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.


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,

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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, 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’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! January 1st is the time that millions of individuals start fresh, dream big, set goals, or continue to improve themselves from the previous year. It’s great to set a goal: After all according to research those who make New Year resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goal than those who don’t. With that said you can’t hit your goal if you don’t have one. Dreaming isn’t enough anymore, you have to lay out the steps on how you are going to hit your goal and not allow procrastination to slip back into 2014.

As you begin your New Year’s resolution remember, don’t try to make to many major changes at once. Instead try working on three small changes each month and allow your success to build. Below you will find 8 helpful tips to help you along your fitness journey.

  1. Why
    If you don’t know the WHY behind the WHAT you’ll fail every time. Why is your purpose – to help you meet and exceed your fitness goals while keeping you on track while motivating you through any temptations.
  2. Learn
    So you messed up, missed a workout, or ate something bad?! So what, learn from these mistakes and move forward. If you never learn from these mistakes you will never grow as an individual and you will continue to allow set-backs and temptations ruin your fitness goals.
  3. Publicize
    Share your accomplishments with your family, friends and Social Media networks. Publicly announcing your accomplishments will help keep you accountable while allowing family and friends to continue to encourage you. Hell, you might even get a few individuals to join you……
  4. Share
    Workouts are more fun shared. By sharing your accomplishments to your family and friends you may get a few individuals to join you. Research shows that we are more likely to succeed with the help of others while sharing our accomplishments with each other. Continue to share your accomplishments in hopes of gaining a workout buddy!
  5. Sleep
    So you’ve got your diet and workout down but you still aren’t seeing results? Just as much as diet and exercise is key to any training program, sleep is just as important. Research shows that individuals should get between 8-10 hours of deep sleep to help with recovery and stress. Diet + Exercise + Sleep = Results!
  6. Results
    You didn’t get to your current situation overnight so don’t expect results to happen overnight. Diet, exercise and strength require skills which takes intention, intelligence, and patience. Stick to your plan and stay motivated. Getting started is always the hardest step.
  7. Fat
    Fact, fat does not make you fat, sugar does! We need “healthy” fats to allow our bodies to function. Many “healthy” fats include: grass feed, pasteurized and wild caught animals along with vegetables like avocados and coconuts. Try including more of these “healthy” fats into your diet. Sugar on the other hand only raises our insulin which then allows our body to store fat. Help cut your fat storage by reducing your sugar intake each day.
  8. Exercise
    The best type of exercise is the one that you enjoy while getting the results. Today there are many great ways to get exercise; dance, spin, boot camp, CrossFit, running, etc. Find your nitch and enjoy it. If it doesn’t work for you try something different until you find what makes you happy while getting the best results.

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New Year’s Resolutions