Posts tagged with "fitness instructor"

Confessions From a Group Fitness Instructor

Posted September 11, 2014 in fitness, fitness classes, fitness instructor and 4 more

I became a certified group fitness instructor in February 2012, and I've loved every moment! I started teaching because I loved taking fitness classes and attended so many classes I could practically teach them myself! One of my instructors, Jolene, actually encouraged me to start teaching.

Fitness classes are what helped me start losing weight, get in shape and gain confidence. I hope I've been able to help at least one person the same way in the past two and a half years that I've been teaching!

But I remember what it was like to attend a fitness class for the first time. It can be intimidating!!

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 27 - Oct. 3}

Posted October 4, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 7 more

I admit, my workouts this week were mostly classes I taught. I did, however, get in a fabulous hike and a good run.

I've been slacking on getting in additional strength workouts - something I need to do. But I was feeling a bit sluggish this week, which made doing workouts in addition to my classes a struggle. Luckily, I get good workouts teaching my classes!

Next week, I'm teaching seven classes! I'll start teaching two Piloxing classes a week at K-Town Shakedown, and I'll be teaching two core classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center

I'm also doing the Lorna Jane Burpee Challenge, which began Oct. 1. 

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 3-5}

Posted October 6, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, fitness instructor and 9 more

Now that I'm in my 30's, I feel like a successful weekend is one that didn't include wearing any makeup, but did include working out, drinking wine and lounging around with people I love. This was definitely one of those weekends.

I had some great workouts, I ate delicious food, I hung out with my family and the BF, drank wine, spent time outside and never put on a drop of makeup. Success!

Here's what happened...

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The Best {Crunch-Free} Ab Workout

Posted October 8, 2014 in workout, fitness, Abs and 5 more

This week, I started teaching a core strength class at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center (I work at UNK for my day job). 

I'm excited about teaching this class because having a strong core is so important! Not only do core exercises help you sculpt flat abs, they help strengthen your back, improve your breathing and improve your balance and posture.

But, to be honest, I'm not so much into crunches. I think they can be a bit boring. Which is why I created this crunch-free workout for my first class!

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Week of Workouts {Oct. 4-10}

Posted October 10, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 9 more

Between Saturday, Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 9, I taught 10 fitness classes! 

I'm absolutely thrilled about all the opportunities I have to teach right now. I'm teaching my regular classes at the Good Sam Fitness/Wellness Center, I'm teaching Piloxing at K-Town Shakedown and I'm teaching core strength classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center

I was in a constant state of soreness all week, but it was totally worth it. My classes were all a lot of fun, and I was so proud of everyone for working so hard in my classes. 

This weekend I'm not teaching any classes, so I'm taking some time for yoga and relaxation!

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 7-9}

Posted November 10, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, healthy living and 11 more

My weekend was actually a little more eventful than I anticipated (I told you in my Friday Faves post that I didn't have much going on!). 

But I attended a conference, I taught three fitness classes, I went for a run, I spent some quality time at Target, a did lots of cooking and baking and I went to a yoga class!

I'm actually sore today from all of my workouts. I'm glad I made the time for fitness over the weekend. It always makes me feel so much better!

Here's what I did this weekend...

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 15-21}

Posted November 22, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 8 more

I had another rough week. My headaches/migraines have returned! I woke up Tuesday and Thursday with massive headaches that turned into migraines by the afternoon. 

I've gone months headache free, so I was super bummed that they have come back. Wearing my night guard has really helped. I clench my teeth while I sleep, which causes headaches. Wearing a mouth guard has helped.  I'm really not sure why I'm suddenly feeling pain again.

Usually workouts or caffeine help relieve my headaches, but not this week. Working out made me feel worse, and coffee was no help. I'm going to start keeping a headache journal again to try to find a pattern. 

Despite my headaches, I taught a lot of classes - seven this week! I'm still struggling to fit in my own workouts. I decided to take it easy last weekend because I was feeling so sore from teaching so much (and I'm having some hip pain). It did help me go into the week feeling rested and more recovered than usual.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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#TakeTheLeap 30 Day Yoga Challenge Recap #1

Posted February 17, 2015 in yoga, TakeTheLeap, prAna and 5 more


I'm just a little bit more than halfway through the #TakeTheLeap 30 Day Yoga Challenge organized by SweatPink and prAna!!

I joined the challenge to get back into a regular yoga routine. For awhile, I was teaching up to eight fitness classes a week and yoga wasn't happening. I'm currently teaching five classes a week right now, so I have a little more time to get in my own workouts.

Now that I've done yoga every day for over 15 days, I'm feeling great!

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Week of Workouts {March 14-20}

Posted March 21, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, BodyPump and 7 more

Happy Spring!

I'm beyond thrilled that spring is finally here. I love the beginning of a new season, especially spring. Spring, to me, is all about renewal. It's a good time to think about your goals and dreams, and recommit to your plan of action.

In addition to renewing my energy to work toward my goals, I also like to give myself a little renewal. Toward the end of winter, there were days that I wore black top to bottom. It's time to brighten things up! I'm excited to get out my spring and summer clothes, get a bright pedicure and change up my makeup. I'm ready to get out of this winter rut!


Last night after work, I totally wanted to come home put on my comfy clothes and lounge on the couch. But at the last minute, the BF and I decided to go out. As soon as I put on my purple maxi dress, put my hair up and refreshed my makeup, I felt so much better! A good start to getting out of my winter funk.

How do you change things up when spring arrives?

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Week of Workouts {March 28 - April 3}

Posted April 4, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 5 more

Happy Saturday!

Last weekend when I shared my Week of Workouts, I mentioned that I was feeling a bit run down. For most of March I was going to BodyPump twice a week, and last week I just kind of hit a wall. My body felt tired and tight.

I reevaluated my workout routine and decided to stop going to BodyPump for the rest of my half-marathon training. I'm going to focus on running and yoga only!!

I also got subs to teach a few of my fitness classes in the weeks leading up to the half-marathon.

I'm really focusing on listening to my body, and my body is telling me to do less. I need to add more short runs in during the week, but I'm going to cut back on the extra workouts like BodyPump. I'll also be using my own tips from my post on recovering from long runs.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {April 11-17, 2015}

Posted April 18, 2015 in Week of Workouts, running, half-marathon training and 9 more

Happy Weekend!

How were your workouts this week?

I got in three of the four of my half-marathon training runs (and two of them were good runs!). And I added in a bit of strength training!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Friday Faves post, I started doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series workouts this week. I've been loving these workouts because I can do them at home and they are pretty quick. I also feel like they're effective - I felt a bit sore the day after I did The Mermaid Workout and the Beach Ball Workout.

I feel like this week was a vast improvement from the past few weeks. The only thing I would like to work on is getting up before work to get my workouts in! I hit snooze every single morning! I also didn't do yoga this week! I slept in and missed Wednesday's 5:30 a.m. class at my gym and didn't do any at-home practice.

So next week, get up early and do yoga!

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {May 2-8, 2015}

Posted May 9, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

I can't believe it's been almost a week since the BF and I ran our half-marathon! It actually feels like it was forever ago.

I felt pretty sore the day after the race. My hamstrings, glutes, back, the bottoms of my feet and my knees hurt. My mom asked if I wanted to go to a Zumba class with her Monday night. I was excited because she had never been to Zumba before, and I thought it would be a good way to shake out my muscles a bit.

It was a lot of fun! I haven't been to a Zumba class in years. Zumba doesn't feel like a workout, and the time flies.

On Wednesday, I decided to try a strength training workout. It felt super hard, and when I was done I laid on the couch for about an hour. I probably could have used a full day of rest or some foam rolling.

My muscles were feeling better Thursday, so I decided to try a HIIT workout. I felt really sore on Friday, so I decided to take a full day of rest.

I probably didn't recover as well as I could have. I really need to do some foam rolling and yoga. My hamstrings are still sore, the bottoms of my feet still hurt and my knees are still a bit achy.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Weekend Recap {May 8-10, 2015} - My Sweet Sixteen x2 Party

Posted May 11, 2015 in birthday, Sweet Sixteen, celebrate and 3 more


I celebrated my birthday again over the weekend!

I also learned an important adult life lesson this weekend - I need to clean my house more often. The BF and I keep our house pretty tidy, but cleaning doesn't always happen on a regular basis. So when we're having people over, we have to clean our entire house. It's a bit overwhelming.

We spent ALL day Saturday getting ready for my birthday party and were totally exhausted on Sunday. But the party was totally worth it. We had so much fun with my family and our friends.

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Week of Workouts {May 16-22, 2015}

Posted May 22, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you have fun plans!

The BF and I will be in Colorado for Bolder Boulder. Running the 10K is a tradition for us every Memorial Day.

The past week as been weird. I wasn't feeling well Wednesday and Thursday. When I was running on the treadmill Wednesday I had cold sweats, weak muscles and fatigue. I thought I was just having a bad run, so I went to a Pound class. Unfortunately, I still felt pretty crappy during the class.

Side note: I didn't love Pound It was so loud and jarring, and it was hard to keep up while maintaining good form. However, we did do lots of lunges and squats, and I could definitely feel them the next day. Have you ever taken a Pound class? Should I give it another try?


My throat was sore all day Thursday, so I made myself an immunity boosting tonic - orange juice, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, honey and ginger - in hopes that it would rid my body of whatever illness was lurking.

I felt a bit better on Friday, but I had another ailment. My ankle! It was so sore, it hurt to walk. After work, I iced and elevated it.


This morning, the BF and I were supposed to go for a 9 mile run for our half-marathon training, but my foot was still in a lot of pain. After searching my symptoms on WebMD and realizing I could have a stress fracture, I decided to go to the doctor. The verdict...I have plantar fasciitis and tendinitis. My doctor prescribed heat for 30 minutes twice a day, using a cortizone cream and wearing arch support ALL the time. I can't be barefoot, wear flip flops, ballet flats.

I'm actually so grateful that I don't have a stress fracture. My doctor said I can still run and teach fitness classes!!!

Since it was such a weird week, I gave my body a bit of a rest.

Here were my workouts this week...

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A Day in the Life

Posted August 12, 2015 in A Day in the Life, healthy eating, fitness instructor and 7 more

What is a typical day like for you? This may be weird, but I often wonder how people spend their time.

I'm nowhere near perfect, but I thought I would give you a glimpse into a typical day for me. I try to fit movement, healthy eating and healthy choices into each day. What I'm sharing is what works for me in this moment in my life. There's room for improvement and there are some things that serve me well. So here it goes!

This was my Tuesday...

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A calorie-torching workout that gives back - Life Equals Charity Boot Camp

Posted September 2, 2015 in Life Equals, supplements, workout and 8 more


*Life Equals offered to give away samples of their supplements to people who attended my morning boot camp. I'm a Life Equals Ambassador. When you make a purchase using my coupon code, I receive a commission. All opinions are my own!

I've been leading a morning HIIT-style boot camp since late June. I started the workouts because I wanted to add some high intensity interval training into my workout routine.

I'm not super motivated to workout on my own, so I asked the Facebook world who wanted to get out of bed before the sunrise for a free workout. Luckily, there were actually people who wanted to join me!

We've been meeting at the Yanney Park Outdoor Fitness Pad. So the workouts combine bodyweight movements with the machines that are available at the fitness pad. The workouts are always super sweaty, and I'm usually sore the day after!

Recently, Life Equals contacted me and asked if I would want to do a charity workout. I love the folks at Life Equals so I was immediately in!

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Quick Calorie Torching Tabata Ladder Workout

Posted September 16, 2015 in workout, tabata, Sweat Pink and 7 more


Since July, I've been leading early morning HIIT bootcamp workouts at my local outdoor fitness pad. My small but dedicated group meets at 6 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.


I've been so proud of my early morning crew especially in the last few weeks. Although the weather has cooled down and mornings are beautiful (mid-60's), it's now dark the entire time we workout. (The photos above were from mid-summer when we got to watch the sun rise.) It seemed a bit easier to get up to workout when the reward was seeing a sunrise like that!

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 9-15, 2015}

Posted November 16, 2015 in workout, fitness, healthy living and 8 more

Happy Sunday! I hope you've had a relaxing and rejuvinating weekend.

I'm bringing back my Week of Workouts posts! I'll be sharing my workouts from the past week each Sunday. I took a long break from this series because my workouts were starting to look the same every week. But I'm changing things up as part of the Holiday Sweat Challenge.

My goal for the week was to get in 420 minutes of exercise and do yoga every day. Yoga every day didn't happen, but I'm going to try again this coming week! I was also a bit short on my workout minutes...I got in 315 minutes of exercise. I need to get better at working out on the weekends.

My biggest accomplishment this week was going for a run! I took a long break from running after the Yellowstone Half-Marathon. That race really shattered my self-confidence, and I just haven't felt like running. But I decided to try a 3-miler on the treadmill and see how I felt. I took it slow, and ran without stopping to walk. It actually felt good!

Here are the rest of my workouts this week...

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 23-29, 2015}

Posted November 30, 2015 in workout, Holiday Sweat, Sweat Pink and 8 more

Happy Monday!

I'm once again late posting my workouts from last week. My goal is to post these on Sundays. But I took a little break from blogging over the long holiday weekend ; )

I'm sharing my workouts because I'm participating in the Holiday Sweat Challenge with Sweat Pink and Run to the Finish. Each week, I'm setting fitness goals for myself so that I stay active and healthy during the holidays.

My goal for last week was to get in 450 minutes of exercise, do Pilates or yoga three times and go running at least once.

I only got in 195 minutes of exercise. I had planned on working out a lot more over Thanksgiving weekend, but I had a headache Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and wasn't feeling up to much movement.

I was finally feeling better on Sunday, so I went for a run at the gym. This is proof that a participating in a challenge like this is motivation! I very rarely go to the gym on the weekends, and I typically don't workout on the weekends unless I'm going to a yoga class or going on a hike. Go me!

Here are my workouts from last week...

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 7-13, 2015}

Posted December 14, 2015 in workout, fitness, fitness instructor and 6 more

Happy Monday!

Today I'm sharing my workouts from last week. I'm teaching a lot of fitness classes right now because a bunch of instructors are taking time off for the holidays. So I'm trying to find a balance between teaching and doing my own workouts. 

The Holiday Sweat Challenge hosted by Sweat Pink and Run to the Finish is still going strong. I haven't been great at logging my workout minutes online. But I've still been working at reaching my activity minute goal each week. Last week, I got in 390 minutes of activity. My goal has been to hit 450 minutes, so I'll keep working towards that!

I've also been slacking on participating in their Instagram challenges each week. I'm going to hop back on this week though! This week's theme is "Nourish Yourself," and I'm all about that! You can follow me here.

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Weekend Recap {Dec. 11-13, 2015}

Posted December 14, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, road trip and 6 more

I felt like I could have slept for a few extra hours this morning! 

I had a full weekend with my family and I'm a little exhausted today. I joined my parents and my niece, Brynn, for a weekend road trip to Omaha and Lincoln for some fun kid-friendly excursions.

I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, and I'm feeling pretty tired. I definitely wasn't ready for Monday! Why do weekends fly by so quickly.

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 14-20, 2015}

Posted December 21, 2015 in workout, fitness, sweat and 6 more

I'm starting to regret offering to sub extra fitness classes during the holidays!

I taught seven classes last week!! My busy schedule caused me to feel pretty run down by the middle of the week. I had a pretty terrible headache for a couple of days and just felt exhausted.

So I really didn't get in any of my own workouts. However, I was sore for three days after I taught Monday's strength training class. I'm going to share the workout with you this week! It's a good workout you can do at home.

Since my teaching schedule was full, and I knew I wouldn't have the time or energy to do my own workouts, I did most of the workouts with my classes. In some classes, I just instruct, but in others I'll actually do the workout with the class. My Monday night HIIT class was the only one that I just instructed.

Next week, I'm teaching eight classes but I'll be off work for most of the week so hopefully it won't feel so exhausting.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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At-Home Lower Body Workout

Posted December 22, 2015 in workout, fitness, booty workout and 9 more

I'm going to be real...after I did this workout, I was sore for DAYS!!!

I did this workout in a strength training class that I taught last week. After class, I could barely walk up the stairs to leave the gym. My quads and glutes were sore for two days after this workout.

I used an 18-pound bar during the squats and lunges to make it a bit more challenging. You could also hold dumbbells at your sides to add some extra weight.

This is a perfect workout to do at-home, especially during the holidays when the gym is closed and you're indulging a bit more. 

Make sure you warm up before the workout and cool down and stretch after. As always, consult your doctor before beginning a new workout routine, and listen to your body as you are working out. Do what you can!

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Weekend Recap {May 19-21, 2017}

Posted May 24, 2017 in Weekend Recap, hiking, fitness instructor and 6 more

We basically had two seasons of weather over the weekend. Cold, dreary and rainy Friday and Saturday, and totally summer-like on Sunday. 

We took advantage and stayed in to relax all day Saturday then got outside and enjoyed the sun on Sunday. It was really a great weekend. 

Here's a look...

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