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sickness, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
I have DVD programs for cardio, strength training, and yoga, and I've relied on these for years. On running days, I wake up and I jog the same trail, albeit different distances, on a regular basis. There are good reasons to avoid the same routines and paths, but I embrace the repetition. Today was a strength day, so I whipped out my barbell set and selected a DVD from my strength program. The workout was surprisingly easy. When I am well, I can finish the hour-long program in an hour.  I compare that to two days ago, when I was in the early stages of recovering from a cold. Fatigued, and probably a little behind on calories, I had to stop every 5-10 minutes for a short break. Tuesday's hour-long workout took more like…
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About those kettlebells…

Temple Building
Nearly two weeks ago, I asked about kettlebells. Folks on Twitter, Facebook and my blog responded, and everyone who did had something good to say. It's fun (men and women). It's a good workout (men and women). It feels more feminine to me (women). Out running errands around that time, I spotted a Pilates studio. Kettlebells practically leapt from their signage, and I smiled at the synchronicity. Once home, a quick search brought me to their website, and a phone call led me to their studio this morning. The studio offers a one-on-one kettlebell fundamentals class. It's designed to get you ready to join their group kettlebell classes, but I wanted some in-person training on technique for at home workouts as well. YouTube told me there are a lot of interesting exercises one can do…
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What about kettlebells?

Temple Building
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="229"] My namesake looking strong and fit.[/caption] I'm thinking about kettlebells. I heard of them long ago, but when I saw videos of folks kettlebell routines, I was never moved nor motivated to try them. A few years have passed and like most things other than liver, I'm reconsidering. I enjoy the building strength aspect of strength training, and although my current barbell based program is fine, and sometimes even fun, I want something new. One of my friends has recently begun kettlebells. What about you? Have you ever tried them? Did you like them? Why, or why not? Leave me a message in the comments...  
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40 miles

Temple Building
[caption id="attachment_3050" align="aligncenter" width="729"] Today I hit my goal of 40 miles.[/caption]   Each month during "running season," I set a mileage goal. Most of the time it's 50 miles, but this August I cut it to 40 so I could add strength training to the mix. Some months it's down to the wire in terms of whether or not I'll hit that magic number. In fact, one month it seemed so unlikely, I pretty much gave up. Last month was another close call. On the very last day of July I ran a personal long of over six miles in order to pull out a victory. That makes 6.36/50/50. Personal long today and goooooaaaaallllll! #runchat #running pic.twitter.com/Yezdv5gR36 — nicole denise (@ndcollier) July 31, 2014 I was very proud of myself, but I'm…
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Today, again, I ran.

Temple Building
And it was a great run, too. I lifted weights yesterday, which means squats among another things. And although my legs started to feel it toward the end of today's 3-miler, I really can tell the difference. I really love the difference. I saw my two regulars today. I'll call Ivan and Dan. I've never spoken to either of them except breathless good mornings or smiles or waves. They are both mustached men. Ivan bikes. Dan runs. Ivan and I often arrive around the same time, which is interesting to me since I don't have an official start time. But time and again, there we are. He pulls up in his Jeep, unloads his bike, straps on his helmet and rides off into the distance as I'm walking up to the start.…
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Welcome back, power.

Temple Building
[caption id="attachment_3026" align="alignleft" width="225"] Greenway creek spotted during a run break.[/caption] I lift weights from time to time. It's not my favorite type of exercise, but I enjoy it enough to give it a go for weeks or months at a time, and the benefits are definitely worth the investment. A few months ago, I retired the weights for a while. It felt more of a drag than a joy and besides, the weather was finally warm enough for running. Like most things that resonate, I knew I'd pick up the barbell again, but I didn't pencil it in my calendar. My runs have been good, but really great. My legs had stamina but lacked power, and I didn't see any improvement in the offing. For me strength is sexy and it…
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Can’t build your temple without laying bricks

Temple Building
Today was a cardio day, but yesterday was weights. I got down. Crushed it today. Really knocked it out. o/ #champion #fitgoddess — nicole means victory (@ndcollier) February 13, 2014 Weight lifting is interesting for me. On the one hand, I love seeing progress. I can lift the weight with less effort as time goes on and see real strength. My muscles get sculpted. I lift and carry heavy groceries in a single bound. On the other hand, it's hard for me to get psyched up to do it. A run in the early morning? No problem. My favorite aerobic workout before sunrise? No sweat. Weightlifting, however, requires some mental gymnastics to get motivated. But yesterday? Crushed. I do a full body workout with a barbell and plates. Ten tracks including warm up, squats,…
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Great arms, nice donk, and other reasons to lift

30 Day Blog Challenge, Temple Building
I wrote about prioritizing fitness for National Women's Health & Fitness Day earlier this month. One commenter, fellow FAMUan Peter McKay, suggested I do some posts focused on strength training. It's something I've done off and on over the years. More on as of late. I'm not the kind of person who enjoys going to the gym use the machines or free weights, but I found a total body barbell-based program that includeds choreographed reps with upbeat music. I believe there are way too many fitness options to force yourself into doing exercises you don't like. The program I found was a perfect fit for me. I'm not an exercise scientist, nor a fitness trainer. I am, however, a few months away from 40 and in pretty decent shape. I lift (in addition to…
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