What’s HOT in July!

Get fit in 22-30 minutes/day!

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These 3 programs have helped challengers in my groups get amazing results time and time again!

They are the complete package! Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success!

21 Day Fix

Women who follow the program generally lose up to 15 pounds!

What changes can you make to your body and health in just 21 days? With the right fitness and nutrition you’d be amazed! 

Check out one of my challenger’s results! Michelle completed 2 rounds before boarding a cruise ship for her son’s wedding! Needless to say…she packed that bikini!

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Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 21 DAY FIX CHALLENGE PACK (w/Shakeology) Save $70!

  2. 21 DAY FIX KICKSTART CHALLENGE PACK (includes 3 Day Refresh) Save more than $90!

21 Day Fix Extreme

Already finished 21 Day Fix? Or maybe you just want to challenge yourself a little bit more.

Maybe you’re looking for a way to tighten up your nutrition and bump your workouts up a notch.

This is a great program for 21 Day Fix graduates and anyone looking to really get focused, and do the work to get results!

Like these!

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 Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Pack (w/Shakeology) Save $70!

  2. 21 Day Fix Extreme Kicstart Challenge Pack (includes 3 Day Refresh) Save more than $90!

22 Minute Hard Corps

Great for anyone who wants a straightforward and effective workout in a minimal amount of time. This Challenge Pack is perfect for people looking to pair exercise with nutrition to deliver results….like these!

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Watch this quick video for more information…

 

SAVE BIG WITH 2 DIFFERENT OPTIONS:

  1. 22 Minute Hard Corps + Shakeology Challenge Pack Save over $105!

  2. 22 Minute Hard Corps + Performance Challenge Pack Save over $95

*For a limited time, both packages come with a FREE sandbag and portion control containers!

 

*All of the packages above will come with the complete program, plus a bonus workout, a 30 day supply of Shakeology, free access to Beachbody on Demand for 30 days, discount $2 shipping and access to my free support and accountability groups and 24/7 individual support.

Pick a program that will work best for you and join my next support group for daily tips, recipes, meal planning ideas and motivation. I will be your free coach and help you get results! I will be there 24/7 to guide you and encourage you every step of the way!

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10 Reasons Women Should Lift Weights!

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I have done so many different types of workouts: cardio, dance cardio, running, kickboxing, yoga, etc…but nothing has ever given me the kind of results that lifting weights has! When I added strength training…I FINALLY saw the kinds of changes in my body that I had always wanted!

So I stick with what works, while including some of my other favorite workouts too, of course! I just make sure to lift weights at least 3 times each week. The heavier I lift, the better results I get! I used to be afraid I’d get ‘bulky’, but I was uninformed. The truth is, lifting weights made me leaner and stronger than I had ever been!

If you’re still not convinced that you need to lift weights, here are 10 reasons you should reconsider.

1. Burn more fat. It has been scientifically proven that lifting weights keeps your metabolism elevated for several hours after exercise.

2. Change your body shape. You will NOT get bulky! Women lack the body composition and hormones for that! Keep your nutrition clean, and you get leaner and toner and skinny jeans readier!

3. Boost your metabolism. As we get older, we begin to lose muscle tissue, bummer right! If you diet alone, you will lose muscle even faster! Lifting weights will help you build muscle tissue, thus elevating your metabolism, thus burning more calories all day long!

4. Get stronger and more confident. Strength training will make you better at every day activities too, like lifting kids, bags and bags of groceries, etc…And being stronger will make you feel confident and bad ass! (true story!)

5. Build strong bones. Women MUST lift weights to avoid bone loss! When you lift weights you improve your muscle strength and bone density at the same time! Say NO to hunched over brittle bones!

6. Fight depression. Endorphins are endorphins! Yoga, running, weights…it all makes you feel pretty damn good!

7. Improve sports fitness. Biking, hiking, skiing, whatever strikes your fancy! You’ll be better, stronger and faster!

8. Reduce injuries and arthritis. Your joints, ligaments and tendons will be more flexible and stable. This will help you stay safe! And even those who already arthritis see improved movement and strength with weight training. And less pain too!

9. Get heart healthy. Pumping iron, gets your heart pumping too! A pumping heart, is a strong heart.

10. Defend against diabetes. The more lean muscle mass your body has, the more efficient it is at removing glucose from the bloodstream when can reduce diabetes symptoms and prevent type 2 all together!

So now that you have 10 reasons…you just need a plan!

When I was first starting out, I didn’t have a clue what to lift, how many times, which days per week, etc…I would aimlessly wander around the gym just looking for things to pick up and put down. Not very effective. When I started P90X it was a relief to have a program that someone else had designed with a purpose in mind. It really takes all of the guesswork out of it for me! I’ve got enough to think about, I don’t have the time to figure out a weight-lifting program, too!

And since I got such great results with P90X, I was hooked on the at-home format. I cancelled my gym membership! Next I moved on to Chalean Extreme, Les Mills Pump, Body Beast, and now I cannot wait to start my next program!!!

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2 Expert Trainers – 60 Days – Amazing Results!

I am SO excited to get started!

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What is the Master’s Hammer & Chisel?

The Master’s Hammer and Chisel is a new resistance-training system that incorporates three muscle-sculpting phases – Stabilization, Strength, and Power – or SSP Training. This is how co-creators and expert trainers, Autumn and Sagi help efficiently build, chisel, and refine a masterpiece physique in just 60 days.

Program Details

1) 6 day/week program with 30-40 min workouts

2) Nutrition is based on the proven 21 Day Fix & Fix Extreme Meal Plan, using portion-control containers, with 3 options of different routes to take. You decide what path, depending on your goals.

3) Equipment Recommended:  Dumbbells, workout bench OR stability ball, chin-up bar OR resistance band with door attachment (not included in base kit).

Check out this video for more information!

 

VIP Test Group Starts January 4th!

Get your copy and get in the group that will help you start 2016 lean and chiseled!

This month only, you can get the Challenge Pack & Performance Packs are on sale! Save $80!

*See links below!

Hammer & Chisel Challenge Pack (w/Shakeology)
Hammer & Chisel Performance Pack (w/Performance Supplements)
Hammer & Chisel Deluxe Kit
Hammer & Chisel Base Kit

Join the Test Group!

Time for Change

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It was this time about 3 years ago that I took a look at myself in the mirror and decided I was finally done being unhappy! I had been stuck in a rut for FAR too long. Looking at pictures of myself from summer vacations really opened my eyes to what was happening. It was slow, but I was steadily gaining weight and finding it harder and harder to fit into my clothes.

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There were a lot of things I didn’t want to admit to myself. I wasn’t REALLY giving it my all with workouts anymore. I was just kinda going through the motions. I wasn’t REALLY eating all that healthy. There was a lot of processed garbage finding its way into my grocery cart. Convenience trumped health. I was complacent, uncommitted and UN-motivated!

I think you go through phases when this starts to happen.

1. DENIAL: It’s my clothes. They shrunk. My scale must be off! (Don’t tell me you haven’t tried to convince yourself with these same lies!)

2. AVOIDANCE: Scale? What scale? I like baggy, stretchy clothes anyway.

3. DEPRESSION: Why is this happening?! I workout! I eat ‘pretty’ healthy food. It’s not fair! Get away from me with that camera! WAHHH!!! I’m going to assume the fetal position in a dark room. Leave me alone!

4. DEFEAT: Well, what the hell. I’m getting older. This is just what happens. There isn’t ANYTHING I can do about it. I’m not going to live the rest of my life worrying about it. I want to ENJOY life and eat whatever the hell I want. Working out is stupid. I don’t care anymore.

5. REALIZATION: I feel like shit. I don’t fit into any of my clothes. I’m tired all of the time. I’m not enjoying life at all right now! I’m sick of feeling like this. I gotta do something!

What stage are you in? If you’re in 1-4, let me save you the trouble and spoil the ending. You’ll eventually get to #5, because no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that we can’t, or don’t want to feel look and feel healthy, we do. You’re not kidding anyone (or yourself) when you say otherwise.

There’s a happy ending though! 🙂 I had to dig deeper than ever, and really connect with WHY I wanted/needed to make some changes, and really give it my absolute, 100% ALL!

If you want to know EXACTLY what I did…I’ll tell you! 🙂

  • I invested in myself and added strength training to my life! Not just half-ass, cute little pink dumbbells, but a program that taught me chicks CAN and SHOULD lift HEAVY weights! Nothing has changed my body more than that did!
  • I committed to eating 100% CLEAN for 21 days straight! NO processed food, no alcohol, no soda, no eating out, etc. Just whole foods, prepared at home, where I could control every bite. And one Shakeology (all natural, dense nutrition, super food meal replacement that I FIRMLY believe boosted my results!) Now this might seem extreme, but I was so focused on what I wanted, I just laid it all out there to my husband and my family. They were supportive, and only made fun of me a little! 😉
  • I joined a group of other people who were working on their own health and fitness goals, and the support and accountability was the extra OOMPH that had been missing, and I really needed it!

In 25 days, I lost 8 pounds and 9.5 inches! That was the fuel I needed to fuel my fire and keep going!

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After 90 days…

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But forget the pounds and the pictures…what you can’t see here is the transformation that took place in how I felt! I couldn’t believe what I was doing! I wasn’t quite done yet! I went on to lose 8 more pounds and about 6 more inches. resultsbefore_after_Collage_results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So…are you ready to start your journey?! Fall is the PERFECT time to make some changes and turn over a new leaf!

I think Peter Brady said it BEST!

Join me starting Monday October 5 and see what you can achieve when you put your mind to it! We’ll work together to find what’s going to work for you, and get you the results that you’ve been wanting! I’m going to offer exactly what worked for me. A private daily support and accountability group (right on Facebook) where I share tips, recipes, and motivation. We post daily to the group to keep each other on track.

Don’t wait for this. Next thing you know, ready or not, the holidays will be here! Don’t wait until after to get serious. Start now! There are 98 days until 2016! Think of what you could achieve by then!

Deadline to join is September 28!

Your time is now! Fill out the form below…let’s get started.

 

Grilled Marinated Chicken Kebabs

First of all…you don’t have to ‘kebab’ this chicken if you don’t want to. You can just marinate it and grill it up…cause it’s really about the marinade! You could slather it on a shoe and it would still be pretty tasty!

But for the purposes of this recipe, let’s assume you’ll be grilling chicken (not shoes).

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Ingredients

1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 honey
1 teaspoon kosher salt
ground black pepper to taste
This marinade is enough for about 5-6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves.

Instructions

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  2. Cut up chicken (if making kebabs) into 1 inch chunks.
  3. Put the chicken in a large Ziploc bag and add marinade.
  4. Put the chicken in the fridge and try to marinate for at least 2 hours (less if you’re in a hurry and didn’t plan ahead).
  5. Place 5-6 pieces of chicken on each kebab stick (I pre-soaked mine so they wouldn’t burn).
  6. *Optional – feel free to add some veggies to your kebabs (mushrooms, peppers, onion, tomato…)
  7. Grill chicken over med/high heat and cook until juices run clear. (kebabs will take about 5-7 minutes on each side.

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Then, when they were done grilling, I took the pieces off the stick, and shoved them into my 21 Day Fix container to see how many would fit! I was able to fit almost 2 full sticks in one red container – which was a lot of food!

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Not familiar with the 21 Day Fix?

Through the end of this month, you can get the 21 Day Fix OR 21 Day Fix Extreme FREE when you try Shakelogy (vs. a one-time order of Shakeology). Check them out below! And you also get a 30 day FREE trial of Beachbody on Demand!

 

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On a Quest for Good Protein Bars?

I’ve been thinking about trying out one of the bazillion recipes out there for copycat Quest bars, and in the end…wouldn’t you know it…I kinda did my own thang!

But the results were pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself!

I actually made 2 batches: one chocolate chip cookie dough, and one chocolate brownie batter!

And I’ll show you how I did it, so that you can try it, and/or change it to your tastes, TOO!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder (about 1/3 cup a scoop) – I used Beachbody whey.  (I’m thinking you could use Shakeology for these too! For some extra nutrients!)
  • ¼ cup natural nut or seed butter of choice (smooth, not crunchy) – I used peanut for this batch.
  • 1/3 (I used Stevia, less if you like – feel free to sub honey, agave, etc…adjust water accordingly)
  • 2-5 tbsp. water (add 1 T. at a time, add more or less as needed)
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • optional extras: I added 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips for my chocolate chip cookie dough batch, and 2 T. cocoa powder for my brownie batter batch. Experiment adding other fun ingredients like cinnamon, vanilla, dried fruit, etc…

 

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Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the protein powder, oat flour, nut butter and sweetener together. Add quest5water 1 Tablespoon at a time – If using Stevia (dry sweetener) you’ll need more water than if using honey or agave.
  • Stir together – get your hand in there to smoosh it all together until you can form a ball with no little bits coming out.
  • Scoop out the dough onto a piece of wax paper and shape into a rectangle.
  • Cut into 5 bars and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes until firm.
  • ENJOY!

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Refrigerate & ENJOY!!!

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And for those of you following the 21 Day Fix…here is your container count!

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For more information about the 21 Day Fix & the 21 Day Fix Extreme…

*Check out some of the before and after pictures, transformations and testimonials!

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Busy Moms Bootcamp

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Attention Moms!

Coming May 11: BUSY MOMS BOOTCAMP!

Next month is OUR month! What if this year for Mother’s Day, you gave yourself the gift of BALANCE!?

I NEED this! With 4 kids, running my own business and a life full of time commitments, appointments, activities, etc…it is even more important for me to be at my BEST! And for me that means carving out some time every day to take care of myself! Fitness and clean eating is what saved me about 2 years ago. I finally put myself at the top of my list of priorities, and then everything else just fell into place. I feel so much stronger, confident and ready to take on all of my responsibilities now. And I’m excited to share what has worked for me with YOU!

We have SO many plates spinning, all of the time! Kids, career, friends, family, day to day commitments… How are we supposed to find time to do it all AND still have time left in the day for ourselves?! Our own health and fitness often take a backseat to everything else.

This group is for you. What if we could work together and learn how to balance all of the busy-ness AND make time for you, too?! Cause you know what? When YOU make time for YOU, your health, your fitness and your overall well-being, you’ll be better at EVERYthing else!

Starting Monday May 11, for 21 days we’ll focus on: 

  •  30 minute or less workouts that you can do at home – NO EXCUSES!
  •  every day, family-friendly nutrition tips & ideas
  •  weekly meal planning & prepping strategies
  •  simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love
  •  ways to lead by example for our kids by being healthy AND happy!
  •  AND time saving tips & organization strategies to help you balance it all, while keeping your head screwed on straight!

If this sounds like something you’d like to do for yourself, if you desperately NEED balance in your life, fill out the form below!

But HURRY! Deadline to join is this Saturday, May 2. Just a few spots left!

*For anyone who is not already a coach, or working with another coach.

Story Time!

STORY TIME!!!story_time

I have a story to tell, and I just need to get it out!

Once upon a time, about 2 and a half years ago, there was this mom who was desperate for a change.

SPOILER ALERT! (It was ME!)

I was slowly gaining weight and losing every last shred of self-confidence I had – which wasn’t much to begin with. I was seriously considering just giving up and resigning myself to what I thought was inevitable: stretchy waistbands and spending the rest of my life on the couch trying to convince myself that it didn’t matter. Who cares!?

I cared.

I decided to do something about it – one last BIG effort to see what could happen if I really gave it my all! I knew about Beachbody and Shakeology through my good friend Jenelle Summers (who had also introduced this whole coaching business to me – which I did not understand at the time). I wanted to try Shakeology and some new fitness programs, but I was reluctant to spend that kind of money and I was VERY skeptical of Shakeology, but intrigued enough to try it and see – expecting to chalk it up as a big, dumb mistake!

Then, I did something really CRAZY! Despite warnings from my friends and family that it was a big scam and a pyramid scheme (SCARY!), I signed up as a coach simply so I could save 25% on my big dumb mistake!

What happened next blew my mind! In my first 3-6 months, I lost 24 pounds, about 20 inches and felt better than I had ever felt in my life!

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And something else. I was running these support groups for my friends and family members to keep pyramid_schememyself on track, and they were losing weight and getting fit and healthy, too! I was HOOKED! I had found my passion! And I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up! A Beachbody Coach! *Oh, and nothing bad happened. It wasn’t a scam or a big scary scheme after all!

I have hosted at least one support group every month since I started and the transformations I’ve witnessed are UN-f’n-believable!! It’s the most amazing feeling to be part of that! I have a basic need to help people, and coaching fulfills that need for me! This is why I get up in the morning, excited to get to work!

I wholeheartedly believe in these products and programs because I’ve seen first hand how they’ve changed people’s lives – including mine!

I’m just a regular ol’ mom of four amazing kids, wife of my high school sweetheart, and former first grade teacher who took a giant leap of faith and boy did it pay off – BIG time! I work part time hours, at home, with my kids, when I want, where I want and how I want. Just 2 years after starting, I now make as much moo-la as I did working full time as a teacher, spending my days with other people’s kids. I am proof that anyone can do this!

And what’s SUPER awesome is that I have this whole amazing team of coaches, with the same passion and drive, and we are having 10 tons of fun growing our businesses together! Some of them I’ve never even met in person! But I will SOON and I absolutely canNOT wait!

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*If you’ve ever thought about doing something like this, don’t be like me and wait 5 more years to find out how incredible this opportunity is! Message me, let’s chat. You can ask me anything! And if you decide this is something you’d like to try. I’ll be with you every step of the way!

THE END (or just the beginning! It’s up to you!)

The Big Bloom!

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It’s transformation time!

There are buds on the trees. Daffodils and tulips are emerging. The grass is getting greener! Geese are returning after the long winter. I LOVE spring! It’s a time for new beginnings and fresh starts! It’s a time for change. And change is good!

Are you ready to make some changes and get working on your own transformation?
I started my journey about 2 1/2 years ago, and it wasn’t just a physical transformation…I changed inside and out! I have more energy and self esteem than when I was in my 20’s! My 4 kids get the best of me now, instead of the last of me. I’m a better mom, friend and wife as a result of this lifestyle change. And my kids are eating healthier foods, my husband has undergone his own transformation as have many of my friends and family members. One seed planted an entire garden, and it just keeps growing!

I’d love to invite you to join me, on April 20th, to start your journey, or continue a journey that you’ve already started! I’ll provide daily support and motivation, share healthy recipes, and help you stay on track to reach your goals. The group will provide the accountability that is sometimes missing when you join a gym, or try to get results on your own. You’re not alone! I’m here to help you every step of the way!

These groups WORK! Fitness + Nutrition + Support = SUCCESS!!!

DEADLINE TO JOIN IS SUNDAY APRIL 12TH!

Check out the options below, and let’s you you started on your garden!

Get started with a challenge pack – all of the tools you’ll need to get the results you want! You’ll get a new workout program of your choice (and I can help you pick), Shakeology, discounted shipping PLUS a 30 day FREE trial of *Beachbody on Demand, all at a discounted “bundle” price! *If you get the Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack, you get the first 3 months access for FREE!
DEADLINE TO JOIN IS SUNDAY APRIL 12TH!Check out the sales this month below

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SPRING CLEAN YOUR BODY!
Save $85 for a limited time!Great if you’re trying to :

  • jumpstart
  • bust a plateau
  • looking for a supercharge!

The Ultimate Reset is a comprehensive, no-starvation, inner-body tune-up that offers much more than the typical cleanse and detox programs on the market.
Click HERE to watch a short video about the Ultimate Reset.

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How to get the stink out of your workout clothes!

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Don’t you hate it when you pull out your favorite summer workout clothes and you pass out from the smell?! Don’t pitch them just yet…try this first!

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Step 1: Fill a sink with warm water and add about 1/2 – 1 C. of baking soda. Swish the water around until the soda is dissolved and add your stinky duds. Push everything down into the water to make sure it’s all covered and wet. Let sit for 30 minutes – 2 hours.

Step 2: Rinse thoroughly;squeezing out the clothes as you rinse. Now fill up the sink with HOT water and add about 1 cup of white vinegar. Swoosh the clothes around until saturated. Let the clothes soak for another 30 minutes – 2 hours (longer is fine too).

Step 3: Rinse thoroughly again and run your dripping duds to the washer. Don’t overfill and don’t use too much laundry detergent (half the usual amount is good). Wash in hot water. Remove once finished and if you can, dry out in the sun for natural odor killing magic…if not, air dry or tumble in the dryer.

TIP: If your clothes still smell, you can buy a special detergent. These “sports washes” can be found in sporting goods section of stores like Walmart and Target, and on Amazon.com. They can be expensive! But it’s what the professionals use – and a good last resort for your odor-eliminating needs!
Follow the directions for the product you buy. (obviously!)

To AVOID the stink in the first place, never just throw your sweaty clothes into the hamper. Immediately following your workout, rinse or soak until you’re ready to wash. Or at LEAST just let them air dry! These fabrics wick the sweat and moisture from our bodies while we workout, but left inside the fabric – it’s a breeding ground for bacteria! P.U.!

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Looking for help with your fitness goals? I’ve got a new support and accountability group forming soon! If you’re interested, and would like to be notified when it’s open, just sign up below! Now go get sweaty! 🙂

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Half Marathon + Strength Training…it can be done!

I love a good training plan, but sometimes I need to make my own in order to accomplish the goals I am trying to reach! This time around…I’ve set my sights on a half marathon. BUT…the one thing that’s missing from most training plans is STRENGTH training!

I LOVE to lift, because I love how I feel, and how my body looks with lean muscle mass. Too much running, and not enough lifting, and my legs turn into little toothpicks. I also love that lifting weights turns my body into a calorie-torching machine! Ya, I burn some calories when I run. But if that’s ALL I do, my body adapts and actually starts holding on to extra calories to fuel those long runs. When I lift, I get the benefit of the ‘after-burn’! I keep burning calories even after my workout is done! BOOM!

So…with my half marathon about 2 months away, I’ve been working with a schedule that allows me to do both! I always start with the basic Hal Higdon plan, and then modify in order to fit in the strength training that I want to do each week!

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To download this FREE 12 week plan, just provide the information below, and you’ll receive an email with directions to download. 🙂 Happy running…and LIFTING!

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