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The Wine Not Workout

Wine, Pumpkins and the Challenge Hill OH MY!

I have always been active growing up playing a variety of sports i.e. gymnastics, track and field, soccer, and softball as a youth. I continued to try different sports as an adult i.e. hockey, rock climbing, flag football and running. I consider myself adventurous and will try just about anything once. I love working out, doing various cardio workouts and strength training.  As a Honey Stinger Ambassador, I fuel my workouts with Honey Stinger developed nutrition products that are made from real ingredients, which help athletes to optimize their performance.

In my mid 20's I began volunteering with various youth groups teaching softball and soccer. In my late 20's I became the Athletic Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska, where I provide educational training for volunteer coaches and all the behind the scenes to run multiple youth sports, where I oversaw hundreds of Anchorage, AK youths and volunteers while supervising my athletic department staff. In 2006, I earned my EMT-1 certification. I am presently training for my ACE Group Fitness Certification. I continue to volunteer in my community in partnership with Run to Change Lives as a RTCL Ambassador. RTCL is a volunteer based group who's passion is to build the most loved running community focused on Changing Lives Together, with the sole purpose of raising money for charitable organizations.

I am currently the Social Media and Events Manager for Shred415 Castle Rock. At Shred415, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all fitness and we aren’t a cookie cutter workout. Our instructors create their own programs every day, we empower  you to work at your own level and speed so that you can gradually push to your next level. We’ll alternate between treadmill drills and floor work, including strength training and cardio bursts. As a small locally owned business deeply involved  in the Castle rock community our goal is to provide a safe space where you can workout your body and relieve stress to help your emotional well being. Shred415 Castle Rock is more than a workout. We are a community. The most rewarding thing is watching our community grow through the friendships created in the studio. I love my Shred415 family.

Exercise~ 

Tricep Kickback with Squat - Start with your feet slightly wider than your hips, with your toes slightly pointed outward, engage abs, bend knees to lower until your thighs are at least parallel to the ground, as you go down, push your hips back into a squat, not allowing your knees extend beyond your toes, with arms bent at 90- degree angles, and wine bottles on the sides of the chest. Press wine bottles back past hips hugging the side body while working your triceps and return the arms back to 90- degrees with control. Push the body back up to the standing position. Repeat.

Overhead Jumping Jacks - Hold a pumpkin firmly between both hands. Stand straight and hold the pumpkin in front of you at chest level. Jump your legs out to each side while at the same time lifting the turkey up over your head. Bring the turkey down and to your chest again as you jump back in to standing position with your legs together again. Repeat.

Reverse Lunge With Twist - Keep pumpkin at chest height, step backward with one of your feet and drop your body so that your knee lightly touches the floor as you rotate your torso toward your front leg. Reverse the movement by coming out of the lunge and bringing your opposite foot forward so that you are back to the starting position with your torso facing forward. Perform the same movement with the other leg while turning to the other side. Continue to alternate sides.

Russian Twists w Bent Knees - Sit on ground, holding pumpkin at chest with arms bent out to sides. Shift weight onto tailbone, lift legs off floor bending at the knees. Rotate torso toward the left, then back to center. Rotate torso toward the right, then back to center. Repeat. 

Plank - Plant hands on the pumpkin directly under the shoulders stabilizing your body. Extend your legs behind you. Tuck your toes under so that your entire body is lifted up off the ground, supported by your arms and legs. Keeping your core engaged, do not let your hips drop or push your rear up into the air. Make sure that your neck stays in alignment with your spine. Hold the position for as long as possible without compromising your form or breathing.

Mountain Climbers - Begin in plank position with both hands cupping the pumpkin, arms straight and legs long behind you, make sure you feel stable. Hold the body long and tighten abs while pulling one knee in to chest, then out and alternate with the other, all the while keeping your abs engaged and your pelvis tucked under.

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