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    My Favorite Gym Accessories

    As we approach the new year, I’m on the hunt for a new gym bag. My favorite purple Adidas bag I snagged on eBay few years ago is hitting the bricks. I’m looking for a bag that’s slightly larger than what I have now to better accommodate my clothes and collection of gym accessories I’ve built over the years. Gym accessories are not required for success, but I do have some favorites that I rely on for nearly every workout! If you have a gym membership, then your facility should be providing the majority of what you need to get a workout in. However, sometimes you may prefer having your…

  • At Home Quad Circuit
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    At-Home Quad Circuit

    Ah, summer. You keep me so busy. I love summer and truly appreciate all that it offers given Minnesota’s polarizing seasons. But that doesn’t make my schedule during summer any less crazy. August has especially been very busy with summer coming to a closed, preparing for a vacation, and having a huge project at work I’ve had to be creative with some of my workouts. I started doing an at-home cardio circuit a few months back when Minnesota’s spring was teasing us and I’ve stuck with it pretty consistently. Now I’m getting creative with my lifts, including this at-home quad circuit, so I can make the most of the time.…

  • My Favorite Athletic Clothes
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    My Favorite Athletic Clothes

    I’ve been overhauling my athletic clothes and I think I’m finally at a good place! Going to the gym shouldn’t be a fashion show, but sometimes a good outfit makes the workout that much better. Plus it’s a confidence boost! When it comes to athletic clothes, I’ll admit that I don’t like to spend a ton of money. I definitely want the clothes to have quality and fit well, but at the end of the day I’m going to sweat and be rough in these clothes. Because that’s sometimes my mentality when shopping for workout clothes, it’s taken me a while to get to where I can grab any outfit…

  • At-Home HIIT Circuit
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    At-Home HIIT Circuit

    Recently, my knee had a flare up and I haven’t been able to do much cardio as I’d like. Since summer is on the way, I’m maintaining which usually includes at least one cardio session per week. If you’re new around here, you can read about my knee troubles here. After four weeks, I’m able to do squats and dead lifts again, but cardio stills tends irritate my knee because of the repetitive motion. I decided to get a little creative this past week and put together this at-home HIIT circuit I can easily do in my living room and that wouldn’t bother my knee. I also wanted a workout…

  • Foods I Used to Hate That I Now Love Feature
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    Foods I Used to Hate That I Now Love

    Surprisingly, I was not one of those kids that avoided their vegetables like the plague. I loved broccoli and peas when I was growing up, asking for them with my dinner. Apparently, I also ate salads at a young age which I distinctly remember topping with Italian dressing. I didn’t love all vegetables equally and until just recently, I wouldn’t touch some of them. Then there were foods that I gave up for the better part of my teenage years and early twenties, that are staples for my recipes. Isn’t it crazy how we continue to change and grow no matter where we are in life?  I think it’s quite beautiful…