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Aloha from Maui! After a couple rainy days we’ve been enjoying the most beautiful sunshine here and we’ve been making the most of it (maybe making a bit too much out of it actually cause we’re all a little bit singed!). Since Maui’s really about me getting outside and on the beach, it’s actually been the perfect place to take my #2015STRONG training on the road with me, and in fact, today’s post is really all about giving you guys an update about how the program’s been going and to hear how those of you who’ve been participating are enjoying it! Click through to read more!
My #2015STRONG Experience
So let’s start from the beginning, shall we? As I mentioned in my intro video to the program, I’ve been a pretty active and athletic type my whole life but hitting my training hard (especially post-Europe, when I had taken a bit of a break from my regular exercise routine) had resulted in a couple different overuse injuries, particularly in my lower back, which has been a source of chronic pain since I was young and my breasts decided to grow overnight.
Through running, spinning, swimming and weight training, my legs and glutes have always been strong – actually, according to my physiotherapist, my quads in particular are actually a bit overdeveloped, which is why I tend to experience pain in my hips and lower back. What the first month of #2015STRONG has really helped me with is balancing out the strength in my body, particularly focusing on my core to help alleviate some pain off my back. If you guys have seen the video and done the workout, you’ll know there’s plenty of plyometrics, stabilizing and targeted core workouts, so Meray‘s program has really been incredible for me.
Doing this program has given me a renewed sense of energy and excitement around my workouts and especially since I’ve been busier than usual the past couple of months, committing to my 5 workouts per week has helped me burn off a ton of stress and stay focused.
One thing I’m really happy I did is to make this 4-week wellness plan which you can download by signing up to my mailing list here. It’s helped me a) stay on track of all my workouts and meal planning, b) helped me see where I need to do a bit of course correction when I splurged or skipped a workout by holding myself accountable and c) helped me feel in control of my fitness, nutrition and even my water consumption, which in turn encourages me to do more and be healthier.
More than anything, staying on track and in control of my wellness the past four weeks plus staying committed to this program has helped me stay healthy, fit and calm even when I give myself time off of the program. Here in Maui I don’t have much of the equipment I need to do the full-body workout so I’ve just made some adjustments, added in a few different workouts and also just focused on playing a bit more – I don’t feel like I’m slipping at all even though I’m staying flexible, and I think it all just comes down to the fact that I’m keeping my commitments to myself and to this program even if it looks a bit different than what’s been laid out in the video.
Your #2015STRONG Experience
So as we dive into Month 2, Alicia, Meray and I want to know – what do you want more of? We’ve had so many great answers to this survey but if you haven’t taken it yet, please do and let us know what you’d like to see more of!
Right now, we’re looking to do some more targeted moves (think a core workout, sleeveless-ready arms for spring, etc), more nutrition content (we have a particularly great breakfast post coming your way soon so that you can start your days off right!) and lots of other exciting things in the works, but we really want to hear more of what you need and want specifically. Take the survey or tell us in the comments below!
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