Team Virago Conquers Cowles Mountain!

By: Justine Rellosa 

We’d like to thank everyone that participated in our hike to the top of Cowles Mountain on Saturday,  the sun was shining and the air was crisp up top! We appreciate the support of those that made it and we can’t wait for more adventures to come. The trail was a bit challenging but we were able to conquer it in an hour and a half. We highly recommend the challenge!  Don’t forget to become a member of Team Virago to join in on all of our upcoming events — It’s fast, easy and FREE to do! Check out our Events page for more info.

We’re Moving On Up: Hike to Cowles Mountain

By: Justine Rellosa

We’re only a handful of days away from our next Team Virago event! On Saturday, March 14 we’re trading in one of our “sleeping-in” days for a rewarding three mile hike out and back to the highest elevation within the city of San Diego. At approximately 1,594 feet, the top of Cowles Mountain is the perfect way to feel on top of the world. PRO-TIP: Don’t forget to pack extra water, your favorite nutrition bar or trail mix and most importantly, an “I CAN DO IT!” attitude. Check out our events page for more information.

Spring Into Action

By: Genie Davis

It’s almost spring, and that means it’s time to take action. Exercise action that will yield good-for -your-body results, and a smart way to chase winter doldrums away. 

But how to get started? Well, the best advice we have is to be consistent and be committed. But not over-committed.

Make your resolutions reachable and realistic, and just as the days are bound to be growing longer, you’ll be bound for success. 

First, set a daily time for your work out. It doesn’t matter if you’re running, walking, improving your Pilates, or perfecting your down dog on the Yoga mat. Choose a time that feels right for you and stick to it, whether its first thing in the morning, your lunch hour, after work, or in the evening. It doesn’t matter when or where, it matters when regularly.

Second, choose a realistic time limit for your exercise. Start out slow, thirty minutes, perhaps. And gradually build up your staying power. Overdoing it can cause weariness or muscle soreness that might derail your plans. You can always go long, as long as you build up to being strong.

Third, pick something you’ll love doing. And then don’t be afraid to change things up. 

In other words, once you’ve scheduled a time to exercise, then pick a form of exercise you’re going to love. If Zumba’s your thing, then Zumba away. But if the routine becomes a little too second nature, change it up. Add an  anerobic exercise like free weights, or switch to a spin class on the weekend. All in all you should go short, stay strong, and vary your work out.

Fourth, get enough sleep - a tired workout can lead to injuries or simply dampen your enthusiasm for success. 

And now you’re all set. Remember, it’s spring forward time, no more falling back on your exercise goals.


By: Emma Decker

I’ll be the first to tell you getting into shape while working 8+ hours a day is hard.  Of course it is.  But I refuse to believe that it’s impossible.  It’s just challenging enough to make it worth pursuing.  

You don’t need to drink nothing but wheatgrass juice for three weeks straight.

You don’t need to start training for the marathon you’ve never dreamed of running starting tomorrow at six am.

You don’t need to make yourself pick up heavy things until your brain hurts.

You need to figure out what works for you.  And I know there are a million and twelve different sources with medical studies and facts and science telling you that you should only work out in the morning or you should only run if it’s in high intensity intervals or you should try subsisting on nothing but 30 bananas a day (that’s a real thing that I would not even kind of recommend doing).

I can’t tell you what’s going to work for you.  No one can.  Everybody reacts differently to diet, and exercise, and amounts of sleep and amounts of sunlight and amounts of sitting.  I can only tell you what works for me.  And that’s important—the best way to figure out what works for you is to try things that worked for other people.  And when they fail, try things that worked for other people.  And eventually something will work.

Try something new.  If you’re new to Southern California, or you’re new to working out, or you’re tiring of your old workout, commit to trying something new at least a few times a month.  One of the amazing things about this part of the country is that fitness is so incredibly accessible.  Take a boxing class, or zumba, or spinning or bootcamp.  Run a tough mudder or walk an obstacle course or try out a cool themed 5k.  Hike a mountain, walk the bay, swim in the ocean.  Find something you look forward to doing, and you’ll be that much more likely to do it.  Logic.

I personally have tried waking up at 5am to run before work and it sucked and I hated it.  And if that works for you I admire you and your ability to not toss your alarm clock out of your window Bradley Cooper-style when it wakes you up.  

Instead, I do what some of the studies out there tell you not to do—I wait until after work.  I fight traffic to get to my gym or I run an hour before bed and then shower.  And sometimes I talk myself out of it before I get there, but more often I don’t.  And I’m way more likely to work out in the afternoon, contrary to what many experts say, than if I by some miracle manage to wake up three hours before the sun rises.

Above anything else, just remember, “Nothing is impossible.  The very word itself says ‘of course there’s a twenty-something writing a blog post that includes an Audrey Hepburn quote.’” –Audrey Hepburn

Get Off Your Booty and Stick to Your Goals!

By : Justine Rellosa

We're rounding out the second month of the new year and we hope you're still squatting, burpee-ing and pumping that iron to the fullest! You made the commitment to better yourself as a whole, so don't sell yourself short… YOU CAN DO IT! Team Virago has gathered the top three FREE fitness apps that are tried and tested to keep you motivated and on track for the rest of the year.


1. RunKeeper [iPhone] [Android]

This app uses GPS to track your daily runs, walks or hikes. It is simple to use and provides you with a cool map of your routes as well as information on calories burned, miles per minute and links seamlessly to the next app, MyFitnessPal. 

2. MyFitnessPal [iPhone] [Android]

The best calorie counting app by far. With a database of hundreds of food items, keeping track of your diet has never been easier. Plug in your stats and instantly get a diet plan catered to you. 

3. HIIT Trainer [iPhone] [Android]

For circuit-training lovers, this app easily manages your work out sets. Whether you're running sprints or lifting weights, this interval timer keeps things flowing with customizable rest times.