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(sort of) NYCM Training – Week 8 Recap & FitFluential!

Monday 8/27:

  • Bike – 8.15 mi – 25 minutes

Tuesday 8/28:

  • Bike – 5.00 mi – 15 minutes

It was my third day in a row on the bike. My legs were tired¬†because I was still a bit sore from biking the around the half marathon course on Sunday. It was probably the sprints we threw in to find our friends ūüôā

  • NTC – Power Up – 30 min

I really enjoyed this workout. When it called for cardio moves or jumping, I substituted with core work and squats.

Wednesday 8/29:

  • Pilates – 1 hour

I have not taken a Pilates class in a few months. I was reminded quickly that it is a very tough workout. 

Thursday 8/30:

  • Spin Class – 45 minutes

Abby and I had plans to do some sort of workout and then go watch our friends run the NYRR NFL race that evening in Central Park! After much debate (and knowing we did not want to pay $30 for a class) we decided on grabbing a free 7-day pass at Bally’s on W 50th Street. I am never one to mind if the gym is not the nicest, I usually only need a bike, treadmill and some free weights anyway. We arrived at Bally’s, rushed through our sign-up process and joined Kim’s spin class. I am going to admit that she was the BEST instructor I have ever had. Her energy was through the roof and she made up laugh throughout the entire class as she danced around the room and did more high kicks than the freaking Rockettes to the 80s music. We will probably go back next Wednesday before our trial expires to take her class again.

Friday 8/31:

  • Much needed rest day. Body was screaming for it.

Saturday 9/1:

  • Spin bike – 55 min

I forgot to pay attention to the holiday class schedule so I should not have been surprised when I showed up at NYSC ready to spin and there was no class. I decided to ride a bike in the spin room anyway for 55 min. I make up my own moves to songs on my iPod to prepare myself for the day I finally become an instructor! I have been doing it for years, I just never became an instructor. Whoops. This was also the first time I had been in the spin room at this NYSC (Clifton, NJ) and the Livestrong bikes were all brand new and amazing.

  • Afterward my “spin class” I did a strength workout of 30 pushups, NTC – Better Back – 15 minutes, and a plank

Sunday 9/2:

  • I went to a bachelorette party on Saturday night. I only got off the couch to eat, use the ladies room and to do a plank before bed. Yikes.

Weekly Goals

Workout Minutes: 4 hours 45 min

Actual Workout Minutes: 4 hours 10 min


I also wanted to share some very exciting news! I received an email that I have been accepted as a FitFluential Ambassador! I am really, really, REALLY excited.

For anyone not familiar with FitFluential, here is some information from their website,
“FitFluential is a nationwide network of highly influential fitness enthusiasts sharing their journey both online and offline through multiple social media platforms. Founded in April of 2011 by Kelly Olexa, FitFluential was designed to connect health and wellness brands with their ideal target market through customized, long-term experiential and contextual marketing campaigns.”

I had the chance to meet Kelly at the HLS a couple of weeks ago and she is amazing, hysterical and beyond inspiring.

I would seriously encourage anyone to take a deeper dive into what the FitFluential movement is all about by giving their Facebook and Twitter pages a little look. I am positive you will feel more motivated and encouraged in the Health and Fitness department in at least one way.

So what does this mean for me, and for my blog?

From the website, “FitFluential is the perfect combination of fitness and influence.¬†At the end of the day, the goal of FitFluential is to successfully connect brands in the fitness space with highly influential fitness enthusiasts that are an ideal match for that brand.”

I am joining the ranks of other fitness and health enthusiasts. Together, with FitFluential, we help promote an active lifestyle and the best brands to help you along the journey. I believe this opens the door to provide some serious ass-kicking health and fitness content to my readers! I am excited for this new opportunity and cannot wait to see the goodness it brings!


(sort of) NYCM Training – Week 7 Recap

Monday 8/20:

  • Travel back from HLS – let’s call it a rest day

Tuesday 8/21:

  • I wanted to do an arm workout so I created a circuit that would be quick and effective. Each circuit – 5 min (Repeat 3x)

  • I also completed 40 min of the p90x yoga DVD. It was the first time doing the DVD and I¬†realized¬†it was 90 min and I did not have the energy for that so I did a portion of it. It was definitely tough and I would need a lot of energy to¬†complete¬†the entire DVD. I think splitting it into portions is also a great workout.

Wednesday 8/22:

Thursday 8/23:

  • Rest

Friday 8/24:

  • Spin Bike – 20 min – 7.3 mi –¬†Made it to NYSC right before the gym was closing. I workout my butt off for 20 min and felt great when I left!

Saturday 8/25:

  • I drove down my parents house very early (we were all driving down to Wildwood for the Half Marathon for the weekend). I used my sisters medicine ball and did a quick 5-8 minute workout of squats, curtsy lunges and biceps curls to overhead press.

Sunday 8/26:

  • My sister and 3 friends were running the Wild Half Marathon in Wildwood, NJ (my first missed race due to the injury). I was full of emotions. I was happy for everyone racing and sad for myself. Another injured friend and I rented beach cruisers and rode up and down the course for 2 hours and 20 minutes and went from friend to friend to cheer everyone on! It was so much fun and we rode so fast at times it was a great workout and honestly exhausting.

Weekly Goals

Workout Minutes: 7 hours 45 minutes

Actual Workout Minutes: 4 hours 50 minutes

Weekly Workout (8/20/12-8/26/12)

Monday 8/20:

  • Travel back from HLS. No workout. Shocker!

Tuesday 8/21:

  • Yoga
  • Strength

Wednesday 8/22:

  • Spin Class/Stationary Spin Bike

Thursday 8/23:

  • Yoga

Friday 8/24:

  • Spin Class/Stationary Bike
  • Strength
  • Core

Saturday 8/25:

  • Core
  • Strength

Sunday 8/26:

  • This is the first race (of a couple) I am missing due to my injury. My friends and sister are running the Wild Half Marathon in Wildwood, NJ. I decided I am going to rent a bike and ride along side of everyone!

Weekly Goals

Workout Minutes: 7 hours 45 min (includes the 2+ hours I plan on spending on a bike on Sunday)

(sort of) NYCM Training – Week 6 Recap

I am a bad (example of a) healthy living blogger. I am a bad exerciser when I am injured. This week a lame attempt of a workout (after my I WILL NOT LESS THIS INJURY DEFEAT ME post, yikes).

Monday 8/13:

Tuesday 8/14:

  • Stationary Spinning Bike – 45 min – 13.1 miles.¬†I biked a half marathon using the aerobic workout setting. It was pretty tough, it had you adjust the resistance every so often to simulate some hill work. I started reading Scott Jurek’s “Eat & Run” (which I already love) on the bike and this will probably be the time I use to read until I heal up!

Wednesday 8/15:

  • No workout. My car broke down 100 feet from the gym entrance and had to be towed. That was a fun night. No gym and lots of tears.

Thursday 8/16:

During my lunch hour (and after buying a pair of shorts at NikeTown because I forgot my own), I did the following workouts:

  • NTC Core Crunch – 15 min – I cannot do some of the moves (planks mainly) so I modified the workout a bit. I used the Bosu for many of the exercises on the ground (v-ups,¬†extensions) and I did squats with a weight and arm exercises when the workout called for any type of plank movement.
  • Stationary Bike – 12 min – 2 miles. Rode the sit down bike for 2 miles, because it was the only one available. I don’t really like this bike (I like the spin bikes much better, and even the bikes where you are in an upright position) but happy I got some (slow) time in.

Friday 8/17:

Saturday 8/18:

  • During HLS, there were so many great workouts offered. The only session I could join was the Reebok CrossFit Workout. After we learned the correct form for air squats from the trainers/models, we did the WOD. Today’s heart-rate increaser included a 5 minute AMRAP: 7 air squats and 15 jumps. Do you like my new lingo? I could only jump on one leg, so my right leg was sore as crap for the remainder of the weekend.

Sunday 8/19:

  • HLS set up a 5k for the attendees to run and/or walk. Jamie (my hysterical roommate) was kind enough to get out of bed to take a walk with me. We strolled along the Charles River for about 40 minutes and 2 miles. I experienced jealousy and anger towards strangers running near me, I can’t help it (not the HLS runners, I was happy for them, I swear).

Weekly Goals

Workout Minutes: 6 hours

Actual Workout Minutes: 2 hours 2 minutes (whoops, pretty large variance there).