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Workout Schedule: Weight Training & Race Prep

After finishing up the Brittany Dawn Fitness 60 Day Challenge at year-end I hopped right into the Tone It Up 6 week New Year Challenge. While I’ll be writing a full review and sharing my progress when the challenge ends, I wanted to pop in to share the killer workout schedule they’ve laid out.

Since I have the Kaiser Half Marathon coming up, I modified the workout schedule somewhat to make room for longer runs and to ensure I’m not too sore to get in my miles.

Here’s a breakdown of the workout schedule I’ve been following the past few weeks.

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Leggings & Tank – Fabletics

Sneakers – Saucony


  • 5-7 mile run


  • Body Love Cardio + Abs
  • 60 minutes walking


  • Body Love HIIT
  • 90 minutes walking
  • SoulCycle class


  • Body Love Arms
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes stair master


  • Body Love Total Body
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes Arc Trainer


  • Body Love HIIT Booty + Abs
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes stair master


  • Body Love Total Body Ball workout
  • Women’s March!!

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Note: If you’re interested in the running aspect of my training schedule, I’m sure you find it strange that there’s only one run on there! I have a post coming out shortly all about how I train for races so be sure to stay tuned!

How has YOUR fitness routine gone so far in 2017? Have you tackled a challenge?

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Brittany Dawn Fitness: Training & Macro Review

I recently completed 30 days of training and macro counting with Brittany Dawn Fitness and I thought it would be a fun to start doing reviews of the programs that I try out.

I’m an avid follower of trainers and personal wellness gurus on social media so I’m going to start offering up my thoughts on the programs that I tackle in my personal life.

When I decided that I wanted to give macro counting a try to tighten things up in preparation for my birthday, I knew I wanted to reach out to Brittany of Brittany Dawn Fitness. I’ve always found her posts inspirational and wait excitedly for new YouTube videos.

As I said in my macro-related post {Macro Counting}, it comes down to keep track of and trying to hit goals for your daily intake of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. All the while, staying under set limits of sugar and sodium.

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With the Brittany Dawn Fitness program I received three main things:

  1. Personalized Macro Breakdown
  2. 30 Days of Workouts
  3. Coaching

Curious how it went? Here’s a review as well as some of my personal experience with these aspects of the 30 day program.


I didn’t know where to start on this so it was great to talk to someone experienced, get a program tailored to my needs, and have the ability to have follow-up conversations and tweak the plan. We aren’t talking about a restrictive diet, this was a ton of food. I won’t share the specific macros, but here a sample of a date of eating:

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  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Protein oats
  • Smoothie
  • Salad + veggie burger
  • Nuts + dried fruit
  • Banana softserve

Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling hungry. And some days, I actually had trouble finishing all of the food. I set aside a few minutes each morning to play with my menu for the day in My Fitness Pal and then adjusted it throughout the day as needed.


I love weight training and usually make it to the gym at least 5 times a week. Sometimes more. Needless to say, it’s easy to get bored or plateau when you work out as often as I do. That means that I was especially looking forward to see the workouts that get Miss Brittany looking so fabulous.

What I really liked was how her workouts pushed me outside of my comfort zone. While I normally might skip a workout with moves I’ve never done or that I think are too challenging – This program pushed me to get creative and try new things. I don’t think I’ve done bench press since high school!

The only downside was that the workouts are fairly long – Sometimes I didn’t have enough time to finish all the moves or sets during my lunch break workouts.

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This was, without a doubt, my favorite part about the 30 day program. Once a week I sent Brittany an email with my progress – From my measurements and weight to pictures and a breakdown of how I’m feeling. I loved not only being held accountable, but also getting to chat with someone knowledgeable and interested in helping me meet my goals.

I don’t know about you, but when I get excited about a new program or finish setting some exciting new goals, I want to talk to someone about it! So, having an online trainer buddy that I can chat with takes the pressure of le boyfriend to listen to me ramble about my workouts and diet. 🙂

Who are YOUR go-to trainers? Do you have any super inspirational online fitness or healthy living gurus I need to follow?

After taking a few weeks off after my program I’ve just started a 60 Day Fall Challenge with BDawnFit so stay tuned to hear how it goes!

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Anywhere Bodyweight Basics

One of the things that I adore about bodyweight workouts? The fact that you can do them virtually ANYWHERE.

On a yoga mat next to your TV. On the carpet of your hotel room. You can even do them by the pool while you’re away enjoying yourself on a fabulous vacation…

They’re versatile, require no equipment, and are a great way to blast some calories and tighten up your core & booty when you only have a few minutes to spare.

You know what that really means? No excuses!

So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite anywhere bodyweight moves that all fitness lovers should master:

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Low Planks:

  • Benefits – Engages core & glutes
  • Good For – These forearm planks are a life saver if you have wrist issues and can’t quite make high plank work for you
  • Variations – Try low side planks, tapping your toes, or body sawing forwards and backwards a few inches

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Modified Push-Ups:

  • Benefits – Arm, shoulder & core will all be engaged
  • Good For – Lean, defined arms
  • Variations – This is the modified version of a standard push-up. Your form should be your number one concern, so focus on keeping your core engaged and maintaining a plank-like form while pushing up and down.

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High Plank:

  • Benefits – Strength and balance
  • Good For – Overall conditioning
  • Variations – Try slowly raising each hand and leg while maintaining your balance (called an around-the-world), add in some side planks on each side, or even give yourself a burst of cardio with plank jacks.

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  • Benefits – Working your lower body, particularly your quads, hamstrings, and calves
  • Good For – Everything! Squats are one of the best moves you can do – They work your legs, but they also engage your shoulders, back, and abs.
  • Variations – Narrow, plie, sumo, add a kick… They are tons of variations, but be sure to keep your knees from extending in front of your toes when you squat down

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  • Benefits – Working your arms and abs
  • Good For – Giving yourself a burst of explosive movement and engaging a number of muscle groups simultaneously
  • Variations – There’s a narrow stance, with your arms kept by your sides {called a yoga push-up), or wide arms with elbows pointed out. Want some cardio? 10 push-ups, 50 mountain climbers – Repeat that sequence as many times as you can without losing your great form!

Do YOU have a favorite core move?

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Home Workout Essentials

I do NOT have a home gym. I live in San Francisco which means that I barely have a closet let alone separate space for a gym.

What I do have though is a corner of a hall closet dedicated to my home workout pieces. You can do virtually any basic home workout with just a few pieces of equipment.

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So what are my home workout suggestions? Here are the essential pieces of equipment that I’d recommend:

  • Yoga Mat: You can use this for yoga or Pilates, but also for core work and stretching. It’s a simple piece that’s very versatile so it tops my list.
  • Foam Roller: This is a must for me, I roll out almost daily. And the great thing is that you can pick whatever style suits your needs – Super soft (beginners), textured (good for tight muscles), or mini (perfect for throwing in your gym bag!)
  • Resistance Bands: These easy-to-store pieces are lifesavers, they take up no space and can be used instead of weights. Perfect for home, and perfect for traveling.
  • Stability Ball: You can do core work, legs and glutes, or even arms using a stability ball, so its super versatile.
  • Kettlebell(s): If I were going to invest in one weight, it would be a kettlebell rather than a set of dumbbells.

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With just these pieces at home, I can tackle everything from yoga to a bodyweight session to a Tone It Up workout with no problem.

Tell me – What are YOUR home workout essentials? Am I missing your favorite piece of equipment?

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Fitness Goals: Splits

Welcome back to my 2016 Fitness Goals series! This is a 4-part series where I’ll be sharing four long-term fitness goals that I’ll be tackling over the course of the year.

In the first installment I talked about my number one goal for the year – Working on my booty. Squats, lunges, and bridges – Oh My!

Next I talked about the LONG TERM goal of staying on top of my personal health by moving every day. Yes – Every single day.

So what’s my third goal to focus on this year? Regaining my left and right splits!

I was a gymnast growing up and have retained a great deal of my flexibility. Toe touches? No problems! Basic yoga moves? Easy peasy Japanesey! But my love affaire with yoga in 2015 reinforced that I had lost some of my flexibility – Namely my forward splits.


Something like this is NOT a quick & easy goal. It’s not something you can just force. It’s a long-term, work-on-it-every-day kinda thing.

So for this goal, in combination with my previous booty goal, I’ll be adding more stretching & yoga to my routine each week. You can also check out more on my yoga goals in my 30 Day Challenge for August!

Some ways I’ll get there? These great stretches!

Do YOU have a fitness goal for 2016? Tell me what you’re working on!


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