Focusing on the Positive…


Hey everyone!

Happy almost Friday to you! Probably will be Friday by the time you read this 🙂

So this week has been kinda up and down for me. There’s been a lot of great things, but I’ve felt pretty run down all week. I think I hit a wall….and really needed some extra rest. Thankfully, I had a free hour yesterday due to a client being out of town, and I was able to hit the sauna at Iron Works…yeah, I totally fell asleep. But I woke up feeling really rejuvenated…sometimes a little extra rest does the trick 😉

But I’d rather focus on the positive things….so here’s a recap in photos and videos.

We have a new studio mascot, first discovered last Saturday. She’s stayed around all week, hanging out by our front door. And yes, she’s still alive, she was crawling around just earlier this evening.

Awesome Sunday sunset, captured from my living room:

This never gets old 🙂

I had to take a photo of my second favorite cat (1st favorite being my own of course 🙂 ). Her name is Kit and I’m pretty sure she’s having a love affair with my gym bag. For 3 years I have been going to my clients’ home to train them, and Kit just can’t get enough of my bag. She loves to rub herself all over it, get in and hang out. She gets a bit embarrassed when I try to take her picture, so I have to be covert about it 🙂

I wouldn’t want to hurt my kitty’s feelings, so I’ve gotta post a pic of her too. She is not as sweet as Kit, she bites and scratches….but I love her anyway 🙂

Cute, huh?

I also wanted to give a huge shout out to all our students and clients! We have been so impressed with everyone’s pushups this week! It’s been really awesome seeing you all break your records day after day….lovin’ it!

Here’s an awesome clip from this evening’s Monkey Ninja Bootcamp, you guys killed it!

We’re finishing getting ready for a Halloween party for my daughter and her girlfriends this weekend. She’s very excited….and I’ve got a lot of baking left to do! Call me crazy, but I couldn’t bear buying her a whole bunch of junky, processed candy for the goody bags. Instead, I signed myself up for making homemade Halloween treats to put in the bags….you know, in all my spare time 🙂 It’s a win win–I feel better about knowing that the homemade treats have quality ingredients. She’s happy because even though she would love a bunch of candy, she knows that homemade treats always taste better in the end. I’ve got my work cut out for me tomorrow evening 🙂

I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

Happy Weekend and Happy Halloween!

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness

Getting ready for Halloween


Hi friends 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great weekend. It’s soooo nice outside, crazy how we really get our summer weather in the fall. What fun things have you been up to this weekend?

Yesterday we went to the Halloween store and picked up some supplies for the Halloween party we’re having for Ava and 7(!) of her girlfriends next Sunday. Some things to decorate and spook up the house a bit. She’s really excited and it should be a lot of fun. I’m sure things will get a little crazy having 8 10-year-olds over 🙂

Last night Doug and I went to a Halloween party. Our friends always have their Halloween party the weekend before Halloween, which is smart, because there’s always so much going on on Halloween weekend. It was so much fun and there were so many awesome costumes! I dressed up as Raggedy Ann….

Pretty funny, huh? Someone actually told me that my “hair” looked really good, like it could be real. I was like, “Um, it’s red yarn….” One of those awkward/funny moments where someone you don’t really know at a party tries to make conversation and says something pretty silly.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi and see what everyone was up to this weekend. I’m not quite sure what we’re going to end up doing today….right now Doug and I are “watching” football (he’s watching, I’m “watching”) and drinking a cold beer….enjoying my rest day. After 9 hard workouts this week, it’s nice to have a day off 🙂 And on super warm days like this, an ice cold beer never tasted so good.

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness, http://www.thefusefitnessstudio.com

Inspirational Words


Hi everyone 🙂

Here we are again, successfully made it through the mid-week hump. Which means the weekend is on the horizon 🙂 I hope your week has been great so far. Mine has been pretty rockin’–some great workouts, funny conversations, inspiring words and healthy food. Not too shabby 🙂 Here’s what my Monkey Ninja Bootcamp at Iron Works did today, pretty tough, definitely awesome.

As you know, our winner for last month’s “Highest Class Attendance” challenge was the awesome Rebecca Merino, with a whopping total of 28 classes. That’s right, 28 solid hours of hard-core exercise….pretty inspiring, wouldn’t you say? It was a very tight race, and while we could only give away one prize (a gift certificate to the awesome masseuse Adrienne of Mend in downtown Berkeley, website http://www.adriennesaltzbergcmt.com/), I also wanted to give a shout out to Kattt Atchley, our runner-up, attending 27 classes!

In the spirit of letting these fabulous women inspire you, we invited them both to do a quick interview to share with the rest of our students/clients. Thankfully, they both agreed 🙂

Here are the questions we asked, along with their answers. Be inspired 😉

1. How long have you been coming to The Fuse Fitness?

Rebecca: “Since it opened, but before that, I was going to Kristin’s Saturday Monkey Ninja Bootcamp at the park.”

The lovely Rebecca

Kattt: “I have attended classes since the last week of June.”

2. What are your favorite classes and why?

R: “I take TRX, Bootcamp, and Metabolic Surge regularly.  But my favorite class has to be Yoga Tune Up.  After a week of doing all the other classes, it feels like heaven to massage and stretch the muscles.  However, I love Yoga Tune Up because of the other classes.  So if I could only take one class a week, I’d have to go with where it all began for me, Saturday Bootcamp.”

K: “My favorite classes are power yoga, pilates fusion, monkey ninja, slow
flow yoga – from intense to subtle. I like the classes because I always feel better *afterward* and I like the feeling of accomplishment. I like the “I did it!” feeling. As I’ve
developed stamina and feel more secure in the poses and movements, I am learning (and enjoying) how to increase the intensity. Also, through doing these exercises, I am learning anatomy, and beginning to understand my body in new ways through these exercises (e.g., incorporating breathing, and using core muscles, especially my gluteal muscles).”

3. What Fitness goals have you set for yourself if any and have you
achieved any of them?

R:  “I don’t really have any specific fitness goal. I primarily workout because I love the feeling of being in shape and the adrenaline rush after a tough workout.  Also, to be honest, I like to eat.  I love Little Star Pizza, onion rings, and pretty much anything sweet.  I don’t go crazy everyday, but come Friday or Saturday evening, I definitely don’t stick to any diet that The Fuse would recommend.  I guess my fitness goal would be to keep working out so I don’t feel guilty about some of my nutritional choices.”  Rebecca, don’t worry, we love to eat too 🙂 A cheat day is always welcome after a week of hard work, sweat and discipline.

K: “I achieved my early goals: my clothing fitting and increased energy. My long term goals are strength, increasing intensity, and learning how to relax after working out.”  Kattt, just what we love to hear, clients/members/students ninja-kicking one goal after another…keep up the good work!!

The lovely Kattt

4. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

R: “In the spirit of Halloween, I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula at a much too early age and have been scared of vampires ever since.  Most people have fears of spiders, heights, or things like that, but I’m just afraid of a vampire floating into my window while I sleep.  Aly likes to sneak up behind me with fake fangs and freak me out.  Lesson learned, never tell a 9 year old what you’re afraid of.”  Alright, now I know what to dress like for class on Halloween! Thanks for the idea 😉

K: “I am a visual artist working with pen and ink on paper. I am an
experimental vocalist, composer, keyboardist, and combine disciplines
into performance, which means I have my own artistic language. I also
have an electronic pop laptop band called “The Atchleys”, with my
husband Kenneth; and “Kattt and Ron” with vocalist Ron Heglin, which
is more meditative. I have performed work in art galleries, dance
lofts and bars.”  Wow Kattt, so cool! Very impressive 🙂

Well there you have it friends, the words of our two most dedicated and very inspiring members. Let it be motivation to push yourselves in your workouts, today and everyday. Whether it’s going to that next level of intensity in Metabolic Surge or letting your mind/body center itself and calm in Slow Flow Yoga, work hard! Nothing in life is worth it if you don’t give it your all. Know what I’m sayin’? 🙂

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness, http://www.thefusefitnessstudio.com


Super Awesome Sidekicks ;)


Hi everyone 🙂

Hope your day has been good. I wanted to share this awesome clip from my Monkey Ninja Bootcamp with you guys:

What I love most about this video is my super awesome little sidekick, Anai. By little I mean 5 years old. By awesome I mean she had already completed Slow Flow Yoga earlier that morning, and after bootcamp went to Kung Fu. And by super I mean she’s one of the funniest little girls I know. We’re BFF’s….we pinky swore….many times 🙂

While I’m in video-sharing mode here, I also have to share this amazing video. This little girl, 6 years old, has got Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass down.

Um yeah. Pretty freakin’ awesome. Love her bad-ass little attitude. And her little sidekick. Who by the way is lovely, but nowhere near as super awesome as Anai. Just sayin’. 😉

So back to The Fuse Fitness….classes have been rockin’ here these past couple weeks! We’re so proud of all the hard work you guys have been dedicating to yourselves and to us. Nothing makes us happier than to see all your sweaty faces in class 🙂

And a quick reminder–we are hosting Cynthea Denise’s “Jumping In Feet First” workshop this Sunday, Oct. 16th, 1:30-3:30pm. It will be a very engaging, interactive and informative workshop focusing on how the feet play a pivotal role in most things going on with the lower extremities. Cynthea will be teaching everyone various stretches, strengthening exercises, and reflexology tips to help take care of your feet. And really, we do kinda abuse our poor little feet. So come on over to our studio, The Fuse Fitness in Kensington, 377 Colusa Avenue, and learn how and why to take better care of your feet.

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness

Living life to the fullest…


Hi everyone!

We’ve made it through the mid-week hump, which means the weekend is quickly approaching 🙂

Today we lost a truly inspirational, brilliant man, someone who has greatly impacted and influenced the world we live in. Steve Jobs succumbed to pancreatic cancer, and while we all knew he was gravely ill, it nonetheless comes as a huge shock and with much sadness. I wanted to share with you an amazing quote from Steve Jobs, one that is so profound on so many levels.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Now I challenge you to really think about this….what does this mean to you? What I love about this is that it applies to everything in life. I want you to think about how this applies to you, to your health, to your dreams, to your goals. What is holding you back? What is getting in the way of achieving happiness, health, success? Really think here, find your inner voice, no matter how small it might be right now, and give it life. Feel blessed that you are alive, that you have a chance, that you have a choice….and appreciate it. It’s easier said than done, however this quote really captures something special and meaningful. Something I believe we can all learn from 🙂

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness, http://www.thefusefitnessstudio.com

Yay!! The weekend is almost here!


Hi friends 🙂

Happy very almost weekend! Isn’t it funny come Monday morning it seems as though the weekend will never rear its head again….and then before you know it, it’s Friday afternoon! I love hearing about everyone’s plans for the weekend and love to know how you spend your down time.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m heading out to the parents’ Saturday afternoon. They only live 45 minutes away, however it seems a world of difference….at least in terms of my relaxing abilities 🙂 My Saturdays always start with a 9am client (let’s me sleep in a little bit!) and then teaching my Monkey Ninja Bootcamp over at my studio, The Fuse Fitness in Kensington. I love teaching my Saturday class! Most of the people who take it have been taking it for a long time, so I can really.kick.their.asses! Love it! And for some weird reason, they keep coming back for more 🙂 Tomorrow’s workout is already planned, and it’s no joke. The kind of workout that will leave everyone laying in a sweaty puddle at the end of the hour, unable to move. And even though I am up front and honest about what kind of workout we’ll be doing (HARD!!) they show up anyway! Like I said, weird, huh?

After class I clean the studio from top to bottom, getting it ready for the beginning of a new week. We close down Sundays so we can all get a bit of rest. And then I’m heading to the parents’, where I will get to chill (so looking forward to that, it seems like it’s been a while), maybe even by the pool (we strangely get our summer weather in September and October), take a nap, *try* to cuddle with our cat (mainly chase her around and most likely get bitten by her), and go out to dinner with my parents and husband to one of our favorite restaurants, Town. I think that name is so cute…going out for a night on the Town. Anyway, they have great cocktails(!), awesome food and the atmosphere is fun and lively. And the company is wonderful 🙂 Sunday I will get to really sleep in (woo hoo! it’s been forever) but I’ll probably wake up early anyway….at least I don’t have to wake up to an alarm, that always makes for a great day. And if the weather is nice and warm, which it’s supposed to be, I’ll head out to my parents’ pool with my book and probably fall asleep in the sun 🙂 In case you couldn’t tell, Sundays are my rest days and I plan on resting to the max this Sunday!

Anyway, just wanted to wish everyone a great weekend and see what you guys have planned. Partying, working, resting, exercising? Please share!

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness
http://www.thefusefitnessstudio.com