While in Seattle with Brooks Running last month for their Run Happy Blog Ambassador trip, I not only had a chance to hit the Burke-Gilman Trail for a run with Hannah Fields, professional middle distance runner for the Brooks Beasts Track Club — but I also had the opportunity to spend an hour in the gym with her to learn about how the Beasts train when they’re not logging miles. And as someone who really geeks out about how to best incorporate strength and mobility work into a routine when you’re training to be faster, well, this was one heck…

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When I became a mom, I found a deep inner strength that I didn’t even realized I had. Because having a baby is hard. And raising a kid is even harder. via GIPHY And I’m not the only one. Based on the results of a national study done by Planet Fitness, 79 percent of moms feel stronger after having a kids. And! A whopping 74 percent of the population says that their mom is the strongest person they know. But, despite all that awesomeness, 92 percent admit that they accept their partner’s body better than their own. Which isn’t surprising —…

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We all have our birthday traditions, right? via GIPHY Some folks start their big day with a special breakfast, while others take the day off work to do something exciting (or relaxing — which can actually be pretty exciting if your everyday life doesn’t really allow for that, right?). via GIPHY Us? Well, we think a birthday is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate!  And by “celebrate,” we mean “celebrate how amazing we are by doing a solid workout!” Obviously. It’s a simple concept: 10 moves. 10 reps. 10 rounds. (Plus a five to 10 minute easy warm up to get your …

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Gone are the days that core work meant just a bunch of crunches. And although bodyweight core work is awesome (I do love me some plank variations), you don’t have to get stuck in that rut either. The important thing to remember about our bodies is that they adapt to what we repeatedly ask them to do, and then they click into cruise control. In order to elicit more strength gains, we have to up the challenge periodically so that our bodies will continue to adapt. When it comes to core work, there simply is no better or more accessible …

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You guys know our FAVORITE personal trainer and fellow coach in the 10 in 4 Challenge, Dave Smith, right? Well, today he’s sharing some fascinating info on workout intensity and doing workouts that get results. It might be quite different than what you’ve heard before … and he’s even got a workout for you to try! Why Are Your Workouts Not Working? When it comes to exercise, a lot of people fall into one of two groups: Group #1: I don’t like it. These people dislike working out. They don’t like going to the gym, they don’t like sweating, and …

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I’ve always had a thing for working my arms. For some reason, they’ve always just been the most responsive to strength training. My friend Sam jokes that she never sees in me in sleeves. She’s not wrong — I do love to show off my arms. Everybody’s got their thing, right? With so much equipment out there, and new stuff being added all the time, dumbbells (here are our fave ones to use) are still the perfect tool to build your bi’s and tri’s. So here we go again, finding new purpose for an old favorite — this time we’re using …

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the barbell. Often, it’s just my first instinct on strength days at the gym to just head to the barbell platform and get to work. But as I’ve pointed out in the past few posts of this series, that’s not always possible. We have so many fitness tools available to us nowadays, each with its pros and cons, so it’s important that we remain open-minded about the tools we use to get stronger and fitter. Besides, why limit ourselves when there are so many fun and creative ways to move our …

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