DIY Mocha Honey Race Fuel for Marathon, OCR and Ultra Running

You can’t rev your engine and keep the proverbial pedal to the metal in a race without some quality fuel in the tank. Okay, that’s a lot of metaphor to chew on in one sentence. So, in straight forward English let me say, that for optimal performance, you need quality carbs before and during your marathon, obstacle course race, triathlon, ultra or other endurance sport. Mocha Honey Race Fuel

Far too many times, I’ve gone without much fuel on the course, I’ve attempted the alternative approach of “fat-loading,” or in a pre-bonk induced panic I’ve eaten whatever product was being handed out on the course.  I’ve found that my best chance for success is to toe the start line with a strong sports nutrition plan in hand, and this includes one of my many homemade race fuels. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Mocha Honey Protein Sticks. Read on to get the instructions: Continue reading

5 Ways Parents Can Exercise While Waiting at Kids Sports Practice

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The fall season can take a toll on my daily workout routine, if I let it.  Busy back-to-school schedules, dwindling daylight hours, pre-holiday preparations and perhaps just a bit of laziness make it harder to keep to my regularly schedule sweat sessions.healhty snack active lifestyle

But, thank goodness autumn weather is perfect for exercising outdoors, so I keep my fitness clothes in the car trunk (along with Lorissa’s Kitchen™ and  Honest Tea® ) and make it a priority to move and groove wherever I might be in “wait mode” – like a one of my three kid’s many sports practices. Read on to find out five easy ways everyone from Soccer Moms and Football Dads can squeeze in an impromptu workout this way and also get a deal on the sponsor products. Continue reading

Peak Week OCR Gym Workout + Spartan Strong Life Time Fitness

This post is sponsored by  Life Time Fitness, however all opinions, workout suggestions, and enthusiasm are strictly my own. 

In a perfect world, obstacle course racing training would happen in the great outdoors. What could be more magnificent (and challenging) than charging up a mountain, leaping across creeks and hauling around rocks and logs? But, let’s be real, for many of us, it’s hard to get to Mother Nature’s gym on a regular basis. Towel Pull Ups Life Time Fitness

Between work schedules, kid’s activities, inclement weather (cold and hot), and too many accidents running in the dark, I’ve redirected about 75% of my obstacle course training to the gym. I’ve been a member of Life Time Fitness for several months now and have never been at a loss for equipment to get a fierce solo workout accomplished, for a fun and motivating group fitness class to join, or for other amenities to keep me strong, adaptable and resilient for my upcoming Spartan World Championship in Lake Tahoe on Sept 30.  Read on to get my Peak Week Spartan Training Gym Workout and also find out about some ways that Life Time Fitness is helping me reach my athletic goals – and can you too! Continue reading

15 Minute Full Body Blaster Workout with Surge® Storm

If you’re like me, it’s the middle of the week and your attitude or schedule (or both) is getting in the way of a full gym workout. When my to-do list gets out of control and my stress starts to spike, a quickie workout always helps me kick my cranky mood in the butt. 15 Minute Full Body Workout with Hedstrom Fitness Surge Storm

I’ve put together a 15 Minute Full Body Blaster Workout using the Surge®  Storm from Hedstrom Fitness. Using just three movements that capitalize on the dynamic motion of the water inside the apparatus, you will kick up your heart rate and burn calories while working nearly every muscle known to man — or woman, as the case may be. Read on to get the workout and all the details. Continue reading

7 Minute Anywhere Workouts for Everyone + Gerolsteiner Sparkling Detox

This post sponsored by Gerolsteiner, but all editorial comments, opinions and enthusiasm are strictly my own.

I’m sharing 7 Minute Anywhere Workouts for Everyone, with beginner, intermediate and advanced versions. Do them at home, in your office, in your hotel, while you wait for kids to finish their music lessons and sports practices. No excuses, in a little less than half of a quarter-hour (or 560 seconds), you can mark “exercise” off your “to do” list – and still have time to pat yourself on the back for being so efficient and smart!

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You know what else is smart? Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water. Read on to discover how this mineral water is a great hydration choice for an active lifestyle and find out how to join the Sparkling Detox Challenge, running September 11–15.

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Abs, Core, Pelvic Floor Problems + How to Bounce Back (and stop peeing your pants) Post Pregnancy

After growing, giving birth and nursing three babies, I came to appreciate my body in a whole new way extending far beyond what it had done for me physically in my running career.  I enjoyed (most) every minute of being pregnant and the sweet months of new motherhood following. With each pregnancy, I allowed myself to step away from my type-A training schedule and expectations of how quickly I should be bouncing back in both athletic ability and appearance. These physical and mental respites were a blessing that helped keep me healthy, happy and centered.

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What wasn’t a blessing were the progressively worsening issues I experienced as a result of these big babies, average weight over 9lb pounds! Embarrassing problems like incontinence and bladder prolapse related to pelvic floor weakness and dysfunction and, to a lesser degree, Diastasis Recti, a muscles separation in the abdomen that can contribute to mommy pooch. My doctors were pushing surgery, but I was scared and unsure, so I researched ways to self-correct with specific exercises and have been feeling great for years. I recently discovered the team up between Natalie Hodson and Dr. Monique Middlekauff, a specialist in pelvic floor dysfunction, to create a 30-day program called Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor. This easy-to-follow, at-home program includes many of the things I did and LOTS more, and I am excited to recommend it! Read on to get the details! Continue reading

7 Ways to Keep Fitness Fun!

Life Time Fitness has provided me membership and services in return for sharing my experience. All thoughts, opinions and enthusiasm are my own.

I’ve dabbled in gymnastics and playground sports as a child, but it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I discovered running and began to consider myself a serious athlete. Now, 25 years later, I’m still running strong, able to compete at a fairly high level, and continually grow with new fitness challenges like yoga, weight-lifting, and obstacle course racing.Life Time Fitness Jennifer Fisher thefitfork.com

There are a few reasons why I think I’ve never burned out of sports and been self-drafted to the armchair. The first is consistency, I’ve just made being fit part of my lifestyle and engage in some sort of physical activity on a daily basis. The second, is how I’m wired; I have a personal drive to compete with myself and others without letting it affect my confidence, win or lose. The third, and what I’m talking about mostly today, is that even in serious training cycles, I enthusiastically believe in “keeping fit fun.” Read on to find out 7 Ways to Keep Fit Fun and how I’ve been #KeepingFitFun lately at Life Time Fitness. Continue reading

Nature’s Sports Water + Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral #SparklingDetox Giveaway

This post sponsored by Gerolsteiner, but all editorial comments, opinions and enthusiasm are strictly my own.

I consider staying healthy and at the top of my game my job. In part because I’m a healthy food blogger, fitness ambassador, and competitive athlete, but also, more importantly, I want to be the best version of ME for myself, my kids, my husband, and my extended family and friends.Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water thefitfork.com

If I don’t put my healthy living hydration needs first, then who will? Well, actually, Gerolsteiner will. Gerolsteiner isn’t my coach, my holistic wellness advisor, or even my German masseuse with hard-to-pronounce name – Gerolsteiner is sparkling mineral water!  It’s loaded with essential minerals, like magnesium and calcium, that the body needs and craves, especially after intense physical exercise. Read on to find out some benefits of drinking mineral water, how you can participate in the Gerolsteiner Sparkling Detox Challenge and even how to win a case of this body-beneficial water.
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