Day 6: Results or Excuses?

Results or ExcusesWhat are your goals? What kind of results are you striving for? Do you want to lose weight? Get stronger? Get tighter and toner? Run faster? Run farther? Complete a goal race feeling good?

What excuses do you come up with to skip your workout? Seriously…be honest with yourself and with us…what excuse do you use to skip it?

If you only put half effort into your workout, if you workout then eat a bunch of crap, if you  make excuses why you can only get it done every once in a while…whose fault is it that you don’t see the results you want?

My biggest goal is a tighter, toner tummy and stronger arms. My biggest excuse…eating crap. I know how to eat healthy…I know what foods to avoid…but sometimes my belly overrides my brain and I end up eating crap…yummy crap…but crap all the same. I have to make a new commitment every day to eat better…and I don’t always succeed. But I am trying and every day is a new chance to eat better. Taking it one day at a time.

What’s your excuse for not getting the results you want? Put it in writing and makes it more real. Be accountable. Put your excuses out there so we can help you over come them.

Day 6 exercises: 2 rounds of 10 ****Click here for how to videos****

  • Standing Oblique Crunch
  • Dumbbell Squat to Shoulder Press Rotation
  • Single Leg Deadlift
  • Towel Mountain Climbers – Use a towel, paper plates, or furniture movers if you have them. Using something to keep your feet on the ground will force you to use your core muscles to pull your legs in. Keep your feet on the floor!
  • Burpees
  • Plank – :30 (2X)

Bonus: #KillerCoreWorkout Killer Core Workout

Today’s core work is quick so if you’re like me and want those tight abs…ditch the excuses and make the extra time for this Killer Core Workout.

Hip Lifts – There’s lots of ways “hip lift” can be interpreted. For today I want you to think side plank hip dips.  30 times each side.

The rest of the exercises should be familiar…except maybe the toe touches. This is another one that can be done many different ways. Today we are going to do a move similar to a V-Up without moving our legs. Remember to keep your legs as straight as possible and avoid swinging by using your core to pull you up. Check out the video below to see how it’s done.

Speed Work: Wednesday is a great day for some speed work! This week we are doing short bursts of speed with a quick recovery. Here’s your workout:

  • 6 x 200M (90 recovery between sets) 
  1. Warm up – 1/2 mile to 1 mile SLOW (conversation pace)
  2. Drills – high knees, butt kicks, skipping, grapevines (3 sets of 15-20)
  3. Sprints with recovery (:90 between sets)
  4. Cool down – 1/2 mile to 1 mile SLOW (conversation pace)

This is a fast workout and you will only run 2-3 miles TOPS. Your lungs may be on fire…but the cool down will help and you will recover quickly.

Your speed work can be done any day of the week but make sure you give yourself 2-3 days before and after your long run to recover. This is a hard workout and your muscles need time to rebuild!

Part of rebuilding your muscles includes eating protein within 30 minutes after your workout. Plan ahead so you know what you will eat when you’re done. Make sure it’s high in protein and your muscles will thank you!

When you’re done…take time to stretch! We don’t have a day dedicated to stretching or yoga this month but you know it’s important to make the time.

Rise above

Lots to do and plenty of reasons not to do it. Do any of these sound familiar?


You are not the person you may have been in the past.

Rise above your excuses and get one step closer to your goal.

Start right now.

Day 3: Flat Belly Friday

tummy trash canGood morning and Happy Flat Belly Friday Crew! Our workout is short today…but a huge part of our Challenge is eating healthy and avoiding the crap. Pass by the fast food, the white bread, the chips and sweets… Treat your body with respect and it will show!

Today’s exercises rock! We are still at 2 sets of 10 so it shouldn’t take long. Hold that core tight and focus on taking each move slowly and with purpose!

Day 3 exercises: 2 sets of 10 for each exercise + Plank

***Click here for “How To” Vidoes***

  • Standing Core Stabilization
  • Overhead Dumbbell Side Bend
  • Triangle Press
  • Medicine Ball Side Throw
  • Kettle Ball Windmill
  • Reverse Plank – :30

Reverse Plank – This one looks good and it’s new to us so check out this how to video to see how it’s done properly. Remember to keep your core tight and pull your belly button in. Keep your hips high and your body as straight as possible. Keep the strain off your back by using your core NOT YOUR BACK to hold you up.

Bonus: #10MininuteAbs  10 minute abs

Got 10 extra minutes? If not…make 10 extra minutes and knock out this 10 Minute Abs routine…it is flat belly Friday after all! 😉

Thigh Challenge:

  • 10 Fire Hydrants
  • 20 Scissor Kicks
  • 15 Inner Thigh Leg Lifts

If you find yourself running around like a mad man…(no pun intended #MadManMartin 😉 ) and you don’t have time for more than our Day 3 exercises…that’s ok…the number 1 most important thing for you to do today…is treating your body with respect. No trash can tummies today! We all know our abs are made in the kitchen. That means that eating healthy is the most important factor in getting that flat, toned belly we all want!

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 5.39.18 AMSo…part of your post today will be about food. I want you to be brutally honest about what you eat today. Be honest with us…and with yourself. Write down everything you eat. Writing it down will help you see what is actually going in your body. If you don’t have a way to track your food…check out MyFitnessPal. This free app is a very easy way to log your food, water, and exercise. It will break your meals into calories, protein, carbs, fats, etc…and it will tell you what your daily needs are.

Look me up and we can be friends on MyFitnessPal and see each others progress. My user name is AmyMagdalein. Creative…I know LOL. 😉

Here’s the kicker…we are runners. Runners need fuel to add fire to our system for long runs. So we must eat! It is especially important to eat good before our long runs and races…and the weekend is upon us. But eating good doesn’t mean loading up on unneccessary calories. Here’s a few tips from on nutrition and hydration starting two days before your long run or race.

The two days before your long run (and your half or full marathon) should be high-carb days. You should make sure that you increase the percentage of carbs in your diet, not the overall calories.

Carbo-loading doesn’t mean that you should eat three plates of pasta for dinner!  Aim for at least 65% of calories from carbs during those days. You can still have some protein but, for example, instead of having chicken with rice, have rice with chicken. Pasta, steamed or boiled rice, potatoes, fruits, starchy vegetables, and breads are good carb sources. If you stick to a gluten-free diet, here are some excellent gluten-free foods for runners.  Avoid gas-forming foods like beans and any type of food that may upset your stomach or can interfere with sleep.

Don’t Forget About Hydration – Plain water is fine to drink to make sure you stay hydrated. You don’t need to be drinking sports drinks the day before a long run. You can check your hydration by doing a urine test. If your urine is light yellow like lemonade, you’re well-hydrated. If it’s a dark yellow color, you’re dehydrated and should keep drinking more water.

I loved reading the part that says, “eat chicken with rice…instead of rice with chicken.” Yes we need the carbs…but we don’t need to overload on carbs and fill our belly’s with tons of extra calories. Be smart about it…

Me and Silas are playing hooky today and skipping school to drive up to Jekyll Island and go to Summer Waves. We are excited! But I am taking the time this morning to get my Friday Core work and bonus done…then pack up some healthy food for our trip. I will probably be MIA during the day…but I hope to see TONS of activity and HEALTHY eating when I get home!

Tell us what your plans are for your long run this weekend and make it an awesome, healthy, active Friday Core Crew!

Whoohoo its friday

Day 1: Do A Little More

Get up and do thisHey Core Crew! It’s Day 1 of our June Challenge and I am so excited to get going on a brand new month with new exercises! We are really focusing on our core this month and I hope you will see major changes as we progress through the month.

Core work is great…but the changes will be minuscule if you don’t pay attention to what you eat! I almost said “diet” but that’s such a negative word. We want to make changes in the way we eat…real changes that last and that make a difference…because we all know that diets don’t last30 Day Food Challenge

You have to get up every morning and tell yourself “I CAN DO THIS!” You have to remind yourself to make healthy choices. Choices that you can keep making without feeing deprived. When we add “food challenges” I don’t want you to think of it as meaning you “can’t” have what you love…just be mindful of what you are putting in your body. Think about all the hard work you are putting in and about the results you want at the end.

No fast food, no white bread, no fried foods…that’s the easy part for me. The hard part of this food challenge will be cutting soda and packaged snacks. I am NOT a cook. I don’t like to cook…so we tend to eat a lot of packaged stuff. I am committing to you today that I will not buy any packaged snacks this month. I will cook more (ok I will try to cook more) and I will cut back to only one soda a day (baby steps). No one is perfect…certainly not me…but I am going to give it my best because I really want that toned, flat tummy!!!

What is the hardest thing for you? What can you do to make this part of the challenge easier and more manageable?  Share and inspire someone!

Day 1 exercises: 2 sets of 10 ***Click here for How To Videos***

  • Stadning Knee Cross Crunch
  • Double Arm Reach
  • Side Imprint
  • Cross Body Chop
  • Medicine Ball Slam
  • Star Plank – :30 each side (1X)

I love burpeesBonus: I don’t want to get crazy and make you work out all day on Day 1…but this month is all about “doing a little extra” so if you’re on board with pushing yourself a little harder…it’s time for some burpees!

Burpees are a great whole body workout…and when done correctly they really target our core. Knock out 10 Burpees today and tag your post #ILoveBurpees! Remember to keep your core engaged even if you are doing modified burpees. If you need a modified version… step down and back and focus on form and technique. Keep that core tight! Thigh Challenge

Thigh Challenge: A few of us said yes to a Thigh Challenge this month but this is just for you and will not be part of our “Monthly Challenge Winner” program. The challenge isn’t too difficult but will get time consuming towards the end of the month. Throwing in some thigh action with the abs work will really round out your summer workout!

Day 1:

  • 5 Fire Hydrants (each leg)
  • 10 Scissor Kicks
  • 10 Inner Thigh Lifts (each leg)

Lots to do and of course today is #GlobalRunningDay! Over 2.5 million people across 171 countries have pledged to run today. “Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 1, 2016. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids.”

I challenge you to get out and be active! Walk, run, skip…whatever…just move! You can pledge your miles here! I pledged 10 miles today and I’m going to break it up with 7 miles this morning and another 3.1 tonight at 1St Place Sports.

June, Day 1 is on Core Crew! Remember the theme this month….

“Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can” Let’s make it GREAT! 🙂

Do a little more