fitness

We. Are. Sparta. #ChallengeAccepted

To say I was ecstatic to finish the Color Run a few years ago is an understatement. Running a full 5K was something I never thought I would do because (1) I hate running and (2) I hate working out. It wasn’t until I was coerced into doing a Spartan Race that I realized the Color Runs of the world are just child’s play.

I ran my first Spartan Sprint in 2013. I was the most out of shape I had ever been and was practically dying the whole time BUT I finished. I couldn’t believe it. I even jumped over the fire at the end (which looks a lot scarier than it is). After accomplishing that goal, I was ready to come back for more!

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My PIC, Shari, and me crossing the finish line!

The following year I signed up and this time I knew what to expect and was in slightly better shape. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I crushed it. My time was better, my attitude was better. Overall I felt great! However, the trend I was noticing is that once you finish, you just want more!

Once you accomplish something you never ever ever thought you could accomplish, it makes you wonder… what else could I do that I didn’t think I could do? Could I do a Spartan Super? Or even a Spartan Beast?! Maybe I could accomplish the coveted Trifecta?!?!?! Okay… so I’m not there quite yet but I am ready to take it up a notch.

Knowing that I completed this back in 2013, I truly believe anyone could do it. You’re probably thinking, “No way can I do that. It’s scary. There are monkey bars. You get dirty.” My response would be “Yes, it is terrifying at first and there are monkey bars and you will definitely get dirty BUT you will finish. And you will feel like a f^%&ing champion. Plus, you get a free beer at the end.”

So if you’re officially convinced to try it out, now’s your chance! There are upcoming races in the tristate area that you can participate in ASAP! For 10% any race, sign up here and use the discount code SPARTANBLOGGER. I’ll even give one lucky winner a free code to get you started! How? Just comment below telling me you want it and I will select one random winner to become a true Spartan! #LETSGO

*Promo code and coupon code was provided by Reebok Spartan Race.

Fitness Review: Mister Abs East River Boot Camp

Details: 77th and the East River , New York, NY 10018 – levi@misterabs.com – misterabs.com/

Studio: N/A
Timeliness: 4/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 5/5

The boyfriend and I bought a Groupon for 4 boot camp classes with Mister Abs. The guy looked ripped, the videos looked legitimate, and the price was right so we figured we had nothing to lose! The first class we signed up for was a rainy day, and bootcamp was outdoors. There was some hesitation, but bootcamp with Mister Abs was rain or shine so we went and we weren’t disappointed.

Levi (“Mister Abs”) is an excellent trainer and does not let you quit. It’s raining? So we won’t lay on the floor, but you’re still going to work your butt off. You think you can’t do anymore? Well, try anyway. He’s not going to just let you off the hook. This was a full 60 minutes (sometimes longer) of unique exercises that build strength and stamina. 

The class is set in the park and uses all the bars and fences available. Levi also brings lots of props such as rings, TRX, resistance bands, and even a trampoline. The class requires that you bring your own 3-in-1 adjustable resistance band but if you forget, one can be provided for you. Levi also provided gloves for us to do some of the floor work.

Honestly, I can’t say enough nice things about Levi and this class. Not only am I exhausted and sore after every class (in the best way), but Levi is also a really nice guy and makes the hour enjoyable… even when you can’t breathe and feel like you want to die.

I highly recommend taking this class. Luckily, the Groupon is still available and you can purchase it here. We purchased the 4 pack and immediately regretted not getting the 8 pack.

#HAWMC Day 2 – Introductions

This prompt asked to write 5 things everyone should know about my activism. I’m sick of writing lists (like 5 Things You Need to Know About My Activism). So instead, here’s a little timeline about how and why I became involved in fitness and a more active, healthy lifestyle.

2007: I started college. Unlike everyone else I went to school with, I did NOT gain the freshman 15. In fact, I lost 10 pounds thanks to the laxative induced food (seriously I’m convinced the food was laced). I felt good about my body and my life and didn’t put much thought behind what I was eating or how little I was physically active (minus dancing at the bars).
2011: January 2011 I weighed myself for the first time in a while and almost shit my pants. I had gained 25 pounds since the start of college and literally wanted to jump out a window. How did this happen? When did this happen? How did I not realize how out of shape I became? I took action immediately and started doing P90X. I completed the 90 day challenge and lost 10-ish pounds.
Summer 2011- Summer 2012: My new outlook on a healthy life went into overdrive. I was working out at least 3 days a week, eating better, and feeling much better about the way I looked and felt.
Summer 2012: I ran my first 5K! This was a HUGE accomplishment and made me feel like I could conquer the world.
Fall 2013: My co-workers convinced me to sign up for the Spartan Race. I don’t know how they convinced me to do it, but I did. And told myself that if I could complete the race without throwing up, it would be a huge accomplishment. I bought 30 personal trainer sessions, joined a gym, and was ready to rock and roll.
Winter 2013: Hard breakup. I stopped eating for a week, lost a ton of weight, felt tired, depressed, and shitty about myself. 
Today: Bouncing back slowly and re-committed to eating better, working out 2 days a week with my trainer and at least once on my own, and so excited to KILL this race in June.
Being healthy and active is NOT easy. It’s so so easy to fall back into bad habits, sitting around all weekend eating cookies and being a lazy ass… but with the right motivation and a supportive group of friends I know I can reach my health and fitness goals and not only finish the Spartan Race, but actually enjoy it too.

Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

30 Days, 30 Posts

Taking on the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge as way to get back into blogging and to keep my health goals on track. The Spartan Race is June 2nd and if I don’t start eating better and working out 3-5 days a week, I’m going to seriously hurt myself during the race.

My friend Gaby brought this challenge to my attention and I couldn’t be more excited about sharing my experiences online. I’ve blogged my fitness in the past before – 2 years ago I started blogging about P90X and since then I’ve used twitter as my means of accountability. This month, I turn to this blog.

So be prepared for a month of April fitness blogs!

#letsgo

How We Climbed Mount Everest…Sort Of.

At the beginning of the summer, Cara approached me with this crazy idea. “Sign up for this 5K with me!” she said. My initial response was a “hell no”. But she said free teeshirts were involved and that a bunch of us from work would do it together. So I gave in and signed up. Now for some background, I am NOT a runner. I’ve done P90X and I Zumba on a weekly basis, but I get winded when I run for the subway or the bus. I used the $50 fee as motivation to get my ass in running shape. I ran twice a week for about a month or so and was able to run 2 miles before wanting to collapse. Then I got distracted and didn’t run for a month. Suddenly, the run was a week away. I told Cara I was screwed and we’d never finish the 5K.

On August 26th, me, Cara, and the rest of our team stood among 20,000+ runners in a sea of color. I turned to her and said “We WILL run the whole thing.” Side by side, Cara and I ran. I slowed down to keep her pace when she needed support. She yelled at me to “PICK UP YOUR FEET” when my jog was wilting to a walk. It was not easy. But together we sprinted across the finish line with WOOs and smiles. We had run the entire way – being eachother’s support and motivation. We reached our goal and it felt nothing less than amazing.

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Our team name was #teameverest – because for Cara this was equivalent to conquering the climb up Mt. Everest. It sure as hell felt like we conquered a huge climb! For all of you athletic readers out there, stop laughing. Yes, a 5K doesn’t sound like a lot to someone who is in shape, but for people like us who don’t run or really work out EVER, this was a huge accomplishment.

We challenge YOU to climb your Mount Everest. We promise it will be an experience you will never forget. What will you accomplish?