Day 2: So Hip It Hurts!

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-7-05-31-pmYou guessed it Crew…it’s HIP DAY!!

And today’s workout is SO hip it hurts!

We’re starting out short and sweet with just 2 sets of 10. This is so you will take the time to watch the “how to” videos and learn how to do them correctly so you don’t get hurt. Don’t worry…things will get harder!

These are new exercises for most of us so don’t just go out all willy nilly and leave form by the wayside. Take your time and go through your 2 sets of 10 with purpose and precision.

Day 2 exercises: 2 sets of 10

****Click here to “how to” videos****

  • Single Leg Hip Lift
  • Split Squat (weighted)
  • 4-Way Band Walk – you need a band for this one but if you don’t have one please get into a squat position and do a 4-way low walk. You can purchase bands very inexpensively at Target, Walmart or Amazon.
  • Wall Sit – :60

Challenges:

  • Ab Challenge: 10 Crunches, 10 Bicycle Crunches, 10 Leg Lifts, :10 – :30 Plank
  • 10 Burpees

Bonus: Modern Mom Hip Strength

Since we have lots of newbies and today is a short day, we are adding in a great bonus workout. Modern Mom Hip Strength is a video we’ve been doing for a few months now. Not only does it help you slim down and trim fat from your thighs, it also builds great hip strength! 4 minutes per leg…easy to fit into your routine today.


It’s late in the week which means it’s time to start thinking about our long runs. Planning ahead is key to making it happen and making it a great run. Think about what day is best for you, what time fits best with your lifestyle and schedule, and what you should be eating and drinking between now and then. Start hydrating now!

What’s your plan? Tell us about it and make yourself accountable to make it happen and successful.

The fire is burning Crew…keep stoking those flames and let’s watch it grow!

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Day 2: It’s All In the Hips

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In 2007, Reed Ferber, Ph. D., director of the University of Calgary’s Running Injury Clinic, conducted a study of 284 runners (men and women) who complained of leg pain. He found that 93 percent of them had weak hip muscles. After putting these people on a targeted strength program, 90 percent of them were pain-free within six weeks!


Most runners know that  our core is one of the most important thing we can work on to become stronger and faster, and it will also help us avoid injuries. Ask any fitness nut or personal trainer about “core work” and you will be treated to a long spiel about how important is it to our routine.

First, we have to figure out what exactly we mean when we say “core.” Ask for a core workout from a personal trainer at a health club, and you will probably get a series of crunches, planks, and sit-ups. However, “core” means something very different to a physiologist or an orthopedist: it means all of the muscles of the lower trunk and pelvis: not just your abs and your back, but your hip flexors, glutes, abductors, and adductors too!

These hip muscle groups are particularly important because they’ve been involved in a range of running injuries.  Weak hips can often be the cause of IT band painpatella tendonitis (runner’s knee)piriformis issues, sciatica, and a myriad of other common running injuries.


How do we protect ourselves from injury and pain and stay on the road healthy and able to train and do what we love? We strengthen our hips, core and glutes!

Today’s workout is one we’ve done for a while but it’s still tough. For our newbies, you WILL feel today’s workout. Push through and finish what you can. Take small breaks when you need to…rub that booty then keep going. That soreness means it’s working!

Day 2 exercises:

****Click here for how to videos****

  • Donkey Kick Workout – Workout video on how to page or follow along with me below
  • Moving Clamshells – 2 sets of 10
  • Side Lying Leg Raise – 2 sets of 10
  • Plank – :60
  • Wall Sit – :60

Challenges:

  • Superman – :15
  • Push Ups – 25

MadManMartin’s Plank Challenge:

  • One more :20 plank

Donkey Kick Workout – I did this video for our November Challenge and I will do another one for you soon so you can see how much stronger I’ve gotten in the last few months. Follow along with me and feel that booty burn! You got this Crew! Knock out this 10 minute burn then move on to your moving clamshells and side lying leg raises.

When you’re done with today’s workout. Take another minute to stretch out those hips and glutes. Try one of my favorite stretches. The pigeon pose. It’s ok if you can’t get all the way down or your legs don’t quite move into this position easily yet. Keep working on it. This stretch is fabulous for after a run or after lots of hip and glute work. Pop on the TV and watch your favorite show while you give your hips and booty a nice stretch. Your legs will thank you!

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Love yourself enough to be active today. Push through the pain, strengthen those hips and glutes, and DO NOT GIVE UP!

Nobody remembers the guy that gave up. Be memorable and have a great day Crew!

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Day 2: Set It Off!

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The holidays are over, the sweets and yummy food are all gone…

No more excuses, no more putting it off for tomorrow…

Time to wake up, set your intentions for the week ahead and go for it! Set it off right Crew!

The year ahead is anything you want it to be!

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You didn’t wake up to be mediocre…Let’s GETTTT ITTT!!!

Day 2 exercises: Arms – 2 sets of 10 

****Click here for how to videos****

There’s an extra “challenge” for everyone. Choose Burpees or Push ups…beginner or advanced…make a commitment and just DO IT! No…it won’t be easy…it won’t be all that much fun. But it is worth it and you didn’t wake up today to be mediocre did you?!? NO!

Bonus: One more round!! Have one more round of arms in you? Do it again and feel the burn!

Let’s start this party and SET IT OFF Crew!!


2017 Goals: Still waiting on goals from lots of people…don’t make me call you out. Set a goal, set a deadline, write it down and let’s CRUSH IT!!


Speed Work: You don’t have to run fast in training—unless you want to run faster in races….

Is one of your goals to get faster? Maybe you want to finish a 5K in record time? Or set a new Half Marathon PR? Well….the only way to get faster…is to run faster!

You don’t always have to run faster…in fact 80% of your training runs should be at a slower controlled pace…but if you’re serious about reaching those time goals, you MUST put in some speed! It’s a little scary…even longtime runners get anxious about track day. But once it’s over you will feel amazing!

This week we have options for speed! Read through them and see what fits you and your area best. If it’s difficult to get to a track…or your track is covered in snow…choose an option that you CAN do. See…no excuses! 😉

On the Track: “High-intensity track sessions move the muscles through the full range of motion, improving elasticity and enhancing coordination between your nervous system and muscles. With time, you’ll develop a more efficient stride at all your paces.”

HIIT It: Begin with two 100-meter accelerations that include 40 meters at top speed, with 2 to 3 minutes of walking or jogging between.

Build to 6 x 150 meters hard, including 80 meters at top speed, with 3 to 4 minutes jogging or walking rest.

Over time, increase the number of repeats to 10, lengthen reps to 300 meters (running nearly the entire distance at top speed), or reduce the rest interval to one minute.

On the Hills: Inclines are a great venue for superfast speedwork. Compared with a flat surface, hills reduce the impact on your legs and limit your range of motion, thereby lowering the risk of strains and pulls. Plus, hill repeats build muscle power, which helps you run more efficiently on level ground, says McConkey.

HIIT It: On an incline, start with three 30-second moderate repeats and walk down the hill for recovery.

When this becomes comfortable, progress to 4 x 1 minute near all-out efforts with a downhill jog and an additional 30 to 60 seconds jogging or walking rest.

Over time, add additional reps, extend effort length up to two minutes, and aim for steeper hills.

Speed Workouts for Beginners: When you’re just starting out, any type of interval—even alternating walking with jogging—will challenge your body in new ways.

Incorporate one of the following workouts each week to introduce intensity and boost your speed.

Track: Run two laps. On the straights, accelerate and hold top speed for 20 meters. Walk the curves.

Trail: Intersperse an easy run with 3 to 4 20-second, moderate-intensity surges.

Hills: Do an easy run that incorporates three 20-second climbs, each one at a moderate effort.

As the saying goes, “If you want to run faster, you’ve got to run fast! Go get you some speed Crew! Speed work should be shorter mileage so don’t try to throw it in on your medium or long runs. Nice and short…with some speed is all you need!


I know you’re all super excited….

Hooray Hooray…today is the day! It’s time to get to work Crew!

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Day 2: TGIF Crew!

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-8-07-49-pmTGIF! Time to take a rest day, right?

Nooooo!!!

That would be a mistake…because the Core Crew grind includes Friday!

Rounding out your week with a little sweat can provide a boatload of health benefits!

I know you’ve already worked hard this week, but here are a bunch of reasons the Daily Burn says you shouldn’t skip out of your Friday workout. Trust me, you’ll want to load up on those cardio-induced endorphins before the weekend.

  1. You’ll smile a whole lot more.
    It’s easy to sleep in, yes, but getting jacked up on exercise-high endorphins will help put a smile on that face. Even better, researchers found that smiling could be as stimulating for your brain as receiving up to 16,000 British pounds (that’s about $23,000 American dollars!).
  2. You’ll be super productive at work.
    Having a cup of joe in the morning may give you the boost you need to get your day started, but it’s nothing like what a workout high can offer. Studies show that exercise improves learning and performance on memory tests. Who knew that a little sweat and a few smiles was all you needed to nail that work presentation (and maybe score a raise)?
  3. Your confidence will skyrocket.
    Research shows that people have improved self-esteem after exercising! Want to up your game even more? Take your workout outdoors. One study found that even a five-minute walk outdoors could help improve your mood, so you can strut your stuff feeling all sorts of sociable!
  4. You’ll sleep better.
    Let’s be honest: most people use their weekends to catch up on sleep. But as runners, we’re usually up early on the weekends too. Getting in a Friday workout will make your weekend zzz’s that much better. Studies show that those who get in at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week report a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality, plus they feel less sleepy throughout the day. If chronic sleep problems are an issue, another study found that four months of consistent exercise helped insomniacs net 45 minutes of extra sleep per night. So you’ll be winning all around!
  5. You’ll keep those weekend cravings in check.
    You know that moment when you’ve been eating on point all week, but you find yourself caving to craving after craving? A Friday workout can help keep those rumblings in check. Researchers discovered that exercise can help curb food cravings and help you make better choices throughout the weekend.
  6. You can relax…well at least one weekend day.
    At the end of the day, fitting in your sweat sessions during the work week gives you the option to take a rest day on the weekend. Get your workout done on Friday and you can relax on your non running day this weekend without feeling guilty.

If that’s not enough to get you moving today…how about a quick, effective workout that will continue to help us strengthen our hips and core? You got it! Back to Modern Mom’s Hip Workout. Don’t worry…it’s just on Friday. Monday and Wednesday will be a brand new, killer hip and butt workout! 😉

Day 2 exercises: Modern Mom’s Hip Workout + one :60 Plank of your choice

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Bonus: #FridayWorkout

Today’s bonus won’t take much extra time…but it will give you a little extra calorie burn to start your weekend!

Feeling a little squirley? Do it twice! 🙂

Whatever life throws at you today…love yourself enough to take a little time for you! You deserve it and your weekend will be so much nicer knowing you got it done.

TGIF Crew!

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Day 2: The Good Stuff

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Ready to get to this month’s good stuff? Here we go!

It’s all in the hips!

Ladies and gentlemen…hip strength is for everyone! I know the video is from “Modern Mom.” Yes it’s a couple of women doing the exercises talking about slimming their hips… but this is good stuff y’all!

Don’t skip it. If you’re doing it right, those hips and glutes will be burning…and getting stronger!

Day 2 exercises: Hips / Stability – 1 set each side

****Watch and follow along with the how to video below****

  • Side Leg Pulse
  • Side Bicycle
  • Leg Stir
  • Big Circle
  • Hot Potato
  • Back Butt Press
  • Forearm Plank (:60)
  • Pigeon Pose (:30 each side)

Bonus: Burpees! YAY!! – 2 sets of 10

Blame Sharon…. 😉


Speed Work: Saw some good speed work yesterday. Who’s got speed on the brain today? Wednesday is a great day to run fast! Plenty of time to recover before our long runs this weekend. Here’s this week’s workout.

Remember that mile we did a few weeks ago? Time to break it in half and dial up the speed. This week’s workout = 800s. Take that mile time that you wrote down, break that time it in half (1/2 mile) then run 800s (1/2 mile) just a tad faster. Then take a 1-2 minute rest. Stand still, breathe deeply, drink some water, then go at it again!

Workout: 6x 800M

  1. Warm up (1-1.5 miles)
  2. 800M 6X (3 miles)
  3. Cool down (1-1.5 miles)
  4. Total of 5-6 miles

Ready for the good stuff? Repeat after me…”I Can Do This!” Get to work Crew!

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Days 1 & 2: It Is On Again

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-4-57-21-amNo time to rest cause IT IS ON AGAIN!

Who’s your favorite Super Hero? Who can you connect with this month and channel their super human strength to push through each day?

We’re going to need that inner strength to get us through lots of long races, fall races, and a killer strength workout!

Long run & stretches today then arms on Sunday, or switch it up and knock out arms today and go long tomorrow.

Either way…time to break out that superhuman strength and BRING IT Crew!

If you haven’t had a chance to look over the October Calendar here is a link to our monthly challenge main page. I’m dropping a copy of our calendar in our Strong to the Core files. Let me know if you have any questions. Lots of new exercises this month so please take time to watch the how to videos!

Day 1: Long Run + 7 Key Stretches for Runners + Bedtime Plank (1 :60 Plank before bed)

Day 2: Arms – 2 sets of 10

****Click here for how to videos****

  • Halo Curl
  • Shoulder Press with Rotation
  • Push Ups
  • Elbow Kiss
  • Bedtime Plank (1 :60 Plank before bed)

No Bonuses this weekend. Just get familiar with everything for the month and let’s get ready to rock out October!

Another big THANK YOU to Jan and Sharon for their help coming up with the exercises this month, for sharing their videos with me, and allowing me to share them with you!

Find your inner super hero…let’s get to work and make it a fantastic weekend Crew! 🙂

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Day 2: Too Easy?

Too easy what's nextOur first ab day this month is 3 simple moves…and only 2 sets of 10 so I want to see EVERYONE getting it done today.

NO EXCUSES CREW!

If you get it done and it seemed too easy…do another set! 3 sets of 10? No problem! 😉

Day 2 exercises: 2 sets of 10

****Click here for how to videos****

  • Crunches
  • Dumbbell Side Bends
  • Russian Twists
  • Plank – Your Choice (:30 2X)

Bonus: Scorpion – This video is a little long but PLEASE watch it. Great explanation of why this exercise is important and how to do it. This exercise is designed to increase power, speed, strength, flexibility, mobility and prevent injury. Great overall exercise for any athlete, but especially runners. Do 15 reps (both sides).

Daily Abs

Remember…if this is quick and easy for you…do another set of our Day 2 abs.

Or you can always throw in a few sets of our Daily Abs. This routine is a simple but effective core workout. Easy to run through a few sets pretty quickly.

Now…rest up, hydrate, eat well, STRETCH and get ready to go long this weekend!

Remember…you EARN your body. So get to work! 😉

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