A sibling workout at its finest

A sibling workout at its finest

Hi cuties,

Happy Tuesday and guest post day by the crowd favorite, Justin Michael Farley. If you were wondering, I’m funnier than him, but I’ll let him have his moment once again. Here goes nothin’ friends —

Guess who’s back, back again, Justin’s back, tell all your damn friends (Ciera that means tell Brittany). What up peeps, Ciera decided to bring back her favorite guest blogger, and boy do I have a story for y’all. As C-train’s mentioned on here before, she’s a “spin instructor” (you’ll understand why this is in quotes later), and has been begging me for ages to come down and give it a shot. Now let me interject here and say that I don’t think of myself as a fitness god or anything of the sort… but I’d definitely say I’m more than a man, you know like Hercules or something. Anyways, C-unit’s been training some of the gals that I CrossFit with (yeah bro), and once they started on the prodding, it was decided, I was attending a class taught by my little sis.

Now I’ve heard some rumors about this place, but thought: “How hard could this possibly be?” Find out below:

9:50 AM: Hanna (C-dogs favorite ginger and my other half) and I rolled into what I would describe as a cross between an EDM show setup and a dungeon with bikes and punching bags sprinkled throughout.

9:57 AM: My bike is assigned to me and lo and behold, it’s front and center in front of C-money. Inner thought: “Ha, she actually thinks she’s gonna make me sweat”.

9:59 AM: Class is about to begin and I look to my left and right ready to start joking with some of my boys in the class about how easy this stuffs about to be… It’s me and 10 little fireballs all licking their chops for this class to begin. Inner thought: “C’mon man, no other dudes? I’m gonna be KILLING IT in here, I might have to slow down to not show these gals up”.

10:00 AM: It’s go-time. The lights turn down low, the big video board at the front of the room starts out slow with a music video on, and the music quietly pumping, its on! Inner thought: “Time to show em all what’s up, gonna go all Lance Armstrong on em.”

10:01 AM: QUARTER TURN!!!!!!!! PUUUUUSHHHHHH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BAR ON!!!!!!!Inner thought: “What the S@#T was that????” Who’s yelling at us? Why are these girls not more worried??”

10:03 AM: That’s when I saw her… it looked kinda like C-dizzle up on the lead bike with a microphone attached to her ear, but with more than a hint of rage in those eyes. Inner thought: “IS CIERA OK?? Did she take too much pre-workout?”

10:10 AM: About to start song number 3. Getting a little warm. Legs starting to feel it. Slight concern still on my face for whatever took ever C-pain’s body at 10 AM.

10:16 AM:  Spin Sergeant on the lead bike: “TIME FOR HILLS, WE ALL WARMED UP??” Inner thought: “Warmed up?? It’s gotta be close to 11 by now, no way these girls can keep going.” I look around expecting to see some defeated faces… 10 stone faced killers looking up at their fearless leader with nary a drip of sweat. Inner thought: “Obviously they are all on steroids”

10:22 AM: Six songs in. Spin Almighty on the lead bike: “THATS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT ONTO SPRINTSSSSSSSS!” Inner thought: “Sprints? How about a cool down…. I mean for the girl crew, not me” as sweat starts beading on my forehead. The spin cult around me: smiles mixed with snarls, waiting for the next song.

10:30 AM: Sweat no longer beading on my forehead… now falling straight to the floor, arms soaked, underwear… never mind. Spin Supreme Leader: “NICE LADIESSSS!!!!!” (WTF, I’m here too) “GRAB THOSE DUMBBELLS, ONTO ARMSSSSS” Inner thought: “Arms??? Who signed up for arms, this is spinning!” The spin devotees around me: immediately grab the dumbbells and rep out 1000 straight curls or something, I don’t know, I think I’m delirious at this point.

10:42 AM: Either sweat or tears pooling around me. Shirt comes off, screw it. Inner thought: “Is it frowned upon to get down to my boxer shorts too?” Spin demons around: might be starting a ritual chant to their leader or singing along to the Brittany Spears song, I can’t tell.

10:45 AM: Satan’s Spawn at the head of the class: LAST SONG BEFORE THE COOL DOWNNNN!!!! Inner thought: None. My legs might still be moving or not, I can’t tell. Spin soldiers: Legs moving 90 MPH, confidence=high. Mine=shot.

10:50 AM: As if a flip was switched, the demon that had taken over C-stunna was exorcised and then in her normal voice: “Great job class, thanks for coming!” Me: on the floor possibly drowning in my own sweat and tears. Everyone else: light talking and laughing, with small hints of sweat glistening.

6:30 AM Monday morning: The class is long gone, C-breezy has long since turned off the lights. The janitor comes in and sweeps me off the floor telling me it’s time for the next class to begin.

— Justin

So if you ever want to get your ass kicked, or maybe encounter a dysfunctional, yet comical brother-sister relationship.. come hang out at Escape and get yo spin on. 🙂

Xo, Ciera

Escape: What it is and what it ain’t

Escape: What it is and what it ain’t

Hey what’s up hello,

It’s me, Ciera Lynn Farley ready to rock and roll!!! Hopefully you are too because I am about to hit you with a knowledge bomb.. so much knowledge coming your way you will be an expert. That’s probably a little dramatic tbh, and if you are not a Reno local or have no intentions of coming to Reno, then you really do not need to read on.. Unless you’re really supportive and just like reading, then keep on keepin on!

But today I have decided to set the record straight on just what Escape really is. You would be baffled by the incorrect guesses I hear when people pass by Escape, and I would like to say for the 6752163562639th time, Escape is not an Escape room, nor will it ever be one. The dark, daunting room in the back corner of the Basement with the cool lights is not a fight club (yupp, someone asked that), a stairway to the floor below the basement (???? like the basement is literally the lowest you can go?), nor is it a gym that you can just come in hit bags by yourself whenever you feel (anger issues you should probably discuss with a therapist).

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And look at my cute new headshots by Alfyn Photography. 🙂

Escape is indeed a sensory experience fueled workout establishment.. say that 10 times fast. But really, blacklights give the gym a super fun and intense vibe that I can guarantee you won’t find anywhere else. Then on top of the visual aspect, we bump that music.. like ears bleeding when you leave (k, not that loud but we like to jam). Workouts are not a walk in the park and actually require some effort that only some are willing to put in. You will even get a cold towel when it’s all said and done to cool off and take in the pretty lavender smells.

A lot of people ask me what classes are like and what we do, so I am going to do my best to summarize the types of classes we have..

Spinning: It’s a bike that goes nowhere. Seems pretty innocent, and definitely underestimated because your legs will literally be burning by the time you’re done. We take you through hills, sprints, jumps, climbs, speed drills and tons of other things to get you a full body workout you can feel happy about. An added bonus but definitely just the icing on the cake, we play the music videos so you have something to take your mind off of the pain you are putting yourself through (in the best way of course)

Boxing: Whether I teach it or take it, I leave boxing feeling like a major badass. Take all of that pent up aggression and channel it into the hard hitting workout at hand. Escape is full-on classic boxing so keep your feet on the floor, people. We incorporate cardio and other body movements to keep it fresh and help you get the best workout possible.

Gainzzzz: So it is actually called ‘Gainz Train’ on the app, but this class is an all around workout with an emphasis on the arms and upper body. We use weights, bands, and body weight to tone up those arms and finally get some muscle on those noodles!

No Gutz No Glory: The pattern goes spinning, HIIT, spinning, and I can guarantee you will be dying by the very end of it. Raise your heart rate and feel the leg burn, then move out to the boxing room for a quick HIIT workout and some toning ab exercises, then right back to spinning you go to finish out the fat burnnnnnn.

Sweat Scuplt Burn: Heated Pilates will get that sweat goin, I promise. Combining the heat with body weight and light weight exercises leads to the toned bod you’ve always wanted. You get time to work and a little rest to focus on your breathing and activate the core.

Booty work: Escape has both Booty Bootcamp and Booty spin, and I am telling you now, if you are trying to build your butt, try this class out asap. High weight, low reps help you build the muscle that makes your butt bigger, and low weight, high reps tone it up to give you the round peach you know you want. Expect squats, deadlifts, hovering on the bike, and banded kickbacks.. they’re the norm.

So ya know, I am pretty qualified to give out this info and I hope this answers any questions you have had about that ‘one dark workout place’ you always hear about but never knew what it was. Also, come on by and see us, try out a class.. I promise it will be the best workout of your life.

Xo, Ciera

Up in the gym just workin’ on our fitness

Up in the gym just workin’ on our fitness

Hi again,

I promise I didn’t get my days mixed up, I am fully aware today is Thursday. But the good news about this post is that it is the official kickoff to fitness posts on The Devil Wears Rompers. WHOOP WHOOP. I decided there was no better time to start these up than now. There are so many new resolutions out there, and over 34% of them are centered around fitness or the general improvement of health. The craziest part about it is that about 73% of fitness resolutions are abandoned by February 1st.

So I am here to help keep you on track, and make sure that resolution isn’t something you throw aside. Now I know attending a gym post-January 1st is practically hell.. There are crowds of people everywhere, newbies that don’t understand sitting on a machine isn’t a workout, and the select few that seem to be using every single machine beyond incorrectly.

The local gym may be a great place to people-watch until they fade out, but if you really want a good workout, now is the perfect time to try out group exercise classes. A group fitness class is a great place to learn proper form, try out new workouts, and break a sweat while meeting new people. Now I may be biased on my choice of location, but if you live in Reno, I would most definitely give Escape a try. I can attest to the fact that prior to becoming an instructor here, I was a client and I loved every minute of it (I still enjoy taking classes from other instructors). Escape offers spinning, boxing, bootcamp, and weight training along with a blacklight and loud music experience. You can sign up through the “Reno Escape” app (available in app store) for an intro offer or the 5 for $35 New Year’s Special!

Now if you want to try elsewhere as well, I won’t fault you.. I’m just saying that Escape is pretty great. If you are taking the leap into group fitness, read over these five tips for attending a class at wherever you choose.

  1. Bring water

    I am sure many of you are reading this first one thinking to yourself “No s#!t, Ciera..” But having seen it for myself, I cannot tell you the amount of people that show up to class without anything to drink. Classes are hard and you don’t want to be gasping for air and then have an immense thirst for water to add to that. And since most places are courteous to clients, they will have a water fountain/machine, but it would probably be smart to bring a water bottle, unless you’re fond of the idea of drinking your water from cupped hands or placing your whole face directly under the spout.

  2. Eat beforehand

    Please do not take this piece of advice as me telling you to eat a 7- course meal 10 minutes before spin, but instead make a conscious decision to eat a healthy/energizing snack 30 minutes – 1 hour prior to class. If you would prefer not to eat beforehand, plan to hit the ground hard when you pass out 3 songs in. Food gives you fuel, and without fuel, you won’t be doing much besides laying on the ground in your first class.

  3. Wear proper attire

    Let me tell ya, some moves and machines are very unforgiving. To avoid heat rash, chafing, rolling an ankle, and dying of heat exhaustion, it is super important to wear the right stuff. There is a time and place for your formal ball gowns and stage makeup, but trust me, a group exercise class is not that place. Compression gear with a large amount of ventilation is perfect for most classes. Yoga allows for looser and flowier clothing, but I would avoid that in classes like spin, unless you want the bike to rip off those gauchos and take ’em for a spin. The proper footwear is also super important. Avoid wearing ‘lifestyle’ shoes to exercise due to the lack of support. Most athletic shoes say what their ideal use is (training, running, lifestyle, etc.). My other point to add is that you may think a full face of makeup is necessary for all parts of your life, but I guarantee it won’t come out looking as good as when you came in, so it is probably better to forego it.

  4. Try a class/gym more than once

    It is very easy to try a class once and say you don’t like it for whatever reason, but there is no chance you will ever improve with that attitude. The first class I ever took at Escape was with the lead instructor, Jen Rowan, and I couldn’t tell if I was crying or sweating (it was so hard). I immediately left that class and said “No chance I will ever put myself through that torture again.” But the next day I felt so sore and realized it was definitely the best workout I had ever done, so I went back and got my ass kicked once again. If you initially don’t like an instructor/class/gym, try it once more to be sure, maybe even for a third time. Different classes or instructors may make you more excited than others and make you work harder. Maybe the first class you try isn’t your favorite because there were too many burpees, but trying it again might result in 5 sets of jump squats which you absolutely love. Don’t give up after the first try, that’s the moral of this tip.

  5. Get out of your own head and just do it

    You can make enough excuses to fill the whole 45-minute timespan of a class, or you can get in, get out, and feel accomplished that you just finished your workout for the day. If you are scared people will judge you, I promise they won’t. Everyone is there to get their own workout in, and focusing on yours is at the bottom of their to-do list. If you are worried that you won’t be able to do the exercises, don’t be. Fitness instructors are specifically trained to be able to provide modifications for every fitness level. If you think a class will be too easy, trust me, you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough. All parts of fitness can be made more difficult, so if you want the challenge, just ask. And last but not least, if you are scared you won’t like it.. showing up and trying it out is the only way to find out.

So no matter what fitness level you are, or whether you’ve tried group exercise or not, I suggest you go out there and try it out. Maybe you will realize the only reason you’ve always hated cardio is because you never found the right outlet, but now you can spin, or maybe your knees always hurt because you never knew the proper squat form, but you finally learned in a booty building class. IMG_7244IMG_0639_Facetune_11-01-2018-14-08-01IMG_0638_Facetune_11-01-2018-14-08-31

Shoes: Nike, Pants: Lululemon, Top: Lululemon, Hat: Urban Outfitters

Photography by Fernando Montenegro

That’s all I have got for today. Get to workin’ and try something new.

Xo, Ciera