|March 7, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Running|
Happy Friday! I arrived at the Propel Ambassador house yesterday afternoon. Long story short, it’s amazing. I still can’t believe I’m really here. I cannot stress enough how grateful I am to Fitfluential and Propel for this opportunity.
We woke up to the most ridiculous view this morning.
The inside of the house is just as awesome. So bright and happy, right?
I feel very out of my element in a house this nice. Can I just pretend this is my pool? Will y’all go along with that?
After I finished drooling over our setup, we all got ready for a fun run. On a freaking mountain. Down was fun. Coming back up was a little more intense.
At least it was absolute gorgeous while we were torturing ourselves! I could get used to running here, that’s for sure.
We came back to the breakfast of my dreams. Knowing we were coming back to this was definitely an incentive to run a little quicker up that big ol’ hill.
So, yeah. I’m having a blast. We’re gearing up for another workout and shoot now, so I have to go pretend to know what I’m doing. Eek!!
|March 6, 2014||Posted by Presley under Giveaway, Life, Vacation|
I’m currently on a plane en route to Los Angeles right now, so this post will be published when I’ve got free Wi-Fi again. I’m cheap, what can I say? Speaking of being on a plane, do you think my fellow passengers would be down to create a remix to “I’m On A Boat” right now? They don’t exactly look like the rowdiest bunch, which is sad. I rarely fly, so I kind of envision flights to be a little more exciting than they really are. Whatever. I’ll party on my own. By party, I mean try not to freak out the entire way. I’m a tiny bit afraid of flying. This is the face of a wuss.
Anyway, since I am stuck sitting around on this thing for a few hours I might as well stay and chat a while. Let’s talk luggage. Oh, lured you in with that one, eh? Well, my new bag is seriously that awesome.
A few weeks ago, Apera contacted me and asked if I would like to try out one of their sport bags. It was perfect timing since I would be traveling soon, so I quickly agreed to review their Performance Duffle in Fuchsia. Ain’t she a beaut?
I pretty much packed my life in that thing. Ryne laughed when he took this because it looks huge in this picture. I stuffed that bad boy to the brim, y’all. I packed my bulky laptop (hi, Ryne, I want a new one!), DSLR, GoPro, a book, two magazines, makeup and toiletries, a notepad and pen, peanut butter, a banana, a neck pillow for the plane… should I go on? I basically stuffed everything that wasn’t clothes or shoes in there. Amazingly enough, everything fit. I’m going to feel like Mary Poppins when I unpacked. I may or may not have put a lamp in there.
It really should haven’t shocked me that all of that fit, because there are just shy of ten billion pockets and places to stash things in this bag. It’s super compartmentalized and I love it. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty as heck.
In addition to making me feel like a magic Disney nanny, it also has some pretty sweet bonuses like: antimicrobial fabric, vented compartments, wipeable linings, water-resistant base, and a washable insert for extra stanky gym things.
Apera didn’t just share the love with me. They’re also allowing me to give away an Apera Sprint Pack to one of you! The Sprint Pack is the bag that they donate to the Special Olympics for every three bags sold. I love that idea, and you can totally carry this lil’ bag with pride.
The winner of the bag will also receive a code worth 25% off of any other Apera bag. That is an awesome deal. This giveaway will run from 3/6 to 3/13 at midnight EST. A winner will be announce the following day.
Enter via the Rafflecopter below:
If you want an additional chance to win an Apera bag, head on over to their website and subscribe to their newsletter. They choose a winner at random each month!
I just landed in LA, so I better jet. See what I did there? I’m not sure how often I’ll check in this weekend but I’m sure I’ll be overloading y’all with stuff on Instagram and Twitter. See y’all soon!
Disclosure: I was sent the Performance Duffle in exchange for this review. I was not compensated in any other way. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
|March 5, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Motivation, NASM|
When I first decided to become a certified personal trainer (CPT), I didn’t want to tell anyone. Honestly, I was a little embarrassed to admit that I had no immediate plans to actually work as a trainer. Now that I’ve spilled the beans, I guess it’s time to explain why I made this decision. I guess I’m really going with the “personal” part of personal trainer. As in, I’m doing it just for me. I love to work out, but I don’t really know all that much about the science behind it all. I educate myself when it comes to other aspects of my life, so it only seems right to know what I’m doing when it comes to my body. I want to be active for life, so I better be treating it the best that I can.
I went back and forth for a while about committing to a personal training course. Eventually, though, I realized that it couldn’t possibly turn out to be a bad thing. Even if I never in my life use this certification to make any money, I’m still using it to better myself. There is no doubt in my mind that I will craft better workouts as a result of what I’ve learned. I mean, think about it like this: People spend insane amounts of money for gym memberships, personal training, and fitness books or magazine subscriptions. I’m no different. But what if you knew what you were doing? You could take your health into your own hands. I feel like that justifies the price of the certification right there.
And while I have absolutely no plans of quitting teaching, I do like knowing that I would have the option of a summer or part-time job in the future. The growth of the fitness industry isn’t slowing down, so it’s nice to know I could find a little place in it if I needed to. And I hope that ultimately it makes this blog a little better, too. It needs a little more brains behind it, don’t you think?
As far as certifications go, there are a lot of options. There are only a few that I would even consider, though. I weighed the pros and cons of a few different options, talked to some friends of mine who work at one of my favorite gyms, and thought about which one would be most beneficial to me. In the end, I went with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
It wasn’t that difficult of a decision, to be honest. It’s one of the most widely respected and accepted certifications, it’s super science-heavy (<-technical term…), and the representatives I spoke to seemed the most legitimately concerned with how their students did throughout the process. That was my favorite part. They made it clear that questions were welcomed. And let’s be honest, I’ll probably have a ton. Especially since I chose to go the self-study route. Yep, I chose is the CPT Self-Study Package. It includes a textbook, online CPT materials, and a flashcard bundle.
It also came with a sweet backpack, though, so it’s all good. There are several options on the website, but the Self-Study seemed like the best choice for me. Since I’m doing this for me, I might as well do it on my own, right?
I guess I’ve probably rambled enough for tonight, but I’m excited to start this whole learning process pretty soon. If you’ve studied for the NASM-CPT or are currently studying, I’d love to chat! I need some study buddies, for real.
Question: Have you ever taken a course or studied for a certification solely for personal growth? Sometimes I think I might be nuts, but it seems like a good call…
Full Disclosure: after choosing NASM and speaking with them to express my interest, they offered to waive my fees in exchange for discussing the process with y’all. They rock for that, but I really want to stress that I made my decision prior to that discussion. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
|March 4, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Running|
I feel like I’ve let running fall to the wayside lately. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to run or anything. I just haven’t had the time to get a really good run in, you know? Tonight I decided it was time to end this madness. I waited until Maddux went to bed and then I headed straight up to the gym. I’m kind of over running on the treadmill but knowing I was just running some sprints helped me get up the courage to hop on.
I ended up running 3 miles, which included a warm up, sprints at 10 mph, jogs at 6mph, and a cool down.
I’m hoping to really amp up my miles in the coming months. Slow and steadily, of course. Since I have a few races on the horizon now, I know it’s time to buckle down and take it more seriously again. I can’t wait to tell more about the races I have coming up, but I really want to finalize the plans before I go blabbing about something that could potentially fall through. That would be my luck.
Since I can’t ramble on about that, how about a survey? I know. So middle school of me. I just love them and I’ll probably never resist the urge to fill one out. Because I know that deep down you guys want to know every little thing about me. Kidding. I know you don’t, but I’m still going to fill this out pretending that you do. Humor me, folks.
I saw this particular survey on Julie’s blog recently and decided tonight was as good a time as any to fill your brain with pointless facts about yours truly. The questions are so random, which means I obviously love them.
A Bit About The Blogger Survey
What was your go-to food or snack as a child?
I’m going to have to recreate my dream meal as a kid: under-microwaved Bagel Bites, Potato Sticks with thirty packets of ketchup, a big ice-cold sweet tea, and vanilla Dunkaroos for dessert. It didn’t get much better when I a teenager, either. Hand me a Cosmic Brownie and a Fruitopia and I was set. I was obviously very health-conscious growing up.
What got you interested in health/fitness?
Originally I wanted to be more like my then boyfriend (now husband). He could walk up a flight of stairs without passing out, pick up heavy stuff and move it around, and look good in a bathing suit. I pretty much wanted to not be embarrassing. Now I’m more interested in the right way to be “healthy”, because I certainly did it wrong in the beginning. Lesson learned.
You’re stuck on an island for a month and can only eat three foods. What would they be?
Easy. I’d eat pizza covered in cheese and every vegetable ever grown, French Toast with gallons of real maple syrup, and fresh-cut mixed fruit. Who am I kidding? I don’t need to be on an island to only eat those things. That’s pretty much what I already eat any given week.
Favorite and least favorite body part to train?
I go back and forth on this all the time, but right now I’m loving hamstring workouts. So random. My least favorite thing to train is definitely my back. I know it’s important, but bent over rows bore me to death. I wish we had the funds to grab a rowing machine, because I love those darn things.
Favorite and least favorite health or fitness fads?
I’d have to say that my favorite thing is definitely the idea that every little bit counts. I love articles that break down all the little ways to incorporate fitness into your everyday life. My least favorite fads are all the new ways to eat. People are getting so focused on the “rules” of gluten-free, Paleo, or dairy-free, that they are totally forgetting the why. Half the time I feel like people can’t really explain why they are eating the way they are, other than repeating some things they’ve “heard”. Seems silly to me. I’m not going to stress over rules and restrictions for the sake of giving my way of eating a name.
What is the hardest workout you have ever done?
I’ve tried a ton of classes, but the thing that never fails to make me hate my life is spinning. I don’t know what it is about that class, but it kills me. I think the mechanics of riding a bike just throw me off. That could be because I haven’t ridden a real bike since my was stolen as a kid. Yep, I’m blaming the thieves for my inability to complete a spin class. Don’t let this pose fool you. I probably cried like a baby.
What is the first movie that made you cry?
I can’t remember the first movie to make me cry, but I vividly remember what novel did. Where the Red Fern Grows made my elementary-school self sob hysterically. I’m a sucker for an animal story. So, honestly, the first movie that made me cry was probably something like The Fox and the Hound.
Your #1 pet peeve?
Sounds. OMG, sounds. Smacking gum, tapping pens, or any other repetitive sounds send me into a blind rage. I really wish I could control it better, but I swear I’ve tried everything. While we were watching Frozen the other day, I almost got into a brawl with the guy next to me because of his noisy popcorn eating. That would have been one for the baby memory book, huh?
Your dream job?
I really love my job. I get to work with hilarious kids who think I know everything. I try to explain it to people, but I really don’t think they get it. Basically, in my classroom, they make me feel like a movie star. However, I really would love to be an actual movie star. Acting is probably something I could never do, but it’s so interesting to me to see people change their entire personality at the drop of a hat. I do get my hair done at my job, so there’s that.
Hairy arms or hairy legs?
Does this mean like extra hairy or just regular hairy? Because, I mean, I have hair on my arms all the time and hair on my legs some of the time (and I’m not going to admit to just how often…). If we’re talking, like, where would I rather have a surplus of hair then I’ll choose legs since I get rid of that anyway. This is a weird question.
Your turn! Pick a question or three, and fill me in. Seriously, though, how would you answer the hair question?