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Get Up, Get Inspired, and Get to Work!

Let me begin by apologizing for not blogging lately. I know there are countless women who have beautiful pregnancies full of unicorns and rainbows. I, on the other hand, have spent the last nine months wondering why in the world anyone would ever do this twice. I will spare you all the miserable details, but I have definitely struggled. I did manage to finish some tough continuing education classes these last few months, but mainly I have put all my dreams on hold and have just been trying to get through this life one day at a time. Me and my little pity party coping through the day. Pathetic, right?

Today, however, I have a different attitude. I feel inspired. Motivated. Determined. Today is not only the first of the month, but also a Monday. As a perpetual goal-setter, a day like this is a dream come true! It is just the nudge I needed to get out of this funk and back into my chasing dreams, kicking butt, bring it on, kind of life that I used to live. As my life is drastically different nowadays, so are my goals, but that does not make them any less important. 

Join me. Write down your goals. Do not hold back. Make sure you are dreaming big, being bold, and not afraid to try something new. Throughout our lives, our goals will constantly change. But, remember, they will always be important. 

So, get up, get inspired, and get to work. 

Our latest training video is perfect for all fitness levels and abilities! The exercises are tough, but pregnancy-safe, and can be done at home or in the gym.

You GET what you GIVE!

Thank You

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

As the kids are heading back to school, let us take a moment to remember the impact teachers and coaches have on our lives. My eighth grade language arts teacher helped develop my writing skills and encouraged me to share my stories, my high school calculus teacher was tough and made sure I learned how to find the answer myself, my taekwondo coach was by far one of the most influential persons in my life and helped me reach above and beyond my wildest imagination, my youth pastor inspired me to live my life for the Lord, my strength & conditioning coach encouraged me to continue my education in sports, and my basketball coach taught me the importance of teamwork. Who had the biggest influence on you?

Throughout the year, take the time to say "thank you" to those that help raise our children. A simple note of gratitude, an encouraging email, or a small gift goes a long way. Raising our own children is tough enough, can you imagine teaching those that are not your own? Nowadays, you hear more about what teachers and coaches do wrong, how it was their fault the child did not turn in his homework, how they do not teach it correctly, or how the child did not hear the rules (although every other kid did). Teachers and coaches surpass their normal duties to inspire our children to learn, to encourage them through the tough times, to motivate them to reach for the stars! They do all of this despite the constant scrutiny they are under, despite the long hours spent after the final bell rings, and despite being grossly underpaid. There is one thing we can do- we can show our appreciation. Take the time and thank a teacher. Take a moment and hug a coach. Let them know they are loved.

One of my favorite coaches, Steve, is here to show us this week's workout! This full-body exercise was a staple during his military training. Add them to the end of your training or try to complete 50 for a quick head-to-toe workout! You GET what you GIVE!!

"Body Builder Burnout" (click link to view exercise demonstration)