Workout Inspirations!

This past week has been a rollercoaster of trying to find time for my OWN fitness. Not teaching a class, not training another… But time and desire to program for myself.

I was feeling a little stuck. Stale. Needing some inspiration.

So I took to blogs, classes and fitness friends.

Wednesday I was inspired by Jen to perform some barbell complexes. I loved how not only did she explain the purpose behind complexes, but also gave examples and videos! Score! I decided on the following complex…

Conventional deadlifts x 5
Bent over rows x 5
Hang clean x 5
Front squats x 5
Split jerk x 6
Repeat 3 – 6 times

It felt great! I started with the bar and then with each set I added 5lbs. I finished 6 sets. Smoked.

Thursday the first (with many more to come) meeting of the minds took place. Moe, Dana and I set up shop in the gym, broke out the sled and started playing around. They had gone to a NSCA workshop last weekend dedicated to the sled. From pulls and rows to squats and rotations, I was blown away by the vast amount of variations there are with one piece of equipment.

Source 

Saturday I decided to attend a TRX/Kettlebell class! I absolutely love taking other classes because not only does it give me inspiration in my own workout, but also in my own classes. This class is offered at AE Crossfit in Woburn, although this class is NOT a Crossfit class. Yesterday we did the following circuit to begin…

KB Goblet Squats x10
Overhead Press x10
TRX Row x10
TRX Tricep Extension x10
200M run
Repeat 5x
I really pushed myself during 200M, which I turned into sprints. Although I felt tired afterwards, I was energized and motivated again. 
Bottom line: If you are feeling uninspired, unmotivated and stuck in a workout rut, GET out there! Read blogs or articles or take a class. Do what makes YOU stay active. What interests YOU. You’ll get a lot more back then you expected. And most importantly, you’ll be educating yourself and practicing a healthy lifestyle.
Have you ever felt bored in your workout routine? What did you do to get out of it? 

TTT
                                   

Lärabar review- Über!

The other day I got a nice little surprise in the mail…

Lärabar sent me some samples of their new bars, Über! The flavors included banana foster, cherry cobbler, apple turnover and roasted nut roll. Yesterday I needed a quick little snack before my afternoon errands, result? Chewy, sweet and not overly cherry-y (yes, my new word). 
As many of you might know, I am pretty picky when it comes to my bars. I find I can get into a habit of eating far too many of them with my constant on-the-go lifestyle. With all the different brands out there it’s easy to get carried away with the most enticing flavor as opposed to the cleanest ingredients. 
Lärabar has always been one of my favorite brands for this very reason. G-free, pronounceable ingredients and tasty! 🙂 
What’s your favorite bar? Have you ever tried making your own? 
-TTT

26 and loving it.

 It’s is here. My 26th birthday! To celebrate, I’ve decided to write out 26 parts of my life that I feel grateful for. People, places and things I couldn’t live without. Elements of my life that have made my 26 years. So grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine…

1. Family. I feel truly blessed to have such an amazing support system. From tattoos to job transitions, they have not only accepted my decisions, but embraced them. Let me be me and loving me unconditionally every step of the way.

2. Friends. I view my friends as my family. They are my people. I laugh, cry and fight with them. But at the end of the day, we are there for each other. Not because we feel obligated to make our friendships work, but because I couldn’t imagine my life without them in it.

3. Boston. A city I grew to love. When I first moved here I hated it. I was unemployed and had no friends. After 4 years, two large snow storms and countless memories, this is my home.

4. My blog. She’s like my baby; watching her evolve has been one of the coolest, most rewarding ‘jobs’ ever.

5. Dark Chocolate. Really? You need an explanation?

6. Pinot Noir.

7. University of Tampa. My home for 3years. Moving south for college was both the scariest and best decision I’ve ever made.

8. Cortona, Italy. My home for my junior year of college. A truly eye opening experience that made me more independent and value the beauty in even the smallest of things.

9. My job. I may have to do an entire post on why I am grateful for my job. Indescribably  rewarding.

10. Lacrosse. Coaching has placed me in a leadership position and have 17 amazing little sisters.

11. BerryLine.

12. Trader Joes.

13. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

14. Zac Brown Band. I began listening to him while abroad and his music has followed me 5 years later.

15.  Baxter.

16. Groupon. Where my blog began and how it still thrives.

17. My teachers. Starting in kindergarten, my teachers have been inspiring and patient. Two qualities I believe are gold.

18. My independence. This has allowed me to travel south for school and the world… alone and not scared.  

19. My clients. Constantly impress me with their strength, determination and perseverance.

20. Marcandangel.com Insanely inspirational quotes.

21. Boothbay Harbor. Spending summers there ever since I was a baby, I’ve met the most incredible people and done some pretty awesome jobs (lobster racing, whale watch boating and dealing with tourists).

22. Running.

23. Pandora Radio.

24. Lilacs, lilies and beach roses.

25. Hand written notes. Postcards, post-it, you name it… I’m old school.
26. My health. Something that is easy to take for granted. From completing a marathon to getting out of bed every day, my body is something I try and take care of, value and appreciate.  
Do you ever spend time to really reflect on your past? What are you most grateful for (even if it is something as small as coffee)?
-TTT