Catching Up

Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to update you all on what’s been keeping me busy lately!

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{It’s mostly this girl}

The Crib

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Okay, I said I would update everyone our progress…..

I’d say we are about half way there, {lol}. She’s been pretty good once we put her down at night, but will wake up (more than once) whining for her pacifier. Ugh. As you can see in the picture above, it is stuck on her cheek.

Last night, I put her back in the Rock N’ Play after she woke me up twice, so that we could both get a couple hours of sleep.  Oy! Its a work in progress!

Stroller Strides

One of the reasons I enjoy teaching these classes is that we have to be creative when writing up the workouts. We need to keep those kiddos entertained all while giving the mommas a great workout. We’ve played games like Simon Says, Tag, and Red Light Green Light…all with an exercise twist. Fun stuff!

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 California Trip

Our vacation is quickly approaching…….we leave NEXT WEEK. Ahhhh!

I am so ready for a change of scenery, to visit the beach, and to get out of this 105 degrees weather. Don’t worry Charlie has more than one cute swimsuit she will be showing off in the sand! Wish us luck on the plane please!!

Kickball

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Hubby and I joined a kickball league once a week. Haha. Good times.

Reading

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One of my New Years Resolutions this year was to read more books. I figure that is a better use of my time (and brain) instead of scrolling social media. I’ve read two other books by Jodi Picoult and loved them….always a quick read. I just started this one last week and am already 70 pages in!

New Blog

I know I haven’t shared much about our angel son, Declan, on this site. I decided to create a separate blog dedicated to him….I didn’t know how to combine the two and thought this was the best way to make both work. Check it out if you’d like!

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Alright, that’s all for today friends! Have a great Wednesday!! ~M

For the Love of Planks

Since getting back to teaching group fitness classes, I am realizing how much I incorporate planks into the workouts!  Besides the fact that they are excellent for core and shoulder strength, there are also so many ways to switch them up!

Below are 5 Variations of the Basic Plank!

Plank Jacks

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To Modify: Take out the jump and step each leg to the side and back to mid-line one at a time.

Up and Down Planks

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This exercise is SO awesome for shoulder stability. To modify, perform with knees on the ground.

Side Planks

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This can be performed with the arm straight or on the forearm. Lifting the top leg is an added bonus :)

Side Plank Crunch

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Who thought you could do crunches while holding a plank?!

Plank with Hip Swivels

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This variation is a great way to challenge your obliques, and again your shoulder stability.

I’d love to hear some ways that you like to switch up the regular ‘ol plank! Please share in the comments below! 

Happy Tuesday Friends! ~Marielle

My Favorite Podcasts

Hey Hey!

This week is already flying by for me because the hubby took Monday off from work!  It’s amazing how one day can make such a difference. We had company over the weekend, so it was nice to have yesterday to just chill at home.

We are also beginning to transition Charlie into her big girl crib. Now that she’s sleeping about 6 hours a night, we figured it was a good time to finally start the process. Eeek!

Well, I tried to have her nap in there today and she wasn’t having it. Every time I went to check on her she was wide awake and then she spit up all over her sleep sack. #fail

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Once I changed her I put her back in the Rock N Play… and this happened. Naturally.

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Since I’m home everyday, I’ve been listening to more and more Podcasts. I love Pandora Radio, but I was getting a little bored of music all the time! Today I wanted to share what I’ve been listening to.

Here are my favorite three (so far)!

Serial~ I’m sure you have at least heard of this podcast. It blew up last year and for good reason. I finished this one in about a week. It investigates a murder trial and without giving much away, there are a lot of holes in the case. I heard there is going to be a new serial podcast this fall, can’t wait!

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Stuff You Should Know~ These podcasts cover so many random topics like “how color works” “how street gangs work” or “what’s the deal with blood types?” Always fun to learn some random trivia, right?

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The Longest Shortest Time~ This podcast covers various topics related to childhood and parenthood. The last episode was an interview of a man finding out his 21 year old daughter was pregnant. Good stuff.

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 Do you listen to Podcasts?

What are your favorites?
Please share in the comments below!

Later Friends! ~ M

10 Minute Barre Arms

Hello, hello!

Today I wanted to share a quick at home arm workout! Since I can’t make it to a workout class everyday, I’ve been doing quick routines that can be done in between Charlie’s naps.

You all know how much I love barre workouts so naturally this is a barre inspired routine. It doesn’t take long to get that burn! :)

Use 3-5# weights and perform 1-3x through

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Below are some detailed exercise explanations.

Side to Side Dips- Perform a regular dip but tap your bottom side to side as you are bending and straightening your arms.

Double Front Raises

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Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and your arms are straight. Raise arms up to shoulder height and lower back down to things. Make sure the movement is slow and controlled. *To increase the challenge, add some pulses when your arms are raised at their highest point.

Bicep Curls

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Arms are in a wide V position with elbows lifted off your body. Perform a tiny bend and straighten of your arms.

Arm Circles

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Relax the upper shoulders and perform tiny circles forward and back.

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With your arm straight at your side perform a tiny lift up and up.

Plank With Hip Rocks

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Alternate dipping hips side to side while in plank.

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Totally off topic, but who’s watching the Bachelorette and what are your thoughts now that it is nearing the end?! I have been feeling a little blah about this season…and I mean, really the show has been on long enough. Yet I still watch it and my husband complains. I don’t really LOVE any of the guys but Shaun seems like a good guy. We’ll see how it ends.

My all time favorite season was the Jason, Melissa & Molly season….gosh was that 5 years ago or more??  Funny enough, I met Molly at a Pure Barre event in Seattle a few years ago…she was so nice and sweet!! And that my friends is how I tie in the Bachelor and Barre. Boom!

THE BACHELORETTE - ABC's hit romantic reality series, "The Bachelorette," kicks off its 11th season continuing the surprises of this season's "Bachelor" with the biggest one of all: there will be two Bachelorettes. One is Kaitlyn, the gorgeous, fun-loving, warm-hearted, but irreverent firecracker who let down her guard only to have her heart crushed. Who will the men prefer? Eventually, only one woman will be left to hand out the final rose. “The Bachelorette” returns to ABC, premiering MONDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

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Do you watch reality tv?

What are your favorite shows?

~M

Returning to Group Fitness

Starting in July I will officially be back to teaching group fitness….yay! I had a hiatus the last couple of years and have really missed it. I’m thankful to have the opportunity and even better, Charlotte gets to come with me to class!

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She’s pretty stoked about the whole thing.

Through Fit4Mom, I’ll be teaching Stroller Strides and occasionally Fit4Baby classes. I’m super passionate about pre/post natal fitness, so I am very excited to be a part of this company. Since I’m already certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), I only needed to pass an online exam to become certified to teach. Yay!

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Fit4Mom programs include Stoller Strides, Stroller Barre, Body Back and Fit4baby. So many fun classes to choose from no matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy or mommyhood. (Type in your zipcode and see if there are any classes in your area)

A unique component to Stroller Strides is designing a workout that engages the kids as well as giving the mommas a kick butt workout. The workout is a little more than just cardio and strengthening, we sing songs and play games with the little ones.  I love the creativity involved and know there can’t be any way I could get bored teaching this class.

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When we moved to Dallas, I had every intention of finding a stroller fitness class that I could take and eventually teach. Such a great way for moms to get out of the house, get back into exercise, and not having to worry about a sitter for the kiddos.

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 I started taking classes in January and fell in love with the workout as well as getting the chance to meet moms in my area. Each Stroller Stride location holds weekly Meetups and playgroups, all free to join! These are wonderful if you are new to a city or just want to meet people in your area! We’ve gone to a few meetups, Charlie is usually sleeping through them, but soon enough she will be able to participate!

I’m finishing up my team teaching the next couple of weeks and then I’ll be officially on my own. Woo! I’m glad they aren’t making me rush back into it too quickly as I’m feeling more confident with everything each week. I’ll be sure to report back after teaching my first class!

Have you ever taken a stroller fitness class?

Do you like to workout with your little ones?

Thanks for stopping by friends! ~M

Around the Internet

Hey, hey! You must be thinking…back so soon, huh? And yes I am.

 I was able to have some “me time” this weekend which included some blogging. Kudos to all of you mom bloggers that are about to blog almost daily, I am impressed. Before we get into the meat of the post, I have to share some updated Charlotte pictures. :)

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I die over the cuteness here.

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She sure loves to snuggle, which makes it very difficult getting anything done during the day. But oh well, I don’t mind!

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Today, I wanted to share what I’ve been reading across the internet lately…..

Fitness Blogs for Personal Trainers -This list is awesome. I discovered so many new resources, thanks for sharing Sarah!!

HIIT the Barre Workout–  I met Brittany at BlogFest last year and she is such a sweetheart. I did this workout yesterday and it was tough but I LOVED it!

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17 Days Missing Reid– Onto a much heavier subject… Emma recently went through a stillbirth and has been sharing her experience and thoughts on her blog. I’m glad I found her on instagram as I’ve been following her journey. Sadly her story mirrors my own. I haven’t shared much about Declan on my blog yet, but she has taken a lot of the words out of my mouth. If any of you have or know someone who has experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, Emma’s articles are worth the read. <3

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10 People You Hate After Giving Birth- I found Scary Mommy through Facebook and these articles are hilarious! Anyone who is pregnant or a mom will love this site.

Gal Meets Glam– Has been my favorite fashion blog for awhile. Can I be her for a day? This girl travels so much, has cute clothes and is gorgeous. #girlcrush

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What are your favorite internet reads??

Have a great Monday everyone!!

~M

All About Personal Training Certs

I stumbled upon this article written by Amanda Vogel titled “Cert by Selfie” and it inspired me to write a blog post today! Woop!

The article delves into the debate on social medial personalities and are they taking away from trainers that are certified?

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I love being able to go on Pinterest and search “at home workouts” and have tons of routines pop up or follow people on instagram that post workout videos.  And heck, I read and write a  fitness blog, so I can definitely say I’m a fan of social media + fitness. But at the same time, is someone an authority on fitness soley by the fact that they have a huge following or a fit physique? Not necessarily.

My take?

The consumer should be informed and/or research who they are taking serious exercise or nutrition advice from. Do they have a degree in Kinesiology, are they certified, what continuing education courses have they taken etc?

When I was in college (OMG 10 years ago), ACSM and NSCA were the big two to pursue. More recently ACE and NASM have gained more recognition. Thinking about becoming certified or are you looking for a trainer? I’d make sure they are certified by one of these organizations. Of course a big part of the job is being relatable to people. You can have a billion certs but if you aren’t easy to communicate with, it isn’t going to do you any good!

I had a certification through ACSM, but more recently pursued my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist). I wanted it is because it is well respected when working with the athletic population as well as the general public.

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To take the exam you need a Bachelor’s degree (not necessarily in Kinesiology, but of course that helps).  There are two sections Scientific Foundations and the Applied/Practical portion. The exam covers nutrition, anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise technique, program design, and testing/evaluation. The test was a beast and I studied for about 3 months prior and A LOT. I remember keeping flashcards in my purse and studying any chance I had. Don’t miss that!

I don’t think one certification is better than the other as you learn more through experience and continuing education.

Remember Group Exercise is different than personal training. For example, spinning instructors don’t need a personal training certification- they are certified to teach spin. Same goes for zumba, yoga, pilates etc.

Have you worked with a personal trainer?

Are you certified?

*Check out a recent article I contributed to from Gym Geek!*