Solidcore DC

As a Coach and Runner I’m always looking for the next best workout that engages not only strength training but core training. As a runner our core is one of the strongest assets that keep us running strong, helping hold our posture during long runs, and giving us the stability to keep going when our body wants to quit. Now lets all be honest, core training is not fun, it hurts, and the next couple of days are always the worst BUT I’ve found a studio that makes core training fun, energetic, and wanting athletes, runners, and everyday individuals coming back week after week for more training.

solidcore-Minneapolis-studioA couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to join a few friends for a Solidcore class in Washington, DC. Solidcore is a 50-minute full body workout that includes core training and strength training through slow and controlled movements. Each class can hold up to 13 individuals on their mega reformer beds that move back and forth with weighted springs making your full body exercise burn deeper than any other workout, so deep that your muscles work to failure. Each 50-minute class can host up to multiple different moves, poses, and workouts so no class is ever the same and no routine is ever followed.

Review:

In the past I’ve done a lot of exercises, strength training, and personal training to get where I am today in my running career but nothing, I mean nothing compares to Solidcore. As a very active athlete and runner in the DC area I thought my body was prepared and strong enough for my first Solidcore class however that was proven wrong during the first 15 minutes of class. Within the first 15 minutes of class we had held planks, did military crawls on a moving bed, and engaged our core so much that my body was already failing. Did I mention this was a 50-minute class? As we continued through the class we continued to engage our core through lunges, leg and glut workouts, and of course more planks and military crawls. As the class continued we started working on our upper body through slow and controlled push-ups, butterfly chest workouts with the attached bands, and moving planks.

Through the whole class my body was sweating like it’s never sweated before, dripping withsolidcore-noma-coming-soon.0 sweat as my muscles started to fail and my body wanting to quit. It was in these tough times that the instructor was able to motivate me to continue, to push through my limits and give everything I had to end the class on a strong note. Along with the amazing instructor and music, the individuals around me helped keep me accountable and making sure I didn’t give up and quit. Don’t get me wrong, the class was fun but it was also the most challenging workout I’ve ever experienced, even more challenging than my first marathon.

At the end I truly enjoyed the first class, so much that I’ve purchased more sessions and have continued to train with Solidcore once a week for my 2016 Boston Marathon training. Overall I would highly suggest individuals try a class, see what it’s like to push your body to the breaking point and watch it rebuild as you continue to grow and get stronger. I’ve learned through the classes that I’ve taken each week that you can push your body to do anything as long as your mind doesn’t get in the way. So start the New Year STRONG and try something outside of your comfort zone to see how far you can push your bodies limits. To learn more or to register for your first Solidcore class visit, www.solidcore.co.

Solidcore DC

Make This Year The Year!

Happy New Year!

Each year millions of Americans start the New Year by setting New Year resolutions. Starting fresh, dreaming big, setting goals, and continuing to improve themselves from previous years. Most, unfortunately, will either give up or fail to meet their goals, however research has shown that those who do set New Year resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals. So as we begin another year and you reflect on the previous years accomplishments use these helpful tips I always share with individuals to help accomplish your New Year resolutions.

Set A Goal:

Setting a goal is the initial foundation of success. A goal can be anything you want; starting to run, running your first 5K, training for a half or full marathon, or just getting active. The goal should be both inspirational and outside your comfort zone. Inspiration should help get you started while fear keeping you motivated throughout the year. As for timing, I would suggest setting your goal several months away, long enough so that you can still make a difference, but close enough to make it urgent.

Be Realistic:

When setting your new goal be realistic, think outside the box but keeping it something you know you can achieve. If you are just starting to run remember to start slow with rest days included. If you are aiming for a half or full marathon remember to train smart, don’t over train, don’t continue to train while injured, and listen to your body. Take time to build your fitness and you’ll find the most success.

Get Social:

Share your accomplishments with your family, friends, and coworkers as well as train with individuals who are aiming for the same goal. Camaraderie among participants helps individuals inspire each other to work harder than they might on their own. Join your community running group or gym class to keep you accountable for your goals as well as using new fitness apps that help share your accomplishments via Social Media.

Smile:

Smile, I can’t stress this enough. If exercise is fun then you’ll be more willing to get started and stay on track. Research has shown that the more fun an activity, the more likely individuals are to participate and keep going. So remember, smile while you’re running or training.

Commit and You Won’t Quit:

If you want to make exercise work, commit to a schedule. Add your workouts/runs to your daily calendar to keep you accountable and motivated to continue with your goal. If you suck at scheduling, hire a trainer to meet once a week, join a community run club, or join a local gym’s fitness class that meets once a week. Finding a way to stay committed will help you along your journey as well as helping you meet your goal. Joining a gym is easy, staying committed isn’t find your committed and start the New Year off strong!

As we head into another year my hope is to get more individuals up and active. To introduce them to things they’ve never tried or are too scared to start. My hope for 2015, is to help individuals achieve something they never thought they could. I look forward to seeing you on the trials!

 

Make This Year The Year!

New Year – Fresh Start!

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, cold runs, tons of food, and previous year reflections. Whether you achieved your 2013 fitness goals or not it’s time to start thinking about 2014. Knowing what you accomplished this year will only help you choose what new accomplishments to shot for in the New Year. Having a new goal set prior to January 1st will help ensure you a successful running year! Let these accomplish help you move forward to bigger accomplishments.

This Year: Never Ran
Next Year: Run Occasionally
If you’re thinking of starting a fit and healthy lifestyle and picking up running start slow. Running is great form of exercise but can be scary at the beginning. Setting weekly goals will not only help break down any running fears you may have but also allow you to see your progress through the months and year. Start small and continue to progress until you reach a level you are happy and satisfied with.

This Year: Run Occasionally
Next Year: Run Regularly
If you already run occasionally but are looking to increase your mileage or speed start running regularly. Become more consistent with your runs by scheduling at least 4-5 runs a week including hill runs, fast runs, and easy runs. These different runs will help improve your endurance as well as continue to keep you motivated.

This Year: Never Ran a Race
Next Year: Run a 5K Race
So you run regularly but you’ve never registered or ran a race?! Start small by registering for your first 5K. Start by asking your local running store which 5K they recommend or if they have any upcoming 5K races. Many local running stores host their own  races throughout the year. If you’re running store does host small races this is a great way to get more involved with the store, run your first race, and start meeting other runners in your community. On race day, remember to line up near the back of the pack on either the right or left side to help with any walk breaks that might be needed. Also, always remember, HAVE FUN!

This Year: Finished Your First Race
Next Year: Run Faster
Now that you’ve ran and completed your first race it’s time to get faster. To get faster you have to run longer while including speed-work. Once again, start off slow with one long run at a good speed once a week. As you continue to improve start incorporating more long runs throughout your week/weekends. Also, this is a great time to start incorporating speed-work into your workouts to help increase your overall speed. Speed-work includes, regular sprints, hill sprints, and intervals. These little things will only help improve your speed throughout time.

Knowing what you learned from the previous year and how you are going to accomplish your new year fitness goal will only lead to your overall fitness success. With the helpful tips above along with a six, nine, or twelve-month plan you can accomplish any running adventure. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.

New Year – Fresh Start!