Unite In Pink!

Since I decided to not run the Philly Marathon this year, I’ve tried to put more cross-training into my workout routine.  It’s been going great and my knees and psyche feel like a million dollars.  When my friend Lauren asked me to join her at a breast cancer awareness event at her gym, Unite, I couldn’t pass it up.  Lauren is in amazing shape and claims it’s mostly due to this gym.  After last night’s workout, I’m inclined to believe her.

First of all, everyone is super friendly…instructors especially.  Maybe they do it so you won’t hate them when you’re running at 6.5mph on a 10 incline (yes, that happened…no, I didn’t die).  We started out with 30 minutes of cardio in their cardio room.  You get to pick between treadmills, spin bikes, and rowers.  I obviously went with the running….while I wasn’t super confident in my ability to finish the strength training portion of the class, I knew I could handle a treadmill!  Ann Marie led us through a very intense, yet very awesome, interval session.  Like most sane people, I don’t put much of an incline on my treadmill while I’m running.  I don’t know if I’m scared I’ll fall off (totally uncoordinated right here) or if I don’t feel like working that hard, but thanks to Ann Marie’s pushing, I won’t be so scared to do it on my own next time!

At this point, I was insanely sweaty and we still had 30 minutes of dreading lifting yet to go!  I am a cardio girl, not a strength training girl.  If I hit up the free weights for 20 minutes twice a week, I think I’m halfway to being a professional athlete.  Strangely, this portion was actually a lot of fun.  Juliet led us through a bunch of exercises using dumbbells, resistance bands, a step and our own body weight.  Maybe it’s because it was done in timed segments rather than number of reps, but time FLEW by.  Her cheerful attitude definitely helped and I didn’t even hate my life when we did lateral raises.  I’d consider that a smashing success.

I’m taking a regular class there on Monday, but I have a feeling I’ll be getting some sort of membership or class pack soon.  It was too great of a workout to not do it.  I wonder if they’ll get me to do a real pull-up….I still have nightmares about pull-ups from middle school gym.


Borrowed from Unite’s Facebook page…I haven’t seen that much pink since Victoria’s Secret redid their color scheme.

Getting your fitness on with Erica in America!

As you all know,  I am not a certified fitness instructor….I’m just a girl who is trying to stay in shape, get in better shape, and still eat as many cookies as humanly possible.  That is why it’s great to have friends in high places, such as my main girl Erica Hildenbrand who is a certified fitness and boot camp instructor in the Philadelphia area!  I asked her to create a workout for me to do while I’m running, focusing solely on using my own body weight to develop muscle.  Who knows?  Maybe after doing this work out I’ll have some sort of upper body strength to speak of. 

Since I wanted you to hear about the workout straight from the source, I asked Erica to do a guest post for me and since she’s the best, she did! 

Things Erica likes: burpees, lunges, and really sweet workout pants.

Hello and happy Wednesday! My pal Annie has been writing this blog and I love her for it, but I also love her for her smile, her freckles, her optimism, and for the way she tends to make everything fun and exciting. (Cheese wheels! Kittens! Running long distances! You get my point).

I have been teaching an outdoor Bootcamp class for a couple years now (woah!) and I love the group that comes. It is where I met Annie!! The most important thing to me is that we have fun and don’t dread coming to class. It’s ok if you hate the burpees I might make you do, though (evil laugh).

Here’s a little workout you can add into your running days (just find a stretch of grass and a bench) or do on its own. If I can stress anything, it is that you need to warm up, stretch, cool down, and stretch some more. So many times we rush to get in that cardio or strength but we skimp on the stretching. Flexibility is JUST as important as the cardiovascular endurance or muscle strength you’re building.

So go get it!!! And please, as always, check with a doctor before starting any new exercise program!

Love, Erica in America



Warm-up for 8-10 minutes however you prefer; stretch

Set 1 (if you’re running, do it at the 25% mark of your run)

  • 15 squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 alternating lunges (right-left = 2 reps)
  • 10 sit ups
  • Repeat twice (yes, the whole thing!)
  • Rest 2 minutes

Set 2 (throw it in at your halfway point)

  • 20 step-ups onto a bench or high step (10 per side, then switch)
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 10 dips on a bench
  • 50 high knees (right-left equals 2 reps)
  • (you knew it was coming) 10 burpees
  • Repeat twice (you can do it!)
  • Rest 2 minutes

Set 3 (at the end of your run)

  • Hold a plank for 1 minute (forearms)
  • 30 crunches with knees tucked in toward your chest
  • Hold one more plank for as long as you can!
  • STRETCH for a good 5-10 minutes
  • Rehydrate
  • Shower, I can smell you from here!

You can modify or substitute if a move feels too challenging or uncomfortable. Remember to let your heart rate go down a bit before you start each set. Have fun with it and flood Annie’s inbox with your sweaty workout photos!

Seriously….send me the photos.  It’s really nice to know that I’m not the only one who is really sweaty after these shennanigans.