rachel cosgrove

July 9, 2012

Time to work harder

On Friday, I was lucky enough to have the day off from work, and my boyfriend had taken it off too. I decided to splurge on a guest pass to his building’s roof deck – which meant not only could we relax and sun ourselves all morning, but I also had access to his gym. I’ve already impressed him a few times with my weird ability to run a marathon and be fine immediately thereafter; now it was time to impress him with my bionic weightlifting skills! Or… not. I’ve gotten very used to having limited gym equipment, so the …

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June 12, 2012

Pushing it to succeed

Last week, because of my travel schedule and limited access to gyms, I could only do two of the three days of Rachel Cosgrove’s Base Phase. That’s fine – there only two workouts anyway, so you’re supposed to alternate A/B/A with B/A/B; I did A/B last week and will likely only do A/B again this week, in preparation for my marathon on Saturday. There are now a whole bunch of us that are going to do the Rachel Cosgrove plan at the same time (anyone else want in??), so I’ll just keep doing Base Phase until everyone is caught up! …

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June 6, 2012

No longer trapped, just trap(ezius)ed out

I think it’s kind of funny that this week I’ve been complaining about feeling trapped – and now my traps are incredibly sore from the workout I did to relieve that stress. Sorry, I’m a word geek like that. After my Monday meltdown, I spent yesterday getting back on track – and that included going back to Rachel Cosgrove’s Female Body Breakthrough. I talked a big game yesterday about how maybe I was too advanced to do the Base Phase again – while I haven’t been doing the Cosgrove program lately, I’ve still considered lifting to be a good substitute, …

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June 5, 2012

Balanced on the ledge of crazy

Last night, I had a little bit of a meltdown. Mondays are always pretty tough on me. I have to be up at 4:45am ET to catch my flight – but since the flight is at 6:15am, which is a fairly normal waking time, I’m usually pretty awake by the time I actually board. So I spend the flight working and then arrive in Dallas around 9:30am and head to the office to start my day. (Yes, start my day after I’ve already been up for 5 hours.) By the time 6:30pm CT rolls around and I’m starting to wrap …

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May 9, 2012

New workout: Chalene Johnson’s "Push"

Several years ago, I stumbled across Charlotte’s blog, The Great Fitness Experiment, and I was totally hooked. A new workout every month? Tracking stats to see what was most effective? So cool, especially since I could just follow Charlotte and the Gym Buddies vicariously and learn from their mistakes. I fell in love with Rachel Cosgrove’s Female Body Breakthrough, which first introduced me to the concept of lifting heavy, and it completely changed how I viewed workouts. This was the first time I really got into weight training vs my typical cardio, and I think it’s really paid off in …

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