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Gotta Love Circuit Training

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I was able to take my first Congolese dance class with LIVE drums...it was Amazing!!

Lets put that bod to weeerk! 

 Monday- Starting off the week with some light stretching and a ZUMBA class. If you take a class be sure to tag me on IG @missdanetha. Wooo!

Tuesday- Join me for dance class at Hipline in Oakland. NEW time of 8:30a! Be sure to RSVP.  Don't live in Oakland? Find a dance class in your area to get your groove (and fitness!) on! 

Wednesday-  I'm leeeaving on a jetplane! Rest Day!

Thursday- 5K run with a killer ab workout with my girl, Blogilates. Click HERE

Friday- HIIT workout with Fitness Blender. This workout is a fab total body sweat session. Click HERE.

Saturday- Circuit training. I'll probably do a 1 mi jog first then get to weeerk!

20 Jumping Jacks

20 High Knees

5 Burpees

20 Crunches

40 Russian twists

30 sec side planks (each side)

30 sec straight plank with feet together

20 Bicycles (each side)

30 Mt. climbers..... Time to reverse.....

20 Bicycles (each side)

30 sec straight plank with feet together

30 sec side planks (each side)

40 Russian twists

20 Crunches

5 Burps

20 High Knees

20 Jumping Jacks

Sunday- Sadly, I won't be teaching this weekend because I'll be out of town. But, I'm either going to find a dance or yoga class or play outside!

Did you try any of the above workouts? Comment below! 

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Workout Schedule August 5-11

Happy Monday! I've found that although I'm good about getting my workouts in, I'll be even more consistent if I actually schedule them out. 

Do you schedule your workouts? If YES, feel free to comment with your workout schedule below. If not, and you need a little inspiration, feel free to follow my workouts below! MUAH. 

 Monday- 3.5 Mile Run. I use the Runkeeper app to track my time and goals!

Tuesday- Join me for dance class at Hipline in Oakland at 9:45a! Voted best dance fitness for all levels by East Bay Express. WOOO HOOO! Click HERE for the story! Don't live in Oakland? Find a dance class in your area to get your groove (and fitness!) on!

Wednesday- Its HIIT Day! This 45 minute video is a killllaaa! HIIT workout

Thursday- My Day OFF! You know what that means- HAPPY HOUR!!

Friday-5 mile run. YAY!

Saturday- I can't go a week without my girl from Blogilates. Lets do her Bikini Kickoff Workout today!

SundayJoin me for dance class at Hipline in Oakland at 10:15a! Don't live in Oakland? Find a dance class in your area to get your groove (and fitness!) on!

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Fall in Love with Your Journey: 2 Days. 70 Miles. On a Bike.

Oh, California. How I love thee. From the mountains, to the beaches, to hiking trails. There's no end to the natural beauty that this state has to offer. After having the amazing opportunity to live in the beautiful ski town of Mammoth Lakes for three years, my boyfriend and I moved to the Bay Area a little over a year ago. The hills are breathtaking, the city life is stimulating and we are able to do bike trips to beautiful places such as Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay. I think. Or just some random pic I had of a body of water.

Half Moon Bay. I think. Or just some random pic I had of a body of water.

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo county and super cute with breathtaking views of the ocean and magnificent cliffs. We planned this trip a few of weeks ago and decided it would be fun to take BART (a subway system in the East Bay and San Francisco area) to the end and then bike 20 miles to our hotel.

Twenty miles. Given that I literally could only bike 3 miles in one shot this time last year, this was a huge feat for me. I was prepared for a little bit of a hill midway through and then smooth sailing to the coast after that. We left around 9:30a and planned on checking into the hotel around 2:00p.

All smiles before the 5 mile death climb

All smiles before the 5 mile death climb

Right. After a 45 mile trek, a 5 mile DEATH climb, numb fingers and fighting the urge to physically hurt my boyfriend, we arrived in the quaint town around 5:30pm. Yes, eight loooooong hours later. Why? Because instead of taking our original path, we were persuaded by this biking "guru" guy to take this other route that would only add "30 minutes or so" to our trip. Clearly an emphasis on the "or so".

But, as I was climbing the never-ending 5 mile hill and descending down a chilly shady path where my fingers and toes literally went numb, I took a moment to soak in what was around me. Mostly because my lungs needed a freakin break, but also because the views were spectacular. And the chirping birds were music to my ears. And the rustling leaves were a soothing reminder that sometimes its not always the destination that matters. Its the path that you take to get there that helps you realize what's most important. I realized how strong my body was, how beautiful nature really is and how much I love and appreciate the talent that my man possesses and how safe and secure I feel around him.  

As sappy as all that is, it also made me realize that while its great to have goals, its equally important to treasure every step and lesson learned along the way. There was a point during the uphill climb in the blistering sun when I wished for a downhill trek in the shade. And I got it. And you know what, it was equally as tough. Although I was sweating bullets during the climb, the downhill portion was so cold and a crazy treacherous. But, on the flipside, it was a welcomed change to the environment I was in before. All in all, every point of the ride, albeit challenging, offered a gift that was meant to be treasured. While it lasted.

You know the first thing we wanted were some delish cocktails!

You know the first thing we wanted were some delish cocktails!

I also grew a deeper appreciation for biking in general. As someone who just got into biking a year ago, up until this point I honestly did not understand why people spent thousands of dollars on a bike. And my boyfriend works for a bike company! During this trip, I was fortunate to ride a Specialized bike, The Ruby, which retails for about $3,000. Crazy, right?! Until you realize how important it is to have a light, fast, rotational mass thingy thing (or whatever you nerdy engineers call it) on a trip like the one we took.

After having a great meal, a couple of cocktails and spending the night in a gorgeous hotel with a much needed hot tub, we took a shorter path home. Which had its own pros and cons. Mostly the cons consisted of semi trucks whizzing past us at 80 miles per hour, BUT it was half the distance. And after doing 45 miles the day before, I could appreciate this short yet dangerous route. 

 

70 miles. 2 days. On a Bike. Lesson Learned: Its not always the destination that matters. Its the Journey getting there.

 

Fall in Love with Your Journey.

 

*MUAH*

Miss Danetha is a spokesmodel and the founder of EmeryCloud, a cloud based financial management services company. Follow me on  FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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10 Steps to Become a Personal Trainer

Author: Paige Whener

Source: About.com

If you're a fitness enthusiast who wants to annoy others with your passion for health, maybe you should consider becoming a personal fitness trainer. The following steps will give you an idea of how it all works.

1. Decide if You Have What It Takes-Personal trainers need to have a multitude of skills. You should be analytical, patient, nurturing, persistent, organized, an effective motivator and, most importantly, a good listener. You should love working with different kinds of people and be a self-motivator. You don't have to look like a body builder to be a fitness trainer, but you should definitely lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good role model for your clients.

2. Choose a Certification - There are a variety of certifying organizations, each offering different classes, workshops and exams for getting certified. You'll want to choose an organization that is nationally recognized and accredited. If you already have a club in mind, call and ask them what certifications they require. If you don't know where you'll work, take some time to research the websites of major organizations to find out: How much the certification costs, what the pre-requisites are, if they offer a workshop/exam in your area or a home study program. More about certification organizations.

3. Choose a specialty - This isn't required, but in this competitive market, many fitness trainers are boosting their resumes by getting specialty certifications. Getting a specialty certification means you have more to offer and, even better, you can usually charge a little more for your services. One example is ACE's Clinical Exercise Specialist certification which takes you beyond basic personal training and allows you to work with special populations like people with chronic diseases or injuries.

4. Get a Job at a Club - Using your local phone book, call some clubs in your area and ask them if they employ personal trainers. If they say yes, ask about availability of jobs and the procedure for filling out an application. You can also visit some of the major clubs on the Internet and see what jobs they have open. Check out the Gym Locator to find clubs near you.

5. Setting Up Your Own Business - Briefly, setting up your home business requires: Choosing a business entity (i.e., sole proprietorship, partnership, etc.), choosing a business name, registering your company, getting liability insurance, setting up your gym (if you're training from your own home), targeting potential clients, and marketing yourself. For more info, seeGuide to Become a Personal Fitness Trainer.

6. Market Yourself - Once you get things going, it's time to get your name out to the masses. This means making flyers, newsletters, business cards, a website or even setting up neighborhood seminars to bring in the business. It helps to have some equipment at your disposal to make this easier; having a computer, a color printer and basic publishing software. Be prepared to hawk your wares anywhere you can: posting flyers in sporting goods stores,getting friends and family members to spread the word and sending out flyers and newsletters to people you know. Offering free consultations and seminars is a great way to get people in the door.

7. Improve Your Skills and Education - Continuing education. It's a dirty job, but if you want to keep your certification and be good fitness trainer, you'll have to do it. Thankfully, there are some companies out there who's sole job is to offer you continuing education courses. Desert Southwest Fitness offers a variety of courses, or you can get your CEU's from your own certifying organization.

8. Become Indispensable to Your Clients - Being successful at this job takes work, talent, skill and experience. Getting a certification is no guarantee that you'll either get clients or, more importantly, be able to keep those clients. To improve upon your skills, consider joining a national organization, such as IDEA, and attending personal trainer summits, workshops and seminars.

9. Other Options - You don't have to work in a gym or even work for yourself. Personal fitness trainers work in all kinds of different areas: corporate fitness, cruises, resorts, spas, online training and more. Check out The Wellness Connection or Resortjobs.com for some ideas on what else you can do with your certification.

10. Beyond Personal Training - Once you're an established fitness trainer, there are even more opportunities available to you. You can consider consulting, fitness writing, athletic coaching (with the proper education), group fitness instruction or even opening your own gym. Whatever you choose, you'll find that being a personal trainer provides everything you love in a job.

*MUAH*

Miss Danetha is a spokesmodel and the founder of EmeryCloud, a cloud based financial management services company. Follow me on  FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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