Our latest edition to the ease fitness interview series is Bridget Riepl an amazing mom of twins! Blogger, Yoga Teacher, Ambassador & Coach. What a pleasure it was to interview her as we have been following her journey on social media for sometime now! (Links Below)
Hi Bridget could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you started in health and fitness?:
Bridget Riepl: I started practicing yoga in college, but found myself NEEDING it when I started law school. I don’t know why exactly; I wasn’t flexible or strong.
My body resisted every forward fold, twist and chattarunga. But I kept going back because it was quiet. My body started working and my mind stopped. I felt something transform inside of me. There was a desire to learn and at the same time, no need to be “the best.” I loved what one of my first teachers said: there is no yoga perfect, only yoga practice. I felt like she was speaking directly to me. I always tried so damn hard to be perfect and always ended up feeling like I fell just a little short of that goal. This yoga thing took perfection off the table on day one.
How do you stay motivated and what drives your passion?:
Bridget Riepl: Before I had kids, motivation was easy! I had all the time in the world and I only had to answer to me, myself and I. Since giving birth to my twins in 2012, my motivation changed. Now I am motivated by the idea of being the best mom I can be, which means taking care of myself and making time for fitness and wellness. I am a better person, to everyone-not just the kids, when I workout. Even if it is just 15 minutes on my mat, or a long walk with our dog. Allowing my body to MOVE frees my mind, and that’s incredible important and necessary for me!
What goals did you have when you first started out?:
Bridget Riepl: I don’t know that I had a specific goal when I started. Sure there were poses that inspired me and yogis I looked up to, but there wasn’t a specific “goal.” Overtime my goal became teaching yoga. I wanted to lead others and help them experience what I felt when I first stepped onto a mat.
What is your training routine like, and what does it involve?:
Bridget Riepl: I practice yoga 5 times a week. I engage in strength training at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes and I drag myself through some cardio 1 or 2 days a week too 🙂
Can you give us a sample of your weekly routine?:
Monday: upper body
Tuesday: lower body and yoga stretch
Wednesday: yoga practice
Thursday: pilates and yoga
Friday: total body cardio and yoga
Saturday: full body strength training routine
I like to use Beachbody programs for my non-yoga fitness: 21 Day Fix, Hammer and Chisel and PIYO from Chalene Johnson. Sometimes I use the Beachbody yoga programs too, especially the ones offered by the incomparable Faith Hunter!
What’s your favorite body part to train?:
Bridget Riepl: I love to do upper body work! Biceps, triceps, chest and back.
What’s your favorite kind of cardio you do and why?:
Bridget Riepl: ummmmm….
is yoga cardio?
Just kidding 🙂
My favorite program is Dirty 30 from 21 Day Fix Extreme and I also like Chisel Cardio from Hammer and Chisel. They are under 40 minutes each and I feel like I work EVERYTHING.
Are there any key nutrition or training tips that you adhere to?:
Bridget Riepl: I like to balance strength with surrender and effort with ease. I try to give equal time to stretching as I do to strengthening. I want to be fully functioning for as long as is humanly possible…or maybe super-humanly possible!
List the top 10 foods we would find in your kitchen:
- organic rolled oats
- organic tuna
- red grapes
- honeycrisp apples
- almond butter
- organic eggs
- sweet potatoes
- really good coffee
How do you prepare meals? Do you cook daily or prepare meals for the week?:
Bridget Riepl: I try to prepare meals with less than 7 ingredients. I like things that take less than 30 minutes to cook, too! I use a lot of fresh produce, so we don’t do a ton of prep work in the beginning of the week.
What’s your favorite health food?:
Bridget Riepl: I seriously love cucumbers. They are my favorite crunchy veg and I think you can dip them in basically anything! One of my favorite sort of weird lunches is tuna and cucumbers with spicy mustard and a drizzle of organic balsamic.
What’s your favorite cheat food?:
Bridget Riepl: basically anything I can order with spicy mayo at my favorite sushi restaurant.
What supplements do you use if any? If not, why not?:
Bridget Riepl: I drink Shakeology everyday.
Who are your favorite people in fitness and who inspires you the most and why?:
Bridget Riepl: I love Chalene Johnson; she is inspiring not just as a fitness guru, but as a mother, writer, speaker and motivator. I love Kathryn Budig; she is a young, fresh, fun and engaging yoga teacher who doesn’t take herself too seriously.
What 3 tips would you give someone just getting into health and fitness:
Bridget Riepl: Surround yourself with other motivated people who are going to keep you connected to your goals.
Don’t try to change EVERYTHING at once! Start with 2 or 3 things and reevaluate what’s going on in a few weeks. Set new goals when you are ready.
Build solid, positive habits AND ditch old ones that drag you away from your newer, healthier lifestyle.
What is your favorite quote?:
Bridget Riepl: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn
What kind of music do you listen to when you are working out if any?:
Bridget Riepl: I like to feel like I am at a dance party pretty much all the time.
What’s your favorite activities and hobbies you enjoy when away from the gym?:
Bridget Riepl: Writing and playing with my twins. They are 4…which means they are pretty much my biggest hobby right now!
Where can our readers follow you?:
- March 2, 2017 Interview with Jonah Town
- February 25, 2017 Interview with Sam fitty_smalls
- November 26, 2016 Cardio vs Weights for Weight Loss
- November 20, 2016 How Many Calories Per Day? Losing Weight by Controlling Calories