Family Outdoor Run & Fun

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The weather has been so wet here lately, and Spencer and I have been dying to do more hill sprints. Why not just run them on the street, you say? It is literally flat for miles upon miles here. The only hill we have nearby is man-made. Finally, it stopped raining, so we had a chance to run on our favorite hill. It was pretty cold in the morning, so we started with part 1 of our workout in the garage. 1000m row 50 push-ups 750m row 40 push-ups 500m row 30 push-ups 250m row 20 … [Continue reading]

Weekend Warrior Workouts

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I never know how to open Monday posts. I mean, do you really want to read, "Happy Monday!"? So, let's slide right in, shall we? (<--See what I did there?) Spencer and I took a rest day on Friday, so we planned on a lengthy workout for Saturday, not as punishment, but because we actually wanted to. We were scrolling through Hero WOD's and selected one that we each could do using our garage equipment. Spencer selected the Hero WOD Hammer. 5 rounds 5 Power Cleans 135# 10 … [Continue reading]

How I Vary My Workouts

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Let's catch up on home workouts, shall we? Thanks to the additions to our garage, I can create quite a range of workouts. Sometimes, it's hard to decide. I have all these ideas and need to narrow them down to one workout. Work vs. Rest Days I often get questions from readers on how many rest days I take, or how many of my workouts are CrossFit based, or if I even run anymore. I favor intense workouts, there's probably no surprise there if you read this blog or follow me on Instagram. … [Continue reading]

16 Month Update

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I haven't done an update on Jada since she turned one year old in June. In the midst of moving, Jada turned 15 months, but I failed to write a post--and she's 16 months old now! #momfail The Stats We found a new pediatrician in the Champaign-Urbana area and were able to schedule Jada's well-check. I loved our pediatrician in Omaha, so it will be tough to match her. Jada measured at 32.5" (93rd percentile) and weighed 26.4 lbs (94th percentile). No wonder everyone is surprised … [Continue reading]

Must Haves for Fit Moms

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Hey guys! I get a lot of fitness related questions from new moms, so I thought I'd create a post focused on the must haves for fit moms. I'm sure many of you moms and moms-to-be have googled must-haves for new moms including standard items like nursing bras, a sleep sack, and changing pads. However, I'm going to discuss the items I found necessary to stay active as a new mom. 1. Supportive Sports Bra This is probably the question I get asked the most, "What bra should I wear for … [Continue reading]

GNC Pro-Sculpt & AMP 60 Protein Powder Giveaway!

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I have a fantastic giveaway for you today from GNC! You guys know I'm a big fan of the GNC's pre-workout, thermogenic drink, Pro-Sculpt. While a pre-workout supplement is not necessary, I personally feel that it helps take my workouts to another level. I have seen improvements in my physique prior to having Jada and after as well. Important: A pre-workout supplement alone will NOT do the work for you! But, in combination with a reasonable approach to eating and legit workouts, … [Continue reading]

His and Hers Workouts

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Ever since the new additions to our garage gym, we have been coming up with workouts to incorporate the equipment. And, because it was a Monday, I felt the need for my Reebok CrossFit compression tights (on sale)--sure to brighten any WOD. ;) We took advantage of an afternoon nap to complete a fast and furious workout together. Because our bumper plates are on the heavy side, I have to stick to different movements if I want to complete a higher number of reps. After a rowing 10 rounds … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin Pickin’! Curtis Orchard

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We spent the weekend together which is a real treat with Spencer's schedule. So, we decided to get to know the area better and visit Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch. Curtis Orchard is located in Champaign, IL and has FREE admission for all! Of course, once they get you in, you'll likely purchase something like fresh apples, pumpkins, apple cider, homemade preserves, or try a run at the corn maze. Jada loved the animals. No surprise there. Here, I had to hold her back from the … [Continue reading]

A Peek Inside Our Garage

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What an enticing title, right? But, I absolutely love our garage and what it holds. Hang in there. ;) Before the garage, let's explore the area a bit more. We found a new park located in Urbana this week (Champaign & Urbana are often called Chambana because they are basically one city). The playground is made of wood and very intricate.   Jada seemed to love it. There are also paved and grass trails for more exploration. In fact, the Illinois Marathon's route … [Continue reading]

Workouts Lately

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Goooooood morning! Hope your day starts off as electric as Jada's hair! Also, you get a bitter beer face with a side of yogurt. ;) So, let's catch up a bit on workouts. Like I mentioned, Spencer and I are taking advantage of workouts together while we can. We have been eyeing this man-made hill near our house since we arrived. No really, it's man-made. It's soooooooooooo flat here in the Champaign-Urbana area. We decided to do hill sprints. 20 of them! I ran with Cooper for … [Continue reading]