Adore's new series will follow the typical morning routine of a New Orleans mover and shaker.
While New Orleans doesn't lead with the reputation as one of the healthiest cities in the country, many individuals are doing their part to help. Kelsey Greenfield, a Tulane graduate, is one of those people. This fall, she will open her highly anticipated studio Body Shoppe on Freret Street. The space will offer a variety of classes, which locals can get a taste of through her summer happy hour HIIT series held at Port Orleans. Besides bringing new and exciting workouts to town, Greenfield's new digs will include a communal area a.k.a the perfect spot to work or relax before or post sweat.
Opening a studio from the ground up while leading classes and training private classes is no easy feat. To see how Greenfield does it, check out her mindful morning routine below!
5:40 a.m. I would never coin myself as a “morning person,” but here I am waking up before dawn! I snooze my alarm once and close my eyes again. While I relish the next few minutes of rest, I start to think of a few exciting things going on for the day to get me ready to really wake up. I keep a big glass of water next to my bed and immediately drink all 16 oz. I then put on a quick 5 minute guided Head Space meditation. I grab my journal and write down 3 things I’m grateful for, 3 ways to make today great, and an affirmation. I am a big fan of the 5 Minute Journal, but you can totally do it in any notebook! It’s a great way to get your mind in a positive place before the day begins.
6 a.m. I rinse my face with cold water to wake up, brush my teeth (something I find very meditative), and throw on my workout wear! My favorite place to shop for active wear is my friend Christina Calamia’s store Sweat NOLA. Sweat carries a bunch of different brands and it’s nice to be able to try everything on for fit – there is nothing worse than leggings that keep rolling down or a sports bra that doesn’t support! I head upstairs to heat up my morning water, lemon, and ACV. As the water heats, I add LivonLabs Vitamin C “goo” (for lack of a better word) to a shot of water and a few drops of oil of oregano. It’s not for the faint of heart but I swear by it for keeping my immune system in check!
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Balance is not black and white ... but this 📸 by @ladymadrama is 😉 • Balance changes as the weight of things change—and things are always freaking changing!! The 💎 is being able to find some equilibrium amongst the flow of life. To adapt, reassess, reprioritize.⚖️ • A little instability is good. It forces you to check in with the core of it all. The basis for the balance. • My current balance challenge ? As an entrepreneur and athlete I get stuck trying to find balance between hustle and recovery. • One camp is stressing the importance of utilizing late night/early morning hours to hustle on the business. The trade off? Not getting 7-8 hours of 😴 The flip side emphasizes giving the body enough time to recover so it can perform at its optimal level. Trade off? Missed hours of prime uninterrupted work. • To sum it up — “There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of of balance or sacrifice.” @simonsinek • What’s your biggest balance challenge right now?
6:20 a.m. Arrive to teach my morning class. Honestly, at this point I’m still not fully convinced I am a morning person, but after a few minutes of moving my body everything shifts – I feel awake and ready to take on the day! Since I design all the classes I teach, they change every week. Sometimes the focus is on stretching and opening the body, other times it’s a fiery core and booty burner. No matter what the focus is, it's about feeling strong and confident in your body and above all, having fun! Group fitness is what really lights me up – there is something so uplifting about working it out as one team.
7:45 a.m. I go home and take my sweet dog Shirley for a walk. She is usually still curled up in bed when I get back but is ready to go once she hears me grab her leash. I put in my AirPods and put on a motivational Podcast while we walk. Right now I’m really loving Ed Mylett. I hop in the shower to clean up from class. I’m never not drenched in sweat after a workout and I love it – I believe that sweating is so good for the body and soul! When it comes to hair and skincare routines I completely rely on my friends who happen to be professionals and experts. My hair stylist Cameron Stromboe is literally my hair guru. I don’t know what I would do without him: he tells me what products to use, when to wash, when to use a mask, and the list goes on. We joke that my hair is actually his and I just wear it. Jennifer Mills of Ritual Body Wellness has helped me hone in my skincare routine to prevent breakouts from all the sweating. I love her holistic approach to skincare and she just opened her skin studio right around the corner from Body Shoppe. I couldn’t be more excited!
8:50 a.m. I make a matcha latte before heading out the door to train a private client at the cutest little gem of a gym, Uptown Fitness on Pitt Street.
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Cheers to the first time 🍻 The first time you do a thing is always exciting... And holy shiz are we excited!! ⚡️ Thank each and everyone of you badass people for showing up, sweating, and smiling with us for our first ever Pop-Up Shoppe. ⚡️ Y’all are the foundation, and damn did we lay it down...Now, let’s build something epic!!! Happy Hour HIIT Series: every Wednesday 630pm @portorleansbrewingco 💗 NOBS
10:30 a.m. I head to my favorite coffee shop to sit down and get to work on Body Shoppe. I bounce around between a few different cafes, but Cherry Espresso Bar on Laurel Street is my favorite – I joke that I should start paying rent since I’m there so much!
12 p.m. I swing by Body Shoppe to check in on construction. I’m loving every aspect of the entrepreneurial process, from building out financial models to creating the class programming. The construction phase is especially exciting because I am starting to see this dream take a physical form. I have been extremely fortunate to be surrounded and supported by an amazing team throughout this process and can’t wait to open the doors and welcome the community in!