Procrastinator’s Guide to OCR & Spartan Training

Soooo, you signed up for a Spartan race — or other obstacle event like Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder — and now race day is looming near. Your date with destiny is coming up as quick as those breakfast tacos scarfed down before running to the gym in a last-minute panic.  Whether you’ve put off training as a passive-aggressive act, life just got in the way, or you’re a newbie who’s now just been “filled in” by so-called friends, the down and dirty news about your procrastination isn’t so discouraging. While you might not win the race, there is still time to lock in some mental and physical training that will get you to the finish strong and having fun! The Procrastinator's Guide to Spartan Training

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Best Health, Fitness & Recipe Books I’ve Read January 2018

I made some time before the new year got back into full swing to tackle my stack of new (or new to me) books! Not a lot of novels here, but a wonderfully random assortment of the best health, fitness & recipe books.Books I've Been Reading Jan 2018

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Christmas Workout Ideas to Sleigh the Day

Gifts have been exchanged, stockings unstuffed, and an epic holiday brunch as come and gone. For many, the remainder of Christmas day is spent slumped on the couch in a sugar coma or, worse yet, stuck in a car or plane traveling. A quick Christmas workout (with no need of a gym) can help lessen any cabin fever, sluggishness or seasonal anxiety that has come on. Christmas Workouts that Sleigh the day

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15-Minute Couch Workout – Turn Downtime into Found Fitness Time

It boggles my mind and makes me feel cooped up when I hear that the average American watches 5 hours and 4 minutes of TV per day (That’s why we need the couch workout that I’m sharing below)! I watch a tiny, tiny fraction of that, unless I’m binging on some of my recent favorite shows like Silicone Valley, Stranger Things or The Crown. And even then, it’s just a couple episodes at a time, and I can fast-forward through the commercials – if there even ARE any. 15 Minute Couch Workout

However, it’s even more revealing to learn that 4 ½ of these hours are spent watching live television (not necessarily “live” but traditionally broadcast where you get stuck with the commercials) and only 30 minutes of DVR shows. Think of all the time wasted sitting on your butt being influenced by messages from the sponsor?! Another study says that in an hour time slot of television, nearly one-fourth is filled with ads! Turn this down time with into “found” time for fitness with my 15-minute Couch Workout. Read on the get all the details. 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

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