Monday Love

I have so much to say….I need more time.

Life is catching up with me these days and I’m super tired.  But hang tight…I WILL be back.  In the meantime I leave you with this:

You're Awesome!

Stay tuned….more to come from me.  :)

~Fit Bitch

Read This!

This is a great article.  I’m heading out of town this very minute but you should all this.

http://thoughtcatalog.com/anonymous/2014/07/im-a-personal-trainer-and-here-are-10-things-i-wish-every-one-of-my-clients-knew/

~Fit Bitch

30 Day Yoga Challenge

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Happy November (and Movember)!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween.  And if you had a great Halloween full of candy and junk then today is perfect for beginning  the 30 Day Yoga Challenge.

I can’t stress enough how great yoga is for one’s body and how everyone can benefit from a yoga practice.  (For a little taste of my yoga preaching go here.)

A daily yoga practice is also a great way to detox your mind, body and soul.

Know yogaI’ve been wanting to post a yoga challenge for a while now and I think that today is a perfect day to start.

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via source

The awesome thing about this challenge is that it not only gives you the pose for the day, it also provides a YouTube page (DOYOUYOGA) so you can watch your yoga practice.  Brilliant.

Also, you have the option of doing just your new pose everyday or adding each pose on the next day (ex. on Day 5 you can either do just the Bridge pose OR you can do Downward Dog (from Day 1), Warrior 2 (from Day 2), Cobra (from Day 3), Camel (from Day 4) and Bridge (from Day 5) flowing all together) <<— This is what I recommend but it’s your choice.  Listen to your body – it knows best.

I am so excited about this Challenge.  I hope you will give it a whirl and see how your body feels in a month’s time.

Namaste.

~Fit Bitch

Horror Movie Workout

I was going to save this for Friday night to post but, if you’re like me and LOVE Halloween and have been counting down the week with a scary-movie fest, then I figured this would be a fun way to get some exercise in while shlumping on the couch (I’m watching Psycho right now).

Have fun!

via Blood Sweat & Cheers

via Blood Sweat & Cheers

~Fit Bitch

Buti-licious Yoga

Tonight I tried my first Buti Yoga™ session.

I’d seen it advertised just a few days ago and it piqued my interest so I decided to give it a whirl.  And….

….At first I really hated it.  But after a few more minutes I got into it and really enjoyed it.  Like, liked it.  Enough to do it again.  And maybe again and again.

So what is it?

Buti Yoga™, a movement practice that fuses power yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics into a high-intensity workout that transforms the body from the inside out. We train the core using the Spiral Structure technique created by Founder Bizzie Gold that transforms the way the body looks and performs almost instantly.  (http://butiyoga.com/)

Buti Yoga™ via Yahoo

Buti Yoga™
via Yahoo

Buti™ is different from your regular yoga practices.  It’s energizing and it’s cardio-yoga. It incorporates your practice’s poses with some booty-popping, core-engaging cardio and plyo.

After I got over my hatred of stepping outside my yoga comfort zone I really got into this workout.  I could feel my core muscles working (along with the rest of ‘em) and by the middle end of the workout my heart rate was up and I was sweating and I was happy with the level of intensity.

I’m looking forward to participating in this again (the sooner, the better!) and I encourage you to try it too – men, don’t be shy!

Have fun!

~Fit Bitch

30 Day Plank Challenge

I think I must be a little drunk because I was certain I’d posted a Plank Challenge in the past, but after searching my posts I couldn’t find one.  So, either one of two things happened: 1) I must have gotten it confused with parts of the 30 Day Ab Challenge because I know I did a plank challenge at one point and the Ab Challenge includes planks or 2) I saved a Plank Challenge to my files somewhere and thought I posted it and the voices in my head told me I posted it.

Alas, I did not.

But, because I’m super awesome and want to post a Plank Challenge I’m going to do just that.  Now.  Right now.

Plank Challenge

I love planks.  It is one of the best exercises because, although it primarily works your core, it engages so many other parts of your body – arms, neck, back, legs, ankles.

Three major things to remember with the blank: 1) Remember to breathe  2) Be mindful of your back.  A perfect plank maintains alignment from one end of your body to the other. If you ever feel like your back is dipping (or your butt is too high) then more than likely it is. You should never feel pain in your lower back (or anywhere else for that matter) when doing a plank.  3) Take a knee.  If you do feel like you’re starting to sway or lose your stability, or are just flat out tired from the plank, there is no shame in taking a quick knee.  Get your breath back and get back into it when you’re ready.  Bad form will never do you any favors.

Good luck all.

~Fit Bitch

CERTIFIED!!

I am now OFFICIALLY a CanFitPro certified Personal Training Specialist!!  FINALLY!!

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via canfitpro

It has been a long 6 months and I’ve spent more than my fair share of time studying and practicing and I am thankful that this process is over with (because it’s been very stressful) and I’m proud to be a certified member of the fitness community!

My cousin Eliza sent me this lovely little e-card a few days ago:

I am so proud of you. You have reached for the stars and finally, your dream is within grasp. You are going to do so well on your final exam. I have complete faith in you. You are someone I look up to and you make me want to be better than I am. You inspire me to workout harder and become a healthier person. I wish you all the best luck for your final piece in your puzzle of life. Lots of love and prayers from me to you.

Unfortunately, because I haven’t done anything but work and study for the last two weeks I really didn’t look at the card the other day…..so, upon opening it just a little while ago and really reading it, it’s touched my heart and I am thankful to her for such lovely and kind words.

When I decided to pursue my fitness certification it really was just for me….the idea that I’ve inspired someone along the way is still a little weird to me but at the same time I find inspiration in that.

I really am looking forward to seeing where this will take me.  And I truly am proud to be part of this community – which includes all of you!!  Thank you for your support in this journey.

Cheers!

~Fit Bitch

30 Day Chest Challenge

Happy October!!

I thought since it’s a new month I’d post this cool Challenge I found.  It’s great for guys and girls and even though it’s a Chest Challenge, you’ll also be working muscles and areas of your body.

As with all the Challenges, you can do this one on its own or accompanying your regular workout routine.

You’ll do it for the next 30 days (just in time for Halloween!), making sure to take your scheduled rest days (and any additional rest days if required).

My only concern with this Challenge is with the Judo Pushups – BE CAREFUL of your lower back!!  This is a great move and performed properly you’ll be fine.  But if you’re new to this move please be overly careful so that you don’t injure yourself.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a potential back injury.  Believe me, I speak from experience.

Other than that, have fun.

via Jodi Higgs

via Jodi Higgs

~Fit Bitch

Race Day!

Tomorrow is Race Day!  I’m super duper excited to be participating in a Zombie Run and I hope to tell you all about it afterward.

ZOMBIES

But here’s my issue….I’m suffering from Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome* and it BITES like a big fat zombie!!  The last few times I’ve gone running (in preparation for this race) I spent the following few days in agony with aching, vibrating tarsals, and iced and elevated ankles.  Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is more prominent in people who are flat-footed and since I’ve got feet like Fred Flintstone, I guess I’m more at risk.

(*Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome…but with the bonus of having your full body weight constantly on your injury.)

I’m so disappointed because I’ve been anticipating this event for months and now that it’s finally here, I feel almost like it’s a chore because I know how much pain I’ll be in afterward.  I’ve been trying to take it easy easier but it’s not so simple when I’m participating in classes, teaching classes, and preparing for a race.  I swear to God if it’s not one thing, it’s another.

But I’m as prepared as I can be.  The race is 13 hours away!  I don’t have much choice other than to be prepared.  And I am still excited.  I’ll do my best and I’ll take my time and rest, if required.  I have tape, wraps, and anti-inflammatories packed.  And I’ve got my race buddy to drag me along if I deem myself unable to run any further.  *wink*

So…..wish me luck. This is my first Zombie Run and I won’t turn down any offers to have Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon by my side.

TWD

~Fit Bitch

IDA!!!

Ida Keeling – age 99 – you are an inspiration and YOU, m’lady, Rock.My.World!!  Way to go!

via growingbolder.com

via growingbolder.com

Yep…. what she said.

~Fit Bitch

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