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June/July 2015

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Happy Summer!!

A little late, but I am really enjoying my summer!  As a teacher, I get spoiled with a break from the typical work day.  However, since I am almost always available to sub at my gym, I have been teaching lots of classes!  In June, there were a few weeks were I taught CXWORX 4-5x in 4 days! Our gym is a little behind on launching the new programs, but we just did BODYFLOW 69 last week.  BODYPUMP 95 is coming up next week and I will be teaming for a bunch of classes.  We are saving CXWORX 19 for mid August.  I have my eye on a CXWORX 20 – AIM 1 in late October, so I am eager to get my hands on the 20th release.  Instructors download their new program music and videos every three months, and we are getting close!

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I HAVE been running a lot too! On June 20th I was supposed to do a half marathon.  It was the first race I’ve paid for (wasn’t too expensive) that I’ve skipped.  Up to that point, I wasn’t keeping up with my runs like I should have.  Race day was very hot too and I just decided not to stress over it!  The next weekend, I was signed up to do a half marathon relay with my friend Stephanie.  We had PERFECT weather!! I ran the first half that was a little longer (about 6.7 miles) and averaged a 9:01 min/mile pace overall.

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We ended up winning the female relay!  We were so excited to actually win something at a race!!

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In July, we started the month by traveling to Canada for Colby’s half Ironman!  He did Ironman Muskoka 70.3 and had a great race.  It was a long drive from Pennsylvania to Muskoka!

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Our resort was where the race was held.  It was nice just walking to the start.  They had big slides and trampolines in the lake.  Colby even convinced me to get in the lake!

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Before the race

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Now we are almost in August and school will begin on the 24th.  I have been training for my fall marathon and it is the first time using Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 plan.  I had to move a few things around, but I just did my 14 this past Monday!!  I am now on week 8 with a 15 mile run this weekend!!!

2015 Les Mills Philly Super Quarterly

PhiladelphiaSuperQHeaderv2_thumb-HOn Saturday I went to my first Les Mills Quarterly! It was about an 1 1/2 hrs away and I got to go with my friend Steph!  I’ve been looking forward to this for months! 
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My schedule for the day:

BODYPUMP®
Justin Sanchez, Heather Bedell, Ben Feliciano

BODYSTEP®

Lizzy Troutman, Aaron Ellis, Kurt Gesteland

BODYJAM®
Mysti Oglesby

CXWORX®
Kurt Gesteland, Susan Laney, Justin Sanchez

LES MILLS EDUCATION
Angel Santiago

BODYATTACK®
Lizzy Troutman, Aaron Ellis

BODYFLOW®
Kurt Gesteland, Susan Laney

*Susan Laney was my BODYFLOW trainer for my initial training in January!! She presented on the BODYBALANCE/BODYFLOW 65 DVD!!

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We also signed up to take BODYCOMBAT and SH’BAM, but after six classes – it was the end of the day for me.  When you sign up for an event like this, you pre-register for the classes you want to take.  Classes with equipment (BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, RPM) can fill up quickly.  Sometimes two classes were offered at the same time.  RPM and GRIT were held in a different room.  Steph and I signed up for classes that were all in the large main room.  Instructors and Les Mills fans can attend an event like this!

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(Sweaty already from the first two classes!)  We were given bracelets for the classes we signed up.  This gave us access to the room.

BODYPUMP 94: Great tracks and I was dying using the SMARTBAR for the chest track!  Unique choreography for the warm up too!  Legs were dying on lunges.

BODYSTEP 100: I’m really enjoying step and it was fun to get to do release 100!

BODYJAM 73: Biggest surprise of the day for me! I LOVED THIS WORKOUT! SO MUCH FUN!! My first time taking jam!!

CXWORX 19: Great plate work in tracks 3/4.  Was dying using brand new tubes!

BODYATTACK 89: Very enjoyable for me, except my muscles were dead.  Clap push ups!!!  I took a little time off and stood off to the side to take pictures/videos!

BODYFLOW 69: Already obsessed with the music.  Long twist track.  Gorgeous track 9 song (hamstrings/forward folds).  Some challenging balance poses.  Or my legs were just dead??

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Steph and I before BODYPUMP started!
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My view of BODYPUMP!
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Susan Laney!  I was beyond thrilled she actually remembered me from my training in January.  She is so kind and such an inspiration!  Just love her!!
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CXWORX!  We used brand new orange tubes. YOWZA! Tough!! You can buy most of the equipment from the event!
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Steph getting excited for BODYATTACK!!  We were so excited that everything we did Saturday was from the new releases we get to download this Tuesday!
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Getting focused for BODYFLOW!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!  THE perfect class to end with!
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Look what made it into my car!! I bought my very own SMARTBAR!!
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I was absolutely starving at the end of BODYFLOW.  I left the event just before 5:00PM (we started at 7:45AM!) and found a Chick-fil-a about 2 miles away.  Had my first chocolate milkshake from Chick-fil-a and a cobb salad.  I brought some food with me for the day (PB&J, protein bars, coconut water,etc.) but it wasn’t enough.  I didn’t bring a cooler and ate most of it early in the day.  I definitely needed more fuel for the day!
What a great day! Steph and I had a blast!  Les Mills has all kinds of events, and the BIG BIG BIG event for the US is in Chicago at the end of August!  My gym buddies Jamie, Mary and I will be there!!!!! Then we can really go crazy and meet all the other Les Mills “celebrities”! :)
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