Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Leg Workout

Leg Workout
  • Box Squats- 8-12 reps for 5 sets
  • D-bell Walking Lunges- Up and down long hallway 4 times
  • Leg Press SUPERSET with Leg Extensions- 8-12 reps for 5 sets
  • Stiff Leg Deadlifts- 8-12 reps for 5 sets
  • D-Bell Leg Curls- 12-20 reps for 4 sets
  • Fitball Lying Leg Curls- 12-20 for 4 sets

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cardio Circut

Lets Do Some Cardio!
Be Intense About It!
  • Step Ups- 1 Minute
  • Jumping Jacks- 30 Seconds
  • Get Ups with no weight- 1 Minute
  • High Knees- 30 Seconds
  • Burpees- 1 Minute
  • Run in Place- 30 Seconds
Repeat 4 times. Double the time and repeat twice more

Friday, November 19, 2010

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper in small bowl. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes; toss to coat.

Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, 45 to 50 minutes more.

Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Just before serving, reheat at 350°F until hot, about 15 minutes.

Per serving: 96 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 5 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 118 mg sodium; 189 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (230% daily value), Vitamin C (15% dv)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lower Body Workout

Lower Body Workout
Chose two exercises for each set, and super set them.
  • Walking Lunges- pick a long hallway and go up and down it 4 times
  • High Knees- 30 seconds for 4 sets
  • Body Weight Squats- 20 reps for 4 sets
  • Single Leg Deadlifts with D-bells- 15 reps for 5 sets
  • Around the World Step Ups- 4 times around the bench for 5 sets
  • Barbell Lunges- 20 reps for 4 sets
  • Sumo Stance Calf Raises- 20 reps for 4 sets
  • Standing Calf Raises- 20 reps for 4 sets
  • Donkey Kickbacks- 25 reps for 4 sets
  • Side Leg Lifts with Fitball- 20 reps for 4 sets
  • Wall Sits as the last exercise- Hold until failure

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Arm Workout


  • Standing Barbell Curl- 12-8 reps for 5 sets
  • Alternating Incline D-Bell Curl- 12-8 reps for 4 sets
  • Alternating D-Bell Preacher Curls- 12-8 reps for 4 sets
  • Cable Curls- 15-12 reps for 5 sets
  • Overhead Extensions- 15-12 reps for 4 sets
  • Skull Crushers- 12-8 reps for 5 sets
  • Tricep Pushdowns- 12-8 reps for 5 sets
  • Tricep Kickbacks- 12-8 reps for 4 sets
  • Reverse Curls- 20-15 reps for 5 sets
  • Barbell Wrist Curls- 20-15 reps for 5 sets
  • Barbell Reverse Wrist Curls- 20-15 for 5 sets

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lower Body Workout

  •  25 Body Weight Squats
  • 3 Total Minutes of Jumping Jacks
  • Step Ups with Calf Raises SUPER SET Lunges with Rear Foot on Bench- 20 each side for 3 sets
  • Straight Leg Deadlifts SUPER SET Close Stance Squats- 20 each side for 3 sets
  • Close Stance Squat Pulses SUPER SET Donkey Kickbacks- 20 each side for 3 sets
  • Fire Hydrant Lifts SUPER SET Lying Adductor Lifts- 20 each side for 3 sets

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chest workout

Lets do some chest today why don't we :)
  • Flat barbell bench- 12-8 reps for 5 sets
  • Incline d-bell press SUPERSET with Flat bench flies- 12-8 reps for 4 sets
  • Chest dips- 50 total reps
  • Decline d-bell press- 12-8reps for 5 sets
  • Push-ups- 75 total

Sunday, November 7, 2010

USATF - News- Congrats Shalane Flanagan!

USATF - News

Flanagan places 2nd in NYC, wins USA title in marathon debut

NEW YORK - In her highly anticipated debut over 26.2 miles, Shalane Flanagan on Sunday turned in the highest place finish by an American woman at the ING New York City Marathon in 20 years, placing second in 2:28:40 and winning the 2010 USA Women's Marathon Championship.
In a race in which competition took precedence over time trials, Flanagan found a race that suited her. The Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist and American record holder at that distance ran with a huge women's lead pack through most of the race, as the average mile pace hovered close to 6:00 for the first 5 km (18:40).
The size of the lead pack, no fewer than 18 women strong when the half marathon was passed in 1:15:52, reflected the wide-open nature of the field. Without the long shadow of world record holder Paula Radcliffe looming over the starting line, athletes such as Flanagan, world half marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya, 2010 road racing "it" girl Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, defending champion Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia and '09 runner-up Ludmila Petrova of Russia all were ready to take their shot at the winner's podium.
The race started to shape up at around the 30k mark as the pace began to quicken, with a split of 1:14:12. Approximately 2 hours into the race, 13 women still remained in the lead pack, but Flanagan and Keitany at that point assumed positions at the front of the group.
Shortly past the 35km marker, at a water stop approximately 2:07 into the race, Flanagan, Keitany and Kiplagat separated themselves from the pack, and at that point the race was on. Flanagan led the three women into Central Park, with Keitany and Kiplagat both looking great on her heels. A 23rd mile passed in 4:58 proved this was no longer a tactical race.
As they approached mile 25, Kiplagat, the 2010 Honda Los Angeles Marathon winner, pulled away with long strides. By the 25th mile she had a 5-second lead over Keitany as Flanagan fell back to third. The American moved into second along Central Park South but Kiplagat extended her lead, crossing the finish line in 2:28:20, 20 seconds up on Flanagan. Keitany, who like Flanagan was making her marathon debut, finished third in 2:29:01, with Inga Abitova of Russia fourth in 2:29:17 and New Zealand's Kim Smith fifth in 2:29:28.
Kiplagat took home $135,000 for the win and $5,000 for breaking 2:29, while Flanagan won $110,000 in prize money: $65,000 as overall runner-up, an additional $40,000 for winning the USA women's title and a $5,000 time bonus for breaking 2:29. Flanagan's performance was the best placing by an American at this race since Kim Jones finished second in 1990 in 2:30:50.
"My team really prepared me for this moment and this stage to seize and opportunity that was out there," Flanagan said. "I stayed calm and collected. I tried to stay with the women for as long as I could. It came down to who had the legs and the heart. I couldn't be more pleased in my first marathon, really.
"Having a win is the ultimate goal. As soon as I finished second, I thought about what I could have done to finish first ... My passion for the marathon is very strong after today."
American Katie McGregor was with the women's lead pack until almost 25 km. The 2010 USA 10-mile and 15 mile champion, she crossed the finish line as the second American, 11th overall in 2:31:01 to place second in the USA Championships and set a personal record. Kathy Newberry was third American and 17th overall in 2:35:23. With her performance, McGregor finished off the 2010 USARC winning the women's overall standings. Antonio Vega won the men's overall standings.
For more information on the USA Running Circuit, visit http://www.usarunningcircuit.com/
Gebrmariam makes it look easy; Haile bows out
The men's field featured perhaps some of the deepest talent of any ever to toe the line in New York and like the women's race featured a tactical, cautious beginning. World record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia was the man to watch, making his first appearance in New York despite a bothersome right knee.
Running as a group, it seemed every runner kept an eye on Haile. A pack of 15 men led the field through the half-way point in 1:05:19 as defending champion Meb Keflezighi led the wear in his USA jersey. The lead pack also contained Americans Dathan Ritzenhein, Jorge Torres and Tim Nelson along with world cross country champion Gebre Gebrmariam in his marathon debut; 2010 Virgin London Marathon runner-up Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya; and two-time NYC champion Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil.
At roughly 16 miles, Gebrselassie abruptly stopped, limping markedly on the Queensboro Bridge. The sudden change in the field's dynamics made for a more intriguing than usual sprint up 1st Avenue.
Normally a time when adrenaline-prone runners surge and patient champions wait, the 1st Avenue stretch in 2010 proved the decisive moment in the race. Mutai, Kwambai and Gebrmariam seized the moment, dropping a 4:26 miles to immediately leave the rest of the field behind, including Keflezighi and Ritzenhein.
Kwambai took over leading duties with Gebrmariam, Mutai and Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco in tow, hitting 17 miles in 1:24:08. By 20 miles, it was Mutai and Gebrmariam clocking 1:38:06, and a two-man race was on. Although both had been striding easily throughout the race, the tall and lanky Ethiopian looked as though he were on a leisurely Sunday stroll through Central Park. When he broke away from Mutai, it was no surprise.
Gebremariam kept on striding to the finish in 2:08:14, followed by Mutai in 2:09:17 and Moses Kipkosgei in 2:10:39. Goumri finished fourth in 2:10:51, while Kwambai fell to fifth in 2:11:31. Keflezighi was top American in 2:11:38, with Ritzenhein eighth in 2:12:33 and Torres 11th in 2:14:57.
"The make-or-break decision was on 1st Avenue," Keflezighi said, "but the gap was so big, that was it for me. I ran a lot of people down. I gave it a shot.
"For the first 15 miles, it (the race) was fine. I felt very comfortable. When Haile, we didn't see him, some guys made a huge move. That was the difference - they wanted to get away from Haile."
In his post-race press conference, Gebrselassie said he was retiring from running. "I never think about retiring," he said. "But for the first time, this is the day. Let me stop and do other work after this. Let me stop and give a chance for the youngsters."
For more on the ING New York City Marathon, visit http://www.nyrr.org/

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lower Body Workout

Lower Body
  • Walking Lunges- 50
  • Weighted Squats SUPERSET with Single Leg Deadlifts- 20 reps for 3 sets
  • High Knees 30seconds for 2 sets SUPERSET with Single Leg Calf Raises 20 reps for 2 sets
  • Sumo Squats- 20 reps for 3 sets
  • Lower Half Lunges- 20 reps for 3 sets
  • Lying Hamstring Curls with Fitball- 20 reps for 4 sets

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Upper Body Workout with Core

Upper Body Workout

  • Triple Bicep Curl*- 15-12 reps for 4 sets
  • 2 Bent Over Rows with 1 Tricep Kickback- 12-8 reps for 5 sets
  • Bent Over Reverse Flies- 20-15 reps for 4 sets
  • Upright Rows- 12-8 reps for 5 sets
  • D-bell Press Superset with Chest Flies on Fitball- 15-12 reps for 4 sets
*Triple Bicep Curl--- Hammer Curl, Regular Curl, Crossover Curl

Core Circut
3 sets to Failure
  • Reverse crunches
  • Romanian twist with bicycle leg
  • V-sits
  • Superman/Wonderwoman

Monday, November 1, 2010

Shoulder Workout

Shoulders are my favorite body parts to workout, Here are some of the things I do to get them sore!

  • Seated d-bell shoulder press- 12-8 reps for 5 sets

  • Upright rows superset with Side lateral raises- 12-8 reps for 4 sets

  • Bent over reverse flies- 15-12 reps for 5 sets

  • Very high rows, wide grip on high cable- 20-15 reps for 4 sets

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart | Eating Well

Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart Eating Well

3/4 cup walnuts
1 1/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme and/or rosemary
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
7 tablespoons ice-cold water
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced red onion
1 cup shredded fontina or Cheddar cheese
1 large egg white mixed with 1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme and/or rosemary

Preheat oven to 425°F.
To prepare crust: Pulse walnuts in a food processor until finely ground. Combine in a large bowl with whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons thyme and/or rosemary, 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Make a well in the center and add 1/2 cup oil and water. Gradually stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to form a soft dough (it will seem wetter than other types of pastry dough). Knead in the bowl just until the dough comes together. Pat it into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 days.
To prepare filling: Combine sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Spread on three-fourths of a large rimmed baking sheet. Toss onion in the bowl with 1 teaspoon oil. Spread evenly on the remaining one-fourth of the baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Reduce temperature to 375°.
Line a work surface with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat, lightly dust with flour and dust the top of the dough with flour. Roll the dough into a rustic 15-inch circle, adding more flour, if necessary, to prevent sticking. Transfer the crust to a baking sheet with the parchment or baking mat in place.
Leaving a 2-inch border, sprinkle cheese evenly over the crust. Make an overlapping ring of the larger sweet potato slices over the cheese, leaving the 2-inch border. Spread the onion slices in another ring closer to the center. Using the rest of the sweet potato slices, make an overlapping circle in the center of the crust (the pattern will look like a bull’s-eye). Pick up the edges of the crust using a spatula and fold over the filling, making pleats in the dough as necessary (it’s okay if the dough cracks a little as you fold it); the filling will not be completely covered. Brush the crust with the egg-white wash. Drizzle the vegetables with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon thyme and/or rosemary.
Bake the tart until lightly browned on the edges, about 50 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the crust (Step 2), wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Cool, cover and refrigerate the baked tart for up to 1 day. Reheat at 350°F for about 20 minutes.
Ingredient Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour has less gluten-forming potential than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure tender baked goods. Find it in the baking section of the supermarket or online at bobsredmill.com and kingarthurflour.com.
Per serving: 309 calories; 18 g fat (4 g sat, 10 g mono); 10 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 332 mg sodium; 177 mg potassium.
2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 1/2 fat
Nutrition Note: Vitamin A (140% daily value).

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken with Pepian Sauce | Eating Well

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken with Pepian Sauce Eating Well

4 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1/4 cup diced onion
4 tablespoons pepitas, (see Tip), divided
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (1˜1 1/4 pounds), trimmed
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
3 teaspoons canola oil, divided canola oil, divided

Place tomatillos, onion, 3 tablespoons pepitas, 2 tablespoons cilantro, garlic, broth and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 3/4 cup, 12 to 15 minutes. The mixture will resemble a thick paste. Remove from the heat and stir in sour cream. Set aside.
Meanwhile, place one piece of chicken at a time between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even 1/4-inch thickness.
Whisk egg white and water in a shallow dish until combined. Whisk cornmeal and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in another shallow dish. Dip each chicken breast in egg white, then dredge in cornmeal, turning to coat evenly.
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 pieces of the chicken until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan, reduce the heat slightly and repeat with the remaining oil and chicken. Serve the chicken with the reserved sauce and garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon pepitas and 1 tablespoon cilantro.
Tips & Notes
Tip: Hulled pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are medium-dark green and have a delicate nutty flavor. They are sold salted, roasted and raw, and can be found in the bulk-foods section of natural-foods stores or Mexican groceries.
Per serving: 315 calories; 14 g fat (3 g sat, 5 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 31 g protein; 2 g fiber; 468 mg sodium; 439 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (27% daily value), Iron (20% dv).
1 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Oven-Fried Chicken

This is something I'll be trying!!

Oven-Fried Chicken Eating Well
  • 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 1/2-3 pounds whole chicken legs, skin removed, trimmed and cut into thighs and drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil cooking spray


  1. Whisk buttermilk, mustard, garlic and hot sauce in a shallow glass dish until well blended. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or for up to 8 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk flour, sesame seeds, paprika, thyme, baking powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place the flour mixture in a paper bag or large sealable plastic bag. Shaking off excess marinade, place one or two pieces of chicken at a time in the bag and shake to coat. Shake off excess flour and place the chicken on the prepared rack. (Discard any leftover flour mixture and marinade.) Spray the chicken pieces with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the chicken until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 40 to 50 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the chicken for up to 8 hours.
  • Tip: No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.


Exchanges: 1/3 starch, 4 very lean protein, 1 1/2 fat

Per serving: 226 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 130 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 34 g protein; 1 g fiber; 258 mg sodium; 400 mg potassium.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

~Todays Lower Body Workout~

Here is a great lower body workout that I did with my class today!
Only takes 30 minutes!!

  • 5 Regular Squats then directly go into 10 Jumping Squats. 2 sets

  • Ski Jacks 30 seconds. 2 sets

  • Stationary Side Lunges ->Superset<- Stationary Front Lunges, 15 repetitions each leg, 2 sets

  • Sumo Squat Pulses (Wide legs with toes pointed out) 1 minute lower pulses, 1 minute upper pulses

  • Close Stance Squats(Feet directly under hips) 25 repetitions, 3 sets

  • Lying Hamstring Curls with fitball -> Superset<- Lying Leg Extensions with fitball. 15 repetitions, 3 sets

  • Lying Side Leg Raises with fitball. 20 repetitions, 3 sets

  • Calf Raises(Forward, Out, In) 30 repetitions each angle

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Benefits of Green Living

Green Living is a very important part of your whole body health! Here are some ways to be green:

• Choosing to use natural-based non-toxic consumable products in your home or office provides a healthier environment for you and those around you; and

• choosing concentrated products in recyclable and reusable containers keeps trash out of landfills; and

• supplementing your diet with appropriate, effective and affordable nutritional products to maintain health and balance in the body; and

• leading by example, impacting the health and wellness of those around you now, and in the future.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Bit About Megan

AFAA certified
My fitness career started when I was 15 years old, working at the family owned gym as a front desk attendant. I didn't know much about the fitness world besides sports I had played when I was younger, and started learning new things on a daily basis. At 17 my mother suggested I start working with one of the trainers who needed practice working with people, and an assistant kick-boxing instructor. This is what sparked my love for fitness. I studied to become an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America certified personal trainer and after a few months, I took the written and practical exams and got my certification. I began training new gym members, and friends to get experience. About a year after I received my certification, I started teaching weight training classes twice a week for upper and lower body.

I love working with people and helping motivate them. Seeing them accomplishing their goals is inspiring. It makes me want to be better, and to help others become the person they aspire to be. I enjoy working with people of all ages and fitness levels. I have trained people with goals from maintaining their fitness level, to competing in physique shows. The challenge of building a program for each individuals goals is exciting. I am constantly researching new types of exercise and ways to incorporate them into training sessions. My goal is to create the best workout experience I can for my clientele."