Fitness

Naptime is the best time to sneak some fitness in, am I right mamas?! And Pilates is one of the best methods of exercise to tighten and tone in a small space with no equipment. As I’m getting ready to launch another round of my Love Yourself...
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Happy Friday guys! Today’s Fit Tip was inspired by the BodyFlow class I taught this morning. If you don’t know, BodyFlow is a hybrid of tai chi, yoga, and Pilates set to beautiful, contemporary music by artists like the Broods, Ingrid Michaelson, Maroon 5, Sia,...
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Today I taught a Pilates class to the best of my non-Pilates-certified ability. This particular class time is turning into a Les Mills BodyFlow class when our club’s Fall schedule begins next week, and so it was a convenient substitution choice for me to present...
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After passing my initial training certification in April, I’ve been living, breathing, and team-teaching BodyFlow for the past couple months. Last week I filmed my full-class video and submitted it to LesMills as the final step in the certification process. Well I just received notification...
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Saturday morning was the big day…I got to co-teach my first group exercise class! Last March, I began my journey of becoming a certified group fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). The material is no joke, and I pulled heavily from the anatomy,...
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This is totally more for me to re-read down the road if I ever feel blah about this career path, but it’s the eve of my very first class (teaching only the first 20 mins, but still! Eeeek!) and I want to remember the excitement,...
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I have a very love/hate relationship with headbands. I want to love them, and have found several cute ones over the years, but they either squeeze my head so tight that I end up with an excruciating headache, or they slip back and become a...
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I’ve been thinking about motivation a lot lately. Mostly because I’m lacking it. Do you ever have days where life feels like one big obstacle course? Maybe it’s just par for the course when you’re in the throws of raising little ones, but distracted is way...
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I’m officially a Zumba instructor! It was tempting to start this post off with “I now get to shake my booty for a living!” but that sounded a little too much like Mindy Collette on ‘Friday Night Lights,’ so I went with the more direct...
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I am so excited to announce that I am officially a nationally certified group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise! I have been studying for the past 3.5 months and I just passed the board exam this afternoon. By adding this certification to...
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My parents have officially moved 1,000 miles away—to say I am heart-broken would be an understatement. The drawn out anticipation leading up to this move and then the actual move itself has left me so drained. I’ve been desperately trying to stay centered and grounded, and...
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Last week I decided to take the Tone It Up (TIU) challenge of 150 miles by Summer. TIU’s unique approach (which I love and appreciate so much) is that the mileage is not just calculated by running miles alone. Instead, the challenge honors 10 minutes of heart-thumping cardio exercise...
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Did you know…the best form for crunches is with your heels lifted? It takes the stress off your hip flexors and ensures your abs are truly doing all the work!...
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I’m so excited to announce that I’m working towards becoming a nationally certified group fitness instructor! After debating between a few NCAA accredited organizations, I chose the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness) for it’s curriculum, offerings, support, and reputation. After taking (and passing!) the...
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For anyone who follows me on Instagram (@belowthefork), you know that one of the ways I keep myself accountable is by frequently posting photos of the end screen of my Polar FT4 watch after a workout, touting the length of my workout session and the...
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I began running at the end of March to prepare for my first 5K in mid-April. I started with the “Ease into 5K” iPhone app and was initially “running” 14:07 miles. It took till Week 4 Day 3 to reach a respectable 11:09 pace for...
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I hope everyone stayed safe and had minimal damage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. We were extremely fortunate, but have been thinking about those who were not. In spite of the frightening winds, we only lost power for about 6 hours...
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