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September Events & Deals

3 Sep

blog 5 photosI love September because it always feel like I am back in school and I feel motivated to do more and achieve more. With 4 months left in the year, there is still plenty of time to crate changes that will make a difference. Today I’d like to provide you with a ton of ways to finish off 2014 living the life of your dreams!

Monday I competed in the Team Crossfit Series on Team Crossfit North Vienna Spartans. This is by far my FAVORITE CrossFit box and the coaches are awesome so if you are ready to try something new, come any Saturday and try an introductory workout. I’ll be hosting a Crossfit for Runners workout there at the beginning of October as well. I would have never thought I’d be competing in a sport that I just started and YES, I loved every minute of it! The address of CrossFit North Vienna is 434 Mill St NE, Vienna, VA.

Runs on Mondays, every Monday we run at 6pm at the Ice Breaker store in Bethesda, Maryland. It’s a great group with 3-7 mile options. Sign up on Meetup at

I LOVE obstacle racing and Spartan races are my favorite. I did 2 Spartan races last month and will be doing the NJ Super Spartan this Sunday and the Philly Spartan Sprint on Sept.20th. Want to do a Spartan Race? Here is a special discount code: SPARTANBLOGGER

Interested in doing any other obstacle races this year? Tomorrow’s blog will have discount codes for many of the races and training information. Be sure to check it out! Even better, you can win a free Spartan getaway by entering here

I’ve made changes to my food plan so that I can perform better and get leaner and I am loving They deliver fresh meals each week that are delicious and nutritious. I have a discount code for you. It’s MAD10 which will give you 10% off your first order. Their bars are the BEST BAR EVER and yeah, that’s what they are called. Want to taste them? Come to one of my fitness events and I’ll be sampling them there. They are YUMMY, fresh, and can be delivered to your home. It doesn’t get better than that!

Want some extra motivation? Come workout with me at one of the events below:

*Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm, Circuit Class at the Reebok Fithub

Saturday, September 13th at 10:00 am, 5 Mile Training Run & Private Shopping Event for for Fall Running at Reebok Fithub

Thursday September 25th at 7:00pm at Equinox, Functional Fitness Training to challenge your core and improve your running performance in Tyson’s Corner, Vienna, VA

Feel your best and look your best with some fresh new gear! See my favorites and get the best deals at

Would love to see you achieve your goals this year! Join me for the fun and get outside your comfort zone!

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline Dolente

Preparation for the Boston Marathon

15 Apr

Tomorrow, Monday April 16th, thousands of runners will be running the Boston marathonBoston is the Mac Daddy of all marathons and one of the hardest to qualify for.  I am so proud of all of you who qualified!   In your honor, I wanted to share some tips that helped make my marathon enjoyable! 

Last month I ran the New Orleans Rock & Roll marathon.  I train year round and I will say that the training is everything.  The marathon is just the icing on the cake, but its really the long weekend runs that matter.  In fact, it’s the journey that shapes your life so I cannot say enough about consistency in training.  That being said, it is very important to be prepared the morning of the marathon so I wanted to share with you my tips at 5am on March 2nd, thirty minutes before my friends and I were leaving to run 26.2 miles.

Using the tips, I had a great marathon.  The only other thing I would highly recommend is making sure you use the bathroom before the start.  My friend and I both stopped to go to the bathroom and it added several minutes to our time.  So go ahead, watch the tips I have used for the last 50 marathons and half marathons, and let me know if there is anything that works well for you! 

It is going to be hot tomorrow so drink plenty of water!  I wish all the Boston marathoners A LOT of luck, so go out and have fun!  Make this a wonderful experience!

Heading out for a run myself!

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline Dolente

Getting Outside the Comfort Zone

12 Apr

Life is easy when you live in the comfort zone, but what would you do today if you knew you wouldn’t fail?  I’m sure a whole list of things come to mind.  Perhaps you could start your own company, go skydiving, scuba in Australia, or mabye even fall in love. 

It’s the risks that make us uneasy and can scare us. 

Risks are scary because there isn’t any guarantee we will succeed, but without taking risks, how do you find out what you are capable of?  When we get outside our comfort zone we learn more about ourselves and become stronger individuals.  It can be scary but it is the most wonderful feeling when you succeed.

This past weekend I taught a cycle class at Zengofitness.  Afterwards I went mountain biking with my friend.  I hadn’t been mountain biking in ten years.  In fact, my bike was so old, I had to get a new one.  I didn’t know if I would succeed.  I didn’t know if I’d be able to jump the logs, and I could have easily gotten hurt, what if I couldn’t keep up?  However, I am not the person who lets fears prevent me from doing something.

Saturday I got on my new mountain bike and followed my friends to the trail.  I flew past the trees down the dirt path, through a stream, and up a hill.  I caught a glimpse of the sun shining through the trees, and I thought to myself, “I am so lucky to be here and there is no where else I’d rather be!”

Now I did fall climbing one of the hills, and at one point my chain came off, but it made the adventure all that more fun.  Getting out into nature and challenging myself to give more, be more, and live more is how I hope to live every day.  Below is a picture of me after the ride. 

What is one risk you can take today that will bring you closer to the life you dream of?

Share your adventure with me, comment to this blog….

Be sure to check out tomorrow’s blog for some more great Life Coaching tips….

In Health and Happiness,


Core Training

2 Apr

Over the last several years, there has been an influx of Core classes, Core exercises, and articles in every magazine about strengthening the core.  Core training is important for improving your strength, flexibility, as well as decreasing your risk for injury.  Core exercises will help you improve your game and nothing is hotter than tight abs so check out my video below for the AB runner.  Do 15 repetitions on each leg for 3 sets when you wake up or before you go to bed!  After you do it, send me your comments!

Song of the Day:  Give Me Everything Tonight by Pitbull

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In Health and Happiness,


What impression do you leave?

23 Mar

In a society where we’ve become so consumed with looking like Hollywood, when you meet someone that stands out for who they are and how they make you feel, rather than their looks, it leaves a lasting impression.  That’s why I’ve dedicated this blog to Jesse and my spin class.

Jesse Hartle first came to my spinning class at 6am one Thursday morning at the DAC Merritt Athletic Club.  I didn’t realize he was blind until I saw his walking stick.  This was his first spinning class so I prepared him for the torture, but I told him he was here to work hard and have fun.  He had a huge smile on his face and his excitement was contagious.  The class challenged Jesse, but his determination was much greater than his fears.  At the end of class, I asked him if he would be back, and soon after Jesse became a regular.  He was there almost every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6am!  Every class he became better and I remember looking at him one time as he was standing, thinking that his form was amazing (REALLY AMAZING).

The thing about Jessie is that he didn’t make excuses, he didn’t use his blindness to avoid the hill.  He wanted the challenge and never backed down, because as the theme of the class has bcome, “if it doens’t kill you, it makes you stronger”.  He even entered physical fitness contests at work, and worked on choosing healthier options while traveling.  He inspired me and the spinners in the class.

This class is very unique in that there are people with all different backgrounds, fitness levels, and goals, but what makes it so special is the group dynamic.  We celebrate each other’s birthdays with a 90 minute spin class.  We share stories and the group not only takes an interest in each other, but they truly care.  

When I found out Jessie had been hit by a car when he was walking home from work, I was very upset and so was the class.  We don’t know if the driver who hit Jessie was texting, talking on the phone, or eating pizza, but they weren’t paying attention to the wonderful man, father, husband, friend, and spinner who was walking across the street.  From being struck by the car, Jessie fractured one of his vertabrae and is in a back brace.  I found this out because Jessie emailed me that he wasn’t being a slacker and he can’t wait to get back to spin class and see the group! In honor of Jessie, we got him a gift card for a local store, so he and his family could get groceries delivered to his house.  I am honored to teach such amazing people!

Take a look at the video in honor of Jessie with a song he will remember singing, and this was taken AFTER 90 minutes of cycling with the crew that survived!  Love Motel, Hotel, Holiday Inn by Pitbull.  If you’re working out, you might as well be having fun.  Life is too short to be grumpy!

In Health and Happiness,


Reward Yourself

16 Mar

We spend so much time trying to achieve the next goal, that sometimes we forget to reward our hard work.  Why not?  You earned it, plus planning for that reward can give yourself more motivation to achieve that goal.

I spent the last several months training for the New Orleans marathon, teaching, and training, so I decided to take a few days to teach in Jamaica and relax, and I bought myself a super cute Lululemon oulfit.  The running skirt is adorable with a ton of ruffles and a zipper in the back to hold my hotel room key when I ran here in Dallas.

So choose a goal, devise a training plan and then decide how you will reward yourself when you achieve that goal.  Tell me how you will reward yourself or if you need help developing a plan to help you succeed.

Here are some ideas for rewards you can give yourself :

1. A fun weekend trip

2.  An oulfit for a night out on the town

3.  New pair of shoes

4.   Cool workout gear (check out my Lululemon oulfit)

5.  Massage

Tell me what you will do!

In Health and Happiness,


Interval Training

14 Mar

I just got back from the ECA World Fitness Conference in NYC to learn, get inspired, and sweat! The classes were amazing and I had the opportunity to train in so many different things. I worked out with Shaun T from the Insanity workout, as well as Mindy Mylrea, the inventory of the Tabata bootcamp, and Josh Taylor from Spinning, to name a few. This year the hype is interval training with less recovery. Why? You burn more calories in less time. The goal is to make every moment in your workout count. People are busy so they have less time and interval type workouts are going to give you more bang for your buck.

I love endurance sports, but interval training makes the biggest difference in my body. That is why I love Rhianna‘s words, “Go hard or go home.” If you are going for it, give it your all and you will always be happy with your results. It may be painful, but the pain is temporary, and the benefits far outweigh the cost.

My favorite move is a burpee. Check out the video below to see how it’s done. I made it a little more challenging by jumping onto the Step 360. It is a lot of fun. Try it and let me know what you think!

Song of the day:  Go Hard by Rhianna

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In Health and Happiness from Dallas,



Becoming a Fitness Professional

25 Feb

Becoming a fitness professional definately has it’s perks.  Yes, you get paid to work out!  Now who doesn’t want to get paid to look great!   Sounds like a great job, so today I’m going to tell you how you get started  Well, it’s like any other job.  You have to have experience to get hired at any good club, but how do you get experience if you can’t get a job?  The lovely Catch 22!  Read on….

I started directing group exercise programs when I was 21.  That’s not common, but having those jobs gave me a lot of experience on hiring, firing, training, developing new fitness programs, and understanding the member’s needs.  Hiring instructors was often the toughest part because it was a challenge to find good instructors that the members would actually like.  When people came to me wanting to teach at one of my gyms, I wanted to know where they were currently teaching and what they did for training.  I could care less if they were certified or not.  Now of course they needed to be certified, but a certification told me very little about their teaching ability.  It’s like any profession.  Anyone can take an exam, but being able to execute, that’s another story.

That being said, I have trained so many people in the last 15 years to become instructors because I needed more talent for the programs I brought to different cities.  I needed to be able to take vacation and have someone teach while I was away.   And then I realized there were some people who loved my classes so much, that I just knew that had the ability, so I trained them.  That was when I had time because there have really been no formal programs to train new and experienced instructors to become great instructors until now.  

So if you are interested in becoming a fitness professional, there now exists a course at the prestigious Equinox health club with Robert Sherman, an amazing international presenter.  The Equinox Group Fitness Training Institute offers a progressive curriculum that covers the vast knowledge and unique skill-set required to be a successful group leader.  Want to know more, check out the curriculum at

If you have more questions, contact information is listed below:

If you are on the East Coast, contact Robert Sherman at 301-652-1078 x3707,

If you are on the West Coast, contact Jeffrey Scott at 917-608-0891,

Song of the day:  Rack City by Tyga

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In Health and Happiness,

Madeline Dolente

Whitney Houston and What I Have Learned

19 Feb

Whitney Houston’s songs bring back some of my favorite memories when I was younger.  Her songs made me want to dance and fall in love.  I fall in a trance when I think about her song, ‘I will always love you’ in the movie The Bodyguard.

I was 17 and on the most romantic date of my life with the hottest, most adorable gentleman.  It was a hot summer night and Max had taken me to this lovely French restaurant.  After dinner, he held my hand as he lifted me get into the carriage.  We took a horse and carriage ride through downtown Philadelphia.  We had dessert and then talked as we walked around the lake.  Afterwards we watched The Bodyguard and as Whitney Houston sang, ‘I will always love you’, I thought to myself that this was the most lovely night ever.

Whitney Houston had the most beautiful voice and an amazing talent.  I loved her music and still do.  She also had a tough struggle with drugs and abuse.  Like so many other public figures, the stress of everyday can tear away at them.  It is easy to look at someone’s life and think that they are happy because they have fortune and fame, but often what’s on the outside is very different than the inside.

Rather than picking these people apart like the media does, why not step in their shoes for a moment and then take a look at your own life.  I can only imagine that it must have been very hard for Whitney when the media started featuring all of her problems in the newspapers and across the television.  Britney, Demi, Lindsay, and so many other stars can’t handle it, so I question you, what do you do when you’ve had it?  Do you do drugs, drink, eat?  How do you handle the stress?

I have had my fair share of challenges and I had found that exercise has been the healthiest way for me to deal with my stress.  After I have gone for a long run, sweat through a spin class, or punched or kicked a heavy bag, I know that tomorrow will be a new day.   There have been a few times that I new I needed to get away to sort through bigger decisions.  The time alone helped me create a happier environment.  So choose a healthy way to deal with your stress and go ahead and dance with somebody!

Song of the day:  I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

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In Health and Happiness,


Support System

21 Jan

Last night there was a a winter weather warning for ice, sleet, and freezing rain.  I went to bed thinking that there was no way I was going to be able to do my 19 mile run.  I knew I needed to get in the run because the New Orleans marathon is less than 6 weeks away. 

I woke up at 6:15 this morning and it was cold and I was tired.  I looked out the window and saw the street lined with snow and ice.  My friend Lindsey called and asked if we were still meeting to run.  We discussed several routes and finally decided to run downtown. 

After leaving my garage, I looked at the ice on the street and thought that there was no way we would be able to run.  At that very moment, I saw a guy running fast as if the roads were clear.  If he could run, so could Lindesy and I!  Shortly after I saw Lindsey in the parking lot and we set our watches and were off.  It was tough, slippery, my fingers and toes were frozen.  Lindesy accidentally jumped into nealry every puddle as if she were a little kid playing in the rain.  We slid so many times but all the core workouts kept us from falling.  We talked about everything and anything.  I had challenged her to give ub the fiber one bars for salad and more protein and she was telling me about how great her diet had been.  I was so impressed, that it motivated me to reassess my own diet.

Three hours later we were both very happy to be done, very wet, very cold and oh so hungry!  I felt thankful for having such a great friend to run with and grateful for her support.  I could have easily slept in, but I felt so much better knowing that I was getting the training I needed for the marathon.  I also felt better knowing that I worked off some of the carbs I had eaten this week.

I am pretty motivated, but it is the motiavted people in my life which keep me on track.  At one point in my life, I decided to spend my time with positive, motiavting people and get rid of all the drainers.  This is the reason I have been able to achieve all of the goals I have set for myself.  When you think about your life, who is in your support system?  If all the people you surround yourself with motiavet you to be better, then you are headed in the right direction?  If there are people that make you doubt yourself or feel bad, get rid of them!  A support system is extremely important so thank all the people in your life that make you better and be that support to someone else. 

Tune of the day:  You’ve Got a Friend by James Taylor

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In Health and Happiness,