This week on That Girl we are celebrating Sarah Bregel, a busy mom, writer, personal trainer and yogi who manages to make it all work. Her secret? Short, powerful workouts. “You really don’t have to spend two hours working out; you just have to make the time you have count,” Sarah says. “That’s one of the most important things I’ve learned.” Find out what else she’s learned and how she fits it all in!
Personal Trainer, writer, creator of BHealthyBmore.com
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
Power and vinyasa yoga are my primary workouts, and though I think it’s important to take the ego out of the equation when it comes to yoga, it does feel good to master a headstand.
What inspires you to get fit every day?
For me it’s more about feeling good than it is just being “fit.” I need to have energy to take care of my daughter, to work and overall just to be a happy person. On the days I manage to get in a workout, I can deal with the daily stresses of life about a thousand times better than when I don’t have–or find–time to workout.
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
Tell myself just to get started–that’s the hardest part. Once I start moving, I always want to keep going.
Favorite energizing meal:
An apple with peanut butter and raisins.
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
There is little chill time in my life these days. I’m usually squeezing my workouts in while my 2-year-old naps, so I’m busting my butt until she wakes up. Usually, we go have a walk together so I can cool down! So, I guess that’s chill time.
What is your top kick-ass workout?
I’m all about quick fitness, so I love a hard circuit for 30 minutes, which could be weights or a vinyasa flow. Anything that is quick and challenging. You really don’t have to spend two hours working out; you just have to make the time you have count. That’s one of the most important things I’ve learned. It helps for exercise to be a sustainable thing in my life, too.
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
When I was in personal training school, we worked out at a gym in Santa Monica where I just about walked into David Hasselhoff one day. We also did a workout on Muscle Beach–that was pretty scary! Lots of huge, huge muscles.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
To be in the moment and to use your breath to help you through your workout, rather than battling against yourself and thinking that you can’t wait until it’s over. Be present, feel the pain! It’s making your stronger.
Photo: courtesy of Sarah Bregel