Beating Austin’s Heat with the Perfect Pool Workout

I’m feeling a little guilty these days. You see, I’ve stepped out on my yoga class. I confess—it’s hard to stay with one workout for an extended period of time. After three years of boxing, I needed a change. My true fitness love, running, has had to morph from road to trail to keep me… Continue reading Beating Austin’s Heat with the Perfect Pool Workout

Working Out in Cherrywood with Dane’s Body Shop

One of the wonderful things about living in my neighborhood is the wide variety of businesses and resources available within walking distance. Mostly, this encompasses restaurants, coffee shops, bars, hospitals (don’t laugh; we’ve already  had to visit the emergency room for stitches), banks, and grocery stores. My personal current favorite? I can walk to the library!… Continue reading Working Out in Cherrywood with Dane’s Body Shop

Why First Workouts are so Damn Scary

Even though I didn’t come to exercise until an adult in my 30s with three kids, I’ve got hundreds of workouts under my belt now. I’ve worked with at least eight different running coaches; I’m not sure how many different swim and triathlon coaches; and let’s not even attempt to catalogue how many trainers and… Continue reading Why First Workouts are so Damn Scary

Making Rainy Days a Workout Motivator

For the last few days in Austin, it’s steadily rained. Yes, I know this is par for the course for those in the Pacific northwest (my friends in Oregon are laughing right now and calling me a wimp), but it is hard to be motivated to haul ass outside in the dark when faced with the… Continue reading Making Rainy Days a Workout Motivator

Leah vs. The Machines (or 4 Strikes at the Gym)

So I didn’t cry in my car; I made it all the way home. The time in the car was more like a period of shell shock. I thought I had my expectations set low. I went to the gym for the first time, expecting to merely go through the motions (no resistance, no pushing,… Continue reading Leah vs. The Machines (or 4 Strikes at the Gym)