The air is getting crisper and the days a bit shorter, but October was a great month because we got an additional week of workouts in! We were able to utilize this month to its fullest potential by having 5 weeks worth of classes - woot woot! Once again we had two spooky hill sessions, Kiersten was live for a week, and Chris, Logan and Bre brought it for their Brave workouts.
This month we applied the mentality of "Be Yourself but Braver" and that helped push us to bring ourselves to new heights. Our brave physical testing this month included burpees, atomic pushups and rows and the improvements we saw were scary good!
Getting on Route 66!
Joining the Fitness Inspired leadership team trend of hopping on Route 66, our amazing FI instructor Chris is now speeding down the highway! His Route 66 is a little more hilly (see what I did there?) but he isn't slowing down anytime soon!
Ourselves, but Braver!
October is the perfect month for the theme of "Being Ourselves but Braver". Kiersten likes to emphasize to "do something that scares you" or to participate in the "FI Scare Dare", so what better way to tackle those concepts but to be Braver? It was a great month to see what limits we could push ourselves to, try something new, and really reach for our maximum potential.
Here are just a few Brave highlights:
-Marcy M improved her burpee total by 50!
-Terri H improved her TRX rows by 84%!
-Marcy M improved her TRX rows by 36%
-Suzy S lost 2 inches in her waist!
-Terri H went down in body fat by 6.8%!
Top Achiever Leaderboard
Weight % Improvement
Fall is officially upon us y'all! September is a great month to get a good routine going with workouts as the weather is starting to get a little cooler (more refreshing of course) and the school year is here so not as many vacations (sad and happy face). A lot was happening this month as Kiersten was able to teach some live classes, we had two hills, and dominated the sand!
With the fresh beginning of September, we brought it back to basics with Fitness Inspired 101. This month's physical testing used that upper body and core as we rocked out a minute of pushups, and saw how long we were able to hold hover/plank. Shaking is a good thing right ;)
Welcome to Route 66!
While we didn't have anyone merge on to Route 66 last month, we had one eager driver eclipse that Milestone this month! Everyone's favorite host and 90's music enthusiast Logan M is now speeding along Route 66!
Magic number 199
With a great number of drivers eclipsing our first milestone of 66 workouts, one Fitness Inspirer has reached the magic number of 199 for the year! Even though she moved away from State College earlier this summer, Katie B has committed to zoom workouts, and online Fitness Inspired workouts to keep her number for the year growing! Not only that, this number will only continue to grow as she starts teaching her own FI classes in Philly!
Living our best Fitness Inspired Life
Fitness Inspired 101 was a great way to get us focused on building foundations for living our best Fitness Inspired Life. We took the homework and physical testing back to their roots and it certainly pushed us. There were great physical testing and measurement feats and here are a couple highlights.
-Cindy E increased her pushup totals in one minute by 30%!
-Becky C increased her pushup totals in one minute by 28%!
-Marcy M, Cindy E, and Terri H increased their plank times by an impressive 50%!
-Jim H lost a combined 4.5 inches!
-Becky C lost a combined 3.5 inches!
-Marcy M lost 2 inches from her hips alone!
Top Achiever Leaderboard
Weight % Improvement
August was certainly a summer road trip theme for everyone as we had some new faces teaching and utilized a little more technology in getting our workouts in! Chris and Bre took some of the reins with their teaching prowess while Kiersten was able to do some live teaching and complement it with some zoom workouts.
For physical testing, we channeled our inner cowboys and cowgirls, creating the ever difficult and fun cowboy pushup and doing everyone's favorite, the gallop laps. The galloping laps were so popular that for post testing, we decided to do 8 additional laps than we pretested for since everyone loved them so much ;) More on that to follow....
Still Room on Route 66
While we didn't have anyone new eclipse the 66 workout milestone, we have more fitness inspirers getting ever closer! Along with this, we even have a couple inspirers close to reaching 199 workouts this year! Keep pushing and keeping riding the workout highs!
Cowboys and girls were working!
We made the road trip all the way to the rodeo and got some work in. As hinted above, we got a little over zealous during post testing and did 8 more laps than we pre-tested for. Let's just say I don't think anyone will be looking to apply for positions at a ranch any time soon as people feeeeellltttt it!
In calculating the changes/improvements for the laps, we had to use a little math. Since the original pre testing numbers were 46% of the laps that were run in post testing, I multiplied the post testing time by 46% to get a time that would apply for 7 laps. Of course, this math does not take in to account the physical tiredness of the additional 8 laps and the potential for slowing you down, so that should definitely be taken in to account when looking at the final time changes. But without further ado, a couple physical testing feats!
-Terri H increased her cowboy pushups by 27%!
-Jen J increased her cowboy pushups by 20%!
-Marcy decreased her gallop lap time by 17%!
-Suzy S decreased her gallop lap time by 11%!
The summer road trip theme was very appropriate for this month as there was a lot of moving around and different experiences in workouts. While there were a lot of moving pieces, there was no question who was top achiever for this month.
This person ranked in the top 2 in each category and was always a strong force. She leaned down even more, losing a couple more pounds and inches off her already athletic and strong frame. Her stamina and speed were also showcased by her gallop time improvements. Without further ado, our Top Achiever for August is Suzy S!
A little less rain this month which means we got to go outside some more which was very refreshing. What was also refreshing was the continued success that Fitness Inspirers had in the month of June. June is the true kickoff to the summer and what better way to get summer started than with great workouts.
Physical testing involved 5 categories for the 611'ers and 3 categories for the Grayswoods group. It was a 50 or fail design and the three that everyone did were Rainbow Abs, Burpees and Wheels, while the two additional categories that the 611'ers did were TRX Rows and Atomic Pushups.
Route 66 getting lots of traffic!
Three more people merged on to Route 66 this month! Congrats to the power couple of Jim and Terri H, and joining them was Cindy R!
Physical Testing feats
As mentioned above, there were many physical testing categories for the month of June. The biggest concept of these exercises was to achieve 50 reps or fail, and Inspirers this month really pushed themselves.
-Marcy M increased her burpees by 100%!
-Jim H increased his burpees by 100%!
-Cindy E increased her rainbow abs by 100%!
The following Fitness Inspirers achieved 50 reps in Rainbow Abs, Burpees and wheels:
Suzy S had the crazy accomplishment of not only getting 50 reps in in Rainbow Abs, Burpees and wheels, but also doing so with Atomic Pushups and TRX Rows!
Top Achiever Leaderboard
What was fun and exciting to see this month with the Top Achiever leader board was that so many different people made the top 3 in at least one category. That shows that everyone is going the extra mile by putting in great work to achieve great results
Weight % improvement
Holy May! In between all the rain, May was an incredible month as it was Rocky training camp time! Rocky is a fun team approach to boot camp which always brings great camaraderie, and of course, great results.
Physical testing this month was a combination of individual improvement, focusing on rocky abs and a challenging chin up hold, as well as a team component (for our grays woods group) working with a team relay.
Thank you for lifting each other up and cheering each other on every step of the way! I am so proud of the progress I see in you from month to month. I hope the progress in mindset, physical challenges, adherence, and measurements motivates you as it does me.