Once a Fan, Always a Fan

I’m baaaaack! Did you miss me?

Well, dry your tears my friends. I’ve promised myself to get back in the blogging groove so to start things off again on the right foot, I’m going to share two of my favorite things with you – Football and Fitness!

Although it’s only May, the recent NFL draft has me in the mood for a little football in my life; specifically St. Louis RAMS football!  I love everything about game days, even in my cheerleading after-life…..whether I am watching from the comfort of my own home or cheering with a crowd of 60,000 people, it doesn’t get much better than football Sunday. 🙂  Once a fan, always a fan.

RamsWhat? Too much?

When I heard that the St. Louis Rams created the Lady Rams membership program, I jumped at the opportunity to join! Combining 3 of my favorite things- football, fitness and fashion? Winning.

Lady Rams Logo

For a $35 Annual Membership Fee, you get exclusive access to Rams events, the opportunity to mingle with players, cheerleaders (<– my personal fav, obviously) 😉 , personnel, merchandise, gifts and more!

Here’s what the membership includes:

  • Lady Rams t-shirt (<– to complete your Game Day wardrobe, perhaps?)
  • Membership packet
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Monthly drawings for autographed items, tickets, special experiences, etc. (<– I mean, who doesn’t love prizes?)
  • And the best part – Exclusive invitations to special Lady Rams-only events

All of that for $35?  Believe it!  If you are a female and you love football, you still have time to sign up!

There are 3 events coming up in St. Louis that you don’t want to miss:

Lady Rams Launch Event

When: June 12th

This event will be held at Ballpark Village and includes Complimentary food and beverage, along with the opportunity to meet Rams personnel and get to know other Lady Rams members. (Since we all share the same love of football, fitness and fashion, I have a feeling we will be fast friends) 🙂

Ladies Night at Training Camp

When: July (exact date TBD)

You will get an up-close look at the 2014 team at this private event.  If you haven’t been to an NFL training camp before, I would highly recommend it!  It’s a rare chance to see the players in their element, that up-close and personal.  Plus, all of the anticipation for the upcoming season makes for a really exciting atmosphere!

Girls Night Out

When: September (exact date TBD)

GNO. Enough said.  This event will be complete with food, drinks, a fashion show and guest appearances throughout the night…any guesses?

I also want to mention that a portion of the proceeds from the membership fees will benefit local St. Louis charities.  One of the many reasons why I am so proud to have been involved with the Rams, and continue to do so.  The organization is incredibly community-oriented and is constantly doing anything and everything they can to give back to the city and it’s fans.

You can find more information on the Lady Rams and sign up for your own membership here: http://www.stlouisrams.com/fans/ladyrams.html

If you want to stay connected with the Lady Rams, join us on social media:

Now, in the spirit of football and fitness (are you sensing a theme here?) I’ve created a workout you can do while watching the game on t.v.  I know, I know, football season is still months away but you can keep this one on the back burner, or even modify it to be 10 rounds of 10 until Sundays in the fall.  That will do the trick!

Football-Fitness WorkoutOk, now go on and get yourself a Lady Rams membership! 🙂

Have a great weekend!

 

The St. Louis Rams invited me to preview Lady Rams and provided me with a complimentary membership. 

Ladder Workout and Whole30 Snack

Sometimes when I go to the gym, all I want to do is put my brain on auto-pilot and get in and get out.  A good workout doesn’t always have to be multiple rounds of multiple reps and…wait am I on round 3 or round 4? Was this exercise supposed to be 30 seconds or 1 minute?  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good, intense workout but sometimes it’s nice to put together a short and sweet plan and get ‘er done.

Here’s a ladder workout that requires little to no equipment.  This can easily be done at home, just use a (sturdy!) chair for the box jumps and warm up by doing high knees, running your stairs, “fake” jump roping, etc.

Bodyweight Ladder WorkoutThe Easter egg theme was totally unintentional.  I think it’s my subconscious talking? #comeonspring

I know I’m making this the most random post ever, but I also wanted to share a fun appetizer recipe that is Whole30/Paleo approved! During the Whole30 challenge, Matt and I made it a point not to go out for dinner/drinks because…well, what’s the point?  If anything, the challenge certainly saved us a lot of money!  We did end up spontaneously having a few friends over one night and I was determined to whip up a few snacks that I could eat AND my guests would enjoy….also so I wasn’t a huge hostess-fail. These bacon wrapped dates are good any time, anywhere. Challenge or no challenge.  I mean, who doesn’t love bacon?

DSC02020Bacon Wrapped Dates

Cook bacon in a skillet until halfway done, then wrap around a date (pitted!) and secure with a toothpick. Bake at 350 until bacon is cooked through.  Frying the bacon before baking makes it a little crispier in the end.  I also only used about a half a piece of bacon per date, but it really depends on the ratio you prefer.

 

That’s all for today!  Make it a great one!

Snow Day Workout

Is it spring yet?! Snow, you’re pretty and all, but we all know beauty is only skin deep. It’s really not all it’s cracked up to be unless you’re 10 years old and get a day off to go sledding.

Sorry for the Instagram tease last week. I fully intended on posting this workout on Friday but my camera had other plans. I decided to video tape the exercises to go along with the workout instead of photos, or nothing at all. I figured it would be much easier to understand the moves this way. For some reason my camera and computer were not getting along and I had to resort to plan B. My husband was nice enough to tape everything again on Sunday night. God love ya, babe. 🙂

I will say one positive thing about all of this snow is that it has forced me to get a little creative and create workouts that challenge me at home, without access to my usual equipment. It’s good to switch it up!

Snow Day Tabata

I’ll apologize in advance for my awkwardness. I’ll get the hang of it eventually but for now you are left with these semi-embarrassing videos. I will preface this by saying that I filmed these after a tough leg workout, so my form isn’t perfect and you can tell my body is a little tired. 🙂

Sumo Squat Jumps (super awkward zombie face in the beginning…I swear I have a personality, must have left it at the gym today)

Lunge w/ Front Kick

180 Degree Burpees

V-Ups

Walk-Out Push-Ups

Jumping Lunges

Plank Spiderman Squats

Bicycle Crunches

Plank Jumping Jacks

Side to Side Burpees

180 Degree Squat Jumps

Plank Push-Ups

Enjoy! 

So Much Snoozing, So Little Time…

A trainer once told me…

10 Minutes

I think I need to reintroduce that mantra into my life.

Backing up to Wednesday morning…

5:15 – Alarm sounds. Immediate snooze. Pretty sure I didn’t even open my eyes.

5:25 – Alarm sounds. Alarm off. One eye open this time.

6:00 – Both eyes open…CRAP!

Fast forward 15 minutes and I’m at the gym, with 30 minutes to get in and get out. I hadn’t put together a workout in advance (whoops) and I wasn’t really in the mood to do a multi-circuit, detailed workout, so I warmed up for 10 minutes on the bike and then decided to combine some of my favorite exercises into one workout and just go-big-or-go-home for 20 minutes straight. Here’s what it looked like!

20 Minute AMRAP

Between the kettlebell swings and split box jumps, my inner thighs were pretty sore for a couple days afterwards so mission = accomplished!

(For those of you who aren’t familiar, for Split Box Jumps, instead of starting with the box in front of you, start with one foot on the floor on each side of the box then jump up onto the box so your feet meet in the middle.)

I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

30 Minute At-Home Workout

It’s no secret that I definitely prefer a 5AM workout over a 5PM workout but don’t be fooled, that doesn’t mean that I pop out of bed like kid on Christmas morning every day. Some mornings are easier than others and earlier this week, I hit the snooze one too many times. Ok, so I actually turned it off in my sleep. Obviously, that was my body telling my sleep > the gym. I took the hint and didn’t let it stress me out that my morning didn’t go as planned. I actually woke up with 30 minutes to spare; not enough time to get to the gym but I decided I wanted to take advantage of it and put together a quick tabata workout- no equipment needed. It was just enough to get a little sweat on and feel like the morning wasn’t a total waste. Every little bit counts!

At Home Tabata

Not only is this workout good for my fellow snooze-ers but if you also live in what feels like the arctic tundra right now, you have an excuse not to leave the comfort of your own home. 😉

Happy Weekend!!!!

“The Bachelor” Workout

Greetings from snowy St. Louis!  We got over 10 inches yesterday and are still trying to dig ourselves out. The high temp today is zero degrees. Ok, ok Mother Nature, we get it.  Winter is HERE! Maybe it’s time to channel my inner 5 year old and bust out the sled…

On a completely separate note…are there any other Bachelor lovers out there??  Tonight marks the first episode of the new season, featuring Juan Pablo and I’m pretty excited.  I haven’t missed a season yet, so why start now?  I’m a sucker for reality tv- cheesy or not. In honor of the new season starting, I created a workout you can do while you watch!  I figure, if I’m going to be sitting around rotting my brain, I might as well make an effort with my body. 😉  This probably won’t be a super high intensity workout but you will at least get your heart rate up and who knows, if it’s a cry-fest on night one your body might feel it!

Bachelor Workout

 

Have a great week!