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My new favorite training buddy #ItrainFor

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The North Face for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you know I have been working with Mountain Athletics from The North Face to share the details of their new app and clothing lines.  (Post 1, Post 2)

I wanted to check in with you guys and let you know how much I am loving training with the Mountain Athletics App.  

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Being almost 7 months pregnant, Im feeling the effects of summer on my running.  Its hot outside and I’m feeling more and more tightness across my abdomen when I run.  So my cardio has been a mix of light jogging and power walking.  

Except for this one little race … which I placed 2nd in the stroller division.  Maybe my purple North Face shorts were the lucky charm?! Or maybe it was the strength I’ve built up by using the app?!  Who knows but I’ll take it.  

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I have been trying to keep up with strength … because I know that as long as I keep my strength and fitness level up I will (hopefully) have an easy bounce back post birth.  

The issue there is coming up with the strength routines.  Thankfully, The Mountain Athletics App has been an easy go to for a great mix of cardio – plyometrics and short distance running – and strength – think AMRAP-style workouts- and rest.  The best part being the form cue videos which guide you through an exercise If you aren’t sure how to do a move.  

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(App is free for IOS users and for Droid users the videos can be found on You Tube) Download the Mountain Athletics App

The programs on the app are 6 weeks long, but you can skip workouts if need be.  For instance:

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As much fun as this workout sounds, I can’t do 2 of the 4 exercises during pregnancy so unfortunately I skipped it and moved onto something I can complete.  

I really believe in the accessibility that The North Face is giving fitness.  Being a busy mom, I need things that I can do and start on my own time and that don’t cost an arm and a leg.  With this app you can work out at any time and The North Face has some really great events every two weeks, which are totally free.  I give The North Face 2 thumbs up for supporting the goals of all different types of athletes.    

 

 

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Training for Life with Mountain Athletics

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The North Face. All opinions are 100% mine.

Life is crazy right now … Twins, Pregnancy, Coaching, Family, summer camps and plans, etc.  Its all keeping me happily on my toes.  

I am clearly super naive because I underestimated exactly how exhausting it is to grow a human and chase 2 four year old around.  I imagine that taking care of an infant while trying to keep up with said four year old will be equally crazy.  That is why when The North Face asked me what  #ITrainFor… my answer is LIFE.  

I’m really trying to keep my fitness alive during this pregnancy and honestly I am proud of myself for what I’ve been able to do. Running and walking have been my primary forms of fitness mostly because I can do it with my crew … 

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However as I get closer to my due date I have been really trying to incorporate more strength into my routine.  

Enter the Mountain Athletics from The North Face App (get it here: Download the Mountain Athletics App its free for IOS) It is a 6-week activity specific strength and conditioning program that’s designed to help with sports like running, skiing, climbing and mountaineering.  My opinion is that it can help you train for really anything you can come up with.  The programs are extensive and a complete, total body workout that will help you build strength while promoting proper form, technique and pace. 

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Key Features:

  • Step by Step instructional videos that promote proper technique
  • Calendar based to help you stay on track
  • Integrated session timer that helps make efficient use of time
  • Badges you can earn during training to keep you motivated
  • The ability to share progress and workouts on real time social channels.

The App gives you a choice to train for Running, General Fitness, Alpine Climb, Climbing, Backcountry or All Mountain Skiing.  

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I choose General Fitness … which is what I felt was the closest to LIFE  🙂 Here are some samples of the workouts 

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I kind of LOVE the workouts.  I find them to be challenging but not super time consuming or intimidating.  My biggest challenge with strength training is always that I’d rather spend my time running.  With this app I feel like I can do a quick strength session without having to compromise too much of my running time.  And WHOA is it effective.  I absolutely feel stronger.  Bring it on LIFE.  

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The only critique that I have of the app is that it doesn’t give modifications.  Obviously I am not able to do everything that it calls for … but I have some knowledge of what I should and shouldn’t be doing during pregnancy.  If you are pregnant or have any kind of injury, I suggest using this app only with some previous knowledge of what modifications should be for you.  

So check it out! 

And if you are in the NYC area come to a group Mountain Athletics workout!  The North Face is holding FREE twice-weekly Mountain Athletic workouts in five cities across the country.

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Each session will be led by two The North Face trainers who will take you through workouts aimed to prepare you to achieve your outdoor goal. Details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-north-face-mountain-athletics-training-new-york-tuesday-tickets-16041725232 Let me know if you’re going, I am dying to try one.  

And don’t forget that you can win a $500 gift card to The North Face here: The North Face Mountain Athletics Collection Give-Away!

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Fitness Classes I’m loving Lately

Its cold.  I mean really cold … and while I used to be much better at braving it for a run.  I am not doing well this year.  Yesterday I actually got dressed, completely bundled got my game face on and headed out.  I lasted 3 mins.  Its soooo cold.  

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Skye thinks I’m a wimp. 

I always love fitness classes, but when its cold I love them even more.  Some that I am loving lately are:

Orange Theory

This has been on my radar for a while, I mean its practically sweeping the nation in expansion.  And there is a great reason for it.  

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I would compare this to a Boot Camp class (similar to Barry’s) minus the crazy intensity shoved in your face.  Don’t get me wrong, its intense and a phenomenal workout … but there is no screaming and grunting.  Its 1/3 Treadmill, 1/3 WaterRower, 1/3 Strength and you rotate through circuits of all 3.  Every class is different and challenging in its own little way.  I’m a huge huge fan! 

You wear a heart rate monitor and workout in zones.  Your heart rate is displayed on flatscreen in a few places so that you can check in with the zone you are in.  The effects of which are said to make for a great “after burn” … so basically you are still burning when you are chowing down on your lunch post class.  #winning

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There is a great article by Well+Good on the class here 

*another bonus to this class is that it is not nationwide … check the site.  They are seriously EVERYWHERE. 

Peloton Cycle

Oh how I want a Peloton bike in my house.  I love the options at Peloton.  They play to all schools of riders … what I mean by that is that there are some indoor cycling classes that are very much based on the rhythm (I.E. Soul Cycle) and others that are based on the metrics of the ride (I.E. Flywheel).  Peloton has both types of classes.  

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They also have a super luxe studio in NYC. Think coffee shop, cushy couches, no narrow hallways that sweaty people brush against each other in (so gross).

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If you own a bike at home you can either join a class that is currently happening or you can select one that already happened.  My fav feature is that you can virtually ride with your friends.  So I would like to propose that we all get Peloton Bikes and have virtual rides!! So fun right!

Bar Method

This is my new suburban barre love.  Its subbing for Figure 4 and doing an amazing job.  

All the pulsing, burning, micro movements that feel like small knives are in your muscles amazingness.  Sounds like torture and it kinda is, but the results and the feeling after a class are OH. SO. WORTH. IT. 

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 Now your turn … any thing to add to these? I am always looking to try out a new class! 

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