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Increasing Metabolism and Strength

So in my previous post I started the 21 day program from Ashley Conrad. I did it but not exactly all 21 days. It is a great workout and one that I will go back to when I need a full body intense workout. Now, I have started another workout program. It is by Erin Stern and it is called the Elite Body Workout. She is a figure competitor, Ms. Olympia and a track and field athlete. I was inspired by her workout because I love her style and the way she trains. I love to run so I have to include it in my workouts and her training method always includes HIIT (high intensity interval training) which works great with my runs too. I am feeling so much stronger! IMG_20140527_090738 I began the workout 2 weeks ago and I can see a difference already. I am following a clean eating plan similar to hers also. The workout is for 4 weeks but I am stretching it 6 weeks. I have been progressing with the weights and getting stronger. I find that when I follow a complete plan I stay motivated and really enjoy it more. The only thing I changed was adding another leg day. I know my body and it responds better to 2 leg days per week, of course with plenty of recovery between. Legs are shaping up! IMG_20140528_133706   I am doing this program because I reset my goals. My new goals are to increase my strength, power, muscle, and speed. I took before photos in a swim suit so I can really see my progress by the end of the 6 weeks. My nutrition consists of lean protein, vegetables, fruit, brown rice, quinoa,  sweet potatoes, oatmeal, almond milk, protein shakes, and nuts. I avoid processed food. No bread, cheese, milk, sugar, butter, sauces, junk etc… It is going pretty smooth because I eat clean most of the time. I love lifting weights and learning more about different styles of lifting. I believe if you really want to change the shape of your body, increase strength, and increase metabolism you must lift weight and I mean weight, not the dinky vinyl covered weights. It is time to pump some iron. There are great workouts and articles about lifting, nutrition, and supplementation over at and below is a clip of the Erin Stern’s training philosophy.  Check it out. My actual workout split is: Monday-rest Tuesday – Plyometrics and Legs Wednesday – High Intensity Cardio Thursday – Chest and Shoulders/Sprints Friday- Back/Sprints Saturday- Plyometrics and Legs Sunday – Shoulders and Arms/Sprints I vary my cardio and sprints. It will sometimes be running, spinning bike, stepmill, or the elliptical. I always keep it high intensity. I will have more on HIIT and steady state cardio in my next post. Have a great day everyone! Go pump some iron! 🙂


Workout at

Hi, just a quick update on the new goals and workout happening at nthefitzone. Since I finished up my half marathons recently, I am shifting my focus to shorter more intense runs plus hitting the weight room more. Confession: since I finished my half in Utah, my nutrition has been terrible. I decided I would just eat whatever and I quickly began to feel awful, no energy and laziness kicked in. That has changed. I am very goal oriented. I now have a new focus. I want to get faster, stronger, and add  muscle. So I went to to see what is going on over there and it is full of info, workouts, nutrition plans etc.. One plan I found was by a trainer to celebrities, Ashley Conrad. She totally makes sense to me with her training and nutrition philosophy. I totally agree with how she trains her clients and herself.

So I started one of her workouts and nutrition plans about a week ago and I can already see a difference. I am so motivated to progress forward with this. Even trainers need trainers. Check out this video about how she trains her clients and how she gets them the results they are looking for. This is exactly how I like to train. If you want results, you have to commit to the work. You have to find the time and stay consistent, dedicated and focused on what you are doing and why you are doing it.

I will keep posting about my progress with this program. Have any of you done any of the workouts at


Squat To Plank #FitIn5 Day 8 Real Time

This is a core and shoulder burner! I started the week off in a positive way with a quick workout challenge. I love Daylight Savings because there is still light when I leave work so don’t let Daylight Savings get in your head, it is just 1 hour. Take 5 minutes for a refreshing workout instead.

Day 8 of the  #FitIn5 29 Day Challenge

Chair Squat Press 30 seconds and then drop down to plank for 30 seconds. Keep alternating for 5 minutes. #NoBreak See video below.

Have a great Day 8 🙂

Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.

FIT IN 5 Minutes/#1

Hi all! I have been wanting to start this series of posts called “FIT IN 5” for a while now.  I have a few people in mind that I know will love this so I thought I would share with everyone. I know this is a very busy season for many people and I understand that people are busy with work, kids, family, chores, etc… but I still believe we all have to make time to focus on our own health and fitness. This is where FIT IN 5 can help. I am going to share my 5 minute workouts with you every week. I believe that it is our own responsibility to find ways to improve our own health and fitness so I am sharing ways that help me stay strong and fit. Small things everyday are what keep me energized and motivated. I try my best to do something physical every day.  Keep in mind, this is a journey and a process, not instant fitness. FIT IN 5 are workouts that can be done at home, the gym, vacation etc.. with minimal equipment in 5 minutes. Commitment, consistency, determination and a positive attitude are the ingredients to be successful for the FIT IN 5 workouts.

I will be doing these workouts in real-time so it will be easy to follow. I will show modifications and variations. There will be 5 exercises and each exercise will be done for 1 minute. The workout will consist mainly of bodyweight exercises but at times small dumbbells (5-10 lbs), a sturdy table or chair may be used.

This is a great way to focus on fitness as the New Year approaches. These workouts keep me energized, make me stronger which keep me motivated and confident. My goal here is to share my passion and hopefully to help and  inspire someone to get moving and feel better 🙂  Below is the very first FIT IN 5.


5 Exercises/1 Minute Each Exercises

Mountain Climber

Squat Twist

Push Ups

Air Squat/Jump

Spider Plank

Click the link below to see the workout in real-time.

*Always consult your own physician before beginning any new fitness program.

Workout Warrior Challenge WOW#4 and Stretch

This month is flying by. Last WOW was another tough one, especially day 2 & 4 workouts. How did those overhead squats feel? The dips were tough for me. I am going to rock WOW#4. This is how it will go down.

Day 1 &3

I will complete 3 rounds for time.

  • run 400m (1/4 mile) or cycle 1 mile
  • 10 jump squats (modify by lifting heels up instead of jumping at the top of the squat)
  • 20 deadlifts
  • 30 KB or DB swings
  • 40 walking lunges holding dumbbells by the side or a or broomstick overhead

I will go as fast as I can with correct form and I will record my time.

Deadlift starting position

Deadlift midpoint – back straight/abdominals engage

Day 2 &4

I will warm up with an 800m (1/2 mile) run or cycle 2 miles.   I will do as many reps as possible with correct form.

  • mountain climbers – 1 minute
  • pushups – 1 minute
  • burpee (without pushup) – 1 minute
  • dips – 1 minute
  • one arm rows – 30 sec each side
  • situps – 1 minute
  • repeat this 3 times

I will finish with a 1 mile run or 3 mile cycle.


I will make an extra effort to stretch a little more than usual this week. Many times I have finished a workout, and then just run out the door without taking a few extra minutes to stretch.  Does this sound familiar? Do you neglect your stretching? I love yoga! What kinds of stretches do you do?

Disclaimer – This blog is written and managed by me. These are my own personal opinions and experiences. I am not a doctor. Consult your own doctor before beginning a new fitness or nutrition program.


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