Best Winter Reads

Welcome to my book picks for winter 2021!  Winter is a great time for cuddling up with a book, a fire, a blanket, and some time to kill when it’s too cold to go outside.  Here are some of my favorites from the last few months.  Welcome to my book picks for winter 2021! Winter is a great time for cuddling up with a book, a fire, a blanket, and some time to kill when it’s too cold to go outside.  Here are some of my favorites from the last few months.

1. Verity by Colleen Hoover.  This book gave me a feeling of creeping disquiet from the first pages, and it only intensified as the chapters wore on.  A struggling and solitary writer is hired by the family of a bestselling author, the eponymous Verity, to complete a series that she can no longer finish. Lowen, the hired writer, moves into the family home to conduct some research and gather the unfinished notes and files regarding the end of the series.  She’s a fish out of water from the jump, but things keep getting weirder and the reader’s discomfort grows in proportion to Lowen’s. You will think you know where this story is going, and then right at the end, you’ll have all your suspicions turned upside down.  This story is dark, full of winding twists and turns, slowly mounting horror, and ultimately, an ending you won’t forget.  Clear a few hours and curl up in front of a fire. You won’t want to stop once you start!


2. Over The Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness.  If you’ve seen the reboot of Queer Eye, you know the flamboyant ball of joy also known as JVN.  But reading his memoir, you learn that he has faced many struggles along the way to becoming the boisterous extrovert he is today. Although the book was generally light-hearted, JVN gets deeply vulnerable and shares some extremely personal and painful experiences from his past, as well as exploring the role his dark times played in helping him become the man he is today.  It was an awesome balance of LOL moments, peeks behind the scenes of Queer Eye, and a young man’s battle with his inner and outer demons.  Overall, a great ride to take with someone who feels like your best friend from line one.


3. Your Story, My Story by Connie Palmen is a must for any fan of literature, poetry, or writers in general.  It’s a fictionalized account, based on a tremendous amount of research from the historical record, of the relationship between noted American poet Sylvia Plath and her husband, the poet Ted Hughes.  Like any respectable English major, I’ve read some of Plath’s work and I knew that she committed suicide as a young mother after several failed attempts.  But I didn’t know anything about her life or her marriage, and reading from Ted’s fictionalized perspective was entrancing.  His profound love for his troubled bride envelops you with every word, and the whole book glides with gorgeous poetic phrases.  It’s wonderfully written, full of feelings, and much of the English countryside is explored through their relationship.  This book is a moving slice-of-life story, and is a great way to “travel” when we might otherwise be stuck at home.


4. FKA USA by Reed King is a book like no other I’ve read before, and I know my post-apocalyptic books.  In this dark humored satire we travel with a narrator through a country formerly known as America, but it’s unrecognizable as the place we know today.  Although disturbingly,
it’s not too hard to imagine a future like this coming true.  America has split into different corporate-political nation states, there’s no such thing as unprocessed food or clean water, the environment has become poisonous, and the land between nation-states is overrun with bandits and
thieves.  We follow our narrator, Truckee Wallace, across the continent on a mission to save his country and his life.  Although the plot is outrageous, the characters are bizarre, and the circumstances are incredible, this satirical look at a possible future is full of real humor, grit, and even
love.  It’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s the book I’ve recommended most this year.  Give it a shot!


5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  What’s better than a classic murder mystery to snuggle up with when the weather is cold and dreary?  Embarrassingly, this is the first Christie book I’ve ever read (and I read it just a few months ago) but I can see what all the fuss is
about!  The dialogue is a little antiquated to our modern ears, and the characters are playing stock roles, but the mystery at the heart of this story is a real puzzler.  I couldn’t figure it out, and I was dying (haha) to find out whodunnit.  It’s an easy (and creepy) read for a rainy day.


Enjoy your reading time, friends!

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Kaia Tri is a ten-week triathlon training program with workouts three times a week, which is an optional extra during our spring and summer CORE sessions. We swim, bike, and run, with some cross-training classes too. By being able to set a personal pace, our triathlon training program is suited to beginners tackling their first race and intermediate athletes looking to improve their finish time.

Our mock triathlons run several times to familiarize women with the course route. We finish the season with a Triathlon Training Camp which includes paddle boarding and power workouts. The next day is our exhilarating and fun Triathlon race day for all Kaia Tri women to enjoy working out in a beautiful location. Friends are welcome too!


Kaia Sandbag combines traditional fitness with unconventional training methods. With sandbags, the weight shifts and moves in an unpredictable fashion. This piece of equipment is integrated into our conditioning & strength building workouts to simultaneously develop strength, power, endurance, mobility, and balance – with an additional emphasis on developing overall core strength and stability.

New to sandbag training? No problem! Beginners are always welcome.


TRX® Suspension Training® body-weight exercise simultaneously develops strength, power, endurance, mobility, durability, balance, flexibility, and core stability. Whether you’re younger or older, out of shape or a pro athlete, injured or at the top of your game, TRX Suspension Training meets you where you are and takes you where you want to go. TRX Suspension Training leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to enable hundreds of exercises that can be instantly scaled for any user to reach any fitness or training goal. The easily-scalable nature of TRX Suspension Training makes it a practical solution wherever you are on the fitness continuum.

Need a little extra boost to keep your body guessing? Our TRX/Cardio class is an excellent complement to any Kaia FIT session. TRX workouts, which can be used by anyone at any level, builds true functional strength and improves flexibility, balance and core stability all at once. Mixed with cardio, the classes give every member the perfect balance of challenge and success.

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Our trademark Kaia Cross-Training™ classes are a unique mix of cardio, functional movement, and both weighted and non-weighted exercises.

Cross-Training benefits:

Each day brings a new workout. We have an elite group of advanced coaches who infuse each workout with their own flair and focus, meaning you’re never going to repeat a workout, avoid burn-out, and fitness plateaus.

Keeping the body guessing is key to sculpting lean muscle mass. We also have a 3-part modification foundation: Balance (non-impact); Strength (mid-impact) and Kaia (high impact). Each exercise has its own progression so that everyone can feel successful.

As a part of our program, we also offer nutritional guidance to help you make healthy food choices and keep your fitness on track.

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Our barre-based class is a unique combination of postures inspired by ballet, yoga, Pilates and Kaia. Using the barre as a prop to balance, you’ll complete a series of isometric holds combined with high reps of small range movements to elongate and tone your major muscle groups.

In addition to the barre, classes incorporate pilates balls, yoga blocks, and/or resistance bands for increased endurance, challenge and focus. Following each set of holds, you’ll rest and recovery with a short series of stretches and poses to increase flexibility prior to advancing.
Kaia Barre is a low-impact class that perfectly complements our program offerings. Meet us at the barre and try your first class for free!

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Our dance fitness class is rooted in traditional dance. We use those foundational moves and offer a class that is easy enough for beginners yet challenging enough for the more seasoned dancer. The simplicity of the routines allows you to keep moving with ease. Although this is a workout, it feels more like a dance party with your girlfriends.


Improve your speed, skill, endurance, stamina, and strength with our Kaia running program. The program works on developing running skills that can increase speed, endurance, and overall fitness. The program is designed for you to run at your pace and and help you see improvements every step of the way.

The Kaia training is a simple, progressive program designed for women of all ages and all fitness levels. Whether you are a walker, jogger, or runner, you will be able to join this program and move at your own pace. Research has shown that even 20 to 30 minutes of running (two to three times per week) is enough to help you lose or maintain weight and improve many other important health markers, i.e. your cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin response.

Don’t be intimidated by the Kaia Run program name, each class will have walkers, joggers and runners. Keep in mind that the first mile is the hardest mile you will ever run. Once you get off the starting block, things only get easier. All you have to do is be patient and disciplined in your training, and that is where Kaia


Kaia Yoga combines mind and body with a power yoga and core-strengthening weekly workout with Pilates-style techniques. We focus on balance, strength, and cardiovascular fitness through stretching, strength training and dynamic movement to improve overall fitness levels.

By creating long, lean muscles, Yoga promotes improved coordination, greater flexibility and a fuller range of motion, with a strong body that’s less prone to injury. Yoga keeps the mind centered and reduces stress through positive thoughts and a sense of mindfulness, which also inspires mental strength and confidence.

Yin Yoga, or restorative yoga, is a quiet contemplative practice. It targets the deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues – ligaments, joints, bones, and the deep fascia networks of the body. Poses are held for 1 minute or more and transitions between poses are gentle and slow. This class is an excellent compliment to our other classes, provides dedicated stretching, and is known to reduce stress and anxiety.


Our BRIK Bootcamp sessions are offered three times a year and are designed to help you reach your health and fitness potential, and you’re welcome to start anytime!

Our BRIK Bootcamps are six weeks long and feature classes daily.* This programming fits in seamlessly with our regularly scheduled classes, and it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Register for BRIK Bootcamp HERE (included for Platinum & Gold Memberships)
  2. Book your classes through our branded app and Show Up
  3. Let our expert coaches do the rest!

These sessions offer great results in weight and body fat loss and an increase in strength and cardiovascular endurance. Our nutritional support will boost energy, help you de-bloat, increase sleep quality, and enhance your overall glow.

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In between BRIK Bootcamp, we offer a variety of classes to meet you at your level! We also have nutrition and fitness challenges, in addition to fun opportunities to spice up your routine. What are you waiting for? Join us today!


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