Get Lucky Workout + Playlist

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Have you recovered from Daft Punk overload yet? After summer of 2013's "Get Lucky" vs. "Blurred Lines" debate, I'm still healing from the ear worm. :) It was awesome inspiration, though, while building my latest workout class playlist for St. Patrick's Day fun! From luck to money to magic, all of the tracks on the mix below will have you seeing green while you're training mean. Scroll down and flip on the 20-song mix, then crank out ...continue reading

7 Fun Plank Variations and #PlankADay May Wrap-Up

May 31 has come and gone, marking the official end of my #PlankADay May challenge. But it was such a breeze, I’ve actually extended the fun and continued doing at least one plank of some sort a day! Why continue—especially since it’s hard to notice a distinct core strength performance difference? It’s such an achievable goal and it sure is fun to have a streak to keep up with. Since I have so many days in a row, ...continue reading

The Next Fitness Challenge: #PlankADay

When I first began training for my half-marathon, I was worried that after a few weeks, the novelty would wear off and it would get boring, monotonous and no longer fun. But the “Type A” in me loved crossing another run off the calendar and seeing the continual progress as I followed the schedule was extremely motivating! Now that I’ve crossed the finish line, I’ve been brainstorming new fitness challenges to try. ...continue reading

The Home Workout That Improves Your ABCs

On a frigid day, it’s not very pleasant to head outside for a walk or jog or even scamper to and from the car on the way to the gym! That’s why this home workout is awesome—you can stay warm and since it’s so compact, you can also fit it in nearly any time. And since the holiday season is so busy, it’s a good time to go back to basics—like with your ABCs! I call this my “ABC Workout” because the ...continue reading

Downward Dog Strength Variations

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P0rcDKA1Ss A few years ago, it would be hard to get me into the yoga studio. I was one of those people who hadn’t given the zen workout a fair shake and thought it was too boring. But as I’ve gotten older (and wiser ;) ) I’ve realized how relaxing and restorative yoga can be. Just weeks ago, I attended my first hot power yoga class, and on Thursday I’m celebrating National Yoga ...continue reading

Extreme Lunges

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VJYJ058hHI I adore a good lunge. They’re just challenging enough and target your major muscle groups while moving so your heart gets a workout too. Experts agree: One noted in a FITNESS Magazine article named the lunge as one of the top nine most effective toners since it hits your leg and butt muscles at the same time. You don’t need any fancy equipment for this super-strengthening exercise ...continue reading