Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Planning a fitness class & playlist for my newest routine

Planning new routines for my fitness classes is one of my favourite thing to do and I love combining movement to music. It all starts many weeks beforehand with searching and listening to loads of different songs. Whenever I find a song which makes me jam, has suitable lyrics or has a great beat, I either write it down in my special fitness class notebook or add it straight to a playlist on Spotify. During the next weeks I go through my playlist and possibly start moving a bit to the songs, which is how I plan most of the routine. Sometimes inspiration and the song I've picked just don't go together which is when I start looking at music videos and browse Youtube for ideas. About a week before the launch of a new program I count every beat in every song I've picked for the routine. And a couple of days before the launch I go through the routine like crazy, so that I remember it properly and am also able to give instructions while moving myself. It's a long process, but so worth it all. 

My new routine will launch TODAY, so if you happen to live in Helsinki or are visiting let me know and I'll give you more details about the time and place :) If you aren't able to make it then make sure you're following me on Instagram. I usually post little sneak peeks of my routine after it's been launched.

The playlist for my next routine looks like this:

Warm up:
1. Paris (Jewels & Sparks Remix) - The Chainsmokers
2. Waterloo - Abba
3. Stamp on the ground - ItaloBrothers

4. Don't let go - Lila ft. Rat City
5. Räjäytä mun mieli - Anna Abreu
6. Swalla - Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign
7. Bad man - Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Joe Perry & Travis Barker
8. Born this way - Lady Gaga
9. Burn it to the ground - Nickelback
10. Gotta work - Ameria
11. Rahan takii - Antti Tuisku
12. Never give up - Sia

13. Love my life - Robbie Williams

Do you have favourite workout songs, which always make you do your best? Do share! :)

Emma x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

My Favourite Workout Leggings

There is nothing better than a perfect pair of workout leggings and there is also nothing worse than an unsuitable pair. The best leggings make you feel hugged, don't fall off, are high-rise and aren't see-through. And the only correct way to find the right leggings is to do a little happy dance, a couple of squats and high knees in the fitting room. You want to be able to move around in them so make sure you put them to the test. They can cost a fair bit but they certainly don't have to. I strongly recommend buying one proper pair to make you feel good and comfortable (as much as possible during workout...) while training rather than getting multiple lousy ones, which probably won't last very long and can make you unlike working out. Trust me, it can be up to as little as that. The leggings I tell you more about on my video are personally my favourite ones for different reasons and are from different price ranges. Hope you enjoy my video! :)

Do you have favourite workout leggings? Do share! :)
Happy Easter all!

Emma xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

40 ways to PLANK

The plank, hover, front hold, abdominal bridge... A loved child has many names, as the old Finnish saying goes. Whether you love or don't love doing the plank, you can't argue with the amazing effect it has on your body. It primarily strengthens your abdominals, back and shoulders but depending on the way you do the movement it can also actually strengthen your whole body. You also don't even need to hold the plank for very long for you to start feeling the effect. However some people seem to be crazy about the movement and have spent over 8 hours in an elbow plank. I guess that's one way of spending your day. 


Friday, 3 March 2017

Dubai - The City of Superlatives

A week in the city of superlatives has left me in awe. I did and saw things I've never experienced before and learned a lot both about Dubai and myself. That's exactly why traveling is so amazing: it opens your eyes to new things and at the same time you get to reflect those new things on yourself. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on Dubai and why it's definitely a city to be visited at least once in a lifetime.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Anywhere Anytime Fullbody HIIT Workout

I'm off for a little winter break in Dubai in a couple of days. I'll definitely be vlogging the trip and as usual I'll try and be as active as possible on social media, so make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@wellemmaa). Although this week has acutally been rather nice weatherwise and for example on Wednesday I spent three hours outside in the sunshine teaching ice skating (made me remember why I wanted to become a physical education teacher), I couldn't be happier to take some time off, say hi to the sun and go explore a completely new place to myself. I've obviously made sure our hotel has a gym, but there's no guarantee of the quality of it and I probably won't have time to go to a separate gym while I'm there. So I decided to put together some hardcore bodyweight movements, which should make your body burn and heart rate up in a very short time. Perfect to do in a hotel room or just generally anywhere. Here's how it works:
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