Running with a twist

I woke up this morning realizing that I was out of coffee…crap.  Might as well brew up one of the ten or so tea blends I’ve been collecting and wanting to try someday. I experimented with an orange citrus green tea and sprinkled a chai blend over it.

Tasty but it just didn’t do it. I felt blah and had a foggy head all day today.

Since today was a rest day from strength training, I thought I’d go for a nice run to clear my cloudy head.  My friend Stephanie was just telling me about her recent run where she added burpees and jump squats and other exercises at every mile or so that reminded me of what I use to do running my Blockhouse Creek loop. 

I was only planning on a steady 4.5mi run but as soon add I hit the road I immediately felt an amazing energy that encouraged me to go breast mode!

I just got done running 5 miles with 10 burpees, 25 push ups, 25 plank jacks & 25 walking lunges at every mile! It was rough and I went to bitch stitch city, man my sides were cramping but I pushed through it!

EVERY TIME I do not feel like working out, I have THE BEST workouts!

Give it a shot, see where it takes YOU!

USPA Nationals in Vegas! Help!

Because I’m totally going to qualify for nationals at the Jill Mills Alamo Classic in June, I’m preparing for my trip to VEGAS in July!
Fundraiser for Nationals 1I would LOVE and GREATLY appreciate your help in getting me there! I’m honored to be a part of Team Raw Talent Athletics for this journey and through them I am selling the T-shirt I’m wearing in this pic!
fundraiser for nationals 2
The details:
Online orders can be done at (find my bio there too!)
Purchase the “Team Supporter Shirt”
Unisex (Men’s) Shirts $20
Women’s cut are $22
ADD MY NAME to the back for an additional $5!!! How cool is that?!!! Then put me down as your reference. If you need it shipped, email Veronica at and she’ll send you a special invoice for $5.60.
I’m also taking orders myself and collecting cash. Text, Facebook message me or email me at and I’ll deliver them to you once they arrive!

Orders are to be placed by April 18th!!!

Please feel free to “press” my pic too ;D

My 1st Powerlifting meet, Home Gym & BHC Boot Camp Updates!

My first powerlifting meet, Texas State Powerlifting Championship, was on Saturday March 29th! wpid-img_20140402_084413.jpgI did….good.  I know I could’ve performed better. I’m glad to get my first meet out of the way.  I know now what to expect.  I decided to try powerlifting in January and have only been training for about 3 months. I met with a powerlifting coach to review my form and get some tips. I ended up meeting with Mitch on more consistent basis.  After 4 weeks of training with him my numbers went up to a point I never imagined I’d hit so soon.  My next meet will be in San Antonio, The Jill Mills Alamo Classic, on June 21st.  This will be a national qualifier and I have no doubt that I will qualify.  Nationals will be in July in Las Vegas!  I’ll post more training videos ASAP!

Texas House of Strength home gym is coming along nicely! wpid-20140403_215722.jpgWall paint is up, trim is about done, we just need to set up the shelves, cubbies, refinish some of the equipment then set it all up! We’re hoping one or two more weeks. I am now booking personal training consultations and reserving spots. Email me to get started!

About Texas House of Strength Boot Camp, I attended the Blockhouse Creek community meeting to discuss the idea of me bringing additional class times to our park.  It was passed along to a sub-committee for review and after 4 weeks of communication, I got the approval!!!  That means Boot Camp will be coming to Tonkawa Park, by the soccer field mid-April or early May 2014!!! See my “Service Info” for more details!

New PR, Boot Camps in the park & Gym in Progress!

Allow me to express my excitement about hitting PR’s recently! I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a powerlifting coach last Tuesday. He provided excellent tips on the squat and the deadlift along with suggesting assisted exercises. I was given great information on what to expect on my first meet and talked about gear.

We started with the squat. My knees were drawing in but that was quickly corrected with a wider stance. Other than that, I was going pretty low which I didn’t need to in a competition. I told him that 165# was the highest I’d attempted alone. I knew I could’ve squated more but I wanted to make sure my form was good before adding more weight. I started with 165# and he was like “too easy, let’s go 185#”. Alright, let’s do it, I thought. 185# done. Could do more. 195#…205#, THAT was my number! He spotted and it took me just a few seconds but I did it. He then showed me how to do walk outs. We did a few sets, worked up to 315# I think. On the last set and I was instructed to squat after 10 seconds and walk out from under the bar….scary but I totally get the idea behind working this technique. Last week, 165#….this week, 1RM 205# on the squat!

Next we worked on the deadlift. Adjustment I needed to make was to point my toes forward, place my shins right against the bar and pick up my speed on the lift. 185# was the most I’d done and that was also last week. So we loaded 185# and like the squat, he said it looked too easy. Ha. So we shot up to 205#…all good…215#…good…225#, he looked at me after that lift and was like “wow, so how’s the back feeling?” “Great!” I said. His response was “screw it, let’s go for 250#”. “Alright, let’s do it!” I said. He slapped on his Inzer belt around my waist, asked me to take in my deep breath, he THEN fasted the lever and I went for it. His hand was within reach to grasp the bar in case I needed some support but I did it, slowly but I did it and DAM did it feel amazing! He said I hitched a little so it wouldn’t have counted in a competition but I bet next time I go for it, it’ll be without hitching at all!

My husband has been working so hard on the garage for the past week and a half. Our HOA denied our request to build a shed outside of the 120sqft allowance so plan B is to give him one side of the garage for his woodwork and me the other for gym work. Not too much work is needed but he’s adding extra shelving, bumper plate cubbies, barbell racks and more to the gym side. Some finishing touches like paint and other accessories will then be added and hopefully in the next few weeks Texas House of Strength will be up and running for personal training!

I’m also hoping to run boot camp classes in my neighborhood park BUT the challenge is that the HOA may not allow it. I got put on the agenda to speak about it in the next board committee meeting on Wed Feb 26th. Currently, if I wanted to use the park/pavilion, I’d have to pay $25 each time! Apparently, they’ve never had a request like this so they’d like to learn more about my intentions. I’ve been doing some research in finding out how it works for City parks. I met with the Director of Parks & Recreations for the City of Cedar Park and the City of Leander. The City of Cedar Park asks for 10% of gross revenue per session while the City of Leander asks that you buy a $50 annual permit. Both require liability insurance and that the fitness instructor is CPR certified, no problem! So I’m currently putting a proposal to present to the board in hopes of the HOA adopting a similar program structure. If this granted then I, along with future Fitness Instructors, will be able to offer fun group fitness programs to our neighbors and friends! Our community is very active and I know most would support this proposal…I just may have to keep it within our community.

I’ll update you guys on how that goes next week! Here’s progress pics of THOS gym!

Panoramic shot

Panoramic shot

Shelving, plate cubbies and hooks will go here...

Shelving, plate cubbies and hooks on this wall here.

Barbell Rack for hanging bars will go in this corner

Barbell Rack for hanging bars will go in this corner.

Paint on Chalk Board will go here

A paint on Chalk Board will go above the DB rack