Holiday Gift & Fitness Inspiration: From 2018 Into the New Year


2018 was a busy year for the Move Ya Brass Krewe. As usual, we Bounced, Hip Hopped, Twerked and Stretched our Brasses. We also ran in more races than ever, Moonlighted in Duncan Plaza and worked out New Orleans style to live brass bands.

We can't thank you enough for all your support and including us on your fitness journeys! 

As we look back at 2018, the MYB team is sharing our favorite accessories ideal for holiday gift giving, as well as personal accomplishments and goals inspiring us for the New Year.

Fitness Inspired Holiday Gift Ideas

Robin Barnes, MYB Founder: As far as local, I love our new water bottles. No joke, I’ve been using mine every day. Also, I love local company KOA-BAN headbands and the Under Armour HOVR sneakers. 


Thomas Nguyen, MYB VP/Running Captain: I love the usefulness of my new Nathan pouch belt, The Zipster. It's able to hold both of my smartphones (iPhone 8 & Samsung Galaxy 9) and it has two zippered pouches for gels, keys, etc. It was comfortable to wear around my waist while running and is weather resistant.

Wilfredo Aguirre, MYB Running Captain: The one thing I would suggest as a great gift or stocking stuffer is a pair of high performance (moisture wicking) running socks. Runners tend to overlook this accessory when training. A good pair of running socks can make the world of difference.

Lori Wilson, MYB Blogger: A jump rope is a cheap, compact fitness gift (you can find jump ropes at Target for $5 - $15) that can be used anywhere (the gym, outside, your basement—just watch out for the ceiling!). It's also challenging and fun. I learned how to do double unders and crossovers this year and now I want to learn more tricks!

Biggest Fitness Accomplishments from 2018

Robin: Kicking off the Move Ya Brass Experience with Live Brass Band. #MoveYaBrassLIVE. Also, the continued growth of our humble family and KREWE. 

Thomas: I am proud of getting my RRCA Run Coaching certification!

Wilfredo: I have two big accomplishments I can hang my hat on for 2018: becoming a certified long distance coach through the Road Runners Club of America and finishing my first 50 miler Ultra Marathon earlier this year.

Lori: I faced my biking fears this year by riding the velodrome in Detroit, renting my first bike share and entering my first triathlon. It was a super sprint tri, so the race was super short, but it also got me to face my other long-held aversion to swimming.

Fitness goals for 2019

Robin: Get back to running races. With my gig schedule, performing until midnight before a race is a challenge, but I’d like to aim for getting back into it—at least six races. 

Thomas: I'm looking forward to doing a longer trail race (more than a 5K) in 2019!

Wilfredo: I’m looking forward to 2019 to continue to help other runners reach their personal goals through coaching and for myself—complete my first 100 miler race in the fall.

Lori: Though terrified, I am set on trying the luge at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. I'd also like to finally attempt snowboarding, though I've "planning" that for the past few winters. 

What are you giving as gifts this year? Most proud of? Planning for 2019? Tell us below!

- Lori Wilson

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After moving away from her hometown, just outside of Detroit, Lori has done her best to stay out of her former constantly-working-to-make-ends-meet rut. Having lived in Los Angeles, Chicago and Denver, Lori began her writing career covering soap operas. While she will always keep track of the latest returns from the dead on “General Hospital,” she now focuses her writing on fun ways to stay happy, fit and out of the house. Recent adventures have led to her love of indoor cycling, getting pampered at the spa and her new favorite city New Orleans. A Midwestern girl at heart, Lori is back in Chicago, where she continues her quest to top the thrill she felt her first time on the trapeze.