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  • Weekend + Weekly Workouts

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    Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Here are a few quick snapshots from mine. (Whoa, hey! Here I am!) I kicked off my Friday evening by meeting a friend to run. We ended up going six miles in 80+ degree weather and humidity so I was a sweaty, red faced mess at the end [...]

  • Running, Weights & Cupcakes

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    Hope it's been a great weekend for everyone! It's been a very sweaty weekend over here. I taught two hot yoga classes on Saturday, took a hot yoga class and met a friend for a run with temps in the 80s (I had those lovely salt crystals on my face after the run). And today [...]

  • The Best Weekend + A Great Week of Workouts

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    This has been a really great weekend. I've been trying to spend as much time outside as possible because the weather has been incredible. It's 70 and sunny right now! I'm currently sitting outside and working. Zoey is playing in the rosemary bush and Sullie is sun bathing. I had a pretty awesome Saturday. I taught [...]

  • Weekly Workouts: Revisiting the Filthy Fifty

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    A big thank you to everyone who pre-ordered my book, Ultimate Plank Fitness. I really appreciate all of your kind words and support. Read about how you can pre-order the book in this post. Regarding the giveaway...some of you brought to my attention that it is against FTC regulations to require purchase for a giveaway [...]

  • Lovefest Playlist + Weekly Workouts (With Some BodyPump!)

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    Ahh! I've spent the last few hours trying to make sense of the healthcare options available to get coverage before today's open enrollment deadline (way to wait to the last minute...right?). One of the negatives to being self-employed is definitely having to navigate and cover all of this on your own. I feel like there [...]

  • This Week’s Playlist + Workouts (Lots of Squats!)

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    Hi and happy Sunday! Once I finally got everything up and working right (thanks for being patient!)...it seemed that you all really liked the Spotify playlist so I'm going to post them weekly (as long as I make a new one). Here's the latest: And here's the link to follow it on Spotify. Quick note, [...]

  • What I’m Reading + Weekly Workouts

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    Good morning! Happy Monday! I am currently stalking the Punta Cana weather forecast (which can be pretty crazy-making because it changes every day). What I do know is that it will be in the 80s...and rain or no rain that is better than the 39 and cloudy I'm looking at outside of my window right [...]

  • Let’s Talk Bananas + Weekly Workouts

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    I came across a super interesting article today about the best time to eat a banana in its ripening process. I was kind of bummed to learn that the riper they are, the better they are for you and the easier they are to digest. If I am eating a banana straight up or sliced [...]

  • Yoga Videos + Weekly Workouts

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    Is anyone else totally mixed up on the days after having Christmas fall in the middle of the week along with travel? I can't believe the weekend is almost over and it's time for the weekly workout recap. The last few days have felt like one long stretch of weekend although I am not complaining about that. I [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 + 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • It’s January in the Fitness Industry!

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    This week was...insane. There is no other word for it. January in the fitness industry is everything that it's hyped up to be. I was booked solid with clients and classes and my inbox overfloweth with many other fitness and training related opportunities. I also have a list of things about a mile long that [...]

  • Total Body Weight Room Workout

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    I am setting my intention to post at least one workout each week for you. I have a good one to share today! I used it for a training client earlier this week and also did it myself that same day. I'm still feeling it two days later! The last couple of workouts that I [...]

  • A Week of Workouts

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    This week's workouts were super diverse and a nice mix of yoga, cardio and strength. MONDAY Hot Yoga + CrossFit Benchmark WOD Elizabeth I am so out of the CrossFit loop. This was my first CrossFit workout in weeks. Cleans are my favorite movement and after coaching two classes through it, I couldn't resist knocking [...]

  • Yes, women should run…but along with other things.

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    Hello and happy Tuesday. I am excited that you liked the side crow video tutorial. They're fun for me to do and I'm glad they're actually beneficial to you. I'll keep doing these pose breakdowns. It won't be all arm balances and inversions...I will cover some of the more mainstream poses and variations for those [...]

  • Simple Dumbbell Strength Circuit

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    Happy weekend! So many of you have requested strength workouts that you can do at home or at the gym with minimal equipment. I am happy to program workouts to share with all of my readers. I figured it would be best to start with some of the most basic strength movements that I commonly [...]

  • 6.3 Percent

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    Happy, happy, happy Friday. I am so very excited to see the arrival of the weekend although I still have a really tough CrossFit workout to complete and client to train before I can officially call it the weekend. I bundled up and braved the pouring down cold rain last night to teach BodyPump 84 [...]

  • BodyPump 80 Review + Friday Update

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    I don't think I've been so happy to see the arrival of a weekend since I started fitness full-time. This may have been my busiest week yet and I definitely taught the most classes that I have ever taught in one week - 18 between Sunday and today! That is insane. I am determined that [...]

  • Wednesday Workout and Wine

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    And I'm back to a night update. Some of you have commented that you've missed seeing my updates when you check the blog in the morning. I know my blogging has been a little sporadic lately but like I mentioned in my December Updates post, I'm trying to figure out a balance that works for [...]

  • Get Strong

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    Okay, you know that I sing the praises of strength training all the time. I honestly believe that it changes the shape of your body and your muscles like nothing else can. I love teaching BodyPump and strength training classes! I've been promising you guys a glimpse into how I strength train for a while [...]

  • Rainy Day Fun

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    Today has been a great day! It's been really rainy and gloomy here (like, we were under a flood watch rainy) but I'm still full of smiles and energy. :D No AM workout today. Oatmeal at my desk. Oats, blueberries, banana, dried cranberry, cinnamon, pinch salt, almond milk, water, chia seeds. Topped with almond butter [...]

  • BodyPump: What It Is and Why I Love It

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    I covered a BodyPump class tonight for a fellow instructor who has the plague that's going around. I was prepared for a full class and was so excited to arrive to find the gym already filling up. We ended up with around 45 participants tonight. I was surprised to see a LOT of familiar faces. [...]

  • Mind Over Matter

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    Nine and a half hours of sleep last night! Success. I know that they say you can't make up sleep by sleeping in but it sure does make me feel a million times better. I woke up around 8:30 a.m. but enjoyed the comfort of bed and catnapped until about 9:30. I was famished when [...]

  • A Fun Morning at Metro Fitness + Zoe's Kitchen

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    *Become a fan of Peanut Butter Runner on Facebook! I just set up a fan page and would love to connect with all of my readers on Facebook! Happy Saturday! I started mine with a 6:30 a.m. wake up call. I had plans to check out an 8 a.m. class at the Y and then [...]

  • Strong and Sore

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    First, thank you so much for the nice comments and Tweets about my painless return to running. I have felt so encouraged by everyone’s kind and comforting words over the last couple weeks. Thank you, thank you! Second, wow am I sore! I woke up pretty sore on Friday after teaching BodyPump on Thursday night. [...]