As I’m sure you’re well aware, I love sharing my experiences about all things local. Whether it’s an in-depth fitness class review, coffee shop, or outdoor adventure, my goal is to help you navigate our beautiful city. I also share about my travels, favorite products, and even some lifestyle tips that I hope to include here as well. Expect a new ‘Sweat in GR’ volume every week focused on keeping you up-to-date on my weekly adventures, spots I’m loving, and local opportunities!


On Sunday, I tried out total body conditioning for the first time at Barre Code Grand Rapids. I took the class with Hailey (rock-star instructor!) and was definitely sore for a few days. I really enjoyed the class format, that it was more of a challenge and the overall ambiance + fun vibe. BTW–Barre Code GR is celebrating their 1-year anniversary this week and offering a FULL week of free classes! Head over to their website and be sure to sign up. Also, in case you missed it, here’s the Total Body Conditioning Class Review that I posted on Instagram:

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On Wednesday I took the 6 am class at FLEXcity Fitness and got my butt kicked (again!) What I love about FLEXcity is that they incorporate an awesome balance of cardio and strength training in their workouts. We started out doing some HIIT on the floor then rotated from the treadmills to the bikes. We cycled through twice and ended class with some ab work on the mats. Stay tuned for an awesome promo I’m launching with FLEXcity Fitness next week!

Local Highlights

First, the much anticipated Rise Authentic Baking Co. had their grand opening last week and I was elated to be one of the first customers in line. They teamed up with Squibb Coffee and the space is absolutely adorable. If you don’t know anything about Rise Baking (which pretty much has a cult following in Grand Rapids) all of their delicious baked goods are vegan, soy, and gluten free. Rise doughnuts are my personal favorite (hello chocolate peanut butter!) and you can’t go wrong with their cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.

Make it over to the West side (right off Fulton) and check out this spot ASAP.

Another discovery I stumbled upon this week is the Plant Parlor located off Wealthy in Eastown. The moment I walked in, it was love at first site. There are plants EVERYWHERE and they’re all luscious, vibrant, and beautiful. This spot is seriously like a mini oasis with all the good vibes. Danny (the owner) helped me navigate the many options and even planted my new babies for me! He gave detailed instructions for proper care and was so helpful. As if it couldn’t get any better, they even offer wellness events and plant care workshops. The Plant Parlor is officially Sweat in GR approved and I can’t wait to go back!

Hope you enjoyed my first ‘Sweat in GR’ weekly recap. Stay tuned for more & stay warm my friends–spring will be here before you know it!

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