Gym Workouts Lately: CrossFit

wall ball CrossFit

Exercise is something that keeps me grounded and sane. I have control over it. It does NOT control me, but I LOVE pushing myself and seeing what I am capable of. In the midst of packing, I have been starting my days with CrossFit gym workouts--while I can! Here goes. Monday Workout #1 6 rounds of: 400m run 10 dead lifts at 135# 10 wall balls 10 G2OH (ground to overhead) 45# plate This one took about 20-25 minutes, I failed to stop my watch. But, I really, really … [Continue reading]

Beginner Workout Routine

beginner workout routine

Hi Friends! I've been meaning to post this beginner workout routine for a while now. While most of the workouts on my YouTube channel offer modifications, not many of them are geared specifically towards new exercisers. It takes a lot of courage to start something new.  I love nothing more as a trainer than to see individuals surprise themselves by lifting more than they thought or becoming fitter than they anticipated. Hopefully, this routine takes the intimidation out of starting. … [Continue reading]

Friday Flex

Friday Flex

The light was just right in our bedroom, so I took a selfie to pump myself up. If a bikini and fluorescent lighting was involved, you can be sure I'd spare you the picture! Friday Flex. It's a thing right? Group Fitness Today is bitter sweet as I will be teaching my last HIIT class at the YMCA. I never realized how much I loved teaching group fitness until I took a break after Jada was born. I love, love the energy found in a packed room. Plus, teaching regular classes holds me … [Continue reading]



I guess yesterday was National Dog Day, but we celebrate every day! Go hug your pup! Have you ever seen a 6-legged dog before? ;) We got some great news this weekend and found a house (that we love) in Illinois! Now, the stress of moving is even more real to me. We have moved 3 times in our 6 years of marriage (this will be #4), so it's not new to me. But, with a kiddo, it gets a bit more complicated. So, while I can stress eat with the best of them, I've been trying to find … [Continue reading]

Glutes and Guns CrossFit WOD

glutes and guns CrossFit wod

Bam! And, it's Monday. That always happens doesn't it? That's about how I feel too, Jada! :) My dad has been teaching her the bitter beer face, and she pretty much delivers on command now! It's pretty funny. See what I mean?! Also, this girl might turn into a watermelon. Cooper and Jada needed to burn off some energy during our morning walk, so I let them loose on the tennis courts for a while. Jada has also been working on that throwing arm of hers. My sweet … [Continue reading]

The More Things Change…

Couples selfie

The more things change, the more they stay the same... What the heck that does mean anyway?!! Here's what I know: as long as we have each other, we will be okay regardless of what changes we face. Not to get all sappy on you! Although, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, anxious, and sad too. Omaha is my home. My family is here. Many of our friends are here. I feel plugged-in at work and the community. I'm starting over in Champaign, Illinois, and I'm scared. But, I … [Continue reading]

Work It Wednesday

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It's been a whirlwind around here to say the least. However, we had the chance to get in a family workout, before taking a brief trip to Champaign, Illinois to house hunt. First, we had to warm up at the playground. Don't you do that? Can we do it again, dad? We really wanted to get in a track workout, but had to be a bit creative with a toddler. The high school near us, Omaha Burke High, has an amazing track with field turf which means lots of room for Jada to run … [Continue reading]

How We Celebrate 6 Years!

Omaha farmer's market

Hope you all had a great weekend! We celebrated our 6 year anniversary on Saturday! We started the day off at the Omaha Farmer's Market in the Old Market downtown. Cooper was the star of the show--everyone wanted to pet him! Jada was a close second. ;) We met my parents there, and of course Jada had to be held by Grammy. Our haul included broccoli, zucchini, chai spiced honey, strawberry-rhubarb jam, and kettle corn. Love the farmer's market! Then, we walked to a nearby … [Continue reading]


armbrust YMCA handstands

Happy Friday! It's time to get a little GYM-nasty up in herrrrrre! How about these rock stars?! I decided to have a little fun with our group workout and add handstands. The girls are making them look easy, but they are NOT for beginners! I'm really going to miss training in Omaha. My "clients" have become my friends. And, at times, my workout partners. They have become more fit with each workout and constantly inspire me. Oh, and how about this for motivation. Taylor is … [Continue reading]

Staying Fit for Her

Armbrust YMCA basketball

After a small group workout in the morning, I let Jada run free in the basketball court. Wide open spaces for fast, little legs! Then, her friend joined her for a game of HORSE. Loser had to do burpees! ;) Of course, I'd like to think she will be a future athlete, but she might not like sports. I'll be completely out of my element if she chooses dance. But, if she loves it, then we'll go with it! I also realized I'm not forcing her to run, or pick up the ball and roll it. … [Continue reading]