March 2019 Challange: March Madness!

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Spring is in the air and it’s time to break out the warm weather running gear again. In Florida at least! 🙂 I know some of you will be battling very cold temperatures for a while still but hopefully you’ll feel the warmth through photos of your #CoreCrewfamily running in shorts and tank tops! 😉

Even if it’s not warming up where you are, you’ll still love this month’s March Madness Strength Challenge! There is something for everyone and let me tell you…this is going to be an awesome month! Our March Calendar is challenging Crew! If you commit and stay dedicated this month you WILL BE STRONGER!

This month we are adding a new tracking element to our challenge that is designed to help get us moving and keep us motivated. The tracking is not required but if you like having a list, checking things off and getting points for it, you will love this month’s challenge twist!

Strength wise we have a little bit of everything and most of the exercises and routines will look familiar but with the resounding cry for stronger arms you’ll see more focus there in March. And we’re runners so of course we won’t neglect our hips, glutes and legs. Leg strength is always part of the STTC program because while we love to feel good and look good in our clothes what we really want is to run stronger, longer and faster!

Our March Madness Challenge starts Friday, March 1st! Check out the March Madness Challenge image above for an idea of how our new tracking system will work.

The heavy lifting Gym Bonus is sticking around starting with Week #4 and finishing with Week #8 at the end of March. If you did not start this add on in February but are ready to lift heavier, print out the February Challenge Calendar and work through Weeks #1-4 in March. This is a 16 week program but you can jump in and start anytime and just follow the weeks as you go. The Gym Bonus is not included in our Challenge contest so you will not lose points if you don’t want to add heavier weights or don’t have access to the equipment. Our March workout calendar is very strong on its own so if this Gym Bonus isn’t an option for you that’s ok!

Our March Madness 2019 Calendar with the full months schedule of workouts plus all the links you need for the month’s exercises and routines can be found on our Strong to the Core Members Only Page. A link to this page can be found each day in the announcements at the top of our members only Strong to the Core private Facebook page.

Let’s buddy up and get ready for a killer strength month!

Strong to the Core Membership and Guidelines

As we continue to grow and add more amazing people to our #CoreCrew family, it’s important to remember that group promotes strength for runners. Strong to the Core is about motivating each other to get stronger!

Most of us are runners, but strength is the #1 goal of our group and you don’t have to be a runner to benefit from our routines. You can walk, ride, swim…whatever makes your heart and body happy. You belong here…as long as you are also committed to working on your strength! 🙂

To keep our #CoreCrew family focused on strength, we have a couple simple STTC guidelines. You do not have to post everyday…but when you do post, it MUST include some kind of strength work. If you post, “I went for a run today” or “I was lazy and didn’t do anything today” but include no strength work and I see it, it will be deleted. Going for a run or bike ride is awesome and I love seeing you being active, but there are so many groups where we can post a run and get tons of accolades. That’s not what Strong to the Core is meant for and we don’t want to load up our feed with non-strength posts. If you go for a run but don’t do your strength, it doesn’t “count” for STTC so don’t post it. If you go for a run then do your Standard Core workout or get in some great hip and glute work, then post away! If you got in a plank and a wall sit on an off day then post it! If you took time for yourself on an active recovery day and did one of our Yoga for Runners routines or our 7 Key stretches for Runners then post it! If you don’t do anything…don’t post that you did nothing. That is not motivating to anyone! In fact, it gives others a reason to do nothing too!

Our monthly strength calendar, workout guides and videos and self care routines are for Strong to the Core members only. If you’re not a member of Strong to the Core but know you need to add strength to stay healthy, injury free and run longer and stronger click here for info on on how to join.

Strong to the Core Guidelines:

  1. Posts on private group must include strength. No Posts with Only Cardio – Post your workout only when you have done your strength work for the day. This doesn’t mean you can’t post inspiring stories or messages, races you want others to know about, or fun memes to give us a laugh. And you may post your running stats once you have completed your strength!
  2. Always be positive and supportive – Any posts or comments that are negative or demeaning will be deleted (this rarely happens with our #CoreCrew family!)
  3. STTC Monthly Challenge Winner – In order to be considered for our monthly Challenge Winner medal, you must post consistently, be positive and supportive of other members and be making purposeful strides in your strength goals. Our monthly winner is always active in our group and motivates others to reach their goals too!

Thank you for continuing to be a part of our Strong to the Core family!

Remember that if you’re having a bad day and your run is crappy, if you don’t hit that goal race time or you pick something up and it’s just too heavy….it doesn’t mean you can’t run that PR, it doesn’t mean you can’t lift it….

It just means you need to get stronger.

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