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Bruised Ribs and a Mountain of Sand

It’s been a little bit since I last updated this blog. (I won’t lie, writing isn’t my strong suit!) But I have been very busy both with my personal training business and also with 5 for 5.

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Did you know that having a bruised rib sucks?! Well it does. I was unlucky enough to take a hard body shot while doing some boxing drills the other day and now I’m very limited with my movement and weight lifting. Unfortunately this makes it a little tough to shoot my 5 for 5 workout videos but I should be able to tough it out pretty soon and get back on track.  I will be back soon as my thick skull doesn’t let me stay still very long.

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Sand hill Sunday has been continuing it’s awesome streak. This week I had six first timers on the hill and it was a pretty epic day. It was the last weekend before the big Monterey Spartan Beast race so naturally it was a Spartan themed workout that didn’t disappoint!

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We did a burpee ladder workout which saw the Sand Hillers doing 100 burpees by the time they reached the top of the hill. Two lucky Spartans even carried a 50 pound bucket of sand all the way to the top. SAM_0330 SAM_0340

And what may have been the most memorable moment of the day was when Will Smith (who happened to be there working out with his trainer) started cheering on fellow 5 for 5’er Karen as she was reaching the summit of the sand hill. SAM_0328 It’s not every day that you have a huge mega celebrity screaming your name in support of what you’re doing!

Thanks everyone for coming out, until next time!

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It’s Sandhill Sunday season!

I had a great time yesterday kicking of my Sandhill Sunday workout program.

There’s nothing quite like putting in hard work with a great group of people while overlooking the pacific ocean. I brought out all the toys for yesterday’s workout. We started out with a dynamic warm up, than went straight into a 5 station circuit. The circuit had tire flips, tire drags, bucket carries, agility work, and battle ropes.

After completing three rounds of the circuit is when the real workout started! Everyone had a tire with which they had to throw over their heads up the hill alternating between a snatch style throw and a shoulder press throw.  Everyone did an amazing job and when we got to the top we all just relaxed and enjoyed the view of the ocean from a couple hundred feet in the air.

 

I will be there every sunday starting at 10 am…. I hope to see some of my interwebers out there!

Just when you think you know yourself…… you throw yourself a curveball!

My upcoming events schedule is NOT looking like something I would normally sign up for. It’s looking like a runner’s calendar, not a meathead’s like me.

In September I’m running my first Spartan BEAST which is 13+ miles of mountains, mud, barbed wire, fire and rope climbs oh my! I have run four Spartan Races in the past and love them, but this is the first time I will be participating in the Beast! We are talking about a 1/2 marathon distance in tough rural rugged terrain, I will admit I’m excited and damn nervous too. But if there’s one thing that the Spartan Races have taught me it’s that if you look adversity straight in it’s face, tell it to “fuck off” and continue putting one foot in front of the other, you will eventually get to your destination.

Shortly after I heal from the Beast I will be running my very first marathon! Now this is something I never thought I would do. I always thought it would be cool to say that I had run a marathon but never actually had any desire to do such a thing. That was until my awesome client told me that she has a goal of completing a full marathon by her 30th birthday and that she would pay my registration fees so I could run with her! Without hesitation I told her we’re running a marathon, and later that night I came across the Surfer’s Point Marathon in Ventura CA. This is a flat beach side run that in November so it should be nice, cool, and hopefully overcast which should take away from some of the misery of the day.

Also since I’m vegetarian and my client has celiac disease we both have our hands full when it comes time for fueling up for this race. Luckily I’ve found a couple really cool interwebers that can help both of us.

Celiac is an autoimmune disease and  causes inflammation and irritability whenever you eat gluten (which is in almost all of our modern day carb sources). My client’s case is pretty severe and even trace amounts of gluten will render her useless and make her pretty sick.  So in steps Rebecca with runrebeccarun.wordpress.com, Rebecca is a long distance runner with celiac disease and has figured out how to fuel with all the challenges of managing a gluten free lifestyle. I am definitely going to be researching her blog to find recipes and ideas!

And luckily for me, my resource for vegetarian marathon training found me! Alina has become an avid 5 for 5’er and reached out to me on Instagram recently. After talking to her shortly she was surprised to find out that I don’t eat animals. Well I’m going to surprise her again by announcing that I’m doing a marathon! Her site www.veganrunnereats.com is filled with Veggie fuel! And I can’t wait to start trying some of her recipes!

And lastly, assuming I can still walk. I have my annual Malibu Spartan Sprint in December. The race that started it all for me! This will be my fourth Spartan race in Malibu, and it’s pretty nostalgic for me.  Back in 2011 I had known that I wasn’t in my lifelong career job and wanted to make a change but not quite sure what to do. I had started training friends at a park three times a week after work and everyone was loving it. I knew then that being a trainer was something I could love to earn a living doing. All the people that were training with me decided that we wanted to challenge ourselves and we came across the Spartan Race. The Spartan race brand was very much in it’s infancy and nobody really knew much about it other than it looked tough! Well we were tough! So we signed up and created a team.

We trained for about 6-8 weeks for this 5k mud/obstacle race that we knew nothing about and thought that nothing could stop us. It didn’t STOP us but holy crap, it sure kicked our asses! I still to this day remember when I crossed the finish line thinking to myself “This is exactly what I’m supposed to do with my life”. And ever since then that’s all I have been doing. Training people has become my life, I train people face to face, one on one, in a group, anonymous people online etc. It is who I am, and I can honestly say that it’s Spartan Race’s fault!

So I really should stop writing and start running because these legs need to get conditioned to move this 200 pound body!

 

Skinned knees, rope burn, and mud …. Yes Please!

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Yesterday was my first mud run of the year, and it was a blast!

I had the honor of helping the Ventura HD Supply team a little with their training for the Ventura Police Eco Xtreme Mud Challenge which was a 5K mud/obstacle course.

The course was set at the police gun range and wrapped up, down, and around the mountainous terrain with some cool obstacles such as a steep slip ‘n slide, a horizontal  rope traverse, sandbag carries and a few gratuitous walls to scale all while over looking to pacific ocean. You couldn’t ask for much more!

The HD Supply team all did great also, with a vast range of fitness levels everyone completed the run except one who hurt his knee about 1/2 mile into the course. Luckily it doesn’t look like anything serious. After the race we got our free slice of pizza, Monster protein drink, and I got a little Active Release Treatment from a local chiropractor. Which all helped to fuel the pull up challenge! I had no intention of actually doing the challenge but I didn’t want to let down the HD Supply guys. Here is video of my challenge, I didn’t even come close to winning but it was still a lot of fun hearing all these people cheering you on!

 

So all in all, it was a great sunday, great race, and an awesome way to kick start my Spartan Race Beast training!