Day 30: Get Up and Grind

see want grind getWhat do you want? Do you see yourself getting it?

No? Why not? Because you don’t grind? You don’t reach out and grab what you want? You don’t work hard enough? If you can see what you want…you better grind…you better go get it!

It might be the final day of June….but even if you haven’t given it all you’ve got…

Get up. Grind today. Don’t wait until tomorrow.

The time is NOW!

Day 30 exercises: Arms – 4 sets of 10

  • Bicep Curls
  • Shoulder Press
  • Hammer Curl
  • Tricep Overhead Press
  • Low Plank Arm Reach – :60

Bonus: #WeightFreeArms Weight Free Arms

This is a great little bonus we can do pretty quickly with no extra weights. All of the exercises should be familiar to you except maybe the Cobra Push ups. See below an explanation of how to do them and a video tutorial. If you have time…work in 2-3 rounds of this bonus.

Cobra Push-ups add a nice flexibility and flow component to the average push-up. Executing this drill with smooth control is key to getting the most bang for your buck. Remember to squeeze elbows towards the mid-line of your body and keep your neck in a comfortable, neutral position. If you are feeling strong and this move comes easy, try the single arm version that is shown in the video. Remember to keep your core fully engaged for the entire drill.

Thigh Challenge: Day 30!

  • Fire Hydrants – 50X each leg
  • Scissor Kicks – 125X
  • Inner Thigh Leg Lifts – 80X each leg

That’s it for June Crew! Today shouldn’t take long but your arms should feel it when you’re done!

If you are running…go out and log some miles for Racery and for me since I am still nursing a painful knee. I will be back on the road soon but am continuing to be patient so I can come back strong and pick back up where I left off in my Chicago Marathon training. Patience is key!

Who finished all 30 days this month? How many days did you push throw and finish?

It’s not always about finishing every single day…even though it’s awesome when you do…sometimes it’s about staying committed and doing what you can, jumping back in when you miss a couple days, not quitting just because you won’t get a medal. Sometimes it’s about doing it for yourself…for those goals that you want to reach. It’s about making sure that you are true to you…and that when you want something….you go for it! I did it

Let us know how you did this month….and even if you didn’t finish all 30 days…post today and let us know that you didn’t give up! Grab this meme and be proud of what you achieved ….then recommit to a stronger month in July!

No matter what happens day to day… you are all winners. Each one of you is a huge part of our why our group works. You add a piece to our puzzle…and with every single piece in place…we are Core Crew Strong!

Day 23: Run Lift Yoga

run lift yoga

We love to run because…well, it’s awesome! We love to lift (kinda) because we know it makes us run faster! 😉 We love to stretch it all out with a little yoga!

While working out with weights might not be our favorite thing to do, we lift because it makes us stronger, gives us power during our runs, and supplies us with that little extra oomph to get across the finish line. Channel your inner power lifter today and go hard!

Today is arm strength day…and it’s a doozy! 4 sets of 10 + a Low Plank with Arm Reach. You CAN do this. Take it one set at a time and don’t skimp out with the lower weights. Pick up the heaviest ones you have and get your PUMP ON!

Day 23 exercises: 4 sets of 10 + Plank

  • Bicep Curl
  • Shoulder Press
  • Hammer Curl
  • Tricep Overhead Press
  • Low Plank with Arm Reach – :60

Bonus: #SlenderSexyArmsSlender sexy arms

I like this arm bonus with today’s workout because it gets our arms moving in a different way. in between your sets of our regular arm exercises. So do 1 set of the exercises above then throw in one #SlenderSexyArms then another set of Day 23…and so on. Skip the jumping part of the jumping jacks and just focus on the arm portion up and down in jumping jack motion. Keep your arms tight and don’t go to fast.

Long runs are coming up so today is a great day to stretch it out with our 7 Key Stretches for Runners or June’s Yoga for Runners. Either routine will feel great after your run today….and get you ready to go long this weekend.

May Challenge Winner: I dragged my feet on it this month because there were so many people who finished all 30 days of May and I couldn’t decide who the medal should go to… but I finally came up with someone who more than deserves the prize. This person has worked hard for months and months…been with us since the beginning, consistently does bonus workouts, running drills, speed work AND stretching. They are super sweet hearted and love to cheer everyone on. Check out the video in Strong to the Core to find out who killed it in May, give them a big congratulations, and thank them for always being supportive. 🙂 Attitude makes a difference

Heading out for a long with Paula this morning and it’s gonna be a hot so keep us in your thoughts! See you on the other side of 18 miles!

When you get up and get moving today remember that your attitude in the morning will set the tone for the whole day. Be positive and good things will come!

 

Day 9: Dangerous Firearms

Dangerous FirearmsIt’s Arm Day Crew!

Building strong arms will make us dangerous on the road and will carry us through those final miles when all we want to do is stop and rest.

Work hard today…build those strong arms that will carry you the distance!

Day 9 exercises: 3 sets of 10 + Plank

  • Bicep Curl
  • Shoulder Press
  • Hammer Curl
  • Tricep Overhead Extensions
  • Low Plank Arm Reach – :30

sexy armsBonus: #SexyArmWorkout

One round of each of these bonus exercises will get your arms fired up!

Thigh Challenge: Are your legs and booty sore? Mine are! Tomorrow is a rest day….but for today…keep pushing!

  • 15 Fire Hydrants
  • 40 Scissor Kicks
  • 30 Inner Thigh Leg Lifts

Running Drills and Speed Work: Putting off your weekly running drills and Speed Work? Today is the day! Get out there and bust out some slow skipping and 400m sprints. Sounds harder than it is….and you will surprise yourself with your strength and endurance!

When you want to skip it or quit early, remember…. Strength comes from overcoming

 

Day 2: Make Time!

Make timeDay 1 was exhausting…and awesome!!! Here comes Day 2 and there are no excuses for arm day today!

Make the time. Make good food choices. Rock it out Core Crew!

Day 2 exercises: 2 sets of 10 + Plank

  •  Bicep Curls
  • Shoulder Press
  • Hammer Curl
  • Tricep Overhead Extension
  • Low Plank Arm Reach – :30

No “How To” videos for these arm exercises…if you have questions please ask!

Here’s how to do today’s Low Plank with Arm Reach.

Maintain good plank position – shoulders over the elbows, low back flat with pelvis tucked, glutes squeezed, lats contracted, hands separated in fists. Reach one arm without letting the hips move at all, return to plank position, repeat with other arm. Squeeze your abs & glutes before lifting the arm to prevent the hips from rotating. Go slow!

Slender sexy arms

Bonus: Following Alison’s lead…let’s rock out some #SlenderSexyArms!

Thigh Challenge:

  • 8 Fire Hydrants (each side)
  • 10 Scissor Kicks
  • 10 Inner Thigh Leg Lifts (each side)

Food Challenge: Keep making good food choices y’all! One day at a time we are going to get this food thing down! 😉

Ready??? Let’s GETTT ITTT!!! 🙂