As most of you know, especially if you read my blog last week, I am 35. I am happy to say that at 35, I am in the best shape of my life. Growing up I played sports, but after high school I pretty much stopped working out. In college, I only used the gym as a way to meet people, particularly guys. It wasn’t until my late 20’s that I started working out again and once I hit 31, I became an avid workout and health enthusiast. Because of my hard work and dedication to fitness and health these last several years, I have to say that I believe that I look and feel my best and am in the best shape I have ever been in. While I still have goals for myself and I continue to push my limits in order to see what I am truly capable of, I know that I am in good shape and it feels great! Continue reading Feeling Fabulous at 35!
Special guest author this week! I’d like to thank my husband, Dan for this week’s blog post about CrossFit. Hope you enjoy!
Despite all of my best efforts, I always end up falling asleep by 9:00pm, even if I am out with friends… you can find me dozing on their couch or dozing while resting my head on my hand at dinner. I just can’t stay up late and to be honest I don’t really want to. I am an early bird and find so much joy and satisfaction getting up early, even before the sun rises. My day starts around 4:00am and is pretty much nonstop until I fall asleep. Before most people wake up, I’ve had my coffee, done chores, walked my dogs, and gone for a run, yoga, and/or taken a CrossFit class. I love kick starting my day with a workout. Nothing like getting the blood pumping and endorphins flowing to get your day started right. I feel accomplished, productive, and ready to take on the world. Continue reading The Early Bird Catches the Worm
People are often surprised by the various forms of exercise I do. I guess most yogis and runners don’t do CrossFit or vise versa, yet I like to do all three. For me, each activity helps and supports me in different ways. My workouts provide me with great physical and emotional balance; all feeding into the various aspects of my life and personality. Why do one when you can do all three?
Recently I have read and heard a lot of negative things about CrossFit. People are talking about why it’s bad for you, how it can cause injury, how it’s a cult, you have to be paleo, as well as that it’s intimidating and too competitive. Well in this weeks blog I’d like to share some reasons why CrossFit isn’t those things, how it’s helped me to become a better athlete, and how it’s helped to change my life.
This week I am preparing and packing for vacation. My husband and I are going to be taking a two week cruise in the Mediterranean. We will be visiting Italy, Turkey, and Greece. In order to prepare for travel, one of the most important things I do is to plan and write down my schedule and workouts ahead of time. It is important for me, that while I am away, I still find time to workout. Working out is an important part of my everyday life and I want to make sure I can continue to maintain some sort of balance and routine even while I travel. Plus, since I have started my training for the NYC marathon I need to run 6 days a week. So it’s even more critical for me to have a workout plan in place. I want to be sure I get my workouts in and still have plenty of time to enjoy this once in a lifetime vacation.
I absolutely LOVE burpees. I get pumped and VERY excited when I know they are in the workout of the day (WOD). In order to prepare for class, I will even wear my YAY burpee socks and my I LOVE burpees T-shirt. I know that I am one of the few people who actually like and enjoy this movement, but it wasn’t always that way.
Stretching is an important component to any fitness routine. I love to actively stretch and encourage all my friends and students to practice yoga on a regular basis. However, if you can’t get to class here are a few static stretches you can do AFTER your run (when your muscles are warm and joints lubricated) to help with recovery. Stretching helps improve performance and prevent aches and pains. Continue reading Stretches for Runners
A strong healthy practice, starts with a strong healthy core.
Those of you who know me or have taken one of my classes know that I LOVE planks!! I am sure to incorporate tons of planks into my flows. When coming to class, you can expect planks, side planks, plank holds, and plank push-ups 🙂
The plank is one of the best exercises you can do for your core because it works your transverse abdominals or your “six pack” abdominal muscles. It also helps to engage your back, arms, shoulders, glutes, and hamstrings. Just a few of the reasons why I love planks so much! Continue reading Let’s Plank!