Finding the Best Workout in Tampa – Marrs Does Fitness

A Fitness Series – The One with the Intro

What’s up homies! Welcome back to the blog. This is the beginning of a new 4-part series uncovering the best fitness classes in Tampa. In these posts, I will be trying different gyms in the area and will judge them on the following criteria: value for price-point, schedule flexibility, workout and cleanliness.

Not sure about you guys, but when it comes to my fitness journey, I’m still not 100% sure of what I’m doing. I feel like I know the basics to being overall healthy and fit, but I can still benefit from guidance. I also enjoy being told what to do in a workout and not having to figure things out on my own. With my personality, it’s one of the few areas where I don’t need to be in control so while I’m working out my bodily muscles, I’m giving the big one in my head a break!

This is where fitness classes come into play and luckily for me it’s 2019 and fitness trends are still on the uprise. This means loads of variety!! I wanted to give myself a well rounded experience so for the series, I’ll be checking out the following types of workouts: cycling/spin, kickboxing, and HIIT. Cycling/Spin is a classic type of class, our moms and aunts were doing these since back in the day. The Tried & True method, if you will. Kickboxing to me is a hybrid type of class; part HIIT, part boxing and overall a full body workout. And finally HIIT (high intensity interval training); these type of workouts are meant to burn a ton of calories by bringing your heart rate in and out of the fat burning zone. The classes can focus on upper-body, lower-body or full body.

My wedding is less than 2 months away so I’m going to have to kick it into high gear if I want to achieve my goals by then. I’ll be reviewing each class and giving my honest feedback. There will be links so you can check these gyms out for yourself as well. Everyone’s fitness journey is completely different and what works for me may not work for others. The main point of this series is to educate and provide insight on what to expect from the perspective of an actual person and not through their marketing efforts. It’s my hope that you will find inspiration to maybe give these places a try or to give that class in your town a go! Remember everything at your own pace. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Part one of this series will be out Friday, so don’t miss out!

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Hudson’s Favorite Hangouts: Part 3

A Pupper Series – Next Stop: Honeymoon Island Dog Beach

One of the best benefits of living in Tampa is the endless options of beaches. Seriously, the is no shortage of beautiful beaches in the area. Now dog-friendly beaches is another story. There are a few, but our favorite is definitely Honeymoon Island Beach.

Honeymoon Island is located in Dunedin and is a local fave. Here you will find calm waters and soft white sand. The Gulf never ceases to amaze me with its stunning turquoise waters. There’s an entire side of the beach just for dogs – it’s freakin’ HUGE. Dogs have to stay on their leashes since the water is open, but it’s completely manageable. Hudson has gone several times and with each visit he becomes more accustomed to beach life. One day I’ll be able to get him to fetch a ball out of the water….one day!

The dog side of the beach usually has plenty of space to hang with your pups and set up shop. I love that it never gets too crowded where you feel like you’re on top of the group near you. Everyone we’ve met has always been really friendly and their dogs are always having a blast in the water or sand. Hudson is more of a sun bather. He’ll get in the water to cool off but he’s not the biggest fan of the water rushing on shore. However, he is a phenomenal model. When the sun is setting, it makes for stunning shots. Evidence to the left.

On the other side of the beach, you’ll find two entire sections just for humans. Be careful though – there are rocks in certain areas. Water shoes aren’t a bad idea here. Other than that, the beach is paradise. Nothing but chill, relaxed vibes. It’s perfect for reading a book, soaking up rays or just getting away from it all. This place has become my escape. Parking at only $2-$8 per car depending on how many passengers, it’s a cheap date with or without your furball.

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Hudson, David & I rate Honeymoon Island Dog Beach 4.5 out of 5 dog bones

Day Dreamin’ at Daydreamers Cafe and Grill

Guys, it is official – I’m convinced Downtown Safety Harbor is the most under the radar town in Tampa. Some of the best food I’ve found lately has been here and while it does end up being conveniently close – trust me I’ve been scouring the city for the Crème De La Crème. Time and time again I find myself telling someone about my new favorite place in Safety Harbor. This week I discovered Daydreamers Cafe & Grill surprisingly located right next to my favorite coffee shop, Cafe Vino Tinto. (More on them here).

Daydreamers cafe is quite literally very dreamy. The colorful murals don the outer walls, there’s a beautiful garden and flowers. Just out front there is a dog-friendly patio. As you know, I’m always looking to take Hudson with me everywhere I go, so this scored huge points with me. The cafe has a vibe that is quaint and neighborly. You can quickly become super close with your server because they treat you like family. The chef and owner of the cafe lives directly next door and while I may have only met him for 2 minutes, you can tell he has a love for not only his business but the neighborhood.

During my first visit, the cafe was participating in this contest for best watermelon flavored drink. Their entry was a watermelon mimosa (pictured above) and it was damn delicious. Very light and refreshing. Perfect for a summer brunch. $1 for every mimosa sold was donated to the Safety Harbor Public Library. It sure made my heart soar that each mimosa I drank was helping the local library.

For breakfast I ordered the Bourbon Benedict and my cousin had the Mixed Breakfast Grill. Hudson was served a nice bowl of cold water and plenty of shade from the patio umbrella. We scarfed our food down so fast, we didn’t say two words to each other. We just feasted like Ramsay Bolton’s ravenous dogs just before he bit the dust. Needless to say the food was damn good. We met Chris, the chef/owner, while we were dining and mentioned how much we loved everything. While I imagine he hears this several times a day, his face lit up as if he was hearing it for the first time. It was refreshing to see someone passionate and happy about what they do and bring to the neighborhood. After we ate breakfast we did a little photoshoot of Hudson on the mural. They have the cutest dog sized wings for a puppy photo-op. It’s a must when you visit – I mean look how freakin’ adorable Hudson looks here!

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Hudson’s Favorite Hangouts: Part 2

A Pupper Series – Next Stop: Enterprise Dog Park

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the next installment of the pupper series. This week we’re unveiling Hudson’s favorite dog park, Enterprise, located in Clearwater. Part trail/part dog park, the dogs that come here enjoy a vast amount of space, with tons of nooks and crannies to explore.

The park starts off with a wide open space with a decent size tree to keep the humans cool. There you will usually find several dogs running around, playing and living their best damn lives. If you go off to the left a bit, you will find a section for smaller dogs; also perfect for dogs who get a little skid-dish and need some time to come out of their shells.

We always go past the open plot of land and walk straight over the bridge. Here begins the trail part of the park. There is so much greenery and trees, it’s perfect for an early morning stroll with your fur-ball. I love to grab a coffee from Cafe Vino Tinto (you can read about them here) and take Hudson for a long morning walk. We enjoy the sun, scenery and calmness of it all before the humidity kicks in and it’s hotter than all hell. It’s a nice little escape for both dog and human.

While I’m strolling enjoying the sun probably thinking about a million things, because my mind legit never shuts up, Hudson loves to get lost in the bushes and running off into the wilderness. He’s an adventurous one – as long as he can still see myself or David – otherwise he’s a wuss.

Along the way you’ll find plenty of water bowls with easy to use faucets. All you need to do is press the metal lever that’s protruding out of the faucet and voila there is free flowing cold, filtered water for your doggo. The bowls drain automatically meaning you don’t need to worry about nasty old water being left in the bowls. The last thing anyone needs is a curious pup drinking something suspicious and getting sick.

Overall Hudson always has a great time when we take him to Enterprise Dog Park. The park is convenient, clean, huge and every dog and owner we’ve encountered has been extremely friendly. If you’re looking for a new local dog park that’s more than just vast gated lot, be sure to check this spot out! Enterprise is located at 2671 Enterprise Rd E, Clearwater, FL 33759.

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Hudson, David & I give Enterprise Dog Park 5 out of 5 dog bones

Hudson’s Favorite Hangouts

A Pupper Series – First Stop: Oldsmar Trail

One thing I absolutely love about living in Tampa is how dog friendly this place is. The opportunities are endless when it comes to Places to Go or Things to Do with your furry best friend. In this series, Hudson & I are going to break down some of his favorite places to hang in this vibrant city.

Hudson & the Fallen Tree

This week’s highlight is the Oldsmar Trail in Oldsmar, Florida. Located on the border of Oldsmar and Palm Harbor, this trail is easy to get to and has a lot to offer. The entire trek is about 5.5 miles. Along the way there are baseball fields, frisbee golf (yes, apparently that’s a thing here), beautiful scenery, parks and more.
David & I enjoy taking Hudson for runs or long walks, especially when during the cooler months. Like so many dogs, Hudson is high energy and extremely playful. We are always looking for additional ways to chill this little dude out and running is perfect for that.

Ending the day with a sunset run

The trail is lined with dog waste bags and trash cans, super convenient for when someone decides to drop 3 deuces in 20 minutes. How can so much crap come out of such a small creature?

Anyway, the views are stunning in the area. Wildlife roam free and the sunsets here are a serene way to end the day. Whenever we head this way, Hudson is overjoyed because he knows we’re headed toward adventure.

As you make your way along the trail, you’ll stumble across workout stations and various sport fields. There’s even a decent sized dog park and picnic tables for your pup’s next birthday banger. I honestly love how clean it is, you can tell the town really cares about what it offers to residents. If you make it towards the end of the trail, you’ll reach Sheffield Park which has panoramic water views aka perfect for sunsets. I definitely plan on doing a photoshoot there for Hudson – he bougie like that. (see evidence below)

David & Hudson after a run

The only drawback is that since it’s hotter than hell 85% of the year, I wish the trail offered more shaded areas. When it’s the peak summer months, the asphalt is scorching and no bueno for little pupper paws. Other than that minor gripe – it’s freakin great!

There’s a small parking lot at the beginning on the trail and since it’s a public park – it’s free, my guy!

Marrs’ tip: for the parking lot put in Oldsmar Trail & Curlew Road; it’ll lead you straight to it.

So, if you’re looking for something that offers stunning views, peace & serenity while also being active; we highly recommend you check it out.

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Hudson, David & I give the Oldsmar Trail 4 out of 5 dog bones