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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Little Gem in Downtown Safety Harbor

Coffee, the nectar of the gods, as they say. Like most Americans, I love coffee. My morning routine always consists on grabbing a cup of joe on my way to work. Although this little gem is not on my route to Tampa, I love this little “retreat” and being able to unwind with some delicious coffee and relaxed ambiance.

So Many Drinks, So Little Time!

Cafe Vino Tinto, located in Downtown Safety Harbor, is my “Treat Yourself” cafe. That’s not to say that it’s expensive in any way, it’s sadly just on my route to work to become everyday coffee shop. *sigh*

The cafe is nestled right on Main Street and offers expansive seating indoors & outdoors. They offer a variety of coffees from your brew to lattes with your choice of their standard or unique flavors. They also offer a variety of biscottis, frittatas and waffles that are all fully loaded!

Waffles, Frittatas & Biscottis…Oh My!

My fiancé, David, and I decided to go enjoy the weather and take our dog, Hudson, with us. One of the things that I love the most about living in the Tampa area is that it’s extremely dog-friendly! Cafe Vino even puts out water bowls for your little pups. We sat outside which was shaded and Hudson plopped himself under the table for maximum shade and comfort. The decor of the cafe reminds me of New Orleans and has a very authentic feel to it. You can tell these people are passionate about coffee.

“You can tell these people are passionate about coffee.”

David ordered a small Americano and I ordered a large iced coffee with their seasonalLavender Vanilla syrup. It was delicious! The flavors worked well together; it tasted smooth and calming. The usual downside to ordering iced coffee in the Florida heat is it becoming watered down, but the people at Cafe Vino thought of that and serve theirs with iced coffee cubes! SAY WHAT?! Now I can truly take my sweet ass time with every sip. Did I mention they also offer a variety of non-dairy milk alternatives? I have a new love for cashew milk….yum!

Along with our coffees we decided to try their biscottis, which were delicious! We had the Butter Pecan & Mexican Mocha flavors; they truly did not disappoint. It tasted the way a biscotti should taste…nice crunch, loads of flavor and perfect with any coffee.

The variety, ambiance, flavors and price point literally make this the perfect spot for a Saturday morning with your friends, family or significant other.

Have you been to Cafe Vino Tinto yet? If so, what’s your go-to order? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Stayed tune to see where I head next and follow me on Instagram @LifeWithMarrs.

Until next time friends!

The Journey Begins…

Relocating from Long Island to Tampa

Two years ago, my soon-to-be husband and I decided to start anew and move from New York to Tampa. It was a huge decision and step for us as individuals and as a couple. While living in Long Island, we were spoiled with plenty of fantastic eateries and bars. Weekly date nights were always spent trying a new restaurant. Once we settled into Tampa we sought out new spots and unfortunately in the beginning delicious food was hard to come by. Of course once we got to know the area we found the city has plenty to offer when it comes to quirky joints with delicious eats, we were just looking in the wrong areas. Now being better versed and having tried a few spots, I thought what better time to start this blog. Here I plan on showing you all the food this beautiful city has to offer, whether this is your long time home, vacation spot or soon-to-be home; I got you covered!

“…we found the city has plenty to offer when it comes to quirky joints with delicious eats, we were just looking in the wrong areas.”

What makes me qualified? Well, other than my love for food….seriously, I’m always down to eat! I’ve gone to trade school in my past life and earned a certificate in Baking & Pastry Arts. Not to mention, I’ve been cooking all my life and while I may not be a Michelin Star Chef, I can definitely throw down in the kitchen. Plus I am a self-proclaimed foodie. Be sure to stick around and check out my adventures. You can also follow me on Instagram @LifeWithMarrs

Drop a comment below on some of your favorite eats in the area!