I have often longingly looked at the Yoga/Surf Retreat in Mexico and wondered what it would be like to shirk all responsibilities for a week and focus simply on being active and doing great things for my body. This weekend I got something even better when my Oakley family rolled in to town for the Muscle Milk Fitness Retreat on Miami Beach. Better because anything you do with friends creates life long memories and bonds!As with all things Miami the venue was gorgeous at the Shore Club, Muscle Milk had out plenty of drinks, towels and a smoothie bar!! While everyone was dressed in some of the great new Oakley Women’s gear and of course their sport sunglasses.
MUSCLE MILK FITNESS RETREAT
Joyful. Sore. Invigorated. Ouch. Bliss. Pain….a day of working out with world class athletes combined with marathon training is everything my mind desired and pushed my body to great new limits!
YogAthleta instructor/owner Cat Haayen (me on the right in black) right before she started to really kick our booties in to gear!! Cat has a distinctive style that is meant for athletes. It focuses on loosening up important muscles that are often tight and on creating strength via an athletic style of yoga.
After that class we took a break for the smoothie bar and then headed straight back to “Train Like An Olympian” with Paul Hinicker who is Gretchen Bleiler’s trainer! I am super excited to bring you a short video soon on all of the moves we did as many were new to me. They were absolutely difficult and yet told geared towards making all of your movements stronger in any sport.
That’s 4 time Ironman champ Chrissie Wellington in black on the fart left…yes of course I was sneaking pictures of her being a total normal human being. Truly she is a joy to be around because she seems to simply be loving whatever she is doing at the moment. That might be one of the best things about this retreat…not only were you surrounded by like minded people, but everyone had great tips from their training and was open to ideas from others.
OAKLEY LEARN TO RIDE
As part of the day some of my favorite Oakley Athletes Erica Hosseni (surfer) and Amber Wing (wake boarder) took a group out on stand up paddle boards to partake in a great SUP Core class! You might remember that from my Laguna beach trip.
Unfortunately it was an unusually rough water day on Miami Beach, so the crew had a little trouble getting out or doing the exact workouts desired. BUT of course this adventurous crew didn’t care and simply enjoyed trying something new.
After this there was another workout, but my bootie was already feeling sore and I wanted to make sure I could get in my New York City marathon runs so I passed…and instead they set up little spa stations! That’s right after you work it out, it’s time to reward yourself not with food but with caring for your body.
Have you ever done a fitness retreat? Did you go to camp as a kid?
I am grateful for new friends and opportunities that create new ideas for enjoying a healthy life.