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Fitness Instructors: From Subbing Classes to Becoming Student Again

End of year….I have received so many last minute requests for subbing fitness classes and if you are not traveling its a way to bank some extra holiday cash when you work in fitness. I also love trying to squeeze in a few classes, take time to fine tune the latest certification you recieved or REVIVE your passion in an older format to bring new ENERGY to your classes in the new year—this month I have attended 1 spin class a week since getting my SCHWINN certification on Dec 5th.

TODAY…I had something amazing happen. I showed up ready to teach and this amazing, talented and seasoned instructor sauntered in and just OWNED the class.

She was the person I was subbing for and the class was GROUP GROOVE. Now, I was at first like “What is happening?!” because I had it in my head I was prepared to dance and make everyone feel welcome because lets face it instructors. Our students LOVE US…when we bring in subs its just not the same for them. The awful truth of it all though is I had never taken a Groove class so I was bringing them a totally different cardio dance experience. Well, thank heavens for Anne Springer, I must say that in 60minutes I FELL IN LOVE WITH GROOVE. <3

I wanted to share this because I feel like I don’t do this as often as I shoould and after today’s class I know one of my goals in the new year will be to attend new classes or at least try out new INSTRUCTOR’s classes 2x a month. I have a busy schedule so I cant say it will be 1x a week, but I feel confident that I can get to TWO!

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Here’s my review of my first GROUP GROOVE experience and if you have a YMCA near you then you have these classes, so I highly recommend you get there in the new year as Anne is part of a “test group” of instructors who get materials ahead of everyone else– she previewed the NEW round of songs/choreography that will be released and I was smiling from the warm up to cooldown!

First…Anne made everyone wait in hallway, lights were dimmed & spotlights on in front of room. It felt like we were entering a “club” atmosphere. The songs were upbeat and I remember her calling out names of steps that resembled moves I do in zumba so I felt comfortable but the rhythms were different and body language had a more hip hop feel to it.  There is a definite layout to the class: warmup, then dance 1 and cardio 1 and rotating I think we had 3 cardios at least and a 10min cooldown. Groove is taught where the instructor mirrors the class and Anne did use a microphone which I have traditionally done lots more non-verbal cueing for zumba. I love how she used the microphone to really increase the energy and excitement for every single movement we did in class. I did notice that by end of class Anne was dripping with sweat as I did get a workout in but I cannot say that I had the same “cardio” output that Anne had and I know I was dancing my heart out! Of course I know in instructing classes, especially dance we really EXAGGERATE the moves and with having to direct and LEAD and talk through it it is a tough workout!  Cool down was a fun swagger and one last thing to mention about GROUP GROOVE…there were some moves that she did in the warm up that showed up again in the dances and then AGAIN in the cool down. Loved how the choreography was weaved throughout the entire class.

So there you have it! Im on Anne’s quickdial for the next instructor training date for Groove & you bet you’ll see me in more GROUP GROOVE classes as a STUDENT in the new year! SIDENOTE: GROOVE is a format of MOSSA I learned today and they have several other great formats so if you want to check them out, follow the link!

Tell me about the last class you attended and walked out feeling like you didnt want the class to end??!

–Jenn

Streaking from Thanksgiving to New Years!

Calling all runners! If you haven’t participated in a run streak before, now is the time to jump on board! Im excited to join Runners World movement to do a Run Streak from Thanksgiving to New Years. All you have to do is lace up and run 1 mile or more daily and check in—there will be thousands participating and what better motivation than knowing that you have a few hundred friends stepping up with you.

If you want to hook up with me and get daily motivation, coaching for running, hear tips from some experienced runners and basically connect with others who love running as much as you—–check out my event page on my facebook fitness page & Click this Image to join my Holiday #RWStreak Running Group!

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Still unshore if you should participate? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide. Of course, I will say this is for everyone and anyone of all levels, from beginner to athlete.

1. Do you own a pair of running shoes? 2. Power walk, Jog or Run can you cover the distance of a mille? 3. Do you enjoy being active? 3. Do you feel motivated when challenged? 5. Do you plan to eat cookies, fudge or other sweets during the holidays? 6. Do you feel less stressed after exercising? 7. Have you been wanting to begin a C25k program? 8. Training for a spring race? 9. Do you struggle with getting your workouts in during the week? 10. Every mile you run, you can justify that holiday cocktail you will enjoy at dinner that night.

If you answered YES to more than 1/2 of these questions, then sign up immediately. If you answered yes to only a couple, I’d still sign up and just do your best.

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Great! Then I’ll see you all bright eyed and laced up for the 2015 edition of #rwrunstreak starting on Thursday, 11/26! Feel free to provide your own “rum” if you take your running outdoors, lol!

–Jenn Voss

Motivation Monday: Find Your STRONG

Motivation Monday:

Find your Strong

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Mid month is a good time as any to GET STARTED so TODAY I am embarking on a 4 week challenge with BOSU and Sweat Pink to prove to the world that I am #BOSUSTRONG. Being #BOSUSTRONG means I make fitness part of my everyday life, at home, out and about, and with my friends and family.I will squat, mountain climb, plank, push-up, lunge, Run and Power my way to a stronger and Fit body.  And I will encourage my fellow runners and my close friends to join me on this fun journey because we are all part of one big, happy #FitFamily.

The challenge runs from 9/14/2015 to 10/9/2015 and is bound to help you take your fitness to the next level over the course of the next 4 weeks.  I plan to participate and get my kiddos involved too so join ME.  Here are the details: You can join the challenge whether or not you have a BOSU and I hope you do – because you’ll have a chance to win one just for participating!

And there are PRIZES for the most active participant.  Answer the daily prompts (listed below) on your blog, Instagram, Twitter or wherever else you want to share and hashtag #BosuStrong #FitFamily #sweatpink and tagBOSU (Instagram) BOSU (Twitter) & @FitApproach.  The most active & engaged participants will have a chance to win great prizes from BOSU & Sweat Pink!

 Hint, hint, the more you share (and the more places you share), the better your chances of winning! 

5 THINGS THAT MAKE ME #BOSUStrong

Being #BOSUStrong is not just about movement, sweat, or even owning a BOSU, its about being a leader, an inspiration to others, and sharing my own fitness journey with others. It’s about not letting A Busy Life and Excuses stand in my way of sweating and getting strong! The 5 things that make me #BOSUStrong are:

My strong Arms.

My ability to Push Myself Further.

My love for Inspiring Others.

My healthy Core.

And my Dedication.

So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along HERE. I will be posting the prompts daily on My Instagram Channel HERE…so if you forget..check there!!

DAILY PROMPTS!

WEEK 1 INSTAGRAM PROMPTS: LET’S PUMP UP THE CARDIO!! (9/14-9/18)

(Make sure you tag @Bosu_Fitness on Instagram & @BosuFitness on Twitter)

Monday, 9/14: It’s #MOUNTAINCLIMBMONDAY! Show us your favorite way to climb that mountain whether it be with hiking poles, in plank position or….? Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Tuesday, 9/15: Happy #tempotuesday we want to see how you’re getting your heart rate up today. Tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Bonus: Show us your favorite tricep workout and tag #triceptuesday and #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Wednesday, 9/16: Drop down and give us some #BURPEES! Even better if you can make them #BOSUBurpees! Tag  #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Thursday, 9/17: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body cardio move! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Give us a #tbt of the most extreme cardio workout you’ve ever done! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Friday, 9/18: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Put those forearms to work. Show us your BEST cardio move for #forearmfriday. Forearm plank mountain climbers, dolphin push-ups, forearm plank toe taps…something else? Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

 

New Workout Review: Core Power Yoga!

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You know that feeling when you wake up and feel muscles you haven’t worked in a while? Well that’s what happened to me after attending my first class at Core Power Yoga—especially around my core and abs! This TUESDAY I’d like to share with you my experience after attending several Yoga Sculpt classes with Core Power Yoga and if you have one of these studios near you I challenge you to go and try a class this month!

                    Yoga Sculpt: What to Expect, What to Bring!                                       Here’s your quick check list for what to bring to your class!

Every Day is a Good Day for Food Prep

Happy Tuesday!

I felt the need to share this with you today because well, we normally will do our grocery shopping and meal prepping on the weekend. What if that doesn’t happen? Well, I know for some it just means living a life of fast food and unhealthy food choices for that week. I mean really, who has time to spend the time in the kitchen portioning food into containers? Will it make that big of a dfference??  YES!!

Here’s 3 quick ways to get motivated to do a FOOD PREP during the week.

1) Thaw out your meat the night before you want to prep or stop at grocery and pick up your food. Having it right there when you open the fridge that next morning will give you the motivation to get it done.

2) Look at how much money you spent eating out the night before. For what it cost you to dine out, you might have spent 1/3 to almost 1/2 of your weekly food budget. Yes, seeing that dip in your bank account can really motivate you to get your booty in the kitchen ASAP.

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