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How Amber Used Group Training To Prep For The AFF Half-Marathon

Posted by AmFamFit on Nov 8, 2016 1:49:16 PM

One of the biggest challenges of running a half-marathon is getting and staying motivated.

Working out on your own and changing your diet plan alone can make things that much more difficult. 

That's why Amber wanted to utilize different types of group training to keep herself going and stay on track for her first half-marathon. 

What Group Training Has Amber Been Doing?

One of Amber's goals while training for the half-marathon was to shift from doing sprint-centric activities to more long distance activities.

As a long time soccer player, a sport that bridges the gap between activities with short bursts and ones that require long distance strength and endurance, Amber was able to use that experience to start training specifically for the half-marathon.

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How Lenny Dropped 53 Pounds Training For The AFF Half-Marathon

Posted by AmFamFit on Nov 8, 2016 10:05:24 AM

When you decide to do a long distance run, like a half-marathon, for the first time, you usually have one goal in mind:

Being able to finish the race!

With the right training and dedication, you can prepare yourself physically and mentally to accomplish this feat.

But, there are actually other benefits that come from marathon training, too. By setting a goal and working towards it, you set yourself up to eat better, work out more consistently, and find other ways to take care of your body.

Many people who train for marathon running will also get stronger through their upper body and core, they'll notice improvements in short distance speed, and more.

For Lenny, one of the added benefits was weight loss. Lenny started his training at 230 pounds and was able to shed 53 pounds, now weighing in around 177 pounds! The best part is that it was healthy weight loss, achieved through training and clean eating.  

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You Won't Believe What Ira Did While Training For Her First Half-Marathon

Posted by AmFamFit on Nov 4, 2016 8:03:00 AM

Ira McClure Morris has always wanted to push herself and work her way up to a full marathon race. She has also wanted to push herself harder to run in cold weather. 

The upcoming American Family Fitness Half-Marathon set the perfect stage for Ira to accomplish her cold weather goal and to be well on her way to achieving her full marathon goal. 

Ira has used the Runner's World Big Book Of Marathon And Half-Marathon Training to develop and shape her training regimen for the race. She also made adjustments to her work schedule to allow for the training she would need to get in race-day shape!

Everything sounds pretty normal so far, right?

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Why Garrett Won't Be Counting On A "Runner's High" For His 1st Half-Marathon

Posted by AmFamFit on Nov 1, 2016 4:10:55 PM

Most people have heard of the term "runner's high." It refers to a point in a run at which you enter into a cruise control-like state.

The idea is that even though your body is getting tired, it's adjusting to the run and it becomes easier to keep your pace and push onward. 

However, Garrett Morgan of Williamsburg won't be counting on the runner's high to get through his very first half-marathon at the American Family Fitness Half-Marathon because he argues that it's a myth.

Instead of counting on his body to hit autopilot, Garrett insists that "it's all about your mood and the amount of energy that you bring to any given run."

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Topics: Men's fitness, Sports, running

Chris Ran His 1st Half-Marathon On A Dare in 2012. Read Why And How His Training Is Different Today

Posted by AmFamFit on Oct 28, 2016 4:54:02 PM

Not long after Chris graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, he began his career as a certified Personal Trainer with American Family Fitness. Chris's job as a personal trainer to motivate and push people to achieve goals they likely couldn't achieve on their own. 

But, not long into his career as a personal trainer, one of Chris's clients flipped the script on him and dared him to run an upcoming half-marathon. Being competitive and touting himself as someone who lives in the present, Chris accepted the challenge and began training to run his first of three half-marathons he has run to date. The upcoming American Family Fitness Half-Marathon will mark Chris's fourth half-marathon. 

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Topics: Men's fitness, Sports, running

How Jackie, A Mom Of Four, Is Training For Her Second Half-Marathon

Posted by AmFamFit on Oct 24, 2016 4:49:54 PM

Did you say mom of four running a half-marathon? 


That's exactly what Jackie Nunez, Air Force wife, a mother of four kids under the age of nine, and member of American Family Fitness is doing this November. 

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Topics: Women's fitness, Sports, running

The Best Subscription Food Services To Start Eating Healthier

Posted by AmFamFit on Oct 17, 2016 2:27:00 PM

Who doesn't want to eat healthier?

The problem is that eating healthier comes with a rather lengthy list of "shoulds and shouldn'ts" that include cutting out all those already processed or ready-to-heat foods that make your after-work life easier.

The truth, however, is that eating healthier is well worth it...

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Topics: Diets, Weight Loss, Overall Health, Diet

3 Volleyball Drills For A Great Full-Body Workout

Posted by AmFamFit on Oct 10, 2016 12:36:00 PM

To play volleyball, you have to be ready and able to quickly and accurately perform a variety of skills. Strength alone is not enough to keep the volley going–it also requires agility, timing, and endurance. That makes volleyball a great sport to play to stay in shape and keep your reflexes sharp.

Whether you’re just in it for fun or you play competitively, here are five drills to improve your overall abilities and keep the other side of the net from scoring.

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Topics: Men's fitness, Women's fitness, Sports, volleyball

A Surprisingly Easy Abs Workout You Won't Mind Doing Daily

Posted by AmFamFit on Oct 3, 2016 12:03:00 PM

If you've ever studied yoga, you know that studio time is great - but the best teachers remind you to take your practice with you out the door.

In other words, those concentrated moments learning breathing, postures, form and presence are great for honing your skills - but a true yoga practitioner actually lives those tenets as they go about their day-to-day routine.

Abs workouts are no different. We use our abs every single day. When we don't use them correctly, our lower back and other muscles pick up the slack and that's no good. Plus, the way we use our abs will also determine whether or not they hold nice and firm against our core, or whether they pooch out a little further than we'd like.

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Topics: Home workouts, Men's fitness, Quick workouts, Women's fitness, Abs, Core workout

5 Foam Roller Exercises For Common Problem Areas (You're Doing It Wrong)

Posted by AmFamFit on Sep 13, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Whether it was an impulse buy or just something you saw people using at your local gym, foam rollers are very on-trend.

But, unlike most pieces of fad exercise equipment, foam rollers actually work. You can literally use them for head-to-toe wellness, and regular sessions produce many of the same benefits as sports massages.

And although there’s confirmation yet, some studies even show they could reduce the appearance of cellulite. Improved blood flow assists in the removal of toxins from your muscles, so even if it doesn't eradicate all of your minor skin imperfections, it's still a win-win!

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Topics: Home workouts, Men's fitness, Overall Health, Quick workouts, Women's fitness, Sports