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  • Butt Burner Cardio Blast Workout + Weekly Workouts

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    I have a great workout to share with you today that I did a couple of weeks ago for my own workout and have since put several clients through. It's a killer combo of legs and cardio. But first... Some puppy cuteness for you. Zoey goes from 90 mph to crash in about two seconds. She is all [...]

  • Pre-Turkey & Pie Burner Workout + Weekly Workout Recap

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    Hello and happy Thanksgiving week! It's my favorite holiday of the year! In preparation for the upcoming feast, I have a great workout to share with you that's high in intensity and sure to make some room for the turkey and pie! :) In addition to testing this workout myself, I also put several clients [...]

  • 5 Minute Stability Ball Ab Workout + This Week’s Workouts

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    I have a quick but effective ab workout to share with you today. I've been using it with some of my clients for the last couple of weeks as a warm up/core circuit and I've done it myself a few times too. I did it to finish up my workout yesterday and my abs were a little [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Squat Burpee Ladder Workout

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    Welcome to the weekly workout recap. This is the week that squats nearly did me in and running took a back seat to life. First, the squats...I LOVE to squat. It's my #1 favorite exercise of all time and I do them all the time. Last week I took my weekly barbell squat workout to [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Halfway Through Half Marathon Training!

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    Hey, hey! Time for the weekly workout round up. As I mentioned in my Half Marathon Hunger post, this was the halfway point "rest week" in my half marathon training plan. I have spent the last 5 weeks building intensity and will spend the next 5 weeks continuing to increase intensity until race day but [...]

  • A Kinder Wake Up Call + Last Week’s Workouts

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    I hope your Monday is off to an excellent start! As usual, I kicked off my week with a very early alarm to train clients. I had three in a row this morning starting at 5:30 a.m. Great start to the week! Speaking of alarms, I've had a revelation... Last week I changed the "sound" on my [...]

  • A Total Body Weekend Workout to Get You Moving!

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    Hi everyone! TGIF! This was one heck of a week. I'm thrilled to see the arrival of the weekend and my big Friday night plans include sitting on the couch. I'm cooking dinner and can't wait to turn on the TV for the first time this week and catch up on Scandal. It'll be early to bed [...]

  • Weekly Workouts + Half Marathon Training…Four Weeks In + Double Digits!

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    Watch out! Half marathon training is getting serious. I entered into double digits on my long run this week! It was the first time I'd crossed into double digit territory in well over three years. And it felt great! I met my amazing running partners bright and early on Saturday morning. I have been all [...]

  • 3 Things I Love About My HM Training Plan + Last Week’s Workouts

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    I have completed three weeks of my half marathon training plan and although it's early days, I have to say this is probably my favorite plan that I've ever followed. For those of you who asked, I'm using Smart Coach through Runner's World. You input a recent race time along with your upcoming race distance [...]

  • Workouts: HM Training Week 2 + Back to BodyPump

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    It was such a great week of workouts! First, I wrapped up week 2 of half marathon training feeling super strong. I am following a training plan that is challenging me, especially when it comes to speed and tempo runs. I go into them wondering how I can possibly pull it off and then it [...]

  • Last Week’s Workouts: First Barre Class + First Long Run of HM Training!

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    Good morning and happy Monday! Okay, first. Sorry that there are some blog related glitchy things going on. There have been issues with the comments not showing up (although I am seeing your comments on the backend and will respond to them so keep leaving them!) and also still with the mobile ads blocking text. [...]

  • “Legs On Fire” Cardio Strength Workout

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    I promise that I didn't plan to follow the salted fudge brownie recipe with a workout but I think it works nicely with the whole theme of my blog...workout hard, eat well! :) I have a workout to share with you today that I did myself on Tuesday. I only had a 30 minute window [...]

  • Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga + This Week’s Workouts

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    This summer I've had two occasions to try stand up paddle board yoga. The first was on my beach trip last month. We had a board at the house and took turns going out and goofing around on it. I got a good feel for the board but fell in the water MANY, MANY times. [...]

  • The Best Band Assisted Hip Stretches {Video Tutorial}

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    I have another mobility post for you today that is HEAVEN for the hips. Get excited! I like to use resistance bands for stretching because they allow you to passively stretch. That means you can use the band to support your weight and hold the stretch so that you can full relax into what you're [...]

  • Weekend: Pampering, CrossFit Throwdown, Night Out + More

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    The weekend was a whirlwind. It flew by at record pace but it was full of good things and fun times. (Whoa. Yes, that's a lot of me up close and personal for the first photo of the post!) I trained four clients, taught a yoga class, went into the Charlotte Observer office for a [...]

  • Weekend: Baking, Long Run, Movies & More + Weekly Workouts

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    I went into this weekend with no plans other than teaching my normal Saturday and Sunday yoga classes and a long run with a friend. I was totally okay with that since I've been out so much lately but then I ended up having fun plans come together at the last minute on both Friday and Saturday [...]

  • Backbend Workshop + Workouts

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    Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying the weekend. I have had a great one and will get a weekend post up a little later. For now I have the week of workouts to share including details on a backbending workshop I took over the weekend. Just because she's so cute... :) Monday 3.5 mile run + Strength [...]

  • 45/15 Circuit Training Workout {Video + Workout Post}

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    It's been forever since I've shared a workout with you guys. It's not that I haven't been programming them nonstop for my clients but it's been difficult to carve out the time to get them ready for you in the way that I like to. But today is your lucky day! I have a new [...]

  • The Best Week of Workouts: New PRs, New Distances

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    Last week's workouts were in one word...AWESOME! I have really been focusing on CrossFit and running lately and it's paying off with results. I hit a new deadlift PR in CrossFit this week and ran the longest and fastest that I have in years. It feels SO GOOD! On my run this morning I was [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Running Happy

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    Hi and happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a great weekend. I'm checking in to share this week's workouts. It was a good mix that was light on the lifting, light on the yoga and a little heavier on the running. The road has just been calling my name lately so I've been going [...]

  • Updates: Home, Food, A Workout to Do & Stuff to Read

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    Hi everyone. I'm a little all over the place because my normal routine has been totally shaken up. Between the new freelance project and different work hours, construction/improvements being done on the house and traveling, things feel crazy. I am kind of a creature of comfort and routine so this is testing my patience and sanity a bit. So [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Quality Over Quantity

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    Workouts have taken a back seat since work has ramped up so I've relied on two of the fastest and easiest ways to get workouts in, CrossFit and running. I love that I can get both done in under 30 minutes and feel like I got a good workout in. I tell people this all [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Double Unders FINALLY + A Bear of a Workout

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    Hi! Hope you're all having a great Sunday. I am co-hosting a baby shower for a friend this afternoon so I've been prepping for that today. I can't wait to show you a picture of the cake. It's pretty special! :) Here's last week's workouts... Monday REST Tuesday Hot Yoga Wednesday CrossFit 6 rounds for [...]

  • Stronger Every Day

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    I had a little moment at CrossFit tonight. A moment where I fully realized that I am getting stronger every single day. And in so many ways other than just physical strength. I had just finished training a client and wasn't sure whether or not I would join the CrossFit class. I was rolling around on the [...]

  • Summer Running Playlist + This Week’s Workouts

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    I regularly post my yoga playlists for y'all but I received a request last week for a running playlist. Recently, I have been listening to TED Talks and audiobooks while running more than music but I put together a playlist for you with my current favorite upbeat songs that are sure to motivate you through a summer run! And [...]

  • The New Rules of Running

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    So...I have something exciting to share. Over the last few months I have slowly started to increase my running and much to my surprise (and delight!), it has felt 100% amazing and right. I like to post periodic updates on the status of my running since this blog is named Peanut Butter Runner and it [...]

  • This Week’s Workout + New Playlist

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    I missed recapping my workouts last week when my mom was visiting. It was a very low key week with lots of rest and not a lot of high intensity. I stepped it up a bit this week and felt great overall. None of my workouts left me sore or overly fatigued. It was a [...]

  • Continuing Education + This Week’s Workouts

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    In the fitness and yoga world we are required to complete continuing education credits to maintain our certifications just like any other professional organization. One of the Y's here in Charlotte was offering a health and fitness expo this weekend with a variety of different workshops and presenters so I decided to attend the Friday [...]

  • Sculpted Summer Arms Workout

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    One of the number one most requested posts over the years has been for arm workouts! (This is the week of delivering on some of the posts y'all have requested, by the way!) Just in time for summer, I've programmed a tough arm workout that I've tested on several female clients who can confirm that it [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Taking It Easy

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    This week's workouts were pretty much the opposite of last week...last week I CrossFitted 4 times, this week I CrossFitted ZERO. Last week I did yoga once, this week I did yoga three times. Last week I rested none, this week I focused a lot on rest. Just like my post on working so hard to [...]

  • Weekend So Far + This Week’s Workouts

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    Good morning! I hope you are all having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. A little housekeeping to start out today's post. If you have submitted a contact form via the contact page and haven't heard a response...it's because I wasn't getting notifications! I set up the form about six weeks ago and the notifications have [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + How I Plan My Workouts

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    Every couple of months I find that I naturally have a "reset week" with my workouts where I dial it back and keep it simple. This was one of those weeks. In general, I don't plan out my workouts. While I'm aware of my schedule and where I can usually fit in what, I don't [...]

  • Row, Run & Burn Cardio & Leg Workout

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    Good morning! I awoke to pouring down rain, thunderstorms and a really loud alert on my phone that we were under a tornado warning. It's looking like nothing but the same weather for the rest of my day. Always good for my productivity! Did you know that Thursday is typically the slowest day of the [...]

  • Last Week’s Workouts + Visiting CrossFit Above the Bar

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    Good Monday morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Sullie did! (Her life is really hard.) Here's a recap of last week's workouts. Well balanced, still heavy on the lifting/CrossFit and a complete rest day! Body feeling great and focusing on good nutrition right now. Monday AM ashtanga practice by the pool [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: CrossFit Love + Turkish Get Ups

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    Time for the weekly workout recap! Similar to recent weeks, I've been heavy on the CrossFit. I'm not sure what it is about CrossFit but I'm super hot and cold with it. I've been CrossFitting for over 2 years now and I think this may be the longest kick that I've been on since I [...]

  • Total Body Dumbbell Superset Workout

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    Today I have a great total body strength workout to share with you and all you need is a set of dumbbells to get it done! I get a lot of requests for workouts that a) require little equipment and b) are not super intimidating. This workout delivers on both points and features basic dumbbell [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: I Ran 14 Miles!

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    Good morning and happy Sunday! I missed y'all yesterday but I spent Saturday afternoon sitting in front of the computer writing about the anatomy of the core muscles so I was ready for some fresh air after that. I took Sullie for a run/walk instead of blogging. One of the things I always tell friends [...]

  • How To Rebound from an Indulgent Holiday

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    Yesterday my Instagram and Facebook feeds were full of sweet family photos, beautiful Easter dresses, babies with bunny ears, Easter dinner spreads, mimosas and the like. This morning my feeds are overflowing with posts about Easter indulgences, candy overload and needing to get back on track. I even received a text message from Earth Fare [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + The Best Rest Day

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    Saturday was the best rest day ever. I bounded out of bed at 7 a.m. after an awesome night of sleep and knocked out a blog post while I drank a green smoothie. I finalized my playlists and readings and then headed off to Om Yoga to teach my Saturday morning hot vinyasa class. I [...]

  • Burpee Box Jump Chipper Workout

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    I have a great workout to share with you today! It's quick, challenging and combines cardio and strength. Win, win! This is a chipper style workout which means you "chip away" at the reps and finish all the reps of one movement before moving on to the next. I'm a big fan of chipper workouts. [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: My First Time RXing Fran!

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    Thanks to my unusual midweek travel to see my grandmother, I'm still off my normal workout balance in that yoga has taken a backseat for the last few weeks. It's okay though because I hit a major milestone last Tuesday in CrossFit...read on for more details! :) Monday Cardio/Strength 5 rounds: 250 meter sprint on [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts: Lots of CrossFit

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    Right on the heels of me blogging about the workout balance that works for me...I had a week with hardly any yoga and lots of CrossFit and running! The balance is definite an ebb and flow. Some weeks I'm all yoga, yoga, yoga and others it feels better or works well with my schedule to [...]

  • Finding The Right Workout Balance: Lift, Run, Stretch

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    One of the questions that I receive all the time is how to find the right workout balance between cardio, strength and mobility. I totally understand this question from both ends of the spectrum. Mindset #1 - "I do this one thing and it's all I want to do!" I spent a good 6 years where [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + 3 Reasons Why Women Should Lift

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    I hope everyone had a great weekend. I've got my weekly workout recap for you today but first I want to talk about a subject I feel passionately about...why women should lift weights. I want to start out these weekly workout posts by discussing some sort of fitness topic. Let me know if you have [...]

  • Fired Up Friday {Workout, Winners & Giveaway}

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    Welcome to Friday...the fired up edition! What am I so fired up about? First, squats! I LOVE SQUATS! My clients know they most likely won't get through a workout with me without doing some type of squats and push ups. They are two of my favorite movements ever due to all of their awesome benefits. [...]

  • Yoga Changes Things + This Week’s Workouts

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    I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Per usual, mine was yoga focused. I always teach on Saturday and Sunday mornings but it was also a yoga teacher training weekend for Y2 and I am assisting with training this year so my afternoons were spent in the training. I am approaching my third anniversary of teaching [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Being TOO Sore

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    Let me give you one piece of advice. Don't go on vacation for 9 days without lifting a single heavy weight and then crush your body the first day back in the gym with heavy squats and front rack lunges. Squatting and lunging are my two favorite lower body exercises and when they were BOTH [...]

  • The Running 500 Workout

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    I am completely blown away by how many of my readers, friends and students have done the 1,000 rep home workout that I posted a few weeks ago. It's been so cool to hear everyone's experience with it, whether you made it through the whole thing or scaled. There's definitely one common theme...a sore booty [...]

  • Vacation Week Workouts

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    Hi! I'm home! I kind of decided to take a break with the blogging for the last few days of vacation and focus on writing during my limited working hours and soaking up the experience the remainder of the time. There was a moment yesterday where I thought "I could blog or I could take [...]

  • This Week’s Workouts + Learning to Love Deadlifts

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    My workouts this week were really well balanced. Three strength training workouts, two good runs and lots of yoga. Furthermore, I loved the balance of my strength workouts with one big squat day, one deadlift focused day and one all over circuit training day. As I've mentioned before, I try to get in barbell squats [...]