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The Ultimate Fitness Challenge Song: Bring Sally Up!

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve all had fabulous weeks and are ready for FRIDAY! I started a new job this week, and so far I’m loving my school and fellow teachers :) Being surrounded by enthusiastic teachers who choose to work in a challenging environment and constantly talk about how they love what they do is so inspiring! I am so ready for Monday!

“Teacher Tired”

There is, however, one small negative aspect of this otherwise wonderful week. Fatigue. There’s a certain “teacher tired” feeling that comes with the first few weeks of school…and every year I forget about it before it comes roaring back in August.

In the midst of the new job adventures, I’m also training for a half-marathon on September 12th. Skipping workouts is not an option…but I still skipped a run and a cross-training workout anyway. I’m just so tired! I need to get it together, be an adult, and go to bed on time!

I also need to squeeze in those strength workouts that are so important for well-rounded fitness. When there’s no time (and little energy) to devote to a full workout, I do a couple of quick fitness challenge videos on YouTube. Recently, I’ve noticed a particular song, Bring Sally Up, lends itself to some tough ones!

“Bring Sally Up” Fitness Challenge


I’ve done this one a couple of times. I can make it to 1:15 before I have to drop down from regular push ups to assissted. This one’s tough!


Today, I completed this one right after doing the push up challenge. My arms were burning! In the middle of the video, I gave the up/downs a rest and started doing plank twists instead. But I made it through 2 minutes of the video in plank position!

And last but not least,


I haven’t tried this one yet. I’m pretty certain I can finish this one, but I’ll report back after I’ve actually completed it :)

Before I go, let me leave you with this fantastic link! I had the opportunity to write a guest post at CarrieElle.com! I wrote about the body positivity I’ve seen this past summer. Click here to read it! Thank you to Carrie Elle for the opportunity!

Question: What’s your favorite fitness video, YouTube or otherwise?

HIIT Circuit – Whole Body Burnout!

Today was a very special Monday…it’s my last Monday of the school year! My students have two weeks left, and next Monday we’re off for Memorial Day. The end is in sight :) With the school year quickly winding down, I’m getting ready to say goodbye to coworkers, students, and the parts of Houston that I will miss.

One thing that I’ve found here in Houston that I have yet to find an equivalent in Atlanta is boot camp. Sure, there are boot camps everywhere, but I don’t want a “30 Day Tone Up” or “6 Weeks to Your Better Body” class. I want to find a company (like Hit Fit in Houston) that has year-round classes and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. (Who are these people paying over $100 a month to workout outdoors with minimal equipment? That’s too much!)

Hit Fit has challenging and effective HIIT circuits that workout EVERYTHING. I’ve gotten a lot stronger this year, and I really don’t want to say goodbye! I’m on the lookout for a new gym or fitness class in Decatur, GA, so if you know of one with great classes, let me know :)

HIIT Circuit – Whole Body Burnout!

Last week it rained a lot around the city. Every time I scheduled a boot camp class, the rain resulted in cancellation. So on Friday morning, when classes were cancelled for the fourth time, I decided to come up with my own HIIT circuit!

I put a lot of thought into this workout. It’s always easier to push yourself when there’s a trainer and other class members watching, so I was quite proud of myself for creating a HIIT circuit that was as tough as the trainer’s! Here it is:

hiit circuit. whole body burnout

Links for unfamiliar exercises in the hiit circiut:
Walkouts w/ push up
Twisting Planks
Leg Raise w/ hip hop (notice his raised hips at the end of the move)
Pike Push Ups
Russian Bikes
Forward Squat Jumps
Lunge w/ hops
Single Leg Dead Lifts

*To make this workout easier, lessen the amount of reps for each exercise. Just keep moving!

This workout took me about 45 minutes to complete, warm up and short breaks included. Give it a try and let me know how it goes :) For more workouts like this one, visit my Workouts page!

Question: What was great about your Monday?

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Fun Workout Session After a Trying Day

I had a trying day. The students I work with struggle to trust adults , and at the moment they find me untrustworthy. It makes sense. They don’t know me. I came into the school in the middle of September. They think I’m replacing their current teacher, which isn’t true.

The situation really bums me out, for lack of a better phrase, because I feel like the effort I’ve put into being an effective and trustworthy teacher for the past three years is of no use. I feel like a student-teacher starting all over again. It’s incredibly uncomfortable.

However, I know I’m in a fantastic school and the experience is irreplaceable. I know I’m becoming a better teacher and learning a lot of new skills and strategies. Things will get better, eventually. I’m sticking my Autumn Resolutions I posted about earlier….I’m going to smile and be more patient and keep learning.

But I was still bummed out when I got home this afternoon. It was also really hot outside (where did the half-decent weather go?) so I was not in the mood to workout. Skipping today’s workout session would mean skipping two days in a row, which I generally try to avoid, so I came up with a creative(ish) solution. I managed to throw a few oddball things together and create a workout session that was mostly just plain goofy, but it had two challenging elements as well.

100 Challenge Workout Session

It’s about time that I do another round of The Hundred Fitness Challenge I blogged about a few weeks ago. Today, I did a set of 100 push ups hoping to improve my completion time. But I didn’t want to dive right in without getting warmed up….so I did three “Shake It Off” Zumba routines. Yes, three. Like I said, I was bummed out and this song made me feel ten times better!

I completed three…yes, three…Taylor Swift Zumba workout sessions before moving on to more challenging exercises. I looked absolutely ridiculous, but that’s why I used youtube videos in the privacy of my own apartment :)

Next, I completed 100 push ups. The time to beat was 4:43, and this time around I completed them in 4:28! Baby steps! I can get the first 50 out in no time. The second 25 take about a minute to complete. The last 25 take forever! I’m hoping that they become more evenly timed as I improve.

I cooled down from the 100 push ups with – yes – another dance video. I really wanted to get out of my funk. I opted out of a fourth T.Swift  video (there are SO many Shake It Off Zumba routines!) and instead went for Boom Boom Pow.

NEXT I looked for a quick squat workout video that went with a specific song. I was really feeling the “top hits” kind of music this afternoon :) I found this video to “Scream and Shout” and my quads were burning when I was done!

And I wish I could tell you I was done at this point, but I looked up a few more “dance workout” videos to cool down.

I felt pretty silly, but I had a blast! My arms and legs are tired from push ups and squats, and I burned a few extra calories dancing like a fool, so it certainly wasn’t a waste of time :) I’m generally not a fan of Zumba. Honestly, I think it isn’t a great fitness endeavor…it’s not an efficient way to spend an hour at the gym. BUT when you’re having a bad day and you just want to move forward and put yourself in a better mood, dancing along with these youtube videos (and throwing in some push ups and squats in between) might be just the thing to turn your day around :)

I wanted to keep up my cheery mood, so I put on Disney Pandora and jammed out to Tarzan, Lion King, Mulan, and Aladdin music while I cooked dinner.

 So my day ended on a positive note. Tomorrow I’ll keep working on those Autumn Resolutions and hopefully have a better work day!

Question: What do you do to turn your day around?

Good night!