Day 28: Decide To Try

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What will you accomplish if you decide to give up?

Before you abandon your dreams, ask yourself a few important questions…

  • Why did you want to pursue this goal to begin with? Has anything changed? You had a good reason for committing to reach your goal and odds are, you still want it as much as you did before; you just stopped believing you could achieve it because your attempts have yet to yield results. You have to ask yourself: If you push through the discomfort, will it be with it in the end?
  • Did you set a smart goal? SMART goals are:
  1. Specific—you know exactly what your world will look like when you achieve this goal.
  2. Measurable—you have a specific plan to mark your progress as you go.
  3. Attainable—you have the attitude and aptitude to make your goal reality.
  4. Realistic—you’re willing and able to do the required work.
  5. Time-bound—you’ve set a concrete timeframe for completion to create a sense of urgency.

If you didn’t set a SMART goal, you may have set yourself up for failure. How can you possibly make something happen if you don’t know exactly what you want, or didn’t really believe you could do it? Are you really willing to walk away when you didn’t give yourself every opportunity to succeed?

  • How much have you already put in? A concept studied in social psychology called “the sunk cost principle” indicates the more we’ve invested in something, the less likely we are to prematurely walk away. How invested are you? How time have you devoted? How many sacrifices have you made? Are you really willing to chalk it all up as a loss because you’re not feeling confident in your abilities?
  • What would you tell someone else if they were in your shoes? Would you tell your best friend to throw in the towel because she can’t possibly reach her goal? Or would you practice your finest motivational speech and help her see what you see in her potential? Unless you’re secretly a frenemy who hopes she fails in life, odds are you’d push her to be her best—so why not push yourself?

It might sound kind of cheesy, but you need to be your own best friend. You, more than anyone in this world, deserve your own belief and motivation.

If there’s some lingering doubt as to whether or not you should keep pushing—don’t give up. Decide to try!

Decide to keep working toward that dream that fills you with passion!

Day 28 exercises: Abs – 4 sets of 15

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  • Renegade Rows
  • Weighted Sit Ups
  • Dead Bugs
  • Heel Touches
  • Bedtime Plank

Bonus: #DailyAbs Daily Abs

How many rounds do you have in you today? 2..3..4?

Decide to try and see how far you can push yourself today!

When it’s all said and done, stretch, hydrate and rest up….cause it’s almost time to go long!

Make it a great Friday Crew….and whatever you do…DECIDE TO TRY!

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Day 21: When Life Knocks You Down…

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-6-14-48-amWe all love it when someone notices all the hard work we’ve put in.

You know…”Dang you look good”

“Your legs are amazing”

“You look great, have you lost weight?”

“Your arms are so defined and strong!”

“What are you doing? You look fabulous!”

Comments like these make us want to work harder! If you’re not getting them…maybe you shouldn’t have skipped last week? Last month? You have no one blame but yourself if you’re not putting in the work!

Stop making excuses and get your booty in gear! Start today!

Day 21 exercises: Abs – 3 sets of 15

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  • Renegade Rows
  • Weighted Sit Ups
  • Dead Bugs
  • Heel Touches
  • Bedtime Plank

Bonus: 1-2-3 Ab Workout screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-6-24-22-am

We’ve done all these exercises before so they should be familiar. I like these ladder workouts but you can see the finish line…take it one step at a time and work those abs Crew!


November Challenge: I’ve had a few suggestions come in for November but looking for more!

We will definitely have two dedicated hip strength days as that seemed to go over very well. What else would you like to focus on? Any new ab or arm moves you want to try? How about some fun new leg exercises? All ideas and suggestions are welcome and home videos are awesome! Get involved and show us your favorite moves!

Extra Credit: This is for all you burpee haters out there…I know they are hard, I know they hurt, I KNOW they get your heart rate up! But when life gets tough and knocks you down…it’s time for burpees!

3 sets of 10 burpees today Crew! GETTTT ITTTTT!!!! 🙂

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Day 14: Abs On FIIIRRRE!

It’s FRIDAYYYYY!!!!

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Time to set those abs on FIIIRRRRE and get ready for a fabulous weekend full of long runs, races, and fun family time!

Ab day always makes me feel so good. I love working out that area since it’s one that I know ALWAYS need some extra attention…

Let’s get it done and move on to the fun stuff! Who’s racing this weekend? Who’s got a long run coming up to prepare for a race? Let us know so we can cheer you on!

Day 14 exercises: Abs – 3 sets of 10

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  • Renegade Rows
  • Weighted Sit Ups
  • Dead Bugs
  • Heel Touches
  • Bedtime Plank

Bonus: 10 Minute Abs – Got a few extra minutes? Throw in this 10 minute abs routine to really set those abs on FIIIIIIRRRREEEE!!! 😉

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There’s a couple moves on here that might not be familiar so check below so make sure you have it all right.

Toe Touches: Let’s make this a lying toe touch. Reach for the sky!


Suitcase Crunches: We’ve done these before…this is just another name for them. Pull it together like like flying up a suitcase.


Scissors: The scissor exercise works all parts of your abdominal muscles to give you a flat and tight stomach.


Spiderman Crunches: Missing our daytime planks? Bringing them back today! You might know this one as a plank with knee to utter arm. Here’s how to do it.

Extra Credit: Round 4 – Who reads all the way to the bottom? Extra credit for being thorough and paying attention to details today! 🙂  Throw in one more round of our Day 14 exercises to get that fire rolling strong!

Who knows the song?? Come on…no Google cheating…who sings this one Crew? Hum it in your head while your setting those abs on fire today!! 🙂

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Day 8: Apple Core Strong

Strong core helps withWe know a strong core will help us become better runners….but there are many more benefits to core work!

Core work helps us lift strong and heavy, which makes us stronger runners…

Core work helps with posture, which makes us stand taller and helps us breathe better when we run…

Core work aids us in becoming more flexible…and flexibility allows us to continue running without injury…

Core work helps eliminate back pain, which means we can run more!

Yes all of these positive effects benefit us in other aspects of our daily life….we didn;t even mention a nice tight, flat tummy…but all we really care about is running… 😉

Core Work ROCKS! Let’s get to it!

Day 8 exercises: ****Click here for “how to” videos****

The calendar says 2 sets of 10…that’s a typo…we are stepping  up to 3 sets of 10 this week!

  • Knee Cross Crunch
  • Double Arm Reach
  • Side Imprint
  • Cross Body Chop
  • Medicine Ball Slam
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Bonus: 5 Burpees + 10 Weighted Sit Ups between each set of core exercises

Hopefully breaking these burpees into 3 sets of 5 will make it seem less daunting and more doable. In between each set…knock out 5 burpees + 10 Weighted Sit Ups then tag your post with #AppleCoreStrong. Think about how strong an apple core is…it’s the core that holds it all together!

Thigh Challenge: So many of you are keeping up with the #ThighChallenge this month so far. Know what that tells me? My Core Crew has serious commitment in June! Love your dedication so far this month Crew! Keep it up! 🙂

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

Running Drills and Speed Work: Remember…if you are racing this weekend, you should skip the speed work this week…but you CAN still do the running drills! Want more info on these drills? Click here to see the why and how.

  • Running Drill: Slow Skipping
  • Speed Work: 6-8X 400M (3-4 miles with 1 full mile warm up and cool down = 5-6 miles total) Don’t forget to stop (or walk) in between sets and recover before going at the next 400M.

It’s Wednesday y’all…halfway through our week and closer to the weekend when us Jax peeps get to hang with Gwen and conquer Run for the Pies! So excited to race with everyone and enjoy our relaxing day by the pool on Sunday! I wish you ALL could be here to join us!

When it hurts and you want to quit…remember that a strong core will improve your technique, your strength, your stamina…and will compliment everything you do! Get through it and make it a great day! 🙂

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