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The Secrets in Obstacle Course Racing

12 Sep

So many people think I’ve turned into an Obstacle Course Racing addict because I am doing a race practically every weekend, but I am having so much fun! Just take a look at the pictures and you might just want to join me sometime. Let me tell you why I’m having so much fun and then I’ll share with you all my secrets.

I have raced in 3 Spartan races in the last month and the teams I have raced on have been so much fun that I’d hang out with these people anytime. Training for these races has even been more fun because the coaches are so cool and the people I am training with make me smile. It has enabled me to meet so many different people and develop great friendships. Each race I am getting more confident and my times are also improving. I am getting better on the obstacles and making a lot of progress.

Here are my secrets for having fun and making progress.

I train with a Spartan Pro, David Magida, who happens to be on the elite team for Spartan and the person behind a new gym that will be opening in the DC area, Elevate Interval Fitness. Unlike many gym programs, David trains us by simulating race conditions. He’s trained our team on the proper technique for carrying a 65 pound bucket, throwing a spear, he’s made us run hills till we had enough, run up hills with sandbags, and do so many burpees, that we’d rather run. One class he had us do a bunch of rolling as if we were rolling under barbed wire. I hated it while I was doing it, but I was happy I did it before the race because it helped me shave off time and protect my knees in the NJ Super Spartan. Our training crew is so fun that I have been getting substitutes for my own classes to train with them. You can find out more about his training at http://www.elevateintervalfitness.com

In the Spartan races unlike others, you have to successfully complete an obstacle or do 30 burpees, so it’s worth trying to do each obstacle. To ensure success for challenging obstacles like climbing the rope and throwing the Spear, you must understand the technique. I learned the proper rope climbing technique called the J hook whcih is mostly lower body at the Great Falls Obstacle Course. Doing so enabled me to successfully complete the rope climb at both the Wintergreen Super Spartan and the NJ Super Spartan. I highly recommend spending a day there to learn the technique for tackling common obstacles. Tim heads up the training which is Sunday mornings. To find out more, check out the Great Falls Obstacle Course on Facebook, or email Tim at getresultstrainers@gmail.com

CrossFit North Vienna is where I spend an hour Monday-Friday working on my strength. I had a much easier time on this last Super Spartan because I am getting stronger. The pullups and various olympic moves helped me pass many guys on the course in addition to making me leaner. If you’d like my special rate at CrossFit North Vienna, send me an email at madelinedolente@gmail.com. Every Saturday they a class for people who have never done CrossFit before.

Trail runs with the DC Capital Striders have helped me run faster because all of the Spartan races I have completed have pretty challenging trails. It’s a great group of people with various levels of experience. We run every Wednesday at 6pm. You can join our trail run by going to http://www.meetup.com/dccapitalstriders-NOVA/events/206628782/

I have changed by diet and make sure by food is with me so I don’t pick up junk on the road. These meals have been key to helping my muscles recover and ensure I have energy for intense workouts. More importantly, they also help me burn body fat instead of muscle. Most people forget that if they are not getting the proper nutrition, they can actually start to cannabolize muscle which results in a lower metabolic rate. I use http://www.customfitmeals.com and my discount code is MD10.They taste great and the bars are awesome too. If your diet isn’t where it should be, give it a shot.

Bring Gu and electrolyte tabs to your races. Electrolyte tabs are important for very hot and humid days and I try to take a Gu every hour. My favorite is vanilla with caffeine. It can make a big difference when you are feeling weak.

Dress smart and make it fun. I also wear my Reebok OCR shoes because they are great on trails and in the mud and a high pair of socks to protect my shins. I wish I could get away with knee pads because my knees always wind up scratched and bruised, but knee pads would totally ruin my outfit and is not the image I’m going for. My next outfit may very well be a Superhero. Stay posted. If you are looking for shoes or clothing options, I listed my favorites on http://www.Reebok.com/madfitness

Also if you are looking for a local VA race, RunningDirty.com is this Saturday and you can get a discount with RA44. I’m off to run the Civilian Miltary Combine (CMC) this weekend! The first picture shows me with the CMC founder, Sean Rodgers and TV Star, Kenny Santucchi, my racing buddies for the NJ Super Spartan last weekend. I am gathering up teams for upcoming races so if you are interested, send me an email at Madeline@madfitness.com and don’t forget to watch the Spartan Race on NBC Sports 2pm Sunday!

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline

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Event at the Reebok Fithub

4 Sep

reebok circuit classLast night I did my infamous Circuit Challenge at the Reebok Fitbhub in Georgetown for the DC Capital Striders. There were over 50 RSVPS and more on the wait list. I had no idea of what the crowd would be like, how many people would show or what their athletic levels would be. I used a rowing machine, tubing, gliding discs, jumpropes, kettle bells, 35 pound plates, boxes, wall balls, medicine balls, heavy weights, and devised 19 stations throughout the store. I developed stations with the goals of working their entire body, utilizing every plane and taxing different systems. Many of the stations were designed to be functional in nature so they worked the entire body and required the participants to use their abdominals for balance. Each station had 2 exercises so each team of 2 started as a station and once I played the music, they went to work. The workout was tough, but this group had their game face on and was ready for the challenge!

There were several differences among the group in age, training background, flexibility, and strength but what united them all was an intense desire to give their all and get the most out of this workout. They were dripping sweat and probably pretty tired at points, but they didn’t give up. They motivated their each other, they helped each other out, and no one quit. I felt honored to teach this group and inspired by their efforts!

So many people don’t do things because they are worried about how they are going to appear. Several of the people in this group had no idea of what to expect or how hard the workout would be. They were new to many of the exercises, but that didn’t stop them from trying. If they had a question, they asked me. When they felt like quitting, they didn’t. I truly believe this group will be successful in whatever they do because results are driven by a certain mindset. The mindset they exhibited is the mindset of a winner. If you think you can, you will.

So the next time you think about doing something outside your comfort zone, don’t hesitate, just do it. Life is too short to question yourself and be negative. Look at these folks and use this picture to motivate you to give more, be more, and get outside your comfort zone. Why? Because you deserve an amazing life!

Last night I also passed out deals for some of my favorite companies and everyone got to try the Best Bar Ever. You can check it out at http://www.bestbarever.com

Train for Obstacle races with Pro racer at David Magida at http://www.trainatelevate.com
30% off pre-opening special and free classes in Meridian Hill Park

Clean up your diet with fresh meals delivered twice a week that affordable at http://www.customfitmeals.com and get 10% off with my discount code MD10

Do a local mud run. Go to http://www.runningdirty.com and use code RA44 for 45% savings.

Tell me what challenge you will take on in the next few months and you could win one of many prizes! Why not come join me for the Spartan Super in NJ this weekend or the Spartan Sprint in Philadelphia?

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline Dolente

Core Power

29 Jul

This weekend my team and I ran the Washington DC Spartan race in Maryland. There were two things that kept me from falling in the mud, my Reebok OCR shoes and a strong core. One less fall in the mud meant one less injury and one less scratch.

Here is a picture of the shoes and a link to my favorite core exercise. If you do any trail running or racing, you can get the shoes at http://www.reebok.com/madfitness and if you want to be a better athlete or prevent yourself from falling, watch this video and do the option most suitable for you. There are 3 options. Option 3 is definitely the hardest and try not to let your feet touch the floor.

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline Dolente

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Eating at Airports

2 Jan

Most people who travel tend to gain weight because they are always eating on the road. Airport food can often be very heavy and very high in calories. Restaurants and meals claim to be healthy but are they really? I have a photo shoot next week so I did my own investigation on my way to visit my best friend in North Carolina at the BWI airport.

First I came across a vendor with sandwiches and salads. There was not one item that had any nutritional information on it. As I looked at each of the items I noticed that every sandwich had cheese and mayonnaise. Both are high in fat and calories. The salads all had a ton of cheese and crunchy noodles. Those crunchy noodles are yummy but really high in calories. I looked at the dressings and there was not one low fat option. I moved on.

The first restaurant I came to was Nature’s Kitchen Fresh Cafe. I was excited that they might offer some green drinks or really healthy salad options, but all I saw were pre made cheesy salads and tons of processed lunch meats and bread. There was nothing nature made about it!

I have been working out hard and eating healthy and feeling great so I am not going to ruin it all with a bad meal. As I continue through the airport I was delighted to find Chipolte! At last, a place that had healthy options and listed the calories. I ordered a salad which consisted of lots of romaine lettuce, black beans, grilled chicken, mild salsa and a little of guacamole. I usually get the chips but when I saw they were 500 calories, I decided I didn’t need them. The bowl was more than enough. I didn’t need cheese, or a wrap and the salsa and guacamole had enough flavor so why use dressing? The dressing probably contained more calories than the salad itself. The portion was more than I needed so I ate slowly and threw about half of it away. I put it in the trash because I was full. I didn’t need anymore and my stomach would thank me later.

You have to eat healthy 90 percent of the time to stay lean and defined, especially as you get older. Next time you’re at the airport, eat like your at home. Inquire about calories, choose low fat salad dressings and stay away from creamy dressings, cheese, and bread.

Travel like a rockstar!

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline

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Even Santa Works Out During the Holidays

24 Dec

When your day seems overwhelming and there never seems to be enough time, think about how AMAZING your body will feel after you’ve worked out. Whether you like to run, bike, swim, do yoga, dance, or strength train, there is something for everyone. Don’t worry about what others will think. Whether you join a group, sign up at a new gym, or watch exercise dvds, don’t wait until 2014. Get started now because YOU ARE WORTH IT! There are a million of excuses, but you only have one life. Get off your computer, phone, or ipad, and do something. Even Santa works out during the holidays!
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Happy Holidays!

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline Dolente