I was a “finalist” in the Turkey Trot this year and couldn’t be more proud of myself! Sure it might be just a quick “fun run”.. and certainly not the Boston Marathon, but this run showed me how far I’ve come with my fitness and goals. This was my first Turkey Trot in my town. The last time I had ran a race was when I was a junior in high school! I placed 80th runner out of 851, my time was 24 minutes, and I got my name published in the town paper. I did this all on my own Thanksgiving morning in 18 degree temperature! I accomplished such a great time not because of luck but because of my hard work and dedication this past year. Sometimes you need little reminders of that and sometimes you may just surprise yourself.
ABS & BOOTY QUICKY
Whats sweeter than sweat?! Candy and all the things I’d rather be eating..but.. I chose the healthier route! Sure I get in a cheat day here, there, and everywhere.. but this past year I’ve really dug deep and found my motivation to stay on track. One thing I love to use while working out that I really feel has helped is my Sweet Sweat band! This is a waist trainer that I’ve been using for almost a year now! I find the best results come after I’ve used it during cardio. No, this is not going to give you an hour glass figure over night. It’s primarily helpful in reducing water weight. However, having used this consistently with my workouts and staying on track, I have seen results in my mid section area. Sweet Sweat also offers a lubricant stick that you rub on prior to wearing the band. The lubricant is suppose to help you sweat even more in that area, however I didn’t notice much of a difference on myself, so I prefer to use the band by itself. They’re not that pricey and will last! Let’s get sweatin’!
B/Spoke Cape House ♥️
Cape House is my new found love...and I miss it everyday. This was the first summer I rode with B/Spoke Cape House and it truly was my favorite day/days of the week. Cycle studios have become such a trendy thing here, there, and everywhere! It’s not like your typical spin class though. So many new moves and improvements have been made in classes to give the riders a better workout. When I ride I feel like I’m dancing on my bike. I catch myself singing and smiling. By the end of it I feel like a million bucks. Sweaty and ready to take on the world..after a good shower of course. Not to mention the instructors... those girls are rockstars. Truly inspirational and motivating humans. I couldn’t have done it without them. Notice how in the beginning of this post I said, “I miss it everyday”... that’s because Cape House is a seasonal location. Not to worry, you can catch B/Spoke in boston at their other locations year round! Before I forget, they also offer a “Train” class. This is a high intensity class incorporating weights and mat workouts. When Cape House was in season, I would do spin 2 days a week and train one day a week. I really noticed a difference with that one train class. It’s important to incorporate weights and not always push cardio as the primary workout. Sign up today for a class at one of their 3 locations!
My favorite abs exercises!
Over the years I’ve learned one thing about my core, it’s high maintenance! When training your core muscles you need to have consistency with diet and exercise or the results will fade VERY quickly. I always used to hear the saying “abs are made in the kitchen”. Well, that’s partially true, but you need a good workout too in order to have any definition. I make sure to drink a lot of water every day, have a clean diet, and incorporate abs 3 times a week in my workouts. I even purchased an exercise ball for my house so that I could throw in an extra set before my breakfast in the morning. My favorite exercise is a crunch combo. I sit on the edge of the ball with my toes touching the mirror or wall ( sometimes I use my couch), I hold both arms out to the side as if I’m going to give someone a BIG hug, I lay back as far as I can and then I lift back up. I do about 3 sets of 12, and then move onto the next exercise. I do something very similar next, except this time engaging a different area of my core. I lay just a few inches back but not nearly as far as I went first. Then I crunch up at a pulse. With arms still out and wide, I usually have my palms facing up and pulse upwards as I pulse in the crunch too. At this point I kind of look like I’m bouncing on the ball. This type of exercise engages lower abs. You can also hold baby weights in each hand for an extra challenge. After doing 3 sets of 12 we move onto a completely different position targeting obliques and core. Position yourself on a plank on the ball. Both feet facing down on top of the ball, hands on the floor. Now bring the ball into a crunch, knees reaching to your chest. This is a toughy if you haven’t trained core in a while. BALANCE!!! The best part of this workout is stability. So you’re touching upon all those muscles you didn’t even know you had. You can do so much in this position, planks, push ups, you name it!