We Have a New Look!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend – and if your weather was anything like the GORGEOUS weekend we had here in Northern Virginia, I hope you took advantage of it. I decided that, given the glimmer of hope that a beautiful spring is just around the corner, a nice, long walk was in order after my classes yesterday morning. There are definitely advantages to living in a walking-friendly area!

With the change of the season just around the corner, I found myself inspired for a few changes, as well (not counting the extra blonde I added into my hair a couple weekends ago). Strong-Fit-Beautiful has grown significantly throughout the last year or so, and – as all my fit friends out there know – with growth comes change. That said, this site needed a facelift!

Luckily, I have a bit of a graphic design eye, and since I’ve overtaken these duties at my “real” job in the last several years … meaning all it took was a little creativity, a little time, and a little playing in Photoshop over the weekend to make Strong-Fit-Beautiful a little more beautiful in this, its second year.

Let me know what you think – and if there is anything else you’d like to see. And if you like the header and want me to come up with a little something for your own header in my spare time (wait, do I have that?), just hit up the contact page. Remember, you can always still find me on Twitter @StrongFitSarah and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/strongfitbeautiful, too!

Have a great week, and let’s keep on getting stronger, more fit and even more beautiful together!

Avoid the Dreaded Plateau: Mix it Up!

One of the most crucial factors in a successful workout routine is that of variety. Like anything in life, the more you do something, the better you get at it, the more efficient you become – eventually what was once a challenge is suddenly easy. If you do the exact same exercises every day, week after week, eventually your body will grow bored … meaning you will start burning fewer calories, and stop making progress toward your goals.

I’ll admit to being a person who gets bored easily, so cross training and mixing things up is pretty normal for me. I don’t like to do the repeat any particular exercise or class more than twice a week if I can help it, and I try to adjust my weight routines ever 3-4 weeks (most people can go about 6 weeks before they need a change). As you get more fit, you may find that you’ll need to make modifications even sooner in order to avoid that dreaded plateau.

So, that said … how can you ensure variety in your workouts? The most important part is simply planning ahead, and making a conscious effort to try a number of different activities throughout the week.

For example, this is how my schedule currently looks:

Monday: Weight training, cardio*

Tuesday: Cardio, abs

Wednesday: Instruct two classes – Piloxing, Pilates

Thursday: Weight training, instruct one class – Piloxing

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Weight training, Cardio, abs

Sunday: Instruct two classes – Spinning, Pilates

*Depending on how I’m feeling, I go for 45-60 minutes running, on the elliptical, ArcTrainer or stairmill (a stairmill looks like an escalator with three steps. And it’s HARD.) Also note that sometimes I have to trade days for my off day – meaning I’ll just replace my off day with whatever day I have to miss in the schedule.

Bottom line, do what you like, but mix it up! Variety truly is the spice of life, as they say – and by keeping your body guessing what is coming next, and you’ll continue to see the results you want to see. It’ll have you on the right track to continue getting stronger and more fit!