Calm, Confident, Upside Down and Twisted Around Yoga

Wheel Pose Yoga = Backbend - TheFitFork.com Stayfree in my gym bagWe’re all friends, right? Well, let me tell you how I stay calm, cool and collected during yoga and all my other fitness activities like running, CrossFit, and obstacle course racing —  with the Stayfree brand and their products like STAYFREE® Ultra Thin® Regular Feminine Pads with Wings. Often I find myself upside down or twisted around like a pretzel wearing barely there workout clothes – Stayfree keeps my mind off “accident anxiety” and focused on the task at hand.

Stayfree has a really great offer right now – simply purchase one of their participating products, upload the receipt and receive a free 30-day membership to My Yoga on Gaiam TV. Then, stream as many of the instructional online yoga classes as you care to over the month – enjoy the convenience of getting your daily yoga practice completed at home during a time of the day when it is convenient for you!   You really need to try this! Just purchase your Stayfree product at Target between February 8 and March 12 (2015), keep the receipt, and visit http://www.stayfree.com/myyoga to get started. Stayfree My Yoga Gaiam TV OfferMy Yoga on Gaiam TV has lots of different options whether you are totally new to yoga person or are an experience yogi. I really appreciate how each course listing notes a suggested ability level and any contraindications that might compromise safety. Of course, always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. I’m going to be doing the Advance your Practice: Ashtanga five class mini-series and am especially looking forward to the “Backbend” session. advance your practice yoga Don’t forget to visit http://www.stayfree.com/myyoga for this special offer!

What challenges you most about yoga? It’s definitely hip and hamstring mobility for me.

This post is sponsored by Sverve on behalf of Stayfree. I was compensated for my time and review of the product(s), however all opinions, editorial comments and suggestions are my own.

Why You Should Workout with Your Sweetie + Partner WOD

Benefits of Working Out Together - TheFitFork.com

Most people don’t equate Valentine’s Day with working out, but maybe they should! Breaking a sweat with your sweetie is not only a fun “date” and good for your health, it also boasts bunch of benefits that will keep any relationship fit and strong.   Here are the three most compelling reasons, in my opinion, why couples who sweat together, stay together.

Soulmates make the best ‘swolemates’. Opposites often attract and even similar-personality partners may not have many interests which overlap. However, exercising together is an activitity that can help every couple connect — it creates accountability, increases synchronicity, and promotes a shared passion. One study (Aron, Norman, Aron, & Heyman, 2000) suggests that couples who participated together in an exciting and challenging physical activity reported a higher level of love and relationship satisfaction.

More fun, less stress.  The never-ending responsibilities of adulthood can take a toll.  Instead of coping with worry, anxiety and conflict in an unhealthy manner, exercising is a positive way to shed life’s irritations . . . and maybe even a few unwanted inches. And, when you hit the gym, tackle the running trails, or go zen in a yoga class with your spouse or significant other, it’s like a date – and that’s fun!

Ooh, la, la endorphins and other hormones! The racing pulse, shortness of breath and sweatiness that comes from a good workout sounds a lot like the symptoms of romantic attraction! Researchers (Dutton & Aron, 1974) say that people can easily mistake the two – so if you’re feeling hot and bothered at the gym, this is why!

Here’s a partner workout you can try with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day – or any other day of the year!

Heart Pumping Partner Workout - TheFitFork.com

zooma buttonI also want to give a shout out the Zooma Women’s Race Series again – I’m back in my 4th year as an ambassador for this very fun and empowering race targeted to women. While there is a lot o she-power going on at Zooma, MEN are not excluded – in fact, they are welcomed! I especially love it when I see a couple running side by side, one giving encouragement to the other! So, round up your most loved running partner and enter the upcoming Texas race on March 28, 2015.  Pick from the half-marathon, 10k or 5k and don’t forget to toast each other afterward with complementary wine and bubbly at the finish line!  Register for the Texas race HERE and use discount code JENNIFER15 or 10% off any distance.

Here’s another fitness shout out – this time for Tommie Copper, a line of stylish yet functional compression wear that supports muscles for improved performance, recovery and relief. Look at some of these cute items I’ve been wearing to the gym and on my runs – and Tommie Copper has just as much gear for the guys! Right now a huge Presidents’ Day Sale is going off and you can save up to $40 on your order along with free shipping – check it outtommie copper jennifer fisher

Michele's Granola BarsReady to share a post-workout snack together? Well, if I was picking, I’d split a Core Power High Protein Shake with my hubby and one of these delish granola bars from Michele’s Granola. Made from scratch in small batches, these healthy treats are packaged 10 bars (assorted flavors) to a pack and can be ordered from Michele’s Granola web store. Ooh, the Cherry Chocolate is my favorite.

Disclaimer: I was provided product or sponsorship in return or my review and promotion of these products. However, all opinions are my own.

Nike 5.0 Free Review & a Workout They Rocked

jd sports running shoes

JD Sports out of London (insert trumpet fanfare) sent me a pair of Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Print to try out and review. I haven’t run in Nike in like FOREVER, so I was super excited to get my feet to the street in these stylish running shoes that I’ve been hearing so much about. JD Sports mentions how this product is part of the Crosstown Running rage.  What is that? I’m from Texas, y’all, but I think it has something to do with Londoners getting into the lifestyle and community of running – and showing off their street chic style while running or just hanging out in their stock of versatile fitness gear.

 

nike 5.0 tri 4 printSo, what do I think specifically of the Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Print? Well, there’s no arguing that the shoe is quite fashionable for pounding the pavement on a run, leaping parked cars in parkour class or just knocking back some beers after work with friends.  With quite a lot of print color combos, it’s easy to find just the right ones for your personality – or difficult, if you’re a complicated, multi-faceted . . . err, indecisive person like me.

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As for the technical aspects, the shoe is light and has a breathable, engineered mesh upper which I like, especially in this Texas heat. Nike flywire technology provides just enough support and lockdown on the forefoot and an inner sleeve hugs the heel for a snug (but not tight) fit. What I really like about the running and fitness shoe is the sole, which has a nice bit of traction yet is still really flexible meaning – this bodes well for transitioning from a run right into a workout with jumping, burpees and fluid multi-directional movements. I NEED shoes that are flexible in the midfoot and toes and the Nike Free 5.0s totally delivered. Now, if you’re a runner that needs a bunch of stability and support due to biomechanical issues, this may not be the dream shoe for you. But, for the runner who needs a neutral, lightweight, high-performing, flexible shoe – the Nike Free 5.0 will be your new besties!

You also may be wondering what it was like to order running shoes from an overseas store. I was skeptical of delivery time at first but, honestly, my shipment arrived in about the same amount of time as here in the good ole U.S. of A. Now, these shoes did hop the pond by way of London to Dubai to Austin, so they moved a great distance quickly – I hope that translates into my running performance!  One thing to know if you are buying running shoes or trainers from the UK, footwear is sized differently. For example, my women’s size 8.5 in America is a women’s size 6 in England – but don’t worry, they have size charts to help you out.  JD Sports doesn’t just sell Nike, they also carry Adidas, Asics, Fila and more  . . . you really should really check out all their running shoes and get yourself some of that British style!

workout with run, planks, wall sits and more

So, to celebrate all this shoe can DO, I created a workout filled with all the moves it will help you perform better – like running,  jumping and multi-directional movements!  While you COULD do the Crossfit inspired WOD alone, it’s much more fun to pair up with a friend to push you all the way through the final 2k run! Have fun!

Have you every worn this or any version of the Nike Free?  Whatdidjathink?

 

Watermelon Workout & Recovery – Day 2 #LivingOnTheWedge

Watermelon for Exercise and Recovery

Even though it’s summer, I’m keeping up my fitness routine – in fact, I’m having a lot more fun with my workouts now that I my running season is finished until fall. The summer has always been a great time for me to cut back my mileage and focus on getting stronger – plus, I like to take my kids along to the gym for some family gym bonding time that features lots of barbells and burpees. But, it’s not always so fun to be stuck in a gym when the weather is wonderfully warm – so this week I’m grabbing a watermelon and heading outside.  Yes, you heard me right – WATERMELON! Who needs fancy equipment when you can use a watermelon for exercise? I’m dishing up a Watermelon Workout, are you ready to get served?

exercises with watermelon as the wieght

exercises with watermelon as the wieght

watermelon should feel heavy

A 35 pound watermelon! Glad I workout!

I dare you to do my Watermelon Workout, it will get your heart pumping and your muscles moving once you get into the rind, err . . .  I mean, grind! Choose a seedless watermelon that you can handle comfortable, but is still a challenge.  The one I’m using is about 18 pounds – but I’ve brought home watermelons as big as 35 pounds, but that bad boy was really too unwieldy to use in a workout.

 

Watermelon makes a great piece of impromptu workout equipment – as you can see from the Watermelon Workout photo, you can lift it, swing it, jump over it and more. Most importantly, you can eat it as a nutritious snack afterward!  Made of 92% water, watermelon is obviously hydrating. But did you know the fruit can help you with workout recovery? A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry reports that drinking watermelon juice before a hard workout helps to reduce an athlete’s heart rate and next-day muscle soreness. Why? Well, watermelon has an abundance of an amino acid called L-citrulline, which the body converts to L-arginine, an essential amino acid that aids in blood vessel dilation and improved circulation.

eat watermelon after you workout

watermelon and mozzarellaI love this idea for Gluten-Free Watermelon Mozzarella Sandwiches from Watermelon.org. Just pop this grain-free recipe in a to-go container and you’ve got a protein-boosted, post-workout recovery snack that helps your taxed muscles repair themselves in time for the next session. Plus, the salty pickles sandwiched between the layers will help get your electrolytes back to a healthy balance. Remember, you should always eat a mini-meal with a 3:1 to 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio within a 30 minute window after intense workouts and runs.

Do you have any watermelon inspired workout ideas or a refreshing watermelon recipe to share? If so, post in the comments or join my group #LivingOnTheWedge Pinterest board.

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win a watermelon prize packAlso, check out my all the other posts on watermelon I’m featuring all week and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a great Watermelon Prize Pack! 

The National Watermelon Promotion Board is providing me with compensation to share my love of watermelon. However, the opinions and content (unless otherwise noted) shared are my own and NWPB did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Chipotle Ranch Sweet ‘Tater Burrito Bowls & Frenemy Partner Workout

thefitfork black bean sweet potato burrito bowl

I’m still riding the black bean train for a fast, flavorful and fiber-packed meal – toot, toot! All kidding aside, a big Crockpot of homemade black beans will last the better part of a week. If you don’t want to go to the time and trouble of breaking out the slow-cooker (geeze, it can be a hassle), canned black beans are a decent option and I always make sure I have the pantry stockpiled. And, sweet ‘taters, too!

Earlier this week, I shared Black Bean, Zucchini & Corn Tacos as a delicious, nutritious option for a simple yet super-yummy summer dinner.  Since I had leftover beans that I couldn’t let go to waste, I convinced my husband to NOT go to his favorite casual burrito joint for dinner – I’d make him my healthy version of a burrito bowl instead! What I love about making burrito bowls at home is I can be as creative as I want, plus I don’t bust my budget by saying “yes” to extra avocado!

Just for the record, I first created this recipe for Litehouse Food’s blog to showcase their new Chipotle Ranch a delicious Greek yogurt dip in a just-debuted line-up of healthy goodness called OPAdipity!  Just like their very popular OPA Dressings, the OPAdipity dips have significantly fewer calories and fat (plus more protein) than traditional creamy dips and ranch dressings. By the way, Litehouse likes to keep things fresh, so you will find all their products in the produce section of your market.

vegetarian burrito bowl

 Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Cream Recipe

  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 10 – 12 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup Litehouse Food Opadipity Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dip (divided)*
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ cup prepared pico de gallo
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ½ small avocado cut in slices
  • 2 ounces crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • ½ lime sliced for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Wash and dry sweet potato; chop into approximate ½” cubes. Place on one side of rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cilantro. Add frozen corn to the other side of pan.
  3. Roast for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are softened and beginning to crisp and corn is turning slightly brown at edges. Remove from oven.
  4. Place sweet potatoes in bowl and coat with 2 tablespoons of Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dip.*
  5. Layer spinach evenly among the bottom of two bowls. Top with dressed sweet potatoes, black beans, roasted corn, pico de gallo, red onion, and avocado. Sprinkle with crumbled cheese, add a dollop of the remaining Chipotle dip and garnish with lime wedge. Serves 2.

*If not available, mix 1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder and 1 teaspoon lime juice into ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt.`

partner workout

Even though my burrito bowl is a very healthy meal, I feel like I need to leave you with a workout so you can take advantage of it’s magical refueling powers– how about the Frenemy Heave & Haul – the partner workout you’ll love to hate. Say hello to tire flips, burpees, planks and a race to the finish – oh, and I forgot to mention the “partner carry.” I’d suggest picking a similar-sized friend because each person in the duo has a turn hauling – carry your partner however you can whether over the shoulder, cradle carry, or piggyback.  Just try not to laugh and strain something!

Eat More Fruits & Veggies | Confetti Lettuce Wraps #Recipe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Hum along now. There’s fresh produce for shopping with vine-ripe goodness a popping, to nourish my family held dear. Yes, it’s the hap- happiest season of all, with foods so darn delicious and purposefully nutritious, for friends come over to call.  Okay, while I might not be a songwriter at heart, I certainly am a natural-born lover of warm weather and the wonderful bounty of byproducts the spring season brings – namely an abundance of fruits and vegetable, beautiful flowers and the invitation of mild mile upon mile on the running trails.

running through flowers

Today I’m so happy to share a trail running tempo run I created for CorePower.com (and awesome, high-protein recovery shake I frequently drink) and a rainbow-inspired dinner idea for Confetti Veggie, Fruit & Bean Lettuce Wraps – perfect for a  #MeatlessMonday!

Now, onto the food! I love this healthy recipe because it uses more fruits and vegetables that can be counted on two hands. Gobble up a few of these lettuce wraps for lunch or dinner and you’ll be well on your way (if not exceeding) daily consumption goals for fruits and vegetables. Did you know, according to the Center for Disease Control, only a third of American adults report eating two servings a fruit a day and less than 27 percent consumed three or more servings of veggies, the minimum recommended daily amount (RDA)?  Notice how I bolded the word minimum? That’s because the RDA sets forth only the lowest level of nutrients needed for the average, already healthy person to keep from becoming malnourished. The minimum.

fresh fruits and vegetables
Much more than the MINIMUM in this healthy salad recipe!

I truly believe we should all be eating more fruits and vegetables, as opposed to the minimum. I wrote a post for Living Litehouse about how, as Americans, we are blessed to live in a country with easy access to high-quality, fresh foods that are reasonably affordable in the scheme of things. If you don’t agree, put your Starbuck’s latte or iPhone down and think about it for a minute — I’m taking a soapbox stance here.

vintage fruit and vegetable poster
Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables!

I recently gave an affordable healthy cooking demonstration in a 300+ packed auditorium in the lower-income part of town. The participants were friendly, engaged and open to learning my healthy cooking tips. Many approached me afterward talking about the woes of chronic health conditions (created by being overweight). I got home and, at first, thought it unusual that I had about 250+ more “direct” referrals in my Google Analytics for the day – that is, until I realized that as I was on the stage, all these low-income people were hitting my blog from their smart phones.  This argument that eating healthfully is too expensive gets a reality check. Remember,  you don’t need to shop at Whole Foods (unless you have money to burn) to eat well. Put down the $6 fruit cup and buy a sale-priced 10-pound bulk bag of the grapefruit (or whatever) for half the price at the “regular” grocery store.

A recent Harvard study reports it only takes $1.50 per day to eat a “healthy” diet as opposed to the processed, packaged and convenience diet that has become a way of life for many – I’d even say it costs even less if you know how to shop sales. So, in the end – it’s a priority, do you want a data plan or to die? Okay, I know that’s a little extreme – but you know what I’m saying.

rainbow lettuce wraps

Confetti Veggie, Fruit & Bean Lettuce Wraps Recipe.

  • ½ cup seeded and diced cucumber
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup diced strawberries
  • ½ cup diced pineapple
  • ½ cup diced papaya
  • ½ cup diced mango
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans – drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. diced fresh Jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp. green onions, sliced
  • 2 head washed and dried baby romaine lettuce leaves
  • 2 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 oz. snow pea shoots
  • 4 oz. Litehouse Food’s Huckleberry Vinaigrette* (extra  for dipping)

*You can use any “sweet-ish” vinaigrette you prefer like a poppy seed, honey Dijon, balsamic, etc.  I just love the Huckleberry Vinaigrette by Litehouse Foods because it is so fresh and flavorful, not too sweet – and has actual whole huckleberries in the bottle!

  1.  In large bowl, toss together cucumber, carrots, red onion, strawberries, pineapple, papaya, mango, black beans, cilantro, jalapeno and green onions.
  2. Stir in Huckleberry Vinaigrette (or dressing of choice) and allow mixture to sit for five minutes so herbs rehydrate.
  3. Add a spoonful of fruit and vegetable mixture to the center of lettuce leaf. Repeat for remaining lettuce leaves and mixture.
  4. Sprinkle feta cheese on top of mixture and garnish with snow pea shoots.
  5. Serve with additional Huckleberry Vinaigrette for dipping
rainbow confetti salad

Also makes a great topping for fish, pork and poultry!

 

Ski Ready Workout & Warming Hot Drinks

Things have a way of sneaking up on me and the family annual ski trip is one of them. In just about a month, we’ll load up the SUV with an insane amount of gear and groceries and head off into the mountains a mere 900 miles away. The whole family loves to ski and snowboard; however the distance is why this outing is an ANNUAL ski trip. After 15 to 17 hours in the car one way, the five of us have and plenty of (ahem) quality together time and are ready to get out and MOVE!

In order to get the most out of our limited amount of time on the slopes, I like to arrive as “ski fit” as possible. Since I have a solid year-round base full of running, hitting the gym and riding my stand-up paddleboard, adding in a few workouts with ski-specific exercises is all I need to prepare my body for skiing strong and longer. Effective pre-season ski training focuses on workouts that combine leg strength, explosive power, core stability, agility, balance and endurance through a variety of exercises. If you are a recreational skier or snowboarder, try my Ski Ready Workout before your next skip trip and you’ll reap the rewards — swishing down the slopes stronger and longer!

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I suggest doing this cardio + strength workout 2 to 3 times per week for a month. Also, since skiing is typically an all-day activity, I’d throw in an extended hike, long run or bike ride one or two times during the month to prepare you for the extended nature of a full ski day.

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Run, Bike or Row: Cardiovascular endurance isn’t just for cross country skiing, it applies to downhill skiing and snowboarding too. Seriously, have you ever tried to sidestep up the mountain to retrieve a lost pole?!   Running, biking, and rowing build a strong heart and lungs while engaging the core, arms and leg muscles. Warm up for 5 minutes on your chosen gym machine (or outdoors) and then alternate a high-intensity effort for 20 seconds with a slower recovery effort of 10 seconds. Complete 8 reps of high-intensity/slow-recovery without coming to a full rest in between. Finish with 5 minutes of a cool down.

thefitfork lateral box jump

Side-to-Side Box Jumps: Executing side-to-side rather than front-to-back box jumps will tune you up for your time in the moguls. Successfully tackling a run packed with moguls requires both explosive power and agility. Box jumps are a great plyometric exercise that will keep you sharp and supple on the slopes. Standing next to a low box or platform (12”), jump up and over, landing firmly in the center of the box. Jump off the box to the opposite side; repeat. Complete 3 sets of 20 jumps.

thefitfork weighted walking lunge

Weighted Walking Lunges: This exercise focuses on single-leg strength, balance, and mobility in the hips, all important for skiing. To start, use a weighted straight bar resting on the shoulders Step forward into a lunge by bending the front knee to 90 degrees, taking care that front knee does not pass toes.  Once your knee is bent to about 90 degrees, thigh parallel to the floor, push up and back to bring your front leg back to the starting position.  Repeat with the opposite leg. Complete 3 sets of 20 lunges.

thefitfork band walk

Band Walks: Step inside an exercise band, allowing it to fall to the ankles or slightly above. Stay low with knees slightly bent outward; keep hips level and chest and eyes oriented forward. Take a single step to the side, bringing opposing foot to meet at each rep. This exercise targets the glutes medius and improves hip stability, both important focus areas for jumping, landing and even just coming to a stop when skiing.  Complete 3 sets of 20 steps (10 steps in each direction).

jennifer fisher bar squat jump

Jump Squats: Jump squats build strength-speed and explosive power, great for jumping and getting through the moguls. Plus, they also improve your cardiovascular system  – just wait and see how out of breath you are at the end of a set! To start, use a lightly-weighted bar behind your shoulders, keep feet shoulder-length apart. Sit down into a squat, keeping core engaged and eyes focused forward. Jump upward, as high as possible, landing softly. Complete 3 sets of 20 reps.’

thefitfork marching wall sit

Marching Wall Sit: “Sitting Against the Wall” is a classic ski conditioning exercise because it targets the quads, important muscles used in skiing that, among many other things, help hold the downhill tucked position. This exercise kicks the quad burn up a notch by marching legs back and forth – not as easy as it looks! Place back against a flat vertical surface and slide down until knees are bent at a 90 degree angle, keep feet shoulder-width apart. Lift each knee, alternating, for 20 total lifts; complete 3 sets.

jennifer fisher v-up square

V-Ups: Strong core muscles provide a stable base to generate strength, power and balance during skiing. One of my favorite core exercises is V-ups; they are straightforward and don’t need any special equipment. To start, lie flat on the floor and stretch out arms behind head. Simultaneously flex at the hips and curl the abs to raise the legs and torso off the floor, keeping arms straight. Pause briefly at mid-point and then lower to the starting position. Complete 3 sets of 20 reps.

Okay, enough of this dry-land exercise stuff! Did you know that downhill skiing and snowboarding burns up to 400 calories per hour (although, I don’t think the time sitting in the chair lift counts)? Warm yourself up with a well-earned treat at the ski lodge or back in the cabin — I’m talking hot chocolates, hot toddies and other scrumptious apres-ski drinks. Check out these two:

Barcelona Hot Chocolate with bittersweet chocolate and espresso!

Barcelona Hot Chocolate with bittersweet chocolate and espresso!

Apple Jack Hot Spiced Cider . . . made with brandy!

Apple Jack Hot Spiced Cider . . . made with brandy!

 

One Week Countdown: Austin Fit Magazine FitTest

Ready or not, the final countdown (queue music) is on! The AFM FitTest is happening next weekend in Austin, Texas and I’ll be there.  This 12-test event has been my official challenge goal in a sponsored campaign I’m promoting for Under Armour #WhatsBeautiful, a movement of women coming together to redefine the female athlete. Whatever your fitness goals, the point is that you HAVE fitness goals and TODAY is the time to go out and start putting in the work to make them happen.

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Last year was the debut of AFM FitTest as well as my debut into any sort of competition other than running . . . or cooking. Most of these physical events were well outside my comfort zone; I’m talking standing long jump, precision throws and medicine ball throws – eek!  But, I completed every challenge and survived. Not only did I survive, I was inspired to set some new fitness goals that I never, ever imagined for myself. Looking forward to competing with the ladies of Austin next weekend, here are a few AFM FitTest veterans (including myself) that are heading back for a second shot. I think we all fit perfectly with the philosophy of the Under Armour #WhatsBeautiful campaign.Go ladies!

So, let me give you a little update on how MY training is coming on some of the tests– but not so much as to alert the competition!

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Mile Run: This will probably be my best event, even though we’ll be running in the late morning sun. Just Recently competed in the CapTexTri (10k) in 90 degree heat, so I should be acclimated.

shuttle run thefitfork jennifer fisher

Shuttle Run: My husband calls these “gassers” and I can see why – I’m all out of fuel by the time I’m finished with the last interval.

jennifer fisher thefitfork weigh pullyup

Pull Ups: Even though I did “okay” last year, I excited to report a significant improvement here thanks to making them weighted in practice!

thefitfork med ball toss

Medicine Ball Toss: Even though they’re using a medicine ball that weighs 2lbs less this year, can’t seem to throw it any further.

By the way, it’s not too late to sign up for the 2013 AFM FITTEST sponsored by Trigger Point Performance. Packet pick-up is on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. Details can be found at the AFM FITTEST website; you can register in person at packet pick-up (there is NO EVENT DAY registration) or online.