought several buddies of mine who are in incredible shape to try a class.  They all loved it, and said it was an incredibly tough workout and the best core work they have ever done.  So don’t think that SculptHouse is just for women!  It will challenge and push you to the limit . . . but you WILL see the results you want, if you stick with it.

How is the SH workout different from other group classes you’ve done?
First, the Megaformer is different from any other piece of equipment I have ever worked on.  It forces you to isolate the muscle(s) you are supposed to be working and minimizes your ability to “cheat”.  The number of movements and different parts of the body you can work on the Megaformer are endless.  Second, the cardio portion on the Curve treadmill is incredible!  The combination of Megaformer and Curve is a perfect workout . . . in only 50 minutes.  Third, the chic studio, music, great energy, and beautiful instructors make SculptHouse a VERY unique place.   
 

What is your favorite move(s) on the Megaformer? Favorite Curve block?
I love ALL of the core and oblique moves on the Megaformer, so it’s hard to pick just one, because they are all killer!  But “French Twist” is probably one of my favorites.  I have a definite love/hate relationship with the Curve . . . hate it while I’m on it, but LOVE it when I’m done.  The final block is my favorite with the 45 builds. 
 
What physical changes have you noticed the most?
The shaping, toning and strength to my entire core (not just abs, but the entire core area) have been amazing!  I feel stronger everywhere, because I have strengthened my core area so much!  Also I have noticed huge changes in my legs, both in tone and strength. 
 
How often to you visit the House?
At least 4 times per week minimum, but on the average 5 times per week.
 
Can you tell us a little bit more about your exercise experience throughout your life and how the SH workout has been accessible even while recovering from any injuries? And also, do you think this workout can be for anyone of any age?
Even though this is an intense workout . . . don’t be scared to try it! SculptHouse is for anyone and everyone.  I’m in my late 50’s, and I’ve had three back surgeries, one torn rotator cuff, one dislocated shoulder, one completely shattered wrist and permanent sciatic nerve damage in my left leg . . . yet I can still do SculptHouse and achieve great results.  So if I can do it, anyone can! You just have to be willing to try, to push yourself and to take that first step!  SculptHouse is exactly what the Atlanta fitness community has needed!  It is a unique workout that provides definite results if you do it right and stick with it.  It is NOT easy!  But the results are rewarding! 

Pete is right…you have to find a workout that works for you and stick with it! We are so happy to have Pete at the House several days a week in both formats: CardioSculpt and StrengthSculpt classes. Thanks Pete!

Love,
The SculptSquad

#TastyTuesday: Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

I don’t know about you, but the full moon last week got me feeling all sorts of wacko! I know I am really off when EVERYTHING stresses me out, even the things that don’t normally bother me and I can’t seem to get back on track or make important decisions. When this is present, it’s time to Smudge. What the heck is Smudging?! Great question. Smudging is one of the best ways to release negativity, clear the energy in your field, and help you start anew. If you’re feeling stuck, negative, sluggish, or even depressed, it may be due to some stagnant energy in your field. Your field can include your emotional, energetic, mental, spiritual or physical body, and your environment—whether it’s your home, office, or other physical space. Stagnant or negative energy can have extremely harmful effects on your mental and physical state and is even believed to manifest into things like a lack of happiness and success as well as pain and disease. Um, no thanks!
How do I Smudge?
1. I like to use Sage. Sage represents the earth element and when burned, the smoke from it represents the air.
2. A shell. To hold and burn the plants. The shell represents the water element.
3. Matches or a lighter. These represent the fire element.
4. Feather. This represents the air element.
5. Drum(s) or sacred drumming music, which represent the beat of the heart. I personally like to play any of the following from spotify:
WAH!
Krishna Das – Breath Album

Clear your space of clutter and mess and open up windows and curtains and allow for clean air to enter. Light your sage (or other herbs) on fire and then fan the smoke with your feather around your body and anyone/anything else in your space. Once finished, you can leave the bowl in a safe place and let it burn, filling the room with fragrant smoke. Treat any leftover ashes with intention. A proper way to dispose of them is to take them outdoors and leave them on the earth. Focus intently on what it is you want to accomplish for your smudging ritual or ceremony. Visualize it cleansing you, your home, your workplace, etc. of all the negative energies or entities that are unwanted.

A Native Prayer:
May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.
May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.
May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.
May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.
May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.
May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.
And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens.

I can not even express how much this special ritual creates such a clearing and brings me clarity. I feel like myself again. I would love to hear about your smudging experiences too!

Now onto all things delicious.

xo, Becky

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PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES BARS
{vegan / gluten free}
Serves 8-12

WHAT:
Bottom Layer
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup walnuts
1 cup pitted dates
1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
pinch of sea salt
4 tablespoons cacao NOT cocao

Top Layer
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil

HOW
1. Add walnuts to food processor and blend until fine. Add the rest of the top layer ingredients and blend until well mixed.
2. Add to a bread pan lined with parchment paper and press down until it covers the bottom of pan.
3. Add all top layer ingredients to food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour top layer over bottom layer. Spread out evenly and place in freezer to set for 1-2 hours.
5. Cut up into squares and serve immediately. Store in fridge or freezer in air tight container.
6. Enjoy!

Gameday Outfit Picks from SculptHouse Boutique

This Saturday kicks off College Football, with NFL games soon to follow! We all know what that means… it’s time to tailgate! Along with the perfect spread of snacks and cold beer, a cute outfit is a must. Everyone wants new pieces for game-day and SculptHouse has you covered!

SculptHouse Boutique is all about comfort, versatility, and practicality. Having a piece that can be worn as workout or game-day attire, makes the purchase that much more exciting!

Here are our picks that pair perfectly with a skirt or top!

1. Koral Muscle Tank
“Burnout” holes adds fun texture to this crop top/.
Black or cream
$85

2. Nesh Torn Legging
A Nesh classic back in stock! Mesh underlay makes the “torn” parts of the leggings not so bare and a lot more fun@
Black
$150

3. Koral Web Tank
One of our top selling shirts! Open back design gives your outfit an edge!
Black or white
$130

4. Varley Sofia Tight
The perfect legging with (faux) zippers to dress them up a bit!
Black or Navy (coming in red soon!)
$110

5. PRISMSPORT 4-Way Top
Can be worn 4 ways! Open in back or front or tied in front or back!
$68

6. Holst + Lee Buena Vista Bracelet
The perfect layering piece with all the jewelry you already have, or on its own!
Black, Silver and Gold (we also have a number of other colors!)
$175

7. Michi Molten Top
Long in back, covers booty. Flattering fit with fun mesh on back and shoulders.
Black and White
$125

8. *NEW* Nesh Side Swipe Legging
Sporty legging that is so comfortable you will wear it all day!
Black/White stripw
$155

XO,
SculptHouse Boutique Girls