December 31, 2011
I have always had an active lifestyle, from dancing since the age of three.
Since then I have danced for the University of South Florida, NBA Basketball (both the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons), my church, and still enjoy the sport as part of my workouts while teaching barre and enjoying dance inspired movements in Pilates and yoga.
I try to keep my trips to the gym as regular as possible. It gets tricky during the NBA season, but there is always time for a workout if you make it a priority. On and off season, I do a variety of group fitness classes, weight training, and cardio 4-5 times a week with one long run outside on the weekends.
The number one question I get from people about loosing weight is “what can I do to trim my waistline?” My number one answer is cardio! A huge part of keeping trim is your diet, but an equally important part of living a healthy lifestyle is fitting exercise into a consistent routine.
Through blogging, I have met and followed a HUGE network of fitness gurus through a company called FitFluential. I encourage anyone checking out this page to become a member (totally free!) for health + fitness inspiration, recipes, workouts, and all over “I can do this!” motivations and attitudes.
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Below you will find the workouts and training programs I enjoy the most. As always, these are the things that work best for me.
*Please be sure to read my Disclaimer before attempting any new workout or making changes in your diet!
At-Home Workouts (Little or No Equipment Needed):
Group exercise is my favorite way to break a sweat. I used to teach barre classes in Orlando and hope to return to the front of the class soon! I’m still getting used to the different types of studios and classes offered in my (new-ish) city, but here are the specialty classes I’ve tried thus far. Own a studio or want me to come take and review a group fitness or small group training class? Email me at email@example.com.
• Barre 54 (Orlando, Florida) <- my former teaching grounds!
• Dance Trance (Orlando, Florida)
• Fitness Pilates (Life Time Fitness)
• Insanity with Shawn T. (Powerade Event, Orlando)
• Life Barre (Life Time Fitness)
• Power Yoga (Life Time Fitness)
• Pure Elements Barre (West Bloomfield, Michigan)
• Rock City Fitness Personal Training (Rochester Hills, Mighican)
• X-Tend Barre (Equilibrium Pilates Studio, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
• X-Tend Barre Studio (Rochester Hills, Michigan)
Running has always been a mental release for me. I only started running for distance and time a couple of years ago, and am so thankful to have a passion for it. I know not everyone does, and also realize that some people actually despise it. I get that. But, to those of you who haven’t really given the sport of running a fair try, here’s some more info to hopefully inspire you to give it a go!
(Donate old running shoes to charity and earn credit towards new ones!)
I love to train for long distance races. So far, I have raced in three half marathons with PR of 1:58:31. My goal is to run at least two more before going for a full marathon. (Yes, that is on my Fitness Bucket List!) I love to challenge my pace with 10Ks and 5Ks also like to check out fun runs. Interested in sponsoring me to race in your gear or cover an event for your company? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon (November 2014)
• Detroit Free Press Half Marathon (October 2014)
• Gasparilla Half Marathon (March 2012)
• 2012 Winter Park Road Race 10K (March 2012)
• Drenched 5K (July 2013)
• Foam Fest 5K (June 2013)
• Pistons Fit 5K (October 2013)
• The Neon Dash 5K (August 2014)
Working + Running Playlists:
Half-Marathon Training (Intermediate) 6 Week Plan:
This is a six week half-marathon training plan I came up with on my own, specifically catered to what works best for me, and I would only recommend it to those who can already run a 10K or 6 miles without stopping. Keep scrolling for my 10-week training plan if you are looking for something closer to a beginner level.
Half-Marathon #2 Training Recaps:
• Week 1
• Week 2
• Week 3
• Week 4
• Week 5
• Week 6
Half-Marathon Training (Beginner) 10 Week Plan:
This is a 10 week training program I followed from marathonrookie.com. Before even thinking of training for a half-marathon, make sure you can keep a steady run for at least 30 minutes without stopping. Once you feel comfortable with that, you’re ready to start Week 1!
Half-Marathon #1 Training Recaps: