Should You Focus on BIG Muscle Groups in a Workout?

why focus on big muscle groups

I've been a personal trainer since 2004. Wow, has it been 10 years already? I guess so. So much has come and gone with fitness trends since then. And I'll be the first to admit, I have probably tried all of them, just for kicks. Heck, I've even been put through a body building program before, and I liked it! But times have changed (for me at least) and I no longer have time … [Read more...]

Join me for Strength and Sweat! A Plyometric Workout You can Do Anywhere


Let’s workout together today, shall we? In honor of WORKOUT WEDNESDAY, I thought I’d walk you through one of my outdoor strength and sweat classes with me. This week we are focusing on plyometric exercises that you can do ANYWHERE, no gym required. Okay, ready to begin? First, everyone gather promptly at 9am outside the gym. Grab a water (if needed) and a strength band … [Read more...]

Making Workouts Purposeful


A month ago I wrote a post about my Spring Fitness routine and why I focus on a “vision’' versus a specific goal. Well, a month has passed and that vision is still going strong! My dad is still running (trails) and I’m happy to be his sherpa sidekick. We’ve got a long way to go, but slow and steady is best to keep him (us) injury free. My other vision had to do with … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday: Taking your Workout Outdoors


Okay, I think Spring is here to stay. We hit 80F twice this week, which means we’ve been training outdoors almost everyday. That’s a good feeling (minus the allergies). Don’t be jealous, come June it will be 100F in Texas and I’ll be cursing the humidity and hibernating indoors after 10am. Ha ha. The poor kiwi has to train all day in it, so I guess I can’t … [Read more...]

3 Strength Moves to Improve Your Run Form


It’s been a little over a year now since we've had to deal with injuries.  This past brought good health, healing, and being injury free for me and the kiwi. That means something. It means we’re doing something right. It may have took us a long time to find that right (rest and injury prevention), but hey, we were humbled, we learned, and  will continue to focus on it That … [Read more...]

Try it out Tuesday: x2 Performance, Inch Worms, Mochi, and More


It’s Try it out Tuesday! I haven’t done one in a while. Okay maybe a long time. But I have a few things I (we) are trying out and a few things I think you should try out. Please ignore the confused "why am i trying this?" face in the picture. Ha! Let’s discuss. Shall we? First- > add this move to your warm up routine. Inch worm with push up. 10 down, 10 back. … [Read more...]

Wednesday Warm-Up: 4 New Running Drills


Wednesday warm-up. Now there's a literal title for you. Anybody else freezing there behind off yet? What am I thinking, of course you are. I've been doing most of my running outdoors on the trails, and I think my body is finally acclimated to the cold weather. I actually enjoyed a nice brisk trail run yesterday in 22°F. That's gotta to be record for me and definitely a … [Read more...]

Why Every Athlete Needs to EMBRACE an Off Season.


As I sit here typing this post, but Husband is enjoying a coffee date with a friend. A rarity he gets to enjoy during the season.  Usually (during training/race season) this time of day is spent on his bike outside followed up by a PM run, etc. But since he's enjoying his off-season, he can take advantage of mid afternoon coffee dates. And I can take advantage of his extra … [Read more...]

Running and Adjusting – TX HEAT #wavesayonara


The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are OF COURSE my own. Well, first things first. Google Reader is GONE! What will we do? We’ll adjust. Go with it. It’s probably a good thing. I’m digging Bloglovin, a simple switch. You can click to follow all your favorite bloggers right here. And speaking of adjusting, the past 10 days … [Read more...]

It’s in the Bag


This week, it’s in the bag! Taught my last spin class for the week, totally winged it but worked out quite well. And now I am in need of a serious getaway. Like one where you travel to a beautiful destination, hang out with fabulous women, drink wine, workout or not, eat good food, and laugh. BLEND! I’m so there! And I’ve packed lots of  good things in my … [Read more...]